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6. Another part of the glory in the city is the teniple. In the old Jerufatem, the temple built by Solomon was a great ornament to the city, and David faid, Plal. Ixviii. 29, “ Because of thy temple at Jerufalem, fhall kings bring presents unto thee.” The temple or house which will be built in Jerusalem, in the thousand years of Christ's reign will be so glorious, that it will attract the attention of the most diltant nations. Ifa. ii. 1. But what are all these to the temple which shall adorn the new Jerusalem! Not a temple built of wood, stone, iro.s., brass, filver, gold, or precious stones ; John faw none of these; but he who is the light, is the temple. Rev. xxi. 22, " And I saw 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 saved nations will need forever.
With all this outward and inward glory, without citi. zen's to dwell there we should see a great lack indeed. These are mentioned, verse 24, “ And the nations of them which are faved shall walk in the light of it." These are the ones who confessed Christ here, and endured to the end, such as were washed in his blood, who had experienced the, washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, who had forsaken all for Christ, out of every nation, kindred, tongue and people.' Here is nothing mentioned of that pagan fable, that some who are purged in fire after the day of judgment, will at lalt enter there ; but those who are filthy Thall be filthy ftill. It is said ver. 27, “ And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever 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 shall enter into that cily at last, it 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 forscerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with
fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” He has also 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.”
$. In addition to all this there will be no curse on the city, or its inhabitants forever. Ver. 3, “ And there shall be no more.curfe.” The presence of God and the Lamb will prevent all this forever.
9. As all the new earth will be inhabited by the saved nations forever, they will bring their glory there, when they shall come to acknowledge the king of glory as the author of all their glory and joy. Ver. 26, “ And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations to it. This city will be the metropolis of the whole new earth.
1o. It is plain to me that there will be kings under Christ and over those who are saved. He could not be king of kings if there were no other kings under him. These 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 Jerusalem, 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 govern- . ment, after this world, in the world to come; but whoever reads the new testament 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 subjection the world to come whereof we speak.” Paưi mentions the names that are to be named in ihe world to come, as well as in this world, including principalities and powers, and considers Christ above thein all, in this and the world to come. Eph. in. 21, “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but al. so in that which is to come." This world to come medias 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 wisdom of God.”..
U. Another part of the glory of this city is, that all who have been his faithful fervants here, shall see his face there, and have his name in their foreheads, and behold
his glory. Verse 4, And they shall see his face; and · his name shall be in their foreheads." What more can there be to make their bliss complete ?
12. To close the whole description of the glory of the new Jerusalem, it is said, verse 5, “ And there shall be no night there, and they need no candle, neither the light of the fun ; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall 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 barps ever tuned, will alift their deathless congues in afcribing glory, and honor,to him who fets on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever more, Amen;
1 EXT.... I Cor. xv. 24, 27, 28, “ Then - cometh the end, when he shall 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 manifest that he is excepted which did put all things 4 under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto bim,then
Shall the fon also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”...... Isaiah 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 justice from henceforth even forever ; the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."......Luke i. 32, 33, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the highest,' and the Lord God Mall give unte him the throne of his father David ; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever ; and of his kingdom-there shall be
In the foregoing sermons I have mentioned the great and glorious things which the Lord by his prophets has faid shall take place until the new Jerusalem comes down from God out of heaven, and through the whole Christ appears the one through whom all these things are to be done, having received this authority from his Father ;. and there are several things concerning him which will take place through all these things, which I could not with propriety speak upon until I had gone through with the things proposed in the first fermon. These shall now be noticed
In the text from Corinthians, Isaiah and Luke, there is a seeming contradiction, though in reality there is none. In the words from Corinthians, Paul says that Christ Thall 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 Isaiah and Luke, it is said that of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, and that he shall reign over the house of Facob. forever, and that there shall 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 shall endeavour to fhew how all this can be, by ato tending to the following particulars. - 1. Wbat is meant by all things being put under Chrift.
2. What that rule, authority and power is, which Chrif will put down. . .. Sus
n .- 3. What is meant by his giving up the kingdom to God, and how in this the Son himself, shall be subject 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. A.
J. I am.to fhew. what is meant by all things being put un.. der Chrift. i i . .. . :
It must be remembered, that there are three states of the kingdom of Christ, which he compares to the corn, first, the blade--then, the ear-after this, the full corn in the ear-[This has been noticed in sermon ix.] When Christ was on the earth, his kingdom was in the blade, and he did not pretend to exercise any kingly power 0. ver men but appeared in the form of a fervant, and in, this, fet an example for all his ministers and followers, who expect to reign with him hereafter. . · He was called God's servant, Ifa. xlii. 1, “Behold my SERVANT whom I uphold." Chap. lii: 13, “Behold my SERVANT shall deal prudently, he shall 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 servant, and was made in the likeness of men." He