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."