« PoprzedniaDalej »
songs in heaven 2 We took sweet counsel with them here below, and our united worship often made our hearts burn within us; but we shall derive far greater joy from mingling our praises with theirs in the land above. There will be no coldness to disturb our friendship, nor cares, nor anxieties, nor separations, to interrupt it. There will be no wanderings in our united prayers, no deadness of spirit, no faltering tongues in our praises. The meanest redeemed sinner, that enters the temple which has received their souls, will sing a louder and a sweeter song than the brightest archangel there. The angels have never tasted of pardoning grace and redeeming love; they may say, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain;' but they cannot say, ‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us.” They cannot say, ‘Salvation to our God, which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” They cannot sing this song of the redeemed; “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.’” The title of the third sermon is, “The Dying Christian committing his Soul to God:” text, Ps. xxxi. 5. In this sermon our author discusses the following particulars: 1st, “With whom the dying Christian wishes to entrust his soul; 2d, What is implied in committing his soul into the hand of God; 3d. What warrant or encouragement he has thus to entrust it to him.” We do not much object to this plan of arrangement; but we certainly think that the first particular involves a position so very simple and obvious, that it needed hardly to have been exhibited, in the sermon, in the conspicuous situation of a separate and distinct head of discussion. The doctrine taught in this discourse, is very important, and deserves the serious attention of every human being. May God enable us so to proceed through life, that we may be enabled in death, with true evangelical hope and assurance, to commit our spirits into his hand The fourth sermon appears to have been preached on the occasion of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper: the text is, Luke xxii. 195 and the title is—“The Advantages of Remembering Christ.” To remember Christ, Mr. B. tells us, implies that we know him, love him, and frequently and affectionately recal him to our minds. The advantages of so remembering him are, 1st, Comfort to the soul when wounded by a sense of sin; 2d, Elevation of the mind to heavenly enjoyments; 3d, Patience and comfort in the midst of our trials; 4th, The keeping alive in the mind a constant hatred of sin. These advantages are exhibited before us, with a view to in
duce us ever to bear on our minds a lively recollection of our once crucified but now exalted Redeemer. Those who forget Jesus shall be forgotten by him :—But, “who amongst us (p. 66.) can bear the thought of being forgotten by the Lord Jehovah: Which of us will dare to forget him, and be easy O may we all be led this very hour to his throne ! May each of us offer there, with a contrite heart, this simple prayer, which has never since the day of his agony been offered to him in vain, “Lord, remember me.” Sermon fifth is entitled,—“The Legacy of Christ:” text, John xiv. 27. This sermon presents to us cheering views of the love of the
Redeemer to his people; and of that peace which, when he left
this world, he bequeathed to them. It is impossible to peruse this discourse with a proper spirit, and not feel the force of the animated exhortation with which it is concluded: “Turn (p. 80.) then, my brethren, from the lying vanities of a sceptical and foolish world, and seek with your whole heart the peace of Christ. Seek, at the cross of Jesus, reconciliation with your offended God; seek an interest in that blood, which cleanseth from all sin; draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, to this fountain of blessedness, and you shall at length find rest to your wearied souls. Having your hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, a peace shall be poured out on you which passeth all understanding; a peace which none of the calamities of life can materially affect; a peace which will keep your souls serene amidst the wreck of a perishing universe; a peace which will endure forever in the kingdom of your God.” We find that were we to proceed in this way, giving even but a very succinct epitome of each discourse, we should swell our article to such a size that it could not be published in one number of our Magazine; and as we dislike exceedingly the mangling plan of long continuations,—we hope our readers will excuse us, should we only present to them the titles and the texts of the remaining sermons in the volume before us.
Sermon 6. The News of Christ's Resurrection sent to Peter. Mark, xvi. 7. 7. The Humility of St. Paul. Eph. iii. 8. . . 8. The Compassion of the High Priest of the Church. Heb. iv. 15. 9. The Throne of Grace. Heb. iv. 16. 10. The Death of Moses. Deut. xxxiv. 5. 11. The Goodness of God to Israel. Deut. xxxii. 10, 11, 12. 12. The Christian Journeying to the Promised Land. Num. x. 29. 13. The Christian's Song in his Pilgrimage. Ps. cxix. 54. 14. The Brevity and Vanity of Human Life. Ps. xxxix. 5. 15. The Glory of the Gospel. 2 Cor. iii. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. 16. The Constraining Influence of the Love of Christ. 2 Cor. v. 14, 15. 17. Christ Healing the Broken-hearted. Luke iv. 18. #. 18. The Tears of Jesus at the Grave of Lazarus. John xi. 35. 19, God the Eternal Dwelling-place of his Servants. Ps. Xc. 1, 2, .
470 Review of Bradley's Sermons. Oct.
sermon 20. The Forbearance of David towards shimei. 2 Sam. xvi. 13. 21. The Grounds of David's Forbearance towards Shimei. 2 Sam. xvi. 11, 12. 22. The Rewords of the Conquering Christian. Rev. ii. 17. 23. Israelites Returning from Babylon. Jer. 1. 4, 5. 24. The Redeemed Sinner joining himself in a Covenant with Got Jer. l. 5. - 25. The Way to Zion. Isaiah, xxxv. 8, 9, 10. 26. The Heavenly Zion. Isaiah, xxxv. 10. 27. The Patience of God. Romans, ii. 4. 28. The Repentance of Judas. Matt. xxvii. 3, 4, 5. 29. The Repentance of Peter. Luke xxii. 60, 61,62. 30. The Confession of Pharaoh. Exodus, ix. 27, 28. 31. The Scape-Goat a Type of Christ;. Lev. xvi. 21, 22. 32. The Burial of Christ. John xix. 41, 42. 33. The Exhortation and Promises of God to the Afflicted. Isaiah, xliii. 1, 2, 3, 4. 34. The Advantages of a frequent Retrospect of Life. Deut. viii. 2. 35. The Fear of Peter when Walking on the Sea. Matt. xiv. 30, 31. 36. The Christian Waiting for his Deliverer. 2 Thess. i. 10. 37. The Prayer of David for Self-knowledge. Ps. cxxxix. 23, 24. 38. The Wedding Garment. Matt. xxii. 11, 12, 13. 39. The Christian Reigning in Life. Rom. v. 17. * We should be very sorry thus to dismiss from us this valuable production, were we not persuaded that even from the very mutilated broken view of it, which has now been given, most of our readers will be disposed to procure for themselves a perusal of the work itself. If they should, we think they will have no cause to regret the time which they may spend in such a perusal. They will find much in this volume calculated to please and improve. The sentiments are truly evangelical; the language and expression simple, elegant, and chaste. Mr. B. deals not in philosophical and hair-splitting disquisition; but preaches the doctrines of the gospel, as they ought to be preached, in a plain, scriptural, and impressive style. Hence, this is not a volume, we allow, for metaphysical Christians; nor for those who are more fond of flowers than of fruit; but it is, in our opinion, notwithstanding, a volume well calculated to teach every rational, humble Christian, that wisdom which maketh wise unto salvation. We cannot help, therefore, most sincerely wishing, that the period may soon arrive, when every pulpit, and every district, in the world, shall resound with sermons similar to those which this volume contains. With this wish, and the following quotation, (p. 308.) we must, for the present, take our leave of Mr. B. “Some of us, perhaps, have been tempted to pity the Christian, and to regret that he should deny himself the comforts and joys which we find in those pursuits and delights of the world, that he has abandoned; we are ready to think that he has been disappointed in his expectations, and that were it not for the workings of obstinacy and pride, he would again rejoice to share our society and to enter into our pleasures. But could we once see
the intense earnestness with which the most sorrowful Christian desires to cling to his God, and the rich and full satisfaction which he finds and enjoys in him, we should learn a lesson that would astonish and humble us. That man disappointed, who has the eternal God for his dwelling-place : That heart unsatisfied, which is lying on the bosom of Jehovah : Never. You, brethren, who are thirsting for pleasure, and seeking it with all the energies of your souls, in a deceiving and changing world, you are the men whose hearts ache with vexation, and sicken with disappointment; you are the men to whom solitude is irksome, existence itself often a burden, death dreadful, and eternity appalling.” T. G. M.I.
DRELIN court's VISITs of LovE.
Pastor. Be consoled then, my sister, and rejoice in the Saviour. For although it is impossible that your daughter should return to you, yet assuredly, if you have that faith, hope, and charity, which have carried her to heaven, you will go to her, and live with her for ever. Mother. I wish, my dear sir, with all my heart, that such an event could take place immediately, for I do but exist at present. I am weary of life; it is more insupportable than death. P. Impatience is not the path to heaven. You must humbly wait the moment which God, in his wise counsels, has determined; and while it is his will that we remain in this world, it is our duty to live here cheerfully in order to praise and serve him. To indulge a violent desire for death, that we may escape from the pains and evils of life, is a species of despair. M. The time of our departure, dear sir, comes very slowly. It is very difficult to cherish a suitable patience. P. This period cannot be far off, since, in relation to eternity, the whole of life is but as a moment. Ask of God this Christian patience, and he will not refuse it. Above all, reflect on what the prophet says, “Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Hab. ii. 3. That is to say, “That if God tarries in regard to our impatience, he will not tarry as respects our wants, and our salvation.” M. I acknowledge freely the truth and justice of all you have been pleased to say to me. But, dear sir, it is much easier to offer comfort to others than to feel it ourselves; the theory is beautiful, but the practice is difficult. P. I concede that it is not easy to admit consolation instantly after the experience of a severe affliction. God is so good that he pardons the first effusions of nature; but there is a wide difference between afflicted persons who seek for those consolations which the Holy Spirit furnishes in his word, and who receive with docility those offered by his ministers, and persons who resign themselves to an excessive grief—who take delight in tearing open their wounds, and who will listen to no consolation. Forgive me, sister, for saying your grief is too great, and that you should endeavour to calm it; lest you should draw on yourself chastisement more severe. Recollect how many believers have been far more afflicted than yourself, and yet have found consolation in God, and have humbly submitted to the decrees of Providence. Can you ask an example more illustrious than that of Job He lost not merely one daughter, but he lost in one day—all his property and all his children. These were numerous, for he had seven sons and three daughters; and these children were married and probably had children. So that he lost ten families at once. Nevertheless, he neither murmured against God, nor was overwhelmed with the affliction. On the contrary, he evinced a holy constancy—he adored the providence of God, and kissed the hand which had chastised him so severely. “The Lord gave, says he, and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.” Thus far, God has acted towards you with greater tenderness; for although he has taken one daughter, he has spared your property and has left you several other children, and what is still more, he has spared to you your husband. M. I have no child, nor shall ever have one so pious, so estimable, so beloved, as the one I have lost. Her I loved with all my heart, and shall mourn her departure while I live. P. Why do you talk so, my sister 2 is it for you to set limits to the power of God, or to the effects of that love which he entertains for you through Jesus Christ his son 2 The hand that formed your lovely daughter, and enriched her with so many excellent qualities, is it shortened 2 Are the treasures of his grace and mercy completely exhausted 2 But admitting that your other children are not so lovely, or exemplary, or dutiful ; you are bound to love them as the gift of God. You must bear with their foibles and forgive their faults, as you expect that God will forgive your sins. I know many families who would consider themselves as very happy, if God had given them children such as yours. M. Job is represented as a model of patience and of constancy —I am far from attaining these qualities. I own I am impatient under my sufferings, and that I find great difficulty in sustaining my afflictions; but especially the death of my children— it is more than I can bear. T P. Since the beautiful example I have mentioned, does not suitably impress you, allow me to mention Pagans who have sustained their afflictions with firmness; and instead of mur