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sinners are freed from the curse and joy, by bearing witness, that God of the law, filled with light and hath accepted them through his be.
loved Son; that his anger is turned comfort, and interested in the
away; that he hath adopted them ingreat salvation, should, with ut
to his family, and given them not only most care, describe the temper, the honourable title, but ali the inwith which sinners believe in estimable privileges of children.
Thus through views of God, as a reChrist. That faith ought to be
conciled Father, through the prospect explained, which is the gift of of immortal jovs, and through noble God, the fruit of sanctifying elevations above this miserable world, giace. It should be represented, they go on their way rejoicing.” as essential to the believer's To readers in general the joy character, that he cordially ap- of the true convert is not in this proves both the precept and place clearly distinguished from penalty of that divine law, which the joy of the deluded enthusiast, the Saviour loved and honoured; or the self-righteous pharisee. and that he unfeignedly justify We would not expunge from the the holy administration of God; list of a Christian's consolations saying, “ thou art just when thou a humble hope, that God's anger speakest, and clear when thou is turned away, that he is acceptjudgest." Without unreserved ed of God through Christ, adoptapprobation of the righteousness ed into his family, and entitled of God in the moral law, we can- to eternal glory. But it is depot receive pardon and salvation, monstrable, that this cannot be as of grace.
his principal consolation, and The peculiar nature of Chris- that his purest, divinest joy altian consolation and joy, as well ways depends on direct apas of faith, ought to be described. prehensions of God's moral exe The joy, which persons may de- cellence. rive from the belief, that their In other parts the author of sins are forgiven and their hap- this pamphlet describes the work piness secure, is not the first of the Spirit in a more disand highest joy of the newborn criminating manner, and desoul. Genuine Christian joy clares, “ the wide difference be- . arises from a new and spiritual tween those self-abasing convicdiscovery of the excellent charac- tions of the Spirit, which are ter and government of God, connected with salvation, and the particularly from a clear view and remonstrances of natural consincere admiration of that most science in unrenewed men." glorious and amiable display of For variety and importance of his moral perfections, which is matter and excellence of style, made in redemption by Christ. we remember not to have seen Such joy may be properly de- any tract comparable with this. nominated, joy in the Lord. On Part I. exhibits the nature of rethis point the excellent tract be- ligion, doctrinal, experimental, fore us is not wholly unexcep- and practical. This part is ditionable. When speaking of the vided into three chapters; the comfort and holiness which are first, on the principles of religthe effects of regeneration, the ion ; the second, on the experiauthor says;
ence of religion ; the third, on “ The Spirit fills them with peace the practical influence of religion.
Part II. shows the importance deemed; contemplate their joys and of religion to the usefulness and their employments, and long to be
united with the just made perfect, happiness of the people. Part and with the innumerable company of III. describes the means best angels. Above all, let the medita. calculated for promoting the tions on God the Redeemer be sweet knowledge and spirit of religion. unto your thoughts. Contemplate your
The following extracts afford heavenly Father's mercy and faithfuluseful specimens of this tract. scending care.
ness, his infinite glory, and his conde.
Look unto Jesus, the While recommending the duly author of eternal redemption : admire of religious meditation in retire- his transcendent excellence, his sufment, the author writes thus; he hath purchased, the mediation, he
ferings and triumphs, the blessings “ The want of religious knowledged row accomplishes, and the happiness and habitual neglect of serious consideration, proves the ruin of thousands, prepared for all his followers." What real or persevering religion can
The following observations, be expected from an uninformed, un- found in the concluding address disciplined, unthinking mind ? And
to parents, are very impressive. how unavailing must be all the means
“ Too many parents, in the inferior of grace, if men will not allow them; stations of life, foolishly suppose, selves leisure to examine their real that if they can procure food and raistate before God, to ponder the things ment for their children, they have which belong to their salvation, and to meditate on the all-important doc. and that their early days are far more
sufficiently discharged their duty, trinės, promises, and precepts of usefully employed in earning a little Scriptures Some attention is neces
pittance, than in learning to read the sary to give the objects of sense their
Scriptures." full force; these are ever present, and their influence is powerful; but for the souls of your offspring? Is it
“Cruel parents! is it thus you care of what is unseen and everlasting, it more fixed recollection is indispensa- honourable part in life ! And is it
thus you prepare them for acting an bly necessary : this, in some mea
thus you fortify them against the dan. sure, removes the distance between heaven and earth; brings spiritual world? How false have you proved to
gerous temptations of an ensnaring objects near to the believing, reflect
your trust! and how regardless of the ing mind ; increases that faith which divine requirements ! Your children is the substance of things hoped for ; are uneducated ; and are likely to reand derives from these unseen reali. main unprincipled through life : they tics, far nobler joy than can be obtain
will soon be beyond the reach of your ed from the most inviting pleasures instruction, under the dominion of of sin. “ Retire, therefore, by yourselves,
others, and engaged in the service of into the fields or the closet, to mcdi.
their masters ; may it not be feared,
that there they will act a wretched tate on heavenly themes ; contemplate part, until their intemperance, dishon, what hath been, what is, and what shall be hereafter.
Mark the ways
ests, and fraud, are detected, and
they themselves loaded with infamy of Providence ; and trace, with ad.
and disgrace? To you, their parents, miring acknowledgment, the doing of will be greatly owing their vices, and the Lord to yourselves, your family, their miseries. You taught them not, and your kindred.
Look forward to future, but certain and approaching destroyer : you implanted not in their
in early days, to dread the path of the scenes: an expiring world, a general curly 'minds the seeds of religious judgment, an unalterable state. How knowledge ; nay, you cruelly, untitted must these solemn prospects moderate your eagerness for the passing withholding from them the blessing ing directions would greatly as- to keep it holy, as a day of peculiar şist them in the religious educa intercourse with heaven and to seek tion of their children.
them for acquiring that knowledge, by fashions of the world, and quicken of education.” your progress towards Zion. “Medi
The careful and devout at. tate on heaven, as the land of rest, and the sure inheritance of all the re- tention of parents to the follow
their delight in those spiritual duties
which become the followers of a risen “ For fulfilling this duty, by a meth- Saviour. Every man, therefore, who od easy to yourselves, and advanta- bears the Christian name, ought to geous to your family, let me recom- venerate the Sabbath. But heads of mend to your attention the venerable families, in busy or inferior stations, Assembly's Catechism. It contains
may particularly prize this day of saa valuable and comprehensive sum- cred rest; and ought carefully to mary of the Protestant religion: in guard against the misimprovement of it the sublime doctrines of Christiani. its valuable hours. The duties of the ty, its glorious privileges, and its closet must neither be omitted nor pure precepts, are stated with accu
superficially performed: the duties racy, arranged in order, and express- of the sanctuary, if attended with reya ed in language as plain as the subject erence, will yield sublimest satisfacwill admit. Cause your children and tion: yet let not these exclude the servants to learn this catechism ; ex- delightful exercises of family instrucplain its meaning; and allot proper tion and devotion ; if these are omit. seasons for examining their progress in ted ; if you only are well employed ; the knowledge of Christian principles. if the members of your family are not
“ No season can be more suitable attended to, they will increase, by for this profitable employment, and their bad example, that general pronone can be more convenient, than the fanation of the Sabbath which you so evening of the Lord's day: you are justly lament. Sufier, therefore, the not then fatigued with labour, nor en- word of exhortation. On every recumbered by the interruptions of turning evening of that hallowed day, worldly business. That sacred day
convene your children, domestics, and is appropriated for the purposes of servants; recommend religion to their obtaining and imparting heavenly attention and esteem; inquire into knowledge ; its precious hours must their conduct, and devotions, during not be squandered in the circle of the former part of the day ; remind friends, nor in business, nor in recrea- them of what they heard in the tions : these are allowed in six suc. house of God; examine if they have ceeding days of each revolving week: committed to memory what you for one day of seven is the day of God; merly appointed ; commend the dilihe claiins it for his own ; he separates gent; encourage to farther improve. it for himself; and wills not that its ment; and close this profitable duty hallowed joys should be molested or with suitable counsels, and with the de abridged. He commands his people lightful solemnities of family worship.
INTELLIGENCE RESPECTING THE
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE
self would prevent it by all means in
general, and still threatens to become (Continued from p. 483.)
greater and more general, I comfort
myself with this, that the Lord is re. Extract of a Letter from a Roman tiring into the inner temple, and Catholic Clergyman in Swabia.
more gloriously building up the invis“I feel the highest regard for ible church. At least he does not sit the wise and prudent zeal of the En. idle at the right hand of his father, glish Bible Committee, because it is
nor can he lose bis suit : whatever my own desire to see the pure and
may now be the appearance, he must genuine word of God spread, and am finally be the gainer. Our duty how. so entirely against all corruption of ever is this, to pray more earnestly this invaluable treasure, that I my. than ever: let thy kingdom come! Vol. II. No. 12. в въъ
and, Lord abide with us, for it is to. could be put into the hands of many wards evening. Dr. Sailer, (who by pious Christians at a low price his truly evangelical instructions and Thereby they would be comforted in writings has proved a great blessing their afflictions, strengthened in their
to the Roman Catholics in Germany) trials, and more preserved from the • thus expresses himself in his last temptations of the world. Many exbook :
Christianity is so firmly cellent souls do not find in the public founded on its owir lasis, that after it religious instruction that for which bas outlived the times of persecution, they hunger; are also often in the after it has remained unstaken in the confessional only judged for their outage of superstition, it will also outlive ward deeds, without being led to an this age of infidelity and contempo' acknowledgment of their inward corTherefore we cannot sufficiently re- ruption, and to faith in the blood of joice, that we are privilege:1 to serve Jesus their Redeemer : if these could such a Master, who is infinitely su- read the Holy Scriptures of the New perior to all his erremies, who has the Testament in the quiet time of holivictory in his hands, ever since the days, their faith in the simple docworld has stood, who finally shall put trines from the mouth of Jesus Christ all enemies under his feet, at whose would, by the mercy of their Saviour, name every knce shall bow and every be thereby enlivened ; and the Lord's tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is gifts in the Holy Spirit he quickened Lord. Nor shall we be able suffi- in them. They would hear the voice ciently to know and to appreciate all of the Father in their inward part, the excellencies of the kingdom which leads them to their Saviour, of of Christ, and the exalted dig- which Christ saith: “They shall be nity of his person : never shall we all taught of God; and whosoever be able fully to comprehend the hath learned of the Father, and re. favour and happiness vouchsafed to ceiveth it, cometh unto me.' them who shall be partakers of the “ From these considerations las kingdom of God through faith in arisen, in the minds of some clergyClirist. Would not even our blessed men, a wish to set on foot a cheap Lord and Saviour himself rejoice to German edition of the New Testa. see the fraternal union which sub- ment, for the use of many pious Chrissists between us, the interest which tians, the Repository thereof to be at we mlitually take in each other, and Ratisbon, in the Ecclesiastical Semthe sincerity of our wish to see all our inary, as a central place in Germany. brethren become partakers of the " I hereby give this intelligence to same blessings ? Yes, Lord ! let thy some known confessors of Christ, with kingdom come, and be extended fur. a request that they will consider the ther and further, May our blessed matter before the Lord, recommend Lord and Saviour daily more become it to him in prayer ; and if he is that which he is made of God unto pleascd to afford them any opportunius, Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanc- ty to contribute in any way toward it, tification, and Redemption; yea may that they will not neglect it. Chrishe become our all in all, and we fruits tian poverty and love have accomfil branches in him the living vine. plished greater things in the world Maylight and life and love be multithan the power and riches of the plied in us, and may the peace of God, world could do. which passeth all understanding, keep “O Lord! Redeemer of our souls ! our hearts and minds in the love of Shepherd of the small despised fock! God and his dear Son Jesus Christ.” do with this work as may please thee.
Thy kingdom proceeds an incessant Extract from an Adtertisement of the pace in a still small way, and those
Roman Catholic Bible Society at Rat- who oppose it can do nothing against isbon, to the Christians of that Per- it, but become thy footstool, and consuasion throughout Germany.
tribute to the rest of thy feet in the ** To those who value the Doctrine of peace of thy people. If it please thee, Fesus.
let thy holy history, the history of thy “Dear Brethren
and Sisters in Christ! childhood, of thy ministry, of thy snf“ It is desirable, that the Holy fering, and of the victory of the Holy Scriptures of the New Testament. Spirit in the apostles and firstlings of
the Christian Church, come into the them with a pecuniary aid, in order hands of thy little ones for their com. that the whole Bible, or at least a fort and confirmation.”
part of it, may be gratuitously or
cheaply distributed to the many indiExtract of a Letter from a respectable gent persons who are at present des.
Lutheran Minister in Esthonia. titute of this treasure. “ As you made some inquiries re
« In the neai while I shall endeav. specting the state of the Bible in the our to form a Bible Society in our Russian Empire, permit me now to
parts; and should it plea the return you the following answer :
British and Foreigs Bible Society to
lend us their generous aid in procurAmong the poorer classes of our. countrymen the Holy Scriptures are
ing a fund for such an institution, I
hare not a moment's doubt, that maso scarce, that perhaps out of 100 families hardly five will be found in ny gentlemen in our parts would possession of a Bible or New Testa- thereby be excited to take an active mcat.
part in such a benevolent design." “ The scarcer Bibles are, the more
Ch. 06. diligently they are read by the peo. ple when they can obtain them. Extract of a Letter from 7. Marsh. “ Throughout the whole province
man to the Rev. Dr. Greent, Philadel. of Esthonia there a great want of
phia, dated Serampore, November Bibles, chiefly among the Swedish 4th, 1806. and Esthonian peasants.
REVEREND AND DEAR SIR, “There is in general neither a You will be pleased to hear that public nor private institution for the the Lord has not forsaken us; but still express purpose of relieving this continues to own our humble and weak want by a gratuitous or cheap distri. efforts to promote his cause in this bution of Bibles, except a few small land. Within about twenty months legacies, which have been left to some past we have baptized nearly fifty of churches for supplying the schools those who fiice bowed down to dumb with Bibles.
idols, the greater part of whom, by “Many, who are destitute of the their walk and conversation, afford us Bible, express a great desire after a degree of pleasure peculiar, perthis treasure, which desire is increas. haps, to persons in our circumstances. ed, when they find it in the possession We have, also, the happiness of of others.
seeing not a few of them our helpers “I have not a moment's doubt, in the work of the Lord. Had you that here a Society of respectable been present this evening you would Clergymen and other pious Chris. have felt pleasure of no common kind, tians might be formed for the express while joining with us in giving the purpose of spreading the Bible more parting benediction to six native bretha generally:
ren, going out to carry the news of life “ I feel the less hesitation in saying to their perishing fellow countrythat such a Society might be estab. Lished, because ainong thc 50 or 60 It will be acceptable to the friends clergymen in this country, as also of God and man, with you, to hear among the private gentlemen in Lap- that their generous exertions to for. podia, several are known to me as ward the translations of the Sacred men who feel the most lively interest Scriptures into the Indian languages, in enlightening the mind, and mel. are not in vain. The Lord is greatly iorating the state and condition of enlarging us in this work, and that in their fellow-creatures, by faith in such a manner as leaves no doubt Christ.
whether it be his hand or not. The “ Permit me now, reverend and New Testament, in five languages, is dcar Sir, to accompany this informa. now in the press ; the Bengalee, the tion with a humble petition to the Hindoosthanee, the Mahratta, the British and Foreign Bible Society Orissa, and the Sangskrit languages ; kindly to remember the 50 country and translations in five others are go. parishes in Esthonia, which contain ing forward successfully. Among at least 15,000 families, and to assist these the goodness of God respecting