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Ι version in connection with our work, which will shew that efforts exerted on behalf of God's ancient people are not in vain. Meanwhile, as the Barbican or East Central Mission is supported by voluntary contributions alone, and the work is much hindered by reason of lack of funds,-contributions, however small, will be gratefully acknowledged in the RainBow either by the Treasurer, Edward Jarvis, Esq., 10, Kingsland Green, N., or to myself, when a printed receipt together with an annual report will be forth with forwarded.

PAUL WARSCHAWSKI. 28, Winston Road, Green Lanes, London, N.

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THE IMPERISHABLE WORD A MIRACLE. From an Address before a Bible Society by J. STEWART GUMLEY. HE

superhuman, i.e., miraculous, in its contents and preservation. Having referred briefly to the adaptability of the Bible to all times and circumstances of men, the ever-freshness of its truths, its exhortations and denunciations, its consolations and encouragements under every phase of human suffering, yearning, aspiration, struggle and ambition ;-and having pointed out how each production of mere human literature was only the expression of, and suited for, the times which gave it birth, or of men out-topping their fellows by a head and shoulders; or of dreams of a parliament of men and a federation of the world ; and after alluding to the earth in these latter times giving forth from her bosom--as in the case of the Moabite stone, and such like evidence-testimony to the historical accuracy of those ancient annals; and after alluding to the destruction of ancient literature, on the final overthrow of the Roman empire, beneath the flood of barbarism that swept over Europe, and to the subsequent events which brought about the “revival of letters,” the speaker touched on the “ Preservation of the Bible--its quantity and quality."

“And when Europe arose from her watery grave, bearing on her bosom, like some re-born isle, treasures long buried in the deep; though many a palimpsest sea-worm had long worn its way through the most precious remains of literature and science ; though philosophy and the arts reappeared with features defaced and with many a mutilated limb; though of Livy, the historian, the more instructive half is irrevocably lost; of Polybius, almost the whole; though of Varro, the contemporary of Virgil-considered, by those who heard him, a bard able to strike the lyre to bolder measures, if not to more persuasive strains-not one lingering note has strayed behind him; of Menander's humour, not a shred remains; of Socrates, nought but the name, the example, and a few memorable drops of wisdom from his lips ; though of numbers of authors, mentioned in terms of veneration by their contemporaries, all we can gather now consists barely of their names; though thoughts, tens of thousands of thoughts, high and glorious thoughts, noble

aspirations, bright and deep conceptions have been lost to us for ever with the names of their owners, as unknown as the skulls from whence they were once evolved, now parcel of this earth-yet, blessed be God ! by a disposal of events, as marked by miraculous evidence as the preservation of the dead body of Lazarus pure and sweet in the tomb, the sacred records of redeeming love have been preserved for men.

Varro and the rest of them are gone for ever; but still is Moses extant, though upwards of three thousand years of age. Still are sketched ont for us the first beginnings of what is now; still come down to us the annals of those men whose plough first furrowed this earth, “ soft from the deluge." Still, " for our learning," the dealings of God with his people remain written. Still have we recorded for our admonition, the rise and progress, the decline and fall, the favours and the warnings, the struggles and the triumphs, the virtue and the corruption, the apostasy and the punishment of the ancient people of God. Still, through those long ages has come down to us that strange mysterious book of Job,-allegory or biography, a poet's dream or a woeful reality,– which celebrates the contest between piety and pietism, and the victory of the plain, home-spun, God-reliant heart, over the trite maxims of the orthodox conventional expert; a book written for the nineteenth cen. tury of grace as well as for the simple age when the shepherd watched the flocks of Jethro. Still can the royal psalmist tune his harp, and lead a myriad worshippers through the golden gates of praise and prayer; still the wisdom of Solomon is here ; still he can pipe the epithalamium of Christ and His Church; and “the man about town," in our modern Babylon, “stuffing his hollowness" with “ mouldy bay,” can still find the “vanity and vexation” in his “vision of sin " depicted in the experiences of the ancient preacher, and from him learn that the judgment to which God shall bring every work, with every secret thing, is begun already—even in this life. Still are the mighty propbets full in view—these, the philosophers, the diplomatised teachers in the education of the world, the reliable pioneers in the progress of mankind, as halting on the successive heights of fulfilled prophecy, they point to far off and greater glories yet to be revealed. Still can Matthew tell his plain, unvarnished tale, Mark corroborate the story, and the skilful Luke collect and record the testimony of his age ; still can John the beloved, in humble gratitude, illustrate the wonder of incarnate Deity ; still arə preserved for us the deep philosophy, the trenchant argument, the simple, sweeping eloquence of Paul; still can James stimulate to deeds worthy of our calling ; still, with holy zeal, and undying fervour, - his brows almost crowned with martyrdom, -the venerable Peter can watch and warn the Church ; Jude exhort; and John, again, shed forth those drops of love, sweet and bright--the love of Him who loved him, and, in sublime and mystic language-sublime since he speaks of heavenly things; mystic, since with inspired wisdom he beclouds the sunlit vision, and tempers it to suit our weak and trembling human gaze-describe the line and issue in and to which Eternal Providence doth shape events. These all—all these have been preserved for men-though Varro and the rest of them are gone for ever."

In its preservation, this book, the Bible-is a standing miracle of the providence of the now of God the ever-present, the ever-active, the ever-overruling, the ever-interposing influence of the divine energy—the Divine Energetic One. I hold in my hand the proof of the existent energy of my Creator. I ask the Atheist to account for this book ? When came it, and how? Why it be preserved intact, and how? And in accounting for its being here with us now, to explain, if he can, on any mere human grounds, how it is that a book written by iliterate shepherds and herdsmen, fishermen and taxgatherers, when the world was young, contains truths and suggests aspirations which find their echo and answer in the most advanced periods, and amongst the most cultivated people? Why is this book, and this book only,—the book for all peoples and all times-why has this book, and almost this book only, been so fully, so wonderfully preserved through the long ages ? Is not that wonder a sign, a miracle ? "

ARMORY.

CORRESPONDENCE.

EVANGELISTIC WORK.

convened by advertisement in the

Rainbow, be a means of eliciting DEAR SIR,- I was much pleased the views of those who could assist with the excellent suggestions of in the project ? “JO” on “Evangelistic Work," I should be very glad to divide in the RAINBOW.

the cost incurred with your corresI heartily endorse his views, hav- pondent, ing experienced often great difficulty

Yours faithfully, in trying to work harmoniously

Thos. WILLIAMS. with those already actively engaged Tottenham. in this direction, and doing good work from their standpoint. I fear

DEATH AND RESURRECTION. we have often been conscious of cowardice when by our silence on DEAR SIR,-Death regarded as the great truths (entirely ignored the complete extinction of conscious by most of those we bave come in being is considered by some of your contact with), we have appeared to correspondents as inconsistent, if countenance their version of the not incompatible, with the doctrine teaching on Scripture of Man's Des- of Resurrection. One of their obtiny, the Immortality of the Soul, jections is thus substantially exEternal Torment, and the Second pressed. If death be the complete Advent. It is a delicate matter to destruction of conscious being, the oppose the teaching of these friends identity of the individual is lost and on their own platform, and would cannot be recovered. possibly do more harm than good. create another man very similar, but

I am quite of opinion that the the extinct man can never be resuggestion of “J.O" is timely, produced. Strange statements these and I hope it will be found to be for persons believing that God made practicable. Would a conference of the world ont of nothing. To such those sympathizing with this object, objection the Saviour's words to the

God may

accon

Sadducees seen applicable, “Ye tion of conscious being, that in that know not the Scriptures nor the case the resurrection of the wicked power of God.”

Unlike the Sad- would appear to be an entirely graducees, however, they are made often tuitous event. Why recall to life, by those whose piety is unimpeach- it is asked, those to whom death able, and therefore it is good service will be the final destination ? To to demonstrate to them, if it can be this it may be replied that it seems done, by reference to the infallible consistent with reason that men word, how groundless is their objec- under probation should themselves tion. In proof that an abolished know the issue of that probation, identity can be restored, an event and this they could not do if the recorded in Exodus vii. may very death they die in common with all appositely be adduced. To convince others were final. The thought of Pharaoh that the mission of Moses public exposure, the solemnities of and Aaron was divinely appointed, judgment, and the fear of “ being God commands Aaron to cast his ashamed before Him at His coming," rod upon the ground, and it instantly cannot but have a salutary effect becomes a serpent. Whatever we during life; and then it would apmay think of the feats-probably pear contributory to the glory of fraudulent contrivances

God that the unrighteous, convinced plished by the "enchantments of of their desert, shall openly acquiesce the Egyptian magicians and sor- in and acknowledge the justice of cerers,” there is no possibility of that sentence which dooms them to doubting that the rod of Aaron death, from which there is no debecame a veritable serpent. That liverance by resurrection. Let it is, an inanimate thing became a not be supposed that those who beliving animal. Certainly the rod lieve the wages of sin to be death bad now lost its identity, nay, its ignore the fact that preliminary to very existence as a rod. Can the and accompanying the process of identity be restored, that is, can the death will be that terrible sense living serpent be changed back into of the just indignation of God, and the identical rod ? The sequel shows of the infinite greatness of their loss, not only the possibility, but records as will vent itself in “weeping and the actual accomplishment of the wailing and gnasbing of teeth. change. To perform other wonders Whether the resurrection will be by its instrumentality, God, ad- universal is a question awaiting dressing Moses, thus speaks, “ And solution. Because the atonement the rod which was turned to a ser- has a universal aspect it does not pent shalt thou take in thy band.” follow that all will be raised any Here then is a clear case of restored more than that all will be saved. identity to a thing after it had Jesus died that all who believe in ceased to exist. Surely, in the light Him might not perish but have of this simple illustration, it ill-be- eternal life. Numbers, through cir. comes any Christian to doubt the

cumstances, bave never heard of power of Him who is the Resurrec

Christ, and therefore have never tion and the Life to recall from the believed in Him. Supposing such grave in the complete integrity of are left in deatb, there is no injusbis nature, the very person who tice in that, unless it could be shown died.

that it would be unjust to leave It is further objected to the first man in the state to which Adam death being considered the extinc- reduced him. Undoubtedly all will

be raised who have enjoyed oppor.

“ 80,000 SUNS!” tunity of knowing the will of God and the sanctions by which it is

DEAR SIR,—Is there any end to enforced. All that are in their

the wild absurdities of modern graves shall come forth, those that astronomy? The only consolation have done good to the resurrection

we have at present is that the proof life, and those that have done

fessors of that “science” are not evil to the resurrection of damna

agreed among themselves. Their tion. These terms, good and evil,

distances are variable quantities,

and their discords are comforting to however, pre-suppose moral and

the believer in the Mosaic Cosmospiritual enlightenment, and no one can say that the benighted heathen,

gony. At a meeting the other day like the Zulus and Hottentots, have

a gentleman said that there are ever had this. Paul, preaching to

80,000 suns in the universe, each the Athenians, declared that the

having its planetary system of past times of their ignorance God

worlds revolving around it ! Moses winked at, or overlooked ; and it

mentions only one sun, so that the

speaker referred to was exactly seems more rational to conclude from this expression that they will

79,999 wrong. And Moses knows be left in death, then brought forth

nothing about planetary revolutions, to judgment. We do read of some

in imaginary orbits, through imawho will continue in the congrega

ginary spaces.

His account is tion of the dead (Prov. xxi); of sublimely simple and divinely true,

and I believe it. For your fidelity some who sleep a perpetual sleep and shall not be awakened (Jer.

to Scripture in astronomy as well as li. 21); of some who are dead

theology I thank you ! and shall not rise (Is. xxvi. 14);

A STAR GAZER. and of some who not having the law shall perish without law (Rom. ii. 12). Certainly it seems much

VALUABLE PAMPHLETS. more accordant with the character of God to disbelieve the resurrec- DEAR SIR, I have read the pamtion of the heathen, than to believe

phlets by Dr. W. Morris with great with some missionaries and mission

satisfaction. I feel obliged to you ary directors that the heathen are

for calling attention to them. That raised to endure for ever the pangs on the “ Revised Version " is good; of unrelieved misery. Some of your that on “Light the Garment of able contributors will, I trust, give God” is splendid. Both pamphlets the readers of the RAINBOW the they are 6d. each-should sell result of their Scripture reading on by thousands. this important subject.

I am yours faithfully,
I am, yours faithfully,
G. E.

TRUTH LOVER.

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