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1853. Excerpt: ... LECTURE III. 1 Peter L 8. Blessed be the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant
mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead." i There are many characters under
which God may be surveyed by the sinful, but only one under which
He may be surveyed without fear. I may think of God as Creator; and
very noble is the contemplation, as immensity, with its troop of
worlds, opens itself before me, and every where reveals the work of
one hand. I may think of God as the moral Governor of the Universe,
and then, again, it is a magnificent contemplation, that one Being
should be sending out his inspections over whatsoever liveth, and
that, neither overcome by magnitude, nor perplexed by multiplicity,
He should note every action, and register it for judgment. Or I may
survey God in his several attributes; I may consider Him as
omnipotent, and marvel at a power to which there is nothing great,
and nothing small; I may regard Him as omniscient, and amazement
may well possess me, as having " about my path and about my bed"
the very Being who is occupying the furthest corners of infinite
space; I may think of God as just, for how otherwise shall He judge
the world? I may think of Him as holy--the very Heavens are not
clean in his sight; I may think of Him as benevolent--the countless
tenantry of earth, sea, and air, attest that his mercies are over
all his works. But what is it to me, a transgressor from the womb,
that, as Creator, God has strewed immensity with his workmanship?
Can I bless Him as Creator, when I may have been created only to be
miserable? What is it to me that He should sit as universal King,
and trace upon his book all deeds and all thoughts? Can I bless Him
as moral ...
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