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Atheism and Unbelief, armed with lyes, and blasphemies, and bitter invectives against heaven :: There you will see cruel enmity, armed with a bloody sword of forcible opposition unto God and Christ: There you will see subtle hypocrisy, armed with fraud and fattery: There you will see brafen-faced hardness of heart, armed with a brow of brass : There you may see dultish security, armed with a fearless spirit, and a stupid conscience ; bold presumption, armed with a daring countenance ; towering pride, armed with a robe of gaudy attire, and an eye of scorn, contempt and disdain ; as also self-righteous confidence, armed with gross ignorance both of the spirituality of the law, and mystery of the gospel. There is a powerful nation of heart-plagues and deceitful luits, that reign over the ungodly world, and many times rage in the hearts of believers, to the leading of them captive.
.7. There is a nation of actual out-breakings in the life, and fins in the conversation : These are, like the common soldiers of the army of hell, making daily excursions into the camp of Israel; yea, every hour of the day they are breaking out on this hand, and on that hand, and round about us on all hands, in innumerable omissions and commissions. Here breaks out intemperance and insobriety, in eating, drinking, and using of the comforts of life; there breaks out idle words, vain talking, unprofitable conversation : Here appears negligence in duty, or carelesness and indifferency in hearing, reading, praying, communicating; and there appears mif-Jpending of time, fabbath and week-days both, wasting our precious opportunities, and misimproving our talents, without endeavouring to do good, or get good, to
glorify God, or edify these that are conversant with
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their march to the heavenly Canaan. Now, to these leven nations all the world of mankind are, by nature kept in subjection; and, which is worse, they are willing slaves and captives to them: And even the Israel of God, that have left their camp, and fled under the colours and standard of the Lord Jesus Christ the captain of salvation, are many times led captive by them; they are still giving battle to Israel. Now, O thou that art bound for the celeftial Canaan, what thinkest thou of these nations ? Are they not seven nations, greater and mightier than thou? Surely, if thou hast found, to thy sad experience, the power, and policy, and pernicious influence of these mighty nations upon thee, it will be welcome news to hear that the Lord thy God will put out these nations before thee by little and little,
The Fourth thing that I proposed, was, to speak a little of the conqueror of these nations, that is, The king of glory, The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Indeed, they that have such mighty nations to fight and debate with, have need of a mighty conqueror to subdue them: And he is here said to be the Lord thy God; where he is described, 1. By his name, JEHOVAH. 2. By his relation to them in Christ, Thy GOD.
(1.) Ifrael's captain, that fights their battles, is defcribed by his great name Jehovah, THE LORD, in capital letters; which is ordinarily used in all our English translations, to intimate that in the original it is JEHOVAH: And it is a name that points out the perfection of his nature. It is remarked,
that all along the first chapter of Genesis, while God was yet upon his creating work, he is called ELO- · CHIM, a God of power; but in the second chapter of Genens, ver. 4. God having compleated his work, he is then called JEHOVAH-ELOCHIM, a God of power and perfection. And as here he takes that name, when he perfects what he had begun; so we find him making himself known by this name, when he appears to perform what he had promised to Israel, Exod. vi. 3. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, by the name of GOD ALMIGHTY; but by my name JEHOVAH was I not made known to them. God would now be known by his name JEHOVAH, as being, 1. A God performing what he had promised, and so giving a being to his promises. 2. A God perfecting what he had begun, and finishing his own work. And now, the fubduing of the Canaanites before Ifrael, was a work that God had promised, and a work that now he had begun; therefore he makes' himself known in this work by his name Jehovah, a performing and perfecting God. This is the powerful conqueror, that all the true Israel of God have to look to, and depend upon for destroying the nations of spiritual enemies for them. This name belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, equally with the Father, and the eternal Spirit. It is hc that led Ifrael out of Egypt by the hand of Moses,
ht wonders for them, and brought them to Canaan, and delivered their enemies into their hand; by all which was typified the greater salvation and deliverance that he was to work, in accomplishing the business of our redemption in our nature. And, by taking to himself the name JESUS, he hath not lost the name JEHOVAH; nay, he could not
be a Jesus, if he were not Jehovah; he could not destroy these nations I have named, the sum of which is hin: For to destroy fin, is more than te make a world : Sin cannot be destroyed, without satisfying that infinite justice that fin offended, and glorifying that infinité holiness that fin affronted, and fulfilling that law that sin had violated, and appeasing that wrath and vengeance that sin had kindled. Further, sin could not be destroyed, without destroying the devil that begat it, and the wicked heart that brought it forth; all which requires a new creation, more great and glorious than the first, and belongs to none but JEHOVAH. This name points out the divine glory of our redeemer, and conqueror, which I offer in these two further remarks upon it. 1. This great name JEHOVAH (as these that investigate the Hebrew root, observe) fignifies, being, essence, simple-existence, or self-subsistence ; and imports his most fimple, absolute, eternal and independent being and existence ; having his being in, of, and from himself; and from whose infinite being all creatures have their finite being. 2. This great name JEHOVAH comprehends in itself the three Hebrew tenses: The preterit, signifying the time past; the present, signifying what is now; and the future, fignifying the time to come; and imports that designation given to Christ, Rev. i. 4, 8. which is, and which was, and which is to come. Thus he is the I AM THAT I AM, as he is called, Exod. iii. 14. The Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; the first without beginning, and the last without end. O but they that have such a glorious general to follow, need not fear to take the field against the nations! He is JEHOVAH.