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Excerpt from The Works of the Rev. John Witherspoon, D.D. L. L. D., Late President of the College, at Princeton New Jersey, Vol. 2 of 3: To Which Is Prefixed an Account of the Author's Life, in a Sermon Occasioned by His Death, by the Rev. Dr. John Rodgers I. F ervency of fpirit, and importunity, in prayer, is fuitable and necellary, becaufe of the greatnefs and glory of that God with whom we hold communion, as well as it ferves to ftrengthen and improve the fenfe of this upon our minds. The infinite majefty of God, and the un meafurable dillance at which he is removed from all crea ted weaknefs, is often fpoken of in fcripture with admira tion of his condefcenfion: Pfal. Viii. 3, 4. When I con fider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the liars which thou hall ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him and the fon of man, that thou vilitell him E Under a deep imprellion of the fame great truth, Solomon fays, 2 Chron. Vi. 8. But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth 3 behold, heaven, andthe heaven of heavens cannot con tain thee how much lefs this houfe which I have built E 13 not, then, fome fervor of afl'eelion due to the greatnefs and glory of that God whom we worlhip 3 Our ail'ee'tions fhould always, in their ftrength and exertion, be in p. 0. Portion to their object, its dignity and worth. Indiffer ence and carelelliiefs in an inferior towards a fuperior is always counted a mark of difdain. Ive naturally lup pole, that thofe in great and high ftz'tions ought to be ap proached with reverence, and folicited in the humble-ii: manner, by their inferiors, who hope to ibare in their bounty; and the more exalted the perfon, the more fub millive the pollure, and the more carnell the fnpplication. Much more ought this to take place between God and us. On this account it is, probably at leall on this amongft others, that indifference and coldnefs in religion is repre fented as peculiarly the object of divine deteftation Rev. Iii. I 5, 16. Iknow thy works, that thou art neither told nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then be caufe thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will fpue thee out of my mouth. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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