Thursday, December 02, 2004

On December 2, 1866...
Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., preached a sermon, of which the following notes survive:

Omniscience of God

1. INTROD.—Omniscience and omnipresence of God—knowing the heart; incomprehensible; millions of men, yet He knows all that goes on in the heart [of each one] and remembers.

2. [Incomprehensible] yet familiar to children .

3. Scripture—1 Kings xvi. 7, 1 Paralip. xxviii. 9 , 2 Paralip. vi. 30 , Jeremias xvii. 10 , Apoc. ii. 23. Future judgment—Rom. xiv. 10, 1 Cor. iv. 4-5 , Heb. iv. 12-13.

4. Suitable to this time of year—the particular and general judgment.

5. The keenness of the judgment—as above, Heb. iv.—magnifying-glass, the wonders of the microscope, a new world, diseases. Hence we must feel we do not know ourselves. Therefore 1 Cor. i., 'judge nothing before the time.'

6. Most awful, but different way in which good and bad take it.

7. The bad dread it. Adam and Eve in the garden. 'And then shall they say to the rocks, Fall upon us,' etc., etc., Luke xxiii. [30], Apoc. vi. [16] .

8. The good desire it—to be known to God, Ps. cxxxviii . Purgatory—willing victims.

9. This is one test whether we can bare our hearts before God.


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