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sert ; a truce was concluded, the natives who seem to be conboth parties piling up their arms siderably impressed with the suat some distance, when Stepha- periority of the gospel dispensanos was compelled to restore my tion, both to Hindooism and Mafowling-piece, and dismiss our hommedanism ; and who shew Boschemen. Thus, retiring from an evident desire of becoming the country by hims
more acquainted with its nature. met by Brethren Kramer and The ties of the cast, indeed, apScholtz, who obliged him to re- pear to have been gradually loosturn to Zak River with them.ening for some time past ; and This involved me in a fresh dif- this effect has, without doubt, ficulty, and occasioned me much been accelerated by the transla. sorrow; for I was now certain tion of the New Testament into that he was the identical male- the Bengalee language, and the factor who had broken prison at dispersion of Bengalee tracts, rethe Cape. I begged my two commendatory of Christianity, brethren to keep the wretch con- and containing a comparison of cealed at a distance from our its claim to belief with that of premises, with a view to enable the reigning superstitions. A him to make his escape. In the few extracts from the diary of night I met him, gave him my the Missionaries, we doubt not, advice, some provision, and a bi- will prove acceptable to our ble, and suffered him to go away
readers. towards the Great River, little Aug. 14, 1803. “We stopped thinking what mischief he would at a small village, called Neesthere do to our cause, of which cheendopoor, two miles from hereafter.
Chandoreea, to purchase fish. (To be continued.) About twenty people were as
sembled on the bank of the river, to whom we began speaking the
word of life. Perceiving no brahReligious Intelligence. man amongst them, I did not be.
gin with the Hindoo system; but told them that they were sinners,
and that for such Jesus Christ Mission in Bengal. died : they heard with unusual AN account of the Baptist willingness, and one old man Mission in Bengal has recently whom I was addressing seemed been published, from which it to shed tears. After laboring appears that between the begin- much to make them understand ning of July, 1802, and the the gospel, I appealed to Bharut, month of July last, eleven Hin- Petumber, and Moorad for conrloos andone Mussulman had em- firmation : they each came forbraced Christianity and been bap- ward ; and, in a different way, tized, and that some of these were addressed them upon the subject. likely to be useful in instruct- | Petumber invalidated, in a very ing their countrymen. But be- striking manner, the Hindoo sides those who have renounced shasters and worship. Bharut their former faith and assumed told them what he had been, and the open profession of Christian- how he had embraced the gosity, there are great numbers of | pel; called their attention to their own sinfulness, and affirm- well as Petumber and Moorady ed that none could save them assisted in explaining to each but the Lord Jesus Christ. His other, and those around as we grey hairs and simplicity render- went along. In the evening I aded his address (to me) truly af- dressed them from these words : fecting. Moorad told them of his We pray you in Christ's stead, be hearing the truth ; of his going ye reconciled to God. I observed to us ; of his returning now again thence that we were at a great to bring the gospel to his own distance from God through sin, village ; and that it was impossi- and could never be reconciled ble to be saved in any other way. till that were removed ; that Several seemed affected, confes-God himself, when man was utsed their danger, and enquired terly unable, had found out a much about the way of safety : way of reconciliation through we told them what we could, gave the death of his Son, which way them papers, and prayed with | I then besought them to acquithem.” (p. 337.)
esce in and accept. One of them, Aug. 15. “ At Ponchetalock- a Mussulman, here interruptingphool, about fifty Hindoos and ly replied, That though all this Mussulmans assembled. Sitting might be very true, yet it was by down in the midst of them, I be- no means necessary for them ; gan with shewing the impossi- for Mahomet, the friend of God, bility of a man's purging away had engaged to get all their sins his sins, or becoming righteous pardoned at the day of judgment. by his own works ; thence de- To this I replied, That even alducing the necessity of God's lowing Mahomet to be the friend sending his own Son, in the like- of God; yet he was but a man, ness of sinful flesh, to condemn and had never died for sinners : sin and save the sinner. The idea he therefore could only save. that God's hatred of sin was man-himself at most. But Noah, Aifested more by the death of his braham, Moses and David, whom Son than it would have been in they allowed to be prophets as the punishment of the sinner, well as Mahomet, had decidedly seemed to strike them very sen- rejected theirown righteousness, sibly. I then entered on the Hin- and trusted in Christ for salvadoo system, exposed the wicked- tion. As for Mahomet, there was ness of their gods, and the ab- some reason to doubt whether he surdity of their worship; thence was indeed the friend of God ; inferring that it could be nothing for, to say nothing of many other but a snare laid by Satan to de-actions, it was well known that stroy the souls of men. I then he had nine wives, which they began to examine the Mahome-themselves knew to be unlawful; tan delusion in the same manner. and that he had commanded all They listened with earnest atten- who would not turn Mussulmans tion ; put all the questions they to be put to death, which was chose as I went along, and desir- contrary to God's command, ed proof for every thing. But thou shalt not kill. To think, though they thus put questions, therefore, that Mahomet could and started objections, yet it was save at the day of judgment was quite in a fair and candid man- à gross deception, as he would ner; and they themselves, as I then have quite enough to do to
clear himself. In this he acquiesced; and I afterwards learnt that he had started this objection only for the sake of having it answered in the hearing of the Mussulmans present. We then adjourned to the veranda, where we spent a most pleasing evening together; they sitting around, and asking questions about Christ, the resurrection, the death of sin, a future state, and heavenly happiness. We talked of these things till our hearts seemed to grow warm. About nine, I left them, astonished and thankful on account of what I had seen and heard among them." (p. 339, 340.)
Aug. 16. After a long debate between the Missionary and a Brahman on the comparative merits of Christianity and Hindooism, "an old man, who seems the chief among them, took me aside for private conversation. He asked me whether God was absent or present? I told him he was present every where, but dwelt in a peculiar manner in them who loved him. He then asked me a variety of questions about the gospel, a future judgment, and the destruction of idolatry; and finally, whether we were sent to destroy maya or delusion, by which he meant hindooism and mahometanism. I told him we were. He then entreated us to do it quickly, and by no means to be idle in the work.
"He is a pleasant, grave Hindoo, nearly sixty. In his mind first arose doubts about idolatry; he now rejects all their poojahs and casts; and says there is one God, whom he calls Father. He hears the gospel with apparent pleasure, and recommends it to others. I find that about fourteen years ago, some of his neighbors began to dislike idolatry too, and to associate with him. These, making
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no secret of their sentiments, soon spread them among others, both Hindoos and Mussulmans; thus they are increased to a considerable number. Moorad told me they reckoned near two hundred there and in adjacent villages, who associate with them, and whom they called brethren. They are not idle in disseminating their opinions, and sometimes meet with much opposition from the Brahmans." (p. 343, 344.)
COMMUNICATED AS ORIGINAL.
An Ordination Hymn.
THOU! who reign'st exalted O high, Almighty Lord of earth and sky, Thy wond'rous love, 'ere time began, A Saviour chose for rebel man. He in due time on earth appear'd, His voice this world of sorrow cheer'd; His messengers, a glorious band, Spread truth divine thro' ev'ry land. Thy gracious promise, Lord, fulfil, Thy servants form with heav'nly skill, Let them with all their power unite, And make their duty their delight. May Sinai's awful thunders roll, In terror to the guilty soul; While HE, the LAMB, that once was slain, Charms a lost world from endless pain.
Let unborn ages catch the sound, And waft it to creation's bound: Let grace divine from realms above, Melt the proud heart with sovʼreign love.
O glorious day! O bliss supreme! ONE GOD-the universal theme! And every realm with rapture own, Their faith and hope in CHRIST THE
Then let the last dread trumpet roar,
On the Promise of the Holy Ghost. | from this prophet; in which he speaks with rapture on the blessings of the latter days. We are also told, by the apostle Peter, that the prophecy of Joel respected this event, when he said, up-"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaidens in those days, will I pour out my Spirit." But Christ himself promised most expressly, vant, and thou Jesurun whom I" He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit which they that believe on him should receive; for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified." On another occasion he foretold the gift of the Spirit to his disciples, saying, "I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth." The most particular promise which IV W
EFORE the resurrection of our blessed Lord, there were a number of predictions and promises given, that the Holy Ghost should be poured out on believers in an eminent measure: Isaiah was sent to comfort the saints with this promise, and said in the name of the Lord, "Hear now, O Jacob my servant, and Israel whom I have chosen. Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee, Fear not, O Jacob my ser
have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring and they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water-courses. One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the God of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel." Many other passages might be copied VOL. V. No. 10.
Christ gave, concerning the office of the Holy Spirit is record
and to have an happy effect upon the world. By these descriptions ed, John xvi. 7-11," Neverthe-we are led to expect, that the promises would be fulfilled in something which would essentially affect the state of the world, and that it would be a most desirable change of things; that it would not, like the ancient dispensation, be confined to the Jews; but that other nations should share in its blessings.The promises also lead us to conclude, that it would be of a religious nature; for it was declared that it should lead them into all truth, and that the Spirit should glorify Christ, and take of his things, and shew them unto his people. Besides, the things foretold concerning this great event, must have led the disciples to expect a blessing, which would be permanent; for it was predicted, that the Spirit should remain with them for ever, and not leave the world, as Christ was about to do. What these promises meant is best known by their accomplishment, and by other prophecies which inform us what things of this kind remain to be accomplished. To this then we must now attend.
less I tell you the truth; It is
The promise of the Comfort
Our Lord gave his disciples the promise of the Holy Ghost a few days before his crucifixion, that he might prepare them for that most trying event, and show them that it was expedient heer, which is the Holy Ghost, beshould go away. It is evident gan to be fulfilled on the Pentefrom the promises, that the dis- cost which immediately succeed ciples were to receive a great edour Lord's resurrection. That blessing, even greater than to was indeed a most memorable have enjoyed the presence of day, such as the world had never Christ with them here in the before seen; not only on account flesh and that some wonderful of the things which then took event was to take place, superior place; but because this was the to any thing of the kind, which commencement of a train of simhad ever come to pass in our ilar events, which continued till world. "For the Holy Ghost was after the apostolic age, and of not yet given, because that Jesus some important things which was not yet glorified." It was to abide until the present day, and be a rich blessing to the apostles, I will remain to the end of the