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ther honor, constitutions, coven- What joy and confidence, in the ants nor oaths can have any divine government, should this binding influence on such men; give to the people of God! The and that in such people no con- uncommon exertions of good fidence can be placed. At the people in various parts of Eusame time we have an admira- rope for the propagation of the ble instance of the instability and gospel, and for the diffusion of inconsistence of an uninformed Christian knowledge, at home unprincipled commonalty. Can and abroad, and especially in we contemplate the different is Great-Britain, and the continusue of the American and French ance and increase of the missionrevolution, and who made the ary spirit amidst the distress and difference, and not feel our in- vast expenses of war, and the debtedness and mighty obliga- the success of their exertions are tions to the supreme Ruler, and highly worthy of notice. The not ascribe all glory and thanks- people of the British empire, of giving to him?

various denominations, have misAnother event of great conse- sionaries almost in every part of quence, of which we have been the globe, attempting to Chriscertified, by the Magazines and tianize the heathen, and to spread papers received the last year from the gospel among all nations ; Europe, is a more general visi and their success in some places, bility of religion in that country, especially among the Hottentots than in times past, and a much is extraordinary. In some othe greater attention to inculcate ander places it is considerable, and diffuse moral principles among in almost all quarters the prosthe inhabitants of most of its pects are brightening, and bekingdoms. The dread effects of coming more and more hopeful. infidelity and want of principle While the various societies for which those countries have ex- the propagation of the gospel are perienced, that incalculable waste employing such exertions to of blood and treasure, that perfi- bring the perishing pagans to dy, inhumanity and violence, ap- the knowledge of the truth, they pears to have spread a general are not inattentive to the poor alarm, and given deep convic- and ignorant among themselves, tion, that religion and moral Great pains are taken to instruct principles are of indispensable them, and great numbers of Binecessity to the safety of king's bles, Testaments and other books and subjects, to the peace and are distributed among them. safety of every kingdom, com- And thus the knowledge of God monwealth and community.- and our common Saviour are Hence not only for conscience increasing in the British dominsakc, but from principles of po- ions, and other parts of Europe, licy and self preservation, they as well as in numerous far disttreat religion and good morals ant countries. New blessings are with greater attention, and rev. conveyed to men, and new honerence. Thus the supreme ru- ors done to the Saviour. How ler, in his all-governing and won- should this excite our joy, enlider-working providence brings ven our hopes, invigorate our good out of evil, and causes even exertions, and awaken our unitthe earth to help the woman!!!) ed thanksgivings?

In the West-Indies a New our Lord. The flourishing state Empire has appeared. The con- of our college, schools and of dition of the people of St. Do- literature in general ; the premingo, who have so long been servation of the lives, health and oppressed, plundered, and mur- usefulness of all our principal dered, seems, at present, to be gentlemen in the civil departhappily ameliorated. The war ment--the general tranquillity, between Great Britain and France the fruitfulness of the season, rendered it impracticable for the the prosperity attending our inlatter to recruit and support her dustry, commerce and useful armies in the West-Indies. This employments, are happy occurhas enabled the people of Hayti rents of the past year, and highto drive them from the Island, ly challenge our religious acto assert their liberty, and to knowledgements. found the Haytian Empire.-1. Notwithstanding the general Thus when the case of the op- health of the year past, the more pressed appears desperate, God tality among the clergy has been in his providence, by events to greater than usual. We have them wholly unforeseen, and in been called to mourn, That six which they have no influence, of our Reverend brethren have casts the mighty down, disap- rested from their labors the year pointeth the devices of the crafty past.* While with sorrow we and grants them unexpected de- contemplate their exit, and conliverence.

dole with their amicted families The affairs of America, and and flocks, we desire with holy the United States are nearly the wonder and lively gratitude to same as they were the last year. view the divine patience and General peace, health and pros- goodness towards us. Numbers perity have pervaded the United of us are far advanced in life, yet States. Our inestimable privi- have we all been spared another leges civil and religious have year, while some of our younger been continued. The peace and brethren have been discharged order of the churches in general from their labors. Wedesire ses are pleasing

riously to bring the apostles inIn Connecticut the year past quiry home to ourselves, Who has been distinguished by un- maketh thee to differ from ano- . common health in general. Yet ther? Why are we not in the there have been many sudden deaths, and many deaths of aged * The Rev. Robert Robbins of Col. and infirm people, with very lit- chester, February 13th, in the 63d tle or no sickness. The bills of year of his age. The Rev. John Sta, mortality, it is believed stand ples of Canterbury, February 15th, in nearly at a medium with other

the 62d year of his age. The Rev. years. In this respect it hath ly 17th, in the 66th year of his age:

Stephen Hawley of Woodbridge, Jubeen an uncommon year. Death The Rev. Solomon Morgan of Cahath arrested men at an hour of naan. The Rev. Lynde Huntington which they have not been aware, of Branford, September 19th, in the and stolen away life almost in- 38th year of his age, and in the 9th sensibly ; teaching the vast ne- Judson of Ashford, in the 56th year

cf his ministry. The Rev. Andrew cessity of watching always, and his age, and in the 26th of his being ready for the coming of linistry.

grave with our brethren ? Why | as acting from motives in him-
was our dust formed into men, self, and communicating all life,
rather than into beasts, worms holiness and happiness to angels
and atoms? Why were we made and men, in the most sovereign,
perfect in our kind, in our bodies free and glorious manner. You
and intellectual powers ? Why will see all the gifts, holiness and
were we not babes who never happiness in the universe, in time
saw the sun ? Who never em- and eternity depending on his
braced a parent? Why was our good pleasure, and be led to love,
birth and education in Emman- and adore him as the uncreated,
uel's land ? Why have we been independent fountain of all life,
accounted worthy and put into being and blessedness.
the ministry? Why have we been Practical contemplations of
able to think a good thought, or these points have the happiest
to speak a good word? Can we tendency to destroy every root
answer these inquiries but in the of pride, and to prevent all glo-
words of our Saviour ? Even so rying in self or in creatures :
Father, for so it seemed good in For if God maketh us to differ
thy sight. If we have any grace from others, and we have nothing .
or usefulness, what have we that but what we have received, what
we have not received? Who but ground is there for pride ? For
God hath wrought all our work glorying in ourselves, or in man?
in us? In these views we desire, The apostle therefore maketh
in the language of the church, this demand, Now if thou didst
to give all glory to him. Not un- receive it, why dost thou glory
to us, O Lord, not unto us, but as if thou hadst not received it?
unto thy name give glory. If we consider that we have not

While we return thanks to only received all, but that we you, generous readers, who have have misimproved and abused all solong supported this Magazine; which we have received, what and especially to those of you occasion shall we have forshame, who have supplied us with so and to be clothed with humility ? many instructive and pious com- Further, these contemplations positions, and wish that every will lead to clear and affecting blessing may rest on you and views of our entire dependence your families, we greatly desire on God, and beget trust in him deeply to engage your contem-only, for all things for time and plations on the general subject eternity ; for life and all its combefore us.

forts for another year, or for all In suitable contemplations on the time we are yet to live upon the apostle's questions, you will the earth. He only can add a every where meet with the most year, a day, or a moment to our convincing evidence of the divine life. Our contemplations on the sovereignty in all the works of subject, who maketh us to differ creation and providence, silenc- from another, and what we have ing all cavils and reasonings a-that we have not received, will gainst that glorious attribute, and have a direct tendency, to bring filling you with the most rever- us to cast all our care upon God, ent and adoring apprehensions and trust in him for the preserof the Deity, as entirely above, vation and mercies of another and independent of all creatures; 1 year, for ourselves, for our fam

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ilies and friends, and the church pressed by haughty tyrants, and of God :-To prepare us for all enquire who maketh us to differ? the events and duties before us Look again on the halt, the in the year we are now com- maimed, the blind, the deaf, the mencing, and for a happy eter- dumb, the distracted, the sick, nity,when time and years shall the dying and the dead, and conbe no more.

sider who maketh us to differ Again, in these contempla- from these ? Let us take a surtions we shall be led to direct vey of our numerous enjoyments and impressive views of our ob- and consider what we have which ligations and immense indebted we did not receive. Thus let us ness to God: That we are not proceed from one view to anoour own but his : That our time, ther, until our hearts are all on our talents, our opportunities and fire, and our tongues break forth enjoyments are his. They are in the language of the psalmist, all our master's goods to be em- Oh, that men would praise the ployed for his glory and the good Lord for his goodness and for of his kingdom. We must ac- his wonderful works unto the count for them all, and if much children of men. Bless the Lord, has been given the more will be O our souls, and all that is withrequired.

in us, bless his holy name. Bless In a word, in these contem- the Lord, O our souls, and forplations we may behold, in a get not all his benefits. strong, affecting point of light,

“On earth join all ye creatures to exthe glory and goodness of God, tol and seeing and feeling that of “ Him first, Him last, Him midst, Him, and through him, and to

and without end." him are all things, we shall, with

AMEN. the holy apostle, ascribe glory to him for ever. Deeply impress Thoughts on that knowledge of the ed with these practical views

truth of Christianity, which is and feelings we pray that we

peculiar to Christians. may begin this New Year ; and that we may sincerely and fer-TS Christianity of God, or is it vently express them in our clos- an invention of man? A more ets and families. At the same important inquiry cannot easily time we ask the same divine be proposed : For if Christianity happiness for our readers? What be of God, it is obvious, that the a happy New-Year's day should most interesting consequences we then enjoy ? What a sweet conceivable depend upon our reforetaste of heaven? What a ceiving or rejecting it.-To satpreparation for it?

isfy us in relation to this interTo enliven these feelings let us esting subject, our Saviour has view the countless multitudes of been pleased to furnish us with

creatures and things below our- a never failing test : ..selves, and consider who hath man,” says he, “ will do his (the

made us to differ. Let us look Father's] will, he shall know of on the millions who sit in the the doctrine, whe ther it be of region and shadow of death, thou- God, or whether I speak of mysands who are sold into cruel self.” In these words it is evi. bondage, and those who are op- dently asserted, that whoever

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doth the will of God, may know, I that it consists essentially in in-
whether the doctrine, which our troducing the love of God into
Saviour taught, or, (which is the the heart, and in preparing it to
same thing) that scheme of doc- obey his holy and righteous law.
trines contained in the bible, and And if this be admitted, it is all,
usually called the Christian sys- that is thought necessary, in
tem, is of God, or of man. To prosecuting the design of the
illustrate and confirm the truth present essay.
of this assertion is my present The particular object now in
design.

view is to point out the connecTo accomplish this design, it tion between being born again, is necessary in the first place to and knowing that Christianity is show what it is to do the will of of God. This we shall do by God; and then point out the pointing out in several particuconnection between thus doing lars the peculiar manner, in his will, and knowing that Chris- which the real Christian is led tianity is of God.

to contemplate this interesting Mankind, being by nature pos- subject. sessed of a carnal mind, which is 1. The man who is born of enmity against God, cannot be God, and thus does his will, is supposed to do his will until they in a great measure freed from become new creatures, or are the influence of certain prejuborn of his Spirit. The com- dices against a variety of things mands of God being all holy, contained in the scriptures, by and summarily comprised in ex- which the judgments of others ercises of holy love, cannot be are often greatly biassed. There supposed to be obeyed by those are many things in the scripwhose hearts are sinful only, and tures, which appear like foolishin whom there is no good thing. ness to those, who have never Hence, every command address- passed from death unto life. ed to mankind in a natural state These things give an air of inmust include in it this ; “ repent credibility to the whole, and thus and be converted;" for without render it absolutely impossible obedience to this, there can be for that faith, which is “ the subno such thing as acceptable obe- stance of things hoped for and dience to any other. The man, the evidence of things not seen," therefore, who is born of the to exist.-To illustrate the idea Spirit of God, is the man who is we will advert to a few particuprepared to know that the doc- lars. The important and leadtrines taught in the sacred ora-ing doctrine of redemption thro' cles are not of man, but of God. the blood of the Son of God, is a

It is not proposed in this essay doctrine, against which the preto enter very particularly into judices of a carnal mind naturthe Christian character, by de-ally arise. Unaccustomed, as scribing the new birth, or stating mankind usually are, to consider minutely wherein the real Chris- themselves as very deeply intian is made to differ from oth- volved in sin and guilt, and at ers : For, it is presumed, it will the same time totally insensible generally be granted, that re- of the insufficiency of their own generation is not only an impor-works, they can hardly believe tant, but also a great change, and it real, that the Son of God came

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