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fortb labourers into his harvest : such extent as this, there must be or rather that he would commission many a simple hearted, though rude the sower to go forth into bis field, and uncivilized, people, among to scatter the precious seed of the whom it would not be difficult to word. Eternal God ! what bound- win souls to Christ, if missionaries less regions are there where the would come forward, and sow boun, Gospel seed has never fallen, or tifully among them the incorruptible at most so sparingly that they are seed of the word of God! What now over-run with tares ! Christian shall we say, when daily discoveries Europe is the smallest division of are making of lands before unthe globe. Greece and Asia Minor, known, and others are reported to countries to which, in early times, exist, untroddeu as yet by the foot the word of the Lord sounded out of our countrymen ? not to mention with power from Judea, are they those multitudes of the children of not now groaning beneath the yoke Abraham, whom the Lord has scatof Mohammedan superstition, or tered among all people, from the sunk in the errors of a Church one end of ihe earth even unto the which has apostatized from the Ca- other ;-not to mention the vast tholic Faith? And in that immea. numbers of those who name the surable tract of country, peopled name of Christ, but depart not from by different tongues and nations, iniquity; and the scarcely less pufrom the shores of the Mediter. merous hosts of schismatics, infiranean eastward to the North Pa. dels, and heretics ? Oh! what a cific Ocean, where do we see the full accomplishment would attend banner of the Cross unfurled ? that prophecy, « He must inAlas! is not Palestine itself, whence crease,” if wise and faithful masterthe light of the Gospel first shone builders would go forth to raise out on a benighted world, trodden new temples for the living God, under foot of strangers, and op- and to cast down every one that pressed by those who hate the name bas not its foundation on the Rock of Christ, and deny the Lord that of ages : if “ workmen who need bought them? What converts have not be ashamed,” would go furtha we made among the swarthy tribes to sow the good seed, and to plant of Africa ?" Surely, in a world of the tree of life, plucking up the

tares, and rooting out every plant • We live in a period which Erasmns which their heavenly Father bath wonld have rejoiced to see. When he

not planted. Doubtless, a gloripenned this animated appeal on behalf of Christian Missions, Bible and Mis- low ;-a harvest, not their own, but

ous harvest would ultimately folsionary and Jews' Societies bad not Christ's ;-a barvest, not of wealth arisen ;

the religion and literature of the Greek and Oriental Churches had not

to themselves, but of souls to their

Lord! engaged the attention of the Christian world; Eastern and Western India had When our Saviour directed his not heard the glad tidings of a Saviour ; followers to pray the Lord of the and the sons of Western Africa liad not Harvest that he would send forth lalistened to the preaching of Christ crn. bourers into his harvest, the harvest cified, in fourteen missionary stations. truly was plenteous, but the laMuch has indeed been effected; bat in- bourers were few. Nor is this finitely more remains undone. We must not lay down our arms, as if vic prayer less needful in the present torious, when we have but entered on

day, while the fields of missionary the war. The God of this world is not exertion are so ample in their exto be so easily subdued; and though we fice and service of the Church's faith, trust that his kingdom shall fall, the ere at the name of Jesus every knee armies of the living God must gain many shall bow, and every tongue confess that a hard-fought field, and many a self-de. he is Lord, to the glory of God the Favoted martyr be offered upon the sacri. ther.

tent, and yet so little occupied. sities, and to the necessities of his But when the command is given, companions, with those very hands Go ye also into the vineyard, all which he laid on the faithful, that with one consent begin to make ex- they might receive the Holy Ghost, cuse. Alas! are there none from and witb which he consecrated the among the great body of a Cbris- body and blood of Christ, in the tian clergy and a Christian laily, holy sacrament of his supper*. endued with the spirits of cheru- Even miracles should not be bim and seraphim, delighting to wanting for the confirmation of do the will of their Father who is the truth, if miracles were needed. in heaven? From these, then, let Affections set on things above, and men come forward, and be chosen not on things on the earth; a holy to the missionary office; men dead life and conversation; that spirit to the world, but alive unto God, of love which seeks the good of who may faithfully proclaim among all, -which can bless, when revilthe Gentiles the blessed word of ed, and when persecuted, suffer ; truth.

a rejoicing in hope, and patience The difficulty of acquiring foreign in tribulation ; a moderation koowa languages is made by some a plea unto all men ;- let these be the mifor inactivity. What!-could The- racles which shall convince the asmistocles of Atheus gain in one topished heatben, that the doctrines year sufficient knowledge of a bar- which our missionaries preach are barous tongue to converse, without doctrines according to godliness, an interpreter, with the Persian mo- and that their commission is sealed narch-are earthly princes never by Him, whose name alone is Jeat a loss for men well versed in the hovah, ihe most High over all the languages of various nations, to earth. By these holy dispositions, undertake their embassies,--and 'the Apostles, though able to work shall we, the servants of the King of mighly signs and wonders, gained kings, ihe ambassadors of Christ, more converts to the faith of Christ shrink from the toils of study, in than they did by miracles. The a service so exalted and sublime ? latter might be, and often were;

Do any fear, less such a service attributed to magic, or to the aid should leave them exposed to want, of Beelzebub ; the former proved or destitute of the absolute neces- that the Spirit of God was wish saries of life? The Apostles of them of a truth. Christ, those first great missionaries

There may perhaps be some who of the Cross, who traversed coun- are backward to assume the mistries barbarous and unknown, were sionary office, because they count always supplied with food and rai- iheir lives dear unto them. But if ident. They remembered and de- it is appointed unto men once 10 pended on the promise of their Lord, “ Seek ye first the kingdom

* No anxiety with respect to temporal of God, and his righteousness, and

provision needs nou deter any from

offering themselves as missionaries. all these things shall be added unto Each society undertakes to support its you.” But were it possible that

own agents, in order that fit persons our missionaries should meet with may be the more encouraged to go out, a people so poor or so ungrateful, and that they may give their undivided as either to be incapable of afford. labours and attention to the great work ing, or wilfully to refuse, them sup- of evangelizing the heathen. Nor is port and habitations, let them imi- the loss of life, from any other cause tate the disinterested conduct of than illness, and the nature of the variSt. Paul, who wrought with labour bended; as 'our missionaries are always

ous climates, to be by any means appre. and travail, night and day, that he received with forbearance, and, in a might not be chargeable unto any ; great majority of cases, with reverence who minis!ered to his own neces- and delight..

die, what end can be more honour- or with his followers, have learned able, what death more happy, than it; but to be ready and willing to that which is endured for the sake sacrifice even life for the Gospel, of Christ, and of his Gospel? Pil- forms a distinguishing feature in grims to Jerusalem, from the far- the character and spirit of an ihest corners of the earth, fearless- Apostle". ly risk their safety, and many pay the forfeit of their lives : yet, • If this paper should meet the eye for the sake of seeing I know not of any about to devote themselves to what, thousands yearly make the the office of missionaries, or already.enpilgrimage, regardless of the dan. gaged in that truly honourable vocation, gers to which they are exposed. To they will not peruse the following quo

tation from the writings of a bishop of behold the ruins of Jerusalem is an object of no high importance; but and spiritual profit. Speaking of the

our own church, without lively interest to build the walls of the spiritual “ feast and coinmunion” of the body Zion, to set up the kingdom of and blood of Christ, he says, • Herein Christ in the bearts of men, this is we unite and join ourselves to the crittruly a great and noble undertak- cified Jesus ; and so profess, that if he ing. lo the armies which are mar- will have us bear his cross, we will not shalled by the potentates of the deny him. Nay, we declare that we eartb, what numbers of brave will glory in nothing so much as in the spirits are there, who will boldly

cross of Christ, that we will rejoice in rush into the hottest of the battle, tribulation, and think it is given to us

as an honour to suffer with him. This 10 gain the approbation of their is the very height of Christianity, to prince or general, which they va- which noble pitch we should earnestly lue more than their existence! And strive by all means to arrive. Every shall the Lord of Hosts, who holds drop of our blood should be ready to out as the reward of his service an be poured out for that religion which eternal crown of glory,--shall He Christ sealed with his own. And infind none who are willing to give deed, what better use can we make of up all for Hiin, and esteem his fa

our life, than to give it for him from vour better than 'life? Death, it life for us? And how much better is it

whom we received it, and who gave bis is true, will come, but not till the not to live at all, than to live with the bour which is appointed of God; mark and brand of cowards and fugiand though, in the times of the tives from the Prince of Life and the Apostles, the whole world was in Lord of Glory? O how much do we a state of furious uproar, all of owe Thee, most blessed Redeemer ! them lived to a full, and some to How great is the price which thou hast a very advanced, age. With Christ paid for the ransom of us, miserable for our guardian and our shield, the

sinners! Tongue cannot express it, nor fear of death should not disturb thought conceive it. What shall I renus ; since his word is engaged that der upto Thee for the incomprehensible not a hair of our heads can fall to I can give Thee no less than myself;

benefits Thon hast bestowed upon me? the ground without the knowledge which here I resign entirely into thy and permission of our heavenly Fa. hands. Do thon dispose of me accordther. But is it possible, that the ing to thy pleasure. It is but reasonfear of death can raise a barrier able I should follow thee whithersoever against missionary exertion, or that thon leadest me. Though it be to thy the love of life can seduce those cross, I refuse not to obey thy orders. from the duties of an Apostle, who' Though I shonld die with thee, I hope have voluntarily stipulated to be in- I shall not in any wise deny thee. For stant in season and out of season, life, than to spend it for thee. I esteem Go forth, then, I beseech you, pence for your labours, if you shall in the strength of the Lord, and be made the honoured instruments in the power of his might, ye of rescuing souls from the hand of champions of the church militant, the destroyer, and of recovering conquering and to conquer ! Take them to Christ, their lawful owner; unto you the whole armour of God; if, through your means, the gates having your loins girt about with of heaven shall at length stand truth, and having on the breast. opened to millions, now groaning plate of righteousness, and your under the yoke of bondage, and feet shod with the preparation of carried away captive by satan at the Gospel of Peace ; above all, bis will. taking the shield of faith, where- The service to which we are exwith ye shall be able to quench all horting you, is confessedly most the fiery darts of the wicked; and arduous; but it is also most hotake the helmet of salvation, and nourable in itself, and, if dischargthe sword of the Spirit, which is ed with fidelity, will receive the the word of God. Thus complete- amplest reward. The post of glory ly furnished, advance with Chris. is the post of danger; and he who tian courage to the holy warfare. fears the one, is undeserving of the Cast down, slay, and utterly de- other. That man indeed is equally stroy, not your fellow.creatnres, unfit for the office of a missionary but ignorance, superstition, and and of a minister, who does not vice: for thus to kill is to save hold in contempt the pleasures and alive". Go forth, not to return the wealth of this world, or who laden with the spoils of those whom cannot say with the Apostle, “ For you may visit, but to enrich them me to live is Christ, and to die is with imperishable treasures. Think gain!" The offence of the Cross it more than an abundant recom- has not yet ceased; and they who

there is no better use I can make of my and to spend and be spent for

all things but loss, for the excellence of Christ? To despise wealth is but a

tby knowledge. 1 account not my life spall attainment; heathen philoso. dear unto myself, so that I may finish pbers, unacquainted with our Lord my course with joy. It is Christ that

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will faithfully preach its doctrines, died, yea, rather, that is risen again: and live godiy in Christ Jesus, who is even at the right hand of God; (whether they be missionaries or who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate me from the love of not,) must suffer persecution. But Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, under every trial, let that Cross be or persecution, or famine, or naked our boast and consolation. To dess, or peril, or sword? (as it is writ- wrestle with principalities and ten, For thy sake we are killed all the powers, is neither inglorious nor day long; we are accounted as sheep unrewarded : and he who calls us for the slaughter.) Though all this should to the combat, gives us also strength come upon me, yet will I not forget for the victory. thee; nor will I deal falsely in thy co- Wbere then shall we find men yenant. My heart shall not be turned endued with the spirit and the zeal back; neither shall my steps decline from thy way. Nay, in all these things of the Apostles ? Will none be I shall be more than a conqueror, through provoked to this labour of love, by him that loved me. For I am persnaded the example of St. Paul and of his that neither death, nor life, nor angels, brethren, who “ for his name's nor principalities, nor powers, nor things sake went forth, taking nothing of present, nor things to come, nor heighth, the Gentiles ?”. Who that has renor depth, nor any other creature, spect unto the recompence of the shall be able to separate me from the reward, or beholds with the eye of love of God, which is in Christ Jesus faith the prize of his high callingour Lord!”—Bp. Patrick's “ Christian who that longs for an exceeding Sacrifice.” p. 47. Lond. 1693. The climax in the original is very

and eternal weight of glory, that beautiful: “ Dejicite, jugulate, mac

pants after an inheritance incortate, non homines, sed ignorantiam, ruptible, undefiled, and that, fadeth impietatem, cæteraque vitia ; sic enim not away--would not cheerfully ccidere servare eşti'

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fatigue, to scorn, and persecution, duties of Christianity: and on the and the cross, light afflictions character and exertions of our miwhich are but for a moment? The nisters it in a great measure deprofane may hate, oppose, traduce, pends, whether in this our land ihe character and conduct of a

pure and undefiled religion shall missionary; but the countenance, again flourish and abound*. the approbation, and the prayers of the pious shall cheer his heart, and send him on his way rejoicing. Worldlings may view him with con

FAMILY SERMONS.—No. CLXI. tempt; but those who love the

THE CHRISTIAN IN DEATH. Lord Jesus Christ will honour and admire bim. In these thingy, how- 2 Pet. i. 10, 11.-If ye do these ever, he glories not, but only in things ye shall never fall: for the Lord. He must expect, and

so an entrance shall be ministered máy meet with, his full share of unto you abundantly into the suffering and trial; yet even here everlasting kingdom of our Lord he gains a higher reward than all and Saviour Jesus Christ. earthly pleasures could afford. In the present possession of his heaven- AMIDST the various duties and rely Father's love, and in the pros- lations of life, in every station, and pect of the crown which awaits him, he enjoys a peace of mind the

• Des. Erasmi Roterodami Ecclesias. Gospel only can bestow ;-a peace tes, sive Concionator Evangelicus, lib. I. which is unspeakable, and full of p. 131, &c. Lond. 1730. glory;-a peace, which to himself

By such arguments and appeals does and to others, passeth all under in general the duty of supporting, and

the great Erasmus urge upon Christians standing; but which is secrelly and

npop the clergy in particular the duty sensibly experienced by all who have of undertaking, Christian missions. Let tasted that the Lord is gracious. us join in fervent supplication to Him

Let our prayers ascend up be- who alone worketh great marvels, that fore God, that he would send into he may send down upon our bishops, his long-wasted vineyard men like- aud curates, and all congregations comminded with the Apostles* ; who, mitted to their charge, the healthful both by their preaching and living to their truly pleasing Him, he would

spirit of his grace; and that, in order will magnify their office; not that graciously pour upon them the continual they themselves may be had in ho- dew of his blessing; for the honour nour, but that souls may be won to

of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ, and God be glorified in' Christ. Let us pray to that merciful them that fear him. But it is to God who hath made all men, and " our bishops that we more especie hateth nothing that he hath made; who , ally look ; for op them chiefly does would not the death of a singer, but the salvation or destruction of the rather that he should be converted and people rest. "It is theirs to give us

live,--to have niercy upon all Jews, a clergy of unblameable life and Turks, Infidels, and Heretics ; to take conversation ; priests adorned with from them all ignorance, hardness of

heart, and contempt of his word; and the spirit and the virtues of the

so to fetch them home to his flock, that Gospel ; men of piety and talent, they may be saved amoug the remnant skilled to form the minds of youth, of the true Israelites, and be made one and ready to be the instruciors of fold, under one Shepherd, Jesus Christ babes in the first principles and our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with

Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, The mind of the reader will imme. world without eod. Amen. diately advert to that affecting and de

+ The following sermon is abridged scriptive account of a minister's trials and from one of the Rey. C. J. Hoare’s Dis. qualifications, given in 2 Cor. vi. 3-10. courses reviewed in our last Number,

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