« PreviousContinue »
The following persons are authorized to receive and forward payments to the Editor.
Columbus, James Hoge.
Cincinnati, George T. Williamson
Ellsworth, L. W. Letfingwell
Marietta, L., Bingham.
Salem, Luther Humphrey
Morgan, J. B. Hawley. Whitefield, David Crowell. Princeton, William C. White.
Vernon, Harvey Coe. Ellsworth, Joseph A. Wood: Bloomfield, Bethuel Ward, Jr.
INDIANA. West Jefferson, E. Shepherd. Newark, John C. Nutman.
Salem, Burr Bradley. South Berwick, Charles E. Norton New-Brunswick, John Lidden.
Indianapolis, George Bush.
PENNSYLVANIA. Barbersville, Timothy Barbu..
Greenville, Solomon Hardy
Canton, Nathan Jones.
Vandalia, James Hall.
Pittsburgh, Robert Pattyson. Jacksonville, J. M. Ellis
Harrisburgh, William Graydon. Paris, M. R. Alexander.
Quincy, H. H. Snow.
Bathany, Jason Torrey.
Munfordville, J. T. 8. Brown.
Danville, Benjamin Shaw,
Henderson, James Hillyer.
Shelbyville, A. A. Shannon
Frankfort, 8. M. Noel.
Hopkinsville, Jehn Bryan.'
Harrodeburg, Thomas Cleland.
Augusta, Samuel Bonde.
Columbia, Milton P. Wheat.
Springfield, R. D. Bradburn.
Lexington, Joseph Ficklin.
Knoxville, James Campbell
Winchester, Adam Ochmig.
Nashville, R. P. Hayes
Jonesboro', O. B. Ross.
Murfreesboro', D. Wendell.
Petersburg, A. G. M'llvaine. Columbia, Joshua B. Frierson.
Norfolk, Shepard X. Kollock. Shelbyville, Alexander Newton
Lebanon, A. Bradshaw.
Powhalan C. H. Thomas Scott. Farmington, 8. W. Calvert.
Hunteville, William Leech.
A. P. Calhoun. Bainbridge, Henry M. Lewis.
Somerville, M. C. Houston.
Florence, J. H. Weakly.
Courtland, John White. Norwich, John Hyde.
Fredericksburg, Layton Y. Atkins. Sloninglon, Giles R. Hallan.
Shelby C. H., Thomas W. Smith Lexington, Joha G. Caruthers. Greenwich. Esbon Husted.
Ashville, Archibald Sloan. Lyme, O. J.Lay.
St. Stephens, R. Chamberlain
Clinton, Jobn A. Stebbins.
Decatur, H. M. REodel.
St. Louis, Hiram Cordell
Fredericktown, Thos. Moselya
MISSISSIPPI, Kinderhook, Henry L. Van
Natchez, Johu Henderson.
Pinckneyvil's, Jannes Wilson.
Winchester, Dugald C. Skaw.
Malcomb, M. Gilchrist.
McCall's Creek, James Calcote.
LOUISIANA. Rochester, Louis Chapin.
Sumpterville, Charles Chester. Baton Rouge, H. Alexander. De Ruyter, Sylvester Aylesworth.
New Orleans, William Ros.
FLORIDA.' lauzingburgh, Elias Parmale. Augusta, Andrew J. Milier.
Pensacola, W. Hasell Hunt
Washington, Aler. M. Oakly.
Powelton, J. II. Burnel.
Montreal, William Henge.
NEW AGENTS.-Wm. Packard, Cummington, Mazs. Eli W. Harrington, Amherst Col. A. F. WIRiana Farmington, Cm. R. De Forest, Auburn, N. X. R. Russell, Danville, Ken. så.
SER. XCVI. -ConvicTION BY THE LAW.
XCVII.-SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE OF SAVING FAITH.
POSTAGE.-One Cent and a half, not over 100 miles :
Two Cents and a half, any distance over 100.
NEW-YORK: PRINTED BY J. & J. HARPER, 82 CLIFF:STREET.
A copy gratis one year, to any person obtaining two new sab scribers who pay in ach
vancosommencing when they choose.
UPWARD of fifty Clergymen, of five Christian denominations, and belonging to sixteen different States, most of whom are well known to the public as Authors, have furnished, or encouraged the Editor to expect from them, Sermons for this Work; among whom are the following:
Rev. Dr. Richards, Professor in the Theological Seminary at Auburn; Rev. Dr. Proudfit, Salem, and Rev. Mr. Beman, Trry; Rev. Drs. Meson, Milnor, Mathews, Spring, Woodbridge, and De Witt, New York City; Rev. Dr. M Dowell, Elizabethtown, N. J.; Rev. Drs. Alorander and Miller, Professors in Princeton Theological Seminary; Reo. Professor MClelland. Rutgers College, New Jersey ; Rev. Drs. Green, Skinner, and Bedell, Philadelphia ; Rev. Dr. Taylor, Professor in New-Haven Theological Seminary; Rev. Dr. Fitch, Professor of Divinity, Yale College ; Rev. Asahel Neulelon, Killingworth, Con.; Rev. Dr. Wayland, President of Brown University; Rt. Rev. Bp. Griswold, Salem, Ms. ; Rev. Dr. Griffin, President of Williams College ; Rev. Dr. Humphrey, President of Amherst College, Ms. ; Rev. Dr. Beecher, Boston; Rev. Professors Porter, Woods, and Stuart, of Andover Theological Seminary ; Rev. Dr. Fisk, President of the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Ct.; Red, Daniel A. Clark, Bennington, V.; Rev. Dr. Bates, President of Middlebury College ; Rev. Dr. Mauhews, Hanover Theological Seminary, Indiana ; Rev. Dr. Rice, Union Theo. Sem., Virg: ; Rev. Dr. Tyler and Rev. Dr. Payson, Portland, Me.; Rev. Dr. Lord, President of Dartmouth College; Rev. Dr. Church, Pelham, N. H.; Rev. Dr. Leland, Charleston, S. C.; Rev. Dr. Coffin, President of E. Tennessee College ; Rev, Prof. Halsey, Western Theo. Seminary.
A few sets of back Volumes still remain, which will be furnished at the common price charged to single subscribers, with the addition of the cost of binding. They can be obtained through the aid of booksellers or merchants visiting the city, from the Editor, 144 Nassuu-st. N. Y., or from A. Russel, 25 Cornhill, Bostán, or B. Wells, 17 Franklin-place, Philadelphia.
Southern District of New York, k.
of thc Vuited States uf America, Austin Dickinson, of the said Districi, hath deposited in lbie (L. S.) office the title
of a Book, or Porodical Work, the right wbereof be claims as Editor and Proprietor, in the words following, to wit : * The National Preacher: or Montlly Sermons from Living Ministers : Edited by Rev. Austin Dickinson, New-York."
In conforniity to the Let of Congress of the United States, entitled, "An act for the encouragemeat of learning, ay securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned." And also, to an act entitlod" Ap Aci, supplomentary to sa Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of learning, by socuring, the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authon and proprietors of such copios, during tho times therein mentioned and extending the benefis ibereof to the Haus of designing, engraving and etching historical and other printe."
Rom. vii. 19. I was alive without the law once, but when the commandment
came, sin revived, and I died. THERE have been but two ways ever revealed, in which man may obtain eternal life—the law and the gospel-the covenant of works and the covenant of grace. By the first mode, Adam, had he remained innocent, might have secured everlasting felicity. But, on his apostacy, this way to heaven was barred for ever; and, to show the impossibility of being thus saved, cherubim and a fiery flaming sword guarded all access to the tree of life. To fallen man there is no hope, except through the sovereign grace of God, by the Redeemer revealed in the gospel ; there is no hope till, sensible of his deep guilt, and trembling at the curse of the broken law, he penitently betakes himself to that Savior who is “ the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
Yet many who acknowledge these fundamental truths are careless and unconcerned, while they have no interest in the Redeemer; are hoping for heaven, though they have never fled to the Savior, and accepted his righteousness for justification.
Let all such listen to the text, in which the apostle gives not only his own experience, but that of all true believers : “ I was alive without the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”
These words will lead us to consider,
I. The character and sentiments of the unregenerate." I was alive vithout the law.”
II. The nature of those convictions which sweep away false hopes, and make the Redeemer precious.-" Sin revived, and I died."
III. The instrumental cause of this change of feeling and character.-
I. The character and sentiments of the unregenerate." I was alive without the law."
Three inquiries here arise- What is that law of which the apostle speaks ? How was he without it? And what is implied in his having been alive ?
sift of Samit. Green, ell. II of belön,
1. The law to which St. Paul refers is evidently the moral law; that law which was impressed upon the heart of man at his creation, and which was published with such solemnity from Sinai. It consists of a system
precepts, and of a sanction for their enforcement. The sum of its precepts is perfect obedience to the divine Lawgiver. Its sanction is an assurance of eternal lise to the obedient, and of death to those who “ continue not in all things written in the book of the law to do them.”
2. How was the apostle “ without the law ?” Not that he was under no obligation to it. From its very nature it must always be in force. It was binding upon Paul; it is obligatory upon every child of Adam; since it is founded in the perfections of God and the relations he sustains to us. While these perfections and relations continue, the law cannot be abrogated; Jehovah can no more free us from its obligation than he can renounce his Godhead.
When the apostle is said to be “ without the law,” it does not imply that he was unacquainted with its letter. A clear speculative knowledge of it he no doubt possessed; for he was brought up at the feet of the celebrated Gamaliel; there studied it; there made in it the greatest proficiency.
Neither does it imply that he paid no regard to it in his external life. He himself tells us that he outwardly complied with its precepts ; that “ as touching the law,” that is, the formal and external observance of it, he was “ blameless."
But to be “ without the law” implies an ignorance of its extent, spirituality, and purity; implies that the apostle had no proper sense of its commanding authority, or of its condemning power.
3. In what sense was Paul, before his conversion, “ alive ?" Not in the estimation of God and angels; they beheld him “ dead in trespasses and sins.” But he was alive in his own estimation ; he thought himself upright and holy, and entitled, by virtue of these qualifications, to life eternal. He entertained the strongest confidence of his high standing in the favor of God. He " verily thought he was doing God service,” and advancing toward heaven. This case is common with the unregenerate. They are “ without the law;" without any knowledge of its strictness and purity; without any sense of its dignity and perfection. While thus ignorant, as the apostle once was, like him they are “ alive ;” alive in their feelings, unapprehensive of danger, unconcerned about the terrors of the Almighty.
Some of the grounds of this security in sin are natural ignorance, abuse of the Savior's grace, false evidence of the love of God, incorrect views of the privileges of the church, and the hope of a long and protracted life. These are so many springs to feed and maintain this life of delusion in the unregenerate.
II. To consider the nature of true conviction. “ Sin revived," adds the apostle, “ and I died.”