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tion between seeking and find there is such a connection being, and not seeking and not tween seeking and finding, askfinding the Lord, or having ing and receiving, that we canhim for our portion. The sen not have God for our God, nor timent in question, esteemed be saved from his everlasting unquestionable, ought not to be wrath, without seeking and askexpressed in words, which are ing. These are reasons why designed to implicate the pa- all men, without excepting any, tronage
of the texts mentioned should be directed to seek the in Isaiah and Romans, and should Lord. not be asserted, without expla The consideration that God nation and qualification. And does regenerate men, before yet, there is a sense, in which it they seek the Lord, which is inis true : God is found of the troduced as an objection to the sinner, or rather God finds the propriety of directing sinners to sinner, and renews him, and seek the Lord, before they are begins to discover himself to renewed, has no weight in it, him, before the sinner begins to because God is as worthy of the seek the Lord in sincerity and confidence, love and dependence truth. It is, however, required of the unregenerate as of the of all men, that they seek the regenerate; and they stand in Lord while he may be found. as great need of the blessings And this is particularly required promised to believers, and can of the impenitent. “Seek the no more enjoy them, without Lord and ye shall live ; lest he seeking, than believers can—and break out like fire in the house if God, of his mere uncovenantof Joseph Ye who turn judg- ed, sovereign mercy, is pleased, ment into wormwood, and leave in numerous instances, to regenoff righteousness in the earth, erate those, who have seek him that maketh the seven sought him, by giving them an
heart to seek the Lord, this The reasons why such should ought not to be considered as be directed to seek the Lord, are prohibiting, forbidding, or disenthe same as those which make abling men to seek the Lord, it the duty of the saints--some or absolving them from all obof which will be mentioned.-ligations to seek him, until God One reason is, that God is wor subdues them by his mighty thy of the confidence, depen- | power. dence and honor, which are im That men are not absolved plied in seeking him. Another from their obligations to seck is, that God is our Father, and the Lord, because they never do seeking him is no more than the seek him, until he thus subdues filial spirit, which becomes chil. their hearts, is evident from the dren, towards such a parent.--consideration, that there is nothIt is our duty to seek the Lord, ing to hinder them from thus because he is infinitely desirable seeking the Lord, but their own as our portion, and we are in ex perverseness. A knowledge treme need of those blessings, that they are perverse and will for which he is to be sought disobey the command, is because we are dependent on
evidence that the command is him for them-and because improper, or that it is not their
duty to obey. Duty is inviola- | accept from any one under their ble and ought to be enjoined on command. There is, therefore, mankind, whether they are wil- no excuse for us, if we do not ling or unwilling to obey; wheth- seek the Lord, and especially er they hear or whether they none from the consideration, forbcar. If unwillingness to that we are such determined obey absolve from obligation, enemies to him, that we are inthere is an end at once to all | flexibly opposed to this duty. authority and to all sin--for there is no authority where nothing can be enjoined, but TO THE EDITORS OF THE CONwith the consent of him who is NECTICUT EVANGELICAL MAto obey ; and there can be no crime if men are released from
Gentlemen, all obligation to do whatever they are unwilling to perform. Ad- The following is the copy of vocates for this sentiment, do in a letter I lately received from a effect insist, that God has no respectable Clergyman in your right to give law to his crea- neighborhood. It was not intures, until he first enquires of tended for publication, but I am them, or by some means finds induced to offer it to you, from a out, what commands they will belief that it will tend to awaken please to obey, and allow him the fears of such young persons, to enjoin. How impious this as may enter into the ministry and how contrary to the dictates from selfish motives, or worldly of common sense, which teach- views, as well as to induce all the es, that opposition of heart, ob- ambassadors of Christ to renew stinacy and perverseness, an inquiry into the state of their the only sins, instead of being | own hearts. an absolution from all sin. This I am, &c. idea might, without any greater absurdity, be carried into the
August, 1804. concerns of family and civil
Dear Brother, government.
But if men were not blameable for disregarding LAST evening our honored to obey, and were not punisha- you, in your present unsettled ble, for disobedience to such state, was contemplating the commands, where would be the study of divinity. I rejoiced at authority of the parent or ma- the information, and take the gistrate ? The representation, liberty to suggest a few things therefore, that there is no pro- for your serious consideration. priety in directing sinners to There are undoubtedly two seek the Lord, so long as their classes
of Ministers.--One, hearts are opposed to him, is a whose hearts are under the govmere cavil, is an excuse for sin- erning influence of those glorining against God, which no par- ous truths they preach, and ent, magistrate or person in who lead their flocks to heaven. any office, or authority, would The other, who have not the accept from an offender, and spirit of Christ abiding in them, which none, that offer it, would' tho' they preach perhaps for
many years, with great applause directeth his steps.”“I will to others, are themselves finally be enquired of to do it for them," cast away.
“ Let a man ex- saith God. amine himself," and particular- Earnestly wishing you all that ly when he is entering into the direction you need, I subscribe ministry, and see that his heart your affectionate friend and bro. is right with God. John xxi. ther. 15, 16, 17, 18.
You will find the character of a Minister described in the first CARISTIANS CALL UPON GOD. of Timothy 3d chap. the seven first verses. Every word is full TO what degree the great of meaning-read the passage,
article of prayer or calling ponder and apply it. Then se- upon God is neglected or obriously ask yourself whether served in a land of gospel light; you can assume and maintain is not in the power of the writer the character? You know that to determine ; but this is cerbenevolence, meekness and hu- tain, that true Christians, thro' mility are three distinguishing the whole period of their somarks in the Christian character, journing in this world, call upon and very essential in the Chris-God as their Father and impar. tian Minister.
tial Judge. This part of their Do you feel in your own heart character is so plainly taught in any considerable measure of that every part of the sacred volume, benevolent temper, which mov- that it is needless to attempt to ed our blessed Lord to prove it. Nevertheless, a few down from heaven, and suffer words in the way of explication, and die for sinners ? Unless may give advantage for self-ex. we have the spirit of Christ we amination. are none of his. Are you wil- When it is said, that the Chrisling to do and suffer for others? | tian calls upon God, the same is Have you a real love for the meant as that he is a man of souls of your fellow mortals, and prayer. So much is he taken a real desire to be an instrument up in this holy and devout emin God's hand of bringing them ployment, that it becomes one to a saving acquaintance with part of his distinguishing charthe Lord Jesus Christ?
acter. The man that habitually I do not say these things to neglects it, or carelessly perdiscourage you ; but because I forms it, or feels it a burden and have an earnest desire that you disagreeable task to him, or unmay begin right, and build on able, and therefore unwilling, to the only sure foundation. It is engage in it, has no claim to the a serious and important under Christian character. Jesus will taking, and should not hastily not own him as such in the great be resolved on.
reckoning day. Let me recommend it to you, Christians also call upon God my brother, to be often at the as their Father. They approach throne of grace, and plead with him not with the familiarity of your Maker to enlighten and equals, but with the reverence,
“A man's heart humility and affection of a dutideviseth his way, but the Lord 'ful child, who feels his obliga
tions to and dependence on his gentleness and love. Thus he Father. With a humble boldness calls upon God as his Father. they approach, yet with rever- He also addresses him as an ence and holy fear. The thought impartial Judge, that will render of the Psalmist, “God is great to every man according of his ly to be feared in the assembly works, without respect to persons. of his saints and to be had in Hence he is one that dares not reverence of all them that are | indulge himself in sin of any about him,” fills them with so- kind. He feels himself an aclemnity and awe, so that they countable creature, and rememrush not heedlessly into his pre-bers that for all things done by sence.
himself, whether good or evil, The Christian approaches the he must give an account to God, throne of his Father, God, in the and be rewarded accordingly. appointed and only acceptable Under this impression, knowing way. There is such a mixture of that “the prayers” as well as imperfection, both of knowledge “ plowing of the wicked is sin," and affection, in his most solemn ho careful will he be that when and ardent prayers, that he feels he attempts to pray, this dreadthe necessity of being accepted ful evil be not found in him! through the righteousness and And as he has occasion daily to intercession of another. He feels address the throne of grace and that for his own sake he never
pray without ceasing," can be accepted or his petitions he feels the importance of being granted. Hence he comes in watchful every moment. He the name of Christ, he intreats cannot say, á Father forgive for Christ's sake, and owns him me," and retain revengeful feelto be the only “ way to the Fa- ings towards his fellow-men.ther, the truth and the life.”
He cannot say,
« lead us not Hence also he prays in faith— into temptation,” without care not alone with that exercise to guard against all of them, or which some call faith, in which while he runs in the way of a man believes that God, for them. The vanities of the world, Christ's sake, will accept and the perverse passions of human save him, (for this is not the nature,, and the praying heart, scripture faith) but in that which can never reign in the same receives and admits into the person. The Christian knows heart all the truths of Revela- that he can never be entitled to tion, concerning himself and his favor, from his Judge, by his ruined and helpless state, con- best services--yet he knows he cerning the fulness of the Re- will be rewarded with bliss or deemer--the glory of the gos- misery according to them. His pel method of salvation, and the religious services will be evinecessity of being renewed and dences of the strength and powsanctified by Almighty Grace. er of divine grace within him, These exercises together with consequently, for what degrees their concomitant effects of hu- of Beatitude in heaven he is premility, penitence and submission pared. to God, are daily in him as the life Thus the Christian calls upon of faith, and are manifested in God, his Father, with filial redevotion, meekness, forgiveness, verence and Godly fear, bearing
on his mind, constantly, that his, there should be a place in which future portion will be dealt out the work might be effected, and to him, justly, by that God to a subject or an occasion for it. whom he prays without res- The creation of the world and pect of persons, accordingly as the formation and apostacy of his works testify his experience, man made the necessary preor want of experience of the paration. grace
of God...Pause, reader, 2. A theatre being erected in and see if thou dost thus call the creation of the world, and an upon God, as thy Father and opportunity being given by the impartial Judge.
formation and apostacy of man, ALANSON the mysterious scene began to
open, and the wonderful work
commenced. But whether the Messrs. EDITORS,
work should be immediately efDOUBTING whether some
fected or referred to a future leisure hours can be better em
period, may be considered as a
subject of divine deliberation, ployed, I have contemplated explaining the types in the holy dom, and infinite wisdom direct
to be resolved by infinite wisscriptures, for the perusal of
ed a suspension of the accomyour readers, and send you the first number. If the design re
plishment of it to a future periceives your approbation, you work of redemption being re
od. An accomplishment of the will please to insert it in your im- ferred to a distant period, it may proving Magazine.
be considered as a subject of I am, &c. TUPIKOS.
divine consultation, whether
God should retain his merciful Explanation of Scriptural Types. designs in his own eternal mind,
or communicate them to sinful, No. I.
fallen man, and divine wisdom
proposed a revelation of them as General introductory remarks on
peculiarly desirable and useful. typical representations.
3. It being determined to "O make the most illus- communicate the designs of re1.
trious display of his a- deeming grace, we may view it dorable perfections, appears to as a subject of divine deliberahave been the grand object of tion, whether the work and the God's eternal counsels and de- various parts of it should be signs. For such a display, it communicated by explicit dewas essentially necessary, that claration, and the nature, dethere should be a medium. Of signs and effects of it be fully all the media or means, conceive explained, or, some intelligible able by the divine, infinitely intimations being given of it, it comprehensive mind, the work should be exhibited to human of redemption appeared to be understandings by significant the best adapted and the most signs, immediately addressed to glorious. But for the accom- the senses. To preserve uniplishment of this, some prepara- formity throughout all his works, tives were essentially necessary. God having recently commenIt was absolutely necessary that I ced his operations, the creation