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' In much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaselh knowledge increaseth sorrow." — Eccl. i. 18.
It is highly important that we should keep in mind, as well in respect of the declarations of Scripture, as of the maxims of mere temporal and secular concernment, that many things which, in one point of their application, are altogether undeniable, may in another point be contrary to reason and experience ; that many positions which, up to a certain limit, are true beyond all question, may, if strained, and urged beyond that limit, become as evidently untrue. The words of the text may serve as an illustration of this principle. The intended application is clearly of limited extent ; if it were universal, it would involve a paradox; and it would assert that which is contrary not only to the testimony of our own
minds, but to the plain statements which are made in many other places of the word of God. There is wisdom which bringeth no grief; and there is knowledge whose increase implies no increase of sorrow. We shall find in the Bible no plea for ignorance. " That the soul be without knowledge it is not good," is the declaration of Scripture; and they are rendering a mighty disservice to religion, who represent it as disconnected with the cultivation of the mental powers. Of all the gifts which the Lord has bestowed upon his creatures, none ranks higher, or involves weightier responsibility, than the gift of intellect. No endowment with which He has invested them can be ranged in its importance above that, by which man is separated, and marked off, from the lower creation, and by which he is made to differ from the beasts that perish.
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On the great reckoning day, when the debt book is opened, and we are held to account for the employment of even the lowest faculties with which we have been gifted ; that will surely not be overlooked, or unheeded, which is the distinguishing prerogative of our nature, and bj' which we are adapted to study the attributes of God, and to serve and glorify him for ever. The talent must be used, not laid by; it must be put out to interest, not hidden in a napkin nor buried in the earth. It is, indeed, a high and noble thing to consecrate our minds, with all their best and brightest faculties, to him who bestowed them for his own service. There is no finer spectacle than that which is presented by the man of science, who searches the records of creation, written in characters which no time can obliterate, and on a page which no changes can efface ; and fetches in from them proofs
of the character, and illustrations of the dealings and doings of Deity ; who, while he listens to the voice which they utter in his ear, acts as nature's interpreter for nature's God, and brings forth evidences of everlasting truth wherewith to put to silence the cavils of the objector. Or one who has become familiar with the languages of other lands, may dedicate this power also to a holy service, and make it the means of extending the limits of the Redeemer's kingdom, by sending forth the tidings of salvation through his blood, to the nations which have long been sitting in darkness and the shadow of death. While another who is strong in argument, and able to detect fallacious reasoning, o2 161
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and to give force to truth, will find no topics in the defence of which he may better or more satisfactorily spend his intellectual strength than those whicli the gospel furnishes forth. And if there even were a period, when it was laid with the weight of a special duty upon the people of God, to improve to the utmost their mental faculties for his service, it is the period in which our lot is cast. The apostles of infidelity are abroad, and are doing their master's work with unceasing and unwearying devotedness. There are subtle and keen witted men, who have rendered themselves up to the one unholy design of puUinor down the fabric of pure and undefiled religion; and while they are putting forth all the powers of cultivated minds for the achievement of their
purpose, it is surely the time when the servants of the cross should keep their intellectual armour bright and burnished. The days are at hand when there will be a yet fiercer conflict between the principles of good and evil ; when the struggle for the mastery will be yet more tremendous ; when they who love the Lord Jesus Christ cannot remain in neutrality, but must contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints, in promulgating which apostles laboured, and in the defence of which martyrs braved the scaflfold and the stake. We do not doubt the issue of the great contest, because we know that the might of Omnipotence is engaged on our side, and that the word of Him who cannot be.unfluthful is pledged to his church. But we have no warrant to look for a special blessing, while we commit the protection of our Zion to unpractised hands ; while we intrust the defence of our spiritual citadel to men who possess xeal indeed, but not accord6
ing to knowledge. The church of Christ has probably suffered not less from its professed friends, than from its avowed enemies ; and without charging hypocrisy or deception upon all of the former class who have done injury to the great cause of truth, we blame them that they have so often suflfered the mind to lie fallow and untilled ; and have counted it a small thing to leave in abeyance the intellectual endowments with the use of which they
have been charged. They would take the things of the gospel out of the sphere of reason, and confine them altogether to the regions of feeling and affection. Hence it is, that while the truth is overspread and obscured by multiform delusions ; while frantic claims to special inspiration are asserted, in maintenance of wild, and extravagant, and antiscriptural doctrines, we are told the case is one to which the
ordinary process by which error is refuted, cannot be applied : it is in vain that unanswerable arguments are urged, the expected result does not follow, but occasion is still given to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, and the hearts of those who love his name are depressed and saddened, as they see one and another of the weaker brethren made to stumble, and wander from the narrow way. The apostolical injunction to be "ready to give an answer to every man that asketh a reason of the hope that is in us," is addressed not only to the distinguished and highly gifted champions of gospel truth, but it belongs with as much directness and force of application, to those whose position is far lower, and whose attainments are of a far meaner order. If we would be kept from imbibing erroneous opinions which must hinder our own souls, and may be the cause of hinderance to others, we must bring the powers of reason to bear upon the subjects of revelation,
in a simple and prayerful dependence upon the Spirit, without whose teaching, indeed, human powers could not avail for the discovery of the least fragments of divine truth. Such an employment of mind, the words which I have chosen for our present topic, are far, indeed, from discouraging. And in order to set this matter before you with more clearness and precision, I will consider, in the first place,
SOME OF THE CASES IN WHICH THE APPLICATION OF THE TEXT IS UNDENIABLE ; and,
in the second place, some of those in
WHICH no APPLICATION OF IT CAN BE MADE.
As to the first head of our subject, we may say, in general and compendious terms, that the text applies to all the acquisitions of knowledge which are inde pendent of God, and from which consi9
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derations of the soul and of eternity are ' tauorht in a better sehnol, he knows noexcluded. The limitation of the sphere j thing of eternity ; and all the acquisitions of human science must necessarily pro- j by which he has been distinguished from duce dissatisfaction and disappointment. \ his fellows, will have no bearing upon its When it has been urged to its farthest weighty concernments. " Whether there extent, its discoveries are but mean and | be knowledge, it shall vanish away: ignoble in comparison of what remains | whether there be tongues, they shall yet unknown ; its acquisitions are little cease." He may have taken larger worth, when contrasted with the extent ; strides than his contemporaries,
in the of the field, which can never be brought ! field of human attainments ; and he may within its grasp and compass. If it be I be able to illustrate his chosen subjects
with such eloquence that riveted attention hangs upon his words; but, in spite of the admiration which he excited, he must soon go down to the quiet chamber of the grave; the tongue which spoke with such force and persuasion will be put to silence; the distinction which he earned by mental superiority must cease, and his very name will, after a few generations, be forgotten.
2d. But there are circumstances in which sorrow more directly tracks the footprints of that wisdom which is of the earth. The annals of human science, the history of students in human learning, might furnish forth many a heartrending page. We might read of man}' a one,
who, having ardently pursued the object which seemed to promise most of reputation and advancement, has derived from his pursuit only the keenness of disappointment and the bitterness of a broken heart. At this time, and within the compass of this crowded city, you might go into many a chamber where the scholar is consuming life itself in the acquirement of knowledge which will not profit him. You might see the sad spectacle of such a one sinking to an untimely tomb, because he followed his one object too intently and too devotedly ; labouring during the day, and stealing hours from repose, that he might spend his waning strength over the nightly lamp ; until the hectic colour settles upon his pale sunken cheek; till, with wasted limbs, and unstrung nerves, he bears in the aspect of his emaciated form the evidence of premature decay. And while he is sacrificing so much for intellectual distinction, he is keenly and painfully
sensible of neglect. He feels himself a lonely and forsaken creature. The world
applied to the objects and operations of external nature, it soon reaches the boundary line beyond which its investigations cannot advance. It may accumulate facts, and, by a careful and precise induction, form a system ; connecting together various phenomena, it may pronounce of one class, that they are cause, and of another, that they are effect; but of their mode of influence, or of the exact relation which they bear to each other, nothing is known. And if science be applied to trace out the machinery and operations of our own minds, the result is still less satisfactory. One generation of metaphysicians builds up a system which another generation employs itself to pull down and to destroy.
1st. Human knowledge is confined within narrow limits in point of time. The present is that which it can alone claim. The annals of past ages convey falsehoods intermingled with truth ; so that the most patient and unwearied research cannot distinguish between fact and fiction : and infinitely the larger portion of the transactions which have occupied the millions of mankind, have obtained no record, and have left no memorial. Of the mighty future, which lies be5'ond the boundary of time ; of that inconceivably long existence, to which the present life forms but the commencement and the vestibule, unassisted reason can make no discovery. There hath no voice come to us but the voice of revelation and of God, to tell us of our own everlasting destiny ; and it must remain wrapped in concealment and mystery to him who rejects this teaching. He may have toiled patiently and unweariedly, and he may have been pointed at with the finger, as the wisest
among the wise ; but unless he has been
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is too busy to mark his doings; mankind are too much occupied by their own several engagements, to care for his success. Others there are of firmer temperament and bolder spirit, who are rising to distinction, and grasping the splendid rewards which society has to bestow : they are better suited to struggle with the world ; and, though they may belong to a far inferior class of minds, they have battled with the stream, and have planted their feet upon the vantage ground, on
which his eye and his hope have long been vainly fixed. He goes down to his grave; and with him maybe buried the bright expectations of parents, who, with the willing credulity of the heart, believed no object too high for his attainment; or the last hopes of his own home circle to whom he was the centre of affection and delight. This ardent pursuit of knowledge, this uncheered and unmitigated toil, has destroyed many a life. And if there be no revelation of the truth of God to the heart; if no dawning of spiritual day hath broken upon the darkness of the soul ; if the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has never come with its converting and healing power, it is not easy to imagine a death-bed more uncheered and unhappy. The man feels, when he is dying, that a deceived heart has turned him aside ; he sees that he has been labouring for that which is not bread ; that he has been spending life, with all its energies, devoting the mind, with all
its bright and powerful faculties, for that which could not satisfy the soul, nor comfort his spirit in the hour of need.
3d. Human knowledge, ivhile it is unsandified hy grace, tends to lead us away from God. We may become so absorbed in the contemplation of the Creator's works ; in tracing the various processes through which they pass, and the various laws to which they are subject, as to forget the high attributes of the Creator himself. We may be so engrossed by the gifts which he has bestowed with a free and liberal hand, as to be altogether forgetful of the bounteous Giver. It is a saddening proof of the ingratitude of the heart, and of the utter depravity to which our nature has fallen, that the very facul-
ties of mind, the lofty and noble endowments which the Lord has bestowed, are
so often made the means of widening the gulf of separation which divides us from him. We may embark so ardently in the cause of human wisdom, that, while we advance, step by step, to higher and more envied attainments, we may, in exactly the same degree, be travelling into ? region of remoteness from God ; an(? while we use his gifts for the achieve ment of our present purpose, we may consign to inconsideration the condition of responsibility which he has annexed, and from which we cannot finally escape, tnat they should be used to his glory, in the promotion of his own everlasting purposes. The effect will be to keep us far from God, since the pride which chambers itself in the natural heart, and rises in determined hostility against the humbling doctrines of the cross, will be increased by continual accessions; and as we advance successfully in the acquirements of human knowledge, we shall be tempted to compare ourselves with those
of meaner attainments, from whose ranks we have stepped forward, and wanting the counterbalance of grace in the heart, we shall be further removed from the simplicity of that childlike spirit, in which it is required that we should go as learners into the school of Jesus Christ.
4th. To be thus turned aside from him who is the source of present blessing and eternal hope, will sooner or later he felt to be an evil and a bitter thing. It issues not unfrequently in yet more disastrous effects. The. mind which has been so deeply engaged in following the discoveries of science, and sjathering stores of intellectual treasure- in ways which it has shaped out independently of God, may at length, in the uncurbed pride of reason, reject the evidence for the truth of his revealed word ; may deny hia nrovidential interference in the transactions of the earth; and, plunging yet deeper in the abyss of unbelief, may join the fool of
old, in denying his very existence. If there be a human creature whose condition might well excite profounder pity than that of others, it is he who, being a wanderer in the wilderness, has quenched
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in his soul the light which would have guided hirn on his way; who, being born to an inheritance of sorrow, has closed against himself the only well-spring of abiding comfort. Such a one may not only present the fearful spectacle of infidelity in his own person, but, with an unholy devotedness, he may use his influ20
ence and his talents in perverting the faith of others, and making them the same in their unbelief as he has himself become. But while he is thus doing the work of the great enemy of mankind, he is also preparing the way for consequences which he neither expected nor desired. He may pride himself upon the strict integrity which is stamped upon his dealings ; the carefulness and consistency with which he performs the offices of his station ; and the respectability and unimpeached credit with which he bears himself in the relations of social life; but while he is conveying the subtle poison of his opinions to the minds of others, he cannot predict the effects in which they may result. The young and intellectual, upon whom he had taken pains to fasten his opinions, may not be able to exercise the same mastery over their passions, and to restrain so successfully the outbreak of evil propensities, when the curb of religious principle has been withdrawn, and the
outworks of morality have been beaten down. Having become infidel in opinion, they may become debauched in practice; following out, in their natural result, the principles to which they have been proselyted, they may become such as their companions learn to pity or scorn, and such as society desires to weed out of its pale. He who with so much assiduity converted them to his views, may be yet in the fulness of his own unchecked prosperity ; but his heart will be wrung with anguish as he marks the blight and the ruin which he caused, but which he cannot remedy. And when his own evil day comes upon him, when his leaf is sere and yellow, and the blossom of his life is gone, he will feel the full bitterness of a desolate spirit. There may be times when memory will call up early recollections, and go back to the days when he had not j'et learned to call the gospel
the fable of the nurse, and the delusion of the priest; the days of unspoiled and unperverted childhood, when in the holy observances of a pious family circle, the morning and evening prayer was offered by those into whose hearts no doubt had ever entered, that the living God was their guardian and provider, or that Jesus had clothed himself with their nature, and had borne the burden of their sins upon the cross. There may he the remembrance of the peace which then dwelt in his bosom, and has never since been lodged there, and with this remembrance there may be a momentary stir of slumbering affections, and a gushing forth of long-forgotten feelings; but the heart has been too long hardened, and the mind too much warped, to dwell on scenes and recollections like these. Yet, as he compares the present with the past, he may feel that he has made but an ill exchange. Just as we may conceive the habitual
drunkard, whose pleasures have long been those of the wine-cup and the midnight revel, looking back to the days when his limbs did not totter with premature weakness, nor his pulse throb with habitual fears ; when he could stoop in the midst of the pleasures, and exercises, and labours of youth, and bathe his brow and quench his thirst in the crystal stream. He remembers the past, but the power of simple and unblamed enjoyment is gone.
5th. But fur ihe man loho has lived in proud defiance of God, there will come a season luhen he icill reap a fuller harvest of disappointment and sorrotv. When he is shut up in his death-chamber, and is preparing to pillow his head in the sepulchre, the evidence for the existence and the interposition of Deity, which he laboured so long to resist and to exclude, will rush upon him with overwhelming force. He may have lived, but he cannot die an infi24
del. The God whom he renounced, and the restraints of whose authority be set himself to castaway, will make his terrors to be felt. It is nothing, in his present extremity, that he has been distinguished among his contemporaries, and that his name has been emblazoned high in the records of learning and science. On all
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these things he will now see vanity inscribed. They cannot soothe the unquietness of bodily suffering, nor lift the burden from the self-accusing conscience. He will feel, at length, that in his much
wisdom hath been much grief, and in the increase of his knowledge hath been increase of sorrow. He hath treasured up evil for the latter day, and has laid upon his own soul the bitterness of anguish, which found him out at the last.
6th. And that which is true of individuals, is not less true of communities. If it be a dangerous thing for a man to cultivate intellectual accomplishments, at the expense of personal piety, no less is it hazardous, that religion should be dissociated from knowledge, in the prevailing schemes for the instruction of a people. And among all the features of the time which cause anxiety to those who are careful for future days, and who tremble for the generation who are to follow, there is none which threatens more disaster and calamity than the growing pride which, irrespective of the claims of the Creator, would deify the intellect of the fallen creature. The men of the new philoso26
phy are at work, who are content that the people should be of any religion, or of no religion, provided only, that stores of perishable wisdom be accumulated. With them is leagued the cold skeptic, whose weapon is sarcasm, and whose ready argument lies in a sneer; who, if knowledge be but diffused, would not complain though the altar should be polluted and overthrown. And we cannot doubt that the old enemy of human souls, who made the tree of knowledge the instrument of his earliest temptation, is busily employed in helping forward plans which bid so fair for the advancement of his kingdom. If the flood shall not overwhelm us, and shall not sweep away whatever of holy and excellent yet remains ; if the monuments of ancient piety, which have come down to us from a God-fearing ancestry, which the heart loves to cherish, and on which the eye loves to linger, are yet spared to us, it will be only through the undeserved interposition of Him, whom,
as a nation, we are schooling ourselves to renounce.
But let us now pass on to consider, briefly, in the second place. Some of the
CASES IN WHICH NO APPLICATION OF THE TEXT CAN BE MADE.
1st. It cannot he applied to the knowledge <f ourselves, and of the condition to which our nature has fallen. No acquisition is more important, for it lies at the threshold of all spiritual advancement; none more difficult, for the heart is deceitful above all things, as well as desperately wicked. Tlie evidences of sin are around us on every side. The wreck and ruin of creation proclaim what it has done. Its disastrous effects are visible, even to the heedless eye, in the blight and wretchedness which it has cast upon a world,
which, with all its furniture and all its tenants, God, at first, pronounced very good. But it is chiefly in its consequences to our own nature, that we should seek the evidences of the deadly work which sin hath wrought. It lurks, however, so deeply in the hidden and unexplored recesses of the heart, it is so contained in its concealment, that, while we are borne down by its effects, the cause escapes our observation. Even when the pressure of bodily pain wrings the groan of anguish from the bosom, or adversity makes us poor and unprovided, or bereavement makes us desolate in spirit, we often remain ignorant of the rod of bitterness, from which every human sorrow has sprung. If sin be indeed such, in its character or measures, as to excite scorn and avoidance in those with whom we are bound up in the intercourse of common life, we may feel it to be an evil thing. But, if we have earned respect by the strict moralities of a con29
sistent course; if our words have weight in the decision of others, and our example has influence among men of integrity and reputation, it is hard to persuade ourselves that there may yet lie as wide an interval of separation between us and God as that which divides him from the most reprobate and reckless of sinners. Nature resists the admission ; we can learn its necessity only by the teaching of the Spirit, which unfolds our moral history, and shows us to ourselves. Such knowledge is blessed in its results, when
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vre come in the brokenness of a selfdistrusting and self-abasing heart, to seek other help and other merit than our own. Ere we can attain to it, we must become fools, in order to be wise; for, if any man thinketh that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know it.
2d. Tht declaration of the text carumt be applied to the knowledge if God. No subject on which the intellectual faculties can spend themselvesissoelevatingand ennoblingas the character of him who bestowed them. We shall never, indeed, master the might}' subject, nor hold it within the compass of our minds, nor grapple with the inconceivable magnitude of its details. Neither can angels accomplish this by the devotion of all their immortal energies. And yet the Lord hath published records of himself, on many a bright and glowing page, which it is our privilege to read. He hath not, indeed, left himself without witness.
The whole world teems with God. The meanest objects on which the eye can rest are eloquent of him, and bear their concurrent testimony to the lines of his eternal character. But no contemplation of God, out of Christ, can give comfort to the heart which has become conscious of transgression of his law. Every divine attribute is gathered in tremendous array. Holiness turns with loathing from the guilt which Omniscience detects ; Justice claims its victim, and Omnipotence is ready to punish with the outpouring of irresistible vengeance. The revelation of the power of the gospel is the only revelation of peace to the heart. It is the one blessed scheme by which, while all the attributes have their complete and awful vindication, the overture of free pardon is made to those whom sin has ruined and rendered helpless. We bless God that not even the veriest outcast, not even the vilest among the children of sin and shame, can come in vain to plead their
cause in mercy's presence chamber. Not a single individual of the human family, who shall fall under the condemnation of the great day, will be able to urge, in arrest of the righteous sentence, that he desired to participate in the blood-bought pardon, but was left in the hopelessness
of unforgiven transgression. To know God, as he is revealed in the gospel record of his love to a ruined world, is to open the inlets of comfort to the soul. A martyr in our own land, who was going to bear his testimony amidst the flames to the truths of the gospel, opened his Testament for the last time, and prayed that he might be pointed to some passage whose strong consolation might carry him through the appalling terrors of the scene which awaited him ; God directed him to a text, which was the last upon which his eye rested. "This is life eternal, to
know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent." And for many a saint, in his hardest conflict, and in his direst extremity, has this blessed truth sufficed. If we know God as our reconciled Father, all is well. We may be carried over dark and troubled waters, but we shall be safe in the ark in which the Lord has shut us in ; the tempest may sweep across the sky, but its violence cannot harm us, for we shall have found a haven.
But if Scripture knowledge is to produce such effects, it must never be separated from grace. This separation is one of the dangers which specially belong to a period of so much religious profession as the present. It is no breach of charity to believe that there are many persons who pore on the pages of the Bible, and have become familiar with its statements, over whose lives and conversation its ])rinciples have never exercised any
perceptible control. It falls within the limits of an easily imagined possibility, that we might gather from the Bible opinions of faultless accuracy, and frame a creed so scriptural that its articles could not be impugned ; and yet, that while we were distinguished by an unwavering maintenance of such a creed, and were noted for sturdy partisanship of such an adopted system, we might be as far from the kingdom of God as if we had never heard the sound of the gospel, and no ray of truth had dawned upon the darkness of the soul. We can never become wise unto salvation, unless we go with the outpouring of humble hearts, to seek better guidance than our own, to ask
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for the gracious influences of the Spirit, whose office it is to convince of sin, and to subdue the hostility of the carnal mind, as well as to open the difficulties of the revealed word.
There is no necessary connexion between the gifts of the Spirit and the attainments of human learning ; no confinement of the blessings of spiritual knowledge to men whose minds are furnished with other stores. God often hides these things from the wise and prudent, and reveals them unto babes. Many a tenant of the mud-built cottage is able to lay hold of the hope of immortality with firmness of grasp, which the ancient philosopher and the modern skeptic could never attain. He may be able to tell nothing of the more abstruse and recondite
evidences of his religion, but he can produce the evidence which never fails to satisfy his own heart, which he derives from the complete and wonderful adaptation of the gospel to his wants. It found him poor, and has left him rich ; it found him ignorant, it has made him wise ; he was by nature a sin-polluted and a sinruined creature, and the gospel has shown him how his sin has been atoned for, its guilt for ever put away, the sentence of its condemnation cancelled, and its power curbed and restrained. And God may often make such a one, though untaught in schools, to be the instrument of conversion to the wise of this world. Even many a minister, on whose labours abundant success has rested, might bear his testimony, that he was first guided by Providence to such a lowly disciple, from whom he might gather much precious instruction in the realities of his religion, which he never learned in colleges and halls.
Such knowledge continually increases. As the believer goes on his way, he gradually discovers more of the will and the dealings of his Father. At first there might have been much of zeal, and less of knowledge; but, while the former burns as brightly as when it was first kindled in his bosom, the latter is increased by continual accessions. It may
be that, as he draws near the close of his journey, and even when he is laid upon his dying bed, God may reveal to hira many things which, in his best and brightest hours, he had never been able to discern. Just as we may have seen how the ray of closing light brings into view distant objects, some village spire, or stately building upon the remote horizon, which the eye sought in vain, until the sun was sinking behind the western
This knowledge shall not only form the staple of our earthly happiness, but shall outlast the span of our present existence, and reach forward into the outlying region of eternity. We doubt not that heaven will contain whatever of unimagined beauty, and grandeur, and sublimity can gladden the eye; that it will include whatever can call forth the warm affection of hearts, over which sin shall no longer have any control ; but neither can we doubt that heaven will be in the highest degree a place of intellect. The redeemed will make continual acquisitions of knowledge. It may be that the range of their observation will be indefinitely enlarged ; that they may gaze with undazzled eye upon all the works of God, as they lie open to their view, through the wide extent of worlds and systems ; and that they may look back on the mighty designs which He has been roll39
ing on from the beginning of time. Many a dark dispensation will be made clear; and as they trace the harmony between the administration of Providence and the dealings of grace, they will see how all things have been working together for good to the people of the Lord. And as they travel on their pathway of light, they will have for their companions the unfallen spirits, who will consecrate their lofty faculties to unrol the mysteries of divine love which they desire to look into. And God shall advance his glorified saints by continual revelations of himself. Increasing knowledge shall be an element| of that blessedness which, for aught we know, may increase in the same proportion for ever.
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