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But if it may be agreeable to tions of the earth. Among these the purpose of God, it is our ear-the destruction of Sodom, Gonest prayer and constant labor | morrah, and the cities about that they might be savingly ac-them, occupies a distinguished quainted with God and them and awful rank. The region selves, and the truth as it is in of those cities appears to have Jesus Christ.

exceeded in pleasantness of sitFrom my own experience and uation, and fertility of soil. It observation I am fully persua- was as the garden of the Lord, ded, that my labor the year pre- as the land of Egypt as thou ceding the revival, in illustrating comest to Zoar. Gen. xiii. 10. and enforcing the important and the amenity of the situation and fundamental doctrines of the gos-luxuriance of the soil produced in pel, which, in their own nature, the inhabitants, that pride, fulness tend to exalt God, and abase the of bread and abundance of idlefeelings of corrupt men, was as ness, that voluptuousness, dissigreat a mean in the hands of pation and those abominable vices God, of producing that spiritual which procured their destruction. harvest, which we received the The history tells us, figurativeyear following, as richly manur- ly speaking, that the enormity ing and faithfully cultivating the of their wickedness was incrednatural soil, is a direct mean ofible in heaven. The Lord said, producing a plentiful harvest in Because the cry of Sodom and the field. It was like breaking Gomorrah is great-I will go up the fallow ground, and did so down now and see whether they convince the understandings of have done altogether according carnal and selfish minds, that to the cry of it, and if not, I will when the gentle dews of divine know. Chap. xviii. 20, 21.grace descended, they were pre. The men of Sodom were wickpared for the reception of the ed, and sinners before the Lord good seed of the word ; and it exceedingly: and God determinsprang up and bare fruit thirty ed to make them monuments of fold, to the praise of God's effi- his righteous vengeance. But

righteous Lot resided among the ELIJAH LYMAN. corrupt inhabitants, and God Brookfield, (Vt.) ?

would not destroy the righteous May 20, 1805. S

with the wicked. He therefore directed him to escape to Zoar. No sooner had this holy man

retired from the polluted city, An Explanation of Scriptural Types. than the Lord rained fire and

brimstone upon it from heaven NO. VII.

and destroyed it with a terrible,

a perpetual destruction—That The destruction of Sodom Typi- this dispensation was designedcal, Gen. xix.

ly typical, is evident from the

frequent application of it to spirXTREMELY various have itual subjects in the inspired

been the judgments with writings. For if God spared which an holy God hath punished not the angels that sinned-and a wicked world, and the sinful na- turning the cities of Sodom and

cacious grace.

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ing rationally convinced, that he lowing life and conversation bt-
was in the last part of his life, spake, that he was created anew
he began to think it necessary in Christ Jesus ; and that his
to have some religion, when he great aim was to live to the glo-
died, or he must be wretched. /ry of God. To use his own
For about three years previous words, being asked how old he
to his conversion, he embraced was ? about eighteen or twenty
the scheme of universal salva- months after his conversion, he
tion. He had been taught, that replied, ' Through divine good-
Christ had died to effect the sal-ness, I have had an existence in
vation of all men, that his work God's world seventy-seven years;
was done, his happiness secure, but I have not lived two.'
and he had nothing to fear ; that This very singular instance
if he would believe the doctrine, was the occasion of seriously im.
he might take the comfort of it, pressing the minds of those who
and die in peace. Such preach- were within the circle of his pare
ing as this, being perfectly agree- ticular acquaintance.
able to a heart long accustomed There was an unusual collec.
to the love and practice of sin, tion on the Sabbath, and atten-
he most cordially embraced and tion to the word preached, with
rested thereon, as the only foun- an increased application for pub-
dation of his hope, in which he lic lectures, in different quarters
expected to live and die. But at of the town, through the course
this time, one stronger than the of the week,
strong man armed, came upon About this tirne, it pleased the
him, and overcame him, and great dispenser of divine grace
took from him all his armour, to call two others, out of the
wherein he trusted and divided kingdom of darkness, into his
his spoils. When he brought marvellous light.
eternal things into view, his hope One was a woman, who, in the
fled like chaff before the wind. view of some of her most inti-
"He found himself in a lost and mate acquaintance was thought
wretched condition, without God, a Christian, and at certain times
and without hope in the world, she was ready to conclude the
and eternity just before him. same of herself, which opinion

But it pleased God, of his a- was grounded upon her exter-
bundant mercy, to appear for nal morality. But now she was
him, in this critical moment, and rought to realize that her for.
pluck him as a brand from the mer hope would be as the spi-
burning, and give his soul to der's web, and the giving up of
rejoice at the manifestation of the ghost. She found by dili-
God's glorious character, as a gent self-examination, as she ex-
righteous and just God, who pressed herself, “That she had
would eternally vindicate his lived forty years in the world,
own law and character, against and had never given her heart
wicked men and devils. This to the Lord.'
proved, to a demonstration, to At a public conference held
observing minds, among his ac- at the meeting-house, where was
quaintance, that a man, when he a large assembly collected, after
was old, both in years and sin, this woman had obtained a won-
could be born again. His lui-l derful relief in her mind, at

the desire of a number of Chris- own, and the salvation of others, tian friends, she related before now were brought with attention them all the great trials through and anxiety to enquire, What which she had passed ; and the shall we do to be saved ?' mistaken opinion which she, and For several months it was a ve. perhaps others might have en- ry serious time among us. The tertained, concerning her Chris- mind of almost every one, was tian character; and also the way struck with an unusual solemnia and manner in which God had ty. The attention of many was been manifested to her soul. She called up to the momentous conexpressed her strong attachment cerns of eternity. We have réato, and delight in the Saviour of son to fear, however, but few lost men, as being superior to were the chosen subjects of reevery worldly object and human generating grace. The numcharacter. She most urgently ber of thirty have been added to invited all who were strangers to the church, in this revival. OthChrist and the excellency of the ers retain their serious impres. gospel salvation, to come, tastesions, and still give evidence, and see that the Lord is good. that they are friendly to Christ Those, who might have had a and his cause ; yet neglect pub. hope that they were Christians, licly to profess his name, thro' she exhorted to give all diligence, self-diffidence, and a jealousy and see that their hearts were over the deceitfulness of their right with God. All which was own hearts, lest they should prodone in such an interesting, pa- claim that to the world, which thetic and feeling manner, that they had never done heartily to there was scarcely a tearless eye the Lord. I cannot, however, in the whole assembly. This but hope, that ere long, the darkbeing accompanied by the pow- ness will be dispelled, and their er of divine grace, proved an doubts removed, which at presoccasion of giving the work ent seem to obstruct their way a more general and thorough in coming forward publicly, to spread thro' the different parts profess Christ before this adulof the town, both among profes- terous generation. sors and non-professors. This This work of the Holy Spirit was truly a very searching time. seemed to affect, principally, the Many awoke from their sleepy minds of parents and heads of profession, and shaking them- families, although the minds of selves as from the dust, express youth were arrested for a time, sed a new zeal and engagedness to consider what these things for the prosperity of Zion. Oth- meant. There were but one or ers were shaken, even from their two instances of hopeful converfoundation, being constrained to sion among the youth : This I give up their former hopes, as conceive to be different from rerefuges of deception and lies, vivals in general. and were led to begin their work Among those whose minds anew, laying the foundation of were the most seriously imprestheir hope alone upon Christ sed, it was a common observa-' their rock. And others who had tion, The present call, from God expressed the greatest indiffer to them by his Holy Spirit, was, ence, both in respect to their most probably, the last they

should ever receive, and should | Christ, lest, ' by their irregular
they resist and grieve away the conduct, they should wound the
heavenly messenger, they should cause of their dear Lord; and
never expect again to have their coming unworthily to the Lord's
attention called to spiritual con- table, they should eat and drink
cerns; but be left to hardness of judgment to themselves.
heart and blindness of mind, till The work, so far as we are
they were ripe for endless ruin. able to discern, was genuine.
Thus, in their own view, they Not a single instance of aposta-
could say as it respected them- cy has appeared among those
selves, Behold, now is the accept- who have given us charitable
ed time : Behold, now is the day ground to hope they were the
of salvation ! Nothing was more subjects of regenerating grace.
terrifying to them, than return- Those doctrines of divine
ing back to their former state of grace, which met with such vio-
thoughtless security. The tri- lent opposition among the peo-
als of many, while under convic-ple, previously to the awakening,
tions, were peculiarly great and were now witnessed and confirm-
pressing. I recollect the obser-ed by the experience and decla-
vation of one while under the ration of those who were hope-
pressure of her own guilt, and fully enlightened and sanctified
the threatening of the divine by the spirit of truth. When
law; she said, 'I could cheer- the Lord opened their hearts,
fully be burnt at the stake, if they no longer disputed their
thereby, I might be liberated total vileness, and the necessity
from my present distress for my of the powerful and energetic
soul.' The reply was, The sa- influences of the Holy Spirit to
crifice of the body cannot atone create them anew; and that it
for the sin of the soul. Nothing was of the Lord to have mercy
but the precious blood of the im- on whom he would have mercy.
maculate Jesus can cleanse the The doctrine of election, in par-
soul from sin, and liberate us ticular, which some could not en-
from the condemning sentence dure but with abhorrence, and
of that law, which is holy, just which they were wont to esteem
and good.

very discouraging to sinners,
Some persons, at first, seemed now became their only encour-
to discover great beauty in the agement and hope ; and
divine character, and to be great- sweeter to them than honey and
ly transported with joy and de- the honey comb.
light; but, in process of time, This however, is not the case
were ready to give up their with all. The beauty of those
hope, from a view of the great doctrines, to some, appears to
wickedness of their own hearts. be hid, as was said by an inspired
Many were ready to say, “ Can apostle. If our gospel be hid, it
it be, that a heart, so vile as is hid to them that are lost, in
mine, was ever renewed by the whom the god of this world hath
Holy Ghost ?' From this consid-blinded the minds of them, who be-
eration, there was a great back- lieve not, lest the light of the glo-
wardness, in the minds of many, rious gospel of Christ, who is the
in coming forward to join them- image of God, should shine unte
selves to the visible church of them.

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But if it may be agreeable to tions of the earth. Among these the purpose of God, it is our ear- the destruction of Sodom, Gonest prayer and constant labor | morrah, and the cities about that they might be savingly ac-them, occupies a distinguished quainted with God and them- and awful rank. The region selves, and the truth as it is in of those cities appears to have Jesus Christ.

exceeded in pleasantness of sitFrom my own experience and uation, and fertility of soil. It observation I am fully persua- was as the garden of the Lord, ded, that my labor the year pre- as the land of Egypt as thou ceding the revival, in illustrating comest to Zoar. Gen. xiii. 10. and enforcing the important and the amenity of the situation and fundamental doctrines of the gos- luxuriance of the soil produced in pel, which, in their own nature, the inhabitants, that pride, fulness tend to exalt God, and abase the of bread and abundance of idlefeelings of corrupt 'men, was as ness, that voluptuousness, dissigreat a mean in the hands of pation and those abominable vices God, of producing that spiritual which procured their destruction. harvest, which we received the The history tells us, figurativeyear following, as richly manur- ly speaking, that the enormity ing and faithfully cultivating the of their wickedness was incrednatural soil, is a direct mean ofible in heaven. The Lord said, producing a plentiful harvest in Because the cry of Sodom and the field. It was like breaking Gomorrah great I will go up the fallow ground, and did so down now and see whether they convince the understandings of have done altogether according carnal and selfish minds, that to the cry of it, and if not, I will when the gentle dews of divine know. Chap. xviii. 20, 21.grace descended, they were pre. The men of Sodom were wickpared for the reception of the ed, and sinners before the Lord good seed of the word ; and it exceedingly: and God determinsprang up and bare fruit thirty ed to make them monuments of fold, to the praise of God's effi- his righteous vengeance. But

righteous Lot resided among the ELIJAH LYMAN. corrupt inhabitants, and God Brookfield, (Vt.) ?

would not destroy the righteous May 20, 1805. S

with the wicked. He therefore directed him to escape to Zoar. No sooner had this holy man

retired from the polluted city, An Explanation of Scriptural Types. than the Lord rained fire and

brimstone upon it from heaven NO. VII.

and destroyed it with a terrible,

a perpetual destruction—That The destruction of Sodom Typi- this dispensation was designedcal. Gen. xix.

ly typical, is evident from the

frequent application of it to spir- . XTREMELY various have itual subjects in the inspired

been the judgments with writings.-For if God spared which an holy God hath punished not the angels that sinned-and a wicked world, and the sinful na-. turning the cities of Sodom and

cacious grace.

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