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80 that mercy could consistently be against him, and against the universe ? shown to sinners, short of the sutter- | It is not a matter of wonder, then, that ings endured by the Son of God, sinners under conviction, are in great when he gave his life a ransom for distress and anguish of mind ; that them? We may behold an expiring they go about with down-cast looks; Saviour, crying out, when he took the that they have sleepless nights, and sinner's place, “MY GOD, My God, that they can no longer find pleasure WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?" Well in the idle and vain conversation of may behold him, in this situation, and their stupid companions. Distress of learn how infinitely odious sin is in the mind is what we might expect to witBight of God.
ness in all, whose eyes have been A crucified Şaviour has ever been opened to see themselves out ofChrist. to the unbelieving world, a stone of It is a situation infinitely hazardous. stumbling and rock of offence. But 6. In view of the evil of sin, the all objections and cavillings against the justice of God appears in inflicting an great doctrine of atonement show that endless punishment on the finally immen are amazingly ignorant of them- i penitent sinner. selves; ignorant of the purity and ex- An interminable punishment, great tent of the law they have broken; ig- and awful as it may appear, is no more norant of their real condition as sin-than a just expression of the real de
When God gives them a sight merit of sin, and of God's abhorrence of themselves, when he opens their of the sinner's character. If sin is an eyes to see the purity of that law, evil, infinitely dreadful in its consewhich is a transcript of his own per-||quences, Ġod must be just in expresfections, the necessity of a Saviour to sing an infinite hatred of it. And this die, and make an atonement for them infinite hatred of God, which will is no longer doubted Sin becomes honor the divine law, will be oxpress80 exceedingly sinful in their view, ed in the eternal destruction of all, that nothing but the blood of the Son who refuse salvation by Christ.-Aof God appears sufficient to atone for it. | greeably to this it is written “ The wa
5. The great distress often manifes-lges of sin is death,” eternal death, ted by sinners under awakenings, is the final loss of the soul. They who nothing more than might be rationally die impenitent are forever undone. expected
How alarming is such instruction as When the truth is fastened upon this ! But alarming and trying as it the consciences of men, they become may be, to the ungodly, it is clearly an astonishment to themselves. A drawn from GOD's word. view of their own condition fills them In view of these thoughts, let sinners with 'horror. They lose sight of all of every age and description reflect se
comfort, and though flattered riously on the importance of breaking by the world before, their spirits sink,' off from sin by repentance, and of takand they feel themselyes to be misera-ling refuge in the LORD JESUS Christ, ble creatures. Need we wonder at who is the great sacrifice for sin. Let all this? The defection and heaviness them realize the importance of doing of mind which have come upon them, it speedily, while they have opportuniare what might be rationally expected ty to honor Christ, and save there on being brought to realize their con- immortal souls. Can they be go, studition. Have they now a conviction pid, so unfriendly to themselves, as to of the great eril of sin ? Do they see put off this matter? Can they be wilit destroying all their happiness in this is my to hazard what they must by delife? Do they see it destroying their || laying? While they delay repentance, own souls, and the souls of others ? Do|| the infinitely righteous God may arise they see it to be a transgression of in his anger, and tear them in pieces, Cod's. law, and of course rebellion and there will be none to deliver.
A Friend of Missions.
Extract from a Sermon preached by the Rev.|| and prayers tended. It was only with
Dr. Woons, of Andover, in remembrance of|| a view to this, that she considered her Mrs. HARRIET NEWELL, missionary to In- talents and acquirements of any spe dia ; wh) died at the Isle of France Nov.cial importance. Even her health and 30, 1812, aged 19 years.
life seemed of little consequence to her, “ From the uniform tenor of her except in relation to this grand object. conduct for several years, there is rea- “But this entire selfdevotion had no son to believe, that she was one, who tendency to blunt the sensibilities of forsook all for Christ, and who received her heart, or to extinguish her natural an hundred fold in this present life.- affections. Every Christian is the subAnd there is equal reason to believeject of an affection, which holds a su: that she now inherits everlasting life in periority over the natural affections, heaven.
and makes them subservient to its pur“ Before she indulged a hope that poses. Had our natural affections she was a subject of spiritual renova- been designed, as the highest principles tion, she had a long season of distress- of action, the Lord Jesus would never ing conviction, careful self examina- have set up another principle above tion, and earnest prayer. She could them. Our dear departed friend did not admit the comfortable conclusion not more truly rise above the natural that she was born again, before she principles of action, than every Chriswas conscious, that she had given hertian does, when he seeks the glory of self to the Lord, and yielded sincere God in the common business of life. obedience to his holy commands. Her affections were of the same nature
“Long before she thought her own with those which Christians generallý salvation secure, she began to exercise possess. If there was a difference, it an enlarged affection for the kingdom consisted in this; that she was more of Christ, and to be fervent in her pray-| earnest and undivided in her attachers for the building up of Zion, and the ment. It is to this circumstance, that salvation of the heathen. This be- we must trace her peculiar magnanimcame the prominent feature of her re-ity, and elevation of spirit.' As all the ligion,--the supreme object of her pur-powers of her soul were unitedly exersuit. A considerable time before a ted for the attainment of one grand obForeign Mission, from this country, was|ject, she rose to an uncommon pitch of contemplated, the universal diffusion energy, and things seemingly impossiof the christian religion was the favor-ble to others, became practicable and ite subject of her meditations and pray- easy to her.
“ In acquiring the force and decis“When in the course of divine prov-ion of character, which she finally exidence, one of those, who had devoted hibited, it was of great importance, themselves to the Foreign Mission, that the question of duty was fully setsought her as the companion of his la- tled in her own mind. Had not this bours and sufferings; her great concern| been done, she must have been often was to discover the will of God. As turned aside from her object by secret soon as she became satisfied respect- misgivings of conscience. Her attaching her duty, her determination was fix-l ment to the object must have been ed.--Here we come to the point where weakened; and every step must have her character began to assume a lustre, been taken haltingly and tremblingly. which excited the admiration of all But by much deliberation, and many who shared her friendship. Through prayers to God for direction, the questhe grace of God, she entirely conse- tion of duty had been settled; after crated herself to the establishment of which she proceeded without waverthe kingdom of Christ in pagan lands. ing. Devoted, as she was, to the To this great and glorious object all cause of Christ, and borne on with a her thoughts and studies, her desires || strong desire of advancing it in heathed
lands, she was prepared for trials. || point him to a case not wholly untike The hardships and sufferings, peculiar the present. The Evangelist tells us to the missionary life, bocame perfect-that Mary came to Jesus, as he sat at ly familiar. They were so closely as-meat, having an alabaster box of very sociated in her mind with the glory of precious ointment, and poured it on biş God, and the conversion of the hea-head. Judas, and some others instigathen, and the contemplation of them|ted by him, charged her with extravawas 80 continually mingled with her gance and waste. But Jesus approved purest affections and joys, that, instead her conduct, declaring that she had of aversion and dread, they excited wrought a good work, and that it should serisations of delight.
be made known for a memorial of her, “ Is it possible that a character, so wherever the gospel should be preacha. excellent should not be universally loved in the whole world. ed and admired? Cap any admit the “ Do I still hear it said by some selfthought, that conduct so noble, so ish calculator, that "she threw herself Christlike, was owing to weak or mis- away!" But do you not applaud the guided zeal? Look upon the apostles conduct of a man, who goes to the ani primitive Christians, who were so earth's end to gratify a worldly desire ? entirely consecrated to the Saviour, And can you think it reasonable to that they were willing to endure the make greater sacrifices for self-interest, greatest evils for his sake, whose ar- than for the kingdom of Christ?dent love to him rendered every afflic- “ Threw herself away?” What! Does tion light, and reconciled them to the a devoted Christian, who, for the love agonies of a violeņt death. Can the of Jesus, forsakes all that she has, to charge of misguided zeal be urged receive an hundred fold here, and life against the holy apostles ?
everlasting in heaven, throw herself " The character of Mrs. NEWELL, | away? instead of being exposed to any dis- “Should any ask, what that hundred honorable imputation, had an excel- fold renard was; our appeal would be Jence above the reach of mere human to herself, to her peace, and quietnature. Behold a tender female, when ness, and joy in God. For several of all the sensibilities of the heart are most the last months that she spent at lively,-united to friends and country home, and from the time of her leavby a thousand ties; a female of refined | ing America till her death, her relieducation, with delightful prospects gious enjoyment was almost constant, in her own country,-behold her vol- and at times elevated. untarily resigning so many dear earth- “In her last interviews with her bely objects, for a distant pagan land.- loved friends in America, and in the All these sacrifices she made calmly; scene of final separation, the consola: with a sober deliberation; in the exertions of the Spirit supported her, and cise of those sensibilities which would produced not only a tender meekness be overwhelming to mankind in gen- and calmness of mind, but astonishing eral, and yet with steady, unyielding resolution. Her happy serenity confirmness ; and all this, not for wealth,tinued through the dangers of a long or fame, or any earthly object, but to voyage, and amid all the difficulties make known among the heathen the un- which befell her, after arriving in Insearchable riches of Christ.
dia. Her spiritual enjoyment was not "I should blush to offer a vindica- materially interrupted by the various tion of a character so fair and exalted, distresses, which prevented the estab. as that of HARRIET NEWELL; a lovely lishment of the mission; nor by the sufsaint, who has finished her course, and ferings she was subsequently called to gone to receive an unfading crown.- endure; no, not even by the pangs
that But if there is any one rash enough to rent her heart, over a dear infant child, impute extravagance, and folly; I will wasting away with sickness, and coop
committed to a watery grave. Thro'|| That Christians are not perfectly all this sorrow and suffering, the Lord holy in this life is a doctrine, generally was with her, and gave her rest.-received, by orthodox believers. This, During her last tedious and perilous we shall consider, as the revealed, or voyage--separated by half the globe known purpose of God. If, then, it from the presence of a mother, whose can be shown that we ought not to presence was more than ever needed, pray for any event, which we know to and without single female compan-| be contrary to the purpose of God;ion, she could thus write ;-" It is for the conclusion will necessarily follow, JESUS, who sacrificed the joys of his viz. That we ought not to pray for imFather's kingdom and expired on the mediate perfection in holiness. cross to redeem a fallen world, that It will be the first object of the folthus I Wander from place to place, and lowing remarks, to illustrate the truth feel no where at home. How reviving of this proposition; That we ought not the throught! How great the consoka- to pray for any event, which we know tion it yields to my sinking heart.”. to be contrary to the purpose of God.. " Let the severest trials and disappoint- This will appear from the consideraments fall to my lot, guilty and weaktion that we ought not to desire that as I am, yet I think I can rejoice in the any such event should take place. This Lord, and joy in the God of my salva-does not imply, that perfection in ho
liness is not, in itself considered, a de“In her last illness, which was at- sirable thing. Many things are desiratended with many distressing circum-ble, in themselves, or in their own nastances, she possessed her soul in pa- ture, which, considered as events, are tience and peace. God was pleased to not desirable at all times, and in all cir. manifest himself to her, as he does not cumstances. As events, they may, at to the world. During her whole certain times, and in certain circumsickness, she talked in the most fami-stances, be followed by evil consetiar manner, and with great delight, of quences, which will more than coundeath and the glory that was to follow." iterbalance the good, which they pro
“ Her life, measured by months and duce; or; they may prevent a greater years, was short; but far otherwise, is good, which would, otherwise, exist. when measured by what she achieved. In either case, it cannot be desirable She was the happy instrument of much that such events should take place,-good to the holy kingdom of Christ, || however desirable the things may be which deserved all her affections and in themselves; however great the all her labors.”
good, which they may contain in their
own nature. There are many kinds For the Utica Christian Magazine
of food which are nutritious and salu
tary to person's health ;-but, to the ON PRAYING FOR PERFECTION,
same persons, in times of sickness, QUESTION—Is it the duty of Christians they would be greatly injurious, altho'
to pray for immediate perfection in they remain as palatable as ever. holiness? ANSWER-It is not. Considered simply in themselves,
The following reason is offered for without respect to their consequences, this answer:
they are desirable objects, and as mucli It is not the duty of Christians to so in sickness as they are in health : pray
for any event, which they know but the receiving of them in times of to be contrary to the purpose of God: sickness, considered as events in con-They do know it to be contrary to nexion with its consequences, cannot the purpose of God that Christiansbe desirable. The thing, in itself, is should be perfectly holy in this life :- good, but the partaking of it, at this Therefore, it is not their duty to pray time, will be followed with an overbafor immediate perfection in holiness. lancing evil; or, will prevent a greater
good, that would, otherwise, exist, - || event must be necessary for the pro which must, of course, be an undesira- | motion of a greater good than coul ble event.
otherwise exist, and therefore it is The same is true of all those things | desirable event. which are, in themselves, desirable, As God is pleased with holiness and pleasing, or gratifying, but are follow-displeased with sin, we may be sure ed with more undesirable consequen-that he would not suffer his peculiar
people to remain, through this life, in On the other hand also, things may an imperfect or sinful state, if this were be in themselves, evil and undesirable, not trecessary to effect a greater good and yet be productive of good effects, than could otherwise exist. He will and, on this account, as events, it may suffer no more natural or moral evil to be desirable that they should take exist in the universe than is necessary place. Such are the operations of a to the promotion of the greatest genesurgeon, in amputating limbs:-such ral good. To do this would be totally were the evils which Joseph suffered, irreconcilable with his perfections.-while a slave and imprisoned in Egypt;| Surely, then, he would not suffer his and such were all the sufferings of the peculiar, covenant people, redeemed Saviour, for the salvation of sinners.— by the blood of Christ, sanctified by It cannot, therefore, be determined, the Holy Spirit, made heirs of eternal with certainty, that because a state of glory, to have so much imperfection perfect holiness is, in itself, a great and sin, as they possess, during the good, and greatly desirable; it must whole of their pilgrimage on earth, if be best that all Christians should be this were not necessary to the existperfectly holy, in this life: it will not ence of a greater good. Any other certainly follow, that because a state supposition than this would imply, eiof imperfection in believers is, in itself, ther that God does not determine all an evil and undesirable state, there- || events, or, that the imperfect state of fore it is not best that Christians should | Christianis on earth, is determined for remain in it, during the period of pro- its own sake, and not for the sake of a bation. Nothing, respecting the desi- greater good, that will result from it; rableness or undesirableness of this neither of which positions can ever be event, can be determined from the reconciled with the Divine perfections. consideration that perfection in holi But, if the imperfect state of Chrisness is, from its very nature, the most tians in this world, be necessary to the desirable state that can be imagined; promotion of a greater good than and that a state of moral imperfection, could otherwise exist, it is a desirable is, in itself, a great evil.
event, and of course the contrary state, This question, whether it be a desi- or a state of absolute Christian perfecrable event that Christians should re- tion, in this world, must be an undesimain through this life in a state of mo-rable event. ral imperfection, can be determined by The sole consideration, that God the fact, that God has appointed this hath ordained the present state of to be their state. It is here taken for Christians, on earth, to be a state of granted that this is the actual state of moral imperfection, is sufficient to asChristians, during their probation, insure us that this is, on the whole, a dethis world. It is also taken for grant-sirable event, -as it results from the ed, that “God hath foreordained what-dictates of infinite wisdom and goodsoever comes to pass.” Hence it fol- ness. lows, that the moral imperfection of This being admitted, it cannot be Christians, during the present life, is desirable that Christians should be peran event which God hath ordained.fectly holy, in this life; hence we ought This is his revealed, or declared pur- not to desire that this event should pose respecting them. Of course this || take place,