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good providence of God, such pers printed every week, to res extensive means of religious late the good and ill news coninstruction and light are intro. cerning the states and kingduced, acknowledged, and pro-doms of this world, how suita. ductive of so much undeniable ble that Christ's kingdom should good, in regions which other have its Evangelical Magazines. wise would be sunk in darkness Let us adore the mercy of God, and neglect, let Christians again in stirring up the spirit of the be thankful and rejoice. Let Editors of the Magazine, to unthem bless God that the regu. dertake this very important lar institutions of the Protestant work; and let us thank him for churches, even with all their de. the extensive spread which he fects, are yet permitted to be the has given it, and for all the good instruments of so much good : which has been done by it. and let them pray with renewed The design of this Address to ardour, that their zeal may be the Readers of the Magazine is revived, their worship purified to stir up their minds, to pray from adventitious defects, and for the continuance of the divine their labours still more exten- blessing on this very important sively successful.
publication. No doubt, many of you have already carried this
matter to the prayer-hearing TO THE READERS OF THE Con. God. I beseech you to abound
EVANGELICAL more and more in this grace. MAGAZINE
I would suggest a number of Christian Brethren,
particular petitions, which ap
pear to me proper to be made YOU know we are command concerning the Magazine, and
prayer and supplication, with freely poured forth, in cur sethanksgiving, to let our request cret retirements and in our ejabe made known unto God."- culations. Every thing which is worth do- 1. We should pray, that God ing is worth asking the blessing would furnish the Magazine of God upon it. What he bles- with suitable and excellent mat. seth is blessed indeed, and with. Such a publication is calout his blessing, our greatest culated to do good or hurt, acand most promising exertions cording to the nature of the ma. to build up his kingdom will teriais, of which it is composed. prove of no avail. I think, If it should be filled with error brethren, we are under great and misrepresentation of Chrisobligation to give thanks to tian doctrine ; if it should exGod for the periodical work hibit wrong views of Christian which now lies before us. What experience and practice, it will a great blessing to the church is do incalculable mischiof. We such a religious publication. should pray, that this work nay Like the trees of Paradise, it be replete with truth, and with bears twelve manner of fruits, such truth as is most needed by and yields its fruit every monià. the readers, and most calcula. If it be suitable, that there ted to promote their edification. should be thousands of newspa- God can stir up here one and
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there another, to write such pie- , and righteousness, we may exces, as shall be most useful.-pect he will do it. We should pray, that God would 3. All will see the importance reflect much light on their of praying,' that God would acminds, while they are pre-company the reading of the Maparing spiritual food for such gazine with his holy spirit, so a multitude of guests. While that it may feed the sheep of we are praying to God about Christ's flock, and convert sinthe materials of the Magazine, ners from the error of their way. we shall naturally be led to ask | Paul may plant the best seed, him, to furnish it with a de- and Apollos water it with the lightful and edifying variety of most divine eloquence, still there doctrinal essays, interesting nar- will be no harvest, unless God ratives, biographical sketches, give the increase. If the Maand other soul refreshing com- gazine is furnished with the positions. While we pray, that choicest matter, and if it should we may be entertained in read circulate from one end of the ing accounts of spreading re- land to the other, still it will do vivals of religion, remarkable no good if God do not accompaconversions, and the examplary ny it with his gracious influence. lives of holy men, we shall na. This is that which makes turally be led to two petitions ; preaching or reading enlarge first, that there may be many the heart, revive the spirits, and such agreeable things to relate ; set the soul in motion towards and, in the second place, that God. Those who write for the they may be sent forward to the Magazine should pray much, Magazine. Anotherthing, which that if God sees fit that what will strike our minds while pray- they write should come before ing for rich materials for this the public, he wouid attend precious repository, will be to the reading of it with his ask the God of wisdom, to assist grace. Sermons or Magazine and direct the Editors in deter- compositions, which have been mining what pieces, among those interwoven with much prayer, committed to their inspection, will be likely to do much more. shall be inserted.
good, than pieces of equal mer2. It is a matter of sufficient it, on which the blessing of the importance to pray about, that Most High has not been implorGod would give the Magazine ed. God will be sought unto an extensive circulation, and dis- for his blessings : Ezek. xxxvi. pose many to read it. God can 37. Whenever we take up a give people a mind to read, and Magazine (or indeed any other he can give such celebrity to book) we should look up to heavthis work, that there shall be en for a blessing upon the readgreat pains taken to obtain it. ing. When a new number of Divine Providence can so dis- this work comes out, we should pose events, that the circulation fervently pray, that it may,
thro' of this pamphlet shall become the divine blessing, do infinite more practicable and easy; and in good. Each reader of the Ma answer to the disinterested de- gazing should pray, not only for sires of those, who long for the his own, but for the edification more extensive. spread of truth of every other reader; that each
successive number may promote ders of intelligent creatures who a great growth in grace and inhabit the celestial world. This knowledge among many thous- is a mystery, which, the scripands in Israel. And while pray
inform us, the Angels ing for these things we ought with a sacred curiosity desire to to remember the importance of look into ; and shall the wonder exertion on our part, in the use and admiration of those immaof all proper means, that a work culate and holy beings be excitso interesting to Zion's peace ed by the grand event; an event and comfort, may not fail, for in which they do not appear to want of precuniary support.-be immediately interested ; and There is great danger of this shall man, guilty, miserable support's being withheld. It re- man, who is deeply and most quires a considerable sum to intimately concerned in it ; shall carry on such a periodical work; he stand by as an idle spectator, this sum is expected to be re- / while the amazing scene is pas. ceived from several thousand sing as it were in review before individuals, who are scattered him? Altho’ this is, and will all over the land. It is often remain, a mystery, incompredifficult for them to send their hensible by finite minds, and far subscription, when it becomes exceeds the comprehension of due and each one thinks, if I am human reason, yet, as it is not not quite so prompt in making contradictory to reason, and is payment, such a little sum will clearly revealed in the sacred make no great odds. In this oracles of eternal truth, it is the way, there is great danger, that duty and the wisdom of all to payment will not be punctually believe it, and to contemplate it made. From this as much as with wonder and gratitude. any quarter, I apprehend there The incarnation of the Son of is danger of the Magazine's, God, considered in itself, may at length, failing. Let us, there well excite the admiration of all fore, as we value the coinfort the intellectual world ; but when and edification which the people the great end and design thereof God now derive from this af are taken into view,how justiy excellent repository, not fail in may our wonder and astonish. our exertions in this respet, that ment be increased ! it may be supported.
When we behold the Son of A READER of the MAGAZINE.
God as it were laying aside his celestial crown and dignity, di
vesting himself of the robes of Reflections on the incarnation and
heavenly Majesty ; suspending
the exercise of his supreme ausufferings of Jesus Carist, thority as the King of Kings the Saviour of sinners.
and Lord of Lords ; descending 'HE mysterious appearance from his glorious and eternal
of the divinity in union throne to take with humanity, and the great what? The nature of an Angel ? and wonderful end and design No! though this would have of that appearance, no doubt been an act of most astonishing excite the wonder and aston-condescension; he stoops still, ishment of all the glorious or- still lower; he comes down in
to this dark, miserable and guil- , late character of the incompre ty world of ours, to assume the hensible JEHOVAH. nature of his guilty creature In the economy of redempman ll But is this all ? Does tion, as exhibited in the gospel, his condescension stop here it is very manifest that God is No, it does not; he leaves the infinitely holy, that he is inflexicelestial mansion, not merely to bly just, and at the same time visit this benighted region ; not good, yea, even merciful; in as merely to witness the guilty, much as he is offering pardon the ruinous, the helpless condi- and forgiveness even to the tion of his rebellious creatures; chief of sinners; to the vilest but, for the divinely benevolent transgressors who repent and purpose of offering them delive return unto him; at the same erance ; and that in a way the time he is represented as that most marvellous, condescend- infinite Being who is seated on ing and astonishing, even by a the throne of the Universe, posvoluntary submission to death, a sessed of all power, of all authordeath both painful and ignomin- ity, infinitely able to do all his ious, for those very creatures pleasure ; to fulfil all his promwhich himself had made ; more ises, and to execute all his threatastonishing still ! for those very nings; he is as able to destroy creatures who had dared to rise as he is to save. in opposition to and in rebellion The character and condition against him ; that by shedding of man, as a fallen and guilty his own most precious blood he creature, are also held up to view might maintain the honor of the in the gospel scheme of salvadivine law, and the character of tion; he is shewn to be in a Almighty God, as the moral forlorn and helpless condition ; Governor of the world. He came under a sentence of just connot to abrogate or set aside that demnation, and utterly incapalaw which is holy, just and ble to do the least thing towards good; but, more firmly to es delivering himself; in other tablish it; and that by bearing words, he can do nothing merithe penalty of the law, which torious, nothing that can in the was justly due to apostate, least entitle him to divine favor, sel-ruined man, he might make or recommend him to divine an atonement; and by his per- mercy. In what a divinely exfect obedience to it, bring in a cellent, glorious and amiable complete and everlasting righ-light, does the gracious Saviour teousness, that so a reconcilia- of men appear! what unequaltion might be effected between led love! what unparalleled con. Gon and his revolted creatures descension ! what astonishing of the human race; so that now self-denial are at once exhibited God can, consistent with strict in the birth, the life, the death of justice, justify all who truly re- this most illustrious and divine pent of their sins, and cordially personage ! who, though higher trust in this Almighty and mer- than the most exalted carthly ciful Redeemer and prevailing potentates, though styled in Intercessor.
sacred writ, “ Wonderful, Coun. Such reflections naturally lead sellur, the mighty God, the ever. ents to contemplate the immacual lasting Father;" yet, he hunis bled himself unto death, yea our visible conduct, that we will even the cruel and ignominious not have this man to rule over death of the cross ; he resigned us? Nay, more! Do we not himself into the hands of bis daily by our conduct, “Crucify implacable eremies; he sufier- the Son of God afresh and put ed them to seize him as a male- him to open shame?” is not factor; to force and drag him the gracious Redeemer wound. away before a corrupt, a heathen ed and dishonored even by those tribunal ; where, horrible to re. | who profess to be his friends ? latt ! bis sacred body was scour- Is there not something most ged with whips! Who can- astonishing in the behaviour of I had almost said--who can be sinful men toward their Redeemlieve the tragic story! His sa- er? View his condescension; cred, his beloved face was defiled see his goodness ; see him, durby being spit upon by the filthy ing the whole of his life which mouths of a brutal soldiery, was devoted to his public miniswhile his cheeks were bruised try ; going about to do good ; by the buffetings of their impi- all his labours and all his sufferous hands; a crown of piercing ings were for the good and happithorns was wrapped about his ness of others, while this divine head ; that sacred head, which, Redeemer had not where to lay on the mount of transfiguration, his head--notwithstaning all this, a little before, shone with celes- how was he treated by the Jews! tial splendor. They also clad How is he treated by the prehim in a purple robe, for the sent generation !! Be astonipurpose of exciting the mockery shed Oh ye heavens at this; and revilings of the rabble which and be horribly afraid ! surrounded him. Thus was HE
SENEX. treated, who was the messenger
State of Connecticut,? of peace and love ; who came July 20th, 1804. on the most benevolent design which ever entered into the heart of the most benevolent being; yea! thus was HE treated by
Religious Intelligence. those very creatures who were the immediate objects of this The Church of Christ in Chester, divine, superlative benevolence. the fourih Parish in Sayórook, Let all enquire, let all examine io the Rev. EDITORS of the themselves whether they are Connecticut Etangelical Mãe not acting the same ungrateful
gazine, sendeth Greeting. part, which the betrayer and the
BELOVED, crucifiers of the divine Redeemer acted, though not in the same
T hath given great pleasure way? Do we not discover the same temper? Are we not forget-gelical Magazine, so frequently, ful of him? Are we not un
accounts from many parts of our thankful to him ? Do we cheer- highly favored land, of the blessfully and thankfully accept the ed work of the spirit of a mercioffers of mercy and salvation ful God, in awakening poor sinwhich he makes us? So far ners--softening hard and rocky from this, do we not declare by hearts arousing the stupid