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justice be administered with the fulness of the resident gentry will same solemnity, and the same increase. Such an event will be strictness, upon both sides of the followed by the more undeviating channel ; let the patronage vested attention of government to the inin the Executive, more especially terests and wishes of the nation. the Ecclesiastical patronage, be In spite of the priest, or the dema. disposed of with equal care, and gogue, public tranquillity will be then there will be a reasonable preserved, and the Irish Catholic prospect of unanimily and quiet. will become as loyal and as valu

The King's visit is naturally ac- able a subject, as the English Cathocepted as a pledge that all these lic has been and is. Take away all things will be done. The rich and hope and expectation of restoring the noble are expected to follow his Popery to its throne, and the biexample, and to sacrifice some small gotry even of the priesthood will portion of their personal ease, for cease to be injurious. The gra. the improvement of a country from dual progress of civilization and which they derive such various ad. knowledge and wealth will give the vantages.

principles of Protestantism a free The capitalist is expected to get circulation through the land, and over the reluctance which be once we have sufficient confidence in the felt to venture his property upon natural superiority of truth, and the Irish ground, and the general result continued protection of the great must be, that the sufferings of the Governor of the world, 10 trust that peasantry will diminish, and the the Church of Ireland will raise its number and respectability and use. head and flourish.

NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS.

Oxoniensis, H, G. and E. S. shall appear.

J. P., R., A Christian. Remembrancer, and A Christian Observer, have been received and are under consideration.

CHRISTIAN

REMEMBRANCER.

No. 35.]

NOVEMBER, 1821.

[VOL. III.

ON SPIRITUALITY OF

fection, which does in truth include AFFECTION.

the very virtues that I have been

hitherto recommending. For the NOTHING can place in a stronger spiritual man is deeply impressed 'light the nature and importance of with the paramount importance of that moral preparation, which I religion, and cannot but be serious have been endeavouring to incul- and earnest in its pursuit; the spiricate, than a passage which occurs tual man is conscious from bis own in the second chapter of St. Paul's individual experience, and the moral First Epistle to the Corinthians. In history of the world through all ages, this it is expressly declared, that of his utter inability to discover the “ to the natural man,” who makes truth without the Divine assistance, his senses, his passions, his worldly and cannot but be of an humble and interest, and his reason the measure teachable spirit; the spiritual man of divine truth, “the things of the is convinced of the authority and Spirit of God are foolishness;" he excellence of the Divine will, and can neither receive nor discern them. cannot but be willing to submit his And for this plain reason; that they own wholly and implicitly to its suare not of this world, and cannot perior guidance. Lovely, however, become the object of his senses; as this picture already is, there that they treat of the mysterious ex

would still seem to be another grace istence and infinite perfections of the implied in the term itself, and esGodhead, and cannot be brought sential to complete the spiritual within the compass of human com. character; I mean (if I may be alprehension; that they are holy and lowed the expression) that heavenundefiled, and will not abide the im- wardness of disposition, which lifts pure touch of earthly desires ; that and inclines the soul to the contemthey are full of disinterested love, plation of heavenly things. Our and unbounded goodness, and can- Lord frequently alludes to this, as not submit to the cold and heartless where he says, “ Lay up for yourcalculations of worldly prudence; selves treasures in heaven, for where that they are spiritual in their na- your treasure is, there your hearts ture, and must be “spiritually dis- will be also,"—and St. Paul more cerned"--discerned through the pre- expressly, “ Set your affections on venting and co-operating, and sanc- things above, not on things on earth.” tifying graces of the Holy Spirit The pleasures and pursuits of the working on the heart of man. Now world—I do not mean, those that the effeet of this operation is to are innocent, and necessary for the check what is evil in us, and encou relief of our temporal exigencies, rage what is good, to strengthen and (though over these we shall do well enlarge our own natural powers, and to keep a watch) but those that are give birth to that spirituality of af- guilty and excessive have a natural

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tendency to weigh down the soul, after stand in his presence with exand retard its upward flight to the ceeding joy. Thus will our heavennobler and more becoming objects wardness of disposition lift and inof another world. Great however, cline our minds to the search of diand glorious and blessed as these vine trutlı; our seriousness will enare, they are yet distant; for“ faith sure a careful examination of all its is the substance of things hoped for, grounds, and evidences; .our humithe evidence of things not seen." lity and teachableness will open the But the objects of this world are ever door to the admission of its most present; its honours, its riches, and exalted truths; and our readiness to its pleasures meet our eyes at every conform our will to the will of God turn, intrude themselves on our at- will have removed all those barriers, tention, and solicit our regard by that pride and prejudice, and a corthe most seducing arguments. Be- rupt inclination would have otherfore then that we can enter with any wise thrown in our way. heart on the search of heavenly But here, we may well ask, who truth (and unless we do enter with is sufficient for these things? Wbatall our heart, we are but deceiving ever goodness or strength we may ourselves,) we must have been con- yet retain, (and some we certainly vinced, either by the declarations of do*,) yet God knows, and we every others, in whom we can happily confide, or our own experience, of the real vanity of this world, notwith * It is far from being a safe or correct standing its vaunted pretensions to doctrine to teach that we are utterly corthe contrary; we must have learnt fapt, from whatever motive it may have

crept in, or with whatever view of enbanc. that, thoughi from its very seductions ing the glory of the Redeemer. But his it may be, and is a fit state of moral glory requires not so strong a contrast, or probation, it can be no abiding place so deep a shade to make it shine with suffor a rational being with all his long- ficient lustre. Men are bad enough, and ings after immortality; that we are

have need enough of his gracious aid and but strangers and pilgrims on earth, redeeming love without making our nature and are bound in common prudence those few good traits which we have yet

worse than it really is, and robbing us of to make all the enquiries that we left—those memorials, as it were, of our can after that other world, that is former innocence. The consequence of alone our home, and therefore alone the contrary course bas been, as is always worthy of our chief and lasting con- the case, where any one point is overcern. And when this conviction strained to serve an end, or advance a has once taken root in our minds, been injured by the very means that have

favourite opinion, that religion itself has all our feelings will be engaged on

been so injudiciously taken to serve it; the side of religion ; ils study will for neither is the doctrine true in point of not be a mere act of duty, but our fact, standing as it does opposed to our delight and solace; and we shall daily experience, nor is it founded on any eagerly catch at every moment that right interpretation of Scripture, por is at we can spare from the necessary at

all requisite to establish the necessity of tention to our temporal concerns, to

our Redemption, por can it fail of giving a learn more of those eternal mansions,

handle to the Infidel, and hardening the

sinner in his wickedness. In this, as in that await the righteous in the king- most other cases, the truth lies in the mid dom of heaven; more of those con

way. We are neither so utterly corrapt ditions on which they are promised, as to be able to do nothing towards our more of those high and blessed salvation, for we are expressly commanded truths, on which they rest.

We

to work it out, though from our known shall begin to hunger and thirst af

weakness and depravity, “ with fear and

trembling ;" nor are we so perfect as to be ter righteousness; yea, our meat

able to will and to do what is right, withwill be to do his will, that hath sent out the divine grace; but our state may be us into the world, that we may here more justly described as a mixture of evil

one of us daily feel, that what we demption--not only bas he revealed have, is but little, and falls far, far a law no less sublime in its docshort of what we require. The very trines than perfect in its precepts fact then, that we bave not sufficient not only has he confirmed its truths strength within ourselves, is a proof by the fullest evidences, and hedged that we must look beyond ourselves round its obligations by the most for it. • The condition of man af- glorious rewards, and most tremen. ter the fall of Adam is such, (saith dous punishments--but out of his an Article of our Church,) that he abundant mercy he has vouchsafed cannot tum and prepare himself by to incline our hearts to learn bis his own natural strength and good law, to draw us to the study and works to faith and calling upon practice of it, not by force indeed God.” Whither then must we look (for we are free and reasonable befor strength? Whither but to the ings) but by the powerful, though grace of God by Christ preventing resistible, grace of bis ever-blessed us, that we may have a good will, Spirit, and to excite and improve all and working with us, when we have those affections that most effectually that good will ?” “ The prepara- dispose the mind for its reception. tions of the heart in man are from His Spirit is constantly striving with the Lord.” All those goodly virtues man to lead him to his good; and of devout affection, seriousness, hu. when, through our own perverse inmility, teachableness, and confor- clinations, bis milder and more ordimity to the divine will, can only nary influences fail, how ofteu is the have, when possessed in their fuil thoughtless man awakened to a seria perfection, one source--and that a ous sense of religion, and the proud heavenly and spiritual one; so that man taught humility, and the rebel(to sum up all God's goodness to- lious obedience to the divine will, wards us, not only has the good by the more heavy visitations of and gracious Lord yielded up his sickness and aftliction and the fear only begotten Son to die for oår re- of approaching death? Mysteriously

poured out in the waters of Bap-. and good, with a predominance of evil, a

tism, the Spirit taketh up his abode state wherein, as the Apostle speaks, God in our hearts, even “the Spirit,” as out of a compassionate regard to our weak- Isaiah characterizes him from his ness, “worketh in us both to will and fruits, "of wisdom and understandto do,” intimating thereby, that, though ing, the spirit of counsel and might, his assistance is absolutely necessary, yet the spirit of knowledge and of the that we can and must work somewhat, and fear of the Lord." Like the leaven “ bė labourers together with him.” After in our Saviour's parable, he insinuall, when we afirm that we have naturally ates his powerful influence into every some traits of goodness left, to whom can we be supposed to attribute these traits, thought and desire of the heart, and but to the beneficent Creator? We do leaveneth the whole lump. The work pot then derogate from the honor of God, of grace commences; and if but would rather seem to advance that quench not his light, and resist not honor by opposing the doctrine of a total his godly motions, if we neither degradation of his creatures. And again, grieve him by our perverseness, nor whether we maintain that we have some little strength left in our nature, or none

drive him away by our wilful walkat all, we are quite agreed in this, that we ing after the Aesh, but lend ourhave not enough; and must consequently selves, give ourselves wholly up, and look to the effectual power of the Holy submit ourselves to his meek, and Spirit to bring forth works acceptable to holy and unerring guidance, the God in Christ Jesus. Our Wisdom lies words of God, as delivered by the not in reckoning up our natural riches, or bemoaning our natural poverty, but in Prophet Ezekiel, shall be assuredly seeking the Holy Spirit, and co-operating accomplished in us: “ Then,” un with him,

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Gospel, “will I sprinkle clean water where he says, “I give you to unupon you, saith the Lord, and ye derstand, Brethren, that wo man can shall be clean, a new heart also will say, that Jesus is the Lord, but by I give you, and a new spirit will I the Holy Ghost,” and “I cease put within you; I will take away not to make mention of you in my the stony heart, and give you an prayers, that the God of our Lord heart of flesh," a heart of tender. Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, ness, and aptness to be wrought may give unto you the spirit of wisupon by the word of truth ; " and dom and revelation in the knowledge I will put my spirit within you, and of him, the eyes of your understandcause you to walk in my statutes, ing being enlightened, that ye may and ye shall keep my judgments, know what is the hope of his calling, and do them.” Compare these and what the riches of the glory of words with the promise of our Lord, bis inheritance in the saints, and which though applicable in its full what is the exceeding greatness of · and primary intention only to bis his power to us-ward who believe." more immediate Disciples, may yet In a word, it is by the workings of become under this limitation a sure the Spirit, that we can alone hope to anchor of hope to all throughout all become fit to receive the knowledge ages, that would become his true of God, and “ discern the things of and faithful followers. “ I have yet the Spirit of God,” for “ where the many things to say unto you, but ye Spirit of the Lord is, there is lie cannot bear them now;" your pre. berty," --liberty from the thraldom judices and the unprepared state of of impure desires and the entangling your minds render you incapable of cares of the world, liberty from the that instruction, which you shallhere. shackles of prejudice and the obafter receive. “Howbeit when He, stinacy of ignorance -liberty from the spirit of truth is come, he will that pride of intellect, that makes guide you into all necessary) truth.” its own parrow views the boundary

How fully this promise was ac of all knowledge, essays to weigh complished let the day of Pente the wisdom of the infinite and allcost testify, when more than three perfect God in the balance of its thousand souls, struck by the in- finite, weak, and unsteady judg. stance of miraculous power exhi. ment, and, closing the eye to the bited in the persons of the Apostles, sunshine of revelation, leaves its de and“ pricked to the heart" by the luded followers to grope their way forcible address of St. Peter, and by the glimmering taper of human yielding to the efficacy of the divine

reason. grace, that was thus working outwardly by the mouth of the Apostle, and the gift of tongues, and inwardly SCRIPTURE CRITICISM. by its more secret influence on their

ST. MATTHEW iii. 17. hearts, “were added to the Church."

" And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, Let the Gentiles of Antioch testify,

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well of whom“ as many as were ordained

pleased." to eternal life," as many as were fitly disposed and qualified for the THESE words are the conclusion of Gospel to take root in their hearts a public event the most interesting by the workings of the Holy Spirit, in the history of the world. It was believed and became Christians : the entrance of the incarnate God, let the noble and ingenuous Beræans the Lord Jesus Christ, on the ministestify, who receiving the word with try of salvation. His forerunner, all readiness of mind, and searching the Baptist, had commenced his prethe Scriptures daily, believed also: paratory mission of preaching reyea, let the positive declaration and pentance, and making straight in experience of the Apostle testify, the spiritual deserts of Judea a

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