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Great is the evidence of man in this world is but which arises when these a shadow, vain and empty, two are laid together and till the truth and substance compared ; and I have fre- of it is seen and underquently found it such by stood. This relation beexperience, when I have tween things visible and tried the force of it upon invisible we could never minds to whom it was new.

have found out of ourIf there be any difficulty in selves; but when the plan our creed, it is certainly is proposed, it is so reasonmuch lessened, if the visible able and striking, that noworld presents to our senses thing can resist it, but the the figures of those things blindness of false learning, which God hath proposed or the malignity of vice, to our faith. To those who which has interest understand it, all nature against it. In the style of speaks the same language the Scripture, the several with revelation : what the objects in the visible creaone teaches in words, the tion, from the sun in the other confirms by signs; heavens, through the eleinsomuch that may ments and seasons, the day truly say, the world is a and the night, the land and riddle, and Christianity the the sea, the fowls of the interpretation. If Christ air and the beasts of the is called the “true Bread'," field, down to the grass that the “true Lightk," the springeth out of the earth, “true vine'," and the ta- and the stones which are lents or gifts of God's grace scattered upon the face of are the “true riches m,” &c. it, do all fall in naturally then the objects of sense, as figures to explain and without this their spirit and enforce the things that besignification, are in them- | long to the kingdom of selves mere image and de- God, and to the soul of lusion ; and the whole life man as a part of it. Who


1 John xv. 1.

1 John vi. 32.

k John i. 9.

m Luke xyi. 11.


soever meditates upon the | sive subject, without atworld thus applied as a tempting to penetrate to figure of truth, and sees the end of it; and to them that agreement between I must now refer you. nature and revelation which To these advantages of revelation itself hath point- the sacred style, I am now ed out to us, will want no to add that which is the miracle to persuade him of greatest of all, and will the Christian doctrines : for justify the attention I have nature itself is Christian, bestowed for several years and the world a daily mira- past upon the matter of

the heavens speak to these lectures ; namely, that us, and the earth and all the spirit of those figures things therein join in the under which the Bible desame testimony: so that if | livers to us the things of all nations were to dis- | God, has a power of raising believe, nature itself would and glorifying, even in this still continue a faithful life, the spirit of man ; prowitness to the truth : if the ducing an effect upon it, children of Abraham were the same in kind with what to hold their peace, the it shall hereafter experience stones would cry out. when admitted into the

Here we ought to de- presence of God. This is scend to particulars, and a great thing to say ; but shew how the state of na- | I learn it of that Apostle ture and the several parts who laboured more abunof it agree with the doc- dantly in opening to us the trines of the Scripture ; but wisdom of God from the there is not room for it on figures of the Old Testathe present occasion ; and ment. The same was also I have purposely considered signified by our Saviour the natural evidence of Himself in His discourses Christianity by itself in with His disciples. two lectures, which open a St. Paul teaches the Coprospect into that exten- | rinthians, that it is the


business of the Chris- , towards it, through faith in tian ministry to preach the Jesus Christ, Who is the spirit of the law of Moses, | Spirit and Glory of the law: and not to rest in the letter it occasions a transfiguraof it as the Jews did ; tion in man's nature, and whose weakness in this re- derives glory to it, like to spect was foreshewed by that which fell upon the what happened to their face of Moses when he had fathers;

who could not look conference with God, and steadfastly on that glory was turned towards Him. which shone upon the face This is the effect which of Moses : for which reason happens to us according to Moses put a veil upon his the sense of the Apostle ; face ; which veil, saith the whose words, though very Apostle, is still upon their obscure when taken indehearts in the reading of the pendent of the context, will Old Testament. So far was be easily understood after the act of Moses fulfilled what hath been said—“We

all, with open (that is, unBut now with respect to veiled) face, beholding as us Christians, who see the in a glass the glory of the glorious spirit of the New Lord, are changed into the Testament under the letter same image, from glory to of the Old, we are not like glory, even as by the Spirit Moses when veiled, as the of the Lord" ;” or, as the Jews are ; but like Moses margin reads, by the Lord when turned to the Lord; Who is the Spirit of the and deriving glory to his law, as aforesaid. Of all own face. from beholding which the sense, in brief, is the light of the Divine Pre- this: there was a glory on

Just such is the the face of Moses undereffect of the spirit of the neath his veil, and there is Old Testament on those a glorious spirit under the who are converted and look letter of his law, which they

upon them.


2 Cor. iii. 18.


who behold stedfastly are | lege, but is absolutely nethemselves transfigured and cessary toward the converglorified after the manner sion of a natural man into of Moses. Whoever be- a spiritual one; if it doth holds the Glory of God is not rather presuppose such himself thereby glorified, a conversion ; because a as he who looks at the sun natural man can neither is shone upon by it. All receive discern the we can see of God in this things of the spirit of God. mortal life is in His Word : This was the case of the there that light doth still Jews; they were not able shine which illuminated to see the inward spirit of the face of Moses ; and our Saviour's parables ; and they who behold it reflect- so, instead of being coned as in a glass from the verted they were only configures and ceremonies of demned by it. his law, are changed (Gr. ears," said He, "are dull of transfigured) into the same hearing, and their eyes they image, from glory to glory; have closed ; lest at any from the glory of the law time they should see with which appeared in Moses, their eyes, and should hear to the glory of the gospel with their ears, and should which appeared in the understand with their transfiguration of Jesus hearts, and should be conChristo.

verted, and I should heal A sight of that glory them p."

Hence we

see, which is in the spirit of the that they who have the law, is not only our privi- / spiritual sense which dis


. Christianis cum legitur, (Lex) thesaurus est, absconsus in agro--ostendens sapientiam Dei-quoniam in tantum homo diligens Deum proficiet, ut etiam videat Deum, et audiat sermonem ejus, et ex auditu loquelæ ejus in tantum glorificari, uti reliqui non possint intendere in faciem gloriæ ejus, quemadmodum dictum est a Daniele ; quoniam intelligentes fulge. bunt, quemadmodum claritas firmamenti, &c. Irenæi, lib. iv. c. 43. Ire. næus has here fallen upon the very same idea with that before us, though he does not collect it from the same passage.

p Matt. xiii. 15; Acts xxviii. 27.

cerns spiritual things, may it to beart. My only desiro be converted and healed : is to do you good, and I while they who have it not should be sorry to speak to are only hardened in their the condemnation of any unbelief. Instead of im- one soul committed to my proving they grow worse, charge. But you see how and are farther from God the case is : as the benefit than ever: “whosoever hath is at, so is the danger : not, from him shall be taken if there should be darkness away even that he hath." where there ought to be As it was with Christ in light, how great will be that His parables, such to this darkness ! day will be the success of Such then is the excelevery preacher of God's lence of the sacred style, word, who keeps up to his that it is accommodated to profession as a minister of our capacities, it delights the Spirit: if his hearers

our imagination, and leads do not grow better and be- us into all truth by the come spiritually minded, pleasantest way; it imthey will grow worse as the proves the natural world Jews did. The Spirit of into a witness of our faith ; God's word which should it transfigures us from naconvert and heal them will tural into spiritual men, never prove to be an in- and gives us a foretaste of active indifferent medicine : the Glorious Presence of it will either do good or

If these are the harm ; it will operate either effects of it, it must be of towards life, or towards infinite value to particular death; it will make men persons in their several turn to God or drive them studies and professions. farther away from Him : And first, it is absolutely which is a serious and fear- necessary to a Christian ful consideration; and I preacher ; whose doctrine pray to God you may lay | if it be after the form of


9 Matt. xiii. 12.

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