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As the brazen serpent lost none of provision for thein all, and offers its efficacy to cure the bitten li- it to them freely, on raelites after any number bad condition of their accepting it as looked upon it, so this provision a free gilt to the ill-deserving: --suffers po diminution by the nun. But they will not accept it. They ber of those who partake of it, hate their lord and choose rather but always continues in the same to perish, iban to be iodebied to abundance, after thousands and him for any favour: Such are millions have been supplied. Just the rebels against our Lord the as much was necessary to be made King. Sich were we all by for those who are supplied ; and ture, being 66 children of wrath no more would have been neces- even as others." The Prince im. sary for the supply of all. manuel has by his death, made,

Th. But will not soine of them abundant provision for the whole complain of their lord for not world. And in consequence of making all willing when he had this provision, his servants are the power to do it?

sent forth to invite all to come. In. They may complain, for All might come if they woul.-they are very unreasonable crea- But so great is the perverseness tures ; and are seeking occasion of their hearts, that they will not to complain of their lord. But come to bim that they might have who will thiok they have reason life. And now, he might justly to complain, when they have their leave them all to perish in their own choice, and might come if sin and folly. But he has graciousthey would? What reasonable ly determined that they shall not man will ever complain of another all perish. He bas determined to for giving him that which he leave some of them to perish, for chooses for himself?

the glory of bis justice, and to Th. Please to explain this to make others the monuments of us more fully.

And he sends forth In. Those miserable objects the Holy Comforier io change which you saw are rebels against their hearts and inake thein wil. their rightful lord and sovereign, ling. As soon as he touches their and by their own wicked and fooi- hearts, by bis invisible, but Alish conduct have brought them- mighty agency, they become wiiselves into their present wretched ling, and ireely and voluntarily acstate. They are starving with cept the offered mercy, s hile ile hunger, and clothed in rags ; rest perish in their sins, and reand they must perish soon it they ceive according to the just deinerare not relieved. Their lord, as it of their crimes. you see, in the greainess of his that tbough there is abundant compassion, has made abundant provision of food and clowing in

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the store house, it does no good to crimes, so all bis rebellious sutany till they come and receive it. jects are condemned already.They must come & accept it as a But as the end of punishment, in

, freegift. This is thecondition which every good government, is not the they must perform, or die. This gratification of'malignant feelings, shows the difference between the but the promotion of the public work of atonement and the work of good, and the sentence of the law redemption. The atonement con- is executed only where the pub. sisted in making the provision. Re- lic good requires it, and when the demption consists in making them pablic good will admit of it mercy partakers of that provision. The a- is exercised in the pardon of of. tonement is sufficient for all, but it is fenders; so our Lord the King will only applied to apart. The atone. promote the honor of his name, ment has been styled a cover for and the highest interest of his hosio. The garments laid up in the ly kingdom, by extending pardonstore house may be styled a cover ing mercy to some, and executing for the nakedness of those wretch- the penalty of his law upon othed creatures; but they do not ac. ers, exactly as the public good tually become a cover of their requires. But, as you saw, that nakedness, till they put them on. all these criminals were guilty &

Then he took them again to a justly condemned, and their King, prison, and looking into it, they having determined to show mercy saw a number of criminals who to a part of them, made his own had been tried and found guilty of selection of the objecis of his certaia crimes. They were con- mercy ; so our Lord the King demded already, and the wrath of chooses out of those who are in their King abode upon them.- the like condemnation whom he And as they looked, they saw the will have the objects of bis merKing's officers come to the prisou cy, and whom he will make the with a free and full pardon for a monuments of his justice. Mercy part of them, and a warrant for is his own prerogative ; and he has the execution of the sentence up- a right to bestow it when and on the rest. So a part of them where he pleases. And this sovwere set at liberty, and the rest ereignty of his is an amiable and were led away to suffer the sen- benevolent sovereignty ; not be. tence of the law.

ing exerciseri capriciously, but Then said the pilgrims, what according to the dictates of infimeans this?

nite wisdom and goodness. In. You see bere an illustra. Then said the Interpreter, I ion of the sovereignty of our Lord, will show you a little more. So the King As these men were he took them to another place, all jussly condemned for their and they saw a wounded man sup

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ported by several attendanis, and ly accomplished good, while le the surgeons examining his wound. intended evil. But the court justThey saw also the man who had ly decided, that though he had out wounded him, in the hands of the

accomplished the evil he intended, officers of justice, who were about he was still criminal, and must be to icad him away to his trial - punished acccordingly. Judas al

. Then said the surgeons, we have so who betrayed his master, and examined the wound; and we those who condemned and crucifind, that the wounded man bad, fied him, really accomplished in his vital parts, a disease, which good, while they intended evil. would soon have destroyed his They accomplished the wise and life, had it not been opened. But benevolent purpose of our Lord this wound has opened the part, the King, thus to provide an a. and will probably save bis life.- tonement for the sitis of the world Then they followed the man who for which we all have occasion to had inflicted the wound to the rejoice and give thanks to the court of justice, and he was put King, and 10 the Prince Imman. upon his defence. He said he uel, who consented thus to die.-had indeed intricied' the wound But these wicked men intended with the intention of killing the evil and were justly condemned other; but since it appeared from for it; and some of them, at least, the report of the surgeons that he if not all, felt and acknowledged had saved his life, he claimed not it, and condemned themselves.only as acquittal from the charge And so it is in all cases. While laid against him, but the reward wicked men intend evil by what promised to such as save the lise they do, our Lord and King inof another. But the court decide tends and accomplishes good by ed, that he must be judged ac- it all. So thai, while we blame cording to his intentions ; and and condemn them for their wicksince these were criminal, he ed design in what they do, we must suffer the punishment which have occasion to bless and praise the law annexed to bis offence. our Lord the King for the good

Then said the pilgrims, what which he designs and thus accomincans this?

plishes. In. This shows the folly of those who teach that utility constituies virtue. The man who wounded his fellow, had murder

RICHARD in his heart. By the hand of Prov- The following striking interpoidence, however, his weapon was sition of Providerxe, is said to so directed, that he saved the life have taken place during Mr. Bashe intended to destroy. He real-ter's residence at Coventry.

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Several ministers ejected by the who is expected to preach at a act of uniformity, who resided in conventicle in this neighbourhood this city, united with Mr. Baxter early 10-morrow moroing, you in establishing a lecture in a pri. shall go with me, and I doubt not vate house, on a neighbouring we shall easily apprehend the The time of worship rogue.”

Mir. Baxter very pruwas generally a very early hour. dently assented to accompany him. Mr. Baxter left Coventry in the Accordingly, the next morning, evening, intending to preach the the gentleman took Mc. Baxter in lecture the following morping.-- bis carriage to the place where The night being dark, he lost his the meeting was to be held. When way, and after wandering about a they arrived at the spot, they saw considerable time, he came to a a considerable number of people gentleman's house, where he ask- hovering about; for seeing the ed for direction. The servant carriage of the justice, and susinformed bis master, that a per- pecting his intentions, they were son of very respectable appear. afraid to enter the house. The ance, was at the door. The gen- justice observing this, said to Mr. tleman, thinking it would be unsafe Baxter, “ I am afraid they have for such a person to be wander. obtained information of


deing on the common at so late an sign, Baxter has probably been hour, requested the servant to in- apprized of it, and will not fulfil vite him in, Mr. Baxter readily his engagement; for you see the ,accepted the kind proposal, and people will not enter into the met with a very hospitable rece; house. I think if we extend our tion. His conversation was such ride a little farther, our departure as to give his host an exalted idea may encourage them to assemble, of his good sense and extensive and on our return we information. The gentleman, our commission.” When they rewishing to know the quality of turned, they found their efforts his guesi, said after supper, “ As useless, for the people still appearmost persons have some employ- ed unsvilling to assemble. The ment or profession in life, I have magistrate, thinking he should be no doubt, sir, that you have disappointed of the olject he had yours.” 56 Yes, sir, I am man in view, observed to bis compancatcher. 6 A man-matcher, (said ion, “ That as the people were the gentleman,) are you? I am very much disasiected to governvery glad to hear you say so, for ment, he would be obliged to him you are the very person I want, to address them on the subject of I am a justice of the peace in this loyally and good behaviour.”--district, and am commissioned to Mr. Baxter replied, " That perseize the person of Dick Baxter, haps this would not be deemed


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sufficient: for as a religious scr- tended with christian holiness and vice was the object for which virille, in your tempers and lives. they met together, they would not What a shocking absurdity is it be satisfied with advice of that na. for any to pray for the divine astire ; but if the magistrate would sistance, and success of the gosbegin with prayer, he would then pe) minisiry, while they neilber endeavor to say something to heartily believe the doctrines, nor them.” The gentieman replied, obey the precepts of that very reputting his hand 10 bis pocket, ligion which their prayers seem • Indeed, sir, I have not got my to befriend! wbat egregious tri. prayer-book with me, or I would fling,what solemn mockery, what readily comply with your proposal. odious hypocrisy is this! However, l'am persuaded a per

Dr. Toppan. son of your appearance and respectability, would be able to pray with them, as well as talk to them. I beg therefore, that you will be so good as to begin with praver.”' The first and chief motive This being agreed to, they alight. which is 10 influence us 10 love ed from the carriage aod entered God with all our liearts, is bis inthe house, audi the people hesita- foite digoity and greatness, gloting no longer, followed them.- ry and excellency; or in one wor:l, Wr. Baxtertben commenced the has infinite omiubleness.

Tie äre service by prayer, and prayed to love him with ail our hearts, with that seriousness and fervour because he is the Lorn; because for which he was so eminent.

he is what he is, ind just such a The magistrate standing by Wils Being as he is. On this account, soon melted into tears. The good primarily, and intecedent to all divine then preached in his ac- Other considerations, ought be to customed, lively, and zealous mar- appear infinitely amiable in our

When he had concluded, eyes. This is the first and chief he turned to the magistratc, and reason and groupd upon which his said, “Sir, I am the very Dick law is founded, I ain the Lord.Baxter of whom you are in. por: This, therefore, ought to be the suit, I am at your disposal.” The first and chief motive io influence justice however had telt so much us to obey. The, principal readuring the service, and saw things son which moves him to require in so dillerent a light, that he laid us to love him, ought to be the aside entirely all his enmity to principal noive of our love. If the non-conformists, and ever af- the fundamental reason of his reterward became their sincere quiring us to love bim with all friend and advocife, and it is be- our hearts, is because he is what lieved also a decided christian. he is, and yet the bottom of our

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jore is not what his law requires, CHRETIAN MINISTRY.

but a thing of quite another naYour prayers for the success of ture.

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