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PAUL'S LOVE TO CHRIST.

9 LOVE TO CHRIST left to conjecture what that cause Exemplified, in the conduct of the was;—the apostle has himself regreat Apostle of the Gentiles. corded it in few words, when, re

he Humbly submitted to the consideration of ferring to the Son of God,

says, the Rev. Gentlemen who preach the

“Who loved me and gave himself Sabbath Evening Lecture at the Uni- for me.” Gal. ii. 20. tarian Chapel, St. Thomas's Street, It is obvious from every part of Southwark, and of those who support his apostolic writings, that this that Lecture.

event had taken the firmest hold If we except that of the Son of of Paul's mind; it engrossed all God, there is not in all the Scrip- its powers, and filled him with tures a more interesting character wonder and amazement. than that of the Apostle Paul. suredly there was in it that which Before his conversion to the chris- was divinely calculated to produce tian faith, he was remarkable for such an effect. That God's own his zealous attachment to the re- Son," the brightness of the Faligion of his forefathers. The ac- ther's glory, and express image of count which he gave of his own his person”—HE, ' by whom all conduct, before King Agrippa, things were created, both in heaven when apologizing for the change and on earth, visible and invisible” that had passed upon his mind, -and upon whose Almighty arm exhibits a memorable instance of the universe depends for its supfrankness and candour. “I verily port;--that He should voluntarily thought with myself,” says he, yield himself “to be made a " that I ought to do many things curse,” to rescue a guilty rebel contrary to the name of Jesus of from the wrath that is to come Nazareth ; which things I also did should submit to poverty, sufferin Jerusalem, and many of the ings and death-a death shameful

, saints did I shut up in prison, painful, and lingering, in order having received authority from the that a vile wretch might escape chief priests; and when they were deserved destruction-this was the put to death I gave my voice consideration that kindled a fame against them; and I punished them of love in the soul of the apostle oft in every synagogue, and com- which all the waters of aflíction, pelled them to blaspheme; and through which he was subsequently being exceedingly mad against called to pass, could never extinthem, I persecuted them even unto guish. strange cities.Acts xxvi. 9—11. The extraordinary zeal which But no sooner did a ray of heavenly the apostle manifested in the serlight dart into his benighted mind, vice of his divine Master appeared discovering to him “the excellency altogether unaccountable to his of the knowledge of Christ Jesus former acquaintance, as indeed it his Lord,” to which he had pre- still must do to those who deny viously been an entire stranger, the divinity of the Saviour, and rethan his zeal became equally ar-ject the doctrine of his atonement dent, to promote his glory, in all for sin. King Agrippa thought his words and actions. A change him mad! and he was far from 80 astonishing, and to which it being singular in that opinion. would be difficult to find a more But how did Paul defend himself apt similitude than that of an im- against such an imputation. petuous river, the course of which we be beside ourselves,” says he, was instantaneously turned from " it is to God; or if we be sober east. to west by the shock of an it is for your cause; for the love earthquake, must have had an of Christ constraineth us, because adequate cause; but we are not we thus judge, that if one died for

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all then were all dead; and that he | the deep. In journeyings often, died for all, that they who live in perils of waters, in perils of should not henceforth live unto robbers, in perils by my own themselves, but unto him who died countrymen, in perils by the hea. for them and rose again.” 2 Cor. then, in perils in the city, in perils v. 13—15. Here is the true solu- in the wilderness, in perils in the tion of the whole difficulty; the sea, in perils among false brethren; mystery of that which appeared so in weariness and painfulness, in inexplicable to the apostle's un- watchings often, in hunger and believing cotemporaries. “I was thirst, in fastings often, in cold once,” says he to Timothy, a and nakedness; and beside those blasphemer, a persecutor, and in things that are without, that which jurious, but I obtained mercy, becometh upon me daily, the care of cause I did it ignorantly, in un- all the churches.” 2 Cor. xi. 23 belief.” 1 Tim. i. 13. And this is -28. Surely such a course of what deeply affected his mind, and life as that which is here exhibited, filled it with supreme love and must have been actuated by pringratitude to the Saviour. Paul ciples above the power of nature; could never forgive himself, that but it would be difficult to account he should have been so besotted for it in any man of a sound mind, in ignorance as to oppose the except upon the theory above adclaims of Jesus to the honours of duced. And that it was love to Deity, and pour contempt upon Christ which animated the apostle that vicarious sacrifice by which is plain from every part of his his soul had been redeemed from history. When entreated by his everlasting destruction. To con- friends, upon one occasion, not to sider himself any longer his own, venture himself in Jerusalem, obappeared highly irrational. serve his reply.

" What mean ye He had been bought with a to weep, and to break my heart, price;" the immense price of the for I am ready not to be bound blood of the Son of God, Acts only, but also to die at Jerusalem, xx. 28. Col. i. 14. and he felt for the name of THE LORD JESUS." himself bound by every obligation Acts xxi. 13. of duty, gratitude, and love, hence- Examine, candidly, the tenour forth to live unto Him who died for of his preaching, and you will find him and rose again.

it invariably directed to exalt the And his life, from the period character of the Son of God, and that he first knew Christ, to the to display the riches of his grace end of his days, was one uniform in the salvation of a lost world. expression of pure and fervent love." Unto me, who am less than the to the Saviour, for the riches of least of all saints, is this grace his mercy and grace. Trace him given, that I should preach among in all his apostolic labours, and the Gentiles the unsearchable you will see full proof of this; in riches of Christ.”. Eph. iii. 8. all he did, and in all he taught. Ye know the grace of our Lord Mark the account which he has Jesus Christ, that though he was left upon record, of his manner of rich, yet for your sakes he became life. “ In labours more abundant, poor, that ye through his poverty in stripes above measure, in prisons might be rich.” 2 Cor. viii. 9.' more frequent, in deaths oft: of “Who being in the form of God, the Jews five times received I thought it not robbery to be equal forty stripes save one: thrice was with God: but made himself of I beaten with rods, once was I no reputation, and took upon

him stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, the form of a servant, and was a night and a day I have been in made in the likeness of man; and

now

.SOME ACCOUNT OF JAMES WADDELL.

11 being found in fashion as a man, preacher of such a wilderness was he humbled himself, and became not the least of my motives. On obedient unto death, even the entering I was struck with his death of the cross.” Phil. ii. 6–8. preternatural appearance. He was “Great is the mystery of godli- a tall and very spare old man; his ness, God was manifest in the head, which was covered with a flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen white linen cap, his shrivelled of angels, preached unto the Gen- hands, and his voice, were all tiles, believed on in the world, re- shaking under the influence of a ceived up into glory.” 1 Tim.iii. 16. palsy; and a few moments ascerThese are a few specimens of the tained to me that he was perfectly doctrine which the apostle uni- blind ! formly taught concerning the per- The first emotions which touchson and work of his divine Master, ed my breast were those of mingled and it is quite sufficient to evince pity and veneration. But ah! how to every unprejudiced mind that soon were all my feelings changed ! he was a firm believer in the Deity | The lips of Plato were never more and atonement of Christ, and, worthy of a prognostic swarm of consequently, that those who are bees than were the lips of this now labouring to impugn these holy man! It was a day of the doctrines, have no better claim to administration of the sacrament; the christian character than Saul and his subject, of course, was the of Tarsus had, while he was “a passion of our Saviour. I had blasphemer” of the Son of God! heard the subject handled a thou

IGNOTUS. sand times: I had thought it exhausted long ago.

Little did I suppose, that in the wild woods of

America I was to meet with a man JAMES WADDELL, whose eloquence would give to this

topic a new and more sublime

pathos than I had ever before witMr. Editor,

nessed! As he descended from If the following article, which I extract from an American publication, meet

the pulpit to distribute the mystic your liking, I shall be obliged to you symbols, there was a peculiar, a to give it a place in your Magazine. more than human solemnity in his I have myself been much interested in air and manner, which made my it, and think it deserves to be more generally known in this country than it

blood cold and

my

whole yet is. With my best wishes for the frame shiver! He then drew a success of your work.

picture of the sufferings of our SaI am yours, PENTON.

viour; his trial before Pilate; his

ascent up Calvary; his crucifixion; As I travelled through the county and his death. I knew the whole of Orange, on a Sunday, my eye history; but never, until then, had was caught by a cluster of horses I heard the circumstances so setied near a ruinous, old wooden lected, so arranged, so coloured! house in the forest, not far from It was all new; and I seemed to the road side. Having frequently have heard it for the first time in seen such objects before, in travel- my life. His enunciation was so ling through these states, I had no deliberate that his voice trembled difficulty in understanding that on every syllable, and every

heart this was a place of religious wor- in the assembly trembled in unison. ship. Devotion alone should have His peculiar phrases þad that force stopped me to join in the duties of of description, that the original the congregation; but I must con- scene appeared to be, at that mofess, that curiosity to hear the ment, acting before our eyes!

SOME ACCOUNT OF

A blind Preacher.

run

saw the

• Socrates

We

very faces of the derstand what Demosthenes meant Jews: the staring, frightful dis- by laying such stress on delivery. tortions of malice and rage! We You are to bring before you the saw the buffet: my soul kindled venerable figure of the preacher : with a flame of indignation; and his blindness, constantly recalling my hands were involuntarily and to your recollection old Homer, convulsively clenched! But when Ossian, and Milton, and associathe came to touch on the patience, ing with his performance the methe forgiving meekness of our Sa- lancholy grandeur of their geniuses; viour; when he drew to the life you are to imagine that you hear his blessed eyes streaming in tears his slow, solemn, well-accented to heaven; his voice breathing to enunciation, and his voice of affectGod a soft and gentle prayer of ing trembling melody; you are to pardon on his enemies, " Father, remember the pitch of passion and forgive them, for they know not enthusiasm to which the congrewhat they do!”—the voice of the gation were raised; and then the preacber, which had all along fal- few minutes of portentous deathtered, grew fainter and fainter, like silence which reigned throughuntil his utterance being entirely out the house: the preacher reobstructed by the force of his moving his white handkerchief feelings, he raised his handkerchief from his aged face (even yet wet to his eyes, and burst into a loud from the recent torrent of his and irrepressible flood of grief. tears) and slowly stretching forth

The effect was inconceivable: the the palsied hand which holds it, whole house resounded with the begins the sentence: mingled groans, and sobs, and died like a philosopher”-then shrieks of the congregation! It pausing, raising his other hand, was some time before the tumult pressing them both, clasped tohad subsided so far as to permit gether, with warmth and energy him to proceed. Indeed, judging to his breast, lifting his “sightless by the usual, but fallacious standard balls” to heaven, and pouring his of my own weakness, I began to be whole soul into his tremulous voice very uneasy for the situation of the “but Jesus Christlike a God !”. preacher. For I could not con- If he had been indeed and in truth ceive how he would be able to let an angel of light, the effect could his audience down from the height scarcely have been more divine. to, which he had wound them, Whatever I had been able to without impairing the solemnity conceive of the sublimity of Masand dignity of his subject, or per sillon or the force of Bourdaloue, haps shocking them by the abrupt- had fallen far short of the power ness of the fall.

But-no: the which I felt from the delivery of descent was as beautiful and sub- this simple sentence. The blood, lime as the elevation had been which just before had rushed in a rapid and enthusiastic! The first hurricane upon my brain, and, in sentence with which he broke the the violence and agony

of
my

feel awful silence, was a quotation from ings, had held my Rousseau : Socrates died like a suspence, now ran back into my philosopher, but Jesus Christ like heart, with a sensation which I a God!” I despair of giving you cannot describe: a kind of shudany idea of the effect produced by dering delicious horror! The pathis short sentence, unless you roxysm of blended pity and indigcould perfectly conceive the whole nation, to which I had been transmanner of the man, as well as the ported, subsided into the deepest peculiar crisis in the discourse. self-abasement, humility, and adoNever before did I completely un-ration. I had just been lacerated

whole system in

EVIDENCE

OF THE

SOME ACCOUNT OF JAMES WADDILL.

13 and dissolved by sympathy for our divine an orator, should be perSaviour as a fellow-creature; but mitted to languish and die in obnow, with fear and trembling, I scurity within eighty miles of the adored him as- "a God!metropolis of Virginia? To me it

If this description give you the is a conclusive argument, either impression, that this incomparable that the Virginians have no taste minister had any thing of shallow for the highest strains of the most theatrical trick in his manner, it sublime oratory, or that they are does him great injustice. I have destitute of a much more important never seen in

any other orator such quality, the love of genuine and an union of simplicity and ma- exalted religion. jesty. He has not a gesture, an attitude, or an accent, to wbich he does not seem forced by the sentiment which he is expressing. His mind is too serious, too earnest,

EXISTENCE OF THE DEITY. too solicitous, and at the same time too dignified to stoop to artifice.

The bless'd Creator condescends to write, Although as far removed from os

In beams of inextinguishable light, tentation as a man can be, yet it is His names of Wisdom, Goodness, Power, clear from the train, the style, and and Love, substance of his thoughts, that he on all that blooms below or shines above: is not only a very polite scholar, And teach the world, if not perversely

To catch the wand'ring notice of mankind, but a man of extensive and pro- blind, found erudition.

His gracious attributes, and prove the This man has been before my His offspring have in his paternal care."

share imagination almost ever since. A

CowPER. thousand times, as I rode along, I dropped the reins of my bridle, The popular argument for the stretched forth my hand, and tried existence of A GREAT FIRST to imitate his quotation from Rous- CAUSE ; an. argument obvious to seau: a thousand times I aban- all, and carrying in itself irresistible doned the attempt in despair, and conviction, arises from the evident felt persuaded that his peculiar traces of design, or contrivance, manner and power arose from an and that fitness of things for each energy of soul, which nature could other, which we meet with throughgive, but which no human being out all parts of the universe. There could copy. In short, he seems is no need of nice or subtle reasonto be altogether a being of a former ings to convince us of the truth of age, or of a totally different nature this matter; a manifest contrivance from the rest of men. As I recal, immediately suggests the idea of a at this moment, several of his aw- contriver. It strikes the senses fully striking attitudes, the chilling like the force of an electric shock, tide, with which my blood begins and although we may be perplexed to pour along my arteries, reminds with sophistical reasonings against me of the emotions produced by it, yet nothing can shake our belief the first sight of Gray's introduc- in it. No person, for example, that tory picture of his Bard.

understands the principles of opGuess my surprise, when, on my tics, and the structure of the

eye, arrival at Richmond, and mention- can believe that it was formed withing the name of this man, I found out skill in that science; or that not one person who had ever before the ear was constructed without heard of James Waddell! Is it the knowledge of sounds. All our not strange, that such a genius as accounts of nature are full of inthis, so accomplished a scholar, so stances of this kind. The admirable

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