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6. Another part of the glory in the city is the temple. In the old Jerufatem, the temple built by Solomon was a great ornament to the city, and David faid, Pfal. lxviii. 29, "Becaufe of thy temple at Jerufalem, fhall kings bring prefents unto thee." The temple or house which will be built in Jerufalem, in the thoufand years of Chrift's reign will be fo glorious, that it will attract the attention of the most distant nations. Ifa. ii. 1. But what are all these to the temple which fhall adorn the new Jerufalem! Not a temple built of wood, ftone, iro, brafs, filver, gold, or precious stones; John faw none of thefe; but he who is the light, is the temple. Rev. xxi. 22, "And I faw no temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty, and the Lamb are the TEMPLE of it." What more can be wanted? To have the glory of God in the face of Jefus continually encircling us, is all the temple the faved nations will need forever.

With all this outward and inward glory, without citizens to dwell there we should see a great lack indeed. These are mentioned, verfe 24, "And the nations of `them which are faved fhall walk in the light of it." These are the ones who confeffed Chrift here, and endured to the end, fuch as were washed in his blood, who had experienced the wafhing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghoft, who had forfaken all for Christ, out of every nation, kindred, tongue and people. Here is nothing mentioned of that pagan fable, that fome who are purged in fire after the day of judgment, will at laft enter there; but those who are filthy fhall be filthy still. It is faid ver. 27, " And there fhall in no wife enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatfoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lye, but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."

It is all in vain for us to think we fhall enter into that city at laft, if in this world we work iniquity. Chrift has told us who will have their part in the lake of fire, and will be shut out of the city, Rev. xx. 8, "But the fearful and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers,and forfcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, fhall have their part in the lake which burneth with

fire and brimstone, which is the fecond death." He has alfo told us who will enter into this city, chap xxii. 14, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."

8. In addition to all this there will be no curfe on the city, or its inhabitants forever. Ver. 3, "And there fhall be no more curfe." The prefence of God and the Lamb will prevent all this forever.

9. As all the new earth will be inhabited by the faved nations forever, they will bring their glory there, when they fhall come to acknowledge the king of glory as the author of all their glory and joy. Ver. 26, "And they fhall bring the glory and honor of the nations to it. This city will be the metropolis of the whole new earth.

10. It is plain to me that there will be kings under Chrift and over those who are faved. He could not be king of kings if there were no other kings under him. Thefe are the kings which are to reign with him on the earth forever. These are the kings of the earth, (the new earth) who will bring their glory and honor to the new Jerufalem, and who will confider Christ as the giver of all they enjoy. Ver. 24, "And the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it."

Many people think there will be no order or government, after this world, in the world to come; but whoever reads the new teftament will find that there will be principalities and powers in the world to come far exceeding what is known here.

Heb. ii. 5, "For unto the angels hath he not put in fubjection the world to come whereof we speak." Paul mentions the names that are to be named in the world to come, as well as in this world, including principalities and powers, and confiders Christ above them all, in this and the world to come. Eph. i. 21, "Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but alfo in that which is to come." This world to come međus the new heaven and earth. There are now principalities and powers in heaven as well as in the earth. Eph. iii.

10, "To the intent that now unto the principalites and powers in heavenly places, might be known by the church the manifold wifdom of God."

11. Another part of the glory of this city is, that all who have been his faithful fervants here, fhall fee his face there, and have his name in their foreheads, and behold his glory. Verfe 4, "And they fhall fee his face; and his name fhall be in their foreheads." What more can there be to make their blifs complete ?

12. To close the whole defcription of the glory of the new Jerufalem, it is faid, verfe 5, "And there fhall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither the light of the fun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they fhall reign forever and ever." Changes, troubles, tears, and death, are at an end, and glory eternal is their's. One eternal noon is their's, and the golden. harps ever tuned, will affift their deathlefs tongues in afcribing glory, and honor,to him who fets on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever more, Amen,

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EXT....1 Cor. xv. 24, 27, 28, "Then cometh the end, when he fhall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power, for he hath put all things under his feet; but when he faith, all things are put under HIM, it is manifeft that he is excepted which did put all things under him. And when all things fhall be fubdued unto bim,then fhall the fon alfo himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."......Ifaiah ix. 7, Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with juftice from henceforth even forever; the zeal of the Lord of hofts will perform this."...... Luke i. 32, 33, "He fhall be great, and shall be called the Son of the highest, and the Lord God fhall give unto him the throne of his father David; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom-there fhall be

no end."

In the foregoing fermons I have mentioned the great and glorious things which the Lord by his prophets has faid fhall take place until the new Jerufalem comes down from God out of heaven, and through the whole Chrift appears the one through whom all these things are to be done, having received this authority from his Father; and there are feveral things concerning him which will take place through all these things, which I could not with propriety fpeak upon until I had gone through with the things proposed in the firft fermon. Thefe fhall now be noticed..

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In the text from Corinthians, Ifaiah and Luke, there is a feeming contradiction, though in reality there is none. In the words from Corinthians, Paul fays that Christ fhall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father, that the Son himself shall be subject to him that put all. things under him. In Ifaiah and Luke, it is faid that of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, and that he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and that there fhall be no end of his kingdom. How can all this be true? How can Chrift deliver up the kingdom to God his Father, and yet reign foreverin a kingdom which cannot end?

I fhall endeavour to fhew how all this can be, by attending to the following particulars.

1. What is meant by all things being put under Chrift.

2. What that rule, authority and power is, which Chrift will put down.

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3. What is meant by his giving up the kingdom to God, and how in this the Son himself fhall be fubject to him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

4. Shew how he will reign forever, and have a kingdom which will never end, after all the other things take place.

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I am to fhew what is meant by all things being put un.

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It must be remembered, that there are three states of the kingdom of Chrift, which he compares to the corn, firft, the blade--then, the ear-after this, the full corn_in the ear-[This has been noticed in fermon ix.] When Christ was on the earth, his kingdom was in the blade,, and he did not pretend to exercife any kingly power o but appeared in the form of a fervant, and in this, fet an example for all his minifters and followers, who expect to reign with him hereafter.

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He was called God's fervant, Ifa. xlii. I, my SERVANT whom I uphold." Chap. lii. 13, my SERVANT fhall deal prudently, he fhall be exalted and extolled, and be very high." Phil. ii. 7, "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a fervant, and was made in the likeness of men." He,

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