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that God had advanced Christ into his Kingdom, 2 A&ts 33. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghoft; be bath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. And from hence concludes, v. 36. Therefore let all the House of Ilrael know alluredly, that God hath made that same Jesus whom
bave crucified, both Lord and Christ. Thus
upon occasion of the Miracles the ApoAtles wrought, when they were forbid to preach in his Name, St. Peter tells the Sanhedrim, The God of our Fathers raised, up Jesus, whom ye flew and hanged on a Tree. Him bath God exalted with his right band, to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance unto Israel, and remision of Sins, and we are bis Witnesles of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God batb given to them that obey.bim, s Acts 30, 31.
So that when Christ rose again, he took poffeffion of his Kingdom, and he must reign till he hath put down all Enemies under his Feet; that is, till he hath judged the World, finally condemned all Bad Men, and rewarded his faithful Disciples, and then he shall give up the Kingdom again unto his Father, that God may be all in all, I Cor. 15.
But besides this, there are two visible Effects of the Resurrection of CHRIST, which are plain Presages and Preludiums to a future Judgment, The Destruction of the Jewish Nation and Policy; and the Destruction of the Kingdom of Darkness.
1. The Destruction of the Jews, for their great Sin in crucifying their Meflias: This Christ foretold he would do, this is the mean
ing of that Parable of the Noble-man, who went into a far Country to receive for himself a Kingdom, and to return. But his Citizens hated bim, and sent a Message after him, saying, We will not have this Man to reign over us. And when he returned, he said, But those mine Enemies which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and say them before me, 19 Luk. 12, 14, 27. And therefore when Christ' had foretold the Destruction of the Temple, and his Disciples asked him, When shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the World? Our Saviour intermixes the Prophecy of the Destruction of Jerusalem, the Fate of the Jewish Nation, and the last Judgment, or the end of the World ; the Destruction of the Jewish Nation, being the beginning and the Presage of a future Judgment, 24. Matth. This was a visible Act of his Justice and Power, and a fair warning to the World, what all the Enemies of Christ's Kingdom must expect.
2. The overthrow of the Devil's Kingdom in the World, is another Presage of a future Judgment. When Christ appeared, the Devil had his Kingdom in this world, was the God of this world, and was worshipped with Divine Honours; and St. John tells us, For this end the Son of God was manifeft, to destroy the works of the Devil, 1 Joh. 3. 8. And Christ tells us, That the Holy Ghost, whom he would fend upon his Apostles after his Resurrection from the dead, should convince the world of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged, 16 John'11. Where by Judgment I understand
the final Judgment, which the Spirit should convince the World of, by that visible Judgment he would execute upon the Prince of this World : For by the preaching of the Gospel, he turned Men from Darkness unto Light, and from the Power of Satan unto God; converted great part of the Heathen World, silenced their Oracles, and exposed their Gods, and their Worship; their Temples and their Altars to contempt.
This was a visible Judgment of the Prince of this World: And have not bad Men reason to look about them, when they see their Prince and Captain fo miserably defeated? If Christ have already begun to execute Judgment on the Prince of this World, is not this a plain Forerunner of the final Judgment, when the Devil and his Angels, and all Bad Men shall be condemned to eternal fire.
This assurance we have, That the Son of Man shall judge the World, that God hath raised him from the Dead, and thereby confirmed that Testimony which he gave of himself, advanced him to the right Hand of Power, and has already given some sensible Proofs of his Power and Justice, in the Overthrow of the Jewifh Nation, and the Devil's Kingdom.
I shall only farther observe, That this sensible Proof we have, that Christ shall judge the World, is a sensible Proof of a future Judgment: As certain as we are that Christ is risen. from the Dead, fo certain we are of a future Judgment; which is an abundant Confir
mation of all those other Arguments from Reason and Scripture, that God will judge the World.
CH A P. IV,
The Manner and Circumstances of CHRIST's
Appearance, and the Awful Solemnities of
IV. LECircumftances of Christ's Appearance, and the Awful Solemnities of Judgment. I have upon several Occasions hinted at most of these things already; but the Order of my Discourse requires that I should say something particularly, though briefly to them.
Now our Saviour tells us, 16 Matth. 27. That the Son of Man shall corne in the glory of his Father, with his Angels. 9. Luke 26. That the Son of Man shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's; and of the holy Angels. That the Lord Jesus fhall be revealed from Heaven, with bis mighty Angels, in flaming fire; taking vengeance on them that know not God; and obey not the GoSpel of our Lord Jefris Christ, 2 Theff. 1. 7, 8. That the Lord himself shall descend
from Heaven with a fhout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God; which shall awaken the dead, and raise them out of their Graves; but the dead in Chrift fhall rise first: then we which are alive; that is, whoever shall then be alive at Christ's coming to Judgment, shall be caught up together,
with them in the Clouds, to meet the Lord in the dir:
: be gathered all Naticns; and be shadi feparate
Christ shall come in his own Glory, and in his