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and not a doer, he is holding his natural face beholdeth himself, and
straightway forgetteth an he was."
nog compilation of pas the leading arguments subject.
zade heaven and earth, les calm cxxxiv. 3. en and earth, the sea, and el cm cxlvi. 6. dom hath founded the card: a he established the bra tek
red the waters in the bottor ed out heaven with the scene se dust of the earth in a meat e mountains in a scale, u
Isa. xl. 12. upon the circle of the earth thereof are as grasshoppers he heaven as a curtain, and a tent to dwell in larm je Lord, he that created the od them out; be that read that which cometh out wit unto the people upon it, and lk therein. Ia, rhi á ord, thy Redeemer, and be
We also are men of like passions with you, and , ter the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
oppositions of science falsely so called. 1 Tim.
Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the
DISCOURSE III. work of thine hands. Heb. i. 10.
Through faith, we understand that the worlds / Bot will God indeed dwell on the earth? Bewere framed by the word of God. Heb. xi. 3. hold the heaven, and the heaven of heavens, can
not contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? Yet Ive thou respect unto the
prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O DISCOURSE II.
Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the
prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee toTux secret things belong unto the Lord our day. That thine eyes may be open towards this God, but those things which are revealed belong house night and day, even towards the place of unto us and to our children for ever, that we may which thou hast said, My name shall be there; do all the words of this law. Deut. xxix. 29. that thou mayest hearken unto the prayer which
I would seek unto God, and unto God would I thy servant shall make towards this place. 1 Kings
seeth under the whole heaven. Job xxviii. 24. Which doeth great things past finding out;l For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he yel, and wonders without number. Job ix. 10. seeth all his goings. Job xxxiv. 21.
Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? Job unto the lowly. Psalm cxxxviii. 6.
O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me. Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine upthou restrain wisdom to thyself? Job xv. 8. rising : thou understandest my thoughts afar oir.
Lo, these are parts of his ways; but how little a | Thou compasseth my path and my lying down, portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his and art acquainted with all my ways. For there power who can understand? Job xxvi. 14. is not a word in my tongue, but lo. O Lord! thou
Behold, God is great, and we know him not; | knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind nother can the number of his years be searched / and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such out. Job xxxvi. 26.
knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high I God thundereth marvellously with his voice; I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from great things doeth he, which we cannot compre
thy Spirit, or whither shall I flee from thy prebend. Job xxxvii. 5.'
sence? Psalm cxxxix. 1–7. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O out; he is excellent in power, and in judgment,
God! how great is the sum of them! If I should and in plenty of justice. Job xxxvii. 23.
count them they are more in number than the Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the
sand: when I awake I am still with thee. Psalms
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, be-
I heaven and earth? saith the Lord.
Jer. xxi. 24 the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, Ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet than your thoughts. Isa. Iv. 8, 9.
your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, | much better than they? And why take ye thought and become as little children, ye shall not enter for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field how into the kingdom of heaven. · Matt. xviii. 3.
they grow? they toil not, neither do they spin ; Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not re- | And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon, in ceive the kingdom of God, as a little child, shall in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these no wise enter therein. Luke xviii. 17.
Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the Knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his loven, shall he not much more clothe you. ( ve of judgments, and his ways past finding out! For little of faith ? Matt. vi. 26, 28, 29, 30. who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who Neither is there any creature that is not maniwain been his counsellor? Rom. xi. 33. 24.
fest in his sight; but all things are naked and
For if a man thinketh himself to be something,
Beware lest any man spoil you through philoso-1 AND he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on pay and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, af- I the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and
a the womb, I am the Land gs; that stretcheth forth to preadeth abrund the cards by
th, and created man upon re stretched out the heavens I commandad. l. I. I Lord that created the best t formed the earth and murde
it, he created it not in Full ibited. Isa I, 18 h laid the foundation of the and hath spanned the hell to them, they stand up
earth by his power, be heat
hy his wisdom, and the ens by his discretion lead
ld, thou hast made the best hy great power and strat s nothing too hard for Best
arth br his power, he bath br his wisdom, and that en by his understanding
his stories in the heart roop in the earth; be there
the se, and poureth the he earth, The Lord is baie
behold the angels of God ascending and descend therein, that there should be time no longer. Rev. ing on it. Gen. xxviii. 12.
x. 5, 6.' For a thousand years in thy sight, are but as And the third angel followed them, saying yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the with a loud voice, if any man worship the beast night. Psalm xc. 4.
and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away of the wrath of God, which is poured out without like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a gar- mixture into the cup of his indignation ; and he ment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the manner ; but my salvation shall be for ever, and my presence of the holy angels, and in the presence righteousness shall not be abolished. Isa. li. 6. of the Lamb. Rev. xiv. 9, 10.
For the son of man shall come in the glory of And I saw a great white throne, and him that his Father with his angels; and then he shall re- sat on it, from whose face the earth and the ward every man according to his works. Matt. heaven fled away, and there was found no place xvi. 27.
for them. Rev. xx. 11. When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall be sit upon the throne of his glory. Matt. xxv. 31.
DISCOURSE V. Also, I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of Man also
And Nathan departed unto his house; and the confess before the angels of God. But he that de
Lord struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto nieth me before men, shall be denied before the
David, and it was very sick. David, therefore, beangels of God. Luke xü. 8, 9. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say un
sought God for the child: and David fasted and
went in and lay all night upon the earth. And to you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the
the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to
raise him up from the earth; but he would not, Son of Man. John i. 51.
neither did he eat bread with them. And it came We are made a spectacle to the world, and to
to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. angels, and to men. 1 Cor. v. 9.
And the servants of David feared to tell him that Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
by the child was dead; for they said, Behold, while and given him a name which is above every name.
the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
he would not hearken unto our voice, how will he of things in heaven and things in earth, and things
then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is under the earth; and that every tongue should con
dead? But when David saw that his servants fess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God
whispered, David perceived that the child was the Father. Phil. ii. 9, 10, 11. I
dead; therefore David said unto his servants, Is When the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from
the child dead? And they said he is dead. Then heaven with his mighty angels. 2 Thess. i. 7.
David arose from the earth and washed, and And without controversy great is the mystery
anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and of godliness; God was manifest in the flesh, justi
came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped : fied in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the
then he came to his own house; and, when he reGentiles, believed on in the world, received up into
wequired, they set bread before him, and he did eat. glory. 1 Tim. iii. 16. o I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus
Then said his servants unto him, What thing is
that thou hast done? Thou didst fast and weep for Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe
the child while it was alive: but when the child these things. 1 Tim. v. 21.
was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he And again, when he bringeth in the first-begot
* said, while the child was yet alive, I fasted and ten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels :
| wept ; for I said who can tell whether God will be of God worship him. Heb. i. 6.
gracious to me, that the child may live? But now But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto
he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall and to an innumerable company of angels, To the
not return to me. 2 Sam. Xü. 15—23. general assembly and church of the first born, which are written in heaven, and to God the
The angel of the Lord encampeth round about
them that fear him, and delivereth them. Psalm the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men
xxxiv. 7. made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of the
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to new covenant. Hebrews xii. 22, 23, 24. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing,
| keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm xci. 2. that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years,
1 And he shall send his angels with a great and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is
sound of a trumpet; and they shall gather together not slack concerning his promise, as some men
his elect from the four winds, from the one end of count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward,
heaven to the other. Matt. xxiv. 31. not willing that any should perish, but that all
Likewise I say unto you, There is joy in the should come to repentance. But the day of the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the rep
in the repenteth. Luke xv. 10. which the heavens shall pass away with a great .. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. heat, the earth also and the works that are there
Heb. i. 14. in, shall be burnt up. 2 Peter iï. 8, 9, 10.
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven,
DISCOURSE VI. And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things that therein! Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the are, and the earth and the things that there wilderness, to be tempted of the devil. Matt. iv. l. in are, and the sea and the things which are! The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the
eld be time no longer. Res.
el followed them, saring in man worsbip the beast Live his mark in his foreinad me shall drink of the pine vhich is poured out wibont of his indignation; and he ch fire and brinestone in the angels, and in the prestige
is. 9, 10.
rted unto his house; and the
that Uriah's wife bare ante v sick. David, therefore, be child: and David tested and night upon the carth. And se arose, and went to him to he earth; but he would be cad with them. And it can 7th day, that the child in David scared to tell him that
for they said. Behold, the ive, we spake unto him an 7 unto our voice, box milde we tell him that the cred is David saw that his erat erceived that the chill w id said unto his servanta la
ther sud he is dead. Then the earth and washed and ad changed his apparel and of the Lord, and word ged
harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers complished in your brethren that are in the world.
the Son of God was manifested, that he might de-
teousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not And in the synagogue there was a man which his brother. I John iii. 8, 10. had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with Ye are of God, little children, and have overa loud voice, saying, Let us alone; what have we come them; because greater is he that is in you, to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth ; art thou than he that is in the world. 1 John iv. 4. come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art: And the angels which kept not their first estate, the Holy One of God. Luke iv. 33, 34.
but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in Those by the way-side are they that hear; then everlasting chains, under darkness, unto the judgcometh the devil and taketh away the word out of ment of the great day. Jude 6. . their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed Luke viii. 12.
in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name But he knowing their thoughts, said unto them, out of the book of lie, but I will confess his name Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to before my Father, and before his angels. Rev. desolation; and a house divided against a house, I i. 5. falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, And there was war in heaven; Michael and his how shall his kingdom stand ? because ye say that angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon I cast out devils through Beelzebub. Luke xi. | fought and his angels, And provailed not; neither 17, 18.
was their place found any more in heaven. And Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, your father ye will do; he was a murderer called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and because there is no truth in him. When he his angels were cast out with him. Therefore respeaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own : for he is a joice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Wo liar, and the father of it. John viii. 44. . to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea ! for
And supper being ended, (the devil having the devil is come down unto you, having great now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a son to betray him.) John xiii. 2.
short time. Rev. xii, 7, 8, 9, 12. But Peter said, 'Ananias, why hath Satan filled And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serthine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep pent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound back part of the price of the land ? Acts v. 3. him a thousand years. And when the thousand
To open their eyes, and to turn them from dark- years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his ness to light, and from the power of Satan unto prison. And the devil that deceived them was God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, cast into a lake of fire and brimstone, where the and an inheritance among them which are sancti- beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tortied by faith that is in me. Acts xxvi. 18. mented day and night, for ever and ever. Rev. xx.
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under 2, 7, 10.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us; for
THEREFORE, whosoever heareth these sayings the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of of mine, and docth them, I will liken him to a wise God, should shine unto them. 2 Cor. iv. 4. man, which built his house upon a rock: And the
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the rain descended, and the floods came, and the the course of this world, according to the prince winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it of the power of the air. 'the spirit that now work- fell not; for it was founded upon a rock. And every eth in the children of disobedience. Eph. ü. 2. one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man. be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For which built his house upon the sand: And the We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds principalities, against powers, against the rulers blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and oft
the darkness of this world, against spiritual great was the fall of it. Matt. vii. 24–27. wickedness in high places. Eph. vi. 11, 12. At that time, Jesus answered and said, I thank For some are already turned aside after Satan. thee, O Father! Lord of heaven and earth. be
cause thou hast hid these things from the wise Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. resh and blood, he also himself likewise took part Matt. xi. 25. of the same; that through death he might destroy Then shall ye begin to say, we have eaten and nim that had the power of death, that is the devil. drank in thy presence, and thou hast taught in
vur streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the you not whence ye are; depart from me all ye devil, and he will fee from you. James iv. 1. workers of iniquity. Luke xiii. 26, 27.
De sober, be vigilant ; because your adversary! For not the hearers of the law are just before e devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
m he may devour; whom resist steadfast in Rom. ii. 13. Lae faith, knowing that the same afflictions are ac-! And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not
own house: and wben be d before him, and he did its unto him, What things Thou didst fast and fempit as alise: but when the details rise and eat brad. And the
was vet alive 1 fosterd en can tell whether God wil be che child may live? But som - should I last? Can I bring shall go to him, but he star
Sam. Xü. 15-23 Lord encampeth round the and delivereth then plein
is angela charge ont ther, da Fars Psalm sa : ad his angels with me and ther shall gather to I minds, from the one and a
Matt. xxiv, 31. nto rou There is for inter
of God over one sinaan
1 Timothy v. 15.
ministering spirits, men fit ho shall be heir of salvatat
Heb. ii, 14.
with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance unto you the testimony of God. For I determined in the saints. And what is the exceeding greatnot to know any thing among you, save Jesus ness of his power to us-ward who believe, accordChrist and him crucified. And my speech and ing to the working of his mighty power. Eph. i. my preaching was not with enticing words of 17, 18, 19. man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit And you hath he quickened, who were dead in and of power. That your faith should not stand strespasses and sins. For we are his workmanship, in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Eph. ii. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, 1, 10. but the Spirit which is of God; that we might! For our gospel came not unto you in word only, know the things that are freely given to us of God. but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in Which things also we speak, not in the words much assurance. 1 Thes, i, 5. which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Of his own will begat he us with the word of Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not creatures. the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolish- But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers ness unto him; neither can he know them, because only, deceiving yourselves. For if any be a hearer they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor. ii. 1, 2, 4, 5, of the word, and not a doer, be is like unto a man 12, 13, 14.
beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beFor the wisdom of this world is foolishness holdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightwith God. 1 Cor. ii. 19.
way forgetteth what manner of man he was. But For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and power. 1 Cor.iy. 20.
continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not in his deed. James i. 18, 22-25. with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God;! But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priestnot in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of hood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye the heart. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves should show forth the praises of him who has callto think any thing as of ourselves; but our suffi- ed you out of darkness into his marvellous light. ciency is of God: who also hath made us able 1 Peter ii. 9. ministers of the New Testament; not of the let- / But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the ye know all things. spirit giveth life. 2 Cor. iü. 3, 5, 6.
But the anointing which ye have received of That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Fa- him abideth in you; and ye need not that any ther of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wis man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth dom and revelation in the knowledge of him; The you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and eyes of your understanding being enlightened; even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, 11 John ü. 20, 27.
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The doctrine which is most urgently, and most frequently insisted on in the following volume, is that of the depravity of human nature; and it were certainly cruel to expose the unworthiness of man for the single object of disturbing him. But the cruelty is turned into kindness, when, along with the knowledge of the disease, there is offered an adequate and all-powerful remedy. It is impossible to have a true perception of our own character, in the sight of God, without feeling our need of acquittal; and in opposition to every obstacle, which the justice of God seems to hold out to it, this want is provided for in the Gospel. And it is equally impossible, to have a true perception of the character of God, as being utterly repugnant to sin, without feeling the need of amendment; and in opposition to every obstacle, which the impotency of man holds out to it, this want is also provided for in the Gospel. There we behold the amplest securities for the peace of the guilty. But there do we also behold securities equally ample for their progress, and their perfection in holiness. Insomuch, that in every genuine disciple of the New Testament, we not only see one who, delivered from the burden of his fears, rejoices in hope of a coming glory-but we see one who, set free from the bondage of corruption, and animated by a new love and a new desire, is honest in the purposes, and strenuous in the efforts, and abundant in the works of obedience. He feels the instigations of sin, and in this respect he differs from an angel. But he follows not the instigations of sin, and in this respect he differs from a natural or unconverted man. He may experience the motions of the flesh-but he walks not after the flesh. So that in him we may view the picture of a man, struggling with effect against his earth-born propensities, and yet hateful to himself for the very existence of them-holier than any of the people around him, and yet humbler than them all-realizing, from time to time, a positive increase to the grace and excellency of his character, and yet becoming more tenderly conscious every day of its remaining deformities-gradually expanding in attainment as well as in desire, towards the light and the liberty of heaven and yet groaning under a yoke from which death alone will fully emancipate him.
When time and space have restrained an author of sermons from entering on what may be called the ethics of Christianity,—it is the more incumbent on him to avouch of the doctrine of the gospel, that while it provides directly for the peace of a sinner, it provides no less directly and efficiently for the purity of his practice that faith in this doctrine never terminates in itself, but is a mean to holidess as an end-and that he who truly accepts of Christ, as the alone foundation of his meritorious acceptance before God, is stimulated, by the circumstances of his pew condition, to breathe holy purposes, and to abound in holy performances. He is created anew unto good works. He is made the workmanship of God in Christ Jesus.
The anxious enforcement of one great lesson on the part of a writer, generally proceeds from the desire to effect a full and adequate conveyance, into the mind 01 another, of some truth which has filled his own mind, by a sense of its importance; and, in offering this volume to the public, the author is far from being Itsensible to the literary defects that from this cause may be charged upon it. He knows, in particular, that throughout these discourses there is a frequent