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SER M. all those places on the earth, where the
sacrament of the Lord's-supper is administred.
5. Again, it may be observed, that the Power of God will not do any thing that is morally evil. For this would be to act inconsistently with his Wisdom, and Goodness, and all his other attributes. It would argue a weakness, folly, and wrong disposition in the agent; which cannot without blasphemy and absurdity be attributed to God; and therefore, we may be assured, that he cannot be the author of moral evil. He cannot be the author of sin or wickedness, he cannot do any thing that is cruel, malicious, unjust, or that implies a falsehood. Whatfoever he does must be just and right, though we may not be able often to comprehend it. Surely, as it is said in the book of Job, xxxiv. 12. God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment. Not but that God has a natural power to do evil, but he will not ; his will is so directed by the most perfect wisdom, goodness, and truth, that it is impossible his power should be employed to do what is evil.
In the last place, it may be observed, SERM. that the almighty Power of God is not a lawless and arbitrary power, directed by no reasonable principles; it acts in the most perfect manner, with Wisdom and Goodness. Not that the action of the Divine Power makes the purpose to which it is employed, right and good, as some have imagined, but it acts because the thing itself is right and
and consonant to wisdom. And therefore, to use the words of the Psalmist, as he ruleth by his power for ever, so directed, his dominion must be the most amiable and perfect pattern of government': it is not like the arbitrary power of the tyrants of the earth, who are influenced by their passions and follies, and often wantonly exercise their power to the misery of their subjects ; but it is conducted with the most affectionate regard for the happiness of the universe. All the creatures of God in the animal world feel the hapру
effects of it in their daily sustenance, and those of them who are rational, see the benevolent purposes, to which it is constantly applied.
SERM. Let us now in the
Last place, make some practical re
flections on this subject. And 1. From the consideration of the acts of Divine Power, we have just cause to adore and praise him, because that by this we are and were created. It is his power that made us, and not we ourselves, we are his people and the sweep of his pasture. All nature proclaims his power, every thing exists by it, and by this we live, move, and have our being. And it will ever induce the most exalted beings to adore him to endless ages. To use the words of the Psalmist, One generation shall praise his works to another, and declare his mighty power.
All rational creatures ought to join with the heavenly chorus in the book of Rev. xv. 3, 4. Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God almighty who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? 2. The reflection on the divine
power, ought to shew us the proper use of our little power in the world. As the power of God is always used for the most benevolent purposes, and ever conducted with wisdom and goodness, to the end of pro
moting general happiness; so ought we SERM. with our inferior power to increase the happiness of all around us; and to employ our little abilities in our station, in such an amiable way, is to act in a godlike manner, and to be a blessing to all those who are concerned with us in any connection. It is to act as the children of God our heavenly Father, who as he is powerful, is tender and compassionate to all his creatures.
of God, is to good men a reasonable ground of trust and confidence in him. When universal nature fails, when there is no help in man, or any
of the creatures, the Divine Power is always able to assist us. It can relieve our wants, it can raise unexpected assistance, and set us up in safety from all our fears. When we are involved in trouble, and surrounded with difficulties and dangers on every side, if it is proper for his wisdom and goodness to relieve us, his powerful arm can easily command our deliverance. Blessed is be who hath the God of Jacob for bis belp, and whose hope is in the Lord bis God, Pfalm xlvi. 3. He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think, Eph. iii. 20.
SERM. Or, as it is said in the book of Job,
He can deliver in fro troubles, yea even in feven ; in famine he can redeem from death, and in war from the power of the sword. If we are sure of his almighty power to protect us, we may then say with the Pfalmist, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble ; therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and the mountains carried into the midst of the sea.
In the last place, the consideration of the
power of God ought to be matter of terror to vicious and wicked men. As they have acted in opposition to him, as it were in open rebellion against him, they may justly fear that his almighty power will take vengeance upon them. And who can defy his power and screen them from his omnipotent arm ? It can crush them in a moment, and bring them down to swift destruction. Το use the words of the prophet Amos He that fleeth of them, shall not flee away ; and be that escapeth of them, shall not be delivered. Though they dig into hell, thence Nall his hand take them; and though they climb up into heaven, thence will be bring them down. Nothing can be more terri