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THE government upon Christ's shoulder. Paro

' 1 Isa. ix. 6.--For unto us a child is born, unto 245

a fon is given, and the government fall be upon his

Shoulder : and his name mall be called, IVonderful,

Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,

I he Prince of peace.

II. A treasure of gospel-grace digged out of Mount Sinai,

or, the finner's claim of right cleared from God's co-

venant with Israel at Sinai.

Exod. xx. 2. 3.-I am the Lord thy God.-Tbou shalt

have no other gods before me.

III. The standard of Heaven lifted up against the powers

of hell, and their auxiliaries.

Isa. lix. 19 -When the enemy hall come in like a flood,

the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against

him.

IV. The believer's journey from the wilderness of this

world to the heavenly Canaan.

Cant. viii. 5.-Who is this that cometh up from the wil-

. derness, leaning upon her Beloved.

V. The true substance and strength of a church and na-

tion.

ISA. vi. 3.---So the holy seed shall be the fubftance thereof. 182

VI. The first promise accomplished.

I John iii. 8.--For this purpose the Son of God was ma-

nifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 204

VII. Courageous faith.

Psal. xxiii. 4.—Yea, though I walk through the valley

of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for tközi

art with me, thy rod and thy staf' they comfort me. 232

VIII. The solemnity of Christ's ascension to the throne

of glory. -

Psal. xlvii. 5.-God is gone up with a shout, the Lord

with the found of a trumpet,

THE GOVERNMENT UPON CHRIST'S SHOULDER.

A SERMON

PREACHED ON SABBATH-EVENING AFTER THE SACRAMENT

AT STIRLING, June 4. 1732.

Isa. ix. 6.---For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and

the government hall be upon his fooulder : and his name fall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace.

T HE great design of God, in his whole works of creation

and providence, is to manifest and make known the glory

of his power, wisdom, goodness, and greatness to the children of men: hence is that of David, Pfal. xix. from the begining, “ The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament Theweth his handy-work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” And if it be asked, What the great design of God is in the fcriptures ? I answer, It is just to bring a lost world to the knowledge of a Saviour, “ who is the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his person." All the prophecies, promises, histories, and doctrines of the word, do point us to him, as the needle in the mariners compass points to the pole-ftar : “ To him bore all the propheis witness." And when apostles under the New Testament were sent unto all nations, with the silver trumpet of the everlasting gospel in their mouths, what was the great theme of their sermons? It was just :o make Christ known among the nations ; he was the Alpha and Omega of their whole ministry ; it is Christ, says Paul to the Colossians, “ whom we preach ;” and, writing to the Corinthians, he declares, that he desired to know nothing among them, but Christ, and him crucified.” In fhort, Sirs, our preaching, and your hearing, is in vain, unless we bring you in to the know

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