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to demons--and it denounced utter, eternal ruin against those who did not forsake them and aca knowledge Jehovah. Those peculiarities, apart from the nature of this religion, which is opposed to the lufts of men which rule in their members, would, of course, unite the world against it. Those of every other religion would make a common interest in opposing this, which had fellowThip with none of them, but tended to their entire subversion and utter ruin. And it is a fact, that the world did unite against the religion of Jesus, and against those whom he had appointed to in, culcate it. Christianity then appeared devoid of fupport—the opposition to have every thing on its fide. Christ's followers were a little flock, destitute of power or learning, and in the world's view utterly contemptible. Rome, the mistress of the world, had reached the summit of her greato ness; and she foon turned all her power against the feeble band, who were laboring to diffuse the knowledge of Christ, and calling men from dumb idols, to serve the living God.

To the eye of man how unequal the contest? Had not those followers of the Lamb been affured that their redeemer lived that he was divine thathewas with them, and would bewith them, they would have declined a contest with those before whom the world trembled. But they entered, undismayed on the work assigned them, went through with and completed it! They prospered in that to which they were sent. This had never been done had not God been with theñ ; for none of the advantages possessed by their enemies were neglected,


The first effects of enmity to Christianity were directed against Christ's person. He had been for some time teaching and doing miracles in Judea, and numbers had attached themselves to him. They considered him as a prophet mighty in “ word and deed." Some who witnessed his mighty works, exclaimed, “ When Christ cometh will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done ?” Others, “ Is not this the Christ ?”

These movements among the Jews drew the attention of their rulers, and raised them to opposi. tion. A humble, suffering Savior, did not suit their pride and lust of power. They looked for a temporal deliverer, who would lead them to vidto. ry, and subdue under them, the powers which held them in subjection. No other would they receive as the Messias. As soon, there. fore, as the fame of Jesus began to spread abroad, and 'numbers treated him with respect, they resolved to destroy him. At the feast of the passover, which called all the males of Ifa rael to Jerusalem, they caused him to be apprehended-tried him in their great council-con. demned him to death, and importuned the Roman governor to sentence him to the cross, as a rebel against Cæsar. The charge was not supported Christ did not aspire to temporal dominion—"his kingdom was not of this world." The governor declared him not guilty. Had Chrift, like the Arabian deceiver, which afterwards arose, assumed the sword, marked his way with blood and carnage, the Jews would have bid him welcome, and flocked to


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his standard. Then he might have been denominat. ed a rebel against Cæsar. But nothing of this nature was found upon him. Therefore were the Jews his enemies ; but the imperial magistrate “found no fault in him ;" though persuaded to consent to his death.

But though such were the temper and views of the Romans respeeting Christ, at the time of his fuf. ferings, they were different when his ministers went forth to set up his religion. When the nature of Christianity was discovered, and it appeared opposed to Paganism, and tending to its destruction, the Roman chieftains, who had been taught to venerate their Gods, and claimed to be high priests of the national religion, entered with zeal into the views of Christ's enemies, and reared the standard against his followers. All their powers were exerted to crush the cause of the divine Immanuel. Ten general persecutions are faid to have been raised against the Christians and myriads of the faithful to have been sacrificed to heathen malice and bigotry,

Neither were these the only enemies of Christ. The learning of the age was applied to confound his followers. The fophiftry of Grecian meta.. physics directed against his unlettered disciples. Who could have expected Christ's little flock, devoid of every worldly advantage, to have main. tained their ground against such formidable enemies ? Who, judging by the rules of man's judgment, have entertained a fufpicion that they would not soon be driven from the field ? But their

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cause was that of God. Heaven was on their Gde. “ In vain did the heathen rage and the people imagine vain things. He who litteth in the hea. vens, laughed ; the Lord had them in derision."



The Wisdom of God in the means used for prop

agating the Gospel.

1 CORINTHIANS j. 27, 28.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to con

found the wise ; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty ; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are. In the preceding discourse we took a summary view of the means used of God to propagate the gospel, and of the opposition made to its propagation.

We are now to consider the wisdom of God in the choice of means to this end ; which will bring up to our view some of the objections which have been made against the truth of the gospel.

That the gospel is from God, and the means used to propagate it of his appointment, are from sundry considerations, apparent--particularly from the miracles wrought by Christ and by his disciples, who went forth in his name. Conclu. five was the reasoning of Nicodemus—" Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God;

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