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which their weariness redeems | ing their humanity, and ballling from converse with brutes, in their own fear, and reason, and making themselves such, by, conscience, death also will yield drinking away the little residue them as easy a victory, or be of wit and reason they have afraid to encounter men of so left ; mixing with this gentle redoubted courage; that the exercise their impure and scur- God of Heaven, rather than ofrilous drolleries, that they may fend them, will not stick to rebefriend one another with the peal his laws for their sakes, or kind occasion of proving them- never exact the observance of selves to be yet of the human them from persons of their race, by the only demonstration quality ; that they shall not be remaining, that they can laugh called to judgment,' or
there -Others born to trouble the only be complimented with resworld, to disquiet the neighbor- pect, as people who bore much hood, and to be the common sway in their country, and plague of all about them, at could number so least if they have any within dreds or thousands a year; and their reach who value not their that, at least, the infernal flames souls at so cheap a rate as they will never presume to touch so do-Others made to blasphem worthy personages, and that their Maker, to rend the sacred clevils will be awed by their name of God, and make proof greatness, and fear to seize of their high valour, and the them, lest they should take it as gallantry of their brave spirits. an affront.” by bidding defiance to heaven, This is exactly what we and proclaiming their heroic might suppose to be the incontempt of the Deity and of ali ward sentiments of many, were religion ; as if they had per- to judge by their temsuaded themselves into an opin- per and conduct. How differion, that because they had so ent from those of the real Chrisprosperous success in conquer-| tian!
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A REVIEW of times past, and ourselves and others. A seri.
contemplations on future pros- ous attention to these words of pects, humbly attempted for the apostle, Who maketh thee general instruction, and to ex- to differ from another? And cite pious meditations, &c. or, what hast thou that thou didst the Editors' NEW-YEAR'S not receive ?* might be highly GIFT, to their generous read beneficial in religiously recount
ing these differences, and the
various events of the year.-(Cont. from Vol. IV. p. 250.)
Might it not teach us much of N a review of times we shall ourselves, much of God and of
find every year producing our duty to him? new and surprising events.- The words import that there We shall witness admirable, and are great differences among the to us unaccountable differences creatures of God : that he mamade between kingdom and keth those differences ; and that kingdom, between the inhabi- they have nothing but what they tants of one country and another, have received from him. They between churches, families and also import that this ought to individuals. We shall witness be matter of serious contempladifferences with respect to birth, tion. God hath made an innu. education, natural and moral en. merable variety of creatures. dowments, with respect to ac- Among them there is a gradaquirements of every kind, with tion from the most glorious anrespect to health of countenance, gel, who sings nearest to the length of days, civil and religious throne of his Creator, to the liberties, and with respect to all worm upon the earth, and the personal, domestic and public atom which floats in the air. opportunities, advantages and Among angels there are differenjoyments. We shall find them ences. Some are denominated in every place; we shall see thrones, others dominions, prine them every year and almost ev- cipalities and powers. Next to ery day, among our neighbors, in our own families, and between
* 1 Cor. iv.7. VOL. V. No. 7.
angels are men, who, though babes may say our eyes never far below them, yet possess no- saw a parent, the knees of our ble powers, and are fearfully and mother never supported us, her wonderfully made.
paps never gave us suck. OthBelow man, for his use and ers enjoy kind parents to nurse convenience, are the beasts of and educate them, to form them the earth, the fowls of heaven, to piety and usefulness, and to the fish of the sea, and every leave them an inheritance. Some living thing. In the vegetable and are born to wealth, honor and inanimate creation, are trees public usefulness, others to povplants, herbs, fruits and grass in erty, obscurity, laborious and immense and pleasing variety : hard living. Multitudes are enSun, moon, stars, earth, seas, slaved, bought and sold like lakes, rivers, streams and foun- beasts of burden, always optains of water; mines, minerals, pressed, and live and die in crugolden sands, and every thing el bondage. Others enjoy the nutricious, healing, convenient, amplest freedom. Some have and useful to man. These won their existence in barren and underfully increase and aggran- healthful countries, in burning dize this variety ; and display, sands or frozen regions ; others the greatness, sovereignty, wis- in a land, like Canaan, flowing dom, power and goodness of the with milk and honey. To some Creator.
their lot is appointed in times With respect to man, he is and countries, of the grossest constituted Lord of this lower ignorance, where they never creation, and all things are sub- heard or thought of a Creator or ordinated to his use and con- Redeemer, and perish for lack of venience.
vision. To others the lines have Among men thus distinguish-fallen in pleasant places, and in ed from all the works of God, the most favorable periods of in the present world, there is time; in Immanuel's land, and still a further and wonderful va- in the Christian era. They have riety and difference. Some are been taught by prophets and vorn perfect in body and mind, wise men, by Jesus Christ, his others are greatly deficient in apostles and ministers. The both. Some have a vigorous, gospel shines upon them with healthful constitution, great ac- meridian lustre. tivity of body and mind, and en- Beside among those in Chrisjoy health and ease from child-tian lands there are great difhood to old age. Others are ferences. Many are called, but enfeebled, pained and miserable few chosen. To some the gosfrom their infancy, and never pel is a savor of life unto life, eat or drink with pleasure. Oth- and to others a savor of death ers are born in a sickly and dis-unto death. Some are vessels tressed condition, draw every of mercy prepared unto glory, breath with pain, expire in a few but others vessels of wrath fitted hours and are never known a- to destruction. mong men. Others are born to Even among the saints there be orphans, the father dies be- are differences. Some are men fore their birth, and the mother and others are babes in Christ. almost as soon. The forsaken Some are stars in the armament of the church, but others only sparrows fall not on the ground lights in the world. Differences without his notice. The verdure equally great will extend them- of the grass, the beauties of the selves into the most distant ages rose, the inimitable tinge and of eternity. For as one star dif- spots of the tulip are his giftet fereth from another star in glo- and the very hairs of our head ry, so also is the resurrection are all numbered. Of him, and from the dead. All will be re- through him, and to him are all warded according to their works. things. The splendor of their crowns, Highly important is it, that their dignity and blessedness will men believe and seriously conbe for ever different.
template that it is God who maBut who maketh thee to differ keth all these differences in his from another ? And what hast works of creation and provithou, that thou didst not receive? dence. To this persuasion and This demand strongly implies serious contemplation the aposthat God in his works of crea- tle calls the Corinthians, and ail tion and providence makes these Christians. It is of great modifferences, and that all which ment to consider that God macreatures have, they received keth these differences, and relifrom him. It is as though the giously to consider them, beapostle had said, “ Who maketh cause it is abundantly taught us you, O ye Corinthians, to differ in the scriptures, enters very esfrom other Gentiles, who know sentially into religion and has an not God nor our Lord Jesus important influence in all the Christ? Who sent you apostles pious feelings of the heart, and and teachers by whom ye have on the whole conduct of the believed? Who disposed you to Christian's life. It is in this perembrace the gospel rather than suasion only, that we can think other Gentiles, and than thou- properly of God, or of ourselves, sands of your own citizens ? or worship him as God. This Who hath enriched you with firm confidence, with serious gifts and graces beyond many contemplations on these differother Christians ? Did these dif- ences, at once, lead to the most ferences originate from your affecting, admiring, and reverselves ? Certainly they did not. ential views of the wise and hoFor what have you that ye did ly sovereignty of God, of his not receive ? Nothing. Not the glorious majesty, and of his inleast natural, moral or spiritual finite exaltation above all his endowment : Not the least en- creatures. What clear and imjoyment : Not a moment of pressive ideas would these give time, not the breath of
your nos- us of our absolute, entire detrils.” Every good gift, end ev-pendence on him for all things, ery perfect gift is from above, and of that immense everlasting and cometh down from the Fa- debt of gratitude, thanksgiving ther of lights.* His government and obedience which we owe to is universal. When the lot is him? How will a realizing sense cast into the lap the whole dis- that God is All and in all, and posing of it is of the Lord. The
+ Luke xii. 27, 28. Matt.x. 97,.30. James i. 17.
ģ Rom. xi. 36.
that he only maketh us to differ and sharpening their swords for from the beast, the worm and destruction. Can we view our the atom ; from the most mis- happy country far disjoined from erable of the human race upon the other continent, from its polearth, from those who slumber itics, broils and wars; our peace, in the graves, and even from the our distinguished civil and relidamned in the abyss of woe, gious privileges and enjoyments; swell and enliven our gratitude, and consider who maketh us to and impress deeply in our minds differ, and not sing, Amen, Hala sense of the duty of giving lelujah ? Beside, in Europe, thanks always, for all things, in several events claim our notice. the name of our Lord Jesus The most wonderful is the ter. Christ? How happily adapted are mination of the French Revolusuch views to awaken in us the tion, in the most extensive and Editors, and in you our Christian confirmed tyranny. We witreaders, those pious feelings ness those mighty patriots, who which are suited to a New-Year's had shed the blood of millions, day, which will honor our com- destroyed their own monarch mon Benefactor and afford the and the royal family, who had divinest comfort to ourselves ? plundered and banished their Which will make it indeed a princes and nobility, and sworn good day ? Views and contem- eternal hatred to kings, uniting, plations like these will have a di- to a man, in the support of an rect tendency to awaken in us a usurper and despot ; and emmore lively sense of our depend-ploying millions of the people's ence, of our obligations, of grat- money in creating themselves itude and joy, and to call forth princes and noblemen, and for our high praises to God through the aggrandizement of them. the whole course of our review selves and his imperial majesty. of the times and changes which All this they have done professpass over us.
edly for the purpose of fulfilling If we turn our eyes upon the the wishes of the people, and vast empire of Turkey we shall to establish liberty and equality! view millions of people enslaved, What is still more wonderfuly whelmed in the most wretched we behold more than twenty milignorance of God and the divine lions of people making the most Saviour, ruined by their effem-extravagant rejoicings at an event inacy and vices : an empire rent so contrary to every thing, which with internal animosities and ci- for a course of years, they had vil wars, and under its own professed and sworn. In this weight going to destruction.— extraordinary event, and in the Can we contemplate who maketh whole course of the French remen to differ and not exclaim, volution, divine providence has Praise ye the Lord ?
given to the world, one of the If we take a survey of Europe most striking instances of human we shall find it in a state of dis- deceit and wickedness, and of quiet, perplexity and fear: A the little. dependence which can large proportion of its inhabi- be placed in the patriotism of tants grievously oppressed and Atheists, infidels and unprincienslaved. Some of its princi- pled men. It has exhibited in pal nations are engaged in war a strong point of light, that nei