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Ilim who loved us with an everlasting love, and calling them to come to him “without money with great mercies hath gathered us.
and without price?” Has not a believing view In confirmation of these views, I may appea. to of that love melted their very hearts within them; experience; and first, to the experience of those, and the more freely he offered salvation, did who, whatever opinions they may entertain as to they not feel that he was the more to be loved ? the importance of religion and morals, have, never- When was it that they formed the strongest resolutheless, refused as yet to receive the Gospel in tions to aspire after all holiness of heart and life? its simplicity and freeness ; who have not yet been -when was it that they most cheerfully devoted so thoroughly humbled out of all self-righteous themselves to his service, and most ardently deconfidence, as to feel the necessity of casting sired to follow in his footsteps ? Was it not when, themselves at once, and altogether, on the free perhaps at the communion table, their hearts were grace of the Saviour, and who, consequently, have most sensibly impressed with a persuasion of his had no experience of that blessedness which arises love to them? And is not their own experience, from the free forgiveness of sin. I ask them, then, sufficient to shew that the Gospel is, in this hare they ever yet enjoyed real peace of con respect, admirably adapted to the principles of their science ? have they been able to look up to God nature, inasmuch as it exhibits a practical proof with affectionate confidence ? or, is religion to of the fact, that the very same grace which freely them a willing and cheerful service,—a source of forgives the sinner, sanctifies him too; and that any thing like lively comfort or joy ? On the con- so long as “ he that has had much forgiven, will trary, are they not sensible that the restrictions love much," so long the grace of God cannot be which they have themselves imposed on the free- a motive to licentiousness, but is, on the contrary, nless of the Gospel, have had the effect of keep- the real efficient spring of all holiness, as well as ing them under the constant bondage of fear; of all joy. that, in so far as they trust to their own righteous- Christians! frequently recal to mind your inness as the ground of pardon and acceptance with numerable obligations to the Redeemer : reflect God, they are resting on an insecure foundation, on the nature and magnitude of your offences-on which can ill support a living hope; that the the sufferings which his love prompted him te misgivings of their own conscience are quite suf- endure for you, and the invaluable blessings which fcient to prevent all peace and joy in the pros- you have received and yet hope for at his hand ; pect of an eternal world ; and that they cannot and feeling, as you must, that you have had much cherish any thing like habitual love to God, or forgiven you, Oh! see that you love much, and celight in his service, so long as their salvation show your love to him, as this poor woman did, is thought to hinge on the alternative of their own by your eonduct towards him. True, you cannot czedience? If such be the result of their own anoint his feet with ointment, nor show him the experience, it is to be regretted, not only because same personal attentions which she was privileged they are thus deprived of sensible comfort in to render, but his own Godlike words point out to religion, but far more, because they are left you the way in which you may still express your without that motive to holiness which would in- love to Him. “ I was hungry, and ye gave me sure their progressive sanctification. Nor will meat ; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink ;
I they ever be delivered from their present bondage, naked, and ye clothed me; I was in prison, and ye or taste the true blessedness of obedience, until visited me." < Inasmuch as
ye did it to one of the emptied of all self-dependence, they feel that least of these my Brethren, ye did it unto Me." * they have much to be forgiven;" and come, like the woman that was a sinner, or like the penitent
ANGUSINA, A GREENLAND CONVERT. publican, without any other plea, than that prayer,
The following is abridged from a very interesting work, entitled which never yet was sincerely uttered in vain,
“Greenland Missions, with Biographical Sketches of some of the * God be merciful to me a sinner.”
Principal Converts." May I not appeal, secondly, to those who have
ANGUSINA, the subject of the following narrative, was already tasted that the Lord is gracious, and ask, born at Tunnuliarbik, in South Greenland, in the year whether it is not the very consideration that much 1721. As yet no kind-hearted Missionary had set his has been forgiven, which is felt by them in their foot upon the icy shores of that country; but its inbest moments, to be the most constraining motive habitants were truly sitting in darkness, and in the shato a life of new obedience? Do they not know dow of death. The year in which he was born, howexperimentally, that love to the Saviour is the ever, was a happy year for Greenland; for soon after only sure and steady spring of progressive holi- The early part of the life of Angusina was spent in
his birth, in the same year, the Rev. Mr Egede arrived. niese ; and that the intensity of this love depends roving from place to place, in company with his father, on their views of the magnitude of their own four brothers, and three sisters. All that he was de. guilt, and the freeness of the Saviour's grace ? sirous of possessing, was an abundance of seal's flesh for When was it, let me ask, that they were most food, warm furs for clothing, and a house to shield him
He had no kind deeply penetrated by the amazing condescension from the piercing blasts of winter. and long-suffering patience of Christ ? Was it parents to teach him, and to pray for him, for their
minds were as dark and ignorant as his own; he had no not when they looked to his cross from the lowest Bible to read, no affectionate minister or Sabbath-school depths of self-abasement--when overwhelmed by teacher to instruct him, or to care for his soul. At one a sense of their own unworthiness, they heardhim i time he, with his family, lived in the South, at another
time at Kangek, a third at Disko, and thus continually | habitants of Greenland. For better a godly minister, changed his abode. These frequent changes may ap- however unlettered, than an ungodly scholar. In the pear to the eye which looks only on external things, to year 1752, he was admitted into the band of helpers, be the result of mere caprice, but in the words of the and from this time we are to view Daniel in the new Rev. Richard Cecil, The most trivial events may character of a preacher of the Gospel. determine our state in the world. Turning up one “ Out of the abundance of the heart," we are told, street instead of another, may bring us into company the mouth of this enlightened heathen overflowed with a person whom we should not otherwise have met'; early and late.” By questions and answers he endeaand this may lead to a train of events which may deter- voured to clear up the confused ideas of his heathen mine the happiness or misery of our lives."
countrymen concerning God, the immortality of the The truth of this observation was remarkably illus- soul, and the necessity of redemption.
“ And then, trated in the case of Angusina, for in one of their en- with a burning heart, and often with tears in his
eyes, , campments he met with Mr Drachart, and heard him he would recommend to them the faith as it is in Jesus.' preach the Gospel! At the very first tidings of redemp- | He received from the agents in trade, the distinguishing tion by Christ, he received such an impression that he appellation of the “ man of God,"_infinitely more determined to forsake the ways of the wicked, and de- honourable than the highest title that earth can bevote himself to the service of Him who had redeemed
Even in the storms of winter, he was
to be him by his blood. Thus was Angusina, by a special found wherever an awakened soul was to be met with. providence, brought in contact with the Word of God, This interesting individual, strange to say, could which“ is sharper than any two-edged sword,”—thus neither read nor write, but nevertheless there are some was he taught to know his fallen condition and the Gos- letters extant which were dictated by him. The folpel remedy. And we are told“ be determined to be- lowing is a specimen of the simple, yet forcible and come the Saviour's property, and take up his abode affecting manner, in which he expressed himself in one with the believers,” a circumstance which shows what of these letters:-“I have been this summer hunting a powerful effect the Gospel tidings had made upon his rein-deer, and, while I was wandering about in the wil. once dark and ignorant mind. The Lord, however, derness, I prayed our Saviour to lead and guide me by saw fit to deny the desire of Angusina's heart to abide his grace. For I know that I am a poor and wretched with the believers, for his father, whether unwilling to man, if he is not continually near me, giving food to part with his son, or wishing to impede his progress in my soul out of his wounds. My faults and infirmities Christianity, would not consent to his departure. As are numberless, but my Saviour knows them all, for be Angusina was not at this time sufficiently decided to knows my heart, and therefore I at all times address act for himself, he was constrained for the present to him as a sinner. Thus the Holy Spirit directs my abandon his purpose, and to accompany his family in heart to his wounds, and I feel that our Saviour loves their wanderings among the heathen.
me, who always chooses none but the poorest of men. In the autumn of 1746, Angusina and his family re- Therefore I need not be sorrowful. I will now tell you turned to Kangek, where he had first heard the Gospel my desire: you know how children are towards their of his salvation. We are not informed what the state parents, thankful and obedient—just so would I be toof his mind had been, during the interval of his former wards our Saviour. I am also sensible that I have had visit to that place: he now, however, again avowed two sorts of life. The first was in perfect darkness; his determination of joining himself to the Lord's peo- but our Saviour having sought and found me among ple; and as he was the eldest son, being about 25 years the savages, I now live in his light, in his blood. When of age, and having no family of his own, he asserted his we are sensible of our wretchedness, our eyes flow with independence, parted from his father, brothers, and sis- tears; but when we set before us our Saviour on the ters, and removed to the colony at Godhaab. The cross, we cleave to his side, as the nepiset-fish * to the next notice which we have of him is, that he was þap- stone; and all the time we retain a sense of our own tized, January 25, 1747, by the Rev. Mr Drachart, wretchedness. Here you have the thoughts of my under the full persuasion that he had believed with the heart.” heart unto righteousness. On this occasion he received To shew the manner in which he addressed his ignothe name of Daniel.
rant countrymen, we subjoin the following extract:In the year 1748, Angusina, or Daniel as he was “ It pitied the Creator of all things to see man involved now called, removed to New Herrnhuth, being desirous in ruin and eternal damnation. He himself, therefore, of residing with an uncle who had been baptized, and was made man like me and you,-laid down his life for professed Christianity. He had been steadily advancing us, and shed his blood, in order to set us free from sin since the time of his baptism, in the knowledge of the and the devil. Hence it is that we call him our CreaLord, and was indeed a crown of rejoicing to his teach- tor Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Deliverer. Now,
After his removal to New Herrnhuth,” says when we believe this, and are washed in his blood from Mr Crantz, “ he continued to grow in grace,—obtained all evil, we are made children of God; and when we a solid insight into his poverty and corruption,—and in die, we go to him, and remain with him in felicity una short time was admitted to the holy communion.” speakable. But that ye say, ye know not whether ye In the year 1750, he enjoyed the satisfaction of seeing have a soul, is not true.
Ye will not know it, nor care his wife admitted to a participation in the same ordi- for your immortal soul, because ye choose still to act nance, as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
according to your pleasure, and according to the lust of Hitherto everything had gone on smoothly with your flesh; therefore it is, that ye will not hear nor Daniel, but the Lord saw it meet that he should suffer understand, nor come to the believers; for ye know temptation. The circumstances of the case are not that a change must pass upon you, and ye think that mentioned; suffice it to say, in the words of Mr Crantz, ye can then have no more satisfaction. But ye are vastly " that he was prayed for, that his faith might not fail, deceived. I had formerly no true satisfaction ; but nor the enemy be suffered to triumph in the downfal when I believed in our Saviour, I began to be truly of this simple' heart.” The Lord heard their prayers, happy. As often as I think on his death and blood and used this temptation to humble him and render him shedding, my heart is light and joyful.” more assiduously faithful and vigilant. Ever since his From these passages, short and simple though they admission to the Lord's Supper, he felt a sincere desire be, there are many lessons which the more advanced to make kuown the “ glad tidings of joy” to his countrymen. It is unnecessary to say that he was eminently * A kind of shell-fish, well known to the natives of Greenland, qualified for the ministry of the Word among the in- which adheres to the rocks with remarkable tenacity.
and the more intelligent Christian of our own country, and died, departing happily to the Lord. Daniel was might learn with no small advantage.
so amazed and stunned at the stroke, that his self-posBut while Daniel exhibited such proofs of his ardent session seemed quite to forsake him; he even absented zeal for the conversion of his countrymen, the salvation himself from the Lord's Supper; but he soon found that, of his own relations, as might be expected, was espe- though“ no affliction for the present seemeth to be joycially near to his heart. The Christian is no Stoic, the ous, but grievous, it afterwards yieldeth the peaceable religion of Christ only tends to make the natural affec- fruits of righteousness to them that are exercised theretions purer and stronger. Daniel's soul burned with a by.” He was convinced of his error, and in three months fervent desire to see his dearly beloved father, and bro- after the death of his daughter, he again, as a comforted thers, and sisters, partakers of the same benefits with sinner, repaired to the table of his Lord. The effect of huimself and his wife. His anxiety soon became so pain- this affliction upon Daniel's soul, appears in the followful, that he was constrained to open his mind to the ing letter :Missionaries; at the same time, with earnest importu- “ These lines shall tell you the thoughts of my heart. nity, requesting their permission to undertake a journey | Last year I was not rightly happy, because one of my to the north, in quest of his family. The brethren daughters went home. But I soon felt that all was not endeavoured to dissuade him from his purpose, on well in my heart, and begged our Saviour for forgiveaccount of the various dangers that were to be appre- ness with tears; and before the winter came, he comhended, both for body and soul; but as he could find forted me again with his nearness, and gave me a happy no rest in his spirit, his urgent solicitations obliged them heart. Afterwards, at the great absolution and comto acquiesce in his undertaking, and they dismissed him, munion succeeding our winter-entrance, my heart was in the year 1753, with the blessing of the congregation, melted in a peculiar manner. Alas! the man that seeks in the company of Jonas, another of the Greenland and loves any thing else but Him, cannot enjoy his helpers.
grace. But those that are poor and wretched in themThese humble Missionaries travelled about 140 selves, those that stand in need of him and implore his leagues northward, declaring, like our blessed Saviour, grace, they experience it; for he came to relieve the their Master, the word of atonement wherever they met distressed. Therefore I will not conceal my sinfulness with any people, and especially among their relations. | from him, nor from his servants. They know me, and They soon returned to their friends at New Herrnhuth, as for him, he sees the recesses of my heart.” who were anxiously concerned for their safety, bringing Daniel no doubt felt anguish at the loss of his daugh. along with them some of their relatives. The labours ter, but this affliction proved salutary, for he immediately of this journey were abundantly repaid, for the whole looked upon earthly things as nothing and vanity, comof Daniel's family followed him, were baptized, and, we pared with Christ. He was not permitted, however, to are told, prospered in the congregation. In a letter of remain long behind his beloved child, and the hour of Daniel's, in which he alludes to his journey to the his departure was at hand. How well the Great Buil. Dorth, he says,
“When I visited the heathens in Kan- der of the Church had prepared and polished this living gek, I could think of nothing to tell them but our stone for the place which he was destined to fill in the Saviour's sufferings. Neither have I myself any in- spiritual temple above, appeared throughout the whole clination for other topics, for nothing is so agreeable to of his illness. In a letter dictated immediately before me as his passion and blood-shedding; and this is the his sickness, he says, “ I put my confidence solely in most powerful—this is the greatest thing we can tell my Saviour; he knows me best, and sees what I am mankind.” “I,” said the Saviour, “if I be lifted deficient in. He is our Teacher, Tutor, and Comforter." up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
Shortly after his re-admission to the Lord's Supper, Thus far the brethren had reaped much pleasure, and his fatal illness began with pains in the side.
The little pain, from this man of God. But they were now brethren immediately opened a vein, and gave him what about to experience that painful feeling which St. Paul they thought might be of service to him, but nothing speaks of when he says, “I am afraid of you, lest I have would relieve him. When they called on him, they albestowed upon you labour in vain.” Daniel had hither ways found him in a happy meditation and intercourse to walked humbly with his God, ascribing unto him all with the Friend of his soul. On the 2d of December, the praise; but now the praise of man gradually infused he said, with a peculiarly lively and cheerful look, “Now its subtle poison into his spirit, and so benumbed the it is confirmed to me that I shall go to my Saviour ; nor better principles of the inner man, that he was once in- will it be long delayed, for the wedding-garment I waitduced to make a vain- glorious display of his powers, ed for is ready. Oh! how well and happy am I! But which was “as the breaking forth of waters,” the breach how will it then be to me, when I, like Thomas, shall becoming wider and wider. The alteration in Daniel's lay my hand in his side, and say, “ My Lord, and my spirit soon became so visible, as to excite the anxious God!' Oh ! how will I thank him that he has chosen fears of the Missionaries on his account. His discourses me from among the heathen, has washed me with his were no longer attended with their usual unction and blood, has given me his body to eat, and his blood to power. Perhaps if the reader would examine himself, drink, and has kept me in fellowship with himself !" bis own conscience would tell him that poor Daniel is When Daniel was visited, December 3d, in the mornnot a singular instance of such depravity. The Lord ing, he was quite cheerful, and recommended his two did not, however, utterly forsake him, but led him back sons and their mother to the care of the Missionaries. into the way of obedience with the sharp rod of afflic- An extraordinary expression of love and peace exhibited tion. Daniel had one surviving daughter, a girl of 15 in his countenance was observed by all around him. By years of age, upon whom his affections rested with the degrees he lost his speech, and signified a wish to be fondest tenderness. She was able to read the Word of blessed for his dismission, which was done by the laying God, which she did frequently to her father; and was on of the hands of the Missionaries, and a farewell kiss, therefore endeared to him, not only as a child, but as and the whole was attended with deep emotion, and a an important assistant in the work of instructing his flood of tears from all present. The Missionaries left family and countrymen.
The world contained no ob- him, and had scarce reached home, when word was ject half so dear to the heart of Daniel as his daughter brought that Daniel was at the point of death. They Beata: his being, in every sense of the word, was, as it hastened back again, but it was only to behold the dewere, bound up with hers—to wound him here, would parture of this highly-favoured witness of Jesus into the be to wound him at the heart; but Daniel had deeply joy of his Lord. All who were around him at the mosinned, and upon this tender part his merciful Lord saw ment of dissolution behaved themselves as those who it necessary to inflict the friendly stripes. Beata sickened, have a lively hope ; yet they, together with the Mis
So mine shall be restored."
sionaries, embalmed his memory with innumerable tears. | enough for your pardon and for your justification ? This
His remains were, according to the Greenland custom, you cannot deny. “ If they were mine, however,” you sewed up in a skin; and being laid upon a bier, were covered with a white cloth, over which the following lieve it? Christ, in all his righteousness and grace, is
will add," which I cannot believe !" But why not beverse, in the Greenland language, was legibly marked in red letters :
offered to sinners in the Gospel—is offered to their immediate acceptance.
We are commanded to believe “ You bear me now to my repose, As once they bore my Lord;
without waiting for “ signs and wonders,” and without And as his sacred body rose,
waiting for fruits of holiness which are not antecedent On the day appointed for the interment, the corpse was to faith-you must begin with Christ; and 0, my dear, carried to the tomb by six Greenland helpers, and at- do not make that elect and precious stone a stone of tended by a large procession of Greenlanders and peo- stumbling, and a rock of offence-do not think you can ple from the factory.
enter into peace, or advance a step in religion, by step
ping past that elect One, who is the Rock of our SalvaA LETTER TO A LADY UNDER CONCERN tion. Go no farther without Christ-abide under the FOR SALVATION.
shadow of that great Rock. This you tell me it is your
desire to do, but yet your soul is not satisfied nor seved. BY THE Rev. JAMES SIEVERIGHT, A.M.,
Now, if you will dismiss all prejudices, and the reasonMinister of Markinch.
ings of carnal wisdom, and be content with what contents My Dear M; A week has nearly elapsed since every saint in Heaven, and if you will simply receire, I was favoured with your letter, and I am sorry at the and build on, what Christ has done, as your foundation, long delay which has unavoidably taken place in reply- and look unto him to make you complete, Christ ing to so interesting a communication. What a privilege will both save you and satisfy all your desire. What it is to us that the great Redeemer is not like man, on does God require of you but faith in his well-beloved whom, if a multiplicity of matters devolve, something Son,—and what is faith but to believe that Christ loved will be overlooked, or less attended to than the case re- you and gave himself for you, to purchase forgiveness, quires. But of the great multitude of souls looking un- and to bring forth his righteousness, that garment of to Jesus from all parts of the wide world, not one is praise, for your salvation? 0, put it on, and cast away overlooked by Christ, nor is help denied beyond the the spirit of heaviness for ever! “ Love thinketh no time of need. From the contents of your letter I may evil,"—think no evil of Christ, then, but cast away carinfer that your soul is more staid on the Rock of Salva- nal reasonings and objections of unbelief, (for, alas ! tion than it was the day you told me your troubles many perish because they are too wise, and reasoning, you then assured me you were thoroughly convinced of and presumptuous, and will not, as the Apostle says, beyour sinful guilty state, a sense of which distressed and
come fools that they may be wise,) and consult not with made you miserable; and you seemed truly desirous to what others have experienced, but in simplicity of unobtain relief—and when is real distress reluctant to be derstanding say,—"I am a lost sinner, ready to perish ; relieved ? I know you are not reluctant, for you were here is Christ declaring his power and willingness to breathing after relief with emotions of seriouɛness not save me, and crying 'come unto me.' I come, Lord! I to be repressed. Well, lay aside the knowledge of venture my soul on Thy love. Venture ? as if it were many things you have acquired touching experience and doubtful---help that unbelief! I cheerfully commit and duty, and suppose you had never heard a Gospel deela- willingly confide my all to Thee--yea, had I a thousand ration to this day—on that supposition this letter finds immortal souls in danger, in Thy hands, undoubtedly, a poor, contrite, broken-hearted sinner, bemoaning a lost would I confide them all.” O! give all to Christ, and state, and earnestly asking, What shall I do ? Now, in be assured nothing shall be lost! Well may the soul this state it is absolutely necessary to unlearn many tell to Christ things, and begin with the Gospel as if you had never
“ Nothing but sin 1 thee can give." heard it before. You are convinced of sin—you long It is a fit replyfor deliverance—you pant for salvation as the hart pant
« Nothing but love shalt thou receive." eth for the water-brooks—and what you seek, that de
And if you can only bring your soul to such actings of clare we unto you, in declaring Christ. It is the Gospel faith in Jesus,-if the Holy Spirit do comfort your conrecord that God, out of his great love to mankind, sent
trite heart with one hour, or one moment's looking unto his dear Son to suffer, the just for the unjust—to die, the Jesus in the simple, confiding, loving acts of direct beinnocent for the guilty—by the obedience of one to bring lief, a miracle of grace shall be wrought, and then in a justifying righteousness, and by the shedding of his
" I'm healed! set free ! from sin made pure, blood, to effectuate our redemption from the penalty of
Thy blood, my Christ, had wrought the cure ; death. And justice being glorified by the death of I feel a power my will control, Christ for our sins, and the law magnified by his obedi
Quench thy long drought my thirsty soul !
The living fountain now I've found ence in our stead, every obstacle is removed, and grace
Diffusing streams of saving health around. proclaimed in the sinner's reconciliation, pardon, and The Saviour call'd, the Spirit led me nigh,
What joys are these I feel I believing let me die !" acceptance with God—and it is only required of us that we believe God's love in giving Christ, and that we be- I write this under the impression that you are not lieve his righteousness is sufficient to justify any sin- yet escaped from bondage, and that you do still stand in ner, and his blood of price enough to redeem from any suspense; and if it is so, allow me to quote the first sins. Do you believe these things ? I know you be- lines of your letter to me :—“ Unworthy as I am, and lieve them,--but let us go a step further. Do you be- feel myself, I must not allow this consideration to delieve the righteousness of Christ, and the death of Christ, ter me from availing myself of the kind privilege you
granted me of writing to you. I cannot doubt you still hopes and joys He comes in His own glory, and His continue to feel the same unabated interest you expres
Father's glory, and the holy angels with Him; bearing ed for my soul.” Excuse the liberty of repeating your and in the other a blood-bought crown of glory; and
in one hand a divinely-wrought robe of righteousness, words. Now, has Christ erpressed no interest for He stands at the door and knocks--but the door is guls? What drew him from heaven to earth, from the
not opened to Him! and He stands there day after day, glory of the Father to the agonies and cursed shame of waiting and knocking, but still the door is not opened ; the Cross? Was it not the interest he took in souls- aye, that door, which was opened at once to every and do not his word and works, his life and death, ex- other guest, from earth or hell, is kept closed-barred, press the greatness of his interest in souls? and has not as with bars of iron, against Him; and He is left there he left sinners the privilege of believing on him, apply in vain? How justly has the human heart, in its na
standing and knocking—and knocking, but knocking ing to bim, and committing their souls into his hands, tural state, been compared to the inn of Bethlehem, and shall our unworthiness deter us from that privilege ? where every guest could find room, and every guest was No! Just go to Christ with such a sentiment as that welcome, except the Saviour of mankind !—WHITE. transcribed above. “Unworthy as I feel,” &c., “I will
Our Lord's Second Advent.-0 blessed Saviour, not let that consideration deter me from believing on Thee what a strange variety of conceits do I find concerning for salvation.” Why should we place such a reliance thy thousand years reign! What riddles are there in on the good will of a fellow creature, and yet be slow that prophecy, which no human tongue can read ! to confide in the Redeemer's love !_I am, &c.
Where to fix the beginning of that marvellous millenary, and where the end, and what manner of reign it
shall be; whether temporal or spiritual, on earth or in CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
heaven, undergoes as many constructions as there are Behold! I stand at the door and knock !—In vain do pens that have undertaken it. How busy are the we look for language in which to express, or an image tongues of men! How are their brains taken up with by which to illustrate, the stupendous condescension the endless construction of this enigmatical truth, when, of the Mighty God. An earthly monarch, descending in the meantime, the care of the spiritual reign in their from his throne, laying aside his regal splendor, and, hearts is neglected ! O my Saviour! while others weary in the garb and attitude of a suppliant, knocking at the
themselves with this disquisition of thy personal reign door of the meanest hovel in his dominions, and en
upon earth for a thousand years, let it be the whole bent treating its inmate to receive his monarch as his guest,
and study of my soul, to make sure of my personal Oh! this conveys no image of the infinite condescen- reign with thee in heaven to all eternity.--Bishop sion of the King of Kings. This is but the condescen
Hall. sion of one worm to another ; of a worm clothed in Needful Trials.-- The sufferings, which to Christ erine to a worm clothed in rags; and how can this were only glorious, are necessary to us. Our condition even shadow forth the condescension of the Almighty requires this treatment. We are sick of a disease which to & Xotin-of the Sovereign of the universe to a par
will yield to no other application. Into what excesses ticle of dust! Yea, more_infinitely more, the con
should we not run headlong without this seasonable descension of the insulted God, stooping to plead with a
restraint! Humanity, moderation, charity, and even rebellious worm ; the offended Sovereign of the universe, justice, are too seldom seen in the world, as it is: but stcoping to supplicate the sinner that has defied and the very footsteps of these virtues would not be visible despised Him ; entreating him to accept a free, full, upon the earth, if adversity were banished out of it. glorious salvation, even pardon, holiness, eternal bliss Eager appetites, clamorous passions, hearken to no all purchased with that offended Sovereign's agony and other call. The voice of reason cannot reach them. blood! Is not this a sight that may well make angels As full of unhappiness as the world is, men still find wonder? And yet perhaps earth affords a sight still more courage to be wicked; and the little of virtue that yet calculated to fill beaven with astonishment. It is man
remains among us, is chiefly owing to this salutary disTefusing to listen to a beseeching God; it is the creature cipline. We thank God, perhaps, when we do thank him, turning a deaf ear to the entreaties of his Creator ; it for prosperity; for health, plenty, success and honour. is the rebellious worm spurning the invitations of his We do well. They are the gifts of God's Providence, imploring Sovereign ; it is the sinner leaving the Saviour and demand our acknowledgments. But they are not standing and knocking at the door of his heart, and not the only blessings his goodness confers on us. Advermerely neglecting to open it, but keeping it fast closed sity should be added to the number of his favours, and against Him, and with cold contempt or scornful pride, remembered in our most devout thanksgivings. Blessed refusing to receive Him as his guest. And then to
be God for pain, sickness, disappointinent, distress; think how this insult is aggravated, by the readiness and every one of those various evils with which the with which the door of the heart is opened to every life of man is filled, and which are the subjects of our ether guest that knocks for admission there. First, the hasty complaints; evils, which are our greatest good; objects of our earthly love, all that have a just claim which afflict but purify, tear and harrow up the soul, on our affections, knock at the door of the heart, and but prepare it for the seeds of virtue. Blessed be God the door is at once opened, and they enter in and dwell that he is not so unkind as to try us by the most danthere. Then the world knocks, and the door is at once
gerous of all temptations-uninterrupted prosperity: opened—and the world comes with its train of lying that we are not undone by the accomplishment of our vanities, and cheating promises, and disappointing hopes, wishes: That he is pleased to chastise us with his and unsatisfying joys, and they enter into the heart and legitimate children, and with his dear and only begotten (well there. And then sin knocks, and the door is at Son; whom we hope to follow through the gate of the once opened—and sin comes in with its train of polluting grave to a joyful resurrection; and to be received by thoughts, and vile affections, and unhallowed tempers, him into those mansions whch he is now preparing and abominable lusts, and they all enter into the heart and for us in heaven; where he liveth and reigneth, with duell there. And then Satan knocks, and the door is the Father and Holy Spirit, one God, world without opened to him and he comes with his train of impure end.-OGDEN. and aceursed spirits, and they all enter into the heart, Though our enemies are potent, and we impotent, and dwell there. And then Jesus comes, attended by yet our God is omnipotent; and though we have a A train of holy and heavenly tempers and affections, I mighty foe, yet we have an Almighty Friend.-West,