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NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE.
VOL. XI.-ENLARGED SERIES.
AND SOLD BY
THE RESTORATION OF THE INTELLECTUAL
PRINCIPLE OF THE CHURCH.
By the Rev. E. D. RENDELL. “There shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim sball cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion, unto the Lord our God.”—JEREMIAH Xxxi. 6. THE Prophecies of THE WORD may be considered as the anticipated history of the church; and when viewed iu this light, we can intelligently connect them with the spiritual purposes of Revelation. The church is an institution for spiritual instruction, founded on the Word ; and it is intended to inform us concerning God, Immortality, and a Future Life ; also to guide us in the performance of those duties by which the will of the Lord may be done on earth as it is done in heaven. This is a result for which we are taught to pray; and, therefore, it is a blessing for which we are encouraged to hope. It involves the intellectual and practical possession of all those graces which are commonly called faith, charity, and use. But this has not always been the condition of the church with men, because they have not always intelligently received the Divine teachings. The church is obscure when our understanding of the Word is cloudy; it is bright only so far as our perceptions of its truths are clear. We cannot rightly attend to our duties unless we are correctly informed concerning them; and the Word is the primary source of all such knowledge. We cannot "gather grapes of thorns, nor figs of thistles.” The church, like men, is to be known by its fruits.
These “fruits,” in general, may be described as love to God, and charity to man, for the Lord has taught us that “on these two commandments hang all the law and all the prophets.” (Matt. xxii. 40.) As there cannot be any ripe fruit without the light and the sunshine, so