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Lord and his Christ. I need not insist upon the last part of the Text, And he stall reign for ever and ever, because I have opened in what respect the Words for ever, when apply'd to the Reign oiKhigdom of Christ, is to be taken in already.
Thus I have endeavoured, according to my present Light, to prove the Reality and Certainty of Christ's Visible Kingdom and Reign with the Saints upon the Earth, from many Texts of Scripture both out of the Old and New Testament: I might have taken notice of several more, the Word of God being so full of this Divine Truth, as that I was at a loss where to begin, and so I am now where to end : The Time would fail (to allude to the Expression of the Apostle) to take a particular notice of every Scripture which holds forth or contains the Kingdom of Christ in it: But those which I have made mention of and observ'd something from, I hope may be sufficient to shew that in this we have not followed cunningly devised Fables, when we made known unto you the Power and Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 P«t. i. 6. 1 P
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Kingdom. I have been longer than I really did di li^n at the suit upon the Proof of the Doctrine, T at a Vijible Kingdom oj Christ in this World there' ff\\\ ceitainly be : But when I conhdered that this xecious Truth by many of the Saints is not beleved. and by some opposed; I was willing to make the greater Enlargements, by shewing the Certainty of such a Time, in order to the Fulfilment of the Scriptures.
And in speaking to the Manner, I desire not only to study Brevity, but Modest)'- I desire in this Point to speak with all Humility and Moderation, because I find this Matter very difficult for anyPer-r. son distinctly to define. As to the Certainty of Christ s Kingdom in this World,there is not oneTruth in the-Word of God that Ihines with greater Clearness than this does: But for any Person to define the Manner how it shall be, in all the particular Parts and Branches of it, I look upon to be very difficult and the Reason of that I conceive to be, First, Because our Light in these Things, at the best, is but weak. Secondly, Because there is some' different Light given unto each one of the Saints, some have Light given them into one, and some have more Light given them into another Truth: It is my Thoughts if I may express it without Qffence, that some of the weak Members of Chriji may fee further, and have more Light into some Texts of Scripture, than some Men of greater Parts and the Reason why is very plain to me in ] Cor. xii. 11. -where the Apoflle stieweth,*That all these worketh that one and the self j ame Spirit, dividing to every Man severally as he will. If the Spirit of God will '(who is a free, Agent) lead some of hi$