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be made like the image of his only-begotten affectionate heart, knit to their hearts in more Son Jesus Christ; they walk religiously in than a father's sympathy, assured him that good works, and at length, by God's mercy, they were children of God; and he knew that they attain to everlasting felicity.” In the God would not forsake his own work, or judgment, then, of our church, according leave them to perish whom he had chosen perfectly, in this as in other things, with the in Christ to save. “ He who hath begun a anerring word of truth, there is such a thing good work in you will perform it unto the as an assurance of final safety, which those day of Jesus Christ.” This was his conare permitted to entertain whom God has fidence—not anything inherent in them, not called to the fellowship of the gospel. anything imparted to them, not any moral
And in proportion to the value of this as- strength or virtue in them, whereby they surance should be our anxiety to possess it, would be able to stand against their spiritual and our carefulness to ascertain the grounds enemies, but the continued presence and upon which it may legitimately rest. For support of that Almighty Saviour, who, doubtless there is such a thing also as pre- having loved his own which were in the sumption. A man may be very confident world, would love them unto the end. of his safety, who is in the high road to de- I beseech you, brethren, mark well this struction, and think himself sure of heaven distinction. It is not that in converting the when he is fast going down to heil. How sinner to himself God gives him a stock of may we distinguish between a scriptural grace, and then leaves him to trade with it confidence as to our state, and “the hope of as best he may; but that he puts the Spirit the hypocrite,” which, as Solomon tells us, within him as an abiding inmate, helper, “shall perish ?" St. Paul furnishes a reply sanctifier; a perennial source of grace and to this important question in our text. For spiritual strength ; "a well of water” (as our on what did he found his assurance of the Lord tells the woman of Samaria) “springing final happiness of the Philippians ? On the up unto everlasting life.” Hence the Holy evidence which their conduct afforded of a Spirit is called by St. Paul “ the earnest of real work of grace in their hearts. “Even our inheritance until the redemption of the as it is meet for me," says he, “ to think this purchased possession ;” an earnest being, as of you all; for I have you in my heart; inas- you know, a part of the thing promised, and much as both in my bonds, and in the de-a pledge and security for the remainder. fence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all Hence, also, the same apostle tells us that are partakers of my grace.” What could true believers are " sealed with that Holy be more rational, what more practical, than Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of an this conclusion? He judged of the tree by inheritance ;" his indwelling in the heart anits fruits. He was sure that a great change swering the double purpose of a seal to certify had taken place in their hearts from the and to secure, showing those in whom he mighty change wrought in their behaviour. dwells to be the children of God, and keeping
The worshippers of dumb idols bad become them such. “Now he which stablisheth us servants of the living God, and believers in with you in Christ, and hath anointed us (he an unseen Saviour. And their work of faith writes to the Corinthians), is God; who hath had evidenced itself in their labour of love. also sealed us, and given the earnest of the They loved one ancther, and loved the instru- Spirit in our hearts. ments of their conversion, and impoverished Would you, then, dear brethren, have a themselves to help them in their distress ; good hope through grace, and rejoice in and stood forward manfully in defence of hope of the glory of God? To do this, you the gospel, in the face of suffering, persecu- have no need to pry into God's secret countion, and death itself. Could any sober man sels, or scrutinize the book of his decrees. doubt the reality of the change wrought in Of your election you can judge only by your them? But whose work was it? Nof their calling; and of your effectual calling only by own, not Paul's, but God's; and on this the fruits of it in your hearts and lives. Be simple fact the apostle grounds the assurance sure the good work is begun in you, in the We are speaking of. “God has begun the first place. Rest not for one moment till good work,” says he; and “ God will finish that be ascertained. For, if there be no real it.” It was not (you perceive) on the exist- turning of the heart to God, no true repentence merely of the good work wrought in ance, no lively faith in Christ, ye are yet ini thenı, but on its authorship, that he rested his your sins; and no hope of heaven can you confident hope respecting them. He in- have whilst this is the case. But, if "the ferred the reality of the change from its Spirit of God bear witness with your spirit effects, its permanence from the divine power that you are indeed his children,” by working exerted in the production of it. His own in you the dispositions and acts of children,
then may you adopt the apostle's train of attached; and that next the head of the vessel, reasoning and chain of consequences : “ If for single men, for whose use an hospital-cabin is children, then heirs—heirs of God, and joint
also provided. Boards, planed smooth, and heirs with Christ."
having an outer rim, run from head to stern in the Never forget that God's calling is a holy call- passage being left free on either side : these stand
central space between the ranges of berths, a wide ing: Wherever his call is effectual it is sanc- about four feet above the flooring, and answer the tifying. Holiness is as invariably the means, purpose of a table for meals and other uses. Above as God's distinguishing grace and mercy is this long table, and fixed about eighteen inches the cause, of our salvation. If he has chosen below the upper-deck, a corresponding length of us in Christ before the foundation of the boarding affords a shelf for the deposit of vessels world, it is that we should be “
in use, and other articles. With the exception of holy, and
the hospital-cabins, which are quite inclosed, the without blame before him in love." “We three compartments above-mentioned are sepaare bound," says St. Paul to the Thessa- rated by feather-edge boarding, with latticed lonians,“ to give thanks alway to God for you, doors, so as to insure their uniform ventilation. brethren beloved of the Lord, because he In this last respect, the utmost precautions which hath from the beginning chosen you to salva- science and experience could suggest have been
An apparatus, set
motion by tion through sanctification of the Spirit and adopted. belief of the truth,” whereunto he called you by means of which not only is all foul air ab,
a hand-wheel, is fixed in the two hospital-cabins, by our gospel to the obtaining of the glory stracted, but supplies of fresh air drawn in, and of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, finally, to circulated as need may require. At one point show the nature of Christian assurance, and of the deck above our heads we were asked to the necessity of growth in grace as a means place ourselves underneath the mouth of a funnel, of maintaining it for these very Philippians, which a supply of pure external air is kept con
carried through and above the main-deck, by of whose final perseverance he speaks so constantly descending into the thronged quarters befidently in the text, he prays in the verses low; while at another spot we raised our hands following (as I do, beloved brethren, in con- towards a second air-pipe, the atmosphere in clusion for you) “ that your love may abound which is kept heated by its passing next the yet nore and more in knowledge and in all kitchen fire: this pipe is continually drawing and judgment; that ye may approve those things getting rid of any foul or overheated air which may which are excellent; that ye may be sincere be engendered between-decks. By the operation and without offence till the day of Christ ; cation of the atmosphere, breathed by hundreds,
of these two pipes, or funnels, a constant purifibeing filled with the fruits of righteousness
, is regularly maintained. The emigrants
, who, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and when their complement is made good at Plypraise of God.”
mouth, will, with their officers and crew, number nearly half a thousand, enjoy an abundance of good wholesome food, including meat every day;
and they will continue to enjoy it during the VISIT TO AN EMIGRANT-SHIP*.
whole four months' voyage; better food, and Gravesend, July 24.
more plentiful, than most of them have probably This was a day of peculiar interest to us. We
tasted since they were weaned. It is indeed but were afforded the opportunity of visiting the justice to the commissioners to say, that, under “General Hewitt," a vessel of twelve hundred their careful superintendence, nothing capable of tons burden, formerly belonging to the East administering to the bodily comfort of the emiIndia company, but now fitted up for the con
grant seems to have been forgotten. A code of veyance of emigration and troops. On the pre- excellent regulations, rigidly carried out, secures sent occasion she had been chartered by the com- regularity, good order, and cleanliness among missioners of emigration, for a voyage to Sydney, them. We were informed that this little colony New South Wales. As soon as we reached her is conveyed across the seas at the expense of the quarter-deck we were accosted by Mr. Cooper, commissioners the funds required for the embark
inhabitants of Sydney, who have remitted to the the commissioners' superintendant, to whom we are greatly indebted for the urbane reception, and reach their destination. I was told by one of
ation and support of the emigrants until they as welcome information, which he gave us. The ship is well found in every thing that can be required them, that, in order, however, to provide for the for the health and comfort of her multitudinous supply of utensils, &c., each adult passenger had passengers ; particularly in her internal fittings paid a fee of one pound, and half that amount for and arrangements. The whole of her between each child he took with him: this, and the cost of decks, which is some twelve feet high, is supplied conveying themselves to the place of embarkation, with a double range of roomy berths, one above appears to be the whole expense incurred by the the other, against both her sides ; in her centre, passengers. Upon their reaching Sydney, the mator midships, with large berths for the married; used while on board, becomes their own property;
trass, blankets, and utensils, which they have and single ones, for the unmarried, at either end: of the latter, the compartment next the stern is ap- the fee they have paid. Their passage therefore
hence they receive much beyond an equivalent for propriated to single women, with an hospital-cabin
costs them, in vulgar parlance, “ less than no* From a Correspondent.
thing,” in a pecuniary point of view.
We were met on board by the visiting secretary It is deplorable that no provision should have of the Prayer-book and Homily Society, who had been made for the pastoral superintendence and attended yesterday (Sunday), and assembled the due administration of public worship among so emigrants to prayers and the reading of scripture, large a flock. What a blessed opportunity for addressed them on the subject of their duties to training them for heaven has been lost! What God and their neighbour, with especial reference a work of mercy and blessing to their souls might to the new relations in which they were now have been done during the four months of quietude placed, and had held much instructive communion and seclusion from the world! A generous libewith them generally. Many of them expressed rality has provided for every reasonable want of to us their grateful sense of this, his labour of the body ; but none but a niggardly and irregutrue Christian love. He had again come on board lar provision has been made for the necessities of to-day, with a supply of a selection from the “ the inner man;" the spiritual as well as medical liturgy, for morning and evening prayer for care of the emigrants being committed to a pious every day in the week; and he presented a and kind-hearted layman, who has volunteered copy of this useful manual, as a gift from the so- his services. I doubt not that he will be faithful ciety, to every individual emigrant who did not, and zealous in the discharge of his twofold funcon account of his or her dissent from the rites of tions; yet how much more efficiently would not the church of England, decline to receive it. He both have been performed, had he been released met, I believe, with but one refusal. Besides from the other by some chosen servant, minister. this, he placed in the hands of the head of each ing in the name and by the appointment of the mess of eight emigrants a copy of the “homilies,” great Physician of souls ! It is possible that the also a present from that truly church of England neglect has arisen from the varied persuasions to society; for it publishes no book or tract but such which the emigrants belong having suggested as are stamped with the authority of the church. Obstacles to the ministry of any one particular The gift is designed for the reading and edification church; but these would have been divinely overof the whole mess during the voyage, and be ruled, had choice been made of one who was comes the property of the individual to whom it is really called to be a leader of the flock by the entrusted for that purpose upon disembarkation. "good Shepherd.” The visiting secretary collected, while we were
H. ***** on bourd, the single women who were in the ship, to the number of forty or fifty ; and, having made them take their seats in their own compartments, prefaced his work of distribution
CHURCH CATECHIZING, with an impressive address : in this, he called their attention to some of the homilies best It was the hour for afternoon sernoon, on the adapted for their instruction in the practical first Sunday after the Epiphany: the bell was duties of Christianity, and exhorted them, by ap- sounding for prayers; and, in obedience to its silposite reference to :he teaching of the great Head very tongue, the worshippers were assembling in of the church and his apostles, to the prayerful
the house of God. Children, too, were there ; and diligent cultivation of that spirit of love, and children of the Training, National, and other peace, and unity, which become those who con- schools-children who, according to the wise difess Christ, and which would prove the surest rections of the rubric, are accustomed each sabbath, guarantee of their comfort and well-being, not after the conclusion of the public baptismal service only during the voyage, but through their whole at the close of the second lesson, to stand and after-life. It was delightful to witness the deep meekly answer the catechetical questions of God's and eager attention with which these poor sisters in ordained minister. Highly favoured, indeed, are Jesus listened to his affectionate exhortation : from those little ones; for the chief pastor of that the eyes of not a few of them fell speaking tears. church delights in little children, and loves to lead
The emigrants consisted of males and females | the lambs of the flock to the good Shepherd, who (some with their whole families) from what is “ gathers the lambs with his arm, and carries them termed the industrial" class of society; ope in his bosom.” And now, on this blessed sabbath ratives, husbandmen, herdsmen, sempstresses, afternoon, when the pastor stood in his accusmenial servants, &c. We entered into conversa- tomed place of catechising, and the assembled tion with many of them; and I was well pleased children rose to await his questions, very inteto find, in the case of those with whom I con- resting was the scene to all who rejoice to see the versed, that not one of them had embarked with tender and pliant mind of childhood taught how out having a bible with them. I had brought to abide in him who is the true and only way of with me some small religious books and tracts, salvation. The selected subject was the gospel of which were eagerly accepted by those to whom I the day (Luke ii. 41); a subject peculiarly suitable gave them. Some of the mothers came up to me, for children, since it speaks of the time when our and inquired whether I had any
which were particu- Lord condescended to be a little child like unto larly suited for children; and many intreated me them. After various introductory questions, the to give them some book or tract which commented kind pastor observed that " many have wished to upon the “book of life,” or illustrated it. know more events of our Lord's childhood; but Happily, I had with me several copies of that ad- we can only say, the sacred narrative is all it has mirable" tract, “Scripture the Guide of Life,” pleased the Holy Ghost to reveal to us; and, published by the Society for Promoting Christian though we desire to know more, we must
thereKnowledge. My poor alms seemed to be so ac-fore be content: in another world we
shall learn ceptable, that I had reason to lament that their many things we do not know now.” extent was so slender.
And is not this a glorious thought? I cannot
help interrupting my narrative to dwell upon it. And the holy prayers were ended ; and the conSurely we may humbly hope it will form part of gregation slowly wended their way to their rethe bliss of heaven to be permitted to view, as in spective homes, pondering, it may be, on the a mirror, the actual life of our Lord upon earth. solemn truths they had heard ; a few of them, And what an inconceivable privilege will that perhaps, nurturing a resolution to bid those holy be! what a wondrous study for human glance to truths live again in their daily walk of Christian scan, even though seen with eye of renovated and pilgrimage. I, too, must hasten to a close : exalted humanity! What marvel that only the before I conclude, however, may I be permitted faint outlines are pourtrayed to us in this our to express a wish that the invaluable practice of fallen and degraded state? For how should sin- public catechizing were adopted in all our churches? ful beings venture to gaze on the glorious reality, When kindly and judiciously performed, it affords or contemplate the unimaginable anguish of the instruction not only to the youthful members of actual agonies and death of the incarnate Son of the flock, but also to the whole congregation; God?
while, from its familiar and colloquial style, it But to return. It would be superfluous to presents the opportunity of introducing various narrate how verse by verse was explained, whe- topics not always entirely suitable to the greater sother by question or comment, to the youthful lemnity of a sermon. There are, amongst the poor, pupils; but I cannot omit the remark offered on many who, having been neglected in their youth, the verse : And he went down with them, and still require to be instructed like children, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them." yet would shrink from the idea of going to school “He was subject unto them. What a wonderful in their mature age; while listening to the public verse is this! He, who was the mighty God, sub- catechizing of the church, the knowledge they need ject to his earthly parents ! Think of all the little may be conveyed in the simple language suited to details of every-day life which you are required by their understanding without inflicting pain on their your parents to perform ; and remember that all feelings; for the poor have their sensitive feelings such Jesus performed for his parents, and was as well as the rich, though perhaps we are somesubject unto them as a poor boy; all the duties times forgetful of this fact. And then, too, amid that would be required of a poor boy, in humble the inferior portion of the middle classes, there life, Jesus did for his parents. We know they sometimes exists a dearth of religious knowledge were very poor. When they came to Bethlehem, as great, or occasionally even greater, than amongst there was no room for them at the inn, because the poor; for these (tắe poor) have the pastoral they were poor. No doubt there was room enough calls of their clergyman, and the help of their for those who had money; for money can gain district visitor, to teach them within their homes ; admission any where. And therefore they were whilst among the others, such visits, unless in obliged to repair to a stable and a manger. At times of dangerous illness (I speak, of course, of the presentation in the Temple, the mother of the irreligious part of the community, for the pious Jesus offered two turtle-doves. Was that the in all ranks are truly thankful for such aids), offering of the rich ? No: of the poor. When would be deemed an intrusion. Yet there may be ever your parents require you to do any thing you such persons present in the church, and they too would not like to do, and you feel rebellious, and may listen ; and who shall say that the Hüly disposed to murmur, think of Jesus—think of this Spirit may not bless the simple words addressed verse; that Jesus went down with them, and to babes for the instruction and spiritual improvewas subject unto them. O, remember that Jesus ment of the worldly-wise and prudent? And even was subject to his parents.”
the faithful and consistent Christian may cull But I must not continue to multiply extracts ; some flower of comfort—some means of improvefor I am only quoting from memory. Does not ment. Yes, such a one will rejoice to sit in spirit as the above passage teach a good and a holy lesson a little child at the blessed Saviour's feet “among to all-to grown people as well as to children ? the lilies" ; for there is the promise of a blessing on Assuredly, it must; for who is there among us, the meek and quiet spirit; and, like the bee, we even in the most favoured position, that is not should rejoice to gather sweets from every, even the sometimes called upon to perform duties that are lowliest blossom. repugnant and distasteful ? and human nature Olet us, one and all, in our several spheres, sinful human nature-is at all times far too prone endeavour, both by precept and example, to display
Let us look towards the patient, the the holy banner of the cross to all mankind; and self-denying Saviour: if he so meekly endured “God "shall bless us :” and, though difficulties the same trials, the same sorrows as our own, how arise, the work shall prosper, for do we not read should such as we presume to complain? O, may in the sure word of prophecy that a time will come we all-aged as well as youthful, rich as well as when “ all shall know the Lord, from the least poor-pray, in his prevailing name, to our Father, even to the greatest”? when real and vital religion that he would graciously vouchsafe to imbue us shall reign triumphant, with the Spirit of Jesus in every trait of our cha
" And all the world, from sea to sea, racter, in each action of our every-day life and
One glorious Christian church shall be." conversation; that, when we are required to per
Rosa. form any unwelcome duty, be it important or be it what the world calls trifling (for nothing is really unimportant), it may be sanctified to us by the reflection that Jesus is in it; that Jesus cheerfully underwent the same, and hare the like sorrows, when sojourning for our sake in this trou.. blous world.
And not like Abraham's wand'ring son of old*
May thiue be found without the shelt'ring fold, The FREENESS AND FULNESS OF THE GOSPEL Strangers to God, to every man a foe, OF CHRIST*.-If the greater part of thosc who pro
And every man with them in warfare too, fess to believe in the Lord Jesus be asked what is their
But Ishmael's sons at home in peace be found, hope as to eternal salvation, they will almost unani- And oft frequent with joy thy hallow'd ground. mously reply that they expect it from the mercy and grace of God in Jesus Christ, and that it is in order | Lo, when the last great day shall find us all to obtain it, and render themselves worthy of it-at Assembled, rous'd at the great Shepherd's call, least as much as man is capable of doing that they May het, who here his Master's cause maintains, attend church, obserre the duties of religion, Have many souls reward him for his pains, bestow alms, and abstain from all irregular conduct. And joyful say, when Ishinael's sons are freet, That is to say, on the one hand, they use the words Heie, Lord, am I, and those thou gavest me." Saviour, grace, free pardon, the gift of heaven; but,
E. G. on the other, they study to merit and gain of them
Lanvaches, Monmouthshire. selves the remission of their sins and everlasting happiness. Thus they imitate the folly of a bankrupt, who boasts that the king in person has freed him from all his debts; but who, at the same time, econo
CONSECRATION HYMN; mizes even his bread and water, for fear, as he says, of being imprisoned if he does not pay all himself. .... Do you not think that, if it pleased the king to
WRITTEN FOR THE OPENING OP PORTA DOWN grant me a complete and gratuitous pardon for some
CHURCH. crime, I should feel certain that the law would no longer affect me, and that, therefore my obedience
BY COLONEL BLACKER, would henceforth flow from a source totally different from that which produced it before he granted me
(For the Church of England Magazine). my pardon ? Well; if a sinner believes that God has cancelled his debt, and has given him eternal life, because of the blood of the new covenant which
LORD of life, of light, and pow'r, has been shed upon his cross, will he, thus justified,
Be with us in this solemn hour; continue to act with a view to obtain pardon? or
High tbron'd in heaven, with fav'ring ear rather, will be not follow, without alarm or disquietude,
Our humble supplications hear. the emotions of a heart which the certainty of possessing this blessing will have filled with gratitude? .
And, though that boundless heaven may be That is very insufficient security, in my opinion, which
A temple too confin'd for thees, leaves the debtor in fear of imprisonment. Can
O let this honse thy servants build it be, for example, that my debt has been paid this
Be with thy glorious presence fillid! morning by a benefactor, and yet remain unaischarged, antil I shall have offered my friend some token of
Unless thine aid the pile sustain, gratitude ? .... If, then, a man can be assured, by ex
The artist's labour is but vain|| : amining himself, that he renounces eelf-justification,
Unless thy grace the fabric bless, and that he confides in Jesus Christ and in the sacri
All human skill is valueless. fice which he has accomplished upon the cross, God says then, and declares, that he who thus believ. Grant from these walls, we now prepare eth on the name of the Lord Jesus should know that For holy rites and praise and prayer, he is justified by faith, and that he hath eternal life. Our humble tribute still may rise
An acceptable sacrifice.
And, while unto thy name divine
(Suggested to the author whilst sheltering from a storm in
the porch of St. Ishmael's church, Carmarthenshire).
Till on our minds thy “ word of grace"
(For the Church of England Magazine).
TO THE LILY OF PALESTINE.
(For the Church of England Magazine.)
Hail, sacred fane! within thy hallowed walls
† Mark iv. 39. # Gen. xvi. 7.
A QUEENLY flower shed sweetest odour nigh,
As the mild zephyr, wandering to and fro Through the parterre's gay beauties, glided by,
Laden with the rich scents that come and go.
* Gen. xvi. 12.
Gal. iv. 30.
**** *Acts xx. 32.