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tachment to us : and shall “ the Lord of all” be a “man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief," and we not be filled with attachment to him? Does his life of suffering, and death of infamy, produce no effect on us ? Remember, his love to us was great indeed, was prior to ours, was from everlasting, and as unmerited as it was unsought; and shall it meet no return ? His glory, when viewed in connexion with his regard to sinners, is enough to make every heart flow with gratitude and burn with love. Who is so proper an object of our affection as the “ Lord of all ?" thing else changes, he is the same. O, say to him, then, “ Whom have we in heaven but thee ? and there is none upon earth that we desire beside thee."
2. This subject bears an unfriendly aspect to the enemies of the cross of Christ.
For if “ he is Lord of all,” none can oppose him with impunity, or reject his claims, and go away unpunished. As soon as Judas's band heard him say, “I am be," they fell immediately to the ground; and since his arm is so strong, I tremble for those who deny his Divinity, despise his atonement, laugh at the influence of his Spirit, and will not have this Man to reign over them. He never will clear these guilty characters, but has threatened them“ with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power :" and as “Lord of all,” he is able to execute every threat, and to perform that awful word which is gone out of his mouth. O, what will the despisers of Christ do in the day of their visitation? How can they escape the damnation of hell ? He will soon appear as the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first
and the last ; and his glories will be viewed by these very persons with astonishment and confusion of face. As no honor was ever ascribed to him by those men, no glory shall be conferred on them by him ; for he is able to cast them, both body and soul, into hell! Let them all then bow with submission, and “ kiss the Son now, lest he be angry, and they perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him."
3. Our text teaches us all to lift up to Christ the voice of prayer and praise.
For if he be « Lord of all," he ought to be adored, worshipped, and had in reverence by all the creatures he has made. “Let all the angels of God worship him," is the high command of God himself: and whilst the angels are paying him their adoration, shall the proud mortal man refuse to do so? It is not idolatry to worship our Jehovah Jesus, it is only rendering him the homage he des serves, requires, demands, and expects. 0, Christian, recollect, that in every time of trial you have to look up to him, who " is Lord of all," for support: supplicate then the help of his hand, adore the wonders of his love, praise him for the assistance he has already afforded you, nor ever imagine that you can be too lavish in adoring him, who is exalted far above all blessing and praise. As “ Lord of all,” he is able to answer every petition that is put up to his throne, and will take no excuse for our neglecting to pray to him. His very nature, too, induces him to hear and answer prayer, so that this consideration ought to bring us low at his footstool, to implore of him the blessings of his grace. Had he indeed been but a man like ourselves, he could have no authority to demand our
worship; but as he is “ God over all, blessed forever," it is at the peril of any one to refuse rendering honor to him.
4. Our subject gives us every reason to believe that all things will terminate in the benefit and glory of the church :
Because the honor of Christ and the interests of his saints are closely connected, and he cannot fail to attend to the interests of those whoin he has purchased with his own blood. Amongst them peace shall be published by Jesus Christ, who“ is Lord of all :" it shall be dispensed to one nation as well as to another ? he will be a wall of fire round about his saints, and the glory in the midst of them. The power, wisdom, and goodness he possesses, shall all be displayed in the behalf of the ship of which he is the Pilot, and of the family of which he is the Householder. And as he is the Head of the church, and “ Lord of all,” her walls shall be called “salvation, and her gates praise :" by his blessing upon her, she shall become the Zion of the Lord, the city of the Holy One of Israel; and “the praise of the whole earth, shall she be called.” Even the machinations of our enemies shall be overruled for our good, and the Divine glory shall be effectually promoted by every individual member of his family; so greatly will he distinguish his faithful servants from an ungodly world, that he will finally receive them to himself, and place them near his throne ; where his glory shall be seen, his presence felt, his influence communicated, and his virtues sung, forever and ever: for “ He is Lord of all.”
Brethren, what think ye of Christ? Is he all your salvation, and all your desire ! or, are you despising and refusing to adore him? Is this Lord
of all, your portion, your treasure, and your hope ? or, are you yet ignorant of his glory, and destitute of his grace?
There is one passage of Scripture which I would wish might make an impression upon your minds, and then I shall have done ; it is this : “ No man can call Jesus Lord but by the Holy Ghost." Now the influences of this Spirit are essentially necessary to give Christ a throne in your heart. Has he testified of Jesus there, and taught you to say,
O that, with yonder sacred throng,
We at his feet may fall!
GOD'S REMEMBRANCE OF HIS SAINTS.
PREACHED OCTOBER 18, 1809.
“ Then they that feared the Lord, spake often one to another : and
the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.”
Malachi . 16, 17.
It has often been remarked, and certainly with truth, that in the most abandoned ages of the world, the Lord has had a remnant according to the election of grace; he has preserved a seed to serve him ; he has had numbers that have not bowed the knee to Baal. The chapter out of which we have read our text, gives us an account of deplorably wicked times, records the rejection of Divine ordinances, the robbery of the honor of Jehovah, and the general impiety which was chargeable upon the Jewish nation : and yet it makes honorable mention of characters whose holy zeal, and active endeavors to revive religion, should stimulate us, who hear things they never heard, and see glories their eyes never beheld, to be doubly concerned for the honor of Him, in whose hand our breath is, and whose are all our ways. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus