Imágenes de páginas

II. The happy change which this aged man experienced i “You teach," said the Emperor Trajan to Rabbi ađords great encouragement to aged simmers to seek the Joshual," that your God is every where, and boast same blessing.

| that he resides amongst your nation; I should like to Yes, aged friends, it affords encouragement to you not

see him.'--" God's presence is indeed every where,"' to live any longer as you have lived, but now at the eleventh hour to seek niercy. The hoary head is a crown of glory,

replied Joshuah, “but he cannot be seen; no mortal if it be found in the way of righteousness; but what an eye can behold his glory.” The Emperor insisted. awful sight is a grey-headed sinner, unprepared to die, un 6 Well,” said Joshuah, “suppose we try to look first at prepared for heaven! Tbis was once the condition of my one of his ainbassadors ?" The Emperor consented. Tue old friend in Russia; but he forsook his sins. He parted. Rabbi took him in the open air at noonday, and bid bin with his siosul companions. He cast himself upon the

look at the sun in its meridian splendour. “I cannot, mercy of Christ for salvation. He delighted to retire from the world, and to pour out his heart in prayer before the

| the light dazzles me,” 6 Thou art unable,” said Joshuah, Lord: in this way he became bappy himself, and then

" to endure the light of one of his creatures, and canst laboured to make all around him happy also. He had ner. I thou expect to behold the resplendent glory of the lected sacred things when he was young, but now be de- creator: Would not such a sight annihilate yon ?" termined to work for God when he became old. He knew that he had only a short time to work, and he made the

Attempt at a Paraphrase of the xc. Psalm, best of it, and did, much in a little time. Nothing seemed | Lord! Thou wast-ever our sure ahode, to move him from his purpose. When he met with dificul. Ere the first pran rejoic'd in Eden's bloom; ties, they only roused him to greater activity. “I am not

Or ever earth was form’d, Eternal God! discouraged, sir,” he would say. “I will never giré up. Our God Thou art, our Guardian from the womb; No! I will work for Christ to my dying day." And ought And yet Thou causest our proud hopes to fade, not his example to encourage you to go and do likewise ? į Turning to dost the beings Thou hast made. If God had mercy on him, would he not bare mercy on you

What in Thy sight are e'en a thousand years ? if you sought it? If God made him happy, would he not

As yesterday when passed-a'wateb by night: make yon happy also if you prayed to him ? If God made

Mau's trapsient life, like some brief dream appears, him useful, would he not make you useful also if you de.

"Tis borne along as by a torrent's might; sired it and employed God's appointed means for doing

Like grass whose verdure greets the morning ray, good ? To be sure he world, then come to a decision. While Jesos calls, do you answer. While Jesus

Cat down and faded with the fading day, invites, do you run. While Jesus oilers a free pardon,

When Thou art angry, Lord, Thy creature dies, stretch out your hand to receive it, and having obtained it. For with Thy wrath life-wasting grief begins; then siug aloud, O Lord, I will praise thee; though thou

All our iniquities before Thee rise, wast angry with me, yet now thine anger is turned away,

Thine eye has noted our most secret sins : and thou comfortest me. Behold, God is my salvation,

Slain by Thy wrath, we lire not to be old, I will not be afraid.

Our years fly from us, as a tale is told. Ill. It presents a fine subject for contemplation to Lord! by Thy teaching make us wise in time, deyout young tradesmen.

And satisfy us early with Thy love;
One morning when I met him he said to me, “I feel Thus sball we taste Religion's joys sublime,
very anxious about the souls of my people, tell me wbat I Thus shall we pant the more for joys above.
can do for their souls." Think of this. Ob what wonld

Best compensation for onr by-gone grief,
Britain 'soon become if all pious tradesmen felt like this Elcrual bliss for trouble that was brief,
man. What did his anxiety lead to? My tract tells you.
And I hardly ever saw a man “feel deeply," but it led to

JESUS, good results. Matthew Henry says, “Deep impressions

Wrillen on the first page of an Album, by the Rer. R. M Ghce. produce strong expressions," and we see the truth of the

When to a sinner's band 'tis gir'n to trace remark in this good old man. And if he in bis old age planned and accomplished so much, how much more might

In this unwritten book the earliest live, you do who are now in the morning or midday of life?

What name, o Blessed Savioui, should we place Try, yes try; and “whatsoever thy hand findeth to do,

The first upon the virgin leaf but thine ?
do it with all thy might," copying the old man's resolution, So may the savour of that sacred name
“ I will work for Christ till my dying day."

A pledge throughont it's future pages be,
That, all unsullied by less hallow'd theme,

They ne'er shall bear a trace unworthy thee !
The saint and the sinner.--- It must be acknowledged,
that if ihe singers are not out of their senses, the saints i

Fair are they now, like young life's promis'd days, are. There is madness somewhere. If Festas was not i

But e'er the leaves are fill'd and number'd o'er, beside himself, Paul certainly was. The one party or

Oft shall the glist’ping eye recall the trace, the other is dreaming. Who is it? Paul or Festus?

Of hands that write, and hearts that beat no more, Reflection..--I suppose one important distinction of the Oh! then, when many a heart and hand is cold, present world from the futare, to consist in the power

Whose fond memento stands recorded here; we have now of hiding from the trnth--of selecting cer May the sweet thought that in thy Book enroll'd tain subjects of meditation, and excluding others---in Their names are written, chase the rising tear! short in flying from thought. Hereafter it will not be

Bat if the tear will fall, the soul will mouro, 50. Then thought will overtake the fugitive from it. Au eternity of reflection is coming after this life of action.

And memory hang o'er memory's sever'd ties;

0, bid it to this page in peace return, Oh God, when man, by creature, shall be laid under the

And read thy name, The Friend that never dies," arrest of his own thoughts, when thou, by the simplest action on his memory, shalt set all his sins in order before him, eren as they are now in the light of thy coun

LONDON: Published by SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, & Co. HAMILTON, tenance!"**" I purposely leave the sentence incom.



T. THOMAS, Printer, Eastgate-street Chester,

[merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]

John is a dyer, residing in the parochial district annexed to my church. Some years ago he was a reprobate of the darkest stamp; habitually Irunken ; blaspheming fearfully; a noted boxer; Į wretched husband, and if not an open infidel, at east a covert sceptic. In consequence, his house was the image of destitution ; his family were badly clothed, and worse fed; and debt and desjeration still goaded him on to deeper"wretchlessless of unclean living." At last he came under he notice of a District Visitor; his wife was inluced to offer her house for the purpose of a ottage lecture, and John was gradually led to pay

stealthy attention to religion. Ultimately it leased Him “who bringeth the blind by a way hat they knew not," to draw him to the House of Prayer; where, after much and intense mental nguish, he found pardon and peace ; his mournig was turned into joy.

The transformation in his whole character and ircumstances was as complete as it was immedite. All things became new. Decently clad, his eatly dressed wife by his side, the church never Infolded her doors but he was there ; his children Fere put to school, his cottage was progressively urnished; he girded himself to the task of wiping way the heavy scores which stood against him in lany a tavern and shop, until the last count was bliterated, and his entire tenor of life was such

becomes the Gospel of Christ. So great a lange in one who had been so notorious could not ? hid. He became a wonder unto many. Some Imired, others mocked, and many persecuted. lis infidel associates of former days were exceedg mad against him. They left no species of olestation untried. In his dye-house more escially, he was unsparingly assailed. It was his ird lot to work amidst a band of infidels, the sperate dupes of that most silly, yet most pestint form of infidelity, which under that lying ime of “ Socialism" marks the elements of Hell. here were but two exceptions amongst all his opmates, two young men who professed godli*ss and were class-members amongst the Methosts. Those stood by him for a season. At last,

however, wearied out with annoyance, and ashamed of the cross, even they betrayed their principles, abandoned the meeting-house for the atheistic assembly, and, as is usually the result of apostacy, became the most shamelessly profligate, and the most daringly profane. John was thus left alone as a sheep in the midst of wolves—yet he was not alone, for the Lord stood by him. Modest, distrustful of himself, watching unto prayer, he was strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. He sometimes reasoned, at other times entreated, but more frequently acted like his Master, and "answered not a word.” His meekness under the greatest insults was the more lovely, because he had been the terror of his companions; fierce as a lion, and more than a match for the strongest of them. Though short in stature, he was so broadly built and tightly knit together, that his pugilistic powers were perfectly formidable.

On one occasion only was he thrown off his guard; and certainly the provocation was such as almost to justify his indignation. Yet so tender was his conscience, that he afterwards bitterly bemoaned his infirmities, and came to confess it to me with many tears, before he could again approach the table of the Lord. “ All my shopmates,” he said, “had been badgering me the other day, and pouring all kinds of insult upon me, when at last a great big fellow, six feet high, went so far as to cast some filth into my dye-vat. I felt the old man rising in me, and said, now that is spoiling my master's property, and I'll not take it; if thou do'st it again I'll lay thee flat, and thou knowest I can do it. Presuming on my patience, he repeated the act, when I up with my fist and laid him at his length on the ground. I was carried away at the moment, but it has cost me many a tear since." Indirectly, however, this circumstance had a good effect, for it convinced his tormentors, that though grace had subdued the fierceness, it had not shorn the strength of the lion ; so that they learned to restrain their outrages within certain limits.

It is but a short time ago that John was enabled completely " to set his assailants fast,” as he ex

No. vi.

pressed it, and to silence them at least for a season.

SCRIPTURE PORTRAITS. It was in this manner he did it: The scoffing “Socialists” were vaunting about the beautiful tendency of their system, and boasting of the purity and peace which would reign were their “ New Moral

The First Murderer. World” set up; at the same time, cursing Christi So dark, louring, repulsive are the features of anity as the cause of all misery and crime, and as the portrait, which now invites our contempathe grand obstacle in the way of their philosophi tion, so pervaded by an air of pining disconten', cal Millenium. At last the solitary Christian, rankling envy, and settled despair, that some “faithful amid the faithless," turned meekly but might wish to pass on at once to other objects firinly upon them, and answered, "Well, I am a a more attractive character. But they who ar plain man, and I like to judge of principles by too prudent to reject the study of what is prott". practices, and of trees by fruit. Let us look at ble, because it may not be pleasing, who reflee! the effects of your system. I suppose it will do that most important instruction may be reaped on a sınall scale what it would do on a large. Now from gazing upon the unsightly portraits exhibi. there is Tom and James, (pointing to the two lapsed ted in the Scriptures, as well as upon those professors,) you have tried your principles upon .which are marked by an expression of high and them, and what have you done for them? They holy decision in a righteous cause, of a conused to be civil, sober, good-tempered, comfortably manding majesty which, through divine grace, clothed, faithful husbands, and fond fathers; their could trample under foot the allurements of time, houses were snugly fitted up, and they owed no as it pressed onward to the glories of eternity, of one anything. What are they now? Look at meek sanctity, glowing devotion, winning getthem, they have not a whole coat to their backs ; tleness, or captivating loveliness, will pause and they cannot give one a kind word; their mouths look at Cain. are full of cursing and filthiness; they are drunk A small leak, through which the cozing water whenever they can get drink; their children are is at first scarcely perceptible, may sink they nearly naked, their wives almost broken hearted, vessel which, with its towering masts, sails mutheir houses desolate, and they have run into debt 1.furled to the breeze, and solid timbers, presents till no one will trust them a penny. That is what as it floats in its pride upon the bosom of the your principles have done for them. Now what ocean, an appearance of strength and securits. have mine done for me? I need not tell you what And the first thought or feeling of envy, indulged I was; you all know right well. There was not and cherished, instead of being suppressed and one of you that could swear so desperately, or stifed, may gradually acquire a force which drink so deeply; I was as restless and fierce as a impels the soul to the commission of deeds, fra wolf; my wife was half starved and often abused, the hare thought of which it, would have once my children were in rags, and received no educa recoiled with horror and indignation : tion; I was a pest to others and a torment to my Unhappy Cain!.. hadst thou, when first the self. What am I now? What has the grace of envious feeling sprung up within thy bosom God made me ? Go and see my children and you cast thyself before the God of all grace in fervene can judge. Go and ask my wife, and she can tell supplication for strength to overcome it, whata you. Go and look at my house and let that speak. pang would the heart of thy parents have been Am I not happier ? Am I not a better servant spared, while thine own hands would have been to my master, a better companion to you? Would unstained by the blood of a brother! is I once have put up with what I have taken from But that man is not likely to be a mau.. you all? Do you ever hear a foul word come out prayer, who is a stranger to his own sinfulne of my mouth? Do you ever see me in the public and weakness. He, who is unconscious of 4 house? Is there any one that has a score against deeply rooted corruption of his fallen inatur me?- There is what your principles have done, will, by a necessary consequence, be unconsciou Here is what mine have done-which are best ?” of his absolute dependance upon divine grace. H The appeal was irresistible. The mockers were who, in fond self complacency and fancied soca abashed. They could not gainsay the logic of the rity, réposes upon his own righteousness and life. “Thank God!" added the poor man, “I strength, who imagines that he can approad was not afraid to challenge their attention to my God without reference to the only “Mediato conduct. The Lord had helped me to walk with between God and man," -- that he may star all care."

. before him with acceptance, without faith O that every Christian set in the midst of foes, the blood of the Lamb, is not the man, of war ! may thus vindicate his principles and silence his at the first assault of temptation, and the for - slanderers; overpowering them by the eloquence of l appearance of danger, it inay, be said, " example, by the irrefutable logic of the life.

prayeth !”

"Behold!" said the servant of Israel's pro-l pears to be the import of this languagc) all prophet, "there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea fession of regard for religion, and acknowledgment like a mau's hand.” But that little cloud rapidly of God. He sought to stifle reflection, and amuse grew and expanded; and soon “the heaven was and occupy his mind by building a city; and Mlack with clouds and wind, and there was a many imitate his conduct. They seek to drown great rain." As soon as the little cloud is seen the voice of conscience in the hurry and tumult rising from the sea, though it may appear no of worldly engagements; and for a time they may larger than a man's land, as soon as the first succeed. The voice of conscience may sink into evil thought glances upon the mind, as soon a death-like silence. The eyes of conscience may as the first evil feeling agitates and darkens be closed in a death-like slumber. But ere long the heart, they, who, taught and enlightened the slumber will pass away for ever; ere long the by the Spirit of God, krow themselves and silence will be broken for ever. It's searching know their weakness, will take the alarm. glance will penetrate the inmost recesses of the Hariag, by "reason of use, their senses exer soul, and thrill every feeling with unspeakable cised to discern both good and evil, in that dismay and anguish. It's awsul voice will speak first thought, in that first feeling, they mark the like the deep toned, thunder, in all the severity of upproach of a foe, they hear the sound of the just accusation, in all the bitterness of well foundtrumpet which gives the signal of battle, they ed reproach.

! hasten to a throne of grace, they fervently im There was a voice in the blood of Abel.' It plore their God to “strengthen them with might called loudly and effectually for vengeance on a s his Spirit in the inner man," and are thus brother. How much sweeter the voice which Labled to “stand in the eril vlay.”.

cries to the Lord in the blood of Jesús! It calls The power of sin in blinding the mind is not

for mercy upon the sinner wig draws from it his exs remarkable than its influence in hardening

every plea, and builds upon it his every hope. the heart. See this power exemplified in Cain,

Well might the apostle, in enumerating the priAnd the Lord said to Cain, Where is Abel, thy

vileges of-the people of God, probounce of that rother? And he said, I know not. Am I my

blood of sprinkling to which they have come, that rother's keeper?" We may well feel surprise at: it“speaketh better things than that of Abel.” he spirit of insolence which is here manifested,

PASTOR nd disgust at the selfish principle which is deeloped; but what language can adequately de

.: CHARITY--1 Cor, wiil. tribe the infatuation which led him to believe Though I an angel's harp employed. hat he could impose upon Him, whose "cyes And sang in seraph's strain; te as a flame of fire?” Too well he knew where

Yet were my heart of love deroid, e had left the pale corpse of the brother, whoin

. My language would be vain. is hands had deprived of life. Could lie ima Yea, could I future times foresce, ne that the assertion, "I know not," would for

Upravelling mysteries rare ;

Yet all as " sounding bras"! would be, . . moment deceive the Lord?

Were lore not cherished there. ** An I my brother's keerer ?” How many

Yea, though the bungry poor to feed in the very spirit of the selfish principle which

With all my goods I part; e question indicates? 'Ask them to aid in the Yet, did not love my actious lead; nevolent work of sending Missionaries to the How cold and dead my heart! Nions that are * sitting in darkness and in the

Love suffers not proud enry's cares, adow of death." thic'cold spirit of selfishness, To ranıble iri the mind !

spirit of Cani, contracts the heart, and with " But hopes, endures, and all things bears, ito! lds the hand." For the wants and the woes of

Is merciful, and kind! , ders they havc no feeling. To i'clieve those Faith leads the way; while Ilope bestows puts, to mitigate those woes, they will contri Bright beanis of comfort here! te no exertion."

* But' Lore alote shall perer close

lis glad and blest career! . The blood of Abel “cried” to the Lord, and voice was heard.. A “ fugitive and a vaga

For ever praised be that Lorë

Which wrought with heavenly grace, ad upon the earth," which was commanded not

And brought our Maket froni above. 'yield" to bim "her strength," Cain exclaim

To save our sinful race! that his “punishment was greater than he

Through endless ages we shall sing, ; 11: Pori uld bear;" but we hear of no acknowledgment Reelleening Love, Tliy praise! ,

pues his guilt, no espression of contrition, no sup With 'Hallelujahs (o our Kiog! ication for pardon. He went out from the 1 . In Angel's tuncful lays!". Hiss. .. esence of the Lord," abandoning (for such ap

| , | SENDALE: i

The establishment of Christianity,

ing or eloquence, or rank, or power enlisted on its AN UNANSWERABLE ARGUMENT FOR ITS DIVINE ORIGINAL.

side, (since its first preachers and patrons rose alto. (Continued from page 123.) ..

gether destitute of these,) but it must also le exWILL he point to the rank-the wealth-the power plained, bow it could triumph, in opposition to the of the Founder of the Christian faith? The re most formidable array of all these combined forces, puted Son of a Carpenter--a Carpenter himself-So leagued together, in determined and uncompromis. poor, that he had not where to lay his head, per- | ing warfare against the infant church. Remember, forming all his wearisome journeys on foot, and (I would say to the infidel,) that the Christian cause obliged to borrow, when making his triumphal entry | had to encounter in its infancy, the whole weight of into Jeruslam, the humble animal on wbich he rode! the power of the Roman Empire, put forth in ten Such, as to external circumstances was the Founder successive persecutions, of unparalleled severits of Christianity !.,.,

CA Jewish Carpenter," says when every effort, that diabolical cruelty could Paley, "overturned the religion of the world !” | suggest, was tried to crush the new-born system in Surely this is strange! Surpassing strange! Admit its cradle, and compel its votaries to renounce the tethat this Jewish Carpenter was invested with divine ligion they had embraced. Remember the garments power that He was the Eternal Son of God--that, of burning pitch-the amphitheatre of wild brasts, though in the begining He was with God, and and all the horrible tortures of the most excruciating thought it not robbery to be equal with God,” yet, death, by which the faith of the early Christians for the purpose of accomplishing the redemption of was assailed. And tell me, if Christianity had not a ruined world, he was willing, in the manifestation been sustained by, the-Omnipotent arm of Godof most mysterious, love, to stoop to such amazing if her origin and support had not been from on big humiliation, to take on Him the form of a man, -how could she survive such a stoi m? How could even a man of sorrows, and submitunto death, even she have triumphed in such a conflict? If she had the death of the cross--admit all this and the mys been an imposture-mast sbe not have been crashed tery, to which we have adverted that " a Jewish heneatle the chariot wheel of imperial Rome, going Carpenter overturned the religion of the world,” is forth in all its might and majesty, to trample het at once and satisfactorily solved. Deny, this and beneath its feet to the dust?. And thus then are w then, on any rational principle, solve the mystery. brought back, after this investigation of the various We feel that this is a fuct, which would baffle the assignable causes, of an earthly character, wbjch il ingenuity of all the infidels that ever appeared upon they had existed, might serve to explain the esta earth.' ; : , v ,., .

blishment of Christianity upon earth, but not oneol , But can it be said, that though the condition, as which can be adduced, to account for that pheus

to external circumstances, of the first Founder of menon, we are brought back, I say, to our origina w Christianity cannot in ihe least degree account for proposal to the infidel. How, if he deny the truth

its success, still the rank of its first apostles and of. Christianity, and therefore that its success is to w preachers is sufficient. to explain the perplexing explained on its behalf, how will he rationally accoun phenomenon of its establishment, What! A few for that success!'. fishermen from the sea of Galilee Is the solution Ilow unanswerable, the argument, and how so of the problem to be found in their earthly condition ? lemn the warning, in connection with this vies Was it by the influence which they possessed--the the subject, supplied by the advice of Gamalie awe inspiring terror of their name--or the irresisti- as recorded in the Acts of the apostles-(v. 38, 39 ble energy of their genius by the wealth they could “If this counsel or this work, had been doned Jarish, or the power they could wield, that the gos. men, long ere this it must have come to nougatpel achieved its triumph over Jewish prejudice, and but, since it is of God, its enemies have striven i heathen superstition. Is the victory of Christianity vain to overthrow it-beware therefore of opposis over the fabled deities of Greece and Rome, and it, as thus you must be found in the most the dark and depraved passions of their idolatroas dicament in wbich a worm of the dust can be placed inbabitants, to be , attributed to the matchless, elo-1 fighting against God." And can you for one mome quence, or the exalted station, or the martial prowess, doubt, or bear to contemplate, what must be ti of the first preachers of the gospel ? Would it issue of such a conflict between a worm of the de not be the veriest waste of words to dwell on this and the Almighty God. ,

, , subject one moment longer, or to adduce a single "I press this point the more anxiously, because argument, in confutation of a sentiment so absurd. feel assured, that, as far as the external eviden Surely the most prejudiced infidel must have at least for Christianity is concerned, it supplies a a sufficient sense of shame to compel him to ac- vincing-indeed an altogether unanswerable arg knowledge, that he cannot account for the establishm ent for its truth. The infidel, if he bas any ca ment of the Christian religion by a reference to the dour in his composition, must surely admit, that rank of its first promulgators. But this is taking he rejects the theory of the divine original of Chr too low ground, on this point !---for it must be re tianity, and the exertion of divine power ind membered, that not merely is it possible to explain behalf, which is incontestably an adequate solutio the establishment and progress of Christianity, by of the problem, “ how the success of suck a re its having bad in its commandments, human learn- gion is to be explained,” he is bound to supply som

« AnteriorContinuar »