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why was it that tears then trickled down your cheeks, and the signs of deep emotion sat upon every line of your countenance ? Ah, you then resolved to become a Christian.
But on the morrow, when you came in contact with the world -when its bewitching smiles were again spread before you, and your gay and thoughtless companions again clustered around you, all your firm resolves melted away, and your conduct from that time to the present has told the world-has told wondering angels -has told CHRIST, who will be your judge, I know not the man.
Others there may be, of less religious sensibility—who go not so far in conceding to the truth of Christianity-who are not avowed infidels, but whose notions upon all religious subjects are loose and unsettled. These men unblushingly declare that they know nothing of CHRIST, as a Savior. Strange anomaly! That men should live in a world ransomed by the blood of a Savior and know nothing of that Savior! That a divine and glorious Being should come from Heaven to save them from death, and they should spurn his offers, and avow that they know him not.
Are there any such unhappy individuals in this audience? With what language shall I address them? Ye know not the man !! -Doubtless ye have heard of his lowly birth in Palestine. Ye have heard how he was buffeted and spit uponhow he was condemned, while Justice all the time cried—I find no fault in him,-how he was led around in mock majesty, having a reed in his hand, and a crown of thorns upon his head, and the clamorous mob shouted "crucify Him, crucify Him!" Have ye not seen him bearing on his shoulder the cross up the steep of Calvary—then nailed to that cross--and at last bowing his head in agony and death? Then the earth shook—the graves yawned—the rocks burst--and the sun hid himself! But all these indications of terror are not half so awful-all this contumely heaped upon the guiltless head of the Son of God, is not half so impious and heaven daring, as your cool and continued denial of the Savior!
Two reflections here forcibly present themselves. 1. If the train of reasoning pursued in this discourse be conclu
sive, every individual to whom Christ is made known that does not immediately embrace his offers of life, and enter upon the duties He enjoins, is guilty of the sin of denying Him. It will then follow, that every individual in this assembly that is not in very deed a Christian, is daily denying his Savior. This is one reflection.
2. The other is--that these individuals who are thus denying their Savior are travelling as rapidly as the wheels of time can carry them to the tribunal of Him whom they are denying, and who has solemnly declared—“whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father, which is in Heaven."
Ah, in the eternal world you will know Jesus-and know Him not as a Savior, but as a Judge! The look that He cast upon Peter, after denying Him, was a look of love-but it melted his heart into penitence—shot conviction through his soul—and sent a freezing chill over his whole frame. If such be His look of love, what will be His look of wrath! how wilt thou, impenitent man, meet Him in the eternal world, clothed, as thou must be, with denials of Him as with a garment !
Peter said "I know not the man and the LORD turned and looked-on Peter." Thou hast said, and art by all thy conduct still saying, I know not the man.
In that day—that great, tremendous day, “the Lord will turn and look upon thee”-and in his look thou wilt read thy destiny.
In that mute and speechless look thou wilt see enough to rive thy very heart. How will the recollection of the denials of thy LORD-of his goodness despised, and his long suffering contemned, then rush upon thy thoughts! Ah, how will thy heart then sink within thee—and thou look around in wild dismay for rocks to fall upon thee, and mountains to cover thee, from the presence of God and the LAMB !
Make not the awful experiment--but this instant fly to the presence of CHRIST-and own Him as your Lord and Savior.
ON THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD:
BY THE REV. SETH B. PADDOCK,
RECTOR OF CHRIST CHURCH, NORWICH, CONNECTICUT.
Proverbs xv. 3.- T'he eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
The omnipresence of God is frequently asserted in Scripture, and may be clearly proved by reason. It is not so properly a particular attribute, as the assemblage of many attributes of infinite extent. It is that universal property by which he communicates being to all things, knows all things, upholds all things, and directs all things.
All creatures are the work of his hands. As no power can act where it is not, God must be in all places, because he acts in all. My Father worketh hitherto, says our Savior. Not a seed sprouts, not a creature is brought into existence unless God be present to give life and being. In calling things from nothing into existence, and disposing of them in such a manner that each might work for the good of the whole in the universal dominion, God must necessarily have looked through from their beginning to their end, and consequently known all possible events. The effects of bodies moving, whether by fixed laws, or by the instinct of animals, or by the will of intelligent creatures, were provided for in the counsels of eternity. The gentlest motion, even that of the air, known only by the sailing of the thistle's down, if unforeseen and its effects unprovided for, must have endangered the whole system, and completed, long before this, the destruction of the universe. But known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Not a sparrow falls to the ground, not a hair of our head is disturbed without his knowledge. Evidently the Being who knows all things, and whose knowledge is underived, must be present with all things. Whither can we go from His Spirit, or whither can we flee from his presence? Heaven and earth are full of Him.
God, who created, and who knows all things, still upholds them
by the word of His power. Without His protecting hand, the heavens would now pass away with a great noise, and the earth and the works that are therein would be destroyed. All things, each moment of their existence, depend on Him for preservation. Not a second breath could we draw, unless He were here to deal out another, as the present one passes away. Not a step could we take, unless he supplied us with new strength as the former was exhausted. In Him, all creatures live, and move, and have their being. Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created, and thou renewest the face of the earth. Thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled. Thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. It is hardly necessary to observe that the Being who supports all, must be present with all.
God also is the disposer of all events. He has provided for the effects of every motion of body, and of every act of His intelligent creatures, whether lawful or unlawful, in such a manner as be foresaw would answer some wise purpose in his government of providence or grace. The latter acting freely, are justified or condemned, according as they obey or disobey his laws, but the action, though opposed to his will, is made in the issue to further some gracious end in his administration. For he compelleth even the wrath of man to praise Him. Whether we live or die, whether we are visited with prosperity or with adversity, whether with health or with sickness, it is God alone who directs. Not that the conduct of man has no influence upon these events. Both Scripture and experience assure us that the happiness or misery of man depends much upon himself; but it is by the enforcement of that law of Heaven which ordains that certain acts shall ordinarily produce certain effects. A man's heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his steps. Each of these prerogatives proves that God must be omnipresent.
And how majestic, awful, and glorious a Being must He be! Who can meditate upon this perfection without exclaiming with Zophar, "canst thou by searching find out God! Canst thou find out the ALMIGHTY unto perfection? It is high as Heaven, what canst thou do? deeper than hell, what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than
the sea. There is nothing to which we can liken the immensity of God.” “The earth is a point; the ocean a drop;" the universe an atom. Imagination looks with astonishment over the rolling worlds around us, and with self gratulation on the reach of its powers; but when attempting to scan the boundless extent of God's immensity, it is startled at the discovery of its shortsightedness, and with humility exclaims, “such knowledge is too wonderful for me;" it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Nay! the highest exalted angel cannot say, thus far extend the attributes of God, and no farther. Neither height nor depth, neither length nor breadth can measure them. How ought the contemplation of this subject to humble us under the mighty hand of God! Mankind, on viewing their possessions and superiority to many of their fellows, are too apt to feel, that they themselves are gods. Forgetful of Him who made them to differ from their brethren, they say, at least in heart, my hand and the might of my wisdom and power have gotten me these advantages. They practically deny that they are stewards of God, bound to promote His glory with the talents in their possession, and claim that as these talents are the reward of their own exertions, they have a right to dispose of them as they will. But let them measure themselves with the ALMIGHTY, and reflect that it is He from whom they have received all, who requires their obedience, and that He is present to take cognizance of their conduct, and will hold them responsible at the last great day, and their proud imaginations will be brought down. They will discover that the distance between them and the lowest of their race is altogether imperceptible, when compared with the distance between them and their God. Keeping this discovery in mind-and no man can be so insensible to his littleness as to exalt himself against God, or be puffed up by a consciousness of his superiority to his fellow men-he will be meek and lowly in spirit, looking upon all the family of Adam as his brethren, and ready to receive and practice that instruction, which is able to make him wise unto salvation.
The omnipresence of God should cause us to fear exceedingly the commission of sin. “We can never sin with security, but in a place where the eye of God cannot behold us. And where is that place ? Had we a mind to escape his inspection, whither