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The Spiritual Tower

The Spiritual Tower

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BY REV. JOHN CLOWES, A. M.


AS DENOTING THE ELEVATION OF TRUTH, AND THE
PROTECTION THENCE DERIVED.

Matt. xxi. 33.
BY REV. JOHN CLOWES, A. M.


AS DENOTING THE ELEVATION OF TRUTH, AND THE
PROTECTION THENCE DERIVED.

Matt. xxi. 33.

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THE SPIRITUAL TOWER BY REV. JOH CLOWES, A. M.AS DEOTIG THE ELEVATIO OF TRUTH, AD THEPROTECTIO THECE DERIVED.Matt. xxi. 33.Hear another parable : There was a certain house-holder which planted a vineyard^ and hedgedit round ahout^ and digged a wine-press in it,and built a tower ^ and let it out to husbandmen,and went into a far country.In the foregoing discourses it has been shewn whatis here to be understood by a certain householder,what by the vineyard which he planted^ what by hishedging it round about, and what by his digging a wine-press in it.I shall now proceed, as was before intended, to thecX)nsideratioa of the next particular respecting this82 THE HOUSEHOLDER vineyard, viz. the building a toiscer in it, and endea-vour to lay open the lesson of heavenly wisdom andinstruction which this circumstance involves.It has been already shewn, that the whole of thisparable, together with all its parts, hath a spiritualsignification, in which it has reference to the Lord andhis church, both generally and individually. This isthe case .dso in respect to the tower, which is here
 
said to be built in the vineyard by the househol.ier.Like the hedge and the ¦wine-press before spoken of,it hath likewise a spiritual sense and meaning ; andunless it be understood accordingly, it is impossibleto see any reason why the building thereof should berecorded in this divine and instructive parable.Much mention is wade of towers in other parts of the sacred writings, by which it may plainly appear,to every considerate mind, that somewhat spiritual, re-lating to God and his kingdom, is implied therein.Thus the psalmist saith, " The Lord is my rock anci my fortress, and my deliverer ; my buckler, andthe horn of my salvation, and my high tower ;"* wherethe word tuwer cannot possibly be understood in a na-tural, but in a spiritual sense. Again, it is written inIsaiah, speaking of the effects of the Lord's coming," The day of the Lord shall be upon every high tow-er :''t where it must be manifest, that by ioiver ismeant something spiritual respecting the Lord's church,inasmuch as no other tower could possibly be affected* Paalni xvlii. 2.f Isaiiih ii. 1^.THE TOWER, 83hy the Lord's coming. This is expressed still morefully and strongly in Micah, speaking of the blessingswhich would flow to the church from the Lord's ap-pearing, where it is said, " And thou, O tower of theflock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, untothee shall it come, even the first dominion ;"* where itmust be very evident, that by toiver of the Jlock some-what spiritual, relating to the Lord's church and king-dom, must needs be expressed and described. Severalother passages might, if needful, be adduced from the
 
sacred scriptures, where the word totter is used accord-ing to a spiritual sense and signification ; but the abovewill, I trust, be sufficient to prove, that the word, asapplied in the parable under consideration, is to be in-terpreted spiritually, and not naturally.What the word toziver implies in a spiritual sense,can only be discovered from considering the use anddesign of a natural tower. This use and design istwofold ; the natural tower is both for observation andfor defence : by its height it gives an opportunity of taking a large and comprehensive view of the countryaround, and thereby of discovering the approach of anenemy ; and by its strength it affords protection and se-curity against an enemy when he approaches.This is precisely the case with the spiritual tower^only with this difference, that the spiritual tower is forspiritual observation and defence ; enabling its iniiabi-tantto take a large and comprehensive view of spiritualregions, and thereby to note the approach of spiritualenemies, and to guard against them.* Micah iv. 8.8*4 THE HOUSEHOLDER The spiritual tczier therefore is constructed of allthose interior truths of the vvorti of God, whereby thesoul hath elevation into a higher or interior state of life,and in consequence of such elevation, is enabled bothto discover its interior evils, and also to fight againstand overcome them.Permit me to call your most earnest attention to thevery important nature, use, and design, of the spii-i-tual tower as thus opened and explained.Perhaps you have never heretofore considered the

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