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* To this consiruclion of the words || tion of our Lord's resurrection. If, on

fust quoted, which strikes at the founda- the one hand, such of the Jews as acted To onion of the Christian Sabbath, not less conscientiously were not to be judged,

han three distinct answers can be given.for condeinned, for adhering for a time ? In the first place, the construction to a dispensation, which was vanishing

L. akes for granted the essential thing away, neither on the other, were those

: Phich ought to be proved, viz. that the Christians, whether Jewish or Gentile ::"E' postle is speaking here of the weekly converts, to be condemned, for forsak20. Sabbatlıs. I say ihis ought to be pror-ling at once the Jewish, and adopting

dd; because, as is well known, the cere- the Christian dispensation. This is my Enonial law required the Jews to keep second answer. me everal other sabbatlis every year. - The third I shall give, in the words

Thus, for example, they were cominan- of an able foreign writer. 337 bear :d to keep the first day of the seventh "It is evillent from the context,” says posha ponth, and also the tenth day of the he, " that the apostle was speaking of link is jame, as a Sabbath, throughout their the ordinances of the ceremonial law, for

generations. See Lev. xxiii." And the the neglect of which no christian was me Lord spake unto Moses, saying, speak to be condeinned. Blolling out the coitokes into the children of Israel, saying, in anul writing of ordinances that rus a

he seventh month, in the first clay of gainst ris, which was contrary to us and ilent

the month shall ye have a sabbath ; a tool: il out of the way, railing it to his memorial of blowing of trumpets, an ho-cross. Let no man Therefore judge you ly convocation.

ocation. Ye shall do no servile in meat or in drink, or in respect of an work therein. Also, on the tenth day holy day, or of the new moon, or of the of this seventh month, there shall be a Sabbath days. day of atorcment. Ye shall do no “In this passage the apostle is clear. manner of work: it shall be a statutely spfaking of burdensome orilinances : forever, throughout your generations in of something that was against them, and all your dwellings. It shall be unto contrary to the spirituality of the Gos. you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall af-llpel. But can any pious person conflict

your souls.” Now, when it is con-ceive, that the spending of one day in sidered, that all the other things men seven in spiritual services, in the detioned hy the apostle in the passage belightful employment of social worship fore us, such as meats, drinks, and fes-land other religious exercies, could be livals, belonged to the ceremonial law, ranked by the holy apostle amongst the why might not the Sabbath days, which things which were against Christianity he spealis of in the very same rerse, inil contrary to it? Was that institution he the cercmonial Sabaths of the Jews which the people of God had been just mentionedl, and not their regular coinmandell to call a delight, holy of Weekly Sabbaths ? Tiic conírary, I am the Lord, and honorable, now to be essure, cannot be proved; and, until it is termed of so carnal a nature, as to be proved, the text cannot in the least af ranked amongst the things which Christ Tect the perpetuity of the sacreil rest, took out of the way, nailing it to his which was from the beginning. This is cross? Were those holy hersons, who my first answer. But

had been accustomed to adopt the lanSecondis ; allowing, what cannot be guage of the Psalmist, “I was glad provcil, that the apostle refers to the or- when they said unto me, let us go up rinary Jewish Sabbath, and excuses ev. to the house of the Lord," now taught ery body, under the christian (ispensa- to esteem a day spent in such services, finn, from observing this day, what does as apart of that yoke which neither the ita nount to? To nothing more than apostles nor their fathers were able to this, that the obscrvance of the seventh bear? We must destroy all just ideas day of the week was no longer obligato-l of the effects which the preaching of the ry. A Sabbath must still be kept, tho'! Gospel was intended to produce, bez the day night be changed, and was in- fore we can adopt such an interpre tepiled to be changed, in conmemora- tion of the apostle's words,"

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This train of reasoning might be per-| God was, howerer, pleased to enjoin sued much further : but it seems to me ll upon them a stated weekly intermission quite unnecessary to enlarge. The a- ||of their gentle and delightful care, that bore extract can I think, hardly fail to they might have nothing to divert their strike the reader's mind with the force of attention froin the far more animating demonstration. And now, in view of employment of united praise and adoall that has been said, the question res. |ration. For the saine reason, that it pecting the perpetuity of the Sabbath was the duty and the privilege of the stands thus. It is a divine and not a hu first human pair to keep the Sabbath, man institution; and therefore incapa- before their apostasy, would it have ble of being abrogated by any human been the duty and the privilege of all authority. It was ordained and sancti- their posterity to keep it, if sin had nevfied in Paradise. It never can expire byer entered the world. But how much its own limitations; because it has none. more do we, fullen creatures, need such Its abolition is not declared, in either of a season of rest from the laborious emthe passages which we have examined.ployments to which we are dogmed? It is not declared any where in the Bi- How much more de we, who have lost ble; for no one will pretend, that any the image of God, and are prone conother passage can be produced more tinpally to forget our obligations and directly to the purpose. 'Of course the dependence, need the leisure and the sacred institution has never been abro- solemn stillness of the Sabbath to recal gated by divine authority. If it never us from our wanderings, and assist us in has been thus abrogated, it never will our preparations for heaven ? Had man be; for the canon of Scripture is full. in his primitive state þeen totally deprav. The institution must therefore be bind-ed, and had he since been made perfectly ing to the end of the world. Here holy as Adam was before the fall; had might close. On this ground I might the Sabbath, moreover, been given bim, confidently rest the question. But a while wandering and loving to wantler; number of other distinct and indepen-it might have been plausibly argued, afdent arguraents present themselves aster the happy renovation, that such an auxiliaries to the preceding; and it institution was no longer necessary.would be ungrateful to dismiss them But what can be mure irrational, than to from the service.

adopt the reverse of the argument and 1. The institution of the Sabbath, insay, that a religious institution, which Paradise, before the fall, furnishes a God saw neşessary for inan in innocenstrong argument for its perpetuity. Wecy, has ceased to be necessary for him should have been apt to think, perhaps, since the fall? And yet, this is the abthat while our first parents retained surd conclusion to which all the argutheir primitive holiness, it could answerments against the perpetuity of the Sabno valuable purpose to enjoin upon bath unavoidably lead. them the religious observance of any 2. That the Sabbath is not a ceremo. particular day, in as much as they lov- nial but a moral institution, of universal eil God with all their hearts, and were and perpetual obligation, is put beyond disposed to spend every day in his ser- all reasonable doubt by its being incorvice. They could not need the Sab- porated into the decalogue. Strange bath, as a season of rest from toils, such it is, that the įnorality of the fourth as they were afterwards doomed to ex-command should ever be questioned, perience; for their "labor, if labor it when the duties which it enjoins are might be called, was most easy and in- moral duties, when it was writien at the vigorating. They had only to dress the sameliine, anıl by the same divine hand, garden and keep it. No inore toil, as as the other cominands; and when it is the great Epic Poet expresses it, placed between the two tables of the

moral law, as if to teach us, that piety to 'To: recommend cool zephyra, and made ease the duties, which we owe to one another,

--Than sufficed God, and the conscientious discharge of More easy, wholesome thirst and appetite More grateful

depend essentially upon the observance

of the Sabbath. Even those who most important section, have declared, that strenuously deny the perpetuity of the one jol, or one tillle, should in no wise weekly rest, do not hesilate to admit, in |pass from the law? Surely he was not general terms, that the moral law is now in the habit of giving such loose and in full force, and will continue to bind ambiguous expositions of Scripture. the consciences of all, who are made He spoke plainly and positively in this acquainted with it, to the end of the instance, witii respect to the nature world. Well, then, what is the monul and obligations of the law. He doubtlaw ? Does it comprise the whole of less intenbed, that his words should be tawhat was written on the two tables of ken in their most obvious meaning; and stone, and laid up with the ark? or only if so, we have his authority for considera part ? If it comprises all the ten coming the command, relative to tbe Sab. mandments, then all are still obligatory. || bath, as really and as strongly binding on If it comprises only a part, then the law, the then present and all succeeding genas originally given to Moses, is defec-|erations, as any part of the moral law. tive. And if any one of the ten con- The Lord hath spoken, and who shall disstituent articles may be rejected without anulit. authority, why may not another, or even 3. The perpétuity of the Sabbath is the whole? If we may consider the plainly implied if not direclly asserted fourth as haring waxed old and vanish- by Christ, Mark ii, 27, 28. And he said ed away, why not the first, the second, sunto them, The Sabbath was ma:le for and so on to the last? They all rest on man, and not man for the Sabbath. the same ground and must stand or fall Therefore the Son of man is Lord also together.

of the Sabbath. If the Sabbath was a But not to insist any longer, upon gracious institution, originally designed what is instainped on the very face of for the benefit of man, why should it the law, let us turn to our Lord's Ser-not be for his benefit to have it continuinon on the mount ; and see if he has ed under the christian dispensation ? not there settled the question for ever. Could the great Lord of the Sabbath inThink not said he, that I am come to tend to deprive his followers of one of destroy the law or the prophets : I am not the most important means, which the come to destroy but to fulfil. For, verily saints had ever enjoyed, of preserv. I say unto you, till heaven and earthing true religion in the world, and of pass, one jol, or one tillle, shall in no promoting personal holiness ? No, surewise pass from the law, lill all be fulfilled.liv. The wise and gracious economy of Let those who would set aside one God towards his people was, from the whole section of the law well consider beginning, gradually to increase, not to the curse, which immediately follows.uiminish their privileges. It is univerWhosoever, therefore, shall break one of | sally admitted, that these privileges are these least commandments, and shall more and greater under the Gospel, than teach men so, shall be called the least in they were, at any period, before the esthe kingdom of heaven. “That is” says tablishment of the christian church. the judicious Scott," either no true dis- But take away the Sabbath, and it ciple at all; or one of the most incon-nay confidently be affirmed, that they sistent anıl mean of the whole compa-would be less. For experience has any."

Mat. v, 17, 18, 19. That Christ bundantly proved, that even the forms was speaking here, not of the ceremo- of religion cannot long bc maintained, nial but of the moral law, is most evi- where the Sabbath is discarded. I shall dent; because he proceeded immediate-only add, under this head, that as Christ ly to expoun the 6th, 7th, and 811 com- was Lord of the Sabbath, had he intendmands of the decalouge. If he had in- cd it should cease, he could have repeal. tended to abrogate one tenth part of cd the law. He did noťrepeal it; therethe law, would he have said, that before it still remains in force. came not to destroy it? Would he, 4. It is a common argument, and I without giving the least intimation of li think a forcible one, in favor of the per the repeal, or intended repeal, of one petuity of the Sabbath, that, in speakin

of the final destruction of Jerusalem, our || person and mediatoral work they reserLord directed his disciples to pray, that|red, and in whom they were accomplishtheir flight from that devoted city mighted. The earthly Sabbath, then, being a not be in the winter, vor on the Sabbath type of the heavenly, it must continue day. The arguinent concisely stated is till all the people of God shall baxe enthis. Christ was speaking of an event, stered into their eternal rest, when there which was not to take place till about i will be no more accasion for it. In othforty years. If the Sabbath was ever a er words, it must continue to the end of bolished, the abolition took place near the world. the time of the setting up of the new dis I might procers to show, as a further pensation, or soon after Christ's resur-confirmation of the designed perpetuity rection. But if the Sabbath were to hell of the Sabbath, that it has been reliabolished then, why did he speak of it giously kept by the inost eminent saintsas an institution, which would exist, and in every age, from the resurrection of be binding, so many years afterwards ? Christ, to the present time. I might, also Why did he direct his disciples to pray avail myself of the aid of several strong that their flight might not be on the Sab- | arguments, drawn from the application bath day, when, according to the suppo- of ancient prophecies to gospel times. sition, they would no longer be under But really I cannot think it necessary. obligations to regard one day as holy, if God instituted the Sabbath, and has more than another?

never abrogated it; then it must be per5. The perpetuity of the Sabbath petual. If not one jot, or one little, can is manifestly capable of being proved ever pass from the law, then must the from the words of the Apostle Paul, Sabbath be perpetual. If the Sabbath Rom. iii, 30. Do we tłren make void the existed when Jerusalem was destroyed; law through faith? God forbid, yea re if the law is not made void but establishestablish the lan. Now what is it to es-ed through faith; and if the Sabbath is tablish a law? To maintain it, dloubtless, typical of the heavenly rest, then must rithout retreuchment or diininution ? it be perpetual. In a word, if all, or if Could it be truly said, that the moral | only one, of the above arguments be law was established through faith, or by conclusive, then is the perpetuity of the the plan of salvation which the Gospel || Sabbath unanswerably established. reveals, if an essential part of the law, I cannot do justice to inyself without to wit, the fourth command, were really a inomenitary digression liere, 10 inform abrogated ?

the reader, who may begin to look with 6. It is evident, I think, from what impatience for the end of this nuinber, the Apostle says, Heb. iv, that the Sab that I have been itsensibly drawn to a bath is a typical institution. Having length of discussion, which I had not spoken of the seventh day Sabbath, and contemplated; a trespass, which I hope referred to the change from that to the will be pardoned, when the importance first clay, of which I shall have occasion of the subject is duly considered, and a to take notice more particularly in an- pledge is given, on my part, not to detain other place, he observes, verse 9, There him many minutes longer, remaineth therefore a rest lo the people of A suficient number of the most obvi. God. The rest of the holy Sabbath is ous and conclusive proofs, that the Sabau carnest to God's people of that e-bath has been changed from the seventh ternal rest, which is reserved for them to the first day of the week, may be in heaven. In other words, the sabbat-stated in two or three short paragraphs. ical rest, appointed by God in Paradise, The question of perpetuity being decidis the lypp; and the rest, or sabbatismed in the affirmative, we naturally irwhich remains in the world of glory, is quire what was the practice of the Aposthe antilype. Now it is the nature of eities and primitive Christians. It cannot type to continue until its use is superze. be supposed, that those lioly men, espeded by the antilype. Thus, the typicai!cially, who were inspired to write the jnstitutions of the ceremonial law contin-;, New-Testament, soul either neglect, pled in force till Christ camp, to whose the Sabbath, or change the dar, without

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der of the abore Galatia; 1 Cor. xvi. I, 2. www. L'Banetterabreite which in process of time, received the sion; Psalm cxviii. 2. Having spoken orier, bezet disciple, in the spirit on the Lord's dry; the corner, the Psalmist adus, This is

Casin, to establish the point, that the apostles here l'eferred to was evidently the very un of the sucja Mately after the resurrection of Christ; iriuntpied over death and the grave. te suficiers aimee would le decisive in regard to the prooi in other words, it is the christin Sub ....boath is swis aut conchst mes, the lirinty and authority oi the change, even bati,

or the operat dan terá19 special reasons for it. Surely the ITIIE SCRIPTURE DOCTRINE ОT ELECTION Parads. The che of peasurli a change avilhould authority; and 2002. le urmat PNG Hlle supposition, that they actual by au of our Magazine, in which the doctrine

vel (*... Mantra Mason of the change is not less obvious publication, it was not the intention of Jalf cim!..sanent, tox' per 10 commemorate the completion of the that it usight be useful to exhibit some Pipe 12 bit were inspired to look place. The Sabbath was instituted ther. But, it has since appeared to him

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107 person and Dedze divine authority. Which vlay then did || resting from a! his work was a sufficient ski red am. ir 2F they keep as holy time? The first cer reason why all mankind should perpetuiunt ed. The earur? sai tainly. It was on the evening of the ate the remembrance of the grandi event, santi! type of tire bicenter :s first day of the week, being the very day by resting every seventh day. But the

ill all the peop: {'sic of Christ's resurrection, that he appear- redemption of man was a far more stu3. tered into their eru e' ed in the midst of his disciples, who pendous work, than the creation of the

will be note MGP BALL were evidently assembled for social world. How rational and proper then, - word is mes nut worship, and said unto them, Peace be that the day 011 which this greater work De fordel

On the nel first lay of the was completed, viz. the day of Christ's I might parurens 3 * week, they assembled again, when their resurrection, should be observed as a ser o izen. Lord repeated his visit and his blessing; day of rest and holy rejoicing, throughthe Sabbath, .. John xx. 19, 26.

out all succeeding generations! How obnesl lept by trees Fifty days after the resurrection, it vious the propriety of honoring the di

eft age, fra 23 being the first day of the week, they were vine Redeemer, hy keeping that day 365, to the preac: all with one accord in one place, when holy on which he rested from all his ogni mpzelf of the sil is their ascended Savior put a peculiar|| work, as God did from his ! iments

, drawn fra 3: bonor upon the day hy the miraculous But to proceed; the reality and dizení prophecies 2 $ ' effusion of the Holy Ghost upon the a-vine authority of the change under cor

"I cannot this postles, and by the conversion of thou-sideration, is, I think, completely estabLouille sütuted the ti sande, under the preaching of one of lished thrus. Christ declares biinself to pregrated it; thes := their number; Acts ii. It was on the be Lord of the Sabbath day; John says,

not one jis, az. first day of the week, that the disciples I nous in the spirit on the Lord's day. The ome from the lex, caine together to break breasl, and liear argument founded on a comparison of Jul se perpetual. I: Paul preach, at Troas; Acts xx. 7. The these two passages, is wimply as follows.

risen Jercado e church at Corinth was directed by make If Christ was Lord of the Sabbath, and 5. w is not made wijkse contributions, on the first ility of the week, if the Lori's day mentioned by John rough faib; adi er for the relief of their indigent brethren; was the first day of the week, as most men vi the hearely te? and a similar ortler had before been giv- undoubtedly it was, then the first day of ernetnai. In a mnom by the apostle, to the churehes of the week is tho christian Sabbath.

It was un Again; the prophetical language of site

. Then is the poor questionably the first dity of the neck, the Psalmist leads to the same conciranot va sice ne honorable and, appropriate title of the of the rejection of Christ by the Jervs,and I was, saith the beloved his subsequent exaltation to be heall of

the day which the Lord hath inade, me These facts are, I conceive, sufficient will rejoice and be glad in it. The day discontinued their religious day when Christ was made head of the of the seventh day of the week, imme. comer; and that was the day when he asid thenceforward kept the first day. Of course, that is the day, on whics This being admitted, their example cuistians should rejoice and be glad;

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