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nearness to us, and our nearness to Him; and what consolation and strength may be found in these sweet whisperings of His love! And He would have us, blessed be His name, to be ever feasting on His love. It is pressed upon us without measure. " As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you : continue ye in my love.” What a portion for the soul in its solitude ! As –50; as—s0; and, “ Continue ye in my love." John xiv. 20; xv.

9. Let this be thy sanctuary, 0 tried and afflicted one! Thy Lord invites thee to dwell in His love, to make it thy hiding-place from the gathering storm, or the sweeping tempest; when all seems to be gone, His love remains unchanged amidst the ever-changing scenes of time. But, oh ! on thy part, let patience have her perfect work. To have no will of our own is the perfect work of patience. Think not His answer to thy prayer is long in coming. He will not forget thee; it will come at the right moment and in the right way. We fail to realise His deep interest in us. How deeply moved His heart is when He sees thee suffering! but He would have us not to forget that He suffered in our stead. “ Did not I give my life for thee?” we hear Him say; " and did not I suffer shame and agony on the cross for thee, that I might wash thee in my precious blood, and fit thee for the sanctuary above?” Thus the soul is brought into sweet communion with the Lord ? and it will soon find many chambers in the sanctuary of His love. But venture not, I pray thee, to trace His footsteps in the sea, there thou couldst only be overwhelmed in deeper waters. Leave all in His hands, trust all to Him in uninquiring confidence; but ever abide in the sanctuary of His presence, where all His love and glory are revealed to thy faith, through the teaching and power of His Holy Spirit. At the same time, may we never forget that there is as much love in the sea as there is in the sanctuary.

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ALONE WITH GOD.

ALONE with God! what says that word to me?
It tells of sin confessed, of pardon free,
Of sweet communion, holy liberty,
Of shelter from the storms of life's wild sea.
Alone with God! 'tis there my soul finds rest
When weary, consolation when distrest;
Succour when tempted; nourishment when faint;
Comfort in sorrow, sustenance in want.
Alone with God! obtaining, day by day,
Strength for the journey, courage for the fray,
Light for my footsteps, pasture for my soul,
Hope to help onward to the heavenly goal.
Alone with God ! learning my Father's will,
Hearing His soothing whisper, “Peace, be still;"
Blessed with the knowledge of His sympathy;
Bathed in the light of His all-seeing eye!
Alone with God! close to my Father's breast,
Beyond earth's care, sin's woe, and life's unrest:
Oh! holy happy spot! oh! place of bliss !
Oh! grateful plenitude of heaven-born peace !
'Tis only while on earth that I can be,
Father of holiness, alone with Thee !
Soon in yon home of love, earth's wanderings done,
I'll be with Thee for aye-yet not alone!

Clapham.

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28. “T. P.,” Wigan. We have written, more than once, on the subject of eternal punishment, in the pages

Things New and Old,” and we must refer you to those papers, some of which have been reprinted. We have not read the pamphlet sent by you. Indeed, dear friend, we deem it right to tell you that we never read any books, pamphlets or tracts in which the truth of eternal punishment is denied; or any infidel publication; or any in which the Deity or the perfect humanity of our adorable Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is denied; or such as deny the plenary inspiration of the holy scriptures, given of God in the Hebrew and Greek languages, or any in which the Lord's dear people or His beloved and honoured servants are spoken against. We put all such the fire, at once, believing it to be the best thing to do with them. We do not feel it to be our business to reply to those books; we leave that for other and abler hands; but we are most fully persuaded that they all emanate directly from the father of lies; and we are not going to read anything of his. Being, by the mercy of God, fully convinced of the truth on all the above subjects, we are determined, by His grace, never to read anything in opposition thereto, but to deal with it in the manner aforesaid ; and we make this statement for the information of all whom it may concern, in order that they may spare themselves the trouble and expense of sending us any of the above-named publications.

29. “ A. F.," New Barnes. We believe that Matthew xviii. 10–14, furnishes the foundation of the precious truth of the salvation of infants. Do you not believe this? Are you not fully persuaded that all who die in infancy are saved ? That inasmuch as their little bodies undergo the penalty of Adam's sin, their precious souls partake of the benefit of Christ's atonement? Well, if you believe this, why should your

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heart be troubled as to the destiny of your infant child, in the event of the Lord's coming ? Can you not fully trust that blessed One who, in the days of His flesh, said, with such touching tenderness, “ Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not ; for of such is the kingdom of God” ? Can your heart entertain, for a moment, the unworthy thought that your gracious Lord, when He comes for His people, could take the mother to be with Himself and leave her babe behind to perish? You ask if we

can tell you of any scripture which shews what becomes of the infant children of believers, when the Lord has taken His church to Himself !” We reply at once,

Matthew xviii. 10-14. “ Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones ; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.* How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray ? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray. Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”

Now, dear friend, is not this a precious answer to your question ? Is it not divinely calculated to hush all your anxiety in reference to your precious babe, in the event of the Lord's coming ? Will the loving Saviour, think

you, who uttered these words, ignore them, when He comes for His church? The very thought were blasphemy. Ah! no : beloved, our loving Lord will be fully glorified in receiving to His bosom and taking to his home the infant children of His people, as well as the parents. It is not His will, now, and it cannot be His

* In Luke xix. 10, where it is not a question of infants, we read, " The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

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will, then, that one of these little ones should perish. May your heart find settled rest as to this question, in the eternal truth of God and in the rich and precious grace which shines so brightly and blessedly in Matthew xviii. 10–14.

30. “W. A.,” Faringdon. We cannot insert your article.

31. “J. S.,” Herts. The cup in the Lord's Supper occupies a position far too elevated to be, in the very smallest degree, affected by the question of teetotalism.

32. “J. W.,” London. To say that “I cannot help sinning," is to deny the very foundations of Christianity. To say that I cannot sin is a deceit and a delusion. To say that I need not sin, is to state a holy christian privilege. The rendering of Galatians v. 17, in our Authorised Version, is not very felicitous. It should be “That ye should not do those things which ye desire.”

33. “W. W.,” W. In the painful case which you name, we do not believe it to be the right thing for a son to “ try and manage a re-union” between the father and mother. If the husband wishes to come back, the wife should receive him. This, we think, is clearly involved in 1 Corinthians vii. 13. 6. The woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.” If he wishes to come back, it is tantamount to “being pleased to dwell with her;" and if she be told " not to leave him,” it is tantamount to being told to receive him. At least, so we judge. It may be the Lord is about to bring the husband to Himself; and if so, it would be very sad if a christian wife should prove a stumbling-block, by failing in grace. No doubt, he has signally failed in his duty as a husband, in the act of leaving his wife, even were there nothing more serious; but if he really desires-apart from any management or any influence brought to bear upon himto come back, we cannot but judge it to be the duty of a Christian wife to receive him, and to seek, “by her chaste conversation coupled with fear,” to him for Christ. Should she refuse,

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