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talents are not always fan&tified to the poffeffor. Beneficial to others they may be unprofitable or even pernicious to the man. himself. He may speak with the tongues of men and of an. gels : he may have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; he may have all faith so as to be able to remove mountains ; he may lay out his whole estate in works of charity, and even submit to suffer martyrdom, and af. ter all remain destitute of that principle which alone admits in-. to the kingdom ot heaven. The magicians of Egypt perform

ed wonders, but they served only 10 harden the heart againft God. Balaam was a true prophet, but “ he loved the wages of unrighteousness":” he knew and approved the better course, but he deliberately persevered in the worle. Simon had the art of bewitching the people of Samaria with forceries; " to him they all gave heed, from the leait to the greatest, fay, ing, this man is the great power of God.” “ He himielt be. lieved allo, and was baptized,” but his "heart was not right in the light of God;" he was still " in the gall ot bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven ; but he ihat doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in ihy name ? and in thy name have cast out devils ? and in thy name. done many wonderful works ? And then will I prodels unto them, I never knew you : depart from me, ye that work, iniquity.” Where God has beltowed much, he will ex. pect much, and in proportion to the number and value of the gitts received is the account that must be given. Who was e. qually honoured with the apostle of the gentiles, by extraordinary communications from heaven ? but it is not expedient for me," says he" to glory :" " of myselt I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.' "In what then does a Paul, in what does every believer chiefly rejoice and glory? In the composing reflection, “ my name is written in the book of life.” “I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, Ihall give me at that day : and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his åppearing” Compared to this, what a poor trifle it is for a man to know that his name is in an opulent teitator's will for a splen-, did bequeft, were it even the reversion of a kingdom? This is that peace of God which palleth all underitanding, which thall keep the heart and mind through Christ Jesus," and which the world can neither give nor take away.

This is " the hour," the eventful hour when" Jesus rejoiced in fpirit :” the hour when the great Sovereign of the universe was subjecting spiritual wickednesses to human agents, and perfecting praise out of the mouths of babes and sucklings; when all the glories of the kingdom of heaven unveiled them, selves to his view, and the nations of the earth haftened into it. The scenes of sorrow and suffering which must intervene' are abforbed in contemplating the blefled effe&ts which they were to produce..“ In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast, hid these things from the wife and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes : even so, Father ; for so it seemed good in thy fight." Here we behold our great pattern setting us the example of referring every thing to God, as the first cause and the lat end of all; who acts by his own uncontrolable, inexplicable fupremacy, and with a view to his own glory. But we are not to understand our Lord as giving thanks that "the wise and prudent" were kept in a state of ignorance respecting the things of God, but that while they were so, while they remained under the power of wilful blindness, it had graciously pleafed God to manifest these things to the comparatively limple and illiterate. We have a similar mode of expreslion and which falls under the same mode of interpretation, in the epistle to the Romans, vi. 17, where the apostle says : " But God be thanked that ye were the servants of fin ;' meaning obviouilly," that although, that whereas ye were the servants of fin, ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you :" So here, " I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that while the wife in their own conceits, and the prudent in the estimation of the world, neglect and defpise the things which belong to their peace, their all-importance is discerned, felt, prized and improved by persons, lowly in their own fight, contemptible in the eyes of men, but estimable in the eyes of Him who“ refifteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”

Jesus ascribes to the Father universality of dominion, under the title of " Lord of heaven and earth ;" and he resolves all creatures and all events into divine sovereignty : “Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy fight." "He giveth not account of any of his matiers.' "He doth according to his will in the army o! heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth : and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doeft thou ?” That which is good in the eyes of man is frequently a sore evil; but that which is good in the fight of God must be good in itself; and when Deity shall have executed the


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whole plan of his providence, the myriads of his faints and angels shalt with one voice proclaim “ all is good.” “ Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that fitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever."

Having made this ascription of universal power, authority and property to the Father, he reprefents himself as invested in an equal extent of dominion, as fole and sovereign adminiftrator of the world which he made, which he upholds, and which he came to redeem..." All things are delivered to me of my Father.” God is "Lord of heaven and ear:h.”. Now these two words imply all space, with all the beings which inhabit the worlds" vi Gble and invisible, whether they be thrones or do ninions, or principalities, or powers.” To the utmost extent of the words, therefore, and of their import, the fovefeignty of God Redeemer'extends, and it is afferted and alcribed neither in a fingle passage, nor in doubtful terms. All power," says he in another place," is given unto me in heav. en and in earth" "authority to execute judgment allo ;” ".

power over all flesh, to give eternal life.” “The Father rais. eth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickéneth whom he will. For the Father judgeth no man ; but háth committed all judgment unto the Son ; that all men should honour the Son, éven as they honour the Father.” Now this is either mere pretension, untounded as that of the devil over "all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them," or it is a claim of right : and who but God can support such a claims Who but. God can possess and exercise the power of quickening the dead, of executing judgment upon'all, not only accord. ing to their works, but according to their most secret thoughts, and of bestowing 'eternal life? Is a creature, a mere man like ourselves, to be entrusted with, is he capable of managing such an empire ? No ; Where all power, then, is lodged, there is Deity; " in that he put al in fubjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him." Behold, Christian, and rejoice in spirit, the powers of darkness prosra'e under the feet of the Prince of Peace : He" maketh his angels spirits, his minifters a flaming fire," and " are they not all miniftering fpirits, fent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation ? Behold the heathen given him for his inheritance, and the uttermoft parts of the earth for a possession : " He must reign, until he hath put all enemies under his feet. beloyed brethren, are part of the all thing's which are delivered by the Father'unto the Son ; and the precious deposit is securefy placed : Thine they were, and thou gavest them me :--those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is "lost :"

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and you are going this day folemnly to deliver up yourfélvendo to him, to be taught by his spirit, to be governed by his laws, to be protected by his arm, to be supplied by his providenrial care ; therefore " ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price : therefore glority God in your body, and in your fpirit, which are God's."

It is added, "and no man knoweth who the Son is, but there Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” That is, the nature, excellency, and dignity of the Godhead can be known only by Deity. God is infinite in all his perfections, but in contemplating infinity alt created understanding is loft. This reciprocal knowledge of the Father and of the Son is itfelt a mystery inscrutable, for it presents at once plurality and unity; which human reason finks under. "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bofom of the Father, he hath" de: clared him." It man has been enabled to form any right' no tion of God, he is indebied for it to the revelation of Jesus Christ the Son of God. That revelation has upfolded God's purpose and grace, before the world begån. That revelation has explained the history of Providence through ages and genn erations past. That revelation has disclosed an eternal duration to come, for unfolding, in endless fucceffion, the inexhaustible treasure of the knowledge of "the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom he hath sent. Every past, every prelent every future discovery of the divine counsels, and of their execution, is the operation of the great light of the world; " Tor God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

If fuch were the honour and the power conferred on the Twelve and on the Seventy simple Galileans; it through the grace of Christ they not only exceeded the attainments of science, and the opérations of art, but exercised authority over the devil and his angels, then what may not man become ? What bounds shall be set to the progress of an immortalbeing.

the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness p The eye of sense discerns a frail child of dust, sinking under a load of growing infirmity; in heaviness" through manifold temptations;' through fear of death subs jècted to bondage.” The eye of faith beholds in that same for, lorn creature, one haftening unto the resurrection of the dead, about to assume a glorious body fathioned after the fimilitude of that of a risen and glorified Redeemer, arising" to meet the Lord in the air;"eriumphing over death, and "hitr who has the

power 'power of death, with open face, beholding as in a glass the the glory of the Lord, and changing into the fame image from glory to glory."

Christ has taught us, my brethren, 'to 'resort to the radical source of confolation ; " rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” It is a pleasant and an honourable feeling to take complacency in an illustrious or even reputable descent ; to reflect on the attainment of eminence of station by eminence in taleat ; to contemplate wealth earned by industry and fair. dealing. But there, and such advantages as these, are transient. They may be marred and embittered by untoward circumstances, But to meditate on an inalienable, unalterable good, running through the whole progress ot duration, increafing continually in luftre and value': to think that all is the free gift of

a Father, whose love is not liable to change, whose bounty is inexhaustible, whose power luftains the worlds visible and invisible, and whole existence is from everlasting to everlasting: this soothes the foul to peace, this sweetens the bitterest morfel, this quenches the flame of the fiery trial, this difarms the king of terrors. “ These things faith he that hath the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars." “ He that overcometh, the * fame Thall be clothed in white-raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will contefs his name before my Father and before his angels.”

The highest privileges which Christianity confers, and the faireft prospect which it opens, powerfully recommend the fpirit of humility. Is thy name written in heaven? What hand wrote it there ? Might not the hand that wrote blot it out a. gain ? Has not thy own right hand made many a dreadtul altempt to erase the fignature ? If it has found a place on that hallowed page, if it has been permitted to remain there, it it

has not in fatherly displeasure been forever obliterated, it is all of free fovereign grace. Art ihou an heir of" a kingdom which cannot be moved pa " it is your father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom," have grace, whereby you may “ ferve God acceptably, with reverence and godly tear." The higheft and the holiest are also the humbleft of beings. With whom does " the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy," delight to dwell ? " With him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. He who is most humble has the greatest fimilitude to his divine Master, and to be like Christ is to possess the highest glory which the creature is capable of attaining. “Learn of me," says he, not to walk upon the water or rebuke the wind, not to open the

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