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law; you need not suffer, for there is a Saviour. If you have not, let me beseech | I READ a word in the Holy Book, you to go to Him, to plead with Him, to cast yourself on His mercy, nor leave off crying to Him until assured that you are saved by Him. Then, as a believer, you will enjoy the pardon of all your sins, the full justification of your person,-and will perceive that by His infinite grace your services are purchased, your faults are aggravated, your love is required to burn, your zeal should glow with fervent heat, your property should be consecrated to your Lord's service, your influence should be exerted for your Lord's honour, and your piety should be shewn to your fellow-sinners in every direction. As a sinner, your state is sad; as a believer, My heart has been filled with gladness your state is glorious. As a sinner, your and praise lately in witnessing the Lord's Flavel. danger is imminent; as a believer, your goodness to a very old man, and I should safety is perfect. As a sinner, you can say one whom every body would term " a only look forward to shame, pain, and decent and respectable person." Asking Ir was the little children, you see, who everlasting contempt; but as a believer, him what the foundation of his hopes believed the Scriptures, which said Israel's you may anticipate glory, happiness, and for eternity was, he replied, "I hope, Sir, King should come lowly, and sitting on eternal honour. As a sinner, you may I have a good foundation." "What may an ass. (Zech. ix. 9.) And when he thus look upon God as your foe; but as a be- it be?" I asked. "Why, Sir, I pray came, they, the true Israel (v. 9), shouted liever, you may look upon Him as your heartily to God and to Christ to forgive for joy and gladness, “Hosanna," &c. Father. As a sinner, you may look upon me my sins." "That is very good as far Jesus as your judge; but as a believer, as it goes; we cannot call too often or too you may rejoice in Him as your Saviour. earnestly on the Lord, but praying won't There is but one step between the terrible do for a foundation. Now," said I, "if consequences of being a sinner, and all you had asked me on what I built my the glorious results of being a believer, hopes, I should have answered-In my and that is, stepping into Christ, the ark, self I am a lost, ruined sinner, but the refuge, the hiding-place set before through God's grace, Christ Himself is "God so loved the world that He gave you in the gospel. There is but one my foundation. God has made HIM unto His only begotten Son, that whosoever exercise of the mind, one act of the heart, us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, believeth in Him might not perish, but between condemnation and all its dread- and redemption." The serpent-bitten have everlasting life." ful consequences, and justification and all Israelites' case was then set before this
Matt. xxi. 15, 16.
J. B. I.
its eternal benefits, and that is believing,
or faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Believe in Jesus, only believe, and you pass from death to life; from condemnation to justification; yea, from hell to heaven.
on a bed from which she was never to
Thou, Lord Jesus, thou art my righteousness, and I, I am thy sin.
aged one, as an illustration of the truth that in self, i. e. Adam and all his race is death. In Jesus is life eternal, and that life is freely given to all who believe on Him. And now the Holy Ghost set His Young Friend, pray read this. seal to this precious truth of God, tears AN aged woman as she laid her down up-cheeks; he believed, he rejoiced, and that of joy ran down the old man's furrowed joy none can take from him. arise in this life, said, "What is this life?" This individual knew the letter of the Beware of pretending to such a degree Think of this, you who are full of Word well, but up to this time that Word of purity as to cease regarding thyself a health and strength, and expecting much had come in word only, now it came in sinner. from this life. Think of her words who, power. Some time after this, reading to They are my best friends who think after eighty-six years of it, with an unusual share of vigour and intelligence, out, "Oh what glorious news!" him Rev. viii., the dear old man cried the worst of me. And Not that I do not dread death, even at that advanced age, thus reviews lately going into his cottage, I asked for I am not the apostle Paul, but his the past; the "vapour" (Jas. iv. 14) was him what was his greatest comfort, "Sir, commentator only, but I trust that the about to waft itself away, no more to be I believe I shall be saved." (Acts xv. 11.) Lord will deliver me from fear. seen for ever. "And what is the sweetest of all names to I would rather obey than work miraBut, said a friend, “Is not the Comforter you?" "Jesus Christ, and," said he, "I cles, even if they were in my power. with you now?" With much energy she replied, "What should I do without Him?" was in dreadful pain, and I asked the Our conscience is bound down by the A few hours after, her happy spirit was Lord to take it away, and it is gone." Word of God; we can suffer all things, with the Lord. My reader, have you the This old man now waits cheerfully and but we dare not overstep the Word of Comforter? or is your poor, poor position peacefully the summons home. Dear God. The Word of God must reign "the pleasures of sin for a season, a season how short! reader, I do not comment on this simple above all things, and remain the Judge "Be not deceived, God is not mocked: narrative of God's power, through the of all men. for whatsoever a man soweth that shall name of Jesus, but I pray you try your he also reap." J. B. I. foundation.
I would run into Christ's arms, if He had a drawn sword in His hand.
J. B. I.
I read the same in the busy crowd,
It spoke to my heart, and it spoke aloud,
And its voice was-cease from man.
I sought a friend, and thought I had found
But the word came fraught with affliction's sound,
And now I will come, O my Saviour, to thee,
"Other foundation can no man lay than
Now you are called upon to do likewise, believe what God says about Jesus as a "little child;" if you do, you too will shout for joy. "Wise and prudent" people, who trust in ordinances, &c., never shout for joy, for Jesus is not revealed to such.
Sayings of Luther.
The desire of self-justification is the source of all the pangs that are felt by man's heart.
who have been redeemed from among bereaved, and promote in us the spirit of men by virtue of the atoning blood, these holiness, causing us to desire a growing having discovered beauty in Jesus, and conformity to Jesus' likeness. Poor sinners, you have no hope while desire a closer and brighter manifestation of His person. out of Jesus. You have nothing in prosSome there are, to whom Jesus is not pect but a fearful looking for of judgment precious; these never think of His and fiery indignation. I cannot bid pearing, or if they do, it is with a feel-hold fast, for your possessions are all ing of dread, conscience telling them fading. Oh! be persuaded to loose your that He will appear as their Judge, be- hold of earth ere it crumbles, lay hold cause they have neglected and despised on eternal life. The things now seen the Gospel of His grace, whereby they are fleeting. The fashion of this world might have received salvation. passeth away. A few more rising suns, and then death snatches the sinner away, The time of Jesus' appearing shall be J. Is it thus with you? Then know sudden, it will take place in a moment, in hurrying him to the bar of God; not in that He who died to redeem you, ever the twinkling of an eye; the world ap-receive his sentence, and be for ever the presence of Jesus to dwell, but to lives to make intercession for you also.parently the same as ever, the same sins There are many who, like you, appear practised as were practised when Noah banished to the pit, which is bottomto know Christ as a sacrifice, but not as entered the ark, and the flood came, less! Sinner, I urge thee to grasp the High Priest, and therefore are often truly drowning a world of unbelievers and unseen, lay hold on Jesus by the hand wretched. Allow me to point you to a few of faith, fear no repulse; Jesus Himself bids texts: Heb. ii. 16, 17, 18, and iv. 14, 15, you come. He promises to receive 16; 1 John ii. 1; also Romans, chapters you, to give you pardon through His death, peace through His blood, salvation by His grace, with life for evermore. The gospel now cries,
scoffers; the same iniquity abounding as
J. B. I.
vi. vii. viii.
the cities of the plain were consumed for
Peace through the Blood of Christ. SOME young persons who were anxious enquirers after the way of salvation, were welfare, to hold fast till He cometh. Hold addressed by an aged Christian, to the fast the seamless robe, trust not in your following effect-It was my privilege to own fancied morality, but seek the have a mother who loved Jesus Christ, and Saviour's spotless righteousness. See to would delight to relate the Lord's dealings it that you have this best robe on when with her. When about your age, she was He cometh, then shall you be able to say, under deep convictions of her state as a" Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly." sinner before God, and severely felt the The manner of Jesus' coming shall be want of a spiritual instructor, as the glorious. The Apostle calls it "the parson of the parish where she resided glorious appearing of the great God and was a sporting gentleman, and knew not our Saviour Jesus Christ." When Jesus the way of salvation; but remembering came first, He came as a man of sorrows, that she had heard a shoe-maker, who and acquainted with grief. He came to attended the market at Launceston, speak live a life of sinless suffering, to endure of the things concerning the kingdom of reproach, and at last to die, that He Heaven, she went thither, and according might free us from sin. At His second to her wishes, he asked her the state of coming, Jesus shall appear to be glorified her soul. On her expressing her fears in His saints; they shall welcome Him that her sins were too great to be forgiven, as their Saviour, the same Jesus who once he laid his hand on her arm, and said with suffered on their account. Then the great earnestness, "But, my dear, you Jews shall hail Him as their crowned forget that the blood of Jesus Christ His Messiah, while the Church shall with joy Son cleanseth from all sin." It pleased behold their King, clad in his royal apGod so to accompany it by His blessed parel. Let us therefore hold fast, that Spirit's influence, that she said she ran no man take our crown: while we relinhome so lightly, that her legs seemed quish our hold of the world, let us hold hardly to touch the ground. fast the true riches; while we are tossed up and down on life's tempestuous sea, let us hold fast our confidence, knowing that He who has promised, is also faithful to perform. Though we are surrounded with error on the right hand and on the left, yet let us, without wavering, hold fast the profession of our faith, still using the form of sound words. Let us do this, then shall we be able to look forward to our Lord's return as our blessed hope, a hope which will cheer us under trials, support us in sickness, encourage us when
Christ is not only a Sacrifice, but
M. I am not, J., for I have sometimes great doubts as to my being a Christian. J. If you can trifle with sin whilst you profess to trust in Jesus, you have cause
indeed for these fears.
M. My dear friend, I can, I trust, truly say, I hate sin; and it is the frequent sense of having felt, or thought, and alas! sometimes done that which is evil, that makes me so wretched.
"Hold fast till I come."
BY T. W. MEDHURST, KINGSTON-ON-THAMES.
OUR characters may in a measure be determined by the way we regard Jesus' second appearing. If, as Christians, we never entertain a thought of the second advent, it is evident, we have not searched the Scriptures with a desire after the Spirit's guiding, to lead us into all truth. They who anticipate this as the glorious consummation of their hopes, are those
"Love's redeeming work is done,
Come to Jesus now, so shall you be enabled to look forward, anticipate, and HOLD FAST TILL JESUS COMES.
The Irish Boy and the Priest.
Yet still the boy to church on Sunday stole,
And evidenced a wish to save his soul.
At length, one Sunday morn, it came to pass,
"Well," said the boy, "supposing I were willing,
What is your charge?"-"I charge you but a
"Must all men pay and all men make confession?"
"And do your Deans confess?"-"Yes, boy, they
"He charges nothing."-"O then, God's the best!
"If 'twas n't a Sin." "IF 'twas n't a sin, I'd thrash you," said a person one day to another from whom he had suffered an injury. He had been struck by him whom he addressed, without having given the slightest provocation: and although he had taken away the stick with which the blow was inflicted, yet he did not return the blow. And why? Because he felt it would be a sin to do so.
No doubt that Satan was busy telling him that “the man had no right to strike him," "that if he didn't strike him again, he would be a coward," and such like deceits, but above
all these insinuations rose the voice of the Spirit of Christ, saying, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you," and he knew that to render evil for evil would be a
sin. Would that all those who profess to love
the Lord Jesus Christ feared more to sin against God, either by thought, word, or deed.
My reader, what are your thoughts about sin? Do you think of it as that which God hates? as that which has introduced into our world distress, sickness, pain, death? as that which has caused the loss of God's favour?
and which condemns the soul that has not taken refuge in Christ to eternal punishment? Perhaps you have never thought much about sin, and have never felt what an awful thing it is to be a sinner, indeed, have never seen yourself to be a sinner,-one upon whom the "wrath of God abideth," with whom "God is angry every day," and upon whom the sentence of death is already passed.
God says, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die;" not only is the body given over to destruction, but the soul is condemned to destruction also; not merely to a death by which it would cease to exist, but to that which is far worse; a state of perpetual torment.
This is what God says of him who commits sin. Does it not behove us to see and know what sin is, and how we may escape the punishment due to us as sinners?
"Sin is the transgression of the law," and who is there that has not transgressed God's law? Has any one kept that first and great commandment, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind;" or the second which is "like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
The word of God is true, and that bears testimony that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
Look at Christ the beloved Son of God upon
God, who could not pardon the sinner without punishing his sin, can now be "just and the justifier of him that believeth on Jesus," the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. for He has sent His Son to be the propitiation | There is salvation in no other. He has made for our sins, and not for ours only, but for the a perfect atonement for sin in offering up sins of the whole world. "He has laid upon Himself, the Just for the unjust; of which Him, the iniquity of us all." costly sacrifice the Father was pleased to shew The great sin of this day, does not consist his acceptance by raising Him again from the in Sabbath-breaking, or drunkenness, or any dead, and setting Him at his right hand in outward sins, although these things do but glory. He was delivered for our offences, and prove the enmity of the natural man against through his blood eternal life is imparted to God, and his laws, but it consists in the wilful our souls. It is in his righteousness alone contempt of the price that the Son of God that any poor sinner can appear righteous bepaid for our ransom: it is the slight that men fore God. His blood cleanseth from all sin cast upon the blood of Christ, by not believ- and his word is a sufficient warrant for all ing in Him for salvation. A free pardon is guilty, lost sinners to believe in Him, and his offered to men, but instead of thankfully re- precious promises are suited to every case His love ceiving the pardon which God offers, they treat of trial, sorrow, or temptation. passeth knowledge, and every poor, believing sinner clothed in His righteousness, and washed in his precious blood, stands in the Father's sight perfectly righteous and ac
it with contempt.
cepted in the Beloved.
It is the Holy Spirit alone who can give a guilty sinner to feel what sin is, and help the soul to apprehend the exceeding sinfulness of sin. It is the blessed work of the Spirit to prove to us what we are in ourselves, lost to eternity, and also to shew that "by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in his sight," and to reveal that "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Whatever may be our profession, without a true sense of our own sinfulness and guilt, we shall never have gospel apprehensions of God's love in the gift of Jesus, or right and saving thoughts of Christ.
We may deceive ourselves by thinking that we are not quite so bad as many others, but we cannot say that we are not sinners. "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us," but blessed be God, He has not merely told us that we are sinners, but He has told us also of the "blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, which cleanseth from all sin" the soul that believes and trusts in Him. "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." Sinner, do you feel your need of pardon?
My reader, have you yet trusted in Christ for salvation; or are you continuing in sin, as if it were a little thing to sin against
Remember that God does not account sin a
"The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God
The Saviour's Question.
in whom his soul delighteth, the Father's beloved Son, in whom He is well pleased, and whom He hath given as his salvation to the ends of the earth.
All the salvation of God is contained in
Dear reader, the question is now before you, "What think ye of Christ?" Just according as you think in your heart concerning Christ, so are you, and so is your state in God's sight and estimation, a believer, or an unbeliever, a Christian, or Christless. Have you general, mean thoughts of Christ, or does the Holy Ghost give to your mind humble thoughts of yourself and exalted, believing thoughts of Christ? Have you such a real, saving knowledge of the blood of the Lord Jesus, that you believe it cleanseth from all sin" in the sight of God? If so, then your conscience has peace, and your soul is filled with heavenly joy. Like the apostle, you through grace" are able to say, "for to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Phil. i. 21.) Christ is very precious to you, his love will be your theme at all times, and his cross your glory.
If, dear reader, it be otherwise, and you have How many persons like the Pharisees of old not so thought of Christ as to receive Him as think that they understand all that is necessary your Saviour, I earnestly and affectionately to salvation. They have a religion, and with ask you to read over these words. (John iii. such knowledge their hearts are proud, and 36.) their minds puffed up; whilst at the same "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasttime they have reason to be ashamed, being ing life: and he that believeth not the Son shall ignorant of the truth. Right thoughts of not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on Christ consist in the true knowledge of Him, | him." not having our own mistaken thoughts of Him,
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What I was, and what I am. DEAR READER,-I once resided in Gal. 1. 19, and walked in Eph. ii. 2, and my continual conversation at that time, is still recorded in Eph. ii. 3. I heard one day that an inheritance had been purchased for me, and a de-13, that the writer, who was my elder scription of it reached me; you will find/brother, had paid all my penalties. The year, and many prayers were offered on
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John x. 1, they stopped me doing so, and
However, I called at Heb. ix. 16, as my Own prospects at Eph. ii. 12, were as bad as they could be.
it at 1 Peter i. 4.
and on the 22nd of December, he was blessed with a full sense of the Lord's pardoning love.
deed repeatedly declares this in Eph. i. his behalf, that he might have peace beOne who resides in Heb. iv. 14, had7; Coloss. i. 13, 14, and elsewhere; but fore that time. The prayer was heard, it went much further-it told me to be purchased it, and paid an extraordinary price for it; but, to say truth, I did not joyful. (1 John i. 4.) believe this report, as I was entirely unacquainted with the MAN, and long experience had convinced me that strangers NEVER gave favours through love alone, and friends seldom gave any favours that cost much.
I thought all these promises sufficient, and I thanked God, took possession of this deed as my TITLE deed, and I have enjoyed its riches ever since.
My permanent address will now be 2 Cor. v. 1, but if you call any day at others-we are daily in the habit of Heb. iv. 16, you will meet me and many meeting there.
If you call, attend to what the servant says at Luke xiv. 22, and you may DEPEND upon what that servant says.
CARRY ALL YOUR DEBTS, and go JUST
After failing in my endeavours, I went down and touched the door, and to my PERFECT ASTONISHMENT I found the door open; one had opened it for me, and Paul long ago said it was open, but somehow I had never heard it, although its opening was published at Acts xiv. 27.
I found the house I sought for, at 2 Cor. v. 1, and the invitations to it, which you will see put up at Isa. lv. 1, 2, and by John at vii. 37, are wonderfully inviting to the poor and needy.
AS YOU ARE. Do not waste time, trying
The house has only one door, and it to pay your own debts: you will find
was sometime before I saw the door at
plenty of riches in the House to pay
Remember the NAME of the door, at
I tried before that to force myself into
ing the gate an "Evangelist" had been On some former occasions when passleft, and was always received with expressions of thankfulness.
This dear, and new born child of grace is now in a place where he can scarcely ever have an opportunity of hearing the gospel, and no doubt very many of the same class are, by the character of their employment, or their very isolated situations, similarly circumstanced. For such persons your valuable paper seems especially adapted, and some of your readers will, I trust, be led to think of them, and
sow among them the valuable seed of divine truth which it contains. Such a paper is generally more valued and taken more care of than a small tract.
Truly yours in the Lord,