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Above all praise ! above all height of thought!
“ Possessed of perfect excellence, contemplating with infinite complacency his glorious attributes, and containing in himself a boundless sufficiency for the accomplishment of every thing great and desirable, he saw that it was becoming his character to unfold his perfections, and communicate his goodness, to an endless and innumerable race of beings. From an infinite height, he took a survey of the immeasurable vast of possible beings; and, in an expansion without limits, but desolate and wild, where nothing was, called into existence with a word, the countless multitude of worlds, with all their various furniture. With his own hand he lighted up at once innumerable suns, and rolled around them innumerable worlds. All these he so dispersed and arranged, as that all received light, and warmth, and life, and comfort; and all, at the same time, he stored and adorned with a rich and unceasing variety of beauty and magnificence, and with the most suitable means of virtue and happiness. Throughout his vast empire he surrounded his throne with intelligent creatures, to fill the immense and perfect scheme of being, which originally existed with infinite splendour in his own incomprehensible mind."*
“In the progress of the Divine works and government, there arrived a period, in which this earth was to be called into existence. When the signal moment was come, the Deity arose in his might ; and with a word created the world. What an illustrious moment was that, when, from nonexistence, there sprang at once into being, this mighty globe, on which so many millions of creatures now dwell !—No preparatory measures were required. No long circuit of means was employed. “He spake; and it was done: He commanded; and it stood fast. The earth was without form and void ; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.' The Almighty surveyed the dark abyss; and fixed bounds to the several divisions of nature. He said, “Let there be light; and there was light.' Then appeared the sea, and the dry land. The mountains rose; and the rivers flowed. The sun and moon began their course in the skies. Herbs and plants clothed the ground. The air, the earth, and the waters, were stored with their respective inhabitants. The Almighty beheld his work when it was finished; and pronounced it good. Superior beings saw with wonder this new accession to existence. * The morning stars sang together; and all the sons of God shouted for joy.'
“ All dead and silent was the earth,
In deepest night it lay,
And called to being, Day.
They left their deep repose,
Without attempting to produce further proof of this now, we would rather refer the reader to the following pages, in which numerous quotations from Holy Scripture of a similar character will be found.
But the main design of this little volume is to set forth the moral condition of man in the sight of his Holy and Merciful Creator—what he was originally, when first introduced into the delightful existence which awaited him in that lovely Paradise which had been already prepared by Infinite Goodness for his reception-how he by transgression fell from this high and holy position, into one of sin, and guilt, and woe—the wonderful provision made by consummate wisdom and boundless benevolence for his restoration -the help offered to aid him in his return to God, and the glorious reward which awaits his obedience in the regions of immortal life.
These Great Facts, so important to the destinies of human beings, are set forth in the following pages in a new form; and hence it is ardently hoped that they may attract the attention of some. It should also be mentioned, that free use has been made, in the first chapters, of quotations from those approved writers who have written best on the very serious subjects under discussion. The quotations from Holy Scripture have been made, not from memory, but in every instance, we believe, from the Word itself; the italics in the quotations being copies of the original
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