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A Prayer for a Child . . . . . . . . . .
Lessons from the Life of David. Second Series. No. IV. The Two

Things which David had never Seen (continued.) By the Rev.

CHARLES VINCE . . . . . . . . . . The Pedlar's Journey . . . . . . . . . . . . Daylight; or, The Heart and its Quickening Influences. By F. E.

TUCKER . . . . . . . . . . . . More than we Want, and All for Nothing . . . . . . Goodly Tents. By the Rev. T. R. STEVENSON . . . . . Coals of Fire. For the Boys . . . . . . . . Lessons from the Life of David. Second Series. No. V. The Quick

ening of David's Conscience by Rizpah's Example. By the Rev.

CHARLES VINCE . . . . . . . . . . The Estranged Brothers · ·

· Laying up Joy . . . . . . . . . . . Jesus at the Grave of Lazarus . . Are Missions in India a Failure? By the Rev. G. H. ROUSE, M.A., | late of Calcutta. Part I. . . . . . . . .. Christ our Light. For the Young . . . . . . . Are Missions in India a Failure? By the Rev. G. H. Rouse, M.A., 1 late of Calcutta. Part II. . . . . . . . . Yeddie's First and Last Communion . . . . . . . Christ's Doing and the Christian's Knowing. By the Rev. A. M. STALKER . . . . . .

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. . . The Bafiled Pirates . . . . . Early Hours; or, The Heart and its Youthful Promise. By F. E.

TUCKER . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Interrupted Sermon . . . . . . . . .
Your Minister: How you niay Help him . . . . . .
Little Feet . . . . . . . . . . .
Lessons from the Life of David. Second Series. No. IV. Great

Troubles following Great Transgressions. By the Rev. CHARLES
VINCE . . . . . . . . . .

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PAGE Ilie Passionate Cinid . . . . . . . . . 287 The Best Wine Libst. By the Rev. CORNELIUS ELVEN . . . 292 Widow Simpson's Spoons. . . . . . . . . kre Missions in India a Paulure? By the Rev. G. H. ROUSE, M.A.,

late of Crientti Part VI. . . . . . . . . 298 ** One T'J-lay worth wa To-morrows" . . . . . 302 Lessons iom the Litë I" David. Second Series. No. VII. The

"Lase Wris i David. By she Rev. CHARLAS VINCE Sammira Lori's Bronneries . . . . . . . . . Piases Fumane Je mon for the End of the Year. By the

Rer. I 3. BRW. . . . . . . . . Benjamin. sie Litle zavisi Convert . . . . .

328 Wisinterzi tano 3v ie 3er. JOHN WILLIAMS . . . 331 Orrissmas 'n sie 7 ust. Juristinas Legend for the Young . . 334 Mie Sertor's ricon . . . . . . . . . 339 Fekings from my 2 ..2 SITUS. 136. 163. 192, 291, 248, 278, 340, me Fanisira Or Essiens 2

0 14 . 250, 306, 341. Forside Surces. S .S * * 120, 24, 252, 280, 307, 343.

319

THE CHURCH.

"Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself

being the chief corner-stone."

JANUARY, 1869.

“I FOLLOW AFTER.”
A MEDITATION FOR THE NEW YEAR.

BY THE REV. C. WILLIAMS.
I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of

Christ Jesus.”—Phil. iii. 12. THERE is an apparent contradiction between the twelfth and fifteenth erses of this chapter. According to our authorized version, the postle, in the twelfth verse, confesses that he is not perfect,—“ Not is though I had already attained, either were already perfect;" while, in the fifteenth verse, he is made to speak as if he were perfect, "Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded.” But in he original the same word is not used in the two verses, so that the ontradiction is apparent, not real. On looking into the signification f the two Greek words, I find that the word employed in the fifteenth erse (TENELOL) means “fully developed.” A man would, in this ense, be perfect when“ full grown," or of “ripe age.” The word in De twelfth verse (Teteleiwuai) means a final completeness, a consumnation. An illustration will, perhaps, best set forth the contrast etween the two words. In the Grecian race, to which there is loubtless an allusion, there were certain conditions which must be complied with before a man was allowed to compete for the prize. He equired training and preparation, and not till the appointed officers ronounced him qualified to run was he permitted to take part in the ame. Here, then, we have the perfection of the fifteenth verse,—the erfection of training. But there was another perfection. A judge ras stationed at the goal, holding up the crown before the competitors, hd waiting to bestow it upon the victor. Not till the runner had ompleted the race, laid hold upon the crown, could he be said to attain bultimate perfection. As the judge awards the prize to the successful, nd he is crowned, we have a symbol of the perfection of the twelfth erse,—the perfection of attainment. " Which things are an alleory." Only those who believe in the Lord Jesus may or can run the ospel race, faith is the perfection of training for a life of holiness ; ud as many as believe on the Lord Jesus are perfect, have passed

PAGE The Passionate Child . . . . . . . . . 287 The Best Wine Last. By the Rev. CORNELIUS ELVEN . . 292 Widow Simpson's Spoons . . . . . . . . . 295 Are Missions in India a Failure ? By the Rev. G. H. Rouse, M.A.,

late of Calcutta. Part III. . . . . . . . . 298 “One To-day worth two Tomorrows" . . . . . . 302 Lessons from the Life of David. Second Series. No. VII. The

“Last Words” of David. By the Rev. CHARLES VINCE : 309 Squire Lord's Prophecies . . . . . . . . . Phases of Human Life: a Sermon for the End of the Year. By the

Rev. L. B. BROWN . . . . . . . . . . Benjamin, the Little Jewish Convert . . . . . . . A Misinterpreted Text. By the Rev. JOHN WILLIAMS . . . Christmas in the Forest : A Christmas Legend for the Young. . The Saviour's Invitation . . . . . . . . . 339 Pickings from my Portfolio, 23, 52, 80, 108, 136, 163, 192, 221, 248, 278, 340, The Family Library, 24, 81. Our Missions, 25, 54, 82, 110, 138, 166, 194, 222, 250, 306, 341. News of the Churches, 28, 56, 84, 112, 140, 168, 196, 224, 252, 280, 307, 343.

THE CHURCH.

"Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself

being the chief corner-stone."

JANUARY, 1869.

“I FOLLOW AFTER.”
A MEDITATION FOR THE NEW YEAR.

BY THE REV. C. WILLIAMS. "I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of

Christ Jesus.”Phil. iii. 12. THERE is an apparent contradiction between the twelfth and fifteenth Ferses of this chapter. According to our authorized version, the apostle, in the twelfth verse, confesses that he is not perfect,—“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect ;" While, in the fifteenth verse, he is made to speak as if he were perfect, " Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded." But in the original the same word is not used in the two verses, so that the contradiction is apparent, not real. On looking into the signification of the two Greek words, I find that the word employed in the fifteenth Ferse (TENELOL) means “fully developed.” A man would, in this jense, be perfect when “full grown," or of “ripe age.” The word in the twelfth verse (Teteleiwuai) means a final completeness, a consummation. An illustration will, perhaps, best set forth the contrast between the two words. In the Grecian race, to which there is doubtless an allusion, there were certain conditions which must be complied with before a man was allowed to compete for the prize. He required training and preparation, and not till the appointed officers pronounced him qualified to run was he permitted to take part in the game. Here, then, we have the perfection of the fifteenth verse,—the perfection of training. But there was another perfection. A judge Fas stationed at the goal, holding up the crown before the competitors, ind waiting to bestow it upon the victor. Not till the runner had completed the race, laid hold upon the crown, could he be said to attain

ultimate perfection. As the judge awards the prize to the successful, and he is crowned, we have a symbol of the perfection of the twelfth ierse,—the perfection of attainment. “Which things are an allepory." Only those who believe in the Lord Jesus may or can run the gospel race, -faith is the perfection of training for a life of holiness ; und as many as believe on the Lord Jesus are perfect, have passed

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