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with him, after he had done that Thing of which he had spoken to him. So again, when St. Paul prays that the Philippians may be sincere and without Offence till the Day of Christ, he cannot mean that they mould cease to be so after the Day of Christ j it being certain, that they who mould be sincere and without Offence till that Time, shall continue so to all Eternity. And not tomultiply Instances, when our Lord told his Disciples, That he would not any more eat of the Passover till it mould be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God j updpubte,dly his Meaning was, that that was the last: Passover he should ever eat of: It being absurd to suppose, that our Lord intended to eat of the typical Passover again, after that by fulfilling it, he had abolished it. In like manner, when God promises the Messiah that he shall sit at his right Hand, or reign till all his Enemies are put under his Feet; it seems

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_'?" should hinder hjm from Reigning, when all who are against his Reigning shall be subdued? If he rejgneth while his Enemies make head against him and oppose him, much more shall he reign when he shall have mastered all Opposition. The most natural Meaning then of these Words is, That the Kingdom of Christ shall be Eternal. And the Apostle's Design in citing them was not to prove? fhat the Kingdom of Christ mould have an end,, but that the Kingdom of "hi? Adversaries, Death and the Devil, should have an end; or, to use the Apostle's own Words, That Christ should put down all Rule and all Authority and Power. Indeed there is good Proof, that St. Paul understood these Words to be a Promise of an everlasting endless Reign. For he thus refers to them in his Epistle \o the Hebrews, This Man after he had

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judicious Interpreters, joyning the Words iERMfor ever with what goes before, read the ', Sentence thus, This Man after he had ofiered one Sacrifice for Sins for ever, fat down on the right Hand of God; J will repeat that Passage which I before quoted from the Epistle to the Ephestans, in which St, Paul declares, That God hath Eph. i. raised up Christ from the Dead, and set 2°' n' him at his own right Hand in the Heavenly Places, 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 come. Which Words do plainly teach us, jhat Christ shall sit at the right Hand of God, as was foretold by the Psalmist not only in this World, while his Enemies are unsubdued, but also in the World to come, after that his Enemies are subdued. Nay, they do farther intimate, that in the World to come there shall be many Powers subordinate to Jesus Christ; so far was the Apostle from asserting, that all subordinate Authority O 4 should

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-pp,' 3. Christ's being subject to the Father does not imply any Refignation of his Authority, or his being redue'd to the State of a private Subject. For he may be subject JO the Father, and yet not be 3 private Subject. Fpr even now, while he exerciseth all Power in Heaven and in Earth, he is as truly subject, as he could be if he had no Power at all.

£h!l. For he is Lord to the Glory of God the Father j and doth all Things by Virtue of an Authority deriv'd from the Father, and in Obedience to his Will. St. Peter

i.Pet- assures. us, That Angels, and Authorities and Powers are fubjeff unto Chrift. i. buj; it cannot be conducted from hence, thaf there are nq subordinate Risers among the Angels. The Authorities and Pow? ers may still have t'h? Command of inferior Angels, altho' they themselves to* gether with the Angels unqVr their Compiand, are subject to the Son of Gp$. A§ the Rulers among the Angels, so all |Lar{hly Potentates are subject, unto Christ j

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Authority over those, who are subject unto them. Even so the Subjection of * , Christ to the Father may well consist with his Dominion over all other Beings.

4.1 T does not follow from God's being all in all at the End of the World, that Christ shall not then reign in Subordination to him, any more than it follows from Sjt. Paul's Words to the Colojjians, Christ is all in all, that there were then Col. ilt po subordinate Governours under Christ in the Church. In some Sense, God may now be said to be all in all, as being now (he sole Fountain of all rightful Authority, and of all the Blessings which are derived unto the Creatures. But he shall be all in all in a more eminent and higher Sense, when the Devil and his Associates, who are now permitted to exercise an usurped Authority, shall be finally subdued; when, as it was forefold long ago by I/aiab, Eirry Kneels*'1*1*Jhall how to God, and every Tongue fiall *J* confess to him. \Vhich famous Predic-: tion

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