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this spiritual taste, and even account it It has a vast and extended view. It has enthusiasm.
seen the beauty and glory of Christ, and There are various marks or character- cannot, therefore, admire “the goodly istics of a spiritual mind. Self-loathing buildings of the temple :” as Fenelon is a token of such a mind. The axe is says of Christ,—he had seen his Father's laid to the root of a vain-glorious spirit. house, and could not, therefore, be taken It maintains, too, a walk and converse with the glory of the eartbly structure. with God. “Enoch walked with God." There are various means of promoting There is a transaction between God and a spiritual mind. Beware of saying of the spiritual mind: if the man feels dead this or that evil, “ Is it not a little one ?" and heartless, that is matter of complaint Much depends on the mortifying the before God. He looks to God for wis- body. The temper is too apt to rise ; dom for the day—for the hour—for the the will let itself loose ; the imagination business in hand.
will often hurry us away. Vain company A spiritual mind refers its affairs to will injure the mind; carnal professors God. “Let God's will be obeyed by me will especially—we catch contagion from in this affair!" His way may differ from such men. Misemployment of time is that which I should choose ; but let it be injurious. Another man's trifling is noso! “Surely, I have behaved and torious to all observers; but what am I quieted myself as a child that is weaned doing? Avoid all idleness ; "exercise of its mother: my soul is even as a thyself unto godliness;" plan for God. weaned child.” Indeed, a spiritual mind Beware of temptation: the mind that has has something of the nature of the sensi- dwelt on sinful objects will be in darktive plant : “I shall smart if I touch this
ness for days. Associate with spirituallyor that." There is a holy shrinking away minded men : the very sight of a good from evil.
man, though he says nothing, will reA spiritual mind enjoys, at times, the fresh the soul. Finally, contemplate influx of a holy joy and satisfaction, so Christ; be much in retirement and that when bereaved of creature-comforts, prayer; and study the honour and glory it can find such a repose in Christ and his of your Divine Lord and Master.-Cecil. promises, that the man can say, "Well! it is enough, let God take from me what else he pleases."
I know not how it is that some Chris. A spiritual mind is a mortified mind. tians can make so little of recollection The Church of Rome talks much of and retirement. I find the spirit of the mortification, but it is not radical and world is a strong assimilating principle, spiritual. The spiritual mind must mor- and sinking me in among the dregs of a tify whatever would retard its ascent carnal nature. I am obliged to withtowards heaven; it must rise on the draw myself regularly, and to say to my wings of faith, and hope, and love. heart, “ Where are you? What are you
This spiritual mind is a sublime mind. I doing."-16.
MATERIALS FOR THOUGHT. In the worst condition, the church hath storms, there is sea-room enough in the two faces: one towards heaven and infinite goodness of God for faith to be Christ, which is always constant and carried on with a full sail. Of all troubles, glorious; another towards the world, the trouble of a proud heart is the worst. which is in appearance contemptible and A believer never carves for himself, but changeable. God is often nearest to his he cuts his own fingers. — Toplady's church, when he seems furthest off. In all / Works,
Unless the mind be under the regu- A regard to public utility exists and lating power of religion, it will be perpe- improves private friendship. tually losing its balance, and changing To promote the glory of God, his own its tenour. At one time it will be acce- virtue, and the good of his fellow-crealerated into indecent and dangerous tures, is the great and constant aim of speed, through the impulse of desire, am- every good man. bition, or revenge; at another time, it is As none is too wise to learn, it is a chilled into languor and inaction, through proof of affection to communicate useful fear, despondency, and disappointment. hints; and a high proof of wisdom to We may behold the same person, now take and use them, from whatever quarbelieving things incredible, and attempt- ter they come. There is one Being ing things impracticable; and anon, only, who is not to be instructed. “For staggering at the shadow of a doubt; and who hath known the mind of the Lord ? shrinking from the slightest appearance Or who hath been his counsellor?” of danger. Insolent, fierce, and over- Though we cannot successfully imibearing in prosperity, the unsteady crea- tate eminent men in certain particulars ture becomes groveling, dispirited, and of conduct, or in the display of talents mean in adversity. “It is a good thing," which may be denied to ourselves; yet therefore, " that the heart be established we are not thereby precluded from the by grace.” Grace, that calm, steady, exercise of the inferior talents which we uniform principle, which veers not with possess, and from a virtuous emulation, every wind of doctrine; it rises not nor where it is possible to succeed. Let me falls, like the mercury in the tube, with strive to be a Moses in some things, every variation of the atmosphere, with though I am conscious I must fall inconregard to disappointment and success, ceivably behind him in most others. censure and applause, health and sick- Whatever wisdom we may have learnness, youth and age. In the day of ed, whatever pleasure we may have enprosperity, religion saith to the soul, joyed, whatever comfort we possess, what* Rejoice ;” and in the day of adversity, ever hope we feel,—all is of Thee, pure, “Consider;" for a wise and merciful eternal, unchanging Source of light, and God hath set the one over against the life, and joy !—Ib. other. This Divine principle corrects immoderate joy, saying to the happy, “ Be not high-minded, but fear :" it con
Frequent retirement from the world is soles and supports the miserable, by necessary in order to our enjoying combreathing the sweet assurance, that “the
munion with God. The prophet Ezekiel light affliction, which is but for a mo
was to leave his .countrymen, and retire ment, is working for us a far more exceed
to the plain, where God promised to talk ing and eternal weight of glory." --Dr. with him; to shut up himself in his Hunter,
house, where God visited him. Thus ministers must find time, much time, for
study; and give themselves to reading, That is not fortitude, but folly, that meditation, and prayer, that they may unnecessarily exposes ourselves, or those be fitted for public worship; and their whom we love, to hardship and danger. friends who hinder them by expecting “If any provide not for his own house, long and unnecessary visits, injure both he bath denied the faith, and is worse their ministers, their fellow-Christians, than an infidel." It is our care, not and themselves. It is the duty of all so to our labour and reflection, which we are contrive their affairs, that they may have encouraged to cast upon God.-16. time for religious retirement.-Job Orton.
LECTURES on the Acts of the APOSTLES. | toric books of the New Testament. As the
With an Appendix, in continuation of author of “ Lectures on the History and the Inspired History, by a Sketch of the the Preaching of Christ," Dr. B. informs Revelation. By James BENNETT, D.D. his readers, in the preface to the present 8vo, pp. 482.
volume, that he “has been encouraged to Gladding, City road.
close the Christian history by this volume,
on which he may be permitted to make some Dr. Bennett's mode of lecturing on the introductory remarks for the reader's historical books of the New Testament has guidance. always commended itself to our judgments “ First. To avoid all undue bias, it should as peculiarly interesting and appropriate. be our method, in all such expositions, to He proceeds on the analytical plan; and commence by translating the original as thereby draws forth the lessons involved in literally as possible. For though the most historic narrative far more successfully than literal is not always the most faithful version, if he had adopted the textual method ordi- it frequently has advantages which the more narily resorted to by mere commentators. elegant translation must lose. A version And yet he is careful never to overlook those which would have been inadmissible, if pubminute criticisms of the sacred text, which lished by itself, has, therefore, been suffered the occasional defects of the authorized ver. here to remain, as wrought into the narrasion may have rendered necessary. It is due tive, and made the basis of the comment. to our venerable friend to say, that the The charm of the Peshito-Syriac lies very general course of his studies, his former much in that kind of simple fidelity which occupation as a theological tutor in one of scholars might deem a fault. There is no book our colleges, and his highly respectable of the New Testament which demands more scholarship, fit him, in no ordinary degree, imperatively than the Acts, an appeal from for the function of a sound Biblical critic. our authorized version to the Greek. For Dr. Bennett's theology, too, may always be the ignorance or prejudices of our transla. relied on, as it has suffered no deterioration tors, and the commands of their conceited by passing through the alembic of modern king, have combined to corrupt, in a pecu. refinement; but stands out in bold defence liar manner, this portion of the word of God. of “the faith once delivered to the saints." “ Secondly. It has been the aim of the
We congratulate the author, as we do the writer to keep constantly in view the genius churches of Christ, upon the completion of of the Acts, which is historical. If God his valuable series of lectures upon the bis. has varied his revelation, why should we
confound all distinctions by a sameness of Judas ; Acts i. ii.-II. The Descent of the
VII. The Institution of Deacons; Acts vi.
"The Appendix to this volume, which is to Antioch ; Acts xiv.-XVIII. The Ex-
"Of the chronology of the Acts, the fol- xvi.-XX. Paul at Thessalonica, Berea, and
Such is our author's own account of the xxi. 33, to the end of chapter xxii.-
Acts xxvii.-XXX. Paul at Melita ; Acts
and convincing manner, we would suggest
appendages, Dr. Bennett's Lectures on the finite reason which includes, but is indeActs of the Apostles must be regarded as a pendent of them all, as belonging to the standard work, which will be consulted with infinite nature of God.” advantage by ministers, students, and pri- II. A second principle is, “ That everyvate Christians, for the years of many gene- thing sustains a relation to the great purrations.
pose, and is made subservient to it." It is not only a law of every creature's existence,
that it is what it is, just because God is The PRE-ADAMITE EARTH: contributions what he is ; but it is equally a law, or pri.
Theological Science. By JOHN mary condition of the creature's existence HARRIS, D.D., author of “The Great that it should contribute to God's Great Teacher,”' &c. 8vo. pp. 382.
Manifestation of himself, in fulfilment of Ward and Co.
his own eternal purpose.
** We can con
ceive, then," observes the author, “ of a (Continued from page 692, in the Supple- twofold reason for everything, ad extra :ment.)
the one, arising from what God is, the other Prior to any manifestation of Divine from what he purposes—the former a naall-sufficiency, there are certain great pri- tural reason, the latter a moral necessity or mary Truths predicable of the Deity, and reason of Divine appointment—the former necessary in order to such manifestation. looking back to its origin, the latter looking These primary Truths are amply developed onwards to its end.
As nothing in the pages of the Scripture, and admit of, which may exist, can have a separate, exor rather conduct to, certain logical deduc-clusive, and independent end of its own, tions, which may be regarded as the prin- everything will find its own end, in answerciples which regulate the several displays ing His." which God has made of himself to his crea- III. The third principle contended for is, tures. Now, we may arrive at the know- " That the Manifestation will be carried on ledge of these principles, either in the way by a system of means, or medial relations." of inference, by deduction, or in the way of Supposing the author's view of the great actual investigation of the phenomena of relation to be correct, which we sincerely divine manifestation, by induction. Dr. | believe, "we may expect," as Dr. H. states, Harris has proceeded in both ways ;-first, “ that that relation, as constituting the meby showing that his principles of divine dium of the Divine Manifestation, will itself manifestation, a priori, are fairly deducible be manifested ; or that, in harmony with from the primary Bible truths announced
that primary relation, the whole manifestarespecting the Deity; and, secondly, by tion will consist of, or be carried on by, a proving that the same principles are induc- system of corresponding medial relations, tively verified by the facts of the divine (relations rising with the rising nature of operation.
the being sustaining them ;) otherwise, that We shall briefly sketch and illustrate our great relation itself will be but partially author's general principles, reserving for a disclosed, if it be not even entirely, and for final article the inductive portion of his ever, unknown. most interesting volume.
“Another reason for the medial consti1. It is argued, then, first of all, “ That | tution of the Creation, is, that the Great every divinely originated object and event Relation is not merely the medium of the is a result, of which the supreme and ulti- manifestation, but an important part of it ; mate reason is in the Divine Nature.” God just as the sun, besides being the medium not only has a reason for every manifesta- of vision, is also the glory of the Creation. tion he has made of himself, but he is him- Now as everything exists for the Divine self the ultimate and adequate reason why Manifestation, of which that relation itself every object and event, the result of divine is a vital part, everything may be expected operation, is, and is what it is. “For, if," to manifest tbat Relation by itself sustainobserves Dr. H., “the origin of everything ing a medial relation." which may
exist must be traced to him as IV. Another principle is, " That everythe great first cause, everything will, in thing will be found either promoting, or unsome sense, be like him ; i.e., it will be, der an obligation to promote, the great end and will be what it is, when it proceeds commensurate with its means and volitions." from him, because he is what he is; for As, according to the author's view of the before it was produced, it was potentially Medial Relation, He who sustains it is included in him. Additional reasons may under obligation commensurate to his means be found in itself, and in other parts of cre. of answering the great end,-s0 he argues ation, to account for its existence. And of that every other subordinate relation may vast significance may many of these reasons be expected to be accompanied by obligabe to the creature. Yet all these will be tions corresponding in their number and found subordinate and traceable to that in- / amount with its power of promoting the