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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 Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king. Neither (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 himself;" 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

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displayed to us, in a way suitable to, and guarding
from every imputation the divine honour. And as
no man could see the face of God, even for the pure
pose of receiving unmerited favor, and live; so it
became necessary to have a Mediator, possessing the
character of both God and man. And this has our
grcat Mediator Christ Jesus possessed. In virtue
of his essential divinity as eternal God, having
"neither beginning of days, nor end of life,"
Heb. vii. 3. he possessed the divine character in all
its inimitable, glorious, and unspotted perfections ;
and through his human nature, assumed entirely
for our good, he possessed all the properties, pas-
sions, and inclinations of man, as far as he could as-
sume them without partaking of our sin. And so
far did he subunit to be enveloped with the human
nature, that he “ was in all points tempted like as
" qre are, yet without sin,Heb. iv. 15; and for
this express purpose, that he might be a merciful
" and faithful high priest in things pertaining to
'God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the
people.. Heb. ii. 17. And in this double capa-

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.

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