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judgment upon the seven nations of Canaan, could He possibly be indifferent to sin in His people ? Most assuredly not. “You only have I known of all the families of the earth, therefore will I punish you for your iniquities.” The very fact of His taking them into relationship with Himself was the ground of His dealing with them in holy discipline.

It is the very height of folly for men to reason about the severity of divine judgment, or the apparent lack of proportion between the sin and the punishment. All such reasoning is false and impious. What was it that brought in all the misery, the sorrow, the desolation, the sickness, pain, and death-all the untold horrors of the last six thousand years ? What was the source of it all ? Just the one little act- -as man would call itof eating a bit of fruit! But this little act was that terrible thing called sin-sin against God! And what was needed to atone for this? How was it to be met? What stands over against it as the only adequate expression of the judgment of a holy God? What? The burning in the valley of Achor? Nay. The everlasting burnings of hell ? Nay; something far deeper and more solemn still. What? The cross of the Son of God! The awful mystery of the death of Christ ! That terrible cry, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Let men remember this, and cease to reason.

NONE BUT CHRIST.
O CHRIST! in Thee my soul hath found,

And found in Thee alone,
The peace, the joy, I sought so long-

The bliss till now unknown.

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HOW TO STUDY SCRIPTURE.

(AN EXTRACT FROM A LETTER.) It is a very difficult thing for any one to attempt to prescribe for another the proper method of studying scripture. The infinite depths of holy scripture, like the exhaustless resources that are in God, and the moral glories of the Person of Christ, are only anfolded to faith and need. This makes it so very simple. It is not cleverness, or intellectual power, we need, but the artless simplicity of a little child. The One who indited the holy scriptures must open our un. derstandings to receive their precious teaching. And He will do so, if only we wait on Him in real earnestness of heart.

But we must never lose sight of the weighty fact, that it is as we act on what we know that our knowledge shall increase. It will never do to sit down like a bookworm to read the Bible. We may store our intellect with biblical knowledge, we may have the doctrines of the Bible and the letter of scripture at our finger-ends, without one particle of unction or spiritual power. We must go to scripture as a thirsty man goes to a well; as a hungry man goes to a meal; as a mariner goes to a chart. We must go to it because we cannot do without it. We go, not merely to study, but to feed. The instincts of the divine nature lead us naturally to the word of God, as the new-born babe desires the milk by which he is to grow. It is by feeding on the word that the new man grows.

Hence we may see how very real and practical is this question of how to study scripture. It is intimately connected with our entire moral and spiritual condition, our daily walk, our actual habits and ways. God has given us His word to form our character, to govern our conduct, and shape our course ; and therefore, if the word has not a formative influence, and a governing power over us, it is the height of folly to think of storing up a quantity of scriptural knowledge in the intellect. It can only puff us up, and deceive

It is a most dangerous thing to traffic in unfelt truth; it superinduces a heartless indifference, levity of spirit, insensibility of conscience, perfectly appalling to people of serious piety. There is nothing that tends so to throw us completely into the hands of the enemy as a quantity of head knowledge of truth, without a tender conscience, a true heart, an upright mind. The

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mere profession of truth which does not act on the conscience, and come out in the life, is one of the special dangers of the day in which our lot is cast. Better, by far, only know a little in reality and power, than profess a quantity of truth that lies powerless in the region of the understanding, exerting no formative influence upon

the life. I would much rather be honestly in Romans vii., than fictitiously in chapter vii. In the former case I am sure to come right, but in the latter there is no telling what I may come to.

As to the question of making use of human writings to help us in the study of scripture, great caution is needed. No doubt the Lord may, and does, make use of the writings of His servants, just as He uses their oral ministry, for our instruction and edification. Indeed, in the present broken and divided state of the church, it is wonderful to mark the Lord's rich grace and tender care in feeding His beloved people with the writings of His servants.

But, we repeat, great caution is needed, earnest waiting on the Lord, that we may not abuse so precious a gift, that it may not lead us to trade on borrowed capital. If we are really dependent upon God, He will give us the right thing; He will put the right book into our hands; He will feed us with food convenient for us. Thus we receive it from Himself, and hold it in communion with Himself. It is fresh, living, powerful, formative; it tells on the heart, and shines in the life; and we grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Precious growth! would there were more of it!

Finally, we have to remember that holy scripture is the voice of God, and the written word is the transcript of the living word. It is only by the Holy Spirit's teaching we can really understand scripture, and He reveals its living depths to faith and need. Let us never forget this.

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6. JESUS ONLY.” On my way home one evening, I noticed that a building

-called in this country a church—was brilliantly lighted up.

Before I came to it a gentleman touched my arm, and said, “Will you come in to our service at the church ?”

“No, thank you,” I said.

I can get you a seat close to the pulpit, if you will come in," said the gentleman.

“No, not to-night."

“ You had better come to-night,” said he: “You may never have another opportunity.”

“ No, thank you," I said ; and I looked up to the Lord to have a word to say to this zealous one.

By this time we had arrived opposite the doors of the church, and I noticed over the porch these words, 6. JESUS ONLY.

I looked at the gentleman and said, “I have • Jesus only' outside your church, but have you . Jesus only' inside ?"

“Oh, come in,” he repeated.

“ But tell me, What is the way to be saved from the wrath to come ?”

You must believe in Jesus, enter the church, and lead an upright life.”

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