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1. THE government upon Christ's shoulder.

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THE GOVERNMENT UPON CHRIST'S SHOULDER.

A SER MON

PREACHED ON SABBATH-EVENING AFTER THE SACRAMENT

AT STIRLING, JUNE 4. 1732.

Isa. ix. 6.-For unto us a child is born, unto us a fon is given, and

the government shall be upon his shoulder : and his name hall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace.

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THE great design of God, in his whole works of creation

and providence, is to manifest and make known the glory

of his power, wisdom, goodness, and greatness to the children of men: hence is that of David, Pfal. xix. from the begining, "The heavens declare the glory of God : and the firmament sheweth his handy-work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.” And if it be asked, What the great design of God is in the scriptures ? I answer, It is just to bring a lost world to the knowledge of a Saviour, “ who is the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his person.” All the prophecies, promises, histories, and doctrines of the word, do point us to him, as the needle in the mariners compass points to the pole-ftar : “ To him bore all the prophets witness." And when apostles under the New Testament were sent unto all nations, with the filver trumpet of the everlasting gospel in their mouths, what was the

great theme of their sermons ? It was just :o make Christ known among the nations; he was the Alpha and Omega of their whole ministry; it is Christ, says Paul to the Coloflians, “ whom we preach ;” and, writing to the Corinthians, he declares, that “he desired to know nothing among them, but Christ, and him crucified.” In short, Sirs, our preaching, and your hearing, is in vain, unless we bring you in to the know

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