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The train passes thro' the Heaven;
'Gain the golden orb comes in glory,
All nature live and adore Thee,
And songs and melody. The earth also, which we inhabit, was created of nothing by His Almighty power; the mountains and the oceans ; the hills and the rivers; the rocks and the limped streams; the vast treasures of gold and silver, and of other minerals, &c. &c. All living creatures moving thereupon, the blessed God created of the dust, and imparted life temporal, and to man eternal, to whom he conferred dominion over all the other animals, reptiles, and creeping things, in all the waters and moving on the face of all the earth. “For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him, and for him; and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Christ is therefore, the true and ever living God, who upholds the universe by the word of his power ; the Father of light, from whom comes every good and perfect gift, and with whoni there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, “Who is the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever."
Jesus Christ, the mysterious, the Eternal 1 AM, the wonderful, Councellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the self-existing JEHOVAH, who weigheth the hills in a balance and the inountains in scales—who comprehendeth the dust of the earth in a measure, and meteth out the heavens with a span, and the waters in the hollow of his hand—who stretcheth out the north over the empty place and hangs the earth upon nothing—who sets bounds to the sea, saying, “ thus far shall thy waters rage, and here thy proud waves be stayed." "Before whom all nations
" are as dust, the small dust of the balance; they are even ligbter than vanity, and are as nothing before Him." Christ
is the Lord of Hosts and the God of battles; and woe be to them that strive with Him, and woe be to all nations that disregard his smiles and his frowns, and depart from his counsel, and that put away the fear of Him from before their eyes; that set up the stumbling block of iniquity in their hearts; that go a whoring after strange gods; that have their pleasure in serving the devil in all manner of abominations, pride, vain glory and worldly ambition, murders, adulteries, fornications, witch-crafts, and all manner of filthy lewdness, and have the impudence to glory in their shame, as though there was no heaven of holiness nor Holy God in all the universe. O earth! earth!! earth!!! hear the word of the Lord, “I, Jehovah, I am the Lord God,. I am Holy, the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, and there is no God else besides me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none besides
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else. 1 have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” "And my name alone shall be glorifi16
. ed." "He that believeth and is baptised, shall be saved, and he " be that believeth not shall be damned.” “Turn ye, turn ye, for why will ye die!" “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." "From dust ye are, and to dust ye shall return." "All flesh is as grass and the glory of man as the flower thereof, the grass withers, the flower thereof fadeth away, but the word of the Lord endureth forever.”
Emmanuel, in this character Jesus Christ sojourned upon earth to become the Saviour of the world, a propitiation for sinful men ; his God-like love was made abundantly mani. fest during his ministration of mercy here below, in innumerable instances in Gethsemane, before Pilate, and on Mount Calvary, where in love to us he laid down his life, and afterwards took it again. "I have power to lay down my life,
• and I have power to take it again." Christ arose victorious, conquered the devil, all hell and darkness; triumphed over all principalities and powers, overthrew them and made an
open show of them. “Who is this that cometh from Edom
66 with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength?" “I that speak in righteousness, Mighty to save.'
66 Wherefore art thou red in thy apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine fat?" "I have trodden the wine press alone, and of the people there was none with me; for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment: For the day of vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.” “And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold ; therefore, mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.” “ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever."
Jesus Christ is the Rock of our Salvation, the exalted Prince and Saviour, who gives repentance and remission of sins. He all day long holds out his wounded hands and invites sinners to come to him and be saved.
Come, O come, you all unto me,
That weary and heavy laden are,
And joys eternal you shall share.
And learn of me, for I am meek,
Your endless happiness I seek.
all, O then have faith ;
And see Jehovah face to face,
'Mid cherubims and seraphims,
In perpetual songs and hymns.
And shine as the firmanent bright,
In Paradise walk with me in white.
This sweet invitation, breathed forth in mercy and love to apostate, rebellious sinners, who are all their lives held in chains of slavery and darkness, misery and wretchedness, by the devil, subject to inevitable death and eternal torment, if not liberated through Christ the Lord of life and Glory, who is mighty to save to the uttermost, all that come unto him,“ Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden,
, take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek, and ye shall have rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” O you simple ones how long will you suffer Satan to deceive you? how long will you remain the slaves of sin? how long will you procrastinate with the time allotted you to work out your salvation? O that you would mend your hearts; that you would humble yourselves into the dust before Christ, so that through his great salvation, which is alone in him, you may be exalted unto holiness; for he that humbles himself shall be exalted ; shall find grace in the sight of God; shall have forgiveness of sins; shall be re-instated to the holy image of Jehovah, and finally, live with him in Eternal Glory. But not so with the proud, with those that harden their hearts and stiffen their necks; all such the Lord knows a far off, and visits them in their abominations from on high by his Omnipotence, and will bring their pride down to the durg hill, and themselves, with their father the devil, into hell. And alas! this sin, with many others, pervades this nation to an awful degree, and if the example of Ninevah, at the preaching of Jonah, is not followed, the judgments of the Most High God will sooner or later come down to the uttermost, and who can tell the issues of the destruction, of the extirpation, after Divine wrath is appeased: but O how little people are concerned in preventing the suspended judgments from coming down; in preventing the vials of the wrath of Jehovah from being poured out to the dregs upon them. The light judgments which were sent in mercy to warn you to flee from the wrath to come, you seem to despise, and remain dead in trespasses and sins, and if ever the words of our
blessed Lord," let the dead bury the dead,” were applicable to any people, it is to this now—and are their hearts rent; will they begin to turn in love to Got; in love to Him that smites them? alas, no! Will they then in fear cease from their abominations, lest his Almighty arm smites them with severer judgments? alas! the contrary, as daily experience and observations show. When He intends the many judgments which he is sending on this land for blessings, they are a curse to this ungodly people, for they really seem to harden their hearts and stiffen their necks accordingly, and exhibit the rage and enmity of the old serpent, with which they deal so extensively and familiarly; the handmaid to their abomination : high and low, rich and poor, are wallowing thus together in the mire; and should it be, therefore, any wonder is the holy God, who is over all blessed forevermore, should speedily send more and heavier judgments upon the world, until it becomes entirely depopulated and desolate. The land would then enjoy her Sabbaths ; inhale purer air, and from it would ascend sweeter odours to the holy God on High, with whom is no valuableness, neither shadow of turning, but who is the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.
“Let the potsherds strive with the potsherds of the earih, but wo! be to him that striveth with bis maker." There may be some little reason at times in striving with one another, and of nations conquering one another, and of gaining something by the conquest, extension of territory, or what is worth more, freedom from oppression and liberty of conscience, to worship God without restraint or perse cution; which was the case of our forefathers, for whom God, by his Divine Providence, broke every foreign yoke, and set them free in this land flowing with milk and honey; that they might love Him, worship and honor him in spirit and in truth, and walk with him, unblamably, in holiness; which many, no doubt, for a time, did, and had inward peace and joy through faith in our God and Saviour, and successfully fought, as they now had leisure, the greater battles of