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we have, Secondly : The self- “ desire.” Souls have a hunger as ruinous in speech. “ The soul of well as bodies, and the hunger of the transgressors shall eat vio- the soul is a much more serious lence." The corrupt speech of thing. You may see physical the ungodly is a violence to hunger depicted in the wretched reason, conscience, social pro- looks of those who crowd the priety. The sinful tongue of alleys of St. Giles, and you may the transgressor, of all violent see the hunger of souls depicted weapons, inflicts the most violent on the faces of those that roll in injuries on his own nature. their chariots of opulence through
II. THE SELF-CONTROLLED AND Rotten-row. What is the ennus THE SELF-RECKLESS
that makes miserable the rich but First : Controlled speech may be the unsatisfied hunger of the soul useful. “He that keepeth his First: The hunger of the soul as mouth, keepeth his life.” The well as the hunger of the body intongue is a member that requires plies the existence of food somewhere. controlling. Passion and impulse Secondly: The unsatisfied hunger are constantly stimulating it to of the soul as well as the body is action. Hence the importance of painful and ruinous. it being properly “bridled;" held II. SOUL CRAVING firmly by the reins of reason. ALLAYED ONLY BY LABOUR. “The Secondly : Reckless speech may be soul of the sluggard desireth, and dangerous. “ He that openeth hath nothing, but the soul of wide his lips shall have destruc- the diligent shall be made fat." tion." Who can tell the evils that Charity, or accident, or fortune a lawless tongue has done in may allay the physical hunger of the world? One spark from it man, may make fat even the has often kindled conflagrations. sluggard's body ; but personal (James iii. 8, 9.) “If any man labour, diligent effort, is essential among you seemeth
to be religious to allay the hunger of the soul. and bridleth not his tongue, but Men must labour before they can deceiveth his own heart, this get the soul's true bread. There man's religion is vain."
must be the sowing, the cultur, not thy tongue,” says Quarles, ing, the reaping, and the thresh“too great a liberty, lest it take ing by the individual man in thee prisoner. A word unspoken order to get hold of that bread is, like the sword in the scabbard, which can make fat the soul. thine; if vented, thy sword is in Spiritually, I cannot live on the another's hand. If thou desire produce of other men. to be held wise, be 80 wise as to hold thy tongue." "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep MORAL TRUTHFULNESS. the door of my lips !”
"A righteous man hateth Irinz: bat a wicked man is loathsome, and comcth to shame. Righteousness keepeth him
that is upright in the way: but wickedSOUL CRAVING.
ness overthroweth the sinner.”—Prov. "The soul of the sluggard desireth,
xiii. 5, 6. and bath nothing: bat the soul of the
I. MORAL TRUTHFULNESS IS AN diligent shall be made fat." - Prov. INSTINCT TO THE RIGHTEOUS. "A xiii. 4.
righteous man hateth lying". A These words suggest.
soul that has been made right in I. THAT SOUL CRAVING IS COM- relation to the laws of its own MON TO ALL. Both the soul of spiritual being to the universe the sluggard and the diligent and to God, has an instinctive OPEN COUNCIL. [The utmost freedom of honest thought is permitted in this department. The reader must therefore use his own discriminating faculties, and the Editor must be allowed to claim freedom from responsibility.]
repugnance to falsehood. A right- He " cometh to shame." A liar hearted man cannot be false in either in lip, or life, or both, must speech or life. “He hates lying." come to shame. A rigorous desThe prayer of his soul is, "Re- tiny will strip off his mask, and move me from the way of lying! leave him exposed, a hideous and grant me thy law graciously." hypocrite, to the scorn of men (Psalm cxix. 29.)
and angels. Thirdly: Destruction. II. MORAL TRUTHFULNESS IS A “ Wickedness overthroweth the SAFEGUARD AGAINST EVIL.
sinner." Inevitable destruction evils specified in these two verses is the doom of the false. They in connection with the wicked have built their houses on the must be regarded as kept off from sand of fiction, and the storms of the righteous by his moral truth- reality will lay them in ruins. fulness. This, indeed, seems im- From all these evils, moral plied. What are the evils here truthfulness guards the righteous. implied connected with falsehood? His truthfulness guards him First: Loathsomeness. "A wicked against the loathsome, the disman is loathsome.” A liar is an graceful, and the ruinous :anlovely and an unloveable object; he is detestable; he attracts none;
“An honest man's the noblest work of God."
POPE. he repels all. Secondly: Shamo.
Theological Notes and Queries.
THE GREAT PROPITIATION. Replicant.-In answer to Querist No. 16, p. 352, Vol. XVII., and continued from p. 56, Vol. XX. 4 further note on the explanation of
the atonement of Christ by the theory of debt.
Calvinists are very partial to this theory. The difference, according to their theory, between saint and sinner, saved and lost, is that the account of the one is cancelled, settled, or paid by the surety, and the other's debt remains undischarged, and hence his punish
ment is sure. We may, therefore,
Debtor to God.
count of Adam's sin To personal shortcomings after
conversion, or negation of good in deed, word, and
thought ... To positive evil work, and
word, and thought, before
conversion To all acts, &c., of evil since
3 ptr This theory (2.) Makes salvation
For all positive evil, or breach jury done to his character and of Divine law, punishment must government by individual sinners, be inflicted. For all negation of but by sin absolutely, without good, or lack of positive righteous- any reference to names or num. ness, some other righteousness bers. In consequence of this must be given. The pain (3p) compensation, though no and the righteousness (r) have pretends to say what it was, or been fully paid by Christ, man's how it answered its purpose, surety. According to the Cal- the Divine Being is at liberty vinistic theory, our Lord paid all without making light of sin, to for the elect by name, as John bestow any favour on sinners. Bunyan, and paid nothing for the He, therefore, bestows upon some non-elect; therefore are the elect of them spiritual influences to free from all obligation to God, make them believe, and gives and their salvation, as far as God them eternal life for doing what is concerned, is of mere justice, they could not refuse to do. That and in no sense of mercy, while is the Calvinistic view of it. the salvation of the non-elect The Noncalvinistic theory regards always has been, and ever must be the divine influence as sufficient impossible, they being unable to only to make it possible for man meet the liabilities of the bill, and to believe, in spite of his evil having no friend to pay the sum propensities, and not as sufficent required. According to the view to annihilate the free agency of of those who believe in a universal believers. atonement, the bill is cancelled This theory requires (1.) The for every man, and God, there- separation of God and Christ, as it fore, cannot in any case, with would be absurd to talk of one justice, demand a second payment. person compensating himself. Let us now consider:
of right and not of grace, and II. The atonement of Christ as
renders the punishment of the explained by the theory of compensa
wicked impossible, for if a man tion,
were robbed, and afterwards This theory is but a slight received a compensation and modification of the theory of debt. acknowledged it satisfactory, họ The only point of difference being would have no longer any moral that in the latter our Lord is right to proscecute the evil doer. supposed to give to God an exact (3.) If the compensation be a fall equivalent for benefits conferred equivalent, as in the case of the upon sinners, while in the former, atonement it is supposed to be a general compensation only is then is there no room for forgivogiven; and those theologians who adopt this theory find it The great fundamentalobjection very convenient to leave that to this theory of explanation is compensation undefined. Man, this, (4.) That if it was impossible they say, having sinned, has for God to bestow upon the sinner forfeited all good by disobedience, the smallest gift without compon and it would be impossible for sation, it was surely impossible for God to bestow any good upon him Him to bestow his greatest giftnow that he is a sinner, without his only Son-without compen. seeming to sanction sin, unless sation. It is, however, supposed he received an equivalent or was that God could give, and actually in some way--nobody knows how did give his Son or self for man's -compensated, not for the in. good without any compensation
whatever. If this was possible, I ask the unsophisticated reader, why could He not give, on the same terms, freely and without compensation, any other smaller gift? Why not give full pardon or eternal life on condition of true repentance ?
As I gave in 1862 an elaborate mathematical analysis of this theory in HOMILIST, Vol. iv., Second series, p. 102, it is not necessary to discuss it
GALILEO. (To be continued.)
[We hold it to be the duty of an Editor either to give an early notice of the books sent to him for remark, or to return them at once to the Publisher. It is unjust to praise worthless books; it is robbery to retain unnoticed ones.]
THE REVIEWER'S CANON.
The LIFE AND LIGHT OF MAN. An Essay. By John Young, LL.D.
Alexander Strahan, London and New York. We should like amazingly to see an intelligent, searching, vigorous, and thoroughly independent book on modern theological heretics— that is, heretics in relation to the standards which the popular teachers of religion have set up. Such a book would contain not only names that have been sadly slandered by contemporary bigots, but names representing the greatest scholars, the profoundest thinkers, and the most Christ-loving men. We should have such names 'as Dr. Pye Smith, Dr. Arnold, Arch bishop Whately, Dr. Bushnell, Robertson, of Brighton, John Foster, Thomas Binney, F. Maurice, and many others, including the distinguished author of the work before us. And in what does the heresy of such men consist ? Simply in thisin making the Scriptures of God rather than the systems of men, the standard of their faith. “My heterodoxy,” says Archbishop Whately, " consists chiefly in waiving a good many subtle questions, agitated by various anes' and 'ites' and 'ists,' and in keeping clear of sundry metaphysical distinctions relative to the mode of existence of the Divine and the human mind, which are beyond my comprehension, and which I am disposed to think would have been brought down to the level of it by Scripture, had they been necessary points of a saving faith.” The work before us touches the most vital questions in Christian theology, and contains views in direct antagonism to many of those set forth by the preachers and the authors who arrogate to
themselves the title of “Evangelical.” As Evangelical opinions are not evangelical truths, Dr. Young's conclusions are not necessarily erroneous on this account. By the Scripture he must be tried, and by its decisions he is manifestly prepared to abide. Though we cannot say we agree with all his propositions, we greatly admire the honesty, ability, and reverence with which they are presented. Wo heartily commend the work to the candid investigation of all who aspire to the work of expounding the Holy Book of God.
THE CHURCH AS ESTABLISHED IN ITS RELATIONS WITH DISSENT. By
Rev. J. CLARK, M.A. London: Rivingtons, Waterloo-place. THE HOMILIST knows nothing of Church or Dissent, and takes no interest whatever in the squabbles of ecclesiastical parties. Nonconformity may, in the eye of a mere Churchman, be a very contemptible thing, but to him who studies the revelation of Christ in the light of reason and conscience, in its relations to universal man, and to that eternity which engulphs in a few short years a whole generation, with its kings, princes, generals, judges, bishops, clergymen and dissenting ministers, the “Church of England,” as it is called, is rather an insignificant thing-a thing not worth battling for. We feel, therefore, but little interest in such works as the one before us. Dr. Clark is obri. ously an able man, a vigorous writer, and his work will not fail to awaken an interest in ecclesiastical partisans.
A SUGGESTIVE COMMENTARY ON THE NEW TESTAMENT, ON AN ORIGINAL
PLAN. St. Luke. Vol. I. By Rev. U. H. Van DOREN. London:
R. D. Dickinson, 92, Farringdon-street. This is a work very much after our own heart. It answers well to its name. Though its Greek is not always accurate, and its theological leanings are rather too strong in some cases, it is pre-eminently suggestive, and this to us is the most priceless element in any such work. Its brief critical notes, gathered from our best exegetes, are numerous, lucid, and apt. They strike their light directly on the text. The author's annotations are in the main admirable. They are all pith and point; there is not a waste word; and many of his homiletic points, expressed in a sentence or two, are suggestive of enough to bring up sermons to fertile souls. We heartily commend the book.
MEMORIALS OF CHARLES MARCH, COMMANDER, R.N. By his Nephew,
SEPTIMUS MARCH, B.A. London: James Nisbet, 21, Berners
street. We once had the pleasure of an interview with Captain March some ten years ago, in the city of Gloucester. His modest bearing, frank expression, social glow, and regal head, so won our sympathies, that