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not but it will meet with a gracious reception, and perhaps with a gracious answer too. O, sir! let me once more entreat you never to forget me whilst offering up prayers to your God. Religion, you may well say, is worthy the choice of all: it makes å beggar superior to a king. Whilst destitute of it, a king is inferior to a beggar. What! ch! what can cqual the felicity, abe enjoyments of a Christian ? Nothing, surely, on this transifory globe! Nothing this work calls good or great can be put in competition with it, -- with the joyous feeling of him, who has pie aspeakable happiness of experiencing himself interested in a dear Redcemer. Betceis Urat
bich pothing earthly gives, or can destroy,
The scul's caian sunshine and the heartfelt joy. Yes; the happiness be feels is beyond all conception, beyond altibe stretch of human thought. Is there aught to be compard with serving the Lord ? Surely, ne.
Pleasure springs fresh for ever thence,
Crispeakable, unknown! But thai which adds to its reality is its 'permanency. It is noi confined to this life only; what we have here is but a foretaste of those joys which accompany our iminortal part to the hright realms of endless day; where we shall have joy added Lojoy, pleasure to pleasure, and there
Shall drink inmortal vigour in,
Will wonder and with love. Surely, no tongue can express, no heart can conceive, what God has prepared for those who love him! Oh how abundantly thankful then ought those to be, whom he has called by divine grace to the knowledge of himself ! What an unspeakable mercy is it, that he has called me by diyine grace to the know, ledge of himself! What an unspeakable mercy is it, that he has distinguished me in such a peculiar manner, as to (give me leave to use your own words) be taken into his service, adopted into his family, made an heir of God, a joint heir with Jesus Christ ! What now is required of me? What am I now required to do? When I reflect on this, how short do I come in my duty! How hackward am I to it! how unwilling to perform it! Lven when I would do good, evil is present witli me.
What shall I do with this my heart ?
Where shall I bring my sin ?
'Tis thou must inakcine clean! I have no righteousnes of my own, no merits of mine to bring; the best of my performances come infinitely short of the holy law of God. On Jesus alone then I must cepend for salvation. Here I rest. llence I draw all my hope Jesus Christ has died, And Jesus shall not lie in vain. The Redlcence's blood cleanses frontal sin. Happy, thrice happy tlicy who have washed anil made their robes white in the blood of the Lamb! May it be the blessed experience of my dear friend and me!
I thank you, Sir, for your kind admonitions. I hope the God of all grace will enable me to abide by them. Tribulations, trials, and temptations, I am sensible, are the lot of all God's children here below; but I am equally certain, that, as long as we rely upon our God, and confide in him only, he that has given us a sure word of promise, wilereby he has caused us to hope, will with them all work out a way for otir escape, that we may be able to bear them.
And now, that it may be our joint happiness, my dear Sir, to be kept in a holy, happy fellowship with our God; that we may be often brought to Pisgah's summit, and behold the promised Canaan ; that we may often, whilst there, anticipate the pleasures of the heavenly world; and, when we have passed the floods of Jordan, meet around the throne above, there to chant eternal lays to Him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever, is, Dear Sir, the constant prayer of him who is, and wishes ever to remain, Your affectionate friend,
66 Lo! he cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see him; and they also who pierced him ; and all kingdoms of the earth shall wail, because of him. Even so, Amen." Lay your hand upon your breast, and say, “ Am I prepared to see the world in flames, and the Son of God enthroned for judgment ?"
But short the appeal, by saying, “ I shall not live to see the end of the world.' Then, by your own confession, the earth on which you stand, is about to open to receive your corpse; and your immortal soul will stand before the God who gaye it, to hear the sentence which shall doom you to Heaven or to Hell ! and who knows but this may happen before you reach the place to which you are now walking! Are you prepared? Are your sins forgiven? Is your soul of a heavenly turn, that it may expect a heavenly abode ? But your body shall rise again; and Lhose eyes which now read this paper, shall see the Redeemer
How are you
stand at the latter day on the earth. The world which now smiles around you, you will behold all on fire. prepared for the inevitable day? Think how it would affect you, if it were to happen this moment! Your heart shrinks, you abhor the thought of being torn from the world, - you long to enjoy its riches and pleasures, - you dread the thought of having no retreat to flee to but the immediate presence of the most holy God. Then learn, from your own feelings, the truth and importance of the Saviour's words :- " Except a man be born again, he cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven;" for that great change of true religion, which the Spirit and grace of God must produce on your mind, which is so complete as to be called being born again, is designed to fit you for Heaven, by rendering you holy and heavenly-minded. If ever you know by experience this change, you will wish no higher bliss than to be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and so be ever with the Lord. Is there a wise reflecting mind now saying, “ But if my heart were thus changed from disaffection for God and love of the world, to supreme delight in God and Heaven, this would not atone for my sins? How then can they be forgiven ? “ The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin ; for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life !". “ We are justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteous, ness in the forgiveness of sins, that he might be just, and the justifier of him who believeth in Jesus. Go, reader, bear these divine principles in thy heart, with the steady faith which they deserve, live under their holy influence, and then say,
“ With Jesus' merits for my robe,
And in my heart his image wrought,
I smile t'ascend the heav'n I sought!!
fire !!! Wild confusion now spreads around! - borror and distress imprinted in every countenance! - multitudes run to view the impending danger ; but how few, comparatively, to assist the unhappy sufferers, or to attempt to quench the flame! Alas! my soul, the case of every unbeliever, rightly considered, is much more alarming, even while he thinkiş himself secure from every danger. Here is only a danger of bodies, or effects being consumed: but every sinner out of Christ, every unbeliever, is running directly into a much more terrible flame, - a fire that cannot be quenci:ex!! - and yet, how many do we see with calm and composed countenances, not at all apprehensive of the mighty
storm that hangs every moment over their heads, ready to burst upon them! --an awful proof of the depravity of human nature ! It shews us to be shockingly insensible in an affair of the greatest concern, - our spiritual and eternal welfare! That reasonable creatures, in the pursuit of happiness, should so widely mistake the mark, and run so eagerly in the path that leads directly to eternal misery; and that no remonstrances, no persuasives, should be of any effect to open their eyes to see the imminent danger, and turn them into the path of life, is a striking proof that they are without God in the world, and that “ the imaginations of the thoughts of their hearts are only evil continually!" Miserable creatures ! to what a deplorable state has sin reduced us! But, thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ, there is yet a way to escape the wrath to come!
ADVICE TO THE LAITY;
ÖR; REMARKS ON HEBREWS XIII. 16-18. Mr. Editor,
The Paper in your Magazine for January, entitled, Consilio ad Cleros, is truly excellent : it displays a spirit of genuine humility and zeal for the best interests of man. I hope many of the writer's brethren will derive considerable benefit from an address, at once affectionate and seasonable: for myself (who am not worthy to be called a Brother) I beg him to accept the best thanks of a grateful heart. Permit me now, in the hope of subserving the same good cause, to suggest a few hints of advice to the serious hearers of the gospel, on the passage referred to in the title. I shall endeavour chiefly to comprize my thoughts in three heads of exlio tation, viz. Benevolence, Obedience, and Prayer.
1. Benevolence. “But to do good and communicate, forget not.' That benevolence is a Christian's duty, I shall take for granted ; yet the claims of benéyolence apply to all Christians. The
poor and middling Glasses are not to be excused from attending to them, any more than the superior orders of society. Benevolence is founded in the nature of the gospel, and transfuse's its spirit more or less through every precept that respects our fellow-creatures; and, therefore, a Christian should carefully avoid the sin of forgetting to do good when he is called to observe it. In what directions our benevolence should flow, and low far it should extend, we must be gnided by prudence, property, and the spirit of the gospel. The spirit of an individual as a man, or as a party-man, ought not to obtrude its selfish and sectarian reasonings'; for they are ever inimical to the noble philanthropy the gospel inculcates : yet Clericus refuses his mite for propagating the Gospel with Dissenters, because he is an Episcopalian, and for fear his diocesan should know of it! Does not this appear as if the gospel, and prelacy, and all the rest of it, were at variance, and that each had separate interests to maintain to Again, Baptismos sometimes withholds his aid from the claims of his brethren of another persuasion, because he must support his own first. Charity, it is said, should begin at home. But this, in many cases, is the dictate of selfishness, or the suggestion of a narrow mind. Certainly, it does not accord with the genius of the gospel ; for “ Charity never faileth !" These strictures allude to sectarians, and not to the prevailing spirit of any sect or party.
In doing good there is much to be thought of, and much to le communicated. If your hearts are set on this object, you will be ready to communicate knowledge, talents, time, property, and influence for promoting the temporal and everlasting welfare of man; and even if you cannot assist in every good object of benevolence, you will communicate your prayers and recommendations for its success. But some professors there are, who can hardly be civil to those wlio call on them to remind them: of the apostle's precept. O take care that you do not forget to do good, lest for that very reason the Lord should seem to forget you, in some future instance of his goodness or mercy!
The apostle suggests this impressive motive to benevolence ; * for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." He knows and observes the nature of the sacrifice you offer, whether it be a thank-offering or a free-will offering, a liberal or a stingy one. If the sacrifice be a good one, and free from blemish, - if it be such as God and man reasonably expect from you, you shall have
Your fellow-creatures are sure to applaud every such act of beneficence; and, what is infinitely better, God is well pleased! He takes a pleasure, a complacency, in those actions in which you resemble him ; and you prove to the world that you are partakers of a divine nature.”
Surely, these considere ations, duly weighed, were enough to keep the altar of benevolence ever smoking, ever burning with our sacrifices !
2. Obedience. "Obey then that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves.” This duty, my fellow-Christiaus, is urged on you respecting your own pastors and ministers. It is as clearly their duty to rule, as it is yours. to obey. They are required to rule well, that is, according to the letter and spirit of the gospel ; and if they do this, you are to obey them as your spiritual guides and rulers ; - to obey them whenever, as God's ministers, they enforce his commands upon you. Yet Pride is apt to arise and revolt at these commands, however plainly revealed, or prudently brought before you. Then some of you are ready to charge your minister with Legality and Arminianism, when in fact he is only enforcing what St. Paul and all the apostles have done before him. But why not be honest and speak out, in the way one professor has done? This person being reminded of a precept of St.James, replied,“ As for James, he seems to have been a poor legal pian.
I strongly suspect, that if this apostle were