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whom is the inexhaustible treasure of good, should his hopes rest; to Him, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift, should his fervent supplications ascend.
It is a great encouragement to this, that “God giveth grace to the humble:"e and to him who improveth what he hath, into a motive and ground for grateful devotion, and humble trust, far more excellent gifts will be imparted, and he shall have more abundantly. Thus shall we have the true enjoymentofevery power and blessing
The talents, received with thankfulness, possessed with humility, as at the divine disposal, and consecrated to the honour of God, will prepare us for the reception of nobler gifts, and for the grant of more enlarged powers and capacities in that world, where none will envy the superiority of others; where each, devoutly satisfied with his own rank and felicity, will generously rejoice in that of others; and where all the inhabitants, from the experience of their present happiness, and the review of the various grants and favours, by the enjoyment of which they were conducted to it, shall look
James iv, 6.
up to the GREAT AUTHOR of all with the inexpressible emotions of thankfulness, and break forth into one joint afcription of praise to Him, saying, “Not unto us, O LORD! ! “ not unto us, but to THY NAME be the glory. “ for thy mercy, and thy truth's sake." Amen.
& Pf. cxv. I.
THE DESIGN OF THE GOSPEL HISTORY CON.
SIDERED AND IMPROVED.
JOHN XX. 31.
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus
is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have Life through his Name.
E are apt sometimes to wish that
the history of the life of Christ had been more full and comprehensive; that it had conducted us through some scenes of his ministry, of which it is filent; that it had given us more of the remarkable and weighty sayings which dropt from his lips; that it had recorded some of his discourses, of which it affords only an hint, such as his conversation with the disciples going to Enimaus; that it had filled up, what now appear blank and void spaces in the narrative; and that it had related more of those great works which he performed. We
may be ready to think, that had our wishes, in these respects, been answered, not only curiosity would have been agreeably indulged, but many important instructions would have been conveyed to us, and stronger impressions of the wisdom and power of our Divine Master would have been left upon our hearts.
But however pleasing, or even useful, in our conceptions, it would have been to have been furnished with more large and more particular memoirs of the life of Christ, the providence of God hath ordered it otherwise. There were, it is evident, very ample materials to have filled volumes on this entertaining and edifying subject. But it is as evident, that the Evangelists did not mean to say every thing that they could have said about the works and instructions of Christ. They selected only such discourses, and facts, as more particularly struck their minds, or were adapted to the particular ends of their respective writings, or occurred to their memory with circumstances which gave them peculiar