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THE following fermon having made a great noife through
this and feveral other corners of the land; left any fhould think the author is afhamed of his doctrine he there delivered, he allows it to come abroad to the world with the laft fermon in the preceding volume. He had begun to preach from that text, If. ix. 6. in November 30. 1731; and having spoke to the two first claufes, he took occafion, June 4. 1732, viz. Sabbath-evening, after the celebration of the facrament at Stirling, to infift upon the clanfe immediately following, The government fhall be upon his fhoulder, as he has been infifting upon the following part of the verfe ever-fince...
Some were of opinion, that the fuobject was unfuitable to the occafion, after people had been at a communion-table, But it would appear, that fuch as think fo, do not confider, that Chrift did wade to the throne and government of his mediatory kingdom through blood. For my part, I do not know how one can be better entertained, either at, or immediately after he has been at the Lord's table, fhewing forth his death, than by letting him know, that he who was dead is now alive, and lives for evermore, having the keys of hell and death in his hand. What more comfortable to a believer, than to hear that the Lamb flain is now in the midst of the throne, with the reins of government in his hand, especially in a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity from the Lord God of hofts in the valley of vifion?
Others judged it amifs on fuch an occafion, to touch upon the act of affembly anent the settlement of vacant congregations, which had been paffed a few days before. All that is needful
needful to be faid in answer to which is, that the public wound given by that act was fresh, and the hearts of the poor people of God bleeding, to fee themselves fpoiled by those who should have been the guardians of their spiritual rights and privileges ; and what could be more proper than to panse the green wound, and pour in fome of the healing balsam of gospel-consolation, arifing from the government of their great King, who rules in the midst of his enemies?
The author never pretended to deliver every particular word or fentence contained in his notes, which to him would be the greatest flavery and confinement. But as the fermon ftood in his notes, fo it comes abroad; and he fuppofes that there will be but very inconfiderable variation. Only, the preamble, when he entered upon the text, is added, without which it would have looked fomewhat abrupt; befides fomething he had not time that evening to overtake, at the end of the difcourse. He preached two other fermons on the fame clause of the verfe, the Sabbath following, which there was no time to tranfcribe for the prefs, otherwife the discourse might have been more perfect, and the omiffions quarrelled by fome been fupplied.
I. THE government upon Christ's shoulder.
ISA. ix. 6. For unto us a child is born, unto us
II. A treasure of gofpel-grace digged out of Mount Sinai,
ISA. lix. 19-When the enemy fhall come in like a flood,
IX. The wrath of man bounded by the power of God.
EXOD. xxiii. 21.-Beware of him, and obey his voice,
XI. The tabernacle of David ruined by man, and reared
AMOS ix. 11. In that day will I raise up the tabernacle
XIV. Chrift the refurrection and the life.
JOHN xi. 25.-Jefus faid unto her, I am the refurrection,
XII. The annals of redeeming love, with the Redeemer's
PSAL. ii. 6.-Yet have I fet my King upon my holy bill