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maiden was ready for the sacrifice. In silence So to my spirit in that hour
There seems a Power above the earth the waters. And now a louder continuation of
Dropping potential words of grace, the same echo breaks upon the air. A speck is
And lo! new joys have then their birth,
A new soul smiles in Nature's face. seen upon the waters. The sun has disappeared, and a small canoe is seen rapidly approaching,
Serenely as the river flows, as if from the very spot where the orb touched
And as the sea lifts up its breast, the waters. The song increases; and as the My soul her way of duty goes, fairy-like canoe sweeps mysteriously over the And lifts herself to Heaven for rest. waste, it is now seen to contain a beautiful being, resembling a girl, clothed in a snow-white June, 1851. robe. She is in a standing attitude, her arms are folded, and her eyes are fixed upon the heavens. Her soul absorbed in a song, of which this is the
" THE RESTITUTION OF ALL TIIINGS." burden :“ I come from the Spirit land,
AN EXPOSITION OF ACTS III. 21.
It is a gratifying circumstance, that, not with. And to save the life of the beautiful Chippeway.” standing great changes in the theological world Onward she came, and her pathway lay di
within the last twenty or thirty years, yet these rectly towards the mighty rapids. With utter
changes have not invalidated, in the least, the astonishment did the Indians look upon this un
evidences essential to the support of our own heard of spectacle, and while they looked they holy faith. Strong in its own internal harmosaw the canoe and its spirit voyager pass direct
nies, and equally strong in the affinity between ly into the foam where it was lost to them for
it and the spiritual faculties of our own paiure,
it seems destined to be ever unfolding and difAnd so did the poor Indians escape the plague. | fusing, as the light which “ shineth more and The Saint Mary is a beautiful river; and during
more unto the perfect day.” the summer time its shores are always lined
In the earlier days of my ministry, I not unwith lilies, large, and of a marvellous white- frequently encountered the blind leaders of the ness; and it is a common belief among the
blind, in a sort of guerrilla warfare, whose effort Chippeways, that they owe their origin to the
seemed to be to overwhelm me with a multitude mysterious spirit from whose mutilated body
of texts, without any effort to show their rele.
The they sprang. And so endeth the Legend of the
vancy to the subject, except in sound. Spirit Sacrifice.
learned preacher did the same thing. His creed Literary World. was his key. It explained the Bible. If he found
the word hell, it had one meaning and one locality. Aud a theological discussion in those days might have reminded one of a scene in a court.
room, where in the eagerness of the parties to TAE DEAREST HOUR.
secure a victory, a great many witnesses are
summoned, of whom only a few know any thing THERE is an hour to me most dear
relative to the case in hand. Of all the golden round of day,
It will not be deemed strange, if the advocate 'Tis when the twilight shades appear
of a new and unpopular theory should have had Still softened by the sunset's ray.
recourse to similar means. And, accordingly, 'Tis then the mystery of Life,
the Universalist searched the Scriptures and The greatness of the thought I live!
multiplied his quotations so rapidly and extenComes brooding o’er the inward strife,
sively, that the opponent was generally taken A new creative force to give.
by surprise, and in his straitened circumstances,
would charge back that we had Universalist BiAs drops the dew in opening flower,
bles. But the controversy waxing warm and Freighted with balm for every leaf,
earnest, the opponent was compelled to yield
passage after passage, as affording no proof in to be used with such intent, of late years. The the premises, until now, the proof texts are very reading is: “Whom the heavens must receive few, at least with the intelligent. Eminent until the times of the restitution of all things, critics, orthodox in their views according to the which God haih spoken by the mouth of all his popular voice, have abandoned the entire Old holy prophets since the world began.” Testament. With such leaders, and with the I think we may safely assume in the begin. constant pressure of Universalists in the rear, ning of our inquiry, that whatever may be the the masses must inevitably advance, and both truth contained in this passage, it was appreorthodox and heretic stand on the same ground hended, at least in some degree, by the prophets. in reference to the elder Scriptures.
That truth was by them announced. They had This approaching position furnishes a new spoken it under the inspiration of God. And stand-point for observation upon the Divine inasmuch as they did not bring life and immorGovernment, and brings a new element into the tality to light, but simply announced the coming controversy, strongly tending to Universalist of the Messiah, by whom such a message was conclusions. And when we add the fact, that to be proclaimed, it is natural to infer that the nearly all the passages which are still retained “ restitntion of all things” has reference to the in the service, as affording proof of endless pun- accomplishment of certain divine purposes in ishment, have been by one or more believers in the earth. such punishment, applied to matters pertaining I think it is one of the beauties of the Bible, to this life, we feel tbat the winter of controver- that it exhibits great liberty and latitude of sy upon this point is almost over and gone, and
speech, and the same idea is developed in a great that we shall soon hear the voice of the turtle in variety of forms. And this suggests the importhe streets of our beloved Jerusalem, and the
tance of the freest exercise of common sense in spring-time of humanity's hope, give promise of
the interpretation of it. Each writer has his a glorious Summer.
peculiarity, and reveals himself as truly as he It is a fact to be gratefully remembered, that, unfolds his subject. It must also be considered while the Universalist has been compelled to that two persons seldom use the same word with change his application of Scripture somewhat,
precisely the same shade of meaning. This is that change has not in the least weakened his
as true of inspired men as of others, since it is main positions. What he once applied to the
admitted that inspiration suggests the truth for foundation, he now applies to the superstructure.
which education supplies the form. There are What he once supposed had reference to a spir
different operations, but the same spirit. The itual kingdom hereafter, he now understands as
language of St. Paul was bold and vigorousproving the existence of its likeness bere; and
that of St. John was the logic of the affections. thus the likeness becomes an evidence of the
Yet they were the disciples of the same school, original, from which it has been daguerreotyped appointed to the same ministry, and preached by the pencil of spiritual light.
substantially the same doctrines. Indeed, it may be safely assumed, that while From the very nature of the case, we should the change which investigation has wrought in
also expect great diversity of administration the theology of our opponents, has immeasura- among the apostles, growing out of local ques. bly weakened it and erposed its weakness, re- tions and circumstances; but we should be dismoving some of its main pillars,—the change appointed if we did not find them all teaching that has gone over Universalism, and Universal- essentially the same principles – announcing ist interpretation has only tended to unfold its
them directly, or suggesting them in terms unebeauties, its harmonious proportions, and its quivocal, and therefore not easily misapprehendenduring strength.
ed. Accordingly, on a careful perusal of their The passage of Scripture which we are called
writings, we trace under various forms and fig. upon to investigate at the present time, belongs ures of speech, the unity of the spirit of those to a class already referred to. In my younger truths, wherein the glorious future is revealed, days, when the main effort of our fathers was to and the present made blessed. If this be so, the demonstrate the truth of the doctrine of Univer- doctrine of the "restitution of all things,” sal Salvation, I often heard it quoted as one of though the phrase occur nowhere else, may be the proof texts. And the faith of the Universal
as clearly unfolded, by other writers as by St. ist was sometimes called the doctrine of the Res. Peter. Let us see. titution. But I have seldom known the passage The historian informs us that Peter and John went up into the temple at the hour of prayer,
His mission was the burden of inuch prophe. and saw a lame man laid at the gate of the cy; and the opening of his ministry confirmed temple, that he might solicit charity from those all that had been predicted. Immediately after that went up to worship. He applied to these his temptation, he began to gather a company Christians; but they had not silver or gold to of disciples, and to demonstrate before their eyes bestow upon him. As if to show that our high- the truth of his Messiahship, by wonderfully est blessings do not come through such forms, healing all manner of disease. This kind of they commanded him in the name of Jesus to evidence presents itself frequenily from the conrise up and walk. He obeyed the call, and went mencement to the close of his ministry. And with them into the temple walking and leaping ere he ascended to his Father and their Father, and praising God. This greatly astonished the he gave to his disciples a final commission to people, and Peter seizing the favorable moment, preach the Gospetto every creature, and to conbegan to preach Jesus, and to charge the Jews firm the word with such signs as he had given with having denied and killed the Prince of them in healing the sick. The day of Pentecost Lise, and to assure them that God had turned to which our subject bears intimate relation, was their malice into a blessing, by raising Jesus not only the occasion of a great gathering of the from the dead, and constituting him the medium people, but of the manifestation of unparalleled through which this man was made to walk. He wonders-all in fulfillment of prophecy, and for admits to them that they had committed their the hastening of the tiine of the restitution. great sin through ignorance as to the part they Devout men out of every nation under heav. were really acting in the drama; for they had en, were dwelling at Jerusalem; and yet when been the instruments whereby the prophetic tes. the Holy Ghost Glled the hearts of those humtimony concerning the death of Christ, had been ble and probably uneducated Galileans, they fulólled. And as though he would have them spoke in language which all could understand. understand the doctrine that “where sin abound- An intimation (perhaps intended) that the Gos. ed grace would much more abound," he exhorts pel is adapted to man universally, and apprecithem to a hearty repentance, that they may be able by the humblest capacity. When the mulamong the earliest recipients of divine grace, titude, amazed at such a display, inquired the and lead the way in heralding the times of the meaning, or suggested that it resulted from the restitution.
inspiration of wine, Peter repelled the insinua. His language, with what I deem a slight, but tion, and then showed that what they had heard, necessary alteration, runs thus: “Repent ye, was but the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel. therefore, and be converted, that your sins may In the progress of his address, referring to the be blotted out, that the times of refreshing may death, and asserting the resurrection of Christ, come from the presence of the Lord. And he be quotes also from David, to confirm his testishall send (or manisest) Jesus Christ which be- mony. His words had the effect to quicken their fore (by the prophets) was preached unto you: consciences. They saw that their guilt had Whom the heavens must receive (retain) until been the mournful theme of prophecy, and the the times of restitution of all things, which God present circumstances overwhelmed them with hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy proph- such evidences of its turpitude, that they cried ets since the world began.”
“ Men and brethren, what shall we do ?” Webster defines the phrase "restitution of all St. Peter, perceiving their hearts were mored, things," to mean “the putting the world in a promptly replied—“Repent, and be baptized for holy and happy state ;" and certainly it will not the remission of your sins, and ye shall receive be difficult to show that the prophets anticipa- the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is ted such an issue from the coming of the Mes. unto you and your children, &c.” siah. Moses declared that unto Shiloh, the Such was the burden of apostolic preaching peace-maker, should the gathering of the people on that occasion, and it will be seen that it very | be; meaning thereby that his word should be the strongly resembles the effort of the same preachlaw of his kingdom, and his subjects should hear er, on the occasion which immediately followed, him in all things. Jesus probably taught the and with which our subject stands intimately same thing, when he said, “ And I, if I be lifted connected. Perhaps it was another audience up from the earth will draw all men unto me.” or, it may be, a mingling of those who had heard He thus became the central sun of the spiritual before, with new inquirers; but at all events it heavens, the light, the life, and strength of all. was similar in its character and needs. And
now I will suggest, that “the restitution of all -And he shall send Jesas Christ which before things,” was clearly implied in the first sermon, was preached unto you, as one whom you should and in my own judgment, quite as fully explain- hear in all things, who must reign on his medied, as in the passage which forms the general atorial throne, till all enemies are subdued, till theme of the present labor.
all things are restored to order and purity. The In quoting from David, (Acts ii. 34) Peter rep- closing words of the chapter confirm this generresents him as saying, “ The Lord said unto my al idea : “Unto you first, God "having raised up Lord, sit thou on my right hand, until I make his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning thy foes thy footstool.” With these agree the every one of you away from his iniquities." words of Paul: “He must reign till he hath put Yet another view, perhaps quite as plausible, all enemies under his feet. All things shall be offers itself. If the phrase, " he shall send Jesubdued unto him.” This is the restitution of
sus,” signifies the manifestation of Jesus by the all things to order, to spiritual beauty and di- Gospel, then the word “until” may limit this vine harmony. The right hand signifies the
phrase; and what follows previous to the word place of dignity. St. Mark thus closes his nar
"restitution,” may be considered parenthetical. rative: “So then, after the Lord had spoken
We may express the thought somewhat in this unto them, he was received up into heaven, and
way-Jesus was preached to you by the prophsat upon the right hand of God. And they (the
ets, and God shall continue to send him in the apostles) went forth and preached every where, Gospel, until the times of the restitution of all the Lord working with them, and confirming the
things—a consummation announced by his holy word with signs following.". St. Paul to the
prophets since the world began. Hebrews, says, “ Christ hath an unchangeable
And now, in conclusion, let it be understood, priesthood," (not interrupted by his death,) “that
that the prophets described the reign of the Meshe is able to save them to the uttermost that
siah as resulting in the establishment of univercome unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to
sal peace-harmonizing the most discordant namake intercession for them.” Without further reference to the Scriptures
tures, and healing the most obstinate diseases.
These predictions were all fulfilled. Jesus gave upon this point, it seems to be established, that
sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the ministry of Jesus personally begun by bim,
the dumb, feet to the lame, reason to the luna. and continued by the apostles, with whom he promised to be unto the end of the world, is still
tic, health to the sick, and life to the dead. All his chosen instrumentality for carrying on and
this he did, both in the physical and in the spiritual sense.
And what he did in person, by a completing the work of the restitution. “Ye
word or a touch, he is still doing in many reswhich have followed me," said the Savior in an
pects by his religion. His miracles were prophswer to Peter, “in the regeneration,” (i. e.,
ecies, to be fulfilled in an age of true Christian while the work is progressing) “shall sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Is
benevolence. The hospitals and asylums, which rael.” This was to take place when he should
promise to supply, ere long, a home for all clas.
ses of the unfortunate, to be conducted by those sit on the throne of his glory, or when he should
who, like the Master, can have compassion on be seen coming in the clouds of heaven with
them that are out of the way, would indeed be power and great glory. These manifestations
miracles to those who were strangers to the though they may have had reference to special,
blessedness of the Gospel. reinarkable occasions, most evidently covered the whole sweep of the mediatorial reign.
Those who once were supposed be possessWe may now turn to our principal Scripture
ed of devils, are often restored by kindness; the once more. So far we have allowed the im
deaf and dumb are educated to usefulness; the pression to remain, that the word “ until" limits
blind are made to feel the truth; the poor, a the word "receive;" and the idea thus obtained generation never to become extinct, have promis, that Jesus was to remain in the heavens on- ise of better days; the prisoner finds unexpectly till the restitution should be accomplished.
ed welcome in the world he had abused, and And what then ? But if we use the word “heav. even the idiot opens his dull eye upon beauties ens" to signify the same as the phrase "right
which never before wakened in his shadowy hand," and this, to mean dignity, authority, &c.,
soul one intelligent thought. God be thanked. then the statement would be substantially thus
We stand upon the threshold of a sublime glory, VOL. XX.
whose kindling radiance shall fill the world with
For ah it was my native shore,
The dearest spot on earth, And I perhaps should see no more
The land that gave me birth.
Knowledge by suffering entereth ; And life is perfected by death!”
E. R. B.
How could I bid a last good by,
How could I think to part, Without a tear-drop in my eye,
Or sorrow at my heart ?
For memory to my mind portrayed
The scenes of by-gone years ; The smiles, the joys she all displayed,
But yet concealed the tears. I sat upon my father's knee,
I found myself carest; While thus absorb’d, how could I see
The cold earth on his breast ?
I felt a mother's warm embrace,
I heard her voice of love, And quite forgot her resting place
Was with the blest above.
Near the window in a cottage parlor, supported by pillows, in her large arm-chair, sat Rosamond Clavers. Her dark hair was brushed back from a face of classic beauty, and her long lashes drooped over eyes of radiant beaming hazel. Rosamond was surpassingly beautiful, intellectually beautiful; but she was a hopeless, despairing invalid, with no holy faith to light the darkened pathway of her sunless life, no trust in God to brighten the gloom of her overshadowed soul.
Two years had passed since she had been out in the green fields--two years of intense physical suffering and dreary isolation. Bravely she bore that suffering, and smiled calmly at her pain; but all the dark passions of her nature would burst from her weak control, when others, more favored than herself, would trip gaily past the windows, or dance down the garden walk, where she was scarce permitted to tread.
Discontented and peevish she lived, giving no pleasure to others, and making herself miserable by her continual murmuring. Her mother, her only friend and relative, had prayed for the life of her last child, that her poor, misguided. Rosamond, might be spared to her. Ay, more, she had prayed for her soul's life, and though no change had come over the wretched girl, she prayed on, hoping and trusting. Blessed with Christian faith and holy trust, she had seen the husband of her youth borne a way to the tomb, and one by one, four beautiful children had followed him.
A sister, brother took my hand,
We sported full of glee,
A happier troop than we?
Came rusbing on my brain,
I was a boy again.
And then my busy mind went through
Each interval of time,
And sought a foreign clime.