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SER M.ning and without End: And in like manner VIII. the Immenfity of God, does not consist in

making things to be where they are not, or not to be where they are, (which is the Effect of confounding the Notion of Place :) But it consists in This ; that whereas all finite Beings can be present but in One determinate Place at once ; and corporeal Beings even in that One Place very imperfectly and unequally, to any Purpose of Power or Activity, only by the fucceffive Motion of different Members and Organs ;

the Supreme Cause on the contrary, being an uniform Infinite Essence, and comprehending all things perfectly in himself, is at all times equally present, both in his real Essence, and by the immediate and perfect Exercise of all his Attributes, to every Point of the boundless Immensity, as if it were (not that it really is ) all but One fingle Point. And Thus the Scripture itself always represents this matter. Jer. xxiii. 24, bide himself in secret places, that I mail not see him, faith the Lord? Do not I fill Heaven and Earth, [ faith the Lord ? ]

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one of Us; For in Him we live, and move, Serm.
and have our Being. Job xxiii. 8, Bebold VIII.
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go forward, but he is not there; and
backward, but I cannot perceive him; On
the left hand, where he doth work, but I
cannot behold him ; he hideth himself on the
right hand, that I cannot see him. And,
in the words of the Text; Will God in-
deed dwell on the Earth? Behold, the Hea-
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and Heaven of Heavens

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2dly, "Tis worthy of Observation, that this right Notion of the Omnipresence of God, will very much assist us to form a just apprehension of the Nature of that Providence, which attends to and inspects, not only the great Events, but even the minutest Circumstances of every the smallest Action and Event in the World ; Even That Providence, without which not a Sparrow falls to the ground, and by which the very hairs of our Head are all numbred. There have been Many, who though they fully · acknowledged God's Government of the World, that is, his Power and Dominion over all things, and his actual Care and Concern for all the Vol. I.

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SERM. great and (as they think ) most material VIII. Transactions in the Universe ; yet have

been apt to imagine, that small and ( as they fancy) inconsiderable things, are beneath his Care, and unworthy of his Attention. But This is a Miftake arising from the Want of having a Notion of the Divine Omnipresence. For, That Perfection being once rightly understood, it cannot but be evident, that all things are alike easy to be inspected by him as any, and the minutest things as much so as the greatest ; Nay, it will appear, that not only the smallest things are not unworthy his inspection, but that even in the Nature of things 'tis absolutely impossible, that He who is every where alike present, should not observe and attend to

every thing alike.

THERE is a certain determinate number or quantity of things, which every intelligent Creature, according to the proportion of its sphere of Power and Activity, is able to attend to. And by This we may judge, that as Creatures of larger Capacities can observe a much greater number of things at one and the fame

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time, than Beings of a lower rank can SERM.
imagine it possible they should; fo God, VIII.
who is present every where, can with in-
finitely greater Ease direct and govern all
things in the World at once, than we can
attend to those few things which fall
within the compass of our short obser-
vation. By This also is removed the
Objection of Those, who think Man fo
small and inconsiderable a part of the im-
mense Universe, as that 'tis beneath the
infinite Majesty of God to take such
particular care of so mean a part of the
Creation ; to show so great condescension
toward such inconsiderable Beings, as to
fend his own Son into the World on pur-
pose, for their Redemption and Salvation.
For they who thus object, do not confi-
der, that though Man is indeed a very
inconsiderable part of the works of God,
when compared with the whole Creation ;
yet in This Place, and upon this Earth,
he is the greatest and most valuable of
all. Wherefore while the Omnipresence
of God takes suitable care of all his other
Creatures through the whole Universe,
each in their proper state ; in This place,

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Ser m. there is nothing more worthy of his care, VIII. than Man; nothing, besides Man, capa

ble of being taught to serve him, of being brought to Happiness and Glory by him.

3dly, T is here proper to observe, how weak have been the Scruples of such persons, who have been afraid to acknowledge the true Notion of the Divine Omnipresence, least they should seem to diminish from the Glory and Majesty of God, by supposing him to be always actually present in all, even in impure, pla

For They, who have raised to themselves This difficulty, have not been aware, that as the Beams of the Sun are not at all foiled by the Matter they shine upon, and as the Purity and Holiness of the Divine Nature is not in the least diminished by beholding all the Wickedness and moral Impurity which is acted in the World; fo the Omnipresent Essence of God is not at all affected, by any Natural Impurity of Things or Places whatsoever ; it being the superlative Excellency and Prerogative of his Nature, to act always upon all things every where, and

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