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Has done much more: nor is his arm impair'd
We make the grave our bed, and then are gone. 334 The world shall burn, and from her ashes spring
Nevertheless, we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 2 Peter, iii. 13.
The Light himself shall shine
РОРЕ. . 341 God shall be all in all.
And, when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him, that put all things under him, that God
may be all in all. I Cor. xv. 28. But when the Father shall have fulfilled his promise, in its utmost extent, and all things shall be subjected to him, so that it shall appear to every eye, that he is indeed Lord of all; then shall the Son, also, himself, amidst all the glories of that triumph, be, and declare himself to be, subject to him, subjected all things to him, by a public act in the midst of this most august assembly; giving up, as it were, his commission to preside as universal Lord, in the mediatorial kingdom to him; as having answered the end for which it was given him, in the complete salvation of all his people, whom he shall then introduce into a state of the greatest nearness to God, and most intimate converse with him; that God may be, and that God may appear to be, all in all; that they may enjoy complete and everlasting happiness, in the full communication of divine favour to them, for ever, in a world where they shall no longer need a mediator to introduce them to it. Such are our views and hopes as Christians.
DODDRIDGE. 343 Adore the Son, and honour hin as me.
That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. He that, in such a circumstance, and on such a discovery, honoureth not the Son, as worthy the highest veneration honoureth not the Father that sent him ; but, affronting him, in the person of so dear and so great an ambassador, must expect to be treated as an enemy and a rebel.
348 With Jubilee,
A year of rejoicing, celebrated every fiftieth year among the Jews, in commemoration of their deliverence out of Egypt. Among Christians, a solemnity first instituted by Pope Boniface VIII. in the year 1300, who ordained it to be kept every hundredth year: afterwards, Clement IV. ordered one to be kept every fifty years; and
Sextus IV., one to kept every twenty-fifth year. 348
and loud hosannas filled
Where Christ exalted reigns,
Their own immortal strains ? 351
down they cast
They cast their crowns before the throne: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour, and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created. Rev. iy. 10. 11. Ye shall receive an
amarantine crown of glory, 1 Peter, v. 4. 353 Immortal amarant.
Amaranthus, everlasting ; a flower that lasts
long without any sensible decay. 358 And where the river of bliss
He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. Rev. 22. In the midst of
the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits,' and yielded her fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Let us raise our eyes to the water of life, which issues from the throne of God and the Lamb; to the tree of life, which grows on its banks and produces such a variety of fruit, both for food and refreshment, and for the healing of the nations; to that more excellent paradise, in which there shall be no curse, where. from the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be scattered ten thousand blessings on all his servants; who shall there serve him with everlasting, with increasing delight, being admitted to see his face, and exulting in their having the name of God written upon their foreheads; which they reckon a brighter and nobler ornament, than the most glorious crown or diadem, without such an inscription, could be. These are the words of truth and faithfulness, and as such may our faith embrace them, and our souls rest upon them.
DODDRIDGE. 359 Rolls o'er Elysian flow'rs
The grove of God, the Heaven of the poets. 363
that like a sea of jasper shone, A precious stone of a green colour transparent with red veins of great value. It was the last of the precious stones in the fourth row of the High Priest's breast plate, upon which the name of
Benjamin was engraved. Exod. xxviii. 20. 365 Then crown'd again, their golden harps they took.
Having every one of them harps, and golden
vials full of odours. Rev. v. 8. In this world the disciples of Christ are only a little flock; but when they stand upon the heavenly mountain, they shall appear ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands ; and all the harmony of their voices, and all the ardour of their souls, inconceivably improved, as all their powers will be, shall be united on this happy occasion. Form us, O Lord, we entreat thee, for this divine employment, and teach us to anti
cipate its pleasures in the regions below. 381
that brightest Seraphim Approach not, but with both wings veil their
eyes. In scripture denotes an holy angel of the first order. Each one had six wings ; with twain he
covered his face. Isa, vi, 2. 386 Made visible, th' Almighty Father shines.
Who is the image of the invisible God. Col. i.
13. 388 Transfus'd on thee his ample spirit rests.
The spirit of Jehovah shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge, and
of the fear of the Lord. Jo, xi. 2. 401 Father of mercy and grace.
The Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, 80 our consolation also aboundeth by
Christ. 2 Cor. 1. 3. 5. 412
Oh goodness infinite ! goodness immense !