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have reproached the Jews for not believing the New Testament, and yet never have put that volume into their hands in their own language, that they might know what they were to believe ! * This conduct of Christians might be called an infatuation, were it not prophesied that thus it should be. They did not think of giving the Gospel to a people of whom the Prophet had said,“ that they should be remova “ ed into all the kingdoms of the earth for 6 their Hurt, to be a reproach, and a proverb, " and a taunt, and a curse." Jer. xxiv. 0. But we can now " speak comfortably to Jeru. o salem, and cry unto her that her WARFARE is 56 ACCOMPLISHED;" for it is prophesied again, “ That blindness in part is happened to Israel,
* Translations of portions of the New Testament into different dialects of the Hebrew language have been made by different persons at different times ; but these have been rather intended as exercises for the scholar, or 'for the use of the learned, than for the use of the Jews. The Romish Church printed a version of the Gospels in Hebrew, and the whole Syriac New Testament in the Hebrew character ; but it would not give the book to that people who could read it. In Spain and Portugal they condemned the Jews to the flames, for professing Judaism, but they would not give them the New Testament that they might learn Christianity. The English Church, which has succeeded the Romish Church as first in influence and dignity, has not, as yet, given the New Testament to the Jews. The Church of Scotland has not given it. The chief praise is due to some of the Protestant divines in Universities on the Continent, who published some parts of the New Testament in what is called German Hebrew, and dispersed copies among the Jews, as they had opportunity. It is encouraging to know tbat even this partial attempt was not without success.
UNTIL the fulness of the Gentiles be come 5 in.” Rom. xi. 25. By this prophecy we see that the conversion of the Jews is connected with that of the Gentiles : and is to be, if not contemporaneus, at least, an imme. diate consequent. But the conversion of the Gentiles has already commenced ; and commenced with most remarkable success.
And ñow behold the preparation for the conversion of the Jews! Add to this, the Jews themselves contemplate some change to be at hand. It is certainly true that both among the Jews in the East and in the West tliere is, at this time, an expectation of great events in regard to their own nation. It is not unlike that exPECTATION, which pervaded the Roman Empire before the coming of the Messiah.
We are now to notice a remarkable peculiarity in all these three Eras of Light.
In the first Era, when our Saviour preached his own Gospel, and performed wonderful works, there were some who denied that the work was from God; and he was said to be " beside himself;" and to do these works by the power of the “ prince of darkness.” But our Lord's answer to them was in these words, " The works that I do, bear witness of me, 66 that the Father hath sent me." John v. 36. And when the apostle Paul preached the Gospel of Christ, he was accounted “ a fool for « Christ's sake: he was reviled, persecuted, 66 and defamed.” i Cor. iv. 10. But he could appeal to the GREAT WORK which he performed, “ the deliverance of the Gentiles from « darkness to light.”
In the second Era, at the Reformation, LuTHER and those other great Teachers whom God so highly honoured, were also called Enthusiasts, and were accused of a flagrant and misguided zeal. But “ the works which they - did” testified that they were sent of God, as Ambassadors of Christ, of which the con. version of our own nation is an evidence to this day:
In the Third Era of Light, those eminent persons who were chiefly instrumental in diffusing it, were in like manner called Enthusiasts. But “ the works which they did, tes“ tify that they were also Ambassadors of « Christ,” and “ able ministers of the New “ Testament,” preaching unto men the doctrine of life; of which, REMOTE nations as well as our own, will bear witness at a future day.
For let us dispassionately contemplate the works that have followed the revival of Religion in this country. We now stand at some distance, and can survey the object in all its parts, and in its just proportion. We stated these works to be,
1. An increased knowledge of the Holy Scriptures; producing
2. A cultivation of the principles of the Gospel, and the practice of the virtues of subordination, loyalty, and contentment.
3. The almost universal Instruction of the POOR : so that it may be truly said, “ The poor “ have the Gospel preached to them."
4. The more general worship of God in our land.
5. The publication of the Bible in new languages; and,
6. The promulgation of Christianity among all nations; to Jews and to GENTILES.
Are these works of darkness? Are they not rather the works which are called in Scripture « the fruits of the Spirit ?" Let a man beware how he arraigns or contemns those works which he may not perfectly comprehend, lest peradventure he should speak a word against the operation of God the Holy Ghost. There are many at this day who say they believe in ONE God. These may be Deists and others. There are many who say they believe in God the Son, after a certain manper. These may be Socinians, and Pelagians, But the true
criterion of the faith of a Christian at this day, is to acknowledge the continued influences of God the Holy Ghost. “ By this shall ye “ know them,”-For the Apostle Paul hath said, “ That no man can say that Jesus is the & Lord but by the Holy Ghost.” i Cor. xii. 3. And our Saviour hath said that the Holy Ghost shall abide with his Church " FOR EVER. " John xiv. 16.
But those who deny the influence of the Holy Spirit, will also deny the works of the Spirit. What more undeniable work of the Spirit can be VISIBLE in the Church of Christ than the sending forth preachers to preach the everlasting Gospel to the heathen world? What nobler or purer work of righteousness can be imagined than the giving the Holy BIBLE to all nations ? And yet there are many who behold both undertakings with indifference, or even hostility, Others there are who, professing a purer theology, cannot deny the truth and justice of the principle, but they argue against THE WAY: they contend for the old way; as if a man should think to evangelize the world after the fashion of his own parish. They say they would conduct these new and grand designs after the old precedent: when the truth is, there has been no precedent for what is now doing, in its présent extent, for nearly eighteen centuries past. Christ and