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shall prove the Doctrine, and then

VoL VII. apply it.

First, For the proof of it. I will attempt it these three ways.

I. By way of instance, or induction of particulars.

II. By way of conviction. III. By giving the clear reason of it.

I. By way of instance. And I shall give you instances both on the part of the Object; and of the Subject, or the persons who are capable of knowing God in any


1. On the part of the Object. The Nature of God, the Excellency and Perfection of God, the Works and Ways of God are a. bove our thoughts and apprehenfions. The Nature of God; it is vaft and infinite, Job 36. 26. God is great, and we know him not. Fob 37.

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23. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out. Pfal. 145. 3.

VoL VII: His greatness is unsearchable.

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The Excellencies and Perfections of God; his Immensity, 2 Chron, 2. 6. The beaven of heavens cannot contain him ; The Eternity of his duration, from everlasting to everlasting he is God. We cannot imagine any limits of his presence, nor bounds of his duration : The infiniteness of his knowledge, Psal. 147. 5. bis understanding is infinite. When we think of the Wildom and Knowledge of God, our best way

is to fall into admiration, Rom. 11. 33. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

Where the Scripture speaks of those Perfections of God, which the Creatures do in some measure and degree partake of, as his Goodness, and Power, and Wifdom, and Holiness, and Immortality, it attributes them in such a peculiar and Divine manner to God, as doth exclude and shut

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out the Creature from any claim Vol.VII.

or share or title to them, Matt. 19. 16, 17. Why Call ft thou me good; there's none good, but one, that is God.

I Tim. 6. 15, 16. Who is the blessed and only potentaté, who only hath immortality. 1 Tim. 1. 17. The only wise God. Rev. 15. 4. For thou only art holy. In so inconceivable a manner doth God possess these Perfections which he Communicates, and we can on

understand them as he Commựnicates them, and not as he poffeffes them; so that when we consider any of these Divine Perfections, we must not frame Notions of them' contrary to what they are in the Creature, nór must we limit them by what they are in the Creature, but fay, the Goodness and the Wisdom of God are all this which is in the Creature, and much more which I am not able to comprehend; the transcendent degree, and the fingularity of these Divine Perfections, which are communicable, is beyond what we are able to conceive.


Vol. VII. The Works of God; they are likewise unsearchable; the Works of Creation and of Redemption. Job 5. 9. Which doth great things, and unsearchable, marvelous, things past finding out : And then he instanceth in the Works of God,

Job 26. 14. Lo these are part of his ways : But how little a portion is heard of him? and the thunder of his voice who can understand? So that he tells us, expresly, we cannot find out the Works of God, we do but know part of them. The question which lie puts, Job 37. 16. Doft thou know the wondrous works of him that is perfect in knowledge ? can only be answered by thie words of the Psalmist, Pfal. 104. 24, O Lord how wonderful are thy works! in wisdom haft thou made them all. The work of Rédemption : In this there shines forth such Wisdom, Mercy, and Love, as our under:standings cannot reach ; this work is called the Wisdom of God in a mystery, hidden Wisdom, copiae démoxexpuy



, Cor. 2. 7. The Mercy, volvil.and Grace, and Love of it is

called, the riches of Gods mercy, the exceeding riches of his

grace, Eph. 2. 4, 7., Now Riches is when you cannot tell the utmost of them, pauperis et numerare, Eph. 3. 18, 19. That ye may be able to comprehend with all Saints, what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and heighth, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge

. When we have the largest apprehensions of this love, so that we think we comprehend it and know it, it passeth knowledge ; yea the Effects of God's Power and Love which he manifests in believers are unspeakable; for he is able to do for us exceeding abundantly above what we can ask or think, accordo ing to the power which worketh in us, Eph. 3: 20. The Peace which guards their souls passeth all un derstanding, · Phil. 4. 7. Those Foys which fill their hearts are not to be expressed. 1 Pet. 1. 8, We read of Joy unspeakable and full of glory. The Happiness which


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