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8f Missionaries acting under your directions.—Whilewebehold how beautiful on these our mountains, are the feet of those that bring unto us good tidings, that publish peace, that say unto ourZion, thy God reigneth; We are constrained to meet their blessed labors with this language of inspiration— "Break forth into joy, sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem, for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem: The Lord hath made bare his holy arm."—By these doings among us, we have the most comfortable evidence that the bowels of many saints are refreshed; and we. hope and trust the obdurate hearts of some sinners are melted. Oh! let us praise and magnify the riches of divine grace. While we behold the servants of Jesus Christ among us, dispensing their labors in the gospel, men that have hazarded their health, their wordly interest, their characters, and left many dear friends and connexions for the cause of religion, we feel ourselves in duty bound to pray for them, while we give all the praise and glory to God. It gives us pleasure to reflect that we can give ample testimony to the zeal, the faithfulness, the prudence and the exemplary conduct of those missionaries, who have labored among us under the order and direction of your board. At the fame time, we trust it will be no small satisfaction to you to hear this good report of them. It ii highly probable that some of them hare had to encounter oppo. sition from the shafts and irony of steeled infidels, and opposers of the doctrines of distinguishing grace. For these things our hearts are grieved, and our earnest prayers, with yours, are directed to that
God of all grace, who hath the hearts of sinners in his hands, and can turn them as the rivers of water are turned.—We hope that no discouraging circumstance* may move your hearts or the hearts of those who may engage in this important work. We trust that we have already fee* good effects of missionary labors, in these parti; and we further trust that we have many praying fouls among us, that join with you and all the faints of Christendom in crying to God day arid night for the eirusion of the ever blessed Spirit of all grace. Oh! that millions and millions of sinners may bow to the sceptre of king Jesus.—We pray God t* smile on your endeavors, and put the means into your hands, further to promote the cause of our great redeemer, in these and other parts of this vineyard—Hoping and believing that you will not cease to pray, with us, for the prosperity of Zion, and the conversion and salvation of sinners, we subscribe ourselves yours in the faith and fellowship of the gospel.
John B. Prestox. To the Mi/Jtonary Society os the State tf CormeSicut.
aerville, AlbanyCounty, preached the sermon, from i. Cor. i. 21; Rev. David Porter late of Spencertown, and now preaching at Catflcill, made the prayer during the imposition of hands; Rev. Beriah Hotchhin of Greenfield, gave the charge; Rev. 'Jesse Toivnsend of New-Durham, gave the right hand of fellowship, and Rev. Ezekiel J. Chapman, late jniflionary. to New-Connecticut, and now preaching at Canton, made the'concluding prayer. It is pleasing to remark, that, a large concourse of people were present on the occasion, and appeared specially attentive and solemn during the whole transaction.
COMMUNICATED AS ORIGINAL,
To The Editors Ot The Evangel- Ical Magazine. - ■
• •' A Vision.
I. 'TTTHAT heavenly voice is that
VV Which calls my foul away?
». What glories strike my fense?
3. "This" is the heavenly plain;
■4. " This water's ever fresh:
"This fruit forever new:
"And he that takes thi- living food,
"Shall live immortal too. ■ ■ • ''
5. " Here pleasant songs arc heard: TM The glorious heavenly ciioir ■
'.' Here raisc^loud-th' enraptured voice, "And strike th' immortal lyre.
6. " Here pleasure ever springs; "Here joy forever grows;
"And blessedness in endless streams, "In full completion flows."
7. But where's my chosen good, fn whom 1 still confide; .
My hope, my warm desire ? On where's
8. In yonder world of woe,
9. And when my faith arose
The heaven I hop'd was to behold
10. If this should be denied,
My sinking soul would mourn; . ' •
n. No angel high in power,
12. But lo! this face unvails: — • '• My foul dissolves with love:
My. heart exults in biiss complete,
13. These mysteries now unfold,
He is the flowing stream of life,
14. Here rest, my joyful foul,
Be this thy portion, this thy he3ven,
1.;. Here let me sing his praise,
16. Eut lo ! the scene withdraws;
To run my jjresome pilgrimage
17. Yet shall I rile and taste
Donalicns to the Missionary Society of Cor.r.ecticut. B- *
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God glorious in •visiting the iniquities of fathers upon their children.
Thoughts on Luke xi. 49—51.
"Therefore said the wisdom ef God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was slied from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation: From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: Verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation."
IT has been thought, that the sentiment contained in these words, must be very different from the common acceptation of such expressions, or that it is difficult U reconcile it with divine justice. An attempt will now be made, to flow the true sentiment expressed, and tojkow that this mode of divine administration is consistent with perfeB riSituds, and is exceedingly glorious.
It is conceived, that the sentalent here expressed by Jesus Christ is, that that generation of the Jews would persecute the
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church of God, and that in con-sequence of this guilt, by which the measure of their iniquities would be full, God would bring upon that nation the most dreadful judgments ; and would render them the more awful and exemplary, on account of all the guilt of this kind which had ever been contracted, from the foundation of the world, visiting upon them the iniquities of all former persecutors, and giving a decided manifestation of his abhorrence of ell this kind of wickedness, by the effects of his wrath upon them $ and that the then present generation should not pass away, until all these things should be accomplished. Or in other words, that in consequence of their persecutions, God would bring them to a reckoning for all former persecutions.
Several things will be noticed to show that this is the import of the words under consideration.— First: This appears from the words themselves. They form a plain correct sentence, perfectlyintelligible j there is no ambiguity in the expression, it is capable of no other construction. Our Lord JBb
meant that the Jews mould understand that such judgments would be poured out upon them, as should give a public manifestation of divine wrath, for all former persecutions.
That this is the true fense of the words is surther evident from the established and avowed principle of divine administration, which God has adopted, and plainly and abundantly revealed in his word. This is the character which he gives of himself in the second' commandment: 5 I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation ol them that hate me.' The fame idea is here expressed ; if children hate God, the sins of their ancestors for three or four generations shall be visited upon them. God will remember those iniquities when punishing their posterity in temporal judgments, and deal with them the more severely on that account.
Besides: there are a multitude of facts of this kind recorded in the bible.—Immediately aster the apbstacy, God began his dealings with the world on this principle. "By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death hath passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." It is a token of God's abhorrence of Adam's apostacy, that all his posterity begin their existence depraved in heart and prone to sin—shapen in iniquity, and conceived in sin, and by reason of their sin, death passes upon all. This takes place in consequence of the sirst transgression, and is an awsul manifestation of God's wrath on that account.—The next instance of the kind, which shall be here mentioned, was the univerfal deluge. An hundred
and [twenty years besore it was sent, God threatened the world on account of their great wickedness, that his spirit should not always strive with man, but that his days should be an hundred and twenty years. The earth had long been silled with violence ; all flesh had corrupted their ways before God, and every imagination of their hearts was evil continually; yet the divine forbearance lasted; God prolonged their opportunity to become reconciled to him, until in an ordinary courfe of providence, millions died, and millions were born; and then God reckoned with the world, and brought into view all their former iniquities, and executed his vengeance for the whole upon that generation, in which million* were in childhood and insancy. And God's wrath appeared the more vindictive because he did not spare even the brutal creation, but let loose his indignation upon every thing which was not housed in the ark.
Sodom and the cities in its neighborhood, surnish another instance of the kind. The inhabitants had long been notorious for wickedness, and God is represented as coming down to attend t» it, and he has made them all enfamples to us, sussering the vengeance of eternal sire. The infants perished with the older sinners, and on account of their wickedness; the beasts were not spared, and even the very land is faid to have become a poisonous bituminous lake, called the Dead Sea.
Egypt is also an example of the fame nature. Not only the sirst born, old or young, were all slain, but God poured out his tokens of vengeance upon the servants, the cattle and all vegetasion; the fish of the river died, and the soldiers, captains and the whole army were destroyed. God reckoned with them as he had foretold to Abraham that he would do, when he said* ' Know of a surety, that thy feed mall be a stranger in a land that is not theirsj and shall serve them, and they mall afflict them four hundred years: and also that nation whom they (hall serve will I judge.' By this it appears, that all the afflictions of the Israelites for several generations, were remembered in judgment against the generation of Egyptians which lived in the days of Moses. God had become weary of withholding, and brought his judgments upon them, for all the cruelties which Israel had received for ages past.
The commission which God gave to Moses and his successors against the Canaanites, was to cut off every man, woman and child: and it was expressly given on account of the wickedness of those nations, which had been accumulating for ages. In the days of Abraham God said, * Theiniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.' And he gave this as the reason why his posterity should not possess their land which was promised, until the fourth generation. At that time it had become full, and divine forbearance could continue no longer. And God commanded his people to exterminate them all—root and branch. Here God visited the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and. reckoned with them for their national wickedness, which had been increasing for ages.
Moses also solemnly admonished Israel, 'That if they should rebel against God, the fruit of their bodies should be cursed— they should beget sons and daugh
ters, but they should go into captivity should be given unto
another people,—and that they should eat the fruit of their own bodies.' And thus their children would suffer on account of the wickedness of their parents, and of the nation at large: which has already come to pass.
The children of Korah and his party were all swallowed up in the opening earth, on account of the sins of their parents. Fearful judgments were denounced on the posterity of Eli, to remote generations, en account of the iniquity of his house, which continued to be accomplished till the reign of Solomon, when Abiathar was thrust out from being a priest unto the Lord.
When Israel came out of Egypt, the Amalekite3 assaulted them, for which their posterity suffered so long after as the reign of Saul. * Samuel also said unto Saul, Thus faith the Lord of hosts! I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go, and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not ; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.' Five of Saul's posterity were also hanged for his perfidiousnesi to the Gibeonites; and there was also a famine upon all Israel on that account, after Saul had long been dead.
Another striking example of this nature is the plague which was so sore upon Israel, in consequence of the fin of David in numbering them. No fewer than seventy thousand died. David was sensible that it was in consequence of his sins, as appears by his intercession that God would