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libility, and neglect the common means of moral But the doctrine of the particular providence of culture and improvement; and are thus steeled God is accused as enthusiastic, and we are said against the force of those reasonings which might to claim an immediate and peculiar protection of reduce us to a more sober habit of thought—that, the Deity. Undoubtedly we hold the Scriptural in short, we are actuated by a spirit of party which doctrine of an over-ruling Providence. We behas its own terms, insignia, and objects, distinct lieve that “God is about our path, and about our from those which necessarily accompany genuine bed, and spieth out all our ways"—that “the way Christianity.
of man is not in himself, that it is not in man that To these vague accusations it might be suffi- walketh to direct his steps"—that “the Lord orcient to reply generally, that every one of them dereth a good man's goings, and maketh his way rests on misapprehension or prejudice. No such acceptable to himseif”-that “not a sparrow fallthings are done. No such undue heat is excited. eth to the ground without our Father”-that “the No such claims are asserted. No such party is hairs of our head are all numbered—and that formed.
" his angels are ministering spirits, sent forth to The views of those ministers and private Chris- minister to them that are heirs of salvation.”tians, whom the author supposes to be attacked Undoubtedly we not only admit these encouragin these accusations, are precisely the same, as to ing truths, but believe, embrace, rely on them all substantial truths, with those taken by the under all the sorrows of life. Undoubtedly we Universal Church of Christ,—with those which endeavor to give full life and efficacy to them, Augustine vindicated in the fifth century, and the and bring them into the habitual tenor of the spirit noble army of Reformers in the sixteenth. Call and conduct. But then the whole Bible proceeds them by what name you please, they are the old on this doctrine of a particular providence. One verities of the Bible, and the foundation of the essential difference between Scripture history and Reformed churches. The utter fall and corrup- every other, is, that the history of Scripture retion of man by sin—his reasonable and accounta- presents the world as God's WORLD, to use Bishop ble nature—his impotency of himself to what is Butler's expression—where God is the author of spiritually good—the doctrine of the ever-blessed every thing, and all the hearts of men are conTrinity-the meritorious sacrifice of Jesus Christ trolled by Him according to his supreme pleasure. -the gracious operations of the Holy Ghost in The Bible lifts up the veil which shrouds human regenerating and sanctifying the heart—the duty affairs, and shows us God's hand at work where and necessity of real repentance-justification by we are accustomed to see only the conflict and faith only—the indispensable obligation of good confusion of human passions. The histories of works and of a life of prayer, watchfulness, and Abraham, of Jacob, of David, assign all events, separation from the evils of the world—the as- even the smallest, to the divine will : and the decription of our salvation entirely to the merciful votional and prophetical parts of the Old Testawill of God—the authority and sufficiency of Holy ment are comments on the historical in the same Scripture—the resurrection of the dead, and eter- view; whilst the New Testament, joins on upon nal judgment—these are the commanding features the Old, and exhibits the same providence as diof Christianity.
recting all the various and most minute occur. But the objection is not commonly urged against rences in the lives of our Lord and the Apostles. these doctrines thus largely stated, but to the ap The same providence overrules all things in plication of them, to the urgent manner in which every age or the promises of God to the church they are enforced, and the commanding influence have failed. We have not indeed now the in. they are required to have over the heart and con- spired comment on the designs of this providence, duct. This is only in other words to maintain, we have no miraculous directions of the Spirit in that for men to act fully on the great principles concurrence with it, we have no assurance of the of religion as those who solemnly believe them to results of each particular undertaking. And herebe true, and know they must be judged according in lies much of the distinction between Patriarchs to them at the last day, is an extravagant course and Apostles, and the ordinary Christian. The of conduct; a position which common sense and scrutiny of the Divine Providence is as minute the very first dictates of conscience may refute.-- and penetrating now as in former times; but in The doctrines of Christianity are not a specula- the INTERPRETATION of its purposes, we have no tion, but deep practical principles—they are to be longer an extraordinary guidance-nor do we felt as well as understood—and when they are claim any. We follow the rule of the moral law felt, they produce a corresponding effect on the of God, and the apparent duty resulting from the character-they place eternity full before the con- combination and comparison of all our circumscience—they lay man prostrate in penitent con- stances. We act under the direction of ordinary trition—they raise him with the hope of pardon Christian prudence in the choice of our measures. and salvation through a Redeemer-they require, We wait for the long event of things in order to inthey encourage, they produce new and holy views fer the will of God. We diligently notice all the and pursuits, pains and pleasures, fears and joys. numerous incidental points which concur to a lawTill they do this, they do nothing ; and that they ful end, in order to warrant even any probable may do this, the Holy Spirit sheds his grace like conclusion as to the divine
therein. dew upon the church, to soften, and fertilize, and But this is no more than to say, that the Chrisbless it. And the sincerity and ardor with which tian now lives in an ordinary period of the church. the ministers of religion press these truths on the Still the doctrine of a particular providence is not attention of mankind, is one of the chief means less his comfort and stay. He is not less sure which the Holy Spirit employs in his sacred ope that nothing escapes the vigilance, nothing eludes rations.
the power, nothing defeats the designs of his Al
mighty Father and Friend. He is not less per the holy Scriptures only. We have no other crisuaded that the great God sits, as a moral Go- terion, no other standard-—"To the law and to the vernor, on “ the circle of the heavens,” and ruleth testimony; if they speak not according to this by an ever wakeful providence all the affairs of rule, it is because they have no light in them.” men—that he stoops to the smallest and most in- Nor is it easy to divine from what mistake this considerable matters, as well as regulates and singular charge has arisen, unless it be from concomprehends the greatest—that he provides for founding the due use of the affections in subserthe growth of the lily, whilst he orders and mar- viency to holy, enlightened reason and faith, with shals the stars—that he guards the humblest in- the wild dominion of those affections when left dividual Christian as “the apple of an eye;" and without guidance or restraint—two things about at the same time stills, in his general and univer- as distinct as any that can be named in the comsal government “the noise of the seas, the noise pass of practical theology. Certainly we maintain of their waves, and the tumult of the people”- that the affections, that all the affections of the that to Him nothing is great, nothing is little-soul
, must be engaged in religion, as well as the that all space is one undivided POINT, and all time, understanding and will. We maintain that we one eternal now.
are to love God as well as obey him; and in order In contemplating this stupendous agency of the that we may obey him, we maintain that the inDivine hand, we have only to avoid the dangers finite benefits of Christ warrant, demand, excite, before alluded to. The infirmity of man may enkindle correspondent acts of acknowledgment, mistake or abuse the purest truths. We must gratitude, love; we maintain that religion is a check every appearance of presumption. We spiritual thing, the offspring of grace, implanted must not allow any concurrence of circumstances by the Holy Ghost, and rising far above morals, to induce us to depart from duties of primary obli- and nature, and philosophy, and the unassisted gation, arising from the revealed will of God. powers of man. Nothing in itself morally wrong, can become right, But then we constantly appeal to the Holy Scrip because Providence may seem to us to favor it. tures as the authority, and standard, and rule, to We must also guard against hastily interpreting which all these affections are to be referred, and the designs of God as favoring our own projects by which they are to be judged. And the proof in the course of our affairs, however just and good of the correctness of this judgment we ultimately in themselves.
place, as the Bible does, in the proper fruits of We must likewise be particularly cautious, in holy tempers, obedient conduct, watchful self-deapplying the doctrine of God's providence in a nial, every good word and work. We esteem the marked and express manner, to those slight, and affections and require the exercise of them, in procomparatively trifling occasions, which are of per- portion as they produce, and because they were petual occurrence in human life. The reason is, designed by our Creator to produce, the vigorous that if we act so, we give them a disproportionate efforts of a righteous and benevolent life. We importance, and distort our view, by an attention only transfer them from the service of sin to the to small things, from a due regard to much greater obedience of God—that is, we do not spike the ones. A general feeling of dependence and gra- cannon and dismantle the walls of the subdued titude, in this respect, is all that, with our con- fortress; but make them available to new uses, tracted minds, we seem capable of exercising and direct them against the common enemy. aright. We should also abstain from those terms The charge of assuming a species of infallibility and expressions in speaking of the providence of may be refuted in a sentence. For who ever God, which may reasonably endanger the solem- claimed any thing like an infallible accuracy of nity of religion, and expose it to contempt and ri- judgment in the things of religion? Where and dicule. But these are merely suggestions as to when were these presumptuous rights asserted? the proportion and manner of bestowing our What! is all the humility of the true Christian, thoughts on the proceedings of the Divine Provi- all his self-abasement, all his distrust and meekdence, and are designed to strengthen, not dimi- ness, all his fear of God and man, come to this ? nish, the faith with which we hold the truth itself, that he vindicates to himself unerring prudence, and apply it wisely and habitually to all the course and stands on an equality with prophets and apos. of human events. Such cautions are constantly tles! No; we are not so vain nor so wicked. given by the ministers of religion, not only as to We presume not on any extraordinary, miraculous, this, but also as to every other great doctrine of plenary inspiration of the Spirit. We presunie the Bible; they clearly prove that we do not abuse not to found a new religion, or abrogate an old ; these doctrines in the manner objected; and there to plant a novel church, or prescribe fresh rules fore they confirm what we assert as to the purity of truth and duty. We claim only that ordinary of our general principles.
and sanctifying influence of the blessed Spirit, But I pass on to another class of objections. It which our Lord promised as the abiding consolais said that we place the proof of the correctness tion of his followers, and which accompanies and of what we believe and practice on feelings, and distinguishes his church in every age. We claim imaginations, and abstractions, and not on their only those secret, imperceptible, gentle influences conformity to the holy Scriptures. A charge ut- of grace, which, in a manner agreeable to our terly groundles. The contrary is so entirely the reasonable -nature, enable us to understand the case, that there is nothing on which we more in- Scriptures, perceive and know our danger, filee sist, than on the danger of relying on affections from impending wrath, lay hold on Jesus Christ and feelings, to the exclusion of the written word for salvation, and honor and obey him from a prinof God. The proof of the correctness of what we ciple of gratitude and love. The mistake has believe and practice is the holy Scriptures, and possibly arisen from confounding that assurance
of these great truths, which faith communicates, is transformed into faith, and the other elevated with a claim of personal infallibility. For cer- and purified into holiness. tainly we have an assurance of the main doctrines But we have not yet removed the whole of the of the Gospel, which rises far above the confidence objections against spiritual religion. We are acof speculative deduction, and which gives a per-cused of cherishing a spirit of party—we are said suasion that cold reasoning cannot produce. Cer- to have our petty marks, and terms, and objects, tainly we apprehend the vast discoveries of Christ, distinct from the accompaniments of genuine not by rational conclusions merely, but by a lively Christianity—an accusation plausible, perhaps, to faith, which gives a demonstration and substance a hasty or inaccurate reasoner, because it may be to things unseen, and renders near and palpable readily alleged against any body of persons who the distant objects of hope. Certainly we have think alike, and who therefore will commonly act a full satisfaction of mind in the verities of the together ;plausible, because, when every fair Gospel, which is above and beyond, though never objection is silenced and all solid grounds of reacontrary to, reason, and which sheds forth a light son taken away, it is the cheap resource of an and glory which reason cannot bestow, and knows exhausted mind, and serves to cover the disgrace not how to appreciate.
of discomfiture-plausible, because when a revival These observations prepare an answer to the of pure religion commences, and the number of fourth objection, that we neglect the means of truly holy and active Christians in any church moral culture and improvement, and are steeled has been for a time small, a broad, fundamental disagainst the force of the soundest reasoning and tinction of character is unavoidable and praiseargument. For the truth is, we honor reason, worthy, is the result and proof of a divine operaand cherish it by the most careful education and tion, and the test of a sincere return to God discipline. We cultivate all the means of moral | plausible, because when the minds of men are improvement. We train, we instruct, we warn, prejudiced by the secret love of the world, and do we exhort, we persuade. We strengthen the not discern the infinite moment of evangelical opening faculties, and form them to investigation truth and evangelical practice, they naturally asand argument. We check all the luxuriance of cribe that to the effect of party-spirit which flows young, and all wildness of a hasty and vagrant from contrition of heart, love to Christ, and chaimagination. We consider that God makes use rity towards those who obey his Gospel: not to of means, both in moving the affections, and in say that the objector thus eludes the force of coninforming the understanding. We endeavor, viction, and turns aside the shafts of exhortation therefore, to invest religion with all that is vene- and rebuke. But to resolve all that is peculiar to rable, and attractive, and generous, and engaging. vital Christianity into a spirit of party, is preWe seat her in the noblest powers of the soul. cisely to beg the question in dispute—to shut out We surround her with the rational evidences and the entrance of repentance, and to bar up the credentials which become a divine religion, and mind against the light of truth. by which it claims the obedience of man. We But plausible as this objection may be, to some, deduce with solicitude all her tenets from the holy how weak is it when attentively considered! records. We weigh, we compare, we receive, What is there of the culpable spirit of party in we embrace, all the various parts of the inspired the clergy or the private Christians who are the volume. We give to every new suggestion, as to objects of the imputation? Do they insist on any the import of its instructions, all the attention certain terms and expressions as supplying the which it can demand. We listen to the remon- place of conversion ? Do they excuse or pallistrances even of an adversary, and deduce from ate moral evils when committed by those who them, if it be possible, some practical directions side with them? Do they push any truths and for our future conduct. We allot to reason and doctrines to such an extent as to exclude others ! moral culture all that wide province which they Do they prefer their petty interests to the public are capable of occupying. But, after all, we rely good of the church or the community ? Do they for the efficacy which is to sanctify and save, on connive at popular mistakes or excesses in order what they cannot give, an influence from above, to subserve their cause? Do they place the the grace of the Blessed Spirit. We do not for- proofs of piety and love, in inferior, doubtful, isoget the doctrine of original corruption on the one lated matters ? Do they condemn indiscrimi. hand, nor of the divine grace on the other. And nately and harshly those who differ from them? we so attend to the means of moral improvement Do they aim at the persons, not the errors, of their and the force of reasoning, as to recollect their in- opponents? Do they exclude from their love and efficiency, under the actual circumstances of man, esteem those who are not within a certain pale, except as subordinate to the illumination of the however excellent ? Do they cherish a narrow,
In human literature and selfish, personal feeling, in opposition to the exmatters of outward decorum and discipline, we panded, disinterested charity of true religion ? assign them a transcendent office; in divine Have they any peculiar and unworthy pursuits, learning and the renewal of the heart, a minis- and dishonorable and hidden schemes which they terial only. This, this is the dictate of the best endeavor to compass-many thing distinct from the reason; this, this is Christian Philosophy; to discharge of their high duties to God and their honor, but not to deify, the powers of the under- neighbors ? standing ; to use, but not to rely on,.moral suasion But why do I pursue these inquiries ? For how to raise and strengthen, in short, the efforts of contrary is the spirit of every pious Christian to man by a simple recurrence to the grace of God; the conduct which is implied in such questions? to add illumination to reasoning, and sanctifying We appeal to all who know us. We appeal to influence to morals; and never to rest till the one our lives and conversation, to our parishes and
neighborhoods, to our sermons and writings. disciples. In a Protestant country, indeed, and in No: it is not a spirit of party which animates us. a church whose principles are purely scriptural, We delight in charity and peace. We rejoice in much is conceded. A national creed is defended. opening wide our arms to all who love and serve The great outlines of redemption are espoused. our Saviour. We labour continually to break But still men deny these very truths in the real down all separating walls, to remove obstacles, to extent and application of them as laid down in lessen differences of opinion, and promote good. holy Scripture. They deny the full plain statewill and amity. It is our aim to place religion on ment of the fall and corruption and impotency of the broad, catholic, intelligible ground, where man. They refine and dispute against the real Apostles and Prophets left it, and from which con- truth of our justification by faith only in the merits troversialists have too often dislodged it. If any of Christ. They plainly resist the doctrine of the thing of a party-spirit appears, we discourage and Holy Ghost as the author of spiritual life, and the repress the evil with more diligence than almost source of all light and grace. They exclaim any other. And on this and every other subject against those imperative calls to separation from we keep our minds open to conviction, and correct the follies of the world, and to a holy, devout, continually whatever is found to be doubtful or in- watchful, self-denying life, which the Gospel adexpedient. We abstain from many things on the dresses to us. They spurn at the idea of loving principle of not giving offence—we endeavor to God and holding communion with him by meditabecome, in matters indifferent, “ all things to all tion and prayer. They know nothing of the enmen, that by all means we may gain some.” tire dedication of all and every faculty, and power,
What gives occasion, perhaps, to the charge is and talent, to the glory of God and the good of a matter high and spiritual, and touching on the mankind, as the element and happiness of the deepest mysteries of redemption. For there is renewed soul. The consequence is, that these undoubtedly in every age a mystical " body of various truths are curtailed, weakened, omitted, Christ," "an assembly and church of the first. denied, as occasions serve, and the current of born,” “a people of God,” a “chosen heritage,” public sentiment allows. A standard of orthodoxy who are distinct from the merely visible and ex- is raised which suits well with a tame religion, ternal communities professing the Christian name. and passes as reputable amongst men; but which These form the spiritual and invisible church of leaves out or despises spiritual and fervent piety. Christ, extending over all the earth, animated by Names of reproach are invented to designate grace, glorying in the cross of their Lord, and what is termed excessive devotion; and men in known by their spirit of penitence, love, separa- general learn to join in the cry, and satisfy themtion from the world, benevolence, zeal, holiness, selves with a cold external Christianity, correct joy: These constitute, not a party, contracted perhaps in its tenets, but lifeless and uninfluential and jealous, sunk in some inferior interests, and in its spirit; whilst they mask the real hatred bound together by prejudice or passion, but the they bear to truth, by representing it to be a mass faithful servants of God, who love and serve him of extravagant or weak opinions. in truth, who share his favor, and are heirs of his Just in proportion as religion is made practical, kingdom. They have the closest communion and is exhibited in the conduct and life, is it diswith each other—they are united by the holiest tasteful to mankind. The doctrine of a particular ties—they pursue the greatest and noblest ends Providence—the exercise of the affections on the they confer on all around them the most substan- Divine Saviour—the humble assurance of faithtial benefits they give every proof of sincerity the expressions and fruits of holy love-active by their constant labors, and, if called to it, by zeal for propagating the Gospel around us the their patient sufferings. To belong to their fel consistency of a Christian behaviour in all the lowship, is to be a Christian. The entrance to it details of life—are beyond measure offensive, for is by penitence and faith. The clue to all its the plain reason that they disturb men in their secrets is holy love. The insignia which it bears, indifference, place God and eternity full before is the mysterious doctrine of the cross. The lan- them, and remind them of the judgment which we guage it speaks, is the soft learning of benevolence all must so soon undergo. and meekness. The fruit it produces, is “righte Such being the case, let me entreat any reader ousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.” who has been listening to the misrepresentations
And this, in fact, brings us to the true spring of which spring from these sources, and of which the all the objections against the zeal and warmth objections current in the present day, and already with which we propagate truth, as well as against considered, are only one unavoidable effect, to the particular doctrines of the Gospel with which pause before he ventures to dismiss so momentous they are connected, and on which they rest. a subject. Let me entreat him to enter himself There is an opposition in the human heart to the seriously on the business of religion. I do not humiliating yoke of Christ. The pride of man want now to combat his particular objections, but resists the doctrines, and the sensuality of man to gain his attention generally to the first simple the precepts and restraints of revelation. " The commands of Christianity. Let him place himself carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is as before that throne where we must quickly apnot subject to the law of God, neither indeed pear. Let him begin the great work of repentance can be.” And this resistance, disguised under for himself. Let him study the rule of God's law, the mask of objections, more or less plausible, is that he may attain the knowledge of his sins. Let the hidden source of the opposition raised against him try to affect his heart with that sense of them what is now termed in scorn, evangelical religion. which the Scripture requires. He will soon dis
In every age this has been the case. Truth cern his difficulties—the reluctance of his naturehas made its way but wly, and amidst reluctant the perverseness of his will—the rebellion of his
passions—the feebleness of his purposes his own actuated by the efficacious motives of the Gospel, impotency to what is spiritually good. He will and elevated and purified by its grace and befind that his prayers, his efforts, his resolutions, nefits. will be insufficient to overcome his sins and form The degree of activity and self-denial which his habits to holiness. In this painful extremity, we have above insisted on as essential to real let him read the declarations of Scripture as to Christianity, now appears to him natural, obligathe grace and work of the Holy Spirit. He will tory, practicable, delightful. All is in its place. perceive that this is precisely what he needs. The superstructure suits and becomes the foundaHere is a promise of bestowing a tender heart, a tion. The edifice rises grand and proportionate divine principle, a superinduced and holy bias, a in all its parts. The duties and affections which new framing of the soul, a heavenly birth. Let appeared to him extravagant and impossible, him then go on to implore these blessings for him- whilst he was far from God and immured in the self: and in the diligent use of all moral culture, pursuits of the world, now seem necessary and and the various means of grace, he will obtain the easy. They agree with his acquired habits, they proffered aid. He will gradually be “a new crea- are the spontaneous actings of his new principles, ture in Christ Jesus; old things will pass away, they are produced by lively faith, they are softenbehold all things will become new.” Nature willed and lightened by holy love, they are maintained be melted down, as it were, and recoined. The by the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, they strong man armed, will be bound and cast out of conform him in his life to the example of his Sa. the fortress, and the Saviour enter and reign there. viour, and they prepare him in his hopes and exThe penitent is thus brought, so to speak, into a pectations for the eternal purity and joy of heaven. new world; he discerns and appreciates spiritual He has received not a new creed, but a new life. things, and rises as far above mere reason, as all the parts of Christianity hang together. The reason is elevated above the animal powers. doctrines prepare for the temper and spirit. Holy What is the result ? A new and holy character obedience flows from this temper. The effectual is gradually created-new habits, new pursuits, grace of God produces and unites both. Good new affections, a new course of conduct. works attest the sincerity of the change. The
Whilst the convert is learning these practical blessed fruits of peace of conscience and joy in the lessons as to the necessity of grace, he will also Holy Ghost form the best comment on the whole. acquire a correspondent knowledge of his need of The solid experience of God's gracious aid by his the atoning sacrifice of the Son of God. His providence, the stable tranquillity of a mind puritender conscience compares all his actions and fied by the sacrifice of Christ, the actual happiness pursuits with the holy law which demands perfect inseparable from the love of God, the large meaand uninterrupted obedience. He discerns his sure of holy obedience attained by the principle of guilt. He finds that one sin exposes him to the faith, the calm patience under the trials of life, just anger of Almighty God. What then must and the joyful anticipation of death and judgment his innumerable daily offences of thought, word, communicated by the promises of God-all conand deed, deserve ? These considerations pre- firm the truth and reality of this scheme of Scrippare him for welcoming the glad tidings of pardon ture doctrine, and show also the inadequacy of and acceptance in the propitiatory death of the every other. In the meantime, the numerous Divine Redeemer. Christ now arises as the Sun imperfections which the Christian discovers in his of Righteousness upon his view. The incarnation best efforts, the temptations to which he feels of the only-begotten Son of God, his life, his suf- himself exposed, and the daily defects, errors, and ferings, his resurrection, his glory, become the follies of which he is conscious, tend to produce object of all his trust. He understands the great in him that genuine humility and contrition of mystery of God being “just and the justifier of spirit which is the last finish of the character, him that believeth in Jesus." He “counts all which keeps him always dependant on GRACE, AND things but loss, that he may win Christ.” Thus GRACE ONLY, for every hope of present succor and does his religion assume a totally different charac- future salvation, and which renders the gospel the ter. He actually reposes on the merits and death potent, and suitable, and most welcome remedy of his Saviour for justification, and implores fer- for all his moral maladies and disorders. vently and constantly the aid of the Holy Spirit Here is, then, the easy solution of all the comfor strength to obey God. He renounces his own plicated difficulties and objections which may at righteousness as to the one, and his own power one time have perplexed his mind. A sincere as to the other; and the consequence is, a new trial of what religion affords the effectual anardor and purity of life and devotedness to God's swer to theoretic mistakes. Let the reader make service. All the springs of gratitude and love are the experiment only, and he shall be an example touched. The heart is gained. Christ is en- of my remarks. “If any man will do God's will, throned in the affections. That love of God with he shall know of the doctrine.” Let him, with which man was filed at his first creation, and his Bible in his hand, pursue the great object of which was extinguished at the fall
, is now rekin his own salvation, and he shall soon see the clouds dled. Christianity has produced a surprising re- and mists of prejudice dissipated from his mind. covery. The fallen creature is restored. God Nay, the very points in Christianity which he becomes his Lord, his Sovereign, his Master, his once viewed as difficulties, shall appear the chief end by a new and willing choice. Henceforth helps and glories of the discovery; and he shall " he lives, not” as he formerly did, and as all men learn to "count all things but loss for the exby nature do, “ unto himself,” but “unto Him cellency of that knowledge of Christ” which that died for him and rose again”—and he does formerly he thought“ foolishness.” But he this, “constrained by the love of Christ;" that is, I shall at the same time find, that he is becoming