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form of majesty and glory which ment of one another, are not inbelonged to him as God" took sensible to the duty of an opposite upon him the form of a servant" - conduct; and though destitute of assumed the nature of a creature, the supernatural principles of the the most exalted of which are gospel, which alone can influence servants in relation to Godmand and excite to the vigorous diswas made in the likeness of men," charge of it, they must commend which points out the particular the thing itself as highly meritoriclass of creatures among whom he ous and praiseworthy. Consider condescended to rank—"and being further, found in fashion as a man he 2. That as this duty is plain, humbled himself,” even to the so it is exceedingly important. lowest estate of mankind -"and What idea can we have of Christ's became obedient unto death, even new commandment of brotherly the death of the cross,” the punish-love, (John xiii. 34.) without it? ment of the lowest and vilest cri- | Can we possibly possess that minals-and to all this he conde- " charity which seeketh not her scended for our sakes and to own," while we are entirely abaccomplish our salvation. Lastly, sorbed in our own personal con. the apostle points them to his state cerns ? To suppose this would be of acquired glory. “Wherefore to maintain a fat contradiction. God hath highly exalted him, and can we be imitating the example given him a name which is above of Christ, while we are intently every name; that at the name of occupied about our own concerns,' Jesus every knee should bow, in and unmindful of those of others ? heaven and earth and under the Impossible. Such a conduct is earth; and every tougue confess directly opposite to his generous that he is Lord, to the glory of example who came not to be God the Father.” And in this ministered unto, but to minister, also Christ is an example of the and to give his life a ransom for reward which shall be conferred on many, Matt.xx.28.--who emptied those who follow him in the path himself of his divine and eternal of self-denial and in seeking the glories and became poor to enrich good of others.
us. Is it to be supposed that we From the subject thus concisely have really been relieved in our explained, a few obvious reflec- minds from the horror of an actions naturally arise wbich demand cusing conscience and the dread the serious and prompt attention of impending misery, by the of every professed disciple: such as, amazing condescension and gene
1. That the duty enjoined in rous love of the Son of God, if we this passage of scripture is exceed. I are not disposed to imitate him? ingly plain. There is no occasion | Can we be sincere in our love to for reasoning much upon it; for Christ, and yet no way inclined to however selfish men may be, and that labour of love towards his however averse to comply with it, name which is evinced in active iheir consciences must tell them services to promote the good of that a mean, contracted spirit, others? It cannot be. Christ's wholly absorbed in its own little kingdom is an object ever near to concerns, and regardless of the his heart-how then can he be inbenefit of others, is altogether in. | different as to the means of proconsistent with the genius of moting and extending it in the Christianity. Even the men of world ? His disciples, however the world, who are all anxiously poor, afficted, or despised by the pursuing their own private emolu- world which lieth in the wicked inent, often indeed to the detri- one are “a people near unto him.".
Ps. cxlviii. 14..he is ever mind-/ strong and settled friendship, on ful of their affairs, and so closely which account the Scripture supdoes be identify himself with them poses that a man may lay down that any services rendered to his life for his friend, John xv. 13. them, he takes as done to himself. But how shall we account for the Matt. xxv. 45. In fine, Can we fact, that many professed Chrisbe living members of that body of tians come behind some of the Christ, united by one Spirit, and men of the world in regard to the possessing one common interest, duty under consideration ? Will and yet entirely absorbed in our it be said, that some infidels have own separate selfish affairs, desti- better natural dispositions than tute of any sympathetic concern many Christians ? That may be about the body at large, or the true enough; but must we likesituation of our fellow members in wise admit that these natural particular? If in the natural body principles operate more powersuch a supposed case would argue fully than the supernatural princia mortified or dead member, it is ples of the gospel do upon such as not easy to shew what else can be really believe them? This cannot made of it in the mystical? If be granted. The true solution is, therefore it be of any importance that while their natural disposito love the Lord Jesus Christ-to tions are inferior, the principles of imitate his example--to obey his Christianity have not got such new command of brotherly love- hold of their hearts as to make up to be living members of his body- the deficiency, however powerful and it may be added, to enjoy his in their own nature they may be. love and stand approved by him But how shall they excuse themin the great day of account-then selves in this respect? Will it be must this duty, which stands es- by confessing that they do not besentially connected with all these lieve these principles ? That would things, be most important. he to avow themselves infidels,
3. And as it is both plain and and consequently they cannot be important, so, be it also remember- | the persons we are arguing with! ed that it is practicable by all Will they say, that though they real Christians. To suppose, in- believe and love the gospel, yet decd, that it was not so, would they cannot reconcile their minds be a reflection on the wisdom and to this duty ? But this cannot be goodness of him who enjoins it. admitted, because it implies a conWe sometimes see men even from tradiction both in the nature of natural principles approaching the thing and the concurring tes very near in practice to the duty timony of scripture. Perhaps here enjoined.-Persons naturally they will plead, that though well of a generous disposition, actuated disposed to the duty they want by a love to their fellow-creatures, ability to perform it! but even possessed of humane and feeling this will not do; for when indihearts, are instinctively prompted viduals care for one another, and to bestow some attention and con- are heartily disposed in love to cern upon the affairs of others, serve each other according to their and are gratified in rendering ability and as opportunity offers, them offices of kindness.-Natural they do all that is required in the affection, too, prompts many to duty under consideration. In a take an interest in the affairs of Christian church, all the members their relatives and even to deny have not the same office, gifts, or themselves to do them se vice. talents : every one has not the Nothing however operates more same abilities or sphere of usefulpowerfully in this way, than a ness allotted him. Yet every
member should love his brethren; I lay before our readers the paraand that love when in exercise will graph which comprises the jet of manifest itself by his feeling for, the whole, and then offer a remark and sympathising with them. They or two with a view to expose its should have the same care one for fallaciousness. The writer of it, another, and even the most feeble who assumes the title of “ Obserare useful and necessary in their vator,” after a few introductory sphere, so that one member can- remarks thus proceeds: not say to another “ I have no
- The doctrines of the gospel assume a need of you.” 1 Cor. xii. 21-25. twofold aspect : they may be regarded It is therefore utterly in vain for either as abstract trulhs, established by any professed disciple of Christ to
conclusive evidence, appealing to the
intellect of man and thence extorting a plead that this duty is impractica
testimony to their veracity--or they may ble by him, since it accomodates be viewed as vilal principles operating by itself to their several abilities and divine influence on the mind, swaying it to respective stations, requiring no
a cordial reception of Christ, and dif
fusing their salutary efficacy in all the apthing more than the existence of
propriation of living faith. In the forundissembled love in the heart, and mer case the faith of assent is yielded to a willing mind to carry its princi
the doctrines of the gospel as substantiated ples into actual exercise.
facts, by the overpowering evidence of
their truth or even by motives of minor 4. Let us learn from this sub
consideration. In the latter case the faith ject to form an estimate of scrip of reception becomes conspicuous, not tural Christianity -- how noble,
simply an intellectual quality but a moral how generous, how godlike a sys
principle, receiving the truth in the love
of it, as the engrafted word which is able tem it is! Itis, practically, neither to save the soul. The former believes in less nor more than an imitation of his intellect and is speculatively wise-Christ's generous love in serving
the latter believes in his heart and is
| savingly enlightened. The one may “be one another. And as no line of lieve all the doctrines of the gospel and conduct can be more truly honour- | yet go to the devil.” And I tell him so able; so in prosecuting it we really
to check his presumptuous soul and pre
| vent the fatal delusion* -the other shall promote our own true interest.
experience the full verification of the Letchurches and individuals there-sacred truth, “By grace are ye saved, fore well consider how far they through faith, not of works lest any man are conscientiously engaged in it: / should boast." and remember, that He who walks | Now on this we remark, that in the midst of the golden candle 1. The doctrines of the gospel sticks and holds the stars in his do not assume a two-fold aspect right hand, has his eye ever upon as they lie in the holy scriptures.; them; He knows our works, and nor ought they to be regarded as to Him we must all, ’ere long, give“ abstract truths” which appeal an account.
to the intellect only. Our correspondent never learned this dis
tinction from the Bible; it was ON RASH AND UNGUARDED EXPRESSIONS.
hatch'd in the schools or Acade
mies, and it is point blank in We inserted a few remarks on this subject in a former number, * The writer should rather have said that
I may shew my daring impiety in giving the p. 51. and now resume it merely
lie to the word of God.” For instance; the for the sake of noticing a paper
a postle expressly assures the Corinthians,
that they were sa ved if they kept in memory which we have since received the gospel, viz. “ that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures that he was bearing the Watford post-mark,
buried-and that he rose again the third and the object of which is to vin day.” 1 Cor. xv, 2, 3. No! says this writer
that is not true-a man may believe all this dicate the assertion complained of.
and keep it constantly in memory, yet perish We cannot find room for the
eternally! If this be not flatly to contradict
the word of God, we should be glad to know whole of the paper, but we shall I what is!
opposition to the whole uniform questions. “When he believes tenor of the word of God. In with his understanding, does he proof of what we have now said, believe without his heart and let it be remarked, that the scrip- vice versa, “ when he believes tures are the words of the living with his heart, does he believe and true God, in which he speaks without his understanding ?" Yet to the children of men as cer- these are the palpable absurdities tainly as if he addressed them in implied in this correspondent's an audible voice from his eternal distinctions; and it shews that on throne. They are a pointed ad- this subject men have departed dress to the conscience of every just as far from the principles of one who reads or hears them read, common sense as they have from and that upon subjects of eternal the scriptures. Again, we ask moment; for their immortal hap him, does he know of any other piness or their endless misery, de- way of receiving a report, or testipends on their reception or re- mony, but by assenting to its jection of the merciful message truth? Yet ħis whimsical diswhich they contain. They do in- tinction supposes the contrary! deed contain “ good tidings of But really, people who can imgreat joy' to all people," and the pose upon themselves by such sinner who has once heard the stupid nonsense, as that which we gospel, is thereby placed in a have been animadverting upon, are situation different from what he not fit subjects of argumentation. ever before was; for he has heard
EDITOR. that which will be to him either the savour of life unto life or of To the Editor of the New Evangelical death unto death. Let the rea
Magazine, der consider well the import of Sir, the following passages. « Bless- I Am pleased with your ed are they that know the joysul Publication, of which I am a consound."-"Hearken diligently and stant reader. The observations in come unto me, hear and your souls your February number, (p. 51.) shall live.” “He shall tell thee respecting unguarded expressions words by which thou and all thy are, in my opinion, of prime imhouse shall be saved.” “ The portance; and such as prove the words which I speak unto you, writer to be taught by that wisthey are spirit and they are life.” dom which is from above, and 6. The words that I speak, the which leads in the path of truth, same shall judge him at the last marked out by HIM who is “ the day.” But
way, the truth, and the life,” and 2. Equally unscriptural and un- who came into the world that founded is this correspondent's men believing his doctrine might distinction between “ the faith of be saved. There are many pasassent and the “ faith of recep- sages of the New Testament that tion"-between “ believing with contradict the presumptuous exthe intellect,"thatis,in other words, pression alluded to, and establish believing with the understanding this inportant doctrine that “ he and « believing with the heart." that believeth shall be saved." I Were this writer capable of exer- wish some one would remark on cising two grains of reflection on other mistaken opinions, which, what he has written, how must he either from tradition or false teachblush at the absurdity of his own ing, have crept into the Christian statement. We beseech him, if world, and produced much lamenhe be a man of a sane mind, to table mischief. One thing to which consider well the following simple. I allude, is the almost general opinion, that a state of distress is distress of mind ? Not in my view. needful to prepare the mind for They were of the number of those the reception of the gospel, by who appeared to the Pharisees, supposing that the gospel cannot beneath themselves, and therefore be glad tidings unless the sinner had need to be made better. Well; is brought down by distress and but, say some, “ how will men reduced to a deep sense of his apply to the physician unless senhelpless and miserable condition. sible of their malady ?" I answer, Those who maintain this senti- suppose that instead of their apment cannot, in my opinion, prove plying to him, the physician comes it from the unerring source of to them. It appears to me, that truth; and if not supported by this is indeed the case! “ To the that, 'tis not very material, what law and to the testimony.” Conhuman testimonies may be adduced sider what is implied in the folfor its support. I have generally lowing scriptures. Born of God endeavoured to refute this opinion ---created anew in Christ Jesusand have been commonly answered you hath he quickened who were that, “ The whole have no need dead in trespasses and sin-you of a physician, but those who are that were afar off are brought sick.” But if we would ascertain nigh--called out of darkness into the meaning of any passage of His marvellous light, &c.;-exscripture, the safest way is to re-pressions these, which imply that fer to the connection in which it ihe saving truth comes to men stands. Thus, for instance, the unsought by them, Rom. x. 20. occasion of the above words ap- Many are overtaken with mercy, pears to be this. The Redeemer perhaps, before they knew they having called Matthew to the were lost; and few have seen the Apostleship, the latter made a awful state in which they were, feast in his own house, where till delivered from it: For, the many of those termed publicans light shining into the mind, whilst and sinners sat down with him. it shews men the glory of the The condescension of Christ on gospel, at the same time shews this and many other occasions was them the dreadful nature of sin, very conspicuous in his associat- which concealed from their view ing with them. This produced a the unsearchable riches of Christ. murmuring amongst those good How was Saul struck with astofolks, the Pharisees, who said nishment when seeing Jesus alive that “ He was gone to be a guest from the dead, he cried out in a with publicans and sinners.” The way of grateful enquiry “ Lord reply was, “ They that are whole what wilt thou have me to do?” have no need of the physician, How shall I manifest my obedience but those that are sick, I came and shew forth my gratitude ? for not to call the righteous, but sin-1 if we attend to his own relation ners to repentance.” Now I con- as given before his judges, there ceive the meaning to be this was nothing but what was en" These characters, you must ad-couraging said to him. Was mit, are sick; they are the com-1 Zaccheus under distress of mind mon sinners of mankind; and this when he climbed the tree? at any is the character of all by nature rate we have no proof thereof. whether sensible thereof or not. Christ appoints himself to be his I came to call such to repent guest, and the effect of forgiveance;" and such was the Saviour's ness on his mind was immediately office, “ He came to save that visible; “ he received him joywhich was lost.” But does this fully.” The Samaritans, when they imply that these men were under heard Philip preaching the things