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as made a vain oblation, that the influences of the Spirit are dis. carded, and that it can no longer be said, Salvation is of grace, and not of works?
Surely, there would be no less propriety in asking What duties are incumbent on the dead to make themselves alive s or, What duties are incumbent on the rock, to make itselt sensitive! Certainly, there would be just as ntuch propriety in these questions as in asking What duties are ineuinbent on wicked mea to make themselves Christians? I hope, Sir, none of your reas ders will angrily exclaim, These are high Calvinistic sentiments! What! are not sinners in general called upou to read and lucar? -- most certainly, and believe the word of God; but such exclamations are too common with many who profess to know the gospel, when the sovereign lionours of that gospel are fully asserted, and faithfully vindicated against the prevalence of pharisaical pride. However, the writer of this paper, not pretending to be in the secret of God's decrees, lias no fellowship with those who talk of preaching the gospel to none but the elect; nor with thosc who declaim about the doctrines of grace in a style that encourages the hope of a dispensation from duty. But, deeply convinced that pharisaical pride is not less the bane of the gospel than practical Antinonrianism, lie would call the attention of your numerous readers to this momentous truih, That the most accurate and perfect performance of religious duties, affords no more hope of salvation than the most daring and desperate of crimes.
To those who ask, in Scripture language, “ What must we do to be saved ?" - in Scripture language we reply,“ Believe in the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved. Here the “ experimental knowledge of the gospel of salvation" must take its date. From hence the spiritual and acceptable performance of duty must take its rise. Our obedience and our happiness are commensurate with our believing : they are the inseparable companions and cs, sential consequences of it. The true believer, therefore, does not derive his experience from his daties, ---- but his zeal in duty from his experience. His faith in Christ, and his sense of the infinite love of Christ, keep him low at his feet, powerfully animale bim in his service, and unspeakably exalt him in communion with his glory. All other experience is delusion, --- all other zea) in the performance of duty is either hypocrisy or pharisaism.
REV, PHILIP II ENRY. WHEN soine zealous people would have him to preach against topknots and other vanities in apparel, he would say, 4. That was none of his business, if he could persuade people to Christ, ihe pride, and vanity, and excess of those things would fall of course;" and yet he had a dislike to vanity and gaiety of dress, and allowed it not in those that he had any ia
His rule was, that' in such things we must neither be owls nor apes; pot affect singularity, nor affect modishness; nor (as he used to observe, from 1 Pet. iii. 3.) “ make the putting on of apparel our adura. ing, becausc Christians have better things to adorn themselves with." Dr. Owen's beautiful and instructive Comment on the Words of the Apostle
to the Hebrews, “ Ye are not come to the Mount which might be touched, and which burned with fire, nor to blackness and darkness," dc.
“ All the appearances of God to his church were suited to the subjectmatter : He appeared to Abraham in the forin of a man, because he came to give a promise of thc incarnation of Christ, the seed of Abrahan, in whom all the families of the hunan race were to be blessed. To Moses he appeared in a flame of fire, ---- in a bush, which was uot consuned! to teach him that the fire of affliction, with which his church was then tried, should not consume it, because he dwelt in the bush. To Joshua he appeared as an armed man, with a sword drawn in his hand, to give promise of his presence as the Lord of hosts, the Lord mighty in battle, who woud go before the arınies of Israel to subdue the Canaanites, and give them pussession of the promised land: but here, on mount Sinai, he appears encompassed with all the dread and terror wbich the apostle so impressively describes. Why? To represent the holiness and strictness of the law, and the inevitable dreadful destruction of sinners against the law, unless they betake themselves to the Mediator and his gospel for relief. pearance was not in a plain, but on the top of a high mountain, -- to represcut ine elevated throne of the divine Majesty, who keeps himself aloof from sinners. It was in the wilderness of Sinai, an absolute solitude, remote from the habitation or converse of me, When God arraigns the conscience of the sinner before the bar of the holy law which he has broken, lie will let him see nothing but his own guilty self and the justly offended Law. giver. All relief or refuge will fail hiin: his conscience will be kept to thal which lie can neither abide nor avoid, unless he inake the great plea of the blood of atonement. The law was published in a barren and fruil. less desert:: Sinai was named, from the brambles and bushes, which were all it bore. These made an appearance of fruitfulness at a distance ; bút when you approached, there was nothing but what was fit for the fire. The law, in a state of sin, will bring forth in us no fruits to God. Those who are yet under the curse, pretend to some duties of obedience', which they call good works ; but when tried, they are all such as God describes : “ Who would set the briars and thorns against me in battle, I would go through them, I would burn them together.” — No place in the inhabitable world hath been ever since inorc desolate and forsaken: and such it continues to the present day: by which it appears, that though there was a necessity for the renewed publication of the law, it was designed to be a continued dispensation, but should be abandoned to make way for a new and betier. Hence also we learn, that those who continue under the law shall bave no tukeu of God's presence: he dwells no more in Sinai, Here too we learn, that the holiness of places is confined to their use; which, when it ceaseth, Icaveth them common. What place more holy and sacred than Sinai once ? What more desolate and forsaken now, -- notwithstanding the wresched monastery which superstition bath there erected!
DR. SPENER. Some days before his death, he gave order that nothing (not so much as a thread) of black should be in his coffin : “ For,” said be, "I have been a sorrowful man these many years, lamenting the deplorable state of Christ's church militant here on earth ; but now, being upon the point of retiring into the church triumphant in Heaven, I will not have the least mark of sorrow left upon me; but iny body shall be wrapped up all over in white, for a testimony that I die in expectation of a better and inore glo. rious state to come.”
MRS. ARMSTRONG. fliction as the harbinger of her dis
solution, that though she readily This excellent woman was a resi- complied with every direction, she dent of Bristol, a member of the seemned rather to regret that so Rev. Mr. Lowell's church, and justly much pains should be taken for her, esteemed and beloved by all who restoration. Her life had been had the privilege of her acquaint- highly exemplary, nevertheless, in
From her earliest years she her affliction she most clearly dishad constantly heard the gospel, was covered all the evidences of a truly remarkable for the puncluality of “broken and contrite spirit;" but her attendance on divine worship, 90 firm was her confidence in the and had long been acquainted with immutability of the God of grace, the way of salvation.
so stedfast was her faith in the atonhowever, the subject of many fears ing sacrifice of the great Redeemer, respecting her acceptance with God; and so bright were her prospects; but, blessed be the riches of his of“ a better country," as to prograce, her“ path was as the shining duce that settled peace which som light, which shineth brighter and many of the children of God have brighter unto the perfect day." experienced in their last hours; tho' Her last illness was peculiarly in- but few have been more highly structive; for though her pains were favoured in this respeci than our degreat, such was the calm placidity parted friend. On being told that of her spirit, such the firm and the physician entertained no hope of decided victory which she obtained her recovery, — with a peculiar sere
“the last enemy,” that her si- nity upon her countenance, she re. tuation was generally regarded by plied, Well, that affords me her pious friends as truly enviable. blessed prospect indeed !"--and then She was in the 69th year of her age; added, “ o, what a vile sinner! þut so excellent a constitution did 0, what a precious Saviour !” In she possess, that till the attack which this blessed state of mind she con, proved fatal, it appeared unimpair. tinued, and was indulged with the ed; for she had all the vivacity of a complete use of her mental powers woman of thirty. For about three to the very last, and after repeatedweeks prior to her late indisposition, ly taking the most affectionate leave her mind had been alınost continue of her children, and solemnly coin ally occupied with those impressive mending them to God, she sweetly words, “. Set thine house in order, slept in Jesus on Lord’s Day mornfor thou shalt die, and not live : ing, Noveniber 9, after an affliction $0.continually did this sentence dwell of only nine days. On the following in, her thoughts, that it almost Sabbath her pastor availed himself scemed to her to be articulated in of the triumphant language of the her ears, was with her by night and apostle, “ o Death! where is thay by day, and produced a more than or
grave! where is thy vic. dinary degree of seriousness of spirit, tory?” - and, founded on those Da Friday, October 31, she found words, bore an appropriate testi- , herself unwell, and tho' the seizure mony to the riches of divine grace. was by no means violent, she almost-Reader, “ Be not slothful, but a iminediately gave it as her decided diligent follower of them who, thro?. opinion, that the time of her depar. faith and patience, inherit the proture was at hand, and expressed mises."'.
S. L. her hun ble but cheerful acquiescence in the sovereign pleasure of God. Her disorder proved to be a JONATHAN CLARK, pleurisy. She had the best medical aid, but became progressively worse;
Woo lately died near Marple. end so fully did she consider ber af Bridge, Derbyshire, in the sota
sting ? 0
year of his age, was a shining ino- God of Peace becoine his Father, nument of divine grace. It has often than he became a son of Peace. been said, that “ when persons are As a religious character, he was a called at an advanced period of life, shining light, for he “ walked in all they seldom shine as Christians." the ordinances and commandments This inay be generally true, but Mr. of the Lord blameless.” He had a Clark was an exception ; for though zeal for God which always blazed ; forty years of his life had expired neither length of years, nor the inbefore he discovered the least regard firmities of old age extinguished it. to religion, yet, as to divine things, The word of God, the house of he became intelligent; and in devo. God, and the ordinances of God, tional exercises, remarkably lively. 'were things he highly valued. From It was indeed a source of grief to the time of his becoming serious him, that he had spent the best of till within a few months of his his days in the service of Sin; and death, a space of near forty years, especially, that several of his chile his seat in the honse of God was, dren had left him before he was perhaps, not forty times vacant. able or willing to give them one So attached was he to social meet. word of salutary advice.
ings for prayer and religious cona Prior to his conversion, he was an versation, that even in the depth of adept in the arts and practices winter, after having laboured hard which, in our country, characterize all day, he would take his staff in a dissolute inan. 'Tis true indeed, his hand, and travel a mile or two on that even then he was a sinner the Derbyshire hills, where the road rather out of the common way; is almost frightful, to altend them. but " where sin abounded, grace did In his passage through this valley much more abound.” On a particular of woe, le met with many a blast occasion, he went to hear a minister of trouble and adversity; but that of the gospel in the neighbourhood; God whom he served, was his sheland what was said arrested his at. ter and defence. tention, and made a deep inpres. A few months prior to his death, sion on his mind. It was, in fact, a complaint, to which at times he the time appointed by Infinite Wis- had been subject for many years, dom for this poor wanderer's return. attacked him with violence. From Being now wounded to the quick, what he felt, he was fully convinced and also hungering for the bread of that the time of his departure was at life, as he found neither the physi- handl; but he was not disinayed, cian he wanted, nor food for his he knew in whom he had believed. soul under the ministry he used to His complaint gradually wore him attend, he deserted it. His old mi- down; and, as towards the latter wisler frequently rallied hiin about end of his affliction he was racked his new religion, as he was pleased with pain, he prayed fervently for to term it; but Mr. Clark considerbis disinission; which was ed religion of too much importance granted.
J. B. to be siccred out of it, In his conduct and deportment
RECENT DEATHS. there was an evident change: the lion, in a great measure, became a
The Rev, and truly venerable Mra Jamh. Before he knew the grace of Lavington, of Biddeford, has been God, he was of a disposition so frac- lately removed by death. We expect tious, that he was frequently gnar
his funeral sermon will be printed. relling with a neighbour who lived The death of Mr. Alderman Han. opposite to him ; but his neighbour key, who was one of the candidates being of a more periceable turn, in to represent the city of London, and order to avoid such unpleasant als who was almost suddenly removed tercations, removed his door to the on the evening preceding the elecother side of the house. After his tion, was an event of a peculiarly conversion this would have been striking nature, and shews the un needless; for no sooner had the certainty of all human pursuits.
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS.
An Antidote to the Miseries of Hu
omit, in compliment to the ladics.'
4. Aye, aye,” returned the 'Squire, man Life, in the History of the
“ we want no outlandish gibberish; Widow Placid, and her Daughter nothing should be put into books Rachel. 12ino, 38. 6d.
but what every body may underThe risibility of the public has stand.” • You would then consign been excited by the details of “ The half our libraries to oblivion, sir,' Miseries of Huinan Life ;" for there replied the scholar, who now began is a multitude of readers who seek reading. The 'Squire frequently after amusement rather than instruc- laughed as he procecded, then cried tion; and there is also a certain out " Nonsensc;' and asked for the class of writers, whose sole object is next misery " Are the bounds at to make them laugh; and vulga- fauit just as you think yourself sure rity, indecency, and profaneness of the game?” said he. • I don't
usually engaged in the subs recolleci that Misery,' replied Miss lime cause of laughter. The writer F.-" Then the greatest remains une before us
evidently has no ob- told,” rejoined the sportman.--" I jection to humour; but he never already perceive,” observed Mrs. aims to excite it at the expence of Placid, " that the book is designet modesty and morality. In fact, the to burlesque the petty troubles of readers of ihis performance will find life; I wish the readers may so apply a deal of humour in it; but it is of it as to derive a good moral, and be the most innocent kind; and it would led from it to see the extreme folly be uncandid not to say, that its lead- of suffering their tempers to be ining design is to suggest the most im- jured by such ridiculous evils.” 'Riportant truths, in a most inoffensive diculous do you call them,” said Miss and inviting inauner.
Finakin; I'm sure they are enough The scene is laid in a stage-coach; to overwhelm any human being.' in which seven persons are occasior- "O friend, don't talk so vainly,'' ally crowded together. The passen- replied Mrs. Placid, “ lest God in his gers are Mrs. Placid and her Daugh- providence should see fit to chas. ter, who are Quakers; 'Squire Bus- tise thee with real aillictions. The tle; a Captain ; and Miss Finakin, evils of life may be classed under his aunt; a Collegian; and a Narra- three kinds:- - ideal miseries, mitor of the events of the day. The 'nor miseries, and afllictions, or real meeting of the parties serves to dis- miseries. The first of these are play the author's talent, and prompts what thy favourite book chiefly the reader to proceed. After break- treats of, which are not worth a se. fast, a book is discovered by the Col rious thought. The next, I will allegian in the pocket of the coach-win- low, are very irksome to bear; and dow, which introduces the follow- they are generally worse endured ing conversation :
even by good Chrisiatis than severer “May I be permitted to look at trials; and for this sup. reason, this book, madam?” said he to Miss the assistance of divine grace is not Finakin. Certainly, Sir,' she re- called in. Weimagine we can combat plied, it is the book we were speah- these enemies alone; and, in corsi a ing of before breakfast; extremely quence, we fail of gaining a victori. entertaining, - The Miseries of Hu- But for the last, there are remedies man Life.' “ An odd title,” said the appointed of a nevei-failing nature: squire, “ to expect entertaiitinent to which the sincere Christian repairs, from; but let us hear a little about and he is then enableil with an apose it, if you please, Sir, though I shan't tle to say, “ Cast down, yet not fürlike it it its very dismal. -- 1 haie saken; sorrowful, yet alv ays rejo cdismal ditties as I do a foggy inorn- ing; having nothing, and yet josing in October.” • The author is a sessing all inings. scholar, I see,'said the studeni;' here Niis. Placid then proposes to dis. is a great deal of Latin, which I inust course a little on experimental relia