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and in their journey engage in similar tians love one another," was an exclaconflicts, and gain similar victories. mation of one of the most virulent opTheir afflictions are appointed by the posers of christianity. Till the relisame heavenly Father, and for the gion of the Bible was unfolded in real same benevolent end,
that they may life ;-ill its nature was developed by be partakers of his holiness; and their a practical display of its influence on comforts, of which the world knows the heart, the world knew not what nothing, are secured to them by the friendship was. It was for the fishersame eternal charter. With emotions inen of Gallilee and their humble as. known only by this blessed fraternity, sociates, first to show the proud paallits members rejoice and mourn with tions of the earth, the full strength and each other, remember one another attenderness of an affection, to which the same throne of grace, and as Je- the human heart must ever be a sus is not ashamed to call them breth- stranger, untilits sensibilities are refioren, so they are not ashamed to apply ed by grace. the same endearing appellation to all Nor is this mutual relation of the who are redeemed from among men. saints less ennobling than it is endear
This relation is unspeakably inter- ing. If by many it be thought honesting, because it possesses the same ourable to be connected even remoteproperties as that which exists be ly, with men of profound intellect and iween themselves and Christ. That vast knowledge, how great is the digo it is divine, is clear from the author, nity which christians derive from the nature and effects, of that inward their spiritual affinity to multitudes transformation which unites them to
now on the earth, and millions althe Saviour, and constitutes them ready in heaven, whose understandbrethren.
ings and hearts are expanded and fillFrom the nature of the case it ed with the fulness of God? No matmust be co-extensive with the pum ter how many kindred we may have bers of those who are allied to Christ. according to the flesh, nor how honHence if we belong to the household ourable they may be in the eyes of of faith, the circle of our kindred is ex- men; if Christ's kindred are not ours, tended as far as the tidings of salva- we are in circumstances of unspeakation have been spread on the earth. ble degradation, and in the sight of It is only on the rapid pinions of God wear the stigma of an exclusive thought and affection that we can visit moral relation to every rebel against our brethren of other climes and his kingdom on earth and in hell. tongues, who have learnt the song No relation is truly ennobling but that has gladdened our own hearts, that which unites us to the King of and are fast journeying to meet us on Kings, and those whom he delightthe threshold of heaven. The ages eth to honour.” And this every saint that have already rolled away, have sustaios to all that are wise and good united us to the patriarchs and pro- in this world, and to all that live phets, the apostles and martyrs, and in heaven ;-o all that shall de all who have gone before us to glory; scend with Christ to judgment, and and when the future ages shall have to all that shall ascend with him to rolled by, they will cement us to all glory. those who shall become the followers Nor will the connexion ever cease. of the Lamb of God.
Whom Christ loves, he loves to the How endearing too is the bond of end; therefore where he is, there this union? Soon after the christian they shall be also, and behold his glo church was established, nothing was ry. And, my brethren, what a blessed more conspicuous or more astonishing consummation will that be, when all to the surrounding world, than the our pious kindred shall assemble from mutual and ardent-affection of its the four winds; when at the right members. "See how these chris hand of the Redeemer we shall take
our seat with Abraham, Isaac, and interests. They should all be lights Jacob, and all that are redeemed by the in the world, instruct by precept and blood of Christ, and never cease to min- example, warn sinners of their danger, gle our notes of praise with theirs ? and plead with them to fee from it! Then will that divine fellowship with They should all pray in secret, in the saints which in this life had been their families, and as God has given impeded by continents and seas, be them ability, in their social meetings. perfected and perpetuated for ever. They should all visit one another,
2. Christians should labour to pro- and mutually labour to stir up their mote brotherly union: and thus let pure minds by way of remembrance. their light shine as Christ's brethren, They should all be active in endeavand members one of another.” “Be- oring to promote the cause of Christ hold, how good and how pleasant it at home and abroad.
In short they is, for brethren to dwell together in should all be “ not slothful in busiunity ?” They should be united in ness : fervent in spirit; serving the sentiment. It is deplorable that the Lord.” It is this union of effort, as Christian Church should be divided well as of sentiment and feeling, into so many different sects, some which will render the church beautiful of which are seemingly hostile to as Tirzah and comely as Jerusalem. the rest. On all the leading doc- Union in these respects, is the most trines of Revelation the sentiments of effectual instrument ever put into the those who bear the christian name hands of the church to do good. It ought to be so entirely in unison, as is the most powerful engine ever playthat these distinctions, if they musted by mortals against the citadel of continue to exist, shall be merely ritual Satan in the heart, or against his foror nominal. But this coincidence of tresses in the world. Under God, doctrinal belief will never take place it has forced convictions into the till it is earnestly sought by an aban- thoughtless, and subdued infidels to donment of prejudice and passion, the faith. and by a spirit of evangelical char 3. Christians should strive to enity and prayer.
large the divine family to which they They should be united in feeling. belong. The greatness of this famiReligion has its principal seat in the ly is one of its most desirable propaffections of the heart. Hence they erties. How zealous then ought all can have no spiritual fellowship with its members to be, to increase the Cbrist, and none with each other, any number of their holy kindred. The further than their feelings accord. Gospel is yet to be preached to every Paul and Barnabas once differed creature. The tidings of salvation in feeling as well as in opinion, in are to be sounded throughout every regard to a point of comparatively continent, and every island, for the small importance, and it produced a whole world is to be evangelised. rupture between them wholly incon- And it is to be done primarily by the sistent with their relations as brethren instrumentality of Christ's brethren. of the Lord Jesus. And this blemish His language to them is, “ Freely ye in their Christian character was have received, freely give.” He exdoubtless recorded as a warning to all pects this at their hands; and he has the saints of succeeding times. reason to expect that they who have
They ought also to be united in tasted the sweets of a relationship so practice. They should all go up to divine, will be forward to induce the house of the Lord, and take others to partake of the same blesssweet counsel together as they go.
edness. The labour of converting They should all be forward to con a world is great and arduous. But verse on the things of Christ's king- the difficulties to be encountered are dom, and to carry into effect meas- not disproportioned to their powers, ures best calculated to promote its if, while they exert them, they duly
rely on God for success. Union and quest of the world.” But the consezeal are power, which, by a blessing quences of every such time of refreshfrom the Great Head of the church, ing are, that numbers are savingly nothing can withstand. Prayers and joined to Christ, while the former charities, if devoutly poured forth, members of his household are quickare powers before which the idols ened and comforted : that numbers and temples of the heathen must fall. who are helping others on to destrucThis is plainly indicated by the suc- tion, are diverted from this work of cess of experiments already in ope- cruelty and death; tbat numbers who ration. Difficulties in prosecuting had given their pious friends, and the this great work, are every day over- church of God much cause of grief come, which, a few years since, are made “workers together with” would have disheartened the warm- them in promoting the interest of the est friends of Zion. But these glo- holy fraternity; that many a husband rious results have not been obtained or wife has now a godly companion; by divided counsels, and random ef- that many a parent has now a pious forts. Many denominations of Chris- child, and that many an aged Simeon tians have coalesced; have poured that had long been waiting for one out their benefactions and their pray more spiritual harvest, can say in the ers on the same ground, and in all rapture of his satisfied soul, “ Now the power and strength of union, have lettest thou thy servant depart in waged a successful war against the peace, for mine eyes have seen thy ignorance, the barbarism and the idol- salvation.” atry of mapy a pagan nation. What Finally. It is the duty of christians has already been done shows what to increase their union to Christ. may yet be achieved by united This duty is paramount to every othprayer, and extensive co-operation, er; for they will neglect all other dueven though, while the work is pros- ties, in proportion to the deficiency ecuted, nations should learn war of their spiritual alliance to bim. again, and blood rise “even unto the Are we his brethren? It becomes horse bridles.”
us to reflect with great solicitude, 4. We learn the importance of re- that it depends on the degree of our vivals of religion. They multiply moral affinity to him, how far we the kindred of the Lord Jesus Christ. shall labour to promote union among In seasons of geveral stupidity, it is or- ourselves : how far we shall strive to dinarily the case that some individuals enlarge the divine family, and how are renewed and allied to Christ; but far we shall prize, and endeavour 10 in modern times, by far the greater promote revivals. If we would love part of the accessions which are made one another more, we must first love to his family, is derived from the re- him more. If we would partake vivals by which the present age is so more largely of the social benefits of remarkably distinguished. If a revi- religion, we must hold inore uninterval issued in the conversion of only a rupted and familiar converse with single soul, the consequences of it him. If we would perform any duty would prove it to be a blessing of im- more acceptably to God, or profitably measurable importance. Hence the to ourselves and others, let us abound immortal Edwards observes, “ More more in that faith which unites us to happiness, and a greater benefit to Christ; and keep our eye steadily man, is the fruit of each single drop fixed on that world, where, by a perof such a shower, than all the tempo- fect transformation into his likeness, ral good of the most happy revolution we shall be all that infinite grace can in a land or nation amounts to, or all make us, and possess all that infinite that a people could gain by the con- love can give us.
To the Editor of the Christian Spectator. (See Acts viii. 1-4.) It is a most SIR,
preposterous thing for any man to sup
pose, that he is not under obligation Some time during the last winter, to use all his powers, in the service of in a letter to the Rev. Professor Stu- the Church. I bid you God speed, art of Andover, I communicated some with all my heart; and hope in God, information relative to the labours of that the spirit which is kindled at the brethren of the two Congregation New Haven, will speedily pervade al churches in this place. A rela- the christian world. tion was made particularly of the
I have only two cautions to suge scheme pursued by the brethren in gest; and these I think important to visiting and holding conferences in the the object in question. 1. Let no neighbouring villages, and in the one undertake to teach any more than churches and towns more remote ;
he has learned. Let him not usurp together with the manner in which the place, or claim the prerogatives their labours have been blessed by of a regularly ordained minister. the Holy Spirit, in causing revivals This caution is necessary to preserve of religion to take place all arouud us.
good order. 2. Guard well against A reply to this communication was
all approaches to mere excitement of made in April, and as I think it may the passions, and appeals to simple, be useful to the churches of Christ in natural feelings;. in other words, our country, to know the opinion of against any enthusiasm or extravaso distinguished a minister of the gos- gance. Guard well against a censo, pel on this subject, I take the liberty rious spirit in respect to Christians to send you his letter for publication who do not at once fall in with our in the Christian Spectator.
views, and who are afraid of enthusiI am Sir, your friend,
asm. While the object is not at all TIMOTHY DWIGHT.
abandoned, they may be treated with New-Haven, July 10, 1821.
tenderness; and when they see the
good effects of the practice they will ANDOVER, April 27, 1821. fall in with it. Guard well against My dear Sir,
being proud of success; or being dis
posed to feel elevated, so as to look Yours, written some time since, with disdain on a humble minister, was duly received, and has been read whose labours have not been blessed. until it is literally worn out. Soon The greatest danger of those whose after receiving it, I communicated the labours are blessed, is spiritual pride. substance of it to our meeting, on the If this once enter the sacred encloevening of the general Monthly Con- sure of the church, it will mar the cert of Prayer. This occasioned it to fairest portion of God's inheritance. be inquired after, and read by all those “ These things if ye observe ye persons among us, who take peculiar shall do well.” And observing them interest in doing good. This very go on, labour, prosper, esteem the day, I have lent it, to be read to-mor. reproaches of men as nothing; look row evening in the Conference at Sa- at the glory of God and the salvation lem, conducted by laymen; and of never-dying souls; and then rouse where, at present, a revival is begun. up to renewed and still more vigorous
I thank God that I have lived to action. That the Almighty God may see the day, in which laymen are be- bless the labours of you and your coginning to feel as if they had some adjutors in this glorious work, is the thing to do, as well as ministers, in sincere aod fervent prayer of yours, propagating the truths of the gospel. Sincerely and affectionately, Thus did they in primitive ages.
To the Editor of the Christiau Spectator. with extinction since, but now fast reSIR,
gaining their ancient honours. Having been employed as an agent
The HARDTIMEs family I find in for a number of the charitable institu- general friendly to your great and tions of our country; I wish through good designs, of whom the less may your work to make the conductors of be said, as so many of them bave those institutions acquainted with a been known as patrons of charitable very great number of unknown friends. institutions, and hope in a few years It would be natural indeed to esti- to resume their labour of love. So, mate the number of friends by the Sir, you see there is no danger, as number of contributors, but this some have feared, that the funds will would lead to a conclusion, in this fail; for by the next year, or the year case, extremely erroneous. It is a after, the supplies will begin to come singular circumstance, which I must in from the HARDTIMES family, and not omit to mention, that all your un- these alone will pay all arrearages, known friends have one or another and fill the treasuries of all charitable family name, from which I conclude institutions to overflowing. When that each family of the same name is I entered the families of this name, I descended from a common ancestry. did not always witness at their tables, These families of various names are
or in their dress, furniture, or equispread throughout the nation, and are page, those retrenchments which their exceedingly numerous, including in name had led me to expect, from their varieties often more than half which I am induced to believe that it the population of a city or a towo. is their policy to commence their re
There is a great family by the trenchments upon the inner man'first, name of PoverTYSTRUCK, who re- and upon the outward man' never, joice exceedingly in the good things if they can possibly avoid it. that are going on, sincerely regret
The Economy family are behind that they are unable to do any thing, none upon whom I call, in thrift and and give unequivocal assurance that respectability, and with one accord as soon as ever they are able they
intend to become subscribers somewill infallibly give bountifully. I where, to something good, as soon as would barely suggest whether it might they are fairly out of debt for land, not be well for these benevolent soci- and Capton crapes, and Merino eties seasonably to enlarge their treas- shawls, and Leghorn hats. ury, for so numerous is this family,
There are two families somewhat that should they all happen at once numerous, of different names, but to make a rush with their offerings,
blood relations I believe. Their firm they might not have where to put when they do business in partnership, them. Do not imagine, sir, that all bears the title of SKINFLINT, NOTE. of this name live in log houses, or SHAVER, & Co. When I first enter thatched cottages; their exteroal ap
these families, I believe they rather pearance is often that of competence scowl than snuile; but no sooner do and wealth; while cottages of forbid my silver accents have time to descend ding aspect, I have entered, often ex- through the ear to their heart, than pecting to find them inhabited by one from the association, I conclude beof this family, but to my astonish-tween silver sounds and silver money, ment, found them occupied by branch
their features relax into a full-laced es of the LIBERALITY family,--a fam- smile. One of the firm above pamed, ily numerous and powerful in the first took me aside at a certain time, to days of New-England, threatened his iron chest.
bis iron chest. “There,' said he.