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On the Sabbath following his in- non-execution of these actions furterment, funeral

were nish our ideas of virtue and vice. preached for him, by the friend of A morally perfect man, then, conhis youth, Mr. Hogg, (who had en-sisting of soul and body, will have gaged to perform this service should his soul so completely under the he survive him,) from Eph. ji. 8~ primary and pure law of his di10, a passage chosen by himself; vine Author, as to be disinclined to and also by his afflicted pastor, any thing offensive to His Holy Nafrom Nehem. vii. 2. “ He was a ture; and the power of this unconfaithful inan, and feared God above taminated soul over the body is many."

perfect, and uncontrolled by any S. Green, Jun. circumstance of time or place, and Thrapston, Aug. 10.

is independent of every thing but God. This pure constitution of

spirit produces a constantly conON 'Man's REPUGNANCE TO THE

formable series of actions, which, GOSPEL.

as resulting from the promptings of

an immaculate mind, present an (Concluded from p. 15.)

image of the mystical perfection Perhaps it may throw some light of the Deity. upon this question, if we consider The induction of sin, or a printhe nature of man as he came from ciple of nonconformity to the dithe hand of his Creator-a being vine nature, cannot destroy the morally perfect; and some clue obligation, though it defeats the may thence arise to the method in intluence of moral perfection; and whích sin has vitiated his heart thus it entails upon its subject the and blinded his understanding. dreadful curse of omnipotent dis

We learn, from the perusal of the pleasure. That “good and acinspired writings, that man has two ceptable will of God,” which was distinct capacities of existence before a law to the mind—the sole (one material, and another imma- regulator of its action,-is defaced ; terial), though both are intimately the body usurps the office of the connected, and are commonly spo- soul, and thus the economy of man's ken of as one nature. As a creat perfect nature becomes reversed. ed being, some obligation must The body, indeed, cannot act have been laid upon his original without the direction of the soul ; nature; and that must have been but the soul is constantly biassed strictly undeviating conformity to by the appetites of the body : and the will of his Creator. God, his though generally conscious of iniMaker, being an abstractedly pure quity, and consequent obnoxiousspirit, mau, a living soul,” in his ness to eternal justice, has not the relation with him, owes obedience power to regain its pristine ascendas a spirit. Thoughts and desires ancy. Hence, when the truths of are actions of the spirit, and suffi- revelation and the promises conseciently manifest to God its con- quent on their reception, are offerformity or non-conformity to his ed to men's acceptance, they canwill: bat man has also a body, not estimate their importance, bewhose motions are governed by his cause animal tastes and animal spirit; it follows, therefore, that a inclinations influence their minds, series of material actions must be and they can only view them established, involving certain con- through the blinding mists of sense, sequences; and the execution and which effectually obscure the light

of the Gospel. “ They loved mercyis graciously and abundantly darkness rather than light,” says shewn forth “unto all and upon the Saviour; and, to confirm what all them that believe." has been already advanced, we Having briefly adverted to the shall quote the latter part of the more in which the power of the same passage, where the reason enemy” thus depraves the heart for men's hatred to the light (i.e. and benights the understanding, it the Gospel) is given-" because may be interesting to observe the their deeds were evil.”

character of that truth which unThe subjection of the soul to the regenerate man is so unwilling to influence of the body, we believe receive, as though it were inimical to be a principal mode by which to his welfare instead of “ being “the god of this world hath blinded worthy of all acceptation,” bringthe minds of them which believe ing “ life and immortality to light.” not,” and rendered them morally From what has been already incapable of the abstraction and stated, it will appear that mankind, purity of spirit necessary to per- not fulfilling the requisitions of ceive and embrace that system of Divine Perfection, are exposed to truth, which the inspired writers the wrath of bis offended justice. themselves declare can be only By what precise infliction God “spiritually discerned.”

will ultimately punish “the workers Incapacity of spiritual discern- of iniquity," it is not in us to dement, however, affords no excuse termine. We have not in visible for rejecting the Gospel ; because creation anything to give us an that incapacity originates in an evil idea of that intensity of anguish, principle. Even in human juris- nor anything in language to exprudence, inability to obey the re- press that depth of woe which inquisitions of law, in consequence spiration bas declared to be unof previous criminality, provides utterable. There are upon earth no absolution from further penalty; means of torturing the frame till and if this rule is obvious enough every separate fibre shall writhe to be recognized in temporal insti- in its own peculiar agony; and tutions, how shall we dare to im there are calamities which can afpugn its justice in divine legisla- Alict the mind till humanity shall tion ?

dissolve beneath the suffering : The curse of God was upon sin and there may be even before the publication of the Gos- thing acutely painful beyond this ; pel; and since its publication it is but “ to fall (unpardoned) into the not the condemnation, but only the hands of the living God,” must immediate object of condemnation, be an infinitely more

“ fearful that has been changed. Unbelief, thing.” The dread of such the manifestation of sin, is now the catastrophe is deep in the conaccusation ; * before, it was the science of every guilty son and principle of sin itself;t and the daughter of Adam; and there are justice of God is now made mani- times when the boldest scoffer and fest in the condemnation of all who the most insensibly obdurate are make him a liar, by disbelieving dismayed, and tremble in their inthe record he has given of his Son, i most souls through fear of “the while at the same time his infinite terrors of the Lord.”

Before offended deity the united Mark xvi. 16. + Rom. ii. 14. # 1 John v, 10.

Rom. iii. 22.

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energies of all created spirit and Jeousness among men ? No:"they matter are but as a feeble feather are all gone out of the way; they raised against a whirlwind. There are together become unprofitable; is no darkness so obscure that his there is none that doeth good, no eye cannot penetrate. There is no not onc.” Shall we ask among depth so profound that he cannot the angels of God. No: they are fathom. There is no height so holy-but their holiness is their lofty that he cannot reach. “ He individual duty-the very tenure hath his

way in the whirlwind and of their being. Is there none wbo, the storm, and the clouds are the without created obligation, can fuldust of his feet. He rebuketh the fil the law of God, and have love sea and maketh it dry, and drieth enough for men to suffer for their up all the rivers. The mountains sins, lest they all perish “ by the quake at him, and the hills melt, blast of the breath of His nostrils." and the earth is burnt at his pre- Yes! there is one “who thought sence, yea, the world and all that it no robbery to be equal with dwell therein." “ Hell is naked God,” yet

“ made himself of no before him, and destruction hath reputation, and took upon him the no covering; the pillars of hea- form of a servant, and was made ven tremble and are astonished at in the likeness of man.

And being his reproof; and the thunder of his found in fashion as a man,” he power who can understand.”

saith to Almighty justice, “Lo I As man is without escape from come, in the volume of the book the power of Omnipotence, so earth it is written of me, I delight to do has no sacrifice to appease his in- thy will, O my God; yea, thy law dignation or atone for the delin is within my heart;" and though quency of a single soul. The " he did no violence, neither was reeking blood of all the human any deceit found in his mouth," and brute victims that have been yet“ the Lord laid upon him the immolated, and the sweet odours iniquity of us all;" and he “bumof all the incense that has been bled himself and became obedient burned upon the altars of zealous unto death, even the death of the superstition, as attempted pro- cross." Thus did Jesus Christ pitiation, are to him but an abomin- offer himself “ through the eternal able thing. The caverned riches of spirit, without spot to God ;" and the earth and the pearly treasures of after this “one sacrifice for sins, the deep are but profiiless dross in for ever sat down on the right his esteem. Where then shall we find hand of God; from henceforth exa sacrifice for sin ? what must be pecting until his enemies be made the atonement for man's transgres- his footstool.” sions ? There must be immaculate Here, then, is a sufficient price purity and strict obedience to the for the redemption of a lost world. will of God, and that obedience, Here is “ a fountain of living water too, rendered by one upon whom opened for sin and uncleanness," it is not an obligation. To this that shall wash the soul from every independent perfection must be stain, and “purge the conscience added a willingness to submit to from dead works.” This is the the punishment of sin for the sake publication of peace; this is the of man, that the demand of eter glad tidings of great joy;" this nal justice may not be compro- is “the glorious gospel of Christ, inised,

who is the image of God,” and “the Shall we find this offering of right- brightness of his father's glory."

The immediate consequencestroy every vestige of evil ascendof “ believing with the heart ancy; and the soul, escaping from unto righteousness" this divine corruption, shall be arrayed in testimony, is sanctification-a pu- the lustre and beauty of perfect rifying of the mind by the in- holiness, and, gazing with unfluence of the Holy Spirit. The clouded vision upon the glory most obvious demonstration of this of the heavenly majesty, shall is a sense of spiritual freedom from mingle “with exceeding joy” in the deadly influence of sin. Not, the rapturous chorus of beatified indeed, that sin is at once con- saints around the Eternal Splenpletely eradicated from the whole dour. man, or that his conduct from the Such is the happy consummainstant of belief to the end of life, tion of human destiny under the is without a single spot; but his influence of faith in the gospel of mind is informed by the “good Christ, and the guidance of the and acceptable will of God," and Holy Spirit. through the knowledge of that will, The message of this great salvasin becomes exceedingly hateful. tion is addressed to all mankind Its indulgence no longer affords without distinction. Its author pleasure, the society of its votaries decides not by external circumis irksome; and even what are stance. With him riches are no termed innocent gratifications (an recommendation, and poverty is unrestrained indulgence in which no bar. He speaks to all as guilty leads to so much actual crime), needy creatures, whether starvbecome tasteless, and of infinitely ing in squalid rags, or attired with inferior cousideration, compared to princely apparel. The rich and that acquaintance with God to the poor, (the learned and the igwhich the soul so ardently aspires. norant,] the wise and the foolish, The truths of revelation take their meet together in his presence, and place in the mind as subjects of he“ hath concluded all in unbeconstant thought. They are no lief, that he might have mercy upon longer enveloped in gloom; the all." mist which formerly concealed And now, reader, let us with them is dissipated; the veil is re- earnestness enquire if you have yet moved from the mental sight, and, “received with meekoess this en“ with open face beholding as in grafted word, which is able to save a glass the glory of the Lord,” the soul.” Again it is addressed the believer himself is “ changed to you. This is another instance into the same image, from glory of long-suffering kindness and to glory, even as by the spirit of tender mercy. We beseech you, the Lord.”

lift not suicidal hands against your Habitual contemplation of the immortal soul : let not another redivine purity, the patient suffer-jection of a Saviour's love be ing, the dying love, and the re-added to the amount of your ofdeeming sacrifice of Christ, excites fences. Oh,“ return to the Lord in the heart an active principle of and he will have mercy upon you; assimilation to his character, which and to our God, for he will abundpredominates over animal inclina- antly pardon.” tion, and becomes progressively But, perhaps the “things that more powerful, sanctifying the are seen” have more inviting atthoughts and desires, and words tractions for you than the lowly and actions, till death shall de- “ Man of Sorrows ;” and you

hide

your face from Him who, for the THE LAST Address OF THE LATE REY.

John KEEN Hall, M. A. OF KETsake of sinners, “was acquainted

TERING, TO THE PEOPLE OF His with grief.” There is, however,

CHARGE. a time approaching when the testi

To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. mony which God has given of his

Sir, son will appear so distinctly, lu- The following solemn and faithful minous, that even your dark minds Address of my departed friend, will acknowledge its truth. It will delivered at the close of the mornbe then too late. Infinite wis- ing and afternoon services of the dom will not be contemned for ever. Sabbath, March 18, 1829, was not If you will not bave him to rule as only the last public exercise of his a father, you shall have him to reign ministry, but the last subject of as a sovereign; and He who now his private and devout meditation, invites you to his presence

with ac

for public exhortation to his becents of the kindest love, will then loved people, for whose spiritual say—“Depart from me ye cursed.” and eternal welfare he had laboured Yes ---and the memory of this one

as their pastor fourteen years. and those other former instances of

It is not presented to the readers your guilty blindness will be brand- of your work, as a specimen of its ed in imperishable characters upon author's talents. Had my object your conscience, and will add a been to exhibit these to their adpang to every torture, an acuteness miration, I should rather have reto every agony you will suffer ferred them to his discourse on amid the woes of that place, where slavery,* in which the energies of the worm dieth not, and the fire is his mind, and the elegance of his not quenched."

composition, are more apparent. How different is

your
situation

But here we have the milder rafrom that of the man who, not diance of a setting sun ; and there finding in himself any thing on is not, perhaps, in the moral world, which to depend for happiness,

a more solemn or impressive scene has placed his whole reliance, with than that of a pastor delivering his unhesitating faith, upon the all- final admonition to the people of sufficient love and atoning sacrifice his charge : clearing his own conof Christ ! He lies down with con- science, by resting the burden of fidence, and awakes with hope. the responsibility on theirs, when « In the valley of the shadow of about to return to Him from wbom death he fears no evil ;'' but his he received his commission. That peace passeth all understand- its impression may be permanent

“ he knows that his and efficacious in the hearts of Redeemer liveth;" and this recol- those to whom it was immediately lection goes with him through all addressed, and that we may all his trials and sorrows, shedding a derive from it the instruction it is light around his steps, and cheer- calculated to convey, is the ardent ing the dreariness of his journey to that heavenly rest, where He whom

Yours, &c. he hath believed “shall lead him

JOHN MACK. to living fountains of water,” and Clipston, Nov. 16, 1829. where God shall wipe away all tears from his eyes.”

See our Review of this exoellent Dis. G. L.

course in the Number for March, 1825, p. 117; a Discourse certainly of rare merit. and full of the richest and most glowing sentiments.-Ep.

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prayer of,

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