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God, and the revealed belong to us, and whatsoever God hath said, he is sure to make good. The Spirit is often compared to the wind, and the analogy between them is very striking in many respects ; to say nothing of the identity of the fame, Hebrew and Greek, words made use of to express the wind which blows and the heavenly Comforter, there is an exact similarity in their operations--the wind blows where it listeth; so, in like manner, it is with the Spirit. The wind sometimes blows with a gentle motion, even so gentle, as is scarcely to be perceived ; at other times with so impetuous a gust, that all opposition gives way before it: in each of these, the resemblance holds good. Thus, when the Lord Jehovah mall thresh the mountains of fin and oppression, they shall be fanned; and the wind fall carry them away, and the whirlwind jhall featter them *. Like the smitten image the wind jhall carry it away, and 10 place shall be found for it to And who can stay his hand, or say, What dost thou?
Having considered the reality of the Promise, I proceed,
II. TO CONSIDER the end for which it shall be accomplished:
1. As the Spirit of the Lord is the spirit of wisdom, knowledge, and revelation, fo one grand end to be answered is, to unfold the great things of eternity, which otherwise must remain locked up in profound
and eternal darkness. It is the Spirit which searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God: For what man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man, which is in Him? even so the things of God no man knoweth, but the Spirit of God: and it is our privilege to know, by the fame Spirit, the things which are freely given to us of God *. It is, therefore, the Spirit of truth which must guide into all truth; which must take of the things of Christ, and thew them unto us, and must reveal the deep things of God unto us.
2. Even the Apostles were as ignorant of many things as other men, till they were illuminated from on High. The Bible was a sealed book unto them ; yea, the very things which Christ spake to them were hidden from them, till they were enlightened from above. Hence they had the same gross and carnal notions of things respecting the kingdom of Our Saviour, the fame proud and selfish views that mere natural men have ; and, as such, they often fell under their Marter’s gentle reproofs for their partiality and undue attachment to the objects of time and sense : nay, even when he was upon his last journey to Jerusalem, to suffer like a criminal, the very things which he himself told them, yet, at that unseasonable time, there was a conteft among themselves which should be the greatest. So that we don't perceive any extraordinary capacities which they had more than other men ; on the contrary, there appears something heavy and dull in them;
I Cor. ii. 11, 12, 13.
but, as St. Paul observes, God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wife ; and God hath shosen the weak things of the world to confound the mnighty; and base things of the world; and things which are despised, hath God chofen ; yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught the things that are Now if this was the case in the morning of the Gorpel, what must it be in the meridian splendour ? therefore, then the Sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in his wings, in the eyes of all--then the Spirit shall be poured upon all flesh, and, through that Divir.c Teacher, all shall know the Lord, from the least unto the greatest !
3. What a number of deep and important things lie hid in the sacred oracles, like precious pearls, which lie buried, till the Heavenly Instructor Thall bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make an ample display of those things which have been kept fecret froin the foundation of the world. The little which we now fee, by the twilight which we have, is very amiable; yet is but a faint view of what will
appear, when the vail of the covering is removed from all nations. For as it is with the Jews, so, in a great measure, it is with us all-the vail is still upon the mind ; but it shall not always be fo; no, the time will come when there will be a general turning to the Lord and then the vail shall be taken away--and then all believers will say, as an inspired Apostle did,
* Cor. j. 27, 28.
But we all, with open face, beholding, as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, and are changed into the same inage from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord*.
4. How glorious will every attribute shine, when we see them all so sweetly harmonize in the adorable Mediator ! The justice of the Deity, with all its extensive demands, so wonderfully demonstrated and held out to full view, while we see it amply satisfied by the blood of an incarnate God!—The flaming sword is now sheathed again, and a free, open way, will appear into the holiest, while the tabernacle of God is with men, with whom he now delights to dwell for evermore. Mercy, that darling feature of the Deity, appears with wings expanded, to shadow all under its benigni influences, and jarrs no longer with justice, but each are at amity and peace in the glorious huma. nity of God manifested in the Aesh. Righteousness and peace sweetly combine in proclaiming-Glory to God in the highest, and good-will, and every choice blessing, to the favoured race! These are richly perfumed by the sweet fragrance exhibited upon the Crofs. Here, justice and mercy meet together-righteousness and peace kiss each other. Here, Wisdom, like a morning star, expells the horror, chases away the darkness from the opening heavens--while Love, infinite Love, like the Sun in his miridian strength, Theds forth its brightest teams, its richest splendour, to all the human race-wile the powerful arm of a
2 Cor. iii, 1S.
reconciled Jehovah is their defence for ever. - Thus will these jewels shine out with never-fading lustre, and will form the diadem of Zion's matchless King for ever, and will appear conspicuous when the glory of the latter day shall be revealed. Well may the Church cry out-Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!
5. The fame Spirit will be an universal quickener; and we may depend upon it, the living streams of grace shall be as universal as the poisonous Aowings of fin. 'Tis true, the human race, just like the dry bones, lie exposed in the open valley ;-and lo, they are very dry, very destitute of any heavenly moisture : but when the universal cry is, Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these pain, that they may live--the breath will come into them, and they will live, and stand upon their feet a great army *.
It is the Spirit which quickeneth, and what hath already appeared is only like some early plants, or Aowers, which are as so many verdant harbingers of a general spring; when the wilderness and the folitary place fhall blossom as a rose. Indeed, the blooming season of the year, when the earth is arrayed in her rich attire, and the winged choristers are all music, life, and vigour, is always to me a fweet emblem of that charming season, when the kingdoms of this world jhall become the kingdoms of our God and of his Chrift for ever. Then will Jehovah open the graves of his people, and the spirit of life shall enter in ; the dead
* Ezek. xxxvii. 9, 10.