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19. There shall be nothing impossible with God.'-Luke i, 27. 'I know that Thou can'st do everything.'-Job xlij. 2.

'Lord, it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with Many, or with them that have no power [to help theinselves.) Help us, O Lord, our God, for we rest on Thee. -- Thou art God, let not Man prevail against Thee.'--1 Chron. xiv. 11.

'In Thy hand is there not Power and Might, so that NONE is able to withstand Thee ?'-2 Chron. xx. 6.

Through the Greatness of Thy Power shall Thine enemies submit themselves unto Thee.'—Ps. Ixiji. 6. Thy People SHALL BE WILLING in the Day of Thy Power. '-cx. 3.

His Power is a 'GLORIOUS' Power.-Col. i. 11, and Ex. xv. 6. "He is ABLE to Perform what He hath Promised,'

-Rom. iv. 21. ‘ABLE to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His Glory, with exceeding joy.'-Jude 24. ‘ABLE to make All Grace atound towards us.'-1 Cor. ix. 8. ‘ABLE to do exceeding abundantly, above all we can ask or think.'-Eph. iii. 20. «ABLE to Save to the Uttermost.'-Heb. vii. 25. 'ABLE even to Subdue All Things unto Himsclf: --Phil. iii. 21.

They have no Knowledge, - - that pray unto a God THAT CANNOT Save.'-Isa. xlv. 20.

When it was asked of Jesus, Who then can be Sared, is it were harder for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of heaven, than for a cable to pass through the eye of a needle, his answer was, “With men, this is impossible; but with God, All things are possible.'--Mat. xix. 26. "The things that are impossible with men, are possible with God.' -Luke xviii. 27.

He saith, By the Strength of My arm have I done it, and by My Wisdom, for I am wise. And I have removed the bounds of the People, and have grasped the treasures of them, and I have humbled the Inhabitants like a Valiant man. And My hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people ; and as one gathereth eggs that are left, have 1 Gathered ALL THE EARTH. And there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped. Should the axe

raise itself against him that heweth therewith ? or should the saw magnify itself against him that handleth it? As if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up; as if the slaj should lift up itself as though it were not wood.'Isa. X. 13--15.

Trust Ye in the Lord; for in the Lord Jehovah is EverLASTING STRENGTH !'-Isa. xxvi. 4.

Of what avail then, are the doubts and fears, the cold speculations, and timid conclusions of the skeptical, in relation to the interesting subject before us? Of none at all. Men who doubt and reason thus, do in their own hearts, make the work of conversion a mere business of moral sua. sion by force of reasoning and argument. They overlook the Omnipotence of that Spirit whose office it is to bow the stubborn will, and soften the hearts of the unbelieving.--What! are not all things possible with God? Can He not make the people willing in the day of His Power? Cannot He, who works in men 'according to the working of His mighty Power which He wrought in Christ when He raised him from the dead, can He not make the deaf to hear, the blind to see, and restore the dead to life? Has He not Promised to do it? Has he not often repeated the assurances that He will do it ? Has he not done it in numberless instances? Is anything too hard for God? Are not All Hearts in his hand, and can he not turn them whithersoever He will, even as the rivers of water are turned? Can ANY resist God's Will ? * * And how can they abide in unbelief, when, according to the Promise of God, of which He will never repent, they shall have a new heart and a right spirit given to them? The supposition calls in question the Veracity of God. To doubt on this subject is to question His Power and Truth, the reality of the Christian religion, and the Omnipotence of the Holy Spirit! Believers in the Scriptures are not permitted to doubt. The thing is CERTAIN. The Decree has gone forth, stamped with Heaven's own seal! Jehovah hath Sworn by Himself, that Every Knee shall yet bow to Jesus, and Every Tongue confess that He is Lord !"--:(PROF. STUART, of Andover.)

“Mightier far
Than strength of nerve or sinew, or the sway ,
or magic, potent over sun and stars,-

Is Love.'— Wordsworth.
“Evil and Good are God's right hand and left.”
"Oh, He hath triumphid over all the world,
In mercy,-over Death, and Earth, and Hell,
All Gol hath made ure Suv'd,-Heav'n is complete.

Festus.

PROPOSITION FORTIETH. The OMNIPRESENCE of Deity affords Proof of Final

Universal Holiness.

EVIDENCES. Am I a God at hand, and not a God afar off ? Can any hide himself in secret places, that I shall not see him ? Do not I fill heaven and earth ? saith the Lord.'-Jer. xxiii. 23, 24. He fiLLETH ALL IN ALL.'-Eph. i. 23. He is not far from Every One of us; For, in HIM WE LIVE, AND MOVE, AND HAVE OUR BEING.'-Acts xvii. 28.

«The High and Lofty One who inhabiteth ETERNITY, whose name is Holy.'-Isa. lvji. 15. Times are not hidden from the Almighty.'-Job xxiv. 1. 'All things are naked and open unto the eyes of Him.'-Heb. iv. 13.

“With God Time is not ; unto Him all is
Present Eternity. Worlds, beings, years,
With all their natures, powers, and evenis,
The bounds whereof He fashions and ordains,
Unfold themselves like flowers. Time must not be
Contrasted with eternity ; 'lis not
A second of the Everlasting Year."

"God is Love.'-1 John iv, 10. "God is a Spirit. - John iv. 24. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty.' 2 Cor. iji. 17. Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit ? or whither shall I flee from Thy Presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there; if I make my bed in Sheol, (Hell,] behold, THOU ART THERE, - - even there shall Thy hand, [the Parent-Spirit of Love and Liberty,1 lead me, and Thy right hand Guide me.'-Ps. cxxxix. 7--10.

Hell and Destruction are before the Lord.'-Prov. xv. 11. Hell is naked before Him, and Destruction hath no covering.' -Job xxvi. 6. Though they dig into HELL, thence shall Mine hand TAKE THEM.'-Amos ix. 2. Herein we discover that the Presence of the Father-Spirit is manifest also in Sheol, and that His mighty hand shall redeem even those who dig into its power.

Shall the throne of Iniquity have severlasting] Fellowship with Thee ??—Ps. xciv. 20. “Evil shall not Dwell with Thee; the Foolish shall not stand sendure] in Thy sight.'-v. 4, 5.' "Thou art of purer eyes than to behold Evil,' [that is, absolute, total. final Evil.]-Hab. i. 12.

Verily, Thou art a God that hidest Thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.'—Isa. xlv. 15. For He is The InvisiBLE God.'-Col. i. 15. "O Lord, wilt Thou hide Thyself Forever ??—Ps. lxxxix. 46. “I hid My face for a moment, but with everlasting Kindness will I have Mercy on thee.'

Isa. liv. 8. Neither will I hide My face any more from them.'-Ezek. xxxix. 29. "The Glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and ALL FLESH shall See it together.'-Isa. xl. 5. In Thy Presence is Fulness of Joy.'--Ps. xvi. 11. •I shall Praise Him, for His Presence is Salvation.'—xlii. 5.

s«Where God doth vital breathe, there must be joy !
When e'en at last the solemn hour shall come,
And wing my mystic way to future worlds,
I cheerful will obey ; there with new pow'rs.
Will rising numbers sing. I CANNOT GO,
Where Universal love smiles cot around,
Sustaining all von orbs and all their suns,
From seeming Evil still educing Good,
And better thence again, and better still,
In infinite progression But I lose
Myself in Him, the Light Ineffable.”—THOMPSON.

PROPOSITION FORTY-FIRST. Universal Salvation is the Final Consequence of God's In

finite TRUTH. [This Attribute we consider as comprehending Four several important

Qualities of the Divine Nature, upon each of which is founded a distinct Scriptural argument for Universal Redemption.]

1. THE FAITHFULNESS Of God is Scripturally Evident of the Ultimate Reconciliation of

All. Take ye no thought [anxiety) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body what ye shall put on. Is not your life more (precious in the estimation of your Father] than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air ; they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. [And] are ye not much better than they? .. Wherefore if God so clothe the field, &c. shall He not MUCH MORE regard You? O ye of little faith !-Mat. vi. 25--30.

*Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and not [even] one of THESE, shall fall to the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore ; Ye are of more value than many sparrows.' -Mat. x. 29.-31.

His Truth shall be thy shield and buckler.'-Ps. xci. 4. *He shall Judge the world with Righteousness, and the People with His Truth.'-Ps. xcvi. 13.

What if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the Faith (the Faithfulness] of God of none effect? God forbid! Yea, let God be True, and every man a liar.' (that is, God will be True,—true to the eternal ties of His Creatorial and Paternal relationship to Mankind, and faithful to the Fulfilment of His Pleasure and Promise,-though every man were an Unbeliever.]— Rom. iii. 3, 4.

A woman may forget her suckling child, and lose her

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