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fpirit of fear, but of power, and fuffer no. thing to disconcert or discourage them; they may rest fully affured, that the spirit of that religion which it is the end of their affociation to promote, is the power of God unto “ salvation to every one that believeth.”
Our Saviour himself has plainly intimated, that the gospel is the great mean which the wisdom of Providence has chosen to enlighten, to sanctify, to bless, and to save mankind.
“ No man,” says he, “knoweth the " Father fave the Son, and he to whomsoever " the Son will reveal him." At another time, he declares, in like manner, “ That
no man cometh to the Father, but by him.” And, on other occasions, he affumes to himself the glorious character and office of being “ the light of the world." The history of the world for near eighteen hundred years, confirins the truth of these declarations : for, in so far as any just and worthy ideas of God, of Providence, of a future state, and of pure morality, are yet to be found among the na. tions of the world, they are derived from the gospel of the Son of God. Even Mahometan countries are no exception to this ; for whatever is good and pure in that religion, is manifestly borrowed from the sacred wri. tings of the Jews and Christians. Now, from what is past, and from the predictions of scripture about what is to come, we have reason to think, that the same divine religion shall be the chief mean henceforward of spreading
these bleffed doctrines, till the knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ his Son, cover the face of the whole earth. Government and laws, philosophy and arts, may give their aid ; but the spirit of Christianity must be the inspirer and conductor of all other means of civilization and improvement. No stronger incitement surely can be given to a fociety which have chosen for the object of their afsociation the propagation of the religion of Jefus, than this, That they are co-operating with the grand scheme of Providence, laid before the foundation of the world, to turn
men from darkness unto light, and from " the service of fin and Satan, to the service “ of the living God.”
The success which this noble undertaking hath already had, and which appears to the conviction of every one, from the number of schools, no less than 172, which are fupported by it, and in which 7270 scholars are instructed in reading, writing, and arithmetic, must prove a new and powerful excitement to the Society itself to persevere with zeal and alacrity in their labours of love.
Besides these schools for acquiring necessary knowledge, there are twelve schools on a fecond patent, in which girls are taught and trained up to industry in such kinds of work as are suited to their sex, and the condition of life for which they are designed. It may furely be expected, that the view of these blessed effects which this worthy institution
has already produced, and is daily producing, will excite and encourage all the true friends of religion and humanity, to contri. bute, every way in their power, to the fupport and advancement of a design so manifestly calculated to promote both the temporal good of society, and the eternal interests of immortal fouls,
SERS E R M ON
The Subject continued.
By WILLIAM LEECHMAN, D.D.
2 Tim. i. 7.
For God hath not given us the Spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a found mind.
Now proceed to consider the SECOND in
gredient of the Christian spirit, mentioned in the text, viz. the spirit of love.
As love, in the New Testament, when fpo. ken of in general, usually signifies the love of our brethren, we shall, in what follows, prin: cipally treat of it in this sense : first, By shew. ing, that love, tenderness, and humanity, is most certainly the genius of Christianity; and, second, By endeavouring to point out the excellency of this spirit, in the degree and to the extent in which the gospel describes and enjoins it.
Now, the first of these, That the genius of Christianity is love, surely needs no long or laboured proof to a Christian audience. The primary doctrines of this religion are, That
God is love, and dwells in love :- That the whole system of his government is kind and benign: - That the scheme of redemption took its rise from the original benignity and mercy of the great Father of all :- That the great
Redeemer was animated with the fame fpirit of benignity and compaflion, in undertaking, and in executing every step of it: -And that the confummation of this glorious plan will be the total deliverance of many my. riads of the human race from fin and death, and their final establishment in a state of perfect virtue and of immortal felicity and glory. It cannot be contested, that these doctrines fa. vour and encourage the spirit of kindness and beneficence.
And when we attend to the preceptive and sentimental parts of the gospel, we find, that the spirit of love breathes in all of them, That the precepts of Christianity tend to restrain and suppress all the malevolent pas. fions, and to promote the culture and improvement of the kind and friendly ones, can admit of no doubt : That Christian morality strikes at the root of that selfish and worldly temper which stands in direct opposition to the spirit of love, is evident from the whole strain of the doctrine of its great Author and his apostles, as well as from the shining examples they have given of generosity and dir. interestedness in their own lives.
Further, That the religion of Jesus not only aims at suppressing and extinguishing the VOL. III. Dd