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his talent has not been conceal- very proper to ask them the ed knowing the goodness of his present question. Their reply Lord, he has used it in dependwas, “The son of David." ence upon his blessing. To This prepared the way to a, account for it, he is always rea. further question. “ How then dy, and as he habitually acts doth David in spirit call him with reference to the day of LORD? If David call him reckoning, it can never arrest LORD, how is he his son ?" him unprepared. Be this our This point they could not solve. posture. Be this the present, The inquiry now before us is, constant concern of our minds, What have the holy scriptures to be found vigilant and FAITHtaught us respecting the perFUL, waiting for the coming of son and character of CHRIST? our LORD.
x. When the Pharisees said
that the MESSIAH was the son For the Panoplist. of David, Jesus referred them - CONTEMPLATIONS ON CHRIST. to the words which David, by
What think ye of Christ. inspiration, spake concerning One of the Pharisees asked him, Psalm cx. 1. “ The Lord our Lord, “ Which is the great said unto my lord, sit thou commandment in the law ?” at my right hand till I make The answer was, “ Thou shalt thine enemies thy footstool." love the Lord thy God with all The Pharisees never thought thy heart, and with all thy he was the root as well as off soul, and with all thy mind. spring of David. Viewing This is the first and great comhim merely as a man, proceedmandment. And the second ing from David's loins, they is like unto it, Thou shalt love might well be perplexed to unthy neighbour as thyself. On derstand how a son of David these two commandments hang could be his Lord, and sit all the law and the prophets.down on the right hand of The evangelists Mark* and God in heaven. He must have Lukes inform us, that the ans- descended from David acwer was perfectly satisfactory cording to the flesh, or he to the inquirer, and to others could not have been his son: of the sect, who were then He must have had an higher present. Our Lord embraced original, or could not have so favourable an opportunity to been his Lord; could not set ask them, “What think ye of down on the right hand of the Christ, or MESSIAH ? whose Majesty on high. His seat there son is he ?” They were the proves his superiority to the acknowledged interpreters of angels. They all worship him. the Jewish scriptures, which What then have the scripforetold and described that tures said respecting the transJust ONE. It was therefore cendent dignity of his nature ?
They appear plainly to teach * Mark, xii. 32. SLuke, xx. 39. his existence prior to his incarnation. This is a point of reputation," when he laid aside much moment, and claims par. his divine form, took on him ticular attention.
an human one, and “became In his prayer, not long be obedient unto death.” For fore his death, he mentions the this instance of humility he is glory which he had with the now “highly exalted.” Is it Father, before the world was. not clear, that our Lord had an He declares that he proceeded existence, a superior existence forth and came from God; that before his incarnation ? This he testified none other things point being settled, an inquiry than he had seen with his arises, Have the scriptures in. Father ; that he came down formed us that there ever was from heaven, (John, iii. 13, v. a time when he was not ? We 13, 31, 32, vi. 33, 61, viii. 23, have the prediction of his birth 38, xiv. 10, xvi. 27, 28, 30, by the prophet Micah in these Irï. 8.) He who is ascend- words: “ But thou Bethlehem, ed far above all heavens, first Ephratah, out of thee shall he descended from thence. (Eph. go forth that is to be ruler in Israiv. 9. 10.) He is ascended up el; whose goings forth have been where he was before. . The from of old, from everlasting." bread of life is he who cometh The author of the epistle to down from heaven. The WORD the Hebrews saith, Jesus Christ was made flesh! This WORD is the same yesterday, today, was a real person, not a mere and for ever ; and, applies to quality. How could a mere him the words of Psalm cii. quality, reason, for instance, 25, 26, 27, “ Of old hast thou be made flesh? It is added, laid the foundations of the earth: that the WORD dwelt among and the heavens are the work us, full of grace and truth. We of thy hands. They shall perbeheld his glory, the glory as ish, but thou shalt endure. of the only begotten of the They shall be changed, but Father. His name is called, thou art the same, and thy THE WORD OF GOD. In him was years shall have no end. He life. If the WORD was a real whose name is the Word of person, then this person exist- God, St. John saith, “ was in ed before he was made flesh. the beginning with God. All If in him the glory of the only things were made by him.” begotten of the Father was be- St. Paul saith, “ By him were held, then he was not a mere all things created that are in man. Before he was found in heaven, and that are in earth, fashion as a man, he was in the visible and invisible, whether form of God, the brightness of they be thrones or dominions, his glory, and express image of or principalities or powers.” his person. His being made In the Revelation he sent by flesh was a signal instance of his angel to John, it is written kumiliation. He humbled “I am Alpha and Omega, the himself, made himself of no beginning and the ending, saith
the Lord, who is, and who was, Lord sitting upon a throne and who is to come, the Al high and lifted up, and his mighty.” This is repeated train filled the temple. Above five times in the same book. it stood the seraphims," with The God and Father of our veiled faces, expressive of huLord Jesus Christ, before the mility ; and with wings, exs world began, made a covenant pressive of alacrity and zeal in with him, even the everlasting doing his commandments.covenant. The covenant of “ And one cried unto another, peace was between them both. and said, Holy, holy, holy is Before Abraham was I AM. the Lord of hosts : The whole • There is good reason to sup- earth is full of his glory.”pose that MESSIAH was the per- (John, xii. 41. Isai. vi. 1, 2, son who appeared to the patri. 3.) The same prophet de. archs, to Moses and Joshua, scribes his person, and the joy and to the Jewish church. of the church in his birth and When God was about to con- kingdom, in the following landuct Israel to their promised zuage ; “ For unto us a child rest, he said, “ Behold, I send is born, unto usa son is given: an angel before thee, to keep And the government shall be thee in the way, and to bring upon his shoulders : And his thee into the place which I name shall be called Wonderhave prepared. Beware of him, ful, Counsellor, The mighty and obey his voice, provoke God, The everlasting Father, him not: For he will not par. The Prince of peace. Of the don your transgression; for my increase of his government and name is in him." The above peace there shall be no end, words seem to be equivalent upon the throne of David, and to the declaration of the voice upon his kingdom, to order it, from heaven, “ This is my be, and to establish it with judg. loved Son ; hear him.” ment and with justice from
The SHECHINAH, or visible henceforth even for ever." symbol of the divine majesty, Isaiah further foretold, “A was no other than MESSIAH virgin shall conceive, and bear in the form of God. When a son, and shall call his name this radiance appeared, it calls EMMANUEL,” or God with us. ed for religious homage. Paul Any comment upon the nature tell us, that he who followed of the event predicted would Israel in the wilderness was be improper. It is and must Christ. They marched or en remain a great mystery. But canped as directed by the pil. it must have been a fact; otherlar of cloud and of fire. This wise christianity is a fiction. was light to them, but darkness An event may be foretold in and consusion to their enemies. explicit language, and take St. John assures us, that place as foretold, while its na. " Isaiah saw the glory” of the ture and cause are unsearchaMessiah, when he saw the ble. “ In him," says St. Paul, . dwelleth all the fulness of the whom the attributes of eternity Godhead bodily, God was and omniscience are ascribed. manifest in the flesh.”
“I am the first and the last. The incarnation of the Mes. Lord, thou knowest all things. siah is to be believcd upon di. I am he who searcheth the vine testimony, as is the doc. reins and the hearts.” What trine of the Trinity : Neither shall we think of Christ, if all can be explained to our under things were made and are up. standing. We cannot compre- held by him? What shall we hend God ; but we may re- think of Christ, if he could ceive his testimony, and set to claim the peculiar appellation, our seal that he is true. The by which God revealed him. incarnation is attested by a self to Moses and the jewish double trinity of witnesses ; church ; I AM THAT I AM?-three in heaven, and three on What must we think of Christ, earth. “ We receive the wit. if this is his name, EMMANUness of men : The witness of EL? And this, JEHOVAH OUR God is greater.”
RIGHTEOUSNESS ? Upon the whole : What (To be continued.) must we think of Christ, to
ON THE DEPARTURE FROM THE tion hinges, have been too much
PECULIAR TRUTUS AND SPIRIT neglected. Though it has not OF CHRISTIANITY.
yet become the fashion (God for The following seasonable and bid it ever should) to deny them, excellent observations on the grad. we have been too much accus. ual departure from the peculiar tomed to confine the mention of truths, maxims, and spirit of them to oblique hints and distant Christianity, are extracted from allusions. They are too often rethe Rev. Robert Hall's Fast ser: luctantly conceded, rather than mon of Oct. 19, 1803.
warmly inculcated, as though they “The truths and mysteries which were the weaker or less honoura. distinguish the Christian from all ble parts of christianity, from other religions," observes our able which we were in haste to turn author, “ have been little attended away our eyes, altlıough it is in to by some, totally denied by oth- reality these very truths which ers; and while infinite efforts have, in every age, inspired the have been made, by the utmost devotion of the church, and the şubtilty of argumentation, to es rapture of the redeemed. This tablish the truth and authenticity alienation from the distinguishing of revelation, few in comparison, truths of our holy religion achave been exerted to show what counts for a portentous peculiariit really contains. The doctrines ty among christians, their being of the fall and of redemption, ashamed of a book, which they which are the two grand points profess to receive as the word of on which the Christian dispensa. God.” , Vol. I. No. 5.
“ Indifference and inatten- seem to have forgotten there was tion to the truths and myste. ever any cause of grief in those ries of revelation have led, by an sufferings. I could be passionate easy transition, to a dislike and to think, o Saviour, of thy bitter neglect of the book which con- and ignominious death, and most tains them ; so that in a christian of all, of thy vehement strugglings country, nothing is thought so vul. with thy Father's wrath for my gar as a serious appeal to the sake, but thy conquest and glory scriptures ; and the candidate for takes me off, and calls me to halfashionable distinction would rath- lelujahs of joy and triumph ; er betray a familiar acquaintance Bleline, honour, glory and power, be with the most impure writers, unto him that fitteth upon ihe throne, than with the words of Christ and
and unto the lamb for ever and ever, his apostles. Yet we complain of
Rev. v. 13. the growth of infidelity, when nothing less could be expected
ANECDOTES. than that some should declare
The witty Earl of Rochester, themselves infidels, where so ma- her
happened to be in company with ny had completely forgot they were Christians." « The conse
King Charles II. his Queen, Chapquence has been such as might be
lain, and some of his minilters of expected, an increase of profane
ftate : After they had been difness, immorality, and irreligion.”
courling on publick business, the (page 32-34.)
King, of a sudden, exclaimed “ The traces of piety have been
“Come, let us unbend our wearing out more and more, from
thoughts from the cares of state, our conversation, from our man
and give us a generous glass of ners, from our popular publica- wine, which cheereth, as'the Scriptions, from the current literature ture faith, both God and man." of the age, In proportion as the The Queen 'hearing this, modo maxims and spirit of christianity estly said, she thought there could have declined, infidelity has pre- be no such text in Scripture ; and vailed in their room.”
that the idea seemed to her to be
little less than blarphemy. The SELECT THOUGHTS, BY BISHOP King replied, that he was not preHALL.
pared to turn to chapter and verse; When I think on my Saviour but, he was pretty sure, he had in his agony, and on his cross, my met with it some where in his soul is so clouded with sorrow, as Scripture reading. The Chaplain if it would never be clear again : was appealed to, and he was of Those bloody drops, and those the same opinion with the Queen. dreadful ejaculations (methinks) Rochester suspecting the King to should be past all reach of com. be right, and being no friend to fort ; but when I see his happy the Chaplain, flipt out of the room, elu&ation out of these pangs, and to inquire among the servants, if hear him cheerfully rendering his any of them were conversant with Spirit into the hands of his Father; the Bible. They named David, when I find him trampling upon the Scots cook, who always carhis grave, attended with glorious ried a Bible about him ; and Daangels, and ascending in the char vid being called; recollected both iot of a cloud to his heaven; I the text, and where to find it. am so elevated with joy, as that I Rochester ordered him to be in