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THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

The Gospel Magazine.

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"THE POWER OF THE KEYS."

TOUCHING "the keys," wherewith they may either shut or open the

kingdom of heaven, Christ's disciples did receive this authority, not

that they should have Private Confessions of the people and listen

to their whisperings, but to the end they should go, they should teach,

they should publish abroad the Gospel, and be unto the believing

a sweet savour of life unto life, and unto the unbelieving and unfaithful

a savour of death unto death; and that the minds of godly persons,

being brought low by the remorse of their former life and errors, after

once beginning to look up into the light of the Gospel and believe

in Christ, might be opened with the Word of God, even as a door is

opened with a key. Contrariwise, that the wicked and wilful folk,

and such as would not believe, nor return into the right way, should

be left still as fast locked and shut up, and, as St. Paul saith, "wax

worse and worse." This take we to be the meaning of " the keys; "

and that after this fashion men's consciences either to be open or shut.

And therefore our Saviour, Jesus Christ, to reprove the negligence

of the Scribes and Pharisees in teaching, did with these words rebuke

them, saying, "Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, which have

taken away the keys of knowledge, and have shut up the kingdom

of heaven before men." Seeing then "the key," whereby the way

and entry to the kingdom of God is opened unto us, is the Word of

the Gospel and the expounding of the Law and Scriptures, we say

plainly, where the same Word is not, there is not" the key." And

seeing one manner of Word is given to all, and one only "key"

belongeth to all, we say there is but one only power of all ministers,

as concerning opening and shutting.-Bishop Jewel, A.D. 1560.

!ffiLTtJM IN PARVO.

DURING the stay of the French Fleet in our waters, the providential

opportunity was utilised to circulate Christian literature among the

crews, and copies of the Soriptures were also plaoed in the hands of

the men. This service for God, however, did not meet with the approbation

of a certain" Royal Naval Chaplain," named Russell, who

deemed it to be his duty to publish a protest in the local press, the

Bpirit of which does him little credit as a British Chaplain. In a

recent issue of the Portsmouth Eve-ning News appeared the foUowing

effusion, addressed to the Editor :-" Sir,-May I, through the means

of your paper, raise a protest against the action of a certain Bible

Society, which, for want of a better name I can only call' impertinent,'

in flooding the ships of the French Fleet with copies of the Protestant

edition of the Bible and other religious tracts, endeavouring, it would

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