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"the world, and they that dwell therein; for "he hath founded it upon the seas, and esta"Wished it upon the floods." Ps. xcv. 3. "The Lord is a great God, and a great "king above all gods. In his hands are "the deep places of the earth, the strength "of the hills is his also. The sea is his, "and he made it; and his hands formed' "the dry land. O come, let us worship, "and bow down, let us kneel before the "Lord our maker; for he is our God, and "we are the people of his pasture, and the "sheep of his hand." Moses also was careful to impress the Israelites with this important truth, as well as with the belief of the unity, and creating power of God, Deut. x. 14. "Behold, the heaven, and "the heaven of heavens is the Lord's thy *' God, the earth also, with all that therein
The absolute sovereignty of God is also strongly expressed by Paul, 1 Cor. iii. 21. "Let no man glory in men, for all things "are your's, and ye are Christ's, and Christ "is God's." Also, 1 Cor. xv. 24. " Then
"cometh the end, when he shall have de*' livered up the kingdom to God, even "the Father, when he shall have put down "all rule, and all authority, and power; for "he must reign till he hath put all enemies '' under his feet. But when he faith all '' things are put under him, it is manifest "that he is excepted who did put all things "under him. And when all things shall "be subdued unto him, then shall the Son *' also himself be subject unto him that put *' all things under him, that God may be "all in all." \
The one true God is also represented, in the scriptures, as the sole preserver, and constant upholder of all things. Upon the occasion of the solemn fast, and prayer, which was observed by the Jews upon their return from the Babylonish captivity, they say, Neh. ix. 5. &c. "Blessed be thy glo"rious name, which is exalted above all "blessing and praise. Thou, even thou art "Lord alone, thou hast made heaven, the "heaven of heavens, with all their host, "the earth, and all things that are therein,
« the "the sea, and all that is therein, and thou "preserves]: them all, and the host of heaven "worship thee." David expresses the fame sentiment more fully, Ps. cxix. 90. "Thou "hast established the earth, and it abideth. "They continue this day, according to thine "ordinances, for all are thy servants."
The divine sovereignty, with respect to the absolute disposal of all things, is a necessary consequence of his sole property in them; and this also is frequently and strongly expressed in the scriptures,. Ps. ciii. 19. "The Lord hath prepared his "throne in the heavens, and his kingdom "ruleth over all." Perhaps the fullest, and the most explicit acknowledgment of this kind, is that which was made by Nebuchadnezzar, after his humiliation, Dan. iv. 1. 35. 37. "Nebuchadnezzar the king, "unto all people, nations, and languages "that dwell in all the earth, peace be mul"tiplied unto you. I thought it good to "shew the signs and wonders, that the high "God hath wrought toward me. How "great are his signs! and how mighty are
his "his wonders! his kingdom is an everlast"ing kingdom, and his dominion is from "generation to generation. And all the "inhabitants of'the earth are reputed as "nothing: and he doeth according to his "will in the army of heaven, and among "the inhabitants of the earth: and none "can stay his hand, or fay unto him, What "doest thou? Now I Nebuchadnezzar .'.' praise and extol and honour the king of "heaven, all whose works are truth, and "his ways judgment, and those that walk "in pride he is able to abase."
The divine being himself makes the following solemn declaration, Is. xlvi: 9. "Remember the former things of old, for "I am God, and there is none else; I am "God, and there is none like me. De"claring the end from the beginning, and "fromantient times the things that are not "yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, "and I will do all my pleasure. I have "spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I "have purposed it, I will also do it." Daniel, in his thanksgiving to God, on account
of the revelation that was made' to him of Nebuchadnezzar's dream, fays, Pan. ii. 20. "Blessed be the name of God for ever and "ever: for wisdom and might are his. And "he changeth the times and the seasons: "he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:' "he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and "knowledge to them that know understand"ing." Cyrus made the fame acknowledgment, when, in'his decree for rebuilding the temple of Jerusalem, he slid, Ezra i. 2. "Thus faith Cyrus king of Persia, The "Lord God of heaven hath given me all "the kingdoms of the earth, and he hath "charged me to build him an house at Je"rusalem, which is in Judah."
Power and wisdom are ascribed to this one God in the highest degree, and in the most emphatical manner in the books of scripture. Indeed, this is necessarily implied, in what h^s been already recited, concerning his being the maker and governor of all things. I fliall, however, quote a few passages with this view only. In If. xxviii. 29. he is sud to be " wonderful in counsel, and excellent