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fested forth his glory, and his disciples believed on him. After this, he went down to Capernaum, he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples, and they continued there not many days.
Benevolent Saviour! pleased to behold the innocent pleasures of the bridal circle, pleased to lend the sanction of thy presence to the holy tie which unites two kindred hearts ! how has thy religion been misunderstood! True happiness and true piety are inseparable. The relations of social life, the affections of parent and child, of brothers and sisters, of friendship, of wedded love, all the gentler emotions, as they tend to develop what is amiable in us, tend to make us love and serve God better; and the love and the service of him lend a richer charm to the endear. ment of social intercourse. Friendship and affection are holy things. The truly religious heart must have room for these heavenly guests; and where these are, there, in greater or less strength, but ever unextinguished, is the principle of Religion. If there is a blessing for which we ought to be grateful to God, it is for our friends. How desolate would life be with, out them! How kind is that heavenly Friend who bath granted them to us, and who beholds with an approving smile, the union of heart with heart among his happy children !
Incarnate Word! who, wont to dwell
TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF JESUS'S PUBLIC
MINISTRY IN GALILEE.
CONVERSATION WITH NICODEMUS.
John 11. 13, AND III. And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And he found in the temple those that sold oxen, and sheep, and doves, and the changers of money, sitting : and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence: make not my Father's house a house of merchandise.
There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicode. mus, a ruler of the Jews. The same came to him by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God : for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with
him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old ? Jesus answ
swered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowvest not these things ? Verily,'verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen ; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things ? And no man hath as. cended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man, which is in heaven.
differ in their speculative views of regeneration, but they agree far more nearly than many among their disputants imagine. Man, when left
without religious impressions, is weak in character, subject to the influence of every passion; with all his hopes and fears engaged within the narrow limits of this life; selfish; not applying himself with any steadiness of purpose to his own improvement; living merely for the external world. The good seed of religion is sown in his mind, takes root and thrives there; the frailty of his character is changed to strength, and temptations formerly yielded to are now resisted. The circle of his attention is no longer limited to earth, and to a short term of life here below; it embraces heaven, and expands into eternity. Instead of living for himself alone, he now feels him. self the brother and friend of mankind, and the child of God. The improvement of his own character becomes the chief object of his life ; he lives in an intere nal, a spiritual world, conversant with things invisible. Has not such a man acquired a new life? Has he not indeed been “born again”? Thus may it appear at the final day, that we have been “born of God”!
Sad is this narrow span,
This grant of fleeting years ;
And finishes in tears.
A hope of rest on high ;