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THE BEAUTIES OF CHRISTIANITY.
it should prove the death of him and his posterity.
Pride borrows the voice of love to seduce him; and the (Continued from p. 276.)
prime mover of his fall was the serpent, the most
subtle of all animals, that is, the one which most aptly Moral Laws.
represents Satan in his malice and artifice. Every It is a reflection, not a little mortifying to our pride,
thing is mysterious and astonishing in this incomprethat all the maxims of human wisdom may be compre
hensible reptile: his movements differ from all other hended in a few pages, and those not free from errors.
animals ; his colours, too, possess false splendour and The world owes to Christianity the few good laws
deceitful variety; he moreover possesses the art of which it possesses. The sages of the Portico and the
seducing innocence, his eyes fascinate the birds of the Academy, alternately published maxims so contra
air : in hell he is represented arming the scourges of dictory, that by the same writing we might infer, that
the furies, and eternity is typified by his spiral image. the author did, and did not believe in the existence of
It is a singular fact, that the appellation “man” a God. But with respect to the laws of God, as con
was not given to our first parent by God, who merely tained in the Ten Commandments, the first point which
called him Adam. It was not till after the fall, that strikes us is their universality; they are the law of all
Adam's posterity assumed the name of “enosh,” or nations, climates, and ages. Jehovah speaks to all
man (from a Hebrew word signifying “pain”), so mankind. In the next place, nothing can be more
perfectly adapted to their afflictions, and so strongly admirable than their simplicity and justice: with their
reminding them of their guilt and punishment. internal energy too,
In further illustration of the fall of man, and the combined the majesty and the grace of forms. The Brachman slowly expresses the
doctrine of original sin, it has been observed, “that
man is more inconceivable without this mystery, than persons of the Deity: the name of Jehovah unites them in one- he was, he is, and he will be. Again : Israel's
this mystery is inconceivable to man.” Sabbath is the Sabbath of God himself. The legis
(To be continued.) lators of antiquity have inarked their festivals ; but what reference have they, like ours, to the God who created light, and marked out the course of the sun.
LONGEVITY. The laws of God are as eternal as their Author: in vain do ages roll away, they are proof against the lapse
LONGEVITY OF A MARRIED PAIR. of time, against persecution, and the corruption of “There is now living at Egshill-side, in the vale of nations. This religious legislation is an astonishing Garrigill, near Alston, a venerable couple, of the names prodigy: whilst powers and forins of government pass
of John and Mary Martin, both in their hundred and away, a few Christians, amid all the changes of life, second year, one being the senior of the other only by continue to submit to the saine laws, without thiuking a few days. It is seventy-seven years since they were theinselves released from their ties by revolutions or
made one twain' in the holy bands of matrimony, in adversities. What religion did not lose its influence which time they have reared a large fainily of men and with its priests and its sacrifices? Did not Baal fall
These patriarchs are both in the enjoyment with Babylon, and Apollo with Delphi? Christianity of health, with their faculties uniinpaired.”- Newcastle alone has beheld the demolition of its edifices, without
Journal. being injured by their fall. Every place is the temple We trust this “venerable couple” are “fellow heirs of the living God: both the catacomb and the cavern ; of the grace of life," and their children also "joint but, above all, the heart of the righteous.
heirs of Christ” with their exemplary parents.
FURTHER INSTANCES OF LONGEVITY.
From the "Patriot" Newspaper of July 31, whence though it is impossible to furnish any direct proofs of
we copied part of the above, we find other instances them. The rebellion and fall of Satan, the creation of
of longevity, which we transcribe for the edification of the world, and the primitive happiness of man, are of
vur readers. this class. The annals of the Chinese and Scandina
On the 20th inst. in the ninety-second year of his vians, the Negroes of Africa and the priests 'of India,
age, Mr. Henry Brewerton, of East Keswick, near Harewood.
a member of the Methodist all narrate the crimes of the evil deity, the short
Society for fifty-two years. felicity of man, and the long calamities which followed his fall. Amid the various ancient accounts of the
The Rev. John Bankhead, in his ninety-seventh year, creation, the fables of the poets, and the groundless
having been sixty-eight years minister of Ballycarry, vagaries of philosophers, it is only in Genesis that we
the eldest Presbyterian congregation in Ireland. find the original of the different national traditions.
On the 16th inst. Christopher Barker, shoemaker, What can be more magnificent and more cousonant
of Bedale, at the advanced age of a hundred and two. with reason, than the Creator descending into the
He lived a most exemplary life for sobriety and inrealms of ancient night, and producing light by a
dustry, and was esteemed by all who knew him. word? The sun at his command takes his station in
At Brachead, parish of Methven, Janet Leslie, in the heavens, man is made after the image of God, and
the hundred and fifth year of her age. She was born all the angelic hosts strike their golden harps to cele
at Blelock, in the parish of Auchtergarven, and lived brate this great work of creative love.
as a servant-maid in the immediate neighbourhood.
At Blaries, frontiers of Belgium, at the advanced age The Fall of Man.
of a hundred and five, M. Nicholas Collins. He
carried on the trade of a brewer up to his sixtieth Who can forbear contemplating the great truth, year, when he became a farmer, in which occupation “man dying by reason of eating the fruit of life!” he continued until his death. How affecting ! how sublime! man undone, by having learned too well to appreciate good and evil! God placed knowledge within his reach: he could not re- Disquietude and perplexity of heart are worins that fuse it him, since he was created intelligent and free; will certainly breed in the rust of unexercised gifts. but he cantioned him against knowing too inuch, lest - Owen.
Letters to a Mother, upon Education.
longing to that numerous class, who pursue no object
in their reading except amusement, or to kill the time, LETTER XXXVII.
or to divert their recollections from other topics.
If, however, we really wish to become accomplished On the Choice of Books.
in any art or science, it is requisite that we select but Dear Mailam,
fero books, and make ourselves thoroughly acquainted Books are the instruments of education. with them. I have generally noticed, that the most Every quality, therefore, which we require in an instru- eminent professors of any science have been able to ment in general, we should also require in books : such quote at will nearly any part of their standard volumes. as that they be adapted to the purpose, and the best in The ideas derived from such sources had a permanent every respect that can be procured.
dwelling in their minds ; they could therefore babitually It was said by Dr. Watts, even in respect to his contemplate them, and perceive with unerring clearness own time, wheji there were fewer books by many their conformity to truth, and the relation of one to the thousands than there are now, “more than half the other. books in the world are not worth reading.” It was This is the true method of reading. It is desirable also said by the great Lord Bacon, that " there were therefore that young persons generally, and indeed perbut few books which deserved to be read through." sons of any age who wish to make themselves acSurely, then, the choice of books, out of the multitudes quainted with any branch of learning, that they should which are declared upon these high authorities to be obtain a knowledge of the proper books, and ihen im. unprofitable, must form no uninportant portion of plicitly read them over, wiih such attention as almost education.
io commit them to memory: After having been thus The great object seems to be, to select the best books thoroughly accustomed to them for some months, they upon any branch of study in which we are engaged. In may expect to understand them, and the truths and every department there are, of course, some books, arguments they thus imbibe will constitute the most which are really the best in every respect. These best solid and nutritious food to the understanding. books comprise all that is valuable in perhaps most or With regard to books generally, I presume that you all the inferior books upon the same subject that have will be most careful as to the true pature and character ever been written : since the way books on science are of those to which you give adıpission into your house. written is, that by repeated improvements of one book You will be quite a3 attentive to the books you admit, upon another, the ultimate book is brought to a state as to the articles of dress or food. You will especially of comparative perfection.
be careful what books are subjected to the perusal of I believe, too, that it will be allowed, that a very few your offspring. You would no more think of allowing books indeed upon any branch of science, well chosen him to read books indiscriminately, than to eat any kind and thoroughly mastered, would render a person com- of viands without discrimination. Just as the quantity petently acquainted with that particular departinent. and quality of food need to be attended to, in order to The question however is, how we are to know what secure health of body and activity of understanding ; so these books are? It is perhaps comparatively in vain the degree and the nature of the ideas submitted to the to resort to catalogues, &c. which profess to give an mind need to be regulated, in order to secure our proaccount of authors and their productions. The various gress in the acquisition of truth and wisdoin. interests of mankind often conduce to exaggerated and I do not say this with reference so much to the inoral inaccurate statements of their merits. The plan which as to the intellectual qualities of books. The latter are seems to promise most satisfaction is, to apply to some of equal importance with the former. A tedious, ill. ove of acknowledged acquirements in the particular art written book, will tire and disgust the mind of your or science in question, and to request of him to write child, and will retard his improveinent. A clear, wellout a list of the best books upon the subject, sufficiently written, complete, and concise treatise on any subject is complete for the purpose of affording a complete ac- of inestimable value. quaintance with it.
In a word, you will make it a rule to have no inferior If, for instance, I wished to study the Spanish lan- book upon any subject in your house; and in the selecguage, I should apply with this inquiry to some cele- tion of the best you will be guided by the advice of the Brated teacher of that language. If I wished to study ablest and most celebrated in the different branches of medicine, ) should apply for the saine purpose to some study. - I am, dear Madam, yours, &e. accredited and eminent professor of that science. Hav
CLERICUS. ing obtained information as to the list of the best books, and the order in which they should be read, I should deem myself in possession of all the means I needed,
BEAUTY OF PERUVIAN SCENERY. so far at least as the choice of books was concerned. Feb. 1, we proceeded on a delightful sumıner's morning Utterly neglecting all others, I should apply myself to to visit an extensive grove of orange trees upon the sides the study of those which were thus recommended to of the beauteous mountains, that rise out of the fertile me, and should feel certain that I had adopted the best plains of Tucuman. The orange trees grow to a size means for procuring information. The same observa- unknown in Europe. In our ramble, we saw many fall tions will hold with regard to whatever object of study thirty feet high, and five or six feet in circumference, we may choose to pursue. Indeed, half the value at and laden at the same time with blossoms and fruit. least of a tutor in any art or science, is the assistance Flocks of humming birds, attracted by the flowers, were we derive from him in reference to the books which are to be seen displaying their exquisite plumage with inhrequired, and to the order in which they should nite variety in the sun. We then wound our way through be read.
a charining wilderness, overrun with magnificent acacias: Persons generally adopt a different course. They beautiful creepers in full Aower, curious air-plants susread whatever books may fall in their way, without con- pended froin branches high above us, with many shrubs sidering whether they are worth reading; or they deem and flowers highly valued or unknown in other climes, the recommendation of other persons respecting a book here flourished disregarded in all the exuberance of naa sufficient reason for perusing it, without considering ture. With truth it may be said of all this district, the qualifications for judging of it, possessed by the
“ Thy very weeds are beautiful! thy waste persons in question. These, however, are persons be
More rich than other climes' fertility.”
ON THE DIVINE ATTRIBUTES.
richly on all sides, and hear the blithsome carol of the
birds, without rejoicing in the gladness of nature, and No. VI.- THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD.
feeling a thrill of delight in the conviction, that it will
never be his lot to view this peaceful scene gradually (Continued from p. 275.) ·
disappearing beneath the torrent of waves, the flashings Ir being my desire to render instruction as entertaining of lightning, and the pealing of thunder? Who can as possible, I shall now add some few cases in illustra- pass through a crowded city, and hear the huin of busition of this attribute of God.
ness, and see the intelligent faces and active movements 1. The promise of a Saviour. When our first parents of those who are playing their parts in the great drama rashly presumed to violate the commands imposed on of life, without lifting up a thankful tribute of praise them by their Maker, they brought into a once spotless to the Disposer of all, that he hath been pleased to world all the horrible defilements which have since assure us that these beings shall never struggle with the darkened the pages of history and the characters of waves of a universal deluge, and perish amidst the men. The Almighty, however, graciously determined, shrieking and the groans of those who see the mighty that this disobedience should not be finally ruinous, waters rushing forwards to overwhelin them, but have and promised the coming of a Saviour, who should no power of resistance or dight? Olet us be glad, more than compensate the ruins of the fall. Faint in- that the Lord who hath promised this is fuithful ! deed were the glimmerings, and imperfect the know- 3. To Abraham it was said, that his seed should be ledge which the first ages of mankind bad of the pro- as the sand upon the sea-shore innumerable, and as the mised Redeemer. Just enough light was preserved to
stars of heaven. Now it seemed but a small company point the antediluvians the place of refuge, and that left the land of Haran, wheu the Lord cominanded many, it is hoped, fled for succour to “the hope set Abram to forsake his former connections, and trust to before them.” However, the greater number aposta- the protection of Jehovah. Who would have believed, tized from the service of the Almighty, and they at as they saw the little company pass by, that one among length became a world of infidels. Years of blasphemy
them was the destined father of Israel, the great prorolled on, and the daring iinpiety of reckless and incon- genitor of a nation, which has alike been, in its glory siderate creatures seemned to invite the Lord to whet his and subjection, the wonder and astonishment of the glittering sword, and come to vengeance. And accord. world! la probable, doubtless, the thing appeared, ingly we find that at length the Divine command was and yet it was so; for from that hour to the present given, for the waters to arise and sweep from the earth moment the promise has been in course of fulólıneut. every vestige of its iniquitous ir habitants. Now it The numbers had increased when Jacob came down with might have been thought, that in this universal deluge bis sons into thc land of Egypt, and seemed to be the promised Saviour would have been forgotten; and rapidly accomplishing when the leader of the Israelites that He, who had so long endured the mockery of his marched out of Egypt at the head of six hundred thoucreatures, would at length swear in his wrath that they sand men : and at the present day the Jews are said to should never enter into his rest. But no! the promise be more numerous than ever. But it is not in their was sure, that the seed of the woman should bruise the number only that this faithfulness is to be traced. What serpent's head; and that he, who then seemed to be can equal their triumphs and conquests, and the many lord of the ascendant, should ere long cringe beneath signal defeats which their enemies (though by far the the irresistible power of the great Conqueror of sin and superiors in number) were made to endure, the marvel. hell. The doings of mankind, even after this awful dis- lous accounts of which enrich the sacred records! And play of Divine indignation, were never such as to who can look at them in the present day, and compare awaken in his heart any thing like tenderness or affec- the predictions of Moses with their present degraded tion for his people. He, who ought to have been the condition, and not be struck with amazement at the object of each man's inost ardent love, was never remarkably correct manner in which every threatening thought of; and every thing which creatures could do, has been fullilled? Oh! when we look on Jerusalem, to insult their Creator, united to induce hi!n to leave contemplate her former splendour, think on the magmankind to themselves, to perish in their crimes. But nificent day which she once saw, and the mighty men nothing could alter a word gone furth from the lips of whose bones lie mouldering in her plains, -- who shall the Almighty; and in due time the Saviour came, and blame us for weakness, if we imitate the Saviour, and accoinplished his inighty work : and as each Sabbath drop a tear at the consideration of her fallen condition? bell calls together from all parts of uur land crowds of The torrent of Almighty wrath was threatened: that humble worshippers, it does but serve to confirin the threat was disregarded, and therefore all the lofty towers truth of the Almighty, and establish the promises which of the city are levelled with the dust; and like a country "he has spoken by the mouths of his holy prophets, over which a mighty deluge has swept, Jerusalem may who have been since the world began.”
say to her unchangeable and faithful God, “All thy 2. The promise that the earth should not again be waves and thy sturins have gone over me,” and “Thou, destroyed by water. Inattention robs many of the O Lord, art righteous profit they would otherwise derive from the Scripture. 4. Christian experience will also confirm my feeble A remarkalıle passage in them refers to the Almighty's effort to proclaim the faithfulness of God. When the promise, which he made tu Noah when he came out of first dawnings of heavenly light beamed into our hearts, the ark. Now it is not the virtue of this second gene- there was one there ready to assist it; and though the ration which has saved it from annihilation; for we, reed was bruised, he did not break it; and though the like our fathers, have sinned, we have gone astray and flax only just smoked, he did not quench it. And he dealt wickedly; and the only assurance we have that the has been with us all the days of our pilgriinage. We fountains of the great deep will no more be called to have found in him a constant and perpetual friend and pour forth their mighty supply of waters, and the win- protector: and though human friends may often have dows of the heavens be opened, is because the Lord has Torsaken us, the eye of our Almighty Guard knows no sworn that it shall not be so. O how fertile a subject drowsiness, and his love can never be extinguished. is this for thankfulness and meditation !
Why then should we doubt that he will complete his pursue his evening walk, when the setting sun just casts work? When our fellow-creatures confirm their testiover the earth a kind of calm and solemn light, and mony by an oath, we no longer dare disbelieve them : look around him on the landscape which spreads so shall we then charge perjury on the Lord of Heaven, seeing that he hath sworn by himself that he will bless
Sunday School Lectures. us? Cast away therefore all sorrow and fear: God is not a man; and if even human testimony is honoured
LECTURE VII. and respected, let us beware how we trifle with the testimony of God.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD." 5. Éternal glory will be bestowed on every true believer. It will be but a little while before we, who are
Teacher. I told you last Sunday, that when rre now travelling on the rough anti rugged road to Zion's offered up this prayer, we asked of God not "to take hill, shall have reached that city of habitation. Why his Holy Spirit from us,”-still to allow us to drink then should we not cortemplate the pleasures which we freely of the fountain of life. Now this is a snbject shall enjoy on our arrival there? It is not a shadowy which includes all that the Bible says concerning sin or an unsubstantial bliss which the people of God are and salvation : it relates to the cause of Christ's dying destined to enjoy; and every care and anxiety as to the
on the tree, and of his being buried, and of his rising exact nature of our future habitations, may well be again the third day: it speaks of “sin,” of the laid aside when we remember that our Saviour himself corruption of man's natural heart, because the office of is gone to prepare them. The world which we now the Holy Ghost is to cleanse us from sin by the blood inhabit is admirably adapted to the supply of all our
of Jesus Christ. wants; and this world was the work of the Saviour. What is the chief subject of the Bible? --Salvation Surely then past success may well argue, that the
froin sin. future world will be no less adapted to the wants and
What caused Christ's death? - Sin. dispositions of its inhabitants. What the splendours of What is the chief office of the Holy Spirit ?- To that world shall be, it is not in the power of human sanctify us, or to wash away our sins in Jesus' blood, reason to contemplate. The notices which the Scrip. and prepare us for heaven. tures give us concerning it, are all marked with ideas Teacher. The wicked man has had much done for of grandeur and elevation; and in many places we are him already, and much also now remains to be done told, that the joy will be unspeakable and full of glory. for him, and much for him to do. I would show you Far removed from the world in which we now reside now, are the foundations of the Eternal City. This carth Ist. What has been done for all men, both sinners will be consumed with a mighty conflagration, and the
and believers. heavens shall depart with the reepening blasts of the 2d. What has been done for believers only. archangel's trumpet ; and then shall appear the new
Ist. What has been done for all inen: and there are heaven, the New Jerusalem, the city of the living God; three things which have been done for all men:and thither shall assemble innuierable in ultitudes from Ist. All men have been redeemed, bought back from every quarter of the globe, and each shall be clothed Satan, and power has been given to all inen to return in a snow-white robe, and each shall be crowned with again to God. a glorious coronet, and the music of golden harps shall What has God, first, done for all men? He bas reawaken heavenly songs, while the Redeemer shall gra- deerned all men. ciously smile on his ransomed and beloved people. What is the meaning of redemption ?-A buying Verily, this is the reward of the righteous.
back. What then can be more encouraging to a trembling Teucher. Suppose a man was to sell himself into the mortal than such a view of the Faithfulness of God? hands of a very cruel king, who was to chain him down Though our sins may have been many, and our iniqui- so that he might not run away, and was to feg bim ties more than the hairs of our head, yet ihey cannot every day, and to give him only bread and water to have passed the boundary line of unlimited love, nor live upon. Then suppose that another very powerful, have gone beyond the provision made for the repentant but kind and merciful king, was to see this poor priby the death of Christ. The Saviour looks even now soner, and was to pity hiin, and offer this cruel king with the tender smile of unwearied beneficence on 7001. if he would sell bim the prisoner, that he might every rebellious child of Adam, and longs and labours let him go free. And suppose that the price was to clasp him in his arms, and pour on hin the blessings agreed to by both kings, and the prisoner was allowed
And if he who canuot lie has said, to go free. Now here is the cruel king from whom the “ Return unto me, for I have redeemed thee," who is prisoner is redeemed or bought back; there is the kind he that will be cruel enough to cast a doubt on a sub- king who redeems the prisoner or buys him back; ject which God has left free from doubt? Hark! the there is the prisoner who is redeemed, or bought back silver trumpet sounds in sweet and simple melody; and from the cruel king by the kind king, and there is the louder yet its strains become, till the whole earth is price with which the prisoner is redeemed or bought filled with the sound. What means it? It is the herald back. The cruel king, from whom the prisoner is reof the Lord. He brings glad tidings to the sons of deemed, is Satan; the kind king, or the Redeemer, is He addresses the long-enslaved captives of sin
Jesus Christ; the prisoner who is bought back, reprewith the heart.cheering announcement
sents mankind; and the 7001. paid, denotes the death “ The year of jubilee is come,
or blood of Christ. This is redemption. Now suppose Return, ye ransom'd sinners, home."
the prisoner, when the kind king bad redeemed him B. Z. and procured himn liberty, was to say to the king,
“Though you have redeenied me, I will not go back to POWER OF PRAYER.
yon, and serve you, but I will stop in the service of my
present master, and will bear his ill treatment.” You Heaven is God's magazine, wherein he hath would, I dare say, think him a very foolish man, and Stor'd up his vials, both of love and wrath.
out of his mind: but nevertheless, this is like the case Prayer opens this great treasure: 'tis a key
of the wicked. Though Christ has redeemed them froun Whose wards are faith and hope and charity. Satan, who torments them now, and who will torment Wouldst thou prevent a judgment due to sin ? them hereafter in hell, they will not come to Christ
, Turn but the key, and thou mayst lock it in. whose “yoke is casy, and whose burthen is light," Or wouldst thou have a blessing fall upon thee? but prefer Satan's bondage. But suppose the prisoner Open the door, and it will shower on thee.-- Quarles. was to choose to serve the kind king, and to leave the
of his grace
cruel king ; then you would think him a wise man for repentance and true faith, arise and go to their Father doing so. Now this represents the true believer, who by Jesus Christ, and will in no wise be cast out, for determines to leave Satan, and to serve Christ: the end
" While th' lamp of life holds out to burn, of the man who stays in Satan's bondage is eternal
The vilest sinner may return." misery; the end of the man who turns to Christ's service and friendship, is eternal happiness : “Turn Trusting these few remarks may remove W.'s fears, I ye,” then, “turn ye, why will ye die?"
offer them for your insertion. If not plainer than that Who is the Redeemer? - Jesus Christ.
which has already appeared (See No. 63.) it is at least Who are the redeemed ? All mankind.
in other words, and therefore may perhaps be more From whom are we redeemed? - Satan,
easily understood. What is the price with which we are redeemed ?
J. M. Christ's blood.
Teacher. To show you how plainly the Scripture declares that the price of redemption has been paid
“ MORE THAN EVER, PRAY.” even for the wicked, I will just refer to two remarkable, texts : “Destroy not himn with thy meat, for whom A poor boy, who sold wood, passing down a street, Christ died.” Roin. xiv, 15. “Who privily shall bring was heard to say,
“ More than ever for a penny!” A in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that friend who heard him observed to me, * More than bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruc
ever pray for ine.". Perhaps a few observations inay be tion.” 2 Pet. ii, 1. No one will say that those who drawn from this hint, which may be beneficial to the deny Christ, who bring in dainnable heresies, and who Christian. are bringing on themselves swift destruction, can be Have you a favourite child, for whom you have long saints; and saints only can be saved, and none else. and earnestly prayed, and apparently wiihout success, Yet these inen are spoken of as redeemed, who" bring let me entreat you inore than ever to pray for him. on themselves swift destruction :” it is plainly in these Depend upon it, praying breath has never, nor ever two verses stated, that he may be destroyed for whom will be spent in vain. Thy prayer, O anxious parent, Christ died, and that even the wicked are will be answered, and in such a inanner as will exdeemed.
ceed thy highest expectations, and upbraid thy little At the present time I can go no further, but remem- faith. ber, my dear children, that each one of you
Christian, are you walking in darkness? To you I deemed, and now, now you may go to Christ, escape
“More than ever pray.” Now is the espefrom Satan, and enjoy everlasting salvation,
cial time to pray.
“ Whoso walketh in darkness, and C. R. A. hath no light, let him trust in the name of the Lord,
and stay himself upon his God,” rous the promise. Take therefore this assurance to the throne of grace,
and pleading it in the name of Jesus, light shall break ANOTHER ANSWER TO W.'S INQUIRY,
upon thy path, and joy shall beam upon thy disconsoON HEB. X,
late spirit. 16.
Christian Minister, exclaiming with heartfelt sorrow, “For if we sin wilfully, after that we have received the know- “I have laboured in vain, and spent my strength for ledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin."
nought,” may I with great humility commend to you
more than ever to pray. Oh, how often you have kindly In answer to W.'s inquiry (in No. 61), who wishes to urged your hearers to pray; do but try the efficacy of know if his sin is of that nature inentioned by the
prayer in your own circumstances. Think you that apostle, and if there is remission for the same,
God can fórego his own promise? Has he not said, leave to assure him, that the text has no reference
that "he who goeth forth, bearing precious seed, shall whatever to him, or to any huinble inquirer seeking the doubtless come again with joy, bringing his sheaves way of approach to God the Father by Jesus Christ;
with him ;” aud will he vot bless your efforts, and ultithe class alluded to being the Jews, with others, no
inately crown your labours with success? matter what their profession or creed may be, who are Sabbath School Teacher, who may be cast down by wilfully and habitually living in the practice of known
witnessing the untractable dispositions of your charge, sin, and rejecting the offers of salvation by Jesus
let me urge you, more than ever to pray. You have Christ.
prayed, you answer. Yes, I know you have; and your The apostle refers here to the Jews, who would not
prayers have not, cannot in truth be unanswered. believe that Christ had come, that the great sacrifice
Pray still : the blessing will come, though it may seem e for all had been offered, but still waited for the to our weak faith to tarry; and it will come, after all Messiah's coming. He gives them to understand, that
the apparent delays, to testify that your labours are not they, having received such evident proofs of Christ's
in vain in the Lord. mission, and before whose eyes he was sacrificed; also May every Christian derive a stiinulus from these few having been convinced by Christ himself; have now no hints, more than ever to pray. cloak for their sin, but are sinning wilfully after having
C. G. received the knowledge of the truth, by vainly expecting there yet remained a sacrifice to be offered, seeing Jesus Christ had already been sacrificed for us, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God; there
TRANSLATION OF BEZA'S LATIN EPITAPH being no other name under heaven whereby, they
FOR LUTHER. could be saved, but that name which they already knew.
Rome rul'd the world; the Pope made Rome obey ; The apostle says, there remaineth no more [no other] By strength she gaiu’d, by treachery he, the sway. sacrifice for sin ; but he does not say there remaineth How far was Luther more than either great, no inore remission or pardon for those who have sinned Whose single pen controlld their double weight ! wilfully after having received the knowledge of the Grant Grecian fable its Alcides : still, truth; but all, both Jews and Gentiles, may, by sincere His ponderous club was nought to Luther's quill.