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The Superiority of Divine to Human Testimony.
The importance of any subject nay most commonly be gathered, from the solemnity which those speak with, who are interested therein. -- Thus among men (by the testimony of that word which is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart), “ an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all “ strife.” Heh. vi. 16. Oaths in the mouths of inortals, are serious things. They should be spoken with the greatest solemnity, and not without having the greatest reverence, and the most holy fear of God before our eyes: they should not be made “by s' Heaven, for it is God's throne : nor by the “ earth, for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusa“ lem, for it is the city of the great king. Nei“ ther (it is added) shalt thou swear by thy head, s because thou canst not make one hair white or “ black.” The communication of a christian should be, « yea, yea; nay, nay;" nor should incredulity towards his testimony, nor disregard to his word among his fellow creatures, tempt him to depart from such godly simplicity and plainness of speech; “ for whatsoever is more than these, cometh of
“ eril.” Matt. v. 34-37. And even when his authority is disputed, he should with faith, and an humble inind, commit himself, “ to him who judgeth righteously.” i Pet. ii. 23. and who will finally “ arenge his own elect, which cry day and “ night unto him, though he bear long with them." Lake xviii. 7. But with God it is different, who cannot (as being above all) appeal to any above himself: nor need he appeal to his own iminutability and honor for his own sake, but for the satisfaction of those on whom lie has deigned to exercise the greatest compassion and the tenderest love; even for those, for whose sake he gave up his own dear Sou to die for their sins. Aod for their sakes, “because “ he could swear by no greater, he swear by him“ self;" the purpose of which was that he might express himself, “ willing, more abundantly to shew “ unto the heirs of promise, the immutability of “ his counsel,” which he therefore “confirmed
by an outh :” and the gracious intent of which was, that “ we might have a strong consolation, " who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope “ set before us." Heb. vi. 13-17, 18, 19. “O “ the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and * knowledge of God; how unscarchable are his “ judgments, and his ways past finding out." Rom. xi. 33.-0) the matchless love and wisdom of God in his glorious dealings for the good of the children of men! . But these glorious dealings for our good inust be
displayed to us, in a way suitable to, and guarding
city, Christ is at once “ a just God, and a San , o viour.” Isa. xlv. 21. .
Possessing then every adorable property which man can or ought to admire in a supreme Being, he possessed also divine and unerring wisdom, and that in the following ways and particulars.