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“Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” W». YAPP, 70, WELBECK STREET, CAVENDISH SQUARE.]

(LUKE XIV, 23.)


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every bone is almost dislocated with of Christ constraineth us.” (2 Cor. v. 14.) pain, leaving me with the certainty that Law and Gospel.

4. AS TO RIGHTEOUSNESS. In the Law I shall have it all to endure the next Few things are more opposed than Law it is said, “ It shall be our righteousness, night. Yet, while my body is thus tor

if we observe to DO ALL THESE COMMAND-tured, the soul is perfectly, perfectly and Gospel, and yet, strange to say, are often confounding these MENTS." (Deut. vi. 25.)

The Gospel happy and peaceful—more happy than I things which differ, instead of rightly says, “ Christ is the end of the law for can possibly express to you. I lie here dividing the the word of truth. “The RIGHTEOUSNESS to every one that be- and feel these convulsions extending Law was given by Moses, but Grace and lieveth.” (Rom. x. 4.) Thus we see that higher and higher, without the least un

THE Law demanded righteousness from easiness; but my soul is filled with joy TRUTH came by Jesus Christ.”

I once heard an aged servant of Christ man to God in the way of works; while unspeakable-I seem to swim in a flood say, that he found that many so mixed THE GOSPEL

brings everlasting righteous- of glory which God pours down upon up law and gospel, as to have neither the ness from God to man in the way of me. And I know that my happiness is

faith. Law nor the Gospel clearly before them.

but begun; I cannot doubt but that it will

These are only some of the points of last for ever. I am going to bathe in an Perhaps the deadliest cup of poison that Satan can present is this

mixture, because contrast between Law and Grace, but ocean of purity and benevolence to all it brings a religiousness that satisfies the they are enough to make the believer

eternity." person for the time, but which peither rejoice in the blessed Scripture, “Ye are

Mrs. Henry when on her death - bed convicts him of sin, nor brings him into not under the Law, but under GracE;" said, “My head is in heaven; my heart

and the happy result, “Sin shall not is in heaven; another step and I shall be peace with God.

There are four points of remarkable have dominion over you.” (Rom. vi. 14.) there too." contrast between Law and Gospel.

When Baxter was dying, and asked by

Happy Deaths. 1. AS TO SIN. The law exposed or

a friend how he was, he replied, "Almost WHEN Mr. Grimshaw was drawing near made sin known, but brought no forgive

well, and nearly at home.” ness. (Rom. iii. 20.) The Gospel brings the eternal world, a friend asked him the

A martyr on being asked how he felt full remission of sins to every one that state of his mind, and his reply was, when approaching the stake, answered, believeth. (Acts x. 43) The Law could “As happy as I can be on earth, and as “Never better; for now I know that I only speak of remembrance of sin. (Heb. sure of glory as if I were in it. I have am almost at home.” Then looking 1. 3.) The GOSPEL speaks of sin put nothing to do but to step out of this bed across the fields between him and the away by the sacrifice of Christ, never to into heaven."

place where he was to be so soon burnt, be remembered." Their sins and iniquities Dr. Henry exclaimed when dying, “I he said, “Only two more stiles to get will I remember no more.” (Heb. x. 17.) shall soon know more of eternity than I over, and I am at my Father's house."

2. As to LIFE. The Law saith, “ The now do. Eternity! there is my exalted, Dying, said Mr. Medley, is sweet work, man which doeTH those things shall LIVE glorious home! Oh! how vain, how sweet work; home! home! by them.” (Rom. x. 5.) The GOSPEL trifling, how little does everything appear

As Mr. C. Simeon, of Cambridge, at 78 says, “The Gift of God is eternal life" in the light of a nearing eternity!" years of age, was on the verge of eternity, (Rom. vi. 23), and “He that BELIEVETH Mrs. Rowe, a little before her death, he said, “I never felt so ill before; I on the Son, hath everlasting life.(John wrote to a friend, "I have now done with conceive my present state cannot last iii. 36) The Law, “engraven in stones, mortal things, and all to come is vast long; but here I lie waiting for the issue was the ministration of death.” (2 Cor. eternity-eternity! How transporting is without a fear, without a doubt -- and iii. 7.) The Gospel is the power of God the sound! Before this comes to you, I without a wish. Whether I am to bear unto salvation. (Rom. i. 16.)

shall have reached the celestial heights; a little less suffering, or a little more, it The Law demanded and while you are reading these lines, I matters not one farthing. All is right perfect love from the creature—“Thou shall be adoring before the Throne of and well, and just as it should be: I am shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy God!"

in a dear Father's hands, and all is heart, and with all thy soul, and with all Dr. Payson, though he suffered ex- secure. When I look at Him, I see thy strength, and with all thy mind.” | cruciating agonies, was, nevertheless, full nothing but faithfulness, and immortality, Luke x. 27.) THE GOSPEL proclaims of joy in the hope of glory. He said, and truth.


After we

were all


my little

harder in sin, and more addicted to drinking to stab myself, when suddenly my drea: 1 Mercy and Judgment.

and all its evil consequences.”' (Those passages which are marked with inverted commas,

came before me, and I felt as though I wag are from a pamphlet, now out of print, entitled, autobiography

Various particulars are given of his disof W.$-.


sinking in the flames. honesty by which he got into trouble.

As soon as I could, I “I was born near Wells. Soon after my one occasion the injured party revenged him- got back to my companions, and tried to shuke birth my parents removed into Kent, where self by putting his donkey into pound three it off.” they were employed in picking hops. Being times in one day, charging half a crown each * My complaint growing worse and worse, at some distance from any town or village. time I was so provoked that I jumped over undergo some operations; during which, my

time for his liberation. He says, “the last the doctor thought it necessary for me to they slept in a tent under an oak tree. They the door of the pound and cut the donkey's dream came before me, and increased my had not been long there when a violent storm throat, and then went home and cut my own;

burden." of thunder and lightning set in, and my but a woman came in at the time, and seeing “One Saturday evening, as I was passing father's master came to us in the middle of the blood, stopped me from taking away my the Swan Inn at M—, two rag dealers of my the night, and called them away, and took us life: and thus the Lord preserved me from acquaintance came out, and forced me to go to a place of safety. They had not gone more self-destruction."

and drink with them. than twenty yards, when a thunder bolt fell "I had been drinking with K- all Sunday, druuk, T- took his donkey and cart and rode and split the tree from top to bottom. A few and in the evening was mysteriously led to a off, leaving me to pay the reckoning. I took days after this, I was left on the ground with neighbouring village. and slept in an orchard. my donkey and cart, and rode after him; but a little dog belonging to my father, a large On going, next morning, to meet my com- was so drunk that I fell off several times, and dog came and bit my leg, so that it was much panion, I found he had fallen into a quarry, lost my money out of my pocket. I overtook injured. I was immediately taken to a doctor, and was picked up dead. I was now penniless, him at the bottom of the hill, when he jumped who thought it would be necessary to take it and being determined not to get drunk again, down and seized me by the throat, threw me off. As my mother was returning with me in I joined a teetotal society and took the off the donkey, and, kneeling on me, beat me her arms, two kind ladies stopped her, and pledge.

about the head. I then threw him down, said they hoped to be able to cure the bite, “My next course to borrow some and beat him about the head with my iron and that they would pay every attention to me, money; and I bought another donkey and foot, not knowing for some time but that I and we should not want anything. Through some stock. Next day I went to the Bell Inn had killed him. On searching my pocket I their kindness we were provided for till my at P-, where I was prevailed on to break my missed my money, and thought he had robbed leg was well.”

pledge, and got so drunk that in returning 1 me, and this made me more desperate. When “When my parents returned home, I often lay down and went to sleep on the road. A I charged him with taking it, he got up and ran about by the river side, often getting wet, waggon loaded with coals came and passed flung a handful of money all over the road, and at last caught a chill which settled in over me. The horse trod my hat to pieces, and ran off; but finding I had not got half my knee, and left me a cripple, and I have and the wheels cut my smock-frock, but did what I had missed, I rode after him and overnever had the use of this limb since; but not touch my body, nor was I in the least took him, when he set a large bull dog at me. have been obliged to use an iron foot, which injured. This led me to think seriously of The dog however, turned and seized him I have often used as a weapon of defence.” my state, and I again joined the teetotal by the arm, when he ran off and left me,

“When about nine years old, I was stand society, and kept the pledge nine months." Both these companions met with an untimely ing by the side of a river with

It appears from his account to me that he end. One fell into a quarry, where he was brother, when he fell in. I jumped in after was imprisoned four times in fourteen months, found dead; and the other fell from his cart him, and through a gracious providence, was being frequently brought before magistrates when the wheels passed over bim and killed able to rescue him, though we narrowly es- for various offences and assaults resulting him.” caped being drowned."

from his quarrelsome temper. On one oc- “Soon after this, I was sent to London, to At another time when he was near the casion he was put into the stocks for threat. Guy's hospital, under Dr. K- - where I river with his companions, he says, “I fell in, ening to cut off the head of his father-in-law* underwent several operations, to no purpose. and they all ran off and left me. I struggled with a hook, which, he told me, he should I staid there about three months, and I saw some time before I could extricate myself, have attempted but for the interference of many patients die, and these scenes always and many wondered I was not drowned.” the bystanders. About this time, he was brought my dream before me. When I came

“My parents had not long returned home imprisoned in Ilchester gaol for selling a home, my heart was still unchanged. As I when my father died. I was now exposed to cart-wheel which he had borrowed, and he was going to bed one nighi, after a li spent many hardships, and also to very bad com- considered his sentence of twelve months in sin, my course of life came before ne, and panions. I was thus led into habits of thiev- imprisonment a favourable one; the judge I feared exceedingly. I dreamed the cream ing, being sometimes put to watch while others having told him on a former occasion that he a second time, and on waking, I was wive carried away anything they happened to should be transported for the next offence. than ever, and I saw what an awful wretch 1 want.”

After his discharge he worked on the roads had been. All my sins came before me, ana “I was now set to work in the fields, and and was soon after employed as keeper of a the recollection of my past life was a greater one day I got an ounce of gunpowder, and small turnpike gate near M- Here his burden to me than the dream.” trying to shake a little on a fire I made under conscience was awakened by a dream, in “I now begged my wife to send for G. H-, the hedge, the whole exploded, and blew me which he saw one of his companions in the a Wesleyan local preacher, but he said he four or five feet, burning the skin off my hand, place of future torment. This person had not could not see me then, but would as soon as and for sometime depriving me of sight. been long dead. She belonged to a very he could. She then went for C. HAll this happened before I was twelve years depraved family; her father having been ex- he could not come. However, the Lord knew old. At one time, I was near being killed by ecuted at J—; and her mother is said to have who to send me.” a bull, at another, by a ram, at a third, by å stolen a shawl from one of the crowd on her My acquaintance with W.S- commenced horse, and on a fourth occasion, by a jull way home from the place of execution. just at this time. In the summer of 1846, I (plough) and three horses going over me. Referring to the dream, he says, “My mind was led to call on him, from hearing that an

Soon after, I stole two eggs from my was now in a horrible state of agitation; and individual in deep suffering lived at a turn. master, and was turned out of work, and the next day I went about telling people my pike gate, near our village, and found a family obliged to go on the road cracking stones. awful dream. Some told me to drink and of six persons in the greatest poverty, occupy. Not being satisfied with this, I went about forget it, and I went and stayed at a public ing one lower and one upper room, each about selling cakes; but as I gave away or lost house till I was drunk. However, it still fol- eleven feet square. Here lay the miserable more than my profits, I was soon in debt. lowed me, and then I went to chapel, where sufferer, in great bodily pain, but his chief Then I bought some hardware, and soon got a I had not been for a long time. People talked suffering evidently arose from a deep sense of tolerable stock to travel with, and began also to me and told me I knew what to do; but unpardoned sin. Referring to my first visit, to deal in rags.”

alas! I found doings too hard, for when I he says:—I told him what a wretch I was, “One day having a heavy load of rags, went to do good evil was present with me. and that I never could be saved.' The Spirit and nothing the better for drink, it began to After a time my pains went off a little; but of God was evidently working in his soul, and rain, and I threw down the rags and lay on still I was led to think how I could get my I had little to do, save to set before him the them, and went to sleep. When I waked in sins pardoned.”

rich provision made for sinners in the gospel, the morning I found myself by the side of a “As I was one day going through C— in and freely offered to all who believe on the bank, supported by nothing but brambles, violent pain, some of my companions called Son of God; and he felt how suitable the within two feet of a pond; and it was quite me, and said I had been to hell once, and I gospel was to his case as a lost sinner. From a miracle I was not drowned, the water being should soon be there again. I went to the this first visit, I had hope in God concerning four or five feet deep.”

public house to get some drink; but finding him, and this was increasingly confirmed “My stock of rags accumulated, and when my pain grow more violent, I determined not every time I saw him. I refer again to his I got a pound's worth I thought I must have to bear it any longer; and took out my knife own words. a donkey. I now began to sell fish, still

“For some time I grew worse and worse, carrying a basket for ware

, so that I was able through the powerful testimony or w.s. after his till one day the words came powerfully to my to support myself well, though I only grew own remarkable conversion.

mind, 'I am the resurrection and the life.




But it was

He that believeth on me, though he were members, warring against the law of my mind, should all understand, that law or no law, dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and bringing me into captivity to the law of there are two natures in every believer; and and believeth on me, shall never die.'

sin which is in my members." He is in full this is the great value of the chapter. NoG- coming in at the time, I asked him if

where else do we find such an analysis of that there was any such word in the Bible, and agreement mentally (in this we have an ex- which is within us, even after we have thanktold him how they were brought to my mind. planation of "the ward man,”) with the law ed God for the deliverance which Christ He then read them to me, and I felt a glim- of God, yet brought into such captivity to the brings, upon which, as before remarked, mering hope that I might yet be saved. Still, law of sin in his members that of very grief there is the deliberate statement, “ with the when I attempted to pray, my sins would he exclaims, (v. 24,) “ O wretched man that I mind, I myself serve the law of God, but with stare me in the face, and I felt as though am! who shall deliver me from the body of this the flesh the law of sin.” This is, of course, Satan must yet have me. However, I was death?" Held in bondage by a power which after the law is gone, for that was the great in and ont of bed nearly the whole of the a good intention and a right mind cannot power which impeded every thing. It may, night, in prayer. At last I fell asleep, and overcome, he cries out for deliverance.

however, be asked, did Paul himself go saw a company of people dressed in white, But we observe that the condemning fea- through the experience ? Had he given to and behind them a tall person with a white tures of the law have passed off, more espe- him a peculiar susceptibility as to the action flowing robe, and wondered in my mind whe- cially since v. 19, and the struggle in these of law upon a renewed nature? Some say ther this was the Lord Jesus. As I stood, latter verses is more between a good mind that he had it during the three days he was wishing I could join them, he beckoned to and an evil flesh. The law is allowed and blind, after being struck down by the sight of me with his finger, to follow him; when I delighted in, and is henceforth mentioned in Jesus. It may have been, in his case, retrojoined the train, and as he proceeded, he said the best sense. In connexion with this, the spective, but I rather apprehend it is a supwith a voice that seemed to shake the ground, cry is not, who shall deliver me from the body posed one, to show the impossibility of the "I am the resurrection and the life,' &c., and of this law, but " of this death”- this sin- existence of law if any fruit is to be brought as they all broke out singing, I awoke. My infected body in which death has its seat

to God, and that the real point is the fact of joy was now beyond description, and I went this sinful body, which is the cause of the the two natures lusting against each other, about telling all I met what I had seen, and failure of the law.

the law being brought in to weigh more effechow happy I was in the Lord.

Ver. 25. The cry is answered by “ I thank tually upon the bad one. The moment Christ not the dream that made me happy, but the God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”... We comes, power of relief enters, although the truth contained in the word which was brought may add, "he does deliver," — " he will de- two natures still remain. to my mind the day before, which I can never liver ;" for present deliverance from the do- Those who insist on its being a chapter out forget.”

minion of sin is brought out in the first ten of which the Christian never emerges, owing It was about this time when, after I had verses of chap. viii., and the final deliverance to their finding, or supposing that they find prayed with him, he followed in such an ani- by a future resurrection, v. 11.

the true Christian warfare between vv. 15 and mated strain of praise and thanksgiving, as “ So then with the mind, I myself serve 23, would do well to consider that these verses quite surprised me. It was not so much the the law of God, but with the flesh the law of represent not so much a warfare as a victory language of petition as of one who already sin." It is to be particularly remarked, there on the side of the flesh. There is no doubt knew the value of redemption, and felt con- fore, that the two natures, if that be the a warfare within for every Christian; but is strained to praise him who had revealed it to proper term, remain after deliverance has it not enough to find this in the last verse, his soul. For a moment I doubted whether it come. If it had not been for this chapter, after deliverance has come by Christ, and still was not the result of intelligent knowledge, we should have been without one great help more when, blessed be God, we enter upon rather than the real exercise of his soul before as to the theory of the divine life within us.

new circumstances, in which Christ, by His God. But it was soon manifest that this poor Through Christ only we are delivered from Spirit, gives to the believer victory over sin. sinner had become a "new creature in Christ law, and brought into sonship, which, as we Jesus." shall find, brings peace with it. Thus the early

No right to Doubt. But his well-known character as one ad- part of the chapter is man deceived and slain dicted to every kind of vice, was such that by sin, being under law as a covenant. The

“Therefore we are always confident." (2 Cor. v. 6) for some time few would believe the results of last part is man enlightened, but still with no

"We have no right to doubt.” He that the change. On my mentioning it to one man, power, because of law being still there. The he said, “Why, I saw him drunk in his cart absolute need of our being withdrawn from believeth and is baptized shall be saved;" a short time ago.” When, however, he became its sphere is seen in these two facts ; for vv. 18 but some read it as though it said, “He well enough to go from home, the change was

to 23, describe not so much the law as the that doubted shall be saved.” In this visible to all, for he was not ashamed of the struggle between the two natures, still with

very verse the apostle says,

“ We gospel, but sought to testify to the grace of no power against evil. Him who had called him out of darkness into We must compare this chapter with Gal. always confident.” Now, some divines his marvellous light.

v. 17, in order to find its true place. We hate the very word “confidence," and (To be continued.)

have there the Christian, with the flesh lusting

against the spirit, but not as it is rendered in some professors of religion think that a Thoughts on the Epistle to the Romans. our English version, “ so that ye cannot do the Christian has nothing to do with con

things that ye would,” but “ in order that ye fidence. And yet, the apostle says, “We Ver. 20. “ Now if I do that which I (inten- that is, power is supposed to exist on the good Apostle knew what was the proper spirit

should not do the things that ye would;" are always confident." And, indeed, the sitive) would not, it is no more I (intensitive) side ; for the Holy Ghost is indwelling, and that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” We it has been previously said, “Walk in the for a believer; not that he might be left the man (v. 19) helpless for good under Spirit

, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the trembling between death and life, between the best possible intentions, and powerful for Aesh.” Thus, in Gal. v., we have the two hope and fear, with “ifs," and " buts," evil. Here (as in v. 17) he attributes this natures with the spirit in operation; whilst and “peradventures," for his only rocks. condition to indwelling sin, from which he in Rom. vii. we have the two with the man No, that is not the spirit of a child of distinguishes his own self—“I.” He con- under law; or, at all events, man without the God. One would think, to hear some templates himself, therefore, in a new light-Spirit.

men talk, that the atonement of Christ sin still in him, but his real existence of quite But it may be asked, what is the particular was a quagmire, a bog, or bending ice, another sort; viz., the "I.” He explains him- phase of the divine life here exhibited and which might give way beneath our feet. self further in v. 21. “I find then a law, is it a necessity that every Christian should

But, brethren, it is not so. It is a rock that

, when I would do good, evil is present experience it? To the first part of the ques. more lasting than the rocks on which with me." This latter is the old man or tion, we reply that it is much more easy to sature. It is not occasional only, but con- say what it is not, than what it is.

It is cer

this earth is piled, and more enduring stant-he sins by virtue of its power. Sin tainly not the Christian state as to power than the solid columns which support has pervaded the entire being.

this is found in chap. viii. It appears rather heaven's starry roof. Why fear then ? Ver. 22. “For I delight in the law of God to be the oppressive weight of the law upon Why doubt ? Why tremble ? Such after the inward man,” (comp. Eph. iii. 16; one who is regenerated, but has not the in- pinings after life, such fears of death, 2 Cor. iv. 18;) "strengthened with might by dwelling Spirit. As to the second part of the because we doubt our Saviour, are disHis spirit in the inner man,” “ the inward question, it is certainly not necessary that reputable in a Christian man. man is renewed day by day.” This must be every Christian should come into these expe- seek to overcome them, that so, being a Christian term, if these passages be allowed. riences, except as to the two natures ; neverIt is the “ inward” man now, waiting for the theless, from bad teaching, it is too often their always confident, we may be willing to outward display at the first resurrection. The experience.

Preachers who do not under-depart, which is far better. expression, “I delight in the law of God,” is stand their own position, often bring their

He is worthy of thy confidence; He very strong; the man so speaking must be hearers into a legal bondage from which they will keep thee, and will“ present thee changed thus to love it.

are not themselves free. Upon the other faultless before His Father's presence Ver. 23. “But I see another law in my hand, it is of the highest importance that we with exceeding joy."



CHAP. vii. 20 to end.

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The Apostles' Doctrine.

burdened heart and emancipated spirit; at Bethlehem and ending at Golgotha, “It is to be feared," writes a Christian but, then, there is a vast difference be that is to be told again and again, in order brother, “that preachers sometimes give tween cause and effect.

that the sinner may know the free love of

* May the Spirit of truth lead the soul God, and, knowing it, be filled with steadgreater prominence in their preaching to the evil of sin, and the terrors of hell, than of my beloved reader, whether he be a fast joy. they do to the powerful soul-subduing, hearer or preacher of the gospel, into a

It is an evil thing when faith is spoken heart-melting attractions of the grace of deep sense of the value of pure gospel of to the sinner as if it were a work to God, and the inmortal joys of the better truth.”

be done, and as if his acceptance with country.'

Death of the Prince Consort.

God depended on his doing that work in “If my reader will look at Peter's ad- WHEN our last number was issued from a proper way. Believing is not working, dress to the Jews in Acts ii., and to the the press, we little thought that His

and working is not believing. Believing Gentiles in Acts X., and then turn to

is a ceasing from work, in consequence Royal Highness, the much loved Prince Paul's address to the Jews in Acts xiii., Consort, would be so soon called from of our being satisfied with the work of and to the Gentiles in Acts xvii., he will time into eternity. But so it is; and

another. It is the acknowledgment of ing. And what, let me ask, is the theme?" This night thy soul shall be required The case of Peter in the ship, on the sea find divine models for true gospel preach who knows of whom it may be next said. /utter helplessness, and the willingness to

to be indebted to the help of another. Is it sin and its horrid fruits ? hell and its ineffable terrors? Nay; it is Christ, such universal sorrow as in connection of thee?” Never, perhaps, was there

of Galilee, will show this clearly. What from beginning to end-Christ, as the with this solemn event, and never was

was it that made him think of walking living expression of the very heart of there truer sympathy with our beloved upon the water? It was that Jesus was God-Christ, as the channel of outpoured Queen and the Royal family in their there, and he knew something of the love, from the eternal bosom of God

and love of Jesus. What was it great sorrow and bereavement. Much Christ, dwelling in that bosom from before

that decided him to drop into the water, prayer has been offered, and still is asall worlds-Christ, inanifested on earth

and to trust to the wild waves ? It was cending to God, on their behalf; and we the one word which fell from the lips of in perfect humanity, revealing God in every movement of his blessed life- be connected with eternal blessings from him feel safer on the stormy lake than in

can only hope that this bitter stroke may Jesus-Come.' What was it that made Christ, nailed to the cursed tree, ‘by the the hand of our loving, precious, lifedeterminate counsel and foreknowledge

the ship? It was the presence and the giving Jesus. of God,' as an offering and a sacrifice for

word of Jesus. But would the command,

We see that neither the palace nor the sin-Christ, laid in the dark, silent

Come,' have prevailed with him had he cottage are free from the ravages of sicktomb—Christ, raised from the dead, by

not known beforehand something of Him ness and death. Sin and its the glory of the Father, and seated at the

from whose lips it came ? No. The quences are attached to the whole human right hand of the majesty in heaven, as

force of the command lay in the wellrace, and alike affect the highest dignity known character of Him who uttered it. the proof of the perfectly-accomplished

as the humblest peasant. But how blessredemption-Christ, coming again. Such is the prominent theme of apos- Saviour from sin, and therefore the De./his fears, nor induced him to cast himself

ed it is to know the Lord Jesus as the Apart from that, it would not have calmed tolic testimony, to which is added the gift liverer from the sting of death. Jesus character of Jesus, made him feel that he

into the sea. What Peter knew of the of the Holy Ghost, as the witness, the risen from the dead and exalted to God's seal, the unction, the earnest, the power right hand, shews us that sin has been

was safer on the wave with Him, than in of enjoyment, and as producing in the heart of a sinner that faith which conput away, death abolished, and life and the ship without Him. If Jesus would

but allow him to come, he would at once incorruptibility brought to light. Jesus nects him with all the fulness of grace risen is the sure pledge that those who quit the vessel. This was faith in Jesus, and blessedness in Christ. trust in Him shall rise also. Looking trust in human helps and means, and so

simple faith in Jesus, outweighing his “In short, the apostles simply pre- unto Jesus risen as the head of His body, detaching him from all he was clinging sented to their hearers the gospel, as the Church, we wait for His return from the truth is in Jesus,' leaving it to God heaven, when all His members shall be the Holy Ghost to clothe that truth with caught up to meet Him in the air, and Lord's permission and command, he had

Suppose now, after having obtained his heavenly power. They did not, in their preaching to unconverted people, occupy Lord Jesus, come quickly!

so be for ever with the Lord. O come, clung to the ship's side, or hung by her themselves with those feelings, emotions,

ropes, shrinking from the fearful wave, affections, and practical results, which

what should we have said, but that he

Christ has done the Work. are sure to flow from the hearty belief of

had more confidence in the ship than in the glad tidings. Their preaching was “THAT Gospel is no Gospel which does Jesus? His clinging to the ship would objective. They presented 'salvation' as not set out with telling about Christ- show this. Had he, moreover, given his a thing complete, irrespective altogether who He is, and what He has done. These inability as his excuse for clinging, would of any subjective work in the sinner. two points contain all the good news that you not have said, “You don't feel what This is of immense importance. The a sinner needs to know; and, if rightly you say, for you think you have strength gospel should be so preached that any presented, will spread out before him the to cling to the ship, and no strength to one hearing it and believing may enjoy full supply for all his wants.

drop into the sea! Is not this absurd ?' immediate and everlasting peace. The

You want To tell the sinner what he himself has So we say to the sinner. sinner has not to move an eyelash, or to do, is not to tell him the Gospel; for strength, you tell us; whereas, the truth pick up a straw, or produce an emotion, that Gospel is the good news of what is, you are not weak enough; that is, you or shed a tear, to add to the completeness another has done. It is the report of are not sufficiently conscious of your of that salvation which the gospel presents what has been done by the Son of God weakness.' It is your thinking you have to him. He may shed many a tear, and that pacifies the sinner's conscience, and a little strength that makes you cling; will feel deep emotion, when the full tide pours in the heavenly balm into his did you see yourself without strength, you of redeeming love flows through his un- I wounds. It is the old story, beginning would at once let go, and drop into the



and the devil.

The believer in Jesus


Jesus said, “It hath been sain, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.


his own

sea. Faith is not clinging to the ship, Though you come to God as a sinner,

The Triple Foe Conquered. but dropping into the sea; and when the you go into the presence of God and into Will my dear reader turn to Romano vii. 25, Holy Spirit at length enables you to the holiest of all upon the ground of and read those blessed words of the apostle believe, He does not thereby enable you righteousness— not just as you are, but Paul, “I THANK GOD Through Jesus Christ to perform some great act or work; He just as Christ is; and this because Christ our Lord.” Let me direct your thoughts to simply detaches you from the ship to suffered on the cross, "the just for the a meditation on these sweet words. O for which you were holding fast, that you unjust, to bring us to God;" and thus grace to enable us to use them as a reply to may drop down from all your ropes or we stand in all the holiness and perfec- every temptation from the world, the flesh, of self-righteousness into the waves tion of Christ.

How raried are the temptaprops

tions of the WORLD. beneath, where Jesus stands with ready Again, let the Word of God be your arms to receive you. Let go, then, study; you don't know what wonders cannot do as the world does. He is compelled sinner; let go! Drop down, drop down! are there — what depths of wisdom and to be singular, because not conformed to it. This is faith; all else is unbelief. All knowledge. To read the Word of God. The friendship of the world is not desirable else is denial of the love and power of to see what Christ is, to see what I am the world is enmity against his heavenly

to a child of God, because the friendship of Jesus!” in Him, is a very different thing from

The world in its temptations, is reading it to learn to make sermons. strong; how is it to be overcome? The answer Following Jesus.

The knowledge of God's Word imparts is at hand, “THROUGH Jesus Christ our But I say unto you, Love your rest, strength, and blessing. Once more, Lorn.” We can overcome in none other enemies." (MATT. V. 43-44.)

as to self, let self go; cut the cable of way. We are weak, therefore we need the There was a poor slave named Tom, self once for all,—it will profit little. As strength of Jesus, and therefore shall we have who heard about Jesus Christ. He be-Christ is for the sinner his all, so must that strength engaged on our behalf. lieved, and became a true Christian. His Christ be for the believer. The believer world oft tempted Jesus when he was upon master put great confidence in him. One is consecrated to Christ. What means

this earth; but the man Christ Jesus overday some fresh slaves were brought to the type of the anointing and sprinkling came every suggestion of the adversary, that the plantation, and among them was an of the right ear, the right thumb, the through him, and in him, we might overcome old and very infirm man. Tom took

likewise. When the world tempted Christ right toe, but that the believing sinner is with a crown, and sought to make him a king, great care of him. He gave up

consecrated to Christ, is a member of bed to him, and let him eat and drink Christ's body; he is to bear as Christ the greatness of the world to rest on the

he withdrew himself. When Satan caused all with him. When it was cold, he carried

would bear, to go where Christ would go, Saviour's eye, as he stood on the brow of the him into the sunshine; and when it was to do what Christ would do. We are the mountain, Jesus repelled the tempter with hot, he placed him under the shade of hands of Christ; we are consecrated - It is written.” Fear not, O tried child of the cocoa nut trees. His master was

sons of Aaron, and consecrated Levites, God; inasmuch as thy Redeemer overcame surprised at this behaviour, and he said "heirs of God, joints heirs with Christ." the world, thou shalt through him overcome to Tom, “Why do you pay such atten. Communion with Christ will lift us up also; but if thou attemptest the conflict in to that old man ? he is surely a relation above all that is dishonoring to Him. thine own strength, then be not surprised of yours: is he your father?”

The heirs of glory, the bride of Christ when thou art compelled to flee from before massa, he no my father.”

“ Is he older brother ?” “No, massa, “No, massa, he no an Would Rebecca stop in her journey and suggestions of the world, is by “looking must not stop and grovel here below. the face of the foe. The only way by which

thou shalt be able to conquer the temptations older brother." “Then he is, perhaps,

across the wilderness to pick up the your uncle?” “No, massa, he no belong treasures in the sand ? No, she was the

unto Jesus." to me at all; he not even my friend." bride, the joint heir of Isaac, and all the

How terrible are the lusts of the FLESH. " Then why do you take such an interest

In every Christian there dwells two distinct treasures of Abraham were his, and hers in him?” “He my enemy, massa,

natures—the flesh and the spirit, the one in him. So the saint is an heir of inherited from Adam, the other born from replied Tom; "he sold me to the slave eternal glory; he is the epistle of Christ. above. The one sinneth always, the other dealer; and my Bible tells, when my

sinneth not. I am persuaded, one principal enemy hunger, feed him; and when he

reason why Christians are so frequently in thirsty, give him drink.”

perplexity, is because they do not clearly NOTHING either great or small,

recognize the distinction of the two natures. Extract of a Short Address to

Nothing, sinner, no;

Paul tells us in language clear and emphatic,
Young Converts.

Jesus did it, did it all,
Long, long ago.

that believers are the subjects of two opposing

principles, “I say, then, walk in the spirit,

When He from His lofty throne THEY were exhorted to "stand fast;" if

Stooped to do and die,

and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh: you are to stand fast, you must have

Every thing was fully done,

for the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and something to stand upon--mark that;

Hearken to His cry,

the Spirit against the flesh; and these Christ is your firm rock and standing “It is finished !” Yes, indeed,

are contrary, the one to the other: so that ground.

Finished, every jot:

ye cannot do the things that ye would.” You are to “stand against:" it takes

Sinner, this is all you need,

(Gal. v. 16, 17.) This company, as it were, two to make a fight; directly you are

Tell me, is it not?

of two armies, keeps up a continual warfare Weary, working, plodding one,

within the Christian, and often causes him to converted you have to stand against all

Wherefore toil you so ?

cry out, “O wretched man that I am! Who the enemies of God and of His truth;

Cease your doing ; all was done,

shall deliver me from the body of this death?” the world, the flesh, worldliness, pro

Long, long ago.

Art thou, dear Christian reader, crying out fessing Christianity must be all withstood

Till to Jesu's work you cling,

thus? Dost thou groan beneath the burden as much as Satan himself.

Then re-
By a simple faith,

of indwelling corruption? Then, take courage, member, not only "just as I am,” but the

Doing is a deadly thing,

and fear not; but say, I thank God through counterpart, “just as He is," so are you.

Doing ends in death.

Jesus Christ our Lord. So, then, with the You are in God's sight as perfect as Cast your deadly doings down,

mind the renewed nature) I myself, serve Christ Himself; you are “in Christ,” the

Down at Jesu's feet;

the law of God; but with the flesh (the old

Stand in Him, in Him alone, very “righteousness of God.”

Gloriously complete.

corrupt principle remaining) the law of sin."



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What must I do?

“Not of works, lest any man shall boast."-Epu. ii. 9.


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