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semble Him? He is that eternal, illimitable, unimpartible, unchangeable, incomprehensible, uncompounded, ineffable Being, whose essence is hidden from all created intelligences, and whose counsels cannot be fathomed by any creature that even His own hand can form.* _Blessed, Ps. 119. 12; Rom. 1. 25; 1 Tim. 1. 11; 6.15;-his name to be revered, Deut. 5. 11; -his great majesty, Hab. 3. 3 ;—incomprehensible, Job 11. 7; Ps. 145. 3 ;-his superiority to idols, Is. 40. 12, &c.; 41. 21; 44. 9 ; 45. 20; 46. 5; Jer. 10. 12;—the creator of all things, Gen. 1. 1, &c.; Neh. 9.6; Job 25. 7; Ps. 33. 6; 89. 11; 148.5; Prov. 3. 19; Is. 34. 1 ; 45. 18; Jer. 38. 16; Zec. 12. 1 ;-his works unsearchable, Ec. 8. 11;—the governor of all things, Ps. 135. 6;-our constant preserver, Acts 17. 28;-his immortality, Deut. 33. 27; 1 Tim. 1. 17; 6. 16; Rev. 4. 9;—his immutability, Ex. 3. 14, 15; Nu. 23. 19; Mal. 3. 5, 6; Rom. 1. 23; Heb. 1. 12; 13. 8; James 1. 17 ;-his incorruptibility, Rom. 1. 23;—his providence, Ex. 21. 13; Job 1. 12;. 2. 6; 5. 6; 23. 14; Ps. 65. 9; 75. 6; 105. 14; 113. 7; 127. 1; 147. 6; Pr. 16. 9, 23; 19. 21; 20. 24; 21. 30; Ec. 9. 1, 11; Jer. 10. 23; Mat. 6. 26; 10. 29; John 3. 27. Those events, which appear to us the effect of choice, contrivance, or chance, are matters of appointment with God; and the persuasion of this does not prevent, but rather encourage, the use of all proper means : at the same time that it confines us to proper means, and delivers the mind from useless anxiety about consequences. † His eternity, Ps. 9. 7; 90. 2, 4; 93. 2; 102. 12, 24, 27; 104. 31; 135. 3; 145. 13; Is. 40. 28; 57. 15; 63. 16; Jer. 10. 10; Lam. 5. 19; Dan. 4. 3; 1 Tim. 1. 17; Rom. 1. 20; 2 Cor. 4.8; 2 Pet. 1. 11; -first and last, Isa. 41.4; 44. 6 ; 48. 12; Rev, 1.8;—his omnipresence, 1 Kings 8. 27; Ps. 139. 7—10; “ If I take the wings of the morning," &c. Light has been proved, by many experiments, to travel at the astonishing rate of 194,188 miles in a second of time! and comes from the sun to the earth, a distance of 95,513,794 miles, in 8 minutes and nearly 12 seconds! But, could I even fly upon the wings or rays of the morning light, which diffuses itself with such velocity over the globe from east to west, instead of being beyond Thy reach, or by this sudden transition be able to escape Thy notice, Thy arm could still at pleasure prevent or arrest my progress, and I should still be encircled with the immensity of Thy

The sentiment in this noble passage is remarkably striking, and the description truly sublime. I-Pr. 15. 3; Jer. 23. 23, 24; 2 Chr. 6. 18; Eph. 1. 23;-omniscience, 1 Sam. 2. 3; Job 26. 6; 28. 24; 34. 21 ; 35. 4; Ps. 33. 13; 44. 21 ; 94. 9; 139. 2; Pr. 15. 11; Isa. 30. 18; Je. 32. 19; Matt. 6. 18; 10. 29; Acts 15. 18; Heb. 4. 12, 13; 1 John 3. 20 ;-his omnipotence, Gen. 17. 1; 18. 14; Job 9.4; 23. 13; 37. 23; 42. 2; Ps. 35. 10; 62. 11; 68.35;

135. 6; Isa. 26. 4; 40. 29; Jer. 32. 17; Dan. 4. 35; Matt. 19. 26; Luke 1. 37 ; 2 Cor.

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12. 9; Is. 14. 24; Dan. 3. 17, 29; Rom. 1. 20;-his wisdom, Job 9. 4; 36. 5; Ps. 92. 5; 104. 24; 147.5; Isa. 28. 19; Rom. 16. 27; 1 Cor. 3. 19, 20; 1 Tim. 1. 17 ;-his knowledge, 1 John 2. 3; 3. 6; 4. 6 ; Ps. 147. 4, 5. “He telleth the number of the stars,” &c. The fixed stars, in general, are considered to be innumerable suns, similar to that in our system, each having an appropriate number of planets moving round it; and, where they are in great abundance, Dr. Herschel supposes they form primaries and secondaries, i. e. suns revolving about suns ; and that this must be the case in the milky way, the stars being there in prodigious quantities; of which he gives the following proof: On August 22, 1792, he found that in 41 minutes, not less than 258,000 stars had passed through the field of view in his telescope! What must God be who has made, governs, and supports so many worlds, and who • telleth the number of the stars ; and calleth them by name.'

.'*_His foreknowledge, Gen. 18. 18; 1 Kings 22. 22; Rom. 8. 29; 2 Tim. 1. 9; 1 Pet. 1. 2, 20;-his perfection, Ex. 15. 7; Ps. 145. 12 ; Matt. 5. 48; -produces good from the evil designs of men, Gen. 45. 8; 50. 20; Job 5. 12; Ps. 33. 10; 76. 10; Pr. 16. 9, 33; 19. 21 ;—disposes of things as he pleases from the beginning, Deut. 8. 18; 1 Chr. 29. 12; 2 Chr. 1. 12; Job 1. 21; 9. 12; Ps. 75.7; Dan. 4. 17;—his justice, Gen. 18. 25; Deut. 32. 4; 2 Chr. 19. 7; Job 8. 3; 34. 17; 35. 10; Ps. 145. 17; Jer. 9. 24 ; 32. 18; Dan. 9. 14; Ezek. 18. 25; Acts 17. 31 ;

Rev. 15. 3; 19. 1, 2;—in not punishing children for the sins of their parents, Deut. 24. 16; Ezek. 18. 2 ;-he often delays his judgments, Ecc. 8. 11;—his chastisements to be borne, Job 1. 21; 2. 10; Heb. 12. 5 ;-his mercy, Exod. 20. 6; 34.6; 2 Sam. 24. 14; Ps. 57. 10; 86. 5; 100.5; 103. 8; 119. 64; Isa. 1. 18; Joel 2. 13;

Cor. 1. 3; Eph. 2. 4; 1 Pet. 1. 3 ; 1 John 1. 9 ;-his love to Christians, 1 John 3. 1 ; his goodness, Ps. 86. 5; 145. 9; Matt. 19. 17;—his holiness, Lev. 19. 2; 1 Sam. 2. 2; 6. 20; John 17. 11; Isa. 6.3; Rev. 4. 8; 15. 4;-his truth and faithfulness, Isa. 65. 16; 2 Cor. 1. 18, 20; Heb. 10. 23; 11. 11; 2 Peter 3. 9; Rev. 15. 3;exhortations to trust in him, Ps. 61. 62. 63. 64. 69. 70. 71. 75. 85. 86. 91. 94. 115. 116. 118. 121. 123. 125. 131.;-his promises to the Israelites fulfilled, Josh. 21. 43;—the sole object of worship, Exod. 20. 1; Deut. 4. 14, 39, 40; Luke 4. 8;—to be feared, Ps. 33. 8; 76. 7;—to be loved, Matt. 22. 37 ; —to be obeyed, Acts 5. 29 ;--not to be tempted, Deut. 6. 16; Matt. 4. 7;-to be imitated, Eph. 5. 1.t

(2.) Concerning Christ. He was above Moses, Heb. 3. 5 ; and all the Levitical priests, Heb. 7. 21; 8. 1; &c.—he was co-eternal with the Father, John 1. 1, 3; 17.5; Col. 1. 17; Heb. 13. 8;—he is co-equal with the Father, Matt. 28. 18; John 5. 23; 16. 15; 17. 10; Phil. 2.6; Col. 1. 16; 2. 9;—he is of one substance with the Father, John 10. 30, 38; 12. 45; 17. 11, 22 ; 14.9;—though, in his humanity, inferior to the

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Father, John 14. 28;-he is King of kings, Lord of lords, and God of gods, Rom. 14. 9; Phil. 2. 9; Col. 2. 10, 15; 1 Pet. 3. 22 ; Rev. 17. 14; 19. 16;-he was one with his disciples, John 17. 21; Heb. 2. 11, &c.

- he was perfect man, Matt. 4. 2; 8. 24; 26. 38; John 1. 14; 4. 6; 11. 35; 12. 27; 19. 28; Phil. 2. 7; Heb. 2. 14;—he was without sin, though tempted as other men, John 8. 46; 2 Cor. 5. 21; Heb. 4. 15; 7. 26; 1 Pet. 2. 22; 1 John 3. 5;—he learned obedience by suffering, Heb. 5. 8. He was perfect God, this appears, 1. By his being expressly so called, Isa. 9.6; Matt. 1. 23; John 1. 1; Rom. 9. 5; Col. 2. 9; 1 Tim. 3. 16; Heb. 3. 4; 1 John 3. 16; 1 Pet. 1. 1, where the margin reads, our God and Saviour.'— This is certainly the literal and proper rendering of the original, του θεου ημων και σωτηρος Ιησου Χριστου, and should have been received in the text: it is an absolute proof that St. Peter calls Jesus GOD, in the most proper sense of the term ;1 John 1. 1, “That which was from the beginning,' &c. "O, which, in the neuter gender, that uncreated, self-existent, and eternal excellence, Jesus Christ. Thus he says, “I and my Father are one,' ev, not es, (John 10. 30.)*—2. By his forgiving sins, Matt. 9. 2; Luke 5. 20; 7. 48;—3. By his miracles, John 3. 2; 5. 36; 10. 25, 38 ; 14. 10 ;-4. By his knowing men's thoughts, Matt. 9. 4; 12. 25; Mark 2. 8; Luke 5. 9. 47; 11. 17, 20. The reasoning of the Pharisees, (v. 17, and Matt. 12. 24, 25,) was not expressed, and Jesus, knowing their thoughts, gave ample proof of his omniscience. This, with our Lord's masterly confutation of their reasonings, by a conclusion drawn from their own premises, one would have supposed might have humbled and convinced those men; but the most conclusive reasoning, and the most astonishing miracles, were lost upon a people who were obstinately determined to disbelieve every thing that was good relative to Jesus of Nazareth.*-John 2. 24; 6.61; 21. 17;–5. By his raising himself from the dead, John 2. 9; 10. 17;—6. By his promising and sending the Holy Ghost, John 14. 26; 15. 26; Acts 1. 5; 2. 4;—7. By the attributes of creation, omnipotence, and omniscience, &c. being ascribed to him, Col. 1. 16; Heb. 1. 2 ; Phil. 3. 21; 1 Cor. 4. 5;

–8. By his expressly claiming it, John 8. 58, “Before Abraham was, I am.' That our Lord by this expression asserted his divinity and eternal existence, as the great I AM, appears evident from the use of the present tense, instead of the preter; from its being in answer to the Jews, who inquired, whether he had seen Abraham ; and from its being thus understood by the multitude, who were exasperated at it to such a degree, that they took up stones to stone him. The ancient Jews not only believed that the Messiah was superior to, and Lord of all the Patriarchs, and even of angels, (see Yalkut Simeoni on Isa. 52. 13; Bereshith Rabba on Gen. 28. 10; Zohar, Gen. fol. 88,) but that his celestial nature existed with God, from whom it emanated, before the creation, (Netzach Israel, c. 35, fol. 38,) and that the creation was effected by his ministry, (Zohar, 1, fol. 128, on Gen. 49. 11.)_John 9. 5, 'I am the light of the world. Our Lord here claims one of the titles given by the Jews to the Divine Being. So in Bammidbar Rabba, § 15, fol. 229, 1. “The Israelites said to God, O Lord of the universe, thou commandest us to light lamps to thee, yet thou art the light of the world!' it was also a title of the Messiah, (see Isa. 49.6; 60. 1); and in a remarkable passage of Yalkut Rubeni, fol. 6, it is said, on Gen. 1. 4. “From this we learn, that the Holy and Blessed God saw the light of the Messiah, and his works, before the world was created; and reserved it for the Messiah and his generation, under the throne of his glory. Satan said to the Holy and Blessed God, For whom dost thou reserve that light which is under the throne of thy glory? God answered, For him who shall subdue thee, and overwhelm thee with confusion. Satan rejoined, Lord of the universe, shew that person to me. God said, Come, and see him. When he saw him, he was greatly agitated, and fell upon his face, saying, Truly this is the Messiah, who shall cast me and idolaters into hell.'*—He was the Messiah spoken of by the prophets, Luke 24. 27; John 1. 45; 4. 25; 5. 39, 46; 11. 27 ; Acts 26. 22; —he came down from heaven, John 3. 13, 31; 6.38,50; 16. 28;—for our sakes, Matt. 18. 11 ; Luke 19. 10; John 3. 17; 10. 10; 12. 47 ;-he was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, Matt. 1. 18; Luke 1. 35;—he died for our sins, Isa. 53. 8; Dan. 9. 26 ; Matt. 20. 28; Rom. 4. 25; 5. 6; 1 Cor. 15. 3; Gal. 1. 4; Eph. 5. 2; Heb. 9. 28;—he abolished death, 2 Tim. 1. 10;—he rose again the third day for our justification, Luke 24. 1, 46, 47; Acts 2. 24 ; 3. 15; 4. 19; 5. 30; 10. 40; 17. 31; Rom. 10. 9; 1 Cor. 6. 14; 15. 3, 4; 1 Thess. 1. 10; Heb. 13. 20; 1 Pet. 3. 18;he ascended up to heaven, Mark 16. 19; Luke 24. 51 ; Acts 1. 2,9; Eph. 4. 8; 1 Tim. 3. 16;—he sitteth on the right hand of God, Mark 16. 19; Acts 7.56 ; Eph. 1. 20; Col. 3. 1; Heb. 1.3; 8. 1; 10. 12; 12. 2; 1 Pet. 3. 22 ;—his intercession, Rom. 8. 34; Heb. 7. 25; 1 John 2. 1;-all power given to him, Matt. 28. 18; Eph. 1. 20;he will come again to judge the world, Acts 1. 11; 1 Thess. 4. 16; 2 Tim. 4. 1;—he will reject the workers of iniquity, Matt. 7. 21;-his mediatorial reign will have an end, 1 Cor. 15. 24;—he is the pattern that we ought to follow, Matt. 11. 29; John 13.15; Phil. 2. 5; 1 Pet. 1. 15; 2. 21; 1 John 2. 6;—he did not come to destroy the law, Matt. 5. 17;-he was trusted in by Abraham and the Patriarchs, John 8. 56; Heb. 11. 1. &c.;—his message to the seven churches, Rev. 1. 11. &c.;-his names, titles, and characters: Advocate, 1 John 2. 1;Alpha and Omega, Rev. 1. 8; 22. 13;—Amen, Rev. 3. 14 ;-beginning of the creation of God, Rev. 3. 14;-branch, Zech. 3. 8; 6. 12 ;-cornerstone, 1 Pet. 2. 5;-living-stone, 1 Pet. 2. 4;-David, Jer. 30. 9; Ezek. 34. 23; 37. 24; Hos. 3. 5;-day-spring, Luke 1. 78;-deliverer, Acts 7. 35 ; Rom. 11. 26 ;-Emmanuel, Isa. 7. 14; Matt. 1. 23;—first-begotten from the dead, Rev. 1. 5;—first and last, Rev. 1. 17;—God blessed for ever, Rom. 9. 5;—governor, Matt. 2. 6;—holy one, Luke 4.34; Acts 3. 14; Rev. 3. 7 ;-horn of salvation, Luke 1.69 ;--image of God, 2 Cor. 4. 4;-just one, Acts 3. 14; 7.52; 22. 14;-king everlasting, Luke 1. 33 ;-king of Israel, John 1. 49 ;-king of the Jews, Matt. 2. 2;-king of kings, Rev. 17. 14; 19. 16;-lamb of God, John 1. 29, 36;—lamb who opened the sealed book, Rev. 5. 6;-true light, John 1. 8, 9; 3. 19; 8. 12; 9.5; 12. 35, 46;-Lord, Matt. 3. 3; Mark 11. 3 ; -Lord of glory, 1 Cor. 2. 8;-Lord of lords, Rev. 17. 14; 19. 16;-lion of the tribe of Judah, Rev. 5. 5;—maker and preserver of all things, John 1. 3, 10; 1 Cor. 8. 6; Col. 1. 16; Heb. 1. 2, 10; Rev. 4. 11;mediator, 1 Tim. 2. 5;-mediator of the new covenant, Heb. 12. 24;Nazarene, Matt. 2. 23;-prince, Acts 5. 31;—prince of life, Acts 3. 15;—prince of peace, Isa. 9. 6;—prince of the kings of the earth, Rev. 1.5;—prophet, Deut. 18. 51; Luke 24. 19 ;-redeemer, Job 19. 25; Isa. 59. 20;

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our righteousness, Jer. 33. 16;-root of David, Rev. 5. 5; -root and offspring of David, and bright and morning star, Rev. 22. 16; -ruler, Mic. 5. 2 ;-saviour, Luke 2. 11; Acts 5. 31;—shepherd in the land, Zech. 11. 16;—good shepherd, John 10. 11; -great shepherd of the sheep, Heb. 13. 20 ;-son of the highest, Luke 1. 32 ;--son of God, Matt. 3. 17; 8. 29; Luke 1. 35;-only-begotten son, John 1. 14, 18; 3. 16, 18 ;-son of man, Matt. 8. 20; John 1.51;-son of David , Matt. 9. 27 ; 21. 9 ;-star and sceptre, Num. 24. 17 ;-bright and morning star, Rev. 22. 16;-true, Rev. 3. 7; 10. 11 ;-faithful witness, Rev. 1. 5; 3. 14; 19. 11;—word, John 1. 1;-word of God, Rev. 19. 13;-highpriest, Heb. 5. 1, &c.*

(3.) Concerning the Holy Ghost, his names and characters ; Spirit of God, Gen. 1. 2; Matt. 3. 16;-Spirit of the Father, Matt. 10. 20;Spirit of Christ, 1 Pet. 1. 11 ;-Spirit of grace, Heb. 10. 29 ;-Spirit of holiness, Rom. 1. 3 ;-Spirit of truth, John 14. 17 ;—the Comforter, John 14. 16, 26; 15. 26 ;—is omnipresent, Ps. 139. 7 ;--omniscient, 1 Cor. 2. 10;-eternal, Heb. 9. 14;——is God, Job 33. 4; Matt. 28. 19; Luke 1, 35; Acts 5. 3, 4;-spake by the prophets, Neh. 9. 30; Acts 7. 51 ; 1 Pet. 1. 11; 2 Pet. 1. 21;—wrought miracles, Matt. 12. 28; Rom. 15. 19;—proceeds from the Father and the Son, John 14. 26 ; 15. 26; 16.7; Gal. 4. 6 ;-is promised to men, Is. 44. 3; Ezek. 11. 19; 36. 26 ; Joel 2. 28; Matt. 3. 11;—by Jesus, John 14. 16, 26 ; 15. 26 ; 16.7;—is ready to direct all Christians, Rom. 8. 9, 13, 16; 2 Cor. 1. 22; Gal. 4. 6;—his suggestions are carefully to be attended to, Is. 63. 10; Eph. 4. 30; 1 Thess. 5. 19 ;--sanctifieth, Rom. 15. 16; 2 Thess. 2. 13; 1 Pet. 1. 2;—his ordinary and extraordinary gifts, Rom. 12. 6; 1 Cor. 12. 4, &c.; Gal. 5. 22 ; Eph. 5. 9; Heb. 2. 4;—to be born of him, necessary, John 3. 3, &c.;-blasphemy against him unpardonable, Matt. 12. 31; 1 John 5. 16.*

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