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pleasing a nature, that I know not system itself as contained in the s** 23 how to write under the influence of New Testament. If you receive-4, but an event which has excited the the scriptures as the word of God, and deepest regret. But my concern and with an humble dependence on for your happiness constrains me, divine teaching, endeavour rightly brug als without delay, to communicate a to upderstand and observe them; padeties few remarks on a subject of the the modes of faith and forms of sain of th highest importance, which, I trust, worship which occasion diversity of szemed to you will candidly and seriously con- sentiment, will, for the most part, And, sider.
be found comparatively of little con car pared You will not be surprised to learn sequence. The doctrine to be betliat your esteenied relatives have lieved is most clearly expressed by the risk acquainted me with your last letter, St. Paul, in the first chapter of his poi some and wished me to answer ils con- epistle to the Hebrews : “God, was to tents. Though unable to conceal who at sundry times and in diversa duract my own surprise and sorrow, I was manners spake in times past anto 'ways the more anxious to sooth their dis- the fathers by the prophets, hath in tress, and to suggest the most favour- these last days spoken unto us by na solu able view of your expressions, aud of his Son, whom he bath appointed as of the unliappy state of mind into which beir of all things, by whom also he you have fallen. And I fondly hope made the worlds; who being the Related your next letter will tend to assuage brightness of his glory, and the extent of his iheir fears, and to heal the wound, press image of bis person, and up-2 you ha deep and severe as it is, which their holding all things by the word of enduet
, peace of mind and parental affection, his power, when he had by himself je ale to are now suffering.
puritied our sins, sat down on the Having no doubts myself respect- right hand of the Majesty on high; a porre ing the divine origin of the gospel, being made so much better than ile and thinking highly of your good angels, as he hath by inheritance as th sense and piety, I scarcely deemed obtained a more excellent name than it necessary, my dear friend, before they.” The claims of this doctrine you left home, to caution you against are likewise expressed with equally the sophistries of unbelievers. But perspicuity and force in the followI am now ready to blame myself on ing chapter. “Therefore we ought this point, and fear the means used to give ibe more earnest heed to the foreigel for your Christian instruction were things that we have heard, lest at insufficient to prepare you for the any time we should let them slip. dangers of a bold and speculative For, if the word spoken by angels age. But, I trust, you will take a was stedfast, and every transgrescalm and solemu review of the pro- sion and disobedience received a cess and evidences of the Christian just recompense of reward; how revelation, as maintained by the shall we escape, if we neglect so ablest writers, before you resigu great salvation which, at the first, your faith, and hope, and bappi- began to be spoken by the Lord, ness, to the delusive and fatal in- and was confirmed unto us by them fluence of unbelief.
that heard him; God also beariug In adverting to the claims of them witness, both with signs and Christianity, it is needless for me to wonders, and with divers miracles
, remind you, my dear Sir, that I do and gifts of the Holy Ghost, accordnot mean any of those peculiar ing to his own will.” modifications of it which prevail in Let me, then, entreat you, my Christian churches, but the entire beloved friend, to consider the de
baised isirableness and necessity of such a vours are conveyed, and his plans por het revelation, both to make known the accomplished. werd el true God, and to restore mankind to You will, doubtless, readily admit ependeri virtue and bappiness. Let me en- the possibility of such communica
treat you, also, calmly to consider tions from God to man, as the bsere in the evidences which prove the cre- scriptures affirm. How, indeed, od lamdibility of the Christian faith, as can it be denied or doubled by any In diverse transmitted to us in the Holy Scrip- one, who believes tbat God exists,
tures. And, if the inquiry be pro- and bas any idea of his iufinite perother perly pursued, I trust you will soon fections and authority? Certainly, Fine tokey come to a satisfactory conclusion, he who formed, and still sustains
If you wished to obtain the know- the universe, can make known his bipler ledge of some distinguished person will to the human mind by any pro
age, so as to form a true estimate cess he may think proper; and can, od in one of his character, there are, obviously, at the same time, confirm the reve
but two ways of obtaining it; name- lation by indubitable evidences, ly, by his general conduct and works, both to the person inspired, and to
or by a voluntary and specific de- the people for: whose benefit the h apper claration of bis own views. If communication is intended.
the person were removed from your Whether or not such a revelation
immediate observation, the ideas from the Divine Spirit, in the proand the
formed of his character, merely from ceedings of his moral government, what you bave seen and heard of be, in itself abstractedly considered, his conduct, would be very partial, a probable event; is an inquiry and liable to mistakes. But, when wbich it would be neither improper
person communicates to the world nor useless to examine. But, in a true portrait of his own character, judging of this point, no person describing the habitual state of his could possibly judge wisely, unless feelings; the knowledge we desire he had first formed a distinct idea may be easily acquired, faithfully of the divine perfections and governpreserved, and universally dissemi. ment, the design for which mankind uated.
were formed, and the actual necesTo a certain extent, therefore, sity or desirableness of greater " the invisible things of God, even knowledge than appears to be dishis eternal power and godhead, may coverable by the light of nature. be clearly seen from the creation of If God be infinitely wise, and if, in the world, being understood by the making the human race, he designed things which are made.” But, as them, “ by a patient continuance in the divine nature and mode of ope- well-doing, to seek for glory, honour, ration infinitely transcend the narrow immortality, and eternal life;" the comprebension of finite thought, the manifest insufficiency of natural reaideas we can form of the Deity, by son to secure these attainments, renhis works alone, must be very limit- ders it, in the highest degree, proed and obscure. But, from the bable, that an immediate revelation revelation of himself, gradually dis- of his designs was fore-ordained in covered and properly authenticated, the divine counsels, and has, in fact, we may derive just views of the been communicated to the world. moral relations subsisting between The doctrines affirmed, in the us and God, the designs of mercy verses before cited, certainly imply he has formed towards man, and something supernatural; a deviation the medium through which his fa- from the common course of bumau
ter than a
Helmi be the
experience, the nature and operation duct. The subject, my friend, is het
bel of which were inconceivably differ: one of the greatest possible interest. sutie fe ent from any thing known or felt It has received the sanction of wise it by ourselves. But, my dear Sir, and good men in all ages. Nothing, mint the simple fact that we ourselves indeed, can be more desirable in hegte bet have not been favoured with super- itself, or more conducive to the natural communications from the dignity and happiness of our nature, , in som Spirit of God, is no proof that than correct views of truth, and fuel others have not received ihem; any a well founded confidence. And if sur une int more than the circumstance of our Christianity be true, its claims are not having seen the eruptions of a infinitely important, and its belief volcano, or the ravages of an earils or its rejection must involve the You quake, may be adduced to prove, most serious and lasting couisethat such phenomena never happen- quences. ed, or were never witnessed by any Let me, therefore, again urge you,
(1 one. To reject the credibility of a my friend, to take a calm and delimiracle, because nothing like it takes berate view of the arguments, from place in the common course of which the truth and divine authonature, would be egregious folly; rity of the Christian revelation are since its occurrence, however won: clearly inferred. The authenticity derful, if frequent and regular, would of its records, the credibility of its rela cease to be miraculous, and could facts, the character of its agents, the no longer be appealed to as a special harmony of its dispensations, the Gear proof of the divine interposition and excellence of its principles
, the stepsol authority. But miraculous as the grandeur of its discoveries, the suf- the Pu nature and evidences of divine reve. ficiency of its credentials
, and the imated lation may be to us, let me remind perpetuity of its influence, are sub. you, my esteemed friend, that its jects of inquiry which I entreat you communication, "at sundry times more especially to consider. Each and in divers manners,” is not to of these particulars, indeed, opens a be considered as a deviation from wide and interesting field of inquiry, the first arrangements of Divine and deserves all the attention you Providence, any more than the ap- can give. But the slightest view pearance of a comet in the heavens you can take of these facts, in the can be called a derangement of the spirit of an bumble and serious insolar system; but it was originally quirer after truth, will convince you, fixed with as much foresight and if, indeed, you need such conviction, adaptation to moral purposes, as that our faith in the gospel rests on the laws of nature in the ordinary a firmer basis than the opinions of revolutions and events of the mate our forefathers, or the institutions rial world.
of the country to which we belong. Tlie chief inquiry, then, which This has been found to be the case demands our attention is, whether through a series of ages, in the estithe scriptures of the Old and New mation of many wise and good men, Testament do, in fact, contain a whose mental superiority entitles revelation from the Spirit of God, them to respect, and whose love of designed for man's happiness, and truth cannot be questioned. And, should, therefore, be received by as you advance in these interesting us with corresponding affection, as inquiries, I trust, unreasonable and the ground of our hopes and fears, distressing doubts will be removed; 'aud the rule of our faith and con- and your faith as a Christian be at
my son !
length established on a solid and the child will mourn for the parent, immovable foundation,
and say, Alas, my father! my faIn the mean time, I will endea. ther! and many a parent will say vour, in some following letters, to with Jacob, I am bereaved of my suggest a few hints on the general cbildren ; Joseph is not, and Simeon evidences of Christianity, which is not, and Benjamin is likely to be may, in some measure, assist your taken away. And it will be well if inquiries. With much concern for many a parent does not here take your true interests,
up the lamentation of David, and I remain,
say, O my son Absalom, my son, My dear Sir,
my son Absalom ; would God I had Your affectionate friend, died for thee, O Absalom, my son,
1 perceive that you are affected
with the solemn scene before you. (To be continued.)
But you have not reason to sorrow
as those who have no hope ; for if ORATION
we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which sleep
in Jesus will God bring with him. Funeral of Mrs. Martha Hope,
Of all the scenes of common life,
there is none more affecting and inAt the General Cemetery, Low Hill, structive than the funeral of a friend.
Liverpool, February 1, 1825; We read in scripture of solemn and
Machpelah, in the field which he mises for the Accommodation of
sence of the sons of Heth, for a Mourners.
burying-place. Moses, the servant
of the Lord, died in the land of AFTER Jacob had slept on a pil. Moab, according to the word of the low of stones, he awoke out of sleep, Lord, and he buried him in a valley, and he said, Surely the Lord is in in the land of Moab, over against this place, and I knew it not, and Beth-peor, but no man knoweth of he was afraid, and he said, How his sepulchre unto this day. Devout dreadful is this place, this is none men carried Stephen to his burial, otber than the house of God, and and made great lamentation over this is the gate of heaven; and he him. Our Lord himself was buried called the name of that place Bethel. with some degree of ceremony, and But this bouse may be called Bo- as many of his friends followed him chim, the place of weeping; many as had courage to attend on the somourners will enter this house; here lemn occasion. the pathetic exclamation will be There is a respect due to the boheard in sighs and tears, Lover and dy of a Christian, as the temple friend hast thou put far from me, wherein God has been served and and mine acquaintance into dark. honoured. It is designed to be ness. Here the husband will mour rebuilt in another world, and it for the wife, and the wife for the ought not to be disregarded in husband; the brother for the sister, this. and the sister for the brother; here A capacious and respectable ce
metery, situated a suitable distance would admit, and remained inviolando from a city or town, where the ble in her attachment to the truth, remains of departed relatives and and to the prosperity of the Chris. friends may lie undisturbed; and tian society to which she belonged, and where persons of all circumstances, to her latest breath: she was not and all denominations, may be ac- given to change. Her conduct and design commodated with decent burial, is portment were uniformly consistent for highly desirable; especially, where and exemplary; her closet and her the neighbourhood is populous, and Bible were witnesses of her secret is rapidly increasing ; and it would devotion. She was kind and benebe well if all those who take care to volent, but upostentatious; and provide burying places for their many of her acts of charity will not bodies after death, were as careful be known till that day when Christ about a resting place for their will say, Inasmuch as ye have done and 10 souls.
it unto one of the least of these my This Cemetery may be considered brethren, ye have done it unto me. as the depôt of Death; where the She felt a lively interest in the proslast enemy will deposit the trophies perity of religious, and charitable of his victories; and where his vic. institutions, and was usefully emtims, in a series of years, will proba. ployed in the neighbourhood, in bly exceed the number of the slain those societies in which it is the proou the plains of Waterloo. This vince of ladies to preside. Her life earth will become incorporated with was a quiet, even course of piety human dust; this soil will be fattened and prudence, truly ornamental to with bodies once pampered with her Christian profession. She withevery luxury; here the worm will drew from the observation of mor. take up its abode in tbe socket of tals, and endeavoured to approve the cye, and will riot on human mar- herself in the sight of God. row. This will be the Carnival of Her illness was long and painful, Death. This will be the last lodging but she bore it with Christian fortiof many whom we have highly es- tude, meekness, and patience. She teemed and loved ; the long home said but little, but her life bad to which they will be brought, and spoken by her decision of character, the mourners will go about the and the uprightness of ber conduct. streets,
She renounced all dependence on But this shall not always be the human merit; her trust and derepository of the dead. No; Mar- pendence was alone on the atonevel pot at this, the hour is coming in ment and righteousness of Jesus the wbich all that are in the graves Christ. She committed her soul shall hear his voice, and shall come and her eternal concerns into the forth; they that have done good hands of Christ, persuaded that he unto the resurrection of life, and is able to keep that which she had they that have done evil to the re- committed to him against that day. surrection of damnation,
She once expressed a fear lest her Our departed friend died in the confidence was too strong; but her faith and hope of the gospel. She dependence was placed on Christ, was an honourable member of the and her hope did not make her particular Baptist Church meeting ashamed. She had no dread of in Byrom-street Chapel, Liverpool, death; in the near view of eternity for two-and-twenty years. She re- she said, Though I walk through the gularly filled up, her place in the valley of the shadow of death, I will church as long as health and streugth fear no evil, for thou art with me;