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Fervency of our Prayers be but Equal to the Greatness of our Wants; Our Prayers will Ever be Graciously received, and our Wants Abundantly Supplied. There are many other Particulars, nearly relating to the Argument before us; which cannot be taken into the Narrow compass of this. Discourse. The Time will not allow me to enlarge the Observations and Directions, which I have been pressing upon you, as Necessary to your Edification; as the best Testimonies I can give of my Gratitude, for your Kind Acceptance and Encouragement of my Imperfeót Labours amongst you; and as the Effects of my Earnest Defire, that You may be ever Truly mindful of the Condtions, and Faithful in using the Means of Your Salvation, under the two General Heads of Evangelical Duty, Faith and Obedience; Which I have, from the many Years of my Duty and Ministry in this Place, studied to Represent and Enforce, under the Many Particulars contain’d in Them, for Your Improvement in Spiritisal///dom and Underslanding. I have frequently used my utmost En- E e z deavours, deavours, and Weak indeed have those endeavours been, to give you a Just Sense of the Great Articles of Faith, to Establish and Confirm you in the Stedfast Belief of them, and to guard you against the Fallacious Arguments, and Plausible Insinuations of Unbelievers. But the Pra&#ical Duties of Religion have, much more Frequently, been the Subjećts of my Discourses; because these Duties are branch'd out into Greater Numbers and Varieties, than the Objećts of Faith are; and the Temptations to Violate or Negle&t 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 may graci- - ously ously Pardon the Imperfeótions attending them; and, that the Weaknesses and Defečts 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 7Puth, Defending you against all Dangers and Temptations, and Adorning you with all Christian Graces; that You may be Vićtorious in your Spiritual Warfare, and finally attain to the Everlasting Mansions of the Blessed Above. And the very God of Peace Sančfifte you wholly: And I pray God, your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blame
S E R M O N XII. The Omnipresence of God.
Do not I fill Heaven and Earth, saith - the Lord?
HESE 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 /eracity, the ///dom, the Good- mess,
mes, the Mercy, and the Compassion of 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 Steddmes of Soul, which is the Portion of Just men made Perfeót, 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 found. 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 Good-ness, or some other Perfeótions in the Deity, are Suggested by the Conceptions we have of such measures of those Attributes, as are from Him Graciously derived upon our selves. And as there are no footsteps or traces of this Divine Perfečtion to be found in the visible World, E e 4 'tis