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gels are so intent in their observa- , thing to be inhabitants of this, tions, on the things of this world. world vessels, in which will be They look to the dealings of Christ expressed the riches of God's with our world, to see the most grace and mercy; or vessels of perfect manifestations of the glo- | wrath, fitting for destruction, by ries of their God. These are the which, God will laew his wrath, things, which inflame their love, and make his power known. and fix them in an ecstacy of ado | That God would glorify the riches ration and praise..

of his grace, by multiplying the I think, you will also conclude, vessels of his mercy, is I think, the that the guilt of mankind is incom- lincere prayer, of parably greater, than that which Your affectionate friend, banished the finding angels from heaven, or Adam from paradise. It certainly seems to me, that our

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this world and the next. acler. And we have been guilty M E N are not easily drawn to of innumerable transgressions, and I believe, and habitually to those against the obligations of re feel the power of sentiments, which deeming love ; whereas they were cross their prevailing inclinations guilty of but one fin, before their and favorite practices of living. condemnation became unavoidable. Hence it comes, that the repre

When you contemplate on the fentation of eternal misery to fol. immenfe advance, which Christ low an impenitent life is so hardhas made of the knowledge of ly received by mankind ; some God, and how he has enriched the wholly disbelieving the event, and universe, I am persuaded, you others trying to doubt ; altho they will say it was glorious in God to | cannot wholly silence the premonicreate such a world as this, and to tions of conscience. It is strange manage it as he has done. Your there should be such doubts, when heart will be drawn forth io praise, nature and providence are filled and you will be ready to call on with evidence, that the 6 wages all his intelligent creatures, to of fin is death." If we were impraise him for it. You will say in partial, and could look without your heart, that this world, just prejudice on the nature and govas it is, is an excellent world, and ernment of things ; we should that God in creating and govern- | fee that there is a provision for the ing it, deserves the admiration of fulfilment of the original threatenhis people. The earth is full of ing; and that the execution hath the glory of the Lord. It is no commenced, is continually going wonder, that Christ, who makes on, and hastening to a complete such rich discoveries of God, is fulfilment. When the scriptures precious to them that believe. I | assure us, that the wages and end have no doubt, but that, if your of fin, are death, no more is foreheart is right, you will more high- told, than we may look on the Jy esteem him for this, than for world and see actually taking place any temporal, or eternal blessings, every day; no more than serious which respect only your own soul. obfervation must discover in our

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forebodings of an evil conscience. I bling, they form resolutions of aSinners are not only condemned mendment, which are forgotten already : but the execution began, / when their trials are removed ; and in the moment, that the first crime they go on, in secure and pleafwas committed. Surely, it is | ing hope, although the sentence of strange to hear those, who are suf- God remains indelibly written, fering the beginning of death, de “the end of these things is death." ny that it will be perfected, accor- | -nor do they consider the subding to the sure word of God ; lject enough, to see how every so far as there hath been opportu-thing, in nature and providence, nity for experience, we have found portends a certain execution of the the infinite truth of God. He divine threatening. The power hath, from the beginning of the of God is steadily and irresistibly world, been going on in the fulfil.working! He pauses not, he stops ment of his prediction. It hath not in his course to consider what been a general rule, that individu- / shall next be done ; but with an als, families and nations have been infinite energy is executing the e. miserable, in proportion as they ternal counsels of his will, which have been finful. As there have mást terminate in the death of fin. been many kinds and degrees of|ners if they remain impenitent. fin ; so there have been of misery. 1 The death threatened mult As sin hath often been clothed in doubtless be allowed to mean, all the dress of virtue, and called by that pain and misery, both in the great and sacred names ; so misery, present and in the world to come, hath often been disguised with the which take place in consequence outside covering of earthly prof. of fin. Death in the world to perity and mirthful folly : but if | come, ought to be most alarming men's hearts could be opened to in confideration ; for however fehuman inspection ; and if the vere or constant the pains of this wretchedness of enmity, unsatisfi. world may be, they cannot exceed ed degres, vain wishes, and a fore the short duration of our earthly boding conscience, could be accu- lives. But when we consider rately inspected, it would be known death as eternal, the subject apthat the wages of sin have from the pears to be of infinite consequence. beginning been death. No man is I propose to illustrate, from sunfatisfied in himself. All are try| dry considerations in the existing ing for an alteration in their state ; nature of things, of the rational altho many do it, in a manner, mind, and of social relations, the that mult eventually increase their certainty that those who leave the unhappiness. Many are deluded world, in an unholy state, and with vain hopes and expectations, without such qualifications as are which have no foundation in na- required in the gospel of Christ, ture, nor any encouragement from must go to a state of misery. experience and the word of God. Although the testimony of God, · If the letter of the threatening, at / be a sufficient evidence that sinners, any time, alarms their consciences, without faith and repentance will they rest in an attempt to explain be miserable hereafter ; still, it is away its truth and certainty ; or highly proper to increase our own if some unhappiness, greater than conviction and diligence, by such the common course of life, brings racional considerations, as nature them to consideration and trem. and the subject suggeit ; and to fce

how this unhappiness will arise, light in the infinite object of pious from the existence of unholy prin- meditation and praise ; and thereciples and paflions in the mind : | fore they live without God in the and I fall attend to this point, world. Hence, also, it happens, with a particular application, to that they dislike a scheme of docthe necessity of our being renewed trine, which continually brings in the temper of our minds, by the those duties into their view, & urges Holy Spirit.

upon them, the necessity of a new 1. Those who appear little to heart and of a pious life. These regard the threatenings of revela are facts, which many can witness, tion, do still generally concede it from a recollection of their own to be probable, that Almighty past feelings ; and they are a pow. God and the place of his presence erful evidence that every unfancti. are glorious in holiness. Even the fied sinner is going into a state of selfishness of their hearts reluctates miserable existence fast as time against the idea of a God, wholly can roll him onward. This misdestitute of moral rectitude ; lest ery will arise from the immoral if this were the case they should nature of his own principles and fall under a tyrannical power. affections, in view of such objects, . But how can an unholy and un.) as must constantly be presented to renewed sinner be happy in going his fight. If God be holy, if to the holy presence and place of heaven be holy and the creature be God? Doth not the holiness and unholy, he must be unhappy when strict spirituality of the law make placed in a heavenly manfion. The it disagreeable to sinners? Is it not consequence will undeniably follow the holy and spiritual nature of re- from the premises. Thus the finligious worship, thatrenders them ner's feelings as he goes on thro so deficient in their attendance and life ; his disrelish of the divine so formal and hypocritical when rectitude and commandments ; and they offer to attend? Is it not the of the appointed duties of prayer holiness of God, which renders and praise, prove a present evi. meditations on his being and a dence of his future misery, if he sense of his prcfence so disquieting, I do not come to evangelical repent. that sinners wish to put away the ance and a love of God. Sinful great the awful subject of contem men, need only be acquainted with plation ?-Hence arises that neg. | their own hearts, to become affurleet of religious duties, in which ed of one of these two truths ; either many live, while clearly instructed that their hearts must be changed in their nature and importance. by the spirit of God, or that they Hence comes their dislike of pious are going to endless unhappiness. discourse-of religious companions | Heaven, is every where defcri

and of frequent seasons to praise bed, as being a near approach to and pray to God. Hence their God ; a life filled with praise and backwardness to feel his provi- | adoration ; as perfect love and dence, and truft in the divine aids obedience to the law ; and the of his power and goodness for what molt intimate and perfect communthey need ; and to seek his glory ion with the saints, who delight in constantly and consecrate their these employments. But how can all to his service. They have no those, who take no delight in such taste for such employments--no objects and employments, think relish for such duties and no de. ' of being happy by a removal to a

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world, where this is the only bles-, the sacred injunction, the institufedness? If they cannot delight in tion of the fabbath is exceedingly the law of God here, how will wise. Viewed, merely with respect they be made blessed by passing to the present state of man, it was into a condition, where the law is designed for salutary purposes and more clearly seen, and more per answers valuable ends. Was there fectly obeyed. If a fight of God, no future state, religion in general, in the infinite holiness of his na- 1 and the sanctification of the fabture and his omnipresent Being, bath in particular would be attendgives pain to their reflection now ; ed with happy consequences. will they not be more pained to | The peace and good order of socome near, even to his tribunal and ciety would be greatly promoted. his throne, and behold him in that The temporal benefits which it clearness, with which he is discovo confers are not its chief glory, ered in heaven, to the light of those but are certainly very proper to be adoring millions, who worship mentioned in demonstrating the around his throne, and cease not wisdom of the appointment and day and night, to offer praise and observance of the day. glory, and dominion to him and to Its original institution was at the Lamb who was Nain? Truly the conclusion of the work of cre. God is gracious, and there is a ation. The Almighty rested from Redeemer able to save unto the ut- all the works which he had made, termoft, those who love and trust and blessed the seventh day and him ; but if men are not prepared fanctified it. According to its ori. for heaven, it is the height of fin- ginal design it continues, through ning folly, to think they can escape successive ages, a period of rest for the fentence of eternal truth, and man and beast. Toils cease, and the course of nature.

1 exhaufted nature becomes refreshThe gospel was never designed ed. Such is the constitution of Lo repeal the law of God, nor to man that ceaseless activity foon un. change the law of nature, that men nerves and destroys his vigour, must be unhappy, when all the ob Incessant labour would defeat its jects around them, and the em- | very purposes, and instead of ada ployments in which they are enga- vancing would retard the progress ged, are contrary to the talte of | in the active pursuits of life. Extheir minds. .

ertion too violent or too long con(To be continued.) i tinued will destroy the tone and

energy of the bodily system. Fee. Political benefits of the Sabbath.

bleness will be the necessary result.

The great mass,-aby far the TN an age when the duties of greater proportion of mankind are

I the fabbath are so greatly nego necesitated to engage in laborious leded and the day itself so much pursuits. Even the kind depardespised by many, it may not be cure of the day and the welcome improper or unprofitable to endeav. / approach of the shades of night, or to thew that its observance is at afford but a partial relief to their tended with important benefits of weary limbs-an incompetent rea political nature. These bear no frethment to nature exhausted with comparison with those which are fatigue. The stated return of a moral, but are by no means small. day on which all usual occupations Independent of any morality or are to cease-secular employments VOL. 1. No. 6.

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be laid aside, and man and beast I so toilsome, that they cannot honenjoy a respite from toil, must be or God in his sanctuary on the highly grateful. After the labors fabbath. Upon this principle, was of the week, the tranquility and there no such divine institution, rest of the fabbath are peculiarly they would be necessitated to refrain agreeable. They fit for renewed from their secular employments. exertion with increased vigour. | In countries where the papal in--Strength is recovered---nature, fluence hath spread, and many days worn down with excessive toil, is in the course of the year, have been refreshed, and the usual task of the consecrated, by human authority, week is performed with wonted to religious services, we see, in energy, activity and pleasure. some measure, the pernicious efHuman affairs would lose their or- fects resulting from their multiplider and proper season without the cation. The proportion of time fabbath. The all-wise Creator per. consumed in the numberless rites of fectly knew what was adapted to superstition hath caused the arts and the state and circumstances of man. business of life to be neglected, and Divine wisdom is very eminently poverty to overwhelm many, who displayed in the portion of time were they industrious, might enjoy separated for holy purposes. A ease and plenty. The fabbath alless portion would not have answer. fo greatly contributes to cleanliness, ed the design of its appointment, which is the parent of health. It in the refreshment of man and affords a very proper and a unibeast ; a greater would too much versal opportunity to attend to this have diminished the period neceffa important point in the preservation ry for secular pursuits. It is alto- and happiness of life. gether probable that as much or

A. even more extensive business is per - (To be continued.) formed in the fix, than would be in the seven days. Man is far more TO THE EDITORS OF THE Coxvigorous and capable of activity NECTICUT EVANGELICAL MAthan he could be was there no day | of rest. Should it be faid that the feels

GentLEMEN, ings and circumstances of individ

AS expositions of doubtful uals would point oùt the proper pe

passages of scripture, are among riod of rest; it is observed, that

the objects embraced by your Mag

azine, I offer you for publication there is a mutual dependance and connexion, in the affairs of life,

Dr. Guyse's Paraphrase, and note between the members of commu

on John X. 34, 35 and 36. To nity, which extend to branches of

which I have taken the liberty of business so numerous as to render it

adding a few remarks.

Yours, &c. necessary that activity should at the fame time pervade the whole.

PHILOTES. Otherwise some who would be ac

THE TEXT. tive from inclination would be hin! JESUS answered them, is it dered in their occupations by the rot written in your law, I said ye inactivity of others. Delay and are Gods ? If he ëslled them God's, confusion could not be avoided.-- unto whom the word of God came, It is now the complaint of fome, and the firipture cannot be broken : that the labors of the week are say ye of kim, whom the Father.

GAZINE.

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