Imatges de pÓgina

through him. They grew out of thankful nor humble, in due manthe sublime mysteries, sublime pre- ner; nor will they be merciful, in cepts, transcendent examples, and any extensive or uniform measure. exceeding greatand precious prom. If the free grace of God, or the ises

, which it is the peculiar glory infinite condescenfion of the Lord

of the gospelto declare, and which, Jesus, lo us finners, be not recog- they by faith familiarized. From nized, we know but little about

bence sprung their enlarged views goodness or condescenlion ; and

of divine things, their high senti- our most generous sentiments will - ments of duty, and their exalted be comparatively ungracious.

devotion. From hence their deep But there is another particular

bumility, their glowing love and included in following the faith of : gratitude, their strong aspirations true christians. We must see : to the glorifying of their God and Secondly, that we have the

Redeemer, in their bodies and spir- fame Spirit of faith.” That is, its. From hence their love to that we not only acknowledge all saints, and wonderful benev- the same gospel, but receive it as plence to their very persecutors; they did : with the fame enlight

all those relative virtues, ened and heartfelt perceptions of which attend on such a spirit. the stamp of divinity on the face Their kindness was copied from of it, the wisdom of God, and the Chrift; whose love, paffing know- power of God ; the same fenfibil. ledge, had touched and expanded ity to the free love and grace of their hearts. From the fame source heaven, to the great salvation,

and prong their fpirituality, self deni. our infinite need of it ; the fame , and other diftinguishing traits confidential submission to mercy and of christian character.

to duty ; and the same union of And hence their fidelity as min. heart to the Divine Redeemer in iders, who a&ed in that character ! every branch of his great characTheir interesting and impressive ter. manner of delivering their message Without such faith as this, *; their fervency of spirit in the there is sometimes, indeed, a reg. whole of their Master's work ular form of religion and moraliThey let him before them, who ty; but it wants the spirit and the came to seek and save that which genius of christianity. The faith was los. His love constrained we now contemplate is an animat.

ing soul. It is a “lively faith.” In vain do we expeâ to exhibit It purifies the heart. It affimi

christian conversation without lates the subject to what he beholds christian ideas. They who be in the great obje& of faith. It hold not the glory of God in the conforms his views to the pure face of Jesus Christ, that is, and heavenly nature of the gospel through the medium of his won doctrines : it sublimates his affecderfal character, and the redemptions : and it carries him in a tion by him, will of course be christian

way to all incumbent dugreatly deficient in their divinity, ty. their religion, and morality.

All this agrees with the ac. Those who have not seen their count given by this fame inspired teed of mercy as being wretched, writer, of the way in which good and miserable, and poor,' and blind, and naked, will be neither

See chapter xi.


66 and

characters are formed, and holy ing which is genuine. He is conversations produced. It was therefore emphatically without by faith, he tells us, that Abraham, excuse. and Moses, and other worthies of But on the other hand, Who ancient time, lived as they lived, can, with this facred passage in and died as they died. It was by view, think it proper to say, It is faith in gospel realities, he here of little consequence what a man teaches us, that those holy men believes, if his life is right.whom he bids us remember, ex- Change the expression and it is hibited such virtues, and finished just this : It is of little consequence so happily. “ Live by the same whether we have the faith of the faith then," he indirectly says to first christians, provided we live us,

your conversation and their lives. And this implies, that your lalt end, shall be like theirs. we may live their lives without As Jesus Christ is the same yes- following their faith. terday, and today, and for ever ; But inspiration, we plainly see, fo a living faith in him, will ever, is against every such idea ; and and invariably, according to its this is more than ten thousand armeasure, have the same result. guments for its confutation. If While it changes you into his own any person nevertheless will venimage, from glory to glory, it will ture upon such a sentiment, and astimilate you to all those holy expect that it will carry him safe, men who are gone to glory, and let him prepare to give a reason will raise you to the fame high of the hope which is in him. Let condition."

him fhew, from the nature of We have thus considered the things, how such a spirit and two particulars supposed to be in- life, as marked the primitive cluded in following the faith of em- christians, can posibly be exhibitinent chridians. And it is of se- ed upon principles quite different rious importance that both be kept from theirs, or upon any princiin view,

ples, without such a faith in the Let no one suppose then, that Son of God, as they lived by, and mere orthodoxy in religious things, without the help of those gospel is all that is necessary; for cer- truths, which they kept in view. tainly that does not come up to the It is true that, with christian faith' of ancient christians. . It can heads, men may have pagan hearts; neither produce a conversation and in practice fall below many like theirs, nor have the same re. unbelievers : and this is sometimes fult. Instead of inferring safety made an objection to setting up to the subject, it places him in a faith fo high. But it still holds yet more critical fituation ; and good, that having the faith of true no person has more reason to be christians, in both particulars, wil alarmed than the mere orthodox unfailingly produce a similar preman.

He sees where the truth eminence in life. It still holds lies, but he does not truly embraceit. good, that living by those truths He is convinced, but not brought of revelation, which they lived by, over. He knows his Lord's will, and believing in them continual,, and yet does not “

prepare him. as they believed, will and mult felf” and do it. He ought to ex- for us all that has been said. La hibit a sublime piety, a tranfcend us therefore have full confidence ent virtue ; but he exhibits noth- in the exhortation here givca


Confidering the end of their converfam divines ; of the writings of those tion, FOLLOW THEIR FAITH. men, from whom our fathers deZUINGLIUS. fcended, whose evangelical princi

ples they embraced, and whose To the Editors of the Panoplist.

pious spirit they breathed. The

opinion of Dr. Boddridge will deFrom the first appearance of fervedly weigh much in favour of your proposals, I considered your these pious, and many of them object seasonable, and your plan learned, authors. His lectures good; and the execution of it appear to have been designed onthus far has exceeded my expect- ly as heads, which in the delivery ations. Among the excellent he probably clothed in different produâions, which have appeared language, and on which he doubtin the various departments of less enlarged. I have made a few your work, Z, in your last num- verbal alterations from the M. S. ber, “ On the neglect of the old merely to complete elliptical fenDivines," has my particular ap- tences, without, in any instance, probation. No fubje&t could have changing the sense. been more happily chosen, none more applicable to the present

LECTURE II. times. It is treated with a degree of feriousness, perfpicuity of Practical Writers, in Great

Britain. and judgment, which pleales me. I with the writer, who certainly has happy talents for the purpose,

'I would in general recomwould pursue his subject, and in mend some acquaintance with future numbers of the Panoplist, them, too often despised. Yet bring up to view, in his engaging there was good sense and learning manner, the characters and writ. in our fathers' days as well, as in ings of the venerable fathers of ours. Our grandmothers had New England, and eminent di- beauty in their odd dresses. vines in other parts of our coun

• Bolton had been a notorious try.

These luminaries, could finner reclaimed by a great work they be exalted into view, accord- of terrour ; therefore is excellent ing to their respective merits, both for conviction and consolawould shed a benign influence on tion. His style is rather inclined the principles and morals of your to the bombastick ; yet he has mareaders, and be especially falutary ny expressions truly great and to our youth in the forming fea magnificent. The beauties of son of their lives.

imagination especially appear in In the mean time, feeling a his * Four lasi things ;" but his deep interest in the subject, and most useful treatises are his “ Difinding it comports with your rections for comfortably walking plan to felect from “ valuable with God," and his comforting productions,” already extant, I distressed consciences; there we have extracted from the private have the trace of a soul most inti. (M. S.) Lectures of Dr. Dop. mately acquainted with God. DRIDGE, to his theological pupils, • Hall was the most elegant the character he gives of the old and polite writer of his age. He

abounds rather too much with anThese Lectures have never been printed, titheses and witty turns, er bwving been written for the press.

In some


of his writings he seems to have weakens the cause. His “Golden imitated Austin and Seneca. Remains" and additional tracts, His fermons are the worse for his are all to be read. None fhew compliance with the taste of the the man more than his “ Chrifage in which he lived. His Con- tian Omnipotence." templations are incomparably val- NONCONFORMISTS OF THE LAST uable for criticism, language and devotion ; next to them are his Owen and Goodwin, are high“ Meditations," " Letters," and ly evangelical, but both very obBalm of Gilead."

fcure, especially the latter. OwREYNOLD'S, is celebrated for en's style resembles St. Paul's most elaborate, surprising simili- zeal ; he displays much knowl. tudes. His style is remarkably edge of human life, especially in laconick; a world of substance his book of apostacy. That on gently touched upon, which shews the Hebrews is his great work ; an extensive acquaintance with the means of understanding the human nature, and much labour. mind of God in the scripture is He has a judicious collection of one of his best ; but communion fcriptures.

of God and person of Christ, moft • SubBs. His language is de- celebrated. His treatises on in cent and nervous, his dedications dwelling fin, spiritual mindedness, furprisingly handsome ; he is pa- and mortification, thew great imthetick and tender, especially in provements in practical religion. The bruised Reed," and "Soul's On the 13th psalm he is excelConflict."

lent. Goodwin's pieces publish• WARD. To be read through. ed in his life are most valuable ; His language is generally prop. he has many accurate and valuaer, elegant, and nervous ; his ble remarks on scripture. His thoughts well digested and happi- “ Child of Lightis useful for ly illustrated. Abundance of the afflicted consciences ; and he has bolder figures of speech are to be many uncommon thoughts. found in him, more than in any • BAXTER. His style is inaccuother English author ; especially rate, because he had no regular apostrophies, dialogisms, and al- education, and because he wrote legories. A mixture of fancy is continually in the views of eterto be pardoned, especially consid. nity ; but he is judicious, nerv ering his youth, and that many of ous, spiritual, and remarkably his fermons were not prepared for evangelical, though often chargthe press, but copied from his ed to the contrary. He discov. mouth while preaching.

ers a manly eloquence, and the • Hales, of Eaton, is remarka- most evident proofs of an amazbly pithy ; has many uncommon ing genius; with respect to which, thoughts ; vast learning, and ma- he may not improperly be called ny curious passages, fit for a com- the English Demofthenes

. He is mon place book, but in many exceedingly proper for convicplaces he discovers little judg- tion ; see his Saints' Reft ;" all ment, no good order, little true his treatises on conversion, and efconnection.

He is the great pecially his “ Call to the Unconfcholar ; but an affectation of di- verted," Divirie Life," and vine things to the utmost is too Counsels to Young Men.Few apparent, which by overdoing converted more fouls.

Manton. Plain, easy, and un- He has fome fine words, but no affected. His thoughts generally cadence.

He has too many well digested, but seldom extraor- heads; his thoughts are often in dinary; his remarks on scripture disorder ; has no clear and difare judicious ; his chief work is tinct ideas in many of the differthat on the 119th Pfalm. His ences he makes. Yet he has some many posthumous works are of valuable things, especially on the little value.

attributes, where he is very deep • BATES. His eloquence is and sublime. His work on recharming, yet his ftyle is not per generation has been much applauda featly formed, and his sentences ed, yet there are many things on too lhort ; admirable similies, un- that subject more valuable. less rather too thick ; proper to

• Taylor NATHANIEL, the disbe quoted by those whole genius senting South. He has valt wit, does not lead them this way. and great strength of expression, Read his “ Harmony of Attric yet is apt to aggravate matters. butes," Spiritual Perfections," His language is remarkably propand “ Four last things."

er and beautiful. He wrote but • HOW, seems to have under little ; all deserves to be read.' stood the gospel as well as any (To be continued.) uninspired writer, and to have im. bibed as much of its spirit. The

For the Panoplist. truest fublime is to be found in PROOFS OF THE UNIVERSAL DELUGE.

No. 3. his writings, and some of the

(Continued from page 60 ] frongest pathos ; yet he is often

As we proceed, evidence of obscure, and generally harsh ; he Noah's flood increases. It was imitated the worst part of Boyle's not merely mentioned by many style ; but has a vast variety of writers of antiquity ;. but was a uncommon thoughts ; and on the favourite object of their attention. whole, is one of the most valua. There were not only references to ble writers in our language and this event in the rites and tradiI believe, in the world. His best tions of the first ages; but it furpieces are, The blessedness of the nished the principal obiects of their Righteous," Enmity and Recon. facred traditions and religious ciliation," Redeemer's Tears," worship. The deluge was conand “ Redeemer's Dominion ;" ftantly celebrated not only in the with fome funeral sermons.

annals of their historians ; but in •Flavel. Not deep, nor remark- the prayers of their devotees, the ably judicious; but plain, popular, facrifices of their priests, and the tender, and proper to address to songs of their bards. Most of the afflicted cases, and to melt the soul

pagan goddesses were personificain love. His “ Token for Mourn. tions of the earth, rising from the ers," inimitable. “ Fountain of billows of the flood, of the ark, of Life” useful; most of the sub- the dove, or of the divine Wisdom je&ts there are proper to be preserving the ark. * preached on facrament days. Nimrod introduced the worship His allusions to pagan stories are of the heavenly bodies. useful. CHARNOCK, is celebrated for a attached to the arkite idolatry, or

produced opposition from those, polite writer, but chiefly by those who are not judges of politeness.

See Fabet on the Cabiri, Vol. I. No. 3.

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