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undergo a purification, we must Edward, to escape it, whilst yet become new creatures before we the hour of grace is given to are meet to be partakers of the you. The first step towards re. inheritance of the saints in light; ligion is a deep humiliating confor this purpose a Sanctifier is viction that you are a sinner, no less offered to man than a Re- and as such, an offence to a holy deemer, who sheds his purifying God, whose eyes are purer than influence upon those who de- to behold iniquity ; this will lead voutly implore it, in the name of you to the consideration how Jesus. Thus redeemed and you are to escape his wrath, and sanctified, what a scene of glory to the interposing mercy of opens to our view. The earth, Christ. May the divine grace with all its thrones and poten- impress this conviction deeply tates, their dignities and splen- on your heart ; implore it in the dours, fade before it like the name of Jesus; put up your peshadows of the night before the titions also for understanding to rising sun. But it is a theme comprehend the great mystery too vast for mortal tongue, a of redemption through a crucifivision too bright for human ed Saviour, for repentance and eyes."
faith ; and I will offer up mine Here Theophilus paused for a that the Holy Spirit may pour few moments, absorbed in con- down upon you his illumination, templation of the divine wisdom and by his sanctifying influence and benevolence displayed in the renew you in that righteousness redemption of man.
and holiness without which no « Such (continuing his dis man shall see the Lord.” course) is the glorious hope The tears fell from his eyes which God in Christ has reveal- as he concluded, and mine had ed to us ; it is no fiction of the bedewed my cheeks whilst he imagination, but rests upon the was speaking. He strained me immutable promise of the eter- to his bosom with an affectionate nal Word, by whom the world embrace, and we separated for was made. He calls upon all the night. men to accept it, and prescribes I was too much affected by his the indispensable conditions of discourse to enjoy much repose, repentance and faith. Believe and although ny mind was in and be saved ; but faith, let it be some degree prepared for its imremembered, must ever be shewn pression, it excited a variety of in love to him evinced by obedi- ideas which I had never before, ence to his commandments; or imperfectly, entertained. “ If that love which will make the this be true, in what condition duty of obedience easy and plea- am I ? Have I not lived without sant.
God in the world ? a mere con“But the same Jesus has also formist to the practice of religdeclared this alarming truth, ion, without any knowledge of that there is a state of endless its spirit ? What would become misery for those who reject the of my soul, if God this night gracious offers of God through should require it of me?” Such him ; who refuse to believe in amongst many others were the their Saviour. Strive, my dear reflections which occurred to Vol. I. No. 6.
me. I felt a desire to pray, as than I ever derived froin that diswell as the necessity of praver, sipation in which I formerly but I could scarcely utter more thought myself happy. Under than repeated ejaculations. In a deep and humiliating sense of the morning, though dejected, I the iniquities of my past life, I was somewhat more composed, take a delight in spiritual mediand I then confessed my sins to tations, which, six months ago, God, and implored his pardon in I was incapable of conceiving. I the name of Christ, with a devo- look with trembling hope for tion which I had never before pertion and redemption, through felt. I made no hesitation in the atonement of a crucified communicating all my emotions Saviour ; and whilst, in humble to Theophilus ; he rejoiced to dependence on the assistance of perceive them, and whilst he en- divine grace, I endeavour to work deavoured to relieve my mind out my salvation with fear and from despondency, earnestly in- trembling, I feel a joy and peace culcated the duty of benefiting in believing, unknown before. by the grace of God, which Such, Sir, is my present state, through his means had been of- for which, by the blessing of fered to me, as well as the dan- God, I am indebted to Theophi. ger of rejecting it.
lus. This narrative, if it have You will anticipate the conclu- no other effect, will exemplify sion of iny narrative : my in the great importance of a convaluable friend, who, by the bles- formity between external mansing of God, sowed the seed of ners and internal rectitude. If, the word in my heart, never instead of appearing to me as hc ceased to water it and promote did, I had found my friend reits growth. We daily read the served, formal, and precise ; if scriptures together, he shewed he had not won my esteem by me the connexion between the the kindness and urbanity of his Old and New Testament, point- deportment; in sliort, if Chrised out the most remarkable pro- tianity in him had not appeared phecies which had been com- as amiable as his profession of it pleted, particularly those relate was sincere, though I might have ing to the Messiah ; explained respected his virtues, if I could difficult passages, and noticed have discovered them, I should others as affording important probably have left his house after subjects for meditation ; and he a few days residence in it with read the sublime strains of devo- the same mind with which I ention in the scriptures with a tered it. But I would not be rapturous animation that seemed understood, by any thing I have almost inspired.
said, to depreciate from the How different do I now ap- worth of those plain, simple, unpear to myself from what I was polished characters, who bear the when I entered the house of rich jewels of Christian faith Theophilus. I look back with and love in an unseemly casket. horrour to many scenes of my The religion of Christ is, doubtlife, which I used to retrace with less, made for the poor and uncomplacency; and I feel more educated, as well as for the rich satisfaction from this contrition and polite. Its proper effect,
however, in all, is to produce that tensity of pain ; and when he exgenuine politeness of manner patiates on the ineffable love and which consists in affability, kind- mercy of God, as revealed in Je: ness, courtesy, and condescen- sus, the animation of his counte. sion; and although many are nance bespeaks not only gratidebarred from acquiring the easy tude, but all the joy of hope. and graceful manners, and the You will ask, Sir, what are my external polish of Theophilus, feelings on this trying occasion : yet the Christian humility and I know not how to describe the the Christian love, which give to mixed sensations of grief, anxie. these their intrinsick value, are ty, admiration, fear, and affecequally attainable by all who are tion ; they are best expressed by truly religious, and ought to be my fervent prayers to God for uniformly exhibited in their con- his recovery. The crowd of anx. duct and conversation.
ious inquirers, which surrounds This last week has placed bis house, shews how extensive. Theophilus in a new point of ly he is beloved; and returning view. He has been confined to yesterday from the church, the his room, for the first time of his humid eyes, desponding faces, life, with a most painful disorder, and unsuppressed sighs of his which scarcely allows him sleep friends and neighbours, who exor repose, But his temper has plored my looks with penetrating suffered no alteration; placid, anxiety, affected my heart in a patient, and submissive, he bears manner which I cannot describe. the severity of disease with- He is now somewhat recovered, out a murmur, and leaves the and we have a fair prospect of his event to him with whom are the restoration to health. I tremble, issues of life and death. There however, whilst I write ; but are intervals in which the fer would say, Thy will, O God, be vour of devotion suspends the in- done.
For the Panoplist. mortals to heaven, and in return ON THE PAGAN DÆMONS. bring down the divine behests to
The religion of the ancients earth. Hesiod specifies, who consisted chiefly in the worship they were, and when they lived. of Dæmons.* These, like the They lived in the time of ChroManes and Lares of the Romans, nus, or Noah. When they died were supposed to be the souls of they became Dæmons, benevolent departed men. Plato mentions beings, who reside within the the Dæmons as a race of beings, verge of earth, and were guardi. by whom many things are dis ans of mankind. Somewhat like covered, and many good offices this was the account of the Chrisdone to men. He describes them tian father, Clemens of Alexanas an order of beings between dria. men and gods. They are the The Lares and Manes, domespersons, who by their mediation tick deities of the Hetrurians and carry the vows and prayers of Latines, were the same person,
äges, under different names. mons. They were honoured They were the arkite ancestors with annual festivals, This imof mankind, preserved in the La portant fact was remembered and ren or ark. The feasts in hon- celebrated even where the docour of these deities were styled trines and duties of revealed reliLarentalia, celebrated by the Ro- gion were forgotten. mans every year.
3. We are led to reflect on the It is said by Damascius, that unhappy translation of Daimoon to Sadyc, the man of justice, were and Daimonion in the New Tesborn sons, who were styled the tament. The first is used five, Dioscori and Cabiri. This is the the other sixty times, translated identical name, which Moses Devil. We read of persons posgives to Noah. He says he was sessed with devils, with seven Sadic, a just man. These Cabiri devils, with a legion of devils ; are represented as Dæmons, and yet scripture abundantly teaches in number three. Their father us, there is but one devil ; is sometimes called Helius, and This ought not so to be. The they, the offspring ofthe sun. Stra- word, so often translated devil, bo says they were a kind of Dæ- should be rendered Demon, mons. Among Pagans the com. These were sometimes bad, but mon acceptation of Dæmon was often among the Pagans considfavourable, as in Acts xvii. “He ered as good beings. seemeth to be a setter forth of 4. Were those agents real or strange Gods," or Dæmons. * imaginary ? Mr. Farmar ha's
From these brief extracts from written elaborately and plausibly ancient writers several reflections to prove them imaginary ; but оссur.
when we consider the agency as, 1. We see how natural has cribed to them by the sacred been the idea of a Mediator to writers, their conversations, their mankind. Pagans destitute of requests, their departing from revelation, who, having never persons, their entering other heard of the Seed of the wom- creatures, we are compelled to an,” the Messiah, the Saviour, believe those possessions real, the Mediator, feeling their new that these Dæmons were real be cessities, framed the idea of nu, ings.
• EUSEBIUS. merous mediators. Fearing they should be consumed, they adopt, ed an ineffectual measure ; they
For the Panoplist. constituted their deceased ances, ON THE NATURE, USES, AND ET. tors and friends to mediate be
FECTS OF PRAYER tween God and them. How does
No. 2. this reproach the conduct of (Concluded from p. 199.) those, who reject the Mediator, The former Number contain: revealed to them in the gospel ! ed hints respecting the nature
2. The religion of Pagans sup- and uses of prayer. The im. ports one important fact of rev- portance of this duty will appear elation, the deluge of Noah. from a view of the precious ad“ The arkite ancestors of man- vantages which result from it, kind" were considered as Dæ. The fervent prayer of a righteous
man is effectual, and availeth • See Campbell on the Gospels, much,
Prayer is sure of a rich and These are the certain, immediabundant reward. In requiring ate benefits and joys of the praythis service, God does not mock, er of faith ; joys far surpassing nor disappoint the hopes of de- all the joys of sense ; joys with vout suppliants. He requires which strangers intermeddle not. them to ask, that he may convince These immediate, transporting, them how able and ready he is to ineffable joys are always the atgive. As an encouragement to tendants of fiducial, fervent pray, prayer, our Saviour reminds us, er. Such prayer quiets the that we who are evil, that is, ve- alarms of conscience ; hushes ry defective in kindness, do yet those fears of wrath which proreadily give good gifts unto our duce torment; fixes the soul in children. Hence he infers a pow. the regular pursuit of duty, and erful argument for prayer. the undisturbed enjoyment of di“How much more will your hea. vine love, and gives believers an venly Father give good gifts to earnest of future rest with their them who ask him.” He de Father in heaven. They draw lights in kindness to his crea- near to Christ, and sit under his tures, waits to be gracious, is eye shadow with delight. Can they er attentive to their cry, and re. commune with God? Little do Feals himself the prayer hearing they regret the absence or loss God. That our hopes may nev. of other things. The spiritual er languish, he assures us, that peace and consolation, which he has never said to the seed of Ja. prayer yields, the heavenly graces cob, Seek ye me in vain. Ask, and it enkindles in the soul, the to, ye shall receive. Seek, and ye kens of God's love and the earn, shall find, Knock, and it shall be ests of future blessedness, which opened unto you.
it secures, are rewards too great No man can take away the re- for our conception. If nothing ward from praying saints. They else were gained, but this increase enjoy an immediate, substantial of grace and nearness to God, we blessing. In their humble, be- might well say, the good man's lieving application to the throne prayer is effectual, and availeth of grace, they feel pious satisfac, much. tion and serenity of mind. Con. But the good man's prayer has science approves the homage an important influence in procure which they offer to their God ing many other blessings. In and Saviour. They feel their cases of bodily sickness, St. James soul draw near to the Fountain directs an application to this du, of purity and goodness. The ty for relief. And should bod: generous affections of their ily relief be denied, a mercy of hearts toward their gracious still greater consequence may be Sovereign and Redeemer kindle obtained. The joint prayers of into fervour. They commune the languishing sufferer and his with the Father, and with his pious friends will secure to him Son Jesus Christ, and with the the gift of pardon, and eternal family of heaven. By a trans- life. forming divine influence their Scripture history abounds with souls are changed into the mor- examples of the singular bles, al likeness of their Creator. sings procured by prayer Jas