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The Triumph of the Gospel.

The Triumph of the Gospel.

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BY REV. JOHN SUMMERFIELD, A.M.


A MISSIONARY SERMON.

Habakkuk, ii., 14. — For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
BY REV. JOHN SUMMERFIELD, A.M.


A MISSIONARY SERMON.

Habakkuk, ii., 14. — For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

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THE TRIUMPH OF THE GOSPEL. BY REV. JOH SUMMERFIELD, A.M.A MISSIOARY SERMO. Habakkuk, ii., 14. — For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. If we seek at all times to trace the Providences of God, we shall often find that he makes his throne darkness to us ; and from the thick darkness we hear a voice saying, " What I do, thou knowest not now ; but thou shalt know hereaf- ter." But in tracing the operations of the word of his grace and the state of his church we find this clearly made known. % * # The eternal fiat has gone forth : " For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." 14 158 THE TRIUMPH OF THE GOSPEL. I. Consider the subject matter of this prophecy. II. What is said concerning it. III. Offer a few remarks to confirm the declaration. I. Consider the subject matter of this prophecy. The " glory of the Lord" has various meanings. A grand display of this was made when Moses and Aaron and the seventy elders were called up into the mount. There they beheld his glory ! It was as a pavement of fire of the col- our of a sapphire, and as the heavens for brightness ! — Any particular visible display of his presence was his glo- ry ! for God can display himself in no other way than a glo-
 
rious one. Hence, when in the wilderness he fed them with manna, and appeared in a cloud, this was his glory ! Again, when he led them on in their journeyings by the pillar of fire and cloud, he was in the pillar, and it was " the glory of the Lord !" In aftertimes it was applied to the display made of his glory between the wings of the cherubim, and even to the ark of the covenant afterward deposited in the holy place. When this was taken by the Philistines it was a disastrous day ; old Eli died ; his daughter was brought to a premature birth ; and when in the agonies of dissolu- tion, having heard that he was a son, " call his name Icha- bod," the glory of the Lord is departed. But the term has also reference to the Gospel, and St. Paul proves that this was eminently the glory of the Lord ! There was a glory attending the law, but this was much more glorious.* The law was the ministration of death, the Gospel of life. The law denounces the requirements of God without any hope to the sinner, the Gospel proclaims pardon. The law leaves us in our lost estate, but the Gos- pel is the word of salvation ! It is more glorious than the law in its author, his person, and his work. 1. His person was glorious ; a better tabernacle than Moses's — made by God himself — human in materials, but Divine in workmanship : even the humanity was built by God ! A better glory rested on this tabernacle than Mo- ses's ; sometimes this glory darted through the veil of his * See Benson. THE TRIUMPH OF THE GOSPEL. 159 flesh, and made his appearance white and glistering. And then they " beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father ;" yea, in him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
 
2. In his work. He comes not to condemn, but to save; and herein is God glorified in the salvation of men. * * % # # # # # But the Gospel is peculiarly glorious above the law, 1. In its extent. If we look at former times, we might perhaps think that God had selected a few — originally one family of man — as his peculiar treasure ; but now we find this was only that the coming of the Messiah might be more clearly marked. When that purpose was accomplished, and everything predicted concerning him by the prophets fulfill- ed, then the mystery which had been hidden from ages was made manifest, even that the Gentiles should be partakers of the same riches in glory by Christ Jesus. The veil of the Temple was rent from top to bottom, the holiest was laid open, and the cry went forth, " Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." He broke down the middle wall of partition between us, even to the foundation ; he razed it up as Jerusalem was razed, and left not one stone upon another ; he made a highway for all the kindreds of the earth : " And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." 2. It represents the Divine attributes more gloriously than the law. There was indeed a great glory on the mountain when God made known his law. The mountain shook ! the people trembled ! God was terrible in his majesty / The glory of his justice was great when the earth swallowed up Korah and his rebellious company. His hatred to sin was conspicuous in many such instances. But neither in the casting down of angels nor destruction of the world would his glory have been so marked as in the death of his own Son ! In that there is the richest display both of grace and  justice ! " Here the whole Deity is known, or dares a creature guess Which of the glories brightest shone, The justice or the grace."

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