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believe in Him is to have forgiveness of sins and the me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me gift of everlasting life.
shall never thirst.' The soul of the believer is satisThis, dear reader, is the good part which shall not fied by Jesus as the Saviour, and kept satisfied by be taken away. May it be yours. It is offered Him as the Good Shepherd, for he that believeth in freely—the word of life.' Oh, it is indeed a me shall go in and out and find pasture.' vital question which we would ask-"what do you How constantly Jesus said He came not to do his think of the words of Jesus?” Pilate scorned them, own will, but the Father's (ver. 38, 39, 40), and yet and afterwards crucified the Lord of life and glory! | his will and the Father's were one; and our blesMary received them, believed them, found peace and sedness and strength will be in proportion to our conhappiness in them, and will rejoice in the love of scious oneness of will with the Father and the Son. Jesus through the countless ages of eternity!
In the 40th verse we read 'that every one which Alas! how slow men are to receive that seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everunspeakable blessing the word of life! How hard lasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.' it is to accept God's declarations about us and about | Let the reader have no difficulty about 'seeing' Jesus, His beloved Son! How easy, on the other hand, for the eye of faith does see Him, as Paul says (Heb. to treat mere words as very worthless, and to despise ii. 9), "We see Jesus, who was made,' &c. Him who uttered them! Men may even admire the spirit of Mary, yet never take her place; and they A meeting for study of the Scriptures has been held for some may condemn the awful guilt of Pilate, yet indulge weeks past at No. 2, Old Street Road. * At the last meeting.
Saturday, Feb. 4th, the subject proposed for consideration by the same evil heart of pride and unbelief. They
a friend who came in, was REPENTANCE. Passages were read suffer Truth to be brought before them a thousand from Acts ii. and xvii., from which it was seen that God first times, but refuse to hear it in their hearts, and con sent the command by Peter to the Jews, and afterwards by sequently die in their sins.
Paul to all men everywhere, to repent. It was also observed that the call thus made by God upon his creatures was not that they
should put themselves though a course of penitential sorrow REPORTS OF SCRIPTURE MEETINGS.
(as many erroneously suppose), but that they should turn from
their opposition to, and ignorance of Himself, and accept the Search the Scriptures.'-(John v. 39.)
Salvation He has provided by and in his only-begotton Son, At a Scripture Meeting recently held at No. 12, une Voeting roontly held at N, 19 the Lord Jesus Christ.
| It was further shown, by reference to various Scriptures, that Tabernacle-walk, Finsbury-square, the following the car
te .019.8 the call to repentance was but as it were the forerunner of the observations were made, the passage studied being glad tidings conveyed in the words “ Believe in the Lord Jesus John vi. 28–40. The Jews said, What shall we do, | Christ and thou shalt be saved.” This is seen in the person and that we might work the works of God? Men always work of John the Baptist. He came proaching repentance-ask what they shall do, but God sets us first upon
that is, he proclaimed to the people that they must turn from
the courses they had been following, which were contrary to the believing and then upon doing. Perverse and proud
Divine mind, and look to One in their midst who was hencenatural man still tries to reverse God's order; but forth to be the Saviour, Teacher, and Guide of all who would Jesus says to them, as He said to the Jews, This is regard Him as the Sent-one of God. the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He 1. The call to repent is a warning voice telling men they are
hurrying to destruction, seeking to arrest them in their down. hath sent. But men want more proof; they say
ward course, and claiming their attention to the voice of God. What sign showest thou then, that we may see, and But even as the ministry of John the Baptist was absorbed believe thee? craving more evidence than they have into, rather than superseded by, that of the Lord Jesus Christ, got in the Holy Word, and think theirs is a hard so God's command to all men to repent is included in the glad case if Christians cannot furnish it to their satisfac
tidings proclaimed by the Lord himself—That whosoerer
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' tion. This was just the position of the Jews; they
Therefore, after the Lord Jesus had suffered the death of the had recently beheld the Lord feed five thousand with cross, (having finished the work his Father had given him io five barley loaves and two small fishes, and were do—having laid in the grave and risen triumphant over all our actually following the Lord expecting to be fed in no the Lord expecting to be fed in enemies,) He issued the world-wide proclamation of Salvation
to all who shall believe in Him, Go ye into all the world, and the same manner again and again, and yet they
preach the gospel to every creature ; he that believeth and is wickedly ask for a sign! Besides this miracle, they
baptized shall be sared, but he that believeth not shall be had others, for we read in the beginning of the damned. (Mark xvi. 15, 16.) chapter that a great multitude followed Him, be Here we have no separate call to repentance; yet in the very cause they saw his miracles.' And yet they wanted
act of putting trust in Christ by faith there is of necessity a
turning from everything else, and this is the true act of a sign! The whole narrative shows the insufficiency
repentance. of eyesight to produce faith. If, therefore, the words
No doubt deep sorrow and contrition for sin are often the first of Jesus are insufficient nothing better can be had, manifestation of the power of the word of God in the soul, but not even the appearance of
the dead.' this is not repentance unto life,' according to Scripture. In (Luke xvi. 31.)
truth, repentance is not an expression of feeling, but a determined
conformity to the command of God. Jesus is God's sign and evidence of his love; the manna in the desert was a sign to the Israelites that
* We are requested to state that the meeting hitherto held as
above will be continued, if the Lord will, each Saturday evening at God loved them (ver. 31). Jesus is a sign to us and
Half-past 7 o'clock, at No. 47, RAWSTORNE-STREET, Goswell-road, to all, of God's mercy; 'My Father giveth you the at which place is also held ' a Scripture Meeting each Lord's true bread from heaven; for the bread of God is He Day Afternoon at 3 o'clock and Wednesday at 71. All Christians
are invited. The unconverted are also welcome to attend-but only which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto
believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are permitted to speak. Controthe world. I am the bread of life ; he that cometh to versy is carefully avoided.
THE CITY OF CONFUSION, pray you, dismiss all such God-dishonouring fears, and trust (Isaiah xxiv. 10.)
(not yourself, but) Jesus. Consider his words— My sheep
hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I AND THE WAY OUT OF IT.
give unto them eternal life ; and they shall never perish, neither
shall any pluck them out of my hand. Do you believe A FAITHFUL WORD FOR CHRISTIANS. this clear and precious declaration of your Saviour ? It is
needful to your present peace-it is needful to a right underThe chapter in Isaiah from which the first part of the above standing of the rest of the Word of God-it is neeilful to title is taken presents a solemn prophetic picture of the awful your faithful walk, as an adopted son or daughter of God day of tribulation which is shortly to overtake this carth, of that you believe these declarations of your absolute security in which the Lord Jesus Christ also prophesied, as we shall have
Christ. Remember it is He who has said you shall never occasion to show. Isaiah speaks of the scene which the earth perish. But that you may be sure you ought to have confidence would present at a future day, and calls it the City of Confu
in forgiveness obtained, and eternal life already given, we quote sion.'
one other Scripture, which leaves no room for further question. Read the chapter referred to, and say if the whole present
• These things have I written unto you that believe on the name condition of things does not answer to the description of the of the Son of God that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and *City of Confusion'? Whatever section of men's pursuits you
that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.'-(1 John examino-Politics, War, Commerce, Education, Science,
v. 13.) Religion-looking at each part of the globe in detail, or taking 4. WHO IT 18 THAT PRESERVES US UXTO THE END.-We are in, at a glance, the whole scene, a Christian must readily admit not only thus blessedly assured of our safety, but our Lord has, the prophet's exact description, and own we are living in the in wondrous love, informed us how we are kept secure. To • City of Confusion.'
understand this, however, faith must be in exercise. Still the But this confusion is especially seen in the religious condition | exhortation is— trust the Word,' trust in Jesus. “In whom ye of the world, and the reader, perhaps, discerns and mourns over also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel the fact that he is a dweller in the City of Confusion. Do of your Salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were you not sometimes feel bewildered by the confusion of teaching sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our and ideas which exists around you? Are you not tired of inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.' man's inventions and improvements in spiritual things ? Is not ! (Eph. i. 13, 14) This was a new manifestation of the wonfailure stamped upon all? You may admit this, and, for drous love of God. Under the Jewish dispensation, and indeed that very reason, fear to listen to a new adviser. There is no in all ages, the Holy Spirit of God wrought upon and with all lack of teachers, no lack of monitors-it is emphatically true who believed God , consequently, a holy man of old could pray of our time, that men heap to themselves teachers having Take not thy holy Spirit from me ;' and when our blessed Lord itching ears.' Unsought advice, too, pours in on every side. Jesus was on earth he said to his disciples-'If ye being evil
However, amid all the agitation and din, thank God, the know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more voice of Scripture is heard: (oh, that it may rise clearer, shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that and still clearer.) But, alas, as yet, what havoc has been made ask it?' In the following words Jesus shows the difference of by the misapplication of parts of the Word of God! How ob- the mode of the Spirit's influence before and after his death :scured is some of the truth! "The Word' is almost made of 'I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another none effect by men's traditions. We gladly own, however, that Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit Christians do contend for the whole Bible, and will not suffer of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him it to be mutilated, either by professors or infidels; but how few not, neither knoweth him; but ve know him, for he dwelleth own practically that emphatic statement in 2 Tim. iii. 16-'ALL with you, and shall be in you.' (John xiv. 16.) Thus the Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for Spirit indwells all believers. This was altogether an unlookeddoctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteous- for blessing, the unspeakable importance of which was little ness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished understood at that time, and has, alas ! been forgotten by unto all good works'! It is in the light of this Scripture we thousands of Christians in every succeeding generation, though would show the Christian reader the way out of the City of the promise has been strictly fulfilled. When the Lord Confusion ;' but it will be in vain for you to attempt to follow appeared to the disciples after he had completed the amazing us unless willing to abide by ALL that is written in the Word of work of atonement by which we have forgiveness of sins, He God. The mere word of man must be held to be absolutely of commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, xo account. Are you not exhorted to prove all things, and but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have hold fast that which is good’? and what is the only proof, heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall the only test, the only measure, but the Scriptures? We must be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. And prove all things by them. “What saith the Scripture ?' must so it came to pass : on the Day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit settle every other question.
was poured out upon the assembly of believers (about one First, then, touching the question of SALVATION : 'What hundred and twenty persons, according to the above-named saith the Scripture'? As to
scripture), and, as we learn by the continuation of the Sacred 1. Its COMPREHENSIVENESS. "God so loved the world that
Word, the gift is confirmed to all who, in sincerity, own the he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
name of Jesus. It is of unspeakable importance that this truth should not perish, but have everlasting life.' Do you im
of the abiding presence of the Holy Ghost in all believers be plicitly believe in this declared love of God, and the way in
fully received. As we have said, faith alone can realise either which he has proved that love?
the fact or the resulting blessing. Reason may ask, with
Nicodemus, How can these things be'? and if we look at what 2. A PRESENT BLESSING. "He that believeth on the Son
we are in ourselves, we may well be confounded in the presence hath everlasting life, and he that believeth not the Son shall not of this sublime expression of God's love. But we must remember see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.' Do you believe
that emphatic declaration, The blood of Jesus Christ, his that, as a believer, you have got everlasting life through faith in (God's) Son cleanseth from all sin.' Our heavenly Father has Jesus Christ, the Son of God ? Do you believe that, according
proved to us how absolutely we are cleansed by the precious to this Scripture, faith in Jesus is the only thing which makes
blood of Christ, for the lioly Ghost could not possibly indwell you to differ from those upon whom the wrath of God abideth ?
an impure habitation; and we are declared to be 'temples of 3. ITS CERTAINTY AND SECURITY,- Verily, verily, I say the Holy Ghost.' It is a common error among earnest unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that Christians to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condem the world for the purpose of conversion ; but a little reflection nation, but is passed from death unto life. Have you been upon that which the word of God teaches ought to convince all content hitherto with a kind of hope that through faith in that, until belief in Christ has brought the cleansing efficacy of Christ you may be saved at last, yet fearing some fatal temp- | his blood to the soul, it is impossible for the Holy Spirit of tation might cut you off from God's free mercy and love? We God to take up his abode there. Every instance recorded in
the “ Acts" of the Holy Ghost being given assures with which he commences his statement, and which he deus that belief preceded that gift. But the scripture already nounces as erroneous. Recognition of different forms of govern. quoted (Ephesians i. 13) puts it beyond question—In whom ment is directly opposed to the text, and is in complete contraalso, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit vention of the whole tenor of the New Testament. The several of promise.'
churches spoken of in Scripture, according to the preacher's - The following scriptures confirm what has been here ad- own showing, are only distinguished by locality, the churches vanced :-'But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so of Asia, Corinth, Philippi, Antioch,' &c. How can Mr Spurgeon be that the Spirit of God dweil in you. Now, if any man have profess to see a parallel to this in the different denominations, Lot the Spirit of Christ he is none of his.' But if the Spirit or forms of government,' which he enumerates ? Directly we of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that attempt to justify sectarianism, we deny the unity of the Spirit. raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal Look at the verses which follow the preacher's text: One bodies by his Spirit that duelleth in you. For as many as are body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptisur, led by the Spirit of God they are the Sons of God. For ye one God and Father of all !' Seven ones! i.e. perfect oneness, have not receiyed the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye seven in Scripture being emblematical of perfection. This is have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, unity. Let us own this, and we shall see that those who have Father.' (Rom. viii. 9, 11, 14, 15.)- Again, 'And grieve not brought in doctrines effecting divisions; those who have cut off the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of sections of the one body, and given names and governments of redemption.' (Ephesians iv. 30.)- Again, “For God hath not their own invention, have ignored the 'unity of the Spirit ;' called us to uncleanness, but unto holiness. He, therefore, and those who attempt to vindicate that which has been done, that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also are not endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the given unto us his Holy Spirit.' (1 Thes. iv. 7, 8.)-Again, If bond of peace. we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is per Oh, that Christians would return to their one Lord! fected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he Reflect upon the meaning of that word ' Lord; it is absolute in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.” (1 John iv. 12, 13.) ownership ;'we are not our own, we are bought with a price.' [The development of this subject, viz., deliverance from the
Only think of a number of servants parting themselves off into "City of Confusion,' we purpose continuing from month to month.]
companies and setting up different forms of government for themselves, independent of their master! How did the Holy
Spirit deal with the first evidences of sectarianism ? Turn to MR. C. H. SPURGEON'S MIXTURES OF TRUTH 1 Cor. i. 10-13_Now, I beseech you, brethren, by the name of AND ERROR.
'our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and The errors of one who occupies so prominent a place in the
'that there be no divisions among you, but that ye bo world as Mr Spurgeon are calculated to produce incalculable
| perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same mischief, and nono the less that they are mixed with much
judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my truth. We purpose therefore to subject some of his statements
'brethren, by them of Chloe, that there are contentions among to the searching light of the word of God, and we would do
you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of this in all Christian love and solely for the vindication of
•Paul: and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is • precious truth. We have no desire to enter into systematic
| Christ divided : was Paul crucified for you? or were ye criticism, nor to provoke mere controversy, Mr Spurgeon
baptized in the name of Paul ?" himself invites criticism. In his published sermon entitled
We leave this to the solemn reflection of our readers. We “True Unity Promoted,' (dated Jan. 1, 1865,) he says-May | po
| point to an error common throughout Christendom, and have there ever be found some men, though they be rough as Amos, co
contrasted it with the truth of the word of God. May the • or stern as Haggai, who shall denounce again and again alí | Holy Spirit apply the lesson in power. league with error, and all compromise with sin, and declare
Another observation of Mr Spurgeon's in the same sermon that these are the abhorrence of God. Never dream that holy | we ought not to pass over. I hope to.cxercise a ministry in «contention is at all a violation of my text.' The text spoken l'this place which will drive out those of you who will not of is, 'Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond
| 'acknowledge your brethren when they are poorer and of less of peace.'
education than yourselves.' May we ask the preacher two There are many parts of this discourse which indicate in Mr questions? Firstly - Where are these intractable members of Spurgeon a true perception of the mind of the Holy Ghost as
the Tabernacle congregation to be driven to Secondlyexpressed in the text. Thus, when the preacher referred to the
Where is there a single word in Scripture to authorise any words of our Lord- That they all may be one, as thou Father
minister, or any Christian, or body of Christians, to art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that
drive out such as are pointed at in the above sentence ? the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John xvii.
| We read of exclusion (from the church at Corinth, for instance) 21.) From what Christ has said, we know this absolute unity
for grievous sin, but for failure in the exercise of Christian is preserved by God. But we are set to conform ourselves
graces-nover. On the contrary, the un' Why members are to practically to His mind. If this disposition prevailed universally
be waited upon, entreated, and exhorted me to wash one
le mind of Him among believers, there would be manifested that unity which / another's foot. This is the mind of the
and will never we are to endeavour to preserve in the bond of peace. Mr | who bears with all our perversity and Spurgeon properly repudiatos all kinds of unity based upon 'drive out' a single one that trusts Him. We oppose pretensions to ecclesiastical supremacy-as also every species of
of Divine thought to man's thought, and the leave it. Our object urity brought about by conformity to error. Would we could is not to find fault, but to present ' precious truth.' equally commend the entiro sermon, but we cannot. The
NOTICES. following is sadly mistakon teaching, (p. 3.) 'Men speak of
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esby- dation of scriptural truth. Controversial questions should be avoided «terian Church. Now I hesitate not to say that there is nothing entirely, if possible. Our earnost desire is to help simple-hearted whatever in Scripture at all parallel to such language; for christians with words of encouragement, patience and love-and to thero I rend of the soven churches in Asia, the church in advocate the practical operation of precious truth" in christian • Corinth, Philippi, Antioch, etc. In England, if I speak walk and practice. We hope, also, to be useful in preading the 'according to the word of God, there are some thousands of glad tidings of salvation. Any enquiries calculated to help forward
churches holding the episcopal form of government in these objects shall have our best attention. "Scotland some thousands of godly churches ordered according
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God abide over me? what have I done? You are ·
daily giving God the lie. 'He that believeth not DEAR BROTHER OR SISTER IN THE LORD,
God hath made him a liar, because he believeth not We can, in all sincerity, thus address you; the record God gave of his Son.' (1 John v. 10.) He for though perhaps personally unknown to each hath concluded all under sin-hath declared the whole other, and though we may never meet on earth, - world guilty before Him, and consequently yourself vet as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are in that condition. There is none righteous, no, not members of one body, and shall be associated toge. one; all have sinned and come short of the glory ther through all eternity. To such only is this letter of God.' To the sinner who dies in his sins God must addressed.
be 'a consuming fire.' But your heart gives a flat Shall we not now love one another? Shall we not denial to this also, and says it is too dreadful to be extend to one another in faith the right hand of fel-1 true. Listen not to your heart; it is deceitful lowship? We seek communion with you— true, above all things, and desperately wicked.' 'He who loving communion. We offer you our thoughts about trusteth his own heart is a fool.' the things concerning our high calling, and the Again you urge, "What have I done to deserve words which our loving Saviour has charged us to so dreadful a doom? Am I not strictly honest and keep. Now, we invite you to communicate your moral?' Admitted, and were we to ask your friends thoughts in return. If we should say anything about you, they might add that you have much tbat which at the first glance does not seem to run in the lis amiable, and useful, and attractive. Nevertheless, same channel as that in which your mind has been what is the use of it all, if it blind your eyes to the hitherto directed—have patience with us. In such | declaration of the Spirit of God-the natural heart a case we earnestly invite you to judge our words by is enmity against God'? And you are believing the Scriptures, and then candidly write to us, and your heart, and disbelieving God, when he says 'tho, state wherein you think we err,
wrath of God abideth over you.' Then, again, in any circumstances in which you Are you listening to the whisper of the Enemy that, would desire the counsel of those who love the Lord | not being so bad as others you need not fear? To and all who are his, we would tender you our Chris- this insinuation, the Word declares- There is no tian sympathy and advice ; you may write us under difference,' that every mouth may be stopped.'. initials, and we will answer if possible in the follow-|(Rom. ii.) If one died for all, then were all ing number of PRECIOUS TRUTH. May we thus en-dead.' Oh, sinner, who art thyself utterly un. deavour to bear one another's burdens,' and exhort worthy of eternal life, think of Jesus as tasting of and edify one another.' In all things let us seek to death for every man,' and consequently for you, glorify our Heavenly Father, bearing fruit to Him provided you will accept him by faith. by abiding in the True Vine,' and keeping the Ah, there is the secret; the wrath of God against words of Jesus abiding in us.
sin came down upon the spotless Sacrifice, and the In conclusion, we would ask you to make our paper wrath no longer abideth over those who trust in him. known by giving a copy here and there to any who may be within the circle of your influence.
CHRISTIAN, DO YOU BELIEVE ITP Yours very lovingly in Our Lord Jesus Christ,
"What! know ye not that your body is the temple THE EDITOR.
of the Holy Ghost which is IN YOU, which ye have of God?' (1 Cor. vi. 19.)
Even in the earliest days of the Christian dispenTO THE UNREGENERATE.
sation, it was needful to remind believers continually DEAR READER,- Listen and ponder. The wrath of this solemn truth. The Corinthian saints knew of God' is abiding over you—the wrath of Him in very well, as a fact, that the Holy Spirit of God whom you live and move,' and have your being, from indwelt them; yet by their various and grievous whom you cannot escape, though you call on the failures they soon began to make it evident that they rocks to hide you and the hills to cover you. Be not were not walking in the consciousness of being the sceptical; it is the language of Jesus, the words of temple of God. him who is the Truth, and who is Love, too, and It is forgetfulness of this mighty power in the would not needlessly pain the humblest of human Christian which opens the door to unfaithfulness and kind. i It is, therefore, the language of simple fact. sin. Let the reader carefully notice the abundant • But why, perhaps you say, should the wrath of testimony contained in the Epistles of Paul and John
that the Holy Spirit abides with every believer in 'face, and then asks just one halfpenny too much for the Lord Jesus Christ.
a pound of sugar'!! This is NOT Christ's doctrine. But what we desire particularly to press, just now, We must give the same unqualified condemnation in the language of the Scripture before us, is—the to another statement. Speaking of Jesus on the claim thereby demonstrated to an ABSOLUTE OWNER- cross, the preacher said-from his open wounds SHIP of the Christian by the Lord Jesus Christ. 'there flows a stream of life-giving power to his •And ye are not your own, for ye are bought with a 'sacraments.' This is quite opposed to the word of price! Therefore, glorify God in your body, and in God, which declares that the soul is saved through your spirit, which are God's.' (1 Cor. iv. 19, 20.) faith in Christ, and that alone. The Word gives no Ít is clear from this passage that believers have no power to sacraments. Yet how useful a servant Mr. rights of their own—that is to say, apart from Christ. Liddon might be if careful to adhere strictly to the It follows, therefore, that when selfishness, in any teaching of his Master, is evidenced by the following form, is manifested in our life, we are defrauding the powerful appeal, the force of which is however lost Lord that bought us! Yet it is far from the Lord's where it stands in his sermon, - through that wish that we should consider ourselves as bondmen, which surrounds it. 'Do you know and feel that to in the abject sense of the term, for he has made us "live, except for God- to live in forgetfulness of the free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith endless future, which is before the soul, is a vast Christ hath made us free;' again, 'For, brethren, 'folly-a mistake so gigantic that no other mistake ye have been called into liberty; only use not liberty in the world can rival it? And yet something holds for an occasion to the flesh.' (Gal. v. 1, 13.)
'you back-habits, friendships, cherished plans. You The thought of the Lord's ownership, with which can seem to climb the summit of Pisgah, and wistthe Holy Ghost delights to refresh us, arises from our 'fully gazing at the land of promise, almost resign marvellous association with our Lord as members of yourselves to die beyond the Jordan. What shall his body. Just as a man reckons upon the spontaneous it profit-that delay, that clinging to that which willingness and absolute devotedness of his hand or you have already condemned ? What shall it profit his foot because they are his ; so the members of when for you time is no more, and you have entered Christ should be quick to understand and unhesitating upon eternity?' to obey their Head, the Lord of all, because they are His. For we are members of his body, of his flesh,
? 3. A Sermon preached by the Rev. W. M. Punshon, M.A. in the and of his bones.' (Eph. V. 30.)
Liverpool Road Chapel, Aug. 28, 1864. But it is good to be Ponder and pray over these wondrous truths, be- zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am loved in the Lord. They are unspeakable gain to
present with you.' Gal. iv. 18. all who receive them.
In this sermon the preacher sweetly dwells upon the tender anxieties of a true minister in watching
over the flock of Christ. He thoroughly enters into REVIEWS OF RECENTLY PRINTED SERMONS
the feelings of the Apostle Paul detailed in the BY EMINENT PREACHERS.
epistle from which the text is taken. [Under this head we propose to examine, in the light of Scripture,
Concerning the nature of zeal, the speaker shows some of the sermons which come under our notice, or to which correspondents draw our attention. Let us state distinctly that
that in itself it is neither morally excellent nor we shall in no case be influenced by personal feeling for 'morally blameworthy. It becomes Christian zeal or against the preacher; we take account only of his doctrines only when it springs from Christian motive, when and teachings. We shall prefer to deal with the discourses of those who are deservedly esteemed, remembering that in Scripture l 'it is displayed in a Christian manner, when it is the faults of the most approved are the most unsparingly dealt used for Christian ends. The great constraining with. We entreat our readers to give us credit for entire free- ' motive of Christian zeal, as of every other grace dom from personal bias.]
'or energy that is hallowed, is “the love of Christ
Paul's Cathedral. Jan. 22, 1865. For what is a man profited We could quote much more, forcibly pointing out if he gain the whole world but lose his own soul ?' Matt. xvi. 26. the effects of misdirected zeal, leading to persecution
There are two grievous faults very manifest in this among professing Christian churches. Mr. Punshon discourse
omits, however, to state that something else is need. 1. The speaker uses so much eloquence in descri- ful to the right exercise of Christian zeal; that is to bing the successful labours of the men of the world, say, besides love there must be knowledge-knowand (in his estimation) the grand results achieved, lodge as to the mind of God. Christendom is full of especially by Englishmen, that the natural pride of the monuments of mis-directed Christian zeal, in the the human heart is necessarily aroused--the very production of which love has been very manifest. thing most calculated to hinder the reception of Zeal may prompt and love may temper, but the God's truth.
Christian will ever fail in the rightful exercise of zeal 2. Throughout the discourse there is an evident if not directed by the Word of God. forgetfulness of the Lord's declaration, 'Ye must be The conclusion of the sermon is, alas! calculated born again. Though Christ is spoken of as the to mislead. The preacher looks to Christian zeal as Saviour, yet salvation by works is the chief theme. the means for bringing in the reign of Christ on The multitude are taught that a soul may be lost by earth. This is his fancy-picture_ The church itself, 'the conscious dishonesty that looks God full in the 'in growing purity and strength, becomes the do