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Serm. much a more severe punishment, as they IV- despise a clearer revelation of the Will of
L/V">J God, and trample under foot a more glorious messenger of his covenant. If the word spoken by Angels, faith the Apostle j if the Mosaick law, was stedfast; and every transgression and disobedience received a jujl recompence of reward; How shall we escape, is we negleSl so great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, Heb. ii. 2 and 3? And ch. xii. ver. 25, See that ye refuse not him that speaketh; For if They escaped not, who refused him that spake on earth; much more jhall not We escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven. And again, in the Epistle of St Jude; the danger of impenitent Christians under such clear means of Knowledge is represented by the Apostle under this severe similitude, ver. 5 and 6. I will therefore put you in remembrance, that the Angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under Darknejs, unto the judgment of the great Day.
* idly, If 3dly, If this Divine person, the Au- S E R M. thor of our religion, notwithstanding the IV: exceeding dignity of his nature, yet condescended to become truly and really a man ; subjećting himself to all the infir– mities of human nature, and being in all things made like unto his brethren, /in only excepted; This may convince us of the reasonableness of our Holy Religion; and of the possibility of our paying obedience to its laws. Had God sent his Son in great Glory, and in the Form of God, to reveal his Will to us by his absolute command only; such an extraordinary Revelation, like the Mountain that burned with Fire, would indeed have sufficiently convinced us of the necessity of Religion and the indispensableness of obedience. But when this great person vouchsafed to become, not only the Author of our Religion, but in our own nature the pattern also of our duty; this demonstrated to us, that our Obedience was to be as reasonable, as 'twas indispensable. For by this means we have a perfect and familiar example of Holiness and Obedience set before us; by which we plainly G 3 fee,
S E R M. fee, that God requires nothing of us, but *". what our Saviour himself, when he submitted to become Man, did think reasonable to practise. Indeed, we cannot be in all things perfect, as he, who is our pattern and example, was perfect: But to follow a most perfect Pattern, is, even to an imperfect Copier, a singular Advantage; and our Duty, is not to equal, but to imitate so far, as the infirmities of our nature will permit, with Sincerity and Constancy. We shall in our proportion, be made as like him in our happiness as we have been in the performance of our duty.
Mal. i. Ii.
For from the rising of the Sun, even unto the going down of the same, my Name
Jhall be great among the Gentiles', and in every place, Incense Jhall be offered unto my Name, and a sure Offering;
for my Name Jhall be Great among the Heathen, saith the Lord of Hojls.
N discoursing upon these Serm. words of the Prophet, I shall * . if explain distinctly the prin- ^-f*^ cipal acceptations, or the most remarkable of those several
different Senses, in which this Phrase, the G 4 Name
Sum. Name of God, is used in Scripture; From whence in course will appear, what is meant in general by its being Great among Men. And This being explained, I shall then in the zd place, consider, What That glorious Event in particular is, which we find predicted in these sublime prophetick Expressions: From the rising of the Sun, even unto the going down of the same, my Name Jhall be Great among the Gentiles; and in every place, Incense Jhall be offered unto my Name, and a pure Offering, saith the Lord of Hosts.
I. In the ijl place, the Name of God, according to the nature of the Jewifi language, signifies sometimes God himself. Thus, praising or blessing the Name of God, is praising God himself; and calling upon the Name of the Lord, is the very fame, as calling upon the Lord. Something answerable to which manner of speaking, there is in many other instances of the Hebrew language, and in the Analogy of expression in all languages. Thus Heb. viii. i. The Throne of the Majesty in the heavens, is, the Throne of God: And Pf cxlv. 5. / will speak of the glorious