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The Sermons which follow, with the exception of the last, relate to the doctrine of the Trinity generally, and particularly to the personality and offices of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, as set forth in the Nicene Creed.

SERMON X.

ON THE TRUTHS OF REVELATION BEING

INCOMPREHENSIBLE.

(TRINITY SUNDAY.]

Jos xi. 7, 8.

Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find

out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as Heaven, what canst thou do? deeper than Hell, what canst thou know?

Vain, my brethren, are all attempts “ to find out” that Eternal Being, who in respect to his character and attributes can be known only as far as he has revealed himself to us, and whose infinite essence can never be fully comprehended by finite creatures.

And yet the self-confident spirit of man prompts him to the presumptuous attempt. He leaves the plain and direct path of duty, for the regions of daring speculation; aspiring even to search out God-and to measure, by the feeble line of reason, that divine nature which even the exalted intelligences of Heaven in vain seek to explore. “ Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as Heaven, what canst thou do ? deeper than Hell, what canst thou know ?"

The Church, in the course of her festivals, presents this day to our consideration a truth which, as far as is necessary to our duty and consolation, may be understood, but in other respects is incomprehensible. The Trinity of persons in the Godhead is a doctrine so prominent on the face of the sacred writings, and so intimately connected with every part of the Christian system, that, though in almost every period of the Church, there have been some who have opposed it, Christians generally have cherished it as that fundamental truth of the Gospel which makes it “the power of God unto salvation.” If indeed the doctrine of the Trinity be unfounded in Scripture, then results the singular fact, that the great body of those for whom this divine system was designed, have in every age erred in respect to one of its most important characteristics.

The doctrine is incomprehensible. This is the principal cause which has excited against it the objections of human reason, and led some, to doubt and others to deny it. The same objection applies to other truths of Religion. It is of importance therefore to prove, that if a doctrine of revelation be supported by proper evidence, its being incomprehensible constitutes no reason

able objection to it. To this point let me now direct your attention.

That a truth of revelation is incomprehensible, constitutes no reasonable objection to it. For

I. It is in the nature of things impossible that all the truths of revelation should be level to our comprehension.

II. Wise purposes are accomplished by their transcending our reason.

III. The objection that they are incomprehensible, will apply with equal force to those truths of nature and religion, which are universally admitted.

IV. Lastly--their being incomprehensible does not impair their practical use and value.

Certain truths of revelation transcend our comprehension. This constitutes no reasonable objection to them-For

I. It is in the nature of things impossible that all the truths of revelation should be level to our comprehension.

These truths respect principally the Divine mind and « God is in heaven and we upon earth “”Who can ascend and penetraté his essence ! “ God is á spirit b.” Who hath seen him at any time, or can see him ? Shall we require to behold before we will acknowledge that glory which no mortal eye can approach, and • Ecclesiastes v. 2.

b John iv. 24.

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