Adoring God Who is the Christian's Hope - by Samuel HopkinsArticles on the Christian Walk, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology
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The Christian’s hope includes in it an assured and pleasing prospect that Christ will destroy the works and kingdom of the devil on earth, and set up his own kingdom, and give his people the possession of the world for at least a thousand years ; which happy time for the meek, the saints, to possess the earth, and delight in the abundance of peace and happiness, shall commence and continue in a time and manner most agreeable to Infinite Wisdom and Goodness; and the Christian expects the set time will come, and is hastening on, when Christ will come to judgment, raise the dead, and assemble all the children of Adam before him, when he will sentence the impenitent wicked to everlasting punishment, and invite and bring his friends into the possession of his eternal kingdom, to enjoy perfect and progressing happiness forever ; and that they shall see, and have a most pleasing and eternally increasing conviction, when all the enemies of Christ are put under his feet, and all things are adjusted and brought to their proper and designed issue, that all events which have taken place, even all the evil, sin, and misery which has been and will exist forever, are included in the divine purpose and plan, which was in the highest wisdom and goodness fixed and ordained from eternity, and are necessary, in the most proper and desirable manner and to the highest possible degree, to promote the glory of God in the most clear manifestation and brightest display of the divine perfections, and produce the highest happiness and glory of the eternal kingdom of God. This will be contemplated forever, and will be a source of growing entertainment, and part of the happiness which is included in the Christian’s hope. The work of redemption by Christ is so grand, wonderful, and complicated, the effect of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, exercised in the most astonishing condescension, grace and mercy, truth and faithfulness, to infinitely guilty, lost, and miserable sinners, in a way honorable to a holy, righteous God, his law and government, and suited to humble and save sinful rebels, and raise them to the highest honor and happiness ; and is attended with such infinitely great, important, glorious, eternal consequences, that the redeemed must enjoy unspeakably great and increasing happiness in searching into the wonders of this work, and loving, praising, and adoring God and the Redeemer forever.