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"the more sure word of prophecy;" and to show the realization of these types, and the fulfilment of these predictions, in the history, character, and offices, of Jesus Christ, the great Redeemer of man: in the effusion of the Holy Ghost, in the calling of the Gentiles, in the rapid and extensive preaching of the Gospel, and in those dispensations which are yet to come, and which will unquestionably be accomplished in God's good time, and infinitely wise way: the removal of the veil from the heart of God's ancient people: the eventual embodying of all the nations of the world under the banner of the cross: the general resurrection of the dead: and the final and everlasting separation of the impenitent and the redeemed.
Nor would it be less essential, in such a series of discourses as the one alluded to, to keep constantly in view, throughout all of them, the HARMONY of the BIBLE; the intimate connection between all its dispensations and revelations; their mutual dependence on each other, their marvellous concatenation and adjustment; and thus to show and prove that the various parts of the Word of God form one sublime, wonderful, and inseparable whole: that, of all SCIENCES, Religion is the most sure, as well as most
important; and that no SYSTEM is comparable, for grandeur in conception; unity in design; wisdom of means; and benevolence of intention; with that which has been arranged in the councils of Heaven, for the recovery and salvation of lost and hopeless
In the ensuing pages, the reader will find an attempt to execute a series of Discourses on this comprehensive and systematic plan. Its failure or success must be determined by the judgment of the Public.
IGNORANCE OF THE NATURAL MAN. THE HOLY BIBLE THE ONLY FOUNTAIN OF LIGHT, TRUTH, AND RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE. ITS ACCOUNT OF THE CREATION. MORAL INFERENCES.*
GENESIS i. I.
In the beginning GoD created the Heaven
LTHOUGH much of man's time is, necessarily, occupied in the common business of life; and more, alas! consumed in folly, or idleness; in vain pursuits, or sinful indulgences: there are, notwithstanding, few people so entirely lost to all sobriety of mind, as not, occasionally at least, to abstract their thoughts from things present,
* It would be desirable, perhaps, to read the subject, and the divisions, of each discourse, previously to the reading of the discourse itself: as it might excite the attention of the hearer and fix it more steadily on the topics which are discussed.
and direct them to what is already past, and what is to take place hereafter.
In these moments of reflection, so becoming to a reasonable and responsible being, nothing, one should imagine, would more naturally occur to the mind, than a consideration of the origin of ourselves, and all around us; and of the future destination of Man, and the world which he inhabits.
The marvellous grandeur and beauty of the universe the "handy work" of the "Fir"mament"-the "Sun coming forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoic
ing as a giant to run his course"-" the "Moon walking in her brightness;" and the "Stars glittering in their courses"—" the "Earth hanging upon nothing," but teeming with every thing for man's support, comfort, and enjoyment:-All these sublime and delightful objects must, necessarily, in the precious season of thought, both arrest the attention, and at the same time awaken a curiosity to know, not only "how these things can be," but also "what shall be "the end of all these things."
Irresistibly, however, as such contemplations and silent enquiries will, occasionally, force themselves upon the minds of all those who are not among the most "brutish of "the people;" it is, notwithstanding, the