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Human instrumentality used-Divine power gives effect.
403. Can the means of grace be effectually used by saints?
Ps. 51. 12. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Is. 66. 8. As soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
Mark I. 17. Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
Jn. 17. 20. Neither pray I for these alone; but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.
Ac. 14. 1. And so spake, that a great multitude both of Jews, and also of Greeks, believed.
Gal. 4. 19. My little children, of whom I travail in birth again, until Christ be formed in you.
1 Cor. 4. 15. In Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
Philemon 10. I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds.
Jam. 5. 20. He who converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. [See 469 and 521–2.]
404. Is an exertion of divine power necessary to make the use of means successful?
Mat. 15. 13. Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Jn. 15. 5. Without me ye can do nothing.
1 Cor. 3. 6. I have planted, Apollos watered: but God gave the increase. So then, neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth: but God that giveth the increase. 9. For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
2 Tim. 2. 25. In meekness instructing those that op
Use of, essential-Encouraged-Different effects of. pose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.
405. Is the proper use of means essential to Zion's prosperity?
Ezk. 33. 8. If thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity.
Ezk. 36. 37. Thus saith the Lord God; I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them.
Rom. 10. 14. How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
1 Cor. 1. 21. It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
406. Has God encouraged the use of means?
Ps. 126. 5. They that sow in tears shall reap He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Pr. 11. 18. To him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. 30. He that winneth souls is wise.
Dan. 12. 3. They that be wise, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars forever and ever.
407. Do the means of grace have very different effects?
Mic. 2. 7. Do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
Mk. 4. 3. Behold, there went out a sower to sow. And it came to pass as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much
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earth; and immediately it sprung up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit.
2 Cor. 2. 15. We are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savor of death unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
Heb. 4. 2. Unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. [See 448.]
408. Will there be a millenium of holiness and happiness upou this earth?
Gen. 22. 18. And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
Ps. 22. 27. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the Governor among the nations.
Ps. 37. 11. The meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Ps. 72. 6. He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish. 11. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. 17. And men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.
Ps. 82. 8. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
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Ps. 86. 9. All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
Is. 2. 2. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 4. And they shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 17. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. 20. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats. Mic. 4. 1.
Is. 25. 6. And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees; of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shal! he take away from off all the earth.
Is. 60. 18. Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. 21. Thy people also shall be all righteous. [See the whole chap.]
Is. 59. 19. So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
Is. 65. 17. Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for behold, I create Jerusalem a
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rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. 21. And they shall build houses and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.
Flesh and blood cannot inherit the
1 Cor. 15. 50. kingdom of God.
Dan. 2. 35. And the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. 44. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Dan. 7. 27. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.
Mic. 4. 1. In the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
Hab. 2. 14. The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Mal. 1. 11. From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great