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that the Lord hath truly sent him. When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him.- Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most HOLY. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
COMPARED WITH GAL. 4. 4, 5, &c.
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And the chief priests accused him of many things; but he answered nothing. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him. And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on the right hand, and the other on the left. And now when the even was come, Joseph of Arimathea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of Gon, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of JESUS. And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. Jer. 28. 9. Deut. 18. 22. Dan. 9. 24. Is. 53. 7-9. Compared with Gal. 4. 4, 5. Mark 15. 3, 20, 27, 42, 43, 46. || Deut. 18. 15. Is. 40. 3. and 7. 14. and 61. 1, 2. and 35. 5, 6. Zech. 9. 9. Ps. 2. 2. and 22. 7, 8, 18. and 16. 10. Compared with John 6. 14. Mat. 3. 3. and 1. 22. 23. Luke 4. 18, 19, 21. and 7. 20-22. John 12 14-16. Acts 4, 25-28. Mat. 27. 35, 39-43. Acts 2.25-32. Deut. 28. 45, 49-57. Luke 21. 5-24. Compared with Jo sephus' wars of the Jews. John 5. 36. Acts 2. 22, 32.
2ndly. WE HAVE THE MIRACLES OF CHRIST.
To notice a few of them. CHRIST healed the sick, Mat. 4 23, 24. cured blindness, Mark 10. 52. deafness, Mark 7. 32.
fameness, John 5. 7-9. leprosy, Luke 17. 14. and palsy. Luke 5. 18-25. He cast out evil spirits, Mark 1. 34. calmed the tempest, Luke 8. 23, 24. and raised the dead to life. John 11. 43, 44.
3dly. WE HAVE THE MIRACLES OF CHRIST'S SERVANTS.
Moses, Joshua, and other prophets, wrought an astonishing series of miracles in the presence of thousands of competent witnesses. The same may be said of the Apostles. Heb. 2: 4. Acts 5. 12-16. The truth of Scripture history is confirmed by commemorative institutions. Ex. 13. 8-10. 1 Cor. 11. 26. Existing facts corroborate the Scripture history. Marine productions on the tops of mountains corroborate the history of the flood: variety of languages,-the confusion of tongues, -the putrid waters of the Dead Sea,-the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, &c.
How can ANY be speculative infidels? How dare any of You be practical infidels? Does either of these characters beLong to you? Let conscience be faithful.
8. What is God, and what is the duration of his existence ?
GoD is a spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.- How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.- Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise GOD, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. John 4. 24. Dan. 4. 3. 1 Tim. 1. 17. || Ps. 90. 2. Mal. 3. 2. 1 Kings 8. 27. Rom. 16. 27. Ex. 34. 6, 7. 1 John 1. 5. and 4. 16.
Do you realize how little you can know of God while in the body? Does the desire and hope of knowing more of him in eternity, tend to reconcile you to death?
9. How is divine knowledge described in the Scriptures?
O Lord thou hast searched ME, and known ME. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising! thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 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 uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold
If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.- Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Neither is there are any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to Do. Ps. 139. 1-12. Acts 15. 18. Heb. 4. 13. || Ps. 17. 3. and 44. 21. Job 34. 21, 22. Prov. 15. 3. Jer. 23. 24.
Do you habitually realize, "Thou GOD SEEST ME?" Has this truth a purifying influence on your heart and on your life? Does not OMNISCIENCE behold you as now living,- now dying,- now buried,- now rising and receiving your FINAL DOOM?
10. Does God declare himself unchangeable in his nature, and immutable in his counsels?
For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.- Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.- There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord that shall stand. The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.- Every good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Mal. 3. 6. Is. 46. 10. Prov. 19. 21. Ps. 33. 11. Jam. 1. 17. || Num. 23. 19. Acts 4. 27, 28. and 2. 23. Heb. 6. 17. Job 23. 13. Is. 46. 9, 10. Josh. 23. 14, 15.
Have you considered that the moral affections of God, toward holiness and sin, are unchangeable? Are your hearts reconciled to the eternal and immutable counsels of God?
11. Is God of purer eyes than to behold evil, or look upon iniquity but with abhorrence?
Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight, thou hatest all workers of iniquity.Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.- But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.- And one cried unto another, and said, holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of
eyes within and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. Ex. 15. 11. Ps. 5. 4, 5. Rev. 15. 4. Ps. 22. 3. Is. 6. 3. Rev. 4. 8. Job 4. 17, 18. Is. 63. 15. Hab. 1. 12, 13.
Has infinite purity never beheld You with abhorrence? Do not the leper's cry, and the publican's prayer well become your lips? Without holiness what communion can you ever have with God?
12. Though clouds and darkness are sometimes round about Jehovah in the dispensations of his providence, are not justice and judgment forever the habitation of his throne?
The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are judgment: a GoD of truth, and without iniquity, just and right is he. Yea surely GoD will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict. For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness: his countenance doth behold the upright.- Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.- My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as the wicked that be far from thee. Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face. Ps. 145. 17. Deut. 32. 4. Job 34. 12. and 37. 23. Ps. 11. 7. and 119. 137, 142, 172. Gen. 18. 25. Ps. 89. 14. || Dan. 9. 7. Neh. 9. 33. Ps. 36. 6. Is. 55. 8, 9.
Do you feel that Gon is wise and just and good in his dealings with you? Can you habitually confide in him?
13. What directions and examples enforce the duty of submission to God, and of entire resignation to his will?
Now be ye not stiffnecked as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the Lord, and enter his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified forever: and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you. Wo unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, what makest thou? or thy work, he hath no hands? Wherefore doth a living man complain a man for the punishment of his sins? Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our
hands unto God in the heavens. When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah. I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it. Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt. 2 Chron. 30. 8. Is. 45. 9. Lam. 3. 39-41. Ps. 39. 11, 9. Mat. 26. 36, 39. Jud. 10. 15. 1 Sam. 3. 18. 2 Sam. 15. 26. Job 1. 20, 21. 2 Kings 20. 19. Acts 21. 13, 14.
How base, how criminal, how impotent the contest of worms with their Maker! Have your hearts submitted? Could you ever say, 66 NOT MY WILL"-but the will of the Lord be done?
14. How does God manifest his great power?
He stretcheth out the no over the empty place, and hang eth the earth upon nothing. He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasures. GOD thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. For he saith to the snow, be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the grea rain of his strength. The Lord thundereth from heaven, and the Most High uttered his voice. And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the Lord, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils. Our GoD shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him. Job 26. 7. Ps. 135. 7. Job 37. 5, 6. 2 Sam. 22. 14, 16. Ps. 50. 3. || 1 Kings 19. 11-13. Job 38. 8-11, 35. and 40. 9. Ps. 29. 3-8. Ex. 9. 28, 33. and 15. 1. 4-10. Is. 40. 15, 22-26. Luke 12. 4, 5.
Dare you contend with Omnipotence? How vain resistance to him! How safe are his friends!
15. What language sublimely describes an appearance of the Divine majesty ?
Gop came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand, and there was the hiding of his power. Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. He stood and measured the earth: he beheld and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his