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the soul, agreeably to the Divine promise, | a victory over sin, through the obedience of renews and conforms the person to the holy our Lord Jesus Christ. The end proposed will of God. Then the enmity to the Divine by all the Redeemer did and suffered was law is slain,—the works of Satan are remem- man's redemption from Satan's bondage. bered and beheld with godly sorrow and This deliverance, however, is not yet visibly sincere abhorrence, and the works of God complete. It is finished by the work of are enjoyed and delighted in. Through the Christ, and in the designs of infinite wisdom energetic operation of the Holy Spirit inclin- and love ; but it will only be known by us ing him to will and to do according to the as finished and discovered in its fulness, Divine pleasure, the renewed person works when, at the last great day, Christ shall be out his own salvation. Taught effectually revealed from heaven. Then the mystery of by Divine grace to deny all ungodliness and iniquity, which is now permitted to operate, every worldly lust, he aims to live righte- will be taken out of the way, and that wicked ously and soberly and godiy in this present one, with all his servants, shall be consumed world. He then tastes the wormwood and with the spirit of Christ's mouth, and be dethe gall of sin, and his soul loathes both its stroyed with the brightness of his coming. remembrance and indulgence. He longs to Then, according to the Revelation of St. be holy, as God is holy. With watchfulness John, “the great dragon shall be cast out, and prayer, constant diligence, and humble that old serpent, called the devil and Satan, dependence upon Divine sufficiency, he op- which deceiveth the whole world; and in poses the working of corruption and tempta- heaven shall be heard a loud voice, saying, tion of Satan. In this way he proceeds from Now is come salvation and strength, and the strength to strength - from conquering to kingdom of our God, and the power of his conquer; until, through the Saviour, he is Christ.” Then shall victory be the universal brought off more than conqueror, and Satan shout, and thanksgiving be ascribed unto is bruised under his feet. In general this God, who gave it through Christ. And victory is a gradual work, effected by the what a glorious season will this be! how dedissolution of one link after another, until voutly now to be wished for, and how prothe whole chain of sin is broken in pieces, ductive of everlasting joy when it arrives ! and Satan's works destroyed; and all our Oh, may each one of us share in the glories success arises from the efficacy of the blood, of this conquest, receive the crown of rightrighteousness, and grace of Christ. It is his
eousness, and reign with Christ for ever. atonement which purifies the conscience from 1. Can we then, brethren, here forbear to sin's defiling influence; it is his grace which reflect upon his awful state who is still emsubdues the heart to the obedience of him- ployed in Satan's service, and, under his self; it is his Holy Spirit who causes the tyranny, performing his works ! Pride and soul to delight in the Divine commands, and ignorance may be offended with the degradperfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. ing idea this reflection conveys. Affected
III. That this destruction of the works of with notions of human dignity and virtue, Satan was the design of Christ's manifesta- man opposes the representation of his natural tion, appears from the express testimony of condition, and disclaims the stated influence Scripture.
of Satan over him. Could this scriptural Not only is it asserted in the text, but in charge be as easily disproved as denied, it various other passages of Scripture, a few of would indeed be well; but God knows us which I will adduce. The first is that con- better than we know ourselves; and expesolatory promise made to Adam and Eve im- rience (that faithful witness) declares man mediately after their fall : “ The seed of to be exactly what a God of truth reprethe woman shall bruise the serpent's head.” sents him. Not only does the Divine word Another may be obtained from the epistle testify, that in his natural state he serves to the Hebrews (ii. 14): “ Forasmuch as the Satan, is conformed to his image, and imichildren were partakers of flesh and blood, tates his example,but his own conscience, he also himself took part of the same; that his conversation, his life, may be appealed to through death he might destroy him that had for those evil dispositions, words, and acthe power of death, that is, the devil; and tions, which prove his natural likeness to deliver them who through fear of death the prince of darkness. “ We ourselves," were all their life-time subject to bondage." says St. Paul (speaking of believers, who The same truth is in a different manner de- were translated from the kingdom of Satan livered by St. Paul, in his epistle to the Ro- into the kingdom of God's dear Son), like mans : “ The God of peace shall bruise Satan the rest of mankind, were sometimes foolunder your feet shortly” (Rom. xvi. 20). ish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers The same point is also established by all lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, those Scriptures which promise holiness, or hateful, and hating one another."
then, can claim exemption from this natural | asunder, and they shall behold his glory, depravity ? 'Tis useless to deny it, 'tis bear his image in perfection, and enjoy his wisdom to acknowledge, and seek deliver- beatific presence for ever.
Happy indeed ance.
While in a state of disobedience, man are ye, O Christians, who are working the is under the influence of Satan, who worketh works of God! Contemplate your end; a in such. While neglecting Christ, he is little while longer, and He that cometh will blinded by the god of this world ; while re- come, and his reward shall be with him. jecting the truth, he is in the snare of the Until then, wait in patience, and faith, and devil, taken captive by him at his will ; while expectation," looking for that blessed hope committing sin with the bent of his inclina- and glorious appearing of the great God and tion and the affections of his heart, he is of our Saviour Jesus Christ ;" and " be ye the devil, and his child ;--and while he con- stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in tinues in this awful state of alienation from the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know God, and enmity to his will, he is exposed to that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." that tremendous doom which will be inflicted And, brethren, consider — upon Satan and his angels. They, brethren, 3. What gratitude and praise are due to are reserved in everlasting chains, under the Redeemer, who has bruised the serpent's darkness, unto the judgment of the great head, and has undertaken fully to save his day; and whosoever shall be found at that people from his tyranny. How should your season with Satan's mark-a polluted heart, supreme affection and devout reverence be a mind of enmity, a darkened understanding, directed to him who hath thus loved you ; a rebellious will— must hear and experience who for your sakes submitted to misery and the full and dreadful power of that sentence, death ; who, that he might destroy that ty“ Depart, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, ranny which held you in captivity, endured prepared for the devil and his angels." But the cross; who, that he might effectually delet us turn from this awful subject ; and may liver you from the hand of all your spiritual God turn our hearts to know and enjoy enemies, lives to intercede for you, watches
2. The blessedness of those who are res- over you continually, and keeps you, by his cued from Satan's bondage, and brought into mighty power, through faith unto salvation. the liberty of the children of God. This is o, live in grateful dependence upon him, deour second observation. And how blessed voted to his service, concerned in all things indeed are such! Already are they passed to approve yourselves as his people, and from death unto life, delivered from aveng, adorn his holy religion. If your Saviour ing wrath, reconciled unto God, and freed was manifested, that he might destroy the from all condemnation, through that gracious works of the devil, take heed that you are Redeemer who made peace for us through watchful against Satan's devices. Remember his blood, who appeased the demands of Di- he bare your sins in his own body ; that you, vine justice by his sacrifice of himself, and being dead to sin, should live unto righteouswho died, the just for the unjust, to bring us In the hour of temptation draw nigh to God ;--already are they rescued from Sa- to him for strength, and he will surely draw tan's usurped dominion by the Lord Jesus nigh to you ; and you shall be more than Christ, who gave the death-wound to his conqueror, through him that hath loved you. empire, when he spoiled principalities and And be encouraged by the reflection, that powers, and made a show of them openly, the time approaches when every vestige of triumphing over them in his cross ;-already Satanic influence skall be done away, and are their affections raised to heaven, their Satan and his children be confined to their minds delivered from the darkness of con- own place, where alone any of his works will demning error, and their souls secured from be found. Well may the Christian exult in the reigning influence of sin, through Him contemplating the completion of this blessed who brought down heaven to their hearts, prospect, and, in the language of one of our revealed his grace within them, and caused most solemn services, pray, " Accomplish, the seed of holiness not only to be sown, but O Lord, the number of thine elect, and to remain in them ;-already hath the Sa- hasten thy kingdom.” viour made them partakers of a divine nature, and changed them into his image, by his Spirit ;-already do they rejoice in his salvation, and hunger and thirst after greater degrees of holiness; and soon shall they enjoy complete redemption. Their bodies, which must return to dust, shall be raised like unto his glorious body; the veil which conceals their God and Father shall be rent
of crime so sure, so safe, and so speedy, as the promoDelivered at the laying of the first stone of Trinity Church
tion of the knowledge of pure and undefiled religion. in the Parish of St. Bride's, Oct. 3d, 1837,
While, however, my lord, no exception can be taken
to the general application of these principles, an By the Rev. Tuomas Dale, M.A.
objection may, perhaps, be brought against this indil'icar.
It may be said-it has been said—that My Lord Mayor, Ladies, and Gentlemen,—The solem
within the limits of your lordship's jurisdiction, the nity which has this day been honoured with your pre
places of worship are already more in number than the sence, and in which your lordship has taken so pro
necessities of the inhabitants require ; that those
around me of the hundreds and the thousands who minent a part, must be, both in its character and in its
cannot be accommodated in their own parochial ediconsequences, an object of the deepest interest to every pious and reflecting mind. On this spot it is designed
fices have only to go to a distance to some of those to rear an edifice, in which eleven hundred souls will
sanctuaries in a comparatively deserted neighbourhood,
which exhibit what has been termed “a beggarly be enabled to unite in prayer, according to the forms of our scriptural and apostolic Church ; in which
account of empty pews.” But, my lord, those who eleven hundred souls will be enabled to hear the
argue thus can know little of human nature, and preaching of that Gospel which alone bringeth salva
still less of the principles of the Church of England. tion. The consequences of such a ministry, and of
We hold, my lord, that he who is put in trust with such united prayer, can only be completely deve
souls, is the minister, not of a congregation, but of a loped by one who should lift up the veil of death, and
parish ; and if, from circumstances pe ar to great
commercial cities, it is impracticable to pervade, with penetrate the secrets of eternity. To do this is not for such as we; but we may at least look on that which is
his week-day ministrations, the whole of his appointed immediate and palpable; we may contemplate the
field of labour, still, my lord, I say (and I think I may practical results which may be expected by this great appeal to many here around for proof of what I assert), city from an undertaking like that in which we are
that the parochial minister is at all times, in the hour now engaged ; and in them alone I am persuaded will
of sickness and distress, the friend and adviser of be found sufficient proof, that you, my lord, appearing whatever may have been the conduct of that man, and
every parishioner who shall require his good offices, among us in your magisterial character, and for such
whatever may be his creed. In proof of this, I have a purpose, have only thrown additional lustre on the dignity of your high office, and gratified what I am only to state, what must be a startling and striking, no
less than a lamentable fact, that in the cases of sicksure is the wish nearest to your heart-the promotion of the best interests of your fellow-citizens.
ness which it has been my lot to visit, more than oneI need not, my lord, remind you, I need not, I am
half have been persons who were never accustomed
to attend the worship of God in any Christian sanctuary sure, remind this company,—that Christianity, as taught
whatsoever. by the Church established in these realms is eminently a SOCIAL benefit. I need not remind you, that by
The principle of the Church of England, my lord, is enforcing the sanctions, it supersedes the penalties of
this :--that every parishioner should have a right in law; that it establishes social order on the broad and
his own parochial minister; and surely it is equally sure basis of religious principle; that it tempers those
her principle, that every parishioner should have a inequalities of condition which, for wise purposes, are
right in his own parochial edifice. And they, my lord,
know little of human nature who do not feel, that when permitted to exist among mankind, by precepts of mutual forbearance and benevolence ; and that it
the flame of true religion has been kindled in the places loyalty to the appointed sovereign, and obedi
heart, it requires to be nursed by careful superintendence to all constituted authorities, on the high vantage
ence, and by frequent visitation ; and consequently,
those who have been thus awakened to a sense of ground of primary obligation to God. little need
their best interests, cannot be expected to go to a I remind you of the beneficial influence which it exer
distant church, where they no longer hear the familiar cises over families; how it awakens the vigilance of the parent, and calls forth the duty of the child; how it
voice of one whom they know to be their friend. knits together the offspring of the same parents, in a
Still less can it be expected of the free-born Englishtie of friendship more close by far than that of brother
man, that he should go and seek that accommodation hood; and how, in neighbourhoods where families who
as a stranger, or as an intruder, which his country,
his country, that ought to be the spiritual mother of all act upon such principles are located, those who dwell
her children—which his country has provided for him, around them may read a living and perpetual homily in the example which they display of all that is pure,
or should have provided for him, in a local habitation honest, just, lovely, and of good report. Never has it
and a parochial home.
I could indeed, my lord, did time permit, bring been affirmed, my lord, that the churchman, whose profession should coincide with his practice, and who
before you, and before this company, statistical details should embody in his daily conduct the spirit of his
which would prove to demonstration the necessity
of another church in this populous neighbourhood. weekly prayers, would be-could be, other than a good neighbour, a good subject, a good citizen, and a good
These, however, I shall reserve for another place, and It is well known that the very proximity of a church approaching honourable retirement from official toils, acts as a check upon open vice and immorality. How that part of your professional duty on which you will much more, then, the purposes for which a church is not reflect with the least satisfaction is that which used? They who shall be drawn by degrees to mingle you have now so kindly come hither to perform; for in the sacred services of this place will obviously be * the work is great; the palace is not for man, but drawn away from those pursuits, and from those asso. for the Lord God." ciations, the tendency of which is to convert our The site for the church having been thus happily choicest blessings into a curse, and to make the very obtained, the necessary funds have been supplied from Sabbath an opportunity of sin. For I am sure, my
for another occasion. Let it suffice now to state, that man. In coming hither, therefore, for the purpose which
when the “ church-going bell" shall echo for the first has obtained for us the honour of your presence on
time in yonder rising tower, there will be (if the state this occasion, your lordship has been performing the
of the neighbourhood continues what it now is), there
will be within sound of that bell, at least two thousand highest and the most pleasing duty of a Christian magistrate. For it will not be denied, that the pre
souls--two thousand immortal souls, - men, women, vention of crime is far preferable to the infliction of
and children, who are dwelling in utter estrangement
from the ordinances of public worship, and, I fear it penalty; and that there is no path to the prevention
may too often be said, with as little sense of the re• The above Address forms part of the Appendix to two Ser- straints of Christian morality and piety, as though mons, preached by Mr. Dale, in aid of the Trinity Church en. they had been born in some remote and barbaric clime, dowment fund. Svo, Richardson, 1837. We are anxious to direct the notice of our readers to these Sermons in the home high hath never dawned. Is it wonderful, then, my
in which the pure light of the day-spring from on that the perusal may induce many of them seriously to reflect on the obligation which is laid on every member of the Esta- lord, that in such a vicinity practices should abound Mished Church, to promote, as far as is in his power, more ex- which the statesman would reprobate as injurious to tepsive church-accommodation throughout the land. The sermons are not applicable merely to the parish of St. Bride's, Flect society, no less than the Christian as detrimental to Street: they deserve a very wide circulation.
the interests of the soul ?
various resources, Her majesty's commissioners, as lord, I shall need no argument beyond your own ma- it has been already stated by your lordship, have degisterial experience, when I say that Sabbath-breaking voted one thousand pounds to the erection of this and intemperance are the two main-springs which church. The same sum has been obtained from thie supply that deep and black flood of vice and misery Metropolitan Church-Building Fund, so ably admiwhich rolls through this great metropolis, overflowing nistered under the advice of our venerated diocesan ; our hospitals, inundating our prisons, and gorging our in mentioning which, it is but right to state, that thus graves.
has been paid back to this your city TWO-FOLD the During the six days of his honest labour, my lord, contribution which was made for this holy purpose the man of the working classes--the operative, as he from its corporate funds. The remainder, my lord,is popularly termed—is employed as usefully to so- upwards of two thousand pounds, has been raised, ciety, ay, and as honourably too, as though, like your within a very small amount, by the voluntary subscriplordship, he bore the sword of justice, or led forth to tions of the parishioners and their friends ; among battle the armies of the state, or “ wielded at will the whom I am especially bound to commemorate the fate and fortunes of mighty empires.” But it is when worshipful Company of Cutlers, from whom we have the rest of the Sabbath brings with it the license for received a donation of one hundred pounds, the Right iniquity, that those seeds of bitterness are sown, by Honourable Lord Calthorpe, who has been a benefactor which, as they spring up into a harvest of crime and to the same amount, with all the corporate bodies curse, children are estranged from parents, and parents who occupy premises in the parish. Thus, my lord, alienated from children; the peace of families ruined; the funds have been raised to erect a temple to the the charities of kindred violated; the interests of the honour of God; and I am sure I shall but give uttercommunity betrayed ; the extreme penalty of the ance to the sentiments of all present, when I pray that violated law incurred ; and, last and worst, the soul's those who have so generously and so piously contri"eternal jewel" consigned beyond recall to the common buted, may be spared to behold the success of their own enemy of God and man.
good work ; and that, from the sight of immorality If, therefore, my lord, we can draw together in this repressed, virtue encouraged, religion extended, and place a congregation out of those who have hitherto (which will always be the consequence) happiness been living without hope and without God in the diffused, they may obtain an abundant recompense in world, then I would appeal to your lordship as a Chris- the conviction that their labour has not been in vain in tian man and a Christian magistrate,- I would appeal the Lord. to the goodly company here assembled, of whatever I shall now only detain you, my lord, to observe, elements it may be composed, --- whether we do not that under the peculiar circumstances of this church thus confer a benefit upon the state itself,—a benefit (the body of which being left entirely open, will which entitles us to the hearty and liberal co-operation be let partly in sittings at a nominal price, or remain of all those who have been taught, whether by expe- altogether free), a considerable period must necesrience or by observation, that the interests of true sarily elapse-if' ever that time shall arrive-before it religion are mixed up with the prosperity and the will provide a sufficient fund for the support of a resigreatness of the country; and that it is “righteousness dent minister. On this account it is considered that which exalteth a nation," while “ sin is a reproach to the good work will be incomplete, unless some proviany people."
sion is made for an endowment. Here, again, I reThat co-operation, my lord, -I acknowledge it joice to say, the appeal to Christian benevolence las with gratitude to God and man,-has in this case not been in vain. A benevolent person, altogether indeed been liberally given. Public companies and unconnected with the parish, and who will be known private individuals have vied with each other in con- only as “ A Friend to the Poor," has placed at my distributing to this good work. The part which your posal, for the purpose of the endowment, the munilordship has taken speaks for itself; for which, and ficent sum of two hundred pounds. One hundred and for the sentiments which you have expressed, --so con- fifty pounds are contributed by two members of the genial, I am persuaded, with the feelings of all around congregation, who are not parishioners indeed, but you, -I beg to tender you my best thanks, in the name who reside in two of those extra-parochial places which of the parish which I, as its minister, however inade- constitute the great anomaly of our ecclesiastical quately, represent; persuaded as I am that you will system. It is my pleasing duty also to announce to enjoy the best reward in the consciousness of having you, ladies and gentlemen, that our chief magistrate done or intended to do good. And, my lord, it is a (exhausted as his charitable fund may well be, by the source to me of peculiar satisfaction, connected as I many calls that are made upon him of a private and officially am, and have long been, with this great city, public character) has this day presented the endowthat, in acknowledging your lordship's kindness, it
ment fund with a donation of twenty-five pounds; an becomes my duty also to commemorate the most zeal- example which I announce thus publicly, because I ous and effective services of him who preceded your
am persuaded that it will not find applauders only, but lordship in the high and responsible office, and to whom imitators; and that the adoption of his example is the we owe it, that we are in possession of the very site on manner in which his lordship would be best pleased which this church is to be raised. He, my lord, who
that any should express their gratitude. obtained this splendid gift from the distinguished
We will not limit our call, however, to those who body* of which he is a member, was one of whom we are endowed with ample means. On the ensuing may now say, what in a short time many voices will Sabbath, at the doors, we shall be willing to receive acclaim concerning your lordship, that he reflected even the smallest offerings; for we know by experience, fresh honour on his important office by the manner in that the pittance of the orphan, and the mite of the which he discharged it; and to you, I will venture to widow, as they mingle with the silver and the gold, repeat the words once addressed to him, that in your
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and the City of London Gas Company.
carry with them the blessing of the Lord.
“ A man is
direct our attention to his character, his purposes, his
to judge the world in righteousness, and will appoint
From Discourses on the Parables of our Lord, by the
Rev. James Knight.
Forgiveness.—How great is the contrast between
that forgiveness to which we lay claim from God
towards us, and our temper towards others! God, we
expect, will forgive us great offences-offences many
times repeated; and will forgive them freely, liberally,
anger; and hardly any persuasion will induce us for a
HYMN ON THE EPIPHANY.
(For the Church of England Magazine.)
The astonish'd Magi from afar
Their precious off'rings bring,
To celebrate the Saviour's birth :
Good-will to men, and peace on earth,
The joyful angels sing.
God! arise and shine!
Gentiles, your Saviour bless;
The Lord of lords, the King of kings,
Descends with healing in his wings,
The Sun of righteousness !
The mighty Prince of peace!
A Child is born, a Son is given,
The everlasting One from heaven,
Whose reign shall never cease!
(For the Church of England Magazine.)
Thy goodness to adore,
From heaven, the eternal mercy-seat,
On us thy blessing pour,
An habitation meet for thee.
The blood in mercy shed,
With this immortal food from heav'n,
Lord, let our souls be fed ;
And as we round thy table kneel