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will it be your privilege as well as tion, and sublime in the anticipayour duty to cherish! While you tions of eternal glory. Let these feel that a father's venerated me elevating thoughts mingle the mory will ever be dear to you as sweetness of their influence with your richest treasure, you have all the sorrows and remembrances still higher reasons for grateful and of this day. May a double portion affectionate remembrances. You of the Spirit that rested on your can never forget the instructions, honoured parent, descend upon and the prayers, and the example, you! May you feel that all your by which you have been led to recollections, tender and touching seck the God of your father. " It as they are, bind you more firmly was his felicity, and what to a pa- to that truth wliich he delighted rent's heart was a richer felicity, to proclaim, and to that Redeemer to see your early days and your to whose unfailing mercy he looked matured powers consecrated to the amidst the changing scenes of this service of the Redeemer, and the world, and in the prospects of the advancement of the same holy world to come! cause to which he devoted himself Can I forget that there are bewith such lionourable and success fore me the younger descendants of ful activity. What a model for the our revered friend ? Oh! let the imitation of your filial piety, and recollection of the name you bear what a motive to the persevering lead you, my dear young friends, and faithful discharge of every pa- to regard it as the object of your rental duty! The memory of your first, your deepest, your most ferfather will henceforth be associated vent solicitude, that the God of with names that are dear to the your fathers may be the chosen churches of Christ, inseparable guide of your youth-the strength from the history of the progress of of your advancing years—the joy of truth, and identified with the tri- your spirits in the unknown futuumphs of missionary enterprise. rity that is before you, and your When you call to mind the illus- portion for ever! Make it the trious and venerable men who great concern of your life to SEEK established by their zeal, and ma- FIRST THE KINGDOM or God. tured by their wisdom, and conse- Let your very name be as a sacred crated by their prayers, those great spell to bind you to the cause of institutions which have given a truth and holiness! See to it, that new, impulse to the energies of the the entail of piety in your honoured church, and commenced a new ca- family may never be cut off"; seek reer of sublime benevolence; when to realize the fondest hopes and you think of the honoured names most fervent prayers of those who of Bogue, and Wilks, and Hard- are most tenderly concerned for castle, and Townsend, and Waugh, your welfare; that thus, from genewhom to have known and loved ration to generation, God may be you feel at this moment to involve glorified amongst you, and you may in it a high obligation to all that at length constitute a part of the is “ true, and venerable, and just, “one family” that shall meet in and pure, and lovely, and of good our Father's house above! report,” it is your privilege now to Brethren, we must soon appear associate the honoured name of before the judgment seat of Christ! BURDER; and to rejoice that the Parents and children, ministers and affections which nature and grace hearers, pastors and the churches alike command you to cherish, are committed to their charge, must combined with all that is hallowed meet again-and meet each other in the energies of Christian devo- before the "great white throne;"
and their destiny be fixed for ever!
TRACT society. THE LORD GRANT THAT WE MAY At a meeting of the Committee FIND MERCY OF THE LORD IN of the Religious Tract Society, 5th THAT DAY!
June, 1832, the death of the Rev.
George Burder having been reThe following testimonies to the ported to tlie committee, it was character and worth of the deceased "Resolved unanimously,--That this Commust be highly gratifying to his mittee, on receiving the intelligence of the family and friends.
decease of their venerated friend, the Rev.
George Burder, desire to express their TRUSTEES OF THE EVANGELICAL
sympathy with his bereaved family and MAGAZINE.
church, and to record their great obligaAt the half-yearly meeting of
tions to him as one of the founders of the
Institution, and as the author of several of the Trustees, held at Stationers'
its tracts, especially of twenty-four Cottage Court, on Wednesday, the 27th of Sermons, twelve Sermons for Seamen, and June, the following resolution was twelve Sermons for the Aged ; by which unanimously adopted :
important publications he being dead yet
speaketh, and will long continue to speak, “ The Editors and Trustees of the Evange in various languages, of the glories of the
lical Magazine cannot allow themselves to Saviour, of the way of salvation, of the proceed with the ordinary business of the dangers of sin, and of the beauties of holipresent meeting, without, in the first in ness.' stance, giving expression to those feelings
LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY. of sincere but submissive lamentation which have been called forth by the recent death
(Extracted from the Minutes. ) of the Rev. George Burder, the respected “ Resolved,-- That the Directors cannot reand successful editor of this work for the ceive information of the removal, by death, space of more than twenty years. They of the Rev. George Burder, without being cannot forbear testifying to the lively sense led, not less by a sense of what is incumwhich they entertain of the devoted ex bent upon them as the representatives of cellence of a character which, for more the Society at large, than by their own than half a century, presented a rich and feelings as individuals, to offer to his varied exhibition of those graces and vir family the expressions of their sincere tues which shed lustre on the Christian condolence on the bereavement they have profession, and which fitted him for exten sustained by the decease of their revered sive usefulness in the church of God.
parent.” “ Having been associated with the late vene. .“ The Directors are sensible, that instead of
rable deceased in many works of faith and indulging the feelings which spring from labours of love, they feel themselves called worldly sorrow, they are called to cherish on to record their recollections of the wis. those which arise from a firm beliet of the dom, prudence, candour, meekness, devo happiness of that transition which their tion, and purity, which uniformly charac long-esteemed friend, and former colterised the whole of his proceedings.
league, has made from the sufferings of “But while they would refer with becoming mortality, to the perfect blessedness of that
affection to the distinguished excellence state into which he has entered.” of their deceased friend, they would not “ They would further bless God for the exforget the source whence sprung both his ample held out to themselves and others, character and his usefulness. He well by the devotedness and manifold labour:s knew bis obligations to divine and sovereign of his long and eminently-useful life, in grace; and to that grace, as his surviving promoting the kingdom of the Redeemer
colleagues, they would ascribe all the praise. in the world, particularly in the work of “To his bereaved family they would offer missions to the heathen ; and more espe
their affectionate condolence, and in doing cially in his relation to this Society, as one so, would venture to remind them of the of its founders ; and in the office of gratuhonour and privilege of being so nearly itous Secretary, which he zealously and allied to one whose name wilī be associ effectively filled for nearly twenty-four ated, for many generations, with the .
years." revival of religion which has taken place “ The Directors present, at the same time, in the present century of the Christian their sincere condolence to the church and era. Their prayer is, that all who were congregation in Fetter-lane, on the loss honoured to enjoy his friendship, and to which they have sustained, by the decease mingle in his society, may be enabled to of their much-loved and faithful pastor; and follow him, as he followed his Lord and to the surviving pastor of that church, on the Redeemer.'
removal of his greatly revered colleague.”
ON THE DEATH OF THE REV. GEORGE BURDER. "
“Our fathers,--where are they?”
Glowing with heavenly warmth and sacred fire,
To cheer our souls, and teach them to aspire ?
Another father of the church hath fled;
BURDER is numbered with the silent dead !
And while he told a Saviour's power and grace,
Poured from his lip and beaming in his face.
The steadfast eye of faith was strong and clear :
Dawned on his spirit from a brighter sphere.
The last lone dwelling of his mortal clay,
Till the “awakening” of the world's last day.
Hope shed a cheering ray athwart the gloom,
Beyond the shadowy precincts of the tomb.
Has pierced the dark domain of conquering death,
And given new glories to the eye of faith.
Hath trod our earth, hath breathed our native air ;
Are all our trust, and all our souls' desire.
Could we, then, wish to stay the spirit's flight,
That lately sojourned in this vale of tears ;
Far from the reach of mortal cares or fears?
What now employs his heaven-adapted powers,
Blooms in the glory of its native bowers?
No! We will praise the grace that changed his heart,
Made him the instrument of good to men,
In the high triumphs of Immanuel's reign.
High in the record of undying fame,
To Jesu's glory shall descend his name.
Not on the marble column that may serve
For those, who else would be by all forgot,-
In Caffre Kraal, or in an English cot;
On which the “Sun of Righteousness" hath risen,
Blest with the influence of the reign of heaven.
THE SIGNS OF PROSPERITY IN A CHRISTIAN CHURCH, AND THE
BEST MEANS OF PROMOTING SUCH PROSPERITY.
A CHRISTIAN church being an association of converted persons, whose objects are the improvement of each other's Chris tian character, and the conversion of the ungodly, such a society may be said to be prosperous when these objects are in a due degree accomplished by its members.
In order to their accomplishment, it is manifest that affectionate union, and zealous co-operation, are necessary. Sympathy with each other, mutual love, a common sense of individual dependence on Christ, a supreme regard to his will and honour, together with universal activity, are indispensable. The persons composing the society must feel that their common relation to Christ, and joint participation of the same benefits, by the same means, constitute an inseparable bond of union amongst themselves. Their interests, privileges, honours, pleasures, du ties, prospects, enemies, and dangers, being essentially the same, they have every reason for being of one mind and one heart, striving together for the faith of the gospel.
A natural consequence of such an identity of feeling will be voluntary and frequent association for religious exercises, such as the observance of divine ordi. nances, conversation, prayer, devout consultation, and combination, with a view to more effective exertion. Every individual being furnished by Heaven with the capacity, desire, and means, of making conquests, will take his stand in the ranks of a compact force for the suppression of iniquity, and the triumphs of holiness.
But, besides their united and larger assemblies, it is natural, and very useful, for church-members of the same age and sex, to meet together in smaller and still more confidential bands, in which a more free and unrestrained interchange of thought and feeling will be productive of augmented interest in each other's welfare-a more complete separation from irreligious society and mutual facilities for the discharge of duty.
A Christian church may be said to be
prosperous just in proportion to the scriptural knowledge, purity, spirituality, devotion, and activity, of its members—in proportion as they live under the influ. ence of truth, and recommend it to others --in proportion as their tempers and characters exemplify and illustrate its nature and tendency-in proportion as their several families and localities witness and enjoy its salutary influence and happy effects-in proportion as the ignorant are instructed, the inquiring directed, and the wicked converted by their agency; so is the measure of their true glory and prosperity.
As means of promoting such prosperity, it will be found useful for the pastors to call the serious attention of the churches to the marks of religious declension-furnish them with judicious questions for self-examination--and apply such stimulants to their minds as are most adapted to excite to vigilance, prayer, and exertion.
Among these stimulants to be employed, we may mention instances of pre-eminent devotion and beneficence--the unparalleled excellency of true holiness--the superlative happiness springing from exalted piety and zeal-the beauty and utility of Christian union and fellowship--the obligation to mutual love and joint co-operation arising from a common relation to Christ-the tried efficacy and omnipotence of prayer-the brilliant prospects of the church as exhibited in the prophecies and promises of Scripture—the glorious records of the righteous in eternity -the intimate connexion between ends and means in the divine arrangementsthe suspension of the triumphs of Christianity upon the faith, prayers, and activity of the church-the brevity, uncertainty, and frailty of the present life-the snares, temptations, and perils of our mortal condition--the magnitude of the work to be accomplished by the churchand the ineffable dignity and honour attaching to those who are working for and together with God. Bassingbourne.
THE BOOK OF ENOCH.
I am anxious to draw the attention of the public to a matter of no small intcrest in sacred literature, inasmuch as it is closely connected with the Scriptures. It is very well known that Jude, in his epistle, quotes the book of Enoch: “And Enoch, also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” Now the book of Enoch, from which this passage is quoted, was well known to the early fathers, and is very generally mentioned with respect. Irenæus thus alludes to the fourteenth and fifteenth chapters of the book: “ And also Enoch, being well pleasing to God without circumcision when he was a living man, went on an embassy to the angels, and was translated, and is preserved yet a witness of the just judgment of God; since the angels who transgressed fell into condemnation, but a man pleasing to God was translated into salvation.” (p. 319. Edd. Gralbe.) Tertullian also quotes the seventh and eighth verses of the ninety-seventh chapter. And Faustus, the Manichæan, as seen in Augustine, quotes the books of Seth and Enoch as of authority in his day. Augustine tacitly assents to their authority (ix. 3. Edd. Benedict.). Now the book of Enoch seems to have been lost to the western churches about the ninth century, though it was known to be in existence in the east, and amongst the Abyssinian Christians, by modern travellers. Bruce, in his journey to the source of the Nile, met with two copies, which he purchased; and presented one to the Bodleian library, at Oxford, and the other to the King's library, at Paris. The Oxford copy in the Æthiopic language and character was unnoticed till Dr. Lawrence brought it before the public, translated into English, with a valuable preface, in the year 1821. This translation was accompanied with notes, and in every respect was an able performance ; except that the leamed translator was anxious to prove that it was a forgery circulated amongst the Jews about two centuries before our Saviour's birth, in which theory I think he completely failed. About the year 1828, this
translation was withdrawn from circulation, and every copy was bought up with the utmost activity. The cause of this suppression is not certain ; but it is thought that some short-sighted persons had impressed the translator with an idea that, if the book of Enoch became well known, the opponents of Christianity might make use of it for building an argument against the authority of Jude, who could quote from such a book : and here I should observe, that the passage seen in Jude's epistle is in its regular place in Dr. Lawrence's translation. That foolish policy which makes some timid theologians have recourse to concealment and suppression in order to support Chris. tianity, can never be too much deprecated; for, besides that it partakes of the dark policy of a Jesuit, it is manifestly useless in these days, when every thing is sooner or later brought to light, either by friends or foes. There is nothing in the book of Enoch to alarm an advocate of the authenticity of the Christian Scriptures, and much may be found in it of great interest, and well deserving serious attention. ), therefore, give this short notice of this curious book, in order that it may take the attention of the readers of this magazinie to a subject worthy of further inquiry; and I should strongly recommend the work to be republished, if a copy can any where be found. I had a copy for a short time in my possession, and from it made the following extract of a prophecy relating to our Saviour.
“In that hour was, the Son of Man invoked before the Lord of Spirits, and his name in the presence of the Ancient of Days. Before the sun and the signs were created, before the stars of heaven were formed, his name was invoked in the presence of the Lord of Spirits. A support shall he be for the righteous and the holy to lean on without failing; and he shall be the light of nations. He shall be the hope of those whose hearts are troubled. All who dwell on earth shall fall down and worship before him, shall bless and glorify him, and sing praises to the name of the Lord of Spirits; therefore the Elect, and the concealed One existed in his presence before the world was created, and for ever. In liis presence he existed, and has revealed to the saints, and to the righteous, the wisdom of the Lord of Spirits; for he has