A Pioui and Enlightei 0 Bt S. CLOUGH. H. [Continued] Thus it appears that cultivated talent and learning, as well as deep piety, have learning had vanishM, religion was near ly extinct. When letters revived, religion again flourished and assumeda purer form. From this fact, we deduce an argument for a ministry of native tald0|> cultivatedJp tellect, and elevated character# There, is as mileh score for effort, as much demand for energy, for skill, for comprehensive ness of plan, and boldness of action now, as at any former period of the churjph. I Wpfon ' ’ ' The,great principles i$on which the Di vine (Sovereignty has always acted, are still in operation, and will continue t~ **“ main in operation through successive to come. And thatministry which w be useful and successful, must be confi ed to the Divine plan pf operation, Jf the Providence oLGod has glorious ob jects to be achieved, and the ^pspel min istry be its chief instrumeritMfty, it will still demand s ministry of intellectual strength, of moral courage, of rich resour ces, as well as of personal piety. * The importance of an p|)e ministry may be further argued from the express provision God has made for training and supporting it. Under the Jewish econo my, various provision!, were made, de signed to secure eminent qualifications , in the sacred office. There were nearly fifty schools established, for the express pur pose of educating those designed for the priestly, office. None were allowed to enter the priesthood till thirty years of age. Large funds were appropriate! set apart for sustaining men, both id MP m 3S8 aration and actual service; funds so le and so abundant, as to take away temptation to deviate from all appro ve study and labor. And none wete expected to entangle themselves in the affairs of this life, either before or after en tering the sacred office. These wise and salutary provisions proved a most effectn al bulwark and safeguard to the Jewish ” J especially, to the preserva original purity, both of the religion ; tion, in law and prophets. The spirit of these arrangements was feftnsferred to the Christian dispensation. The twelve Apostles, as has been already observed. very best of instruction and training, before they were authorized to preach the gospel. They were under the direction and tuition of the great Teacher himsqlf* with little interruption, during hie ministry of three yeans. When he «en£ that forth on special messages to ditferMufiBs of Juc w _ taking eiiter bread or money, or even two coats a piece; but instructed t&em to rely entirely on others for the means of sup port. He also conferred upon t^em mi raculous powers. After his crucifixion and resurrectioi| fipem the dead, he bestowed upon them still higher gifts, laiger mea sures of the Spirit, and the power of speak ing in different tongues; gifts, all designed and adapted to make able ministers of the New Testament, Thus qualified with both gifts and graces, they assailed the Dowers of darknessL with ^as surprising success. The word oi liod, as proclaimed by them, had free course and waa glorifiei How efficacious and re sistless was the majesty of truth from their lips! m i.jn *' ®ut the personal _ tions of Christ are now oower of miracles, the gift of ct inspiration of tbe hnvo AMSAlf ' A nil Xllhat iIam provi* ■ustruc w The and .

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