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the vessels of the sanctuary, should ject. May you, and we, so approve
be clean: a word to the wise is suf- ourselves 19 God, ibat wben tbe
ficient, “Walk in the spirit, and ye chief Shepherd shall appear, we may
shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh." receive a crown of glory, which
Diligently improve the advantages fadeth not away.
you enjoy; cheerfully conform to
the regulations of the house while
you are in it, and revere the coun- On the Connection of the Doctrine
sels of your respected tutors. Cul of the Trinity, with other Scrip-
tivate genuine humility, and let this tural Truths.
lovely grace be apparent in your
spirit and deportment.

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As you are to be employed in the
work of teaching, it is necessary

IF Christ be a mere man, and did you should acquire tbe art of com. not atone for the sins of his people, municating your ideas to others, how can we account for his being with facility. Hence, some regard so often denominated the Saviour ? is requisite to language and delivery, He is styled the Lamb of God, who that you may gain the hearers atten- taketh away the sin of the world. tion and affection. But, whatever How can a lamb take away sin, exmay be your peculiar gift, never cept as being made a sacrifice 1 But make popularity your chief aim. Christ our Passover was sacrificed The householder is not to exhibit for us. Paul delivered it to the his stores for the purpose of display, Corinthians, among the first princibut to feed the family. Never seek ples,“ how that Christ died for our to be admired by adopting a gaudy, sins, according to the scriptures." declamatory mode of preaching. “Christ has redeemed us from the We by no means object to a mo. curse of the law, being made a curse derate and judicious use of figure in for us." “ When the fulness of the your compositions; but these orna. time was come, God sent forth his ments should never be employed for Son, made of a woman, made under their own sake. Such a mode of the law, to redeem them that were preaching is by no means suited to under the law, that we might receive the nature and design of religious the adoption of sons." " In him we instruction; it acts as a distorted have redemption through his blood, medium, like painted glass, which the forgiveness of sins, according to however beautiful to the eye, gives the riches of his grace, wherein he a false colouring to the objects hath abounded towards us in all wiswhich it dimly exhibits. If you dom and prudence.” “Now the adopt this mode of preaching, you righteousness of God is manifested, may be admired by the vain and being witnessed by the law and the light-minded; but serious and judi- prophets ; even the righteousness of cious Christians will deeply deplore God which is by faith of Jesus such a perversion of your talents. Christ, unto all and upon all them Your business is, by manifestation of that believe: for there is no differthe truth, to commend yourselves to ence: for all have sipned, and come every man's conscience, in the sight short of the glory of God; being of God, and by the solemnity, sim. justified freely by his grace, through plicity, and earnestuess with which the redemption that is in Christ you treat divine things, make the Jesus; whom God hath set forth to hearers forget the preacher, in the be a propitiation, through faith in majesty and importance of the sub- his blood, to declare his righteous

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ness in the remission of sins that are made peace by the blood of his
past; in the forbearance of God to cross, by him to reconcile all things
declare at this time his righteous- to himself, whether they be ibing
Bess: that be might be just and the in earth, or things in beaven. And
justifier of him who believell in you that were sometime ago aliena-
Jesus.” “Who was delivered for ted and enemies in mind by wicked
our offences, aod was raised again works, yet now hath be reconciled,
for our justitication. Therefore, in the body of his flesh, through
being justified by faith, we have death, to present you holy and un-
peace with God, ihrough our Lord blameable and unreproveable in
Jesus Christ.” “Now in Christ bis sight,” &c. He tells the Thes-
Jesus, ye who sometime ago were salonians, “ Ye turned to God from
far off, are made vigh, by the blood idols, to serve the living and true
of Christ; for he is our peace.” God, and to wait for his Son from
When ye were yet without strength, heaven, whom he raised from the
in due time, Christ died for the un- dead, even Jesus, who delivered us
godly. For scarcely for a righte- from the wrath to come.He af-
ous man will one die; yet, perade firms to Timothy, “ This is a faitb-
venture, for a good may some would ful saying, and worthy of all accep-
even dare to die. But God com- tation, that Jesus Christ came into
mendeth bis love toward us, in the world to save siuners, of whom I
that, while we were yet sinners, am cbief.” He elsewhere says of
Christ died for us. Much more then the Saviour, He “ loved me, and
being now justified by his blood, gave himself for me.” He remarks
we shall be saved from wrath to Titus, “ After that the kindness
through him. For if, when we were and pbilanthropy of God our Savi.
enemies, we were reconciled to God our appeared, not by works of
by the death of his Son, much more righteousness, which we have done,
being reconciled, we shall be saved but according to his mercy he saved
by his life; and not only so, but we us, by the washivg of regeneration
also joy in God through our Lord and the renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Jesus Christ, by whom we bave now which he shed on. us abundantly,
received the atonement.” (Or, if it through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
be rendered the reconciliation,” it that being justified by his grace,
amounts to the same thing.) “ For, we should be made heirs, according
as by one man's disobedience many to the hope of eternal life."
were made sinners, so by the obe Many more quotations might I
dience of One shall many be made adduce from the writings of Paul,
righteous." Therefore, said Paul, especially from his epistle to the
“Yea,doubtless, I count all things but Hebrews; and expressions equally
loss, for the excellency of the know- strong occur in the epistles of Peter,
ledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for and John, as well as in the last
whom I have suffered the loss of all book of the New Testament; which
things, and do count them as dung, it would require immense critical la-
that I may win Christ, and be found bour to explain away, or to recon-
in him, not having on mine own cile to the Socinian scbeme. In
righteousness, which is of the law, short, the whole of the sacred
but that which is, through the faith writings must be pulled to pieces,
of Christ, the righteousness which to get rid of the doctrines connected
is of God, by faith.” “For it hath with the Divinity of Christ, and,
pleased the Father, that in Him consequently, with the doctrine of
bhould all fulness dwell; and having the Trinity in Unity.

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Yet when I had an interview with against that day." Accordingly, iu a thing the venerable David Turner, of season of peculiar trial, he says, " I losipe Abingdon, a few months before his besought the Lord thrice, and he

All deatb, be told me, that one of these said unto me, “My grace is suffialiesa gentlemen affirmed to him, that “the cient for thee: for my strengthi is Hicked blood of Jesus Christ bad no more made perfect in weakness.' Most cikt to do with our salvation, than the gladly, therefore, will I rather glory arough blood of Alexander the Great." in my infirmities, that the power of

The good old man exclaimed, Christ may rest upon me, for when ble in “Where should I be then, with the I am weak, then am I strong.” As The sins of fourscore years and ten ?" he elsewhere declares, “I can do I frea “But, Oh !" said he, “it is preci- all things through Christ who I true ous blood!” So said Peter long be- strengtheneth me.” Whereas Christ

fore bim; and all the saints in glory had told his disciples, "Without a the confess the same in their songs. me ye can do nothing.” What an

It would be easy to adduce a extravagant expression must this e at large number of passages, respect- have been, even while he was upon faith-ing Christ's care of his people, now earth; but how much more if it

be bas left this world as to his bo- were applied to those who lived

dily presence. David said, “ Jeho. after he left the earth, and now he om! vau is my shepherd, I sliall not resides in some distant region of

want." if Jesus be not Jehovah, the universe! What can he there and

David was better off than we; but do for us, any more than Enoch or he whom Peter calls “the Chief Elijah, who are probably in the Shepherd,” and who called himself same place ? Paul, in most of his the Good Shepherd,” did not epistles, invokes “Grace and peace, only lay down his life for the sheep, from God our Father, and tbe Lord

but has declared, “ I give unto Jesus Christ,” for the Christians to ved tbem eternal life, and they sball ne. whom they were addressed: and

ver perish, neither shall any one for Timothy and Titus, he implores rit, pluck them out of my hand.” He " Grace, mercy, and peace," from ly speaks of his protection as equally the same source. Would not So1; securing them from danger, with ciniads exclaim against us, if we

the protection of the Father, for he durst to pray for grace and peace 18

adds,“ My Father, who gave them from God the Father and Calvin ;

me, is greater than all, and no one from God and Whitfield or Jona. 1 is able to pluck them out of my Fa- than Edwards ? or would they dare 1 ther's hand. L'and my Father are to pray for grace and peace from

ode.” l'Accordingly. Peter spoke of God our Father, and from Socinus 1

kim, long after his ascension, as or Priestley? Would they excusa " the Shepherd and · Bishop of us, by allowing that, though we souls."

joined the names of those good men Surely, he knows but little of the with God the Father, yet we, doubt worth of his soul, or of the dangers less, did not mean to worship them? to wbich it is exposed, who would or, could they justify themselves by dare to leave it in ihe care of a mere alleging, that they did not mean to man, who is no more in this world. ascribe power to influence the Certainly Paul had an higher idea bearts of men to Socinus or Priestof him, when he said, “I know ley, but only to wish they might whom I have believed, and am per- imitate their virtues ? Surely, they suaded that he is able to keep ihat 'who so boldly charge Paul with reawhich I have committed to him soning inconclusively, miglit as


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well, if their views of Jesus were not the Christ, but am sent before correct, charge bim with praying him. He that hath the Bride is the inconsiderately, if pot impiously! Bridegroom : but the friend of the Who would dare thus to connect Bridegroom, who standeth and we are the name of God and any good heareth him, rejoiceth greatly beman, in the same devout aspira- cause of the Bridegroom's voice: tion ? Never did any of the Jewish this my joy therefore is fulfilled. prophets invoke grace and peace He must increase, but I decrease. Kilsbook upon Israel, from God and Moses; He that cometh from above is nor from God Almighty and Abra- above all: he that is of the earth is ham: never would Paul have put earthly, and speaketh of the earth :

lan up a prayer of this sort to our Lord he that cometh from heaven is Jesus, if he had not believed him to above all.” &c. But notice espre els ulls be, what he expressly called him, cially the use which the apostle agtete “ God over all, blessed for ever." makes of this metaphorical repre- or obje

Direct declarations in the lan- sentation, not in a poem, nor in a guage of men seem more liable to high flown oration, but in a plain dibe explained away, than the more dactic epistle, wherein he intended bead be indirect implication of a number of to enforce the relative duties of passages, which demonstrate the persons in the conjugal relation. exalted idea the writers had of the << Wives submit yourselves upto person to whom they refer. I have your own busbands, as unto the been very forcibly struck with the Lord. For the husband is the head metaphorical illustration of our of the wife, even as Christ is the Lord's singular character, in which head of the Church: and he is the he is spoken of as related to his Saviour of the body. Therefore as church as the bridegroom is to the the Church is subject unto Christ, 80 bride. This allusion is made re- let the wives be to their own hus. peatedly in the Old Testament, par- bands in every thing. Husbands ticularly in Psalm xlv, whence the love your wives, even as Christ also apostle quotes that expression, loved the Church, and " Thy throne, O God, is for ever for it; that he might sanctify and and ever.". See also Isa. liv. 5. But cleanse it with the washing of water not to dwell upon this, let us no. by the word, that he miglit present tice how the same metaphor is em- il unto himself a glorious church, ployed in the New Testament. If not having spot or wrinkle, or any we conceive of Christ merely as a such thing; but that it should be teacher sent from God, a fallible, holy and without blemish, &c. No peccable man, why is the kingdom one ever yet hated his own flesh; of heaven said to be like a certain but nourisheth and cherisheth it, king who celebrated the nuptials of even as the Lord the Church, &c. bis SON ? Matt. xxii. Does this This is a great mystery:

but I speak accord with his being co-ordinate concerning Christ and the Church, with those wbo were invited to the Now it is evident that the apostle feast? Or, does it not represent bere represents Christ as standing in him as sustaining a unique charac- that relation to the whole church, ter? All the propriety of the para- or the collective body of good men, ble seems lost, if we lose sight of even all of our race tbat shall be the incarnation of Christ, and the finally happy, as the husband stands work of redemption. or the same in to ihe wife. Is he not represented import is the language of Jobn the as more than equal to them all, as Baptist, John iii. 28–36: "I am giving himself for them, as having a

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propriety in them? Really this ranatha ?” What worse doom could Pride in

would appear to me downright non- he have denounced against them

sense and absurdity, if I imagined, that love not God ? dell

ibat he had done no more for their If the Epistles of Paul had been greatly a salvation than any other good man unknown till within these last few

might have been commissioned to years, and had been newly found in decreie

do. But how is this mystery in- Abyssinia, and translated ;? would

creased, if I should suppose that he the Socinian have rejoiced at the abore *

expressed himself more incautious, discovery, and claiined him as a

ly, or, at least, has been more mis. primitive Unitarian Christian; or, the eau understood, than ever any messen would they, more probably, have

ger was, whom God sent to make charged them with being forged by ptice i known his will to mankind! No some rank Calvinist? I can have be aps other prophet ever became the rival no doubt, in my own mind, which rical Tepa of God, the object of most exten- would have been their conclusion. sive and long continued idolatrous


J. R. a pains worship, but Jesus. Either, he is einlebe truly the only begotten Son of God, Mr. Cox's Reply to the Review of dutiesi in such a sense as imports a particirelated pation of divinity, or he is an idol.

his Work on Baptism, in the ConIres w if he be the latter, how ill does he

gregational Magazine for Octo

ber lust. deserve the appellation of a light the bar to lighten the Gentiles, who has ac (Concluded from Page 16.)

tually, even if it could be unintenhe is

tionally, led almost all Christen. The Reviewer writes again “Ter erefore dom astray, from the only living tullian, according to Mr. Cox's stateChrist, it and true God?

ment, condemos infant baptism in If the Socinians are right, all that the third century: to complete this worship Christ are idolaters ; all sentence, Mr. C. should add, in his that trust in him, trust only in an second edition, and, in doing so, bearm of flesh, and are exposed to the came an undeniable witness to its ex

curse for so doing. If he be only istence and prevalence." Triumphof me

the son of man, in him there is no ing in his brilliant amendment, he

help. Was Paul of this mind, when proceeds, “This confession cannot éburch, he told the Corinthians, that he be recalled ; Tertullian condemns in

"determined not to know any thing fant baptism-not as a thing that among them, save Jesus Christ and was to be, but as a thing that was !" him crucified ?" When he said, This is really, applying his own lan"Olber foundation can no man lay guage to me in another case, a "pithy plan that is laid, which is Christ passage," and deserves serious attenJesus ?” When he said, “God for. tion. î feel obliged to my kind Rebid that I should glory, save in the viewer for suggesting any thing cross of our Lord Jesus Christ ?" which he deems a beneficial alteraWhen die said, “I am crucified with tion in my second edition, and I Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not have only one objection to adopt it; 1, but Christ liveth in me; and the namely, that, great logician as he is, life which I now live in the flesh, I in this instance he is not quite logilive by the faith of the Son of God, cal. That Tertullian, in condemnwho loved me, and gave himself for ing infant baptism, was an evidence me!" Finally, when he said, “If to its existence, and really meant to any one love not the Lord Jesus say it was a thing that was!" is Christ, let him be Anathema Ma. sufficiently plain, and to my obtuse.


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