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Nay, the whole creation groaneth, and travail. boy who had falsely accused him, the punish- You may ask, what effect this gracious eth in pain together until now. If man was as ment of whose sin he had been bearing. act of the innocent boy had upon the real he once was—still he could not be happy in a

Now can this circumstance fail to remind offender? Why, something like the effect

us of the position the blessed Lord Jesus produced upon every one who believes in the world like this. Everything is spoiled in this willingly took upon himself, when he made name and grace of the Lord Jesus. Part of world, you may read it in every relationship himself an offering for sin. Think, sinner, its effect we have seen— Confession and true of life. From the time of Abel's murder to think who He was, and what He bore. You contrition, just as every poor prodigal who the time men put forth their hands and killed think what did that poor boy suffer in his comes to himself says, “I have sinned against the Prince of peace, from thence to the pre- mind, when bearing the punishment of an- heaven, and in thy sight, and am no MORE sent moment, what a field of blood and carn- other? To be made sin for another, this WORTHY to be called Thy Son." age has this world presented! Do the families makes the suffering the more acute. Think point, and that an important one, is when of Adam live together in unity and love of Jesus' sinless soul being counted, judged, the real offender confessed his sin, and was What cuts and gashes are everywhere seen, and condemned as a sinner. The finer the frankly forgiven by the one against whom he “ Nation against nation; kingdom against nature the keener will be the anguish, which sinned, would it have been just to have kingdom," and seducers waxing worse and such will suffer when bearing things which punished him for the offence, when the inno

Even with you, dear reader, it may such nature abhors, and bearing it as the cent boy had faithfully atoned for the injury? be that you are not what once you were. It reward due to others. What nature could be And is it not in this way that God can freely

you are like the poor prodigal; one so fine, and whose feelings were so tender pardon, not only your offence, but your unstep after another has brought you into positive and acute as those of the Lord Jesus. It numbered offences, dear reader? Yes, the misery. You can remember a time when it was the anguish of soul, in prospect of being precious “ blood of Christ cleanseth from ALL was different with you. Unlike him, perhaps reckoned as a sinner, that covered his sacred sin." “ If we confess our sins, He is faithful outwardly you may be one that has risen in body with a sweat of blood, and made Him and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse the world—as to temporal circumstances, cry,“ Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass us from all unrighteousness.” And the grace whether or not, let me ask you what is the from me; nevertheless not my will but thine He showed once, he is ready to show now, to condition of your soul? Are you more or be done." His bodily sufferings were little the vilest and most wicked sinner that lives. less in love with the heavenly and divine ? in comparison with the agony that he endured He will never be more ready to pardon and Is your conscience tender as once it was? when

His soul was an offering for save than now, at the very moment you read Has the word of God as many charms as it sin. All through his suffering, “He opened this. He wants to be gracious. Thus it

Do you sin with less remorse not his mouth,” except to answer the cry of behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from than you did once? if so, ponder your sad a poor dying sinner by His side, or to breathe the dead the third day, and that repentance state one moment, unwelcome as it is, mea- words of consolation or forgiveness to others. and remission of sins should be preached in sure your present condition by the standard

This was compassion like a God,

His name, among all nations, beginning at of God's word, and take heed to your ways,

Jerusalem.” (LUKE xxiv. 46 47.) turn you at God's reproof-POOR BACKSLIDER The price of pardon was His blood,

So much grace and kindness will produce where are you?

His pity ne'er withdrew.

reconciliation and everlasting friendship beShall we proceed with our narrative? The But when suffering vnder the hand of tween an offending sinner and an offended scholars have but just kneeled down, when Jehovah's bruising on account of sins he was God. Even after the act we have been conone boy has put his teeth to the seat, and himself innocent of, being wounded for our sidering in this gracious boy, the two boys deliberately scooped a large piece out of transgressions and bruised for our iniqui- were the best friends ever after. Mercy and it, and then moves a long distance from the ties, in the brokenness of His heart, He cried, truth had met together; righteousness and boy next him, and when the school rises, goes " My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken

peace had kissed each other. Now, dear direct to the superintendent, and tells him me?" When suffering by SYMPATHY for the reader, by the dignity of Christ's person; by that the other boy had done this act. The woes of others, none suffered so intensely, the greatness of His compassion; by His boy is overcome at the falseness of the charge, none ever groaned so deeply -- or wept so ear- amazing suffering; by His bloody sweat; by and was unable to reply; besides it seemed nestly as Jesus did. But when about to be His crown of thorns; by the value of the plain that he must have done it, for it was numbered amongst the transgressors, to be blood of His cross; by the virtue of His just where he was kneeling. He could only wounded for our transgressions, He said, death; and by the triumphs of His resurreccry, which helped to confirm the charge, and" My

SORROWFUL, tion; and by the gifts of pardon, peace, and he had to hear the sentence that he must EVEN UNTO DEATH.' We know there is eternal life; by the Holy Spirit promised to leave the school.

more meaning in the words He uttered upon all who believe in Him; and by the glory You, my reader, marvel at the wickedness tbe cross, It is finished,” than merely the of His second coming, I say, Poor Sinner! be of this act, and we might marvel more if end of those sufferings—but it must ever reconciled to God.” we did not know the character of the human remain as the joy of a believing soul that He

“ Love so amazing, so divine, heart, that the thoughts of man's heart are dies no more, and that He hath suffered once,

Demands my soul, my life, my all." only evil, (Gen. vi. 5,) that there is none and made full satisfaction for sin and sinners that doeth good. God charges you with sins, of deepest dye. the sentence of which must be separation for We have seen the falsely accused boy ever from his presence. He says he will happily finish his task, and in the joy of it judge the world, and judge it in righteous- goes to his former place, and no sooner has R.M.M.C. Clevue deearing concerning a friend, that she had

what excuse will you then make he regained it, than his eyes met the eyes Will you plead your partial goodness? your the boy whose sin had caused him all this She has chosen the world and its paltry crowd; amiability your not being as other men ? toil and pain. Often during his banishment, She has chosen the world and its endless shroud ! But the word says you are like other men-a he had thought of him, and more than once She has chosen the world with its misnamed sinner ; that your righteousness is as filthy thought when he met him, would “give him,


(treasures. rags; that if you had done your dutyyou what he deserved,” but was rebuked by the

She has chosen the world, before heaven's own would still be an unprofitable servant. The thought, the Bible says, “Love your enemies." She hath launched her boat on life's giddy sea, answer is clear-sin was your own act—you Now as he looked at him, pity kindled in his And her all is afloat for eternity ; consented to the many scars and scratches heart, and his hand reached down to his But Bethelem's star is not in her view, which now deface your soul, and God must be pocket in which was a large rosy appleclear when He judges, and just when He this he pulled out and kindly handed to the When the storm descends from an angry sky, condemns. very boy who had sinned so against him.

Ah! where from the winds shall the vessel fly Let us look for a moment at the innocent The boy was amazed, and bursting into tears, When stars are concealed and rudder gone, sufferer-sobbing, he leaves the school. Two went to the superintendent and said, “Please And heaven is sealed to the wandering one! little sisters accompany him home, and try to sir, 'twas'nt him that bit the seat, 'twas’nt him, cheer him, with " never mind, brother, it will 'twas me.” And has not God so loved the

The whirlpool opes for the gallant prize; all come right,” but the poor boy is almost world, that He gave his only begotten Son? But who may tell of the place of woe,

And with all her hopes to the deep she hies !

[go? broken hearted. There is a message sent him, What Jesus said upon the cross about his Where the wicked dwell, where the worldlings that if he would learn a certain task he should enemies, Father forgire them, is just what he be received into the school again; and this he says in the gospel — Through this man is For the human heart can ne'er conceive, gladly resolves to do. The next Sunday preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.”

What joys are the part of them who believe; comes, but his task is not finished; he sent it was the union of Godhead with his humanity

Nor can justly think of the cup of death,

Which all must drink who despise the faith. to ask the superintendent for another week to which gave such value to his sufferings on learn it-this was granted and in his little account of sin, that now God can be just, Away then, oh fly from the joys of earth! closet he asked the Lord to help him to learn and yet be the justifier of every one that be- Her smile is a lie, there's a sting in her mirth!

Joyfully he went one morning to lieveth in Jesus. This is the beautiful pic- Come leave the dreams of this transient nignt, awake his sisters to hear him say it, and ture I would desire tn hang up in every

And bask in the beams of an endless lignt. on Sunday he repeated his task before the chamber of my soul, and in yours too, my whole school, and in the presence of the very dear reader.








the following lines on her melancholy decision.

And her aim is far from the harbour true.

his task.

33, 34. Mark viii. 36, 37. Luke ix. 23, 20; xvi. 19-31. I Cor. vii. 31.

Read Joshua xxiv. 15. 1 Kings, xviii. 21. Matt. vi 19; xxiv.


Severe is

Winning Souls.

All earthly relations and friendships the blood of Jesus; so when most dead, cold, (An Extract.)

are shadows, and but shadows, of the firm hard, insensible, let us glory in the God of our Iy is wonderful how simple a thing is often relationship in which Jesus stands to those salvation.

"In God is my salvation, and my the immediate occasion of bringing about

who trust Him. He is what they represent glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge that amazing inward revolution which we call only. It is of very little use moralizing on

is in God.” (Psalm lxii. 7.) Mark that, the conversion of a soul to God, as if God

sorrowing brother or sister in Christ. Perstill vindicated his sovereignty in this greatest the uncertainty of life, the fickleness of

haps you have really been living upon your of his works, to show his servants that the friends, &c., unless we do directly, and in

evidences, your marks, and signs, and graces, excellency of the power is altogether of faith, turn to Jesus himself

, and, begging of and those are all gone now, but Jesus is not God, and not of men.

Him to take away all that now makes it hard gone. He is the same yesterday, to-day, and Dr. J. W. Alexander once related to the to say, “Thy will be done,” really trust Him. for ever.” “ Behold God is my salvation; I writer the following incident:—He had been so long as we indulge in the folly and sin of will trust and not be afraid: for the Lord doing some business in a store, and as he was thinking how such and such a sorrow or dis- Jehovah is my strength and my song; He passing out, a youth, whom he knew—one of appointment might have been averted by a also is become my salvation.” (Isa. xii. 2.) the clerks, if we remember aright-was stand-different conduct on my part, or on that of ing in the door. Dr. Alexander, as he passed another, just so long do we practically close

Christian Courage. out, touched him on the shoulder and said, the door against the incoming of those con- “On board a man-of-war, there was a mid"My dear

—, you ought to be with us.” solations which God, the God of comfort, is shipman, who, in spite of the ridicule of his The winged word” found its way to the so ready, so forward to bestow upon those companions, was in the habit of kneeling in heart of the youth, and he was soon after who learn to submit. I know well enough

prayer at his berth. This was such an unusual “ with them” who are on their way to the how hard the lesson of submission is to learn. practice, that the other middies resolved to better country.

I know well enough that to submit, and to put it down; so they watched him, and the A venerable pastor was once lying on his say we submit, are widely different; but when moment he knelt, he encountered a volley of death-bed. A boy of his congregation hap-through many and many a crushed hope, and

caps and shoes. This was repeated again, pening to pass by his house, stopped to crossed plan, we are, at length, brought to and again; but still the midshipman perseinquire how he was. The dying man saw bow to God, He comes in, and gives us to vered in his devotions. At last one of the him through the half-open door of the room prove what His loving kindness is.

superior officers informed the commander of in which he lay, and beckoned him to his the struggle often, and full, full of the deepest the ship, who simmoned the whole of the bedside.“ David,” said he, "did you ever anguish; but when the victory is gained, and midshipmen; and, calling the persecuted one close with the Lord Jesus by faith as your the heart under the kind subduing hand of to the front, asked him to state his grievance. Saviour? Many a time I've done it in that God, says, “Thy will be done,” it is over! The lad said, frankly, he had no complaint to little room,” pointing to his study opposite. Not that one is, therefore, insensible to pain make. His commander said, he knew he had That circumstance happened more than sixty and sorrow, but one is sensible of the reality good cause for complaint, and told him to years ago. The “boy” spoken of recently of the support which He gives, who says not speak out: but the praying midshipman perdied, at a good old age, after a Christian life in mockery, “Come unto me, all ye that labour sisted in stating he had nothing to complain of no common spirituality and devotedness, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'

of. The commander then dismissed them, at protracted through that long period. We It is very important in deep sorrow, from the same time signifying that he knew how have now before us a letter, written shortly whatever cause, not to be craving so for con- matiers stood, and trusted that there would before his death, warm with expressions of solation, but rather that it may please God to be no more of it. That evening the middy Christian faith and hope. He is now, we show us to ourselves, to discover to us hidden knelt in prayer as usual; but without expedoubt not, with that Saviour to whom those iniquity, and make manifest to us wherein we riencing the smallest annoyance. While so few words of his dying pastor directed him so may for a length of time, have been living engaged, he heard footsteps quietly approachlong ago.

practically without God,” been making the ing, and was expecting some disagreeable We once knew of a man who had joined creature our prop, instead of Him. When interruption; but, to his surprise, a middy, the church during a preacher's absence in God says to us. “Be still, and know that I am the youngest on board, knelt down by his side. Europe. He had been before a very hardened God.” He would have us understand, not shortly afterwards, came another, and another, and careless man. The first time the preacher simply that He is God, whose will is to be till fourteen of his companions under the inmet him, after returning, he congratulated submitted to, but that He is God, and not fluence of his noble example, were kneeling him on the happy change. “ Shall I tell we.

How often, alas! do we act as though | beside him. you,” said the man, “what were the means of we ourselves had the arrangement of events,

This was told in a certain company, and it? The last time you met me in the street and then, when bitter disappointment lays us Mr. —, who was there, saw that the gentlebefore you went away, you spoke some earnest down, we begin to quarrel with God. The man who was sitting next to him was much words to me on the subject of religion. They good Lord help us to submit ourselves to affected by it. The cause of this was exdid not make much impression on me, as

Him, and be content that He should have plained when the gentleman whispered to nothing ever had done. But as we parted His own way with us, a way which always him, "That lad is my son, and I have only you took my hand and said, “My dear sir, you results in blessing to His children,—in raising now for the first time heard of it.'” have a soul that is worth saving.' That word in their esteem the value of God's remedy for left me no rest within till I felt that my soul man's sore malady, the "sovereign balm for The Ways of Jesus with His was saved through faith in Jesus. The course every wound”—Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, — whose

Disciples. of my life, and the objects that interested me precious blood has opened the way for us into NOTHING can explain the ways of Christ most, have been wholly changed from that the Holiest; opened it now, and keeps it with His disciples, but divine, sovereign love. day to this."

open. Blessed be God for the leave which From everlasting His heart was set upon

He gives us to come now into His presence them. He came to seek and to save that Words of Comfort for tried by the blood of Jesus (Heb. x. 19), and which was lost. They were the Father's gift Children of God.

that when most dark and hard in our own to Him, were eternally chosen in Him, and

hearts; and we have to remember that the through redeeming love, are to be everlastingly Be sure that He who does wisely and well,

present and temporary effect of deep sorrow glorified with Him. Christ intensely loved can make up for all He takes away, or

is often to make it appear to us as though them, even as the Father loved Him. He withholds. Jesus is the friend of the friend- the heavens over us were brass, and that our willingly laid down His life for them. The less, the companion of the solitary, the helper prayers were barred access to God, or, per- thoughts

, words, and ways of Jesus, with of those who have no helper. (Psalm lxxii. haps, that we cannot pray at all, — even then His beloved one, all savoured of the matchless 12.) You know that the way to gain a friend is the way equally free, equally open; for it love of the cross. is to make a friend, that is, by confiding in I was not my prayer that opened the way, but trying ways could for one moment, separate

Not all their



the Greek Testament.

line of demarcation.

also in me.





His heart from them—“ Whom He loved v. 4, is omitted by all the modern editors of have their mind (v. 6), and each their end

one “death,” the other “life and peace.” when He was in the world, He loved them

Ver. 2. “For the law of the spirit of life Ver. 7. “Because the carnal mind is enmity unto the end.” In reading the gospel, we in Christ Jesus," &c. That is, the law of against God, for it is not subject to the law see nothing clearly, unless we trace this pure, Christ's resurrection life. There is an exact of God,” &c. The apostle speaks of the unclear, deep stream of Divine love ever flowing. contrast between that law of sin and death renewed mind as being, in itself

, incapable of In all their ignorance and failure, we perceive which we inherit from Adam, and the law of any thing but enmity against God. No one

the spirit of life which we get from Christ. in this state can please God (v. 9). “But ye the same faithful love meeting them at all Naturally we sin, and die by an inevitable are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be times, which shone forth with such infinite law, in Christ we live by a like law. We the Spirit of God dwell in you." If a man and eternal brightness and glory when He live in Him as being loosed from sin and has the indwelling Spirit, he is not in the fleshdied for them upon the tree. His reproofs death in His resurrection. There is a law of in his old carnal state—any longer. Although were seldom, compared with their many members,"—there is a law of the new—"The indwell him, he is not in flesh, but in spirit,

the old nature, “I see another law in my the flesh be there, yet if the Spirit of God failures, and always left traces behind of law of the spirit of life in Christ” commu- he has a new nature. The indwelling of the gentleness and grace. If Peter's natural nicated to the believer.

Spirit determines his condition. “Now if any feelings led him presumptuously to dictate to Ver. 3. “For what the law could not do in man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none

This is of his."

that it was weak through the flesh." His Lord, and He said, “Get thee behind me, evidently the law of Moses, its failure being guish in this chap., and in other places, be

Consideration is needed to distinSatan, for thou savourest not the things that summed up in this pregnant sentence, “weak tween that which the Spirit forms in us, and be of God, but the things that be of man," through the flesh.” Not weak in itself

, but His own indwelling, the same word “Spirit” we find, about six days after, when the Holy in the agent it had to deal with. It could do being used for both. The reason we may Mount is to be the scene of the glory of the nothing for man, because of man's flesh. suppose to be that the regeneration which the Son of God, that Peter is called to ascend the Law and sinful flesh cannot assort. “God, Holy Ghost operates, has a suitability or

sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful adaptation to Himself personally. He inmountain with his gracious Master, and to flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” | dwells us by virtue of it. Christ is the only have the distinguished favour of being an There is nothing more beautiful in Scripture one, as being by birth pure, on whom He eye - witness of His majesty. And if, on than the way in which God comes in when could otherwise descend. Still there is a disanother occasion, He had to warn the same man is ruined. (comp. Gal. iv. 4, 5, Eph. ii. tinction between the two-the operator, and disciple of the terrible results of such carnal 4, 5.) The statement here is, that God con- that which is operated; as for instance in

demned sin-our sin—in the person of His John iii., “That which is born of the Spirit confidence as he then cherished in his bosom, Son made in our likeness, and having under- is Spirit.” It is this identity between that at the same moment that He uttered the taken sacrificially to be a sin-offering (Trepi which the Spirit creates and Himself, that solemn announcement, “The cock shall not åuaerías). We perceive that the condemna- should make us watchful in too strongly concrow till thou hast denied me thrice," the tion took place on the cross, not before. The tending for the standing of a believer, irretender-hearted Saviour added, “ Let not your demnation of man's sin. death of Christ was God's righteous con- spective of his walk, as if we could draw the

We may surely use heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe

Ver. 4. “That the righteousness (Sukawa) this, and similar passages, to any whom we In my Father's house are many of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not see walking contrary to Christ, for the Spirit mansions: if it were not so, I would have after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” With of God is the power as well as the creation go to prepare a place for .” this view, that the law's requirments might of life, and if there is life, it is evidenced by

be fulfilled in us. We at once discern the dif-walk.
ference between the man in chap. vii. and the

Ver. 10. “And if Christ be in you, the
Thoughts on the Epistle to the Romans.
We left him helpless, but now body is dead, because of sin,” &c.

There are that he is set on new ground, -all his judg- difficulties attending the explanation of this We are now in the full tide of Christian con- ment gone,—and “the law of the spirit of life passage. • The body is dead because of sin,” sciousness. We are in Christ (v. 1,) and Christ in Christ” communicated to him, the demands depends, with the remainder of the verse, is in us (v. 10). The chapter may append of the law are in course of fulfilment, not by, upon Christ being in you.

but in Him, because “love is the fulfilling of you, the body," &c. It can hardly be death, on to the fifth, for the sixth and seventh are, the law.” It is not that we are under law as therefore, in that sense alone, in which every to a certain degree, parenthetic; the one being a covenant, it is not that its infringement is sinner is dead; and if it had been the great our deliverance from sin as a master, and the any longer, by necessity, death; but being truth of our being dead with Christ, probably other our divorce from law as a husband. recognized as "holy, just, and good,” love the verb árodvoko would have been used in

fulfils it, for love worketh no ill to his neigh-stead of the adjective verpós. I should judge the The two great features which were wanting bour.” Doubtless, the true Christian reaches meaning to be, that the body, although Christ in the latter chapter, were Christ and the higher than the fulfilment of law, for he has be in us, is still dead because of sin, and has, Holy Ghost--the one as our risen life, the Christ for his example, but the example of therefore, at present, no portion--the spirit other as the power of it down here. In this Christ would include the law. “Who walk not only being living, because of righteousness chapter, both appear, with Sonship also. We after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” We brought in by Christ; yet Christ being in vs,

come now into what was wanting in chap. vii., He, according to the following verse, will not may divide it into three parts, as at v. 17th, which completes the history of the divine here is the Spirit. The spirit of life in Christened the body. The verse is needed as intro

namely, power. The power for walk down terminate His work until He has also quicklife in man with its attendant results, as hath made me free; and the Spirit, too, ductory to the declaration, that the resurrection to practice: from v. 18 to 25, which gives strengthens the man. But we should note, of the Christian, as it is at a different time, the history of our connection with the groan

that the clause under consideration does not so it is upon a different principle to that of ings of creation, subjected at the fa!l, and set one thinking how much or how litile ive the resurrection of the ungodly.

walk (a suitable field, indeed, under certain Ver. 11. “But if the Spirit of Him who which will be released at the manifesta- limits of piost profitable meditation), for the raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, tion of the sons of God: and from v. 26 to idea is here not so much the quantity, so to He that raised up Christ from the dead shall the end, God for us, Father, Son, and Holy speak, of walk, as the theory of it; so that also quicken your mortal bodies by (some Spirit, with a grand climax, that nothing can

we might explain the verse as a fact, and say. copies read because of') His Spirit that

" that the righteousness of the law might be dwelleth in you." This is a great truth. The separate us from the love of God, which is in fulfilled in us; those, namely, whose walk is operation of the Holy Ghost already in you, Christ Jesus our Lord.

provided for in the power of the Spirit. It will not conclude until He has quickened your Ver. 1. “There is, therefore, now no con- is characteristic of believers that they walk mortal bodies. In other words, the life of demnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” according to the Spirit. The right under which we are now possessed within, will also The preposition "in" has a marked influence standing of this verse furnishes a clue to the be ours bodily, at the first resurrection, by throughout the early verses. Paul thanks significancy of the place which the Holy virtue of the same power which has quickGod through Jesus Christ at the end of chap. in chap. vii. was a direct failure, because of connected—the life within and the future revii., for He is the procuring cause of all de- law. The man in this chap. is a direct suc-surrection—with the raising of Christ from liverance and blessing, but now he puts us cess, because of the Spirit, who is given that the dead; and the principle is accordingly in Him, as thus being out of the condemna- the righteousness of the law might be ful different from that of a general resurrection. tion of the old Adam. The word is taken up filled.

It depends upon the present indwelling of the from chap. v., "the judgment was by one to condemnation.”

Ver. 5. “For they that are after the flesh Holy Ghost; what follows, sets forth the This freedom from con- do mind the things of the flesh,” &c. The necessary results, as to practice, of this-our demnation is applicable to us now. The latter same thoughts are pursued. There are but position in Christ. clause of the verse, which rightly appears in two conditions, the carnal and spiritual; each |

(To be continued.)

man here.

CHAP. viii., to v. 11.

“If Christ be in

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the measure of other parts of the body, and whom she loved so dearly, next sent for a Gleanings for the Young. usually wore a smile.

Mohammedan priest. He had never felt the

One forenoon I went to Clara's cottage to want of a Saviour, and he could not underJesus Died for me on the Cross.

visit her, taking a few oranges with me; but stand the girl's distress. However, he took LITTLE Clara had good health until the age on my arrival I received the sad news that her under his care, and did his best. He of five years; but then she began to decline, poor little Clara was gone; and, with weeping, taught her a long string of prayers in Arabic, and, to the sorrow of her parents, the marks her mother told me of the closing scenes of a language which she did not understand. of disease were plainly seen, Clara had her life, and her passage through the valley of She learned the long hard words which had early learned to read; and, as she was at last the shadow of death. All the last night she no meaning to her, and she repeated them quite confined to bed, her books, such as the was on the earth, it was plain that her end five times a day, and each time she repeated “Pilgrim's Progress," and her little Bible, was not far off. Clara herself was sensible them, she turned towards Mecca in the east, which, with some small books, were daily of it, and spoke tenderly to her parents, and the birth-place of Mohammed, and bowed laid on the snow-white bed, became her con- desired them not to weep for her when she her face to the ground. stant companions, and afforded her mind was gone, knowing she would be with the Did the poor girl find comfort in these dark much comfort, support, and pleasure. Her Saviour. For a while she lay in a kind of words and idle ceremonies? No; she felt affliction was borne with great meekness and sleep, but awoke a short time before her that there was no forgiveness, no salvation in patience. It pleased God that she should death, and uttered some little words of pre- these. When she had tried these prayers for lie on her sick-bed for six years.

cious meaning very softly, and of prayer unto three long years, the thought struck her that It was pleasant to be in her company, and Jesus to come and take her home.

perhaps all this sorrow of mind was a punishto cee how she submitted to her heavenly Aware that her stay with them would be ment for having left the faith of her fathers, Father's will. She knew she should never now very short, she turned to the family col- and become a Mohammedan. She set out recover, though it was probable, from the lected about her bed, and in a calm, gentle directly in search of a Brahmin or Hindoo nature of her complaint, she might remain voice, fondly said, “Good bye, dear mother; priest, and entreated him to receive her back in suffering for several years. Clara found good bye, dear father; good bye, dear brother into the Hindoo church. How do you think much delight in spiritual things, and in the and sisters; farewell all; I shall soon be at the Brahmin answered her? He cursed her sweetest manner would tell how she loved home-soon with Jesus, whom I love. Come, in the name of his god. She told him how Jesus, and why she loved Him. “I love Lord Jesus, and take me.” For a little while unhappy she was, and how long she had Him with my whole heart,” she said, “and I she closed her eyes, but her thoughts were suffered, and begged him to pity her, but he long to see Him, and be with Him in heaven." sweetly occupied; then sudilenly she opened would not listen. She offered him a large

One day I said to her, “Then Clara, you her eyes again, gave a fond look on her sum of money, and then he was ready to do think will be with Jesus when you die, mother, and said, “And now, mother, I am any thing; so she put herself under his and that you will certainly go to heaven?" going.” She paused a moment or two, raised direction, and went again and again. He “Oh yes,” she replied. “Why?" I asked her wasted arm, and gently waving her little told her to take an offering of flowers and “Because Jesus died for me upon the cross. hand, said, “ And so happy," and immedi- fruit, morning and evening, to a certain godHe loves me. I feel He does, and that He is ately her spirit departed into the bosom of dess who was some way off, and once a week with me in my affliction, for He has said, that Saviour whom she loved, and to the to offer a kid of the goats as a bloody • Suffer the little children to come unto me, heavenly home where she now dwells with sacrifice. and forbid them not; for of such is the all those who have gone before, and have In India the people have a language of kingdom of heaven.' (Mark x. 14.) So I washed their robes, and made them white in flowers. Each flower means something; and love Him, and know He loves me, and that the blood of the Lamb.-Child's Companion. when you go into a temple, and see the when I die and leave this world, I shall go to

flowers which have been laid on the altar, you Him in heaven; and oh! will not that be Hindoo Girl Seeking Jesus.

may often tell what petitions have been offered. happiness!”

A LITTLE Hindoo girl was one summer's The flowers she brought as her offering signiMost of her talk was about the salvation of afternoon playing before the door of her fied a bleeding heart. Oh, there was One her soul through Christ Jesus. As she father's bungalow, when she was carried off, who would not have refused such an offering! thought that her time on earth would be taken to Calcutta, and sold as a slave. She He only could have healed her broken heart, short, she would smile and say, " Then shall I was a sweet and beautiful little girl, and the but she knew him not. For a long, long I be for ever with the Lord.” (1 Thess. iv. 17.) | lady who bought her soon began to love her time, did she carry flowers and fruit, morning It was quite plain that the work of grace was very much, and she thought that she would and evening; and once a week offer a kid of begun in her tender mind by the Holy Spirit. not make her a slave. She had no children the goats, and sprinkle the blood on herself She gave the evidence of a renewed heart. of her own, and she liked to have a little girl and on the altar. But she found that “the

“She never gives me any trouble," said to play with her and amuse her. She loved blood of goats could not take away her sin;" her mother to me one day ; "she is a sweet, her more and more, and as she grew older, and very often she cried out in her deep gentle child, and is so truly thankful for any she made her her companion.

distress, “Oh I shall die, and what shall I do little attention paid her, that it is good to do When this little girl was stolen from her if I die without obtaining salvation?” At anything for her. She seldom either alludes father, she was too young to have learned his last she became ill. Her mistress with deep to her sufferings; not even, if possible, during religion. The lady who bought her was a sorrow watched her beloved companion sinkthe time that her poor little back is attended Mohammedan, and she brought the little girl ing into an early grave. But one day, as she to, though I know the dressing of it causes up as a Mohammedan too. Thus she lived sat alone in her room, thinking and longing, her sometimes much agony; we can see it in till she was sixteen years old, and then all at and weeping, as her custom was, a beggar her looks when she does not speak one word once it came into her mind, she knew not came to the door and asked alms. Her heart about her wounds"

how, or why, that she was a sinner, and was so full that I suppose she spoke of what How different was this to the manner of needed salvation. She was in great distress she wanted to all whom she met, in hopes some children, whom even but a little suffering of mind, and went to her kind mistress for that some might guide her. She began talkmakes very cross, and who can bear no afflic- comfort, but she could not tell her of a ing to the beggar, and used a word which tion without a good deal of crossness to Saviour. All the lady could do was to try to means salvation. The man started and said, others.

amuse her, and make her forget her trouble; “I think I have heard that word before." Clara scarcely grew at all after her fifth she hired rope-dancers, jugglers, serpent-" Where? oh! where have you heard it?" year. At the age of eleven, she did not look charmers, and tried all the sports of which she eagerly asked. - Tell me where I can more than six years old; whilst, owing to her the natives of India are fond, to give her find that which I want, and for which I am complaint, she was besides, wasted to a mere pleasure; these were of no use, and the little dying; I shall soon die, and oh, what shall ! skeleton, except the appearance of her face, girl remained as miserable as ever. Her do if I die without obtaining salvation?" which, although very pale, did not waste in mistress, deeply grieved at the distress of one The man told her the name of a charitable


Hide thee from the Crucified.

Ever live as in the view

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institution, where once a week two thousand

by whom we escape from death,” were the natives were supplied with rice, and

last words of Luther. poor Ever let thy soul repose

Thou, Lord, bruisest before the rice was given out, some Christian

On the blessed Lamb of God;

me, but I am abundantly satisfied, since it is teacher used to speak to them. “I have Never heed the storm which blows,

from thy hand,” was one of the last expresheard it there,” he said, "and they tell of one

Thou art sheltered by the blood.

sions which suffering extorted from Calvir; Jesus Christ who can give salvation.”

Ever to the Saviour cling,

and “Live in Christ, live in Christ, and the where is he: Take me to him. The man

Trust in Him, and none beside;

flesh need not fear death,” rang forth from Never let an earthly thing

the lips of the dying Knox. Some one recared nothing about this salvation himself.

minded the dying Rutherford of his labours He thought she was mad, and he was going

Ever cast on Him thy care,

as a minister, when he eagerly exclaimed, “I away, but she would not suffer him to go till

He invites thee so to do;

disclaim all that; the post I would be at is he had given an answer; she dreaded lest she

Never let thy soul despair,

redemption and forgiveness through blood.... should miss that prize which now seemed

He will surely help thee through. O for a well-tuned harp!” “I am assured of almost within her reach. “Well," he said, Ever glorify His name,

God's mercy to me through Jesus Christ. 0 "I can tell you of a man who will lead you

In thy every act and word;

how I long to die and be with my Saviour!” to Jesus," and he directed her to that part of

Never let reproach or shame,

was among the last espressions of the Earl of

Cause thee to deny thy Lord. the town where Narraput Christian lived.

Rochester-a brand plucked from the burning.

“Oh, I thank Him! I thank Him! the Lord Who was Narraput Christian? He was

Of the day of glory near;

teach you how to die,” were the last words of once a rich and proud Brahmin, but he had

Never be to Christ untrue,

Richard Baxter. Brainerd, when his noble giren up all his riches and honours as becomes

Thou shalt soon His glory share.

soul was just on the wing for eternity, was a humble disciple of Jesus, and he was now

heard whispering forth the words, “I shall an assistant missionary and preacher to his

Death-bed Sayings.

soon be in glory; soon be with God and his countrymen. This was the man of whom the • What art thon, Death? I am not afraid of angels.” The clouds were all scattered now; beggar spoke.

thee. Thou art a vanquished enemy, through and in the case of that pre-eminent saint, men The Hindoo girl gave the beggar a trifle, the blood of the Cross,” were the last words were allowed to and that very evening she set out in search of of one. “Oh, what a sun shall I see to

“Mark with what triumph boly men expire,

And catch the rapture of their parting breath." Narraput Christian, the man who would lead morrow—the glorious Sun of Righteousness. her to Jesus. She went from house to house,

... There, there, Lord Jesus, come!” were "Brother, I am as happy as a king,” was the

those of another. and inquired of every one she met, “ Where

"Glory, glory-happy, exclamation of Whitefield, on the eve of

happy, happy!” was the last articulate utter- death, and amid severe, incessant pain. “BeNarraput Christian, the man who would lead

ance of a third. “Valley-shadow-home-lieve a dying man,” said Dr. Johnson, as her to Jesus, lived ?" but no one would tell Jesus-peace" these were the last syllables death approached, “there is no salvation but her. They all knew, but they were worship- pronounced on earth by a fourth. “Into thy in the sacrifice of the Lamb of God.” The pers of idols, and they did not choose to tell hand I commit my spirit; Jesus, thou Son of last sentence which John Howard perhaps her. It grew late and dark, and she began David, have mercy on me!” were the words ever traced on paper was, “O that Christ may to be afraid of being seen out at that hour. embodying the self-renunciation of another. be magnified in me, either by life or death!” Her heart was nearly broken, for she thought "Now, I have done with all earthly things,” John Holland was an old Puritan minister, she must return as she came, and die without was the calm expression with which another who died two hundred and fifty years ago. salvation. She was just turning to go home," languished into life.” “Now, O Lord, come Little is known of him, except what relates to when she saw a man walking along the road. to my help, and be thou greatly, greatly glori- his death-bed. Perceiving that he was near She thought she would try once more, so she fied in me,” was the hymn that died away his end, he said: “Come, O come; death

apasked him the same question, “ Where Narra- on the closing lips of another.

“Christ has proaches. Let us gather some flowers to put Christian lived, the man who would lead appeared to me a hundred-yea, a thousand comfort this hour.” He requested that the her to Jesus ?” To her great joy, he pointed sin more hateful and evil, salvation more to be him. -times more precious and glorious than ever, eighth chapter of Romans might be read to

But at every verse he stopped the her to the house, and when she reached it, desired and valued, the love of Christ and the reading, while he expounded it to the comfort she met Narraput himself coming out at the power of Christ infinitely greater.....I have of his soul, and to the joy and wonder of his door. She fell at his feet in tears, and found more in him than I ever expected to friends. Having thus continued his mediwringing her hands in anguish, she asked, want,” were among the last words of Thomas tations above two hours, he suddenly cried “Are you Narraput Christian, the man who Scott. "Hold, daughter, hold: my Master out, “Oh, stay your reading! What brightcan lead me to Jesus! Oh! take me to calls me,” said Robert Bruce. Being blind, ness is this I see? Have you lighted any

I shall die, and what shall I do if I he said—“ Turn to Romans viii., and set my candles ?" They told him “No; it is the die without obtaining salvation ?” Narraput finger on the thirty-eighth verse." He was sunshine." 6 Sunshine?” said he; “nay, did not receive her as the Hindoo priest had obeyed. “Now, God be with you, my chil-my Saviour's shine! Now, farewell worlddone; he raised her kindly from the ground, dren; I have breakfasted with you, and shall welcome, heaven. The day-star from on high and led her into the house, where his family sup with my Lord Jesus Christ this night”- hath visited my heart. Oh, speak when I am were met at their evening meal. “My dear and he immediately expired. “More praise gone, and preach it at my funeral, “God dealyoung friend,” he said, “ sit down and tell still! O help me to praise Him! I have no- eth familiarly with men.. In such transports me all.” She told him her history, and as thing else to do. I have done with prayer, words, after repeating the declaration, that

his soul soared toward heaven. His last soon as she had done, she rose and said, and all other earthly ordinances,” were among

"God doth and will deal familiarly with man,” "Now sir, take me to Jesus. You know the last words of John Janeway. Robert

were these; “And now, thou fiery chariot, where He is. Oh! take me to Him.” Ah! Fleming said, when near his close—“Though that camest down to fetch up Elijah, carry me if. Jesus had been on earth, how willingly I have not been able to apply myself to God, to my happy home. And all ye blessed would he have received the poor wanderer. He has applied himself to me; and some of angels, who attended the soul of Lazarus to

bring it to heaven, bear me, oh bear me to She thought He was on earth, and that she His manifestations have been such, that I could the bosom of my best beloved! Amen; even might go at once; but Narraput knew that not have borne more.”—“I shall be satisfied so come, Lord Jesus.”—Christian Treasury. though He was not here, He was just as able with thy likeness! satisfied! satisfied !” was to pity and welcome her from His mercy- part of the last sentence uttered by Charles throne in heaven; so he only said, “Let us Wesley. “The fire torments my body, but The Mother's Magazine, for December, 1861, 2d. pray.” All knelt down, and as lie prayed, no whit abates my spirits," cried George

Paul, 1 Chapter House Court, London, the poor Hindoo girl felt that she had found Wishart at the stake. “Our God is the God Streams from Lebanon, by T. W. Medhurst,

Minister of the Gospel, Coleraine, 23. Simpthat which she had so long wanted.

of whom cometh salvation—God is the Lord KIN, MARSHALL, & Co., London,


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