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shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place shall incense be offered unto my name, and a pure offering; for my name shall be greut among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts, Mal. i. 11. And I will gather all nations and tongues, and cause them to come and see my glory, Isa. Ixvi. 18. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it, Isa. ii. 2. His name shall be continued as long as the sun; men shall be blessed in him, and all nations shall call him blessed, Ps. lxxii. 17. The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing ; the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, and the excellency of Carmel and Sharon; they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God, Isa. xxxv. 1, 2. And the dorninion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; and all dominions shall serve and obey him, Dan. vii. 27. He shall say to the North, Give up; and to the South, Keep not back : bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth, Isa. xliii. 6. shall be known upon earth, and his saving health among all nations, Ps. Ixvii. 2. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it, Isa. xl. 5. Ethiopia shall stretch forth her hands unto God, Ps. Ixviii. 31. The isles shall wait for his law, Isa. xlii. 4. He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth,

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Zech. ix. 10. All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God, Isa. lii. 10. We see not yet all things put under him, Heb. ii. 8. But he must reign until all enemies shall be put under his feet, 1 Cor. xv. 25. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that he is Christ to the glory of God the Father, Phil. ji. 10, 11. For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea, Hab. ii. 14.

Such is a specimen of Jehovah's promises respecting the future prevalence and power of the gospel. Read them, Christians, with joy and confidence. Ponder them daily and well in your hearts, as a source of continual encouragement. And remember that they shall all, without failure, be gloriously accomplished. I cannot tell you precisely when this happy period shall arrive ; but I can tell you, on authority not to be questioned, that, at the appointed time, this earth, so long the abode of sin and sorrow, shall be restored from its desolations, and made to bloom like " the garden of the Lord,” I can tell you that her Almighty King will yet, notwithstanding every unfavorable appearance, make Zion beautiful through his own comeliness put upon her ; that he will yet cause her righteousness to go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burneth, Isa. lxii. 1. These promises may not, indeed, be all fully accomplished, until we, who now listen to their recital, shall be all sleeping in the dust ; or, rather, if by the grace of God, we be made meet for it, rejoicing before the throne, in possession of still brighter glory. But,“

But, “though we die, God shall surely visit his people” in mercy. Though neither we, nor even the next generation shall be permitted

to witness on earth the complete developement of “ the latter day glory ;” yet let us rejoice in the assurance that it will come in due time, and in all its promised blessedness.

The vision is yet for an appointed time; but in the end it shall speak and not lie : though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely . come, it will not tarry, Hab. ii. 3.

2. But further, our confidence that the religion of Christ will, one day, fill the whole earth with its glory, is confirmed by the consideration, that this RELIGION IS, IN ITS NATURE, ADAPTED ABOVE ALL OTHERS TO BE A UNIVERSAL RELIGION.

In all the forms of false religion with which our world is filled, there is something which renders them unfit or impracticable for universal adoption. Some are adapted to particular climates only ; others to particular states of society; a third class to particular orders of men; so that, in their very nature, they cannot be universal. Indeed none of the Pagans seem ever to have thought of a universal religion, as either to be expected or desired. Nay, even the true religion, as it appeared in its infant and ceremonial form, under the old economy, was not, in its external method of dispensation, adapted to be universal. For, not to mention many other circumstances, it required all its professors to go up “ three times a year” to the same temple to worship. And, accordingly, long before the Messiah came in the flesh, it was made perfectly apparent, from so many of the descendants of Abraham being scattered abroad in different and distant parts of the world, that it was becoming, to the Jewish people, as such, an impracticable system. Suppose all the four quarters of our globe to be filled with zealous, devoted Jews. Every one

sees that a rigid compliance with their ritual would be physically impossible. And, therefore, when the time for Shiloh's appearance drew near, it became, every year, more and more plain,-however slow some of that “peculiar people” were in learning the lesson,--that the ceremonial economy must come to an end ;-must, of course, yield to a system less restrictive in its character, and more fitted for " every kindred, and people, and nation, and tongue.

Accordingly, when we examine the religion of Jesus Christ, in its New Testament form, we find it divested of every feature and circumstance adapted to confine it to any particular territory or people. Its doctrines, its worship, and its system of moral duty, are all equally adapted to universality. It teaches that God has made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the face of the whole earth, Acts xvii. 26.-That he is no respecter of persons, but that in every nation he that feareth God and worketh righteousness is accepted of him, Acts x. 34, 35.—That he is alike related to all the children of men, as their Creator, Preserver, and Benefactor; and that the high and the low, the rich and the poor, the monarch and the slave, all stand upon a level in his sight, and have all equal access, if penitent and believing, to the throne of his heavenly grace. It proclaims one method of justification for all classes of men ; one kind of preparation for heaven ; and that not ceremonial, but moral and spiritual ; and one great code of moral duty, equally applicable to the learned and the ignorant, the polished and the rude, the civilized and the savage. And as all the great doctrines and principles of the religion of Christ are equally adapted to the whole human family; so the rational and benevolent laws,

to witness on earth the complete developement of “the latter day glory;" yet let us rejoice in the assurance that it will come in due time, and in all its promised blessedness.

The vision is yet for an appointed time; but in the end it shall speak and not lie : though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry, Hab. ii. 3.

2. But further, our confidence that the religion of Christ will, one day, fill the whole earth with its glory, is confirmed by the consideration, that this RELIGION IS, IN ITS NATURE, ADAPTED ABOVE ALL OTHERS TO BE A UNIVERSAL RELIGION.

In all the forms of false religion with which our world is filled, there is something which renders them unfit or impracticable for universal adoption. Some are adapted to particular climates only ; others to particular states of society; a third class to particular orders of men; so that, in their very nature, they cannot be universal. Indeed none of the Pagans seem ever to have thought of a universal religion, as either to be expected or desired. Nay, even the true religion, as it appeared in its infant and ceremonial form, under the old economy, was not, in its external method of dispensation, adapted to be universal. For, not to mention many other circumstances, it required all its professors to go up

“ three times a year” to the same temple to worship. And, accordingly, long before the Messiah came in the flesh, it was made perfectly apparent, from so many of the descendants of Abraham being scattered abroad in different and distant parts of the world, that it was becoming, to the Jewish people, as such, an impracticable system. Suppose all the four quarters of our globe to be filled with zealous, devoted Jews. Every one

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