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Power, or Soveraignty, or Justice, M or Holiness, which I think are ali
Vol. Vil the Attributes which we can ima. gine to be glorified hereby. Not as the Manifestation of his Power ; for that would be as much manifested in the Happiness, as Misery of the Creature : Not of his Soveraignty ; for God will not manifest that in contradiction to his Goodness, upon which nothing can reflect more, than merely, pro arbitrio, for his pleasure, to make an innocent Creature for ever miserable: Not his Justice, and Holiness ; for these presuppose fin and demerit in the Creature, out of hatred to which he makes it miserable ; but God hath declared that he esteems himself more glorie fied by the Obedience and Happiness of his Creatures, than by their fin and destruction, and if it were reasonable to desire the Justice and Holiness of. God might be glorified in my eternal ruin, which I have deserved by fin, this would plainly follow from it, that it were reasonable to sun, that Justice might abound, which of the two is a greater Abfurdity, than that which the Apostle
wa condemns, of sinning that grace may Vol. VII.abound.
V. There is a strict and inviola, ble connexion between the greatest glory of God; and our Obedience and Happiness: I say,between his
greatest glory; because he esteems himself more glorified by the Obedience and Happiness of his Creatures, than by their ruin and misery; and that we may believe it, we have his Oath for it, As I live, faith the Lord, 1 delight not in the death of c.finner, but rather that he should turn, and live. And it is observable, that the Apostle, in 1 Cor. 10. 31, 32, 33. Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever je do, do all to the glory of God, giving none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God; even as I please all men, in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many that they may be saved; explains the glorifying of God, by edifying, and promoting the Salvation of others.
VI. We may consider the glory of God, as some ways distinct from
our Happiness; that is, we may con. Vol. VII. sider the manifestation of his Goodness, and Mercy, and Wisdom, in our Happiness, as that which results from it: but this is not enough to make it a distinct End, but the same diverfly confider'd; as the publick good is that which refults from the general good of particular Persons, but cannot reasonably be propounded by any man, as an End distinct from the general Happiness of particular Persons, without ruining and destroying the Notion of publick good.
VII. Tho' considered as we are particular Beings, we can have no greater End than our own Happiness, in which God is eminently glorified, yet as we are part of the whole Creation and Workmanship of God, which is the noblest conside ration of our felves, the glory of God which results from the manifestation of all his Perfections in and about his Creatures, is precisely our ultimate End, and yet not an End really distinct from our own Happiness ; and there
m fore it is most proper, and beVol.VII.coming, and agreeable to the
wife style of Scripture, to give
Thus I have finish'd what I propos'd on this Argument, and concerning the Attributes of God in general ; Of whom, and through whom, and to whom are all things. · To Him be Glory for ever. Amén.
HÈ Sermons concerning the Divine Attributes, contain
ed in this, and the former Volume, having not been transcrib'd, and consequently not printed, in the Order in which they were preach'd, and there being also two other Sermons publish'd by the most Reverend Author himself, relating to the Divine Being ; It may not be inacceptable to the Reader, to present him with a Scheme of the Oider in which they seem to have been delign’d; viz.
1 Serm. Concerning the Exiftence of God, or the Unreasona
bleness of Atheism. Fob 28. 28. i Serm. Concerning the Unity of the Divine Nature, and the B. Trinity.. I Tim. 2. 15.
Thesa two publish'd by the Author,
These following from the Originals, by Dr. Darker.
The Perfection of God: 2 Serm. Mattb. 5. 48.
I Tim. 1. II.
Fohn 4. 24.
Ps. 139. 7, 8, 9, 10.