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kinsmen according to the flesh. tiles, but Christ's express com His former aversion to Christ is mand. This sense is much concertainly no proof of this.
firmed by his history in the Acts. · I have often thought that the Sometime after his conversion he word anathema, here rendered went up to Jerusalem and spake accursed, bears the same sense boldly in the name of the Lord in this passage with the word Jesus, though they went about to anathēma, which comes from the slay him. Acts ix. 29. And after same root, and is only distinguish the Lord had said unto him, ed from the other by the long “Make baste and get thee quickly instead of the short vowel. Now out of Jerusalem; for they will this word is frequently used in the not receive thy testimony conSeptuagint version of the Old cerning me;" yet still he pleads Testament for a thing or person for liberty to persevere in his devoted or separated, from a work, till the Lord said unto him, eommon to a sacred purpose, Lev." Depart, for I will send thee far xxvii. 28. and as the English word hence unto the Gentiles," ch. xxii. devoted applies either to things set | 17-22. apart for a holy use, or destined He gives two reasons for his to destruction so does this word ; | peculiar affection to the Jews; and which of these senses it bears they were his brethren, his kinsis easy to determine from the con- men according to the flesh; and nection. Taking the word then they had also been highly digin this latitude, it will be easy to nified and distinguished by God explain this passage. The Jews himself with eminent tokens of his bad strong prejudices against favour for many ages, which he Paul, particularly for his being a proceeds to enumerate as follows. zealous preacher of Christ, his Ver. 4. Who are Israelites, the mission to the Gentiles, and his descendants of Jacob whom God receiving them into fellowship named Israel, and who as a prince without their being circumcised prevailed with God for a blessing, and becoming proselytes to Juda Gen. xxxii. 28.– To whom perism. They could not endure to taineth the adoption. The whole hear him relate his mission to the nation were adopted into the Gentiles, but grew perfectly im- family of God, and are termed his patient and frantic, Acts xxii. 22. sons, his first-born. Exod. iv. 22, and considered him as an apostate 23.—and the glory, i. e, the emfrom the law, and an enemy to his blem of the divine presence among countrymen, preferring the Gen-them in the Shechina, - and the tiles to them." The apostle is here covenants, viz. with Abraham and shewing the contrary, by express with the whole nation, whereby ing the great concern he had for they were peculiarly related to their salvation. And as an evi- God, and had answerable prividence of this he adds, “ For Ileges and the giving of the law, 'could (or did) wish myself were which includes all those precepts
devoted of Christ for my brethren, which we distinguish into moral, my kinsmen according to the ceremonial, and judicial--and the flesh.” As if he should say: It service of God; all things relating was my own earnest desire that to the priesthood, and the ordiI might have had my commission nances of divine worship and the from Christ to the Jewish nation, promises, both the promises of whatever I might have suffered earthly blessings, and those also in the prosecution of it; so that wbich relate to the Messiah. it was no want of affection to them Ver. 5. Whose are the fathers, which made me go to the Gen-being the descendants of the holy
and venerable patriarchs, Abra- | temper: I beg therefore to proham, Isaac, and Jacob, and David pose the following query to the
and of whom as concerning the readers of your Magazine. flesh Christ came, who is over all, “What are the means most calGod blessed for ever. Amen.—He culated to promote in Christian mentions last the greatest honour ministers that spirituality of mind of all, viz. that the Messiah sprang which in many instances has been of them according to the flesh, attended with so large a portion of being a Jew by birth of the seed ministerial success. ?” of Abraham, and of David as was
Σητητης. promised. Indeed it appears that
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Magazine.. that the posterity of Abraham were SIR, separated from the rest of man- | A BAPTIST Minister of this kind, and had all the other dis- I city who was lately preaching tinguished privileges conferred from Matt. xxvi. 29. took occaupon them, which were in general sion to inform his auditory that prefigurations of Christ and his / Jesus Christ did not partake of kingdom.- He came of them ac- the bread or wine with his discicording to the flesh, i.e. the human ples, at wliat is commonly called nature, which imports that he had the Lord's Supper. another nature; and so it is added, Your sentiments upon this passage " who is over all, God blessed for
will oblige, ever.” This is clearly expressive
Yours, &c. of his true Deity. See the like ex- Bristol.
A. pressions applied to the Creator, Rom. i. 25. and to the Father, A Correspondent desires to be in2 Cor. xi. 31.
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Pastor at liberty to adopt such mode of - It is allowed that God is a conducting the worship and administerSovereign, and bestows the bless-/ ing the ordinances as to them shall apings of his grace as seems good in 1 pear most agreeable to the word of God.
| in conformity with the fundamnental his sight; that the usefulness of
principle of the Missionary Society-or Christian ministers does not de- I was that Institution established for the pend upon their spirituality of purpose of promoting the interests of one mind as the effect depends upon particular denomination exclusively? the cause ; yet as God gives en
WANDSWORTH. couragement to whatever he ap
QUERY. proves, and men of mean abilities,
In Rom. viii. 15, 16. the apostle speaks remarkable for spirituality, have of the spirit of bondage-the Spirit of been greatly favoured with ininis- | adoption--and the witness of the Spirit,
The first of these appears to be the comterial success, while men of supe
mon lot of every unbeliever. Is “ the rior powers, have, comparatively
spirit of Adoption,” which the apostle speaking laboured almost in vain; seems to contrast with the former, the and as there are so many things
cominon privilege of every believer? And
wherein consists “ the witness of the which tend to carnalize the mind
Spirit"-or how is it, that the Spirit of and draw it from the only source of God bears witness with the believer's own spiritual life, it might be of great spirit, that he is a child of God? A scripuse to have clear views of those tural illustration of this subject would be
thankfully received, as it is humbly cona things which through the blessing
8 ceived that very mistaken notions of it are of God promote this heavenly current in the religious world. VOL. III,
Sermons by the Rev. Jolin Slartin, | Nature had cast him in her finese more than forty years Pastor of the mould—and his pulpit endowments Baptist church, formerly meeting in were of the most exquisite kind. Grafton-street, Soho, and now in Rich in invention, and with language Keppel-street, Bedford Square, Lon- at command, he could reason or he don. With a Portrait. Taken in could ridicule as best suited the purShort Hand, by Thomas Palmer. In pose of the moment he could in2 vols. 8vo. 550 pages in each, pr. dulge the sportiveness of a lively 24s, bds. London, Gale and Fen-fancy, and the playful sallies of wit, ner, 1817.
| or he could overwhelm the minds of The reading of these Sermons forci- a listening audience with an irresistibly reminded us of a pleasant anec- ble torrent of eloquence! At one dote respecting their author, which, moment you were charmed with the as it is current among his friends, graces of his simplicity; and anot we see no impropriety in mentioning. electrified by his bursts of sublimity. He had, on some occasion or other, Mr. Martin appears to us to have been listening to a discourse delivered been as nearly as possible the counby a junior minister from his own terpart of all this ! Without a spark pulpit. At the close of the service a of genius, and meagre of invention, lady of his acquaintance, intending contracted in an extraordinary degree somewhat of a compliment, thus ac- in his mental capacity, and with only costed him; " Why, Mr. Martin, Mr. a very moderate share of learning, (so and so) imitates you in his man- his Sermons are unavoidably destiner of preaching !” “ It may be so, tute of all that is fascinating in the Madam," said Mr. M. “but no man pulpit exercises of Mr. Robinson, ås pleased to have his likeness daub'd!!" whom he unhappily adopted for his
Our readers will no doubt expect to model. The consequence is, that know what this anecdote has to do the very attempt to imitate him frewith a review of Mr. Martin's Ser- quently serves only to excite one's mons; and we shall therefore explain risibility and too often our disgust.
that point before we proceed any | If the discursive flights of Robinson · farther. Even a superficial glance might be compared to the soaring of into the volumes before us, cannot an Eagle towards heaven, Mr. Marfail to impress the reader with a con- tin's attempt to follow him can only viction that the preacher was himself tend to remind us of the floundering a mannerist; yet we are much inclined of a barn door fowl, flapping its wings, to doubt whether in this he was origi- and after a clumsy effort to rise into nal. It never indeed fell to our lot the air, descending again upon the spot to hear him preach ; but we had not whence it vainly attempted to soar. read twenty pages of his printed dis! But that none may accuse us of courses, 'ere the idea suggested itself | doing injustice to Mr. Martin by reto us-"this is a humble imitation of presenting him as an imitator of Robinson of Cambridge !” and every Robinson, we shall give a specimen subsequent examination of the work of his manner; and we put it fairly to only served to rivet that conviction the consideration of every unpreju, more strongly in our minds. We diced reader, who is at all acquainted have called it a “humble" imitation ; with the “ Village Sermons," whether and such in truth it is a miserable we are not borne out in the charge. daubing after an inimitable original. Almost any one Sermon in the But how indeed should it be other- | Volumes before us would furnish an wise? There not only existed a dis- example of what we have hinted at; parity between the artists--but that but we shall select nearly at random, disparity actually amounted to a con- the commencement of the fortieth trast. Whoever has read Mr. Robin- | Sermon, founded on Ps. cxix. 78. “I son's Village Sermons with attention, know, O Lord, that thy judgments are cannot fail to have perceived that the right; and that thou in faithfulness author was a man of genius, and hast afflicted me." Thus the preacher learning, and unquestionable talent. I proceeds:
es In very early life, the tree of know. | The apostle doth, in effect, say this, ledge seemed a very fine, a glorious tree in “Whatever I have written for correction, my sight: but, how many mistakes have I for reproof, for rebuke, is far from my made upon that subjecti And, how many being willing to distress you: for, if I are the mistakes which yet abound upon make you sorry, Christians, who in the that which we are pleased to call know-world is to make me glad ?" - Most noble ledge, in common speech.
thought! It intimates that if he hath not “He that hath read the classics ; he comfort, and fellowship, and communion that hath dipped into mathematical with Christians, notwitbstanding all their science; he that is versed in history and weaknesses and infirmities, he is never to grammar, and cominon elocution; he that expect it from any other society. For is apt and ready to solve some knotty neither men of fortune, men of science, question, and versed in the ancient lore nor men of title, nor men of power, of learning, is thought to be a man of merely as such, conld ever make his heart knowledge: and so he is, compared with glad. Admirable! I protest, if any man, the ignorant mass of mankind.. . under a profession of religion, can be at
" But what is all this, compared with home anywhere but in truly Christian the knowledge in my text? Knowledge, / society, and truly christian conversation, of which few of the learned, as they are I should very much doubt whether he ever called, have the least acquaintance with partook of the grace of God in truth. at all. Now comes the imitation.
“My dear friends: lay this fine thought “I know.” What, David ?-- what do to your hearts. Do not be shy of your you know?" I know, O Lord, that thy Christian friends. Others may amuse judgments are right, and that thou in you; tempt you; flatter you ; but who faithfuloess hast afflicted me.”
will, comfort you? Where are you to be ** Fond as I may yet be of other at home? where will you unbend the speculations, I would rather, much rather, powers of your minds, the longings of possess the knowledge of this man in this your souls, and the rising affections of text, than have the largest acquaintance your hearts ? Tell me nothing to the with the whole circle of the sciences, as contrary. You cannot do it, if you are it is proudly called.
Christians; you cannot do it but in truly “God grant, my friends, you may christian company; and with people aspire to such knowledge as this, and be called by the mighty grace of God! Others enabled, every one of you to say for could not do it; how then should we do yourselves-" I know, I do not conjec- l it? Why are we then so fond to scrapeture:" for the word here relates to expe
(the meanness of the action deserves the rimental knowledge-" I know, O Lord, meanness of the word )-to scrape acthat thy judgments are right." It quaintance with people who cannot relish might be said, it is an easy thing for you the doctrines of eternal life? Civil, we so to think, when you see the revolutions should be, to every body, but, at home of kingdoms, the tottering of thrones, the we can never be if we are partakers of distresses of some mortals, and the pains the grace of Christ, but where Paul was. of others, that they are all right.-“Yes” Ten thousand quarrels would die; ten
saith he, but I have the same per thousand excellencies would rise, if we suasion about all my own sorrows; I do
drank into this spirit, &c. &c. know, that, in faithfulness thou hast
“ I wish, my friends, with all my heart, afflicted me."
you could consider human life, as a kind
of history, or drama, consisting of more Who does not recognise Robinson's acts than one; so that when you read one manner in all this?
act, or one scene of human life, you may Take another specimen from Ser- | not take it to be the whole: you may not mon xli. The text is 2 Cor. ii. 7. form all your judgment by any one thing « Lest, perhaps, such an one be swallow that comes under your notice. ed up of overmuch sorrow."
“ From the words I bave read, I lay
down this doctrine, strange as it may seem; “ Never, as I imagine, did I perceive a but I venture to lay it down; and beg more truly Christian spirit, even in St. your patience ; namely, That it is possi Paul himself, than on a certain subject, ble there may be overmuch sorrow for just now, for the first time, remarked by sin. The doctrine and instruction I raise me with weight, while I was reading this from the words, is, that, it is a possible chapter to you. I am pleased, I am in case, with some people in this world, to structed, I am delighted with the be have, as the text expresseth it, over much ginning of the chapter. His words are sorrow, even for sin against God. I should these. “ But I determined thus with think that my character will not be se myself, that I would not come again unto much mistaken, as that I should now you in heaviness." The reason is astonish plead, to iny dear Christian friends here ing and perhaps just (perhaps just!!) that I do not mean, by what I have said, * For if I make you sorry, who is he that that any sorrow of the sons of men can shal make me glad, but the same that is be in equality to the sin committed. No made sorry by me?” It is admirable! | sirs; were ye to weep from morning to . night, were ye to forget your daily food, | might refresh their memories now and be incapable of rest; my notions of that his public labours are terminated. sin are so great, I can never be brought This is assigned as a reason for the to believe that any sorrow, that any thing publishing of the voluines before us that mortals have felt, bears (I think I
and we chearfully allow its validity. might say) the most distant proportion to one offence against the great God.
In them Mr. Martin will continue to ' “ But, if I pursue this doctrine (which
live and preach to generations yet I think I shall do with as truly a Christian unborn-and, as a preacher, his liketemper as I have ever possessed in my ness is so faithfully preserved-his Jife) to whom am I to speak? I could manner so happily hit off, that, on
had better take your hats and go out of be confidently pronounced to have the meeting ; because, I do not believe I conferred a lasting obligation. De that half of you ever overmuch sorrowed. Iustibue indeed non
gustibus, indeed, non est disputandum: I am afraid that the reverse is true ; that
We do not happen to be of the num
w you have not had that sorrow, that agony
Iber of those who think his manner that my text speaks of. I believe that for the present moment, many of you may
or style of preaching to possess any as well be absent as here; yet if you
excellence, and consequently are no chuse it, stay: because if the remarks do way interested about having a facnot suit you to day, God Almighty knows simile of him preserved. But others whether they may not before tomorrow may be differently minded, and those morning."
who are so, will consequently appreO! Imitatores ! Seroum pecus! as ciate the labours of Mr. Palmer in our old friend Horace would surely furnishing the work before us. have exclaimed, had he been here: The subjects professedly discussed But quitting Mr. Martin's clumsy in these Seventy Sermons are numeimitation of Mr. Robinson's colloquial | rous and many of them highly imaddresses, of which the extracts now portant. Would, we could say that produced afford abundant evidence to they are handled in a manner, in any convince the most sceptical, we shall tolerable degree, corresponding to proceed to examine the Sermons upon their intrinsic importance and excelthe ground of their own intrinsic lency; But to affirm that they are merit, and without any regard to the would be to do violence to our own circumstance to which we have above convictions. That the preacher now adverted,
and then surprises “ by his singular The volumes comprise Seventy Ser- and striking turns of thought," and mons, not indeed prepared by the that these were « uttered with a dig. author himself for the press, and on nity and firmness not often seen," we that account they certainly are en-are not disposed to deny; but having titled to a degree of indulgence which admitted this, we have granted to ought to disarin criticism of its them all the commendation to which severity: they are said in the Preface they appear to us fairly entitled. We to be printed, as taken down in Short-have not, in all the seventy Sermons hand at the moment of delivery; and met with one that appears to us to they certainly bear upon the very l rise above mediocrity. It is utterly face of them, indubitable evidence of in vain that we look for any clear, their correctness and authenticity, so scriptural, masterly statements in that even had Mr. Palmer withheld them of the distinguishing doctrines from us the sanction of his own of the everlasting Gospel. The mind respectable name, such is their inter- of the preacher perpetually floats nal evidence, that we could not rea- | upon the surface of things--his own sonably doubt of their being the views and conceptions are generally genuine productions of Mr. Martin. confused, and his statements conse
It was, we admit, very natural to quently crude and indigested. Professexpect that, in a numerous and re- ing, as he did, an ardent attachment spectable congregation to which the to the doctrines of free and sovereign author had been in the constant prac- grace, the negative merit may certice of preaching for more than forty tainly be awarded him, of seldom years, many individuals would be advancing any thing contrary to the found desirous of having some of his form of sound words- but for a bold Sermons preserved in print, with and perspicuous exhibition of the docwhich, after hearing them with plea- trine of the cross of Christ the sure as delivered from the pulpit, they I ground of hope to guilty mortals, and