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Prophet Isaiah, ch. lii. 5. They that rule SERM. over my people, oppress them, saith the name Lord, and my Name continually every day is blafphemed. And again, by Ezekiel, ch. xxxvi. 20. When they entred unto the Heathen whither they went, they profaned my Holy Name, when they said These are the people of the Lord.
In the New Testament, the fame Argument is urged by St Paul, Rom. ii. 23. Through breaking the Law, dishonoureit thou God? For the Name of God is blafphemed among the Gentiles, through You, as it is written. And in his particular Dire&tions to persons in particular Stati-. ons, his exhortation to young women is, that by sober conversation they give none occasion to the Adversary to speak reproachfully, I Tim. v. 14: and that they be chaste and discreet, that the word of God be not blasphemed : Tit. ii. 5. And to young men, ver. 8. that by their uncorruptness, gravity and fincerity, be that is of the contrary part may be afkamed, having na evil thing to say of them. And to Servants, that they behave themselves well towards their Masters, that the Name of
SER M. God and bis Doétrine be not blafphemed, I. (1 Tim. vi, 1.)
Thys have I briefly explained what is in Scripture meant by This phrase, The Glory of God, and our giving glory to him. 'Tis promoting the interest of True Virtue and Righteousness in the World. For as the natural Kingdom of God over the inanimate Creation, consists in his Exercise of Power and Wisdom ; so the spiritual Kingdom of God over the rational World, consists in the Obedience of the Wills of reasonable Creatures to the moral and eternal Laws of Righteousness: And the Glory of God, as of every Good Governour in Proportion, is the Goodness and Happiness of bis Subječts. When therefore we say that God does every thing for his own Glory, and that This is his Ultimate End; the meaning is, that his Design in all things is the final establishment of his Kingdom of universal Righteousness in the whole Creation. And accordingly when a Man does any Action because it is good and right, or forbears it beçause it is evil and immoral; then only, and not when he acts upon any erthufafts,
ick principles, does he truly intend the Ser M. Glory of God.
This in General. I should now have proceeded in the 2d place, to show more particularly, what it is that is required of men in Practice, in order to their fatisfying the Precept in the Text, Whether ve eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God. But this, here after.
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tent, of that Phrafe which we so often meet with in Scripture, The Glory of God: And 2dly, What it is, that is required of Men in Practice, in order to their fatisfying the Precept in the Text.