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FROM MAY, 1829, TO MAY, 1830.
“ There are Three that bear record in heaven; the FATHER, the WORD, and the HOLY GHOST: and these Three are One."
John v.7. “ Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."
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Again, at the footstool of the Triune Jehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, would the Conductors of “ THE SPIRITUAL MAGAZINE,” humbly desire to offer the labors of themselves, and their contributors; with a cheerful confidence that the Lord will deign to render them subservient to the edification and consolation of many of his redeemed family.
They live in an eventful period; great are the exertions that are making to evangelize the world; many are running to and fro, and knowledge is increasing, and the professing church generally appear on the look-out for the latter day glory, under an investigation of the Prophecies, relative to the calling in of the Jews, together with the fulness of the Gentiles, when both shall meet under the spiritual dominion of our Lord Christ; and many and varied are the opinions as to the millennial state of the church. They would, however, take their stand on the mount of observation, resting satisfied, that the times are in Jehovah's hands, and whether by means of instruments, or without means, he may purpose to usher in the latter day glory; all scriptural exertions to diffuse civilization and moral light through the world, have their concurrence : praying that God the Holy Ghost may shower down his blessings, and then the wilderness shall indeed blossom as the rose, and the thirsty land become springs of water.
They are convinced that their readers will sensibly feel with them for the aboundings of error, which in accordance with their duty they have been called upon to rebut. Shall they mention one sentiment which has recently been promulgated and daringly advocated in terms amounting almost to open blasphemy-it is the doctrine of the sinfulness of that humanity which the Son of God took into union with his divine person, whereby his atonement is nullified, and a door opened for the Socinian who denies his divinity, and this too by some of whom they had hoped better things, and things that accompany salvation : but this is not the place to enter on the argument, they trust it has been fully exposed in the pages of this Miscellany. And they would earnestly pray that Jehovah the Spirit, who has promised to lead his people into all truth, will keep his chosen family from being ensnared by the cunning craftiness of men which lay in wait to deceive, and while they desire to be found on their watch tower, warning the churches of every enemy that shall make his appearance, they would ascribe all thanks to their adorable Lord, who, amidst the awful strides of error, still continues to raise up and send forth into his vineyard men who do not shun to declare the whole counsel of God.
But they must not enlarge. To their esteemed contributors, they would in their own names, and that of their readers, present their acknowledgments, praying that the choicest blessings may descend upon them in rich abundance, and that when they shall each have filled up the days appointed for them, they may obtain the plaudits of their God and Saviour, and hear him saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”
They would now, prostrate themselves in humble adoration at the throne of sovereign grace, imploring the great Head of the church to continue to smile with approbation on the labors of his servants, and to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost, shall be ascribed all praise, honor, might, dominion, and power, for ever and ever. Amen.
« There are three that bear record in heaven ; the FATHER, the WORD, and the HOLY GHOST : and these Three are One.”
1 John v, 7. * Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
(For the Spiritual Magazine.)
A CHARGE TO A MINISTER.
« Take heed unto thyself, and unto thy doctrine."-1 Tim. iv. 16. MY brother, my sincere respect for you, my long acquaintance with you, and my concern for your future prosperity and happiness, made me willing to take a prominent part in the solemn services of this day: and as a foundation for what is usually called a charge, and as a motto or word of command for your future direction, I would call your attention to that often selected text on these occasions, 1 Tim. 4th chap. and part of the 16th verse, “ Take heed unto thyself, and unto thy doctrine." The apostle was a most strenuous advocate for vital and practical godliness; he saw the necessity of enforcing it continually upon ministers, as well as people in general ; while no man soared higher or dived deeper in the grand and sublime truths of God, yet he constantly insisted upon their holy as well as happy tendency.
The words I have read in your hearing, my brother, are a solemn charge to you and to me, as ministers of the everlasting gospel, and to all the servants of the Most High God now present. The first part of my text, “ take heed to thyself,” involves your time, your temper, your talents, your whole deportment; as a subject, as a christian, as a neighbour, as a pastor, as a husband, and as a member of the church of Christ. And the latter part of my text presents a most beautiful view of a minister's work, and a never to be exhausted store of subjects for him to preach—and unto thy doctrine. Vol. VI.-No. 62.