Excerpt from The Mysteries of the Kingdom: A Sermon, Preached in St. Luke's Church, Laprairie
Christ is the centre and heart of this portion of Scripture, as He is of the whole Bible. The sum of the Scriptures is the gospel; the sum of the gospel is Christ; the Scriptures are the system, Christ is their central sun. The doctrine of this text, which we select as a foundation for a discourse upon the Mysteries of Christ's Kingdom, is the union and re lation subsisting between Christ and his Church. The point we aim at in our remarks upon this passage, is to show, that God requires from us an implicit belief in all His revealed word and will. Although all the essen tial truths of the gospel, are to carnal reason, incomprehensible, we hav ing actually no ideas of their existence: yet, being plainly reveal'ed to us by the Spirit of truth, they are no longer secret mysteries, but plain and clear truths presented to our faith for belief, rather than to our reason for speculation while the manner of their existence is incomprehensible to reason, the matter and fact of their existence is clear to faith. And further, that the work of grace in the soul is supernatural; that the plantation of a sinner in the true Church of Christ is the work of the Almighty One, and that the invariable mode by which God draws a sin ner, is through the word of truth which the Father himself has given, the record of his Son, the Incarnate Mystery.
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