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objection, than the portion of time occupied in the creation can be urged as insufficient for the accomplishment of that work. It is the only event recorded in Scripture to which the changes can be assigned ; and if it does not indicate the means and the occasion, we are without any historical notice of either. Here it were the part of wisdom to pause. If to the mind of a geologist objections occur founded on the phenomena which he observes; if he cannot reconcile those phenomena with the supposition that the changes took place in connection with the Deluge, whether on account of their character or extent, let him consider the intrinsic difficulties of his own theory, and the still greater difficulties which attend its bearing on Divine Revelation.


The Holy Scriptures enable us to understand that it was the design of the works of creation and providence, to manifest the Di. vine perfections to intelligent creatures, in connection with their free agency and the eternal purposes and moral government of Jehovah. It is sufficiently indicated that such a manifestation to creatures of whatever degree of intellectual capacity, and in whatever condition or mode of existence, required the being and conditions of the material creation, and the correllative exhibition of outward and visible agencies, instrumentalities, and results.

This manifestation was made, we are informed, by the eternal Son of God, and with especial reference to his mediatorial work; in the execution of which he became incarnate, and appeared visibly on earth, “ God manifest in the flesh, seen of angels." In this state he signalized his Omniscience and other Divine perfections, by acts which showed his supreme lordship and power over all created natures. Hence he is represented as the image or visible manifestation of the invisible God. • No man hath seen God at any time-the Son, he hath declared Him.' For by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible—all things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. He is declared to be the Head over all things with relation to the Church--the revealer of the mystery which from the beginning had been hid in God, who created all things by Him to the intent that unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places, the manifold wisdom of God might be known by means of the Church, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.' 'He is gone into heaven-angels and authorities and powers being made subject to Him. And as a result of his wondrous interposition, it is declared, That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven and in earth, and that every tongue shall confess that he is Lord to the glory of God the Father.'

In accordance with this declared purpose of manifestation, the actual creation is announced in numerous passages. The world was made by Him.' Thou, Lord, in the be


ginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they shall perish, but Thou remainest ; and they shall all wax old as doth a garment, and as a vesture shalt Thou fold them


and they shall be changed. 'For this they,' the scoffers, ' are willingly ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth, standing out of the water and in the water; whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished, but the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men !' • Thou art worthy --for Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.'

The connection and similarity of phrases in the passages in which the creation is frequently referred to, is worthy of notice.

"Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens; He that spread forth the earth.' "I have made the earth and created man upon it I have stretched out the heavens. Thus saith the Lord that created the heavens, God

himself that formed the earth, and made it; He hath established it; He created it not in vain ; He formed it to be inhabited.' Who created heaven and the things that therein are, and the earth and the things that therein are, and the sea and the things which are therein.' 'For, in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created, unto this time. From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.' 'In six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is.' The Lord, which made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is.' • He hath made the earth by his power, He hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens.' Thou art Lord alone; Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things that are therein, the sea and all that is therein.' 'My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth.' The Lord that made heaven and earth, bless thee.' The living God, which made hea

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