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- jFirstj 'iam to produce several E*po^ -pas— tons of this Place, which are liable to^£J£ such Objections as seem riot capable of a. *j^ear and just Answer*

Some there have been who have so far perverted the Meaning of these Words, as to infer from them, that immediately after the Day of Judgment there shall be an End both of the Reign and Person of our Blessed Saviour; and that when all Things shall be subdued unto the Son, tbe Son himself shall be resolv'd into the Father, and cease to exist distinctly from Him *. Which absurd and impious Tenet is so far from having any Foundation in the Text, that it is clearly confuted by it. Since the Apostle expreflly tells us> That. when all Things flail be subdued unto the £<j«, the Son himself sl:all be subjeSt unto the Father j which necessarily implies, That the Son shall then continue to exist, and be a distinct Person from the Father, to whom he shall be subject.

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vii viii ^er ant* P*oug Sentiments, have thought _^r_ this Text a sufficient Warrant to believe, that the Kingdom of. Christ as Man (hall have an End. They willingly acknowj-, ledge, That Christ as God shall live and reign .together with the Father for ever*. more; but they maintain, that at the Consummation of all Things, He shall resign to the Father that plenary Power with which as Man he was invested after his Resurrection. This is what they utw derstand by his delivering up .the King-. dom to God the Father. And this they J^y,;the Apostle well proves by his (ii-t ta&on from the Psalmist, He must rtigu till be bath put all Enemies under ,.!£$;} Fees i which Words seem to them to in*» ply that He shall reign till then, and no. longer. And . this they suppose to bc^ very mue.hr confirm'd by what thot> apostle adds: as.. the. xxvinth Verse, Tba,t\ when, aU Things jkall be subdued unto. dfa,. Sonx then fiafl the Sen also himself be subjeB unto him that put all Things. imdefy. hiin^,; That is, say they, the Son sliaU

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be so intirely subject unto the Father, as not to exercise any Authority with'*dr SEftM«f. under him; that God may be all in all,_ A * t. e. ^That the Government of the Universe may no longer be in the Hands of z Mediator, but that the Deity consisting of Three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, may order and transact all Things immediately by itself. '.''.!

'"fhis is the most common Exposition of these Words; but there are such considerable Objections against it, that I can hardly think it to be the true one. For,' First, The Re seems to be very clear and foil Evidence for the everlasting Duration of that Kingdom, in which our Lord was instated aster his Resurrection'.' There are several plain and express Tes, tiftidme^ o'f Scripture to this Purpose/ Tile Psalmist addressing himself to the' Son of God (Ts. Xlv.'6,7.) speaks thns j'' Thy Throne, 0 God,' is for ever and ever^^ >• a-kteptrt of Righteoujftess. is the Sceptre'*'9' . of thy Kingdom: Thou'haft loved Righte-' oitfjrtffi akdtated'Ynfquity-, therefore God eWriKibf'(jod hath anointed thee Kith'the''

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Isaiah Os the Increase of his Government and Peace there stall be no End, upon the "Throne of David and upon his Kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with Judgment and with Justicei henceforth even for ever. Agreeable to the Prediction of Isaiah was the Vision of Daniel, Who

Dan. \W.saw in the Night-Visions, and behold one J3» »*• like the Son of Man came with the Clouds cf Heavent and came to the antient of Days, and they brought him near before him* And there was given him Dominion and Glory i and a Kingdom, that all People, Nations and Languages should serve him j his Dominion is an everlasting Dominion which stall not pajs away, and his Kingdom that which stall not be destroy'd. The Angel Gabriel express'd the fame Sense in Terms not capable of being evaded, {Luke i. 32, 33.) The Lord God, faith he, stall give unto him the Throne cf his Father David, And he stall feign wer the House of Jacob for

ert and. of his Kingdom there stall be-no—*——_ 4 . Wherefore in diverse antient Creeds SERIvfto,.thfrJAiticle concerning Christ's coming __' $p., Judgment at the End of the World, •Were added these Words, Whose Kingdefyjhall have no End; with Reference no^oubt to this Text. And that Jesus $)£$,!$,actually entred upon that everlasting ICingdom, which was promised to hsia,' by the Prophets, we learn from St. %auh who tells us, That after he had Heb.*. tffl&gd one Sacrifice for Sins, he for ever Jat-down^tjhe right Hand of God. And iq-tJ! Epistle to the Ephejtans he assures Us,. <ffaat /God hath set him at his oicn Ephes i. rigk£Hand in the. Heavenly, Places, far a' -'* abweallPrincipality and Power and Alight end pominion, and every Name that . ii natgecLnot only in.this Worlds but also.in tjjatjghifh is to. come. Accordingly the G^rcompos'd by the Councils of ArfcSomix. tiacb-and Sirmium, about the middle of £"• Hist.

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thf/vfqurxh Century, express this Matter c. 19. ^ tjius.j Who fat down at the right Hand c' 3°* of $ie Father, and shall come again at % End. of the W.6ild; to judge the Quick.

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