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pears fixed like a rock in the comes the servant of Christ to sea dashed with the foaming conform, that he may render billows. Without deviating in himself more acceptable and the least from that consistency, be more useful, it may not be which constitutes the beauty, fe- amiss to specify the article of licity and glory of the Christian dress. With respect to apparel, character, we find him at one perhaps there can be no better. time declaring, “ If meat make rule given than the following: my brother to offend, I will eat Dress yourself in such a manno meat while the world stand-ner that no particular notice eth,”-shaving his head and pu- may be taken of it. The mode rifying himself in the temple of dress is continually fluctuacircumcising Timothy that he ting, and so far as decency, conmight give no offence to the venience and usefulness are reJews, though he knew the cer- garded, religion has as little to emonial institutions were abolo do with one as with another. ished and that he had a right if any fashion be introduced, to claim his liberty ; again we trespassing upon either of these hear him expressing himself in rules, it surely behoves those, the following decisive language; who are called to be saints, and “ But though we, or an angel who would wish to do all the from heaven preach "any other good in their power, not to congospel than that which we have form. Singularity when thus preached unto you, let him be rendered necessary, though it accursed.”-Again, we find him may expose to reproach, is nevwithstanding Peter to his face, ertheless commendable. Toapbecause he was to be blamed for pear the first in the fashion, is his dissimulation, in keeping up an object below the Christian a distinction between Jews and character. It is not agreeable believing Gentiles, who were to the directions of the apostle one in Christ Jesus. While in on this subject. According to the exercise of self-denial, he him the adorning of a follower had learned to give up his own of the blessed Jesus should not right, and suffer great personal be that outward adorning of plaitinconvenience, for the sake of ing the hair, and of wearing of benefitting others; he had learn- gold, or of putting on of appared, also, to be scrupulously ex- el ; but it should be the hidden: act in maintaining that system man of the heart, in that which of evangelical truth, by the is not corruptible, even the orknowledge, the love and prac- nament of a meek and quiet tice of which alone, God can be spirit, which is in the sight of glorified and sinners saved. God of great price.

While he was ready to labor So with respect to modes of with his own hands, that the civility, such as shaking hands, gospel might not be chargeable, taking off the hat, making obei. he steadfastly maintained the sance and the like, it is undoubtright of those who preach the edly our duty to conform, provigospel to live of the gospel. ded there be nothing in the cus

In mentioning things of an tom derogatory from that proinnocent or indifferent nature, found homage we owe our Cre. with respect to which, it be- ator. In the obeisance which

the proud courtier Haman re- tures do not speak of the resur. quired, and which it is probable rection of the wicked, who die was customarily paid him, which in their sins, as a benefit obtainhowever humble Mordecai re-ed for them by Christ's mediafused to render, it is reasonable tion. They do not represent to conclude there was something their resurrection as a favor or sacrilegious and profane, as the blessing, conferred upon them ground of his refusal. Thus by Christ. But whilst the resurwere a traveller providentially rection of the saints is foretold cast among Papists, it would be and promised, as an unspeakahis duty to refuse compliance ble blessing, and the fruit of vith their idolatrous rites.- Christ's mediation ; that of the Should he bow to the consecra- wicked seems rather to be reted host, he would offend the vealed and denounced, as a curse. God who is above, who is jeal According to Daniel, Of the maous of his honor, will not give ny who sleep in the dust of the his glory unto another, not even earth, when they shall awake, to the highest angel in heaven, some shall awake to everlastmuch less to a consecrated wa- ing life, and some to shame, and fer.

everlasting contempt.” And (To be continued.) Christ said, “ The hour is com

ing, in the which all that are in

shall hear his voice,

and shall come forth ; they that Q. and R.

have done good unto the resur

rection of life ; and they that DIALOGUB.

have done evil unto the resur, On the Resurrection.

rection of damnation."

The bodies of the saints will IR,

heard you speak of the ioned like unto his glorious or resurrection of the wicked, as glorified body, that they may being not a benefit or fruit of reign with him in life for ever Christ's redemption ; but have that, in a state of re-union with pot been able to clearly appre- their souls made perfect in holihend your meaning: I will ness, they may eternally share therefore thank you for a free with them in all the glory and and clear expression of your happiness of the heavenly state. ideas on the subject.

But the bodies of the wicked R. Sir, I will cheerfully at- will be raised for a directly contempt it ; hoping, if my ideas trary purpose--that in a re-union are not according to truth, that with their souls abandoned to you, or some other person, will the dominion of perfect wickedset me right.

ness, they may participate with The scriptures inform us, them in the pains of the second " That there shall be a resurrec- death, by having their part in • tion of the dead, both of the just the lake which burneih with fire

and unjust.” They also teach and brimstone. Therefore, whilst us, that the wicked, as well as the righteous are, with propriethe righteous, will be raised by ty, said to come forth to the reChrist. But I think the scrip- I surrection of life; the wicked

. S heard

he says,

may be said to come forth to the | dience unto death, and of his resurrection of death-the se- resurrection as their head. Therecond death, that death which is fore, the apostles, after the last empbatically, the wages of sin. cited words, so in Christ shall alt Is it possible, then, to conceive be made alive, immediately addsy of the resurrection of the wick" But every man in his own ored, as a privilege or blessing, der: Christ the first fruits; afprocured for them by the media-terward they that are Christ's at tion of Christ?

his coming." And by them that Q. But doth not the apostle are Christ's the apostleg elsespeak of it in this light? where where explaing himself to mean,

“ But now is Christ them that are in Christ, who walk risen from the dead, and become not after the flesh, but after the the first fruits of them that slept. spiritin whom the Spirit of For since bý maii came death, God dwells who have the Spiby man came also the resurrec- rit of Christ, and through the tion of the dead. For as in Ad Spirit mortify the deeds of the am all die, even so in Christ shall body, and crucify the flesh with: all be made alive.” 1 Cor. xv. the affections and lusts ; in op20, 21, 22.

position to those who indulge, R. I am sensible tirat some and live in, and practise the consider these words as proving, works of the flesh; and who of that the resurrection of old man course, shall not inherit the kind is a fruit of Christ's media- kingdom of God.* It is accordtion or redemption, and to be ingly remarkable, that throughconsidered as a benefit which out this fifteenth chapter to the he hath obtained for every one Corinthians, the apostle speaks of the human race. But how of the resurrection of none exthat resurrection, which is not cept them that are Christ's-of to life, but to damnation to suf- none but true believers and real fer the pains of the second deathe Christians, whose bodies will be in the lake which burneth with raised in glory, spiritual, incorfire and brimstone, can be justly ruptible, and immortal. Of these considered as a privilege or ben-only, and of this blessed resurrec. efit of Christ's mediation, to the tion of life, doth the apostle treat subjects of it, I do not under- in this chapter ; but says not a stand, nor can I conceive. Nor word about the resurrection of do I think the apostle, in the any other characters, or of any cited passage, or in any other, other resurrection, than that meant to teach any such thing which will be unto life, and a But the apostle's meaning is to happy and glorious immortality. this effect, viz. As in Adam, all Nor should we certainly know, that are his, even all his poster-that any others, or any of the fiity, die, in consequence of his nally wicked, would be raised disobedience : soin Christ, all from the dead, if it was not rethat are his, all whom the Fa-vealed in and confirmed by other ther gave him effèctually to re- passages of scripture. deem and save, and who become Q. But since death, even temvitally united to him by faith, really in him, shall be made * See Rom. viii. 1, 9, 13, and Gai. alive, in consequence of his obe- v. 19--94.

poral or bodily death, came by shalt surely die." But the sersin, would not Adam's offspring tence upon Adam, particularly, have been subject to it, in case was in these words, “ Becausc: there had been no mediator or thou hast hearkened unto the redemption ? But in that case, voice of thy wife, and hast eatcan it be supposed that they en of the tree of which I comwould be raised again ? And manded thee, saying, Thou shalt Will it not, therefore, follow, that not eat of it ; cursed is the the resurrection of even the ground for thy sake : in sorrow wicked, is a fruit of Christ's me-shalt thou eat of it all the days diation or redemption ?

of thy life. Thorns also and R. We cannot tell what would thistles shall-it bring forth unto have been, in case no mediator thee: and thou shalt eat the had been appointed, nor any herb of the field. In the sweat provision made for the redemp- of thy face shalt thou eat tion or salvation of fallen man. bread, till thou return unto the Whether, in that case, Adam, ground; for out of it wast throu after his fall, would have been taken : for dust thou art, and continued on the earth, to propa- unto dust shalt thou return." gate his race whether he would In this sentence, the word have had any posterity or not, death, or die, is not once used, are questions, which we are to- and perhaps no other word sigtally unable to answer. But as nifiying the same thing, that was God had appointed a mediator, intended by dying, in the penaiand determined upon the plan ty originally annexed to disobeof redemption by Christ, he was dience. Is it not most agreeable pleased, after man's disobedience, to the tenor of the scriptures, to before he passed any sentence view the case pretty much in upon him, to intimate his gra- this point of light? viz. That cious design, by the declaration in consequence of the mediatoin the sentence passed on the rial interposition of Christ, the serpent, that the seed of the wo- full execution of the originadas man should bruise his head.--And penalty was suspended, and man in consequence of the mediato- placed in a state of trial upon rial interposition, things were the mediatorial plan, which was placed upon a new footing with to continue several thousands of respect to-man, and a new state years, and in which all those of trial commenced, under cir- things were to take place, which cumstances very different from were but best calculated to anwhat was otherwise to have been swer all the purposes designed expected. It is accordingly ob- by God to be accomplished unservable, that when God had ar. der this new dispensation and raigned our first parents, and state of trial : and particularly, brought them to a confession of various testimonials and exprestheir transgression, after inti-sions of his holy displeasure amating his gracious design, he gainst mankind for their sin: and passed a sentence on them, but that among these testimonies of in language very diferent from God's displeasure, this of their that of the original threatening. returning to the dust, one after The threatening was “ In the another, in constant succession, day that thou eatest thereof; thou should hold a distinguished place,

as a very striking' evidence and sensible expressions of God's inproof of his great and constant dignation and wrath. displeasure at their wickedness, Q. But temporal, bodily death and of its certain issue in the ut. came by sin. ter and everlasting ruin of all, R. True, it did. So likewise who do not repent, and obtain did the thorns and thistles, and forgiveness in the revealed way, all the noxious plants and weeds, through a mediator. And fur- with which the earth hath ather, that when all the purposes bounded, since man transgressed, are accomplished, which God and God cursed the ground for designed to have effected under his sake. . . And so likewise do this new dispensation, then Christ all the pains and sorrows and afwill come to make a final settle- flictions of every kind, with mnent, and raise up all who had which any are distressed in the returned to the dust, to receive present life: All these come by their respective rewards--that sin, are procured by it and fruits he will then raise those, who, and consequences of it, and exby faith in him and obedience pressions of God's holy displeasto the gospel, complied with the ure against it. But it doth not proposed terms of forgiveness from hence follow, that these and eternal life, to enter upon are the very same evils, either and inherit the kingdom prepar- in kind or degree, that were ined for them, as the effect of tended by death or dying in the God's free love, and as the fruit original threatening. So, altho and reward of his mediation and bodily death came bý sin, yet if merits and those, who, by un doth no more follow from thence, belief and continued disobedi- that it is the very same thing ence, rejected the proposed plan that was meant in the first threatof forgivness and salvation, and ening; but, like the thorns and died in their sins, to receive the thistles and numerous afflictions, wages, the due reward of sin, it may be a temporary things het the penalty of disobedience, by culiar to the state of trial introenduring the pains of the sec- duced by Christ's mediatorial in ond death in the burning lake, terposition, and suited to answer with such increased intenseness, the purposes of divine Provias will be answerable to the in-dence during the continuance of creased guilt of those, who lived this state. And as the sacrifices under, and slighted and abused, offered for sin, before the coming the light and grace exhibited in of Christ, were called atonethe gospel. And thus the death ments, not because they made a at last inflicted on those, who re- real and satisfactory atonement ceived not the benefits of Christ's for sin, but because they prefiga redemption, may explain what ured and represented, and were was meant by dying, when or- shadows or types of the true aiginally threatened as the penal-tonement, which Christ hath ty of disobedience, the wages of since made by his own blood ; sin-even complete everlasting so man's return to the dust, misery of the whole man in when, to the eye of sense, he is both soul and body, in a total totally and finally cut off from exclusion from all good and a life and all good, and all his hope bandonment to all evil, under and happiness destroyed and

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