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And her daughter was made souls among the nations, which whole from that very hour.” had not known God. The conversion of this woman The door being opered, by the and that of the centurion were rejection of the Jews, for the probably designed, as carnests or word of life to be preached to the tokons of the future triumphs of Gentiles, the Holy Ghost de. the grace of Christ among the scended, and great numbers of Gentiles ; but this divine Teach the elect were called into the er was careful to signify that he kingdom from among them. was particularly sent to the Jews, It is important to be observed, and that his ministry was to be that there was a remnant of Jews spent among them.
in the church, after their nation No sooner had the Jews made in general had rejected Christ, it fully minisest, that they would and were themselves rejected by not reverence the Son of God, bim. Among the descendants which they did by maliciously of Abraham God had an elect crucifying him, than they were, number, and by the power of as a nation, rejected. The door his Spirit he was continually callwas then opened for the gospel ing them into the kingdom of his to be proclaimed among the Gen- Son. The apostle Paul signified tiles. The following prediction that it was in his day, as it was of Isaiah was remarkably accom- in the days of Elijah ; God had plished ; “ I am sought of them, not left himself without faithful that asked not for me; I am witnesses among the Jews. He found of them, that sought me not. urged, with great force of arguI said, Behold me, behold me, ment, that, though the rejection unto a nation, that was not called of Israel was general, according by my name.” This scripture to their own prophecies, and atwas opened and explained to the tended with astonishing blind- . apostles; particularly after Pe. ness and hardness, yet it was ter's call to go to the house of Cor- not total ; there being still a nelius, who was a Gentile. Ac- happy number of believers acordingly, when Paul and Barna
mong them. “ I say, then, bath bas received a mission to go to God cast away his people? God the Gentiles, having witnessed forbid. For I also am an Israel. the envy and blasphemies of the ite, of the seed of Abraham, of Jews, they waxed bold, and the tribe of Benjamin, God said, it was necessary that the hath not cast away his people, word of God should first have which he foreknew. Wot ye been spoken to you ; but, seeing not, what the scripture saith of ye put it from you, and judge Elias ? How he maketh intercesyourselves unworthy of everlast- sion to God against Israel, saying life, lo, we turn to the Gen- ing, Lord, they have killed thy tiles. For so hath the Lord com- prophets, and digged down thine manded us, saying, I have set altars; and I am left alone, and thee to be a light of the Gentiles, they seek my life. But what that thou shouldest be for salva- saith the answer of God unto tion unto the ends of the earth." him? I have reserved to myself From this time it appeared, that seven thousand men, who have there was the greatest harvest of not bowed the knee to the image
of Baal. Even so, then, at this may say, "if the casting away present time also there is a rem- of them were the reconciling of nant, according to the election the world; what shall the reof grace.” Again he saith, ceiving of them be, but life from “ Israel (meaning the nation of the dead ?" We have an expliIsrael) hath not obtained that, cit warrant to indulge the aniwhich he seeketh for ; but the mating thought, that the Jews election hath obtained it, and the will be grafted again into their rest were blinded.” In another own olive tree; not into another, place he saith, “blindness in but into their own, into the same, par: is happened to Israel, until in which they once stood ; and the fulness of the Gentiles be will again partake of its root and come in.” Under the preaching fatness. « Blindness in part is of the gospel the first harrest happened to Israel,” and for a of souls was among the Jews. particular time, “ until the fulThe three thousand, who were ness of the “ Gentiles be come converted on the memorable day in.” The time is fast approachof Pentecost, were descendants ing, when the whole of the of Abraham. Probably there twelve tribes of Israel will be has been a small remnant of be- gathered from their present dislievers among the Jews from persed state. They all will be Christ's time to the present day. again fixed in a state of covenant Among the religious intelligence, favour with Godl. Unhappy as is coinmunicated to the public, in their present situation, they are the periodical works of our own represented as being beloped for time, we may notice, as highly the fathers' sakes.
The gloriinteresting to the friends of Zi. ous event of their return is to on, accounts of some hopeful take place in consequence of conversions to the Christian faith God's gracious regard to the among the descendants of Abra- menory of their pious ancestors, ham. We are warranted to be- and in fulfilment of particular lieve, from respectable authority, promises, which he made to that considerable numbers of this Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In people, especially of the young- consequence of God's faithful er class, are inclined to liear the regard to these promises, he regospel of Jesus Christ. Intelli
Intelli- membered them, when they this kind presages groaned under their heavy bonsomething important; thai Cod dage in Egypt; when they were is on his way, and that the scrip- captives in Babylon ; and when tures are fulfilling.
the plot was laid to destroy them In consequence of God's re- by wicked Haman. His faithful gard for faithful Abrahain, and and sacred regard to the same of promises, which he was pleas- promises will lead him to reed to make to him, the Jews, as a member them in their present nation, will be recovered, and con- scattered state. In his own time verted to Christianity. This he will gather them from among great event will astonish the all nations, tongues, and lanworld; and in view of it infideli- guages ; and he will be their ty will hide its head. In the God, and they shall be his peolanguage of the apostle Paul we ple.
Many prophecies clearly fa- At the present day it is your the idea, that the Jews will peculiarly important, as there is be conducted to their own land, no subject on which both the the land given to Abraham's learned and the unlearned enterseed by promise ; and the re- tain greater and more pernicious markable preservation of them, errors. as a distinct people, for so many By experimental religion is centuries of years, renders such here meant the whole internal an event very probable.
exercise of Christian holiness, The return of the Jews, and in connexion with the efficientheir being grafted again into cy of divine grace. It implies their own olive tree, will unques- the gradual acquaintance with tionably establish the important divine things, which the penitent truth, that God's church has attain ; their knowledge of them. ever been one and the same ; selves as sinners, and of Jesus that “there is one Lord, one Christ as a Saviour ; their refaith, one baptism, one God and pentance, faith, love, hope, and Father of all, who is above all, joy; their constant struggle with and through all, and in all." It indwelling sin, and their progresmay now be remarked, and to sive improvement in Christian vir. all pious minds the remark can- tue. When pious persons and enot fail of appearing weighty, vangelical writers speak of experthat the conversion of the Jews imental religion, they generally is an event, for which we ought have a special reference to the Hofervently to pray, when we draw ly Spirit, as the cause of all true near the Father of mercies. goodness, and to the usual meth. They are the natural branches, od, in which that Spirit operates and their return will be connected in renewing and comforting the with great good to the Gen- people of God. tile world, yea, far greater than There is a class of men at this was their rejection. If, therefore, day, not contemptible in point of we love the prosperity of Zion, number or talents, who doubt we shall think of the seed of the existence, or at least deny Abraham in our public prayers, the necessity of what Christians and in our more private addresses have denominated experimenial to the throne of grace. H. religion, and sometimes treat all
pretensions to it as weakness and enthusiasm. Persons, stamped
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not frequently found within the
pale of the church. This cir. It is the design of this num- cumstance gives them increased ber to suggest a few remarks on influence, and renders their opinexperimental religion. The sub- ions more dangerous. Without ject is at all times very impor- enlarging on this branch of the tant to Christians, both as it re- subject, I would ask, what the spects their own spiritual inter- scripture means by representing est, and their treatment of oth- believers, as the subjects of such
powerful divine operations, and be earnestly engaged in promot. personal religion, as consisting ing it. In our land there are in such deep and tender impres multitudes who answer this desions, such clear, spiritual views, scription, who yet entertain very and such lively, cordial exer- inadequate and erroneous, and, cises ? Set aside experimental in some instances, the most wild religion, and you set aside that and extravagant ideas of the nawhich is supported by the most ture and fruits of religion. Such perspicuous and forcible expres
doubly dangerous. sions, as well as by the general They are wolves in sheep's tenor of God's word, and by the clothing. While their high prouniform testimony of the most fessions and their appearance of enlightened Christians in all pious zeal impose upon undis. ages, and which agrees with eve• cerning minds, and steal the conry correct view of the nature of fidence of many real Christians ; the human mind, and of divine the errors of their faith, and the objects. When rational, account- irregularities of their conduct, able creatures, who have been render their influence baleful to blind to the glory of God, inat- the cause of religion. The ex tentive to the everlasting inter- posure of the church from this est of their souls, estranged quarter is great, and calls upon from a life of piety, and immers- her watchmen and friends to ed in the concerns of the world, plant a safeguard around her. at length open their eyes upon in compliance with this call, I their own debasement and guilt, shall briefly mention a few marks upon the divine glory, the work of true experimental religion, by a of the Saviour, and the judgment faithful consideration of which to come; we should naturally ex- error and delusion may be dispect such a train of impressions covered, and fatal danger avert. and feelings, as constitute what ed. The task is arduous and we call experimental religion. momentous. He, who underYou will, therefore, consider, takes it, should remember his brethren, that those, who reject responsibility, and keep close to experimental religion, not only the infallible standard. reject the work of God's Spirit Let it, then, be observed in in dictating the scriptures and general, that experimental relig. sanctifying the heart, but mani- ion must agree with the Christian fest great ignorance of man's in- scriptures. The Bible teaches tellectual and moral nature. that religion, which is pleasing Carefully avoid all such, especi- to God, and profitable to men. ally if invested with the sacred While attending to this subject, office. A minister of this de- it is a maxim of serious consescription is sufficient to blast the quence, that the Holy Spirit, ope growth of religion in a whole erating in the hearts of men, al. church.
ways produces a religion conform. But your greatest danger aris- ed to that sacred book which he es not from those, who openly inspired. The Spirit of God is deny or oppose experimental re- not bound by rules of human inligion, but from men who profess vention ; but he cannot contrato be its zealous friends, and to dict himself. His work in re
newing sinners must accord with knowledge the description just, his work in the affair of inspira- and, in view of it, are willing to tion. Here, then, is the grand, be humbled before God. Does comprehensive rule, by which the gospel teach the necessity of our religion must be examined regeneration by the Holy Spirit, before the tribunal of conscience the justification of believers by now, and before the tribunal of grace through the righteousness Christ at the judgment day. of Christ, their entire depenWhat is conformed to God's dence on God, and their certain word will be as gold, silver, and perseverance in holiness? In precious stones in the building these and other congenial docof the church. But that which trines believers feel a cordial is not conformed to God's word, complacency. Those evil pas. whatever else it may have to re- sions, by which their minds were commend it, will be as hay, once benighted, and which alwood, and stubble, which are ways resisted the light of the consumed by the fire.
gospel, when it began to dawn But in order to guard against upon them, are now subdued, the various forms of error, it is and a heart is given them, which necessary that this subject be operates in unison with the holy more minutely and thoroughly scheme of evangelical truth. analized.
It is iact, not only that experThe first remark, which oe- imental godliness corresponds curs, is, that in experimental re- with gospel coctrines, but also ligion we must find a conformity that those doctrines have an into evangelical truth.
In conse- portant insirumentul concern in quence of renewing grace, sin- producing the first exercise and ners receive the truth in love. the subsequent growth of all true Their affections harmonize with religion. Christians are vorn of the doctrines of inspiration, the word of God. They are Does the Bible teach, that God sunetised through the truth. is a holy, just, and sovereign Their religious character is God, who has chosen the wisest forined under the influence of and most benevolent plan of ope- tie peculiar principles of Chrisration, and does all things after tianity. The motives which acthe counsel of his own will and tnate them, the moral springs of to his own eternal honour ? all their pious affections, are With such a God they are pleas- found in that scheme of doctrine, ed. In such a government they of which Chris! crucifid is the confide. They rejoice that the foundation, the sumn, and the glodominion of God is without lim- ry. Here, Christians, is a criteits, his agency without control, rion, by which to judge of erhis justice inflexible, and all his perimentul religion in ourselves perfections the same yesterday, and oihers. Does it harmonize and today, and forever. Does rev- with the obvious sense of revelaelation teach that all the posterity iion ? Does it coalesce with the of Adam are by nature children doctrines of grace? Does it erof disobedience, wholly degene- ist, and operate, and advance torate, voluntary slaves of sin, and ward perfection under their influheirs of perdition? They ac- ence? If persons deny the doc.