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Will nothing but the judgment blast

a picture of the crucifixion. Pointing to Arouse thee from thy sleep?

the dying, believing thief, I said, "What The Death of the Cross.

Wake, sleeper, wake! arise and pray! could that man do ?Nailed up, he

And make salvation sure: No other death than that of crucifixion

How long shall slighted mercy stay,

could not kneel in prayer, neither could could fully answer all that prophets had

Or patient love endure ?

he read; most likely all his life long he foretold of Christ's death. A bone was

Dreamer, awake! a moment more,
And in the western sky

had been doing evil, and now it had not to be broken. His feet and hands Thy sun will set, thy day be o'er,

brought him to the Cross to die. And

God passed for ever by! were to be pierced. Blood must be shed,

yet he was a forgiven and a saved man.

Dreamer, awake! lift up thine head, and life taken. “Wounds," "stripes,"

And hear the warning cry;

Then pointing to the centre figure, I “bruises," implied protracted suffering, The voice that soon shall raise the dead,

In mercy passes by.

asked what He was doing there. She or lingering death. As Moses lifted up It is thy God is passing by ;

knew He died for sin, sin not His own; the serpent of brass upon the pole, that

His holy arm is bare ; those who looked on it might live, so His ear is bent to hear thy cry,

for He was holy, but the sins of sinners, Turn now to him with prayer.

such as that thief, I and you, said I; there Christ must be lifted up. He was to be

Hear how the voice of Jesus wakes hanged on a tree. The death of Christ

is no difference; all are guilty; and Jesus

The joyful echoes round; was a violent death. He was taken by See how the light of glory breaks

on the Cross died the just for the unjust. wicked hands, crucified, and slain; it was

On souls by Satan bound.

God is satisfied with this substitution,

Jesus ! the sweetest sound in heaven, a shameful death, being that punishment

It shakes the depths of hell ;

and, when Jesus died for sin, He raised which was used only for the most wicked What blissful songs of sins forgiven, Him up again; and He lives for evermore.

Its power and sweetness tell. criminals, and His sacred body was ex.

Now, said I, what that poor, repentant

“Try Jesus," waken'd sinner, try; posed all day long to the rude mockery

His great salvation see ;

thief was trusting in, was what Jesus was and gaze of the people. It was a painful

Jesus the Saviour passes by ;

doing; that is, answering for sin by dying.

His hand is stretched to thee. death. Not only was His soul under

And he believed Jesus would live again;

Deep o'er thy broken, aching heart, the wrath of God, and the whole weight

Guilt rolls its awful flood.

for he said, “Lord, remember me when of His body suspended on the nails that That hand can reach thee where thou art ; thou coinest into thy kingdom.” Jesus

There's pardon in His blood. pierced the most sensitive part of His

In deeper floods of direst woe

replied, “Verily, I say unto thee, This holy hands, but it is said that the act of

Ile sank, to set thee free ;

day thou shalt be with me in paradise." jerking the cross into the hole in the

The utmost mite, long, long ago,

And God

“If thou shalt con

says

Was paid, poor worm, for thee. ground, made for its reception, usually

fess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and

" Try Jesus,” prove His wondrous worth, dislocated every joint in the body, to The love that's in His breast;

believe in thine heart that God hath raised which, perhaps, our Lord alluded when

Try Him, thou weary, groaning earth, Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

For He will give thee rest. He said, “All my bones are out of joint.”

Far out, along thy gloomy waste,

The Lord graciously owned this feeble It was also an accursed death, for the A storm is gath'ring high ;

attempt to explain the glorious work of

The Lord of harvest reaps in haste, prophet says, “He that is hanged is ac

Wilt thou stand heedless by ?

Jesus to this aged one; light dawned in cursed of God," and the apostle, in re- His Spirit, as a rushing wind,

upon her mind; she spoke of and referring to it says, “Christ bath redeemed Bids mercy's chariot speed ;

And love, that tells how man has sinn'd,

joiced only in the work of Jesus-manius from the curse of the law, being made

fested the fruits of faith, love, joy, peace,

Wakes for the time of need. a curse for us; for it is written, “ Cursed The trembling heavens begin to bow; during her sojourn on earth, and when is every one that hangeth on a tree.''

Poor dreaming world and blind,

the Lord took her spirit to himself, her

Awake, arise, and hide thee now, Thus the suffering, shame, and curse For judgment is behind. A. P. C. departure was perfect peace. J. B. I.

to us,

STRIVE.

We

escape,

and

Can for the smallest sin atone."

And so in the case of the crowd that surrounded

and

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sinners, and by faith in the efficacy of that re- present salvation is talked of as presumption, and “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? demption work, we enter into God's presence, and present forgiveness of sins through the blood of And he said unto thein, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: know Him as a sin-pardoning God. It is not my Christ put down for enthusiasm. Thus there for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shell knowing the fact that Christ is a Saviour that are terrible obstacles, both within and around, up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand with saves me, but believing on Him for the salva- to persons coming to Christ crucified and risen out, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open tion of my soul; and thus I enter into the pre- for salvation. unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: then shall ye begin to say.

sence of the God of peace, by Him. In Israel's 6. THE EXPERIENCE OF THOSE WHO "Strive." have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast time it was the manslayer who had entered into They agonize, or strive to enter in at the strait taught in our streets. But be shall say, I tell you, I know the city of refuge, that was safe. In the days of gate, because they know they are sinners, justly iniquity. There shall be weeping and guashing of teeth. Noah, those only who actually entered into the deserving God's eternal eondemnation; they are when yo shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all ark were saved. Many might be just outside, assured that there is no other way of the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves trying to lay hold on the boards, with the water that -.

"No works or duties of their own, Some persons seem constantly occupied with re- gurgling in their throats ; but they were as unligious questions. Their enquiry is not, “Am I saved as those who were the furthest from it. saved ?” but are others saved ? Sometimes we

They are conscious there is a principle of pride find a fond parent solicitous about the future our Lord: it was only the one who came and in the naturally, to induce them to put confistate of a dying child, a kind master anxious touched the hem of His garment that was made dence in themselves, instead of the atoning work about his afficted servant's spiritual condition, whole. There must then be the receiving of of Christ; therefore, under the influence and and others manifesting concern for the ignorant Christ, trusting in Him, believing in Him, taking power of the Spirit of God, they inwardly strive poor

around them, without laying to heart refuge in Him, resting on His finished work, against such thoughts. 'They feel that their what their own state before God really is. It was entering in by Him for life and salvation. proud, carnal hearts try to hinder, but they

4. Strive to enter in. This solemn subject strive.” They hear the alluring cries of the Lord, are there few that be saved ?” to which our calls for earnestness. The eternal importance of great deceiver, but they “strive.” They behold Lord replied, "Strive to enter in at the strait the work of Christ demands it. God cannot the world's glare, but they “strive" to enter in gate.” Thus He sought to lead them away from bear indifference. Embracing views merely is a at the strait gate. They agonize to rest simply the consideration of others, to ponder the all-im- poor thing: Learning a few religious ways and on the finished work of Christ, and know there portant question of their own souls' salvation; phrases will not do for God. All the world are is no other entrance for the sinner into God's and exposed the folly of appearing concerned guilty before Him. Judgment is quickly com- happy presence, but through the blood of His Cross

. for others, while they themselves were in the ing. The wrath of God is already kindled, and They are not satisfied at merely reading the broad road to destruction. So weighty,

fall it must upon all Christless souls. His al- Scriptures, or knowing a little about Christ, or essential is the point, and so fatal would a mighty arm and perfect love have made a door of at being considered religious by others, or at mistake be, that He commands them to strive escape, and His gracious voice exclaims to sin: statedly hearing gospel truths proclaimed. No. (or agonize) to enter in at the strait gate." ners, "Strive, or agonize, to enter in at the strait They feel that they need salvation, and nothing

We do well to observe, that the instruction gate!” Do not be content at having serious im- less than salvation can satisfy them, nothing short here is not that they were to do a great many pressions, or good desires. Rest not till you of peace with God, against whom they are conthings, or even one thing, to make themselves fit have entered in at the strait gate. Be in real scious of having so 'sinned, will do for thein. for God; or that they were to wander through a

earnest. Let not formal duties sustice ; let not a They know the gate is still open, and they do not long, tedious labyrinth, to find blessing and safety. I little concern satisfy you; let not the credit of know how soon it may be shut. They are conNo.

" It is simply a “ gate” that is presented to being religious among men be enough for you. scious that they must perish for ever, if they do them as the alone way of escape; and their se

Oh, no! Have real concern, for eternity is at not enter in. They perceive that God has opened curity and blessing depended on their entering in hand. Your life is short ; many will miss the the gate, that the Saviour says, “Enter in;' that at the gate

. The condition of all outside is most strait gate; many will be deceived ; many will the Scriptures declare it is the only way ; that perilous ; but there is a way of escape ; and juda- find out their mistake when it is too late. Strive God's servants urgently proclaim its eternal imment and condemnation must overtake those who then, agonize to enter in at the strait gate; escape portance, and thousands around declare they have do not accept the only way of deliverence by for thy life, flee from the pit, turn to the Saviour; experienced the blessedness of it: therefore they entering in at the strait gate. on no account miss His great salvation.

“ enter in at the strait gate.” They come as 1. WHAT IS THE STRAIT GATE? There could 5. THERE ARE MANY HINDRANCES to Per-guilty, worthless, naked sinners, and they find in have been no way of escape for sinners from the sons ENTERING IN AT THE STRAIT GATE.

Calvary's Cross, that God Himself is the source wrath to come, had not Jesus died upon the Cross. The carnal mind. We all like to live and act as of pardon, peace, righteousness, and glory, for all “ Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and if there were no God, and as if we were not need- that come unto Him through Christ. die, it abideth alone, but if it die it bringeth forth ing salvation. We all strive to be happy apart

Having felt that Christless souls must enter into much fruit." It is the Cross of Christ that speaks from God and the Saviour. We are of the world the pit of eternal destruction, they could not rest to us of sins put away, righteousness brought in, which lieth in the wicked one. We constantly

till they knew that they were saved, and have and reconciliation of the sinner to God. Christ stray further from God, doing, as far as possible, Aed for refuge to the hope set before them in crucified then is the “strait gate.” Jesus lifted our own will, and having our own way. The the gospel. By faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, up on the Cross is the door of access. “I am mind is naturally opposed to God, and not sub- they experience that they have exchanged å the door," said He, “by me, if any man enter in, ject to Him ; it seeks rest anywhere rather than guilty for a purged conscience, have been rescued he shall be saved.” The Cross of Christ, there in God. “All we like sheep have gone astray, from an evil world for the presence of the God fore, becomes the point of separation between the we have turned every one to his own way." The of grace and peace; they feel themselves new saved and lost. Not to enter into God's presence heart, therefore, is naturally opposed to striving creatures, they know that they have passed from through this gate, is still to tarry in the place of to enter in at the strait gate. 2. Satan is a great death unto life, and they rejoice in pardoning death and judgment; but to enter into the Father's hinderer-he specially tries to keep persons from presence, through the atoning work of His dear taking refuge in Christ for salvation. He blinds Son, is present peace and eternal salvation. The the eye, lest the glorious gospel of Christ, who

Pardon for crimes of deepest dye, gospel thus presents to us a door of escape, still is the image of God, should shine unto them. Pardon bestow'd through Jesu's blood, wide open, marked with the cleansing blood of Formerly he tried to suppress the mention of the Pardon that brings the rebel nigh; the Son of God, and welcomes all guilty sinners name of Jesus altogether. Now he can no lon

Who is a pardoning God like thee? that “enter in” by faith; thus sheltering them ger effect this ; but he diligently seeks to hinder

Or where the grace so rich and free?" for ever from the wrath of God, and shutting the testimony to the value of the Cross. He has But our Lord gave four reasons why they them into the peace-speaking presence of the not so inuch objection to people thinking of the should strive to enter in at the strait gate. i. Father of mercies, and God of all comfort. strait gate ; but he still opposes with all his Many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

True Christianity is might their entering in. He knows that per- 2. The door will be shiut. 3. Many professors an individual thing. The gate is so strait, so sons may be acquainted with the history of will be shut out. 4. The eternal torment of narrow, that all who enter, go in one by one. Christ's ways and miracles, and still be unsaved; the lost. Many long to take others with them, but each but it iscoming, aslost and ruined sinners, through 1. “Many will seek to enter in, and shall not be person is accountable to God for himself ; every Christ crucified, to God for salvation, to the risen able.” The time will come when it will be too one is exercised before God on account of hi own Saviour for righteousness and glory, that he so late. Some will knock and get no admittance. sin. The gospel appeals to the individual con-opposes. 3. The world also says, do not enter in Now the Saviour's language is, “Come unto me,

He that believeth on the Son.”-He at the strait gate. It promises its gains and all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I that hath the Son—" He that believeth and is bap- emoluments, its favours and advancements, its will give you rest;” and “whosoever will, let him tized,” &c. Paul said, “I know in whom I have luxuries and gratifications; it presents a glare of take the water of life freely.” But the time is believed”—“I obtained mercy”—Christ “loved tinsel to try to satisfy the human heart, and blind coming when God must deal with men righteously, me.” This is very weigbty, and shews us the the eye. Its changing fashions, moving scenes, instead of in grace as He now does; for God deep necessity of each one asking the all-impor- and untiring promises of improvement occupy, “hath appointed a day, in the which He will tant question,.". Am I saved ?" We may be the mind; and so it seeks to lull the awakened judge the world in righteousness.” Now God is members of religious bodies, and outwardly ap- conscience to find repose in its adulterous bosom. preaching to guilty sinners“

peace by Jesus pear consistent members too; but each one only all these elements tend to keep the soul from Christ," then He will judge men according to that has entered in at the strait gate is saved. entering in at the strait gate, and to linger still in their works. Now many will not enter into the

There is no promise of safety the place of condemnation and judgment, where strait gate, then many will knock, saying, “Lord, to any who do not “enter in” at the strait gate. the Lord is coming to put all enemies under His Lord, open to us!”. Now sinners hide in the SaWe are not to think about the gate merely, but feet. 4. Relations and acquaintances are some-viour's wounds and are saved, then sinners will to “enter in.” It is one thing to know there is a times mighty enemies in trying to keep souls, seek salvation, and will not find it. Now they Saviour, and another to find salvation through if possible, from entering in at the strait gate. will not cry to God to cover their sins with the His blood. It is to be feared that many who say Loss of worldly standing, or business, the ex- Redeemer's blood, then they will cry to the rocks . they know the plan of salvation, have not availed pected scorning of friends, and many other such and mountains, saying, Fall on us, and hide us themselves of it. We enter in at the strait gate things, are presented as powerful reasons for dis- from the face of Him that sitteth upon the throne, by faith. In the Cross of Christ we see that the obeying Him who said," "Strive to enter in at and from the wrath of the Lamb. Those who do God of grace has opened a door of salvation for the strait gate;" while the certain knowledge of not know the Saviour now, will find that He will

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“I know you not. How important that salvation is only to those who “enter in at of love is heard, saying, Ho, every one then that persons should at once “ strive to enter the strait gate," we find many warnings presented that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and in at the strait gate!”

“When once the on almost every conceivable pretence; thus, he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and Master of the house is risen up and hath shut to while God says there is no other way, and no the door.” The gospel is not always going to be other name, whereby man can be saved, but the eat, yea, come, buy wine and milk without preached. God is not always going to send forth name of Jesus, man in self-confidence assumes money and without price.” Poor sinner, the message of peace. He is the God of judg- that there are other names and other ways.

listen to this sweet invitation, and come, ment as well as the God of peace, and Christ is a Happy those who do not presume to argue and Judge as well as a Saviour. He is now seated on contend with the Almighty, but feel that God is O, come to Jesus ! Where art thou," the right hand of God, but He will ere long rise greater than man, and the only fountain of light wandering backslider ? Hast thou forup and shut to the door. The preaching of the and love and truth. The first sign often manifest Cross will then cease, the seeker will not find, the of spiritual life is the willingness to lay aside one's gotten the profession of attachment to knocker will be disappointed, the asker will be own thoughts, and a readiness to submit to God's Jesus thou didst make ? Art thou tired refused ; the gospel testimony will close, the thoughts; for naturally our thoughts are not as church be removed to glory, and the hypocrite His thoughts, neither are our ways His ways. of that Saviour, who for thee surrendered and unbeliever left for judgment. Men will dis- It is well, when a soul is made willing to receive heaven and life? Look where thou art, cover their mistake then. The folly of putting off God's thoughts. Such turn to the Scriptures to salvation will be made manifest. The door will know the mind and will of God. From the in the midst of death, far from the Shepbe shut, and man's doom eternally settled." He Bible they learn, under the Spirit's teaching, that herd's fold, seeking food on the barren that is unjust, let him he unjust still; and he fallen man is a corrupt tree that cannot bring heath of corruption. Let me urge thee which is filthy, let him be filthy still.” How im-forth good fruit; that without union with Christ perative then is the necessity to “strive to enter risen and glorified, there can no fruit be brought to consider thy ways, to turn again, and in at the strait gate.”

3. Many professors will be shut out. In the Spirit, through the word of the Lord, that the seek thy Father's face. Hear His words parable of the ten virgins we are told that after world is under sentence of condemnation, and of grace: "I will heal their backslidings, the door is shut many will come knocking, say that the only way of salvation from the wrath ing, “ Lord, Lord, open unto us;” and here also to come is by faith in the Son of God. Thus I will love them FREELY: for mine

“Many will say, We have eaten the awakened soul that begins to submit to God's anger is turned away from him.and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught thoughts, is led to submit also to God's righteous

Where art thou," seeker ? Thou art in our streets; but He shall say, I know you not ness and redemption in Christ, and to rejoice in whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers being justified by faith, through our Lord Jesus dissatisfied with the pleasures and gaities of iniquity: On another occasion our Lord | Christ.

of the world, and art seeking for that speaks of these persons as saying in that day, Oh, my reader! hast thou entered in at the

Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy strait gate? Have the iron sinews of thy knees happiness which is eternal; know, therename, and in thy name have cast out devils, and yet bowed in adoring gratitude to the Saviour of fore, Jesus is willing to give thee thy in thy name have done many wonderful works; sinners? Hast thy hard stony heart been broken then will I profess unto them, I never knew you! by the truth of God, and melted by the Saviour's desire. He ever waits to be gracious. These things clearly shew us that many who love? Have the tears and groans, the agony and He is more willing to save thee, than have professed to be servants of Christ, and who bloody sweat, the suffering and death of the Son

He will reveal may have accomplished great things in Ilis name, of God, been matters of the deepest concern with thou art to be saved. never knew the value of His sin-atoning work thee? If it has never been so before, may the Himself to thee, and receive thee freely. for their own souls, never entered into the strait language of thy soul now be, gate for their own salvation. How very awful

Go thou to this Jesus, just as thou art,

“Nothing in my hands I bring, this is! They may have striven to accomplish

Simply to thy Cross I cling;

tell Him all thy care, plead what He has “wonderful works” in His name, but never knew

Naked, come to thee for dress;

done, and what He has said, then cast

Helpless, look to thee for grace; gate.” What a solemn warning this presents to

Vile I to the fountain fly,

thyself down at His feet, and thou art any who have not yet trusted in the blood of

Wash me, Saviour, or I die."

saved. Christ for the salvation of their souls ! 4. The eternal torment of the lost. “ He that

Where art thou,young man ? Hast

An Important Question. believeth not shall be damned,” and “He that

thou left thy parents' roof to battle with believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him,” are words of the Sin is the cause of man's banishment a stern world ? Art thou seeking a friend God of truth that must have their fulfilment. from God. When God created our first to guide thee in the intricate paths of is not to believe in that Saviour whom God hath parents, He placed them in Eden's beau- life? Seek Christ Jesus; He is just the sent, but to be a worker of iniquity, living in teous garden, where they were surrounded Friend thou needest—“A Friend that

Seek Jesus now in “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, with all which could add comfort and loveth at all times.” when ye shall see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves peace to body and soul; but when tempted the days of thy youth, so shall thy life thrust out ;

the final 'doom of unbelievers by Satan, in the form of a serpent, Adam be safe and profitable, thy journey pleabeing to have the consciousness that others are ate the forbidden fruit; all that was fair sant and prosperous, thy last days crowned saved, but themselves for ever lost ;-to see others

with glory and honour. happy in the kingdom through the redemption and pleasant passed away, while only work of Christ, and they themselves cast into sense of shame and guilt remained. Now

Where art thou,aged reader? Just the lake of fire, into everlasting, punishment; the voice of the Lord God is heard in approaching the verge of time, art thou wiiere their worm dietha not, and the fire is not quenched.

How powerful are the Saviour's the garden, saying unto Adam, “Where prepared to launch thy bark on the vast appeals! How simple, yet how thrilling, are the

art thou?" reasons He assigns why persons should “

Adam answers, I heard ocean of eternity? Just tottering on the to enter in at the strait gate!”

Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, borders of the grave, art thou made meet way wiesbear these toinen and wat not seeki because I was naked; and I hid myself." to stand before the throne of Jesus? Do righteousness of God, but go about to establish See here the sad effects of man's trans- not tarry over the matter, for it is to thee their own righteousness; their thoughts rise not higher than their own fancied goodness others gression, communion with God is lost, of immediate importance; thou canst not openly reject the joyful sound of salvation through fear haunts the mind, despair drives the expect to remain in the land of grace the blood of Christ; they scorn the truth of the soul from its Maker's presence, while the much longer, therefore haste thee to claim --" Where is the promise of llis com- sinner foolishly imagines that the foliage Calvary, and from Calvary to the throne ing? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things of the trees could hide him from the of God, where the Saviour waits to parcontinue as they were from the beginning of

don all who are willing that He should the creation.” Others hear the trutli, will dis- presence of his offended God. tinguish between the doctrines of grace and "Where art thou," dear reader? Thou pardon them. many of the religious dogmas of the day, and

“While the lamp holds out to burn, shew some respect for ordinances and outward | art, unless washed in the blood of Jesus, sanctity; but their hearts have never yielded to God's beloved Son, in a place of danger,

The vilest sinner may return.” he saved wholly by the finished work of Christ. in a habitation of misery. Thou art

Where art thou," believer ? Thon Their inward thought is, “we will not have this man to reign over us;" while the Scripture too where the curse of the broken law shall shouldst be on the MOUNT of EXPECTAplainly draws the awful picture of others pro- find thee, where no peace can ever be mioy, waiting the approach of Jesus. Tessing to go out at midnight to meet the bridegroom, while being destitute of oil in their lamps; found, where death and destruction shall Thou shouldst be watching for the fulfilor of attempting to be guests of the marriage surely surprise thee; but, yet, where ment of that promise left thee by thy in short, while the Scripture plainly shews us mercy lingers, and where the wooing voice Redeemer, “I WILL COME AGAIN.” Thou

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wicked world, in that “He gave His only &c., &c. Every day, without fail, for a May God keep each reader of “The begotten Son, that whosoever believeth month, was I at my post, insomuch that Evangelist " WATCHING, WAITING, and in Him, should not perish, but have poor M— used to speak of me as his PRAYING for the seCOND APPEARING of everlasting life ;” of the love of Jesus, schoolmaster. I longed indeed that he the Lord from heaven. AMEN.

of whom it was said, even by His ene might become a new creature, that that

mies, “This man receiveth sinners, and poor, gloomy, half-sullen countenance Are you Ready ?

eateth with them ;" of the love of the might be lit up with beams of heartfelt “READY for what," do you ask? O dear

Spirit of God, who vouchsafes to sanctify joy, arising from faith in Jesus. But, reader, are you ready to die ? ready to all that believe in Christ, and then ask alas ! at the month's end, though much appear before God ? ready to give an yourself what excuse is left you for not better informed than at the first, and account to Him of the deeds done in being ready ?

some contrition manifested for the past, the body? ready to have all your thoughts,

It cannot be because God is unwilling yet I could see none of this. How words, and actions exposed to the searchto save you, nor because the work of powerless I felt !

What could I say ing eye of a just and holy God ? ready salvation is not finished. No; it is be- more? Pray for him I did. Now, perto answer to Him for having broken His cause you have not gone to Him as a haps, my reader will say, law, for having so long rejected His gra- needy, lost sinner, and asked Him, for blame in all this?” “I see not.” For recious and loving invitation to be recon- Christ's sake, to have mercy upon you. member that word, “ The heart is deceitciled to Himself, and for having despised It is because your deceitful, proud heart, ful above all things." Well, we (even the blood of His Son by your careless- has not yet accepted the offer of pardon Christians ) find self cling to much that ness concerning it? ready for the coming and peace which God now freely presents, we do; and though we scarcely know it, of that Jesus, who, though now willing“ without money, and without price." and may really hate such thoughts, yet and, able to save to the uttermost all that you cannot purchase it by any works or sometimes we want to be something. It come unto God by Him, will then “judge deeds of your own, for eternal life is the is not sufficiently, “Yet not 1, but the the secrets of men”?

gift of God," and can be had only by grace of God that was with me.” Consider these things well, I beseech simple trust in Jesus.

we are in a really right state of heart, so you, and ask yourself the solemn ques

Again, then, dear reader, “I beseech long as God's will is done, and He is tion, “Am I ready?”

you, as an ambassador for Christ, be glorified, we are best pleased when it is play the Spirit of God. cause you to reconciled to God," and that at once. done His way, not ours. We desire to answer.it faithfully and truly. Deceive Let there be no delay. Flee to Christ be nothing-He everything. 20$ yourself by any false hopes. Rest while the day of grace lasts, for the day But there was at this time really in not unless you are able to answer it with

of vengeance is fast approaching. Death me a feeling of jealousy of another, who ceytainty, and can say with a truthful

may remove you suddenly from this world, visited M— after my months of painsheart that you are ready and prepared and I would impress upon you the neces- taking, lest he and not I should be the

sity of believing God now. Now is the instrument used in his conversion; and If you are by grace among the happy accepted time; now is the day of salva- I did not ask two or three praying souls number of the redeemed, who by faith

tion." To-morrow may be too late. to meet me and cry to the Lord on his have washed their robes, and made another hour may be too late. Believe behalf; I had made up my mind that I them white in the blood of the Lamb," now in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you was to be the instrument, if M— was then you “have peace with God;" you shall be saved, and be enabled to say

About this time his father can “rejoice in hope of the glory of with joy, that "you are ready."

requested me, together with another God;" you can call God your Father,

Christian, to meet that night for prayer and glory in the fact that even now you

that the Lord would convert Mark. We are “a child of God by faith in Christ

“Without me ye can do nothing."

agreed—we prayed-and next morning I Jesus;” you can look for “that blessed

SEEKING TO WIN Souls, on paid another visit; and O what a change hope and the glorious appearing of the

I beheld in him! All things had indeed great God, and our Saviour Jesus;" you Some years ago I learned a lesson, which become new; Christ had been revealed can say, without presumption, “I am I trust, by God's grace, has never been with power to his soul that very night by ready.” forgotten. The son of an aged and very God himself

, as he cried to Him on his But if not, consider, my dear reader, godly man was to his parents the cause bed. Joy now did beam from his eyes, what an awful condition you are in; for of deep sorrow, being a mocker, walking his soul was overflowing with praise. hear the word of the Lord : “He that in the counsel of the ungodly, and de- had the desire of my heart in seeing him believeth on the Son, hath everlasting spising all reproof. In the midst of this thus, and learned highly to prize the life; and he that believeth not the Son, wretched course he was suddenly stricken agreed prayer of the two or three met in shall not see life, but the wrath of God with an illness, which, after some months the name of Jesus; for He is in the abideth on him.” And again : "He that of suffering, terminated fatally. Feeling midst, and where He is, there is power to believeth not is condemned already." Think of the awful fact that God's wrath much interested in his case, I commenced heal. It was now no longer I, but the abideth on you, that He is “ angry with forthwith to visit him; and finding him grace of God in which I could rejoice.. the wicked every day,” that you have extremely ignorant even of the letter of Dear reader, if you are seeking to win incurred His just condemnation, and the word, spared no pains in seeking to souls, highly prize this blessed means of that the only way by which men can be instruct him as to man's upright con obtaining power from God in this glosaved, namely, Christ crucified, you have dition as created, ruin through disobe- rious work.

J. B. I. hitherto despised.

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