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children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same ; that through death he might clestroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil ; and deliv. er them, who, through fear of death, were al their life-time subject to bondage. p Herein is love ! not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
For the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. I am the the good shepherd; the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. s
And I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep have I, which are not of this fold : them also I must bring, & they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. t For this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins. u This is my body,
which is given for you : this cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you. V
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all ; how shall he not, with him, also freely give all things. w
Heb. ii, 14, 15. q 1 John iv. 10. 7. St. Mat. xx. 28. and St. Mark x. 45. s St. John x 11. t St. John x. 15, 16.
u St. Mar, xxvi. 28. See also St. Mark ixy. 24. St. Luke xxii. 19, 20. * Rom. viii, 32.
The Universality of tbe Death of Christ. FOR the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And he died for all, that they who live, should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him that died for them, and rose again. a
We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor ; that he, by the grace of God should taste death for every man. b For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus : Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. c If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous : and he is the propitiation for our sins ; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. d
a 2 Cor. v. 14, 15. b Heb. ii. 9. ü. 1, 2.
c1 Tim. ii. 5, 6. d 1 John
Equally plain it is, that he will bring all into a
state of willing subjection to God, as that he
hath brought some already. I HAVE sworn by myself
, the word is
gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, ev. ery tongue shall swear. Surely shall say', In Jehovah have I righteousness and strength ; to him shall come : and all that are incensed against him, shall be ashamed. a
Jesus Christ, he is Lord of all. Who, be. ing in the form of God, thought it no robbery to be equal with (or as) God. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men : And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name, which is above every name ; That at (or in) the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth : And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.c
I give you to understand, that no man, speaking by the spirit of God, calleth Jesus accurseu ; and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. d
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christe Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself : That in the dis. pensation of the fulness of times, he might gath. er together in one (or rehead) all things in
a Isai xiv 23, 24. 6 Acts, x. 35. c Phil. ii. 6.11. d 1 Cor, xii. 3. e Ephes. i. 3.
Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him : In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the council of his own will : That we should be to the praise of his glory who first trusted in Christ. f Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature : For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisi. ble; whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities or powers; all things were created by him and for him ; and he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church ; who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.For it pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell : And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself ; by him, whether they be things-in earth, or things in heaven. And you who
were sometime alienated, and enemies in your mind, by wicked works; yet now hath he reconciled, in the body of his flesh, through death, to present you holy, and unblameable, and unreproveable, in his sight; if ye continue grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached (or is preaching) to every creature who is under heaven.. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and
Col. i. 15-23,
f Eph. i. 9, 10, 11, 12.
from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints : To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you the hope of glory : whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man, in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. b For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us : (Jews and Gentiles) For to make in himself of twain one new man,so inaking peace ; & that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby : and came and preached peace to you who were afar off, and to them that were nigh. i For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily : And ye are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power. ; Him hath God exalted with his own right-hand, k far above all principality and power, and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet; and gave him to be head over all things to the Church; which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. 2
b Col. i. 26, 27, 28. i Eph. ii, 14-17. k Acts v. 31. 2 Eph. 1, 21, 22, 23.
j Col. 8. 9, 10