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in those who spiritually say to that with us, and make that tender al-unhappy race, “ Depart in peace; lowance for our frailty which the be ye warmed and filled;" whilst best men need, -it is obvious it might they contribute nothing themselves have embraced on all these points, and even think scorn of any under- a high strain of discriminative prac' takings that are contributing to tical remark. The degree in which " give them such things as they temptation may act without guilt have need of."
incurredhe degree in which we We are unable to quote, as we had share, or ought as Christians to wished, a strong practical appeal share, the triumph of our Saviour to Christians of the present day, over temptation-how far be begathered from the example of the comes by his humanity an example bold and disinterested sages of the to us-and, above all, that most East. Perhaps, however, here, as important inquiry to what extent, elsewhere, our divine shews a pre. or in what sense, allowance is made ference for the contemplative topics for the frailty even of the best of presented by Christianity. These men by a compassionate Redeemer, seem ever to inspire him with fresh would have been points most worthy matter," thoughts that glow, and the acute and masterly handling of words that burn," -almost as if at Bishop Dehou. And much might times forgetful of some who require have been expected from a preacher 10 be led step by step, and who who could discriminate as follows would wish to appropriate to ibem- on the subject of one of our Lord's selves from the blazing Sun which temptations. he ever presents for their contem
“ He had just withstood the most plation, a single ray to guide them powerful solicitations to distrust : while ihrough the intricate windings of full of confidence in the truth and good human duty, or over the dangerous providence of God, the templer hopes quicksands of worldly temptation. to seduce him into presumption. The And this has struck us with some Most High is able to preserve thee: he force in the following series, stretch- bas promised to do it: . cast thyself ing for five sermons to the thirty- down. But the Author of our religion fifth inclusive, on the Templation.
was too calm and considerate to vibrate In this interesting assortment, he avoided evil, was under his own con
to extremes. The velocity with which the preacher has before him the trol. He knew the narrow line where fullest possible range of practical virtue borders upou vice. It was a vain topics;-adveșting, in the first, to expectation, that be would not distiothe ends for which our Blessed guish between faith and vanity, betweeu Saviour was tempted; in the se. trust and presumption. His regard for cond, enlarging on his remarkable the Scriptures undi minished by the
abuse of them, he recurs again to the and mysterious fast; and, in the third, fourth, and fifth, consider
treasures of truth, for a weapon of deing respectively the three special to those who, in the wilderness, demand
fence; he finds it in the reproof of Moses lemptations recorded in the paso ed miraculous tokens that Jehovah was sage of St. Matthew, chapter iv., with them; and he, at once, repels the which furnish texts for the whole subile deceiver with, “ It is written, . series. In the first of these, the Thon shall not tempt the Lord thy God."" ground is particularly well taken; Vol. I. p. 382. and giving, as it does, the reasons Perhaps to some other observafor our Saviour's templation,—that tions in these sermons, the author's he might be shewn to be without own remark might be applied: "It sin-that he sliould triumph over is of less consequence to know in the prince of darkness -ihat he what way the Saviour was conveyed should be to his brethren a full and to the battlement of the temple, perfect example, that, as our High than how he converted bis situation Priest and Judge, he should feel into a place of triumph."
The following sermon, the thirty- What! is God in 'justice bound to resixth, on Repentance, equally be- ceive us, when we return to him? Is longing to the season of humilia. the Most High obligated to forgive us, tion, confirms and illustrates all when we truly repent? Herein is dis.
closed the wonderful mystery of his our wishes with respect to the ex
He bath bound and obligated ercise of Bishop Dehon's practical himself. Foreseeing the condition into powers.
It is in truth a very de- which we should fall, our merciful Falightful and most edifying effusion: ther provided a way in which the redelineating strongly the ground and quirements of his justice might be saoccasion which all have to practise tisfied, and yet sinners be forgiveu; in repentance, in the certainty of their which he might be just, and yet the sinfulness ; and the great induce- justifier of those who believe in Jesus.' ment to repentance in the certainty He gave his Son, who,“ by his one obof its efficacy; from 1 John. i. 8, 9. made upon the cross a full, perfect, and
lation of himself, once offered, hatu Much, we doubt not, will be au
sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisgured from the following distinc. faction for the sins of the whole world.' tions respecting this great Christian When, therefore, the penitent believer duty.
returns to God, he finds that the pe. “ To distinguish it from the compunc. nalty which was his due bis Saviour tion of the devils-for they, in their bath sustained; that the debt wbich was chaius and torments, regret their ini. charged against him, his Divine Surety quities—it must proceed more from a
bath paid. And the just God, he is love than a fear of God; it must be less confidently assured, will not twice ex
act that which his love doth but once a sorrow that we are endangered, than that our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctis require. The everlasting Father, more. fier, has been offended. To distinguish over, bath promised to the Son, as the it from the remorse of Judas-for he is reward of bis obedience and sufferings, said to liave repented-it must be mixed that he should see of the travail of his with confidence in the mercy of the soul;' and, also, to all those who truly Being to whom the coufession is made; repent, aud unfeignedly believe his Góthe awe must be pious, and pot selfish; spel, the pardon and remission of all the fear filial, and pot base, which the
their sins. And he is not a man that conviction produces. Indeed, it springs le should lie, nor the son of man that froin faith. It is nursed by hope.' And he should repent. Hath he said, and when it speaks, it speaks with the feels shall he not do it? or bath he spoken, ings of a child to the ear of a father. and shall he not make it good ?» Vol. I, Christiau repentance is sorrowful, but p. 403. not distracted. It is not more a turning
The Bishop, in illustrating the from the wrath of God, than a turning certain efficacy of repentance, falls to his love. The companion whom it into the erroneous method of exseeketh is, moreover, Charity.” Vol. I. pression which we have before al
luded to, when he says, that "it An appeal in proof of our sin- was for his repentance David was fulness is most forcibly made to our forgiven.” (p. 404.) Our Article own self-observation and experi- more correctly says: ence. The morality of Jesus Christ accounted righteous before God, is strongly delineated as rendering only for the merit of our Lord and the law of God more strict, more Saviour Jesus Christ, by faith, and spiritual, more complete; and there. not for our own works or deservfore the situation of every trans- ings.” gressor is more awfully perilous. Instead of proceeding at length, Repentance itself is placed on its as we could have wished, with our proper basis, as not able to mend author to the consideration of the ibe broken law of God; or to found events of Passion-Week, Good-Fri. any claim to favour or reward. day, Easter-Day, Ascension-Day, Yet, as the preacher continues, and Whitsunday, and the doctrine « « If we confess our sins, he is faith- taught us on Trinity-Sunday, we ful and just to forgive us our sins, and must, for want rather of space than 10 eleanse us from all anrighteousness.' of inclination, abridge our obs
" We are
vations and extracts. On the Pas- us with amazement. The Apostle styles sion-week, in two sermons, he im- it, the mystery of the cross. And proves, “ the time to mourn," and what is not mysterious with which we
are acquainted? Can we more clearly remarks:
discern the wisdom of the arrangements ** We are entering upon scenes, by for our present subsistence; or the which the heavens and earth are affect.
mercy of the Deity in the miseries with ed; upon scenes, filled with pathos, and
which the earth is filled ? Badly, then, surprising providence ; upon scenes, must it become as to doubt the expewhich involve the eternal destinies of diency of the means which the Most man. All is great ; all is amazing; all High hath chosen for our salvation. is mournful, in this week of the Saviour's Whether any other way night have been Passion.” Vol. I. p. 418.
devised for man's deliverance; why the The introduction to the three expiatory sacrifice was deferred to so succeeding sermons, on Good-Fri- late a period; whether the sufferings day, is truly sublime.
of the Saviour might not bave been dis
pensed with, or diminished, it is not our “ Here is no glorious light from business to inquire. It is enough for heaven, as on the morning of the Na.
us to know, that those things which tivity; but the sun withdraws his shin- God had before shewed by the mouti ing, and the heavens are shrouded in of all his prophets, that Christ should gloom. Here are no multitudes of the suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Consider, heavenly hosts, uttering their joyful ac. then, ye doubtful, the evidences, which claniations ; but, in the darkness of the encompass you ; that! we are born in skies, imagination pictures angels and sin, and are the children of wrath.' archangels hovering in amazement over Reflect how imperfect, with all your their suffering Lord, and all the hosts efforts and attainments, is the purity of the Almighty meditating, in mule and virtue of your character. Contemastonishment, the issue of the stupen- plate yourselves as going into the predous event. Here is no peaceful scene ; sence of the infinitely holy, and awfully no pulse of joy shot through the bosom just God, and ask yourselves, if you of nature at the descent of her God; have not need of a Mediator with him; no shepherd returning with joy, nor
of something more than your owo merits wise men approaching with gifts; but
to propitiate his favour. But turn from horror reigos! The earth quakes; the Son, whom he hath set forth as your rocks are rent; the dead are moved; Redeemer, and to whom else will you a wonder-struck multitnde, who had go? Will you make atonement for your gone out as to a common spectacle, are
own transgressions ? Ah! wherewith will returning, smiting their breasts." Vol. you make it? Look back and see, every 1. pp. 429, 430.
where, the indications which mao has The following quotation is cor- given of his sense of the need of an exrect, eloquent, and solemo.
piation of his guilt. See, in the thousand
libations and the ten thousand sacrifices, There are ever men, to whom all the with which he hath sought to propitiate ways of heaven are grievons; whom his God, his want of something more than nothing pleases but the vain offspring of his own virtue to commend him to his their own proud minds. To these, it is to Maker; his want of something more be expected, the cross of Christ will than his sorrow, to turn away the wrath yet be foolishness. From the doctrine of the Most High. Rejoice, then, that of their depravity; from the mysterious God hath condescended to provide for nature of Christ; and from their own
the world, a sacrifice, which would be views of the character of the Deity, they acceptable in his sight; whose blood will attempt to raise a scorn upon the would be of sufficient value and efficacy sufferings of the Redeemer, for our sal
to take away sin. Under your consciousvation. But shall our faith, which rests
ness of the wounds of the serpent, for the upon the fullest evidences of the truth healing of which, Jesus, by Divine apof the Gospel, be shaken by the cavils pointment, is lifted up upon the cross : of speculative men ? Shall we, who have Look to him, and be ye saved, all the found, in the doctrines of Christ, that rest
ends of the earth.'” Vol. I. pp. 453—455. for our spirits which they need, quit it because it presents to us wonders which
Passing on to the second vosurpass our comprehension. There is, lume, which opens with four ser: indeed, something in our redemption
EASTER-DAY, we fiod throngb the blood of Christ, which fillo the same animated flow, and vivid
" The worth of the resurrection, as strength of conception, in treating,
an evidence of our religion, will appear 1st, from Luke xxiv. 5, 6, the con
still greater, if we consider it, as capa. solations, and joys resulting from
ble of removing the principal reluc. the resurrection of Jesus Christ ; tauces which the proud mind of man 2d, from Psa. cxviii. 24, the evidence may feel, at embracing the Christian to our religion, resulting from it ; faith. The doctrine of Christ crucified, 3d, and very ably and methodic is the doctrine which unbelievers find cally, from Acts iv. 33, the power it most difficult to receive. No one can of the testimony giving by the deny, that human nature is prone to Apostles to the resurrection; 4th, vice, and that vice is intrinsically odious, from 1 Thess. iv. 14. the certainty It is seen and felt every where. No
one can doubt the need which mankind of our resurrection, deducible from
have of an instructor. It has been ac, that of Jesus Christ. The latter thus knowledged in all ages. No one can opens from the text, “ If we be- question the possibility of another state; lieve that Jesus died and rose again, and immortal life. Of these, the soul even so them also who sleep in has a strong presage, and ardent desire. Jesus will God bring with him."- No one can disregard a proffer of par,
dop from his Creator, and overtures of u And do we not believe it? Who is his mercy and favour. It is what man this that cometh from the tomb, with
bas, every where, sought with trembling dyed garments’ from the bed of death? hope, and soothing devices. But there
This that is glorious in his apparel, is something in the Almighty's laying travelling in the greatness of buis such sufferings upon an innocent being; strength? Is it not He whom we late something in the Son of God's enduring ly attended to the crucifixion, and left all the abasements of humanity, and fast bound in the fetters of death? Is it expiring in agonies upon a cross, at not the resurrection of Jesus which, this which infidel reason revolts. It is a day, fills onr bosoms with unusual joy, hard saying; they cannot bear it.' This, and does not the declaration of the however, is au uncandid way of judging event wbich we have heard, call it up of Christianity. It is to condemna to our remembrance, free from donbt? systen, opon a view only of one of Yes. If our service this day, and the its parts. To fix our thoughts upon the service of the whole Christian Church, crucifixion, and disbelieve, without conbe not all a mockery; if the testimony necting it with the resurrection, is, of witnesses, competent in number and
surely, an unfair examination of the character, to establish a fact, wbich fact Gospel. Would it be right, from a they attested with their blood, may not contemplation of the earth when the be set aside by mere suppositions and shades of night are spread over it, to sophisms; if we have not seen such a success of imposture, as is contrary withont continuing our contemplation
pronounce the world dark and gloomy, to all the past experience of mankind; to the effolgent glory which is diffused if all rules of evidence, and all grounds by the rising of the sun? Every objec. of belief, be not altogether arbitrary, tion to the cross vauishes before the and if the Almighty Governor of the world has not poured down his bless- tion. The Son of God appears no longer
grandeur and felicity of the resurrec, ing upon the work of a blasphemous abased; his humiliations no longer sedeceiver, Jesus Christ who died upon
vere or useless; the exactions of the the cross, according to the Scriptures, Almighty from him, no longer incom. rose from the dead.” Vol. II. pp. 12, 13. patible with the most affectionate good
Of the third sermon of this com- ness, when we consider Christ Jesus, partment, we could present nu ade- for the sufferings of death, thus“crowned quate conception but by giving the with glory and worship.' The Jews, whole, which we think a most con- not regarding the satisfactory testimony
which the Lord had promised, exclaim. summate display of reasoning and appeal, on the nature of the testi. ed, while he hung upon the tree, If
thou be the Son of God, come down mony given by the Apostles to the
from the cross, and we will believe.' resurrection. From the second, Had their obstinacy permitted them to we think our readers will thank us
have gone with the wonder-struck watch for the following extract.
to his lomb, they would have found even on the characters of the saints commeare complete in him," rendered
[Jung, stronger demonstration than that which
must treat our readers with the folthey demanded. But their eyes were lowing passage. blinded, that they should not see. God grant that the film may soon be removed
“ As the resonrces of Jews and from their sight; and they enabled to Greeks, furnish not the means of atone: confess, in the risen Saviour, a greater
ment and peace, how great is the Chris. and more glorious Messiah than they tian's happiness in having received, froin have idly expected ! But more deplorabis Maker's bounty, the full price of able blindness bas existed in the Chrisa redemption. His • beloved Son,' hath tian world. The deluded Paine, from offered in his own body upon the tree,' whom thousands have received a cup of a sufficient propitiation for the sins of poison, deadly as the most depraved na. the world; and with the blood of the ture could compose, bas, with insolent sacrifice, is passed into the heavens," infidelity, averred, that the story of the there to appear for ever in the pre. crucifixion is too cruel and ridiculous sence of God for us.' Ye holy, and to be told by Christians to their chil. humble men, who are overwhelmed with dren! Had he humbly contemplated it, the contemplation of the majesty, and in its connection with the event, which holiness of Jehovah, behold, between millions of the best of his race are to-day him and you, a mighty Mediator, in commemorating, he might have thonght whom God is reconciled unto yon, and, it a story so full of compassion, wisdom, for whose sake, ye are honourable and and sublimity, that angels might ponder precious in his sight. Ye penitent ofit with admiration. He is passed to fenders, who are heavy laden with the the place of his account; and far be it consciousness of your sins, behold, in from us, my friends, to load his followers the blood of Christ, a fountain set open with epithets of opprobrium and male by the Almighty, in which you may volence. Would Heaven, they might be wash and be clean. Washed in this led from the cross to the sepulchre of purifying stream, though your sins be our Lord !. and, beholding the seeming
as scarlet, they shall be like wool; contemptibleness of the former, lost in though they be red like crimson, they the majesty of the latter, there render shall be white as snow. A persecuting homage to Him, unto whom every knee Paul, and au inconstant Peter, a sinful shall be compelled to bow ;' and whom Magdalep, and a crucified thief, have
every tongue shall' one day ! confess found it sufficieut to take away the stains to be Lord, to the glory of God the of their guilt; and whenever it is re. Father.' The triumph of Christ over
sorted to, with penitence and faith, the the awful monarch whose sceptre bad, Everlasting Father hath declared that, for ages, dealt destruction through it shall cleanse from all sin.' Faithfni the world; is sufficient to satisfy the members of the church, who with all doubts, and remove the reluctance of yonr faith and perseverance, are con. every mind. When, by means of death, scious of the smallness of your attain. he overcomes death, and destroys himments; and when ye contemplate the who had the power of death, that is the joys, and honours, and riches of heaven, devil; this fruit of the crucifixion com.
are read to ask, with exceeding meek. mends it as the wisdom of God. The ness, shall all this glory be given unto despised · Nazarene,' the humiliated
us? Look at your Redeemer : “ Ye are victim, is bere declared the Son of God complete in him who is the Head.' As with power.' Amidst the glorious lustre
members of bis body, ye not only have of the resurrection, the cross no longer
fellowship in his sufferings, but, also, appears either
a stumbling block,' or these words, ' We are complete in him."" foolishness.'" Vol. II. pp. 12, 13. To which it is added, “ He loved to
From the following sermon for dwell on the nature of the ordinances, the Sunday after Easter, on “ Ye
morated by the church, and on the exdoubly interesting by the text be
cellence of the Liturgy, 80 as to induce ing ibe last he ever handled*, we
his people to value prayer, and the read.
jug of the Scriptures more, and ser.“ In his sermons he constantly pre. inons less. He thought that the best sented to his hearers Jesus Christ, and preaching was that of inspired men, and him crucified.' His first sermon was of onr Lord himself, contained in the from the text,' I am not ashamed of lessons read in the daily service."'-FRthe Gospel of Christ,' and his last from Deral Discourse, Vol. II. p. 477.