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The Mystery of Godliness

The Mystery of Godliness

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. SAMUEL HORSFALL

1 Timothy hi. 16.

And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness : God ivas manifest in the flesh — justi-
fied in the spirit — seen of angels — preached unto
the Gentiles — believed on in the world — received
up into glory.
REV. SAMUEL HORSFALL

1 Timothy hi. 16.

And without controversy great is the mystery of
godliness : God ivas manifest in the flesh — justi-
fied in the spirit — seen of angels — preached unto
the Gentiles — believed on in the world — received
up into glory.

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THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESSREV. SAMUEL HORSFALL1 Timothy hi. 16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness : God ivas manifest in the flesh — justi-fied in the spirit — seen of angels — preached unto the Gentiles — believed on in the world — received up into glory. Blessed is the man who with confidence in its promises, looks into the word of God, that he may learn therein, " to walk in all the commandments "of God blameless!" and whose piety and humi-lity prompt him to adore his gracious purposes towards the children of men; — his wisdom in crea-tion—-his mercy in redemption — and his goodness in the promise of endless fehcity, in recompense of his faith and obedience. With this view alone, my brethren ! may we ever unfold the pages of the sacred volume ! Far be
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2621 SERMON XVIII. it from us to cavil at his decrees — dispute his or-dinances — and set up our finite judgment in com-petition with the wisdom of the Eternal. Yet this is daily done 5 and man, presumptuous man! ever blindly ignorant where his happiness is most con-cerned, reads but to wrest the Scriptures from their obvious import — refuses to acknowledge their di-vine authenticity — scoffs at what God has thought proper to reveal — denies the Holy Spirit to have guided the pen of the prophets and apostles — and in words as disrespectful as Festus spoke to Agrippa, talk " of one Jesus who was dead, and whom Paul " affirmed to be alive.'' When the Almighty had finished the creation ol all things wherein there is life; and had ordained them to inhabit the globe he had spoken into form, and beautified with the sun, the moon, and all the stars — " He created man in his own image, after his likeness.'^ Not that he was formed in the simi-litude of any body, we can be so gross as to sup-pose the Almighty can have, for " God is a spirit." No! *' He created man for immortality,'* says the wise Solomon, " and made him to be an mage of
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SERMON XVIir. 263 ^^ his own eternity/' This was the resemblance — this was the likeness after which he was formed : and as such he w^as '^ made a little lower than the " angels, and crowned with glory and worship" — appointed to hold an intermediate station between the spiritual and animal world; over the latter of which, he was to hold universal dominion. From the superior intellectual endowments of man may fairly be inferred his immortality. Moses having, in the first chapter of Genesis, given a general view of the works of creation;  judged the exalted privileges God had bestowed on this lord of the lower world, should be more particularly detailed; his nature shown to be per-fect, and his happiness complete; in order that his disobedience might be set forth in its true light, and the mercy of God conspicuous to all gainsay ers. He, therefore, in the second chapter introduces tlie Almighty, after he had formed man of the dust
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