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FROM MAY, 1830, TO MAY, 1831.
"There are Three that bear record in heaven; the FATHER, the WORD, and the HOLY
" Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."
1 John v. 7.
PUBLISHED BY E. PALMER, 18, PATERNOSTER ROW,
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WE complete the Seventh Volume of our Magazine amid the scenes of much political confusion. Every ear is open to, every eye is intent upon, and every mind is engrossed with, the great question which has been for some time past the theme of debate in the lower house of Parliament a reform in the representation of the people. It is not our province to enter politically into the subject, and we only allude to it to call up the attention of our readers to matters of far higher concern. Let it not be supposed however for a moment, that we undervalue, or wish to depreciate the rich blessings of civil and religious liberty; the privilege of worshipping, after the dictates of our own consciences, the God of our salvation; and of being protected in the exercise of this high privilege from the assaults of such as would invade it. Can we forget what our forefathers suffered in the gloomy days, when the sensual Charles, and the bigotted James, wielded the sceptre of these realms, banishing true religion from the churches, to seek refuge in the wilderness and the solitary place, causing bitterly the tears of the saints to flow, and their lamentations to arise? We would tell these things to our children's children, to be handed down to remotest posterity; and we tould tell them then of the great mercy of our merciful Jehovah, who, when the day of his wrath had passed, beamed a full ray of his goodness upon this
benighted land, by seating upon her throne the illustrious house of Brunswick.
We introduce this subject, to urge upon our readers the blessedness of being able to depend more upon the sove reignty of Jehovah, to rely more upon the faithfulness of Him, who hath said of his church, "I will water it every moment; lest any hurt it, I will watch it night and day :” and of being able more and more to separate our thoughts and affections from the world, and the things of the world; and to be able to fix them daily more intimately on God and heaven.
Is it not a delightful employment, and a consolatory one -when upon every countenance around us we see depictured painful anxiety, arising from too great an acquaintance with the things of the world—is it not delightful and consolatory, to be able to turn from the contemplation of its unstable affairs, and to reflect that in the land to which we are hastening, the purest bliss unalloyed by anxiety and by pain will be ever enjoyed by us, for we shall dwell in the presence of the Redeemer !
Our ardent and continual desire is, that the number of those to whom this privilege is a familiar thing may be daily increased.
We have only space to add our thanks and prayers. Our thanks to our esteemed correspondents for their continued favours; and our fervent prayer, that God the Holy Spirit, who only is able, may render their communications the means of much usefulness, in awakening some of God's chosen ones who are yet in their sins, of encouraging the tempted believer, and of building up and edifying the weakest saint into the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
"There are Three that bear record in heaven; the FATHER, the WORD, and the HOLY GHOST: and these Three are One."
"Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."
John v. 7.
(For the Spiritual Magazine.)
"WHAT THINK YE OF CHRIST? WHOSE SON IS HE?" Matt. xxii. 42.
IMMEDIATELY before Jehovah delivered his law to Moses in Sinai, he commanded that bounds should be set round that awful mountain, lest the Israelites, urged on by curiosity, should press forward to gaze on Deity, and many of them should perish. One great moral lesson seems to be, by this provision, furnished for our instruction there is a point in holy things, beyond which it is imminently dangerous for man to venture. The Holy Ghost has drawn a line of demarkation in his word, and he who passes that line, treads on ground too holy for human footsteps. And yet, such is our lamentable perverseness, it is often found that "fools rush on, where angels fear to tread ;" and whilst the solid and all-important doctrines of mercy are overlooked, that which is absolutely beyond the grasp of mortal power, is pursued with avidity and determination.
God has thrown the vail of impenetrable obscurity over the secrets of his being and works; the brightness of his essential glory is too splendid for mortal gaze: it is an excess of light that must blind the eyes of every creature that turns to look upon it: and hence, the propriety of the challenge, "who can find out the Almighty to perfection ?"-Where God has drawn the curtain, all inquiry should cease.
The revelation of divine goodness in the gospel is a subject, not of speculation, but of faith. It is not a proposition to be subjected to mathematical scrutiny, but a statement to be received with humility, as coming from "the God of peace." The divine Spirit leads the VOL. VII.-No. 74.