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we can imagine besides this; because Yol Vil

we cannot imagine any other Power,
that is not derived from this, and
does not depend upon it.

4. A perfect active Principle, which
can do all things in a most perfect
manner, and can do all things at once
and in an instant, and that with ease.
We can but do one thing at once, and
the greater and more confiderable it
is, the more time it will ask us to do
it, and we find it the harder and more
difficult to be done; but God, to
whose knowledge all things are pre-
sent at once, and together; and the
acts of whose Will are as quick and
perfect as of his Understanding, hath
à Power answerable to the Perfection
of both, and therefore 'tis as easie to
him to do all things, as one thing,
at once, as successively, and in time;
for this is the priviledge of an Infinite
Spirit, that it does not only act with
out Hands and material Engines or
Instruments, as every Spirit doth,
but without motion from one place to
another, because he is every where
and fills all places; he acts per mo-
dum voluntatis, as if his actings were
nothing else but a willing that such a

thing be done, and ipso facto every mi thing is so, as he wills it should be, Vol.VII. and when he wills it should be; as if things did start up into Being, or vanish out of Being, as if they did break forth irito Being, and sculk again into nothing, and undergo such and such changes, ad nutum voluntatis, at the beck of his will. And this is the most perfect way of acting that can be imagined, which the Scripture seems to express to us, when it represents God as making things by his word, upholding all things by the word of his power; as if he did but speak the word, and say, Let such a thing be, and it was so; as if there were nothing more required to the doing of any thing, but an expreß act of the Divine Will, which is all we can understand by God's speaking, by his word, and the least that it can signifie, is the voice, and saying, Let things I ly and quick and speedy manner of working, whereby God is able to do things in an instant, as soon as a word can be spoken.

And as he can do all things at once, and in an instant; so with ease, without any pain or laborious endeavour ;

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mes for what is it can object any difficulty VOL VII.to him? At the first Creation of things

there was nothing to resist him ; and fince the Creation, there is nothing but what was made by him, and consequently all whose power is derived from him, and depends upon him, and is subject to him, and being finite and limited, is infinitely unequal to the infinite Power of God; so that we may imagine, the Divine Power would pass through all the resistance that all created. Power can make, and all the difficulties it can object to it, with more ease than a Bullet pas. seth through the thin Air, or a Man would pass through a Net of Cobweb.

5. The most perfect active Principle we can imagine, the utmost bounds and limits of whose Perfection we cannot imagine, that is, when we have imagined it to be as perfect, and to act in as perfect à manner as we can imagine, yet we have not reached the Perfection of it ; but af. ter all this, that it can do many things more than we can imagine, and in a manner much more perfect than we can imagine. This is the Omnipotence

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of God, as to the Principle, which hath no bounds and limits. And,

Vol.VII. II. As to the Exercise of it, it is only limitted by the Divine Will and Wildom. The Divine Will determins it to its exercise, the Divine Wisdom directs and regulates the exercise of it; that is, God exerciseth his Power willingly, and not by neceffity, and in such manner, for the producing such Effects, and in order to such Ends and Purposes, as seem best to his Wisdom. Hence He is said to act all things according to his good pleasure, and according to the counsel of his will;' that is, freely and wisely.

As to the Extent of this Power, I said it was an ability to do all things that are consistent with it felf, and with the Nature and Perfection of God.

First, That are consistent with it self, that is, with a Power to do all things. It is a contradiction to imagine, that Omnipotence can do that, which if it could be done, would render all Power insignificant. Upon this account, the Divine Power is not said to extend to the working of any thing which implies a contradiction, and

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mes for what is it can object any difficulty
VOL VII.to him? At the first Creation of things

there was nothing to resist him; and
fince the Creation, there is nothing
but what was made by him, and con-
sequently all whose power is derived
from him, and depends upon him,
and is subject to him, and being finite
and limited, is infinitely unequal to
the infinite Power of God ; to that
we may imagine, the Divine Power
would pass through all the resistance
that all created. Power can make, and
all the difficulties it can object to
it, with more ease than a Bullet pas.
seth through the thin Air, or a Man
would pass through a Net of Cob-
web.

5. The most perfect active Prin-
ciple we can imagine, the utmost
bounds and limits of whose Perfecti-
on we cannot imagine, that is, when
we have imagined it to be as perfe&t,
and to act in as perfect à manner
as we can imagine, yet we have not
reached the Perfection of it ; but af.
ter all this, that it can do many things
·more than we can imagine, and in a
manner much more perfect than we
can imagine. This is the Omnipotence

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