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In conducting to its close another series of our periodical contributions, we would offer, in the language of inspiration, our first acknowledgments to that divine Providence, to whose sacred guidance and fostering care, during its progress, we have been unmeasurably indebted. “ Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."
Our attention, also, is forcibly directed to the impressive fact, that, man is “not suffered to continue by reason of death.” Some, who were the earliest friends and most able coadjutors in this labour of Christian charity, have, in the past year, been called to their heavenly reward, “ that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow them." But, successors, we hope, will not be wanting. Among those whose names appeared on our covers in the commencement of the year, some are but in the morning, and many in the meridian of their days; whose lives, we trust, will long remain a blessing to the church of God, and whose continued communications will enrich our pages, and edify our readers, when our efforts are for ever terminated.
The paramount considerations in the management of this work, have been, the interests of truth and the benefit of the
Widows ; and to those who have cordially co-operated with us in promoting these objects, whether by their talents or their zeal, our warmest thanks are due. At the same time, without claiming for the Baptist Magazine a disputed rank among the periodicals of the day, we cannot resist the conviction, that, if it be allowed to excite the interest to which, on various accounts, it is justly entitled, the sale of its numbers will be considerably increased.
In conclusion, we refer to the Prospectus of a New Series, for information as to improvements which are contemplated; and while we respectfully and earnestly invite the influence and assistance of the gifted and the pious, we continue to rely for success on that divine agency, whose "concurring operation is indispensable to the accomplishment of every. good work.
ON THE CONNECTION OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY,
WITH OTHER SCRIPTURAL TRUTHS.
THE Doctrine of the Trinity, taken a finite price redeem us from an by itself, as detached from other endless or infinite penalty ? how doctrines of scripture, might seem should a finite atonement satisfy an unprofitable speculation; but, for crimes deserving a punishment viewed in connection with the whole without end? If Christ were a plan of human redemption, it ap- mere creature, we might well disbepears to be of very great import- lieve, either the scriptural doctrine ance.
of endless punishment, or the suffi“ We cannot understand this. ciency of the Redeemer. No wonscheme, upless we know who the der, iherefore, that 'those who disSaviour is. Nor can we rationally, believe the Divinity of Christ, do and with comfort and satisfaction, generally, if not universally, disbebelieve and trust in Him, unless we lieve the endless misery of those know his sufficiency as a Saviour; who die impenitent. his sufficiency in power, to subdue They who reject the Doctrine of our corrupt inclinations, to sanc. the Trinity must, and naturally do, tify our souls, to conquer Satan reject the Divinity of Christ, the and all our spiritual foes, and to need and efficacy of his atonement, uphold us to the end; his suffi. and all that constitutes the gospel, ciency in wisdom, to disappoint or glad tidings of salvation to the the devices of our grand adversary,' lost and guilty. They must, inand of all men who are employed deed, in full contradiction to the in his service, and to make' us wise whole tenor of scripture, deny that unto salvation; his sufficiency in men are lost and guilty, deserving goodness and grace, to forgive our .to be made the objects of the disins, to watch over us continually vine displeasure. They must also for our preservation, to intercede lose sight of the extent and spirifor us with the Father, and to dis- tuality of the divine law, and enpense to us grace to help in time of tertain very different ideas of the need; and the sufficiency of bis moral government and moral attrimerit and the price of his redemp. butes of God, from those which tion, or his propitiatory sacrifice, are evidently taught in the scripto atone for all our sins, and to pro- tures. cure our acceptance with the Fa The fact is, that the law and the ther. Now, if he be a divine per. gospel stand or fall together. If son, his sutficiency in these and in we lower the dignity of the Saviour, all other respects appears at once. we must proportionably lower the But if he were not a divine person, might we not doubt, yea positively nation of Mr. Bradley, entitled, All Di.
Dr. Edwards's Sermon at the Ordi. deny bis sufficiency ? How should nation of Mr. Bradley, entitled, All DiVOL. XVII.
dignity of the Lawgiver also. If soever denieth the Son, the same we are sensible of the perfection of hath not the Falher: (but) he that the law, we must admit, and admire acknowledgeth the Son, hath the the grace and the wisdom of the Father also. 1 John ii. 23. Our gospel; and be sensible that God, translators have put the latter part in the exercise of his grace, hath of this verse in italics, because it is abounded in all wisdom and pru- wanting in most copies of the Greek dence.
Testament: yet it is found in seve“ No man can entertain right ral manuscripts: so that Beza, and ideas of God and his moral perfec- several other able critics, look on it tions, without acknowledging his as genuine; and Griesbach terms infinite amiableness; none can dis- it, lectio probabilis. However, the cern the absolute perfection and former clause evidently implies the infinite loveliness of the Deity, with- truth of the latter. out admitting that our obligations Accordingly, when Jesus had to supreme love of his moral cha- affirmed, that it is the Father's will, racter, and universal obedience to “ that all should honour the Son, his will, are infinitely binding; none even as they honour the Father,” lie can allow that our obligations to adds, “ He that honoureth not the perfect love and obedience are in- Son, honoureth not the Father wlio finite, without owning that the vio. hath sent him." lation of such obligations is infinitely (1.) He that honoureth not the criminal; no one that looks upon Son, honoureth not the Father's sin as infinitely evil, can hope for veracity, who hath borne testipardon without an atonement of mony concerning his Son as a divine infinite worth ; no one can believe Saviour. the atonement to be of infinite Hence the generality of those worth, who denies the infinite dig- who reject the doctrine of our Lord's nity of the Saviour. He, then, that divinity, evidently set up depraved denies the proper divinity of Christ reason above Revelation : treating and his infinite dignity, denies the it as a thing incredible, even upon infinite worth of the atonement, the divine testimony, that there should infinite evil of sin, our infinite obli- be any such personal distinctions in gations to obedience, and the inti- the Deity, as they cannot comprenite loveliness and absolute perfec- hend. They would fain persuade tion of God: and, consequently, themselves, that the scriptures conthough he may profess to believe tain no such testimony. But it is a the existence of a Being wearing the fact, which many of them cannot name, he strips him, in bis ideas, of wholly conceal from their own conthat which really constitutes his sciences, that the Bible favours our Deity. He that is without Christ, ideas, only they think its obvious is, therefore, without God. Eph. ii. sense so mysterious, that any vio12. Whosoever transgresseth and lence should be offered to the lanabideth not in the doctrine of Christ, guage of the inspired writers, rather hath not God; he that abideth in ihan that this doctrine should be the doctrine of Christ, he hath admitted. And many of their coboth the Father and the Son. 2 adjutors deny the inspiration of John 9."*
several parts of scripture, and the The same apostle declares, Who- infallibility of scripture testimony.
Oh! that they would consider 1 * See J. Ryland's Serinon, entitled, Joby v. 10. “He that believeth not Christ manifested, and Satan frustrated. God hath made him a liar; because P. 1, 2.