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śfiecial care is taken, to have it tor, showed no inclination to fàstated; and declared in the most vor sinners to the dishonor of plain, express and decisive lan- God, or to the prejudice of his guage, that all that Christ doth law, and authority ; nor the least for the salvation of men, is ac- desire that they should be excording to the will of God the empted from the curse of the Father, and in execution of his law without such an atonement eternal purpose. Yea, the as, in regard to them who bewhole plan and work of redemp- lieve and are saved, answers the tion are abundantly represented same purpose, which their sufin the scriptures, as originating fering would otherwise have anwith God, in his free love and swered. And though, acting as self-moved goodness. “God so the Redeemer and Saviour of loved the world, that he gave his sinners, he expresses infinite only begotten Son, that whoso-benevolence and mercy towards ever believeth in him should not them ; yet this same Jesus, perish, but have everlasting when he comes to act the part life.” “ He loved us, and sent of the supreme and final Judge, his Son to be the propitiation in passing the last decisive senfor our sins." “ Christ also tence, and distributing rewards loved us and gave himself for and punishments, will clearly us.” Thus do the Father and prove by his conduct, that he the Son perfectly coincide in hath the same hatred of siny their love to mankind. Nor has with the Father, and the same Christ ever done, nor will he do, disposition to punish it, when a single thing in accomplishing necessary, according to its deour redemption and salvation, merit. but according to the will of God It is therefore a great misthe Father. And God's becom- take, and directly contrary to ing the Father of believers, by the plainly revealed truth, to adopting them in Christ, is the think or feel, as though God the effect of his own free purpose Father was not as benevolently and choice, according to the disposed towards sinful mankind, good pleasure of his will. Eph. as his Son Jesus Christ ; or as i. 1-6. Nothing is or can be though any were under greater more evident and certain, ac-obligations to the Son than to cording to the scriptures, than the Father, for their salvation, that the Father and the Son have and particularly, as though the the same disposition towards Father's good will towards us mankind, the same good will, was caused, procured, or purthe same benevolence and com-chasedby Christ's obedience and passion—that they are equally sufferings. And if any think or disposed and engaged to effect persuade themselves, that they their redemption and salvation, are well affected and friendly to and equally opposed to their Christ, and trust in him, whilst sins, and equally resolved, that they are in heart unreconciled the honor and authority of the and opposed to God and his law, divine character, law and gov- they deceive themselves with ernment, shall, at all events, be a false persuasion. All suchperfectly supported. Accord-like ideas and feelings are deingly, Christ, acting as Media-Iceitful and delusive, and direct.

ly tend to render or keep those and giving him glory. But 13
who admit them, blind to their while creatures and worlds had
own true character and state. no existence but in his omnis.

cience and purpose, there was
nothing beside himself to attract

his love and be a motive of acGod in absolute sovereignty seeks tion. He was the only being in his own glory.

the universe ; and on him, if

other beings and things should ELF existence, eternity, in- be made, they would entirely

power are essential to God. And ate them, all that he consulted omnipotence implies absolute so- was his own glory, the satisfac- , vereignty. It cannot be con- tion of his own benevolence, and trolled. God's prerogative is to the fulfilling of the counsel of his do “ according to his the own wisdom. It was with him to army of heaven, and among the say, Shall creatures be made ? In inhabitants, of the earth : and what form shall they have being? none can stay his hand, or say And to what end shall they tend? unto him, what doest thou ?” According to his own pleasure

Whatever his wisdom dictates, he determined their existence, or his will determines, his pow. their respective natures and proer performs. He acts wholly perties, and ordained the according to his own pleasure, which they were to be govern and does all things to his owned. In fixing the whole plan or glory. For himself he gave ex- scheme of creation and provi: istence to worlds, creatures and dence he regarded only his own things. And he governs and will and the glory of his own disposes of them to the honor of pame. his own name. “ Of him, and The same supreme motive through him, and to him, are all governs the execution of his things; to whom be glory for purposes and decrees. He is

unchangeable in his being and Before the worlds were made counsels ; “with whom is no he possessed infinite fulness, and variableness nor shadow of turnhad no need of creatures to add ing." Since creatures exist they to his, being, exaltation or hap- are all his, and he does as he piness. Unlimited in every per- will with his own. His will is fection his immensity is immea- alway good, just and wise. He surable,, apd can neither be in- delights in his creatures as works greased nor diminished. It it an of his hands. When he had eternal fulness, an infinitude of made the world and had crebeing, dignity and felicity. ated man, he saw what he had

His motive to create other be done that it was very good. ings originated in his sovereign

The scheme of his governbenevolence. He was pleased to ment is perfect. He is prepared contemplate creatures as deriv- for all, events, and is ever ready ing existence from himself, sub- to do what will be for his glory, ject to his disposal, and accord. The fall of man was foreseen, ing to their varying capacities and mercy was ready to interacknowledging their dependence | pose to accomplish the purpose


of sovereign grace. In giving though great, and in our view his Son to redeem the world it far beyond comprehension, is was the will of the Father, that finite. The idea would be abhe should take on him not the surd, to suppose that the view of nature of angels but the seed of infinitude is increased by joining Abraham, and be a merciful any thing finite with it. An and faithful high priest in things object cannot be contemplated pertaining to men. It was all of greater extent and importthe sovereign determination of ance than God, the infinite JeGod, according to the good hovah. pleasure of his will, to the praise If the greatest possible good of the glory of his grace, where of creation be included, or imin he hath made us accepted in plied, in the glory of God, then the beloved.” The gospel, which it is secured in his seeking his reveals his mercy, makes known glory. But if, in any respect, " the mystery of his will, accor- it be a separate and different inding to his good pleasure, which terest from that of God, so as he hath purposed in himself."'. not to be included in his glory, " That we should be to the he doubtless will honor himself : praise of his glory.” And saith“ Yea, let God be true, but every an apostle, “ Ye were sealed with man a liar :" let him possess all the Holy Spirit of promise, which glory, whatever may be the glois the earnest of our inheritance, ry, or happiness of creation. until the redemption of the Is the accomplishment of the purchased possession, unto the greatest possible good of creapraise of his glory."

tures necessary to the glory of The good of creatures is con- God ? Is it essential to the dissidered by God as they are his play of his infinite benevolence ? work ; and to show justice, The question is vast, and is it truth and benevolence in his certain that a finite mind and treatment of them is necessary one affected by sin, can compreto the display of his glory.- hend it ? Let man pause, before His nature being love, including he decides on a subject so high every moral excellence, he can- and full of glory. not do wrong, and acting in infi- God has seen fit to create nite wisdom he certainly will do finite intelligences, and to make right. In the inspired passages himself known to them in which have been adduced, all works, which to them appear of things are said to be to him, as vast extent. The glory of God well as of him and through him; in them is adorable. Bụt are. and the redemption of men, men prepared to say that he which of all works is the great has exerted almighty power as est, is to the praise of his glory. far as is possible, and that infinite Christians also, who are to be wisdom is, or ever will be, eximitators of him, are command- hausted, or will do its utmost, ed,“ Doall to the glory of God." in contriving varieties of created

Deity, in the immensity and beings with capacities nearest eternity of his being, is the infi- possible to infinity, and means nite object of bis own regard in of happiness so multiplied and doing all things to his own vastly enlarged, that Deity himflory. The good of creation I self can do no more? To use VOL. VI. NO. 7.

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the language of the psalmist, one evidenced in creation and provwould think more modest,“ Our idence ; if his grace declared God is in the heavens ; he in his word, secure our happihath done whatsoever he hath ness, then we are safe. But as pleased."

to those who reject Jesus Christ, Will any object that to say, and yet have opportunity to reGod does all things to his own pent, it may be answered, “ He glory, represents him as acting that believeth and is baptized with contracted views; and that shall be saved, but he that bethe representation gives coun- lieveth not shall be damned.”tenance to selfish men in their And, as to the question, whether having no higher principle than it be probable that his grace wilt love to themselves ? Infinitude renew those who are sinners, cannot be a contracted object of the reply is, “ He hath mercy regard ; neither is it a reproach on whom he will have mercy," to the great Eternal, whose are and“ It pleased God by the foolall things, to say, that he su-ishness of preaching to save premely loves himself, and looks them that believe." on creatures as they are, the So long as the final character work of his hands, originated by (of any one is not ascertained, he him and wholly dependent on cannot know what will be his his power. But man is finite, a everlasting state. God is holy, creature lately brought into ex- and holy creatures will be hapistence, having nothing of his py : he is gracious to mankind, own, placed among fellow crea- and those who accept his grace, as tures alike dependent, and hav- offered in Christ, will be saved : ing a common interest in the he also is just, and those that defy favors of the Creator. To him his law and refuse his mercy wilt the first duty is to love God with perish. God cannot deny himall the heart, the mind and self; the ereatures therefore strength, and then to love his which will eternally partake of neighbor as himself. His char- his blessedness will be happy in acter as a creature of the being the display of his glory. The who is infinitely greater than redeemed of mankind will be himself, and a fellow creature saved to the glory of his with others of the same God, grace," and “ to tke praise of requires all this of him, that he his glory.** may act suitably to his nature

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Will there be a wish to ask, If the glory of God be his highest object, what security have Memoir of the Rev. Lynde creatures, that the sovereignty

Huntington. of his power will not clestroy them? The answer

MESS'RS. EDITORS, Truth, justice, goodness, and an HAVING found from exother divine perfections are es-perience and observation, that sential to God's glory. In these biographical sketches of persons he maintains an unchanging eminent for piety are not only amiableness of character. If entertaining, but really animathis wisdom and goodness, as ling and instructive, I have at

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tempted a brief memoir of the want of clear evidence of grace, life of the Rev. Lynde Hunting- however prevented him, for ton late of Branford ; to which some time, from commencing are annexed some extracts from a preacher of the gospel. At his diary: The whole is now length it pleased God to afford submitted to you for publication him light and hope, in richer if you judge proper, by a friend, measures ; and he entered upon &c.

D. the work with a zeal and firm

ness, becoming the importance "HE Rev. Lynde Hunting- of the cause in which he en

ton was a son of Mr. Oliver, and Mrs. Anne Huntington Having deliberately, and of of Lebanon, in the state of Con-choice, devoted himself to the necticut, who were pious and service of God, and the souls of respectable. Me was born March men, and after a requisite pre22d, 1767. He early manifested paration, he was licensed and rea disposition to acquire knowl-commended as a preacher of the edge, and while quite young, gospel in May 1793. In the had many serious impressions. summer 1795, he received a call In 1784 he became a member of to take the pastoral charge of Yale Cohege, where he was re- the first church and society in spectable as a scholar, and be- Branford, which after mature loved by the friends of virtue. deliberation and prayer for diIn the early part of his collegi- vine direction, he accepted; ate life, he became a subject of and on the 28th of October folvery serious impressions and lowing he was ordained to the conviction of sin, which termi- pastoral office. nated in a hopeful conversion The natural talents with which and union with Christ. He he was endued, and the genuine made a public profession of re- piety which enriched and warm. ligion, and joined the church ated his heart, eminently qualikcollege, 'September 3d, 1786, ed him for the evangelical work; and ever after adorned his pro- and afforded a happy presage of fession. About this time he be- fidelity, and usefulness in the gan a diary, which he continu- vineyard of our Lord. Nor were ed, with some intermissions, these expectations disappointed. during his life ; from which it His strong mental powers, clear appears, that he ever had a understanding, with a fixed apgreat sense of the evil of sin, the plication to theological studies, purity of God's law, and the rendered him a scribe well invileness of his own heart.structed in the things of the Though he was, at times, great- kingdom. In the manner of his ly distressed with darkness and life, and in the doctrines which doubts, yet he had many lucid he taught, he was truly a burnintervals, in which he enjoyed ing and a shining light. In his much divine consolation, and life and conversation, he was an communion with God.

example worthy of imitation.In 1788 he received the hon. He adorned the profession of a ors of college, expecting soon Christian, and dignified the to commence the study of divin- station of a gospel minister. ity. A state of doubt, and a The doctrines, which he in

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