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on to my last reminiscence, our first bible-against "the inward man,” and will try to defile class.

all that is pure, and to profane all that is sacred, A few young men, not more than six in number, within the deepest recesses of the renewed and I think, met to study the Acts of the Apostles sanctified heart. Christian reader, if you will every Saturday evening. Insensibly their num- ponder a moment on wbat I have said above, I bers increased till a larger room was found neces- doubt not you will unite with me in allowing the sary. Even this new accommodation was at last necessity for what I have called “ daily faith,' found insufficient, and bible-classes in various I might almost have said “hourly faith,” meanparts of the metropolis had to be formed. Of the ing that faith which is “ever present,” our conpleasures of that early bible-class, of the blessing stant associate, firm, practical, and increasing. of God which manifestly rested, I have not space

We need this faith, both for our temporal and here to speak. Suffice it to say that from the spiritual prosperity. We want to get rid of that date of its establishment, and of the devotional miserable doubting of the providential goodness of meetings formed in connexion with it, a new era God as “our Father.". It too often happens that of the society commenced. Difficulties were over- people are trusting in themselves for their support come, disunion was healed, languishing zeal re- and comforts. They look upon their own exertions kindled, and an impetus given to our general as the cause of their well-being, instead of as the progress which yet continues, and must continue means by which they are to procure it. Then, of so long as the same means are used. Young mem- course, when the cloud comes over them they are bers of committee, would you have the growth of cast down, nor able to perceive that perhaps the pour branch healthy and Hourishing ? Be diligent very reason for the cloud's appearance is their in social prayer, and regular in your attendance error in this chief respect. They do not pracat the bible-class.

tically believe that God can use instruments, the choice of his own wisdom, which shall bring “bread and Alesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening,” or give the command wbich

shall be obeyed : “The barrel of meal shall not DAILY FAITH.

waste, nor the cruise of oil fail.” Like the Sy

rians, they will almost allow that “the Lord is BY THE Rev. R. H. DAVIES.

God of the bills, but he is not God of the valleys;"

and thus are they led away from the daily alle"Who against hope believed in hope." —Rox. iv. 18. giance of faith, and made to lean on the arm of

Aesh-to trust more to their own intellect, or It cannot be denied that the inward trials of true wisdom, or strength, than to the arm and counsel Christian faith are more powerful in their influ- of their Father above. Now, it is quite evident Ences, more difficult to be overcome, and more that such feelings are not the right feelings to be generally injurious to our growth, progress, and cherished in the bosom of any who profess to be marked advancement, than the outward trials. true disciples. They are the feelings of worldliThe sapling bends beneath the storm, the sturdy ness, self-esteem, and doubt. We see how our oak proudly withstands the hurricane; yet neither Lord condemns them, as he reproves the anxiety of these can dety the weakening effects of discase of men for their worldly affairs : “Take no in the root, or the wearing decay in the once firm thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what beart. So can the followers of our Lord Jesus ye shall drink, nor yet for your body what ye Christ oftentimes fight gladly, bravely, and suc

Is not the life more than meat, and cessfully in the open field of combat, yet tremble the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the beneath, and materially suffer from, the unseen air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor contest within. In the battle-field there are com- gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father panions in arms; there are also, as it were, shouts feedeth them. Are ye not much better than of victory on all sides, the sounds of such music they? And why take ye thought for raiment? as this: “Be of good cheer. I have overcome the Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. World”—the echoes of such a chorus as this : They toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I "We are more than conquerors, through him that say unto you that Solomon in all his glory was loved us.” So that the believer is encouraged not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if and animated, as he goes on, to display his open God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day love and zeal for Christ; and he finds, day by is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall be day, that, through “Christ which strengtheneth” not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith ?” Lim, he is “able to do all things” in subduing Observe here how our blessed Saviour enjoins the outward attacks of his ever-watchful foe. daily faith in God for our earthly support and But, if we could look at the Christian alone, in proper comforts. Not by condemning “Jiligence that solitude which only the all-seeing eye can in business," and the exercise of all our energies fully penetrate, we should not witness so success- to do “whatsoever our hand findeth” with ful a warrior, nor one so elate with victory: often “ our might;” but by condemning as unchristianskruld we behold him bowed down beneath the like, unworthy a true disciple, the anxiety for the pright of bis enemies : often should we see him future of to-morrow or next year, which we battled by the cunning, or lacerated with the sometimes see oppressing all classes of bepalice, or stung with the venom of the “old lievers. We ought to remember that one of tent.” Saian has tried his power to make the the names of God is Jehovah-jireh (“ the soldier a rebel outwardly; but, sinco his power Lord will provide"); and it is tempting him ha- been thrown against that of heaven, he has not to provide, but to leave us to our own refailed: so now he will wreak all his bitter anger sources, and the miserable help of our own

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fancied strength, if we hesitate to acknowledge in | Saviour, just as he has given them. There is full, at all times, and under all circumstances, the hunger and leanness, because we keep away from truth, that this is his right name. Let us then the great source of heavenly food. Our doubt inscribe it upon our hearts, and act as if we be- drives us back. The enemy comes and throws a lieved it to be true in our case. Let us endea- mantle over us, and fills us with unbelief and vour to drive away anxieties respecting the future, despair, Our doubt keeps us in darkness. Temptaand not anticipate evil, which is so sad and ge- tion comes, and we say it is “ greater than we can neral a failing : “ sufficient unto the day is the evil bear,” when the commonest exercise of faith thereof;" and, while we pray for “ daily bread,” would teach us the impossibility of such a punishlet us pray for daily faith : Ye who are strong ment, because of the express promise of God. We in in faith, pray that your strength may be renewed pray and get no answer. Why? “Because", day by day : true faith builds no storehouses for wavering, “we ask amiss." We cannot find the the bread which cometh down from heaven,' but progress in holiness so rapid as we wish. Why? lives daily on the fresh supplies it gathers from Because we do not exercise a daily faith in the the hand of God” (M'Ghee on the Ephesians, p. power and the graciousness of the Holy Spirit? 86).

We stand still. Why? Our faith is stagnant, Again : there is need of daily faith, in looking satisfied with a routine, doubting the attainment to God as our Protector. We walk in the midst of higher graces, doubting whether Christ will of personal dangers : how little indeed are we increase the measure of his gift, hesitating to give aware of the real dangers we pass through every our whole heart to the belief in him—the full day, almost every hour! But for him who holds belief in his love, his power, his protection, bis us up, lest at any time we dash our foot against help, his offices, his all-sufficiency. a stone, our life would be a series of bodily suffer- Then, with a constant remembrance that such ings: our eyes are quite blinded to the real perils conduct is unworthy of us, and that we must overwhich are round about us: we are in the midst come this great evil, let us manifest a daily faith of destructive elements, which, unrestrained by in him who is able and willing to rescue us from the all-preserving hand of God, would injure and spiritual as well as bodily dangers. destroy us : we should be terrified if we could see nan lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth how near we often are to the worst of human to all men liberally, and upbraideth not." In calamities, and if we knew the evil we from time both worldly and heavenly affairs, let it be our to time pass through without hurt. Then should aim to reach his faith “ who against hope benot this lead us to have more trust in the Lord lieved in hope.” There than we frequently manifest when we can see tached to true, living, and increasing faith. danger before us? For example, we hear the Calm security in the midst of turbulence and awful peals of thunder which seem to burst the outward distress, “perfect peace” amid the din clouds just over our heads; and we see the of war, pleasant rest in the hours of actual toil, “forked fame,” which we know can be used to light breaking through darkness, hope chasing the direst destruction; and right, and only right away the beginnings of despair-these, and it is, to be deeply impressed with the power many such blessings, are the companions of daily and majesty of God on such occasions; but it faith. And this daily faith is the wondrous effect surely is not right to be afraid, or to think for a of the Holy Spirit's influences upon the new-born moment that we are not just as safe in the storm soul. Therefore let us honour the Holy Spirit in as in the calm. It is indeed grievous to see the all our ways—in our prayers, our profession, and carelessness and utter indifference of the ungodly, our practice; “laying aside” day by day, more and how they will brave all danger; but it is a

every weight," and especially " the reproach on true faith that it must tremble while sin which doth so easily beset us; looking unto unbelief stands firm. Nor is there any need of Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith;" making a display of our faith : this were only to making him our all in all, above the anxieties or tempt God. He no more warrants us to put our pleasures of this life; more and more taking our selves in the way of danger of one kind than affections from this world to centre them all in another. If we may not cast ourselves down from

him. the pinnacle, neither must we wantonly rush into

West Lexham, Norfolk. the path where we know the lion to be. It may be necessary to do so; and then duty is paramount ; but we have no right to trifle and sport with danger. But let us endeavour so to trust in God,

DEITY OF THE HOLY GHOST*. so to exercise a daily faith in him, that we can | With reference to the Holy Ghost-if be were that

, when in manifest peril by sea or by land, we fullt ulose cortices which are assigned to him in may " place our whole trust and confidence” in the work of man's salvation? him, knowing, believing, and acting as if we knew and believed that he is both able and willing to

His office is to raise us up from the death of sin preserve us under every circumstance of our life.

mind, and to sanctity the heart, to renew the

to the life of righteousness, to enlighteu the And these remarks may also be applied to our need of daily faith in our spiritual concerns.

whole soul (Jolin iii. 3-8). And this is nothing often have to suffer from a want of trust in him less than to effect a new creation; as it is written

, who so loves us, and urges us to look to him with "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: unwavering confidence. The peace is interrupted,

old things have passed away ; behold, all things and its perfectness frequently sullied, because our hearts refuse to take the promises of our adorable • Froin a sermon by the rer. A. 8. Thelwall.

and more,




created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” Now,

The Cabinet. do we rightly and rationally infer, from the works of the original creation, the eternal power and


CHRIST TO JUDGMENT.Godhead of the invisible Creator, so that the hea- o Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the everliving God, then, who have no other book than that of crea- by whom all things were made, are ruled and gotion open before then, “ are without excuse, be- verned, as of thy love for our redemption thou didst

not disdain to be our Mediator, and to take upon thee cause they glorify him not as God, neither are

our nature in the womb of a virgin, purely and with. thankful” (Rom. i. 20, 21)? Is such an inference le

out sin, by the operation of the Holy Spirit, that both gitimate? Then how much more, from the won- thou mightest in thine own person wonderfully beauderful work of the new creation, may we most tify and exalt our nature, and work the same in us justly and reasonably inter the eternal power and also, first abolishing the guiltiness of sin by remission ; Godhead of the Holy Ghost, to whom it is as- then sin itself by death; and, last of all, death, by cribed by the whole scripture! For, in that first raising up again these our bodies, that they may be creation, when God called all things out of nothing" like unto thine own glorious and immortal body, into existence by the mere fiat of his will, if there according to the power wherewith thou art able to was nothing to help, there certainly was nothing subject all things unto thee;" as, I say, of thy love,

for our redemption thou becamest man, and that most to oppose, the mighty working of that sovereign Word, which spake, and it was done,” which three years at the least, in most humility, and paidest

and afflicted upon earth by the space of thirty" commanded, and it stood fast.” But the Holy the price of our ransom by thy most bitter death and Ghost, in effecting a new creation in the soul of passion, for the which I most heartily give thanks to any individual, must overcome, in the first in thee; so, of the same thy love towards us, in thy good stance, the utmost opposition both of earth and time thou wilt come again in the clouds of heaven hell, and then put forth creative power again, to with power and great glory, with flaming fire, with bring light out of darkness, order out of confu- thousands of saints, with angels of thy power, with a sion, life out of death, holiness out of the depths mighty cry, shout of an arch-angel, and blast of a of sin and pollution, triumphant victory out of trump, suddenly as the lightning which shineth from strange defeat, and the highest glory to the eter- the east, &c., when men think least, even as a thief nal God out of that which else would seem to be in the night when men be asleep. Thou wilt so come, the

greatest reproach and blot upon the whole I say, thus suddenly in the twinkling of an eye, ali frame and fabric of his moral government. I say

men that ever have been, be, and shall be, with wo. then, that, if we consider the nature of the work judgment-seat, to render an account of all things

men and children, appearing before thy tribunal of the Holy Ghost, in regard to the individual ; which they have thought, spoken, and done against if the first creation implies the true and proper thy law, openly and before all angels, saints, and Deity of him who effected it, then how much more devils, and so to receive the just reward of thý venthe new !

geance, if that they have not repented and obeyed the And, if the work be a divine work in its very gospel, and so to depart from thee to the devil and nature, consider, again, that the office of the his angels, and all the wicked which ever have been, Holy Ghost is to effect and carry out this new be, or shall be, into hell-fire, which is unquenchable, creation at once, in all the heirs of salvation; to

and of pains intolerable, easeless, endless, hopeless,

even from the face of thy glorious and mighty power. adapt bis work of illumination, of quickening, of converting, of strengthening, of comforting, and But, if they have repented and believed thy gospel, if

they be found watching with their lamps and oil in of sanctifying, to the peculiar circumstances and necessities of each and every

their hands, if they be found ready apparelled with of

the wedding-garment of innocency, if they have not all the innumerable multitudes whom he is hardened their hearts, and “hoarded up their treabringing to glory: So that he must dwell and

sure for thy vengeance in the day of wrath to be rework in each and all at once, and fulfil his va- vealed,” but have used the time of grace, the acceptarious and wonderful offices, with reference and ble time, the time of salvation, that is, the time of peculiar adaptation to the secrets of all hearts, in this life, in the which thou stretchest out thy hand the infiuite and inconceivable variety of circum- and spreadest thine arms, calling and crying unto us stances and temptations in which the individuals

come unto thee which art meek in heart, and of that countless multitude may be placed! I lowly; for thou wilt ease all that labour and are say, the secrets of all hearts; and let us remem

heavy laden;" if they have visited the sick and priber that, even if it were in reference to but one, clothed the naked, lodged the harbourless; if

soners, comforted the comfortless, fed the hungry, be that effects such a work must know the very they have not loaden their hearts with gluttony, secrets of the inmost soul; and this is a preroga- and surfeiting, and carefulness of this life; if tive which belongs to God alone (Jer. xvii. 10). they have not digged and hid their talent in Bnt, contemplating both the nature of the work, the ground, doing no good therewith, but have and the multitudes in whom it must be carried on been faithful to occupy thy gifts to thy glory, at once, I say, without fear of any rational con- and have washen their garments in thy blood by tradiction, that, if we were capable of forming hearty repenting them; then shall thy angels gather any conception of any work, from which we may

them together, not as the wicked which shall be colrationally infer the Deity of bim who effects it, lected as faggots and cast into the fire, but as the then most rationally do we affirm that the eternal good wheat that is gathered into thy barn : then power and Godhead of the Holy Ghost are

sball they be caught up to meet thee in the clouds ;

then shall their corruptible body put on incorruption; plainly and unquestionably implied in the very

then shall they be endued with immortality and glory; nature of those works and offices which are as- then shall they be with thee, and go whither thou signed to him in scripture, and that be, there goest; then shall they hear: “Come, blessed of my fore, must be co-eternal and co-equal with the Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you from Pather and the Son, in all the infinite perfections the beginning,” &c.; then shall they be set on seats and attributes of Deity.

of majesty, judging the whole world ; then shall they mute are the growth and perfectiou of its animal and to provide every article they require, yet they are most abundantly supplied with the purest water from


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reign with thee for ever; then “ shall God be all in were known in Judea during the period of our Lord's all” with them and to them; then shall they enter ministry; for we find lie supposed a Samaritan had and inherit heavenly Jerusalem and the glorious rest- com initted a wounded man to the care of the keeper ful land of Canaan, where is always day and never of a caravanserai, promising on his return to recom. night; where is no manner of weeping, tears, in- pense him for whatever his condition required. But, firmity, hunger, cold, sickness, envy, malice, nor although heaps of stones will be found to mark thé sin, but always joy without sorrow, mirth without track, and caravanserais provide accommodation for measure, pleasure without pain, heavenly barmony, travellers across wide wastes in these countries in the most pleasant melody, saying and singing, “ Holy, east, where furious whirlwinds often sweep high in holy, holy, Lord God of hosts,” &c. In fine, "" the eye air, like mountain billows of the stormy deep, yet let hath not seen, the ear hath not heard, neither hath it it not be lost sight of as indispensable that a traveller entered into the heart of man," that they sball then should have proper guides to accompany him, in whom inherit and most surely enjoy, although here they be he can repose proper coufidence. These conductors tormented, prisoned, burned, solicited of Satan, have a knowledge not only of those parts where tempted of the flesh, and entangled with the world; water is to be found, so highly essential, but they are wherethrough they are enforced to cry : “ Thy king- ) capable of ascertaining the exact distances between dom come;" “ Come, Lord Jesu," &c. ; “ How amia. halting-places, as well as those parts of the track ble are thy tabernacles ;" “ Like as the hart desireth | where speed is requisite, and where the traveller may the water-brooks,” &c.: “ Now let thy servant de pursue his journey at leisure. Although a most ex. part in peace:" " I desire to be dissolved, and to be perienced interpreter accompanied me through uuwith Christ:" “ We mourn in ourselves, waiting for merous parts and deserts during long and almost exthe deliverance of our bodies," &c. O gracious Lord, hausting journeys, I found it absolutely necessary to when shall I find such mercy with thee, that I may have a proper gnide who knew local situations. Now repert, believe, hope, and look for this gear, with the this I woulil most strongly recommend to all who full fruition of these heavenly joys which thou hast pursue a journey along those dangerous aud toilsome prepared for all theni that fear thee, and so rest with regions. At the same time would I hold out a cauthee for evermore?-Bradford's Meditutions. tion in engaging such persons, who should never be

received into the service of any one traveller without good recommendation as to character and sobriety,

since instances have occurred of their turuing out Miscellancous,

great vagabunds, betraying English travellers, and AN UGLY Fact.-The amount of hard cash paid abusing their confidence in the most scandalous manner for intoxicating drinks in the metropolis alone is three imaginable.--Dr. Re Wilson's Journeys in the Eust. million sterling per annum. This sum if spent in

CLIMATE OP AUSTRALIA.—The climale of Aussewers would afford urwards of seventeen hundred trulia has been so frequently discussed, that I should miles at 6s. 8d. per foot run, and of ample capacity scarcely advert to the subject, did I not wish to profor the largest thoroughlare if the supply of water were

test against the soundness of the claim, wbich is con. good. It the city of London was thoroughly drained it stantly set up for it in the colouy, of superiority to would require about fifty miles of sewerage. It fol

that of Great Britain. Indeed, I have heard the lows, therefore, that we spend in London yearly in in

climate at the antipodes extolled to such a degree, toxicating drinks a sum which would pay for the that I have begun to fear that the colonists would end effectual drainage of thirty-four such places as the by Nattering themselves that there was no five weaancient city.- Health of Towns' Magazine.

ther in any other part of the globe. The majority of CARAVANSERAIS AND KHANS. Caravanserais

travellers who visit Australia declare its climate to be are public buildings in the east, for the accommoda- the best in the world. One of the very best it un. tion of pilgrims, and also those who deal in traffic, there are more tiue days out of the 365, noue where

doubtedly is: there are probably few countries where but are often confounded with khans. Originally the foriner had been erected from religious inotives, while

there is a more anti-consumptive atmosphere, or a khans were built in towns as depôts or magazines for purer expanse of sky: infantine diseases are ungoods. Caravanserais, in cities, are for the accom

known, and man can nowhere expect to enjoy more modation of travelling merchants; and such as are

uninterrupted health. If he loses it, it is usually bere and there placed along roads, deserts, or at

through lus own fault. If a perfect climate is to be tached to the gates of cities, are intended for tempo

found anywhere, it is that of Syduey iu the winter, rary use. These are for the convenience of

where, for abuut three months, that is to say,

persons of all religious persuasions, and are sometimes built curug June, July, and August, it wouid be impuson a scale of magnitude. They are massy struc.

sible for the veriest grumbler to say that the tures, open at top, having recesses like cloisters

weativer was too hot, too cold, too anything, unless he or arches of cousiderable depth along the walls, ele

should adopt the complaint of captain Hall's disconvated about two feet above ground, formats

teuted friends, and call it “ tvo temperate." The couches to be luid, and are without doors or inclus sky is without a cloud ; the sun warm, without the sures. A vast court or area is iu front, where camels, excessive heat of summer; the air clear as crystal, mules, &c., are fastened to the ground, and the en

aud of a wature peculiarly bu yant and exhilarating. trance is secured by large gates. Since no provisious

But the only true criteria of the excellence of a cliare to be found in such places, travellers are obliged vegetable productions; and, after a long resideuce in

the country, and close attuution to the subject, I am fountains flowing in the area. These are respected

bound to say thal, juded by this test, the preference, by devout Moliammedaus us more sacret than ordi

upon the whole, must be awarded to the climate of nary houses; and perhaps it may be in allusion to this

Great Britain.-Murray's Home and Colonial Lifeeling that the son of Sirach expresses himself

brury. (Ecclus. xli. 19). Although such buildings are generally c nsidered us hau been erecte at the public London: Published for the Proprietors, by EDWARDS expense, yet they are somtimes built as fountains, i'r and HUGHES, 12, Ave-Maria Lane, St. Paul's; and to be refreshing the liaveller, and, from a principle of piety, procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town and Country. are endowed with certain lands to kep them in re

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flour), one for every tribe, presented before the AMONG the ordinances for the service of the Lord every week, and afterwards eaten by the Jewish sanctuary we find the following : “And priests, had doubtless' a typical meaning. We thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes may suppose that they figured Christ the bread thereof: two tenth deais shall be in one cake. of life,” who, having offered himself to God, is the And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, continual food of his people. Or, more probably, upon the pure table before the Lord. And thou here was a representation of the communion that shalt put pure frankincense upon each row; that it the Lord's adopted children hold with him, feastmay be on the bread for a memorial, éven an ing, as it were, at the same table. The frankincense offering made by fire unto the Lord. Every sab- possibly denotes the sweet influences of the Spirit, bath he shall set it in order before the Lord con- which are a memorial to God. The bread and tinually, being taken from the children of Israel frankincense were but one offering, of which the by an everlasting covenant. And it shall be latter, the part required by God – was burnt upon Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall cat it in the the altar, while the former, thus sanctified, was holy place ; for it is most holy unto him of the eaten by the priests. offerings of the Lord made by fire by a perpetual The Jewish rabbins have imagined some strange statute” (Levit. xxiv. 5-9).

fables concerning the shew-bread. They say that These loaves of bread (which were rather large, the loaves were square, and covered with leaves VOL. XXV.

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