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an argument in favour of his to his humanity, it is generally proper divinity ?
conceded. But what was this Christ's perfect example nature? Might it not be anproves, at least, that he was an gelic ? Need we suppose it to be extraordinary person. No other divine ? Now, whatever difficulsinless and perfect character was ty attends the latter supposition, ever known among men.“ There attends the former. If there is not," nor has there ever been, was a union of different natures "a just man on earth, who does to constitute his person, we may good and sins not." Moses and as well believe, that the fulness Elijah were men endued with of the Godhead," as that the ful. prophetic and miraculous gifts ; ness of an angel, or of a creature they were favoured with imme- superior to an angel,“ dwelt in diate inspiration ; they were him bodily." Either of the eminent for piety and virtue ; unions would be to us inexplicathey had near access to, and fa- ble and incomprehensible ; and miliar intercourse with God; both equally so. By denying but still they discovered human his divinity, we neither explain, imperfection. Moses, though nor remove, nor diminish the distinguished by the meekness mystery of the union, but leave of his tem per, yet, under great it as great, as it was before. provocation, felt the impulse of Besides, have we such inforpassion, and spake unadvisedly mation concerning the perfecwith his lips. Elijah, though tion of angels, as will justify the pre-eminent for his zeal and for. conclusion, that the union of an titude in the cause of God, yet angelic nature with humanity once, discouraged by opposition, could have produced so perfect a and intimidated by danger, quite character, as that of Jesus Christ? ted his work for a yeason, and re- Angels are not impeccable. tired to a cave. "Jesus, un- Multitudes of them have apostader vastly higher rovocations, tized, and fallen into condemnapreserved his meekness; and tion. Those, who have kept in the face of more terrible dan• their first state, and who, we supger and more violent opposition, pose, are happily secured from maintained his fortitude and zeal. defection, are certainly much inWe must then conclude, that he ferior to Christ in purity as well was more than a man ; for we as in dignity. They all worship see that the greatest and best of him with humble views of them. men-men endued with the most selves, and with admiring and eminent abilities, gifts, and vir adoring sentiments of his incomtues, fell far below him. His parable holiness. When Isaiah example plainly confutes the So. saw, in vision, the glory of the cinian doctrine, that he was a Lord, or, as St. John says, the mere man, authorized and fur- glory of CHRIST, he thus spake nished only to instruct and re- of him; “I saw the Lord sitting form mankind by his doctrine on a throne high and lifted up, and example.
and his train filled the temple ; That he was truly and proper. and above it stood the Seraphim," ly a man, it is agreed ; that there or principal angels ; each one was some superior nature united had six wings; and with twain
he covered his face, and with simplify a great and wonderful twain be covered his feet," in to- doctrine, taught in Scripture with ken of his humility and rev- as much simplicity, as its nature erence," and with twain he did permits, and with as much perfly," to execute his Lord's will ; spicuity, as the faith of the humand one cried to another, saying, ble Christian requires ? « Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of There are angels, who kept hosts ; the whole earth is full their first state. But they never of his glory.” Jesus is here were appointed to so momencalled JEHOVAH, a name not giv- tous a work, and never were suben to any of the angels, exceptjected to such tremendous trials, the angel of the covenant, the as was Jesus Christ. Had any Lord Jesus. He is elsewhere one of them been sent, as Christ called the Son of God; and “to was, in the likeness of our sinful which of the angels said God, flesh, and placed in the same at any time, Thou art my Son 2” situation, in which he was, who « God chargeth his angels with can believe that this angel would folly.” When has he thus have conducted with equal dignicharged “his beloved Son," in ty and constancy, benevolence whom he has declared himself and meekness, humility and pa& well pleased," and who profess- tience? If reason may be allowes to “ have done always the ed to speak in a question of this things, which pleased him ?” nature, will she not give her
The angels indeed are called judgment in favour of Christ's holy; but still they are imper- Divinity? fect. They stand not in their We need not say that Christ's own strength. It is the nature perfect character alone, is a full of a creature to be mutable. and decisive proof of his proper Had Jesus been mutable, he Divinity. ic dl here are other would have been incompetent to proofs. Leal this has its weight. the work assigned him ; for he At least it opens the way for the might have failed, and the work positive evidences to come with miscarried. If, then, we sup- greater force, and removes some pose him to be a creature ever principal objections. In the obso perfect in his nature ; we jections, which arise from cermust suppose some kind of union tain metaphysical difficulties atwith Divinity, to secure him tending the union of different nafrom the possibility of error. tures, we are not, at present, And why may we not as well be- concerned ; for, whatever hypolieve that Divinity was, in some thesis we assume, these still remysterious way, united to the main. man Jesus, as believe that an Let a man read the Bible, angelic or superangelic nature especially the New Testament, was united to him, and this na- laying aside the fear of inexplicature, in a way equally myste- ble mystery ; and will he not berious, supported by Divinity ? lieve that the Divinity of Christ Will not the latter supposition is taught there? Admitting the rather involve, than unfold the doctrine to be true, what more
great mystery of godliness? decisive modes of expression • Will it not rather perplex, than would he expect, than those Brahmins, in the College of Fort The society is wealthy, but I can venWilliam. Indefatigably industrious; ture to say that they devote their mild in his temper, and yet dignified wealth to the purpose for which genin his manners, be seems admirably erous and pious men have deposited qualified as a minister of Christ, and it in their hands. The missionaries an agent for the propagation of his live together at Serampore, and keep a holy gospel.
school, which defrays their private ex. « The subscription has been nobly penses. I do sincerely esteem them as supported in this country. The Rev. a body of men, and, being personally Dr. Buckanan, a high churchman, acquainted with some individuals, I and a clergyman of great integrity know that the purity of their private and ability, has so favourable an opin. lives accords with the sanctity of their jon of these missionaries, that he public ministrations. They are anasubscribed 5000 rupees towards car baptists." fying on their translation of the Bible.
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Drdination. Ox the 18th inst. was ordained death, and I will give thee a crown of over the church and society in Mil. life. Rev. Jabez Chickering, of Ded. ton, Rev. SAMUEL GILE. The ec- ham, made the consecrating prayer. clesiastical council consisted of min. Rev. Benj. Wadsworth, of Danvers, isters and delegates from the Con- was moderator of the council, and gregational churches in Andover, gave the charge ; Rev. Joshua Bates, south parish, Danvers, first parish, of Dedham, gave the right hand of Ipswich, first parish, Bedford, fellowship ; Rev. - David T. Kimball, Charlestown, Dorchester, Roxbury, of Ipswich, made the concluding Dedham, Quincy and Randolph. prayer. The exercises were approThe exercises were performed in the priate and impressive ; and though following order. The introductory the weather was very unpleasant, the prayer by Rev. Thomas Tbacher of assembly was large and respectable ; Dedham ; Rev. Samuel Stearns of and all things were conducted de. Bedford preached the sermon from cently and in order, Rev. i. io. “ Be thou faithful unto
Dbituary. On Thursday, Jan. 15, 1807, de account of its Christian virtues, is enpeased Mrs. ELIZABETH K. GREEN, titled to the honour of being proposed consort of the Rev. Dr. GREEN, of as a model, especially to all placed in Philadelphia, in the 49th year of her a similar station. To say that she age.
was faithful to her husband, affecMrs. Green was a woman of un- tionate to her children, and kind to common excellence. Her death, her domestics, would be giving her though not distinguished by signal common praise. Her memory merits displays of triumphant faith and hope, more, approaching to vision and enjoyment; Endowed with an understanding yet deserves special notice, as it was sound, correct, and improved ; .pos. the termination of a life which, on sessing & native sense of propriety, remarkably discriminating ; blest with she was supported by a steady faith in a mind uncommonly firm, and adorn- the all-sufficient merits of Jesus ed with the graces of Christianity; Christ, and by a consoling confidence she was admirably qualified for that of having that love to God wbich is sphere to which Providence had cal. the sure product and certain evidence ed her by marriage, anel discharged of genuine faith. At a time when the duties of it with singular fidelity her relatives and friends were flatter. and acceptance. Anxious for the ing themselves with hopes of her recharacter and usefulness of her hus- covery, in an unexpected moment, band, as a minister of the gospel, she she, very suddenly, expired.-But assumed the whole burden of domes they sorrow, not as those who have no tic affairs, which she conducted with hope. Under the greatness of their great prudence and economy; and by loss, they are consoled by an humble her assiduous attentions to the people confidence that she fell asleep in Jeof his charge, contributed to gain sus, and that her spirit, in the manhim that high starring in their affec. sions of blessedness, waits in joyful tions which he so deservedly holds. hope, for the resurrection of the body In her deportment she was dignified, to immortal life. Assembly's Mag. condescending and complacent; equal. AT Barnstable, on the 18th inst. ly acceptable to etery class of that the Rev. Oakes Shaw, pastor of the numerous and respectable religious first church of Christ in that place, society to which she was related. the duties of which important situaThe poor loved her for her affability; tion he discharged during the space the rich courted her on account of the of forty-six years, with the utmost de. peculiar charms of her conversation. gree of Christian pleasure, fortitude Her attentions in company were so and zeal. His life was marked with kind and unwearied, that all present the whole train of Christian virtues ; received a share ; and her manners' it was his comfort and delight to ad. were so admirable and eaptivating, minister the balm of divine consolathat few left her society without being tion to the afflicted spirits ; erer ready to unite in her praise. Persons present in the hour of distress, and of every description, in that large cir- ready at the call of sorrow, he was cle of acquaintance in which she mov. the messenger of hope to the despair. ed, were delighted with this excel. ing, of consolation to the sorrowful, lent woman, who could, with such fa- and of heavenly light to those, who cility, accommodate lier conversation walked in darkness.-As his life was to their various tastes.
one continued scene of piety and de. The sickness, which terminated the votion, so his death was calm and se. life of this invaluable woman, was rene. It was not the struggle of dislong and painful. Alternately exci- solving nature, but the calm repose ting hope, and awakening fear, as to of peace; and secure that the Masits issue, it was calculated to try her ter he had served in life, would not faith and patience. Her pains, often desert him in death, he expired with severe, she bore with Christian sub. a smile of pleasure on his countemission and fortitude. During her nance, after a pilgrimage of 70 years. last confinement, her views of herself At Cambridge, Mrs. MARY, wife were very humble and abasing ; but of Rev. HENRY WARE, D.D.
TO CORRESPONDENTS. A Christian of the ancient school, is entitled to our warmest thanks for his two excellent and seasonable letters on the doctrine of the atonement of Christ. Seldom have we seen this fundamental doctrine of our religion ex. plained and defended in a more clear and forcible manner.
W. on the affinity between the languages of Europe and Asia, is learned, ingenious, and evinces deep research into ancient and modern languages. It shall enrich the Miscellaneous department in our next number.
We have not yet received from our esteemed correspondent Z. his promised sketch of the life of Rev. William Cooper. Our biographical corres. pondents are requested to forward their communications early in the month.
J. Ci's Thoughts on Gal. iij. 19, 20, are received and on file.