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I PE T. iii. 227

Angels, and Authorities, and Powers, being made fubject to him.

II.HIS Kingly Office.

1. That Chrift fhould be a King, is plainly foretold, Pfal. ii. 6. Acts xiii. 33. Ifa. ix. 6, 7. Matt. ii. 2. 4. Zech. ix. 9. Matt. xxi. 5.

2. His Kingdom was not of this World: No Temporal Kingdom, as the Jews thought, yea, and the Apostles, Actsi. 6. Himfelf faith it was not, John xviii. 36. therefore he would not divide the Inheritance, Luke xii. 13, 14. nor be made a King by them, John vi. 15.

3. He exercised his Regal Power even when he was upon Earth over bad Angels, Mark i. 25, 27. c. iii. 11, 12. Gocd Angels, they attended him as his Guard, Luke ii. 13. and worshipped, Heb. i. 6.


After his Refurrection he declared his Com miffion and Authority, Matt. xxviii. 18. 5. At his Afcenfion, he was actually invested with it, enthroned, crowned, Acts ii. 36. c. V. 31.

Concerning this his Kingdom, we may obferve,

1. The Extent. It is over all, it is extended all over the World, Rom, ix. 5. 1 Pet. iii. 22.


Eph. i. 20, 21. Phil. ii. 9. and yet he needs no Viceroy, for he is every where, Matt. xxviii. 20. and therefore no Vicar-General.

2. The Nature of this Kingdom as it refembles these on Earth. He hath,

1. His Throne in Heaven, there he keeps his Court, Heb. viii. 1. c. xii. 2.

2. His Courtiers and immediate Attendants are Holy Angels and Saints, Rev. vii. 11.

3. His Minifters of State are likewise the Holy Angels, Heb. i. 14.


His Secretaries are the Prophets and Apostles, 2 Pet. i. 21.

Yet he gives Audience every where, Matt. xviii. 20. therefore we ought not to go to his Courtiers.

6. The Law he governs his Subjects by, is his written Word, Jac. ii. 8, 12.

1. The Common Law is the Old Testament, Rom. iii. 19.

2. The Chancery, or, Court of Equity, is the New, Rom. iii. 20, 21, 23.

7. The Great Seals he ufeth to confirm his Grants, is the Sacraments, Rom. iv. 11. 8. His Enemies are many, but he conquers them all, Heb. x. 12, 13. Josh. x. 24.

He foon conquered all thofe that oppofed him in the Propagation of the Gofpel, Matt.xvi.


But his great Enemies are Three great and powerful Princes.

Satan, John xii. 31. Eph. ii. 2. c. vi. 12.
Sin, Rom. v. 21. Rom. vi. 12.

Death, Rom. v. 17, 14.

1. He conquers the Devil, Heb. ii. 14. 1 John


iii. 8. 2 Tim. ii. 26.

2. Sin, Rom. vi. 14. Acts v. 31. Phil. iv. 13. 3. Death is alfo conquered by him, Hos. xiii. 14. 1 Cor. XV. 54, 55, 56.

9. He hath his Ambassadors also, 2 Cor. v. 20.


In his Name therefore I befeech you,

1. To Honour and Reverence him as exalted above all other Monarchs in the World, John v. 23. Phil. ii. 9, 10.

2. Submit unto him, and obey his Laws, Pfal. ii. 9. Luke xix. 27.

3. Truft to him for his Pardon, Acts v. 31. and Protection of you, and his bringing you to himself in Heaven, Revel. iii. 21. Reve vii. 12.


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He is now in Heaven, and will be to the End of the World, Acts iii. 21.

But that he will one Day come from thence again, is attefted,

1. By the Apostles, 1 Theff. iv. 16. 2 Thess. i. 7. Heb. ix. 28.

2. By the Holy Angels, Ats i. 10, 11.

3. By Chrift himfelf, John xiv. 2, 3. Matt. xxvi. 64. c. XXV. 31.

II. His Coming fhall be with great Glory. The Archangels fhall be his Heralds, 1 Theffal. iv. 16.

All the Holy Angels fhall attend him, Matt. XXV. 31. 2 Theffal. i. 7. Mark viii. 38.

This was along ago foretold by Enoch, Judg: xiv. 15. Dan. vii. 13, 14.

So he is often faid to come in the Clouds, Matt. xxvi. 64. Rev. i. 7.

ענני השמים הם מלאכי צבא השמים

The Clouds of Heaven, they are the Angels of the Hoft of Heaven. R. Gaon.

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III. Being thus come with his Angels, he fhal fit upon a Throne, that is, a Judgment Seats Matt. xix. 28.

To open this,

1. There will be a Judgment.

1. Private, Heb. ix. 27. Eccl. xii. 7.
ph Targ. Luke xvi. 22, 23.

2. General. Of which,

1. That there is such a Judgment to come, apa pears,

1. From the Teftimony of Confcience, As xxiv. 25. Rom. ii. 15.

2. From the Juftice of God, Gen. xviii. 25. 3. From the Vifions of it,Dan. vii. 10. Rev. XX, 12. 3. From his exprefs Affertion of it, Eccl. xii. 14. Rom. ii. 5. Eccl. xi. 9, 10.

2. Who will then be Judge? CHRIST. Job.v 22,27. Rom.xiv. 10. 2 Cor. v. 10. A&ts xvii.3 1. c. X. 42.

1. Because it is but Reason, that he that was judged of Men, fhould afterwards judge them, Matt. xxvi. 64. Phil. ii. 9, 10, 11. 2. That fo we may fee our Judge, John v. 27. Job xix. 25, 26, 27.

3. Who fhall then be judged? All Nations and People whatfoever, Matt. xxv. 32. 2 Cor. v. 10. 1. All that are Dead fhall be raised again to Life, I Cor. xv. 52. Rev. xx. 12, 13.

2. Those that are then alive fhall be fummoned too, I Cor. xv. 51. 1 Theff. iv. 17.

IV. What Law will he Judge by? The Law of God, Fac. ii. 12. and by the Law of Nature, Rom. ii. 14.

By which he will Judge,

1. The Thoughts, 1 Cor. iv. 5. 2 Pet. ii, 1.


2. The

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