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would hardly “ be persuaded by leading us to watch with inthough one rose from the dead." tenser anxiety for some favourable That it is so left, appears from the change in our mortal state, instead fact that no miracles are ever of employing our thoughts in the wrought, where they would seem preparation for eternity. How to be most needed, for the con- much impatience, andrepining also, version of barbarous nations, in- would such interposition naturally capable of understanding the force produce, when we came to reflect, of moral demonstration. Now, if that it is vouchsafed only to a few they are unnecessary for this pur- among
the faithful servants of God, pose, (and that they are so may and that the rest are left to plod clearly be argued from their not their way in “weariness and painbeing vouchsafed,)they are a fortiori fulness, alleviated only by the unnecessary among ourselves, who hope of a distant reward after they already have within our reach all are delivered from the burden of that is requisite to make us wise the flesh. unto salvation. Andifunnecessary, Before I conclude, I must tresthen improbable, nay incredible; pass upon your indulgence by since Infinite Wisdom does nothing another exception to your reasonin vain.
ing. The parallel between a (supPerhaps, however, it may be posed) miraculous cure, and the asked, whether, although miracles polarity of the magnet, is not a in general are not now performed correct one. The former is an for the support or propagation of apparent violation of the known a system, a miraculous cure may laws of nature: the latter is connot occasionally be permitted as a fessedly in accordance with them. reward of faith, an especial mark In the latter, though the rationale of Divine favour, and in answer to be unknown, the phenomenon “the effectual fervent prayer of a itself is invariable. In the former, righteous man?" It behoves us though the rationale may be equalto speak with deep humility of ly unknown, the phenomenon is what God may or may not do or unique, or of rareoccurrence. Conpermit: but to me such a proceed- sequently, in the one case “there ing seems scarcely reconcileable to is no reason to suppose that there the tenor of our present dispensa- has been any supernatural distion. We are not taught to look turbance of the relations which for the supernatural removal of God has been pleased to estaour bodily ills, but to bear them blish :" but in the other, I submit, with patience; to suffer with Christ, there may be reason to suppose so, that we may be glorified with him ; until the contrary can be rendered to rejoice in the chastening of the probable by suitable considerLord, because it is a proof of his ations*.
H. W. love; to bear our thorn in the
• We leave our correspondent's reflesh because his grace is sufficient marks to the consideration of our readers. for us, and his strength made per
For ourselves we have no wish to establish fect in our weakness. Our fleshly think the negative at least the more safe.
any hypothesis on either side; but we infirmities are thus sanctified, and, Our correspondent considers that there as it were, made a part of our re- might be good reasons for post-apostolic ligion. Their best end would be miracles : but the question is one of fact, frustrated if a miraculous cure
and not of hypothesis ; and which of the
alleged miracles not recorded in the word were placed within the limits of of God would our correspondent bring our expectation. They would no forward as having that "sufficient proof longer tend to wean us from the which we required in order to place it world, and direct our aspirations side by side with those in Scripture ? To to Heaven. On the contrary, they for no Christian denies it; to say it is
that a miracle is possible is nothing, would chain us down more closely probable is not to the purpose, for a mi
Not only the signet on the foreON THE IMPECCABILITY OF head of the high priest was to be
inscribed “ Holiness to the Lord "
(Exod. xxviii. 36), but the oil for To the Editor of the Christian Observer. burning in the lamps was to be
pure (Exod. xxvii. 20); the sacri. Some apology may be necessary fice was to be perfect, and without for touching on a subject which blemish (Lev. i. 3); the animals has already been so much under for that purpose were not to be public consideration as the doc- amongst the unclean (Lev. ix.); the trine termed—I write the words priests were to eat in a clean and with pain—" the peccability of holy place (Lev. x. 13, 14); the Christ;" but, in looking at many altar was to be most holy (Exod. texts bearing on the point, I have xxix. 37), and overlaid with pure thrown together the following gold (Exod. 24. 11): nay, the very thoughts, which I offer as supple- ornaments of the priest's dress mentary to what has been said in indicated sterling purity, being bells other quarters on the subject. of gold (Exod. xxviii. 33); and
In taking a general view, I should the inward parts even of the offersay that the tenor of Scripture was ings were to be washed (Lev.ix. 14): decidedly against the doctrine. The all typical, surely, of that stainless, services of the tabernacle and tem- entire, and complete purity, holiple, which are allowed to have been ness, and perfection, which the typical of Christ's priesthood and great Antitype must fulfil; but sacrifice, are, in whole and in part, which, if sin has any part, any described as perfect in holiness. dwelling (so to speak), in Christ's
nature, it would appear he did not racle cannot be antecedently probable; fulfil : for then the consummation its being a miracle is utterly opposed to would not be tantamount to the its having been something probable. The real question is, Is it proved ; so proved preparation; the end of all things that you would stake Christianity itself would not be equal to the ap. upon its truth? If it be not thus proved, proach ; the nice fitness of signs it is not even probable; it is utterly im- would not be evidenced and acprobable. The very essence of a miracle is, that something is irrefragably proved complished in the thing signified. to have taken place which, if not thus But if, on the contrary, these at. proved, would not have been credible; and tributes do all meet and centre such are the miracles in Scripture. in the Redeemer, how lovely, how
The illustration of the magnet is not of much importance, but we still believe harmonious, how nicely fitted, the we were right. We said, that even if we types to the Antitype; or rather, could not account for the case of Miss how far more glorious in holiness Fancourt, this would not prove it mira- is the one, than all our present culous; any more than the magnet point- ideas of the others can leave us to ing to the north is miraculous, because we do not know why it does so. H. W. conceive! One of our enjoyments Teplies, that the alleged miraculous healing in the eternal state—when we shall is “ an apparent violation of the known
see, not as now through a glass, laws of nature; " whereas the magnetic pointing to the north is an invariable darkly, but know even as we are phenomenon.” But the medical profes- known—will consist, I doubt not, sion agree that the former is not an ap- in unfolding the mysteries of God's parent violation of known laws, but in dispensations; and amongst them, conformity with them; and there are
the complete and beautiful unity circumstances under which the
magnet does not point towards the north ; so that of the symbols, sacrifices, and a person who did not know the reason services in the Mosaic covenant, might fancy the case miraculous, just as, for want of knowing the reason of Miss Mediator of the new covenant.
as pointing to and fulfilled by the F.'s case, some have accounted that miraculous. But both inferences would be
To take a more particular view, sounded in ignorance, and not in truth. I think the following texts parti
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*. and we
VERY CONSTANT READER.
cularly and decidedly against the It also strikes me, that, a perfect doctrine: Psa. xvi. 10; Luke i. 35 ; atonement being required by the Luke xxii. 22 ; John xiv. 20; Acts Almighty for a broken law, that iii. 14 ; 2 Cor. v. 21 ; Heb. iv. 15; could not be offered by an Atoner 1 Pet. ii. 22; 1 John iii. 5. These, in whom there was any especially : “ The prince of this know “ there remaineth no more world cometh, and hath nothing in sacrifice for sin.'” Your me” (John xiv. 30); and, know that he was manifested to
* We are not sure that our correspondtake away our sins, and in him is ent has touched the exact point at issue. no sin” (1 John iii. 5). The pro
Mr. Irving, for instance, would agree with perty and dominion of the prince him in his statements, and deny as strongly of this world is sin; but Christ
as he that “there was any sin ” in Christ.
We only mention this lest it should be says, “ the prince of this world said that we have given currency to a miscometh, and hath nothing in me;' statement of the doctrines animadverted which indeed was proved, when
upon. Mr. Irving so envelops his sen
timents in paradox, that it is not always he was tempted (like as we are) easy to discover his meaning ; but in reby Satan, yet, being“ without sin, futing one heresy, that the nature of Christ remained unmoved, uninfluenced was peccable, we ought not to impute (Matt. iv. ; Heb. iv. 15). “ He was
another, not held by the parties, that it manifested to take away our sin,
was peccant. See the Declaration of the
National Scotch Church, Regent Square, and in him is no sin.”
on the 2d page of our Cover. – Ed.
ON COUNTERACTING NOXIOUS sited, and they cannot afford a EFFLUVIA.
leaden coffin. The clergyman,
undertakers, mourners, and other To the Editor of the Christian Observer.
attendants at the funeral, are unPERMIT me to recommend to your suspectingly exposed to the noxclerical and other readers the im- ious exhalations; and the relatives portance of making known more of the deceased are more peculiarly widely the value of the chloride of liable to be effected, from depression lime, especially among the poor, of spirits and debility arising from for counteracting infectious dis- long-continued attendance on the orders and putrescent effluvia. bed of sickness. The evil does not
The manner in which the last terminate when the body is comoffices for the dead are performed mitted to the ground; for the grave is often dangerous to the health is often not sufficiently deep to of society ; little or no difference
prevent the escape of the exhalabeing made whether death ensue tions ; or may be situated so near from diseases of amalignant nature, to another recently made, that or the body be slowly or rapidly earth may be disturbed which is decomposed. Custom has esta- saturated with them.
This is no blished a certain period for it to imaginary evil; for, on the late be kept, and, unless from absolute removal of the earth from the necessity, this inust be observed, churchyard of a parish in the heart at all hazards.
The poor are
of London, the men could not properhaps more punctilious on this ceed till the chloride of lime was point than the rich, although their used. Neither is inclosure in lead families must live in the same always a security ; for an instance reom in which the body is depo- occurred, on opening a family vault
beneath a country church, where one with them : it is quite right the clergymen and friends were to ameliorate slavery, but there are obliged to retire till the chloride other matters also to be attended of lime had been used. A nail, it to, and I wish we had a respite was found, had penetrated the lead from this.” But you were right, Mr. of the last coffin which had been Editor : you have wearied me, for deposited. In tropical climates ne- one, to good purpose : by dint of cessity compels interment within reiterated statement and appeal, twelve or twenty-four hours; but you at last penetrated my obtuse even this delay is frequently found understanding, or harder heart; too long, and many infectious dis- and I thank you that you did not eases are disseminated from the relax, and I trust you will not reneglect of proper precautions in lax, in urging the subject, till, by burying. Happily this country has the blessing of God, all your readlong been free from destructive ers feel deeply its importance, and epidemics; yet circumstances may till the evil is banished from the arise to bring them into extensive earth. I know of no
cause in action, especially as the burying which it is more difficult to overgrounds in many of our cities and come the objections and prejudices principal towns are too limited, of a large class of persons, who on and improperly situated.
other subjects are intelligent and Under these circumstances, it is rightly disposed; but I know of no right to adopt every precaution in cause which, when once its importour power : and to prevent the ance is understood and felt, clings above-mentioned evils, nothing more closely around the heart. more is necessary than to wash Yes, there are other important the body with the diluted solution subjects, a thousand other such of the chloride of lime, and to de- subjects, and I do not think you posit three or four pounds of it in can be accused of neglecting them ; powderin the coffin. With so simple but this is an instant, pressing and cheap a remedy at hand, it question; not a question of merely would be inexcusable to run the conferring benefit, but of preventleast risk of danger, in any case in ing positive injury; not only of which it is applicable. The value effecting prospective good, but of of the above-mentioned prepara- redressing hourly serious evil. It tion in noxious manufactures, in would be a more pressing duty to anatomical pursuits, and in sick extinguish a fire, or to rescue a rooms, is generally known among man who was being murdered well-informed persons, but I am
under our window, than to arrange anxious that the clergy in parti- a plan for the formation of a miscular should introduce it, as occa- sionary society. And so of the sion may require, into the abodes Anti-slavery question : while we of the poor, where it is most are debating, the evil is instant, needed.
P. and in progress; the souls and
bodies of our fellow-creatures are
both in peril. The question is manyTHE ANTI-SLAVERY QUESTION. sided ; a question of civil liberty,
of religious instruction, of tempoTo the Editor of the Christian Observer. ral and eternal well-being, of the
suppression of vice, cruelty, and PARDON me, Mr. Observer, if I oppression ; in short, view it as we confess that I am one of those who may, it proffers its claims to our some two or three years since said, attention, and every hour that we in my ignorance, I am tired of neglect it we perpetuate evils of reading of Anti-Slavery matters; the most fearful character. Let the Christian Observer wearies not, then, your readers, and other
THE LOST TEN TRIBES.
friends of the cause, relax aftertheir minds to the marvellous, and the late efforts. They have drawn up consequent unwillingness to be and signed petitions ; but the undeceived by sober truth. The effect of these petitions remains first verse of St. James's Epistle, to be decided at the approaching in which that Apostle addresses meeting of the legislature. In the “the twelve tribes scattered amean time, let them renew and re- broad,” would, of itself, suffice to double their efforts; and especially shew that the notion of ten of let them be “ instant in prayer,' them being lost is a fable. Althat God in his infinite mercy lowing, however, that it were would dispose the hearts of our doubtful point of history, it would government and legislature to con- not be a matter of the importance summate this great act of national which some persons make it, perjustice and duty.
haps partly from connecting it with the speculation of the Jews going back to Jerusalem, their instrumentality for the conversion of the world, and their future
superiority over the nations ; To the Editor of the Christian Observer. against all which Baxter uttered
his protest, as unscriptural noI OBSERVE, by the passage quoted tions. The fancy of some persons, from Baxter, in your Appendix that Mr. Wolfe may be appointed just published (p. 792), that this to discover “ the lost Ten Tribes," eminent divine did not consider is about as probable as his own that the Ten Tribes were ever en- notion, that he will meet Abraham, tirely lost, but that part of them Isaac, and Jacob in the streets of were known in the times of Christ Jerusalem in the year 1847. and his Apostles ; and that, conse- I have spoken strongly, but I quently, their discovery and re- by no means intend any offence to covery, as expected by many per- some excellent persons who differ sons, is a mere speculation, not from me on these subjects. I will, encouraged by history or Scrip- however, venture to add, that, in ture. I was not before aware that these days of fanciful conceit, this was the opinion of Baxter, it is the duty of sober-minded but it has long been my own, and Christians to bear their testimony in vain have I sought for proof of against fond speculations ; nor the popular notion on the subject. ought they to be deterred from In your last volume (p. 557) I this course by the apprehensions requested some of your corres- or rebukes of those who attach pondents to shew me sufficient importance to them. Scripture reasons to prove that the tribes truth is of too much importance were ever wholly lost ; but, this to be sacrificed, because some not having been attempted, I must good men have mixed up their presume that they were not able own inferences with it till they to do so.
In truth, most calmly mistake the one for the other. judging persons have, I presume,
VINDEX. long considered the idea of the Ten Tribes being still concealed in some remote corner of the earth, as a popular error, utterly incredible in the present advanced state of geographical knowledge, and To the Editor of the Christian Observer. certainly not founded in any thing recorded in Scripture; -an error A CORRESPONDENT, in your Numupheld by the natural love of many ber for October, cites the challenge
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