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THE BEING, OR EXISTENCE OF GOD.

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.:" --Genesis 1: 1.

The above are the first words found in God's holy Books and in them we have a very important fact stated concerning the creation of the heaven and the earth. The existence of "the heaven and the earth" incontestably proves the existence of the Creator to be prior to the thing or things created. The being, or existence of God is the sublimest of all mysteries. His being is absolutely beyond the ken and conception of men or angels.

The existence of God has frequently been referred to as the profoundest of all mysteries, yet it furnishes a key to unlock a thousand other mysteries that would have been enveloped in the "unknowable." A knowledge of the being, or existence of God furnishes us a clue to account for the existence of other things. There is nothing that can be accurately accounted for only on the hypothesis that there is a God, If there is no God, the fool is right, and nothing can be truthfully or satisfactorily known; and all things, whether they exist by fate or chance, are in hopeless confusion and darkness. Speculative theologians may by searching attempt to find out God, but to the humble, consistent children of God such a procedure is only an effort to be wise above what is written. "Behold, God is great, and we know Him not, neither can the number of His years be searched out."--Job 36: 26.

"Touching the Almighty, we cannot find Him out: He is excellent in power, and judgment, and in plenty of justice: He will not afflict."--Job 37: 23.

There are heights and depths in the infinite Being that we cannot ascend to, neither can we descend to them; for we can now only see and know in part.

Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty to perfection? It is as high as the heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof i§ longer than the earth and broader than the sea.. "--Job 11: 7, 9.

If we could ascend into heaven .we could not find out the being, or perfection of. God, or if we. could descend into hell, we could not find Him out, for He is "deeper than hel.1;", or. could we explore the earth and all deep places, His being is longer than the earth and broader than the sea. God is such a being that." Hell is naked before Him, and destruction hath no covering. He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an, end. He divideth the sea with His power, and by, His understanding He smitteth through the proud. LO, these are parts of His ways: but how little a portion is heard of Him? but the thunder of His power who can understand?"--Job 26: 6, 10, 12, 14.

There is nothing out of the sight of the Lord Almighty. All things, good or bad, are naked before Him; they are all committed in His presence. He knows every act, thought or word we have ever had or spoken, or ever will have or speak. While it is true that we cannot find, out the being of God, it is also true that we need not try to tell God what is in man, for he knoweth man.

O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting; and mine uprising, Them understandest my thoughts afar off, Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways, for there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether."--Psalms 139: 1-4.

Let us all confess as David. did that, "Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high., I cannot attain unto it."-Psalms 139: 6.

While we are frequently lost in wonder and amazement while meditating and contemplating the existence of God, who has an eternal existence, the causes of whose existence are exclusively in Himself, we should welcome with all the earnestness and seriousness of our hearts the sublime and eternal truth that there is just such a Being-, and say as did Paul, "For of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen."--Rom. 11: 36.

When we ascend to the being of God, we can go no further, for He is the ne plus ultra of all our inquiries, or the great First Cause of all things. With this most precious truth in our minds and hearts we can know something about the world, and whence it came, and also about the universe, and why it exists. Without this most blessed truth all is vain, wild and a conglomeration of confusion and uncertainty. God is infinite in wisdom; justice and mercy are the habitation of His throne. There is no-thing for God to learn. He does not know things successively, or as they occur. Ali that God knows now, He always knew; all that He sees now, He always saw; and all He hears now, He always heard. The christian's God does not change "But Thou art the same and Thy years shall not fail," Hob. l: 12. God is no older now than when He made the world, neither is He wiser, for lie is the same. The enemies of God, and christianity, have persistently attempted to set aside a belief in the existence of God. Criticism has, with a death like tenacity, assailed His existence, and science and philosophy have also been invoked to discredit His being. Astronomy in its various disclosures has been consulted for some fact to disprove, and disparage this being. Geology in its deep researches in the earth has been importuned and asked for something that suspicion might be cast upon the being of God.

The God of the Bible is transcendently great, He is everywhere. The fact that we are in the presence of God should be an incentive restraining us from sin.

Oh, may these thoughts possess my breast

Wherever I rove, wherever I rest;

Nor let my weaker passions dare

Consent to sin, for God is there.

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