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Vol. VII

SERMON XII.

The Immensity of the Di

vine Nature.

PSAL. CXXXIX. 7,8, 9, 10.

Whither shall I go from thy Spirit ? or

whither shall I flee from thy presence ? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there ; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermoft parts of the sea, even there Shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand jball hold me.

T

HAT Attribute of God which

I last discours’d of is inost
Absolute, and declares his

Essence most immediately ; the spirituality of the Divine Nature. I shall in the next place speak of

those

those which relate to the manner of Vol.vii.his Being, Immensity and Eternity,

that is, the infiniteness of his Essence, both in respect of space and duration; that the Divine Nature hath no limits of its Being, nor bounds of its duration. I shall at the present speak to the first of these, his Immensity, and that from these words which I here read to you, Whither shall I go from thy Spirit, &c. The meaning of which is this, That God is a Spirit, infinitely diffusing himself, present in all places, so that wherever I go, God is there; we cannot flee from his presence. If I afcend into heaven, he is there ; if I go down into the grave, the place of filence and obscurity, he is there ; (for that is the meaning of the Expression, If I make my bed in hell.) If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me ; that is, if my motion should be as swift as that of the light, which when the Sun riseth darts it self in an instant from one part of the World to another, over the Earth and the Sea, the re

motest

motest parts of the World which are unknown to us, yet would God be Vol. VII. present to me in the motion, and all along as I go must I be led and upholden by him; so that all these Expressions do but signifie to us the Immensity of God's Effence, that his Being is infinitely diffused and

present in all Places.

In speaking to this Attribute of God's Immensity, I shall First explain it to you a little.

Secondly, Prove that it doth belong to him.

Thirdly, Answer an Objection or two that may be made against it.

Fourthly, Draw some doctrinal Inferences from it.

Fifthly, Make some use and improvement of it.

First, For the explication of it. By the Immensity of God, I mean that his Being hath no bounds or limits,

but

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but doth every way spread and difVol. VII,

'fuse it self beyond what we can ima-
gine; fo that you cannot define the
presence of God by any certain place,
fo as to say here he is, but not there;
nor by any limits, so as to say, thus
far his Being reacheth, and no fur-
ther ; but he is every where present
after a most infinite manner, in the
darkest corners and most private re-
cesses; the most secret Closet that is
in the whole World, the Heart of
Man, darkness and privacy cannot
keep him out; the presence of ano.
ther Being, even of a Body, which
is the groffest substance, doth not ex-
clude him ; 'the whole World doth
not confine him; but he fills all the
space which we can imagine beyond
this visible World, and infinitely more
than we can imagine.

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Secondly, For the proof of it. I shall attempt it,

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I. From the natural Notions and
Dictates of our Minds.

II. From

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