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was burned. The dimensions are here much larger than those mentioned in Exodus; but that made by Solomon is supposed to have been much larger than that made by Moses. Both of these, however, were covered with gold and it is very remarkable, that in this temple described by Ezekiel, there is not the least mention made of gold or silver; though there were such a profusion of these metals, both in the tabernacle made by Moses, and in Solomon's temple. Does not this imply, that a glory of a more spiritual nature was intended under these emblems? 'This is the table,' &c. May not an intimation be here given, that under the New Testament, a table would be substituted for the altars of the Old Testament, in that ordinance, by which we are admitted into the nearest communion with our God and Father.'-Rev. T. SCOTT's Commentary.
NOTE XXI. p. 196.
'It would scarcely be a demonstration of bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, were our souls to be lifted up in high speculation or bold dogmatizing, concerning visions yet unexpounded by events, or were we to maintain that any peculiar mode of interpretation should be held as a matter of faith, as to what shall be -or what shall not be ; when at the end the vision shall speak, and not lie, and refute all the fallacies, that marred its form, and perhaps, at least could but mimic its effect.'-KEITH'S Signs of the Times. Vol ii. p. 286, 287.
NOTE XXII. p. 206.
But if "the Spirit were poured upon us from on high: "the hearts of such persons would expand with holy affections, and be filled with divine consolations. They would become fervent in every religious duty, and earnest in prayer for their ministers and brethren, and for a blessing on every attempt to propagate the Gospel; they would bestow pains to impress the instructions of Scripture on the minds of their children, relatives, and servants; to recommend the truth by their example, and to enforce it in their conversation. They would say to those, with whom they had any influence, "Come ye, and let us go to the house of God, and he will teach us of his way, and we will walk in his paths." Isa. ii. 3. And, as Andrew brought Peter, and Philip, Nathaniel, to an acquaintance with Christ; they would endeavour, by letters, books, and all other means in their power, to lead such as had been strangers to the Gospel, to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, and into the way of life and salvation.'-Rev. THOMAS SCOTT: Sermon "On the Agency of the Holy Spirit."
NOTE XXIII. p. 212.
THE number of our fellow-men now ignorant of the gospel cannot be definitely ascertained. The common estimate, which fixes the number of Pagans and Mahomedans at 600,000,000, is probably not far from correct. The number of Papists and other nominal christians, who are almost without exception destitute of the bible, and of the spirit of Christianity, is about 150,000,000. The whole number is 750,000,000. These must all, without exception, receive the gospel.'-From • THE LAST COMMAND,' &c. An American Tract.
'We cannot reflect,' says the venerable Mr. Scott, 6 on the condition in which the nations remain to this day, without lamenting, that so large a proportion of the earth is still covered with Pagan darkness, Mahometan delusion, or Jewish incredulity. The ignorance, superstition, and wickedness of nominal christians, the prevalence of anti-scriptural tenets even in the Protestant Churches, and the rapid progress of impiety, infidelity, and atheism, present a very gloomy prospect to the mind of a true believer.'-SERMON on the Agency of the Holy Spirit.
Though the pure doctrines of Christ have been extensively proclaimed, and liberal love has been manifested by many a member of the Church of
Christ, yet still, through our land, how extended also is the reign of formal religion! The men of light, zeal, and love, may be counted by units. In one English diocese, out of a population of 150,000, the attendants at church amounted to 19,169, and the communicants to 4134; about one in seven only attending church, about one in thirty-eight only attending the Lord's table! Do not such documents almost go to prove that we are still, in effect, an unchristianized land? '—REV. EDWARD BICKERSTETH, in Sermon before the Church Missionary Society, April 30, 1832.
NOTE XXIV. p. 214.
THE rain is not more necesssary to raise the seed, the sun is not more necessary to bring it to maturity, than this work of the Spirit. Hence I would observe, prayer appears to be of the utmost importance in connection with every attempt for the conversion of the heathen nations. Prayer touches the only spring that can possibly ensure success. By speaking we move man; but by prayer we move God. It is through the medium of prayer that the littleness and meanness of man prevail with Omnipotence. The prayer of faith' is the only power of the universe to which the great Jehovah yields. He looks upon every other power as more or less opposed to him; but he looks upon this as a confession of man's dependence, as an appropriate homage to his greatness, as an attraction which brings down his divine agency to the earth.
There every one may assist missions; and every tear in the closet, every pang in the heart over the miseries of those who are dead in their sins, every prayer lifted up in that retirement where no eye sees but the eye of Him" which seeth in secret," affords a most important benefit. These are the elements of success; these the pledges of final triumph.'-REV. ROBERT HALL. See his Sermon entitled, 'The success of Missions depends upon the Spirit.'
NOTE XXV. p. 216.
To have our minds and hearts more set upon the best state of things that it is possible the church should ever arrive to on earth, than upon the state of perfect felicity above, is a very great distemper, and which we ought to reckon intolerable by any means to indulge ourselves in. We ought to live in the continual expectation of dying, and of coming to a better state than the Church can ever be in here. It argues a great infirmity, a distemper in our spirits, that we should reflect upon with severity, if we should be more curious to see a good state of things in this world, than to see the best that can be, and infinitely better than we can think, in heaven.'-REV. JOHN HOWE. First Sermon on Ezekiel xxxix. 29.
NOTE XXVI. p. 226.
IF God have provided such a multitude of pleasant things for the entertainment of this poor