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which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people, (Israel."Luke ii. 29, 31.)
XV. JOHN THE BAPTIST Comes at once to the point, by summing up the faith of an Universalist in few words: "Behold, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world."--(John i. 29.)
We come now to offer the highest and most holy authority, next to that of God the Father; even the Son of God! in support of his own most holy doctrine, as plainly expressed by himself; and in confirmation of which, he suffered death on the Cross, for the specific purpose of redeeming all men, and of reconciling and restoring all things unto God.
XVI. JESUS CHRIST! "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world."--(John xii. 47.) "For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved."-(John iii. 17.)
"It is written in the Prophets, and they shall all be taught of God."—(vi. 45.)
"And the bread which I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”—(ib. id. 51.)
"All things are delivered unto me of my Father."(Math. xi. 27.) "All things that the Father hath are mine."-(John xvi. 15.) "All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."--(John vi. 37.) "For the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."(Math. xviii. 11; Luke xix. 10.) "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."-(Math. xxviii. 19, 20.)
"I am the good shepherd; the good his life for the sheep."-(John x. 11.) lifted up from this earth, will draw all (John xii. 32.) &c.
shepherd giveth “And I, if I be men unto me."
The reader's attention is especially directed to the words used by the Saviour, as to their Universality. That
is, "the world," "all," "all things," "all men," &c.; and their attention is thus required, because they will be told, by some Partialist Believer, as we have often been told, that the world does not mean the whole world, but only believers; that all means only the elect, &c. And we earnestly hope, that, with us, our considerate readers will believe God rather than men. And certainly, the Son of God has, in the above expressions, testified himself a complete, a Universal Saviour; and his doctrine that of Universal Redemption.
XVII. SIMEON PETER. "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you; whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets, since the world began."-(Acts iii. 19,21.) "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."-(Acts. ii. 29.)
We understand by these passages, that God hath, according to the counsel of his own will, appointed certain [aions] ages, times or dispensations, for the final accomplishment of all his holy and benevolent purposes, which he hath purposed in Christ Jesus; that he hath called all men universally, as in Isaaih xlv. 22, 23; Psalms, xxii. 27, and lxv. 5; John vi. 45; Jeremiah xxxi. 33; and other places; with respect to his final purposes. But in the present aion, age or dispensation, some only are spe·cially called, and taught of God, and are those who are said to be specially saved, as in 1. Tim. iv. 10. And that there will be an age, period of time, or dispensation for the final restitution of all things, and the accomplishment of all that "God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy Prophets since the world began," when all shall be specially and effectually called, reconciled, and shall all know him from the least of them unto the greatest of them, and shall all be taught of God. That when they are thus taught by the Spirit, that "this is the stone that was set at nought of your builders," [framers of false foundations of religion,]"which is become the head of the
corner. That neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."-(Acts iv. 11, 12.) They will also believe, and accept Jesus as the "only wise God our Saviour."
"For Christ hath also, once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God! being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit, by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, &c." (1 Peter, iii. 18, 20.)-"For, for this cause, was the Gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit." (iv. 6.)
"And behold! the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent, and the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept, arose and came out of the graves, after his resurrection, and went into the Holy City, and were seen of many. (Matt. xxvii. 51, 53.)
There are persons, who to bring objections against the Universal Doctrine, will twist the Sacred Scriptures. to their own purposes; and we have been told by Ministers of the Gospel, that the foregoing passage of St. Peter, means the preaching of Noah in the spirit of Christ to the antediluvian world, who were dead in trespasses and sins! forgetting, however, that Christ was not put to death in the flesh until upwards of two thousand years after the deluge! and losing sight of what the Apostle said in his fourth chapter and sixth verse. We hope, however, that St. Matthew's testimony, above quoted, will convince such weak disputants of their error, and put this controverted point at rest for ever.
XVIII. JOHN, the Evangelist. "He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only; but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John ii. 2.)
And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life: and this life is in his Son. (1 John, v. 2.) "And
we have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." (ibid. iv. 14.-John ii. 16, 17.)
We come lastly, to examine the declarations of that great Practical Universalist, whose miraculous conversion, whose eminent learning, and whose steady devotion to this great and glorious cause, bespoke him to be not only happily elected or chosen for this purpose, by the wisdom of God, but also as most eminently qualified to illustrate and explain it to the world.
XIX. PAUL. "Therefore, as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation, even so, by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men, unto justification of life." (Rom. v. 18.) "Now we know, that whatsoever the law saith; it saith to them who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped and all the world become guilty before God." (iii. 19.) "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (v. 6.) "For to this end, Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be the Lord both of the dead and the living." (xiv. 9.) "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept, for since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Cor. XV. 20, 21.)
The reader is cautioned against another evasion of the Partialists. They are obliged to acknowledge, that all mankind, will "be made alive;" but they insist upon it, that all who die in their sins, will be made alive, "to endure eternal punishment!" But remember kind reader, the Apostle of the Lord, says, that all shall be made alive in Christ, the same all that die in Adam; and if they are made alive in Christ, which they certainly will be, in due time; we think there need be no farther fear for them after that blessed accomplishment.
"For other foundation can no man lay, than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now, if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay,
stubble; every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire." (1 Corinth. iii. 2, 15.)
And all things are of God! who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation, to wit: that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, and not imputing their trespasses unto them, &c." (2 Corinth. v. 18, 19.)
And the Scripture foreseeing that God would justify the Heathen through faith, preached before, the Gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee, shall all nations be blessed." (Galat. iii. 8.) "But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ, might be given to them that believe." (verse 22.) "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us." (verse 13.)
The 3d chapter of Ephesians treats of the eternal pur pose of God, which he purposed in Christ, to wit: the salvation of the Gentiles, which the Apostle says, was made known unto him by revelation.
I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men: for kings and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty, for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of truth: For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (1 Tim. ii. 1.)
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation: For, therefore we both labour and suffer reproach; because, we trust in the living God! who is the Saviour of all men, SPECIALLY, of those that believe: These things command and teach." (1 Tim. iv. 9, 11.) If this is not Universal Salvation, it is nothing else.