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row but important sphere in which it is their province | ficial effects. We are thus admitted to the most secret
Christian principles and Christian feeling, in recesses of the Christian's thoughts, and learn to symfact, can never be widely prevalent in our families, until pathize with their every feeling. As specimens of the a heart-felt interest in the concerns of the soul shall judicious remarks which Mrs Huntington made, in reanimate the mothers and daughters, around and among ference to the common affairs of life, we may select the us, to exert their all-powerful influence in recommend following :ing religion as essential to domestic comfort, and hap- “ I have had a very precious exercise this evening piness, and peace. Such was the benign effect through- for me. God grant it may prove to have been genuine ! out her whole life, of Mrs Huntington's holy walk and I have, for some time past, been in a very worldly, carconversation. She not merely professed Christianity, nal state, and Jehovah graciously chastised me. My trial but she lived a Christian ; and it is impossible to peruse was, in itself, a small one; but it was hard to be borne. the brief, but touching tale, of her character and experi. One of my domestics treated me in an unbecoming manence, without imbibing, for a time at least, somewhat ner, and when I expostulated with her, only continued of that calm, serene, and submissive spirit by which she to justify herself, and persist in her rudeness. This was habitually actuated.
circumstance led me to realize, how infinitely important The subject of the following Sketch was a daughter of it is that I should ever tread in the precise path of duty, the Rev. Achilles Mansfield, of Killingworth, in the state and never turn to the right hand or to the left, lest it of Connecticut, America. She was born January 27, 1791. should bring a reproach on religion. Such a sense of In early life she was characterized by the most amiable my multiform duties, as a head of a family, and of my and affectionate dispositions, which, combined with the entire impotence for their performance, rushed upon me, delicacy of her constitution, rendered her an object of that I was almost overwhelmed. But I was enabled unwearied attention and watchful care to her parents. to go to that precious Saviour, in whom there is a supThat she was impressed with the importance of religion ply for my every want. I think I was enabled to cast at a very early period, appears from a fact, to which she my naked soul upon him for wisdom, righteousness
, long afterwards adverted, that when very young she held sanctification, and final redemption from sin. And oh! a solemn consultation in her mind whether it was best to what a glorious method for the attainment of strength, be a Christian then or not, and she remembered having and faith, and grace, did it appear to me; and how come to the decision that it was not. This resolution, hateful did my lukewarmness in his service seem! I however, was not of long continuance, for it pleased God, only wonder that I was not a thousand times more afwhile she was yet a child, to cause the light of divine fected than I was. I think I was enabled to pray for truth to shine into her mind, and thus to call her effect the person who misused me, and to feel all enmity taken ually out of darkness into his marvellous light. From away, and a sweet spirit of forgiveness, and a desire this time she maintained a beautiful consistency of cha- that she should be delivered from the bondage of corracter, until, at the age of seventeen, she made a pub- ruption. Indeed, it seemed as if I was filled with love lic profession of her faith in Christ, and joined the church for all the world. Blessed Redeemer! precious, gloof which her father was pastor.
rious Pattern! enable me to catch something of thy In 1809 Susan Mansfield was married to the Rev. spirit while sojourning in this vale of tears! And may Joshua Huntington, junior pastor of the Old South that spirit and its divine fruits be consummated in the Church in Boston, Massachusetts. This union was pro- world of glory!” ductive of much happiness to both, being hallowed by a Again, speaking of domestic duties, Mrs H. observes, blessing from above. She and her husband walked to- " When I hear females, as I sometimes do, deprecatgether as heirs of the grace of life. Every day found ing the contractedness of domestic life, and eagerly them advancing in the knowledge and experience of panting after the employments and publicity of philosodivine things. As a proof of Mrs Huntington's intimate phers, statesmen, and legislators, I am led to think that acquaintance with her own heart, we may quote the my life, in the little sphere of my family, must be more following remarks, contained in a letter which she wrote varied than theirs, or they could not consider the duties about this time to a friend :
of the domestic circle as unimportant, or devoid of ex“ There is nothing so astonishing, My dear M., citements. It is true, if the meed to be obtained were thing that places the thorough, universal, and malignant mere human applause, the female part of the world depravity of our nature in so clear a point of view, as would have but little opportunity to shine ; and might our neglecting to improve the dealings of the blessed justly complain of the narrowness of their sphere, and God with us, which are all calculated to lead us to re- the insignificance of their lot. But when it is consipentance, and then finding fault with him for not giving dered that the quality of actions is determined by God, us ability to love him, (when all our inability lies in a and that, in his view, the person who tears from bis criminal aversion, the most unreasonable and unjust, to bosom a right hand sin, or performs a self-denying duty
, his perfect character,) and making that inability an ex- is greater than the hero or the conqueror considered cuse for not loving him. Oh, could we view this subject only as such, how is the case altered ! how does it digas angels view it, and as we shall one day view it, it must nify any station which is calculated to produce these fill us with wonder and astonishment -wonder at the effects The woman, therefore, who complains of the forbearance and mercy of God, astonishment at the mo- obscurity of her condition, feels and talks like a heathen ral degradation and turpitude of man. When I look She virtually professes to value the praise of men more into my own heart, and behold those endless replyings than the praise of God; and is likely, by her impiety against God which lurk there; when I think what and folly, to forfeit both." must be the fountain from which they spring, it would And, once more, the importance of early education seen as if I should be filled with repentance, as if I and training, is thus adverted to: should mourn, with deep and penitential sorrow, over “ There is scarcely any subject concerning which ? my unspeakabie, my amazing guilt.”
feel more anxiety, than the proper education of my For two years before her marriage Mrs Huntington children. It is a difficult and delicate subject ; and the had kept a journal, in which she recorded, from time to more I reflect on my duty to them, the more I feel how time, the Lord's dealings with her. This journal she much is to be learned by myself. The person who unresumed some years after, under “a conviction,” as dertakes to form the infant mind, to cut off the distort
of the expediency of taking down ed shoots, and direct and fashion those which may, in written memorials of special mercies.” The practice due time, become fruitful and lovely branches, ought to has been very frequent among Christians, in all ages, possess a deep and accurate knowledge of human nature
. and it has, no doubt, been attended with the most bene- | It is no easy task to ascertain, not only the principles
she expresses it,
and habits of thinking, but also the causes which pro- , for the satisfactory evidence he gave of preparation for duce them. It is no easy task, not only to watch over the great change, and for the spiritual comfort he enactions, but also to become acquainted with the motives joyed amid his bodily pains, and in prospect of death! which prompted them. It is no easy task, not only to I would bow at the solemn rebuke, and say, Thy will produce correct associations, but to remove improper be done! God of mercy, support, comfort, and sanctify ones, which may, through the medium of those nameless occurrences to which children are continually ex- On Mrs Huntington's return to Boston, from attendposed, have found a place in the mind. But such is ing the death-bed of her father, the pain in her side and the task of every mother who superintends the educa- weakness in her chest, which had so much alarmed her tion of her children. Add to this the difficulty of main- friends, began to develope themselves more strongly taining that uniform and consistent course of conduct than ever. And yet she preserved the most cheerful which children ought always to observe in their parents, and happy frame of mind. Many,” she says in her and which alone can give force to the most judicious Journal, “ who have no knowledge of the subject from discipline; and, verily, every considerate person must experience, think that religion makes men gloomy. I allow, that it is no small matter to be faithful in the know nothing of such religion. How can that which employment of instructors of infancy and youth. Not prepares us for afflictions, which teaches us to expect only must the precept be given, 'Love not the world;' disappointments, which lowers our calculations and debut the life must speak the same. Not only must we sires from this world, which resolves all things, with exhort our infant charge to patience under their little sweet complacency, into the will of the all-wise and allprivations and sorrows, but we must also practise those merciful Governor of the universe, which assures us higher exercises of submission which, they will easily that Jehovah is pledged to make all things work toperceive, are but the more vigorous branches of the gether for good, which gives to the soul, in this wildersame root whose feeble twigs they are required to cul- ness, a foretaste of heaven, and a hope attested by evitirate. Not only must we entreat them to seek first dence which God himself has prescribed, of ultimate the kingdom of God, but we must be careful to let admission to the joys of his immediate presence,-how them see that we are not as easily depressed by the can such a principle make men gloomy? It is impossifrowns, or elated by the smiles, of the world, as others. ble. O yes, I can say from experience, · Thou wilt In short, nothing but the mospersevering industry in keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on the acquisition of necessary knowledge, the most inde- thee; because he trusteth in thee.' So far as I can fatigable application of that knowledge to particular trust in God and love his will, so far I am happy. Ob cases, the inost decisive adherence to a consistent course for more continual, more perfect resignation and confiof piety, and, above all, the most unremitted supplica- dence! I know that what he appoints is best. May this tions to Him who alone can enable us to resolve and conviction have an abiding influence upon my feelings act correctly, can qualify us to discharge properly the and conduct. My soul, 'trust thou in the Lord for duties which devolve upon every mother.”
ever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.'" Mrs Huntington's constitution, which had never been “ In the world you shall have tribulation," was the robust, appears to have exhibited, shortly after her express declaration of our blessed Redeemer to his faithfaarriage, symptoms of a tendency to consumption. ful servants, while on earth, and the truth of the stateBut, even under a consciousness of this, her zeal for ment has been uniformly admitted by Christians in ihe honour of ber God only seemed to gather strength. every age of the world. To the subject of our present She longed to be useful in advancing the divine glory. sketch, however, tribulation' was more especially
My lungs are very weak. I often feel great dis. familiar. In addition to her own bodily ailments, which tress from very slight exertions in talking. O how do were frequent and severe, she was subjected to inany I wish that my little strength may be devoted to the domestic trials of a kind remarkably painful. She had cory of God; that my breath may not be wasted by recently been called to mourn the loss of her father, and, idle and useless conversation! How dreadful to think in December 1817, she was deprived of her mother. that I have employed my health no better, for the best The letter written to her sisters, on receiving the disof Fathers, and in the best of causes! I long to do tressing intelligence, bears marks of a warmly pious and some good in the world. I long to be useful to my affectionate heart. dear fellow-creatures. I long to see all engaged for “My dear sisters, the long expected, but melancholy God. Ob that these desires may be attained! I had and afflictive tidings of our beloved mother's dissolusome sweet freedom in prayer this morning. I felt that tion, reached me on Wednesday last. The stroke has I could go to God, through Christ, as my Father. I fallen, and we are without a parent. But the Psalmist think I felt something of the spirit of adoption, and says, When my father and my mother forsake me, saw something of the preciousness of Christ; remem- then the Lord will take me up.' Oh to be taken up, vered with satisfaction and thankfulness, that he had to be adopted, taken into God's family; to have him Todden the rugged path of human life, and the rough exercise over us the endearing, the watchful, the vigidescent to the valley of death, and smoothed them both lant attention and care of an omniscient and Almighty for his children ; and felt as if I could follow where he Parent ! But in order to this, something is necessary had led the way.”
on our part. As God promises to be the husband only While in this state of weakness, it pleased the Al- of the widow indeed,' so he promises to be the father mighty to withdraw from her a kind and tender parent, only of the orphan indeed ; of those who, disclaiming to whom she was fondly attached. Still she could bow all other dependance, fly to him, through Jesus Christ, with resignation to the stroke, saying, by her whole de- as their best, their only portion ; who feel the vanity portment on that trying occasion, It is the Lord; let of all human helpers; who love him with a filial and him do what seemeth to him good."
holy love; and who manifest their attachment by a " " The conflict is over. My dear father, who loved hatred of sin which he hates, by a pursuit of the holime as himself, is gone, never to return! I may say with ness he enjoins, by a life of unreserved obedience to his the apostle, I am 'troubled, but not forsaken ; cast law. For how can we love God, if we are careless of cown, but not destroyed.' But the wound is deep; it offending him? How can we for a moment think we can never be healed. Dear man! I dwell too much on love him, if we allow ourselves in any thing he hates ? the mere earthly circumstances of this afflicting event. * This is the love of God, that we keep his cominandI ought to look beyond the veil. His sufferings were ments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not great ; it pierces my heart to think of them. But what his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in were they to the glory now revealed ? Blessed be God | him.' My dear sisters, can we, with these passages of
Scripture before us, appeal to our Master and future tion with me at that time, worthy of being recorded as Judge, as Peter did, and say, “Lord, thou knowest all I felt it to be, I regret that I am compelled to say, las things, thou knowest that I love thee?' If so, then escaped my memory. I will, however, add a few parare we the children of God, heirs of God, and joint- | ticulars, in the unconnected manner in which they ocheirs with Christ ; then are we preparing for heaven; cur to my recollection, then our God will lead us in a right way to the city of " I remember asking her, on the day succeeding the habitation; he will smooth the path of life, or give us death of Mr Huntington, if it required an effort to be strength to surmount every difficulty of the way, ac- submissive. She answered, 'I am enabled to bless companying every cross with his blessing, and ultimate-God, that I have not had to contend with an unbelierly bring us to the heavenly Jerusalem, the inner temple ing thought I would rather have endured the agony of his glory, to the full and endless enjoyment of him of separation, than that my dear husband should have self in heaven.
borne it. I can truly say, “ 'Tis the survivor dies.'' “ Is it so, my beloved sisters ? Dust and ashes, pol- “ On another occasion she said to me, . The bitterlution and guilt as we are, does the infinite Jehovah ness of my grief can be known only to God and my own allow us to indulge such a hope as this ! And can we soul. But I think I can say, ' Though he slay me, yet live in sin ? Can we live without panting after grace to will I trust in him, and can lay hold on the band that glorify Him much, from whom we have received all ? smites, for support. But, oh, the loneliness of widowCan we go on day after day, and month after month, hood! I am as Peter sinking in deep waters.' doing nothing for his glory, for his cause, for his peo- “ The resignation and calmness she was enabled to ple? Time flies. We are drawing near to eternity.” feel, she ascribed “to the mercy of God, in answer to
Though the sphere in which Mrs Huntington's cha- | the prayers of his dear people,' many of whom, she knew, racter shone in its brightest lustre was the domestic constantly remembered her in their supplications." circle, she felt a sincere delight in doing good to all Her own feelings are thus recorded in her Journal:as she had opportunity." She visited the humble " The desolating stroke my soul was dreading, when dwellings of the poor, ministered to their wants, sym. I last wrote in this journal, has fallen upon me. Yes, pathized with them in their distresses, and directed their it has fallen upon me; and I live. What shall I say? minds to the “ balm in Gilead, and the physician there." -The right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly, or I An interesting case of this kind, she thus narrates:--- should now have dwelt in silence. Wonderful grace!
“ I called in, by accident, as we say, to-day, at a He that hath loved me bore me through. His evermiserable-looking house, where I found a poor afflicted lasting arm was under me. He taught and enabled me woman, of twenty or twenty-three years of age, whose to say, Thy will be done. To him be glory. The case affected me much. She has one child three months being I loved better than myself, has left me in this old, and one eighteen months old; is in miserable wilderness. He on whom I leaned has gone over Jorhealth herself; and has an intemperate, unkind hus- | dan. But another arm, mightier than his, sustains me. band. She appeared broken-hearted, and almost bereft I can say, I humbly believe with truth,-Nevertheless, I of reason. She was born in
attended Mr M.'s am not alone, for God is with me. And I must again ministry, and was once the subject of serious impres- cry, Grace! grace! I am a wonder to myself. Oh! sions. But an imprudent marriage has ruined her, at the infinite grace of God! A worm is in the furnace, least for this world. She is in a wretched, dirty hovel, and is not consumed! And must I not love this strong with her husband's father and mother, and a flock of Deliverer' better than all ? Shall I not cheerfully give miserable children. All of them are addicted to drink; up my comforts at his command ? " quarrels among parents and children till midnight, are And some time after we find her giving vent to her frequent. I saw only the mother-in-law. But the scene feelings, in contemplating her desolate state. I witnessed was an emblem of hell. The poor young Surely I have reason, if any one has, to feel like a woman is in a state little short of despair. She says it stranger and a pilgrim on the earth. All the ties of is impossible for her to have a moment alone, and that near relationship, my children excepted, by which I her husband and mother-in-law will not let her read was bound to this world, have been, one after another, the Bible. She said to me, 'Oh! If I could go up and sundered. And now I wish never to have any of these stay at your house but one night!' It seemed as if God earthly ties renewed. My relationships are in heaven ; had directed us to the place; I hope for good. I can- I feel a peculiar, peaceful, melancholy satisfaction in not keep this poor young creature out of my mind. If this consciousness daily. It seems like a still, smail God sent us there to be the instruments of saving this voice from the world of spirits, admonishing me to be soul from death, what a mercy it will be ! Oh that the girding myself to my journey, and setting my face bomeRedeemer would pluck this helpless one out of the jaws ward. It is well, Father, it is well. Only help me to of the lion !
cling to thee for ever; only remember me, in life, and The period was now fast approaching which was des- in death ; and I ask no other portion. Thou knowest tined, more than all the other sorrows with which Mrs best. Do with me as seemeth good unto thee." Huntington had been visited, to try her faith, and pa- But the trials of this eminent saint of the Most High, tience, and Christian resignation. Her husband's health, were not yet finished. Some of her last earthly comwhich had for some time been feeble, at length began to forts were snatched from her, and she was doomed to yield under the pressure of his ministerial labours. His feel the bitterest pangs which can rend a parent's heart
. physicians recommended a cessation from his wonted on the 1st of September 1821, she thus writes in her exertions, and a change of air. He accordingly set out journal : on a journey as far as Montreal, and, for a time, felt “ The hand of the Lord has again touched me. himself considerably improved. But, in the inscrutable the twenty-fifth of last month, I was called home to providence of God, he was never permitted to reach receive the last parting sigh of my dearly beloved Joshua. home, but died at Groton, on Saturday, September 11, Thus the fond and cherished babe left me at a mo1819.
It fell upon me like a thunderbolt.Thus was this amiable and pious lady suddenly, and But my mind is conforted now.
My child, my lamb, by an unexpected stroke, written widow and desolate. is in heaven. He has gone to the Saviour, who said, Her submissive and exemplary patience under the pain- Father, I will that those whom thou hast given me, ful stroke, is thus noticed by a friend :
be with me, where I am.'. Amen. Lord, belp those “ There was, in her whole deportment, the most that remain to follow !" convincing and pleasing evidence of humble, child-like And again on the 8th of the same month : submission to the divine will. Most of her conyersa. "I go about from one room to another, but the places
and things which once knew him, know him no more. I trust he has blotted my sins from the book of his reI find not the object I seem to be seeking. My tears membrance. Oh, what should we do without Christ!" flow; my heart is full; I feel almost as if there were no As much debtors,' it was remarked, 'to free grace at sorrow like my sorrow. My mind does not leave every the end of our course as when we begin it' More,' thing here, and fasten itself on heaven, as it did when she replied, “far more ; for we sin against greater light my dear husband died. I am not comfortless; but I and love, after we are born again. Yes, it is all of free have not the strong consolation' which I then had. It grace. If it were not, what would become of me?' seems as if Joseph were not, and Benjamin were not. It was answered, 'You would have perished, justly But, oh, let me not undervalue my remaining mercies perished; but now, when you enter heaven, you will -my pleasant children, my thousand, my unnumbered stand before the angels, a monument of God's justice, blessings !"
as well as of his free grace, for he is just in justifying It was deeply distressing to one of such tender affec- those that believe in Jesus.' • Yes,' she replied, what tions as those which characterised Mrs Huntington, to a glorious plan! what a precious Saviour !' Oh, that I be subjected to trials so numerous and painful. She could love bim more! Pray that I may love and glorify had lost her dearest earthly friend—the companion, the him for ever.' husband of her youth; and now she is bereaved of a “ After prayer, she said, 'I hope you pray for me at darling child, peculiarly endeared to her, as being born other times, as well as when you are here. Ask for in her widowhood, and bearing the name of her de. me the continual presence of Christ, and that I may reased partner. But even yet the cup of suffering, honour his religion to the end.' It was answered, “We Iningled by an all-wise Father, was not completely full. constantly remember you in our prayers : many of God's A few days after the death of Joshua, another child, in people are deeply interested for you, and are continually whom she felt a very tender interest, as having for a supplicating the throne of grace in your behalf.' 'I long time been feeble, both in body and mind, was snatch- know it,' she replied; and that is the reason why I ed away from her, in the mysterious arrangements of have been favoured with such a comfortable state of Providence. On this last occasion, she thus writes :- mind; for Satan has desired to have me, and to sift me
" I live, though death has smitten another of my as wheat. I hope they will continue to pray for me ; number. Elizabeth was taken from all her sorrows and and may God bless them with the consolations they ask her sufferings, eleven days after my sweet babe. I have for me.' It was remarked, “He who said to Peter, ‘I. no doubt that both these little ones are in heaven. They have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not,' is, I trust conwere given to God; and they are not, because he has tinually interceding for you; and him the Father heareth taken them. As it respects Elizabeth, I can see that always.' She said, “I hope he does intercede for me ; the dispensation, which released her from a body of and that is one of my greatest consolations; for he will disease and death, which confined and cramped all the be heard. But, you know, he presents the prayers of efforts of the soul, and set the spirit free, to unfold and the saints; and I want the satisfaction of reflecting, that expand in the service of God, is a wise and merciful he is continually presenting many of them in behalf of dispensation."
me and my dear children.' Thus was Mrs Huntington, though still young in “ Friday, November 7. To the usual inquiry respectpears, subjected to many severe trials, all tending to ing the state of hier mind, she said, “Mrs Graham acpromote her advancement in holiness, and preparation curately describes my feelings, when she says, “ Thus for heaven. Her whole life, indeed, was chequered far has the Lord brought me through the wilderness; with varied scenes of prosperity and adversity, but bearing, chastising, forgiving, restoring. I am near to she felt that she was thereby called to glorify Him, Jordan's flood. May my blessed High Priest, and Ark in every possible situation, “who called her out of darks of the Covenant, lead on my staggering steps the little ness into light, and had chosen her as a vessel of mercy to
farther I have to go.' have had no rapturous views shew forth His praise."
of the heaven to which I hope I am going, no longings But we hasten to the closing scene of this devoted wo- to depart. But I have generally been enabled to feel a nan's life. Her health, as we have already said, had, calm submission, and to realize the fulness and the presince her childhood, been delicate, and though supported ciousness of the Saviour. I desire to feel a perfect reunder her manifold sufferings, by a strength far greater signation to the will of God, because it is his will. O than her own, her feeble fraine, at length, sunk under how sweet, to be willing to be just where, and just what, them. Her body, it soon became evident,' was wasting God pleases ! to rejoice that the Lord God omnipotent under a lingering consumption. Various means were tried, reigneth, and worketh all things after the counsel of to arrest the disease, but without effect. Her race was his own will. This, in its perfection, is, I think, a prinnearly run, and she appeared to be hastening to receive cipal source of the happiness of heaven. Pray that God the prize. It may be interesting to extract from the would enable me to feel thus wbile suffering from weaknotes of her pastor, some account of his last visits to her. ness and pain, and entering the dark valley.'
Tuesday, October 28, 1823. Called on Mrs Hun- “ Frequently, during her sickness, she had expressed tington about half-past nine in the morning. Found to her pastor a desire that he would, if possible, be with tuat she had failed considerably since my last visit. To her in her last moments. On Thursday, December 4th, an inquiry in relation to the state of her mind since he was informed, about three o'clock in the afternoon, Friday, she replied, “I think I have felt more of the that she had failed greatly since morning, and would presence of Christ than I did when I saw you last. I probably survive but a little longer. He immediately jave not had those strong views and joyful feelings with repaired to her residence, and found her sleeping, but which I have sometimes been favoured. My mind is very restless, and breathing with great difficuliy. She Weak, and I cannot direct and fix my thoughts as I once continued in this state, except that respiration became could. But I think I have fled for refuge to lay hold constantly more difficult, through the afternoon and on the hope set before me in the precious Gospel; and evening. About eleven o'clock the difficulty of breathhe who is the foundation of that hope will never for-ing became so great, as to overcome the disposition to sake me.' Then, with a most interesting expression of slumber. Intelligence, it was found, still remained. countenance, she said, I trust we shall meet in hea- She was asked if she knew she was near her end.' yen, and spend an eternity in praising our dear Redeemer.' She answered with a sign, in the affirmative. It was It was replied, “We shall, if we give him our hearts, said, “ I hope you feel the presence of the Saviour susand continue faithful to him unto the end.' 'I feel,' she taining and comforting you.' She assented. answered, that I have been very, very unfaithful. faith and hope in him are unshaken?' Her reply was But he is merciful, bis blood cleanseth from all sin, and in the affirmative.—A few minutes after, her sight fail
• Your All we
ed; and, at twenty minutes past eleven, her spirit en- / garding his beloved Son, and bids his creatures tered into rest.
beware lest, in their daring impiety, the anger * Her end was full of peace,
of the Lord break forth upon them.
know on the subject, is, that the Son of God, alThan her high triumph ; and resembled moro
though he be uncreated, underived, and unchangeThe unnoticed setting of a clear day's sun, Than his admired departure in a blaze
ably blessed, yet in his person, as the Son, he is Of glory, bursting from a clouded course."
distinct from the Father. What this is, we know
not, neither need we seek to know ; shall the worm DISCOURSE.
speculate on the nature of the man who is about BY THE REv. Walter WEIR,
to tread it under foot ? but the worm hath an afCupar-Fife.
finity of nature to him, although man hath none
to the infinite God; therefore, the sublimity of “ God so loved the world, that he gave his only begot this subject for ever forbids the approach of the
ten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should loftiest intellect. not perish, but have everlasting life.”—John iii. 16.
God gave his best, his greatest gift : Think of 1. Love may be either that of benevolence or of the dignity of the donor,-it is he whom the heaven complacency; the latter presupposes some worthi- of heavens cannot contain. Had he deputed anness in the object beloved, the former is more purely gels to be mediators betwixt himself and rebel disinterested, and is manifested towards objects un- man, how rich would have been his mercy, how worthy in themselves. It is plain, that in this great their condescension! And yet we see not sense alone, we can understand the love of God, so how they could possibly have accomplished the graphically described in the text. We appeal design; but this gift is one with himself, in dig. both to Séripture and experience, if there is not a nity eqnal, in power and glory the same, for Jesus general apostasy of our race from God; does not himself assures us, I and my Father are one." the general aspect of society justify the words of When angels sinned, God passed by them, although the apostle, “ the world lieth in wickedness?” Is occupying a higher rank in the scale of creation, not the alienation of our race so general, so and encircled with the omnipotent arm of mercy thorough, that ungodly men are said to " walk the fallen race of men, that the degradation and according to the course of this world, according to inferiority of the object might enhance the gift the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that bestowed. now worketh in the children of disobedience." Had the Son of God come to our world attend
Mankind are represented as universally depraved ; ed by millions of holy angels (for these all wait sin hath polluted their nature and separated their upon him,) how dignified his person, how august affections from God; so criminal hath our race his appearance, how gracious his design! but he become, that God could not, without an atone- came meek and having salvation, his face was ment, shew mercy to his creatures, with honour marred more than any man, and his form more to himself, and with safety to the interests of holi- than the sons of men. “God spared not his own ness; and surely, we need scarcely say, that were Son, but freely gave him up to the death for us all." a stain cast upon this attribute, his character Oh, there is indeed a mystery here beyond the would be degraded, his government destroyed, and conception of creatures; there issues from the his creatures lost in irremediable ruin.
cross of Christ a glory which sheds a radiance mirable the scheme of mercy, to save the sinner, through time, which fills with joy the souls of the yet to expose the guilt and demerit of sin, and to redeemed, and pours new lustre around the throne punish it with unmitigated severity !
of God himself
. Other gifts bespeak the kind2. He who was given for the salvation of the ness of our God, this displays the exceeding riches world is the only begotten Son of God. At the of his grace. God causes his sun to rise upon threshold of this subject we pause, feeling the pro- evil and the good, but such is the glory of this gift, priety of the divine command given upon another that the natural sun is lost in the effulgence of the occasion, “ Put off thy shoes from oft'thy feet, for Sun of Righteousness. God hath, in his providence, the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” often raised up saviours to rescue their fellow-men Men have thought much on this subject, and thus from oppression, but in contrast with Jesus Christ
, have presumed to write more, although the mo- and the greatness of his work, their glory sinks desty becoming creatures ought to have taught into insignificancy. The Lord is kind even to the them the hardihood of attempting to comprehend | unthankful, he loads even his enemies with goodwhat is beyond the grasp of created intellect. We ness; but this gift is beyond them all, in dignity know something of the perfections of God from without a parallel, in value beyond price. his works, but what he is essentially, we can only 3. Behold the cause of this gift. It is a fatal learn from Revelation ; and to go one step beyond error to conceive of the God of love, as having been the clear and explicit declarations of the Bible, is constrained to love his creatures for the sake of the to tread on forbidden ground ;—to advance one mediation of his Son, for “ the Father himself thought which is not guided, strengthened, and loved us ;” the mediation of the Son of God is upheld by the dictates of Revelation, is drawing not the cause of his love, but his love is the cause nich to gaze, when God hath wrapt in the recesses of that mediation. Mercy springs not from the of light inaccessible, the profound mysteries re- | atonement of the Son of God; the river of mercy