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gives to his children, of more worth I. It will surmount the disorders of than heaven.
life, keeping the mind tranquil First Jewel—The blood of his Son.
and happy. Second Jewel-The grace of his II. It will diminish, and sometimes Spirit.
entirely quell, the fear of death, Third Jewel-The light of his coun
so that the spirit will be kept tenance.
in perfect peace. Do you possess these jewels? Their III. It will conduct the soul to imvalue is inestimable.— Watson.
mortal glory and felicity; and
so conduct it as that there shall Sanctified Affliction.
be no failure, and can be no Let faith, Christian, trust in God's
uncertainty. love, when his words are bitter and his Are not these benefits inestimable, and strokes are heavy. Let love welcome deserving of any effort, of any sacri. the rod that is wielded by the hand office, to secure ? mercy. Let repentance acknowledge the justice of your Father's corrections. A beautiful Thought in Connexion with Let gratitude bless him that his chasten.
Pardon of Sin. ings are so beneficial in their influence, WHEN God overthrew Pharaoh and and that the blow is directed, not at his host in the Red Sea, it overwhelmed all your comforts, but at one, or at a and drowned the greatest Egyptian few of them. Glorify God in the commanders no less than the meanest fires."— Belfrage.
foot-soldier. The vast ocean overflows
the lowest sands and the highest rocks. The Last Thing done by Christ for So does pardoning grace cover erery his Disciples.
transgression of every penitent believer. ast thing our Lord did on earth
Arrowsmith. should be dear to us,-to think how Christ and his people parted.
A Sentiment of Bacon's. lifted up his hands and blessed them, It was a quaint but expressive rethat they might remember him as long mark of Sir Francis Bacon's,—“ Old as they lived. Christ came into the wood is best to burn; old friends best world to bless his people, and died to to trust; and old books best to read." obtain a blessing; and, when he went Now the Word of God is not only the to heaven, he left his blessing upon oldest book, but incomparably the them; and it was the last thing he did best. Christians, read that, study that, upon earth.-Trail.
The Evil of Sin.
How Affliction is profitable. Six is a dreadful thing, for it is L!ke gold that brightens in the furalways the attraction of wrath.
nace, so are the saints in affliction.
As the wind opening the rose-buds to IVhat the Saviour had to leave.
beauty and fragrance, so is sorrow to All that the Saviour had to bequeath the good; not like the blast, that was his wearing apparel, and that never strews them on the ground.-Befrage. came to his mother. ---Jay.
The Importance of believing the IV hole Three great Advantages resulting
of the Bible. from Piety.
Ir a part of the Bible be untrue, or REAL religion,--the love of Christ in be considered as untrue, how do I the heart --will always effect three know but that the whole may not be things:
A Maxim for Young Christians. object, and then its friends and avowed In perusing the Scriptures, read care adherents get into wrong paths,-paths fully and comprehensively, that you slippery, unsound, and dangerous. may understand, and understand clearly and largely. Meditate devotionally and
Perfect Security. earnestly on the doctrines revealed, -on The child that hangs on his father's the statements made.-on the invita arm, is equally safe, whether in the tions tendered,--on the precepts incul- dark, or the sunshine—whether in the cated,--that they may be lodged in the calm, or the storm—whether during memory,--sink deeply into the under life, or in the hour of death. Christian, standing,-penetrate and ever influence have strong confidence in God! never the heart.
let go your grasp! all must be well
then. A Thought for the Minister. The minister of religion should never
The Value of the Sabbath. forget his office, but be himself where
The child of God does not confine ever he is.--Herbert.
his devotion to particular seasons.
He will mingle piety with business, and What the Believer does.
endeavour to acknowledge God in all If I am a Christian, I commit all to his ways; still, be finds week-days to be, Christ.
generally, worldly-days. He is, to a All my enemies. If I am treated as certain extent, mixed up with the a madman on account of the truth, world during his engagements, his soliI commit the answering of all these citudes, his perplexities. He wants a scoffers to him.
time of refreshing from the presence of I put my character into his hands; the Lord. This he finds the Sabbath and, if I am still going on, sowing the to be, and hence its extreme preciousseed and bearing testimony, I commitness. all this to him.-Cecil.
When the Christian prospers. What a Minister says after preaching.
As the Christian can look to Christ, “I CANNOT convert one soul, -I can
all things go well. His great concern not enlighten one dark mind,-I can
is, that he may stand with his loins not reclaim one prodigal, -I cannot girded, waiting for his Lord.— Cecil. bring one to heaven; but I can look to Christ, and rely on the Holy Spirit, to
The greatest Mercy. accomplish all this, simply to honour
It is a great mercy to enjoy the Divine grace."
Gospel of peace, but a greater to enjoy
the peace of the Gospel.-Dyer. What Faith does.
How Christians ascend to Heaven. REAL faith embraces, employs, and
THERE is no believer who goes to enjoys all things. It embraces all heaven, but goes in the arms of angels. opportunities,--employs all talents, all
Ibid. advantages -enjoys all privileges and blessings. It says to believers, “All
In Christ and with Christ. things are yours; for ye are Christ's,
To be in Christ is heaven below, and and Christ is God's."
to be with Christ is heaven above.
Ibid. The Device of Satan. The enemy seeks to divert the eye of How we must reach the Haven. the church from its right, its legitimate THERE is no coming at the fair
haven of eternal glory, without sailing | course, "I could say as much as that through the narrow strait of repentance. in the House of Commons."
The Human Heart under Temptation. The dying Regret of Salmasius.
Worms and other insects take up When this erudite man was on his their habitation under the surface of the death-bed, he exclaimed, with much earth. A plat of ground may be vercompunction—"Oh, I have lost a world dant with grass, and decorated with of time. If one year more was to be flowers; but take a spade in your hand, added to my life, it should be spent in and turn up the mould, and you soon David's psalms and Paul's epistles." have a sample of the vermin which lurk This will be the regret of many mere
beneath. Temptation is the spade scholars, when they come to die.
which breaks up the ground of a believer's heart, and helps to discover the
corruption of his fallen nature. The best Legacy.
Toplady. A POOR, but excellent woman, who resided near the benevolent Lady Betty Fine Observation of Wilberforce. Hastings, said, shortly before she ex Without watchfulness, humiliation, pired, “I will not die without leaving and prayer, the sense of divine things dear Lady Hastings a legacy; and I be must languish, as much as the grass queath her the seventeenth chapter of withers for want of refreshing rains St. John, with my prayers that that and dews. sweet chapter may be made as great a blessing to her heart, as it has been to Avoid trifling with Religion. mine,
NEVER trifle under any circumstances
with your immortal interests. They The best Kind of Religion.
are your all. You are surrounded, proThe eminent Bulstrode Whitlock, fessing Christians, by triflers, but their Lord Chancellor, and the historian, trifling should deeply impress you, used to observe, after his retirement rendering you much more serious and from the world, and all the engagements
earnest. of public life, My religion is to have the Good Spirit of God in my heart.”
Early Impressions. What religion can surpass that?
First impressions of religion, of your God, of your Saviour, were very deep,
very lively, very valuable, very influenWhat the Christian should be.
tial. Strive, Christian, to keep those The Christian is a man who ought impressions, or something like them, ever to be striving against sin-panting continually alive in the soul. after holiness-longing for deliverance from the power of this evil world, and The Mode of gaining Heaven. to be perfectly like his Lord in heaven. Tue kingdom of heaven is never to Is every Christian such a man? What be won by any without vigorous, un. does observation testify? What do ceasing labour. Every muscle must be facts preach?
employed-every effort made, to obtain
the goal. Press forward then, believer! Moral Preaching.
agonize, till you enter the happy land WILBERFORCE remarked of a merely of Canuan! moral preacher whom he heard dis
Longer, longer on the cross
" There stood by the cross of Jesus, his
mother." —John xix. 25.
HIGHER, higher to the cross
Never, never from the cross,
Oh, the glory of the cross,
H. M. G.
Review of Religious Publications.
PASTORAL THEOLOGY: the Theory of a pared for the press by the deceased author.
Gospel Ministry. By A. VINET, Professor of this, the work itself affords ample proof. of Theology at Lausanne. Translated from It wants, in many respects, the finish of his the French. 8vo. pp. 316.
rich and polished mind. He used large notes T. and T. Clark, Edinburgh; and Hamilton, merely, in class, with his students in the Adams, and Co., London.
academy at Lausanne;- and great must have PROFESSOR VINET was one of the most been the privilege of listening to his extemoriginal thinkers of his day. His removal poraneous fillings up from his immense refrom this earthly sphere, at a time when
His notes, however, were written his powers were ripening into full maturity, with great care; and furnished ample scope was a great calamity to the evangelical for his fine powers of exquisite illustration. churches of the continent, of which he was Most wisely, as well as conscientiously, has the one of the brightest ornaments. We were just translator acted, in not venturing beyond the beginning to become acquainted with him in record. We know of no man living, who is this country, when he was called to his rest qualified to supplement the original thoughts and his reward. His work on Voluntary of Professor Vinet. We would rather have an Christianity will never cease to be a standard outline from his pen, then an elaborate disproduction, when all the disciples of Christ quisition from many of the Theological Prohave ceased to advocate and to lean upon fessors of the age, especially those on the the Establishment principle. Trained to the continent. idea of government patronage in religion, in The translator, however, had one rare adthe national church of the Canton de Vaud, vantage. In some parts of the work he had he wrought his way through all the mists of more than one manuscript of the author to early education, into the clear light of Bible guide his course; and in such cases, he has truth, advancing to the simple and irrefra- enlarged the textual manuscript, by additions gable principle, that a religion of conviction from others. This editorial act even is perilcannot be sustained consistently by compul. lous, as it may have been that the author sory means. llow beautifully he develops hinself would have withheld the addition, as this law of Christ's kingdom, without political redundant, or deliberately rejected it in his asperity, will be best seen in his own ad- mature judgment. Still, these additions are mirable treatise, one of the most philosophical | Professor Vinet's; and, as such, we accept as well as Christian productions of the modern them thankfully. “They are all placed withpress.
in brackets, by which we are enabled to form The Translator of M. Vinet's “ Pastoral our own judgment of the discretion of the Theology” informs us that it was not pre- l translator.
Another thing has been done, to which we should recommend this book to the serious do not by any means object. In some cases, attention of all the friends of the gospel. the author's notes were so scanty as to render The pastor is not, in his view, an isolated it difficult to determine his actual idea. In being, banished from the general community this dilemma the Translator has had access of Christians into the retirement of a remote to Note-books of M. Vinet's most intelligent and solitary dignity, to which the obscurer students, and found ample means of filling up believers may not aspire. He regards him the literary chasm. Such methods have only not so much above them, as at their head, been resorted to, when there was a pressing their advanced leader in the work of love. necessity; and the matter thus introduced Accordingly his functions are not his exclusive between brackets will often be found of the prerogative; on the contrary, all ought to most interesting character.
associate actively with him, and will, in fact, One alteration has been made which we so associate with himn according to the meacannot approve. M. Vinet, in the course of sure of their faithfulness. The pastor is not his Lectures, had translated many passages different from the Christian; he is the typical from ancient and foreign authors, introduc- Christian,—the example for his flock. (1 Tim. ing them as illustrative of his subject; these iv. 12.) All Christians, therefore, will find have been thrown by the translator into an that precious instruction may be gathered appendix, instead of finding their appropriate from this book.” place in the text, giving emphasis to the Not for this peculiarity alone are these author's thoughts. We think they should | Lectures valuable. They are eminently sughave appeared where the author placed them.gestive on every topic which they discuss;
In one view of it, we greatly approve of the and, carefully read, cannot fail to enhance translator's appendix. He makes large quo- the pastor's notion of the matchless responsitations from authors, to which Professor Vinet bility of his work. merely refers, by which the importance of For the sake of enabling our readers to the reference becomes strikingly obvious. judge of Professor Vinet's views of the ChrisThis is a good service to the completeness of tian ministry, we select the following passage, the work.
from the chapter headed : “DOES THE In perusing these lectures on Pastoral Theo- MINISTRY CONSTITUTE AN ORDER IN THE logy, it will be desirable for our readers to Church?” remember, that Professor Vinet delivered “A discussion has been raised upon the them for a lengthened period to students who question, Is the ministry a separate order? were preparing for the National Church of The answer to this might seem easy after the the Canton de Vaud. His connexion with solution of the first question, (viz., What is that Church, so far as worship was concerned, the minister of the gospel?—the ideal minis did not cease until the formation of the Free ter?) from which, indeed, it is scarcely to be Church of that Canton, on occasion of the distinguished. [Nevertheless, theologians, secession of a large body of devoted pastors who agree that the ministry is a Divine infrom that corrupt and persecuting community. stitution, are divided on this point. It is The recollection of this fact will explain then worth our while to investigate it.] place in Professor Vinet's Lectures, had he cration of certain particular men to the guidbeen at tho time a Dissenter from the national ance of the church, has been instituted, these community.
men, as distinguished from all others, will This circumstance will, in some slight de- necessarily form an order, at least in one gree, diminish the value of these Lectures to
If there is any discussion, it is, those who find themselves surrounded by no doubtless, on the greater or lesser latitude state or parochial relationships; yet, by a that the word order admits of. For the disslight transposition of the author's thoughts, putants aro agreed as to the institution itself even in these cases, they will adapt them- that it is a real and valid existence. selves wonderfully to the condition of every " It is certain that this order may suggest one having the charge of souls.
to different minds very different ideas. In What, then, may be regarded as the lead the case of some it will suggest the idea of a ing characteristics of these Lectures ? and levitical tribe [a sacerdotal caste) so isolated what is their special value to the Christian as to form a religious society-exercising erstudent? The translator has well answered clusive prerogatives-in which the idea of these queries in the following passage: “We the community starts from them rather than hope,” he observes, “ that this course of Pas- they from the idea of the community-existtoral Theology will be well received, not only ing by itself, and imposed upon the flock by by ministers of the gospel, and students in an authentic Divine institution, or by ProTheology, for whom it is more immediately vidence-in one word—legitimate, in the sense designed, but also by the religious public which has been given to the word by political generally. M. Vinet's fundamental idea parties.
many references, which would have found no" If the ministry, that is to say, the conse