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Incomprehensibility of God

Incomprehensibility of God

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BY J. COGSWELL, D. D

JOB XI. 7-9.

" Canst thou by searching find out God 1 canst thou know the Almighty
unto perfection 1 It is as high as heaven, what canst thou do "? deeper than
hell, what canst thou know "? The measure thereof is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea."
BY J. COGSWELL, D. D

JOB XI. 7-9.

" Canst thou by searching find out God 1 canst thou know the Almighty
unto perfection 1 It is as high as heaven, what canst thou do "? deeper than
hell, what canst thou know "? The measure thereof is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea."

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INCOMPREHENSIBILITY OF GOD 2
BY J. COGSWELL, D. D
JOB XI. 7-9. " Canst thou by searching find out God 1 canst thou know the Almighty unto perfection 1 It is as high as heaven, what canst thou do "? deeper than hell, what canst thou know "? The measure thereof is longer than the earth and broader than the sea." When we meditate on the being, the attributes and the works of God, objects vast, deeply interesting and glorious occupy our thoughts, and a scene awfully grand and sublime passes before us, the utmost limits of which the powers of the most vigorous minds cannot reach. We may be pleased and delighted, when we contemplate the most beautiful productions of art, or the achievements of the renowned of this world, which historians record, and on which poets and orators love to dwell ; but how great is the change experienced, when oUr attention is directed to the mar-velous works and mighty acts of God ? We are so constituted that the subjects on which we are ac-
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customed to meditate have a transforming influence. Hence we find that those who are most uniformly devout, are most like God and best prepared to endure without repining, the trials through which they are called to pas?. Who can describe the happi-ness of him, who forgetful of the cares and perplexities, the disappointments and troubles of life, is filled with all the fulness of God? Few are aware how little they know of God, compared with 4 54 Sermon on Job xi. 7-0. what may be known of him. It is a remarkable fact that some who have made the greatest attainments in their knowl-edge of the laws of the material world, have very imperfect views of him who is a spirit, and who seeketh such to worship him as worship him in spirit and- in truth. They are still more ignorant of him who is the brightness of his Father's glory and the express image of his person. The light of nature, however clearly it may shine, gives them no knowledge of Christianity, and no knowledge of a plurality of persons in the Godhead. There is no intimation in the law of nature, or the moral law, of the forgiving love of God. All the knowl-
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edge we have of the plan adopted for the redemption of men is derived from revelation. The opinions and conduct of very many prove conclusively that they are ignorant of the charac-ter of him who looks upon all sin with infinite abhorrence, and who is determined to punish with everlasting destruction every impenitent transgressor. "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts." Though our knowledge of God in the present life is extremely limited, yet he has furnished us with the means, by which we may know all that is necessary for us to know in order to our salvation. We may rejoice that in him there are inexhausti-ble treasures of knowledge, wisdom and goodness, to which all the redeemed have free access. Were not God infinite in all his attributes, we could not understandingly and unreservedly trust in him, or worship him. We shall never, even in the future state, know all that may be known of God. But the revelations he will constantly make of himself and of his pur-poses, will furnish holy beings with new subjects of medita-tion, suited to their advancement in knowledge. The treasures Sermon on Job xi. 7-9. 55
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