« IndietroContinua »
for a witness unto all nations. Mark, i. 15. Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand : repent ye, and believe the gospel. Luke, iv. 43. And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. Heb. i. 8. 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.
Matt. v. 10, 20. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for their's is the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. xiii. 43. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. xxv, 34, 46. 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. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. Luke, xxiii. 42, 43. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily, I say unto thee, to-day shalt thou be with me in paradise. 1 Cor. vi. 9. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? xv. 24, 50. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
3. Q. How is it that we here either wish or pray that God's kingdom may come ?
A. As we desire, a first, that all men may both more clearly know, and more worthily obey the true and only God; the Lord of heaven and earth. Secondly, that to this end it would please God to enlarge the borders of bis church, and bring all nations within the pale of it. And that where it is already established, he would go on more and more, by his grace, to destroy the power of sin, and the dominion of Satan, and to implant the fear and love of his name in the hearts of all his servants,
That so, dthirdly, his eternal kingdom may also be enlarged; the fulness of his saints be accomplished; and the blessed time come, when we shall all be translated into his heavenly kingdom ; and all other powers and dominions being done away, God alone shall be exalted, and rule over his saints, for ever and ever.
Proors SUBJOINED.—Isaiah, xlii. 6,7. I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for (1 covenant of the people, for a light of the (ventiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. Luke, i. 79. To gire light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet in the way of peace. Acts, xxvi. 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Eph. i. 17, 18. Thut the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom, and reverence in the knowledge of him; the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know
what is the hope of his calling. Col. i. 13. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son * Psalm ii. 8. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost part of the earth for thy possession. “Micah, iv. 8. And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. Jer. xxxi. 33, 34. This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord. Matt. xxviii. 19, 20. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world. Rev. xi. 15. And the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. xii. 10. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the king dom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Tit. i. 2. In hope of eternal life, which God that cannot lie, promised before the world began. ii. 12, 13. The grace of
God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearance of the great God, and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Sect. XXXVII. Of the Third Petition—Thy will be done, &c. 1. Q. What is the third petition of this prayer ? A. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 2. Q. How does God declare his will to us?
A. Chiefly two ways; by the dispensations of his providence, and by the rules which he has set us to live by; whether they be by nature implanted in us, or be revealed to us in the Gospel of Christ?
3. Q. Does this petition respect both these?
A. It does; and so teaches us to pray, that (with respect to the former of them,) we may always seriously consider the ways of his Providence, and discern what it is that he would have us either do or suffer, in obedience thereunto. That whatsoever it be that he shall thereby call us to, whether to a prosperous or unprosperous state, to receive good from him, or to suffer evil; we may, in the one, improve his blessings to the glory of his name, and the benefit of those about us; in the other may patiently submit to whatsoever he shall call us to suffer for his sake.
With relation to the latter (the rules which God has given us to walk by, we are hereby taught to pray, that we may faithfully obey all his commandments, how contrary soever they may chance to be to our own corrupt desires and affections; and continue his obedient and constant servants all the days of our life.
ProofS SUBJOINED.—Job, i. 21. The Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the Lord. ii. 10. What? shall we receive good at the hands of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil ? Matt. xxvi. 42. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, e:ccept I drink it, thy will be done. Acts, xxi. 13, 14. Then Paul answered, What, mean ye to weep and break my heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, the will of the Lord be done.
* Psalm xl. 8. I delight to do thy will, O God; yea, thy law is within my heart. exliii. 10. Teach me lo do thy will; for thou art my God. Thy spirit is good : lead me into the land of righteousness. Matt. vii. 21. Not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. John, iv. 34. Jesus saith unto them, my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. vi. 38. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. Acts, ix. 6.
And he (Saul) trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Rom. xii. 2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Eph. vi. 6. Not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but