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Here is the 6 restitution of all things," a full completion of all the declarations, promises, and prophecies that have gone before. See and compare, in particular, Isa. xxv. 8.—xlv. 22—25.Acts iii. 20, 21.-1 Cor. xv. 22, &c.-Phil. ii. 10, 11.-1 Tim. ii. 6.-Rev. v. 13. To construe a few other texts, as limitarians do, contrary to these, and numerous others of the same import, makes the scriptures abound with contradictions. It is reasonable that all other passages, and every text should be understood agreeably to these good and gracious promises.

The promise made to Adam, after his first transgression, that the evil he had experienced should finally be destroyed, by one who should bruise the serpent's head, and the blessing to the world of mankind, so often repeated to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, are, with some variation of words, continued from the beginning to the end of the scriptures. And the last being as a conclusion of the subject, is rather more full and explicit than any before. If every creature that lives on the earth, every one that is in the state of the dead and that has ever lived on the earth, does not comprehend all mankind, I know of no words or language that can express all.If this was the only passage in the scriptures that speaks of all praising God, we might have some doubts whether it meant all: but this is far from being the case.

The Lord says, by Isaiah, “ I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall swear, surely in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: unto him shall

all flesh come; and in the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.”

It will be remembered that the oath which he swore, was that all the nations of the earth should be blessed. And in order thereto they shall return to him, &c.

The apostle Paul also testifies the same, “That at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and of things on earth, and ihings under the earth. And every tongue shall confess Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

“The opposers of this blessed doctrine of universal salvation say, that these texts do not prove he will save all those he makes to bow, but that his kingdom shall triumph over all opposition, and that the devil and all his works will be subdued, and that they shall confess to the justice of God in hell!

Now are not such assertions astonishing ? When we read that all shall cry, saying, Blessing, honour, and glory, and power, be unto him, &c. Will the damned in hell say thus, when it has been repeated by, and always asserted by the orthodox, (so called,) that the wicked will forever blaspheme the holy name? Are the above words blasphemy? Nay, so far from that, it is the language of the redeemed in heaven. But again-so far from being subdued in hell, they shall say, “Surely in the Lord have I righteousness and strength.” Have the subdued in hell “ righteousness and strength in the Lord ?" It is really curious to see what inconsistency and absurdity people have been led into by the orthodox doctrine-the fashionable doctrine, (for no

matter how absurd any thing is in the eye of reason, if it is only fashionable,) even so great as that those in hell will have righteousness and strength in the Lord, and that they will “confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father,” and that they will cry, saying blessing, honour, and glory, and power, be unto him who sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever." And at the same time, the orthodox tell us, that those in hell will do nothing but blaspheme the holy name. Reader, if you can see no inconsistency in all this, you must be truly orthodox. But let me tell you, and if you are a reasonable man you will believe me, that the subdued “have righteousness and strength in the Lord, and that they confess, in heaven, Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God-where all tears are wiped from all eyes, and no more death, sorrow, crying, nor pain, for all former things are passed away.” And above all things eternal damnation doctrine will be passed away, and long before the final salvation of all men. Yes, in less than 100 years there will be little of it to be heard.

It is evident that those whom St. John saw were praising God, in concert with the angels of heaven, (not according to the wicked doctrine, of “howling to the justice of God in hell !??. And they were the whole posterity of Adam, and those whom God swore to Abraham should be blessed. And all their language is, that of salvation, thankfulness, praise, and adoration.-The same as that called the Song of Moses and the Lamb, (Rev. xv. 34.) “ Saying, great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty : just and true are thy ways thou king of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judg. ments are made manifest.” Or, as Wakefield translates this last sentence, “Thy righteous appointments have displayed themselves”-some others translate it, “Î'hy righteous acts are made manifest.??

There are many more texts that support the doctrine of the Salvation of all men, besides those I have collected; but I have only quoted those which are plain on the subject, and cannot be fairly construed to mean any thing else. But although so many, and so plain and positive that all men will be saved, all will not yet be sufficient proof to convince many of those who are bound by the prejudice of education, having all their life been taught a different doctrine, and who are bigotted to their own traditional sentiments, and those who apparently do not wish all men to be saved; and who, to support their favourite doctrine, cling close to a few passages of scripture, which they understand to mean eternal punishment, in opposition to a hundred to one to the contrary. And not one, when rightly understood, has any meaning contrary to all those I have quoted; and most all that they quote to support the contrary doctrine of eternal misery, have no reference to a future state of existence, no not even that of the xxv. 46. of Matthew, which is their foundation text to prove eternal misery. For the sake of honest, sincere inquirers, I shall briefly notice this text, and several others, hereafter, and clearly show that they

have no reference to another world. And that construing and understanding them, as bas been, and is commonly done, make the scriptures, as the deist and many others truly say of it a book of contradictions.

Before I proceed to trace the doctrine further. I will stop awhile and go back from whence I began, and carefully examine whether everlasting punishment has ever been preached.

We are told in sermons that are preached in the present day, and in books that are published, that “God made a covenant with Adam, that if he obeyed God's law, and rendered perfect obedience thereto, he and his posterity should be blessed; but if he disobeyed, he and his posterity should suffer temporal, spiritual, and eternal death, or endless misery.” But where they get this information from, they have not told us, in sermons nor books. I canot find in the Bible any law promulgated after Adam had sinned, which threatens any other penalty for transgression, than punishment in this life.

Now, reader, look at the subject impartially and candidly, as I shall state it; for I am sure it will not be to my interest or credit to do otherwise.

Our heavenly Father told Adam, that in the day he eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he should surely die. We read that the serpent told the woman that they should not,

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