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persecution : ancient prejudice fell before the religion of Jesus; though it offered no worldly recompense to its followers, yet it spread, notwithstanding the kings and nobles of the earth set themselves in array against it.
6. The stone cut out without hands is become a great mountain, and shall fill the whole earth.” The standard of the cross has been planted on every land. Nations, barbarous and learned, have bowed before it; may it go on “conquering and to conquer,” till all nations and people call our Immanuel blessed.
The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.-Psalm cx. 1.
We here find Jehovah, the LORD, in the person of God the Father, addressing the Adonai, my Lord, in the person of God the Son, Christ Jesus our Lord. *
* In whatever part of the Bible the name of the LORD is written in capital letters, it means Jehovah; and the name of the Lord in small letters, signifies Adonai. The translators intended to show, by this method, that in the original there is a very material difference in the word. By the glorious incommunicable name of Jehovah (translated LORD in capital letters,) is meant the Self-existent, Independent, and Eternal Being, the promising and performing God. The word Adonai
It is he, and he only, who shares the throne of Deity.* He who tabernacled on earth, a man of sorrows and acquainted with griefs," is now seated" on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but in that which is to come.” “ To which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool ?” “ But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness, is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” “ This is he that liveth, and was dead, and behold he is alive for evermore; and hath the keys of hell and of death. He is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty;" “ whom the heaven must receive, until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
.” “ The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thinę enemies thy foot
(translated Lord in small letters) conveys the idea of Lord or Ruler, an Almighty Helper or Supporter, and is particularly descriptive of the Mediatorial character of the Lord Jesus.
* Zechariah xiii, 7.,
stool.” “ For he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” " For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son; that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.” “But who may abide the day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he appeareth ?” Wo unto them who now dare to raise their puny arm in rebellion against the Majesty of heaven; who madly rush on the " thick bosses of Jehovah's buckler; trample under foot the blood of the Son of God ;” and “heap unto them. selves wrath, against the day of wrath.” Christ will not always extend the golden sceptre of mercy, that sinners “
may touch and live.” The day is coming, when he will grasp the sword of justice, and arise to “ judge the world in righteousness.” “ Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” O that men “ did but know in this their day, the things that belong unto their peace, before they are for ever hid from their
for some shall awake to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt, but they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever.” Ye watchmen on Zion's walls, ye ministers of the everlasting gospel, o “heal not the wound of the daughter of God's people slightly;” say not, “ Peace, peace, when there is no peace.” “
Cry aloud, spare not; lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show the people their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins." Shrink not back, like Jonah of old, from delivering your Master's awful message. Be ye faithful to your God, to your conscience, and to souls. Let the sweet accents of mercy be heard, while ye boldly unfurl the blood-stained banners of the
Tell of the love and pity of him, who died that we might live; “ Who suffered, the just for the unjust; to bring sinners unto God.” · Pray them, in Christ's stead, to be reconciled unto God;” and accept of mercy while it may be found. Invite, exhort, entreat them to flee from the wrath to come, to lay down the weapons of their rebellion, and join your royal Master's cause; to quit the enemy's camp, those strong holds of sin and Satan, and rally round our Immanuel's standard. • Proclaim the unsearchable
riches of Christ,” tell them “his yoke is easy, and his burden light,” that “his ways are ways of pleasantness, and that all his paths are peace.” Tell them “ he now waits to be gracious, but that, ere long, the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe." “ He will swallow up death in victory; the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall be taken away from off all the earth,” for the Lord hath spoken it. “ It shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us : this is the Lord; we have waited for him; we will be glad, and rejoice in his salvation."
Mills, Jowett, and Mills, Bolt-court, Fleet-street.