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authoress. That appeal was very generously responded to—so generously indeed that I venture once again, with your permission, to ask the help of your readers, being anxious to promote the sale of another little book, by the same authoress. The book is now in the press, and will be ready in a few days. The title is “One of Seven ; or Not Gilt but Gold.” The price will be 2s. 6d., and though I cannot undertake to make any deduction from that price, because to do so would be to surrender the only advantage which the authoress will have from its sale, yet I will endeavour, as far as possible, to supply copies free of carriage.
The case is one which urgently calls for sympathy and assistance, and I trust that this appeal will meet with a liberal response.
All communications addressed to me shall have my prompt attention.-Yours,&c., EDMUND D. Rogers, Old Palace Road, Norwich.
the Peter Street Committee to invite all missionaries and other friends who may happen to be in Manchester on any of the dates therein announced, to attend the meetings, and to assist in making them instructive and interesting. The fullest liberty of speech will be extended to those present on the occasion of essays and conversations, or discussions, and also at the reading meetings. It is intended to render the reading meetings, and those devoted to discourses and expositions, much more devotional in their character than has hitherto been the case with most of the meetings of New Church societies :Jan. 24. Discourse, “ The blessings of frequent worship ” (Mal. iii. 16), Rev. J. Hyde ; Jan. 31. Essay and Conversation, “ The Spiritual Body” (“. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body," 1 Cor. xv. 44), Mr. J. H. Brotherton ; Feb. 7. Reading Meeting, John xiv. ; Feb. 14. Discussion, “ Present Aspects of New Church Societies,” Mr. W. Oxley ; Feb. 21. Exposition, Psalm xci., Rev. J. Hyde ; Feb. 28. Lecture, • Claims of the New Church upon Bible Students," Rev. J. Hyde ; March 7. Reading Meeting, “ Children in Heaven,” H. & H., 329-345 ; March 14. Essay and Conversation, “The Relation of the Fine Arts to Worship,” Mr. J. S. Sutton ; March 21. Answer to Doctrinal and other Difficulties raised by “Correspondents," Rev. J. Hyde ; March 28. Lecture, “ Christ and Him Glorified,” Rev. J. Hyde ; April 4. Reading Meeting, Matt. xxv. April 11. Discussion, Bible Science, Mr. S. Le Resche ; April 18. Discourse, “Mutual Help in Religion (Dan. xii
. 3), Rev. J. Hyde ; April 25. Lecture, “ Religion in Amusements," Rev.
Each meeting will commence at 7.30, and close about 8.45. It is hoped that each member of the congregation will feel it a duty to attend these meetings as frequently as possible.—John HYDE, Minister.
CONTAGIOUS DISEASES ACTS.-As the Magazine was going through the press, we received a communication from M. Moison, commenting on these acts, and on the brief notice of them in our last number. Our respected correspondent entirely misunderstands our notice, in supposing that it indicates a readiness to allow remarks to be offered on the subject in the pages of the Magazine. Our remarks were occasioned by the communications of several esteemed members of the Church, and were intended to close this correspondence. The objection moreover felt by our correspondents to these acts was not that they purpose to remove this social plague, but that they tend to encourage and extend it. That the evil can be utterly, extinguished by legislation, no one, we imagine, supposes; and most persons will feel that its restraint cannot be carried beyond a certain limit. The liberty of the natural man cannot be utterly destroyed; but when it becomes destructive of society, it must be restrained. The question at issue is the manner of dealing with these evils, so as to bring within the narrowest limits their fearful afflictions. This question we leave to statesmen, and to those who write for their guidance; its continuous discussion is unsuited to our pages.
TO THE EDITOR.-SIR,-Some few years ago you were kind enough to publish an appeal from me for subscriptions in aid of the sale of a little book entitled “Ellen French, by Aunt Ever. green,” for the benefit of the afflicted
Birth. January 26th, at Manchester Street, Argyle Square, London, the wife of Mr. R. Tomley, of a son.
Marriage. February 16, at the New Jerusalem Church, Heywood, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. Joseph Bradley, to Miss Hannah Bullock, both of Oldham.
Obituary. On December 6, 1870, in the 25th year of her age, Miss Elizabeth Emily Irving, of Manchester, departed into the spiritual world. She had been trained in the doctrines and life of the New Jerusalem. Engaged in tuition, she delighted in the uses of her vocation, which she cheerfully extended to labours in the Sunday school. Respected and beloved by a large circle of relatives and friends, they find consolation in the conviction that, although her earthly career has closed at an early period, she has gone to develop her capacities, and to engage in fuller uses, in that world where “there is no more death."
Edward Dowling, the son of Edward Dowling of Aylesbury, Bucks, one of the early receivers of the New Church, departed this life, at 36 Lockington Road, Battersea Park, Surrey, on the 220 December 1870. He was a member of the New Jerusalem Church, Camberwell, and also of the Mutual Improvement Society connected with that church. His earthly career was one of usefulness both in public and private life, and he was ever ready to disseminate a knowledge of the heavenly doctrines of the New Church. He was a good classical scholar, and latterly devoted much of his time to the Greek language, in order to read the Scriptures in the original. His life was resigned and cheerful, always trusting and obeying the dictates of Providence ; which displayed itself more particularly on the death of his only child, a youth in his sixteenth year, and whom he resigned without a murmur.
He was much esteemed in the circle in which he moved for his just and upright character, never swerving to the right or left for worldly gain. He died, as he lived, firm in the conviction of the divinity of the Lord's humanity, and of the necessity of living a life according to the ten commandments. He has
left a widow, sister, and numerous friends to mourn the loss of his affection, and who live in the hope of rejoining him in that land where there is no sor. row to those who love the Lord.
Mr. James Marsden, of Blackburn, died January 4, 1871, aged sixty-nine years. He embraced the doctrines of the New Church and joined the Society in membership about thirty years since
. As a regular attendant, intelligent listener, and devout worshipper at the services, he was a pattern worthy of imitation. His interest in the welfare of the Church continued to increase to his end ; and at the mention of the truths of the Church, his face would beam with a smile which indicated a heartfelt delight.
Mrs. Alice O'Connor, of Blackburn, died January 6, 1871, aged twenty-eight years.
She was from childhood surrounded by New Church influences -a scholar and a teacher in the Sunday school, also a member of the Society. To the end of her earthly career, she manifested a gentle and agreeable disposition, was unwavering in her attachment to the Church, and contented and delighted with its doctrines; from which she derived pleasure and consolation on the approach of the change which transported her from her earthly friends to her final home.
Departed this life, in Liverpool, on the 5th of January, Felicia Jane Stephenson, aged eighty-five-one of the earliest members of the Church in that town. She was a lady of cultivated mind, and of very great kindness of heart. Her attachment to the doctrines she so firmly held was deep and devoted. They and the Divine Word were her daily study, her mind retaining all its freshness and beauty to the advanced age of her departure.
On Sunday, the 29th of January, 1871, departed this life, at St. Aubin's, Jersey, in the seventy-ninth year of his age, Samuel Smith, of London. His father and mother, who were members of Mr. Proud's congregation, were among the first receivers of the doctrines in London. The deceased was baptized by Mr. Proud, and was educated in accordance with the doctrines of the New Church. He was one of the most liberal contributors to the Jersey Missionary Association, and was always ready to do good.
“I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine. And all Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine, and I am glorified in them. And, now, I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep through Thine own Name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as we are. While I was with them in the world, 1 kept them in Thy Name. Those that Thou gavest Me I have kept, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition : that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”—Ver. 9-12.
Having read in the earlier portion of this divine prayer that the Father had given the Son power over all flesh, that He might bestow eternal life
upon those whom the Father had given Him; it is remarkable that now we find Him again praying for them. I
pray for them. Why should He pray? If He have power to impart life eternal, why entreat another to impart what He had already the ability to bestow? The answer is, His prayer was not to another. It was the Human looking inwards to the Divine.
How clearly does all this chapter demonstrate that the Son is not an eternal person distinct from the Father, but the Humanity assumed by the Father, which was gradually filled by the Divine Love, and assimilated to its own nature.
This prayer for the rising Church was inspired into the Human
Nature from the Divine Love, that the will of the Humanity might be all-accordant with the Divine Essence.
The Humanity had yet to suffer, that the world might be saved from selfishness and sin. But before it could suffer willingly, it must be filled with the sublime energy of Infinite Love. It must become an embodied yearning, a living prayer. It must wish with an infinite longing, that, first the Church, and then the world, might be brought into harmony and conjunction with the Divine Love.
To effect this sublime object, when the All-Good undertook that His arm should bring salvation (Isa. lix. 16), three stages of the great work required to be accomplished. First, the assumption of Humanity by Himself, and its being transformed according to the laws of order into complete reconciliation and entire union with Himself; so that from the Glorified Humanity should go forth the Holy Spirit to redeem and regenerate mankind (John vii. 39). Secondly, the formation of the obedient lovers of truth among mankind into a Church, a larger body, in the likeness of His glorious body; that they might be one, as the Father and the Son had become one, and be one with Him; He all in all to them, they entirely obedient to Him. Then, thirdly, from a living Church should go forth those works of love 'and faith which would win the esteem, command the admiration, and accomplish the regeneration of the world. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in the heavens." (Matt. v. 16.)
The first part of this grand work was virtually completed. The Humanity in Himself was virtually divine. “I and the Father are one;"
;" “He that hath seen Me, hath seen the Father, and He that hath seen Me, hath seen Him that sent Me;" had announced that this central portion of the great work had been virtually effected.
Indignities had yet to be endured, sufferings to be sustained, but He could now say all “ Thine are Mine, and Mine are Thine, and I am glorified in them,” or as more explicitly rendered in the Rhenish version, for the word all and the possessive pronouns THINE and MINE are in the neuter gender, “ All My things are Thine, and Thine are Mine."
What a sublime and wonderful declaration, when addressed to the Eternal Father. All My life, My will, My thought, My faculties, sentiments, ideas, words and works are Thine. They are Infinite Love as modified in the natural human degree. All My principles, My words, My acts, My movements are Thine. The Word is from Thee, is Thee, the Divine Love manifested in the form of Divine Wisdom, and I am the Word Incarnate : a Man who is Divine. All my things are THINE, and O adorable mercy, THINE ARE MINE. Thy infinite perfections, Thy life, Thy love, Thy mercy, Thine omnipotence, Thine order, Thy perfect patience, Thine unspeakably glorious love, that of restoring the whole intelligent universe to conjunction with Thyself, are Mine, and I am glorified in them. In Me, Man is God, and God is Man : Divinity is Humanized, and Humanity is made Divine. I am glorified in all My powers, and Thou art glorified in Me.
How profound, how adorable is the truth expressed in these marvellous words! They announce the fulfilment of the words of prophecy, “ The government shall be upon His shoulder” (Isa. ix. 6); and forestate by a very short period the words spoken by Himself just before His ascension, “All power is given unto Me, in heaven and on earth” (Matt. xxviii. 18).
In the words immediately following, the Lord announces that all the worldly tendency inherited from the mother was removed from His Humanity. Now, I AM NO MORE IN THE WORLD. We are only really in the world, when the world is in us. That the Captain of our Salvation might be tempted in all points like as we are, and be touched with a feeling of our infirmities (Heb. iv. 15), it behoved Him to be made in all things like unto His brethren (ii. 17). This iniquity was taken into Him (Isa. liii. 6), the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom. viii. 3) was assumed, that He might receive the assaults of worldly spirits; and the powers of darkness had swarmed around Him with the seductive offers, as if by one chief, “ All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them, for that is delivered unto me, and to whomsoever I will, I give it” (Luke iv. 6), but none of these attractions had any charm for Him. He endured these influences to shew evil spirits their impotence, and His servants how to endure.
But, now, thus far, He had sanctified Himself. He was no more in the world. The prince of this world came, but found nothing in Him (John xiv. 30). He was still for a short time in the same arena with men, but He was not of the world, nor in any worldly feeling. His whole sympathies were absorbed in the one sublime object of Infinite Love, to win the universe from worldliness and self to charity and God.
But these are in the world. The Church is still external and worldly. I come to Thee. I press close to Thee, that our union may
be perfect, and a holier glow of Love may go forth to fill them with charity, and make them one finitely, and as members of the Church can be