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Lord beautifully illustrates this by the confusion of his enemies, and a well-known instance in the na- the comfort of his believing people. tural world : “ Verily, verily, I “Christ being raised from the say unto you, except a corn of dead, dieth no more; death hath wheat fall into the ground and die, no more dominion over him. For it abideth alone: but if it die, it in that he died, he died unto sin bringeth forth much fruit.” John, once: but in that he liveth, he xii. 24. As many seeds of corn liveth unto God.” Rom. vi. 9, 10, spring from one seed, when it is "I am he (says the glorified Sasown in the ground, and as that viour) that liveth and was dead; which is sown must first die before and behold, I am alive for everit can bring forth fruit; so a nu- more, Amen; and have the keys merous race of true believers, in of hell and of death.” Rev. i. 18. successive
of the world, were It was foretold, that the King to be the fruits of Christ's bitter Messiah should have his days prosufferings and death upon the cross; longed to all eternity; “He asked “ A seed shall serve him; it shall life of thee, and thou gavest it be accounted to the Lord for a ge- him, even length of days for ever neration.” Psalm xxii, 30. The and ever.” Psalm xxi. 4. promise was fulfilled, when on the name shall endure for ever: his day of Pentecost about three thou- ' name shall be continued as long as sand souls were added to the the sun; and men shall be blessed church, and when the number con- in him: all nations shall call him tinued to increase, and we trust blessed.” Psalm lxxii. 17. He shall increase more and more,
was to have
“ dominion, and Every soul that is truly converted glory, and a kingdom that all to God, is one of Christ's spiritual people, nations, and languages seed; one of “ the children which should serve him: his dominion God hath given him.” Heb. ii. 13. is an everlasting dominion which One of those “ who are born, not shall not pass away, and his of blood, nor of the will of the kingdom that which shall not be flesh, nor of the will of man, but destroyed.” Dan. vii. 14. He is of God.” John, i. 13. Christ's to “ reign over the house of Jacob people, his spiritual seed, are re- for ever; and of his kingdom there generate; “ being born again, not shall be no end.” Luke, i. 33. of corruptible seed, but of incor- Lastly, “ The pleasure of the ruptible, by the word of God which Lord shall prosper in his hand.” liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Pet. The pleasure of the Lord is exi. 23. They are the fruits of Christ's plained by St. Paul to be, the elecsufferings, the recompence of his tion and adoption of his spiritual pains. • He shall see his seed;" family in Christ; 5 having preand how glorious will the sight be, destinated us unto the adoption of when all his spiritual seed are ga- children by Jesus Christ to himself, thered together," a great multitude according to the good pleasure of which no man can number.”
Eph. i. 5. Correspond“ He shall prolong his days.”- ing with this, our Lord said, “ I When the enemies of Christ put came down from heaven, not to do him to death, they thought that mine own will, but the will of Him they had cut short his days for that sent me; and this is the Faever, and the language of their ther's will which hath sent me, that
“ When shall he die, of all which he hath given me, I and his name perish?" Psalm xli. should lose nothing, but should 5. But the attempt was vain : soon raise it up again at the last day ; he rose again, his days were pro- and this is the will of Him that longed, and now he ever liveth, to sent me, that every one that seeth
the Son, and believeth on him, may children of God, that Christ will have everlasting life; and I will look upon them as his spiritual raise him up at the last day.” John, seed, or that he will own them for vi. 38-40. Here we are taught, his people in the great day of his apthat the conversion and salvation of pearing and glory. Nor is this all; souls shall prosper in the Saviour's they cannot, without a change of hand: his word shall not be pub- heart and life, escape that awful lished in vain; the Lord has en- punishment which will fall upon
his gaged to bless it, and he will fulfil enemies: for if it pleased the Lord his promise, and send down his to bruise his well-beloved Son Spirit to make it effectual. All when he stood in the place of sinsuccess must come from him; and ners, how fearfully will he bruise indeed it is an unspeakable bless- unconverted sinners, when they ing, that to give success is in the appear before him with their sins Lord's hands, and not in ours. upon
heads! Even Our feeble efforts can no more Christ himself “ shall break them cause a spiritual seed to arise to with a rod of iron, and dash them the glory of God, than they can in pieces like a potter's vessel.” produce a single grain of wheat Psalm ii. 9. Let every convinced from that which is sown in the sinner, therefore, make haste to earth: without him, we can do no- fee from the wrath to come; and let thing.
those in whose hearts the good This consideration should teach seed of eternal life has been sown, those who are sowing the good look up to the Lord to cause it to seed of God's word, as well as increase. Let them remember, that those who hear it, to be earnest in it is his hand that must give it sucprayer for his Holy Spirit to make cess; and let them seek the dethat word effectual. It is a painful sired blessing in the use of all the sight when but little effect seems to appointed means of grace; praying, follow the ministration of the word that the pleasure of the Lord in the of God; when it does not appear salvation of their own souls, and in to take root in the heart, and so bringing many others to the saving brings forth no fruit to perfection. knowledge of Christ crucified, may Where this is the case, such per- prosper more and more in his alsons cannot with any shadow of mighty hand. truth suppose that they are the
MY BROTHER'S GRAVE.-Aged 15.
Expos’d to ev'ry rustic tread,
My brother, is thy lowly bed.
Thy name, thy birth, thy youth declare,
In simplest phrase recorded there ;
The place is silent;-rarely sound
Where thou, beneath thy burial stone,
Art laid, in that unstartled sleep
The living eye hath never known!
He sweeps the unholy dust away,
Those windows on a sabbath day;
Pouring its music on the breeze,
Of prayer, and thanks, and bended knees; When rustic crowds devoutly meet,
And lips and hearts to God are given,
Of earthly ills in thoughts of heaven;
And, if a voice could reach the dead,
My brother, makes thy heart his bed;
Within these sacred walls to kneel;
These stones which now thy dust conceal, The sweet tones of the sabbath bell,
Were holiest objects to thy soul ; On these thy spirit lov'd to dwell,
Untainted by the world's control. My brother, those were happy days
When thou and I were children yet;
Those scenes the heart can ne'er forget.
The sunshine of my heart is o’er;
Within me in the days before.
While some few gentler bosoms wept
I look'd not on thy glazing eye,
Nor view'd thy dying agony; I felt not what my parents felt,
The doubt, the terror, the distress,
My heart was spar'd that wretchedness.
With boyhood's joy, at length was beaming,
In ev'ry eye, but mine, were gleaming. But I, amidst that youthful band
Of beating hearts and beaming eyes,
Nor felt those wonted ecstacies.
No smiling faces met me now;
Grief sat upon my mother's brow;
gay unthinking childhood blest:-
ON FREQUENTING FAIRS. DEAR SIR,
or stop longer than they are allowed, The religious public of the me they squander away time which is tropolis are very much obliged to not their own. Again, by freyour correspondent Anti-Bartholo- quenting pleasure fairs, money is mæus, for the caution about that generally uselessly and foolishly expestilential evil Bartholomew fair. pended. Many sights are to be Though my residence is not in the seen; shows, low theatrical exhicapital, yet business has many bitions are displayed; all manner times in my life called me into the of vain and foolish ways are conimmediate vicinity of Smithfield trived to empty the pockets of the during the fair time, which renders unthinking and inexperienced; and me in some measure acquainted by this means many shillings are with it. All classes of society who expended which might be well emare visitors of that riotous assembly ployed. If these servants or young must, if their presence is a matter persons belong to pious families, of choice, expose themselves to they will know that money is a tadanger. But there are, doubtless, lent which ought to be better emsome people who are liable to re- ployed, than to support a parcel of ceive more injury there than others. vain and wicked people, who live Your correspondent has noticed upon the weakness and credulity of a female servant, who lost her others, instead of labouring in place in consequence of spending some honest business and vocation. a night there; and also, that it is And sometimes even females go an evident means of increasing the into houses where intoxicating lialready too lamentable multitude quors are sold, and spend money of prostitutes. It appears, then, there. A moment's reflection will that this fair is peculiarly injurious show how_improper must be such to female virtue. It is of but little conduct. Frequenting these places use to open asylums for the reco- is productive of loss of character, very of these unhappy creatures to even when nothing criminal, in the the path of virtue, while so little is full sense of the term, is committed; done to prevent the first steps to yet, if a young female visits such vice. One unavoidable consequence places as Bartholomew er Greenof frequenting these assemblies is, wich fair, her friends can hardly the loss of precious time. It is think so well of her for the time to a divine command to redeem the come. Her employers will be led time, and especially because the to fear she has formed improper days are evil. This injunction connexions, and will for the future extends to the young as well as to not be able to repose much confithe aged. Female servants have dence in her; and will hardly be generally plenty of work to occupy able to give her a strong and unhemost of their time; and it is a great sitating recommendation. -pity that they should inconsiderate- Loss of character is notithe worst ly devote any of their leisure hours effect produced by frequenting to vanity and folly, and, instead of pleasure fairs; but the loss of feemploying their precious moments male virtue is many times to be in the study of God's word and use- dated at such places. Importunity ful improvement, waste it away in and opportunity here so unite, one a manner completely unprofitable. folly and vanity after another so It is frequently a loss of time to drive out every thought of a sedate their employers as 'well as them- and wary character, till the unhapselves, and therefore a theft; be- py, deluded votary becomes robcause when they go without leave, bed and spoiled of what ought to