Familiar Essays, on Interesting Subjects ...

Leigh and Sotheby, 1787 - 170 pages
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Page 97 - And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus, to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Page 132 - Let him study the Holy Scriptures, especially the New Testament. Therein are contained the words of eternal life. It has God for its Author ; salvation for its end ; and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter.
Page 2 - For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward ; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him...
Page 66 - ... simplicity of style, he endeavours to recommend to general practice. He left others to contend for' modes of faith, and inflame themselves and the world with endless controversy ; it was the wiser purpose of his more...
Page 104 - From all this I think it may be concluded, that no human means employed by St. Paul, in his design, of converting the Gentiles, were, or could be adequate to the great difficulties he had to contend with, or to the success that we know attended his work : and we can in reason ascribe that success to no other cause, but the power of God going along with and aiding his ministry, because no other was equal to the effect.
Page 77 - One day telleth another; and one night certifieth another. There is neither speech nor language ; but their voices are heard among them. Their sound is gone out into all lands; and their words into the ends of the world.
Page 110 - Such is the origin of evil under the government of an all-good and all-powerful God ; a question so hard, that the inability of solving it in a satisfactory manner to their apprehensions has driven some of the greatest philosophers into the monstrous and senseless opinions of manicheism and atheism. Such is the reconciling the prescience of God with the free-will of man, which, after...
Page 36 - Scriptures, and employed the last years of his life hardly in any thing else. He was never weary of admiring the great views of that sacred book, and the just relation of all its parts : he every day made discoveries in it that gave him fresh cause of admiration.
Page 112 - ... that revelation, which human reason can hardly clear; but as the truth of it stands upon evidence so strong and convincing, that it cannot be denied without much greater difficulties than those that attend the belief of it, (as I have before...
Page 140 - Glorious their aim — to ease the labouring heart; To war with death and stop his flying dart; To trace the source whence the fierce contest grew, And life's short lease on easier terms renew; To calm the frenzy of the burning brain; To heal the tortures of imploring pain; Or, when more powerful ills all efforts brave, To ease the victim no device can save, And smooth the stormy passage to the grave.

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