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The Foundation on which True Peace of happiest peace of soul and spirit before God, whom he calls "Abba, Father." foundation, A STONE, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, Yea, triumph fills him, and he says, "We
"Therefore saith the Lord God, Behold I lay in Zion for a
a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste."-Is. xxviii. 16.
are more than conquerors!"
He is faithful and just to forgive (1 John life, confess her sins, and fly to the Lord i. 9); and the Holy Spirit gives him to Jesus as a poor sinner. I told her it was a see that by the Cross the debt of this con- proof that God was faithful to His word, fessed sin also has been paid, and perfect "If ye walk contrary to me, I will walk peace resumes her welcome reign within contrary unto you." I pointed out her his breast. And as long as the Holy malady, set before her the remedy, and Spirit, the Comforter, sustains him in endeavoured to guide her to the Cross. the belief of the blood being the entire But what are man's efforts, unless aided payment of all debt, it is impossible for by the Spirit of grace? by the Spirit of grace? I read God's him to have anything but the truest, Holy Word, I prayed with her and for her, but all was dark-dark! She grasped my hand and held it fast, and it was with difficulty that I got her to loose it. She called me back, after I had left the room, But the believer does not stop short and appeared restless, wretched, and disat knowing that his Jesus died. He feels tressed. When I called next, she was will come back again, and he holds a day I called, but without the manifestahe has a living Jesus, and that his Jesus gone, she died on the morning of the ward experience of the sinfulness of the present communion with his unseen buttion she sought, or the assurance she so flesh, which at times makes a Christian living Jesus (1 Pet. i. 8) in service, in evidently desired. She was put to bed in feel, “I'm always sinning." It is impos- praise, and in prayer, and in shewing the dark. Yielding to temptation, giving sible for us to deny the fact, that we have forth His death, by eating the bread and way to sin, her lamp went out, and the drinking the wine, and in waiting until Lord refused to light it again. The that day when his Jesus will drink the valley of the shadow of death was dark. fruit of the vine new with him in His As she stood shivering on the banks of Father's kingdom. Jordan, all was dark. It was indeed a death not to be desired. Her transgressions were visited with the rod, and her iniquities with stripes.
Reader, are you a professor of religion? Are you a young Christian? Have you Do you
sinned against God. But, on the other hand, that which is for us, or in our favour, is THE BLOOD OF JESUS, who was dead, but now liveth. Sin is compared to a debt. When I view my debt without looking at the blood which was shed as the payment of that debt, I am put in despair. But when I consider this payment,-when I turn to it and look upon it,-no other feeling affecting scene. Many years ago, she joy and peace in believing? can be in my mind but the very peace of believed she was brought as a poor sinner enjoy a good hope through grace? Take heaven; because I know that God sees in to the Saviour, and found peace through heed lest you fall. Satan will lay snares the blood of Jesus a payment, a full and the blood of the Cross. She made a in your path. He will spread a net a complete payment. My happiness comes profession of Christ, and joined a Chris- for your feet. Walk cautiously. Walk from knowing that God is perfectly satis- tian church. For a time she walked carefully. Walk closely with God. As a fied with the death and sufferings of well, and was happy. At length the stranger and a pilgrim, abstain from Jesus, that these were put down op- hour of temptation arrived. She yielded fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. posite my sins, as it were, and that in to the solicitations of a carnal man, and Maintain your character as an imitator them God sees an entire atonement for became his wife. This was the of Christ. Come out, and be separate my whole transgressions. And in con-mencement of her downward course. from the world. Preserve a tender consequence of knowing that in this way She never gave up her profession of re-science. Live in close communion with God reckons my debt as settled for ever ligion, but her heart was not stedfast God. Keep eternity, and death, and the by the blood of Jesus, I have perfect peace with God. She did not live up to her coming of Jesus in view. Be zealous of mind. A man whose debts are paid privileges, nor walk as the gospel re- for God, doing all you can to promote is not a debtor, and cannot have his mind quires. Then came troubles; she lost His cause, and glorify His name. Be troubled about debts. When a debt is her husband, she lost her property, she jealous of your own heart, trust not your paid, the debt is out of existence. When lost her evidences, and she lost all real own judgment, but make the word of I see that the awful debt of my sins has enjoyment of Divine things. Providence God your guide in all things. As buried been paid, I see that my sins are out of raised her up kind friends who cared for in baptism with Christ, as risen with existence. "As far as the east is from her body, and did what they could to Christ by the faith of the operation of the west, so far hath He removed our comfort her mind. She was laid aside God, as sitting with Christ in the heatransgressions from us." (Psa. ciii. 12.) for months by bodily affliction, and as venly places, let your mind, your affecThus, in Eph. i. 7, we are said to possess death approached, she had a great wish tions, be set on things above, and not on "the forgiveness of sins;" and the same to see me. things on the earth; remember that you is said again in Col. i. 14. It is a fine I had not seen her for a long time, are dead, and your life is hid with Christ thing for a man to know that he has but the messenger sent for me gave me in God; and when Christ, who is your "the forgiveness of sins" in this sense, a description of the unhappy state of life, shall appear, you also will appear her mind. Praying the Lord to give me with Him in glory. Aim to have as grace, that I might be faithful, and yet much as possible to do with Christ now, kind, I went. It was a melancholy sight; and seek to enjoy much of His presence. When the believer sins again, he comes death was evidently fast approaching, but You will learn as you go along; and to his sympathizing High Priest, "who there was no sweet peace, no calm rest- without much care you will learn by was in all points tempted like as we are, ing on Jesus, no joyful hope. All her bitter experience, that no substitute can yet without sin." He confesses his sin cry was, that the Lord would manifest be found for the presence of Christ. to the High Priest, and experiences that himself. I exhorted her to review her Enjoying His presence, we can endure
that he sees THEM ALL put out of existence as a paid debt,-a debt more than paid by Jesus' blood.
fil His word to the very tittle. He can do exceedingly and abundantly, above all that you can ask or think; and He will do more than thou canst at present give Ilim credit for. Measure not His heart by thine, but remember that as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His thoughts higher than thy thoughts, and His ways than thy ways.
THAT thing which stands against us, and which would hinder us from having
peace of mind, is the sin which we have already committed, together with the in
Dying in the Dark.
BY J. SMITH, CHELTENHAM.
I HAVE recently been called to visit the
"But I don't want to be different. Didn't I the rest of the story, we will pray again, be-
"How do you mean, Willy?"-"Why,
The Two Praying Willys.
"I'll tell you a Bible story, Willy. to ex-
Society When I had prayed, I told him, as simply ON entering one of our Indian hospitals, on as I could, the story of the creation, and of a September morning, in 1857, I saw a young man's fall; and of the birth, life, and death boy, of about fourteen years of age, lying on of the Son of God to save ruined man. He one of the chapoys, evidently in much sut-listened with great interest, and then asked fering. His countenance was intelligent and me to tell him just how he could be made one pleasing; and his extreme youth and wasted of the "little flock." who should be saved. appearance naturally drew my attention to him. On going up to him, I asked him about his illness; on which he replied that he belonged to the artillery, and on the march up from Calcutta had, as usual, been sent one day to water a horse. The animal had become restive, and had thrown him. In consequence the poor child had his leg broken, and received some internal injuries. "What is your name?" I asked.،، Willy." "Do you know anything of the Lord Jesus?" "Of whom?"-"Of Jesus, the Son of God."
"Oh, ma'am, please, it's easier to understand you tell it; the book words are so much harder.""I do not think, Willy, you will find this word hard. God has written it so simply, that little children may learn and love it. Many children have been led to Jesus." I then read to him the story of Bartimeus.
any trial, bear any burden, carry any cross; yea, we can die with pleasure, bidding farewell to our nearest and dear est friends without regret. O Jesus! bring us near thee, and keep us near thee, and when we come to die, grant us thy presence, THAT WE MAY NOT DIE IN
"I never had my schooling much cared for; so I don't know anything about him."
·Can you read?"-"Oh, yes, ma'am."
Have you ever been in England?". Yes, for a little while, but we have been mostly abroad. My father is lying here, on this bed next me. Mother died when I was a baby so I've always been a boy of the regiment."
THE element of worldly hearts
Its tumult, their chief bliss imparts,
But that of hearts renewed by grace,
God makes in such His dwelling-place,
Turning to the father, after ascertaining his name to be Reynolds) I said, And do you, my friend, know the Lord Jesus?"Well, ma'am, as far as that goes, I have been taught all about Him. My parents as brought me up made me learn the Bible; but as soon as I got my own master I left all that soft stuff off, and took to drinking and swearing." "Indeed!" I said; but you are willing now to take to your Bible again?"-" No. ma'am; I never found any fun in psalm-singing and church-going; and I've no mind ever to try my hand at it again."
Oh but, Reynolds, you must die one day: would you not be different before then?". "No, I'm quite content; I dare say I shall die as easy as any of you."
I don't know how to pray; I don't know "But what of the life beyond? Do you what I want, except not to go to the place of remember it is written, Drunkards shall not torment."-"Well, begin with the blind man's inherit the kingdom of God?'"-" Of course prayer: Jesus, have mercy on me."" not; I know I must take the consequences on my shoulders."
But, Reynolds, you cannot have thought on what it will be not to go to heaven; it will be to go to hell."-"I can't help it, ma'am: and on this I've made up mind," (striking with his hand on the bed with great energy) no power on earth shall induce me to leave off my own ways. I never found the Methodist ways happy or good; so there's no good you're tiring your breath in speaking to me. I tell you," (again vehemently striking with his hand) "no power on earth shall induce
me to be a Bible man."
"Yes, Reynolds, no power on earth has power to change the heart; but there is One above, who made you, who has all power."
Now, ma'am, will you please tell me what that blind man has to do with me; for I can't get my leg made well all of a sudden now."
Willy, do you know you are just like that
I've got two eyes, and can see as plain as
"Yes; God has been so kind as to give
"Yes, ma'am, but then I don't see as how I'm so much to blame. I've scarcely ever heard a word of these things: and father and the men are mostly drunk and cursing."
"Well, now at least you have been told of Jesus. Will you come to Him?"-"I don't see as how I can; he's not in the world now." "Yet, Willy, he is near us, in this very room. Just as you cannot see your soul, so you cannot see God, because He is a Spirit." “Then how can I go to Him like the blind man?" "Why, lift your heart to Him, think of Him, believe His word, believe He is present listening to you, and pray to Him: tell Him all your thoughts and wants; tell Him how you have forgotten Him up to this time."
But please, ma'am, what does 'He calleth thee' mean?" "It means that Jesus has written us this Bible to tell us His will, to tell us how we can be saved; and He wants every one who reads it to come to Him. He wants you to come to-day, Willy."
“I don't see," roughly exclaimed the father, whom I had thought asleep, what casting away His garment has to do with us.”
"I should think, ma'am, if it's true He died for us, He must want to save us." "Yes. He has sent me here this morning to tell you of Him; and you must take the message I bring you from Him, just as if you heard Him speak aloud. Here is a little Bible for you; and when I am gone, look into it carefully, and see if I have not been telling you true. Now, Willy, before I tell you about
"But now, Willy, at once; I want to have you ask for mercy before I leave you." "I can't yet; I'll try to by-and-by."
But if you should die first?" "Oh, I don't think I shall die; the fever's gone down pretty considerably, the doctor says."
"But, Willy, I'm afraid to leave you until you have come to Jesus. I should be so miserable, if you died without hope. And if you live, why it's not likely you will think more of death and eternity as you get well, unless you come now straight to Him."
But I can't now; I can't pray to nothing. If I had a little image I could pray to it. But it seems like speaking to the air as you do it: only you seem to see some one as you pray.'
Yes, Willy, by faith I see Jesus. I know He is listening to us, and willing to receive us as His own for ever. May I pray with you, believing the promise, Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out?"" "Yes, please." "And, Willy, pray with me;" and so we pleaded together that light might shine into his heart, and that he might receive his sight.
Do you think you have really come to Jesus, Willy?" "I've tried to wish what you prayed; but I still seem to think it strange to pray into the air. I don't feel as if God were near. But your praying does me more good than talking; it seems, as you pray, that I can feel something is moving my feelings.' I
Well, Willy, I must go now; God willing, will come again to-morrow." "O stay, please, a little while longer. I don't think there's "Yes, ma'am, but I don't see now how I'll one good man in the room; and directly you know He hears me. He won't answer me go they'll begin to curse and swear. The aloud." "No. Willy, but He has had this only chance of my getting to see Jesus is by story, and all His Bible written for us. They your praying and reading His words to me.' are God's own message to us; and you must "Oh, no, Willy, the Lord is always near simply believe the message, and, like Bar-you; and if you will but try to look up to timeus, rise, and come to Him, and expect He Him, and believe that He died for sinners, will change your heart." He will give you to know the joy and peace of His love."
"Please pray just once more, and 1 will wish very hard to find Him." His voice joined mine in once more pleading the promises.
When I came up to his bed next morning, he clapped his hands, and gladly exclaimed, "I've found Him! I've found Him!"
"Found whom, dear boy?" "Found Je
sus; I know now what you meant about my heart being blind. I couldn't sleep all night, my poor leg ached so dreadfully; but as I was crying-for I hardly could bear the pain-it came to my mind, all the story of the Cross on the hill; and I thought how bad it must be to be hung up by nails-it would drive me mad, I think. And I thought, if Jesus bore it all gladly to save us, I ought to be glad of my pain, as it makes me care for nothing but religion. And then it seemed as if I understood how my sins had helped to nail Him there: and I did ask so hard to be made sorry for my cruel wicked doings, that I got in a burning fever. But it has done me good. I feel quite happy like now. I've had a dream that Jesus put His bleeding hands on my head, and whispered that thing you told me yesterday, My blood has availed for thee.""
For about a week I was privileged to visit Willy daily, and we had much happy conversation together about the Saviour. He much enjoyed committing to memory passages of Scripture and hymns which I selected for him. His strength gradually declined, as his father's recovered. Reynolds seemed increasingly hardened against the truth, and most unwillingly listened to his child's pleadings that he would come to Jesus. Yet his heart was softened at the near prospect of parting with the boy, as he said, "for ever;" and he tended his child with affectionate solicitude. Still he positively refused to accede to the earnest request that he would read to him, even although Willy's hands had grown too feeble to hold the book.
"You remember, ma'am, the day I came in here, how you kept on telling me about the promise to those that pray?"-"Yes, Willy: and God did answer my longing prayer, and gave you your sight."
me? I want to whisper something to you. "I felt so weary last night with the pain,"
"Shall I pray with you once more, Willy?" "Oh yes, please. I have been beseeching the Lord a great deal to change my poor father's heart; and I know I shall see him some day in heaven. I don't now so much mind leaving him unconverted, for I know I have been heard." After praying, he said, "That is my last prayer; now it shall be only praise for ever and ever." His breath began to fail "Of how soon you will see Jesus?" him, and we had to prop him up with pillows. "Yes, I've been thinking that I began this As I repeated passages of Scripture, he occaSunday a poor sick boy in the hospital, sur-sionally joined. Presently he turned round, rounded by wicked men and sinful talk; and and calling me by name, most touchingly asI think I shall be at home before night. I sured me of his gratitude for my having told think I've begun a Sunday that will never him of the Saviour, and having striven to end. I don't think I shall ever have another lead him to his feet. week day."
Do you know what I've been thinking of all the morning?"
"Yes, the doctor says I can't live out the day. Will you put your ear close down to
At his request I read him Ephesians ii. and iii., 2 Cor. v., and the story of Bartimeus, and then proposed prayer.
"You will come again to see me?"-"I do not think, Willy, I should find you here if I came."
"But I want you to hold my hand as I pass through the dark valley."-"O Willy, it will not be dark, I think; for Jesus will hold your hand, and pass with you right over to the other side."
"Will you cry?"-"I don't know, dear
"Yes, billow after billow-see they come
"There's a sweet text I'll give you to think of sometimes, ma'am, Jesus says, (and he repeated the substance of John xvi. 33,) ‘In the world ye shall have sorrow; but be of good cheer; in me ye have peace.' I've found it all peace since I believed, for He just wiped out all my sin. Now please tell me about—"
"About what. Willy?"—"About—I forget-my memory seems strayed, like—about many "
About our Father's house with many mansions?"-"Oh yes." After repeating part of John xiv., he said, 'And yet there is room.' I'm sure Jesus has prepared a seat in heaven for my father, and I don't believe it will be left empty." I then repeated with him 1 John iii. 1, 2. “Oh it's such a dear word, that, and quite, quite true. I see Him now. He's calling me; I must go. Just think how soon I'll be like Him.' I am so glad to go. Just hold-my-hand, I can't—catch—my— breath."
"Are you alone, Willy?"-"No, no; thou art with me, Jesus, our Immanuel; it's all washed-clean.
The dying boy continued the lines in broken
In the evening I found him lying with "Yes, and ever since I felt you had got his eyes closed, sinking rapidly, but calmly. what you wanted, I've thought I'd do the Stooping over him, I whispered, "Yea, though same; and I've been praying night and day I walk through the valley of the shadow of for my father. I feel God will hear the death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with prayers of those who love Him; and now me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." that I'm going where there's no prayer, I" Dear Willy, is Jesus with you?"-" Oh want you to promise you'll never pass a night yes." or morning without asking God to convert my father; and I'm sure I'll meet him some day in heaven. He'll soon have no one but you to pray for him. Will you promise me you'll pray hard as you did for me?"
The poor boy commenced these lines; but, his breath failing, I finished them, he joining me as he was able. Then for some minutes spasms came on; the death-rattle told his hour was come; and solemn indeed it was to feel the tightening grasp of the hand already cold and heavy, and breathe into his ear the last sounds of earth he would ever hear. Suddenly he opened his eyes, and fixing them on me, said, "Good-bye-remem "Have you any fear?" "No, none; I ber-your-pro-mise. We shall-behave been wondering why they call it a dark for-ever-with-Jesus; safe-in our happy valley. I have found the light growing home. Oh! it's all great joy." Then he brighter every day since I first believed; and seemed exhausted: the coolie and I, for the now it's so bright I must shut my eyes." last time, tried to put the spoonful of wine "Yes, Willy, I will; but I feel God is I repeated Isaiah lx. and 2 Corinthians v. to between the teeth, but he could no longer more willing to save than we to pray.' take it. I breathed a word of earnest entreaty "Never mind, ma'am, He says we are to "Now please say my favourite hymn which that the way might all be smooth. The pray; and you must just lay hold of the pro-yon taught me last Sunday." I repeated to church bells began to chime for evening sermises. Now, remember you've promised to him some beautiful lines on Psalm cvii. 30, vice. Yes, yes," he said, "I'm all ready; a dying boy." beginningas they stop-I'll be-mounting-up to glory." I rose to go. "Good-bye, dear Willy; we'll meet to part no more soon." With still closed eyes, the lips seemed to move. I stooped to catch the words “like Him." He never spoke again.
The next morning, Willy said, "Do you know I'm dying?"—" Yes, I knew you must die, when I first saw you; but you are much worse than when I saw you yesterday."
(To be continued.)
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"Wilt thou be made whole."
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Why not Now? SOME time ago, two Christian ladies visited an aged woman whom they had heard was under some concern for her soul. On conversing with her, she said, "I know that I have sinned, but I think that I have one thing in my favour." "What is that?" "Why, I was always kind to my parents; don't you think that think that that is in my favour?" "No," said one of her kind visitors, "it is only the duty of a child to be kind to her parents, and I am glad you were so disposed. But and he that hath no money; come ye, that cannot help in any way your soul's buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and salvation. What you want is to be cleansed milk without money and without price." from sin." "To be sure," said she, "but | (Isa. lv. 1.) how can I obtain it?" "Well, do not you sadors for Christ, as though God did
Where living faith is, the back is turned upon the world, and the "saints," with their despised fanaticism, and over
Now then we are ambas
know that God the Father so loved the
much strictness, become our fellows; bein the gospel, (Phi. i. 5,) a fellowship in cause of a mutual fellowship with them world, that He gave His only-begotten beseech by us: we pray in Christ's stead, peace, a fellowship in new pursuits, in a Son to die for sinners upon the Cross, be ye reconciled to God." (2 Cor. v. 20.) common conflict with a common advercleansed from all sin by His blood?" shall ye draw water from the wells of with Him in glory, and be like Him, for that whosoever believeth in Him may be Trust Him, be not afraid, and with joy sary, and in a common hope that, when Christ appears again, we shall appear "How, then, may I have my sins par- salvation." (Isa. xii. 2, 3.) Remember doned?" "By going to the Father, in we shall see Him as He is. (1 John iii. the name of Jesus Christ His Son, He the jailor at Philippi, the thief, the bro-2, 3; Col. iii. 4.) He that "hath this will truly pardon you!" "Then," said ken hearted publicau, the self-righteous hope in him, purifieth himself, even as she, “WHY NOT NOW, though I've the sins pharisee, the hard and exacting Zaccheus, He is pure." But I do not say to any, of 77 years upon me?" At once she the sensual and degraded Corinthians, Forsake the world, and you shall have looked up to heaven, apparently in great also the moral Lydia, who needed Christ/Peace; but I do say, that to name the
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It need hardly be added that the kind visitors knelt down, and all united in heartily praising the God of salvation
for His mercy.
Convinced of sin and tremblingly
agony of mind, and in the presence of
name of Christ, and yet not to depart her visitors sought that God, for Christ's as much as they; well, in His precious from iniquity; to be very religions on sake, would pardon her sins. After some blood a remedy was found, a present, Sunday, and to be a pursuer of the time she turned and said, "I am happy a soul-satisfying remedy, and they were world's ways all the rest of the week, is now! I feel that I have peace with God, all washed, they were sanctified, they were millions, in this day of wide-spread soa delusion which is blinding the eyes of that all my sins are forgiven, through the justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, called religious knowledge and profession. "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost." (2 Cor. iv. 3.) In Christ alone is life. If you knew Salvation. Him, you would know peace. through His blood is once more proclaimed to you, that you, believing it, might, in your own happy experience, prove it.
and by the Spirit of God. (1 Cor. vi 11.)