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3. That a Committee be form- have done evil, unto the resurreced for taking into consideration tion of damnation.' He will say the best means by which a Period unto some, • Depart ye cursed, ical Publication, similar to the into everlasting fire, prepared for Evangelical Magazine, could be the devil and his angels,-and formed and conducted in France. these shall go away into everlast
4. That an application be made ing punishment.' for six suitable persons to be sent It is not from any inability in over to England, to receive in- God to renew and save all, that structions under the patronage of any are left to perish in their fins, our Society, with a view to the for all hearts are in his hands, exercise of the Protestant Minif- and nothing is impofsible with try in France.
him. He hath mercy on whom 5. That an Address from our he will have mercy, and whom he Society to the Protestants in will he hardeneth. Nor are any France, tending to call forth their left to perish, through a defect in exertions in the cause of the Re- his benevolence. God is love." deemer, he formed by the Com- | His benevolence is rendered un. mittee of Correspondence. questionable by the gift of his
6. That the Rev. Samuel Tra- Son, the provision of an infinite cy be appointed the Agent of our atonement, and his direction that Society in Paris, for lix months the offers of salvation should be to come ; and that he be conti- made thro' all the world, unio dered as having acted in that ca- every creatare, without limitation, pacity from the commencement of and by such an administration of his arrival in that city.
government as produces the high(Signed by order of the Committee.) est possible happiness in the uni
verse. There can be no want of
goodness in God. “There is none Answer to a Question. good but one, that is God.' It [Continued from page 374.]
surely can be no reasonable objec
tion to his goodness, that when NUMBER III. mankind reject Chrill, and his great OME reasons will now be af- salvation, freely offered, and affec
ligned, why God does not tionately urged upon them, God convert and save all the human does not in every instance subdue race.
their obstinacy, and make them The question supposes, that willing in the day of his grace. some men will be left of God to And it should be kept in mind, go on in fin and perish. This is that this is the real state of men. confirmed by the holy scriptures. They all begin to make excuse, Our Lord hath faid, “Wide is when called upon by the messages the gate, and broad is the way, of grace. Christ faith, “ Ye will that leadeth to destruction, and not come unto me that ye might many there be which go in there have life.' We ought rather to at : because strait is the gate, and admire the wonderful benevolence narrow is the way, which leadeth of God, in reclaiming and saving unto life, and few there be that any, after such abuse, and such a find it.' They that have done discovery of the extreme depravigood, shall come forth unto the ty of the human heart, than to resurrection of life, and they that harbor any jealoufies of his good
ness because he does not compel | There is no room to question the all to come in. There is a wide right which God has, even after difference between offering falva- an atonement, to leave some to tion to finners; and by an almigh-perish ; and in such circumstances, ty act difpofing them to receive a display of justice is peculiarly it, after they have deliberately striking, and expressive of God's and ungratefully rejected the offer. holiness. Thus God is willing It would have been a glorious ex- to fhew his wrath, and make his pression of benevolence in God to power known, on the vessels of have done the former, tho' he wrath, fitted to destruction : and had not seen fit to have done the all the inhabitants of heaven will latter.
fay, true and righteous are thy But if we were unable to assign judgments, and will cry Alleluia, any reasons why God leaves some when the smoke of their torment to perish, it would kill be arro- afcendeth forever and ever. gance in us to conclude that there 2. God, by leaving some to were not sufficient reasons. It perish, teaches his creatures that would rather become us to acqui- he will have his grace respected esce in the language of our Lord. by them.—Mankind have placed ! I thank thee, O Father, Lord themselves, by rejecting Chrift, of heaven and earth, because thou in very different circumstances hait hid these things from the from those they were in before wife and prudent, and hast reveal- grace was offered and refused. ed them unto babes, even fo, Fa- They are now guilty of fin, not ther, for so it hath seemed good only againit the law of God, but in thy fight.'--Tho' we can by also against the dispensatioa of no means fathom the counsels of his wonderful grace. This renGod, nor pretend to know all the ders it suitable that they should particular reasons of this instance be viewed in a very different light, of his adminiftration, yet fome and be treated accordingly. Their valuable ends, which are answered fins against the transcendant glory by it, may be clearly seen. A of divine grace, are not only an few will be here mentioned. infinite aggravation of their guilt,
1. By leaving some to perish in but they form a new species of their fins, God makes a most full wickedness, distinct from their disand impressive manifestation of his obedience to the law of God, and justice, greater than could have of a nature more base, ungrateful otherwise been effected. It is and malignant. It is fuch a kind true, that the abhorrence of God of wickedness as the fallen angels towards all fin, and his regard to never committed, and as never bethe divine law, have been so mani- fore appeared in the universe ; for fested by the atonement of Christ, none ever before finned againtt rethat the justice of God would not deeming mercy, and the offers of have suffered, tho' all had been
a gracious pardon for rebellioa saved ; but then it would not against God. It is therefore a have been manifested in God's fpecies of fin, which never had dealings with this finful world, been punished, so as to manifett for it cannot be truly said, that God's peculiar abhorrence of it
. the sufferings of Christ were due Disobedience and rebellion against to him, or that they were a mani. the law and authority of God, feftation of diftributive justice. I had been punished in the fallen
angels. Their sufferings declare carnal heart is so inimical to God, the wrath of God for that de- that it can never be subject to his fcription of fin, but not for fins law. As this shows the extreme committed against redeeming love. malignity of a finful spirit, and its For the same reasons for which it irreconcilable aversion to any prowas necessary and suitable, that posals, wlrich a holy God can the fallen angels should suffer for make, it very greatly illuftrates their rebellion, that the law of the justice of God, in dooming God might be respected ; it seems evil angels, as well as men, to proper, that there should be ex- never ending misery. It becomes amples of God's peculiar displeas- evident, that their hearts are such ure at unbelief, that the grace of that they never could be reclaimGod might be respected by his ed, but by the all conquering .creatures. It was suitable in the and irresistible power of God, and eyes of infinite wisdom and recti- that they are fit only to be contude, that this should take place. I figned to hopeless misery. This serves to exhibit the digni. 4. God in leaving some finners fied nature of the dispensation of to go on in their wickedness and grace, and shows that tho' God perish, makes a most glorious difis gracious and merciful, he is not play of the prerogative of divine regardless of himself, nor of his fovereignty, beyond any thing of mercy; but will be respected, and the kind which had ever before will have his grace respected by been set in the view of his creahis creatures.
He exercises, before the 3. The unyielding nature of a eyes of all intelligence, his sovefinful spirit had never before been reign right to dispose of finners ascertained, by actual experiment, as he pleases, for the purposes of and clearly exhibited to creatures. his own glory, either as vessels The fallen angels never had the of mercy, or of wrath. This had offers of mercy, and it was not never before been exhibited by known to creatures, that they example. This is a striking manwere so utterly depraved, but that ifestation, that God confiders the the offers of grace and motives of finner as having forfeited all good infinite importance, mighthave pre- -as being in the hands of a rightvailed on them to have returned to cous Judge, and that he himself God ; and so the justice of God is under no kind of obligations to in their punishment could not be spare him. He
therefore seen in its full strength and lustre. use him in any way that shall be But the offer has been made to most for his own glory and the man, and motives of infinite weight good of his kingdom, either as an have been presented and it is now example of justice or of grace. afcertained by actual experiment, This sovereignty is also further in the case of those under the in- manifefted, in giving some the ofstructions of the gospel, who are fers of mercy, while a knowledge of left of God to go on in fin, that the gospel is withheld from others. a sinful spirit is too obstinate to In all this the language of his be reduced by any motives, or of proceedings is, · Hath not the fers of pardon and acceptance. potter power over the clay, of the The implacable nature of fin is lame lump, to inake one vessel to made clearly manifest. It is no honor and another unto difhonor?" longer questionable whether the ' If God renewed ail, this glorious
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display of divine sovereignty would they shall be an abhorring unte not have been made.
all Ácih."-_Thus the diftinguifh5. Another valuable end which ing exercise of grace makes a pe is obtained by God, in leaving culiar display of the riches of difome to go on in fin and perish, vine mercy, towards those who is the peculiar display which this are saved. makes of the riches of his grace From the whole it is conceived, to those whom he renews, and that it is made plain, that the chooses to be the vessels of his atonement is infinitely full—that mercy.—If God had renewed and God in his invitations to finners, saved the whole of mankind, it and in his folemn declaration, that might never have been so strongly he hath no pleasure in the death felt by creatures, that there was of the wicked, but that the wick. no kind of obligation on God to ed turn from his way and live, is the finner, to convert him ; and consistent with his leaving fome to that he was at perfe& liberty, go on in fin and perish-And that even after an adequate redemption there are reasons which may be had been provided, either to ap- alligned why God does not conply it or not apply it, to the sal. vert and save all the human race : vation of the finner, as should ap- Particularly, that the punishment pear good in his fight.
of unbelief, which is a new and Nor could this grace have ap- peculiar fpecies of wickedness, peared to such advantage, had all might be exemplified—the julbeen saved, for want of the strik-tice of God be more fully mani. ing contrast exhibited in the dif- fested—that by the exhibition of ferent treatment which the vessels the unyielding nature of fin, the of wrath, and of mercy, respect- justice of God in the endless punively receive from the hand of ishment of evil men and angels God. This idea appears to have might be seen in its true glorydeeply impressed the mind of the that the sovereignty of God, and apostle Paul, when he said, “What the dignified manner in which he if God, willing to shew his wrath exercises his grace might beknown and make his power known, en- / -and that the exceeding riches dued with much long-suffering the of his grace towards the redeemed, vessels of wrath fitted to destruc- might appear as they are.-In all tion, and that he might make these respects, God illuftrates his known the riches of his glory on own glorious perfections, in the the vessels of his mercy which he view of his creatures, and enriches had afore prepared unto glory." them with the knowledge of him. Isaiah also gives us the same idea self, by leaving some to go on in from the mouth of God. “ And fin and perish; and in proportion it shall come to pass, that from as he brings himself into view, he one new moon to another, and adds to the everlasting blefledness from one Sabbath to another, of his whole kingdom. The wil. shall all felh come to worship be- dom and goodness of God are also fore me, faith the Lord. And displayed, in adopting a measure they shall go forth, and look upon calculated to produce so many the carcases of the men which valuable ends, and creatures are have transgressed against me ; for effectually taught the firmness and their worm shall not die, neither stability, with which the Most
all their fire be quenched, and 'High proceeds in his adminiftra.
discovered by the people of God; P poled explanation, and mak;
tions of government.-- These are way
and live. Turn ye, turn ye great and valuable ends, which from your evil ways; for why we see are answered by the love will ye die, O house of Israel ?' reign dispensations of grace and justice among men. reasons for this way of proceed An explanation of the eleventh chaping are made known to us ; per- ter of the Revelation. haps more may be seen by a suf
[Continued from page 388.] ficient attention to the subject, and probably many more will be
ROCEEDING in the world to come.
. many reasons God has for thefe ing only those very concise and proceedings, no finite creature general observations which shall can determine. • Canft thou by be supposed sufficient to illustrate searching find out God, canít and confirm the subjects fuggeftthou find out the Almighty to ed, we have, ver. 1. the direction perfection?' Finally; the things of the angel, Rife, aud measure which have been noticed, in at the temple of God, and the altar, tending to this important quef- and them that worsbip therein.tion, are calculated to impress our As the subjects contained in this minds with the infinite mercy of chapter, and generally through God, in producing an all-sufficient the whole book are expressed in atonement, and freely offering sal figurative terms, it is of peculiar vation to us all—with our infinite importance juftly to conceive the obligations to Jesus Christ, for primary import of them, and then the things he has done and said to to accommodate this to the fubpurchase mercy for finners--with ject proposed, which will commuthe awful wickedness and inexcuf. nicate to us their true significaableness of the impenitent and un- tion. Is it not well known, that believing, whose blood must be the temple was an edifice erected upon their own heads-with the in Jerusalem for the worship of mercy of God, in reclaiming any God according to his own apfrom their obstinate perverseness, pointment? The altar was an to himfelf-with the iadispensible appendage to the temple, and el, duty of all who hear the gospel, sentially necessary for the perform. to repent and believe without de ance of the temple service. Here lay--with the reasons which sin- the sacrifices were offered, and deners have to tremble at their guilt votional exercises attended. In and danger-and with the pecul- the temple the priests taught the iar obligations of those whom God people out of the , book of the has renewed, and adopted into his law, and Christ preached the gof. family, to admire distinguishing pel of the kingdom. The temgrace, and be constant and zeal ple, at the dedication of it, was ous in his service. And let the filled with the glory of God. world admire the compassion, and This was the place of his most obey the gracious exhortations of gracious residence. Here he manGod, who says, “As I live, faith ifested himself, heard the supplithe Lord, I have no pleasure in cations and received the praises the death of the wicked ; but of his people. For these reasons that the wicked turn from his , it was called holy, and mount