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clear himself. In this he acqui- no secret of their sentiments, soon esced ; and I afterwards learnt spread them among others, both Hinthat he had started this objection increased to a considerable number.
doos and Mussulmans; thus they are only for the sake of having it an- Moorad told me they reckoned near swered in the hearing of the two hundred there and in adjacent Mussulmans present.
We then villages, who associate with them, adjourned to the veranda, where and whom they called brethren. They
are not idle in disseminating their we spent a most pleasing eve
opinions, and sometimes meet with ning together; they sitting a
much opposition from the Brahround, and asking questions about mans.” (p. 343, 344.) Christ, the resurrection, the death of sin, a future state, and
POETRY. heavenly happiness. We talked of these things till our hearts seemed to grow warm.
An Ordination Hymn. nine, I left them, astonished and thankful on account of what I O THOU! who reign’st exalted
high, had seen
and heard among Almighty Lord of earth and sky, them.” (p. 339, 340.)
Thy wondrous love, 'ere time began, Aug. 16. After a long debate be- A Saviour chose for rebel man. tween the Missionary and a Brahman He in due time on earth appear'd, on the comparative merits of Chris
His voice this world of sorrow cheer'd; tianity and Hindooism,“ an old man,
His messengers, a glorious band, who seems the chief
Spread truth divine thro' ev'ry land. took me aside for private conversa. tion. He asked me whether God was
Thy gracious promise, Lord, fulfil, absent or present ? I told him he was
Thy servants form with heav'nly skill,
Let them with all their power unite, present every where, but dwelt in a peculiar manner in them who loved
And make their duty their delight. him. He then asked me a variety of May Sinai's awful thunders roll, questions about the gospel, a future In terror to the guilty soul ; judgment, and the destruction of idol- While HE, the LAMB, that once was atry; and finally, whether we were slain, sent to destroy maya or delusion, by Charms a lost world from endless which he ineant hindooism and ma- pain. hometanism. I told him we were. He then entreated us to do it quickly,
Let unborn ages catch the sound,
And waft it to creation's bound: and by no means to be idle in the
Let grace divine from realms above, work, • He is a pleasant, grave Hindoo,
Melt the proud heart with sov'reign
love. nearly sixty. In his mind first arose doubts about idolatry ; he now re
O glorious day! O bliss supreme ! jects all their poojahs and casts; and
ONE GOD-the universal theme ! says there is one God, whom he calls And every realm with rapture own, Father. He hears the gospel with Their faith and hope in CHRIST THE apparent pleasure, and recommends
Son. it to others. I find that about four-Then let the last dread trumpet roar, teen years ago, some of his neighbors Let time itself exist no more, began to dislike idolatry too, and to Wrapt like a scroll in purging fire, associate with him. These, making Let stars, and suns, and worlds expire,
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Ôn the Promise of the Holy Ghost. I from this prophet; in which he
speaks with rapture on the blesB EFORE the resurrection of sings of the latter days. We are
blessed Lord, there also told, by the apostle Peter, were a number of predictions and that the prophecy of Joel respromises given, that the Holy pected this event, when he said, Ghost should be poured out up
16 And it shall come to pass afon believers in an eminent meas: terward, that I will pour out my ure: Isaiah was sent to comfort Spirit üpon all flesh, and your the saints with this promise, and sons and your daughters shall said in the name of the Lord, prophesy, your old men shall “ Hear now, O Jacob my ser- dream dreams, your young men vant, and Israel whom I have shall see visions : and also upon chosen.. Thus saith the Lord the servants and upon the handthat made thee, and formed thee maidens in those days, will I pour from the womb, which will help out my Spirit.” But Christ himthee, Fear not, O Jacob my ser- self promised most expressly, vant, and thou Jesurun whom I “ He that believeth on me, as have chosen. For I will pour wa- the scripture hath said, out of ter upon him that is thirsty, and his belly shall flow rivers of livfoods upon the dry ground : I ing water. But this spake he of will pour my Spirit upon thy the Spirit which they that believe seed, and my blessing upon thine on him should receive ; for the offspring : and they shall spring Holy Ghost was not yet given, up as among the grass, as wil- because that Jesus was not yet lows by the water-courses. One glorified.”. On another occasion shall say, I am the Lord's ; and he foretold the gift of the Spirit another shall call himself by the to his disciples, saying, “ I will God of Jacob; and another shall pray the Father, and he shall subscribe with his hand unto the give you another Comforter, that Lord, and surname himself by he may
you the name of Israel.” Many oth-even the Spirit of truth.” The er passages might be copied | most particular promise which VOL. V. No. 10.
for ever ;
Christ gave, concerning the of- and to have an happy effect upon fice of the Holy Spirit is record- the world. By these descriptions ed, John xvi. 7-11,“ Neverthe-we are led to expect, that the less I tell you the truth ; It is promises would be fulfilled in expedient for you that I go a- something which would essenway ; for if I go not away, the tially affect the state of the world, Comforter will not come unto and that it would be a most desiyou ; but if I depart, I will send rable change of things; that it him unto you. And when he is would not, like the ancient discome, he will reprove the world pensation, be confined to the of sin, and of righteousness, and Jews ; but that other nations of judgment. Of sin, because should share in its blessings.they believe not on me ; of right. The promises also lead us to coneousness, because I go to my Fa- clude, that it would be of a relither, and ye see me no more ; | gious nature; for it was declaraf judgment, because the prince ed that it should lead them into of this world is judged.” After all truth, and that the Spirit the resurrection of Jesus from
should glorify Christ, and take the dead, and before his ascen- of his things, and shew them ungion, he renewed this promise to to his people. Besides, the things his disciples, and said that they foretold concerning this great should receive the Holy Ghost event, must have led the disciin a very short time. “ He com- ples to expect a blessing, which manded them that they should would be permanent; for it was not depart from Jerusalem, but predicted, that the Spirit should wait for the promise of the Fa- remain with them for ever, and ther, which, saith he, ye have not leave the world, as Christ heard of me. For John truly was about to do. What these baptized with water; but ye shall promises meant is best known be baptized with the Holy Ghost, by their accomplishment, and not many days hence.”
by other prophecies which inOur Lord gave his disciples form us what things of this the promise of the Holy Ghost a kind remain to be accomplishfew days before his crucifixion, ed. To this then we must now that he might prepare them for attend. that most trying event, and show The promise of the Comfortthem that it was expedient he er, 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 Wiessing, 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 piace ; but because this was the to any thing of the kind, which commencementof 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 world, and be attended with bles- Another effect of the Holy sed consequences to eternity. Ghost was an ability which was
When on the day of Pentecost given them, to address any man, the disciples were together with of any nation with whom they one accord in prayer, the Com- met, in his own language; and forter came down upon them this they could do, though they with various influences, and such had been educated in private as tended to give them unspeak-life, and had been taught no lanable support and comfort. One guage but what was common in effect was the wonderful remov- their own country. A remarkaal of the fear of men, which till ble instance of this took place at then oppressed them. Though the Pentecost ; where were Parthey abode at Jerusalem, as they thians, Medes, Elamites, men of were commanded, yet they used Mesopotamia, Judea, Capadocia, from fear of the Jews, to meet Asia, Phrygia, Pamphilia, Ein secret with closed doors ; lest gypt, Lybia, Cyrene, strangers their malice against Christ, of Rome, Jews and proselytes. should lead them to abuse or de- All heard the apostles, each in stroy his followers. But now of his own language, declare the a sudden they were relieved marvellous things of God. Thus from all their apprehensions, and the Holy Spirit furnished them were endued with such Christian with the gift of tongues, to go courage, that they went forth un- into all the world, and preach daunted, and preached Christ the gospel to every creature, tespublicly, and testified to all, whe- tifying the gospel of the grace of ther natives, or strangers who God to Gentiles as well as Jews. had assembled at the feast, to This was a great and singular common people, or their rulers, event, such as had never before and in the face of the Jewish san- | taken place in the world, and it hedrim, or great ecclesiastical was very necessary at that time council, which had collected a- for the extension of the gospel, gainst them, that Jesus was the and the building up of the kingChrist ; that they with wicked dom of Christ among the nahands had pụt him to death, and tions. that God had raised him from Working miracles indeed was the dead. They came forth from not a new thing. Moses, Elijah their secret retirements into the and others had before been emtemple, the streets and public powered to perform them, and places, and warned people to Christ, who was full of the Holy believe on the Lord Jesus Christ | Ghost, had wrought them; but that they might be saved. Nei- this power was now renewed or ther threatenings, stripes, im- continued to the disciples; so prisonments, nor persecutions, that they raised the dead, and could ever awe their spirits. wrought all kinds of cures, and They suffered death with more gave great signs and wonders in than heroism-with Christian the name of Christ, and in testitriumph, sealing their testimony mony to him and his gospel.with their blood. Such fortitude, This was evidently the power of from this time forth, was impart-God atiending them, for they ed to others, and became very had no wisdom or power of general among
Christians. themselves to do those things any more than other men. It idols, and the church of Chirist was not they who did them, but at once rose up in all places. God himself. He made them his All these works of the Spirit messengers to declare his truth, were wrought openly and puband attended them with his pow- licly in the face of the world. er, in testimony of the gospel The world stood, gazed and which he employed them to wondered, and saw all these publish.
things taking place. And tho' The Holy Spirit also, in an ex- no means were neglected, either traordinary manner, taught them of force or art, to suppress this what to say: he guided them work, yet it withstood all oppo. into all truth, opened to them sition, and grew and spread and the scriptures of the Old Testa- prospered. ment, and revealed by his imme- Here we might notice how diate inspiration such things the apostles and other eminent as were necessary to be done, ministers of the gospel, being taught and predicted. And if led on and filled with the Holy they were brought before kings Ghost, labored and journeyed; and rulers, they were directed how they were comforted and never to premeditate their de- rejoiced ; how the Holy Ghost fence, and were assu
ssured, that it fell on thousands in his miracushould be given them from above lous influences ; so that they what they should say ; which ac- could speak with tongues, procordingly took place.
phesy, interpret and work mirAnother thing accomplished acles. But for further particuby the divine Spirit, was the lars, let me refer the reader to raising up the church of Christ the Acts of the apostles, and to in one age, nursing and extend many places in their epistles, ing it through the whole Roman where these things are incidenempire, and far eastward into tally noticed. The gifts of the Asia, and southward into Afri-Spirit were various, and all to ça. All this was done without profit withal. any earthly inducements, with- Nor ought the awakening, reout human power, authority or newing and sanctifying influeninfluence, contrary to the will of ces of the Holy Spirit, to remain the kings and magistrates of the unnoticed in this place. These earth, and the long established were the end and design of al} customs, prejudices and educa- the extraordinary operations of tion of all people, Jews and Gen- the Spirit, and they are contintiles, and to all the inclinations ued to the present day. How and passions of the depraved many cried, “ What shall we do hearts of men. In a short time to be saved ?" How many tremJesus, who had been crucified bled and turned from darkness as a malefactor, was adored in to light, and from the power of almost every city, town and set- Satan unto God! And how matlement, of any considerable ny--what multitudes, within magnitude, through immense these more than seventeen hunregions of the earth. The Jews dred years since that time, in great numbers laid aside their have been the subjects of the sav ritual solemnities, the Gentiles ing and comforting influences of abandoned the altars of their the Spirit!