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which is divine? We may not, with impunity, tion, we are unable to discover. We do not add to the wisdom and authority of God, in his hesitate to say, that in the apostolic age, no plan of salvation. Let the true gospel be individual was regarded in the light of an preached and practiced, and all human pledges acceptable believer of the gospel, who merely will become nonentities : for the grace of God, confessed that Jesus was the Christ in which bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all words, but who was not immersed into his name men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and for the remission of sins. We feel persuaded worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteous that multitudes who heard the preaching of the ly, and godly, in this present evil world, ex- apostles, and saw the splendid miracles perpecting the blessed hope, namely, the appear formed in attestation and confirmation of the ing of the glory of the great God, and our Sa-gospel, like the Pharisees in the days of our viour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, Lord, believed in Jesus as the true Messiah ; that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and but they did not confess him in the appointed purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of way, because they loved the praise of men more good works.
than the praise of God. Are they the descripWe must now briefly notice the communi tion of believers in general to which our assocation of our ardent and zealous friend, who | ciate in the school of Christ refers ? Surely signs himself, “ A Learner in the School of not! We might proceed further with the arguChrist.” The words begotten and born, in our ment, but time and space alike forbid it on the language, are expressive of two very different present occasion.
J. W. states of being. We are informed by the learned, that the Greek language contains only: PROPHETIC DEPARTMENT. one word to express both these states. The Apostle James says, “ Of his own will begat he us by (or with) the word of truth.” In this
COMING OF THE LORD—No. VIII. process the heart of the sinner is changed, and | WHATEVER the different theories his views are altered : he has a living faith, of the coming of the Lord may be, all is warm in love, and quickened in hope. In concur in the opinion that it is to be this condition the sinner anxiously inquires an awfully grand and glorious event. what he must do to be saved? Or, if he be
To Christ's party, a day of gladness, further advanced in knowledge, he exclaims, ' a joyful and triumphant time : to the " See, here is water, what doth hinder me to
opposing party, a day of terror and be baptized ?” Or it may be that his pride,
alarm-a day of darkness, an era of stubbornness of mind, or ignorance in what
vengeance and destruction. way to obtain the knowledge of salvation in
We are glad to see that our breththe remission of sins, renders it necessary to
ren are becoming less imaginative and exhort, in the most pointed manner, “ Arise,
more rational on the subject ; that and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, call
such of them as too greedily drank in ing upon the name of the Lord.” This divine
the notions of Winchester, E. Smith, process humbles the sinner, whether he be rich
and the bold literalists, which in allages or poor, learned or unlearned. Nor, indeed,
and countries have usually terminated can one boast against another, of having more
in such schemes as Mahometanism, extended and clearer Christian experience than his associate, inasmuch as they are all pardoned
| Irvingism, Mormonism, or Materialin the same way: delivered from the power of
ism, have abandoned or are abandon
ing those romantic and visionary nodarkness, they are translated into the kingdom of God's dear Son.
tions and schemes of interpretation But our worthy “ Learner in the School of
which have, more or less, appeared Christ," seems to think that there was some
in every century since the age of difference between the baptized church at Co
Justin Martyr till now. losse, and those whom he terms believers in
There is still, however, among some general! In what department of the primitive
of us too much emphasis placed on the school, or in what part of the lesson book pro- importance of the restoration of the vided for the scholars, he learned this distinc- ' unconverted Jews to their own land.
Some seem to regard a restoration of dom of God and of Christma state of Israel according to the flesh, to the things no where contemplated ; nay, land of Judea, not merely as a con- rather, every where discountenanced summation most devoutly to be wished, in the New Testament.. but as the consummation of the pre- 3. Again, if returned to their own dictions of the Prophets. It becomes land in the style of some of the inus not to question, at this time, the terpreters, they must have a governreturn of the Jews to, Palestine. Such ment and national privileges of their an event is, to a certain extent, pro- own—a new monarchy or theocracy, bable. But were it to take place to- or the Lord Messiah in person. David morrow, it would not fulfil the pro- was to be their king politically, when phecies of the restoration of Israel. a restored people. Are we Gentiles
The with to the Romans opens prepared for this ? Have we not brighter scenes to our vision. A proved already that he will never rethorough conversion and restoration visit the earth till the last day of all of Israel to the rank of being once time? And were he to come in permore the people of God in common son as the Son of David, to reign in with the Gentiles—a restoration of Jerusalem over the Jews, would we them to “ their own olive tree,” to a think the Gentiles were at all blessed covenant relation to God, in virtue of by such an event ? Would we then the Messiah's triumph, is the burthen be “all one in Christ Jesus," as Paul of the prophecy.
has taught us ? That the return of Israel to Canaan 4. But, in the fourth place, we are is not a matter in which the Christian taught to expect their conversion to church is much interested, any more the Lord to occur rather in their disthan the Jews themselves, we infer persion, than when seated in their from the following considerations and own land : for it is through the mercy facts :
of the Gentiles that they are hereafter 1. The return or restoration of to obtain mercy : for, says Paul in Israel to Canaan, is neither promised this chapter, “as you in time past nor intimated in any form in the whole have not believed, yet now have obNew Testament.
tained mercy through their unbelief, 2. Unless their ancient temple and even so have these also now not obreligion should be restored, and the tained mercy, that through your mercy ancient wall of partition between the they also may obtain mercy.” Does Jews and the Gentiles were to be re- not this indicate that the Jews are to built, we can discover no great bless- be converted through the interposition ing that it could be to the present of the Gentiles ? Again, says Paul, Jews to take possession of the desola- “I would not have you ignorant of tions of many generations, the ruined this mystery, that blindness in part and dilapidated cities, and the poor has happened to Israel till the fulness impoverished valleys and rocky emi- of the Gentiles be come in ; and so nences of Judea. Besides, such bless- all Israel shall be saved ;” for “out ings as the land of Canaan contained of Zion shall come the Deliverer, in its best days, so far from being any and shall turn away ungodliness from part of the New Covenant promise, Jacob.” they are rather contrary to its genius! The passage now quoted from Isaiah and design. What have rich hills lix. 20, 21, is translated by Paul and valleys, floods of wine and oil, neither according to the Hebrew nor rivers of milk and honey, to do with the Greek of the commonly received the new covenant with the house of texts. According to the Hebrew it Israel! It would then be true that reads, com. ver. « And the Redeemer there is Jew and Greek in the king-shall come to Zion, and unto them that
turn transgression in Jacob.” But their adoption to be a portion of God's according to the Septuagint it reads, heritage is one. “For the sake of Zion the Deliverer! This is again farther intimated in will come and turn away ungodliness another promise still more plain, befrom Jacob.” Paul follows the latter cause spoken in the New Testament. rather than the former, yet makes the Jesus says by Luke, “ The Jews shall Redeemer come not to, but out of fall by the edge of the sword, and shall Zion. Well, we reconcile them thus: be led away captive into all nations ; He was to come out of Zion (the and Jerusalem shall be trodden down gospel church,) and to Zion (the old by the Gentiles, until the times of the covenanted people and thus receive Gentiles be fulfilled.” Were this again such of the Jews as turn to him ; the city merely, and not the people for in his providences and by his that are trodden down, it would be Spirit "he will take away their sins” | diffcult to reconcile it with the facts according to an ancient covenant, a of history ancient and modern. But specification of which we have, Hosea that the people, the commonwealth of iii. 3, 4, “For the children of Israel Israel, has been so trodden down, all shall continue many days without a the world knows and attests. But king, and without a chief, and with the close of this period shall come : out a sacrifice, and without an altar, for blindness in part, has happened to and without a priesthood, and without Israel (only) until the fulness of the manifestations; and afterwards the Gentiles be come in ; and then “all children of Israel shall return and Israel shall be saved.” But yet there seek the Lord their God, and David is room for farther light. (the beloved) their king, and will be
A. CAMPBELL. amazed at the Lord and his goodness in the last days.” Put these predictions from Isaiah lix. and Hosea iii. INQUIRIES OF A WESLEYAN. together, with the words of Paul, Rom. xi. 23. “And even they (the
NO. I. Jews) when they abide not still in It is now about two years since unbelief, shall be grafted in (to their one of the most eminent ministers own olive tree :) for God is able to living made the announcement that graft them in again.”
Christianity had come to a halt, and This fully intimates their conver- that so far as his information extended, sion. It is still more clear in the (and few, if any, possess the means of original than in the common version. more extended information) not one It is ean, when, (and not ei, if,) some- even of the most popular and influentimes an adverb of time, and not a tial religious communities could be conjunction. Many examples can be stated, on a general review of its progiven, such as 1 John iïi. 2, “When ceedings, to be making any progress he shall appear,” not “if he shall ap- in either the old world or the new. pear,” &c. But the common version And, indeed, it is now becoming a if implies this ; for the connection— matter of general observation, that the promise of a Redeemer, turning the prevailing forms of modern Chrisaway ungodliness from Jacob, and tianity are visibly losing their hold promising the taking away of their upon the public mind, and are not sins pationally indicates their general now looked upon with that extent of conversion." And so all Israel shall veneration and regard which they be saved” is Paul's own construction once received from large masses of of it. I believe Paul, and wait for the community. The impression is exthe restoration of all Israel to their tending, that the New Testament covenanted rights, amongst which contains somewhere within its pages
something better - something more the prevalence of true religion among worthy of God, and more advan- mankind ; and while I believe that tageous to man, than any of them the purest verbal exhibition of its have to offer to his attention and ac- principles will only make our inconceptance.
sistency and hypocrisy the more maniOne form of this prevailing dissatis- fest, and the ultimate result the more faction has resulted in a tendency to contemptible, should we fail thus to Rome-a love to what is antiquated exemplify its holy nature, yet would and venerable ; and I may add, to I not be understood as depreciating what is credulous and superstitious— in any degree the value, the excela very natural resort, under the cir- lence, and the efficacy of the divine cumstances, for weak and distempered word. I hold its manifestation to be minds.
necessary, indispensable, a sine qua Our object, in the following pages, non in the most absolute sense of the is, to explore, not the querile mum- | term, in every case of Christian conmeries of the middle ages, but the version. And there are many facts original apostolical Christianity ; the which would appear to indicate at most noble, vigorous, and Godlike present, that if that word be purely, subject furnished by the history of the clearly, and consistently exhibited, it world we live in.
will be very signally distinguished and Among other matters of interest, honored by its divine author. we have investigated the law of moral As my connection with Methodism influence, and shown its connection is now dissolved, it may not be out of with the nature, precepts, constitution, place to state the light in which I and progress of Christianity. We regard it. have conducted the inquiry as an in-! And first, I highly esteem the chavestigation of facts, and have endea- racter, zeal, learning, and disinterested voured to combine, with an implicit integrity of its founder. I believe the deference to a divine authority, those work he originated was indeed a work inductive principles which have led of God and the greatest work that had to such unexceptionable results in been wrought since the reformation. other departments of science.
I believe that those who connected And we have arrived at the con- themselves with it, placed themselves clusion, that the prevailing forms of in the way of receiving some of the modern Christianity are signally de- greatest blessings that God was then ficient in those attributes that consti- communicating to the human race. tute a great, a universal, and pro- It was Methodism that first broke gressive religion ; and that nothing through that spirit of minisierial exshort of a most violently miraculous clusion which, ever since the Reforproceeding, could force their several mation, had been the bane of Chrissystems throughout the world. One tianity, and had kept it mentally and important fact appears to be clearly morally in a state of infantile tutelage elicited by this inquiry, and that is, and dependence. And considering the supreme adaptation of the New the time and circumstances under Testament constitution of Christianity which it rose, and the individuals who to the entire physical, intellectual, co-operated for its formation, I conand moral constitution of man. sider it to have been a most wonder
Yet while I have endeavoured to ful and glorious work. urge with all the clearness and earnest Still it was not perfect. A work ness of which I am capable, the ne- originating with men high church in cessity of a holy, Godlike, and hea- principle, and who in many important venly minded course of action on the points connected with civil and relipart of those that profess to promote' gious liberty, “saw men as trees walking,” could not possibly be per- | claring the professor who is so unfect. It was not even free from great natural as to neglect to provide for. defects. And while many of its origi- | the temporal wants of his own family, nal excellencies have been gradually a denier of the faith, and worse than disappearing, some of its most objec- an infidel. If this be the character of tionable details have been retained him who neglects the temporal wants with even a violent pertinacity. Per- of his family, what is he who neglects haps the most important circumstance its spiritual necessities, 'believing, as connected with its history is, that it he professes to do, in a way leading has in no mean degree prepared the to glory and immortality, and in anoway, and formed the transition state, to ther leading to the destruction of soul a more perfect approximation to the and body in perdition ? Truly “ the spirit, and principles, and institutions life is more than meat, and the body of the apostolic age.
than raiment.” If, then, the parent J. N.
do not train or bring up his child in
the nurture and admonition of the (To be continued.)
Lord, he denies it more than food and
raiment : he perils the salvation of its CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE.
soul and body. Can it be expected
that the child, left at home and per“Train up a child in the way he should go, mitted to wander where and with and when he is old he will not depart from it.” | whom it pleases, will be any other -Proverbs xxii. 10.
when it grows old than a lover of EVERY religious system has a direct pleasure more than a lover of God ? and reflex influence upon its subjects. —that it will leave the Lord's house To expect the contrary would be like and people ? Habits long continued expecting to see a living body without and deeply impressed on the mind, a spirit ; for, as the spirit is life to are strong as nature in the breast. the body, so is influence to a system. This shows how much the eternal A man from various motives may destiny of the man depends upon the profess a system, but except he be forming of right and proper habits in under its influence, he cannot be re- the child. The passage heading these garded as a true subject ; and it is as remarks declares it is all with the impossible for him to reflect it, as it parent or trainer of the child, whether is for the moon the rays of the sun the man walk in the way he should without receiving them. Every system or not. To see parents professing has a tendency to form the character Christianity, instead of training their of the subject to its own likeness. children to assemble with the people By the character of the system, then, of God, leaving them carelessly at we may learn what should be the home, a prey to every influence which character of the subject.
may come in their way, is to behold What, then, should be the character them periling their salvation, and of the subject under the direct influence unable themselves to reflect Chrisof the Christian religion? Does it tianity to those by whom they are teach its subjects that they may neg. surrounded. The professors of Chrislect the duties of life ? Christianity tianity are like the sun's reflections, has no resemblance to the traditions the more intense the nearer they apof the Jewish elders, which taught proach the source of their influence. children to dishonor their parents, A man's family being nearest him, if Matt. xy. It teaches in harmony he reflect Christianity, they should with nature, and lays us under greater feel its influence first ; then his neighobligations to fulfil the duties of life, bours, and those with whom he comes than any previous dispensation ; de- , in contact. And the result according