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We close, therefore, with simply suggesting the following general observations.
1. We have avoided as far as possible the province of the mere theologian, and the examination of the internal state of any of the particular churches of which we have spoken. The design has been not to seek for differences, but to seek for agreements in the common family of our common Lord and Saviour. And if the members of this extensive family in the state of Kentucky can, by the hints which have been thrown out, be helped in any measure to recognize more distinctly .in one another the common features of the common fa mily, one great design of the present publication will be obtained. People who expect to live together in heaven, ought to understand one another, and act to gether in all matters respecting the common kingdom on earth. Forty years hence and the most of the things which keep many of the friends of our Lord Jesus at a great distance from each other now-these many things, and these supposed great things, will be seen by each of them to have been but very little things.
2. The above sketches and facts present the kingdom of our Lord in one of its most distinguishing characteristics, viz: that of a constant increase. "Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this." Is. xi. 7.
Every acre of Kentucky's soil, is covered by Messiah's charter. "I will declare the decree: the Lord
hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession," He took possession of a portion of the soil in the very first locations which were made by the sons of men; and he will keep his possessions, and claim his rights to their full extent, let who may lose their lands. And it is a pleasing thought, in looking over the state of Kentucky, that though particular congregations may be broken up, and the places of worship shifted about from place to place, and though some of the names by which some of the followers of the Redeemer have been known may be lost, yet the Redeemer keeps possession of the land, and his interest is an increasing interest.
3. The above sketches and facts present a decisive proof that the risen and exalted Head is true to his promise, in continuing to bestow upon the church an abundance and a great variety of ministerial gifts and graces. "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some, apostles; and some, pro phets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." The cry indeed is, and has been, and is every year more urgent, for ministerial aid. Friends of the Redeemer, is this cry the cry of faith? Pray ye the
Lord of the harvest to thrust forth labourers to his harvest. But while you cry in faith look back and see what the Lord of the haverst has done. Mark also the variety of talent. J. P. Campbell, James M'Gready, Robert Wilson, and old Captain, were each of a very different order and kind of talents, but each was furnished richly with those kind of talents, adapted to the situation in which he was called to occupy. And friends of the Lord Jesus, only use your particular talents, and use your particular privileges, and continue your cry of faith, and a far greater abundance, and, if necessary, a far greater variety, of ministerial gifts and graces will yet be bestowed upon Kentucky and upon her sons.
4. We are called upon to mark the great variety and extent of means which the exalted Redeemer has already made to bear upon his interest in Kentucky, It is much to be lamented that the professed friends of the Redeemer in Kentucky, as well as in many other places, have not as yet in many important cases understood one another. But the wisdom, and the power, and the goodness, of the common Head have been displayed in overruling and directing many even of their discordant and opposite plans, to one common end. And much more have his wisdom and his power been displayed in leading them to act in unison when they knew nothing of each other's plans or supposed personal in
Father Rice, for instance, has a small school among the Peaks of Otter. This small school is one of the beginnings of Hampden and Sidney, and Washington
Colleges, and from these Kentucky, as well as other states in the Union, has received some of her most useful citizens. He has another small school in Lincoln county, the first in Kentucky; and here again he is the father of the state University, and from under the roof of his humble cabin he sends forth men who are still extensive blessings to this and the next generation. We might dwell upon many such circumstances connected with the pilgrimages of Armstrong, of M’Gready, of Campbell, of Wilson, of Smith, of Gano, of M'Chord, and 20 others which might be named, Many of these circumstances were in the language of the world accidental, yet they had an important influence on the movements or the settlements of such or such a manand taking them all together, we see a number of the servants of the Redeemer, sometimes having a little intercourse with one another, but far oftener having no intercourse with one another, sometimes with a little plan of their own, and sometimes driven about by the storms of the day or the impulse of the moment, without any fixed plan-but, however varied, or however discordant, or however confused, these plans and movements may have been, they are all found bearing upon one common end, viz: The Redeemer taking possession of Kentucky as his own inheritance. And if even now we can discern such a unity of plan amidst such a variety, and in many cases apparently discordant means, what will we discover when in the light of glory we shall see the whole from the beginning to the end?
5. To say nothing of bypocrites and mere formalists, tet us inquire what would have been the results if all
the real friends of the Redeemer in Kentucky had m their respective places been just as faithful and as active for the last thirty years, as the few worthies whose names we have recorded, and whose characters we have faintly sketched, were in their spheres? Had every pious head of a family, whether male or femalehad every pious neighbour or friend-bad every preacher of the gospel been just as devoted to the service of the Redeemer, and as intent for the salvation of immortal souls, as some of the few we have mentioned evidently were, what would have been the results this day? And yet the very best of these worthies were far, very far, from being what they might have been.
We are encouraged to look forward to the period when the feeble among us shall be as David, and the house of David shall be as God or the angel of the Lord before the house of Judah. Reader, if you know any thing of the spirit of grace and supplication, read and pray over Zech. xii. 8-end. Read and pray it over again and again, and try to act in the spirit of that passage, and it may be that you, and your family, and your neighbours, will soon know that the day of power and of blessing is at no great distance.
6. Friends of the Redeemer, of every name, there is much to be done. You have within your state, in the bosom of your families, incorporated in a great degree with your children, an immense black population, who are chiefly heathens. These have immortal soulsthey are under your command and influence-you and your children live by their labour-and if their hearts are not changed by the gospel, they are one day to be