Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
now 'tis past dispute, he that is blessed is inferior to him that blesses:
1 Timothy 3:9
but by their integrity maintain the reverence due to the gospel.
to whom he answered, because you are allowed to know the mysteries of the gospel-dispensation, but to them it is not allowed.
Now to him that is able to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, conformable to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret from antient times, but now is laid open,
1 Corinthians 2:7
but we explain that mysterious plan of divine wisdom, which God had contriv'd before the ages, for our glory:
for he has discover'd to us the secret of his will, that out of his meer good pleasure, he had purposed in himself,
having revealed to me the secret, I now mention'd in short,
in particular for me, that I may have leave to speak without any restraint, and make known the mystery of the gospel,
that their hearts might be comforted, and that being firmly united in love, they might possess the highest and fullest persuasion of the truth of this doctrine, by entring into this mystery, even of God the father, and of Christ,
2 Thessalonians 2:7
for the secret spirit of misrule is ready to break out as soon as the obstacle is taken away:
Upon her forehead this mystical title was written, Babylon the great, the mother of harlots, and abominations of the earth.
1 John 3:5
and you know that he appear'd to abolish our sins; and that he was himself without sin.
and when Jesus was baptized, he came out of the water: and immediately the heavens seem'd to be parted asunder before him, and he saw the Spirit
and John testified, saying, I saw the spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
but when the advocate is come, whom I will send to you from the father, even the spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the father, he shall testify of me.
and when he is come, he will convince the world of sin, of justice, of judgment:
'tis this Jesus whom God hath raised up, of which we all are witnesses.
with relation to his son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was of the lineage of David as to his body,
1 Peter 3:18
for Jesus Christ himself has already suffer'd for our sins, the innocent for the guilty, to bring us to God: who, tho' he died with respect to his body, was rais'd to life by that spirit,
1 John 5:6
it appear'd by the water, and by the blood, who he was, even Jesus the Messiah; not by the water only, but by the water and by the blood: besides, the spirit is a witness too, now the spirit is truth itself.
whereupon the devil left him, and immediately angels came and ministred unto him.
now there had been a great earthquake; for an angel of the lord descending from heaven, was come, and had rolled away the stone from the door, and was sitting upon it.
where he continued forty days, being tempted by Satan: and when he was among the wild beasts, angels ministred unto him.
upon their entring into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting towards the right, cloathed in a long white garment: at which they were frighted.
but the angel said to them, be not afraid, I am only come to bring you great news, which will be matter of joy to you and to the whole world.
then an angel from heaven appear'd to him, and comforted him.
whilst they were in great perplexity about it, all of a sudden, two men appear'd before them in robes of light.
and saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, the one at the head, the other at the feet.
and as they were looking stedfastly toward heaven, as he mounted up, on a sudden, two men appear'd before them robed in white, who said,
that the manifold wisdom of God, in ordering his heavenly kingdom, might by his church be now made known, to princes and magistrates,
1 Peter 1:12
and were answer'd, that it was not they, but we, who were concern'd in the events which they predicted, events which have been now represented to you by those, whom the holy spirit from heaven inspired to preach the gospel to you: a secret which the angels desire to penetrate into.
and the glory of thy people Israel."
then Peter thus began, now I plainly perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
but Paul and Barnabas told them boldly, you indeed were the first, to whom the word of God was to be preach'd: but since you reject it, and judge your own selves unworthy of eternal life, be assur'd, we shall make the same offer to the Gentiles:
In reality there is no difference between the Jew and the Gentile: they have all the same Lord, who is bountiful to all that call upon him.
(for he that had wrought powerfully in Peter with respect to his apostleship among the Jews, had also wrought powerfully in me upon account of the Gentiles:) and when James,
which preceeding was not discover'd to men, as now it is to his holy apostles and prophets by the spirit; to wit,
to whom God does disclose the glorious advantages of this mystery to you Gentiles, to wit, "that by Christ you may have the expectation of glory."
when they were arrived, and had assembled the Church, they related what great things God had wrought by them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles:
which is not only come to you, but to all the world; where it produces its effects, and increases, as it does also among you, ever since you sincerely embrac'd the divine favour,
After this I beheld, and there was a great multitude, which no man could number, of every nation, tribe, people, and language, who stood before the throne, and before the lamb cloathed in white robes, having palms in their hands.
Now after the Lord had convers'd with them, he was assum'd up to heaven, where he sat on the right hand of God.
and while he was blessing them, he was taken from them, and carried up into heaven.
what if you should see the son of man ascend up where he was before?
though he knew that the father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and was going to God,
I was sent by the father, and am come into the world: but now I leave the world, and am going to my father.
and now, O father, glorify me in heaven, with the glory which I had before the creation of the world.
In my former treatise, I gave an account, O Theophilus, of all the actions and doctrine of Jesus, to the time of his assumption,
wherefore 'tis said, " when he ascended up on high, he made a number of captives, and gave gifts to men."
who being the radiation of his glory, and the imprest image of his substance, and governing all things by his powerful command, after having himself made expiation for our sins, sat down on the right hand of the divine majesty in the highest heavens.
What we have said amounts to this; we have an high priest, who sits in heaven on the right hand of the throne of the divine majesty.
having Jesus in our view, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down on the right hand of the throne of God.
1 Peter 3:22
who being ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God, where angels, dominations, and potentates have been subjected to him.