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tures of the New Testament. Let us therefore ad. , to human consciences when we try to make it out, dress ourselves more closely to the examination of that in every natural heart there is at least a conthese two charges;-that is, of man being not only | tentedness, an entire satisfaction and contentedness
devoid of godliness, but despiteful towaru God. to be without God to live without Him in the 1. The two
e two charges are distinct from each other. | world. The verdict of against may require a longer There are many in society whom it might not be examination and trial, a longer deliberation ere it difficult to convince that they live without God; but can be brought in; but the verdict of without may if we were to say, further, that in their minds there perhaps be sooner and more summarily deterinined. existed a positive enmity against Him, their con- | The reprobate whom we have now quoted, and who sciences would refuse to go along with us. They are would gladly quit all thought whatever of God, if not sensible of any such feeling as the hatred of God God would simply let him alone-he, though he in their hearts. They bear Him--at least their own | might plead not guilty to the charge of there being experience of the emotions which pass within their within him aught like a malignant feeling against breasts would suggest no such thing-they bear Him God, will not deny a thing so palpable to his own no ill-will, no antipathy; and certain it is that they convictions, as that he would be quite satisfied to bid Him no express or open defiance. Blasphemy is a live without God, and be suffere thing they would shudder at; and, if they would thus career of vicious indulgence, undisturbed by any recoil from speaking against Him, how can they be sense of guilt, or any dread of a vengeance to come at said to feel against Him? Out of the abundance of the the hand of an offended Lawgiver. Now, we ask if heart the mouth speaketh; and if the heart do rankle, that which is patent to the conscience of this man-his as theologiar s tell us, with all sorts of repugnance perfect willingness to be free of God, and without and dislike against God, why do these find no vent God to enjoy himself in his own way--if it be not from the lips in words of rancorous hostility ? Certain alike patent to your consciences, that indeed your it is, that if between man and man there should habit, too, your prevalent inclination, is just to do in break out a controversy, and the heart of the one this respect as he does; that is, to live without God, should tumultuate in fierce exasperation against the in the prosecution and er
t of your own way? other, it would, if nature were given way to make We do not say that in all respects you are the same instant betrayal of itself, in language of fiery and with this criminal-we are far from imagining that fierce invective. We never by any chance saw any your way is his way. We are merely saying of it man thus tumultuate and storm against the God who that it is your own way; and that, in the prosecution made him; and it ever it should be realized, it were of that way, all of
Tou, over whom the gospel a rare and monstrous exhibition, at which almost all Jesus Christ has not obtained the practical ascenmen, instead of sympathising with it, almost all men dency, are satisfied to live, or at least do, in fact, would be horror-stricken and revolted to the utter- with the perpetual bias of your hearts, and throughmost. It might be difficult, amid such contradictory out the great bulk of your history-live without God. I appearances as these, to establish by any direct proof, | You may be us little sensible as he is of any positive at least to the satisfaction of human consciences, the antipathy in your minds against God; but ought to apostolic charge of nature's positive enmity to God. feel as sensible as he of the contentedness in your Even the worst of malefactors, the literal and palp minds to live without God. With all the other able transgressors of all the commandments, might differences between him, the atrocious delinquent, bave something to say in arrest of this judgment. and you, the fair and passable, nay, perhaps the reHe might allege, and with a certain-degree of plausi- spectable member of society, there may be no differbility too, that when hurried into wickedness by the ence in this, that both of you live, and both of you force of temptation, it is not his hatred of God, but are satisfied to live, without God. I shall like each his love of sin, which is the cause of it; and that all to take account of his own state and his own dispo-l! the while there is no sensible aversion of his heart / sition in this matter; and could it at all help them toward God, though a very great fondness, he will to the passing of a right sentence upon themselves. admit, for the indulgence of those propensities which it might lead to convince them, that immersed in God hath given to him-nay, so far from any desire earthliness, and breathing in no other element than of a controversy with God, he would gladly be at that of sense and of time, which, apart from God or peace with Him; for if God would only abstain from without God, is wholly and altogether an element of any quarrel against him, he would have no quarrel | irreligion, they really are not in a state for being! against God, and very glad indeed would he be if on borne aloft to the joys or exercises of the upper
these terms he were fairly let alone. It it thus that sanctuary, they really are not in a state which it will | even he can parry the charge of having aught like a do to die in hostile feeling towards God, or of carrying in his For this purpose let me allege a few specimens in breast any positive wrath or enmity against Him. the way of proof or illustration, a
the conIt is thus, that on the principle of speaking to men sciences of hearers would be most likely to go along as they were able to bear, I would advise, that in with. li dealing with men to convince them of sin, you should Let me first, then, instead of our supposed criminal, | postpone the charge of their being against God till fasten on a man of average and everyday character in you had made good the more practicable charge of society; such a one as we meet daily in hundreds
ithout God. There are ministers who. upon our streets, or in the walks of ordinary fellowby way of parading their orthodoxy, luxuriate in ship; a person who divides his time between the making the most strenuous asseveration of it, and so sleep which refreshes him, and the food which sustains as often to startle and astonish their hearers, but so, him, and the work which earns for him the means at the same time, as to repel, when they should study or materials of his livelihood-one who is not at all rather to carry their understandings. For this pur- to be shunned or execrated as ad
nt, but a pose, both our Saviour and His apostles went gradu very tolerable, companionable, and neighbourlike ally to work-making, as it were, the most cautious person, who loves his children or the members of his approaches to the prejudices of the men with whom own household very much as the bulk or the generality they had to do. And it is surely a warrantable cal- of other folks do, keeps up a fair and courteous standculation, when we find it a hard task to convince any ing with his acquaintances-pays to all their dues, that in his heart there is aught like a positive malice and, on the whole, makes his way evenly and innof-! against God, that we shall perhaps come more home fensively through the world. I would just ask such
a person, and I have no doubt there are hundreds of main Him who, as rightful Lord and Proprietor, is such in many a congregation, that he will just look rightful Governor too over the whole of it. So far! back on these the wonted stages or cycles of his from renouncing this right of sovereignty over any | history, and, taking a review of the thoughts and the part of the territory of human life, I cannot see a feelings, and the desires and the purposes, that pass single half-hour of it in which God has not both a all the while in ceaseless and busy succession through will and a way for us. Manifold are the Scripture his heart, will he just tell me how much or how little to which I could appeal in support of this greas of God has been there? I do not wish to overtask principle. In one place I find Him telling the fieldhis memory, and therefore will not send him over a labourer that he must serve his master not with eyevery wide or extended survey of the years that are service, but as doing the will of God from the heart; past; but to facilitate and abridge the labour of this or, in other words, that he must be as dilige self-examination, I would rather, if he chose, limit faithful when his earthly superior is away as when : him to the retrospect of a single day; and to fix on he is present, for that his heavenly superior is still the most recent, and so the freshest in his recollec- looking over him, and will put down to his own action of any, I would bid him take an account of the count what he does well for his immediate emplorer, proceedings of yesterday, and then tell me how much just as if done unto Himself. In another place I or how little the will of God had to do with them. find him telling the household maid that she must Was His will thought of at all, or ever once adverted not purloin; but, resisting the temptation of open to? Did the principle to walk worthy of the Lord doors, and of all the other facilities which occur for unto all well-pleasing-did this principle give direc those snug and secret and unnoticed appropriations tion to one movement, or impulse to a single footstep for which there are so many opportunities under in the transactions
rday? Was it the history the domestic roof-that she must serve with all of a self-willed and self-regulating creature, or of a good fidelity, and thus adorn the doctrine of God creature ever looking upward from the earth heher Saviour in all things. And, so far from religion ! treads on to his Creator in the heavens, and subordi- having nothing to do with ordinary and everyday i nating himself in all things to the rightful authority matters, I see in another place that it tells the mis of this Sovereign and supreme Lawgiver ? Let him tress of a family to guide her house well, and be a tell me, in a word, was it God's will or his will good keeper at home. And again, so far from laywhether the promptings of his own spontaneous in ing an arrest on the busy operations either of the
clination, or the precepts that issue from the throne artisan in his workshop or of the merchant in his lof God; which of these, we ask, presided, or had the counting-house, it proclaims the indispensable duty
practical ascendency over the whole course and con- of each man to provide for his own, and especially duct of the very last day which rolled over him ? for those of his own house, else he hath denied the We leave the question to every man's conscience; faith and is worse than an infidel. These are but a and if it do bear witness to a godless yesterday, then, few out of the many specimens of the all-comprealthough the lights of our own memory should fail, hensive saying, that whatsoever things we do, we ! there is a book of remembrance which tells in un- should do all to the glory of God, and in the name of dying characters if the habit and character of this Jesus. It is not God who has exiled from His reone day be not of a piece with the habit and charac gards the business of human life, but it is man who ter of all our days upon earth; and so the godless would take the business of life out of the hands of yesterday were but the type and representative of a God. Our distinct charge is that we have taken this godless past week, a godless past month, a godless business wholly into our own hands, and have made past year, a godless lifetime; or that, in other words, it to be altogether ours, when properly and rightfully | from the first breath of our infancy to the moment it is altogether His. And we again repeat of one of the reckoning which we now hold, we may have and all who thus walk in the counsel of their own been living in exile from God, living without God in hearts, and after the sight of their own eyes, that, the world.
prosecuting their affairs as they do, apart from all There are some who try to inake their escape consideration of God's law or of God the Lawgiver, from this charge, by telling us that they must give that they indeed breathe the very element of irrelitime and thought to their necessary affairs, and can gion, and live without God in the world. not always be thinking of God. Our reply is this : It is not for the sake of multiplying our illustr. Who gives them a right to put asunder the things tions, but of still more enhancing and confirming which God hath joined-to separate religion from the lesson which we are trying to establish, that we the business of life, when the whole drift and design now bid you rise from the contemplation of these of the New Testament morality is to sanctify the | commonplace characters, the men and the women business of life with religion? They would divorce whom we most commonly meet with in society, to the one from the other; whereas such is the mighty the contemplation of humanity, though still of natudifference between their spirit and the spirit of the ral or unconverted humanity, in one of the finest Bible, that its distinct aim, as may be gathered from and most beauteous and most exalted of its speci.! innumerable passages, is thoroughly to impregnate, mens. We ask you, for this purpose, to select one or thoroughly to leaven and pervade the one with of the best and the noblest of our kind whom you the other. It is not the aim of Christianity, and ever saw or heard of-the possessor of many an innever was, to annul the business of life, to lay an i stinctive and sweet-blooded and constitutional virtue, interdict on shops and markets and manufactories, and who, because of these, is not only the joy and and farm or family managements, or any whatever the pride of his own family, but the desire of every of the lawful'trades and processes of human indus- companionship, and a great public blessing to the try. True, it claims an entire mastery over all these town or the neighbourhood of his habitation, and -not, however, for the purpose of putting an end to over which he sheds the halo of his presence or of them, but to animate them with the right spirit, i his name. Theology has greatly damaged her own and direct them to their right end. They, on the cause, and the credit of her own articles, by deny. other hand, would put off Him who is the Lord of ing, or even by overlooking what is so palpable to all Creation and the continual Preserver of men, with experience, as that, apart from religion, and from the veriest crumbs and fragments of human existence, | any practical sense of God in the breast, such chain the shape, perhaps, of family prayers and Sabbath racters do exist. We read of them in the classic services—thus limiting to a mere corner of the do- pages of Greece and Rome, before Christianity was
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ever heard of. We recognise thein in the obelisks varieties of the more and the less lovely--whether of departed worth and departed patriotism all over it be not the general habit and disposition of this the land, raised by a grateful comununity to perpetu- said human nature just to take her own way indeate the memory of services in which Christianity had pendently of God? or, which is the same thing, no operation. We hear of them in the frequent whether the heirs and partakers of this our nature notes of gratulation and applause wherewith they do not live without God in the world? Our appeal are universally spoken of-whether as the munificent now is to your conscience, or moral sense, on the landlord; or the liberal and large-hearted citizen; question of principle; and we leave it with your own or the senator who, unmindful of his own aggran- judgments of what is right, to tell how such a habit dizement, consecrates all his energies to the well- and such a life ought to be characterized. Remembeing and greatness of the country which gave him ber that the case on which we are now calling you birth; or the high-minded warrior, who, alike free to pronounce is the case of a creature, we shall not from every taint of selfishness as well as fear, yields yet say who positively hates, but who at least forup his life a willing Sacrifice in defence of his gets and does not care for the Creator who gave him nation's liberties or his nation's honour; or, finally, birth. It is the case of man letting slip every hour the generous aspirant after fame in the walks of from his remembrance and from his regards, all lofty science or lofty scholarship, from the labours thought of that Being who gives him every breath of whose midnight toil there issue the works which which he draws, and sustains him throughout every elevate the general taste and understanding, or the moment of that existence w discoveries which confer innumerable blessings on at His hands. We bid you consider well the relation society. Now, our whole argument hinges upon this, in which these two parties stand to each other, and and it is impossible to deny it, that the golden | this that you may rightly appreciate the manner in opinions uttered every where of these men, might all which we, the derived and the dependent party, acbe earned by nature's powers and nature's virtues quit ourselves under it-the relation, we mean, which alone without so much as the thought of God, and subsists between Him the continual preserver of men, certainly in the play and exercise of the mind's own and us the objects of His care-His eye being conprinciples, without any impulse whatever taken from stantly directed towards us, while our eyes all the the consideration of his will; or not because pre- | while is as constantly averted from our Maker and scribed by His law, but prompted by the spontaneous our God. Will you only think of this simplest, but inclinations of one's own heart, bent, and bent alto- truly most er
tic of all Bible statements-that in gether, on the prosecution of one's own way. We Him we live and move and have our being; and yet dispute not the usefulness, we dispute not the ex- that we live as independently, and walk the earth we cellence of any of these principles, or the high and tread upon with as firm, unfaltering, and assured honourable estimation in which they should be held | footstep, as if, our own creators and our own pre by us. They are lovely ar of good report. We are servers, it was not in Him but in ourselves that we not bidding any withdraw their admiration from lived and moved and had our being. And then to those fine and natural sensibilities which make one think how unmoved these hearts are by any conman the most indulgent of masters; or from those sideration of the Giver, while our hands ravenously honest aspirations after the public weal which make seize upon His gifts; and we, revelling on the another man the most zealous of philanthropists; or ( bounties which His providence showers over us, from the warmth of those kindly and companionable luxuriating amid the beauties which His creation feelings whence spring all the courtesies of life, and spreads around us, are willing to forego all thought which make another man the best of neighbours, the of our Maker would He simply let us alone, and light and the charm of every social party; or from keep away from us that hideous death and that terthose workings of strong instinctive affection which rific judgment which follows it. Nay, willing, most make another man the fondest of fathers, and more abundantly willing. would He but stamp immortaexquisite still, when in the lovelier form of maternal lity on our present being, and make this earth the tenderness, it watches over the infant's sick-bed, and abode of unfading health and never-ending pleasuresweeps over the infant's early grave. Who can dis- willing in the ceaseless round of this world's prospute the reality of these graceful exhibitions ?-and perous business and merry companionships and fesWhere is the stern or repulsive theology which tive holidays, and the full enjoyment of every social could have the heart to frown upon them-even and domestic pleasure between the cordiality of our though the exhibitions of a human nature which friendships abroad and the endearments of a happy theology has stigmatized as charged with a moral and harmonious family at home-willing on these distemper, which, however tolerated on earth, makes terms to lose all sense of God; and that, never once it wholly unfit for the choirs or the companies of revisited by the thought of a Maker, He and we heaven? It is not in any harsh or ungenial spirit I should henceforth cut our hold.
uit of each that we are now bidding you look at this matter, or other everlastingly. It were difficult to estimate bidding you pronounce upon it. We ask you to re-aright the enormity, the moral enormity of this deepgard as you would any experimental question, and laid ingratitude, this atheism of the heart, as it may give us the calm judgment of your own observation, well be called. Let us figure, we shall not yet say whether humanity might not feel thus amiably, in all the hostility or the hatred, but the sheer indifferency, these various ways, and give forth all these beauteous amounting to the total and absolute carelessness of exhibitions, and this without one practical influence an earthly child to the earthly parent who gave him descending upon it from the upper sanctuary, or one birth, and with unwearied affection and care never heaving aspiration towards Him who is throned in ceases to uphold him, and it may help us to conceive supremacy there? This is the only verdict that we more adequately the turpitude of living as we do are now seek
king at your hands - whether nature without God in the world, the deep criminality of a might not be lovely and engaging in many of her world that has departed from its God. phases, and yet it hold true even of the children of such a nature, that none of them understandeth, and none of them seeketh after God?
We shall make no further appeal to your experience on the question of fact, whether it be not the habit of nature, in all her aspects, and under all her
ON A BIBLE.*
unrighteousness, a thing against which God's seal of
reprobation is most fearfully set. “For the wrath of Say, wouldst thou live, this hallow'd page shall tell
God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness Where life's best joys and holiest pleasures dwell; and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in Say, must thou die, ah! prize this sacred lore, unrighteousness; because that which may be known | That points to worlds where death can wound no more.
of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it Living or dying, this shall soothe each pain,
unto them; and therefore they are without excuse."
Indeed, all truth that is not obeyed in the life, by Whispering,—" To live is Christ, to die is gain.”
living in the affections, condemns the soul, and in the -Ascribed to Henry Martyn. end, if the disconnection be continued, destroys it.
Christ, therefore, must rule in the affections. And SONNET ON PRAYER.
for this, a mighty and gradual discipline is requisite,
a work which Christ only, by grace, by providence, LORD, what a change within us one short hour
by truth, can work. Spent in Thy presence will prevail to make!
Sometimes God takes one method, sometimes anWhat heavy burdens from our burdens take,
other, and sometimes all methods fail, and the foolish, What parched grounds refresh, as with a stream!
careless, guilty sinner, regardless of all the riches of We kneel-and all around us seems to lower;
God's goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, lead
ing him to repentance, goes on after his hardness and We rise, and all the distant and the near
impenitent heart, treasuring up wrath against the Stand forth, in sunny outline, brave and clear; day of wrath, and revelation of God's righteous judgWe kneel, how weak !-we rise, how full of power: ment. “He goes on after his hardness and impeni. Why, therefore, should we do ourselves that wrong, tent heart;" it is a striking expression; he follows Or others-that we are not always strong,
the impulses of his hardness and impenitent heart,
instead of the leadings of Christ; he pursues after That we are ever overborne with care,
his blind heart, instead of pursuing after God. Some That we should ever weak or heartless be,
souls bend and break, submissive and penitent, under Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer,
a discipline which other souls successfully resist. One And joy, and strength, and courage are with Thee ! soul becomes a broken bruised reed under the blows
of Moses, and then Christ instantly takes the loving, 'Tis by comparison an easy task
tender charge of that soul, instead of Moses. Another
soul stands up firm and erect, stubborn, like an upEarth to despise; but to converse with heaven-
right, stout reed, cased in flint, and growing every This is not easy :-to relinquish all
day harder and drier. The blows of Moses only We have, or hope, of happiness and joy,
harden it more and more, and the tenderness of And stand in freedom, loosen'd from this world, Christ, and the dews of God's grace, falling about the I deem not arduous; but must needs confess
roots, only seem to be turned by it into tough fibre That 'tis a thing impossible to frame
We have known of a blacksmith, notorious for his Conceptions equal to the soul's desires;
recklessness and unbelief on the subject of religion, And the most difficult of tasks to keep
with a heart as hard as his own anvil. There was a Heights which the soul is competent to gain. revival by God's grace in the village, and a second
- Wordsworth. blacksmith in the same place who had been a hardened
sinner, was converted. One of this man's customers | HOW GOD WORKS.
who did not at all relish this change, came shortly
after to the first blacksmith, to have a piece of work BY GEORGE B. CHEEVER, D.D.
done by him. Somewhat surprised at this applicaThe mind, the conscience, the heart, and the life are tion, the blacksmith said, “ How is this, friend John? all concerned together in life-truth. If they are I thought you got all your work done at neighbour separated from one another, if the connection be. | Charles's." " Ah, but he's too good now; he isn't tween them is broken off, the truth perishes. A bad enough for me; your shop is the only tolerable steamer may have fuel, and water, and a boiler, and one now.” The thing struck the man to the heart. 1 fire, and the steam may be got up; but if it do not It was an unexpected, unintended blow of Moses, il pass into the great cylinder, and set the beating heart He went home, cut through and through to think that in motion, it is all a waste. Or if it do not pass from he should be considered the worst man in the village, il the beating heart to the wheels, to set them in motion, and be patronised by bad men solely on that account. it is all a waste. And the vessel may be wrecked, He could not sleep for thinking of it, and was filled whether at sea or near the coast, by a separation, with anxiety on account of his sins. He went to the disconnection, break, or disarrangement, between any study of the Bible, and to prayer. The sword of the of these parts of the machinery.
Spirit went into his soul, and he was brought to re-11 Just so it is with truth in the soul. If it stays | pentance. merely in the mind and conscience, and goes not by So God works. But some there are who complain Divine grace into the heart, it will just merely wreck of their own insensibility, and wonder at it, and think the mind and conscience, instead of keeping it; it they would give much to have it removed; but still, will explode if it becomes ac
explode if it becomes active, and vet is not ad. for that operation, they do not put their hearts at the mitted into the heart. Or again, if it goes not from disposal of Christ, or into his hands for healing. the heart into the life, it will but condemn and harden They are like blind men sitting by the way-side, and and wreck the heart, because it is the truth held in making a great outcry over their misfortune; but
* We find this and the two following pieces selected to when the Physician comes that way and calls them, our hand in an excellent little work, which we have looked they will not stir one step on their own part towards through with much pleasure. It is entitled " The Pilgrim's him. What good would the most perfect dispensary Handbook for Counsel and Comfort for the Wayfarers of Zion,"-and consists of a large number of choice pass
in the world, and the most skilful oculists in the ages on the graces of the Christian character, and the
world waiting in it, do for the blind in a great city, if, duties, trials, and encouragements of the Christian's life.- being invited to come and have their blindness reEd. C. T.
moved, they would not come, but would stay away
from fear of the operation, or from sheer distrust the souls of the dying from the gate of death on to and indolence ?
the place of their final abode. When they pass the But in the name of all righteousness, mercy, and
gate of death there are two ways, one to the right, truth, is not God himself doing every thing for men to have this insensibility taken away ?
and the other to the left.“ The unjust are dragged
Does he not thunder with his law, and tenderly persuade them by force to the left hand, by the angels allotted for with his gospel, and still will they be like deaf adders, punishment. The just are guided to the right hand, who will not hear the voice of the charmer, charming and are led with hymns, sung by the angels appointed never so wisely-deaf to the sound both of the wail
over that place, into a region of light, in which the of hell's torments, and the melody of heaven's music ?
just have dwelt from the beginning of the world.”— But if these things do not dispel our insensibility, if all the array of God's providences, and all the terrors
Harbaugh's “ Sainted Dead." of the law, and the majesty and mercy of the Cross of Christ fail to move us, what can do it? Would we have God take his rod and shatter us in pieces, or would we have him put a worm in our gourds, and
SINGING. make friends and comforts and health wither and die
Though but a poor singer, yet have I a habit of away from us; or would we have him, when truth and
singing when alone. A little thing sets me off-a bit love will not prevail, dip us, as it were, in the burning lake, and make us feel its torments? Yet all
of green on the earth, or a bit of blue in the skies. the discipline of God in the world, the moment it is Yes, yes, I like singing, and often sing with my heart taken off, would fail to affect us lastingly, unless by when my lips are silent. I like to hear a milkmaid the light of God's truth, under the power of his grace, singing in the green meadow, when her heart is so we come to Christ. All God's discipline with us
happy that she cannot help it. I love to hear a song must come to this, or come to naught.
uncalled for. Who asks the birds to sing? They
sing to relieve their heart, and this is the sort of THE MINISTRY OF ANGELS.
singing that I like. I love to hear a loud Hallelujah,
not by the clear musical voice of one who is paid for “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about
it, but by a thousand tongues singing with the heart them that fear him, and delivereth them,” What a
and understanding. blessed truth is this ! Could we only realize the fact
You shall have my favourite verse. I sang it in by faith, that wherever we set our tent in our
my youth, and in my manhood, and now I am singwanderings as pilgrims in this wilderness, the angel of the Lord will throw his encampment around us.
ing it in my years.
" When all thy mercies, O my God,
My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view, I'm lost
In wonder, love, and praise."
-Old Humphrey. He shall give his angels charge over us, to keep us in all our ways! In all our ways! In this changing
THE COURSE OF CRIME. life we are led in many ways; but in all these his angels, which excel in strength, have charge to keep
At first setting out upon a vicious course, men are
a little nice and delicate, like young travellers, who us. There is a way of temptation--there is a way of
at first are offended at every speck of dirt that affliction—there is a way of prosperity and of ad
lights upon them; but after they have been accusversity—there is a way of duty and of toil—there is tomed to it, and have travelled a good while in foul a way that winds along among the sorrowing wil-ways, it ceaseth to be troublesome to be dashed and lows of life's Babel-there is a way also, oh! bow bespattered. checkered, that we know not--and there are a great many other ways which make up the Christian pil
THE PITH OF PIETY. grim's path, for God leads him about, as he did Jacob
old, in a waste howling wilderness; but in all these / The pith of piety-what keeps it living and makes ways we are kept by his angels, who have charge are kept by his angels who have charge it strong-is love to the Saviour. My poor feeble
heart droops when I think, write, or talk of any thing over us.
but Jesus. O that I could get near him, and live But ah! there is one more way, the—at least it
believingly on Him! I would walk, and talk, and seems so at a distance-gloomiest and loneliest of all; sit, and eat, and rest with Him. I would have my it is that which lies through the valley of the shadow heart always doting on Him, and find itself ever preof death. In this way, too, angels will attend us. sent with Him.-Beveridge. This is evident from the case of the beggar who died on the steps of the rich man's door; he “was carried by angels into Abraham's bosom.” We are told,
A CHRISTIAN COMMONWEALTH. also, that at the end of the world Christ “shall send A COMMONWEALTH ought to be as one huge Christian | his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they personage, one mighty growth or stature of an honest shall gather together his elect from the four winds, man, as big and compact in virtue as in body; for from one end of heaven to the other." From this it look what the grounds and causes are of single hapis plain that angels are employed in gathering home piness to one man, the same you shall find them to the spirits of the saints. It was the opinion of the a whole state. By consequence, therefore, that which Jews, according to Josephus, that angels conducted is good and agreeable to the state, will appear soonest