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CHAP. VII. All things being given into the hands of CHRIST;
be shall subdue, bring into subjection, reconcile and restore all things.
JESUS knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; a said, Father, the hour is come ; glorify thy Son, that thy Son al. so may glorify thee. As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal ; that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. b All things are delivered to me of my Father. c The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. d All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven not to do my own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the will of him that sent me ; that of all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.e
No man can come to me, except the Father, who hath sent me, draw him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught of God:
a St. John xiii. 3. 6 St. John xvii. 1. 2. 3. :o St. Joan iii. 35. e St. John vi. 37, 38, 39.
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every man therefore, that hath heard and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.f
All things are delivered to me of my Father. Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am ; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me : for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. b Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me ; and I knew that thou hearest me always. i I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world : thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.; I pray for them : I pray not for the world, si. e. now) but for them which thou hast given me ; for they are thine. k Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also that shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one ; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one : Iin them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one ; and that the world may know that thou hast sent ine, and hast loved them as thou hast loved me. I
God-Hath, in these last days, spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things; by whom also he constituted the ages: Who being the brightness of his glory,and
f St. John vi. 44. 45. & St. Luke x. 22. i St. John xi. 41, 42. ; St. John xvii. . IS: John xvü. 20-23.
b St. John xvii. 24. . StJoan xvi. 93
the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right-hand of the Majesty on high : m From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. n Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet; for in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing not put under him : but now we see not yet all things put under him. For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. For he hath put all things under his feet : but when he saith all things are put under (him, it is) mani. fest that he is excepted who did put all things under him. He is able even to subdue all things to himself. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. s And when all things shall be subdu. ed unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that hath put all things under him, that God may be all in all. t
For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity ; not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because the crea. ture itself also shall be delivered from the bon. dage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the
m Heb. i. 1, 2, 3. n Heb, x. 13. o Heb. ii. 8, 9. p 1 Cor.
25. q 1 Cor. xy. 27. g Phii. iii. 21. s 1 Cor. xv, 24. Cor. xy. 28.
whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain ogether until now : and not only they, but purselves also, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit ; even we ourselves groan within our. selves, waiting for the adoption; to wit, the redemption of our body. u
u Rom. viii. 19-23.
CHAP. VIII. Those who are in the state of the dead, are not
excepted from the redeeming love and power of CHRIST.
FOR none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live nnto the Lord ; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord : whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow, to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. a
dost thou julehy brother? forhrist.
a Rom. xiv, 7
He that is our God is the God of salvation ; and unto Jah (God) belong the issues from death. b
All they that be fat upon earth, shall eat and worship : all that go down to the dust shall bow before him, and none can keep alive his own soul.c
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust (that he might bring us to God) being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit : by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison : who sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls, were saved by water. d. You shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. e
Thus 'saith Jehovah, in an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant to the people, to estab. lish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages : That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth ; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves ; they shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places.They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall
6 Psalm, lxviii. 20. < Psalm, xxii. 29. d 1 Pet. iii. 18, 19, 20, e1 Pet. iv. 5, 6.