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through the medium of your widelyó quarrels with him, — the day fol. extended Publication, the ministers lowing plans his ruin,—and on the of the gospel to aid, by their en- fourth, perhaps, actually murders couragement and recommendation, him! One day Saul is charmed a'labour of love,' which has for its with the appearance and abilities of object the present comfort and fu- David; another day he hurls with ture happiness of the children of vengeance his javelin at his heart, men,
and seeks to kill him! - One day Aninon adores the lovely Thamar, and the next day abominates her
with an unconquerable hatred! BRIEF REFLECTIONS One day we find Ahitophel coun.
ON JOHN VI. 66, 68. selling King David, and walking From that time, many of his disciples went with him to the house of God ; and back, and walked no more with him, &c. another day uniting with his ene
mies in a conspiracy to dethrone Happy was that man who, in him! - One day we see Judus at a sequestered spot, and in a retired the feet of Jesus receiving instruc· moment, turned his eye to Calvary, tion; another, we see him taking and sung
30 pieces of silver to betray that 6 () may I sit beneath thy cross, yery Master! - Diotrephes one day And view thy love divine;
meekly entering the church as a For Thee count all things else but dross, member; another day lording it And call the Saviour mine!”.
over that church as a petty tyrant. In this chapter we have him set And many more instances might forth as the bread of life, and are be produced, to show us the changeinvited to eat and be satisfied. The ableness of man; and no wonder want of appetite is a fatal symp- our confidence is so oft disappointtom. - Blessed are they who bun- ed. (See Micah vii. 5. Jer. ix. ger and thirst after righteousness; 1-7) for they shall be filled.” Jesus Secondly, Upon some disgust, or Christ stands at the head of all in the moment of strong temptation, preachers ; his sermons were full disciples will sometimes withdraw, of wisdom, compassion, and fidelity; and turn aside. -- " Many of his « Hear ye him." However de disciples went back, and walked no spised by the prejudiced Jew, or more with him." Mere professors neglected by the idolatrous Pagan, may show attachment for a while; Jesus Christ is the great Apostle of but by and by, in the time of tempour profession. He spake, and he tation they often fall away – frown yet continues to speak, with high on the cause they professed to apauthority, “ Hear ye him ;” and prove, and deser; the men they hear for eternity! In reflecting on styled their dearest brethren. Not these verses, I learn,
being of us, they go out from us; First, That men are changeable they forsake the first Master, and beings, and not to be depended on the best Benefactor that earth or
God created man upright, holy; heaven has known! In apostacy and had he not fallen, he would and forsaking Jesus Christ and rehave moved on steady and regular ligion, there is to be found a comas the sun in the firmament. Now, plication of crimes, the greatest alas! he is as fickle as the bird folly, the most marked ingrati. which hops from spray to spray, tude, the inost criminal obstiand changes as the wind. One nacy. “Will ye also go?” &c. day Cuin approves and commends Thirdly, This uddress of jesus his brother, the next day he Chriit was certain to unserer iin.
BRIEF REFLECTIONS ON JOHN VI.
385 portant ends. – To stir up a holy and criminal conduet, much less indignation at the folly and wicked- to follow their ill example. It is in ness of apostacy, which is indeed such circumstances that we should wile and odious! To unveil the true redouble our zeal in the righteous character of those who could so easi. cause of Heaven; then our attachly forsake the gracious Redeemer. ment should become stronger than Where the foundation is not good, ever. “ Be ye steadfast, unmovethe superstructure will not long able, always abounding,” &c. 3dly, stand. To awaken love and real If eternal life is a blessing actually for the Saviour's honour and praise. in Jesus Christ, and can be obtained Go away! What! from a Captuin by no other person, and in no other $0 renowned ? - from a Prince so way, then we should be principally generouş? - from an Advocate so concerned to know him ; and to be able ? — from provisions so excel- united to him by a living faith. lent ?-froin a fountain so pure?-- (See Phil. iii. 7-11. Heb. vi. To whom can we turn? Where il, 12.) - 4thly, This is a world of can we go and meet with benefits trouble and painful disasters; but, so great, - with blessings so inesti- believing in Jesus Christ, we should mable,----with assurances so firm, comfort ourselves with the hope of and with prospects so bright ? eternal life through him. Think
Fourthly, Eternal life is in Jesus much on eternal life! What an Christ, obluined through him, and amazing, comprehensive, and allenjoyed in him. -- Eternal life is sufficient blessing! It exactly coreminently and emphatically “the responds with the nature and ap. gift of God ;” and no less the gift petites of an immortal soul. God, of Jesus Christ, who is God and reconciled in Jesus Christ, can alone man in one Christ: "I give unto fill that mighty void the whole my sheep eternal life.” If we pur- creation leaves in human hearts. sue the course of the Thames, the 5th, Salvation in Christ can efTrent, or the Severn, upwards, we fectually recover men from the are at length brought to the spring- ruins of the fall, restore their puhead, whence their silver waves, rity, and re-establish them as on an their abundant waters are supplied. immoveable rock. Thus Jesus Christ is the spring- How deplorable is the condition head of salvation and eternal life, of man in his. unregenerate state ! whence all their rich blessings “ Here then," said Mr. Bennet, flow:-" When Christ who is our « let us weep over the awful desolife," &c.-- This life is in his Son.- lations of sin; the shocking spectaHe that hath the Son hath life. - I cle of the temple of God in ruins !" am the bread of life. I came, that — The great Mr. Howe has madle they might have life. — Because I these elegant and awfully interestlive, ye shall live also.-There is no ing remarks, speaking of fallen, life but in him; so that he who hath guilty, and polluted man: 'The not the Son, hath not lite."
stately ruins are visible to every Several things may be inferred: eye, in front is this inscription : 1st, Great confidence placed in Klere God once drcelt. He is now men, oft-times meets with morti- retired and gone! The lamps are fying disappointment. The Lord extinct, the altar is overturned, only may be trusted with implicit - the candlestick is displaced, confidence:- His word endureth the sacred incense exchanged for a for ever. 2dly, When some desert poisonous vapour; - and here is, Jesus Christ, and abandon the instead of a “ sweet savour," à goul cause of God, we ought nei- stench! Order is turned into conther to justify nor excuse their base fusion, the beauties of holiness
into noisome impurities, the house so do even at present the ordinances of prayer into a den of thieves ! of the gospel and the communion Such is fallen wretched man. His of saints; by means of them, his recovery, his perfect restoration, soul is refreshed, comforted, and can only be effected by the word, strengthened, and he is often loth the grace, the Spirit of our most to leave them: they are the Lord's mighty and merciful Redeemer: means of sweetly refreshing and
Sin is a ruinous evil: Oh, guard restoring his soul.' against it! Look around you; see
[To be continued.] the lovely plants which have been blighted! How many have fallen,-- what trouble they have occasioned, — what guilt they have
QUERY.' contracted, - to what a shameful and miserable condition have they.
Is the practice of neglecting been reduced! How soon must the public ordinances of Religion they and we appear before the to teach at Sunday-Schools, to be Judge of all the earth!
justified from the Scriptures ?
ADKIN. “ Iinportant journey, awful view! How great the change, the scenes how
new! The golden gates of Ileav'n display'd, SENTENCES FROM BISHOP HALL. Or llell's fierce flames, and gloomy
Sins are so much greater as 65 O that I may my Saviour love, they are more universal; so far His plenitude of goodness prove:
is evil from being extenuated by the Read his most holy gracious word,
multitude of the guilty, that nothing And hold communion with my Lord."
Äum. can more aggravate it.
Let salvation be ever so plenti
ful, if we bring it not home, and AFRICAN COMMENTARY.
make it ours by faith, we are not a He maketh me to lie down in green pas- whit the better.
tures: he leadeth me beside the still. The obstinate have nothing to do waters. —Psalm xxiii. 3.
with God. The title of all converts This is descriptive of the most is, Ă willing People. cheering and animating situation. We are strangers from God, it in which a person can be placed in is no wonder if our faces be earthly; desert countries, especially after the but he that sets himself apart te eye has been long wearied by seeing God, shall find a kind of majesty nothing but what may justly be and awful respect put upon him in called a withereelscorched, and the minds of others. sickly wilderness. The sight of It is ill falling into those hands green pastures for his flocks, and a whom beasts find unmerciful. river gently gliding along, to refresh
I Sin is no less crafty than Satan them and himself in such a country, will make him forget all the toils
· himself. Give him but room in the that are past; but should his journey eyes
tshould his journey eye, and he will soon be possessed in cleserts not be completed, he will of body leave such a spot with extreme re
Even where God loves, he will
Even where luctance.
not wink at sin ; and if he do not The journey of a Christian's life punish, yet he will chastise. resembles travelling in a barren wil. The actions of our faith and chaderness; but heaven appears like rity will be sure to pay us; if late, green pastures beside still waters; yet surely.
MRS. SARAH SWAN, ness she possessed a great degree o OF LUTON, BEDFORDSHIRE,
patience and resignation. Within the
few last days she got much worse ; Was many years a very consistent
and the disease made rapid strides · to meinber of the Established Church.
push her to the tomb.' The last day which, in that town is blessed with an
of her life she enjoyed much of the cvangelical ministry. She was also a
Saviour's presence, and was enabled frequent hearer at the dissenting i
ng to appropriate him and the blessings chapels; considering it her privilege of his salvation to herself. In the to mingle with the followers of Jesus, morning of that day, when in a state of without any regard to secls or par
great weakness, the powers of nature ties. Her conversion to God appears
almost exhausted, with a heavenly to have been so imperceptible as to
sinile upon her countenance, she said, time, that she was herself unable to this day I shall be with him in Pasay when it was actually effected. She
radise ! In the afternoon she reseems to have been gradually drawn
peated, by the cords of divine love, while sitting ander the preaching of the suspel Jesus can make a rlying bed in her parish-church, her heart be
Feel soft as downy pillows are ;
Whilst on his breast (ean my head, ing opened to attend unto the things which were spoken.' About two years
And breathe my life out sweetly
there !' before her death, she was seized with a violent fit of coughing, which was soon after this, the power of articu. so distressing as to threaten her lifu. Jation began to fail; but it was eviShe often spoke of this afflictive cir- dent her spirit was earnestly engaged cumstance as much blessed to her soul, in prayer. With her hands lifted up, by making her think more seriously she was frequently heard to say, about death, and become more de- 'Blessed Saviour! Sweet Jesus!' cidedly devoted to God. The disease and continued such aspirations till she which proved fatal was a consump- calmly and serenely breathed her tion; under the influence of which spirit into the arms of her Lord and she lingered on the banks of Jordan Saviour, in the evening of March 19, about ten months. Amidst all the 1816.
J. N. Hatteries this complaint generally pre- St. Albans. sents, she appeared unmoved. Her anxious friends somelines indulged a
REV. JOSEPH WHITEHEAD. hope that she would recover; but she generally felt a persuasion that she AUG. 12, died at the house of the should not, and often expressed her- Rev. Henry Knight, of Yelvortoft, in self to that effect. She knew in whom the county of Northampton, after a she had believed ; and having her an- few hours illness, the Rev. Joseph chor firmly fixed within the veil, she Whitehead, more than 23 years pastor neither listened, nor wished to listen, of the Protestant dissenting congre'to the hopes expressed by her friends. gation at Creaton. The fidelity and In the early part of her illness, the zeal with which he discharged his mitender feclings of a mother's heart nisterial office were crowned with such were tremblingly alive to the interests success' as greatly to increase the of her four children, already father. church and congregation. The meless, and she felt considerable anxiety dical assistance which he was always on their account; but as she advanced ready to afford to those who needed towards the closing scenes of life, the it, rendered him extensively useful to Lord was graciously pleased to grant the afflicted poor in his neighbourber an increase of faith, verifying his hood. His candid and friendly dispo)own promises : “ As thy day is, so thy sition endeared him to his brethren strength shall be;' -. Leave thy fa- in the ministry; his exemplary pati, 'therless children, - I will preserve ence, under painful bodily affliction, them. Through the whole of her ill- displayed the excellence of his Chris
tian principles. As he advanced in amptonshire, concluded thc solemg life, he evidently appeared to grow in service. A vast concourse of people grace; acting habitually as under the assembled on the occasion, whose uneye of his Master, he was prepared for dissembled grief shewed how much he his change. ' Blessed is that servant was beloved. whom his Lord, when he cometh, shall On the following Lord's, Day the find so doing.' His remains were in- Rev. H. Knight, at whose house he terred, with every token of respect, at dicd, improved the affecting Provi. the foot of the pulpit, where he so dence. His text was Heb. xiii. 7-9. often urged upon his people the great It is hardly necessary to add, that the doctrines and precepts of the gospel. place of worship was thronged before Six of his brethren bore the pall. The ihe service commenced, and inany Rey. Mr. Jones, minister of the parish hundreds could not gain admittance. of Creaton, attended, as a token of
J. G. his high esteem for the deceased. The Rev. G. Gill, uf Harborough, began
RECENT DEATH.' the funeral-service with prayer; the Sept. 12, died, after a lingering and Rev. B. L. Edwards, of Northampton, painful illness, sustained with exemdelivered a very affecting and appro- plary patience and cheered with heapriate address; and the Rev. Joseph venly hope, Ann, the wife of thc Rev. Gronow, wf Weedon Beck, in North- John Styles, D. D. of Brighton.
ON THE RESURRECTION. ple of the most remote antiguilt,
when they buried their dead; emi. It is evident that man's body was no
i's body was balmed and enclosed them in an armade of the dust of the earth, be
tificial covering, so figured and paintcause we see that it returns into
to ed, as to rescuble the caterpillar or carth again. Philosophy, therefore,
re, silk-worm in the intermediate state ;
illis may argue, that as God formed man's
and as Joseph was thc first we read body of dust at first, he can as easily restore and raise it from the same where this manner prevailed, it was
can as casily of that was embalmed in Egypt, afterwards : that he will actually do this, is promised to us in the
hy very probably of Hebrew original. Scripture; and on that promise,
Jones's Figurative Language Nature is giving us a lecture every
of Scripture. day of our lives. Many animals, after a torpid state, scarcely distin
S ANECDOTE OF THE LATE MH.FULLER. guishable from death, recover the The following instance of humble power of life at the proper season, by picty and love to young people, the influence of the sun: some, after does honour to this great and good submersion in water during the win inan: ter. Some crawl for a time as help-'. I have been thinking of a plan,' less worms upon the earth, like says he, “ for disseminating truth ourselves; then they retire into a amo: g our little lace - makers ; A covering, which answers the end of quantity of white wrapping paper is a coffin or a sepulchre, wherein they used in the sale of small parcels of are invisibly transformed, and come lace-thread; so I will draw up a numforth, in glorious array, with wings ber of little hymns, the most inrpresand painted plunies, more like the sive I can either find or inake, and inhabitants of heaven, than such get them printed on one side of the worms as they were in their former paper : then every child that comes earthly state. This transformation is for a little thread, will find it wrapped so striking and pleasant an emblem of up in a paper, containing a little imthe present, the intermediate, and pressive hymn addressed to its heart.' the glorified states of man, that peo