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in the garden, and talked with Adam,” at the beginning,—so at the end,—“the restoration of all things,” -the tabernacle of God is with men, and “he will dwell with them,” and “they shall see his face, and his name shall be in their foreheads."
It may not strike others, with equal force; but I confess that this view of the entireness, the completeness, the perfection exbibited in this book, which at first sight appears like a bundle of old writings, casually tied together, but which is found to contain a regular history of the earth, from its formation to its re-formation ; of time, from its first day to its last; and of man, from his creation to his re-creation :-I say, 'this view of the Book, is one which often furnishes matter for admiring contemplation; and seems to bring out its divine character into stronger and higher relief.
“I will both lay me down in peace and sleep,” says David, “ for the Lord only maketh me to dwell in safety.” He resolves that the sinful fears of events shall not rob him of bis inward quiet, nor torture his thoughts with anxious presages. He commits all his concerns into that faithful, fatherly hand, that had hitherto wrought all things for him; and he means not to lose the comfort of one night's rest, but wisely enjoys the sweet felicity of a resigned will. Now this tranquillity of mind is as much begotten and preserved by a due consideration of providence, as by any thing whatsoever. There are several things in it that naturally compose the mind of a Christian to peace, and bring it to a sweet rest, whilst events hang in a doubtful suspense.
Consider some of them.—The supremacy of Providence, and its uncontrollable power in working. This is often seen in the good that it brings us, in a way that is above the thoughts and cares of our minds, or labours of our hands. The profound wisdom of Providence, in all that it performs for the people of God. This wisdom shines out to us in the unexpected, yea, contrary events of things. How often have we been courting some beautiful appearance that invited our
enses, and with trembling shunned the formidable face of other things, when notwithstanding, the issues of Providence have convinced us, that our danger lay in what we courted, and our good in what we so studiously declined! The Christian knows not but that his good may be imported in what seemed to threaten his ruin. Many a time have we kissed those troubles at parting, which we met with trembling. The conjectures Christians may make of the way of Providence towards them, from what its former methods have been, are exceedingly quieting and cheering. Christian, examine thine own heart, and thou wilt find that it is usually the way of God, to prepare some sharp rods to correct thee, when either thy heart has secretly revolted from God, and is grown vain, careless, and sensual; or when thy steps have declined, and thou hast turned aside to the commission of iniquity. And then, when those rods have been sanctified, to humble and purge thine heart, it is usually observed, that those sad providences are upon the change, and then the Lord changes the voice of his providence towards thee. If, therefore, I find the blessed effects of the rod upon me, that it has done its work to break the hard heart, and pull down the proud heart, and awaken the drowsy heart, and quicken the slothful, malignant, lazy heart; now with great probability I may conjecture, a more comfortable aspect of Providence will quickly appear; the refreshing and reviving time is nigh.
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A LETTER TO THE PROTESTANTS OT THE
UNITED KINGDOM, exhibiting the real principles of the Roman Catholic Bishops and Priests, in Ireland; as contained in their standard of Theology, adopted in 1808, and since used as a guide in their private clerical conferences. By the Rev. R. J. McGhee. Seeleys.
AUTHENTIC REPORT OF THE GREAT PRO
TESTANT MEETING, held at Exeter Hall, London, on Saturday, June 20, 1835, to prove to Protestants of all denominations, by authentic documents, the real tenets of the Church of Rome, as now held by the Roman Catholic Bishops and Priests of Ireland. Second Edition. Hatchards ; Nisbet & Co. ; Seeleys; 9, Exeter-Hall, &c.
We take these two pamphlets together, and, connecting them with what has subsequently transpired, we hesitate not in pronouncing them the most important documents that have been presented to the British public for .years for centuries past. Those of our readers who dwell in the bosom of domestic retirement, avoiding the din of political and polemical discussion, may well be expected to pass lightly
over the announcement of pages that seem to bear upon both, and upon nothing else: but we conjure them, as they value the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, not to turn from this subject, until they have calmly, and attentively considered the few points that we may venture to bring before them.
In former days, a power sprang up, clearly predicted in the pages of Scripture, as an apostate from the Christian Church, possessing itself of temporal sway, and, in the united character of an ecclesiastical and secular ruler, making war upon the saints, and overcoming them, for a limited space of time. In exact fulfilment of these prophecies, that power acquired an immense extent of territory, enthroning and deposing kings, binding subjects in strict allegiance, or arraying them in authorized rebellion against the crown; and compelling alike nations and individuals to lie prostrate in abject submission to the dicta of councils, to question the infallibility of which was pronounced, at once, a capital crime, and a damnable heresy. Wheresoever the light of the Gospel found entrance, leading its recipients to the practice of a pure worship, thither was pointed the exterminating sword to quench that infant flame in blood. We need but glance at the Piedmontese vallies, at the Parisian St. Bartholomew, and at our own Smithfield, to elucidate this fact. In process of time, God raised up chosen instruments to deliver his people from this worse than Egyptian thraldom ; the Reformation dawned in Germany; and having struggled through the opposing clouds, shed its glorious light far around. England shone in the meridian splendor of Gospel truth, and Rome, though ever practising, no longer prospered among us. For