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feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it*." ,
Fourthly, Choose for your most intimate companions those who appear to be the most spiritually-minded and serious in tlieir converation. Shun all levity of spirit, foolish talking, and jesting, which are not convenient. -Avoid all political discussions, and practically remember the apostolic exhortation: "That, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made lor all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty; for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour." Guard against useless visits and idle visitors. Always sup at home, unless the call to be absent be urgent. " Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with suit, that you may know how you ought to answer every man."
I)o not raise your expectations of present happiness too high. All creatures arc but cisterns, broken cisterns, which can hold no water. The blessed God himself, Father, Son, and Holy Ghosf, is the never-failing Fountain of present comfort and everlasting felicity. To this Fountain may you be led by the Holy Spirit, day by day! On the everfiowing fulness of Itnmanuel, may you constantly live! Remember, for your encouragement, that, amidst all the changing scenes of human life, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever! l)o not cease to pray for your afiectionale parents.
* Isa. lvjii. 13, 14.
NOTHING LOST BY SERVING GOD.
1 Remonstrated with a poor old woman, who kept a huckster's, or chandler's shop, for selling on Sundays. 1 had every reason to believe she was pious, though guilty of this sin. She acknowledged it was wrong, and th.it conscience often reproved her; but pleaded that she was a poor, infirm, old widow, without any support, excepting that which she derived from her shop; that her business on the week days would Hot maintain her; and that she took as much money on the Sabbath as on tbevothcr six days together. 1 told her, nothing was gained by sin, nor any thing lost by obedience; that she had trusted God with her eternal concerns, and surely might trust him with her temporal; and that he had promised to provide for his people; but, by breaking the Sabbath, she took \>er affairs out of his hands: — no wonder, therefore, if she suffered distress.— She acknowledged the truth of my remarks,
and determined to shut her shop on the Lord's Day, which she accordingly did. Sometime afterwards I asked her, Whether she was poorer since she left off selling on Sundays? "No," said she, "God has shewn me (blessed be his hoi}' name) that he can provide tor me abundantly; there is nothing got by sinning."
Manv people suppose it is the easiest thing in the world to "believe; and that, it'we can be saved by faith alone, none will be lost. They are little acquainted with the human heart who talk thus. To believe the Gospel is as difficult as to obey'the Law; so that nothing short or' the irresistible power of the Holy Ghost can make us believers. W hen our worldly interest runs parallel with the Commandments, it is indeed easy to keep them; but when duty and interest are'in opposition to each other, it is quile the reverse. Faith says," Leave your concerns in the hand of God, and be calm; rely on his promises, and he will provide." Unbelief objects," 1 do not see how he will provide; therefore, I fear he has forgotten me:"—, and if Unbelief does not prevail so far as to make a person use unlawful methods to supply his wants, it is well indeed if it does not prevail sufficiently to disturb his peace, and liarrass him with impatience, doubts, and fears. If it be so hard to trust God with our temporal concerns, how much more is it difficult to trust him with our souls, renouncing every other dependence besides. W. \V.
In modern times, a distinction has been made between the doctrine of our Lord and that of his apostles; from what motives, and for what purposes, is well known. Some truly respectable divines may have given too much countenance, however, to this idea; on which account it may deserve investigation. A comparison, therefore, is here attempted, between the fundamental principles contained in the Gospels and those in the Epistles.
The Apostles call God, emphatically, " The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ;"and Jesus says, repeatedly, and with equal emphasis, when speaking of God, " My father."
The Apostles tell us, that" God spared not his own Son; but delivered him up for us all:" and Jesus s;iys, " God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son."
The Apostles call Jesus, " The Lord from Heaven;" and) Jesus says, " I came down from Heaven."
The Apostles say, that Jesus is " the Lord of Glory ;"* and Jesus prays, "O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self,— with the glorv which I had with thee before the world was."
The Apostles teach, "That in Christ dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily;" and Jesus saith, " All things that the Father hath are 1111116."
The Apostles teach, "That at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow ;" and Jesus tells us, " That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father."
The Apostles call it, " A faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners ;" and Jesus says, " The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.''
In reference to the death of Jesus, the Apostles say, " That God delivered his Son up for us;" — and Jesus says," 1 lav down my* life of myself: this commandment have 1 received of my Father."
The Apostles say,"Christ loved us, and crave himself for us;" and Jesus says, " I lay down my life for the sheep."
The Apostles attest," That Christ hath obtained eternal redemption for us;" and that " He gave himself a ransom for all:" and Jesus says, " The Son of man came to give his life a ransom for many."
The Apostles declare, " That the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, cleametn us from all sin ;'' and Jesus confirms it, saying, " My blood is shed for the remission of sins."
The Apostles say," We are justified freely by his grace, thro* the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation for sin, through faith in his blood;" and Jesus says, " AsMoscs lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lil ted up, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, hut have eternal life."
The Apostles affirm," Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no oilier name under Heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved:" and Jesus says, " No one cometh unto the Father bur. by mc."
The Apostles declare," God hath made us accepted in the beloved; and Jesus, " Me that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father."
The Apostles say, we are to" believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; that believing, we might have life through his name :" and Jesus testifies, " He that believeth in the Son of God, is not condemned."
The Apostles declare they were " confident that he who had begun the good work would cany it on ;'' and that he would "keep w hat had been committed unto him until that dav :" — and Jesus says, " I give unto my sheep eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any one pluck them out of my Jiaiids.''
The Apostles were witnesses, " That Jesus sat down on tile right hand of the Majesty on high ;" and Jesus says," Again I leave the world, and go to the Father."
The Apostles assert, " That the Son of God upholdeth all things hy the word of his powerand Jesus declares," All power is given nnto me, in Heaven and in earth."
.The Apostles teach, That there shall be" a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust;" and Jesus says, " The hour is coming in which all that arc in their graves si)all hear the voice of the Son of man, and come forth."
The Apostles witness, " That Christ hath abolished death and Jesus says," Whosoever believeth in me shall never die."
The Apostles say, " God hath appointed a day, wherein he ■will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained;" —and Jesus declares, " The Father judgelh no one; but hath committed all judgment to the Son.''
The Apostles testify," He that hath the Son hath life;" and Jesus asserts, "If a man keep mv saying, he shall never see death."
The Apostles say, " Of his own will he begat us with the ■word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures; and Jesus said," The wind bloweth where it listeth, Sec so is every one that is born of the Spirit."
The Apostles say," We can do all things through Christ, who slrengthcncth us ;" and Jesus said," Without me ye cando nothing.''
The Apostles taught, " That God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and the weak things of the world to confound the mighty," Sec.: and Jesus adored Divine Sovereignty, saying," I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes; even so Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight."
The Apostles say, " To this end, Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and the living;" and Jesus affirms, " All things are delivered unto me of my Father."
This specimen, which might easily be enlarged, shews the agreement betw een the doctrine of Jesus and that of his Apostles: but he has taught us to expect to find the mysteries of his gospel more fully and explicitly laid down in their writings than in his own public discourses. He gave it in charge to them: "What ye (now) hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the house tops." Yea, shortly before his departure from them, he assured them, that he " had yet many things to sa\r unto them, but they could not bear them then." Howbeit, when the Spirit of truth should come, he would lead them into all the truth. Thus, after his resurrection, he opened the Scriptures to tlie two disciples, with whom he was going to Emmaus, " beginning at Moses and all the Prophet*, expounding to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself;" and afterwards it is said of the Apostles in general," He opened their understandings, that they might understand the Scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; and ye are witnesses of these things :" and the importance of regarding their testimony appears from his prior declaration, "He that hearetlr yon heareth me." Their words, therefore, are entitled to the same regard as if they were his own.
ON DISTRIBUTING BIBLES.
Sir, To the Editor.
The commendable ze.il lately displayed by var'ous Societies, in promoting the best interests of mankind, particularly in diffusing Bibleknowledge among the British poor in the villages, sending Missionaries to evangelize the Heathen, and in associating to multiply the number of Bibles at home and abroad, will, I doubt not, render the following Extract from a Sermon by the late Rev. Robert Robinson, peculiarly acceptable. It was preached in 1781, for the benefit of the Bible Society, instituted for the benevolent purpose of furnishing our Soldiers and Sailors with the Holy Scriptures.
"Christians, we have been considering the sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures, with a particular view to our soldiers and sailors; and, I flatter myself, 1 have not wandered very far from the design of this Society, who, in the papers put into your hands to-day, give it as their opinion, that" the Bible is the infallible word of God, which, when attended with a divine blessing, will be the means of making the army and the navy better members of society; and inspire them with teal courage to defend their country, especially in times of danger." W ith this view the Society, which was only instituted in 17^0, have distributed, at the charge of upwards of 1500 I. more than 1 1,000 Bibles among our regiments and ships' crews. — May G«d crown their efforts with success! and may an hundredfold be returned into their bosoms!
"How pleasing, at least, how alleviating and mollifying are the reflections which rise out of the doctrine of the sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures, under the misfortunes to which we often hear our brave countrymen tire exposed. 1 sometimes fancy I see an old British sailor, having spent his days in the service vf ilia country, sinking under the weight of age and infirmities;