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ling acceptation of the doctrine of a future life. Hence, throughout the subsequent part of the chapter he directs their attention almost exclusively to circumstances, which pertain to the refurrection of the just. Christ had already fulfilled the prophecies, which had declared that He should be the first who should rise from the dead. He had ascended into Heaven, and had entered into His glory. He had already presented himself before the throne of God as the intercessor, the forerunner, and the representative, of his faints. In their due time, and in their appointed order, he will receive them from the east and from the west, from the north and from the fouth, into the kingdom prepared for them, through his covenanted atonement, from the foundation of the world. When the Lord himself shall defcend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; the dead in Christ shall rise first. And then shall the righteous who remain alive at that aweful hour be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air :, and fo shall they all be for ever with the Lord (e).
Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father: when He mall have put down all rules and all authority and power. For He must reign, till He hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that mall be destroyed is death : for He hath put all things under his feet. But when He saith, all things are put under Him; it is manifest that He is excepted, which did put all things under Him. And when all things fall be subdued unto Him ; tben Mall the Son also bimself be fubject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
(e) i Theff. iv. 15–17. Dd
Because He, who was the Son of God, vouchsafed to become the Son of man; because He who thought it not robbery to equal with God, He who in the beginning was with God and was God, took upon
Himfelf the form of a servant, and humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross: therefore God hath highly exalted Him. As a partaker of the everlasting Godhead, our Saviour could not be exalted. But in His assumed nature as man, in His character as Mediator, He was capable of being exalted and glorified. Thy throne, O God, saith the Father into the Son, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever : a fceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of the kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity : therefore God, even thy God,
hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows (f). “O Thou who art a partaker of the sovereign and eternal God“ head; Thou who, when Thou shalt become
incarnate in human nature, shalt completely
fulfil my righteous law by the Spirit which “ Thall be poured upon Thee without mea(6 sure: as Man fhalt Thou be raised unto
glory foreign and unknown to the nature
which Thou shalt have assumed, unto a " throne of everlasting righteousness.” To Christ, as man, hath His Almighty Father given a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confefs that Jesus Christ is Lord. He hath fet Christ, as man, at His own right hand in Heaven, 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: and hath put all things, Himself excepted, under His feet. All power is given unto Christ in Heaven and in earth. And He must reign, His separate and mediatorial kingdom must continue, until He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power,
() Hebr. i. 5. 8, 9. Dd 2
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 deftruction of death. That last
of latest antagonist of our Redeemer, shall assuredly be destroyed for ever: for God hath put all things, even death himfelf, under the feet of His Son. For in that He put all in subječtion under Him, He 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 Abrabam, 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). Christ shall enthrone His righteous servants in an inheritance of everlasting 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 thug have accomplished His warfare, thus effectu
(8) Hebr. ii. 8. 14. 16.
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 necelsary, to the Father from whom He had received 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 Hiin 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 feelsing of our infirmities: for He was in all points tempted like as we are; and having Himself suffered, being tempted, He is able