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for he was determined to know of the contest, at whose hand he is nothing among men but Jesus certain to receive the crown. Christ and him crucified. This How does the trembling believer was the subject of his exhortations, in those seasons of darkness, when this was the burden of his mid. he fears that he shall yet be vannight songs when in prison, this quished in his long struggle with was the theme of his “
weighty” sin, sigh to participate in these epistles, in which the Greek lan- triumphant feelings of our apostle! guage, copious as it is, sinks under But it does not become such an him, as he struggles to give utter- one to despair. For let us inquire ance to the thoughts of one who who it was that led Paul through had been caught up to the third this difficult course?
Did he conheaven, and had there heard un- tend in his own strength? Did he speakable words.
Thinking no go in this warfare at his own suffering too keen, no toil too ex- charges? Oh, no! It was the cessive, no danger too great to be grace of God, the power of the incurred in the prosecution of his Holy Ghost, “without whom noone glorious task, the proclamation thing is strong, nothing is holy," of the Gospel, he pressed heroically and who is able to make of the on “through evil report and good bitterest persecutor a devoted adreport,” undeterred by calumny herent, and of the feeblest believer and unspoiled by praise, till he was a hero in the holy war, which led able to exclaim, “I have fought a him safely through and made him good fight, I have finished my more than conqueror at the last. course, I have kept the faith: The vessel which contained his henceforth there is laid
glorious gifts was but of earth, a crown of righteousness, which but God consecrated it to His own the Lord, the righteous judge, shall use, and filled it with a costly ingive me at that day.” Like a cense, the perfume of which is still conqueror in the games, he stands arising, and can never be extinct. at the end of his course, gazing
M. N. with confidence towards the judge
FROM THE AUTHOR OF “CHRISTIAN RETIREMENT.”
MY DEAR FRIEND,
* * * It is
like the spouse in the Canticles, indeed the “ Word of Reconcilia- their language is, “ Draw me, we tion;" good news to perishing sin- will run after thee;" “I sat down
What a privilege to sit un- under his shadow with great deder the sound of the Gospel of light, and his fruit was sweet to peace! “to be brought into the my taste;” “My beloved is mine banqueting house, where the ban- and I am his.” O blessed assurner over us is Love!” “Happy ance! O happy experience! Milare the people who know the joy- lions of poor sinners have drank of ful sound, and can rejoice therein;" this brook by the way, and are now lifted up to glory. Like a refresh- yea, it lives altogether upon him ing stream, it cheered them on their and through him and to him, and aspilgrimage ; and, like the honey to cribes all the glory of our salvation Jonathan, gave them fresh strength to his eternal merits, being made and courage for the battle.
complete in him, and him alone. O my dear friend, what a con- I was much struck this morning solation to think that salvation is in reading the 4th and 5th chapall of grace—that no creature- ters of the 1st Epistle of St. John. righteousness is required to entitle We are there taught what is the us to partake of those blessings true faith of our Lord and Saviour which Christ has to bestow. All Jesus Christ, and what are the the fitness he requireth, is to feel effects of that faith. In the 4th our need of him. How beautiful chapter, the second verse contains is the simplicity of faith! it takes the humanity of Christ: “ Jesus God at his word—it receives Christ Christ is come in the flesh.” The as offered in the Gospel-it makes 15th verse contains the divinity no bargain for heaven, believes of Christ: “Jesus is the Son of in the promises, and receives salva- God.” The lst verse of the 5th tion through a crucified Redeemer chapter contains the Messiahship as the free gift of free grace; of Jesus: “ Jesus is the Christ.' freely wrought out by the Son of Therefore, by a fair conclusion, God, and freely bestowed on whom- Christ is God and man, *the Sasoever divine grace and sovereign viour of the world.” (4th ch. 14 v.) will is pleased to bestow it. Such In the 4th verse we are told that a faith lays self in the dust; hum- faith overcometh the world. The bles the proud heart of man; strips 5th verse asks the question, Who him of self-righteousness; exalts is he that overcometh the world? the Saviour, and glories in the The answer is then given; “He eternal Trinity. Is this faith the that believeth that Jesus is the Son product of Nature ? Oh, no! It of God”—he who believes in his is altogether the work and opera- divine nature, in his eternal Godtion of the Holy Spirit. It par- head. But his human nature in takes, therefore, of the nature of his sufferings is next described. Him who works it in us; it is a This is he that came by water “holy faith,” a
heart-purifying and blood,” which flowed from his faith,” a faith that overcomes the side as he hung upon the cross. world,” and “ works by love” to By the blood we receive our title, God and man. It brings unseen by the water our fitness for heaven. things into view, and substantiates These are represented in the two the hope of glory. It unites the sacraments Baptism and the sinner to Jesus Christ, and draws Supper of our Lord—which are the from him everything we need to signs and seals of these great blesscarry us from earth to heaven.
It ings received into the heart, and sits at his feet as a prophet, to be made our own by faith. The 10th taught by him the way to eternal verse shows the effect of this faith, life; it rests upon him alone as an “ He that believeth on the Son of atoning high priest: it obeys him God hath the witness in himself"' only as the almighty king. In all by the wonderful change produced spiritual maladies, faith goes to in his heart and life, and by the him as the unerring physician for sweet sense of pardon and peace health and cure;
as the Good in his soul. The apostle then Shepherd, it reposes under his care, shows that eternal life is treasured
6. He can,
up in Christ, so that all who pos- Wherever love reigns, there will sess him shall live eternally. Then also be found humility. Who so he adds, “These things have I humble as the saints in light ? and written unto you that believe on who loves more than they? These the name of the Son of God, that graces spring from saving, justifyye may know that
have eternal ing faith, and prove it to be gelife, and that ye may believe on nuine and sincere, the sole work the name of the Son of God,” that and operation of the Spirit of God your
be confirmed in this —as a tree is known by its fruit, important and saving truth. I and by its fruit known to be alive. need not say, pardon me for dwell- Oh! that a God of mercy and love, ing so long upon one subject, since may pour upon us more of his without faith it is impossible to Spirit, and cause us to abound yet please God. Let me rather add, more and more in all knowledge Lord, increase our faith-make it and in all goodness :more vigorous and lively; and of
for he is power; thy mercy confirm it unto the end.
He will, for he is love."
And now, my dear friend, may
our souls be growing daily more
and more like unto Christ. Oh! Leeds, 30th Nov., 1810.
what a great work is the work of salvation. I feel it, and find it a continual warfare, from an evil heart of unbelief. How lovely is holiness—how precious is the love
of God! But sin and Christ canMY DEAR FRIEND,
* * * What
not dwell together. The heart says the Apostle ? “Grace be with
where Jesus abideth must be puriall them that love our Lord Jesus
fied, and is purified, by faith. I Christ in sincerity :” and St. John
want to feel all my affections alive, sweetly adds—" God is love ; and
when I think upon his dying love; he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth
I want more of the mind and spirit in God, and God in him. Love is
of my Redeemer. He alone can the grace which gives a charm and
give me what I want. In Jesus is beauty to all the rest; nay, I may
treasured up an infinite fulness of call it—the Queen of the celestial
grace and glory. He can and does Graces. When faith shall be lost
Yes! in vision, and hope in enjoyment, supply all his people's need.
millions have found him all-suffilove will shine with increasing
cient, and his name is still the lustre to all eternity. In propor
same—“God, all-sufficient!” (Gen. tion as divine love is shed abroad
xvii. 1.) Then what do I want ? in the heart, in that proportion Faith! Oh! for more of this apwill the soul be assimilated to
propriating grace! It lays hold of Jesus Christ; enjoy communion Jesus, and says with Jacob : “I with him; gain a greater conquest
will not let thee go, except thou over indwelling sin, and partake bless me.” It will take no nay; on earth a foretaste of the bliss of
and yet its importunity, is pleasing heaven.
unto God. He loves to be wrestled “ They talk of morals-oh, thou bleeding
with, by humble, fervent, believing Lamb,
prayer; and though he may seem The great morality is love of thee !" to shut his ear, yet all this is done AUGUST—1845.
to strengthen faith and patience, physicians, how often do they say, and not to disappoint it finally. when speaking of his diet—You
We want much humbling, and may give him whatever he chooses God knows best in which way to to eat. How dreadful this, when · root out this cursed weed of applied to the soul; when all · nature-pride. We want much means are found unavailing, and spiritualizing, and infinite Wisdom the heavenly Physician says, “Let best knows how to deliver us from him alone”-give him the bent of a carnal mind. Thus are we often his will; all hope of recovery is brought into the furnace and the
past. Sufferings, however great, wilderness, into trials and dis- directed through grace as meditresses ; but what says Bridget- cines to the soul, are pleasures “ All is love !” Redeeming love compared to such a state, however "appoints the medicine for the heal- prosperous and easy in the world. ing of our souls, and what a mercy
-Believe me, is it, although the potion be ex- Your affectionate Friend, tremely bitter. When a person is
T. S. B. READE. extremely ill and given up by the Leeds, 15th May, 1811.
GOD IN HISTORY.
The ruins of kingdoms! The re- feel as if all the cities of men were lics of the mighty empires that built on foundations beneath which were ! The overthrow or decay of the earthquake slept, and that we the master works of man is, of all abide in the midst of the same doom objects that enter the mind the most which has already swallowed so afficting. The high wrought per- much of the records of mortal magfection of beauty and art seem born nificence. Under such emotions we but to perish; and decay is seen and look on all human power as foundafelt to be an inherent law of their tionless, and view the proudest nabeing. But such is the nature of tions of the present as covered only man, that even while gazing upon with the mass of their desolation. the relics of unknown nations, The Assyrian empire was once which have survived all history, he alike the terror and wonder of the forgets his own perishable nation world, and Babylon was perhaps in the spectacle of enduring great- never surpassed in power and gor
geous magnificence. But where is We know of no spectacle so well there even a relic of Babylon now, calculated to teach humiliation. save on the faithful pages of Holy and convince us of the utter fra- Writ? The very place of its exgility of the proudest monuments istence is a matter of uncertainty of art, as the relics which remind and dispute. Alas! that the meaus of vast populations that have sure of time should be doomed to passed from the earth, and the em- oblivion; and that those who first pires that have crumbled into ruins. divided the year into months, and We read upon their ruins of the invented the zodiac itself, should past the fate of the present. We take so sparingly of immortality as
to be in the lapse of a few cen- of a powerful and highly cultivated turies, confounded with natural people, whose national existence phenomena of mountain and valley. was probably before that of Thebes
Who can certainly show us the or Rome, Carthage or Athens? site of the tower that was “ reared Alas! there is none to tell the tale! against heaven?” Who were the all is conjecture, and our best inbuilders of the pyramids that have formation concerning them is deexcited so much the astonishment rived only from uncertain analogy. of modern nations? Where is How forcibly do these wonderRome, the irresistible monarch of ful revolutions, which overturn the the east, the terror of the world? master works of man, and utterly Where are the proud edifices of dissolve his boasted knowledge, her glory, the fame of which has remind us that God is in them all! reached even to our time in classic Wherever the eye is turned, to vividness? Alas! she too has fad- whatever quarter of the world the away
in sins and vices. Time attention is directed, there lie the has swept his unsparing scythe remains of more powerful, more over her glories, and shorn this advanced, and more highly skilled prince of its towering diadems. nations than ourselves, the almost “Her lonely columns stand sublime,
obliterated records of the mighty Flinging their shadows from on high past. How seemingly well-foundLike dials, which the wizard Time
ed was the delusion, and indeed Has raised, to count his ages by.”
how current even now, that the Throughout the range of the discovery of Columbus first opened western wilds, down in Mexico, the
for a cultivated people in Yucatan, Bolivia, &c., travellers
And yet, how have been able to discover the most great reason is there for indisputable evidences of extinct clusion, that while the country of races of men, highly skilled in Ferdinand and Isabella was yet à learning and the arts, of whom we stranger to the cultivated arts, Amehave no earthly record, save the
rica teemed with power
granremains of their wonderful works, deur; with cities and temples, pyrawhich time has spared for our con
mids and mounds, in comparison templation. On the very spot with which the buildings of Spain where forests rise in unbroken bear not the slightest resemblance, grandeur, and seem to have been and before which the relics of the old explored only by their natural in- world are shorn of their grandeur. habitants, generation after genera- All these great relics of still tion has stood, has lived, has war- greater nations, should they not red, grown old, and passed away; teach us a lesson of humiliation; and not only their names, but their confirming as they do, the truth nation, their language, have per- that God
is in history, which man ished, and utter oblivion has closed cannot penetrate ? If the historian, over their once populous abodes. tells us truly that a hundred thouWho shall unravel to us the mag- sand men, relieved every three nificent ruins of Mexico, Yucatan, months, were thirty years in erectand Bolivia, over which hangs the ing a single Egyptian pyramid, sublimest mystery, and which seem what conclusion may we not reato have been antiquities in the day sonably form of the antiquities of of Pharaoh! Who were the build- the continent of America, which is ers of those gorgeous temples, almost by way of derision, one obelisks, and palaces, now the ruins would suppose, styled the new world.