Page images
PDF
EPUB

church on earth, and not the state of the blessed in the future life. Lightfoot, doubtless, held the same opinion, in as much as, in the words quoted below, he fixes the time indicated in a preceding verse, to a period then very near at hand, and which had no reference to the end of the world, popularly so called.

2. LightFOOT. · Heb. x. 37, James v. 9, Rev. i. 7, and xxii. 12, Behold I come quickly; with many other passages of that nature, all which must be understood of Christ's coming in judgment and vengeance against that wicked nation. Heb. and Talm. Exerc. in John xxi. 22.

3. GROTIUS. ** Enter in through the gates into the city : such were they who lived in the days of Constantine, and afterwards; they were permitted to witness the splendor of the church, promised to the ancient fathers, and to be rulers in it.

Without are dogs, &c: : such were those who were either not admitted to baptism, or, if formerly admitted, were afterwards excluded from the church.' Annot. in loc.

SECTION CXLIII.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in the book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.'-Rev. xxii. 18, 19.

That this relates to judgments to be administered on the earth, is admitted in the following quotations

1. HAMMOND. As for all those to whom this prophecy will come, I conjure them all, that they change not à tittle of it, and withal, that they look upon it as the last authoritative prophecy that is likely to come from heaven, to be a rule of faith to the church. What is here said, is decreed and settled immutable ; no man shall be able

to avert it; and whosoever shall go about to infuse any other expectations into men than what are agreeable to these visions, God shall bring on him the judgments that are here denounced against God's greatest enemies. And so in like manner, whosoever shall derogate any thing from the authority of this prophecy, or take out any part of it, or occasion men's not receiving the admonition of Christ here contained, in every part thereof, God shall cast him off, throw him out of the church, account him incapable of all the blessings which are here promised to the faithful christians.' Par. in loc.

This quotation, taken alone, might not seem, with sufficient clearness, to express the author's opinion, that the judgments denounced belong to this life. But, when taken in connexion with the manner in which he has explained the 'plagues written in this book,' it is very evident that he did not seek for a fulfilment of this last prophecy in the future existence; but that he believed the denunciation would be executed at the time of which he had had frequent occasion to speak.

The remark made on the quotation from Lightfoot, on the passage last quoted, is equally applicable to that which follows.

2. LIGHTFOOT. The same things are meant in Heb. x. 37, “Yet a little while, and he that shall come, will come.” James v. 9, “Behold the judge is at the door :" Rev. i. 7, He cometh in the clouds.” And xxii. 20, Surely I come quickly.And many more of the same kind, all which are to be understood of the coming of Christ in vengeance against the Jewish nation.' Tractatus de Spir. Proph. Sect. v.

3. GROTIUS. God shall add unto him the plagues : by the plagues are to be understood, as well those in chap. vii. ix. x. and xi., as those in chap. xvi. xvii. and xviii.; of which one portion relates to the Jews, and the other to the Roman empire.

*And out of the holy city: he shall not be a member of the church, but shall be cast out, as one making a lie.' Annot. in loc,

316

SELECTIONS FROM EMINENT COMMENTATORS.

CONCLUSION,

[ocr errors]

In this work, it was my design to notice every passage of scripture, which has been alleged from the New Testament, to prove the doctrine of endless misery. If I have omitted any, the omission was undesigned. On some of the texts, it is true, I have not been able to adduce any orthodox authority in support of the views entertained by Universalists. The number of these, however, is very small. Besides, it should be recollected that my examination, though as extensive as my present resources would permit, has by no means embraced the whole body of orthodox commentators.

And I do not despair of being able, hereafter, to complete that which is now lacking. Should my life and health be spared, the examination will be continued ; so that, if a second edition of this work should be called for, I may be able to render it more complete, in relation to the New Testament, and perhaps embrace in it the controverted texts contained in the Old Testament also.

THE END

INDEX OF SUBJECTS,

A.
Damned,

153, 205, 241
Abraham, promise to,
65 Darkness, utter

65
Abyssos,

53 Day of judgment, 66, 89, 90
Accursed,
223 Death, as punishment,

196, 199
Age, conclusion of
23, 96 | Death, second

298
Agree with thine adversary, 47 Death, sin unto

287
Aion,

86 Destruction,

230, 237
Anathema,

216, 224 Destruction, everlasting 233
Axe laid at the root of the trees, 26 Destruction of soul and body, 71

Destruction of the world, 281
B.
Destruction, swift

276
Balfour's Essays,
68, 195 Devil, snare of

243
Balfour's Inquiry,

55

E.
Balfour's Letters,
195 Earth, salt of

34
Balfour's Reply to Stuart, 46 | End, use of the word,

23
Ballou's Notes on Parables, 28 | End of all things,

23
Ballou's Sermon Heb. ix. 27, End of the world,

95, 97
28,
257 Endure to the end,

69
Birth, new

163 Esau hated, and Jacob loved, 200
Blasphemy against the Holy Eternal fire,

292
Ghost,
82 Eternal judgment,

250
Body and soul, destroyed in hell, 71 Expositor, Universalist

55
Bottomless pit,

53

F.
C.
Fire and brimstone,

301, 305, 311
Capurnaum,
77 Fire, consuming

266
Cast-away,
24 Fire, eternal

292
Chaff, burned in the fire, 29 Fire, furnace of

95
Child of hell,
118 Fire, lake of

310
Children of the kingdom cast Fire, unquenchable

29
out,
65 First resurrection,

307
Clarke, Dr. A. inconsistency of 48
Cobb, Rev. S. Sermon, Luke xii.

G.
4, 5,
75 Gate, strait

55
Coming of Christ, 23, 67, 101 Gehenna, 39, 49, 71, 118, 119
Conversion,

105 God, kingdom of 19, 32, 37, 111, 150
Crown of life,
297

163, 190
Cursed,

22

Gnashing of teeth, 65, 95, 97, 114
D.

126, 133
Damnation, 117, 203, 212, 244 Gomorrah and Sodom,

278, 292
Damnation of hell,

119
Damnation, resurrection of 167

H.
Damnation, slumbereth not, 276 | Hades,

54, 77, 157

287

278, 292

Heaven, kingdom of 19, 32, 37, 57 Resurrection, first

307
65, 105, 108 Rich man and Lazarus,

156
Hell,

43, 49, 71, 77, 157 Rich man can hardly enter the
Hell, child of

118
kingdom,

108
Hell, damnation of

119 Righteousness of the Pharisees, 37
Hell fire,

39, 49
Hell, soul and body destroyed in 71

S.
Hinnom, valley of
40, 50 Salt of the earth,

34
Hudson's Letters and Reply, 195 Salvation,

62, 69, 184, 247

Saved, 58, 68, 123, 184, 194, 206
I.J.
Saved, scarcely,

275
Isaac, promise to

65 Second death, 298, 307, 311
Jacob loved, and Esau hated, 200 Servant, faithful and unfaithful' 126
Jacob, promise to
65 Servant, unforgiving

108
Jerusalem, exclamation concern Sheep and Goats, parable of 137
ing
121 | Sheol,

78
Judas Iscariot, 147, 177, 179 Sin unto death,
Judge,

193 Sodom and Gomorrah,
Judgment,

195, 197 Sodom, more tolerable, &c., 66
Judgment, day of 68, 89, 90, 278,281 Spirits in prison,

270
Judgment, eternal
250 Strait gate,

55
Judgment of the great day, 291 Stuart, Prof. his misrepresenta-
Judgment-seat of Christ, 204

tion,

45
Stuart, Balfour's reply to 46
K.
Kingdom, children of, cast out, 65

T.
Kungdom of God, 19, 32, 37, 111,150 Talents, parable of

133
163, 190 Tares among the wheat,

94
Kingdom of heaven, 19, 32, 37, 57, Trees, cast into the fire,
65, 105, 108 Tyre and Sidon,

277
Kingdom of the Messiah, 19

U.
Unclean spirit,

91
L.
Unforgiving servant,

108
Lake of fire,
310 Universalist Expositor,

55
Last day,
173 Unpardonable sin, (so called,)

82
Life, crown of
297 | Unquenchable fire,

29
M.
Marriage-feast, parable of 114

V.
Maranatha,
216 Valley of Hinnom,

40, 50
Messiah, kingdom of
19 Vessels of wrath,

201
Misrepresentation noticed, 45 Vineyard, parable of

111
Virgins, wise and foolish 129
N.
Net, parable of

97
New birth,
163 Wedding, parable of

114
P.

Weeping and gnashing of teeth, 65
Perdition,
229, 261, 303

95, 97, 114, 126, 133
Perdition, son of
177, 237 Wheat and tares, parable of,

94
Perish,

206, 210, 217 Whittemore's notes on Para-
Perish, except ye repent, 154

bles,

28, 55
Pharisees, righteousness of 37 World, destruction of

281
Pit, bottomless
53 World, end of

95, 97
R.

Wrath to come,
Repentance, impossibility of 254 | Wrath to the uttermost,

231
Repentance, no place of 264 Wrath, vessels of

201
Reprobate,

221

26, 56

W.

24, 197

« PreviousContinue »