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posed of as your honors shall | An Essay on the Glory of God, think meet."
founded on 1 Cor. x. 31. “ The trust your honors have seen meet to repose in us for (Continued from p. 170.) the managing shall endeavor, with all faithful. II. O slow what is ness, to discharge. The account
in doing enclosd tells you to whom, and the divine glory. Whatsoever in what manner, and for what ye do, do all to the glory of God. ends, the money sent over hath It is plain, that men can add been distributed; whereby you nothing to God's essential glory, will plainly see, that neither our nor in the least diminish it. But colonies, nor particular concern- as it respects his declarative gloments are any diminution there- ry, we have the authority of reof, but the whole is improved ac-velation to assure us, that they cording to the will of the do- can do those things which shall nors."
be honorary or dishonorary to « And for the future we shall God. To do alt things to the be ready to observe the more glory of God, is to conduct in particular directions of your ho- every respect as it becomes such nors ; humbly entreating this fa- beings as we are, considering all vor, that no information or com- the circumstances of our situaplaint may be received against tion, and all our obligations to us to the prejudice of our trust, the great Author and preserver until we have had advice there- of our existence. The will of of, with a seasonable opportuni- God made known to us in his ty to return an answer thereto. word, is the rule by which to reLess than five hundred pounds gulate all our actions. The leadwe could not charge bills to be ing things that are revealed as paid this year ; without which the will of God, were suggested the work will inevitably be in- under the former head as promoterrupted, if not broken in pie- tive of the divine glory ; which ces."
are some of the great fundamen“We shall not give your ho- tal duties the right performnor's further trouble, but com- ance of which contributes to the mend you to the guidance and glory of God. protection of the Almighty, res- And here let it be observed, ting your honors to serve in the that no duty can be performed work of Christ."
rightly, unless it be done in sin" The Commissioners of the cerity, or from a good principle
United Colonies in New of heart. External good works
may promote the welfare of so
ciety, and the peace and comBoston, Sept. 10, 1662, fort of the present life ; but if
they do not flow from a good “ Tothe Hon. Robert Boyle, Esq. fountain, from true love to God
Governor of the co ation and man, they cannot be acceptfor the propagation of the gos able to Him who seeth not as man pel in New England.” seeth, but looketh on the heart.
The apostle says, Though I be&tow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be things to the glory of God, every burned, and have not charity, it action of his life tends to this profiteth me nothing. Hence in important object; and every order that
may perform thing he does is sanctified by a Christian duties, to the glory of principle and habit of virtue. God, we must not barely regard His worldly business and emthe outward adorning of good ployment, by justice and charity works, but the hidden man of the running uniformly through all -heart, even the ornament of a meek the parts of them; the comand quiet spirit, which in the sight mon actions of his life, by deof God is of great price.
cency and inoffensiveness; his Farther, in order to answer very pleasures and diversions, the precept of the text, we must by innocency and right intenhave a single eye to the glory of tions. Whatever he is doing, Jehovah, in all, even the small- he constantly remembers the est actions of life. In treating end, and therefore does not upon this subject, the apostle is amiss.” so particular as to mention the III. To shew the obligations common feeding upon the boun-we are under to conduct in all ties of Providence. Whether ye things to the glory of God. eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, " God as a wise and intelli. do all to the glory of God. The gent being must have respect in inspired oracles represent all, all his actions, to the accomeven the irrational and the very plishmentof someend.” “ When inanimate creatures beasts and we look at the majestic works of all cattle,' worms and flying God in creation and redemption fowls, the sun, moon, and stars, we are at once impressed with mountains and all hills, fruitful the absurdity of even imagining trees and all cedars, fire and hail, them to have been made withsnow and vapors, wind and out a view to some great end. storms, as glorifying God, be- In these works we behold order, cause they subserve the end of connexion, regularity and hartheir creation, and show us his mony. How these should have great power and perfections. existed without design, is imWith what propriety then, may possible to conceive. It is equaleven the most common actions ly impossible to conceive, how of men be said to be done to the God should do this without a glory of God, when they are view to some end exceedingly done as required ; as becomes great, glorious and important." men and Christians ! « In a jour-“This end
display ney, to a diligent man, whose of himself, or the good of the mind is really bent upon his thing created." That it was journey's end, every thing he the display of himself appears does as well as actual travelling from this; “ It is inconsistent tends to accomplish his design. for infinite wisdom and goodHis rest and sleep, his steps and ness to prefer an inferior to a refreshments, nay, even his very superior object :" And God is diversions, all tend uniformly to- as far above all creatures as heawards enabling him to arrive at ven is above earth. his intended home. And thus tures are as nothing in comparis likewise to a man who does all I son of the infinite God. Collect
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all the powers and principalities the glory of the Lord.Day ima of hearen ; all the perfections to day uttereth speech, and night of angels and virtues of men ; unto night shetveth knowledge. all the splendors scattered over The magnificence of the celestial creation; collect all these into bodies, and the form and order one vast assemblage ; and they of all the works of creation, ta=* are lost before God, as a mote citly shew forth the glorious in the full blaze of the sun.” wisdom, power and goodness of “Now God must love and re- their Almighty former. Theree gard the highest excellency fore all rational creatures, who most. But this is no where but are placed in an elevated rank in himself. “ Consequently, in the scale of being, are oblihe must in all his works, act gated to perform for God a rea. with a supreme regard to his sonable service, and toshew forth own glory, or to himself..”- his glory in a môre excellent $. This is the uniform language manner than the lower creation. of scripture. God declares, that| And especially are mankind, he made all things for himself; who have experienced great and that of him, and to him, and distinguished mercy and favor through him aré · all things." from God, obligated to conse: By this display of himself, all crate all their powers, and fac; his creatures share liberally in. ulties to his service, honoring his goodness ; without which, him with their whole conducts they never would have partici- even whether they fut or drink, pated the benefits of creation, and or whatsoever they do, doing all of receiving and enjoying good; to the glory of God. This God for God is the only uncreated hath taught us by his word; being, and true good in the uni- and it is incumbent on all men, verse. This being the case, it who would act worthy of their is reasonable and proper, that rational dignity, discharge their his works, which have derived solemn obligations, and meet their being from him, and share the approbation of their God, to largely in his munificence, endeavor to honor him by all should be used to his glory. the actions of life. As God's character
comprises all good, his creatures cannot act
INFERENCES. to a nobler end than the divine 1. If the divine glory be the glory. And as every favor cre- ultimate end in creation, and the ates an obligation, the countless important object which all crea: favors they receive from him, ted intelligences should have in lay them under infinite obliga- view in all their actions, then we tions to live to his glory. Ac- learn the great excellency of the cordingly his perfect will re-Christian religion.
God conquires this duty of them, and nects his glory with the general makes it necessary, that they good of the creatures which he should act to the same great end has made ; and in this his conie with himself.
duct appears truly wonderful and The irrational and inanimate excellent. When Moses said parts of creation, do glorify God to God, I beseech théė, show me by answering the design of their thy glory, God said, I will make creation. . The heavens declare l' all my goodneys pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of we may live to his glory, and be the Lord, before thee.-And the happy in the enjoyment of him Lord passed by before him, and for ever. If we would thus live. proclaimed,. the Lord, the Lord to the glory of God and be hapGod, merciful and gracious, long- py, we must endeavor to extend suffering, and abundant in good- the knowledge, advance the honess and truth ; keeping mercy nor, and promote the success of for thousands, forgiving iniqui- the Christian institution, letting, ty, transgression and sin ; and our conversation be as it becoma, that will by no meuns clear the eth the gospel of Christ. guilty. Goodness is the es- 2. If God make his glory the sences and the glory of the end of all his plans and operadivine nature ; and wisdom and tions, arid the same ought to be holiness, justice and truth are the greatest object of all intellithe modifications of love and genees, then we see the pergoodness. These attributes of verseness of those, who, instead Deity appear more glorious to of aiming supremely at the dius in the wonderful scheme of vine glory, employ all their redempting than they appear in strength to dishonor God, and any other way known to us... to destroy the good which he And likewise, in this scheme, the has in view. God is infinitely greatest and most precious bles.wise, great and good, the source sings that were ever known, are of all being, perfection and hapa received and enjoyed by men. piness. There is none good but The apostle says. We have re-God; and in him centres every demption through Christ's blood, perfection which can compose even the forgiveness of sins, ae-| the greatest and most amiable cording to the riches of the grace character possible. It is only of God, wherein he hath abounded by the display of his character Loward us in all wisilom and pru- that good can be enjoyed by dence. If therefore, the scheme creatures ;. and the more it is of redemption is wisely calcula- displayed, the greater is the lated, above every thing else that quantity of happiness communiever appeared, to advance the cated to them. It is perfectly great objects, the glory of God reasonable, therefore, that God and the good of the general sys- | alone should be exalted, and have tem, how excellent is the Chris- glory from all his works. Hence tian institution! How worthy is how perverse are they, who the gospel of our most cordial would rob God of his glory and reception and grateful acknowl-set up self? Such act contrary edgment of our admiration and to the reason and fitness of esteem-of.our attention, peru- things ; yea, and contrary to sal and daily study! How pre- their own interest. For we have cious should it be in our eyes, no sufficiency of ourselves tabut and to our hearts ! All other all our sufficiency is of God. knowledge is of little importance All whose hearts are under compared to this. This only is the dominion of sin, quarrel able to make us wise to salva- with the glory of God; for sin tion. This makes a wonderful is opposed to God, and fills the discovery of the glorious char- heart with enmity to lim. All acter of God; and shews how who have not God in their thio's,
and regard not his authority glory of his grace, the wicked who cast off fear and restrain shall be to the praise of the glo. prayer-who live in the neglect ry of his justice. What if God, of the instituted means of grace, says the apostle, willing to shemo and in the habitual practice of his wrath, and to make his power any known sin-bring reproach known, endured with much longupon the religion of Christ, and suffering the vessels of wrath ft. cause his doctrine and the name ted to destruction ; and that he of God to be blasphemed, and might make known the riches of manifest great perverseness of his glory on the vessels of mercy, heart. They are enemies to God which he had afore prepared unto and Christ, to the divine govern- glory ? Thus it appears that the ment and holiness, to every glory of God shall not fail ; but thing that is amiable, to the hap- that he will get glory to him. pines of man and the whole uni- self whether men be righteous
They discover an un- or wicked. The difference in willingness that the only Foun- their characters only affects their tain of good should be poured own condition. If they are reforth ; they judge themselves conciled to his character and gounworthy of the favor of God ;vernment, and have a single aim and instead of doing all things at his glory in all they do, to his glory, and their own good, they will meet with an everthrough a false bias, or a wrong lasting blessing and reward :conception of things, they do all But, if they continue obstinate, things to his dishonor and their and will not seek after the things own hurt, and set up self to their which God requires, they will own ruin.
meet an everlasting punishment 3. If God has made his glory from the presence of God and the the end of all his conduct, and glory of his power. Let all, then, made it the duty of all intelli- be exhorted to examine them. gences to do the same, then we selves and become acquainted may rest assured that this ob- with the motives of their actions, ject shall not fail. Sin tends to and for God's sake, for Christ's dishonor God and produce mis. sake, yea, and for their own ery ; but God can overrule it to soul's sake, renounce the hidden a different issue. He can make things of dishonesty, and pursue it subservient to his glory and the great end of all created exthe eventual happiness of bis istence, even the glory of God obedient subjects. This he will displayed in the general good do ; for he is unchangeable, and of the system, and whether they will not give up the object which eat or drink, or whatever they he has always pursued. In this do, do all to his glory. A. U. world, while the righteous glorify him by bearing much good fruit, the evil fruit of the wicked, both as individuals and pub- On the Commands of the Old Te8lic bodies, he will turn to good,
tament. and cause it to redound to the glory of his great name. And Messrs. EDITORS, whilst the righteous shall be ev- COWEVER surprising it erlastingly to the praise of the may appear,
yet so it is,