and I will proclaim the name of we may live to his glory, and be the Lord, before thee And the happy in the enjoyment of him Lord passed by before him, and for ever. If we would thus live. proclaimed, the Lord, the Lord to the glory of God and be hapGod, merciful and gracious, long- py, we must endeavor to extend suffering, and abundant in goods the knowledge, advance the honess and truth ; keeping merey nor, and promote the success of for thousands, forgiving iniqui- the Christian institution, letting, tys transgression and sin ; and our conversation be as it become that will by no means clear the eth the gospel of Christ. guilty. Goodness is the es- 2. If God make his glory the sences and the glory of the end of all his plans and operadivine nature; and wisdom and tions, and the same ought to be holiness, justice and truth are the greatest object of all intellithe modifications of love and gences, then we see the pergoodness. These attributes of verseness of those, who, instead Deity appear more glorious to of aiming supremely at the dius in the wonderful scheme of vine glory, employ all their redemption, than they appear in strength to dishonor God, and any other way known to us. to destroy the good which he And likewise in this scheme, the has in view. God is infinitely greatest and most precious bles.wise, great and good, the source sings that were ever known, are of all being, perfection and hapreceived and enjoyed by men. piness. There is none good but The apostle says, We have re-God; and in him centres every demption throrigh Christ's blood, perfection which can compose even the forgiveness of sins, ae-| the greatest and most amiable cording to the riches of the grace character possible. It is only of God, wherein he hath abounded by the display of his character toward us in all wisdom and pru- that good can be enjoyed by dence. If therefore, the scheme creatures ; and the more it is of redemption is wisely calcula- displayed, the greater is the lated, above every thing else that quantity of happiness communiever appeared, to advance the cated to them. It is perfectly great objects, the glory of God reasonable, therefore, that God and the good of the general sys- alone should be exalted, and have tem, how excellent is the Chris- glory from all his works. Hence tian institution ! How worthy is how perverse are they, who the gospel of our most cordial would l'ol God of his glory and reception and grateful acknowl-set up self? Such üct contrary edgment of our admiration and to the reason and fitness of esteem-of, our attention, peru- things ; yea, and contrary to sal and daily study! How pre- their own interest. For we have cious should it be in our eyes, no sufficiency of ourselves--buit and to our hearts ! All other all our sufficiency is of God. knowledge is of little importance All whose hearts are under compared to this. This only is the dominion of sin, quarrel able to make us wise to salva- with the glory of God; for sin tion. This makes a wonderful is opposed to God, and fills the discovery of the glorious char- heart with enmity to him. All acter of God; and shews how who have not Cod in their tho’is, and regard not his authority- glory of his grace, the wicked who cast off fear and restrain shall be to the praise of the glo. prayer-who live in the neglect ry of his justice. What if God, of the instituted means of grace, says the apostle, willing to sheme and in the habitual practice of his wrath, and to make his power any known sin-bring reproach known, endured with much longupon the religion of Christ, and suffering the vessels of wrath ft. cause his doctrine and the name ted to destruction ; and that he of God to be blasphemed, and might make known the riches of manifest great perverseness of his glory on the vessels of mercy, heart. They are enemies to God which he had afore prepared unto and Christ, to the divine govern- glory ? Thus it appears that the ment and holiness, to every glory of God shall not fail ; but thing that is amiable, to the hap- that he will get glory to himpines of man and the whole uni- self whether men be righteous verse. They discover an un- or wicked. The difference in willingness that the only Foun- their characters only affects their tain of good should be poured own condition. If they are re. forth ; they judge themselves conciled to his character and gounworthy of the favor of God ; vernment, and have a single aim and instead of doing all things at his glory in all they do, to his glory, and their own good, they will meet with an everthrough a false bias, or a wrong lasting blessing and reward :conception of things, they do all But, if they continue obstinate, things to his dishonor and their and will not seek after the things own hurt, and set up self to their which God requires, they will own ruin.

meet an everlasting punishment 3. If God has made his glory from the presence of God and the the end of all his conduct, and glory of his power. Let all, then, made it the duty of all intelli- be exhorted to examine them. gences to do the same, then we selves and become acquainted may rest assured that this ob- with the motives of their actions, ject shall not fail. Sin tends to and for God's sake, for Christ's dishonor God and produce mis- sake, yea, and for their own ery; but God can overrule it to soul's sake, renounce the hidden a different issue. He can make things of dishonesty, and pursue it subservient to his glory and the great end of all created exthe eventual happiness of bis istence, even the glory of God obedient subjects. This he will displayed in the general good do ; for he is unchangeable, and of the system, and whether they will not give up the object which eat or drink, or whatever they he has always pursued. In this do, do all to his glory. A. U. world, while the righteous glorify him by bearing much good fruit, the evil fruit of the wicked, both as individuals and pub- On the Commands of the Old Te8lic bodies, he will turn to good,

tament. and cause it to redound to the glory of his great name. And Messrs. EDITORS, whilst the righteous shall be ev- COWEVER surprising it erlastingly to the praise of the

may appear, yet so it is,

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

there are numbers of people now binding upon men. And in New-England, who profess that there might now be no themselves Christians, and yet doubt whether their obligation avow the opinion, that no com- had ceased, and whether all their mands in the Old Testament are ends as laws were answered, at present binding on men, un- God has been pleased to give us less such as are repeated in the express information, that they New Testament, and on account have answered their ends, and of such repetition.

This a

are no longer laws to the world. mounts to the assertion, that the The whole typical and ceremoancient dispensation, like an old nial system of Moses is of this will, is set aside, or superseded | nature, and the distinction beby the new

tween meats clean and unclean, It is thought, that a short es- and between Jews and Gentiles. say on the obligation and perpe- The vision of Peter, when God tuity of the laws and commands directed him to go to Cornelius, of God, may be useful in discus-was given for this purpose. The sing this subject.

epistle to the Hebrews, and a 1. The obligation of all com- number of observations in the mands ceases, when all the pur- other writings of the apostle poses for which they are given Paul, teach us, that since Christ are known to be fully answered the antitype has arisen from the Of this nature is a multitude of dead, these distinctions and shadivine commands, which are re-dows are out of use, as to any corded both in the Old Testa- present obligation. Let no mar ment and the New. They were therefore judge you in meat, or once obligatory on certain men, in drink, &c. which are a shabut they have long since an-dow of things to come, but the swered the particular purposes body is of Christ. It may be for which they were given, and incorrect to say that these laws their obligation has ceased. The are repealed, in any other sense commands to Noah that he than it is proper to say, that the should build the ark, to Abra- command to Noah to build the ham that he should offer , up ark is repealed. It may be Isaac as a burnt offering, to Mo- | more proper to say, that God has ses and Joshua that Israel should informed us, that having answerbe led from Egypt, and put in ed their end, they have ceased possession of Canaan, and to to be laws. Thomas that he should reach 3. All laws and commands, his hand, and feel out the wounds which respect things which no of Christ, have answered their more exist, are no longer laws purposes, and are not now oblig- to men ; such are the commands atory on any men. There are which respected the service of numerous commands, which, on the tabernacle and temple, this account, are similar to those There are indeed useful injust mentioned.

structions to be derived from the 2. There are some commands, commands of God respecting which were a law to many suc- the temple, the ark, the types cessive generations of men, and the directions to Noah, Awhich have so answered all their braham and Thomas ; and on ends as laws, that they are not this account they still answer

valuable ends, and are by the the duties arising out of the rewisdom of God judged worthy lations in which we stand to God, of a place in his word, thongh as as good, as our Creator and our laws they are no longer of any Redeemer, and in which we obligation

stand to our fellow men. They 4. There are no intimations, derive their authority, both from either in the Old Testament or the commands of God, and from the New, that any laws or com- the nature of those relations, and mands have ceased to be such, are as perpetual as the relations except those which either relate themselves. to things that no longer exist, 7. All positive commands, or of which the ends are already once enjoineel, remain for ever answered. People indeed are binding, unless God repealthem, not under obligations to obey, as he did the command to offer where some natural impossibili. Isaac, or the reasons of them are ties withstand them. Such as certainly at an end, as the comsickness in relation to the com- and to build the ark ; for the mand directing us to attend pub- authority of God is perpetual, lic worship : but no repeal of and therefore where the reasons any other laws is suggested nor of his command or prohibition are any intimations given, that are unknown, and he does not they have ceased to be obligato- expressly revoke it, it would be ry. Nor is there any intima- arrogance in us to presume that tion that the New Testament we are absolved from its obliga. was given to-abrogate the Old, tion. only as by 'bringing the world 8. There is no instance in into different circumstances, ma- which the New Testament pro's ny of the ancient types are su- fesses to receive, confirm or reperseded by their antitype. enact any law of doctrine or

5. All laws and commands practice enjoined in the Old are of perpetual obligation, res- Testament ; but when it has ocpecting doctrines which relate casion to speak of them it is as to God, his perfections and ad- of laws already in full force. ministrations, which relate to And it assures is expressly, that Christ and his mediation, and all scripture is given by inspirawhich relate to the natural state tion of God and is profitable, of mankind, their relation to that Christ came not to destroy God as his creatures, their re- the law or the prophets ; and it generation, and the only founda- often quotes the Old Testament tion of tireir final justification. as an authority, as Christ diul They are the laws of our faith, when he said, it is written, thou and are immutable in their na- shalt worship the Lord thy God, ture and obligation, whether and when he su tomed up the found in the Old Testament or decalogue, not as re-enacting it, in the New, or in both ; and but explaining it, saying, Thou therefore their omission in the shalt love the Lord thy God New Testament, or the Old, with all thine heart, &c. It in cannot affect their present au- no instance derogates from its thority.

authority, but always 'honors it. 6. The same is true of all When it supersedes its rituals, moral precepts, which respect I it is by fulfilling their end, and


hot by abrogating or repealing | A Dissertation on the Atonement. the Old Testament, either in whole or in part, and it ever (Continued from p. 166.) acknowledges and asserts its excellence and authority.

NOW proceed to observe,

II. The offering and sacri.9. There are some things fice which Christ hath made of commanded in the Old Testa- himself, on our account and for ment and not repeated in the our sins, answers the aforemennew, which are of such a nature, tioned purposes, which the penthat the very heathen, by the alty of the law was designed to light of nature, consider them answer; and so declares the as binding. Such are the pro- righteousness of God, that he hibition of marriages, where the can be just, and the justifier of parties are in the nearest rela- him who believeth in Jesus. tions of consanguinity, as those To illustrate and establish of mother and daughter, and the truth of this observation, it ether unnatural alliances. may be proper to descend to

It'therefore appears, that the several particulars, viz. commands of the Old Testa

1. Christ is truly a man, posment do not derive their present sessed of all that is essential to authority from being re-enacted,

human nature ; and truly God, in the New, but are as binding possessed of all divine attributes as the commands in the New and perfections, as fully as the Testament; there is no differ- Father. 6 For in him dwelleth ence in their obligation. Both all the fulness of the Godhead are equally not binding when the bodily." He is the brightness ends for which they were given

of the Father's glory, and the are clearly answered, as the di- express image of his person rection to the fishermen to cast He assumed the human nature their net on the other side of into such union with his divinity, the boat'; both do not bind us,

that though he is both God and when the things or circumstan- man, yet his person is one-both ces respected in the command natures being so united in him. do not exist, or when by reason

as to constitute but one person. of sickness or other natural ina- | Therefore, although the divinibilities, they cannot be obeyed; ty, abstractly considered, cannot: and both are binding in all other be supposed to have suffered ; cases whatsoever.

yet the person that obeyed and

offered himself a sacrifice, was Hence it is plain, that those truly a divine person, and conse-, who disbelieve the authority of quently of more dignity and the Old Testament at present, worth than the whole race of are far advanced in the path of mankind, or even the whole, infidelity, and manifest a strong system of mere created intelliinclination to absolve themselves gences. as much as possible, from the 2. In conformity to theagreeobligations of divine authority, ment between the Father and

the Son, he was made under the MYRIS. law, and took on him the form

VOL. VI. NO. 6.


« VorigeDoorgaan »