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“FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND."
THIS GOSPEL IS PREACHED,
NOT AS IS COMMONLY SUPPOSED, CONCERNING THE CHURCH, NOR CON-
CERNING THE GOSPEL DISPENSATION :
BUT CONCERNING THE FUTURE STATE, AFTER THE RESURRECTION OF
THE DEAD, IN THE WORLD TO COME.
“ Being grieved that they taught the people and preached through Jesus the Resurrection
Acts 4: 2.
BY HENRY DANA WARD:
PUBLISHED BY DANIEL APPLETON,
NO. 111 BROADWAY.
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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year eighteen hundred thirty-eighi,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of New York.
Piercy & Reed, Printers,
7 Theatre Alley.
In the beginning of the world, God made all things very good. (Gen. 1: 31.)
By Adam's sin, death and the curse came on all the earth. (Gen. 3: 17. Rom. 5: 17. and 8: 22.)
By righteousness the second Adam has obtained the promise of the restitution of all things, in the resurrection of the dead to eternal life, of which all the holy prophets testify since the world began, under the sceptre of Messiah, in his everlasting kingdom. (Acts 3: 19. Is. 9 : 6. Zech. 6: 12.
The Old Testament prophesies, and the New Testament evangelizes of this heavenly king, Messiah, coming in his glorious kingdom. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy, (Rev. 19 : 10.) and the theme of the Gospel is the same Jesus and the resurrection, or the kingdom of heaven.
The Gospel is the good news of the king's coming in his kingdom. The Gospel cannot be concurrent with the kingdom : the dispensation of the news ceases, when the dispensation of the kingdom begins.
That the kingdom of heaven is at hand, is the leading news of the Gospel, and is the key note of the Gospel; which is altogether marred by the word : “ His church is that kingdom of heaven.” For were it so, men should say “Lo here, and lo there is the Son of Man. See here is his kingdom.” (Luke 17 : 23.)
The doctrine of the kingdom of heaven at hand, and drawing near, has a direct bearing on the conscience of every believer ; while the doctrine that the church is that kingdom, has no power to convert the heart. All the triumphs of the primitive church were wrought and won in the clear faith of the near coming of the kingdom of heaven : and what new movement in the modern church is made without a view to the same end, even the near coming of the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ? (Mat. 3 : 5; and 4: 25. Acts 2 : 36. and 10 : 42 ; and 17: 18, 31; and 23: 6; and 24: 28; and 28: 23.)
The kingdom of heaven must be at hand, and still drawing near, because we are no where informed in the Gospel, that it has come, since