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THE LAME MAN HEALED AT THE BEAUTIFUL tiful,” would be a point where he might obtain GATE OF THE TEMPLE.
particular notice and relief. The two apostles
were one day going to the sanctuary at the hour We find in the third chapter of the Acts a most of public prayer (the ninth hour, that is about interesting account of a miracle wrouglit by Peter three o'clock in the afternoon); setting us an exand John.
ample, as their Master before them had done, that There was a man who had been lame from his we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves birth, who was dependent for subsistence on the together. alms of the charitably disposed. And, as the tem- The lame man seeing them asked their charity. ple was a place to which the multitudes of the But they had neither silver nor gold to give. They Jews were continually thronging, it was thought had been poor labouring men before they were that that gate, which was specially called “ Beau- called to the apostleship; and their worldly con
dition was not now mended. They could, how- hears Ryan cursing her, as he did when he was ever, do something for the cripple; and, incited dying; and sometimes she fancies she sees her doubtless by a divine impulse, Peter said to him : boy in flames, calling to her to save him; and “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have 'tis all that priest's doing." give I thee." Then, in a tone of authority, he “I cannot quite understand how or why McHale added : “In the name of Jesus Christ of Naza- cursed Kitty, as you say he did, Mrs. Kyle.” reth, rise up, and walk.” Immediately a superna- “Don't you see, sir,” she said, “ father Dtural power strengthened his limbs; and he that had (as Kitty calls him) told him that she had been the been disabled, the mere object of pity, perhaps of ruin of his child ; that her having had him bapcontempt, now walked, and, in the fulness of his tized a protestant had sent him to hell when he gushing joy, leaped, and entered into the temple, died; and believing, as he did, all that artful, praising God for the mercy which had restored cruel man told him, and fond as he was of the him.
little fellow, it was no wonder (as I may say) his The miracle of course attracted many curious hating the sight of my poor child; and then, when gazers. And Peter took advantage of their won
when he was all but dead, in the very agony, it der to preach to them Jesus and the resurrection. seems, he told him to say, if he wished to go to He disclaimed, as 'every faithful servant of Christ heaven, that bis curse was upon her for having dewill do, all personal virtue or authority in the stroyed their child's soul, and it would follow her, matter, and desired them to know that it was and haunt her till she became a member of what through him whom they had crucified that this he called the only true church.” marvellous deed had been wrought. He charged “Poor Kitiy, I exclaimed, “ do you think it home their guilt upon their consciences, but at had any effect on her ?” the same time assured them that the blood which “ Effect, sir! she says she was for all the world they had shed was able to wash away their sins. like a mad thing for weeks after Ryan's death.
This address was rendered effectual by the power It was long before she could be persuaded to leave of the Holy Spirit to the conversion of a vast the grave where her husband and child were both many: Nevertheless the rulers, filled with malice, laid; and, when at last a kind neighbour did perapprehended the apostles, and rebuked them for suade her to go to her home, she still raved and their preaching. But their mouth was not thus tore her hair, and kept on crying out, 'He cursed to be stopped. They seized the opportunity of me! he cursed me !"}, declaring to the great men the truths of the ever- “Of course Kitty’s grief was intense ; but had lasting ospel, and thanked God for the liberty the priest's arts any effect on her faith, I mean? he had given them, though amid persecutors and Do you think she is inclined to become a Roenemies, of setting forth the truth as it is in Jesus. manist?”.
Let us remember, as we reflect upon this bis- “Well, sir, I hardly know; and, for the mattory, that the power of Jesus Christ to save is not ter of that, I don't much think she knows her own exhausted : he is “the same yesterday, and to- mind about it. You see, sir, till he was taken ill, day, and for ever.”
Ryan didn't think or care anything about any religion ; so he never talked to Kitty about the difference of what they believed in ; and she was almost too much beside herself to heed what the
priest said ; so she scarce knows what a papist THE OLD MAN'S CHILD.
does believe, or what he doesn't, you know. Still,
sir, I do think she would like to be a Romanist, No. VII.
because of what her husband said : she seems to
have a sort of hankering after being what he was ; “How was it," I one day asked Mrs. Kyle, besides, she is in perpetual fear of the curse, which " that McHale seemed to have become suddenly she says is hanging over her.”' so staunch a Romanist as to believe that pro- “Poor child, poor child," I said, half aloud, testant baptism could lose his child's soul ?" half to myself. “And now, Mrs. Kyle," I
“Why sir,” she replied, “it seems that the added, “you see that all Mr. Morton said would priest went to C-- as soon as ever the doctor come to pass has done so, do you not ?" was sent for; and, during the two days that poor “ To my sorrow I do, sir.' Kitty was insensible, he so worked on Ryan's “You see clearly, too, all the trials, all the difmind (which you know, sir, was weakened by sick- fculties, and all the dangers, which beset the path ness) as to make him believe or fancy that he saw of her who ventures to marry a Romanist, do you the child in flames, and heard him say that not ?" his mother had sent him there."
"O, sir, I've seen it all along; and, if the time “But what could the priest's object have could come over again, Mr. Relton, I'd rather been?" I asked.
see my child in her coffin, cold before my eyes, “Why sir,” she replied, “he got poor Ryan, than at the altar with a papist: I would indeed, you know, sir, to give a sight of money for prayers sir. Such a marriage risks the happiness of soul (masses, I think they call them, sir) to be said for and body : I feel it does : it has done so. the good of the child's soul; and I've heard that Kitty can never be happy again here: I pray God all the money given so goes into the priest's she may be in the next world. But, sir, isn't it pocket. Then, too, you know, sir, he wanted to fearful to think of all she's got to undo, and to do, turn our Kitty papist; and I suppose he thought before we can hope she is even in the right way the likeliest way to do that was to terrify the to being happy? She doesn't know what she bepoor thing; and sure enough he did that with a lieves, nor what she doesn't believe, sir: her mind vengeance: she often says now, she's sure she seems at random like; and it seems to long to have
a God of mercy.
something to rest on, but can't find anything. O, and the Romanist cannot kneel at the same altar, Mr. Relton, what can be done?”
cannot read the same bible, cannot cherish one “We must pray for her," was my answer to hope : they cannot have one faith, one baptism, this mournful appeal: “We must pray that she nor even one Lord: they cannot be one in heart may have grace given her to pray for herself in and in mind, and therefore they ought never to be heart, and with the understanding; and then (that bound together by the ties which render them one great boon once vouchsafed) we need no longer “one flesh,” and should unite them for time and be fearful., Prayer and humiliation saved Ahab for eternity. .. Of Kitty McHale, the “old man's from punishment, rescued the penitent thief from child,” little remains to be said. When sufficiently the very threshold of hell; and, when God saw recovered to be removed with safety, she left my that the persecuting Saul was praying, he sent home for that of her invalid aunt, to whom her his minister to give comfort to his soul and light mother was anxious to return. But she did not to his eyes. 0, may be of his infinite mercy give long remain there: no sooner was her strength both to your child, Mrs. Kyle: she has indeed recruited than, restless and unhappy, she pined need, great need, of both those blessings." for change; and day by day she grew more and
“O, she has, I know she has," the poor mother more discontented. Mrs. Kyle, anxiously alive to exclaimed most sadly. “I wouldn't mind her every symptom of uneasiness on her daughter's feeling lonely and miserable and conscience- part, and fearing lest the entire seclusion in which stricken, sir, if she did but feel she is a sinner, they lived might (by preying on her spirits) be and needs a Saviour-if she could but forgot her prejudicial to her health, earnestly urged her to sorrows enough to think of her sins; but, Mr. visit some relations living in the north of EngRelton, she is so bold in the way she speaks of land, who were anxious to receive her; and at God s judgment: she frightens me sometimes, length Kitty consented to accept their invitation. so that I almost hope her head is not right. She But, if solitude had been distasteful to Kitty, the talks just as if God was injuring her, by sending noise and bustle, the continual coming and going her these trials: she says it is a shame, a cruel of a large town were far more so. The abode of shame she should be so tormented—that she has her relatives became absolutely odious to her, never done anything to deserve such bitter punish- and, kind as they were, she disliked them thoment, and that it cannot be God who took away roughly; why or wherefore she could hardly tell. her husband and child; or, if it was, that he is not However, so peevish and irritable did she become,
o, sir, what shall I do? it that it was no wonder their grief was not great on breaks my heart to hear her run on so wildly, so her announcing an ardent wish to return to her wickedly, I'm afraid it is. If she were but mother. With an aching heart the aged widow humble-minded, I could bear any grief with her; beheld the lines of care still more deeply graven I think I could almost bear to see her dying on her daughter's care-worn brow, and heard the dead.0, I could bear anything better than to discontented tone with which she was greeted as think she is rebelling against God, and inaking she held forth her arms to receive the wanderer. him angry with her every moment.'
Kitty believed herself a sincere mourner : she "Could you expect to find your daughter hum- thought that all her sorrow was caused by the ble, and obedient? resigned to God's will, and death of Ryan and her child, and that all her ready and anxious to please you ?".
feelings sprung from grief-pure, natural, allow"No, no, sir ; I couldn't indeed expect it; but able grief. Alas ! she knew not her own deceitful I could not help hoping, even though it was per- heart ; nor could she discover the demon of dishaps against hope. O, if our training had been content which was gnawing at its very vitals. She better, if we had brought up our child as a Chris- was at enmity with God; how could slie therefore tian, how different she would have been ! It is our be happy in the world which he created by his fault: it was I who spoiled her .. my foolish power, and ruled by his providence ? She would fondness choked all that was good in her .. not regard God as her father : she thought of him idiot that I was, not to correct her for her faults : as a harsh and cruel tyrant ; how then could she they are sins, dreadful sins now. O it was my be contented under his care? She called herself fault, it was my fault she was not what she should a miserable widow, a childless widow (and so she have been ; that she is what she is ! O, if I was); but that did not account for her evil tempers, might be punished, and she be spared!”
her desponding feelings: it rather aggravated than I told her it might not be that. But palliated the sin she daily, nay, hourly, committed enough of this; enough has been said to show the in thought, in word, and in deed. In thought she ruinous, the fatal effects of early spoiling, of over- was arrogant towards God, and rebellious against indulgence, and the neglect, in the training of a his will : in word she was hasty, imperious, and child, of “the one thing needful.” Had Kitty been often unkind, even towards her gentle and aged nurtured as a Christian child, a pilgrim upon mother; whilst in deed she was often reckless earth, and an heir of eternal life, there would have alike of God's honour, and of the duty which she been hope; there would have heen reason to ex-owed to her fellow-men. In a word, self was pect that she would have been a Christian woman, Kitty's idol : self she worshipped, and to self everypatient in tribulation, and rejoicing in hope of thing and everybody were made to give way. the glorious future which was before her. .. Alas! that indulgence should so easily render Enough has been said, too, of the evils both tem- even the naturally unselfish selfish, the meekporal and eternal, the sorrows and the heart-spirited hasty, the docile disobedient, and the conburnings, the danger of falling into temptation, tented exacting and rebellious! Can the evil and the little hope there is of escaping it, attend- which brings so many others in its train be too ing the marriage of those whose religious opinions sedulously guarded against, either in ourselves, are opposed to one another. .. The protestant in our conduct towards our children, or in the use
of the influence which we exercise over those worshippers, in all parts of the world, are one committed in any way to our guidance, or our congregation; for they are one body in Christ
. care? .. Kitty at length persuaded herself that “O house of Jacob,” we may say with 'he procould she but once again visit C--, and behold phet, “come ye, and let us walk in the light of the grave which held all that was dear to her, all the Lord” (Isa. ii. 5). Come all ye who name would be well: though she could not again be the name of Christ, and gather yourselves tohappy, she was sure she should be peaceful and gether in his name, “ to render thanks for the contented. Accordingly she determined to set out benefits you have received at his hands, to set for Ireland ; and her mother (wearied out by con- forth his most holy praise, to hear his most holy tinual and vain efforts to amuse, to improve, and word, and to ask those things which are needful to influence her daughter for good) offered no for body and soul.” Come and rejoice together opposition to her wishes. The young widow in what he has done for you, when his church reached her destination in safety; and there the celebrates the great acts of his life on earth, or news reached her that her mother was no more. the work of his Spirit in his saints and martyrs
. Having then no tie binding her to England, no Come and partake of the sacred feast he makes inducement to return to it, she wandered over the you. Come and join with angels and archangels, face of her adopted country without interest and and glorified saints, in celebrating his praise. without aim; and in some nook of the “ Emerald Come--unless you mean to turn away from Isle" the “old man's child” is still residing. The him, to show, by your unwillingness to be with him, accounts which I have from time to time received that you do not care to be found among his people of her have been few and scanty, and, what is far at the last day. Come, if you wislı the joyful worse, they have been far from satisfactory: sound of his praise to ring from land to land, and sometimes believing herself a Romanist, some- the earth to be filled with the knowledge of the times a protestant, she is always fretful and un- glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. happy, and not unfrequently desponding : so Come, unless you are content to be among the Kitty's life-time is passing away. Unimproved, people that forget God (Hab. ii. 14; Isa. xi. 9; unenjoyed, unblessed to herself or others, her Ps. ix. 17). days are rolling by: thus of her, who was once But come, remembering into whose presence the cherished object of my care, the hopeful mem- you are coming. Come, determined to "" walk ber of my youthful flock; of her, whose every in the light of the Lord.” Not as those who childish action was known to, and approved by walk in darkness, and “hate the light, neither me; whose every girlish thought was scanned by come to the light, lest their deeds should be re. my keenly observant eye; of her, who has prayed proved” (John iii. 20). Come, and be ready to at my knee, and for whom my prayers have been live in the light. Submit yourselves truly to constant-of Kitty McHale, changed, marred as Christ, take his yoke upon you, and learn of him she is, I can only say, in conclusion (and I say it (Matt. xi. 29). Remember, until you can rememwith deep feeling, and a heartfelt hope that my ber it with joy, because you are doing the truth, words may be heard and answered), “May the that God searches the heart, and knows the nuose Lord have mercy upon her, and forgive her; for secret springs of all, you do. Do not a thing the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord." Amen.
which you would wish to hide; for to think of A. E. L. hiding it from him is worse than folly; it is to
deny him. Think not you can rejoice in Christ, and not rejoice in righteousness. Think not you can rejoice in Christ, and do the deeds of dark
Think not you can rejoice in Christ, and THE CHRISTIAN COMING TO CHRIST
keep hidden malice in your hearts, or deceive WITH THANKSGIVING*.
your neighbour for gain. Think not you can We know who is our Redeemer, and we know world and of the flesh.
rejoice in Christ, and delight in thoughts of the that he is our King. We know that he reigns in heaven. We know that his ministers are with us all creation : it cheers the martyr in his dungeon,
The light of God's countenance shines through on earth, and that they do his work not in it glorifies the unknown or despised saint, it detects their own strength, but by his Spirit that works the wicked in his hiding-place. Yes, whether he in them, and with them. We know that wrap himself in the shade of night for theft or he accepts our sacrifice of praise and thanks murder, or in the depths of deceit for fraud and giving. We know that he feeds us with the filthy lucre, or in the splendour of wealth for pride Hesh of a sacrifice, of which they had no
and oppression and carelessness, or in the show of right to eat who served the tabernacle (Heb. xiii. religion itself, to stand well with men by his 10)-the great offering for sin. We are come hypocrisy. It is under this eye that you are not to the Hames and thunders of Mount Sinai, at called to venture upon holy ground; or rather, which Moses himself trembled, and the people God has placed you within his courts, and reminds could not endure them (Heb. xii. 18); but into you that you are walking in them, and in his the church of God, which is one with the church
presence. “ Let every one that nameth the name in heaven, in which God dwells, and brings us
of Christ depart from iniquity" (2 Tim. ii. 19). near to himself, so that we can approach him readily and constantly by a new and living way" (Heb. x. 20).
Thousands of churches are one holy temple in which his people meet before him. Millions of
• From “ Sermons for Sundays, Festivals, and Fasts."
When we say,
JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH*.
cast away the works of the law, so that he sound
eth as though he would break and disannul the To fulfil the law is to do the works thereof, and law, through faith, he answere ih to that might be whatsoever the law commands, with love, lust, and laid against him, saying, We destroy not the inward affection, and delectation, and to live law through faith, but maintain, further, or estabgodly and well, freely, willingly, and without lish the law through faith; that is to say, we compulsion of the law, even as though there were fulfil the law through faith. no law at all. Such lust, and free liberty to love Sin, in the scripture, is not called that outward the law, cometh only by the working of the Spirit work only committed by the body, but all the in the heart.
whole business, and whatsoever accompanieth, Now is the Spirit none otherwise given than by moveth, or stirreth unto the outward deed; and faith only, in that we believe the promises of God that whence the works spring, as unbelief, pronewithout wavering, now that God 'is true, and will ness, and readiness unto the deed in the ground of fulfil all his good promises towards us for Christ's the heart, with all the powers, affections, and blood's sake, as it is plain (chap. i.): “I am not appetites, wherewith we can but sin; so that we ashamed,” saith Paul, “ of Christ's glad tidings, say that a man then sinneth when he is carried for it is the power of God unto salvation to as away headlong into sin, altogether, as much as many as believe”; for at once, and together, even he is, of that poisonous inclination and corrupt as we believe the glad tidings preached to us, the nature wherein he was conceived and born. For Holy Ghost entereth into our hearts, and looseth there is none outward sin committed, except a the bonds of the devil, which before possessed our man be carried away altogether, with life, soul, hearts in captivity, and held them, that we could heart, body, lust, and mind thereunto. The bave no lust to the will of God in the law; and, scripture looketh singularly into the heart, and as the Spirit cometh by faith only, even so faith unto the root and original fountain of all sin ; cometh by hearing the word, or glad tidings, of which is unbelief in the bottom of the heart; for, God, when Christ is preached how that he is God's as faith only justifieth and bringeth the Spirit and Son and man also, dead and risen again for our lust unto the outward good works; even so unbelief sakes, as he saith in chap. iji. iv. x. All our jus- only damneth and keepeth out the Spirit, protifying, then, cometh of faith ; and faith and the voketh the flesh, and stirreth up lust unto the Spirit come of God, and not of us.
evil outward works, as it happened to Adain and faith bringeth the Spirit, it is not to be understood Eve in paradise (Gen. iii.) that faith deserveth the Spirit, or that the Spirit
For this cause Christ calleth sin unbelief; and is not present in us before faith. For the Spirit that notably in John xvi. : “The Spirit shall reis ever in us, and faith is the gift and working of buke the world of sin ; because they believe not in the Spirit. But, through preaching, the Spirit me." And (John viii.), “ I am the light of the beginneth to work in us.
world.” And therefore (John xii.) he biddeth And, as by preaching the law he worketh the them, “While ye have light, believe in the light, fear of God, so by preaching the glad tidings be that ye may be the children of light; for he that worketh faith. And now, when we believe, and walks in darkness knows not where he goeth." are come under the covenant of God, then are we Now, as Christ is the light, so is the ignorance of sare of the Spirit, by the promise of God; and Christ that darkness whereof he speaks, in which then the Spirit accompanieth faith inseparably, he that walketh knows not whither he goeth; and we begin to feel his working. And so faith that is, he kn not how to do a good work in certifieth us of the Spirit, and also bringeth the the sight of God, or what a good work is. And Spirit with her, unto the working of all other gifts therefore Christ saith, “ as long as I am in the of grace, and to the working out of the rest of our world, I am the light of the world ; but there salvation, until we have altogether overcome sin, cometh night when no man can work;" which death, hell, and Satan, and are come unto the night is but ignorance of Christ, in which no man everlasting life of glory. And for this cause we can see to do any work to please God. And Paul say, faith bringeth the Spirit.
exhorts (Eph. iv.), “ that they walk not as other Hereof cometh it, that faith only justifieth, heathens who are strangers from the life of God, maketh righteous, and fulfilleth the law; for it through the ignorance that is in them.” And bringeth the Spirit through Christ's deservings: again, in the same chapter: "Put off the old the Spirit bringeth lust, looseth the heart, maketh man, which is corrupt through the lusts of error, him free, setteth him at liberty, and giveth him that is to say, ignorance." And (Rom. xiii.), strength to work the deeds of the law with love, “Let us cast away the deeds of darkness;" that even as the law requireth ; then, at the last, out is to say, of ignorance and unbelief. And (1 of the same faith, so working in the heart, spring Pet. i.), “ Fashion not yourselves unto your old all good works by their own accord. That mean- lusts ofignorance." And (1 John ii.), " He that ethohe in the third chapter; for, after he hath loveth his brother dwelleth in light; and he that
hateth his brother walketh in darkness, and wot* From Tyndale's “Prologue upon the Epistle to the teth not whither he goeth ; for darkness hath blinded Romans."
The first volume of the works of Tyndale, apostle of England,” as he was not undeservedly called for his eyes.”. By light he means the knowledge of his labours in translating the scriptures, has just been issued Christ, and by darkness the ignorance of Christ. by the Parker Society, together with a volume of Fulke. For it is impossible that he who knows Christ We have often expressed, and would reiterate our deliberate truly should hate his brother. Furthermore, to judgment, that the works of the reformers, published by this perceive this more clearly, thou shalt understand useful society, ought to be in every clergyman's library. We that it is not possible to sin any sin at all, except understand that a volume of Bradford is speedily to appear. It will be cordially welcomed by every faithful protestant.
a man break the first commandment before. Now ED,
the first commandment is divided into two verses :