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Return and conversion of the Jews.
stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwel! in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye
shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and increase it, and lay no famine upon you. [See the rest of the chap. v. 30–38.]
Mic. 4. 2. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 6,7.
Zec. 12. 10. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
Rom. 11. 15. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is aiso holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 24. For if thou wert cut out of the olive-tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive-tree; how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive-tree? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, (lest
ye should be wise in your own conceits) that blinda ness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Return, and present state of the Jews.
Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
2 Cor. 3. 15. But even unto this day, when Moses is. read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
431. Does not the present state of the Jews, and of Palestine, forbid the rational belief of another return to the earthly Canaan ?
Jer. 16. 14. The days come, saith the Lord, that it
more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. Behold, I will send for man-fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double: because they have defiled
Ezk. 36. 4. Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heaihen that are round about. 8. O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn
shall be tilled and sown: And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes: shall be builded. 13. Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast. bereaved thy
Divinely ay pointed. nations; Therefore, thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave thy nations any more. V. 35, 36.
Ezk. 37. 1. The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and behold there were very many in the open valley;. and lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? and I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest. 11. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. Therefore prophesy and say unto them. Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my Spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and perforined it, saith the Lord.
Ministry. 432. Is the christian ministry divinely appointed ?
Is. 62. 6. I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night.
Mark 16. 15. Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mat. 28. 19.
Lk. 10. 1. The Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city, and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest. Acts 4. 18. And they called them, and commanded
Divinely appointed. them not to speak at all, nor teach in the name of Je
But Peter and John answered and said unto thern, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
Ac. 14. 23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord.
Ac. 20. 24. The ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. 28. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God.
Rom. 10. 14. How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Rom. 12. 6. Having then gifts, differing according to the grace that is given us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation.
1 Cor. 1. 1. Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God. 17. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.
1 Cor. 12. 7. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another, the word of knowledge by the same Spirit. 11. But all these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
27, 2 Cor. 5. 18. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
Gal. 1. 1. Paul, an apostle,(not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father.) Ep. 4. 11. And he gave some, apostles; and some
prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man.
Col. 4. 17. Say to Archippus, take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
1 Tim. 3. 1. If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
Tit. 1. 3. But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me, according to the commandment of God our Saviour.
433. What is the design of the christian ministry ?
Dt. 33. 10. They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law.
Ec. 12. 9. And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge.
Is. 58. 1. Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Jer. 3. 15. And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Jer. 15. 19. If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth.
Ezk. 3. 17. Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
Ezk. 16. 2. Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations.
Mal. 2.7. The priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.
Mat. 28. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the