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SERM. This World and in That which is tä II. come.
Lastly, FROM hence we may learn to comfort and satisfy the minds of some weak Christians; who, not having a right, Notion What the Glory of God is, can never assure themselves that they are True Promoters of it. They read that Moses prayed to God to blot Him out of his book, if thereby the children of Israel might be saved; and that St Paul even wished Himself accursed from Chrift, if thereby the Nation of the Jews could be converted. And hence fome have put the question to Themselves, and others have been so weak as to put it in their Writings ; whether à Christian ought to be content to perish finally, for the Glory of God. The question is absurd and contradictory; and has no foundation in the Texts referred to. Mofes, and St Paul, in the circumstances they were Then in, might charitably, and without any extravagancy, be willing to have born the temporal Curse then coming upon the Jews, ( which is all that their words mean ;) if thereby it could have been poflible to have saved the whole Nation. But such High Expreffi
ons of Affection, are always well under-Serm. stood, in all books and in all languages, 11. to have, not a literal, but a figurative Meaning. A Christian's Duty, of doing all things to the Glory of God, signifies plainly This only; that he ought always to prefer the Interest of Religion and Virtue, before all Worldly confiderations whatsoever. Which that We may All do, &c.
Matt. xxiii. 9.
And call no man your Father upon
the Earth; For One is your Fa-
SM A N the following Discourse up-SERM.
Os on these words, I shall endea- III. i ve vour to show distinctly, ift, on in what Sense God is in
Scripture usually styled Our. Father. 2dly, What we are to under stand, when we find it affirmed of him, that he is in Heaven. 3dly, What is meant, by calling any man our Father upon the VOL. II. 'E
Ser m. Earth. And 4thly, Why we are forbidIII. den to call any màn Father on the Earth,
upon account of there being One which is our Father in Heaven.
I. In the First place; there are two Senses, wherein God is in Scripture usually stiled our Father.
1. The first is, as he is the Father or Author of all things, by originally creating or giving them Being. In This Sense, the wiseft of the Antient Philosophers among the Heathen, styled God, the Father of the Universe. And the Scripture sometimes uses expressions, of the fame Nature. Thus when St Paul had declared, i Cor. viïi. 6. that To Us there is but One God; he immediately in the very next words gives a Description who That One God is, by adding, the Father of whom are all things; that is to say, from whom all things derive their existence, and are brought into Being by his Will and Power. The like manner of speaking we find again, Eph. iv. 6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all : Father of all, that is, Author and Creator of all things. So the word is used in the