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sonl: Neither can we justly collect from hence, that the God head was ever separated either from that soul or body; but the laying down of his soul, and taking it up again, is to be understood in respect of his human nature exclusively; so that Christ may be said to have laid down his soul when he separated it from the body, and to have taken it again when he re-united it with the same body. Lastly, The hypostatical or personal union of both these natures is also confirined by those words of Christ. For, since he is Lord of all, wherefcre was it necessary to call the particular soul which he laid down his, unless because it was his own in another sense than the soul of Lazarus, or of any other person. Therefore, when he raised Lazarus from the dead, he is said to have re-united not his own soul (though he was Lord of that likewise) but another's, namely, that of Lazarus ; not to his own, but another's body, that of Lazarus. In short, not to bave raised himself from the dead, but Lazarus his friend. Why, therefore, is this the soul of Christ, but because it is a part of which the very person of Christ consists ? And the soul of Lazarus, why is it not Christ's, unless because Lazarus possesses a subsistence personally distinct from Christ ?' And this is what we call an hypostatical union of natures. You see, therefore, what I wish to persuade you of, that we are not irrational who declare these things, but that they are entirely beside themselves who deny them.
It is commonly said, s« That the abounding of almost every species of vice in our land, is not so much owing to the want of good laws, as of faithfulness in putting them in execution.” Had ministers of the gospel, and even private Christians, but the fortitude to reprove the openly profane, and did the civil magistrate shew a readiness to protect them from insult, the public ear would not be so often dunned as it is with blasphemous oaths and imprecations. Iniquity, as ashamed, would seek to conceal herself in secret, and no longer dare to set up her head in our streets. The late Rev. James Erskine, of Stirling, being one evening diverting himself in the bowling-green, an officer of the army, who made one of the company, and who, perhaps, had been chagrived on account of bad success in the same, began to ulter some very profane expressions. Grieved at hearing the sacred name of God taken in vain, Mr. E. in as mild and gentle a manner as possible, reproved him for it. What was well meant; however, on the part of the good man, was not so well taken on that of the indignant officer. On the contrary, he considered himself very highly affronted ; and drawing his sword, swore he would instantly take vengeance for the freedorn that had been used with him.
It happened, however, very proviúentially, when matters were come to this extremity, that the late Capt. Harrison, who was then a magistrate of the town, entered the bowling greer; and after having the affair explained to him by the company, addressed him:elf in this manner to the officer:“Sir, your conduct is neither like a soldier nor a gentlernan : not like a soldier, or you would never bave drawn your sworú upon an unarmed defenceless man;_not like a gentlemau, or you wou'd not have insulted a minister of the gospeli
who has done nothing but what was perfectly consistent witla his duty;" adding, moreover, “ if you do not immediately return your sword, and crave Mr. Erskine's forgiveness, I shall wrder you to prison, and abide the consequences of my doing so." The blustering hero, now effectually crest-falien, did not take long time to deliberate ; but instantly replacing bis weapon, asked pardon of Mr. Erskine ; and during the rest of the evening, set a strict watch upon the door of his lips.
It not unfrequently happens with sermons as it once did in the case of the sons of Jesse, that the most promising among them, in man's estimation, is not that which God inakes choice of, or honours with the unto tion of his Spiril, for converting sinners or edifying saints. Discourses, on the composition of which ministers bestow the greatest pains, are preached, and fly over the heads of the audience; while those they have Dot got so much time to dress, go directly to their hearts. Shall this thea encourage Ignorance to run to the pulpit, and petulantly pour forth her incoherent rhapsodies ? or, Shall the better qualified construe it into a bit to remit their labours, and henceforth serve God with that which costs them next to nothing ? No. Not a novice," saith the apostle, “ lest he be lifted up with pride, and fall into the condemnation of the Devil ;" and in his exhortations to his son Timothy, be insists particularly on a diligent application io bis work. Let the ministers of Christ labour, therefore ; but let them labour not to be fine, but to be plain ;- not to gratify the fastidious ear of those who sit rather as judges tban as bumble receivers of the word, -- but to enlarge the views, and touch the affections of the simple and unlearned, who, at all times, compose the greatest part of their bearers ; and if at any tiine they are called to speak in public, without kaving it in their power to pay the attention they could have wished to the structure of their sermons, still let them not be cast down with the apprehension that their preaching will be in vain. The Master they serve has established no necessary connexion between their very best eforts and the divine influences of his Spirit. He is a sovereign Lord, and worketh by this, or by the other meauș, according as it seineth good in his sight. These remarks have been suggested by the following well-authenticatect Anecdote:
The late Rev. J. Paltison, of Edinburgh, having occasioni, about forty years ago, to preach on a Sabbaih-day in. Dundee, bad, previously to his leaving home, laid aside, and ordered to be packed up, with sunie other necessary articles, a certain nole.book, which contained a sermon on which the good man tiad bestowed considerable pains, and which he hoped might not be unacceptable to a congregation of Christians, who then enjoyed the slated labours of the late excellent Mr. M•Even. On his arrival in Dundes, however, which was not till the Saturday evening, and o!! examining the contents of his saddle-bags, he found the nole-wook wanting,
other been substituted in its place. He was therefore, late as it was, obliged to make choice of a new subject, and to cast his thoughts togelber upon it in the best manner lie cou:d; at alter all his pains and bis prayers, was got a litile apprehensive that such defective pri paratiou would eot only affect the respectability of his appearance in the palpit, but, in some measure, iar tbe success of his work. " lot by might, bowever, por by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord." It happened, in adorable Providence, ou the aliersoon of Sabbath, that a poor tish. wonati, notorious for ciamour and profanity, stuinbied into the meeting and felt lnc sermon, particularly in its application, come home with such life and peculiar energy to her soul, as instantly to produce tie znost happy thécis on the disposition of her heart and the tenor of ber conduct.
On Monday she attended with her (sis-basket at market as tisual; but, O how changed ! - ins:ead on her formu noise and profanity, she is cairu and quiet as a lami ; instead of asking from ber customers double us
triple the value of the fish, she speaks to them with discretion ; and tells them the lowest price at once. Surprized at this new behaviour of the woman, some, who were present, judging that she might be indisposed, began te enquire about her health. One of them particularly said to her,
Margaret, what is the matter with you, woman? You are not at all as you used to be." —No,' replied Margaret ; 6 and hope I never shall. It pleased God to lead me, yesierday, to Mr. M'Ewen's Meeting - house, where I heard words that I'll never forget; and fand something come o'er me *, the like of which I never knew before.” Thewoman lived to give the most satisfactory evidences of the soundness of her conversion by a walk and conversation becoming the gospel.
Dr. Moore, in his “ View of Society and Manners in Italy," describing the state of Rome at the tinie when he visited it, has the following passage relative to the Jews : "Of many triumphant arches which stood formerly in Rome, there are only three now remaining, all of them near the Capitol, and forming entries to the Forum : those of Titus, Septimius Severus, and Constantine. The last is by much the finest of the three. The relievos of the arch of Titus represent tbe table of shew-bread, the trumpets, the golden candlesticks with seven branches, and other utensils brought from the temple of Jerusalem +. The quarter which is allotted for the Jews is not a great distance from this arch. There are about 9000 of that unfortunate nation at present at Rome, the lineai descendants of those brought captive from Jerusalem. I have been assured they always cautiously avoid passing through this areh, though it lies directly in their way to the Cainpo Vaccino, cliousing rather to make a circuit, and enter the Forum at another place. I was affected at hearing this instance of sensibility in a people who, whatever other faults they may have, are certainly not deficient in patriotism, and attachinent to the religion and cus. toms of their forefathers.”
SELECT SENTENCES. LYSIMACHUS, for extreme thirst, offered his kingdom to the Getæ, to quench it. His exclamation, when he had drank, is wonderfully striking : " Ah! wretched me, who, for such a inomentary gratification, have lost so great a kingdein!”-How applicable this to the case of him who, for the momentary pleasures of sin, parts with the kingdom of Heaven ! Bp. Horne.
Ile who seldom thinks of Heaven, is not likely to get thither the only way to hit the mark is to keep the eye
it. Ibid. Bees never work singly, but always in companies, that they may assist each other. An useful hint to scholars and Christians.
Ibid. Some think variety of religions as pleasing to God as variety of Mowers. Now there can be but one religion which is true ; and the God of truth cannot be pleased with falsehood, for the sake of variety.
Ibid. Deate will blow the bud of grace into the flower of glory. Mr.Brooks.
God made Man in his own likeness, Man hath made Sin in his own likeness, and Sin hath made Misery in its own likeness. Mr. Venning.
It was a sweet saying of an ancient father, “ 'The name of Jesus is mel in ore, melos in aure, jubilus in corde. Honey in the mouth, melody in the ear, and a jubilee in the heart.
Ibid. Affliction is a pill, which, if wrapped up ia patience, may be easily swallowed ; but when discontent puts us upon chewing it, proves bitter and disgusting
* A Scottish phrase for a sensation not to be described.
+ Titiis Vespasiun was the general by whom Jerusalem was taken, and the temple destroyed. The sacred utensils were the trophies of his success.
ner, if you die without an interest
in Christ, you will sink into the An affecting case occurred during regions of eternal death."
the last year in our congregation, On the Saturday evening follow. which, however, was unknown ing, he intimated to the mistress of to me till after the decease of the the house where he lodged, that party: but one of my friends, af- some awful judgment was about to ier making himself acquainted
come upon him; and as he should with particulars, drew up
the not be able to be at meeting next following Narrative; which, if day, requested that an attendant you judge it suitable, you are at might be procured to stay with him. fiberty to insert in the Evangelica! She replied, that she would herself Magazine :
stay at home, and wait upon him ;
which she did. A YOUNG Man, of the name of On the Lord's Day he was in great S- Cm, grandson to a late
agony of mind.
His mother was eminent Dissenting Minister, and sent for, and sone religious friends brought up by him, came to reside visited him ; but all was of no at K -g about the
1803. avail. That night was a night He attended at the Baptist place of dreadful beyond conception. The worship, not only on the Lord's horror which he endured brought Day, but frequently at the week
on all the symptoms of raging madday lectures and prayer-mectings. ness, He desired the attendants He was supposed by some to be see not to come near hiin, lest they riously inclined; but his opinion of should be burnt, He said that “the himself was, that he bad never ex- bed-curtains were in flames, that perienced that divine change, with- he smelt the brimstone, that deout which no man can be saved. vils were come to fetch him, that
However that might be, there is there was no hope for him, for that reason to believe he had been for he had sinned against light and consonie years under powerful convic- viction, and that he should certain. tions of his miserable condition as ly go to Hell. It was with difficulty a sinner, In June 1808, these con- he could be kept in bed, victions were observed to increase, An apothecary being sent for; as and that in a more than common soon as he entered the house, and degree. From that time he went heard bis dreadful howlings, he eninto no company ; but, when he was quired if he had not been bitten by not at work, kept in his chamber, a mad dog. His appearance likewhere he was employed in singing wise seemed to justify such a suspiplaintive hymns, and bewailing his cion, his countenance resembling lost and perishing slate.
that of a wild beast more than that He had about bim several religi- of a man, ous people; but could not be in- Though he had no feverish heat, duced to open his mind to them, or yet his pulse beat above 150 in a to impart to any one the cause of minnie. To abate the mania, a his distress. whether this contri- quantity of blood was taken from buted to increase it or not, it did him, a blister was applied, his head increase, till his health was greatly was shaved, cold water was copiaffected by it, and he was scarcely ously poured over him, and foxáble to work at his business.
glove was administered. By these While he was at meeting on means his fury was abated; but Jord's Day, September 14, he was iris mental agony continued, and all observed in labour under very great the symptoms of madness, which emotion of mind, especially when his bod:iy strength thus reduced hencard the soilowing words : “ Sin- would allow, till the following Thurs
day. On that day he seemed to laia whok nights without sleep, have recovered his reason, and to pleading for my own
soul and be calm ia his mind. In the even- yours; and have reflecied with grief ing, he sent for the apothecary ; on my disobedience to your counand wished to speak with him by sel.” At another time he said, himself. The latter, on his coming,
“ Blessed Jesus, thoi. art ail my desired every one to leave the room, hope!"--His strength kept declinand thus addressed him: “ C-, ing; and on Morday morning, have you not something on your Sept. 29, at one o'clock, he calmiy mind ?" • Aye,' answered he, that breathed his last. is it!' He then acknowledged that, early in the month of June, he had
REFLECTIONS, BY TIE NARRATOR. gone to a fair in the neighbourhood, 1. To the greatest part of manin company with a nunber of kind sin appears a light thing, eswicked young men : that they drank pecially in time of health and prusat a public-house together till he perity : but a view of the holiness was to a measure intoxicated ; and and the majesiy of God,
-a sense of that from thence they went inio his threatenings, conscience other company, where he was cri- wounded by his arroivs,- nay, the minaily connected with a harlat. witnessing of them in a caso like * I have been a miserable creature,
that which has been related, will, continued he, “ ever since; but even in the present life, cause us to during the last three days and three know that il is “ an evil and a bitnights, I have been in a state of ter thing." desperation.” He intimated io the 2. Ifå drop of the cup of God's apothecary, that he could not bear wrath can make a sinuer thus ini! to tell this story to his minister: serable, what will it be to drink the “But,” said he,“ do you inform dregs of it, and tisat for ever and him that I shall not die in despair ; ever? for light has broken in upon me :
3. It is to be hoped, that God had I have been led to the great Sacri- morcy on this poor youth. fice for six, and I now hope in him pears to have had ihose two marks for salvation.”
of a truly converted perso!!, From this time his mental distress pentance toward Ged, and faith toccased, his countenance became pla- ward our Lord Jesus Christ.” It is cid, and his conversation, instead of true, he did not merely, like Chrisbeing iaken up as before, with fear- tian, begin to sink in the mire of the ful exclamations concerning devils Slough of Despond. What he sufand the wrath to come, was now
fered there brought him to liis confined to the dying love of Jesus! grave. Yet at last he discovered The apothecary was of opinion, the steps (the promises) and was that if his strength had not been so plucked out, and set on that side of much exhausted, he would now have the slough that was farthest from been in a state of religious trans- his own house, and next to the port. His nervous system, how- wicket-gate, into which also be ever, had received such a shock, pears to have lived to enter. His that his recovery was doubtful; and example holds out encouragement it seemed certain, that if he did re- to sinners in the most wretched circover, he would sink into a state of cumstances.
if, like this young idiotcy.
man, they look to Jesus, the great He survived this interview but a sacrifice for sin, even as the Israel few days. When he could talk, heiles, who had been bitten by the would repeat many of the promises fiery serpents looked at the braz. n made to returning sinners. By his serpent, like him, they shall be healdesire, various hymns were real to ed. Thus far, my friend. laud, bim : one in particular, which was 4. We may learn from hence, the sing at his funeral.
importance of early instructions. lie said to his mother, “ My dear It does not appear that this young mother, you do uot know what man had lived in such habiis, but coufiicts of soal I have had. I have that be had been lcd from his child.