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The KINGDOM and CHURCH OF CHRIST.
u To this End Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the Dead and Living; who is gone into Heaven ; and is on the Right-hand of God; Angels, and Authorities, and Powers, being made lubject unto him.
w He spoiled Principalities and Powers, and made a Shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it; and through Death he hath destroyed him who had the Power of Death, that is, the Devil. The Prince of this world is now judged ; and the God of Peace hath bruised Satan under our Feet.
* The Kingdoms of this World are become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ. All Kings shall fall down before him, all Nations thall serve him; and unto him shall the Gathering of the People be.
y He is the Head of all Principality and Power. At the Name of Jesus every Knee shall bow, of Things in Heaven, and Things in Earth, and Things under the Earth. And every Tongue hall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of.God the Father.
z He must reign till he hath put down all Rule, and all Authority, and Power; and hath put all Enemies under his Feet. The last Enemy that shall be destroyed is Death. And when all Things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the
u Rom. 14. 9
1 Pet. 3. 22. John 16. 11. Rom. 16. 20. Gen. 49. 10.
y Col. 2. 10,
w Col, 2. 15. Heb. 2. 34. x Rev. 11. 15.
Pfal. 72. 11. Phil. 2, 10, 11,
Ing. 24, 25, 26, 28.
Son also himself be subject. unto him that put all Things under him, that God may be all in all..
• Jefus having preached the Gospel of the Kingdom ; and all Power being given unto him in Heaven and in Earth; he said unto his Dirciples, Go ye into all the World, and preach the Gospel to every Creature ; baptising all Nations in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; and teaching them to: observe all Things, whatfvever I have commanded you: And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the End of the World.
• Now when the Apostles, and other Disciples that were scattered abroad, went every where preaching the Things concerning the Kingloin of God, and the Name of Jesus Christ, many of thein which heard the Word believed, and were baptized, both Men and Women, and they gave themselves to the Lord; and continued stedfastly in the Apostles Doctrine and Fellowthip, and in Breaking of Bread, and in Prayers, 'And the Multitude of them that believed was called the Church of God and of Christ.
e Christ is the Head of the Church, which is his Body, the Fulness of him that filleth all in all.
As the Body is one, and hath many Members, and all the Members of that one Body, being many, are one Body; so we, being many, are one Body in Christ, and Members in particular:
1 Cor. 15. 28. a Mat. 4. 23. Mat: 28. 18. Mark 16. 15. Mat. 28. 19, 20. b Acts 8. 14, 4, 12.
Acts 4. 4:
Acts 8. 12. 2 Cor. 8. 5. Acts 2. 42.
Acts 20. 28.
d Rom. 16. 16. c Eph. 3. 23. Eph. 1. 23.
1 Cor. 12 12. Rom, 12. 5. 1 Cor. 12. 27, 13.
Acts 4. 32.
Fos by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Budy, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be Bond or Free.
• Both Jews and Gentiles are Fellow-Citizens with the Saints, and of the Houthold of God; and are built upon the Foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief Corner-Stone; in whom all the Building, fitly framed together, groweth unto an holy Temple in the Lord. In whom we also are builded together for an Habitation of God through the Spirit.
* There is one Body and one Spirit, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all.
& There is one Fold and one Shepherd, erlen our Lord Jesus; who laid down his Life for his Sheep; being put to Death not for the Nation of the Jews only, but that also he should gather together in one the Children of God, that were scattered abroad.
h Christ loved the Church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the Washing of Water by the Word; that he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having Spot or Wrinkle, but holy and without Blemilh.
i Jesus, the great Shepherd and Bishop of our Souls, gave some Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some Pastors and Teachers; for the perfecting of the Saints, for the Work of the Ministry, for the edifying of the
1 Cor. 12. 13.
e Roin. 3. 29. Eph. 2. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. f Eph. 4. 4, 5,
Heb. 13. 20. John 10. 15, 14. John 11.53, 52.
Eph. 5. 25, 26, 27. i Heb. 13. 20. 1 Pet. 2. 25. Eph. 4. 11, 12, 14.
Body Body of Christ; that we henceforth be no more Children, tofled to and fro, and carried about with every Wind of Doctrine, by the Slight of Men and cunning Craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the Truth in Love, may grow up into him in all Things, which is the Head, even Chrift; from whom the whole Body fitly joined together and compacted, maketh Increase, unto the edifying itself in Love.
** Jesus chose twelve of his Disciples, whom also he nained Apostles; and he ordained thein, that they should be with him, and that he inight fend them forth to preach. And accordingly while he lived, he sent them to preach the Kingdoin of God: and after his Resurrection, he said unto the Disciples, As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And he breathed on them, and faith-unto them, Receive ye the Holy Gholt.-Vide p. 101 .
1 The Works whereunto these and other Apofilles afterwards were called and separated by the Holy Gholt, was to minister the Gospel of God; to teach and preach Jesus Christ; to baptize in his Name for the Remission of Sins; to break the Bread, which is the Cominunion of the Body of Christ, and to bless the Cup, which is the Communion of the Blood of Christ, and to do this in Remeinbrance of me,
• Moreover of those whom God hath set in the Church, the Apostles are first, and to them, also the Lord gave Authority for Edification, and not for Destruction. For he said unto them, What
Eph. 4. 14, 15, 16. m Luke 6. 13. Mark Ž. 14. Luke 9. 2. John 20. 21, 22.
* Acts 13. 2. Rom. 15. 16. Afts 5. 42.
Acts 2. 38. 1 Cor. 10, 16. i Cor. II, 25 Oi Cor. 14. 3• 2 Cor. 10. 8. Mat. 18. 18.
fuever ye shall bind on Earth Mall be bound in Heaven, and whatsoever ye shall loose on Earth shall be looled in Heaven : Whole-soever Sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and wholetoever Sins ye retain, they are retained.
p The Lord appointed other Seventy also ; and sent them forth as Labourers into his Harvest.
9 Now when Jesus was taken up into Heaven, the Apostles whom he had chosen leing come togee ther, with the other Disciples which had companied with them all the Tiine that the Lord Jesus went in and out among them, they appointed iwo, out of which one was chosen by Lot, to take Part of the Ministry and Apostleship, from which Judas by Transgression fell. And he was numbered with the eleven Apostles, and ordained to be a Witness with them of the Resurrection of Christ.
. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost; and they taught the People, and preached through Jesus the Resurrection from the Dead. And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.
• And in those Days, when the Number of Disciples was multiplied, they by the Direction of the Twelve chose seven Deacons, whom they fet before the Apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid their Hands on them: And the Business over which they were appointed was to distribute what was given to the Poor. They aslifted likewise in preaching the Things concerning the Kingdom of
Mat. 16. 19. John 29. 23.
8. Luke 1o. 1, 2.
[ Aets 2. 4 1:1), 2, 15, 21, 23, 24, 26, 25, 26, 22. Atg 4. 2. Acts 2. 47.
s Acts 6. 1, 5, 2, 3, 6, 3, 1. 8. 121 Acts 6. 10. Acts S. 13, 1.21