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an argument in favour of his to his humanity, it is generally proper divinity?

conceded. But what was this Christ's perfect example nature? Might it not be an. proves, at least, that he was an gelic? Need we suppose it to be extraordinary person. No other divine ? Now, whatever difficulainless and perfect character was ty attends the latter supposition, ever known among men.“ There attends the forıner. If there is not,” nor has there ever been, was a union of different natures " a just man on earth, who does to constitute his person, we may good and sins not." Moses and as well believe, that the fulness Elijah were men endued with of the Godhead," as that the fulprophetic and miraculous gifts ; ness of an angel, or of a creature they were favoured with imme- superior to an angel, " dwelt in diate inspiration ; they were him bodily.” Either of the eminent for piety and virtue ; unions would be to us inexplica. they had near access to, and fa. ble and incomprehensible ; and miliar intercourse with God; both equally so. By denying but still they discovered human his divinity, we neither explain, imperfection Moses, though nor remove, nor diminish the distinguished by the meekness mystery of the union, but leave of his temper, yet, under great it as great, as it was before. provocation, felt the impulse of Besides, have we such inforpassion, and spake unadvisedly mation concerning the perfec. with his lips. Elijah, though tion of angels, as will justify the pre-eminent for his zeal and for- conclusion, that the union of an titude in the cause of God, yet angelic nature with humanity once, discouraged by opposition, could have produced so perfect a and intimidated by danger, quite character, as that of Jesus Christ? ted his work for a season, and rc- Angels are not impeccable. tired to a cave.

Jesus, un- Multitudes of them have apostader vastly higher rovocations, tized, and fallen into condemna

' preserved his meexness ; and tion. Those, who have kept in the face of more terrible dan- their first state, and who, we sup ger and more violent opposition, pose, are happily secured from maintained his fortitude and zeal. defection, are certainly much inWe must then conclude, that he ferior to Christ in purity as well was more than a man ; for we as in dignity. They all worship see that the greatest and best of him with humble views of them. men-men endued with the most selves, and with admiring and eminent abilities, gifts, and vir- adoring sentiments of his incomtues, fell far below him. His parable holiness.

When Isaiah example plainly confutes the So. saw, in vision, the glory of the cinian doctrine, that he was a Lord, or, as St. John says, the mere man, authorized and fur- glory of Christ, he thus spake nished only to instruct and re- of him ; " I saw the Lord sitting form mankind by his doctrine on a throne high and lifted up, and example.

and his train filled the temple ; That he was truly and proper- and above it stood the Seraphim,'' ly a man, it is agreed ; that there or principal angels ; " each one was some superior nature united bad six wings; and with twain



he covered his face, and with simplify a great and wonderful twain he covered his feet," in to doctrine, taught in Scripture with ken of his humility and rev- as much simplicity, as its nature erence, “ and with twain he did permits, and with as much perfy,” to execute his Lord's will ; spicuity, as the faith of the humand one cried to another, saying, ble Christian requires ? “ Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of There are angels, who kept hosts; the whole earth is full their first state. But they never of his glory." Jesus is here were appointed to so momencalled Jehovah, a name not giv- tous a work, and never were suben to any of the angels, exceptjected to such tremendous trials, the angel of the covenant, the as was Jesus Christ. Had any Lord Jesus. He is elsewhere one of them been sent, as Christ called the Son of God; and “to was, in the likeness of our sinful which of the angels said God, flesh, and placed in the same at any time, Thou art my Son ?" situation, in which he was, who “ God chargeth his angels with can believe that this angel would

When has he thus have conducted with equal dignicharged “his beloved Son," in ty and constancy, benevolence whom he has declared himself and meekness, humility and pa« well pleased," and who profess- tience? If reason may be allowes to “have done always the ed to speak in a question of this things, which pleased him?" nature, will she not give her

The angels indeed are called judgment in favour of Christ's holy; but still they are imper- Divinity ? fect. They stand not in their We need not say that Christ's own strength. It is the nature perfect character alone, is a full of a creature to be mutable. and decisive proof of his proper Had Jesus been mutable, he Divinity. c d here are other would have been incompetent to proofs. Leal, this has its weight. the work assigned him ; for he At least it cpens the way for the might have failed, and the work positive evidences to come with miscarried. If, then, we sup- greater force, and removes some pose him to be a creature ever principal objections. In the obso perfect in his nature; we jections, which arise from cermust suppose some kind of union tain metaphysical difficulties atwith Divinity, to secure him tending the union of different nafrom the possibility of error. tures, we are not, at present, And why may we not as well be- concerned ; for, whatever hypoheve that Divinity was, in some thesis we assume, these still remysterious way, united to the main. man Jesus, as believe that an Let a man read the Bible, angelic or superangelic nature especially the New Testament, was united to him, and this na- laying aside the fear of inexplicature, in a way equally myste- ble mystery ; and will he not berious, supported by Divinity ? lieve that the Divinity of Christ Will not the latter supposition is taught there ? Admitting the rather involve, than unfold the doctrine to be true, what more great mystery of godliness? decisive modes of expression Will it not rather perplex, than would he expect, than those

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which he finds ? It is a general of the children of men"-that rule, to receive those, as doce "he will raise the dead, and trines of revelation, which, if judge the world at the last day"they were such, could not be ex- that “ all the angels of God worpressed in clearer and stronger ship him, and to him every knee terms.

shall bow, of things in heaven I remember once to have and things in eartn”-that “as heard two gentlemen disputing he through the eternal Spirit on our present subject. One of offered himself without spot to them, arguing against the Din God, so his blood can cleanse vinity of Christ, said, “ If it were from all sin, and purge the contrue, it certainly would have been · science from dead works.” If expressed in more clear and we believe his Divinity, these unequivocal terms." “ Well," doctrines are easily understood, said the other, “ adınitting that and readily admitted. If we de. you believed it, were authorized ny it, these doctrines become to teach it, and allowed to use more difficult to be explained, your own language; how would and more hard to be received, you express the doctrine, to than that which we deny. make it indubitable ?” “ I would Rash and injudicious explanasay," replied the first, “ that Je- tions of the doctrine have probasus Christ is THE TRUE GOD." bly been the cause, why some “ You are very happy,” rejoined have denied, or been thought to the other, “ in your choice of deny it. What is denied may words, for you have happened to perhaps, in many cases, be rathhit on the very words of inspira- er the human dogma, than the tion. St. John, speaking of the divine truth.

« This is, in{:rue God, How far right conceptions, and and eternal life.”

correct ideas of this wonderful There are unions!t the natur- doctrine, may be essential to al world, which the-philosopher salvation, the humble Christian cannot explain. Why should chooses to leave with him, whose the believer attempt, or the dis- judgment is always according to believer demand, an explanation truth. His principal concern is of the union between the divine with himself, to know the truth, and human natures in Jesus and to be governed by it. For Christ? The Scripture says himself he examines carefully, enough, when it tells us, that that he may be fully persuaded “God was manifested in the in his own mind. flesh”-that “in Christ dwelt brethren he will hope charitably, the fulness of the Godhead bodi- and speak cautiously. Besire he ly.” Does the philosopher go will be slow to condemn, as here. farther in stating the union be- sy, the rejection of his own ex. tween soul and body in man? planations of particular docThe Scripture asserts that “all trines ; for he knows,

men may things were created by Jesus agree in the substance, but dilChrist”-that “he is before all fer in the circumstances of the things, and by him all things faith, delivered to the saints. consist”--that “he searcheth At a time, when the gospel itthe hearts, and trieth the reins self is opposed, its friends ought

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to unite their strength in its de- present gratification can compenfence, and be watchful, lest they sate in any degree for the loss of weaken their own, and each oth- the soul. Let that gratification, er's hands by unnecessary con- therefore, be resolutely denied. troversy, and uncandid severity. Valuable as an eye or hand may But let not Christian candour be, it has no value, when comdegenerate into indifference, nor pared with our peace and salvaabandon the distinguishing doc- tion. Less ground is there for trines of the gospel for the sake comparing the pleasure of senof peace. The wisdom, which sual gratifications of any kind is from above, is peaceable, but with the consequent damage susit is first pure. THEOPHILUS. tained both in this and in the fu

ture world. THE DECALOGUE.

This command has its foundaSEVENTH COMMANDMENT. tion in the present state of things. “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” What it requires is necessary for

MARRIAGE was originally the our own happiness, and also institution of the Creator, and guards one of the best interests was designed to promote the of society. The irregular, break purity, domestic comfort, and through all bounds, and incapacisocial order of mankind. To tate themselves for the purity guard men from violating its sa- and order for which celestials cred duties is the object of this are distinguished. precept.

The crime here forbidden was The comment, which our punished by the law of Moses Lord has given us on this com- with death, inflicted by strange mand, is evidently the dictate of ling, or stoning, according to the true wisdom. “ Ye have heard degree of aggravation attending that it was said by them of old the crime. It was peculiar to time, Thou shalt not commit adul- the Mosaic dispensation to retery : but I say unto you, That move the jealousy of a husband, whosoever looketh on a woman to when excited, by bitter waters lust after her, hath committed aduladministered in a solemn manner tery with her already in his heart. by a priest to the suspected perAnd if thy right eye offend thee, son. When the suspicions had pluck it out, and cast it from thee : no foundation, the waters were for it is profitable for thee that one of a salutary and invigorating naof thy members should perish, and ture ; but otherwise, nothing can not that thy whole body should be be conceived more instantaneouscasi into hell. And if thy right ly pernicious and fatal. hand offend thee, cut it off, and The deviations of those desticast it from thee: for it is prof- tute of revelation were very itable for thee that one of thy great with respect to this commembers should perish, and not mandment. The Lacedemonian that thy whole body should be virgins were taught to consider cast into hell." Let the ave- it as an act of religion to sacrinues to sin be shut. Chasten fice their honour once in their your thoughts, your words, and Nfe, out of respect to their god. your actions.

In gaining this dess Astarte. The same pracpoint use every exertion. No tice prevailed at Carthage. The Vol. II. No.8.

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Lacedemonian virgin's were not publish the following extract only indulged, but even en- from the learned Dr. Campbell, couraged by law in exercises, Prelim. Dis. VI. part 1. gio. which were inconsistent with this “ A late learned and ingenious commandment. With respect author, * has written an elaborate to purity of manners the Gentile dissertation to evince, that there world in general were in a la- was no real possession in the dementable state.

moniacs mentioned in the gos. Scott, in his note on this com pel ; but that the style there emmandment, well observes, that ployed was adopted merely in “ writing, publishing, vending, conformity to popular prejudicirculating, or reading obscene ces, and used of a natural disease. books ; exposing to view inde. His hypothesis is by no means €ent pictures or statues, or wható necessary for supporting the ever else may excite men's pas- distinction which I have been ilsions, partakes of the guilt of lustrating, and which is founded transgressing this command; purely on scriptural usage. Conand wit, elegance, and ingenuity cerning his doctrine, I shall ononly increase the mischief, ly say in passing, that, if there wlierever the specious poison is had been no more to urge from administered. All the arts of sacred writ in favour of the comdress, motion, and demeanor, mon opinion, than the name which form temptations to heed- despcovi Loutros, or even the phrases less youth, with all those blan- dijonov syur, exBeadus, &c. I should dishments, insinuations, amo- have thought his explanation at rous looks and words, which sub- least not improbable. But when I serve seduction, and prepare the find mention made of the number way for criminal indulgence, fall of demons in particular possesa under the same censure.

In sions, their actions so expressly short, the commandment res distinguished from those of the quires the utmost purity, both man possessed, conversations held of body and soul, in secret as by the former in regard to the diswell as before men ; with a holy posal of them after their expulindifference to animal indulgen- sion, and accounts given how ces, and the strictest govern- they were actually disposed of ; ment of all the appetites, senses, when I find desires and passions and passions."

ascribed peculiarly to them, and How grateful ought we to be similitudes taken from the confor the restraints of religion. duct which they usually observe; Listen to its instruction. It is it is impossible for me to deny the instruction of tried friend their existence, without admitship, summed up in few words ; ting that the sacred historians do thyself no harm. PHILOLOGOS. were either deceived themselves

in regard to them, or intended to EXTRACTS FROM DR. CAMPBELL deceive their readers. Nay if

ON POSSESSIONS." they were faithful historians, As there are some, who disbe- this reflection, I am afraid, will lieve the literal account of pos- strike still deeper." sessions found in the gospels ; a constant reader requests you to

• Dr. Farmer

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