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an atonement sufficient for the fins of the whole world; there openly to triumph over the principalities and powers of. darkness; there to destroy the empire of Satan, and to set free the prisoners of the tomb. / will ransom them, he cried, from the powa* of the grave: J will redeem them from death. O death .' I will be thy plague. 0 grave! I will be thy deslrucjion (e). Was the dominion acquired through Adam by death universal? So also is the redemption from death purchased by Jelus Christ. There J;hall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the j it ft and unjufl. The dead, small and great, ihall sand before God. All that are in the graves Jhall hear the voice of the Son of God, and shall come forth: they that have done good, mi to the resurrection os life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrect tion of damnation (d\.

But every man in his own order. Chrift% the firs fruits: afterwards, fhey that are Chris s, at his coming.

The apostle, having evinced, in the preceding verses, the universality of the resurrection both of the righteous and of the wicked, is solicitous to win the hearts no less than the understandings of the Corinthians to a wil

(c) Hof'. xiii. 14. {d) Acts, xxiv. Tj. Rev. xr. 12. John, v. 25. 28, 29. . —'

ling acceptation of the doctrine of a future life. Hence, throughout the subsequent part of the chapter he directs their attention almost exclusively to circumstances, which pertain to the resurrection of the just. Christ had already fulfilled the prophecies, which had declared that He should be the first who should rise from the dead. He had ascended into Heaven, and bad entered into His glory. He had already presented himself before the throne of God as the intercessor, the forerunner, and the representative, of his saints. I.H. their due time, and in their appointed order, he will receive them from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south, into the kingdom prepared for them, through his covenanted atonement, from the foundation of the world. "When the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; the dead in Christ shall rise first. And then shall the righteous who remain alive at that aweful hour be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall they all be for ever with the Lord (e).

Then cometh the end, when He Jhall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Fa

\e) 1 Thess. iv. 15 — 17.

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thtr :> when He shall have put down all rule* and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be defrayed is death : for He hath put all things under bis feet. But when He faith, all things are put under Him; it is ma?iisesl that he is accepted, "which * did put all things under Him. And "when all things sti all be subdued unto Him; then shall the Son also himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

Because He, who was the Son of God, vouchsafed to become the Son of man j because He who thought it not robbery to be equal with God, He who in the beginning was with God and was God, took upon Himself the form of a servant, and humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross: therefore God hath highly exalted Him. As a partaker of the everlasting Godhead, our Saviour could not be exalted. But in His assumed nature as man, in His character as Mediator, He was capable of being exalted and glorified; 'Thy throne, 0 God, faith the Father unto the Son, Thy throne, 0 God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre os righteousness is the sceptre os thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity: therefore God, even thy God, . ..-". 4 hath hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above ihy fellows^ (/"). "O Thou who art a par** taker of the sovereign and eternal GodUt head; Thou who, when Thou shalt become "incarnate in human nature, (halt completely "fulfil my righteous law by the Spirit which ** shall be poured upon Thee without meau sure: as Man shalt Thou be raised unto '"" glory foreign and unknown to the nature ** which Thou shalt have assumed, unto a ** throne of everlasting righteousness." To Christ, as man, hath His Almighty Fathers given a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth j and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. He hath set Christ, as man, at His own right hand in Heaven, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only , in this world, but in that which is to comei and hath put all things, Himself excepted, under His feet. All power is given unto Christ in Heaven and in earth. And He must reign, His separate and mediatorial kingdom must continue, until He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power,

(/) Hcbr. i. 5. 8j 9.

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until He (hall have subdued all things unto Himself: until after having extended the dominion of His church over the whole earth, after having*cruihed with the rod of his vengeance all His adversaries, whether rebellious men or revolted angels, He shall complete the glories ahd evince the everlasting durability of His triumph by the perpetual destruction of death. That last enemy of man, that latest: antagonist of our Redeemer, shall assuredly be destroyed for ever: for God hath put all things, even death himself, under the feet of His Son. For in that He put all in fubjetlion under Him, He left nothing that is not put under Him, For Christ took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the feed of Abraham, He also Himself took part vfflesh atid blood, that through death He might defray him that had the power of death, that is, 'the devil (g). Christ shall enthrone His righteous servants in an inheritance of everlasting happiness, ah inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, that fadeth not away; where 'death cometh no more, for they shall die no more, but are equal unto the angels, and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. Then, when He shall thus have accomplished His warfare, thus effectu

(g) Hebr. n. 8. 14. 16,

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