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SERM. Time, can change his Hatred towards un VII.
righteous Actions; or hinder him, without true Repentance and effectual Amendment, from punishing unrighteous Men. His Wisdom, his Honour, his Goodness, obliges him to preserve the Dignity of his Laws and Government; and 'tis therefore a dreadful thing for willful Sinners to fall into the hands of the ever-living, everunchangeable God.
3dly, On the contrary, the consideration of the Mercy of Him, who is unchangeable in his Perfections, ought to be a no less constant incouragement to such as are truly penitent, and sincerely desirous to amend. Men, are oft times weak and passionate, and implacable when provoked : But the Mercy and Compassion of God, is, like all the other Perfections of his Nature, unchangeably ready to extend itself towards those, who at any
time become capable Objects of it. And from the same confideration, appears likewise the absolute and indispensable Necessity of Repentance : For as the Mercy of God is always open to the penitent, so from it the impenitent are irreversibly excluded.
"Tis impossible, that God should change: SERM,
4thly and Lastly; As Unchangeableness
SER M.deceive. For Jesus Christ, i. e. the Doc-
sterday, and to day, and for ever ; Be not
ye stedfast, unmoveable, clways abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that
labour is not in vain in. the Lord.
1 Kings vjii. 27.
Earth? bebold, the Heaven, and
S the Eternity of God sig-SERM.
nifies his continued existence, VIII. A
through all the periods of
SER M.Part of the infinite Expansion of the UVIII. niverse. In discoursing upon which At
tribute of the Divine Nature, I shall ist, indeavour briefly to prove the Truth of the Doctrine itself, that God must be immense or omnipresent. 2dly, I shall offer fome particular Obfervations concerning the Nature and Circumstances of This Divine Perfection. And 3dly, I shall consider ( which is the most important of all,) how This Meditation, may become useful to us in influencing our Practice.
First, In order to prove the Truth of the Assertion itself, that God must of Necessity be Omnipresent; 'tis to be observed, (and it may easily be apprehended even by the meanest Capacities, ) that if Being or Existence be at all a Perfection, ( as it manifestiy is the Foundation of all other Perfections,) it will follow, that in like manner as continuing to exist through larger Periods of Time, so alto Extent of Existence (and consequently of Power,) through larger portions of Space, is the having a greater degree of this Perfection. And as That Being, which is absolutely perfect, must with regard to Duration be