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hath fan&tified, and fent into the diate word he had committed the world, Thou blafphemeft ; because legal administration of the church I said I am the Son of God. and nation of Israel to them, as PARAPHRASE.
types and fhadows of the Melliah ; UR blessed Lord, far from and if the inspired writings, which
blaming them, the Jews) | thus speak concerning them cannot as if they misconstrued his words, be fallified, but must needs be fulanswered their cavil against them, filled in the Melliah's really porin the just sense in which they had sessing the divine dignity, that antaken them : Saying, How unrea fwers to the high title under which fonable is your being thus furious they prefigured him ; how per: against me, for speaking of myself, verse and daring is it in you to in these high terms, as that Son of charge blafphemy upon me, for apGod, who is God, one in nature plying terms proper to Deity to with the Father? If ye look into myself, as signifying my oneness in the scriptures, which ye profess to nature and perfection with the be guided by, do ye not find that Father ? Since I am the great anGod there fays of your Judges and titype and substance of those types Rulers, who in their office were and shadows, and am in truth, types of the Messiah,* I have said | what they were only in name, &c, ye are Gods, and all of you children of the Most High. Pfal. Ixxxii. 6. THE foregoing paraphrafe and If then he stiled those Magistrates note of Dr. Guyse, liave struck Gods, becaufe by his own imme. | my mind with conviction that the
title of Gods given to the Jewish * The sense, in which interpreters rulers was aliogether typical. The have usually considered the term Gods
types were of the nature of proph'in this place, as fignifying Magistrates in general, has, I think, milled them
ecies, they clearly foretold the exin their account of this and the fol
istence of the antitype. The Jews lowing verses, and very niuch sunk ish Magistrates being typically Gods, and embarrassed Christ's argument in and addressed as such by the Most them ; and is hardly reconcilable to High himself. was a plain predic. any tolerable sense of his reasoning vion that the Messiah the antitype, from them, that the scriptures cannot be broken. It seems therefore to me, that
that should be truly God.
This idea the persons here spoken of, under the gives force and consistency to our title of Gods, are not as has been com- | Saviour's reasoning, and adds an monly thought, Magistrates barely important meaning to the last clause considered as such, on account of lofthe oth verfeAnd the faris. their resembling God's dominion in the exercise of their power, or acting
tures cannot be broken, which on therein by authority and commillion any other supposition appears to from him. I much question whether have no meaning at all, and to be the title of Gods is ever given in Scrip- totally unconnected with the other ture to Magistrates in common ; but,
parts of the sentence. But if we as I apprehend, it relates only to Jewith Magistrates, who were typical of
| admit, that the title in consideraChrist, whose authority was ihadowed tion was given the Jewish Magifout by that, which they exercised in trates in a typical sense only, then the commonwealth and church of Il- undoubtedly it predicted the real rael, and to whom it was to be trans- I divinity of Christ. And the preferred, when he should appear to set Lainiar up his kingdom in the world ; and so
dictions of scripture must be fulfilthis denomination of Gods is not meta
| led- the Messiah must be God phorical, but typical, &c.
I equal with the Father. And therefore it was perverse indeed in , ing an holy and reverend use of the Jews, to accuse our Saviour of his names, titles, attributes, ordiblasphemy, for claiming to be, nances, word and workst; and in what the types had foretold he improving his appointed seasons of Thould be. Should this construc- worship, especially his holy Sabtion be admitted, I have to enquire bath, in the most lively exercises whether any Magistrates at this, of it, whether secret, private, or day can be considered as types of public, earnestly regarding his auChrist? And if not, Whether we thority as the reason, and intendhave any scripture warrant for giving his glory as your chiet end in ing them the title of Gods ? all.g
In regard to your own perfon, FROM THE LONDON EVANGELI- labor to have your heart habitual. CAL MAGAZINE.
ly spiritual, lively, burning with
love and holy zeal, inflamed and Letters on the exemplary behaviour | constrained by the redeeming love
of Ministers. By the late Rev. of Christ Thed abroad in it, and John Brown, of Haddington. | by the powerful influences of his (Continued from p. 100.) Spirit dwelling therein. Cherish
the deepest humility, meekness LETTER III.
and lowness of Spirit. Study Dear Sir,
to possess a courageous disposition TXT HILE you carefully al of mind, and as much hardiness
void the vices mentioned of bodily constitution as poffibie.* formerly, and, through the Spirit Study an habitual and orderly acof God, mortify the several in
tivity of difpofition,t in rehsting ward lusts from which they pro
Satan's teniptations, morrifying ceed, you mult in the lame man- your finful luftstitip regulating your ner study the exercise of every affections as to the objects on which Saving grace, Christian temper, and they should be placed the bounds practice, towards God, your neigh within which they should be kept, bor, and yourself ; as taught by and the due subordination in which the grace of God “ to deny un. they should move. A sluggill godliness and worldly lusts, and to
| and lazy as well as a timorous dislive soberly, righteously, and god.
position is of ipfinitely bad tenly in this present evil world.” In
dency in a minister, and may draw the study of holiness and devotion | upon him the eternal damnation of towards God, your saving graces thousands, and of himself in the and Christian tempers mult, in a lively and vigorous manner, be exercised in knowing, acknowledge
P f. xxix. 2. Rev. xv. 3, 4. Eccl.
| v. 1. Pf. cxxxvüi. 1. 2. Job xxxvi. 24. ing, worshipping, and glorifying $ 1f. lviii. 13, 14. i Cor. x. 13W.If. him as God, and your God in vi. 6. Luke xii. 35. 2 Cor. v. 14. Rom. Christ.* They ought to be em v. 5, and visi. 5. Luke xiv. II. ployed in like manner, in receiv Matth. xviii. 4. Num. xil 3. Psalm ing, observing, and keeping pure
CXxxviij. 6. Prov. iii. 34, and xvi. 19.
Matth. xi. 28. Acts xx. 19. I Pet. v. 3. and entire all the instituted ordi
Eph. ii. 8. * 2 Tim. i. 7, 8, and ii. nances of his worship ;t in mak
| 1, 3. Acts xx. 24. I Tim. v. 23.
t i Cor. ix. 24-27, and xvi. 13. * i Chron. xxviii. 9. Deut. xxvi 17. #1 Eph. vi. 12, 13. Gal. v. 17, 24. Matth. iv. 10. t Deut. xxxii. 46, S$ Col. iji. 1, 5. 1 Tim. iii. 2, 3. and and xii. 3256
| iv. 12. I Cor. vii. 29-31. Gal. vi. 14.
moft tremendous form.|| Study , necessary in your choice of a pious, an heavenly temper, as having prudent, active, frugal, kind, and your Saviour, Master, and portion | affable wife, who may be an help in heaven ; as employed in walk- and ornament to you and your ing and bringing others to heaven ; | family ; not an hurt, hindrance, and as expecting your infinitely reproach and grief.s in your great and gracious reward in heav- | family, a more than ordinary en. Study universal decency or knowledge of divine things, holibecomingness, in all your words, ness, devotion, love, harmony, deeds, gestures, and dress, suita- order and gravity, ought to preble to your office, your age, your vail :1 while you retain your augifts, the graces which you ought thority over them, * and prudentto exercise, and the circumstances | ly provide necessaries for them, t in which Providence hath placed you ought to manifest an affectionyou and the church of Christ.-. ate delight in your wife, sympathy This will render your honest and with her in trouble, and patient pious actions, lovely, even to the bearing of her infirmities. I The enemies of your religion. * In children whom God may give you, bearing adversity, especially suffer- should be brought up in the nurture ings for righteousness' sake, study and admonition of the Lord, withto exercise an earnest and vigorous out either sinful indulgence or crufaith in God's promises ; hope of elty in your dealings with them, his gracious and seasonable sup- and in due time appointed to some * port, and deliverance ; patience, proper business answerable to their
fortitude and constancy under his inclinations, abilities, and station correction, and kindly resignation in life. || Your servants should to it ; wisdom and prudence in have not only proper work and judging of the troubles and their wages, but ought to be carefully causes, and in using proper means instructed, along with your chilfor removing them.f Thus you dren, in the principles of religion, will attain to the most honorable and required and encouraged to as well as profitable part of the observe the secret, private, and Christian life, and be fitted for di- public ordinances thereof. 89 recting and comforting others in
I am yours, J. B. their adversity. I
. (To be continued.) In your family, you ought care. fully to choose fervants that are An Account of a work of Divina prudent and fearers of God. But
grace in a Revival of Religion, much more circumspection, and
in a number of Congregations in gracius direction from God are
New England, in the years 1798 #IL. Ivi. 10, 11. Ezek. ii. 6. Matth.
and 1799, in a series of Letters xxiv. 48-57, and xxv. 24–30. 1 Cor.
to the Editors. ix. 16, 27. 9 2 Cor. iv. 17, 18. Co!. [Continued from page 184.] iii. 1, 2. Phil. iii. 20. Heb. xii. 1, 2. * Job xxxii. 6. I Cor. xiv. 30, 40. § 2 Cor. vi. 14. 1 Cor. ix. 5, and vii. + 2 Tim. ii. 1, 3, 10, and i. 8. Pf. xxxix. 39. Prov. xxxi. 4 Gen xviii. 19. Ex. 9. 1 Sam. iii. 18. Acts xx. 24, and xxi. xx. 10. Josh. xxiv. 15. * 1 Tim. ii. 13. 2 Sam. xv. 26, and xvi. 10-12. 11, 12. † Deut. xxvi. II. 1 Tim. v. 8. 2 Cor. vi. 4. 2 Chron. xx. 12-20. If. Prov. xix. Eph. V. 25. Col. iii. 19. viii. 17. Mic. vii. 7-9. James i. 4. 1 Pet. iii. 7. || Eph. vi. 4. Col iij 21. Heb. xii. I-II. 2 Cor. i. 3--11. Prov. xxii. 6. SS Gen. xviii. 19. Jofa. • Tbeil. iii. 7, 8.
xxiv. 15. PL. ci. 6. Col. iv. I.
LETTER IX. I the word preached, strikingly mar.. From the Rev. AARON Wool
ked the deep folemnity of the au
dience. Never before did we witWORTH of Bridgehampton, Long
ness such a new-year's day. The Isand.
Lord was manifestly and powerful. GENTLEMEN,
ly present. Numbers were hopeT TAKE the liberty to send to fully brought into the liberty of the
you some account of the work gospel, and filled with joy and of God, in this quarter, last win- peace in believing ; and many othter and spring. It has indeed been ers became the subjects of that earnglorious. «The Lord hath done est solicitude about their salvation, great things for us, whereof we which continued with them, till are glad.” The attention, in this they obtained hope of their reconplace, began to be considerable , ciliation to God. Subsequent to the beginning of last November. this it was found that no private Before this, and as early as the houses would contain the people preceding July or August, there who flocked to conferences, even were manifest appearances of fpe- though there were two or three cial seriousness upon the minds of | meetings at the same time. Of a few individuals. Perhaps, pre. course our appointments were after. vious to the month of November, wards made in the church. For there had three or four instances of nearly three weeks, public worship hopeful conversion taken place ;was attended every evening ; and and a somewhat larger number of the house of God was, in common, persons appeared under conviction. much more crouded than it used
From this time, our weekly formerly to be, even on the fabbath. meetings for prayer and Christian Many who lived at the distance of conference, which had been kept two and three miles, were constant up, principally, thro the summer attendants. preceeding began to be more fre. The things of religion appeared quented. About the last of No-to engross the minds of all classes. vember or the beginning of De-Such as had been at the greatest cember, there was a more rapid in- remove from serious consideration crease in the attention, both as to were solemnly awakened ; and the the extent and folemnity of it. Itout-hearted made to bow under Our assemblies on the Lord's day fearful apprehensions of the wrath were much more full and folemn; to come. Among finners the comand the conference meetings which mon enquiry was “ what shall I do instead of once were now attended to be saved ?” The care of the soul twice in the week were crouded. | they considered as indeed the one The work continued to spread throwing needful. Worldly business the month of December, when | beyond what seemed immediately the glorious cloud of divine influ- | necessary was, in a great measure, ence seemed to encircle the whole laid aside and made to give place congregation.
to the concerns and interests of e. On new-year's day we attend- ternity. Much time was spent in ed public worship both in the af- visiting from house to house, and ternoon and evening.. At each religious conversation became uni. service the house of God was much verfal. Little else was to be heard thronged ; and an universal, eager, I in any circle. Many were mournand profoundly silent attention to ling under a penetrating sense of the
wretchedness, and danger of their | This has been the case till increasstate as finners, and not a few re- ing light, and comparing their joicing in the grace of the gospel. exercises with the gospel, have led This was the state of things thro' them on to a comfortable hope of the months of January, February their good estate. and March. In the month of A. Through the whole of this re- , pril, the ardor of the attention ap- markable seriousness much regularpeared in some measure to abate. ity has been observed. Order and The habitual seriousness however, decency have marked its rise and remained much the same as before ; | progress--and it has been attended and continues in a good measure with much outward peace and harto the present time. Considerable mony of sentiment. No oppofinumbers fill appear under deep tion has appeared. Satan has not and genuine conviction.
been permitted to get advantage Persons of almost every age, against us, by exciting any thing from 65 down to 10 or 12 years, like a spirit of rash judging, or bithave apparently been subjects of ter, cenforious speaking one of athe work. Children from ten nother. From the beginning every years old have been much awaken body seemed convinced, and dised, and some hopefully converted. | posed to acknowledge that what Those who have given the belt evi- they saw was indeed the work of dence of a saving change have gen. God. Its effects have been most erally been from 16 to 40 years of falutary. The vestiges of sceptis age. There have considerably ri- cism-and infidelity were swept a. sing of a hundred obtained hope of way, and differences and prejuditheir faving interest in Christ. Un ces, which had long interrupted der conviction the subjects have, the peace of fociety were happily in general, been made deeply sen healed. • Brotherly love, which fible of their utterly lost estate by has all along abounded, still conDature. . They complain much of tinues. It surprisingly put an end hard hearts and blind minds to complaints againit the hard docWhen thus reduced to self-despair, trines of the gospel, such as the they have usually experienced di- total depravity of the human heart, vine manifestations. These mani- | sovereign grace, &c. There was feftations, in some instances, have no danger of giving diiguft by been immediate and clear at first, preaching these doctrines too plainand connected with great sensible ly. The truth of them could not peace and joy in God and divine | be denied, whilst the power of ihings. But more cominonly they them was so deeply and manifestly have been flow and progressive. experienced. The moral reformaThe person has felt calm and com- tion has also been, in some good meaposed-and experienced a degree | sure,such as we could wish. Taverns, of inward peace and satisfaction in and other places of vanity and difa view of divine objects. But | sipation, which used to be frequentthefe exercises have not been such, 1 ed, are deserted. The novel and at first, as to bring in evidence of romance are exchanged for the their being new creatures. Many bible, and books calculated to have continued in this ftate for a furnish the most useful knowledge, considerable time, come for weeks and improve the heart in habits of without any apprehensions of their virtue and piety. The liouse of being the subjects of saying grace, 'God is still the place of general re