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Christ the middle, and Christ the end of 1 forward to a happy re-union beyond the all. Distrusting self, and repudiating all grave. The dear deceased has left his creature efforts as the ground of his children, one of whom (the writer of hope, it was his desire constantly to this) he lived to hear proclaim from the keep the eye of faith fixed on the cross pulpit the "unsearchable riches of of Christ. Even in his dying moments, Christ,” the inheritance of a good name and when bodily suffering was extreme, (Eccl. vii. 1), and an example of simple the name of his Redeemer was on his faith in Christ; a faith working by love, lips, joined to the expression of an earnest for faith without works is only a dead desire to be released from earth, and faith (Gal. v. 6; James ii. 26), an example allowed to enter into the full enjoyment which all who “profess and call themof His presence in heaven. There were selves Christians should endeavour to no rhapsodies, no exstatic emotions, in set and follow, “looking, ever unto the last hours of this servant of God. Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our But his end was peace. Quietly he had faith (Heb. xii. 2). lived, quietly he passed away. His last May He, who has promised to be a earthly care was fixed upon his beloved “Husband to the widow, and a Father wife and family, some of the members to the fatherless” (Jer. xlix. 11), grant of which were prevented, by the sudden to all the mourning ones a good hope, ness of his decease, from seeing their through grace, of meeting never again to fond and much-loved parent alive. But be disunited, in that happy land where they sorrow not as those without sorrow and sighing shall be no more, and hope," resigning themselves to His will “God shall wipe away all tears from who ordereth all things well, and en- their eyes” (Rev. vii. 17). deavouring, by the grace of God, to look
A GLIMPSE OF GLORY.
“The holy city."-Rev. xxi. 2. I saw a city full of light,
His power, His grace, His endless love, Where all was holy, calm, and bright; All echo through the courts above. The heaven and earth where all was new, No aching heart, no wasting pain, Nor thought of past distresses threw Shall ever cloud their brows again. One shade of sadness-but where all They hunger not, they thirst no more, The Saviour's love alone recall.
Their wishes gained-their wants are o'er; The former world away had fled,
Temptation past, all sinless now, With all its sin, its tears, its dead.
Fulness of joy is theirs to know. That city had no need of light,
All trace of tears is wiped away ; It had no gloom, no dreary night.
They mourn no more through endless day.
Disturb their happy spirits there.
Not one shall change, not one remore.
There, clearest streams of crystal flow, Its pearly gates, all, all unfold
There, fadeless flowers for ever blow;
And there are fruits which ne'er decay,
There, sinless songs of sweetest sound,
And dwell for ever with my God?
THE FOURPENNY PIECE.
I am quite sure the Word of the Lord I feelings at the time referred to, he is perfectly true, and most blessedly to attached the fourpenny piece to his be realized and enjoyed by every diligent watchchain. There being no clock in observer of His gracious providence: his church, it is the practice of the the Word to which I now more particu- minister in question to place his watch larly allude is the last verse of the 107th on the book-board of his pulpit; and Psalm, “ Whoso is wise, and will observe there from time to time he sees the little those things, even they shall understand remembrancer of what his God can do, the lovingkindness of the Lord." I when His children are deepest sank in heard a dear servant of the Lord once depression, or disquietude, or unbelief
. say, that he was on one occasion walking on one occasion a brother-minister, who through the streets of Cambridge, in happened to be acquainted with the great depression. His path was hedged simple fact before narrated, was about up, and he knew not how this and that to preach for the friend in question. could be brought about. As he thus Upon entering the pulpit, his heart mused, his
sadness fixed somewhat misgave him as he gazed upon upon the ground, he espied a fourpenny the large congregation before him! but, piece. He stooped, picked it up, and said on looking to the side of the cushion, to himself, “The God that sent this, could there lay the watch, and there the idenas easily have sent a hundred or a thousand tical fourpenny piece that had to his pounds, if it had been needed. “Is there brother-beloved spoke such a precious anything too hard for the Lord ? Is it fear-not. What it had said then it seemed not written, “Your heavenly Father to say again now, “Fear thou not; for I knoweth that ye have need of all these am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am things ?'
This simple circumstance thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I brought relief to his anxious mind- will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee warmed his heart-and caused him to go with the right hand of my righteousness." on his way rejoicing. That same indi. What dear child of God, after this, vidual afterwards became a minister of would despise a fourpenny piece; for the gospel; and, in order that he might even by it the Lord can soothe the have a little memento of his position and anxieties of His doubting, fearing ones ?
POSSESSION AND PRACTICE.
If ye knoic these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”—John xiii. 17. Our dear Redeemer, when He uttered knowledge? We reply, to know, first, these words, knew that all who then that you are a hell-deserving sinner in surrounded the table were not true fol- the sight of God; yea, and not merely lowers of the Lamb of God. It is true to know it, but to feel it; and, secondly, there appeared no difference to the out- to know and to feel that Jesus is just ward eye between a John and a Judas; the suitable Saviour for such a lost sinbut He who knew the intents of the ner; these are the things necessary to heart; He who was a discerner of the be known before we can say, “ If ye thoughts, could read the difference. know these things, happy are ye.” Ah, my friends, nothing is more common But if you have felt this, and do know it, than a knowledge of Christ. Thousands then we know you have a happiness far know Him historically, and believe all above anything that this world can the doctrines of grace and the truths of afford; and therefore we say, “happy the Bible as matters of fact. But, oh, are ye if ye do them:" that is, of putting what a difference there is between a your trust in such a Christ, ye show by faith of credence, and a justifying faith your life and conduct that you are a in the Lord Jesus.
faithful follower of the Lamb of God Do you ask, then, what is the necessary (Matt, vii. 21),
THE SCRIPTURE DOCTRINE OF UNION WITH CHRIST,
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THE SCRIPTURE DOCTRINE UNFOLDED.
We might proceed, perhaps not unpro-1 and yet without any thought orconception fitably, to enlarge upon some other of his dreadful position. Surely, beloved, plain and prominent characteristics of it is in this sense, beyond all others, that the believer's spirit-life. We might that saying of Solomon's is true, show, for instance, that it was a life of "Truly, the light is sweet, and á light ; as Paul declares, when he says to pleasant thing it is for the eyes to bethe Ephesian saints, “ Ye were some hold the sun
(Eccl. ii. 7). Let us, times darkness, but now are ye light in then, bless God for such measure of the Lord” (Eph. v. 8). Yes'; spiritual spiritual light as He has been pleased to light, let men say what they will, is an bestow upon us individually; for all evidence of spiritual life. Like the man believers have not the same measure of who was born blind, of whom we read light, any more than they have the same in the 9th chapter of St. Luke's gospel, measure of faith or of prayerfulness. But every man by nature has (as far as re- let us at the same time remember, that gards spiritual things) “ his understand- light is not the only, nor is it the loveliest, ing darkened,” and is “alienated from characteristic of spiritual life. After the life of God through the ignorance all--and, oh, we bless God for itthat is in him.” This fact is enunciated the life of God has its citadel in the by the same great apostle with painful heart, not in the head. It is at the explicitness : “But the natural man re- former that spiritual declension inceiveth not the things of the Spirit of variably, commences; though, indeed, if God; for they are foolishness unto him : the declension continue, it must ultineither can he know them, because they mately extend to the latter : for though are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. ii. 14). the head may be clear, as, alas! we too But in regeneration, this darkness of often see, after the heart has grown cold; nature is for ever dissipated, “ through yet, if the heart remain cold, the head the tender mercy of our God, the day. cannot remain clear. Believe it, the spring from on high" has then visited head is more dependent on the heart the sinner's soul; “the day-star has than we are apt to suppose: the want arisen in his heart;" Christ has anointed of love is the first step to heresy. “If his eyes with
His divine eye-salve ; and a man love me," said the Lord Jesus now, like the blind man in his cure as mark! only if he love me—“ he will keep well as in his affliction, the believer can my sayings” (John xiv. 23). This is say, “One thing I know, that, whereas one side of a solemn truth.
“ He that I was blind, now I SEE” (John ix. 25). loveth not, knoweth not God” (1 John And, oh, what a blessing is spiritual iv.8). This is the other. And hence light! It is sad, indeed, to be debarred, we find, that the very disciple who wrote through natural blindness, from behold- these sayings (John), having himself the ing the light of the glorious sun ; it is most love had also the most light, that sad to be unable to gaze upon the face to him, who lay nearest to the heart of of one we love;
it is frightful to see a Jesus, were committed the deepest and the
very brink of a pre- most secret of the words of Jesus. cipice, not knowing that if he takes Or, again, we might show (we mean another step, he will be dashed to pieces. with something of the fulness which But
, oh, it is infinitely more sad for the each one of these points fairly demand) soul of man never to have beheld the that the spirit-life of the believer is a Sun of Righteousness! It is infinitely life of hope. “Hope springs eternal” in more sad to be unable to behold the face the Christian's, if in no other “human of God; it is infinitely more awful to be- breast.” For," says Paul, hold an immortal soul hanging over hell saved in (not “ by”) "hope” (Rom. viii. by a thread that may snap at any moment, 24). Saved, be it understood, not
blind man upon
vicariously, as by the blood and righ-you the hope of glory" (Col. i. 27); it is
vice, ing under the burden of conscious guilt;
Hope is thy star, her light is ever thine." looking to that blood which alone can Or, once more, we might show that cleanse from sin ; wrapping around us the spirit-life of the believer is a life of the spotless robe of a Saviour's righteous. love. This is at once its most beautiful ness, we are saved by faith. But, com- and its most essential characteristic. If passed about with sin and sorrow; any man have not the love of Christ, the tossing amid the waves of this trouble life of the Spirit is not in him. This we some world; bearing about with us a are plainly taught in the 13th chapter of body of sin and death; "wrestling not the first epistle to the Corinthians, that against flesh and blood, but against prin- wondrous chapter which, out of an atcipalities, against powers, against the mosphere of controversial strife, rises up rulers of the darkness of this world, like some high mountain peak, upon against wicked spirits in high places," which the eternal sunshine sleeps in we are saved in hope. Oh, precious tranquil beauty, and in which St. Paul hope! brightening the most cheerless declares, “Though I speak with the prospect-lingering in the most down- tongues of men and of angels, and have cast heart-growing but brighter and not love (årárn), I am become as soundbrighter amid the thickening gloom, ing brass, or a tinkling symbal. And never dost thou leave us, never wilt thou though I have the gift of prophecy, and fail us. Thou art not like the world- understand all mysteries, and all knowling's hope-a mere ignis fatuus, luring ledge; and though I have all faith, so him to destruction; thou art not as “the that I could remove mountains, and have hypocrite's hope” that “shall perish” not love, I am nothing.
And (Job viii. 13). Thou art, indeed, a now abideth faith, hope, love, these a blessed hope" (Tit. ii. 13); "a living three; but the greatest of these is love." hope ? (1 Pet. i. 3); “a good hope For the love which is here so sublimely through grace (2 Thess. ii. 16); a eulogized is no mere human “charity, hope that maketh not ashamed” (Rom. but in truth the greatest of the Spirit's v. 5); "a hope laid up in heaven" graces, and the brightest amid the (Col.i.5); because a hope"IN CHRIST” clustering jewels of the Christian diadem. (1 Cor. xv. 19; 1 John iii. 3). Yes ; It is, in short, “ the love of the Spirit;"
. as it has been well said the faith of a of which the same apostle speaks in his Christian is a person," so may it with epistle to the Romans (xv. 30), and equal truth be said, “The hope of the whereby we are to understand that Christian is a person.” It is “Christ in love of which the Holy Spirit is the
true author and sustainer.” It is that 1. (John xi. 35, 36): dying love, extended “love of God in Christ," neither to be to His very crucifiers in the prayer, restricted to its Godward, or to its man. "Father, forgive them; for they know ward aspect, as Christ's love to us, or not what they do” (Luke xxiii. 34). our love to Christ, but as Christ's own And even as existing in us, received
shed abroad in our hearts by the from that fountain in our feeble measure, Holy Ghost which is given unto us it is still the Spirit of love-responsive (Rom. v. 5);* that love of which St. love, for “we love Him, because He John speaks, when he says,
Beloved, first loved us (1 John iv. 19); expanlet us love one another : for love is of sive love, leading us thus to judge, that God; and EVERY ONE THAT LOVETH IS “if God so loved us, we ought also BORN OF GOD, and knoweth God” to love one another (1 John iv. 11): (1 John iv. 7). And hence we find that enduring love ; for. though prophecies Paul hesitates not to bestow his apos- may fail, and tongues may cease, and tolic benediction upon “all them who " knowledge may vanish away; though --not know, or believe in, or hope in, faith may wax faint, and hope become but—"who love our Lord Jesus Christ dim, and all our graces languish, “ love in sincerity” (Eph. vi. 24).
never faileth ;" It leaves us not even at Yea, beloved, it is this characteristic the gate of Paradise. No; as a German more than any other that evinces the poet has sweetly expressed it,spirit-life of the believer to be indeed divine. It is by this unforgeable mark
"Faith must conquer, hope must bloom, that it approves itself to be indeed the As our onward way we wend ; life of Christ. As it existed first in
Else we come not throngh the gloom, Him, as its true fountain and in its un
But with earth they also end. measured fulness, love was the grand
Thou, O love, dost stretch afar
Through the wide eternity, characteristic of this divine life.
And the soul array'd in thee, Spirit of the Lord God was upon Him, Shines for ever as a star. and dwelt within Him, as the Spirit of Faith and hope must pass away, love : redeeming love, wherewith “hav- Thou, O love, endurest aye. ing loved His own who were in the world, He loved them unto the end” Come, thou Spirit of pure love, (John xii. 1): tender, sympathizing love,
Who dost forth from God proceed, which drew tears from His sinless eyes,
Never from my heart remove, and constrained even his enemies to ex
Let me all thy impulse heed ; claim,
All that seeks self-profit first,
Rather than another's good,
Whether foe, or link'd in blood, Very admirably does Olshausen com- Let me hold such thought accurst: ment on this verse : αγάπη του Θεού (“ the And my heart henceforward be love of God ") is considered to be only, so to Ruled, inspired, O love, by thee !" speak, the secret presence of God Himself in our souls, whilst in eternal blessedness God On these and some other practical gives Himself to His saints as the manifested characteristics of the believer's spiritOne. Accordingly, the love of God is not life, such as truth, and joy, and peace, the inward life of man in a state of exalta- and wisdom, and holiness, we might, tion—the life of his feelings raised, so to we repeat, dwell with pleasure and with speak, to a higher power; but it is a higher profit; but the undue and uncontempriuciple which has been grafted into the plated length to which these papers have man, the Nveữua áyiov (“the Holy Ghost"?; already extended, warns us to hasten onthe latter words express the substantial wards to a conclusion as speedily as we cause, aydan (love) the actual effect; but, in reality, they are both identical, for the may; and we shall therefore proceed at αγάπη Θεού cannot be regarded as separate
once to make some brief remarks on the from the essential being of God in its highest second point we here proposed to conmanifestation, i.e., the Holy Ghost. God's
sider, viz., the mode and manner in love is there only where He himself is, for which this spirit-life, whereof we speak,
We He is love, and does not have love as some operates upon the man as a whole. thing in or beside himself.”—“Biblical feel that our ground here is very delicate, Commentary," in loco.
and that the whole subject is particularly