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of the subject, when he informs us, « Without me," says Christ, “ye that “the grace of God” teacheth us, can do nothing.' Without him, we that "denying ungodliness and world. may talk of good works and may ly lusts, we should live soberly, seein to do them, but we really do righteously, and godly, in this pre- none, and indeed can do none. "As sent world.” Such are the works the branch cannot bear fruit of itwbich Christ requires, such is the self except it abide in the vine, so fruit which we must bear, if we neither can ye, except ye abide in would be his disciples if we would me.” But then he adds, “ He that glorify God. But we must not only abideth in me, and I in him, the bear fruit of this kind, we must bear same bringeth forth much fruit;" much of it; we must “abound in assuring us, that all who by faith the work of the Lord.” These things are united to Christ, receive such must not only be in us, but they supplies of grace from him as enable must abound, if we would be neither them to bring forth much fruit. barren nor unfruitful in the know. St. Paul experienced this when he ledge of our Lord. We must abound said, “I can do all things through not in some Christian graces, but in Christ,which strengtheneth me;" and all. If we would " walk worthy of all Christ's true disciples may use a the Lord unto all pleasing," we must similar language; for his grace is albe “ fruitful in every good work.” ways sufficient for them: his strength For there isthat close connection be- is made perfect in their weakness." tween all the Christian graces, that And what may not those do who they cannot be separated; all must have such power and grace conferred go together : and he who does not upon them? Surely they are, in assiduously cultivate all, cannot be an especial manner, bound to “ let said as yet to have entered aright on their light so shine before men, that the great work of his Christian pro- they may see their good works, and fession. Do we not promise, on en- glorify their Father which is in tering into the ark of Christ's church, heaven." that we shall keep all his command- When it is said that God is glori. ments? Naming the name of Christ, fied by our bearing much fruit, it is are we not bound to depart from all not meant that any thing can be iniquity. Are we not called, as added to his essential glory; or that Christians, to be “ holy in all man- he is more or less glorious in conner of conversation, as he who hath sequence of any thing we either do called us is holy;" to be “ perfect or leave undone. But he is then as our Father which is in heaven is said to be glorified, when his creaperfect.” Are not we who have tures see and acknowledge his glory. given up our names to Christ, taught He made all things for the purpose of him to “ love the Lord our God of shewing forth his glorious perwith all our heart, and soul, and fections to such of his creatures as mind, and our neighbour as our- are capable of thinking upon them. selves?" Įs not our duty then plain? And when they so think upon them It is to glorify God by bearing much as to own and admire their glory, fruit, by doing much good and no then are they said to glorify him, or evil in the world, by being good to give him glory. And as the and doing good in the highest man- glory of his wisdom, power, and ner that we possibly can,
goodness, shines forth in his works of Tothis course of well-doing Chris- creation and providence, so the glory tians are especially bound by ano- of his mercy and truth shines forth ther consideration, that if much is in the redemption of man, and in required of them, it is because much all the good works they are thereby has been given. Of themselves, in- enabled to do; for as they do them deed, they bave neither inclination all only by his assistance, the glory nor strength for any good work. of them redoupds to him. When we
behold his mercy promising such favour, and he is graciously pleased
are ye my disciples indeed;" not glory of the Lord shining most glo- his disciples in name, profession, and riously, and we praise God and glo- outward appearance only, as is unrify his holy name who hath thus happily the case with too many; but wrought in his sinful creatures “to his disciples in truịh and reality. will and to do of his good pleasure," Others may reckon themselves to be and filled them with the fruits of his disciples; but he will not reckon righteousness which are by Jesus them to be so, nor own them as such Christ unto the glory and praise of in the last day. Many shall say God."
to him in that day, Lord, Lord, have But what motives, what encou. we not prophesied in thy name, and ragement have we thus to seek the in thy name have cast out devils, glory of God by bearing much fruit? and in thy name done many wonderWe have the strongest motives: we ful works ;" to whom he will reply. have the highest encouragement. "I never knew you; depart from me, That God may be glorified is the ye that work iniquity." How conbest end at which we can aim. It was fident are these men, that they were that we might pursue this end that the disciples of Christ! Yet after all he at first made us, that he still up. Christ will not own them as such, holds us, that he bestows on us so because they wrought iniquity: they, many blessings, that he redeemed did not live as became his disciples. us by the blood of his only begot. In every period of the church there ten Son. By glorifying God, there have been too many such.“enemies fore, we attain the end which God to the cross of Christ” among his had in view in our creation, preser- professed followers, “whose end is vation, and redemption, and then destruction,” because they “mind reach the proper satisfaction and earthly things;" and it is to be rest of the soul. We cannot look feared that they abound not less in farther or aim higher than at the the present than in the preceding supreme end of all things : yet this ages. Professing to know God, yet end do those reach who glorify God. denying bim by their works; hoOther people live to no purpose. nouring the Saviour with their lips, They live to the best of purposes; yet crucifying him afresh by their that for which they came into the conduct, and putting him to open world. They do His business, and shame ; what can be expected but they are under His care and protec. woe
to such Christians ? Well Lion, who sent them hither. Glori- would it bave been for them, never fying him, they enjoy his love and to have heard the name of Christ,
never to have been baptized into the thus given us to bear much fruit ! fellowship of his religion, yea if they We are all baptized in the name of had never been born! For what Christ: we profess ourselves to be will Christ say to them at the last his disciples : we call on his name: day; not “come, ye blessed ;" but we hear his word : we own him “ depart, ye cursed, into everlast- for our Lord and Saviour; and we ing fire.
hope to be saved by him. But let But how happy, on the other hand, us take heed that after all we be not are they who bear much fruit, and deceived, as we certainly shall be if thus shew themselves the true dis- we bear not the fruit which he exciples of Christ! He regards and pects from us. “ “ For now is the loves them as his own. He takes a ax laid to the root of the tree: therespecial care of them and their con- fore every tree that bringeth not cerns. He is their Advocate with forth good fruit, is hewn down and the Father, continually making in- cast into the fire." If we bring not tercession for them, washing them forth fruit, and much fruit too, we from their sins in his own blood, and shall be regarded as only cumberpresenting them holy and spotlessing the ground, as fit only to be cut before God. He gives them his down and cast into the fire. Let us Holy Spirit to lead them into all no longer be careless and indiffetruth, to direct them in all their rent in this great concern.
Let us ways, and to support and comfort attend in earnest to the things bethem in all the changing circum- longing to our peace, and follow stances of life. He makes all things them with all our might. Let us to work together for their good. He tread in our Master's steps, making communicates to them his own most it our meat and drink to do the blessed body and blood, to preserve will of our heavenly Father, and to . both their souls and bodies unto eter- finish the work which he has given nal life. He is always with them us to do. Thus shall we glorify while they live; and when they die God, and shew ourselves to be "he receives their souls to himself. Christ's disciples indeed. We shall And at the last day he will set them then be as trees bearing much fruit, at his own right hand, and say unto and shall be counted worthy to be them, “ Come ye blessed of my transplanted ere long into the paraFather, inherit the kingdom pre- dise of God, where we shall flourish pared for you from the foundation and enjoy the fruits of our labours of the world;" where they shall live for ever, through him who is gone with him in glory, and “ shine before to prepare a place for us, forth as the sun, in the kingdom of even Jesus Christ, to whom be their Father," for ever.
glory and honour both now and What strong encouragement is
Toshe Editor of the Christian Observer, goodness to insert it in your valuaAs you have so ably taken up the ble work. cause of the British and Foreign
&c. Bible Society, permit me to send
CH. FR. A. STEINKOPFF. you the copy of a letter which I Savoy, April 18, 1812. iook the liberty of addressing to one of its excellent vice-presidents, Sir,
Savoy, Feb. 5, 1812. the Right Hon. Nicholas Vansiltart, Permit me, in compliance with and to request you may have the your desire, expressed with all that
kiodness and condescension which among the numerous Protestant faadorn your character, to make a milies in Alsace, Lothringen, Aufew remarks on what the Rev. Dr. stria, Stiria, Carinthia, Bavaria, &c. Marsh observed in his Inquiry re. It is also a pleasing fact, that in the specting the want of Bibles in Ger- Roman Catholic provinces of Gere many, the Canstein Institution, and
many (where, perhaps, not one in the difference between my speech, fifty fasoilies possesses a Bible), as first published in the Cambridge mary Catholics have of late exChronicle, and afterwards republish- pressed a great desire to read the ed by Professor Farish.
holy Scriptures, and gladly received If I ever had made any unquali- them from the hands of Protestants. fied statements respecting the want In addition to this, most pressing of the holy Scriptures in Germany; solicitations for a supply of German if I had used such expressions like Bibles and Testamenis were receiv. these, “ that there was a total, ored from respectable clergymen offieven general, want of the same in ciating among the German colonies my native country, that the people near the Wolga, in the Russian could not procure them at all, or empire; from the chaplains, officers, only at an exorbitant rale;' then I and privates of several German reshould have acted, indeed, with a giments in the British service; zeal without knowledge; I should from German sailors, many thouhave violated truth, degraded the sand of whom are now employed in character of my nation, and must the British navy ; and even from certainly have been detected by the the Corresponding Committee in respectable German clergymen and Calcutta. To supply these and gentlemen who reside in England, many similar wants, expressed from and are as well, or better acquainted a variety of quarters, I proposed to with the state of their native coun- the British and Foreign Bible Sotry than myself. But I may appeal ciety to make use of that excellent to all those who have observed my " Canstein Institution," referred to conduct, either in the private or by the learned Professor, which, inpublic transactions of the Society, stead of concealing from public that I never used such vague and view, I felt most happy to bring random assertions. No-1 stated into that general notice which its facts, which either came under my excellence justly deserves. May I personal observation, or were com- take the liberty to refer you to the municated to me by respectable so- second Report of our Society, pp. cieties and individuals in different 163, 164, where you will find a parts of the Continent. About nine concise, but comprehensive, account years ago, the state of my health of that benevolent institution. The obliged me to leave my congrega- very next pages of the same Report tion for a season. At that time I contain documents, proving ihat travelled through part of France, this “cheap repository" of German Switzerland, Germany, and Den- Scriptures was employed by the mark, making it a particular point British and Foreign Bible Society to to inquire into the state of the holy send Bibles and Testaments to poor Scriptures in these countries. The Protestants in Galicia; and since result of all my inquiries, more pare that period, up to this present time, ticularly with regard to my native many thousand Bibles and Testacountry, was, that though some of the ments have been forwarded from it, Protestant parts of Germany were, at the expense of the British and generally speaking, well supplied Foreign Bible Society, to the Gerwith Bibles and Testaments, yet man colonies near the Wolga; to there were others, in which a con- Protestant congregations in Mecksiderable want of the holy Scrip- lenburg, Austria, Brandenburg, fures prevailed, more especially Hungary, Bavaria ; and also for
gratuitous distribution among Ro- and I cannot entertain a doubt from man Catholics. Others have been his humanity, from the veneration ordered over to this country, where he every where expresses for the they were much wanted, and grate. sacred writings, and from the ato fally received by several congrega- tachment which he professes for my tions and schools in London, Hull, native country, that had be been and Dublin. It was only when the personally present when applicapresent political circumstances ren. tions were made to me by old Gero. dered the communication with the man soldiers and sailors (some of Continent precarious and uncertain, whom had lost their limbs in the that the British and Foreign Bible British service, and are
now in Society determined to print an edi. Chelsea or Greenwich Hospital), noi tion of 5000 German Testaments, for money, but for German Bibles or and another of 3000 German Bibles Testaments, he would have hastened in London. The former is com- himself to put this blessed book into pleted, and you, my respected Sir, their hands, and to pour the balm of can testify, from your attendance heavenly consolation in their hearts, on the committee, with what anxious he would not have remained unafsolicitations they have been called fected with their sincere expressions for, and with what emotions of gra- of joy, and the tears of gratitude titude received by German soldiers they shed. and sailors. Indeed, you have in your With regard to the remarks of own possession, an important letter the learned Professor, on my speech on this subject from one of his Ma- in Cambridge, I beg simply to state, jesty's chaplains to the forces. But that what appeared in the Camthough the Canstein Institution is so bridge Chronicle was not my speech, well calculated to supply the spi• but a report of it which I never saw ritual wants of many of the poor in till it was printed; that I immeGermany, it was deeply felt by a diately perceived and pointed out number of respectable clergymen some inaccuracies, and sent down and gentlemen in that country, that my speech soon afterwards. I do the Hallish Bibles, if sent to a great most readily allow, that I may have distance, owing to the expense of varied in some verbal expressions ; carriage, would come higher than but in point of the accuracy of all their poor could afford to pay. On the statements which I made, I can this account they found it desirable safely appeal to the justice and canto establish a Bible Society of their dour of one of the most respectable own, which, chiefly by the liberal and enlightened audiences before donations of the British and Foreign which I ever was privileged to apBible Society, has been enabled to pear. print large editions of a German To the charge of colouring, I Testament and Bible in standing reply: the facts related by the Britypes. A separate fund has been tish and Foreign Bible Society need established by the active exertions no colouring; they speak for themof that Society, for the express pur- selves. It undeniably has pleased pose of gratuitously distributing God to bless this Society, within a ihem to the poor, or of selling them short period, in a most remarkable at half cost, or at still more reduced manner, and to render it a blessing prices. It would be uncandid in to others. My constant wish and me to insinuate, that the Rev. Doc- prayer is, that no human applause lor objects to the circulation of the may lift me up, nor any human holy Scriptures in foreign parts: censure discourage, but that with a on the contrary, he most explicitly single eye and a steady step I may states bimself to be favourable to be enabled to promote the glory of that part of the proceedings of the God and the benefit of my fellow. British and Foreigu Bible Society; creatures. I consider it one of tbe