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already reconciled to him through the great Mediator. He who waited so long upon you, and at length gained your consent, will most assuredly keep you, and perfect his own work in your complete salvation. The mercy he is still exercising towards enemies, teacheth his friends what they may lawfully hope to receive. Great are your privileges ; but, at the same time, great and manifold are your obligations. Hath much been forgiven you? then you ought to love the more, and to show the truth and favour of cro your love, by an unreserved respect to all his commandments. “ Be followers of God,
as dear children." Remember that nothing is more unseemly, nothing more offensive, than the provocations of fons and of daughters.
See, then, 'that
walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wife and let the same goodness which led repentance, be continually present to your minds, that under its sweet, but powerful influence, you may bring forth in rich abundance, all those fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of God. Ameni,
S E R M 0 N
2 CORINTHIANS iv. 5.
We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the
Lord; and ourselves your servants, for Fesus sake.
HEN God descended upon Sinai to
give laws to his ancient people Israel, the awful tokens of his presence, the thunderings and lightnings, the found of the trumpet, and the smoking of the mountain, struck the whole camp with such consternation and dread, that they were constrained to remove and fand afar off. They could not bear the exceeding luftre of his glory, notwithstanding the thick darkness with which it was veiled; and therefore addressed Moses in these remarkable words: “ Speak thou with us, and we will hear; “ but let not God speak with us,
left we die,
* Preached at the introduction of the Reverend Mr Charles Stuart to the Church of Cramond, the Sabbath after his ordination, 1773.
From which authentic piece of sacred history, we may juftly conclude, that our nature is too weak, in its present state, to sustain an immediate intercourse with the Deity: For which cause, God, in great condescension, is pleased to speak to us by men like ourselves; that, on the one hand, we may not want the benefit of his instruction and, on the other hand, that we may not be overpowered by the too dazzling splendour and majesty of the Teacher.
Under the old dispensation, besides the stated ministers of religion, God,“
at fun“ dry times,” sent extraordinary messengers on special errands to the Jewish church; furnishing them with such credentials of their mission, as were sufficient to convince that highly-favoured people, that they came from God; and consequently, that in every thing relative to their particular message so attested, they were bound to hearken to them as unto God himself.
God himself. This we have no warrant to look for under the gofpel : The whole counsel of God, so far as it regards the children of men, is clearly revealed, and committed to writingNothing is to be added to it, or taken from it; nay, could it be supposed that an angel were to come from heaven, and publish any thing that differed from, or even that was not already expressed in the Scripture-record, instead of our being obliged to give him a hearing, we are told, that he himself would 46 be accursed” for so doing.
Nevertheless, that this complete and finished revelation might lack no advantage, and that all excuse might be taken away from those who should either contemn or counteract its dictates, our Lord Jesus Christ, « God manifested in the flesh," the great “ Apostle and High-Priest of our profession," hath instituted the ordinance of a gospelministry, and committed to men the word of reconciliation, charging them to proclaim, in the ears of their brethren, “ all the “ words of this life,” which are already delivered in writing to the church ; with a special promise, that in the faithful discharge of this important trust, “ he will be “ with them always, even unto the end of « the world.” . And to add greater weight to their holy ministrations, he hạth expreff
ly declared, that the doctrines and
precepts of his word, which they publish in his name, are to be received with the same meekness and submislion as if they were spoken immediately by his
own blessed mouth: Luke x. 16. “ He that heareth you, “heareth me; and he that despiseth you,
despiseth me; and he that despiseth me,
despiseth him that fent me.”—I am sensible, that some proud ambitious churchmen have, “ with great swelling words of
vanity,” magnified their office beyond what is meet ; laying claim to that kind of precedence which belongs to high rank, or other worldly distinctions, which men have devised for the benefit or embellishment of civil society. But this is only a false blazon, that doth by no means fuit the ministerial character. “ Be not ye called Rabbi,” said the blessed Jesus ; “ for one is your master,
even Christ, and all ye are brethren.”“ Whosoever is great among you, let him
your minister; even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but
to minister, and to give his life a ransom " for many." Your true dignity consists