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Our Duty to Give God Thanks.

Our Duty to Give God Thanks.

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BY REV. HARVEY GOODWIN, M.A.,



EPHESIANS v. 20.

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
BY REV. HARVEY GOODWIN, M.A.,



EPHESIANS v. 20.

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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OUR DUTY TO GIVE GOD THAKS. BY REV. HARVEY GOODWI, M.A., EPHESIAS v. 20. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I AM to speak to you to-day, according to the course of the Sermons in which I am at present engaged, concerning that duty of giving thanks to God, which the Church Catechism puts imme diately after that of worshipping Him. " To worship Him, to give Him thanks" such is the order of duties, in the formula which we have now for some Sundays past been considering. I remarked upon a former occasion, that although the duty of worshipping God could not be re garded as merely equivalent to the sum of all the duties subsequently mentioned in the Church Catechism, still those duties did unquestionably partake of the character of worship ; and this is pre-eminently the case with the duty of thanks- 112 SERMO VIII. giving ; " whoso offereth me thanks and praise," says the Psalm, " he honoureth Me" he ivorship- peth Me. So far as it goes thanksgiving is worship ; not the whole, but an important part of it ; and one, the omission of which will certainly mar the whole. For it is manifest, that if we be indeed dependent upon God for every blessing temporal
 
and spiritual, then we may not come into His presence without avowing that dependence; if He has given us life and breath and all things, we must thank Him for such gifts ; if He has forgiven us our sins, we must thank Him for such forgiveness ; if He has redeemed us, we must acknowledge that we are redeemed ; if He has re vealed Himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ, then we are not worthy of that revelation if we do not express our gratitude ; yea our tongues have been given to us for this great end above others, that we should be able to declare the praises of God and shew forth our thankfulness to Him. Hence thanksgiving is a great feature in all true worship ; it appears as such in the service of the Church of England, as I shall notice more parti cularly by-and-bye ; and the instinct of a Christian heart will ensure a place to it in every approach to the mercy-seat, which is made in private. ever theless the duty of thanksgiving presents for our consideration points distinct from those, which the TO GIVE HIM THAKS. 113 duty of worship in general brings before us, and some of the chief of these points I propose to draw out and discuss. ow I have chosen for a text a verse from S. Paul s Epistle to the Ephesians, which supplies us in a very few words with a remarkably com plete guide in the matter of thanksgiving; and I think that I cannot do better than bring before you in order the several points, which the text contains. In the first place, I would have you notice, that S. Paul speaks of giving thanks " unto God and
 
the Father." The person described under these two titles is of course one and the same, but the thoughts which belong to the two titles are very different ; the name of God may be said chiefly to testify of power , that of Father chiefly of love ; it is because God has allowed Himself to be ad dressed as " our Father," that we can draw nigh to Him with full assurance of faith. And even if you say, that the name " the Father" in the text does not mean our Father but the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, still the same conclusion holds ; for it is the fact of God having revealed Himself to us, not merely as the Creator of the world, but as the Father of Jesus Christ, as having " so loved the world that He sent His Son into the world, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish 114 SERMO VIII. but have everlasting life," it is this fact, I say, which is the ground of our new relationship to God, and of the gratitude which consequently we owe to Him. Whether therefore we take the ex pression in the text, " God and the Father," as implying " God our Father," or " God the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ," it is all one, so far, as the present question is concerned ; either way the name of Father is the great root of thanksgiving ; either way the name may be expanded, so as to include all those grounds, upon which the duty of giving thanks depends ; when the Church Cate chism teaches the child to say " My duty towards God is to give Him thanks," a sufficient reason for the teaching may be found in this, that the child has already been taught to say "I be lieve in God the Father."

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