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Dec. 12. Job xxxviii. 11. Hitherto shalt thou
come ;-here shall thy proud waves be
stayed. 13. Ps. lxxvi. 10. The wrath of man shall
praise thee ;-the remainder—shalt
thou restrain. 14. Prov. xix. 21. Many devices in a man's
heart ;-the counsel of the Lord shall
stand. 15. Dan. iv. 35. None can stay his hand, or
unto him, what doest thou? 16. Is. lxvi. 10. My counsel shall stand, and
I will do all my pleasure. 17. Acts iv. 28. To do whatsoever--thy
counsel determined before to be
done. 18. Is. x. 7. Howbeit he meaneth not so,
neither doth his heart think so. 19. Matt. xxii. 7. He sent forth his armies,
and destroyed those murderers. 20. Is. xii. 5. Even the Lord, and the wea
pons of his indignation. 21. Hab. i. 12. O mighty God, thou hast
established them for correction. 22. Luke xxi. 18. There shall not a hair
of your head perish23. Matt. x. 31. Fear-not ;--ye are of more
value than many sparrows. 24. 1 Cor. iii. 22, 23. The world,-life
death,--all are yours; and ye are
Christ's. 25. Matt. xxviii. 18. Jesus-spake,-saying,
all power is given unto me, in heaven and earth.
Dec. 26. Rev. i. 18. I am alive for evermore,
and have the keys of hell and of death. 27. John xi. 25. Jesus said, I am the resur
rection and the life. 28. Rev. xix. 16. He hath-a name written,
King of kings, and Lord of lords. 29. Heb. i. 14. Are not all angels—sent forth to minister for
the heirs of salvation. 30. 1 Pet. iii. 22. Angels, authorities, and
powers, being made subject to him. 31. 1 Cor. xv. 25. He must reign till he
hath put all enemies under his feet.
REMARKS ON THE PARABLE OF THE UNJUST STEWARD.
The several replies made to Indagator's question on our Lord's inference from the parable of the unjust steward, though very pertinent and useful, seem not to have exhausted the subject, or to have precluded the propriety of making some further observations upon it.
“ The lord commended the unjust steward, be"cause he had done wisely.” The injustice of his expedient was glaring, but the policy of it was admirable: and his conduct in this particular, was proposed by Christ to his professed disciples as worthy of their imitation : and indeed the conduct of worldly men," in their generation,” may commonly suggest useful instruction and reproof to the children of light, in their most important pursuits. The steward, perceiving that his trust was expiring, and distress about to seize on him, formed a plan, at his lord's expense, to secure to himself a maintenance when deprived of other resources.
We are all stewards; all we have and are, as the rational creatures and subjects of God, is entrusted to us, and an account will shortly be required of the use to which we have applied it. We have all wasted our Lord's goods, and death will speedily deprive us of our stewardship; and, if we die under the condemnation which we have merited, the doom of the rich man, mentioned in the subsequent part of the chapter, will be our's. But we live under a dispensation of mercy through our divine Mediator; in whom, when we believe, we “ are freely justified by faith,” “ made the righ“ teousness of God in him,” and “ heirs according “ to the hope of eternal life.” This justifying faith, however, is an active principle, and influences proportionably our wholė conduct. When we first believe the testimony of God concerning the wrath to come, and the refuge provided for us, faith principally works by fear, desire, and hope. When our views become more distinct, and we possess a habitual confidence that “Jesus hath deliv“ ered us from the wrath to come, by bearing our “sins in his own body on the tree,"faith principally « works by love ;.". by admiration of the excellencies of Christ; longings after near and intimate fellowship with him ; gratitude for inexpressible obligations received from him; zeal for his glory; love of his cause and people: and a cordial desire that all around us, and all men every where, if it might be, should know, love, honour, and be blessed in him and his salvation. The same principle of living faith overcomes the world and puri