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a blessing. “ It is good to draw near cannot tell any one besides ; and for to God.”
this reason, that you may know what But I ought not to omit one comfort is in his heart, and what is in his more—God forbid that I should, though mind; not only what is in his word, I am so apt to overlook it in my own but that you may see what is in his heart and life, yet I would not overlook heart towards you. Oh, happy trait in my judgment—I cannot-I would vellers ! strangers and pilgrims upon pot in my speech, nor would I in my earth often-times learning in a way the spirit—and that is, the bright and most painful to your nature—instructbeamy prospect that is before the child ed quite in a way opposed to your flesh of God. This state of being is the and your blood, yet travelling on in the worst of his existence. If he has spent best way-the right way—the narrow the happiest moment that God can way-the way turned up by the footmake him spend on earth-if God smile steps of the flock, and soon to end in on him, and take him up into the pastures ever verdant, meadows ever porch of heaven, and give him to look green, where the sun shall go down no into the porch of heaven, yet com- more for ever. pared with what shall be, it is the Oh, my dear hearers, when I think worst part of his existence. Every how many there are amongst those step that he takes is a progress towards that hear me of whom we have too the perfection of his being. This is much cause to say, in their present what cheered David, “ I fear no evil; state, in their present condition, Woe! for thou art with me though I pass Woe!-"for there is no rest, saith my through the valley of the shadow of God, to the wicked : they are like the death.” It was this that made Job | troubled sea whose waters cast up mire rejoice, as he said, “ I know that my and dirt;" you, who may cajole your Redeemer liveth.” It was this that consciences, and lull them to sleep made Paul write in the fulness of his with Satan's lullaby, that you attend heart, “Our light affliction, which is a preached Gospel, and calm and quiet but for a moment, worketh for us a far your fears, and hope all will be well, more exceeding and eternal weight of till some sudden stroke come upon glory; while we look not at the things you, and then you shiver to the very which are seen, but at the things which root—let me not deceive your souls, I are not seen: for the things which are think of the day of judgment—I think seen are temporal; but the things of the day of separation—I think of the which are not seen are eternal.”- awful day of decision, when the Lord 2 Cor. iv. 17, 18.
will put on his right hand his sheep, Now the Lord in his tender mercy and on his left hand the goats—when and boundless grace lay this subject the foolish virgins shall be severed from powerfully and effectually upon our the wise—when they that are unconhearts. Many of you I doubt not are verted, unholy, shall be found wofully knowing something of the path of af- deceiving their souls. Is there a state fliction—many of you, I doubt not, more solemn than another I would are treading the path of the vale of not think of the heathen, I would not tears. Perhaps you have never opened think of the Hindoo, I would not think your heart nor told your sorrows to of the Mahomedan-but I would think any one upon earth ; at least, you of that man, of that woman who comes can say, there are things in my sor- and sits under the sound of the Gospel row that I could not unfold to any one and assents to it, and in a sense conupon earth. God loves your secret. sents to it, and yet lives in the world and He loves you to tell him what you lives in sin, and dies in the world and dies in sin; and yet because they have to the mind of God, the more we shall some good notions, something of an be brought to this, I desire to be found accurate creed, will knock and say, in the way of comfort, that my heart may " Lord, Lord, did I not attend thy be surrendered up to God-that knowpreached word, did not I many ing that comfort which winneth from things ?" Awful answer. “ I never earth-experiencing that peace which knew you, depart from me ye workers detacheth from sin, I may live nearer of iniquity.” Oh, solemn, solemn and nearer to that God who is the thing to deceive others, but most so- source of all happiness and joy. lemn to be deceived oneself—to go to Let no careless livers dream of com. eternity with a lie in one's mouth-to fort. It is but a dream. You know go with a lamp in one's hand self-de- you have no solid comfort. You may ceived, and therefore deceiving ! May appear to be excited--you may appear the Lord show you that while you as if you were happy, but you are not reject the Gospel, you reject the only happy. Happiness and carelessness source of comfort, and that the reason never were united and never can be. wherefore you reject it is to be found A prayerful close walk with God is as in your self-deception, in your love of much united to happiness as the light sin, that God alone can give you a is united to the sun from whence it heart to believe in Him; and if it becomes; and therefore be assured of so, oh, that you may be led to pray this, that many there are who comthis day for that Holy Spirit, for which plain of their lack of happiness, and I no one ever asked and asked in vain. would say as Cecil did, talk not of
And you that are the people of God, happiness—you have a sin that you called of his grace, remember, if you indulge-there is an Achan in the are God's people, God will make you camp that God will have out of the to know that you are his people; and camp, and until he be brought out of if you ask how? He will treat you as the camp, you shall never know solid his people; and if you ask how he peace or happiness. You do not-you will treat you as his people ? He will can not. May the Lord say this of all try all the work in your hearts; he your hearts-show you that all fulness will make the gold to be known as is in Christ-take you off from selfgold, and he will show you that power-take you off from self-deceitit is not all gold that glitters. Amic- take you off from self-resolution-distion is his crucible : do not then close to you Christ in the fulness of his turn away from affliction, it may at blood-in the fulness of his righteoustimes try us sore—when faith is weak ness—in the fulness of his grace, and it does-it must-but do not turn in the tenderness of his heart. One away from it. I look upon it in my look of love from him will send thee sober judgment as the most costly out of this chapel, and thou wilt go period of a man's life; and while we and cast forth thy Achan and say, pray, as we ought, for support and com- Now will I return unto my first husfort, yet most of all should we pray that band, for then was it better with me the great end may be answered, which than now. God has in view, that is, our profit, Oh, that this may be in your heart that we may be made partakers of his and my heart. Pray for me that what holiness: Comfort is not to be de- I have been preaching I may be living sired for its own sake. The churches -and what I may be living on, I when they walked in the comfort of may be living out, to the praise and the Holy Ghost, they walked in the fear honour of Him who is the source of of the Lord. The more we are brought | all happiness and glory.
DELIVERED BY THE REV. DR. HOLLOWAY,
AT FITZROY CHAPEL, JULY 31, 1831.
Colossians, i. 19.—“ For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell." The person here alluded to, in whom We find in the Scriptures that there it hath pleased the Father that all ful- is a particular account given only of ness should dwell, is Jesus Christ, the two creations: the creation of the world only begotten Son of God the bright which now is, and we see a record ness of his Father's glory, and the given also of a new creation. Now, express image of his person—the concerning this new creation, it is writCreator of all things both in heaven ten, that the Lord hath declared, I will and in earth. This truth is vindicated create all things new, there shall be a by the Apostle in a few verses preceding new heaven and a new earth; and all the the text, beginning at the fifteenth, heirs of that inheritance, you will ob. “ Who is the image of the invisible serve, are made subjects of this new God, the first-born of every creature : creation, in the world that now is, befor by him were all things created that cause being created anew in Christ are in heaven, and that are in earth, Jesus, they are thereby made members visible and invisible, whether they be of this new creation. And in the fulness thrones, or dominions, or principalities, of time, when God shall have accomor powers ; all things were created by plished the number of his elect, and him, and for him. And he is before not till then, will beam forth his glory all things, and by him all things con- in all the perfections of a divine work, sist. And he is the head of the body, manship—he will accomplish that the church : who is the beginning, the which he has designed by the creation first-born from the dead, that in all of the world which we inhabit. things he might have the pre-eminence. As it regards the world that now For it pleased the Father that in him is, we find it is recorded in the should all fulness dwell.” From hence, Scriptures, that when God created then, it appears, you observe, that the world he instituted the first man thrones, and dominions, and principa- as the lord of the creation, and in lities, and powers, as well as the world that creation, he put his life in his which we occupy, have all been created own hand. I mean by that, that he for the honour and for the glory of vested all his hopes of future happiJehovah Jesus. And it has pleased ness, and the happiness of his posthe Father, you may observe further, terity, and all his expectations entirely that there should dwell in him a ful- in his own keeping; and you know ness and ability to reign over, and to that Adam by sin marred that glory govern all these thrones, principalities, and ruined the world. Now as God and powers, and to make them all sub- has declared that he will not give servient to the great purposes of his his glory to another, it is in no wise wisdom and the councils of his will. unreasonable to suppose that the issue,
There may be, for any thing that we the period which God hath appointed know, millions of other worlds in- for the exhibition of his glory through habited besides the one which we oc- the creation of this world, looks eupy; but of this we can say nothing. I beyond the boundaries of time, be
yond the revolution of things that has put it in their head, and you see now are ; because if God designed only in the verse immediately preceding to display his glory in this world, the text, that of the head, Jesus Christ, then his design has been marred, it is here written, “He is the head of his purpose has been frustrated, and the body;” and for that reason he to suppose that God was not able to has committed all the safety and all execute or accomplish that which he the security of life, and the salvation designed, is derogatory to Jehovah ; of his church and people into the indeed, God will then cease to be hands of his dear Son, his co-equal and God, when it can be found that there co-eternal Son Jesus Christ; because is one superior to himself to coun. there, and there alone, it is safe—he tervail the designs and purposes of alone has wisdom, and love, and power, his mind. It appears to me, there to secure the eternal safety of your fore, that the creation of this world souls—because the wisdom of Christ, was designed as the channel of com- and the love of Christ, and the power munication, a kind of conduit of Christ, are the wisdom, and love, through which the Lord is forward- and power of the eternal God-being the grand design he has before cause Christ is God. “He is one with him, and is day by day hastening the Father, God over all, blessed for that design, and when it comes to ever.” “For it pleased the Father, its full maturity, he will by the per- that in him shall all fulness dwell.” fection of the new world, cause his You see in Him the fulness of ability, glory to beam forth in all the ful- and the fulness of ability in every perness of his eternal designs. For the fection, in order that he might be fully development of that secret we must qualified to undertake the management wait, as it is written, “ What ye know of that world, the materials of which not; now ye shall know hereafter.” he is now gathering together; and Nevertheless, it is through the crea- seeing that it was absolutely necestion of this world that God is still sary that he should have a power conducting the grand design that is superior to any created power, it before him, and gathering together, pleased the Father to vest in him that as it were, all the materials by which fulness which is sufficient to qualify he will exhibit his majesty and his him to legislate for the world He had glory in future times.
redeemed. Now, then, we return to make one Now it will be necessary first of all or two observations with regard to to inquire, what is meant by this fulthe new creation, because I conceive ness, and from whence it is that Jesus that here it is his design centres, and Christ derives this fulness. The fulit will be in the triumphs of the new ness that is here mentioned is the fulcreation that he will be glorified. The ness of God; and Jesus Christ as man, Scriptures are clear upon this point. derives that fulness by virtue of his God has, with regard to this new union with God, by virtue of his becreation, vested the life of man not in coming very God and very man in one his own hand; nay, the design of God Christ. From this it is that he derives with regard to the new creation, with the fulness, which is, as we shall en. regard to the church of Christ, who deavour to point out to you and prove, will inherit that new creation, I say, the fulness spoken of in the words of the design of the mind and purpose of the text. It is not a created fulness. It God is, their eternal salvation. He is true, in the human nature of Jesus has not, therefore, committed their Christ, there was fulness of love and inlife into their own keeping; no; he / nocency, and a fulness of grace, which
dwelt in him pre-eminently above NESS, AND, THEREFORE, every thing that is to be found in any THE FULNESS OF GOD. angel, or archangel, or any thing Thirdly—THAT THE FULNESS created on the earth. It is true it is CHRIST IS AN INDWELLING AND ES-said of him, that “ he came full of SENTIAL FULNESS,
GOD grace.” It is said of him, that “the must DWELL IN CHRIST, AND CHRIST Father anointed him with the oil of MUST be God. gladness above his fellows. It is said May the Lord, the Spirit, who taketh that “God gave him the Spirit with of the things that are Christ's, and out measure." But, nevertheless, my showeth them unto us, enable us plainly brethren, it is not the fulness of the and simply, though I trust convin. creature, nor the fulness of any created cingly, to point out this truth to youbeing, that would be sufficient to sup- that you may cling to the horns of this ply the wants and satiate the desires altar--that you may find that Christ is of the millions of souls that are de- your God—and that, if you separate pendant on him. No, it is the divi- his Godhead from his manhood, then nity of Christ that constitutes the bul- you make Christ a mere man, and you wark of our security. It is deity that can expect nothing more than you might lays the foundation-it is deity that expect from a creature. brings forth the cap-stone of the build- We contend, in the First place, ing-it is deity which runs through all That THE FULNESS OF CHRIST IS AN the length and breadth of that spiri- INFINITE FULNESS. tual building, the church of Christ, You see, in the words of the text, it which constitutes the strength and is termed all fulness”-“ it having the glory thereof. I say, my bre- pleased the Father that in him should thren, it is the divinity of Christ all fulness dwell”-an infinite fulwhich constitutes your security and ness—an eternal fulness-a fulness the final safety of all those whose without beginning, and without end, names are written in the book of life. and that must be the fulness of
I do not conceive there can be a sub- God. Oh, my brethren, let me beject more important or suitable to the seech you, beware of those men as times in which we live than this, and I your bitterest enemies, who 'would shall occupy some few moments in en- deprive you of the divinity of Christ, deavouring to show you, that if Christ because, as I observed to you just be not God, why then you have no secu- now, unless Christ is God, there is no rity for the salvation of your souls, in foundation upon which a poor sinner order that you may be prepared to can rest his soul. No, take all the resist the poison, the error, and the fulness of creation, all the fulness of heresy that are abroad on the earthế grace that is to be found in angels and that you may be led to see that if arch-angels--all the fulness which is you divest Christ of his majesty and to be found in the spirits of those who his divinity, you divest Christ of the are made perfect, and all the grace power to save your souls, and you are that is to be found in the millions of left poor indeed.
creatures that have inhabited, and will I proceed to point out in the inhabit this lower world, add them all
First place, THAT THE FULNESS OF together, and suppose them to be CHRIST IS AN INFINITE FULNESS, AND, treasured up in him, still that would THEREFORE, IT MUST BE THE FULNESS not be sufficient to meet the cases and
exigencies of his church and people. Secondly—THAT THE
It is the fulness of God in him. It is CHRIST IS AN INEXHAUSTIBLE FUL- written, “ in him dwelleth all the ful