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said, Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was? And do not Christians, in consequence of this manner of speaking, plead for the eternity of the Son, as well as of the Father and of the holy Spirit?
Mr. Bethune. You have no more right to attribute the belief of two Gods to John or Jesus, than to Moses and the prophets. Moses often gives the name of Jehovah to the Angel of the Lord, and the prophets ascribe divine names and characters to the Messiah. This implies a plurality
of persons in the divine essence, but not a plurality of . Gods.
Jew. How can these things be?...
Mr. B. God can be comprehended by himself only, None by searching can find him out. · We see his natural perfections in his works, and his moral perfections in his providence and his word. Beyond this neither angel nor man can go. If the New Testament maintain the unity of God, and yet sometimes speak as though in the divine essence there were more persons than one, the Old Testament does the same: you have, therefore, no ground of objection on this score to the one which is not equally ap. plicable to the other. ;
Jew. Pray what do you mean by a plurality of persons in the divine essence? A person signifies a being distinct from all other beings. If this was not the case with Jesús, he was not a person at all, according to the common ac. ceptation of the word.
Mr. B. The term person is used in different senses. As applied to the sacred Three, it is not used according to its common acceptation. Three human persons are three beings: the three divine Persons are only one Being. I do not maintain the personality of the Father, Son, and Spirit, in such a sense as infringes upon the unity of the divine essence.
Jew. In what sense, Sir, do you understand it? · Mr. B. To confess the truth, my ideas upon this subject are not clear and distinct. This is owing not to the false
hood of the doctrine of the trinity'; of the truth of that doctrine I am fully convinced ;-but to that incoinprehenşibility which attends all the attributes, operations, and designs of the Deity, as well as to his having made only a partial revelation of it, which is the case also 'with respect to the mysteries of providence, for the exercise of our humble and submissive faith. Yet I think it right to investigate, with religious humility, every part of divine revelation, and therefore the nature of the personality of the three divine Persons. In this inquiry, although I cannot attain to a full comprehension of the subject, yet by two different restraints I am kept from error. As by one restraint a planet is kept from falling into the sun, and by another from wandering into the boundless regions of space; so my belief of the unity of God, and of the doctrine of the trinity, restrains me from holding either doctrine in such a sense as is incompatible with my belief of the other. If I begin to deviate towards the common acceptation of the word person, my belief of the divine unity recalls me to the path in which I ought to move; or if, in maintaining the doctrine of the divine unity, I find myself wandering from the doctrine of the trinity, those passages of scripture which you haye mentioned cause me to return the way by which I came.
Mrs. Levi closed the conversation by saying, I wish, Sir, you would read the Christian Scriptures. The morality of the New Testament, like that of the Old, is beyond all praise. And the Christian Messiah is the very Messiah that was predicted by the prophets. To receive him, therefore, cannot but be safe, while to reject him must be infinitely dangerous. · Mr. Charles Clifford has powerful advocates in my friends at Thornton, and in you also, Madam, as I perceive by those letters in which you mention him. I cannot tell what is the design of Providence. He has certainly given more than common proofs of his esteem for me, of which I entertain a grateful sense. But, God only knows, I may never see him any more. Although I have providentially
been preserved twice in crossing that great ocean, yet it cannot be said that so long a voyage is attended with no danger. I pray that he may be preserved, and the more so, as I have been the occasion, though the innocent one, of his running these hazards.
"I am, dear Madam,
LETTER XCV. ..
From Mrs. Neville to Mrs. Worthington, MY DEAR AUST, M y father dined with us yesterday, as did also Mę. Clifford. The former gave us an account of his wife; the lat, ter of his son, from whom he has received a letter relating that he had a very pleasant voyage to Boston, and how greatly he was disappointed when he did not find his Eusebia at New-York.
The box containing the treasure was not missed till Cap: tain Dulverton and Mrs. Barnwell arrived in London at the inn; for, as the captain had undertaken to see the luggage shifted at the end of every stage, she entertained no doubt respecting the safety of the box; and he, having never seen it could not miss it. When, however, it was missed, there'was no small bustle. She was positive they had been robbed of it on the road, since she saw Wake, she said, pul it into the chaise, than whom there was not an honest, er inan in the world. He, on the other hand, was as positive that there was nothing which resenibled either box or trunk when they arrived at the first stage; so that it was unnecessary to return and inquire about it, as she wanted him to do. This was a tragical beginning.
He had told her that an uncle who had resided in Kent was dead, and left him a noble house and a good estate,
The plan which they had formed was, to spend a couple of months in London, and then to go and take possession of the estate, and live happily together till the death of my father, when he was to make her his wife. They had not been above a fortnight at ready furnished lodgings in Covent Garden, for the benefit of being near the playhouses, before the cash ran short, in consequence of which she teased him daily, and almost hourly, to go and take possession of his estate, judiciously observing that it would be disgraceful to borrow nioney of their tenants at their first arrival among them. After rnuch altercation, he told her in plain terms, that the estate in Kent was not so large but that it would go into the box which she pretended to have lost; and added, that they had outwitted each other. This confession was followed by mutual reproaches; and the most vulgar epithets were not sparingly used. The next morning he arose sooner than usual. Mrs. B. waited for him at breakfast, and, at length, becoming impatient, was told by the mistress of the house that the gentleman had paid for his lodgings about an hour before, and was gone with a porter whom he had brought to remove his things. She immediately trembled for her clothes, which, as she foreboded, he had actually taken away. In this distress, without a shilling, and without any other clothes than those on her back, I am informed that she applied to you, Madam, for the loan of a guinea, and that you gave her lwo, upon her promising to set off the next morning for Barnwell.
All this Mr. Pink told my father, at the same time observing how bitterly she repented : and although he did not directly ask him to take her again, he said that he had no doubt this would be a warning to her; that he had often heard her say how much she esteemed Mr. Barnwell; and that she considered the moment when she first saw the captain as the most unhappy in her life. My father told him that she should never enter his walls any more, at the same time showing him her insolent letter. Mr. Pink made no other reply than that he was very sorry,
It was evening when she arrived from London. Her father, seeing her through the window, locked the door, and would not suffer her to be admitted. She then went to three of my father's tenants, all of whom told her that they could not think of incurring Mr. Barnwell's displeasure by harbouring a person who had used him so ill. At last she went to the house of poor old Edward Sutton the thrasher, where she was permitted to sit up all night. This man is a hearer of Mr. Lowe. He went in the morning to that good man, and intreated him to intercede with Mr. Pink in behalf of his daughter. Mr. Lowe readily undertook the task, and succeeded; so that she is now with her father and sister.
We are all very much pleased with Miss Levi. She is an amiable young lady. She said this morning while we were at breakfast, Our people have often attacked my father on account of our becoming Christians, telling him what wicked lives many Christians lead. My father replies, Are there not many wicked Jews ? Were not the children of Israel who came out of Egypt very wicked ? Real Christians worship and serve that God whom Abraham worshipped and served. They delight in the writings of Moses, and revere his character. No pious Jew ever loved our Scriptures more than they do. It is not every one who calls himself a Christian, that is a true Christian. True Christians fear and love the God of the Jews : sure. ly then God cannot but love them. If they are the followers of Jesus Christ, it is because they believe him to be the Messiah predicted by the prophets. We all unite in sincere respects to you. I am, my dear aunt, your dutiful niece,
E dined yesterday at Mr. Clifford's.