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worldly spirit and the first appears to the humble.” Those that walt ances of evil, for “ Bphold how in pride he is able to obase. great a matter a little fire kindleth." Jos BROOKSDANK. T. WOOD. Remember who hath said, “ God. A. AUSTIN.
T. VABEY. resisteth the proud, but giveth grace
THE WISDOM OF GOD.
I shall, ous."
beating and our stomachs at
work." Did these things depend (Continued from page 356.) upon our efforts, they would leave Let us now attend for a mo
us leisure for nothing else. We ment to the structure of the hu- must have been continually upon
the watch, and continually in man body. Well may we ex
fear. - Durst we make a single claim, upon a survey of our“ mortal frame,” we are fearfully
movement, or stir a step from the and wonderfully made.” It would place we were in, if we saw our require greater skill in anatomy, ing, the humours filtrating, and
blood circulating, the lungs blowthan I can suppose most of my all the incomprehensible assemJuvenile readers to be possessed of, to enable them to understand blage of fibres, tubes, currents,
&c. which sustain an existence at some of those wonderful and exquisite contrivances which abound once so frail and so presumptuin these bodies of ours. therefore, only hint at one or
In speaking of the form, and two which may serve as specia body, we would find ample scope,
size, and members of the human Every one has felt his heart beat; but all are not aware
but rather than be tedious, we what a work is constantly going heads, and after a tew words up
say little or nothing on these on there. The heart is the great engine which makes the blood
on the senses, we shall
pass on to circulate through the body. We the last and highest display of cannot here explain the
." process, but suffice it to say, that “ each
The senses are productive of ventricle of the heart will, at least a thousand pleasures, and how contain one ounce of blood. The wisely are they regulated, and heart contracts 4000 times in an how well adjusted are the organs hour, from which it follows that for performing their several funca there pass through the heart every tionsCould any of them be hour 4000 ounces, or 350 pounds
spared without inconvenience ? of blood," and is it not well
Could any new one be added ? fitted to call forth our gratitude; Could any of them be improved,
or could that all this is carried on without
of them be an improvement ? any care or attention of ours. « We should have enough to do
Were the sense of hearing, for if we had to keep our hearts instance, greatly increased, our
ears would be incessantly stun. ned with a multitude of confused senses, excepting the sense of sounds, and we could never speak touch, which is diffused over nor move without being over- every part of the body; and we heard, and suppose this sense may remark in passing, that this were more imperfect than it is, exception is a striking proof of we may easily conceive the un- wisdom; for had we possessed happy consequences.
the sense of touch in one part of The sense of sight deserves the body only, the rest would particular notice. The eye is a have been insensible to a wound, very singular piece of mechanism; and incapable of giving those its internal parts are still more warnings of danger which often wonderful than its outward, but enable us to escape from it. The to the latter we shall confine our head being the most elevated attention at present. This deli.. station, is evidently the best for cate organ needs protection, and the organs of sense, and theydifit is accordingly provided with a ferent parts of it also are assignkd, which not only defends it, ed to each with the most perfectbut also wipes it, and closes it in wisdom. The eye looks in the sleep. The eye requires to be direction in which the body moves kept moist and clean, and a fluid and the hands work. is supplied for the purpose. It
The senses of taste and of requires to turn easily in different smell, like those of hearing and directions, and what could be seeing are likewise sources of better contrived to accomplish enjoyinent, and are essential to this, than its form and position. the safety as well as the happiIts form is globular, and it is em- ness of our lives. But how selbedded in a socket formed of a dom do we reflect upon the wise substance, of all others, the best dom which has provided us with adapted for its free and easy mo- limbs and senses, and appetites tion. How well suited too is the which are just so many springs eye to the light, and again the of enjoyment, and how ungrateful light to the eye—without the for the goodness which continues kight, the eye would have been to us the use of them. " These of no use. Indeed, we might (it has been well said) constitute: trace a similar correspondence what most properly ought to be and relation between animate and accounted blessingsof providence, inanimate nature. Thus hearing nightly rest and daily bread the depends upon the well known ordinary use of our limbs, and properties of the air, as a me- senses, and understandings, are dium for the conveyance of sound; gifts which admit of no comparibut this property would have son with any other.” availed us nothing if we were not Butas we have already remarkTurnished with the proper organ, ed,itishis intellectual naturewhich nor would the organ have been distinguishes man from the inferior of any use if the air had been orders of creatures. He possesnon-elastic. The wing also as ses an immortal soul. The con
instrument of motion, is stitution of his mind is well deevidently made for the air, as the serving of consideration. Here fin is for the water, and the foot also, we should see unfolded for the ground.
much of the wisdom of 6 the The head is the seat of all the Father of our Spirits.” VOL. II.-- No. 10.
derstanding, the memory, the will, awful penalty,--can the stroke be the affections, have been favourite averted? And how can it be subjects of study with philoso- done? These are questions which phers. It is not our design how must have remained for ever una ever to speculate upon them; but answered, had not God himself we shall state what the Scriptures been pleased to solve them. To say concerning their actual con- understand how God could be just, dition. And, alas, this statement and yet justify the ungodly; how will undeniably prove that they his law could be honoured, and are all corrupted and depraved! the sinner escape, would have for The fall laid the noble structure ever baffled all human wisdom. in ruins. The understandings of But blessed be his name, he has
darkened,” being alie- unfolded the mystery. His word nated from the life of God through clearly reveals the glorious plan : the ignorance that is in them." -“ hesent forth his son, who was Their memories are tenacious born of a woman, born under the only of evil. “ They do not like law, to redeem them that were unto retain God in their knowledge.” der the law.” The Son of God Their affections are misplaced. stept forward as the sinner's sub
They are lovers of pleasure stitute and surety. He was more than lovers of God." The wounded for our transgressions, passions are not under the go. he was bruised for our iniquities vernment of right reason. The -he has fully cancelled the debt, reason itself is weak, erring and and removed every ground of depraved. " The heart is de accusation. And now the lan. ceitful above all things, and des- guage of the gospel of reconciliaperately wicked.” The bodily tion to every sinner is,
« Believe members are the instruments of and be saved.” sin. In one word, “ the whole I must reserve till another ophead is sick, and the whole heart portunity, some farther reflections faint.” O sin, what hast thou upon the work of man's redempdone! And this noble, this in- tion, the undertaking of Him who teresting being is destined for is emphatically styled, “the power immortality! When the fair crea- of God, and the wisdom of God” tion we have been admiring, shall May he become to every reader be no more, man shall exist; but of this paper, “ wisdom, righte. since he is thus degraded by sin, ousness, sanctification, and reand exposed to the anger of God demption ! under the curse of his broken
MINIMUS. law, and doomed to suffer its
Historical Sketches of the rise ber that “ better are the wounds
of the Scots Old Independent, of a friend than the kisses of an and the Inghamite Churches ; enemy." We do not consider with the correspondence which them as our adversaries, we do led to their Union ; and a not even view them as rivals; we a Supplementary Letter by Mr. are disposed to treat them as breJAMES MACGAVIN, stating his thren, and though they consider ideas on breaking bread without us as their juniors, let them not elders : Colne, 1814, 48 p. p. despise our advice because we are The History of religious so
young, or because we may have cieties when written with intelli- learned some things from them. gence and impartiality is fitted to If youth be bold and forward, be exceedingly useful. It will and inexperienced, we hope they exhibit the progress of truth
will recollect that old age is free
or of error; and ought to mark the quently peevish, illnatured, and
imbecile. causes of improvement or declension. Half a century will bring The body denominated Old the nature and tendency of a sys- Scots Independents, originated tem to the test; and its condition according to these accounts aat the close of that period will bout 1768, in James Smith, of either encourage the hopes, or Newburn, and Robert Ferrier, of excite the fears of friends respect- Largo, Ministers of the Church ing its future prospects. Feeling, of Scotland, resigning their offias it is natural for us, an interest ces and emoluments in the Estain the history of what is called blishment on account of conIndependency, we took up the scientious scruples about its conpamphlet now on our table in stitution. A church on congre, the hope of finding some instruc- gational principles was shortly tion from an account of a body, afterwards formed at Balchristie, which evidently considers itself in Fifeshire, of which they were as having made no small progress appointed pastors. Nearly about in the knowledge and obedience the same time, the late well known of the gospel. Holding in com- and highly respected David Dale, mon some important principles, with a few others, influenced by we were anxious to investigate the same principles; formed a the things wherein we differ, and church in Glasgow, of which to examine the effects of these dif- he was appointed one of the pastors ferences on the general prosperi- On these accounts this denominaty of the cause of Christ. The tion are sometimes called Balchrisresult of our examination we tie people, and Dalites. We were shati now state as briefly as possi- struck at observing the opposible ;, and if our brethren called tion they met with at the begina the Old Independents, be offend- ning. « Mr. Dale was for a ed at our free and friendly stric- while openly insulted in the streets tures, we hope they will remem- and looked upon as a personi that ought not to be suffered to tion, is a sufficient apology for live. The meeting-house was al- our not having heard of their so violently assaulted withi stones: faith or order, and for never but by patient enduring they having paid them a visit. But overcame, and in well doing put no such reasons can be alleged in to silence the ignorance of foolish the other case ; and we confess men." From the churches at that we are utterly unable to corrBalchristie and Glasgow, all the ceive how two sets of Christian others in Scotland, amounting to Societies actuated by the ardent about a dozen, originated. benevolence of the gospel, and
The Inghamite churches in the walking " in the beauty of pricounties of York and Lancaster, mitive Christianity,” should have began to exist some years sooner. remained for so long a time, and Their founder was Benjamin Ing- so near each other, without some ham, the friend and co-adjutor for mutual knowledge. Verily, there a time of Mess. Wesey, Whitfield, must be a fault in this. The and the first Methodists. He and obscurity of these churches must Mr. Batty were the instruments either be a part of their plan, or of forming a number of small a necessary effect of it. In the churches between 1750,and 1760 days of the apostles, on the conwhose sentiments and practices trary, although the kingdom of very much resembled the Scots Christ made no parade, the Independents. There never were churches were “known and read more of these than thirteen orfour- of all men;" “ they were cities teen, and none of them appear to set on hills which could not be have been large societies. These hid ;" “ tizeir faith was spoken two bodies having accidently heard of throughout the whole world.” of each others existence about two A christian church concealed from years ago, it led to correspond the great boxly of the inhabitants ence, and this correspondence to of the city in which it was placed, a union; which produced the and doing nothing for the enpub/ication of the narrative and lightening and conversion of their letters now before us.
countrynien, was a thing utterly The Christian public were most unknown to the apostles of Christ. agreeably surprised and delight. We submit to the consideration .ed some time ago, by a discovery of these Societies whether, had which was made by Dr. Buchanan they been acting with that zeal of a great number of churches in and publicity which must attend the East. The good people whose Christianity,andwhich it requires, union has now taken pace, ap- they could have remained so long pear to have been no less asto- unknown to each other? Let us nished at having discovered each not be considered the advocates others existence after a residence of ostentatious display.
We deof fifty years in the same coun- test it. ut is it the glory of a try, and within two hundred christian church to be concealed?
mjies of che ruother! We can Dees Christianity require us to easily account for our ignorance shrink from public notice? Is of the churches in Travancore. it a recommendation, that not The interposition of ten thousand one in a thousand of the inhabimiles of sei, wieje nutntly of tants of Edinburgh ever heard of vther things which we could men- such a body, or of the place of