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§ 2.

HIS ORIGINATING POWER.

underneath the everlasting Rev. 1: 4. Grace be unto you, arms: and he shall thrust out the and peace from him which is, and enemy from before thee; and shall which was, and which is to come. say, Destroy them.

I am Alpha and Omega ; the be32: 40. For I lift up my hand to ginning and the ending: which is, heaven, and say, I live for ever. and which was, and which is to

Ps. 102: 24. Thy years throughout all generations. Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a

Gen. 1:1. In the beginning God vesture shalt thou change them and created the Heaven and the Earth. they shall be changed: but thou art And God said, Let there be light: the same, and thy years shall have and there was light. And God said, no end.

Let there be a firmament in the 135: 13. Thy name, O LORD, midst of the waters, and let it diendureth for ever; and thy memo- vide the waters from the waters. rial, O Lord, throughout all gen- And God said, Let there be lights erations.

in the firmament of the Heaven, 145: 13. Thy kingdom is an to, divide the day from the vight; everlasting, kingdom, and thy do- and let them be for signs, and for minion endureth throughout all gen- seasons, and for days, and years: erations.

and let them be for lights in the fir

mament of the Heaven, to give light T ISA. 44: 6. Thus saith the Lord, upon the earth: and it was so. And the King of Israel, and his Redeem- | God said, Let the waters bring forth er, the Lord of hosts; I am the first, abundantly the moving creature that and I am the last ; and beside me hath life, and fowl that may fly above there is no God. And who, as I, the earth in the open firinament of shall call, and shall declare it, and Heaven. set it in order for me, since I ap- 21. And God created great pointed the ancient people ? And whales, and every living creathe things that are coming, and shall ture that moveth, which the waters come, let them show into them. brought forth abundantly after their

48: 12. Hearken unto me, 0 kind; and every winged fowl after Jacob and Israel, my Called ; I am his kind ; and God saw that it was he; I am the first, I also am the last. good. Mine hand also hath laid the foun- 2: 7. And the LORD God formed dation of the eath, and my right man of the dust of the ground, and hand hath spanned the heavens: breathed into his nostrils the breath when I call unto them, they stand of life, and man became a living up together.

soul. 63: 16. Thy name is from ever- Ps. 33: 6. By the word of the lasting.

LORD were the heavens made ; Ps. 90: 2. From everlasting to and all the host of them by the everlasting thou art God. - 4. A breath of his mouth. He gathereth thousand years in thy sight, are but the waters of the sea together as an as yesterday when it is past, and as heap: he layeth up the depth in a watch in the night.

store-houses. For he spake, and it 102: 12. Thou, O LORD, shalt was done ; he commanded, and it endure for ever, and thy remem- stood fast. brance unto all generations. Thy Ps. 100: 3. Know ye that the years are throughout all genera- Lord he is God: it is he that hath tions. Thou art the same, and thy made us, and not we ourselves ; years shall have no end.

are his people, and the sheep Mal. 3: 6. I am the LORD, I of his pasture. change not.

Ps. 104: 1. Bless the Lord, O Ja. 1: 17. With whom is no my soul. O LORD my God, thou variableness, neither shadow of art very great; thou art clothed turning.

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§ 3.

NOT MATTER.

OMNIPRESENCE.

coverest thyself with light as with a find him, though he be not far from garment: who stretchest out the every one of us; for in him we live, heavens like a curtain : who layeth and move, and have our being; as the beams of his chambers in the certain also of your own poets have waters: who maketh the clouds his said, chariot: who walketh upon the

“For we are also his offspring." wings of the wind: who laid the foundations of the earth, that it

Forasmuch they as we are the offshould not be removed for ever.

spring of God, we ought not to think Thou coveredst it with the deep as

that the Godhead is like unto gold, with a garment: the waters stood

or silver, or stone, graven by art and above the mountains. At thy rebuke man's device. they fled ; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

1 Isa. 45:11. Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his John 1: 24. God is a spirit. Maker, Ask me of things to come 2 Cor. 3: 17. Now the Lord concerning my sons, and concerning is that spirit, and where the spirit of the work of my hands command ye the Lord is, there is liberty. me.

I have made the earth, and created man upon it; I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I com

§ 4. manded.

Jer. 27: 4. Thus saith the Ps. 139: 7. Whither shall I go Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; from thy spirit? or, whither shall I Thus shall ye say unto your mas- flee from thy presence? If I ascend ters; I have

made the earth, up into heaven, thou art there: if I the man and the beast that are make my bed in hell, behold, thou upon the ground, by my great art there. If I take the wings of the power and by my outstretched arm, | morning, and dwell in the utterand have given it unto whom it | most parts of the sea ; even there seemed meet unto me.

shall thy hand lead me, and thy Isa. 45: 7. I form light and right hand shall hold me. I create darkness. I make peace, Jer. 23: 23. Am I a God at hand, and I create evil. I the Lord do all saith the Lord, and not a God afar these things.

off? Can any hide himself in secret Acts 17: 22. Then Paul stood in places that I shall not see him? saith the midst of Mars-hill, and said, the Lord. Do not I fill heaven Ye men of Athens, I perceive that and earth? saith the Lord. I have in all things ye are too superstitions. heard what the prophets said, that For as I passed by, and beheld your prophesy lies in my name, saying, devotions, I found an altar with this "I have dreamed, I have dreanied." inscription, " TO

1 K. 8: 27. Behold the heavens, GOD." Whom therefore ye igno- and heaven of heavens cannot conrantly worship, himn declare I unto tain thee. you. God that made the world, and Pr. 15:3. The eyes of the LORD all things therein, seeing that he is are in every place beholding the Lord of heaven and earth, dwell- evil and the good. ,eth not in temples made with hands: 1 Chron. 28: 9. The LORD neither is worshipped with men's searcheth all hearts; and underhands, as though he needed any standeth all the imaginations of the thing, seeing he giveth to all life, thoughts. and breath, and all things: and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the HIS KNOWLEDGE INTUITIVE, times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation ; that they should seek the Lord, if Ps. 33: 13. The LORD looketh haply they might feel after him, and from heaven; he beholdeth all the

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OR UNDERIVED.

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man

sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the in

UNLIMITED. habitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he consider- Job 26: 6. Hell is naked before eth all their works.

him, and destruction hath no cov94: 9. He that planted the ear, ering. He stretcheth out the north shall he not hear ? he that formed over the empty place, and hangeth the eye, shall he not see ? he that the earth upon nothing. He bindeth chastiseth the heathen, shall not he up the waters in his thick clouds ; correct ? he that teacheth

and the cloud is not rent under knowledge, shall not he know? The them. He holdeth back the face of Lord knoweth the thoughts of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud man, that they are but vanity. upon it. He hath compassed the

113: 4. The Lord is high above waters with bounds, until the day all nations, and his glory above the and night come to an end. The heavens. Who is like unto the pillars of heaven trenoble and are LORD our God, who dwelleth on astonished at his reproof. He divihigh ; who humbleth himself to be- deth the sea with his power, and by hold the things that are in heaven, his understanding he smiteth through and in the earth!

the proud. By his spirit he hath Ps. 139: 1. O Lord, thou hast garnished the heavens ; his hand searched me, and known me. Thou hath formed the crooked serpent. knowest my down-sitting and mine Lo, these are parts of his ways: up-rising ; thou understandest my but how little a portion is heard of thought afar off. Thou compassest him? But the thunder of his power my path and my lying down, and who can understand ? art acquainted with all my ways. 31: 12. Behold, in this thou art For there is not a word in my not just: I will answer thee, that tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou God is greater than man. Why dost knowest it altogether. Thou hast thou strive against him? för he beset me behind and before, and giveth not account of any of his laid thine hand upon me.

Such matters. knowledge is too wonderful for me: 34: 21. For his eyes are upon the it is high, I cannot attain unto it. ways of man, and he seeth all his If I say, Surely the darkness shall goings. There is no darkness, nor cover me, even the night shall be shadow of death, where the worklight about me. Yea, the darkness ers of iniquity may hide themhideth not from thee ; but the night selves. For he will not lay upon shineth as the day: the darkness and man more than right; that he should the light are both alike to thee. I enter into judgment with God. will praise thee; for I am fearfully 37: 14. Stand still, and consider and wonderfully made: marvellous the wondrous works of God. Dost are thy works; and that my soul thou know when God disposed knoweth right well. My substance them, and caused the light of his was not hid from thee, when I was cloud to shine? dost thou know made in secret, and curiously the balancings of the clouds, the wrought in the lowest parts of the wondrous works of him which is earth.

perfect in knowledge? hast thou Isa. 40: 13. Who hath directed with him spread out the sky, which the spirit of the Lord, or being' his is strong, and as a molten lookingcounsellor hath taught him? with glass? Teach us what we shall say. whom took he counsel, and who in- ' unto him ; for we cannot order our structed him, and taught him in the speech by reason of darkness. path of judgment, and taught him 38: 17. Have the gates of death knowledge, and showed to him the been opened unto thee? or hast thou way of understanding? Behold, the seen the doors of the shadow of nations are as a drop of a bucket, death? Hast thou perceived the and are counted as the small dust of breadth of the earth? declare if thou the balance: behold, he taketh up knowest it all. Where is the way the isles as a very little thing. where light dwelleth? and as for

darkness, where is the place thereof?

Pr. 15: 11. Hell and destruction

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are before the LORD: how much is no searching of his, understandmore then the hearts of the chil- ing. He giveth power to the faint; dren of men ?

and to them that have no night he 17:3. The fining-pot is for sil- increaseth strength. ver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

I Jer. 17: 9. The heart is deceit

ful above all things, and desperately 1 21: 2. Every way of a man is wicked: who can know it? I the right in his own eyes: but the Lord search the heart, I try the LORD pondereth the hearts. To do reins, even to give every man acjustice and judgment is more accept- cording to his ways, und according able to the Lord than sacrifice. to the fruit of his doings.

Isa. 45: 21. Tell ye,band bring Dan. 2: 20. Then Daniel blessed them near; yea, let them take coun- the God of heaven. Daniel answerd sel together: who hath declared this and said, Blessed be the name of from ancient time? who hath told it God for ever and ever: for wisdom from that time? have not I the and might are his: and he changeth Lord? and there is no God else the times and the seasons: he rebeside me; a just God and a Sa- moveth kings, and setteth up kings: vior; there is none beside me. Look he giveth wisdom unto the wise, unto me, and be ye saved, all the and knowledge to them that know ends of the earth: for I am God, understanding: he revealeth the and there is none else.

deep and secret things: he knoweth 46:9. Remember the former things what is in the darkness, and the of old; for I am God, and there is light dwelleth with him. none else; I am God, and there is Isa. 29: 15. Woe unto them that none like me, declaring the end froin seek deep to hide their counsel from the beginning, and from ancient the LORD. And their works are times the things that are not yet in the dark, and they say, Who done, saying, My counsel shall seeth us? and who knoweth us? stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Surely your turning of things upcalling a ravenous bird from the side down shall be esteemed as the east, the man that executeth my potter's clay: for shall the work say counsel from a far country: yea, I of him that made it, He made me have spoken it, I will also bring it not? Or shall the thing framed say to pass; I have purposed it, I will of him that framed it, he had no also do it.

understanding? JOB 39: 22. With God is terri- Jer. 51: 15. He hath made the ble majesty. Touching the Al- earth by his power, he hath estabmighty, we cannot find him out: he lished the world by his wisdom, and is excellent in power, and in judg- hath stretched out the heaven by his ment, and in plenty of justice: he understanding. When he uttereth will not afflict. Men do therefore his voice, there is a multitude of wafear him: he respecteth not any ters in the heavens ; and he causeth that are wise of heart.

the vapors to ascend from the ends Isa. 40: 25. To whom then will of the earth: he maketh lightnings ye liken me, or shall I be equal? with rain, and bringeth forth the saith the Holy One. Lift up your wind out of his treasures. eyes on high, and behold who hath Mar. 10: 26. There is nothing created these things, that bringeth hid that shall not be known. out their host by number: he calleth 1 Cor. 4: 5. God will bring to them all by names, by the greatness light the hidden things of darkness; of his might, for that he is strong in and will make manifest the counsels power ; not one faileth. Why say of the heart. est thou, O Jacob, and speakest, Israel, my way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? hast thou not § 7. NOT GRADUALLY ACQUIRED. known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, Acts 15: 18. Known unto God the Creator of the ends of the earth, are all his works, from the foundafainteth not, neither is weary? there | tion of the world.

1 John 3: 20. God knoweth all darkness in the day-time, and grope things.

in the noon-day as in the night. Isa. 11: 2. The spirit of the 12: 13. With him is wisdom and Lord is the spirit of knowledge. strength, he hath counsel and under

43: 9. New things do I declare ; standing. Behold, he breaketh before they spring forth I tell you down, and it cannot be built again: of them.

he shutteth up a man, and there can 46: 9, 10. I am God and there is be no or none like me; declaring the end Ps. 104: 24. O LORD, how manifrom the beginning, and from an- fold are thy works! In wisdom hast cient times the things that are not thou made them all: the earth is yet done, saying, My counsel shall full of thy riches. So is this great stand, and I will do all my pleasure. and wide pa, wherein are things

HEB. 4: 13. Neither is there any creeping innumerable, both small creature that is not manifest in his and great beasts. sight; but all things are naked and Pr. 9: 22. The Lord possessed opened to the eyes of lim with me in the beginning of bis way, whom we have to do.

before his works of old. I was set Acts 2: 22. Ye men of Israel, up from everlasting, from the hear these words ; Jesus of Naz- beginning, or ever the earth was. areth, a man approved of God When there were no depths, I was among you by miracles, and won- brought forth ;. when there were no ders, and signs, (which God did by fountains abounding with water. him in the midst of you, as ye your- Before the mountains were settled, selves also know,) him, being de- before the bills was I brought forth: livered by the determinate counsel while as yet he had not made the and foreknowledge of God, ye have earth, nor the fields, nor the highest taken, anıt hy wicked hands have part of the dust of the world. When crucified and slain.

he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: when he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the

deep: when he gave to the sea his Rom. 11:33. O the depth of the decree, that the waters should not riches both of the wisdom and pass his commandment: when he knowledge of God! how unsearch- appointed the foundations of the able are his judgments, and his earth: then I was by him, as one ways past finding out! For who brought up with him: and I was hath known the mind of the Lord? daily his delight, rejoicing always or who hath been his counsellor? | besore him. Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever! Amen. Job 5:8. I would seek unto God,

I. God is Love. 1 J. 4: 8. and unto God would I commit my cause: which doeth great things and 2 Cor. 13:11. Be of one mind: unsearchable; marvellous things live in Peace and the God of love without number: who giveth rain shall be with you. upon the earth, and sendeth waters 1 J. 3:16. Hereby perceive we upon the fields: to set up on high the love of God, because he laid those that be low; that those which down his life for us. mourn may be exalted to safety. Isa. 63: 9. In his love and in his He disappointeth the devices of the pity he redeemed them. crafty, so that their hands cannot ROM. 5: 8. God commendeth his perform their enterprise. He taketh love toward us, in that while we the wise in their own craftiness: were yet sinners, Christ died for us. and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong. They meet with en to these judgments and keep and

§ 8.

WISDOM.

§ 9.

MORAL SENSIBILITIES.

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