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his heart.. One who knows how -tó value and praise God for all the advantages he enjoys, with regard to the knowledge of the things of God; the true scriptural manner of worshipping him; and, above all, his union with a congregation fearing God and working righteousness. One, who retaining these blessings with the strictest care, keeping them as the apple of his eye, at the same time loves his friends as brethren in the Lord, as members of Christ, and children of God; as joint partakers now of the present kingdom of God, and fellow-heirs of his eternal kingdom; all, of whatever opinion or worship, or congregation, who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; who love God and man; who rejoicing to please, and fearing to offend God, are careful to abstain from evil, and are zealous of good works.
Thou, O man of God, think on these things. If thou art already in this way, go on.
If thou haft heretofore mistook the path, bless God who hath brought thee back. And now run the race which is set before thee in the royal way of universal love. Take heed left thou be either wavering in thy judgment, or straitened in thy bowels. But keep an even pace, rooted in the faith once delivered to the saints, and grounded in love, in true catholic love, till thou art swallowed up in love for ever and ever.
Sermon on a Catholic Spirit.
GEORGE HORNE, D. D.
BISHOP OF NORWICH. DIED 1791. WHILE zeal is recommended, let `not charity
be forgotten. They are by no means incompatible. Who more zealous than the great apostle of the Gentiles ? And where can be found a brighter example of charity? Boldly confuting and reproving false doctrines and corrupt practices, but ever ready to devote himself for the welfare of those among whom they prevailed. After his own example, he directs others to speak the truth in love, so to maintain truth as not to violate charity. A golden precept, worthy to be engraven on the hearts of all who may be called forth to contend for the faith, that they may do honour to their cause, and no dishonour to themselves, by the manner of proposing them. The weight of the reasons will not be at all diminished by the courteousness of the address; in its effect it will be much increased. Mankind care not to be driven; they must be led into all truth. It was the method practised by the apostles. It should be practised by their successors.
Could a plainer declaration have been made that the conquests of the MESSIAH were not to be of a secular nature; that his kingdom was not of this world? If my kingdom were of this world, faith he of himself, then would my servants
fight. But, lo! he taketh from then the weapons of war.
Was there a shield or sword feen among the thousands of the Israel of God? No Thield but that of faith ; no fword but that of the fpirit. Like their great leader, they encountered their adversaries with patience, and overcame by suffering. So far was the advent of CHRIST from carrying with it any appearance of war, that the nations at the time lay hushed in the tranquillity of an universal peace. He spake peace to the heathen, as well as to his own people the Jews. The waves of this troublesome world ceased to toss themselves, and a delightful calm seemed to forbode the approach of those halcyon days when the Prince of Peace should make his abode among us; like the stillness of that hallowed night on which the angelic choir descended to fing peace on earth, peace with God by the pardon of fin; peace with ourselves by the answer of a cicar conscience; peace with one another by MUTUAL CHARITY.
O divine peace, how lovely and how pleasant dost thou appear! How happy and heavenly is the kingdom of the Meffiah where thou art found ! Who would not wish to fee, who would not labour to promote, the full accomplishment of prophecy in the extension of the kingdom and dominion of Christ, from sea to sea, and from the rivers to the ends of the earth, that so all nations of the world might remember themselves, and turn to the
Lord Jesus, as many as did at the first preaching of the gospel? And let the daughter of Zion lead the way, restored to her pre-eminence amung the churches ! We will not envy her the honour as the formerly envied us Gentiles, but rather rejoice and thout with her in the day when she shall be led to acknowledge her king--the king of righteoufness, falvation, and peace; the once lovely, but now highly exalted JESUS of Nazareth ; who came to visit us in great humility, and shall come again at the appointed hour to judge the worldwhen we shall behold him glorious as Jerusalem herself can wilh, riding upon the heavens, in power and majesty unutterable, amidst the acclamations of saints and angels ! Amen.
IN BEHALF OF CANDOURE UNANIMITY,
BY DIVINES OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND.
GEORGE CAMPBELL, D. D. PRINCIPAL OF MARISCHAL COLLEGE, ABERDEEN *. CHRISTIANITY,” it hath been said, ,
“ is not founded in argument.” If it were only meant by these words, that the religion of Jesus could not, by the single aid of reasoning, produce its full effect upon the heart, every true Christian would cheerfully subscribe to them. No arguments, unaccompanied by the
* This most excellent divine is still living, and on account of the infirmities of age, has just resigned his principalship, which he held for a long series of years with distinguished reputation. To his lectures and writings I was first indebted for enlarged ideas of the Christian religion. Under such circumstances, the reader will pardon me for deviating, in this single instance, from my established rule of admitting no living writers. Gratitude, indeed, has prompted it, and may good Dr. Campbell (now his fun is fast setting) experience the consolations of that divine religion whose evidences he has ably illustrated, and whose spirit, both in his life and writings, he has happily exemplified.