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sure, will excuse the prolixity and par-| May the Redeemer be my friend,
This is the new and living way. all we have to the just and wise dis-Great plan-contrivd in heaven above; posal of our heavenly Father. I can The author claims my highest love. truly say "it is good for me to be afflicted."
No other way has yet been found, We have committed her remains to In heaven above, or on the ground, the mansion of the dead; but it was This is enough, I want no more ;
and her spirit that animated the clay,
way I ever will adore. made her dear to us. That, we trust, I long to see that glorious day, is translated to the realms of blessed-|| When siņ and grief are done away; ness where it will remain forever, in || Where all is peace, and all is love, the full enjoyment of infinite beati- In the bright realms of bliss above. tude. Let us then willingly leave her Reflections October 25th, 1810. body in the grave, till her spirit, free from all pollution, shall reanimate it, | My glass most sure is almost run ;
My age is now near ninety-one, raised in the likeness of her glorious A few more sands, this body dies, Lord and Saviour,
To sleep in dust till call'd to rise.
To meet the Lord in open air, MR. EDITOR, The following reflections of ani aged Come all ye, of the Father bless’d,
Where he his judgment will declare. believer are submitted to your
go with me and take your rest. ation. If they are thought worthy a place in your magazine, the publication of them | A kingdom is prepar’d for you, will be gratifying to his numerous friends Where joys forever will be new. and acquaintance. The author is Silas But o ihe wicked! here they lie, Phelps, a native of Lebanon, Connecticut. To hear their sentence from the sky. He made a profession of religion when he was about twenty-one years of age- Depart ye cursed, down to hell, was an early emigrant in this part of the Where vilest devils always dwell; country and died at Brutus, county of Not for an hour, not for a day, Cayuga, 1st April, 1814, in the 95th year But here forever you must stay. of his age. The reflections were written A thousand thoughts crowd in my breast in extreme old age, and in the near view surviving friends a description of his ex- Ten thousand wonders to record. of death, and were designed to give his May I in heaven be at rest.
To be forever with my Lord, ercises of mind, and of the evidence he possessed, of being prepared for the joys
Reflections November 29th, 1815. of heaven.
My age is almost ninety-four, Reflections February 7th, 1809. My great Preserver I adore; Many rolling years have passed away
O guide my feet in wisdom's way Since I first saw the light of day
Nor suffer me to go astray. Wonder of wonders, I am here! The time draws near that I must go, Eternity nust sure be near.
And leave the world and all below, Supported by a power divine,
6. This soul of mine to God must fly This day my age is eighty-nine :
6 As in a moment when I die." Time slides away with rapid speed, Farewell to all that yet may live, Life's but a span-it's short indeed.
Adieu to all this world can give, With feeble steps I wander round.
Farewell to all my friends most kind, Few of my years are to be found.
Their love to me affects
mind. My pious friends have gone to rest,
My life, to me dearest of all,
I freely yield when God shall call,
For the Utica Christian Magazine.
This is stated Gen. xxi 23-32. A.
bimelech, said to Abraham, God is COVENANTING.
with thee, in all that thou doest. Covenanting is an ancient custom. Now therefore, swear unto me here, by Frequent mention is made of it, in the God. Abraham said I will swear, scriptures, on various occasions. A|And both of them made a covenant. covenant is a league, or agreement The place was called Beerslieba, be between two persons, or two parties, cause they sware both of them. Thus by which they bind themselves to they maile a covenant al Beersheba. each other, as by an oath, in the pres-|| By this it is evident that boih Abraence of God, to perform the stipulated bam and Abimelech considered this articles of the covenant. The Lord covenant transaction to have all the is directly, or implicitly called to wit- solemnity and obligatory nature of an ness the solemn transaction, and take oath. vengeance on the party who wilfully Another instance to our purpose, is, breaks covenant ; and will not fulfill the covenant Joshua, and the Printhe condition by which each party is ces of the congregation, made with mutually holden according to the a- the Gibeonites. It is thus stated greement stipulated. Covenanting, Joshua ix. And Jos'mua made a peace is, therefore, of the pature of swearing, with them, and maile a' bague with or taking an oath ; and is equally bind-them, and the princes of the congregaing on the parties.
tion swear unto them. Afier it was In the following observatious an at-discovered that the Gibeonites had tempt will be made to explain the na-imposed on Joshua, and the Princes, ture of covenanting, and the ligle and and the treaty was obtained by fraud, sacred obligations, those take on them-|| the congregation murmured against selves, who enter into covenant, either the Princes, and, as it appears, wisfied in the common concerns of lite, but to destroy thern. Bul the Princes especially religious covenantiny, when said unto all the congregation, we we unite with the Church of Christ. have sworn unto them by the Lord God
When persons, or parties make a of Israel: and therefore we may not league, or covenant they are under touch them. They had made a the same high and solemn obligations league or covenant with them, which to perform the articles stipulated in is called swearing by the Lord God the covenant, as if they had taken an of Israei. oath to perform them. In this man The covenant made between Daner the scriptures represent covenant-vid and Jonathan, is, also, in point. ing. The words oath, covenant, it is written, They both made a covesware are, in the word of God, used,||nent before the Lord. 1 Sam. xxiii. interchangeably, when speaking of 18. When reference is had to this persons covenanting with each other.|| covenant between David and Jonathan
The first instance which I shall (2 Sam. xxi. 7.) It is observed, The mention is the covenant between Arking spired Mephibosheth, the son of bimelech king of Gerar, and Abraham. Jonathan the son of Saul; because of the
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Lard's oath that was between them, be. The foregoing observations will be tween David and Jonathan the son of applied particularly to professors of Saul. What in one passage is called a religion. When you made a public covenant before the Lord, is in the other, profession of religion, the transaction called the Lord's oath.
was solemn, interesting and important, The historian in his narrative of the beyond any thing you ever did begreat reformation in the kingdom of fore ; and whether you consider it or Judah, in the reign of Asa, expres- not, the obligation to perform what you ses himself in these strong terms, promised, lies on you every moment. They entered into a covenant to seek Nor can you elude, or get free from the Lord God of their fathers, with all the obligation, which you took on their hearts, and with all their soul. yourselves by your own voluntary act, And they sware unto the Lord with a if, perhaps, you repent of what you loud voice.
have done and wish you had never When the people covenanted to-done it. You have opened your mouth gether, to walk in God's law; to do unto the Lord, and you cannot go back. his commandments, his statutes, and Thus it is again written, When thou judgments, (Neh. x.) stronger expres- shall vow a von unto the Lord thy God sions cannot be used; it is said they thou shalt not be slack to pay il; for entered into a curse, and into an oalh. the Lord thy God will surely require It is called a sure covenant. It was it of thee; and it shall be sin unto thee. signed and sealed by the Princes, Le Thal which is gone out of thy lips thou vites and priests.
shalt keep and perform, even a free-will The sacred historian, in the bisto- | offering, according as thou hast vowed ry of Abraham's life, frequently men. unto the Lord thy God, which thou hast tions a covenant God made with A- I promised with thy mouth. braham, assuring him that he and his When you united with the church, seed should enjoy great temporal and by making a public profession of respiritual blessings. This covenant is ligion, God was the principal party in called God's OATH. To Isaac he the covenant ; the promises you made says, I will perform the OATH which were to Him; to Him you sware alle. I sware unto Abraham thy father. giance as subjects swear allegiance to Moses at a certain time addres- || an earthly ruler. God is now your king, sing the tribes of the Lord, mentionsby voluntary choice, and you have this covenant, and calls it God's worn to be his loving, faithful and OATH which he snare lo their fathers. obedient subjects forever : That you The Psalmist
expresses himself) will use your best endeavors to supin this manner. He hath remem- port his cause, and kingdom :-that bered his covenant forever. Which you will be an enemy to his eneCOwennt he made with Abraham, and mies, and an adversary to his aduersa. his oath unto Isaac, and confirmed the ries. same into Jacob for a law, and to In covenanting, you give yourselves Israel for an everlasting covenant. Jer- away as David did, Lord, I am thine. eriah calls it the oath which God || You present your bodies a living sac sware unto our fathers. Zacharias rifici, to the Lord, and if your heart be (Luke i. 73.) uses the same expression. sincere you adopt this resolution,
The foregoing observations, without all that the Lord hath said we will do, adducing any more, are sufficient to and be obedient. God, angels, and show at ovenanting is an action of men, are witnesses to your solemn enthe same import, as swearing, or ta-gagements. The oath which you have king an OATH. Hence is seen the sworn is recorded in heaven, and high and solemn obligationis, lying on will be brought to public view on persons; or parties who covenant with that day when God will judge the ser each other, to perform stipulated en-l crels of men by Jesus Christ. ageruents.
Now, professors of religion, of eve To day the regiment is to be rery sect and denomination of Christ- viewed. In the morning you do, or ians, consider on what high and sol- you ought, by humble prayer to comemn ground you stand ! You have mit yourselves to the care, and keepvowed a vow unto the Lord your God, ing of God, through the day. You and shall not be sluck to pay it ; pray as the head of the church hath for the Lord your God will surely re-taught you. Lead us not into temptquire it of you. Look back on your ation, but deliver us from evil. daily conduct, and conversation, and David prayed. Preserve me, O God, enquire, what have done? Have you for in thee da I put my trust. Let in. pot done that which ishonors God, tegrity and uprightness preserve me wounds the cause of Christ, defiles -Preserve my soul, for I am holy: 0 your own souls, gives the enemies of thou my God save thy servant that religion occasion to blaspheme that trusteth in thee. After your morning holy name by which ye are called, devotion, you dress and go to the and you throw yourselves out of cov-place of parade, merely as spectators. enant. Yes! throw yourselves out of There, and in public houses you spend covenant for every sin, as sin throws the day. Now, it is asked, what do you out of covenant, and exposes youyou see ? what do you hear ? and what to everlasting destruction and woe: do you do? You prayed in the morn and this would certainly be your dooming that you might not be led into were it not for the covenant of grace. temptation ; but immediately put But if you sin because you think you yourselves in the way of temptation, are safe in that covenant, it is evident You prayed that you might be kept that you have no interest in it-notrom evil, but with free and delibetitle to its blessings. The following rate bent of inclination, you go to a are some of the directions agreeably place where evil abounds; and where to which you have solemnly promis- there is danger, great danger indeed, ed you will conduct. Quench not the that you will be snared and talcen. Spirit. Pray without ceasing. Ab As you go from one company to stain from all appearance of evil. Ab- another, from one scene of amusehor that which is evib : cleave to that|ment to another, from one vanity to which is good. Not slothful in busi- another, and, from one public house ness, feruent in spirit, serving the Lord. to another, what are your meditations, Recompence no man evil for evil. Be your views, and the exercises of your ye all of one mind. Live in peace. hearts ? God sees, he knows what Be of the same mind in the Lord. Let they are. this mind be in you, which was also in You are professors of religion, but Christ Jesus. That ye be like minded, passing frour one merry circle to an. having the same love, being of one ac-other, and from one gay scene to anbord, of one mind. Professors of other, do you act religion ? do you Christianity! look at these, and simi- | do that which promotes the cause of lar directions in God's word; then Christ ? does your conduct subserve look at your daily conduct, and then the prosperity of the Church ? You reflect on the solemn promises you dare not answer these questions in bave made.--I will here leave you to the affirmative! your own reflections.
The day is closed, the company is
*\dispersed, and you return home at The following observations, which evening. Now, how can you lift up are designed to expose an ancient, your heart to God in prayer! I sur but unjustifiable custom, will probably conscience tells you, you bave acted be treated with contempt by Christian inconsistently with your morning professors, who are too fond of fash- prayer; for you have spent the day iunable amusements and vain diver-'in vanily, and vice. If you are un sions.
der the influence of Gospel sentiments, unite with the subjects of bis kingdom, the evening will be spent in bitter re- || for ihe purpose of supporting his cause morse, in humblo repentance. You in the world. This lays you under obwill by faith look to the blood of ligations to many duties ; such as to your offended Redeemer to cleanse love the brethren, pray for them, you from the moral pollution you con- and give them christian reproof when tracted by spending a day in such neccssary, and the like. company, and in a way so contrary to The Cburch, says the Apostle, is the holy religion which you profess. | built on the Prophets and Apostles, You will find it difficult, and, says Jesus Christ being the chief corner probably will pass, before the bad im- stone. If the church, with which a pressions made on your mind by what person unites, admits into their conyou saw and heard, are obliterated.fession of faith, the essential doctrines On sach days Satan gets an advan- of the gospel, this is a church of Christ; tage against you. More is done in | because it holds the head. Therefore one such day to debauch and sin! to separate from such a church, by your mind, than many sabbaths and withdrawing from its communion, is & sermons will do to raise and give it a crime of no small magnitude. It is improper tone in things of religion. plicitly excommunicating that Church,
Some Professors are 80, exceeding from which the person withdraws, fond of fashionable amusements, that and every other church with which they take their children and grand that church is in fellowship. The children with them. What do the person, who by his own act separates children witness ? They witness what from a church of Christ, violates prom they never ought to see, or hear. They ises made in the most solemn man. witness that levity, and profanity ner, which he had called God to witwhich they never ought to learn. ness. Leaving the church, is, thereThey witness what has a tendency to fore religious perjury. You have oreconcile their minds to folly and pened your mouth unto the Lord, and wickedness ; to learn bad language, you cannot go back, but by contractand to abate their fear of sinning. ing great guilt. They learn no good, but a great deal But says the dissentient; the that is bad.
Church is corrupt,—there are many If any Professors of Religion think immoralities in the church, and a it strange the writer urges these things great deal of conduct which'I dislike, on them with so much plainness and being as I believe contrary to the gosearnestness, he wishes them to reflectpel. seriously on what the Apostle says, If this be true, it is deeply to be laLet every one that nameth" the name of mented. But your duty is to remain Christ, depart from iniquity. Again in your place, and use your best enhe says, Lel your speech be alsvays deavors to effect a reformation : not with grace seasoned with salt. Again forsake the church, when there is so it is written, .ls he which has called you much need, and so much room for is holu, so be ye holy in all manner of your pious, and constant and zealconversalion. Again, Only let your ous exertions. By leaving the comconversalion be as it becometh the Gos-munion of the church, you are, it is pel of Chrisi.
probable, guilty of more wickedness It has been observed, Christian than you can prove against any of the Professors, when they make a profes- | brethren." ' Admit there are great corsion of religion, and unite with the ruptions in the church, but by leaving Church, God is the principal party in it you are an open covenat breaker ; the covenant; to him the promises and surely, that is a crime of no small are made. It is now added, you also magnitude. covenant with the church of Christ and Those who leave the church with