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profound research, necessary to The substitution of INTO the accomplish the designs of him unity, for, in the unity, he who could raise up a company thought, would be fully justiof poor and illiterate fishermen, fied by an examination of the to lay the foundation of his text, or by a reference to its kingdom, and evangelize the marginal reading. world. Consider this, my He observed, that the apostle friends, and be not discouraged. was admonishing the Ephesians by a sense of your weakness, to union, by various reasons, your unworthiness, or your some of them, on account of fears. Call up to recollection, their oneness, bear directly on also, instances of marked suc- the point, and those, which are cess; and surely there are few in themselves diversified, have, that bear the Christian name, in their design and operations, that have not seen, or heard, or the same tendency. read, of numberless instances, Our Lord having, by his inwhere the meanest and most carnation, labours, and death, unlikely means have been pro- laid the foundation of his kingductive of the most important dom, received in his exaltation, ends; while increasing wonder gifts for men, and to maintain, will, doubtless, be excited in extend, and perfect his empire, the celestial world, by the re- he gave, first, extraordinary, and cital of the various ways in then ordinary ministers, and which our God is pleased to these will be continued as bring his wandering sheep with workers together with him in in his fold. Consider, lastly, the ingathering and edification the promises of scripture : of the church,“ till we all « Whosoever," saith our divine come into the unity of the and compassionate Redeemer, faith.” « shall give a cup of cold water
He considered the whole to a disciple in my name, shall verse as an amplification of the in no wise lose his reward;" subject contained in his text; and, “whoso,” says the apostle and proposed to shew what it James, by the inspiration of the is to come into the unity of the same gracious Saviour, “ shall faith ;" who will arrive at this convert a sinner from the error state; and to fix on the period of his ways, shall save a soul when it will be accomplished. from death, and hide a multi- In shewing what it is to “come tude of sins.
E. D. into the unity of the faith,” he
observed, that by the faith he OUTLINES
understood the word or system
of faith/" the faith once deli, MR. BIRTS
vered to the saints.” It sup. MISSIONARY SERMON,
poses a previous commencement Delivered at Zion Chapel, in June last and progression; coming into
its unity is the consummation. Mr. Birt took his text from This led bim to speak of the Eph, iv. 13. “Till we all come perfection of the faith, its as into the unity of the faith." daptation to men, and its rela
tion to the Saviour, as the high | supposes the full accomplish and complete standard to which ment of its many great and God will raise his people; the precious promises, so that our form of doctrine, a mould, into persons and circumstances shall which the disciples are all de- be a complete illustration of livered, and from which, the divine promise. Then we shall whole church will receive the come to “ the measure of the full impression and likeness of stature of the fulness of Christ." the Son of God.
We shall be conformed to the As the faith is a system of image of the Son of God ;” and knowledge, coming into its the church will evidently be“ the unity, supposes a perfect agree-fulness of him that filleth all in ment between our ideas and its all.” truth and doctrines. “ Now we Having compared this state see through a glass darkly, but of blessedness with the glories then face to face. Now we of the world, he proceeded to know in part; but then shall point out the persons who will we know even as also we are arrive at this consummation. known.” We shall then come We are directed to them by the into the unity of the knowledge word of God, in a great variety of the Son of God, for we shall of particulars, but all of them see him as he is.
in relation to the faith. They As the faith possesses a dis- are partakers of the grace retinct and peculiar spirit, to vealed in it. They have known, come into its unity, it will be received, trusted, obeyed, and necessary for our dispositions loved the faith. They have to be in perfect conformity to been interested in its
cause, the spirit exemplified and incul- fought its battles, experienced cated in the gospel--for the its gracious supports, and exsame mind to be in us which pected its high rewards. All was in Christ Jesus—to be these will come together into its come perfect men.
unity, though here they have The faith being an exhibition been separated by the ages of of the will of God, to come time, by seas and continents, by into its unity supposes such a different languages and manners, supreme respect for his autho by various imperfections, sects, rity, and perfect compliance and parties. In the present with his commands, as to render state, they have all had a comour conduct an exact counter- mon relation and sympathy of part of the divine prescriptions. spirit, in the faith; and, ulti* There shall be no more curse, mately, they shall, all of them, but the throne of God and the with inexpressible affection and Lamb shall be in it, and his ser-joy, meet in its unity. vants shall serve him.”.
In attending to the period The faith being a system of of this consummation, he obthe most supreme blessings, served, that there is not any combining all the best interests past time that has an appearof men with the highest glories ance of it: that we are not yet of God, to come into its unity arrived at it: that the latter day
glory does not promise it; and, lief, and conversion, are as es* that the present state of heaven sential to the system as gloridoes not contain it. This su- fication. On the tendency of preme blessedness is reserved the subject to excite mutual for the day of the resurrection, kindness, forbearance, and aswhen our
Lord Jesus shall sistance, whilst we are progresscome to be glorified in his ing in the faith, through the saints, and to be admired in all imperfections and trials of the them that believe. The patri- present state, and to teach us, archs will wait for their youngest with ardent desire, to be “lookbrethren in the faith; and, on ing for, and hastening to the com• that auspicious day, the whole ing of the day of God," when we and long-separated family shall shall “ all come into the unity meet their glorious Head, and of the faith, and of the knoweach other, and by him be intro-ledge of the Son of God, unto duced and welcomed “ into the a perfect man, unto the meaunity of the faith.” “ He shall sure of the stature of the fulsee of the travail of his soul,” ness of Christ.” and say to them, “ Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” BRIEF MEMOIR “ And so shall we be for ever with the Lord.”
E. W. HARLAND, The improvement was by observations, on the perfection, WHO WAS EXECUTED FOR FORGERY the immense value, and the
IN THE 'OLD BAILEY, vast importance of the word of July 27th, 1815. God: on the extent of our obligations to give all possible E. W. HARLAND, from a .countenance and energy to the child, had been accustomed to exertions which are now made read the scriptures, and sit unto translate, to disperse, and der an evangelical ministry. publish their blessed system of By these means he became acfaith: on the duty of ministers quainted with the leading truths to respect the perfection, the of the gospel, but never was a adaptation and sufficiency of member of any Christian church.
the faith; to preach it only and Before his apprehension, he fully; and on the great concern was not considered a renewed they should possess and manifest man. Unhappily for himself, to bring their hearers to it, to he possessed a proud, ambitious connect them with it, and to disposition, that induced him build them on it: on the fallacy to make appearances far above of expecting the end, but by his circumstances, by which he .the use of the means; and en- was involved in debt. From forced the great necessity and this state of embarrassment, he importance of an immediate was led to extricate himself by :commencement in the faith by criminal means; and thus was observing, that repentance, be verified the language of Solomon: “ Pride goeth before de- broken and a penitent heart.” struction, and a haughty' spirit This was spoken in so affecting before a fall.” Doubtless many a manner, as to excite a hope, recollect the late circulation that a divine impression was of fictitious notés, resembling made on his mind. During the those of the Bank of England; early part of his confinement, but, with this difference, instead his mental agony was indescrie of, “ I promise to pay the bearer bably great. Many portions of one pound,"it was “one penny.” holy writ which he had read; He first exercised his genius in many faithful sermons which he making a note like these. His had heard, with the remonnext attempt was to make a strances of his own conscience, one pound Bank of England rushed into his mind, and pronote, which he completely ef duced deep despondency,
As fected, and then proceeded to he had, formerly, so evidently make one of two pounds, and, turned a deaf ear to the voice afterwards, one of five pounds of the Lord, he was justly apThus we observe the progress prehensive that God, in his of sin; it is, generally, small in wrath, would say unto him, its beginnings, rapid · in - its “ Because I have called, and growth, but awful in its con- you have refused, you have set summation. When he had at nought all my council, and passed the notes, his mind was would none of my reproof: I filled with horror at his own also will laugh at your calamity," wicked and dangerous prac-&c. Prov. i. 24–31. In this tices; and he' resolved that he state of distressing fear, the case would never inake another; but of Manasseh afforded him a this resolution was overcome degree of hope. Manasseh, by the sinful propensity of his like himself, had received reliheart, and he persevered in gious instructions, but aftertransgression until his iniquity wards committed grievous sins, found him out. On the 1st of for which he was ultimately March, he was seized on suspi- bound in fetters; and, though cion of forgery. Immediately he had not previously sought afterwards, he requested a ma- the Lord, yet, even then, God gistrate to receive from him a was intreated of him. He full confession of his crimes, to also found encouragement from be sent to his prosecutors. 1 John, i. 7,'“ The blood of This disclosure relieved his Jesus Christ cleanseth us from mind from an intolerable bur-all sin.” When he was arraignden, and, from his apprehension ed at the bar, he was determined till his death, he never denied or not to aggravate his crime by concealed his guilt; nor did he falsehood, therefore he pleaded . offer the least extenuation of it, guilty; which prevented any but, on the contrary, aggravated trial, and he received judgment it to the utmost. To a friend, of death on his own confession. who saw him at the police of- In the cells of Newgate, he fice, he said, “Do pray for was regularly visited by several me, that God may give me a evangelical ministers, who al VOL. VII,
ways found him in a very serious creased in knowledge of divine frame of mind. In this state, things, and his hope of salvabe readily received the hum-țion was strengthened; but his bling, truths of the gospel, and hopes were generally mingled seemed deeply to lament the with fears, and, to the last hour depravity of his own heart of his life, he retained a jeaThe crime, for which he suf- lousy lest he should deceive fered, was not the only object himself, and come short of eter of his painful remembrance, nal happiness, but the whole of his conduct in During the five months of life appeared to pass in review, his imprisonment, his conduct and overwhelm his soul with was uniformly consistent; and grief. Hence he became as though he separated himself conspicuous for humility as he from those prisoners whose behad formerly been for ambition haviour was unbecoming their and pride. Though he fully awful situation, he used every believed the consolatory truths means of impressing upon the of the gospel, as applied to real minds of all, the absolute necespenitents, he retained a con- sity and vast importance of true stant fear that he was not of religion. : In one instance, at that number. When he was least, these endeavours were apreminded of the fulness and parently successful, and we hope freeness of redemption by Je- it will form an interesting article sus Christ; the nature of his in a future number. But he promises, and God's willing-felt the greatest interest in his pess, through him, to receive own relatives, whose eternal the chief of sinners, he shook welfare occupied his most serihis bead, and replied, “I know ous attention. His HADITUAL it is all true, but I cannot lay seriousness led him to reprove, bold of it; I want to feel an even the smiles of his fellowapplication of divine truths to prisoners. He was at no time my own mind." Pardon through the subject of great joy, but the precious blood of Christ, seemed almost afraid of receive and that salvation which is ing consolation, even from the wholly of Grace, were the only promises of God. On one ocgrounds of his hope, and he casion, when he felt his mind was earnestly, concerned to bear more supported than usual, he the Saviour's moral image. said: “ I am afraid I am too Feeling, as he did, the awful comfortable, and think my forprevalence and dreadful effects mer distress the best evidence of sin, he took a particular of grace.” He would also frey. pleasure in contemplating the quently say: “ It would ill be Lord Jesus as a complete Şa- come me, particularly me, to be viour, one who could save him seen triumphing : all I seek, and to the uttermost. Christ, and hope, is, to live and die a weepChrist alone, was the refuge of ing penitent at the foot of the his soul. By repeated conver- cross." sations on these important sub- We have reason to believe jectes his mind gradually in that, in his cell, much of his