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THE GOSPEL ADAPTED TO THE WANTS OF THE WORLD.
PREACHED IN PROVIDENCE, R. I., SEPT. 9, 1840,
AMERICAN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
THIRTY-FIRST ANNUAL MEETING.
BY NATHAN S. 8. BEMAN, D. D.
47 Washington Street.
" His name shall endure forever : his name shall be con
tinued as long as the sun : and men shall be blessed in him : all nations shall call him blessed.”
This divine song has a primary reference to the kingdom of Solomon, the son of David; but was intended, at the same time, to typify the kingdom of Jesus Christ, David's more exalted Son. With this single explanatory remark, I would leave the general structure of the Psalm, and the exposition of its various parts, to your own reflections. The passage to which I particularly invite your attention, asserts the extent and duration of the reign of Jesus Christ upon the earth; and presents a glowing picture of its prosperity and happiness. In relation to its extent, it is to embrace "all nations,” and in duration, it “shall be continued
as long as the sun.” In other words, the kingdom of Jesus Christ—the gospel kingdom—shall embrace all the nations of the earth, and endure, with undiminished power and glory, while the world itself shall stand. It is clearly asserted, too, that the happiness of the human family will be greatly increased under the predicted reign of the Son of God. “Men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.” Nothing can be more obvious than that this prediction asserts, that the religion of the Gospel will hereafter become, and will continue to be, the prevailing religion of our world. This fact is fully settled in the Bible. It was, for ages, the grand theme of the Old Testament prophets; and the truths which they committed, in strains of exalted poetry, to the sacred lyre, have been taken up and expounded with such clearness by their New Testament successors—by the Son of God and his apostles—that not a shadow of a doubt can rest upon their import. The same fact, that is, that Christianity will become the religion of the world, might be inserred, with equal certainty, from the admission, that God is its Author, or that the Bible contains a revelation from heaven. But waving these considerations, there is another important truth intimately associated with the universal spread of the Gospel, to which I would invite your attention on the present occasion. The truth to which I refer is this : that the relig