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crimes and punishments of those who returned to their but I delight in the contemplation of nature, the beauty of own land, with their faith much changed and corrupted, scenery, and the wonderful contrivances of the great Archithey refused to join their brethrer, and settled themselves tect of the universe, how delightful it is to gaze upon the in the desert where Mr. Wolff found them. He also learnt Vault of Heaven studded with innumerable stars, and to that they called themselves the children of the Bible, and believe, as Astronomers tell us, that each twinkling light is a in this spot though speaking Arabic, they all know and sun, the centre of another system like our own. Chalmers read Hebrew, while their ministers are termed, “ wise in his beautiful discourses on the Christian Revelation, men," and the name of Rabbi is unknown among tliem. viewed in connection with Astronomy, says “ There is

Who will not desire that these people living so much up much in the scenery of a Docturnal sky to lift the soul to to the light they have, should not be possessed of the privi.

pious contemplation. That moon and these stars what are leges of the Christian, and while we send to the far distant

they? They are detached from the world, and they lift you heathen to rescue them from their long and dreary night of above it. You feel withdrawn from the earth, and sise in darkness, let us not forget that suffering race among whom lofty abstraction above this little theatre of human passions already the twilight appears, giving token of the full morn

and human anxieties. The mind abandons itself to reverie, of day soon to be ushered in while we seek to enlighten

and is transferred in the ecstacy of its thoughts, to distant the wanderer of the desert, and the wayfarer of the wilder

and unexplored regions. It sees nature in the simplicity of ness, let us not forget to -seek and to pray for the dark

her great elements, and it sees the God of nature invested mental wilderness of Judah to be removed, and that the

with the high attributes of wisdom and majesty.” “ The desert may blossom'as the rose for Israel.

world in which we live is a globe ball, which occupies its

own place in the firmament, we know that it turas round. The s TI 170 T 7777777 " When I consider Thy Heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon

upon itself, and we observe that all those celestial bodies, and the stars which thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou

which we call planets have the same movement. We know art mindful of him ? and the son of man that Thou visitest him? that the earth performs a yearly revolution round the sun, Psalm viii, 2 t. sein. **

and we can detect in all the planets which compose our

system a revolution of the same kind, and under the same In these times of restlessness, and excitement, how refresh.

circumstances. They have the same succession of day and ing it is to turn from the strife, and discord, the riot and

| night, the same agreeable change of season, to them light wickedness of men, to the contemplation of the works of

and darkness succeed each other, and the gaiety of summer is God. Would that Radicals, and Chartists, and Socialists, followed by the dreariness of winter. But what can those and all other disturbers of the peace of society, would con stars be which are scated so far beyond the limits of our sult their own happiness, by studying the wonders of the planetary system. They must be masses of immense magni." natural world, rather than by ignorantly endeavouring to

tude, or they could not be seen at the distance of place which upset the order of society by visionary schemes of reforma

they occupy. Each of these stars may be the token of a tion, that can only end' in revolution, misery, and destruc system as vast and as splendid as the one which we inbabit tion. Take up a newspaper, does pot every column show Worlds roll in these distant regions, and these worlds must the fearful truth so often told us in scripture that man is be the mansions of life and intelligence. The contemplation, indeed corrupt, and fallen, that the imagination of his

has no limits. If we ask the number of suns and of sysheart is evil from his youth ? do we not read a detail of

tems, the unassisted eye of man can take in a thousand, and murder, and crime, of the indulgence of every evil passion, the best telescope which the genius of man has constructed of pride, envy, hatred, malice, and all uncharitableness? is it can take in eighty millions ! well might we say, " what is not sickening to the heart of a christian to see so little of man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that true christianity in a country blessed with the light of the

thou shouldest deign to visit him.” Gospel ? to see so many of our fellow creatures hurrying But it is pot necessary to soar in the regions of space for along the broad road that leads to destruction, while so few the enjoyment of the wonderful works of God, they are ever apparently walk steadily in that narrow way which can alone within our reach, the hand that guides the 'pen and performs lead to eternal life? Let it not be said that this is an un

so many useful offices, is of itself a subject of the most woncharitable observation, I do not judge my fellow sinners, I derful mechanism, the birds of the air, the insects that buz would only remind them of our Saviour's declaration, that

around us, the worm that crawls on the ground, the trees, “ wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to de

the flowers, the herbs, even the noxious reptiles, and the struction, and many there be which go in thereat," and of weeds we destroy, are all wonderful in their formations, and His awful assertion, that “there is a fire that never shall be

all 'erjually display the power, the wisdom, the greatness, quenched, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not and the goodness of God. lake for instance the natural quenched." I would in charity warn them of these fearful history of the Bee, as affording a beautiful lesson to would truths, and I would point to the Cross of Christ, to that

be politicians, consider the industry, the arrangement, the only Beacon which guides to immortality. I would implore order, the harmony of the colony, observe the Queen Bee the them to leave the jar of politics to the wisdom of those monarch of the hive, surrounded by her faithful subjects, whose education and talents, whose knowledge of mankind all yielding ready obedience to her laws, protecting her perand experience qualify them for the task, and I would urge

son, working for her support, and defending her with tlreir all who have leisure and ability to make themselves ac lives when danger approaches; observe how the labour is quainted with the wonders of nature by which they are divided by the workers in furnishing different materials for surrounded, and which are daily passed by unnoticed, and the hive, some collect the nectar of flowers, from which they unthought of, “ Man liveth in darkness amidst the works elaborate honey and wax; others gathering the pollen or of God, he considereth them not, but consumeth them in dast of the anthus of flowers, of which they make what is riot and excess, till wisdom enlighteneth his mind, and in called bee bread, serving as food both to the old and formeth him, then doth he rejoice as one that awakeneth

young, and others searching for resinous substance called from a deep sleep.” It is with these feelings that I propose propolis, used in various ways in rendcriog the hive more to send you a paper occasionally on some interesting and secure, and giving the finish to the combs, but all work in attractive subject of natural history, for it is very certain order, and all in subjection to the authority placed above that the same heart may be occupied with all that is serious them by God in His Providence, for the welfare of the in the contemplation of religion, and be at the same time whole community. “O Lord how manifold are Thy works! alive to the charms, and the loveliness of nature. I am in wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of neither Botanist, Geologist, Mineralogist, nor Astronomer, | Thy riches."

L. C. K

Des All

To the Editor of the Christian Beacon.

I was looking over the monuments in a Church in one of our towns, and in course came to one which had been raised to a well-known miser. It had been composed with all the blandering felicity of a provincial statuary. The inscription was contained in a large circular slab of marble, which was surrounded with a wreath intended for amaranthine, although, with strange absurdity, poppy-heads were plentifully inwoven in it. This slab was supported by two weeping, naked, discoloured children, intended for angels, but much more resembling children of the creditors whom the miser had turned out of doors, In their hands they had each a scroll with a text of Scripture on it. But the letters being somewhat obliterated, the mind was left at liberty to follow its train of association, and to suppose each scroll to be a bond or deed of mortgage with the title and date upon it. All this cumbrous apparatus rested upon an altar-tomb, which had quite the appearance of the old man's deed.chest turned into marble. To the inscription the deceased was thus characterised: - i ' ; iii ,,!!...

He was just as he ivas generous: . * His hand was ever as 'open as his heart: 111 And his practice was in just proportion to his faith. 1.12 W T 1.0px !, *1'.

This equivocating epitaph was supplied by a wag to the heix, who set it up, most innocently supposing that it contained that eulogy which the deceased had a right to demand from custom, though not from truth.

Satire is indeed most unbecoming in the house of the God of love, but not more so than falsehood in the house of the God of truth. On the present occasion it led me seriously to consider how very equivocal are the characters of most professors of the Gospel. If eulogy must needs be bestowed upon them, and truth be it all preserved, their description must resemble that of the miser's, or, at best, consist in the negation of gross vices, without any assertion of truly Christian graces. And this amounts to the same thing. But if such be the case, is it not awful to think what must be the description entered into those books which will be opened at the last day, how different from their reputation amongst their neighbours, how different even from the tale of their own awakened conscience? Even on a death bed that monitor, unless prompted by the Spirit of God, will be made to excuse, as well as to accuse. Indeed, so little sensible are men to the awfulness of the tale which their hearts well proved by the Spirit, which searcheth all things, would reveal to them, that they will often soothe their dying hours with imagination of the fine things that will be said of them after their death, rather then employ them in seeking peace for a self-convicted and humbled spirit.

How different indeed will be the tale of those Books from that of the unconvicted unconverted heart. Let us, with all reverence, imagine for a moment these two witnesses to be confronted. Will not the account, in most instances of persons well thought of in the world, stand very nearly as follows.

Heart.-I am upright and industrious.

Book.-Your uprightness is the mere creature of human law and custom. Your industry is a continual endeavour of worldly mindedness. Thus far, you are without God in the world,

Heart. I am sober and careful.

Book--Partly from interest, partly from a natural gift which you have never improved, under all the blessed means of grace which you have had, into the spiritual gift of Christ. ian watchfulness and circumspection,

Heart.--I am affectionate to relation and friend.
Book.--You indulge in the agreeable possession of a

natural gist, which might have grown into Christian love. But you have improved it no more than the last. bavaroita

Heart.--I am charitable,

Book.-Partly from a natural gist which you have not mproved any more than the previous, partly from the igratification of self-applause.

Ileart.-I am peaceable with all men.

Book.- Partly from a natural and unimproved gift, partly from indolence, partly from fear, partly from insignificance,

Heart.-I am moral.

Book. --Your morality is the result partly of natural and unimproved gifts, partly of favourable, but unimproved position. And it is your looking-glass in which your carnal vanity loves to contemplate itself. Dit

is Neart.-I am religious.

Book - Your religion is, in general, merely formal. At the best, but sentimental, It is po abiding principle in the heart, no fountainhead of thought, word, and deed, It gives birth to aspirations. But they are soon abandoned. To resolutions. But they are soon forgotten. You have not the mark continually in sight, and therefore you run uncer. tainly, now on this side and now on that of the right course. You do not grapple with temptation, and therefore your fight against it is an ostentatious beating of the air, You do not keep the faith.

... afferamuditi . Heart. I have a good conscience. otw ļ

Book. -As good and fair as the whited outside of a sepul. chre. But you have never had such faith in Christ as to dare to look at the corruption witbin. Trusting (however you may deny it) in your own merits, you go to a favourable judge of them. You will not examine your demerits, and throw yourself entirely on him who alone had merit, and can obtain for you the imputation of merit.

So stands the account. Reader, is it true, or not: 0 that the Book of the word of God may be taken up by you with such earnestness, with such a desire of knowing the truth as it is in Christ, that it may open your heart and give the true knowledge of yourself,, so that you may flee to the only refuge from the wrath of God, and on that day, when the Books shall be opened, you may, as a chosen yessel of mercy, be able to stand faultless before the presence of the glory of the Judge. ut n juuri

... PSALM 137. rei ; i lor, 319 Weither! 7

m ohli don olar Hoitovadu gradina By Babylon's waters we silently sorrowed ! , vino buone

Yea wept as we thought of our desolate home! The wings of the dore we then fain would have borrowed,

And fast from the tyrants dominions have flown. , Our harps hung we sadly on willows surrounding!

Their notes full of melody ceased to be heard ; Save when the bleak blast thro' their chords was resounding

But mournful and low were the notes that it stirred, Our enemies fierce, and as strong as the lion,

Now holdly required a song from our hands :
But how could we sing the sweet hymns of our Zion

'Neath slavery's chaius, in proud Babylons lands ? Arise, O Jehovah ! with blessings appearing;

Thy banners of mercy upraise and unfurl ! With gladness the hearts of Thy Jone Israel cheering,

And build us that city whose gates are of pearl.
There safe and secure in its walls of salvation,

In loud pealing anthems our voices shall raise !
For ever defended from each hostile nation !
No tears shall then dim our once sorrowful eyes!

ROSSENDALE

There is deep thought already on thy frank young forehead shrine ;
In the soft radiant azure eye there is so much of mind;
There is a music in thy speech, a softly thrilling tone
A fervour in thy warm caress, which seems affection's own.
Oh! fondly do I doat on thee, my bird of promise fair-
How lingering rests my loving hand on thy meek parted hair,
How earnestly mine eyes peruse those cloudless orbs of thine,
How yearningly I strain thee to this grateful heart of mine.
Thou art the crowning blessing, of a lot before how blest!
The firmest bond of plighted faith which never knew unrest,
The brightest, freshest sunshine, of a sky undimmed by shade,
The very key-stone of love's arch, whose base how firmly laid !
There is another flower, to climb our roof-tree round,
There is a fair and gentle boy, within our dwelling found-
The very soul of innocence dwells in his soft blue eye,
His glance, his smile, his helpless trust, are bright with purity.
We love these precious little ones- but there is One above
Who loves them with a tenderer, a more enduring love-
We deem that we could die for them--but.ah! we may not know
Such love as bow'd Oneglorious head on the dark cross of woe.
0, Saviour, make them thine indeed, carly and ever thine;
O'shed around these treasured ones some breath of Grace Divine.
Their lovely childish innocence must dim with many a stain;
O wash them in Thy precious blood till all is white again.
We love these helpless little ones and shall we then forget,
That we too have a Parent, whose care is kinder yet!
O by the fount of gushing love our trembling hearts confess,
Learn we with humble, grateful awe, to prize that tenderness,

Thoughts for Parents and Instructors. Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.--Eph. vi. 4.

To the Readers of the Christian Beacon. do THE warmth of my attachment to the cause of education, and the deep interest which I take in the welfare of the rising generation, will, I trust plead my excuse for ventur. ing, with the permission of the Reverend Editor, to com. mit from time to time a few unconnected “ Thoughts” to the pages of his periodical, « The Christian Beacon."

I feel considerable hesitation in writing them for the purpose of publication, lest it should be imagined that I have conceit enough-te affect the character of an adviser and a reprover of otbers who are older and wiser than myself. Let me entreat you, my kind readers, to believe that such a spirit of arrogance and self-importance are not the feelings with whieb my few remarks will be written. On the contrary, it will be with the most sincere diffidence that I shall lay them before you, willingly admitting it to be highly probable that they may prove more profitable to myself than to any one of my readers; inasmuch as the solemin question must neeessarily force itself into the mind of the writers. Yon that lonnie these things, do you do them? Idbrindeed know full well how easy it is “to be good upon paper," and would not have it supposed that I myself pretend to hare risen to the level of sentiments which nevertheless I attempt to vindicate. To know our duty is one thing, to practice it is another. I desire also to mention that it is not my intent to confine myself exclusively to orignal « Thonghts" on the interesting and important sabject which I purpose to bring before the readers of the Cluristian Beacon. More valuable remarks shall occasionally enrich my series of papers on education, so that whatever unprofitableness may attach to my own suggestions I shall at least possess a hope that my extracts from the writings of more able peps may not prove altogether useless in advancing the present and everlasting well-being of our youthful friends..9

***ON THE PLEASANTNESS OF TEACHING. The office of'an instructor of youth is one of peculiar blessedness, if we consider it as in truth it ought to be considered. How shall the school-room be other than a happy place to those who nuptake the imdərortant work of in. struction, in the joyful and animating bope that they shall be enabled faithfully to fulfil its high and arduous duties? Shall the instructor go throngh bis labours as if it were nothing to turn up the unbroken ground ? nothing to aid in the developement of the wondrous faculties with which man is endowed ? to guide the inexperienced, uninformed - mind, and to be instrumental in imparting, not only the knowledge which is “ profitable for the life that now is, but also that pure and heavenly wis. dom which is to make us meet for our home above. How should an instructor who feels this to be his office, not feel it to be a blessed office; how should he feel otherwise than deeply anxious for those towards whom he stands in this most interesting, yet responsible relationsbip! Cold indeed must be that beart which can watch unmoved the progressive improvement of the human faculties; as day after day he sees them expanding under the influence of education, himself the instrument employed to discipliue the young minds around him,-to train them up to usefnl. ness and virtue.

M. P. H.

From the Inn Book, at Capel Curig.
I saw old Snowdon's tempest benten height
Reflected in the lake at earliest day,
Till every ridge and tree and tint and light
Before me in the liquid mirror lay;
Nor missed I crag, or peak, or shrub, or stone,
In that bright picture which beneath me sbone.
And thus, I thought, thy glories, O my God,
E'en from thy creatures may reflected be;
And could we but lie thus before thy throne,
Thou might'st some likeness of thy image see.
Calm then the swellings of this restless mind,
O'er my whole spirit breathe thy sacred rest;
And let me, wholly to thy will resign'd,

Gazc on thy Blessedness, and thus be blest.
Sunduy - August 14, 1836.

Lines written by the Sea side. In ev'ry object bere I see, Something, O Lord, that leads to Tbee; Firm as the rocks Thy proinise stands, Thy mercies, countless as the sands; Thy love, a sea inmensely wide Thy grace, an ever flowing tide. In ev'ry object here I see, Something my heart that points to Thee; Hard as the rocks that bound the strand, Unfruitful as the barren sand, Deep and deceitful as the ocean, And like the tides in constant motion. But, Oh! do Thou Almighty Lord, To me Thy sov'reign grace afford; And with Thy Spirit's fruitful dew, Melt Thou my heart, my soul renew That I the wish'd for shore may gain, And on the rock of truth, eternally remain,

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Lines addressed to a Child, Why do my fond eyes follow thee, my jewel, round the room? Why does thy step, thy voice, thy laugh annihilate all gloom? Why is thy love so priceless to thy mother's clinging heart? Why should thy childish aspect such magic bliss impart? It is not Beauly's spell that rests, upon thine open brow, Thou hast no lustrous ringlets down thy soft neck to flow, Thy step can boast no gracefulness, beyond sweet childhood's ownYet in thy mother's fancy thy charms may yield to none.

LONDON : Published by SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & Co. HAMILTON,

ADAMS, & Co, and R. GROOMBRIDGE; BANCKS & Co. Max.
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CONFUSED statements of the truth are peculiarly the ungodly, but even among the devout, this distin. dangerous in the present state of the Christian world! guished Prelate has spoken with admirable clearuess, When indeed are they . not dangerous ;----for the and decision, in a Sermon lately preached in some parts, world is the battle field, and though the follower of his extensive diocese; and as only a few copies have of our Lord is always a pilgrim, he is also a Chris been yet printed of that Sermon, we are glad to give a tian warrior and wear3 his armour of proof under his wider circulation to what appears to us so valuable. The pilgrim's gown? The warning of danger in the Christian Sermon was published at the request of some of its camp should be therefore clear, distinct, and stirring, hcarers, and surely its readers may participate in their as the sound of a trumpet, but a well-blown trumpet, for desire for its circulation. The portion of Holy Scripturc if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare which he has taken as his text is this, I Joho v. 11, 12. himself to the battle that battle which is ever lighting, ever “This is the Record, that God hath given to us eternal to be fought, as we go forward disputing our way step by | life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son, step, with our deadly enemies, the world, the flesh, and the hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not devil?

life.” We are told in the Holy Bible, that " a Bishop must " The Ethiopian had the Son; of whom we read in be blameless, as the steward of God, "* " apt to teach,"'+ the book of Acts, that Philip explaining to him the pro"holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, phecy (of Isaiah, "preached unto him Jesus."* "The that he may be able by sound doctrine, both to exhort Lord, no doubt, opened his heart, that he received the and to convince the gainsayers." His word of exhorta things spoken of Philip :-saw that all , which Isaiah had tion and of waruing should be as the notes of the foretold was completed in Christ Jesus. And he desired trumpet, which giveth not forth an uncertain sound. to be baptized in his name.“ Philip said, If thou be

It is a subject of rejoicing before God when we can take lievest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he the inspired word of truth and comparing the ministerial answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son character of the man, with the ministerial requirements of God." This was to have the Son. So likewise theof that word, find the one to be in agreement with the the people of Antioch, Paul and Barnabas proclaimed other, to be as far as human infirmity will allow, the to them that “the Lord had set liim to be a light' unto faithful copy of the divine model. : In ihese days of re- the Gentiles, that he should be salvation to the end of buke and blasphemy, when too many hesitate not in the the earth. And when they heard that, they were glad very face of scripture to speak evil of dignilies, we rejoice and glorified the word of the Lord; and as many as to bear our testimony to the sound speech which cannot were ordained to eternal life believed." From that time be condemned of the single hearted Bishop of Chester, a they had the son, and in him eternal life. man as wise as he is plain-spoken. God forbid that we | And we are here shewn, what put them in possession. should stoop to flatter any one, and he would be as grieved On our part is the offer, He that hath the Son hath life. to receive fattery as we should be unwilling to offer it. And now the Ethiopian, and the Gentiles of Antioch are in We praise not the individual, but we are well aware that possesion of the gift, and go on their way rejoicing," many watch for the halting not only of himself but of The intermediate means, through which they have gotten every minister of the Church of God, and we do rejoice possession is their faith ; their conviction that eternal life to have this opportunity to declare that we“ glorify God is bound tip in Christ Jesus, and their willing desire to in him.'

receive it at his hands. To the dying Israelites in the We rejoice to find that he is “apt to teach,” that he wilderness, the means through which they received their does bold fast, and hold forth the faithful word, to be a cure was their sight; every one that was bitten, " when lamp of life, in the midst not only of the wide-spread he bebeld the serpent of brass he lived.” To the Chrispractical infidelity of the present day, but the heresies tian, the medium through which he receives his blessing, and superstitious vanities rising up like deadly vapours in the blessing of pardon and peace, is bis faith; not his the midst of the Church itself. On the subject of the outward sight but bis inward faith he represents Church and the Sacranients, where ignorance and to himself his own helpless condition, and God's error seem to prevail, not only among the careless and gracious promise: and he says in his heart, Lord I

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perceive that there is “ no other name under heaven the covenant; it indicates that there is a covenant, and loses through which I may receive health and salvation, but all its importance if there is no real transaction which it only the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” In that name witnesses. If we can suppose a seal attached to a deed I seek the salvation which thou has promised to them in which nothing is declared, such, and no more, would that believe. “I desire to be found,” when thou comest be the sacraments when no faith were written on the to judgment, “ not having mine own righteousness," # or heart.* There is nothing in Scripture, nothing in reason, any other ground of trust, but a trust in him " who died nothing in experience, which will lead us to a different for our sins and rose again for our justification." I de conclusion, Both Scripture and experience attest their sire to be found as one who has taken the Lord Jesus inestimable value, when they ratify a real covenant : Christ for “ my wisdom, my righteousness, my sancti. when they give proof that we accept the Son, proposed of fication, my redemption."

God for our redemption; that we continue in the faith “ Such, in effect, is the process through which the which we have professed, that we desire to maintain a believer obtains possession of the Son. It is altogether perpetual interest in the Author of our salvation. But to an inward transaction. No outward form can be sub trust in the sacraments as more than this, would be to stituted for the inward movement of the heart, though err once more with the Israelites, who relied upon the God has prdained that the inward movement should be ark for security, saying, “Let us fetch the ark of the sealed and attested by the outward form.

covenant out of Shiloh, that when it cometh among us. “ There is more need to remark this; because there is it may save us out the hand of the enemies."'t But the always a natural proneness, on man's part, to trust to Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten notwithstandoutward means; to trust to them not only for what they ing: nay, even the ark of God was taken. The symbol are intended to convey, but for more than properly be of God's protection could not save those whose hearts had longs to them. Some place salvation in the Church. left the Lord of the covenant. So neither will the sacraPerhaps they do not openly assert, in the plain language ments save any, who trust in them, instead of trusting in of that Roman Catholic error against which we have the Lord whom they represent; and who therefore take the protested, that he that hath the church hath life, and he shadow without the substance, and are satisfied with an ibat hath not the true church hath not life. Without unmeaning sign. For such are the sacraments without asserting this, we may so speak, as to lead our hearers to faith ; a seal to a blank deed. He that hath the Son, infer it. And this is dangerous error. The word of hath also the sacraments which the Son has appointed does not say, he that hath the church hath life, but he for his church ; but it would be fatal error to suppose that that hath the Son hath life. The church is not salvation, whoever had the sacraments had the Son, and with the but the channel through which salvation runs. The Son eternal life. church " the congregation of faithful men in the which " And surely there is reason to give this warning, the pure word of God is preached, and the sacraments when we think how many profess and call themselves are duly ministered throughout the world :`*—this church Christians, because they have been baptized in the name of Christ is the instrument in his hands, through which of Christ, yet show no faith through life in him whose from age to age is conveyed the knowledge of Himselr name they bear! And still, when life seems failing, as the author of life eternal. The Church is “the pilla desire that the food of faith, the sacrament of the body and ground of the truth," to which they whom God and blood of Christ may be administered to them, as if, disposes towards the attainment of salvation, may come having that, they had not only what was generally nefor light to guide and to instruct them. But to suppose cessary, but universally sufficient, for salvation ! that communion with the church is in itself salvation, is And thus in his practical conclusion he remarks, to repeat the error of the Jews: they said among them 6 together with the state of mind which belongs to one selves, (that they were of the children Abraham, and who has come to the Son of God for righteousness believed that all must be well with them, nothing could which he has not in himself, there will also be a way of deprive them of God's regard, because they “ had Abra lifo originating in that state of mind. St. Paul has ham to their father.”+

traced it, saying, “The life which I now live in the flesh, “ Others, again, would appear to teach that eternal life I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and is in the Sacraments : those sacraments which Christ has I gave himself for me.** ordained in his church as the sign and seal of faith on man's part, and as means through which the Spirit

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND. confirms, and comforts, and sanctifies the believer. Let The standard of intellectual and moral character among me not be supposed to undervalue those sacraments. religious Dissenters, has been raised to its present elevaWould indeed that they were more duly appreciated! tion, and maintained there, by the indirect influence of They are signs, in all ordinary cases essential signs, the establishment; and if our Church were at once swept of spiritual life; and reciprocally they cherish and away, the place of our Bloomfields and our Sumners strengthen spiritual life. But they must not be mistaken would not necessarily be supplied by Doddridges and by for the procuring cause through which we obtain life Halls; nay, with it, I should say, that an Institution so eternal. Through faith we have the Son, and not deeply fixed in the hearts and minds of millions could through the sacraments which he has instituted. We | not be subverted, without subverting at the same time, may use the common illustration, and compare them to all the foundations of civil society.- Archdeaeon Wranthe seal in a covenant between men. When men con- | ham's Charge. clude a covenant they apply a seal. But the seal is not

* " In such as worthily receive the same, have they a whole

some effect or operation."'-Art. XXV. • Phil. iii. 9. + Art. xix. Luke iii 8. ** Art, xxv.

+ 1 Sam. iv. 3. ** Gal, ii, 20.

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