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but then immediately, as if cor. human appearance, there is no recting herself, she lift up both prospect of it.” "I know her hands, and looking up, with that,” said she : and stretching great cheerfulness in her eyes, out her arm, which was skin she cried, * This pain is noth. and bone, “ He that made these ing, joy, heaven!” which were bones may put flesh upon them the last words I heard her speak. again, if he pleases.”

The first sight we had of that do you desire it,” said I; strange transport in her, which " shall we pray for it with sub. was about six o'clock that mission to his will ?” “ Hold," morning, had an effect upon me said she; then musing a while, more than upon herself. It lit. said, “ let me see ; I am erally turned our mourning into in the flower of my age, going joy ; for she expressed herself in my thirtieth year ; I have a with that liveliness and assur- kind husband, good children, ance, as forced her husband and and loving friends, and plenty other relations to express their enough in the world, I want joy likewise ; and what tears nothing : are not these all the there were, were of joy and as. reasons any one can have to wish tonishment. I remember, while to live? And I was very desir. she was describing to

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ous to live, if it were God's blessedness she had seen, she will; but now I would not live took notice of her sister weep- for all the world ; nothing in ing by her, and turning to her, the world could relish with me took her kindly by the hand, now.

After what I have seen, and said, “What do you do ? all would be dead and insipid to Don't you believe

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” said her sister, “ I do.” ten thousand pounds a year. I “No,” said she, “you don't ; was loath to leave you (said she for if you did, you would not to her husband) and

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children cry. Indeed, indeed, I tell you being young ; and was very un. nothing but what I have seen, easy to think of their coming and what is true."

under a mother-in-law ; but The first impression I had of they are in God's hands, and I this strange sight was, that it lay no desire upon you, said she was a delirium or lightness in to her husband, not to marry the head : I had a mind to try again. No; these desires, the sincerity of it all the ways I which some dying people hare, could. She had all along, dur- savor too much of the world: ing her sickness, expressed an marry in God's name, when you uneasiness at dying, and was find it convenient for you, but very desirous to live, with due don't forget my two girls. Tis submission to the will of God. true, I leave you no son ; but After the first expression of her two good girls are better than transport, I said, “God has

one naughty boy, said she, with been very gracious to you, and a pleasant air, and you know not he may do more still.” More,” what a boy might have proved. said she, “ what can be more ?I was indeed loath to leare you, " He may restore you again to but now I would not stay with your perfect health, though, in you (speaking to her husband)

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nor with you, nor you, nor you,” hand, said, “ No, indeed, I am (turning to several friends about not angry with you, but I thank her ;) but raising herself up, and you heartily for all the pains stretching both her arms in an you have taken with me, and it embracing posture, said, “I has not been in vain; God re. wish I could take you all with ward you." I then told her, me; but you must stay God's " That I heartily blessed God time, that is best."

with her, and for her, but more I was now fully satisfied there for myself ; for I looked upon was no delirium in the case, and it, that this wonderful change the trouble I was under an hour was wrought in her, and that before hung still upon me. I she was sent back from death to then kneeled down upon the life more for my sake than her bed by her, and said, Among own; for she soon would have all the rest, what have I done had the benefit of it, though we that you are angry with me?” should not have known it; “With you !” said she, “ why? but that I doubted whether I what's the matter ?

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trouble gave 66 and refused to have me pray even to despondence: but by you." " When was that,” that now God had in a wonder. said she? I said,

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ful manner relieved me, and ago.” “Oh! an hour ago," given me comfort, which I hopshe replied ; 66 I was then ed would remain with me till otherwise employed, as you find, my dying hour.” Then I ask. and you disturbed me.'

ed; “if I should pray by her.” disturbed me much more," said “Yes,” said she, “ with all my I; " for it brought into my

heart; but instead of the pardon mind what you used so often to of my sins, as you used to pray, say, that the hour of death was let all now be praise and glory the time of trial; and if you to God, who has already parfound then, I had indeed made doned them.” Then I kneeled the way too easy and deceived down and repeated, gloria in you, you should not then bear

excelsis, glory be to God on the sight of me: this I took to high, &c. as it is in the end be the case, and it gave me great of the communion service, all disturbance; for I

the company joining, and re. pected to hear another word peating with me aloud : and she from you."

“ Therefore,” said to all present, “I will tell said she, “ I was sent back to you what the Lord hath done satisfy you, that the way is sure for my soul, he has granted me though it be easy; and I have every thing I desired ; I prayed received full assurance, which for an easy passage, for I was leaves no doubt behind it, that more afraid of dying than of my sins are all pardoned through death, and he has granted it me; the all-sufficient satisfaction of for though I feel my pains and my blessed Savior, and that I am see death approaching, the hor. now going to that place which I ror of it is taken away, and I

and hope to meet you desire to be dissolves, and to be there ;” and taking me by the with Christ; and the joy that I VOL. II. New Series.

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have seen abates my pains, that thirtieth psalm (the psalm for I feel them not as I did before... the day of the month, the sixth I can bear them now. Oh! day,) " His wrath endureth but what great things has God done the twinkling of an eye, and in for me, far beyond what I could his pleasure is life : heaviness ask or think ! The hand of the may endure for a night, but joy Lord is gracious; wait for him.” cometh in the morning." Then I said, 6 One comfort was, that she said, Lord, now lettest it delivered us from our bodily thou thy servant depart in peace pains.” She added, " and from for mine eyes have seen thy sal. our infirmities, and from our vation.” And thus she did desins, that we should no more part in peace the sixth of March, provoke that good God, who had 1700. created us, and shed his blood to The truth of this, as to what redeem us, that is much more relates to her death, can be at. comfortable.” Then I remind tested by her husband and oth. ed her how God had verified to ers, yet living, who were pres. her, and to me too, that in the ent.

RELIGIOUS COMMUNICATIONS.

DOCTRINE THE FOUNDATION OF DUTY.

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fruit with the sap and root. If before there will be effects; there you destroy the body or the must be a foundation, before roots of a tree, you can have no there will be a superstructure. . fruit. Nor is it less evident, The doctrines of christianity are that if

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the doc. the foundation, and its laws the trines of revelation, you destroy directory, of that system of the foundation of its precepts, practice which men are required and of all moral duties. But to pursue; and it is from those

some may say, there are those, doctrines, this directory, who disbelieve and deny the code of practical rules, re. main doctrines of the Bible, and sults. If we rightly under. yet admit its precepts and mainstand the doctrines of the Bi. iain moral and respectable charble, we shall perceive the rea. acters. Yes ; but what is their sonableness and propriety of the morality in the eyes of the holy precepts. We shall see the per. and jealous God? They have fect harmony which subsists be- nothing of that obedience, which tween them; we shall see that will meet his approbation and they are inseparable. The du. acceptance. He requires the ties of the christian system are heart, and an acquiescent and as intimately connected with the unshaken faith in all the truths doctrines, as the branches of a of his word. Without faith it tree are with the body, or the is impossible to please God,

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But faith embraces all the prom. ity on which Moses was to act, inent and distinguishing doc. and the duties which the Israel. trines of the Bible, which are

ites owed him as a messenger of the life and glory of that inspir. the Most High, rested on the ed volume. These are its ob. self existence and the incommu. jects ; on these it fastens, and nicable perfections of Jehovah. grasping them, as immutable On the same exalted and un. truths, it works by love and changeable principles, a cordial brings forth fruits unto praise, submission to the government of and glory, and honor.

God and a reverential adoration Duty indeed respects the heart of his Majesty, are inculcated as well as the life. Yea, it be. on his people. The sovereign gins in the heart; and no duty, mandate is clothed in this solemn in the sense of the gospel or of and expressive language ; "Be the law, is performed, unless the still and know that I am God.” heart is renewed, and warmed Ps. xlvi. 10. with love to God.

But as soon Again, He is our Creator ; a person spiritually under therefore we are bound to revea stands the doctrines of the Bible rence his authority, and obey his and embraces them with a cordial commands. The relation in faith; he will discover the intin which the creature stands to the mate conpexion between them Creator necessarily involves cerand the precepts of christianity, tain obligations. We are fear. and cheerfully perform the cor. fully and wonderfully made; and respondent duties.

therefore ought to praise and The truth that the duties of honor his name. Thus reasoned christianity grow out of its doc- David. trines, may be illustrated and He is our Preserver and Bene. confirmed by an induction of factor ; consequently it is our particular instances, We will duty, to bless and obey, to wor. begin with the doctrine of the ship and glorify Him. By the existence of God. This doctrine goodness of God, we ought also Jies at the foundation of all re- to be led to a sincere repentance ligion. And what are the du- of our sins. ties, which spring from this Further, the infinite power of source? They are love, trust, Jehovah should teach us the danpraise, adoration, reverence, and ger of offending him, and induce obedience. When Moses was us to reverence his high and holy sent to effect the deliverance of

name; and also should persuade Israel from Egypt, his commis- us to live lives of humility, fear, sion and his obligations to obe- and prayer. dience, as well as the hopes of The holiness of God lays us the Israelites, were founded on under obligation to have clean the independent and eternal ex. hands and pure hearts. Hear istence of Jehovah. “God said what an apostle said to his brethunto Moses, I AM THAT I

66 As he which hath cal). AM: and Ile said, Thus shalt ed you is holy, so be ye holy in thou say unto the children of all manner of conversation : BeIsrael, I AM hath sent me unto cause it is written, Be ye holy ; yon." Ex. iii. 14. The author. for I am holy.1 Pet. i. 15, 16. The truth of God renders it what? To open the way for the our duty to love truth, to buy salvation of wretched, helpless it and sell it not, and to speak the sinners. This amazing love coo. truth in love. This likewise fers the highest obligations on obliges us to believe all tbat us to love and obey, to praise God has spoken.

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and honor his name. Think of The justice of God shews us the sufferings of the Lord of glo. the reasonableness and necessity ry; and instantly and unreserv. of our being just to our fellow. edly give ayour ownselves to him, men, i.e. of being just on a right and consecrate all your time, principle.

talents, and privileges to the proEach of the perfections of motion of his honor in the world, Jehovah lays a proper founda- From this we pass to those tion for the practice of religion. truths, which display his love What God is in himself, aside in the saving application of the from every other consideration, benefits of his death. The doc. induces upon us the strongest trine of the new birth teaches obligations to glorify him with the necessity of purity of heart our bodies and spirits which are and life. We must be born his. “Keep my Sabbaths, and again, or we shall not enter the reverence my sanctuary : I am kingdom of heaven. This doc the Lord,Lev. xix. 30. It trine shews us our obligations is not necessary that there be to walk in newness of spirit, any other reason assigned for and not in the oldness of the let. our obedience, than the name of ter. God. His excellence, greatness,

From the election of grace, and supremacy, render it proper some important duties arise. for him to command, and us Electing love teaches the sinner to obey. Here is the prime to cast himself at the foot of the source and exalted ground of cross, and to give the whole inan's duty. God, however, praise to the Father, Son, and has been pleased to encourage his Holy Spirit. While it excludes all people in the ways of obedience, boasting, it binds the believer to by making to them the most the strictest and most cheerful precious promises both for time obedience. and eternity.

The doctrine of adoption is From the existence and per. fruitful in good works. God fections of God and their corres. receives those who are convert. pondent duties, we proceed to ed into a state of friendship with the doctrine of redeeming grace. himself, and acknowledges them and the duties resulting from it. as members of his spiritual fam. The love which Christ has man. ily. The children of Christ will ifested in dying on the cross sincerely and fervently desire to should constrain us to love and live to the praise of him who serve him.

Our hearts must loved them, and called them into be as hard as the nether mill. his kingdom.

his kingdom. Love and obc. stone not to be impressed and dience are the fruits of their softened by the account which adoption. the gospel gives of the death of The doctrine of gracious jus. the Son of God. He died : fortification teaches the importance

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