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Justly represented in a JOURNAL, kept by order of the Honourable Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge; with some General Remarks ;
By David BRAINERD, Minister of the Gospel, and Vissionary from the said Society: Published by the Reverend and worthy Correspondents of the said Society ;
with a Preface by them.” The Second part, extending from Noy 241h, 1745, to June 19th 1746, was published in the latter part of that year; and was entitled
Divine Grace Displayed ;
Among some of the Indians
Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge ;
with some General Remarks; To which is subjoined an Appendix, containing some account of sundry things,
and especially of the Difficulties attending the work of a Missionary among the Indians :
By David BRAINERD, Minister of the Gospel, and Missionary from the said Society: Published by the Reverend and worthy Correspondents of the said Society."
These two parts have always been called “BRAINERD'S JOURNAL;" and were published during his life.
BRAINERD died at the house of the Rev. JONATHAN EDWARDS, of Northampton, Oct. 9th, 1747 ; leaving all his papers in the hands of that gentleman, " that he might dispose of them as he thought would be most for God's glory, and the interest of Religion.” Of these, the most valuable was the Account of his early life and the original copy of his Diary. From these materials, Mr. EDWARDS prepared a Life of BRAINERD, an 8vo volume of 316 pages; which was published at Boston in 1749, with the following title ;
" An Account of the Life
Missionary to the Indians,
In the 30th year of his age :
for his own use; and now published,
By Jonathan Edwards, A. M.
Minister of the Gospel at Northampton.” It has been the intention of the Editor, to render this volume, as a Memoir of BRAINERD, complete. It contains the whole of the Life and Diary includin the JOURNAL, together with all his letters, and other writings (80 far as they are known to the Editor) and the concluding Reflections on his Memoirs, by President Edwards; all arranged in a regular series, according to the order of events, In addition to these, it contains two letters of JOAN BRAINERD and the Sermons of PEMBERTON and EDWARDS ; both of uncommon excellence,
The Diary of BRAINERN, a single point only excepted, is probably the best manual of Christian experience, ever yet published. The exception arises from the fact, that the native temperament of BRAINERD's mind inclined him to me lancholy. This, his biographer, and himself, towards the close of life, regarded as a serious unhappiness, not to say defect, in his character. If the requisite allowance be made for this constitutional infirmity, the diary will prove altogether useful to the private Christian. As an example of a mind tremulously apprehensive of sin, loathing it in every form, and for its own sake, avoiding even the appearance of evil, rising above all terrestrial considerations, advancing rapidly in holiness, and finding its only enjoyment in the glory of God; probably no similar word in any language, can furnish a parallel.
In the Reflections on the Memoirs of BRAINERD, as in a clear transparent mirror, the reader if he is not voluntarily blind, will discover the true character
of his own heart. The narrative of conversions, during the long Pentecost season at Crossweeksung, while it cannot fail to delight and animate the real Christian, will satisfy every mind open to conviction, that the Doctrines there taught were taught by the Apostles; and will teach every Minister, that to preach Christ Crucified is the only way to secure the co-operation of the Holy Spirit. The account given by BRAINERD of the Doctrines which he preached to the Indians, and their visible Effects ; of his method of learning their language; of his plan of Instruction ; and of the Difficulties in the way of Christianizing them, will also be peculiarly useful to the Missionary; while the Diary at large will furnish him an example of self-denial, of patience under privations and sufferings, and of glorving in infirmities, which Paul himself would have respected and loved. On the whole, the Editor is convinced that few works hitherto published, are calculated to be equally useful to the Church at large, or to the individual Christian; and, with these views concerning it, he cheerfully commends it to the blessing of Almighty God; without which the Word of Life, itself, becomes
savour of death unto death."
PREACHED IN NEWARK, JUNE 12, 1744,
ORDINATION OF MR. DAVID BRAINERD,
A MISSIONARY TO THE INDIANS
BORDERS OF NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA,
BY EBENEZER PEMBERTON, A. M.
PASTOR OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK.
LUKE XIV. 23.
And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways
and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
God erected this visible world as a monument of his glory, a theatre for the display of his adorable perfections. The heavens proclaim his wisdom and power in shining characters, and the whole earth is full of his goodness. Man was in his original creation excellently fitted for the service of God, and for perfect happiness in the enjoyment of the divine favour. But sin has disturbed the order of nature, defaced the beauty of the most disconsolate circumstances of guilt and misery.
The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state ; infinite pity touched the heart of the Father of mercies; and infinite wisdom. laid the plan of our recovery. The Majesty of heaven did not see meet to suffer the enemy of mankind eternally to triumph in his success ; nor leave his favourite workmanship irrecoverably to perish in the ruins of the apostacy. By a method, which at once astonishes and delights the spirits above, he opened a way for the display of his mercy, without any violation of the sacred claims of his justice; in which, the honour of the law is vindicated, and the guilty offender acquitted, sin is condemned, and the sinner eternally saved. To accomplish this blessed design, the beloved Son of God assumed the nature of man: in our nature died a spotless sacrifice for sin ; by the atoning virtue of his blood “he made reconciliation for iniquity,” and by his perfect obedience to the law of God, " brought in everlasting righteousness.
Having finished his work upon earth, before he ascended to his heavenly Father, he commissioned the ministers of his kingdom to “preach the gospel to every creature.” He sent them forth to make the extensive offers of salvation to rebellious sinners, and by all the methods of holy violence to “compel them to come in,” and accept the invitations of his grace. We have a lively representation of this in the parable, in which our text is contained.