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THE

FIFTH SERIES .

OF THE

GOSPEL MAGAZINE,

AND
Theological Review.

1838.

CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED.

VOLUME THE THIRD LOS

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to day, and for ever. Whom to

know, is Life Eternal.

London:
Printed and sold for the Propriotors,
By W. DAY, No. 17, GOSWELL STREET,

W. ROW, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET,
AND BY ALL BOOKSELLERS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

1838.

PREFACE.

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WE little thought when we addressed our readers last year, that we should have to renew another in the service of the sanctuary. Many occurring circumstances had arisen as led us to suppose that our labours were brought to à close, and that we should retire into the citadel, and lay aside our armour. We did not flinch from our standing, but had to encounter some unforeseen difficulties, which absorbed a great part of our time, so as to leave us little for reflection. However, by the good hand of God üpon us, we were insensibly drawn on month after month, and have now concluded our FORTY-SECOND VOLUME, and entered upon another year. Here let our readers, and fellow-travellers to the kingdom of heaven, join with us in one song of praise, to Him who has perserved us to the present moment, in our work and labour of love, standing as a burning bush, unconsumed. Support has been conferred 'upon us equal to the day, so that while leaning upon our pilgrim's staff, the cruse of oil has not failed, nor the barrel of meal wasted. We publicly acknowledge that nothing less than the Arm of Omnipotence, and Divine Love, could have preserved us to the present period." All that we can do in return is, to thank our covenant God for his mercies in a general manner; the time is fast approaching when we shall look back with wondering and adoring gratitude, and praise him who has so often been our refuge and defence on earth,

And here it is incumbent upon us to say, that our Publication, from its first appearance, has been carried on under great disadvantages, and many privations, nor will it be known until that day, when the secrets of all hearts shall be opened, the numerous acute feelings it has produced. Indeed, our post has not been a pleasant one; we have not only had to combat with various religious sectaries, but with the vituperations of the tongue, which

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