Bates Reports on Recent Tour – 1852

The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, February 17, 1852, Vol. 2, No. 12

LETTERS

From Brn. Bates and Edson.

DEAR BRO. WHITE: Since our last from Toronto, (C. W.) as published in the ” Review and Herald” No. 10, we have accomplished the circuit around Lake Ontario.

From the various places we visited, from Kingston (C. W.) to this place, we left more than one hundred interested in the present truth, many of which confessed that. the Sabbath of the Lord our God was clear, and began to keep it in connection with those that had embraced it at an earlier period. More than fifty, as you will see by the list of names, are anxious to receive the paper. Many also confessed that they see no light coming from the various positions now occupied and presented by the professed leading Adventists, while the third angel’s message looked clear and unobjectionable.

We now expect to leave here in the morning for Ulyses, Allegheny County, Penn., embracing in our way Batavia, Mill Grove. Buffalo, Fredonia, Busti, and other places in this state as the way opens, and if the Lord will, reach Ulyses in time to spend the last Sabbath and first day in Feb. in conference with the brethren in that place, and the next week following in Bath, N. Y.

While we were in Canada West one of the brethren showed us an ancient translation of the New Testament, that was so mutilated that we could not learn when it was published or who translated it. We thought that 2 Cor. iii, 3, 4, 6-18, was much to the point. The following is a copy.

2 Cor. Chap. Iii, 3, 4, 6–18.

Verse 3. ” For it is apparent to the world that you are Christ’s epistle written by our ministration, not with ink, but with the spirit of the living God— inscribed not on tables of stone, but on the tablets of the human heart.

4. ” Such is the firm confidence we repose thro’ Christ in the supreme being,

6. ” Who hath empowered and qualified us to be. ministers of the new covenant, not the Mosaic, but the Christian covenant—for the Mosaic pronounced an irreversable. sentence of death upon its transgressors; but the Christian covenant holds forth the palm of immortality.

7. ” But if the dispensation which annexed death to the violation of it, and whose laws were engraven on stones, was ushered in with such magnificence and splendor (a splendor that was only designed to be transcient and temporary) that the eyes of the Israelites could not support the dazzling beams that darted from the countenance of Moses,

8. ” How much more glorious and effulgent must be the lustre of the Christian dispensation.

9. “For if that rigid and implacable dispensation which condemned the offender to death by an irreversable sentence, was introduced with such striking pomp and glory, how infinitely superior must be the strong and ineffable radiance of that dispensation which is replete with benignity arid mercy,

10. “But in this respect the glory that was reflected on the former dispensation vanishes into no- thing when compared with the superior splendor of the latter.

11. ” For if that economy which was destined to be superceded and annulled, was delivered with such an ostentatious display of grandeur—how much more glorious must be that economy which is de- signed to be forever durable and permanent.

12. “Animated therefore with these hopes, we use great freedom and liberty in our addresses.

13. ” We are not like Moses who covered himself with a vail—so that the children of Israel could not clearly see the end and design of a dispensation which was intended to he abrogated:

14. ” But their rational faculties were involved in the mists of darkness—for to the present day that very vail which Christ hath removed and forever abolished continues to enwrap their minds when they read the old testament; and still shrouds their under- standings in the baleful shades of obscurity and gloom.

15. “To this very day when the law of Moses is read by them, the vail remains upon their hearts.

16. ” But when the- Jews”shall be converted to the Lord, the vail that now involves and obscures their minds, shall be forever removed

17. “By being converted to the Lord I mean being converted to the spiritual institution of the gospel—and where this spiritual dispensation of God is, there is the truest liberty.

18. But we all, with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord reflected as from the brightest mirror are metamorphosed into the same moral resemblance ; receiving continual accessions of glory and splendor, emitted from the great indefectible source of spiritual light.

JOSEPH BATES.

HIRAM EDSON.

Centerport, (N. Y.) Feb., 1, 1852.

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