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be spent in the love and fear of our publications and addresses of the great Creator?

Friends in this country. "It is of unspeakable importance to all, that they should know their own wills and dispositions regulated

ORDINATION. and sanctified by the power of the On the 10th instant, the PresbyHoly Spirit. If this engagement of tery of Philadelphia met in the heart be earnest and frequent, hum

Third Presbyterian Church in this ble views of ourselves ensue, a dis city, and solemnly set apart to the trust in our rational powers as suf

work of the gospel ministry, the ficient for the great work of salva Rev. John H. VANCOURT. In this tion is induced: we are taught the service, the Rev. Wm. M. Engles inestimable blessing which those en

preached the sermon, from Ezek. joy who attain to a reliance on holy xxxii. 7, 8; the Rev. Dr. Ely preaid; and whilst we are brought low

sided, proposed to the candidate the in our own estimation, and are fear

constitutional questions, and offerful to speak of our religious attain

ed the ordaining prayer; and the ments, we are enabled to rejoice in Rev. Thomas J. Biggs, of Frankford, Him in whom we have believed." delivered the charge.

It is expected that Mr. Vancourt “Be very careful then, we be will labour for some time as a misseech you, not to read publications sionary; and with this view, espe. which openly or indirectly, incul cially, he was ordained, without cate a disbelief in the benefits pro- having at present any pastoral cured to us by the sufferings and charge. death of Christ, in the divinity of Him our Lord and Saviour, or in the perceptible guidance of his Spi

Bible Society of Philadelphia. ."

On Wednesday the 2nd instant,

the annual meeting of The Bible May these, may all our dear Society of Philadelphiawas held friends, be impressed with the con in the Methodist Episcopal Church, tinued necessity of watchfulness un in Fourth street. An interesting to prayer, and of being clothed with report of the proceedings the last humility, as with a garment. The year was read by the managers ; faithful disciple will guard against from which it appeared that the sorelying too much on former experi- | ciety had distributed 4435 copies of ence: he will find that an increase of the scriptures, besides 3750 poryears produces an increasing con tions of the inspired volume for the viction that we are entirely depen use of Sabbath schools; making, dent upon God for fresh supplies of since the commencement of their strength; but he will be animated to labours, a total of 57,865, exclupersevere, from the consoling hope sive of the separate portions. They that if faith and patience continue, have printed 109,737 copies of the Christian virtues will increase; hu scriptures; and have now in the mility, meekness, and liveliness of

press two editions; of the New Tesspirit will be prevalent in advanced tament 1000, and of the Bible 500. life: and a final admission will be The report having been read, a granted into the everlasting king motion was made by the Rev. Mr. dom of our Lord Jesus Christ.” M Ginnis, and seconded by the

An example worthy of imitation. Rev. Mr. Roche, that it should be It would afford us peculiar pleasure printed and published. These gento see the same and other great doc tlemen supported the motion by aptrines of the gospel brought out, propriate addresses. distinctly and fully, to view in the

The managers, we understand,


Lo! Christ, o'er Satan, sin and death,
Yonder in triumph sits on high :
Fly, happy soul, with eager wings;
Away to Jesus swiftly fly!

intend to pursue sóme vigorous measures for increasing the number of subscribers to this valuable institution. It has done much in the benevolent work of distributing the word of life among the destitute, but not as much as would have been done, had its funds been more ample. The population of this city will warrant us in asserting that the subscribers ought to be multiplied ten-fold. . Indeed every one who has the ability should deem it a privilege as well as a duty to subscribe his name to this important society. When therefore an application shall be made, all, it is hoped, who have not, will cheerfully contribute.

George Moir. The subject of this single but striking anecdote, was comparatively little known in the religious world; but we are informed that in his life there was an eminent display of the power of evangelical truth, as at its conclusion of holy triumph over death. After having been worn out by long and painful illness, bis wife told him that the change of his countenance indicated the speedy approach of death. “Does it,” he replied, “Bring me a glass.” On looking at him. self in the glass, he was struck with the appearance of a corpse which he saw in his countenance, but giving the glass back, he said with calm satisfaction, " Ah, death hath set his mark on my body, but Christ hath set his mark upon my soul."


Selections. Wolfangus Musculus. This celebrated divine was a German reformer. He was born in 1497, and during life, passed through a variety of chequered scenes. He rose from a state of such poverty and meanness, that while in it, he obtained a subsistence by singing from door to door, to a situation of respectability and importance, and was professor of divinity at Berne, in Switz. erland. Though once enveloped in the darkness of popery, he became an active and zealous supporter of the gospel of truth ; and was a man of great application and deep learning. A little before his death, he composed some Latin verses, of which the following translation has been given. My fainting life is nearly gone ; My frame is chill'd with dying cold : But Jesus, thou, my better life, Canst neither sicken nor be old. Why tremblest, then, my parting soul? To mansions of eternal rest That angel waits to guide thy way, And bless thee there among the blest. Quit then, I quit, this wretched house, Nor, at its ruin, once repine : God soon shall build it up again, And bid it with new lustre shine. But, art thou all-defild with sins ? Fear not, my soul, thou ne'er shalt fall; Believe his faithful word, and know, The blood of Christ can cleanse them all. Can death a thousand horrors show ? True, soul; but what death to thee? Life is at hand, the promis'd life, And, like its giver, sure and free.

I am the Light of the World."

John viii, 12. Fountain of life, of truth and love!

The Father's glory and delight! Worshipp'd on earth, ador'd above,

Thou art indeed the world's true Light. At thy command, yon sun displays

His beams, and scatters blessings round, Pours his life-giving, vivid rays

Through every part of nature's bound. But not to nature's bound confin'd,

Great Source of intellectual light, Thou cam'st to illume the darken'd mind,

And make the path to glory bright. Amidst affliction's darkest gloom,

Thou bid'st the shades of sorrow flee; Thy rays the mourner's breast illume,

And guide the wand'rer home to thee. And when the close of life draws nigh,

And all the pow'rs of nature fail, Thy smiles, dear Saviour! from on high

Can lighten up Death's gloomy vale. Sun of the World! arise and shine,

Enlighten, warm, and cheer this heart; The conscience owns thy pow'r divine,

Thy beams can endless bliss impart. When on the world I close my eyes,

Grant me this boon-I ask no more Effulgent on this soul arise,

And guide me safe to Canaan's shore.


74, South Second St. Philailelphia, At 83 per annum, or 82.50 if paid in advance.



JUNE, 1821.

institution has been appointed by Communications. the Great Head of the church, and

a desire to derive the benefit for the conveyance

of which it was deBRIEF THOUGHTS ON BAPTISM.

signed to be the vehicle. In this (Continued from page 224.) case, it merits respectful notice.

In reply to this inquiry we shall But it may be asked, of what

just hint at two purposes for which use is baptism? An inquiry that baptism was instituted. may be prompted by two very dif One is, to afford to adults a faferent states of mind. If it proceed vourable opportunity for making a from a temper determined to regard solemn and public dedication of the ordinance as destitute of autho themselves to the service and glory rity, unless its use be perceived of God. All who sincerely and and acknowledged, it deserves se properly receive this sacred rite, vere animadversion. Does it be will have previously made this act come creatures to dispute the pro of devotion in private. But this by priety of appointments made by no means renders a public repetitheir Creator? Is it for us, who are tion of it unnecessary. It is well but of yesterday, to question the known in the experience of exerwisdom of any institution ordained cised Christians, how much it conby the great Jehovah ? Should it not tributes to their stability in relibe deemed sufficient to satisfy our gion, frequently and daily to renew minds that an appointment is both. their covenant engagements with wise and useful, to be informed God: And if benefit result from that it is his appointment? Neither this act when done in secret, may its wisdom nor its utility can be af we not anticipate more from the fected by the dulness of our percep performance of it in public, attendtion. These properties are inde ed by circumstances calculated to pendent of our apprehensions; they deepen on the mind the rememremain precisely the same whether brance of the interesting transacwe perceive them or not; just as tion, and to strengthen the ties by light is light, whether the human which we bind ourselves to our eye see it or not. Humility be God? comes us; and it should always be Nor is the advantage arising from sufficient to silence every objec such a solemn act of public devotion tion, to know that the Lord hath confined to the recipient of the orcommanded or appointed a thing. dinance. It may do good to spec

But the question may proceed tators. For when baptized Chrisfrom a very different state of mind; tians witness the dedication of anofrom a disposition to understand ther to the service of God, they are the purpose for which this positive reminded of the sacred engageVOL. 1.


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ments that have been imposed upon Christ's, then are ye Abraham's
them by the same religious rite; seed, and heirs according to the
and when others who live in disre promise.” What promise? Doubt-
gard of their duty, behold one re less the promise of this perpetual
nouncing the world, the flesh, and covenant.
the devil, and publicly vowing to Now, of this covenant, circumci-
lead a new and holy life, and to sion was, at its institution, appoint-
spend the remainder of his days in ed to be the token, that is, the sign
glorifying his Creator, must they and seal. This office it continued
not be at once solemnly admonish to perform until it was superseded
ed of their criminal conduct, and by the introduction of baptism, the
sweetly allured to obedience, by an Christian token, or sign and seal, of
example so worthy of imitation? God's gracious covenant. That cir-
Few scenes can be more interesting cumcision has been abolished, ad.
and impressive, than the public bap mits of no doubt. It will therefore
tism of pious adults. Many an in follow that, if baptism has not been
dividual has been indebted to such substituted in its place, the cove-
exhibitions of duty for convictions, nant has no seal. Were this ad.
that have ultimately issued in a mitted to be the fact, it would pre-
sound and saving conversion. sent a strange anomaly in the his-
Besides, baptism was instituted

tory of the divine economy toward to be a sign and seal of God's cove the church: for all other covenants nant with his church. A record of which God condescended to make this covenant we find in the seven with men were confirmed by a seal; teenth chapter of the book of Gene the covenant of works by the tree sis. They are greatly mistaken who of life, the covenant of Noah by the imagine that this covenant was a rainbow, and the covenant of Horeb part of the Mosaic appointment, and by the blood of sacrifices. And is that it expired with the former eco it reasonable to suppose that this nomy. Against such a conclusion,

covenant, made with the church, an inspired apostle has guarded us. after having been confirmed for ages From Rom. iv. 11-17, it appears, by a visible seal, should, having its that by this covenant Abraham was seal torn away, be left to operate constituted the head and father of without such a help to the faith of all believers, whether circumcised God's people? It is incredible. We or not, whether Jews or Gentiles; bless our covenant Jehovah it is not their father, not merely as an illus the fact. He has been graciously trious pattern of faith and obe mindful of the infirmity of our faith, dience, but as a covenant-head, to and provided for our support a new transmit the blessing of this cove seal; a seal better adapted to the nant to all his spiritual seed. Hence milder dispensation under which he in proving his assertion, the apostle has placed his church. Baptism is cites a part of this very covenant; now the appointed seal, substituted “ As it is written, I have made in the room of the ancient seal which thee a father of


nations." accorded with the rigour and severse 17.

verity of the former economy. So On the perpetuity of this memo we are taught by an inspired writer. rable covenant, the apostle profess • In whom also


are circumcised edly reasons in Gal. iii. 15–29; and with the circumcision made without shows, that, as the giving of the hands, in the putting off of the body Mosaic law could not annul it, so of the sins of the Aesh by the cirits permanence in the church could cumcision of Christ: buried with not be affected by the abolition of him in baptism, wherein also ye are that law; concluding his argument risen with him, through the faith with this inference, “And if


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raised him from the dead.” Col. ii. all such occasions, to invite his peo11, 12.

ple to contemplatė the provision he Baptism, then, is a seal of the co has graciously been pleased to make venant which God has made with for establishing their confidence in his church. It serves the important the stability of his covenant. He as. purpose of confirming all its gracious sures them that as baptismal water promises. Let none say that the is applied to the person of the cansimple word of God is sufficient, didate, so certainly will be accomand that such a confirmation is un plish all that he has promised to do necessary. Thus to speak would be for them; and that as an honest man to reflect on his infinite wisdom. He cannot depart from a covenant enknows the nature of man, and he gagement signed and sealed, much knows too how suspicious guilt has less is it possible for the God of made him; and although his simple truth to break his covenant, which word carries along with it ample se

he has sealed for the very purpose curity that he will do what he pro of convincing us of its immutable mises, yet he himself has deemed it faithfulness. becoming his own infinite majesty, How grateful should we feel to to give to his people the additional our heavenly Benefactor for an ore security annexed to a visible seal: dinance designed to answer such innay, he has judged it proper, and valuable purposes ! Let us admire no way derogatory to his truth and his condescension to the infirmity glory, in consideration of the weak of our faith. Instead of regarding ness of our faith, to interpose the it as a mere ceremony, let us revere solemnity of an oath, in order to it as an institution appointed by the establish, in the view of “ the heirs King eternal, and sanctified by his of promise." "the immutability of grace to the benefit and consolation his counsel. Heb. vi. 17,18. These of his church.

J.J. J. additional securities are presented, not to bind Jehovah to the fulfilment of his promise, as if without these

BRIEF DISCOURSES-N0. III. obligations there were danger of his acting contrary to his engagements, but entirely on our account, to in

On Keeping Secrets. spire us with a lively faith, and dis

“ Debate thy cause with thy neighbour pel from our minds every doubt in himself, and discover not a secret to anoregard to divine faithfulness.

ther; lest he that heareth it put thee to Baptism then is designed for the shame, and thine infamy turn not away." confirmation of our faith in the


-Prov. xxv. 9, 10. mises of God's covenant. Whoever Solomon was an adept in the receives it is assured by this visible knowledge of human nature. After sign that Jehovah will do what he a long and candid examination of has engaged to do; that he will the views, feelings and conduct of cleanse the believing soul from all men, he was so fully convinced that the guilt of sin by the blood of Christ, most men were tattlers, as to write a and from all its defilements by the proverb, recommending profound sigrace of his Holy Spirit; and that lence upon every subject which you he will be his God in the highest would not willingly make public. sense of the promise for ever and “ Discover not a secret to another.”


matter which you Nor is the faith of the recipient would conceal from any one, conalone thus strengthened by this ordi ceal it from every one. nance. It serves, as often as admi would not openly proclaim your nistered, to confirm the faith of the situation, conduct, and feelings, church. The Lord condescends, on be silent. Reveal nothing; no, not



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