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renewed mind, by enabling it to stiled “the Holy Spirit of prodiscern the reality of grace, and of mise:” viz.' because he not only his gracious work generally; but as takes of “the things of Christ faith is the principal grace of all, and shows them unto the believer; and as this, in conjunction with all but shows him, also, his own inother graces, is his own gift, his own terest in them, and his entire right workmanship; and as the believer and title to them; faith grounding can no more exercise this by any its claim on the absolute promise strength, or sufficiency of his own, of Jehovah, the simple warrant of independent of divine influence, his word. Thus it will appear. than he could at first produce it in that although the Spirit may not his heart; therefore, perhaps, it is restrict himself to means; although chiefly by means of this grace- he may, and perhaps sometimes the grace of faith—that the Holy does, carry on his work wholly inSpirit testifies to his adoption. dependent of them, yet he ordiAnd if we take into consideration narily operates through the methe particular respect which faith dium of the word, and more eshas to the promises of God's word, pecially the promises of that word it may lead us to understand why in bearing witness with our spirit the Holy Ghost is so emphatically that we are the children of God.
J. E. J.
ON PRAYER. With respect to the nature of way of enjoying God while we are prayer, it involves in it, 1st, A in this world--a soul in converse sense of our needs—or else, why with her God, is heaven! It is pray at all? 2d, A firm belief of the way to obtain the best of blessGod's ability to supply our wants ings. “ For these things will I be
-else why seek to him? 3d, A inquired of, and put me in rememgoing to him in the appointed way, brance: saith the Lord.” It is a even by Jesus Christ; pleading his mean of resisting your most forpromise, and asking for the Holy midable foes; for they cannot hurt Spirit to help our infirmity, to you while all prayer is your weateach us to ask aright, and to work pon : and it is heart-ease to the faith in us; for it is the prayer of afflicted soul-" Call upon me in faith that avails.
the day of trouble, and I will deWe must continue in prayer; liver thee; and thou shalt glorify watch thereunto ; watch for op- me!” . portunities of prayer; watch pro- Our prayers should always be vidences, as a ground for prayer; mixed with thanksgivings. We reand, with deep seriousness, con- ceive much, we enjoy much, and sidering what we stand in need of. we deserve nothing: truly then it We should watch after prayer, befits us, when we ask for new that we may perceive God's an- mercies, to acknowledge past swer : does it not betray a light ones; when we ask for new comand trifling spirit, to go to the forts, to praise a covenant God throne of grace, and there pe- for past bestowments. O, how tition for the greatest favours, and much has the poorest, the meanest, then, almost as soon as we rise to be thankful for! and how much from our knees, forget the very more still, they whose lives are subject of our prayers ?
crowned with loving kindness and The advantages of prayer are mercy! many and great. It is the chiefest
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OF ST. MARY'S, KILKENNY. MY DEAR FRIENDS,
and alike interested in finishing ONCE more, with humble our course with joy, that we may prayer for the divine direction, I meet before the Lamb that sitteth would address you upon the all- upon the throne, to celebrate for important subjects of the Sacred evermore the wonders of redempScriptures the immortal soul- tion. The exertions which have and eternity. Once more I would been made in this country for seendeavour to detach your minds veral years past, to circulate the from the things of time, which dis Holy Scriptures, and to establish tract, or pollute, or oppress them, schools, in which their divine, and and lead you to a sober meditation therefore invaluable, truths might upon awful, and glorious, and sub- be impressed upon the minds of the stantial realities. Once more I rising generation, have proved very would take advantage of passing successful. Inquiry into their chaevents, to show you how needful it racter and tendency, and also into is to have the mind “ stayed on the the obligation of all men to peLord;” to “ trusc in him at all ruse them, has been excited ; intimes;” to live in his “ fear all the quiry has produced discussion; day long;" to wait, look out for, and although in some instances a and haste unto his coming, that you spirit, quite opposite indeed to may“ be found of him in peace, that meekness which they inculwithout spot and blameless.” Once cate, has been exhibited—yet, on more, in offering you a word of ex- the whole, the result has been fahortation, dictated by the sincerest vourable to the cause of genuine affection, I would entreat you to religion; and it will be found evenforgive all my errors, to cover with tually to promote what every true a mantle of love all my infirmities, Christian has at heart, “ Peace and to pray for me, that I may on earth, and good will towards live more under the influence of the men." I sincerely hope, that you truths which I preach, and preach have been led to set a higher value with increasing fidelity “ the Gos- than you have ever done upon the pel of peace;" so that I may re- writings of the Apostles and Projoice in the day of Christ, that I phets; and it rejoices me to obhave not run in vain, neither la- serve, that a proof of it seems to boured in vain. God has not only be afforded by the late great inbrought us together, and establish- crease of our congregations at ed between us a bond of close and church. The undeniable fact, that intimate union, involving on both the Scriptures are the word of sides the discharge of many im- God, is in itself a sufficient proof, portant duties; but he has con- that they justly claim the attentinued it for the long period of tion of all men ;-and upon a due more than twenty-five years. The examination of their contents, it recollection of this circumstance will be found that there is no comshould stimulate us to show ala- mand given or implied, to restrict crity and diligence in our different them to any one portion or class vocations; for the longer we have of the human race. So far from been spared, the nearer have we it, the will of the Lord is, that the approached to the end of our Gospel should be preached to earthly journey. In the ordinary “every creature,” — and that its course of Providence our separa- saving health should be made tion will, at no very distant period, known among all nations. And take place; and we are all deeply what is the Gospel? It may well be called “good news;" for it is the High Priest of our profession. the revelation of God, containing The offering of Jesus Christ once the words of eternal life, and mak- for all, was not made in secret; ing known the way, the only way enemies as well as friends, devils by which that inestimable blessing as well as angels, were witnesses can be attained. In that revela- of it. Men were inspired to retion the manifold wisdom of God cord it; men were commissioned is displayed in a variety of ways, to preach it; miracles were and, in the most astonishing man- wrought to confirin it; every counner, as connected with the works try that could be visited by apoof creation and Providence; but stolic zeal, was cultivated by apoit is in the glorious plan and work stolic labour; and sufferings acute and fruit of redemption, that it and long continued were patiently shines most brightly, and in such undergone, for the sole purpose of a manner as to produce a holy publishing, that there was no name desire in the minds of angels to under heaven given among men, look into, for the purpose of com- whereby they could be saved, but prehending, in some measure at the name of Jesus ; and that he least, its height and depth, and was " set for salvation for the ends length and breadth. In that re- of the earth.” Let us not hide this velation there are rules laid down, invaluable talent in a napkin, or and principles established for the bury it in the earth; let us not regulation of the opinions, the place the light of divine truth temper, the business, in short, under a bushel or a bed; but lathe whole conversation and con- bour with unabated diligence in a duct of man, so suited in every spirit of love, humility, and prayer, respect in his case, that his com- to enrich and enlighten others. fort must increase as he is in- Our cause is good; our help is fuenced by them. Above all, in mighty; our success is sure; “ that that revelation it is announced, which is noted in the book of that God the Father would, and in truth” will certainly be accomthe fulness of time did, show his love plished, for it is the word of Him to a world of sinners, of rebels, of who cannot lie. I would here enemies, by sending his own be strongly recommend to your seloved Son, the eternal “ Word,” rious perusal the first Homily, as “the brightness of his glory, and admirably calculated to afford the express image of his person," sound instruction upon the subthe Prince of the kings of the ject of the Holy Scriptures. Inearth," to take upon him our na- deed it is much to be desired, that ture, that he might “ suffer, the every adult member of our church just in the room of the unjust, to possessed the entire book of Hobring us to God;" that “ he who milies, and read them constantly; knew no sin might be made sin for for they, in connexion with the us, that we might be made the Articles and Liturgy, clearly show righteousness of God in him," that that her doctrines are drawn from, his payment might be accepted by and can be proved by the infaldivine justice for our debt; and lible word of the Most High God. that being thus made free, through See Articles 6, 7. faith in his atoning blood, and You cannot be ignorant of the having obtained access unto the fact, that the judgments of the Father, by the Iloly Spirit, we Lord are abroad in the earth; and might be cheered by the assurance that in our own land there is great of having secured for us in heaven, cause to fear, on account of crimes the everlasting advocacy of Him, of the blackest die committed in who, though a victim, was also the face of the sun. There is in
the history of God's providential known unto God; and we may be dealings a melancholy narrative of assured, that the peace of God national judgments, produced by which passeth all understanding national sins; and we have no rea- shall keep our hearts and minds, son to expect an exemption from through Christ Jesus. them; but, without presuming to During the past year some have look into futurity, or to calculate been taken from amongst us in the upon the “ secret things” which prime of life, in the vigour of belong only to God; let us be pre- health-in the prospect of future pared for a suffering as well as for respectability. It is painful, and a prosperous state; let us remem- yet profitable, to recur to those ber that it is only in the path of striking instances of mortality; righteousness we can walk se- they speak an intelligible language curely—that it is only by the shield to the survivors--a language which of faith we can ward off the darts we ought not to disregard. May of our enemies—and that the their sudden removal remind us, sword of “ the Spirit, which is the that death will come as a thief in Word of God,” is the only wea- the night. May their blighted hopes pon we are warranted to employ. serve to show us “ how vain are He who delivered the three bre- the hopes of man;" may their althren out of “the burning fiery ready moulderiug ashes announce furnace,” and “ shut the lions to us, that our flesh is as grass, mouths” when Daniel was cast and all our earthly glory as the into their den, is able to deliver flower of grass; may the recollecthose who serve him from the fury tion, that time is with them no of the oppressor; is able to com- more, operate upon us to redeem fort them under all their tribula- our yet remaining hours; may the tions; is able to make the “ wrath awful word- Eternity! never cease of man to praise Him." Confi- to sound in our ears upon earth; dent therefore in the presence, and and throughout its endless ages, promise, and blessing of Jehovah, may we, and all who are dear to let us " put our trust in him, and us, unceasingly sing, “ Worthy is we need not be afraid of what man the Lamb." The Lord Jesus can do unto us;” let us seek our Christ be with your Spirit. “ refuge in the shadow of his Your very affectionate Pastor wings, until our calamities are and faithful friend, overpast;" let us “ in every thing,
Peter Roe. by prayer and supplication, with Kilkenny Jan. 1, 1825. thanksgiving, make our requests
WANT OF CHEERFULNESS IN PROFESSING
CHRISTIANS. THERE are three reasons why which is to be had in Christ only, some professors of the Gospel are and that is, perfect righteousness; not so cheerful as they should be: and, thirdly, others are expecting -first, some are seeking for that that on earth which is to be found in the world which is to be found only in heaven, and that is, perin God alone, namely, perfect sa- fect holiness. tisfaction; secondly, many are
M. Henry. looking for that in themselves
REVIEW OF BOOKS. Observations on the Religious Pe- no one ever attempted to defend:
culiarities of the Society of The Church of England calls BapFriends. By Joseph John tism a Sacrament; that is, an oath. Gurney. Third Edition. Pp. or obligation, entered in'ɔ on ad. 334. 12mo.
mission into the Church. She. This volume contains a clear also, defines a Sacrament to: conand succinct account of the pe- sist of two parts, an outward and culiar principles and practices en- visible sign, and an inward and tertained and adopted by the So- spiritual grace; and she holds the ciety of Friends. Both the style Sacrament to be only complete and spirit of the work are credita- when both these are present in the ble to the author; and he has sucs ordinance. And yet we find Mr. ceeded in exhibiting the sentiments Gurney, as if entirely ignorant of and conduct of the body to which this, constantly speaking of Baphe belongs in a very favourable tism, as “the mere outward rite of point of view.
immersion in water,” p. 82; "a Amidst, however, much that is merely external ceremony," p. 87, excellent, and much which de- and the like. There is nothing serves the highest commendation, more easy than this method of ar he has, on most of the leading guing; by which a fallacy is first. topics under discussion, advanced put into the opponent's mouth, and various positions which we cannot then triumphantly refuted. concede, and arrived, in many in- But we must next contend, that stances, at conclusions from which the method of examining scripwe totally differ. To state and tural evidence, adopted by Mr. illustrate all these points of dif- Gurney, is calculated to lead to ference would both exceed our li- erroneous conclusions. We can mits and involye us in a contro- very easily conceive a sincere and versy, which, however it might conscientious man adopting this gratify some, would not, we are method with the most honest and persuaded, be generally conducive candid intentions, and really ima. to the edification of our readers. gining that he was analysing and We shall, therefore, content our proving the strength of the scripselves with a few general remarks tural argument for any specific docon the argument advanced by Mr. trine; when, in fact, he was only Gurney on Baptism, the Lord's frittering it down, and forcing å Supper, and the Christian name. meaning out of isolated texts.
And, first, of Baptism. We which, when viewed in connexion decidedly object to the phraseology with other passages, they maniwhich Mr. Gurney adopts with festly were never intended to conreference to the Sacraments. He vey. That this is the effect of Mr. constantly speaks of them as Gurney's method of examination. " typical rites," in order to infer is, we think, very clear. Take, that these were included in “ the for instance, the manner in which system of types and sacrifi- he evades the force of two strong cial ordinances” which was abo- passages in favour of the Sacralished by the appearance and sa- ment of Baptism. crifice of the great antetype. But The first of these passages is he ought, in arguing against ordi- John, iv. 1, 2. “ The Pharisees pances generally used in the Chris- heard that Jesus made and bantian Church, to oppose them as they tized more disciples than John. are really received by its members, Howbeit, Jesus himself baptized and not to attack positions which not, but his disciples." This text