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THE close of another year affords to the Editor of "The Englishwoman's Magazine" another opportunity of expressing her sense of the public favour by which that periodical has been distinguished.
With respect to the future conduct of the work, it may suffice that the Editor should observe, that while she must ever be anxious that the Magazine should recommend itself to persons of refined taste and of superior education; and that it should be attractive as well as useful to its readers generally; it will always be her pre-eminent desire and aim to render it, under the Divine blessing, instrumental to the diffusion of the essential principles of Christianity; of those great revealed truths, the vast importance of which will only be fully known when time shall have given place to eternity.
The Vicarage, Appleby, Westmoreland,
Interior of Milan Cathedral, Duchy of Milan, Italy
The Rialto at Venice, Italy
Petrarch's House at Arqua, Italy
The Temple of Vesta, and House of Rienzi, Italy
Naples, from the sea, Italy
Place Salone, Padua, Italy
Watch-Towers at Bologna, Italy
o produce HOLINESS, is the end of the various offices of
⚫ Rom. i. 4.
+ Vide Essentials of Christianity, Part I. Chapter III. "Englishwoman's
The motives, views, and habits of the soul, in which the Spirit of holiness thus resides; the influence of these motives, views, and habits, upon every branch of duty; and the displays of the power of the Holy Ghost in subduing all opposition made to his work, will now engage our attention.
In considering the motives, views, and habits, of the renewed soul, the Preface to the Decalogue may be our guide: I AM THE LORD THY God, who brouht thee out of the house of bondage.
It would lead me beyond my present purpose to show, that the whole Old-Testament dispensation was typical of the Christian scheme; that, in particular, the history of the people of Israel, redeemed from Egypt, and conducted by God through the wilderness to the land of Canaan, does constantly, by that mystic allegory which is a peculiar glory of the Sacred writings, intimate to us the spiritual people of God, redeemed from sin and Satan, and conducted through this world to a better. The Epistle to the Hebrews abundantly illustrates this; nor will it be disputed by any whose understandings have been effectually opened, that they might understand the Scriptures.† I shall, therefore, without further apology, make this allegorical use of the Preface to the Decalogue.
I AM THE LORD.-THE SPIRIT is now directing the believer into the way of holiness. He shows him, therefore, in the first place, who and what the God whom he is to worship really is. He is not such a God as men naturally dream of; but the God of the Scriptures; who exists in three Persons; the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY GHOST; and whose attributes and perfections are infinitely glorious and excellent, and worthy to be loved for their own sake. Glorious and excellent, however, as they are, these attributes and perfections will not excite love in the soul in any such degree as to produce a steady course of obedience, unless the believer have also a view of the Lord as his God: "I am the Lord, THY God." This view the Spirit of adoption has given him; but a further motive to gratitude and loving service is added, in the words, "which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."
"Hear me;" says God to the believing soul, by his Spirit. "I have caused thee to know me in that peculiar manner in which only my own people know me. Contemplate Me, O my creature. Is there not in Me whatever is calculated to win thy heart and to engage all thy affections? Because thou couldst not reach unto Me, I have come down to thee; and in human flesh have displayed all the glory of my God• Vide Lowth, Prælectio xi. Luke xxiv. 45.