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asking for grace to use them aright, are found generally in that man's life who is to bring others to Christ.
“ Who art thou, that would'st grave thy name
Thus deeply in a brother's heart?
Thy love-charm with true Christian art.
Beneath the shadow of His roof,
And known Him for the Christ by proof ;
Who spend with Him their happy days,
Ever in tune for love and praise.
Go, and thine erring brother gain,
Till he, too, see his Saviour plain.” In very many cases, there is no wish to form a nearer acquaintance with Christ. When they see Him, there is no beauty that they should desire Him. They think hard things of Him, and of His service; they opine that His service implies self-abasement, enduring hardness, and that His will alone must have the direction of their hearts : and so their hearts instinctively turn away from Him who would demand a new, a complete allegiance of them to Himself. This brotherly work of bringing others to Christ is hard : men do not come begging you to give them an introduction to so divine a patron: if they are to be made acquainted with Him, you have to bring them to Jesus.
IV. The time of a Mission is a blessed time : then men's hearts, touched with the love of Christ, warm towards others: then the tongue of the stammerer speaks plainly. It is of Christ they speak then. It seems natural to speak of Him. A whole congregation, a parish, is thinking of Him; and out of the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaketh. The shyness which sometimes keeps us back from speaking one to another of Christ, seems then 10 melt; and, without the glibness of superficial religion, men do speak more freely about their Saviour, the Saviour of mankind.
Who is on the Lord's side among you, my friends ? Who among you cares for his brother's soul ? There are men amongst us whom you must introduce to Christ : there are men standing all the day idle, doing nought for Him; and why? because, say they, no man hath hired us : there are brothers, your own flesh and blood, my friends, your own dear brothers, who, while you perhaps have found Christ, are themselves as yet strangers to Him. To these, to all, be it yours to tell of the patron of mankind, of the Saviour of the world. For these, be it yours to get an introduction to their Lord : for them, go and do what Andrew did for his own brother Peter-he brought him to Jesus.
It is a tender thing to be client to so august a patron ! August a patron-nay, so loving a friend, a friend that sticketh closer than a brother! Other patrons, when I see them more intimately, are found to be poorer than their fame; but of Him, behold the half was not told me! Other patrons are deficient in this respect or in that, but He is one among ten thousand, and altogether lovely! When I am introduced to others, I find
fancied merits do not stand the test as I had hoped, and I take an inferior position among the great man's clients. When I am better known to him, he is disappointed at my performances, and lets me feel his chagrin, and as time goes on, and my use to him grows less, I may look one day to be struck off his list, and be cast upon the world.
But Jesus Christ, the patron of mankind, is not so. We come to Him-ourselves feeling our insufficiency, He knowing it. We seek introduction to Him, not in order that we may find a more conspicuous platform on which to display our merits; but confessing our sins and helplessness, and looking to Him alone for help, for life. And He, unlike other patrons, when he finds us seven times a day falling back from our Christian position, weak and unable of ourselves to help ourselves ; so far from casting us overboard in disgust, is ever pitiful and helpful, rejoicing over the sinner that repents, and with abounding and increasing stores of grace, building us up, and fortifying us, that we may one day be able to withstand temptation, and having done all, to stand.
Such is our Patron; such His service. Brethren, be it yours to introduce some poor prodigals to His notice: and at the great Advent to come, may the recording angel, as the books are opened, be able to say of you, your brother standing by—“He brought him to Jesus.”
ON THE DEATH OF THE PRINCESS ALICE,
DECEMBER 14TH, 1878.
BEARING, IF THEY CONTINUE IN FAITH AND CHARITY AND HOLINESS WITH SOBRIETY.”
HERE is but one Child-bearing to which at this
season we can bend our thoughts, the wondrous
birth at Bethlehem. Thither about this time wended their way a poor carpenter and his wife, and, as on Christmas Day, she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger. That is the Child-bearing by which the whole world is saved : for unto us a Child is born, unto us Son is given, who, though mortal, and born in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, is yet Wonderful,
Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the
refer to this Birth of the Saviour, but, as it occurs in a passage devoted to the duties and province of woman, it is more proper, perhaps, to take it in the natural sense of bearing, nursing, rearing, and educating her children.
St. Paul had been exhorting men to pray, and, apparently, laying down directions for their public prayers, naming supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks, as portions of this office. He then tells Timothy how
are to be attired, and draws a sharp contrast between the province of man, who may teach both men and women ; and that of woman, whom he does not suffer to usurp such authority over man, as would be implied in her teaching publicly a congregation composed wholly, or in part, of men, alleging, as a reason for her subjection to the other sex, that Adam was first created, not Eve, and that Adam was not in the original transgression, but Eve. This seems to suggest to him, the curse under which woman lay, in having to bring forth children in sorrow; but he adds as a consolation, she shall be brought safely through her child-bearing, if they continue in faith, and charity, and holiness, with sobriety. At the same time, the words must be taken to mean something much deeper than that she shall merely be saved in body. “She shall be saved, in, or through