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out the lofty system they compose. What you wrote to me about the portions of the New Testament, belonging properly to the Divine Word, naturally put me upon a more diligent and accurate examination of it. On making the examination, I became satisfied that the fact is really such. The four evangelists, like the Apocalypse, Gen. esis, and the prophetical books, are written in the parabolical and figurative style, with representatives and figura tives, by correspondence, which it has now been given me from heaven to understand. This is not the case with all the other apostolic documents, as can be seen from the nature of their style, which is narrative, academical, and purely epistolary. These documents, moreover, bear the stamp not only of the character, but of the phil. osophy peculiar to each of their authors. Being evidently intended for various special purposes, being directed at one time to give arrangement and organization to the churches by means of pre. cepts and exhortations; at another, to combat the sinister influences of the old Jewish Church ; at another still, to refute the pernicious doctrines springing from the Gnostic philosophy, by polemical discussions, they have none of the essential and proper characters of divine revelation.
“When I had confirmed myself in these persuasions my spirit fell into a state of unspeakable dejection and an. guish. This state was the more painful, that I could find no reason for it; suspecting, however, that it might pro ceed from the reflections I had been making on the works of Swedenborg, I kept thinking within myself whether I ought not to suspend or entirely give up the reading of them. After a day of uneasiness, and a sleepless night, I gave myself up on the following day to prayer, asking of the Lord assistance, light, and strength. At 3 o'clock in the afternoon, there came spontaneously into my mind, the thought that I would read some portion of the Word to see whether it might be given me to understand the spiritual sense. Opening my Bible at a venture, my eye fell on the 16th chapter of Luke. I read on attentively and slowly up to the 18th chapter, and as it proceeded my mind was filled with wonder and astonish ment to find that I understood very
well the internal sense of those passages which it had never before been given me well to comprehend, notwithstanding my long meditations and the aid of learned commentaries. At this moment there came into my mind an inexpressible joy, such as I had never experienced in all my life, and, thereupon, persuaded that the Lord had given me a new understanding, with a heart full of gratitude I set about seeking in the Divine Word all the other prophecies of His Second Coming, and of the spiritual renovation of the world. I compared, therefore, the above mentioned chapters of Luke with the 13th of Mark and the 24th of Matthew, and then read the Apocalypse. How is it possible to doubt that the events foretold by the Lord eighteen centuries since, are at this period fully accomplished? The different states of prevarication and apostasy, into which the first Church founded by Him would fall, are too plainly described there. Any one who knows the history of Christianity is compelled to exclaim, Everything was foreseen !”
He proceeds to show that the understanding of the Word was to be given at the consummation of the Church. After some very just reflections upon the causes of the slow progress hitherto made by the New Church, which may be expected to give way before the influx of heaven, he adds,
“The doctrines of our Church once known, no obstacle can withstand its progress, because they are pure and real truths, in perfect harmony with science and reason, and any one examining himself, can find in his own organism physical and spiritual, and the loves that govern it, the most splendid proofs in their favour."
Finally he adds,
“ As I advance in the study of Swedenborg's works I feel in myself an irresistible impulse that calls me to propagate these divine truths among my fellow countrymen, and to consecrate the rest of the days which the Lord may grant me upon earth to this divine and lofty mission."
“Could you provide the pecuniary means necessary for undertaking the good work of propagating the New Church in Italy among Italians ? Which of the works of Swedenborg ought, in
your opinion, to be first translated, and if I should undertake the translation, could you find the means of printing it?”
As regards the latter of these questions, it was in my power to say to him, on the authority of a letter I had not long before received from the Rev. Mr. Bruce, that the Swedenborg Society would probably undertake the expense of publishing an edition of Heaven and Hell, if a translator could be found. As for the other, I could only assure him of my belief, that the liberality of New Churchmen in America and England would not be wanting to him at the right juncture, advising him, however, for the present to devote himself rather to translating than preaching.
I have not yet made the personal acquaintance of Signor Scocia, and I know nothing of him from any other source than his own letters, and the journals already mentioned. But how much these speak for him both in point of character and intelligence, it is superfluous to say. A. E. FORD.
ST. THOMAS, W. I.-The following letter addressed to the General Conference, and received after the close of its session, has been placed in our hands, and we publish it nearly entire. We have not seen the illustrations mentioned by the writer, and are not, therefore, in a position to speak of their suitableness to promote the object he has in view.
“With this mail I have taken the liberty to send you two numbers of my illustrations, which I hope will reach you. These illustrations are written specially with a view to circulate amongst the old churches. My fifty years' experience has taught me how little Church element there is, and how many would delight in possessing the heavenly truths kept hidden through prejudice and a perverted clergy. I therefore, forty-nine years ago, eagerly began to disseminate the New Church teachings, and many embraced them, who never would have regarded the old Church teachings. And after various and many years' trials, by distributing the doctrines and writings of Swedenborg, I found that this much failed, for there was too much brilliancy which bewildered, and too deep thought,
which few could or would enter into, not to mention the difficulties and obstacles of the spiritual things, which the natural Church finds beyond its conception. I finally, in the year 1860, began in the United States with giving verbal illustrations, which being all extempore from the Word, met with a very favourable reception in the different sects, as all seem delighted to hear the spiritual sense of the Word opened in a way which they conceived plainly; and among the many churches of divers creeds, I never heard one find any objections or express any doubts, while much inquiry arose whence came this information thus as it were spontaneously. But the clergy, jealous that it thus should be out of their own power to satisfy their hearers in the same easy way, soon displayed the prophecy in Matt. xxiii., and I found opposition in various forms. I then concluded to give my illustrations in writing, which I commenced with, but did not continue until my return here. Since my commencement here I find that all, both Protestant and Catholics, desire to get them, and I distribute them free of charge in these Colonies, where every one seems open and willing to read them. But as here is but an isolated, confined spot, I have thought to intrude them to places where there may be numbers benefited by them, and in England, I am impressed, they may be found acceptable to many.
“The illustration being nothing but the word, suits every Church member or Christian. It is as different from our modern sermons as is the Pool of Bethesda from the five porches. The descent of our Lord will only come by a gradual progress of illumination of the literal sense of the Word, for the sign and the coming of the Lord shall be when He is seen in the clouds of heaven in His glory and great power. 'Behold He cometh in the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and also they which pierced Him.' His coming must be when the seventh angel shall begin to sound, for then shall the mystery of God be finished (Rev. x. 7), and the mystery shall be finished when the internal sense is perceived and the internal truth shines forth.
“When the Word, and nothing but the Word is correctly and spiritually proclaimed, then the internal sense
thereof will be known as the light shining from the east even to the west. The hour is now at hand. I have considered it my duty in my humble efforts to promote the Lord's kingdom, to address you and all who I think will sustain the means to attain the end ; and I have endeavoured by my humble assistance to forward it as the divine providence has directed. If you can do anything to promote this object, that it may reach the millions who now die for want of the living bread, and you should think my illustrations worth your attention, I will beg you to inform me in a few lines. I will furnish the illustrations in MSS., and take a portion, say two to four hundred copies, at such price as you shall find yourself able to deliver me them at; and in the hope of hearing your answer, I remain, sincerely, your brother, V. KIERULFF.”
MISSIONARY VISIT TO THE EASTERN COUNTIES.—To the Secretary of the National Missionary Institution-My dear Sir, I have just concluded a course of missionary labour in the eastern counties, and hasten to report the particulars.
My first service was at Ipswich. The Society here is small, but its members are active in their efforts to make known the doctrines. They possess a chapel, but, in their estimation, too small for special services. On this occasion, therefore, they rented the Temperance Hall, a public room capable of accommodating a large audience. Over two hundred people attended the services which extended over two week-day evenings (Nov. 26 and 27), and one Sabbath (Nov. 29). The persons present manifested a deep interest in the subjects discussed, and seemed to be favourably impressed with what they heard. The subjects of my lectures on the week-nights were the teachings of the New Church respecting heaven and hell. In the discussion of these subjects, I endeavoured to impress on my audiences the reality of the existence of these worlds, their nearness to us during our present life, the laws to which they are subject, and by which they are governed, and some of the great truths and impressive facts which the experience of our great author has made known respecting them. On the Sabbath, I preached
twice in the same room to most attentive and evidently interested audiences. My subject in the morning was the supreme deity of the Christian Saviour; in the evening, the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. From this latter subject, I was able to offer an exposition of the nature of the Lord's humanity, of His work of redemption and atonement, and of regeneration. The impression left on my mind by the manifest acceptance of these great truths was, that the field at Ipswich is white for the harvest, and I could not but pray that the Lord of the harvest would send forth labourers into His harvest. An earnest and able preacher, I feel certain, would soon find himself surrounded by a willing and a working congregation-by a people who would help him to diffuse the light of truth, and to make the Church a medium of saving health to the people.
From Ipswich, I proceeded to Norwich. The present condition of this Society is not so prosperous as we could desire. Various circumstances seem to have thinned the attendance at their public worship, and to have discouraged their leader, Mr. Rogers, who had tendered his resignation; and the position of the Church had hence become a source of anxiety to its friends. On the Monday evening, I attended a meeting of the Society in company with Mr Gunton, who had preached on the Sunday. A lengthened conversation took place on the best means of providing for its growth and well-being. It was resolved to continue the public services in their present place of worship, and Mr. Harcourt and Mr. Colbourne were chosen joint leaders. On the Tuesday evening (Dec. 1), I gave a lecture on the Second Coming, in the Church in Queen Street, which was about two-thirds filled.
The Society at Norwich is an example of the extreme difficulty of providing for the continuous and effective uses of the Church without a settled ministry and other organized means of useful. ness. Possessed at one time of a respectable congregation, at another of a promising Sunday school, they are now a small body, whose activities are confined within a narrow circle. This has not arisen from want of affection to the Church or of willingness to serve it, but from the impossibility of com
bining the necessary labours of active filled at both services. Many respect. life with the many and important able inhabitants of the town were duties required to build up the Church present, and we may reasonably hope as a centre of beauty and usefulness in that some useful results may follow. the world. Whatever view we take of Permit me, in conclusion, to express our position and our duties as a Chris a thought which this visit has strongly tian community, we must feel the im impressed upon my mind. It is not by portance of sustaining the Church in fitful and long distant visits that we the midst of large and populous towns can reasonably hope to build up the like Norwich. It is from these as Church, but by patient and continuous centres that we must hope to diffuse labour. The great want of the New the light of truth to those around them. Church in the eastern counties is an We labour, we must expect to labour, intelligent, pious, and earnest missionamid many difficulties and discourage- ary preacher, who would give his undi. ments. The sanguine expectations of vided attention to this part of the the pioneers in our work have not been country. There are difficulties in the fulfilled, and our occasional failures way of such an appointment, but I do may have suggested doubts as to the not think they are insurmountable. efficiency of the mean's we have adopted I believe the principal difficulty is the for the accomplishment of our purpose; right man to occupy the place, and to but of the prudence of our endeavours give himself whole-heartedly to the to establish and build up the Church in work. If the man combining the moral the midst of large and flourishing com- and intellectual qualifications for this munities we can have no doubt. To office were found, I feel certain that the societies circumstanced like those of Great Head of the Church would stir Ipswich and Norwich, our missionary up the hearts of the people to support communities must continue to give a him is his work. -1 am, in the cause thoughtful and earnest attention. They of the New Church, very sincerely must know no discouragements, and yours,
RICHARD STORRY. acknowledge no defeats. Let us im Heywood, Dec. 15, 1868. prove, if needful, our means of operation ; but “let us not be weary in NEW CHURCH LECTURES. - It is well-doing, for we shall reap in due time common in many of the Societies of the if we faint not.”
New Church to devote the Sabbath From Norwich I proceed to St. Ives, evenings during the winter months to in Huntingdonshire—the scene of the the delivery of lectures on popular, labours of our zealous and esteemed instructive, and interesting religious brother, the Rev. W. Tall. Here is a subjects. The public attention is small but neat church, capable of seat- usually called to these services by ing over 150 persons. The receivers of printed bills, cards, or advertisements the doctrines are few in number, but in the local papers. These lectures warmly attached to the cause. Their have had the authority of ministers of public worship is sustained by the read the greatest eminence in the Church, ing of sermons on the Sabbath by two and have been of undoubted use in of the members. The attendance at promoting her progress. During the these services is small, and the Society present winter, lectures have been labours under great discouragements. delivered in several of our Churches Occasional missionary visits instruct by their respective ministers. The and encourage the “little flock" which Rev. Mr. Marsden has followed up weekly assembles here, and afford them the publication of his correspondence an opportunity of calling the attention with the Vicar of Snodland, by a course of their neighbours to the great truths of special sermons during the months it is their privilege to possess and their of November and December, which duty and desire to niake known to have been well attended. The subothers. Advantage was taken of myjects discussed in this course of services visit to announce two lectures, the are extremely diversified. They include same I had delivered at Ipswich, on the crucifixion and transfiguration of the evenings of Thursday and Friday the Lord ; the doctrine of repentance, (Dec. 3 and 4). The attendance was and the exposition of difficult passages very encouraging. The Church was of Scriptures, selected from various portions of the Word. The Rev. Mr. scarcely standing room. The collecHyde has given a course in Manchester tions amounted to rather more than under the general heading of “The £68. The estimated cost of the buildspiritual side of nature, as illustrated ing was £600, and this has not been by the Word of God." In this course, exceeded. It is heated by hot water, the preacher discusses the sun, moon, and lighted by beautiful gas pendants, and stars ; mountains, plains, and kindly presented by the manufacturer, valleys; the sea, rivers, and fountains; Mr. F. Hargreaves of Accrington. A fields, gardens, and groves ; times and debt of £100 is all that remains on the seasons; beasts, birds, and fishes; the building. There are in the Sunday course concluding with “Man's rela School 100 scholars and 14 teachers. tion to the universe, as a physical, A field of usefulness is thus opened intellectual, and spiritual creature ;" before our zealous friends, who have and “God's Works and the Word of exerted then selves in the erection of God illustrative and confirmatory of this commodious room, which we hope each other.” At Salford, Rev. "Mr. they will go up and possess. They Westal has given lectures on subjects have adopted a right course by laying connected with the invisible world and deep the foundations of the Church in man's relation to it, and on the resur- the religious education and moral culrection and judgment. At Heywood, ture of the young; and we hope that Mr. Storry has given a course of ser they may be permitted to see the rearmons under the general title of “Ser. ing of its walls and the bringing forth mons for the Times.” These discourses its topstone of glory in the growing have dwelt upon the Scriptural meaning excellences and developed perfection of the Church-the Rock on which it is of the Society to be collected within its built, the power of the Keys, absolution walls. and remission of sins, the unity of the
South LONDON.-The first annual Church, and other kindred subjects.
festival of the Mutual Improvement Similar services have, we understand,
Society, in connection with the South been instituted by other ministers, but
London Church, was held on 10th no particulars have reached us. These
December in an elegant and commowe have noticed have been interesting
dious building, known as the Gresham to the congregations who have listened
Institute, Brixton. to them, and we doubt not will issue in
Mr. E. Austin, the president, opened some useful result.
the proceedings at seven o'clock with a OPENING OF A NEW CHURCH SCHOOL. brief address; after which a number of AND MEETING ROOM AT CLAYTON-LE songs and glees were beautifully sung MOORS, NEAR ACCRINGTON.-In our by Miss Fosbroke, Mrs. Lindley, Misses July number of last year we gave an Barth, Mr. Fairweather, and Mr. Elliaccount of the laying of the foundation son and party. Short speeches also stone of this building which has now were made, on appropriate themes, by been completed. The building is in Messrs. J. Williams, A. C. Moore, s. the early Gothic style, symmetrical in R. Dicks, and C. Higland; and humits arrangements, and admirably adapted orous readings given with considerfor the purposes of its erection. The able elocutionary skill, by Messrs. E. interior dimensions of the building are Margetson and C. H. Moore. At 72 feet by 27 feet, and 23 feet to the intervals during the evening, an oppor. middle of the ceiling. The opening tunity was afforded visitors of inspect. services took place on Sunday, Novem ing numerous objects of interest and ber 8. Rev. Dr. Bayley preached in amusement, which had been kindly lent the morning and evening, and Mr. E. for the occasion. J. Broadfield, B.A., in the afternoon. Upwards of 250 persons were present, All the services were well attended. many of whom were connected with In the evening, the room was crowded other London Societies; and the assemto excess, hundreds of people being bly terminated at half-past ten, after unable to gain admission. Not fewer awarding a hearty vote of thanks to the than 700 persons are said to have been various ladies and gentlemen who had crowded or packed within the building. generously assisted in rendering this The vestry, platform, and every part delightful New Church reunion a comwas crowded, until Dr. Bayley had plete success.