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The Covenants-Chapter 9o- The Teachings of the Covenant

7. All these covenants, both those which promised the coming of Messiah, and those which so carefully directed the circumstances in relation to his advent, point, in the last place, for their complete and final consummation, to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. “As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment; so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him, shall he appear the second time, without sin, unto salvation.” [30] The mediatorial work, to which he was assigned, by the covenant of redemption, will one day be finished. He will at last have “made up his jewels.” Then will he “deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father;’ having” put down all rule, and all authority, and power; for he must reign till be hath put all enemies under his feet.” [31] He himself said:- Hereafter shall ye “see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” [32] His apostles take up this declaration, and repeat it; assuring us that at his second coming, “he shall descend from heaven with a. shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and [that] the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we be ever with the Lord.” [33] How great is that grace which by his first coming, you have already received! And how unspeakable will be “the glory which will be revealed in you,” when he shall come again! Characteristic of the one advent it is said:- “The grace of God which bringeth salvation, hath appeared unto all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly, in this present world.” By the other, we are authorised to look “for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ,”[34] “who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”[35] To what amazing events then, are we destined. They shall not however, occur until the gospel has achieved all its earthly triumphs. “The kingdoms of this world must” first ‘”become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ.” “Then cometh the end.” Time ceases. Christ, and his people, are glorified together. Heaven is filled with everlasting rejoicing.

R. B. C. Howell- The Covenants

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