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blaspheme what so many wise and good men esteem
" Since then we die but once, and after death
His passage safe, and his reception sure."
(3) “ To doubt of the gospel is folly: to reject it is madness."
Let the sceptical reader consult Robertson's Discourse on the Situation of the World at the Time of Christ's Appearance, and its Connection with the Success of his Religion.
(4) When I have spoken above in such strong terms of the volume of Revelation, it is by no means intended to cast any slight upon the volume of Nature. While we daily study the former, we shall do well to pay all due attention to the latter, according to our opportunities of investigation. To an enlightened observer, they both carry indubitable marks of their great original. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the earth is full of his riches.” The most perfect catalogue of stars, before Herschel appeared, did not contain quite 5000: but by the vast superiority of his glasses, he hath discovered 44,000 stars in a few degrees of the heavens; and by the same proportion, it is supposed that 75,000,000 are exposed in the expanse to human investigation. Lalande supposes that a glass of Herschel's power may discover 90 millions of stars in the whole surface of the heavens, and that even this number is but small, in comparison of what exists. these stars are of a fiery nature, and conjectured to be so many suns with their systems of planets moving round them. We know
therein recorded. Our God hath done, is doing, and will do all things well. It is altogether fit he should
govern his own world, and bow the rebellious nations to his sway. The present degenerate state
the sun to be the centre of our system. It is accompanied with 29 planets, besides about 450 comets. What an amazing idea does this give us of the works of God! And if such be the work what must the Workman be!
Every part of nature, with which we are acquainted, is full of living creatures, with stores of every kind to supply their necessities. This little globe of ours is known to contain within its bowels a great variety of valuable minerals, and to be covered with about 20,000 different species of vegetables, 3,000 species of worms, 12,000 species of insects, 200 species of amphibious animals, 550 species of birds, 2,600 species of fish, and 200 species of quadrupeds. How immense then must be the number of indi. viduals !-One fly is found to bring forth 2000 at a time, and a single cod-fish to produce considerably more than three millions and a half of young. Leewenhock tells us, that there are more .animals in the melt of a single cod-fish, than there are men upon the whole earth. Over all these creatures preside upwards of 730 millions of human beings. Such is the family of the great Father here upon earth! And when it is considered, that the earth itself, with all its furniture, is no more, when compared with the whole system of things, than a single grain of sand, when compared with a huge mountain, we are lost in the immensity of God's works, and constrained to cry out, “Lord what is man, that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that thou visitest him!” And if to this immensity of the works of creation, we add the admirable structure of the whole, and the exquisite perfection of every part, we shall not fail of being exceedingly affected with the ineffable wisdom of the Divine Architect.-TO bring this consideration more within the grasp of human comprehension, let us take to pieces, and examine the several parts of any one creature which God hath made; and we shall find a perfection among its several powers, and an adaptation of its sitaation in the grand scale of existence, far surpassing human skill. Let the most perfect anatomist, that ever existed, make his observations upon the human frame; let him examine with the greatest possible attention the tout ensemble of the structure; then let him proceed to the several parts, of which the microcosm is composed ; first, the powers of the mind; the understanding, the will, the memory, the conscience, and the various affections: next the five senses; the touch, the taste, the smell, the hearing, and the sight; afterwards let him proceed to the several fluids of the body; and then to the 300 bones, the 40 different
of Christendom is too disgraceful to his government, to be permitted to continue beyond the predicted period. He will, therefore, arise and plead his own cause; and all the wickedness of men, and the convulsions and distress of nations, shall wind up to his eternal credit. 6 The Lord is King, be the people never so impatient; he sitteth between the cherubim, be the earth never so unquiet.” His gospel is no other than the plan devised by infinite wisdom for the melioration of mankind. The immortal seed is sown; the principle of life has vegetated; the little leven is diffusing itself far and wide. Much has been done; much is doing; much shall be done. Millions of reasonable creatures have already found eternal rest in consequence of the Redeemer's dying love; multitudes of souls at this moment are happy in their own bosoms under a sense of the divine favour: and innumerable myriads of men shall arise, believing in his name, trusting in his mediation, and rejoicing in his salvation, maugre all the opposition of fallen Christians and apostate spirits. Wise and gracious is the Divine Being in all his ways, and he is the Governor among the people. To his service I avowedly devote
sorts of glands, the 466 muscles, the 40 pair of nerves, the fibres,
“ These are thy glorious works, Parent of good;
my feeble powers, as long as he shall vouchsafe me the exercise of them; nor will I cease to speak the honours of his majesty, while the breath continues to actuate this mortal frame. And,
“ When even at last the solemn hour shall come,