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Be praised for the indulgence and long- nance, though partially understood and forbearing patience with which thou bast partially. exhibited. . dealt with nie in my transgression and my There are many weighty reasons for follies! Ah! Lord, how justly had I de- rendering Christ prominent in the ministry served to be visited by thy punishments and of the Gospel. spatched off from the earth. But, in all 1: Christ cheers the prospect. Every my offences, thou hast cherished towards thing connected with him bas light and me the thoughts of peace; and, for this, gladness thrown round it. I look out of in deep.reverence do I adore thee.

my window on a winter's day :-the scene Be praised for this precious and blissful is scowling-dark- frigid-forbidding: I moment, in which, tbou all-hallowed Being, shudder, and my heart is chilled. But let · I am perniitted to discourse with thee in the sun break forth froni the cloud,- then prayer! Look down upon me with an eye I can feel—I can act~I can spring. Christ of approbation, and hear me when I call is my Sun—" the Sun of Righteousness.” · upon thee. Forgive me, for Jesus' sake, 2..God descending and dwelling with

those hours of which the end of this month man, is a truth so infinitely grand, that it so painfully reminds me. Pardon my in- must absorb all others. “ You are his gratitude, through which I have wronged attendants !” Well! but the King! There thee and debased myself. Absolve. me He is!-" The King of saints !--the King from my hidden and unperceived faults, O of glory!", thou my God and my Father. Rule me 3. Out of Christ, God is not intelligible, through thy spirit, that amid the feelings of much less amiable. A sick woman once abashment with which I reflect on the past said, “ Sir! I have no notion of God abdays, I'may at least be able to think of this solutely: I cannot get a single idea of bim closing day of the month without shame that seems to contain any thing."· and without regret.-Pp. 245, 246. - · you know (it was replied), how to conceive Mr. Williams's publication is a

of Jesus Christ as a man! God, conies collection of the notes and outlines condescension.”_“ Ah! Sir, (said she),

down to you in bim, full of kindness and of three hundred and sixty-six that gives me something to lay bold on. "sermons, preached by more than There I can rest. I understand God in one hundred of the most eminent his Son. But if God be not intelligible and popular ministers of the last out of Christ, much less is he amiable. He

is an object of horror and aversion to me, half century, many of which were

corrupted as I am! I fear and tremble-I given to the editor by the ministers resist, I hate, and I rebel." whose names

are affixed, and 4. A preacher may pursue his topic, others taken down when preached without being led by it to Christ. He for this express object. This pub

takes up one topic and pursues it. He takes

up another and pursues it. But if at length lication, therefore, admits of more

Jesus Christ becomes his topic, then he 'variety than most of a similar na- pursues that, and bends all his subjects ture, and is not liable to the charge naturally and gracefully to it. before adverted to, of dwelling ex

5. God puts peculiar honour on the clusively on any peculiar class of preaching of Christ crucified. A philoso

pher may philosophize bis hearers; but the

In turnscriptural declarations.

preaching of Christ must convert them. ing over the volume for a specimen Jobn the Baptist will make his hearers the following caught our eye.

It tremble; but the least in the kingdom of will be found in Cecil's Remains, heaven is greater than he, if he exhibit but can never be read too often.

tbat peculiar feature of his superiority

Jesus Christ. Men may preach Christ Feb. 28.—1 Cor. i. 23. -We preach ignorantly - blunderingly-absurdly: yet Christ crucified.

God will give this preaching efficacy, beChrist is God's great ordinance. Nothing cause he is determined to magnify his own 'ever has been done, or will be done to ordinance. purpose, but so far as he is held forth with

6. God appears in the doctrine of the simplicity. · All the lines must centre in cross, to design the destruction of man's him., The Christian minister feels this, pride. Even the murderer and the adulterer and therefore governs his ministry by it: sometimes become subjects of the grace of but then this is to be done according to the Gospel, because the murderer and the analogy of faith-not ignorantly, ab- the adulterer are more easily convinced surdly, and falsely. Yet I doubt not, in- and humbled: but the man of virtue is deed, but that excess on this side is less seldom reached, because the man of pernicious than excess on the other; be- virtue disdains tó stoop. “ Remember 'cause God will bless his own especial ordi- me," said a dying malefactor! but “ God I

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thank thee," condemned a proud Phari- As Natlan argues with David.-2 Sam. see!-R. CECIL.-Pp. 86, 87.

xii. 1, &c. While preparing this article, Mr.

VII. That, as our profession as Chris

tians is most honourable, we seek to bonour Piggott's volume made its appear it. ance; and we eagerly embraced

As does the soldier, physician, &c.--the opportunity of conversing once 2 Tim. ii. 19. Titus, 'ii, 9, 10. more with our venerable departed VIII. That, as surrounded with enemies friend, the Rev. H. Foster. Six

and dangers, we walk circumspectly.-

Eph. y. 15, 16. 1 Pet. v, 8. entire sermons, and three hundred

IX. That, as having the means of grace, and sixty-five complete outlines of

we use them to obtain grace. Heb. iv. 16. sermons, of such a man are a trea- Isa. xl. 1, &c, sure, which all who enjoyed the X. That, as surrounded with perishing opportunity of sitting under his sinners, we do what we can to save them.

1 Cor. ix, 19.-22. ministry would eagerly desire. We

XI. That we use God's creatures to the regret however to observe, that ends for which he gave them.-Epb. v. 18. many

of these outlines are so short XII. That we should be holy' in body, and imperfect, that they can be of as well as in soul.-1 Thess. ir, 3-7.

1 Pet. ii. 11. little use to any who are not well Rom. xii. 1, &c. acquainted with the author's style in Christ, we should ascribe all to him.

XIII. That, as we receive al from God of preaching, or who are not them- Eph. v. 20. Rom, xi. 36. i Thess, y. 8, selves in the habit of making use Learn hence, bow the knowledge of wbat of a single word or name to pre

we should be, shows us what we are.--Pp. serve in their memories a succes

559-561. sion of important ideas. And we,

An extract from the Daily therefore, cannot but think, that Words, &c. of the Brethren, would Mr. P. would better have con

only consist of a few insulated sulted the character of the de texts, and references to hymns to ceased, the advantage of the public, which few of our readers have acand his own emolument, had he

It may not, however, be presented us with a smaller and improper to remark, that this little more correct selection. The fol- pamphlet considers March 1st, lowing may be considered as rather 1547, as the beginning of the a favourable specimen :

Church of the Brethren, and asNov. 1.-Ephesians, v. 17.-“ Where- signs August, 21, 1732, as the fore be ye not unwise, but understanding commencement of their Missions what the will of the Lurd is.

to the heathen. Show, in various particulars, what God's willis which we are exhorted to understand. Matthew Henry at Hackney. To 1. That, as rational, accountable, and

which is added, Strictures on immortal creatures, we should consider our ways and their end.Hag. i. 5. Deut.

the Unitarian Writings of the xxxii, 29.

Rev. Lant Carpenter, LL. D.II. That, as creatures sinful before God, 8vo. Pp. 136. Seeley. 1824. we should loathe ourselves in dust and A brief Review of the fundamental asbes.-Acts, xvii. 30. Acts, iii. 19.

Doctrine of the Gospel.—Pp. Acts, xx. 21. Isa. vi. 1, &c. Rey, i. 17. III. Tbat, as having Christ set before

192. Seeley. 1824. us, we should beliere on him for salvation.

The Doctrinal Harmony of the -John, vi. 27–29. i John, üi. 13. New Testament exemplified. Acts, xiii. 38, &c.

By Edward William Grinfield, IV. That, as having an interest in

M. A.-Cadell. 1824. Pp. 120. heaven, and going thither, we be hearenlyminded. Col. iii. 1-3. Phil. iii. I, &c. CHRISTIANITY is deeply in

V. That, as having to do with a God of debted to the assaults of her adpower, wisdom, and goodness, that cares

versaries. They mean it not so, for us, we 'submit to, and cast all our care

neither do their hearts think so; con him.--Matt. vi. 1,, &c. 1 Pet. v.7.

VI. That, as distinguished with peculiar but in endeavouring to subvert the favours, we excel in devotedness to God. oracles and testimonies of God,

cess.

the infidel and opposer have been rectness of his sentiments; and driven from one post to another, hope, that when next we meet, his until their folly is manifest to all sentences may be composed in a considerate men.

more attractive manner. These reflections have arisen in Mr. Grinfield's publication, the our minds while perusing the works smallest of the three, will perhaps prefixed to this article, the two be found the most valuable. Infifirst of which are pamphlets against dels have often endeavoured to Socinianism, and the last an able find out contradictions in the sacomparison of the Epistles of St. cred writers; and this has lately Paul with the Gospels, Acts, and been attempted with reference to Epistles of the other Apostles, the Epistles of St. Paul and the exemplifying the perfect harmo- other writers of the New Testany of the writers of the New ment. Mr. G.'s attention has, in Testament.

consequence, been ealled to this Matthew Henry at Hackney,” subject; and, after pursuing his has not obtained the popularity inquiry through thirty-five sections, which its intrinsic merits would in each of which he adduces most probably have acquired for it, passages from the Gospels, the had it appeared with an intelligible Acts and Epistles, and the writtitle, or in a less ambiguous cha- ings of St. Paul, he sums up the racter. A large congregation is comparison with some very vacollected at Hackney, under a luable reflections, from which the sudden and mysterious impulse; following are extracts : when the shade of Matthew Henry appears in the pulpit, supported by In collecting this large mass of corre. that of Dr. Waits, and delivers sponding passages from the Epistles of St. to the' murmuring assembly a dis- Paul, and the other writings of the New

Testament, we are not so much desirous of course of eighty-four pages on the

deciding on the meaning of any particular early opinions and Hebrew Testi- texts, as of making it apparent that one monies respecting Christ, with re- general system of religious doctrine permarks on the Unitarian version, and

rades the whole volume. There will altestimonies of the Christian Fa

ways be some dispute and contention as to thers; which discourse is followed it is impossible for any one to deny, that

the interpretation of single passages-but by some strictures on the writings there is here such a unity and harmony of of Lant Carpenter. The whole ex- sentiment, as it would be hopeless to look hibits the hand of one well read,

for amongst the same number of ordinary

writers. and thoroughly master of his sub

I say of ordinary writers --for let any ject; and we cannot therefore but

one take five six authors who have writregret the circumstances which

ten on the same subject, and then let him have impeded the circulation of endeavour to compuse from them such a the work.

harmony as that svbich we have here ex

hibited. Much as I had read, and often The Brief Review of the Funda

as I bad compared the writings of the New mental Doctrine of Christ, is a

Testament, I will confess, that I was by collection of the Scriptural proofs no means aware of the extent of this uniforof the Saviour's Divinity, accom

mity, till an accident set me upon drawing panied with weighty and appro

up this Concordance.

A book was put into my bands, entitled, priate remarks. These remarks are, however, made in an affected struck me that the best criterion of trying

“ Not Paul, but Jesus," &c. It at once and peculiar style; we should con- the merits of such a work, would be found jecture, from the singular use of in drawing up a doctrinal harmony of the various words and phrases, that New Testament, by placing St. Paul in our author is either of American

contrast with all its other writers. Tbis extraction, or that at least this is accordingly I have here attempted; and to

my surprise and gratification, I find that we his first appearance before the

can abide the ordeal, however partial and public. We rejoice at the cor- unjust, with which we bare been thrcat

But as

ened. “ In respect of doctrines," says this that such difficulties might be regarded author, “ the conclusion is this--that no as so many objections against us. point of doctrine which has no other au- we propose nothing further than to show thority than that of St. Paul's writings for the harmony and coincidence of these its support, can justly be regarded as be- writers, this agreement in their difficulties, longing to the religion of Jesus,” &c. so far from becoming an obstruction to our

Now, without ailmitting the accuracy of argument, is one of its strongest and most this conclusion, it is surely no slight evi- invincible evidences. dence in favour of the New Testament, Take five or six other writers, and let tbat we can act upon it as though it were then fall upon any difficult and abstruse correct, and yet establish the uniformity of topic, and then you will immediately perall its doctrines. The case is this-St. ceive the force of this observation. Thoogb Paul was an Apostle, as he owns bimself, none of them may bave the power to ex“ born out of due time," that is, not chosen plain the difficulty, they will all immediateto be an Apostle during the lifetime of ly attempt it, and they will attempt it geneJesus, nor commissioned by our Lord him- rally in a different manner from each other. self. during his stay on the earth.” He Now, this is the peculiarity of the sacred claims, therefore, to bave received a dis- writers, that while they all agree in laying tinct rerelation of his own. “I certify down a difficult doctrine, (suppose that of you, brethren,” says hc, “that the Gospel election or foreknowledge,) they not one of which was preached of me, is not of them attempt to account for it. When we man, for I neither received it of men, consider the different genius of these indineither was I taught it but" by revelation of viduals, and particularly the difference of Jesus Christ,” Gal. i, 11, 12. Now, with St. Paul, as compared with the other Apoout deciding whether this account be true stles; this appears to be altogether inexplior false, it is quite sufficient for our purpose cable upon ordinary principles. to show, that whether the revelations of St. It must strike every impartial man as a Paul were taught him by God or by man, singular pheironvenon, that there should be they were substantially the same in respect one book in the world, and only one, which of doctrine as those which had been pre- can bear such a serere and minute inspecviously delivered to the other Apostles. I tion. Here is a volume composed by se

But here, it should be obserred, a very veral different authors; consisting of bisimportant circumstance is forced on, our tory and letters, treating on subjects the attention.' On more than one occasion, St. most calculated to admit of a difference of Paul cites not only the sentiments, but al- opinion; and yet when its contents are most the exact expressions of St. Matthew. placed together, they are found to correThis will be evident to any one who coni- spond not only in general, but in the most pares the account of the Lord's supper as minute and curious particulars. given by St. Paul, 1 Cor. xi. 23-25; with This argument perhaps cannot be better the same account as delivered by the Evan- illustrated than by 'the following bomely gelists, Matth. xxvi. 26 ; Mark, xiv. 22 ; comparison : Suppose a labourer to hare Luke, xxii. 19. The same remark will been working at a quarry, and that he has also apply to the doctrine of divorce as hewn out several hundred pieces from the laid down, 1 Cor. vii. 10, with that de- rugged rock; what would be bis surprise livered by Jesus, Matth. 1. 32. And it is on taking up these pieces and putting them observable, that on both these occasions, together, to find that they all so fitted, that St. Paul says, “ Not I but the Lord.” without any further labour they could form. Now, by these expressions he either meant a regular : building ? His surprise would to allude to the sentiments of Jesus as they be awakened in a great measure from conhad been published and recorded by others, sidering that he had been at no pains to dior they must have referred to his own per- minish their native roughness and inequalisonal rerelations. If unbelievers admit the ties : and then to find that these inequaliformer, they admit the early publication of ties had all met with corresponding pmthe Gospels, and their early reception in portions in other fragınents. Such is the the Christian Church. If the latter, then state of the case as regards the present docthey admit the inspiration of this Apostle. trinal harmony of the New Testament. But whether you admit either or deny We have attempted to smooth away no both, it is evident that the doctrines of St. difficulty—to reconcile 'no apparent conPaul and the other Apostles are the same. tradictions—we have followed no artificial

There is another observation which I ap- arrangements, but have merely grouped prehend it is of considerable importance these doctrines under so many separate to make. . Sereral of the Sections will be heads, and yet the result is this : that every found to amount to nothing more than a doctrine is supported by every writer, and parallel of corresponding difficulties. Now, that every difficulty must be shared in the if it were our object to explain the mean- same proportion amongst the whole body.ing of the New Testament, it is granted, p. 94-101.

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IRELAND. A REMARKABLE degree of consternation Barristers attended, and occupied almost appears to have been excited among the the whole time of the meeting. Mr: Popisb priests and their adherents in Ire- Shiel, Mr. Dwyer, Mr. O'Connell, and land, by the endeavours now making to Mr. Brie, lengthened out the meeting by spread education, and to distribute the interminable addresses, until, at Scriptures amongst the people. All this is o'clock, an adjournment was resorted to. rery natural, for the Bible and the Romish The next day the same scene was renewed; Religion have ever been irreconcileable ; and a great concourse of Papists baving and the former bas constantly either suc- flocked together to hear their orators, the ceeded in proscribing the latter, or bas Meeting finally separated without any result been destroyed by it. “ The Bible, and At the same city, on the 21st of the the Bible only, is the religion of Protes- same month, another Meeting was held tants ;" and wherever the light of Re- for the support of THE CHURCH Misformation bas dawned, there its apostles SIONARY Society. On this occasion, Mr. hare erer been found ready, with King Dwyer followed the same course, and a Josiah, to “ read in the ears of all the warm altercation took place. Such an uppeople all the words of the book of the roar followed that no business could be corenant of the Lord.“ To the law proceeded with. and the testimony" is their constant ap- At CLONMELL, on the same day, the peal; while their opponents rely wholly 21st September, a Meeting was held for upon human tradition, and the decisions the furtherance of the views of the LONDON of corrupt Councils and more corrupt HIBERNIAN Society. Here an adjournPopes. Hence it was, that the rise of ment was again obliged to be resorted to. Protestantism followed so quickly the dis-' On the second day, however, the Roman covery of the art of printing; and hence Catholic Priest, named Brennan, was so we may look forward with hope to the pe- closely pressed by the Hon. Baptist Noelen

, riod when, under the blessing of God, the

that he withdrew from the Meeting, carrylight of divine truth sball shine in such ing many of his supporters with him. The abundance ainidst the mental darkuess of resolutions were consequently carried. Ireland, as to render it impossible for the At WATERFORD, on the 28th September, Romish Priesthood to keep their followers another Meeting for the support of the Hiin the utter blindness in which they are

BERNIAN SOCIETY was held. Here the at present shrouded.

opposition was headed by a priest named These persons bare sufficient insight Sheenan, who, after detaining the asinto the weakness of their system, to be sembly for a considerable length of time to greatly alarmed at the idea of the spread of hear an barangue against Protestantism, scriptural knowledge among the people, at length succeeded in preventing any ReThey are quite aware, that whenever their solution from being carried. followers sball begin, like the Bereans Let it be observed, that in all these inof old, to “ search the Scriptures daily, stances the Papists were obviously and nnwbether these things are so," their do- deniably intruders. The invitations put minion is at an end. We are equally aware

forth were addressed to those who were of it; and our hope and confidence is, that friendly. All that was attempted in each the Bible will find its way in Ireland ; and case was, an assembly of such as were de that before it their cruel dominion, the sirous of assisting and furthering the plans bane of that unhappy country, will inevi- of the Society; assemblies similar to which tably fall. And therefore we rejoice greatly have in former years been collected in Ireat the increasing efforts which are making land as well as in this country. And yet in this cause, and are not in the least dis- to Meetings thus called came great crowds couraged by the opposition with which those of Papists, headed by their priests, confes efforts have been met; an opposition which sedly for the purpose of preventing the cannot fail to further the cause of truth

Protestants from doing that which they in a variety of ways : equally by stirring up had an unquestionable right to do. Will Janguid friends, and by manifesting the any one pretend, that such individuals in fears of enemies, and the real ground of Cork, or in Waterford, as are friendly their opposition.

to the plans of the Hibernian or the At CORK, on the 9th of September, a Church Missionary Society have not meeting was held for the purpose of forming right to assemble in a room for the purpose an Auxiliary to the HIBERNIAN Society, of uniting themselves in an Association in for the establishment of Schools, &e. And, aid of that Society? No doubt can exist although the friends of the design were upon the subject; and we may judge of the alone invited, several Roman Catholie fear excited among the Roman Catholics,

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