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“ CHRISTIAN.” He traces the wickedness of man. kind to a spirit of independence, which has led them to cast off God altogether, and to live without him in the world. This has given a peculiarly forcible turn to all his statements, wherein he marks the whole of our defection from God, in terms corresponding with his primary idea. And he does this, not so much by a reference to passages of Scripture, which might be thought overstrained, as by an appeal to our own judgment and conscience, which cannot but assent to every word he speaks. In his statements, too, there is a surprising depth; so that he appears as if he were acquainted with every motion of the heart. We are not aware of any writer that equals him in this respect. Others have their peculiar excellencies, in which they may surpass him; but in this, which is of primary and fundamental importance, if he do not surpass all, it may at least be said of him, that he is second to
There is a very extraordinary force in his statements also, as arising from this circumstance, that he scarcely ever draws a character, without contrasting it with others which might be mistaken for it, and marking with astonishing precision every variety of disposition and feeling which shall distinguish it from those characters to which it is most nearly allied. Suppose, for instance, he portrays the feelings of a careless sinner under any circumstances, he brings into view the feelings of one who gives himself credit for a religious turn of mind, and shows how small the difference between them is, in the sight of God; and then marks how wide the
distance of both of them is, from that which characterizes the truly pious soul. In fact, for the attainment of self-knowledge, we cannot but recommend this book as of singular value. And as it is free from that species of phraseology with which many religious books abound, we cannot but look upon it as pre-eminently fit to be put into the hands of those who are liable to be offended by the use of particular expressions, and who are sufficiently thoughtful to investigate and digest the 'salutary truths contained in it.
C. S. Cambridge, February, 1825.
THE SINFULNESS AND MISERY OF MAN.
Page PSALM xiv. 2, 3.-The Lord looked down from heaven
upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doth good, no, not one,
Complaint of the general unconcernedness about salvation, ib. Yet the Gospel a glorious salvation,
36 Faith in Christ, and the new creature, contain the sum of it, 38 Man a sinner,
39 Because an apostate creature,
40 The fruits of this apostacy in the heart,
43 And in the life, The consequences of sin terrible,
46 By man's apostacy, dishonour is brought upon God's government,
47 He has lost the image of God, and is left in a state of unfitness for God and happiness,
48 And a sentence of wrath is gone forth against the world, 51
THE HELPLESSNESS OF MAN.
Isaiah Ixiii. 5.-And I looked, and there was none to help;
and I wondered that there was none to uphold,
Man cannot help himself, or compose the difference sin hath
made between God and him,
58 ib. 59 64
The believer is to labour after a deeper sense of his being
To seek more and more after a persuasion of Christ's love
Forgiveness of sins, adoption, a child-like disposition, the
care of a Redeemer, a delightful fellowship with the faith-
The careless sinner the reverse of this character,