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father Isaac, may represent their 2. When God brought the receiving spiritual blessings woman to Adam, he said, This from God their heavenly Fa- is now bone of my bone and ther į and his dying in Egypt flesh of my flesh-And believers and being buried in Canaan, are members of Christ's body, may dénote, théir dying in this and of his flesh, and of his bones. world; being conveyed by an 3. Marriage constitutes à onegels to Abraham's bosom and ness between the parties. Two, resting in heaven.
saith he, shall be one flesh- And In this place, permit the il- the church joined to the Lord, is lustration of a type which hath more, is one spirit. - not yet been considered, The Iné 4. Marriage introduces the stitution of Marriage. That this most cordial and tender affecwas designed to typify the un- tion and mutual sympathy beion and relation between Christ tween the husband and the wife änd his church, is very manifest | And the affection between from the frequent application of Christ and his church is mutual it to this subject, in the holy and endearing--I am my beloscriptures. O backsliding chil- ved's and my beloved is mine, dren, I am married unto you, his desire is towards me. I was saith the Lord. Husbands love in his eyes as one that found fayour wives as Christ loved the vor. In all their affliction he church. And that this repre- wás afflicted and the angel of his sentation might be as perfect as presence saved them. the nature of the subjects would 5. Marriage constitutes a most permit, it pleased God to form endearing relation between the the wife; the woman, of the man. / husband and the wife-Abraham Eve was formedof Adam. And is said of Sarah, Indeed she is my ít not worthy of notice, that the sister, the daughter of my father patriarchs, those eminently typi- but not of my mother, and she cal characters, took themselves became my wife And Christ wives within the limits of con- calls the church, his sister, his sanguinity ? Sarah, the wife of spouse. Abraham, was probably Iscah, 6. Jacob loved Rachel. He the daughter of his brother Ha- served for a wife, and for a wife ran. Gen. xi. 29. Rebekah, the he kept sheep-And Christ lowife of Isaac, was the daughter ved the church and purchased it of Bethuel, the son of Nahor, / with his own blood. the brother of Abrahain, and Mil- |
17. The husband is the head cah, the sister of Sarah. Leah of the wise-And the Lord is and Rachel, the wives of Jacob, the head of the church. were the daughters of Laban, 8. The wife, the woman, is the brother of Rebekah. Was the glory of the man--And the not this a designed continuation church is the glory of Christ. of the type from Adam? We 9. The bridegroom rejoiceth may observe the resemblance in over the bride-And Christ l'ethe following particulars : joiceth over his church. He
1. God said of. Adam; It is will joy with singing ; yea, he not good for man that he should will rest in his love. * Amen. be alone-- And the church is the Praise ye the Lord. fulness of Christ.
From the Christian Observer. amusements. If the greater part
are not decidedly vicious, in such TT is a question of much im- a degree as the world tolerates
I portance of what kind the a- and approves, (and that is a conmusements of Christians ought siderable one), charity itself must to be, and how far, consistently pronounce them to be lovers of with their character, they may 1 pleasure more than lovers of indulge in them. As the sub God. And is there no danger to ject has frequently occipied my a Christian in associating with thoughts, I have of course form such characters? Is there no ed some opinion concerning it ; | danger to youth particularly in which, if it have not the good such an association ? Is there fortune to meet the approbation any thing which tends more of yourself and the generality of powerfully to an assimilation of your readers, may have the good character in different persons, effect of inviting to the discus-than an association in their pleasion some who in that respect sures? It can hardly be pretendmay be more successful. ed, by the most zealous advocate
Permit me, then, to state it as for the amusement in question, my opinion, that the amusements that it does not operate as an in: of Christians should be their re centive, of the highest power, creation, not their business. to vanity and every kindred disThey should be rather of a pri- position; if, indeed, its natural vate, than a public and gregari. tendency, in some respects, be pus, kind. Still less should they not worse. And it must be al. be of such a nature and charac-| lowed by all who are acquainted ter, as tends to sink the grand with the subject, that a passion distinction, which ought ever to for amusements, often generated divide the religious from the ir- 1 and almost always strengthened religious part of Society. Least | by this particular indulgence, of all should they have in their while it enervates the mind, ren: composition any thing which is ders it unfit for the prosecution directly and decidedly sinful. of the regular duties of life, and
With respect to theatrical en- extinguishes many human vir: tertainments, the opinion of the tues. Christian world seems to be If any, who have partaken of pretty well determined. But such diversions without person: there are others of an inferior, al injury, should allege their and, as I am willing to admit, of own case to invalidate what I a more innocent kind; balls, and have just been saying, I shall onconcerts, for instance, an attendly add, that, by this very circumance upon which some are dis stance, they are disqualified from posed to consider as not incom- giving an accurate judgment uppatible with the Christian char- on the subject. And if this is acter. Upon these, therefore, not the case with others, as with I propose to offer some remarks. many most unquestionably it is
"It certainly becomes a Chris not, a Christian should consider tian seriously to enquire, and to how far he is justified in encouthe best of his ability deterinine, raging by his example a gratifiwhat is the predominant charac- cation of which others cannot ter of those who frequent these!
partake without danger, if not significative upon the same without guilt.
principle ; and in most cases we Unquestionably men of char-are as much bound to abide by acter, virtue, or religion, never their meaning as much liable appear so much out of place to the imputation of their natnever appear so contemptible, oral consequences. Now, judg. as in a scene and occupation, | ing according to the known sense which the gay and the dissipat- which the world in general, ed claim peculiarly as their own. both those who have religion And one is tempted to pity the and those who have none, put condition of worthy persons, upon frequenting places of pubwho, with all their awkward at- lic amusement, I consider such tempts to assume the manners, conduct as a badge, a signal, a and accommodate themselves to mark, by which the person so the spirit of their company, are acting gives it to be understood, shunned and ridiculed by the that he is on the world's side ; very persons, for whose sake that he classes himself with they make the sacrifice. There those who live without God in is, at least, in the amusements the world, and who look for no here condemned, a levity, a du- happiness but what is to be enbiousness, little consonant with joyed here. If this interpretathe prevailing sobriety, circum- tion should be only doubtful, it spection, and self-jealousy, which would still be incumbent upon a belong to the Christian charac- Christian to be on his guard, and ter.
neither give just offence, nor But I consider the matter in put a stumbling block in the way another light. There is a lan- of his brother. There is a reguage in the conduct which I spect due even to the prejudices am reprobating. Men may 1 of men ; and if, by inattention speak by actions as well as by to these, we embolden others to words. Language, properly so transgress, or defeat our own called, is a system of arbitrary usefulness, we shall not be aca sounds, which, by a tacit, im- | counted by our judge as guiltplied, and known consent, con- less of the injury that is done. vey certain definite ideas. No formal or express compact was ever made by any individual to this purpose. The sounds | Religious Intelligence. themselves are so far from hav-. ing any necessary connection At the last general meeting of the with the ideas for which they | British and Foreign Bible Society, z stand, that in some other lan
report of the committee was read,
and has since been printed, which guage they may denote directly
| contains much interesting informathe reverse. Yet such is the tion. obligation arising from the con- The knowledge of the establishsent abovementioned, that a man ment of this society has been diffusby his words may not only pro- | ed, not only through the united king, duce evils of the most serious
doms, but over the continent of Lu
rope, and has produced the happiest nature, but become justly I
e Justy effects. In Ireland the most favorachargeable with the guilt of ble reception was given to the plan ; causing them. Actions are l and, in Scotland, the synod of Glase
gow and Air were so much impres- tions for printing and circulating the sed with the beneficial tendency of 11oly Scriptares are actually forming the institution, as even to direct col. among the Roman Catholics of Ger. lections to be made for its benefit in many. To encourage these beginall the churches and chapels within nings of good, the committee had autheir bounds.
thorized the Nuremberg society to At Nuremberg, in Germany, a distribute among the Roman Catho. Bible Society had been formed, to lics 1000 New Testaments to be paid which a number of persons, not only for by the British and Foreign Bible in that empire, but in Switzerland al. | Society. so contributed ; and the formation of With respect to the want of Bibles which had been greatly promoted by in different parts of the Christian a donation of 100L. voted by the world, it had appeared that, in the committee of the English Bible Soci. southern provinces of Ireland, not ety. The Nuremberg Society had above a third of the protestant fami. begun to print 5000 copies of a Ger lies possess Bibles ; and that amongst man Protestant edition of the New the papists who are far more númer. Testament, for distribution among ous, a Bible is not to be found in more the poor Protestants in Germany, than one out of 500 families; that the who are greatly in want of the serip- funds of the Dublin association are ve. tures, and it is expected soon to be able ry inadequate to supply the increasing to print a large edition of the estab- demands for Bibles ; and that Enlished Lutheran Bible complete. glish Bibles are almost exclusively the
In the Prussian dominions it was objects of that demand among the proposed, under the auspices of some | lower ranks, very few of whom ean noblemen and general officers, to print read Irish. a new edition of the Protestant Bo In Alsace the want of Bibles, both heinian Bible which had become very among the Protestants and Roman scarce. The committee had recom Catholics, had been stated to be so mended the formation of a society great, that the committee were indu. for the purpose, and promised to con ced to contribute with a view of rem. tribute the sum of 1001. as soon as | edying the evil. . such a society should be begun.
In Sweden, owing to the paternal But the influence of British exam care of the government, and the gen. ple has extended even to the Roman eral diffusion of religious knowledge Catholics in Germany. A priest of and zeal, no want of Bibles exists. that communion avows his intention Bibles also in the languages of Finof promoting the establishment of land and Lapland, are curren:ly dis. a Bible Society among its members. tributed by societies formed for the He observes that, notwithstanding purpose. the blind bigotry which still too wide- In Holland the poorest people can ly prevails in his Church, many of procure Bibles, and the deacons are the clergy, both in Suabia and Bava. accustomed to make strict inquiry of ria, the number of whom daily in each individual, whether he possesses creases, not only recommend but a Bible and reads it... strongly promote the reading of the A correspondence had also, it is scriptures, particularly the New Tes. said, been opened with Denmark, tament. Subsequent information has Russia, and Bengal. assured the committee, that associa:
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$ 5 Rev. George Colton, of Bolton, . 25
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DIED_Of a pulmonic consumption, at sea, on the passage from Norfolk to Charleston, bound southward on a journey for his health, in the 39th year of his age, and the 11th of his ministry, the Rev. Joseph WASHBURN, pastor of the Church of Christ in the first Society in Farmington. His death, which happened on the morning of the 25th of December last, was serene and peaceful ; and he expired, in the arms of Mrs. Washburn who accompanied him, without a struggle or a groan. Oppressed with grief too big for utterance, and tossed with a tempest for several days in extreme danger, she arrived safe at Charleston, the 4th of January. Whether the remains of our deceased friend were carried to Charleston, and there interred, or committed to the sea, we are not yet informed. He left four young children, all too young to be fully sensible of a their loss, irreparable as it is by any earthly comfort. The people, lately his charge, deeply feel this stroke of divine Providence, by which they are deprived of the labors of their beloved pastor, in the meridian of life ; and his brethren in the ministry, to whom his character is known, will lament the loss of one of their number whose praise is in the Churches.
Mr. Washburn was one of the Editors of this Magazine, and until called off from his labors by sickness, a faithful and highly useful member of the publishing Committee. The Editors condole with his afflicted family, the bereaved Church and Congregation, and his numerous friends, to whom he was so deservedly dear, under this visitation of a thek holy and righteous Providence. May the people of his charge remember the truths he has delivered, and the warnings he has given them ; that they may meet him with joy at the judgment day ! And may his surviving brethren in the ministry, be animated to renewed zeal in their Master's service, that they may receive the plaudit of, “ Well done good and faithful servants.”
The memory of the just shall be had in remembrance.
VOL. VI. NO. 9.