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trine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness;" and, consequently, that we cannot neglect the prophecies, which occupy at least one hundred chapters of the Bible, without loss to our souls !
In the most obscure of all the prophecies it is written, “ blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein." Reader, let not unbelief, nor antichrist, induce you to think, or to act, as if these words were untrue ! Mark them well. 1st, “ Blessed is he that heareth the words!" not the interpretation of the words : 2nd, And " keepeth the things that are written therein.” Angels desire to look into them and keep them, (1 Pet. i. 10–13; Rev. xxii. 9 :) all heaven rejoiced when they were revealed, (v. 9—14:) shall we remain regardless, whose interests are so deeply involved ? 3rd, The time of their fulfilment is at hand.
All denominations of Christians acknowledge, that most of the events on record in the Apocalypse, will be fulfilled before the millennium ; and that the millennium is at hand; surely then we ought to be prepared for these events !
We might multiply arguments to prove, that he that hath an ear to hear, should hear, the things that the Spirit hath spoken to the churches ; but we think the vastness, the terribleness, the nearness of the events foretold ; together with the intimate connection in which they stand, both toward ourselves, and the church of God, ought to be suffi. cient to rivet the attention of every Christian. For example: John saw an Angel flying in the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the earth, by reason of the other Foices of the three angels, which are yet to sound, (viii. 13 :) " and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great; and the citIES OF THE KATIONS FELL : and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.' (ivi. 18, 19.) " I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, (ten kings of Europe, * )and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and his army; and the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet—these both were cast alive into the lake of fire and brimstone. And THE REMNANT WERE SLAIN with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth ; and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” (xix. 20, 21.) Such were some of the things recorded in the prophecy. But the most potent reason why we should attend to the things written in the Apocalypse, is, that the Spirit has recorded, “If any man shall take away from the words of the prophecy of this book, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city. (xxii. 19.)
• Rev. xvii. 12–14; Dan. vii. 7, 24.
Reader! if you neglect the words of the prophecy, and the things that are written therein, do you not, as far as your soul is concerned, expunge the Book of Revelations from your Bible, deprive yourself i of the blessing promised to all who keep the things written therein, and run no small risk of condemnation? Your's, &c., I. B. R.
THE END OF LIFE. Always remember for what end you were born. Through the whole of life look at this end ; and, consider, when this end comes, in what you will put your trust. Not in the bubble of worldly vanity-it will be broken! Not in worldly pleasures-they will be gone! Not in great connections—they cannot serve you! Not in rank-in the grave there is no distinction! Not in the recollection of a life spent in a giddy conformity to the silly fashions of a thoughtless and wicked world—but in that of a life spent “soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world."
R. ELLIS, Junr.
The following instructions from a father to a son, I committed to memory when a child —Whether owing to early prejudices, or to more mature reflections, I will not say; but I have always thought it, and do still think it, one of the best pieces of the kind I have ever read. Finding it of some use to myself even in riper years, I have, for the sake of others, thought it deserved to be snatched from forgetfulness, and to have a chance of living at least another generation. If it will prove as instructive to youth as I think it did to me, I will require no apology to either parents or children for presenting it to our readers in this work. Though I was compelled to commit it to memory, as I was many fine pieces of prose and verse, I have found it a pleasing theme of reflection; and, indeed, many pieces which cost me some tears at school, have many a time since furnished me both instruction and joy at the recollection of them. This in prose, and Gray's Elegy in verse, were, I think now, as I thought then, the two best selections out of some hundred which a father, solicitous for my improvement, made a part of my task at school. For in those days it was usual to commit and recite some of the finest pieces of prose and verse as a regular part of education, during the whole course of academic instruction.
A. CAMPBELL. THE INSTRUCTIONS OF PATERNUS TO HIS SON. PATERNUS lived about two hundred i would be ready to break with grief if years ago; he had but one son, whom you thought this would be the last day he educated himself in his own house. that I should live with you. As they were sitting together in the My child, you think yourself very garden, when the child was ten years happy because you have hold of my old, Paternus thus spoke to him:
hand ; but you are now in the hands The little time you have been in the and under the tender care of a much world, my child, you have spent wholly greater father and friend than I am, with me; and my love and tenderness whose love to you far exceeds mine, to you, have made you look upon me as and from whom you receive such your only friend and benefactor, and blessings as no mortal can give. the cause of all the comfort and plea That God whom you have seen me sure that you enjoy. Your heart I know | daily worship; whom I daily call upon
to bless both you and me, and all and protect but you alone. He nummankind; whose wonderous acts are bers the hairs of your head, watches recorded in those Scriptures which you | over you sleeping and waking, and has constantly read; that God who created | preserved you from a thousand dangers, the heavens and the earth; who brought which neither you nor I know any thing a flood upon the old world ; who saved
of. Noah in the ark; who was the God of | How poor my power is, and how little Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; whom Job I am able to do for you, you have often blessed and praised in the greatest | seen. Your late sickness has shown afllictions; who delivered the Israelites you how little I could do for you in that out of the hands of the Egyptians ; | state ; and the frequent pains in your who was the protector of righteous head are plain proofs, that I have no Joseph, Moses, Joshua, and holy Daniel; power to remove them. I can bring who sent so many prophets into the you food and medicines, but have no world; who sent his Son Jesus Christ power to turn thein into your relief and to redeem mankind; this God, who has nourishment; it is God alone that can done all these great things; who has do this for you. Therefore, my child, created so many millions of men, who fear, worship, and love God; your eyes, lived and died before you were born, indeed, cannot yet see him, but every with whom the spirits of good men that thing you see, are so many marks of are departed this life now live, whom his power and presence, and he is nearer infinite numbers of angels now worship to you, than any thing you can perceive. in heaven; this great God, who is the Take him for your Lord, and Father, creator of worlds, of angels, and of men, and Friend; look up to him as the is your loving Father and friend, your fountain and cause of all the good that good creator and nourisher, from whom, you have received, through my hands; and not from me, you received your and reverence me only as the bearer and being ten years ago, at the time that I messenger of God's good things to you; planted that little tender elm which you and he that blessed my father before I there see.
was born, will bless you when I am dead. I myself am not half the age of this Your youth and tender mind are only shady oak under which we sit; many yet acquainted with my family, and of our fathers have sat under its therefore you think there is no happi. boughs, we have all of us called it ours ness out of it. But, my child, you in our turn, though it stands, and drops belong to a much greater family than its masters as it drops its leaves.
mine : you are a younger member of You see, my son, this wide and large this Almighty Father of all nations, firmament over our heads, where the who has created infinite orders of Sun and Moon, and all the stars appear angels, and numberless generations of in their turns. If you were to be carried men, to be fellow-members of one and up to any of these bodies, at this dis the same society in Heaven. You do tance from us, you would still discover well to reverence and obey my authority, others as much above you, as the stars because God has given me power over that you see here are above the earth : you, to bring you up in his fear, and to were you to go up or down, east or west, do for you as the Holy Fathers, recorded north or south, you would find the same in Scripture, did for their children, who height, without any top, and the same are now in rest and peace with God. depth, without any bottom. And yet, I shall, in a short time die, and leave my child, so great is God, that all these you to God, and yourself; and I trust bodies added together, are but as a in God that I shall go to his Son Jesus grain of sand in his sight; and yet you Christ, and Jive among Patriarchs and are as much the care of this great God, Prophets, Saints and Martyrs, where I and Father of all worlds, and all spirits, | shall hope for your arrival at the same as if he had no sop but you, or as if | place. there were no creature for him to love . Therefore, my child, meditate upon
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these great things, and your soul will soon grow great and noble, by so meditating upon them. 'Let your thoughts often leave these gardens, these fields and farms, to contemplate upon God and Heaven, and upon Angels and the Spirits of good men living in light and glory.
As you have been used to look to me in all your doings, and have been afraid to do any thing, unless you first knew my will; so let it now be a rule of your life, to look up to God in all your actions, to do everything in his fear, and to abstain from every thing that is not according to his will. Keep him always in your mind, teach your thoughts to reverence him in every place, for there is no place where he is not.
God keeps a book of remembrance, wherein all the actions of all men are written : your name is there my child, and when you die, this book will be laid open before men and angels; and accordingly as your actions shall be there found, you will either be received to the happiness of these holy men who have died before you, or be turned away amongst wicked spirits, that are never to see God any more. Never forget this book, my son, for it is written, it must be opened, you must see it, and you must be tried by it; strive therefore to fill it with good deeds, that the handwriting of God may nut appear against you.
God, my child, is all love, and wisdom, and goodness; and every thing that he has made, and every action that he does, is the effect of them all; there. fore you cannot please God, but so far as you strive to walk in love, wisdom and goodness. As all wisdom, love, and goodness, proceed from God; so nothing but love, wisdom, and goodness, lead to God. When you love that which God loves, you act with him, you join yourself to him, and when you love what he dislikes, then you oppose him and separate yourself from him. This is the true and right way; think what God loves, and do you love it with all your heart.
First of all, my child, worship and adore God with humility ; think of him
magnificently, speak of him reverently, magnify his providence, adore his power, frequent his service, and pray to him constantly and ardently.
Next to this, love your neighbour, which is all mankind, with such tenderness and affection as you love yourself. Think how God loves all mankind, how merciful he is to them, how tender be is of them, how carefully be preserves them, and then strive to love the world as God loves it. God would have all men to be happy, therefore do yon desire, and will the same. All men are great instances of divine love, therefore let all men instance your love.
But above all, my son, mark this, never do any thing through strife, or envy, or emulation, or vain-glory; never do any thing in order to excel other people, but in order to praise God, and because, it is his will that you should do every thing in the best manner you can; for if it be once a pleasure to you to excel other people, it will, by degrees, be a pleasure to you not to see other people so good as yourself. Banish, therefore, every thought of self-pride, and self-distinction, and accustom your. self to rejoice in all the excellencies and perfections of your fellow-creatures ; and be as glad to see any of their good actions as your own.
For as God is as well pleased with their well doings, as with yours; so you ought to desire that every thing that is wise, and holy, and good, may be performed in as high a manner, by other people, as by yourself. Let this, therefore, be your only motive and spur to all good actions, honest industry and business, to do every thing in as perfect a manner as you can, for this only reason, because it is pleasing to God, who desires your perfection, and writes all your actions in a book.
When I am dead, my son, you will be master of all my estate, which will be a great deal more than the necessities of one family require.—Therefore as you are to be charitable to the souls of men, and to wish them the same happiness with yourself in Heaven; so be charitable to their bodies ; endeavour to make them as happy as you can
upon earth. As God has created all perform an humble and obedient service things for the common good of all to the latter. men; so let that part of them, which is But, my son, observe this as a most fallen to your share, be employed as principal thing, of which I shall remind God would have all to be employed for you as long as I live with you. Hate the common good of all. Do good, my and despise all human glory, for it is son, first of all to those that most nothing else but human folly ; it is the deserve it; but remember to do good to greatest snare and the greatest betrayer all. The greatest sinners receive daily that you can possibly admit into your instances of God's goodness towards heart. Love humility in all its instances them; he nourishes and preserves --practise it in all its parts, for it is the them, that they may repent and return noblest state of the soul of man-it will to him; do you, therefore, imitate God, set your heart and affections right toand think no man too bad to receive wards God, and fill you with every your relief and kindness, when you see temper that is tender and affectionate that he wants it.
towards him. Let every day, therefore, I am teaching you Latin and Greek, be a day of humility-condescend to all that at proper times you may look into the weaknesses and infirmities of your the history of past ages, and learn the fellow creatures—cover their frailties methods of God's providence over the -love their excellencies--encourage world. That, reading the writings of | their virtues-relieve their wants-rethe ancient sages, you may see how joice in their prosperity-compassionate wisdom and virtue have been the praise | their distress-receive their friendship of great men of all ages, and fortify --overlook their unkindness, and conyour mind by their wise sayings.
descend to do the lowest offices to the Let truth and plainness, therefore, be lowest of mankind. Aspire after nothe only ornament of your language, thing but your own improvement and and study nothing but how to think of perfection, and have no ambition but to all things, as they deserve, to choose do every thing in so reasonable and every thing that is best, to live accord- religious a manner, that you may be ing to reason and order, and to act, in glad that God is every where present, every part of your life, in conformity to and observes all your actions. the will of God. Study how to fill your | The greatest trial of humility is an heart full of love to God, and love to | humble behaviour towards your equals your neighbour. As true religion teaches in age, estate, and condition of life. us to be governed by right reason; so Therefore, be careful of all the motions it loves and requires great plainness | of your heart towards these people; let and simplicity of life. Therefore avoid | all your behaviour towards them be all superfluous show of finery and equi governed by unfeigned love. Have no page ; don't consider what your estate desire to put any of your equals below can afford, but what right reason requires. you, nor any anger at those that would Let your dress be sober, clean, and put themselves above you. If they are modest: not to set off the beauty of proud they are ill of a very bad disyour person, but to declare the sobriety temper; let them, therefore, have your of your mind, that your outward tender pity, and perhaps your meekness garment may resemble the inward plain. may prove an occasion of their cure. ness and simplicity of your heart. For But if your humility should do them no it is highly reasonable, that you should good, it will, however, be the greatest be one man, all of a piece, and appear good that you can do to yourself. outwardly such as you are inwardly.
Remember that there is but one man As to your meat and drink, in them in the world with whom you are to have observe the highest rules of Christian perpetual contention, and be always temperance and sobriety; consider your striving to excel him, and he is, yourbody only as the servant of your soul; self. and only so nourish it, as it may best! The time of practising these precepts,