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of his fulness in grace and truth, so we may be admitted in the life to come to partake of his fulness in happiness and glory ".
u In this discourse the Author must acknowledge that he has fallen, not intentionally, but of necessity, into some similarity of argument with that of Dr. John Scott on the same text, at the close of his “ Christian Life.” He thinks it a point of justice to mention this : otherwise it would have been a point of prudence to suppress a remark, which may engage a comparison with so respectable a Divine.
Luke ii. 13, 14.
And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of
the beavenly Host, praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
THE Birth of a Redeemer is an event of the first importance in the spiritual history of Man. Agreeably to which importance it had often been presignified in the long series of ancient revelation: so that at the time, when it actually came to pass, a general expectation of this welcome Visitant was entertained among the Jews; and had even extended to the nations of the Gentiles. In regard to the Jews, to whom these prophetic notices were more immediately given, they had some general intimation of the time when he was to come, they were more directly instructed in the lineage from which he was to spring, and they were distinctly guided to
the very place that was to be honoured with his birth. But the manner of his coming did not correspond with the sentiments of those who expected him the most. Accustomed to regard him as the Heir and Representative of David, they looked for his first appearance in some stately palace, meet as they fancied for his kingly character, and with ensigns of dignity, correspondent with his future greatness. How little were they prepared for the tidings to be given, when this mighty Prince was born, that they might find him wrapt in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger !
Yet humbled as he was in the fight of men, he still was glorified among the inhabitants of heaven. Although no courtiers of an earthly kingdom were prepared to receive the Son of David at his coming, yet the courtiers of the heavenly kingdom were ever ready to attend him and to minister unto him. If Men were silent, when this Desire of all eyes appeared among them, Angels were at hand to open their lips, to proclaim his arrival on an embassy of grace, and to celebrate the blessing sent with a song of joyful praise.
The theme, that now required their song, was well adapted to those blessed Beings, who continually stand before the throne of
God, and tune their voices and their harps in adorations to that Almighty King, who dwells in light ineffable, and whose most engaging attribute is goodness. .
The first time, that we read of their being to employed, was at that eventful hour, when this fabric of the World was called into existence at the word of the Creator. When the foundations of the globe were fastened, and the corner-stones were laid, then indeed, as the holy Scriptures intimate, the morning Stars fang together, and all the Sons of God shouted for joy a, Are we solicitous to hear their song on this occasion? In the vision of the Evangelist we find one appropriate for this mighty theme ; '“ Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come! Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power ; for thou haft created all things; and for thy pleasure they are, and were created b."
If there was any thing in this goodly work to demand a superior strain of gratitude and joy, it must have been the formation of man, the last and noblest work of God, who, though the shell of his body was fashioned of the dust of the earth, yet in his fpiritual part
a Job xxxviii. 7.
6 Rev. iv. 8, 10.