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serpent in the wilderness. “Yes, the life, that every believer in him, sir; but that is not the promise, who shall be alive and remain unto Mr. Cadogan speaks of: the words his coming, shall never die; he draw all men unto me, do not come shall not sleep ini death, even as in at that place." I can only say, to his body, as do those who bave that I purposely tried the experi- gone before, but he shall be changed. ment with an intelligent child, but He shall undergo that change explifound it not $0 easy as I thought citly mentioned, I Cor. xy, 51, to explicate Mr. Cadogan's remark: &c.; and 1 Thess. iv. 15, &c.; the analogy between metaphorical which is analogous to the blessed exaltation and literal elevation, like resurrection of the righteous dead, the serpent, or our Lord's, cruci- By this interpretation, the passage fixion, I saw diờ not satisfy his seems divested of the obscurity or mind. I could not convince him indistinct combination of ideas gethat "the promise" is what Mr. nerally attached to it; and by which Cadogan says it is: nor is it so, the last clause is made to express except analogically, or figuratively; little or nothing more than what is but what do uninstructed persons contained in the preceding. Marunderstand of theological analogies tha, having specified the last day, and figures ?
it may be supposed that the anSIMPLEX.
swer would refer to the event of that day to believers in general;
the believing dead and the believNOTE ON JOHN xi. 25, 26. ing living. The passage may be
thus paraphrased: "I am the Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. resurrection and the life. As the
resurrection, he that believeth in I VENTURE to present to your read- me, though he were dead, yet shall ers the words of our Lord to Martha, he live; his body shall be raised in a view, as it respects the last again, and he shall live, body and clause, not usually taken of them, soul re-united, in everlasting life. bụt which appears to me to convey And, as the life, whosoever shall be their plain meaning. Martha, hav- found alive at my second coming, ing expressed her confidence as to and believing in me, shall never the future resurrection of Lazarus, die; he shall not sleep, as havę
"I know that he shall rise again in others, but he shall be changed; the resurrection at the last day,” and so shall he ever be with me." our Lord returned, “ I am the resur
J. M. rection, and the life : he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yjet shall he live : and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die." MR. IRVING ON THE DOCTRINE OF After the declaration of the future resurrection of every believer who shall die in the Lord, may not the Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer, subsequent expression, and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, refer Mr. Irving is no trimmer, and his to those believers who shall be talents are equal to his courage : so found living on the earth when the that where he is right, he is nobly Lord shall come again ? Our Lord right; and where wrong, proportionappears to assure Martha, first, in ably wrong. He gives no quarter reference to his being the resurrec
to any man of
any party; he gration, that every believer in him, duates only for the extremes of heat though he die as to the body, yet and cold, frost and fever ; all mea
shall live; he shall be raised again: sure, all qualification he instinctively and then, in reference to his being rejects. Hence his voluines are & CHRIST. OBSERY. No. 329.
strange tissue of opposites: a reso? graph by paragraph, and often line distinction to be at the foundation the synagogue of Satan,) do 290 Mr. Irving on the Doctrine of Assurance. [May,
. pertory of anomalies ; e a 'magazine, in the imputed righteousness of of splendid good ånd splendid (never Christ, the assurance of which, intentional) evils : your alternatively we also allow,, must commence the smile and frown in every page; all Christian's work, and sanctification are pleased with some, and none through faith in the Holy Spirit,with all; and to analyze and pro- the former, an act, tbe latter a nounce an opinion upon the whole, work,they give little or no heed you must give an estimate, para. to whatever : although I believe this by line,
of all sound doctrine, and not withThese observations occur to my out the loss of both truths to be mind in reading the following pas. confounded."
confounded."...." This infection sage upon the doctrine of assurance; runs like wildfire: this seed springs and which I cite, without note or, up like . Jonah's gourd ; and like comment, for the benefit of all whom Jonah's gourd it will perish, affordit may concern. It
may furnish an ing no shelter to a man's soul in the appropriate sequel to the discussion strong beat of the sun. One canin your pages on the subject. not but love their zeal, and admire
" Besides these forms," says Mr. 'the ringlets of their childish beauty,
are saved ? friends on the one hand, and to skirAnd if you say “yes,' they call upon mish on the other with more sturdy you to rejoice, to go on and prosper. opponents, who certainly will not And on they go at full gallop, rush- admit his assertion that.“ preaching ing against every sober-minded and registering experience” is “noChristian, and upbraiding him as thing different from Popery." I, howthey pass. Our good old distinc- ever, fully concur with him in opinion
known to the pure faith of the Gos- comes to this, "a tree is known by
that the doctrine of assurance with ness to;" and therefore, view the out evidence is a sickly exotic, un inatter as
we may, in the end it
pel; for, as has been weltremarked, its fruits, and faith without works is
the divine art of contentment, to
be content with the things that you Tothe Editorofthe ChristianObserver. have: check discontent in the bud:
To live in love, and in the constant The accompanying specimen of the exercise of charity. To do good simple piety of former times, I have and communicate forget not. Be thought may not be uninteresting much in prayer and praises : address or unedifying to your readers. It yourselves in a child-like frame, is a document subjoined to the Will with humility and godliness, eyeing of a pious ancestor of mine, and God as a Father of mercies, and all shews a solicitude for the spiritual in the name of Jesus Christ. Above welfare of his posterity, worthy of all, keep your hearts : let not vain praise and imitation. I do not sup- thoughts lodge or find entertainment pose many such Wills are to be within you: lay not yourselves down found in Doctors'. Commons; but to sleep with the allowance of any it
contains sentiments and direc- known sin. Unrepented sin is the tions most worthy of a Christian worst companion you
can have. parent. I need not apologize for Walk not abroad in the morning, the simplicity or even quaintness of nor engage in any worldly business thought and style, which are cha- till you have first conversed with racteristic of the age in which it was
God; and stir not without your written.
breast-plate-a good conscience, “ An Appendix to my last Will; which will keep you from assaults, or a Bequest of some Legacies 'spi. and be as a continual feast. I have ritual, which I, James K-, the found by experience my indisposedaged, bequeath to my son, James ness, for that morning, to converse K-, and to my daughter Su- with God, when I have first consannah.
versed with men on business. “ Imprimis, I bequeath to them“ Frequently converse with your my blessing; and a parent's blessing own hearts; and often ask your is not to be despised; and with and hearts these three or four short, upon my blessing do leave with serious questions :- First, am I a them these few instructions, often child of God, or a hypocrite ; one to read, to learn, to meditate upon, of the wise or the foolish virgins ? and to practise.
Secondly, what are the truest and “ To set the Lord alway before strongest grounds of my being a you, and to live in his fear all the child of God? Thirdly, with which day long, for that is the first begin- of the godly men and women menning to be wise: To put your trust tioned in the Holy Scriptures, can in God, as a God all-sufficient in I compare? Fourthly, what is my all times, cases, and conditions ; chief and master sin; and what for he never fails those that trust in power hath it in my soul, or I over him, and walk uprightly: To learn it?
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“ Matt. iii. 29. There are but two hairs be found in the way of righplaces of reception-heaven andhell; teousness. Live in the constant and but two sorts of persons-wise expectation of changes, alterations, or foolish virgins, godly or wicked, lossés, crosses, and afflictions, yea,
or hypo- and of death; and then they will crites.
be tess grievous, and easier borne. “Let patience be your chiefest Content not yourselves with the
inflamed with love to and in the knowledge of Lord Lord : we with ease and delight and Saviour Jesus Christ: if ye do
on what we love. David these things, and continue and
Learn that divine never fail.
Appended to this document is a
of will say that to us, and much more. sixty-six, and being sensible of my
“ If God bless you with children, approaching dissolution,” recomdedicate them to him betimes, and mending his grand-children to conimitate the example of Abraham, sider and practise the above rules Hannah, David, Lois, and Eunice, and to leave it in charge to their to instruct them in the way of holi- children's children to do the same. ness betimes. If God bless you Who then can say how great a blessing with long life, see that your grey to successive. generations may have
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It is happ
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at the age
1829.] Sacrament to Criminals-- Ecclesiastical Statistics-- Tracts. - 293 been the devout wishes of one sim. I would earnestly entreat a reply to ple-hearted, pious ancestor ? the following questions.
H.S. C. H. 1. What clerical superintendence
is exercised over one thousand four
hundred and nine parishes, in which ON ADMINISTERING THE SACRA it is officially stated that there are MENT TO CRIMINALS.
2. To what extent is clerical Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. superintendence esercised over the
six thousand eight hundred and CAN any
your readers inform me four parishes *, of which the inhow long it has been the custom to cumbents are non-resident ? administer the sacrament indiscri 3. What is the number of clergyminately to condemned criminals? men,whether incumbents or curates, Formerly this was not the practice, whose time is devoted to the inas appears in the instance of the struction of pupils ? and especially, Duke of Monmouth; to whom, not- what is the number of such clergywithstanding his high rank, the men having the duties of two divines who visited him would not parishes? give the sacred elements before his 4. What is the number of parishes execution, because he would not supplied merely on the Sunday by acknowledge the sinfulness of his a clergyman residing, and having conduct in his connexion with Lady sufficient clerical occupation during Henrietta Wentworth. And if not the week, in another parish ? in the case of a duke, we may con 5. What is the number of parishes clude, not in the case of an ordinary supplied by ministers who perforın felon, dying evidently unrepentant. the duties of two or more other When then commenced the practice, parishes ? and what forbidsits being abolished? 6. What is the number of country
PHILIPPUS. parishes served by clergymen having
duty in cathedral towns, and by clerical tutors, &c. &c. in the uni
versities? ECCLESIASTICAL STATISTICS. I have made no deduction for any
who may be indolent, inattentive, T'othe Editorofthe Christian Observer. irreligious, or invalided; but even
upon the most flattering view of the It is often remarked, “ How un. case, how many thousands, even in happy would be a country destitute in this highly favoured country are of a religious establishment, and almost destitute of efficient pastoral where the supply of religious in- superintendence! struction should be left simply to
J. H. L. the public demand! and how differ: ent the condition of England, which with a population of eleven millions, is divided into eleven thousand parishes, and thus provides on an Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. average the superintendence of a religious instructor for every thou- I would respectfully suggest to our sand of its population !"
Bible and Tract Societies, whether Admitting the general truth of the plan of broad-sheet tracts might this calculation, I still doubt whether not be advantageously carried much one-half of the eleven millions of the farther than at present in use.
As population enjoy any sort of effective an illustration, I would recommend clerical superintendence. Should this appear an exaggerated remark, * This was the official return for 1814.