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The Revelation of the Triune God, And Its Diffusion

The Revelation of the Triune God, And Its Diffusion

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BY EDWARD MEYEICK GOULBURN, D.D.


Preached on Trinity Sunday before the University of Oxford,
at a Lecture founded for the purpose of advocating Church
Extension in the Colonies,

Rev. iv. 2, 3. 5.
BY EDWARD MEYEICK GOULBURN, D.D.


Preached on Trinity Sunday before the University of Oxford,
at a Lecture founded for the purpose of advocating Church
Extension in the Colonies,

Rev. iv. 2, 3. 5.

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THE REVELATIO OF THE TRIUE GOD, AD ITSDIFFUSIO.BY EDWARD MEYEICK GOULBUR, D.D.Preached on Trinity Sunday before the University of Oxford,at a Lecture founded for the purpose of advocating ChurchExtension in the Colonies,Rev. iv. 2, 3. 5.In the opening chapter of the Book of God, theHoly Trinity is exhibited to us, as taking counseltogether for the Creation of Man. God said, " Letits make man in our image ; " — a form of expression,which (as has been frequently observed) implies theplurality of Persons in the Godhead.In the closing chapter of the Holy Book, the SacredThree are again exhibited to us, as the Source of blissand joy to the redeemed throughout Eternity. Forthere we read : " And he showed me a pure river of Wateb of Life, clear as crystal," (living water isthe constant scriptural emblem of the Holy Spirit,)" proceeding out of the Throne of God, and of theLamb."d by Google268 The Revelation of the Tritme God,ow there is much matter for thought in this exhi-bition of the Holy Trinity, both at the opening andthe close of the Sacred Volume.
 
Time itself exists, the Universe exists, for the sakeof revealing the Divine Being, of developing or un-folding to His intelligent creatures what He is, andthus, of securing to Him from them, in full-tonedchorus, that ascription of Glory which is His due.The Sacred Volume, therefore, — embracing, as it does,the entire reach of Time, from the creation down tothe consummation of all things, — cannot but be, fromits beginning to its close, a manifestation or revelationof God. ow God may be contemplated either inHis Essence, — or in His relations to His creatures.To contemplate God previously to the formation of the Universe, when there existed no creatures towardswhom He might display His Love, Justice, and Truth, — is to contemplate Him in His Essence. On theother hand, to contemplate God at the close of theMediatorial Kingdom, when He (that is, the AbsoluteGod) "shall be all in all," — when the great Schemeof Redemption shall have been perfectly wrought out,and all His Moral Attributes shall have received theirfinal vindication in the Salvation of His people andthe eternal condemnation of Sin, — this is to con-template God in His already exhibited relations. TheTrinity in Unity then stands appropriately at theopening of Holy Scripture, — we meet the great Doctrinein the first instance, before we read how the mountainswere formed, or the earth and the world were made, — thence we are borne along through the History of Creation, — through the History of Man (representedin miniature by the History of the Holy Seed), — through the History of Redemption (in the Gospels),d by Googleand its Diffusion* 269
 
 —through the History of Sanctification (in the Actsand Apostolic Epistles), — until at length in the Reve-lation, Prophecy (or, in other words, AnticipativeHistory) takes up the strain, and, — each Person in theBlessed Trinity having been hitherto successively dis-played to the eye of the reader in His office-characterof Grace, — carries down the narrative to the consum-mation of all things, — and sets before our eyes at theclose what was set before our eyes at the beginning — the Triune Jehovah, Source of all Blessedness and allJoy. Thus, as " all the rivers run into the sea, yet isnot the sea full ; unto the place from whence the riverscome, thither they return again," so all the streams of History, which took their rise in God, and have HisGlory for their issue, return again into His Bosom.Or, to employ another image. The first object uponwhich the new-born child opens his eyes is the sun-light. He knows not how much of intrinsic beauty iswrapped up in that sunlight, — how all the fair coloursof ature inhere in it, and from it are derived. Buthe grows and walks abroad, and sees successively thevarious ingredients of light decomposed, and scatteredover the face of the earth, — the purple lent to theheather, and the gold to the gorse, and the emerald-green to the foliage. At length he arrives at sufficientintelligence to use the prism, and in it he discerns allthe component rays side by side, distinct from oneanother, yet in combination. It was simple sunlightwhich he saw at first, and saw without rightly appre-hending. Then was he led through the perception,one by one, of the* fair colours which the sunlightdisparts to the whole realm of aturje, — then finallyhe apprehended these colours as all embraced by onesubtle element called Light. Even so, at the outset of d by Google

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