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The Covenants-Chapter 7g-Philology of the Covenants

The children spiritually, of Abraham, are found alike, among both Jews and Gentiles, and to them all, are made the promises of the covenants; not to them and to their seed, as they were to Abraham; but to them as the seed of Abraham; nor to them literally, as to his natural descendants; but to them spiritually in their second, and higher meaning. The conversion of the Gentiles, gave to all the lovers of Christ, unbounded joy. The Jews have long resisted the grace of God, but the fullness of the time will ultimately come, and they too shall be converted. This great event is predicted by the prophets, under the figure of the restoration of Israel from a long captivity, to the scenes of their own native home. For example :- ” Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O [Messiah] Arm of the Lord.” “Art thou not it [He] that hath dried the sea; the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over? Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head; they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” And when thus converted, the delight that Israel will experience in Zion –not literal Zion, but the Church of the Redeemer – are depicted under the emblems of rebuilding and adorning their cities and enjoying the fruits of their own land. “They shall build,’ say the prophets, “their old wastes; they shall raise up the former desolation; and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolation of many generations.” “In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins; and I will build it, as in the days of old.” In other words, I will cause Israel to receive Christ, whom they have so long rejected. “And they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; and they shall make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.” Their joy as Christians shall be complete.

R. B. C. Howell- The Covenants

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