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and Hope the patient abiding, which will not let you go until you have been refreshed. But to wait until you are better for that food which, with God's blessing, will make you so is, indeed, a strange course. It is as though the weak and sickly patient, who has been ordered to take strengthening medicines for the recovery of his health, were to say, “ Sir, I will wait until I am better, and then I will try their efficacy.” It is as though the starving beggar were to push back the hand of Charity, and throw its offering of bread to the dogs, and say, “ Kind friend, I thank you, but I will wait until I am less famished, and then I will beg your food.” There is, however, in this feeling of yours
a misapprehension as to the qualification, if I may so speak—the marriage garment, which is required of you, before you come to the Lord's supper. It is not the measure of your holiness which God regards, but the fact of your sincerity, the reality of your faith, the unfeignedness of your purposes, which make you a welcome, though ever unworthy, guest at this heavenly banquet. You are invited, not because you have already attained—either were already perfect—but that you may gain strength there to attain. « Feed on Christ in your hearts” is the exhortation, "by faith with thanksgiving.". You come not because you are rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing ; but as poor, and blind, and naked, that these wants may be supplied out of the fulness of Christ.
If a man trusts on self-examination that he is a sincere Christian_that he ie looking for the pardon of his sins to the sacrifice of Christ—that he is endeavouring to serve God—no further qualification is needed in the case of such an one to prepare him for this blessed ordinance. He may be assuredly ranked among those who ought to be seen there.
These are the chief objections by which those whom we believe to be sincere Christians are deterred. Let me beseech you, my readers, if there be any such among you, to weigh them well, and consider whether, after the explanations I have given, they should longer keep you away. " I speak as unto wise men: judge ye what I say." Consider whether you mourn for sin—whether your hopes are fixed on Christ—whether you are conscious of the motions of a real love towards him-whether it is your purpose, by his grace, to abandon every known and wilful sin—and if so, be no longer deterred from seeking a blessing herein.
But to the hypocrite and the insincere I must add a word of warning. While this ordinance is explained so as to open an en. trance to every sincere Christian, so that not one may be excluded from the feast, the door is barred, and no admittance is allowed for you. From some base motive, to gain the favour and good opinion of men, or some worldly advantages, you have put on a shew of love to Christ-I tremble whilst I write it_but you desire no change of heart, and are anxious for no deliverance from sin, and aim at no holiness of life. Sinner! there is no place here for you. You are not looking to the death of Christ as the ground of your
hope-and there is no place at this sacrament for you, which was ordained as a “ remembrance” of that death. You wait for no outpouring of grace to fertilize and enrich your hearts. And there is no place at this rite for you, which was intended to be a means of grace. « The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord.” (Prov. xv. 8.) You have no participation in the great marriage supper of the Lamb above. And there is no place for you at that table, which is an emblem of this feast below.
Oh I remember, ye whose consciences accuse you of insincerity, to whom the bread of deceit is sweet, that as there is no place in Christ for you, until you have repented and returned to him, so is there none at this ordinance, which was instituted and derives all its blessedness from him.
And in conclusion, let us put up this prayer for all such, that they may have grace to break away from their delusion and sin before it is too late : “ Almighty God, who sheweth to them that be in error the light of thy truth, to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness ; grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ's religion, that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and fol. low all such things as are agreeable to the same, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen."
EXTRACT FROM THE MISSIONARY REPORT FROM
LONGKLOOF, SOUTH AFRICA. A MEMBER of the Church was proposed for fellowship, and on in. quiry it was found that his first powerful impressions were derived from the earnestness and firmness with which his child urged him to hold morning and evening worship in his house. I spent one evening with a family who had been notorious drunkards, and was delighted: the lad whom I had seen at the station was among the children with whom I conversed. I asked him if he prayed. He turned his head from me, and answered, with some hesitation, that he knew not whether it was prayer that he offered. I asked him if he felt any yearnings of heart toward God. He said, for some time he felt nothing but deadness and sorrow; but one day, being in the field with the sheep, he was cold, and endeavoured to kindle a fire. He struck a light, and put it into some bushes, and blew it for a considerable time before the bushes began to smoke. This encouraged him to continue blowing until the bushes began to
“ I then,” continued he, “set the fire down before me; and, folding my arms over my breast, thought, just so it is with the Spirit of God working on the heart of a poor sinner : he will not forsake it until the light shines in upon it. From that time I hope that I have more earnestly desired to serve the Lord.”
A MINISTER of the Gospel, accompanied by a companion who was not a Christian, was once visiting a professedly Christian family. He had anticipated much enjoyment, and expected to find a household of faith like that of Cornelius, who was “a devout man; and one that feared God with all his house.” But what was his astonishment in finding there was no family altar! He was not asked to pray during his visit, even on the Sabbath. The astonishment of his companion was not less than his disappointment and grief, and as they were conducted to their chamber, he exclaimed, • What! do they not have prayers here ?" Oh, what a house that must be where there are no "prayers”! A certain minister, on a journey, stopped for the night at a house where resided a similar prayerless family, who, as they were about conducting him to his chamber, asked the father if they did not have prayers? He was answered in the negative. He then declared he dared not sleep in such a house, and forthwith departed.
Christian reader, is your house without a family altar? Better be without insurance. You are in danger. Your children sleep in danger. What if you should be called up at midnight to behold one of them dying? Could you pray? Would not that child reproach you justly in neglecting their eternal welfare? Why be a stumbling-block to your children? why a grief to your pastor, and a mark for the irreligious to shoot at? Bitter regrets await your dying hour; and is there not unhappiness now? “Repent and do thy first works.”
A CHALLENGE TO THE PAPISTS. • Ask for the old paths.” (Jer. vi. 16.) If any man can prove the following articles by any one plain sentence out of the Scriptures, or out of the works of the old Fathers, or by a canon of any old General Council, or by any practice of the Primitive Church, then I promise to go over to his party: That there was any private mass in the world for the space of 600 years after Christ; or, that there was any communion ministered to the people under one kind ; or, that the people had their Common Prayers then in a strange tongue, that they understood not; or, that the Bishop of Rome was then called an Universal Bishop, or the Head of the Uni. versal Church ; or, that the people were then taught to believe that Christ's body is really, substantially, carnally, or naturally in the sacrament; or, that his body is, or may be, in a thousand places, or more, at one time; or, that the priest did then hold up the sacra. ment over his head; or, that the people did then fall down and wor. ship it with godly honour; or, that images were then set up in the churches, to the intent that the people might worship them ; or, that the lay people were then forbidden to read the word of God in their own tongue.- Bishop Jewel's Challenge to the Papists.
THE WONDERFUL AXE.
The prophet's sons in times of old,
Though to appearance poor,
And honoured though obscure.
By honest labour earned;
They heavenly wisdom learned.
They lov’d him as he spoke,
Or felled the spreading oak.
Their conference was stopped ;
A borrowed axe had dropped.
“ How shall I make it good ?”
The iron swam like wood.
A miracle performs,
To poor unworthy worms.
Are but as moths or dust,
Who in his mercy trust.
If we belong to him:
Once made the iron swim.
THE END OF THE WORLD.
At midnight, when mankind is wrapt in sleep,
THE OLD FAMILY BIBLE.
SCEPTIC ! spare this book, Touch not a single leaf, Nor on its pages look With eye of unbelief; 'Twas my forefathers' stay, In hour of agony ; Sceptic! go thy way, And let this old book be. This good old book of life, For centuries oft has stood, Unharmed amid the strife, When earth was drunk with blood; And wouldst thou harm it now, And have its truths forgot? Sceptic ! forbear thy blow, Thy hand shall harm it not. Its very name recalls The happy hours of youth, When in my grandsire's halls I heard its tales of truth; I've seen his white hair flow O’er this volume as he read; But that was long ago, And the good old man is dead. My dear grandmother, too, When I was but a boy, I've seen her eye of blue Weep o'er it tears of joy. Their traces linger still, And dear they are to me; Sceptic! forego thy will, Go, let this old book be.
laugh, now I weep; thus all things are subject to mutability, that nothing continueth an hour in one estate; O joy above joy, exceeding all joy, without which there is no joy, when shall I enter into thee, that I may see my God that dwelleth in thee?"
The Emperor of Austria is, in the ordinary acceptation of the terms, a humane and benevolent man. The ordinary administration of justice in the empire, between man and man, is good. And there are very many and amiable virtues which adorn the royal family. The late Emperor, walking through the streets of Schonbrun attended by an Aid, during the cholera, met a coffin which was being conveyed to the cemetery, without any accompanying mourners. “Why is this coffin thus abandoned ?” 'inquired the Emperor. “It is doubtless," the Âid replied,
some poor person, who has no relatives.' “Well, then," said the Emperor, “if you please, we will follow it ourselves, as mourners. And uncovering his head, he reverently followed the corpse to the grave, and then, throwing upon it the first spade-full of earth, retired.
Carefully avoid those vices which most resemble virtues—they are the most dangerous of all vices.
He that riseth late in the morning must be in a hurry all the day, and scarce overtake his business at night.
Never doth reason shew itself more reasonable than when it ceaseth to reason about things which are above reason.
THE SABBATH AND HEAVEN.The happiness of heaven is the constant keeping of the Sabbath. Heaven is called a Sabbath, to make those who love Sabbaths long for heaven, and those who long for heaven love Sabbaths.—Henry.
THE PRESENCE OF GOD.-Privation of the presence of God is hella diminution of it is a step towards it. Fruition of his presence is hea,
It has well been said that Christ's blood Ransom. Christ's Spirit Comforter. Christ's word
Food. Christ's supper
Feast. Christ's day (Market-day.
This LIFE AND THE LIFE TO BE. -Augustine exclaims, “My life is a frail life-a corruptible life; a life which the more it increaseth, the more it decreaseth-the farther it goeth, the nearer it cometh to death. A deceitful life, and like a shadow, full of the snares of death. Now I rejoice, now I languish; now I flourish, now infirm; now I live, and straight I die ; now I seem happy, always miserable; now I
And shall any man be afraid of having too much heaven - too much God?-Donne.