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Happy but , I trust , not unattainable is the state of that man ' s mind , whose pious and well-regulated feelings enable him with sincerity to say , In every joy that crowns my days , In every pain I bear ,
My heart shall find delight in praise , Or seek relief in prayer . And surely we cannot err in imitating the example of our blessed Lord . If he prayed for release from suffering
and sorrow , it cannot be wrong for us , his imperfect followers , if we feel equal resignation to the Divine will , to pray also for the mercies of our heavenly Father .
These remWks have extended much beyond what I intended : the subject , however , is an important one , and , I trust , I shall be excused . I wished to advert to some other points , but I must not trespass any longer upon your valuable pages , or on the patience of your readers . J . B . ESTLIN .
to the character of Christ , which did not agree , as I have stated in my former letter , with the views we then at Cambridge entertained of it ; and on reviewing this article my opinion remains unshaken .
The words of the article imposed upon the subscribers are as follow : " Jesus Christ was the most eminent of those messengers , which he ( God ) employed to reveal his will to mankind ; possessing extraordinary powers similar to those received by other prophets , but in a much higher degree . "
Hence the Messiah is ranked among the messengers , and distinguished from them only by superiority of powers ; and these powers are similar to those enjoyed by the other prophets . Now superiority of similar power being thus declared to be the distinguishing character of our Saviour , it follows that he himself was inferior to some of his
disciples : for he has declared , that they should do even greater works than he did ; and that this prophecy was accomplished is evident to any one that reads attentively the Acts of the Apostles .
Among the messengers above referred to , no one was , according * to the words of our Saviour , greater than John the Baptist , yet we do not find one miracle to have been recorded by him , and hence we are at a loss to
determine what was meant by the extraordinary powers possessed by the prophets ; and besides , the least in the kingdom of God ife declared to be even superior to John the Baptist . Thus our Saviour is the most eminent of the
messengers ; but as the least in the kingdom of God is declared to be greater than the greatest of them , except him , it does not appear from the account riven of our Saviour , in this article of the Society , that many of the disciples may not be greater than their
Master-Again , our Saviour in his beautiful parable speaks of messengers , sent by the master of the vineyard to the farmers of it , but without effect ; md at last he sent his own son , saying , although they have not regarded my messengers , they will surely reverence my son . From which passage it appears to me evident , that a st * on £ line of distinction is drawn between our Savfamr And the messengers that appeared before him : and that his powers ,
2 & Mr . Frend on the Articles of the Unitarian Society .
Sir , WAS very glad to see in your last I Number , [ XIV . . 744—750 , ] that the subject on which I had taken the liberty of addressing you , had called
forth the able pen of Dr . Lant Carpenter . In the greater part of what he has advanced I most cordially agree with him : but I beg leave to submit to his consideration , and that of the Western
Societies , formed on the plan of the Society at London , a few remarks on the alteration which he proposes to be made in the articles of their societies . Previous , however , to this , let me call your attention to what I stated in my
last letter ; namely , that several Unitarians at Cambridge quitted the Society formed in London for the distribution of books , on other grounds besides those stated by Mr . Beteham in his letter to you on this subject , [ XIV . 657—660 . 1
I hare now before me the words of the Preamble , declaring the fundamental principle of the Society , in which it is stated we all agree . By which is evidently implied or intended to be implied , that all the subscribers
to this Society should agree to its fundamental principle . I will not detain you with any remarks on the first part , relating to tha Supreme Being , though its language , in my opinion , is rfeprehen&ible : but I come to that relative
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1820, page 28, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2484/page/28/