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sold under sin. The account which the Apostle gives of his condition at a certain period is descriptive of theirs: “I was alive without the law once; but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.” Though formerly blind, they now see the absolute neces. sity of a new nature and complete change. Salvation is their chief concern. They cry, and the more obstructions and interruptions they meet with, they cry the more “Turn thou us unto thee, O Lok D, and we shall be turned.” - *
Though an explication of the doctrine of Regeneration can never be unseasonable, it is peculiarly proper and suitable in times of prevailing ignorance, and seasons of reviving. It can scarcely be denied that the first is characteristic of the present period. Multitudes are 2S ignorant of the contents of the Bible, as if they either had it not, or had it only in an unknown tongue. But if the day is not so clear as could be desired, neither is it wholly dark. From different places we have details of partial revivings, the reality and truth of which, justified and confirmed by the future conduct of those who have been awakened, must make
all the children of Zion rejoice. Should these revivals increase and extend, at evening time it shall be light. But, when God confers any remarkable blessing on his church either by pouring out his Spirit on his own people, or adding multitudes to their number, Satan always makes the strongest exertions to mar the work, and deprive the church of the advantages, and God of the glory....If a revival cannot be completely crushed, it is commonly counterfeited, and that crafty and malicious foe has always suitable instruments ready to accomplish either the one or the other of these designs. Right-hand as well as left-hand extremes should be guarded against. The former, though more specious, are equally pernicious. To have the judgment well informed is always beneficial, but especially when the conscience is awakened and the affections excited.
In few treatises is the important doctrine of Regeneration treated in a manner better adapted to common capacities, or better calculated for general utility. Some writings require more penetration and discernment than the gross of mankind possess; and others more leisure than they can afford. Dr. Wright's discourses are concise and perspicuous, judicious and scriptural. If carefully perused, and not in some good degree understood, it cannot be owing so much to a defect of understanding as to a want of will. They contain only a few expressions in any degree ambiguous, and to elucidate these a few notes are added. Taken in its whole contexture the treatise is truly excellent.
Once acquainted with the new Birth, men will seek information concerning the Sacrament of the Supper. The spiritual, like every other life, must be supported by nourishment suited to its nature. Nothing but children’s bread will satisfy those who are born of GoD. This provision is presented in the ordinances of divine appointment, among which the LoRD’s Supper holds a distinguished place. It is a feast for friends. It is a singular privilege, but the improvement is seldom in proportion. Many approach the sacramental table who never experienced the new birth; and many of those who are born again “sleep as do others,” and sit down to this ordinance in a very careless manner. Classing both togeth
er, perhaps among church-members few sins are more frequent or more heinous than an unworthy partaking of the Lord’s Supper. A careful perusal of Haweis’ “Communicant's Spiritual Companion” would be an excellent preventative. It may safely be said of this treatise that it is as free from legal tincture as any other extant on the subject. Without omitting to open up the nature of communicating and the duties intimately connected with it, Haweis never for a moment loses sight of that Strength in which either the one or the other can be acceptably and profitably performed.
The two treatises combined will render the present volume as fit for family use, and as much entitled to a place in the private library of the Christian, as perhaps any other of the
same size. The truths unquestionably deserve
a place in the heart, and there is ONE who can open the heart to attend to them, without constant application to whom, the reception of the volume is of little moment.
The present publication is made not only
with the approbation, but at the solicitation, of a number of Ministers of different denominations.
A short account of the Authors cannot fail to be acceptable to the readers. Dr. Haweis is universally known. His praise is in all the churches. He has been long in his Master’s service, and his labours have been crowned with success. He is a true friend to the doctrine of Free Grace, and an avowed and stedfast advocate for the Thirty Nine Articles of the Church of England. His zeal and activity are well known to the friends of Zion, and cannot be denied even by her enemies. He had distinguished himself amongst the most active members of the Missionary Society of London. He has published many works, which are deservedly in great celebrity. His works have already been eminently useful, and there is every reason to conclude that their usefulness will not be confined to the present, but extend to future, generations,
In the Biographical Dictionary we have the following account of Dr. Wright: “Dr. Samuel Wright was born Jan. 30, 1682....3. being eldest son of Mr. James Wright, a Non