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every manner of way, as filling and spreading it self into all Parts and Places of the Earth, or covering the whole World, according to the Nature of the Simile, as the Water covers the Sea. Has there ever been such a Time as this is said to be? Surely there has not. Then this blessed Restoration is yet to come. What an Agreement do we see then as to the Kingdom of Christ, both in the Old and New Testament; and here, as to the Restoration of the Creature in this glorious Time, both in Isaiah and the 8th of the Romans.
But to pass on to Verse 22. For we knom that the wbole Creation groaneth and travelletb in Pain together until now. For we know : This is spoke of as a thing that is well known to all sensible Persons, and was in the Apostles Time ; how the whole Creation groaneth and travelleth in Pain, euer until now. Oh what Groanings have there been in all Creatures, from the Fall unto this very day! Longing with earnest Desires, as a Woman in Travel, to be delivered from that Vanity, Suffering, and Bondage, which they are under! Oh how does every Creature, according to its Nature, groan and travel with Pain, for the Manifestation of the Sons of God, that their Deliverance may come. Verse 23. And not only they, but our selves also, which have the First Fruits of the Spirit, even we our selves groan within our felves, waiting for the Adoption, to wit
the Redemption of our Bodies. Is there a Groaning · and a Travelling with Pain for to be delivered, in
the whole Creation, or in almost all sorts of Creatures? How much more then is there a Groaning in the Children of God? We which have received the First Fruits of the Spirit; not only the Apostles and
the primitive Saints, but all that have had a Re-
Well then ! This Redemption of the Body called an
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Years Glory, at the personal Coming and Kingdom Oj übrist.
Niw that these things must be so, and that such a glorious blelled State and Time (which I have been speaking of) shall take place, and have its fulfilment in this World, or upon this Earth when the saints, with other Creatures, shall be restored in o a Purauisical Staie, appears plain and undeniable from these, with many other Scriptures, unto all who do not shut their Eyes, as not being willing to see.
But if a Cloud of Testimonies that hath been brought and produced out cf the Old and New TeItament; for the proof of Christ's Kingdom and the Saints reigning with him, will not satisfie; it is a wonder to me they are not ashamed, or at least blush, wheir they have so many Evidences and De
monstrations held forth in the Holy Scriptures, as · it were looking of them in the Face..
Therefore to proeeed, besides what hath been said, if plain Texts will satisfie for proof that the Saints shall reign upon Earth, look into the 37th Psalm, v. 9. For Evil-doers fall be cut off, but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the Earth, This Word inherit or possess the Earth. is doubtless synonimous with their reigning upon Earth: For to : deny this would be to deny a King's reigning in his Kingdom, when we say heinherits or possesses his Kingdom. Surely if a King inberits and is in the peaceable possession of his Kingdom, there is 110 scruple to be made whether he reigns in bis Kingdom or 110t. I know some will say that the Saints do inherit the Earth 110w. But I well remember that it is easier to say fo, than it is to prove that they do it
inherit the Earth. Is not this World a Wilderness
Enjoyments of the Earth, than the Saints have un- it der the Gospel : And yet it was not then said that they did, but that they should inherit tbe Earth. And how the Saints under the Gospel should be said to
inherit the Earth, any more than the Old Testa· ment Saints did, when we have a far lesser share of
it than they had, is a Mystery. But the Apostle says, Having nothing, and yet pollefs all things. It is true, Faith, when in exercise, takes poffeffion both of Heaven and Earth; but the Promise in these Words of the Saints irberiting the Earth, must be more than an inheriting of it by Faith only : The Word inherit signifies to have it in their actual posesion and enjoyment : Besides, the Time when they are to possess or inherit the Earth is · when the Wicked shall be cut off, and the Power, Rule, and Government, shall be put into the hands of the Saints. In Verse the Tenth we read For yet a little while and the Wtcked Mall not be ; yea thou shalt diligently consider his Place, and it mall not be : That is, he shall not be found in his Place, This will be when the Day of the Lord shall burn as ar Oven, which will burn them up, and shall leave them neither Root nor Branch, Mal. iv. 1. Then it followeth in the Eleventh Verse, But the Meek shall inherit the Earth, when the Wicked or Evil Doers Mall becut off ; and shall delight themselves in abun: dance of Peace. The same Words we have in Mat. v. Verse 5. They are Christ's Words : Blessed are i the Meek, for they fall inherit the Earth. Surely if a our Lord had meant in the same Sense as some take y OUT LOIN wit meant Dentame seneas come take it, he would have said that the Meek do inberit ; or sure it would have been expressed so in one of these Places, They do: But instead of that we have it