The Church.

The word “Church” is never used in Scripture of a material building but always, as it signifies, of “the called out,” and denotes the redeemed community in its twofold aspect: the entire community of all who are called by and to Christ out of the world, the Church universal; then, every church in which the character of the Church as a whole is seen in miniature. A gospel church is of the Lord’s own institution; it has certain rights and privileges entrusted to it, and these it must neither barter nor sacrifice. In our congregations are not a few who love the Lord, and to whom we may feel a closer union than…

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9. In all God’s appointments there is manifold wisdom, a certain fitness to effect the end in view, besides his special blessing attending those who faithfully comply with his ordinances. When we suppose any thing, which God institutes, arbitrary or casual, such suggestion always proceeds from our ignorance.

In our nature no principle is more wonderful than sympathy, whereby…

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Christian Reviewer.

Review of a Pamphlet entitled, “Seven Reasons for Free Communion at the Table of the Lord, with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.” By Cornelius Elven.

With the view of giving our readers at once a fair and a concise view of the positions really assumed by the writer of this “sevenfold” defence of open communion, we will enumerate, in fewer words than our author uses, his various propositions, and endeavour, (praying for the blessed guidance of the Holy Spirit,) to show their fallacious and sophistical character. Mr. Elven affirms either directly, or by inevitable implication, the following things:—

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“Let her glean—Reproach her not.”

In Moab I dwelt, till compelled was I
Through sorrow, and trouble, far from it to fly;
I thought the Lord’s people had comfort within;
While I felt o’erwhelmed with grief and with sin.

And like Ruth I felt love in my bosom did flow,
To the people of God, and determined to go
With them, tho’ despised, and poor they might be,
For no other people would then do for me.

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Christian ordinances are defined to be “institutions of divine authority relating to the worship of God, under the Christian Dispensation.” In this general sense there are various ordinances; since preaching and hearing the word, prayer, singing, fasting, and thanksgiving may all be considered as institutions of divine authority.

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