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It is not in me; and when the deep said, It is not in shining for the glory of God and the good of those me; the heavens sent forth their richest treasure. around them, their path is marked only by darkness. He who was the glory of the heavens veiled his glory, They love not the light; they receive not the things that by his atoning sufferings he might save a multi- of the Spirit of God, and they walk among sparks of tude whom no man can number of the perishing their own kindling. These little Beröes were floating inhabitants of this earth. “ God is in Christ, recon on the tide; the first rough wave might have dashed ciling the world to himself, not imputing to men them against a rock, or run them a-ground on the sand, their trespasses;" binding them to himself in an and then a single beam of the scorching sun would everlasting covenant; sealing them with the Holy have withered them up for ever. O should not they Spirit of promise; and raising them at last to blessed- who are walking in darkness, and spreading darkness, ness, far above their highest wish, and permanent consider that the day is far spent, and that the night as the Source from which it flows. He who can look is at hand; and that nothing can be more dreadful, up to God as his Father and Friend, beholds with when emerging from the valley of the shadow of greater delight the beauty of creation, and the hap- death, than the wrath of the Lamb, whose benignant piness enjoyed by countless myriads of the inferior smile they are now despising? animals, however minute many of them may be. Even the beautiful little Beröe, which sparkles amidst the waves, is beheld by him with interest and
TIME AND THE SOUL. with some degree of affection, when he remembers TIME grows not old with length of years, that his heavenly Father made it, sustains it, and Changes he brings, but changes not; has so adorned it with prismatic radiance, that, like New born each moment he appearsa floating fragment of the covenant-bow, it seems, We run our race, and are forgot. though mute, expressively to say: “ The hand that made me is divine.”
Stars in perennial rounds return, Our attention was drawn to this little Beroe by the
As from eternity they came, occasional iridescence of portions of its body, and
And to eternity might burnparticularly of the tiny paddles or ciliæ, sparkling
We are not for one hour the same. under the rays of the sun. It was the brilliant sun
Spring flowers renew their wild perfume, that rendered them radiant. Beautiful as they are,
But ere a second spring they fly; they have no radiance of their own. Their sweet
For life is longer than their bloombeams are borrowed. Their light comes from on
Our bloom is sweeter, yet we die. high-from the sun, God's treasure-house of light. Oh! should not we remember that it is only when we Yet stars, like flowers, have but their day, reflect the beams of a better sun—the Sun of Righ And time, like stars, shall cease to roll; teousness—that we can at all be said to shine ? We We have what never can decayare all darkness, and walk in darkness, till the day A living and immortal soul. dawns, and the day-star arises, and from the Fountain of light and life, life and light are given to us.
Lord God! when time shall end his flight, “Wherefore, awake, thou that sleepest, and arise
Stars set, and flowers revive no more, from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
May we behold thy face in lightArise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of
Thy love in Christ may we adore ! the Lord is risen upon thee.” Let us court the beams
J. MONTGOMERY. of this blessed light; for if we reflect their splendour Sheffield, October 4, 10:28. as we journey through the wilderness, we shall shine as the jewels of Christ's crown in our Father's king
THE ANGEL'S MISSION. dom above.
Another thing struck me. Though the sun was An angel stood on one of the bright eminences of shining, there were some of the Beröes that did not heaven, when, lo! a voice proclaimed, Go forth, my shine. Those that reflected the light from their servant, and receive from the dwellers of yonder spangled sides were easily observed; but the others, twinkling sphere the tribute they offer to the King being nearly the colour of the water in which they of Heaven. The angel spread his snowy pinions, and floated, would not have been observed by us had it directed his flight to where, on the remotest verge of not been for the shadow which, little opaque as they creation, a dim star faintly glimmered. He passed were, was formed on the sand at the bottom. Now, the shining orbs that roll in dazzling splendour here were beautiful creatures, with organs fitted to around the throne of God. Beings of majestic lovelireflect the light, but, somehow, they received not the ness and immortal grace peopled each mighty sphere. beams that were illuminating those around them. Each voice was full of melody, and every eye kindled Is not this the case with many human beings? They with the high consciousness of undying bliss, as its may be endowed with noble talents—they may have glance turned heavenward; for though perfect in the form of godliness—they may sit as God's people the immortality of their nature, they still looked to sit, and may seem to hear as God's people hear; but where the Invisible burned in light unapproachable they hear only with the hearing of the ear-their and full of glory. Yet he paused not, for he fulhearts are on the mountains of vanity, and the Word filled the bidding of his King; and on he sped, til which to others is the savour of life unto life, is to “thrones, dominations, princedoms" were all passed them the savour of death unto death. Instead of and on an orb of shadowy dimness he paused to fole
his wings. Ere he entered on the task assigned him, Among these was an old miser, named Amin, who he glanced with eagle-ken over the scene before him. had filled one of “ Joseph's Granaries" at the How unlike the glorious scenes of his native skies ! | last plenteous harvest. Day by day, as the fainine He scanned the earth. Vegetation lay blackened his corn-store, speculating on their sufferings, and
wasted his fellow-citizens, he sat upon the steps of and withered, for the frost had fallen upon its beauty calculating how he could make the utmost usury oat The forest trees had faded from their vernal loveli- of God's bounty. At length there was no more coro ness, and their discoloured foliage was shed upon the elsewhere; famishing crowds surrounded his storeground, or quivered in the autumn blast. The house, and besought him as a charity to give them a
little food for all their wealth. Gold was piled expanse of ocean next attracted his attention. It
around him--the miser's soul was satisfied with the i lay outstretched in placid loveliness. Its mighty
prospect of boundless riches. Slowly he unclosed waves rolled in upon the shore sublimely tranquil. his iron doors, when, lo! he recoils, blasted and But suddenly the tempest breathed upon it in its terror-stricken, from his treasury. Heaven had sent fierceness, and its mountain billows heaved in wild the worm into his corn, and instead of piles of yellow commotion, till the sky and main mingled in the fear- wheat, he gazed on festering masses of rottenness
and corruption. Starving as the people were, they ful strife. The sky, before so calm, where the stars
raised a shout of triumph at the manifest judgment; reposed in glory, that, too, changed before him, and but Amin heard it not-he had perished in his hour dark clouds veiled its beauty, while the lightning- of evil pride. flash and thunder-peal kindled and shook the heavens.
[Reader, be not like Amin! The strife of elements was new to him. He turned
Of what have you a store ? Is it of money? Then away and sought the dwellers of the dark tempestu- hoard it not. There are many without bread, and ous isle. A city reared its massy piles before him. more without Bibles. Give as God has given Fou; He entered the crowded streets, and passed the for he has given you, that you may give; and if you portals of one of its stately palaces. It was the hour do not give, God may take. of mirth; the wine cup sparkled and the song went
Is there any talent which you might cultivateround. There was light in every eye, and the elastic
any opportunity of usefulness which you might imstep was buoyant with exulting mirth. They mingled prove-any means which you might employ, for the in the labyrinthian mazes of the giddy dance, in the benefit, spiritual and temporal, of those around you, fulness of thoughtless joy. But the hours passed by, whom you see, or those at a distance of whom you and each turned homeward, and there the seraph hear? Then cultivate-improve-employ. Ye are sought and found them. But 0, how changed! only stewards-God is Lord, your Lord, and his eye Clouds were on every brow, and every step was
is ever on you. His book contains a daily record of languid. One and another he questioned --" Thy your doings. Here or hereafter he will juilge untribute to Him who made thee? I would bear the faithfulness.] offering to Him;" and the vacant stare or soulless laugh alone gave answer. Strange that the young
TEMPTATIONS-WHY THEY COME, AND and happy have no offering to-night for Him, the
HOW THEY PROFIT. glorious One (sighed the angel). Yet none of all the throng had aught to offer. He sat him down in WHEN a founder has cast his bell, he does not pre weariness, if weariness can fall upon any immortal sently fix it in the steeple, but tries it with his ham. nature. His eye glanced down the glittering streets, mer, and beats it on every side, to see if there be any to where a mild light gleamed from a humble case flaw in it. Christ doth not, presently after he ha: ment. He arose and entered the dwelling. By the converted a man, convey him to heaven; but sufiers bed of Death a fragile form was bending. The only him first to be beaten upon by many temptations, loved one of earth had departed. The freed spirit and then exalts him to his crown.-- Arrowsmith. had just sprung to its native skies, and she was left
Temptation is the fire that brings up the scuin of alone. Yet was the heartfelt consecration made: the heart.-Doston. “ Lord, I am thine. Thou gavest, and Thou, o Lord, hast taken away, blessed be thy name.” Joy value on Christ. Temptations will come; but if you
Put a low value on the world's clay, and a high beamed on the brow of the angel. “ Beautiful, though early fading is thy offering, o daughter of do not make them welcome, they will turn to svar
advantage.—Rutherford. earth! Thy Lord accepts and blesses.” A moment, and he was amid the exulting throng that wake the Seeing the saints must have a devil to keep them echoes of heaven. The light of his radiant smile was waking, I wish for a troublesome devil rather than beautiful in the sunlight of the skies, as he announced for a secure and sleepy one.-Ibid. the result of his mission. And the heavenly arches Did Christ die, and shall sin live? Was he crucirung again with the overflowing of immortal joy, as fied to the world, and shall our affections to the they heard of the bending suppliant of the midnight world be quick and lively? O where is the spirit of hour-so true it is, “ There is joy in heaven over one him who by the cross of Christ was crucified to the sinner that repenteth.”-New York Evangelist.
world, and the world to him ?--Ouen.
POWER OF THE GOSPEL. SOME hundred years ago, there was a great scarcity of corn in Egypt—the people were daily perishing PETER Links, a Namocqua, had a brother named of want; yet some avaricious merchants hoarded up Jacob Links, who was murdered when on a journey their stock until it became worth its weight in gold. | into the country with Mr Threlfall, the Wesleyan
missionary. After we heard of his brother Jacobs up a sect for himself. These are the things thrown murder, Peter, when speaking on the subject, said: at the natives, by which they try to secluce them from “O that I could find the murderer who took away us; but they have never succeeded in one instance. my brother's life! I would not care what distance Some of the teachers meet them very cleverly by say
might have to travel; I would not mind any ex ing: “You don't give us the Bible, but our teachers posure, fatigue, or danger; I would not care what ex do;" and that is generally what you may terin a pense I might incur, if I could only lay hold of that floorer; for they cannot answer an argument like man." Being aware that men in their savage state that. The Kareris will read, if they can get the books; herish an indomitable spirit of revenge, but believ- and they don't like the idea of being deprived of the ing Peter to be a decidedly pious character, I was a Bible. One of these Jesuits once tried to get them little astonished at his language, and rather hastily to worship his crucifix; but they said, “Why, do you inquired: “Well, supposing you could find the man, suppose we are going to worship an idol? ” and turned what would you do to him ?” “Do to him?" said from him with contempt.- Abbot. Peter, “Mynbeer, I would bring him to this station, that he might hear the Gospel, and that his soul might be converted to God."--Shaw's Memorials of
THREE CLASSES. South Africa.
The whole world may be divided into these three ranks and orders of men: Those who, having found
God, resign themselves up to his service; those who, THE BEST EPITAPII.
having not yet found him, do indefatigably search A man's best monument is his virtuous actions. after him; and lastly, those who have neither found Foolish is the hope of immortality and future praise, hin nor are inclined to seek him. The first are happy by the cost of senseless stone, when the passenger and wise; the third are unhappy and fools; the shall only say: “ Here lies a fair stone and filthy second must be owned to be wise, as they own themcarcass." That can only report thee rich; but for selves to be unhappy.-Pascal. other praise, thyself while living must build thy monument, and write thine own epitaph in honest and honourable actions. Those are so much more
A QUESTION. noble than the other, as living men are better than dead stones. Nay, I know not if the other be not
A LITTLE boy on his death-bed was urging his father the way to produce a perpetual succession of infamy, to repentance, and fearing he had made no impreswhile the censorious reader finds occasion to com- sion, said: “Father, I am going to heaven; what ment on thy bad life. Every man's heart is a tomb, / shall I tell Jesus is the reason why you won't love and every man's tongue writes an epitaph upon the well behaved. Either, then, I will procure une such him?”. The father burst into teors; but before he a monument to be remembered by, or it will be bet- could give the answer his dear Sabbath-school boy ter to be inglorious than infamous.-I1ull.
had fallen asleep in Jesus.
TELLING TOO MUCH.
Miscellaneous. "The tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things." Persons who tell a great many stories and remark
Reasons are the nillars of the fabric of a sermon, able events, are very apt to say too much.
but similitudes are th windows which give the best Persons who have heard some one express a con
light. The faithful minister avoids such stories jecture that a thing is so and so, and then go and tell
whose mention may suggest bad thoughts to the that it is so, most certainly say too much. Persons
auditors, and will not use a light comparison to make who are in the habit of telling all they know, are very
thereof a grave application, for fear lest his poison liable to tell a little more.
go further than his antidote.-Fuller. Persons who are in the habit of saying things to Rich people who are covetous, are like the cypress their friends in confidence, are apt to make too many tree—they may appear well, but are fruitless; so rich confidential friends, and may find to their sorrow, and persons have the means to be generous, yet some are to the sorrow of others, that they have said quite too not so. But they should consider they are only trusmuch.
tees for what they possess, and should show their Nature has given us two ears, and but one tongue. wealth to be more in doing good, than merely in
having it. They should not reserve their benevolence
for purposes after they are ded; for those who give THE ENEMY SOWING TARES.
not till they die, show that they would not then, if
they could keep it any longer.-Hall. The Roman Catholic priests are among the Churches
We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres, or at Arracan (in Asia), trying to shake their conti
a little money; and yet for the freedom and command dence in us. They say we are not regularly ordained, of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our and are not descended from the apostles, which they being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourare; and they say we have no right to administer the selves as under no obligation !-Seneca. ordinances, and if they are baptized by us, they will When a man's desires are boundless, his labour is not be saved. They do not dare to say anything endless; they will set him a task he can never go against us. They allow that we are pretty good sort through, and cut him out work he can never finish. of men, as far as they know, but that we are not quali- the happiness which he aims at ever at a distance.
The satisfaction which he secks is always absent, and fied to baptize. They say we are the followers of a
He has perpetually many things to do, and many man named Luther, who got drunk, and wanted to things to provide; and that which is wanting cannot get married, so he seceded from the Church, and set be numbered.-Balguy.
" Christ is all."-COL. iii. 11.
Thy depth of mercy prove,
Thou vast, unfathomable sea "He is not a Jew which is one outwardly."-Rom. il. 8.
Of unexhausted love!
Christ is all; he is the great all, as one calls him.
Heaven and earth, time and eternity, grace and glory,
are all in one Christ. He supplies the spiritual wants But I of means have made my boast,
of his spouses. Do you want life? · He that hath of means an idol made ;
the Son hath life.” Do you want grace? Close with The spirit in the letter lost-1
Christ, and he will give you grace—abundance of The substance in the shade.
grace. Do you want peace? Close with Christ, and Many have clean hands, but unclean hearts. They he will give you peace. Do you want strength and wash the outside of the cup and platter, when all is
righteousness-righteousness for justification, and filthy within. Now, the former without the latter strength for sanctification and obedience ? Close profiteth a man no more than it profited Pilate, who
with Christ, and he will supply you with abundance condemned Christ, to wash his hands in the presence
of both. Do you want joy and consolation? Close
with Christ, and he will in due season till you with of the people; he washed his hands of the blood of Christ, and yet had a hand in the death of Christ. joy and consolation; he will comfort your hearts. The Egyptian temples were beautiful on the outside,
He supplies all the outward wants also of his spouses, but within you shall find nothing but some serpent and that so as that they want no good thing. They or crocodile. Judas was a saint without, but a sin want no outward good thing, but what the want!! ner within-openly a disciple, but secretly a devil.
thereof is better for them than the enjoyment of it -Mead,
would be.--Pearse. SATURDAY
WEDNESDAY. " Blessed are ye that hunger ?"-Luke ii. 21.
"I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where Bless'd are the souls that long for grace
I am there ye may be also."-JOAN xiv. 3.
With earnest desire after thee we aspire,
And long thy appearing to see ;
Till our souls thou receive in thy presence to live,
And be perfectly happy in thee. nothing can put it off or satisfy it but Christ. The That which makes paradise a paradise indeed, is to truly hungry soul will not be pleased with the best be with Christ there. “ With me; thou shalt be duties, ordinances, ministers, sermons, sacraments, or with me in paralise." What would a paradise be any other thing without Christ. The hungry soul without Christ? What would heaven be, tbough will adventure on the greatest difficulties for Christ- | angels be there, and the spirits of just men made per: he will part with anything for him. All the treasures, fect be there, if Christ were not there? ** W honu honours, music, or comforts of life cannot satisfy have I in heaven but thee?” As if the Psalmist had him; none but Christ the soul's food. True hunger said, Heaven would not be a heaven to me, were it will put him upon the use of all means, and make not for thee. Christ's being with the soul here, nrakes him content to take Christ on any terms, and put a a heaven here; and the soul's being with Christ here blank in his hand, and say: “Lord, what wilt thou after, makes a heaven hereafter. Would not bearen have me to do?” I will subscribe to anything, only be a Baca, a valley of tears--a Bochim, a house of give me Christ-give me food to my starving soul. - mourning—if the soul were not to find Christ there : Willison,
"Forgive us our debts."- MATT. vi. 26. SABBATH.
Jesus, friend of sinners, hear, “ Rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom."-JAMES ii. 5.
Yet once again I pray:
From my debt of sin set clear,
For I have nought to pay.
The impenitent unpardoned sinner hath a rast debt
upon him that will surely undo him, unless he doth To others God has given Ishmael's portion—the fat in time get a discharge. He is bound over to suffer ness of the earth; to you, Isaac's—the graces of the the wrath of God for evermore, and no hand can covenant. Their portion is paid in brass--yours in loose him but God's. Many times they think of no gold. Many of you are poor in the world; but what such matter, and cry, “Peace, peace,” to themselves; is the dust of the earth to the fruits of the Spirit ? | but it is not the debtor which must cancel the book You are troubled that you have no more of the but the creditor. Have you a discharge from God! world; it may be if you had more gold, you would where's your legal qualification ? Poor creatures, what have less grace.
You consider not how many are will you do? Many take care that they may owe poor and wretched in both worlds-moneyless and nothing to any man; oh! but what do you owe to Christless too.-Flavel.
God? To live in doubt, and in fear of an arrest_0
what misery is that! But when sin lieth at the MONDAY.
door, ready to attach you every moment, and bale " When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold."
you to the prison of hell-that's most dreadful. JOB xxiii, 10.
Therefore think of it seriously-how do accounts My God is my guide; thy mercies abound;
stand between God and you ?- Manton.
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throughout the Kingdom,
THE CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
A CONGREGATION'S OBJECT, WISHES, AND HOPES, IN CHOOSING A MINISTE..
(Translated from the German for the CHRISTIAN TREASURY.)
What would we be about? To have a man us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same called in the name of the Lord to an office day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained which, because of its mighty and sacred imto be a witness with us of his resurrection."- ACTS . 21, 22.
portance, ranks, undoubtedly, as the first-born Tucs spake Peter and John to the assembled amongst offices on earth; for we say with disciples — to the hundred and twenty who Paul : “If a man desire the office of a bishop, were gathered together. They had to fill the he desireth a good work.” 0 office of offices ! place of the twelfth apostle; and the appoint- whose prospects are not, as others, limited to ment of one to fill this place was a matter of time, but whose high aim penetrates into a far no little importance. So it is with the business distant eternity. Glorious employment ! which that is now to occupy us — the calling of a strives not, as others, for that which is perishfourth pastor to our congregation. There is no able, but which, with holy ardour, presses on essential difference between the cases, The towards the regions of unfading immortality. O object that has this day brought us together is office without equal! whose purpose is to draw of a similar character; our desires are the same. down, yea, which hath the promise of being able May the similarity of our proceedings with to draw down, heaven to earth—to span the river those of the apostles issue in a like glorious of death with the golden bridge of mercy--to result! Although it may not be a Matthias straw the bony field of mortality with the bright that is given to us, may it be a man after God's sparks of an imperishable life. Praise-worthy own heart !
office! instituted by the King of kings, which An hour like the present demands reflection. spoils “the prince of this world” of his usurpBelieving, however, that I understand your ed possession—which banishes the dark shade sentiments and feelings, you will permit me to of death through the instrumentality of a torch be the interpreter of them. In few words, lighted by God himself— which causes streams therefore, let me state, first, what is our object; of joy and peace to How through this vale of secondly, what are our wishes; and thirdly, what tears, and which, by the grace of Godi, plants are our hopes.
lilies and roses that will bloom in unfading 1. What is our object ? It is one of no trivial beauty around the throne of the Lamb. importance. We are about to engage in a To seek for this high and holy office a man work, the consequences of which it is impos- who, we have reason to believe, has received a sible to estimate; for they have reference to large measure of divine gifts—this is the truly eternity.
great object for which we are now met toge. The work which the Lord has reserved for ther—this is the duty which must be so far us is nothing less than the giving of a preacher discharged by our dear congregation; and can to Jerusalem. In this he has called us to be we, on so hallowed an occasion, be animated fellow-workers with himself. Glorious calling! by any other spirit than that of deep solemnity Honourable prerogative! Precious constitution and gratitude, not unmixed, however, with of our Church ! May it live, and flourish, and sighs and supplications ? This hour is as imbe transmitted unimpaired to the latest gene- portant as that in which Peter said : “So must rations! What is that in which we are about one of these men be ordained to be a witness to engage? We are, as men would say, about with us of his resurrection.” O that we may to choose a preacher. Yet the choice is already have the same spirit which influenced the hunmade-fixed-decided. It is to the divine de- dred and twenty when these words were adcision that we are to have respect; and, thus dressed to them! considered, we are the bill-distributers—the What is the object we have in view ? A heralds of the Lord. How desirable that we work is to be gone about of the utmost imexecute this trust conscientiously and heartily portance; for much depends on the qualifica– having nothing in view but God's will — tions of a minister. He may be pre-eminently reverentially committing the case to him, and a man of blessing; but he may also be a man not selfishly standing up for ourselves! It is who carries along with him a curse.
Who are not in a spirit of contention that we contem- they, above all others, that have wrought devasplate this election. We are in the presence, tation throughout the vineyard of our Church? in the sanctuary of God. May the Spirit Who, above all others, are chargeable with the purify our hearts, and instruct us in divine sin of that fearful, and almost universal declenthings!
sion from the faith of our fathers, that has No. 51.
February 13, 1846.