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How malicious are the temptations of the to take away his life; and bound themselves and Felix's fears are vanished.
nor drink until they had accomplished their ment to lion, seeking whom he may devour. It is a
Felix was here presented blessed assurance, when we believe the fact, dreadful purpose. Claudius Lysias hearing of ing wise unto salvation." He could not
with a most favourable opportunity of becomthat Satan may not devour one sheep for whom this horrid conspiracy, (for God is never at a have had a more faithful, tender, and affecthe good Shepherd has laid down his life. loss for means to bring to light the deepest tionate guide, to lead him in the way of life. Christian, seek to be on your watch-tower laid designs of iniquity, and to effect the The same voice who had declared the terrors against Satan. Be not ignorant of his devices. deliverance of his servants) sends Paul under of the Lord, was ready to declare the conso
lations of the gospel. Never did he feel a The devil knows full well he cannot destroy a strong guard by night to Cesarea, to Felix higher joy, than when directing the sinner to one of God's chosen ones, therefore, does he the governor of the province. Felix encou- Jesus, as a “ Refuge from the storm.” And had seek to annoy them as much as possible. He raged them to bring many accusation against Felix desired to flee from the wrath to come,” will employ all his agents to worry and harass Paul. The court assembled. Tertullus begins the apostle would have hailed that desire with those, who by Jesus are delivered from his by lavishing compliments on Felix, then rep- unsearchable riches of Christ.”
delight; he would have preached to him the dorninion. When the child of God is thus resents Paul as a pestilent fellow, and a mover have told him, that, through this all-sufficient perplexed by “the accuser of the brethren," of sedition, and guilty of an attempt to Saviour, there was mercy for the chief of sinlet him, for his encouragement, remember profane the temple. Paul when called upon ners, that there was mercy for him; that the that Jesus was, by the Spirit, led up into the for his defence, says, they cannot prove the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin;"
that if he came to Jesus, “though his sins wilderness to be tempted of the devil. We things whereof they accuse him. He admits,
were as scarlet, they should be as white as bave, therefore, such a High Priest, who is able that after the manner they called heresy he snow; that however numerous, however heito succour us in these temptations, for he has worshipped the God of his fathers. Felix nous, his transgressions might have been, yet felt the same-he was in all points tempted having heard both parties, deferred the de- if he came to this compassionate Friend of like unto his brethren, yet, precious fact, yet cision of the matter, until the arrival of sinners, he would in no wise cast him out.
He would have told him that the grace of without sin. The devil prevailed over Adam Claudius Lysias. And after certain days, Christ was able to save him. In a word, He the first, in the garden of Eden ; the devil when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who would have guided him to present peace and was conquered by Jesus, the last Adam, in was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard future glory. Unhappy Felix! instead of the waste howling wilderness.
him concering the faith in Christ. And as he espelling from thy presence the individual tried believer, thou shalt defeat all the machi- reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and who had caused this salutary alarm in thy
judgment to come, Felix trembled, and breast, hadst thou cherished him to thy bosom nations of Satan, “through Jesus Christ our answered, Go thy way for this time; when I instead of saying to him, “Go thy way for Lord.” Do not attempt the conflict in thine have a convenient season, I will call for thee. this time; when I have a convenient season, I own strength, or Satan will over-match thee; Let us consider the conduct of Felix in this will call for thee;"—hadst thou, with the but do not fear the struggle in the might of last-mentioned interview with St. Paul. And humility of the eunuch of Ethiopia, besought Jesus, for thou shalt overcome through the may the reader diaw some reflections from it Him to guide thee in the way of salvation,
which be useful to himself. Felix sent blessed, unspeakably blessed, would have been
for Paul to hear an account of the nature thy lot; but the Roman governor was unPoor sinner, let me ask thee a question, and of the Christian faith. We know not his willing to renounce his sinful lusts and plea
that thou mayest be able to look it full in motive for so doing; it might have been to sures. Here was the secret of his dismissal the face, and answer it honestly to thine own gratify his own curiosity, or that of Drusilla. of the apostle. If he resolved to take it into
Whatever it might have been, the apostle no consideration at some future season, this was conscience. Thou hast this TRIPLE Foe to doubt joyfully obeyed the summons, as afford- done, no doubt, to silence the remonstrances meet, how dost thou expect to come off in the ing him the opportunity of promoting the of conscience.
We have no account of his conflict? The world, the flesh, and the devil, eternal interest of a fellow-creature. We ever having fulfilled such a resolution, but are seeking thy ruin, and thou art welcoming cannot but admire the conduct which the that he persevered to the close of his life in
And what did he gain by thy foes, and aiding their murderous designs. apostle exhibits on this occasion. We behold his sinful career.
no studied eloquence, to captivate the imagi- adopting this line of conduct? Did he obO foolish man, wilt thou not pause, ere thou nation, or gratify the curiosity of Felix. We tain peace? No!“ There is no peace, saith dost perish for ever? Oh, I beseech thee, behold no servile soothing of the passions, no my God, to the wicked.” How many are there ere it be too late, consider thy latter end. base flattery of the vices, of his powerful who imitate the folly of Felix, who listen to Flee from the wrath to come. Whither shall hearer. The apostle has far different objects the temptations of Satan and say, I will wait I flee? To Jesus, whose blood alone can
He seeks not to please, but to a little longer, and so delay like Felix, and
profit; not to flatter, but to alarm. He knew never come to Christ for salvation. cleanse thee from all sin—whose power alone Felix' to be a sinner, and to be living in his it, my reader, that now is the accepted time. is sufficient to deseat thine every foe- whose sinful courses totally unconcerned, and unap- The time is fast approaching when all these grace is sufficient to save thee, however vile prehensive of danger. He therefore levels opportunities will be gone for ever, thou mayst be. What must I do to be saved at him the keenest arrows of conviction, and near that day may be, God only knows. PerDo nothing, Jesus has done everything; just the Lord.” Felix was unjust. The apostle this is the last time Christ will set His gos
marshals in array against him, “the terrors of haps the present may be that day. Perhaps simply trust him, and thou shalt be saved. therefore reasons of temperance and judgment. pel before thee. This may be the last day the Come to Jesus, “as a poor sinner, and nothing The apostle did not say to him in direct door of mercy will be open to thee; before toat all,” then shalt thou be enabled to say, terms, as Nathan said unto David, “ Thou art morrow's sun arise it may be shut, and shut “Jesus Christ is my all in all.” Come just
the man.” But he set the vices, of which he for ever. This is a solemn question. Reject as you are, to him who is both able and willing his conscience performed that office, and con- be gracious, and Christ is now willing to save.
was guilty, so plainly before his view, that the gospel then no longer. God is waiting to to save all who come unto God by him. strained him to say to himself, 'I am the “I thank God,” that "through Jesus Christ man.' The apostle knew to what an awful our Lord” there is " forgiveness of sins" for length in iniquity he had proceeded, employs
Love. all who come to Him. Come, thou, and see.
one of the most powerful arguments that can “ CULTIVATE,” said Rowland Hill, when operate on the fears of a sinner, to rouse him addressing Christians, “a spirit of love.
in he : Trembling Felix.
he represents to him a judgment to come: he Love is the diamond amongst the jewels * Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient ssason,
reminds him that there is a future day of of, the believer's breast-plate. The other
reckoning; and describes that day in all the Tuis is the answer Felix gave to Paul, on horrors in which it will appear to the wicked. graces shine, like the precious stones of a very solemn and interesting occasion. A
And as the apostle reasoned of these things, nature, with their own peculiar lustre, great number of Jews burned with revenge the heart. He felt his guilt, and was terrified
• The sinner was struck to and various hues; but the diamond is
white. Now in white all the colours are towards Paul for having embraced the Chris- at the danger he saw before him. tian religion, and were on the point of killing ready to hear that the next words will be united: so, in love, is centred every other him, when the chief captain, Claudius Lysias those uttered by the jailor of Philippi, Christian grace and virtue. interposed and rescued him out of their are we disappointed? Instead of hearing is the only source of true obedience to " What must I do to be saved?” But how
“Love is the fulfilling of the law. It hands. But they were so bent on his destruc- this inquiry, we hear the words, Go thy way tion, that more than forty formed a conspiracy for this time; and the apostle is dismissed the commandments of Christ.”
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I will call for thee." ACTS xxiv. 25.
able circles and gaieties of the great metropolis; The chill dews of death gathered thickly Gleanings for the young. and her heart would beat with delight in the on her cold marble forehead, on which her
anticipation that, wherever her lovely niece
aunt laid her hand, and then shuddered
with terror and alarm. The grave expression A little girl was lying in bed so ill that her a magic circle around her. disease had taken away her sight. Her
The feelings of poor Florence were of a of the medical attendant, who was quickly
far more mingled character than those of her summoned, left her fond and afflicted relatives teacher went to see her, and said, “ Are you aunt; and her heart sunk within her as she little hope as to the real position of their idolquite blind, Mary?” “Yes,” she replied, “but witnessed the usual preparations for the re- ised Florence, The solemn sentence uttered I can see Jesus." “How do you see Jesus?” moval of the family to their London residence by the dying girl, fell like a death-knell on the “ With the of
ear of her panic-stricken aunt.
“What can you mean, sweetest Florence, How blessed to be able to say, “I see
ing to her aunt, that her conscience would not by saying, you are not ready? you, who never Jesus.” Faith looks away from self, from allow of her mingling in the scenes of folly did a wrong thing, nor ever said a wrong doings, from feelings to Jesus at the right and fashion that were marked out for her: word !--you, who have been a perfect angel, hand of God. Faith does not look at faith, Mrs. S- endeavoured to strengthen her in and yet say you are not ready? Who will but faith looks straight to Christ. The apostle
such resolves: but when it came to the point ever entèr heaven, if you do not?"
“Oh! send for Mr. F-," said Florence; said, “ We see Jesus, who was made a little
some latent desire to witness with her own “ beg him to pray for me. lower than the angels, for the suffering of eyes those scenes which had been described to A very short time elapsed before Mr. Fdeath, now crowned with glory and honour.” her as so splendid and delightful. “Well, if was at her side: he was an enlightened minis
I am to go,” were her words to Mrs. S—, "Iter, and an intimate friend of the family. “Lord, remember me." am resolved it shall be the very last time, and
As he addressed her with a few sympathiswhen I return to the country, I will give my- ing words, Florence looked up, and with much I have read a sweet story of a little girl who self wholly to good things and religion.” Mrs. difficulty, and in broken sentences, said, —" I expected to be with Christ in Paradise. When S- looked sorrowfully at her. She could only am a miserable hypocrite!—I knew what was she fell sick, a minister went to visit her. follow her with her prayers and her tears. right:-1 even taught it to my poor Sunday
How many, like Florence L-, have tam- school children;- I talked to them of holiHe was told when he entered the house that
pered with similar convictions, forgetting what ness;—but I turned my own back upon God; she was asleep. He went softly upstairs to the Bible says, that "God is not mocked," and I smothered the voice of conscience, and the place where she lay. He looked. She that " whatsoever we sow, we shall reap!” A God has given me up to perdition!-I am was in a half-sitting posture, with her Bible harvest of sorrow, or of sharp discipline, can called—but I am not ready!”
Mr. F- was lying open before her. She had evidently alone be expected to follow such a self-confi
too well acquainted with fallen asleep while reading. The finger of dent and presumptuous course.
God's holy Truth to endeavour for a moment
The evening of witnessed a splendid to extenuate or gainsay the accusations that her left hand was pointing at those words fête at the house of her uncle, given for the Florence brought against herself; for, alas! which formed the simple prayer of the dying special gratification of his young niece. . they were but too just! She had, indeed, thief-“Lord, remember me when thou comest As Florence stood by the side of her aunt, trifled with her truest and most sacred convic
tions. into thy kingdom.” Her finger was an index receiving the guests as they arrived,
appeared more lovely in the eyes of her fond “ I admit it all, my poor young friend," he to the thoughts of her heart. This was seen; relatives, who gazed at her with unlimited said, taking her cold hand in his,—“I admit for in a short time she half awoke, but not admiration. She was plainly yet elegantly that your past delinquency may have been of sufficiently so to perceive that any person was dressed, her deportment was naturally digni- the most aggravated character; but that only present, and said, in a kind of whisper, “Lord, fied and graceful, apart from all pride or affec- magnifies the long-suffering grace and tender remember me— remember me-remember- tation. Her features were set in a perfect and love of Him who has spared you to this hour, remember a poor child-Lord, remember me."
delicate mould, yet the charm of her beauty and who has said. — Him that cometh unto
consisted more in the soft expression of sweet me, I will in no wise cast out.' In His tender She then became fully awake. The minister ness and benignity, that gave such an inde- mercy He has given you this respite, that you said, “ What were you reading?” The his- scribable fascination to her whole counte- may even now look'unto Him and be saved.' tory of the crucifying of Jesus, sir." · How Dance. A slight flush tinged her fair cheek, If your sins were ten thousand times more in far had you read when you fell asleep?" "To and heightened the expression of her large number, and of the blackest dye, one drop of
dark-blue prayer of the thief that was crucified with
As her slight form was seen His precious blood could efface them all. BeHim; and when I came to that place, 1 moving in the dance, with her usnal ease and lieve it, Florence, and He will present your thought what a mercy it would be if the Lord grace, every eye seemed to be riveted on the soul spotless and unblameable in His sight.' Jesus should remember me likewise, and so I lovely Florence. “What a beautiful girl!" Your heavenly Father has done all that love
could do in the gift of His dear Son, and the fell asleep; and I fancied in my dream that I was murmured on all sides, saw Christ upon the cross; and I thought I
She looked very happy. Did self-compla- Holy Ghost declares that the blood of Jesus said, 'Lord, remember me;' and I am sure cency form any part of that happiness? Flo- Christ, His Son, cleanseth from all sin.' Tell He did not look angry upon me; and then I rence was not vain, but she could scarcely be me, Florence, that you believe it, and are awoke." unconscious of the admiration that encircled happy in His love."
Florence looked at him with the same wild We may be quite sure that Jesus welcomed her; and few are insensible to the influence of her, and saved her, because he says, “ Him either praise or admiration.
expression of despair, and drawing a deep that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.”
As the festive scene proceeded in its ordi- sigh, again repeated,—“I am called, but I am Happy cild that can thus come to Jesus and nary routine, and the dancing had become not ready!” find salvation through His blood ! increasingly animated, a scene of a far differ
These were the last words she was heard to ent character, as unexpected as it was unsea- utter!
sonable, caused a thrill to run through the Mr. F— then ferrently poured out his heart Called, but not Ready. whole assembly. An ashy paleness had in prayer for the poor despairing, dying FloFLORENCE L was an orphan child, but a suddenly overspread the beautiful face of rence. It was observed, that while on his beautiful young lady, and very intelligent and Florence; she became faint, and would have knees in earnest supplication, her lips moved, accomplished. She often had exercises of fallen but for the friendly arms of those who and she attempted to speak, but she had lost conscience, but the fascinations of the world hastened to support her. She was unable to all power of articulation. Not the faintest bound her in chains far too strongly to be stand, and sank into a chair.
whisper could be distinguished by the anximoved by the earnest exhortations of “Oh! take me to my room,” she exclaimed; ous listeners. beloved christian friend. “I am very ill!"
The pulse of life was now beating more and Florence would say to her friend, “Why, if In a moment her aunt rushed to her side, more feebly, and she soon lost all consciousI gave my heart to God, as you desire, and overwhelmed with agitation; and after a few ness. Before the morning light appeared, the should refuse to join in what you call the moments she was carried to her room, and youthful and lovely Florence L- was a lifevanities of the world, my aunt would be laid on a couch.
less corpse! nor could I stand the frowns of my “You will soon be better, my love,” said Long, long will the sound of those fearful uncle L-.” Mrs. S— would answer, “Oh, her aunt; “it is only a fainting fit.” Florence words linger on the ears of those who surFlorence! you forget what the Bible says of made no answer, her eyes were closed, and rounded her dying couch,—“I am called, but the fearful, as well as of the “unbelieving, she lay motionless. After a few minutes she I am not ready?" that they shall have their part in the lake that opened them, fixed them on her aunt with a Dear Reader! If the summons now came to burneth with fire and brimstone.""
look of indescribable anguish and despair, and you, would you say, “God calls me, and I am The Spring of 18— was destined as the said, in a low sepulchral tone, but with thrill- ready, washed in the blood of Christ?" or period long desired by the fond aunt of in- ing distinctness,“ I am called—but I am not would you be forced to cry out, “I am called, troducing her loved Florence to the fashion- | ready!”
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sang of him; the historians wrote concerning You, as a guilty sinner, are condemned We regret, with some of our Correspondents, the him. 'Tis the glory of Scripture, that Jesus already, you are under sentence of death; light and unbecoming style of " The Linch, Pin;" has finished his work, has ended his sufferings, but God has sent his Son, the Lord Jesus their prayers, so that, with a pressure of other en- has made, by the shedding of his blood on Christ to die for sinners, to die in their stead, gagements, we may have wisdom and grace to carry the cross, a full and complete atonement, for “ that whosoever believeth in him should not on this service to God with a single eye to His glory. all the sins, past, present, and future, of all perish, but are everlasting life.” (John iii.
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Read Editor of the Evangelist," care of Mr. 'Yapp, 70, person of “ Jesus Christ and him crucified.” laid on Jesus the iniquity of us all. Welbeck Street, Cavendish Square, London, W. The finished work of Christ at Calvary, is the fifty-third and the fifty-fifth Chapters in
God's highest wisdom, the angels' greatest the prophecy by Isaiah. “The wages of sin Three of the most important Words mystery, the devil's most profound terror, and is death; but the gift of God is ETERNAL in the Bible,-“It is Finished.”
the sinner's only hope. When Jesus died, LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Just before our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ his sufferings, his life, his substitutionary (Rom. vi. 23.) Greater love hath no man surrendered his spirit to his Father, he cried work, his obedience as God's servant, all were than this. Sinner, concerning the work newith a loud voice, “ Ir 18 FINISHED.” Death finished, perfectly and for ever finished. All cessary to be done for your salvation, Jesus slew not Jesus, but Jesus slew death. He died. that the ceremonial law prefigured was fin- says, “IT IS FINISHED.” because he voluntarily became his people's ished. All that was necessary to be done for His life was not taken from him, the full and complete salvation of rebel sin
The Altogether Lovely. he cheerfully laid it down of himself. The ners was finished.
There never was such a person on the earth
The great work of man's sinner's head is bowed by death, but Jesus redemption was completed on the cross where you may, He is always the perfection
as Christ. Look at Him when you may or bowed his own head, and gave up his life for There the law was magnified. There justice of loveliness. You cannot see a flaw in Him. bis sheep. We die in our weakness -Jesus was satisfied, and all her demands fully met. We never find Christ doing anything for himdied in his strength. We have sinned, there- There all Jehovah's most righteous attributes fore we die; Jesus has died, therefore we live. were harmoniously displayed.
self. “He pleased not himself.” He was
always the same gracious, loving, faithful Taking our stand beneath the cross, and fountain of blood was opened for sin and un
friend of His people. They had very few looking forward to the return of our now cleanness. There sin was put away.
thoughts in common with Him, and their absent Lord, we, by faith, are enabled to say righteousness was brought in. There Satan's concerning all prophecy, touching his sacri- head was bruised, and there his power was but His love knew no change. Even the
ways were generally very opposite to His, ficial work, “It is finished.” The prophets, crushed. There the prey was taken from the
devils acknowledged Him to be “the Holy like unto stars, revolve around Jesus the cen- hand of the mighty. No work of our hands, tral sun, and one by one is swallowed up and no deeds of penance, no self-assumed right declare, “ Never man spake like this man."
One of God." The officers were bound to lost in him, as each meets its fulfilment. The eousness, no fancied or pretended merits of Seers had declared that Jesus should be born, the creature, can add to the perfection of cent of the blood of this just person.” The
Pilate washed his hands, saying, “ I a
am innoshould suffer, should bleed, should die; Jesus Christ's finished salvation.' " It is finished.” | thief on the Cross exclaimed, “ This Man was born, he did suffer, he has bled, he did all that you, dear reader, as a sinner need, is die, and thus what they foretold, “Is finished." finished. Come then unto Jesus, whose blood
hath done nothing amiss." The Centurion The same holy men, speaking as they were cleanseth from all sin. Put all your trust, all also glorified God, saying, “ Certainly
' this was moved by the Holy Spirit, have testified, and your confidence in him, and the moment you something of the heart of Christ.
a righteous man." We, however, do still testify in the word, that Christ shall do so, you are saved. Do not begin to make
Him because He first loved us. come again, that he shall reign with his excuses, but as a poor, perishing, guilty, wrathredeemed church-that he shall restore the deserving, yea, hell-meriting sinner, believe more enjoyment of His love, and therefore
6 Let Him kiss me with the kisses of kingdom to Israel, and that he shall usher in on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be his mouth, for thy love is better than wine." the millennial glory. Jesus will come, there- saved. Your sins cannot be too many, or too It is the love of Christ which passeth knowfore do we with patience look for him. He has great, or too black, for Jesus to pardon,
ledge that we desire to know, and to realize said, “Behold, I come quickly.” The re- because he is able to save to the uttermost. sponse of the christian's inmost soul is heard Come to Jesus, take him to be
more shed abroad in our heart by the Holy your Saviour,
Ghost which is given unto us. saying, “Amen—even so, come, Lord Jesus.” put simple trust in him, have none other con
known enough of Him to pronounce Him to (Rev. xxii. 20). When Jesus shall thus fidence, seek to draw comfort from none other
be the “ALTOGETHER LOVELY." come, then shall we fully know and see, how source. Simply believe in Jesus only. You ished,” will then be the joyful acclamation of must be saved, not by your feelings, not by we contemplate Him in the bosom of the the redeemed. “I am satisfied,” shall be the your experiences, but by faith in Jesus' fin- Father before all worlds, or as the child in
Bethlehem's stable, the youth of twelve years All ished work. You can do nothing for your utterance of each watching believer. hail, thou happy day! All Scripture hath its salvation, God does not ask you to do any-old, the minister of the gospel, the teacher of completion in Jesus; the prophets spake of thing, Jesus Christ has done everything, there. His people; whether we consider Him at His
know We love
But we have
baptism it Judæa, in temptation in the wilder- to carry out all my wishes. But alas! I as his communion with God declined, love ness, the agony of Gethsemane, the shameful found to my shame and confusion, that what grew cold, and he could talk of the failures and unutterable sorrows of the Cross, or listen
had been told me was true, though I could and sins of others in a way which he had
not believe it at the time. As I got better never done before. He had been in this state to His gracious words, and trace His blessed I got a donkey and cart, through the kind about two months when he was severely tried ways after His resurrection, each and all ness of friends, and was once more enabled by the loss of his donkey, which one morning abundantly declared that He is the chiefest a- to follow my business, but as I could not de- was found dead; and he was then deprived mong ten thousand, the ALTOGETHER LOVELY.
fraud as I did before, I did not get half so of the means of pursuing his usual business, much money. I was also exposed to many the Lord using this discipline to bring his sin
temptations from my old companions, who to' his remembrance. But the warning was Judgment and Mercy.
would sometimes overturn my cart, or steal unheeded, and he was soon to be awakened (Continued from page 3.)
my fish, and do any thing to get me into sin; by a heavier stroke. The following incident is one among many but I was so happy at this time that they On January 2nd, 1849, a few weeks after others, that may serve to shew his decision could not make me angry, which much losing his donkey, he was walking on the road, for Christ. It was not long after his conver- provoked them.”
when the driver of a waggon which was passsion when he met one of his old companions, A poor man once came into his cottage to ing by, invited him to ride. At first he who, on their being near a public house, light his pipe, and on recognizing him, asked if refused the kind offer, but on being asked a invited him to drink with him. On his he was the man who some time ago came to his second time, he got into the waggon. Being declining the offer, the other, supposing he village with fish, and was much persecuted. pained by the ungodly conversation which had no money, offered to treat him. But He said it made him and others very angry passed between the waggoner and another when he was told that he had forsaken his that they could not make him so; and it man, he requested to be put down; but findformer sinful habits, and of the Lord's grace appeared to have been the means used by the ing they refused to stop, he tried to get out, in converting his soul, he became exceedingly Lord to awaken this man's conscience, their and in doing so, the iron work which sustained angry, and threatened to cut off his arm with being reason to hope he was then a converted his withered leg got entangled, and for a few the hook he had with him, unless he went character.
moments he hung suspended by the rails of with him. But to his surprise, he was told As he lived not more than a mile from my the waggon, which caused a compound fracthat he could not do that—that he had no house at this time, I frequently saw him, and ture of the leg, the bones being broken in two power to execute his threat, for the Lord heard much of his sufferings for the truth's different places. At this moment, he says, would not pernit him to hurt him. This sake. In proportion to his faithfulness to his “the word flashed on my mind, 'Be sure your strange language from one who had so lately new master, was the hatred with which he sin will find you out.' I was taken home, been a ringleader in all kinds of sin, deeply was now regarded by the very ignorant and and the doctor came to set my leg; he told arrested the man's attention, and without lawless population who lived near him. On me I must not be moved for several weeks. further urging him to go to the ale-house, he passing one night not far from my house, and This in connection with my old complaint spoke to him kindly, and at parting gave him close to the scene of his former revellings, he caused me a great deal of pain, but I could a shilling.
was attacked with violence, thrown out of his bless the Lord even for this." "My complaint still growing worse, I was cart, and otherwise abused and injured. He His home on that cold night was a dreary sent to Taunton Hospital, where I remained called on me soon after for advice, feeling he place, no fuel of any kind being in the house; thirteen weeks. Here the Lord was exceed- could not pursue his calling without fear of his wife was also in daily expectation of coningly gracious, and enabled to bear injury. He wished to know whether under finement for their fifth child. testimony to his truth in the midst of great such circumstances he might not be justified
soon visited by many Christian opposition."
in appealing to a magistrate, not in order to friends, to all of whom, as also to others, he The testimony alluded to will long be punish the parties, but in the hope that a declared that his sufferings were the result of remembered by many. He was then in the caution from him might cause them to cease his departure from the Lord, who had dealt freshness of his first love, and manifested from violence. He well knew that the fol- graciously with him. In a short time he was great boldness in the faith of Christ. He lowers of Christ were commanded to “resist filled with joy, praising the Lord for the great possessed a readiness of speech, by which he not evil,” (Matt. v. 22, 24,) but he did not mercy manifested in his present trial, which was enabled to discourse with fluency and know what to do. He said he had once gone however was one of no small severity, the propriety. His prayers were remarkable for part of the way to procure a summons, but surgeon at that time giving but little hope of spirituality and unction, and the patients were his heart failed him and he went home again. his being ever able to leave his bed; while anxious to hear him. One of them was He now resolved to cast the matter on the his chronic complaint caused him such pain much impressed, and sought for opportunities Lord, but was greatly troubled.
that he sometimes compared it to red hot to be alone with him. Many of the Lord's At this time, however, it was in the Au- needles entering his flesh, and at others to the people who visited the hospital, became much tumn of 1848-his soul was in a declining state, feeling of its being gnawed off from his attached to him, and shewed him kindness although it was not indicated by his outward bones by a beast of prey. But his fortitude both at that time, and after his return home. conduct. His trials, arising from poverty was such as to excite wonder. I have been His prayers attracted much notice. Here he and much occasional suffering, were many; with him at seasons when every part of his had to submit to very painful operations, and these, together with the temptations con- body seemed convulsed with strong pain, and which he bore with such composure as caused nected with his calling, proved too strong for not a murmur or even a sigh escaped him. the surgeons to express their surprise and him. He traced his decline, in the first in- Indeed his conscience was at this time so tender admiration. But he returned without deriving stance, to having purchased some old iron from that if a slight groan happened to escape him, any permanent benefit. He says, I returned a farmer's servant under circumstances which he was fearful he had dishonoured the Lord. home expecting I should soon die. Many caused doubts regarding his honesty. On
(To be continued.) Christians friends visited me, and my joy and another occasion, at the close of a cold winter's peace at this time were geater than I can de- day, during which they had no fire, his wife scribe. I was happy indeed! resting for every asked him how he could bear to see his chil
An Innocent Boy condemned for
the Guilty. thing on Him who shed His precious blood dren starving with cold, and not go to the to save me from destruction. O how I loved wood and take some of the dry sticks which The little story I am about to relate, the Him at this time! He was indeed the chiefest were so abundant there. The gate of the truthfulness of which I can affirm, is designed among ten thousand, and the altogether wood was only a few yards from their cottage, to illustrate the equally true, but much more lovely!”
and the practice was so common, that it was important story of God's great love to sinners. Happy would it have been if he had con- scarcely considered by the poor to be unlaw- A superintendent of a village Sunday-school, tinued thus to realize the sweetness and ful. But he had an enlightened conscience, just before asking the children to kneel down savour of the love of Jesus. At this time and knew the wood was not his. He was, while he asked the blessing of God upon the he felt, more than many, that those who had however, led, contrary to his conscience, to exercises of the day, called their attention to the had much forgiven loved much, but he knew obey the voice of his wife, and from that time school house, which had been fresh whitened little as yet of the deceitful workings of an his conscience became less tender, and the and painted; and hoped for the future that no evil heart of unbelief, as realized by the sense of sin consequently deadened. He one would scratch and deface the newly-painted tried and tempted believer; nor was he aware continued in this state some weeks, during seats, which bore sad proofs of knives, pins, of the hatred which his testimony for Christ which he gave up family prayer, and seldom and nails in every part of the room--and would excite in the hearts of his former com- took the Bible in his hand. He tried to im- to preserve from the hands of spoilers, panions. He says, “after a time I got a little prove his circumstances by increased diligence the punishment of being expelled from the better, and desired to tell my old companions in his business, but in doing so he was, as he school, was threatened to the first offender what the Lord had done for my soul. On my told me, looking more to man than to God. that was found so doing. saying this to a Christian friend, he told me He purchased some articles on credit, hoping Here let us pause, and ask, does not this that my heart was very deceitful, and it was by the profit they produced to get out of world present clear evidence of the spoiler's quite a different thing to sit at home and talk difficulties; but, instead of this, they only hand? Is the world the happy paradise it about it, and to go and do it. However, I was increased, and all went wrong with him. was, when the first man and woman found it
, 60 happy, that I thought I was strong enough Talking afterward of this period he said, that like themselves, fresh from the hands of God?