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the Lord, who is, and who was, LORD sitting upon a throne and who is to come, the Al. high and lifted up, and his mighty.” This is repeated train filled the temple. Above five times in the same book. it stood the seraphims," with The God and Father of our veiled faces, expressive of huLord Jesus Christ, before the mility; and with wings, exworld began, made a covenant pressive of alacrity and zeal in with him, even the everlasting doing his commandments. covenant. The covenant of " And one cried unto another, peace was between them both. and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Before Abraham was I AM. the Lord of hosts : The whole

There is good reason to sup- earth is full of his glory.”pose that MESSIAN was the per- (John, xii. 41. Isai. vi. 1, 2, son who appeared to the patri. 3.) The same prophet de. archs, to Moses and Joshua, scribes his person, and the joy and to the Jewish church. of the church in his birth and When God was about to con, kingdom, in the following lan, duct Israel to their promised guage ;

“ For unto us a child rest, he said, “Behold, I send is born, unto usason is given : an angel before thee, to keep. And the government shall be thee in the way, and to bring upon his shoulders : And his thee into the place which I name shall be called Wonderhave prepared. Beware of him, ful, Counsellor, The mighty and obey his voice, provoke God, The everlasting Father, him not: For he will not par. The Prince of peace. Of the don your transgression ; for my increase of his government and name is in him." The above peace there shall be no end, words seem to be equivalent upon the throne of David, and to the declaration of the voice upon his kingdom, to order it, from heaven, “ This is my be- and to establish it with judgloved Son ; hear him." ment and with justice from

The SHECHINAH, or visible henceforth even for ever.” symbol of the divine majesty, Isaiah further foretold, “A was no other than Messiah virgin shall conceive, and bear in the form of God. When a son, and shall call his name this radiance appeared, it call- EMMANUEL,” or God with us, ed for religious homage. Paul Any comment upon the nature tell us, that he who followed of the event predicted would Israel in the wilderness was be improper. It is and must Christ. They marched or en- remain a great mystery. But camped as directed by the pil- it must have been a fact; other. lar of cloud and of fire. This wise christianity is a fiction, was light to them, but darkness An event may be foretold in and confusion to their enemies. explicit language, and take St. John

assures us, that place as foretold, while its na“ Laiah saw the glory of the ture and cause are unsearchaAlessiah, when he saw the ble. “ In him,"

ble. “ In him," says St. Paul,

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and omniscience are ascribed. manifest in the flesh.”

“I am the first and the last. The incarnation of the Mes. Lord, thou knowest all things. : siah is to be believed upon di- I am he who searcheth the vine testimony, as is the doc- reins and the hearts.” What trine of the Trinity : Neither shall we think of Christ, if all can be explained to our under things were made and are upstanding. We cannot compre- held by him? What shall we hend God ; but we may re

think of Christ, if he could ceive his testimony, and set to claim the peculiar appellation, our seal that he is true. The by which God revealed himincarnation is attested by a self to Moses and the jewish double trinity of witnesses ;- church

; I AM THAT I AM?three in heaven, and three on What must we think of Christ, earth. “ We receive the wit- if this is his name, EMMANUness of men : The witness of EL? And this, JEHOVAH OUR God is greater."

RIGHTEOUSNESS ? Upon the whole :

What (To be continued.) must we think of Christ, to




tion hinges, have been too much PECULIAR TRUTHS AND SPIRIT neglected. Though it has not OF CHRISTIANITY.

yet become the fashion (God forThe following seasonable and bid it ever should) to deny them, excellent observations on the grad- we have been too much accusual departure from the peculiar tomed to confine the mention of truths, maxims, and spirit of them to oblique hints and distant Christianity, are extracted from allusions. They are too often rethe Rev. Robert Hall's Fast ser- luctantly conceded, rather than mon of Oct. 19, 1803.

warmly inculcated, as though they “The truthsand mysteries which were the weaker or less honouradistinguish the Christian from all ble parts of christianity, from other religions," observes our able which we were in haste to turn author, “ have been little åttended away our eyes, although it is in to by some, totally denied by oth- reality these very truths which ers; and while infinite efforts have, in every age, inspired the bave been made, by the utmost devotion of the church, and the subtilty of argumentation, to es- rapture of the redeemed. This tablish the truth and authenticity alienation from the distinguishing of revelation, few in comparison, truths of our holy religion achave been exerted to show what counts for a portentous peculiariit really contains. The doctrines ty among christians, their being of the fall and of redemption, ashamed of a book, which they which are the two grand points "prosess to receive as the word of on which the Christian dispensa. God.” VOL I. No. 5.


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“ Indifference and inatten- seem to have forgotten there was tion to the truths and myste-.- ever any cause of grief in those ries of revelation have led, by an sufferings. I could be passionate easy transition, to a dislike and to think, O Saviour, of thy bitter neglect of the book which con- and ignominious death, and most tains them ; so that in a christian of all, of thy vehement Atrugglings country, nothing is thought so vul. with thy Father's wrath for my

a serious appeal to the fake, but thy conquest and glory scriptures ; and the candidate for takes me off, and calls me to halfashionable distinction would rath- lelujahs of joy and triumph ; er betray a familiar acquaintance Blejing, honour, glory and power, be with the most impure writers, unto him that fitteth upon the throne, than with the words of Christ and and unto the lamb for ever and ever, his apostles. Yet we complain of Rev. v. 13. the growth of infidelity, when nothing less could be expected

ANECDOTES. than that some should declare

The witty Earl of Rochester, themselves infidels, where so many had completely forgot they King Charles II. his Queen, Chap

happened to be in company with were Christians." quence has been such as might be lain, and some of his ministers of

state : After they had been difexpected, an increase of profaneness, immorality, and irreligion.” courling on publick business, the (page 32–34.)

King, of a sudden, exclaimed“ The traces of piety have been

“ Come, let us . unbend wearing out more and more, from thoughts from the cares of state, our conversation, from our man

and give us a generous glass of ners, from our popular publica- wine, which cheereth, as the Scriptions, from the current literature

ture faith, both God and man." of the age. In proportion as the The Queen hearing this, modmaxims and spirit of christianity estly said, she thought there could have declined, infidelity has pre- be no such text in Scripture ; and vailed in their room."

that the idea seemed to ber to be

little less than blafphemy. The SELECT THOUGHTS, BY BISHOP King replied, that he was nor pre

pared to turn to chapter and verse; When I think on my Saviour but, he was pretty sure, he had in his agony, and on his cross, my met with it some where in his foul is so clouded with forrow, as Scriptuse reading. The Chaplain if it would never be clear again ; was appealed to, and he was of Those bloody drops, and those the same opinion with de Queen. dreadful ejaculations (methinks) Rocheiter suspecting the King to should be past all reach of com- be right, and being no friend to fort ; but when I see his happy the Chaplain, slipt out of the room, eluctation out of these pangs, and to inquire among the servants, if hear him cheerfully rendering his any of them were conversant with spirit into the hands of his Father; the Bible. They named David, when I find him trampling upon the Scots cook, who always carhis grave, attended with glorious ried a Bible about him ; and Daangels, and ascending in the char. vid being called, recolle&ted both jot of a cloud to his heaven ; I the text, and where to find it. am so elevated with joy, as that I Rochester ordered him to be in


waiting, and returned to the King. England and Scotland, such as This text was fill the topick of Hooker, Cranmer, Knox, &c. conversation; and Rochester knows that no man was held in moved to call in David, who, he higher estimation by those diftinsaid, he found was well acquaint. guished characters than John Cal. ed with the Scriptures. David vin, and no human compositions appeared, and being asked the were more read and admired by question, produced his Bible, and them than his. Nor was it only read the text, (Judges ix. 13.) by persons of the above description The King smiled, the Queen ask that Calvin's writings were efed pardon, and the Chaplain teemed. The depth and ingenuity blushed. Rochester now asked of his thoughts, the strength and the doctor, if he could interpret accuracy of his reasoning, and the the text, since it was produced ; purity and elegance of his diction, but he was mute. He therefore have led many who had no relish requested David to interpret it, for the Gospel to peruse his works. who immediatoly replied, “ How The celebrated infidel, Lord much wine cheereth man, your Bolingbroke, was a remarkable lordship knows : and to show you instance of this ; and the followhow it cheereth God, I beg leave ing anecdote, in proof of it, may to remind you, that, under the be depended on. One day, a Cler. Old Testament dispensation, there gyman of his Lordship's acquaintwere meat offerings, and drink of- ance, (Mr. Ch, who died ferings. The latter consisted of Vicar of Battersea) happened to wine, which was typical of the call on him, when he was read. blood of the Mediator ; which, by ing in Calvin's Institutes. “ You a metaphor, was said to cheer have found me," faid his Lord. God, as he was well pleased in ship, " reading John Calvin. He the way

of salvation that he had was indeed a inan of great parts, appointed ; whereby his justice profound sense, and valt learning. was fatisfied, his law fulfilled, his He handles the doctrines of

grace mercy reigned, his grace triumph. in a very masterly manner.” ed, all the divine perfections har- “ Doctrines of grace !” replied monized, the finner was faved, the Clergyman, " the do&rines of and God in Christ glorified.” grace have set all mankind to.

The King was agreeably fur- gether by the ears." “ I am sure prised at this unexpected and fen- prised to hear you say so," answerlible exposition : Rochester ap- ed Lord Bolingbroke, “ you wha plauded ; and after some sarcastic profess to believe and to preach reflections upon the Chaplain, Christianity. Those do&rines are very gravely moved, that his certainly the doctrines of the Bin majesty would be pleased to make ble : and, if I believed the Bible, I the Chaplain his Cook, and the must believe them. And, let me Cook his Chaplain.

seriously tell you, that I think the

greatest miracle in the world is, It is much to be regretted that the sublistence of Christianity, and the works of the illuftrious Calvin its continued preservation as a reare so little read in the presentligion, when the preachiøg of it is day. Every perfon who is ac- committed to the care of such use quainted with the writings of our christian gentlemen as you." molt eminent reformers, both in

Religious Moniter,

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Review of Dew Publications.

A Scripture Catechism, or System them, a conscientious regard to

of Religious Instruction in the the meaning of the inspired auwords of Scripture. Being a se- thors, so far, as from the most obo lection of the most plain and imo vious construction of words, from portant lexts, so arranged as to their coherence with what pregive a systematic view of the cedes and follows them, and from principal doctrines and duties of a fair comparison of scripture our Holy Religion. Intended as with scripture, that meaning can an Assistant to Christian Minis- be acsertained. These qualificaters, Parents, and Instructors, in tions the compiler of this work the Religious Education of Chile appears to have in a good degree dren and Youth, adapted to the possessed. The selection is, what use of Schools and Families. By its name imports; and the parent a Clergyman of Massachusetts. who seeks the 'religious instruc12mo. p. 114. 37 cents. Cam- tion of his children, need not hesibridge. Hilliard. 1804.

tate to commit to their hands this An early acquaintance with the SCRIPTURAL CATECHISM. SACRED SCRIPTURES is the best But after all, we are ready to means of establishing the moral regret the publication of this or and religious principles of chil- any other newly formed catedren and youth. They at once chism, lest it supersede the use of furnish a perfect rule of life, show that most excellent system, the the way of salvation, and exhibit Assembly's Shorter Chatechism, the most impressive motives to ho- which we prefer before all other liness. Whoever, therefore, fa- works of the kind. Nor do we cilitates the acquirement of scrip- see any more reason for confining tural knowledge, renders an essen- ourselves to the express words of tial service to the rising genera- inspiration in catechisms, than in tion, and, by consequence, to his preaching, or in any other mode country, and to the world. Such of religious instruction. is the benevolent office, which the That a judgment may be formanonymous compiler of the work ed from the work itself, a specibefore us has attempted to exe- men of it is subjoined. cute; and, we think, with success.

Sect. I. He has taken pains to bring into

Q. What are the first principles of rea coherent and systematic form, ligion?

d. He that cometh to God must be. the principal doctrines and duties, lieve that he is, and that he is a recontained in the Bible ; and to ar- warder of them that diligently seek range them in a method, adapted him.* to enlighten the understanding,

Q. How

may all men know, there is a

God? aid the memory, and impress the

A. The invisible things, (attributes) heart.

of him, from the creation of the world, The qualifications requisite to

are clearly seen, being understood by the proper execution of such a the things that are made, even his work, are, thorough acquaintance eternal power and godhead ; so that with the scriptures ; judgment to

they are without excuse. discern, and diligence to collect,

Q. What is the light of nature ? the most appropriate passages for

À That which may be known of God the several articles of doctrine apd • References to the particular places where duty; and, in the disposition of

the quote d passages are found, are inserted ia the alargin.

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