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ness. There was the decided Christian, who, if ever way can, is almost laughed at. But it was no joke he feared death for himself, might look on this death in former times. But how did they contrive to give bed and see how God supports his people in their beyond their power? some one will ask. This looks hour of need. There were some who had but lately!

a little contradictory. Well, I suppose it means that

they gave beyond what, on the usual principles of begun to enquire of the way of salvation, some

computation, would have been judged to be their thoughtless ones whose whole souls were engrossed ability; and that on the score of justice, and even of by the vanities of life; and some who, though thought generosity, they might have been let off for less. ful, yet, among all their considerations of other things,

“What improvident persons !" some will say. forgot the "one thing needful.” Perhaps the last

“ How they must have neglected their families !

Are we not told to provide for our own? and that he great day may reveal the fact, that some of these

who does not, has denied the faith, and is worse than learned, by the dying bed of Emma, those blessed an infidel?” 'Yes, we are told so. But, for all that, truths which she had before learned from Katherine. it does not appear that these Macedonians were cenO, who shall say how far the influence of that little sured as worse than infidels. They were even comtract may extend itself to future years ? Reader,

mended as Christians, whose example was worthy of

all inuitation. are you a tract distributor? Perhaps you have for

3. They gave willingly, verse 3. They did not some years been employed on this errand of mercy.

give beyond their disposition, though they did beyond It may be that you have never known an instance in their ability. They had it in their hearts to give which your labours have been blessed. You may have even inore. It was done, “not grudgingly, or of sometimes hoped that attention has been awakened,

necessity." No one said, as is sometimes said now, but you have been disappointed, and you are ready

“ Well, I suppose I must give you something." Nor to say, “Surely I have laboured in vain, and spent

was their willingness the effect of any appeals maile

spent to them. They were “ willing of themselves,” the my strength for nought." Think of Katherine and Apostle testifies. It was entirely spontaneous. The Emma. The gentleman who gave the tract at the Apostle had not to entreat them to give; but they door of the ball-room, never knew the history of its had earnestly to entreat the Apostle to receive their result. Remember the old adage, “ Duty is ours,

gift. “Praying us with much entreaty that we

would receive the gift." It is not so now. Now the events are God's;" and forget not the command and

begging is too much on the other side, promise of Scripture, " Cast thy bread upon the

4. They gave altogether beyond the Apostle's exwaters; for thou shalt find it after many days.” pectations. “Not as we hoped," says Paul. Our Tract Magazine.

agents are not often so agreeably disappointed. Their fears are more apt to be realized, than their hopes


5. But I see how it was they came to give si It is taken from the records of Christianity. And liberally. It was owing to the “ grace of God beyet it is not in any history of the modern church that stowed” on them, as it is said in verse I. That I find it. They are not the Christians of the present always makes people liberal. Grace is a generous day that I am going to hold up as a model of bounti

. There is nothing opens the heart like it. fulness. The reader will find the account in the Under the intluence of this grace they “first guve eight and ninth chapters of the Second Epistle to their own selves to the Lord." Now, when a inan the Corinthians. It relates to the Christians of has given away himself, it is easy to give what only Macedonia, Paul, wishing to excite the Corinthians appertains to bim. The great matter is to give the to the exercise of liberality, tells them what their person. The property follows as a matter of course. brethren of Macedonia had done-how liberally they Indeed, it is included in the first gift. I suppose the had given. The account is very remarkable in reason that some gire no more property to the Lord's several respects.

cause is, that they have not given themselves to him. 1. These Macedonian Christians gave, though they They have not begun right. were cery poor-in “deep poverty." (Chap. viii. 2.) 6. I suppose also that these Macedonians were in They had the best of all excuses for not giving. Auenced to the exercise of liberality by the consideraThey might, with the greatest propriety, have pleaded tion which Paul uses with the Corinthians in verse poverty. I do not see, for my part, how they gave at 9. “Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, all Bat somehow or other they made out to give, that though he was rich," &c. They thought that and to give liberally. Their poverty does not seem the disciples ought to do like their Master. I conto have stood in their way in the least. It is even clude, moreover, that they held the doctrine, that said that “their deep poverty abounded unto the giving is sowing, and that men reap in proportion to riches of their liberality." Now, if their deep what they sow; and, since they wished to reap bountipoverty so abounded, it occurs to me to ask, what fully, they sowed bountifully. They knew, too, that would not their great riches have done, had they been God was able to make all grace abound toward them; as wealthy as some modern Christians? The truth that they, always having all sufficiency in all things is, as the proverb says, “ When there is a will, there might abound to every good work. (Chap. ix. 8.) is always a way." Having it in their heart to give, They were not at all concerned about the consethey contrived by dint of some ingenuity, and not a quences of their liberality. little self-denial, to get it into their power to give. It should not be forgotten that they gave for the Such liberal souls had they, that it made their very benefit of people a great way off-the poor saints at poverty abound unto the riches of their liberality. Jerusalem. They might have said that they had ob

2. They gave not only to the full extent of their jects enough at home, and where was the necessity ability, but even beyond it. “For to their power (I of going abroad for them? But it seems distance had bear record), yea, and beyond their power,” they not that weight with them that it has with some now. gave. So testifies the Apostle. The Christians of The wants of the poor saints at Jerusalem touched our day do not give more than they are able. I wish their hcarts, and they contributed to their relief, it could be said that they give according to their though they were poor, very poor themselves. I ability. Now the idea of giving as much as one any don't know but I might have made it with propriety i a distinct head, that they seem to have been even his dying arm in token of victory, and raising his poorer than those for whom they gave; for theirs feeble voice, with a holy triumph not to be expressed, was deep poverty. When we give to evangelize poor

he again repeated the heart-reviving words, “ The souls in heathen lands, we don't give to those who

best of all is, God is with us." Being told that his are as well off as we are. We have no such objects

brother's widow was come, he said, "He giveth his l at home as they are. Finally, what a noble example

of liberality is here! How worthy of imitation by servants rest.” He thanked her, as she pressed his I modern Christians! We need much that the spirit hand. At another time he said, “ He causeth his

of these men of Macedonia should come over and servants to lie down in peace.” Then, pausing a help us.-Nevins.

little, he cried, “ The clouds drop fatness !" and, soon

after, "The Lord is with us, the God of Jacob is our DEATH OF WESLEY.

refuge!” He then called those present to prayer; I WHEN the venerable Wesley, after a long life of un and, though he was greatly exhausted, he appeared paralleled labour and usefulness, having been sixty still more fervent in spirit. These exertions were, tive years in the ministry, came to die, he concluded however, too much for his feeble frame; and most of his arduous career, as might have been expected, in the night following, though he often attempted to great peace and holy joy. In the forenoon of the repeat the Psalm before mentioned, he could only

While Jay before he died, he said, “ I will get up." While

utter, they were preparing his clothes, he broke out in a

"I'll praise I'll praise !"* manner which, considering his extreme weakness, ! On Wednesday morning the closing scene drew estonished all present, in singing,

near Mr Bradford, his faithful friend, prayed with “I'll praise my Maker while I've breath;

him, and the last words he was heard to articulate And when my voice is lost in death,

were, “Farewell !" A few minutes before ten, on Praise shall employ my nobler powers: My days of praise shall ne'er be past,

the 20 of March 1791, while several of his friends While life, and thought, and being last,

were kneeling around his bed, without a lingering Or immortality endures !"

| groan, in the eighty-eighth ycar of his age, this man Having got him into his chair, they observed him

of God, this beloved pastor of thousands, entered change for death. But he, regardless of his dying

into the joy of his Lord. body, said, with a weak voice, “ Lord, thou givest strength to those that can speak, and to those who

THE LIFE OF FAITH. cannot. Speak, Lord, to all our hearts, and let them know that thou loosest tongues." He then sung,

The excellency of a life of faith discovers itself in “To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

these four particulars:-Who sweetly all agree," —

(1.) It is a secure life. (2.) It is a sweet life. Here his voice failed. After gasping for breath, he (3.). It is an easy life. (4.) It is an honourable life.

(1.) The life of faith is a secure life, the only safe said, “ Now we have done all.” He was then laid in life. '« He shall dwell on high: his place of defence the bed, from which he rose no more. After resting shall be in the ammunition of rocks." How securely a little, he called to those who were with him to doth he dwell, whose fortifications are impregnable, “ pray and praise.” They kneeled down, and the inaccessible rocks-rocks so high that none can room seemed to be filled with the divine presence.

scale them! In the Hebrew it is, He shall dwell

I in heights, or in high places: munition of rocks, Soon after, he again begged they would pray and

or rocks so high that none can scale them; rocks praise. Several friends that were in the house being so thiek that no breach can be made in them, rocks called up, they all kneeled down again to prayer, at within rocks; ammunition of rocks; and rocks so which time his fervour of spirit was manifest to every deep that none can undermine them. Surely a ne present. But, in particular parts of the prayer,

people or person rocked on every side, need not fear

storming. Objection. But though rocks may be a his whole soul seemed to be engaged in a manner

good fence they are but ill food, a man cannot feed which evidently showed how ardently he longed for

on rocks; rocky places are barren, though impregthe full accomplishment of their united desires. nable; he may be starved, though he cannot be And when one of the preachers was praying in a stormed ! No, the words following relieve that fear very expressive manner, that if God were about to

also, “ Bread shall be given him;" he shall have take away their father to his eternal rest, He would

bread enough, and it shall cost him nothing; it shall

be given him; and whereas a rock is but a dry sitube pleased to continue and increase his blessing upon

ation, without either spring or streams, and the doctrine and discipline which he had long made thereupon a man might be exposed to perishing his servant the means of propagating and establishing for want of water, thirst will slay as well as hunger; in the world, such a degree of fervour accompanied

therefore it is likewise added, “His waters shall be his loud amen, as was every way expressive of his

sure." He shall have waters which neither summer's soul's being engaged in the answer of the petitions.

heat nor winter's frost shall be able to dry up; never

failing waters shall fill his cisterns from day to day; On rising from their knees, he took hold of all their

“ His waters shall be sure." Under such an excelhands, and with the utmost placidness saluted them, lent metaphor is the security of a life of faith i and said, “ Farewell, farewell.”

described; and this metaphor is expounded Isa. xxvi. 11 A little after, a person coming in, he strove to 1, " Salvation will God appoint for walls and speak, but could not. Finding they could not un

bulwarks." Walls and balwarks shall not be their

salvation, but salvation their walls and bulwarks; derstand him, he paused a little, and then, with all

how safely do they dwell who are walled about with the remaining strength he had, cried out, “ The best

salvation itself, the bulwarks are salvation, and that of all is, God is with us;" and soon after, lifting up salvation is Jehovah; for so it follows, “Trust ye in

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the Lord for ever; for in the Lord Jehovah is ever- live in God and upon God here by faith; and they lasting strength;" or the Lord Jehovah is the Rock shall live in God and upon God hereafter by sight, of ages. His place of defence is the munition of in the beatifical vision, rocks; and the Lord Jehovah is those rocks, a Rock This is the excellency of the life of faith, and of ages. Ages pass away one after another, but the this the people of God experience by their sufferRock abides, and abides for ever; “In the Lord ings; whereby God calls them out of the world, and Jehovah is everlasting strength." He that rained taking them into himself, he doth reveal to them manna in the wilderness, will give bread; and he by degrees the mystery and privilege of living upon that fetched water out of the rock, will be "a never God, and upon God alone.--Case. failing Fountain, his waters shall be sure." Oh the security of a life of faith! (2.) It is as sweet as it is safe. Is it not a sweet

NOVELTY IN RELIGION. thing to fetch all our waters from the fountain, from

The age in which we live has been frequently and the spring-head, before they be degenerated or mudded by the miry channel? Why, “All my fresh

justly called an age of progress; and from the rapid

advance which has been made in all those sciences springs are in thee," saith faith to God, Psa. Ixxxvii.

which relate to our outward life, the most extrava7. Is it not sweet to be fixed and composed in the midst of all the mutations and confusions that are

gant expectatious are entertained by many, of a under the gun? Why, this is the privilege of him

corresponding progress in the science and practice of

religion. Perhaps there is hardly any thing by which that liveth by faith : " He shall not be afraid of evil

our times and our community are more distinctly tidings ; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord,”

characterized, than by a passionate craving for new Psa. cxii. 7. And again, “Thou wilt keep him in

views in religion, and a readiness to welcome any perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee,” Isa. xxvi. 3. Heb. Peace,

theory respecting God, or man's relations to the uni

verse, which have the stamp of novelty to recommend peace; that is, multiplied peace, pure unmixed peace,

them. We do not think that this desire to bring the constant and everlasting peace, is the portion of him

doctrines of the Bible into harmony with the restless that liveth by faith, so far as he liveth by faith;

and searching spirit of the age, arises from a sincere unless sense and reason break in to disquiet, he liveth

love of truth, and a willingness to receive and obey in a most sweet and immutable serenity.

the laws of God, however and wherever made known; (3.) It is an easy life. It is an easy life to have

but rather from a disposition to get rid of the Bible, all provisions brought into a man without any care

and to lose sight of the old paths in which the saints or trouble. Why, such is the privilege of a believer;

of God have walked from the beginning. It is dehe hath a support that supersedes all his cares. “In

sired that human reason may have the merit of disconothing be careful; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests

vering a religion for itself, and the liberty to change

its gods as often as passion or caprice may require. be made known to God," Phil. iv. 6. Faith leaveth & believer nothing to do but to pray and give thanks;

And this thirst for novelty, not truth-this desire of

freedom from old obligations, not of progress in holito pray for what he wants, and to give thanks for what he hath-that is all he hath to do. It is true,

ness and divine knowledge-is met by a host of believers must labour and travail in the use of means,

teachers ever ready to prophesy smooth things to as well as the rest of the sons of Adam; but first,

those whose itching ears cannot endure sound

doctrine. The pulpit, the press, and the lyceum, it is without care—“ In nothing be careful;" without

are continually announcing some new discovery in anxious, heart-dividing, soul-distracting care. Oh!

religion, in morals, or in the philosophy of life ; and that is the thorn, the sting, which the sin of man and the curse of God hath thrust into all our labours,

the young, especially, are in imminent danger of

being fatally misled by the confident tone in which care and distraction; and this faith pulls out; so that now all the labour of faith is an easy labour. like the

the old religion of their fathers is condemned and

ridiculed. labour of Adam in Paradise. Faith useth means, but trusteth God; obediently closeth with the providence of means, but sweetly leaveth the providence

SIN. of success to God. Yea, faith can trust God when there are no means to use, and say, “ Although the It is the mischievous property of sin, that it not fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the only puts the soul into hell, but puts hell into the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields soul. shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from | That should be our chief trouble which is the the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls : yet | cause of all the trouble in the world. I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of Nothing worth having is got by sin. Nothing my salvation," Hab. iii. 17, 18. Faith can live upon worth keeping is lost by holiness. . God, when there is a famine upon the whole creation. 'Tis bad trading with sin and Satan, since we The peace of God is as a court of guard, to fence the ourselves must pay for all at last. heart from all surprises of fear and trouble; “In By suffering we may avoid sinning; but we cannothing be careful; but in every thing pray and give not by sinning avoid suffering. thanks: and the peace of God, which passeth all Fools make a mock at sin, but it will be bitunderstanding, shall keep your hearts and minds terness in the end. through Christ Jesus,” Phil. iv. 7. As faith enjoy. He that makes light of small sins, is in the ready eth God in all things in the greatest abundance, so way to fall into great ones. she can enjoy all things in God in the deepest want. If we would not fall into things unlawful, we

(4.) The life of faith is an honourable life. It is must not venture to the utmost bounds of things the honour of the favourite that he can go imme- lawful. To tread upon the edge of a precipice is diately to his prince when strangers must trace the | dangerous, if not destructive. climax of court accesses. Yea, without all perad 'Tis folly for a person to do that now which he venture, it is an honourable life to live as God | must shortly undo by repentance, or be himself unhimself liveth; and this is the glory of God, that he done for ever. liveth in himself and of himself; and truly in their Carefully avoid those vices which most resemble proportion such bonour have all the saints. They virtae: they are a thousand times the most ensnar

ing. Covetousness, which looks very much like pru

HANGING OVER THE PIT. dent care, is idolatry!

“ A WICKED man is like one that hangs over a deep Never do evil that good may come thereby. That

pit by a slender cord, which he holds with one band would be serving the devil that God may serve thee.

and is cutting with the other.”

A gentleman much addicted to profane swearing SAYINGS ON REPENTANCE.

accompanied a pious miner to see one of the mines WHILE we live in a sinful world, and carry about in Cornwall. During his visit to the pit he dig. with us a body of sin and death, repentance must be tressed his companion by many profane and abomiche work of every day.

nable expressions; and as they ascended together, We brought sin enough into the world to be hum- ' finding it a long way, he flippantly said, “ As it is so bled for all our lives, though we had never actually

far down to your work, how far do you suppose it is sinned; and we sin enough every day to sorrow for to bell?" The miner promptly replied, “I do not it, though we had brought none into the world.

know how far it is to hell, sir; but I believe that, it If repentance on earth be bitter, what will be re- / the rope by which we are drawn up should break, norse in hell?

you would be there in one minute.” He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have

RICHES. inercy.

He is the richest man who desires no superfluitie Repentance is a plank thrown out after shipwreck:

and wants no necessaries. ne that neglects it sinks inevitably.

To have a portion in the world is a mercy: t Worldly joy ends in sorrow: spiritual sorrow ends have the world for our chief portion is a misery. in joy.

Wealth is a common gift of God's hand; but wisLet none defer repentance till another day: He

dom to improve it is a special grace from his heart. hat hath promised pardon on our repentance hath

We put a price upon riches, but riches cannot pur

a price upon us. We must answer for them, but not promised life till we repent.

they cannot answer for us. If we put off repentance to another day, we have The contented man has two heavens-one here in che sins of another day to repent of, and a day less his own bosom, another hereafter in Abraham': ro repent in.

bosom. Repentance begins in the humiliation of the heart,

There is no miss of the creature where there is ::

full enjoyment of the Creator, any more than of a and ends in the reformation of the heart and of the

candle when the sun shines at noonday, or of a cis. life.

tern wben we have the fountain at command. Repentance is the tear of love dropping from the ye of faith, when it fixes on Christ crucified. “They

THE TEMPLE OF GOD. shall look on Him whom they have pierced, and shall

Be diligent. Sometimes speak to God, at other mourn."

times hear him speak to you. Let him regulate your Sincere repentance is never too late, but late re.

soul. Whom he hath made rich, none shall make pentance is seldom sincere. The thief on the cross poor. There can be no penury with him whose heart repented and was pardoned in the last hour of his has once been enriched with celestial bounty, Roofs life ; but we do not know that he had ever before

arched with gold, and palaces adorned with marble, been favoured with a gospel call to repentance. If

are vile in comparison with that house which the

Lord has chosen to be his temple, in the which the he had been frequently so called, and had refused to

Holy Ghost dwells. Illuminate this house with the hearken, we have no reason to conclude that he light of righteousness. Its ornaments shall never would then have been called again.

fade, and it shall dwell hereafter in spotless beauty

and eternal majesty.--St Cyprian. MODERN IDOLATRY. Modern idolatry has raised two altars, to which a

WAGES OF SIN. crowd of idolaters press forward. One of these is The wages that sin bargains with the ginner are the altar of matter, the other that of intellect. Up- | life, pleasure, and profit ; but the wages it pays him on both human victims are offered; for all idolatrous with are death, torment, and destruction. He that worship is murderous worship. The adoration of would understand the falsehood and deceit of sir intellect has its barbarity as well as the adoration of must compare its promises and its payment together. matter. The man of intellect finds his account in -South. sparing nothing. He who despises most passes for having the most sagacity. It has been said that the

TRUE RELIGION. heart often has intellect, but that the intellect has

“ Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her no heart. In the unrestrained pleasures of the intel.

paths are peace." Are there no bitters in true relilect, as in the unrestrained pleasure of the senses, the heart dries up; the man becomes cruel. The religion, but from self.-llowels.

gion ? doubtless there are ; but they spring not from whole truth must be told; he becomes even stupid. There are so many things of which we can only judye with the heart, that whenever the heart happens to

SLANDER. fail, reason goes astray. To know to what degree This crime is a conjugation of evils, and is produc the heart gives intelligence, to what degree also the tive of intinite mischiefs : it undermines peace, and worship of the mind lowers the intellect, set a man saps the foundation of friendship: it destroys famiof intellect and a man of piety to decide a case of lies, and rends in pieces the very heart and 'vitals of conscience. “Thy law, o God! gives wisdom to the charity; it makes an evil man party, and witness, and simple; they looked, and were lightened."- Vinel. judge, and executioner of the innocent.-Bp. Taylor. THE CASTIAN TREASURY.



Peace with God ! sure it is worth the sinner's , sive, thou needest have no more than this. And having ; or else the angels were ill employed what cometh with it, to make thee truly, fully when they welcomed the tidings thereof into happy? Of all the variety of enjoyments with the world at our Saviour's birth, with such which it is possible thy table can be spread, acclamations of joy, "Glory to God, on earth this is a dish that can least be spared; take peace.”—Luke ii. 14. Yea, Christ himself was away peace, and that but of an inferior nature, deceived in his purchase ; who, if a sinner's outward peace, and the feast is spoiled, though peace with God be not of high price and value, it be on a prince's table. David's children had hath little to show for the effusion of his heart. | little liking to their royal dinner, when one blood, which he thought well spent to gain this. of them was slain that sat at the board with But this we cannot believe ; and yet to see how them. And what taste can you have in all freely God offers peace and pardon to the sons your junkets, while God is in array againsi of men through Christ, and how coy, yea, sullen you, many sinners slain before your eye by and cross, they are to the motion, one that does God's judgments, and the same sword that not well know them both, God's infinite good. hath let out their blood at thy throat while the ness, and wretched man's horrible baseness, meat is in thy mouth? Methinks your sweet might be ready to think it some low-prized morsels should stick in your throat, and hardly ware which lay upon God's hands; and this to get down, while you muse on these things be the cause why God is so earnest to put it Would you not wonder to see a man at his off, and man so loth to take it off his hands. sport, hunting or hawking, and one should tell | Ah, poor deluded wretches ! who is the wicked you this man is to be hanged to-morrow ? Truly counsellor that hardens your hearts from em- God is more merciful to thee than thou canst bracing your own mercies ? None, sure, but a promise thyself, if he stay the execution till devil can hate God and you so much. And another day. I confess when I meet a man hath he sped so well in his own quarrel against whose life proclaims him an unreconciled sinGod, that he should be hearkened to by thee, ner, and see him spruce up himself in his fine poor sinner? Can he give thee armour that clothes, entertain himself with the joy of his chil will resist God's bullets ? how then is it that he dren, estate, honour, or the like, in this life; it is so unkind to himself as to let them lie in his administers matter of astonishment to me what own bosom, to his unspeakable torment? or such a one thinks of God or himself. Canst will he lend thee any pity when thou hast, by thou think it is long thou shalt sit at this fire his advice, undone thyself? Alas! no more of thorns thou hast kindled, and not God fire than the cruel wolf doth the silly sheep, when he thee? Must it needs provoke a creditor to see hath sucked her blood, and torn her in pieces. his debtor live high, and go gaily all at his Think, and think again, poor sinner, what an- cost, and all the while never think of getting swer thou meanest to send to heaven before out of his debt, or make his peace with him ? God calls his ambassadors home, and the treaty much more doth it God, to see sinners spend break up, never to be renewed again. And upon his bounty, lead joyful, jovial lives in the that thou mayest not want some seasonable abundance of outward enjoyments he lends matter for thy musing thoughts to enlarge upon them, but take no thought of seeking peace on this subject, let me desire thee to treat with with him in whose debt-book they are so deep thy own heart upon these four heads.

in arrears. What folly bad it been for the Jews, First, Consider what it is that stands before when Ahasuerus had sealed the warrant for thee in offer. Secondly, Who it is that offers their destruction, to have gone and painted it. Thirdly, Ilow he offers it. Fourthly, What their houses, planted their fields, and let out thou dost when thon refusest it.

their hearts in the enjoyment of their estates, First, Consider what it is that is offered thee, without taking care in the first place to get that “ Peace with God.” A thing so indispensable, bloody decree reversed ? a worse sort art thou thou canst not have less; and so comprehen- / that dost all these, while thou carriest the sen

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