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tion be; and that they may put off their repentance Daily Bread.
to the last year of their lives; nay, to the last month
of the last year; nay, to the last day of the last month; FRIDAY.
and that that one day is as good as five thousand " Behold I make all things new."-Rev. xxi. 5.
to make their peace with God in; and that it is a Make me rich, for I am poor
small matter to repent, and that a Lord hate many In thee may I my Eden find;
upon me will serve thy turn to bring thee to heaven. To the dying health restore,
This despising and undervaluing the heavenly inAnd eye-sight lo che blind.
heritance, is a grievous God-provoking sin.- Nollar It is a universal change-all things become new. It is a blessed leaven that leavens the whole lump
TUESDAY. the whole spirit, and soul, and body. Original sin
“ Art thou come to call my sin to my remembrance, and to infects the whole man; and regenerating grace,
slay my son ?- 1 KINGS xvii. 18. which is the salve, goes as far as the sore. This fruit
Afflictions, though they seem severe,
In mercy oft are sent ; of the Spirit is in all goodness-goodness of the mind,
They show the prodigal his sin, goodness of the will, goodness of the affections, good
And lead him to repent. ness of the whole man. He gets not only a new head to know religion, or a new tongue to talk of
Afflictions are messengers sent to us on this errand, but a new heart to love and embrace it in the whole
to remind us of our debts, by awaking our consciences,
When bitter of his conversation. In those natural changes spoken and setting our sins in order before us. of before, there are, as it were, pieces of new cloth things are written against us, it is with this design, put into an old garment; but the gracious change is
to make us possess our iniquities. When God distraits a thorough change-a change both of heart and life. upon our comforts, and removes them from us, it is -Boston,
to remind us of the arrears of our rent. These sharp methods, which God takes to put us in mind of our
sins, are intimations how severe the reckoning will SATURDAY.
be if we never take care to get them pardoned." He that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of his eye." Henry.
ZECH. ii. 8.
“I will forewarn you whom you shall sear."-LUKE xii. 3. And every hurtful snare.
O never suffer me to sleep Believers have God for their guide and gain; he
Secure within the verge of hell;
But still my watchful spirit keep that meddles with the saints of God, assaults God
In lowly awe and loving zal; himself. He that lists up his hand against thein,
And bless me with a godly fear, lifts up his hand against God; though they have
And plant that guardian angel here! many enemies, yet they have one friend that hath more strength than all their enemies. A ragmed sinner open to the wrath of God.'Fear the Lord.
Let no man think lightly of sin, which lars the saint is dearer to (iod than a glittering emperor that because of his dreadful wrath. Treuble at the wants grace.-Dyer.
thoughts of sin, against which God has such a fiery
indignation. Do you think this is to press you to SABBATI.
slavish fear? If it were so, one had better be a slave “ Love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.”—Eph. vi. 24. to God with a trembling heart, than a freeman to My one desire be this,
the devil with a seared conscience and a heart of Thy only love to know;
adamant. But it is not so; you may love him, and To seek and taste no other bliss,
thus fear him too; yea, you ought to do it. though No other good below.
you were saints of the first magnitude.- Lostoa. Are you willing to give as much for Christ now as you would give in a time of sickness, when you are
THURSDAY. lying upon your death-beds—when the soul sits upon “ The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we the lips, and is ready to take its leave? Are you
are the children of God."- Rom. vii. 16. willing to give as much now in health as you would
Saved by blood I live to tell give in a time of sickness? Oh! when a man lies
What the love of Christ hath done; on his sick-bed, and Death knocks at his door, Christ
He redeem'd my soul from heli
Of a rebel made a son. then, it may be, would be very precious to him. Oh! what would he then give for a Christ? Those in
This we may know, without ascending into heaven, Noah's time that never regarded the ark all the or prying into unrevealed secrets. If you are be while it was a-building- yet when the flood came, what would they have given for an ark then? What John xvii. 8. If you savingly know God in Jesus
lievers indeed—all such the Father gave to Christ.-would you give for Christ at that time when you are upon a death-bed, ready to be delivered by your vii. 6. If you are not of the world, if you are cruci
Christ—such were given him by the Father.--John death-bed to your cold grave ? Certainly, Christ is fied and dead to it, and are strangers in it-if you as precious now as he will be then.- Nullon. .
keep Christ's Word, by the receiving of its sanctifying
effects and influences into your hearts, and practise MONDAY.
it to the end-happy are ye.- Flavel.
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THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
THE REDEEMER'S PEOPLE.
BY THE REV. ANDREW ELLIOT, FORD.
Ir a former paper, we directed the attention of compulsion; and their subjects are frequently our readers to the “Day of the Redeemer's only reluctant slaves, who obey merely because Power," and we now consider the interesting they dare not resist, or find that their resistance and cheering promise made to him, in reference would not be effectual and successful. But no to that period of his mediatorial dignity and such weapons as theirs-no such weapons as grace: “ Thy people shall be willing in the those which furious and persecuting zealots are day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness accustomed to wield, who strive to force mon from the womb of the morning : thou hast the to believe and to do what their judgments condew of thy youth.”
demn and their consciences abhor--no such The people of Christ are they who, being weapons as these are to be seen in the hands of given to him in the eternal covenant of re the Redeemer. The weapons of his warfare, demption to be ransomed by him and brought and by which his triumphs are achieved, though to glory, are in due time called by his sovereign mighty and effectual, are spiritual, and suited grace, and made the subjects of his saving to the spiritual nature and character of his power. Chosen according to his everlasting kingdom. The rod of his strength is his Word, purpose of mercy, and made to know, and be which is powerful only as it enlightens the unlieve, and embrace the truth—to submit to the derstanding, satisfies the judgment, and engages rod of his strength-they not only profess alle the affections. The power which he employs giance to him, but yield him a real homage and is simply the power of divine truth carried home a sincere obedience. They are the subjects of with energy and effect to the soul by his enhis spiritual kingdom, governed by its laws, and lightening and quickening Spirit, and made to enjoying its privileges--owning him as their take possession of the heart. He compels none king and lord, trusting exclusively in his all to serve him. He uses no external violence, sufficient salvation, and dedicating themselves and puts no compulsatory restraint upon the unreservedly to his service. And it is here wills and the judgments of men. He will own promised-promised by Jehovah the Father, none as his people who do not give him their who appointed the Saviour to his mediatorial hearts, and whose affections as well as reason work, and exalted him to his mediatorial throne are not engaged in his service. And, hence, --that the Redeemer, in the day of his power, the power which he employs in the day of his should not only have a people, but they are strength is a moral and spiritual power--recharacterized as a willing, a holy, and a nume moving prejudices and error, enlightening the rous people.
mind, and imparting a saving knowledge and 1. It is promised that the Redeemer should, conviction of the truth, and thus leading to the in the day of his power, have a willing people : love and obedience of the truth. Accordingly, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy his people engage in his service with readiness power;" that is, they shall not only submit to and by choice, and render him a reasonable thee, but submit to thee cheerfully—they shall and a voluntary submission. They are willing not only serve thee, but serve thee freely, readily, -they cheerfully yield themselves to his doand affectionately.
And this devotedness of minion and authority, cheerfully place themheart and soul, let it be remembered, is charac- selves at his disposal, and cheerfully consecrate teristic of all the Redeemer's people. It is his themselves to his service. power, indeed, that makes them his people, and The word which our translators have renthat produces this willingness. They did not dered" willing,” literally signifies, as commenalways possess it. On the contrary, they were tators have observed, a voluntary or free-will once his enemies, determined rebels against his offering; and it seems to imply the most unrethrone, and hostile to his cause and interests. served readiness in believers to give themselves. Once, instead of loving and serving him, their and their all to the Redeemer
. So was it on minds were full of enmity against him; and the the day of Pentecost, and immediately afterlanguage of their feelings and of their actions, wards, when the haughty and selfish crucifiers if not of their words, was: “We will not have of Christ were, in that day of his power, made this man to reign over us.” They became not willing, by divine grace, not only to accept of his
, nor submitted to his sway, tiil, in the day his salvation and to confess his name, but of his power, he subdued and vanquished them. without the least reluctance to devote their all But, then, what are the weapons by which he as a free-will offering to his cause and service, has conquered and won them to himself? And so is it ever with genuine Christians. They are not those carnal weapons which com They regard it as their highest privilege and pel men to feign obedience, and to act a hypo- honour to be engaged in the service of the critical part. Other conquerors subdue men Redeemer, and it is their supreme pleasure and by physical force, and by the power of external delight to obey him and advance his cause.
October 10, 1845.
They count none of his commandments to be and of his service neces
cessarily identify itself grievous, and they experience no other restraint with the love of holiness? Can any one folurthan the constraining influence of the Redeemer's tarily become the subject of such a kingdon, love, teaching them to “judge that if one died and cheerfully govern himself by its laws, aki for all, then were all dead; and that he died for cordially prosecute its interests, and still cos all, that they who live should henceforth not tinue under the dominion, and live in the live unto themselves, but unto him that died practice, of sin ? No; sooner shall light confor them, and rose again.” Such are their views found itself with darkness. There camot be a of the Saviour's excellency, and such their gra- willing people to the Saviour-willing to jou titude for his infinite condescension and grace, themselves to him in an everlasting covenan: that they feel that nothing they can part with that shall never be forgotten-willing to be iris can be too great a sacrifice, and that all that and willing to serve him-without being a hol they can do is infinitely too little.
people. To suppose there might—to support 2. It is promised that the Redeemer, in the that we might give our hearts and affectious ty day of his power, should have a holy people: him, and our powers and exertions to the evi
l'hy people shall be willing in the day of thy one, whose works he came to destroy, is to suppower, in the beauties of holinezs.” And this part pose an evident impossibility, and what is selfof the promise properly and naturally follows contradictory. It is to suppose that we can the former. This will readily appear—the serve both God and Mamion, and be at one Saviour himself is holy. As God, he is essen obedient and rebellious. tially and immutably holy. lIe is an absolutely What takes place in the day of the Redeem. perfect being, and therefore infinitely removed er's power, when divine energy is put forth, adu from sin, which is moral imperfection. “He is the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ is car. the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways ried home, by the illuminating and quickening are judgment: a God of truth, and without influence of the Spirit, to the heart and coniniquity; just and right is lie.” And as Media science of the sinner? How is such an one tor—that is, as God in our nature, the incarnate made willing! It is by a moral and spiritua Jehovah—his character is the very perfection of change which has been effected in his soul, moral excellence. He is the holy One, and the giving a new and heavenly direction to his just. Even in the days of his fleshı, though he thoughts, and desires, and affections. And in tabernacled in our sintul world, and was made what does this very willingness consist! It corin the likeness of sintui fleshi-though he was sists in a cordialand entire surrender of ourselves continually surrounded by the workers of ini to the Redeemer; and its language will ever be quity, and exposed to all those evil influences like that of Paul : “ Lord, what wilt thou have which prove so fatal and corrupting in our ex me to do?" And if the heart be thus made perience, his life was purity itself: "" He did no right with the Lord, the life will also be right, sin, neither was guile found in his mouth." If the internal dispositions be holy, the outward “ He was holy, harmless, undefiled, and sepa conduct and deportment will also be holy. rate from sinners." And can less be said When the will is graciously renewed, and we of him now—now that, sented on the right are brought with cheerfulness and alacrity to hand of the Majesty on high, and arrayed in enter on the service of our Lord and Saviour, all the effulgency, and displaying all the we shall, we must, also be brought to serve fections of the Godhead, he appears the bright- him in truth and righteousness, all the days of ness of his Father's glory, and the express our life. image of his person? His kingdom is a king In the phrase, the beauties of holiness, there is dom of truth and righteousness—its laws are thought by some to be an allusion to the restholy, and its interests are just the interests of ments of the Levitical priests. When they apeternal truth and holiness. Hence the lan- peared before God in the performance of their guage of the Father to him : “ Thy throne, o official duties, they came clothed in the war. God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy ments of the sanctuary-garments appointed by kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righ God himself, and that were emblematical of teousness, and latest iniquity; therefore God, the purity and holiness which became the house thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of and the worshippers of Jehovah. In like mangladness above thy fellows.” Is he a King? ner, the people of the Redeemer are repreHe is the king of righteousness, and the king sented as robed in the beauties of holiness. of saints. Is he a Redeemer? He“ gave him They put on righteousness as a clothing, and self for us, that he might redeem us from all are beautified with the garments of salvation. iniquity, and purity unto himself a peculiar The internal principles of grace, implanted in people, zealous of good works.” Is his name their hearts, manifest themselves in their outJesus? It is because he 6 saves his people ward conduct, and exert a hallowed influence from their sins." We ask, then, can any truly on their lives; and those graces of the Spirit and willingly submit themselves to him, and by which the genuine believer is distinguished give him the homage of their hearts, and not, may well be denominated the beautics of holiais. at the same time, throw off the yoke and the They dignify and ennoble the man. bondage of iniquity? Must not the love of him the true ornaments of his nature, as a moral
THE PASTOR'S DAUGHTER.
and immortal being. While sin debases and I was about to inquire into the particulars of his deforms the soul, holiness restores it to its ori- grief, and to offer thie feeble consolation of eartlily ginal health, and vigour, and loveliness; and sympatiiy, when I saw the door-yard filling with a adorned with it, we become objects of compla- lifeless corpse of a beautiful girl of about sixteen
great number of people, who were bringing in the cency and delight to all holy beings, and even
years old. The venerable minister pointed to the to God himself. For “ the righteous Lord group as an explanation of his sorrows—he covered loveth righteousness; his countenance doth be his face with his handkercliet, but was refused the hoid the upright.”
alleviation of tears. The collection of people con(To be continued.)
sisted of most of the villagers, who had left their houses on hearing of the accident which I am re
lating. The young lady, whose lovely corpse was TIE PASTOR'S DAUGIITER.
now placed in the entry of the house, had attempted Perniats no country ever presents a more charming that afternoon, in company with a companion, to pruspect to the man of reflection than is seen in the cross the river on an errand of mercy to a poor sick southern part of New England, towards the close of family on the opposite shore. She was the sulject of Mas, or the beginning of June. Those who have a late revival of religion, under the labours of her eser spent this season of the year in that part of the own beloved father; and she had now begun to excountry need not that I should attempt to describe ercise that benevolence in which the disciples of the loveliness of many of its natural scenes. The Jesus will be engaged for ever. The two young traveller is here often seen to stop his horse as he ladies were in a little skiff, under the direction of a arrives at the top of an eminence, and, in a kind of man who was afterwards discovered to be somewhat giddy surprise, to throw his eyes around him on the intoxicated. By carelessness or incapacity to act, he little glens filled with the abodes of contentment and upset the boat in the deepest part of the river. The peace, and richly stored with the choicest gifts of man and one of the girls saved themselves by clingnature. There is likewise something so exhilarating ing to the sides of the boat till assistance could arin this scenery, that the heart, not frozen by the rive; but the lamented Eliza S-- was separated cares of this life, must at times warm and throb with from the other3. The still waters soon wrapped gratitude to the Author of all mercies. Before their liquid sheets around, and encircled her in their such scenes, too, will the soul of the Christian be
bosom! She raised to that world where every beauty is lasting and perfect.
“ Fell into the weeping brook: her clothes spread wide,
And, merinaid like, awliile they bore her up It was at such a season of the year, at the close of
like a creature native and endued a pleasant day, that I was slowly ascending a high Unto that element; but long it could not be hill, as the clear red sun was setting with such a still Till that her garments, heavy with Weir drink, ness as might attend his last adieu. From the top
Pulled the poor girl of the hill I could count the spires of several village
To muddy death!" churches rising among the thick trees; while just She made a few faint strugglee, then softly sank, under its brow a most beautiful river was smoothly no more to rise. A few bubbles rose and broke on gliding between the luxuriant hills which stood on the surface of the water, just in time to inform those either side, till it reached the Sound, with which it who had come to save, that her immortal spirit had mingled with a gentle murmur, as if unwilling to be for ever tied. They carried the body on shore, where swillowed in oblivion. On the banks of the river
every suggestion of medical aid wus exhausted in vain helow me stood a pleasant and quiet village, which endeavours to recall the cold clay to life. After the seemed to unite activity with innocence and content last hope of effecting this was over, her remains were ment. I rode slowly onward, now admiring the wis- brought by the feeling villagers to her father's house. dorn and goodness of God in the grandeur of the dis And it was these remains at which we were now tant hills, or now gazing at the penciled Howeret, gazing. The countenance was still fair and highly which seemed to wave its fragrant head in gratitude, intelligent; and so composed that it seemed almost or the little songsters that were pouring forth their impossible that the spirit should not be still slumlast evening lays in pruise, ere they betook themselves bering within. We all gathered round, and all felt to rest. It was not long'ere I approached the house ourselves to be too near the grave not to be silent i of an aged clergyman, where I had engaged to culi. and solemn. The aged father leaned upon his ciuc A plain, ueat house was pointed out as the residence as he bent over the cold form of his child; and of the minister; and it was not till I had loudly and though he did not weep, yet every one saw that his repeatedly knocked, that the door was opened ?y the grief was too big for tears. lle stedfastly gazed jenerable man hiniself. He received me with paren at the beautiful face of his Lliza, whom he had so tal kindness of look, though a calm expression of tenderly loved, and who he too well knew could never krief, and a finger placed upon the mouth, gave me more gladden his heart, or receive his blessing. llis to understand that he was now actually weighed | remembrance of the past and his anticipation of the down by unwonted sorrow.
future seemeil to struggle for ascendency over his * My only child, a daughter," said the good old feelings. Jie gazed and though for a time he said
on whom I leaned for support in my old nge, is now no more !
not a word, yet I plainly saw that his every tie to It was this very morning that I
earth was now severed, and his looks seeined to was thanking God for the blessing of such a child to
praycheer me during the remainder of my pilgrimage here; but she, too, is taken away, that my heart may
" Soon may this fluttering spark of vital flame not be too strongly bound to earth! She was my all
Forsahe its languid melancholy frame! in this world; but she was the Lord's; and he to
Soon may these eye's their treinbling lustre lose
Welcome ihe dreamless night of long repuse ! i whom I had devoted her in baptisn, and to whom Son may this woe. worn spirit seek the bourne I she had lately given herself, has called her to him Where, lulled to slumber, grief forgels to mourn ?"
ought not to lament that which is I doubtless her gain; and I know
The hardy villagers looked upon their pastor as if
they would willingly have taken a share of his grief, . There is a shore of better promise ; and I know at last,
had it been possible, into their own bosoms; but they When the long Sabbath of the tomb is past,
were too wise to attempt to otier any audible exWe two shall meet in Christ, to pars no more !** pressions of sympathy; for they well know that at a
“ Let us
time like this, few could do this with profit. The certain, and you may die soon. When this morning's women stifled not their grief, but gave vent to their sun arose, the corpse that is lying before me was in feelings in tears; the youth and children poured the flush of health, and bade fair to sojourn here for out, in the fulness of sobbings, the overflowings of a long time to come. But she is gone, and has left their hearts; while the little child stood mute with us in this world till a few more rolling suns shall see astonishment, and seemed conscious that he was a us placed as low as herself. You will soon follow witness of sorrow too big for utterance. The pastor your pastor to yonder grave-yard; for besides the ishad now so far exchanged the feelings of a father for firmities of age, I have an assurance within me that those of a Christian as to be able to speak, and in- I shall have but a few more opportunities to warı quired for “ little Mary.” “ Here !” said a little girl you to prepare for death. Consider, then, your being, of about eight years of age, who had been holding your destiny, your characters, your lives, and see him by the skirts of the coat, and weeping as if her whither you are going. Let the voice of my dear heart would break, “ here I am! Oh, my dear Misschild reach you as it issues from the shroud: " l'oto Eliza-my Miss Eliza!" The old man took her little you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of hand within his, and could then mingle his tears with men !'" hers. After giving vent to his feelings, he spoke The good man ceased; for the multitude of feeling with a calmness that was truly surprising.
and thoughts which rushed upon him choked his stop our crying, Mary!-we cannot do Eliza any good, utterance; but there was something in his calm and and she does not need our tears, She sleeps sweetly, heavenly look, in his solemn and trembling voice, and and we should not mourn over her rest." Asleep in the attending circumstances, that made an im and will she wake again ?-oh, will she once more pression upon his audience never to be effaced. We awake ?” asked the weeping child with great eager all were mute, as if listening to a voice from the
“She will wake again; at the morning of the world of spirits; and I presunte no one will ever be resurrection she will awake from this sleep. Do you free from impressions there received; and it is not remember what she told you last spring ?” “What? unlikely that the great day of account will exhibit --when she came to see my sick mother at the poor results of that occasion which were never imagined house, and took me home and told me I might live on earth. with her, and she would never leave me?-Oh, yes! On a cold autumnal day, but a short time since, I I remember she told me how that God was a father visited the grave-yard of this village. I was alone, to good little children, and that all good people go to and the memory of the past came rapidly before me God when they die, and live with the angels in as I saw the neat white marble raised over the sleep heaven. Oh! she told me this, and I know she has ing dust of Eliza S - Her father, too, was lying gone there. She was too good not to be with God; beside her; for he was right in predicting that his for she used every day to ask me to kneel down with labours on earth were almost closed. The father her in her little room, and then she would pray to and mother were here waiting for the arrival of the Jesus Christ for me—she is certainly gone to heaven. great decisive day; and the daughter was lying ba' But what shall I do without her to teach me my les tween them. "'They were lovely in their lives, and Bon, and to tell me about God? Oh, my good, best in their deaths were not separated." I was sai friend is dead!"
while viewing the simple inscripti »ns on the stones, “ Not your best friend, my child. God is your and not a little affected when I found the following best friend; and if you will give him your heart, he lines on the tomb of Eliza, which appeared to have will be your father; and whenever you die, you will been etched with a pen-knife by her father ere he go to him, and meet your friend Eliza too. You died :shall live with me while I live; and when I die, there
“ Beneath this stone, so feebly reared, will be one from under my roof to follow me to the
Eliza gently sleeps ; grave. And you," said he, turning to his affectionate
Here shall the sighs of grief be heard, congregation, who were almost all, to an individual,
For here a father weeps ! standing before him, "you will receive my sincere
Here rest, Eliza, free from pain, thanks for your kind sympathies in this hour of sad
And free from mortal care; ness. Though my heart is almost ready to burst with
Parent and child will meet again,
And wip'd be every tear!" its pangs, yet I should be wanting in duty towards
-Todd's Simple Sketches. you, and towards my Master, should this opportunity pass without my urging its improvement. You are aware that, among all the doubts of hardened men,
THE SCHOOLS OF THE PROPHETS. none have ever dared to deny that we are mortal. The most remarkable class of religious teachers under How often have we all been called to stand around the ancient economy were the prophets. The frethe lifeless clay of our friends and neighbours; and quent allusions to them in the Scriptures show that, as we conveyed them to the cold mansions of the at certain times at least, they existed in considerable dead, how solemn has the voice come to our ears : numbers. In the days of Elijah, when Jezebel had • Be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think decreed that the prophets of the Lord should be denot the Son of Man cometh! Who stands before stroyed, Obadiah, the governor of the house of Ahab, me whose heart has never been touched with grief at took an hundred prophets and hid them in cares
, and the loss of friends? Where is the person who has saw their wants supplied. These hundred prophets never been called to weep at the departure of those were, we suppose, a part only of the whole number who were dear? The mother whose offspring perished in the land. from her bosom in the very bud of its existence—the The prophets were the divines, instructors, and parent—the child-the husband--the wife, have all guides of the Hebrews in piety and virtue. They re alike seen the gates of the eternal world open, and sided oftentimes in some retired place, where they their friends and neighbours pass out, never to re were resorted to by the people, at the new moons and turn! We all know these warnings; we know that other stated periods, for consultation and instruction we must soon follow; and why can I not persuade in things pertaining to God. They were supported you, my friends, to look beyond the verge of the by the free gifts of the people, and held themselves grave, and even now begin to lay up treasures in aloof from all worldly employments, devoting their heaven? Oh! do this, for you are immortal, and whole time to instruction, study, meditation, and cannot cease to exist; do this, for you are probation- prayer. ers, and must one day die; do it, for your time is un The first seminaries or places of instruction among