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& prophet , revealing future e ~ * vent $ ^ and exhibiting scenes and appearances before his imagination J * If Christ was led or driven
personally and corporeally into a real wilderness , then the conclusion drawn with great confidence from , tire phrases , the Spirit \ in and by the Spirit , that the evangelists designed to represent the
temptation as a mere vision , is not legitimate for the following reasons : First s because it appears ^ that the evangelists intended , by introducing those phrases in the connections in which we find
them , to point out only what agent it was that led or drove Christ into the wilderness at first and not what agent presented there supposed visions to his
imagination 40 days afterwards ; and , secondly , because from passages before adduced it has beenshown ^ that those phrases not unfrequently imply no more than a divine im *
To the Editors of the Monthly Repository .
G ^ NTLEitfEW , Ypur insertion in the M « Repos . of the following Extracts , put in * to my hands by a most benevolent , as well as opulent Friend , * who lives" what he expresses of Cordial concurrence with these
sentiments , will oblige your re spectful reader , R . J .
BENEVOLENCE . w Benevolence ft to be judged of 1 > y proportion , by income , by self-denial . Hence the most liberal are often those ¦ who give away least . Our Saviour himself declared ^ that the poor widow had
pulse prompting persons to do or to refrain from doing what otherwise they might have omitted ov done .
I now conclude this long letter , the object of which is to lay before your readers some reasons for my having been long dissatisfied with Mr . F . ' s mode of explaining the gospel narratives of Christ ' s
temptation in the wilderness . Another ground ( and in my apprehension an important one ) for my dissatisfaction may be communicated at no very distant time . Perhaps after I have written my next letter ,
I rnaj' find it proper to proceed no farther for a time in my projected plan , that I may have an opportunity of seeing whether any of your learned correspondents be
disposed to notice what shall have been advanced by , Sir Y , our ' s , &c . GEllON *
given more tlian the rich . A period is approaching that will develope chaijrffc * ter , and weigh motives . We mg&jbdl separate principle from practice * . It may be charitable to give what we do not want , and cannot use ; but surely this is not the criterion of charity . It is not
the charity of him , who , though he wa * rich , yet " for our sakes became poor , that we through hi * poverty might be rich . " We read of the almsdeeds Dorcas did ; one fs specified : her making garments for the poor . " Memoirs of Cornelius Winter , 8 vo . 1808 .
* ' It matters not hoW large a charitable donation may seeni , if we view it
? «« The Friends , " as a peculiarly appropriated appellation , calls Joudljr , m or * eict to justify such appropriation , for a deep , uniform reciprocity of sympathising friendship , and a cojiununity of benefits .
44 Extracts 0 * Benevolence *
EXTRACTS OX BENEVOLENCE ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1810, page 24, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2400/page/24/