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with his grace, has been so gentle, so tender, so I ask not a portion, I seek not a rest, full of loving-kindness and mercy to us, we

Till I find them for ever in Jesus's breast." ought also to be full of every kind disposition and gentleness of spirit to each other? O yes, if we

If you can really say and mean this, then, dear love God for his love to us, we must be children, may the God of love bless you, the God “ followers of God as dear children,” and be of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing ! “ kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly May the Spirit of God guide you, and keep you, love, in honour preferring one another.” But St. and at the last make you a bright jewel in the Paul, another apostle of Jesus Christ, speaks of crown of Jesus, your Saviour, the God of love God as a “God of hope.” And so he is, a God of and of hope! Amen. love and a God of hope. Of love, in that he gave his own dear Son Jesus Christ to die upon the cross for us, that he is now always doing us good, CAUSES WHICH TEND TO OBSCURE AND preserving and blessing us; and a God of hope, in that he puts thoughts, happy thoughts, bright

WEAKEN OUR PRACTICAL REALIZATION and blessed thoughts, into the heart of every one

OF THE MOMENTOUS TRUTH THAT THE that loves him. Perhaps he has a dear young SPIRIT OF GOD IS THE EFFICIENT AGENT disciple laid upon a bed of pain, and he sends him OF MINISTERIAL SUCCESS*. a message of mercy and peace, speaks to him by his minister, his word, or a friend, and tells him Among these causes I would place foremost an of a blessed world beyond the blue and starry inadequate estimate of the great end of our minisheavens, where pain and suffering can never be try, and of the difficulties which are to be overfelt; and, pointing him to the green pastures of come. heaven, and the still waters of comfort, speaks to It is difficult—as who among my reverend his soul by the Spirit of grace, and enables him brethren has not felt?-to maintain in our minds to bear all with hope. Another of the Saviour's a simple, solemn, lofty sense of the great end for little lambs may be in tears, because one, a dear, which the ministry was ordained: the seeking joyous little brother, or a gentle little sister, has and the saving of the lost, the reconciliation of been taken away by death; but God has hope for rebels to their offended, but gracious, God; the such a one.

The good Spirit puts into his mind feeding, and the edifying of the church of God, the hope of a future happy meeting; or it may be which he hath purchased with his own blood. the little mourner falls asleep amidst tears of sor- We are constantly in danger of stopping short, row, and dreams of a beautiful world full of happy and resting satisfied with subordinate ends-getspirits and the saved souls of bands of little chil- ting our parishes into order, multiplying parochial dren : sweet music falls upon his ear, and he sees institutions, raising the moral tone of our people, the one that has gone before, and for whom he collecting large sums of money for philanthropic has been weeping, not now a poor, weak, sickly and religious purposes, securing the respect and child, but a bright and blessed seraph; a little confidence and love of our parishioners : in a angel full of happiness, full of thanksgiving, full word, something less than the great work of of hallelujahs, full of unclouded joy; and so God “ saving souls alive.” Hence, from an inadeshows himself the God of love and hope. Now, quate estimate of the great end” of our ministry dear children, do you know anything of this God there flows an inadequate estimate of the diffiof love and hope? And, if you do know him, and culties which oppose us. believe in him, do you put your whole trust in But let that great end be present to our minds him? Are you, every day of your life, trying to and hearts—let it be vividly impressed upon us in act up to what your bibles and your teachers tell all its solemn and overwhelming reality—that you? Do you pray to him to keep you from all our aim must be to pluck brands from the fire; wicked children to change your own naughty to bring the prodigal to his Father; to bow the hearts ? to make your bad tempers like the meek self-righteous and stout-hearted, as contrite peniand lowly Saviour's? and do you place your affec- tents, at the cross of Jesus; to find an entrance tions, your wishes and desires, upon high and for the gospel of the grace of God, in all its awakenheavenly things? Young as you are, and strong ing, humbling, subduing, purifying power, into as you seem to be, you may die soon. There are the sinner's soul ; and we exclaim with the apostle, many little graves in the church-yard, and you

“Who is sufficient for these things ?” For we perhaps know many spots where the little coffin see difficulties before us, against which we have no was put, and where the little body reposes until might nor power; strongholds of the mind, the day of judgment. Are you, then, my dear strongholds of the heart; self-righteousness, intellittle reader, a child of God? Are you preparing, lectual pride, indifference, prejudice, the love of getting ready to meet your God ? ready to die? sin, worldliness, covetousness, the snares and the willing to suffer anything, if you may bút be put bonds of Satan. I go into my study, and prepare among the children of God at the last? Can you

* From “ Neglect of the Holy Spirit, a main hindrance to look up to the gentle Jesus, and say, in the words ministerial success :" a sermon, preached at the visitation of for my work; I engage in that work in the pulpit, , and Moses' diligence ours, all were vain if the by the sick or dying bed; and the work is this: Snirit of God be neglected and forgotten. O the new creation of men in Christ Jesus after the tor more of self-diffidence, for more of humble image of God; the resurrection of dead souls to dependence, for larger prayer! Then shall we life; the turning sinners from darkness, which be more honoured, when we more honour the they love, to light; the rescuing Satan's captives Spirit of life and power and blessing: from his grasp; the binding the strong man, and As a third cause, I would specify the liability of the spoiling of his goods. And can I do this ? Are this truth to perversion and abuse. these things possible with man? Is there in his The whole doctrine of the Spirit's agency and brain's profoundest thoughts, in his most subtle or influences is peculiarly liable to be dangerously miseloquent reasonings, in the tropes of his most bril- applied by enthusiasts and fanatics. As the antiliant imaginings, in his tongue’s most breathing nomian perverts to licentiousness the great and and burning words—is there inherent in the mere blessed doctrine that we are justiñed by faith utterance of God's truth itself a power sufficient only, without the deeds of the law, so will the for this great end?

the bishop of Worcester, by the rev. J. C. Miller, M.A., rector

of St. Martin's, Birmingham. London: Hamilton, Adams, “ It is not for me to be seeking my bliss,

and Co. Birmingham : Hall. 1848. We some tine ago Or fixing my hopes on a region like this:

made an extract from a visitation-sermon preached by Mr. I look for a city that hands have not piled;

Miller : we now insert a few paragraphs from another sermon I pant for a country by sin undefiled.

by the same author. Will our valued friend allow us to sug

gest that an edition of his two visitation-sermons together " The thorn and the thistle around me may grow;

would be very desirable? We should certainly wish them to I would not lie down upon roses below:

be in the hands of every clergyman.-ED.

of the song

unsober visionary exaggerate and misapply the No, brethren, such a view of our work and its vital truth of the offices and influences of the great end will constrain our assent to the appli- Holy Ghost. “His assistance is to be expected cability to our ministry of the assurance given to by us," observes the great and good man I have Zerubbabel by the mouth of Zechariah: "Not by before cited*, “as labourers in the vineyard, might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the not as rhapsodists. We must expect a special Lord of hosts;" and call forth the prayer: “Come blessing to accompany the truth ; not to superfrom the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon sede labour, but to rest on and accompany labour.” these slain, that they may live.”

The man who applies to his own pulpit ministraA second cause, which tends to obscure and tions the special promise given to apostles: “Take weaken our practical realization of this mo- no thought how or what ye shall speak; for it mentous truth, is to be found in our self-con- shall be given you in that same hour that ye shall fidence.

speak,” 'misapplies and wrests a promise obviously This is a danger to which we are exposed in special. The man who practically applies the unequal measure, the sanguine more than others ; | truth that, without the preventing, accompanying, but it is a danger against which it becomes all to and crowring blessing of the Spirit, he can watch. It is difficult to combine activity and achieve no true ministerial success, in such a energy, a due, deep sense of our own responsi- manner as to relax his own utmost energies, to bility for the exercise of our gifts and talents, render him careless in the use and improvements with the abiding remembrance that, except the of his gifts, and to weaken his own sense of Lord, by his Spirit, be with us, nothing can be responsibility, is, to use a common illustration, strong, nothing holy. And th's is a danger which like the husbandman who should withhold the most besets the most gifted, and the most zealous ordinary processes of agriculture in their season, and energetic. To such, “ Not by might, nor by and either neglect to sow, or leave the seed sown power,” is a hard lesson. The man who has uncared for and untended, because the genial popular pulpit-powers, who is naturally of an sunshine and the fructifying showers of heaven active, practical turn, fitted for framing and con- are not at his command, while yet they are ducting parochial machinery, whose mind is ever indispensable for his crops. planning, whose bodily activity is untiring, how It is with us in our ministry as in the work of exposed is such a one to the danger of which I grace in our own souls: God's work does not speak—the danger of forgetting that, if gifts and supersede ours. We cannot successfully work energy and tact be rested in, if they be not sanc

without him : he works by us. In dependence, tified by prayer, and carried in lowly dependence then, on the Spirit to fit us for our work and to to the footstool of the “God of all grace," a bless us in it, our part is to be done. Sermons jealous God may withhold all blessings.

are to be studied ; plans formed ; institutions Who among us knows not the difficulty of raised; body, mind, and spirit thrown into our going forth to his work each day, and each day great work. Every gift is to be consecrated, returning from his work, in this spirit-“not by every talent improved-humbly, self-distrustmight, nor by power ; our little measure of ingly, prayerfully; but diligently, unsparingly, might and power improved and “used to the devotedly. It must be labour " in the Lord, utmost,” but “trusted in not at all;" every but labour still. The text did not release Zerubsermon, every effort, every plan, anticipated and babel and the Jews from the toil of building. reviewed in this spirit: “Lord, 'do thou bless and When feeble women came to the door of the, prosper. Lord, do thou stablish and make strong?” sepulchre, they found the stone rolled away for How difficult to realize in our pulpits—when the them. When not feeble women only, but others şubtle tempter whispers to our vain and silly able for the task, stood around the sepulchre of hearts that we have been more than usually Lazarus, "Take ye away the stone,” was the bappy in the sermon we are about to preach, bidding of Jesus. "To raise Lazarus was beyond that there is some striking thought, some forciblé their power; not so to take away the stone. illustration, some eloquent passage, in it-that, “ The grace of God” was “ with me,” writes St. though Paul himself, yea, that though an angel Paul; yet “laboured” lie" more abundantly from heaven were the preacher, neither Paul's than they all.” This, then, reverend brethren,

a seraph's tongue could reach the heart! is our example in the application of this great Though Paul be the preacher, there needs the truth. As on the one hand the most untiring Lord's hand to open Lydia's heart. And no less labour, the most diligent use of the most shining difficult to realize that, were Solomon's wisdom

* Cecil's Remains, p. 208.

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gifts, were presumption, if not sanctified and con- / what purpose he came: let us moderate our joy, trolled by entire dependence upon the Spirit of or rather take heed that it be such a joy as, while God, so this dependence without diligence is it leads us to cling to him as one who was man, mistake and folly.

may make us continually and thankfully worship and adore him as God our Saviour. Let us meditate upon the wondrous love which is exhi

bited before us in the nativity of our Lord and DESIGN OF THE INCARNATION*. Master; the love which the Father has, who

gave his only-begotten Son to die for us; and the As respects the purpose or object of the incarna- love which our Redeemer possesses, in that he came tion of the Son of God, the same holy scriptures and died for us while we were yet sinners, rebels which declare the fact also make known the in- against his laws, and despisers of the riches of his tent. The Lord Jesus came into the world with a

grace. And, when we look upon the holy child, special object in view, viz., “ to save sinners,"

lying in a manger, in all the weakness and help " to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself,” | lés:ness of infancy, and then think that he is the to destroy for ever the power of sin, Satan, and mighty God, the Prince of peace, that he has death, and to open unto us the gate of ever- stooped so low as to clothe himself with our nalasting life. Surely he did not become flesh, and ture, to take upon him all the infirmity and pain dwell among us, in order to amuse or make us and trial and anguish, which are the lot of mortal wonder; or in order that we might hear of it as man; when we see and think upon these things, a marvellous great thing of other days and other which are too great and too mysterious for us to lands, and be astonished and go on our way the comprehend in their fulness and manifold relations, same as ever; neither was it simply as a teacher and to be reached and applied to the soul by of the word of God that the divine Saviour came living, active faith alone, o let us pat away and sojourned on earth ; nor was it only to publish from us every proud thought: let us humble ouramong men a more perfect moral system than bad selves at the foot of the cross, and pray that we ever been known, and to set us an example of how may imbibe the spirit of our Master, who died a man may and ought to live. Such an object thereon ; that we may have more and more of his alone it were unworthy to attribute to the Lord self-denying, humble, and obedient spirit. of heaven and earth ; and, if this had been all that he intended to perform or did perforni, it could not meet the wants of sinful, guilty men, or

THE TRUE GLORY OF A CHURCH*. satisfy the cravings of the hungry soul for immortality. It was for a higher and more glorious « And I will be glorified, saith the Lord.” The object that the Lord Jesus came and dwelt among us: it was to atone for the sins of the whole second temple was, in many respects, vastly infeworld : it was to suffer, and to die, and to save and lamentation amongst many of the Israelites.

rior to the first. The difference caused great grief his people from their iniquities: it was (in the language of the prophet) to bear our griefs

, and the fathers, who were ancient

men, that had seen

“Many of the priests and Levites, and chief of God, and afflicted: it was to be wounded for the first house, when the foundation of this house our 'transgressions, to be bruised for our iniqui- voice" (Ezra iii

. 12). And to this inferiority we

was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud ties, to have the chastisement of our peace upon have also an allusion in Haggai ii... " In the him, and that with his stripes we might be healed : it was that the Lord might lay upon himn the ini- seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of quity of us all: it was that he might purchase the the month, came the word of the Lord by the progift of the Holy Ghost, to sanctify and cleanse phet Haggai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel the hearts and purge the consciences of people; Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and

the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to and that through the merits of the Redeemer we might receive pardon, be restored to the favour

to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left of our justly-offended Maker, and have good hope among you that saw this house in her first glory? of eternal lite. Away, then, with the flimsy pre

And how do ye see it now? Is it not in your tensions and boasts of the Socinian, ah, and still eyes in comparison of it as nothing ?” (Hag. ii.

1-3). And it is further to be rcmarked that worse (for the truth must be told) with his daring impiety to rob the Lord of light and life of the many things, which chiefly contributed to, yea, glory and worship wbich are his due! And, as

which constituted, the glory of the first temple, for ourselves, while we look with holy borror and be replaced. The Shechinah, the briglit cloud,

were lost to the second; things which could never indignation upon tenets so pernicious and so unChristian, let us bless God that we are preserved moved. The ark was lost, and the copy of the

the emblem of the Deity bimself, was for ever refrom the wiles of the arch-deceiver, and that we bave the pure and holy faith once delivered to the law, which had been preserved in it. Tie Urim saints; and let us pray for those who know not

and Thummim too, by which God had been wont what they do, that the Lord may visit not upon his will, was irrecoverably gone. And the fire,

to communicate to his people the knowledge of them the just consequences of their ignorance, which had descended from heaven, was extinet; so hardness of heart, and contempt of his holy word. While we rejoice in the blessed privilege of as

that they must henceforth use, in all their sacri

Whatever was sembling togeiher to praise God the Father for fices, nothing but common fire. the incarnation of his only-begotten Son, our Lord * From a sermon preached at the consecration of St. Mary, Jesus Christ, let us remember who he is, and for Ellerton, by the rev. J. D. Jefferson, M.A., incumbent of

Thorganby, Yorkshire, London: Hatchards. York: Marsh. * From Spencer's "Christian Instructed."

1848.

most interesting to the ancient church had disap- them all. We love and venerate the established peared ; and no hope could be entertained that the church of our native country. We regard it as defect would ever be supplied. Yet, notwith- one of the purest and most efficient branches of standing, upon the whole, the second temple was the church, which Christ has purchased with his to be, and was, more glorious than the first. blood. God grant we may ever love and venerate Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the it! Never was church more worthy of a nation's Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech love and veneration. But what is it which invests the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the church of England with so much excellency the land, saith the Lord, and work; for I am with and beauty? Its endowments ? Its antiquity ? you, saith the Lord of hosts: according to the The homage it has received from successive geneword that I covenanted with you when ye came rations ? The honour the state puts upon it? out of Egypt, so my Spirit remaineth among you: No, brethren. We do not lightly esteem these fear ye not. For thus saith the Lord of hosts : things. Far from it. But, if these were all the Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the excellencies which our church had to boast of, heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry and for which it was distinguished, even were it to land ; and I will shake all nations; and the Desire fall to-morrow, we should hardly be inclined to of all nations shall come ; and I will till this stretch forth a hand for its preservation : we should house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The scarcely be moved to shed a tear for it when it silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord

was gone.

It is the exhibition it makes, in all of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be its services, of a glorious Saviour ; it is the clear greater than of the former, saith the Lord of and strong light in which it holds forth the Lord hosts; and in this place will I give peace, saith Jesus Christ; it is the way in which it makes the Lord of hosts” (Hag. ii. 4-9). Accordingly fully known the truth as it is in him, the greatwe know that, in the fulness of time, “the De- ness of that salvation which is in him and in him sire of all nations" " suddenly came to his tem- alone, the extent of his love, the power of his ple” (Mal. iii. 1), and that “he preached peace to grace, the all-sufficiency of his merits and atonethem which were afar off, and to them that were ment; it is this which gives our church its real nigh” (Eph. ii. 17). And we know, also, that glory. God grant that this glory may continue through him, who is "our peace, who hath made within it! God grant that it may shine in it but one, and hath broken down the middle wall brighter and brighter, even unto the world's end! of partition between us," we, who were “aliens It is ossible that some reforms may be required from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers in it, and may be desirable, in order to promote from the covenants of promise,” have now

ac

its greai T efficiency; but, O brethren, let them cess by one Spirit unto the Father” (Eph. ii. 14, be reform which exalt nothing in our church 12, 18). We see, then, that the second temple at above Chris , and put no veil on Christ's glory Jerusalem, though inferior to the first in outward and greatness. Innovations, of late years,

have splendour and in other respects, surpassed it in been attempted to be introduced. Innovations glory, because it was frequently honoured by the still seem to be threatening us.

The worst, perbodily presence of the divine Saviour in the days haps, which could threaten us, are those, which of his humiliation,

would substitute rites and ordinances for a SaAnd wherein consists the chief, the true glory viour's blood, penances and superstitious observof any church? Not, certainly, in the outward ) ances for his grace, a form of godliness for a show of costly magnificence. Not in the display heart-warm love for him, and an outward devoof architectural skill. Not in the gold and silver tion for practical obedience to his will. We may which gliter within. Not in the gorgeous adorn- ultiply houses of God in our land, yea, we may ment of high altars. Not in enbroidered gar- ger it with churches ; but all experience testifies ments and precious stones. Not in these, or and proves that they will be useless, that they things like these, which, by their imposing appeal will do our land no good whatever, unless the to the senses and the imagination, are calculated glorious gospel of Christ, “the desire of all nato attract the notice, and secure the attention, and tions,” the Redeemer of sinners, the only Saviour captivate the heart of the carnal observer. O no. of lost mankind, be plainly and fully and unreBut it consists in the presence and in the mani- servedly proclaimed within them. We may half festation within it of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fill these churches with ministers: all experience his bodily presence, indeed, he is now removed proves that they will be scourges rather than far away from us. Having passed, through the blessings amongst us, unless they be humble, holy, grave and gate of death, to a joyful resurrection, devoted, and faithful men, who, like the apostle, he is ascended to his father and our Father, to count all things but loss for the excellency of his God and our God. The celestial gates have the knowledge of Christ Jesus their Lord” (Phil. expanded ; and the triumphant Jesns, the King of iii. 8). glory, the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle, has entered the heaven of heavens, and taken his place at the right band of the Majestyon high, angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. But there is a spiritual manifestation still made of him in our world through his gospel; and it is this which gives our churches their real glory. It matters not whether we speak of national churches, or of smaller communities of Christians, or of the mere buildings in which we worship, this is true of

STRAYING FROM OUR APPOINTED SPHERE*. Are these instruments profited by such use, and

are they not laid aside as soon as done with? It How sad a case is that which now so commonly is possible, therefore, to make a very showy disprevails, when a man, having excited his ambition play out of the bounds of our station, and yet be by a future prospect, proportioned in brilliancy to very far from the blessing of God. the tawdriness of his self-conceit, leaves the duties The work of his station will always be drudgery of his proper sphere unfulfilled, to interfere with to the spiritualist. It is a severe task to the inthose of another ; setting himself up as a bishop dolence, the vanity, the love of novelty and notoover other men’s affairs; and is thus at once un- riety, which are generated by his speculative profitable in the post assigned to him, and a hin- flights; and, therefore, that part of the building, drance in that which has been assigned to another! which was assigned to him in the edification of The proper duty of his post is too palpable for the glorious temple of the Lord's body is neglected. him, too much matter of fact and of common- Its architecture was too familiar, perhaps only a place. He finds it too material, too much of a plain course of stone, while he would be at pointconfinement for his enlarged and spiritualized ing a pinnacle; and the labour too mechanical, mind; and that duty, which clearly calls upon perhaps only laying a stone, when he would be him for exertion on the spot, is idly and capri- carving one. He therefore abandons his work to ciously forsaken for some imaginary occasion of set up for himself, and builds a castle in the airusefulness, just as the doll is thrown out of the a true modern architect's castle, fantastic, inconwindow by the child that cries for the moon. And, gruous, uninhabitable, and found to be in everyto come to the melancholy conclusion of the ab- body's way. But even this soon makes way for surdity, after having run about the country on his some other fabric of the fashion of the day, equally self-elected apostleship, and intruded with his own unsubstantial, equally absurd; and the builder is will on the duties of those who were posted by the succeeded by other builders, equally vain, equally will of God, after the work of disunion and con- giddy, equally babbling the dialect of Babel

, fusion which his ambition and vanity have equally at home abroad and abroad at home, and wrought, he looks complacently and confidently carnalizing the spirit by the proud attempt to forward to the welcome of, “Well done, thou spiritualize the body. good and faithful servant.” It never for a moment enters into a mind so fully prepossessed with the notion of its own merits, that there is another and very different salutation for those who have

Miscellaneous. prophesied in the Lord's name, but whom he never knew. And will the Lord know, does he recog

Scientific ECONOMY.-In the iron works of nize, any one who thinks to work out of his own Ystalifera, where the iron is smelted by the use of station ? The man may, perhaps, point to some anthracite coal, advantage has been taken, in a most seeming good for a sign ; but he shuts his eyes to ingenious manner, of an observation that the gases the positive evil. He may point to following which are evolved from the furnaces escape at a crowds; but does being followed by crowds place temperature which is about the melting point of brass. God at our head ? Let him be assured that the By an arrangement, which is in its character esceedman who steps out of his proper station can no more know the Lord, and so be known by him, ingly simple, the hot gas is led off into another chan. than he who knows the Lord will step out of his nel, by means of a strong current generated through station. To do that is at once to abandon the very

a chamber and air-way, from a point just below the appointed spot of mutual recognition ; for where top of the iron furnace. It is conducted (with very is it, but in the very execution of our duties under little heat lost in the passage) under the boiler of 8 his grace, that the acquaintance is either begun or steam engine; and it is found to be at a sufficiently maintained ? For there is required the opening of high temperature to heat the boiler without the con. the heart in watchfulness and prayer, in self-sumption of any fuel whatever. Hence an immense examination, and in noting and putting to account saving is effected. Although only one furnace and the daily opportunities peculiar to the station, in the confidence of faith, in dependence upon divine

one boiler has hitherto been adapted to this purpose, help, in reliance on heavenly promises.

it is found to effect a saving of £350 a year. We may

In short, as well might the Jewish priest have sacri- consequently expect that, when the experiment is fur, ficed outside the temple, as the Christian priest ther extended, and more of the furnaces so arranged offer the sacrifice of his body on that spot which that this heat may be econ omized, and employed for the Lord has not appointed to him.

the numerous useful purposes to which it is applicaHow utterly did God disapprove, through the ble in a large establishment, the saving will amount mouth of his apostle, the doings of men who had to many thousands annually. This communication even been commissioned by him through the mani- by Mr. Palmer Budd, at the British Association, ia festation of extraordinary spiritual gifts, but went Swansea, this year, is to be printed entire in their out of their way, and abused them to the selfish

transactions. purpose of obtaining the lead of a party ? He tells them that, however God may have used them for his purposes, yet their relation to bim, and his to theni, is no closer, no higher, than

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