Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

It has been endeavored, as far as possible, so to construct the notes, as that they may form one series with the text. Perhaps, however, the work may be read most agreeably and usefully, by first perusing the text of a Section through, and afterwards taking all the notes appended to it together. Those, however, who prefer small books to large, especially on theological subjects, may gratify their taste by confining their reading to the text alone : if this should sufficiently interest them to raise a further appetite, they can then, if they please, read the notes also. But the Author hopes that none will conclude, from a perusal of the text alone, that he has failed to establish his points ; since in the notes many objections are answered, and many subjects are investigated, without which the argument of the text must want its proper

light.

The greater part of the Author's direct controversy with the Rev. Mr Beaumont, is, however, properly thrown into the Appendix, because the work itself is formed upon a far more general plan than that of a mere answer to his publication. Indeed, in the Author's estimation, that gentleman's Anti Swedenborg" was scarcely of sufficient importance to deserve an answer; but he was not sorry to use the opportunity afforded by it for placing the subjects it brings forward in their just light before the view of the public.

[N. B. - In the present edition of this Appeal, the Appendix, and some of the notes have been omitted; this has been done, partly to reduce the size and price of the volume and partly because it was not thought necessary to republish in this country the more controversial parts of the work.]-PUB.

FOR SALE BY THE PUBLISHER, The following Works, by the Author of this Appeal:ON THE PLENARY INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES, I vol. 8vo. $2.95 ON THE TRUE OBJECT OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP,-a Tract, 10€. On REGENERATION AND GOOD WORKS,-a Tract, 10c. ON THE ATONEMENT,-a Tract, 10c.

Also, just published, a volume of TRActs, selected from the wri. tings of SWEDENBORG, and containing a BRIEF EXPOSITION OF THE DOCTRINES OF THE NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH, 12mo. price 62 1-2 cts. THE REFERENCES TO THE NOTES ARE MARKED BY AN (0)

iv

denborg's, descriptions of the invisible world, considered, 160.That Swedenborg's views of heaven are such as must render it in the highest degree attractive to the justly feeling mind, (n) 162. III. That, in order to the right understanding of Swedenborg's statements respecting the Appearances in the spiritual world, certain general truths are necessary to be known, 167. THE EXISTENCE OF THE MARRIAGE-UNION IN HEAVEN, AND OF

AN OPPOSITE CONNEXION IN HELL, (n). · · · 183 That the Scriptures represent the Lord Himself as one of the parties in a Marriage-nnion, and the Church as the other, (n) 185

SECTION VII. THE TRINITY, AS CENTERED IN THE PERSON OF THE LORD

Jesus CHRIST, . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 The New-Jerusalem doctrine of the Trinity takes all that is true in other systems separated from all that is false, and is such as, it might be expected, all would gladly accept, 203.-I. Solution of the objections arising out of the belief, that the Being who became incarnate was a Son of God born from eternity, 206.-II. Solution of the objections derived from the fact, that the Lord Jesus Christ, while in the world, sometimes spoke as if the Father were a Being separate from himself. That the reason was, because, so long as he was in the world, there was a part of his nature which was not divine ; but that it was glorified successfully, so that, at his ascension, all was divine, and one with the Father, 209

SECTION VIII. THE ATONEMENT AND MEDIATION OF Jesus Christ, .. 218

What the Atonement is, according to the Apostle Paul, 219.Scripture use and meaning of the word, (n) ib.-1. That the Sacrifices of the Mosaic law did not represent the punishment due to sin, but the hallowing of every affection and principle of the mind, thus of the whole man, to the Lord, 221.-II. That the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ did not consist in his suffering the punishment due to sinners, but in the hallowing of every principle or element of his Human Nature to the Godhead, till the whole became a living sacrifice, or thing fully consecrated and hallowed, by perfect union with the Divinity, 226.—That his sufferings, and finally the passion of the cross, were the means by which this sacrifice was offered, and thus by which we are delivered from hell and raised to heaven, 226, 227. That by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the enmity or contrariety between man and God was first abolished in his own person, and then in us also; and thus atonement is effected, 229.-III. That the Lord is called a Mediator in respect to his Humanity, because in this he has opened a new and living way of access to his Divinity, 230. This beautifully illustrated, and with it the Lord's oneness with the Father, by Dr. Watts, (u) 231.

SECTION IX. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235

Gross scandals advanced on this subject by Mr Beaumont, 235. That a life of righteousness, but not of Pharisaic righteousness, is, as taught in Mat. v. 19, 20, the way to heaven; and that this doctrine, in all its integrity and purity, is that of the New Church and of the writings of Swedenborg, 237.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

Allow me, with respect and affection, to address you, as men who assign their due value to serious things, on a subject of, as it appears to many, no inconsiderable importance.

The existence of a body of Christians who humbly trust that they belong to the New Church of the Lord, predicted in various parts of the Holy Scriptures and called, in the twenty first chapter of the Revelation, the New Jerusalem, has, for some time past, attracted a considerable degree of public attention. It is generally known that the Views of the Eternal World and State, and the Doctrines of Faith and Life, held by these persons, are those which are delivered, as deductions from the Word of God, in the Writings of the Hon. Emanuel Swedenborg ; who is by them regarded as a distinguished servant of the Lord, raised up for this work by as express an interference of Divine Providerice, as that by which a Luther was raised to effect the Reformation from the corruptions of the Church of Rome, or even as that by which a Paul or a John the Baptist was called forth to teach the great truths of Christianity itself, or to announce the first advent of its Divine Author. But while it has thus been known that: such a body of Christians exist, and that such is the origin of their views and doctrines, the greatest misapprehension in general prevails as to what those views and doctrines are, and the grounds on which they are embraced; for, unhappily, they have been heard of by

the public at large, only, for the most part, through the misrepresentations and perversions of adversaries and calumniators. We, who have embraced them, feel an entire but humble assurance, that, were they seen in their true colors, all the Reflecting, of all Denominations, would inmediately admit, that they are worthy at least of deep consideration and serious attention; and we are assured further, that, were such consideration and attention bestowed on them, numbers would rise from the investigation with a conviction of their truth. If they are true, to have just or erroneous conceptions of them cannot be a matter of indifference: permit then one of those who have not hesitated to stake their salvation upon their certainty, to address a serious Appeal to you in their behalf. Great activity has been used, through a great variety of channels, to possess your minds with totally false and extremely injurious conceptions respecting the illustrious Swedenborg and his writings: allow therefore, I intreat you, one who has maturely considered both, to disabuse you respecting them,—to disperse, by a fair statement, the clouds of misrepresentation in which the sentiments received by us have been involved,—and to bring to your acquaintance views of Divine Truth which appear to be at once elevated and well-founded; views which, we venture to assure you, challenge the strictest scrutiny of Reason, and come supported by the plainest testimony of Scripture. Yes, ye who prize the inestimable gift of Reason! permit me to say, that never was a more gross deception practised on mankind, than when it has been attempted, by idle tales and false imputations, to make you believe, that Reason, and what is commonly but improperly termed Swedenborgianism, are uncombineable terms. And to you, ye sincere lovers of the Scriptures! allow me to declare, that to persuade you that writings and doctrines like those we espouse, which place the truths of Scripture in their own genuine light, are at variance with the truths of Scripture, and th4t they originate in delusion, is to impose on you an extravagant delusion indeed.

Were I left to my own choice in regard to the form which this Appeal should assume, it would be different from that which I am compelled by circumstances to adopt. Having a rich store to select from of the most

« AnteriorContinuar »