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deavours, and Weak indeed have those endeavours been, to give you a Just Sense of the Great Articles of Faiths to Establish and Confirm you in the Stedsast Belief of- them, and to guard you against the Fallacious Arguments, and Plausible Insinuations of Unbelievers. But the PraBicat Duties of Religion have, much more Frequently, been the Subjects of my Discourses; because these Duties are branch'd out into Greater Numbers and Varieties, than the Objects of Faith are;' and the Temptations to Violate or Neglect them, more Numerous too; Snares ever surrounding us Without, and our own Hearts ever ready to betray us Within; every Circumstance of Life being attended with Peculiar Difficulties, and almost every Hour of Life bringing along with it Fresh Trials and Hazards: And yet, if amidst all these Multiplicities of Duties and Dangers, we should.fail of performing Sincere and Universal Obedience, Faith cannot save us.
But I cannot close my Ministrations to
you, without offering up my Humble and
Earnest Prayer to God, that he maygraci
v oufly ously Pardon the Imperfections .attending them; and, that the Weaknesses and Pefects of my Instructions and Exhortations, offer'd to You, may be supplied by the All-sufficient Influences of the Holy Spirit upon You, guiding you into all Truth, Defending you against all Dangers and Temptations, and Adorning you with all Christian Graces; that You may be Victorious in your Spiritual Warfare, and finally attain to the Everlasting Mansions of the Blessed Above. And the very God of Peace SanBifie you wholly: And1pray God, your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To Father., Son, and Holy Ghost, three Persons and One God, be ascribed all Honour and Praise, and Thanksgiving , now henceforth and for evermore.
Ee3 SERMON 412
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The Omnipresence of God.
Being the last Sermon the AUTHOR Preach'dj and PublisiYd by his Direction.
J ER. XXIII. Part of the 14th Verse.
Do not I fill Heaven and Earth, faith the Lord?
THESE Words denote one of the Peculiar, Incommunicable Attributes of God; And if it were not utterly Inconsistent with Infinity, to admit of Degrees, This Excellency in the Divine Nature, at least excepting Eternity, might seem the most Surprizing and Transcendent of Any. There are in the Holy Angels, and in Holy Men too, men Influenced and Governed by the Divine Spirit, fair Images of the Veracity, the Wisdom, the Good-.
ness, the Mercy, and the Companion os God; which yet are all Infinite in Him: The vast measures of Power which are imparted to some Creatures, especially to the Angelick Host, are some Representation of Omnipotence; That Steadiness of Soul,, which is the Portion of Just men made Perfect, looks a little like the Immutability of God: But in All the Ranks and orders of Creatures there is scarce any Semblance of Immensity or Omnipresence to be sound. Whilst we contemplate the Vastest even of Celestial Bodies, the Evidence of their Magnitude is also the Evidence, that they are determined in their Extension; And there is nothing in them, nor in any created Being, which can suggest to us the Notion of Immensity, in like manner, as the notions, of Infinite Power, or Goodness, or some other Perfections in the Deity, are Suggested by the Conceptions we have of such measures of those Attributes, as are from Him Graciousty derived upon our selves. And as there are no footsteps or traces of this Divine Perfection to be found in the visible World,
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'tis Therefore apt to fill our minds with the Higher admiration of the Great God, in whom alone it is found. But still 'tis in this, as in various other instances of Things Wonderful in Themselves, that, though the Mode or Manner of it be very Abstruse, and Difficult, and Puzzling to our conceptions, yet the Certainty of the Thing is deducible from our Natural Notions of God, and that Deduction is plainly confirmed in his Holy Word, Do not I fill Heaven and Earth, saith the Lord? In discoursing on which words, I shall
I. First, Endeavour to Evince and Illustrate the truth of this Proposition, that God is Omnipresent, and
II. Secondly Draw some Practical Inferences from it.
I. I shall endeavour to Evince and Illustrate the truth of this Proposition, that God is Omnipresent.
And the Evidence of this, arising from our natural notions of God, will appear, in a few words, by considering those other kinds of Presence, which are opposed to Immensity, and are, by Metaphysical Writers, represented under