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SKETCH OF A SERMON upon the words is, that it is most
Founded on 1 Cor. xix. 10. gratifying to see the divine revela“When that which is perfect is come, tion connecting the attribute, the then that which is in part shall be done condition, of perfection—on any away.
terms, in any sense, at any future One of the general ideas naturally period, --with human nature ; gratiarising at the repetition of such fying if this were but intimated as words would be, that futurity is the a mere possibility, most emphatically greatness of man ;-that hereafter so, to see it expressed as an assuris the grand scene for the attain- ance—a promise. ment of the fulness of his existence. Think of man! the combination When depressed and mortified by of all defects.—Let any conceivable a conscious littleness of being, emo- excellence be named, and the very tions and inclinations which seem to mention of it is, in effect, a reproach signify that he should not be little, to him, as not having it, or having [induce him to] look to futurity, it in a very deficient measure. [and he says] "I shall be great Whoever does possess the most yonder.” When feeling how little of any one of them, is deeply labelongs to him, how diminutive menting to perceive how partial, and poor his sphere of possession how miserably little [it is), compared here, (he consoles himself with the with even far less than perfection. thought], “ The immense futurity Looking at man, we seem to see a vast is mine. I may be content to be collection of little beginnings-atpoor awhile, in the prospect of,” tempts,-failures, like a plantation &c. &c. &c. If, here obscure, and on a bleak and blasted heath. And even despised; “well ;—it is not the progress (in whatever is valuhere that I expect or want to verify able and noble) so miserably diffimy importance.' If forcibly ad- cult and slow, whether in individuals monished of the brevity of life, or communities. So that the per“well, the sooner (will be] my fectability of man, in the sense in entrance on a life that shall have which that phrase has been employno end.”
ed, stands justly ridiculed as one of Another thing we may observe the follies of philosophic romance, * It will be easily perceived that the fol- Revelation itself pronouncing as
Then, how delightful is it to see lowing is, what it professes to be, a mere sketch-a very rough outline of a very ori- possible, and predicting as to come, ginal discourse, full of massive and brilliant something “perfect” in the condithoughts -furnishing to the reader ample tion of man. materials for extended reflection, and suf- Next, observe that this prediction ficiently indicating the intellectual power, of something perfect to come, and pious feeling of the distinguished mind whence it originated. The few terms in relates to knowledge. This is somecluded in crotchets we have supplied to pre- thing surprising. It seems much serve the continuity.-Ed.
more easy to conceive of perfection Vol. VII. 3d Series.
attained or conferred in any of what knowledge shall be absolutely such. may be called the moral attributes, | It could not but be in the heavenly than of knowledge, even in any mo- state, a painful and melancholy thing derate and comparative sense. For for the spirit, after exulting in the instance, perfect rectitude of the reception of a portion of knowledge actuating principles, the motives, (deemed such) to find out that it perfect reverence of the Supreme had been imposed on and deluded. Being, a perfect spirit of obedience, To be beset at each progressive perfect“ 'charity;” or, to say it in one stage with the suspicion that this word, perfect holiness. These are apparent advance, is, perhaps, to be things of a more simple and abso- trodden back again as just so far lute nature qualities to be created wrong. So far then the knowledge and fixed within the being itself,— will be,“ perfect," that nothing desimply, a modification of its own lusive and erroneous will be included constitution and habit, which we in what is taken for knowledge. can conceive effected by a single act Again, we may perceive its perfecof the Divine power.
tion in this sense. That it will be But knowledge is not a state of perfectly adequate to the infallible the dispositions of an intelligent direction of all the activities of a being, not an intrinsic quality of its superior state. Those activities we nature. But an intellectual relation may well believe to be of vast exwhich it has with other things, which tent and endless variety. But supcan come within the sphere of its pose a knowledge competent to them apprehension.—The scope of this all. An infallible knowledge what relation has no necessary limit: [it is] to do, and when, and by what means. quite indefinite. All things in the A perfect knowledge,what power the stupendous totality of existence, and agent has for accomplishing the obeven in possibility, are subjects for jects,-a certain foresight of the knowledge. To hear then from result. A perfect judgment what the voice of Divine truth a prediction is right, what is the best. A perfect for men, of perfection in knowledge, understanding of what is the divine in any, the most limited, accom- will. So that the whole system of modated sense, is very marvellous. action of the immortal" being shall It is a sublime prospect, contem- proceed under a luminous intelliplated under the most limited sense gence, which permits no doubt, or of the terms which display it to us. apprehension, or mistake, or failure.
Let us, for a few moments, attempt The knowledge of the inhabitants to realize to our imagination such a of the better world will doubtless state of knowledge as text be perfect in this sense, that they would imply. The lowest point we will possess as much of it as is incan take, in the first place, is the ex- dispensable to their happiness, and clusion of error. That opinion will will be sensible that they do so be truth, the intellect perfectly rec- will not feel that some of the estified in its mode of perception and sential means of their felicity are action,-and the object on which concealed in the shade which lies beit is employed undeceptively present- yond the great and illuminated field ed to it. So that, if the manner of of their vision—not be in the condiapprehending be intuition, the object tion of the apostle John, who lookwill be made clearly self-evident ; ed on the sealed book, and"
wept or, if there be an exercise like rea, because there was none to open
it. soning, the evidence will be explicit, On the contrary (each will be able and the reasoning process infallible. to say], "I am happy in this light, So that every thing admitted as happy till the Father of lights shall
see good to make me more' so, to know what things are in their by opening to me another book yet reality. sealed, to expand still further this Language, again, is a most imperwide and glorious vision." fect medium for the conveyance of
We may perhaps assume to add, knowledge; indeed, framed upon our that these happy beings will possess imperfect knowledge, and, partaking always as much knowledge as for the of all its defects, contrived by men to time their faculties are actually capa- express what they very imperfectly ble of admitting ;-[there will be no conceive and know [it is] full of ctaving void : so that as to what they indistinctness, uncertainty,perplexity, cannot then know, it will not be confusion. “ But when that which that it is arbitrarily withheld, caus- is perfect come.'
be said, ing them to say, “ If it were but "What then? What will then be told me'; if it were but disclosed I the mode, the medium, the instrucould understand it.”. This is our ments of our receiving and conveys case' here, there doubtless are a vast ing knowledge? We cannot even number of things kept in the dark conjecture till it does come. But it from us which we could understand, must be something eminently difif they were but déclared. And ferent [from], whether or not in anthere is sometimes a most restless alogy with, the present means. One wish to know them." That knowledge almost dislikes to suppose in that may be called perfect which shall be more perfect state, syen a me. so relatively to the capacity of the semblance to such feeble things intelligent being. Imagine this, seeing, feeling, hearing, language, and then imagine a continued sensi. &c. But the sovereign and benefible enlargement of the capacity it- cent Creator, in forming his crea. self, and as it enlarges a continual turés anew, in a far nobler condition, influx of new knowledge to fill it. will infallibly do it for the best.
We should take some 'advantage And if there be to be senses, and any of the apostle's mode of illustrating artificial instruments of knowledge, by a contrast between that which analogous to the present, let them is in part" and that perfect" which but be as much superior to these as is to come. We may advert to the a spiritual body made like the gloimperfect, partial nature of our means rified body of Christ, will be superior of knowledge." It is a mysterious to this earthy mortal one, and it thing in the all-wise Creator's will suffice." But, whatever shall be economy, that'intellectual beings, the means and manner of apprehend., spirits-should be enclosed in gross ing, the apprehension must be inmatter, and made dependant for comparably more immediate and their action on its organization. But intimate than in this world, to satisso it is." The senses' contrived in fy the exalted intelligence. And this material frame, the grand inlet that there will be this pervading in of our knowledge, must and do con- telligence, this intimacy of knowvey it in a most imperfect
' manner. Sledge, seems to be implied by what These, while they are the medium of the apostle says,
" shall know even knowledge, yet keep up an insuper- as I am known," i. e. by the Divine able separationsbetween]themind, - Spirit
. So when that which is in the spirit,--and the object desired to part shall be done away, and that be known. Through tħem it can - which is perfect[shall
] be; the manner ceive only reports and images of the of knowing shall be an entire, a things.' 'It cannot itself come at the complete one, as to the means and things themselves. How it wishes instruments. sometimes that it could! It longs Here note the imperfection of the
other great means of knowledge, times seen with a narrow line of reasoning. "Again, how emphati- light, and the disc opaque and dimly cally, our present knowledge is but perceptible; we may hope that . " in part," if we advert to the ex- when the perfect is come, most tent and number of things to be of what is thus concealed, or but known. It is but a diminutive obscurely intimated, will be unveiled portion of the grand whole of things, in perfect light. And it would not that we can be even so apprised of, be a wild imagination, that then, as to be aware that we are ignorant there will be a still further new rea of them.
We can think no question velation, strictly such ; to impart at att about them. But take even information of what will still be so much as we are apprised of beyond the sphere of knowledge -enough to make subjects of in- by any other means. And that quiry and just think how many also to become ultimately our imcan be answered of all the ques-mediate knowledge. And then, still tions we can ask 9
To a vast a further and further revelation, and proportion of them there is no so forward interminably and for possible answer at all.
To a great ever. majority of the rest, that do not But all these anticipations remind go entirely beyond our sphere, the us but the more forcibly how we answer is extremely doubtful.š And here know but “in part.” So“ in to the comparatively few that we part," that just the part, the portion seem to think we can reply to, we which we want to obtain is divided. find when we try, that the an- off from our reach. It seems as if swer is but that of a very partial a dissevering principle, or a dark veil knowledge. “When that which is fell down exactly at the point we perfect is come," it will not bring are pursuing, we reach the essential an apswer to all possible inquiries, question of the inquiry ; let that be that were to extend our knowledge surpassed, and we should arrive at beyond an archangel's compass. But the truth-exult in our knowledge it may well be believed that it will but, just there, we are stopped by be amazing and delightful to see something insuperable; and there what a multitude of things, of which we stand, like prisoners looking at we bad but the faintest glimpses their impregnable wall. before, are brought into perfect mani- part " (our knowledge), that an exfestation. What à revelation there ceeding weight, we sometimes feel may be in two senses ; in the vast a disproportionate one, is thrown enlargement of the mind's own upon our faith. We cannot underproper power of knowing, while stand the case, and yet we must apit looks from a higher eminence provingly submit to Him who is the over a wider field.
And in the di- Master of all things ; and our obedirect disclosures and communications ence must be as ready and unreserved which the Divine Being may bene- as if we could. But this is a hard ficently make.
erercise for faith. In our own parHis present Revelation is the tial view, appearances may seem greatest blessing conferred on hu- against what we nevertheless are reman intelligence on earth. But how quired most firmly to believe. It obviously that is but "in part.” is difficult to maintain this faith, How many things are not men- but it is happily aided by the Divine tioned,-many with but a particle assurance that one day we shall of information ;-some presented know ;
" when that which is perwith but an obscure and half-re- fect is come.” So “in part” (our vealed aspect, like the moon, some- knowledge is) that in many things.