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er, but through thy infinite love but the goodness of God frees and satisfaction ! O never, but me from all my spiritual ene. by the purchase of thy blood !” mies.”
From the first of his yielding He often called for his chil. assent to the truths of the Chris. dren, and spoke to them with a' tian religion, his faith seemed warmth of feeling that can scarce. sincere and fervent. He highly ly be described. “See,” said reprobated “that foolish and ab. he to Dr. Burnet, 6 how good surd philosophy, propagated by God has been to me, in giving the late Hobbes and others, which me so many blessings ! and yet the world so much admired, and I have been a most ungracious which had undone him, and ma. and unthankful creature !" He ny persons of the best parts in expressed much concern for the the nation.” His hope of salva. pious education of his children ; tion rested solely on the free - and 66 wished his son might nev. grace of God, through Jesus er be a wit ; one of those wretchChrist. He often prayed that ed creatures," as he explained it, his faith might be strengthened, “who pride themselves in deny. and cried out; “ Lord, I be. ing the being or the providence lieve, help thoa mine unbelief.” of God, and in ridiculing 'relig
He expressed great esteem for ion ; but that he might become the Holy Scriptures, and resolv. an honest and a pious man, by ed that if God should spare him, which means only he could be he would frequently read them, the support and blessing of his and meditate upon them: 6 for, family." having spoken to his heart, he He gave a strict charge to the acknowledged that all the seem. persons in whose custody his pa. ing absurdities and contradic, pers were, to burn all hisobtions, which men of corrupt and scene and filthy pictures, which reprobate judgment supposed to were so notoriously scandalous ; be in them, were vanished ; and and all his profanieand lewd writ. now that he loved and received ings, by which he had so highly the truth, their beauty and excel. offended, and shamed, and blaslence appeared.”
phemed that holy religion into He frequently implored God's which he had been baptized. Holy Spirit, to comfort and sup. He was ready to make restitu. port him, to preserve him from tion to the utmost of his power, wicked thoughts and suggestions, to all persons whom he had in. and from every thing prejudicial jured ; and heartily forgave all to that religious temper of mind the wrongs which he had sustain. with which he was now so hap. ed, hoping that he should meet pily endued. One night having with the like free forgiveness been much disturbed by evil im. from God. aginations, “ I thank God,” said He expressed a tender concern he, “ I abhor them all. By the for his servants, and those who power of his grace, which I am attended him ; and earnestly ex. sure is sufficient for me, I have horted them to love and fear God, overcome them. It is the malice To a gentleman of some characof the devil, because I am rescued ter who came to see him on hi from him, that thus troubles me; death.bed, he said; “O reme
ber that you contemn God no whom I am preparing to be judgmore. He is an avenging God, ed ; that from the bottom of my and will visit you for your sins; soul, I detest and abhor the and will, I hope, in mercy, touch whole course of my former wick, your conscience, sooner or later, ed life; that I think I can never as he has done mine. You and sufficiently admire the goodness I have been friends and sinners of God, who has given me a true together a great while, and there. sense of my pernicious opinions, fore I am the more free with you. and vile practices ; by which I We have been all mistaken in our have hitherto lived, without conceits and opinions ; our per hope, and without God in the suasions have been . false and world; have been an open enegroundless, therefore God grant my to Jesus Christ, doing the you repentance.” And seeing utmost despite to the Holy Spirthe same gentleman the next day, it of Grace; and that the great. he said; “ Perhaps you were est testimony of my charity to disobliged by my plainness with such is, to warn them, in the you yesterday. I spoke the name of God, and as they regard words of truth and soberness ;" the welfare of their immortal and striking his hand upon his souls, no more to deny his being breast, he added, "I hope God or his providence, or despise his will touch your heart.”.
goodness; no more to make a He was very desirous to testify mock of sin, or contemn the pure to the world his repentance for and excellent religion of my everhis past misconduct; and to make blessed Redeemer, through whose every reparation in his power for merits alone, I, one of the great. the mischiefs, which, by his ex. est of sinners, do yet hope for ample and writings, he had occa. mercy and forgiveness. Amen. sioned. He sent messages, which
J. ROCHESTER. well became a dying penitent, to 66 Declared and signed in the some of his former friends. He
presence of strictly enjoined the pious per.
ANN ROCHESTER. sous who attended him during
ROBERT PARSONS.” his last sickness, to publish any His sufferings were, at times, thing concerning him that might very great, but he did not repine be a means to reclaim others; under them. In one of his sharp.. praying to God, that, as his est fits of pain, looking up to life had done much hurt, so his heaven, he said ; “God's holy death might do some good. He will be done. I bless him for all caused the following solemn de he does to me.” claration to be drawn up, which He expressed his willingness to he signed with his own hand. live, or to die, as it should please
“For the benefit of all those Divine Providence. “If,” said he, whom I may have drawn into “God should spare me yet a little sin, by my example and encour- longer time here, I hope to bring agement, I leave to the world glory to his name, proportiona. this my last declaration, which I ble to the dishonor I have done deliver in the presence of the him, in my whole life past : and GREAT GOD, who knows the particularly, by endeavors to Secrets of all hearts, and before convince others of the danger of their condition, if they continue suddenly be taken away; they im penitent; and by telling them, may not have their understand. how graciously God has dealt ings in the time of illness; they with me.
may be deceived with false hopes Near the close of life, he was of recovery ; their pains of body often heard to pray fervently. He may not aduit of that state of rejoiced in the comfortable per. mind which is proper for the suasion of acceptance with God. great work of repentance ; or, A few days before his decease, he they may have become so harden. said; “I shall now die. But ed by the habits of sin, that they O, what unspeakable glories do I may die, as many have died, see! What joys, beyond thought without a proper sense of their or expression, am I sensible of ! condition. May the goodness I am assured of God's mercy to and forbearance of God lead to me, through Jesus Christ. O! repentance and amendment of life, how I long to die, and to be with in the time of health! We shall my Savior !”
then, at the approach of death, Thus died, in the thirty-third have no guilty tumults of mind year of his age, the celebrated no dismal forebodings of the fu. earl of Rochester ; a memorable ture. We shall bear our afflic. instance of the goodness and mercy tion with patience and resigna. of God, and of the power of his tion; and, with joyful hope, grace, to purify and redeem the commit our spirits into the hands most corrupt and obdurate offen. of a faithful and mercifulCreator. der. From this case, and from For a further account of lord many other instances, the truly Rochester, we refer the reader penitent sinner, though his sins to a small volume published by have been as scarlet or as crim. Dr. Burnet, entitled, 56 Some son, may derive hope that God passages of the Life and Death will, even in his greatest extrem. of John, earl of Rochester ;) ity, hear his prayers, and accept “a book," which, as Dr. John, his repentance : but none should son says, "the critic ought to presume on the Divine Mercy, read for its elegance, the philos. by deferring their anıendment till opher for its arguments, and the they are brought to the bed of saint for its piety." sickness and death. They may Murray's Power of Religion.
ON THE DIVINITY OF CHRIST.
Continued from page 542, Vol. I. OBJECTIONS CONSIDERED. agree; that there are many cer.
tain, and most important truths Before I proceed to the con. in religion, and morality, in sci. sideration of particular objec. ences, even indisputable facts, tions, I would premise one re, which are attended with specula. mark, to which I think all will tive difficulties, and objections,
which the acutest men have not each. “I had glory with thee been able fully and clearly to before the world was”-Let us solve. If therefore this most in. make man, &c. which lead us to comprehensible and mysterious apprehend the distinction to be doctrine of a plurality in unity analogous to that betweeu human should be thought attended with persons. But words when used such difficulties, as well as other to express our conceptions consubjects; yet if it appears to be cerning God, must bear a differ. supported by strong scriptural ent sense from what they bear arguments, it seems but reasona. when we speak of men. Dif. ble to think that the difficulties ferent human persons are differ. may arise from the weakness of ent men. But when we use the our faculties, the want of more words distinct persons, to distin. full and clear instructions, and guish God the Fatber and the Son, our dark conceptions of this pro. we are not to understand that found subject.
they are distinct Gods, but one I. It is objected, If Christ God subsisting in distinct modes, who is a person distinct from somewhat analogous to the dis. God the Father be also God, tinction and relation of Father then there must be a plurality of and Son. Now can any one Gods; but the Scriptures teach prove it to be absurd or impos. us that there is but one God. sible, that there should be such a
I answer, If there may be a distinction in the one undivided plurality of persons in the nature Godhead ? Or that there be and essence of the one God, the unity and plurality in different impossibility of which I have not respects combined together? seen proved, then a plurality of Since the Scriptures declare Gods is not implied in a plurali. not only that God is one, but ty of persons in the Godhead. also that the Son of God is God,
By the way, I would observe, one with the Father, though that it does not certainly appear some way distinct from him, and that the word person is used in ascribe to him the names, titles, Scripture to express the distinc. attributes, works, and worship, tion between God the Father, by which the great God is to be and the eternal Son. It there. distinguished from all inferior fore seems needless to contend beings, is it not more rational as about the term person, which has well as modest, and pious, to be. been adopted and long and com. lieve, upon the testimony of the monly used to signify a real dis. Scriptures, that Christ is a divine tinction in the Godhead, of whose person, than to reject a doctrine nature, and what lies at the bot. so strongly supported, because tom of it, if I may so speak, we are not able to comprehend little or nothing seems to be re. how the Father and the Son, vealed. The term, however, though distinct persons, or in seems not to be ill chosen. For respect of the mode of their sub. the Father and Son are distin. sistence, are so mutually in each guished in the Scripture in the other, as to be one God? manner in which human persons II. It has been objected, are distinguished. The personal that the highest titles are not give pronouns are used by and to en to Christ, particularly God of
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gods, The most high, The great supreme dominion of God, than God, The Almighty, the one God the title given to Christ just menand Father of all, of whom are tioned, i Tim. vi, 15. I might all things. From whence it is add, that the psalmist, in the concluded that Christ is inferior Psalm just quoted, goes on to to the Supreme God. I answer praise the God of gods, who
1. If it did not certainly appear alone doth great wonders : Who that all divine titles are express. created the heavens and earth, ly given to Christ, as a person &c. This shows that Christ, by distinct from the Father, yet whom all things were created, is there is enough to make it cer. this God of gods, and Lord of tain that he must be superior to lords. Finally, He whom all any creature, and therefore must the Gods are commanded to wor. be God. If he has any one ti ship, is God of gods ; but all tle or attribute truly divine, this the gods are commanded to worwill prove that he is truly God; ship Christ. Psalm xcvii. 7. Heb. and then he has every essential i. 6. We may now add God of attribute of Deity, whether we gods to Christ's other divine tifind them all expressly ascribed tles. to him or not.
Another title which, it is said, 2. It is not certain that all is higher than any which is given the mentioned titles are appro. to Christ is, most high. But we priated to the Father, exclusive have no evidence that this title is of Christ. They seem to be the peculiar to the Father in distinca titles by which the one God, who tion from Christ. This title is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, seems to be given to Christ, Luke is distinguished from the crea. i. 69, who is thought to be tures : More particularly the person pointed out by Zach.
The title of God of gods, ap. arias, in these words : Thou pears not to be superior to King child shalt be called the prophet of kings, and Lord of lords ; a of the highest, for thou shalt go title given to Christ. Rev. xix, before the Lord to prepare his 16. God of gods, and Lord of way. The full import is ascribe lords are synonymous, Psalm ed to him, when he is styled God cxxxvi. 2, 3. If the title, God, ' over all, blessed for ever. And denotes the divine dominion, as the name Jehovah belongs to rather than the divine essence him, the psalmist assures us that and perfections, as Mr. Emlyn “He whose name is Jehovah is suggests, then the import of the the Most High, over all the title God seems not to differ from earth.” Psal. Ixxxiii. 18. the titles of King, and Lord, Great God and Almighty are which are also titles expressive divine titles. But that they are of dominion. What words can appropriated to the Father in more strongly express God's distinction from Christ, has nev. supreme dominion, than King of er been proved. We have evic kings, and Lord of lords. The dence that Christ has these divine apostles never style the Supreme titles, as well as others equiva. Being, God of gods. Paul, it lent, as has been noticed before. seems, knew of no higher title, God and Father of all, of or fitter terms, to express the whom are all things, seems to be