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produced; but which I shall now confirm SERM. at last by one very full one from the New XIII. Testament, even the Author of the Epistle to the Hebrews ch. ii. 5. and, if we include, from the Words that may be said immediately to follow it. Unto the Angels (faith he) has be not put in Subjection the World to come whereof we speak; But to him, of whom one in a certain Place testified, Jaying, What is Man, that thou art mindful of him? or the Son of Man, that thou viftest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the Angels : Thou crownedst him with Glory and Honour ; and didst set him over the Work of thy Hands : Thou hast put all Things in Subječtion under his Feet, Heb. ii. 5–8. Now the World to come, of which the Apostle speaks, must certainly signify that Kingdom, or State which was future or subsequent to the four great Kingdoms or Monarchies, which had been in the World before; and in Opposition to which, Daniel plainly puts the Kingdom of Christ : When the holy Penman therefore says, that God had not put that World in Subjection to the Angels, he plainly grants that the former States or Monarchies of the World had been put in Subjection to them : But
SERM. now (faith he) the World to come has be XIII. not put in Subjection to them : But on the
contrary (faith he) when be brings again the First Begotten into the World, he says let all the Angels of God worship bim, ch. i. 6. i. e. Let those Angelical Princes, who before were Governors of Monarchies themselves, be now subject to the universal Dominion of him, who was made a little while inferior to the Angels, but is now cloathed with Glory and Honour, and set over all the Works of God's Hand, ch. ii. 7:
For He, who before was King only of the Jews, is now become universal Lord and Emperor of the World. Angels, and Authorities, and Powers, as St Peter (to our Sense) expreffes it, being made subject to him, 1 Pet. iii. 22. In the same Manner speaks St Paul, God has set him at his own Right Hand in the heavenly Places, (or as to heavenly Things) far above all Principality, and Power, and Might, and Dominion, (and Thrones as he mentions in another Epistle,) and every Name that is named, not only in this World, but in that which is to come. Ephef. i. 20, 21. Col. i. 16. These Names were probably assigned to those Angels upon Account of the Kingdoms, and Dominions, and Princi
palities, and States, which were formerly sub-serM. ject to, and governed by them : But all XIII. which Oeconomies were
now diffolved both Nations and Guardians, being entirely subjected to the Dominion of Jesus. For as the Apostle goes on, He has put all Things, all Governors as well as Governments, under his Feet, and has given him to be Head over all Things to the Church. Which is now altogether but one Body, one Kingdom under him, the Fulness of him that filleth all in all, Ephes, i. 22, 23. What the highest created Angel does now, he does not according to his own Discretion, but all is determined by the sovereign Will of Christ, under whom they act. At his Name, and at his Command, every Knee bows, and moves of Things in Heaven, and Things in Earth, and Things under the Earth, Phil. ii. 10. Not only Devils, not only Men, but the highest Angels are become to the Son, as well as to the Father, ministring Spirits, and that only now as they are sent forth to minister : For they are all ministring Spirits sent forth (faith my Text) to minister for them, who shall be Heirs of Salvation.
All which, is, I think, sufficient to prove XIII. what I intended to show, from the Words
of my Text, viz. The Precedency of Angels, over Kingdoms, and Nations.
Now to God the Father, God the Son, and
God the Holy Ghost, be ascribed all Power, Might, Majesty, and Dominion, now and for ever, Amen.
Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a Cloud of Witnesses, let us lay apide every Weight, and the Sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with Patience the Race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith;
E are now, my dear Christians, drawing towards the End of our
Ecclefiaftical Year: The Season of Advent (with which it has been always the Custom of the Church to begin her Computation) is near upon approaching; and at proportionable Distances in the Months that are past, we have celebrated the Memories of the Apostles and Evangelists, and first Martyrs of Christianity. But since there are abundantly