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hath already made the separation. If men do not experience have given him faith in the commanding. commend us, we think they are stupid, and under- officer of the ship-faith in the laws that control her stand us not; or envious, and hold their tongues in

course--faith in the unerring integrity of the little spite. If we be praised by many, then fame is the voice of God. If we be praised but by few, then

| guide before him. And so without a single doubt we cry, these are wise, and one wise man is worth he steers his ship on, according to a prescribed directhe whole herd of the people. But if we be praised tion, through night and the waves. And that faith is by none at all, we resolve to be even with all the not disappointed. With the morning sun, he bebolds world, and speak well of nobody, and think well only far away the summits of the gray and misty highlands, l of ourselves.-Jeremy Taylor.

rising like a cloud on the horizon; and as he nears

them, the hills appear; and the lighthouse at the THE PROFIT OF PATERNAL CARE.

entrance of the harbour, and, sight of joy! the spires Let the father of a growing family remember, press of the churches and the shining roofs, among which ing as his business may be, that very much depends he strives to detect his own." upon his devoting systematically some portion of his time to that instruction of his family which no money can procure. Let him by no means plead ignorance;

THE THOUGHTS. if he begins in time, he can at least grow with his

CHRISTIANS, get your thoughts to be well exercised; children in their attainments. He should remember

be much in thinking; think of the goodness, and that in a course of years, a large family brought up kindness, and holiness, and compassion of the Lord; on sound and conscientious principles will cost less think of Christ, of his love, of his life, of his death, than one child of expensive and dissipated habits. of his bowels, and everlasting kindness; think often He should remember also that his children have eter- what great things the Lord bath done for your souls; nal interests, for which he is bound to consult. And I think what ye would that he should do for you; when is the child to meet the parent m this search

much thinking on God and holy things, will leave a for goodly pearls, if the one is wholly occupied in holv tincture on your hearts, will by degrees do much | school through the day, and the other in business

to the begetting holy habits and dispositions in you; through the evening?

the Lord uses to convey down much of his holy image

and likeness upon the heart by the thoughts.- R. 1 MYSTERY, REASON, AND FAITH. Alleine. · [The following illustration on this subject occurs in a little essay, written some time since by the Rev.

THE WILDERNESS. Mr Peabody of Philadelphia :-)

Though a wilderness be not heaven, it shall be sweet i “Night comes down over a ship at sea, and a / and welcome for the sake of heaven, if from thence passenger lingers bour after hour alone on deck. The

I may hut have a clearer prospect of heaven, and if,

by retiring from the crowd and noise of folly, I may | waters plunge and welter, and glide away beneath

but be better disposed to converse alone, and to use, the keel. Above, the sails tower up in the darkness, alas! my too weak and languid faith till it be exalmost to the sky, and their shadow falls as it were a changed for the beatific vision. May there be but burden on the deck below. In the clouded night, no more of God, readier access to him, more ferrent star is to be seen, and as the ship changes her course

love, more heart-comforting intimations of his favour, the passenger knows not which way is east or west,

in a wilderness than in a city, in a prison than in a

palace, as long as I abide on earth! If in solitude I or north or south. What islands, what sunken rocks

have my Enoch's walk with God, I shall in due may be on her course-or what that course is, or season have such a translation as will bring me to where they are, he knows not. All around to him is the same felicity which be enjoys; and in the mean mystery. He bows down in the submission of utter time, as well as after, it is no disadvantage if by ignorance.

mortal eyes I am seen no more. If the chariot of

contemplation will in solitude raise me to more “But men of science have read the laws of the sky.

believing and affectionate converse with heaven than And the next day this passenger beholds the captain

I could expect in tumult and temptations, it shall 1. looking at a clock and taking note of the place of the reconcile me to solitude, and make it my paradise on

sun, and with the aid of a couple of books, composed earth, till angels, instead of Elijah's chariot, shall of rules and mathematical tables, making calcula convey me to the presence of the glorified Jesus. tions. • And when he has completed them, he is able

Baxter. to point almost within a hand's breadth to the place at which, after unnumbered windings, he has arrived

HOW TO ESCAPE ANNOYANCE. in the midst of the seas. Storms may have beat and “ I am annoyed beyond measure," said Mr A., a currents drifted, but he knows where they are, and church member, to Mr B., another church member, the precise point where, a hundred leagues over the “ by these constant calls for donations to this, that, water, lies his native shore. Here is reason appre- and the other society." That used to be my case ciating and making use of the revelations (if we may too,” replied Mr B. “I was almost worried out of so call them) of science.

my life by the beggars, until I ascertained it was all “Night again shuts down over the waste of waves, | my own fault. My trouble all arose from teasing and the passenger beholds a single seaman stand at my mind in fabricating excuses why I should not give. the wheel, and watch hour after hour, as it vibrates Since then I have adopted the plan of giving freely beneath a lamp, a little needle which points ever, as to all that call, and it is wonderful how much better if it were a living finger, to the steady pole.

I feel, and how completely the annoyance has ceased. “This man knows nothing of the rules of navigation, I advise you, Mr A., to try my plan. I will warrant nothing of the courses of the sky. But reason and its efficacy."

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THE INTERCESSION OF CHRIST.

BY THE REV. ROBERT TRAILL, A.M., LONDON.

I SHALL speak a little of this intercession, and thine.”—John xvii. 9. Somewhat our Lord consider it in three seasons.

used to utter, and to pour forth his heart to his 1 1. Before he came into the world. 2. While Father about. Many prayers he put up for

in the world. 3. After he went out of it; for, himself ; Christ made no sacrifice for himself, in all these seasons, our Lord was a priest, and but he put up many prayers for himself : managed intercession.

“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had 1. Before he came into the world. There offered up prayers and supplications with could be no exercise of this office till there strong crying and tears unto him that was able were sinners. What use could a priest be of to save him from death, and was heard in till there were sinners, and some elect sinners that he feared.”—Heb. v. 7. in the world? We hope in God, the first pair | 3. The third season is, Christ's intercession that lived in it were of that number, I mean in heaven, when he went out of the world into our first parents. Pray observe this, all the his exalted state; and that is the word most salvation, and pardon of sin, and entrance to commonly used in the Scriptures about his inheaven, that was given to the fathers before tercession. His intercession is frequently both Christ came, was all given in the view and in in the Old and New Testament subjoined to his the virtue of the death of our Lord, who was to sacrifice : “He hath poured out his soul unto die once for sin. Abel, Enoch, Noah, and all death : and he was numbered with the transthe saints of old, had their peace with God, i gressors, and he bare the sins of many, and

those large measures of the love and favour of made intercession for the transgressors." _ Isa. | God, and salvation in the end dispensed to them, liii. 12. “It is Christ that died, yea rather,

through the virtue of the sacrifice of Christ not that is risen again, who is even at the right hand yet offered. The Father trusted his Son of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” firmly that in the fulness of time he would pay -Rom. viii. 34. “He ever liveth to make inthe debt. The discharge is given before the tercession.”_ Heb. vii. 25. Of this intercession payment; the discharge is given to the criminal of our Lord, as managed in his exalted state, before the payment is made by the surety. we fiud several expressions in the Scripture; The believers before Christ came looked to and I choose rather, and will advise you achim as come; and according to the small light cordingly, to confine your thoughts to Scripture that they had in that time, so was their faith. phrase about these things, wherein we may Now, if salvation and all spiritual blessing were overdo, and overthink, and think amiss. given to believers before Christ's coming, before 1st, Ilis intercession stands in his entering he was in the flesh, we may well conceive that into heaven in our name, and in our room. the intercession, which was a part of his office, See how the apostle expresses it, Heb.ix. 12, 24. and which he was to discharge in heaven, was The most glorious, the most powerful entrance, not unminded by him.

the stateliest thing that we can imagine next i 2. When he was in the world, when he was to his return again, was when a slain, quickened,

in the flesh, we find he was greatly given to ascended Lord Jesus in man's nature entered prayer. We find him spending several nights into the heavenly places; not the "places made alone in prayer to God. Were it lawful to with hands, but into heaven itself,” says the wish, and may be it is not; but surely, if it had apostle. As long as he is there we are there, been lawful to wish it, and if it had been at. for all his people's cases will be minded effectained, and if grace had been given to guide it, tually. the most happy opportunity that ever was in 2d, It is called appearing before God for us; the world had been to have heard our Lord not only entering in our name, but staying Jesus praying a whole night to the Father. there on our behalf, for our good. To this purThe Scripture does not tell us what he prayed pose seems the Word of our Lord to point: for; but we are sure of this, that he prayed for “The Spirit shall convince the world of righte. his sheep: “I pray not for the world, but for ousness:" why so ? “ Because I go to my Father, them wlich thou hast given me; for they are and ye see me no more.” This is a dark expression, “I go to my Father, and ye see me wishes and wills that all the blessings purno more.” The meaning of it is plainly this, chased by his death may be bestowed on all that the certainty of our justification by the them for whom his blood was shed. See how virtue of the righteousness of Jesus Christ he expresses it in his intercession on earthstands in this, that the person whose blood how he prays, “ Father, I will that they also wrought out this righteousness is gone into whom thou hast given me be with me where I heaven, and is not returned again. Pray obam.”—John xvii. 24. Is that a word for a man serve, the high priest under the law was to go in prayer to say, “Lord, I will ?" You see how, in, and to accomplish righteousness for the in some cases, our Lord with the deepest humi. atoning of God's anger against Israel, in the lity addresses to the Father, “I thank thee, O seventh month once; and he was to come out Father, Lord of heaven and earth.”—Matt. again-the poor man was not to stay there : but xi. 25. But here now, when he is giving us a our grand High Priest is to stay for ever in copy of his intercession, and is fore-acting his heaven until all the virtue of his death is fully intercession in heaven, he puts on the authority applied to them that it was appointed for : that in his glorified state he is fully clothed when all that is done, then he comes out of his with: “I will that they also whom thou hast throne, in the clouds, to gather all his people. given me be with me where I am; that they

3d, His intercession is expressed to us by his may behold my glory which thou hast given knowledge and sympathy with the ails, wants, me." Christ's blessing of his people is the und infirmities of his people. So the apostle virtue of his intercession; when his wishes, as argues : “Seeing then that we have a great | it were, and his will, is delivered to his father, High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, then the blessing wished for comes down upon Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our pro.us. The last thing our Lord did on earth fession."—Heb. iv, 14. But, might the poor should be dear to us, to think how Christ and ' believer say, our dear Lord is passed into his people parted—he lifted up his hands and heaven, and we are here in this miserable world; blessed them, that they might remember him how shall there be converse betwixt him and as long as they lived. Christ came into the us? “ We have not,” says he, “ an high priest world to bless his people, and died to obtain which cannot be touched with the feeling of a blessing; and when he went to heaven, he our infirmities; he was in all points tempted | left his blessing upon them; and it was the last like as we are, yet without sin.”_Ver. 15. Pray thing he did upon earth. observe, that of tne apostle's argument, the Is Christ a proper priest, a true priest? Then, main thing is implied, the other things are but | 1. Be very thankful to God for this provision, the outside of it. The thing that is the out that we have an high priest. 2. Be careful to side is, Christ was once templed as we are; the make use of him. apostle's argument from thence is, Therefore 1. Be highly thankful to God for Christ, as we have an high priest that can be touched a high priest. The provision made is absowith the feeling of our infirmities; but the force | lutely needful- no dealing with God but by him. and scope of it is, for our consolation, that he It is provision that is made in mere grace and is touched with them. What his glorified state mercy; nothing is in us to move God to it but does admit of, is what we cannot conceive of, mere mercy. it is provision that is made very but what our necessities crave, our faith is al. | costly. To be a high priest cost our Lord a lowed to expect. Our Lord will not cry and great deal: “He made himself of no reputation,! weep at Lazarus' grave now; he will not griere | and took on him the form of a servant, and be. in himself because of the hardness and unbe. camne obedient upto death, ever the death of ief of their hearts, as he did when on earth; he the cross.”—Phil. ii. 7, 8. It is, however, such doos not bear our infirmities, nor feel them with a provision as brought a great deal of honour that afflicting sense and sorrow that he had in to Christ: “He glorified not himself, to be the days of his fesh; but every thing that ails made an high priest,” but his Father glorified a poor believer is as well felt and as really him; this is a very strange word.—Heb. v. 5. known by our Lord Jesus as if Christ and the This high priest was to be made a sacrifice. man were in one place and room together. Was there any great glory in being made a

Lastly, His intercession stands in blessing sacrifice? To be made sin, to be made a curse, and wishing well. These wishes and this bless to be made shame, to be made, as it were, the ing rise upward to the Father, and come channel of the wrath and displeasure of God, downwards to us; he wishes as it were, he for all the sins of the people of God-where is

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the honour of all this? But look through this: / by him : “By him let us offer the sacrifice of there is grand honour-he is to be the recon. | thanksgiving.” Whatever you do, do all in ciler of all things to God, the great umpire of the name of the Lord Jesus. This great high heaven and earth, the great purchaser of eter- priest must receive all our services and sacri. nal salvation for all the saved. The condescen- fices, and he only must present them if ever sion and lowness that our Lord stooped to in they be accepted.--Heb. xii. 15. undertaking this office had great dignity in it; 3d, In all your expectations of good from and so it appears in the issue, and will appear God, let all those expectations be through more when all is done.

Christ, if there be any looking and working of 2. Be careful to use Christ as an high priest. heart, as there will be if you be believers, in Woe to them that do not know Christ; but a begging something, and looking for somewhat great deal more woe to them that know any There is no Christian that is exercised in begthing of him, and do not make use of him. ging much, but that poor creature will find some Every believer hath need of every thing that expectation and hope rising, that there shall be Christ has to give. Christ's fulness was never an answer of peace, there will come some good,

so laid open before the eyes of a believer, but some blessing will be returned. Now, take " the more he sees Christ hath, the more the man heed of this in all these expectations- let the

is convinced of his need of every thing he sees. answer of them all be through Christ. In this using of Christ as an high priest, only In sum, The eyes of a believer are to be fixed take notice of these two particulars :

on Christ, in all his dealings with God (if I í (1.) Never deal with God without him in any may divide them so, and this dividing is but thing. It is only the pride, and ignorance, and uniting the eyes of faith that are fixed on folly of the children of men, that they dare Christ). The one eye is to be set on his oblaventure into God's presence without Christ tion, and the other on his intercession; and Jesus. An understanding believer cannot do when your eyes are fixed, serve God as painso. He dares not come into God's presence fully, and expect as highly as you please; ask

but in the hand of this great high priest, and as largely, and expect as confidently according ! with hiin upon his heart. Do not offer, I say, to his word. Then your eyes are singly upon

in any concern, to deal with God without this this high priest set over the house of God !: bigh priest. Judge ye what would have been when your hearts bear you witness, and you are done in the state of the church of the Jews, if persuaded in yourselves, that there is nothing any man had brought his sacrifice to the altar, in you, nothing done by you, that can ever turn and laid his own hands upon it, and said, This to a good account in God's sight, unless this sacrifice is mine, and I will be priest myself. great high priest put incense thereto, and obThat soul had been cut off from amongst his tain acceptance from God for you. people. This was but typical of the severe charge we lie under. In all things that pertain to God, we must still bring Christ along with

THE OLD PLOUGHMAN.* us. I will name some of those things that we In the year 1840, at a church meeting, along with must not deal with God in without him, and several young persons, and some in the middle of life, that we must deal with God by him, and with I received into fellowship three old men, whose conhim.

version to the faith of Christ had taken place in the 1st, When we draw nigh to God for the ac

preceding part of the year, and who lived to adorn

that faith by the purity of their lives, and who are ceptance of our persons, and obtaining peace

now, I doubt not, amongst the spirits of the just

by our great High | made perfect. Of the history and death of the eldest Priest, for it is in the Beloved only that we are I will now present a brief sketch. accepted.-Eph. i. 6. It is in his Son only that George Medway, who was a native of Shropshire, he is well pleased. If ever you think to bring was born in the year 1766, in a small cottage near that to God that may make him love you, or

the village of — This village, with its suburbs, that will render you lovely in his sight without

contained a population of about 150 souls, and like

most in England, it consisted of two classes, the Christ Jesus, you will find yourselves dreadfully

upper, including the rector and the squire, and a few mistaken when it comes to the issue.

respectable farmers, and the lower, including the 2d, In all the offerings of service to him, let them be all by the hand of this High Priest.

* We are indebted for this remarkable narrative, to our

valued contemporary the Scottish Congregational Magazine If you pray, pray in his name, and not in your

It appeared in the numbers for July and August, under the own; if you offer the sacrifice of praise, do it head of Ministerial Reminiscences.

agricultural labourers and their families. In it there one, he often wandered about alone, gazing on the were a few good houses, but the rectory was the most novel sight with as much apathetic indifference as snug and tasteful, though not equal in size or in we may imagine a draught horse feels on being resplendour to the old baronial mansion. The rector moved from the homestead to the wharf of merchan., and the squire were the chief men of the parish- dise. One day when thus wandering, he turned into | wealthy, but not benevolent, great sportsmen, and a little pathway leading to a garden, and at the end very severe in punishing any violation of the game of this pathway he saw a cottage, and at the door of laws. The rector did duty once on the Sunday; and the cottage stood its inmate, a very godly and zealous as his stock of sermons, which were dry and heartless disciple of the Lord Jesus, who seeing a stranger, and essays, amounted only to fifty-four, one for the club that stranger an old man like himself, he invited him feast, one for Christmas day, and one for each to walk in and take a seat. He did so; and being Sabbath in the year, they were read with undeviat- now surrounded by shrubs and trees, which concealed ing regularity; his congregation growing smaller by the great town from his view, he began talking of degrees, till the church was deserted by nearly all the rural occupations and the scenes of his early days, parishioners except the squire and his family, who with rekindled emotions of high gratification, John usually graced their stately pew with their presence, Dean, the inmate of the cottage, gave full scope to the repeating with audible voice the solemn responses of | loquacity of his visitor, presuming that when he had the service. In this village there was no Sabbath gone to the length of his mental tether, he would beschool for the instruction of the young, por any be- | come quiet, and then an opportunity would occur to nevolent society to afford occasional relief to the sick | introduce other and more important subjects of re, and the aged; and as no form of Methodism had ob mark, if not of conversation. This expectation was truded itself amongst the people, they were living soon realized; and he found an old man in his presence quietly together as in a mausoleum of spiritual death, who was not only ignorant of all the facts and doc. “Without one cheerful beam of hope,

trines of the Bible, but who did not appear to possess Or spark of glimm'ring day."

the faculty of understanding them when presented Here the old ploughman lived for upwards of seventy in the simplest form of communication, or even of years. When a young man, he was distinguished listening with any degree of fixed attention to the amongst his fellows for his great strength, his fleet- statements and explanations which were given. The ness in running, his dexterity in all the rural sports only remark he made was after a detailed account of the village, and equally distinguished for his pro- of the crucifixion of the Son of God: “ Methinks it fanity and habits of intemperance. He married was too bad to sarve him so; they wouldn't do so in about the age of twenty-five, and had three children: | Shropshire." one died when an infant, another was a cripple, and As he was leaving the cottage, Dean said to him, the third, when a youth, went to reside at B- , “ You had better come some evening and take a pipe taking with him some of the worst principles and with me; and then we can have a good long chat." habits of bis father. George Medway, though a This invitation was given because he knew there was very depraved man, and as ignorant of the religion a power connected with the truth as it is in Jesus of the Bible as though he had been born in the wilds which could give expansion to this contracted intelof America, was a good and a trustworthy servant, lect, and sensibility to this hard heart; and he also and laboured in the same farm, though under dif- knew that that power sometimes employs a feeble ferent masters, from the time he was able to ring a instrument as the means and the medium of its own bell to frighten the birds from the ripening corn, till transmission. “We must pray to the Lord for the he removed to B- , on completing his seventy- poor old man,” said Dean to his godly wife, after he first year. His domestic habits, in process of time, had left, “and who can tell but faith and prayer may became very orderly, going to and from his labour prevail, and we may live to see him divinely quickvery punctually; and on the Sabbath he spent the ened into newness of life.” “ It will be," she remornings at home, and in the evenings he constantly plied, “ a grand thing. And what a striking proof, visited the Hare and Hound, to take his pipe and if it should take place, of the mighty power of the tankard of ale, often boasting that he had not missed Lord Jesus Christ, who can subdue all things to one night for upwards of half a century.

himself." At length, having buried his wife, and become too The next evening he came attired in his bit of best, feeble to follow the plough, and being unable to pro- sat down, took his pipe, and talked away with great racure a lighter place of work, he took his cripple child pidity and fluency about the doings and occurrences to the Union Work house, and removed to B- ,to of his past life: but after a while, having exhausted live out the few remaining years of his life with his his very scanty store of knowledge, he sat in mute son, who kept a public-house. At first, having free silence, a dull and unexcitable listener to all that access to the ale, he became intemperate, till his son was said to him about Jesus Christ and the great very prudently limited the quantity, and even this salvation. Many efforts were made by Dean and his greatly impaired his mental faculties, which had wife to make him feel that he was a singer who need. never been very strong, but which were now con ed a Saviour; but, like the echoes returning on the tracting into the rigidity of petrified dulness and rock that sends them forth, they produced not the stupidity. Thus passing from the quiet of a village least impression. But still, though depressed, they where he knew every face, to the hurry and bustle did not despair, as they knew the Divine Spirit, who of a large manufacturing town where he knew no new creates the soul, can as easily give to the petri

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