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CHAPTER XIII.-Religion of the Bible. Christian Dispensation,
Teacher. You have well considered, I hope, all the passages of Scripture which were read in our last conversation, relating to the nature of Christianity.
Scholar. Yes; I have thought much about them; and I hope that I now understand more clearly the nature and design of Christianity. But what ceremonies are there in the religion of Christ?
Teacher. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are the only ceremonial ordinances of Christianity. Scholar. What is the design of the ordinance of Baptism?
Teacher. Baptism with water, "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt. xxviii. 19), is designed to teach the necessity of personal dedication to God, and especially of the purifying influences of the Holy Spirit, to qualify believers in Christ for a life of holiness glorifying God.
Scholar. What is the design of the Lord's Supper? Teacher. The Lord's Supper is designed to be observed as a holy feast, to teach us that we should rejoice in the perfection of our eternal redemption by Jesus Christ; and that, while thus publicly professing our faith and hope, we may with our minds feed on him continually, as our only and everlasting Saviour.
Scholar. It seems wonderful that Jesus Christ can be the only Saviour of all men!
Teacher. Wonderful indeed it is, that Jesus should be the Saviour of all men: but his ability to save sinners arises from his office as Mediator, and from his being God as well as man. Our Saviour lived in glory from all eternity, as the Son of God; and, in the appointed time he came to our world in the appearance of a man, born as an infant, lived on earth a life of holiness, performing perfect obedience to the laws of God, and at last, gave himself a ransom for all."
Scholar. I do not understand how Jesus Christ could be God and man at the same time: I wish you would explain this.
Teacher. You now ask for what exceeds my power. I cannot fully explain how every one of us is at the same time both spirit and flesh but this fact is not doubted by any rational person: much less am I able to explain the mystery of the incarnation of our Redeemer. Even the apostles could not give an explanation of this mysterious fact. Paul, you will remember, says, Without controversy," or undoubtedly, "great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifested in the flesh" (1 Tim. iii, 16).
Scholar. It must be wonderful if the apostle could not explain the incarnation of Christ.
Teacher. I wish you to read seriously at your leisure, the following texts in confirmation of this mysterious but glorious doctrine of Christ our Saviour (Isai. ix. 6; Mic. v. 2; Matt. i. 23; John i. 1-3; vi. 6–9; Rom. ix. 5; 2 Cor. viii. 9; Phil. ii. 6—10;
Col. i. 15, 16; Heb. i. 1-5; ii. 14–16; Rev. v. 11-14).
Scholar. I will be sure to read all these texts attentively. But I have often wondered that men should be saved only for believing on Christ; is not that too easy a way of salvation for wicked men ?
Teacher. You seem to mistake altogether the means of salvation for it is not said so in the Scriptures: those holy writings declare that believers only are saved; this is not for their believing, but only for the sake of Jesus Christ, "who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Rom. iv. 25, v. 1, 2). Thus Jesus became our Redeemer, and thus we become interested in the blessings of salvation.
Scholar. I think I now understand the way of salvation by Christ.
Teacher. You should always bear in mind, that it is never said that sinners are saved for believing the Gospel; but men, being lost and ruined by their sins, unable to save themselves from misery, by believing the doctrine of Christ with their hearts, receive the blessings of his salvation, to be crowned at length with eternal glory in heaven. Read the words of our Saviour to Nicodemus; as that passage will clearly explain this doctrine :
Scholar. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John iii. 16).
Teacher. Those who are Christians, receive these glad tidings of the gift of the Son of God to mankind as their Redeemer, with real joyfulness of soul, and thus become wise unto salvation. Because this faith, as the apostle declares, is not a lifeless acknowledg ment of Christ to be the Redeemer; "for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness" (Rom. x. 10). Believing thus in Christ, as the only Saviour of sinners, every true disciple walks in holiness of life, to the praise and glory of God.
Scholar. Now I perceive my mistake, and hope to remember the true doctrine of salvation through Christ.
Teacher. I hope you well understand the Gospel for your daily peace and consolation.
Scholar. Christianity teaches us to believe the
resurrection of the dead.
Teacher. Pious men through all ages have believed in a future life and the resurrection of the dead; though those grand and delightful truths were denied by the Jewish Sadducees, but they have been revealed to mankind with far greater clearness and fulness in the New Testament. apostle Paul very beautifully says, that in this the grace of God has been made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immorta. lity to light through the Gospel" (2 Tim. ii. 9, 10).
Scholar. I think the resurrection is a very won derful doctrine: but what further is remarkable in Christianity?
Teacher. Christianity is truly remarkable, as being intended to be the religion of all the world. While the Levitical dispensation was suited only to the nation of Israel, and limited only to that people, the Gospel, with its two most simple ceremonies, is graciously designed, as it is wisely adapted, for the reception and eternal benefit of all nations. Scholar. From your instructions I now perceiv
more clearly the reason of our missionaries being sent into all parts of the world.
Teacher. While you see reason for the employment of missionaries among all nations, you should remember that it is the design of God, according to the declaration of the prophet Isaiah, that "the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea" (Isai. xi. 9).
Scholar. I perceive also why the Bible Society prints and sends into all countries so many Bibles and Testaments; and why the Religious Tract Society circulates so many tracts in all languages, that people in every nation may be instructed in the knowledge of the Scriptures, and so become Christians.
Teacher. From what I have already stated respecting Christianity, you may see sufficient reason for the increasing labours of all those great institutions, which so remarkably distinguish Great Britain and America. But while you are thinking about all the nations of the world, and I sincerely rejoice that you do think of the heathen, let me intreat and charge you to remember, that you do not forget the necessity of being yourself a true believer on the Son of God and a real Christian. You must be born again of the Holy Spirit, your sins must be pardoned through Jesus Christ, you must be sanctified in heart to live in holiness, to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour, and you must embrace the Gospel by heartfelt faith in Christ, or you cannot on earth clearly understand the religion of heaven nor see the kingdom of God.
To be continued.
HOW TO PROSPER IN THIS WORLD.
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." PROSPERITY in the present world is the gift of God. Moses, in taking his dying farewell of the people of Israel admonished them to this effec:-"Thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant." Deut. viii. 18.
Nothing is more evident to an intelligent and pious mind that the design of God in giving property and influence to his servants-"to establish his covenant" of mercy and salvation among the children of men. How far this design has been perceived and acknowledged, may be in part seen in the vast and beneficial operations of the Missionary, Bible, and other great societies which seek the evangelization of the world. And the following extract from a paper of the Bible Society, will beautifully illustrate the passage of scripture which I have quoted from the Apostle, while it may possibly lead others to "go and do likewise" for the glory of God. OBSERVER.
From the Secretary of an Auxiliary Society in
"I have the pleasure to remit my acceptance for One hundred pounds, as a free contribution to the British and Foreign Bible Society, from Mr.
—, through the medium of the Cinque-Ports' Auxiliary Bible Society. The donor is a selfeducated man, hardly arrived at the middle rank of life, who has contributed five pounds a year, for several years, with the hope, whilst he was doing good, he might provoke others to go and do likewise: being now in a declining state of health, he had concluded to bequeath it to the Society, but afterwards thought it would be better to give it
while he lived. And given, as I believe it is, under a truly pious feeling, I unite with him in the desire that a blessing may attend its distribution.
"There is rather a curious and interesting anec dote connected with this gift. In the course of conversation, the donor told me he had never prospered till he began to be benevolent; and the first object of his generosity was a very poor but pious relative, to whom, after much hesitation and reasoning, he determined to allow ten pounds a year. After this had gone on a year or two (to use his own words), the devil tried to persuade him, that it was no longer necessary-that he could not spare it -that he might live to want it himself, &c. He soon saw this was a delusion, and felt vexed with himself for having entertained such a thought, and thus to have distrusted the bounty of Providence. He then immediately resolved he would be a match for the deceiver; and for the future determined, to allow his poor relative twenty pounds a year, instead of ten. From this time his circumstances improved; and although not now a rich man, yet such, he said, had been the mercy and goodness of God towards him, even as to his outward substance, that it had continued to increase, comparatively, he knew not how. And now his desire was, to apportion a part to His glory by whom it had been dispensed."
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS. CANTO III.
Concluded from page 416.
Instead of ent'ring the city, driving,
Silent, sleepless, retir'd, and without food,
His pray'r sincere was heard, receiv'd, answer'd:
For now "Behold he prayeth" from the heart!
Except when realizing grace divine,
He, therefore, thus, with humble speech, replies, Lord! by many, of this man, I have heard "Declar'd, his evil doings to thy saints, "At Jerusalem; and a commission
Here, he bears, to bind with chains in prison Every one who calls on thy bless'd name." With condescension gracious, Jesus spake; "Go thy way :-hasten:-he is a vessel "Chosen by me, and sent to bear my name "Before the Gentiles, and kings, and Israel's Sons, learned and in high authority
"For I will show him, that from their hatred Against my name, his sufferings will be great." Objections silenc'd, Ananias went,
And thus saluted him, whom late he fear'd
My brother Saul:-Jesus, the Lord, who met
"Thee in the way, has sent, that I may give "Thee cordial welcome to his church belov'd"This token sure; thy sight is now restor❜d By Jesus' mighty pow'r; and let thy soul "Receive the Holy Ghost, in the fulness "Of all his marvellous gifts and graces."
Scales from his darkened eyes, at once, fell down: His sight return'd: he rose; he was baptiz'd; And, meat receiving, strengthen'd, and straightway, In the synagogues, he preached Jesus, The Christ, the only Son of God, our Saviour!
All were amazed to hear him preaching Christ: They fully knew his dreadful commission: But Saul, increasing in strength of body And mind, confounded the opposing Jews, By testimonies from their sacred books, Proving that Jesus is the very Christ.
Their wicked minds, inflam'd with bigotry,
Took crafty counsel, their blind and horrid
Their plots how vain! Invulnerable he,
THE BIRTH OF THE REDEEMER.
BEGIN, my muse, the song,
And gladly came from heaven to earth.
On Judah's hallow'd ground,
Sudden the glory came,
Strange tremblings seiz'd their frame Amaz'd-they wist not what to do; With faltering voice they said, To those who near them laid,
“Brethren, what scenes are these we view?
"What means this wond'rous light,
Awful presage of vengeance near?
O God! in mercy save,
On us compassion have,
And far remove the wrath we fear!"
"To whom the angel said, (While glory round him play'd) "O bid this trembling horror fly! I come not to destroy,
My errand is of joy;
Hear it, and praise the Lord most high!
"From yonder radiant throne,
On swiftest wing I've flown,
An herald from our gracious King!
I bring you tidings glad,
Tidings at which each heart shall sing!
"Well pleas'd I publish news For Gentiles and for Jews, For men of every age and state; News of redeeming grace For all the ruin'd race: Redemption-who can tell how great? "No more are ye forlorn, For unto you is born
This day, a Saviour, CHRIST the LORD. This day doth God fulfil
His oft discovered will,
And faithful prove to his own word.
The mighty LORD of heaven and earth.
The truth I now make known, And loud rejoice at Jesu's birth.
"Seek not among the great, Midst pomp and regal state, For him whom heaven cannot contain Of all his glory shorn, He as a babe is born,
And in a manger he is lain!"
Well pleas'd the shepherds heard; They credited his word, And bade each trembling fear depart : With souls devoid of care, For Bethlehem they prepare, To see this joy of every heart.
When suddenly burst forth, Pleas'd and astonish'd bothOf heaven's host a numerous throng: And on the azure plains
They join'd, in choral strains,
No news so full of bliss
Mortals, to heaven's King,
"And soon shall every tribe
'Twas thus the angels came,
And we have heard the joyful sound:
Till heaven's high arches shall resound!
JESUS! all glory take,
With power the kingdoms shake,
And by all people be ador'd!
Supreme in majesty !
Let all acknowledge thee,
KING of all kings, of lords the LORD!
Edmonton, Dec. 1835.
J. W. GREEN.
"ABRAHAM's bosom," 124
Acts iv 32, reflections on, 212
Admonition, a dying father's, im-
Admiral lord Nelson and his coffin,
Aggrandisement of Russia, divine
America, temperance in, 55
America, slave emancipation in, 75
Amphitheatre of ancient Rome,
Anecdote of Sully, 150
Bath, historical notices of, 249
of the Bible.
Chap. VIII. Do. 374
gion of the Bible.
Ch. XI. Do. 405
Ch. XIII. Do.419
Bible, literary exceliency of the,
without comment, first at-
Bible, the, the christian's standard,
Bible, hints for the more profitable
reading of the, 223
Birmingham Free Grammar School,
Birmingham, historical notices and
Chelmsford church, and Shire
Hall, account of, 377
culation of, 376
American mother's hymns, 238
under a surgical operation, 141
Bosanquet, Miss, and the theatre,
Burford's, the countess of, letter
Christian lady's, the, pattern for
Clarke, Dr. converted by a wo-
Cowper's address to Mrs. Unwin,
"Dame Cross," the school mis-
Delaney, Mrs., verses by, 278
Eve, biography of, the mother of
Female education, on the culpa.
Good man embalming the me.
Christianity, the corruptions of, 77
Christian Lady's Friend continued
Mrs. Martha, cure for me
Mother's tale, a, 261, 293
Richmond's, Rev. Legh, mother
Servant, a pious, in the palace of
To my wife more than twenty
years after marriage, 293
a clergyman's wife, 198
active piety, 213
Woman, the province of, 294
Christian ministers, recent sudden
Christian worship, intolerance of
the Chinese towards, in Canton,
Christians, caution to, 219
Church-going sleepers in the reign
would live and die, 127
Coral insects, ocean wonders of
Courtesy and engaging manners.
Creation of man, modern Hindoo
Cross of Christ, the, 359
Europe, Christian survey of, 256
Farre's (Dr.) account of a British
French sugar, illustrating the
Genius not religion, 51
notices of, 257
Goose on Michaelmas-day, origin | Messiah's kingdom, facilities of Reviews continued
of eating, 342
Gospel, success of the, 207
"Great storm, the," in 1703, 404
Hall's (Bp.) mother's piety, and his
conveyance essential to the uni-
cardinal Boromeo and his
Horne's (Bp.) character and death Moral evil, perplexity from the ex-
Illustration of Matt. v. 21-26;
railways in, 72
-, on the duty of Christians
to check, 62
prediction, American, 135
Isis Omnia, an Egyptian divinity,
Isle of Wight, historical notices of
Islington, statistics of, 26
Is this the glory of war? 20
Jerusalem, historical notices of,
Jesus, the example of, 355
Kepler, the astronomer's, prayer,
Kilburn priory, bistorical notices
King Henry VIII. and his rosary,
istence of, 130
Morality and religion identical, 148
My mother told me this, 151
Peru, longevity in, 39
Plagues of former times, 124
Quakers controversy, the, 86
Lord's prayer, paraphrase of the, Question proposed and answered, a
Mackintosh (Sir J.), religious opi-
No. IV. - Pre-
-, lost children in, 194
Meditation, hints, maxims, &c. ma-
Railways in India, 72
, the rationality of our, 270
Abbott's Rollo learning to read,
Abbott's China and the English,
Anecdotes, admonitions, 96
Berridge's Christian world un-
Bible collectors, the, 64
Booth's pastoral cautions, 64
Cathechism, a, on the personality
Christian almanack, 7
Scripture biography, 160
Dickinsou's familiar letters, 30
Edwards' Treatise concerning
the Christian Character, 415
Hinton's Christian Sympathy, 39
of promoting and preserving
Holy bible, the, with original
Holy bible, the condensed com-
Howell' records of religious
Islanders of Ireland, the, 382
Knapp's life of Thomas Eddy, 192
Martin's Christian Lacon, 383
Mudie's the heavens," 95
Pocket Book, The Young Chris-
River Jordan, Josephus's account
Thames, notices of the, 169
Sabbath day in France, the, 196
, Christian courage in a, 270
Scrap Book, My, and Death-Bed
A father's dying chamber, 17
Bees, extraordinary instance of
Black hole, Calcutta, dreadful
Bridges, Rev. Charles, extracts
Burning an Englishman at Rome,
Cromwell, Oliver, curious letter
Hall, Rev. Robert, and his pulpit
Hardcastle's. Rev. Thomas, let-