blessings of the covenant of grace. Moses, Samuel,David, and many other, under the old dispensation,had real, spiritual acquaintance with God, in an extra-ordinary degree. They walked with him in a nearnessof holy fellowship, to which, in these days, we canfind but few parallels : witnesses for God how easilyhis Spirit can compensate for scantiness of outwardrevelation ; and how unavailing, without his influences,is all external knowledge of divine mysteries. Still, if we compare their knowledge of God with that pos-sessed under the gospel, its immense inferiority isapparent on the most superficial consideration of itThat word of our Lord is made good : " Many prophetsand righteous men have desired to see those thingswhich ye see, and have not seen them; and to hearDIVIE KOWLEDGE. 213those things which ye hear, and have not heardthemPThe mystery, for instance, of a trinity of personsin the unity of the Godhead, may be most clearly andsatisfactorily collected from the Old Testament, andwas, doubtless, part of the faith of the ancient church.But, in the revelation of Jesus Christ, this truth standsout with a prominence and importance whiclf com-pletely throw into the shade all discovery of it pre-vious to his appearing in the flesh. There is not ahope which the Christian has, but is essentially inter-woven with this fundamental truth of the divine nature.Further, the character of God was known, in all itsimportant features, by the Old Testament saints. Theyknew, and adored, his infinite holiness, his unalterabletruth, his unbending justice, his immeasurable com-passions. So God revealed himself to Moses, (Ex.xxxiv. 6,) "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful andgracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness andtruth; keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity,and transgression, and sin, and that will by no meansclear the guilty." Compare Jer. xxx. 11; ab. i. 3.}This is clearly God's glory, (a just God and a Saviour,)as it is revealed in Christ, who on this occasion madehimself known to Moses : and so some understandthose words of the angel Jehovah to him, (Ex. xxxiii.