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“As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my
his heavy heart; no philosophical researches can expect rest apart from a believing view of the
ease him of his weight of guilt; no honour from Cross of Christ, forbeloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow men can secure to him the immortal honour of
“Here we rest, in wonder viewing with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste being a child of God. But in Immanuel's Cross,
All our sins on Jesus laid; He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner he reads that God is love. In the bleeding Saover me was love." (Sol. Song ii. 3, 4.)
And a full redemption flowing,
From the sacrifice He made." The world seems here to be compared to a forest viour, he beholds God providing a sin-cleansing containing a great variety of trees, and the fountain. On Calvary's tree, he sees forgiveness
There are many anxious souls that have not speaker boasts of the superiority of the tree he of sins to every one
that believeth. In the person rest. Why is it? Because they seek it not by has made choice of over all other trees of the of Jesus crucified, he finds infinite love, holiness, faith-they have not sat down under the shadow the citron tree,) meets all his necessities, and not more he learns of His perfect hatred of sin, and with doctrines, and lack rest. They may be diliwood. He feels that the apple tree, (or rather and truth. The more he knows of Jesus, the of the Cross of Christ. They may be taken up only affords him shelter and safety, but yields devotedness in life and in death, shew's us how They may be much exercised about their frames
, sweet and refreshing fruit. No tree, not even the lofty pine, or the majestic cedar, so suits him He pleased not Himself, but loved the Church, feelings, and experiences, and yet lack rest. It as the citron tree, for there not only is he shel- and gave Himself for it. The spotlessness of His must be Christ and His finished work to give tered from the sun's burning rays, but his hunger fection of His work, the suitability of His offices, anywhere else, they are off the true ground of
the astounding love of His heart, the per- rest - Christ Himself-Christ only. If they look and thirst are fully satisfied. for what he has not, and has an aching void may truly exclaim, “ As the citron tree among self--good self
, bad self, or religious self, self in Man naturally craves something. He thirsts so till the believer with joy and gladness, that he rest. As long as the eye is turned in ward upon in his heart, which he vainly seeks to satisfy. the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among any form — they must lack rest, because Christ
the sons.” As the powers of intellect become developed, and
is the only Saviour, the only shelter, the only tastes and inclinations formed, so people may
In our meditation on these verses, we shall object of faithi, the only resting-place that God seen selecting objects to interest their minds and find instruction concerning the believer's choice, has provided for sinners. The Divine verdict meet their wishes. But turn where they may, consider each of these points separately.
his rest, joy, exercises, and privileges. Let us has long ago gone furth as to mau's thoughts and have what they may, their constant expe
being only evil and that continually, and his rience is that all under the sun is vanity and 1. THE BELIEVER's Choice—my beloved.” heart desperately wicked, in fact, that in him is vexation of spirit. Still, if one object brings There is none like Jesus to the believer. He no good; and when the soul takes this ground beits sorrowful disappointment, they pursue an
sees nothing so attractive and glorious. He feels fore God, and looks simply to His grace that has other, and it is to be feared that many fritter that Christ is the object of his heart's affections. met us in our ruin and helplessness in the Cross away life with no better experience than running In Him he beholds the glory of God, the grace of Christ, it finds deliverance from slavish fear from one thing to another in this evil world, of God, the wislom of God, and the power of and guilt, and the fullest reason for contidence seeking rest, and finding none.
God. He finds him to be incomparably sweet and rest. When we thus find rest, we begin to Some persons most diligently addict themselves He feels that Christ is the chiefest among ten labour for Christ, and find that His yoke is to a money-making system. Money is their thousand, the altogether lovely. He has fled to and His burden light. heart's object. Gold is their god. Every thing Him for salvation, and found peace to His
3. THE BELIEVER S Joy. “I sat down under with them is valueless, except it increase their wounded soul through faith in His blood, so that His shadow with great delight." Christ is our wealthi. Oh, how many in this forest-like world he can truly say, “my beloved,” my Redeemer, joy, as well as rest; yea, we joy in God through have selected for themselves a tree which may be my righteousness, and my life. Hence, Christ is Him. We are commanded to rejoice in the Lord called money! They strive for rest, but never very dear to him. Among all the hosts of earth always, and are assured, that if we delight ourobtain it. They are said to be rich, but they or heaven, he could point to Jesus and say, this selves in the Lord, He will give us the desires of often feel very poor. Others may think them is my beloved, and this is my friend. Personal our heart. The assurance of our being heirs of satisfied, but they know nothing of true content.attachment to Jesus is the feeling of every true God and joint heirs with Christ makes us very They often painfully exemplify that “the love believer—“Unto you therefore which believe He happy. We can say with the apostle Peter, of money is the rout of all evil;” and prove the is precious.” In whatever aspect Jesus is viewed, “Whom having not seen we love; in whom truth of the inspired writer, that " he that in every way, and in every office, He is the be- though now we see Him not, yet believing, he loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; loved of the believer's soul. He could part with rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” nor he that loveth abundance with increase.” everything rather than Christ. It is Christ The new song is put into our mouth. The con
There are others who do not care so much for Himself that the believer's heart is set upon, templation of the eternal blessings we have in money as for pleasure. They make everything and his language is
and through Christ gives us great delight. We bend to self-indulgence. They pity the covetous
envy not the worldling's mirth.
“Compared with Christ, in all beside and miserly, while they squander their substance
No comeliness I see;
his joy is like the crackling of thorns under a in revelry and mirth. They are devoted to the
My heart's desire, all-gracious Lord,
pot, which continues but for a moment, and then pleasures of sin, and know nothing higher than
Is to be one with thee.
expires for ever; but joy in the Holy Ghost, the gratification of the lust of the eyes, the lust
through the triumphs and glories of Christ,
Lovell of my Lord, for Him again of the flesh, and the pride of life. Of all the
which we sometimes realize, is too deep, too
With love intense I burn; trees of the wood, none suits them like the tree
Chosen of thee ere time began,
pure, and too full of blessing to be uttered. We of pleasure. Their pursuits are various accord
can say with the prophet, “I will greatly ing to their means and tastes, but ease and plea
rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in sure they will have, if possible. They know
Less than thyself will not suffice,
my God; for He hath clothed me with the garnothing better than present indulgence.
But thou art ample store;
ments of salvation, He hath covered me with the Others may be found who care little either for
More than thyself I cannot crave,
robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketli
Nor canst thou give me more." wealth, or the fascinating pleasures of fashionable
himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorueth life. Their deportment is quiet and perhaps 2. THE BELIEVER's rest—“I sut down.” herself with her jewels.” (Isa. Ixi. 10.) retiring, but their minds eagerly pursue science, Jesus only gives rest to the burdened soul, and
How is it that believers are not happier ? Beas it is called. Time, wealth, healtlı
, and every- this He does according to His own word—“Come cause the Cross of Christ is not more simply and thing else are easily sacrificed to this object. unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, habitually contemplated as the spring of all joy They find its present interest sufficiently encou- and I will give you rest.” This the Christian and blessing. It may be said that Jesus is not raging to promote diligent perseverance, and its realizes by faith, according to that Scripture, now on the Cross, nor in the sepulchre, but that supposed harmlessness becomes an excuse for the “ We which have believed do enter into rest.'
He is risen from the dead, and glorified at the
That is most moral to engage in it to any extent. Science The speaker here silys, “ I sat down under His right hand of the majesty on high. is their heart's choice. They know not that the shadow ;” and so the Christian not only know's quite true, but it only magnifies the value of the Scripture classes the desires of the mind with the that Christ crucified is the way of salvation, but Cross. If Jesus entered into heaven by His own lusts of the flesh (Eph. ii. 3), and perhaps seldom he avails himself of it, he comes to Him, he blood, and now appears there a Lamb as it hau consider that when they die their accumulated enters in, he sits down in peace, because God pro- been slain, do we not see the Cross, as it were, masses of philosophy die with them.
vides rest for his sin - burdened conscience. The transplanted from earth to heaven, and crowned There is another class of persons who make awakened soul, having proved the insufficiency withi eternal glory and honour? It is Jesus ris n fame their object. Ainbitious of leaving a great of human expedients, finds in the Cross of the and glorified that reflects such eternal value on name behind them, they are almost willing to Son of God every thing to remove His guilt, His Cross. If we would be happy, if we would accomplish it even at the expense of self-sacrifice. quiet his' tears, and fill bim with brightest hope. be heavenly, we must dwell much on the glorious As they become loaded with honours, so they | À Spirit-led sinner never loses the burden of his worth and work of the Lamlı as it had been slain. judge their course prosperous, until at length tlie sins till he beholds the Lamb of God, for there, the contemplation of Jesus and His work, with cold land of death proves, to their eternal sorrow, and there alone, he sees the thrice holy God a helieving regard to the testimony of the Holy that “man being in honour abideth not; he is making an end of sin, bringing in everlasting Ghost in the written word concerning that work, like the beasts that perish.”'
righteousness, and presenting parlon to the guilty, fills the soul with joy and peace; but the word Such are some of the classes of character life for the dead, and salvation for the lost. He of Christ and the work are both needed for true around us, and whether it be money, pleasure, cumes therefore and finds rest. By faith le sits spiritual joy. We must sit under His shadow, science, or fame, they stand like so many trees beneath the shadow of the Cross, and finds hiinself if we would have great delight. in a large forest, and some make choice of one, for ever sheltered 'om the wrath of God, because
" A bleeding Saviour seen by faith, and some of another; but there is a tree, once | Christ was made sin and a curse for him. He
A sense of pard’ning love, planted at Golgotha, differing from every other, rests in the knowledge that God is his Saviour,
A hope that triumphs over death, because of the present comfort and eternal bless that his iniquities were laid upon Jesus, that the
Give joys like those above." ings it imparts to all who take refuge there. It stroke of Divine vengeance fell upon Him, thus 4. THE BELIEVER'S EXERCISES. "His fruit is that tree on which the Son of God is presented suffering for sins, the Just for the unjust, to was sweet to my taste.” The tree planted on to us crucihed for sinners that is the object of bring him to God. Thus the believer realizes Mount Calvary is richly laden with fruit sweet the believer's choice. In vain does the awakened that God loves him, welcomes him, pardons, and to the believing soul. There is nothing there to conscience find any other satisfying object. He justifies him from all things. Every question is sour the spirit, but all is love, and peace, and well knows that no amount of wealth can answered, every fear removed, and love, gratitude, blessing. All other springs are dry, but here purchase peace; no earthly pleasure can relieve and hope take possession of his soul. Let nore there is continu:) refreshment. It needs but the
We know that
I choose thee in return.
he tree of life.
and of faith to pluck and eat the sweet fruit of wine by the blood of the Lamb. There we feast is of vast importance to the Christian, aste the goudness of the Lord, we delight our meat indeed, and His blood is drink indeed. inasmuch as it concerns the Church as a souls in fatness. Everything else has more or There the various attributes of the God of love body, having Christ Jesus for its head, ess of bitterness, but here we find nothing but and peace shine forth in the slain Lamb with in whom the members are all united, not
Here we feed on that grace which unfading beauty and eternal brightness. The by a mere sentimental union, but by an gives us pardon, peace, acceptance, righteousness
, joy of that banqueting house is that the dead sonship, and fellowship with the Father and with Son is alive again, and the lost found; the Shep
actual oneness, through the efficacy of His Son Jesus Christ. Here we see that we are herd's joy is that He has found the sheep which the atoning blood. The interests of all blessed with all spiritual blessings. Here the was lost; and we rejoice that we are delivered believers are common, therefore the study ountain of living water is ever freely flowing; from the swine-trough of misery and sin, to of that which concerns the whole, must and we find that all the promises of God are feasting and joy in the Father's house. Happy of necessity be all-important. The SECOND made sure to us, for they are all yea and amen would it be, if we all more fully enjoyed the n Christ, unto the glory of God, by us. Here the blessed privileges that the grace of God has APPEARING of the Saviour concerns the weary obtain renewal of strength, the disordered brought into us.
whole Church, therefore the diligent study pirit finds healing, the mourner is comforted, Dear reader! Have you seen beauty in Jesus? of Scripture teaching on this important aith becomes increased, and unbelief put to Has the Cross of Christ a claim on your heart point must be worthy of deep, earnest, and shame; the weak are strengthened, backsliders above everything else? Are you seeking wealth, are restored, the poor in spirit are enriched, the pleasure, science, fame? or are you so convinced prayerful consideration. Careful medijungry are fed, and the thirsty refreshed. Oh, of the unsatisfying character of all other things, tation on these topics will strengthen the how blessed it is to sit beneath the outstretched that you seek Jesus for present and eternal rest bond of union, by gazing on the Sun of arms of the Lamb as it had been slain, and, in and peace? You may perhaps say, I seek money, Righteousness, Christ Jesus, just as we the lively exercise of faith, eat of the eternal pleasure, science, faine, and Christ too; but, let fruit of His agony and toil! All our exercises me tell you, that you cannot have. You cannot
hold sympathetic intercourse with the are profitable, if they lead us to Himn; all our serve God and mammon. You cannot be a friend one human family, as we gaze upwards necessities are good, if they are only the occa- of the world without being the enemy of God. toward the one sun, which cheers the vast sions of our realizing our blessings in Christ, You cannot love sin and love Christ ioo. You inhabited globe. We are all formed to look and of quickening our appetites to feeding on cannot please yourself and please God also. You forward as well as backward, but can only Him. There is all the difference between seeking cannot be an infidel and a believer at the same satisfaction in the fruit of the Spirit in us, and time. Let me beseech you to discontinue the do so by means of the sure telescope, the feeding on the fruit of Christ's sufferings and attempt to reconcile such impossibilities ; let me certain light of the unerring word in the leath for us. The former engenders pride and entreat you to behold the love of God set forth prophetic page, all else will but prodnce bondage, the latter keeps us happy and fruitful. so fully in the Redeemer's Cross. On, look at the distorted phantoms of our own dis
5. The believer'S PRIVILEGES. “ He brought that tree on which Jesus bare our sins in His me to the banqueting house, and His banner over own body! There tarry till thy hard heart is ordered imagination; hence the impor
“ Take heed; me was love. We are made nigh to God by the melted, till thine icy affections are dissolved, till tance of Jesus' caution, blood of Christ, and our safety and security is in thine unbelieving soul is overcome with such behold, I have foretold you all things." the everlasting, unchangeable love of God. So amazing love. Then thou wilt love Jesus, de- As we reverently ponder the words of exceediu'yly rich is the grace of God, that we light in idis ways and service, and the sincere the Saviour, His poetic richness will without having all. So perfect in every way is tree among the trees of the wood, so is my be attract and improve our finer feelings, for the atoning work, that we are called unto the loved among the sons. I sat down under His" The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of fellowship of the risen and glorified Son of God- shadow with great delight, and His fruit was prophecy.” Christ's first appearance was raised up together, and made sit together in the sweet to my taste. He brought me to the ban
à manifestation of grace towards lost sinheavenlies in Christ Jesus.” It is done _“He queting house, and His banner over brought me to the banqueting house.” Hence we
May God graciously apply His own pers; his second coming will be a manihave liberty to draw near to God, to enter into truth, by His Spirit, for Jesus sake. Amen. festation of glory and vengeance,-glory the holiest by the blood of Jesus.
to all who watch for his advent-vendied on the Cross, we are told that the veil of the
Subjects of importance to you.
geance on all who remain careless, intemple was rent in twain from the top to the
believing, impenitent, and disobedient. bottom; thus shewing us that every impediment to man's drawing near was removed, and that, To know what God thinks concerning the Scriptures, “The last days." These
We are now living in what is called in to the throne of grace. The returning prodiyal the future is important; while the mere days commenced when Christ ascended not only received the kiss of reconciliation, the thoughts of a human creature are worth to His Father; they will end when He best robe, the ring, shoes, &c., but he was at once less. The world at the present moment shall be revealed from heaven, to gather invited to feast at the father's table, over the is wrecked by sin—but what shall be its His church, and scatter confusion on ship-"let us eat and be merry." So the Chris- ultimate destiny? Israel, as a nation, is His enemies. The interval in which we tian is not only reconciled, justified, and blessed, now an exile, her land is desolate; shall now live is the era of grace — the great but is at once brought to the Father's bosom, she remain such ? On every side we see day of salvation — in which whosoever loved with the same love as the Father hath Antichrist gaining strength, while pure will, may receive pardon, through the loved Christ; for Jesus died to bring us to God. Ile undertook to raise us up at the last day-to virgin truth has fallen in our streets; blood of the Lamb. The Jews will represent His Churclr without spot, or wrinkle, or what shall be in the end thereof? Diffi- main a down-trodden people, till the any such thing. He is our life; He hath quick- culties, arising from the study of pro- second manifestation of their King from ened us, given us the spirit of adoption, and His phecy, instead of deterring us from its heaven; the Church will continue to glory; hence, through Him, we have access by search, should humble us, and lead us to suffer tribulation, till Jesus appears, for the Spirit unto the Father. We are brought to earnest prayer and implicit trust for guid- her complete redemption; the world will the banqueting house, and His bauner over us is ance. While "secret things belong unto grow worse and worse, till He whose
God,” yet revealed truth is ours; pro- right it is to reign shall come to dethe longer know Jerusalem, or any other place, where phecy is a declared certainty,which, though throne and imprison Satan; the groans men ought to worship, for “God is a Spirit, and hard to understand, is not impossible ; of creation will continue to deepen, till they that worship Him, must worship Hiin in thus, while the Apocalypse is difficult, creation's Lord shall once more tread spirit and in truth.” His presence, then, in still it is the book of REVELATION, not the earth, not in humiliation, as at first, heavenly places is the banqueting-house— the of SECRETS. house of bread and wine; the blood of Jesus is sacred word of truth, is revealed for our teach us the malignant nature of sin;
All that is recorded in the but in His revealed glory. This should true heart the necessary state, the holiest of all instruction. Say not that prophecy is none but Jesus can destroy it — the exthe place. This is worship.
non-essential, for God is its author, and tent of human wickedness, spreading the Here it is also that we learn the ways and what He has written must be essential. wide universe over-the power of Satan, mind of God. By the teaching of His Spirit, Prophecy is the only watch tower, from as the god of this present evil world, His thoughts, and our hearts filled with His which we can note the present, and gaze and the long-suffering character of the love; so that we think as He thinks, hate what for the future dawn of a brighter day. great Jehovah, who waits with patience lle hates, love what He loves, according to our It behoves the Church to enquire,“Watch till a people shall be formed who shall &c.: this is fellowship, this is the communion of man, what of the night ?" and the watch shew forth His praise. My dear reader, the Holy Spirit.
man to answer, “The morning cometh, do you belong to the people of God? Here we find the Lainb as it has been slain, and also the night.” Morning, glorious Have you been cleansed by the precious ever reminding us of an already accomplished and bright to the believer; and night, blood of Jesus? See to it, that your redemption, and of our perfect acceptance in gloomy and dark to the unbeliever, who answer is satisfactory; or else, when
No obedience of ours could effect this; carelessly is crying, “ Peace, peace, where Jesus comes, your portion will be “ situly bring us into such nearness and blessing; there is no peace;" for “there is no peace darkness, where there is weeping, and but we are brought to the house of bread and to the wicked,” saith my God. Prophecy I wailing, and gnashing of teeth."
BY T. W. MEDHURST, KINGSTON-ON-THAMES.
BY JAMES SMITH, CHELTENHAM.
and as none
J. B. I.
hear from men, we may prevent; but A Rock on which many make what the Spirit teaches is accompanied
Shipwreck. The Holy Spirit is the great teacher of with grace, and humbles and sanctifies, AFTER striving at some length to shew an the church of God, and none teacheth while it instructs and informs. Every aged lady that all that was necessary to like Him; His great subject is Christ, one taught by the Spirit so knows him- reconcile perfectly unholy, ruined man and to know Christ is life everlasting self, as to renounce all dependance on with a just God had been done by the It matters but little what we know, ex- anything and everything; he so knows Lord Jesus, when He offered Himself once cept we know Christ; nor, what know the Law, as to realize that he can never
for all, I was silenced and saddened by ledge we have of Christ, except it be justified by his obedience to it; so knows this reply, “Ah, sir, I consider there's a spiritual and experimental. No one can the Saviour, as to renounce all and every great deal to be done yet!" learn to know Christ of himself, a teacher thing for him; so knows the world, as
I suppose it amounted in her estimation is necessary; as it is the heart, rather to forsake it, preferring the Saviour's
to this, a little more alms-giving, a little than the head that needs to be taught, worst things to its best things; and so
more going to places of worship (if able), can get at the heart, a knows Satan, as to flee from him, and
longer and better prayers, and oftener; divine teacher is necessary. This being seek shelter and protection in the Lord
diligence in receiving sacraments, thus the case, the Holy Spirit is provided, and Jesus Christ alone.
begetting, no doubt, an increase of selfJesus promising the Spirit to his dis
Reader, is the Holy Spirit your teacher? satisfaction mistaken for an increased fitciples said, “ He shall teach you.” (John Methinks, from the foregoing remarks,
ness for His presence, who has declared xiv. 26.) And the apostle John, speak- you can tell. You must be taught of it must be “ perfect to be accepted,” and ing of the Holy Spirit as the anointing, God, or you cannot be a child of God; that is Christ's work ; and to be holy in says, “ The same anointing teacheth you." | for thus it is written in the Scriptures, practice, we must be counted in Him.
As a teacher, the Holy Spirit en “All thy children shall be taught of lightens the darkened mind, shines on the Lord, and great shall be the peace the truths to be taught, and so informs of thy children." Do you ask, “But Declension and Revival. and corrects the judgment. By degrees how may I know for a certainty that I A CHILD of five years of age, some hours He teaches us to know ourselves, and am taught of God ?” We cannot give after he had gone to rest was found weepthen to know the Saviour. Every new you a better answer than the Saviour's ing bitterly, refusing to be comforted. discovery of our depravity, pollution, own words, who, quoting from the pro- When pressed by one who loved him to and misery, is introductory to some phet the foregoing passage, says, “It is reveal the cause of his distress, he replied, new discovery of Christ, in His person, written in the prophets, and they shall “I shall never get to heaven! I grow righteousness, and grace. The founda- be all taught of God: every one there- more wicked every day!” After many tion of our knowledge of Christ is always fore that hath heard, and learned of the efforts to subdue his sobs, he opened his laid in the knowledge of ourselves. His Father, cometh unto me." Have you, heart as followsteaching always tends to some practical as a poor lost sinner, come to Jesus?
“When I began to pray, I used to ask result; as, the effect of it, therefore, we Have you come to Him for salvation ? God to bless dear papa and mamma, and apply to Christ, receive from Christ, re- Are you daily coming to Him, as the you, dear 1%, and all the little boys joice in Christ, and devote ourselves to hungry man to be fed, as the filthy child and girls I played with in the day, and the praise and glory of Christ. Every- to be cleansed, as the naked beggar to all our tradespeople! thing the Spirit teaches, has a direct be clothed ? In a word, are you coming (I wonder how many make the prayer tendency to lead us to Christ. If he, to Jesus for grace, the grace you will of this little child for their tradespeople, therefore, teach us to know the law, it is need through life, and for glory, that amidst all the complaints they make of that we may flee to Christ, and seek when you die, you may be received into them, or consider their great need of deliverance from it. If he teaches us to everlasting habitations? If so, no doubt prayer in the manifold temptations which know doctrines, through every doctrine but the Spirit is your teacher, for these beset them). He teaches us to have fellowship with are legitimate and inevitable effects of “After some time," he continued, "I Christ. If He teaches us to understand his work. To Him therefore you may left off asking God to bless the tradesgospel ordinances, it is in order that, look to be taught all that is necessary people-then I did not pray for my playattending to them, we may meet with for you to know; and on Him you may fellows-then I forgot you, dear —, Christ, and live upon Him. So from depend to train you up for heaven. But and after that - papa and mamma........ every spot, and from every subject, the if you are not taught of God, you are in and the servants...and now I find I Holy Spirit leads us directly to Christ; a sad state, for you have no correct don't pray for anybody-...but...myself.” and the more we experience of His knowledge of yourself; you have no sav. Eleven years went by, and again the teaching, the more precious Christ be- ing acquaintance with the Lord Jesus ; (dear boy lay on his pillow, sleepless, but comes, and the more simple and entire you do not understand the gospel, nor not weeping; he watched the daylight is our dependance upon Him.
can you be fit for heaven. Let me be streaming into the room at sunrise, and As a teacher, the Holy Spirit displays seech you then to come to a decision turning to a dear friend watching beside the greatest wisdom, teaching us as we upon this point, and if you have the his bed, with something of disappointment are able to bear. He manifests the most Spirit as your teacher, thank God, and in his tone he said, touching tenderness, even as a mother seek more of His gracious instructions ;
I thought to have toward her only, her beloved child. He torily conclude that you have, then, as a but if you have not, or cannot satisfac
supped with Jesus in Paradise last night! exercises unequalled patience, putting free-gift, from a precious God, seek this I think I have remembered every one. up with our dullness, waywardness, and blessing. Fix your mind, and exercise My dear father and mother, my friends, inconstancy. He teaches us according your faith, on this gracious assurance of the servant,—and you, dear --, to the best and most approved system, the Saviour, nor rest until you realize and all our tradespeople!" so that His lessons are never forgot to give good gifts unto your children, how its truth. “If ye, being evil, know how
And these were almost the last words ten, nor can they be prevented. What much more shall your heavenly Father gire of consciousness from the lips of this we merely learn from the Word, or the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him." young disciple "whom Jesus loved."
2 KINGS xix. 14.
MARCH 1, 1860.]
one from the precious Word of Truth; ment clear and matured, the secret source
but had scarce uttered three words when of the deep love granted him was in the "Have faith in God!" for He who reigns on high,
she interrupted him, saying, “There, guileless simplicity of one who walked Hath borne thy griefs, and heard the suppliant's sigh; Still to His arm, thine only refuge, fly.
sir, please not to say anything yet;" the with God, winning men to admire even
“ Have faith in God!"
next moment calling a little girl who was what they could not comprehend. He
Fear not to call on Him, Oh soul distress'd, near at hand, she said, “Go and fetch faded rapidly in his fifteenth year, when Thy sorrows whisp'ring woo thee to his breast; Pe directly." Wondering what all hopes were highest for his earthly future. He who is oft'nest there is oft'nest blest.
this meant, the traveller asked, as the
“ Have faith in God!" A brighter future awaited him, for which
little maid bounded cheerfully off on her he had been daily prepared, growing in At earthly cisterns. Seek the stronghold first. Lean not on Egypt's reeds! Slake not thy thirst
errand, who Pe might be. “Why, grace day by day, ripening into fuller Let man and Satan fright thee with their worst; sir," said old Mary, "he's a very nice meetness for the undisturbed communion
" Have faith in God!”
man, and he comes every day that he's with the Saviour for which he panted. Tell Him thy devious path;—thy letter spread able, to read the Bible to me, for I can't One of the hidden ones of Christ, known Before Jehova!! He who long hath led
read it myself; and then, if any one Thy wand'ring feet, shall shield thy drooping head. more by his walk than his words.
" Have faith in God!"
happens to drop in to speak a good word Yea, tell Him ALL! The sigh thy bosom heaves
to me, (which was a rare thing,) I like The Bible and the Sabots.
Is heard in heaven; and strength and grace He gives him always to hear too."
Well, thought her attentive hearer,
“ Have faith in God !" little on a bench at the door of an inn,
this is beautiful; true ministry indeedwhere he had partaken of his humble How Churches ought to be built scripturally 80 (Eph. iv. 16; 1 Cor. xii.); meal, he heard a woman exclaim in great up, and kept in repair.
each joint supplying, according to its agitation, “Oh my Bible and my sabots!
measure, the lack of the other -- almost (wooden shoes.) You must find them, I As a traveller pursued his way through unknown and unseen by man-neither cannot go until you have done so." These one of the fertile and secluded vales of seeking his approbation in thus acting, words were addressed to two men who H; he alighted upon a very humble but baptized into one Spirit, having one had just finished loading a cart with fur. cot; indeed, it scarcely deserved the ap- life, members of the one body, of which niture opposite the inn. Rising from his pellation, being simply a shoemaker's Christ himself is the head; those his,
stall, or box, constructed of plank, and shall I say, weak members ? nay, healthy seat and crossing the road towards the such as we sometimes see attached to the members, ministered to each other's need, house whence the woman had just come, dwelling of one of that craft in country constrained by His love. And then old the colporteur asked her how it was she places; it, moreover, stood upon a high Mary continued: “He hasn't got any set an equal value on the two last articles. bank, and was only to be reached by a eyes, he's quite blind;" and then, point**Hsyreason for this! do you wish to know? flight of steps cut in its side. Ascendinging out a few volumes of Holy Scripture Well then, it is because I cannot do with these, the traveller knocked at the door. in raised type, for the blind, she added, out either of them; my Bible contains the A feeble voice from within bade him “ There's the books he reads out of;" bread of life, it is from my Bible that I get enter; on doing which, he beheld, lying and then she informed our amazed and nourishment for my soul.” “Are you a upon a bed which occupied full half of delighted traveller, that not only was he protestant?" asked the colporteur. “No, the apartment, a very aged woman, and blind, but a poor cripple also, having certainly not," was her reply: “I am bi evidently very poor also, though remark- lost, together with his sight, a leg off ne
The same the hip, the greater portion of one hand, blical; my faith comes from the Bible: ably clean in her person.
might also be said of the few earthly besides being otherwise sadly injured, as my religion is from the Bible.” “But your goods that occupied the rest of the place. he himself afterwards informed him, by sabots; what have they to do with the "How are you?” said the visitor. “Why, the unexpected explosion of a charge Bible?” “Jy sabots! why, without them I be very unhappy," replied the poor old of powder in quarrying stone. I could never get to our meetings; I could creature.
when old Mary told him all this, he never get along our frightful roads. But
“Ah, you are very poor, and, I dare cried, “Poor, poor man! and does he, perhaps you do not know anything about say, want many things," observed the thus maimed and in total darkness, laour meetings at N-; we meet there to traveller, feeling much sympathy for the bour day after day to cheer this aged one the number of four, five, and sometimes aged widow, (for such she was,) and glanc. for Christ's sake? And, dear reader, he more; we then read the Bible together. ing at the frail wooden walls, full of learnt more (practically) the meaning of Oh, those precious meetings! no one chinks, ill adapted to shelter such as she the 12th and 13th chapters of 1 Cor. Fould ever wish to be absent from them;
from the rigours of winter.
than ever he did in his life before. Here,
“Ah, it isn't that which makes me un. as before hinted, were two of God's but one cannot possibly go there without
The Lord is very good to me; chosen ones; but I suppose, at the same one's sabots; and when one is these
and it is because He is so good to me, and time, just what the world would count things cannot be bought every day.” She I be so cold towards Him, that's what things that are not (1 Cor. i. 27, 28); just had scarcely finished this explanation, makes me unhappy." Well, thought the such things that would be passed by, as when one of the men on opening a drawer, listener, this is a very unusual confes having no beauty, by the natural man. exclaimed, “Here's the Bible!" And then sion; rarely, indeed, had he heard either But, oh, how adorned! what polished seizing hold of a package rolled up in a aged or young Christians, in carpeted stones in the spiritual temple of our God. large piece of cloth, which he opened, he rooms, and with every comfort around “Here he comes," said the traveller. called, “and here are your famous sabots." them, talk in this strain; and here was On looking out of the window, he saw The colporteur then walked 'some dis- one possessed of nothing that such per- the little child running up the lane, tance with her, and from all he hearri, he sons would term comforts, but rather accompanied by her blind neighbour; was fully persuaded that God had already misery, mourning over her lack of grati- and it certainly was wonderful to obwrought a good work in her, solely by tude to God for His great goodness. He serve at what a speed he hastened formeans of His word.
now sought to comfort this sorrowing ward with his one crutch, thus appearing
to indicate that no sluggish spirit, but a also, as enabled of the Lord to their in that day. And now, kind reader, Are fervent, zealous one, dwelt in that poor mutual edification. And now, in our you a Christian? I mean have shattered frame. Nimbly climbing the traveller, there was another member of thoroughly convinced by the Spirit of steps, he entered, almost breathless with the body receiving, and it may be accord-God, through the word, that you are a haste, greeted old Mary with true Chris. ing to the ability (which God gives), lost, ruined sinner (Rom. iii.)? and are tian affection, and when informed that imparting blessing; he felt that his soul you resting only and entirely upon the their visitor belonged to Christ, his face was taught and comforted in many ways, blood of Jesus, God's dear Son for pardon lit up with an expression of real joyous by what he saw and heard; aye, and (1 Pet. i. 19)? and do you believe in your welcome, as though that sightless coun- rebuked also. He possessed health, heart that God has raised Him up from tenance had said, “He that loveth Him strength, sight, and sound limbs; and the dead, and confess this with your that begat, loveth him also that is begotten was he so loving, so diligent, so self- mouth (Rom. x.)? If so, you are born of of Him." Words, too, were not wanting; denying as these ? Dear reader, it may God; for flesh and blood cannot thus a brother welcome in the name of the be that you will be profited by reading reveal Christ. God the Father gives His Lord.
this little account of these saints of God, Spirit, the Spirit of love, to His children. There was something so truly primi- and then another (if you are a Christian) Oh, pray that He dwell in you mightily, tive and genuine in the whole thing, that member of the body will have been edi- and work in you mightily, to the glory of the traveller felt grateful to His heavenly fied-perhaps it may stir you up to visit God and the good of His Church: and Father for directing his steps there. He the fatherless and the widow, and to mi. pray for the writer of this narratire, who had seen the figure the Holy Ghost uses nister according to your ability. If you longs for this blessed experience in his (1 Cor. xii. and Rom. xii), i.e. the human reply, I really do not know what this is, soul, far beyond all things else. body, touchingly and strikingly illus- I am such a poor weak thing; ah! these
“Ask, and it shall be given you," is trated, in shewing that Christ's mystic were poor weak things too, but the love the promise of our faithful God. body, the Church, is a body made up of of Christ constrained them. Ask the
But, dear reader, if you be not a Chris
“We many members, all having need of each Head of the body to shew you your place tian, here is a word for you also. other; yea, even of the least--all are ne in the body, and it is a thing so much pray you, in Christ's stead, be ye reconcessary. Each one has wants, and each according to His mind, that if you are ciled to God. For He hath made Him has the power given him, if in an healthy sincere in your request, He will be sure to be sin for us who knew no sin ; that state to minister to those wants in other to give you the desire of your heart. we might be made the righteousness of members, whilst his own lack is supplied Yes, thought the traveller, here is a God in Him.” (2 Cor. v. 20, 21.) J. B. I. by some other's love and sympathy. Such church — the two or three gathered in is the Church of Christ, or shall we say, the name of Jesus-a habitation of God, Now. I'ın at perfect peace with God, such should it be, if doing the will of its through the Spirit. The precious Word
Oh, what a word is this!
A sinner reconciled with Blood gracious and glorified Head.
of Life was read -- they conversed to. This, this indeed, is peace. We have been too much accustomed to gether on His love, which passeth know- By nature and hy practice, I
Was very far from God; regard him only as a minister who preaches ledge—were built up, strengthened, edi.
But now, by grace, I am brought nigh, a sermon to a congregation ; but O how fied-their full hearts found utterance in
Through faith in Jesu's Blood. far short does that come of the right an hymn of praise. Mary's sadness fled So near, so very near to Go:l, meaning of the Word, “ There are differ- away-self was forgotten, because Jesus .
For, in the person of His Son, ences of administrations.” (1 Cor. xii. 5.) was remembered; He more than supplied I am as near as He. There is ministry of the word-ministry all their need, and stood their loving,
So dear, so very dear to God,
I cannot dearer be; of substance-ministry of the saints, or gracious High Priest, at the right-hand For the love wherewith He loves His Son, to the saints-in spiritual and temporals. of all power; and now, together, at the
Such is His love to ine. The cup of cold water, given for Christ's throne of grace they, through Him, sought
Oh, to my soul, how sweet and dear,
Such a position is; sake to à disciple, is ministry that never and obtained strength to help in this A taste is given to me here, will be forgotten by Him. The very word, time of need; and separated, truly re
Of everlasting bliss.
Oh, never let me “careful” be, ministry, is used when speaking of the freshed and gladdened by the presence Since such a God is mine; healthy working out of that love received of the Lord. It need only be added, He thinks upon me night and day,
And tells me,
“ Mine is Thine." from the Head, by all the joints and that Mary and her friend Pe have bands. (Coloss. ii. 19.) Thus, then, we done with this world of sin and sorrow-Grace Abounding; or, "I've found Jesus." see this aged disciple ministered to her they sleep in Jesus; and may you, dear
(Continued from page 12.) blind Christian brother's lack, for he reader, appear with them in that day of “AFTER the arrival of the third class must share all she heard that might edify glory, when Jesus, the once despised of train, while in the discharge of my duties, them. Here was the Spirit's leading and men, but now risen and glorified Jesus, I saw two little children standing on the teaching-all was love and mercy. Again, shall come in His glory-come with Him platform, with a small basket in their remember they were not conscious that they will--for His life was manifested in hand. They appeared to be waiting for they were observed in thus acting by any them here. Theirs was not a form of some one. I spoke to them, and said, human eye; it was the love of the Spirit. godliness without the power, but the faith “I suppose you are waiting for some Oh, what a healthy state the Church on which worketh by love, and every one that one?” The elder, which was about four 'earth would be in, if every member acted loveth (as they loved) is born of God- years old, answered, “Yes ;” and, looking thus. So was it in the acting of the so teaches the word of God. (1 John iv.) over the platform, I saw a poor woman Spirit, through this other member of the Their acting made it manifest that the looking very ill. I said to the children, body— true ministry, according to the work in them was God's workmanship, “Is that your mother?” “Yes,” they anability and office of that member. Many and though He will try it (1 Peter i. 6, 7, swered. “Oh, dear! she looks very ill." could not read that Word, which is indeed and Heb. xii.) and prove it, as in the case At first I thought it was an elder sister the only food for spiritual growth; but of these dear people (yet will not suffer of the children, for her sickness had rePe COULD, and most faithfully he His people to be overwhelmed), and duced her to a mere frame Directly, the fulfilled his office; expounding that Word, though by man despised, He will own it porters brought the .poor thing over on &
I cannot nearer be;