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ANECDOTES AND EXTRACTS :-

A Few Plain Words about a recent Review

in this Magazine

648

Antichrist and the Present Times

15

Gleanings from my District

613
Little Substitute, The

533
Night turned to Day

535

“Swearing Tom,” of Basingstoke

21

Sweet Memories...

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The Wonders of Providence; or, A Voice
from the Field of Waterloo

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MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS:--

Christ's Quotations from the Old Testament 112

Clifton Christian Conference, The

493
Grace Triumphant

592
Grateful Memories

550
Late Bishop of Carlisle, The ...
Love, and its Fruits

549
Temptation and Trial; or, Out of the

Depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord !" 595

PILGRIM PAPERS :-

Another “Stone of Help”

583

Antinomianism...

532
At Home and Abroad

93

Before and After

193

Caught in a Trap

473

Christian Experience of an Old Testament

Saint

35

Christian Man's Duty, as embodied in the
Apostle Paul

353
Communings by the way

473

Covenant Love and Covenant Privilege 295

Covenant Verities in and from the Covenant

Head

201

Deceitfulness and Danger of Riches 141
Desert Places

131
Dream, A...

369
Earthquakes

257
Ebenezers; or, Stones of Help

95
Extract from “ The Christian World Un-
masked”

99

Few Remarks (A) to those who expeot soon

to be “Absent from the body” and “ Pre-

sent with the Lord”.

247

Few Thoughts on “Stirs," A...

300

Final Restitution

100

Fulfilment of Prophecy

33

Glorious Standing of the Church in Christ,

The

522

Good Man, A

304

Great Propitiation, The

528, 636

Half-an-Hour's “Chat between George

and Mary”,

305

Heart-Appeal

580

Heavenly Secrets

366

Heart-Workings...

127

History

of Cornelius, The

254

Joyful Prospect ...

97

Labours among

the Nestorians

410

Letter of John Berridge

477
Letter of the late Rev. W. Huntington 205
Life, Light, and Love; or, Visits to and
from Jesus

143
Love's Greetings

79
Missionary Results

309
Notes on the Apocalypse

195
Omnipotent Power

528

Opposition of the World to the Truth (The) 414

Paul's Vow

527

Personal Recollections. By the Old Pilgrim 245

Plain Remarks on Portions of Holy Scrip-

ture

466, 415

Quiet Thoughts at Eventide

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CORRESPONDENCE :-

Aged Pilgrims' Friend Society, The

547

Cheering Words ...

436

Father's Cries, A

105
Greetings by the way

268

Letter from Rev. J. Bunyan M'Oare 503

Life, and the Comforts of Life

157
Mother's Prayers, A, heard and answered 211
New Church of St. David's, The, Barns.
bury, London

384
Personal Recognition in Heaven

434
Recollections of Departed Ministers

313
Rev. John Bunyan M'Oure, The

391
Right Road, The, though Rough and
Thorny ...

311

Sense of Sin, A

548

Sheep, The, crying to the Shepherd

438
Sleeping in Jesus
Sins of Service, The

311
Uncertainty of Life-Conquest in Death 382
Toplady's
Hymns

616
Trinity, The, in the Resurrection

107
Word of Warning, A

381

Paul's Vow

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POETRY :-

Babylon the Great is Fallen

Church's Cry, The

43

Cowper's “ Table-Talk

472

Escape for thy Life”

231
Fear of Death removed, "The

344
Fear Not

420
Going Home

126
Lines addressed to an Amicted Saint on her
Birthday

232
Lines on 2 Chron, vi, 32

40

Lines suggested through the “Falling

Asleep" of Mrs. S. E. Deal...

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Lines

on the Death of the Bishor of Carlisle 654

New Year's Prayer

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No City Here

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No Room for Jesus

363
On the Death of an Aged Pilgrim

50
Real Presence, The

96

Redeeming Mercy

Salvation

207

Song in the Night, A

336
Songs in the Night

531

Thy Will be Done

240

Thoughts Suggested by the Passing Year

1869

588

To a Friend

352

“ With Our Lives"

22
Word to the Protestants of England 160

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PASSING EVENTS-A MONTHLY NOTE:
53, 109, 162, 217, 274, 321, 387, 445, 499,

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THE

GOSPEL

MAGAZINE.

" COMPORT YE, COMFORT YE MY PEOPLE, SAITII YOUR GOD."

" ENDEAVOURING TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT IN THE BOND OF PEACE." “JESUS CHRIST, TUE SAME YESTERDAY, AND TO-DAY, AND FOR EVER." " WHOM TO KNOW IS LIFE ETERNAL."

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JANUARY, 1869.

No. 1,237, OLD SERIEB.

The Family Portion;

OR, WORDS OF SPIRITUAL CAUTION, COUNSEL, AND COMFORT. “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any

trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”—2 Cor. i. 4.

A COVENANT PLEDGE FOR A NEW YEAR, AND FOR

ALL THE TIME-STATE OF GOD'S PEOPLE.

My people shall never be ashamed.—JOEL ii. 26. BELOVED, we cannot conceive of any really thoughtful mind entering upon a new and altogether unknown year, without feelings of peculiar solemnity. As lately intimated, we cannot but believe that as

, time advances, and the closing up of the present state of things draws near, matters in general will assume a graver and still more serious aspect. This we think is most clearly to be inferred from various prophecies in the Old Testament, and especially by what our Lord, and what Paul and Peter, his apostles, testified in the New. And (singular as it may appear) with all that has been advanced both from pulpit and press, in regard to Romanism and Infidelity, we are at a loss to perceive that either one or the other has received the least effectual check. Both progress as though nought had resisted them. Not merely the world, but professors of religion, seem either spellbound or under a fatal delusion, in regard to the invidious encroachments of the man of sin. Checked, and all but crushed, as Popery has been in other lands, it would seem as if England (with all her dear-bought lessons) were determined in respect to her, to cast off all the teachings of history, and the fear of God, as enjoined in His word, and nestle in her bosom the apparently-harmless viper, that, once warmed and nourished, will be only too glad to turn again and sting to the very heart's core those by whom it has been cherished. We dare not attach ourselves to those who say, there is nothing to apprehend from Popery. We believe, on the contrary, that there is everything to fear from what has proved, age after age and generation after generation, to be the proud and presumptuous usurper of both Jehovah's name and authority, as well as the inveterate enemy of

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man, and the destroyer of both his temporal and spiritual interests. We altogether sympathize with the saying, that Popery is Satan's masterpiece ; hence the utmost possible craft and subtlety and deception are to be expected from the whole system. We believe, moreover, that one of the most dangerous features of the times is, that men who once prided themselves in the name of Protestant, have become weary of the exhortations and remonstrances whereby they were warned and cautioned against the advances of such a dangerous and perfidious foe. Whilst such have relaxed in their vigilance to resist and repel the invader, there has been no laxity or want of the most dogged perseverance upon the part of that invader. No, prompted by the powers of darkness, there has been, and still is, firm, steady, indomitable resolution, upon the part of Popery, to obtain, at any cost, its long-cherished object-namely, the subjugation of England; and we are free to confess, that our hope, as to results, is not in man nor his devices, but simply and solely in the Lord our God! We think that, as a nation, He has given over England “to believe a lie;" and that Popery will most assuredly progress to such an extent as to defy all creature-power; and that when it has attained that eminence and dominion for which it has so long panted, then, in the most signal and awfully-momentous way, God Himself will visit Babylon with all His ruinous, crushing, and most destructive power. When Popery has filled up the cup of her filth and abominations, then, as it is written, “God will remember her iniquities.” When she shall say in her heart, “I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow,” then “shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come” (Rev. xviii. 8–10). . Reader, be assured that this destruction of the mystic Babylon is inevitable. Turn, we pray you, to what is recorded in the 6th chapter of this same book of the Revelation ; there we read: “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth ?” (Rev. vi. 9, 10.).

But our present object, beloved reader, is by no means to dwell on these things. We merely glance at them as introductory and bearing upon the great and glorious declaration of our text, “ My people shall never be ashamed.' It is strong and emphatic language, but not too strong nor too emphatic for the varied emergencies and diversified trials and afflictions with which the dear children of God are more or less familiar. Nay, it is the very assurance they need. It

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is a testimony exactly adapted to their state, and, under the powerful application of the Holy Ghost, may well assuage their fears, and cheer and comfort them, as they step over the threshold of a new and untrodden year.

“My people shall never be ashamed.”

Now, beloved, first mark the claim, “My people.” How marve lously gracious and condescending upon the part of Jehovah to speak of poor sinful worms of the earth in such terms as these. That there may be no mistake or misapprehension as to the fact of such being the condition, in a spiritual point of view, of those of whom the Lord speaks as His people, observe what the prophet Isaiah was commissioned to say, “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, 0 earth : for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward” (Isa. i. 2—4). Again, the prophet adds: “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment” (Isa. i. 5, 6). Beloved, we make special reference to this testimony of the Holy Ghost by the prophet, because we full well know how apt the children of God are to believe that it is impossible they can be His people. The longer they tarry in the wilderness, the more do they discover the vileness of their own hearts, and the deadly antagonism of everything appertaining to their poor fallen state to all that is of God. “The law they find in their members warring against the law of their ” (better or new-created) “mind brings them into captivity to the law of sin which is in their members,” and “works in them all manner of concupiscence.” Hence, as they are led into a painful discovery of these things, they become the subjects of doubt and fear and apprehension as to whether they really can be the people of God. They for the time overlook the great fact, that this very experience (however painful) proves that they are His children, and that what they are now learning is the immediate fruit and effect of the Holy Ghost's having said to them, “Turn about, O son of man, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these." This is the method by which He humbles them, and brings them to lay low and broken and contrite at His blessed footstool.

Whilst upon this subject, beloved, we cannot but express our conviction, that the Lord will specially maintain His work in the souls of His people, in a very clear and distinctive way, in these evil days; there shall not be, upon the part of His Spirit-taught ones, in the leastwise a mixing up and a confounding with prevailing fatal errors and destructive delusions, on the one hand; nor a gliding into and a

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