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the fact of the soul's immortality. If for repentance and godly discipline the soul departs not out of existence, given in preparation for a better like the body, then there must be a place future Eden of secured immortality. provided and suited for its separate The first Scripture assurance of condition of life, till the body shall this immortality in a superior rise again at the second coming and state, is the case of “ Enoch, the judgment of Christ.

The “ living

seventh from Adam,” who walked soul" is the true life of man; and with God, and was translated to this life was derived by direct in- heaven without tasting death. His halation from the breath of God his body and soul, being willingly given Maker. This is expressly stated to the Lord, in faith, love, and obedi(Gen. i. 26, 27), and this distinguishes ence, to be washed in the blood of man from the whole brute and lower the Lamb, and sanctified by the Holy creation. Besides, man was created Spirit, were admitted at once by an " in the image" (0282) of his God; act of omnipotence into the celestial that image being moral, intellectual, abode of the blessed; a designed and and spiritual; as well as “after his most convincing evidence of immor(iniai)) likeness," which is exter- tality to the ransomed in Christ, soul nal and physical, as afterwards shown and body, from the beginning. The in the person of the God-man,“ God patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and manifest in the flesh," Christ Jesus. Jacob, and all the faithful under the

The sacred gift of immortality, we old covenant, saw the promises afar may believe, extended originally off, and embraced them; confessing, both to body and soul. But, as no by their hope full of immortality, that doubt is the case with every pro- they were strangers and pilgrims bationary rational creature of God, here, seeking a better country, even a the continuance of the great boon heavenly. They knew, like every true was conditional upon absolute obedi- Christian now, that, “ if the earthly ence to the Giver. Here, the for- house of this tabernacle were disbidden fruit of “the tree of the solved,” they had in store, through knowledge of good and evil” was the the covenant-promises, “ a building of test on the one hand; the permitted God, a house not made with hands, fruit of " the tree of life," was the eternal in the heavens." They were bond on the other. The one threa- not sustained amid the trials of their tened death; the other, prolonged earthly pilgrimage by mere temporal and perpetuated life to body and soul. promises, as some (like Bishop WarStrict compliance with the Divine burton) have vainly endeavoured to will and sovereign law in each, was show. But they looked for an “ eterthe condition of life and death: and nalcity," far brighter, better, and more So, we may believe it is, throughout enduring, than any earthly Canaan the whole range of God's rational could reveal; one which had solid creation. We know the sad issues in and lasting foundations, whose Builour case

der and Maker is God, reserved in

heaven for all those who are found “Of man's first disobedience, and the

“ faithful unto death," and through fruit Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal

faith and patience, inherit the protaste

mises." Brought death into the world, and all The immortality of the soul, and our woe,

the rewards and punishments of a With loss of Eden, till one greater Man future state of retribution, were docrestore us."

trines received from their fathers, and The intervention of infinite mercy, evidently believed in by the great main the midst of judgment, by the jority of the Jewish people in our promised “Seed,” to bruise in due Saviour's days. The sect of the time the serpent's head, and atone Sadducees alone, like the Epicureans fully for sin, was the only means we among the Greeks, being devoted to know of in God's eternal purpose, the love of this present evil world, whereby the sentence of death was in its riches, honours, emoluments, suspended from execution, and space pleasures, and indulgences of the

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flesh, cast off all belief and hope of the lips of one of his own people,
a future life; living for themselves, and pursue uninterrupted his study
dying without hope almost like the of the sacred volume; the young
beasts that perish; seeking no heaven, man, who had quitted the sunny
fearing no hell. They cared not to banks of the Tigris, little dreaming,
believe in angels, or spirits, or any re- that in the bustling metropolis of
surrection of the body from the grave. Great Britain he would learn to know
Our Lord's refutation of this sect Him, whom to know is life everlast.
is well known; how He sharply re- ing; the educated German, and the
proved their endeavours to waylay good Hebraist. As the four were
him by their wily questions, and about to take their places around the
clearly showed that the “ God of font, the hymn
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” was “We sing to Thee, thou Son of God,"
the God of the living and conscious,

was given out. It was sung with
not of the dead and non-existing;
and they greatly erred, “not knowing

much feeling, especially the last two

verses, which were peculiarly adapted the Scriptures, nor the power of

to the occasion. God.” (Matt. xxii. 29.)

“Thy kingdom Thou hast opened wide (To be continued.)

To all who shall believe; [Note. - This chapter will be resumed, with Thy wounded hands, and feet, and side, some further remarks on the immortality

To sinners entrance give! of the soul, and the separate state of de. “ Among their number, we presume parted spirits of the just and unjust."] To sing Thy precious blood;

Reign here, and in the world to come,

Thou holy Lamb of God I"
BAPTISMS IN PALESTINE PLACE

When it was concluded, the Rev.
CHAPEL.

H. A. Stern commenced reading the
A GREAT deal has been said about

baptismal service, and a deep seriousdestitute and homeless Jews being ness pervaded the congregation, as forced to become Christians, but the the candidates in earnest tones deconversion to Christianity of Israel. clared their desire to renounce the ites, who occupy a higher position in devil and all his works, and the vain the social scale of society, is entirely pomp and glory of the world," and ignored. It is our privilege, however,

expressed their unwavering faith in to open the eyes of our Uncon the Redeemer of mankind, and it was verted Hebrew brethren to the fact, with some emotion that, previous to that it is not only the poor, the the sermon, they joined in singing needy, and the unlearned, who apply Charles Wesley's well-known hymn : for religious instruction, but that also

“Blow ye the trumpet, blow the wealthy and educated willingly

The gladly solemn sound; renounce the ties of home and give

Let all the nations know, up riches and rank to study the Gos

To earth's remotest bound, pel and be admitted into fellowship The year of Jubilee is come; with the Church of Christ.

Return, ye ransomed sinners, home !" This was verified on Sunday after- The sermon, which was preached noon, March 8th, when four Israel. by the Rev. H. A. Stern, was on Isa. ites, -all men who had occupied no xxi. 11: “ The burden of Dumah. mean positions-stood at the baptis- He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchmal font in Palestine Place Chapel, man, what of the night? Watchman, and took upon themselves solemn what of the night? The watchman Vows of allegiance to a Saviour, said, The morning cometh and also whom they once had despised and the night; if ye will inquire, inquire rejected. There were to be seen yo; return, come.” After dwelling standing side by side, the son of an upon the ancient custom of having Oriental Rabbi of high respectability, watchmen on the watch-towers at who, some months ago, exchanged a night, the preacher referred to the home of comfort for a meaner dwell- event, which called forth the above ing on English soil, where he could dialogue; it was to be found in the listen to the Gospel message from same chapter in the sixth to the tenth

& cer

verses. It seemed from the passage

laid to the account of Paul. If this that the inhabitants of the land were obscurity can be removed it is well, wrapt in deep slumber, when aroused but not at the expense of fidelity, by the watchman with the cry:

Whatever may be urged against " The morning cometh and also the presenting a literal translation to the night; if ye will inquire, inquire ye;

reader, there can be no question as return, come.” The preacher then to its being the first duty of a transwent on to say that pastors are the lator to secure it for himself, in order watchmen appointed by God to watch to give an equivalent expression in over the spiritual welfare of His good English. When idioms are to people; when sunk in a state of be handled, they require an acquainapathy and ignorance, it is their duty tance with their acknowledged power. to rouse them and warn them of their In the above passage there seems to danger.

be no difficulty of idiom; but perAfter a stirring discourse, he con- haps a remarkable instance of dichrocluded by a solemn charge to the ism, in which the old and new man newly-baptized converts, alluding, as are uniquely depicted. There is, aphe did so, to the long course of in- parently, a strange disavowal of guilt, struction, under which they had been and an acceptance of the responsibility placed, and to the efforts which had of one under the law; of the power been made to explain to them the of the law to destroy, and thorough mystery of the plan of salvation. deliverance from its authority; of They had been warned of their the righteous, holy, and good characdanger, and he felt convinced they ter of that law, and its permeating had built their hopes for time and subtilty to stir up sin; of the spiritufor eternity upon a surer foundation ality of that law, and the irremediable than judaism ; but, if hereafter they carnality of one for whom that law should depart from the right way, there

was devised. To appreciate duly would only remain for them “

these antagonisms, which Paul seems tain fearful looking for of judgment;" competent for, is not the acquirefor his part, he could say before the ment of a neophyte. We have not presence of God in the judgment day,

here the exercises of one who has that he was free of their blood. But just begun his spiritual warfare : by he trusted this would not be the case, no means of one enlightened merely but that all present, and he included by the law. There is no disclaiming himself among the number, would responsibility on the ground that two strive so to live that all, whether natures incongruous and contentious Jews or Gentiles, should be im- exist within the same inclosure. pressed with the reality of their high Whilst Paul denotes the dualism, a and holy calling.

monochord vibrates throughout. If A BELIEVING DAUGHTER a heathen could write, animum OF ABRAHAM.

rege, qui, nisi paret, imperat,” rule

the spirit, which commands, unless it SCRIPTURE EMENDATIONS.

obeys, much more should the servant Rom. vii, 15.-"For I know not what

of Christ recognise this first law of

Christian ethics; and so testifies the I do: for I do that which I do not

wisest of men ; "he that hath no will to do, but what is more, I do

rule over his own spirit, is like a that which I hate."

city that is broken down, and withVerse 16.-" But though I do that

out walls," which I do not will to do, I consent

“I know not what I do." Here is to the law that it is good." Verse 17.—"Now then no longer do

the expression of perplexity, not of

uncertainty. There is weakness I do it, but sin dwelling in me.

abundantly testified by the following Perhaps many bave felt a degree

words, “I do that which I do not will of obscurity pervading the A. V. here.

to do, but what is more, I do that There is a lack of clearness in the

which I hate." For ållà= but what reasoning which is not rightly to be

is more, see Greenfield's Lexicon. A • Sapplied words in italics. curious and instructive climax is re

corded here. Let us be tender over In the 16th verge, Paul tells us that babes ; ay, even over young men in he does not will to do ; and in verse Christ. If we think we have passed 19, he states the double commission : through this "wretched "condition,

he does a good thing, and he does an let us be meek in our judgments : it evil thing, neither of which does he may be our brother did not will to do

will to do; and he wills a good thing what he did, and would have undone but does not do it; “to do the proper it the moment after. Let us not be

thing, I find not;" why? because of ignorant of Satan's devices. What

the law, verse 21, “the evil thing is good is our strength to us if we are

present with me.' Now what is that not bearing the infirmities of the

evil thing? “Sin dwelling in me." weak? Had the moral and social

Oh! who can fathom the depths of code in the Scriptures been studied

sin? who can measure its malignity ? with half the zeal which its divinity It is a cankerous ulcer, which no has, what manner of men and women medicaments can cure, and scarcely we should be !

moderate. There must be no tender In the 16th verse, Paul puts in a

surgery here; a right arm or & right disclaimer on behalf of the law: he

eye must yield to the well-being of does not suffer the perversity of his the body. nature, and the imperious conduct “ The law .. that evil is present' of his lusts, to impugn the law. No: is the law in the members spoken of “though I do that which I do not

in verse 23, warring against “the will to do, I consent to the law that

law of the mind," and it issues in it is good." This surely is the mean- “the law of sin." This is again ing, and not as the A. V. states, that

mentioned in verse 25; and again in he consents to the goodness of the viii. 2, but there with the adjunct“ of law by doing that which he would

death." The structure seems to not!

require the translation, “ hath made If Paul appears, as a spiritual ana- me free from the law of sin, and from tomist, to perform the operation of death." The conditions have been dichotomy, it is only in appearance: fulfilled, and the object is attained; he never wholly separates ethically “ verily, verily, I say unto you, He the logically distinct parties-flesh that heareth My word, and believeth and spirit. But while he disclaims

on Him that sent Me, hath everlaston behalf of the law, he also does the

ing life, and shall not come into consame on behalf of the spirit; “no demnation. but is passed from death longer do I do it, but sin." But

unto life.(John v. 24.) here we must further present a some- Worthy of all consideration is it what different version.

that whilst Paul wills to do good, Verse 18.–“For I know that there

does both good and evil which he dwelleth not in me (that is, in my does not will to do, he never wills to flesh) a good thing; for to will is do evil : all therefore that is stated present with me, but to do the proper here is of “a new creature in Christ thing, I find not.”

Jesus ;" for as to the natural man Verse 19.-“ For I do a good thing he only wills to do evil; "every imwhich I do not will to do; but what

agination of the thoughts of his is more, an evil thing which I do not heart is evil;” (Gen. vi. 5;) “ filled will to do, that I do."

with all unrighteousness full of Verse 20.-“ And if I do that

envy ... worthy of death," Rom. which I do not will to do, no longer i. 29, &c. do I do it, but sin dwelling in me." These are then the exercises of Verse 21.-"I find therefore the

one who can subsequently write, law (I willing to do the proper thing)* The law of the spirit of life in Christ that the evil thing is present with Jesus hath made me free from the me.'

law of sin and from death." Rom. The remaining verses require no viii. 3. To such, there is no longer revision. The argument is now clear. this dilemma; he no longer presents The dative absolute, as nepičovri to

debatable ground for these opposing èvlavrợ, the year having elapsed.

parties; he is a known conservative,

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SERMON TO JEWS AND GENTILES AT

CHRIST CHURCH.

was

although he surpasses all liberals in “We are not of the night, nor of the liberality of his large heart; but darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, all false liberals he withstands to the as do others, but let us watch and be face, Gal. ii. 11. He has taken his sober.” (1 Thess. V. 5, 6.) stand, he is “known and read of all Clifton.

W. HOWELL. men," ay, of devils too; they know him as the faithful servant of that

THE JEWS OF RAMSGATE HAD THE "holy one of God," whom, in the

GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM. days of His flesh, they feared. Though Paul has not ceased his war

We take the following from The fare, he is no longer that impotent Thanet Advertiser, of the 7th ult. :man he was; he can determine and accomplish. (2 Cor. ii. 1.)

The sum of the matter is, “So then, with the mind I myself serve “A sermon specially adapted to the law of God, but with the flesh, Jews and others was preached in this the law of sin." But the former church last Sunday evening.

For must increase, and the latter decrease, several days previously the Jews if we would have “ our fruit unto throughout the town had been visited holiness," and not “unto death." and invited to attend. At the hour This summing up is of the utmost of service the church was filled to importance. It is a terse charge of overflowing, and a considerable numa competent judge to the conscience. ber of Israelites were scattered through It is not the flesh serves the law of the congregation. The Rev. H. A. sin,” but I with the flesh." • Non Stern, Principal of the Society's eloquimur magna, sed vivimus," "we Home Mission, was the preacher, and speak not great things, but we live selected his text from the Prophet them," said an ancient Christian, and Zechariah xii. 10. His discourse this is truly serving the law of God very able and convincing. with the mind. As it pleased God to He traced the rise of Christianity leave some of the doomed nations from its apparently humble comwhereby to "prove Israel," (Judges mencement, and showed that the ii. 22, so does the flesh"with its power which triumphed so rapidly affections and lusts" remain. Shall

over the learning of the Greeks and the nations subjugate the Israelites; the might of the Romans could be or the Israelites them?

Shall we

nothing less than divine; it was, as serve the law of God or the law of the Apostle St. Paul affirmed, "the sin ? The nations did succeed- power of God.” And it required sometimes by guile, sometimes by little reflection to see that Jesus of force. It is instructive to mark that, Nazareth, in His life, sufferings, and when power and glory culminated death, was the great central figure, with them, in the reign of Solomon, the spring and stimulus of the whole the most pitiable failure set in:"then movement, and that if He were not did Solomon build a high place for the Messiah foretold by Moses and Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, the prophets, then the Messianic in the hill that is before Jerusalem; hopes, both of Jews and Gentiles, and for Moloch, the abomination of have proved a failure, and the Bible, the children of Ammon. And like- with all its types and prophecies, its wise did he for all his strange wives." glorious pictures concerning "the (1 Kings xi. 7, 8.) The darkness blessing of all nations through Abraof light in more blinding than the ham's seed” were utterly uninteldarkness of ignorance. All positives ligible. But once accept Jesus of are more to the purpose than nega- Nazareth as the Messiah, there is at tives. Let us beware then. Have once seen a beauty, a purpose, & prowe attained to a high place? If we gressive meaning in the whole stream fall, the hurt is greater. God has of divine revelation. He, Mr. Stern, broken all my bones," said one who then drew a sketch of the prophetic evihad taught many: ay, but he him. dence for the Messiahship of Jesus. It self had forged the hammer.

was predicted that the sceptre should

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