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manhood, the languor and decrepi- raised from the dead and gloriously tude of its age. But when it is changed, and both reunited in the raised “it puts on immortality; "it enjoyment of happiness eternal,enjoys. eternal youth; one never “Blessed and holy is he that bath ceasing spring and noon-tide of life. part in the first resurrection : on such For says our text, “Death is swal- the second death hath no power.” lowed up in victory.” It has lost its Yes, blessed indeed; infinitely blesssting; its victims have been rescued ed. But then in proportion to the from its grasp; its conquests are no inestimable value of the blessing is more. A more powerful arm has the loss, if we come short of it. disarmed it; for it is God who giveth Let us then seriously ask our own us the victory through Jesus Christ hearts, Are we aspiring after this our Lord. As in Adam we died, so blessedness? Are we diligently inin Christ we are made alive. Sinful, quiring how it may be attained ? mortal, and exposed to the eternal Are we shunning all that is incondeath pronounced upon the ungodly, sistent with it? Are we seeking it we are by faith in the Redeemer in the only way which God has justified freely in the sight of God : appointed for arriving at it; not our transgressions are forgiven; we living in carelessness and indifferare “accepted in the Beloved;" and ence;. not in a state of formalism after the short conflict of the present and self-righteousness; but dependlife we are translated to a kingdom ing wholly upon the merits of the of eternal glory, where none of the Saviour and endeavouring by the vestiges of sin, none of the ravages grace of God to walk in his steps. of death, nothing that is frail, or im- For if we would " bear the image perfect, or sorrowful shall be for of the heavenly,” as on earth we ever known. There, after the judg- have borne the image of the earthly; ment which shall finally separate if we would see God, and be like the righteous from the wicked, the him, and enjoy his presence for ever, former shall shine as stars in the we must begin to be like him here : kingdom of their Father; they shall our souls must be renewed after be for ever with the Lord. “I saw,” his image in righteousness and true says St. John, after describing the holiness. These bodies, which, if day of judgment, “a new heaven we are true members of Christ, will and a new earth ; for the first hea. undergo so glorious a change hereven and the first earth were passed after, must not be made the instruaway; and there was no more sea ; ments of sin upon earth. If we die and I saw the holy city, New Jeru. thoughtless and worldly, impenitent salem, coming down from God out and unbelieving, no miracle will of heaven prepared as a bride adorn- be wrought after our decease, to ed for her husband; and I heard a qualify us for the enjoyment of great voice out of heaven saying: heaven. The holiness without which Behold, the tabernacle of God is no man shall see the Lord must be · with men, and he will dwell with engrafted in us in the present state. them; and they shall be his people, We must be prepared for an eternal and God himself shall be with them, world, by repentance, and faith, and and be their God; and God shall sanctification of heart and life. wipe away all tears from their eyes; Then, unworthy though we are, yet, and there shall be no more death, through the infinite merits of our neither sorrow, nor crying ; neither Saviour, those mansions of blessed. shall there be any more pain, for the ness shall be our eternal portion. former things are passed away.' There safely arrived, we shall find

And are we not ready to exclaim, it to have been our highest wisdom in contemplating these animating to have made our calling and elecprospects,-the soul for ever res- tion sure while upon earth; to have cued from sin and sorrow, the body prepared for death and judgment

and eternity while the brief space the context and general bearing of
of life was allotted us for that pur- the chapter will shew that such a
pose; to have entered as it were reference could never have been
upon a course of spiritual edu- contemplated by the Apostle. The
cation for the unseen world, and to very sentence which immediately
have learned already those anthems follows this passage, and which
of gratitude and adoration which should not be separated from it, is
are the delight of the spirits of the enough to prove this. “ For God
just made perfect in heaven. hath revealed them unto us by his

Spirit," says the writer, evidently
referring to “ the wisdom of God
in a mystery,” verse 7; or in other

words the wonders of the Gospel Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. dispensation, and the work of the I was pleased to see, in a late Redeemer with its accompanying Number of your work, the obser- blessings ; all which are hidden vations of your correspondent from the eye and understanding of “ Clericus," on quoting Scripture “ the wise men of this world," and by rote;" having frequently wit- indeed of every man by nature; since nessed the laxity and inattention we can form no conception by the with which passages are adduced, mere powers of unassisted reason both in the pulpit and from the of the blessings which God reveals press; - a practice fraught with to the believer by his Spirit.-A innumerable evils.

reference to the passage in the In illustration of these remarks, prophet Isaiah which the Apostle and to confirm those of your is quoting, will not help to account correspondent, I wish to draw for the misapplication of this text. your attention to one passage, the Those who want further confirmamisapplication of which has been tion of the above interpretation already noticed in your work, but of the passage may consult almost which still continues to be mis- any of the commentators; but the quoted and misapplied. I allude real meaning is so obvious, that no to 1 Cor. ii. 9, which I have gene- one who ever examined it could rally heard quoted as follows: "Eye have misapplied it in the usual hath not seen, ear heard, way.

DIACONUS. neither bath it entered unto the heart of man to conceive the things which God hath prepared for them Tothe Editorofthe ChristianObserver. that love him." In the first place, this text is misquoted, since it As it is by the running too and stands in our translation thus: “Eye fro of many that knowledge (espehath not seen,

ear heard, cially on prophetical subjects) is neither have entered into the heart to be increased, I beg to inquire, of man the things which God hath through the medium of your prepared for them that love him.” columns, whether it has occurred How the word “ conceive" was to any expositor of prophecy that originally added to the text, I am the number of the beast (Rev. xii. at a loss to conjecture, though it 18.) may symbolise somewhat more may have a tendency to help the than the name of the beast. It misapplication of the passage which may now be considered as a tolecomes next under consideration. rably well settled point in prohave heard it currently quoted in phetic exposition, that the papal reference to the unseen and in- power is designated by this numconceivable glory and happiness ber; and I think I also see in the prepared in heaven for the people symbol the rise of the beast. I of God; but a slight attention to should be obliged if some of your

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1827.] The Thirty-nine Articles modelled on the Waldensian Confession. 273 correspondents, possessed of more has discovered, and which he has leisure, as well as more enlarged pointed out, in the following Artiknowledge on historical and chro- cles of our church :- Article 8. Of nological points than myself, would the Three Creeds; 1. Of Faith ascertain whether any circumstance in the Holy Trinity ; 6. Of the in the papal history, sufficiently Sufficiency of the Holy Scripture ; important to be regarded as the 9. Of Original or Birth-sin; 11. of rise of the beast, took place in the Justification of Man ; 22. Of about the year 866. Considering Purgatory; 25. Of the Sacraments ; the dates given by the more emi. 37. Of the civil Magistrates. The nent expositors, there is nothing reader who examines the above very improbable in the suggestion passage in the “ Historical Deof that year; and, though ardent fence,” will find that the language Millennerians, who are daily ex- of the Thirty-nine Articles is, in pecting the time of the end, will some instances, copied word

for word regard it as a chilling theory, the from the Waldensian document. dates consequent upon this sug. The most important part of the gestion will make the Millennium parallel is that by which it appears, remarkably synchronise with the that members of the Church of sabbatical Millenary. The rise of England, indeed Christian the beast being 666, the several world in general, have had the prophetic eras will expire in 1926, advantage of a list of those pure 1956, and 2001.

and canonical books of Scripture, which are the foundation of all true churches and of all true doctrines,

handed down by the Waldenses, Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. as by faithful witnesses, from the

earlier ages, in direct opposition to It was lately remarked, in your the corrupted list of sacred books valuable publication, that the ear- adopted in the Church of Rome. liest Confession of Faith of the Mr. Sims justly closes the parallel Waldenses has been comparative- with observing, that the comparison ly neglected by those who have thus instituted between that ancient written on subjects relative to that and venerable confession of the people. It will be found, however, Waldensian Church and the Thirtythat Mr. Sims, in an appendix to nine Articles, serves not only to Peyran's “ Historical Defence of prove that the doctrines which the the Waldenses” (pp. 141-147), Church of England reveres were has not only referred to that im- maintained by the Waldenses, and portant document, but has noticed, (being embalmed, so to speak, in

hat appears to have escaped other this ancient document) were prewriters, such an extraordinary simi- served from corruption during the larity between that Confession of dark ages; but shews it probable Faith and the Thirty-nine Articles that this celebrated series of articles of the Church of England, as to of the Established Church were warrant the conclusion that the partly formed by our Reformers foundation of those articles of the on the model of the Waldensian principal Protestant Church in Confession of Faith. If so, how Christendom, may be traced in much is the Church of England the Waldensian document. Mr. indebted, how much indeed is every Sims has given parallel extracts Protestant Church indebted, to that from both the ancient Confession pure and primitive church, of which of the Vaudois and the Thirty-nine a remnant still exists in its original Articles, in order that the reader seat, three valleys of Piedmont, near may the more exactly observe the the Cottian Alps !

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maketh an atonement for his sins :" Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer.


.“ when he maketh his prayer In common with your correspondent he shall be heard.” « Water will CANONICUS (C. O. for 1826, p. 600), quench a flaming fire; and alms I feel much anxiety for the abro. maketh an atonement for sins *." gation of the Apocryphal Lessons, The rubric gives no direction as to even on week days; but, till that most the course to be pursued when a desirable end shall be attained, I saint's day and Sunday, or a saint's beg to suggest to our clergy, that day and one of our Lord's festivals, they certainly never need nor ought fall on the same day ; and this to read them on the Lord's day. I omission leaves every clergyman am led to make this remark by the at liberty to adopt his own course. circumstance of having been lately Wheatley suggests that this is one obliged to listen at church, on that of those cases of doubt, which, acsacred day, to two or three asser- cording to the rubrical power vested tions in Apocryphal Lessons, directly in them for the purpose, the bishops at variance both with Holy Scrip- ought to resolve. However, in the ture and the Articles of our own

absence of Episcopal direction on Church. The feast of the Annunci- the subject, I beg to suggest to ation having this year happened on the clergy, the propriety of availing Sunday, the third chapter of Eccle- themselves of their confessed liberty siasticus was read as the first lesson in this behalf, and of abstaining in the afternoon service. The fol. from setting before their hearers, lowing is the divinity of the third, such heterodoxy as I have above fifth, and thirtieth verses of that chap- quoted.

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Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. circulated in France, and especially remarkable way

in which pressed on the notice of our counit has pleased God to bless the trymen residing there, as an unefforts now in progress, for dispel. answerable refutation, by a second ling the darkness of Romanism, Bossuet, of the errors of the prehas necessarily called forth the tended Reformation. The value controversial effusions of those who placed upon this performance may still adhere to that system. Among

be conceived, when we find its the various means of discrediting author translated to the important the Reformed faith, is that of vilify- bishopric of Strasburgh, and en. ing the characters of those eminent trusted with the education of the men who were the honoured in young Duke of Bordeaux. His struments in that great work. As preferment has not cooled his zeal, these have not been isolated, but

as appears from the following notice continued efforts, permit me to call affixed by him to the door of his your attention to a remarkable at: cathedral church at Strasburgh: tempt of this kind, in the publi

“ Forty days' indulgence will be cation of a dignified prelate of the granted to all those, who, after Gallican Church; entitled "an ami

* At the time of the Apocryphal concable Discussion on the Anglican troversy at Bristol, a few years since, in Church and the Reformation gene- consequence of the late bishop's directions rally*.” This book has been widely one of the incumbents of that city lately

“ Discussion amicale sur l'Eglise deceased, coming to this passage, paused, Anglois, et en general sur la Reformation, and then boldly read it,'" Asms do not par Monsieur l'Evêque d'Aise.”

make atonement for sins."

having fully confessed, &c., shall This document was signed by the visit this cathedral on the birth of principal inhabitants of that city, the holy father Ignatius Loyola ; and drawn up with the accustomed and shall there pray for the union form of legal proceedings. From of Christian princes, the extirpa- this it appears, that the heretic was tion of heresies, and the exaltation convicted of an abominable crime, of the holy and true religion." I ordinarily subjecting those who have since read in one of the jour- were found guilty of it to the stake, nals, that he has been displaced but mitigated in his case, by the from his preceptorship, as going charitable interposition of his 'sishop, too fast towards the accomplish- to the fleur-de-lis, or brand with ment of the objects sought in com- a hot iron. To this it may be mon by himself and his employers. added, that Bolsec states the fact, His work has received a very able in which he is not contradicted by reply in this country from the pen of Berthelier, which he certainly would Mr. Faber, who has exposed its so- have been, if Berthelier who was phistry, and shewn at the same time living then, could conscientiously the difficulties attending the doc- bave vindicated the character of his trinal system which it advocates. fellow-citizen. Thus the silence of There is, however, one passage in an entire city so deeply interested, the “ Amicable Discussion," which, and also of its secretary, is another as it did not fall in with Mr. Faber's infallible proof of the licentiousness plan to discuss, appears deserving imputed to Calvin *." of a separate notice, on account He follows this up with an extract of the stigma which it casts on the from the Jesuit Campian :-“ It memory of an eminent man, and was at that time so little contested, the strong impression it is likely to that when a Catholic author, speakleave on the mind of the general ing of the infamous life of Calvin, reader, from the parade of evidence stated, as a thing well known in with which it seems to be accom. England, that the leader of the panied. I shall first give a literal Calvinists had been a branded futranslation of the part of the bishop's gitive, his antagonist Whitaker, work to which I allude, and then offer while he confessed the fact, dea few observations upon it.

fended it by the following unworthy “ The followers of Calvin have parallel : Calvin was stigmatized, tried-and it is to be wished, for his but so likewise was St. Paul +.” “I credit sake, they may succeed-to find also" (the bishop continues) clear him from the brand of guilt, “ that the judicious and learned the mark of which he is strongly Englishman, Stapleton, who, from accused of having borne on his his long residence in the neighshoulder.” He then quotes the bourhood of Noyon, had every opfollowing passage, from a work of portunity of ascertaining its truth, Cardinal Richelieu : “ It may justly speaks of this affair like a person be considered as an unanswer well assured of the fact.” able conviction of the crimes which

After a few more quotations, with have been laid to the charge of which, as they are mere transcripts, Calvin, that the Genevese Church it is unnecessary to cumber your has not only never tried to clear pages, he gives his own comments him from the imputation, but has on the evidence against the Renot even questioned the authenti. former :—" As to the silence of city of the criminatory process, Beza, it may well be replied, that, which Berthelier, who had been since the disciple was notorious for sent for that purpose, extracted from the judicial records at Noyon.

• Le Card. Richelieu Traité pour Con

vert. liv. ii. p. 319, 320. • Difficulties of Romanism, by the Rev. + Campian dans la Troisieme Raison. G, S. Faber.

An. 1581.

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