Sermons on Different Subjects, Volume 2

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Page 15 - Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name ? and in thy name have cast out devils ? and in thy name have done many wonderful works ? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you : depart from me, ye that work iniquity.—- MATT.
Page 14 - God as we ought, because we cannot know him as we ought. We know, however, that he is infinite in wisdom, in power, and in goodness; that therefore he designs the happiness of all his creatures; that he cannot but know the proper means by which this end may be obtained; and that, in the use of these means, as he cannot be mistaken, because he is omniscient, so he cannot be defeated, because he is almighty.
Page 148 - There is nothing remote or obscure to him, nor any exceptions to his favour among all the works of his hands. Far and wide, then, as is the vast range of existence, so is the divine benevolence extended ; and both in the previous trial and final retribution of all his rational and moral productions, " The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Page 125 - We not only do what we approve, but there is danger lest in time we come to approve what we do, though for no other reason but that we do it. A man is always desirous of being at peace with himself; and when he cannot reconcile his passions to his conscience, he will attempt to reconcile his conscience to his passions...
Page 151 - It is evidently the same with respect to all the other creatures we are acquainted with : their nature and condition, their qualities and circumstances, are so adapted to one another, that, as the intellectual powers of a being of a more exalted nature would not, probably, suit an...
Page 21 - ... it is our duty, in the pilgrimage of life, to proceed with our eyes open, and to see our state ; not as hope or fancy may delineate it, but as it has been in reality appointed by Divine providence...
Page 71 - ... of that reputation which obscured his own, and left them no qualities to be admitted or rewarded. Calumnies are sometimes the offspring of resentment. When a man is opposed in a design which he cannot justify, and defeated in the prosecution of schemes of tyranny, extortion, or oppression, he seldom fails to revenge his overthrow by blackening that integrity which effected it. No rage is more fierce than that of a villain disappointed of those advantages which he has pursued by a long train of...
Page 11 - This he will immediately find only to be accomplished by securing to himself the protection of a Being mighty to save ; a Being, whose assistance may be extended equally to all parts of his duration ; who can equally defend him in the time of danger and of security; in the tumults of the day, and the privacy of the night ; in the time of tribulation, and in a time frequently more fatal, the time of wealth ; and in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment. And when he has found the...
Page 10 - ... his happiness in external objects, may every day, with equal propriety, make the same observations. Though he does not lead armies, or govern kingdoms, he may reflect, whenever he finds his heart swelling with any present advantage, that he must, in a very short time, lose what he so much esteems, that in a year, a month, a day, or an hour, he may be struck out from the book of life, and placed in a state, where wealth or honour shall have no residence, and where all those distinctions shall...
Page 147 - Which leads me to the second thing proposed, Namely, to illustrate the extensive signification and import of this subject by some remarkable instances. " The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works." No bounds can be fixed to the divine presence, nor is any part of illimitable space without his inspection and active influence. There is nothing remote or obscure to him, nor any exceptions to his favour among all the works of his hands. Far and wide, then, as is the vast...

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