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The Spirit's eternity is revealed --How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the ETERNAL Spirit offered himself without spot to Gon, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Heb. 9. 14.
OMNIPRESENCE.-The Father's, &c.*_Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him ? saith the Lord. Do not I FILL HEAVEN AND EARTH? saith the Lord.- Which is his body, the fulness of him that FILLETH ALL IN ALL.WHITHER SHALL I GO FROM THY SPIRIT? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? Jer. 23. 24. Eph. 1. 23. Ps. 139. 7.
Omniscience. Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest ; (for thou, even THOU ONLY, KNOWEST THE HEARTS of all the children of men.)- And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I AM HE WAICH SEARCHETH THE REINS AND HEARTS : and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit ; for the Spirit SEARCHETH ALL THINGS, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Kings 8. 39. Rev. 2. 23. 1 Cor. 2.'10.
Wisdom, Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for WISDOM and might are his.- In whom are hid all the treasures of WISDOM and knowledge.That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of WISDOM and revelation in the knowledge of him. Dan. 2. 20. Col. 2. 3. Eph. 1. 17.
Power-God hath spoken once ; twice have I heard this ; that POWER belongeth unto God.- And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All POWER is given unto me in heaven and in earth.- Through mighty signs and wonders, by the POWER of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. Ps. 62. 11. Mat. 28. 18. Rom. 15. 19.
Goodness, 0 give thanks unto the Lord; for he is GOOD; for his mercy endureth for ever.- How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.- Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy Spirit is good ; lead me into the land of uprightness. 1 Chron. 16. 34. Acts 10. 38. Ps. 143. 10.
And Truth.-He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his
* In the note on the sacred TRINITY, after each attribute and work of JEHOVAH, the first reference respects the FATHER, the second reference respects the son, and the third reference respects the FOLY GHOST.
ways are judgment: a God of TRUTH, and without iniquity, just and right is he.- And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father,) full of grace and TRUTH.- Even the Spirit of TRUTH; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him : but ye know him ; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. Deut. 32. 4. John 1. 14. and 14. 17.
JEHOVAH, FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST,
Creates, Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is ne that HATA MADE os, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.- ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM; and without him was not any thing made that was made.- The SPIRIT OE GOD HATA MADE ME, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. Ps. 100. 3. John 1. 3. Job 33. 4.
Instructs - It is written in the prophets, And they shall be 'all TAUGHT OF GOD. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath leamed of the Father, cometh unto me.- For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.- But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, HE SHALL TEACh you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 6. 45. Gal. 1. 12. John 14. 26.
Leads, -Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which LEADETH thee by the way that thou shouldest go.- Tó him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and LEADETH them out.- For as many as are LED by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Is. 48. 17. John 10. 3. Rom. 8. 14.
Sanctifies-- Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are SANCTIFIED by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.- For both he that SANCTIFIETH, and they who are sanctified, are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.- That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being SANCTIFIED by the Holy Ghost. Jude 1. Heb. 2. 11. Rom. 15. 16.
And Quickens.-For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and QUICKENETA them; even so the Son QUICKENETH whom he will. It is the Spirit that QuICKENETE; the flesh profiteth
nothing: the words that i speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 5. 21. and 6. 63.
All spiritual and divine operations are performed by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, to WHOM be ascribed ALL the glory for ever. Amen.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which WORKETA ALL IN ALL.- Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free; but Christ is ALL, AND IN ALL.- But ALL THESE WORKETA that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 1 Cor. 12. 6. Col. 3. 11. 1 Cor. 12. 11.
NOTE D. We have conclusive evidence that God directs and governs ALL THINGS either by general or special providence.
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Behold, he breaketh down and it cannot be built again : he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening. Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his. He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty. He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straighteneth them again. He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way.- And all the inhabitants of the carth 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 say unto him, What doest thou ?- Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inbabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought : he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor, hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of under
standing? Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he tak. eth up the isles as a very little thing. It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers ; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in : That bringeth the princes to nothing ; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. Yea, they shall not be planted: yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth : and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. Mat. 10. 29. Job 12. 9, 10, 14-16, 21, 23, 24. Dan. 4. 35. Ps. 33. 8–11. Is. 40. 13-15, 22–24.
TAE 104th Ps. DESERVES PARTICULAR ATTENTION.
Note E. A SCRIPTURAL description of the unrenewed heart. In connexion with the following texts of Scripture, it should be remembered, DIVINE VERACITY has decided that, “ As in water, face answereth to face ; so the heart of man to man.”—Prov. 27. 19.
It is wicked, -Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the Lord against thee, and it be sin unto thee. Deut. 15. 9.
Froward,-Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.- They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. Prov. 6. 14. and 11. 20.
Perverse,-A man shall be commended according to his wisdom: but he that is of a perverse heart shall be despised. Prov. 12. 8.
Rebellious,-But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Jer. 5. 23.
Impenitent,-But after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God. Rom. 2. 5.
Hard,-0 Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.- Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord
of hosts hath sent in his Spirit by the former prophets : therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts. Jer. 5. 3. Zech. 7. 12.
And Stony. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. Ez. 36. 26.
It is full of Vanity and Iniquity,-And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. Ps. 41. 6.
Of Pride, -The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. Ps. 10. 4.
Of Covetousness-Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin ; beguiling unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices ; cursed children. 2 Pet. 2. 14.
Of Mischief,_Which imagine mischiefs in their hearts; continually are they gathered together for war. Ps. 140. 2.'
of Deceit,--Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.- They speak vanity every one with his neighbour : with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things. Prov. 12. 20. Ps. 12. 2, 3.
Of Evil and Madness. This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. Eccl, 9. 3.
REFLECTIONS. From this Scriptural view of the UNRENEWED HEART, it appears, exactly FITTED,-justly DESERVING,—and certainly EXPOSED, to endure “indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish,” in time and to ETERNITY. No wonder that unrenewed persons are deeply distressed when their HEARTS are shewn them by the Holy Spirit. The efficacy of Christ's BLOOD,—divine POWER,and FREE GRACE, are supereminently displayed when sinners hearts are RENEWED.
NOTE F. · Let those who have been SPIRITUALLY ENLIGHTENED, remember their increased obligations, and be careful to walk worthy of their high vocation.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day :