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of his beloved Son. Having a new heart, and renewed in the spirit of their minds, liis praises will become their delightful employ. It is reserved for the preaching of the Gospel to effect the amelioration of the condition of the human race; and were there no heaven promised to the righteous, nor any hell threatened to the wicked, the prevalence of Christianity, and the accomplishment of its predictions and promises, would still be one of the mosi desirable things in the world, merely as they respect the state of society. How exceedingly glorious will be its triumph! We have have seen enough to convince us, that Africa and India —that superstition and slavery, will crumble into the dust, before the allcheering influence of the Sun of Righteousness. The enmity of nations against each other will subside; hostile nations will be hushed into peace; and the earth shall yield its increase. Even now the enmity which has too long subsisted among Christians is fast subsiding; and the time is at no great distance, when it shall be said, " Behold the tabernacle of God is with men." This will be realized in due time, for God himself is pledged to effectuate this mighty change, and as it does not depend .upon man, we need not fear its accomplishment.
The last particular regarded the means by which this change is to be brought about. When we contemplate its magnitude, we must instantly perceive that more than human power must be exerted to effect it. Yet it is the will of God, that human agency should co-operate with divine power. It is agreeable to his plan to make use of means. He raises up instruments, and he blesses them in their work. Ungodly men are unfit to preach Christ's gospel. The residue of the Spirit is with him—and the servants whom he qualifies he will also honour in effecting this great change. It may be asked, what means are the people of God to employ, in order to promote this great work in the world i The answer is, the diffusion of divine truth in the world. "The gospel of Christ, is the power of God unto the salvation of every one that believeth it" Here the preacher shewed the vast importance of translating the Scriptures into every language, and dwelt upon
it as an object of paramount importance. But then truth must also be diffused, by the labours of Missionaries—these two things must go hand in hand. Be descanted with great energy and truth, upon the incalculable benefits which have resulted to the world from the invention of the art of printing. "Had there existed a single printing press in all Asia Minor" said he, "to diffuse knowledge abroad, the seven churches of Asia would have existed to this day! Look at the church of Borne, and mark her jealousy of the circulation of the Scriptures. She well knows what is to be apprehended from the British and Foreign Bible Society, and we can readily accouut, for the anxiety manitested to counteract so mighty an engine of knowledge.
Mr. Winterbotham closed, what appeared to us, a very able Sermon by a most powerful appeal to his audience on the vast importance of the objects which the Baptist Mission has in view, and the necessity of encreased exertions among all its friends for its support; but we are wholly prevented by want of room, from enlarging on this part of the subject.
On Thurday morning, Mr. Hinton of Oxford preached the Annual Sermon in behalf of the Stepney Academical Institution, at Salter's Hall Meeting, from Gal. i. 11. our report of which is necessarily defered 'till next month. In the evening of the same day, the friends of the Mission assembled at half-past Six, at Mr. Goode's large meeting, White's Row, Spitalfields, to hear the Report of the state of the Mission and Translations, The Report this year had been drawn up by Mr. Dyer of Reading, and in a manner highly creditable to his talents and judgment. It was read by him in a very excellent style, and was listened to with marked attention. It occupied nearly one hour m the reading, and appeared to afford universal satisfaction. Towards the close of it he announced a fact of which the information has been recently received from India, viz. that the Bible is now completely printed in the Chinese language, by means of which, the way of salvation is made accessible to Three Hundre» «*
LIOSS OF OUR FELLOW CHEAIORBS.
NEW EVANGELICAL MAGAZINE,
THE DYING EXPERIENCE OF THE LEARNED AND PIQUS
DR. JOHN OWEN. “My principal work having been | It is entering into an invisible now for a long season to die daily, world, which it knows no more as living in a continual expectation of than it hath received by faith. of my dissolution, I shall acquaint None hath come from the dead to the reader with some few of my inform us of the state of the other thoughts and reliefs, with reference world. Yea, God seems on purunto death itself.
| pose so to conceal it from us, that * There are several things re- we should have no evidence of it, quired of us, that we may be able at least as unto the manner of things to encounterdeath cheerfully, con- in it but what is given unto faith by stantly, and victoriously. For want divine revelation. Hence those of these, or some of them, I haye who died and were raised again knowngracious souls who havelived from the dead unto any contine in a kind of bondage for fear of uance among men, as Lazarus, death, all their days. We know probably knew nothing innot how God will manage any of visible state. Their e re our minds and souls in that season, preserved by the power in in that trial; for he acts towards their being, but bound up. unto us in all such things in a way of present operations: This made a sovereignty. But these are the great emperor cry out on the apthings which he requires of us in proach of death, O animula, trea way of duty.
mula, vagula, blandula ; quae nunc "1. Peculiar actings of faith, to abibis in loca horrida, squalida, resign and commit our departing &c. O poor trembling wandering souls into the hand of him, who is soul into what places of darkness able to receive them, to keep and and defilement art thou going ! preserve them, as also to dispose “How is it likely to be after the of them into a state of rest and few moments, which under the blessedness, are required of us. pangs of death we have to continue The soul is now parting with all in this world? Is it an annihilation things here below, and that for that lies at the door? Is death the ever. None of all the things which destruction of our whole being, so it hath seen, heard, or enjoyed by as that after it we shall be no more? its outward senses, can be prevailed So some would have the state of on to stay with it one hour, or to things to be. Is it a state of subtake one step with it in the voyage sistence in a wandering condition wherein it is eugaged: It must a- up and down the world, under the lone by itself launch into eternity, influence of other more powerful VOL. III,
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spirits that rule in the air, visiting because he is at my right hand, I tombs and solitary places, and shall not be moved: Therefore my sometimes making appearances of beart is glad, and my glory rethemselves, by the impressions of joiceth; my flesh also shall rest in those more powerful spirits, as hope. For thou wilt not leave my some imagine from the story con- soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer cerning Samuel and the witch of thine holy One to see corruption. Endor, and as it is commonly re- Thou wilt shew me the path of life; ceived in the Papacy, out of a com- in thy presence is fulness of joy, at pliance with their imagination of thy right hand there are pleasures purgatory? Or is it a state of for evermore.” He left his soul in universal misery and woe? a state the hands of God, in full assurance incapable of comfort or joy? Let that it should suffer no evil in its them pretend what they please, state of separation, but should be who can understand no comfort or brought again with his body info a joy in this life, but what they re- blessed resurrection, and eternal ceive by their senses, they can look glory. So Stephen resigned bis for nothing else. And whatever soul departing under violence, into be tbe state of this invisible world, the hands of Christ himself. When the souľ can undertake nothing of he died, he said, “Lord Jesus re: its own conduct after its departure ceive my spirit.” from the body. It knows that it! “This is the last victorious act of must be absolutely at the disposal faith, wherein its conquest over the of another.
last enemy death itself doth con“ Wherefore no man can com sist. Herein the soul says in and fortably venture on and into this unto itself: Thou art now taking condition, but in the exercise of leave of time unto eternity; all that faith, which enables him to things about thee are departing as resign and give up his departing shades, and will immediately disapsoul into the hand of God, who pear. The things which thou art alone is able to receive it, and to entering into are yet invisible, such dispose_st hito a condition of rest as “eye hath not seen, nor ear and blessedness. So speaks the heard, neither will they enter into apostle; “I am not ashamed, for I the heart of man fully to conceive." know on whom I have believed, Now, therefore, with quietness and and am persuaded that he is able confidence give up thyself unto to keep that which I have committ- the sovereign power, grace, truth, ed unto him, against that day.” land faithfulness of God, and thou
“ Herein, as in all other graces, shalt find assured rest and peace. is our Lord Jesus Christ our great |"; “But Jesus Christ it is, who doth example. He resigned Iris depart- immediately receive the souls of ing spirit into the bands of his them who believe in him. So we Father, to be owned and perserved' see in the instance of Stephen. by him in its state of separation. And what can be a greater encou• Father into thy hands I commit ragement to resign them into his my spirit,” Luke xxiii. 46. as did hands, than a daily contemplation the Psalmist bis type, in a like con- of his glory, in his person, his exdition, Psal. xxxi. 5. But the faith altation, his office and grace; Who of our Lord Jesus Christ herein, the that believes in him, that belongs object and exercise of it, what he upto him, can fear to commit his believed and trusted unto in this re- departing spirit unto his love, signation of his spirit into the hand power and care ? Even we also of God, is at large expressed in shall hereby, in our dying moments, the 16th Psalm ? " I have (saith see, by faith, heaven opened, at he) set the Lord alway before me; Jesus standing at the right have