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cient to deliver them. But, in conNo collection of books, of the nexion with these facts, which hissame number and magnitude, chosen tory and experience verify, it directs from the philosophers of antiquity, our faith to a GLORIOUS Deli

What, could present to the world a system verer, in whom all the families of of principles, or a code of morals, the earth may be blessed. To make at all commensurate, much less su- known the designs of God respectperior, to the sacred volume. Io ing the redemption and final happicomparison with the descriptions ness of mankind, and to manifest en and given us in the prophetic writings the Divine Person by whom that reof the Divine attributes and autho. demption should be accomplished, rity, the most sublime paragraphs of were the primary objects of divine heathen writers on the same subject revelation, through all its discove

melatior are puerile and contemptible. And ries, from the first promise to the in contrast with the proverbs of So- close of the apocalypse

. After being lomon, and the moral instructions of intimated to the patriarchs, typified the New Testament, the most ap- by the Mosaic law, and predicted tod pa proved maxims of ancient moralists in glowing language by the prophets,

bib anc confess their inferiority and retire. its manifestation was at length com

meas he And yet the writers of these books pleted and verified in the wonders

prove his were untutored in the schools, and of the New Testament, when “ the

toth of strangers to the beauty and effect of Father sent the Son to be the SaviGrecian eloquence. Whence then, our of the world." Here the dismy friend, do you suppose, had coveries of all the dispensations centhese men this wisdom, and how did tre, like rays of light issuing from they compose their invaluable in the same sun, and converging to one

the Old structions ? The only reply you can focus. To the Saviour, whom the give must be, “That the prophe. apostles published, gave all the cies and precepts of holy writ, prophets witness, proving that “ the came not in old time by the will of testimony of Christ is the spirit of men, but holy men of God spake as prophecy." His mediatorial work they were moved by the Holy and supreme authority as the Son Spirit."

of God, being thus disclosed and If God had spoken to the fathers ratified by his ascension into heaven, by inspiration, merely to inculcate a and by the mission of his apostles

, pure system of morality, the object the closing parts of revelation carry might have been deemed insufficient us forward, through the lapse

questio to require so extraordinary an inter- ages, to the last events and eternal position. The very idea of a divine consequences of his spiritual reigo

. salvation includes the discovery of It not only foretells the ultimate some truths, which it would have triumphs of the cross, and the uni

. been impossible to perceive by the versality of the Lord's kingdom, but light of nature, though perhaps, in announces also the certainty of his making such discoveries, the pro- second advent, as the Judge of all

, motion of moral purity would be a and the final retributions he willado principal design. Now, in the sa. minister to an assembled world. The cred volume it is uniformly asserted parts of this scheme already accom. or assumed, that the human race plished, justify and require our bed have lost their innocence, and fallen liel in the final consummation of the

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whole; while the grandeur of its dis. in secret, and concealed in mystery, coveries constrains us to regard the possibility of a collusion might them as matters of pure revelation; have weakened this effect, and justiwhich no human imagination could fied the refusal of entire confidence. conceive, bearing upon their aspect But their number and magnitude, the image and superscription of the publicity of their performance, God,

and all the circumstances connected What, tben, will you say, my with them, must have rendered their friend, if I mention still further in reality incapable of suspicion ; favour of the gospel, the suitable- while the transfiguration of our Sa. ness and sufficiency of its creden- viour, his resurrection from the tials, and the perpetuity and extent dead, and visible ascension into of its saving influence? If it be a heaven, with the train of conse. right maxim that every kind of truth quences resulting from it, must have should be verified by evidences raised the evidence of his divine suitable to its own nature, a divine mission to a bigh degree of sensirevelation ought, doubtless, to be ble demonstration, as well as moral confirmed by supernatural proof, certainty. No person professing to be an in With respect to ourselves, who spired prophet, or an angel from live in an age so remote, the conheaven, would be entitled to the clusion' arising from these miracufaith and obedience of mankind, lous interpositions must, of course, unless he produced credentials to be less decisive. But, if the books prove his mission, the reality and in which these miracles are recorded truth of which might be ascertained be true, and if the facts themselves by a sober and upright inquirer. are thereby sufficiently confirmed, Now, in unison with this principle, no lapse of time, or distance of siwe are assured by the sacred writers tuation, can invalidate their authothat Moses and the prophets, under rity; but the evidence they afford, the Old Testament, and our Lord in attestation of the Christian faith, and his apostles under the New, ra- is equally conclusive and irresistible. tified tbeir divine mission and au- If, however, the written testimony thority by a series of miracles which be less convincing than the testino persons could perform, unless mony of our senses, the deficiency God were with them. To those thence arising is abundantly supwho were eye-witnesses of these mi- plied by the accomplishment of racles, who accompanied Moses in prophecy, which may be deemed a the wilderness, or saw the works standing miracle, whose evidence and heard the sayings of our Lord, becomes more luminous and induwhat evidence could be more un-bitable, as time and events verify questionable and convincing? It is the auticipations of the prophetic in itself a species of evidence suited vision. To this may be added, as a to the nature of the case, and like confirmation of our faith in modern the truth it proposes to ratify, is ad- times, the amazing success of the dressed to all men with the same apostles’ ministry, and the moral propriety and force, and may be change produced in the heathen equally understood and ascertained world, merely by the preaching of a by the prince and the peasant, the few unlettered men, in defiance of philosopher and the clown. If, in the most powerful prejudices and deed, the miracles wrought by the passions, customs and interests, forfounders of our religion had been few titied by a combined and implaca'in number, and those few performed ble opposition. The perpetuity of

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its influence, also, through a series fit by its instructions. By ourselves les for of ages, notwithstanding the assaults these holy records have been reof its adversaries and the corrupceived under every advantage; Your tions of its friends, is a fact wbich while considerations of the utmost nothing can account for but the importance require as personally to force of truth, and the admission of examine and practically to observe

ON CHN its intrinsic worth and immutable them. Happy are they who, like authority, as a divine system. Many, Timothy, from their childhood CHRIS indeed, have been its moral triumphs have known the holy scriptures, and the trophies of its saving power which are able to make us wise unto in all ages, and in every district of salvation, through our Lord Jesus

irolane. the Christian world. By a spiritual Christ. « For all scripture dividely etficacy, which no other system can inspired, is profitable for doctrine

, boast, it bas delivered, and is still for reproof, for correction, for indelivering, multitudes from the gall struction in righteousness, that the natior of bitterness and the bonds of ini. man of God may be perfect

, by their quity, translating them out of dark- thoroughly furnished unto every ness into marvellous light, and fitting good work.” them by its holy influence for the And this hope I have bitherto sacred enjoyments of eternity. It felt, and shall still retain, in remay, therefore, be as truly affirmed ference to a friend, for whose best of persons in the present day, as our interests, present and eternal, my

part of Lord said of the Pharisees, If they most fervent prayers shall ascend to

teastitu believe not Moses and the prophets, the Divine throne. Yes, my dear Christ and his apostles, neither Sir, I still feel a cheering persuasion would they be persuaded, though that you will, in due time, surmount one rose from the dead.

the difficulties which sophistry has If, then, all these evidences con- raised around you, and that you cur to ratify the Christian doctrine, will come forth from the trial with the inspiration and divine authority your faith strengthened, your piety of the sacred volume, as the unerr. renewed, and your talents fitted for ing standard of divine truth, arises superior usefulness. If you pursue from it as a natural and necessary these inquiries in a right spirit

, diconclusion, Every consideration vine light will disperse the darkness which rendered a divine revelation in wbich the truth seems to be in. desirable or expedient, constrains volved. Doubts and difficulties will us to believe that, instead of ceasing become less formidable as yon apwith the removal of its messengers, proach them; and you will at or of being left to the doubtful and length reach those delightful regions corrupt medium of tradition, its dis- of faith, hope, and charity, where coveries and institutions would be the Sun of righteousness, in his mepreserved entire, and the knowledge ridian lustre, irradiates the soul. of them transmitted to the world by Many considerations forbid me a written testimony. This testimony to apologize for these lengthened

fros preserves the truth in its native pu- episties, which, I have no doubt, rity, amidst all the revolutions of you will read with due seriousness society, and the Auctuations of hu- and candour. I need not say it will man belief; and is likewise equally give me pleasure at all times to accessible to men in all ages and solve, as far as I am able, any in every tongue, when they inquire doubts and perplexities you may alter truth, and are willing to bene- wish to communicate. With best

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a, it wishes for your prosperity, I remain, tion and consciousness of their vast my dear friend,

importance? If we have not attained Yours, very affectionately, the same degree of feeling as others, Harlow.


we ought to examine ourselves for

the cause, mourn over our lukeON CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE. warmness, and apply with in

creased diligence and importunity CHRISTIAN Experience has ever to Him, who is the source of all e been an object of ridicule bosh to good, for a more copious supply of been the mere formalist and the openly bis Spirit. el profane, It is true, indeed, there A profession of feeling without an I have not been wanting individuals ability to assign any cause at all, or

in every age to give plausibility to any adequate cause, may justly ex-
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siasm. The use of expressions by their enthusiastic conceits and without any ideas being attached to fanciful imaginations; but this does them, may be properly denominated not prove that all religious feeling is "cant.” If a man profess to be enthusiasm, and all Christian expe- indescribably happy, and can furrience the produce of a distempered nish an inquirer with no reason for brain. Is not feeling an essential his felicity, or no better reason than part of our nature? Are we not all some vision or imagination of his constituted with susceptibilities of own mind, he deserves to be refear and hope, joy and grief, grati- garded as an enthusiast; but if he tude and love? Why is it irrational can assign an adequate cause, why that these feelings should be carried is he charged with irrationality? if into religion? Is there nothing in his happiness arise from the immureligion calculated to excite them ? tability of the promises, and the Is there nothing in the justice of grandeur of ihe prospects exhibited God to excite vur fears } nothing in the gospel, and the scriptural in the promises of bis mercy to evidence he has of being interested inspire our hope ? nothing in the in them, why is he accounted au plenitude of his goodness to call enthusiast ? Religious feelings, when forth our gratitude ? nothing in they result from correct views of the riches of his grace to kindle our divine truth, and are attended with love ? nothing in the consciousness a holy life, cannot possibly be too of his approbation to fill our hearts intense. Can we love God with too with joy and gladness ? Not to feel, much fervour? Can our gratitude indeed, would be to manifest á to him, “ who loved us, and gave heart too depraved by sin to be himself for us," be too ardent? Can susceptible of the impressions of a well-grounded hope of immortality moral excellence; too hardened by and unutterable felicity in the preperseverance in iniquity to feel the sence of God, excite a joy 100 force of moral obligation.

powerful? When we consider the Nor are religious feelings to be perfections of the Deity, their decondemned on account of their in- velopement in the redemption of man tensily. If the objects of the pre- by Jesus Christ, and the import of sent life will bear no comparison the term "eternity,” are we not paius with those of eternity, is it at all fully sensible that our most powersurprising that the mind should be ful emotions are far 100 languid for more highly excited by the latter, the occasion ? when brought to a due considera That any individuals, calling

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i dainis themselves Christians, and profess. is the test, and the only test, of reli here ther edly recognizing the authority of gious experience. If our feelings Kristers, the holy scriptures, should deny will not stand, when examined by racipale the reality and ridicule the profes. its light, they are spurious and rain

. These e sion of experimental religion, ap- If they are consistent with its printo the pears of all things the most unac- ciples and representations, we need countable. Will they charge Paul not fear the reproaches of men. with enthusiasm ? yet Paul in his

J. C. W. beating epistles speaks of the " love of God

Soham, being shed abroad in our hearts;"

in the me of finding “ all joy and peace in believing;" and of" abounding in Dissenters' Register of Births, hope by the power of the Holy Ghost." Will they venture to call

To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. Peter a fanatic? yet Peter speaks of Sir, “ joy unspeakable, and full of

Your correspondent, whose lettere in ci glory.” Will they venture to pro- appears in the Magazine for the

prenounce the devout effusions of Da

sent month, has omitted to notice Whites to vid, which for sublimity of idea and one species of Register which ber odustu poetical beauty so far excel 'all uninspired compositions, the produce it can be established, and upon

comes primary evidence whenever sin pi of a distempered imagination? And which, therefore, it is important no are not the Psalms of David, and doubt should be thrown;-I mean others, the expression of strong a Register by the parent. The only feeling—the developement of expe. ground on which any other Register pled rimental religion? O that we may is received is, that it is made by the ever be found in the company of officer appointed by the state, and Paul, and Peter, and David! It is as difficult to convey to the responsible to the state for the per averend

formance of the duty. mind of an unregenerate man correct ideas of some parts of Christian children in their Family Bibles

, and

Many record the births of their experience, as to the blind the na

on a trial lately at York, an estate ture of colours, or to the man who has no ear for music, the pleasures a Family Bible, containing an entry

was recovered by the production of of harmony. You may state to an of the date of about 1650, supported individual the causes of your by evidence that this Bible had been various feelings, but your feel

handed down in the family from geing themselves you cannot ex

neration to generation, and the enplain. Unless he has himself expe- tries acknowledged by them as part rienced them, he will be unable to of their family history, and the eviconceive of them. This is not the dence of a gentleman in the habit of case with our religious feelings only, translating records, that the entry in but it is so with them all. Who can adequately conceive the parental date which it purported to be. But

question was, in his opinion, of the

11 tenderness, but the individual who

many cases have occurred, in which is a parent? Can we convey to ano. ther any adequate idea of the pains tinuance of the custody, and the

property has been lost, by the cone

Her of disease, if he has enjoyed unin- acknowledgment not being capable terrupted health? It is

, therefore, of proof. quite irrational to deny the reality of

In many instances declarations of the feelings of another, because we

parents in their Wills, as to the state cannot conceive them. Scripture of their families, have been received.

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