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The Wrath to Come.

"THE wrath to come." Have you ever
considered the importance of these words,
and felt that the great day of God's wrath
(Rev. vi. 17,) may be very nigh at hand?

Reader, God gives you this warning, The day of the Lord will come upon it may be the last you may ever have: the world as a thief in the night, and Flee from the wrath to come! Christ said when He comes to this world again, He to His disciples, and it remains true to will come to "take vengeance on them this day, "He that heareth you, heareth that know not God, and that obey not the me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth shall be punished with everlasting destruc- Him that sent me.” God, who is "not tion from the presence of the Lord, and willing that any should perish," now from the glory of His power." Of such as speaks to you through one who can say, TO OUR READERS. 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 His all-prevailing merit, and then, "being justified by His blood, you will be saved. from wrath through Him.”

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Everlasting fire, prepared originally for the devil and his angels, will be the lot of those who in this day of grace slight God's love.

truth."

The love of God to sinners has been declared, and men seem to despise His mercy and His grace. God calls, and men refuse. God stretches out His hand,

ways.

Keeping Christmas.

and will mock when their fear cometh.

In the name of our covenant God. Father, Son, and Holy Ghost-we still hope to continue our labours; by His grace we are determined not to know anything among men but "Jesus Christ, and even yields His Son to die to save WE draw near the close of another year. and Him crucified." We advocate no sinners; and no man regards. Shall Many will be keeping Christ MAS. How sectarian views, neither have we the not the Lord visit for such things as fearfully Christ's holy name is generally patronage of any particular denomina- these? The day will come when God will dishonoured at this season. The druntion. We cordially embrace in our fel- laugh at the calamity of those who now kard keeps Christmas with an extra lowship all who love the Lord Jesus despise and reject His offers of mercy, glass. The libertine keeps Christmas with Christ in sincerity. unbridled lusts. The pleasure-seeker We desire the prayers and co-operation Oh! my reader, if you have not yet keeps Christmas with unholy hilarity and of all Christians. Brief, pointed papers, accepted Christ as your Saviour, if you festive gaieties. festive gaieties. The fashionist keeps and details of indisputable facts in rela- have not yet sought pardon of the Lord Christmas by patronizing the newest tion to the gospel will be thankfully for your sins, do it at once. The day of designs. The papist keeps Christmas received. We especially ask our fellow- His wrath may be nearer than you may by spreading his antichristian delusions. Christians to assist us in promoting the imagine, and who shall stand when He The infidel keeps Christmas by using sale of this work, for we need scarcely appeareth? the accustomed leisure to blaspheme the say, that the expenses of publishing are God who made him. The glutton keeps considerable. Donations for a larger persuade men;" but it is an awful proof Christmas by abusing the bounties of gratuitous circulation among the poor of the desperate wickedness of man's the God of providence. How will you, will also be gratefully accepted. 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 justhe power 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.

"Knowing the terror of the Lord, we

THE BIRTH OF JESUS.

"Where is He that is born King of the Jews?" Matt. ii. 2.

Herod do! His perplexity was great; fear and sorrow were experienced by him; but with all the amount of unquestionable evidence before THE birth of Jesus was an event as full of love him, he did not think the Messiah worth seeking. as it was deep in wisdom and humiliation, but it He therefore dismissed the wise men that they was what Jehovah had ages before promised, and should seek the young child; but it was not in patriarchs had long looked for. When man dis- the king's heart to go a step on such an errand: obeyed his Maker, and fell under Satan's power, "Bring me word again," said the king, "that I Jehovah, in boundless grace, lighted up the dark may come and worship Him also:" if I find so and hopeless scene with the most merciful decla- and so, then I'll worship. Herod had no better ration, that the Seed of the woman should bruise thought than this. This was his only relief for the serpent's head; thus announcing a Redeemera troubled mind. Poor Herod! The real state of for fallen man, and that He should be born of a his soul was afterwards made manifest; pride woman. Afterwards, the Lord taught Abraham, kindled into a flame the enmity to God and His that the promised Seed should be through him Christ that dwelt in his unregenerate heart, he It is to be feared that there are many of this and his 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 be of the in Bethlehem, and all the coasts thereof, should answer many questions even about the Saviour, fruit of his loins, and also that after His death be 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 hear a son, and saying that "Christ Jesus came into the world to Christian country, had Christian forefathers, have shall call His name Immanuel;" and more 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 weighed 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 wanting. 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 standard 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 God, 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! flee from all these snares of me, whose goings forth have been from of old, they have no concern beyond some vague ideas of the great deceiver. Listen to the Word of the from everlasting." worship, places of worship, forms of worship, living God that will never pass away. Remember and the like. However, this state of mind having there is salvation in no other than Jesus crucified. been brought about by circumstances, it is only Jesus is the only way. There is no other entrance for circumstances to change, and they change to glory. The question of such eternal importalso. Like the early dew, such superficial im-ance is not what you know, or what people think pressions quickly pass away, their natural enmity of you, but what you think of CHRIST. O to Christ easily manifests itself, and they soon ponder the decisive words of the apostle, "If any cry out in spirit, with the Christless crowd man love not our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be around, "Not this man, but Barabbas!”

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From these scriptures we see that the Messiah would be born of a woman-God and man in one person-a virgin's son-born in Bethlehem-of the seed of Abraham-of the lineage of David, whose goings forth have been from everlasting, that He shall sit on the throne of His father David, and of His Kingdom there shall be no

end.

accursed!"

We can thus enter a little into the question of My Reader, may I ask if you have ever been the wise men—"Where is He that is born King troubled when you have heard the Gospel of of the Jews?" In the last dispensation most Christ? If so, may I also affectionately ask you people were looking forward to the coming of to examine into the cause of your trouble? Has Messiah to reign in glory; they expected the it arisen from a change, or from fear of change fulfilment of the prophetic scriptures concerning in your outward circumstances? or has it been His Kingdom, and overlooked the path of humi- from a deep conscientious sense of your having liation, suffering, blood-shedding and death, as sinned against God, and therefore being justly Messiah's way to David's throne. They did not exposed to His eternal condemnation? The last see that God's only way of setting man in blessing is the godly sorrow that worketh repentance before Him, was through death and resurrection. unto salvation not to be repented of; and, if such There were, however, a few that "looked for re- be your experience, you will not be content that demption in Jerusalem." others should seek the Saviour and bring you In this chapter, we find three classes of cha-word again, but you will seek Him for yourself. racter brought before us:-1. Herod; 2. The Your need will compel you. Your heartfelt chief priests and scribes; 3. The wise men, cry will be, "Lord, save or 1 perish!" You will which, by the Lord's help, may be profitable for take refuge in Christ to save you. You will not be satisfied at merely mingling with others in worship; you will not, cannot, rest, till you know the forgiveness of your sins through the blood of Christ.

ledge of the letter of Scripture had puffed them
up. In their folly they thought themselves wise,
and knew not that they were miserable, blind,
and naked. One might have thonght that such
a momentous matter as the birth of Christ might
have stirred up the hardest hearts; but no, man's
motto is, "present gratification without reference
to the eternal future." These scribes were ac-
credited by men, honoured by the king, they felt
that they held the key of knowledge, were
master's in Israel, were greeted by the people's
"Rabbi," and this was enough, for they sought
only "present gratification," and cared not for
"the eternal future.'

us to consider.

1. HEROD. Herod was a King at Jerusalem; he was, therefore, exceedingly moved at the announcement that the King of the Jews was born. It touched him very closely, for he knew that if the true Messiah were come, he could no longer be king himself. Besides the sound of God's King having come, was enough to alarm the conscience, and awaken fear and dread. Others felt the same. We are therefore told that, "when Herod heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him." There were no thunderings or lightnings, no threatenings, no sound of alarm, yet they were troubled. Angels had sung, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." A believing man afterwards exclaimed, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation;" yet "Herod and all Jerusalem were troubled." The King's troubled state of mind led him to make enquiry. He first gathered those together whom he judged best able to give him information, and demanded of them where Christ should be born? But though their reply was correct, it did not relieve his trouble. He then made diligent enquiry of the wise men, but their reply must have only tended to confirm the fact that Messiah was really come. What could

3. THE WISE MEN. Whatever were the peerliar characteristics of these men, they were in the best sense wise men. They were guided by Divine light and wisdom. They had to do with God. When they saw the star move, they were assured that God was leading them; and they experienced that He led them to the Saviour. They sought for Jesus. Nothing could hinder them. Christ Himself was the one object of their souls, and they found Him. They owned Him as the mighty God. They worshipped Him. They served Him with their substance as well as their hearts. It was to Christ they presented their gold, myrrh, and frankincense. We may also notice another thing in these wise men, they obeyed God rather than man; for being warned of God that they should not return to Herod (as he commanded), they departed into their own country another way. The account of these wise men is very simple and brief, but their ways stand in remarkable contrast with the other Oh, my reader, beware of hypocrisy! Re-classes of character that are here clustered togemember Herod. Beware of anything less than ther. coming to Christ to save you. Do not be content Oh, my reader! while I have warned you at feeling a little troubled, or with a little inquiry against the pernicious ways of Herod and the into Scripture, or of resting in some good inten- Scribes, I intreat you solemnly to consider whetions, or any well meant promises as to the future; ther you are like these wise men. They subyea, I repeat, beware of anything less than committed to God's teaching; have you? They ing to Jesus for the salvation of your soul. Then, sought and found the Saviour's feet; have you? and then only, will you be safe, for He said, They worshipped Jesus, and served Him with "Ilim that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast their costliest goods; have you? When they out." found man commanded one thing and God another, they obeyed God rather than nan; have you?

2. THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES. There was neither trouble, nor enquiry, nor wrath manifested by these persons. Quiet and unconcerned, Hitherto we have only looked at the King of with Scripture readily upon their lips, they cared the Jews in reference to His birth; bat grand no more about the Messiah than they did about and glorious as that event was, we afterwards Herod. Yet they had knowledge of Scripture. see Him in a position far more blessed for our They could tell where Christ should be born. contemplation than even that. I refer to CalThey heard the solemn announcement that the vary's cross. Yes, it is the Cross of Christ that Messiah was come. They listened to the wise is the only happy meeting-place between God men's testimony, that the God of heaven and and man. No Cross, there could have been earth had commanded a star to move out of its no triumph over death. No Cross, there could accustomed sphere to guide them, and yet they have been no salvation from hell. No Cross, this were unmoved and unconcerned. Their know-world would have been without one cheering ray

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K as to the future. No Cross, not one sinner could
have ever reached the mansions of glory. But
the blessed Gospel declares that Christ has died.
The Scriptures most prominently set forth the
eternal value of Christ's death, and our Lord
taught the same thing. He said, " Except a corn
of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth
alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."
The believer's peace with God is only through
the blood of Christ, he is justified by His blood,
sanctified by His blood, he has access into God's
presence by His blood, and finds liberty in prayer
and praise because of that blood. It is in the
death of Jesus we see God's wondrous love to
man so abundantly manifested. There we see
that the King of the Jews died for that nation.
There we see that God was in Christ reconciling
the world unto Himself. There we see God's
infinite hatred to sin, and His amazing love to
sinners. There He bare our sins in His own
body. There His soul was made an offering for
sin. There He once suffered under God's wrath
that we might receive eternal peace and blessing.
The King of the Jews then was nailed to the
accursed tree; for "it was expedient that one
man should die for the people, and that the whole The reign of Christ was spoken of by the
nation perish not; and not for that nation only, angel to Mary, in connexion with His birth.
but that He should gather together in one, the "Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and
children of God that were scattered abroad." bring forth a son, and shalt call His name
On 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
of the Jews; for he not only asked the blessed give unto Him the throne of His father David;
Lord if he were the King of the Jews, but just and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for
before he delivered Him to be crucified, he turned ever, and of His Kingdom there shall be no end."
to the people saying, "Behold your King!" (Luke i. 31-33.) We can, therefore, understand
"Shall I crucify your King?" Pilate also wrote why Peter referred to the Lord's return, when
a title and put it on the cross, in the three lead- addressing the people at Jerusalem, saying,
ing languages of the world, and the writing was, "He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was
"JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE preached unto you; whom the heaven must re-
JEWS;" and so steadfast was Pilate in his pur-ceive, until 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
"Write not the King of the Jews," but that he since the world began." To these times of resti-
said, "I am King of the Jews," he replied, tution we are rapidly hastening. The Lord will
"What I have written, I have written." God soon descend from Heaven. His church, His
doubtless had a purpose in all this, and though beloved bride, will be caught up to meet Him in
the nation of Israel refused to own their King the air. As King of the Jews, He will reign
then, it will yet be their joy at Christ's second over the house of Jacob. As the last Adam
coming to know that they have redemption creation shall be manifestly in subjection to Him,
through His blood, the forgiveness of sins accord- being delivered from the bondage of corruption;
ing to the riches of His grace. (See Rom. xi. 21.) and as King over all the earth, all the kindreds
"Smitten, stricken, and afflicted,
of the nations shall worship before Him; for,
with flaming fire and vengeance, He shall put ali
enemies under His feet. Happy are those who
can sincerely, say, "Come, Lord Jesus, come
quickly."

Now, dear reader, He saves to the uttermost,
and He will save you, if you come to Him. O
may the language of your heart be,

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are peace.'

blossom and bud, and fill the face of the whole no man cometh unto the Father but by
world with fruit. But then it will not be on me." Oh, dear reader, stop and think,
carnal grounds, but in free, sovereign grace,Consider your ways" and be advised in
through the redemption work of Him who died
for that nation. They will then know Christ time. Believe this to be the voice of the
crucified to be their sacrifice, Christ risen to be Lord to your soul, and be willing to walk
their law-giver; Christ exalted to be their High in His way; for His ways are indeed
Priest, Christ glorified to be their King. They "ways of pleasantness, and all His paths
will then experience the blessings of the new
covenant, spoken of by Jeremiah the prophet:
"After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my
law in their inward parts, and write it in their
hearts, and will be their God, and they shall be
my people....they shall all know me, from the
least
of them to the greatest of them, saith the
Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will
remember their sin no more." (ch. xxxi. 31-34.)
Now, while the Lord Jesus is rejected by the
nation of the Jews, God is sending His Gospel
into all the world, to gather out of the Gentiles
a people for His name. A Jew here and there
receives the Gospel, as many have before; so that
Christ's Church is formed both of Jews and
Gentiles, united in one body, and made nigh to
God by the blood of Christ.

See Him hanging on the tree, 'Tis the Christ by men rejected,

"A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,
On thy kind arms I fall;

Be thou my Lord and righteousness,
My Saviour, and my all,"

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Are you amongst the number "who walk in darkness, and know not whither they go?" Seek, then, the light of God's truth, and the guidance of His Spirit to convince you of sin, to shew you the error of your present way, and to lead you to Christ the true way; and you shall not seek in vain, for God "will give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him"-not to those that ask Him with the lips only, but from the heart; for "God seeth not as man seeth, but God looketh on the heart." Ah, it is the sincere desire that God wants; it is the sighing of a broken and a contrite heart that comes up before Him; and it is the repentance of a sinner that gives joy in heaven.

Yes, my soul, 'tis He, 'tis He!" But where is the King of the Jews now? He was in Bethlehem's stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and worshipped by the wise men. He was recognized by a guileless Israelite, as "the Son of God, and the King of Israel." As the meek and lowly King, riding on an ass over the Mount of Olives, He was worshipped as "the King that cometh in the name of the Lord." He was covered with a purple robe, and mocked with a crown of thorns. He was publicly crucified with malefactors, outside the gate of Jerusalem;

Again, dear reader, I would ask the solemn question, Where are you going? Are you amongst the saved or the lost? Are you walking in darkness, or have you the "light of life?" for he that followeth Christ "shall not walk in darkness, 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? Christ, and found Him to be the way, He is no longer on the cross, no longer in the give all the praise and glory to Him, who sepulchre; but though crucified in weakness, He rose from the dead by almighty strength, spoiled 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 of the Jews was welcomed back to the throne of the end of their living. Some live in holy and devoted life, by your gentleness, the majesty of the heavens, and crowned with 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 beand without a teraphim." They are still scat-morality, or perhaps their belief in a set lieved on the Lord Jesus with your heart, tered among the Gentiles, while their holy city is 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. He is able to gather the outcasts of Israel, and bring them men whereby we can be saved," but the such as you are that He addresses those to their own land. "Afterward" (saith Hosea, name 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 their King; and shall fear the Lord, and His 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 shall "I am the way, the truth, and the life; that ye refuse not Him that speaketh."

THIS is a question often asked, and very
Where are you going?
few may be found walking in earthly
paths, who are unable in some measure
to answer it. Most can do so with cer-

How contrary to the end of all other ways is this. God's way of salvation is Christ; "and whosoever believeth in Him (no less a person than the very Son of God) shall not perish, but have everlasting life."

seemeth right unto a man, but the end There may indeed be "a way that thereof are the ways of death." Have you ever reflected on this? that if you are not living in the faith of Christ, you are in a way which, however right it may seem to you, will end in death, eternal death; that you are travelling on the road that leads to "everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power?" You will, if you persist in the downward path, realize the awfulness of His power, but there will be no blessing connected with it to you.

The Coming of Jesus.

BY JAMES SMITH, CHELTENHAM.

all that

reads, "He will come against the strong." our world to more than paradisaic beauty He atoned for sin and conquered death, and glory before Him. 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 hand 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, 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 His unaided power He will accomplish His coming, to share in the grace that He second. 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: behold, 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. These if 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 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

men.

our world.

such the second death hath no power;

Birth-day Meditations.

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 corrupHe 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 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; but Jesus purrecompense." The margin of the text will be with Him; and His work, to raise chased for me salvation. My sins have

BY T. M. MEDhurst, kingsTON ON THAMES.

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 straight into the open heart of Jesus, and cruelty. How spotless was His life! trust alone in His mercy, and then thou In His death, how submissive and pashalt realize the feeling of one who ex-tient! "He is brought as a lamb to the claimed with great astonishment, "Who slaughter; and as a sheep before her is a pardoning God like thee, who has shearers is dumb, so He openeth not blotted out all my sins, and forgiven me His mouth." (Isaiah lxiii. 7.) for thy name's sake?”

Are you Clothed ?

reader, is thy birth-day such to thee? Art thou saved? Hast thou believed in Jesus? These questions are to thee of vast importance, for thou wast born in sin, and shapen in iniquity. Since thy birth, thou hast wilfully strayed from God, not desiring his ways; and now thy 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 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 righteousknow thy sins are all pardoned now, if thou for our bodies. The person who is clad ness 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. Of one 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 how 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, pera very important command. Like as we secutions, or other trials, will have little put on our clothes, and these very gar-power to harm; even death itself has ments are plainly seen by ourselves and lost its sting, and those who have put others, so are we to put on Christ that on the Lord Jesus Christ shall prove He may be as easily and openly beheld His power in them at such an hour, as our apparel. and shout "victory." An elegant garIf we have put on the Lord Jesus ment serves as an ornament to the body; Christ, our souls will be made willing but however costly such things may be, for Him to have lordship over us at all they are all subject to defilement and times, and in all things; we shall shew decay. How beautiful and of great price submission and obedience to His com- is the dress which God has provided for 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 more to please Him who pleased not Himself. richly arrayed than the angels of heaKnowing Him as a Saviour, our trust ven. Having put on Christ, we are will be in His atoning sacrifice; and "made kings and priests unto God," having received Him into our hearts as divinely robed for the fellowship of the the Messiah, we shall be looking to Him Church on earth; and in such a glorious who teacheth all things relating to His dress shall we be received into heaven, glorious salvation and blessed service, and welcomed as guests to the marriage desirous to learn of Him, and follow supper of the Lamb. after One who "suffered for us, leaving us an example that ye should follow His steps." (1 Pet. ii. 21.)

What am I? I am a sinner, who has rebelled against his Creator, revolted against his just authority; and, consequently, one who deserves wrath-great everlasting indignation.

Where am I going? To heaven or hell, for there is no intermediate place. All who are interested in the atonement completed by Jesus, are on the road to glory. All who are living careless, with out thought of Christ, are travelling to eternal perdition. Where am I journeying? O blessed Saviour, help me now earnestly to decide.

How divinely bright is the example which our Lord and Master has set before us. In his holy and perfect life, what excellencies shine forth. He hated sin, resisted Satan, opposed everything

When shall I die? I know not; it may be this year, or the time may be far distant. As I do not know the time, O let that was evil; how great was His zeal

May we realize the Spirit's aid, while we ask ourselves, personally, a few serious questions. Where am I? I am where mercy waits, in the person of Jesus, for my return from sin, to seek salvation; where the invitations, promises, and threatenings of the Word of God reach me, and urge present decision for happiness here, and heaven hereafter, through the work which was completed on Calvary; in a word, I am on praying ground and pleading terms with God.

me live to Christ now, so that when death for the honour of His Father? He
comes I may dwell with Him for ever. shewed perfect obedience to the law,
Are these questions thine, my reader? whilst with all faithfulness He exposed
If so, let me entreat of thee, that thou that which was false among men.
at once repair to the fountain opened for Lord Jesus Christ loved His enemies,

The

Dear reader, are you clothed? If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

E. P.

Statement of Merwanji Cursetji on the

occasion of his Baptism.

I MUST, previously to my entering into the Church of Christ by way of Baptism, briefly describe to you, brethren and sisters in the Lord, how the precious knowledge of Divine Truth was brought home to my mind. I was quite unacquainted with it when I was receiving the benefit of secular education in the

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