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Their pre-eminence and glory. will have mercy upon his afflicted. But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten

Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.

Is. 54. 8. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. 10. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

Is. 63. 9. In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

Hos. 2. 19. I will betroth thee unto me forever: yea I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in loving kindness, and in mercies.

Zec. 2. 8. He that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of his eye. [See 229 and 88.]

596. Will saints in any sense, rise above angels ?

Dt. 32. 9. The Lord's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

Job 7. 17. What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thy heart upon

him? And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?

Ps. 50. 2.' Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

Lk. 7. 42. Which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged 47. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth utile.

Their pre-eminence and glory.

Lk. 15. 7. Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance. 22. Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him.

Jn. 17. 22. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them as thou hast lov

ed me.

Rom. 8. 16. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs: heirs of God, and joint-beirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 29. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren.

- 1 Cor. 6. 3. Know ye not that we shall judge angels?

Ep. 1. 18. That ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

Ep. 3. 10. To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.

Heb. 12. 23. To the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven.

Jam. 1. 18. Of his own will begat he'us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

Rev. 1. 6. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father.

Rev. 14. 3. And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts and elders: and no man could learn the song, but the hundred and

Saints glorified with Christ.-Common origin of man-Rank. forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

597. Will saints be glorified with Christ ?

Jn. 17. 22. And the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them. [See 323.]


598. Have mankind a common origin?

Mal. 2. 10. Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers ?

Ac. 17. 25. He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.

599. Are mankind superior to animals ?

Gen. 1. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he thein. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gen. 9. 1. And God blessed Noah, and his sons, and said unto them be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

Job 32. 8. There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them unde rstanding.

600. Is the soul of man immortal ? Ec. 3. 21. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goImmortality and dignity of man-Common rights of man. eth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Ec. 12. 7. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave


Mat. 10. 28. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul.

1 Cor. 15. 52. The dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

2 Cor. 5. 1. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.

601. Was man created inferior in rank to angels ?

Ps. 8. 5. Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet. Heb. 2. 7.

602. Do mankind acquire any relative pre-eminence on account of Christ ?

Jn. 17. 22. And the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them. See 573, Saints, and 312. Heaven.

603. Has God given any common rights and prirj. leges to mankind ?

1. A right to life, and breath, and roluntary locomotion. Ex. 21. 16. He that stealeth a man, and selleth

Common rights of man. him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

Lk. 4. 18. He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and to set at liberty them that are bruised.

Ac. 17.25. He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.

1 Cor. 10. 29. Why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?

Col. 3. 11. Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond, nor free: but Christ is all and in all.

2. A right to freedom of inquiry and opin on.

Lk. 12. 57. Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?

Jn. 5. 39. Search the scriptures.

Jn. 7. 24. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

1 Th. 5. 21. Prove all things: hold fast that which

Î Jn. 4. 1. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

is good.

3. A right to pursue mental culture.

Pr. 4. 13. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Pr. 19. 2. That the soul be without knowledge, it is not good.

Pr. 23. 23. Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Lk. 11. 52. Wo unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken awaythe key of knowledge. Ph. 1. 9. And this I pray, that

may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent. | See 361.]

your love

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