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pearance of neglecting her guests; she en- valuable possession, and place it on the head countered the rebuke of a sister who was dear of your Redeemer? You have not him always to her; that she might listen to the words of with you; but you are never without the eternal life.

means of honouring him. “The poor ye have How is it with yourselves, brethren? Is there always with you ;” and when you will, you any similar feeling evidenced by your con- may please him by assisting them. The igduct ? Do you take pains to hear the word norant you have always with you; and, when of God, whether at a convenient or an incon- you will, you may serve him by instructing venient season? Do you leave your com- them. The sinful you have always among pany, your friends, your relations, that you you; and you may honour him by striving to may join in prayer or receive instruction ; reclaim them. The heathen are always in and not rather make these an excuse why darkness; and you may assist to enlighten the proper business of the Sabbath is to be them by his word. The lovers of this world neglected ? Do

you read and study the will still be ready to say, To what purScripture, even at some cost of time, some pose is this waste? This money might have loss of leisure ? Can you say, “How dear been employed at home, or laid up for the are thy counsels unto me, o God! 0, how family hereafter. But have you looked beI love thy law! it is my meditation all the yond their praise or their blame, their opinion day. How sweet are thy words unto my or their example, and done as she did whom taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth. Jesus loved ? If so, and not otherwise, you Through thy precepts I get understanding. have shewn where your heart is, and your Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage affections are, and have laid up treasure in for ever.”

heaven. It was not on this occasion only that the And now, in conclusion, observe the blessdisposition was shewn of that Mary whom edness of this. It is first seen in this present Jesus loved. “ It was that Mary which world. All such faithful disciples of their anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped Lord-as in ordinary life they have a guide his feet with her hair.” He was received in to direct them, so in trials and calamities they the house of a neighbour called Simon; "and have a resource to which they confidently Martha served: but Lazarus was one of turn. We see it in this history. The brother, them that sat at table with him. Then took | Lazarus, was seized with illness. His sisters, Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard very in their sorrow, looked round for help; but precious, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and not without knowing where to look, or on wiped his feet with her hair: and the house whom to depend. They “sent unto Jesus, was filled with the odour of the ointment.” saying, Lord, he whom thou lovest is sick.” To what purpose? To repay the blessings Our Lord has elsewhere declared to us, she was conscious of; to repay the debt which that he knows his people, as well as he is she owed to Him who had taught her to choose known by them. Nay, that every hair of that good part which should be hers for ever; their head is numbered. We have here a this debt she was anxious to repay by all the proof of this. It was no new intelligence to means she had — by zealous, fervent love. him that Lazarus was sick. The fact and the And here, again, she did not escape from event were already present to his mind. No blame. When the disciples saw it, they had sooner was the message brought to him, than indignation, saying, “ I'o what purpose is he answered, “ This sickness is not unto this waste ? For this ointment might have death, but for the glory of God, that the Son been sold for much, and given to the poor." of God may be glorified thereby.” Not a But she was not blamed by Him whom circumstance happens to one of his flock, alone she cared to please: he saw the motive. but he sees the whole-its beginning and its It was, according to the ideas and habits of end-its present and its future consequences. the country, the greatest honour that could be If only that can be truly said which was said shewn him. And he saw that she thought no here, He whom thou lovest if he who is in sacrifice too costly, no honour too great, no trouble, in pain, in peril, is one whom Jesus respect too high for Him whom she acknow- loves, then we may be sure that the rest folledged as the Christ, the Saviour of the lows: “This sorrow is not unto death, but world.

for the glory of God, that the Son of God How is it with yourselves, my brethren? may be glorified thereby." Try your own hearts in this point. Has your This, brethren, is much : to know that you love for the same Redeemer led you to any may cast your care upon a Shepherd alike costly sacrifice ?

When his cause is to be powerful and kind, for that he careth for you. promoted, his word circulated, his Gospel But the end is not yet. Behold, the time is more widely preached, his people supported short, till He who shall come will come, and or relieved, are you ready to bring your most will not tarry; and then, as I hinted at the

commencement of my discourse, then will be out the danger of having the form of godliness, while justly seen and justly prized the blessedness the power thereof was denied ; and to arouse them, of belonging to the number of those whom while yet their situation was not altogether hopeless, Jesus loves. And he is no respecter of per

to return to him in penitence and humility. He exsons. They are characters on whom he be

horted them to be watchful, to keep a strict guard over stows his tenderness. And they whose cha

their thoughts and desires, no less than over their racters resemble the family of Lazarus will

outward conduct; to strengthen the things which possess the privilege which that family en

remain ; to fan the spark of heavenly grace bestowed joyed. When the trumpet shall sound, and

upon them, ere it was finally quenched; and he uttered the dead shall be raised, and all shall stand

the solemn warning, that if they did not watch, he before the judgment-seat of God, that they

would come upon them to destroy them, as a thief, at

an hour when they least expected it, while they were may receive according to the things done in

indulging a carnal security, and regarding all as safe. the body, they will not be among

those who

The picture of the general circumstances of this Church “ say to the mountains and rocks, Fall on

is indeed painful, and reminds us forcibly of the neus, and hide us from the face of Him that cessity of ever being on the watch, lest we suffer our sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of languid graces to expire, lest we tempt God to withthe Lamb." Their souls will be filled with

draw his gifts from us. A state of spiritual death is a joy and thankfulness; the thankfulness of very dangerous state ; and if not aroused by the lifesalvation and the joy of victory will be theirs, giving Spirit, it must inevitably be exchanged for when they behold Him, " whom not having death eternal. seen they loved; and in whom, though now Even at Sardis, however, God was not without a they see him not, yet believing, they rejoice people. Amidst the dead embers were to be found with joy unspeakable.” Nay, " the Father some whose breasts kindled with a pure and holy flame. himself loveth them, because they have loved “ A few names” in Sardis, amidst the impurity and the Son, and believed that he came forth from ungodliness which prevailed, had not defiled their garGod." “Therefore they shall be before the

ments, but had been enabled to keep themselves pure. throne of God; and he that sitteth on the And so it has been in every age; God has always had throne shall dwell among them.” “ In his those who were his, on whom the light of divine truth presence is fulness of joy, and at his right shone, even while around was darkness that might be hand there is pleasure for evermore!"

felt; who worshipped the Eternal Spirit in spirit and in truth, even while the idol's shrine was surrounded

by hosts of deluded votaries. To these few faithful at CHURCHES OF ASIA.-(VI.)

Sardis three gracious blessings are promised ; and Sardis.

not to them only, but to all who should overcome :

The being clothed in white raiment that fine linen " And unto the angel of the Church in Sardis write; These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven

which is the righteousness of saints; the being retained stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou in the book of his remembrance, their names enrolled livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things in heaven; and their being acknowledged at the last which remain, that are ready to die : for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou

great day, before Jehovah and his angels, as those who hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If there

have witnessed a good confession while on earth, and fore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and

shall be raised to the blessedness conferred on the true thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou followers of the Lamb. hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their

Sarilis was the capital of Lydia, and a city of great garments; and they shall walk with me in white : for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed

antiquity. It was situated in a rich plain at the foot in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the of Mount Tmolus. The river Pactolus flowed through book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and the Forum. To the south of the plain stood the magbefore his angels. lie that hath an ear, let him hear what

nificent temple of Cybele, composed of white marble, the Spirit saith unto the Churches." —Rer. iii. 1-6.

and of which two columns, together with a few fragThe epistle to the Church of Sardis commences with ments of others, remain. the melancholy assertion, by Him “who hath the seven Sardis became a flourishing and important city in Spirits of God, and the seven stars," that its members the reign of Cræsus, king of Lydia ; on whose overwere in the deplorable condition of having " a name to throw by Cyrus (B.C. 545), it continued to be the chief live," while in fact they were “ dead;" for their works city of the Persian dominions in this part of Asia. It were not perfect before God. In the estimation of was burnt to the ground by the Ionians, aided by the others, and probably in their own, their spiritual state Athenians, on the revolt excited by Aristagoras and was very Aourishing; for men are apt to form most Histiæus ; but it was again rebuilt. It afterwards surcrroneous judgments of the character of others, as well rendered to Alexander the Great, who restored the as of their own: but the scrutinising decision of that Lydians to their ancient privileges ; and at length, Being, who looketh not to the outward appearance, after various changes, it became subject to the Romans. but who judgeth the heart, and who can discriminate In the reign of Tiberius it was overthrown by an between the wheat and the tares, was far from favour- earthquake; a calamity in which many other cities were able; and he sought, by the expostulatory language of involved, and which is described by Tacitus as having this epistle, to withdraw the veil of self-complacency happened in the night, and on that account more diswhich blinded them to their true character ; to point astrous in its consequences, no warning being given,

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and no time allowed for escape: but by the liberality with magnificent fragments of earlier edifices. Of of the emperor the city was soon restored.

the other there are several stone piers, having fragNo account is given of the introduction of Chris- ments of brick arches above them, and standing east tianity into this city; and as little do we know of the and west. When Smith wrote, a Christian church, immediate effects produced by the exhortation con- having at the entrance several curious pillars, was aptained in the monitory epistle addressed to it. In propriated to the service of the mosque.” the second century the Christians were under the Utter desolation, in fact, is the character of this spiritual jurisdiction of Melito, a learned and pious now-neglected spot, which, like that whereon Nineveh man. The city underwent strange vicissitudes during and Babylon once stood, proclaims in loudest accents, many hundred years; and at length, in 1304, the Tar- even amidst its natural melancholy stillness, the utter tars and Turks came as thief" upon it.

overthrow of those who hearken not to the Almighty's Sardis at the present day presents a melancholy voice. Desolation, be it remembered, is the threatpicture of the instability of all human grandeur. The ened woe to be inflicted on the enemies of God; they once-opulent city is now reduced to a wretched village, "shall be made like the heath in the desert.” The called Sart, consisting of a few hovels, occupied by church of Sardis, indeed, presents one among the Turkish herdsmen, and erected in the midst of ex- many visible proofs of the fulfilment of the Divine tensive ruins. At some distance from this village, and denunciation, but none can surpass it; and hardened about a furlong to the south of the Acropolis, stand indeed must be that man's heart, and obstinate that the two remaining pillars of the temple of Cybele. man's disposition, and blinded that man's understandWhen Mr. Chishull visited the spot, in 1700, there were ing, who does not behold in such devastation the arm “six lofty Ionic columns, all entire, except that the of an avenging God. Sardis did not watch, she did capital of one was distorted by an earthquake.” Mr. not hold fast her profession, she did not seek to Peysonnel, in 1750, found three columns standing with strengthen the things that remained; she turned a deaf their architraves, besides other large fragments. In ear to the voice of reproof, and sudden destruction, 1812, Mr. Cockerell, who visited the place, thus de- "as a thief, came upon her;" and there was no human scribes it :-" To the south of the city, in a small arm could deliver her, or oppose the avenging arm of plain, watered by the Pactolus, stood the temple, built Omnipotence. of coarse whitish marble. The western front was on And may not the professing Christian ask himself the bank of the river ; the eastern, under the impend- this solemn question, May not the charge brought ing heights of the Acropolis. Two columns of the against the church of Sardis be fairly brought against exterior order of the east front, and one column of the me, that I am actually dead, in a spiritual sense, in portico of the pronaos, are still standing, with their the sight of God, even though I may seem to others capitals; the two former still support the stone of the to live, and may suppose my state to be one of vitality architrave, which stretched from the centre of one and safety ? “All the ways of a man are clean in his column to the centre of the other. The columns are own eyes, but the Lord weigheth the spirits.” Even buried nearly to half their height in the soil which at the very moment that I am obtaining the applause has accumulated in the valley since their erection, of my fellow-creatures, and the smiles of the world chiefly, it is probable, by the destruction of the hill of may be upon me, may not I be worthless in God's the Acropolis, which is continually crumbling, and sight ?—There is, indeed, a state of spiritual death, which presents a most rugged and fantastic outline." from which we must be aroused, and which is repreIn 1828, Mr. M'Farlane visited the spot, and found sented as a state of trespasses and sins; and this must that decay was rapidly prosecuting its work.

be exchanged for a life of practical godliness. But Mr. Arundell thus feelingly speaks of the decay of how is this resurrection to be accomplished, how is this now-desolate spot: "Sardis, the capital of Lydia, this change to be effected? By no power short of the identified with the names of Cræsus, and Cyrus, and omnipotent Spirit of God. He alone can impart life Alexander, and covering the plain with her thousands to the dead soul. He alone can render fruitful the of inhabitants, and tens of thousands of men of war; barren stock. For that Spirit let us earnestly praygreat even in the days of Augustus, ruined by earth- pray that we may have a perfect knowledge of our quakes, and restored to its importance by the munifi- condition in the sight of God, that the veil of decepcence of Tiberius ;- Christian Sardis, offering her tion may be removed; that we may become abundant hymns of thanksgiving, for deliverance from pagan in the fruits of vital godliness. persecution, in the magnificent temples of the Virgin God has had a few names of sincere worshippers in and Apostle ;-Sardis, again fallen under the yoke of

every age of his Church, of those who have sighed a false religion, but still retaining her numerous po- and cried for the dishonour cast upon his divine mapulation, and powerful defence, only five hundred jesty. And he has a few names at the present day. years ago : what is Sardis now! Her foundations

The profession of religion is widely spread abroad. are fallen, her walls are thrown down.' 'She sits si- The visible Church ranks within its pale a host of lent in darkness, and is no longer called the lady of members. But is there not reason to fear that, comkingdoms.' How doth the city sit solitary, that was paratively speaking, but of few of these professed befull of people!.... The objects of greatest interest to lievers it can with fairness be asserted that they are the Christian traveller are the ruins of two churches ; really on the Lord's side? How important, then, is the one at the back of the mill, said to be the church of individual inquiry! Am I one of God's people, ane the Panagia, and another in front of it called the for whom is reserved in store the robe of unsullied church of St. John. Of the former there are consider- purity, washed in the blood of the Lamb-one who has able remains, and it is almost wholly const, ucted reason to l'ejoice because my name is written in Hea

ven,-one whom the Son of man shall confess before

gree of selfishness, are to be avoided. Not only filthian assembled and admiring world, nay, before his ness and foolish talking, but even witty and ingenious Father and the angels, as one of his? How is the

repartees, when in the least they infringe upon purity,

piety, or charity, are unsuitable to the Christian's point to be ascertained ? No voice from Heaven can

profession. Our social intercourse should be conbe expected to reveal to us a knowledge of this fact,

ducted in another manner, in subserviency to mutual or supernatural agency be employed for the purpose. im ovement, which will best be promoted by deWe are to seek in earnest prayer for the illumination claring the loving-kindness of the Lord, and in celeof the eyes of our understanding, that we may be

brating his praises."* We must warn men, that they

who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of guided into the clear perception of the truth ; and

God. They who profess the Gospel declare themthen we are solemnly to try our hearts, and to inves- selves to be light in the Lord ;' for the holy contigate what evidence we have that we are among the verse and conduct of a Christian is of the nature of number of those whom the Gospel points out as the true light: it manifests the contrary conduct of others to children of God. And as unquestionably the inquiry

be inexcusable, and his very silence is often most is one of vital importance, so unquestionably the bless

emphatically eloquent. After the example, therefore,

of prophets and apostles, we should call on those who ings to be conferred on the servants of God are well

are asleep and dead in sin to awake and arise, that worthy our earnest endeavours to procure.

For the Christ may give them light. loss of these blessings, nothing in time or in eternity

In the Gospel we have the account of our Lord can ever compensate ; and of all deluded men, he is casting out a devil, and shewing the absurdity and

the malice of those who ascribed the miracle to the the most miserably deluded, who barters for the

power of Beelzebub; and also shewing the blessedsimple gratifications of a perishing world the impe

ness of true piety above all external privileges. We rishable inheritance of the saints of God; and, that he cannot sufficiently admire the continued forbearance may walk “ according to thie course of this world," of our Lord towards the hypocritical, selfish, and and after the lusts of his own impenitent and unclean

obstinate people with whom he had to deal, even when heart, is willing to forego the unspeakable blessed

they ascribed his beneficent miracles to the agency of

the devil. We have a solemn warning, that “ Satan ness of those of whom the exalted Saviour now speaks

for a time goes out of many who never admit the in the language of approbation, “they shall walk with

Saviour to take possession of their hearts; and so the me in white, for they are worthy."

enemy returns to his habitation, and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first.' From

such a dreadful event (may every one say), · Good LITURGICAL HINTS.-No. XIV.

Lord, deliver us! In order to be preserved from it, "Understandest thou what thou readest ?"-Acts, viii. 30.

we should endeavour to hear the word of God, and

keep it,' by faith and love in our hearts, and by obeTHIRD SUNDAY IN LENT.

dience in our lives." The Latin collect (from Gregory's Sacramentary) stands thus: “We pray thee, Almighty God, regard the prayers of the humble; and stretch out the right

MIRACLES. hand of thy majesty for our defence.” “This Collect, at the very opening, is calculated to compel a serious If certain miracles were performed, which cannot be self-examination-a scrutinising search into our own accounted for, save by the direct intervention of hearts; warning us that our desires really be, what

Heaven, he who performed them must have been a we profess them to be, both holy and sincere. For if we pray either with no meaning or little meaning,

true prophet: but, if he were a true prophet, then all either with entire indifference or with partial atten

his other miracles, which we might haply have action, in these cases we ourselves render ineffectual counted for on the score of collusion, must have been our own petitions. If, then, when presenting our genuine miracles; for it is at once absurd and superdesires to the scrutiny of a heart-searching God, we

fluous to imagine, that he who in some cases was emwould adopt the style of address with which this collect opens, faith in the Intercessor, not confidence in

powered to work real miracles should in other cases ourselves, must support us. Thus supported, we pro

descend to a base, and in fact an unnecessary colluceed with our petition, and beseech the Almighty to sion. stretch forth the right hand of his majesty to be our The miracles which I shall select to exemplify this defence against all our enemies." In the EPISTLE we are exhorted to imitate the love

position are, the feeding of multitudes with food of God in Christ—to avoid impurity, and covetous

wholly inadequate to their numbers, and the sudden ness, and all improper conversation, and to walk as acquisition of various languages, by men who were children of light, reproving the works of darkness. previously altogether illiterate. "Wicked men follow the example of their father the

On two several occasions, each time in the neighdevil, and may be known thereby as his progeny. bourhood of the lake of Tiberias, did Christ perform Surely, then, the beloved children of God should imitate his holiness, and should especially walk in love

the first of these miracles. First, he fed five thousand with their brethren, their neighbours, and even with men, beside women and children, with five loaves and their enemies, as · Christ hath loved them.' The two fishes: and, when the whole multitude had eaten perfection and obligations of this example are in- to satiety, there remained of the fragments, twelve finite; so that there is no kind or degree of self

baskets full. Next, he fed four thousand men, beside denying, liberal, or forgiving love, to which it will not direct the grateful believer. We should always

women and children, with seven loaves and a few keep our character in mind, and inquire whether this little fishes : and, on this occasion, seven baskets full or the other conduct becometh saints ?' This will were left of the broken meat, when all had eaten and not only teach us, that gross sensualities or avarice had been satisfied. are utterly inconsistent with that relation to our God, but that every inexpedient indulgence, and every de

• Rev. T. Scott's Commentary.

+ From the Difficulties of Infidelity. By George Stanley • James on the Collects.

Faber, B.D. &c. &c.

sustenance.

Here, I maintain, there was no room either for col- heard his own tongue, or whether he did not hear it. lusion or deception. Two vast multitudes of both However the faculty might have been attained, he sexes and all ages, accidentally collected together, could not but see that it was actually possessed. The could not all have been confederates; and as for any fact, presented to the general attention of all Jerusacollusion on the part of the disciples alone, the thing lem, was this :— Twelve illiterate Jews, most of them was palpably impossible. Food, naturally sufficient Galilèan fishermen, unacquainted with any language for five thousand men only, women and children being but their own, are suddenly enabled to address the excluded, at the rate of a pound weight to each man, various strangers then assembled at the feast of Pentewould considerably exceed two tons. To convey this cost, each in his own national dialect. That any trick food to the place, where the multitude was assembled, should have been practised, is impossible ; that any would at the least require two stout carts. But these groundless pretence should have been made, is equally carts could not be brought unseen to the place of impossible. The strangers understand them, and demeeting: and, if the people had merely seen the dis- clare that they severally hear themselves addressed in ciples serving them with food from the carts (which their own languages; yet it is notorious, that these they clearly must have done, had such an action ever Galilèans but yesterday knew no tongue save the Hereally taken place), nothing could have persuaded brew-Syriac. How is the fact to be accounted for ? thein that a miracle had been wrought, and that they Magic, we know, was the ordinary solution of such diffihad all been fed from only five loaves and two fishes, culties on the part of the Jews and the pagans; for, as which some one happened to have brought with him to miraculous facts, they denied not their occurrence, in a wallet. Collusion, therefore, in the present in- But it will be doubted, in the present day, whether stance is manifestly impossible. Equally impossible, magic could enable an ignorant Galilèan suddenly to also, is deception. No sleight of hand, no dexterity speak Greek and Latin. Admit only the reality of the of juggling, could convince a fasting multitude that

occurrence, and its proper miraculousness follows as they had all eaten and were satisfied. Hunger would a thing of course. The matter plainly cannot be be too potent for imposture. Not a single man, wo- accounted for without a miracle. Now, for the reality man, or child, would be persuaded, that they had eaten of the occurrence both the Jews and the pagans are a hearty meal, if all the while they had received no our vouchers : nor is this all; in truth, the history

cannot proceed without it. We find these ignorant The same remark applies to the sudden acquisition Galilèans travelling to various parts of the world, both of languages by the apostles on the day of Pentecost. within and without the Roman empire. Wherever They had assembled together, it seems, with one ac- they go, without the least difficulty or hesitation, they cord, in one place : when there came a sound from address the natives in their own languages. The Heaven, as of a mighty rushing wind; and cloven natives understand them; and, through their preachtongues, like as of fire, sat upon each of them. The

ing, Christianity spreads in every direction with consequence was, that they were instantaneously en

astonishing rapidity. How could this be, if the men dowed with the power of speaking languages which knew no tongue save the Syriac? Or, if they knew were previously unknown to them.--Acts, ii. 1-4, various other tongues, how did they acquire their

This was the miracle ; and here again, as in the knowledge ? How came John, and James, and Peter, former case, there was no room either for collusion or and Jude, to write in Greek, when we are quite sure deception. No juggling confederacy could enable that, originally, they could have been acquainted only men to speak suddenly a great variety of languages with a dialect of Hebrew? To deny the miracle with which they had previously been unacquainted ; involves greater difficulties than to admit it; to benor could any deception be practised upon those who lieve that ignorant Galilean fishermen could preach heard them speak. Jews and proselytes, from many successfully to foreigners, evinces more credulity than different parts of the world, were then assembled at to believe that they were miraculously enabled to do Jerusalem - to each of whom was obviously familiar what we positively know they must have done. the language of the country where he ordinarily resided. When a man addressed them, they would

The Cabinet. severally know whether he spoke in their native tongue or not. A Roman Jew, or proselyte, could

ForgiveNESS.-It is impossible to read the New

Testament without being struck with the frequency not be ignorant whether what he heard was Latin ;

with which this Christian grace is inculcated, and the nor could any argument convince a Cretan Jew or

peculiar sanctions by which the practice of it is enproselyte, that an apostle, though speaking his native forced. Not only the sincerity of our religious profesSyriac, was yet all the while uttering Greek. Decep- sion, but even our eternal salvation, is made to depend tion was plainly quite out of the question. A Phry

on our possessing it.Rev. C. Bradley. gian Jew might rashly fancy that the men were full Tue JOYS OF A Religious Life.- A life of sound of new wine, and were mere unintelligible babblers, so

religious principle has its joys. It is not that cold, long as he heard any of them addressing the Roman

dreary, inanimate tract of country which it is so often

described to be. Let the picture be drawn with canstrangers in Latin ; and the same opinion might be

dour and impartiality, and, amidst a few fleeting clouds, hastily taken up by a Cretan Jew, if listening to an there will be much sunshine to gild the scenery. The apostle as he spoke to a Mede or an Elamite in their evening, more particularly, of a religious life must ever respective tongues. But, when each heard himself be painted in glowing colours. And if the life of a real addressed in his own language by this apostle or by

Christian could be analysed, it would be found to con

tain more particles of satisfaction than the life of any that apostle, he could have no doubt as to the language other man. But make, I entreat you, the experiment which was employed. He must know whether he for yourselves; and you will find that the " ways of re

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