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mind , far . having made exertions and etuiared death to promote their sal * ration . Nor can I imagine how his
sentencing them to their unwelcome misery , should induce them to bow either at or f 7 i his name , or to confess him Lord to the glory of God the Father . There is nothing in the text to mark the unwillingness of the homage , or to distinguish it from that spiritual submission which ( see Rom . x . Q )
entities to salvation . 1 Tim . ii . 4 and 1 Tim . iv * 1 O , were not , I believe , either of them adduced by me , but they might have been , without injury to the cause I was advocating . As to the first , I prefer the reading of the Improved Version , God desireth all men to be saved , to
that of Macknight , recommended by R . . L . for two reasons : 1 . Desireth expresses more accurately than comrnandeth the force of the original verb , and in ay be substituted in the very passages adduced by Macknight in support of his rendering . 2 . It agrees better with the connexion . Paul
exhorts to offer prayer for all men , especially ^ ibr kings and those in authority , because God desires all men to be saved , and Christ gave himself a ransom for all . Those only to whom the gospel was preached were commanded of iJod to repent , and they were a very small proportion of the ruiers and all men whose salvation is
prayed for by Christians , and desired ( therefore determined ) by the Almighty . The other passage must pass for a similar or stronger assertion of the doctrine in question , unhess it can be shewn ( which I very much doubt ) that believers are , or were in the apostolic age , more specially preserved from adversity , danger , and death , than unbelievers .
Three other passages were introduced in the sermon , which , a 9 my friend has not noticed them , t will just mention . Matt , xxviii . 18 . The power , authority , or dominion of Christ , is purely spiritual . It is the reign of rroly and benignant principles in the heart . Its universality ( here asserted ) consists ^ and will be realized , in the
unbounded prevalence of goodness and felicity . Rom . v , 12—21 . Resurrection and everlasting life are here predicted as universal blessings . " Grace , " ' the gift of grace , " the free gift , " are odd
expressions for a resurrection to emdtess misery , or to sufferings terminated tef annihilation . There is only one wfy
in which a revival from the grave caw be advantageous to those who are ^ u ^ fitted for pure enjoyment . The writer must therefore have had the notion of their subsequent reformation in his mind , and have intended by his language to produce it in the minds of his readers .
Rev . iv . 13 . John knew that Christ was to possess unlimited spiritual do ^ miuion , and he was favoured with a . vision of its realization . The homages paid both to God and Christ is ob ~; viously voluntary and grateful - and tf it be not strictly universal , language is
unmeaning and useless . I hope , Sir , enough has been said to vindicate my quotations from the objections of ft . X ,. As my only object was to reply to his observations , I have taken many things for granted , which ,: to an oppugner of the doctrine of re * storation , would have required proofs W . J . FOX .
January 14 th , 1817-Sir T , appears to me that Dugald IStewart , in his Estimate of Barrow ( XI . 695 ) , has mistaken the , meaning of that eminent divine , and accused him of inconsistency where he ha * really committed none . In the one passage , Barrow considers " inordinate self-love as the main ingredient , and common source of our evil disposer
tions ; " in the other , he observes that " reason prescribes to us a sober regard to our welfare , a self-love , which common sense cannot but allow and ap ^ prove . " Is not this saying , in other words , that mankind , even when their
end is to benefit themselves , do not always listen to the dictates of reason and pursue the right means . BiU where is the inconsistency of this assertion ? The inconsistency of the conduct every man will allow * even while he practises it . Many of your readers must be conversant wiui Barrow ^ s
Works , and some one of them would , perhaps , oblige me , through the ipd * - dium of your Repository , by pointing out the inaccuracy complained of , if It really exists . In the propositions brought forward by the JProfcfssor , 1 can perceive nothing ; contradictory .
34 Remarks on Dugald Steward * Mstimute of Barrtnv .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1817, page 34, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2460/page/34/