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ULTIMATE RECONCILIATION

AND

SUBJECTION OF ALL SOULS TO GOD

UNDER

THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST.

By Rev. A. R. SYMONDS, M.A.,

WADHAM COLLEGE, OXFORD.

γνωρίσας ημίν το μυστήριον του θελήματος αυτού, κατά την ευδοκίαν αυτού, ήν προέθετο εν αυτω εις οικονομίας του πληρώματος των καιρών, ανακεφαλαιώσασθαι τα πάντα εν τω Χριστώ, τά τε εν τοις ουρανούς και τα επί της γης. -ΕΡΗ. 1. 9, 10.

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LONDON:
HAMILTON, ADAMS AND CO., PATERNOSTER ROW;
R. GLADDING, 76, WHITECHAPEL ROAD.

1878.

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PREFACE.

HE first edition of this book consisted of THE

Sermons preached to the Author's congregation in Madras. Under the advice of friends interested in the subject, the work has been divested of its sermon form and character. Much, therefore, that was appropriate to it in its former shape has now been omitted, and, more or less, the whole has been recast. Several portions of the previous volume have been re-written, in order to expand or to strengthen the argument. Two entirely new chapters have been added: one on the "A Priori Considerations bearing upon the Subject,' and another, entitled, “The Ultimate Subjection of All Souls to God, considered in Relation to the Free Will of Man.'

CONTENT S.

PAGE

1

INTRODUCTION—APPEAL TO THE CANDOUR OF THE WISE
CHAP.
I. THE SPECIAL CHARACTER AND PURPOSE OF THE

KINGDOM OF CHRIST

8

II. THE UNIVERSALITY OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM AND

ITS ULTIMATE COMPLETE TRIUMPH

19

III. THE COMPLETE AND UNIVERSAL TRIUMPH OF

CHRIST'S KINGDOM. A PRIORI CONSIDERA

TIONS

26

IV. THE ULTIMATE SUBJECTION OF ALL SOULS TO

GOD CONSIDERED IN RELATION TO THE FREE
WILL OF MAN -

37

BE

V. THE PURPOSE OF CHRIST'S KINGDOM TO

WROUGHT OUT IN SUCCESSIVE ERAS

53

VI. THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST IN THE PRESENT ERA

ONE OF SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE AND ELECT-
ING GRACE

60

CHRIST AND

HIS

VII. THE REIGN ON EARTH OF

SAINTS

70

VIII. THE INCORPORATION OF THE JEWS INTO CHRIST'S

KINGDOM

87

IX. THE SIGN OF CHRIST'S ADVENT. THE RESUR

RECTION OF THE DEAD IN CHRIST. THE
TRANSLATION OF THE LIVING SAINTS

97

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