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ever ready to detract from the glory of disc. Christ, and to laugh at the remiffion of Xiv. fins, and the conversion of the finner. None of these things will move the true penitent from his purpose, or prevent his “ glorify

ing God” openly and before men for his mercy and goodness towards him, in his redemption from the guilt and power of fin through his Saviour Christ, both God

The consequence of which will be, that others will be led thereby to give glory to the God of heaven, for the mighty and wonderful work that he hath done, in restoring health and salvation to a diseased and lost soul. For surely nothing but great blindness of mind, want of faith, and love of this life, can make men rejoice more at a bodily cure, than at the conversion of a soul from fin to righteousness; a work, which is indeed spiritual and invisible, and for that reason perhaps the less regarded ; but it is a work that far surpasses all the miracles wrought upon matter

— a work, to accomplish which, the Son of God died; and to celebrate which, the angels tune their

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DISC. golden harps to everlasting Hallelujahs

“ Christ Jesus came into the world to save “ finners:” and “ there is joy in heaven,

among the angels of God, over one fin“ ner that repenteth.” Which joy therefore let us labour to increase, while it is in our power, by arising from all sloth and inactivity of spirit, and walking in all holiness and righteousness, without being weary or faint in our minds, until we come to the home and house of eternal rest, through him who says to every true penitent and sincere believer, in the person of the “ man fick of the palsy-Son, be of good “ cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. Arise, “ take up thy bed, and go to thine house." To him, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed, &c.

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DISCOURSE XV.

ON THE TWENTY-NINTH OF MAY.

PSA L M LXXXVII, 2.

The Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the

dwellings of Jacob.

HEN we take a view of the re- DISC.

volutions that have happened in the kingdoms of the world, and behold

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Equidem paradoxum quid dixero; et nihilominus vere: Imperia omnia mundi fecundum Dei Providentiam fic fuiffe ordinata, ut subservirent consilio Dei erga ecclesiam, nec eorum diffolutionem aut destructionem alio referendam ; ut proinde eorum destructio, qualis fuit Persarum, certo fuerit argumentum, illud non fatisfecisse consilio Dei erga ecclefiam; nec populum fuum ea æquitate, juftitia, et indulgentia tractasse, qua par erat. VITRINGA Comment. in Zach. i. 20. 203.

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appearing again, like so many waves in this great and wide sea, where, exalted for a little season to the highest pitch of grandeur, they glitter in the sunshine of prosperity, till they are overwhelmed and absorbed by the growing power of fome neighbouring people, who themselves are scarcely gazed at, before they depart and give way to others, as others did to them, we are led thereby to admire and adore the providence of him who ruleth in the kingdoms of men, who putteth down one and setteth up another, ordering all things according to the counsel of his own will. But when from the Scriptures of truth we learn what the counsel of that will is, and how

gracious an aspect it bears towards the servants of the true God; when we see all things, eyen the most untractable, working together for good to them that believe, and the powers of the earth made subservient to the kingdom of the Messiah, in carrying on the divine dispensations of mercy and judgment towards the church, as her obedience

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pleads for the one, or her transgressions call disc. for the other, how are our hearts filled and warmed with a sense of his goodness, who makes the world and all the persons and things in it conspire to promote the felicity of his chosen, who governs the universe as head of his church, who loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob !

It shall be my endeavour, in the following discourse, to set before you a succinct view of the divine economy in the government of the world, considered in this light, viz. as relative to the affairs of the church. The mercies we this day commemorate will close an induction of particulars, and the use we are to make of them be the nam tural and obvious result of the whole.

But Thall we not be said to aggrandize the church, to think of her more highly than we ought to think, when we thus represent the kings of the earth as ministering unto her, and put all things as it were under her feet? This may be said. But

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