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but be it remembered, that Christ was our representative, with respect to temporal death, as well as any thing else. He stood in our place: he was a man of sorrows; for our sakes he became poor; for us he was subject to mortal infirinities; gave up his life ; sunk into the arms of death, and, spoiling the same, he rose again a conqueror. But yet we are subject to sorrow, poverty, sickness, and death. How is it that we are subject to all these, seeing Christ hath suffered them for us? This, I think, is a problem which can be solved but one way, viz, that as it is a fact that men suffer and die notwithstanding the death of Christ, so it is also a fact that through his death, resurrection, and mediatorial reign, they shall be finally delivered from all the remains of death, although at present they are captives to it. Shall we say, because the full effects of the death and resurrection of Christ have not yet taken place, therefore they never will? Or, because the body must remain in a state of death for a time, it is unreasonable to suppose that Christ died to redeem from that enemy of the human race ? I think it is more agreeable to reason and revelation to say, that Christ, having suffered and rose again, *“ he became the first fruits of those who slept;" that his resurreciion is an earnest of the resurrection of all the dead; which, though not instantly accomplished, yet shall surely take place in due: tiine, It is also reasonable to affirm, that, although Christ hath died for all men, there are many who will be punished in a future state, especially when we consider, such punishment will be a necessary correction, calculated to forward the benevolent designs of his death.

I am so far froin thinking that future punishment will exceed the rules of strict justice, that I think the 'sinner will not be punished according to the demands thereof, Christ having answered its demands in his own person. There is, then, a great difference between the sufferings of Christ and the punishment of the wicked. Christ, by his cleath, was made an offering for sin, representing the sinner in his suffering; it was also a necessary qualification to fill the high office of mediator and restorer of all things; but the punishment of the sinner will be only such as will be necessary to reduce him to real obedience; which punishment wiil be infiicted by Christ in the capacity of mediator, and by none else; for the Father, being well pleased with what he has done, and having committed all things into his hands, hath given hiin authority to execute judgment: and, according to that wisdom which lie possesses, to correct in such a way as he sees proper 10 accomplish that great end of his office, the subduing and reconciling all things to himself, and, consequently, the happiness of the universe. A

parent is the head and representative of his family: he is accountable for what his children do; if they break a window, he pays for it; if they tread down a corn-field, he stands forth to' bear the damages; or if in tender years they defraud or steal, he willingly 'makes restoration. But are they to escape correction, because their parent is ready to meet every demand in their account? Surely not; on the contrary, a wise parent will give such correction as he thinks will properly impress their minds with the nature of what they have done, proportioned 'to their crimes, and such as may remove their propensity to transgress. So Christ, the head, the parent of the universe, having taken the whole load of six * upon his own back, having undergone the punishment which was its due, being exalted a prince and a saviour, will sway the sceptre in righteousness, and administer such corrective punishment as his wisdom dictates, and his parental goodness sees every way suitable to the nature of crimes, and the depravity of the heart, such as will humble and subdue the will, and finally reduce to obedience; and as a parent does pot punish for his own advantage, but for the real advantage and happiness of his children--not from a principle of hatred, but from love---so the Lord Jesus will not punish the disobedient from any

selfish disposition, but it will be the effect of that great love which he bears to simers, and will be attended with the greatest advantage to the sufferer; severity being, perhaps, the only remaining means (consistent with the freedom of the will) that can accomplish ti e same.

These, Sir, are my views on the above, subjeći; glad should I have been to have seen something on the same from some other person. I wonder that a subject of such importance should be passed over by your old correspondentss, and hope, as they desire the spread of truth, they will

pay more attention in future to questions of this kind, as it might be of use to many who desire to form proper ideas of God and his government,

To your correspondent who proposed the above question, I present my sincere regard; whether the above remarks will satisfy his enquiries or not, it remains for him to declare: if he thinks my views are wrong, or that I misunderstood thim, let him freely declare the saine; let him endeavour to convince me of my error, and he shall have my thanks, whether he succeed or not.

If, Sir, you pay so much regard to a new correspondent as to admit my production, in your next number 1 may, perhaps, be encouraged to trouble you again with some other remarks.

Yours, &c.

JOHN WRIGHT.

LIVERPOOL.

QUESTION ON MATTHEW, XII. 31, 32.

DEAR SIR, THE reconciliation of the above passage of Scripture with the doctrine of the Universal Restoration will oblige,

Yours, &c.

MERTON.

A. Ba

POETRY.

THE WISH.

GREAT God, to whom all nature cries,

Whose bounty ev'ry want supplies,
Direct my tongué to ask what's right,
And

put all thoughts perverse to flight, ..
Obl send thy heav'nly grace divine,
To keep this nature frait of mine;
And fix my mind on thee alone,
And Agur's pray's I make my owth.
· Remove my tongue from falsehood's ways;
Grant food convenient all my days;
And place me in that middle sphere,
Alike remov'd from want severe
And affluence high, on which await
Those cares that haunt the rich and great;
Lest in my heart I thee denya
And say, Who is the Lord on high?
Or, being poor, should go by stealth,
And rob my neighbour of his wealth.
Ob! make my heart to be content
With what thy goodness here has sent.
And if thy bounty more should'sı lenda
Then let me help in need a friend.
Ont more request, O Lord, of thee
I humbly ask; that if it be
Corsistent with thy will, oh send, 1
The blessing of a faithful friend;
To whom, in social converse sweet,
Thy boundless love I may repeat;
And by whose caution and advice,
My soul may be preserv'd from vice.

J.M. AN HYMN.

A WAKE, my muse, 'to contemplations high,

No longer sleep in earthly dust below; Search whence thou art; thou'lt finda reason why

Thou should'st thy being and thy nature know.

Omnipotence in wisdom Infinite,

Is thy great Origin : O creature man, God is thy being! Life and innate Lighat ..

la such a mirror canst thou nothing scand

Jesus, the great effulgency of God!

In threefold* light the grand instruction.seals: He shows the path the lion's whelps ne'er todo

la which the heav'nly glory he reveals.

Obright essential form! prior to days!

Thou splendid blaze of incorporeal might Angelic lights are thy effulgent rays,

All beings out of thee are void of light.

Q Jesus! ev'ry creature's great archtype,

Thou art the truth of great Jehovah's plans Thou art the first-- the fairest, fullest ripe

Fruit of the vine, that ehears both God and man.

Bright star of glory! (like a knot of beams

Sprung forth immediate from unclouded Sol) Thee I behold, the crystal sea, whose streams

(To cheer iny soul thro' time) spontaneous roll.

O thou, superior light! I see thee mine,

In nature's glass thou art reveal'd to me. In all terrestrial forms thy glories shine;

One life! one light! in rich variety.

Luke, ix. 26.

VISIT OF HOPE TO SYDNEY COVE.

WHERE Sydney Cove her fucid bosom swells,

Courts her young navies and the storm repels, High on a rock, amid the troubled air, Hore stood sublime, and wav'd her golden hair; Calm'd with her rosy smile the tossing deep, And with sweet accents charm'd the winds to sleep, To each wild plaiu she stretch'd her snowy hand; High-waving wood and sea encircled strand. « Hear me," she cried, “ ye rising realms record Time's op'ning scene, and Truth's unerring word. There shall broad streets their stately walls extend, The circus widen and the crescent bend; There ray'd from cities o'er the cultur'd land, Shall bright canals and solid roads expand. There the proud arch, Colossus-like, bestride Yon glitt'ring streams, and bound the chafing tide ; Embellish'd villas crown the landscape scene, Farms wave with gold, and orchards blush between. There shall tall spires and dome-capp'd tow'rs ascendo And piers and quays their massy structure blend; While with each breeze approaching vessels glide, And northern treasures dance on ev'ry tide." Here ceas'd the nymph-tumultuous echoes roar, And Joy's loud voice was heard from shore to shore: Her graceful steps descending trac'd the plain, And PEACE and Art and LABOUR join'd her train.

END OF VOL, IV.

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