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Rev. iii. 5.
he that leadeth another into the captivity of Satan by a doctrine different from the gospel, shall go himself into the same captivity. He that is the means of killing another soul, by causing it to fall entirely from the faith in the gospel, must be killed in like manner. The spirit of Satan is here called the sword of the Lord.
Hence it is said, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment;" that is, in the pure Spirit of the Lord, “and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life: but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels;" therefore, after the disciples of the Lord have passed through the fiery trial already spoken of; and their souls are become purged of the passions, that they
can discern and reject the evil, and choose the Rev. ii. 11. good, then the Lord addresses the whole, “Behold,
I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” of true glory. And, by retaining that crown of victory, called sealed by the Holy Spirit, and all the heirs of the kingdom of heaven having received it, then follow the plagues denounced against the kingdom of the beast. But the veil, which separates the disciples of the Lord from heaven, will not be removed until those plagues are passed, as mentioned in the gth verse of the xyth chapter. “And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power, and no man was able to enter into the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.”
Hence it is written, “Here is the patience of the Rev. xiv. 12. saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Hence the prophetic words of Isaiah, “In the Isaiah xxvi. way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee: the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early, for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Hence is seen “ that all things work together for Rom. viii. 28. good to them that love God,” that is, “that love the truth, justice, and all goodness,” and practise it.
Hence the words of Hosea, “Who is wise, and Hosea xiv. 9. he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.”
Hence “He has shewn thee, O man, what is Mic. vi. 8. good : and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God ?”
It is therefore plain—that “the Lord is righteous Ps. cxlv. in all his ways, and merciful in all his works,” towards us that the scriptures were purposely written for our learning, to lead the natural mind from ignorance, restlessness, and misery, to ease and comfort—by giving us a knowledge of ourselves, and the cause of our degradation and weak
ness—the knowledge of our great and merciful Creator, as far as is necessary for our comfort, and the means afforded us to obtain the final happiness we hope for—that the whole, who love the truth, are raised from the degradation of the malignity of the brute, to the rank of the reasonable man-and, ultimately, from the dignity of the man, to the endless bliss of angels. That the law of God, in reciprocal love and good-will toward each other, with faith in his promises, leads us progressively to that bliss in his own spiritual image, and into one harmonious whole-amidst wisdom infinite, and joys ineffable-to the glory and praise of God through Jesus Christ-our eternal Lord and Benefactor.
The visible creation is governed by a law, we call gravitation, established and upheld by the will of the Almighty, with all other things during His pleasure; and astronomical observations prove it is regulated on strict mathematical principles : that above the earth upward it decreases in the duplicate ratio of the distance, and below the surface it continues as the distance from the centre, arising from the gravitating parts of its mass being at rest by mutual attraction. We have, therefore, to make manifest, that this law is not only applicable to regulate the necessary payments required to support, and preserve the general order and harmony of a reasonable community, but also that it is consistent with the precepts of our Saviour. The following explanation of the law of falling bodies will show its identity, with the scale which follows it :
Let the equal weights y x be attached to a thread, and passed over the pulley Z, constituting, together with the pulley, an inert mass. Let a metal ring be placed on the weight x, to make it preponderate, and give motion to the whole. “ If the time of its descent be represented by any portion A B of the side of the triangle A H I, the velocity will be proportional to B C, which is equal to A B, and the