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en htertain hopes, that the charitable christian reauer, when he has given our little work a candid perusal, will be somewhat assisted in deciding for himself; and if not greatly edified, we trust he will find nothing, which will impeach our motives. If we are the humble means of awakening the reader to meditations upon this divine doctrine, and to a comparison of our views, with the sacred scriptures, and the writings of the Fathers, and the creeds of churches, we are fully persuaded, our labors will not have been vain and useless. And we have no doubt, such a course of reflection and examination will improve and edify.
Our object is not controversy, it is to seek gospel truth for ourselves, to declare it one to another as we understand it, and to call others to Bible examination and inquiry. If thereby, our call to others, in any degree, confirms the weak in faith, establishes the wavering, or disencumbers the affections of the double-minded—and if it awakens in any the spirit of love and inquiry after a more perfect knowledge of God, through the medium of his revelation to our fallen race, our labors will not be entirely unavailable, and transitory. "The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without dissimulation.” Our great motive is to guard against errors, temptations, doubtings, and stumblings in the heavenly race which is set before us; and our prayerful desire is to gather up our thoughts and affections, so that the reader, as well as ourselves, may be led to contemplate, and diligently search for those truths and wonders of redeeming love, 6 which things angels desire to look into." Quy design is, likewise, “ That the trial of our faith, may be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at the revelation of Jesus Christ," even to the end of our faith, the salvation of our souls. And while we are sojourners upon earth, that our faith may be firm and sincere, and appear 6 a divine evidence of things not seen, wrought in the soul by theimmediate power of the HolyGhost,and a means of holiness." That our faith in our Lord may be steadfast, and outwardly fruitful,affording budding evidences of His being the “ fountain of spiritual life in the soul of believers," flowing out and exhibiting itself through us in 5 fruits of faith, hope, love and patience." And while we are daily
feeding upon, and striving to possess more and 1. more the holiness and happiness of the gospel,
may we “grow in grace," and may our “ labour 9 be found of him in peace, without spot and be blameless." 1- “ Beloved, keep yourselves from idols”18"From all worship of false gods, from all worre ship of images, or of any creature, and from ev111ery inward idol.”
« His goings forth were of old, from everlasting."
Micah r. 2. “ This is life eternal, to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
John xvii. 3.
DISTRICT OF VERMONT, TO WIT:
BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the thirtieth
day of September, in the fifty-first year of the L.S.
Independence of the United States of America,
DARIUS CLARK, of the said District, hath des hetiteket tellement posited in this office, the title of a book, the right
whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
« Primitive Trinitarianism, examined and defended, by Elder Elijah Bailey, of the Methodist Reformed Church in America. His goings forth were of old, from everlasting.' Micah v. 2. "This is life eternal, to know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John xvii. 3."
In conformity to the act of Congress of the United States, entitled “An act, for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned."
Clerk of the District of Vermont. A true copy of record, examined and sealed by
J. GOVE, Clerk,