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of the Miscellany, for the present year. We hope for the support of our friends and correspondents in the ensuing year. By their ready and prompt assistance, we shall be able to make our work still more acceptable, particularly to the rising generation. For their fake chiefly, we mean to publin in our Miscellany next year, The trial of the Witnelles of the Resurrection of Jesus. This valuable little piece contains the evidence of our Lord's Resurrection in a full, concise, and pleasing manner. It has been long out of print, The prevalence of infidelity in our day will be our apology for presenting it to our readers.

We mean also to consider the system of Mediatìon as revealed in the New Testament, and state its nature and evidence before our readers; as containing much further proof of the doctrine of the Restoration of all Things, by representing the proper ground, nature, and end of the government of Christ, particularly in the process of future judgment and punishinent. · We cannot indeed boast of the extent, and rapid increase of our connections; but we are happy to say that the circulation of our Miscellany is rather increasing than decreasing. Be the succeís of our pamphlet what it may, we are satisfied with the goodness of our cause and the rectitude of our intentions.

We wish to turn the attention of some of our correspondents to the return of the Jews to their own land. Whenever the prophecies relating to this great event, take place, then the second personal appearing of Christ will soon follow. From the present state of things, we cannot but think that the Jews will speedily return. So great a fulfilment of prophecy will be also a great confirmation of the faith of every one who is waiting for the coming of his Lord, and for the full redemption of the church from the power of Antichrist.

In the mean while we will not be weary in well doing. The Mafter will assuredly come in his own time, and render to every man according to his works. In his appearance and kingdom we, greatly rejoice. I t is December, 22, 1798. i . .

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THE

Universalist’s Miscellany

For JANUARY, 1798.

EXPOSITION OF COLOSSIANS 1. 15—21. IN this passage, the expression ALL THINGS, is used five 1 times, and the Apostle has made use of such an exuberance of language to set forth what he included in, or by, ALL THINGS, that we may run, and read. He has included, whatever was in HEAVEN, or in EARTH, either visible to us or not, and of all degrees, whether of dignity, extent of dominion, situation, or power, so that we cannot mention any thing (the Father excepted) but what is comprehended in, and under, the expression ALL THINGS, in either of the first four places. Now the Apostle without giving the least intimation of the fifth ALL THINGS, meaning any thing than universality, saith, IT PLEASED THE FATHER THAT ALL THINGS SHOULD BE RECONCILED. A universal reconciliation is absolutely necessary, in consequence of the enmity by the fall, in order to effect the intent contained in the preceeding words, ALL THINGS WERE CREATED FOR HIM. Also by the subsequent expression, the Apostle has emphatically, decidedly and unequivocally, affixed the univerfality of the reconciliation by asserting, I SAY, WHETHER THEY BE THINGS IN EARTH, OR THINGS IN HEAVEN. If we affert, that the All Things which are to be reconciled, do not include, or are not equal with the former All Things, in all respects, we do eventually charge the Apostle either with ignorance or deception.

With IGNORANCE, in not knowing what he did say, influenced by zeal without knowledge ; or, DECEPTION, in so connecting the last All Things, as to be understood equal with the former all things, when at the same time he knew no such universal reconciliation would take place.

On the other hand, if we, because we would not have all reconciled, exclude any from being included in the former Vol. II. .

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All Things, then the excluded part must have existed before Christ, contrary to the whole tenour of Scripture, which saith, He created all things, and was before all things.". If we enquire into the nature of this reconciliation, the next verse sets it forth; it is a restoring to favour, or making those friends, who before were enemies, or at variance. « You, that were sometime alienated, and enemies in your minds by wicked works, now hath He (Christ) reconciled."

By making use of the expression now, the Apostle has more than admitted it possible, for he has pointedly thewn, that he anticipated a future period, when those not included in the pronoun you, might be made partakers of the like reconciliation, according to the congruity, between those who are overcomers, (Rev. iii. 12.) and as such, saved, and are constant citizens of the new Jerusalem that is above (Rev. xxi. 2.) and those who compose the nations of the restored, from the second death, and walking in the light of the city, and only occasionally go in, to pay their homage. (Rev. xxi. 24.)

As an individual, I confefs I am so far from thinking Paul was ignorant, or guilty of deception, that on the contrary, I account him a chosen vessel, an able minister, an excellent orator, an infallible guide, and an exact logician; from which, and taking into consideration from whom he received his knowledge, not from tradition, not from man, but from Jesus Chrift (Gal. i. 1.) I do not for a moment imagine he did not mean AllThings, when he used the words All Things in this place. Also, he having in another place, made an exception to the universal subjection of all things, co-equal with ihat exception I before noticed, he has for ever put it out of my power to extend the exceptions : “ He (the Father) hath put all things under his (Son's) feet ; but we see not yet, all things put under him; but when he faith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that He, (the Father) is excepted, that did put all things under him.” After Paul asserted all things were created by Christ, and enumerated what he included in the all things, he seals the very thing he expressed, by a redundancy of expreslion : saying all things were created by hiin, and also FOR HIM.” Şó likewise with respect to the reconciling all things, he used the same redundancy of language to fhew, and which evidently doth shew, all things will be reconciled, by adding, I say, whether they be things in earth or things in heaven."

The trite objection, that if the all things to be reconciled, are

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as extensive, as the all things created, then the brute creation are included, is quite foreign to the purpose; when Paul was describing what he meant, or included in all things, by saying, whether they be visible or invisible, thrones, dominions, principalities, or powers, he had an allusion to moral intelligencies only, as such did not include the brute creation, tho' at the same time, he did not thereby exclude Christ from being their creator. I have often thought on the subject of the brute creation, and have concluded man may be punished for his cruel and unnecessary severity to them ; and I allow it possible that a state of retribution may be in reserve for them, though I do not account it necessary to be believed. If any one can prove Paul included them in the quotation alluded to, I have no objection to their being partakers of a restoration congenial to their nature.

N. SCARLETT.

ON CHRISTIAN SEPARATION.

To the Editor of the Universalist's Miscellany. Sir, W H EN I communicated through the chann»l of your

VV useful Miscellany, a few thoughts upon the subject of Christian Separation, it was merely to state my views of the advantages and disadvantages likely to result from such an undertaking and the additional reflections on the practicability and propriety of it, were fuch, as naturally arose from the confideration of the subject.

Not having entered upon any particulars relative to the design, I was surprised to see my observations prefaced by the title prefixed thereto, a circumstance, that seems also to have mised one of your Correspondents, who from an ardent zeal, has attempted to bring a host of objections against the undertaking, before he was at all acquainted with the nature of it: had he waited till the plan was laid open, he then might have had an opportunity for the exercise of his talents, as well as to display the sublimity and beauty, of his similies, a little trait of which, his remarks upon the En. glish Dunkers Scheme, has afforded:

It would not perhaps appear charitable, to detract from the merit of the Christians of the present day, by a fupposition of the paucity of their number, as there can be no doubt,. there are many fincere followers of the Lamb, although, as to purity, and spirituality, the professors of Christianity fall“ very short ofthe true standard ; so much so, 'as to lead some

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persons to fall into the mistake of the Prophet of old, who thought the general defection so great that he was left alone, I have not even confined my views to so narrow a compass as your correspondent, who has supposed the separation of a few Christians, from the general mass, would fap the very principle of Christianity; as thereby, the leaven necessary to leaven the lump, would be drawn away ; and that the falt necessary to preserve from corruption, would become useless, “ like salt locked up in a cupboard," or like “ a candle in a tin lanthorn," visible only," when the door is opened."

Were Christians to separate themselves from the world, merely to live to themselves, such retirement would savour of selfishness, and wickedness; but if a society was formed, for the purpose of living more devotedly to God, and with a view to become more eminently useful to their fellow men, surely, such an establishment would not only be pleasing but desirable, and would contribute more to the establishment of pure Christianity, than the present heterogeneous mixture of national Christianity, as it now too generally appears ; whereby, instead of the spark being fanned into a flame, it seems likely to be totally extinguished.

As the wise man says there is a time for all things, there must be a time for Christians to be scattered up and down in the world, and a time for their separation from it ; both which are directed by Him, who knows how to make all things conduce to the real advantage of his creatures ; and although the period of separation may not be precisely declared, by any positive precept, I have the full confidence his providence will point it out. As Abraham continued in the world, as long as his example was likely to be beneficial, so ought Christians to remain at their post, while they can be of any service ; but when their example produces no good effeet, and their continuance in the world is likely to terminate, in their disadvantage, then a separation becomes necessary ; and such a conduct will be sanctioned by the Providence of God, who, by such means, concentrates the testimony of his true worshippers, and thereby causes it to shine with redoubled lustre : a conduct discernible in the various separations he has appointed and approved. In times of deep de.. generacy, it appears absolutely necessary for God to separate his people from the world, to preserve them from corruption, and the punishment due to such a state, as well as to keep the truth in store, for a more fit season to be re-publikhed abroad, and if these times bear any analogy to former days,

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