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that iiiflupiicc ; - -not to the inspiration of Peter, but to
Him. by tchom Peter was inspired.

S. — 1 Cor. iii. 16. *- Know ye not that ye are the tem-
j)lc of God, and that tlic Spirit of God dwelleth in you ?"
compared with chap. vi. 19. *' What! know ye not that
your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, whicli ye have
of God ?'' and 2 Cor. vi. l6. ^' And what agreement
hath the temple of God with idols ? For ye are the tem-
ple of the living God ; as God hatli said, 1 will dwell in
them, and walk in them ; and I will be their God, and
they shall be my people.''

Christians are thus not only called the temple of God,
because the Spirit of God dwelt in them : but they are
also called expressly the temple of the Holy Ghost him-
self. The allusion is, as all of you are aware, to the
temple at Jerusalem of old, considered as the place of the
Divine residence ; the house where Jehovah dwelt. And
he of whom it is said, with this allusion, that believers
are iiis temple, must be God. It is no valid objection to
this, that when it is said ^' your bodies are the temple of
the Holy Ghost,'' it is added, ^» which ye have of God.^^
For according to the view wiiich we take of the scheme of
redemption, we not only consider Jesus Christ, although
a Divine person in our nature, as the gift of God's love,
but also the in-dwelling, as it has been termed, of the Ho-
ly Spirit in tiie hearts of believers, as the fruit of the
Saviour's mediation and an expression of the satisfiiction
of the Godhead in his finished work.

3. — 1 Cor. ii. 9, 11. " But as it is written. Eye hath
not seen, nor car heard, neither have entered into the
heart of man, the things whicli God hath prepared for
them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto
us by his Spirit : for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea
the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the
things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him ?


Even so, the things of God knoweth no man (or no one)
but the Spirit of God."

In these verses, we aifirra, the attribute of omniscience
is ascribed to the Holy Spirit. They furnish evidence
both of his Personality, and of his Divinity. Of his Per-
sonality — from the nature of those properties and acts
which are imputed to him : he possesses understanding
and knowledge, and communicates this knowledge to
others. Of his Divinitij — from the description and extent
of this knowledge. God's ways and judgments are fre-
quently declared to be unsearchable, and jpast finding out :
" O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and of the
knowledge of God ! How unsearchable are his judg-
ments, and his ways past finding out ! For who hath
known the mind of the Lord, or who hath been his coun-
sellor ?"*—

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