Pagina-afbeeldingen
PDF
ePub

thy husband, the Lord of Hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall he be called."-(liv. 4, 5.)

"For, as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, so shall my WORD be that goeth forth out of my mouth: It shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."-(lv. 10, 11.)

IV. JEREMIAH. "Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a Righteous Branch; and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name, whereby he shall be called, the Lord our Righteousness."-(xxiii. 5, 6.)

"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 neighbor, 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; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more."-(xxxi. 33, 34.)

"And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the Lord."— (xlviii. 42.) Yet I will bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the Lord; thus far is the judgment of Moab."-(ib. id. 47.)

The forty-ninth chapter treats of the judgment of the Ammonites, the Edomites, of the natives of Damascus, of Kedar, and Hazor, and Elam; and also of their final recovery or restoration in the latter days, as of Moab. Thus, the Prophet JEREMIAH asserts the recovery and final restoration of both Jews and Gentiles in the latter days. And as ISAAIH and JEREMIAH believed in the ultimate fulfilment of their respective prophecies, they were, beyond controversy, Universalists.

V. EZEKIEL. "As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom

[ocr errors]

EVANGELIST'S MANUAL.

13

thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters."—(xvi. 48.) "Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins: but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thine sisters in all thy abominations which thou hast done."-(ib. id. 51.) "When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them." (v. 53.) "And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord, that thou mayst remember and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more, because of thy shame, when I am pacified towards thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord God."-(v. 63.) A parallel passage, illustrative of this, s recorded, (Rom. iii. 19,) "that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world become guilty before God." "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."-(v. 23.) "Where is boasting then? It is excluded."(v. 27.)

[ocr errors]

The Prophet, in the thirty-sixth chapter, shows that Israel was rejected for their sins, and shall be restored without their meriting it; but because God would be faithful to his promises. The thirty-seventh chapter, by the resurrection of the dry bones, clearly shows, that the dead of the children of Israel shall arise again, and be restored to their own land, and that David shall again rule them, in their recovered and sanctified state. The thirtyninth chapter asserts, that having been plagued or tormented for their sins, they shall be gathered again, and received into the eternal favor of their Creator. The writings of this Prophet being decidedly against the eternity of future punishment, according to the decisions of all Partialists, he was a strong Universalist.

VI. DANIEL. "Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to punish the transgressions, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to

anoint the most holy."-(ix. 24.) "And after three score and two weeks, Messiah shall be cut off; but not for himself." (v. 26.)

The Prophet was aware that Messiah was to be cut off, not for himself or his own sins, but for the sins of the whole world, and by this one oblation, to "finish the transgression, and make an end of sins, and thus to obtain and bring in everlasting righteousness, and eternal life for all mankind, by himself making reconciliation for their iniquity. And so said ST. JOHN, . 2, and 1. JOHN, v. 11; so also ST. PETER, Acts iii. 19, 21; and so ST. PAUL, 1. Tim. iv. 9, 11, and elsewhere, as will shortly be seen. And in full faith of God's designs, in this revelation towards mankind, DANIEL also was a Universalist.

VII. HOSEA. This Prophet writes only of the restoration of Judah and Israel. But as our God is not only the God of the Jews, but of the Gentiles also, and his promises being made "to those that are nigh and to those that are afar off," we believe it to include all.

"O Israel! thou hast destroyed thyself, but in me is thine help.”—(xiii. 9.) "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: 0, Death! I will be thy plagues; O, grave,* I will be thy destruction: Repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.”— (v. 14.)

VIII. MICAH. "But in the last days it shall come to pass that the mountain of the House of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and people shall flow unto it."-(iv. 1.) "For all people will walk every one in the name of his God, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever."-(verse 5.) In the preceding verse the Prophet assures us, that "the mouth of the Lord of Hosts hath spoken it."

"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his

*Scheol - Hebr. This word is rendered, in many other passages of the Scriptures, Hell.

EVANGELIST'S MANUAL

15

heritage? He traineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again; He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins in the depths of the sea."-(vii. 18, 19.) See, also, PSALMS ciii. 9; ISAIAH lvii. 16, &c.

IX. ZECHARIAH. "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion: Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold thy king cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation: lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt, the foal of an ass. And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem; and the battle-bow shall be cut off: And he shall speak peace unto the heathen, and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. As for thee, also, by the blood of thy covenant, I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water: turn ye to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope, even to-day do I declare that I will render double unto thee."-(ix. 9, 12.)

X. JOEL. "And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh."—(ii. 28.) "For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed."-(iii. 21.)

XI. AMOS. "In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof, that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and the heathen that are called by my name, saith the Lord, that doeth this."-(ix. 11, 12.)

XII. MALACHI. "For he is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness."-(iii. 2, 3.) "Behold, I will send you Elijah the Prophet, before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord: and he shall turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."-(iv. 5, 6.)

XIII. But the Angels of God are also Universalists; yea, and they rejoice exceedingly, and with an unanimity

worthy of our imitation, who are the immediate subjects of their joy. "And the Angel said" unto the wondering shepherds of Judea, "Fear not, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people; and suddenly, there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace and good will towards men."-(Luke ii. 10, 13.)

"And I heard the voice of many Angels round about the throne, and the Beasts, and the Elders, and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. 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 for ever and ever.". (Rev. v. 11, 12, 13.)

1.

1

¿

Certainly, this will be acknowledged a gloriously triumphant assemblage of Universalists. The whole host of heaven-every creature on the earth, and under it→→→ in the sea, and all that are in them-the whole and entire creation of God! For there are none excepted; all, all uniting with their redeemed, joyous and raptured souls, in praising God and the Lamb for this consummation of their redemption! this triumph of his love! And with that faith which beholds the fulfilment of all God's promises, in their proper time, we desire, even now, to bless his holy name, to glorify him, in the highest, and to praise and magnify to its highest exaltation, the character and office of our dear Redeemer, for effecting so great salvation, and bringing into subjection to the Divine will, the whole and entire human family.

XIV. SIMEON. The good old Simeon spoke the language of a confiding Universalist, when he said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word for mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

« VorigeDoorgaan »