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its necessary consequences. If He is priestly, and His royal offices. This an absolutely sinless man, then He is inculcation of Christ's triple office prea miracle, differing as He does not only vailed from the earliest antiquity down in degree but in kind from every other to the days of a Leipsic interpreter, buman being, and is something new that is to say, Ernesti, who rejected it within the circumference of human as a mere figure of speech. The more nature. Entering into the community recent German theologians have reof our race, He is not the production stored this method, and Dr. L. conof our race; a branch upon the tree of tends for it as the most just because human nature, but the noble scion of most Scriptural. this tree. He was conceived and born On the vicarious suffering of Christ of woman, but not begotten by man. he is discriminating and decided. His origin was miraculous. It was “Christ must take upon Himself the only on this account that He could whole burden of our guilt and its contruly designate Himself the Son of sequences; have borne them, suffered Man. On the same account He was for them, and experienced the feeling also the Lord of mankind — of the of them in His inmost soul. In this church-of the world-of each indi way alone could He affect our delivervidual soul. He has an absolute rela- ance. For this is the way of moral tion to the world. But this His relation necessity. God 'made Him to be sin to the world depends on another and a for us, that we might be made the higher-His relation to God. And righteousness of God in Him. He here lies the deepest mystery of His bore the consequences of our sin. The nature. His relation to the world is consequence of sin is the wrath of God, depicted by the first three evangelists, for God would not have been holy love as has been intimated by Mr. Glad if He were not angry with sin. God stone in his popular papers on “Ecce loves only what is like Himself; He Homo" in Good Words. But the loves in us only His own image; He hidden depths of Christ's nature, rather loves us as He willed us to be. It hinted at than expressly affirmed in the would not be loving us as He willed first three evangelists, form the special us to be if He were indifferent to the theme of John's gospel-where His marring of His own image in us. Sin origin is traced to its very roots, in the is this marring of His image: sin is eternal essence of God, and where all opposition to God, and a denial of that is told of His eternal being is Him. God would not be what He is summed up in the significant title, the if He did not deny the sin which denies Son of God. It was thus that He teg- Him. This is the wrath of God. It is tified of Himself; and the confession not a passionate, a hasty wrath, after of Thomas, "My Lord and my God," the manner of men; but the opposition which He then accepted as the expres of His holiness to the sin which opposes sion of faith in Him, has been adopted it. His wrath is the obverse of His by the church ever since, and has been love. No man truly loves boliness made the primary article of her faith, unless he hates and opposes sin--at and the prominent theme of her teach- least the sin that is in him, and is ing. The church's hymns, and prayers, angry with himself, the singer. But and worship, and even her art, have God is the absolutely Holy One, and borne testimony to His divinity, and this could not be if He had that false its denial, if not quite modern, was tenderness which is incapable of anger. certainly not primitive or very early. This anger of the holy God, the result

On the great question, “ Wherefore of human sin, is what Christ bore from is the God-Man ?" our author is both the time of His incarnation till the strong and clear. Briefly but con- overwhelming fact of His death." vincingly does he shew the necessity, The closing lecture is entitled “The the possibility, and the reality of the Last Things," and on the saddest, and, God-Man. But we cannot cite all he as we believe, the surest of these, we says, and will not spoil it by partial give the author's words, unaccompaquotation.

nied by any comments, but preceded In the lecture on Christ's Work we by our heartiest commendation. are bappy to find Dr. Luthardt adher “Divine justice must have the last ing to the old custom of considering word. It has long suffered sinners to the three offices, His prophetic, His speak. But the last word will be its own,

To this tenderly solemn passage the following note is appended :

“The eternity of punishment is the special point against which so many scruples and objections have been enter. tained, but as Nicolas rigbtly observes, Eternity is a necessary element of the idea of perdition. For a perdition for a time, to be followed by salvation, ceases to be perdition. The eternity to follow would obliterate it from the mind. Much as feeling may revolt against it, it is not merely the unmistakeable doctrine of Scripture, but also a requirement of the reason. For no one is condemned who is not in unison with sin. Such an one has excluded himself, in his innermost nature, from communion with God. For him the love of God has played its part, and has yielded to power. But he who has withstood love will never be converted by power."

and this word must be a word of retribu. tion, for it is the word of a judge. • Depart,' will He say to the lost; Come,' to those who are saved. He will pronounce the condemnation or salvation of all.

“ The thought of condemnation is an overwhelming one. It is true that He who occupies the judgment-seat is Infinite Love, but He is Holy Love. It is Jesus Christ our Redeemer who holds the final assize: but the Redeemer is also the Judge. He proclaimed this His future office while yet on earth. And the fact that it is Jesus who will judge us may assure us that divine justice will not pronounce the final sentence until eternal pity is exhausted. But then even pity will give place to justice. It is difficult to us to conceive that God, who is infinite love, can eternally condemn. But when eternal mercy has exhausted itself upon a sinner, and all has been in vain, what more can be done? Such is the greatness of human freedom that it is capable of resisting God. Such is our privilege, that our sinful hearts may be unconquerable even by Him. The whole world, indeed, must bow before Omnipotence, but the heart of man takes upon itself not to bow to the mercy of the Almighty. In this respect there are limits to the power of God which He has Himself ordained. We need to wonder, not that God can condemn, but that man can so obstinately resist. Certainly none will be lost who will let himself be saved, who offers even the slightest hold to divine grace. But for him who wholly and finally closes his heart, the mouth of divine justice has no other word than the complaint, 'And thou wouldst not. As truly as God is the Holy One, and as truly as His holiness can have no fellowship with sin, so truly is he who has chosen sin for his portion excluded from God and from communion with Him

i.e. unsaved.

" And this is perdition: to be far from God, who alone can appease the evergnawing hunger of the soul, and allay the anxiety of the guilty conscience by the forgiveness of sin; to be separated from God, who alone is the source of life and light, and without whom existence is dark and joyless; to be cast upon oneself in a solitude and silence where the sinful soul has no society but the torment of memory and the night of despair - to be thus alone eternally-this is perdition ! Even to conceive, to utter, and to hear this is almost more than we can bear. And yet these are feeble words. What, then, will it be to endure the fact ? Yet even the lost will be constrained to acknowledge what their very perdition attests, the holy justice of eternal love."


R. S. T. London: W. Williams

& Co., 29, Moorgate Street. The author of this Dialogue, which extends to the size of a goodly pamphet, has written in a devout spirit, and has given evidence of a mind well instructed in divine truths. We happen to know that R. S. T. was trained among Calvinists, and had once no bias in favour of those views which are here advocated. These views are substantially such as are entertained in our section of Christ's church, and they are presented with candour, clearness, and force. The publication must win approval wherever it is calmly read, and we warmly recommend it as one which is fitted to give wider currency to Scriptnral teaching on some disputed points of Christian belief.


ING. A Series of Poems. London:

A. W. Bennett, Bishopsgate Street. THESE 80-called Poems defy our patience to read them through. They are in good type and are well got up, and are quite short; but why they were published or even written, we cannot guess. “Of making of many books there is no end;" and these are some of the many whose "end" (design) is not apparent. The only

talent we can detect is that of rattling THE LIFE OF JESUS FOR YOUNG rhymes in the manner following: PEOPLE, price threepence, has reached “Alas! but still desire will sink,

part the third, and is worthy of all the A mort of misery to think

praise we gave to the first part. The 'Tis now full nigh six thousand years Since Lamech rhymed away his fears, second we have not received, but we And men have searched all earth about

feel sure that when completed the work Nor is there yet one less of doubt.”

will be one of superior value. Rous's LETTER TO BAPTIST CHUR

The new Teachers's Storehouse, CHES, for twopence, might be re-named

published by Mr. Stock, called The Rous's Rhapsody. Something better

Hive, improves on further acquaintought to have been published, if he

ance, and we can now honestly commust write at all, seeing he “ was bap

mend it to all workers in our Sunday tized as a member of a Baptist church

schools. More especially would we more than fifty years ago”! But

advise younger teachers to make it dotage always did drivel.

their companion in preparing them

selves for their weekly duties. CHRIST IS COMING! is a kind of


will find honey in it. “Lo! here." It is to contain six parts - the last of which will be published

The Sword and Trowel, the Scatin September, 1874!! The present tered Nation, and the Church are of instalment is on the “Evidences of the average excellence; but the Sunday Existence of God and the Truth of the Magazine is as much better as it is Holy Scriptures.” But the aspect of larger than all together. the pamphlet is startling, and its con N.B.-We have received from the tents will either amaze or amuse the Rev. T. H. Hudson, of Ningpo, a copy reader.

of the CHINESE NEW TESTAMENT, and CARTER'S PRACTICAL GARDENER is several tracts. The paper, the type, published as a standard book of refer- the binding, and the entire getting up ence on every day matters of garden- of these works are strange to onr ing. Its various articles have been English eyes, but withal very pleasing written by some of the highest au to behold. We thank our distant thorities amongst working gardeners, brother for this trophy of his toil, and and it is issued from the seed ware wish him length of days that he may house of the proprietor at the low price see the Word, in this tangible form of of one shilling.

it, growing mightily and prevailing.


Translated from the Old Chant, Plaudite cæli," &c.
SMILE praises, O sky! Soft breathe thém, 0 air !
Below-and on high and everywhere.
The black troop of storms has yielded to calm,
Tufted blossoms are peeping, and early palm.
Awake thee, O spring! Ye flowers, come forth;
With all your hues tinting the fresh green earth.
Ye violets blushing, ye sweet roses bright,
Gay Lent-lilies blended with pure lilies white.
Send tides of rich music the new world along,
And pour out more freely, ye lyres, your song;
Sing aloud, for He liveth; He lives, as He said;
The Lord has arisen from the realm of the dead.
List your voice, 0 ye mountains! ye valleys, resound!
Leap for joy, 0 ye fountains ! ye hills, catch the sound !
Triumph all, for He liveth; He lives, as He said,
The Lord has arisen unhurt from the dead!

The clouds give to the thirsty field, We give our dear ones to the earth,
And to the woodland and the plain,

Those flowers of tender early bloom, At gentle morn, or quiet eve,

So full of beauty and decayThe timely and refreshing rain;

We give our blossoms to the tomb; And, lo! the green trees clap their hands, But faith is lingering 'mid the night, And give sweet incense to the skies,

And upward lifts her gleaming eye, And from a thousand joyous hearts,

And sees a glorious morn beyond, Glad anthems of thanksgiving rise.

Where youth and love can never die. The morning zephyr, straying through 0! ever to the liberal soul

The bowers where sleeps the rosy June, Some swift return of love is given, Gives life and beauty to the flowers,

Upon the precious seed we sow, But carries off a rich perfume;

There falls the gracious rain of heaven; We scatter in the morn of spring,

Thrice joyous is the hand that gives, Spare handfuls, o'er the furrowed plain, With wealth and honour ever blest, And in the harvest time we reap

And brightest of all virtue's train, A hundred-fold of golden grain.

Stand's angel Charity confessed.




Dear Sir, Is not the very important question-No. 1 of “Querist”-in the March Magazine open to two widely different answers, according to the time when the knowledge of his having committed the “open sin" comes under church discipline, and according to the time when such fallen one wishes to withdraw ? Can you apply one rule to very varied cases ? In fact, do not the features of particular cases take away all the supposed difficulty of “Querist”?

A man is exposed to temptation, is overcoine, and falls; but on coming to consciousness is keenly sensible of the injury he has done to God's cause, abhors himself in God's sight, and his “sin is ever before" him, and, in this state of mind, says, “I will not injure these people and the cause of my insulted God more by my continued connection with them. I will withdraw from them for a time at least." And up to this time the church has not taken action.

Another man takes pleasure in what his brethren believe to be “open sin;" is waited upon by his pastor and by deputations from the church to shew him his inconsistency; may have promised to reform, but again relapses

into deeper worldliness: the church takes action; he is written to, with a request to meet the church and explain his conduct — he replies by a letter of injured dignity, requesting to withdraw.

In two such opposite cases both coming under “Querist's" question (No. 1), will not justice with the same hand award liberty to the self-punished and repentant one, whilst it records its sense of outraged consistency in expelling the defiant, self-righteous one?

Can expediency touch such vital questions as church discipline? In any ordinary case of church membership does query No. 3 need any answer? Are we not volunteers ? and, whilst consistent, do we not enjoy liberty to continue or discontinue our union with a church as our varied changes of bode, &c., may demand ?

Yours, &c.,

J. B. Barnstaple, Devon.


Dear Sir,- I was so much pleased with reading T. W. Mathews on “A Becoming Posture in Public Worship," that I should much like to see it in the form of a tract or small book, and I would gladly purchase 200—about the amount of our congregation at Whee- dents for the ministry to the value of lock Heath, Cheshire; and if it was in £3 for three years; but these grants my power I should like every member are not renewable. The books are of our body to read it with care and chosen by the grantees, but supplied prayer, and I believe a great blessing by order of the treasurer; and as he would be the result. Would to God I gives the grantees the benefit of the could say as T. W. Mathews says, that bookseller's allowance (twopence in the is, that the whole congregation, or shilling), it makes the grants amount even the church members, did put to £3 128. a year, or £10 168. in all-a themselves in the same posture as they very valuable addition to a young studid when I was first appointed deacon dent's or minister's library. thirty years ago; but alas! it is not A service of more than forty years 80 now.

on the board of management enables Would it be available to print it in me to speak of the impartiality of its such a form ? If you think so I hope distributions; and I can, beside, confiyou will urge it, and it will oblige, dently appeal to the testimony of those Yours in Christ,

managers who belong to the New ConThos. PEDLEY.

nexion, among whom are two of your

most esteemed ministers, the Revs. Mere House, Willaston,

John Stevenson, of Derby, and Thomas Nantwich.

Goadby, of London. [If Mr. Pedley will contract with our Pub

Our income amounts to about £104 a lishers, Winks & Son, for an edition of

year, of which all but about £2 arises this as a tract, we believe he would find

from the dividends in funded property a sale for it. He is quite at liberty to

contributed by the piety of our fathers. print it on his own responsibility, and we know one friend who would take ten

Out of this, aided by a small balance in shillings' worth.—ED.]

hand, we granted last year to poor ministers £55, for books £20, and to institutions for educating ministers

£30. The expenses of management THE GENERAL BAPTIST FUND.

are under £2. The list, which I enAN APPEAL.

close for your own inspection, shows

that nearly two-thirds went to the 21, New North Road, New Connexion—a further evidence,

London, N. if needful, of our impartiality, a maTO THE EDITOR

jority of the managers belonging to Dear Sir,- I am sure you will allow the old. me the use of your pages for the prir

Our funds will not admit of our pose of this appeal.

taking on any new cases for the next “ THE GENERAL BAPTIST FUND for two years, yet I have received several assisting Ministers and Studentswas new and interesting applications which founded in 1726, not, indeed, when our we must reject, or at least defer, unless body was united, for it was unhappily Christian, and especially General Bapdisunited even then, but before the tist, friends will swell our revenue by existing separation of Old and New their contributions. These once furConnexions had taken place. Each nished an important item in our acbranch of our body has therefore an count: the list now before me for 1806 interest in it.

· amounts to £72 58. 3d., and that for It is under the control of fifteen 1820 to £44 12s. 11d. “managers," twelve chosen by four I am aware your churches have London General Baptist congregations, other urgent claims on them, yet I who choose three each; and the re- venture to plead on behalf of this maining three (once appointed by a ancient and useful fund. congregation now extinct) by the other

Yours truly, members of the board of management.

JOSEPH CALROW MEANS, Our grants now are of £5 a year to ininisters with scanty incomes, con

Treasurer. tinued for five years, and renewable I shall be happy to receive contributhen if the managers think it desirable. tions in money post office orders (on

We grant books to ministers or stu- the office in St. John's Road, Hoxton,

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