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and was in all points tempted like ihus are they accepted. We may as we are, yet without sin. About best understand Christ's heart and this deep point of Christ's sympa- work in intercession, by John xvii, thy we may soberly conceive, 1. wherein we find three. Our Lord's remembrance of his (1.) Christ conceals all the faults own infirmities, temptations, and and weakness of his people. Not afflictions, in the days of his fesh. a word of these in all that prayer, This is plain and certain. 2. His and they were guilty of a great sure and distinct particular know- many. (2.) He tells all their good, ledge and remembrance of his peo- and makes much of it; ver. 6, 7, ple, and of all that concerns them, 8. I have given unto them the words within and without. 3. His inte- which thou gavest me: and they have rest in them, and care of them, received them, and have known sureand concern for them, as his mem- ly that I came out from thee, and bers. 4. His power and wisdom they have believed that thou didst as their head, to send down vital send me. He knew, and reproved influences upon them, as their case them for the weakness and stag. requires: Eph. iv. 16. Col. ii. 19. gering of their faith; he foretold
Athly, Lastly, Christ's interces- an approaching trial, and their sion stands in presenting his peo- fainting in it, John xvi. 31, 32: ple, and their desires and wants, yet he knew they were true believto the Father, for acceptance, and ers; and he makes much of it in answer of peace. Both our per- his prayer; as again, ver. 14. 25. sons and our prayers must be pre- (3.) Christ declares fully their nesented by this great High Priest, cessity, and begs supply for them. set over the house of God: Heb. x. No Christian needs any more than 21, or no welcome, no acceptance. a full answer of this prayer of An Israelite, though he brought, Christ; and it was put up for all might not offer the sacrifice on the his body, and will be answered as altar; only the priest; and the high to every member of it. Whenever priest only must offer the great you are upon your knees at the sacrifice for all Israel in the day footstool, remember who is at the of atonement. Christians must throne above, and what his busibring themselves, Rom. xii. 1, and ness is there. Footstool-supplicaall their spiritual sacrifices; but tions of believers would be all quite Christ must present them, and we lost, if it were not for the Saviour's only by him, Heb. xiii. 15. What intercession at the throne: Heb. a mighty encouragement is there viii. I. Our High Priest is set on in this for faith? Our High Priest the right hand of the throne of the makes another thing of our sacri- Majesty in the heavens. And he fices than we can. Believers often ever liveth to make intercession for know not rightly their own case; us: Heb. vii. 25. This is the end Christ knows it exactly. Many of of his living in heaven, to make our prayers are mere mistakes. intercession for us.
Take heed, We complain, when we should and mind Christ much in your praise; we ask what would do us prayers; and never fear his forgethurt, and are unwilling to receive ting you. Shall Christ live for ever what would do us much good. Our to make intercession for your and Lord Jesus puts all to rights. He will you live all your days without can say over our prayers rightly, making use of him as an interces. he can make good sense of them, sor? Alas! that Christ in heaven can purge them of their faults, can gets so little employment from bespy out any thing of his own Spirit lievers on earth! He seeks your in them, and lastly, adds his own employment, he loves it, and loves incense to them: Rev. viii. 3. And them best that give him most of
it. He undertakes for every thing that they conclude their prayers put in his hand, and in due time with the words Christ taught, will give you a good account of all Matth. vi. 9, but never for that use you entrust bim with, and make is it oft formally and superstitiousyou say, He hath done all things ly put to. Some think, that it is well, Mark vii. 37.
only to say in their prayers, for
Christ's sake. To ask in his name, APPLICATION. Is all the ground is a higher business, than to be of confidence at the throne of grace, reached by unbelievers, and men laid in Jesus Christ our High void of the Spirit of God. If no Priest? Build then your confidence man can say that Jesus is the Lord on this safe and sure ground. Not but by the Holy Ghost, 1 Cor. xii. only may you lawfully make use of 3: if praying be required to be in Christ's mediation, but you must the Holy Ghost, Jude, ver. 20; if do it. It is not only a privilege praying always with all prayer and the Lord allows you to make use supplication, should be in the Spirit, of, but it is his command, and your Ephes. vi. 18: how shall men call on duty to use it. You are command- him in whom they have not believed? ed to come to the throne of grace, Rom. x. 14. But can you take the and commanded also to come in Searcher of hearts to witness, that Christ's name, and to come boldly you build all your hopes of acceptin this name. The neglect of either ance at the throne of grace, in this of these is sin. Not to come to the name and mediation of Jesus? that throne of grace when he calls, is a you durst no more rush into God's great sin. To come to it (or rather awful presence, without the proto pretend to come) in any other tection of this great name, than name but Christ's, is a great sin you durst leap into a devouring too. And to come in this name flame? Can ye say, “I have no diffidently, is to reflect unworthily name to come to God in, but on Jesus Christ, and the power Christ's. My own name is abomiand virtue of his mighty name: nable to myself, and deservedly John xiv. 13, 14. Whatsoever ye hateful in heaven. No other name shall ask in my name, that will I do, is given under heaven, but that of that the Father may be glorified in Jesus Christ, in which a sinner the Son. If ye shall ask any thing may safely approach to God. Since in my name, I will do it. Can a man the Father is well pleased in this desiré a larger promise than this? name, and the Son commands me Can one desire a stronger plea than to use it, and the Holy Ghost hath Christ's name, and a better hand broke this name to me, and made than his to have our answers from? it as an ointment poured forth, Song Be ye askers, and askers in my i. 3, and since its savour hath name, I will be the doer. The Fa- reached my soul, I will try to lift ther's glory in the Son, and the it up as incense to perfume the Son's glory, is concerned in giving altar and throne above. Since all good answers to all prayers put up that ever came in this name were in Christ's name. You cannot ho made welcome, I will come also; nour and please Christ more, than having no plea but Christ's name, in using his name confidently. All no covering but his borrowed and bills with Christ's name at them gifted robe of righteousness. I will be accepted at the throne of need nothing, I will ask nothing, grace, and will surely be answer. but what his blood hath bought, ed. But coming to the throne of (and all that I will ask); I will exgrace in Christ's name, is another pect answers of peace, and acceptthing than commonly people take ance, only in that blessed Beloved; it to be. Some think it enough, beloved of the Father, both as his Ch. Adv.-Vol. X.
Son and our Saviour; and beloved The trivial round, the common task, of all that ever saw but a little of Would furnish all we ought to ask;
Room to deny ourselves; a road his saving grace and glory?"
To bring us, daily, Dearer God. Let such go and prosper. The Seek we no more; content with these ; Lord is with you—the Lord is Let present rapture, comfort, ease, before you. He will welcome the As heaven shall bid them, come and go,
The secret this of rest below. Mediator in his bringing you to Only, O Lord, in thy dear love, him: 1 Peter, iii. 18, and wel- Fit us for perfect rest above; come you with salvation, who come And help us this and every day
Keble. in his name for it. The prodigal's Tu live more nearly as we pray! welcome, Luke xv. is but a shadow of what ye shall meet with. Christ welcomes dearly all that come to From the Boston Recorder. him; and the Father welcomes the
ODE, believer that cometh in Christ's name, and is brought in Christ's Written for the occasion, and sung at a
Wedding Party in Stockbridge, Mass., hand, to this throne.
giden lo Mr. Abner Webb and Miss Catharine S. Watson, Missionaries to
Burmak, Wednesday Evening, August MORNING.
15, 1832 His compassions fail not; they are now every morn
Come! round the bridal altar throng, ing.
And lwine the sacred light; Lamentations, iii. 22, 23. Bring friendly greeting, lore and song, Hues of the rich unfolding morn,
To grace the holy rite;
And if there here should fall a tear, That, ere the glorious sun be born,
Smiles, too, should play their part, By some soft touch invisible
Like beams of light, thro' waters bright, Around his path are taught to swell;
A rainbow of the heart. Thou rustling breeze so fresh and gay, That dancest forth at opening day, Men part, full oft, for sordid ends, And brushing by with joyous wing, Dissolving tenderest ties, Wakenest each little leaf to sing ; And shall we not leave earthly friends, Ye fragrant clouds of dewy steam, For wealth beyond the skies? By which deep grove and tangled stream That brighter sphere where never tear, Pay, for soft rains in season given, Nor grief, nor pain, shall come, Their tribute to the genial heaven; Where those that part with breaking beart, Why waste your treasures of delight Shall find their common home. Upon our thankless, joyless sight; Who day by day to sin awake,
In farthest India notes shall swell, Seldom of heaven and you partake? To hail this nuptial hour :
And Irawaddy's shores shall tell Oh timely happy, timely wise,
or Christian love the power;. Hearts that with rising morn arise !
Near Ava's wall the truth shall fall Eyes that the beam celestial view
Like dew on thirsty lands; Which evermore makes all things new.
O'er wood and vale, o'er bill and dale, New overy morning is the love
By streams of golden sands. Our wakening and uprising prove; See! prostrate lies Gaujama's head, Thro' sleep and darkness safely brought, Restored to life, and power, and thought.
His temples silent stand : New mercies each returning day,
And man thus long by error led,
Returns at God's command;
See science press the land to bless,
And each domestic tie, New ihoughts of God, new hopes of Hea- Now better worth, shall shed on earth, ven.
A glory from on high. Old friends, old scenes will lovelier be, As more of heaven in each we see; Then speed yo, speed ye, parting ones, Some softening gleam of love and prayer We may not stay your flight, Shall dawn on every cross and care. To Burmah's dark and wandering sons
To bear the guiding light; As for some clear familiar strain
Should nature frail, in conflict fail, Untired we ask and ask again,
And sigh for western bowers, Ever in its melodious store,
Yet hope divine a wreath shall twine, Finding a spell unheard before :
And bind the cross with flowers.
THE CONDITION OF MAN IN EDEN.
but he lived in Eden, and in a gar
den eastward in Eden. This spot A garden eastward in Eden."
is supposed to have been near the
junction of the Euphrates and TiWe have arrived, in the pro- and then parted itself into four
gris;* a river went out of Eden, gress of this work, on ground pe streams, one of which, in encomculiarly sacred. thing else to give it sanctity, the passing the land of Havilah, found
shores of bdellium, onyx banks, genius of Milton alone is sufficient and channels of gold. This garThe bard of immortal themes has den was planted by our Creator been here, and who would not feel
angels were glad when it took its dismay in passing any spot conse, place in the wide variety of their crated by his presence? Primeval innocence is our theme, and the prospects, but their hands did not
fashion it. They chanted interwooded temple in which it wor
ludes as each object rose in it, but shipped. Other poets, beside Milton, have who set all its ledges, and sent
it was in praise of the Creator, hovered round the tents of antedi- the stately river to lave its green luvian patriarchs. Gessner, Byron, glossed banks. Angels looked on and Montgomery, has each taken in wonder, as man rose out of the for the basis of a work the morn
ground with his azure eye turned ing scenes of our world.* To the upward, and his hands lifted high one from the
to bless his Maker. And now the exception, but to the others we
Creator led man through the rural award the praise of piety, and ge- district of Eden, amid the internius. Their writers have imprinted their footsteps on the dews that change of light and shade-the early fell in Eden, a district of way skirted by flock and fold, field simple manners, of lowly tents, garden saying—keep its gates, and and grassy altars.
dress its bowers. De Foe, a writer in the reign of
We are told of the dominion William the third, succeeded in en which man exercised. His soft listing the sympathies of the read- sceptre touched on all around. He ing community in behalf of a man
was the shepherd of all the flocks, cast away on an island. This man sustained no public relations. The To him the lion came.
and the keeper of all the herds.
He stood birds whose home was in the
at the gates of Paradise till his island, were his companions, and by winning arts he tamed the kids king plaited his shaggy mane, and
set round his temples in garden of the rocks. But here is a man, roses, and then despatched him to whose origin was manifestly di- his nightly lodge; or if at noon he vine-who sustained important re chose to call the eagle, the eagle lations to his descendants, and instantly dropped down from his who, for a time, dwelt alone in this sunlight throne. We read of an world. But where was his dwelling place? Great changes must who traversed all its length and
ornithologist in our own country, have taken place in the earth in
breadth. He visited all our fothe course of six thousand years,
rests, searching for birds of every * To these may be added, “ Moore's pinion. He stood by the cataracts
* See Jamieson on the Pentateuch.
Loves of the Angels."
of Niagara, and among the prai. would have been confirmed in ries of the west, by the lakes of goodness. He was not on trial the north, and the rivers of the simply for himself, but for his possouth. He looked into the history terity. He was a representative, and into the habits of birds. But and held in his hand the destinies the man who dwelt in Eden came of all his race. But we decline forth an hour, and the birds of all controversial themes. every wing flocked round their
The description here given, sovereign. They came in pairs- seems to lend an air of inactivity they came in choirs—they came in to man. But his duty is defined. myriads. He gave them names, Being placed in the garden, he and dismissed them from his regal was to dress and keep it. His presence.
hand was to open and shut its leafy It is impossible but that a crea- gates. He gave ingress to the ture of such privileges, must have car of each celestial visitant. He felt a sense of dependence. The cropped its flowery dales, and solitary pair must have often ask- dressed its luxuriant vines. His ed after the source of so much hatchet and his pruning-hook cullfelicity They must have hourly ed its boughs, and all its trees disapplied their fingers to the chain tilled their balmy fruits into his thus connecting heaven and earth. basket. He had his lodge in Pa. That chain was woven all over radise, and over it was stretched and through their abode. It went the pavilion of innocence, filled through its hedges, it girdled the with lunar beams and guarded by fountains, it shone on their san- celestial warriors. Had man stood dals, and scattered itself over the in this condition, we can form no lawn. It streaked the necks of the distinct impression of what the nafeathered tribes, and then rose up- ture of his pursuits would have ward till its silver links swept been, any more than we can of our round the golden planets, whence own pursuits, provided the sentiby it choirs of cherubim tracked ment be true, that this world is not their way around the viewless to be finally struck out of the roll throne.
of the divine works, but reconMan bore the image of his structed into an abode for redeemMaker. His wisdom was a reflec- ed saints. tion of the divine wisdom. His If there be any thing then that sanctity was in its measure like commends itself to our understandthe holiness of his Creator. Hising, it is this—that man is not now holiness did not spring from his in the condition in which he was happiness, but his happiness arose originally created. All our moral from his holiness. With an un powers and intellectual faculties blemished conscience, and a mind rise in opposition to such a senti. replete with the light of heaven, ment. To wave all proof drawn he drank copiously at the fountain from the Scriptures, our daily obof felicity. He was honoured by servation, connected with the narthe association of angels. They ratives of voyagers and travellers, often surprised him by their visits, ought to produce conviction, that and in his green saloons they some catastrophe has taken place strung their harps, warbling psalms in the moral condition of the and hymns, like to those they had world. This catastrophe, is the sung in heaven.
fall of man. But man was on trial. The The primeval condition of man, span of his trial is not defined, justifies the divine government. and we know not the number of Our Creator has used no coercive days that were to pass, before he measures. He put man on a mo