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letters to the churches; and applied for the regulation of mens' practice, in the various relations in which they were placed. Through ignorance of the divine law, or inattention to its spirit, multitudes have called evil good, and good evil; have put the form of godliness in the room of its power ; have diverted the vigour of their minds frora judgment, mercy, and faith, to the tithing of mint, cummin, and anise; from the subsiantial duties of piety and probity, to a circle of childish and degrading superstitions.

Good works are works formed on the model of the Saviour's example. It is among the privileges peculiar to the Christian dispensation thal, in the life of the Author, there is exhibited a perfect paitern of obedience to the divine law. This example was given too in circumstances which accord with the situations in which the generality of his followers are placed. Jesus Christ was a poor man, often exposed to reproach,pronounced by the multitude of his countryinen to be a deceiver of the people, harrassed by temptations, - abandoned by bis friends in the hour of danger, and doomed to suffer as a felan and a slave on the

The peculiar virtues which that melancholy accumuRtion of unequaled woe required, He, in a manner all his own, illustrated ; and, by a bright assemblage of religious and moral excellence, illumined the close of a clouded life, which set in the blackness of darkness. His example shed light also on the meaning of his precepis, which he had given in expounding the spirit of the divine law; and his disciples, when they saw him give his back to the smiters, and his checks to them that plucked off the hair, understood the meaning of that hard saying, That we resent not evil; but that whosoever shall smite us on the one cheek, to him we turn the other also.' This pattern, besides its internal excellence, for it is the statutes of the Lord embodied and walking among men in human foru), comes recommended by every consideration that cau awaken religious awe, conciliate attachigent, and allure to imitation. It is the example of God manifest in the fleshi, who came down from Heaven to teach us how to live, and how to die: -- it is the example of our best Friend, who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the Tree : - it is an example, the imitation of which rescues poverty fron reproach, -- sheds mild ani holy lustre on genius, - turns The arm of power into a shield to the oppressed, — directs the silent stream of concealed beneficence to live withered roots of the widow's vineyard, - and gradually prepares the mind for that high state of being and blessedniss to which we are called. It is on this matchless ble that Christians should form their actionis; for ve are disciples only in proportion to the nieasure of his image that we bear. The feciures of this image who can delitate? The pencil of a master may paint the pea-blcom wet with the dew of the morning: but where is the master in Isracl who :hall pourtray tie moral likeness of Jesus of Nazarit, the

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glory of the human race, fairer than the sons of men, and, in the bright circle of religious excellence, altogether lovely? Who shall depict his unshaken confidence in his Father in the darkest hour? What in Job was merely matter of holy purpose, « Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,' Jesus, in all its extent, exemplified; for the last act of his departing soul was an act of confidence in his God: Father, into thy hands I conmend my spirit! Who can describe the devotional risings of his heart, after he spent the live-long night in fellowship with his God? Sometimes, in the morning too, rising up a great while before day, be went out and departed into a solitary place for prayer. The star of day, as the rose of Inília, saw no object in pårity and gentleness of lustre so like herself as was the heavenly suppliant. What shall we say of (he humility and meckness wiih which he washed the feet which his hands had made; and endured the contradiction of sinners, whom his frown could have consumed !

of his perfect resignation to his Father's will, and his silent patience under his Father's wrath! -- of his unwearicd love to men, for whose relief his wonder-working arm was stretched out all the day long; and for whose salvation his blood was shed on the tree! of the unbending firmness of his soul, which flattery could not enfeeble, nor terror crush! - But read his life; and, while you muse, may the fire burn, and the holy purpose be formed, of makrog his life the standard of your morals, and the pattern of your unceasing imitation! Orien say to yourself, How wouli my Lord and Saviour have aeted, had he been placed in my situation ? Would he have loved so coldly, forgiven so reluctantly, suffered injuries so previshly, prayed so formally, resisted temptations so feebly as I have done? Why then should I? I, wlio have his example like a torch to guisie and enkindle my heart; his grace to support me, - and his promise of glory, honour, and inmortality to animate and strengthen me! - Thus beholding in the glass of evangelical history the glory of the Lord Jesus, -- and loving with growing ardour the object we contemplate, we shall be changed from glory to giory, till the lovely inage be superinduced upon our own souls in all the fulness of which humanity is susceptible.

Works proceeding from such principles, regulated by a law so holy, just, and good, and formed on a model so fair and perfect, must be pleasing to God, useful to mo, indications of the high health of the soul, and the earnest of her approaching glory and blessedness.

CRITERION OF PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY. Mr. Editor,

In looking into one of the periodical journals a few months since, I met with a few observations on one if Mr. Foster's Essays, On the Aversion of Men of Taste to Evangelical Religion.'

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letters to the churches; and applied for the regulation of mens' practice, in the various relations in which they were placed. Through iynorance of the divine law, or inattention to its spirit, multitudes have called evil good, and good evil; have put the form of godliness in the room of its power ; have diverted the vigour of their minds from judgment, mercy, and faith, to the tithing of mint, cummin, and anise; from the substantial duties of piciy and probity, to a circle of childish and degrading superstitions.

Good works are works formed on the model of the Saviour's example. It is

among the privileges peculiar to the Christian dispensation thal, in the life of the Author, there is exhibited a perfect paiíern of obedience to the divine law. This example was given too in circumstances which accord with the situations in which the generality of his followers are placed. Jesus Christ was a poor man, often exposed to reproach, - pronounced by the multitude of his countryinen to be a deceiver of the people, harrassed by temptations, - abandoned by his friends in the hour of danger, and doomed to suffer as a felon and a slave on the

The peculiar virtues which that melancholy accumulation of unequalled woe requireil, He, in a manner all his own, illustrated ; and, by a bright assemblage of religious and moral excellence, illumined the close of a clouded life, which set in the blackness of darkness. His example shed light also on the meaning of his precepis, which he had given in expounding the spirit of the divine law; and his disciples, when they saw him give his back to the smiters, and his chesks to them that plucked off the hair, understood the meaning of that hard saying, That we resent not evil; but that whosoever shall smite us on the one cheek, to him we turn the other also. This pattern, besides its internal excellence, for it is the statutes of the Lord embodied and walking among men in hunan form, comes recominended by every consideration that ca: awaken religious awe, conciliate attachunent, and allure to imitation. It is the example of God mun fest in the flesh, who came down from Heaven to teach us how to live, and how to die: -- it is the example of our best Friel, who liis onn self bare our sins in his own body on the tree: it is an example, the imitation of which rescoes poverty fron reproach, -- sheds mild ani holy lustre on genius, — turns

ie arm of power into a sticld to the oppressed, - directs the silent stream of concealed beneficence to lie withered roots of the widow's vineyard, - and gradually prepares the mind for that high state of being and blessedness to which we are called. It is on this mätestens die that Christians should form their actions; for ve are disciples only in proportion to the measure of his image that we bear. The feciures of this image who can delicate? The pencil of a master may paint the pea-bicom wet with the dew of the morning : but where is the master in Israel who shall pourtray tie moral likeness of Jesus of Nazaret, the

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glory of the human race, fairer than the sons of men, and, in the bright circle of religious excellence, altogether lovely? Who shall depict his unshaken confidence in his Father in the darkest hour? What in Job was merely matter of holy purpose, « Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him,' Jesus, in all its extent, exemplified; for the last act of his departing soul was an act of confidence in his God: “Father, into thy ban 's I commend my spirit !' Who can describe the devotional risings of bis heart, after he spent the live-long night in fellowship with his God? Sometimes, in the morning too, rising up a great while before day, he went out and departed into a solitary place for prayer. The star of day, as the rose of India, saw no object in parity and gentleness of lustre so like herself as was the heavenly suppliant. What shall we say of the bumility and meckness with which he washed the feet which his hands had made; and endured the contradiction of sinners, whom this frown could have consumed ! - of his perfect resignation to his Father's will, and his silent patience under his Faiher's wrath! -- of his unwearied love to men, for whose relief his wonder-working arm was stretched out all the day long; and for whose salvation his blood was shed on the tree! - of the unbending firmness of his soul, which flattery could not enfeeble, nor terror crush! - But read! his life; and, while you muse, may the fire burn, and the holy purpose be formed, of making his life the standard of your morals, and the pattern of your unceasing imitation ! Orien say to yourself, How wouli my Lord and Saviour have acted, had he been placed in my situation ? Would he have loved so coldly, forgiven so reluctantly, suffered injuries so peevishly, prayed so formally, resisted temptations so feebly as I have done? Why then should I? I, who have his example like a torch to guicie and enkindle my heart; his grace to support me, — and his promise of glory, honour, and immortality to animate and strengthen me! - Thus beholding in the glass of evangelical history the glory of the Lord Jesus, -- and loving with growing ardour the object we contemplate, we shall be changed from glory to giory, till the lovely imaye be superinduced upon our own souls in all the fulness of which humanity is susceptible.

Works proceeding from such principles, 'regulated by a law so holy, just, and good, and formed on a model so fair and perfect, must be pleasing to God, useful to meo, indications of the high health of the soul, and the earnest of her approaching glory and blessedness.

CRITERION OF PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY. Mr. Editor,

In looking into one of the periodical journals a few months since, I met with a few observations on one of M:. Foster's Essays, ' On the Aversion of Men of Taste to Evangelicai Religion.'

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This excited my curiosity, having myselí some objections to the piece in question, wherein I think he has concede too much to men of taste, and shewn too much anxiety to render the doctrine of the cross palatable to men of worldly wisdom. This writer, however, objects to Mr. Foster on grounds widely different; and my attention was particularly attracted by the following paragraph :

"Os reading the title of Mr. Foster's Essay,' says this writer, my first object was to discover what he meant by men of taste;' and I find that Mr, F. means persons whose feelings accord with a literary or philosophical standard. In other words, men of taste' mean literary and philosophical men; and consequently men of judgment, who are most capable of discerning the truth or falschood of any proposition. Of such men, a remarkable fact is here stated : They do entertain an aversion to what is called Evangelical Rligion. Now, Sir, is not this a strange argument against it? Most it not be granted, that if men of literature, philosophy, and judment object to Christianity in a particular form, this is prima facie evidence that that form cannot be the right one.'

To investigate the motives that may influence different persons to receive or reject our views of Christianity, is no part of the design of these strictures. Here the Searcher of the h art alone can be the proper Judge. On a theme so supremely important as religion, on which it is so much the interest of every individual to seek and know what is truth, the utmost caution should be usel, and the utaost candour exercised. Leaving therefore this sulject, let us atiend to.matters of fact. Men of taste,' Mr. Foster informs us, ' have an aversion to Evangelical Religion. This must be,' we are also told, regarded as prima facie evidence, that this form of Christianity is not the righi one.' It is a fact that must be acknowledged, and ought to be lamented, that great numbers of men of taste have been averse to real piety. They have shewn a strong aversion to the principles whence it springs, and the means by which it is promoted.

The fact which Mr. Foster states, stands on incontrovertible testimony. It is of very ancient date, as early at least as the apostolic age; for an unexceptionable witness informs us, We preach Christ crucified ; to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Grecks foolishness.' That there were men of taste' at Athens and at Rome will not be disputed ; and it appears from. what this very apostle asseris, that they were despisers of Primitive Christianity. Their character is stated at large in ! Cor. i. 17-31. Now, according to the reasoning of our author, this must be prima facie evidence against the apostolic doctrines; or ele, that it affords a pretty strong presumption of the identity, or at least strong similarity, of what is now called Evangelical Religion, with the principles of the apostolic age. It were something, if this writer, or any of his brethren, could produce presumptions

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