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plain it; and it is a term to which we can affix no ideas whatever.


But, my friends, Jesus is also the "Son of God" in consequence of his resurrection from the dead. Hence he is called the " only-begotten," the "first-born;" being the first and only person that was ever raised to the enjoyment of immortal life. The resurrection of our blessed Lord is the most glorious event that ever took place. Well might the Apostle call it "glad tidings :" it is indeed glad tidings of great joy to all people;" for we cannot view Jesus as the risen " Son of God," without extending our views to that glorious period when he will descend from heaven to re-animate our sleeping dust; and, if we conduct ourselves as his sincere and faithful disciples, he will raise us to those mansions of bliss which he is preparing in his heavenly Father's house. He not only brought life and immortality fully to light by his teaching, but he has given us a pattern and a pledge of our future life, by his own conquest over the King of Terrors. His resurrection, however, would have been no pattern and pledge of ours, were his nature not properly human; for it does not follow, if he possessed the inherent power of infusing life into his own dead body, that our dead bodies will be raised, which do not possess this inherent principle. But if we firmly believe that Jesus was raised, and that he now "liveth by the power of God," and that it was on account of his obedience unto death that his Father and his God so highly exalted him, then we may, with full assurance of faith,

"Think on the grave where he was laid,
And calm descend to ours."

Further. If we believe Jesus to be the "Son of God," we may safely rely on all his promises. Our faith could not be stronger, if we had heard those promises from the mouth of God himself. Let us then ardently look to Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith, who, for the joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame attached to it, and is now seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Let the same mind be in us that was in him let us in every respect walk worthy the disciples of so virtuous and holy a Master. Though made in all things as we are made, and tempted as we are tempted; yet he nobly withstood all the allurements of the world; there is



therefore nothing, in the way of duty, that he did but what we may do also for "what man has done, man may_do.” Let us, then, persevere in the Christian race, keeping a steady eye on the invaluable prize set before us-" a crown of glory that fadeth not away."

With the example of Jesus before us, let us never basely yield to temptation; for we also shall reap in due season, if we faint not. Fighting under the victorious banner of the great Captain of our salvation, we cannot fail of obtaining a complete and glorious victory over error, sin and death, and of being honoured with the possession of eternal life. "To him that overcometh," says he, "will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." "He that overcometh shall inherit all things." "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also evercame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Let us then perform the duty of faithful soldiers, and we shall all share in the fruits and triumphs of the spiritual victory. We shall be introduced into the palace of the Great King, partake of his rich bounties, and for ever enjoy the contemplation of his smiling face. In his blessed abode, free from the storms and tempests of the present chequered scene, and from all the troubles that life is heir to, we shall have for our companions the wise and virtuous of all ages and nations; there shall we be re-united to our pious relatives and friends, never more to endure the pain of separation ; there, in that “ land of pure delight," not one tear shall ever dim the eye, nor a sigh swell the bosom, but throughout eternal ages all will be peace, harmony, cheerfulness, felicity and love!

Having laid before you a concise view of those opinions which, as a Unitarian, I honestly entertain concerning the person of Christ, which I believe to be the genuine doctrine of the sacred Scriptures, and which it has been my ardent wish and unwearied endeavour, above six years, to inculcate on your minds, I now submit, whether the body of Christians to which we have the honour and the happiness of being united, is deserving of the stigmas so frequently cast on it by Trinitarians, from the pulpit and the press; or whether the illiberal appellation recently ex

hibited to public view, in numerous large advertisements, on the walls of this and the adjacent towns, by the REV. DOCTOR HAWKER, of Plymouth, is characteristic of our sentiments or conduct. Can we who thus think of Christ,who hold those Scriptural views of the illustrious Founder of our holy religion,‚—we who venerate and love his name, and exalt his sacred character ;- —can we, I ask, be justly considered as forming a part of " THIS CHRIST-DESPISING GENERATION"? There cannot be a doubt but we are the persons whom the Doctor chiefly had in view; but we throw back the LIBEL to the source whence it emanated, as being wholly inapplicable to us. If we were disposed, might we not ask, Are there not many in the present day that make great parade of religion, who are DENIERS OF GOD;-who, if they do not actually blot him out of existence, render him almost useless? But we will not retaliate. Those erroneous, mystical and contradictory notions of the Supreme Being, advocated by the author of the advertisements, are happily on the wane; and ere long they will be known only in the passages of church history. TRUTH IS MIGHTY, AND IT WILL FINALLY PREVAIL !

It is with considerable pleasure that I now see before me so many friends who, prior to the opening of this place for Unitarian Christian worship, had never duly considered the important controversy pending between Unitarians and Trinitarians; but being excited to free inquiry, and having subsequently read and reflected on the subject, are become firmly established in the doctrine of one undivided God, and the proper humanity of his beloved Son Jesus Christ ;who are not ashamed of making an open profession of their tenets; and who are ready and willing (if necessary) to bear every reproachful epithet contained in the copious vocabulary of reputed orthodoxy, and which are so liberally bestowed on the "sect every where spoken against."

In stating my sentiments from this place, I have never spoken disrespectfully of the character of our opponents, however bitterly they may have inveighed against us; but have always given them credit, as a body, for sincerity and good intentions, though I have sometimes strongly expressed my feelings respecting the disingenuous, ungentlemanly and unchristian-like conduct of some individuals. I may, however, venture to assert, without fear of contradiction, that in no instance have I ever attempted to bias your judgment by any dishonourable means. I have

earnestly and fearlessly stated the result of my inquiriesleaving the arguments and observations to make their own impression. This mode, through the Divine permission and blessing, I shall continue to pursue, regardless of the censures and the frowns of man. Having the testimony of conscience, and acting under the solemn inspection of HIм to whose observation all hearts are open, it will be my strenuous endeavour, while life and health are continued, to extend the knowledge of pure Christian truth, and to inculcate and enforce the practice of virtue and piety.

May that which is sown in weakness be raised in power; may the Unitarian cause, which is the cause of God, of Christ, and of his Apostles, enlarge its boundaries in this town and its neighbourhood; and may it proceed" quering and to conquer," until all shall believe and confess that there is only "ONE GOD, THE FATHER, and one Mediator between God and men, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS!" Amen.


LINES, (by Mr. Roscoe,)

On receiving from Dr. Rush, of Philadelphia, during the war, a piece of the tree under which William Penn made his treaty with the Indians, which was blown down in 1812, and the part sent converted to the purpose of an inkstand.

From clime to clime, from shore to shore,
The war-fiend raised his hateful yell;
And 'midst the storms that realms deplore,
Penn's honour'd Tree of Concord fell.
And of that Tree, that ne'er again

Shall Spring's reviving influence know,
A relic o'er the Atlantic main

Was sent the gift of foe to foe.
But though no more its ample shade

Wave green beneath Columbia's sky,
Though every branch be now decay'd,

And all its scatter'd leaves be dry;
Yet 'midst this relic's sainted space,

A health-restoring flood shall spring,
In which the angel-form of Peace
May stoop to dip her dove-like wing.

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So once the staff the prophet bore,

By wondering eyes again was seen
To swell with life through every pore,
To bud afresh with foliage green.
The wither'd branch again shall grow,

Till o'er the earth its shades extend;
And this-the gift of foe to foe-
Become the gift of friend to friend.

Extract from the Second Volume of the Life of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D. D., Lord Bishop of Down, Connor, and Dromore; with a critical Examination of his Writings, by Reginald Heber, D. D., Lord Bishop of Calcutta. (Published in 1824.)

PAGE 41. "It is, however, necessary to observe, that the power which is here claimed for each Christian church, of excluding from its public ministry the teachers of erroneous doctrines, is claimed for the Church only in its spiritual capacity, and that it has no reference to those who are without its pale, and involves in itself no civil pains or penalties whatever. Such penalties, it cannot be too constantly born in mind, the church of him, whose kingdom was not of this world, has no power or title to inflict; and for the civil ruler to inflict them on religious grounds, Taylor has clearly shewn to be at once an intrusion, a tyranny, and an absurdity.' If indeed, Taylor may be thought in his zeal for the Liberty of Prophesying, to have made it too completely independent of ecclesiastical controul, he may be said, on the other hand, to have been too bounded and cautious in his views of civil toleration, when he gives a general power to the civil ruler to repress or punish whatever he may be taught to consider as blasphemy or open idolatory. (Sect. xiii. 1, 2; Vol. VIII. p. 117.)

"The first of these crimes, if not very accurately defined, might involve in its net very many descriptions of persons whom Taylor would have been sorry to behold the victims of religious severities. The Deist and the Jew, who maintain Christ to be an impostor, unquestionably blaspheme the Divine Teacher of Christians; the modern Unitarian, who maintains him to be a mere man of men, the son of Joseph, as surely detracts from the dignity of that person whom the majority of Christians adore, and by departing

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