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tion of the thoughts of his heart is only such as he can delight in and love ; to evil continually ;” that “there is none redeem us from sin, and death, and hell, that doeth good, no, not one ;” that “all and to introduce us to the Divine prehave sinned and come short of the glory sence and enjoyment, to the kingdom of (that is, the image, the favour, and the heaven, and glory for ever. enjoyment) of God;" that “every mouth Thus the true knowledge of ourselves is must be stopped, and all the world be the first advance towards true felicity come guilty before God.” This is the Therefore, to the law and to the testiScripture account of the moral history mony: search the Scriptures, and, like and character of human nature. They the noble Bereans, see whether these therefore, be they who they may, who things be so or no. Judge for yourselves. speak more favorably of it than Divine Be not satisfied with what ministers tell revelation authorizes, are impostors, you, lest the blind lead the blind, till deceivers, and cruel enemies to the best both fall into the ditch. Remember, it interests of their fellow-men. “From is neither learning nor education that such turn away.” And why? Because makes the minister or the Christian; but they attempt to supersede the propriety Divine grace, and Divine teaching, and and necessity of the great undertaking the poorest peasant has as much right to of the Redeemer; and while they keep these, as the greatest scholar upon earth. mankind in a state of ignorance respect. They are both the gift of God. “There ing their misery and danger, they keep is a spirit in man, and the inspiration of them also in a state of the most fatal the Almighty giveth understanding." disregard about the means of recovery. “Every good gift, and every perfect gift To know ourselves diseased is half our is from above." What! from the pulpit? cure : so, to be truly sensible of the des- from the man in the lawn-sleeves, or in perate condition in which we are by the black cloak? No; but, from the nature, is the first step towards a speedy Father of lights." Therefore, “if any and effectual application to Him who man lack wisdom, let him ask it of God." alone can deliver us out of it,—who is able to restore us to the favour of God,
DE COETLOGON. to make us new and holy creatures,
THE COMMUNINGS OF CHRIST AND Yea, I'll abide with thee, throughout earth's HIS CHURCH :
night; A Poetic Paraphrase, and an occasional Com- And give thee solace such as time ‘affords,
My presence shall irradiate thy soul, mentary upon the Book of Canticles. No. XXIII. Till dawns the morning of eternity, By J. W. COLE, BRAUNSTON, Rugby. Till breaks the day of immortality, CHAPTER IV.
When thy whole nature shall be like to mine..
Then, my fond bride, my love, my gentle spouse, Verse. 6.“ Until the day break, and the shad- Then will we roam o'er amaranthine fields, ows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of In that fair land, where night is known no myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.”
more.-t Till breaks the day, till shadows flee away,
We consort now upon this darksome earth; Till darkness, doubts, and fears vex thee no
Then shall we move amidst the blaze of heaven,
While seraph-quires chant the creation new, 1 more, Till morn with purple radiance floods thy soul,
And nature renovate and pure again ; And bids me gaze upon thy perfect form,
Filling the air celestial with the sound I'll get me to the mount of scented myrrh,
Of music fitted to the world's fresh birth. Fair Zion's hill, the new Jerusalem,
Verse. 7. “ Thou art all fair, my love; there The church below, house of the living God, is no spot in thee." Hill of frankincense, breathing forth delights,
“ Thou art all fair," my gentle love, Filling the world with odoriferous sweets:
No spot is in thee now;
No purer creature's found above,
Or known below, than thou. His sombre drapery draws, with thee I'll stay, Granting thee favours fitting earthly state. * 1 John iii. 2. + Rev. xxii. 5. Rev. xxi. 1.
“Thou art all fair;" my heart's best blood
Has washed thy conscience clean; O'er thee has rollid the purple flood,
No sinful stain is seen. “Thou art all fair;" the crimson tide
Has made thee snowy white; My merits now on thee abide,
And make thee God's delight. “ Thou art all fair;" my comeliness
The Father puts on thee; Hence thou shalt in his presence stand
His endless glories see.
Contemn all carnal toys;
But seek celestial joys. “ Thou art all fair;" and fair and bright
Is thy prepared home; Where ransom'd sinners, robed in white,
O'er heavenly landscapes roam. “ Thou art all fair;" the day will come
When thou and I shall stand Triumphant 'fore Jehovah's throne,
In yon bright spirit-land.
We shall united be,
Fain would they have him aye abide
A HAPPY HOME. “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and
Lazarus." John xi. 5. WHEN in my little home serene
The happy hours like minutes pass'd; While Jesus in our midst has been,
(Times which were far too sweet to last-) How have I thought of that lov'd spot
At Bethany, where, long ago, Dwelt Lazarus in his humble cot,
When Jesus sojourn'd here below. By faith I've seen the happy three,
When the long day of toil was o'er, Sitting in blessed harmony,
And watching at the open door Until the well-known form appear'd,
Whose sweet, sad face they loved so well; And how their hearts in turns were cheerd,
As nearer still each footstep fellHave seen His tired and drooping form,
Faint with the long, long hours of toil, Return their salutation warm
With a serene, benignant smile. Then, while he of their food partook,
They wash'd his languid sacred feet, Thrice happy if a word, a look
From Him their work of love should greet. No matter how the world might scorn
His warning voice- his wise reproof; Nor offer him, from eve till morn,
The shelter of a humble roof;
With them, nor ever from them roveBe ever happy by his side,
And hear his voice, and feel his love. And oh, methinks, if he would here
In love and mercy condescend To let us feel his presence near
A constant, never-failing friendWould in our humble cottage dwell,
Not transiently, but in each breast Make his abode; it would be well;
Come weal, come woe, 'twere doubly blest. No matter what the world might say
Might laugh, or mockingly derideOne moment would it all outweigh,
To nestle near his wounded side. Well, it will come—the moment when
Our willing souls shall mount above This sublunary sphere, and then
Dwell in the sunshine of his love! Gravesend.
RYE LANE JUBILEE. An Acrostic, written on the occasion of the
50th Anniversary of the Baptist Church, Ryelane, Peckham, 11th August, 1869.
R EJOICE! ye saints, rejoice!
W. A. ADAMS.
“A SOLEMN LAUNCH.” *
Henry Blackstock died the 19th October, 1838. About seven hours before he departed, he said, “O father, I shall never see the morning light;" and he added, “ What a soleinn launch !"
If dead in sin, and unforgiven,
To the stranded ark, o'er the waters dark,
And it spoke of peace and love.
Its silver wings outspread,
Its rival thoughts-had fled.
Bright smiles over earth had thrown,
And left me weary and lone.
Thy ethereal path to track;
LOST!--A THOUGHT. " By night on my bed 1 sought him whom my
soul loveth.” Cant. iii. 1. It came in the night, with a step so light,
It çame like the fluttering dove
THE THORN IN THE FLESH. devil might have his own way we should BELOVED FRIEND,—You want to know have nothing but thorns. But generally what is meant by 'the thorn in the flesh. there is some one thing wherein the It is easy to ask the meaning of a difficult
messenger" gets the advantage of uspassage of Scripture, but not so easy to
a weak point, an easily besetting sin. And answer such questions truthfully. How- perhaps this is nearly always some secret ever, in this case there is no difficulty, for thing which we can only tell the Lord Paul tells us what it was,-he says it was
about; for far as the filthy priests of Rome “the messenger of Satan.” But then you
can go with their wicked system of conwill ask, “What messenger of Satan ?" and fession, in which lies the great secret of I confess I cannot tell ; and it is quite un.
their power over the people, yet I cannot necessary for us to know. I am acquainted believe that nearly all their victims make with a large number of his Satanic what we call “ a clean breast of it.” There Majesty's infernal “messengers," but none
is a chamber in the heart whereinto the of them have ever told me, nor did I ask
“ father confessor" is not permitted to if they were sent to “buffet” Paul. I have look,--the blind is always drawn down there; no doubt if they were sent they did their but the black messenger of hell gets in, work effectually, and buffeted him till they and there he blows up awful lusts which were told by a stronger than they, to let him make us blush with shame before the he quiet for a while. Anyhow, if they mercy-seat. Go over your own experience, served him as they have me, he had a hard and I doubt not but “exaltation beyond time of it. But then there was a “needs. measure,” in thought or desire, has been a be" for it, even in an apostle. Paul was
sharp thorn in your soul, You have hated in danger of what is called spiritual pride; the thoughts so sinful, and yourself on - for my own part, I think all pride account of them, and besought the Lord spiritual, -- but Paul was in danger of being more than thrice that they might depart; lifted up by his great acquaintance with but no, there they lurk within the walls of spiritual things,—“Lest I should be exalted the town of “Mansoul.” But, my dear friend, above measure through the abundance of is not the answer to Paul intended for all the revelations, there was given to me”
the tried family of God? “My grace is What? Why, a little,-nay, much ballast, sufficient for thee.” Yes, blessed he his to keep him steady; and if Paul needed name, it is all-sufficient, and is the only thus to be dealt with, how can we escape refuge of the poor bedeviled soul. By the “a thorn in the flesh ?”- -a messenger of messengers of Satan we learn our own utter Satan to buffet us? My opinion is that yileness, weakness, and dependence; and every Christian has is own thorn. I know in Divine grace we find all we need. The what mine is, although it is not always the glorious gospel shows the precious truth same; but no sooner is one removed and expressed in these words of the poetthe wound healed than there comes another,
"My breaches of the law are his, and sometimes many at once, for if the
And his obedience mine."
This is not more wonderful in the grace of “And can do all things, or can bear it than it is in suitability to meet our case.
All sufferings, if the Lord be there." Yes, as one said of a free-will ministry, May the Divine Spirit, without whose the other day, “it does not come to the teaching we can never be made “wise unto place.” But the doctrine of Christ's sub salvation,” guide you into all truth and stitution does “come to the place,”-it sanctify to you your every trial. So prays meets the case of the tempted and tried, yours in the gospel of Jesus, so that he can glory even in infirmities,
J. S. A.
"Oh how could he so sweetly smile MRS. DEBORAH BAYLIS.
On such a wretch as I ! MRS. DEBORAH BAYLIS, late of 8, Upper
I, who his name did not regard,
Nor his dear truth believe. Homerton-terrace, Homerton, aged 72
« • But 'twas because he loved my soul ! years, departed from this vale of tears to
Because he died for me! the heights of Mount Zion above, June 25, Because that nothing could control, 1869. To the truly spiritually minded there His great, his firm decree. is something repulsive in the mere formal "Lord, for thy manifested grace, notice of departed friends, especially when
I'd raise a cheerful song; the creature is dressed up and compli.
Till I shall see thy brighter face
'Midst the celestial throng.' mented as a paragon of perfection, a marvel
“The whole of this hymn was mine; the in grace, while he who alone made them to differ from another, and by whose dis- morning my soul was liberated, it was the tinguishing grace they were what they were, very language of my heart; but that sweet is far in the background. Nevertheless,
season is passed. Oh that I may live under
the sweet enjoyment I then felt! it was there are good and sufficient reasons why public notice should be taken of a believer's good indeed, -free grace, unmerited, undefinal struggles and glorious victory. First, served favour, to such an ill and hell de. It is due to the departed; for the Holy serving wretch as I, fast bound in Satan's Ghost declares, “ The memory of the just
chaing—a willing slave to his temptations is blessed,” and “The righteous shall be in and lust, pride and envy! But oh the riches
of everlasting remembrance.” Secondly,– It
grace and mercy to me! through the is due to survivors. We are to“ mark the blood-shedding of my dear Redeemer, apperfect man, and behold the upright," that plied by the Holy Spirit, brought home to we may benefit by his example, be en- my precious sinful soul by faith, which couraged by his faithfulness, and cautioned was through the operation of the Spirit of by his infirmities. Thirdly,–It is due to God. For all thy mercy towards meGod, whose wisdom, faithfulness, and love,
"Oh to grace, how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be! in keeping, upholding, and preserving our
Let that grace, Lord, like a fetter, good sister to the last, deserves a memorial
Bind my wandering heart to thee.' of grateful praise. I said to our departed sister one “Have you any Scripture for the benefit of the living, they may in
“If there is any notice taken of my death on your mind ?” She replied,
“ His name
deed say, A sinner saved by Christ's preis most precious ; speak of my blessed Re
cious blood !" deemer, who has done such great things
Our departed sister was brought to the for me. From her diary, written in the year and joined the church at Homerton-row.
knowledge of the truth in the year 1826, 1821 :
It affords us pleasure to know that her 66. Vile as the vilest once I lay,
father had a desire for the worship of Buried in all my guilt; But Jesus spake, and bid me pray,
God, and opened his house for the preachThen what a change I felt !
ing of the everlasting gospel; and from that “Still a much greater when his love,
small beginning God has blessed his own Shone from his radiant throne;
eternal truth, and Homerton-row Chapel Then did my spirit mount above,
was erected instead of that. And praise his name alone.
Our departed sister, with others, laid a " 'But why did Jesus show to me,
brick in this building on a day appointed ; The beauties of his face? Why to my soul did he convey,
but in process of time, about thirty of the The blessings of his grace?
members and friends left this place and
opened another room; our sister, with her
MRS. JANE BACK. husband, was among the number, and afterwards removed to their own house, 8,
JANE, the beloved wife of Mr. Thomas Upper Homerton-terrace, and for years the Back, of Maidstone, departed this life at a worship of God has been carried on there. quarter before twelve
on Saturday night, Her prayers for the minister, and members. For some time
she had been very unwell
31st of July, in the 50th year of her age. and family, were fervent and luxuriant; hers was the inwrought prayer of the Spirit, but danger was not apprehended. Hoping
a change of air, &c., might prove beneficial, which availeth much. During my visits to her in the chamber of affliction, she exhib- it was resorted to; but no benefit being ited, in a remarkable degree, 'a spirit of thereby, obtained, she was removed home, patience in tribulation and pain. The last hope being still entertained that she would time she was capable of conversing, I asked could only be indulged in against hope, and
But at the end of a week hope if the enemy was permitted to assault her mind with darkness, doubts, or fears. She in two days more she was released, without said, “At times.” She added, “In my
pain or a struggle, from all suffering.
For many years she was a lover of the Father's house are many mansions:' and
cause of God and truth. The great princione for me. Bless the Lord, I enjoy a sweet calm, and quiet resting in Jesus—his blood, ples of the gospel were dear to her, and precious blood ! I feel I am on the Rock
of the finished work of Christ was her only
ground of hope. She was a steady friend eternal ages.” The last time I saw her was June 21; she was then in the swellings of the years of her residence at Maidstone,
to the cause at“ Providence,” where, all Jordan, but conscious of what was said, she had been like one at home. She was a and evidently deep in mental prayer ; and lover of the ministers of truth for their soon after she exchanged the poor emaciated work sake,
in whose memories she will long tabernacle of clay for regions of light, im- hold a sacred place. Many in affliction and mortality, and glory. Her remains were conveyed to their last resting place, and poverty shared her kindness, who now, interred in the family grave with her be with gratitude and grief, reflect upon the loved husband, at Abney-park Cemetery, heaven has received an inmate. A loving
Providence has lost a friend, July, 1869, in a well grounded hope of a
husband, affectionate relatives, and a large joyful resurrection to eternal life. On Lord's-day evening, July 11th, a funeral tion, against which they dare not utter a
circle of friends grieve under the dispensadiscourse was preached at Homerton-row
rebellious word. Chapel, from Rev. xiv. 13 : “ Blessed are
A funeral sermon was preached, by the the dead which die in the Lord, from
pastor, at “
Providence," on Lord's-day henceforth."
evening, 8th August, from Psalm cxvi. 15 : “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
A Scriptural Display of Melchisedec ; show
was Shem; and this view has been ably ing by the testimony of the Spirit of supported by Mr. Taylor in his Edition of Truth that he was the real complex "Calmet;" but as the late Dr. Horsely reSon of God. To which is added an Ap- marked, “ According to the most authentic pendix, being a Key to the Old Testa- chronology, Shem was dead above four ment Scriptures, and the Sonship of hundred years before Abraham was born." Christ. By W. ODLING.
Price One Josephus says Melchisedec was a CanaanShilling. Houlston and Wright.
itish prince, and this seems a feasible sup
position. Some good men have thought About the beginning of the third century Melchisedec was Christ himself; but to there sprung up a religious sect denomi. this there seems insuperable obstacles. For nated Melchisedeckians, who affirmed Mel- (1) There can be no doubt that Melchisedec chisedec was not a man, but a heavenly was a literal priest offering material sacripower superior to Jesus Christ, because fices, and a literal king who sat for judgMelchisedec was the intercessor of angels, ment in “ the king's valley ;” neither of whereas the intercession of Christ was only which can be predicated of Jesus Christ. for man. Many supposed that Melchisedec (2) Melchisedec was made “like unto the