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| was upon the questioner, we are not told. It silenced VII, A CONTRAST AND A QUESTION.

him, and probably that was all. He might be willing What a powerless thing the gospel sometimes ap- enough to talk about religion in the general, but had ! pears! The minister is half ashamed of it. The

no desire to have it brought home to his own case. people slumber under its most affecting statements. Again, at another time, the gospel is evidently “ the Many such inquirers there are now. Every pastor power of God unto salvation." An unseen power has met with them, and been constrained to admire accompanies the preached word, and the sanctuary their evasive ingenuity, though exceedingly grieved is felt to be the house of God, and the very gate of at their personal indifference. heaven. Then the word of Jeremiah is fulfilled: “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and

One person of this class, when drawn into religious like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces ? "

conversation by his pastor, and when he perceives (Jer. xxiii. 29.) Then stout-hearted sinners are

that it is coming too near hoine, will perhaps turn awakened. Old, and middle-aged, and little children, short round and ask who Melchizedec way. Not are made to cry, What must I do to be saved ? An that he cares a farthing about it, but to ward off perawful stillness pervades the assembly. The arrows

sonalities, of which he is far shyer than of “the ser. of the King of Zion are sharp in the heart of the

pent who beguiled Eve." Another will adroitly turn King's enemies, and the people are brought down under him. O sinner! has the gospel come thus in

the conversation from himself, by asking where the power to you? Has the hammer of the word brok

rd brok- garden of Eden was; or in what shape the serpent en your rocky heart? Has the fire of the word came to our first mother and beguiled her; or where! melted your icy heart? Has the voice that is "like Ararat, on which the ark rested, is, or from which the noise of many waters," spoken peace to your of the sons of Noah we are descended. Another, who soul?

is determined not to be questioned about his own VIII. THE LOVE OF GOD.

spiritual state, but to save appearances and treat his

pastor civilly, will perhaps inquire why the Jews! There is no love in this world like a mother's love. It is a free, unbought, unselfish love. She cannot

were forbidden to eat swine's flesh, or to sow their account for it. You cannot change it. You must

fields with mingled seed; or not to wear any mixed break to pieces the mother's heart before you will garment of linen and woollen. Or, perchance, he change it. It is the fullest love with which a crea- will quote Ezra, and want to know something about ture can love. She loves with all her heart. But the “ nine-and-twenty knives " which the king of the love of God to a soul in Christ is far above a

Persia ordered to be restored to him, that he might mother's love. It is a love ingrained in his nature, and God must change before his love can change. It

| carry them back to Jerusalem. is a full love. The whole heart of the Father is as

Another, who is of a still more inquisitive turn of it were continually showered down in love upon the mind on religious subjects, and looks deeper into Lord Jesus. And when a sinner comes into Christ things, but who is determined to keep his lips herthe same love rests upon that soul.-(See John xvii. metically sealed with regard to his own state and 26.) When the sun showers down it wide ocean, and on a little flower at the same time,

prospects, will enter readily into conversation with! it is the same sunshine that is poured into both,

his minister upon the Bible; and to keep him at arm's though the ocean has vastly larger capacity to receive length, ask him such questions as these : How is the its glorious beams. So when the Son of God receives Mosaic account of the creation to be reconciled with the love of his Father, and a poor guilty worm hides the recent fossil discoveries of the geologists? or how in him, it is the same love that comes both on the

the angels could apostatize when they are perfectly Saviour and the sinner, though Jesus is able to receive

holy? or how Pharaoh could be to blame for refusinfinitely more.

ing to let Israel go when God hardened his heart?


Now, we do not deny that most of the foregoing, SAVED?”

and many similar questions, may be asked at the WHETHER this was a question of mere idle curiosity, proper time, and with an honest desire for informaor whether it was first, in hopes of an answer, which tion. The objection is that they are often thrust in would bring odium on Christ as a religious teacher, from mere curiosity, and oftener still to turn off the too strict and exclusive in his doctrines for the times, conversation from any serious personal application; does not appear. But how totally different from and we think we have known men study the Bible that other question, " What must I do to be saved ?" more to find difficulties, and to ask perplexing ques. It is not likely, at any rate, that the inquirer felt any tions, than with any desire to know and do the will concern at all about his own salvation. The question of God. was general, not particular and personal. For some “Lord, are there few that be saved ?” What was reason or other, he wanted to know what Jesus would that to him? Had he not a soul of his own to be say upon a subject which admitted of different an- cared for, and was not that the great question, swers. It was a religious question; but even if he whether it should be saved or lost ? If he neglected wished to show that he felt some interest in the sub- the great salvation, and perished, as it seems very ject, he took good care so to put the question, that likely he did, does it make bis eternal destiny any the answer might be general, and not brought home more tolerable to find that few or many are saved to himself. But he did not succeed. “Strive to en The horror of despair is that he himself is lost, lost, ter in at the strait gate; for many, I say unto thee, lost! So it will be with others, who content themshall seek to enter in and shall not be able," was our selves with asking curious or bard questions about Lord's solemn and thrilling answer. What the effect the Bible, and about religion, instead of embracing

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the gospel, and working out their own salvation with I could take you into one of these houses, and show a fear and trembling. Who can doubt that it is one venerable female disciple of our Lord who has been of “the depths of Satan," when he finds that he can for months enduring excruciating pain in one of her not induce men to reject the Scriptures and cast off legs, and a dropsy all over her. You would find her the forms of religion, to content them with talking weeping lost she should become impatient, and thereabout it, and putting curious and captious questions, by offend her Lord; and, from closer examination, you instead of asking what they must do to be saved, would learn that she had not a doubt of her being on and of" fleeing from the wrath to come.”

the verge of an everlasting rest.

“On walking across to the house immediately oppoTHE TAHITIAN'S PRAYER.

site I could let you see a female stone blind, who a [WHILE seeking retirement for devotion about the

few months ago could see as well as yourself; yet, in dawn of day, Mr Scott, missionary at Tahiti, heard

conversing with her, you would find her cheerful and ia voice at no great distance from his retreat. He

submissive to her heavenly Father's will. Go a little distinctly recognised the voice of prayer. It was the to the left, and I could show you a family deploring first time that he knew that a native on Tahiti's the loss of the father, who, two or three weeks ago, shores had prayed to any but his idols ! ]

was in perfect health, but going out of a house, fell It was a still and solemn hour,

down two or three steps, broke his arm in three In an isle of the southern seas,

places, which inflamed, mortified, and slew him. A And slowly the shades of night were swept hundred yards from that house I could bring you to Away by the morning breeze;

another, where I could introduce you to a pious feWhen a lonely son of Britain stood,

male who was married about eighteen months ago, With cheek and brow of care,

and lived very happily with her husband, who was a Seeking amid the solitude

pious men. Ten days ago he went to town, as usual, A place for secret prayer.

to his business; in the evening, at seven o'clock, he No ear to hear in that silent glen,

went to a vessel in the Thames to hold a prayerNo eye but the eye of God:

meeting; while mounting up the side of the ship, his Yet the giant fern gave back a voice,

foot slipped, and he sunk into the river, and has not As forth the wanderer trod.

been seen since ! I could take you to another lady They were broken words that met his ear,

hard by, whose husband was lately a strong man-a And a name was murmur'd there;

kind, friendly, and Christian man-brought up under It was the name of Christ he heard,

the ministry and kind care of the late Abraham And the voice of secret prayer.

Booth; he had a carbuncle in the back of his neck,

which carried him off in a few days. I could go on A native of that savage isle,

narrating similar tales of this infirmary of a world, From the depths of his full heart cried

till both paper and leisure would fail me; and I supFor mercy, for help in the hour of need,

pose there is not a street in London, nor perhaps in For faith in the Crucified.

Edinburgh or Glasgow, but could at this moment And peace and hope were in those tones, furnish details equally affecting; and all this misery So solemnly sweet they were;

can be traced up to its first cause, namely, original For He who answers while yet we call

transgression in Paradise, where human nature was Had bless'd that secret prayer.

spoiled; then it was infected or inoculated, shall I The morning dawn'd on that lonely spot;

say, with the disease of hell-sin. The blood of the But a far more glorious day

Lamb of God is the only remedy which alone can Came with the accents of prayer and praise,

cure it; and truly does the poet say, 'One view of On the Indian's lips that day.

Jesus as he is shall strike all sin for ever dead!' The first ! the first who had call'd on God

Yes, there is a country where the inhabitant no more In those regions of Satan's care!

says he is sick, for the whole population there are deThe first who had breathed in his native tongue | livered from all their iniquities." The language of secret prayer ! Juv. Miss. Mag.


| The thunder-storm is solemn : when the lightnings, OUTSIDE AND INSIDE.

“as arrows, shoot abroad;" when the peals startle

up the nations; when the dread artillery rushes From Letters of late Rev. J. Campbell of Kingsland. along the sky. But what is that to the far-resound.

ing crash, louder than the roar and bellow of ten * WHEN living at Edinburgh, I used to visit London

thousand thunders, which shall pierce to the deepest now and then. The coach by which I came, entered charnels, and which all the dead shall hear! London by the very road at the side of which I have The sea-tempest is solemn: when those huge now lived thirty years. I remember well the amuse billows lift up their crests; when mighty armaments ment I had in viewing the neat houses on each side of

are wrecked by their fury; broken as the foam, scat

tered as the spray. But what is that to the commothe way for eight miles before the commencement of

tion of the deep, when its“ proud waves " shall no London; I now wonder how little I then thought of

more “be stayed," its ancient barriers no more be the painful scenes that might have been seen inside observed, the great channels be emptied, and every some of those buildings. For example, at this instant abyss be dry !



The earthquake is solemn: when, without a warn- | name," and not feel; and, friend, will this excuse ing, cities totter, and kingdoms rend, and islands flee please you on a death-bed? 11 away. But what is it to that tremor which shall

“I cannot make a profession of religion, for fear convulse our globe, dissolving every law of attraction,

of dishonouring the cause of God."-Does not the untying every principle of aggregation, heaving all into chaos, and heaping all into ruin !

Lord promise to assist you, for none goes a warfare The volcano is solemn: when its cone of fire shoots on his own charges; does not Paul say, “I can do all to the heavens; when from its burning entrails the things, through Christ strengthening me." lava rushes, to overspread distant plains and to over

"I cannot give my heart now to Jesus; by and by populations. But what is that to the con

I hope to do so."-Boast not thyself of to-morrow, flagration, in which all the palaces, and the temples, and the citadels of the earth shall be consumed; of

for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. which the universe shall be but the sacrifice and the

Will this excuse do at the judgment-Beat?- Tract fuel !

Magazine. Great God! must our eyes see--our ears hearthese desolations ? Must we look forth upon these devouring flames ? Must we stand in judgment with

THE WANT OF THE AGE. Thee? Penetrate us now with thy fear; awaken the Not a little is heard, now-2-daye, about “the wants ! attention which thy trump shall not fail to command;

of the age !”—Good men and bad, wise men and unsurround our imagination with the scenery of that great and terrible day. Let us now come forth from

wise, real and false philanthropists, the pulpit and the graves of sin, of unbelief, of worldliness, to meet the press, all have much to say as to the demands of the overture of thy mercy, as we must perforce start the age, and the best way of supplying them. then from our sepulchres to see the descending Judge. The Fourierite tells us we must herd human beings, Judge us now, that thou mayst not condemn us then.

as we do cattle ; the Agrarian, that we must divide Let thy terror persuade, that it may not crush us. Yes, it is no illusion. The heavens shall be as the

up property and land ; the Agitator, that we must shrivelled scroll of parchment; this solid earth shall

fall in with his favourite scheme of excitement; the stagger as the drunken man, and cry as the travailing | Swedenborgian, that we must have faith in his woman. The period is long since determined, when dreams; and the Mormon, that we must bow down time shall have completed its course, when probation and worship in his temple. Every one cries out, i shall have run its measure, and when all the signs in

that the age must adopt his views, or it is undone! the present system shall be fulfilled : when “the stars shall fall" as the leaves of autumn, when the

One tells us the demand of the age is for universal hearens shall pass away with a great noise, and the

education; another, that it requires liberty of speech, elements shall melt with fervent heat," and "all person, and conscience; and still another, that it must! these things shall be dissolved.”

and will have an upheaving of the social state, and It is the day of God. It is "the judgment of the

perfect uniformity of social privilege and enjoyment ! great day.” “And I saw," said the prophet of the

But as opposed to some, and far above and beyond New Testament, “a great white throne, and Him

all these things, there is a want, and it is the want that sat on it, from whose face the earth and heaven fied away; and there was found no place for them.

of the age. Do you ask what it is? It is TUE GOS-|

PEL! This is what the age wants-pre-eminently And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened : and another book

and supremely wants--and must have for its improve-!

ment and salvation. was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead

The Bible is the book of the age of this, as of every were judged out of those things which were written

age!-It is not antiquated, old-fashioned, out of in the books, according to their works. And the sea

date !-It needs no remodelling for the nineteenth gave up the dead which were in it; and death and

century; and he is but a madman or a fool who prehell delivered up the dead which were in them :

tends it! The idle, who would be amused ; the and they were judged every man according to their

visionary, who prefers dreaming to reality; the works.” -(Rev. xx. 11-13.)-R. W. Hamilton.

vicious, who would wallow in indulgence, may turn away from it to novelties, excitement, or the wild

schemes of scepticism, delusion, selfishness, and lust. “ I CANNOT.”

But if souls are to be renewed, communities bene

fited, the age regenerated, our country and the “I Cannot get ready in time for public worship on world redeemed, it must be by the Bible-by Christhe Sabbath morning, I am so tired on Saturday, so

tianity! hard at work all the week.”—Could you not get

The lawless spirits of the age must yield themselves

to the law of God; the free spirits of the age submit ready if you had a pleasant journey to take ?

themselves to the righteousness which is by faith : “I cannot keep awake in the house of God, I am so the proud spirits of the age be humbled to acknowdrowsy."—Would you be drowsy sitting to hear a will ledge their dependence on the cross ; the depraved read, if you were expecting a legacy was left you,

spirits of the age, be renewed by the gospel of though the reading of it lasted an hour ?

Christ as applied by the Holy Spirit. The great

doctrines of the Bible must be made known, and the “I cannot find time for secret prayer or reading

great duties of the Bible pressed home on every conthe Scriptures in private.”—Rather say, I am not science, and heart, and life, in all their power, and willing. Were you to receive triple wages for one by all the sanctions of eternity! hour's early rising, would you say, I cannot ?

The want of the age is the gospel ; the plain, “I cannot have family worship. I never was ac

unadulterated and unmodified gospel-the gospel i customed to it.”—Do you tell the beggar what he has

prenched from the pulpit, taught in the family and

Sabbath school, sent forth in the Bible, and tract,' to say ? Can you calınly read in Jeremiah x. 25,

and printed volume, borne by the press, the mis- | “ Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that knowsionary, the colporteur, the private Christian to the thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy city and wilderness.--N. E. Puritan.





* Faith, a new sense, to man's perceptions given,

“ Who against hope believed in hope, that he Excels all five in powers akin to heaven.'

might become the father of many nations ; ac. * By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be

called the son of Pharaoh's daughter ; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he conthe pleasures of sin for a season ; esteeming the reproach

che sidered not his own body now dead, when he of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward. By

compense of the reward. By was about a hundred years old, neither yet the faith be forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king : for he endured, as seeing Him who is in visible."-HEB. xi, 24-27

| at the promise of God through unbelief; but Moses had become a king's son, and honour was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” and riches and luxury offered their future to What a great word: he believed in hope against him; but he chose to cleave to his poor, en hope. What had Abraham in the visible slaved people. That he would meet days of world upon which he could fasten his faith, his reproach, of great struggles, and of great pri. hope, that his seed should yet become as the vations, his natural insight could teach him; stars of heaven? In nature he saw only a but still he refused none of these things. As pure No! But what can the No of all creaChrist instead of joy chose the cross, so Moses tures effect if God's word has said Yea! deemed such a reproach greater riches than “ Faith endures as seeing Him who is inthe treasures of Egypt, and therefore it is also visible.” said, that he chose the reproach of Christ. What a wonderful fact is faith! What power With bodily eyes he could see no reward, but is stronger than that of eyesight? And yet he had, however, discerned it with the eye of faith can hope in defiance of all eyesight, faith, and even up to the hundred and twentieth where there is nothing to hope! But it is year of his life had been obliged to be content verily, if you will, also an eye-an eye before with such faith views; then, for the first time, which all riches of the invisible world, before did he attain to sight, and even then not yet at which the deeps of heaven, as well as the abyss once to fruition. The aim of his earthly pil- of hell, lie unfolded. Suppose him then destigrimage, the land of Canaan, he doubtless saw tute of this eye: could man have power over with his eyes, but his foot did not step upon it. himself, to stake the world with all its riches, He viewed it afar from Mount Nebo, but he in order to win the eternal ?" And if the himself reached it not. He entered, however, whole world,” says one of the ancients, “ with the better land of rest, of which this earthly all that is therein, hung on a thread of lies, and land of rest was only an imperfect type. Thus I knew the word of truth that would sever it, then is the aged pilgrim a just image of the I would speak it out, though the world, with all walk of faith in the land of the earthly jour- which is in it, should thereby be plunged into neying.

the abyss !” Whence this certainty and con“He cleaves to the Invisible as if he saw fidence, which still does not spring from the him.” Yes, that is faith, and more clearly earthly world itself? It must be a witness from what faith is cannot be described : it is the God in the soul. A mustard-seed grain of this eye for the invisible world; it is certainty, inward faith, and mountains of lusts and desires which has grown up with the inward man, are removed, the deepest passions are rooted more certain than sight that sees things that up; a grain of this faith, and the whole kingdom are before us. By the Scripture it is said, of visibility becomes transparent for man; he that " faith is an assured confidence of things sees through all, he tastes through all powers hoped for, and an evidence of things not seen" of the future, invisible world; the doctrine that

-which is saying, therefore, that it is a witness“ in Him we live, move, and have our being," of the Spirit of God in our soul, which is su- becomes a reality to such a mind. “I am not perior to every other witness; yea, which bids a God who is afar off, but who is nigh, saith defiance to all other witnesses of the visible the Lord.” This the believer experiences ; he world. As indeed it is written of Abraham : feels the breath of God, whether he walks forth

in the garden of nature or in the society of men, is in its perfection; for it gives light not only in that

it illuminates our understanding, but also, as indi. or remains alone with himself in his little cham

cated by our text, in that it shines gladly in the dark. ber. Can we wonder if the world takes the be

ness of affliction, and even in the valley of the shadow liever for a fool, for a dreamer, who lives in his of death. This flame which we are enjoined to keep

alive, is that of faith, hope, and love. own world instead of that which is common to

I say, brethren, keep alive, for Jesus Christ says in all! And yet all they are the dreamers who live my text, “ Have," or keep, “your lamps burning." in their own world instead of that common to But this very precept implies another—" Kindle your

lamps;” and another still_“Have oil in your lamps."| all; for the world, so long as the breath of God

Why, then, should we not turn first towards those who is not livingly felt and experienced every where have not kindled them, towards those whose lamps in it, what is it else than an empty, unsub- |

are still empty-I mean without oil, for, alas ! our

lamp is never empty. “ Have oil in your lamps, kindle stantial vision of the night? No, we are awake!

your lamps," let us say to them, “ for darkness is we who experience eternity already here in coming, darkness is near, and the lamp of the Chris

tian alone can dissipate it." time, and taste the powers of the future world

The darkness is near, the night comes. It comes already here in the present.

at every period of life. It comes to many in the Am I without strength ?-0, I see it now morning, scarcely allowing the sun as he rises tin clearly, all weakness of man is only weakness

to throw into space a pale and gloomy ray. To a

great number, life is less day than night, pierced here in faith! Faith removes mountains. What are

and there merely by some livid flashes which serve all things of the world which come against me only, according to the expression of the poet, to make

“darkness visible.” For all, without exception, there enmity, sickness, want and death ? they all are

are in life moments of deepest gloom, days of anguish surely only what I make them by my belief or and sorrow, which make even those who are most unbelief. Faith subjugates, faith transforms gently dealt with understand the grievous exclama

tion of Job, “ Why has light been given to the miserwithout distinction, every thing which comes

able, and life to the sick at heart?" From the very from without. Could I in every moment of my sources of our happiness spring forth bitter sorrows. life cleave to the Invisible, as if I really saw Our most tender attachments arm death with some

of his sharpest darts; for although St Paul has said him with my eyes, what then would be left

with truth, that the sting of death is sin, it is true difficult for me, what could then be impossible that this sting multiplies itself and makes sharp points to me! True, did he stand before my eyes of all the tiowers with which we deck our heads.

Every crown of flowers, sooner or later, becomes a only as the Judge, my strength must rather be

crown of thorns. I wish not, brethren, to give you broken than increased ; but does he not stand here a tragical parody of human life, nor conceal from before my eyes as the Father of my Lord Jesus you the visible and numerous traces of the Creator's

benevolence. But the happiest of mortals, he who, Christ ? Am I not a citizen of the New Jeru

by an unexampled privilege, should at the end of his salem, of which it is written: “None of its in career have to recall only recollections of proshabitants shall say I am sick ; because the

perity (I mean of happiness), would be a man who

had never loved. Had he loved he would have sufpeople who dwell therein are forgiven all their

fered-suffered in others. Even the general aspect iniquities." Yes, now I know wherefore so much of human life would necessarily have subjected him stress is laid upon faith; why it is written,

to the most painful reflections. At all events, it would

be necessary for him to die, to quit this abode of de“Thine eyes, Lord, see according to faith.” light, and plunge down the slope of death into a darkAbraham honoured God when he believed. some future. In the foresight of this inevitable conYea, Lord, we honour Thee when we believe

clusion, not once only, brethren, but daily, would he

die; yes, daily would he die amid joy; and the livethat what Thou hast promised, that Thou canst

liest feelings of delight which could thrill his heart also do, and our faith is our worship.

would be a kind of wakening to that everlasting sad.

ness which, in a human being, may sleep but never THE BURNING LAMP;


Such is the immutable condition of human life. OR, COUNSEL TO THOSE WHO WALK IN THE NIGHT.* Incessant warfare is ordained for man here below : BY THE LATE A. VINET, D. D.

we are born to trouble as the sparks fly upwards. On

whatever destiny we fix our eye, we see it covered "Let your .. .. lamps be burning."-Luke xii. 35.

with wounds or bruises, Asif from envy, every thing I In a burning lamp three things are observable—the reminds us of our inevitable decay. I admit it is lamp itself, the oil, and the flame. The lamp is the impossible for the most unhappy not to see in the Boul, with all its natural faculties. This lamp every world and in his own life, proofs of paternal benevoman at birth receives from the hand of his Creator, lence, traces of a first design, which was nothing less some a larger one and more ornate, others smaller than the happiness of all. But the unhappiness of and simpler, but all alike fitted to receive the holy man's condition is, nevertheless, an oppressive buroil of truth; for this truth-I mean the excellent den for the heart and mind. This uncertainty of the tidings of the gospel-is the oil which this lamp is next moment, those sorrows entwined with all our destined to contain. The flame is the life which the

joye, death always ready to avenge, or sport with our Spirit of God communicates to this truth, which flows passing felicities--all this not merely affects, it astounto us from the vessel of the gospel. Then the lamp nishes us. Unhappiness seems to us disorder, and in From Gospel Studies, a volume of Vinet's Discourses,

one sense we are right; but this very conviction adds published by Mr Collins.

to our unhappiness. We know, besides, that against

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