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these our Lord spake thus, “These shall by the grace of God, that "he has obWith this number we conclude the First go away into everlasting punishment." tained mercy," and that in Christ he has Volume of “THE EVANGELIST;" and we What an awful sentence! How ought “redemption through His blood, even feel we cannot send it forth without the hearts of all those who are not the forgiveness of sins." He presents praise to our God for His manifest help clothed with Christ's righteousness to you, if still unsaved, a full and free parand blessing. We feel thankful also to be filled with terror at the idea of His don. He says, “Believe on the Lord many Christians of almost every denomi- return, who “shall judge the world with Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” nation for their assistance in various righteousness, and the people with His Trust implicitly in Christ Jesus, and in truth.”

His all-prevailing merit, and then, “being In the name of our covenant God The love of God to sinners has been justified by His blood, you will be saved Father, Son, and Holy Ghost - we still declared, and men seem to despise His from wrath through Him." hope to continue our labours; by His mercy and His grace. God calls, and grace we are determined not to know men refuse. God stretches out His hand,

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heart, that men can hear of God's hatred my reader, keep Christmas? Will you FELLOW CHRISTIANS! The world is in of sin, and of His intense love to sin- seek the theatre, or ball-room, because earnest, blinding souls with its transitory ners, and yet be unmoved, but continue you will not seek Christ ? Will you fill glitter; the devil is in earnest, deceiving sinning just as if there were no God, no up the measure of iniquity with ungodly souls with his lying vanities; shall not heaven, no hell. It shows more plainly mirth? Oh, seek Christ! seek an inwe, then, be in earnest, in diligently than anything else, that there is not in terest in His blood and righteousness ! spreading the gospel of Christ, which is man, by nature, the least particle of love rest not till you can say, that being jus

of God unto salvation to every to God; but that the natural man is in- tified by faith, you HAVE PEACE WITH one that believeth ? THE EDITOR. deed "enmity against God.”

GOD, THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

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THE BIRTH OF JESUS.

Herod do! His perplexity was great; fear and ledge of the letter of Scripture had puffed them

sorrow were experienced by him; but with all up: In their folly they thought themselves wise, "Where is He that is born King of the Jews?" Matt. ij. 2. the amount of unquestionable evidence before and knew not that they were miserable, blind Tue birth of Jesus was an event as full of love him, he did not think the Messiah worth seeking. and naked. One might have thonght that such as it was deep in wisdom and humiliation, but it He therefore disinissed the wise men that they a momentous matter as the birth of Christ miglit was what Jehovah had ages before promised, and should seek the young child; but it was not in have stirred up the hardest hearts; but no, man's patriarelis had long looked for. When man dis- the king's heart to go a step on such an errand : motto is,“ present gratification without reference obeyed his Maker, and fell under Satan's power, “Bring me word again,” said the king, "that I to the eternal future.” These scribes were ac Jehovah, in boundless grace, lighted up the dark may come and worship Him also:" if I find so credited by men, honoured by the king, they felt and hopeless scene with the most merciful decla- and so, then I'll worship. Herod had no better that they held the key of knowledge, were ration, that the Seed of the woman should bruise thought than this. This was his only relief for master's in Israel, were greeterl by the people's the serpent's head ; thus announcing a Redeemer a troubled mind. Poor Herod! The real state of “ Rabbi,” and this was enougl, for they sought for fallen man, and that He should be born of a his soul was afterwards made manifest; pride only "present gratification,” and cared not for woman. Afterwards, the Lord taught Abraham, kindled into a flame the enmity to God and His “thie eternal future.” that the promised Seed should be through him Christ that dwelt in his unregenerate heart, he It is to he feared that there are many of this and bis much-loved son Isaac"In Isaac shall became "exceeding wroth,” and could only vent class in the present day. They possess some thy seed be called.” After this, it was revealed his rage by commanding that every young child knowledge of the letter of Scripture, and may to David that the promised Seed should he of the in Bethlehem, and all the coasts thereof, should answer many questions even about the Savioni, fruit of his loins, and also that after His death lve put to death; thus expecting to get rid of his and are quiet and unconcerned even when others and resurrection He should sit upon the King of troubles, by killing Him who was born King of are much troubled. They know not their real Israel's throne. At a later period, the prophet the Jews. Such is man. Such has been, and need. They compare themselves with the ignoIsaiah was moved by the Holy Ghost, to predict still is, the enmity of the carnal mind to the rant idolater, and think themselves wise. They that the Saviour would be a virgin's son—“Be- blessed Christ of God. Men hear the faithful flatter themselves that they have been born in a hold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and saying that “Christ Jesus came into the world to Christian country, had Christian forefathers, have shall call His name Immanuel;” and inore than save sinners,” they are exercised about the report received a religious education, and attend an this, for He also spake of the Godhead of Christ, for a while, fears lay hold on them, and they are orthodox ministry; and therefore are not ignoas well as His reigning in power, as the King of troubled. They make enquiry, they hear the rant of spiritual matters. But with all their the Jews, on the throne of His father David, scripture read and expounded, they turn to God's fancied knowledge, “they are ignorant of God's saying, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son servants, and listen to their experience in these righteousness.” They know not, that if weiglied is given; and the government shall be upon His matters; they hear them say that it is their in God's balance, they must be found wantiny. shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonder-chiefest joy to contemplate and adoringly worship They are ignorant of the fact that all their best ful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting the Saviour of sinners, and they seek to quiet performances are only splendid sins. They are Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of their troubled spirits, by promising to themselves not aware that they must be born again. They His government and peace there shall be no end, to worship also at some future time. But, as in know not the gift of God. They are ignorant upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, Herod's case, that time never comes. Like him, that the thrice holy God cannot accept any exto order it, and to establish it with judgment and their convictions are not deep, being more from the cuse for sin, and can accredit no other standarų with justice from henceforth even for ever.

The force of circumstances and the influence of others, of righteousness than His own unsullied holiness. zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this." than from personal exercise before God; they They therefore go about to establish their own Still later, the prophet Micah was instructed to therefore think of nothing higher than worshiping righteousness, and do not submit to the righteousinform God's people of the locality where Jesus before men. There is no earnest crying for for- ness of Goi, even CHRIST, who is the end of should be born : "But thou Bethlehem-Ephratah, giveness of sins, no longing for the removal of the law for righteousness to every one that hethough thou be little among the thousands of guilt, no consideration of how matters really are lieveth. Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto between their own souls and the living God; Oh, my reader! fee from all these snares of me, whose goings forth have been from of old, they have no concern beyond some vague iileas of the great deceiver. Listen to the Word of the from everlasting.”

worship, places of worship, forms of worship, I living God that will never pass away. Remember From these scriptures we see that the Messiah and the like. However, this state of mind having there is salvation in no other than jesus crucified. would be born of a woman—God and man in one been brought about hy circumstances, it is only Jesus is the only way. There is no other entranet person—a virgin's son-born in Bethlehem-ot for circumstances to change, and they change to glory. The question of such eternal importthe seed of Abraham—of the lineage of David, also. Like the early dew, such superficial im- ance is not what you know, or what people think whose goings forth have been from everlasting, pressions quickly pass away, their natural enmity of you, but what you think of CHRIST: 0 that He shall sit on the throne of His father to Christ easily manifests itself

, and they soon ponder the decisive words of the apostle, “ If any David, and of His Kingdom there shall be no cry out in spirit, with the Christless crowd man love not our Lord Jesus Christ, let him lie

around, “Not this man, but Barabbas!" We can thus enter a little into the question of

My Reader, may I ask if you have ever been 3. THE WISE MEN. Whatever were the peet the wise men—“Where is He that is horn King troubled when you have heard the Gospel of liar characteristics of these men, they were in of the Jews?” In the last dispensation most Christ? If so, may I also affectionately ask you the best sense wise men. They were guided by people were looking forward to the coming of to examine into the cause of your trouble? Has Divine light and wisdom. They had to do with Messiah to reign in glory; they expected the it arisen from a change, or from fear of change God. When they saw the star move, they were fulfilment of the prophetic scriptures concerning in your outward circumstanees? or has it been assured that God was leading them; and they His Kingdom, and overlooked the path of humi- from a deep conscientious sense of your having experienced that He led them to the Saviour. liation, suffering, blood-shedding and death, as sinned against God, and therefore being justly They sought for Jesus. Nothing could hinder Messiah's way to David's throne. They did not exposed to His eternal condemnation? The last ther. Christ Himself was the one vhject of see that God's only way of setting man in blessing is the godly sorrow that worketh repentance their souls, and they found Him. They owned before Him, was through death and resurrection.unto salvation not to be repented of; and, if such Him as the mighty God. They worshipped Him. There were, however, a few that “looked for re- be your experience, you will not be content that They served Him with their sulistance as well as demption in Jerusalem."

others should seek the Saviour and bring you their hearts. It was to Christ they presented In this chapter, we find three classes of cha- word again, but you will seek Him for yourself. their gold, myrrh, and frankincense. We may racter brought before us:-1. Herod; 2. The Your need will compel you. Your heartfelt also notice another thing in these wise men, they chief priests and scribes; 3. The wise men, cry will be, "Lord, save or 7 perish!" You will obeyed God rather than man; for being warned which, by the Lord's help, 'may be profitable for take refuge in Christ to save you. You will not of God that they should not return to Herod (as us to consider.

be satisfied at merely mingling with others in he commanded), they departed into their own 1. Herod. Herod was a King at Jerusalem; Worship; you will not, cannot, rest, till you country another way. The account of these wise he was, therefore, exceedingly moved at the an- know the forgiveness of your sins through the men is very simple and brief, but their ways nouncement that the King of the Jews was born. blood of Christ.

stand in remarkable contrast with the other It touched him very closely, for he knew that

Oh, my reader, beware of hypocrisy! Re- classes of character that are here clustered togeif the true Messiah were come, he could no longer member Herod. Beware of anything less than ther. he king himself. Besides the sound of God's coming to Christ to save you. Do not be content

Oh, my reader! while I have warned you King having come, was enough to alarm the at feeling a little troubled, or with a little inquiry against the pernicious ways of Herod and the conscience, and awaken fear and dread. Others into Scripture, or of resting in some good inten. Scribes, I intreat you solemnly to consider whefelt the same. We are therefore told that, “when tions, or any well meant promises as to the future; ther you are like these wise men. They subIlerod heard these things, he was troubled, and yea, I repeat, heware of anything less than committed to God's teaching; have you? They all Jerusalem with him." There were no thun- ing to Jesus for the salvation of your soul. Then, sought and found the Saviour's feet; have you? derings or lightnings, no threatenings, no sound and then only, will you be safe, for He said, They worshipped Jesus

, and served Him with of alarm, yet they were troubled. Angels had

“[lim that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast their costliest goods; have you? When they sung, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth out.”.

found man commanded one thing and God anpeace, good will toward men.” A believing man 2. The SCRIBES AND PHARISEES. There was other, they obeyed God rather than nan; have afterwards exclaimed, “ Lord, now lettest thou thy neither trouble, nor enquiry, nor wrathi mani- you? servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen fested by these persons. Quiet and unconcerned, Hitherto we have only looked at the King of thy salvation;" yet “Herod and all Jerusalem with Scripture readily upon their lips, they cared the Jews in reference His birth; bat grand were troubled.The King's troubled state of no more about the Messiah than they did about and glorious as that eveni was, we afterwards mind led him to make enquiry. He first gathered Herod. Yet they had knowledge of Scripture. see Him in a position far more blessed for our those together whom he judged best able to give They could tell where Christ should be born. contemplation than even that. I refer to Calhim information, and demanded of them where they heard the solemn announcement that the vary's cross. Yes, it is the Cross of Christ that Christ should be born ? But though their reply Messiah was come. They listened to the wise is the only happy meeting-pbace between God was correct, it did not relieve his trouble. He men's testimony, that the God of heaven and and man. No Cross, there could have heen then made diligent enquiry of the wise men, but earth had commanded a star to move out of its no triumph over death. No Cross, there could their reply must have only tended to confirm the accustomed sphere to guide them, and yet they have been no salvation from hell. No Cross, this fact that Messiah was really come. What could were unmoved and unconcerned. Their know-world would have been without one cheering ray

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as to the future. No Cross, not one sinner coulil |hlossom and bad, and fill the face of the whole no man cometh unto the Father but by have ever reached the mansions of glory. But world with fruit. But then it will not be on me.” Oh, dear reader, stop and think, the blessed Gospel declares that Christ has died. carnal grounds, but in free, sovereign grace, .. The Scriptures most prominently set forth the through the redemption work of Him who died

Consider your ways" and be advised in eternal value of Christ's death, and our Lord for that nation. They will then know Christ time. Believe this to be the voice of the taught the same thing. Ile said, “ Except a corn crucified to be their sacrifice, Christ risen to be Lord to your soul, and be willing to walk of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth their law.giver; Christ exalted to be their High in His way; for His ways are indeed alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." Priest, Christ glorified to be their KiniThey " ways of pleasantness, and all His paths the blood of Christ, he is justified by His blood, covenant, spoken of by Jeremiah the prophet: are peace.” sanctified by His blood, he has access into God's After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my How contrary to the end of all other presence by His blood, and finds liberty in prayer law in their inward parts, and write it in their ways is this. God's way of salvation is and praise because of that blood. It is in the hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be Christ; “and whosoever believeth in Him death of Jesus we see God's wondrous love to my people....they shall all know me, from the | man so abundantly manifested. There we see least of them to the greatest of them, saith the (no less a person than the very Son of that the King of the Jews died for that nation. Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will God) shall not perish, but have everlastThere we see that God was in Christ reconciling remeinber their sin no more.” (ch. xxxi. 31-34.) ing life.” There we see God's Now, while the Lord Jesus is rejected by the

There may indeed be “a way that infinite hatred to sin, and His amazing love to nation of the Jews, God is sending His Gospel șinners. There He bare our sins in His own into all the world, to gather out of the Gentiles seemeth right unto a man, but the end i body. There His soal was made an offering for a people for His name. A Jew here and there thereof are the ways of death." Have

sin. There He once suffered under God's wrath receives the Gospel, as many have before ; so that you ever reflected on this ? that if you i that we might receive eternal peace and blessing. Christ's Church is formed both of Jews and are not living in the faith of Christ, you

The King of the Jews then was nailed to the Gentiles, united in one body, and made nigh to accursed tree; for “it was expedient that one God hy the blood of Christ.

are in a way which, however right it may man should die for the people, and that the whole The reign of Christ was spoken of by the seem to you, will end in death, eternal nation perish not; and not for that nation only, angel to Mary, in connexion with His birth. death ; that you are travelling on the children of God that were scattered abroad." bring forth a son, and shalt call His naine tion from the presence of the Lord, but that He should gather together in one, the "Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and road that leads to “everlasting destrucOn that most solemn occasion cruel Pilate ap- JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called peared to be conscious that Jesus was the King the Son of the Highest and the Lord God shall and from the glory of His power?" You of the Jews; for he not only asked the blessed give unto Him the throne of His father David; will, if you persist in the downward path, Lord if he were the King of the Jews, but just and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for realize the awfulness of His power, but before he delivered Aim to be crucified, he turned ever, and of His Kingdom there shall be no end." | there will be no blessing connected with

, it to you. “Shall I crucify your King?" Pilate also wrote why Peter referred to the Lord's return, when a titie and put it on the cross, in the three lead- addressing the people at Jerusalem, saying, Are you amongst the number “who ing languages of the world, and the writing was, “ He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was walk in darkness, and know not whither

of Nazareth, The King OF THE preached-unto you; whom the heaven inust re, they go?” Seek, then, the light of God's Jews;” and so steadfast was Pilate in his pur-ceive, uutil the times of restitution which God Pose, that when the chief priests said unto him, hath spoken of by the month of all his prophets truth, and the guidance of His Spirit to *Write not the King of the Jews,” but that he since the world began.” To these times of resti- convince you of sin, to shew

the error

you said, “I am King of the Jews," he replied, tution we are rapidly hastening. The Lord will of your present way, and to lead you to "What I have written, I have written.”. God soon descend from Heaven. His church, His Christ the true way; and you shall not doubtless had a purpose in all this, and though beloved bride, will be caught up to meet Him in seek in vain, for God “will give His Holy the nation of Israel refused to own their King the air. As King of the Jews. He will reign Spirit to them that ask Him”- not to coming to know that they have redemption creation shall be manifestly in subjection to Him, those that ask Him with the lips only, through His blood, the forgiveness of sins accord- being delivered from the bondage of corruption; but from the heart; for “God seeth not ing to the riches of His grace. (See Rom. xi. 21.) and as King over all the earth, all the kindreds as man seeth, but God looketh on the “Smitten, stricken, and afflicted,

of the nations shall worship before Him; for; heart.” Ah, it is the sincere desire that See Him hanging on the tree,

with flaming fire and vengeance, He shall put all 'Tis the Christ by men rejected,

enemies under His feet. Happy are those who God wants; it is the sighing of a broken Yes, my soul, 'tis He, 'tis He!"

can sincerely, say, “Come, Lord Jesus, come and a contrite heart that comes up before But where is the King of the Jews now? He quickly.”

Him; and it is the repentance of a sinRoas in Bethlehem's stable, wrapped in swaddling

Now, dear reader, He saves to the uttermost, clothes, and worshipped by the wise men. He and He will save you, if you come to Him. o ner that gives joy in heaven.

Again, dear reader, I would ask the was recognized by a guileless Israelite, as the may the language of your heart be, Sun of God, and the King of Israel,” As the “A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,

solemn question, Where are you going ? meek and lowly King, riding on an ass over the

On thy kind arms I fall;

Are you amongst the saved or the lost ? Mount of Olives, He was worshipped as "the

Be thou my Lord and righteousness, Are you walking in darkness, or have King that cometh in the name of the Lord.” He

My Saviour, and my all.”

you the “light of life?” for he that was covered with a purple robe, and mocked with a crown of thorns. He was publicly crucified

followeth Christ “shall not walk in darkwith malefactors, outside the gate of Jerusalem Tuis is a question often asked, and very

Where are you going ?

ness, but shall have the light of life." as “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews;

If you are one who has trusted in but where, I ask, is the King of the Jews now? few may be found walking in earthly Christ, and found Him to be the way, He is no longer on the cross, no longer in the paths, who are unable in some measure give all the praise and glory to Him, who sepulehre; but though crucified in weakness, He rose from the dead by almighty strength, spoiled to answer it. Most can do so with cer- has inclined your heart to believe in Him, principalities and powers; and, in risen beauty tainty.

and hath turned your feet into the way and glory, amid the ceaseless rejoicings of the But I fear there are many on the jour- that leadeth unto life; and seek to bring unnumbered dazzling hosts of heaven, the King ney of life, who do not pause to think of others to a knowledge of that way, by a the inajesty of the heavens, and crowned with the end of their living. Some live in holy and devoted life, by your gentleness, glory and honour. Israel's rejected King then open sin; some in secret sin; or per- your conversation, your cross - bearing, is risen from the dead, and exalted to the highest chance lead very moral lives, but are indeed. “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the heavens. But the Jews, as yet, know. it not. living regardless of Christ, and of God. glory of God,” ever remembering that They are still in blindness and unbelief, fulfilling Others there are who desire to obtain "you are not your own, but bought with the prophecy of Hosea. “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a King, and God's favour, but are unwilling to ap- a price,” even with the precious blood of without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and proach Him in His way: who would, if Christ. without an image (pillar), and without an ephod, possible, set forth their own virtues and If, on the contrary, you have not betered among the

Gentiles
, while their holy city is morality, or perhaps their belief in a set lieved on the Lord Jesus with your heart

. in heaps, because of their sin; "they are broken form of religion, as the way by which and consequently are not at peace with off, because of unbelief." But we are told that they hope to be saved. All these are God, accept now the invitation—"Be ye God is able to graft them in again. Yes, God is “afar off” from God : for “there is none reconciled to God.” It is sinners such able to cause the scales to fall from their eyes, so other name under heaven given among as you that Jesus came to save. It is to that a nation may be born at once. to gather the outcasts of Israel, and bring the men whereby we can be saved,” but the such as you are that He addresses those to their own land. “Afterward” (saith Hosea, pame of Jesus. He it is alone who is a loving words -"Come now, and let us in the next verse) "shall the children of Israel Saviour, to "save His people from their reason together, saith the Lord: though return to seek the Lord their God, and David sins," and He is the only way by which your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as goodness in the latter days." Then the Jews we can find favour with God, and have white as snow; though they be red like will be joyful in their King, who will reign access to Him. He Himself has said, crimson, they shall be as wool.” “See before His ancients gloriously, and Israel shåll “I am the way, the truth, and the life ; that ye refuse not Him that speaketh.

BY JAMES SMITH, CHELTENHAM.

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The Coming of Jesus.

reads, He will come against the strong." our world to more than paradisaic beauty

He atoned for sin and conquered death, and glory before Himn. Amen, even so, The presence of Christ with His people when He came before; now He will come come, Lord Jesus. is their glory and joy; He is ever with against Satan, the god of this world, the

Reader, do you want a mighty Saviour ? them, to watch over them, protect, and prince of the power of the air, stripping One that can save by His own unaided preserve them. But He sometimes mani. him of his authority, driving him out of power? One that can save from all evil, fests himself to them, filling them with his kingdom, and binding him in im- and raise to the possession and enjoy. joy and peace. Once He came in person, mortal fetters. He will swallow up death ment of all that is really good ? Jesus to ransom them from hell; this was the in victory; His strong band will find is such a Saviour. He can save you, if burden of the Old Testament. Soon He out, seize, and punish every one of His

He has not; He will save you, if you will come again to redeem them from enemies, and all the enemies of His be- wish it, and apply to Him to do so. His death; this is the object of hope pre- loved people. His arm shall rule for blood will cleanse any sinner, and make sented in the New. The advent of the Him." By His own strong arm He will the foulest as pure as an angel of light. Son of God to our world is the greatest arrest

, subdue, and destroy all that would His righteousness will justify any sinner, event that can take place in it. He came disturb His government, or oppose His and make the greatest criminal just in as a servant, to fulfil, obey, and suffer; reign. He will bring salvation, or per- the sight of God. He saves to the utterHe will come as a sovereign, to collect, fect and everlasting deliverance to His most, He saves for evermore, all that reward, and govern. His humiliation people, and will cast death and hades come unto God by Him. Do you wish laid the foundation of His glorification, into the bottomless pit. By His own

to be prepared to meet Him at His His first coming was introductory to Hisunaided power He will accomplish His coming, to share in the grace that He

How sublime, how majestic is work, His strange work, and perform all will bring, and the glory that He will imthe language of the prophet: Behold, the good pleasure of His will.

part ? If so, acquaint now thyself with the Lord God will come with strong hand, His reward is with Him." His re

Him, and be at peace, and so shall such and His arm shall rule for Him : behou, ward is His people, who were given to good come unto you. If you know Jesus

, His reward is with Him, and His work Him, and identified with Him.

you trust in Jesus, if you love Jesus before Him." (Isaiah xl. 10.)

He will bring with Him; as it is written. now, when He comes, it will be to be The Lord God here intended is the “The Lord my God shall come, and all glorified in you, and admired by you. He Lord Jesus, as is evident from the pre- the saints with thee.” They are

They are His will appear to your joy, and all your ceding verses. He is Divine—Jehovah, seed, the travail of His soul, and His enemies will be ashamed. If you go to the self-existent, eternal, and unchange bride, which is as His own soul. They Jesus for grace now, He will bring you able God. He is the Lord God-man's we see now being collected from all glory then. Make sure of an interest in Creator, Preserver, and Saviour. He lands, they will be all gathered unto

Christ now, live in communion with came in flesh, and tabernacled among Him, and, at His appearing, they will Christ now, and then you will not be He brought grace and truth into appear with Him in glory. Their salva- ashamed at the proclamation, “Behold,

He came as man, and yet tion and glorification with himself is His he cometh with clouds, and every eye was, in the highest sense of the word, reward-the joy that was set before Him, shall see Him; they also which pierced God. Thus He was the great mystery for which He endured the Cross, despis

Him, and all kindreds of the earth shall of godliness-God manifest in the flesh. ing the shame. His work is before wail because of Him." Nor will you be He became man, that He may come Him." He will set up His glorious of those who in bitter anguish will exunder the law, and so meet and dis- kingdom, rewarding His saints, every

claim, “The great day of His wrath is charge all its demands, and meet and one according to his works. He will come, and who shall be able to stand ?" endure all its penalty. He will come punish His foes, binding kings in chains, But you will be of those of whom it is again, not as a servant, but a Son, not and their nobles in fetters of iron. He written, “Blessed and holy is he that to obey and suffer, but to be obeyed and will glorify His Father's name, emanci- hath part in the first resurrection; on reign. pate creation from the bondage of corrup

such the second death hath no power; He will come with strong hand, being tion, and introduce the glory promised. but they shall be priests of God and of clothed with power, as the omnipotent Then all the grand and glowing predic-Christ, and shall reign with Him a thouand rightful ruler of the world. Clad tions of Holy Scripture will be fulfilled, sand years." with zeal, as a cloak, He will fulfil the the groans of creation will be for ever purposes of His Father, perform the silenced, and the highest and best desires

Birth-day Meditations. promises of His word, and accomplish of His people will be for ever satisfied. the deliverance of His people. The All the plans and purposes of Satan will TWENTY-FIVE years of my life have passed prophet represents it as done, and there be completely and eternally frustrated, and are gone, never to be recalled; surely fore writes: “He saw that there was and his kingdom and works destroyed. this should teach me the importance no man, and wondered that there was This is the recompense of the Redeemer's of seizing each moment of flying time. no intercessor; therefore His own arm pains; this is the result of His deep This day is one of thanksgiving. I thank brought salvation unto Him, and His humiliation; this is the glory promised God for my being. I bless His name righteousness it sustained Him.

For Him by His Father. All things will be that ever I was born. I thank God for He put on righteousness as a breast. put under Him; every creature will be my country - I might have been a heaplate, and an helmet of salvation upon made subject unto Him. As God's Son, then, bowing to senseless blocks of stone. His head; and He put on the garments and God's King, He will reign on His I thank God for my family, that I have of vengeance for clothing, and was clad holy hill of Zion. He will come with a praying father, and a pious mother. I with zeal as a cloak. According to their strong hand, having the day of vengeance thank God for my advantages, that I was deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury in His heart; his arm will rule for Him, privileged to hear of Jesus in early days. to His adversaries, recompense to His bringing to pass all the purposes of His I thank God for my preservation-I enemies; to the islands He will repay will; His reward, His beloved Church, deserve condemnation; bat Jesus pur. recompense.” The margin of the text will be with Him; and His work, to raise chased for me salvation. My sins have

men.

our world.

BY T. M. MEDHURST, KINGSTON ON THANES.

Of one

been many, but the precious blood of sin and uncleanness, where Jesus waits and manifested much forbearance to man, Christ has washed them all away. Dear to be gracious; look right out of self who was treating Him with every insult reader, is thy birth-day such to thee ? straight into the open heart of Jesus, and cruelty. How spotless was His life! Art thou saved ? Hast thou believed in trust alone in His mercy, and then thou In His death, how submissive and pa. Jesus? These questions are to thee of shalt realize the feeling of one who ex- tient! “He is brought as a lamb to the vast importance, for thou wast born in claimed with great astonishment, “Who slaughter; and as a sheep before her sin, and shapen in iniquity. Since thy is a pardoning God like thee, who has shearers is dumb, so He openeth not birth, thou hast wilfully strayed from blotted out all my sins, and forgiven me His mouth.” (Isaiah lxiii. 7.) God, not desiring his ways; and now thy for thy name's sake ?”

Having “put off the old man, which transgressions are many and black; yet,

is corrupt according to the deceitful bear in mind, thou mayest have salvation

Are you Clothed ?

lusts;" and having "put on the new man, if thou believest on Jesus; thou mayest How desirable is fit and proper clothing which, after God, is created in righteous. know thy sins are all pardoned now, if thou for our bodies. The person who is cladness and true holiness," how many and wilt trust alone and entirely on Christ's in old and bad garments feels not the great are the benefits of thus being finished salvation. We are born, and benefit

, nor possess the happiness, which clothed with Christ. No covering, be(how solemn the reflection) it is appointed others enjoy, whose clothes are sound side the robe of Jesus' righteousness, unto men once to die, though the time and good. If this be the case relative is sufficient to hide the deformity of when we may die is unknown.

to the body—the outward man-- and our nature, and the sinfulness of our thing we may be sure, on each new period most assuredly it is; what greater need souls, from the view of that God, who in our life, we are nearer to the grave have we for a suitable covering for the is “ of purer eyes than to behold evil:” than heretofore. We are here now, where inward man—the soul.

none other can make a sinner appear shall we be next year? We have slighted

“The night is far spent, the day is at beautiful and accepted in the Father's many seasons of improvement, how many hand: let us therefore cast off the works sight. Having put on the Lord Jesus more shall we have? We have heard of darkness, and let us put on the armour Christ, we shall be preserved from sinmany invitations to repent and believe, of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the ning: how can sin reign in us when llow soon will it be ere we hear the last? day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not Jesus, the righteous One, is so nigh to Seeing these thoughts must and will arise, in chambering and wantonness, not in our souls ? Satan may also tempt us, let us improve them by seeking grace strife and envying; but put ye on the but his fiery darts can never do great and mercy now, from the Lord Jesus Lord Jesus Christ, and make not pro- hurt to such as have put on Christ; Christ, who is ever more willing to re- vision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts neither can the world justly allege any ceive the penitent, than we are to seek thereof.” (Rom. xiii. 12, 13, 14.)

evil against those who are much like His love.

Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ. What their Lord. Sorrows, afflictions, perMay we realize the Spirit's aid, while a very important command. Like as we secutions, or other trials, will have little we ask ourselves, personally, a few serious put on our clothes, and these very gar- power to harm; even death itself has questions.

ments are plainly seen by ourselves and lost its sting, and those who have put Where am I? I am where mercy waits, others, so are we to put on Christ that on the Lord Jesus Christ shall prove in the person of Jesus, for my return from He may be as easily and openly beheld His power in them at such an hour, sin, to seek salvation; where the invita- as our apparel.

and shout “ victory." An elegant gartions, promises, and threatenings of the If we have put on the Lord Jesus ment serves as an ornament to the body; Word of God reach me, and urge present Christ, our souls will be made willing but however costly such things may be, decision for happiness here, and heaven for Him to have lordship over us at all they are all subject to defilement and hereafter, through the work which was times, and in all things; we shall shew decay. How beautiful and of great price completed on Calvary; in a word, I am submission and obedience to His com- is the dress which God has provided for on praying ground and pleading terms mands, seeking to observe all that He poor, guilty sinners! all who have put

would have us to do, and striving always on the Lord Jesus Christ are What am I? I am a sinner, who has to please Him who pleased not Himself. richly arrayed than the angels of hearebelled against his Creator, revolted Knowing Him as a Saviour, our trust ven. Having put on Christ, we are against his just authority; and, conse- will be in His atoning sacrifice; and “made kings and priests unto God,” quently, one who deserves wrath-great having received Him into our hearts as divinely robed for the fellowship of the everlasting indignation.

the Messiah, we shall be looking to Him Church on earth; and in such a glorious Where am I going? To heaven or who teacheth all things relating to His dress shall we be received into heaven, hell, for there is no intermediate place. glorious salvation and blessed service, and welcomed as guests to the marriage All who are interested in the atonement desirous to learn of Him, and follow supper of the Lamb. completed by Jesus, are on the road to after One who “suffered for us, leaving Dear reader, are you clothed ? If any glory. All who are living careless, with us an example that ye should follow His man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is out thought of Christ, are travelling to steps.” (1 Pet. ii. 21.)

none of His. And if Christ be in you, eternal perdition. Where am I journey- How divinely bright is the example the body is dead because of sin; but the ing? O blessed Saviour, help me now which our Lord and Master has set be- Spirit is life because of righteousness. earnestly to decide.

In his holy and perfect life, When shall I die? I know not; it may what excellencies shine forth. He hated be this year, or the time may be far dis- sin, resisted Satan, opposed everything statement of Merwanji Cursetji on the

occasion of his Baptism. tant. As I do not know the time, 0 let that was evil; how great was His zeal

I must, previously to my entering into the me live to Christ now, so that when death for the honour of His Father? He Church of Christ by way of Baptism, briefly comes I may dwell with Him for ever. shewed perfect obedience to the law, describe to you, brethren and sisters in the Are these questions thine, iny reader ? whilst with all faithfulness He exposed Lord, how the precious knowledge of Divine

Truth was brought home to my mind. I was If so, let me entreat of thee, that thou that which was false among men.

quite unacquainted with it when I was receivat once repair to the fountain opened for Lord Jesus Christ loved His enemies, ing the benefit of secular education in the

with God.

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fore us.

E. P.

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