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and St. Luke, being an Investigation of The Society for Promoting Christian Objections urged by the Unitarian Editors Knowledge in the Diocese of St. David's, of the improved Version of the New Teshave awarded a Premium of 501. to Mr. tament; with Appendices, containing H. V. Tebbs, Proctor, of Doctors' Com- Strictures on the latter Elitions of that mons, for the best Essay on the Scripture Work, and Aniinadversions on Dr. Lant Doctrine of Adultery and Divorce, and on Carpenter's recent Publication, entitled an the criminal Character and Punishment of Examination of Bishop Magee's Charges Adoltery by the ancient Laws of England against Unitarians and Unitarianism. By and other Countries, which he will shortly a Layman. publish.
The Second Edition of the Clerical A Secund Edition of the Rev. T. Guide, or Ecclesiastical Directory, will Young's Three Sermons on St. Paul's appear in a few days. Doctrine of Justification by Faith, Origi- A Defence of the Doctrine and Wornal Sin, and Predestination; with Notes. ship of the Church of England ; in a Se.
A Vindication of the Authenticity of the ries of Letters, addressed to the Rev. Narratives contained in the First Two John Lingard. By the Rev. N. J. HolChapters of the Gospels of St. Matthew lingsworth, M.A. An enlarged Edition.
POLITICAL RETROSPECT. The financial measures for the pre- nation, both civil and military, are sent season may now be considered brought down to a much lower scale. as fixed; and if the relief afforded than that of the preceding year. to the landed interest is less than These concessions may be expected the sanguine had anticipated, it is to experience two very different re. nevertheless creditable to the go- ceptions. On the one hand, we shall vernors, and the resources of the probably hear that nothing has now country, that a sinking fund of five been done wbich an economical admillions should be preserved un- ministration ought not to have pertouched, and taxes to the amount formed of its own accord—and that of a million and a half remitted, further savings might, and would yet during a year of unparalleled agri- be made, if parliament persisted in cultural distress.
a demand for them. On the other, The reduction of the interest upon it will be said, that many of the re. the five per cent. stock has been ductions now proposed are inexpe. effected with a facility which is suf- dient, and injurious in themselves; ficient to silence every objection that and can only be excused by the has been urged against the wisdom pressing exigencies of the moment. or fairness of the undertaking, and That government would not have which at the same time may serve been justified in disbanding so large as a pretty clear indication of the a proportion of our soldiers and approaching fate of every other sailors, if the state of agriculture public security, that bears a higher and commerce had been less prerate of interest than three per cent. carious and alarming; and that the
The bill which has been intro- salaries now to be amerced were duced by government for regulating not an adequate compensation for salaries, and superannuations, has the duties attached to them, almade us acquainted with the pro- though, as other classes are sufferposed amount of the sacrifice which ing under a diminution of income, the public servants are prepared to ministers have consented to share make. Ten per cent. is to be de- the same inconvenience. Perhaps, ducted from the allowances now the most correct view which can be given to the ministers, and to all taken of our situation, will be to the inferior officers of the crown. borrow materially from both these The king himself consents to a sic representations—and it will then be milar curtailment of his income; regretted that ministers stood so and the general establishments of the long upon
the defensive as
give to their concessions a forced the existing law may be perceived, rather than a voluntary character; and as the question is now fairly and to their opponents a triumph taken up by our rulers, and espe. of more than ordinary value. At cially by so able and excellent a the same time, in the events of the man as Mr. Peel, it may be hoped two last sessions of Parliament, we that the hour of amnendment has shall recognise the genuine spirit of arrived. the British Constitution, working The state of Ireland appears on slowly but surely to its point, and the whole less afflicting and disgiving weight and efficacy to the real graceful: and what has already demands of the people. While de. been effected will necessarily encoumagogues prattle on unremembered
rage government to proceed on its and unheeded—the genuine voice present system. The newspapers of the nation has been heard and inform us that Mr. Plunkett, the obeyed.' National expenditure is new Attorney-general for Ireland, confined within just and reasonable, has dissuaded the Catholic leaders limits; useless places are gradually from bringing forward their Bill abolished; public accounts are ren. during the present session of Pardered more perspicuous and satis- liament--but it is not known whe. factory; and the country is set at ther his advice will be followed. It rest not by speeches or promises, is highly improbable that the cause but by having obtained the object of Catholic emancipation can bave of which it was in quest. It would advanced during the last twelve redound more to the credit of go- months, since the distinguished in. vernment to have done all this of dividuals of all parties who advoitself. And those who are anxious, cated the measure have proved comfor the exaltation of this or that mi- pletely ignorant of the situation of nister, will regret that such an op- the people for whom they were portunity was suffered to escape. about to legislate. But the vigour and prudence of the A proposal has been made in the people have been demonstrated by House of Lords, and is about to be doing it for themselves, and it is no renewed in the Commons, for the bad omen of future prosperity and commutation of Irish tithes; and renown, that the nation can take its
government is supposed to give a affairs into its own hand, and dic- favourable ear to the proposal. tate with so much discretion to the Until something more is known of administration of the day.
the plan which is about to be pro. Every friend to religion and mo- duced, we shall desist from entering rality must rejoice at the re-appoint- farther into the question, thap by ment (on the motion of Mr. Secre- asking, if it is likely that the rebels tary Peel) of the Parliamentary will be discouraged by hearing that Committee for enquiring into the tithes are to be abolished in consePolice of the Metropolis. Which- quence of their insurrection? ever way we look the deficiencies of
NOTICE TO CORRESPONDENTS. An Old Squire; A Constant Reader; Originalis ; Clericus Surriensis ; H.; Catholicus; Curatus ; Anexovos ; lave been received, and are under consideration.
Mr. Oxlee's third letter did not reach us in time for the present number.
ERRATUM.-In our answer to Correspondents last month, Mr. Stratton is made to say, that he had conferred with 15,000 persons, respecting the establishment of the Oxford Bible Society, and that he did not reside in Warwickshire. The monosyllable not should have been inserted before conferred, and Warwickshirs should have been printed Oxfordshire,
RELIGION AND MORALS. SERMON ON WHITSUNDAY.
If we know not this, we know not
one of the most awful and practical 1 Cor. iii. 16.
truths of the Gospel-If we forget Know ye not that .ye are the Temple it, we forget all that can lead us to of God, and that the Spirit of God happiness here, or make us worthy dwelleth in you?
of heaven hereafter.
On this sacred day, in the serFew men know the privileges, to vices of which we commemorate the which as Christians they are en- descent of the Holy Spirit upon the titled. They little think what God Apostles and the Church of God, has already done, or what lie still it would be well for us to direct our offers to do for their souls. Day thoughts to that Holy Comforter, after day, year after year, is spent who was promised no less to us in obstinate and increasing igno. than to them. Here then let us rance, and then they wonder that in renew our knowledge, here let us the Gospel they have no interest, strengthen our faith. Let those that and in its prospects no comfort. are ignorant, learn; let those that
We read in the Acts of the Apos. have forgotten, remember: it is the tles, that “Paul having passed Spirit of God, of whom we speak, through the upper coasts. came to and the Apostle has expressly de. Ephesus, and finding certain dis- clared, that “ if any man have not ciples, he said unto them, Have the Spirit of God, he is none of his." ye received the Holy Ghost since ye First let us consider then the nabelieved -and they said unto him- ture of the Spirit of God, and se. We have not so much as heard whe- condly how he dwelleth in us. ther there be any Holy Ghost.' In Scripture we find a clear disAnd now let us turn from these dis tinction between the Father, the ciples to ourselves. How many are Son, and the Holy Spirit. Though there in the Christian world, who, united in the ope great and unwithout the same excuse, must own speakable Godhead, to us they apthe same ignorance. Are there not pear as distinct and separate pertoo many among us who know as sons. We cannot better understand little of the Holy Ghost as if in his the nature and the perfections of being, his office, and his operations, the Spirit of God than from the they had no concern?
words of Christ himself, * What, know ye not that ye are forter, which is the Holy Ghost, the temple of God, and that the Spi- whom the Father will send in my rit of God dwelleth in you ?" name, he shall teach you all things."
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And again, “ When the comforter Son, of the Holy Ghost;" as all is come, whom I will send unto you co-operating in the great work of from the Father, even the Spirit of man's redemption, as all conspiring Truth, which proceedeth from the to advance and to perfect his eterFather, he shall testify of me.” And nal salvation. From the moment, again, “ he shall shew you things to therefore, of our baptism, we become, he shall glorify me, for he come the temple of God, and the shall receive of mine, and shall shew Spirit of God dwelleth in us. it unto you.” Here then we clearly But how dwelleth he in us; in see the foundation of our faith, and peace or in war; in honour, or in "hence we believe in the Holy Ghost, neglect; as the minister of purity, wlio, in the words of our creed, or as the witness of crime? This is proceedeth from the Father and a question which strikes home to the Son,' separate indeed in person, the heart and the conscience of but united in wisdom and in pur- every Christian soul. Let us well pose, in majesty and in glory. consider what answer each of us
It was the Spirit of God, who, can return. in the beginning, “ moved on the We may “grieve the Spirit of face of the waters," it was the Spirit God," we may silence his warning, of God, who in ancient days spake we may resist his influence, but we by the mouth of the prophets, who cannot get rid of his union and conovershadowed the Blessed Virgin at nection with us. We may live in utthe incarnation of Christ; it was the ter thoughtlessness and neglect, we Holy Spirit, who, as on this day, may die darkened and impenitent, descended in a visible shape upon and the grace of God may depart the beads of the Apostles, enabling from us, yet in some sort still con. them to speak in various languages, tinues the Spirit of God to dwell in and to preach the Gospel amoug
It dwelleth in us to aggravate divers nations. It is the Spirit of our crimes and to increase our conGod, who gave them strength and demnation. We
live like heapower, affection and zeal in their thens, we may die like heathens, holy work.
The Comforter was but we must answer hereafter and promised, and according to that suffer as Christians. We are the promise, he came, to abide with temples of God; but what says the the Church of Christ, not for a sea. Apostle in the words immediately son only; but for ever. It is the following --" if any man defile the Holy Spirit, “ which searcheth all temple of God, him shall God de. things, yea even the deep things of stroy; for the temple of God is God, whose temples our bodies are, holy, which temple ye are.” And who dwelleth in us."
again, in the VIth chapter, “What, But this leads me to consider know ye not that your body is the how the Spirit of God dwelleth temple of the Holy Ghost, which is
in you, which ye have of God, and Let a man but examine the Scrip. ye are not your own?” Whether tures, and he will see, how large an then we defile it or not, our body office in the Christian dispensation, is still the temple of the Holy is fulfilled by the Spirit of Grace. Ghost; whether we obey bis influ. Through his influence we are ad- ence or despise it, the Spirit of God mitted into the Christian covenant; dwelleth in us. May he never so
except a man be born of water dwell in us, as hereafter to be a and of the Spirit, he cannot enter witness against us. into the kingdom of God." We To the repentant sinner most are baptized, therefore, according cheering is the thought, that the to the command of Christ himself, Spirit of God dwelleth in him : nor " in the name of the Father, of the dwelleth only, but in the language
of the Apostle, “ maketh interces of two extremes, either to presumpsion for us in groanings which tion, or to despair. These are not cannot be uttered.” And here we the “ fruits of the Spirit” which the cannot but observe and adore the Gospel bas pointed out. Obedimercies of God, in uniting Father, ence to the laws of God is the surest Son, and Holy Ghost, in bringing sign of the presence of his Holy. poor, frail, miserable nian, to peni. Spirit within us—" He that eth tence and to acceptance. Through me,” says Christ,“ keepeth my comChrist, says the Apostle, we have an mandments, and my Faiher will access by one Spirit unto the Father. love him, and we will come unto him, It is the Spirit then that, dwelling in and make our abode with him.” us,cherishes every good and repent. “ Work out your own salvation ant thought, and thus brings us to a then with fear and trembling, for merciful, though a neglected Sa- it is God who worketh in you both viour. It is that Saviour again, by to will and to do of his good pleawhose merits and intercession, we sure.” Think of him who dwelleth have access unto the Father. in you, and remember that he who
The Holy Spirit also, by dwelling despiseth, despiseth not man, but in us, in every temptation or trial, God. Let us meditate then in humsupports, assists, and comforts us. ble faith and holy gratitude, on those His blessed influence not only re. high privileges, with which, as chilcovers us after a fall, but preserves dren of the Gospel, we are invested. us from falling. It is the Holy Spi. Let us remember, that our bodies rit who affords spiritual life, light, and our souls are not our own, to and strength, through a thousand disgrace with folly or to pollute channels, which he only, who knows with crime, but that they are God's : ụs better than we know ourselves, that they are temples of the Holy could either open or supply. Ghost; and that he dwelleth in them.
Consider then who it is that dwel. Conscious, therefore, of the pre. leth in us; whom it is, that many of sence of such a guest, let us cultius neglect and despise; and what vate his influence and purify his will be the consequence of this neg- abode. The means of grace are lect. The same that was before the placed in our own hands, and at our food, when the Almighty said, “ My own disposal. To the voice of spirit shall not always strive with humble prayer the Spirit of God man.” The more we abandon the will ever listen ; at the holy table thoughts of God's Holy Spirit, the his feast is ever spread. These are more he will abandon us: till at the means by which his comfort and last we shall suffer that most fatal his grace will increase and flourish extremity of God's displeasure, a in our hearts; these are the means state of spiritual destitution. Sen- by which his influence will correct sible of no comfort, warned by no and purify our lives. And when suggestion, unconscious even of the God in his mercy has placed these existence of the Spirit of God within means in our reach, let them not us, we shall sink into the lethargy be placed in vain.
When men of sin and the infatuation of impeni, are too idle, too fastidious, or too tence.
prejudiced to use these easy and Consider, again, the signs of simple instruments of grace, the God's Holy Spirit dwelling in us. Spirit that dwelleth in theni will By what tokens shall we know that more and more withdraw his cheer. we have the Spirit of God? Not by ing and supporting power. any sensible feelings, or fanatical May the Almighty grant, that experiences, these are the delusive under these thoughts we may grow offspring of a beated and fanciful in every Christian grace and virtue, mind, and they generally lead to one that we inay be strengthened in