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and his armour-bearer should vanquish the höst of the Philistines, yet as it was in their case, so it shall be in his. Christian, put on thy sword-proof helmet, gird on thy spearproof breastplate, take thy shot-proof shield, and grasp thy two-edged sword; now go forth against thy foes, saying to thy fellows, “Come on, it may be that the Lord will work for us." Aye, He will work for thee, and there will soon be a great shaking among the hosts of thy enemies, for a trembling will seize them, and they will flee before thee-"One of you shall chase a thousand; and two shall put ten thousand to flight."
Believer, let nothing discourage thee, for the Lord of Hosts is with thee, and the God of Jacob is thy refuge. The Lord will work for thee, and He will work in thee, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Yes, He will fulfil in thee all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power. Whatever difficulty you meet with
whatever trouble comes upon you-whatever duty devolves on you, go forward as Jonathan did, saying to thy fellows, “ Come on, it may be the Lord will work for us." Sinner, see the privilege of the believer, and contrast thy own sad state with his. Thou hast no God to work for thee-no promise to comfort thee-no good hope to animate thee. Thou art in a pitiable state, and thou art going on from bad to worse. Thou hast enough to bear up under now; but what will you do on a bed of sickness, on a dying pillow, and at the judgment seat of Christ? What will comfort you when heart and flesh are failing? Who will speak for you at the dread tribunal at the last day ! Ah, you will be speechless then !-you will be hopeless then! Stripped of every false covering, your naked soul must meet the heart-searching gaze of a sin-hating God; and with all your secret sins placed in the light of God's countenance, you will be required to give an account of the deeds done in the body. Then you must say why you sinned-why you refused to repent of sin why you refused to be saved by the Lord Jesus Christ-why you preferred being God's enemy, when He besought you to be reconciled. What account will you be able to give ? How will you stand the scrutiny ? How will you escape an eternal hell? Repent of sin. Believe in Jesus, and God will work for you-yes, for you.
Ye sinners come; 'tis mercy's voice,
The gracioas call obey :
And can you yet delay?
To thee let sinners fly,
And drink and never die.
JESUS. THE RESURRECTION AND
MANY circumstances connected with the late war, were deeply affecting. Many a godly soldier fell in the battle field ; no doubt, many had fellowship with the God of peace, while surrounded by all the horrors of war. Many incidents of a touching character have been published, and one that has recently been communicated to me, is I think as touching as any :-In one of the early charges in the battle of Alma, a soldier fell mortally wounded. He was found by the searchers for the wounded and the dead, lying on his face, having bled to death. His hand was resting on an open Testament, and his finger pointed to that precious text, “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live : and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” (John xi. 25, 26.) They endeavoured to take the book out of his death-stricken hand, but it was glued to the page with his gore ; and in tak. ing it away, the leaf was torn out, with the text still adhering to his hand. His eye last rested on God's book, his mind in death
was directed to Jesus, his thoughts were fixed on the resurrection and the life; and so he passed out of time into eternity.
May we not hope he had a living faith in Jesus, that his soul was drawing living comforts from Jesus in his dying moments. Jesus is always precious to the believer, but, oh, how precious must He be to a wounded soldier, whose life is flowing from him on the cold dreary battle plain! Many, many of our brave soldiers we trust, during the last war, found Jesus precious amidst the privations and agonies endured in the Crimea. Precious must the thoughts of the resurrection be then, a resurrection to eternal life, to inhabit a country where neither sickness nor war, sorrow nor death shall be ever known.
Jesus is the resurrection. He quickens the dead in sin, and raises them to a life of righteousness. He calls us out of the grave of nature, and raises us up to live in his sight. He will also quicken the dead bodies of his saints, which sleep in him, and will raise them up to inhabit the new heavens and the new earth, wherein dwelleth righte. ousness. He will change our vile bodies, and make them like unto his glorious body. He will conform us to himself, and we shall be exactly like him. Then there will be no more evil in our hearts, no more disease in our bodies ; we shall no more experience the inward conflict, nor be exposed to the assaults of Satan. We shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; but shall be as the angels of God in heaven. United to Jesus now, death cannot separate us from him ; falling asleep in Jesus at death, we shall sweetly slumber, until the morning of the resurrection. And then we shall be satisfied, for we shall awake up in his likeness. Sweet thought this! nothing can separate us from Jesus. Whether we live or die, we are still one with him. Whether we die on our beds, surrounded by sympathising friends ; or die on the cold ground alone, amidst the roar of cannons, and the shouts of the warlike hosts, we die in Jesus. We sleep in Jesus. The soul departs to be with Jesus. And he that raised up Christ from the dead, will also quicken our mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in us. What a glorious hope! What a blessed prospect! Oh, to be one with Christ in life, in death, and for ever!
Jesus is the life. Our natural life was communicated by him ; our spiritual life is his gift; he quickens the lifeless soul; he sustains the life he imparts ; he crowns the life he sustains ; quickened by him, we feel our need of him; the whole soul desires him, we diligently seek him, we cannot rest until we find him, and realize our interest in him. There is no repose for the soul but on Jesus, no satisfaction but in Jesus, no joy but what flows from Jesus. He is our life,