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" 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.
BY J. SMITH, CHELTENHAM.
fil His word to the very tittle. He can He is faithful and just to forgive (1 John life, confess her sins, and fly to the Lord do exceedingly and abundantly, above all i. 9); and the Holy Spirit gives him to Jesus as a poor sinner. I told her it was a that you can ask or think; and He will see that by the Cross the debt of this con-proof that God was faithful to His word, do more than thou canst at present give fessed sin also has been paid, and perfect " If ye walk contrary to me, I will walk llim credit for. Measure not His heart peace resumes her welcome reign within
contrary unto you.” I pointed out her by thine, but remember that as the hea- his breast. And as long as the Holy malady, set before her the remedy, and vens are higher than the earth, so are Spirit, the Comforter, sustains him in endeavoured to guide her to the Cross. His thoughts higher than thy thoughts, the belief of the blood being the entire But what are man's efforts, unless aided and His ways than thy ways.
payment of all debt, it is impossible for by the Spirit of grace? I read God's
him to have anything but the truest, Holy Word, I prayed with her and for The Foundation on which True Peace of happiest peace of soul and spirit before her, but all was dark—dark! She grasped Mind before God rests.
God, whom he calls “Abba, Father.” | my hand and held it fast, and it was with fonadation, a stonk, a tried stowe, a precious corner-stone, Yea, triumph fills him, and he says, “We difficulty that I got her to loose it. She are more than conquerors !”
called me back, after I had left the room,
But the believer does not stop short and appeared restless, wretched, and disThat thing which stands against us, and which would hinder us from having at knowing that his Jesus died. He feels tressed. When I called next, she was peace of mind, is the sin which we have he has a living Jesus, and that his Jesus gone, she died on the morning of the
will come back again, and he holls a day I called, but without the manifestaalready committed, together with the invard experience of the sinfulness of the present communion with his unseen but tion she sought, or the assurance she so flesh, which at times makes a Christian living Jesus. (1 Pet. i. *) 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 sinned against God. But, on the other hand, that which is 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 for us, or in our favour, is THE BLOOD OF
Father's kingdom. Jesus, who was dead, but now liveth.
Jordan, all was dark. It was indeed a Sin is compared to a debt.
Dying in the Dark.
death not to be desired. Her transgresview my debt without looking at the blood
sions were visited with the rod, and her which was shed as the payment of that I HAVE recently been called to visit the iniquities with stripes. debt, I am put in despair. But when I dying bed of an old professor, who was Reader, are you a professor of religion? consider this payment,--when I turn to dying in the dark, and it was a mos: Are you a young Christian ? Have you it and look upon it, -no other feeling affecting scene. Many years ago, she joy and peace in believing? Do you 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 á 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 com
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. 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
“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 hea. transgressions 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 lid 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 that he sees THEM ALL put out of ex- her mind. Praying the Lord to give me with Him in glory. Aim to have as istence as a paid debt,
paid debt,--a debt more than grace, that I might be faithful, and yet much as possible to do with Christ now, paid by Jesus' blood.
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
And is their life.
any trial, bear any burden, carry any
But I don't want to be different. Didn't I the rest of the story, we will pray again, becross; yea, we can die with pleasure, tell you as how the old ways always suited cause, as you see here in Matthew vii. 7. Jesus, bidding farewell to our nearest and dear-me? No, no; I love my bottle too well ever who cannot speak a lie, promises, “Ask, and est friends without regret. O Jesus! to part company with it.
It's unbearable it shall be given you;” and again in 1 John bring us near thee, and keep us pear i don't want any more of this here talking, in Him, that if we ask anything according to
lying here, without a drop of anything. But v. 14, “This is the confidence that we have thee, and when we come to die, grant us
please, ma’am; I won't change my mind for His will, He heareth us." thy presence, THAT WE MAY NOT DIE IN any talking. I just hate all caat together.” After earnest prayer that Jesus nimself
Well, then, Reynolds, I will speak to would be present, and guide this poor child your little boy.” So turning to him, I asked to give up his heart, I said, “Willy, when
if I should sit down on his charpoy, and tell Bartimeus cried out, Jesus stood still to listen; The element of worldly hearts
him about Jesus. " If you please, ma'am. and I am sure Jesus is beside us now, looking Is restless strife; Its tumult, their chief bliss imparts,
But it must be very easy, for I'm a poor igno- into your heart, and listening to know your
rant boy; so you will please begin from the wants. He is saying to you, . What wilt thou But that of hearts renewed by grace, beginning."
that I should do unto thee?' All in this Is from above;
“ How do you mean, Willy?”—“Why, hospital are sinners; we all need pardon and God makes in such His dwelling-place,
speak hard and plain ; tell me how I may be new hearts. But, be es, we have each our And “He is Love."
sared. Speak as if I were to die in an hour." own particular wants. Our ages, characters,
* I will try; but first let us pray that Jesus needs, pains, are all different. Jesus wants The Two Praying Willys. may be with us, and teach me how 10 speak, us each to tell Him our own longings of An Extract from a Tract published by the Religious Tract and teach your heart to come to Him."
heart, our own especial wants, our every
When I had prayed, I told him, as simply thought. He is able to supply all your need, On entering one of our Indian hospitals, on as I could, the story of the creation, and of and He wants you to speak to Him freely as a September morning, in 1857. I saw a young man's fall; and of the birth. life, and death to a friend. You may tell Him all your boy, of about fourteen years of age, lying on of the Son of God to save ruined man. He thoughts and wishes without fear.” one of the char poys, evidently in much sul listened with great interest, and then asked • But please, ma'am, what does . He calleth fering His countenance was intelligent and me to tell him just how he could be made one thee' mean?" * It means that Jesus has pleasing; and his extreme youth and wasted of the "little Hock," who should be saved. written us this Bible to tell us His will, to appearance naturally drew my attention to
• I'll tell you a Bible story, Willy. to es- tell us how we can be saved; and He wants him. On going up to him, I asked him about plain it," and I opened my Bible at Mark x. 46. every one who reads it to come to Him. He bis illness; on which he replied that he be- Oh, ma'am, please, it's easier to under wants you to come to-day, Willy." longed to the artillery, and on the march up stand you tell it; the book words are so much " I don't see," roughly exclaimed the father, from Calcutta had, as usual, been sent one harder.”_"I do not think, Willy, you will whom I had thought asleep, “what casting day 10 water a horse. The animal had become find this word hard. God has written it so away His garment has to do with us.” restive, and had thrown him. In consequence simply, that little children may learn and love the poor child had his leg broken, and received it. Many children have been led to Jesus.” “ But now, Willy, at once; I want to hare some internal injuries.
I then read to him the story of Bartimeus. you ask for mercy before I leave you." "I “ What is your name?” I asked.—“Willy.”
“ Now, ma'am, will you please tell me what can't yet ; I'll try to by-and-by.” “Do you know anything of the Lord that blind man has to do with me; for I can't But if you should die first ?" “Oh, I Jesus?"
get my leg made well all of a sudden now." don't think I shall die; the fever's gone **Of whom? “Of Jerus, the Son of Willy, do you know you are just like that down pretty considerably, the doctor says." God.''
blind man?"-" I don't see how that can be. “ But, Willy, I'm afraid to leave you until “I never had my schooling much cared | I've got two eyes, and can see as plain as you have come to Jesus.
I should be so for; so I don't know anything about him.” possible."
miserable, if you died without hope. And if Can you read?”—“Oh, yes, ma'am.” "Yes; God has been so kind as to give you live, why it's not likely you will think · Have you ever been in England?".
you and me our bodily sight: but your poor more of death and eternity as you get well, * Yes, for a little while, but we have been heart is blind; every day is bringing you unless you come now straight to Him.” mostly abroad. My father is lying here, on nearer to the world of spirits, and yet you • But I can't now; I can't pray to nothing. this bed next me. Mother died when I was have been living in sin-going on straight the If I had a little image I could pray to it. But a baby; so I've always been a boy of the road to hell.”
it seems like speaking to the air as you do it: regiment.”
“Yes, ma'am, but then I don't see as how only you seem to see some one as you pray." Turning to the father, after ascertaining I'm so much to blame. I've scarcely ever · Yes, Willy, by faith I see Jesus. I know his name to be Reynolds) I said, “ And do heard a word of these things; and father and He is listening to us, and willing to receive yol, my friend, know the Lord Jesus?".
the men are mostly drunk and cursing." us as His own for ever. May I pray with Well, ma'am, as far as that goes, I have “Well, now at Icast you have been told of you, believing the promise, “ Him that cometh been taught all about Him. My parents as Jesus. Will you come to Him?"_“I don't fio me I will in no wise cast out?"" "Yes, brought me np made me learn the Bible; but as see as how I can; he's not in the world now." please.” “And, Willy, pray with me;" and soon as I got my own master I left all that soft
• Yet, Willy, he is near us, in this very so we pleaded together that light might shine stuff off, and took to drinking and swearing.'' room. Just as you cannot see your soul, so into his heart, and that he might receive his
“Indeed!” I said ; " but you are willing you cannot see God, because He is a Spirit.” sight. now to take to your Bible again?”—“ No. ** Then how can I go to Him like the blind “ Do you think you have really come to ma'am ; I never found any fun in psalm-sing- man?” Why, lift your heart to Him, think Jesus, Willy?” “I've tried to wish what ing and church-going; and I've no mind ever of Him, believe His word, believe He is you prayed; but I still seem to think it to try my hand at it again.”
present listening to you, and pray to Him : strange to pray into the air. I don't feel as "Oh but, Reynolds, you must die one day; Jiell Him all your thoughts and wants; tell if God were near. But your praying does Would you not be different before then?"- Him how you have forgotten Him up to this ne more good than talking; it seems, as you · No, I'm quite content; I dare say I shall time.”
pray, that I can feel something is moving my die as easy as any of you."
" I don't know how to pray; I don't know feelings." " But what of the life beyond ? Do you what I want, escept not to go to the place of "Well, Willy, I must go now; God willing, remember it is written, • Drunkards shall not torment.”—“Well, begin with the blind man's I will come again to-morrow." "O stay, please, inherit the kingdom of God?'”—“Of course prayer: “Jesus, have mercy on me.'”. a little while longer. I don't think there's not; I know I must take the consequences on Yes, ma'am, but I don't see now how I 'll one good man in the room; and directly you my shoulders.”
know He hears me. He won't answer me go they'll begin to curse and swear. The * But, Reynolds, you cannot have thought aloud.” “No, Willy, but He has had this only chance of my getting to see Jesus is by on what it will be not to go to heaven; it will story, and all His Bible written for us. They your praying and reading His words to me. be to go to hell.”—“ I can't help it, ma'am: are God's own message to us; and you must “Oh, no, Willy, the Lord is always near and on this I've made up mind,” (striking simply believe the message, and, like Bar- you; and if you will but try to look up to with his hand on the bed with great energy) timeus, rise, and come to Him, and expect He Him, and believe that He died for sinners, no power on earth shall induce me to leave will change your heart.”
He will give you to know the joy and peace off my own ways. I never found the Methodist
“I should think, ma'am, if it's true He of His love." ways happy or good; so there's no good died for us, He must want to save us.” “Yes. “ Ple:ise pray just once more, and I will you're tiring your breath in speaking to me. He has sent me here this morning to tell you wish very hard to find Him." His voice I tell you,” (again vehemently striking with of Him; and you must take the message I joined mine in once more pleading the prohis hand) no power on earth shall induce bring you from Him, just as if you heard mises. me to be a Bible man."
Him speak aloud. Here is a little Bible for When I came up to his bed next morning, “ Yes, Reynolds, no power on earth has you; and when I am gone, look into it care- he clapped his hands, and gladly exclaimed, power to change the heart; but there is One fully, and see if I have not been telling you " I've found Him! I've found Him!" above, who made you, who has all power.”
Now, Willy, before I tell you about “Found whom, dear boy?" "Found Je
feeble to hold the book.
sus ; I know now what you meant about my me? I want to whisper something to you. “I felt so weary last night with the pain,"
you once more, Willy?'” it must be to be hung up by nails-it would go on so the last night his child is spending “Oh yes, please. I have been beseeching drive me mad, I think. And I thought, if on earth ;” and the poor boy wept passion the Lord a great deal to change my poor faJesus bore it all gladly to save us, I ought to ately. I soothed him with some of the pre. ther's heart; and I know I shall see him some be glad of my pain, as it makes me care for cious promises of God's word, and cheered day in heaven. I don't now so much mind nothing but religion. And then it seemed as hiin by uniting with himn in prayer for his leaving him unconverted, for I know I have if I understood how my sins had helped to father.
been heard.” After praying, he said, “That nail Him there : and I did ask so hard to be * Do you know what I've been thinking of is my last prayer; now it shall be only praise made my cruel wicked doings, that all the morning ?”
for ever and ever. His breath began to fail I got in a burning fever. But it has done me “Of how soon you will see Jesus?"- him, and we had to
him with pillows. good. I feel quite happy like now. I've had · Yes, I've been thinking that I began this As I repeated passages of Scripture, he occaå dream that Jesus put His bleeding hands Sunday a poor sick boy in the hospital, sur-sionally joined. Presently he turned round, on my head, and whispered that thing you rounded by wicked men and sinful talk; and and calling me by name, most touchingly astold me yesterday, “My blood has availed for I think I shall be at home before night. I sured me of his gratitude for my having told thee.'”
think I've begun a Sunday that will never him of the Saviour, and having striven to For about a week I was privileged to visit end. I don't think I shall ever have another lead him to his feet. Willy daily, and we had much happy con- week day.”
" There's a sweet text I'll give you to think versation together about the Saviour. At his request I read him Ephesians ii. and of sometimes, ma'am, Jesus says, (and he much enjoyed committing to memory passages iii., 2 Cor. v., and the story of Bartimeus, and repeated the substance of John xvi. 33,) •In of Scripture and hymns which I selected for then proposed prayer.
the world ye shall have sorrow; but be of him. His strength gradually declined, as his * You will come again to see me?”—“I good cheer; in me ye have peace.' I've found father's recovered. Reynolds seemed increas- do not think, Willy, I should find you here if it all peace since I believed, for He just wiped ingly hardened against the truth, and most I came.”
out all my sin. Now please tell me about-" unwillingly listened to his child's pleadings " But I want you to hold my hand as I “About what, Willy?" — " About- -I forthat he would come to Jesus. Yet his heart pass through the dark valley." —" O Willy, get-my memory seems strayed, like-about was softened at the near prospect of parting it will not be dark, I think; for Jesus will many with the boy, as he said, " for ever;” and he hold your hand, and pass with you right over
About our Father's house with many mantended his child with affectionate solicitude. to the other side."
sions?”—“Oh yes." After repeating part of Still he positively refused to accede to the " Oh but I want to hear your voice telling John xiv., he said, “And yet there is room.' earnest request that he would read to him, me His words; it would be so dreadful only I'm sure Jesus has prepared a seat in heaven even although Willy's hands had grown too to hear bad language as I pass through.” – for my father, and 1 don't believe it will be
“ But, Willy, there a dying man in another left empty." I then repeated with him 1 John On a Saturday forenoon, Willy said to me, room who wants a friend."
üi. ), 2. "Oh it's such a dear word, that, "I've been praying hard for something: you'll ** Please don't say, no; I do so want you and quite, quite true. I see Him now. He's think it such a strange prayer."
to come and see me again.”-“But I cannot calling me; I must go. Just think how "Shall I: What was it?"-" That God come till just before evening church; and soon l'll be like Him.' I am so glad to go. would make my father very ill again; for you before then I think you will have left earth.” Just hold-my-hand, I can't-catch-mysee, ma'am, he's almost well.
Well, if you don't find my poor body breath.” has just been round, and told him he may here, you will be very happy.”—“I shall “Are you alone, Willy?"-"No, 110; thou leave on Monday. And you know his heart think of you as one dear child of God safe art with me, Jesus, our Immanuel; it's all is desperately hard, and if he goes up to the at home, Willy; but I shall miss you." front, there's little chance of his ever coming Will you cry?”—“I don't know, dear " What is washed?"_"My soul. Oh, won't back; and it's not likely he'll get any one boy; I dare say I shall; but it will be sweet it be glorious-to-join the multitude who there to tell him of Jesus." to look forward to meeting again.”
are safe!” “ Willy, you must not feel so. All means “ If you cry for me, you will be the only one "Yes, dear boy; thus heaven is gathering, of working are in God's hands. When your to do so. It's nice to think one will miss me. one by one, all the members of its family." father was a child, his heart was no harder Father won't care; his feelings are all bar- “Yes, yes—soon I'll be with those-in than yours and mine; and the same Holy dened. I've no pain now; my leg seems glory-and you left here. But we'll still be Spirit that converted us, is able to do all quite asleep. I told the doctor so, and said of one heart, and things for bim."
how glad I was to have it better: but he “Oh! who can tell the rapture when the circle is • Please, ma'am, will you give me your shook his head, and said it was a bad sign for complete, hand ? Now I want you to promise me one | life. But you know," he added, with flushed And all the children, sundered now, around our
Father meet; thing; will you?"_“I must hear what you cheek and beaming eye, “ he was wrong; it One fold, one Shepherd, one employ, one everlasting want first."
is a good sign, for I shall soon be away, really * You remember, ma'am, the day I came living in Jesus. Here I've only been want- Lo! I come quickly-e - Amen! Lord Jesus, in here, how you kept on telling me about the ing to be like Jesus, there I shall be like Him."
come!" promise to those that pray?”—“Yes, Willy: Before I went, he made me promise that I The poor boy commenced these lines; but, and God did answer my longing prayer, and would come again in the evening.
his breath failing, I finished them, he joining gave you your sight.”
In the evening I found him lying with me as he was able. Then for some minutes “Yes, and ever since I felt you had got his eyes closed, sinking rapidly, but calmly: spasms came on; the death - rattle told his what you wanted, I've thought I'd do the Stooping over him, I whispered, “Yea, though hour was come; and solemn indeed it was to same; and I've been praying night and day I walk through the valley of the shadow of feel the tightening grasp of the hand already for my father. I feel God will hear the death, I will fear no evil : for thou art with cold and heavy, and breathe into his ear the prayers of those who love Him; and now me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."| last sounds of earth he would ever hear. that I'm going where there's no prayer, 1“ Dear Willy, is Jesus with yon?”—“Oh Suddenly he opened his eyes, and fixing want you to promise you'll never pass a night yes."
them on me, said, Good-bye— remem or morning without asking God to convert “ Have you any fear?” “No, none; I ber-your-pro- mise. We shall be my father; and I'm sure I'll meet him some have been wondering why they call it a dark for-ever-with-Jesus; safe-in our happy day in heaven. He'll soon have no one but valley. I have found the light growing home. Oh! it's all great joy.'' you to pray for him. Will you promise me brighter every day since I first believed; and seemed exhausted: the coolie and I, for the you'll pray hard as you did for me?"
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- yo'i 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." beginning
as they stop-I'll be -- mounting - up to The next morning, Willy said, “Do you “Yes, billow after billow-see they come
glory." I rose to go.
Good-bye, dear know I'm dying?”_"Yes, I knew you must Faster and rougher as yon little boat Willy; we'll meet to part no more soon.” die, when I first saw you ; but you are much
Nears evermore the haven."
With still closed eyes, the lips seemed to worse than when I saw you yesterday.” The dying boy continued the lines in broken move. I stooped to catch the words —“ like
" Yes, the doctor says I can't live out the accents, yet with a depth of feeling that Him." He never spoke again. day. Will you put your ear close down to showed he realized their meaning.
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joined together namely, faith (that is, they have not yet come to that point, Why not Now?
trust in His Son,) and a present and “Lord, save or I perish.” The world in Some time ago, two Christian ladies eternal justification from all things. some of its insidious forms is still willvisited an aged woman whom they had (Acts xiii. 38, 39.) “He that believeth ingly pursued. They are offended if a heard was under some concern for her on the Son hath everlasting life.” (John word is dropped that sounds like a suspisoul. On conversing with her, she said, iii. 36.)
cion of their not being right with God, "I know that I have sinned, but I think Convinced of sin and tremblingly while the pursuits they follow declare that I have one thing in my favour.” alive to your danger, to you, my fellow- plainly that they have not yet proved "What is that?” “Why, I was always sinner, is the word of this free, full, pre- that “this is the victory that overcometh kind to my parents ; don't you think that sent, most blessed salvation sent. God the world, even our faith” (1 John v. 4):
that is, where faith in Christ is, there is that is in my favour?" "No," said one will not deceive you. He means what of her kind visitors, “it is only the duty He says. His word to you is, “Ho, every out from among them, and be ye sepa
a hearkening to the word of God, “Come of a child to be kind to her parents, and one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, rate.” (2 Cor. vi. 17.) I am glad you were so disposed. But and he that hath no money; come ye, Where living faith is, the back is that cannot help in any way your soul's buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and turned upon the world, and the "saints,” salvation. What you want is to be cleansed milk without money and without price." with their despised fanaticism, and overfrom sin.” “To be sure,” said she,“ but |(Isa. lv. 1.)
much strictness, become our fellows; be
Now then we are ambashow can I obtain it ?” “Well, do not you sadors for Christ, as though God did in the gospel, (Phi. i. 5.) a fellowship in
cause of a mutual fellowship with them know that God the Father so loved the 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 adverthat whosoever believeth in Him may be Trust Him, be not afraid, and with joy sary, and in a common hope that, when cleansed from all sin by His blood ?" shall ye draw water from the wells of with Him in glory, and be like Him, for
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 iji. 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 publicay, 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 Cbrist peace; but I do say, that to name the 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 religious 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 go
a 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 profesprecious blood of Christ.
It need hardly be added that the kind and by the Spirit of God. (1 Cor. vi 11.) sion. “But if our gospel be hid, it is pisitors knelt down, and all united in But there are some who are miserable hid to them that are lost." (2 Cor. iv. 3.) heartily praising the God of salvation enough, from having proved the unsatis. In Christ alone is life. If you knew Remember, reader! this woman's exfying nature of that sorry-go-round in Him, you would know peace. "Salvation
through His blood is once more prowhich they have been trying to amuse claimed to you, that you, believing it, clamation,-- WHY NOT NOW? “Behold! now is the accepted time. Behold! to - themselves: who are convinced that in might, in your own hàppy experience, day is the day of salvation."
true religion" alone, according to their prove it.
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