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of opportunity to enjoy them in all their extent. How happy then would such be to have some of the beautics of pious and distinguished authors in a less expensive and compendious form!” Such thoughts determined me to request of you to appropriate a page or two of your valuable Miscellany (which obtains so wide a circulation) for a series of papers, formed of the sentiments of a Leighton, a Watts, a Doddridge, &c. on subjects the inost interesting and imporlant that can engage the attention of an in nortal soul. If, therefore, my dear Sir, your thoughls on this matter coincide with inine, I prescat the following paper as the first number of the plan I have ventured to propose ; and happy shall I be to kind that it meels with your approbation. Kennington.
W.C. The Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.
John i. 29. “Men are not easily convinced and persuaded of the deep stain of sin; and that no other laver can fetch it out but tlie sprinkling of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some that bave moral resolutions of amendioent, dislike at least gross sins, and purpose to avoid them; and it is to them cleanness enough to reform in those things; but they consider not what becomes of the guiltiness they have contracted already, how that shall be purged, and how their natural pollution shall be taken away. Be not deceived in this; it is not a transient sigh, or a light word, or a' wish of God forgive me : no; nor the highest current of repentance, nor that which is the truest evidence of repentance, amendment; it is none of these that purifies in the sight of God, and expiates wrath; they are all'imperfect and stained themselves; cannot stand and answer for themselves, much less be of value to counterpoise the former guilt of sin. The very tears of the purest repentance, unless they be sprinkled with this blood, are impure; all our washings without this are but washings of the blackmoor; it is labour in vain *. There is none truly purged by the blood of Christ, that doth not endeavour after purity of heart and conversation; but yet it is the blood of Christ by which they are all fair, and there is no spot in them. There is nething in religion farther out of nature's reach, and out of its liking and believing, than the doctridge of reciemption by a Stviour, und a crucified Saviour; by Christ, ansi by his bloo!, first shed on the cross in his suffering, and then sprinkled on the soul by his Spirit. It is easier to. zake me sensible of the necessity of repentance and amendmeni of life (though ihat is very difficult) than of this purging by the sprinkling of this precious blood. Did we see how need. til Christ is to us, we would esteem and love him more.
it is not by the i caring of Christ and of bis blood, in the doctrine of the gospel;-it is not by the sprinkling of water,
* Jer. ii. 22. ob ix. 30, 31.
even that water that is the sign of this blood, without the blood itself, and the sprinkling of it. Many are present where it is sprinkled, and yet have no portion in it. Look to this, that this blood be sprinkled on your souls, that the destroying angel may pass by you. There is a generation (not some few, but a generation) deceived in this; they are their own (leceivers,
pure in their own eyes *." How earnestly doth David pray, " Wash me, purge me with hyssop. Though bathed in tearst, that satisfied not, wash thou nie.
This is the honourable condition of the saints, that they are purified and consecrated unto God, by this sprinkling; yen, have on " long white robes, washed in the blood of the Lamb.' There is mention indeed of great tribulation, but there is a double comfort joine i with it; 1st, They come out of it; that tribulation hath an en-l: and, 2dly, They pays from that to glory, for they have on the rohe of candidates, “long white robes, washed in the blood of the Lamb," waslied white in blood. As for this bloo:), it is nothing but purity and spotlessness, being stained with no sin ; and, besides, hath that virtue to take away the stain of sin, where it is sprinkled. “My well-beloved is white and rudely,” saith the Spouse, thus, in his death, ruckiy by bloodshed, white by innocence, and purity of that blood.
“ Shall they then that are purged by this blooil, return to live among the swine, and tumble with them in the puddle? What gross injury is this to themselves, and to that blood by which they are cleansed! They that are chosen to this sprinkling are likewise chosen to obedience: this blood purifieth the heart; yea, this blood “ purgetlı our consciences from dead worlis, to serve the living God 1."
LEIGHTON. Mr. Editor, As Mr. Fosier's ingenious Essays seem to have escaped the notice of your
Reviewer, or rather, perhaps, were not considered to fall within your depariment, which is confined to works on religion only ; permit me to name them to such of your reailers as have a tasie for literary and metaphysical subjects; and, at the same time, to give a fow extracis perfectly congenial with your work. I refer to the Second Essay, which is on Decision of Character ; in which, after a skeich of the illustrious Howard, which yields, in point of strength and eloquence, only to the ininortal eulogy of Burke, the author has the courage to introduce another namc, lighily esteemed among men, but highly honoured by the provi. deace of God.
“ UNLESS the eternal happiness of mankind be an insigo nificant concern, and the passion to promote it an inglorious distinction, I may cite George Whitencid, as a noble instance of this attribute of the decisive character, this intense necessity
# Prov. XXX. 12.
| Heb. ix. 14.
+ Psal. vi. O,
EVANGELICANA. of action. The ardour of his mind carried him through a course of exertions which it would have fatigued a contemporary biographer 10 r cord; and, at the same time, threw into each of them a vehement eloquence, at which folly and wickedness were often alarmed as by the assault of a tempest. The great cause, which was so languid a thing in the lunds of many of its advocates, assumed in his administrations an unmitigable urgency
" Many of the Christian Missionaries among the Heathens, such as Brainerd, Elliot, and Schwartz, have displayed memorable examples of this delication of their whole being to their office, this elernal abjuration of all the quiescent feelings.
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The author of a Pamphlet, entitled Circumstantial Details of the Last Moments of Mr. Fox," among many interest. iny particulars, relates the following conversation with that great statesman :
“A nobleman mentioning that he had formed a par'y of pleasure for Christmas, in which he had incluile Nr. 1'ox, added, " It will be a new scene, Sir, and I think you will approve of it.” I shall indeed be in a new scene by Christmas next,' said Mr. Fox. "My Lord, what do you think of the state of the soul after death?'-Lord. (confounded by the unexpected turn of the conversation) made no reply. Mr. Fox continued, “That it is immortallam convinced. The existence of Deity is a proof that spirit exists ; why not, therefore, the soul of man? And if such an essence as the soul exists, by its nature it may exist for cyer. I should have belicved in the immortality of the soul thongh Christianity had never existed ; but how it acts as separated from the body, is beyond my capacity of judgment. This, however, I shall know by next Christmas."
A LAND WHERE IS NO SICKNESS.
As a gentleman, eminent for his happy mode of introducing religious conversation among young people, 'was day going in the stage-coach to his country-house at Hampstead, bie was accosteci by a young man, who was his only companion, in the following terms : “ Sickness, Sir, is a very uncomfortable thing. I have been running almost all over London to find out a physician to attend my sister, who is sick at Hampstead ; but I have been so unfortunate as not to meet with him; and I
now so fatigued, that I am compelled to take the stage.' Sir,' replied the gentleman, sickness is a very uncomfortable thing ; but I know a land in which there is no sickness;' you indeed," rejoined the young man ;
pray where is it? I have travelled all round the world, and never heard of that lind yet.” See Isa. xxxiii. 24.
ARCHBISHOP LEIGHTON. One day happened a tremendons storm of lightuing and thunder as he was going from Glasgow to Dunblanc. flescried, when at a considerable distance, by two men of bad character. They had not courage to rob him ; but, wishing to fali on sone method of extorting money from him, one said, “ I will lie down by the way-side, as if I were dead, and you shall inform the Archbishop that I was killed by the lightning, and beg money of him to bury me. When the Archbishop arrived at the spot, the wicked wretch told hin the fabricatel story: -he sympathized with the survivor, gave him money, and proceeded on liis journey. But, when the man returned to his companion, he found him really litetess! Immediately he began to exclaim aloud, " Oh, Sir, he is dead! on, Sir, he is dead !". On this the Archbishop, discovering the fraud, left the man with this important reflection :-" It is a dangerous thing to trifle with the jucy menis oi God!"
A CRITICAL HINT.
It seems a little extraordinary that the same original term (Paracletos) should be translated * Advocate,” when applied to the Son of God (1 John ii. 1); and “Comforter," when applied to the Holy Spirit (John xiv. 16). I confess, the latter rendering appears to me not quite accurate. The original term certainly means a public pleader, whose office corresponded with that of a Counsellor withi us; namely, to inform and advise his client, and to defend his callse. Christ is the “ Wonderful Counsellor” of his people, is well as their “ Advocate with the Father.” When he was about to leave his disciples, he promised to send them another Counsellor” (so I would render it) who should “guide them into all truth ;" or raiher (as Bp. Lowth observes) sall the truth," that is, of the gospel. At the same time, the blessed Spirit performs the other part of the Counselior's ollice. “lie makcil intercession for (or in) us with groanings which cannot be utierod.” (Rom. viii. 26.) Comfort is ceriainly the effcct of the Spirit's teaching, but expresses a small part only of his oflice. As a Counsellor's office is to accuse as weil as delend, so the Spirit was promised to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.”
announce the death of eminent persons, indulge me by inserting the fol
lowing reflections ON THE DEPARTURE OF MY LATE MOST VALUABLE FRIEND,
THE YEAR 1806 : Last night, at frelve o'clock, expired a friend, of whom, take him all in all, perhaps I shall never see his like again. As I stood by and saw his last moments, I exclaimed, “ llow our blessings brighten as they take their flight !” For now came rushing upon my memory all the good qualities of the deceased, and all the advantages I derived froin his company. Ah! he was a steady friend; to his latesi breaih he stoor by me, and never ceased to do me good. I have seen many changes in the allections of men; they have been mere swallows, the birds of summer: --- but summer and winter, by night and by day, he was a triend indeed. Every time I lay down to rest, he gave me a parting word of advice, in case I should never see him again; and each morning, as I opened my eyes, I saw him by my bed-side, inviting me to accept his renewed aid, to live for God.
How many pleasures I have enjoyed in his company! To count them, would be to number the grains of sand which bound the ocean;
to com pass the deiail into this paper, Mr. Editor, would be to take up the ocean on the hollow of my hands. Two things, however, I must police : the first is, That for three-hundred-and-sixty-five days he introduced me, more than once a day, to a closct-audience with the King of Kings ; -and although 1 must own to you that, in his Majesty's prescuce, I was so delighted that I forgot the departure of my driend, he never upbraided me with it, but seerned be pleased willi me for it all the day. The other tribute of gratitude which I must pay to the memory of my friend is, to own that
! -anti-liity times in his life he proposed to me to spend the day in pleasure, io imilate the life of angels, and begin Heaven without waiting for dismission from earth. And oh
" How pleas'd and blest'was I
To hear the joyful cry,
Comt let us seek our God to-day!" To how many profitable discourses have I listened on these days, and almost reproached my friend for bringing them to a close! Shall I ever see the friend with whom I shall enjoy again such halcyon days !
But as I have a friend dearer io me even than the late deceased, whose elegy ) now write with tears, this renders him especially precious to my plamtive memory, that he was ever forward to give me opportunities to serve the Lord, who bouglit me with his blood. He woulu often tell me this was all he came for; and was never better pleased than when I treated him as if he were good for nothing but to help me to work for God. how ofien he roused me when diowsy, and jugged my eibows when lazy in this cause! Now his lips are sealed up in siience, and I hang over bis cold corps. I seem to hear his voice, louder than before, when he used to cry,
Awake, siussard! was I only sent to see thee sleep) ?” Thus, lousad by his repeated faithful warnings, I have enjoyed the felicity of at least altempting to do something for him who has done and suffered all for nie. Avd this, to tell the truth (without fearing a frown from the angry shade of my departed friend) is the most picasant reliection I can take, on the review of our pasi fiiendsoip.
“ Mmons of ages hence,” the dear deceased used to say, you may be the better for ny company; and according as you treat me well or ili, your