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if they did not indulge a spirit of praying against them, mourning over complaint and unbelief they could thein, and being abased, before the not be right. I have often wished "Lord on account of them. We ought. they had some better way of getting to be humbled for them, but not distheir livelihood than by poreing over couraged by them. These things, such as their lace-pillows from morning till wandering evil thoughts, a backwardness almost midnight, which made them to prayer, and the like, we should strive low spirited. But there were some and fight against; but they are a part cheerful Christians amongst them. Mary of the soul's sickness, which has conLambert, Betty Abraham, and a few strained us to apply to the Great Phyothers, were not more comfortable than sician. They who looked to the brazen you, because they thought themselves serpent by God's appointment needed better than you do, but because they no other medicine. One brazen ser. were content to be saved as poor sin. pent sufficed for the whole camp of ners, without any hope, or plea, or righ- Israel. Thus the Lord Jesus is lifted teousness, or strength, but what they up, and the word is, Look and live: be-* derived from the Saviour. Some of those lieve and be saved. I wish you would good old women used to say, and I consider unbelief as the worst of all have often said it after them, “ That your sins. It is flatly to contradict him grace puts much into the heart, but it who is the Truth, He says, “ Him that takes nothing out.” There are some cometh I will in no wise cast out.” The effects of our depraved nature which apostle, “ He is able to save to the utcleave to us, while we live in the body, termost all that come to God by him." as close as our skins : we cannot avoid Put that and that together, and go on nor suppress them; nor does the holi. your way rejoicing. :. ness of a sinner consist in being wholly I am your affectionate Friend, freed from them, but in watching and
www+ MORNING DEVOTION. Above the reach of death I then shall
stand, THANKS to the sovereign Ruler of the sky, Beyond the darts of Satan, then shall be, * Another morning dawns upon my sight; Planted by God the Father's own right Darkness and dreams my waking eyelids
Celestial grace shall then descend on me. Chased by the beams of pure and oriente light.
No change of day or night that realm shall
know, The holy angels round my bed have kept
There dark and stormy winter never Commission'd watch, from him who
reigas; never sleeps ;
Ne'er shall our sun diurnal journies go, Protected and preserved while I have slept,
Nor shall our moon enlighten heavenly I praise the God whom Israel safely
No temple there, nor golden altar stands, Bow at his feet, my soul, and there repent
The worship of the holy to invite; The matiy slighted offers of his grace ; No priest to offer up, with hallow'd hands. And peradventure he will yet relent,
The cloudy incense as a shadowy rite; Will yet bestow the smilings of his face.
But over all the region pure and bright, Shortly the huur will come, when thou, my Jesus the Lord eternally presides ; sonl,
He is the city's temple, and its light, Shall hear the tumult of the world no And to his throne his ransom'd ones he more;
guides. When swelling Jordan over thee shall rol,
Its bitter waters-adid the tempest roar. In raiment white they stand, with harps of Ob may the blood of Jesus be applied, Strike harmony from every tender chord ;
To purify from every guilty stain ; I hear their song, it speaks the love ua. Then shall “ this mortal” safe in death
Of Jesus, their Redeemer and their Lord. My “better part” on high shall ever reiga.
J.T. Now Series, No.19.
But pause, my soul, a voice I hear, (1 Chron. iv. 9, 10.)
It calms my doubts, and drowns my fears,
And bids each sigh to cease. « And Jabez was more honourable than
Yes, 'tis the voice of pardoning love, · his brethren : and his mother called his
That echoes from the realms above, name Jabez, saying, “because I bare
And softly whispers peace; him with sorrow." And Jabez called
Sure I must fight, if I would wear on the God of Israel, saying, Oh! that
The conqueror's crown, or hope to share thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand
Celestial joys above. might be with me, and that thou wouldst Then 'twill be sweet, yes, sweet to die, keep me from evil, that it may not While faith proclaims salvation nigh, grieve me. And God granted him that And Jesus fills the soul; which he requested.”
Then will I ask Almighty Power, Kind stranger, did you ask my name ?
Thine heavenly aid, and wait the hour They call me " Jabez "--child of grief ;
That wafts my spirit home.
Eliza T. My birth-place was the land of Judah, Stranger this my story brief.
ииииии I've heard they call me “ child of grief,"
THE HOPE OF HEAVEN. Because with cruel sorrows torn; What, when the scenes of earth are faded, In deep distress, my mother languish'd, And the young heart's first bopes are riven · On the day that I was born,
Relumes the hue that earth has shaded ? But gentle-hearted stranger, say,
The Hope of Heaven.
When earthly hope no longer lives ?
The Hope of Heaven.
It lives through life--in death still lingers, He never will, nor can forsake me,
The best of hopes, to mortals given-, Now, or at my journey's end.
Smiles at the tyrant's icy fingers-
That Hope of Heaven. The proud may scorn my humble lot,
The light of life, the "joy of sorrow," Yet, if the Lord approve my way; “ More honourable" he can make me,
· When darkness o'er the soul is driven-
Care stamps in vain the deepened furrow, By his favour far than they.
In death we have the hope of heaven. Great God of Israel hear my prayer,
JAQUES. Direct my steps, supply my need; Oh, that my God himself would bless me,
THE MORNING STAR.. Then should I be bless'd indeed.
(From the Poems of the Rev. R. Brown.) Now scanty is my earthly store,
At length the star of morning glows But if it be thy heav'nly will,
Upon the eastern sky, I pray thee let my growing portion
Its rays around the traveller tbrows, Shew thy hand is with ine still.
And cheers his spirit, while it shows And, lest indeed my name express
Night's drear dominion near its close, . My sad experience, let thy care
And day's long wished for season nigh. Preserve me safe from all that's evil,
In yonder planet I behold Ev'ry sin and ev'ry snare.
An emblem of the seer The God of Israel hears my cry,
Who in Judea's wild of old And kindly answers my request ; The siuner warned, the saint consoled, And though they call me "child of sorrow,” The day-spring from on high foretold, Peace shall rule within my breast. Declared the coming Shiloh near. .. nnmnom
(e.) An emblem, too, is yonder flame A MIDNIGHT THOUGHT.
Of those that cross the waye
And trace the desert, to proclaim ONCE more deprived of balmy sleep, To heathen tribes the cheering name, I lay me down again to weep,
The boundless worth of Him who came Conceal'd from human sight;
From darkness, sin, and death, to save. Let others tell their heartfelt woes,
Soon may the Power who rules on high, But my sąd spirit seeks repose In shades of deepest night.
Their sacred.labours bless,
Cause error's awful shade to fly, All, all is still, no zephyr plays,
And those who now in darkness lie While the pale moon, with sickly rays, With ardent gratitude and joy
From yonder dark cloud passes ; To hail the Sun of Righteousness.
.: REVIEW OF BOOKS.
* A Compendious. View of the Origi- they are followers of Christ and
nal Dispensation established with his apostles. The Bible is not Adam, and of the Mediatorial written in a systematic form; its Dispensation established through doctrines, laws, and institutions do Christ; designed to illustrate not adopt the arrangement of hutheir • Connection and Analogy. man creeds and confessions. But By David Russell, Dundee. the Scriptures do most certainly Edinburgh. 12mo. 58. 6d. pp. contain a grand and admirably468.
arranged system, worthy of Infinite A Familiar Survey of the Old and Wisdom, and reflecting the highest
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every thing lies in wild confusion,
and that there exists no pervading The importance of systematic di- and regulating principle. He, vinity has been 'both overrated and on the other hand, whose reunderrated. By some it has been searches are most profound, meets viewed as the sine qua non of a with plan, and regularity, and perminister's and of a Christian's fect order, in all the works and qualifications and attainments, as ways of God. Animate and inthat without which no doctrine, animate creation, in all their infi duty, or privilege can be pro- nite variety, he beholds subject to perly understood ; and to the study regular laws, which guide their of which the days and nights of a respective operations, and control christian divine especially ought to their apparent irregularities. be devoted. Its influence in nar- It would be marvellous if, in rowing the views, and warping that scheme which is worthy to. bc the spirit of inquiry, has, on the denominated “ the perfect wisdom other hand, been considered as so of God," and in that book which pernicious, that many have fled to contains more of God than all his the opposite extreme, have decried other works, there were nothing all systems, and waged war with corresponding with this. The man all order and arrangement. The who looks at the Scriptures as a former, perhaps, was the error of collection of promises and prethe past age; the latter is cer- cepts, narratives and predictions, tainly the error of the present. thrown together at random, and to
There is a vast difference be- be picked out as the caprice or tween adopting a human system circumstances of the inquirer máy of divine truth, prepared and made suggest, may perhaps suppose that ready to our hand, and endeavour- it is folly to attempt classification, · ing to ascertain the system which or even sinful to arrange that the Bible contains, and framing which Infinite Wisdom appears to and building our faith upon it. It have left in disorder. We deplore is one thing to adopt Witsius or his folly, and are assured that he Limborch, Doddridge or Ridgley, will find his punishment in his as infallible guides; and another vague, incorrect, and often unsathing to profit by their laborious tisfactory interpretations both of researches, and to follow them as the word and of the designs of God. There are principles as gather fresh accessions during sucfixed and immutable, as extensive cessive ages, gladdening the hearts in their operation, and as minute of patriarchs, and brightening the in their influence, in the moral, as hopes of prophets, till, at last, it there are in the physical govern. burst forth in the brightness of the ment of Jehovah. The law of glory of the only begotten of the gravitation is not more powerful Father: and to regard even this or uniform in its operation, than light as only preparing us for that are the principles of grace and future manifestation of uncreated justice, holiness and sovereignty, light, and unbroken blessedness, in the moral economy of the uni- which shall constitute the bigh verse.
privilege of the purchased posses· It will not, we believe, be dis- sion, are enough to call off puted by any, that the Scriptures the mind from all meaner purcontain a view of a series of dis- suits and gratifications, and to pensations or constitutions in volv- give us some participation in the ing and evolving one another. enjoyment of those high intelliThe first containing the germ, or gences who consider it not conchief principle, of all the rest, and descension, but privilege, to stoop preparing the way for, and intro- from their thrones of glory lo ducing the second. The second, " look into these things."-But established on the basis of the we forget that we are writing a preceding, assumes its truth, and review, and not a dissertation. adopts its advantages ; but be. The works on our table ought comes wider in its range of opera- to have been noticed before at tion, and brighter in its discove- length; but it is not yet too late ries. This, again, is the harbinger to call the attention of our readers of a succeeding era, and that, to them. And as we shall find again, of something clearer and it impossible to do them justice more perfect which follows. Thus" by such an extent of remark as it has been since the founda. they are entitled to, we are happy tion of the world, “when the that they are not the productions morning stars sang together, and of an author to whom our readers all the sons of God shouted for are strangers. Those who are acjoy;" and thus it will be till the quainted with his “ Letters, Pracmorning of the resurrection, when tical and Consolatory," and his the liberty of the sons of God shall work on the Salvation of Infants, be enjoyed, and the whole re-ani- need scarcely be told what they mated creation appear in the per- may expect from an investigation fection of its glory.
of the subjects contained in these To trace the progress and de. volumes by Mr. Russell. Necesvelopment of this vast and inter- sarily less popular in their style, minable range of heavenly and and directed to topics less fremerciful dispensations, is among quently treated from the pulpit the most delightful employments and the press, they nevertheless in which a Christian can engage. discover the same simplicity of To follow the leadings of that light mind, and richness of evangelical which first emitted a feeble but sentiment, with a far larger porcheering ray, in Eden, at once re- tion of biblical knowledge, and of yiving and directing the hopes of masterly argument. They are systhe guilty and despairing founders tematic without being dry; they of our race; which never entirely are scriptural without being tame; forsook the world, notwithstanding and profound without any obscuthe darkness and desolation which -rity. They contain a large quanensued; but which continued to eity of valuable and original dis
cussion, without any striking no. and Jesus are compared, the Jewish and velty or paradoxicaleontinent the Christian dispensations ; Mount Sinai, velty or paradoxical sentiment. th Indeed we know few works lately
whence the law was published, and Mount
Zion in Jerusalem, whence the Gospel is published which will more largely preached; and to these subjects the pasrepay the diligent consideration of sages which treat of them ought to be the theological student.
applied. Gal. iv, 24--26; Heb. vii, 22;
viji. 6--13; ix. 15--23 ; xii. 24. Dr. We ought to inform our readers
Campbell's Dissertations, Diss. V. Part that the two volumes, though III. Sect. II.--Great care should therefore brought before them together by be taken that the scripture representations us,' were published separately ;
of the Mosaic and Christian dispensations, and are, though connected, inde
are not obscured or misapplied. In par
ticular, great care should be taken that pendent of each other. We almost the nature of the new and everlasting wish they had been published covenant, as consisting of free promises of under a common title as parts of the salvation and blessedness in behalf of same work. The one properly treats
sinners, and of a gracious constitution of
things founded on these promises, and all of the Adamic and the other of ratified by the sacrificial death of Christ, the, Levitical dispensations; and is not lost sight of. If the name given to both are regarded as prefigurative
the Adamic dispensation does not inter
fere with the distinctness of men's views and illustrative of the gracious
of its nature, and if it mar not the coreconomy established by our Lord rectness of their views of the covenant of Jesus Christ. The first volume is di- peace, as ratified by Immanuel, it were vided into two parts. In the first
idle to object to it. But, without quespart, the author discusses, in eleven
tion, it ought to be so explained, as to
prevent errors in regard to that covenant, sections, the nature of the Adamic
which is all our salvation and all our dispensation; and in the second, desire; for if it be misunderstood, the he devotes thirteen sections to effects will be deplorable: and it is but the mediatorial economy, as illus
justice to say, that care has been taken by
many so to explain it.” trated by the nature and result of that dispensation. On the Few things, perhaps, have original character sustained by tended more to darken the word Adam, on the fall, and on original of God, and mislead men on most sin, we have many most important important subjects, than confoundstatements. The following pas- ing the Mosaic dispensation with sage we think worthy of attention. the Adamic, and regarding the
. The constitution established with latter as a kind of bargain between Adam is often called a covenant. Considering the latitude in which this term is God and mail. ' From the begin. in certain connections employed in Scrip- ning man had no right to dictate ture, the law given to Adam, or the con- or dispute terms with God. The stitution promulgated to him, accomo Creator alone had a right to declare panied as it was with a promise of life in
the principles on which he and the case of obedience, and under the sanction of death in case of transgression, may be creature should act together. A so denominated; and on this ground the covenant of works, in the sense in appellation in question appears to have which it has often beeu explained, been originally adopted. Some, however,
· we do not believe ever had exist· through ignorance and mistake, have been led to confound it, in a great mea- ence, except in systems of human sure, with a compact between parties on a theology. The phrase itself never level, and to feel as if the obligation rested occurs in the Bible, and the use on the consent given to it by man. No-' Lions of this kind, though seldom ex
of it tends more to perplex and pressed in so many words, really lurk in bewilder than to explain or illusthe minds of many, and have an injurious trate the will of God. We should effect on their views of many other sub- be gratified by quoting at large jects. Wben mention is made in Scrip
Mr. Russell's reasoning on the ture of the old and the new, or the first and the second covenants, for there are subject of original sin, and the two so called by way of eminence, Moses nature of man's depravity; in