If God be an incomparable God, then incomparable service and worship is due to him.
Fourthly, If God be an incomparable God, then incomparable service and worship is due to him. All service must be suitable to its object. The higher the prince, the higher honour he doth and may expect. The heathen were sensible of this, that such worship must be given to their deities as was suitable to them; therefore the Persians, who worshipped the sun, offered to him a flying horse, noting strength and swiftness, because the sun was strong to run his race. God is a great God, and therefore must have great worship. Solomon gives this reason why the temple, the place of God’s worship, must be great; 2 Chron. 2:5, the house which I build is great; why? for great is our God above all gods. A great palace is most suitable and becoming a great prince. It reflects upon God, it is a slighting him, to give him anything that is ordinary, as it is to a king to be put off with common entertainment at the houses of his subjects. As he is the best, so he will be served with the best. ‘Cursed be the deceiver who hath in his flock a male, and offereth to the Lord a corrupt thing.’ Why, what is the matter, that there must be such care about, and choice of his sacrifices? God himself gives you the reason, and a good reason for it: ‘For I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen,’ Mal. 1:14. Petty princes may be owned and served with petty presents; but a great king, a great sovereign, must have great sacrifices.
Swinnock, G. (1868). The Works of George Swinnock, M.A. (Vol. 4, pp. 471–472). Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; G. Herbert.
- Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude—an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God.
- True liberty is not the power to live as we please, but to live as we ought!
- Jesus Christ came not to make us scholars in naturals, but to endue us with such a knowledge as is in order to eternal happiness, and with such a renewing principle as might make us capable of heaven.
- The whole work of regeneration, and conversion, and sanctification, and the efficacy of the death of Christ in the soul, consists in these two things: a taking us off from self, and pitching us upon God and Christ as our end. The terminus a quo is self, the terminus ad quem is Christ.
- Salvation then, according to the Bible, is not something that was discovered, but something that happened.