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of Place, it will be in this World, when changed, as it will be at that time, Heb. i. 10. but not in this sinful corruptible Condition as it is now in ; and therefore distinguished from it.

Neither can it be referred to the State of the Saints in Heaven after the Last Judgment, in which Sense too many (without a due Confideration) are ready to take it : Which will appear very plain, if we compare this World here fpoken of, with that in Heb. ii. 5. which is the very fame. For unto the Angels bath he not put into fubje&tion the World to come, whereof we speak. This World to come is not put in subjektion unto the Angels. To whom then? Why unto Jesus Chrift: As it is in the 8th Verse, Thou hast put all things in fubje&tion under his Feet ; that is, God the Father hath put all things in subje&ion under Christ; for in that he put all things in fubje&tion under him (by CovenantGrant) be left nothing that is not put under him. Tho' now we see not yet all things put under him, this World to come then is put (among all other things) in fubje&tion unto Christ. By this World to * come, cannot be understood the Ultimate Glory, because that is not to be put in subjection under Christ at that time; tho all things are said to be put inder him asMediator and therefore he must and will reign, until he hath put all Enemies under his Fiet : Yet when he faith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him (as they will be in their due Order and Time (then it is that Christ will deliver up the Kingdom unto the Father. But when is it that he will deliver up this Kingdom? Not until the End of

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it. Then the End. Then! When? When he shall
deliver- up the Kingdom to God, even the Father :
When he shall have put down all Rule, all Autho- ,
rity and Power. So that the End of Christ's King-
dom will not be until the last Act is performed by
Cbrif, in delivering up the Kingdom. Then in- ,
deed, but not till then, will he put down all Rule,
Authority, and Power: And therefore until then it
is most certain Christ must reign, as in Verse 25.
For he must reign till be bath put all Enemies under
his Feet : Not as he reigns in his providential Kings
dom, by upholding and governing of the World;
nor yet as he reigns by his Spirit in the Hearts of
the Saints, are we to understand it; för fo he als
ways reigned ever since he had a People upon
the Earth: But Christ must reign in a glorious, vi-
fible and personal manner, in his Kingdom
according to what the Spirit of God hath al-

serted in many Scripture Promises and Prophesies, - he must reign with his People in that World call'd the World to come; which by the Father is put into fubjetion under Chrift. Now then when the Lord Jesus, as God Man Meliator, hath reigned, and all things are fubdued unto him; and the last Enemy (which is Death) is destroyed : Which will not be until Death and Hell (the direfiil Effects of Sin) are cast into the Lake that burns with Fire and Brimfone, after the Last Julgment is over: Then will he deliver up the Kingdom to the Father: Then shall the Son also himself be subject (as Man) unto him

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that did put all things under him, that God may be all in all, i Cor. xv. 24, 25. Well then! If these things be but considered, it will evidently appear, that the Kingdom of Eternal Glory cannot be that World to come whereof we speak, because, as has been shewn, that is not then subjected unto Christ, but he himself as Man will be a Subject in that Kingdom,

n Secondly, and affirmatively, By that World which our Lord speaketh of, or as it is called in the Second Chapter of the Hebrews, The World to come, which is to be put in subje&tion unto Christ, and in which he is to reign with his Saints, can be no 0ther than a perfect personal Reign and Kingdom of Christ, in the Glory of the Thousand Tears. Which I have been, and shall give further proof (when I come to speak of this by it self) will be upon this Earth, or in this World, after it is refined and purged by the Fire of the Last Day. It cannot be this World in its present State and Condition, and therefore called the World to come : Neither is it a State in the Eternal Heavens, as appears from the Reasons aforegiven i Then it must be a World be. twixt these two, a World that will begin at the time of Christ's personal Appearance, when be fhall come (and all the Saints with him) from Heaven, with Power and great Glory: Which will continue throughout the Thousand Tears Reign, and will not have an end until the Period of the Last Judgment, when he shall deliver up the Kingdom to God, even the Father. And if so, then certainly thiş must be the same World expressed in Luke, that World, to shew that it is not this. Besides, that

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Which we see is the same with the World to come, I subjected (as before) only to Jesus Christ and all E' those who are in union with him. Oh what a s World will this appear to be in that Day when the

Lord shall be King over all the Earth. Sure this can be no less than the New Heaven and the New Earth wherein dwelleth Righteousness: And therefore none butRighteousPerfons shall dwell therein. No Sin shall enter into this glorious City: No. 1 thing that worketh Abomination or maketh a Lie, Only those whose Names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life, shall be accounted worthy to obtainthat World, or to participate of the Glory of this World to come, Isa. Ixv. 17. i 2 Pet. iii. 13. Rev. xxi. 27. Oh happy then, yea for ever happy are they, who shall be counted worthy, thro' the Worthiness of Christ, to obtain that World, that new World, wherein all things shall be made new, And be that sat upon the Throne said unto me, Behold I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write; for these Words are true and faithful. Thus we see all things are to be made new in this bl'orld to come ; New Heavens, a New Earth, New Habitations, and New Inhabitants : Not in respect of the Substance but in respect of the Change that will be upon them. Oh what a glorious Change will there be in that Day, upon the Heavens, upon the Earth, upon the Saints, and upon all things that the Saints Thall be conversant about. In this State it is that the Saints shall be equal to the Angels ; which will be a perfect Sinless State, openly, visibly, and gloriously appearing to be the Children of God, being the Children of the Firft Resurrection : And

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therefore Partakers of the Glory of that World, or the World to come; which, as has been shewn, will be subjected unto Christ and the Saints, in the Glory of this visible Kingdom : Which Texts of Scripture cannot fairly be apply'd unto any other State or Time:

Again in Matth. xx. and the 20, 21, 22. we read huw the Mother of Zebedees Children came with her two Sons unto Chrift, worshipping of him, and defir'd a certain thing of him. And he said what wilt thou? She saith, unto him, Grant that these my two Sons may fit, the one at thy Right Hand, and the other at thy Left, in thy Kingdom. This was her Request to Christ for her Children. But Jesus answered and i raid, Te kriom not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the Cup that I shall drink of, or to be baptized with the Baptism that I am baptized with ? As if our Lord fhould say; You are looking at the Glory, and desire to be inade great in it; bat do not fo well confider the Sufferings that I am, and that ye are to go through first. Therefore consider whether ye are able to drink of my Cup, and to be baptized with any Baptism? They said unto him, We are able. They said, that is, the Sons of Zebedee make answer now (having set their Mother on to ask, as being ashamed to begin first) We are able. In the 22d Verse. And he said unto them, Ye Mall drink indeed of my Cup, and be baptized with my Baptism; bat to fit on my Right Hand and on my Left, is not mine to give; butik it sball be girion to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. The main thing to be opened in these Words is, What Kingduin these Sons of Zebedee meant, which they desired so much to be advanced in; the Spiritual Kingdom of Grace under the

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