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Christ constantly kept this great end in view; rate us from the love of God, which is in Christ and when he said anything or did anything, it Jesus our Lord.” was that his Father might be glorified. “Glo 5th, We would only further remark, that the rify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify passage suggests evidence in support of the thée." The great design which God had in divinity of Christ.—It is impossible that all view, in the creation of man, was the manifes- power” should be communicated to the highest tation of his glory; and by keeping this object created intelligence, or that it should be skilbefore us we are only fulfilling the law of our fully exerted by him. None but Deity could creation. But fallen and degraded man has sustain or wield the power with which our Saburst asunder this golden chain which bound viour is invested. He on whose shoulder the him to the throne of the Eternal, and, in government is laid must be “Wonderful, Counthe pride of his heart, has substituted his sellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, own honour and his selfish interests as the and the Prince of Peace.” Besides, Christ claims rule of his conduct. He longs and labours eternal pre-existence as his prerogative; and for whatever may contribute to his own ag- this can be affirmed only of God. He speaks grandizement, or secure for him the congra- of a glory which he had with the Father“ before tulations and applause of the world; and all the world was;" which last expression is just & the while he obstinately shuts his eyes to the formula equivalent to eternity. He who wis frowns of that God whose authority he con before all things, and by whom all things contemns, and whose power he virtually defies. sist—he who is possessed of eternal, underived He gives up the substance for the shadow. existence—he who was from everlasting "the He forsakes the fountain of living waters” | brightness of the Father's glory, and the exfor broken and empty “cisterns.” This con press image of his person,” now" in the like duct not merely implies the deepest guilt, but the ness of sinful flesh," utters the prayer to which most consummate folly. Let our readers see our thoughts have been directed. that their conduct be regulated by higher wis What think you, then, O Christians, of pour dom. Keep in mind this general law:" Whether High Priest? Is he not worthy of your admiye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all in ration and love? Can you contemplate his the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks unto unparalleled generosity in giving himself up God, even the Father, through him.” Remem- for your sakes to the awful and mysterious ber that God has connected, by an inseparable agonies of that " lour” to which he so emphalink and in infinite goodness, the advancement tically alludes; can you view him in the act of of his glory with your own eternal welfare, and offering up supplications to his Father, and in that by aiming continually at the former, you these supplications identifying your interests are taking the direct path to the attainment of with his own, and identifying both with the the latter. As you reverence, then, the autho. glory of his God-proclaiming himself ready to rity of God—as you value your immortal souls-bear all the unutterable sorrow which was de as you would have the lost dignity and glory of cessary to this result, that you might reap all your nature restored--let this be your earnest the unutterable joy-without having your affer and habitual prayer: “Hallowed be thy name, tions awakened, and your very hearts melted and enable us to lallow it."
within you ? This prayer was uttered on earth, 'i 4th, A fourth subject of reflection is, the se but he has carried the substance of it, in so far curity of the people of God.--Christ is invested as you are concerned, within the veil, where with all power, that he may give eternal life to he is exalted above all the dark and threatenas many as the Father hath given him. Hav- ing clouds which lowered around his path ing all power, and exercising that power for while here; and in him who sits on his Father's the benefit of his people, it is impossible that right hand, clothed with your nature, and in anything should prevent the accomplishment whom you see concentrated so bright an asof his gracious designs. Earth and hell may semblage of glories, you behold your High combine against them--the world may bring Priest on his throne, still watching over your all its terrors and all its allurements to bear interests-still pleading your cause. The love upon their minds-apostate spirits may muster which led him to the garden and the cross on in strong and in terrible array, and assail them your account, has not dissipated like "the with all their fiery darts; but still, amid all that inorning cloud and the early dew." It still tends to seduce, and all that tends to appal glows in his bosom as strongly as ever. And them, their song for evermore shall be: “Who shall your love to him grow cold-shall your shall separate us from the love of Christ ? gratitude and admiration be diminished! Will Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or you give your affections to that world, from the famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword! Nay, evil of which he is even now praying you may in all these things we are more than con be delivered? Will you not much rather give querors through Him that loved us. For we yourselves up entirely to him who has done so are persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor much to draw you to himself? Will you not angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things devote yourselves to his service? Will you present, nor things to come, nor height, nor not glory in avowing your connection with him, depth, nor any creature, shall be able to sepa- , and your allegiance to him, and put forth all
JOHN RONGE AND THE GERMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
THE MOVEMENT IN GERMANY.
87 your energies to extend the glories of his cross of putting down the new sect by the strong hand of and the triumphs of his Gospel? Oh! who can power. The reply he made to them was as follows: tell the blessedness of those who are enabled thus “I wonder much at the demand you have made; to act? When their "hour" is come in which and all the more, as you know that nineteen-twenthey must be “no more in the world,” they will tieths of my subjects are Protestants, whose conduct be able to say with something of Christ's Spirit, of late to my Catholic fellow-citizens has greatly reand with something of his triumphant exulta- Ling of a constitutional State, and, as such, have pro
joiced my heart. You know, moreover, that I am tion: “ We have glorified thee, O God, however mised and sworn to secure full religious freedom to imperfectly, on the earth; we have finished the my subjects, òf whatever faith. I shall, then, place work which thou gavest us to do.” To their no obstruction in the way of what has taken place, departing spirits the portals of immortality will but give events their free course, because I will not be thrown wide open, and, having overcome, and worship from which alone he expects salvation.
and dare not, make any one swerve from that faith they will “ take their seats with Jesus on his This is my firmly-settied resolution.” throne, even as he also overcame, and is set down with the Father on his throne."
It is expected, that in Prussia a similar course Impenitent sinners should remember, that as will be followed. But it is otherwise in Austria, this glory cannot be theirs if they remain as where, as we stated in our last, Popery has been sufthey are, God will be glorified in their eternal ficiently powerful to prevail upon the Government destruction. Think of the awful, the alarming to issue proclamations declaring the formation of alternative, and while yet your day of grace German - Catholic congregations contrary to, and continues, and while the offers of mercy are punishable by, law. still held out to your acceptance, “kiss the The moyennent is very evidently, in any view, one Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the of immense importance. way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. A breach in the ranks of Rome—wide already, and Blessed are all they that put their trust in every day widening—thousands in all parts of the him."
Continent, including many of her priests, abjuring her communion, and a spirit of inquiry excited even
among those who still adhere to her-these are cirTHE MOVEMENT IN GERMANY,
cumstances full of promise, and from which we do not wonder that much is expected. At the same
time, everything depends on the direction which is In a former Number of the Treasury, we gave some
given to the movement. If, while the people's minds-account of the remarkable movement which has re
delivered from the shackles of superstition--are thus cently taken place on the Continent, under the excited and stirred, the free and full Gospel of leadership of John Ronge, a Romish priest, who, Christ were proclaimed everywhere, how blessed fired with indignation at the imposition practised on
would be the results! The Continent might be won his countrymen, by the exhibition of the pretended for Jesus. But if it be otherwise-if the Gospel, not Holy Tunic at Treves, addressed a letter to his understood by the leaders, be not proclaimed to the bishop, boldly denouncing the whole affair; and for people, and if both settle down without a knowledge doing so, was deposed and excommunicated.
or a thought of the alone way of salvation—then how An extremely interesting and intelligent narrative miserable will be the end !--how dark the day after of the whole proceedings having just been published,
such a morning of promise! A heavy responsibility we are enabled by it, and by information which we
lies upon the Evangelical Churches of Britain in have received from other sources, to lay before our
this eventful matter; for we are not without our readers some further particulars in connection with
fears that Ronge himself is, as yet, a stranger to the the movement.
truth as it is in Jesus. We have read his vindication The excitement it occasioned is still very great,
-his letter to the inferior clergy-his confession of or rather apparently every day increasing. In a
faith, and extracts from the sermon which he large number of the principal towns, congregations preached after his induction at Breslau, and cannot bave been formed, and in many other places the
conceal from ourselves the fact, that in them all the people are but waiting for the sanction of Govern- Gospel of Christ is not to be found. Nor will this ment to abandon the Romish communion, and form
be wondered at, if we consider that he has lived all congregations also. The uncertainty which prevails his days in a locality where the principal sway is as to the course to be adopted by the State, in refe- divided between Popery on the one hand, and Rarence to the new Church, seems to act as a consider- tionalism on the other. But how awful will be the able hindrance; but hopes are entertained that free blunder-how great the sin—if the Churches of Britoleration will be granted. The King of Saxony tain stand idly by, instead of doing what in them has already declared that his subjects may follow lies to give the movement an Evangelical direction! the dictates of their own consciences in the matter,
“A German Presbyterian” has addressed to us a and join the new Church without fear, if they think letter, which will appear in our next Number, and in it right to do so. The bishop and clergy of Leipsic which he proposes that a deputation should be sent waited upon him, and in the true spirit of Romish
to Germany from the Churches here, who might intolerance, attempted to enforce upon him the duty declare to Ronge and his brethren the whole truth, * John Ronge, the Holy Coat of Treves, and the New
and urge them to take their stand, as Luther did, on German Catholic Church.- Edinburgh : 1845.
a pure Gospel basis. Most assuredly, some such step
THE HOLY COAT,
ought instantly to be taken; and, if taken, who knows Church ceremonies connected with it. It would be how abundantly the Lord might bless it? Every useless to enter into other details, when all are week's delay will but make the task more difficult. equally barefaced. The above case may be selected
as a rather better than average specimen of the It would be well if Protestants were, in this matter, Popish miracles of the Continent.” to take a lesson from the enemy.
While Protestantism speaks, Popery acts; and while words are as
THE TWENTY OTHER HOLY COATS. nothing, deeds prove to be everything. Let, then, “In addition to the discussions which have appeared every influence be brought to bear on this signally in the public prints, a vast mass of pamphlets has important movement, while it is so fitted to receive these is one issued by two professors in Bonn, Gil
been issued on both sides. The most remarkable of the truth's impression. Popery has not yet recovered dermeister and Sybel (the latter a Catholic), entering from its astonishinent; but it will soon be on the into a grave and learned historical inquiry as to the field with all its resources, directed by all its craft, genuineness of the relic, exposing in the most triumtowards the recovery of the ground it has lost. And phant manner the various defences which have apif she has the field to herself, unopposed by an army peared on the Catholic side, and all characterized by
the most severe sarcasm, in holding up the trumpery with the Gospel banner, it is not difficult to foretell
of the system of relic-worship to contempt. The title the issue.
of the book is, “ The Holy Coat of Treves, and the The following extracts from the pamphlets above | Twenty other Holy Coats." A second edition was referred to, will be read with interest:
soon called for, in which four other such relics were stated as discovered. It is generally known, that
among these numerous claimants for genuineness, the “ The relic itself was placed near the altar in a
great body of the French clergy have bid hard to gold frame, with a glass front at a considerable dis
prove that the coat of Argenteuil is the genuine tance from it; its shape resembling a French blouse
one; and this view has been warmly defended by the colour somewhat brown though the poor
one of the Catholic clergy of Einsiedeln in Switpeasantry were taught to believe that to every eye it zerland—notoriously one of the most celebrated
More than presented a combination of colours entirely distinct. places of pilgrimage in the world. An opening was made on each side of the frame, to
this, writings have appeared stating the events allow the hand to come in contact with the relic; connected with the other relics of the same name, and whatever did touch it, was believed to acquire a
and treasured with equal sanctity in numerous cathepeculiar sanctity. A deep basin was placed in front, dependent series of miracles wrought by each as the
drals; also giving an account of the separate and into receive the offerings of the pilgrims, which were to be given to the cathedrals at 'Treves and Cologne, the reader with more of such details.
true coat of the Lord. It would be tedious to detain
We desire and to a Catholic seminary in the former city."
merely to notice the various workings of the movement in and out of the Catholic Church. It may
accordingly suffice to state, in addition, that poetry as “We now proceed to notice the inseparable ad- well as prose has been called into requisition, and juncts of such proceedings—the miracles which are that satirical ballads and lyrics have been numerously said to have been effected. To a Protestant, who circulated, and eagerly read by all parties. Many of has not spent some time in a Catholic country, it them are filled with the most stinging remarks on must seem in the highest degree strange to hear of the general position and moral character of the solemn statements, by opposite newspapers in sup; clergy." port of, or in opposition to, certain pretended miracles; nay, not only so, but to have countermedical certificates pitted against each other on the “Since the events that have taken place, Bishop issue. Yet all this has lately been done. It would Arnoldi has been honoured with torch processions in be worse than useless to recite the floating stories Cologne and Bonn and Coblentz, and has been burned which one hears in neighbourhood, al Protes- | in eifigy by the students in Jena. So far from wishtant clergymen dying suddenly in the full possession ing to undo what has been done, he has instituted an of health, for having denounced the whole thing as annual Church festival, to be called the Festival of a piece of imposture to a body of passing pilgrims, or the Holy Coat, the Nails, and the Lance, and to be of the many miraculous cures of sight, lameness, and held on the Wednesday in the third week after the like. Yet, that all this is fact, any intelligent Easter. Nay, not only so, but it has been actually and inquiring tourist of the Rhine can testify. One reported that he has resolved to establish another case, in particular, created great interest—that of the pilgrimage in honour of the
HOLY NAIL, which Prince :/ Countess Droste - Vischering, a relation of the Arch- Metternich has, after solemn conference and negobishop of Cologne, who has been for many years tiation, promised to the Cathedral of Treves. The unable to walk without the use of crutches, but who, bishop' has lately given a proof of his tyranny as well after beholding the Holy Coat, was enabled, to the as his superstition, in suspending one of the clergy of wonderment of all, to walk home unassisted! The his diocese, by name Licht, who had dared to doubt, plain truth comes out from her medical adviser—that and to express his doubts to his people. He had she had been long suffering from a diseased knee- been promised to be reinstated on retracting his objoint, that she resolved at all hazards to go to Treves, noxious opinions about the Coat, but has preferred and that, while in a fit of ecstasy before the relic, degradation to dishonour. Our clergy, says one she had excited a degree of energy, in stretching or account, appear to lose in prudence exactly as the bending the diseased limb, which had given the Separatists increase. Thus, so far from the more temporary relief, by relaxing the long rigid muscles. extreme section of them expressing themselves with Since this period she has had relapses, and is, we be greater caution than formerly, some of them are delieve, now using the crutches, which had been too clared to have taught openly since the event, that hastily hung up in the cathedral as a thank-offering not only was this the bona fide coat of our Lord, but for her marvellous restoration. Yet this simple story that it was the only coat which he ever wore, and that is paraded about and magnified into a miracle, to it grew with the growth of his body from the cradle give still greater eclát to the Holy Coat and the to the cross ! To counteract the influence of the
WHAT THE PAPISTS ARE DOING.
THE REFORMATION VIEWED AS THE RESURRECTION, &o. 89 irement now in progress, Bishop Arnoldi, in con- found him. in Paul.” The manner in which action with the Bishop of Cologne, has instituted the Reformer discovered the great leading tew Catholic society for the Rhine provinces, the truth of the Gospel is so well described by ject of which is-by a monthly journal, by the cirdation of sermons and tracts, by the publication of himself, and throws so much light on the whole kndard Catholic works at a cheap rate, by the found subject, that we may give it in his own words: pof a new Catholic library and the like to diffuse “ Ilowever blameless a life I might lead as a spirit of stronger Catholičity through this section monk, I experienced a most unquiet conscience; the Church. A member of the Theological Semi. I perceived myself a sinner before God. I saw sy is already named as its president, and collections that I could do nothing to appease him; and I e ordered to be made on a general scale in all the arshes, and specially by calls made at each indivi- hated the idea of a just God that punishes sinsai house. In addition, five new journals of the ners. I was well versed in all Paul's writings; and ime stamp have been established.”
in particular, I had a most wonderful desire to
understand the Epistle to the Romans. But I SABBATHS.
was puzzled with the expression, Therein is the
righteousness of God revealed. My heart rose IRIGHT shadows of true rest! some shoots of bliss!
almost against God with a silent sort of blasHeaven once &-week;
phemy. At least in secret I said, with great The next world's gladness prepossessed in this; murmurand indignation, Was it not enough that A day to seek
wretched man, already eternally ruined by the Bernity in time; the steps by which
curse of original depravity, should be oppressed We climb above all ages; lamps that light with every misery through the condemning Man through his heap of dark days; and the rich
power of the law, but that even through the And full redemption of the whole week's flight.. Gospel God should threaten us with his wrath The pulleys unto headlong man; time's bower; and righteousness, and thereby add to our af. The narrow way;
fliction? Thus I raged with a troubled conTransplanted paradise; God's walking hour;
science. At length, when I was meditating The cool o' the day;
day and night on the words, and their connecThe creature's jubilee; God's parle with dust; tion with what immediately follows, viz., 'The
Heaven here; man on those hillsof myrrh, of flowers; just shall live by faith,' it pleased God to have Angels descending; the returns of trust;
pity on me, to open mine eyes, and show me A gleam of glory after six days' showers;
that the righteousness of God, which is here said The Church's love-feasts; time's prerogative
in the Gospel to be revealed from faith to faith, And interest
relates to the method by which God, in his Deducted from the whole; the combs and hive, mercy, justifies a sinner through faith, agreeAnd home of rest;
ably to what is written, 'The just shall live by The milky-way chalked out with suns; a clue faith.' Thenceforth I felt myself a new man,
That guides through erring hours, and in full story; and all the Scriptures appeared to have a new A taste of heaven on earth; the pledge and cue face. The expression righteousness of God' Of a full feast, and the out-courts of glory. now became as sweet to my mind as it had
been hateful before; and this very passage of Paul proved to me the entrance into paradise."
Here, then, was the revival of the primitive THE REFORMATION
doctrine of Christianity- the essence of the
whole Gospel – which was comprised in the RESURRECTION OF SCRIPTURAL TRUTHS.
answer given to the Philippian jailer, when be
asked the apostles, “Sirs, what must I do to BY THE REY. THOMAS M'CRIE.
be saved ?” “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, The first doctrine revived by the Reformation, and thou shalt be saved." The answer was was that which occupies the first place in Scrip- short, and the doctrine simple; but both as turethe doctrine of saltation by grace. This preached by the apostles and as revived by doctrine had become grievously corrupted both Luther, it implied much. It implied that man by the theology of the schools and by the super- is by nature a condemned criminal; that he stitions of the priesthood. “ What knowledge can do nothing of himself to effect his deliver1 other persons may have derived from the scho ance; that Christ, by his death, rendered a full
lastic divinity of the times,” says Luther, “it satisfaction to divine justice, and obtained eteris for them to consider. In regard to myself, I nal redemption for all them that obey him; as sure I learned from it nothing of the real that faith is the only means of being interested nature of sin, of righteousness, of baptism, or in that redemption; that all are invited and of the whole Christian life; nor anything of warranted to believe on Christ for salvation; the excellency of God or his works, his grace, and that whosoever shall believe is justified, his justice. Faith, hope, charity, were to me has peace with God, has access into grace, and words without meaning. In short, I not only rejoices in hope of glory. All this, and much learned nothing right, but I had to UNLEARN more, is necessarily involved in the doctrine of everything which I had acquired in that way. free justification by faith; and all this must In the schools I lost Jesus Christ. I have now
• Milner, iv. 397, 398.
VIEWED AS TRB
have been taught by the Reformers when they “The Church had fallen,” says one who shouli taught that doctrine.
be read by all,“ because the doctrine of faith There are two remarks here, however, which in the Saviour had been taken away from i we would submit to consideration, as show- That it should rise again, it was necessary thai ing the advantages of Luther's position. In this doctrine should be restored to it."* In the first place, though the doctrine of the Gos- fact, after the establishment of this primary pel he preached, viewed in all its bearings and truth, it was not necessary, to the demolition of relations, is a most extensive one, yet it is at the Papal superstitions, that they should be the sametime distinguished by great simplicity formally assaulted in detail. For example, to and point. All the doctrines connected with overturn the idolatrous worship of images and it converge, as it were, to a single point, and saints in that Church, it was not necessary to bear upon that, so as to enforce and give it enter into argument with them as to the sineffect—like the two-edged sword, to which it fulness of idolatry, or to meet the subtle disis compared, the firm and compact body of tinctions made by the Romish doctors as to which is tapered and tempered to a single their worship of douleia, and worship of latreat, point, with which it does all its execution. In by which they attempted to justify the pricthis respect Luther had an immeasurable ad- tice. The simple doctrine, " There is one Gore vantage over his opponents. The doctrines of and one Mediator between God and man," cu Popery are just the reverse. They are com at the root of all such reasonings; for as wor plicated and contradictory. Popery cannot ship was given to the saints only on the supporeturn a simple answer, such as that of Paul to sition that their merits and intercessions availai the Philippian jailer. With so many mediators, us, the discovery that there is only one sacrifice works of merit, and penances and absolutions, which can take away sin, and the all-sufficierer the mind is distracted amidst a multiplicity of of that sacrifice, showed at once the absurdity objects; whereas all the doctrines of the Gos- of all other mediators and sacrifices. Va pel meet in one centre-look and lead to one threw their idols to the moles and the bats, point-and that is Christ. “I determined,” saying, What have we any more to do with says an apostle, “ to know nothing among you, them? save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” This Even in point of argument this was enougt; simple view of the matter was unfolded in the but let it be remembered, that this was nek writings, and enforced in the sermons, of the merely the result of cold reasoning with those Reformation. “ How is one to become pious ?” who had cordially embraced the leading doc asked Luther. “ A cordeliar friar will answer, trine of the Reformation. It was matter of Put on a grey cowl, and gird yourself with a living faith and solid experience. They had cord like mine; a Roman monk will reply, felt in their hearts the peace that flows from Hear mass and fast; but a Christian will say, faith in the cross of Christ; and in the strength Faith in Jesus Christ alone justifies and saves. of it they were prepared to break through Before we can have works, we must first have whole troop of scholastic subtleties and monk: eternal life; and when we are born anew, and ish superstitions, and to overleap every wall that made children of God by the Word of grace, stood in their way. This was more especially then come the good works."
remarkable in the case of those who suffered In the next place, in the writings of Paul the martyrdom for their faith. Among these were Reformers found weapons ready made, and some distinguished neither for learning nor inadmirably fitted for supporting this cardinal formation-mere babes in point of common truth. The arguments and errors of Popish knowledge; but possessing the simple know writers bore a striking resemblance to those of ledge of saving truth. Their persecutors
, prothe Judaizing teachers in the days of Paul, voked at what they termed their obstinacy, which he answers so triumphantly in his Epistles often attempted to confute and confound them, to the Romans and Galatians. Luther, there- by entering into controversy with them. But fore, had no difficulty in refuting his adver- the martyrologies of various countries bear witsaries. He found himself opposed to the same ness to the complete success with which these heresies, under a different name, which Paul | sufferers maintained their point, and turned the had already refuted; and he had only to dis tables on their accusers. As an illustration, charge the artillery which that valiant soldier we may select an example or two from the conof Christ had prepared to his hand. Hence fessors and martyrs of our own country. Cathethe delight which he took in these Epistles, rine Hamilton, an amiable lady of rank, was the particularly in that to the Galatians, on which sister of Patrick Hamilton, the first Protestant he published an excellent commentary, and of martyr in Scotland. After his death, Cathewhich he was heard to say, shortly after his rine was also accused of heresy, and summoned marriage, in the naive and nervous language to appear before the king and his bishops. which he used in his moments of enthusiasm : Being questioned upon good works, she boldly “ The Epistle to the Galatians is my Epistle; I replied, that, according to Scripture, no man have married it; it is my Catherine de Borra !” | could be saved by his works. “But," said one
Having once inserted the wedge of this hea of the friars," there are different kinds of works ; venly doctrine, Luther's success was certain.
* History of the Reformation, by Merle d'Aubigné.