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tions, why then we must consent to be neglected. Yet we cannot but hope, notwithstanding the dust of oblivion has begun to gather upon us, that we shall outlive the present race of fashionables, who strut in blue, and the smaller fry also, who have come up upon the face of the land. We rejoice to see them going out as pioneers

; but we dislike to see them put on the airs of as much importance as if they were the main body. We do not like to see the musket aping the gait and the thunder of the cannon, nor do we like, (to follow up the figure,) to see the boy who has only witnessed the discharge of a platoon, put on the airs of a veteran who has faced the cannon's mouth and heard the roar of artillery. Mr. Editor, we think we have reason to complain of the treat

4 ment which we receive from the would-be-wise ones of the present day. They have become so infatuated with their own wisdom and the boasted march of mind, that we are not consulted at all, or if erer consulted, it is only from a curiosity to know into what strange absurdities the fathers had fallen. We are looked upon very much in the light of an old fashioned country gentleman who bolts sens ceremonie, into their front parlours, with heels well nailed and visa age smeared with dust.

They are strangely disconcerted at the sight of us, and were it not that they have learned from tradition that they ought to renerate their fathers, we should soon be ordered into the kitchen or into the street. This is the way that the world is going. We have opened our mouth to forewarn this generation of their danger, and these are, our last words-Let the hearts of the 42 children be turned to their fathers.

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ORDINATIONS AND INSTALLATIONS. 1829, April 16, Ordained at South Boston, Mass. as a Baptist Evangelist, Rev. Thomas Driver Sermon by Rev. C.'P. Grosvenor, from Isai. xiv

. lá. 1829, April 22, Installed, Rev. David Perry, as Pastor of the Evan. Cong. Church in Cambridgeport, Mass. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Beccher, from 1 Cor. iii. 7.

1829, April 23, Installed, Rev. James GulPatrick, as Pastor of the le Baptist Church in Bluehill, Me. Sermon by Rev. Daniel Merrill.

182.), April 23, O.dained, Rev. Anson Roor, as Pastor of the Cong. Church in Danbury, Conn. Sermon by Rev. Hiram Rood, of Gilmantown, N. K. from 2d Tim. ii. 2.

1829, April 29, Ordained, Rev. John W. SALTER, Cong. Church in Kingston, Mass. Sermon by Rev. Johu A. Albro.

1823, April 29, Installed, Rev. JONATHAN CogswkLL, Cong: 'Church in New-Britain, Conn. Serinon by Rev. C. J. Tenney, of Weathersfield, from Acts xiv. 1.

1829, April 29, Installed, Rer. SYLVESTER G. PIERCE, Presb. Church in Dracutt, Mass. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Woods, of Andover.

1829, May 6, Ordained, at Keene, N. H. as an Evangelist, Rev. En ward Hale.' Sermon by Rev. Mr. Merriam, of Royalston, Mass. in Sanford, Me. Sermon by Rev. Mr. Pomeroy, of Gorham.

1829, May 8, Installed, Rev. Elissa BACON, as Pastor of the Cong. Church Church in Brooks and Damon, Me. Sermon by Kev John Smith, D. D. Prof. in Th. Sem. Bangor.

1829, May 13, Ordained, Rev. BEZALEEL South, Church in Rye, N. H. Sermon by Rev. Di Dana, from Rom i 19.

1829, May 14, Ordained, Rev. John L. Soler, as Pastor of the Cong. Church in Stow, Mass. Scimon by Rev. Dr. Lowell, of Boston. dence, to take the Pastoral care of the Baptist Church in Eastport, Me. 1829, May 21, Ordained, Rev. Francis WHITEFIELD EMnons, at Provi.

by Rev. Mr. Seaman. Nathanael Emmons, D. D. of the Cong. Church in Franklin, Mass. Sermon

1829, June 17, Ordained, Rev. Elam SMALLEY, as co-pastor with Rev. by Rev. Otis Thompson, from John xvi. 12.

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HOPKINSIAN MAGAZINE.

VÓL III.

JULY, 1829.

NO. 19.

SERMON. Acts xxviii. 23.......... Be it known therefore unto you, that the

salvalion of God is sent unto the Gentiles, und that they wil hear it.

'Though the Jews killed the prophets, and crucified the Lord of glory; yet God did not treat them according to their deserts, but waited to be gracious, and continued to call upon them to accept of salvation. Our Saviour, who knew the will of his Father, directed his Apostles to make the first offers of his mercy to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the Jews in general. Just as he was ascending up into heaven, he said unto them, “ These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophe ets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. And he said unto them, Thus it, is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead on the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” The Apostles religiously observed this admonition of Christ, and wherever they went, and found any of the Jews, they made the first offer of mercy to them; though they generally rejected it. We find several striking inStances of this kind recorded for the instruction of future ages. When Paul and Barnabas came to Antioch in Pisidia, the Jews were the first to hear the gospel, and the first to reject it.

" But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken unto you; but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.” Paul treated the Jews, and the Jews treated the gospel, in the same manner, at Corinth. The sacred historian says, “ Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.” Notwithstanding Paul met with such violent and repeated opposition from the Jews; he still persisted in making them the first of fer of mercy, wherever he preached the gospel. Haring appealed to Cæsar, and arrived at Rome, though he was confined, as a prisoner, he sent for the Jews to come and see him, and proposed to preach to them. They came to his lodging at the time appointed. “He expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning to evening. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.” But before the usbelievers departed, Paul addressed them in this plain and pointed manner: “Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet, unto our fathers, saying, Go unto this people and say, Hearing ye sball hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and should be converted, and I should heal them

. Be it known, therefore, unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.” This was an awful threatening to the Jews, and a gracious promise to the Gentiles

, and calculated to make the deepest impression upon those who bad rejected the gospel. And we are told it did cut the impenitent and unbelieving to the heart: “And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.” Thes could not bear the thought, that God should not only take the gospel from them, but send it to the Gentiles, and make them hear it. This text, in its connection, suggests this serious truth to our coba sideration:

That God can make whom he pleases, hear the gospel.
This may be illustrated by the following observations:

1. God can bring whom he pleases, to hear the gospel. The word of God which contains the gospel, has always been more of less confined to certain

places. It was for many ages confined to Judea, which he gave to the seed of Abraham, his peculiar people

. They exclusively enjoyed the distinguishing blessings of divine revelation. This the psalmist gratefully acknowledges

. "He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes, and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judements , they have not known them. Praise ye the

Lord.” And Paul places the sacred scriptures among the greatest privileges of the Jewish nation. “What advantage then hath the Jew? Of what profit is there of circumcision ? Much every way: chieds

, because that unto them, were committed the oracles of God.” But while God confined

his word to the land of Israel, he was able to bring whom he pleased, to the light of divine truth. He brought many individuals out of other nations to become proselytes to the

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true religion. Some he brought by captivity; some by famine; and some by necessity. In the days of the Judges, he brought Ruth and her mother to Judea. In the days of Solomon, he brought not only the queen of Sheba, but many kings and princes, to the place where he recorded his name, and revealed his will. And he brought men out of every nation under heaven, to hear the gospel preached on the day of Pentecost. Though the gospel has since hail a wider spread; yet many nations have remained totally ignorant of it. But God has been pleased to bring thousands and thousands of individuals, from their native lands of darkness, to lands of gospel light, and given them an opportunity to hear and embrace the gospel. And though there are many, even where the gospel is enjoyed, who neglect to hear it; yet God is able to bring one and another, and as many as he pleases, within the hearing of divine truth. Cod leads and guides every person just where he sees fit. When he pleases, he can bring the stupid, the obstinate, and even the most malignant infidels to his house and to his word; when they are constrained to hear it. Indeed, it is owing to his powerful agency upon the minds of sinners in general, in all our religious societies, that they ever come within the walls of his house, and the hearing of his word. This is evident, from the conduct of those, who constantly absent themselves from all places of public worship. The divine agency was exerted to bring hearers to Paul, while he was confined at Rome. For more than two years, God brought just whom he pleased to hear that poor prisoner, and faithful minister: and no doubt, in the course of that time, he brought a great many to hear the gospel, who had not the least intention to hear it, before they went. How often does God, in times of awakening, bring careless and stupid sinners to places, which they meant to avoid, and to that powerful and effectual preaching, which they dreaded

to hear? By all such instances, he gives the clearest evidence, that , he is able to bring whom he pleases to the gospel; which is one step towards making them hear it.

2. God can make whom he pleases attend to the gospel. Men may be within hearing of the gospel, and yet not attend to it. They may hear as though they heard not; and this is always the case, when they hear without attention. There is too much reason to fear, that a large proportion of those, who usually convene on the sabbath, and place themselves in a situation, in which they might attend to the gospel, only hear the sound of it, without regarding its solemn and important meaning. They suffer their eyes and

attention to wander, and fix upon unseasonable, uninteresting, and 3

even trifling objects. But when God brings men to the gospel, he can make them attend to it. This he often did while Christ was preaching. He not only drew out multitudes to hear him, but es

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cited their attention to the gracions and solemn words, which fell from his lips. He made them crowd around him, and hear him with the most profound and fixed attention. Hc frequently awakened the attention of multitudes to the preaching of the apostles. It seems he made all attend 10 Paul's preaching at Rome. Ther heard him from morning to crening. Their attention was vindoulted. ly engaged; and whether they were pleased, or displeased with the gospel, they heard it with solemnity. There are, at this day, seasons, in which God calls up the attention of whole cengregations to the preaching of the gospel, and makes almost every individual, from sabbath to sabbath, hear with serioustess and awe. And in times of the greatest declension and carelessnes, he makes this, or that, or the other person, hear his woru, with close and eager attention. This shows, that he is always able to make whom he pleases attend to the gospel, in spite of their hearts

§. Gad can make whom he pleases, understand the gospel. The gospel contains the whole counsel of God, or the great scheme, which he devised from eternity, to glorify limself in the salvation of singers. The gospel contains a system of great and interesting truths, concerning God, and intelligent beings. It unfolds the puru poses of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It days open the hearts of men, and their perishing condition by nature. It proposes the terms upon which they may find faveur with God

. And it contains the denunciations of divine wrath against all who refuse to comply with the terms of salvation. These are truths

, which men have always been extremely unwilling to understand

. The Jews would not, if possible, understand their priests and prophets, but would and did in general remain extremely ignorant of divine truth, though they had line upon line, and precept upon preeept. And we find, that when Christ came, they had almost er tirely lost the knowledge of the scriptures, and of the true design

of the dispensation under which they lived: Nor were they willing to be instructed by Christ. Though they flocked to hear bim preach, yet they would not understand his doctrines of this be often reminded them, and for this he often reproved them.

Wby do ye not understand my speech, eren because ye cannot hear my word. If I say the truth, why do yo not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because we are not of God.” All men

are naturally unwilling to know the willing to be acquainted with their own hearts. Hence they hear character, the conduct, and the designs of God, and still more un divine truths with reluctance, and will endeavour to misunderstand the gospel. It is really astonishing, how little those who lire under the clear light of the gospel understand it, and how many and how

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