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may be neglected in health ; but it is the only friend to the dying pillow. It may be despised by the vain and hated by the impious; but with all the wise, and great, and excellent of the race, it has been an object of unmingled adoration and love. Every sentence of the Bible,” says Bishop Horsley, “is from God; and every man is interested in the meaning of it.” count," says Sir Isaac Newton, “the Scriptures of God the most sublime philosophy." “ Those passages,” says Boyle, “which are so obscure, that they teach us nothing else, may at least teach us humility.” “In the first page of this sacred book," says Horne, “a child may learn more in an hour, than all the philosophers in the world learned without it in a thousand years.”
Study," says Locke, “the holy Scriptures. Therein are contained the words of eternal life. It has God for its author; salvation for its end ; and truth without any mixture of error, for its
"This book,” says Mrs. Huntingdon, “has done more for me than all the men on earth, and all the angels in heaven could have done."
By the Scriptures," says Jay, “we can associate with Paul and Isaiah ; with Moses and the patriarchs; and can sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, in the kingdom of God.”
Dr. Samuel Johnson, was distinguished as a moral writer; his compositions have seldom been excelled in energy of thought and beauty of expression. To a young gentleman who visited him on his death-bed, he said, “ Young man, attend to the voice of one who has possessed a certain degree of fame in the world, and who will shortly appear before his Maker; read the Bible every day of your life."
PECULIAR OPERATION OF CHRISTIANITY.
How vague in general is our notion of this the most remarkable change which has ever been wrought in the state of mankind! The violent and rapid conquests of Mohammedanism are clear and intelligible; a conquering nation overruns a great part of the world, and establishes its faith upon the ruins which its arms have made. The triumph of Christianity is the secret progress of opinion, working at first no change in the existing forms or relations of society, but gradually detaching individuals, cities, nations, from their ancestral faith ; still growing in numerical superiority, compressing the inert resistance of its antagonist into a narrower compass; not sweeping clear and levelling the ground for the erection of its new system, but springing up, as it were, like a fresh growth of vigorous trees above a decaying forest, which gradually withers down into a thin and perishing underwood, till at length it entirely dies away—or only hangs a few parasitical branches upon the stately grove which has succeeded to its place and honours.
JESUS THE MEDIATOR.
The character of a Mediator is in strict analogy with the order of nature and Providence, and in perfect congruity with our views of the holi. ness of God, and our needs as feeble and sinful creatures. It is strange that any can be so thoughtless as to depreciate the value of this office, and affect to imagine that the mercy of God would be more gloriously displayed if otherwiso dispensed. We need but examine the course of nature to convince us of the fallacy of such an opinion. When any great calamity is impending over a city or nation, how often is it in the power of one or more persons to step forward and avert the blow ! When an individual is on the eve of ruin, how common for a friend to interpose and prevent the danger! To look merely at the age of infancy, what instances have we in the kind offices of parents, guardians, and instructers, of continual mediation and benefaction. In these cases, surely God is the fountain of mercy : it is God that preserves the nation,-it is God that relieves the individual,—it is God that watches over the infant and rears it to maturity. But all this beneficence of the Deity is dispensed through the mediation of others. Indeed this is a mode of action characteristic of the Deity. We cannot see where the direct communication of his benevolence begins. Wherever we see the tide of mercy,--whether in the moral or the natural world,
we behold it flowing through a mediator. The arrangement is most wise, most gracious. It gives consistency and mutual dependence of parts in the natural creation; and it cements the moral creation in a union, the bonds of which are formed of love and gratitude, and all the amiable affections of the soul.
PERFECTIONS OF CHRIST'S CHARACTER.
NEVER was a character at the same time so commanding and natural, so resplendent and pleasing, so amiable and venerable, as that of Christ. There is a peculiar contrasi in it between an awful dignity and majesty, and the most engaging loveliness, tenderness, and soft
He now converses with prophets, lawgivers, and angels; and the next instant he meekly endures the dullness of his disciples, and the blasphemies and rage of the multitude. He now calls himself greater than Solomon; one who can command legions of angels; the giver of life to whomsoever he will; the Son of God who shall sit on his glorious throne to judge the world. At other times, we see him embracing young children; not lifting us his voice in the streets ; not breaking the bruised reed, nor quenching the smoking flax; calling his disciples not servants, but friends and brethren; and comforting them with an exuberant and parental affection. Let us pause an instant, and fill our minds with the idea of one, who knew all things heavenly and earthly ; searched and laid open the inmost recesses of the heart; rectified every prejudice, and removed every mistake of a moral and religious kind; by a word exercised power over all nature; penetrated the hidden events of futurity ; gave promises of admission into a happy immortality ; had the keys of life and death; claimed an union with the Father,--and yet was pious, mild, gentle, humble, affable, social, benevolent, friendly, affectionate. Such a character is fairer than the morning-star. Each separate virtue is made stronger by opposition and contrast; snd the union of so many virtues forms a brightness, which fitly represents the glory of that God who is invisible, who dwelleth in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen
Or can see.
CHRIST AND MAHOMET COMPARED.
Go to your natural religion, lay before her Ma. homet and his disciples arrayed in armour and in blood, riding in triumph over the spoils of thousands and ten thousands, who fell by his victorious sword. Show her the cities which he set in flames, the countries which he ravaged and destroyed, and the miserable distress of all the inhabitants of the earth. When she has viewed ‘him in this scene, carry her into his retirements : show her the prophet's chamber, his concubines and wives, and let her see his adulteries, and hear him allege revelation and his divine commission, to justify his lusts and his oppressions. When she is tired with this prospect, then show her the blessed Jesus, humble and meek, doing good to all the sons of men, patiently instructing the ignorant and the perverse. Let her see him in his most retired privacies ; let her follow him to the Mount, and hear his devotions and supplications to God. Carry her to the table, to view his poor fare, and hear his heavenly dis
Let her see him injured, but not provoked! Let her attend him to the tribunal, and consider the patience with which he endured the scoffs and reproaches of his enemies. Lead her to his cross, and let her view him in the agonies of death, and hear his last prayer for his persecutors, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” When natural religion has viewed both, ask which is the prophet of God ?But her answer we have already had, when she saw part of this scene through the eyes of the centurion, who attended him at the cross ; by him she said, “ Truly this is the Son of God.”