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good seed is the Son of man ; The field is the world ; the good 38 seed are the children of the kingdom ; but the tares are the children of the wicked one ; The enemy that sowed them is the 39
38 Field is the world.] This Gospel of the The good seed are the children of the kingkingdom shall be preached in all the world dom.] A seed shall serve him; it shall be for a witness unto all nations, and then shall accounted to the Lord for a generation. Ps. the end come. Mat. xxiv. 14. Jesus came xxii. 30. It pleased the Lord to bruise him and spake unto them, saying, All power is (Christ); he hath put him to grief. When given unto me in heaven and earth : Go ye thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, therefore and teach all nations; baptizing he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his them in the name of the Father, and of the days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them prosper in his hand. Is. liii. 10. I will sow to observe all things whatsoever I have com- her unto me in the earth ; and I will have manded you ; and lo, I am with you alway, mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mat. and I will say to them which were not my xxviii. 18, 19, 20. Go ye into all the world, people, Thou art my people; and they shall and preach the Gospel to every creature ; he say, Thou art my God. Ho, ii. 23. I will that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; hiss for them and gather them ; for I have but he that believeth not shall be damned. redeemed them; and they shall increase as And these signs shall follow them that be they have increased ; and I will sow them lieve: in my name shall they cast out devils; among the people : and they shall remember they shall speak with new tongues; they me in far countries; and they shall live with shall take up serpents; and if they drink any their children and turn again. Zec. X. 8, 9. deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they As many as received him to them gave he shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall power to become the sons of God, even to recover. So then, after the Lord had spoken them that believe on his name; which were unto them, he was received up into heaven, born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, and sat on the right hand of God. And they nor of the will of man, but of God. John i. went forth, and preached every where, the 12, 13. Verily, verily, I say unto you, ExLord working with them, and confirming the cept a corn of wheat fall into the ground and word with signs following. Amen. Mar. xvi. die, it abideth alone ; but if it die, it bringeth 15—20. Thus it is written; and thus it be- forth much fruit. John xii. 24. The Spirit hoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we dead the third day. And that repentance and are the children of God; and if children, remission of sins should be preached in his then heirs ; heirs of God, and joint heirs with name among all nations, beginning at Jeru- Christ; if so be that we suffer with him ; salem. Lu. xxiv. 46, 47. Have they not that we may be also glorified together. Ro. heard ? Yea, verily, their sound went unto viii. 16, 17. Of his own will begat he us all the earth, and their words unto the ends of with the word of truth, that we should be a the world. Ro. x. 18. Now to him that is kind of first-fruits of his creatures. Ja. i. 18. of power to stablish you according to my Hearken, my beloved brethren ; hath not Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ God chosen the poor of this world, rich in (according to the revelation of the mystery faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he which was kept secret since the world began; hath promised to them that love him? Ja. but now is made manifest, and by the Scrip- ii. 5. "See that ye love one another with a tures of the prophets, according to the com- pure heart, fervently; being born again, not of mandment of the everlasting God, made corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the known to all nations for the obedience of word of God, which liveth and abideth for faith), to God only wise, be glory through ever. 1 Pe. i. 22, 23. Beloved, now are we Jesus Christ, for ever. Amen. Ro. xvi. 25, the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear 26, 27. We give thanks to God, since we what we shall be, but we know that when he heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, for the shall appear, we shall be like him, for we hope which is laid up for you in heaven, shall see him as he is. Every man that hath whereof ye heard before in the word of the this hope in him (Christ) purifieth himself, truth of the Gospel, which is come unto you, even as he is pure. Whosoever is born of as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth God doth not commit sin ; for his seed refruit, as it doth also in you since the day ye maineth : and he cannot sin, because he is heard of it, and knew the grace of God in born of God. 1 John iii. 2. 3. 9. truth. Col. i. 3. 6. And I saw another angel The children of the wicked one.] See verse fly in the midst of heaven, having the ever- 19. I will put enmity between thee and the lasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell woman, and between thy seed and her seed ; on the earth, and to every nation, and kin- it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise dred, and tongue, and people. Re. xiv. 6. his heel. Ge. iii. 15. Ye are of your father
devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are
the Devil (said Jesus to the Jews) and the lusts And he (the angel having the key of the bot. of your father ye will do; he was a murderer tomless pit) laid hold on the dragon, that old from the beginning, and abode not in the serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and truth, because there is no truth in him. bound him a thousand years, and cast him When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and own : for he is a liar, and the father of it. set a seal upon him, that he should deceive John viii. 44. O full of all subtilty and all the nations no more, till the thousand years mischief (said Paul to Elymas the sorcerer); should be fulfilled ; and after that he must be thou child of the Devil; thou enemy of all loosed a little season. And when the thourighteousness, wilt thou not cease to përvert sand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed the right ways of the Lord ? Ac. xiii. 10. out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive Many walk, of whom I have told you often, the nations, which are in the four quarters of and now tell you even weeping, that they are the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end together to battle, the number of whom is as is destruction ; whose God is their belly, and the sand of the sea. And they went up on wchose glory is in their shame, who mind the breadth of the earth, and compassed the earthly things. Phi. iii. 18, 19. He that camp of the saints about, and the beloved city. committeth sin is of the Devil; for the Devil And fire came down from God out of heaven, sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose and devoured them; and the Devil that dethe Son of God was manifested, that he might ceived them was cast into the lake of fire and destroy the works of the Devil. In this the brimstone, where the beast and false prophet children of God are manifest, and the children are, and shall be tormented day and night for of the Devil. Whosoever doeth not righteous- ever and ever. Re. xx. 2, 3. 7-10. ness is not of God, neither he that loveth not The harvest is the end of the world.] See his brother. I John iii. 8. 10.
verse 49. And as he (Jesus) sat upon the 39 Enemy that sowed.] See verse 25. 28. mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him We are not as many, which corrupt the word privately, saying, Tell us when shall these of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in things be ? and what shall be the sign of thy the sight of God, speak we in Christ. 2 Co. coming, and of the end of the world! Mat. ii. 17. But I fear lest by any means, as the xxiv. 3. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so is ripe ; come, get you down, for the press is your minds should be corrupted from the full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is simplicity that is in Christ: for such are false great. Joel iii. 13. Another angel came out apostles, deceitful workers, transforming of the temple, crying with a loud voice to themselves into the apostles of Christ. 2 Co. him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle xi. 3. 13. And no marvel, for Satan himself and reap; for the time is come for thee to is transformed into an angel of light; there- reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. fore it is no great thing if his ministers also And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his be transformed as the ministers of righteous- sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. ness; whose end shall be according to their And another angel came out of the temple works. 2 Co. xi. 14, 15. You hath he quick- which is in heaven, he also having a sharp ened who were dead in trespasses and sins; sickle. And another angel came out from wherein in time past ye walked according to the altar, which had power over fire; and the course of this world, according to the cried with a loud cry to him that had the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp now worketh in the children of disobedience. sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of Ep. ii. 1, 2. Put on the whole armour of the earth ; for her grapes are fully ripe. And God, that ye may be able to stand against the the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, wiles of the devil ; for we wrestle not against and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast flesh and blood, but against principalities, it into the great winepress of the wrath of against powers, against the rulers of the dark- God. Re. xiv. 15-19. ness of this world, against spiritual wicked- And the reapers are the angels.) When ness in high places. Ep. vi. 11, 12. Then the Son of man shall come in his glory, and shall that wicked be revealed whom the Lord all the holy angels with him, then shall he shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, sit upon the throne of his glory. Mat. XXV. and shall destroy with the brightness of his 31. A fiery stream issued and came forth from coming. 2 Th. ii. 8. And the beast was before " him" (" the Ancient of Days”); thoutaken, and with him the false prophet that sand thousands ministered unto him: and wrought miracles before him with which he ten thousand times ten thousand stood before deceived them that had received the mark of him; the judgment was set, and the books the beast, and them that worshipped his were opened. Da. vii. 10. To you who are image; these both were cast alive into a lake troubled (God will recompense) rest with us, of fire burning with brimstone. Re. xix. 20. when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from
the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in 40 the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man 41 shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall 42 cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnash
heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming them, and bring upon themselves swift defire taking vengeance on them that know not struction; and many shall follow their perniGod, and that obey not the Gospel of our cious ways, by reason of whom the way of Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished truth shall be evil spoken of. 2 Pe. ii. 1, 2. with everlasting destruction from the presence And them which do iniquity.] See chap. vii. of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 22, 23. Unto them that are contentious, and when he shall come to be glorified in his do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteoussaints, and to be admired in all them that ness (God will render), indignation, and wrath, believe (because our testimony among you tribulation, and anguish, upon, every soul of was believed) in that day. 2 Th. i. 7–10. man that doeth evil. In the day when God And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus prophesied of "these" ("false teachers”), Christ, according to my Gospel. Ro. ii. 8, 9. saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten 16. There shall in no wise enter into it (the thousand of his saints, to execute judgment new Jerusalem) any thing that defileth, neither upon all, &c. Jude 14.
whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a 40 Tares.] See verse 30.
lie ; but they which are written in the Lamb's 41 The Son of man, &c.] And he (the book of life. Re. xxi. 27. Son of man) shall send his angels with a great 42 Cast them into a furnace.] See chap. iii. sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather Then shall he (the Judge in the last day) say together his elect from the four winds, from unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, one end of heaven to the other. Mat. xxiv. ye cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for 31. Then shall he send his angels, and shall the Devil and his angels. Mat. xxv. 41. gather together his elect from the four winds, Thou shalt make " them” (the "enemies of from the uttermost part of the earth to the the Lord") as a fiery oven in the time of uttermost part of heaven. Mar. xiii. 27. thine anger; the Lord shall swallow them up When “he” (“God”) bringeth in the First- in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. begotten into the world, he saith, And let all Ps. xxi. 9. Whoso falleth not down (said the angels of God worship him. And of the the herald of Nebuchadnezzar) and worshipangels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, peth (the golden image), shall the same hour and his ministers a flame of fire. Are they be cast into the midst of a burning fiery not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minis- furnace. Now if ye be ready (said the king ter for them who shall be heirs of salvation ? to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), that He. i. 6. 7. 14. And I beheld, and I heard at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, the voice of many angels round about the flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, throne, and the beasts, and the elders, and and all kinds of music, ye fall down and the number of them was ten thousand times worship the image which I have made ; well : ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb same hour into the midst of a burning fiery that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and furnace; and who is that God that shall wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, deliver you out of my hands ? Shadrach, and blessing. Re. v. 11, 12 See chap. Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said
to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not And they shall gather out of his kingdom.] careful to answer thee in this matter. If it See verse 49. Woe unto the world, because be so, our God whom we serve, is able to of offences! for it must needs be that offences deliver us from the burning fiery, furnace, come ; but woe to that man by whom the and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. offence cometh. Mat. xviii. 7. Now I beseech Da, iii. 6. 15--17. Then these men were you, brethren, mark them which cause divi- bound in their coats, their hosen, and their sions and offences, contrary to the doctrine hats, and their other garments, and were cast which ye have learned ; and avoid them. into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. For they that are such serve not our Lord Therefore because the king's commandment Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, good words and fair speeches deceive the the flame of the fire slew those men that took hearts of the simple. Ro. xvi. 17, 18. There up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Da. were false prophets also among the people, iii. 21, 22. In hell he lifted up his eyes, even as there shall be false teachers among being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar you, who privily shall bring in damnable off, and Lazarus in his bosom ; and he cried heresies, even denying the Lord that bought and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on
43 ing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in
the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 44 Again, The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field;
me, and send Lazarus (said the rich man), the last Adam was made a quickening spirit, that he may dip the tip of his finger in Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual ; water, and cool my tongue, for I am tor- but that which is natural, and afterward that mented in this flame. Lu. xvi. 23, 24. The which is spiritual. The first man is of the same (who may worship the beast, &e.) shall earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they is poured out without mixture into the cup also that are earthy; and as is the heavenly, of his indignation ; and he shall be tormented such are they also that are heavenly. And as with fire and brimstone in the presence of the we have borne the image of the earthy, we holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. shall also bear the image of the heavenly, Re. xiv. 10. The beast was taken, and with Now this, I say, brethren, that flesh and him the false prophet that wrought miracles blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; before him, with which he deceived them that neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. had received the mark of the beast, and them Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not that worshipped his image. These both were all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a mocast alive into a lake of fire burning with ment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last brimstone. Re. xix. 20. The Devil that trump (for the trumpet shall sound), and the deceived them was cast into the lake of fire dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we and brimstone, where the beast and the false shall be changed; for this corruptible must prophet are, and shall be tormented day and put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on night for ever. And death and hell were immortality: so when this corruptible shall have cast into the lake of fire; this is the second put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have death. And whosoever was not found writ- put on immortality, then shall be brought to ten in the book of life was cast into the pass the saying that is written, Death is lake of fire. Re. xx. 10. 14, 15. But the swallowed up in victory. Therefore, my befearful, and the unbelieving, and the abomin- loved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, able, and murderers, and whoremongers, and always abounding in the work of the Lord; sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall forasmuch as ye know that your labour is have their part in the lake which burneth not in vain in the Lord. 1 Co. xv. 41-54. with fire and brimstone, which is the second 58. And I heard a great voice out of heaven, death. Re. xxi. 8.
saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with Wailing and gnashing of teeth.] See verse men, and he will dwell with them, and they 50 and chap. viii. 12. Bind him (that had shall be his people, and God himself shall be not a wedding garmont) hand and foot (said with them, and be their God. And God shall the king who made a marriage for his son), wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there and take him away, and cast him into outer shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor erydarkness ; there shall be weeping and gnashing ing, neither shall there be any more pain; for of teeth. Mat. xxii, 13.
the former things are passed away. Re. xxi. 3, 43 Shall the righteous shine forth.] Come, 4. I saw no temple therein in the next ye blessed of my Father (will the king say to Jerusalem), for the Lord God Almighty and those on his right hand), inherit the kingdom the Lamb are the temple of it; and the city prepared for you from the foundation of the had no need of the sun, neither of the moon world ; and these (on the left hand) shall go to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighteg away into everlasting punishment, but the it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Re. Iti. righteous into life eternal. Mat. xxv. 34. 46. 22, 23. See chap. xxv. 46. They that be wise shall shine as the bright- In the kingdom of their Father.] I will not ness of the firmament, and they that turn drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine many to righteousness, as the stars for ever (said Jesus to his disciples) until that day and ever. Da. xii. 3. There is one glory of when I drink it new with you in my Father's the sun, and another glory of the moon, and kingdom. Mat. xxvi. 29.
Fear not, little another glory of the stars; for one star flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to differeth from another star in glory; so also give you the kingdom. Lu. xii. 32. And! is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father corruption ; it is raised in incorruption ; it is hath appointed unto me.
Lu. xxi. 29. sown in dishonour ; it is raised in glory: it Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God is sown in weakness; it is raised in power : chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, it is sown a natural body; it is raised a and heirs of the kingdom which he hath spiritual body; there is a natural body, and promised to them that love him? Ja. ii
. 6. there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, 44 Like unto treasure.] See chap. vi. 21. The first man Adam was made a living soul. So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom,
the which when a man hath found he hideth, and for joy there
and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, sell ull that he had) he was very sorrowful : if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw thy voice for understanding, if thou seekest that he was very sorrowful, he said, How her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid hardly shall they that have riches enter into treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear the kingdom of God. Lu, xviii. 23, 24. "He" of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. (" Zaccheus” to whom Jesus said, To-day I Pr. ii. 2-5. How much better is it to get must abide at thy house) made haste and came wisdom than gold? And to get understand- down (from the Sycamore tree), and received ing, rather to be chosen than silver ? Pr. him joyfully, and when they (the Jews) saw xvi. 16. Wherefore is there a price in the it, they all murmured, saying, That he was hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing he hath gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. no heart to it ? Pr. xvii. 16. Through And Zaccheus stood and said unto the Lord, desire a man having separated himself, seeketh Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the and intermeddleth with all wisdom. Pr. xviii. poor, and if I have taken any thing from any 1. Jesus said unto "them" (" the multitude"), man by false accusation, I restore him fourI am the bread of life, he that cometh to me fold. Lu. xix. 6-8. All that believed were shall never hunger, and he that believeth on together, and had all things common, and me shall never thirst. John vi. 35. What- sold their possessions and goods, and parted soever things were written aforetime, were them to all men, as every man had need. And written for our learning, that we, through they continuing daily with one accord in the patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might temple, and breaking bread from house to have hope. Ro. xv. 4. As it is written, Eye house, did eat their meat with gladness, hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have and singleness of heart; praising God, and entered into the heart of man, the things having favour with all the people. And the which God hath prepared for them that love Lord added to the church daily such as should him; but God hath revealed them unto us by be saved. Ac. ii. 44-47. The multitude his Spirit, for the Spirit searcheth all things, of them that believed were of one heart, and yea, the deep things of God. I Co. ii. 9, 10. of one soul, neither said any of them, that I would that ye knew what great conflict I ought of the things which he possessed was have for you, and for as many as have not his own ; but they had all things common; seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts and with great power gave the apostles might be comforted, being knit together in witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, love, and unto all riches of the full assurance and great grace was upon them all. Neither of understanding, to the acknowledgment of was there any among them that lacked : for the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of as many as were possessors of lands or houses Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of sold them, and brought the prices of the things wisdom and knowledge. Col. ii. 1-3. Ye that were sold; and laid them down at the are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in apostles' feet, and distribution was made unto God. When Christ, who is our life, shall every man according as he had need. Ac. appear, then shall ye also appear with him in iv. 32–35. What things were gain to me, glory. Let the word of Christ dwell in you those I counted loss for Christ; yea, doubtless, richly in all wisdom ; teaching and admonish- and I count all things but loss for the exceling one another in psalms, and hymns, and lency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my spiritual songs, singing with grace in your Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of hearts to the Lord. Col. iii. 3, 4. 16.
all things; and do count them but dung, that I For joy thereof.] If thou wilt be perfect may win Christ, and be found in him, not (said Jesus to him who asked what good thing having mine own righteousness, which is of shall I do that I may have eternal life), go the law, but that which is through the faith and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, of Christ, the righteousness which is of God and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and by faith. Phi. iii. 7, 8, 9. Ye had compascome and follow me. Then answered Peter, sion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the and said unto “him” (“ Jesus"), Behold, we spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves have forsaken all, and followed thee, what that ye have in heaven a better and an enshall we have therefore ? Every one that during substance. He. x. 34. By faith hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, Moses, when he was come to years, refused or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter ; lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an choosing rather to suffer affliction with the hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of life. Mat, xix. 21. 27, 29. Whosoever he sin for a season. Esteeming the reproach of be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he Christ greater riches than the treasures in cannot be my disciple. Lu. xiv. 33. When Egypt; for he had respect unto the recomhe (the ruler who asked what shall I do to pence of the reward. He. xi. 24, 25, 26. inherit eternal life) heard this (that he should