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my bounteous Benefactor, and fusion of blessings, which God my final Judge; yet have I sinned has bestowed on me. He has against him. I feel justly con. given me life, and breath, and demned, because the brightest all things ;' during my whole displays of his infinite perfection life he has been offering me, and have not captivated my heart. urging me to accept eternal joys, I now have a glimpse of that 66 without money, and without beauty, of which I have before price.” He gave his well-belor. been insensible. I now see some. ed Son to die on the cross in or. thing of that majesty, which I der to make propitiation for have so long despised, something the sins of the world. The choic. of that wisdom and power, which est of these favors I have despised; I have undervalued; something of all of them I haveabused; and for that justice, which I have dread. none of them have I been grate. ed and hated ; and something ful. Therefore I abhor my. of that goodness of which, though self. it shines in every object, I “I am ashamed, and blush to have been wholly regardless. I lift up my face, when I consider abhor myself, for my indifference how often I have murmured and opposition to all this glory. against the dispensations of di. "I abhor myself, because I have vine Providence. My wicked treated the blessed Savior with heart has suggested, that many so much coldness and enmity. events might have been more So blind has my heart been, that wisely ordered ; and I have se. I could see no form or comeli. cretly wished, that I had the ness in the eternal Son of God, management of them. For these who is the brightness of the things I abhor myself.' . Father's glory, and the express I abhor myself? also, be. image of his person. So cor. cause I have been so much attach. rupt has been my taste, that I ed to my private interests ; so could discern no beauty in him, little concerned for the glory of though, in him dwells all the God, the prosperity of Zion, fulness of the Godhead bodily, and the future welfare of my fel. But now I see that in him centres low creatures; and so full of every created and every uncreated sinful passions. In short when excellence. Formerly I attempted I consider what God is, and to save myself by attention to what he has done ; and on the duties ; and would not give my other hand, what I am, and how soul to Christ ; but now I per. much I have sinned ; surely I ceive, that all such attempts were have great reason to abhor my. sinful, and that it is perfectly self. safe and exceedingly desirable to go to Jesus. In view of the
LETTER TO AN INTEMPERATE and under a conviction of the
BROTHER. reasonableness of the duties I owe him, I abhor myself,' for My Dear Horatius, iny blindness and obstinacy.
I DARE not any longer conceal I abhor myself,' also for my my feelings. I fear you are in. ingratitude under the rich pru. dulging, too freely, your thirst for spirituous liquor. The very deserved all this? O reflect once thought is so abhorrent to every more on the cruelty, of tearing tender feeling of my heart, that her from her father's house to I have declined warning you as make her wretched. long as I dare. I fear indeed S he has borne you a son, the that my advice will now come pledge of your mutual affection. too late ; but you are my broth. Must he witness your ruin, and er, and I must warn you. But see a broken hearted mother ? what arguments shall I use? You Must he be ashamed of the father will ruin yourself, soul and body; to whom nature had taught him you will ruin your family, dis. to look for example and counsel? grace your relatives, and bring Must ho become an orpban while upon your untimely grave, the his father lives? Must he see the curses of society. Look at the finger of scorn pointed at the wretch, who has often gone in. object of his dutiful regard ? toxicated from your inn. Half Does he then owe you any thing naked, he plunges into the filth for what you have done for him, of the street, the companion of when in fact you have only pre. the swine, and the scorn of the pared him to be capable of pain, traveller. But you do not mean which you are now about to to become so monstrous. No, infict? O, spare the lad! Per. nor did he. He had pious par. haps your example may ruin his ents, was decent and respectable, soul, and he and you go togeth. but now he is lost for ever. Dcar er to the abodes of wo. But brother, must you come to this ? why should I ask a father, who You have a tender and affection. I fear will not pity himself, to ate wife, but you intend to break pity his son ? her heart. She married you D ear brother, you are yet, I while respectable, and from what hope, capable of some tender the world acknowledghs a res. emotions. O, think of the pectable family, and must she shame you are about to entail live with you so sadly changed ? upon all your friends, especially Are all her tender feelings to be your brothers ! We shall still come the sport of beastly intox. wish to have you with us when ication ? She has “forsaken ber we meet to be happy together. kindred and her father's house” But must we invite a drunkard to be your affectionate compan. into our circle ? 0, Sir, it would ion; and must she return and spoil all our social joys! We tell her widowed mother, that could not be happy, while one she is undone, that her husband of our number carried about is a drunkard ? Must she soon him visible marks of eternal re. bid farewell to all her pleasures; probation. No brother, we to all the sweets of domestic and prepare to bid you farewell for social life; to all the tender re. ever. We cannot endure curses collections of her departed joys; from an intoxicated brother. to all the dear ideas comprehend. Although we are orphans, in an ed in the name of a wife ? Most unfeeling world, we must spare she live only to be the prey of a ourselves the company of one, monster, who promised her his who will constantly remind us, heart? Did she expect, or has she that our dear parents have helpVOL. II. Nem Séries.
ed to people the regions of eter. probable it is, should you be. pal death. Do think once more come a confirmed drunkard, of your parents : Did they la. that you will afterwards become bor hard to provide for you, a child of grace. But I fear you and watch every approach of have laid by your Bible. Will danger, that you might live and you not take it up again and read disgrace them? Was it for this it once more ? my lost brother! that they heaved the anxious May I not even yet have some sigb, when you stayed too long hope of you? God of mercy from their bosoms? Did our grant that my fears may not be lovely mother, than whom none realized ! Dear brother receive was ever more tender of her chil. these my desponding lines, and dren--did she endure a thousand keep them by you, and remember pains for you, to be repaid with they came from my heart, and disgrace now she has died in are already recorded in Heaven to your service ? Did she pray for appear against you in the great you-did she on her dying bed day. exclaim, "O God, regard the But how shall I give thee up? souls of my children,” only to I will indulge hope in the bound. augment the pain of your dread. less grace of God. If there re. ful eternity ? O, my brother, mains in your heart one anxious she often prayed for you, and desire to be restored, and you those prayers will not be lost. will immediately quit the cap, Perhaps her dear departed spirit you need not despair. still hovers over you, and is sent O my brother, take a view of on errands of love to you and that wondrous plan of love, your family. If grief can be in which can restore the vilest heaven, must she not sigh, as apostate; take advantage of it, she returns from these kind ex. and live. Haste to your Father's cursions, and relates the increas. house, ad infinite love will reing symptoms of your ruin? O, ceive you, and adopt you among spare her kind spirit its grief! the children. Cast but one look Let her not any more bear such of faith from the very borders of news to heaven. O, my much the pit, and you shall live. Yes, injured mother!
and you shall have a part iu the I wish you could realize how song, which the saints have be. society will soon feel toward gun on earth, but which shall you. All will loathe you. Your not be finished, while there is a neighbors will rejoice to bury God to praise. If you have you, that you may no more of one such wish, come, and your fend their sight.
Savior will receive you. O, it But alas, what will be your will be blessed for you, to look destiny in the eternal world! back, and see your wonderful O, the dread distance at which escape! Come, my brother, I you will soon be removed from am ready to help you sing your all bliss ! Once more read your song of deliverance, I shall fly Bible, and see what stores of to your arms, as soon as I hear wrath are in reserve for you, if you have begun to pray. That yon die without grace; and I will certainly be the sweet. need not remind you, how im. est moment of my life. How
glad will it make our little cir. of a crucified Christ to convert cle of friends! Yes, and it will the world, God's wisdom has: give joy in heaven ; for there is The doctrines of the cross being joy in heaven over one sinner fitted, beyond all others, to form that repenteth.” In the trans. men to that humility, which is actions of such a scene, Heaven essential to their relishing and witnesses a new display of sove. enjoying a salvation which is all reign mercy. I seem to see you of grace. And this gospel, when returning ; your family rejoice, cordially embraced, has unspeak. your brothers are glad, your ably happier influence on the neighbors praise the Lord for hearts and lives of men, than all the change; and lo! you have the rules of morality, which the begun your everlasting song. united wisdom of men could ever Oh sing this song, dear brother, have devised. and the very angels will not be This sufficiently shows, that ashamed to join you.
the foolishness of God, as the Most affectionately yours, world view it, is wiser than men. PHILOPRAYOR.. But what is to be understood
by the weakness of God? And
how does the apostle make it CRITICISM
appear, that this is stronger than ON
men? Would it at all illustrate 1 Corinthians i. 26, 27, 28.
the strength and power of this
weakness to say that, not many For ye see your calling, brethren, how that wise men after the flesh, not not many wise men after the flesh, not
many mighty, not many noble many mighty, not many noble: But God hath chosen the foolish things of were converted? That this the world to confound the wise ; and weakness of God had but few God hath chosen the weak things of
trophies of its superior strength the world to confound the things which are mighty ; and base things of the amongst the wise and the great world, and things which are despised, men of the world ?—That its tri. hath God chosen, yea, and things which
umphs were to be found princi. are not, to bring to nought things that
pally amongst the weak, the low,
and despised part of men? It will The apostle had said, in the readily be seen, that such a con. preceding verse, that the foolish struction, instead of illustratiog ness of God is wiser than men; the strength and glory of what and the weakness of God is is called the weakness of God, stronger than men. This is the would rather tend to give de subject to be illustrated in the grading views of it. Yet this, next succeeding verses. By the perhaps may be the sense, in foolishness of God, he evidently which our translators under. means the gospel of Christ; stood the passage : For, to the which he had just said was, to words, Ye see your calling, the Greeks, foolishness. Yet, brethren, how that not many he observes, that by the foolish. wise men after the flesh, not maness of preaching, it pleases God ny mighty, not many noble, they to save those who believe. have added are called these Though man's wisdom would words not being found in the never have chosen the doctrine original. Is it not, then more
reasonable to suppose, that by ever be brought about by the the weakness of God, we are to united wisdom and power of understand those weak instru. men.” That such mighty changes ments God made use of to effect should be made in the state of those mighty changes, which it the world, and the foundation is beyond the united power and laid for the utter overthrow of wisdom of the world to produce? the Roman heathen empire, by This, then, will be the sense of men, who were without wealth, the words; “ Ye sce, brethren, or power, or influence; and this the manner in which, and the only by preaching the doctrines instruments by whom ye were of the cross, is a striking evicalled—That instead of the wise dence, that a divine and almighty and great men of the world, God power accompanied them. Here chose the foolish and weak indeed it appears, that the weak. things of the world to confound ness of God, (the weak instru. the wise and the mighty--men, ments he makes use of) is stronger without either riches or power than men, and effects changes, men, who were despised, and which the wise, the mighty, and considered as the offscouring of the noble of the earth could ner. the world--the illiterate follow. er have effected. However true ers of Christ, who went forth then, it may be, that a smaller with no other weapon than that proportion of the wise and great gospel, which men termed fool. men of the earth are converted, ishness; and with this, triumph. this is not, it is to be believed, ed and were instrumental of pro. what we are taught in this memducing effects, which infinitely orable passage of the apostle. exceeded any thing that could
THOUGHTS ON THE ATONEMENT AND EXAMPLE OF JESUS CHRIST.
Some of the most interesting but not relinquished nor obscur. subjects in religion bave suffered ed. "The sufferings of Christ, so much in the hands of the weak and the glory that should fol. and ignorant, that in treating of low," are the grand subject of them it requires no little caution revelation. Jesus Christ is the to obviate their mistakes. The sun of the spiritual world—the person, the work, and the ex. source of light, and life, and ho. ample of our blessed Savior, are liness. Every part of religious of this number. The deplorable doctrine stands connected with prostitution of his sacred name, him as its centre : and in pro. is sometimes ready to check the portion as he is exhibited as the Jaoguage of sober and honest af. glorious head of the church, will fection. The Scriptures, how. life and vigor, be diffused to its ever must still be our standard. members. Truth must be guarded indeed, If a man fcels himself to be a