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visibly approaching their latter heavenly proclamation that God end, to lift up their voices and might do for them what they their souls to Jesus for a share could not do for themselves, in the blessings of his kingdom. would make them incessant in I will not contend with any man their supplications, that mercy who tells me, that my sins are a might be extended to them. thousand times more aggravated If this might be reasonably than the transgressions of that thought to be the probable effect robber; but I am fully persuad. of a desire of happiness, on the ed, and no man shall rob me of supposition that God would the persuasion that the case of work wonders for the damned, this robber is recorded in scrip. which we know he will not do, ture, as one among many proofs, how infatuated would I be, if I that Jesus is able to save to the should suffer to pass unimprov. uttermost all that come unto ed the time that is yet allotted to God by him, and that he ever me in a world where salvation turos a gracious ear to the voice is brought near to the guilty. I of the petitioners who are shut will seek the Lord while he may up to the faith of his mercy. be found; I will call upon him
If a proclamation from heaven, whilst he is yet near. The sen. were made in the ears of those tence is not yet gone forth against who are already consigned to me, He that is filthy, let him their place of torment, that a. be filthy still! My sins have nother day should begrantedthem gone over mine head as a heavy to enjoy the means of salvation, burden, too heavy for me to bear, their torments would give place and therefore, I will give myself to rapturous joy. With what no rest till I hear that charming eagerness would they seize the declaration made to my soul, first moment, and every remain. Thy sins are forgiven thee. I ing moment of that little space cannot purify mine own heart of time, to strive to enter in at from those vile lusts which I now the strait gate that leads into the detest : but what is impossiblo way of life. They would pay with man, is possible with God. no regard to any devil who Lord, let thy mercy be on me, for should tell them that their case all my hope is in thee. I seek was still hopeless, that mercy salvation from Jesus ; if I per. would not be extended to them, ish, I will perish at his feet. and that it was impossible for them ever to acquire those dis.
TILE CHRISTIAN'S CONVERSATION positions which were necessary to fit them for a better. Their
IS IN HEAVEN.-PHIL. iii. 20. invincible aversion to misery, and The word is very comprehendesire of happiness would stimu. sive and proper; it signifies the late them to do all that was in life, or way of living of a citizen, their power to improve the hape where all one's interests, and all py opportunity. And although his business lies. They are citi. it was utterly impossible for zens of heaven ; their inheri. them to make a change for the tance, their treasure, and, of better by their own exertions, course, their hearts are there ; their faint hope derived from the and there all their business lies
that is worth looking after. They branches thercof.” The mus. are but pilgrims and strangers on tard of our own country is very this earth, and have nothing but far from answering this descripa present subsistence to look for tion; but there is, in the east, a here. This is what gives them the species of the sinapi, to which, advantage which they have above no doubt, it alludes. It is called others, the victory by which by Linnæus, Sinapi Eruosides. they overcome the world ; a Its branches are real wood, as victory which none of the wise appears from a specimen in the moralists, so much admired by collection of Sir Joseph Banks. men, who knew not the nature Lightfoot, Buxtorf, and others and worth of christianity, could quote the Jewish rabbies to the ever attain to. The apostle same effect, whose testimony makes the challenge, “Who is he cannot be suspected of partiality. that overcometh the world, but to the New Testament. In the he that believeth that Jesus is Talmud of Jerusalem, it is said, the Son of God ?" And there « There was in Sichi a mustard rever has, nor ever will be, a tree, which had three branches; man found able to answer it. one of which, being cut down, Here then we have a short, but served to cover the hovel of a a most complete and perfect potter ; and yielded three cabs christian directory. He that of seed.” The rabbi Simeon, has the faith of Christ, has all ; son of Chalataph, assures us, he that wants it, has nothing that he had in his garden, a Well might our Lord say that shoot of the mustard tree, on 4 this is the work of God, that which he climbed, as if on a fig ye believe in him whom he hath tree.” These statements are, at sent."
It secures the heart for least, sufficient to shew, that we God through Jesus Christ, and should not form a judgment of that secures the whole man, all eastern herbs by those which are his thoughts, all his words, and familiar among ourselves. actions ; forms the whole of his
Rel. Mon. conduct of life upon a perfect, a most infallible pattern. The apostle Paul gives some account of the christian's business: “Nei. [A l'aper found in the Repositories of a ther circumcision availeth any
person lately deceased, in his own
hand-writing ] thing, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love." No cavern is so dark, no Dissert. on Gal. ii. 20. abyss so deep, no inclosure so
strong, but omniscience can pen.
etrate it, and omnipotencc can “A GRAIN of mustard seed," burst it asunder. is said, in the parable,* to be In the near view of death, "The smallest of all seeds; but how did I with resentment of when it is grown up, it is the heart, pronounce foolishness upgreatest among herbs, and be. on all the vain amusements of cometh a tree ; so that the birds the present life ; with what of the air come and lodge in the earnestness did I recommend to * Matth. xiii 31
all an interest in the Redeemer,
as the one thing needful, and to time, and in the midst of a thoa.
duct of it! He giveth like a
These are instances of grace redeeming grace, adopting hon. that require a tongue to ac. or, justifying righteousness; knowledge, a harp to celebrate, and of all that mercy and power and a heart to comprehend them that shone forth in my sanctifica. far superior to mine. And, “O tion, begun and carried on eternity is too short to utter all through the various stages of thy praise.”
ESSAY ON EDUCATION.
Man is a creature of circum. wandering Tartar, the plunder. stances. Every sound, which ing Arab, the superstitious Hin. he hears, every object, which he doo. The savage and the man of sees, aids in forming his character; civilized society, are formed by hence the infinite importance of education. Education. It is education, For those, who are acquaint. which forms the Mahommetan and ed with Revelation, this is chief. Pagan, the Jew and Christian. ly a moral culture. All other It is education, which forms the discipline is subordinate to this,
and has reference to this, as its Spirit opens the scenes of future ultimate end.
ages. When the Almighty Leg. Though man was created in islator comes down in awful the image of God, he has effaced majesty, the pestilence before the divine features; he is in a guil. him, and darkness under his ty, lapsed state. With the same feet; when he drives the first pair physical powers, the same mental from Eden, bis design is to open energies, which dignified his first the way for them, and their parents in Eden, such is now his inoumerable posterity to a fairer moral apathy, his spiritual death, Paradise, where the serpent shall that like the bird of the desert, dever deceive, where forbidden he knoweth not the return of fruit shall never enchant. On spring. Like the serpent he this path of glory all the lamps feeds on dust. This has been of education shed their salutary the complaint of pagan philoso. beams. They conduct man to phers, the melancholy theme of his lost home. For this purpose prophets and apostles. The dis. devout parents instruct their lispcases, the wars, the sighs of a ing babes ; for this the summer dying world, are only the effects school collects the prattling of moral evil. Nothing is more throng, and the daughters of Isnatural, and nothing is more rael instruct their tender charge; reasonable, than for to for this the village master leads the break these chains of death, to youth to the springs of science ; seek deliverance from this moral for this academies, and colleges, ruio. Accordingly wise indi. and universities, are founded : viduals and communities, legisla. temples are built, churches are tors, judges, and ministers of the gathered; ordinances are admin. altar, incessantly labor to re. istered ; and the heralds of the lieve themselves and others from gospel proclaim salvation from these spiritual wos. They kin. pole to pole. All these meas. dle the sparks of that celestial of Providence combine fire, which dispels the darkness, their influence, as branches of and softens the moral winter of education to replace man on the the world.
throne, whence he has fallen. As To aid this grand design, to a constellation of lustre, in this remedy the evils of the fall, is the galaxy of light, the sciences proper design of education. To pour their rays to guide mankind re-impress the image of God, to the celestial city. If this be to render man worthy the divine not self evident, a little reflecfavor, worthy the society of an. tion will render it evident. gels, to lead man back to his No further than man is res. primitire glory, to arrest the tored to his original glory does terrific progress of evil, sages he possess any thing, which is and prophets, apostles and phipermanently valuable. What is lanthropists, have sacrificed
mere science, what are shining their lives. For these purposes
For these purposes accomplishments, but splendid God preserves and governs the phantoms, delusive meteors, universe, the wheels of provi. ready to vanish into thin air? dence roll, angels descend to the All attainments, which are not dwellings of men, and the Iloly moral, which have not a celestial
tendency, are unsubstantial are. or the narrative of a royage to transient as the shadow of the fill the stores of the merchant ; dial,
such are those acquisitions, While ascending the path of which have no moral tendency. moral improvement, though desti. Who then will adopt that mode tute of those talents, which secure of education, which merely dec. wealth and renown, man is little orates the person, amuses the lower than the angels; they wait fancy, or enchants the senses ; to receive him. As the fatal but does not mend the heart? fruit was torn from the tree of Is it fancy or do I hear un. knowledge the ground was curs. baptized philosophy exclaim, ed, the elements were distracted, “the days of the monks and the angel of death walked on the fasts are returning. Relics and wings of the wind, the quiver of beads, hermits and pilgrims, will divine wrath poured its arrows again overwhelm society.” into the bosom of man. Man To this I only reply, do not all caught the contagious princi. the liberal sciences, the usefal or ples of uproar and confusion. fine arts, tend to mend the heart, Famine, plague, and pestilence, to purify the affections, to proare minor evils less terrible, duce strong convictions of God, than man to man. This deprav. of providence, and our infinite ity inust be restrained and cru. obligations ? I ask the child of cified, or man is undone. What science, whether his studies have essential advantage then have not a tendency, to restore man those attainments, which are to his lost glory and his God. Do merely physical or intellectual, not you learn from history the which are merely ornamental or scripture doctrine of human de. pleasant ? Conscience must be pravity ? Is not the history of convinced ; passion must be sub. man the history of malignant dued. This is the only course passions and of crimes ? In the of felicity. No education is revolutions of families and emvaluable, unless it tend to dispel pires, are you not taught the un. the moral darkness of the mind, certainty of earthly glory, the to bridle the lightning of the pas. excellence of virtue, the misery sions, to elevate the soul with of vice, the justice of divine heavenly peace. Of what value Providence? From history do are the gilded pills and fragrant you not learn, that atonement perfumes of the physician, un. for sin is a natural idea of man, less they have a tendency to heal or that being first revealed, it has the disease of his patient ? God by tradition been conveyed to all is necessary to man; God is the the nations of the world ? Have * health of the soul. Nothing, not sacrifices, and even human therefore, can be estimable, sacrifices, been offered in every which does not tend to unite country of the globe? The doc. man with his God. Every thing trine of atonement then is a else is a shadow,or a vapour pass. spontaneons dictate of the heart, ing away.
As fuel without fire, or å revelation from God. or the picture of a feast to refresh From history we also learn the body; as the description of how patural to man is the doc. a harvest to enrich the farmer, trine of a mediutor.