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Hence we see that a real and justifying torment, and despair, which will come upon belief of the death and resurrection of Jesus them when their day on earth shall have Christ acts immediately upon the will and passed away. When that night cometh, the the affections. We may have an intellectual day of Gospel-light will return no more for belief of the fact; but it is the inward operation of the Spirit which alone gives life and Would you, my brethren, who are now power to the doctrines of grace." It is the involved in this spiritual blindness, desire to Spirit that quickencth; the flesh profiteth escape this eternal night? You may in Christ. nothing : the words that I speak unto you, By the power of “the resurrection of Jesus they are spirit, and they are life" (John, Christ from the dead," you may be "begotten vi. 63). Unless we have such a sense of the again unto a lively hope." It is a covenantpower of Christ's resurrection as shall bring engagement from God your Saviour, that if us to feel that we have a personal interest in you fly " for refuge to lay hold upon the it, we do not savingly believe it. It is im- hope set before” you, you shall “ have" that possible that we can as yet believe that “ hope as an anchor of the soul,” because it Christ rose " from the dead, that repentance " entereth into that within the veil; whither and remission of sins should be preached in the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus" his name” (Luke, xxiv. 46, 47), unless we so (Heb. vi. 18-20). far feel ourselves sinners, and indebted to him But this is no new thing which you hear of for pardon, peace, and future glory, as to the power of Christ's resurrection, however feel personally interested in acknowledging dead your soul may be to any real sense of that he died and was buried, and rose again its vital influence. This great day of the for us. It is only then that faith becomes feast, this morning of the resurrection of that active principle in the soul which Abra- Christ from the grave, has returned to you ham had when “it was imputed to him for once more; and you hear the truth of what righteousness ;" and of which it is testified the angel said of the newly risen Saviour to that to us also " it shall be imputed, if we those who first sought him at the sepulchre : believe on him who raised up Jesus our Lord “ Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crufrom the dead" (Rom. iv. 22, 24).

cified: he is risen; he is not here" (Matt., But, my brethren, where is this faith, this xvi. 6). This triumphant morning once more true and lively faith, seen? The Gospel- proclaims the great event. This is the third message, in the death and resurrection of day since those things were done wherein he Jesus Christ, for the salvation of the lost poured out his soul unto death. Yesterday sinner, is freely, and fully, and constantly he lay in the grave; and early on this first spread out before us. But who receive it? day of the week he fulfilled in himself the Who really believe it? Where are those who great prophetic declaration of the Saviour of shew themselves buried with Christ in his sinners : " I will ransom them from the power death, and quickened into spiritual life by the of the grave; I will redeem them from death : power of his resurrection ? Where are those o death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I who cast all their care upon him ? Surely will be thy destruction” (Hos. xiii. 14). we must still ask, in reference to the constant But to many, I fear, this day comes round, Gospel-message, and to the little leaven of and finds them where they were ; still igrcal and spiritual religion among us, " Who norant of any saving knowledge of Christ, hath believed our report ? and to whom is the still “ afar off," " strangers and foreigners,” arm of the Lord revealed ?” (Is. liii. 1.) strangers from the covenants of promise, “ Faith," saith the Scriptures, “cometh by having no" saving " hope, and without God hearing” (Rom. x. 17). But not by every in the world.” Many come to hear of the hearing. There are many hearers; but few resurrection of Christ ; but when they hear, converts to the truth of Christ crucified.

they are not persuaded to close with the Many sit under the Gospel ; but few receive gracious offer of this glorified Saviour. When it. It is now as it ever was: “ Go unto this he is set forth from the Scriptures in all his people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and fulness of mercy, power, and love, the mind, , shall not understand ; and seeing ye shall see, as in former times, of many still shrinks from and not perceive: for the heart of this people accepting him. “ He came unto his own, is waxcd gross, and their ears are dull of and his own received him not" (John, i. 11). hearing, and their eyes have they closed” So now, when held up as the gracious and (Acts, xxviii. 26, 27). There is a dreadful all-sufficient Saviour, a friend of sinners, the delusion upon living souls, which causes so inward thought of many still is, “ He hath many to remain, amidst the full blaze of no form nor comeliness; and when we shall Gospel-light, as those who “sit in darkness;" see him, there is no beauty that we should and, what is far more dreadful, this is but the desire him” (Is. liii. 2). forerunner of the eternal night of darkness, But while many reject Christ as the Sa

viour of sinners, because they are not so our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to convinced of sin as to feel their need of any his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again Saviour, there are some who deceive them into a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus selves with a vain hope, that they believe in Christ from the dead." and accept Christ, because, in these days of abounding Gospel-knowledge, they understand the general plan of the Gospel of our


* Understandest thou what thou readest?"-Icts, viü. 30. The resurrection of Christ, when truly be

Easter Day. lieved, has a power peculiar to itself in influ- On this day the Church commemorates our Saviour's encing the inner man. And unless, my bre

resurrection. Different derivations are assigned to

this word. Some have considered that it is taken from thren, that power is made manifest in you,

an old Saxon word, oster, meaning to rise. Others, the outward acknowledgment of the fact of believing it to be Saxon in its origin, derive it from a the resurrection will not avail you any thing. name given to " a goddess of the Saxons, or rather The very persons who put Christ to death, of the east. This goddess was Astarte, in honour of and stood near his cross to feast their eyes over-time of the year, the spring; and hence the

whom sacrifices were annually offered about the passwith his last agonies, confessed his power ; Saxon name Easter became attached by association of “He saved others." But the inference drawn ideas to the Christian festival of the resurrection.” from this forced acknowledgment was one

About the middle of the second century, a conwhich only added to their guilt, and would

siderable controversy arose between the eastern and

western Churches concerning the celebration of Easter. help to shut themselves up in final unbelief.

The Asiatic Christians, on the authority of a tradiBeware, my brethren, of this great delusion; tion wliich derived the custom from the apostle John, and never put the confession of scriptural

contended for the propriety of observing this institufacts in the place of a heartfelt reception of

tion on the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month,

on which the Jews celebrated their passover, when scriptural doctrines. These doctrines of they distributed a lamb in remembrance of the last grace are the life of the soul; but it is only supper; and in three days after, they commemorated when they are engrafted upon the inner man

the resurrection of Christ. This regulation, which by the power of the Holy Ghost.

confined the observance of this institution precisely

to the fourteenth day of the month, whatever day Some of you so receive them. You ac

of the week it might be, gave much offence to the knowledge not the fact only, but the power of western Churches, who regarded it as extremely inthe resurrection of Jesus Christ. Live mind- decent to interrupt the solemn abstinence of the great ful of this great and glorious privilege and week, and to commemorate the resurrection on any

other day of the week than that on which it actually sonship; this spiritual union with your cove

took place. In their turn they pleaded the example nant Head. Shew your hope to be in Christ of the apostles Paul and Peter. Victor, bishop of crucified in weakness, but raised in power. Rome, demanded from the eastern Churches a comLive like persons who, in heart and mind,

pliance with the ritual of the west; and on their reso

lute opposition to his command, assailed them with have already ascended up to that place whither

numberless reproaches, anathemas, and excommuniyour all-merciful Saviour is gone before. cations. However, this dissension, so injurious and Pray not only to be kept free from " ungodly degrading to the Church, was healed by the prudent and worldly lusts," so that they shall not

counsels of some members of the different Churches, have dominion over you, but that you may

Each party retained its peculiar practices and opi.

nions till the fourth century, when the council of have grace, in these perilous and deceiving Nice abolished the custom of the Asiatics, and ordered times, to " live soberly, righteously, and Easter to be celebrated at the same time by all the

Christian Churches, godly.” Study the holy word of God, that

The Collect is one of that class which were " subyour hope, from the resurrection of your

stituted in the place of those which, containing either Lord, may become more and more a lively

false or superstitious doctrines, were on this account hope. Never rest satisfied in any thing short rejected." The original Latin form stands thus: “ () of that power from the Spirit, which shall God, who on this day, through thine Only-begotten,

hast opened to us the door of eternity, by overcoming cause you to be numbered among those, who,

death; those our desires, which by preventing thou in heart and soul, as well as in their outward

dost breathe into us, by assisting do thou also follow creed, are living upon the promises, and up, through the same our Lord.” adorning the doctrines of the Gospel, “ look- The Collect is a prayer for God's assisting grace. ing for that blessed hope, and the glorious

“ Animated by the prospect opened unto us," by

Christ's resurrection, “ we long to be with Christ, and appearing of the great God and our Sa

enter into our rest. As the hart desireth the waterviour Jesus Christ” (Tit. ii. 12, 13). It is brooks, so long our souls after thee,. O God! They in the consolations of his grace thus made

long to enter into thine abode of blessedness. But manifest to the souls of his people, whereby,

etrait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth

thither: few there be that find it; still fewer, who, amidst all their conflicts against sin, against

having found it, keep it. We therefore pray for thy all their fears, and against the power of all help, which alone can give us the will or the power, their spiritual enemies, they are still enabled, to walk in the path of life. 'We humbly beseech with understanding and affection, to pro- thee, that, as by thy special grace preventing us, thou claim, “ Blessed be the God and Father of

• Robinson's Theological Dictionary.

dost put into our minds good desires ; so, by thy con- in. Peter, however, though arriving last, was forerinual help, we may bring the same to good effect.”” most in zeal and courage. He found the linen clothes

The grace of God is here called his "special grace," lying, and the napkin in another place. John, ennot because he respects the person of man, and would couraged by Peter's boldness, now went in : "he saw favour one supplicant more than another-" God's and believed :” he believed not only Mary's report of ways are equal” to all men. --but it is his special the removal of the body of Jesus, but he began to begrace, because it is the very spring which gives being lieve that Jesus was risen from the dead. The backand action to spiritual life. Thus, in our Church Cate- wardness of Peter and John to believe had arisen chism, the young Christian is taught that he cannot from their want of light. They “knew not," did not serve God " without his special grace," which he must consider, apply, and improve those passages of the " learn at all times to call for by diligent prayer." | Old Testament, which declared that Christ must, was Now, it is evident that the term special,” in the ordained of God to "rise from the dead.” Their Catechism as well as in the Collect, is used to signify doubts being now happily removed, they "went away that such grace is so necessary—o absolutely indis- again unto their own home." pensable for the support of that new or spiritual life into which the Gospel admits us,-that, without it, all other means of support must fail. : “ Special" as to

SPIRITUAL HOPE.* its universal necessity and power, not so as to its preference of objects. If good desires come by preventing

(Cencluded from No. XXXIX.) grace, they can be brought to good effect only by Hope, then, is our only certain stay amidst the mental, abiding grace. Thus we are most humbled when

spiritual, and moral imperfections of our present state. our desires are most high-set: the higher we rise above the world, the more we (lepend upon licavenly

It is the under-current of the renewed soul, which aid for support: the more nearly we live to God, the alone rims steadily, while the surface is continually more entirely must we be led, supported, guided, and broken into eddies, and swept by the vicissitudes of sanctified by his Spirit: the more earnestly, there- cloud and sunshine. And hence it has ever formed fore, should we adopt the humbling language of this

the preserving grace of God's people through every Collect, and pray for that gracious aid, which is necessary both to give good desires, and to bring the

age. In the long catalogue of faithful men set before same to good cffect.

us in the cleventh chapter of the Hebrews, the faith In the Epistle (Col. iji. 1-7) we are exhorted to which is extolled as having been their animating and set our hearts upon that incaven into which Christ,

sustaining principle is, for the most part, perspective risen from the dead, is gone. If ye profess to be

is the assurance of blessings whose attainment was risen with Christ," says St. l'aul, “ye must make it

yet to come-is "the substance of things hoped for;" your concern to mind the things of that world whither Christ is gone, and where he is advanced to the high- in short, is hope: only not that hope which rests on est dignity, by sitting at the right hand of God." nothing more substantial than the airy visions of a Let your hearts' affections soar upwards, and he car. sanguine imagination, but which is based and settled ried forth towards spiritual and divine objects, and on the solid word of God, who cannot lie. It was by not dote upon earthly objects. For “ ye are," by

this faith, which is hope, that Abraham “ sojourned profession and obligation, “ dead;” unmoved by it's interests and objects: and your truc life lies “ hid

in the land of promise as in a strange country; for with Christ in God;" it is born and sustained from he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose above, and its perfection is reserved for that state. builder and maker is God.” It was by this faith, “ When Christ, who is our life, shall appear in his which is hope, that the patriarchs, “ not having reown glory, and his Father's, and of the holy angels,"

ceived the promises, saw them afar off, and embraced then shall ye whose life is now deposited with Christ, " appear with him” in that glory which he himself

them, and confessed that they were strangers and enjoys. Now earthliness is the great binderance to pilgrinis upon earth.” It was by this faith, which is the seeking the things which are above: “mortify, hope, that Abraham, " when he was tried, offered up therefore, your members which are upon the carth," Isaac, accounting that God was able to raise him up, the various workings of the carnal heart, both in the

even from the dead;" or, as St. Paul says, in another grosser deeds of the flesh, and in the sins of the mind, which are so contrary to the heavenly hope; and espe.

epistle, “ against hope believing in hope, and being cially “covetousness," which is spiritual idolatry ; for fully persuaded that what God had promised he was these are the sins which bring down “ the wrath of able also to perform." And all those other men of God upon the children of disobedience ;" and we

God who obtained a good report through faith, did so, should more earnestly engage in this work of morti.

“ not having received the promisc,” because God hed fying sin, when we consider that we have formerly "lived in them.” " The time past of our life may

“ provided some better thing for us, that they withsuffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles."

out us should not be made perfect.” By hope, there“If we have done iniquity," it is high time that we fore, were they saved, and by hope must we. “Christ's awake to the resolution to “do so no more."

house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the The Gospel exhibits those proofs of Christ's resur- rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” “ And we rection whieh occurred immediately at the sepulchre. Mary Magdalene, as soon as the Sabbath was gone, a:

desire that every one of you do shew the same dilia very early hour of the following day, comes to the

gence unto the full assurance of hope unto the end ; sepulchre, and finds the stone rolled away from it. that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who She hastens back to Peter and Jolin, and acquaints through faith and patience inherit the promises." them with the fact. Upon this intelligence, Peter

By two immutable things, in which it was imposand John go with all speed to the sepulchre, to satisfy themselves of the truth of what was told them, and to

sible for God to lie, we may have strong consolation, see if they could make any further discoveries. John

which have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope outran Peter, and arrived first ; he stooped down to set before us in the Gospel ; which hope we have as examine the state of the sepulchre, but he went not an anchor of the soul sure and stedfast, and which

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• James on the Collects.

. From the Spiritual Life, by the Rev. T. Grillith, M.A.

entereth into that within the veil, whither the fore. tian term, and the joyful Christian idea of hope, “ lively runner, Jesus, is for us entered." " Wherefore see. hope," “ blessed hope," " hope that maketh not ing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of ashamed," in order to convince ourselves that only witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin” from the spiritual experience of the Gospel can spring (that is, of despondency,) " which doth so easily be- the spiritual hope of the Gospel. set us, and let us run with patience the race set before If we would have "everlasting consolation and good us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our hope," it is "through grace" that we must have it; faith; who, for the joy that was set before him, en- through the animating confidence that our Lord Jesus dured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down Christ himself, and God even our Father, “hath loved at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider us and chosen us unto salvation, through sanctificahim who endured such contradiction of sinners against tion of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” And there. himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds." fore St. Paul represents the hope of future glory as And this hope, remember, is no vain-glorious self-springing from the faith in past forgiveness, and susconfidence ; for the essence of it is dependence on the tained through every trial by the consciousness of promises, and the continual help of another than our- present friendship: "being justified by faith, we have selves. It is no idle and unholy presumption; for it peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," is limited and conditioned by the principles that we there is past forgiveness ; " by whom also we have acare holding, the dispositions we are cherishing, the cess by faith into this grace wherein we stand,"—there path of conscientious obedience in which we are walk- is present friendship; " and rejoice in hope of the glory ing. It is a meek and quiet confidence in the faith. of God,"'--there is future assurance; " which hope," fulness of God to those who love him, and an unpre- the apostle declares yet further, is not shaken by tritending reliance on those assurances of Christ: “My bulation, does not make us hold down our heads with sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they shame and disappointment," because the love of God follow me, and I give unto them eternal life, and they is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which shall never perish, neither shall any be able to pluck is given unto us;" because the declarations of God's them out of my Father's hand.” Where the very form pardoning mercy pervade and fill the honest-hearted of the encouragement secures it from misapplication, Christian, and produce that buoyant consciousness of and the very words that animate lust at the same safety, which exclaims, in each successive trial, "it time sanctify. The Christian's hope is the hope of God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared “ Christ's sheep," --not of the self-willed, the proud, not his own Son, but delivered him up to death for and the presumptuous. It is the hope of those who us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us " hear his voice,"'---not who listen to the syren-song all things? Who shall separate us from the love of of sin. It is the hope of those who “ follow him,"- Christ! Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, not who follow the devices and desires of their own

or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in hearts. It is the hope, that " when he shall appear, all these things we are more than conquerors through we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is;" him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither and therefore "every one that hath this hope in him death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor puritieth himself, even as he is pure." But to enjoy powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor this hope in its full assurance, and to derive from it

height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be all the life and power which it can convey, we must able to separate us from the love of God, which is in recollect whence it springs, and how it is to be pre- Christ Jesus our Lord.” But remember equally, served from day to day. It springs from dependence how this hope must be preserved from day to day. It on the work that Christ has wrought for us on the must be preserved by preservation of the heart from cross. For it is only as we believe in God, that we sin, and of the conscience from defilement. Its life can hope in God; only as we trust to his assurances depends upon the death of its antagonist principle. of forgiveness for the past, that we can embrace his And this antagonist principle is invigorated by every promises for the future. Being justified by his successive fall from moral excellence, nay, flourishes grace, we are made heirs through hope of eternal life." of itself when there is merely negligence, and want of We must enter into our relation with God as dear growth in moral excellence. The hope we speak of is children, before we can look forward, with any feeling the hope of holiness, and therefore it cannot be otherthat deserves the name of hope, to the inheritance of wise than a holy hope, and with holiness only can it his children. The careless, worldly-minded, uncon- dwell. “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness, verted man, is without hope, because lie is virtually but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.” without God; and a stranger from the covenants of “Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow promise, because in spirit an alien from the common- without water ? Whilst it is yet in its greenness wealth of Israel. We have only to look round upon and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. the general feeling of mankind in the thought of So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypodeath and of another world--the shrinking dread crite's hope shall perish, whose hope shall be cut off, which betrays the utter emptiness of their expecta- and whose trust shall be a spider's web." O forget tions of eternity-the clinging to this life, which not that it is the Holy Ghost wliose power makes the shews that here only do they feel they have a solid Christian's hope abound, and that the Holy Ghost can footing, and can grasp reality and substance. We never dwell in an unholy heart, It is "through the have only to remark the almost universal substitution Spirit that we wait for the hope of righteousness of of the cold term “resignation"-a term of which Scrip- faith;" and this Spirit lusteth against the flesh, and ture actually knows nothing-for the animated Chris | produceth all the fruits of righteousness. It is “the


Holy Spirit of God whereby we are sealed unto the themselves; but I ask, is there a parent deserving of day of redemption; and this Spirit is soon grieved by

the sacred name that would commit this moral murder “ bitterness and wrath, and clamour, and evil speaks upon his own offspring ?--Archbishop (Beresford) of ing," by every evil thought, and temper, and desire.

Armagh. O then for careful, jealous cherishing of his gentle

TEARS. - Tears do wash the sin which the voice is inspirations! O for daily nourishment of all those dis- ashamed to confess. Weeping doth provide both for positions, in the midst of which, as in the temple of pardon and shamefacedness ; tears do speak our fault

without horror ; tears do confess our crime without his holiness, he loves to dwell! The assurance of our

offence of our shamefacedness.-Ambrose. hope must vary as the experience of our sanctification; and it is only as we can say, with all the con

PRAYER.—To what end and what purpose brought scious integrity of St. Paul, “I have fought a good

Christ this parable of the wicked judge ? (Luke, xviii.)

The end is, that we should be continually in prayer. fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the Prayer is never interrupted but by wickedness. We must faith ;" that we can also say, with all the full assur- therefore walk orderly and uprightly, calling upon ance of St. Paul," henceforth there is laid up for me a

God in all our troubles and adversities; and for this crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous purpose there is not a more comfortable lesson in all

the Scripture than here is in the lapping up of the Judge, shall give me at that day!"

Therefore I will open it unto you. You miserable people, if there be any here amongst you,

that are oppressed with great men, and can get no The Cabinet.

help, I speak for your comfort, I will open unto you PURPOSES OF AFFLICTION.--The end of all God's whither ye shall resort, when ye be in any distress. dispensations towards his people is to promote their His good will is always ready, always at hand, whenadvancement in righteousness and true loliness. The soever we shall call for it. And therefore he calls us Lord Jesus Christ himself" was made perfect through

to himself. We shall not doubt if we come to him, sufferings;" and the afilictions which his people suffer,

Mark what he saith, to cause us that we believe that from whatsoever quarter they arise, are intended for our prayers shall be heard, He reasons after this “their profit, to make them partakers of God's holi

fashion: Will not God (saith he) revenge his elect, ness." The Lord's people are ordained to suffer in and hear them, seeing the wicked judge heard the conformity with their Divine Master; and their great widow? He seemeth to go plainly to work, he willeth concern should be, not so much to get rid of their us to pray to God, and to none but to God. We have a trials, as to make a due improvement of them, by manner of reasoning in the schools. ....from the less “ceasing from sin," and living more entirely to God to the more, and that may be used here. The judge and for God.-Rev. C. Simeon,

was a tyrant, a wicked man: God is patron, a de

fender, a father unto us. Religious EducATION.---It has been the judgment

If the judge then, being a of all past generations, that it is not safe, or politic, or

tyrant, would hear the poor widow, much more God

will hear us in all distresses. He being a Father good, or charitable, to leave the child to follow his

unto us, he will bear us, sooner than the other, being depraved inclinations, and to learn the evil of sin by

Moreover, the bitterness of the fruits it yields in this world, or

no father, having no fatherly affection, by the irremediable woes it exposes us to in another.

God is naturally merciful: the judge was cruel, and It is but too manifest, that ruin will be incurred in

yet he helped the widow : much more then God will the unassisted experiment to find out the consequences

help us at our need. He saith by the oppressed: I

am with him in his trouble ; his tribulation is mine; I of good and evil by their actual effects upon the in

am touched with his trouble. If the judge, then, quirer; that the habit of sin, congenial with our unen

being a cruel man, heard the widow, much more God lightened minds, will be formed; the love of virtue, already weakened, will be lost; the tyranny of the

will help us, being touched with our affliction. Fur

thermore, this judge gave the widow no commandpassions established, and the moral agent sold under

ment to come to him : we have a commandment to sin, before he is well aware to what an unhappy bondage he has subjected himself. To this will succeed the

resort to God, for he saith, Call upon me in the day

of thy tribulations,-which is as well a commandment devices of the tempter (who, in the absence of other

as, Thou sbalt not steal. He that spake the one, instructors, will not desert his docile pupil), teaching

spake the other; and whatsoever he be that is in hiin, in the last resort, to call evil good, and good evil; to reconcile the practice of wickedness with the

trouble, and calleth not upon God, breaketh his com

mandment. Take heed therefore: the judge did not hope of impunity; to rid himselt of irksome restraints, divine and human ; finally, to deny his God, and to

promise the widow help: God promiseth us help: and

will he not perform it? He will, he will. The judge set at nought his denunciations. In a world like this, and constituted as men are, to leave the young and

(I say) did not promise the widow help: God will inexperienced without religious direction ; to supply it us with a double oath, Amen, amen, saith he, verily

give us both hearing and helping. He hath promised them with increased opportunities of knowing evil, verily—he doubles it--whatsoever ye shall ask in my without inculcating the awful obligation to do good;

name, ye shall have it. And though he put off some to spare no pains in training them up as skilful arti

sinner for a time, and suffer him to bite on the bridle, sans and expert traders, but to observe a dreary silence

and to prove him--for there be many beginners, but as to the consequences of their actions in this and another state of being ; to expose them unprepared,

few continuers in prayer-yet we may not think that or rather with the carual mind too well prepared, to

he hath forgotten us, and will not help us. When the

help is most needful, then he will come and not tarry. the infidel publications of the day, all sedulously ac

He knoweth when it shall be best for us to have help: commodated to the capacity, and all artfully addressed

though he tarry, he will come at the last.-Bishop Lato the worst passions and the pride of the young, is

timer's Sermons. to doom to certain destruction, both of body and soul, those who, by their dependent situation, have the FALSEHOOD.-A lie is a breach of promise ; for who, strongest claim upon us for religious counsel, and at a ever seriously addresses his discourse to another, tacitly time of life when they most need it. It is the excess promises to speak the truth, because he knows the of folly, as well as of hardheartedness. The theorist truth is expected.-Paley, may lay down the plan,--the selfish and indifferent may act, upon it in the case of those unconnected with

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