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“ glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the “ glory due unto his name; bring an offering, “ come into his courts. O worship the Lord in " the beauty of holiness ; fear before him all the 66 earth *." See also these elevated strains of praise, which, whether they are meant as the exercise of the church militant on earth, or the church triumphant in heaven, are equally proper here. " And the four beasts had each of them “ fix wings about him, and they were full of of eyes within ; and they rest not day and night,
saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God al
mighty, which was, and is, and is to come. " And when those beasts give glory, and ho“ nour, and thanks to him that sat on the throne, 66 who liveth for ever and ever; the four and twenty
elders fall down before him that fat on 66 the throne, and worship him that liveth for
and cast their crowns before so the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, $c to receive glory, and honour, and power; for 66 thou hast created all things, and for thy plea66 sure they are, and were created ti'
And to the same purpose, And I beheld, and I heard 6c the voice of many angels round about the " throne, and the beasts, and the elders : and “ the number of them was ten thousand times
. Pfal. xcvi. 6, 7, 8, 9.
+ Rev, iv, 8, 9, 10, 11,
ten thousand, and thousands of thousands ; “ saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb " that was flain, to receive power, and riches, " and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and “ glory, and blessing. And every creature which “ is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the “ earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that
are in them, heard I, saying, Blessing, and “ honour, and glory, and power be unto him " that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the " Lamb for ever and ever *.” Nay, a true penitent begins to see the beauty even of the divine sovereignty, that all things belong to God, and therefore it is most fit that all things should be subject to him, according to that strong and beautiful passage : “ And the four and twenty os elders which fat before God on their seats, fell
upon their faces, and worshipped God, fay“ing, We give thee thanks, O Lord God almighty, which
art, and wast, and art to come, 6 because thou hast taken to thee thy great “ power, and hast reigned 1."
The other observation I am to make is, that a true penitent always acquires the deepest abhorrence of that atrocious, tho' prevailing fin, of profaning the name of God in common' discourse. There are many persons; not otherwise * Rev. v. II, 12, 13.
+ Rev, xi, 16, 17.
the most abandoned, who have no just sense of the heinousness of this fu: and as it is ixot din rectly levelled against the temporal interest of our neighbours, it is far from being generally so fcandalous and dishonourable as it ought to be. Such religion or virtue as is founded on worldly principles and views, may easily confift with its continuance; but he who is convinced of the evil of all fin, as rebellion against, and disobedience to God, will see the horrible guilt and impiety that attends this abominable practice. That religion which is the work of God's holy Spirit, and consists in the recovery of his lost image, will never be able to bear fo direct à violation of his sacred authority, so unprovoked an insult upon his honour and glory.
A fear of punishment then we have seen, without a sense of the evil of fin in itseif, is not fufficient. Let me now add, that this discovery of the evil of fin in itfelf, must increase our fear of punishment, by shewing it to be just. A fear of punishment while alone, always tempts the finner to search about on all hands for arguments against that suffering, the justice of which he cannot perceive. Hence infidelity of heart and secret függestions, that surely it cannot be that God will punish as he hath said. Hence blasphemous 'impatience. Hence rising thoughts and rebellion
against God, even while under his rod; such as are described by the prophet Hofea : “ And they « have not cried unto me with their heart when
they howled upon their beds *.” Nay, hence fometimes the bitterest profesied infidels among thofe, who have been brought up in the knowledge of the truths of the gospel, while they have never seen their beauty, or felt their power, But fo foon as there is a discovery of the glory of God, and the univerfal and perfect obedience due from all to him, this throws a new light on the tokens of a divine displeasure against fin, in the works of creation and providence. This carries home, with irrefiftible force, all the threatnings of the wrath of God against finners in his word. Their justice is then deeply and inwardly felt, and the finner begins to wonder at the patience of a longsuffering God, that has not long ere now made hiin a monument of vengeance.
The same view it is that not only begins, but carries on and compleats genuine convictions of fin, that filences all objections, and refutes the reasonings of the carnal mind. Every sincere convert will have, in a greater or lesser degree, the evidence in himself, that his change is of sovereign grace. He will probably be able to recollect in how many instances his mind set itself to oppose, and was at pains as it were to collect
* Hofea vii. 14.
and muster up every objection againft the obli. gation and fanction of the law of God. The objections are raised, first, against the neceßity or benefit of obedience, and then against suffering for disobedience, till all are borne down by the fame almighty power which spake and it was done, and which can “ lead captivity captive." I cannot propose to enumerate all the objections, or rather, all the forms, in which objections may arise in the finner's mind, when struggling against conviction ; but I fall mention a few of them, and show what it is that must put them to filence.
1. Perhaps the finner will say, alas! why should the law be so extremely rigorous, as to infift upon absolute and finless obedience? Hard indeed, that it will admit not of any transgression, any omission, the least flip, or failing or frailty, but pronounceth so severe a sentence, “ Cursed
is every one that continueth not in all things 66 which are written in the book of the law to “ do them *.” But consider, I pray you, what is the law, and who is the author of the law. The sum of all the commandments of the law is * To love the Lord your God with all your “ heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, " and with all your strength.” Is this unreafonable? or, is it too much ? Is he not infinite
* Gal. iii, 10.