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To the Editor of the Christian Observer.
kept in mind: that, after that the world vice. First, our Lord Jesus Christ's is ended, he may come, and make us to will was, that there should be teachers sit with him at his own board.
and evangelists, that is to say, preachers Master. What doth Baptism repre- of the Gospel : to this intent, that his sent and set before our eyes?
voice might continually be heard sound Scholar. That we are by the Spirit of in his church. He that coveteth (as Christ new born, and cleansed from all ought to covet) to bear the name of sin: that we be members and parts of a Christian, may have no doubt that he his Church, received into Commu. ought with most earnest affection, and nion of Saints. For water signifieth fervent desire, endeavour himself to the Spirit. Baptism is also a figure of hear and soke into his mind, the word our burial in Christ, and that we shall of the Lord: not like the words of any be raised up again with him, in a new man, but like (as it is indeed) the word life, as I have before declared in Christ's of Almighty God. Secondly, because Resurrection.
all that is good, and that ought of a Miser. What declareth and betoken- Christian to be desired, cometh unto us eth the Supper unto us: which we so from God, and is by him granted : lemnly use in the rememberance of therefore of him we ought to require all the Lord ?
things: and by thanksgiving acknowScholar. The Supper (as I have shew- ledge them all received of him. Which ed a little before) is a certain thankful thing he so well liketh, that he esteem, rememberance of the Death of Christ: eth it instead of a passing pleasant saforasmuch as the bread representeth his crifice: as it is most evident by the witbody, betrayed to be crucified for us: ness of the Prophets and Apostles. The wine standeth in stead and place
(IVe must defer the conclusion to our next.) of his blood, plenteously shed for us. And even as by bread and wine, our natural bodies are sustained and nourished: : so by the body, that is the flesh and blood of Christ, the soul is fed The following paper was written by through faith, and quickened to the me several years ago. If in my own heavenly and godly life.
case it has been productive of no more Master. How come these things to salutary effect, it has at least contribute pass?
ed to make me feel my own unworthi. Scholar. These things come to pass ness, and my need of an Advocate with by a certain secret mean, and lively the Father. The perusal of it may working of the Spirit: when we believe probably suggest to some of your readthat Christ hath, once for all, given up ers hints for self-examination, and it is his body and blood for us, to make a with that view I send it. I do not mean sacrifice, and most pleasant offering to to say, that the plan I had sketched out his heavenly Father: and also when we for myself is exactly suited to the case confess and acknowledge him our Sa- of others. There is an endless variety in viour, high Bishop, Mediator, and Re- the circumstances, propensities, tempdeemer: to whom is due all honour and tations, and habits of men, which renglory.
ders somewhat a different course neMaster. All this thou dost well un cessary in almost every separate inderstand. For me thinketh thy mean stance ; but yet there is a sufficient deing is : that faith is the mouth of the gree of resemblance in all, to afford soul: whereby we receive this very hea- room for hoping, that such a communivenly meat, full both of salvation and cation as the present may not be withimmortality, dealt among us, by means out its advantages. I ain, &c. of the Holy Ghost. Now, since we have
Q. F. entreated of the sacraments, pass forward to the other parts of God's ser. vice.
Being prevented by indisposition from Scholar. I will do your command attending public worship, I would em
There remain two things, be- ploy this season of more than usual relonging to the perfection of God's ser- tirement, in reflecting on my obliga
tions to God; engaging expressly to as in that of God; and to that end, will fulfil them, and imploring through be particularly watchful against the Christ that grace, and those influences love of human praise or distinction, and of his Spirit, which can alone enable the fear of shame ; desisting from my me to do so. And may God Almighty purpose when I feel these to be my grant, that my future life may evince only motives, and endeavouring by my simplicity and sincerity in this ex- prayer to overcome them when I perercise !
ceive them to mix with such as are Having found by lamentable experi- more pure. ence, how adverse the cares of the I will consider love to God and zeal world, the hurry and distraction of for his glory as my highest duties, and worldly business, and the dissipation of study to improve daily in these divine worldly converse, are to the mainte- affections; and I will judge of my pro. nance of a spiritual state of mind; and gress in them, not by transient fervours having also found how unfriendly a of the mind, but by my habitual temwant of regularity in the duties of pri- pers, by my punctual performance of vate prayer, and self-examination, and the self-denying duties of Christianity, the study of the Scriptures, is to my by my cheerful acquiescence in all God's improvement in right tempers and af- dispensations, and by the love, the hufections, as well towards God as towards mility, and the meekness which I am my fellow-men, I am the more induced enabled to exercise to those around me. to form this explicit engagement in the I will study to live a life of dependpresence of God, who knows the heart; ance on Christ, and of faith in his hoping that through his mercy in Christ, word; making it the sole and excluits frequent perusal may be of use, in sive measure of my belief and practice. reclaiming my steps when they deviate I will particularly study to restrain from the right way.
all wanderings of the mind, in the pubI therefore, in the strength of divine lic and private exercises of God's worgrace, make the following
ship; to banish, as much as I can, vain
and worldly conversation, and vain and RESOLUTIONS :
worldly thoughts from my mind and I will regard the favour and ever- lips, on the Lord's-day; and to give all lasting enjoyment of God, as the end my household the time requisite for of all my plans; and study to make the hallowing it. consideration of them influence, as much I will guard against formality and vaas possible, the minutest actions of my nity, especially in family worship; and life.
fit myself, by previous reflection and I will regard the obedience, sacrifice, prayer, for its due performance. mediation, and intercession of Christ, I will be particularly guarded against as the only procuring cause of all those the intrusion of impure thoughts. I spiritual blessings which conduce to will turn away my eyes from beholding that end; as the pardon of sin, peace what might lead to them, shut my ears with God, and the sanctifying influ- against polluting conversation, and reences of his Spirit.
strain my tongue from every licentious I will continually keep in mind my word; and I will carefully avoid every obligation to walk in Christ's steps, and circumstance which I know to have forto be holy as he is holy: as one, which merly excited improper fcelings, and if I do not fulfil, I shall in vain hope to forbid my thoughts to dwell for a moenter heaven; and I will ever pray for ment on past scenes of sensual pleathe Spirit of God, in the belief that through his operation alone, can this I will watch against every rising of holy frame be produced.
covetous desire ; and while I carefully I will cultivate an habitual sense of repress all tendency to improper exGod's presence, and of my accountable- pense, or the careless profusion of any ness to him; of the shortness of time, of God's gifts, I will seek out proper and of my obligation to improve it. objects with whom to share those good
I will study for the future to appear things of which God has made me the well, not so much in the sight of man steward, and of which he will require
an account. I will ask every night, might tend unnecessarily to wound the whose distress have I this day relieved ? feelings of others.
I will no longer put off to a future I will not allow the ill conduct of day, or leave the business of the pre- others towards me to lessen my kindsent day or hour, but will apply myself ness and good will to them. to it, deny myself to sloth and the love I will not reprove my servants in anof ease, and exercise a constant and ger, but in love ; and be more anxious self-denying attention to what is my to remind them of their obligations to
God than to myself. I will keep truth inviolate in the I will not chide or correct my chilsmallest, as well as in the greatest mat- dren in passion, nor use peevish lanters.
guage towards them; and previous to I will in no case affect knowledge correcting them, I will use prayer to which I have not.
God; and I will not be turned aside I will read no book but with atten- by false pity, or by indolence, from duly tion; and I will read none which tend correcting their faults, which I will ever to inflame the mind, or to excite impro- remind them to be sins against God. per sentiments.
I will never use threatening lanI will be ready to communicate, and guage, but by way of prevention, and also to receive knowledge; and I will without any mixture of passion; and I be open to conviction, ever receiving will study, not to allow my voice to be correction and reproof meekly and elevated above its ordinary tone, in thankfully, never questioning merely talking with any. for the sake of dispute, nor ever retort I will guard against all excess in eating upon any reprover.
ing and drinking ; never allowing comI will watch against all supercilious- plaisance for any to mar for a moment ness in look or manner, all sourness of the clear exercise of my reason, or dismind in dispute, all impatience of con- compose my quiet, by leading me betradiction in my intercouvse with all, yond the bounds of strict moderation. whether common acquaintance or the I will, from this time forward, when most intimate relative, as wife, brother, not hindered by unavoidable circum&c.; and I will listen with patience and stances, regularly devote at least one kindness to the arguments and reason- half hour in the morning, and one half ings of others, however impertinent hour in the evening, exclusively to they may appear at the moment. those concerns which lie between God
I will also watch against a selfish and and my soul. exclusive attachment to my own com I will, every day, make the attainfort, and study to be equally solicitous ment of purity, humility 'meekness, for the comfort of others, and to re- lowliness of heart, activity, watchfulpress every rising of impatience at the ness, calmness of mind, kindness of trouble which this may occasion to me. manner, sincerity, and spiritual minded.
I will endeavour to cultivate a tem- ness, being the graces in which I con. per of more benignity towards all; and ceive myself more particularly defecI will attend more to the outward ex- tive, the subject of special and earnest pression of love and kindness, never al- supplication at the Throne of Grace. lowing passion to dictate what I may I will read every day in private a say, but studying to act by others as I portion of Scripture, with meditation could reasonably wish to be dealt with. and prayer.
I will watch particularly against all I will be daily engaged in the work hastiness of spirit towards inferiors, and of intercession. especially those who need my help ; I will, at least once every day, call to but will listen composedly to their re- mind, with due solemnity, the innumepresentations, and render them all the rable instances of God's providential justice, and all the kindness in my power, goodness to me, recollecting with deep consistently with my other duties. self-abasement what I was in -in
I will not only not use railing words and in and humbly adoring the into any, but I will guard against every finite mercy of God, which has thus far circumstance in look and manner, which caused me to differ.
To the Editor of the Christian Observer.
I will also call to mind every day my praise and glory of all I have, am, or lamentable failures in duty, my many hope for! Amen. actions whereby God has been dishonoured and my soul injured, even since it has pleased him to convince me of
SIR, my obligation to love and serve him; POSSIBLY the following extract from a and I will improve the rememberance letter which I lately received, may be as an incitement to greater watchful. thought worthy of insertion ; in hope ness, circumspection, and self-distrust. of producing a public and satisfactory
I will consider the study of my heart explanation on the subject alluded to, as one main business of my life ; and from some correspondent. It is from I will enter every evening, if possible, a young Dissenter of very exemplary into a serious review of the past day, and pious character, who is desirous and of the manner in which I have of becoming a Member and Minister kept this engagement, and into a son of the Church of England, and with lemn consideration of the fitness of whom I have had some correspondmy soul for entering on the eternal ence, in the hope of removing his world.
scruples on that head. Your's, &c. I will anxiously study to reform
L. R. whatever I shall find amiss; and of whatever defect in the performance of “ Your statement of what you bemy duty I may be sensible, whatever lieve to be the doctrines of your Church corrupt propensity I may discover, of upon the subject of Baptismal Regenewhatever sinful thoughts, words, or ac ration, has given me great satisfaction, tions, I may have been guilty, I will and almost removed my scruples on endeavour to improve as an incite- that head; but I fear you will not be ment more deeply to repent of sin, equally able to silence my doubts on more highly to value the love of my the subject of the Burial Service : I crucified Redeemer, and more impli- feel a strong reluctance at the idea of citly to rely on his atoning merits, for pronouncing so unequivocal, a declarapardon and acceptance, and on the tion of the truly christian state in which sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit, every one is said to depart, when the for victory over sin, and advancement contrary is often so notoriously maniin purity and holiness of heart and life. fest: unless this difficulty be removed,
May the Spirit of all Grace fill my I think I cannot conscientiously subheart with heavenly wisdom, and form scribe to the Liturgy as by law estame anew in my Saviour's image! May blished. The anxious and friendly sothe bright example of Jesus Christ be licitude with which you have entered ever before my eyes; and may his into this correspondence with me, inlessons be ever graven on my heart! duces me to hope that even on this Through his blood may my defiled and point, (which I confess is quite a stumguilty conscience be cleansed from all bling block to me at present) you will sin! May he reign in my heart, and be able and willing to say something ever continue the object of my ardent satisfactory to desire, of my undeviating reliance, of
Your affectionate friend, my cheerful homage, of my lively and Dec. 17, 1801.
C. S.” active gratitude, and of my highest love! And may the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of everlasting compassion, the God of Extracts from the Common-Place Book of a
Country Clergyman. grace and peace, sanctify me wholly,
(Continued from p. 102.) and through the blood of the everlasting covenant make me perfect in every good work to do his will, that I may It has been objected against Christibe enabled ever to render to the Fa. anity, that it exhibits degrading views ther, Son, and Spirit, one God, the of human nature, injurious to virtue,
For the Cl;ristian Observer.
ON THE TRUE DIGNITY OF MAN.
inasmuch as they generate a mean and than a visionary fable. But this being abject state of mind, and extinguish Christianity, he is bound either to shew' that generous pride, as it is called, us that human nature is more exalted which is the incentive to worthy ac on some other scheme, or to renounce tions. This is one proof, among many, his objection.
(To be continued.) that Christianity is little understood by those who oppose it. A small part of
To the Editor of the Christian Observer. it only is known; and from hence con
SIR, clusions are drawn as if it formed the
I HAVE enclosed an original letter of whole. It is true that Christianity exhibits with the hope that its publication in
Dr. Horne, late Bishop of Norwich; man as fallen very low; but is it not
the CHRISTIAN OBSERVER mayi
y interest also true, that its proper end is highly those readers, who justly admire the to exalt him? It represents him, in
character of that eminent and pious deed, as degraded even unto hell ; but
Prelate. does it not propose, as its very object,
It was found among the papers of a to raise him up to Heaven? How dig. Clergyman after his decease, who was nified do the scriptures describe him well acquainted with the Bishop and to have been in his origin! His soul
M. L. inspired by the breath of the Almigh
Feb. 19, 1801. ty! This beauteous globe contrived and fashioned for his habitation ! Eve
Mag. Coll. July 12th, 1755. ry other order of creatures subjected MY DEAREST CHARLES, to hiin as lord of all! He himself made As it has pleased God, who orders evecapable of holding converse with his ry thing for the best, to separate us for God, and actually admitted to his fa- a time, so that we cannot pass our hours miliar intimacy and friendship! Are together, as we used to do, in reading not these grand ideas? But one, un- the Holy Scriptures, and talking one to speakably more grand, is yet to be another of the things God has done for mentioned. “God so loved the world, us, and requires us to do for him, we as to give his Only-Begotten Son, that have nothing left but to pray earnestly we might not perish, but have everlast. for each other, that we fall not into ing life.” Astonishing and dignifying temptation, and communicate our consideration! The Eternal Son of thoughts in writing for the establishGod, equal with the Father, assumes ment of our faith. Be not discourour nature values us so highly, as aged, my beloved friend, at what has thus to humble himself, that we might happened. It is not this, or that perbe exalted; and submits to death, that son, that has taken you from us, but he we might live ! -rises again from the who orders and disposes all events acdead; ascends to heaven; and seats cording to his infinite wisdom, and unhuman nature on the very throne of bounded love. And this, you may deGod !--In that nature receives the ado- pend upon it, is done for great and ration of all the heavenly hosts; and glorious purposes ; at least for the trial officiates as our advocate in the court of your own faith, that being more preof Heaven !-entitles us to be called, cious than gold, it may come out like himself, sons of God; and, send- brighter from the furnace of templaing forth his Divine Spirit, purifies tion. There are two methods the enour fallen nature, and makes it meet emy has of attacking the children of for an inheritance incorruptible, unde- God, threatening and alluring. One of filed, and that fadeth not away! To these the strength from above has enthese contemplations let every meaner abled you to stand, and fear not but thought give way; and if we boast, the same strength will make you more let us boast of that which constitutes than conqueror over the other. The our real dignity-let us boast of our God who delivered you out of the paws religion, and of our Redeemer. of the lion, and the bear, and the un
The unbeliever may perhaps call all circumcised Philistine, will (if you this enthusiasm, and deem it no better continually pray to him) enable you to