William Perkins on God’s kingdom of grace and glory

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God’s kingdom is two-fold; General, and Special. God’s general kingdom, is his absolute power and sovereignty, whereby he ruleth all things in heaven, in earth, and in hell, even the devils themselves: Psal. 103. 19. The Lord hath prepared his throne in heaven, his kingdom ruleth over all: and this we acknowledge in the end of this prayer, For thine is the kingdom. Now this we pray not for, because it is always every where, no creature can hinder it, no not all the devils in hell; for every creature is subject hereunto, and can do nothing but that which God either willeth or permitteth: according to his will he worketh in the army of heaven, and in the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, nor say unto him, what doest thou?

God’s special kingdom,
is that, whereby he ruleth his elect and chosen people, working his will not only by them, as he doth in his general kingdom, by the devils themselves; but in them also, by his holy spirit: and it is called special, because it is not exercised over all the world, but only over the elect, whom he hath ordained to eternal life. ...

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