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work, namely, to render me again this good by praying for me and for my family. If any one of those to whom I then made this request, and who has been induced to comply with it, should happen to read what I now write, let him know for his encouragement, that his prayers have not been in vain : that in my bodily and spiritual weakness I have been wonderfully supported from moment to moment, and that the grace of God has not left itself without witness among my family. The Lord, who gives and who takes away, has deemed it fit to take to himself one of my dear children, in his eighth year. But, glory be to his name, he has been pleased to let me see in this dear child, before he took him, marks of faith which have given me great consolation. Though my heart still bleeds when I think of the last painful conflict in which dust returned to dust, I can rejoice in the comfortable thought, that that happy soul, “washed, justified, sanctified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God,” has early left the misery of this mortal life, and rests in peace until the day when
“ dead men shall live, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” Glory to God through Jesus Christ. Peace through the Holy Ghost, be with every one who reads these lines.
The Author of these Meditations is well aware that as no one in the present day can call himself inspired in the sense in which those were who wrote the Word of God, so no one who now unders takes to expound any part of the Sacred Volume, ought to presume to think that what he has written is altogether free from error, or wish to be taken as an infallible guide. He there fore begs the reader of these Meditations to compare them with the Scriptures to see that all their contents are conformable thereto. Although he is sure he has not erred with respect to those doctrines which are the foundation of Salvation, he believes that he may have mistaken the mind of the Spirit in some particular passages, and he would deeply regret that his authority should lead others into error. He therefore begs of each reader to examine the Word of God for himself upon each point, and he requests of
those who shall be able, by a true and sound interpretation of the Scripture, to shew that he has been misled, to have the kindness to do so; and if the error should be sufficiently important to require it, he will be ready to retract it in suitable method which may be pointed out to him.
When we have any knowledge of the weakness and imperfection of that measure of the Holy Spirit which we have received from above, and of the degree of light which the Lord may reserve for the “latter days;" when we know how the slothfulness or feebleness of man leads him to rest upon the authority of another, rather than seek an opinion for himself by an examinatiou of the Scriptures; we feel, when we give, by means of the press, a fixed character to our present convictions of divine truth, the need of accompanying the publication of our thoughts with a notice such as this, lest we should be a snare to others, in such important concerns. May God enlighten each reader, and destroy the bad effect of all that may not be conformable to his Word.