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overwhelmed by it. “God saw that the wickedness “that worketh in us both to will and to do of his of man was great in the earth, and that every imagi- own good pleasure.” nation of his heart was only evil continually; and it 2.- To the ark there was but one door. God, in repented the Lord that he had made man on the the minute directions given to Noah, explained the earth, and it grieved him at his heart” (Gen. vi. 5, length, the breadth, and the height which the ark 6). "The earth also was corrupt before God; and should be; and added "the door of the ark shalt the earth was filled with violence; and God looked thou set in the side thereof." This door was the upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt, for all only entrance; by it Noah and his family went in, flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth (Gen. and were preserved. So to us there is but one vi. 11, 12). This being the state of things, God de. door by which to enter life, and that door is Christ. termined to destroy the world. But though all had “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that entereth sinned, there was one comparatively righteous, who not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth lived according to the grace bestowed upon him-a up some other way, the same is a thief and a robman “perfect in his generations,” the third in de ber;" “I am the door; by me if any man will scent from Enoch, who walked with God himself, enter in he shall be saved" (John X. 1, 9). “I and exhorted others to do so. This man God de- am the way, the truth, and the life; no man termined to save. An ark was built by the direction cometh unto the Father but by me" (John xiv. of God, and in that, himself, bis family, and a portion 6). Christ is the only door that openeth on the of all created animals were preserved; while a food narrow way that leadeth unto life. There is no acdestroyed the rest of the inhabitants of the earth. cess to God except through him; no pleasing God In considering the history of this event, we ob- except by union with him ; no obtaining pardon ex

cept through his merit ; no remission of sin, except First,-- That the salvation of Noah was entirely through his blood. All the invitations of Scripture from God. It is true he built the ark; a laborious are given through him. All the promises are made task was imposed upon him, in which he was engaged in him. Whatever we require or desire must be many years : a work so vast, that, if we were ac. asked in his name. There is no promise made even quainted with all the difficulties attending its accom- to prayer, except it be offered in the faith and in the plishment, we should be astonished that it was com- name of Christ. There is no petition in our liturgy pleted even in 100 years. But Noah did not contrive except in his name. Nor will a single soul be the ark. It was planned by God, and Noah was able to stand before God that stands not in the merely the instrument employed. The size, the righteousness of Christ. Is Christ our door? Are shape, the form of every part, the particular wood all our hopes and expectations centred in him ? If of which it was composed, the position of the door not, we are lost. By Christ we are pronounced to and window, were all pointed out by God. And just be thieves and robbers, and as such will be regarded as Moses was ordered to make all things according and treated by God. Then where is the moral man, to the pattern shewed to him on the mount, so who, trusting to his morality and the fancied goodNoah had only to follow the directions given him. ness of his heart, thinks he shall be saved ? Where All required on his part were obedience and dili. is the self-righteous man, who, storing in his megence. So is it with our salvation. We have an mory his fancied works of piety, and measuring himark—(and, blessed be God, a safe one !)--the ark of self by others from whom he thinks he differs, the covenant-the gospel of the Lord Jesus; an ark proudly exults in bis deeds, and relies on them for that will ride securely in the most troubled sca, and salvation? Where is the formalist, who, complying defy the utmost fury of the storm, and violence of with outward forms and customs, coming as God's the waves ; an ark which no power can destroy, people come, and partaking of ordinances withont and no assault of Satan or the world can injure. And reverence, without penitence, without faith, thinks whoever is called into that ark by God will ride in he shall be saved ? Where are the millions of prosafety. The ark of Noah was pitched within and fessing Christians, who are continually building without with pitch, to render it secure; and ours is on every variety of foundation rather than that secured by the love, the counsels, and the decrees of which has been laid, even Jesus Christ? If any the Almighty. Though the gates of hell may be such should read these pages, if any are building even broken up, and the floods of ungodliness may be partly on Christ and partly on themselves, or any poured on the world, our ark will as safely abide the other unscriptural foundation, let them be assured shock and weather the storm as did the ark of Noah, they are not entering by the door; they will not be when the windows of heaven were opened, and the owned by Christ; they will be classed with thieves fountains of the great deep were broken up. Ours and robbers. Let me urge on my readers, then, is a sure salvation! There never was, there never without delay, to come to the only Saviour. No will be, a true believer in Jesus that shall fall short fancied merit, no fancied righteousness of your own of everlasting life! If we abide in Cbrist, faithful will avail. Christ is the only door. Reliance on unto the end, a crown of life shall assuredly be ours. yourselves and your works, is a docr that leadeth to Salvation is entirely of God. It was not planned destruction ; but “he that entereth in by Christ or wrought by man, nor can man do anything to shall be saved.” When Noah entered the ark “ God entitle him to partake of it. It is an act of free and shut him in,” thus effectually excluding the food, sovereign grace! The Father planned it. The Son and retaining him. So will it be with you when you effected it. The Holy Ghost applies it. And all that have entered by the door of the ark of the covenant man can do is, in faith, hope, and obedience, grate- of mercy. God himself will close that door behind fully to receive it. “Not by works of righteousness you ; by grace he will keep you from backsliding, which we have done, but according to his mercy he and keep you till all danger shall have passed away, saved us; by the washing of regeneration, and the and trial have disappeared. But do not delay ; the renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus iii. 5). “By door stands open till God's family shall have entered grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of —then it will be closed; and be assured, “ when yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, lest once the Master shall have risen, and shut-to the any man should boast” (Eph. ii. 8). Noah had in- door," no effort will save you. You may call, but deed a work to perform, and so have we-to "work there will be none to answer, or, if an answer be reout our salvation with fear and trembling;” to walk turned, it will bear the fearful sound—“I know you in obedience; to do all that God commands :—and not," " depart from me, ye cursed." till we do this, we shall possess no evidence that we 3.-When Noah was in the ark, he had no power are in the covenant of grace. But let us attach no to direct it. That vessel was most wisely framed for merit to our own performances, for it is God only security ; its proportions were admirably adapted for retaining its upright position; nor was it possible disease, and pestilence, and ten thousand causes of that any violence of the winds or waves could over- death may in a moment come. But it is not so in throw it : but, unlike the vessels navigating our the ark of God. There all is sure. “ The poor shall seas, there was no mast, no sail, no rudder. Noah eat and be satisfied;" “ The children of the Lord shall could not in the slightest degree influence its course. have enough.” Let us not look to the world. To It was apparently left to the mercy of the winds and that the ungodly looked in the days of Noah. The waves-apparently, but not actually! God's eye was world then smiled in all its luxuriant fruitfulness. upon it; his decree was with it; his purpose was to There was grass for the cattle, and green herb for the save the family enclosed within it. And what can service of man. There was no appearance of want. frustrate the intentions of the Almighty? And can But in one moment the flood-gates of God's wrath we direct our course ?--reject what is evil ?-choose were removed, and soon all were destroyed. Our what is good? Are we sufficient of ourselves, even Lord relates a parable of a rich man glorying in his when in covenant with God, to walk consistently in riches and worldly possessions, and suddenly called the way of his commandments ? God forbid that to his account-saying to his soul, Thou hast much we should entertain the thought ! We have no goods in store for many years to come, take thine power of ourselves to help ourselves ; it is not in ease, eat, drink, and be merry, at the moment that man that walketh to direct his steps. We can have God was saying, “ Thou fool, this night thy soul no power at all except it be given to us from above. shall be required.” And we cannot read the parable And yet, helpless as we are-incapable as we are by without being deeply impressed with a sense of his our own natural strength of directing our feet in the folly, and solemnly warned to avoid his fate. But way of life-so long as we are “in Christ Jesus,” in the days of Noah thousands were in his conwe shall fall under no condemnation ; so long as we dition-immersed in worldly pleasures, rejoicing in are “under grace," "sin shall not have dominion worldly gains, warned in vain of their approaching over us." God will keep the feet of his saints, and end, whose souls were suddenly required to stand direct their goings in the path. He will preserve before God. What a warning voicc does this history them as the apple of his eye. He will never leave address to us! them, nor forsake them. It is the Father's good 5. Noah's calling was of grace. This is distinctly pleasure, that, of all that are given unto Jesus, he declared (Gen. vi. 8) “ But Noah found grace in his should lose none, but should raise them up again at sight.” Had Noah been left to himself, he would as the last day; Christ gives to them eternal life, and surely have perished as the rest of the inhabitants of none shall pluck them from his Father's hand, the earth. He partook of the same nature, was sub

My readers, bear in mind your weakness, your ject to the same infirmity, had the flesh lusting infirmity. Trust not yourselves but God. “ Cast against the Spirit, and the law of his members warß all your care upon him, knowing that he careth for ring against the law of his mind. But Noah by grace

you." The gospel method of salvation may to some walked with God. Aided by God's Spirit, he followed seem inappropriate. You may not understand how his dictates. He was made to differ from o:hers. you shall be brought by it through all your difficul- | He daily exhibited the fruits of grace and holiness. ties and dangers. But if you place yourselves in the And yet without the special interference of God, he Lord's hands; if you walk by the guidance of his, woulā have perished in the food. It was by grace word, and the influence of his Spirit, he will bring you that he walked with God, and was saved from deto salvation. He is able, and willing. He is pledged struction. It is the same with us. So clearly is this to do it. His word shall never pass away. As surely doctrine stated in the scriptures, that it is wonderful as Noah and his family were saved in the ark from that it should not be generally received, or that any perishing by water, so surely shall every one that is doubts or difference of opinion should exist. Still in Cbrist Jesus be saved from cverlasting destruc- doubts are entertained-a proof of the corruption of tion !

our nature, and the infidelity of the natural heart. 4. In the ark there was provision for the wants of “ By grace are ye saved through faith."

“ Not by all, an abundant store both for man and beast; so works of righteousness which we have done, but acthat no creature, enclosed within it, lacked any thing cording to his mercy he saved us.” “He hath saved needful to its existence. All was prepared by the us and called us, with an holy calling; not according word and providence of God ; his directions being to our works, but according to his own purpose and followed by his faithful servant. And what is lack- grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the ing to the ransomed of the Lord ? where is spiritual world begap." want in the church of Christ? Ordinances of divine If ever we are saved, it will be by the grace which grace are there. Exceeding great and precious pro- | bringeth salvation, and teaches to deny ungodliness mises are made. Nor is there one included in the and worldly lusts. If now we differ from other men covenant, who may not find all that will conduce to in the possession of Christian graces, it was God that spiritual health and comfort. There is reproof for made us to differ. If we continue in the faith, it will the sinner, correction for the er instruction for be because God upholds us. If we abide in the love the ignorant, doctrive for the servants of God, con- of Christ, it will be because Christ, having loved us, solation for the afflicted, hope for the desponding, loves us to the end. encouragement for the timid, terrors for the wicked, 6. The invitation was not addressed to Noah only, assurance for the followers of the Lamb, invitations but to all his family. “Come thou and all thy house for all, “ grace for all in every hour of need,” “milk into the ark.” Of the family of Noah but little is said. for the babes; strong meat for those of age.” There We are not told that they were faithful; that they is nothing lacking. There is no fear that the store loved, or served God. All that we know is that they will ever be exhausted. All may eat and be filled, “perfect in their generations,” because Noah and yet the fragments that remain will present an

They were not the offspring of ill-assorted abundant store. Nothing is grudged to the meanest marriages between the sons of God and the daughof the family of God. To each is supplied as much ters of men. Noab, too, was a preacher of righteas he requires, and each may partake freely without ousness, nor can we suppose that while he instructed money and without price. Jesus said, “I am the others, he neglected his own family. One thing at bread of life; he that cometh to (nie shall never least we know : they believed in the predicted judg. hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never ment, and accepted the offered salvation in the ark. thirst.'

But of Noah only are we told “ he found grace in To the ungodly the world holds out many attrac God's sight,” and it was evidently for his sake, as tions. It offers many things that apparently conduce allied to him, that they were invited into the ark. to comfort and to happiness. But “the world “Come thou and all thy house.” And such is passeth away and the lust thereof;" and famine, 'the invitation to each of us: we are not invited

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alone, or called upon to separate from our familie be inferior to Adam's knowledge in paradise ? When and kindred. But as all the family of Lot were in Christ was transfigured on Mount Tabor, his disvited to leave Sodom, and all the children of Israel to come out of Egypt; so, through each of us, are all the ciples, Peter, James, and John did not only know members of our respective families invited. The pro- Christ, but also Moses and Elias, who talked there mise is to us and our children. “Believe," says St. Paul, with Christ, whom, notwithstanding, they had "and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." Cornelius never seen, nor known in the flesh. Whereof believed, and all his house were baptized with him. we may learn, that when we come to behold To each of us to whom the word of this salvation the glorious majesty of the great God, we shall comes, it says “Come thou and all thy house.” And would to God we would accept the invitation, and

not only know our Saviour Christ, and such as we seek salvation through Jesus Christ; that all would were acquainted with in this world, but also all the come from the world, from sin, from pride, from elect and chosen people of God, who have been from prejudice, from the strongholds of corruption, and the the beginning of the world. As the Holy Apostle perishable arks of their own building, to the ark of saith, “ Ye are come to the Mount Sion, and to the God; that they would flee to the Saviour, and submit city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and themselves to the guidance of the Spirit !

to an innumerable company of angels, and to the general assembly and church of the first born, which

are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, RECOGNITION IN ETERNITY.*

and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to SHALL the knowledge of God's elect and chosen Jesus the Mediator of the New Testament.” When people be less in the kingdon of God than it is in

we are once come into that heavenly Jerusalem, we this world? We, being in this corruptible body, shall, without all doubt, both see and know all the know one another when we see not God but with holy and most blessed company of the patriarchs, the eyes of our faith ; and shall we not know one prophets, apostles, and martyrs, with all others of another after that we have put off this sinful body, the faithful. As we are all members of one body, and see God face to face, in the sight of whom is the whereof Jesus Christ is the head, so shall we know knowledge of all things?

one another, rejoice together, and be glad one with We shall be like the glorious angels of heaven, another. Moreover, the history which we read of who know one another ; can it then come to pass the rich unmerciful man of Lazarus, declares evithat one of us may not know another? Shall we be dently, that in the life to come we shall know one equal with the angels in other things, and inferior another; in that we see that the former, being in hell, unto them in knowing one another ? We shall knew both Abraham and Lazarus, being in joy; and know and see Christ as he is, who is the wisdom, that Abraham also knew that unmerciful rich man, image, and brightness of the heavenly Father ; and although the one was in glory, the other in pain. If shall the knowledge of one another be hidden from they who are in hell do both see and know them that us? We are members all of one body, and shall we are in heaven, and they who are in heaven know not know one another ?

them also that are in hell, the one place being so far We shall know our Hi ad, which is Christ, and distant from the other, much more do they know one shall we not know ourselves ? We shall be citizens another that are citizens of one city, fellow.heirs of of one heavenly city, whei e continual light shall be, one kingdom, members of one body, and fellow-serand shall we be overwhelmed with such darkness that vants in one household, serving one Lord and God. we shall not see and know one another? They that if there be mutual knowledge after this life between in this world continue tog ther in one place but for good and evil, much more shall the saints, and the a season, know one another, and shall we, who for holy ones of God, know one another in the kingdom ever shall continue together, singing, praising, and of our heavenly Father. Our Saviour Christ said to magnifying the Lord our God, not know one an. his disciples, “ When the Son of Man shall sit in the other? They that are in one household and serve seat of his majesty, you also shall sit upon twelve one lord and master know one another in this world, seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” If, after the and shall not we know one another who, in the king. general resurrection, and at the judgment, one should dom of heaven shall continually serve the Lord our not know another, how shall then the apostles judge God together, with one spirit and with one mind ? them unto whom they preached ? They cannot judge There is a certain knowledge one of another here in and be witnesses of the condemnation of them whom the earth even amongst the unreasonable and brute they know not. Hereby also it manifestly appeareth beasts, and shall our senses be so darkened in the that after this life one of us shall know another. life to come that we, being immortal, incorruptible, After that Christ was risen again, and had a glorified and like unto the angels of God, yea, scaing God face body, the apostles knew him, yea, and that so perto face, shall not know one another? We shall know fectly, that none of them needed to say unto him, God as he is, and shall we not know one another ? who art thou ? for they knew well that he was the Adam, before he sinned, being in the state of inno- Lord. Hereof also may it truly be gathered that the cence, knew Eve so soon as God brought her unto faithful shall as perfectly knew one another in the him, and called her by her name, and shall not we, life to come, as the apostles know Christ after his being in heaven, where we shall be in a much more resurrection; or as Peter, John, and James, knew blessed and perfect state than ever Adam was in Moses and Elias in Mount Tabor, when Christ was paradise, know one another ? Shall our knowledge transfigured. Many other things might be alleged " Becon's Sick Man's Salve." Selections from Becon's Works

out of the holy scripture, to declare that we shall have been lately published by the Society for Promoting Chris

know one another after this life; but these may seem tian Knowledge.

to any unprejudiced person abundantly to suffice.

Poetry.

Yet rest not all; on Jorılan's banks behold
THE CITIES OF THE PLAIN.

A lonely band with hurrying footsteps fly;

No mortal form its radliant guides unfold,
( For the Church of England Magazine.)

As to the calm and yet unclouded sky
STAR of the West! bright harbinger of rest!
Flung like a flow'ret in the path of night;

They point prophetic. Haste, O loiterer! why Whisp'ring of peace, whilst earth's o'erlabour'd breast

Delay thy flight, or turn thy gaze aside? Heaves with the weight of life! Thy beauteous light Whet their embattled ranks in fiery pride,

Wrath’s ’vengeful armies, nigher and more nigh, Steals like a spirit o'er its heavenly height; And where yon dark clouds gather, like the tomb

And rav’ning Fury spreads on high her pinions wide. Whose bars have shrunk from its immortal might, Woe to the bloody city! Woe to all And sent it forth unfetter'd, o'er the doom

Who back towards the palace-walls of sin, Of man thou shin’st, unchanged in thine eternal bloom. Turn spell-wrought by her wiles! Even now a pall, Slow failes the light; the tow'ring cities rear

Death's banner, waves on high amid the din Their thousand horns in bold defiance high;

Of yon doom'd cities: there is mirth within Temple, and dome, and palace proud appear

Their palaces, and their luxurious bow'rs More dimly blended with the dark’ning sky.

Bloom with a dazzling beauty. Woe to sin Vast structures, rob’d in dusky grandeur, lie

And to her vot'ries! Number'd are their hours, By their own shadows shrouded; whilst the west,

For o'er them darkling see destruction’s trophy low'rs. Whence yet the ling’ring sun bids darkness fly, Where are ye, daughters of a fallen sire! Spread lurid o'er the horizon's mountain-crest,

Ye, to whom kings their lustful homage gave, Rolls like a sea of fire 'twixt earth and realis more

And nations bow'd adoring? Ask the fire blest.

That from some high volcano's cloud-built cave And o'er it, as a mighty armament,

Leap'd roaring forth upon them! Ask the wave Sail, tempest-fraught, the gath’ring clouds that lend That sullen broods above them, and around A deeper gloom than deep’ning night had lent;

Creeps on its desolate course, a living grave, And from their ranks the riving flashes rend, By all that breathes forsaken! Ask the ground

Whilst the oft-rolling thunders' bellowings blend That cast them forth abhorr’d, in all their grandeur With the loud echoes, that, with wild rebound,

crown'd! From pile to pile, and dome to dome, ascend;

Woe to the wickel! whither shall he flee,
Whilst the scath'l bosoin of the trembling ground
Heaves with tumultuous throes, and quivers at the The sword of vengeance beareth? As a tree,

When God pursueth, and His red right hand sound.

Struck in its strength bencath the lightning's brand Earth trembles; but for man, he trembletha not:

Doth fall, so falleth he; for who shall stand Awhile the wine-cup flows not; the lewd jest, Before the Almighty's anger? God of light! Or lewder revel, pause; but soon forgot

Ruler of nations ! from this sinful land The world beyond his own polluted breast;

Turn thy destroying Angel, lest he smite Onward with wilder mirth and fiercer zest,

And hurl her from her throne to everlasting night! Rolls Vice triumphant: Lust, with eye of flame,

Yoxford, Suffolk.

H. H. TUCKER. And brow unveild, walks shameless : unrepress'd Revenge and Murder stalk; and hireling fame Crowns with lascivious wreaths the pand'rous slave of

THE YOUNG COMMUNICANT. shame.

Hail young disciple,--thou whose early feet Hush'd lies the plain: serene in holy calm,

From the broad pathway of the world have fled, Mountain, and stream, and dale, and hill appear; Who, listening to the Lord, with reverence meet Faint from the forest wafts the breeze its balm,

Hast to his ritual bow'd thy lowly head, And whispers peace to Nature's list’ning ear. IIow beautiful!- to heed the heavenly call Shrouded in mist, the slumb'ring cities rear

Ere the full freshness of thy morning prime, Aloft the tow’rs that blush to meet the day :

Before the dark clouds threat, the mildews fall, Fled have the fev'rish dreams, the haunting fear, Or o'er thy temples creep the frosts of time: Awhile the sleeper's couch; and passion's sway So, from each wile that lureth from the fold Th' exhausted soul Alings off, and slumbers while it Still may thy chosen Shepherd hold thee free, may.

And from all ill, till life's brief hour be told Flow on, thou gentle Jordan ! thy soft stream,

O sweet disciple, may he succour thee,Murin'ring, in music hails the breath of moru,

Till to that radiant clime, thy spirit soar As in the dawn's yet faint and silvery gleam

Where storms shall shred the rose and toss the bark An angel message to thy breast were borne: And thou, dark sea of death! whose waves have

-Colonial Churchman.

L. H. S.

no more.

worn

Their sluggish way through centuries, and through

The wrecks of regal pow'r thy pathway torn,
Flow on! for beauteous are ye both to view,
Crown’d with the bcams of heav'n, and clad in heav'n's

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not to have some influence for good or evil BY THE Rev. JOHN JACKSON, M.A. over others. The circle may be small, the

vortex Head Master of Islington Proprietary School, and those who will be drawn in to it; and they

be feeble ; but still there will be Evening Lecturer at St. Mary's, Stoke Newington.

are immortal beings. Now, I do not attempt It is to our limited apprehension one of the to explain this mysterious dispensation, which most mysterious parts of God's dealings with

seems to put into the hands of others, in some mankind, that he has placed, not merely our degree at least, the moulding of our immortal temporal, but also our eternal interests (as far destinies. There may be compensating powers as we can see at least) so much in the power which we know not of, and every man's proof others. Not merely is his revelation taught bation may have been, all circumstances conand explained by a system of machinery, as sidered, nearly the same. We know that the it were, of human beings, but our characters performance of some duties is accepted acare formed often, or modified, by the pressure of cording to that a man hath, and not according those about us. Precept, education properly to that he hath not (2 Cor. viii. 12), and that so called (that is the culture of our habits as that servant which knew his Lord's will, and well as our faculties), and, above all, example, prepared not himself, neither did according to are all so many forces exerted upon us by his will, shall be beaten with many stripes ; other men; and the moral plant seems to owe but he that knew not, and did commit things its form and direction, not merely to the soil worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few in which it grows, but to the hand that trains stripes (Luke xii. 47, 48). And, at all events, it, and the obstacles which oppose it. A child's we are sure, that all things are directed by character, like his features, has a tendency to infinite justice, and that the Judge of all the resemble his parents. The state of religion earth cannot but do right. But however this may and morality in a parish appears often to vary be, the fact is one of even startling importance, with the piety, exertions, and even ability of that we are all the centres of one or more little the minister who is placed in it. A whole circles, within which our influence acts for neighbourhood not unfrequently takes its co- good or evil on the souls of others : or, to use lour from one family, or one individual. Vil- an illustration perhaps more correct, we each lages have been demoralized for many years form one of the meshes in the complicated netafterwards by the pestilent contagion of one work of human society; so that every motion bad example, and the odour of a holy cha- vibrates in a thousand directions about us. racter has ere now left its fragrance behind Now one can hardly expect that those who it in the spot where it was placed. Indeed, are careless about the welfare of their owk every master and mistress of a family regu- souls, should have much thought about those late, as it were, the atmosphere of the house of others. One can scarcely imagine any over which they preside; and it becomes pre- thing dreadful to him who can hear of, ay, judicial to the life of the soul, or otherwise, and believe in, the everlasting tormats which according to their principles and modes of await the unrepentant, and not fly for refuge to action. Nay, there is perhaps no human being the only Saviour that man can find, or God VOL. VIII.-NO. CCXXII.

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