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KING OR THE JEWS.' ' He came' first light glimmered in the sky, which
to his own, and his own received lim gradually decayed, and became pot; and therefore are scattered an almost insensible, but began to mong all the nations of the earth. Yet brighten again during the captivity they shall return, and look on him of the Jews by the Babylonian whom they pierced ;' aud' every tongue shall confess that he is Lord, to the monarchs; and, from that period, glory of God the Father." Vol. I. p. continued to gather strengib, till, 238.
at length, the morning star took We regret not presenting a much its station over the stable at Bethlonger passage on this latter sub. lehem. The Sun of Righteousness ject; but we shall, perhaps, gratify arose to set no more; and the light curiosity by giving a different kind again was clear and universal.” of quotation, for the purpose of
We should regret to quit such comparing it with one which oc
pleasing ground, but for what en
sues in the three next sermons to curs to us from the writings of Bishop Horsley, as an illustration the twenty-fifth, on Christmas-day. of the difference we have hinted at vine Redeemer's mission more fully
Here we find the blesings of our Dibetween the somewhat dishevelled genius of our American divine, and developed ; first, from John iii. 16 ; the finished style of a genuine next, from Nebem. viii. 10; lastly, English 'theologian.
. These dis
courses are of the most joyous and “ Thus, then, we arrange our ideas brilliant complexion. We mnight apon this point. The gracious promise safely select, at a venture, any pasto the first human pair, that 'the Seed
from them of a descriptive of the woman should bruise the serpent's nature, and use it as illustrating the head,' was never wholly lost. In the heathen world, like the original senti.
exuberant powers of a fervid ima. ment of a God, it became faint, and was gination, conversant with scriptural corrupted. But still a glimpse of it language, and pursuing scriptural sometimes appeared, especially in the views of the stupendous nature, miod of the studions and virtuous sage. divine attributes, and boundless and In the family of Abraham, it was kept unsearchable mercies of the Son of alive. At intervals it was renewed and God. On the great points of the unfolded. When the Jews were sepa. entire fall of man, and the total rated from all other people, and formed absence of all claim or recominto a nation under a Theocracy, the mendation to the favour of God, prophets of the Almighty repeated the Bishop Debon is particularly strikpromise, more and more explicitly; till, like the dawn, obscure at first, and ing; as the following passage, opening gradually, it expanded into amongst many others, will testify, fall light; and all observers saw, that It occurs in the first sermon in in the east the sun shonld presently ap. proof “ how God loved the world.” pear. There was a full expectation of a Personage great, and greatly to be said to be given upto us; which plainly
• You will observe, that the Son is honoured, when Christ was born; John sent no unmeaning nor untimely indicates, that there was no claim in the question to him in the text, Art thou receivers, neither obligation upon the he that should conie, or do we look for giver. It is entirely to the free and
disinterested compassion and goodness another?!” Vol. I. pp. 245, 246.
of God, that we are indebted for this The passage from Bishop Horsley great salvation. For, on the part of occurs in his Dissertation on the man, where was the least shadow of Prophecies of the Messiah dis- claim to this wonderful mercy? He had persed among the heathen :" In rebelled against his Creator. Under an This Balaam set the sun of pro- his life. And who can limit the degree
easy and equitable law, he had forfeited phecy in the horizon of the Gen- of sinfulness to which his depravity iile world ; and yet a total night tends ? Alas! it has been found suffi. came not. For some ages a twie cient to despise the lumilation, to which
his Saviour condescended for his ran- forth his Son to appear in the flesh, and som; to dash back the cup of mercy fulfil bis gracious pleasure. It is diffi. npon bis Maker, and prefer the servi- cult to conceive in what way God's love tude of iniquity. Had the Most High, to the world could have been so strong. then, left him to the fruit of his own de ly manifested. What could he have vices; nay, had he erased him utterly given us that was dearer to himself; from among his works, who could have what could he have given us of which laid any charge against the righteous. we were more unworthy; what could ness of God? And, on the part of the he have given us that would be to us a Deity, wliat constraint of wisdom or source of such felicity? "Made of God interest could have caused our preser- unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and vation? All angels that fill heaven are sanctification, and redemption;' he is
and so, for aught we know, are the both the pledge and security to us, siniubabitants of a thousand worlds. What ful beings, of the remission of sins and are we, and what is our origin, that we
eternal life. But we strive in vain to should, by our being, add any thing to
rise to a full apprehension of the great. his glory; or by our service, to his hap- ness of this mercy. We may perceive piness! "He speaks, and it is done;' the benefit; we may rejoice in the bliss; and were we remuved for ever from the but we must say, with the great Apostle creation we have blemished, in the place of the Gentiles, that the love which pro we occupy, beings of surpassing inno. duced it passeth knowledge.”” Vol. I, cence would, at his fiat, appear. Nay, pp. 262—264. from everlasting to everlasting, without aid or benefit from any of his creatures, mated under the sacred text, in
Amongst the causes of joy intihe hath, in himself, the utmost pleni. which we are enjoined
pot to tude of glory and bliss. Nothing, there. fore, but that benevolence which in
be sorry, for the joy of the Lord is duced him, for the communication of our strength,” we find the followhappiness, to give existence to the crea. ing characteristic effort of our tures ; nothing but that ineffable love, preacher's pathetic, as well as arwbich makes him the fit object of the dent, imagination. entire affection of every intelligent “ By the coming of the Redeemer, being, could have actuated him to re. that dominion of death is destroyed, sign the beloved Son of his bôsom, for which kept the living in terror, and the recovery of our ruined race! He seemed to threaten to hold the dead in saw the unhappy condition into which eterual bondage. Anxiously had nahis erring children had brought theme ture looked into the tomb. With a selves by transgression; he saw and heart overcharged with emotions, she pitied them.
He desired to rescue endeavoured to look beyond it. But them from impending destruction. His all she could with certainty discover own Sop he would give to make atone. was mouldering relics of wliat man had ment for their guilt, by the sacrifice of been. Amidst these she stood, listen. himself; his own Spirit he would give, ing in anxious awe, if from unseen forms to repew them in righteonsness; his any sound might be heard of departed own nature he would permit to be unite beings, still in existence. But there ed with theirs, that the diguity they had seemed none to answer, neither any lost migbt be restored, and man be be- that regarded. Hope whispered to her, gotten again to the love of his Maker! Listen niore intensely, for that the spirits In this way, he would commend both which had animated these relics yet did his justice and his mercy, to all the live. Again she paused; again she subjects of his government; and a be. called ; again she hearkened; but all loved part of his family be brought back was solemn stillness. She turned from from the paths of perdition, to the en-, the tomb, clinging to the consideration, joyment of that happiness for which he that no voice had been heard unfa. created them. In the moment, there. vourable to her wishes. She looked fore, in which he passed upon man the back upon it, yet longing after imdoom, which immutable troth required, mortality; but it was ' a land of darkhe consoled the hopeless offenders with as darkness itself; and where the promise of a deliverer. And when the light was as darkness. But before the fullness of time was come, the period the power of Immanuel this kingdom which his wisdom had chosen, he sent fell. He overcame the sharpness of
death, and opened the kingdom of cent intention*. They have two of heaven to all believers.'. Through his the very worst effects when made, most blessed Gospel, we have the com
as they are, the system of some fortable assurance from him who holds
theologians. They insinuate some the keys of life and death, that when the waves of this troublesome world
claim of our own on the favour of have subsided, we shall find a haven God, in conjunction with that exwhere there shall be no more storms, clusive claim to be urged through nor fears, nor death, and the tears shall the righteousness of Jesus Christ; be wiped from all faces. • Forasmuch and they woefully mislead the as the children were partakers of Azh practical Christian into a tendency, and blood, he also himself likewise took
ever too easy, not to aim at the part of the same; that through death he original and proper purity and might destroy him that had the power
perfection of his valure; contrary of death, that is, the devil; and deliver
to the declaration of our good them who, through fear of death, were all their life-time subject 10 bondage.""
bishop, in the very sentence preVol. I. pp. 270, 271.
ceding the above quotation, where In the former page we had been
he appeals to “ the help of God's reminded by the Bishop, that Spirit, for assisting the feebleness through Christ,
of nature, in recovering its pris.
tine excellence and beauty." We “ We are assured of a righteousness, which shall supply our deficiencies, through
make these observations, not for which our sincerity shall be accepted instead
the purpose of lowering the credit of that innocence we have lost; and our im- of our departed and truly pious perfect obedience, for that perfection to instructor in the faith of Christ, which we are unable to attain.
from whom we should have expected longer are left to err in vision, and to stum- the fullest acquiescence in our ble in judgment."
stricture, but for ihe benefit of the On this statement we submit how living, and to make our views stand far our excellent bishop may not perfectly clear in our attempt to do in some
himself have full justice to the work before us. “ stumbled in judgment," when It is not easy to stop to weigh the he makes our Saviour's righteous propriety of a passing expression ness a mere supply for deficiencies when we are sucumoned to far other to those whom he so repeatedly raptures than those of chilling crishews to have no claim whalever ticism; when the angels are deon the favour of God, but ihat scribed ushering in the day of the righteousness. We also entirely nativity, and their songs are question the acceplance of since rity instead of innocence ; believe * We perceive that the epithet" im. jog assuredly, that, in the place of perfect,” in the last extract, is of British our own innocence, no worthy mannfacture, not being to be found in substitute can be found but the
the American edition. Not having sea perfect innocence of the all-spot- marked the interpolation till this sheet less Lamb of God; and, for the per
was passing through the press, we have
not time to compare the two editions, fection to which we are unable to
in order to discover what other alteraallain, no obedience, we believe, tions the English editor may have introwill ever suffice, but the obe- duced into Bishop Dehou's text; but we dience, ever perfect, of Him who, are always very jealous of such unac“ being made perfect, became the knowledged alterations, and particuAuthor of eternal salvation to all larly after some well remembered speci. them that obey him." In short,
mens in the publications of the venerable ibese expressions, considered by Society of which Dr. Gaskin is the Secre.
tary. In the instance before ns, the themselves, we should regard as fundamentally unsound; though, the inaccuracy which we have ourselves
alteration proves that Dr. Gaskin felt we question not, used often, as
adverted to ; but we do not think that now, with a very sincere and inno
even his qualifying cpithet obviatos it, CHRIST. OBSERV, No. 246.
" wronght up to rapture by the view sions, for which, amidst so much of our bliss; and the skies are rent by excellence, it is rather difficult to them with affectionate gratulations. In account, we shall proceed, without deed, on this day, 'mercy and truth are met together,' the Law and the Prophets
further animadversion, to the three present themselves, Saints and Angels
sermons on the Epiphany. The are assembled, God and Man are units first of these, from Isa. IX. 8. ened, to manifest, proclaim, and extol the ters at large upon the dealings of wonderful goodness of the Creator, and Divine Providence, with the Genthe singular honour and happiness of tiles coming to the light of the his human creatures. And who, amidst Gospel, and the Jews rejecting it the grandeur and the transport of the in wilful blindness. The next, scene, can avoid partaking of the ge from Matt. ii. 9–11. delineates neral glow? Who among the sinful offspring of Adam, has not cause to leap duct of the wise men coming from
more fully the character and couas an hart, at the iidings of redemption; especially when assured, that his Re. the East to Jerusalem. The third, deemer is mighty, even the Holy One; from John viii. 12, demonstrates and his Intercessor, the beloved Son, the blessings of Him who said, in whom the Father is ever ' well “I am the light of the world;" pleased ?"" Vol. I. p. 285.
more especially, in contrast with We pass over a short but edify- the situation of mankind before his ing sermon, the twenty-fifth, on the rising, their deplorable ignorance Circumcision, to arrive at the two and wretchedness,--and the world, next, on New Year's Day: the as to its religion, morals, and exfirst teaching us, from Ephes. v. pectations, overcast with clouds, 10, to “ redeem the time;" the and filled with blindness and desecond applying the parable of basement. At the approach of the the fig-tree cumbering the ground, Divine purposes, it is true, “ Profrom Luke xiii. 7, 8. There are phets, like the planets of night, indeed, in these sermons, as in while yet the sun was unseen, some of their predecessors, no very glowed with his beams, and, in harstriking beauties to redeem them monious concert, proclaimed the from other imperfections, in style certainty of his existence, and inand arrangement, which these vo- structed the devout to be waiting for lumes often exhibit.
his appearance." p. 343. OpporIn the first sermon, after speak- tunities had before been offered for ing of the impossibility of recalling the acquisition of saving knowledge. the moments which, once gone, are “ The wanderings of the Patriarchs, ever,
find them in the first ages, carried a knowledge of in the eternity of God, at the day the true God among the Canaanites, the of judgment,” testifying for or Egyptians, the inhabitants of Mesopoagainst us, the Bishop hints, more tamia, and many countries of the East. than once, at a very questionable The captivities of the Jews, under the mode of atoning for their loss, and Mosaic dispensation, brought the Divine so recalling them.
We may, by
name and character among the Assy. increased tidelity, make some atone
rians, the Medes and Persians, and ment to our Creator for past pro- The dispersion of the tribes, and, in
many polished neighbouring nations. digality, and some return for his deed, the commercial intercourse of the mercy in still prolonging our be- Hebrews with other nations, must have ing." p. 300.
introduced the mention of the true God And again, he speaks of what among the inhabitants of Europe and " should make us tremblingly soli- Asia, and of all places whither they citous to regain what we have lost,
went. The prevalence of circumcision and atone for what we have abused.”
among some heathen nations, and many
parts of the mythology of others, are, But baving before protested
to this day, vestiges, defaced vestiges, of
the course of truth; monuments of opagainst these occasional,
expres- portunities afforded all men to become
acquainted with the true theology." Vol. the multitude of heathens, upon whom 1. pp. 319, 320.
the light of the Gospel hath not shiped. And the Bishop gives it as his While their dark, degraded, dismal conopinion, that
dition excites your gratitude for your • The Holy Ghost did frequently if yon have means or opportunities,
Christian felicities, let it prompt you, strive in the hearts of the beathen. faithfully to use them for extending to This blessed Spirit, which the media
the benighted heathen the instructions tion of the Son hath purchased for the
and bopes in which yon are happy. children of men, lifts his still small voice' in the bosom of every man. What Means and opportunities, have you ever attainments in trne wisdom or vir. none? Yes. You may give them your tue we find in the heathen world, all prayers. And what Christian will ne. was the fruit of the assistance of that glect to do this, when he considers, that blessed Spirit by which we are sancti- peace cannot be among men, till it is fied. His motions enabled them to shew
shed upon them by the Redeemer; and
that · Jerusalem must be trodden down the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing Gentiles be fulólled.'
of the Gentiles, until the times of the witness, and their thoughts the mean
“ Which brings me, in the last place, while accusing, or else excusing, one another.' And had they yielded to his
to observe, that upon God's ancient peogracious influences, he would, no doubt, ple, our elder brethren, we should be
stow the look and the wishes of an boly bave led them to God and virtue. But they preferred their carnal inclinations and anxious regard. "If the fall of
them have been the riches of the world, and depraved lasts. They resisted and quenched the Spirit. And God, surely, and the diminishing of them the riches
of the Gentiles, how much more their was not obliged, in justice, to preserve
fulness?' They are kept, yet, to acknow. them supernaturally from the conse.
ledge the Messiah, whom they have requences of their wickedness. No crea.
jected. They are reserved to be the ture can claim any thing of him as a right; much less sinuers the interference
crown of our Lord's rejoicing, the con
summating triumph of his word and of his mercy.” Vol. I. p. 319.
power. He came to our earth to be not The preacher here clearly places only the light which should lighten the an important inquiry on its right Gentiles, but also the glory of God's basis. ' He spcaks nothing of the people Israel.' Let us then, as our powers of unassisted reason;
church teaches us, offer our prayers for of that still remaining and only and Heretics ; that God would take
I all Jews, as well as ‘Turks, Iufidels, half-extinguished light of nature, in which some modern Pelagians
from them all ignorance, hardness of
heart, and contempt of his word; and are so prompt to discover, or rather
so fetch them home to his flock, that to fancy, the dignity of fallen man. they may be saved among the remnant Whatever of good was found amid of the true Israelites ; and made one the dreary waste of human depra- fold, under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ, vity, that he carries up to the se- our Lord.'” Vol. I. pp. 336, 337. cret but sanctifying influence of The many animated appeals of God's Holy Spirit: whatever of the latter kind, and the deep inteevil, to the voluntary departure of rest and profound views with which man's depraved will from the guid- Bishop Dehon seems to consider the ance and governance of God. The case of God's ancient people the extent of the evil we know no Jews, cannot fail, we trust, of stiwhere drawn out in more just or mulating many of his readers to join glowing descriptions than those in the pious efforts now making. of our American instructor; and we with abundant promise, for their seem as if irresistibly borne away, spiritual benefit. Never was the by his fervent and grateful acknow- boasted charity of the Christian ledgments of our own Gospel light, world, and even its prophetic sagato the duty he so appropriately re- city, more strangely deficient in its commends.
proper fruits than in this case : and “ Let me entreat you, to look upon even the present age is not wanting