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QUERY-IS IT RIGHT TO LABOUR OR TO LOITER IN THE

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To Dr. L., Liverpool.--We hold the eter-f the world, and preach the Gospel to every nal verities of which our correspondent creature; he that believeth and is bapspeaks, perhaps, as strongly as he does. tized, shall be saved; and that believeth We have no more fear than he has of a not shall be damned ?” Inasmuch as vessel of mercy being overlooked: that in you lies, do good nnto all men, espe. every such vessel of mercy will be called cially to those who are of the household --justified-glorified, we have not the of faith.” shadow of a doubt. But has not God To us it appears, that Dr. L. mistakes ordained the means and the instruments the nature of faith, which is at once by which these great and glorions ends active and passive-an apparent contraare to be accomplished ? Otherwise, diction, we admit; but this seeming conwhat becomes of Paul's "foolishness of tradiction is a part of “the mystery of preaching ?" what is meant by the work godliness. Faith loves “to stand still of faithand labour of love," upon and see the salvation of God,” whilst which he congratulates the Thessalo- almost at the same moment, it is dashing nians ? What does he mean by Rom. x. into the open chasm of the divided waters. 14–17? Why need Paul to take upon Faith in the Shunammite cries, him daily, "the care of all the churches?” | well," at the same time agonizing at the Why wish himself “accursed from Christ prophet's feet-towards whom she had for his brethren, his kinsmen according journeyed with all speed---exclaiming, to the flesh ?" If we mistake not, the “ As the Lord liveth, I will not leave Apostle Paul held the covenant verities thee." of our covenant salvation, as well as Dr. We lay no more stress upon human L., and yet, in his holy zeal for his Lord efforts than does Dr. L. We rejoice in the and Master's cause, and in his wish to fact quite as much as he can do, that “It open out, instrumentally, His eternal pur- is not by might nor by power, but by my poses of love and mercy, he was “ In Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts;" and, journeyings often, in perils of waters, in notwithstanding the discomfort with perils of robbers, in perils by his own which he says he rises from the perusal countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in of the GOSPEL MAGAZINE, we will defy perils in the city, in perils in the wilder- him to produce from its pages a single ness, in perils in the sea, in perils among expression of ours which will bear, honfalse brethren; in weariness and painful- estly, the construction, that we lay a feaness, in watchings often, in hunger and ther's weight, or attach the tiniest importthirst, in fastings often, in cold and naked- ance, to any effort of the creature abstract

If Dr. L. had happened to have edly considered. What the believer-behe lived in the Apostle's days, we presume he layman, or Minister, or Editor, does effecwould have rebuked Paul for what he tually or acceptably, he does by that wonchooses to call, “Arminian striving." drous power not his own, of which the

Does Dr. L. remember that there are Apostle speaks when he says, “And yet such passages as these : “The harvest not I, but the grace of God which was truly is plenteous, and the labourers are with me.” Hence he, and every follower few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the of his-however humble and remote harvest, that he would send forth labour- either in point of time, zeal, or abilityOTS (NOT LOITERERS] into his harvest ?” can say and will say, “ Not unto us, o Work whilst it is called to-day, know- Lord, not unto us, but'unto thy name be ing the night cometh in which no man the glory, for thy mercy, and for thy can work ?os

“In the morning sow thy truth's sake."." Having done all,” most seed, and in the evening withhold not cheerfully and blushingly will they say, thy hand, knowing not which shall prosper we are unprofitable servants." either this or that, or whether they shall

EDITOR, be botà alike good ?” “Go ye into all

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