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this rock will I build my church, timated in those Scriptures which and the gates of hell shall not pre- speak of the sufferings of Christ-vail against it.
-the hour and power of darkThe crucifixion of Christ is also ness—breaking the serpent's headattributed to the devil : who is re- spoiling principalities and powers presented as entering into Judas, -making a show of them openly for the purpose of getting the son triumphing over them in his cross. of man betrayed into the hands of It was glorious indeed, that at sinners. Tormented, it seems, with the very hour when hell was just the success of our Lord, and per- ready to burst forth into triumph, ceiving that his gospel was silently then it should receive its fatal insinuating itself into the hearts of shock; and that those very means men, he determines to get him dis- which were designed to crush the patched out of the way. Every Lord Jesus, and his rising interest, circumstance of this tragical affair and overturn the work of human unfolds design, all bearing on one redemption, should be made to point-the crushing of the rising subserve the overthrow of Satan's interest.
empire, and lay the foundation of Just suppose Satan to have rea- that very work which they were soned thus with himself: - What intended to destroy! This was shall I do? If I let him alone, the killing Goliath with his own sword world will believe in him.
--this was making a show of him not draw him into sin : be has indeed ! baffled me in every effort. I will The persecution
that raged get him dispatched; and the more against the church, and the heresies effectually to make an end of him, that were introduced, are also asand of all future attachment to cribed to the devil, and equally him, I will get him executed in the marked by design. It was said to most shameful manner. He shall the church at Smyrna—“ The devil be hanged as a common malefac- shall cast some of you into pritor, at the place of public execu- son.” And the persecutions which tion; so that his name shall be raged, are represented as a flood had in execration to the end of coming out of the mouth of the time. Yea, and that his memory great red dragon, that old serpent may be covered with everlasting called the devil and Satan, against infamy, I will stir up his own coun- the woman and her seed. Rev. ii. trymen, the Jews, the only reli- 10.; xii. 9. 14-17. Not, indeed, gious people in the world, to put that Satan assumed the office of him to death : and not merely the justice of the peace; but he stirred rabble; but the sanhedrim, the up his vassals, as he had prescribes and pharisees, the very viously moved Judas to betray the gods of the people, whose reputa- Lord. tion is such, that all the world will When, in the days of Constanconclude that if he had not been a tine the Great, the Roman empire malefactor he had not been put to became Christian, and so an end, death—and thus I hope to over- for a time, was put to persecution, come him!' Were we to suppose, then the devil betook himself to I say, that Satan had reasoned another method. Popery, that thus, the supposition would only mystery of iniquity, which had correspond with the facts of the long begun to work, now inade
its appearance, and was soon openly This, moreover, seems to be in revealed, in a grand, though gra
dual apostasy. 2 Thes. ii. 7, 8. REMARKS ON MATT. ili. 15. Arianism, Pelagianism, and the To the Editor of the Baptist Magazine. whole farrago of popery, soon overrun the church. False doctrines
SIR, are called the doctrines of devils ; I beg to offer for insertion, a few and the beast of Rome is said to observations on those words in receive his power from the dragon. Matt. iii. 15. “ Thus it becometh 1 Tim. iy. 1.; Rev. xiii. 2.
us to fulfil all righteousness.” And now I leave you to judge; these words there is, I apprehend, and to consider whether those who 1st, a reference to the symbolical deny the influence of evil spirits on character of the ordinance, “ Thus the human mind, are very far from (as by immersion) it becometh us denying the influence of the Good to fulfil all righteousness." 2ndly, Spirit; and whether the one may I conceive that our Lord uses these not very naturally pave the way for words as the head of his body the the other. Indeed, if it be just to Church, including all his living metaphorizethe Scriptures in the one members, “Thus it becometh us case, it is equally just in the other. to fulfil all righteousness." To They do not speak more fully and illustrate and improve this view of decidedly of the one than they do the text, I will offer a few remarks of the other. Paul was sent forth, upon the words : 1st, as they apto turn men “ from darkness to ply especially to our Lord ; and, light, from the power of Satan unto 2ndly, as they apply to his memGod.” Acts xxvi. 18. But if the bers. When our Lord approached power of Satan be a metaphor, the the banks of Jordan, and presented power of God, in delivering men himself to John to be baptized, he from it, may be so too. In short, did it in the same spirit with which if such a liberty is to be taken, in he afterwards said, “I have a metaphorizing Scripture in this in- baptism to be baptized with, and stance, it may in any other; and how am I straitened until it be acthen nothing will be able to stand complished.” He was thus to before it. There is not a doctrine commence his public ministry, and in the Bible but might be thus me- in this way he signified his entire taphorized away.
unreserved surrender of himself in I have made my observations the cause of righteousness, and as with freedom. My desire is, that the substitute of man. The act you should do the same, in perus- expressed entire devotedness and ing them. Read then, not with dedication, to suffer according to the partiality of a friend, but with the will of the Father for the rethe non-prepossession of an indif- demption of his brethren ; by his
I may, in some complete obedience to become the things, be mistaken. Receive no- Lord our righteousness. It indi. thing, but in proportion to evidence. cated also that his sufferings were Though you are bound implicitly to be unto death, but the immerto believe God, you are not bound sion being immediately succeeded so to believe me, or any other crea- by the raising from the water, inture. Whether all I have said, dicated further his resurrection and be approved or not, believe me, the glory that should follow; that
having been made perfect through And desire to remain, sufferingsas the Redeemer, and head Your sincere friend, of his people, he was to rise tri
ANDREW FULLER. umphant from the grave and ascend
to his mediatorial throne to rule are called to suffer much for Christ, till the 66
many sons” for whose yet it is necessary to possess a redemption he ihus sanctified him- measure of his broken and abased self should be brought to behold spirit, and so to suffer with him, and to participate in his glory. and by being conformed to his “ Thus it behoved Christ to suffer,” suffering image, to be prepared to and upon his ascending from the be glorified together with him. water he was declared to be the
By submission to this ordinance Son of God with power-by the also, he expresses his hope and voice from heaven saying,
• This ardent desire that he may experiis my beloved son in whom I am ence the power of Christ's resurwell pleased."
rection, that he may be enabled to I will now offer a few remarks glorify him by walking in newness on the words as they apply to the of life, and by humble, active obehumble followers of Christ. They dience to exhibit his image in the also approach the water of bap- world. In this way, by deriving tism under a solemn regard to the life from Christ, living in union law of righteousness, convinced with him, and walking with him, that the breach of the divine law he hopes to attain to the full assurhas brought them into a state of ance that where Christ is there shall ruin, and that the complete fulfil- he be also. ment and satisfaction of the law What a divine improvement of of righteousness by the Lord who the doctrine of baptism the aposhath called them to follow him, tle presents us with in his Epistle alone affords a ground to hope for to the Romans. With two or three the favour and salvation of God. expository remarks, I will recite The penitent disciple, therefore, a few passages from the 6th, which presents himself to be baptized to I think will tend to corroborate the indicate his belief that he needs views I have ventured to offer. and desires an interest in the jus- “ Buried with him by baptism unto tifying righteousness of the Sa- death” thus (in our baptism) we viour. He comes also thus to express our renunciation of self testify that sin is the object of his and all carnal hopes, entering as it abhorrence, and that he desires to were into a new element.
" That be cleansed from its pollution. In like as Christ was raised from this way likewise he expresses his the dead by the glory of the Father, belief that it is only by being united we also should walk in newness of with the Saviour, and by deriving life.” That in this state of selfsanctifying grace from him, that he renunciation, and as it were of can be brought to be a partaker of death, we may be made the subhis holiness, and to be made meet jects of the divine quickening, reto dwell with him in his holy king-ceiving a new, and holy life. In the dom. He submits to immersion to new world that grace has made.? signify that he wishes to be en- “ For if we have been planted totirely devoted to Christ and his gether in the likeness of his death cause, as Christ devoted himself we shall be also in the likeness of for bim-to testify that he is pre- his resurrection.” As living mempared to have fellowship with him bers of his body, we shall shew in his sufferings — knowing that ourselves partakers of the spiritual those only who suffer with him will resurrection, and thus living in the be admitted to reign with him, for world of grace, we shall have the although in the present day few foretaste of the world of glory, and
be enabled to hope to the end for tical improvement of the ordinance. the grace that is to be brought “ If ye then be risen with Christ, unto us at the revelation of Jesus seek those things that are above," Christ.
&c. This idea of death and the
par- But whatever may be thought of ticipation of a new and divine life the interpretation which I have by union with the Saviour, as sym- ventured to submit, it is evident bolized by baptism, appears to me that we cannot be wrong in conto pervade almost the whole of the stantly bearing in mind its pracfollowing text to nearly the middle tical improvement, and in practising of the 8th chapter, which I think daily self-examination as to whevery strikingly appears in the ther our spirit and conduct corsucceeding verses :--2. “ For the respond with our professions, when law of the spirit of life in Christ we thus unreservedly dedicated Jesus hath made me free from the ourselves to the Lord. law of sin and death." 4. “ That It is this spirit of active and the righteousness of the law might passive holiness, this Christ-like be fulfilled in us who walk not temper that the churches especially after the flesh but after the spi- need, in order to recommend this rit.” 10, 11. “ If Christ be in divine ordinance. Argument can you, the body is dead because of carry the matter no further. If argusin, but the spirit is life because of ment and evidence could have setrighteousness. But if the Spirit of tled the matter, it would have been him that raised up Jesus from the settled long ago. It is this way dead dwell in you, he that raised of attending to the ordinance, this up Christ from the dead shall also way of keeping up its spirit and quicken your mortal bodies by his going on unto perfection, that will spirit that dwelleth in you.” In at length convince our pædobaptist these verses there is evidently a brethren of their error.
With recontinuation of the same instruc- spect to merely secular Christians, tion which the apostle commenced or carnally minded professors, we at the beginning of the 6th chapter need not concern ourselves much of the epistle, hy a reference to the about their baptisms-Let the dead ordinance of baptism as symbolical bury their dead, or sprinkle their in this way, and I think the pas-dead, as it seemeth best to their sages tend in no very
indirect man-.carnal wisdom; but we should ner to confirm my view of the pas- maintain a lively concern that all sage in Matthew. I have put in the living members of Christ should Italic some of the words which ap- be brought to the right use of this pear to me to afford it some corro- ordinance; and it is in this holy boration, as they seem to discover improvement of the ordinance that a kind of divine affinity between we can alone expect to succeed. the passages. I need scarcely When once it is made evident that remind the reader of the remark- holy effects accompany and follow able coincidence of the passage its administration, and that we are respecting baptism in the Epistle in possession of a superior blessto the Colossians with those in the ing, then will a Berean spirit of Epistle to the Romans : after having enquiry on this subject be genespoken of baptism in the 2nd chap- rated. Prejudices will wither, ter, exactly in the same way as minds will open, hearts will yield, in the 6th of Romans, he begins a spirit of holy light and love will the 3d chapter with the same prac- widely diffuse its blessed influence, and there will be a rapid approxi- diately speaking to us, may be mation to that happy state indi- supposed to have on every serious cated in those words of the apostle, mind. It is remarked of the im“ There is one body and one spirit, mortal works of Homer and Virgil, even as ye are called in one hope that a greater air of majesty is of your calling; one Lord, one faith, diffused over them, in consequence one baptism.'
of the Muse, and not the poet's I am Sir,
relating the incidents of the poem, Your respectful servant, and we no doubt feel this to be J. M. W. the case, as long as we are under
the enchantment of fiction. What
then, must be the charm diffused CHRIST SPEAKING TO Us.
over the gospels, in which the Son In the writings of the Evangelists, of God is the chief speaker, and there is scarcely any circumstance where, notwithstanding the subsecorded, which is not adapted to limity of the narrative, every exgive a fuller exhibition of the cha- pression is in exact accordance racter of Christ ; and the questions with truth! proposed, are probably the same The perusal of his gracious words in substance that we should our- ought to produce an ever-growing selves have asked, had we lived in impression of the moral sublime. those days. When, therefore, we Those objects in nature and art read Matthew, Mark, Luke or deserve most of our attention, that John, we may consider that we improve on a more diligent invesare holding converse with God tigation of them, and there is no manifest in the flesh, without any pleasure connected with the exerintervening obstacle. Now this is cise of the mental powers so exreally a faet, which though ex- quisite as that, which consists in tremely obvious, deserves more deriving a continual sense of beauty attention than we are apt to bestow and majesty from whatever may
The revelations which engage our contemplations. There preceded his appearance, were at- are, it is confessed, but few protended by circumstances too awful ductions of man, which are capaand indirect, to impress us in a ble of affording us such gratificamanner equal to his communica- tion; and he who is intent on tions; and of those which came multiplying his ideas of sublimity, after, though they are the true say- must generally have recourse to ings of God, and develope brighter the works of God, which“ views of the glorious Gospel, than great, 'sought out of all them that even the discourses of Jesus hin- have pleasure therein.' But it is self, yet it will be allowed on all observable, that a well-constituted hands, that they delight us more, mind, and especially one illumiin proportion as we study the nated by the Holy Spirit, is chiefly Evangelical history. These re- arrested by the charms of moral marks are not made to undervalue excellence. It is the bright image the Old Testament, or to divert of virtue, that eclipses every other the attention, for a moment, from splendour, and where is this found the Acts of the Apostles, or from shining in perfection, but in our the sublime Epistles of Paul and blessed Lord ? It is, however, others. All that we intend, is doubtful, whether we are always merely to notice the effect, which susceptible of this ennobling thought the circumstance of Christ's inime- when reading his discourses, and