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learn and teach as the gospel requires. Evangelists should give lessons on this subject, and cause the churches to raise up men to teach, admonish, watch, and govern the members. Were the congregations every where furnished with gospel bishops, the aspect of affairs would be greatly changed in a short time. Instead of ignorance and indifference, intelligence and zeal would be apparent; congregations would grow in grace; our countrymen would see the light, and myriads would be converted to God where there is one poor rebel taken now. Eloquent preaching, in this age, is the main implement to slay the enmity of sinners, but with proper organization, eloquence of Christian works would do much more.
3. Deacons are described by Paul to Timothy and Titus, and their character should be carefully studied by the congregation. There is but one dificulty to be settled, and that is, to determine if the apostles taught all that was important on the subject, and nothing more. Both deacons and deaconesses should be in every church. What do we lack, yet, my brethren ?-Christian Review.
DIRECTIONS. To embitter domestic life, maintain your opinion on smail matters at the point of the bayonet.
To secure yourself against a candid hearing, call men hard names before
you have signified them. To keep yourself in a state of discontent, set your heart on having every thing exactly to your mind.
To govern children, commend them oftener than you blame them. This rule is applicable to men, too.
To be a successful reprover, first convince men by substantial deeds of kindness that you love them.
He that would dje happy must know, love, and obey God.
In marriage, prefer the person before wealth, virtue before beauty, and the mind before the body--then you have a wife, a friend, and a companion.
"I HAVE a shelf,” says Cecil, “in my study for tried authors; one in my mind for tried principles, and one in my heart for tried friends.”
CHRISTIAN FAITH AND OBEDIENCE.
BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM.
“Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM.”—Luke xxiv. 46, 47.
RESPECTED READER.— It has been very justly remarked that,
“ As in every other science, so in the science of all sciences, the science of religion, which teaches man how to live aright and how to secure to himself the imperishable riches of eternity, if we would have just and correct views of it, we must BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING, and acquaint ourselves with first principles If we would comprehend the whole, we must understand its parts. If we would understand the religion of the Bible we must stand out in the light of the Bible, as in the light of the sun. If we would enjoy the light that irradiates from the pages of this Divine Volume, we must understand it, otherwise it will be to us a dead letter, as it is to those who call it a sealed book.”
On the next page we have presented you with a synopsis of divine revelation, a general view, or, all its parts brought under one view. Remember, that all things in the department of nature, society, and religion, are devisible into a few original elements; so that we must have light, heat, moisture, &c., to produce vegetation-intelligence and law, as well as human beings, to produce society—and we must have all the items which were originally proclaimed by the apostles for immediate salvation, to assure us that we have the true gospel. Light and heat alone, can by no ingenuity produce an apple or a pear—masses of men, subordinated to authority, but devoid of intelligence, will be but enslaved savages--and a religion called Christian, wanting either the gospel, the ordinances, or the laws of Christ, though it have the other items, is a false religion-for all false religions of all ages and of all nations, are but perversions of one or of all the revealed systems. Likewise, any gospel deficient in any of the nine items in the following synopsis, is not the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. The apostles alone were the ambassadors of Christ. There have been none sent from him since his chosen ones fell asleep.
A SYNOPSIS OF DIVINE REVELATION.
Patriarchal, (ADAM). Jewish, (MOSES). Christian, (MESSIAH). Each of these dispensations had its gospel, ordinances, laws, priesthood, &c. The gospel proclaimed by God to Adam found, Genesis iii. 15; the gospel proclaimed by Moses to the Israelites, Exodus iii.; and the gospel of Jesus the Messiah, preached by the apostles to the world, Acts ii.
Christiauity contains a Gospel-Ordinances-Laws. Scheme of the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord to the world.
1. Fact.-Death of Jesus for our sins, according to the Scriptures. See Psalm xxij. 15; Isaiah liji. 5,6; Daniel ix, 26; Luke xxiv. 26; Acts iii. 18; Matt. xxvi. 27, 28..
2. His resurrection for our justification according to the Scriptures. See Psalm xvi. 10; Matt. xxviii. 6; John xx. 19, 20, 27; Acts ii. 24; 1 Cor. xv. 14, 17, 20.
3. His exaltation to glory and power. See Acts ii. 33; v. 31; Phil. ii. 9-11.
The Gospel is devisible into
Believe and obey
İnvolving Three Duties to
1. Duty.- Belief of God's testimony concerning his Son. See John vi. 29; xx. 30, 31: ] John iii. 23; v. 13.
2. Repentance unto life. Mark vi. 12; Luke xxvi. 47; Acts ii. 38; iii. 19; xvii. 30; xx. 21; 2 Pet. iii. 9.
3. Immersion in water into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. See Matt. xxviii. 19; Mark xvi. 16; Acts ii. 38; 1. 48; xxii. 16.
Involving Three Blessings
shall be saved,
to be enjoyed.
1. Blessing.- Remission of all past sins. Matt. i. 21; Luke i. 77; xxiv. 47 ; Acts ii. 38; iii. 19; xiii. 38; xxii. 16; 1 John ii. 12.
2. The Holy Spirit the gift of God. See Acts v. 32; Romans viii. 15; Gal iv. 6.
3. The hope of eternal life, to be attained 3 by perseverance. See John iii. 15, 16, 36;
x. 28; Romans vi. 23; 1 John v. 11, 13; Matt. x. 22; Rev. iii. 21.
The three divine institutions, of nature, of law, and of gospel, have each a commencement homogeneous with itself.
To commence any institution, and to continue it, are very different manifestations of divinity. Creation and providence are, therefore, different developments of the divine Father. Hence the glory of God, as Creator, Lawgiver, and Redeemer, appears in perfect harmony with the institutions of nature, of law, and of gospel. From nature we learn wisdom, power, and goodness ; from law-justice, truth, and holiness; from gospel-mercy, condescension, and love; from all these--the eternity, immutability, and infinity of God. The brightest display of each class of perfections was seen in the setting up of these three grand dispensations.
The morning stars sang together, and the sons of God shouted for joy on witnessing the first. Mount Sinai, the theatre of the second, surrounded by three millions of Jews, displayed the fearful grandeur and awful majesty of the second. Jerusalem, filled with the Pentecostal convention of the world, with the little family of Christ hailing the resurrection morn, saw the superlative displays of the Spirit of holiness and of grace on opening the new administration of the remedial system.
Jesus himself inhibited the removal of the apostles from their own metropolis—from the scenes of his humiliation and death-till they were endowed with power from on hightill, baptized in the Holy Spirit, and endowed with all manner of supernatural aids, they could, in good keeping with the genius and character of the reign of grace, set forth the superlative excellencies and claims of the evangelical administration.
The time when, the place where, the design of, and the persons by whom this new and transcendently glorious display of the whole divinity should be developed, had been the subject of prophecy, both verbal and typical. The clear and luminous Micah, the evangelical Isaiah, had, some seven centuries before Messiah was born, explicitly declared, in immediate reference to his time, “ That out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem." That these predictions (uttered Isaiah ii.; Micah iv.) had respect to the commencement of the new reign, Jesus himsell, the great Expositor, clearly intimates in his conversa
tion after his resurrection. “ Thus,” says he, “it is written (in the prophets already alluded to), and thus it behooved the Messiah to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Jerusalem was then the place where the new law was to
And as to the time, it was to be in the last days of the Jewish state, as the same prophets declare. The interval between the passover and the giving of the Jewish law, is more especially prophetic of the precise time of the promulgation of the new law. The passover was certainly a type of Christ's death. So the apostles distinctly represented it. The giving of the Jewish law succeeded that sacrifice on the fortieth day. The Lord descended on that day to Mount Sinai, and spake in mortal ears all the words of that law of piety and morality which became the covenant, or constitution, of the typical nation. The promulgation of that law occasioned the death of three thousand persons (Exodus xxxii. 27, 28). Now, Jesus died at the time of the passover sacrifice; he arose on the third day; he ascended on the forty-third day, and in one week, and on the first day of that week, the Spirit descended and spake the new law before the world; which occasioned the salvation from death of three thousand persons (Acts ii. 37—42). No typical prophecy in the Bible received a inore exact accomplishment in its antitype than this one. Besides, Jesus himself foretold, before he left the earth, that in a few days he would send the Spirit down, and introduce the new kingdom.
The person by whom this new age was to be introduced was undoubtedlý Peter. The Messiah, to sanction his confession of faith, and to communicate it to all men in all ages, promised to him the keys of the kingdom of heaven, that he should
open it, and remit and retain sins with all authority. His words are (Matt. xvi.), “ He saith unto them, But who say ye that I am ? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thon art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto you, but my
Father who is in heaven. And I say unto you, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my