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As the brazen serpent lost none of provision for them all, and offers iis efficacy to cure the bitten li- it to them freely, on the easy raelites after any number bad condition of their accepting ii as looked upon i!, so this provision a free gilt to the ill-deserving: --suffers po diminution by the pun. 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, ihan to be iodebied to abundance, after thousands and him for
favour Such millions have been supplied. Just the rebels against our Lord the as much was necessary to be made King. Sich were we all by die for those who are supplied ; and ture, being - children of wrath no more would have been neces
even as others." The Prince insary 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 tbeir 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 him tha! they might have who will think they have reason 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 his 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 to change which you saw are rebels against their hearts and inake thein bil. their rightful lord aod sovereign, ling. As soon as he touches their and by their own wicked and fooi- hearts, by his invisible, but Alish conduct have brought them. mighty agency, they become wilselves into their present wretched ling, and freely and voluntari.y acstate. They are starving with cept the offered mercy, shile the 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. But you see, you see, in the greainess of his that though there is abundant compassion, has made abundant provision of food and clothing in
the store house, it does no good to crimes, so all bis rebellious suta any till they come and receive it. jects are condemned already.They must come & accept it as a But as the end of punishment, in free gift. 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 alonement 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 public 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 bis name, ment has been styled a cover for and the highest interest of his hosin. The garmenis laid up in the ly kingdom, by extending pardonstore house may be styled a covering mercy to some, and executing for the nakedness of throse wretch- the penalty of his law upon otlied creatures; but they do not ac ers, exactiy as the public good tually become a cover of their requires. But, as you saw, that nakedness, till they putihem 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 certain 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 oflicers 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 a way to suffer the sen- benevolent sovereignty ; not be. tence of the law.
ing exercised 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 he took them to another place, all jusily condemned for their and they saw a wounded man supa
upon his defence.
ported by several attendanis, and ly accomplished good, while le the surgeons cxamining his wound. intended evil. But the court justThey saw also the man who had ly decided, that though he had out wounded lim, 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 alThen 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 had, fied bim, really accomplished in bis 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 aand will probably save bis life. tonement for the sins of the world Then they followed the man who for which we all have occasion to had inficted the wound to the rejoice and give thanks to the court of justice, and he was put King, and to the Prince Imman.
He said he uel, who consented thus to die.-had indeed intiieied' 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, lie claimed not it, and condemned themselves.only an 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 decid. tends and accomplishes good by ed, that he must be judged ac- it all. So that, 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 soffer 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 accommcans this?
plishes. In. This shows the folly of those who teach that utility constituies virive. The man who wounded his fellow, had murder
PICHARD in his heart. By the hand of Prov The following striking interpo. idence, however, his weapon was sition of Providerse, is said to so directe:l, that he saved the life have taken place during Mr. Bashe intended to destroy. He real- ter's residence at Coventry.-
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 to-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 common. The time of worship rogue.”
Mr. Baxter very pruwas generally a very early hour. dently assented to accompany him. Mr. Baxter lest Coventry in the Accordingly, the next morning, evening, intendiog to preach the the gentleman took Mr. 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 sosinformed his master, that a per- pecting his intentions, they were son of very respectable appeare 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 ing 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
engagement; for ,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 unwilling to assemble. The ment or profession in life, I have magistrate, thinking he should be no doubt, sir, that you have disappointed of the object he had yours.” 56 Yes, sir, I am man in view, observed to bis compancatcher. "A man-atcher, (said ion, " That as the people were ibe gentleman,) are you? I am very much disasiected to governvery glad to hear you say so, for ment, be 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 loyalty and good behaviour."-district, and am commissioned to Xr. Baxter replied, “ That perseize the person of Dick Baxter, haps this would not be deemed
you see the
LOVE TO GOD.
sufficient: for as a religious ser tended with christian holiness and vice was the object for which viride, in your tempers and lives. they met together, they would not What a shocking absurdity is it be sati-tied with advice of that na. for any to pray for the divine as. tire ; but if the magistrate would sistance, and success of the gosbegin with prayer, he would then pel ministry, while they neitber endeavor to say something to beartily believe the doctrines, nor them." The gentleman replied, obey the precepts of that very repuiting bis hand to his pocket, ligion which their prayers seem - Indeed, sir, I have not got my to befriend! what egregious triprayer-book with me, or i would fling,what sniemn mockery, what readily comply with your proposal. odious hypocrisy is this ! However, I 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 inildience us to love ed from the carriage aod entered God with all our liearts, is bis ina the house, and the people hesita- feite dignity and greatness, gloting no longer, followed them.-- ry and excellency; or in one word, Ivlr. Baxter then commenced the hus infinite omiableness. Pie are service by prayer, and prayed in love bim with ail our hearts, with that seriousness and servour because he is the Lorn; because for which he was so eminent. he is what he is, and just such a The magistrate standing by Wils Being is he is, On this account, coon melted into tears. The good primarily, and antecedent to all divine then preached in his ac- other considerations, ought he to castomed, lively, and zealous mac- appear infinitely amiable in our Der. When he had concluded, eyes. This is ihe first and chief he turned to the magistratc, and reason and ground upon which his said, " Sir, I am the very Dick law is founded, I ain the Lord. Baxter of whom you are in pur. This, therefore, ought to be the suil, I am at your disposal." 'The first and chief motive io influence justice however had telt so much is to obey. The, principal readuring the service, and saw things son which mores him 10 require in so different a light, that he laid us to love him, ought to be the aside entirely all his enmity to principal motive of our love. If the non-conformists, and ever afa the fundamental reason of his reterward became their sincere quiring us to love him with all friend and advocife, and it is be onr bearis, is because he is what lieved also a decided christine. he is, and yet the bottom of our
love be something else, then our THE SUCCESS OF THE love is not what his law requires, CHRETIAN MINGTRI.
but a thing of quite another naYour prayers for the success of ture.
Dr. Belluny. the christian Dinistry must be at