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Northern District of New York, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the seventeenth day of June, in the fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. D., 1830, Joel Parker, of the said District, hath deposited in this Office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as author, in the words following, to wit:
“Lectures on Universalism; by Joel Parker, Pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, N.Y.: Buy the truth, and sell it not: Prov., XXIII. 23.”
In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned;” and also, to the act entitled, “An Act, supplementary to an Act entitled “An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned,’ and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching his
torical and other prints.”
Clerk of the District Court for the Northern District of New-York.
LECTURE I. Direct arguments from the Scriptures.
LECTURE II. Examination of Universalist Arguments.
LECTURE III. An argument from the Providences of God towards the righteous and the wicked.
LECTURE IV. Argument against Universal ism, derived from its moral influence.
LECTURE W. Consistency of eternal punishment with perfect justice.
Lecture VI. The previous arguments reviewed and confirmed, and an application of the subjcct.
LECTURES OJtf UIHVERSALISM.
Direct Arguments from the Scriptures.
Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many I saj unto you will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.
Lulu 13; 24.
The instructions of our Saviour were all of a weighty and important character. If he touched upon the most common topics, it was not with any common design. The glory ol God, and the ultimate happiness of men plainly engrossed all his affections and controlled his whole conduct. The purity and extent of the law, the richness of Divine Mercy, the glory of Divine Justice, and the eternal rewards of a future state, were topics which mingled themselves with his common discourse. In the words just cited, he urges men to make a vigorous effort to enter upon that course of life which conducts the soul to heaven.
The word 'strive' in this text, is derived from a word signifying a contest; its force therefore is much like this—make an effort to enter upon the way to heaven; an effort such as men do when they meet at some disputed pass, and when with the shock of arms, and in the struggle of a charge, they contend for honor, and victory, and life. The motive by which he enforces his exhortation is plainly this; many will ultimately fail of the blessing to which he had <li