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other which will rationally and satisfactorily solve dispassionate, profound, and persevering attention ? the problem. .
Does it not invest à prejudiced, superficial, and burChristianity exists! Christianity is established, ried investigation with a character of actual insanto a great extent, and is every day spreading its ity? Does it 'not demand from you a concentration triumphs in heathen lands. Let the infidel account of all the faculties of your mind the most imfor this phenomenon, consistently with the acknow portunate supplications for guidance to that' God ledged principles of right reason. We feel that in whom you profess to believe, (for I do not supthis is a task, altogether beyond his power to ac pose you to be that monstrous compound of abcomplish. We feel that even the cursory glance surdity and impiety-an atheist!)--the most pawe have taken at the only conceivable circumstances, tient study of the scriptuies themselves, and sach by which a religious system, not deriving its origin works,* on the Evidences of Christianity, as are and support from Heaven, could be successfully within your reach, the assistance of such minisadvanced, and the total absence of all these circum ters of the gospel, or Christian friends as you can stances, in the case of Christianity, is abundantly
'consult, to answer objections, and solve doubts, sufficient to shew, that tbe very existence of tbe
and in fire the adoption of every means, of which Christian religion in the world, is an unanswerable
you can avail yourself, by which you can arrive at a evidence of its having come down from Heaven
safe and satisfactory conelusion in this matter. lover since nothing but its divine original can adequately keep in your remembrance, that your own everlastaccount for such a religion, attended by such circum- ing welfare is the object, about whieh you are inslances as accompanied its commencement, having terested in conducting this enquiry. Since your even been established upon earth.is.
rejection of Christianity, if it be a divinely revealed | Should these observations meet the eye of any in- , religion, inevitably involves Your eternal condemdividual, who has plunged into the depths, or is tot. nation. The unequivocal declaration of the Founder tering on the brink of infidelity, I would affection of the Christian faith; is-that he that believeth ately entreat of that individual to weigh calmly and not on Him, shall not see life, but the wrath of God candidly the foregoing considerations, and to reflect - abideth and must for ever abide on him." Unbelief how impossible it is to account for the establishment
of the gospel necessarily excludes the individual, of Christianity unless by the admission of the divine who rejects its invitations of redeeming love, from original. Were I admitted to hold converse with all participation in its inestimably precious blessings, bim, I would thus address him-“ Remember Chris and exposes him to the everlasting 'wrath of that tianity purports to be a revelation from the God of
God, whose message and mercy he has despised. Heaven, and to make known to you a sinner, the Yes, everlasting wrath, most fearfully aggravated only method, by which you can obtain his for- | by the stupendous manifestation of divine" love, giveness and favour, and thus escape eternal misery, which is thus contemptuously slighted and spurned and enjoy eternal happiness. I assume that you ac,
l' away." ! ? - :! knowledge what reason and revelation alike proolaim, I cannot forbear particularly pressing on your the immortality of the soul, and a state of endless
most serious consideration this view of the gospel existence beyond the grave.' You will admit there.
scheme, because it so imperatively calls you to eanfore that, inasmuch as it is a matter of infinite im
vass its clarins, with the most unprejudiced and portance to yourself, whether you are to be eternally
patient investigation.'"'For, since it pnrports not happy or eternally miserable, it is unquestionably only to deliver a solemn message to your soul from incumbent on you, as a rational creature, to examine
the God of Heaven, but also to unfold a revelation most carefully the claims of a system, which pur- of His love, the most'atpazing that can be conceived, ports to be a revelation from that God, at whose dis- indeed one that surpasseth all understanding or posal your eternal destiny exclusively is placed, and imagination. You must at once perceive, that to to discover to you the only possible way of being
pour contempt on such a display of the love of God rescued from an eternity of misery and shame, and
'as the gospel (if it be true) unfolds, must involve of securing an eternity' of blessedness and glory. - grief of the 'very deepest dye, the basest the most You cannot but perceive," that if Christianity be
ristianity De insulting ingratitude,' and consequently must extrne.lif it contain a message from the God of Hea- il pose you to the most aggravated condemnation. Fen, announcing the only terms on which He will I Can you reflect on this and not shudder at the pro. consent to pardon your sins, to deliver you from an "spect of that meeting witb God, which you must ere eternity of punishment, and to bestow on you an
long encounter, when you will be charged with the immortality of bliss, and you reject this message, appalling guilt of having rejected, without adequate and refuse those terms, not merely most you forfeit.
examination-(for no one ever impartially rejected that immortality of bliss, but you must also incur that them)-what challenged your most grateful and reeternity of panishment." Now, in the name of 'rea. verential reception, as purporting to reveal to you son and common sense, I would appeal to you * Does not this consideration stamp on the engniry. Such, for example, as Leslie's Short Method with the Deists; into the truth of Christianity a character of infinite | Faber's Difficulties of Infidelity ; Doddridge's, Chalmer's, and importance to yourself? Does it not imperatively
Paley's Evidences; Keith on Fulfilled Prophecy; Bishop Sum
I ner's Evidences; Butler's Analogy between Natural and Revealed call on you to investigate its claims, with the most Religion; Lyttleton's Conversion of St. Paul.
Walters had been awakened to real concern about swer was in some manner given--- it shall be showed eternal things; there was none' to guide him among thee what thou must do.” Esther's husband had for those he was acquainted with, except his wife, and he some time felt as desirous to know his duty as she had could not think her altogether right : at times op felt to do it; and Esther had discovered it for him, and pressed with a sense of the shortness and uncertainty of now was to be the means of pointing it out to liim; but life, the duration of eternity, and a feeling of accounta in doing this she felt great difficulty, for she was aware bility, the zeal of the Romanist or self-devotion of the that to touch Walters' little business was to touch the Hindoo appeared to him the more proportionate to the apple of his eye. object to be attained; he saw his wife with the same " I have been thinking, William," she said after a object in view procecding in a diametrically opposite pretty long pause which succeeded previous conversapath; he was perplexed, but Esther unknown to herself | | tion, “that we make a very ill return to our good God had been of use to him in leading bim to the Bible; he for all he has done for us." wished to rest in the fulness and freedom of the atone- . " I often think so too, Esther, but I believe the cause ment for sin therein set forth, but hesitated to accept is that the heart is, as the Bible says, naturally unof salvation that was 6 of grace and not of debt,” be. I thankful and unholy.” . cause from her example he feared it was a doctrine too “ Yes, I am sure of that ; but should we not strive congenial to the heart, by setting men free from the both against its unthoughtfulness and upholiness; and difficulty of “ working out their own salvation with when we see our sin do you not think we ought to fear and trembling." His error lay in looking to the | forsake it?" creature without approaching closely to the Word of « Certainly.” God: for froin that he would have found that when Encouraged by the decisive tone in which the word was the Apostle desired Christians, to work out their own uttered Esther proceeded to relate the circumstances alvation, he concluded by holding out the encouragement already detailed ; at the introduction of the affairs of the -“for it is God that worketh in you to will and to do shop Walter's whole interest was aroused, and when his pf his own good pleasure ;'' “ without me ye can do wife briefly demanded Now, Williain, do you think Jothing," says the Saviour, and this is the will of it is right to sell such books as these?” he looked steadily God in Christ Jesus concerning you," says the Apos- in her face for a moment, got up, threw back his chair, le, “ even your sanctification." Walters had read and walked twice across the room, and retired to his seat ften thought of that striking passage-"I beseech you again. brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your " Esther, what do you want me to do ?" he enquired bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto the Lord, after some silence. which is your reasonable service, and be not 'con “ I do not want you to do any thing, I leave it all to brired to this world." How that his wife knew more | your own conscience." This was an arbiter Walters of religion than most persons Walters was persuaded ; did not much like, but his wife went on, “ Not to menhat she was also in most respects very different and far | tion the injury done to others by giving them what is better than most of her neighbour's, he likewise re just like poison to their souls, now how contrary it is to oiced to think, that if she attempted to obey this pre the command to do to others what we would have them lept which was forced by so tender a consideration as to do to us; only just suppose that you had a good kind hat of the mercies of God-of Him who so loved the friend who had been bountiful to you, had done every world as to give Ilis only Son a sacrifice for its sin, the thing for you, even to the establishing you in business, certainty appeared to find little difficuity in what seemed and was still doing you good, supporting you in business ohim to demand a constant and every day struggle in and ready to help you whenever you needed, and suporder how to evidence a desire to obey. Thus Wal pose some enemies wished to injure him, and to ill fame ers did not " go on to perfection", in matters of faith, his character, to prove that all you said or thought in because there was an instance of imperfection con- his favour was false, and with a view to load people with tantly before his eyes, and he looked at that, and error, and that they wrote wicked libels against him brgot that when David had “seen an end of all per- and sent them to you, would you assist in circulating ection" his mind turned to its only true source, and he l' these libels ?" dded" but thy commandment is exceeding good." « Come and help me," said Walters, rising hastily.
Esther however had experienced the fulfilment of i “Help you with what, William ?". Esther demanded, hose blessed promises concerning the Holy Spirit rather alarmed. Fhich Christ left to his Church- When he is come he | “No matter, come, at once, while we are disposed ball teach you all things--He shall receive of mine to it?". od shew them unto you-He shall guide you into all Esther followed bim silently to the shop where he ruth." That best teacher had ' expounded to her, the pulled down pile after pile of the pamphlets, tracts, ay of God more perfectly," and having once seen songs, and small books of which his stock consisted, That Christian duly and Christian responsibility are, consigned them in part to her and placing the rest on he was most sincerely anxious to have as far as lay in 1 his arm, preceded her back to the room they had left, er power, "a conscience void of offence toward God and when the whole were laid on the table he stood od toward man." ". .
looking at them with a thoughtful eye. Perhaps there never was any one to whoin the dis. “My dear, what are you going to do P"). Esther position was given to ask as Saul of Tarsus-" Lord | asked in a voice that had something of solemnity in ihat wouldest thou have me to do ?” to whom the an, its tone.
6 To burn them," was the reply...
The Ancient People of God. Esther was not prepared for this; her prudent Among the many reasons given for neglecting the and cautious mind was naturally startled at the idea conversion of the Jews, perhaps the one in which in. of the loss to be sustained; she was ready to ask difference wraps herself within the closest folds in the could not they be exchanged, but directly perceive most subtle guise, is that which is sometines urgeded that this would still be giving them circulation that it is not right to seek their conversion, it is usurpin some way. She did not inmediately speak, for Esthering the prerogative of God,- that they are to be and was one whose words seldom preceded thought; in this that therefore they will be converted, and man must interval such passages as these-56 Whoso will lose his not exalt himself by taking into his own hands the life for my sake shall find it--For whom I suffer the work which the Alinighty will accomplish. loss of all things that I may win Christ-Whosoever Were the indolent, the thoughtless, and the worldly forsaketh not all that he hath cannot be my disciple". to unravel their motives, and sift their reasons through, came to her mind and she felt quite willing herself they would soon find that dislike of exertion, uiter to bear the meditated loss, but slie feared her hus. unconcern, and the preference to objects wholly earthly, band's resolution being apparently a hasty one might be which inay forward their earthly schemes, or raise their repented of. .
earthly state, were the true causes of their advancing Is Will you wait until morning, William?" she said. | such sentiments, and following them up by entire neg "If I do perhaps I may wait longer,” he answered. lect; and from such persons to hear reasons of this
"If you are quite persuaded you are right, I should kind given, it can be only said is in perfect character think you would find no greater difficulty than now." in strict accordance with their conduct in other respects, ..," I believe you would not, but I am of a different and that they are consistent worldly characters, living disposition, and I fear if they remained on that table for the world, and seeking in it their good, their happitill 10-morrow, and I was to go down and see an einpty | ness; but to hear the Christian, he who advances tie shop, I might be tempted to put them back, at least | welfare of other benighted mortals, the active and benetill others came in their place—and that,” he added
volent Christian bring forward such reasons for neglectwith a sigh-" might not be just yet.”
ing them is matter of surprise and enquiry, and we .." And perbaps you will be sorry when it is done ?" may justly doubt if it is not caused by a want of that Esther hesitatingly said,
which is the substance of things hoped for, the "No, with the belp of God, I hope not: the temp evidence of things not seen." tation will be over at all events."
To'a want of faith we must trace such sentiments. . “Well, William, one word more," said Esther, lay Man must laljour, though God may or may not bless ing her hand on his arm as he extended it to a packet his endeavours as may seem best to Him, and if without
of the papers, “ before you do this ask God to give you the instrumentality of man, all were to be conferled - grace not to repent of it."
'bow is it that in every past age since their dispersion a ?" Amen,' he replied ; and for a few minutes husband remnant has been gathered to our faith, and that in the and wife prayed in their hearts that they might be ena last and hitherto in the present century so many have bled to devote themselves unto the Lord, and all they been? Was it that they might be left without aid from had, or did to His service. When without another | man that our Saviour said "go ye first to the lost word pile after pile of papers was flung on the fire until sheep of the house of Israel ;" and again, “go ye into the whole was cunsumed.
all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature;" - What were Walter's sensation or entering his shop was there an exception made to any, still less that to
next morning when thus stripped of its stock, I under this chosen race, man has to hold his exertions to lead , take not to say; they were not made known to her them to the belief in the Son of God, was it not rather ,, who was the partner at least of his joys, although 1.®go first to the house of Israel? Walters was a man of that peculiar temperament who In the wisdom which dictated the preaching of man usually keep the greater part of their cares and sorrows to his fellow man, mercy was exhibited though justice to themselves, and Esther was one of those formed was still to be felt; hand in hand they have reigved in characters who with the inost affectionate hearts pur every age, and condemned by God for their crime siles that happy composure of mind that bears thein without a parallel in the history of the world, unparalunruffled through incidents that disturb and distress leled was to be their punishment, but mercy was to be more sensible dispositions ; more calın and deliberate shewn ; the voice of the mourning Israelite was still 10 than her husband, she looked forward into the conse be heard, and his prayers and repentance' accepted: quences of his recent conduct; but she was far better | neither were all to be eternally lost until the time for able to bear the consequences than he was. She be-, | all to be converted, and restored to their ancient prilieved that conduct was right, and therefore the con vileges, but mercy ordained that from their fellowmen sequences of it she quietly left to the guidance of Hin were they to be taught the way of pardon, and from who hath declared that “though the young lions," the thein to learn the paths of peace. offspring of them who are most able to procure suste Does our treatment of this suffering race shew that nance for their young—" should lack and suffer hun we consider them of too high an origin, too lofty in ger, they that fear the Lord shall not want any good their present state, and their future hopes too glorious thing.”
for Gentiles to seek to aid thein, and that so much be(To be continued.)
neath thein in every respect, we must leave to God to work His will without our humble efforts? will the
unhappy wanderers dwelling in our land, whose wounds | whole body of the Jewish nation, from the descendants long given still refuse to heal under our treatment, of Israel scattered far off, to those of Judah wandering accord with this supposition ? will not those sullering in our own land, both are in darkness, both need our help, people abiding here as strangers, without a country or and to both it is offered, whether belonging to the government from which to seek redress for their in 'tribes of Israel or Judah, and both in many thousand juries, tell us they were not treated by this or any other cases have never even heard that there is a written Gentile nation as a people too high to be interfered history of our Saviour, are in entire ignorance of His with? will not the frequent accounts of the treatment miracles, and the fulfilment by Him of the prophecies o those who have sought an asylum in our own coun in the Old Testament, and to these unhappy people can try, give a very different statement even in this day of there be greater presumption in seek their weifare civilization, and exbibit still in many cases a painful than in seeking that of the heathen? spectacle of oppression, injury, and insult?
But the tinies are not those for hesitation as to any Was it presumption in the early days of Christianity aid we can render to this nation; the horizon of their to preach to this people, and can it be now; that fortunes, so long in darkness is now brightened by the salvation is of the Jews Christianity ayows, but that that i dawn of light, their years of mourning almost ended, faith is to be withheld from them by us we find no their weary wandering hastening to its elose. ' . where enjoined in that Book which is to guide us in Their minds intently fixed upon some great event'at our conduct to them?
hand; belief in the dense mass of their traditions Is it presumption to save the life of any fellow shaken, and many very many of their people, seeking creature in iinminent peril, can it therefore be so to an asylumn in their long desolated land. Their riches seek to rescue him from eternal deatlı; and it may be increased in the last few years to an amount supposed Fuquired do we really think so very humbly of our never before to have been equalled, and unencuinbered selves as to consider we are unworthy to inake known with possessions of land to be disposed of ere they our privileges to this people
can depart, and with the exception of soine ainong the Are the Christian's hopes and privileges so much converted unconnected with the people among whom lower, or so much higher now than they were in the they dwell, they are ready to proceed to their ancient times following his Saviour's abode on earth, that he land at almost a moment's notice, accoiupanied by those must not, observe the command of that Saviour who they value most on earth, carrying with them their enjoined His name to be preached to all, of every class, wealth, and having in few cases any cause to look with of every clime, learned or, unlearned, Barbarian, regret upon the countries they leave behind. | Scythian, or Jew?.
But there is an hour, and one which comes to all It must be willingly granted by all Christians that the fallen race of man, whien the value of our efforis for this people will be converted, and the whole converted this people is felt more than at another time; in that by the power of God, (still more that man in his en. awful hoor when the spirit winging its tight to the deavours for their conversion, has but heen the instru world unseen ascends to the kingdom of its God, or | ment employed to shew the power and mercy of God becomes partaker of the misery of the lost hovering on to them) and the searcher into prophecy inay believe the confines of Eternity, in whoin is it to repose for that that state of things cannot be far off, but in every safety in that unknown world ? If he who deems it a remoant has been received, and usually converted by presumption to seek the welfare of this people, who means of the efforts of inan, a remnant which Isaiahı has seen the peace and serenity of the last hours of the informs us shall at their final restoration be brought as faithful Christian, when the spirit with full confidence à "present unto the Lord of hosts, from a people į in its Redeemer, had transferred his guilt to Hiin who seattered and peeled, terrible from their begivning is as able as He is willing to bear it, could such a one bitherto;" and those who have already embraced our from being a spectator of the Christian triumph over faith will tell us they deem it no presumption for a the last enemy turn and view the deathbed of the unChristian to have preached to them, although tliey are happy Israelite, no tears of presumption no earthly of the high tribes of the house of Israel.
motives would induce him to neglect their welfare, But let us consider for a moment, if we deem it is suffering with us from the wrath of the Almighty for presumption to offer our faith to the people to whom as original sin 'the 'fear of the tremendous wrath of our descendants of those immediately concerned in the dark offended God, without a Saviour to redeem, is seen in guilt of their nation, we would decline to shew the way ! all its awful reality ; then the unhappy sufferer on the of pardon, we need not on that account decline to be.. confines of another world has none to intercede for come interested in showing the way of peace to all of him with our offended God, no Intercessor to plead for that people, there are enough of the Hebrews who are † hiin at the throne of mercy; and on the point of rushtot implicated in the great guilt of their nation but !ing into the presence of its Maker, unclothed in the who are still in darkness as to the kingdoin of the Sa I rightousness of a Saviour, the sufferer turns in vain to viour; and though the enquiry has been for centuries his own good works to assure him or the words of the where these tribes are scattered, and though the en Rabbies to comfort him. Then the Israelite knows quiry must still remain unanswered as to where the whole not whitlier he is tending, save that it is into an abode of these may be, yet we have just course to conclude of suffering, for a space longer or less as his evil deeds where sone of them are, and the Societies for the 1 may require for purgatory, and can but hope for that conversion of the Hebrews profess not to seek that of I period to be shortened by the prayers of those he leaves the two tribes alone, but of the ten also, even of the I hehind, and where can he find any ground for believing