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need proof, that the soul of man is a distinct substance from his body. The body, of itself, is but senseless matter : made of the dust, to the dust it returns. The soul is spirit and life. How, then, did these two natures, so evidently different in themselves, become so intimately united as to form one person? How is it that the vital principle, the soul, communicates life and vigour to a mass of clay, so as to make it capable of serving and assisting that soul in many of its most important functions ? This we know to be the fact. We see the body animated by the soul, without which it has in itself no life. Surely, then, what has been may be again. The separation of the constituent parts of the body, when corrupting in the earth, when severed and consumed by fire, or devoured by other creatures, furnishes no argument against the doctrine of the resurrection. A simple experiment in chemistry will show that matter may be transmuted into many different forms, and yet, by mere human skill, brought back to its original condition. But with God “all things are possible.” He knows all things ; he can do all things; and nothing can be more foolish, or more impious, than for a vain and feeble creature to measure the knowledge and the power of the Creator, by the scanty conceptions of his own intellect. Do not the Scriptures tell us that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth ;” that “ He said, Let there be light, and there was light;" Let there be bodies of men, of fishes, beasts, birds, and it was so? So when he shall say to the sea, and to the grave, “ Give up your dead,” the dead shall all stand before him, both small and great. “But some man will say, How are the dead raised up ? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die : and that which thou sowest, thou 'sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain ; it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain : but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." He “shall change these vile bodies, and make them like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
“And these, new-rising from the tomb,
With lustre brighter far shall shine ;
Safe from diseases and decline.
If heaven must recompense our pains ;
If firm the word of God remains ! " 3. This miracle may be considered as illustrating, in connexion with the doctrine of the general resurrection, that of a future state.
“Life and immortality are brought to light by the Gospel ;” not in theory only, but in fact. Here is life after death placed visibly before our eyes, as a type of our own destiny. And for what purpose must we live hereafter but to receive the reward of our conduct in the present life? No one who believes the doctrine of a future state of existerice, and of the immortality of the soul, and all who believe the doctrine of the resurrection must believe these doctrines also, --can entertain a doubt concerning the day of judgment. “The times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent : because he hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” As surely as he was raised from the dead, so surely shall he come “to judge the world in righteousness." "Then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory; and before hiin shall be gathered all nations : and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on the right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” But to those on his left hand he will address the fearful sentence, “ Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” Then “every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,.to the glory of God the Father." Then all the distinctions created by the pride and policy of man shall cease for ever; and the only difference that shall remain will be between him that serveth God, and him that serveth bim not,-between him that believeth, and him that believeth not. The present is a state of probation; the future is a state of retribution. This is the seed-time; that is the harvest. “Be not deceived ; God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, thạt shall he also reap. If we sow to the flesh, we shall of the flesh reap corruption ; but if we sow to tbe Spirit, we shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” If we believe in Christ, and live to Christ, " when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” But if you reject his doctrines, and despise the riches of his goodness, you shall perish with all his enemies, on whom he will “ rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest," to consume and to destroy them. They must endure devouring fire, and dwell with everlasting burnings. “I therefore pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.” “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way when his wrath is kindled but a little.”
And, now, may our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the resurrection and the life, quicken all our souls, and raise us from the death of sin to the life of righteousness ; that, when he shall come in his glory, to judge the world, we may have a resurrection to eternal life. Amen.
CONVERSION OF A NEOLOGIST PASTOR.
To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine. The spread of Infidelity in the seems to accord with their feeble Lutheran Churches, under the name reason, and try to reduce the whole of Neology, is a fact which is Scriptures within these narrow li. equally notorious and lamentable. mits, distorting the plainest passages Ministers, Pastors, Theological Pro- by forced and strange expositions. fessors, and even Biblical critics and One of these Neologists, a young Commentators, have regarded the man who had forgotten his CateScriptures as merely human compo. chism, and laid aside his Bible, sitions, and have endeavoured to di. while at the University, came to a vest them of every vestige of mi. town in Germany to perform the racle, and of divine inspiration and duties of a Pastor. He found there authority. An interesting account not a complete and living faith, but of the conversion of one of these a traditional belief in the historical misguided men is given in the fol. facts and the miracles of the Bible, lowing narrative, written by the which he regarded as an old superFrench Correspondent of “the New. stition. He published then, to enYork Observer,” and recently in lighten this people, as he said, a serted in that publication. One little work, in which he avowed the principal cause of the evil in ques- inost extravagant principles of Neotion appears to be, the bringing up logism. He attempted to show, in of young men to the Christian mi. this work, that agitation of mind, nistry, simply as a profession, with remorse of conscience, and serious out any regard to their personal thoughts upon death and eternity, piety. The employment of irreli- are the results only of bad health, gious men in the exposition of the an unhappy temperament, or a weak Scriptures, the pastoral charge of mind; and that the true remedy souls, and the ministry of the Gospel, which would restore peace to the is one of the greatest calamities soul, was to take exercise and diverwith which the church of God can sion, and regulate the diet, &c. be afflicted. When such men are The pamphlet of the Neologist placed under no efficient ecclesias. Pastor met with great success, betical control, and find that novel cause it flattered the pride, sensua. and bold speculations are the direct lity, and other natural propensities road to fame, the consequences to
of man. But as some members of
of man. But as some wer religion may be expected to be the the flock objected against his prinmost disastrous. Such, unhappily. ciples, and appealed to the Bible, is the present state of things in the Pastor believed that he could many parts of Protestant Germany; easily derive from the Bible itself and the evil has infected others of arguments in his own favour, and the Continental Churches, both Po that for this purpose he need only pish and Reformed. Lucius. give a better interpretation to certain
passages which they misunderstood. AN AUTHENTIC NARRATIVE.
He took down his old dust-covered Bolbec, (Lower Seine,)
Bible, and looked out the passages
that treat of peace of mind, to show Jan. 7th, 1835.
that the Saviour and his Apostles Your readers all know the mean had recommended the same remeing of the word Neologist, which is dies as he had. But his attention applied in Germany to a certain was soon arrested with this text : class of Pastors and laymen. The “Come unto me, all ye that Neologists , also called Rationalists, labour and are heavy laden, and reject all that is supernatural in the I will give you rest.” (Matthew Bible, the miracles and mysteries; xi. 28, 29.) Full of surprise, he they will admit nothing but what examined the verses preceding, to
see in what connexion these words and drink ; but righteousness, and stood with the whole chapter; and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." he read : “ I thank thee, O Father, (Romans xiv. 17.) “As the sufferthat thou hast bid these things from ings of Christ abound in us, so the wise and prudent, and hast re. our consolation also aboundeth by vealed them unto babes." (Verse 25.) Christ.” (2 Cor. i. 5.) This is still more obscure, said the The Neologist Pastor then became Neologist to himself. How? the dissatisfied with having opened his wise and prudent! but they are the Bible, and, shutting it impatiently, very persons who know best the went to bed. But sleep did not visit will of God! Thinking to throw his eyes. His mind was beset with light on this verse, by consulting painful thoughts; the passages he parallel passages, he came to this had read continually recurred to his text: “ Where is the wise? where memory. Ah! said he, if I had let is the scribe? where is the disputer the old Bible stay in its corner, how of this world? hath not God made quietly I should have slept! But foolish the wisdom of this world ?” soon a more alarming text came to (1 Cor. i. 20 ;) and he read on to his mind : “ If any man preach any the end of the chapter, where it is other gospel unto you than that ye written, “ Christ Jesus, who of God have received, though it should be is made unto us wisdom, and right- we or an angel from heaven, let him eousness, and sanctification, and re- be accursed!” (Gal. i. 8. 9.) Unable demption.” (Verse 30.) Truly, said longer to remain in bed, he arose the Neologist to himself, the Apos. and sought to divert himself; but in tles pushed the matter too far; Jesus vain. The terrible word, “accursed! himself did not so speak of his own accursed !” followed him every person ; we will go back to the Gos- where, and unceasingly, like the ac. pels. But he found in the Gospel cusing voice of God. according to John, “I am the way, Finally, on the third day, a mesthe truth, and the life: no man senger sent by the Pastor of cometh to the Father, but by me.” announced that the daughter of this (xiv. 6.) And in another place,“ I Pastor, to whom he was engaged to and my Father are one ; ” “ whoso. be married, was at the point of death, ever hath seen me hath seen the and that she desired to see him before Father.” “This is the true God and she died. He remained dumb with eternal life.”
stupor, as if a thunderbolt had Our learned Divine now found fallen at his feet. But before he himself more and more embarrassed. could recover himself, procure a He knew not how to reconcile these horse, and reach
twentydeclarations of Scripture with his four hours of anguish had elapsed, “ rational” ideas of Jesus Christ, ac. and his betrothed was no more. In cording to which the son of Mary his despair, the unhappy man threw was only a superior man, a sage like himself on the cold remains of his Orpheus or Confucius. But, after idol; his empty and barren religion all, said he, I need not busy myself could not secure him from excessive with these things; I am now search. sorrow. The young lady had died ing for passages which relate to sad- of small pox : the despairing young ness (and joy, trouble and repose: man took, in a few days after, this let me not wander from the question. frightful malady, and was in the Accordingly he read the following greatest danger. declarations : “Godly sorrow work. The father of the young lady, a eth repentance unto salvation, not to pious and faithful Pastor, took the be repented of; but the sorrow of utmost care of his sick friend, neg. the world worketh death.” (2 Cor, lecting nothing which could convii. 10.) “The peace of God, which tribute to his recovery. Nor was passeth all understanding, shall keep this all. The salvation of the young your hearts and minds through man's soul was the principal object Christ Jesus.” (Philippians iv. 7.) of the pious Pastor's solicitude ; and "The kingdom of God is not meat when he saw him disposed to listen,
he sat by his pillow, and, looking ful than mere advice or arguments. affectionately upon him, observed, I was from my youth what is called “You are out of danger at last, my a virtuous man. After completyoung friend! but I read in your ing my studies with care, I left eyes and in your countenance that the University, and was associated your soul is in continual anguish. with my father in the work of the This afflicts me. My affection for evangelical ministry; when one day my daughter was as strong as yours. I was struck with these words of I have suffered an irreparable loss. St. Paul: 'They are all gone out of I feel deeply grieved to be separated the way, they are together become in this life ; but I receive with filial unprofitable; there is none that doeth obedience this trial from the hand good, no, not one.' (Rom. iii. 12.) of the Lord. Do you the same, and This appeared to me too hard, too try to recover your peace.”
universal ; and I thought that they The young man looked for some who, like myself, had done already moments around him, with a silent so much good, and had only comand gloomy air. “Yes,” he re- mitted sins of weakness, could not plied at last; “I grieve to lose her; be reproved by God like the robber but what appears to me most bitter, and the murderer. But the more I is the thought of never seeing her searched the Scriptures, the more I again! How then can I be com- was persuaded it really established posed? Who would be so in my the doctrine, that there is no differ. situation?” These words gave oc. ence. (Rom. iii. 22.) Alarmed to casion to a conversation, in which see my boasted righteousness crumb. the worthy old man drew gradually ling beneath me, I prayed earnestly from his agitated soul the secret of that the Lord would open the eyes his anguish. Alas! the unhappy of my understanding. While I prayed man doubted of every thing, feared thus, my eyes fell upon these words: every thing, despaired of every thing. 'Thou sayest, I am rich, and increasHis Neologism was but the mask of ed with goods, and have need of a deep Infidelity. The breath of mis- nothing; and knowest not that thou fortune had made the white coating art wretched, and miserable, and fall from this tomb, and revealed the poor, and blind, and naked. (Rev. hideous corruption within.
iii. 17.) Involuntarily, I prostrated Then the Pastor, in a tone breath- myself on the ground, and cried to ing the most ardent love and com- the Lord with tears, •Have pity passion, anounced to him the Gos- upon me; make me know my pel. He showed that nothing was misery, and deign to deliver me!' less solid than to build our faith on From that day, the Holy Spirit shed the sole foundation of reason ; for more and more light into my mind. reason leads but to doubt, and aban. I discovered my pride, my presumpdons us to our weakness in the day tion, my natural inclination to all of misfortune. He taught him, be- evil, my innumerable sins. I learnt ginning with Moses and the Pro. my folly, in despising others whom phets, that Jesus Christ is the Sa. I regarded as greater sinners tban viour; that every man must be born myself; I felt that I was awfully unagain, and become a little child to grateful to my Saviour; and I pray. receive the teachings of the Holy ed to God night and day, to grant Spirit; that the Christian religion is me the pardon of my iniquities, and a religion of experience; and that, to a living faith. At last he who had feel its truth, we must submit our loved me first heard my prayer. hearts to God.
One night, the sweet remembrance “But what must I do to obtain of which will never be effaced from this experimental conviction, and to my mind, as I was imploring earnest. be born again ?" asked the young ly the grace of God, these two pasman.
sages became the instruments which "I will tell you the simple story He made use of to give me life: I of my own life," replied the old will blot out thy transgressions for man; "and this will be more use. my name's sake.' "The blood of