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" For there are Three that bear record in heaven the FATHER, the WORD, and the
Holy Ghost: and these Three are One."-1 John v. 7.
THE SPIRITUAL MAGAZINE,
“ For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the WORD, and the
HOLY GHost: and these Three are One."-1 John v. 7. Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.-Jude 3. Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.”—1 Tim. iii. 6.
CURSORY THOUGHTS ON THE OPENING My God, I pray not for the great OF THE NEW YEAR.
things of this world, but that thou
wouldest create in me a clean heart, TIME, alas, how imperceptibly it
and renew a right spirit within me, steals away; another year is now fast
Oh for a heart sprinkled with the pre
Oh for a heart S approaching to its close, The year
cious blood of Christ, set free from 1842 with its unknown joys and sor
the galling yoke of sin, prepared by rows is close at hand. What awaits
grace to be the blessed Redeemer's us we know not; but the sweet
throne, and filled with love to God as thought that all our times are in the
a covenant-making and a covenanthand of an all-wise and gracious God, keeping God, to Jesus my Elder Bro. should encourage us to rest amid the
ther and redeeming Lord, and to the changing scenes of ever changing time,
Holy Spirit as the sanctifier of my in Him who resteth in his love.
sin-polluted soul. O God! give me My God, I would not long to see, a new heart, that I may daily feel my My fate with curious eyes ;
helplessness, my entire dependence What gloomy scenes are laid for me, on thee, and on thy free grace, for my Or what bright joys may rise.
salvation, and every needed supply of Dear reader, what multitudes of our grace to help me on my way. Oh, fellow creatures have passed through let me be filled with the fulness of the chilling streams of Jordan into God, and know experimentally what eternity, since the commencement of are the heights and depths and lengths this closing year: some to sing with and breadths of thy everlasting love ; redeemed millions before the throne in that being drawn by its attractive inglory, and others to reap the fruit of fluence, I may run after thee, embrace their doings in the abodes of darkness thee, live upon thee, and enjoy thee and despair. It is mercy alone that as my portion for ever. To this end has spared you and me, dear reader. make my faith strong, my hopes lively, May we, therefore, as monuments of my evidences clear, and my prospects its most tender care, speak forth its bright. wonders; and may it for ever be the If thou shouldest graciously spare theme of our song, the ground of our me to see another year, be pleased to boasting, and the source of our joy. water my poor thirsty soul with the