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BY THOMAS WILLIAMS.
"O foolish man, to reply against Divine Sovereignty! It is cutting the cords of human
hope ; — sapping the only possible foundation of thine own salvation." - Strong.
SPALDING A N D STORRS.
esis, xvIII. 25.
" And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold let them break it
And God saw every thing that he had made; and, behold, it was very good.
GENESIS, I. 35.
As God proceeded, in the creation and formation of the heaven and the earth, it is said six times, in view of a distinct part of the work, that he saw “it was good.” When the whole work was done, it is said, “ God saw every thing that he had made ; and, behold, it was very good.” The subject, which is now before us, is the work of God in creation.
1. The nature of this work may engage our attention.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” He caused all things from nothing. He did not form the heaven and the earth from any substance, which had existed in some other mode. Nor did they grow into form and order, after he had created their substance. But God created the substance of all things from nothing, by the word of his power. And then he formed all things, by the acts of his will, from the substance which he had made. Uncreated and created existence are the only beings, which, in the nature of things, are possible. A third kind of existence, which should be neither uncreated, nor created, is impossible,