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greatness of his strength?' Sl. John describes him in the Revelation as marching against the enemies of his church clothed in a vesture dipt in blood,' the marks of former conquests; and as an evidence of his victorious career, he is styled 'King of Kings and Lord of Lords.'-Now the proof of his victory over the enemies of his people was his resurrection from the
grave : By this he evinced that the conquest of his enemies was speedy. It was not meet that the Prince of Life should long remain under the power of death.
Prophecy had foretold bis speedy revival, and the Scriptures must not be broken. Thus the inspired David sung:- Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine holy one to see corruption. He himself also had said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will build it up again, and his word could not pass away.' The victory seemed indeed for a little while suspended Angels gazed in astonishment on the mighty struggle. The church trembled to its very foundation. The empire of darkness exerted all its energy, but now he rises with accumulated strength, he snaps the chains asunder that confined him, and “dashes all bis enemies to pieces like a potter's vessel.'
What majesty appeared in this victory. It was attended by no mean signals of conquest. His death was notorious by its awful accompaniments, and so also must be his resurrection. When he combated his enemies on the cross, the sun veiled himself in night-the earth quaked—the rocks rent. Now he rises in majesty, there is also a great earthquake - lightning glazes his countenance, and light encircles him as a garmentangels pay their homage to their victorious King, and saints, rising from their graves, honor his.
victory by testifying its early effects; "He was declared to be the Son of God with power by his resurrection from the dead.'
This victory was decisive. The resurrection of the bodies of the saints was a satisfying proof of its certainty. Christ being risen now dieth no
That one struggle determined the fate of the Church of God, and eternally ruined all our enemies. Hear now the language of our Conqueror:- Fear not; I am the First and the Last. I am he that liveth and was dead; and bebold I am alive for ever more, amen; and I have the keys of hell and of death.'
III. Take one more view of the place where the Lord lay; another pleasing reflection suggests itself: The Enemy is Spoiled. This is not a vain shew of conquest.-When the mighty men of war have combated, it has often happened that both sides have claimed a victory. But lo, he has
spoiled principalities and powers, and made a shew of them openly triumphing over them on the cross.'
The law has lost its curse. The righteous law of God bore once a fallen aspect towards man, but when insulted by the rebel it became a deadly fire.
It thundered dreadful denunciations on his head, and po deliverence could ever be effected from this deserved and terrible enemy, but by a fulfilment of its demands. But Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, as it is written, .cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.' In that contest he quenched the flames of Sinai with his own blood, and sheathed the sword of the law with his own omnipotent arm. And now, who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect. “It is God that justifieth, it is Christ that died, yea, rather, that
is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.'
Sin has lost its influence. It should not universally reign. Through the power of Christ's resurrection, dead souls are quickened. This truth cordially believed, has been the means of quickening multitudes of dead sinners, and inducing them to live to God. The spiritual resurrection of any sinner is as much the effect of the resurrection of Christ, as the resurrection of the dead bodies shall be at the last day. Sinners could never have enjoyed the blessings of the covenant, had not Christ died, and sealed the efficacy of his death by rising again. The operation of the Spirit on believers, is according to the working of that mighty power which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead.
Death has lost his Sting. How would this gbastly, monster have terrified our departing souls, had not Christ defeated him in his own territories. He went into the chambers of the grave that he might spoil him of all his armour, break down his massy gates, and rase the fortifications of his Empire even to the foundation. He has evinced that he had power to lay down his life, and power to take it up again.'. He has rescued the prey from the hand of the mighty, and set the lawful captive at liberty.'—
• He rose, he rose, he burst the bars of death,
* And with him all our triumph o'er the tomb.' Satan bas lost his power. Death has been termed Satan's jailor. This tremendous enemy of mankind is described as having him at his command, and thus hurling destruction among the human
It is by this agent, that the Prince of Darkness peoples the regions of woe. But Christ
having destroyed Death, has blasted his horrible designs, and thinned his empire; ‘Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also bimself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil: and deliver them who through fear of death were all their life-time subject to boudage. These reflections at the tomb of Jesus should strengthen our faith, for now life and immortality are brought to light by the Gospel ; and these encouraging assurances flow from the resurrection of Jesus, for “If Christ be not risen then is our preaching vain, and your faith is vain.' They should animate our Hope. We may fully anticipate the delightful day when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, and when we also shall appear with him in glory. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy, bath begotten us again, unto a lively hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, that fadeth not away.' They should stimulate us to Holiness. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God.' If Christ's resurrection does not now infuse into us a principle of spiritual life, it never will perfect our eternal life. · Blessed and holy is he that hath a part in the first resurrection, over such the second death hath no power.' They should awaken our Joy. Let the last solemn trumpet sound, the death of Jesus provided our pardon, his life secures our immortality, his victory our triumph. Then shall the prophecy receive its full accomplishment to the eternal joy of the Church Triumphant. “Thy dead men shall live,
together with my dead body shall they arise; awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust, for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.'
CRITICAL REMARKS ON BARTON's POEMS.
By DR, DRAKE.
No. II. Having noticed what is peculiar to Mr. Barton's Poems, as resulting from the class of Society to which he belongs, it remains to ascertain how far they are entitled to praise, as productions of taste and genius.
In a volume including nearly eighty pieces, on widely different subjects, it cannot be expected that all should equally attract attention, or gratify the expectations of the reader. But it is due to Mr. Barton to declare, that no trifling topic has been admitted; that what has occupied his pen comes home to our business and our bosoms; and that, like Goldsmith, he has seldom touched on a theme which he has not rendered more striking, either by vigour of thought, or urbanity of expression. Nullum quod tetigit, non ornavit. The VERSIFICATION, of which, from the multifarious contents of the collection, a considerable variety might naturally be expected, is, in general, correct and sweet. Occasionally it may be deemed rather too light and effervescent for the weight and solemnity of the subject on which it is employed, but it is seldom otherwise than flowing and harrnonious. It is usually of the lyric, or elegiac cast, but there are not wanting several specimens of the Spenserian stanza, in which the author seems to move with uncommon ease and