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The utmost pains were taken to New Testament in my Patmos, bnte ensure the accuracy of the transla- Melanction and I have begun to tion, for a seleet party of learned revise the whole, and by the blessing men at Wittemberg, assembled of God it will prove a noble labour, every day with Luther to revise but your assistance is sometimes reevery sentence; and they have been l quisite to suggest apt words and known to return fourteen successive turns of expression. We wish it to days to the reconsideration of a be distinguished for simplicity of single line, or even a word. Each style.” The whole was republished had an appropriate part assigned in a new edition in 1534, which was him according to his peculiar quali followed by others in 1541 and 1545. fication. Luther collated the an- The names of Luther's principal eient Latin versions and the He- coadjutors in this great undertaking brew, Melancthon the Greek ori- ought to be had in everlasting ginal, Cruciger the Chaldee, and remembrance-Philip Melancthon, other professors the. Rabbinical Caspar Cruciger, Justus Jopas, writings. At the request of Luther, John Bugenbagius or Pomeranus, Spalatine afforded ihem every as- and Matthew Aurogallus: the cor. sistance, by sending them speci- rector of the press was George Ron mens from the Elector's collection rarius. of gems. The Pentateuch went to After completing this translation press in December, and a second of the Scriptures into the German edition of the New Testament ap- language, Bugenhagius annually peared at the same time. A version | kept the return of the day.on which of the Prophets was published in it was finished, by inviting a select the year 1527, and the other books party of friends to his house in order in succession till the whole laborious to celebrate so important an achievetask was completed in 1530. He ment. This social meeting was states how much he was indebted usually designated The Festival of to his particular friend, in writing to the Translation of the Scriptures. Spalatinus. “I translated not only li Cox's Life of Melancthon, p. 220 the gospel of John, but the whole. 224.
Miss J. D. OFFTY.
| From that time to her death,
those who knew her best can
| tostify how fully those petitions It appears from the diary of Miss
were answered, and how truly she Jane Deborah Ofty; that she was
was enabled to adorn the doctrine called by divine grace about the
of Jesus Christ her Saviour in all year 1783, under the ministry of the
things; and though she did not (as Rer. Richard. Cecil: the sermon
many do) enjoy so much of that ap. she dates her first lasting impres
propriating faith which leads its sions from, was founded on Matt.
possessor to say “'He is my beloved xii. 43, 44. On that occasion she thus writes : “ I have reason in par
and my friend," yet she could al
ways say." Jesus Christ was the ticular to bloss God for that ser- |
chiefest among ten thousand, and mon; it led me to examine the mat,
altogether lovely:" He was the des tor over and over again, and to seek
sire of her soul, and her highest that grace which bringeth salvation,
ambition was to be found “ sitting and teaches its subject to deny all
at the feet of Jesus, clotlied and in ungodliness, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this pre
her right mind."
- She was a timid, fearful Chris sont evil world." ;
tian, as her diary abundantly mania
fests; but she was not a wavering any one: I am just as the Lord one: the uniform language of her would have me, and just where he heart was- If I perish, it shall be would have me, and that is just at the feet of Christ.” She waited where and how I would be.” On the fulfilment of his promises, and one occasion she said, “How supe, believed against her frame and rior are my accommodations to feelings “ That none of those who what my dear Saviour had; I have trust in him shall be confounded.” not only every comfort, but every What honour the Lord put upon wish prevented, by the most tender, this determined faith-will appear by and affectionate solicitude: He had the closing scene of his dear hand nothing but a manger. Why should maid.
I complain of want or distress, of At the commencement of her affliction or pain ? He told me ne, long and peculiarly distressing af- less fliction, nothing remarkable ap • The heirs of salvation peared, except the patience and I know from his word, resignation with which she met the Through much tribulation alarming progress of the disease; Must follow their Lord,' never did she mention her sufferings but when asked respecting them.
Jo no! after this I will not-my To a friend who said to her®“ Your hands were not pierced for him--his sufferings must have been very were for me.” heavy !" she said. “ Not one tool. As her end drew near, her commany; I have committed my way
| forts seemed gradually to increase : to the Lord for these thirty years,
speaking one morning relative to and he has always chosen what
chocan what her “Will," she said " I have been was best for me."
| thinking of his will, which can Hitherto she enjoyed but little of never be set aside— Father, I will his smiles, which constitutes the that 'they also whom thou hast bliss of heaven. She said one morn-| given me be with me where I am, ing, “ If it is but light just through | that they may behold my glory.'” the valley. O what ă mercy! but ifl On January 22, she expressed a not, what shall I do?” It was 'ob- great deal of uneasiness lest, after served in answer. she would be all, she should have been decciving equally safe if it was dark all the
herself, and should not be found on way : “ Yes, (she replied) but I
the right foundation; she was asked wish it much, for the sake of those upon what foundation she would who see me die, as well as for my
be, and what plea she made use of own comfort.”
before God? she eagerly replied.. Her frame of mind was a striking
“Jesus Christ to be sure is all I, comment upon that text-" It is
want; he alone can afford me any the Lord, let him do what seemeth hope !” She was asked if that was, him good.” All who had the pain not fleeing to him for refuge ? after ful pleasure of attending the impres
a short pause she said, “ Why yes, sive scene, will very long remember
| it must be, it must be; then I am how truly she lay 'as clay in the entitled to strong consolation:" and, hand of the heavenly potter: she | as to the plea she used before God, often said. “ I am waiting the plea- she said nothing but mercy would, sure of the Lord concerning me.” | do for her, adding
: One time hearing many knocks at
" Thy mercy my God, ; the door of a dissipated neighbour, Is the theme of my song, she enquired the cause, and was
The joy of my heart, informed they had a great rout;
And the boast of my tongue." "Ah! (said she) poor creatures, She was then reminded “ The Lord what will become of them when they taketh pleasure in them that fear : come where I am ? O what will him, and in those who hope in his they do in the swellings of Jordan ? | mercy," when sbe was enabled to The waters will not divide for them : lay hold on that consolatory pas. for all their health, I would not sage, and appointed it for her fus change places with them, nor with neral text.
January 23, she sent for the writer to do you good." The 26th afa of this, who had but just left the forded an opportunity, when she reroom. On her approach, she em-quested her neighbours might be braced her in the most affecting I called: three of the family attended, manner, and said “O my dear, I when she embraced each of them, want to tell you how happy I am; | nor forgot any one in the house, exI am sure all is well-how I wish horting all according to their difyou enjoyed what I do ; pray do ferent character, and charged every not grieve for me, I am secure for one to meet her in heaven, and to éternity
walk in her steps as far as she had
followed the Saviour, for he was a “ More happy, but not more secure, The glorified spirits in heaven.”
good and a gracious God, and never
failed those who ventured on him: So delightful and rapturous was her she continued_“I have had all frame throughout this day, that it that was good for me on earth, and was feared she would exhaust her now I am going to the full enjoyself too much, her weakness was so
ment of bliss in heaven, where I great: she said, “I can never say
shall see the King in his beauty, enough of the mercy afforded; how
Mr. Forster too, and Mr. Cecil, and
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: 0 who Sweet on his faithfulness to rest, could have thought I should die so • And trust his firm decrees;
happy? what a miracle ! Sweet to be passive in his hand, And know no will but his.'
..Jesns can make a dying bed And this is what he enables me to
Feel soft as downy pillows are ! dom
and how soft are mine! I bave been • His goodness, how amazing great!
fearing death fifty years, and now all And what a condescending God!
my fears are gone; and one step
more will land me where all the I want to tell every one the blessed- ship's company meet ness of having the mind staid upon Who saiľd with the Saviour beneath! God. • This heavenly calm within my breast,
Oh how I wish you would sing that Is the dear pledge of glorious rest.'
hymn-Glory, glory !” but no one
being able, she sang the first, sixth, Give my Christian love to Messrs. and last verses of Hymn 30, Book Ivimey, Ralph, and Townsends; tell | ii. them to 'cry aloud, and spare not;' | " Come we that love the Lord,” &c. and tell saints and sinners the preciousness of an interest in a faithful repeating most joyfully God: 0 tell them particularly to "We're marching through Immanuel's warn poor formalists; what should
ground, I do now without real religion? 0 To fairer worlds on high."" how awful to have the form of godliness, and be destitute of its power! | concluding with, but the foundation of my hope is in a Saviour's blood. “None but
• I'll praise my Maker while I've breathi.” Christ,' said poor Lambert at the “ 0,” said she, “I shall soon sing stake: None but Christ,' said in heaven • Worthy the Lamb to reRichard Cecil; and none but Christ ceive riches, and power, and honour, says Jane Deborah Offty.”
and glory, and blessing ;' and why She frequently said, “ The fear | me, dear Lord ? 0, why me? Is it of death is all taken away.”
possible--what shall I? I shall-his On January 24 and 25, she was precious blood was shed for me! 80 weak as to be unable to con Jesus Christ is ever flowing, and verse; but on recovering from a overflowing; a friend in health and fainting fit in which it was feared in sickness, in prosperity and adshe would die, she said “ If I live versity, in the hour of death and the to be able, I will tell you something day of judgment."
She enjoyed much from meditat- / would not be alarmed at it; and ing on the great and precious pro- putting one of her hands over her mises, particularly the benedictions | face, extended the other to receive in Matt. v. John, vi. 37; Rev. xxii. | them, telling them, it was only the 17, &c. for many times together countenance, all was glory within !! would she repeat these texts, | adding, as well as she was able to articulate, and conclude by saying
| “When you hear myheart-strings break, “ The scriptures cannot be broken
| How sweet my moments roll; O mercy of mercies!
| A mortal paleness on my cheek,
And glory in my soul." • A debtor to mercy alone, Of covenant mercy I sing;
Then with an animation, and sweetNor fear with thy righteousness on, ness of countenance it is impossible
My person and off'ring to bring.'”. to describe, she would shout, She said, Christ was her prophet, “ Hark! they whisper, angels say, her priest, her king, her beloved, Sister spirit come away.” and her friend.
“ There's the sweetness,” she would · On January 27, she said, “I am so bad, so verybad-so heart-sick
say, “ Sister spirit.”
January 29, she said to me, “0, but what is that? O to be with Him,
my dear, I am so happy; you never (pointing upwards) to see Himand never
saw me so-I never was so before. never, never sin any | Hanny happy. happy! Hallelujah, more :” she soon after became deli
Hallelujah! Victory, victory, thro' rious; but recovering herself, she
the blood of the Lamb!” broke a long silence by shouting
She then aloud –“ Justification – sanctifica
I lay a very long time insensible; tion-glorification - glory, glory!”
but when again collected and able then laying silent for a while, she
to speak, she said said, “ what a mercy to be ac « Death cannot make our souls afraid, quainted with a throne of grace, for If God be with us there ;” when strength and heart fail”—
“ Dying is only like walking home." here her power of speech was for
She soon after this went off again, a time suspended, and even refused
but was once more sensible ; and to utter it all is well," which she
said very distinctly, but with a long many times attempted ; at length
pause, * Chained, foe.” After this she said very plain, " There is none
she spoke but once, which was on in all the heavens--there is none in
Friday morning, January 30, in anall the earth, I so love, so adınire,
swer to my asking her if she was so adore, as the dear Saviour; and
happy; she replied “ Yes, dear !" all the preparation I know for death is to feel my need of him: and that
| otherwise she was quite speechless
from January 29, until February 1, I certainly do, for no one knows but
when her happy spirit tuok its myself and the dear Saviour how
flight in the fifty-fifth year of her guilty, how helpless, and how depraved I am; and none but Jesus age
age. She is now, doubtless, as she can save me, and he can save me to
often expressed it, . . the uttermost.”
? Where she would see, & hear, & know, January 29, she was delirious un- | All she desir'd and wish'd below." til the evening, when she came to A funeral sermon was preached herself, and asked for some part of at Eagle-street meeting by the Rev. the family before mentioned; when J. Ivimey, her pastor, from Psalm they came iņ she exclaimed, “Come cxlvii. 11. and see a poor sinner die in the She was buried in a handsome Lord! He is good to the last; the family vault in the burying-ground waters of Jordan are parting, and I of Bloomsbury parish, at the back am going over dry-shod." "She apof the Foundling-hospital; and left, prehended her countenance might by her Will, a small annual sum to be unpleasant through the violence the Rector to keep the tomb of convulsions, and begged they constantly in good repair.
Serious Remarks on the different Represeno truth" will draw from such senti
tations of Evangelical Doctrine by the ments. These would understand a professed Friends of the Gospel. By I discourse the design of which was to John Ryland, D. D. pp. 38.
prove, that the person who does not It is well known that a difference bring forth “ the fruits of righteous. of opinion exists among ministers of ness," can have no evidence of either evangelical sentiments, as to the his calling or election being sure ; manner in which the unregenerate | and that those whose faith does not are to be addressed in the ministry of purify the heart, are not believers the Gospel; though they are per but hypocrites ; nor such as are fectly agreed respecting the peculiar | made free by the Son of God; but tenets of Calvinism. Whilst disputes those who, while they boast of liupon the “ Modern Question” have
berty, are the subjects of bondage been carried on, a third party have and the slaves of sin. We can only made their appearance, who profess- give a few extracts from this sensiing to hold the doctrines of grace ( ble pamphlet. more clearly, have seemed to deny their practical tendency in the lives
“Truth is ever consistent with itself: of believers. The distinguishing fea
but error must needs be otherwise. ture of their creed is “Union with
Thus, it is a mode of expression nowhere Christ.” It appeared to us, how
countenanced in Scripture, to say, “That
our sins are forgiven before they are ever, that no evidence of union is re
committed ;' yet the same persons aro quired by their system, unless a strong
fond of affirming, 'That all sins are for. persuasion that so it is might be
given, whether past, present, or to come,' called by that name. Hence per- / who, nevertheless, strongly imply, that sonal sanctification is rendered un- | no sin can be committed by any one necessary, and obedience to the law after he is a believer.' For surely, if the of God is not obligatory ; men may I believer, as they also affirm, has nothing sin without remorse, believe without to do with tbe law, in any form or sense evidence, and be saved without ho- whatever, it must be impossible that he liness; presumption is substituted / should have any sin to be forgiven." for faith, and speculation for obedi- | | We recommend to the notice of ence. There is certainly nothing in our readers the following descripthis system to prevent men from tion of the absurdities which those W turning the grace of God into las- embrace, who object to the law of civiousness;" or from sinning that God as the rule of life to believers. grace may abound. Consequences
“As no one can be properly aware of these that discover the source from his need of Christ, or of his obligations to whence they flow; and which prove, him, unless he understands what is the that whatever high sounding epi- duty required of mail, and what is to be thets may be affixed to such senti- considered as sin ; so, if even true Chris ments, that they are not “ doctrines tians have defective or erroneous ideas according to godliness.” - of the law, they must have also a very 1. The pamphlet before us, which is defective and imperfect sense of the designed to expose these abuses of riches of pardoning mercy. the doctrines of grace, though writ
“The less I see of the evil of sin, the ten with considerable ability, is not,
| less shall I admire the grace of God in we fear, sufficiently perspicuous tó
| the pardon of sin, or the efficacy of the
blood of Christ in rendering its pardon arrest the progress of Antinomian
nomlane consistent with the divine perfections. ism in our churches. There are
It is, therefore, indispensably necessary, many serious persons who love to
that ministers should preach the LAW, hear of a finished salvation, who
in subserviency to the Gospel; vor can are incapable of detecting the so any inan give a just representation of the phistical inferences which “men of gospel, unless he faithfully explains the corrupt minds and destitute of the extent, spirituality, and righteous seve: