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tification, that the person, who is such a profession, if, on these all the subject of it, should be com- interesting subjects, our souls are pletely freed from the condem- habitually languid and indiffer, nation of sin. His sins shall not ent? if the strength and fervour be matter of punishment at the of our affections are prostituted great day. Besides this, God will to objects infinitely inferior ; to graciously bestow, on every such the pursuits of the world ; to the person, an everlasting reward. sordid gratifications of sense and In fine, we can fully subscribe to sin ? Is not the God whom we the spirit and meaning of the profess to serve, the source, the venerable assembly of divines, sum, and the perfection of all that “justification is an act of moral beauty and excellence ? God's free grace, wherein he Let our thoughts and our impardoneth all our sins.” The aginations take their widest consequence of which pardon range, and soar their highest must be, that we receive no pun- flight, in order to select and comishment, and, of course, cannot bine whatever is calculated to be treated as guilty ; but shall excite our best and strongest be accepted, i.e. treated, as if affections; and will not a single righteous in his sight; and thro' ray of the character of JEHOVAH free mercy, all righteous per- infinitely surpass, and totally sons will be rewarded.
eclipse the whole? Is such a LEIGHTON. Being as this to be treated with
coldness and indifference? Or
ought our whole souls to be abON CHRISTIAN ZEAL.
sorbed in the contemplation, love
and praise of his transcendent ex(Continued from p. 12, & concluded.) cellencies ? But let us consider,
for a moment, a subject still We have already offered some more calculated, if possible, to thoughts on the nature and dis
our bosoms. tinguishing properties of Chris. Let us meditate on the unpar. tian zeal, viewed both in a per- alleled benevolence and comsonal and more general sense. passion of the REDEEMER. A few remarks will now be add- Should we suppose,” says one, ed, tending to illustrate its im- “ all the love of all the men that portance and obligations.
ever were, or shall be on this First. We must be zealous earth, and all the love of the anChristians, or we are neither con- gels in heaven, united in one sistent nor real Christians. The heart, it would be but a cold heart, very profession of Christianity to that which was pierced with is a profession that our hearts the soldier's spear."* And let it are devoted to God, and engaged be remembered that this love, in his cause ; that with vigorous thus intense and matchless, is and ardent affection, we have the love of a God to a creature. embraced the divine glory, the It is the love of INFINITE PURIinterests of truth and holiness, TY to a creature most polluted and and the immortal good of our fellow-creatures, asour object. Now • See MACLAURIN's Sermon on with what consistency caņwe make glorying in the cross of Christ.
ill-deserving. What returns then accomplished, but with much apare due from a creature thus un. plication and engagedness of worthy, and thus favoured, lan.' mind, and many a painful, stren. guage must be inadequate to ex. vous exertion, Or to vary the press; nor can the most exalted metaphor, we have engaged, on mind fully conceive. But sure entering the Christian life, ly they must be something far warfare. Our enemies are nuremoved from indifference and merous, subtle, malignant, pow. apathy. If then our hearts are erful and persevering. Some of habitually cold to the Saviour; them are on earth, and others in if they take little interest in hell. And alas ! we have traitors those vast and momentous ob- in our own bosoms, who are but jects, for which he appeared in too ready to espouse their inter. fesh, and toiled, and died, our ests, and betray us into their guilt inust be great indeed. And hands. Now in what manner where, in this case, is relig. may we rationally hope to termi. ion ? It is a dream ; a nonentity. nate such a warfare as this, with We may have a name to live ; success and honour? Can it be but in reality, we are dead. We done with folded arms? Can it be may have the form of godliness; done in the indulgence of indobut the power, the animating soul, lence and ease ? No,' certainly. is wanting We may have con- This is not to be soldiers. It is fident hopes of peace and bles- impossible that heaven can ever sedness hereafter ; but like thé be obtained in this way. Every hopes of the hypocrite, they will power and faculty within us perish. We may be in high es. must be summoned to the conieem with fallible men, and the fict. We must be engaged, and world may resound with the in earnest, we must be active and fame of our piety ; but in the diligent, we must be all fervour eye of Heaven, we are nothing.' and animation ; or we shall lose
Again the difficulties of re, the victory. This is not said to ligion demand our zeal. What- cherish a vain confidence in hu. ever superficial thinkers, and man endeavours.' They are those unacquainted with their nothing, but as the grace of God own hearts may imagine, it is excites and crowns them. And no common nor easy thing to be if we are the real possessors of a Christian. He wbio best knows this grace, it will infallibly influ. what is in man, and what Chris- ence us to all these endeavours: tianity means, has told us that Nor can we ever lay hold on eterthe very entrance of this religion nal life, unless we thus strenuis strait ; and has therefore bid ously fight the good fight of faith. us strive or agonize, if we would . Farther, to excite our zeal, let not miss of it. But not only is us consider a moment how enthere a strait gate, but a narrow gaged and active men are in purway: nor have the difficulties suits infinitely inferior to those ceased when we have once enter of religion. The world around ed.
Indeed, they have but us is a scene of anxiety and hur. commenced. We have a per- ry, of labour and contrivance, of plexing, toilsome journey before deep-laid schemes and strenuous us; a journey which cannot be pursuits. Most men are full of
activity, solicitude and zeal. argument like this, to convince And to what point does all this sinners of its incalculable worth, tend?'' To the acquisition of ob- and bring them to a stand in jects, which perish in the using, their thoughtless career. They and to which, in a very few can resist the evidence of the years at most, they will be as in- 'ear ; they can harden themdifferent as the earth on which selves against sermons, prayers they tread. Shall these phan- and counsels; but what is visible toms of wealth and pleasure be carries its own demonstration pursued with such avidity, be with it. The example of a congrasped with such ardour; and sistent and fervent Christian carshall religion, that pearl of price, ries with it a kind of irresistible that glorious and eternal reality, persuasion. Would we wish to be treated with comparative list- see a reformation in the world lessness and indifference? Shall around us ? A reformation must those, who profess to be engag. begin with the children of God, ed in the service of the God of and much have they to reform. heaven, be the only torpid and o Christians ! you have too of; inactive persons in the world? ten and too long wounded the Shall those alone be careless and cause of your blessed Master by cold-hearted, who hope they your coldness, sloth and inconhave been redeemed by the sistency. Is it not time that blood of the benevolent Jesus ? you should begin to lament, Shall the interests of an immor. with tenderness and humility, tal soul, destined to happiness or the pernicious effects of such a misery supreme, be the only obe spirit and conduct; and earnestject which excites little concern? lý endeavour to remove them, Shall those, who claim to be the by exhibiting something which only thorough believers of the all must see to be the reverse ? word of God, set the example to Finally, consider the glorious the world, of practically treating rewards which await the sincere heaven and hell as mere chimeras followers of Jesus. Raise your and delusions? How astonishing, eyes above this earthly scene, to how lamentable must this be! the celestial mansions. Behold
Farther, let Christians be ex. there, an innumerable company cited' to zeal by all the regard of angels, and of saints now glothey have for the honour of rified, but once partakers in the God, and the good of their fel. same depravity; in the same low men. Would they wish all toils, difficulties and temptations around them to know that with which you are now beset. Bethey serve a generous Master, hold Abel, Enoch, and Noah; and that 'the service' carries its Abraham,' Isaac, and Jacob. 'Beowo reward in its bosom? Then hold the faithful prophets of Jelet them be all' animation and hovah, and the holy apostles of diligence in their work. Would our divine Redeemer. . All their they wish to let a careless world pious labours are crowned. All see what religion is ; how 'real, their toils and sufferings are forhow lovely, how sublime, how gotten and lost in the full and happy? Then let them live it beatific vision of divine glory. with spirit and consistency. No Yet they forget not their fellow
saints on earth. See this glori- ions. The one is, that all believous cloud of witnesses, bending ers possess it, and receive the from their celestial heights, to fulfilment of the promise here watch, to stimulate and encou- made. When those, who hold rage our progress heavenward. this opinion, are asked how it Do they not seem to assure us can be said, that pious prayers are that the conflict will soon be always answered, they reply ; past, and the victory won ; and that pious prayers are offered that all the toils and tribulations with submission : certain blesof the present scene are not sings are prayed for, with this worthy to be compared with the reserve, If they can be confer. glory, which shall be revealed ? red consistently with God's perShall not such contemplations fect designs. When the blesfire our cold hearts, and revive sing prayed for can be granted our dying resolutions ? Shall we consistently with divine wisdom, not blush to indulge the hope of it always is : therefore every piheaven hereafter, and yet live prayer is answered. here like the children of this Whatever truth there may be world ? Let us chide our slug- in these remarks, it is not that gish spirits, that they are so truth, which our Saviour meant backward to seize a celestial to convey in the place under conprize, and wear an immortal sideration. Luke has recorded Let us
the his words thus ; Whosoever shall months and years we have lost ; say to this mountain, Be thou re. the sloth and negligence we moved, and be thou cast into the have so long indulged. And sea ; and shall not doubt in his let the thought constrain us to heart, but shall believe, that the greatest activity and dili- those things, which he saith, shall gence in future. Let us cherish
to pass :
he shall have a noble ambition to walk worthi- whatsoever he saith. Here it is ex. ly our
our high profession and pressly said, that the thing asked, hopes. May God himself in- though very extraordinary, shali spire our hearts with every holy be granted. The language is resolution ! May the Giver of all such, as
we cannot suppose, good impart to our minds that would have been used, if the sacred flame of love and zeal, meaning had been any thing less. which his own Spirit alone can
The faith here required must, enkindle, and which shall never it is conceived, be a miraculous be extinguished !
Z. faith ; i. e. a faith, which enables
its possessor to work miracles.
It is the faith which Peter had, INQUIRY AS
when he said to the cripple at OF MATT. XXI. 22.
the beautiful gate ; “ In the name And all things whatsoever ye shall of Jesus of Nazareth, rise up and ask in prayer, believing, ye shall
walk.” receive. *
The character of Peter and
the credit of Christianity depende CONCERNING the faith bere mentioned, there are two opin- event with these words :
ed on the coincidence of the
he • The parallel place in Mark iş ch.
would not, therefore, have utter, xi. 23, 24.
ed them without full assurance
TO THE MEANING
that the event would follow. To' ily sensation might serve for have uttered them on any other such a mark, so likewise might ground than this, that God would a particular known state of the give soundness to the cripple if mind. When this was perceive he thought fit, would by no ed, an apostle might know, that means have corresponded with he should receive whatever he apostolic prudence. The same should ask, and that a miraculous apostle, on another occasion,
another occasion, effect would attend his speaking. said, “ Eneas, Jesus Christ mak. His faith would, in this case, eth thee whole." Surely there have a foundation. It would rest could be no doubt, in his mind, on divine truth. God had assurthat the cure would take place. ed him, that when such a sensa
In the passage quoted, the tion, or such a mark existed, didisciples are required to believe, vine power would be ready to that the thing requested shall be operate. He perceives this mark, received. Faith must have some and therefore must conclude, foundation. Would Christ re- if he believe God, that divine quire his apostles to believe any power is ready to be executed. proposition without good reasons A person, who in these circumfor believing it ? Here a difficul
stances, prayed, that a cripple ty of no inconsiderable magni- might be healed, might have the tude presents itself. The apos- best ground for believing, that tles could not, at all times, heal he should receive that for which the sick. Could Paul have he prayed. When Peter said, healed Trophimus, the latter Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee had not been left sick at Miletum. whole, he ventured his apostolic From the perfections of God, reputation not on precarious conthey well knew, that he would jecture, but on the veracity of interpose whenever the occasion Almighty God. should require. But how could
LEIGHTON. they know when the occasion did require? How could they Messrs. Editors, know, beforehand, that Trophi- Many of your readers are well mus was not to be cured by a acquainted with the zealous and miracle, and that Eneas the crip- indefatigable labours of Mr. ple were ?
WILBERFORCE, a member of the The writer would, with diffi- English House of Commons, to dence, offer a conjecture on this procure an abolition of the slave subject.
trade. In a debate on that subThat God could give to the ject, just before the late vote of apostles some mark, whereby abolition was carried, Sir Vicary they might dintinguish those Gibbs, the Solicitor General, paid occasions, on which he would a most dignified and eloquent interpose by a miracle, is not to compliment to that most worthy be questioned. He might, for and benevolent man. Presuminstance, fix on some particular ing that it will give pleasure to sensation, which should infallibly readers in general, and at the same indicate, that he was about to time show in what high estimacommunicate to them the power tion this eminent Christian patof working a miracle. As a bodo riot is held by that honourable