f and of the household of God.” As • members of t^punily areoeli6<|® »d, Paul, in Oal Yi. 10. calls it ‘‘ die holdfhf faith.” In 1 Tim. iii. 15. smily is culled the house of God, and tft§fc church of the living God. That God who is in heaven, is the common proj|eni tor or father of this family. M«i. 9. wlierewe are taught to address'll mi as such in prayer; and in Heb. xii. 9. he w called the Father of-apirits*. This family is “ a chosen generation, a royal priest hood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.” 1 Peter ii. 9 This is a spiritual family, a spiritual house, built of lively stones, a holv priesthood, to offer up. spiritual sacri iices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ, j Peter ii. 5. We are Hot only taught j tat die righteous generation on earth be ;s to the family of bur^jfan dim the Fa revelator, teaches that in he&v ther is seated#i a throne, ai#l found about! the throne*1are fotsr beasts,and twenty-four elders; and in the midst of^ie throne, and i in the midst of the beasts and elders, he . Saw th® Lamb of God, arid round about the throve, are ten thousand, times ten j thousand and thousands of thousands of j angelsr and a hundred afid-forty-four thou- | sand "of the tribes of Isyael^vhich a^ere | redeemed from t|p earth; anj a great’mul- j titude which ho man can number,' of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and 1 tongues, stand before"the throng and be-j ford the Lamb. That these^with those \ , On .earth, constitute the family of God, is j evident from what Paul says, Heb. xii. 22,23,24. “ But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto die city of the living God, 1 ivenly Jemsalem, and to an innu W c 1 . • e company of angels, to Ujtejgene ral assembly and church of the firat-born, ■ wi ■ t which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits Of just v . T , 1 men made perfect, and to Jesus-the meui ivenant, and to the blood <r, that speaketh bet mgs iWthttt of Abel.** Ai^ain, the employ*. »mcut of all is the san^; they ii|heaven do the will of God, and we are tau|f»t to pray «that it may be done on eaf£l ail it is d^ne in heaven. The nature of all i*.the same; they in heaven are spiritual, and those on earth are a spiritual people; artd all wor ship God, ivho is a spirit, in spfrit and in truth. The^me relation exiM# afl^ong “ All ye are brethren;” and one of the « inhabitants of heaven said to John, “ I am thy fellow servant, and of th^ brethren that have the testimony of Jesus.” Rev. xix. 10. There is a family likeness, a unity of feeling throughout the whole household. Again, they^ne all ufderJt^ same government, and have die same id lers. In Heb. x. 21. it is said, “ We have a High Priest over die house of God,” tHfet the High Priest is Christ, is evident from Heb. iii. 6. “ But Christ is a Stitt, over his own house, whose house are wd* if we hold fast the confidence,” &e* In Col. i. 18. it is said, “ And he is the head of the. body, the church, who is the begin* ning, the first-born from the deadftKaiin all things he might have, the pre-emi nence.” And Paid says, Eph. i. 20—-23. “ Which he wrought in Christ when raised him from the dead, and set his own right hand in the heavenly places, far abofe all pricipality, and power, and migfit, and dominion,juid every name that is named, not only in this world out also * in that which is to comepjlBd hath put all things under his feet, and gave 1pm to be the lisad^bver all things to the church, ' which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.” He is the one lawgiver, . and has given the perfect law of liberty; and has established the same great prin ciples of government and rule of order on earth, that is ordained in heaven. And lastly, they all bear the same name. The family ffenamed after Christ. Christ ‘‘signifies annointed; Christian is derived from Christ," and signifies anointed ones.

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