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until He shall have subdued all things unto Himself: until after having extended the dominion of His church over the whole earth, after having crushed with the rod of his vengeance all His adversaries, whether rebellious men 'or 'revolted angels, He shall complete the glories and 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 affuredly 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 fubje&tion under Him, 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 of flesh and blood, that through death He might

destroy him that had the power of death, that is, *the devil (8). Chrift shall enthrone His . righteous fervants in an inheritance of ever

lasting happiness, an 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 effectuis ;

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ally attained and established for ever the purposes of mercy for which He took human nature upon Him; He shall deliver up the kingdom to His Father. He shall resign His mediatorial kingdom, that separate and delegated sovereignty of the universe which He had held in a character now no longer neceffary, to the Father from whom He had rem ceived it: that the eternal Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, may thenceforth be all in all.,

Such are the sublime and stupendous views which the word of God displays of the universal empire of the Son of God, who died for us upon the cross. Head over all things to His church, angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him: He is indeed able to save to the uttermost all that come by Him unto God. He who is Lord of earth and Heaven vouchsafes to call His people by the endearing name of brethren. He knoweth whereof we are made ; He remembereth that we are but duft : for in every thing, except fin, He was made like unto His brethren. We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities : for He was in all points tempted like as we are; and having Himself suffered, being tempted, He is able

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to succour them that are tempted. In the days of His flesh He offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save, and He was heard:' and His ears are ever open to the prayers of His servants, His arm - is ever stretched forth in defence of the heirs of salvation. Look up then to Christ, ye who, though deeply conscious of your sins, are humbly labouring through the fancțification of His Spirit to serve Him in faith and holiness ; look up to your glorified King with confidence and joy. From His throne in the heaven of heavens He is beholding you for good. By night and by day. He watches over you; shields you from evil; supports you under trials, delivers you from temptation, Fly to Him for continual protection : plead with Him for never-failing grace, Depend with unshaken reliance on His promise, on His power, on His wisdom, on His love. He who spared not His own life for you, shall He not give you all things ? All things are yours : whether the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all things are yours: all things are ordained and controuled and directed for your happiness, because ye are Chrifi's (n). : -But tremble, ye unrepenting Poid? (1) 1'Cor, iii. 21.23.

• finners, finners, ye who despise and disobey the gofpel: tremble to behold that Saviour whom ye reject exalted to the dominion of the universe. By your perseverance in transgression you constrain Him to be your enemy. You range yourselves in battle array against your Judge: you turn a deaf ear to His offers of forgiveness : you pluck down death and mifery everlasting with your own hands upon yourselves. What is your confidence? Do you provoke the Almighty to anger ?. Are you stronger than He? Those whom His love cannot reclaim His indignation shall overwhelm. Jefus, the Lamb of God, facrificed for your fins, you despise. Behold Jesus the Son of God, Himself one with the Father, seated on His Father's throne. Behold the dawning of the great day. Behold, He cometh

with clouds; and every eye shall fee Him! Be• hold the day when the fun fall become black as Jack-cloth, and the moon as blood: when the stars

all fall from heaven, and the heaven hall depart as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island shall be moved out of their places : when all the enemies of Christ, kings of the earth, and great men and rich men, and chief captains, and mighty men, and every bondman and every freeman, ball hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of D.d4

the the mountains; and shall say to the mountains and rocks, Fall on-us, and hide us from the face of Him that fitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of His wrath is come : and who hall be able to Aland ()? Listen even yet to the voice of mērcy. Bend the stubborn knee, bow down the hardened heart. He still waits to be gracious. But the season of trial will have an end. His Spirit will not always strive with man. Your time of trial may be expiring. Humble yourself before Christ, the Lord of heaven and earth : trust in His atoning blood : pray without ceasing for His grace: and save yourselves, while yet you may, from the resurrection of damnation.

(i) Rey. i. 7. vi, 12-17.

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