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Sermons.

Christmas, 17

Conference Sermon.

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By the Rev. P. u

Eulalie, 23

Ramage, 409

• Hope, 66

Divinelý Commanded Extermination of In Memoriam. John Crawford Bell,
the Canaanites applied to the present

Norwich, 431
Russo-Turkish War, The. By the

In Memoriam. Charles Townsend

Rev. J. F. Potts, 522

Hook of Veles, Snodland, 485

Dying in the Lord : Applied to Re.

Meditations in Verse—Morning, 275

generation. By the Rev. J. F. Potts,

Meditations in Verse-Evening, 310

145

Trust in Trial, 521

Triumph of Persistent Prayer, The. By

the Rev. W. Bruce, 49

Miscellaneous.

A Pioneer of the New Church in Swit-

Correspondence.

zerland, 231

Author of ". Self. Formation » The 282 Alloa, 92, 138, 188, 235, 543

“Let us make Man,” 532

An Old Author, 349

Nature and Extent of Swedenborg's Il-

Apocalypse Revealed, 183

lumination, The, 487

Aspects of Theological Thought among

Talmud, The, 382

Congregationalists, 133

Augmentation Fund, 448

Auxiliary New Church Missionary and

Reviews.

Tract Society, 91, 541

Authority in the New Church. By the Baptist Missionary Society, 279

Rev. R. L. Tafel, 384

Barnoldswick, 498

Christian Instruction for Young People.

Instruction for Young Peonle Barnsley, 139

By the Rev. Dr. Bayley, 383

Bath, 92, 236, 604

Christ in the Life. By E. H. Sears, 227

Besses-o'-th’-Barn, 237

Commentary on the Revelation. By

Birmingham, 37, 92, 188, 284, 498

the Rev. W. Bruce, 481

Blackburn, 93, 139, 543

Defence of Swedenborg's Earths in the

the Blackpool, 91

Universe. By the Rev. A. Clissold. Body and Spirit, 34

157

", Brightlingsea, 139, 188

Documents concerning the Life and Bristol, 93, 544

Character of Emanuel Swedenborg,

Chorley, sí

595

' Church Congress, 537

Dublin University Magazine, 435, 536

125 126

Ch

Church Missionary Society, 278

Evening and the Morning, The, 387

Clayton-le-Moors, 498

Is there a Personal Devil ? By the Colonial and Foreign Missions, 493
Rev. J. Presland, 339

"O Conditional Immortality, 229
Monday Lectures. By the Rev. Joseph Conditional Immortality and the Wes-
Cook, 339, 432

leyan Conference, 491

Philosophic Treatise on the Nature and Copenhagen, 495

Constitution of Man, A. By George

Denominationalism, 601

Harris, 534

Derby, 544

Sketches from English History. By

Dr. Sexton, 92

Mrs. Roe, 131

Y Embsay, 545

Soul, and How it Found Me. The. By Evening and Morning, 450, 603
Edward Maitland, 533

Y France, 603

Spiritual Body, The, 599

General Conference, 349, 394, 436

St. Paul, Luther, and Wesley. By the Ger

By the General Convention of the New Jeru-
Rev. R. Goldsack, 339

salem in America, 538
Supremacy of Man, The, 130

Germany, 540
Talks to the Children, 36

Hull, 347
Ipswich, 285

Isolated Receivers and the National

Poetry.

Missionary Society, 495

Apostrophe to Professor Tyndall on his Italian Mission, 399, 541, 605

Inaugural Address at Birmingham,530 Jersey, 93

Basket of Firstfruits, The, 486

Kersley, 451

Lancaster, 90

Radcliffe (Lancashire), 95

Leeds, 189, 285

Rawenstall, 90

Leicester, 139

Reception and Public Avowal of the

Leigh, 90

Doctrines of the New Church by a
Lincolnshire New Church Association, Congregational Minister, 343
281, 542

Religion and Patriotism, 340
Liverpool, 93, 189, 545

Religious Thought in Scotland, Progress
London-Argyle Square, 43, 190, 234, of, 181
286, 348, 545, 605

Rev. I. Tansley, 402
London-Buttesland Street, 43, 140, Rev. J. J. Thornton, 543
286, 348

Scandinavian Mission, 89

London-Camberwell, 141, 497

Southport, 546

London-Camden Road, 45, 400 Stockport, 143

London-Deptford, 234

Sunday-schools, 283, 400

London-Palace Gardens Church, Ken- Swedenborg and Swedenborgians, 182

sington, 94, 142, 190, 234, 546 Swedenborg Reading Society, 42
London-Stoke Newington, 235 Swedenborg Society, 86, 184, 280, 450
London Missionary and Tract Society, Swedenborg the Mystic, 602
185

Swedenborg, the Spiritual Columbus,
London Missionary Society, 278

450

London New Church Association, 136, Swedenborg's Astronomy, 277

497

Switzerland, 137

London New Church Sunday-school Sydney, 186, 495

Union, 41, 233, 283, 497

Testimonial to Mr. Gunton, 232, 390

Longton, 499

The Bible, 133

Lowestoft, 142

The Confession of Faith, 277

Manchester and Salford Missionary The Nature and Extent of Theology at

Society, 90, 393

St. John's, Worksop, 183

Manchester New Jerusalem Printing The Priest in Absolution, 389

and Tract Society, 344

The Rev. Mr. M‘Grath, 280

May Meetings, 278

The Spectator on Swedenborg, 602

Membership in the Church, 496

The Westminster Confession of Faith,

Ministers' Aid and Sustentation Fund, 231, 277

134, 184, 279

United Methodist Free Churches, 279

Missionary and Tract Society (London), Unity and Toleration in the Church,

538

Missionary Work in Nottingham, 237 Vienna, 494

Modern Swedenborgianism, 229 Wesley and Swedenborg, 342, 388

Muzzling Ministers, 86

Wesleyan Methodism, Progress of, 134

National Missionary Institution, 39, Wesleyan Missionary Society, 279

88, 135

Wigan, 238

Newcastle-on-Tyne, 350

Winchester, 96

New Church Bible Society, 88, 137, 604 York, 350, 547

New Church College, 185

Yorkshire Missionary and Colportage

New Church Literature, 491

Association, 401

New Zealand, 350

Nottingham, 44, 190, 287, 349

Births.

Oxford, 45, 95, 401, 605

Pan-Presbyterian Council, 388

Mrs. J. A. Bayley, 238

Père Hyacinth, 341

Mrs. James Eadie, 606

Presbyterianism in America, 389 Mrs. F. M. Eyles, 191

Presentation to Mr. Gunton, 390

Mrs. J. Hartley, 238

Preston, 143

Mrs. J. F. Howe, 46

Progress of Religious Thought in Scot. Mrs. J. E. Waller, 96

land, 181

Mrs. J. H. Watson, 96

Progress of Wesleyan Methodism, 134

Protestant Vaticanism, 85

Public Meetings during Conference,

Marriages.

443

Mr. George Lawrence Allbutt to Miss

Questions awakened by the Bible, 493 Julia Gunton, 548

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CREATION AS A WORK OF ORDER. The contemplation of the works of God is an employment at once instructive, refining, and delightful. On His works the Almighty has left the impress of His own infinite mind; and in them may be traced His immensity and eternity, His goodness and wisdom; and not only on His works of creation, wonderful as these are, but on all His works, both of creation and providence, of redemption and salvation. “Many, O Lord, are Thy wonderful works.” “O that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works unto the children of men.”

We can only, however, contemplate the Divine works with due advantage, or praise the Lord for them aright, when we see them to be done in order; and truths are the laws of order, according to which the Almighty ever acts in all His works, and from which it is impossible for Him ever to deviate.

Too much does the notion prevail, even in the religious world, that the operations of God are regulated by no determinate laws. Nay, many suppose that any such regulation would be an actual limitation of the Divine power. They will allow no line of action to be marked out for God, even by God Himself: all things are possible with Him, and it is His prerogative to do as He will. Upon such mistaken notions of the Divine power have been reared the wildest fancies and the grossest superstitions; and so far are they carried that a simple appeal to the Divine Omnipotence is often resorted to as a conclusive argument for any inconsistency, however great, respecting the designs and dealings of God.

Highly necessary is it therefore to have some just conception of the important truth, that Divine order is the unalterable law of Divine operation; that all the Lord's works are done from order, in order, and to order; that order pervades them from first to last ; that it is in the end, in the cause, and in the effect; that the Divine works are, in short, the outbirths of order, which the Divine Being Himself infinitely and essentially is. But we have no just idea of the order of creation without a knowledge of its end.

Every work, whether human or Divine, must have an end and a cause; and the work itself, as to its essential quality, is necessarily such as the end and cause are, whatever the appearance may be. In every human action the actor has an end in view, and this end has its origin in the will. And when a man has once an end in view, he employs his understanding to devise the means by which it may be best accomplished. Every act therefore which a man performs, is the result of his will and understanding, or of his love and wisdom, for love is of the will, and wisdom is of the understanding. The same order which prevails in every human action must eminently exist in every Divine work; for as the human mind is an image of the Divine, its orderly operations must image those of the mind of God. In every Divine work, therefore, God must have an end in view, and that end must originate in the Divine will. But God makes use of means to bring his ends into effect, and these are necessarily the result of the Divine understanding. But what is the Divine will but Divine love? and what is the Divine understanding but Divine wisdom? Every work of God, therefore, as to its end or purpose, must originate in Divine and infinite love; and as to its cause, must be the result of infinite wisdom. No work or operation of God can possibly be effected in any other order than this. Divine love intends, Divine wisdom executes ; so that every work of God must have the same end and the same cause. And as the Divine love can intend nothing but what is good, and the Divine wisdom can execute nothing but what is agreeable to the Divine love, so nothing can ever proceed from God but what is essentially, infinitely good, and in its nature perfectly adapted to the end.

Intending in this paper to consider the work of creation as a means originating in such an end, and perfectly adapted to effect its

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