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deemer of his people, who had been foretold by the Spirit of God, from the fall of Adam,-was falsely accused by the Jews,-iniquitously condemned by Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judæa,-and ignominiously crucified between two thieves;-that he offered this one expiatory sacrifice of his own body on the tree, for the sins of the whole world;-that his dead body was entombed, and his separated soul descended to the place of departed spirits,-that having remained a portion of three days in the sepulchre, long enough to give assurance of his actual death, he raised himself by his own power from the grave, thus destroying the dominion of death, and giving us a pledge that his prophetical warnings of a General Resurrection shall be fulfilled;-that having continued forty days on earth, to confirm the faith, of his disciples, and to instruct them in their apostolic mission, he ascended into heaven, in the sight of his assembled followers,-from whence he shall come at the Last Day in majesty and glory to judge every man, who has ever lived upon the earth, according to his works, and to pass on all an irrevocable sentence of eternal reward or punishment:— in the Holy Ghost, also very God, proceeding from the Father and the Son,-that he was sent by the Son, after his ascension, to comfort and sanctify his Church, and to be with it for ever;-that he is the efficient cause of every spiritual blessing, working in us every good thought and deed,-that he regenerates and sanctifies the members of Christ's mystical body—that the Universal or Catholic Church subsists in all ages, unrestricted to place or nation, and shall endure to the end of the world :-that there is a Communion of Saints, or fellowship between all true
Christians, and with Christ their head, commencing in this life, and to be perfected in another:-that there are two Sacraments instituted by Christ him. self, Baptism and the Lord's Supper, by which those who rightly receive the outward elements, obtain remission of sins, and the efficacious grace of the Holy Spirit: that at the General Resurrection of the dead, and re-union of our souls and bodies, if we have walked in our probationary course worthy of our holy vocation, and have died in favour with our God, we shall attain everlasting life,-we shall be blessed with the consummation of all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, and shall be eternally preserved from tarnishing or forfeiting the crown of glory which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give us in the day in which our faith shall be merged in vision, and the omnipotent Jehovah, One God,Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, shall become the Object of our unceasing adorations, and the Source of our perfect blessedness, throughout the endless ages of futurity.
Now, THE GOD OF PEACE, THAT BROUGHT AGAIN FROM THE DEAD Our Lord JesUS, THAT GREAT SHEPHERD OF THE SHEEP, THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT, MAKE US PERFECT IN EVERY GOOD WORK, TO DO HIS WILL, WORKING IN YOU THAT WHICH IS WELL-PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT, THROUGH JESUS CHRIST: TO WHOM BE GLORY FOR EVER AND EVER AMEN.
Rom. vi. 23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. John xvii. 2, 3. As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast scnt. Tit. iii. 4-7. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Matt. xxv. 31-34. 41. 46. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Then shall he say also unto them on his left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. 1 Pet. i. 3, 4. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord
[PART III. Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hatb begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. Rev. xxi. 4, 5, 6. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away, And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. Psal. xxxvi. 9. For with thee is the fountain of life; and in thy light shall we see light. Rom. ii. 7. To them who by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory, and honour, and immortality, eternal life. 2 Tim. i. 10. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Luke iii. 17. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather the wheat into his garner: but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 2 Cor. v. 4. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burthened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Rev. ii. 7. 11. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. He that hath an car, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches: He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. Matt. x. 38. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to kill both body and soul in hell. Rom. vi. 21. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. (2 Tim. i. 10. See above.) Heb. ii. 14, 15. Forasmuch then as children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also
himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them, who through fear of death, were all their life-time subject to bondage. Rom. v. 12. 20, 21. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all had sinned. Moreover the law entered that the offence might abound: but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord. James i. 15. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 1 Thess. ii. 12. That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1 Cor. xv. 42—44. 49, 50. 53, 54. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on im mortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up of victory. 2 Cor. iv. 17. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, work eth for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Psal. lxxvi. 24. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Heb. ii. 10. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through suffering. I Pet. v. 10. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered