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Upholder of it. Here is a theme, large as human knowledge; not the doctrine of his sacrifice merely, by which the Reformers did so much, but the doctrine of his complete living person, and of his complete and perfect work. And where is this set out? In that book whose name is, Discovery of Jesus Christ; a book which, being looked upon in respect to his person and dignity, I will say, he that runneth may read; once possess yourself with the idea contained in its name, that it is Jesus Christ revealed or discovered, and read it for the purpose of knowing the truth made known concerning him, and you shall, in one reading of it, have more distinct apprehensions of his personal glories than from reading any, or I will say ali, the Scriptures besides. It is the shutting of this book, which hath made Christ's glory to be so little known, and so little discoursed of. Indeed, and in truth, I may say, that Christ's glory in his manhood is hardly be ed at all. The church, when she contemplates Christ glorious, is wont to have her mind directed to the period which preceded, and not to the period which followeth, the Incarnation. Now that glory which he had with his Father before the world was, is a glory of the infinite and incomprehensible Godhead, which cometh not within the scope of man's understanding, and indeed which, save for worship, entereth not within the region of man's concerns. But the glory to which he attained in his manhood, in which he now subsisteth in redeemed flesh of man, and which he now putteth forth, by and in humanity's form, holding with an arm of flesh and guiding with faculties of reason, the sceptre of God,- this is a thing wholly cognoscible by man, and to that end brought to pass that the creature might know it, and in knowing it be blessed. And seeing that God hath given us a book, designed for nothing less than the unfolding to human knowledge of that glory to which his Son is advanced, and of that glory in which he is yet to be revealed, how diligent ought we to be, who have fellow-feeling and co-heirship in it all, to discover the might, the fulness, the beauty, of that Person in whom we have believed, and who hath promised to enrich us with the same endowments, and to fill us with the same fulness! And how diligent should pastors and ministers of the church whom he gave and continueth unto his church for the very end of conveying to her the gifts which he received when he ascended up on high; how diligent, I say, ought we to be in meditating this book, which professeth to reveal Jesus Christ, which Jesus Christ received as a gift from his Father, and which he sent straightway unto his servant John, that through him it might be shewn unto all believers ! Be it understood, therefore, by you all, that I have so much faith in God's faithful word, that I will never suffer this book, in my, presence, to be treated lightly ; that I will never shrink as a divine to draw from it my chief illustrations of the glories of Christ, of his rights and prerogatives in the day of his absence, and of his performances and possessions when he shall come again. I will resist unto blood those who say that another than He is head of the church ; those who say that a magistrate or king may govern well, with an eye only to the people's well-being, and with no respect to Christ the Priestly King; and those who say that there is to be a millennial kingdom without his presence, and a destruction of Antichrist without his power. I am resolved by the grace of God to make a stand for the revival of this book from among the rust of obsolete interpretation and the dust of neglect. I feel that I can do little in such a work as the evolution of the glories of Christ, written in the history of the church, and of the world. But we must be faithful in the least, as well as in the greatest. The Lord will raise up better and wiser servants in our room, whereat we shall much rejoice. We must be up and doing, for the time is at hand : “ The night is far spent, the day is at hand.” May the Lord set forth in an earthen vessel the preciousness of this his treasure; may the Lord prosper the undertaking of his servant; may the Lord bless it to his native land, and to his mother-church! God hear this prayer, and answer it for his glorious Name's sake.
I THANK thee, LORD, that thou hast taught my soul,
Her blear-eyed, sickly vision purged with salve,
! I thank Thee, Lord: my Lord, I give Thee thanks.
COME NOW TO ME ONCE MORE, LORD OF MY REASON,
BE NOT CAST DOWN, MY SOUL; MY HEART,
BE STIRRED UP WITH LOVE;
WHICH COMETH FROM ABOVE.
FOR UNCTION OF THE HOLY ONE,
My God, I LOOK TO THEE; That I MAY RIGHTLY KNOW ALL THINGS
WHICH IN THY COUNSEL BE.
AND WHAT I KNOW, THAT I MAY TELL
WITH WORDS OF HEAVENLY GRACE, Do thou, O WORD, INFORM MY LIPS ;
For I DO SEEK THY FACE.