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he has authority to do the last. Both Jews and Gentiles came equally from God, and to him, both, by the preaching of the gospel, shall again return (Clarke upon Acts 10:11, 13, 15, 16.).
The wonderful Vision of St. John, the Divine.
Rev. 5:13. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.
Dr. Adam Clarke, in his note upon this passage, observes, that "All parts of the creation, animate and inanimate, are represented here by that figure of speech, called prosopopæia, or personification, as giving praise to the Lord Jesus." "We find," says the learned commentator," that the WHOLE CREATION gives precisely the same. praise, and in the same terms, to Jesus Christ, who is undoubtedly meant here by the Lamb just slain, as they give to God who sits upon the throne."
If there should be a doubt in the minds of any as to the kind of worship here spoken of, let them consult the Letters of Professor Stuart
to Dr. Channing, in which they will find the following remarks upon the above vision: "If this be not spiritual worship, I am unable to produce a case, where worship can be called spiritual and divine." In commenting upon Philippians 2: 10, 11, he says, things in heaven, earth, and under the earth, is a periphrasis for the universe, and this universe, as he shows by his comments upon John's vision, worships Christ with spiritual and divine worship. That is, the worship is spiritual and divine, and the UNIVERSE are the worshippers!
THE FIVE POINTS OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY, &c.
1. God wills the salvation of all men. Proof:-1 Tim. 2: 4. "Who will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth."
2. God purposes the salvation of all men. Proof: Eph. 1:9, 10. "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself; that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him."
3. God promises to save all men. Proof:Acts 3:25. 'Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindred of the earth be blessed."
*The Five Points were originally from the pen of Rev. T. Whittemore; but are here inserted, with additions, by S. B. E.
4. God makes oath that he will save all men. Proof: -- Isa. 45:23, 24. "I have sworn by myself, the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear, surely shall say, In the Lord have I righteousness and strength:"
5. God sent his Son to save all men. Proof: - John 3:17. "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.": . Thus it is seen that what God wills, he purposes; what he purposes, he promises; what he promises, he makes oath to; and what he makes oath to; he sends his Son to accomplish.
Reader, shall the will of God be done? See, for an answer, Dan. 4:35. " He doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?"."
Will God's PURPOSE be executed? See Isa. 46: 10. "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure."
Will God fulfil his PROMISES? See 2 Cor. 1:20. "For all the promises in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by
us." [God is true; therefore every promise of God is true, and, consequently, each must have its due fulfilment. See Clarke on the above
Will God make good his OATH? See Heb. 6: 17, 18. "Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong .consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us." [If God had sworn by any thing finite, that thing might fail, and then the obligation would be at an end; but He has sworn by what is infinite, and cannot fail; therefore his oath is of eternal obligation. Clarke, on the above text.]
Will Jesus accomplish the work he came to do? See Isa. 53:11. "He shall see of the travail of his soul and be satisfied.". John 17:4. "I have finished the work that thou gavest me to to do." [Our Lord speaks of having completed. the work which God had given him to do; and he looks forward to that time when, through the preaching of his gospel, the true God should be known and worshipped by the whole world! See Dr. Clarke on this passage.]