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Lord hath said unto me, thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee, Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for, thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy poffeflion. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dafb them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Be wise now, therefore, O ye kings; bę instructed, ye judges of the earth; ferve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss, the son, left he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kiodled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their truit in him.” . .
. .This psalm gives such a plain account of the authori. ty of Christ, and how he will break in pieces all authors ity and power which shall rise against him, that we have only to read and believe.
Lever .. .me Leit any fhould doubt the meaning of this Psalm, I will quote an explanation of it given by an apostle, under the direction of the Holy Ghost. Acts iv, 24, 25, 26, 27,28, “And when they heard that they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which halt inade heaven and earth, and the fea, and all that in them is ; wlo by the mouth of thy fervant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth) stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and again t his Chrift. For of a truth, as gainst the holy child Jesus, wiiom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before. to be done." ..
When these powers set themselves against the Lord, and his Christ, did they succeed ? No, they were broken to pieces. The Jews have been scattered, and so they remain to this day, and every power which has risen a. gainst Chrilt's reign, gospel, or followers, have been bro. ken in doing it, and this will be the case until the last opposition is made again t Christ, wlien fire from heaven: will deyour his adversaries:
Since Christ ascended his throne, the powers of the earth, as it respects what they call religion, and government, have grown weak to what they once were. There is more of the knowledge of his kingdom in the earth than there once was, and as this knowl. edge increases, oppression diminishes. There are certain things which Chrilt will put down, before he gives up the kingdom.
1. Idolatry, which is now in a great part of the earth. 2 The delusion of Mahomet. 3 The delution of the church of Rome, called the man of fin. 4 The superstition of thousands who profess to believe in Christ. 5 All the forms of government, which are in opposition to his. 6 All who uphold these things and refuse to submit te Christ and own him as their Lord.
All these things will not take place until the last judg. ment. Christ is now preparing the way to put dowa what is against him ; but when he comes to reign on the earth, what a terrible overthrow will there be of rule and wicked rulers, when he shall wound the heads over many countries, and fill the places with their dead bodies, All these things have been noticed in this work.
There will be a time before Christ delivers up the king. dom, when there will not be one thing in opposition co Christ, He will subdue all things to himself; those who do not submit to his government will be destroyed, like the tares in the fire. Many people talk of Christ's, fub. duing all things to himself, slaying all his enemies, and yet hold that wicked men and devils will be eternally hating him! According to this, instead of subduing them, their rage, and opposition will increase forever. This is folly in the extreme. The last thing which Christ will do to put down all rule, put all things under his feet, and prepare the way to deliver up the kingdom to God is this, to raise all the dead, cast all his enemies into the lake of fire, and make an end of sin, by punish. ing his enemies with everlasting destruction; when the heavens and earth shall be on fire, which will make an e. ternal end of them; his indignation and anger will then cease in their destruction. In addition to this, all his
friends will be raised from the dead, and thus death or the grave, will be subdued, and his children will then be prepared for the new heaven and earth, with the new Jerufalem, where they will dwell forever..
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3. What is meant by delivering up the kingdom to God, and how in this the fon shall be subječt to him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
In the first state of the kingdom, Jesus Christ was appointed to preach righteousness, to work miracles, choose the apostles, and instruct them into the mysteries of the kingdom, fet an example to all his followers ; to suffer the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God, and to offer himself unto God an acceptable facrifice to God. This was what God appointed him to do before he laid down his life. He told the people he had a work to do on earth, and that it was his meet to do and finish it, John iv. 34, " Jesus said unto them, my meat is to do the will of liim that sent me, and to finish his work.”' In his prayer to his Father he mentions the work he had to do on earth, and that he had finished it. ? • John xvii. 4, “I have glorified thee on the earth ; I have finished the work which thou gaveit me to do ; when he came to the last of his fufferings, on the cross, he cried out, “ It is finished ! and gave up the Ghost.” In all this he appears to be subject to him that appointed him for the work he had done.
This work on earth, in the kingdom in the blade, prepared him for that power which he now has to subdue all things, and which will last through the next state of the kingdom, when it is like the corn in the ear. This will begin with his reign on the earth, and continue till he has gathered out of his kingdom all things that offend, who will be cast into the furnace of fire. When all this is done, all the saved will be by Christ presented to his Father, without spot and blameless, and delivered from all their enemies, from pain, death, and mortality, and will be equal to angels, to die no more. All this is mentioned in the scriptures. Eph. v. 27, “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy, and without blemish.” Col. i. 22, 6 To present you holy, and unblameable, and unreproveable in his fight.” Jude 24, 215, “ Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy ; to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever, Amen." . .
When this mortal puis on immortality, then death will be swallowed up in victory, death will be the last enemy Christ will subdue. · When the faints are equal to angels, are presented before the throne, the work Christ is exal.ted to do, will be done,and having done this, he will give up his authority to him that gave it to him, and be subject to him that put all things under him. Here God will be all in authority, and in all who are prefented be.
fore him. • If I may be allowed to express my mind upon this glorious subject, and to represent Christ speaking to his Father, when he delivers up the kingdom, it shall be in these words.
“O my Father, here I am, and the children thou hast given me. When I first appeared on earth in form of a servant to preach righteousness, I did thy will, and pleased thee in all things. When I was by ibee railců from the dead, to set on thy throne, I ruled in righteousness, interceded for man, protected my followers, and difappointed their enemies. When I reigned on earth, I subdued my foes, gladdened the hearts of my friends, and spread the knowledge of thy glory through the earth. When the nations, deceived by fatan, compassed the can'p of the saints, I delivered them, and overthrew their foes. When the time of the dead was come that they should be raised, the faints made immortal, the enemies judged and destroyed, I by thine appointment, exe. cuted judgment,and they are now destroyed. All rule, power and authority but thine is now by me put down.
These blessed of thee, I present faultless before thee, with exceeding joy to me, thee and them. “ Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. To thee
I submit, and with submission ask for that which is thine · to give. Let me under thee, reign over these thy chil
dren, and my brethren, in the new Jerusalem forever.” All this by his father will be granted.
O the glory of that immortal Aate when the saved Thall be presented faultless before his throne !!
4. I come now to New how Chrift will reign forever, and have a kingdom which will never end, after he has given up the kingdom to God the Father.
"As Chrilt suffered on earth to enter into his glory, and as his sufferings laid a foundation for his being highly exalted, fo his giving up the kingdom at the last, will lay a foundation for greater glory to follow that, which he gives up. It has been shown that after the day of judg. ment, there will be a new heaven, and earth, and a new Jerufalem, where the saved nations will walk, and that in the new Jerusalem there will be the throne of God and the Lamb. This throne of the Lamb, is where Christ will reign king of fainis, after he has given up the author. ity he had to put down all rule authority and power.
Christ told his hearers that the kingdom was like a net which gathered good and bad, and that when it was drawn to ihe shore, they gathered the good into vessels and cast the bad away, so thall it be in the end of this world, he inail gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. .
This kingdom of Chrift will never end. Here all the saved will belold the king in his beauty, see his face, and go no more out forever.
I think these things must appear plain, rational and fcriptural to all who believe the scriptures mean as they say. God grant we may at last appear with him in glo. sy, Amen.