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the evidence on which others is the end for which the gospel will be judged. How then can was preached to those believers, their being judged in that man who are now the dead in Christ, ner be the particular end of as well as to those who are still preaching the gospel to them? living upon earth, that they,
After these remarks, it will by a divine power attending it, not be deemed unsuitable to in- being thoroughly mortified and troduce some of Leighton's ob- dead to their former sinful incliservations on the passage. By nations and courses of life, might them that are dead, he conceives, be eventually censured and con. the apostle means such as had demned, and even put to death, heard and believed the gospel, for their novel principles and and now were dead. “And this,” behaviour, as being judged accorsays the pious expositor, “he ding to the principles of corrupt doth to strengthen the brethren nature ; but that they might reto whom he writes, to commend ally live after a spiritual manner the gospel to them to this intent, by a holy conformity to the imthat they might not think the age and will of God in their reend and condition of it hard and newed souls.” grievous ; inasmuch as it was These queries are modestly the constant end of the gospel, suggested to our correspondent, and they that had been saved by who is entitled to our most reit went the same way he points spectful consideration, and to the out to them.”
inquisitive reader, who is left to Dr. Guise gives a similar con- form a conclusion for himself. struction of the passage. “ This
PARAPHRASE ON ECCLESIASTES the seeds and principles of dissoXII. 1-7.
lution, toward which it tends eve
ry day and hour, by the very (From Bishop Horne.)
means that nourish and maintain A view of the different ma- it, and which no art can protract, terials of which man is compos- beyond a certain term. In spite ed, may teach us to form a pro- of precaution and medicine, “the per estimate of him. He stands evil days will come, and the years between the two worlds, the nat. draw nigh, when he shall say, I ural and the spiritual, and par- have no pleasure in them.”takes of both. His body is ma- Pains and sorrows will succeed terial, but its inhabitant descends each other, as “the clouds return from another system. His soul, after the rain," blackening the like the world from which it face of heaven, and darkening the comes, is immortal; but his sources of light and joy. The body, like the world to which it hands, those once active and belongs, is frail and perishable. vigorous “ keepers of the house,” From its birth it contains in it grown paralytic, shall“ trem
ble ;” and “ the strong men,” ceptacle of the brain, from which those firm and able columns, it proceeds, “ shall be broken." which supported it, shall “ bow The vessel by which, as a "pitchthemselves," and sink under the er," the blood is carried back to weight; the external “ grinders" the heart for a fresh supply, of the food, the tecth, “shall shall be broken at the fountain, cease, because they are few," and the wheel, or instrument of and the work of mastication shall circulation, which throws it be imperfectly performed. Diin forth again to the extremities of suffusion shall veil the organs of the body, shall be broken at the sight, “ they that look out of the cistern. When this highly finwindows shall be darkened.” ished piece of mechanism shall « The doors,” or valves, “ shall be thus disjointed and dissolved, be shut in the streets," or alleys “then shall the dust," of which of the body, when the digestive it was formed, “return to the powers are weakened, and the earth as it was, and the spirit sound of the “ internal grinding shall return to God who gave is low.” Sleep, if it light upon it.” Learn we from hence, to the eye-lids of age, will quickly bestow on cach part of our comremove again, and “he will rise position that proportion of time up” at the time when the first and attention, which, upon a due « voice of the bird proclaims the consideration of its nature and approach of the morning. All importance, it shall appear to the daughters of musick shall be claim at our hands. brought low ;" he will hear no more the voice of singing men, and singing women. Timidity and distrust will predominate,
THE SPIRIT OF THE MINISand he will be alarmed at every
TRY. thing; “ he shall be afraid of
(From Massillon.) that which is high, and fears shall be in the way.” As the early We cannot forbear particularly and “ almond tree," when it flour earnestly to recommend the follow. ishes in full blossom, his hoary
ing admirable remarks to the atten
tive perusal of all who are clothed head shall be conspicuous in the with the ministerial office. congregation, the sure prognostick not of spring, alas, but of win- « The spirit of our ministry," ter ; he who like " the grass- says this eloquent divine, " is a hopper," in the season of youth spirit of zeal and firmness. It was so sprightly in his motions, is our duty to exhort, to correct, now scarce able to crawl upon to reprove, “in season and out the earth, “ shall be a burden” to of season.” We ought to bear himself, and the organs of sense, our testimony boldly against being vitiated and impaired, “ de- publick sins and abuses. The sire" and appetite “ shall fail.” face of a Christian minister The spinal marrow, that “ silver ought not to blush for the ig. cord,” with infinite ramifications nominy, which indulgences, of the nerves, thence derived, unbecoming his character, never will be relaxed and lose its tone; fail to produce ; he bears, writ- and the golden bowl,” the re- ten upon his forehead, with much
more majesty than the High- earth," must accommodate ourPriest of the law, “ the doctrine selves to the children of the and the truth ;" he ought to world, and “ lose our savour ;" know no one according to the we, who ought to be the censor's flesh. He who, by the imposi- of the world, must become its tion of hands, has been set apart panegyrists; we, who ought to to the holy ministry, should be “the light of the world,” manifest an heroick disposition, must perpetuate its blindness, which elevates him above his by our approbation, or by own weakness,which infuses our cowardice ; in one word, we, into him noble, great, generous who ought to be instruments in sentiments, and such as are wor- the salvation of the world, must thy his elevated calling,—which perish with the world. raises him above fears, hopes, Admitting that, when you first reputation and opprobrium, and go to mingle with worldly scenes, above every thing which influ- you may intend not to be seences the conduct of other men. duced from the path of duty;
Now, this spirit of courage and admitting that you at first posfirmness is very much opposed sess sincerity, firmness, and to the spirit of the world. For courage ; you will soon deviate the spirit of the world is a tem- from them. Those ideas of zeal porising spirit-a spirit of po- and firmness against vice with liteness, complaisance, atten- which you enter into the world, tions, and management. To pass will soon grow weaker ; intimawell with the world, a man must cy with the world will soon make have no opinion of his own; he them appear to you unsocial and must think always with the erroneous ; to them will sucgreatest number, or at least with ceed ideas more pleasant, more the most influential ; he must agreeable to man, more accordhave approbation always ready to ing to the common manner of bestow, and wait only for the mo- thinking; what appeared zeal ment when it will be most agree- and duty, you will regard as exable. It is necessary for him to cessive and imprudent severity ; be able to smile at impiety ; to and what appeared virtue & min. accustom his ears to the most isterial prudence, you will consevere and cruel strokes of slan- sider as unnecessary singularity. der; to give praise to ambition We enter, by little and little, and and a desire of preferment; and without perceiving it ourselves, to suffer a preference to be given into their prejudices, and adopt to natural above moral and spi- the excuses and vain reasonings ritual talents. In fine, if we to which they have recourse to wish to live in the world, we justify their errors ; by associatmust think, or at least speak ing with them we cease to think like the world; it will not do to them so culpable; we even becarry thither an uncompliant, come almost apologists for their barsh spirit ; for this a person effen:inacy, their idleness, their would soon become an object of luxury, their ambition, their pasridicule and contempt, and he sions; we accustom ourselves, himself would soon become dis, like the world, to give to those gusted with it. Thus we, who vices softer names; and what ought to be “the salt of the confirms us in this new system
of conduct is, that it has the ap- tend to them; I was led to conprobation of men of the world, clude, that' the public adminiswho give to our cowardly como tration of this ordinance, during pliance with their customs, the divine service (which, except in specious names of moderation, cases of necessity, our church ingreatness of mind, acquaintance culcates most decidedly,) would, with the world, a talent to render if generally adopted, be producvirtue amiable; and to the con- tive of most important advanttrary conduct the odious names ages ; and, consequently, I was of littleness, superstition, excess induced to conclude, that the too and severity, calculated only to common custom of baptizing on drive people from virtue, and to other days except the Lord's render piety either odious or Day, or if on the Lord's Day, afcontemptible. Thus, from grat- ter the congregation is sepaitude, we treat those in a friend- rated, was, at least, foregoing ly manner who bestow upon our those advantages. cowardice the honour and homage The Anti-pædobaptists do all due to firmness and zeal ; we baptize very publickly, and this believe them more innocent, administration of baptism, acsince they think us more amia- cording to their sentiments, is ble ; we show more indulgence very impressive, and has a great to their vices, since they meta- effect in producing a favourable morphose our vices into virtues. opinion of their mode of baptizFor how uncommon is it for peo. ing, in the minds of those who ple to be severe and troublesome have not maturely weighed the censors of their admirers ? and subject ; besides giving the minhow few are there like Barnabas ister an occasion of addressing and Saul, who, because they the consciences, the judgments, would not relax any thing from the passions, or even the prejuthe truth, were stoned by the dices of the assembly. But the very people who, but a moment retired and concealed way, now before, were ready to offer in- generally adopted by the miniscense to them as to gods de- ters of our Church, (contrary to scended upon earth ?
the rubrick undoubtedly) seems to say to the people, “ It is a mere form ; there is no need to
make it publick; no instruction ON THE ADVANTAGES OF PUB
can be grafted on it ; it needLICKLY ADMINISTERING THE
lessly lengthens the service." RITE OF BAPTISM.
And the unchristian custom of (From the Christian Observer). making baptisms an occasion of Having observed the impres a sensual dissipated feast, which sion made on a full congrega- is too generally connived at gives tion by the baptism of a child countenance to this conclusion, during the service, and by a se- and advantage to those who adrious address in the sermon to minister this sacrament in anoparents, sponsors, and all baptiz- ther manner, less scriptural, I ed persons, concerning their ob- apprehend, in other respects, but ligations and duties, and their more scriptural in that it is made criminality, if they did not at a publick, serious and religious service. Indeed I am fully con- pear to my inind of the greatest vinced, that the public adminis- importance. I have long comtration of infant baptism, with ap- plied with the general custom, posite instructions to all concern- and have never, for at least twened, would do more to establish its ty-five years, baptized a child scriptural authority than all the during divine service : but I controversial publications which must allow that, having once have appeared on the subject. been present where a child was
But this is by far the least part thus baptized, the ceremony beof what I would wish to point ing followed by an appropriate out. A great deal has been said address, I was then convinced, of baptismal regeneration. If we that by private baptism, (in which say that this always, and of I include baptizing in the church, course takes place, however the except during divine service on sacrament is administered, not the Lord's Day, or on some pubto adduce other objections, it is lick occasion) many advantages plain that we return to the opus of exhorting and establishing our operatum of the Papists. Yet far congregations were lost; and be it from me to deny, that re- many advantages given to those generation may accompany bap- who endeavour to draw our peotism, and that it frequently does ple from us. when properly administered.
IGNOTUS. Now I was peculiarly impressed on seeing baptism administered during the service, with the
FRAGMENT. idea, that a considerable number
(From the Christian Observer.) of true Christians were, all over IMPORTANT CONCESSIONS OF BOLthe congregation, uniting in
INGBROKE. prayer, that the child might be “No religion,” said that deisti. baptized by the Holy Spirit, and cal nobleman, “ ever appeared in made an heir of eternal life. the world, whose natural tendenSurely, thought I, this way of cy was so much directed to proadministering the sacred ordi- mote the peace and happiness of nance gives the most scriptural mankind, as Christianity. No ground to hope that, the inward system can be more simple and and spiritual grace shall accom- plain than that of natural religpany the outward and visible ion, as it stands in the gospel. sign: and I cannot conceive The system of religion which that the private mode of baptiz- Christ published, and his evangeling can afford a ground of confi- ists recorded, is a complete sysdence which, either on scriptural tem to all the purposes of religor rational grounds, can be put ion, natural and revealed. Chrisin competition with it.
tianity, as it stands in the gospel, But, above all, the opportuni- contains not only a complete, ties that the publick administra. but a very plain system of retion of baptism gives to the min- ligion. The gospel is, in all ister of addressing all descrip- cases, one continued lesson of tions of persons in his congre- the strictest morality, of justice, gation on their respective duties, of benevolence, and of univere and their failures in them, ap- sal charity."
Vol. I. No. 6.