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Contemplate your responsibility in Why are Churches formed? Why is relation to this object. Do you the Sabbath appointed ? Why do know Christ? That very knowledge you meet from time to time for social is imparted to you by the Holy prayer? What is the great and ultiSpirit for the very purposo of ena mate result of all your social and bling you to communicate it to public meetings? You reply, and others. Oh that we could produce justly, our personal and social wel. a conviction on this subject in some fare. But does the matter rest there? measure adequate to its magnitude! You are united in order to increase

Your responsibility arises from your your moral power on the adjacent knowledge of the remedy—from the locality, to widen that fulcrum on adaptation of that remedy to the which to rest a lever to move the teeming populations of our towns- thousands around you. Every Chrisfrom your obligation to make it tian, therefore, should regard the known—and from the direct appoint Church as appointed for this great ment of Him who is the Physician and important end, to make aggresof souls.

sions on the kingdom of darkness, We would now remind you of and to lead sinners to Christ. Oh your opportunities of acting on this that we had more sanctified energy, responsibility. No man was ever more of holy zeal, more of an intredisposed to do good who did not find pid and honest determination to conample opportunities to do it. How fess the Saviour whenever we have ever confined his sphere of influence, the means and opportunities of directhowever limited his inoral and phy. ing others to him as the Great Physical powers, however little he was sician! This is not the time for our able to effect, no man ever honestly Churches to slumber. We must and sincerely felt the disposition to either succeed in our towns or susdo good who did not effect it. And tain defeat. Of ourselves we cannot you have opportunities, opportuni succeed. But God is in our midst. ties of a personal and local character, It is His will that success should in relation to your own direct and mark our course. Let us all, then, immediate exertions. The poor as preachers and people, consecrate ourwell as the rich have opportunities of selves afresh to tho service of Christ, spiritually benefiting others.

in the conversion of our townsmen But God has appointed, in order to Him. Let us believe, act, and to promote these opportunities, Chris- wait, as servants that are looking for tian fellowship, the union of be- their Lord's second and final advent. lievers with each other, for the very September 2, 1852. purpose of acting out this influence.

QUERY AND ANSWER. QUERY.-ON CHRIST DELIVERING UP enemies under his feet. The last

THE MEDIATORIAL KINGDOM.-1 enemy that shall be destroyed is Cor. xy. 24-28.

death. For he hath put all things REV. AND DEAR SIR,- I have read under his feet. But when he saith with great pleasure and satisfaction all things are put under him, it is many of the queries and answers in manifest that he is excepted which your valuable publication; and feel did put all things under him. And ing assured that you are ever ready when all things shall be subdued to render a service to your readers, unto him, then shall the Son also I shall esteem it a favour if you will himself be subject unto him that put explain 1 Cor. xv. 24-28, where the all things under him, that God may apostle says, “ Then cometh the end, be all in all." when he shall have delivered up the

Yours, &c.

Y. F. kingdom to God, even the Father, Alnwick, April 15th, 1852. when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. For ANSWER.-In this passage there he must reign until he hath put all are two points requiring explanation,

namely, Christ's “delivering up the kingdom," and his being " subject to the Father.” The kingdom referred to is not the universal dominion of our Lord, but the mediatorial king dom, or, in other words, the dispen sation of grace. It is of this, and of this only, that the apostle is speak ing. This kingdom, from its nature and object, must be of temporary duration. It was undertaken for certain purposes, and when those purposes are accomplished it ceases to exist. When our Lord engaged to be our Saviour, the dispensation of grace was committed into his hands. As the Saviour of the world, and mediator of the new covenant, he was to redeem mankind, bruise the serpent's head, destroy the power of death, and accomplish all things pertaining to his office. The apostle, in the passage before us, is looking forward to this consummation; he is discoursing upon the resurrection of the dead, and the events which finish the work of Christ. At this solemn period the resurrection having passed, and death, the last enemy, destroyed; the proceedings of Judgment having closed; devils and impenitent sinners being cast out; the whole Church of God being glorified-the dispensation of grace will end. Then the Lord Jesus will resign his charge-will put off his priestly robes, and lay down the sceptre of his mediatorial government. That is, there being no more souls to save, no more enemies to subdue, no more triumphs to obtain, no more purposes to accomplish, his mediatorial offices will na turally cease. The Jewish economy ceased when, as a typical and introductory dispensation, its objects were answered by the death of Christ; and when the Christian economy has fulfilled its purpose, it will give place to a still brighter, more perfect, and glorious dispensation.

The phrase, “ Then shall the Son also himself be subject to him that did put all things under him,” refers, we believe, to the official act of his resigning the kingdom. It is only another form of expressing the same event. In his receiving that kingdom,

he assumed a subordinate position, and his resigning it is a recognition of that official subordination, and thus the union of purpose, of will, of affection, and glory between the persons of the Godhead is manifested and proclaimed before all angels and happy spirits. That this subjection implies merely a putting off of his official character is evident from the fact, that the attributes and perfections of divinity which are essential, are everywhere ascribed to him in the word of God, as may be fully proved ; and also from the fact that the same glory and homage are ascribed to him after the termination of the mediatorial kingdom as during its continuance. At present, wbile our Lord sustains his mediatorial office, the whole host of heaven are described as worshipping him, saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory be unto the Lamb FOR EVER; and after laying aside that office when the transactions of the day of judgment are passed, and the whole Church of God are congregated in the New Jerusalem, the Lamb is still prophetically described as the Light of Heaven and the Glory of the Eternal City. Thus it is evident that in this divine nature he must for ever exist in indissoluble union with the Father and the Spirit, governing all worlds, and receiving the homage of angels and men.

The phrase, “ That God may be all in all," implies, as we conceive, that the glory of the Triune God shall be yet more fully and perfectly revealed, after the close of the mediatorial kingdom. In the twenty-fourth verse the apostle speaks of God, even the Father, thus distinguishing him from the Son and Spirit, as the person to whom the kingdom is to be delivered; but here, in the twenty-ninth verse, he makes no such distinction. This phrase, therefore, admits the whole Trinity, and seems to designate & new era, and a new dispensation, when, without mediation or intercession, we shall have more direct and immediate intercourse with God, and brighter discoveries of his glory.

NOTICES OF BOOKS.

PastorAL THEOLOGY. The Theory of above the common order; and these a Gospel Ministry. By A. VIXET, Pro. mental qualities are directed, controlled fessor of Theology at Lausanne. Trans- and sanctified, by a supreme and unrelated from the French. Edinburgh: mitting regard to the spiritual interests T. and T. Clarke. London: Hamilton of mankind. Diversified as are the and Adams.

topics presented in these volumes, the The volume before us contains the

author seems quite at home on each, and substance of a course of lectures which

his disquisitions and arguments are disthe pious and gifted author had prepared

tinguished by clearness of perception, for delivery to the students of the acade

soundness of judgment, and cogency of my at Lausanne. The general topic is

reasoning. " the Christian ministry,” its nature, its Uncle Tom's Cabix; or, Negro Life duties, its difficulties, and its mode. In in the Slave Slates of America. By the discussion of these topics, the author HARRIET BEECHER STOWE. With Forty enters upon almost every practical ques Illustrations. Octavo. Pp. 380. Lon. tion that can be conceived of as connecteddon: C. H. Clarke, 148, Fleet-street. with the ministry. The work, it appears, was not prepared for the press as left by

This remarkable book has already the author: but nevertheless there is å passed through many large editions in finish about it indicating the action of this country, and continues to be dea thoughtful mind. a careful hand, and manded in a greater ratio than what the a sanctified heart. The publishers have

publisher has been able to supply them done well to rescue these precious re

to the trade. The copy before us is a mains from oblivion. Strong sense,

new edition, in octavo size, superbly penetrating sagacity, and genuine learn

got up, and enriched with forty superior ing, are manifest in every topic; and

engravings. Here the skill of the artist from the whole, both the student and

combines with the descriptive powers of the ordinary minister may gather many

the author, to delineate and pourtray wise practical lessons on the duties and

some of those touching scenes and inci, responsibilities of an office which, of all

dents which impart to this work its unothers, is the most solemn and impor

paralleled interest. While the engravtant.

ings clearly indicate the hand of a

master in their execution, they are reECCLESIASTICAL MANUAL; or, Scrip markably felicitous in the sentiments tural Church Government Staled and pourtrayed. Selfishness and benevoDefended. By LUTHER LEE, Minister lence, malignity and meekness, tenderof the Gospel. 12mo. Pp. 264. New ness and heroism, cruelty and beniguity, York: Published at the Wesleyan Metho. refinement and degradation, beastly sendist Book-room

suality and angelic spirituality, suicidal THE REVIVAL MANUAL By LUTHER

despair and the martyr's triumph-each LEE, Minister of the Gospel. 18mo.

finds a graphic representation in these Pp. 108. New York : Published at the

artistic sketches, adding beauty and inWesleyan Methodist Book-room.

terest to a work which, of the kind, has THE IMMORTALITY OF THE Sout. By

had no parallel in modern times. LUTHER LEE.

SCRIPTURE TEACHER's A8818TANT. The author of the three works now With Explanations and Lessons. Debefore us is a talented and laborious signed for Sunday-schools and Families. minister of the Wesleyan Methodists of By HENRY ALTHANS. 18mo. Pp. 164. America-a denomination almost iden- London : Edward Butt, 60, Paternostertical with our own in Church govern row. ment. For about nine years Mr. Lee This work contains 160 Scripture sustained the office of editor of the subjects, with doctrinal and practical True Wesleyan Newspaper and the lessons, from the New and Old TestaJuvenile Magazine, both of which have ment. The former portion of this work an extensive circulation in the United is devoted to a sketch of the life of States of America. In the three works Christ, in fifty-two divisions, each sufnow before us, Mr. Lee displays a grasp ficiently long for one lesson ; and the of thought and a power of argument remainder to an outline of Scripture history, commepeing with Genesis, and RITAL CLAIMS; or, the Teachings of ineiading sačjects from the Books of Trados Common Subjects. By the Psalms, Proreres, si the Propzess, in Ber. J. P. HE LETT. 12mo. Pp. 188. 10K divisions. Tbe fsets and lessons London: B. L. Green, Paternoster-row. constitate & course of seriptanal in. These essays are designed to illastrate struction which echiren from seven to

the impressive deelaration of our Lord, twelve years ef age are capable of re that "s good tree cannot bring forth evil ceiving sod understanding; and with

fruit: Deither can & corrupt tree bring which, if azefa:iş tangh: by the method

forth good frait." It is the main object proposed, they can become thoroughly of the writer to furnish young persons sequainted. The language and style vith such considerations as may enable have been carefully adapted to the ea. them to detect worldly fallacies, and inpaeities and previous attainments of eline them, with all joy and gratitude, to sehoiars in Seriptare-classes generally receive the substantis blessings of true

FIBE-SIDE HAEMOST; or, Domestic religion. Recreation in Part Singing. By HELES

A FORY OF BAPTISMAL SELF-DEDI S. HERSCHELL. Tbin Edition. London:

CATION TO GOD. By the Hon. and Partridge and Oakey, 34, Paternoster.

Rev. B. W. NOEL, MA. 48mo. Pp. TOT.

16. London: B. L. Green, PaternosterNothing contributes more to social ror. virtue and happiness than the attrae

THE PAPAL WORLD. Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, tions of home, and innocent recreations

5, 6, 7, 8. Pp. 8. London: B. L. which render home attraetire deserve

Green, Paternoster-row. encouragement. The union of voices in which the members of the same

The design of these little books is to

corres, in simple language, a correct family take their respective parts presents an emblem of the harmony which

knowledge of Popery to children. We should ever reign under the domestie

have made an extract from one for the roof, and contributes to promote that

present number of the “ Juvenile Indesirable result. This is the praise

structor;" and from this specimen our worthy object of the author in her

readers may judge of the character and “ Fire-side Harmony.”

tendency of the work.

MONTHLY SERIES. DUBlix: a HisSCRIPTURE MAPs. Pablished by B. L. Green, Paternoster-row, London. A

torical Sketch of Ireland's Metropolis. Map of Palestine in the Time of our

18mo. Pp. 192. London: the Religious Saviour, illustrating the New Testament.

Tract Society, 56, Paternoster-row. A Map of the Countries mentioned in

This little volume gives an account of

the rise, progress and present condition the New Testament, designed especially to Illustrate the Travels of the Apostle

of a city which rules and graces one of Paul.

the finest bays of the ocean, the metro

polis of a country fraught with natural These maps are very good for the use resources beyond what many others posof teachers and elder scholars in studying sess, and peopled by a race proverbial the New Testament history. They are for intelligence and hospitality. At a clear and well defined, and, while con time when the physical, intellectual and taining the name and position of every spiritual condition of Ireland is engaging important place mentioned in the New so much public attention. A work like the Testament, they are free from that bewil present will be welcomed by thousands derment and confusion which result from in this country and in Ireland. the surface being overcrowded with a

MONTHLY SERIES. TAE JESUITS: a multitude of names.

Historical Sketch. 18mo. Pp. 192. BLIND ALICE. By AUNT RETTY. London: Religious Tract Society, 56, 18mo, pp. 120. London: B. L. Green, Paternoster-row. Paternoster-row.

A seasonable production, giving an This is a cheap edition of an excel- historical sketch of a class of men of all lent little work, forming one of the series others the most deceitful, the most published some time ago by Mr. B. L. destitute of conscience, of moral princiGreen. It appears that the entire series ple, of every sentiment which lies at the of these beautiful books are now being foundation of religion, virtue, and the reprinted by Mr. Green, and sold at half social welfare of mankind-a class which the original price; yet the paper, the ought forth with to be banished from our print, and the general getting up of the shores. The facts here furnished are books, are all good.

drawn almost exclusively from Papal

authority, and are, therefore, indisputable. We wish English men would make them selves familiar with the true character of Popery.

Tre Unioy HARMONIST. A Selection of Sacred Music, consisting of Original and Standard Pieces, Anthems, doc., suil. able for usc in Sunday Schools, Congregations and Musical Sociсties. Arranged by THOMAS CLARK of Canterbury. 12mo. Pp. 256. London: Sunday School Union, 60, Paternoster-row.

This is a cheap and portable edition of the “Union Harmonist," published by the Sunday School Union. It contains all the pieces entire which were comprised in the larger and more expensive edition, except the piano part, which is omitted to reduce the price to the lowest minimum. Thus a great body of the more elevated kind of vocal music is placed within the reach of almost the poorest persons in the land.

Uncle Tom's Cabis; or, Negro Life in the Slave States of America. By HARRIET BEECHER STowe. The Pub lisher's Trade Edition. The one hundredth thousand. London: Piper, Brothers, and Co., Paternoster-row.

This edition is a marvel. We have

here the whole work, well printed in small type, put up in a convenient pocket-size, and stitched in a neat wrapper, for sixpence. It is only when a book is poured forth in torrents of tens of thousands that it can be offered at such a price. The wrapper announces this as the one hundredth thousand. The book is now offered at a price which puts it fairly within the reach of the million. See advertisement on the wrapper of our “Juvenile” for the prescnt month,

BIBLE EXERCISES; or, Scripture References for Schools and Families. By Miss Anx. London: R. Theobald, 26, Paternoster-row.

We have here an excellevt plan de. vised for stimulating and encouraging children to search the Scriptures, and become well grounded in the knowledge of Bible facts and evangelical doctrine.

THE PRINCIPLES AND DUTIES OF Cox. GREGATIONALISTS. By the Rev. JONN HARRIS, D.D. London: Jackson and Walford.

A very superior lecture. Like all that comes from the same pen-clear, forci. bie, refined, and truly eloquent.

MEMOIRS AND RECENT DEATHS.

MEMOIR OF MRS. HARRIET

BURNLEY, BATLEY. ILARRIET, the wife of Mr. John Burnley, was born in London on the 20th of December, 1805. After a residence there of twelve years the family removed to Batley, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Her mother, being pious, felt deeply for the spiritual and eternal welfare of her child. Her concern was shown in the sacred instructions which she repeatedly imparted to her. The result of this was soon scen. While yet a girl, Harriet was the subject of serious impressions, which were confirmed by attending the Sabbathschool in connexion with the Indepen. dent Chapel, Moorfield, London, The precise period, however, when she was made a partaker of salvation through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus has not been ascertained. It appears to bave occurred during the time that the late pious and devoted minister of Christ, the Rev. T. Batty, was in the Leeds Cir. cuit- a period still remembered by many as being the time when they, with our

departed sister, were brought out of darkness into marvellous light.

To this period sister Burnley often referred with deep and holy emotion. Tbe genuineness of her conversion was never questioned. The purity of her life afforded undeniable evidence of the change which had been wrought in her heart ; the tree having been made good, the fruit was good also. The love of Christ shown in his death on the cross was a theme ou which she delighted to dwell. The tribute of her heart and life she most gladly devoted to him who had given himself for her. Often would she singWere the whole realms of Nature mine,

That were a present far too small, Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my soul, my life, my all!

Her pilgrimage through life was not marked by many striking circumstances. Diffidence of spirit and love of retirement were prominent traits in her charac. ter. Like Isaac, she loved to meditate.

In the year 1827 she was married to Mr. John Burnley. The union was at

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