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SERMONS AND ADDRESSES.

The Pleasures of Luxury unfavourable to the exercise of Christian Benevolence. Preached in the South Church, Boston. By Rev. John J.C. Hopkins.

Religion the only safe-guard of National Prosperity. Preached in Trinity Church, Boston. By Rev. John H. Hopkins.

Spruce Street Lectures. No. 3. The Use of the Means of Grace. By Rev. Dr. S. B. How, of Carlisle. No. 4. On Church Discipline. By Rev. Alexander M.Farlane, of Carlisle. Philadelphia.

Baccalaureate Address, pronounced on the Sixth Anniversary Commencement of the University of Nashville, October 5th, 1831. By Philip Lindsly. pp. 38.

MISCELLANEOUS.

Essay on the application of Abstract Reasoning to the Christian Doctrine. By the author of the Natural History of Enthusiasm. Boston. pp. 163.

Saturday Evening. By the same author. Boston. pp. 340.
Works of Paley, in 1 vol. Philadelphia.

Family Library, No. 27. Palestine, or the Holy Land. By Rev. Michael Russell, LL. D.

The Book of Private Devotion. A series of Prayers and Meditations chiefly taken from the Works of Hannah More. New York.

Moral and Religious Gleanings; or Interesting Stories. Compiled from various authors. By Thomas Latimer. Philadelphia.

On Political Economy, in connexion with the moral state and moral prospects of Society. By Dr. Chalmers. pp. 566. Glasgow.

The Seven Apocalyptic Churches. By Charles Macfarlane. With etchings. London.

A Treatise on the Happiness arising from the exercise of the Christian Faith. By O. Blewett, Esq. London.

The Christian Philosopher. By Wm. Martin. London.

The Records of a Good Man's Life. By Rev. Charles B. Tayler, author of *May you like it.' London.

Christian Library. The Travels of True Godliness. By the Rev. Benjamin Heatch. Revised and improved, with Notes and a Memoir, by Howard Malcom. Boston.

Remarks on the Moral and Religious Character of the United States of America, supported by numerous extracts from the best authorities. London.

Hints, designed to aid Christians in their efforts to convert men to God. [By Rev. Dr. Skinner and Rev. E. Beecher.] 2d ed. Philadelphia. pp. 36.

Burder's Village Sermons, in 1 vol. New York.

A Guide for Young Disciples of the Holy Saviour, in their way to immortality, forming a sequel to Persuasives to Early Piety. By J. G. Pike. New York.

The Listener. By Caroline Fry. Philadelphia. 2 vols.
Sturm's Reflections, in 1 vol. Philadelphia.

Considerations for Young Men. By the author of " Advice to a Young Christian.”

The Pilgrim's Progress, with a Life of Bunyan, by Robert Southey. Illustrated with Engravings. Boston.

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THE

BIBLICAL REPERTORY

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THEOLOGICAL REVIEW.

JULY, 1832.

ART. I.-CHRISTIAN OBLIGATION WITH RESPECT TO

THE CONVERSION OF THE WORLD.

No creature of God was made for itself alone. The flower of the field, the oak of the forest, the sun in the firmament, and “the cattle upon a thousand hills,” were all formed that they might be instrumental in promoting the welfare and comfort of each other. To suppose, then, that MAN, who occupies so conspicuous a place in this great system; man, who is endowed with a rational as well as an active nature; who is made capable of acting upon a plan, and living to an end, was made, or is at liberty to act for himself alone; to make, each one, his own enjoyment and glory the ultimate purpose of his being ;-would be to adopt a sentiment as unreasonable as it is degrading. The powers which God has given us; the relations which we bear to him; the benevolent activity of which we are obviously capable; and the rich and unremitting goodness of which we are the subjects, and of which we have ever been the subjects since we had a being ;-all demonstrate that intellectual and moral action is our appropriate sphere; and that either indolence, or a course of action which does not embrace the good of

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our species, and accord with the will of Him who sent us into the world, is alike unworthy of our character, and injurious to our happiness.

But when we contemplate man as bound, not merely by the obligations which result from the relations which he bears to God as Creator and Benefactor, but also by the still more tender and powerful ties of redeeming mercy and love; his obligations rise to the highest degree of endearing force. Accordingly, the Apostle Paul, speaking by the Holy Ghost, declares—"None of us,” that is, “none of us Christians liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live we live unto the Lord, or whether we die we die unto the Lord; whether we live, therefore, or die, wearethe Lord's." And again; “know ye not,” says the same inspired Apostle, “that ye are not your own? for ye are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are God's."

Those, therefore, who profess and call themselves Christians, make a most solemn and responsible profession. Such, indeed, as content themselves with a mere nominal relation to the Saviour, and who, provided they can maintain a fair religious character in the eyes of the world, desire nothing more, make their profession an easy thing. But to those who honestly make the Bible their test of character; who live with a reference to the all-seeing eye of God; who expect soon to stand before the judgment seat of Christ; and who remember that, “if any man have not the spirit of Christ he is none of his ;” to these, a profession of discipleship is as solemn and momentous in its import, as in the consequences which it draws in its train.

Christianity finds every descendant of Adam an “ alien from the commonwealth of Israel, and a stranger from the covenants of promise.” But every one who is now a Christian has undergone a great revolution in his view's, tastes, affections and enjoyments. He has been " washed, and justified, and sanctified, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the spirit of our God." He has cordially repented of sin; renounced the world as a portion ;, turned his back on his former idols, master, and hopes; embraced the Lord Jesus Christ as “the Lord his righteousness, and the Lord his strength;” and “yielded himself to God," on his own gracious and humbling terms, " as one alive from the dead.” And, as every real Christian, in embracing the salvation offered in the Gospel, has made

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this cordial and entire dedication of himself to the Saviour; as he has practically, as well as intelligently, submitted to the Messiah as his Prophet, Priest and King-as his supreme Instructor, his atoning Mediator, and his sovereign Ruler ;-50 he is obviously bound to follow up this act of dedication, and to manifest its sincerity, by a life of unreserved obedience. “ If ye love me,” said the blessed Master himself, “ keep my commandments; for he that saith he loveth me, and keepeth not my commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit; wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them."

If any ask, how far this dedication to the Sariour goes? The answer is, where it is genuine, it is entire and unreserved. He who has submitted to Christ, upon Bible terms, has consecrated himself, his soul and body, his time, talents, possessions, influence, all he has and is, to his new and hea. venly Master. The language of his heart, in his happiest hours, is: “ Other lords have had dominion over me, but now I have said unto the Lord, Thou art my God. O Lord, truly I am thy servant, I am thy servant; thou hast loosed my bonds. My beloved is mine, and I am his. Lord, what what wilt thou have me to do? The love of Christ constraineth me, because I thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead; and that he died for all that they who live should, henceforth, live not unto themselves, but unto him who died for them and rose again.” Say, professing Christian ! was not this the language of thine heart in the day of thine espousals to Christ? And is it not, at least at some times, the language of thine heart now? If not, thou hast both the spirit and the language of the heavenly Canaan yet to learn. But if it be, then art thou, or art thou not, bound to be honest with thy God and Saviour? Art thou, or art thou net, bound to be and to do as thou hast vowed ? Surely, if we dre to take the spirit of our religion from the Bible; if we are to judge of it as it is delineated in the hearts and the lives of the saints whose experience is there recorded, nothing less than this is included in the surrender of the soul to Christ; and nothing less is imported in making a profession of his name before men.

But besides the obligation which every individual believer, as such, is under to that Redeemer to whom he has dedicated himself; in whose cross he glories; and to whose atoning

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