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ceasing, because when they received the word of God which they heard of him, they received it not as the word of a man, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in them that believe.” Such were “ his hope and joy” while on earth; and they already are, or will hereafter be, his “crown of rejoicing" in heaven, and in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming.
And as he lived, and preached, and wrote, so he died, avowing his unshaken belief in the doctrine of the free grace of God, through the righteousness which is of God by faith in Christ, as that on which he rested all his hope and salvation --conscious and acknowledging that, in himself, he had never done any thing that was not stained and polluted by sin. The last time he appeared in the pulpit was on the forenoon of November 18, 1826; but during the delivery of the lecture which he then gave, he discovered such symptoms of feebleness as led Mrs Colquhoun to fear that he would never be seen in the pulpit again. And in this she was right; for though he survived not only the winter but the ensuing summer, he continued quite unable to resume his public duties. It was not indeed till the very day twelvemonth of his being wholly laid aside from them, viz. November 18, 1827, that any particular indications of his approaching death were visibly perceptible. On that morning, however, he complained of the utmost weakness in one of his limbs; and added that “ he had lost the power of it, and would • soon lose that of his speech too; that he was done with this world, and looked for acceptance in the world to come only through the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ." His anticipation, accordingly, was correct ; for on being carried to bed, he speedily lost all power of articulation, and never af. terwards regainedit; though he was evidently perfeetly sensible, and often distinctly perceived to be engaged in prayer. At length, his natural strength becoming gradually more and more exhausted, on Tuesday the 27th of the same month, he calmly breathed out his spirit, and entered into the joy of the Lord. His earthly remains were carried to the grave on the Tuesday thereafter, and laid in his own tomb in the adjoining church-yard, of South Leith, attended by a number of his clerical brethren, and many not only of his own congregation but of other Christian acquaintances, in token of their unfeigned respect for the memory of one whom they had so greatly loved and revered. On the following Sabbath, his funeral sermon was delivered by Dr Jones, of Lady Glenorchy's Chapel, one of his very earliest, as well as oldest, steadiest, most attached, highly valued, and valuable personal friends and ministerial assistants then alive ; who preached on both diets from Luke xvi. 22.; giving at the conclusion, in his own vivid and forcible style, a short account of his deceased brother's life and character, with corresponding exhortations to all classes of his auditory, suitably to improve the solemn event on account of which he had been called to address them.
Dr Colquhoun was twice married, but had no family by either of his partners. Both of them were distinguished for their decided piety and good works, and live in the grateful remembrance of those who knew and still survive them. The first was taken from him by death but a few years after their marriage. The second was long his chief earthly support and comfort; and though, in mercy, preserved to watch over and cheer him under the feebleness of his declining days, has since also been numbered with the
dead. Laid in the same dark and narrow house, their bodies now rest together there, in the sure and certain hope of the blessed and glorious resurrection unto life everlasting.
The following inscription on the tablet of the Doctor's cemetery will form no unappropriate conclusion to this imperfect memorial of his life:
REV. JOHN COLQUHOUN, D.D.
Minister of the New Kirk, Leith,
Who died on the 27th November 1827, in the 80th Year of his
Age, and the 47th of his Ministry.
HAVING studied deeply the doctrines of
experienced their saving and sanctifying power in his own soul, he laboured earnestly and affectionately to communicate the knowledge of them to his fellow-sinners.
As an author, his chief aim was to advance the glory of the Saviour.
In private, he exhibited the effects of the holy doctrines he inculcated in public, by a close walk with God, and by a kind, affable, and humble deportment towards all men.
And in these several ways, his labours were acknowledged of God, by whom they were blessed to many.
He was faithful unto death, and has now obtained the crown of life.
DANIEL xii. 3.
ON THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST.
“The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”—John i. 14.
SOME of the ancients inform us, that John wrote this gospel in Ephesus, at the request of the ministers of the several churches in Asia, in opposition to the heresy of Ebion and Cerinthus, who maintained that Christ was only a mere man. In the beginning of this first chapter, the evangelist, inspired by the Spirit of truth, asserts in the strongest and most sublime manner, the eternal existence, the personal co-existence, and the divine essence of our Lord Jesus. He then demonstrates the truth of his assertion concerning the divinity and divine perfections of our Lord, by observing, that “ all things were made by him, and that without him was not any thing made that was made ;” and also, that he was the Proprietor and Fountain of life. “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.” Having thus asserted
and demonstrated the truth of Christ's supreme Godhead, in opposition to such as in every age would deny it, and said some things in further confirmation of it, he proceeds, in the words of my text, to introduce the great and fundamental doctrine of his incarnation, in opposition to them who, he foresaw, would afterwards deny the truth of his humanity.
- The Word,” says he, made flesh, and dwelt among us;" the Word, that is, the Eternal Word, the only-begotten Son of the Father, did in the fulness of time become man, or assume human nature, with all its sinless infirmities, into a personal union with himself. Thus, in human nature, he for a time condescended to tabernacle
among men upon earth. In elucidating this delightful subject, it is proposed, in the First place, To discourse a little of Christ, as the Eternal Word ; Secondly, To speak of his incarnation, or having been made flesh; Thirdly, To assign some reasons of this; and, Lastly, To unfold the import of this assertion, He “ dwelt among us."
I. It is proposed, then, in dependance on the Spirit of truth, to discourse a little of the Lord Jesus as the Eternal Word.
1. He may be so denominated, because he is the onlybegotten Son of the Father. The term intimates his ineffable generation; for, as words are as it were begotten
our thoughts, and are the express image of them, as they are only our thoughts expressed; so, the second Person of the glorious Trinity is very properly styled the Word, because he is the only-begotten of the Eternal Father,—that eternal and personal Wisdom which the Lord possessed in the beginning of his way, Prov. viii. 22. There is nothing of which we are more certain than that we think, and nothing of which we are more ignorant, than how we think. None can declare the generation of thought, or tell how thoughts are conceived in the soul. Who, then, can declare his generation who is the eternal and only-begotten Son of the Father ?
2. Christ may be called the Word, because he is the