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to receive him, to the Academy | ing was deeply affecting. O
at Bristol, and to send him un- that we may meet around the der the care of Dr. Ryland, throne of God, and be for ever There are good reasons to con- happy in his presence, to go no clude, that the assiduous atten- more out! How peculiarly intions paid by Mr. Phillips to the teresting is christian friendship! interests of the Sunday school, How combined are its pleasures contributed greatly to qualify him and its pains! In this world, for missionary labours. His part-sweet as it is, it is subject to ining address to the children and terruptions. Here we meet, and the teachers on his leaving Lon- enjoy the sweetest of earthly dedon for Bristol, will show the lights, but how painful are the state of his mind at that season, separations from those with whom whilst it exhibits his character as we have often taken sweet couna Sunday-school teacher to high sel, and gone to the house of advantage. God in company! But though we are absent in body, and though thousands of miles may separate us from communion with each other, we shall approach the same throne of grace, and remember each other there. We shall often think on the goodness of our covenant God which has been manifested towards us, and erect an Ebenezer of gratitude to O the blessedness of his name. religion, true religion, the religion of the cross! It meets our
'February 12, 1815. Delivered my farewell address to the children of the Sunday school, from Luke xv. 2. This man receiveth sinners! It was truly a solemn season: very many of the children were melted into tears. I spoke of the probability of its being the last time I should address them upon the subjects which related to their everlasting peace, and said, that perhaps we might meet no more on earth, but we should meet at the judgment-every necessity: by its influence seat of Christ, there to give ac- what glorious effects are procount of the manner in which I duced and experienced. O that had preached and they had its truths and influence were heard. I requested their serious known and felt as extensively as Hasten the attention, and endeavoured to the effects of sin! direct it to Jesus Christ. I en- time, O Lord, and make Jerujoyed much liberty in speaking, salem a praise in the whole earth!” and the children appeared after Dec. 6, 1822. wards as if they had been deeply affected. I addressed the teachers also on the subject of their discouragements and encouragements, and exhorted them to abound in their work. Having shaken hands with each child, my desires were fervent that my labours in the school, might not have been in vain. The teachers then sung a hymn, and my dear friend Sutton prayed. Our part
Missionary at Moorshedabad
(To be concluded in our next.)
Scriptural Views of Christ essential to Christianity.
THE knowledge of Christ is evidently an attainment of the highest importance, because scriptural views of his person and offices essentially affect our religious principles in general, and
are necessary to a proper recep- system, we shall discover no re-
tory. It may therefore be in-
But in turning to the gospel of Christ as delineated in the New Testament, a different scene arrests our notice, and we perceive his character and work interwoven with the system in all its parts, not as the author only, but as the subject and essence of the whole. The grand events of his ministry are not only topics of frequent reference in the discourses and writings of his apostles, considered merely as evidences of his divine mission, and the consequent authority of his doctrine; but the relation of those facts to the christian scheme, and the offices he sustains in the economy of redemption, form the substance of their compositions It is doubtless assumed by the in describing the peculiarities of disciples of Judaism, that Moses our faith. In the epistolary became their lawgiver by a di- writings, we are continually revine commission, and that a minded of the dignity of his perseries of supernatural interposi- son, the design of his obedience tions in Egypt and the wilder- unto death, the submission due ness, confirmed the authority of from his people, or the magnitude his institutions, and enforced the of those blessings which he disobservance of his laws. But if penses to the world. Whether we attentively consider his eco-they describe the attributes of nomy as established in the Penta- God, or trace the disclosure of teuch, and exemplified in the his purposes, or mark the prohistorical, prophetic, devotional,gress of his government in the and moral books of the Old Testament, instead of finding his name and character intermingled with every discussion, as though it were the life and soul of the
dispensations of grace, or predict
on the heart and character of its | it probable that a change of votaries; it may be truly affirmed, views concerning Christ, would that instead ofreferring to ourLord in many respects reverse or moas a subject of remote, second-dify the whole system of our ary, or subordinate importance, theology. "Christ is all, and in all." He not only constructed christianity as a moral machine to effect the renovation of society, but is himself the main spring of its different movements, the full force of which is essential to its moral utility and spiritual operations. He is not only the founder of the christian church, but the foundation and chief corner stone of the edifice, in whom alone the whole building fitly compacted together, can become a holy temple for the Lord. He is not only a part of the spiritual system, but the centre of the whole; the sun of righteousness, around which all the parts and all the messengers of divine revelation circulate like the planets of the solar system, which revolve around the sun, as the centre of their movements, and the source of their warmth and glory.
From these premises it is reasonable to infer, that ignorance of the true character of Christ, or the adoption of some false hypothesis respecting him, will essentially modify our ideas of the whole system, and render our reception of christianity in its native form impossible. We shall put opposite constructions perhaps on the same fact, draw conclusions from a principle that will never warrant them, or imagine a series of doctrines that have no being. And as the notions we receive on the subject of astronomy would be entirely reversed, by renouncing the Copernican system for that which supposes the earth to be the centre around which the sun and the stars revolve daily; so is
If indeed we appeal to actual experience, no doubt will remain that the principal hypotheses maintained on this subject, instead of being regarded as solitary points of difference, are rather accompanied with trains of thinking, and modes of belief, which change the complexion of their systems, and leave scarcely a doctrine of whose import the same ideas are entertained. the eye of two individuals, the one of whom regards our Lord as simply a good man, endowed with great wisdom for the instruction of the ignorant, whilst the other conceives him to be the Son of God, incarnate, whom the Father sent to be the Saviour of the world, christianity not only assumes a different aspect, but is, in many respects, a different thing. The former, per haps, considers it as a code of pure morality, enforced by the example of its author, by amiable displays of the divine goodness, and by the retributions of a future life, which the death and resurrection of Jesus were designed to ratify. But the latter, in connection with these sentiments, views it with admiration as a grand scheme of mediatorial interposition in behalf of man, by which the grace of God can be dispensed; while the purity of his law, and the justice of his moral government, are secured in the redemption and final happiness of his people. Instead of regarding the advent, death, and resurrection of Christ, or the preparatory dispensations of the Old Testament, as insulated facts which are important only because
the former must be essentially de-
And yet, upon closely examin
they were extraordinary, he ra-
Harlow, Nov. 1822.
Letter from the Rev. James Bass.* | very few comparatively, were
To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine.
The review of "An Address on Baptism," &c. which appeared in your Magazine for September, contains some mis-statements of my system, which you will allow me, I doubt not, an opportunity of rectifying.
1. The Reviewer says, inquiry into the sentiments and conduct of those who request to be baptized, or any confession of faith, appears to Mr. Bass to be an undue assumption of authority; yet such inquisition he regards as essentially requisite to a participation of the Lord's-supper and the privileges of church fellowship: but while the case of the Eunuch is confessedly in the way of the former part of this distinction, no case whatever is cited in support of the latter."
The first part of this assertion, I freely acknowledge, contains my undisguised sentiments; and while the plain language of scripture is, "I baptize you unto repentance;"-"Be baptized for
the remission of sins"-while I
To avoid the charge of unfairness,
we insert this letter, and, without entering into a lengthened controversy, we shall remark on those parts only in which the writer "complains." Ed..
really converted during our Saviour's residence on earth, I cannot cease to feel it my duty to maintain them.
Reviewer should have adduced
it is a fair inference, because
nisters are from thence autho
rized to judge of the spiritual
state of those who desire the ordinance of baptism, and to admit them to, or to reject them from it, at their own discretion?
The mis-statement, however, of which I particularly complain in the passage I have quoted, is this; that though I maintain the necessity of an inquiry into the conduct and sentiments of candi
dates for church fellowship, "no
Ananias related on his behalf-
[A] If Ananias had made any statement to the disciples, "on behalf" of