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THE BETTER COVENANT.

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of the Spirit, in its fulness. The holy people, the righteous nation, Israel, shall walk before their present, manifested King, in the beauty of holiness: and in them, and along with them, shall all the families of the earth be blessed, like them. Christ shall be king, not (as at present) of a few hidden ones, among the nations of the ungodly; but of the whole population of the globe.

66 The Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one." (Zech. xiv. 9.) Christ will not then (as at present)

sprinkle many nations,” with his Spirit: (a term which most accurately describes his influences, in the now dispensation of an election :) but “the Spirit shall be poured upon us, from on high.” “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty: floods upon the dry ground.” “The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the seas.” (Habak. ii. 14.) All people, nations, and languages shall serve him. (Dan. vii. 14.) " The whole earth shall be filled with his glory.” (Psalm lxxii. 19.) The day of Israel's covenant is the day of “the regeneration,” physical and moral, of this lower world. Accordingly, God speaks of this kindness to Israel, as if it were the same thing with the creation we are looking for, of new heavens and a new earth. “Behold, I create new heavens, and a new earth;

and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be ye glad, and rejoice for ever, in that which I create: FOR BEHOLD, I CREATE JERUSALEM A REJOICING, and her people a joy." (Isaiah Ixv. 17, 18.) “I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, AND SAY UNTO ZION, THOU ART MY PEOPLE.” (Isaiah li. 16.) “ Sing, O ye heavens, for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth : break forth into singing, ye mountains; O forest, and every tree therein : for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.(Is. xliv. 23.)

See, my brethren, the immensity of glory and joy and blessedness, the new creation of this wretched world, for which we are waiting, till the season of Israel's mercies, the day of their new covenant, be come. O let us give our God “no rest, until he arise, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” “Publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel." Amen, Amen.

LECTURE VII.

THE PRESENT DISPERSION A MORAL WARNING TO THE GENTILES, A LITERAL FULFILMENT OF PROPHECY, AND A SURE PLEDGE

OF THEIR FUTURE RETURN.

BY THE REV. W. R. FREMANTLE, M.A.,

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Well; because of unbelief they were broken off,

and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded,

but fear."

God has greatly honoured the Jewish nation, he has from the beginning assigned to them a prominent place in the development of his purpose of mercy to the world, and every particular connected with their history must be deeply interesting to the Scriptural student. In taking a rapid glance at their high appointment in the Divine purpose, two particulars attract

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our notice.

The first is the agency in which they have been employed as individuals, and the second the result to be accomplished in them as a nation. The first embraces the covenant of grace according to an election of persons; the second, the constitution of a nation wholly righteous, and the diffusion of national righteous

over the whole earth. The dealings of God with Israel hitherto, exemplify the formerthe latter remains to be fulfilled.

But we must observe further, that the completion of the purpose according to the election of persons, was not confined to the Jewish nation. Others were included in the covenant, who, in due time, were to be admitted to the privileges of individual salvation, before this dispensation of Divine love closed. Hence, we contemplate two distinct families in the earth. The Jew and the Gentile. The Gentile, occupying a secondary place to the Jew, but in process of time enjoying equal privileges in the covenant of grace.

For while,“ to the Jew first, and also to the Greek,” marks the order of rank; “ unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God," marks the “ no difference" and equality as to privilege, for both are made one in Jesus Christ. Yet, it will be admitted, the Jew has had the precedence

in the favour of God, and has been employed as the herald to usher in the grace of God to the Gentile; and having effected this primary object, we assume that the Jew will hereafter be employed nationally to make known the love and mercy of God to all the nations upon earth. And this intimately concerns every one of us, as a brief review of the covenant of grace will testify. For, beginning with Abraham, the father of the faithful and the friend of God, we find the Lord raised up in his family a righteous seed-an election of individuals, who, from one generation to another, walked by faith, kept the truth, saw the promises afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims upon earth. But they were few in number compared with the bulk of the nation descended according to the flesh from the loins of Abraham. There were Ishmaels, and Esaus, and Nadabs, and Abihus, and Korahs, and Jeroboams, and Ahabs, who rebelled against God, forsook the Lord, provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, went away backwards, broke down his altars, slew his prophets with the sword, bowed down to Baal, sacrificed their sons and daughters to devils, until God cast them off from being a nation, and sent a heavy punish

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