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COMPENDIUM OF CORRESPONDENCE.
We receive many communications which, owing to the press of correspondence of a more important character, we have not space to insert entire ; and in some instances we doubt if it be intended by the writers, that they should be printed verbatim. We therefore purpose in future (when we have an accumulation of such correspondence, as in the present instance,) to adopt the plan of compressing it, and exhibiting the substance of each communication under the above head.
THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
took away my birthright ; and, behold,
now he hath taken away my blessing." On Matt. xxi, 43.
(Gen. xxvii, 36.) Neither of these were
actually possessed by Esau, though said to Our Correspondent Nil observes be taken from him : and thus of that on the text_“ The kingdom of generation of Jews
generation of Jews it may be said, that the
which 'God shall be taken from you and kingdom promised to them, and
they thought would immediately appear,' given to a nation bringing forth
is taken from them, and reserved for a " the fruits thereof"
nation bringing forth the fruit thereof. tion has ever yet done this? If
ED. none, the gift must be yet future. But yet the kingdom was to be
THE CONVERSION OF THE GENTILES. taken from the Jews, therefore they INQUIRER objects to the texts, previously possessed it. True, but which at page 118 we have alleged in what sense ? Is it not in a
to shew that the heathen will be typical sense, in the same manner converted by the Israelitish nation, they possessed the promises 9" He (viz. Isa. lxvi, 19, and Zech. ii, 11,) further considers, that when the that the latter makes no allusion to kingdom shall be possessed by a agents : the former mentions agents, nation bringing forth the fruit but they are Gentiles and not Jews, thereof, it will be antitypical,- being those of the nations who are the reality not the shadow.
said to escape the vengeance of the
Lord. (Verses 15, 16, 18.) They * We have cancelled those arguments
are the same nations (he observes) of our Correspondent Nil anticipated by described in Ezek. xxxix, 2; Joel üi, Trinitarius in the article beginning page 2, 15; Zech. xiv, 2, 3, 16; from 150, and which was not published when
among whom a remnant escapes, we received Nil's communication. Re
(viz. a sixth part.) This remnant minding the Reader, that it has been shown by Abdiel (pages 29–35) that in what- (he adds) will be converted by soever sense the kingdom may be said to • the destruction of their compahave been taken from the Jews, and (if
' nions in arms and the light of any will have it so) given to us, that there
the divine glory, and they will reis still a sense in which it is yet to come;
'turn to the countries from whence the offer one remark by way of further confirming, or perhaps of extending the view they came, and become missionof Nil in regard to what he says concern
aries to the Jews who are not reing the promises. Some things are said to
stored.' And I will send those be taken away, when they are only en
" that escape of them to the najoyed in expectation or by promise : wit
" tions, and they (the escaped of ness the birthright and blessing of Esau, concerning which he accuses Jacob—" he " the nations) shall bring your
brethren (the Jews) for an offer the bulk of the Jews will be con
ing to the Lord out of all na- verted by the immediate manifes«« tions.'
He quotes Isaiah lx, 12, tation of him whom they have as a further proof that the Gentiles pierced; (Rom. xi, 26 ;) and then will aid and serve the Jews; and in their turn they are to prove to concludes: After the day of the world, as life from the dead. · Pentecost the Gentiles received (v. 15.) Salvation is of the Jews" ' the Gospel from the Jews; but both at the first Gentile calling, and
at the commencement of the Mil- we apprehend also at the second ; ·lennium the Jews will receive the when again “ the word of the Lord
Gospel from the Gentiles. The shall go from Jerusalem.” (Mic. iv, reasoning of the Apostle is quite 2, Zech. xiv, 8.) conclusive : ‘For as ye in times
ED. past have not believed God, yet " have now obtained mercy through
ON MATT. X, 23. " their unbelief ; even so have these " also now not believed, that through
A Novice would explain the
phrase rr till the Son of Man be your mercy they also may obtain mercy. Rom. xi, 30, 31."
come” (see page 187) by Matt.
xvii, 28, explained by Peter to be We admit that Inquirer's reason
the power and coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ, which he witnessed ing is forcible, but not conclusive
in the holy Mount. to our own mind. We still doubt if the escaped of Isa. lxvi, 19 be
ON JOHN XIV, 2. not spoken of those previously idolatrous and perverse Israelites who The same Correspondent suggests, in the time of Jacob's trouble" " that Jesus may now be considered will be pleaded with in the wilder- as the nobleman gone into a far ness, and also scourged with the country, waiting the termination of affliction of war. (See Ezek. XX, the stewardship of his servants 33–38 and Zech. xiv, 1, 2.) The before his decision as to their de. nations which will come against serts and capabilities for honor and Jerusalem appear to be, from the service in his kingdom ?"* general current of Scripture, the kingdoms and allies of the Roman * This suggestion does not appear to earth : but those to whom the
us to remove the difficulty submitted by
Amicus, page 187, as to the sense in escaped are sent are Pul, Lud, Ja
which Jesus may be said to be preparing van, &c. who are the present Pagan a place during his absence for those sernations. To make good Inquirer's vants. view, one would expect the words to be "I will send those that
THE THIRD HEAVEN. escape of them back to their na
2 Pet. iii, 5-13. tions.” The phrase "all flesh” in verse 16 appears sometimes to be MIKROS, in respect to Nil's assergreatly limited : See Luke iii, 6, and tion (page 253) that he can disActs ii, 17.
cover no passage that instructs us, We grant that from Romans xi, which is the first heaven, which is 30, 31 the converted Gentiles will the second, or which is the third ;' be first made instrumental in calling inquires whether it is not to be a remnant out from among the Jews, clearly inferred from 2 Pet. iii, 5, which is even now fulfilling; but &c. He thinks “ Peter distinguishes
' in verse 5 " the heavens which deduces from 2 Pet. iii : for he argues were of old and the earth” before
that point as if Peter were speaking of
the material heavens and earth not yet the flood ; in the 7th verse the
created, but to be formed out of the heavens and the earth which are
dissolution of these : therefore Paul could now;" and in verse 13 «
not have seen this material globe in its vens and a new earth,” after these actual renovated state, but only as in a
vision. ED. have been dissolved, as described verses 7, 10, 12." This third heaven and earth he considers may
ON INSPIRATION. be THE HEAVEN of which
ABI-EL, expressing his satisfaction St. Paul was privileged to have a at our review of the works of view; as also of Paradise : and he
Messrs. Haldane and Carson, favours desires it may be noticed that there
us with the following concise exis a marked distinction in the phra- planation on the subject of Inspiraseology in which the Apostle de- tion, to be found under that word in scribes himself to have been carried the late Rev. J. Brown of Haddingto each place-being caught up (or ton's Dictionary of the Bible. . rather αφαι) ΕΩΣ τριτο Βρανε and “ The inspiration by which God ΕΙΣ τον παραδεισον. . He finally indited his word, was not merely observes, that Paul could not have
his influencing the minds of the had any doubt whether he had been sacred writers, so as to keep them in the body, had he been caught up from grosser faults, but his impressto the place of the Father's presence; ing their minds in such a manner, because this Apostle himself de- as fully convinced them they were clares, that he dwells in light moved of God, and his suggesting unto which no man can approach, to them what they should write, and and whom no man hath seen.
the very words fit for expressing it. 1 Tim. vi, 16. He considers there- Should we, with some learned men, fore that he saw the glorified saints, admit superintendence to preserve such as Enoch, Elijah and those who from gross errors, and no more, our came out of their graves after our Bible may be a mass of smaller erLord's resurrection, part of the rors, even in its original languages ; future inhabitants of the third hea- and if we admit the writers to have ven and earth; and afterwards the been left to themselves in the choice disembodied and not yet glorified of their words, for aught we know, saints in paradise.*
they may have every where express* We observe in regard to this state
ed the just ideas in words very imment, that the latter part of it is rather proper. 2 Tim. iii, 16.” destructive of the reasoning which Mikros
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THE TAKING OF JERICHO.
See, I have given into thy hand mentioned in the Old Testament, Jericho, and the King thereof and which has struck me as being typical 'the mighty men of valour, &c.” of the period of our Lord's return, Then follow particular directions is detailed in Joshua, v, 13 to vi, 2. concerning the mode in which Jeri. After the children of Israel, under cho was to be compassed, with a the command of Joshua the son of detailed account of the fall of the Nun, had passed through the bed of city at the last sounding of the the river Jordan, by the mighty trumpets a and the shouting of the working of the Lord their God who triumphant Israelites. Allits inhabitmiraculously made “
a way for his
ants were devoted to destruction, ransomed to pass over,” we are told
we are told except the harlot Rahab and her they encamped at Gilgal, where family, “who perished not with the whole congregation was circum- them that believed notwhen she had cised, and the reproach of Egypt received the spies with peace.” was rolled away from them. And Rahab it seems (see verse 25) had
it came to pass when Joshua was a perpetual residence in the land of by Jericho, that he lifted up his Israel,
Israel, “because she hid the messeneyes and looked, and, behold, there gers which Joshua sent to spy out stood a man over against him with · Jericho." his sword drawn in his hand : and Bearing in mind the true nature Joshua went unto him, and said of a typical history I think there ' unto him, Art thou for us or for will be little difficulty in determinour adversaries? And he said, ing the above short account to be Nay, but as Captain of the Host of descriptive generally, though not in the Lord am I now come. And detail, of the part to be performed · Joshua fell on his face to the earth by Israel on their return from a ‘and did worship, and said unto worse than Egyptian captivity; Him, what saith my Lord unto His when, under the leading of the great servant? And the Captain of the Joshua (or Jesus*) they shall enter Lord's host said unto Joshua, into the antitypical and everlasting Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; and complete possession of the land, ' for the place whereon thou stand- given by promise unto Abraham ' est is holy. And Joshua did so. and to his seed. The time, the per
(Now Jericho was straitly shut up, sons, and the attendant circum• because of the children of Israel; stances, such as the salvation of none went out and none came in.) Rahab and her family, all shew a And the Lord said unto Joshua, striking appositeness and typical
a 1 Cor. xv, 52. b Heb, xi, 31. * It may be needless to inform the Reader that Joshua and Jesus are the same name. Acts vii, 45 and Heb. iv, 8 both relate to Joshua. INVESTIGATOR, No. X.
resemblance to the great and won- priestly and regal dignity which drous events, which I believe will shall be the lot of the bride of soon burst upon the world; though, Christ. To complete this was the alas! they are little looked for and object of Jehovah in visiting the less desired. The natural children Gentiles; so that taking out of of Abraham have been so long op- them a people for his name," He pressed, afflicted, degraded and out might add them as living branches cast, that any expectation of their to that good olive tree from which rising again to dignity and glory in the Jews were broken off because of the scale of nations, is regarded by unbelief, and under whose shade the most as little better than the product fleshly nations of the coming disof an enthusiastic fancy or an un- pensation shall enjoy protection and justifiable literalizing of Scripture. repose. We have been liberal This sentiment has been encourag- enough in leaving to Israel the ed by that method of interpretation inheritance of a curse; forgetting so common among commentators, that he who plucked up has promised which almost exclusively applies the to plant, who dispersed has propromises, made to the Church of mised to restore ; and that we sin the latter day, to the Gentiles; for- both against true interpretation, and getting that consistency requires, against our brethren of the seed of and that true scriptural criticism Abraham, (through whom, be it ever will insist upon, an appropriation of remembered, SALVATION the blessing to the same people us,) if we refuse to assign to them, which, in an undivided prophetic in our scriptural inquiries, that pordiscourse, was threatened with the tion which they shall assuredly pos
Origen and his school did sess in the land of their fathers upmuch in this way to mystify and ob- on the mountains of Israel. scure many of the plainest and most The words of one highly and debeautiful passages in holy Writ: servedly esteemed by the Church and although the writings of bishop would form
a good motto Horsley and others have doubtless affix to prophetic disquisitions : removed a mass of ignorance and “ where it can be, the farther from a prejudice from the Church; yet it is figurative interpretation the better." surprising to observe, how much men e may spiritualize God's word are still led away by a system from till we make it a riddle without a the simplicity of truth. Our best meaning, or at least till it seems and most deservedly esteemed com- only to be understood by him who mentators (such as Scott, Doddridge has the most poetical and fanciful and Henry) might be adduced on imagination. I do trust, since the many points, were it necessary to attention given of late to the proprove my assertion.
phetic Scriptures, that a more truly Selfishness is truly the " sin sober way of explaining the word of which easily besets us :" but we God is obtaining among us.
-The should hardly expect so determined Lord increase our real knowledge of an appropriation to the Gentile his truth, that we may enjoy and Church of what manifestly belongs glorify himself therein! And oh ! to restored Israel; (I mean Israel that amidst the all absorbing politics after the flesh ;) especially when of these awful times,-when- men's most of the blessings are of a tem- hearts are failing them for fear and poral nature, (though pure and holy for looking for those things which in their kind,) and far inferior to the are coming on the earth,”-oh!