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open before your view; suppose, that from what of your spiritual and practical. “ Should a wise man," asks prophetic history you had seen already fulfilled to the Eliphaz, “ utter vain knowledge, and be filled with very letter, you were completely convinced that all the the east wind? Should he reason with unprofitable rest of it must be correct; and suppose, that by turn- talk, or with speeches wherewith he can do no good ?" ing over another leaf, you had it in your power to know Christians should clearly endeavour to have what they all the future events of your life, and all the circum- call their religious conversation truly edifying. stances of your latter end, I would advise you not to Finally, In reference to the words of our Lord, forturn the leaf. The experiment would be too bazard- merly quoted, and which we have had frequently in view,
You might learn what would elate you with self- “ What is that to thee ? Follow thou me;" the other confidence and pride ; or, catching a glimpse of scenes lesson taught is, that every man ought to make it his too painful for flesh and blood, your heart might never great business to follow Christ. All other pursuits, again know the buoyant feeling of pleasure, and your however important, must yield to this. This is the one countenance never again be lighted up with a smile. thing needful. This is for a man to mind his own afIt is true that no such information is within your reach ; | fairs indeed. The things of God, of Christ, and of sal. but beware of indulging a frame of mind which has a vation, are every individual's own personal concern ; tendency to produce, in some measure, these baneful they are “the things which belong to his peace." To effects. Leave your future history under that cloud those who neglect this essential point, we would say, 0 with which divine wisdom and goodness have covered ye who can, without concern, hear urged upon you the it; and let it be your leading principle attend to the duty of immediate attention to your own salvation, and present. By habitually following this principle, you who habitually feel and act as if you would say,
" What will be always safe and always improving, and when is that to us?” is this really a thing foreign to you? what is the future shall come to be the present, that is this an affair which you can safely neglect for some sinful present will still find you with God.
pursuit, or for an inquiry into a secret or a trifle ? No, On a review of the whole of these observations, is it You will have to answer for this, whether it be not clear that we ought not to waste time, or perplex your pleasure to think of it or not. It will be impossible ourselves about things which either cannot be positively for you to shift off this concern for ever. Suffer it now settled at all, or, if they can, are of no practical utility ? to come home to your consciences, and be entreated, It is especially important that this should be attended without farther evasion, to mind your own momentous to by those who profess to teach practical religion, from business, and to go and follow Christ. And to those the pulpit or from the press. Though they ought, who, not turned aside by trifles, are indeed following generally speaking, to make up their mind and to give Christ, we would say, continue to follow on. Follow a decided opinion on the topics which they discuss, yet him openly, and not as if you were ashamed to be seen they ought neither to pretend, nor be expected, to in his train. Follow him cheerfully, and not as if you pronounce positively on every questionable point which were dragged wbither your heart does not lead you. may lie in their way; on the contrary, it is true wis- Follow him steadily, and neither stop nor stray on acdom to be silent when the Bible does not speak out. count of amusing vanities which may meet your eye as It is right, too, that they should themselves be acquaint- you pass along “ Turn not aside from following ed with what has been written critically, or controver- the Lord; for then should ye go after vain things, si ally, or even captiously; but, in many cases they ought which cannot profit nor deliver, for they are rain.
give the result of their researches, and a brief account Follow the Lord fully, like faithful Caleb of old.
the ground on which their opinion rests, rather than “ Follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth :" Thus y minute account of all the steps by which they have following him through the world, you shall also follow rived at that result. Nor ought they to spend tiine him into heaven, where you shall hear the voice of the
any such arguments or disquisitions, as are not easily harpers, and sing the new song, and where many things cable of being profitably applied. “ Neither give which it would have been hurtful or useless for you to lieed,” says Paul to Timothy, “ to fables, and endless know on earth, shall, to your unspeakable advantage genealogies, which minister questions rather than godly and delight, be clearly and fully revealed. edity ing. To be thus “ doting about questions and strifes of words,” is virtually, when their hearers or reachers are asking for bread, to give them a stone.
A DESCRIPTION OF THE CITY OF Christian teachers ought to be occupied in illustrating
DAMASCUS. and enforcing the great truths of faith and holiness ;
From “ Carne's Letters from the East." London, Colburn, 1826. they ought to dwell on whatever is most conducive to the conversion of sinners, and the edification of believers; The city of Damascus is seven miles in circumference; they ought to be perpetually urging the grand business the width is quite disproportioned to the length, which
is above two miles. The walls of this, the most an. of personal religion.
But the same lesson is here also substantially read cient city in the world, are low, and do not enclose it to all professing Christians. They have here the rule more than two-thirds round. The street still called of their private study. They are here reminded that it Straight, and where St. Paul is, with reason, said to is of little consequence how deeply they study, and have lived, is entered by the road from Jerusalem. It how much they know, if they are not following after is as straight as an arrow, a mile in length, broad, and the knowledge of God in Christ, so as to be led to well paved. A lofty window in one of the towers to evangelical faith and love. They are told that “know- the east, is shown us as the place where the Apostle ledve pufleth up, but charity edificth ;
that they may
was let down in a basket. In the way to Jerusalem is understand, as far as is possible, all mysteries and all the spot where his course was arrested by the light knowledge, and yet be nothing; and that, therefore, if from Heaven. A Christian is not allowed to reside they ivould be truly wise, they must sedulously culti- here, except in a Turkish dress: the Turks of Damasvate t que practical holiness. There is here, too, the cus, the most bigoted to their religion, are less strict rule o their religious conversation. Much time is often than in other parts in some of their customs. The ost, ( I all but lost, even in Christian society, in con- women are allowed a great deal of liberty, and are met
ce of an unwise choice of subjects for remark. with every evening in the beautiful promenades around hus
they often fix on whatever may bave been curious the city, walking in parties, or seated by the river side. deb ateable in the last sermon they have heard, or in The women of the higher orders, however, keep more he last book they have read, rather than on what may aloof, and form parties beneath the trees, and attended have been of unquestionable importance, and truly by one or two of their guardians, listen to the sound of
music. Most of them wore a loose white veil, but this ness, or go without. The numerous sherbet shops was often turned aside, either for coolness, or to indulge in the streets are a welcome resource in the suluy a passenger with a glimpse of their features. They had weather. The sellers are well dressed, clean, and teoftentimes fair and ruddy complexions, with dark eyes and markably civil. Two or three large vessels are chahair, but were not remarkable for their beauty. The stantly full of this beverage, beside which is kept a fruits of the plain are of various kinds, and of excellent quantity of ice. The seller tills a vase with the sherbet
, flavour. Provisions are cheap : the bread is the finest to that is coloured by some fruit, strikes a piece of ice a be found in the East; it is sold every morning in small snow into it, and directly presents it to your lips light cakes, perfectly white, and surpasses in quality Our abode was not far from the gate that condered even that of Paris. These cakes, with clouted cream, to the most frequented and charming walks around it sold in the streets fresh every morning, the most deli- city. Here four or five of the rivers meet, and forma cious honey, and Arabian coffee, formed our daily large and foaming cataract, a short distance from the breakfast.
walls. In this spot it was pleasant to sit or waik i This luxurious city is no place to perform penance neath the trees; for the exciting sounds and sizdou in; the paths around, winding through the mass of nature are doubly welcome near an eastern city io fel en woods and fruit-trees, invite you daily to the most de- the languor and stillness that prevail. A few cox lightful rides and walks. Summer-houses are found in sellers took their stand here, and, placing small seats profusion ; some of the latter may be hired for a day's the shade, served you with their beverage and the tale use, or are open for rest and refreshment, and you sit bouque. beneath the fruit-trees, or on the divan which opens We often went to the pleasant village at the food into the garden. If you feel at any time satiated, you the mountain Salehiéh. One of the streans passu have only to advance out of the canopy of woods, and through it: almost every house had its garden; and mount the naked and romantic beights of some of the above the mass of foliage, in the midst of them rose is mountains around, amidst the sultry beams of the sun, dome and minaret of the mosque, and just beyond te and you will soon return to the shades and waters be- grey and naked cliffs. The finest view of the eya neath, with fresh delight.
to the right of this place : a light kiosque stands paru Among the fruits produced in Damascus are oranges, up the ascent of the mountain, into which admissju i citrons, and apricots of various kinds. The most ex- afforded, and from its cool and upper apartment, for quisite conserves of fruits are made here, amongst prospect of the city, its woods, plain, and mountata s which are dried cakes of roses. The celebrated plain indescribably rich and delightful. The plain in frui
from the produce of which the rich perfume is is unenclosed, and its level extent stretches to the obtained, is about three miles from the town; it is a as far as the eye can reach. part of the great plain, and its entire area is thickly The place called the “ Meeting of the Waters” i planted with rose trees, in the cultivation of which great about five iniles to the north-west of the eiy. Her care is taken. One of the best tarts we ever tasted the river Barrady, which may be the ancient Abart, was composed of nothing but rose leaves.
being enlarged by another river that falls into it atua There are several extensive cemeteries around the two miles off, is divided into several streams, which is city: here the women often repair in the morning to through the plain. The separation is the result of ", mourn over the dead. Their various ways of manifest- and takes place at the foot of one or two rocky bay ing their grief were striking, and some of them very and the scene is altogether very picturesque. Le affecting: one widow was accompanied by her little streams, six or seven in number, are some of them 8. daughter ; they knelt before the tomb, when both wept | ried to water the orchards and gardens of the histo? long and bitterly. Others were clamorous in their la- grounds, others into the lower, but all meet at last cluste ments, but the wailing of this mother was low and to the city, and form the fine cataract. heart-breaking ; some threw themselves prostrate with The streets of Damascus, except that called Stras shrill cries, and others bent over the sepulchres without are narrow; they are all paved, and the road leziona uttering a word. In some of the cemeteries we often out for some miles to the village of Saleliti, observed flowers and pieces of bread laid on the tombs, neatly paved with dat smooth stones, and possesses beside which the relations sat in silence.
good footpath. Small rivulets of water run on dla The great bazaar for the reception of the caravans side, and beside these are rows of trees, with beleza at Damascus, is a noble building : the roof is very lofty, occasionally for the accommodation of passenge»; lite and supported by pillars; in the midst is a large dome. which is sometimes found a moveable coffee-seier, An immense fountain adorns the stone floor beneath, that ease and refreshment are instantly obtained. Ict around which are the warehouses for the various mer- houses of the city are built, for a few feet of the lume chandize : the circular gailery above opens into a num- part, with stone, the rest is of brick. ber of chambers for the lodging of the merchants.
The inhabitants dress more richly than in any de The large mosque is a line and spacious building ; | Turkish city, and more warmly than to the south
, but no traveller is permitted more than to gaze through the climate is often cold in winter and the BL! the door as he passes by. Its beautiful and lofty streams of water, however rich the fertility they dome and minaret form a conspicuous object in every duce, are said to give too great a humidity to the 1.* view of the town. Many of the private houses have a It would be a good situation for an European phron. splendid interior ; but there is nothing sightly in the and Monsieur Chaboiceau, a Frenchnian, who has to part that fronts the street. The passage of two or sided here forty years, being now eigiity ypants three of the rivers through the town, is a singular lux- appears to live in comfort and ailluence, las up ury, their banks being in general lined with trees, and tice, and is much esteemed The Great Sheik :) crossed by light bridges, where seats and cushions are tain, crowned with snow, is a fine and refreshing the laid out for the passengers. The bazaars are the most from the city; and large quantities of snow at ( agreeable and airy in the East, where the richest silks brought from it for the use of the sherbet shops and brocades of the East, sabres, balsam of Mecca, and the luxury of the more attuent inhabitants, tommy the produce of India and Persia are to be found. But private house of any respectability is supplies one luxury, which Wortley Montague declared only fountains, and in some of the cottee-houses a pont was wanting to make the Mussulman life delightful, is rises to the height of five or six feet, around its scarcely to be found in Damascus-good wine. The seats and cushions. monks of the convent have strong and excellent white We passed our time very agrecabiy here. So wine ; but a traveller must be indebted to their kind- | evening some of the friends of our host cance to side
converse, and we sometimes rode into the plain, at the sure that you are now in the right, and diligent, serious extremity of the line of foliage. The number of Chris- believers in the wrong, then stand to it before the Lord. tians in the city is computed at ten thousand, natives of Set a good face on your cause if it be good; be not the place, of which those of the Greek religion are the down in the mouth when it is tried ; God will do you most numerous, and there are many Roman Catholics no wrong: if your cause be good he will surely justify and Armenians. They appear to live in great comfort, in you, and will not mar it. Wish not to die the death or the full and undisturbed exercise of their religion and the righteous, say not to them, Give us of your oil, for their different customs. The intolerance of the Turks is our lamps are gone out.” If all their care, and love, and more in sound than in reality; in all our intercourse labour, in " seeking first the kingdom of God and its with them we found them polite, friendly, and hospit righteousness,” be a needless thing, wish not for it in able, and never for a moment felt the least personal your extremity, but call it needless then. If fervent apprehension in their territory, whether in towns or prayer may be spared now while prayer may be heard, villages, or when we met them in remote situations. and a few lifeless words, that you have learned by rote They are a generous and honourable people, and vin- may serve the turn, then call not on God when answerdictiveness and deceit are not in their nature.
ing is past, seek him not when he will not be found. The state of the Jews at this time in Damascus was “When your fear cometh as desolation, and your departicularly fortunate; the minister of the Pacha was one struction as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish of their nation, and they enjoyed the utmost freedom come upon you," cry not, “ Lord, Lord, open unto us,” and protection. Every evening they were seen amus- when the door is shut. Call them not foolish then ing themselves outside the walls with various pastimes, that slept, but them that watched, if Christ was mis and the faithful were looking on with perfect com- taken, and you are in the right. O sirs, stand but at placency.
the bedside of one of these ungodly, careless men, and
hear what he saith of his former life of his approaching CHRISTIAN TREASURY.
change—of a holy or carnal course—whether a heavenly
or worldly life is better-(unless God have left him Death-Bed Repentance. The dreadful change that to that deplorable stupidity which an hour's time will is made upon men's minds, when misery or approaching put an end to)-hearken then whether he thinks that death awakes them, doth shew how little they know God or the world, heaven or earth, soul or body, be themselves before. If they have taken the true esti- more worthy of man's chief care and diligence, and then mate of themselves in their prosperity, how come they judge whether such men did know themselves in their to be so much changed in adversity? Why do they health and pride, when all this talk would have been derid. begin then to cry out of their sins, and of the folly of ed by them as too precise, and such a life accounted over their worldliness and sensuality, and of the vanity of strict and needless, as then they are approving and wishthe honours and pleasures of this life? Why do they | ing they had lived. When that minister or friend then begin to wish, with gripes of conscience, that they should once have been taken for censorious, abusive, had better spent their precious time, and minded more self-conceited, and unsufferable, that would have talked the matters of eternity, and taken the course as those of them in that language as when death approacheth, did whom they once derided as making more ado than they talk of themselves; or would have spoken as needed? Why do they then tremble under the appre- plainly, and hardly of them, as they will then do of hensions of their unreadiness to die, and to appear be-themselves; doth not this mutability show, how few fore the dreadful Lord, when formerly such thoughts men now have a true knowledge of themselves ?— did little trouble them ? Now there is no such sense BAXTER. of their sin or danger upon their hearts. Who is it
Christian Warfare.—There is not a step Christian now that ever hears such lamentations and self-accus- takes towards heaven, but the world, the flesh, or the ations from them, as then it is likely will be heard? The devil, disputes it with him.-WHITE. same man that then will wish, with Balaam, that he might “ die the death of the righteous, and that his
The way to find Peace.-- The vanity of our mind is latter end might be like his," will now despise and
our fault, and our shame; and one chief cause of our grieve the righteous. The same man that then will misery. We too much mind earthly, carnal, and senpassionately wish that he had spent his days in holy sual things. Here Christ, our chief glory, is too much preparations for his change, and lived as strictly as the banished from, and kept out of our minds.
A light, hesi about him, is now so much of another mind, that trifling, vain conversation, too much prevails among prohe perceives no need of all this diligence, but thinks it fessors. This plainly discovers the vanity of the mind. is timorous superstition, or at least, that he may do
When we can discern the hour of the day by the sunwell enough without it.' The same that will then cry, dial, we know that the sun shines. When Christ, the Mercy, mercy--O mercy, Lord, to a departing soul,
Sun of Righteousness, shines in the mind, the tongue, that is laden with sin, and trembleth under the fear of like an index, will tell how it is with the heart ; and thy judgment, is now, perhaps, an enemy to serious, the life will manifest his glory. If we are living, loving earnest prayer, and hates the families and persons that Christians, we shall be very jealous over the workings most use it ; or, at least, is prayerless, or cold and dull
of our minds, and be deeply concerned to keep them in liiinself in his desires, and can shut all with a few care
a sweet, holy, humble, heavenly frame. This can only less, customary words, and feel no pinching necessity be done by putting on our beloved Christ in our minds. to awaken thein, importunately to cry and strive wită | For, saith Isaiah, “ Thou wilt keep him in perfect God. Doth not ali this shew, that men are befooled by peace, whose mind is stayed upon thee.”-Mason. prosperity, and unacquainted with themselves, till dan- Directions for Prayer.-Let our minds be prepared, ger or calamity call them to the bar, and force then by a few moments of meditation, for engaging in prayer, better to know themselves? Your mutability proveth--let them be quickened by the recollection of our neyour ignorance and mistakes. If indeed, your case cessities, and the manifold grace and mercy of God,now as good as present confidence or security do im- let us seek to feel alive to the truth and reality of the port, lament it not in your adversity ; fear it not when promise which he has made to answer player ; and, death is calling you to the bar of the impartial Judge. above all, let us seek to feel the necessity of the influCry not out then of your ungodliness and sensuality; ence of that divine Spirit, who has promised to help our of your trifling hypocrisy, your slight contemptuous infirmities, and we shall not want words, and apt words, thoughts of God, and of your casting away your hopes even in which to make our wants known at the divine of heaven, by wilful negligence and delays. If you are footstool.-Rev. JAMES MARTIN,
Then let us list the faithful friend,
That whispers in our watchful ear,
While cheerless howls the midnight wind, « THOU ART BUT A POOR PILGRIM HERE."
Thou art but a poor pilgrim here !
0 h.— The ways of Jehovah in making some Author of " Observations on the Introduction of Christi- preparing others for the full discharge of Christian duties,
persons the partakers of liis spiritual favours, and in anity into Eastern Countries."
are frequently very remarkable. When the late Rer. Time has been term'd an arrant thief,
S. J. Mills, a truly valuable labourer in the missionary Which steals our brightest gems away;
cause in America, and afterwards himself a missionary Which turns our very joys to grief,
to the heathen, first went to New Haven in Connecticut, And clouds the evening of our day.
to study theology, he became acquainted with a heathen
youth, from the Sandwich islands, named Obooklab, Sure 't were more justly call'd a friend,
who had been very remarkably saved froin death, wiza That whispers in our watchful ear,
his parents and others were killed, and who was now While cheerless howls the midnight wind,
ardently desirous of instruction. He became the serThou art but a poor pilgrim here.
vant, the pupil, the companion of Mr Mills, was subseIn youth's gay season of delight,
quently called by the grace of God, and furnished the When all around seems fresh and fair,
occasion of establishing a prosperous school in conneeWe reck not of its rapid fight,
tion with the American Board of Commissioners for It costs us not a single care.
foreign missions. The little ills one soinetimes meets,
The Success of the Gospel.-When Mr Whitfield E'en in the blush of early spring,
was preaching at Exeter, there was a man in the conWe laugh through, trusting to the sweets gregation, who had filled his pockets with stones in The hastening summer's sun will bring.
order to hurl them at the speaker. He heard his prayer Soon manhood's graver duties call,
with patience, but no sooner had he named his text, And lovely woman weds, and mourns;
than the man pulled a stone out of his pocket, and held And beauties at the birth-day ball
it in his hand, waiting for a fair opportunity to throw Find, midst the fragrant roses, thorns !
it. After the sermon he gave the following account of
himself: “ God took away the stone from my heart, And grey hairs come, and wrinkles too,
and the other stone soon fell from my hand." The maa And many a scene that makes us sad;
proved to be a sound convert, and lived an ornamai Ah! then we feel how fast they flew,
to the Gospel The few short years that made us glad!
Galen, the Anatomist. The celebrated physician, Then memory, which erst bad prov'd
Galen, had been disposed to atheism. But when he Our pride-our very boast--will fail,
examined the human body, when he perceived the wonForget the names we dearly lov'd,
derful adaptation of its members, and the utility of Twice told, ay! thrice, the self same tale! every muscle, of every bone, of every fibre, and of Ere long, though late, we pause and think, every vein, he rose from his employment in a raptare And ponder on the pleasures past;
of devotion, and composed a hymn in the horour of And, as we count each broken link,
his Creator and preserver. Exclaim, this vision cannot last !
A Female Cottager.- Soon after the late excellert Have not these yellow leaves a tongue,
Mr Robinson of Leicester, commenced his ministry in By which they can, untutor’d, tell the Isle of Ely, he was driven, by tempestuous weather
, That we, like them, or old or young,
into a house near the village of Coveney. He encesMust fall, when tolls the awful knell?
voured, according to his usual custom, to improre the
incident to the spiritual advantage of those among whom How wise were those who feel and know When they, with reason, should retire,
he had fallen. Enjoying a singular felicity in arzin Before has tied each graceful glow,
himself of passing events, and being always on tie
watch to speak for God, he could make the occasija The last bright spark of kindling fire !
preach for him, by eliciting the most affecting truede Ere that the tottering step betrays
from the simplest occurrences.
A poor woiman bar The failing of the mortal frame,
pened to be in the cottage into which he was the Or mind, or memory decays,
driven, who afterwards confessed that she had be And leads, if not to shame, to blame!
for some time meditating to destroy herself, but so: Thrice happy they,—nor vague nor vain,-
pressive was his conversation, that she was diverte: Who, in some sweet, some tranquil glen,
from her purpose, embraced new views and principe No longer seek for worldly gain,
and became an eminent Christian. Nor iningie more with worldly men!
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ON THE INCREASE OF FAITH. not willing to live on, in a state of vagueness and By The Rev. JOHN MACFARLANE,
uncertainty about the matter? And, if they have
given no diligence in so important a particular,— Minister of Collessie.
if they have allowed the world to engross,—if they Though we do not consider the know.edge of have suffered sin to darken their souls,—if they our personal acceptance essential to the existence have permitted sloth to overpower their spiritual of faith, it is a state of mind indispensable to our senses,—if they are contented to drag out an unChristian comfort, and fitted to promote that en- satisfying existence, destitute of the serenity and largement of heart which disposes to run in the peace which the knowledge of a safe, and the atway of the divine cominandments. When the tainment of a healthful spiritual state, would imChristian enjoys the delightful consciousness, rest- part, they cannot surely complain that they are ing upon the firm foundation of the divine purpose left in darkness and discomfort,—they cannot justly and promise, that his sins, which are many, have allege that the confidence of faith is not attainable, been forgiven him,—that God is his reconciled when they have not used one of the means with father, and that heaven shall be his eternal home, vigour and perseverance, by which alone it can be he is prepared to do, and to endure every thing attained. which the Author of his salvation, the source and As our faith, both in reference to the truths end of his spiritual life, may enjoin.
that are its objects, and in the practical influence That this confidence of faith may be attained, let it will exert, must be proportioned to our Chrisserious self-inquiry, in the first instance, be employ- tian knowledge, we should, for promoting its ined, that we may ascertain whether our hopes rest up- crease, labour to acquire a more enlarged and acon the true foundation. To such inquiry an apostle curate acquaintance with the whole revealed will invites, when addressing the early converts to the of God. What God has revealed to man, it is his Christian faith, “ give diligence to make your call- design that man should know. By the very reveing and election sure.” The calling here alluded lation he has afforded, he has imposed the duty of to, is evidently not the mere external call of the diligence in studying its contents. To rest satisGospel, addressed to all to whom it is proclaimed. fied with partial or defective views of divine truth, That they to whom the apostle wrote, were called not only involves the obvious impropriety of nein this sense, is what they well knew, and what it glecting to acquire the knowledge of that which required, therefore, no diligence upon their part to as the Author of our faith thought it right for him to certain. The admonition to make their calling sure, reveal, and for us to believe, but it is the source must refer, consequently, to that inward efficacious of many mistakes, and of much discomfort. Such call, addressed to the soul by the Holy Ghost, whose seems to be the cause of the disproportionate magsacred agency makes the dull and heavy ear to hear, nitude which some attach to particular parts of the and inclines the heart to obey the gracious invitation. Christian system, while other parts, equally essen
And may not the cause why so few, compar- tial, receive little attention, and the beautiful reatively, of those who are called by the Christ. lations of the whole are totally overlooked. The ian name, attain any measure of the confidence faith of the man whose information is thus limited of faith, be looked for, and found in them to a few particulars, may be sincere, as to what he selves ? Is it not referable either to ignorance knows, but who would compare it with the enof the truth, or to the prevalence of a slothful or lightened and exalted faith of him, whose enlarged careless spirit, that so many fail to ascertain their knowledge of divine truth places him upon a point condition, in reference to the Gospel ? They who of observation from which he can behold the fine are apt to look upon the attainment of a positive and proportions of that magnificent fabric, which eterscriptural assurance in this matter as beyond the nal wisdom has raised to the glory of redeeming reach of their ambition, may well be asked whether grace? It is not only a legitimate object of Christhey have made the attempt to make their calling, tian ambition, but a positive duty enjoined by the and, consequently, their election sure ? Are they | book, whose very existence, even without such an