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Kingdom in this World, with the Restoration of the rest of the Creatures.
Beginning at Verse 17. And if Children then Beirs, Heirs of Godt and joint Heirs vrith Jesus Christ, Sec. The Apostle in these Words sets forth the high Privilege of the Children of God. What a glorious Dignity the Father hath bestowed upon us (who believe) by taking of us into that near Relation of Children, predestinating of us into the Adoption of Souls! And if Sons, or Children, then Heirs. Heirs of what may some say? Itfolloweth, Heirs of God. Oh w at a Word is this 1 To be an Heir of God, the Fountain of all Good! Infinitely 10 e than to be an Heir of all the World! And Virswhh Christ: As if the Apostle had said and we have one and the fame Right unto one ami the fame Inheritance; which me cannot inherit without the other. Oh the Grace contained or expressed in these Words, that we who deserved all that Wrath which was due to us upon the account of Sin, because we were actually the Sinners, must not be Partakers with Christ in his Sufferings and satisfying the Justice of God: But he who knew no Sin, as having none of his own, must bear all that • Wrath of his Father which was due to it: And yet we must be Partakers with Christ in his Glory! Ob Grace wonderful and astoniflnm I What tho' the Text faith, If we suffer with hhn, we stuU alforeign with him, or be glorify'd together; yet it is-certain that all those Sufferings which the Saints have, do or may suffer in this World, is not in a way of Satisfaction for Sin (No, that was all born by Chris) 1 it in Love, as a fatherly Correction for the God
Bondage of Corruption for the Sin of Man whether they be sensitive or insensitive Creatures: For it is certain that by the Creature in these Words cannot be meant the Saints, because they are plainly- distinguished from them, as being called the Sons of God: Neither can it be understood of the Wicked, either Men or Devils •, unless we will believe that they shall be restored, and brought into this glorious Liberty: Therefore it must take in all 'those Creatures who for the Use of Man were created, and for Man's Sin came under the Bondage of Corruption^ who shall again be restored unto* their primitive Excellency, as at the first, at this time of the'Manifestation or Rtvclation oj the S ns of God. But then here lies some Difficulty how these Creatures should expect or wait for the Time of this blessed Restoration: This I understand to be meant only of some secret Instinct that is in the Nature of those Creatures, of being, or desiring to be delivered fom their Suffering and Bondage; which is called an Expecfation or asfalting for the Manifestation of the Sons of God, because that will be the Time that they shall be delivered.
Now the Manifestation of iheS'.ns of Gcd signifies the Revelation or Manifestation of that wonderful Glory, whic'i at this time will by the Lord Jestis be put upon the Faints, that will in a visible, glorious, and unspeakable way, demonfhate them, in Face of all the World, to be the Children of Grd.
Verse 20. Ter the Creature was wade fvbj tel to Vanity not willi)gly, but by reason cf him who hath subjected the same in Hi.pe. All these dumb and sensitive Creatures sifler f>r rur Hikes, and are subject to Vanity for the Sin cf Man. For as there would 'L V . have have been no Suffering amcng us, so neither would there have been any among them, had it not been for our Sins. They are now indeed, and have been, ever since the Fall, subject to Vanity, not milivgly (it was not by their own Act or Choice) but by reason of him who bath subjeSed the fame in Hope. Man's Sin was the instrumental Cause of this Vanity in the Creature and the Bondage of Corruption which to this day it lies under: But it is the Lord who over-rules the Vanity of the Creature and hath subjeSed the fame in Hope •, a secret Hoye, we know not how, unpresciable unto us, hath the Lord put or planted in t!.e Nature of the Creature, of their Deliverance.
Verse 21. Because the Creature it self alfojhall be delii ered from the Bondage of Corruption, into the glorious Liberty of theChildrtn of God. This2lst Verse is given us as a Reason why the Creature waiteth with such an earnest Desire or Expectation for the Manifestation of the Sons of God, because they also stall be delivered from that Bondage andCor~ ruption which now they groan under $ that they may be brought into this glorious Liberty of the Saints, free from that Vanity which until then they will be subject to; free fromthatSuftering an&Bovdage which still they are under-, and that they may be restored to their primitive Beauty and Excellency which is at the first upon them. This will be their Paradisical State which they were in before theFall. A sweet Harmony and Agreement there will be among all the Creatures, answering more than they hare yet done, the glorious End of Jehovah, in their Creation. What Use they shall be of at that time, unto the Saints, we must not be too curious