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milk without money, and without! ADDITIONAL OBSERVATIONS price. Wherefore do ye spend| ON T.
and ON THE PSALMS OF DAVID. money for that which is not bread, AMONG the inadvertencies into and your labour for that which sa which ministers of the Gospel tisfieth not? 'hearken diligently bave unhappily fallen, there is perunto me, and eat ye that which is haps no one more common, or good, and let your soul delight it- unaccountable, than their restricself in fatness. Ipcline your ear, tion of the Psalms to the literal and come unto me. HEAR, AND David, and his individual experi. YOUR SOUL SHALL.LIVE." Is. lv. ence. I have repeatedly heard 1-3. Yet, however free and gra-esteemed preachers do this'; and cious the invitation - however de- have wondered that they never sirable the blessings in theinselves seemed to think of their blessed
*and though nothing stands in the Lord, in their reflections upon this way of their participation but a choice part of the divine word. It willing mind; yet such is the pre- has been all David, fronı beginference that men universally give to ning to end! and the general expe"things natural or temporal to those rience of the saints: but they have which are spiritual and eternal, I lost sight of what the royal pro. that the maxim holds universally phet himself says; “The Spirit of true. “ Ye will not come unto me Jehovah spake by me, and his word that ye might have life"-or, which was in my tongue," 2 Sam. xxiii. 2. is equivalent to it, “No man can and our Lord's testimony; "All come unto me, (such is his moral things must be fulfilled, which were inability) except the Father which written in the Psalms concerning hath sent me draw hini. See John me.” Luke xxiv. 44. This seems v. 40. and vi. 65. And hence we the more wonderful, because there remark, .
. are many portions of the Psalms, 8. Lastly, the sovereign grace that must be strangely overstrained of God in bringing men to this to make them applicable to the enjoyment. -, “ All that the Father son of Jesse ; particularly the giveth me, shall come to me; and "piercing his hands and feet!" him that cometh to me, I will in the dislocation of all his joints, and no wise cast out," ver. 37.-" It is his being “ poured out like water," written in the Prophets, "They with the « parting of his garshall be all taught of God.' Every mients,” and s casting lots for his man, therefore, that hath, heard vesture!" in the 22nd Psalm: and and learned of the Father cometh giving him “ gall and vinegar” in unto me.” ver. 44, 45. Hence the his thirst! in the 69th and many children of Zion sing
other passages; where our graci. Twas the same love that spread the ous Redeemer is so clearly pointed feast,
out, that“hemay run that readeth:” Which sweetly forc'd us in ;
and indeed the numerous profesElse we had still refus'd to come,, sions of perfect rectitude, and ar. And perish'd in our sin."
dent, and unceasing delight in God, And thus the whole of our sal- with which David's own Psalms vation, both in its plan, its execu- abound, can only be applied to tion, and its efficiency, redounds himself in a very qualified sense ; to the glory of sovereign, rich, and and do not appear half so suitable, free grace-that according as it is and beautiful, as when they are re. written, “He that glorieth, let him ferred to the Saviour; then we see glory in the Lord”-for" of him, la propriety in them, and an im. and through him, and to him, are portance, which they evidently do all things; to whom be glory for not possess in their application to ever. AMEN."
Besides the mourning and 'woe sions used, may be expounded in with which the Psalms abound, with the same manner." And the the strong cries” for help and defamous Dr. Horsley, Bishop of liverance; are surely more suitable Rochester, says, “ There is not a also to the “ man of sorrows,” passage of the book of Psalms, in who dwelt with grief, as we may which the pious reader will not find with an intimate acquaintance ! his Saviour, if he reads with a and “who in the days of his flesh, view of finding him: the misap. offered up prayers, and supplica- plication of the Psalms to the tions, with strong crying and literal David, has done more mis. tears, unto him that was able to chief than the misapplication of save him from death; and was any other parts of scripture among heard in that he feared.” Heb. v.7. Christians." Yet some of the most
Nor should we put away from esteemed Expositors confine their us the consideration of our dear views to David so very much (ex. Lord, in those confessions of sin cept in those parts where they are which are so frequent in the under an absolute necessity of rePsalms; though it is these that in ferring to Christ;) that an undue all probability are the most stumb- regard to these may be the reason ling to the interpreters of the the Psalms are so misunderstood Psalms; for although the “ Lamb by many preachers. of God," was “ without (personal) It is certainly true that some blemish;” and had no sin of his passages, as those for instance, own to mourn over; yet we should that you have referred to in Ps. remember, he was "made sin" for cxix. 67, 176. do not appear prous; and Jehovah “ caused to meet per to apply to Christ; and we upon him the iniquities” of all his should not overstrain them to make chosen people: so that he maył them do so; but if the above is say with propriety, as our surety correct) I rather think, that if we and substitute; as in Ps. xl. 12. knew more of the mind of the “ Innumerable evils have encom- Spirit, we should see more of Christ passed me about, mine iniquities even in such passages, than at first have taken hold upon me, so that sight we are aware, especially as I am not able to look up: they are there are parts of this beautiful more than the hairs of my head ; Psalm, that evidently apply chiefly therefore my heart faileth me,” &c. to him; and there does not appear Strong as this language undoubt to be any change of speaker edly is, it is not too strong for the through the whole; though I would occasion; and it is only to turn rather confess ignorance, and pass our eyes to the garden, and think them over, than torture the holy of the agony, and we shall see its oracles, as some have done, to complete accomplishment. make them speak according to
Indeed, as Bishop Horne ob. their mind; for “ what we know serves on the Psalms; (preface p. not now, we shall know hereafter." 13.) “ When we are taught to con- John xiji. 7. sider one verse of a Psalm as The truth appears to be, as a spoken by the Messiah, and there very worthy and highly esteemed is no change of person through the Baptist minister in London, whom Psalm; what can we conclude, I well know, once observed, “To but that he is the speaker through read the Psalms with understandthe whole; and if Christ be the ing, we should always recollect, speaker of one Psalm ; what should that David was a prophet, and an hinder, but that another, where the eminent type of our Lord Jesus same kind of sense is evidently Christ; and what he wrote, was described, and the same expres partly in his own person ; partly
in the person of Christ, and him. I than probable that the few who self: and partly in the person of still adhere to it will, at i no disChrist alone.” This appeared to tant period, entirely relinquish it me to be highly judicious; and and be surprised that ever they the more I reflect upon the Psalms, should have been enamoured of the greater appears to be its pro- such a whimsical affair. priety: and I am fully persuaded, It is freely admitted that bethat we shall never be able to un lievers are called to separate themderstand them properly; or obtain selves from the unbelieving world from them the edification they are in religious fellowship, 2 Cor. vi. calculated to afford, except as we 14, &c. and that promises of unkeep these sentiments in mind : speakable importance are made to but if we do this, we shall see that such charches as obey the divine in them, which will deeply affect command in this matter. They and delight us upon every perusal. are enjoined to separate themselves O for the influence of the Holy from the fellowship of all heathen Spirit, to rest upon our minds, and idolaters, by whom some of the hearts, whenever we come to con- believing Corinthians were in dansider this inestimable portion of ger of being entangled, (See 1 Cor. God's holy oracles; that we may viii. and x also from unbelievbe helped to mix faith with it; so ing Jews, Acts xix. 9. Heb. xii. shall we s behold as in a glass the 13, 14.- From all false professors glory of the Lord Jesus, and be and corrupters of Christianity, changed increasingly into the same 2 Tim. ii. 5.-- from the corrupt image, from glory to glory.” 2 Cor. communion of Antichrist, Rer. iii. 18.
xvii. 4. and from every national . Clonmel, County of Tipperary.
alliance of church and state, all July 18, 1817.
of which are formed to prevent
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azine for August. To the Editor of the New Evangelical
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| by love to one another for its sake, SIR,
abd who disregard the discipline · CASTING an eye over the last which Christ hath instituted for number of the Baptist Magazine, the purpose of keeping the comI met with an article “ On the pro- muvion pure, and visibly separate priety of worshipping with unbe- from the world, Matt. xviii. 15-18. lievers, &c.” (See BAPT. MAG. p. 1 Cor. v. This is the separation 289.) the former part of which gave which the New Testament enjoiøs me considerable satisfaction. It upon the real disciples of Christ; but is directed against what, in Ireland, / " the marked separation scheme" is called “ The marked separation carries the matter much farther, scheme" - a practice but little and is one of those extravagancies known in this country, tbough it into which some professors are has there, of late years, been stiMy continually running, whose restless contended for, by Mr. John Wal- | minds will not allow them to reker and some of his friends; and main satisfied with the sober me indeed a feeble, effort has been dium of the word of God. This made to introduce something of unhappy temper, which is con the kind in London, Glasgow and tioually prompting men into ex: other places, but with so little tremes, does incalculable injury. effect that the scheme appears to the cause of truth in the world, be fast losing ground, and 'tis peore and it is po uncommon thing 10
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269 see persons of this cast, after ex- though he should hear the truth hausting their zeal upon things declared with apostolic purity, he which are aside from the plain rule must be careful to keep his seat of the Scripture, at last settling in during the whole time of prayer a total indifference to all religion. and singing, lest he himself be According to “ the marked sepa- supposed to join in the worship of ration scheme,” it is not sufficient unbelievers! And should he be for believers that they follow out called to speak the word of life to the divine law in their separation a promiscuous multitude, he must from the world as it respects their omit both prayer and singing, and fellowship in the institutions of confine himself to a simple statethe gospel; this separation mustment of the truth!! These are the also be extended to their outward leading peculiarities of "the markcircumstances during the hours of ed separation scheme," on which public worsbip, so that a bar of the writer in the Baptist Magazine separation must be placed between has animadverted, in my opinion, the members of the church and with considerable force and perthose who are not united with them tinency. -a practice for which I do not per- But there is another topic touch. ceive the least foundation in the ed upon by that writer, concernBible, but much that militates ing which I am constrained to difagainst it. James ü. 1-4. Is. Ixv. | fer from him, and that is the week5. Luke xviii. 9-11. Another ly observance of the Lord's Supper. thing peculiar to this scheme is, Relative to this ordinance, the their declining to offer up prayers writer says, “Though it seems proor thanksgivings to God, for the bable from Acts xx. 7. that it was bounties of his Providence and the then attended to every first day of blessings of his grace, in concert | the week, yet it is by no means with any who are not acknow-certain, for that is the only passage ledged by themselves as believers. which seems to intimate it; and it Hence, if the master of a family is so far from proving the point, adopt these sentiments, and neither that I am not clear that the words his wife nor children be of the mean any thing more than that same mind with himself respecting they came together at that time to them, he must discard the stated break bread because Paul hap. worship of God in his family, and pened to be present to break it to even the giving thanks to God for them.” (BAPT.MAG.p. 292.col. 1.) the bounties of his Providence, Now upon this short extract, I though these are moral duties, ob- beg leave to offer a few remarks. ligatory on all men as the creatures In the first place the writer is of God, and from which nothing greatly mistaken when he says that can possibly exempt them. This, Acts xx. 7. is the only text which to be sure, is sufficiently extrava- seems to intimate that the Apostolic gant, but the scheme does not stop churches observed the Lord's supbere! Suppose one who has adopt- per weekly. How strange is it that ed this novel theory, to be called he should have forgot Acts ii. 42. in to visit a fellow-creature upon where the inspired historian, enumehis death bed. If he is not an ad rating the different branches of vocate for this scheme, though he public worship in which the dis. be his own son, or daughter, or ciples "continued steadfast,” carefriend, he is not to pray for him in fully places “the breaking of his presence, what ever he may do bread" in connection with the out of it! If be go to hear the apostles' teaching, the prayers, the gospel preached by one who is not fellowship, &c. &c. Now if, (as in the marked separation scheme," Calvin, Mosheim, and many other
learned men fully admit) the evan-character! But why is this loose gelist Luke is here specifying the way of talking restricted to the various ordinances of public wor. Lord's supper-why is it not also ship which were delivered to the applied to the observance of the churches by the apostles, to be by Lord's day; to the stated preachthem statedly observed, then this ing of the gospel, to public prayers, text proves that the churches con- &c. &c. ? Is there any thing more tinued as statedly to observe the binding in the New Testament Lord's Supper, as they did either respecting these latter branches of the preaching of the word, or the worship, than the former? What offering up of prayers.
would this writer think of the conBut further; there is something duct of a society that should exceedingly curious in the reason mutually agree to assemble for assigned by this writer for think. public worship only one Lord's ing that this was an extraordinary day in each month, and to assign meeting of the church at Troas as a reason for it, that "it had and that they had the Lord's Sup. been found by experience, to be per because Paul happened to be not too unfrequent to lead to its present to administer it to them! neglect, or its superstitious reveThis way of talking “ would rence, as is the case in certain never have been heard of, but to communities; or too frequently, serve a turn.” Who told this as was the case among ibe Corinwriter that Paul administered the thians.” (Bapt. Mag. p. 292.) I ordinance at all, on this occasion ? put it fairly to him, 'what estiLuke says nothing about it-he mate would he form of the relimerely says that he “ preached to gion of such a people? And when them," and the probability is that he has answered the question, he he did not break the bread, but will see what (mutatis mutandis) that their own pastor did it. 1 Cor., others ought to think of his strain i. 17. He seems, good man, to of writing concerning the Lord's imagine that the primitive Chris- Supper. tians entertained the same super- ! As this is a sabject of universal stitious notions about “ the ordi- / interest to the churches of Christ, nance,” which are common among I should be glad to see it tempeour dissenters of the present day rately discussed, in order that the -and that it must have acquired truth may be investigated and asa double sanctity as dispensed by certained, and with that view, I an apostle!
beg leave to submit to the consiAgain: he thinks “the celebra- deration of the writer in the Baption of the supper was intended tist Magazine, and indeed to all to be regulated by circumstances,” your readers, the following propoand that it should be, “ as often sition. as it can be made convenient, or “ It being admitted on all is judged proper. Every week, if hands, that the primitive churches it may be so, and is desirable ; or statedly assembled every first day monthly, as with us”-and that of the week to commemorate the “ where Christ has laid no bonds, resurrection of their Lord and and the necessity of the case is Saviour from the dead; what not such as to require it, neither scriptural arguments can be ad. should we.” This is surely a duced which make it obligatory on strange way of talking about di- us of the present day to copy their vine ordinances; and to suppose example in this respect, that will that Christ has left them to be re- not also make it our duty to pargulated according to men's capri- take of the symbols of his broker cious fancies, is a bold and daring body and shed blood on every impeachment of his legislative Lord's day?”