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cerned, has been in vain, has character and desert, God has pronot answered its end. What- vided means to deliver him. So ever other effect our preaching has great was his love and his mercy, produced, it is comparatively of that he spared not his only Son, scarcely any consequence. Has but delivered him for sinful creait induced you to leave off the prac- tures. And now, free forgiveness tice of some sins, and to cultivate of sin, and acceptance with God, better habits ? to live more de- is promised to all who repent, and cently, more kindly, and charita- believe in Christ. Divine grace bly among your neighbours? This is also vouchsafed, through the undoubtedly is a good effect; but appointed means, to awaken the an effect, when compared with the sinner unto a sense of his wants; -one we have principally in view, of to make him conscious of his sin small importance. Repentance and and his lost condition, and to faith is every thing-every thing to bring him to the Saviour. Now a sinful and lost creature; and every this is the only way in which sin thing else, when put in the balance can be forgiven, and acceptance against them, is as nothing. Not and peace with God can be obthat we undervalue decency of con- tained; in which, indeed, it is duct; but this we know, that a possible to acquire a mind and a mere outward reformation of life, a heart fit and capable of enjoying mere honest deportment towards God, and of deriving happiness our fellow-creatures, is of itself of from his presence. Hence, then, no avail towards the attainment of it clearly follows, that whatever that eternal life which ought to be we have, however we may live, the paramount object with every we cannot be reconciled to God, immortal being.
we cannot hope for immortality Let your dealings with mankind and life, without repentance and be as upright and correct as they faith. Except ye repent, ye must possibly can be let your life be as perish. Except ye believe, ye free as it can be from gross immo- must be lost. These are, in subralities–let your spirit and dispo- stance, the declarations of our Sasition towards your fellow-creatures viour himself. be as kind and as amiable as can Let me intreat you, my friends, be possessed by human beings; to consider these things. Let me yet, if there be no repentance to- especially call on those who scarcewards God, and no faith towards ly ever, or seldom, attend a place our Lord Jesus Christ, your case is of worship, to consider these things. desperate your ruin and eternal Allow me to tell you, this last time, perdition is certain: when you die, the plain and yet the important you will die to sink into an abyss truth. You walk, as it were, on of misery!
the very brink of ruin. () consider Perhaps some of you do not see your danger before it be too late! how this can be. Reflect a mo- Repent, and believe in Christ, or ment, and you cannot but perceive you must perish everlastingly! that it must be so. All confess, And O consider what it is to perish and must confess, that they are for ever. How can you bear the sinners; that they have transgress- everlasting burnings? How can ed the law of God, and therefore you endure the torments of Hell? have offended him. Punishment And these you must endure, exis allotted to sin, and that punish- cept you repent, and believe in ment is death; not merely the Christ. Carry this truth home death of the body, but also of the with you; and may it have its soul, which is nothing less than due effect on your minds! Nenever-ending misery! But, not- glect the house of God no withstanding that such is man's longer. Attend the means of grace diligently and constantly; and at- rious Saviour and of his all-suftend them under this impression, ficiency; and there is no way to obthat, except by a diyine blessing tain these, but by having interyou obtain repentance and faith course with God, the only source of through them, you can have no good. Use the means of grace rehope of life; but you must live an gularly, but still as means. Have endless life of misery.
always in view the great end, Let me address also those who namely, the conformity of your are in the habit of attending public will, of your heart and mind, to the worship. I must press on you also will of God; who willeth that you the consideration of the same sub- should repent of sin, and believe ject. You do right in frequenting in his Son Jesus Christ. the means; but you 'awfully de- In closing my present address, I ceive yourselves if you rest sa- would say, bear in mind what you tisfied with merely frequenting have heard from your preceding them—if you have no more in ministers, and be constant and view than mere attendance. Too willing hearers of those who sucmuch, I know, is this the case ceed them. Remember, that our with many: they have nothing object is your good--your eternal more in view than to do as their good; it is, that you may repent neighbours, or as their forefathers. and believe in Christ Jesus, and be Their case is not much better than thereby saved. Pray also for that of those who entirely neglect your ministers, that God may help, the means; and if they die in this guide, and teach them; that they state, it is not in any degree better; also may be able to help, guide, their portion shall be the same and teach you. Remember, the misery that never ends. You hear success of the Gospel depends alof repentance, and of faith, but you together on the blessing of God: never seek the one or the other; be instant, then, in prayer; let you never labour for them. The your supplications frequently ascend principal business of every sinful before the throne of grace; and creature, you neglect. The great that not only for your own minisend of all that is done in this place, ters, but for all that faithfully you have never sought nor attained. preach the Gospel, and for the inYou are deficientin the main thing, dividual that now addresses you. and all your other work will come And, lastly, value your privito nothing. O continue no longer leges. Consider how highly fato act and live in this manner! voured you are. You have the Seek now true repentance and true prospect of having the joyful sound faith as the first things; for without continued among you; of having them, whatever else you may have, the pure Gospel preached to you. you cannot be saved; it is impos- This is a greater blessing than any sible that you can ever attain the of an earthly kind. Be thankful felicities of heaven.
to God for it; it is owing to the I come now to those who have gracious dispensation of his provinot been frequenting the house of dence; and show that you are God in vain; but who have already thankful by a constant attendance obtained repentance, and have al- at his house, and by a conduct ready possessed faith. What I worthy of the Gospel. Now, my have to say to you is this, go daily brethren, may the God of peace to that fountain whence have pro- make you perfect in every good ceeded all these blessings; yea, work to do his will, working in go frequently and constantly, for you that which is well pleasing in your need is a continual need. You his sight, through Jesus Christ; to want clearer views of God, of whom be glory, for ever and ever! your own sinfulness, of our glo- Amen.
SOME ACCOUNT OF J. B. I HAVE read, Mr. Editor, with dinarily find attending the sick å great pleasure and edification, very arduous part of the minismany of the letters of Aliquis in terial duty, calling for great wisyour interesting publication : es- dom, prudence, and fidelity: and, pecially those in which he men- added to these difficulties, I have tions the benefits arising from too often had to contend against educating poor children; and to self-righteous hopes; too
too often some of which he has had the un- met with minds totally ignorant speakable satisfaction of being an of true religion; and have too seleye-witness. I have very fre- dom found the broken heart that quently, Sir, taken up your pub- needed only to be bound up, or lication on the Saturday evening, the faith that required only conwith a view to have my hopes firming and strengthening. With raised in,
will more expectations not the most encoustrongly inclined to, the work of raging, I entered the room where the ministry on the following holy the sick man was; and, in a few day. I have been in the habit of moments,
relieved of my attending a school on the Sunday burden; for I had the happiness to mornings, and explaining, in the find him to be one who was bowed best way I could, with simplicity down with the sense of his maniand affection, the excellent col- fold transgressions. He had been lects of our Church; and, occa- a sailor; and though he had avoidsionally, the Catechism.
Now, ed bad company, after which, to Sir, the statements of Aliquis use his own words, “ he had no have often given me a fresh im- liking,” and had not been addicted pulse in this work, and encouraged to swearing, yet his mind was me to entertain a hope, that my greatly troubled on account of his feeble and imperfect lefforts would sins: 'he was cast down, and said, not be in vain. Lately, however, he felt himself unworthy of heaI have had the pleasure to become ven. I need not detail what course personally acquainted with the be- I pursued to lead him to the knownefits arising out of such charitable ledge of our blessed Redeemer, works,-evidenced in a case pe- I would only say, that he heard culiarly interesting: and having a with deep attention and desire, that the hands of those, anxiety. On the following day who give themselves to the good I found him somewhat relieved, work of educating poor children yet very anxious to know how to in Christian principles, should be pray aright. He said, “I pray, strengthened, that they should in my poor way, as well as I cast, with a brighter hope, their can; Lord have mercy upon me, bread upon
the waters, I am in- a wicked sinner! The invitaduced to communicate the same to tion of our blessed Lord, to the you; trusting that you will not weary and heavy laden, was exdeem it unworthy of admission plained to him, and he laid his into your excellent publication. hand on his heart to express the
In the month of June last I was consolation it afforded him. He requested, by the mistress of the had long been sowing in tears, and parish workhouse, to visit a poor the time was now arriving that man, who, she said, wished to he should reap in joy. To visit have a few
up for him was a pleasure; for I had but him. When thus invited, Sir, I to pour in the oil and wine of the am free to confess I feel generally consolations of the Gospel into his an oppression of spirits; for I or- wounded spirit. He declared he
had found peace in thinking of of the Rev. Mr. Cecil's remarks, Jesus, our Saviour, and in read- “ of the unspeakable importance ing the Scriptures; which he de- of the early implantation of princlared to me he read till tears ciples, when culled from time to obliged him to leave off. I per- time out of the Bible. ceived, however, that he was still can seldom get rid of these prinunhappy; and I asked him the ciples. They stand in his way. cause, and urged him to open his He wishes to forget them perhaps; heart fully to me as to a friend. but it is impossible. They hang The cause of his sorrow, he then on the wheels of evil.” Thus poor told me, was a broken vow, for- J. B. was preserved from much getting God after a marvellous evil. Only once did he meet, in deliverance. At this, I requested his voyages, with a pious sailor; him to tell me his history, think- who, however, was the scorn of ing the knowledge of it might be all the crew; yet, nevertheless, made serviceable to others. This read his Bible. This, he said, he did very willingly: and he in- was a comfort to him. Though formed me, that he was left an
the good works of this sailor orphan when he was only seven condemned himself, yet he could years
his father and mother not revile him as the rest did, for both dying at that time. That the he knew he was doing what was clergyman of the parish took pity right. How great a blessing, on him, and placed him in the even then, was the little instrucparish-school; and not only so, tion that he had received, to this but had him to his house in the wandering sheep! His conscience week to teach him, to hear him hereby was kept awake, and he read in the Bible, and to take care was saved from that awful sleep of him. I' asked him what he in sin, which too often, we fear, thought of being able to read? He precedes eternal death; and he replied, “I consider it greater was kept thereby from sitting in than any of this world's bless- the seat of the scornful. But the ings;" and then, after a pause; light, though greatly eclipsed by “ but there are no blessings in this the darkness of his sinful heart, world; it is a world of sorrow :
became his comfort in an awful for he, poor fellow, had drank hour; for on the coast of Prussia, deeply of the cup of affliction; in another voyage, at four o'clock having wandered, as a solitary in the morning, he was shipbeing, throughout the world; and wrecked, and was the only one having, through great folly, tasted who was saved of all that were too soon of the heritage of man. on board. That time he prayed • For," he added, slike other mightily for deliverance, and foolish children, I undervalued vowed, I believe, to serve God learning, and ran away and went for ever afterwards, should it to sea.
But the good work of please him to deliver him; and this benevolent clergyman was not then, as far as he knew, “ God lost upon him; he had gained Almighty alone knew," on a piece habits he could not entirely over- of the wreck he got on shore. come; he had learnt lessons he Here again he offered
his could not altogether forget. Though prayers ; and then, binding his he had no Bible, and no desire to head round, laid down on the soread one, yet he could not omit litary beach, two miles distant from his morning and evening prayers any abode. On awaking from his in his hammock. He did not sleep, to his surprise he found a swear, but checked those who did; woman putting a small spoon into affording an instance of the truth his mouth, from whom, and others,
he received much kindness and “ That he did think upon his sins help. “ Now," said he, “ this as he lay on his bed; and, as he mercy I forgot, and I went on as did so, his eyes burst out with before; and this it is, that weighs tears.” His peace increased, and heavily on my conscience. I have it manifested itself in the serenity been ill before; but never felt as I of his countenance. He said, “he do now.” This was the simple was more reconciled, more at and affecting tale of this man of ease.". “ Not with yourself, I
I told him not to de- hope?” “ No; that I can never spair; and, reminding him of the be.”-“ What, then, is the cause prayer of the penitent thief, and of your peace ?"_“Why, Sir, to reflect what answer might have I read the Bible, to see if there been expected, and what was ac- is salvation for me; and I find tually given, I urged him to do there is, if we repent in time; and likewise. From this time he was this gives me comfort; and blessed with peace of conscience, added, that he had found great inand with a spirituality of mind struction, in this respect, from the which manifested itself very con- tract, entitled, “Sixteen short Serspicuously. Once, as I was al- mons.” He wished very much to luding to his temporal wants, on receive the Sacrament, if he asking him, if he required any might; and assured me, he did thing? he replied, “I want no- not look on the receiving of it as thing, only some prayers.” He an atoning work; but to ask of was content with whatever was God the pardon of his sins in the given to him, and was thankful to use of this means of grace. I exGod for it. This spirit, Mr. Editor, plained to him the nature of it; is not very often to be found in and on asking him, if he loved the a workhouse : discontent and re- Lord Jesus Christ ? he replied, in pining I have often witnessed, his earnest manner, “I do;” and, making the poor therein still more then, making a pause, “ yet not comfortless. On my observing he sufficiently; not so much as I would exhaust himself by talking should; I cannot do it; it is beto me, he replied, “ He would be yond my ability.” I was delighted glad to speak all day on good with this simple, yet forcible, dethings;” ‘and added,' “ that he claration of his love to Christ, the was distressed at the bad lan- Saviour of us sinners; as, also, guage he heard about him; that with the spirit of resignation and he did all he could to shut his ears humble hope with which he was against it, but in vain."
blessed : being desirous to die; His disease was the dropsy; he “ but if it was God's will that he had little hopes of recovery, and should stay, he was willing to the surgeon thought bis case very stay.” My visits to the workhouse, serious. He was in great pain, Sir, have been seldom so pleasant, yet I never heard him utter a mur- as those were to this poor sick muring word; but heard him say, man; who was, indeed, a stran“ that he received less than he ger here," having no friend: but deserved;” and, also, express though friendless, yet blessed, inastonishment at the patience with finitely blessed, with the knowwhich he was enabled to bear his ledge of Him“ who is the friend pains. One day, on asking him, of publicans and sinners.” In this if a sense of the goodness of God peaceful, patient, nay, contented did not increase his sorrow for state of mind, he was kept to the sin, and whether, as he felt peace hour of his death. He declared, of mind, he felt also an increased that the blessing of God towards grief for his past life, he replied, him “was too much;" and, that