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The Immensity of the Di
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.
HAT Attribute of God which
I last discours’d of is inost
Essence most immediately ; the spirituality of the Divine Nature. I shall in the next place speak of
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 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 doth every way spread and difVol. VII,
'fuse it self beyond what we can ima-
Secondly, For the proof of it. I shall attempt it,
I. From the natural Notions and