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God the Father, redeemed by God the Son, sanctified and superintended by God the Holy Ghost.
It is necessary to our salvation to have a lively faith in this undivided Trinity, and therefore of tremendous importance. Let us examine ourselves whether we be in this faith, and earnestly pray for this good and perfect gift.
“He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved ; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark xvi. 16. “Go ye tberefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matt. xxviii. 19.
In one great name, these three are comprehended. “There are Three that bear record in heaven--the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these Three are One.” 1 John v. 7. We may as well deny the being of a God as deny the reality of the Trinity ; and we know there are many who do. There are many such as are described in the 14th and 53rd Psalms—“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”
More stupid and devoid of understanding than the beast that perisheth must that man be, who could advance an absurdity so strangely preposterous, as that there was no Almighty Creator of the wonders by which we are surrounded. For this
to say that the fabric of the world, and all its myriads of peopled inbabitants-the glorious ruler of the day, the sunthe moon, which sheds her pale lustre by night, and all the orbs which stad the sky, started of themselves into being, arranged themselves in their spheres, and directed all their own movements! It is to say, that sound, and light, and air, and all the phenomena of nature, were spontaneously produced, without any
great. First Cause! It is to say that nature upholds herself, and rules and orders according to her own will and power.
And these men are learned and wise in their own eyes ! If you shew them a book of deep scientific research, and tell them it made itself, and wrote on its own pages all the sublime truths which re found therein, they would laugh at the ridiculous assertion ; yet how much more ridiculous to assert that the human frame was put together, and endowed with intellect to make such discoveries, without a superior Being, from whence all that man is and possesses at first proceeded ! If
you shew these people a table or a chair, they will tell you that they were made by a carpenter ; yet they will deny the power by which the tree was formed and grew, and of which the furniture was made.
Every object around us, animate and inanimate, sensible and insensible, declare the being of a God. My fingers guiding my pen by their supple joints, and rapidly moving as my thoughts suggest, declare it; my thoughts themselves declare it; mind, soul, and body declare it. How wonderful the mechanism of the human frame! How much more admirable, beyond all comparison, to that of a watch or a clock! and yet how wonderful the ingenuity which contrived these! From whence comes this ingenuity? How ungrateful not to acknowledge that the hand which made us is divine! Oh, how ungrateful to deny to God the honour which is due to him alone!
God has limited the power of man, that he may acknowledge that there is a much higher power. Man, with his utmost ingenuity, could never form the minutest, the most insignificant object in crea
tion. What human artist could form or fringe the wing of the butterfly, or give life to the busy, buzzing fly which flits through the air; or give scent and colour to the flowers, and cover them with such fine gossamer down? A single blade of grass, or one quivering leaf of the beautiful foliage which throws its soft shade on my window, would baffle all his skill.
My senses, my faculties, my health, my sickness, my pains, my ease, my joys, my sorrows—everything within me and without me declare the being of a God, and his watchful care over me, even over the minute concerns of my life.
Without the knowledge of God, man is a guilty, depraved, ungrateful being. He is surrounded by innumerable benefits, yet discerns not the hand which bestows them. He is protected by day and guarded by night, yet acknowledges not a superintending providence.
Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity.”
Man has no natural desire to be roused from the stupor of sin; he prefers the ways of sin to the ways of God; he “ loves darkness rather than light, because his deeds are evil.”
“ Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge?” Psalm xiv. 4.
No, they have no knowledge; their understanding is clouded, their senses are besotted, their hearts are hardened. Evil they know, but good they know pot; and they would persuade themselves that there is no God, do retributive justice, no future day of vengeance. But there is a secret monitor within, which will not let the most obdurate sinner go calmly
on in the way of evil. “ The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt : there is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Isaiah lvii. 20, 21.
We may as well deny the whole of the divine revelation, as deny any part. And who are we to deny? From whence comes our understanding? In a moment may not that which we prize so highly become a blank?
Let us, then, earnestly pray for stedfast faith, and that we may be defended from those adversities of the soul which the delusions of Satan produce.
It has been well observed that if the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th chapters of the epistle to the Hebrews had been expressly written against the mass, supposing it to have been then invented and palmed upon the church, they could not possibly have been more explicit or emphatic in their language. In fact we cannot doubt that the divine author had a double object in view the denouncing the false doctrine then maintained by the Jewish teachers in the church, and the equally false doctrine which he foreknew would be introduced by the Romish teachers some centuries afterwards.- Essays on Romanism.
FEMALE BIOGRAPHY OF SCRIPTURE.
How rich are the children of God in the possession of the Bible! It is provided by a Father, and contains all that is needful for their training to that larger growth which will fit them for the full enjoyment of his presence, when they shall see and know even as they are known. It contains all that is needful for their spiritual sustenance and nourishment. There is in it milk for the babes--strong meat for the men: there is medicine for the sickly among them, support for the weak, direction for the inquiring, knowledge for the soul that is athirst, riches for the poor, wisdom for the ignorant, and a soul-satisfying portion for all. As subjects of that spiritual kingdom which Christ has set up on earth, it is their statute-book, containing the regulations which ensue from the relationships of each to the other, and of all to their common Head. It is their encyclopedia, to which they may refer for explanation of all the wonderful and mysterious operations in providence and in grace, which excite or perplex them. It is their spiritual geology, laying bare the firm foundations of their primitive faith, and shewing that in them originate the order and harmony of that divine system, by which the inexhaustible riches of eternity, and JULY, 1839.