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denies a millennium altogether, or what is equivalent, refers it back more simply and thoroughly on the Holy Spirit. On to the middle ages; (2) post-millenarianism, which places a Tuesday, the 20th ult. the Rev. John Baillie read an able and millennium and a triumph of the Gospel for 1000 years before lucid paper on “ Antichrist." The Antichrist, he said, appeared to the second advent; (3) pre-millenarianism, in å distinctive have two stages of development; (1) The “mystery of iniquity," sense, or the view which places not only the first but the second or the Antichrist veiled under the pretext of honouring Christ; resurrection and the judgment in Rev. xx. 12, before the mil. which is Popery; and (2) The man of sin “revealed,” or the lennium, leaving its close with scarcely any marked character; Antichrist without his disguise, openly opposing himself to (4) millenarianism which places the advent and the first re- Christ; which is the infidel person yet to appear. This he surrection at the beginning of a future millennium ; but the stated was the middle ground or meeting point betwixt the two general judgment and resurrection of the rest of the dead at its opposite extremes of preterism and futurism. Antichrist was close. The differences of preterism and futurism are secondary, now in a transition state, passing from the veiled to the unand relate to the
mere reference of prophecies in this dispensation. veiled. We regret our inability to give the arguments by which Now correctly there are three views : the preterist, which refers the rev. gentleman so forcibly illustrated his position. The nearly all to the times of Antiochus and the fall of Jerusalem; the meeting was afterwards addressed by several other speakers, historical or continuous, which spreads the predictions through. who also advocated similar views. out the dispensation; and the futurist, which applies them all to a few years of crisis at the very time of the advent. It is the two latter which were really meant in the subject proposed. CRITICISM AND EXEGFSIS.—It is high time that we read the In their principles of specific or critical interpretation these Scriptures simply exegetically, according to such fundamental differ greatly, and in this respect there is little or no approxi. principles as are laid down in Matt. xiii. 23; viii. 31, 32; 1 mation. But in the general view of the real course of God's Thess. iii. 13. Too long has criticism schooled, and often der providence, as declared from all the prophecies, there may be a stroyed exegesis; and yet what can the former be but at best very near approach. For if the prophecies extend throughout a Martha, who busies herself with many things in the neigh. this dispensation of mystery, which is followed by one of mani- bourhood, and with reference to our Lord, while they who with fested divine power, there must be, towards the close of their exegetical faithfulness endeavour to investigate and to appro. fulfilment, a season of transition in which the mysterious priate the contents of the divine books, choose the good part of conflict of good and evil comes forth more evidently to view Mary, who sits at the feet of the Divine Master to learn from before the final victory. Again, if they are all referred to a Him.-Auberlen's Daniel and St. John. short crisis for their proper application, it must be owned by every thoughtful futurist, that all previous events have been a gradual preparation and ripening for that season of more open
Postscript to Contributors and Correspondents, conflict and wonder. And hence the practical view of provi. dence, on the two systems, may approach to a very near agreement, while the critical reasons and special interpretations With a view to carry out one of the principal objects contemof prophecy, may diverge widely and often seem totally plated by THE BIBLE TREASURY, the Editor thinks it necessary opposed to each other. -On the 13th ult, the Rev. W. to state :Penefather, M.A., Barnet, read a paper on the subject, “ Has
1st,-As far as substantial soundness in the faith (underthe christian church any scriptural warrant to pray for an standing these phrases in their ordinary evangelical signifi. outpouring of the Spirit previous to the day of the Lord ?" cation) and Christian spirit and temper are concerned, the Quoting the passages from Joel and Zechariah alluding to the editor holds himself responsible for the entire contents of " former and the latter rain," and comparing them with other
the publication. passages scattered through the Bible, he said it might be clearly inferred that a spiritual meaning attached to these ex: sidered responsible for their own papers ; and for their
2nd,-Contributors and correspondents will be conpressions. The outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost might be deemed the “former rain "there was still
own papers only. the promise of the latter-"unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off.” This was the age of the Comforter; the
We have to express our sincere thanks to pumerous kind correspondents early church, forgetting the fact, had given undue prominence gestions. Besides those to whom we have
replied privately, we have to
for many encouraging expressions of approval, and several valuable sugto mere externals, and hence a decay of faith that had left a acknowledge communications from "T. B. K," "W. B., Cheapside," blight on successive ages. But the day of the Lord draweth nigh; " J. Shedden;" and “J. S. Elsworth." what remained of this tempestuous season was as the sea rocking
We must refer “R." to a preceding paragraph at the head of these itself to rest. In Hosea we read, “Come and let us return unto
"Notices." Our contributors will not always be fouad to hold precisely
similar principles. the Lord : for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smit.
At the suggestion of several friends and correspondents, we shall in ten, and he will bind us up. After two days he will revive us, future keep the advertisements distinct from the body of the work. in the third he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Our subscribers will observe that with a view to effect this object, the Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord : his first page of our present number (this page) is a reproduction of the last
page of No. 1., which can now be detached from the work itself. That going forth is prepared in the morning; and he shall come unto there should be no complaint, however, as to a diminished quantity of us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth "- matter, we have upon this occasion given our readers three extra pages; and these verses he endeavoured to show, were an allusion to we cannot promise to repeat this, unless indeed our humble effort to prothe present times. The Jewish church now seemed
prepared mote truth should so commend itself to the judgment and sympathy of
our friends and subscribers, as to induce them to assist us in obtaining to take up the prophet's language. Rapidly passing some of the a very large circulation. most noticeable events of the age in review, and alluding to the Soveral kind friends have sent us lists of persons to whom the Bible recent writ of the Sultan, and the marked progress of christi- Treasury is to be posted for various periods, at the cost of our Correspon. anity at home and abroad, during the last two hundred years, he dents, who have transiitted as payment for the same. We mentiou this argued that this was the beginning of the “latter rain," and in respectfully solicit the co-operation of those of the Lord's people who conclusion urged his hearers to prayer. What might they not approve of our design, and who may feel disposed, to help us in this way. accomplish if they had faith to grasp the resources of the Divine Spirit? The Rev. Dr. Marsh, who followed, regarded All communications and books for review to be sent to the EDITOR OF the church in these times as about to become a witness simply THE BIBLE TREASURY, care of Daniel F. Oakey, 21, Warwick Lane, among the nations, and argued from various statements of the Paternoster-row. apostle Paul, and also from analogy, that as the preceding dis
The name and address of the writer must accompany all contributions, pensations had each ended in apostasy, so this would terminate not necessarily for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith. No
notice will be taken of anonymous communications. also. The Rev. John Bonar then made some remarks of a
We cannot undertake to return MSS., unless acompanied by a special practical kind, observing that as the students of prophecy were request to that effect, and postage stamps to cover
carriage. led to lay less stress on means than others, they were thrown Advertisements to be sent to Mr. G. F. Nelson, 104, Fleet-st., London.
No. 2. Vol. I.-July 1, 1856.
In illustration and support of his argument, Mr. W.
expounds the passage in Peter's discourse, from which No. II. these words are quoted. He explains that Jesus is the
He DISTINCTIONS BETWEEN THE OLD AND NEW Prophet of whom Moses wrote and Peter spake. TESTAMENTS. *
refers to the gospels, as containing much that this great In turning to Mr Waldegrave's second proposition, that Prophet taught, but contends that the Acts and Epistles
in all points upon which the New Testament gives us may with equal truth be regarded as his oracular cominstruction, it is, as containing the full, the clear, and munications. He shews that
by these, the previously the final manifestation of the divine will, our rightful imperfect revelation of the Divine will” is completed; guide to the interpretation of the Old,” we wish parti- before; and that the New Testament is not only sup
many things being thus revealed, which were hidden cularly to guard against being misunderstood. is much
of truth contained in it, beyond all doubt; but plementary to the old, but often expository of its all the force that it can justly exert on any
He proves that in certain cases old Testamind, is the result of what we acknowledge as cheer- ment institutions are abrogated by Christ in the New fully as our author himself. There are distinctions
Testament; and from the whole he infers, that on between the Old Testament and the New, which no Testament are of greater weight, and entitled to more
prophetic subjects the literal portions of the New christian can fail to recognize. The authority is the consideration, than the predictions of the older volume same in both; for both are the Word of God. The grand central object is the same; for both testify of
of inspiration. Christ. “The law, the prophets, and the psalms," as Levitical rites, and the passing away of typical cere
To the argument drawn from the setting aside of well as the gospels, the epistles, and the apocalypse, monies, we have already replied; showing, at the same have him for their glorious, never failing theme. But time, how seriously our author's reasoning arrays Scriphow differently is he presented in these two grand ture against Scripture, and exalts one part of it at the departments of divine revelation !
Nor do the particulars now felt even by those who would be at a loss to define its expense of another. nature and explain its cause.
Much that Mr. W.
enumerated require much remark. It may well be on this point, is so self-evident, that our only wonder is questioned whether the fulfilment of the Jewish law. that he should have thought it needful to say it at all. giver's prediction in our blessed Lord, as declared by At the same time he is far from having succeeded, as it feature of the distinctive character possessed by the
Peter in the third of Acts, constitutes the highest appears to us, in illustrating the most important aspects New Testament. Questions might be raised as to the of his subject; and the arguments he has advanced, seem anything but conclusive, in favour of the principle of Mr. W.'s discourse is founded. Is the foretelling of
meaning of the word prophetin the text on which interpretation for which he contends. It is not so obvious as Mr. W. would intimate (page term, as applied by Moses to himself, and to that blessed
future events that which is chiefly indicated by that 15), that in New Testament revelations as to the future, One whose advent he predicts? Is it not rather as the " figure is the exception, literality the rule.” That this founder, by divine appointment, of the legal economy dispute; but in regard to its prophetic passages, which or dispensation, that he speaks of himself, while he can alone decide prophetic questions, the statement is
foretells the coming of another, by whom a better disfar from being indisputable. The numerous parables pensation should be established ? Moses and the law by which our Lord conveyed prophetic instruction to were to be heard, till Christ should come, and the gospel his hearers, as well as other obvious considerations, be introduced; or, as the evangelist has it, “The law will at once occur to our readers. But as this is not
was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus the basis on which Mr. W. rests his defence of the Christ,” (John i. 17). În either case, it would seem principle in question, we would not bestow upon it a the supernatural foresight of the seer, that is indicated
rather to be the divine authority of the lawgiver than more extended notice than he gives to it himself
. His by the word prophet, as used in the text under congreat argument we give in his own words :
sideration. “ The New Testament has this distinct and incontestable claim to the right of arbitration, that it is the inspired record
Nor do the words “him shall ye hear in all things," of the words of that Great Prophet, of whom it was said, "him imply that his revelations are more strictly true than shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you:” were those made by means of Moses. The One of
whom the passage treats, was to be "a prophet,” says * Contributed by the Author of “ Plain Papers on Prophetic and other Moses, “like unto me." The authority of Moses, as Subjects," and being a review of the following works :
their divinely apppointed legislator and the founder of Christ, as taught by himself and his apostles: set forth in eight sermons, their system, was acknowledged by the Jews; but he preached before the University of Oxford in the year 1854, at the lecture himself foretold the coming of another of equal (he Waldegrave, M.A., rector of Barford St. Martin, Wilts, and late fellow of does not say higher) authority; and him they were to All Souls College. London: Hamilton,
Adams, and Co., 1855, 8vo, pp. 686. hear in all things. Moses himself thus sets his seal to 2. Notice of the above, in "The British and Foreign Evangelical Review," No. xiv., October, 1855.
the mission of Christ, by which his own temporary 3. Notice of the above, in “The London Quarterly Review," No. X.,
ecor my was to be superseded and replaced; but until Mittennial Studies: com What saith the Scriptures concerning the thus superseded and replaced, Moses was to be heard, Kingdom and ,
and his injunctions to be obeyed, as implicitly as Christ
1. New Testament Millenarianism; or, The Kingdom and Coming of
Ward and Co.
and his words are now to be submitted to by all. In while Moses was " faithful in all his house, as a servant, fact, we have Christ's own declaration to assure us, that for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken such as truly heard the one, reverently and obediently after,” Christ was as “a Son over his own house." He listened to the other also. “For had ye believed Moses, was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” much as he who hath builded the house hath more (John v. 46).
honour than the house." And while “every house is In a word, neither Moses nor Peter lays down a builded by some one, he that built all things (which canon of interpretation in the passage on which our Christ did) is God,” (Heb. iii.) The true, distinctive author builds so much. The question in Deut. xviii., glory of the New Testament, shines upon us in the and in Acts iii., is not whether the Old Testament or fact, that “ God, who at sundry times and in divers the New is to be preferred as fixing the sense of a dis- manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the puted passage ; but, whether Jesus was to be received as prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his the Messiah. “No,” said the Jews, “we know that Son.” Nor is even this the whole. Not only was he, God spake by Moses, and we will cleave to Moses.” as a messenger, thus pre-eminently glorious; he was "Moses himself commands you to receive Jesus," was himself the glory of the message, —God was revealed Peter's reply! A cogent reply it was, worthy of the not only by but in him, who was “the brightness of his Holy Ghost, under whose inspiration it was made. glory, the express image of his person." "The Word But to infer from it, that the meaning of Old Testament was made flesh," says the evangelist, “and we beheld his prophecies is to be authoritatively determined by a few glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full passages of the New Testament, deemed literal and of grace and truth.” “He that hath seen me, hath seen clear by those who make such a use of them, would be the Father," was the language of this blessed One himto fix upon it a sense which, we are bold to maintain, self. The Old Testament contains nothing resembling the apostle never contemplated; it would be to draw this. The will of God is there partially disclosed; his from it a deduction, as contrary to the passage itself, creating power and providential wisdom are exhibited; rightly understood, as it is derogatory to the book of his government of Israel and the nations is copiously inspiration as a whole.
treated of; man's dreary history is largely recorded; We shall have occasion to return to this chapter in the grace of God to individuals is placed in striking the Acts, but would now invite the attention of the relief, while testimony is bome to their faith, and its christian reader to the whole subject of the connexion precious fruits ; Christ himself is foreshadowed and between the Old and New Testaments. It is one of foretold, from the pronouncing of the curse on the profoundest interest in itself; while its bearings on the serpent, and the first institution of slain sacrifices, in millenarian question are quite as important as our Gen. iii. and iv., to the last of the long line of esteemed author represents them to be. The reader him- Israel's prophets, and the re-establishment of Levitiself must judge, whether the path, to which Mr. W. cal rites, on the return from Babylon, in Ezra's and invites us, be one in which the brighter lights of the Nehemiah’s day. But God himself was not revealed. later revelations, become really available for the eluci- "The Lord hath said that he would dwell in the thick dation of those, which are more obscure in character, and darkness,” is Solomon's thought of God, in erecting for of more ancient date.
him the temple in which he deigned to take up his That which, first of all, distinguishes the New Testa- abode. But there, as in the tabernacle which had ment, is the record it contains of the perfect revelation preceded it, everything testified of the barriers which of God himself, in the person of his Son. Viewed as an sin had raised between God and his people, and of the inspired writing, its authority cannot be greater than distance and reserve which marked the relations that of the equally inspired writings of the Old Testa- existing between him and them. Foreshadowings ment. But as to its subject—that which it presents to there were of the Saviour, in whose coming this reserve us—we no sooner open it, and begin to read, than we was to be laid aside, and by whose sacrifice this distance find ourselves in the presence of God himself. “God was to be destroyed. But it is in the New Testament was manifest in the flesh.” It is God who speaks in that we find ourselves actually in the presence of Jesus, the Old Testament as really as in the New. But in the who, while a man and the lowliest of men, was yet the one, he is in the distance, or causing his voice to be full revelation, the perfect display of all that God is, in heard from amid the thick darkness in which he dwells; his wisdom, power, holiness, and love. All this was in the other, “Emmanuel"-"God with us," is the manifested in him, moreover, in perfect grace to the wonder which bursts upon us in the first chapter of sinner. With wisdom, which confounded his adverthe book. “Verily, thou art a God that hidest thy-saries by a word-power, which controlled the elements, self,” (Is. xlv. 15,) is the utterance even of the and to which devils themselves were subject—holiness, evangelical prophet, as he is often termed. “No man so absolute and intrinsic, that contact with man's evil hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, could not defile him—his love and grace were such, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared that a poor sinful Samaritan woman could freely conhim," is what the evangelist affirms, (John i. 18); verse with him, while he revealed himself to her as the and it is this which stamps its character on the New Saviour, and his Father as the one who sought such as Testament throughout. God himself is revealed in the she, to worship him in spirit and in truth! God, fully person of Christ. No doubt he was the Prophet like revealed in grace in the person of his Son, is that unto Moses, whose coming Moses had foretold. But which constitutes the inexpressible charm with which
the New Testament is invested, to all who have been his atoning death, had been variously typified and convinced of the reality of their lost estate as sinners foretold in the Old Testament; and that which, as to against God. “The grace of God that bringeth salva- these verities, distinguishes the New Testament, is that tion hath appeared to all men.” “ The Son of man it records what the other only foreshadows and predicts. is come to seek and to save that which was lost!” But as to one vast range of truth, we have the distinct
Another distinctive feature of the New Testament, is announcement in the New Testament, that it had been the record it contains of the accomplishment of re- in all previous ages unknown and unrevealed.
Hear demption by the cross. In Old Testament times, it was the Apostle, who, writing to the Ephesians, “ of the not only that God was not fully revealed, but that man dispensation of the grace of God," which had been had little or no access to him. True, he deigned to fix given him to them-ward, says, “How that by revelation his earthly abode in the midst of his people Israel, and he made known unto me the mystery: (as I wrote afore to speak of himself as dwelling “ between the cheru- in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may underbims.” But who could venture to approach him there? stand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ); which One man only, and he but once a year, and even then in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, it was with blood newly shed, and amid clouds of as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets incense covering the mercy-seat lest he should die. by the Spirit” (Eph. iii. 2–5). Again, he describes These were the types of that sacrifice by which guilty the object of his vocation to be “to make all men see, man was to draw near to God; but so long as the types what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the continued, “the way into the holiest was not yet made beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who manifest.”
Christ only could open the way. To created all things by Jesus Christ” (verse 9). Writing accomplish this he had not only to reveal God to man, to the Colossians, the same apostle speaks of Christ's but had to present himself a sacrifice on man's behalf body, “which is the church; whereof,” he says, “I to God. The whole nature and character of God had to am made a minister, according to the dispensation of be manifested and glorified with regard to sin, in order God which is given to me for you, to fulfil (or fully to for any of our sinful race to to be admitted to his preach, see margin) the Word of God; oven the mystery immediate presence.
Sin had to be put away. The which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but believer well knows by whom this has been accomplished. now is made manifest to the saints: to whom God would One only was equal to the mighty undertaking; but by make known what is the riches of the glory of this him it has been once and for ever achieved. He “put mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” At his expiring the hope of glory.” Col. i. 24—27. In these passages, cry, “It is finished,” “the veil of the temple was rent we have the distinct mention of a certain mystery of in twain from the top to the bottom.” No veil remains Christ, which in other ages was not made known unto between God and the sinner who approaches in the name the sons of men, which from the beginning of the of Jesus. “Boldness to enter into the holiest by the world had been hid in God, which had been hid from blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath ages and from generations, and was only now made consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say his manifest to the saints. Of this previously unrevealed flesh," is now the assured, indubitable privilege of every mystery it is said, that by revelation it had been made true believer. But where, save in the New Testament, known to Paul; and that Christ had now revealed it to is this made known to us? And what more real his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. The distinction can exist, between the Old Testament and knowledge of this mystery, Paul represents as the disthe New, than the one we are now considering? Many pensation of the grace of God which had been given prophets and righteous men had desired to see and hear him, in order that he might make all men see what is what the disciples saw and heard when Jesus was on the fellowship of this mystery; he speaks of the saints earth. How would they have rejoiced had they been as those to whom God would make known what is the permitted, as we are, to read of the exaltation of the riches of the glory of this mystery; and he declares that risen Jesus to the right hand of God-of free remission he had been made a minister according to the dispensathrough his blood-and of access through him, without tion of God, committed to him for the completing of the a single interposing veil, to the immediate presence of Word of God. Such we take to be the force of the God himself! Yet such are some of the wonders which expression “to fulfil" or fully to preach the Word of the New Testament distinctively unfolds.
God.” Evidently that Word was incomplete till this But there is one characteristic feature of the later mystery was made known. volume of inspiration-a most important one-on We have no intention, in the present paper, to consiwhich Mr. W., in his opening lecture, bestows the der the subject of this mystery, as it is developed in detail slightest possible notice. He does indeed say (page 23) in the two epistles from which the above quotations are
that there are many things which Moses and the made. The proper place for considering it at large may prophets—even if they knew them— did not commit be, when we come to discuss our author's statements on to writing," and adds, that "Jesus, however, has per the subject in one of his subsequent lectures. For the fected the volume of inspiration.” But it is not thus present, let it suffice to refer to the passages themselves, slightly that the New Testament itself treats of one and to one verse in Eph. iii., not yet quoted, which grand department of truth, the primary and exclusive prove that the heavenly unity of the church with Christ revelation of which it claims as its own. The divine by virtue of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, is the glory of Messiah's person, and the wondrous efficacy of mystery of which the Apostle writes. These are the words in which he himself defines it: “That the subject the fullest examination in the light of God's Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, Word. We turn from it now, to point out some other and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel.” considerations connected with the distinction between (Eph. iii. 6.) “ Christ in
you, the hope of glory,” are the Old Testament and the New. the terms in which he sums up this mystery in Col. i.; The three great characteristics of the New Testament but then he declares that it is “among the Gentiles we have seen to be, that God is there made known as that “the riches of the glory of this mystery" have fully revealed in Christ; accomplished redemption is their scope and their development. Now nothing can there proclaimed, with all its blessed results; and there be more obvious, even to a cursory reader of God's we have the unfolding of the previously unrevealed Word, than that the Old Testament abounds with mystery of the heavenly unity of the church with predictions of blessing to the Gentiles under Messiah's Christ, by virtue of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. reign. Our post-millenarian brethren will, at all events, Two results naturally ensue, and may be seen to pervade admit this. It was no unrevealed mystery that, when the volume. First the subjects with which it promithe Seed should come to whom the promises were made, nently and distinctively deals, are not such as relate to both Jews and Gentiles should be blessed under him, and God's government of creation, Israel, and the nations, by him. But that the Gentiles should be fellow-beirs, with which the Old Testament is so largely occupied and of the same body,—that believing Jews and believing but the more vital and momentous questions of eternity, Gentiles should be incorporated in one, being brought the soul, life, death, heaven and hell. We are far thus into a position of perfect equality with each other, from intending that the Old Testament says nothing of by both, and both alike, becoming the body of Christ; the latter class of subjects, or that the New Testament that there should be thus a community or corporation of is silent on the former. It is with the general features persons not only blessed under Christ and by Christ, but the predominant character of both volumes, that we blessed in him and with him, "quickened together," are at present concerned; and who can doubt that " raised up together," and "made to sit together in eternity is stamped upon the one, as prominently as heavenly places in Christ," as the epistle to the Ephe- time is impressed upon the other?' Now it is to God's sians declares; that Christ should be in such, the hope government of the world that prophecy applies; and of glory,—this is, indeed, what had been hid in God hence the extent to which the Old Testament consists of from all former ages and generations, and what was prophecy. In proportion as the subject is touched only revealed to the apostles and prophets of the upon in the New Testament, it becomes prophetic; but new economy, since the exaltation of Christ to the even in its prophetic parts, as Matt. xiii, and xxiv, xxv; right hand of God, and the descent of the Holy Ghost 2 Thess. ii; and the Apocalypse as a whole, eternity is from heaven.
connected with what takes place in time, in a way but The importance of this subject, in its bearing on the little known in the Old Testament. Then, secondly, millenarian question, can scarcely be over-rated. Let the distinction between Jew and Gentile, so maintained it be once assumed that the subject of the prophecies is in the older volume of God's Word, begins in the later identical with that of the epistles—that the latter con- one, to fade away before the glory of Jesus, the incartain nothing but what was more obscurely revealed in nate Son of God; it disappears before his cross, by the former—and the consequence is inevitable. The which the middle wall of partition is broken down; prophecies are spiritualized in order to raise them and one essential feature of “the mystery,” revealed towards the level of the epistles; the epistles are by the Holy Ghost come down from heaven, is this, that brought down to the level of the spiritual sense put in a risen and ascended Christ there is neither Jew nor upon the prophecies; and each department of divine Greek, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free. Not truth is thus shorn of its peculiar, distinctive character. that these distinctions have finally ceased in the world, The church of God, indwelt by the Holy Ghost, and viewed as the subject of God's government. So far thus made “one body” and “one spirit” with its risen from this, "Jews,” “Gentiles," and " the Church of and glorified Head in heaven, is confounded in men's God” form the present triple distribution of mankind, thoughts with the whole company of the redeemed from in an apostolic precept enjoining upon believers an the beginning to the end of time. All its peculiar inoffensive course towards all the three. (1 Cor. x. 32.) blessedness as one with Christ, whether in his present It is in the church, the body of Christ, that these, and rejection, or in the glory in which he is by and bye to all mere human distinctions, have passed away. “Male be revealed, is reduced to what is common to saints of and female," as really as “Jew and Gentile,” is an every dispensation. Old Testament predictions con- unknown, unrecognised distinction, in regard to the cerning such as are to be blessed under Christ and by oneness of believers with an earth-rejected, heavenly Christ, are regarded, in the spiritual sense sought to be Christ. (Gal. iii. 28). imposed upon them, as expressive of the portion which The connexions between the Old Testament and the pertains to those, and those only, who are blessed in him New we reserve as the subject of our next commuand with him, “members of his body, of his flesh, and nication. of his bones." This is a theme which we cannot at present pursue; but here is to be found, we are fully persuaded, the fundamental error of the Bampton The number of petitions for a new version of the English Bible
PUBLIC FEELING ON THE BIBLE TRANSLATION QUESTION.lecturer, and of nearly, if not quite, all, who reject pre- presented to Parliament up to the 28th of May, was thirteen, millennial views. We hope, hereafter, to give the land the number of signatures 639 !