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faith, and pour forth our praises,—“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Hosts—Heaven and earth are full of thy glory9.” Honour and power, majesty and dominion, be now then ascribed unto the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, three persons in one eternal Godhead.
9 Communion Service.
And they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy,
holy, Lord God Almighty, which was and is, and is to
The sublime passage in the book of the Revelation, of which my text is part, our Church has selected as the epistle for the day. It exhibits a splendid representation of Jehovah in his sanctuary in the heavens, with the ministering spirits that surround him, and the worship which is rendered him. The whole scene is described in symbolical language; sensible and earthly figures affording the only idea of spiritual and celestial objects. The one eternal and almighty Jehovah, is represented as “ seated on a throne, high and lifted up ^;" and the effulgence of his glory, and the lustre which surrounds him, are compared to the most splendid of material objects. “ One sat on the thronelike a jaspar and sardine stone—and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald "_" and round about the throne were four and twenty elders,” corresponding to the twenty-four courses of Priests in the Jewish temple, and emblematic of the Christian ministry — " and there were seven lamps of fire before the throne,” symbolical of the seven-fold gifts of the Spirit of God. “ And before the throne was a sea of glass like unto crystal,” answering to the molten sea in the Jewish temple, in figures taken from which the sacred writers usually exhibit the sanctuary of heaven.
2 Isaiah vi. 1.
6. And in the midst of the throne and round about it, surrounding it in a circle, “were four beasts," or living creatures, “ full of eyes before and behind ”—these living creatures, agreeably to the representation in the vision of the prophet Ezekiel, denoting cherubims, angelic beings of the highest order; their “eyes before and behind" displaying their wisdom, knowledge, foresight and prudence. “ And they rest not day nor night”—that is, without ceasing, or at stated and fit times
saying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, which was, and which is, and which is to come.”
It is on account of this ascription of homage, in which setting forth, as is reasonably supposed, the Trinity of persons in the Godhead, the epithet
“ holy” is thrice repeated, that our Church selects it as the epistle for this day, in which she proposes to our consideration the great mystery of the Trinity—that“ in the unity of the Godhead, there are three persons, of one substance, power and eternity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghostb.”
Let us then, agreeably to her design, contemplate this doctrine as of fundamental importance in relation to our faith, our obedience and our hopes.
I. By the evidences of its truth, it commands our faith.
II. And by the powerful motives and consolations which it exhibits, it exalts our obedience and animates our hopes.
I. The doctrine of the Trinity, by the evidences of its truth, commands our faith.
The evidences of this doctrine are founded on the plain declarations of the word of God; which proceeding from the Father of lights and Sovereign Ruler of the universe, are entitled to our implicit reverence; and which represent the one living and true God, as subsisting in three distinct persons or agents, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The divinity of the Father the first person of the Godhead, is universally acknowledged. The divinity of the Son and of the Holy Ghost it is necessary to establish.
b Articles of Religion, I.
With regard to the divinity of Jesus Christ, as the Son, our first inquiry is naturally directed to the terms in which he is set forth by the inspired prophets and holy men, who in the ages preceding his appearance, delineated his charácter and announced his advent. The prophet Jeremiah ascribed to him the divine title of the Lord our righteousness." In proclaiming the joyful tidings, that unto guilty man “a child should be born, and a son should be given ;” the prophet Isaiah ascribed to Jesus Christ titles with which it would have been impious to adorn a mere man—“wonderful, counsellor, the mighty God, the Father of the everlasting ages, the Prince of Peace.” And his divine nature was proclaimed by the name, which according to the same prophet, he was to assume “ Emanuel, God with us.
In the fulness of time, Jesus Christ, thus dicted as a divine personage, came into the world. Though for the great object of his coming, the redemption of man, he took upon him “ the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man;" yet it is said that "he thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” When he considered himself according to his human genealogy the Son
• Jer. xxiii. 6.