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Elphinstone Institution at Bombay. Neither my heart that I was subject to repeated at- The gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in was I instructed at all in the religion in which tacks of melancholy and sadness. Now those the Bible alone is sufficiently adapted to my I had been born. But I am happy to say that attacks, sickening as they were, carried me wants. It alone convicts me as a sinful and the Spirit of God was working inwardly in more and more to repent of my past sins, and guilty creature. It alone recovers me from my heart after my leaving the above Insti- to reliance on the merits and blood of Jesus such a vile state of my nature. It alone retution, and at the time when I was employed Christ, who cleanseth us from all our sins. stores me to the favour and mercy of my in a solicitor's office. At that time I asked a And now, in humble dependence on his grace, Maker. It alone tells me that God has defriend to lend me his Bible for a short time, I have determined never to part from the vised a plan for the redemption of mankind. which was presented to him by his master, a truth, and to hold fast the Word of life unto It alone declares to me that "God so loved solicitor of the Supreme Court at Bombay, on the end. And when the trial of my faith the world that He gave his only begotten Son, a Christmas - holiday. I kept this blessed comes, I desire to remember the cheering words that whosoever believeth in Him should not volume for several weeks, and then returned of the inspired Apostle when he says, "Who perish but have everlasting life. For God it to him with thanks for the knowledge of shall separate us from the love of Christ? sent not his Son into the world to condemn salvation I had attained through his instru- Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, the world, but that the world through him mentality. And now I heartily and sincerely or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" might be saved. Now, on my part, brethren, pray to the Almighty that he also may come "For," he says, "I am persuaded that neither I thank Him who died on Calvary, that He to the knowledge of Him who died on Calvary. death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, has graciously opened the eyes of my heart, He, to the best of my information, is until now nor powers, nor things present, nor things to to behold the sinful condition of my nature, quite unacquainted with that book of books. come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other and to repent over it. And now, my brethren, And what our blessed Lord said when he was creature, shall be able to separate us from the in the presence of each and every one of you, on earth, that many that are first shall be love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our and in the presence of God my Saviour, I prolast, and the last shall be first," is now com- Lord." Again in another place he says, "If mise in his strength that, I will endeavour to pletely fulfilled in my case; and I thank God be for us, who can be against us?" And renounce, and that utterly, the devil and his God for it. Afterwards I went to Dr. also what the Royal Psalmist says, "The works, and hereafter to walk in righteousness Wilson, to have for my perusal some anti- Lord is my light and my salvation, of whom and true holiness, and to offer up myself a christian works, as I had a great desire to ex-shall I be afraid?" "I will not be afraid of living sacrifice to my Creator, putting on the amine whether there was truth in them or not. ten thousands of people that have set them- whole armour of God that I may be able But, blessed be God, instead of falling into a selves against me around about." In the to withstand in the time of trial: for a Chrisdeep ditch of filthiness by reading such blas- Psalm xlvi. he says, "Therefore will not wetian requires not only to wrestle against flesh phemous works as those of Paine, Voltaire, fear, though the earth be removed, and though and blood, but against principalities, against and Haslem, of which I afterwards read too the mountains be carried into the midst of the powers, against the rulers of the darkness of much, I was requested by Dr. Wilson to at-sea." And how delightful and vivifying are this world, against spiritual wickedness in high tend the Wednesday Prayer-meetings which the promises made by the everlasting Jehovah places. he was in the habit of holding at the time. I to his people, who are suffering in this world, cheerfully complied with his request and at- under the incessant assaults of Satan, while tended them for some time. Hence my ac- fighting the good fight of faith, under the quaintance with some young friends in the glorious banner of their eternal King. We Lord; by cultivating whose company I began can never find such a glorious inheritance as more and more to appreciate the grace of the the loving Father promises to all those that Redeemer. I perceived, then, that I was a labour in his cause, and confess his name besinner forsaken of God, and that every imagi- fore men. Should we draw back from him nation of my heart was evil. That no religion who called us according to his gracious will convinced me of guilt and natural sinfulness Should we draw back because of the ignobut that of the Bible alone. That, according miny and shame? Ah! no. His promises to the statement of that Divine volume, I was are full of consolation to them that are af under the great wrath to come, and I felt my-flicted, when He says, in the glorious Revelaself totally helpless to escape from so terrible tion to St. John, "To him that overcometh a wrath. But the Bible taught me to trust will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in him who alone has power to forgive. It in the midst of the Paradise of God." "Be had then revealed to me that Jesus Christ is thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the only Saviour and that he is able to for- a crown of life." "To him that overcometh give all my sins. When I was in such a will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and state of my belief, I at once communicated, will give him a white stone, and in the stone first to Mr. Dhunjeebhoy, and afterwards to a new name written which no man knoweth Dr. Wilson, my desire concerning the full saving he that receiveth it." "He that overprofession of the truth as it in Jesus. Imme- cometh and keepeth my works unto the end. diately after this communication, an article to him will I give power over the nations." appeared in one of the native newspapers in He that overcometh, the same shall be Bombay, called the Jami Jamshed, contributed clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot by an enemy of the Christian Truth. A great out his name out of the book of life, but I rumour was spread in the l'arsee community: will confess his name before my Father and and every one, but especially those who came before His angels." "Him that overcometh in contact with me, began to inquire my inten-will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, tion about embracing Christianity. The in- and he shall go no more out: and I will write formation was soon communicated to my pa- upon him the name of my God, and the name rents, by reason of which they began to weep of the city of my God, which is new Jerusaand mourn for the separation of their only lem, which cometh down out of heaven from and beloved son. After a day or two I made my God: and I will write upon him my new a promise to my parents of my not separating name.” To him that overcometh will I from them. Soon after this I asked from my grant to sit with me in my Throne, even as master Mr. Acland, a month's leave for the I also overcanie, and am set down with my purpose of seeking change of air, which had Father in His Throne." been, before the above event, recommended Now, brethren, I am fully convinced, and to me by a European medical gentleman. hereby declare my belief, that the Christian Accordingly the leave was granted. Under religion alone is from God. Divers pretendthese circumstances I left Bombay for Surat, ers, at different periods of the world, have and, together with my parents, duly arrived made their vain efforts to devise new plans here. After my arrival here, for a time I had and systems for the salvation of the human little intercourse with Christians: but after-family. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ alone wards got acquainted with the Missionaries, is God's plan. I confess and declare that and began to attend constantly to their instruc- there is no other name given under heaven. tions. Now let me say that the chief and whereby we may be saved but by the name of principal cause of my holding back in Bom- the Son of God. The Scriptures of the Old bay was my little faith, and that little for the and New Testaments, I firmly believe, are the time forgotten. But the gracious Spirit of word of God. The pretended revelations of God did not slack to bring me to a full and Zoroastrianism, and other religions of man, complete conviction of the grand truth of the have no divine authority, and only delude man heavenly Record. It acted so intensely on with vain hopes.
Now, my Christian brethren, I earnestly pray God that He may, in like manner, by the influence of his infinitely gracious Spirit, convert the hearts of all the people in this land, who are sunk in the dark gulf of heathenism. And may the time soon come, when every tongue shall confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God; when every dry and parched land shall be moistened with the blessed dew of heaven, and bring forth copious fruits meet for repentance; when "the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat."
VERSES ON TRIAL.
Rom. xiii. 12; Heb. xii. 1, 2.
Subtle foes around them press;
Till the night of toil is past,
Storms of trial mark the way;
Those bright realms of endless day,
Forward, then, with joy we'll press,
A smoother path might prove our ruin;
How few the ills we're called to meet,
How light the burden we sustain; Grace makes the bitterest trials sweet,
And turns our losses into gain.
Then let us gird our loins afresh,
And lean upon our heavenly Guide; We trust not to an arm of flesh,
The Lord our banner will provide;
And when we've reached the heavenly shore,
All was in love and wisdom plann'd; And had one chastisement been spared, One blessing less our souls had shared.
GLASGOW.-One Sunday, lately, there were about knew it before, but I never felt it as I did then." 150 new communicants at the Wynd Church. Again I asked, "Was there any particular sin A young man lately stated, that he had travelled pressing on your conscience?" I sometimes menseven miles to attend the Wynd Church. The tioned sins to which I knew the man had pretext was, "We love Him, because. He first loved viously been addicted. The answers I received distress of mind as to whether he was really united was easy to discern in them a common substance. During the week following he was in much varied very much in the form of expression, yet it to Christ, until the following Sunday, sitting in his All acknowledged universal sinfulness. They own Church, such a gleam of light came across would confess that they had previously been his mind, that he could have exclaimed to them deeply troubled about the particular sins I speciBut," said one, the great sin I felt pressaround how precious Christ was to his soul. On fied. leaving the church with a companion, who was in ing me down, was that I had neglected prayer;" careless state, he told him how precious he felt another, "that I had been guilty of thinking Christ to be; and on the following Thursday, that lightly of Christ;" another, "that I had shut my young man found peace. These two were the ears against the gospel;" another, "that I had means of awakening a third, who soon after also thought nothing of the wonderful goodness of God obtained comfort.-Revival. in sending His Son into the world to die for sinners." A most intelligent weaver described his experience in the following graphic terms:-"I had been seeking God for weeks, and could get no comfort either from reading the Bible, or from the I tried to pray, but found my heart was fre-ny work. I leaned over my loom. I felt as if I It was on Friday last that I was struck, while at shut up. I was in great trouble about my sins.
various parts of the metropolis, and there are
saw the cross, and Jesus nailed to it. I felt that
At Liverpool, Newcastle, Sunderland, Bradford,
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"One of the most gratifying features of the Revival in the North of Ireland is the conversion of Roman Catholics.
At a prayer-meeting on Sunday evening, the hymn commencing, "There is a fountain filled with blood," was given out. A Christian man, who has long been engaged in Sunday-school teaching, asked the young people present how they could sing such precious words? They gave no answer. The meeting was concluded as usual. Several young persons remained, and asked to be prayed for. Two brethren present conversed with them, and one of them gave out for singing
"The first case we shall refer to is that of a
They then seemed deeply affected, weeping over
in various places with considerable interest, and
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The accounts that reach us of the progress of the gospel in various places in the United Kingdom are most encouraging; and far more may be expected, because of the increase of the spirit of prayer and supplication to the God of all grace, manifested in the united cries of so many Chris
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an evening service, forty individuals came forward to confess their attachment to the blessed Lord Jesus.
BALLYMENA.-A public paper states that among the hundreds who have professed faith in Christ, the strictest scrutiny could not produce a dozen backsliders.
ARMAGH.-The good work is still progressing, and persons are being "stricken down" during the religious services.
Meetings for prayer, in various parts of the country, are still held daily, with hopeful results.
RUTHERGLEN.-It has been lately stated that there have been many conversions here, sometimes as many as twenty enquirers after a meeting, and scarcely a day without conversion.
"My old companions, fare ye well,
I did not see a single person who professed to have found true peace who did not manifest a lively apprehension of Jesus as the Lord his
able answers to the prayers of the converts. There My attention was called to several most remarkwas one in particular, in which a female received, members of her family, save one, in answer to as it were from the dead, her husband and all the special prayer on their behalf. When I left, she was still importuning the throne of grace, and apparently had no doubt that ere long this one too would be added to the company of believers. Without exception, they possess the spirit in which the woman of Samaria addressed the men of her city, "Come, see a man that told me all things that ever I did. Is not this the Christ?"
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Christians, by thousands, have suddenly inherited on a stupendous and unparalleled scale; and that knowledge, life, and power; eclipsing perhaps the brightest eras of the Christian Church." We cordially recommend this little book to all our readers.
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THIS is a large pamphlet, of 96 pages. It is full of most interesting cases, and written in a simple and very pleasing style. We have only space for the following extracts:
Mr. was a shrewd man of business, of middle A Parting Word for the year Eighteen Hundred age, well to do in the world, and driving a thriving trade. He had fallen, however, into a notorious habit of drinking, consuming oftentimes more than twenty glasses of whisky in the day. He had grown so reckless, that he had been committed to prison for a year for killing a man in one of his drunken frolics. On the revival visiting the town, and on his own son being stricken down by it, he had mocked the work, boasting that nothing would bring him to his knees, and even venturing, one day, at an open-air service, to go up to the preacher and openly brand him as "a liar and a deceiver." The last week he had spent £10 on drink, determined to drown conviction, and to live down the "delusion."
At length, one Sunday, he was induced by his wife, very reluctantly, to visit a place of worship. A youthful preacher was discoursing that evening on the second verse of the fortieth Psalm. The "horrible pit" he described as the "wrath to come;" three times over he repeated the words, adding, that it was "for ever and for ever and for ever. At that instant, a strange terror seized the mocker; the tears trickled down his cheeks, and he covered them with his hands, resolved "that these people should not see his weakness;" next he determined to make his escape from the church, but, unaccountably to himself, he failed to leave the spot. By and by the sermon ended, and then there was given out the hymn—
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Mistaken Old People. OLD people are sometimes found mistaking steadiness, the "perforce" sobriety of old age, for conversion. "Ah, we all were a little foolish when we were young, you know, but we grow steadier as we grow older," say they. To be sure they do, they have no taste for the dance, their imbs are stiffened so. The sports of the field too are counted loss of time; moreover too perilous for wise people, &c. &c., but perhaps the love of money is increasing as the money itself increases, and that steady old man is in his heart bowing down before the great and hideous idol mammon.
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water of life freely."
"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters." J. B. I.
"The Sun that never sets." THE following interesting little fact was related to me by a Christian servant, Are you so? who had it from the lady to whom it SOME persons who, on the whole, appear happened. Going into her flower garden. to be Christians, are almost always com- one bright warm day, she remarked to plaining of themselves. You seldom get the gardener how she admired the sun. anything from them about the glory and The first time he did not reply; but on beauty of Jesus. (Psalm xlv.) When you her repeating it, he said, "Oh, ma'm! meet them, it's, "I am such a poor sinner, how you would admire the Sun of rightso failing, so faithless," &c. They get sad-eousness, the Lord Jesus Christ, if you der, and sadder, whilst the listener is knew Him." The lady made no answer; often saddened too. Now suppose such but the Holy Spirit had touched her persons would get by heart the 30th verse, heart. On returning to the house, she of 1 Cor. i., and pray earnestly that it opened the Bible, and continued to might be sealed home upon their hearts." search the Scriptures," until "the Might they not know the meaning in their Sun of Righteousness," the Lord Jesus own (then) happy souls of "Rejoice in the Christ arose on her soul, "with healing Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice." in His wings." If this little history be Ah, my reader! whatsoever be your age, There was once a poor simple man, but blessed of God to the reader, may he except you be a new man in Christ Jesus, wise in Christ Jesus, who was asked how "go and do likewise;" and assuredly you never can enter into the kingdom of it was he was always happy? for they (the joy and peace, such as the world can God. In other words, you are a lost sin-interrogators) were so only sometimes. neither give nor take away, will be his ner as a child of Adam, and you can only "Ah," said he, "You want to be something. or hers. be saved through believing in Jesus; and But I am a poor sinner, and nothing at he that believes in Jesus loves Jesus; and all; but Jesus Christ is my all in all." this love is showed by obeying his Word. (See Gal. vi. 14.)
Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live." (Isaiah Iv. 3.)
LIFE FOR DYING SOULS;
THE SERPENT OF BRASS.
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had
bitte any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."-Numb. xxi. 8, 9.
they were under the influence of the serpent's point of death, they immediately lived. Those
The remedy then was one, only one. It was
THE only way of salvation is most plainly set before us in various parts of the Old Testament Scriptures. Let us look at some of them. We are told that Abel obtained witness that he was righteous, by coming before God with the sacrifice of a lamb, while Cain, with all his efforts to bring the fruit of his own toil, was rejected. Noah and his family were saved by being inside the ark which God had commanded to be built, while every person outside the ark perished. Lot's mocking sons-in-law died under God's fiery judgment of Sodom, because they remained in the place which God had said He would destroy, and refused to escape for their lives. The Israelites in Egypt were saved from the vengeance of the destroying angel, because they took shelter in God's only remedy-the blood of the Lamb. The manslayer escaped the forfeit of his life by fleeing to the city of refuge. The loathsome leper was at once cleansed by being sprinkled with blood. Rahab only was favoured in the destruction of Jericho because the scarlet line was in her window. The serpent of brass set upon a pole was another testimony to the simple way of eternal salvation, which God provided for sinful men.
And such, too, is man's real condition before God now. The bitten, dying Israelites, present to us a touching picture of tens of thousands, Man has sinned. yea millions, around us now. He is a sinner in a three-fold sense. He is a sinner by birth, as a descendant of fallen parents; a sinner by practice, as having actually transgressed against God's holy commands; and a sinner in heart, as having sin dwelling in him, so that he is inwardly desperately wicked. But more than this, for most persons have added to all these the crowning sin of not believing in the only-begotten Son of God-not receiving that Saviour whom God hath sent. The Holy Spirit has come to convict men that they are sinners, to shew them that they are dead in trespasses and sins, and exposed to eternal death and condemna tion. Surely nothing can be more hopeless than man's condition as under sin and death; nothing Many true-hearted souls have not peace with can be more helpless, because, with all his inveGod, because they do not see the simplicity of tions to better his circumstances, he has never the Gospel. They do not allow their thoughts yet devised a remedy for death. He diligently to be regulated by the written word of God, as projects moral schemes for lopping off the widethe only standard of truth, or regard the Holy spreading branches of outward infamy, but the Spirit as the only Teacher and Revealer of the stump still remains the stock of a corrupt tree. things of Christ; consequently there is no fixed-Man cannot devise a cure for death. He tries to ness of thought, and no solid rest for their trou-smooth the dying pillow with the tear of sympabled minds. Unless the conscience be thoroughly thy, and refreshing cordials; he may embellish convicted of the total ruin and depravity of the the corpse with the costliest ornaments, and the natural man, it is not prepared to receive the full sweetest spices; he can make the most attractive testimony of God's abounding grace; and unless display at the grave; he can garnish the sepulchre the mind is freed from human opinions, it will with dazzling adornments; but he cannot cure not perceive the beautiful simplicity of the gospel the serpent's bite, he cannot triumph over death. of Christ. Hence it is that so many sincere He sees death all around him, and feels dying souls, who have been quickened by the Holy himself, and he is without strength and without Ghost, go doubting and fearing nearly all their hope in the world. days. They either look within for certain feelings, attainments, evidences, and the like, instead of looking wholly to Christ; or, if they look to Christ, they think that something else is required, instead of receiving simply what God says in His Word, concerning the finished work of His beloved Son, and the safety and security of all those who come unto God by Him. Let no burdened sinner expect peace with God but by looking wholly to Christ crucified and risen, and believing God's record of the value of the blood of the Cross.
Men little think what an admission they make when they say, we are sinners." It really means we have death working in us because we have sinned—we are dead in trespasses and sins, and on the way to eternal death. Such is really the meaning of the common expression, "I know that I'm a sinner." Oh, that the Holy Spirit would tear away the veil of ignorance and unbelief from men's minds, and so convict multitudes everywhere, that, like the prophet of old, they may cry out, "Woe is me, for I am undone!"
The story of the serpent of brass is calculated, by the Spirit's teaching, to give peace to anxious souls, because it so plainly sets forth the way of God in grace with men as ruined sinners. Our blessed Lord expounded it to Nicodemus, so that we have not only the inspired narrative, but also the Divine comment upon it, as teaching us the only way of eternal salvation. The testimony of Moses, by the Spirit in the Old Testament, and the explanation of Christ Himself in the new, stamp the subject with the deepest interest and importance. Little, perhaps, did the ancient Lawgiver feel, when lifting up the brazen serpent in order that the dying Israelite might behold it and live, that he was shadowing forth that unequalled event when Christ, in unparalleled love, was willingly lifed up upon the Cross for the salvation of lost sinners. But so it was, as the Lord Himself touchingly testified, when He said, "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life.”
There are three points in this narrative which demand our solemn consideration. 1. The condition of the people. 2. The remedy God provided. 3. The effects.
Our condition, then, naturally is similar to that of the bitten Israelites. They had sinned, so have we. They were guilty before God, so are we. They were justly condemned, so are we. They were dying because of their sin, so are we. They were unable to save themselves, so are we. Neither they nor ourselves had any hope whatever, till God, in free, boundless mercy, provided a remedy. Let us now consider,
2. THE REMEDY GOD PROVIDED. Why should God provide a remedy? Did the people deserve it? No. They had sinned, and merited God's righteous indignation. But their need, their helpless state, moved God's compassion and mercy, and He brought life and salvation to the dying and needy. The thought of the people was merely to have the serpents taken away from them-they only thought of some improvement in their present circumstances-but God's thoughts of love and pity are far higher than this. His way is to give life to dying souls-to abolish death; He therefore provided such a remedy that whoever LOOKED unto it LIVED. This is a remedy worthy of the God of resurrection. It never entered into man's heart to conceive a remedy so perfect, so suitable, so glorious, so abundant in mercy. "The Lord said unto Moses, 1. THE CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE. The make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole; people had sinned. They had murmured against and it shall come to pass, that every one that is God, and justly brought His judgment and wrath bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live." The upon them. They were, therefore, under sen- remedy was simple, and the cure immediate. It tence of death; for sin and death are connected was not a question of their doings, experiences, together. The wages of sin always has been, or evidences; it was look and live. They were and always will be, death. Much people of commanded to look outside themselves, straight Israel had died, and many more were dying; to the object set before them, and, though at the
The benefits, too, of God's salvation are realized by simply looking. It is, "Look unto me, "Behold the Lamb of God, and be ye saved." which taketh away the sin of the world.” “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." "By Him, all that believe are justified "Whoso cometh unto me, from all things." I will in no wise cast out.”
It is free to every one who desires it. Whosoever believeth in Him hath everlasting life. By ine, if any man enter in He shall be saved. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
God also gives an immediate and perfect cure. "He that believeth in me," said Jesus, "hath everlasting life" He that believeth is justified by His blood, shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life; for by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. He hath obtainei eternal redemption for us.
The Israelites by looking to the serpent of brass only had temporal life, but, by looking unto Jesus, we have eternal life. This is the mercy of the gospel, as our Lord declared, "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoseever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."
It is not, then, ordinances, duties, self-denial, outward zeal, however proper these things may be in their place, but Christ and Him crucified that meets the sinner's need. He alone has triumphed over death. He only is the life, the truth, the way to the Father. He is the only Mediator between God and men. His blood the only fountain for sin and uncleanness. His death alone satisfied Divine justice. In the Cross God's fierce wrath was poured out, and His infinite holiness and truth vindicated. It is the Cross that fully manifests man's angoliness, and fully reveals God's abounding love. Nowhere is sin's foul blackness so seen as in the Cross, and nowhere else is sin seen condemned and put away. Without the death of the Cross, Jesus taught there could be no salvation, and it was to he Cross alone that He directed Nicodemus for eternal life. The apostles preached "Christ crucified," and Paul said, "God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me,
and I unto the world."
"The Cross, its burthen-oh! how great,
The testimony of Jesus Himself, the records of the Old and New Testaments, the witness of prophets and apostles, all concur in directing the serpent-bitten, sin-sick soul to Jesus crucified, and there alone for life, everlasting life; and blessed indeed are those who, by faith in Him, escape eternal death so fully deserved, and receive eternal life so wholly undeserved, but freely given. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him."
3. THE EFFECTS.
"It came to pass that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the