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spirit of Christianity. Their love to God rant, kind, and effects. Instead, therefore, was the grand motive of their life, and of making distinctions on the nature of their love to man was displayed by a cor faith, as to its actings, we shall be more dial union of sentiment and feeling among profitably employed in considering the themselves, for 'the multitude of them truth, the gospel, the glad tidings of God; that believed were of one heart and of one and, on the evidence of Revelation, endeasoul.' Such is the life that they led, and vour, in dependence on the holy spirit, to if we would partake of spiritual happiness believe 'the faithful saying. The truth, equal to theirs, we must learn to live in really believed, will produce its effects, the same way.
corresponding to its own nature.—Rev. W. D. John Cooke.
INFLUENCE OF FAITH.
The unspeakable influence of faith in
Christ, under the duties and trials of life, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF.
appears from his counsel or command,
just before he left the world. Whatever Now, how cogent and persuasive is ' his disciples felt or feared, here is the this! One so high, come down so low; antidote His wisdom prescribes, Believe one dwelling in inaccessible glory, mani- | also in me.' We may be sure that this is fested in the flesh-in the infirmity and the best advice, and adapted to his design. weakness of it; to this very purpose, to re- | He would not afford them comfort by pro. pair the creation, to make up its breaches, longing his stay on earth, but directs them to destroy sin, and save the sinner. What to the exercise of a principle that would force is in this to persuade a soul that draw off their hearts from this world, and truly believes it, not to sin! For, may teach them, in desire, expectation, and he think within himself, Shall I save that
affection, to follow him.-Rev. John Cooke. which Christ came to destroy? Shall I entertain and maintain that which he
CHRIST'S PRESENCE WITH HIS PEOPLE. came to take away, and do what in me lies
THINK not the Lord, though gone on high, to frustrate the great end of his glorious
And seated on His throne, and wonderful descent from heaven? Shall
Bestows His blissful company I join hands and associate with my lusts,
On heavenly guests alone. and war for them which war against my soul, and against him that would save my Think not that ere we meet with Him soul ?-Binning.
And hold communion sweet,
We must traverse Death's passage dim,
And reach Heaven's golden street.
No; but where'er His people come In the experience of Christians, we find
In two or three for prayer, they too often show more regard to the
There Jesus too shall find a home, actings of faith, than to the object of faith.
His word is, ' I am there.' This is an error in experience. The Scriptures principally direct our attention to O blessed presence! which doth bring the testimony of God-the report of God To earth Heaven's choicest bliss, by his messengers—the record which he And opens a celestial spring hath given of his Son. They testify of In such a world as this ! him, in his wonderful person, his perfect
S. character, his mediatorial offices, his saving power, his great salvation, his faithful
CAUTION IS NECESSARY. promises, his inconceivable love, his all When I see the fisher bait his hook, I sufficient grace. They invite, exhort, in- think on Satan's subtile malice, who sugars treat, and urge sinners to believe in him; over his poisoned hooks with seeming pleaand promise pardon, justification, holiness, sures. Thus Eve's apple was candied with peace, and eternal life to all that believe. Divine knowledge, “Ye shall be as gods, They dwell rather on what we believe, than knowing good and evil.' When I see the how we believe; the truth believed, rather fish fast hanged I think upon the covetous than the manner of believing it. They worldling, who leaps at the profit without make no promise to a 'feigned faith, a considering the danger. Thus Achan dead faith—that is, to a heart destitute of takes the gold and the garment, and ne'er real faith ; but to a believing unfeignedly, considers that his life must answer it. with the heart, in the Son of God. There If Satan be such a fisher of men, it is good are differences of this faith, both in degree to look before we leap. Honey may be and in effects, but the quality of the prin- eaten, so that we may take heed of the ciple is the same. It is a 'like precious sting: I will honestly enjoy my delights, faith' in all believers—in its object, war- | but not buy them with danger.- Warwick.
GOD IS TO BE LOVED SUPREMELY.
CHRIST WITHOUT A HOME. IF God is for ever, how ill do we calcu O LORD, how wonderful Thy grace late in preferring to his love and protec To sinners does appear, tion, the span of happiness which his That Thou should'st leave Thy dwelling-place. visible creation can offer; the fashion of
And wander homeless here ! this world, which is so soon to pass away
All creatures at Thy word had birth, into silence! Yea, rather, forasmuch as
The meanest are Thy care, the things around us, which are all one day
Yet with these meanest while on earth to be dissolved, are so goodly and glorious
Thou didst not even share. during their stage of momentary existence; ‘if God so clothe the field, which to-day Secure in earth the foxes lay, is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven; Birds nestled safe on high, if this earth, which, ere long, must melt Whilst Thou didst tract Thy painful way with fervent heat, is now so richly adorned With no place down to lie. with fruits and flowers by the lavish munificence of its Creator; if this firmament,
Thou hadst no place to lay thine head,
The mountains cold and bare which is one day to wither like a parched
Received thy knees, while heavenward sped scroll, is now set thick with suns, and all nature, even in this its ruined state, is
All night thine earnest prayer.
S. teeming with whatever can supply the wants, whatever can delight the senses of us poor exiles from paradise, what may we
THEY DRANK OF THE ROCK. not anticipate from the power and mercy This is not a transient supply. The of the Most High, in that new heaven and | stream from Horeb ran in the wilderness new earth, whose foundations shall be laid constantly. Neither a burning sun nor a from everlasting, and where they whom he thirsty soil could dry it up, nor distance loves, and who have lovingly served him, nor time lessen it. During eight and thirty shall be gathered as wheat into his garner. years, it followed Israel in all their wan-Bishop Heber.
derings. At Kadesh, indeed, it failed,
why, we know not, but the miracle was KNOW THE PLAGUE OF THY HEART.
again renewed, and the people still drank
of the rock that followed them,' till they WHEN a man is once sincerely humbled entered Canaan. Thus constant in its under God's mighty hand with sight of communication is the grace of Christ. It sin, and sense of divine wrath, so that all is lasting, as it is abundant. It took its his sins be as an heavy burden upon his rise in the eternal ages that are gone ; it heart, whereupon he thirsts for Christ's entered the world as soon as sin had made blood far more eagerly than the tired hart a way for it; it has ever since been flowfor the rivers of water, prizing it before ing on like a mighty river, widening and the pleasures, wealth and glory of the whole deepening as it goes, and it will flow on as world, and is as well willing to take upon long as there is a mourner to be comforted, him his sweet and easy yoke, for to please or a sinner to be cleansed. No draught him in new obedience, as to partake of the can exhaust, nor cold arrest it. And in merit of his passion for the pardon of his eternity the stream of grace shall not be sin; or in a word, and shortlier thus- | lost; it will be seen in heaven a pure river Though thou comest freshly out of an hell of life, 'making glad the city of our God, of heinous sins, and hitherto hast neither a sea of salvation, an ocean of blessedness. thought or spoke, or done any thing but -Rev. C. Bradley. abominably; yet, if now with true remorse thou groanest under them all, as an heavy
THE LOVE OF GOD IN CHRIST. burden, and longest sincerely for the Lord Jesus, and newness of life, thou art bound, HEREIN is love, here is the highest exipso facto, as they say, immediately after pression of God's love to the creature, not that act, and unfeigned resolution of thy | only that ever was, but that ever can be soul to take Christ himself, and all the made: for, in love only God acteth to the promises of life as thine own for ever. uttermost;—whatever his power hath done, All delays, demurs, exceptions, pretexts, it can do no more : but for his love, it can standing out, scruples to the contrary, are go no higher: he hath no greater thing to dishonourable to God's mercies, dispar- give than his Christ. It is true, in giving agement to the promises, and dérogatory us a being, and that in the noblest rank to the truth and tender-heartedness of and order of creatures on earth,-herein Jesus Christ, I take the ground for what was love; in feeding us all our life long, I say, from that sweet invitation, Matt. ii. by his assiduous tender providence,-here28. As soon as we are poor in spirit; we in is love; in protecting us under his wings are presently blessed. Matt. v. 3.--Bolton. from innumerable dangers and mischiefs -herein is love, much love; and yet set dislike they felt to allude to a gloomy and all this by his redeeming love in Christ, unwelcome, subject, and partly from a and it seems nothing. When we have wish to propitiate the deceased, of whom said all, herein is the love of God, that he they stood in considerable dread. How sent his Son to be the propitiation for our superior the sense in which Jesus emsins. This was free love to undeserving, ployed the term sleep! They used it as a to ill-deserving sinners. Preventing love ; | figure, but he turned it into a reality; not that we loved him, but that he loved they uttered it from fear, but he made it us. Just as an image in the glass that is the language of hope and of faith. He imprinted there by the face looking into it, used it with the highest authority, for he the image does not look back upon the was about to awaken one of the sleepers face, except the face look forward upon from his sleep; and however protracted the image, and in that, the image does the slumbers of his people may be, he seem to see the face, it is nothing else but knew that they are all finally to hear his that the face does see the image.0! the voice, and to come forth.-Harris. inexpressible glory of the love of God in Christ. Rev. J. Flavel.
THE BLESSED IN HEAVEN.
TEMPTATION and sin have no place in DEATH IS GREAT GAIN.
those happy regions. These are the evils "To die is gain ;' but it is gain to them
that belong to earth and bell; but within only to whom it has been ‘Christ to live;'
the gates of heaven nothing must enter
that tempteth, nothing that defileth. It is and by how much the greater salvation has been tendered, and by how much the easier
the mixture of sinful thoughts and idle the terms have been on which it was ten
words, sinful actions and irregular affecdered, so much the blacker confusion must
tions, that makes our state of holiness so
imperfect here below. We groan within our face one day gather; if our obstinacy in sin has abused the long suffering of the
ourselves, being burdened; we would be Lord, and we have presumed on the merits
rid of these criminal weaknesses, these of his blood to disgrace the name of his
guilty attendants of our lives; but the religion! Those are ill taught in the
spirits above are under a sweet necessity language of Scripture who suppose that
of being for ever holy; their natures have salvation is not offered to us, but forced on
put on perfection; the image of God is sa us: who forget that they are the children
far completed in them, that nothing con
trary to the divine nature remains in all of God, who only are heirs with Christ of a happy immortality; and that the promise
their frame; for they see God in all the is not that we shall be made the sons of
fairest beauties of his holiness, and they God, but that'power shall be given us' to
adore and love. They behold him without become so.—Heber.
a veil, and are changed into the same image from glory to glory.-Rev. Dr.
DEATH A SLEEP.
It is counted miraculous to find a diaratory measures which Chris. has taken for mond in a vein of gold; but it is more the final extinction of death, that he speaks miraculous to find a pure and precious of it in terms of comparative disparage
Christ in the bosom of an earthly Chrisment and indifference. So effectually is
tian.-Secker. it disarmed and mutilated, and so com A BELIEVER, satisfied to quit this cot. pletely at the disposal of Christ, that he tage in the desert, this house of clay, sub. speaks of it already as if it were not- ject to so many inconveniences, frequently · Whosoever believeth in me, shall never half-ruined before it falls to pieces, re die. If a man keep my sayings, he shall tires voluntarily and with a good grace.never taste of death-he shall never see
Anon. death. In accordance with these repre'sentations, he has given to the state of
When our misery is most powerful death the soft and tranquillizing name of
then the Lord's mercy is most visible sleep. This use of the term, indeed, was
When our night is the darkest, our day is not unknown to Jewish saints ; but, as ap
the clearest. When our ebb is the lowest plied by them to death, it denoted chiefly
our flood is the highest. 'As our tribula the silence, darkness, and inactivity of the
tions abound, so our consolations mucl grave. The Greeks, too, had long been
more abound.'-Secker. accustomed to speak of death in the softest | BOLD sinning doth afterwards mak terms: the dead they often spoke of as the faint believing.–Fleming. departed—the worn out; and called their burial grounds dormitories,' or sleeping places. But this arose partly from the
THOMAS GRANT, PRINTER, EDINBURGH,
PSALM CIV.-NO. 2. We have endeavoured, in a former been looked upon as a field of inquiry, pepaper, to show that science may be ren- | culiarly dangerous. Experience has been dered subservient to the interests of reli- appealed to, and it is affirmed that the gion. It may enlarge our conceptions of vast majority of those who have ardently God; it may tend to deepen our devotion. engaged in these studies have either beWe believe that God has given us a revela come openly infidel, or have displayed a tion of himself in his works; and that spirit directly the reverse of that humility the study of these works, therefore, if of mind, and child-like confidence in God, rightly conducted, must be beneficial to which the Scripture would have us to his people. The writer of this Psalm l cherish. We are afraid that the stateseems to have found it an employment ment is but too true. There have indeed congenial to his taste, to survey the works been bright and notable exceptions; but of God, and to find in them matter of still there has been too much ground for praise to their Almighty Maker. We too the assertion. We apprehend that no little may profitably follow his example. Having danger to the Christianity of the present first learned to say, 'Bless the Lord, O my day arises from this source; it becomes us soul, and all that is within me, bless his therefore to be alive to the danger, and to holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, be prepared to meet it. and forget not all his benefits; who for Those who obtain their knowledge of giveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all science at second hand, and not from their thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from own researches into the world around destruction. Having first learned to say (and we suppose that the majority of our this, we may not improperly follow it by readers are of this class), are exposed to this hymn- Bless the Lord, O my soul. the danger of receiving their information O Lord my God thou art very great; thou through impure channels. Of these there art clothed with honour and majesty; who are not a few in existence. Theories vircoverest thyself with light as with a gar- | | tually, though perhaps notavowedly infidel, ment; who stretchest out the heavens like | are broached as if they were scientific cera curtain.
tainties—these from their beauty, or from It is greatly to be regretted, however, the eloquence with which they are set forth that science and religion have been too often gain an influence over the mind of often divorced. They have looked as the unwary reader, before he perceives kance upon each other. Lovers of the their dangerous tendency. Among well Bible have sometimes regarded scientific informed minds and sincere inquirers after men as almost necessarily irreligious or truth, these books will do comparatively infidel-and the latter have in their turn little harm; those who are most exposed regarded the former as ignorant and super- to injury are the half-intelligent, and those stitious. And there has been but too to whom an idea commends itself, not bemuch reason for this. Religious men, on cause of its truth, but because of its the one hand, have frequently clung to novelty, or of its beauty. mistaken interpretations of the Scriptures | Those books which either avowedly or in spite of the clearest proof of their error; tacitly exclude all reference to religion are while scientific men have often virtually in reality more dangerous than those excluded God from the works of his hands. which are directly irreligious. The danger Many of our most popular books on arises from the fact that it is but partial science, have been written on the principle truth which is presented to the mind. Inof excluding all expression of religious | sensibly the reader is led to regard it as sentiment, and all statement of religious the whole truth, while the more important truth. How monstrous, that amid the truth for him is forgotten. Let a man most amazing evidences of the Divine with a taste for science give himself to a power, wisdom, and goodness men should course of such reading, and, unless a pass them by in silence, and scarcely deign vigorous effort of mind be made to the to bestow upon the great Architect of the contrary, the result will be, that nature's universe one passing thought. The hu laws will usurp in his mind, the place of man artist is not then forgotten, when we nature's Lawgiver; the living God will be discourse of the productions of his genius, forgotten, and in his place will be subbut man does not like to retain God in his stituted a mere principle of order, a simple knowledge.
prime mover of the universe. It is a It has often been thought that there is dangerous thing for a man to be converin scientific study a tendency towards in- sant with the works of God, and with those fidelity; and the physical sciences have evidences of his wisdom and goodness No. III.-NEW SERIES.
• VOL. I.
which he has so plentifully given, and yet foredoomed, and her doom is near at hand to keep the remembrance of Him banished | The foreshadows of that doom are not wantfrom the mind, and to cherish towards ing. Sin is, in part, its own executioner Hiin no emotions of love. There are Rome is sentenced to utter desolation some writers on science who apparently and that very desolation she is hersel avoid the error of excluding God from their commencing in all the realms of her sway works, but very frequently they fall into but above all in the precincts of her chiet a sickly sentimentalisin which can be pro- seat, in the increasing solitude of the Cam ductive of no other result than that of de- pagna, and amid the wide-wasting pesti ceiving both themselves and their readers. lence of the Maremma What we would have is science baptized It is true that Rome is apparently re with the spirit of the Bible—the universe covering her dominion; and that even the must be surveyed from a Christian point nations that seemed to hate her, and wert of view. Above all, we must remember ready to make her desolate, have returned that the God of nature is the living God, in some measure, to their spiritual allegi the God with whom we have to do, and ance, and are banded together to maintair we must beware of every thing which may the persecuting power. This was wha have a tendency to make us forget those might be expected, both according to peculiar relations in which we ourselves reason and according to Scripture. Ty stand to him.
ranny has no such firm support as super As it is possible for a man to read the stition, and a natural death was too mild a Word of God, and to rise from its per- dissolution for her who has encrimsoned usal with a blinded mind and a hardened herself, in all ages, with the blood of the heart, so also is it possible to study the saints. The destruction of Rome was to works of God with a like result ! If a man be sudden, therefore Rome must be re comes to nature merely for intellectual vived—the deceiver and the willingly de. gratification, and when he finds God in it, ceived were to perish together, therefore glorifies Him not as God and is not thank the union between the great corruptresi ful, what more probable than that he and her too willing vassals was for a time should become 'vain in his imaginations,' to be restored. Some secret attraction and that his 'foolish heart be darkened' and sympathetic influence is drawing all and because he does not like to retain who partake of Rome's corruptions to re. God in his knowledge,' that therefore new the alliance with the mother of corGod should give him up to strong delu- ruptions, in order that they may partake sion to believe a lie.' But if a man come with her in one common and inevitable in the spirit of Christianity, that man doom. shall be blessed in his study of God's There is one cheering distinction for works; the beasts of the earth shall teach Britain, she has no recognised ambassado him, the rocks beneath his tread shall en- at Rome. Many may be the underhand rich him with their treasures, and the transactions, but they do not meet the stars of heaven shall light his pathway to light of day, nor are they brought undei the skies.
"A, H., c. the notice of the nation. The inconveni
ences of having no ambassador are great
and there is meanness, as well as incon ROME AND MAYNOOTH.
venience, in having some secret Papist un
derling, with his understanding blinded to BABYLON is foredoomed. Rome, like its all the monstrosities of the Papacy, and his prototype, must perish, utterly perish. conscience corroded by all the corruption Rome, the armed Pallas, as she delighted of Romish casuistry, to be the sole agen to represent herself, has passed away; but between the empire of Britain and th the Eternal City, as she was wont to style dark dominion of the false prophet of thi herself, remains; for out of her grave has Revelations. We have no ambassador ii issued a vampire apparition—the painted the Papal city-this marks the perpetua sorceress. Í'he lance of war has fallen state of war, unbroken even by a hollov from her hands, and its place is supplied, truce. Away, then, with all underhan as in the Papal device, by the cup of phil transactions with a declared enemy; an ters, with which she enchants and intoxi let Britain stand forth, in all respects, a cates the nations. But though altered in the opponent of tyranny and superstitio! form and in resources, she still pursues and the head throughout the world of civi the plan of universal 'dominion; in her and religious liberty. youth subduing, and in her age deceiving Thus nobly distinguished among th the whole habitable world, with an army nations by having no representative a of priests as strictly disciplined, and still the Papal Court, we are yet bound, by on more numerous, than her ancient all-con- fatal link, to the city of destruction—th quering legions. But with all her re- | Grant to the College of Maynooth. The sources, all her deep designs, Rome is sums that are lavished in educating :