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enemies, and succoured by those yet mightier angels who are ministering spirits to the heirs of salvation. In the increasing intenseness of the conflict, we shall probably soon more urgently need every aid of this kind. May it please God thus to assist many in attaining that final victory which is sure to every faithful follower of Christ, for “ He that is in us is stronger than he that is in the world.”
Watton, Herts, July 19, 1842.
OF EVIL SPIRITS.
THEIR EXISTENCE AND CHARACTER.
THE eternal power and godhead of the Most High are, as St. Paul tells us, invisible things, yet clearly seen and to be understood even of the heathen, by those things which he hath made. Rom. i. 20. The order and harmony of creation, the wonderful manner in which all things are upheld, preserved, perpetuated, or reproduced, appeal to the natural reason and conscience of man, bespeaking some mighty, creative, overruling hand, directed by a wisdom and knowledge to which no mortal may attain. And this recognition is all but universal. However false, however distorted, however debased by the most wretched folly, superstition and crime, we find the principle of Deism in some form established throughout the world.
But beyond this, man cannot go; he sees that God is powerful, and if the desperate wickedness of his own heart did not blind it, he must also perceive that God is good : giving us rain and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness ; clothing the earth with refreshing verdure ; decking it with myriads of glowing flowers ; bestowing on the birds their soft and graceful plumage, bright in lovely dyes, and teaching them to breathe forth music from their cheerful throats; causing the moon to walk in brightness, the stars to spangle heaven; and peopling even the little brooks that run among the hills with unnumbered forms of beauty that sport in the pure element. So far, man may recognize God, may love, fear, and praise him.
But beyond this we have no means of penetrating ; our bodily organs appear to be the sole medium of communication with what exists. What we can see, hear, feel, smell, or taste, is matter of observance, affording evidence on which the mind may rely ; and from it we may reason or conjecture to any extent, but can know nothing. To bring us acquainted with what lies beyond the range of our senses, we need a special revelation from Him who governs all; and this revelation we possess. Between the two covers of a book that a child may grasp, we find all that is needful or profitable for