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a man sent from God , whose name was John . '' If John ' s corning frora God be allowed by all to mean no more than that he was a
teacher divinely authorised , wiy should Christ's coming from God be construed in a different light . ? When the baptism of John is said to be from heaven ^ all Christians admit no more is ra ^ ant than that
it was of divine authority ; consequently , when Christ is said to come From heaven , it is most natural to understand the precise meaning to be , that he was sent of God , that his mission and doctrine were of divine authority . The understanding all such forms
of expression as referring to th ^ time when Christ entered on his ministry , and as applicable to that ministry , will harmonise t , ht phraseology of the New Testament with the plain facts record - ed , and render the whole intelligible to men of common sense .
Nothing is more common than to say a person comes into the world when first publicly introduced , and that he comes forth when he enters on a public character . If
these remarks be thought worthy of a place in your useful Miscel * lany * they are at your service . I remain , very respectfully , Your ' sj &c . It . M'INTYRE .
A t the decease of a minister , his books are seldom productive of a sum proportioned to the moriey spent in the accumulation , or to the intrinsic value of the
collection '; and his successor , probably a young man just entering into life , finds it necessary to spend no small share of his income before he can obtain such publications as the duties of his office , his peculiar taste in literature , and the
desire of general knowledge , render objects of his acquisition . Were such a plan proposed , the collection would be gradually increased , and regulations easily adopted according to circumstances , . *
Many old and some newworks would probably be presented ; and wWilst a judicious assortment of books , calculated to amuse and instruct , woultl excite a taste far reading , and habituate the minds of the younger member * of the so-
to On Congregational ^ Libraries .
CONGREGATION AX LIBRARIES .
To the Editor of theMonthly Repository .
Ipszvich , Nov . 1809 . SIR , Presuming that it is unnecessary to preface the following
proposition with any remarks on the importance of information , I beg leave to observe , that there are a few societies amongst us , who
possess libraries belonging to their respective congregations ; and I wish to suggest to your readers the probable advantage to be secured to posterity if each
association were induced to provide a library for the general use of its members . There are many theological and historical works , which ^ if preserved from generation to genera
tion , would relieve succeeding ministers from much expense in the purchase of books , and constitute a perpetual fund of intelligence to the childrcm and children ' s children of professing Christians .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 10, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/10/