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God has been much displayed by the friends of the Lord Jesus; and that, glasses of the astronomers. But if Moses whilst he has not spared error, his and the telescope were at issue, I would

love to those in error is not abated. trample on the glasses of the philosophers.

Nothing (he says) but the convicI have more evidence that the Scriptures are the word of God, than can ever be

" tion, that I am pleading the cause produced for the truth even of the New- of God and truth, could console tonian system. This I say, not from any me in opposing so many disopinion of interference, for I am per

tinguished writers on the nature suaded there is none. The Scriptures are

“ of the inspiration of the Holy not pledged for or against this system. But the usual way of speaking on this suh- Scriptures. ject, discovers too little respect for the We had nearly omitted to menword of God, and too much deference for tion, that Mr. Haldane adds an the authority of philosophy.” Pp. 33, 38.

Appendix to his Treatise, containing

extracts from eminent writers; con“ Nothing can be more unfounded than the train of consequences which the author curring in the view he has taken. draws from the supposition of the Scrip- We have only further to add, that tures being written by man through an in- we recommend to our Readers the spiration which should have suspended all perusal of these works themselves ; the operations of the writer's mind. “This,'

from the examination of which we he says, 'must have spread an uniformity ' and sameness over the whole surface of rise with our own minds decidedly

Scripture ; must have expunged all strengthened, and with a feeling of "the varieties of style, diversities of nar- increased reverence for and sub

rative, and selection of topics—must mission to every word in the Bible. . have impressed one and the same phra

By way of a short practical applicaseology, and turn of expression upon all • the sacred books in the same language.'

tion to the whole, we finally sub519. There is not a must in any one of join the following from Mr. Halthese particulars. Had God declined the

Had God declined the dane, page 156 :instrumentality of man altogether in the writing of the Scriptures, would he not Every christian should remember, still have written in the language and style that the view which he takes of the inof man? Such writers seem strangely to spiration of the Scriptures, is to him of take it for granted, that if God had com- the greatest practical importance. With municated the Scriptures without man, he what a different feeling niust that man would not have used the language of man. read the Bible, who believes, that it is a In their odd suppositions, they sometimes book which partly treats of common and speak of the language of angels, as if that civil affairs,' and partly of things rewould be a revelation to man. I

suppose ligious ;' which is partly the production the Ten Commandments are as intelligible of men, (who were sometimes directed as any part of the Scriptures, yet they in

one way,

sometimes in another, were written by the finger of God, without and who sometimes were not directed at any instrumentality of man. This then all,) and partly the production of God; puts it beyond speculation, what the and that it contains certain things unScriptures would have been, even had worthy of being considered as a part of there been no human instrumentality in divine revelation : from the feeling of the them." P. 48.

christian, who reads that sacred book under the solemn conviction, that its con

tents are wholly religious, and that every In the preceding extracts we have

word of it is dictated by God! In read. taken the liberty so far to garble our ing these words, Proverbs, iii, 2, 'My Author, as to omit expressions which son, despise not the chastening of the seem to reflect personally on Mr. Lord, neither be weary of his correction' Wilson, without adding strength to

-how differently must he be affected, who

reads them as addressed to him merely by the arguments. In the conclusion

Solomon ; from the man who views them Mr. Carson declares the pain it has

as addressed to him by his heavenly given him to contend with the real

Father, according to Hebrews, xii, 5!

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Paul, in that Epistle, in making various is to diminish our reverence for the Bible, quotations from the Old Testament, refers and to exclude as much as possible the to them expressly as the words of the operation of the spirit of God in its comHoly Ghost. As far as distinctions in position." inspiration are admitted, their tendency

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THE CORONATION

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2 Kings, xi, 12. And he brought phet, a priest, or a king—was a type forth the king's son, and put the in those respective offices of Mescrown upon him, and gave him the siah : and not only the king, but the testimony ; and they made him high priest also wore a crown upon king, and anointed him; and they his mitre,a in order to shadow forth clapped their hands and said, God that union of the priesthood with save the king.

the kingly office, which shall pre

sently be exhibited in our great This is the first regular account Melchisedec : of whom it is said, which we have in Scripture of a and he shall be a priest upon his coronation ; although, from

although, from the throne.”b And the circumstance of manner in which the ceremony is the king having the crown placed introduced and related, it is evident upon his head by the hands of the that it had been already customary chief priest, (even as it is among among the Jews.

There is indeed us,) was further intended to remind some account of Saul being made him, as I apprehend, that he could king, and also of Solomon ; and we have no power except it were given have the hurried proceeding de- him from above; and that he was scribed, which took place when consequently responsible for the Jehu was proclaimed.* But brief exercise of that power to a greater as are the particulars contained in King. the text, it is nevertheless more 2. The next thing mentioned is, explicit than any of the previous that the priest gave him the Testinarratives. I shall therefore pro- mony, or Book of God's Law. This ceed to notice it.

was conformable to the precept pre1. The crown was placed upon the viously given to them by Moses, as head as an emblem of honor and described in Deut. xvii, 18—20. sovereignty. Every anointed per- “ And it shall be when he (the king son--whether anointed to be a pro- whom they might choose) sitteth

* It is remarkable that all these transactions, including that adverted to in the text, took place under circumstances of great excitement or hurry. See 1 Sam. x, 24, 25; 1 Kings i, 38—40; 2 Kings ix, 13.

a Exodus xxix, 6.

b Zech, vi, 13.

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upon the throne of his kingdom, his being set apart and ordained of ' that he shall write him a copy of God, a prophet, priest, and king :

this law in a book, out of that and hence the abhorrence so fre· which is before the priests the Le- quently expressed at the thought of vites; and it shall be with him, violence being offered to the and he shall read therein all the Lord's anointed.” days of his life; that he may learn 4. After this important part of ' to fear the Lord his God, to keep the ceremony, those who stood all the words of this law and these round about the king gave a testi

statutes to do them; that his heart mony of their joy, and put up an 'be not lifted up above his brethren, ejaculatory prayer to God for him : and that he turn not aside from the i. e.

i. e. “ They clapped their hands and commandment to the right hand said, God save the king." or to the left; to the end that he Such was the ceremony in those may prolong his days in his king days; and it is, I believe, in sub• dom, he and his children, in the stance observed at the coronation of midst of Israel." The handing

our own kings. I understand that, over the testimony to the King, was according to our laws, the ceremony therefore doubtless intended to re- is not considered essential, as needful mind him of his obligation to pro- to establish the authority of a king; mote the cause of religion, and to

and there are some who consequently govern his subjects according to its think it might as well be dispensed laws.

with altogether : in my own hum3. After this acknowledgement on ble opinion however such a conthe part of the king, then, in the clusion appears inconsiderate. I order of the text, the people ac- speak not of the tinsel and paradeknowledged him ; that is to say, of what may be called the trappings

they made him king, and anointed of the ceremony : I speak of it as a him.” The oil used upon these oc- religious ordinance; in which view casions was typical of the Holy Spi- it certainly appears to

me both rit; and at the ordination of pro- scriptural and useful. It serves to phets, priests, and kings, was poured remind the king, "whose minister upon the head. It was in a limited he is :”-it serves to remind the sense a sacrament : for it was an subject, whose authority the outward and visible sign of an in- king hath.” Every circumstance ward and spiritual grace; and a

which may tend to bring to the pledge on the part of God, that, if recollection, whether of sovereign approached with faith, he would or people, their mutual dependcommunicate the gifts necessary for upon God, must be imthe discharge of the high functions portant. I cannot therefore but connected with the respective offices. consider the coronation as a means It signified likewise, that the person of grace ; and, like any other anointed was consecrated, or set a- means, it would be improper to part in a solemn manner, for his of- neglect it, and must be productive fice; and that his authority was to of a blessing if seriously and debe esteemed sacred among the peo- voutly exercised. ple. Thus it is prophetically said II. I now wish to draw your atof Christ, “ With my holy oil have tention to a coronation, which to a I anointed him ;'c in reference to believing christian must be of more

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c Psalm lxxxix, 20.

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importance than the coronation of joyed-greater far than that of his earthly king ! Perhaps some

William the Fourth ! now before me may have pictured And, what is more, it will be a in their imagination the proceedings lasting dignity.

We have mans of this week in London. They may proofs in the history of the world, have fancied, that they beheld our and even in the history of this coungracious Sovereign surrounded by try, that human glory is perishable all the pomp and pageantry of state, and uncertain. The same voices and greeted with the shouts and ac- which have shouted, “Long live the clamations of his people; and whilst king,' on one day, have been forethey followed him, in their mind's most to cry, 'Away with him,' on eye, from the temple to the banquet, another : and thrones and empires, they may have secretly wished, which have appeared firmly estab

0, that I were a king !' My lished, have either been swept viobrethren, do but wait with patience lently away, or have tumbled and for a little while, and, if you are

mouldered in the dust. But not so really in Christ, you shall be kings ! the dignity which is offered to us. It is written of them who are washed The throne on which the faithful in his blood, that they also are made shall sit, is for ever and ever ;'i

kings and priests unto God.”d In the crown which they shall receive one part of Scripture there is pro- is “incorruptible;" j—their kingdom mised to them “a crown of life;"e in is “ everlasting;" kand the weight another part, a crown of glory;"

of their glory

“ eternal !”1 Their and Jesus himself is the High Priest, title, likewise, shall be undisputed. after the order of Melchisedec, who As a champion rides forth on the shall place it on the heads of all day of coronation and bids defiance them that love his appearing. Yea, to all who may attempt to oppose the saints are to sit on the throne the claims of the king of England; with Jesus himself! 8 and, as re- so there will be a champion stand spects power, they are to have cities up for the sons and daughters of to rule and judge over, in proportion God,—the

God, -the same who sitteth on to their faithfulness here ; they are to the white horse, who is called inherit the earth, and to reign over faithful and true, mand he will the nations with a rod of iron. h

cry, Who will lay any thing to the These are not idle words : no, charge of God's elect?”n Of the they are the words of soberness banquet, which will be prepared for and truth :'--they are exceeding the sons of God, I shall say nogreat and precious promises ; and thing. Let it suffice, that it is “ the not one jot or tittle of them, shall marriage supper of the Lamb ;but fall to the ground. They may as- so far above our present faculties or tound such as want faith ;-yea, experience to comprehend, that they are calculated to astonish those Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, who have faith: for it is indeed neither have entered into the marvellous to consider, that even “ heart of man, the things which the meanest of my hearers, the poor- God hath prepared for them that est, the most neglected and despised, love him." 1 Cor. ii, 9. may be raised to to a dignity higher III. Perhaps some may now be than human being has ever yet en

anxious to inquire, how they may

d Rev. i, 16. e Jas. i, 12; Rev. ii, 10; 1 Pet. v, 4. f 2 Tim. iv, 8. g Rev. iii,

1 Matt. v, 5 ; Rev. ii, 27. i Psalm xlv, 6. j I Cor. ix, 25. k Dan. vii, 27. 1 2 Cor. iv, 17. m Rev. xix, 11. n Rom. viii, 33.

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