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proof, that the necessity of a sacrifice for sin had been revealed, and that typical sacrifices had been divinely appointed; and it is probable that, in allusion to this, Christ is called “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev. xiii. 8.) Then, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,” to suffer and die for man; the types pointed to Him as the world's atonement; and the efficacy of his sacrifice was available to the salvation of all true believers. When the nations departed from the only living and true God, they had recourse to sacrifices in their idolatrous worship. But this was a corruption of revealed truth, and a profane imitation of the mediatorial plan, in the abominable worship of false gods. But let us draw nigh to the true God, through the atoning sacrifice of our blessed Redeemer. It is the old path, and it is open to all; for, through Christ, both Jews and Gentiles “have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” (Eph. ii. 18.) But sinners must draw nigh to God, through the atoning sacrifice of Christ, by true repentance; for this is the old path to the mercy seat, and there never was any other way to obtain grace and salvation. It is an undeniable fact, that all men have sinned, and on this ground repentance has always been necessary, as a term of salvation. A few reflections will convince us, that an impenitent sinner cannot be saved while he remains in that state. His heart is hardened through the deceitfulness of sin; he is in a state of rebellion against the King of kings; he has no desire to be saved; he uses no means of salvation; and he refuses all the gracious offers of God to pardon his sins and iniquities. If he live and die in this depraved state of mind, and Pero severe in this vile conduct, how can he be reconciled to God? Can we conceive that an open and avowed enemy, who hates his government and laws, can live and reign with him, either in the kingdom of his grace, or the kingdom of glory? The thing is utterly impossible. But genuine repentance prepares the soul for mercy and salvation. The penitent man is awakened and alarmed ; his spirit is deeply humbled under a sense of sin; he confesses his sins with a contrite heart; and endeavours to flee from all the fatal snares of sin. In the bitterness of his soul he cries to the Lord for mercy, knowing that if he die in his sins, he must perish for ever. All sinners who have obtained forgiveness, from the earliest ages of the world to the present time, have returned to God in this way; and there is not a glorified saint in heaven, who was not once a humble penitent on earth. ** Faith in the Redeemer and Saviour of the world, has always been necessary to salvation; and is the old path to righteousness here, and to eternal life hereafter. “By faith Abel obtained witness that he was righteous.” (Heb. xi. 4.) “Noah became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (Heb. xi. 7) “Abraham believed God, and it
was counted to him for righteousness.” (Rom. iv. 3.) And “to him
are fully prepared for all the joys and glories of the upper and better world.
Holiness of life, including every branch of practical religion, is an old path. When a tree is made good, its fruit is good; and when our hearts are purified, our lives are puré. Obedience is better than sacrifice. “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt-offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice: and to hearkeri than the fat of rams.” (1 Sam. xv. 22.) When God had respect unto Abel, and to his offering, Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell: then “the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 'If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted ? and if thou doest not well, sin ljeth at the door.” (Gen. iv. 6, 7.) The moral law required holiness of heart and life; the various washings and purifications enjoined by the ceremonial law were standing emblems of inward and outward purity; and all the commands of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ require holy living in all its beauty and perfection. If we examine our Lord's sermon on the mount, and the practical parts of the apostolical epistles, we shall see the absolute necessity of holy living. Men were always reb quired to be just and merciful, faithful and true, prudent and circumspect; and these great duties will continue in full force, and without variation, to the end of time. They promote our own happiness, the peace and prosperity of society, and the glory of God; and as God is unchangeably the same in his moral perfections, it is absurd to suppose that He will ever abolish 'any moral precept, under any dispensation either of providence or grace.
The public worship of Almighty God is one of those old paths which have been trodden by the pious of all ages : it commenced at an early date ; it has continued to the present day; and will continue to the end of the world. Cain and Abel went into the presence of the Lord with their offerings ; Noah built an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt-offerings upon the altar; and wherever the pious Patriarchs pitched their tents, they built altars to Jehovah. The Jews worshipped him in the tabernacle and in the temple ; and the primitive Christians i built many large and commodious places of worship. Those persons who neglect this service are out of the old paths, they do not honout God before men; nor can they hope, while they neglect this duty, ta join," the general assembly and church of the first-born which are written in heaven.". They are out of the pale of the church, and if, they live and die in this state, they cannot enter into the holiest place where God is adored by all the company of heaven. But let us who conscientiously attend the public worship of God, abide in the old path, that we may worship him in the beauty of holiness for erer and ever; o
These are the old paths” for which we should ask Christians of every name, who hold the Head, are united in their views of these ime portant subjects. They differ on other points of minor importance : - but all acknowledge that God cannot be approached without a Mediator; that sinners are required to repent and believe; that inward and outward holiness is necessary; and that God should be honoured by public acts of worship.
(To be concluded in our next.), en ...
on the altar of the real High Priest is pasith his blood ; but he
CHRISTIAN WORSHIP. I feel "The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world," hath bled upon the altar of the cross. “The Lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all.". The great High Priest is passed into the heavens. He has not only sprinkled the mercy-seat above with his blood ; but he stands before it, with the incense of his intercession. Without the shedding of that blood, there is no remission of sins. Without the intercession of that High Priest there is no acceptance with God. In the incense then, which we profess to offer ; in the supplications which we address to the throne of grace, do we draw nigh in any other manner than that which the Most High has appointed ? Is the fire, by which the prayer must be wafted up to heaven, inflamed at the altar of burnt sacrifices ? No man can come in supplication well-pleasing to the Father, except by Christ. How then do we come before the Lord ? Is it with “strange fire” in our censers; an unhallowed, unbidden, and unblessed influence operating upon our spirits in prayer? Instead of enkindling the ardour of prayer for mercy, by adoring gratitude for a crucified Saviour, are we "denying the Lord that bought us?” and neglecting to “ enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus ?" Do we, in short, present ourselves before the Lord in an unhumbled frame of mind, without feeling our demerit as transgressots? Do we make our suit to the insulted Majesty of heaven, regardless of the sacrifice and intercession of Christ? Then in vain do we worship Him. Nay, the worship is not merely ineffectual, it pours contempt and dishonour upon the plan of his salvation, and on the astonishing exercise of his love. It despises that compassion which, 'when no other scheme of mercy availed to deliver, interposed with the gift of his Son; constituted Him a victim to ątone, and a Priest to offer incense; invested him with every glory of mediatorial power; and made him “able to save to the uttermost all them that come unto God by him; see-, ing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." How it is possible, that they who neglect or refuse the mediation of Jesus Christ, in earth and heaven, on Calvary and before the throne, should be clear from the tremendous guilt of dishonouring Him who gave his Son as the only salvation for man, I cannot tell, and pretend not to imagine.-Buddicom.pl
THE WESLEYAN-METHODIST, (No. XXIV.)."
METHODISM IN SCARBOROUGH.
To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine... The first Methodist in Scarbo- ther in Christian fellowship had to rough, of whom any account can be "endure a great fight of afliction;" traced, was a pious female of the every one thinking, that by opposing name of Bozman, who regularly the Methodists, he was supporting went to meet in Class at Robin the religion of the country." Hood's Bay, a distance of fourteen Hitherto their persecutors had miles, along one of the most unplea- chiesly consisted of the lowest classes sant roads in the kingdom. Like of the people; but as their mumher lowly Master, she frequently bers continued to increase, some of took her pious journeys on an ass; the leading persons in the town deand was often ridiculed by the spec. termined to treat these praying peotators. In the year 1756, the late ple as disturbers of the peace, and Mr. Thomas Brown came to Scar- engaged the Captain of the Pressborough froin Sunderland, where he gang (whose men had often disturbed had been a member of the Methodist the Methodists in their meetings) to Society and a Local Preacher for apprehend the principal members of several years. He felt the loss of the Society, and send them to rethose spiritual helps which he de- cruit his Majesty's navy; and Mr. rived from Christian communion, Brown, Mr. Cousins, Mr. and which he had so long enjoyed at 'and Mr. Hague, who is now living, Sunderland ; whilst his pious soul were all sept on board the tender, was daily grieved to witness the then lying in the roads to receive prevalence of open wickedness, pressed inen, and were to have sailed and no exertions made to arrest its the next day. But He wlio sitteth course. The Methodists were at in the heavens caused a strong wind that time unknown in Scarborough ; from the south-east to blow for se. ‘only such a sect had been heard of, veral days, which baffled the intenas existing at a distance, and as being tion of their enemies, and afforded every where spoken against. Mr. their friends time to interfere for Brown determined to follow the first their release. While on board they openings of divine providence, and were exposed to the rudest insult; to attempt to render himself useful but they had learned of Him who to the souls of perishing sinners, by has said, “Love your enemies; bless whom he was surrounded; and in a them that curse you ; do good to short time he succeeded in procuring them that hate you; and pray for a room in Whitehead's Lane, near them which despitefully use you, the present Bethel-Chapel, where and persecute you." While these he held meetings for prayer, and sufferers for righteousness' 'sake preached occasionally ; and the Lord were musing on the best means of gave his blessing to the means used, effecting their release, it was sug. so that in a short time several were gested to Mr. Brown's mind, to write brought to experience the saving to General Lambton, then Member power of diyine grace. Of these he of Parlia,pent for the city of Durham, formed the first Methodist Society of which Mr. Brown was a free. in Scarborough. In the year 1760, man. He stated to the General, the they were joined by the late Mr. circumstances in which himself and George Cousins, of London, who his companions were placed ; when had been brought to an acquaintance with that promptitude which formed with religion, under the ministry of a prominent feature in the General's the late Rev. Dr. Conyers. At this character, he laid their case before time the few that were united toge--the proper authorities, and an order