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late, with the Gentiles, and people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

Rom. 9. 17. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. 22. What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom he hath called.

1 Pet. 2. 8. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

2 Pet. 2. 12. But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not and shall utterly perish in their own corruption.

Jude. 4. For there are certain men crept in unawares who were before of old, ordained to this condemnation.

Rev. 17. 17. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. [See 257.]

Rights of God.

247. What rights or prerogatives belong to God, which do not belong to his creatures ?

1. To give supreme law.

1 Ch. 29. 11. Thine is the kingdom, O Lord. Ps. 47. 7. God is the king of all the earth.

Ps. 99. 1. The Lord reigneth.

Is. 33. 22. The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King.

2. To require supreme homage-3. To govern the heart.

2. To require supreme homage.

Gen. 17. 1. I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Ex. 20.2. I am the Lord thy God-Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Pr. 23. 17. Be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. 26. My son, give me thy heart.

Mat. 4. 10. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Mat. 6. 33. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.

Mat. 22. 37. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

1 Cor. 10. 31. Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

3. To govern the heart.

1 S. 26. 19. If the Lord hath stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the Lord; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the Lord, saying, Go, serve other gods.

Is. 45. 9. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? Wo unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

Mat. 20. 15. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is thine eye evil because I am good?

Rom. 9. 20. Shall the thing formed, say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?

Ph. 2. 13. It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

4. To use all creatures in fulfilling his designs.

1 Ch. 6. 15. And Jehozadak went into captivity,

5. To take life at his pleasure-6. To try his creatures by tempters.

when the Lord carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

Ps. 17. 13. Deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword; from men which are thy hand, O Lord, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life.

5. To take life at his pleasure.

Gen. 22. 2. Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering.

1 S. 15. 3. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling.

6. To try his creatures by tempters.

Dt. 13. 3. Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart.

1 K. 22. 20. And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead?

-And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said- -go forth and do so.

Job 2. 6. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thy hand; but save his life.

Mat. 4. 1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

7. To send moral blindness.

Is. 29. 10. The Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes.

Ezk. 14. 9. And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet.

Jn. 12. 40. He hath blinded their eyes, and harden

8. To vindicate himself and his servants-9. To punish, &c.

ed their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. [See 257.]

2 Th. 2. 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

8. To vindicate himself and his servants.

Dt. 22. 25. To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense.

Ps. 94. 1. O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, show thyself.

Rom. 12. 19. Vengeance is mine; I will repay saith the Lord.

9. To punish by wicked rulers, &c.

1 K. 19. 15. And the Lord said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria.

2 K. 8. 12. And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.

Is. 10. 5. O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. I will send him against a hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. 12. Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.

Rights will be maintained-Supremacy of government.

Ezk. 20. 24. Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their father's idols. Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the Lord.

Dan. 4. 17. The Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

Hos. 13. 11. I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.

248. Will God maintain his rights?

Is. 42. 8. I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Is. 48. 11. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another. 227.]

Government of God.


249. Is God the supreme and rightful governor of all his creatures?

Ps. 2. 6. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

Ps. 22. 28. He is the governor among the nations. Ps. 47. 2. The Lord Most High is terrible; he is a great king over all the earth. 7. God is the king of all the earth. God sitteth upon the throne of his ho liness.

Ps. 89. 18. The Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our King.

Ps. 97. 1. The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitudes of the isles be glad thereof. Clouds

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