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that God had advanced Christ into his Kingdom, 2 Ac~ts Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghofi, he . hath fied forth this, .which ye now fee and hear. And from hence concludes, v. 36. Therefore let all the House of Israel know ajjuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Chrifi. Thus upon occasion of the Miracles the Apostles 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 hath God exalted with his right hand, to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance unto Israel, and remission of Sins, and we are his Witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghofi, whom God hath given to them that obey him, yActs 30, 21. So that when Christ rose again, he took possession of his Kingdom, and he must reign tillhehach 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, 1 Cor. 1
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 Messias: This Christ foretold he would do, this is the mean. »,' ' ing
ing of that Parable of the Noble-man, who went into a far Country to receive for himself a Kingdom, and to return. But ha Citizens hated
him, and sent a Message after him, faying, 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 ftould reign over them, bring hither, and fay them before me, i9 Luk. i2, i4, 27. And therefore when Christ had foretold the Destruction of the Temple, and his Disciples asked him., When shall these things be, and what mall 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 Jewifi 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 manifest, to destroy the '1 works of the Devil, i Joh. 5. 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. tf judgment,because the prince of this world it judged,
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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 so miserably defeated? If Christ have already begun to execute Judgment- ©a 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 2 - :-:
This assurance we have, That the Son of Man mall judge the World;, that God harh 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 Justice3 m the Overthrow of the JtaivJh Nation, and the Devil's Kingdom. . \' v
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 risenfrom me:Dead,. so certain we are of a future Judgment; which is an ..abundant Confir
raation of all those other Arguments from ReaA son and Scripture, that God will judge the World.
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the Manner and Circumstances of CHRISTs Appearance, and the Awful Solemnities of Judgment.
IV. T ET us how consider the Manner and l_y Circumstances 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 fay something particularly, though briefly to them.
Now our Saviour tells us, 16 Matth. 27. That the Son of Man jhall come in the glory of his Father, •with his Angels. 9.Luke 26. That the; Son of Man jhall come in his own glory; and in his Fa~ thers, and of the holy Angels. That .the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven , with his mighty Angels, in flaming fire; , taking vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Thess. 1. 7, 8.' That the Lord himself jhall descendfrom Heaven with a jhout, with the voice of the Archangel j and with the trump of God; which fliall awaken the dead, and raise them out of their Graves; but the dead • in Christ jhall rife first: then we which; are alive; that is, whoever shall then be alive' at Christ's coming to Judgment, jhall be caught up together
with them in the Clouds, to meet the Lord in the Air', and. so jhall .we ever, he with the Lord, 1 Thels. 4; i6j Vf. That when the Son of Man coniith in 'his gloryt and all hu holy. Angels with him .} then jhall he fit upon the Throne of hit.glory; And before him 1 A'n'A? jhak'.bt'. gathered all Nations; and he jhall spar ait them one from another, as a jhepherd dividesh his 3'•.* Sheep .from the Goats,.2$ Matth. Or as
it is defcribed in.St: Johns Visions,.. id Rev. n> 1?, And I saiv a white Thrones and him that fat m it; from whoje face the earth and heavens fled away, and there was no place. found for them^ And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened,, and another book was opened, which is the book of.life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. This gives us . a general Prospect of the Order and Solemniity of the last Judgment, which is very:Pompous and Glorious, and very Terrible :' There never wastÆny thing like it; all the Roman Triumphs, in ftojoapafilon with this, were. but like the Sports, and Apish Imitations of Children; let ufc then particularly, , but briefly consider the severalPartsof it. • .;r.., . \. m , v 'I 7: Christshall come. m his own Glory, .and in his Father ft,, and of the holy. Angels. ..1 tij'u.nJ : I , i In) bis own glory: that must signifie the Glory of his Person, that is the Glory of an Incarnate God: His Body will. be bright ar^d glorious as i&e; S\*nj So it was when he was transfigured' ,befi?Jte them on the Mount, Hit face did (hine li.k'e the fun, and his raiment was white as, the light, ip Matth. 2. And if there 'fee 30$ .jnew ,degrees of Glory and Majesty, .r ,5.toi: we