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be, for many, many years, the vile thought will again and again intrude itself, “ But is it quite as it should be that we, after all our knowledge and experience, should have to come as poor and needy, as guilty and as helpless, as ever? Ought we not by this time to have gained a something—to possess a something—the which we can present to the Lord in and upon our approaches ?” Ah, no, beloved, we believe this is all of the flesh, in its pride and self-sufficiency, and in its ever-constant efforts to be a something, or to do a something in or of or by ourselves, independent of the Lord. We, in our poor proud hearts, are seeking that it should at least be, Christ and Co., not Christ all in all; but this will not do. The Lord the Spirit will teach us effectually that it is “ of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things : to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” We shall learn by little and little the reality of the mercy, and all the blessedness connected therewith, that “ As we have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, So we must walk in Him;" as weak and as helpless, as guilty and as pauper-like, in and of ourselves, as ever. It must simply be, all the journey through,
“Nothing in my hands I bring,
Simply to Thyself I cling." Beloved, the first and the last word in the grand economy of salvation, as far as wilderness-teachings are concerned, is GRACE. It is the first word which the Great Teacher sets before His pupil, and it will be the last word over which he will be found poring, when he is transferred from tabernacling in the body of this flesh to the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. In the early stages of his spiritual career, he will be studying this great theme of grace, under the aspect of arresting grace, subduing grace, converting grace, regenerating grace, pardoning grace, peace-bestowing grave; in the advancing stages, He will be called to a familiarity with it, as supporting grace, upholding grace, forbearing grace, renewing grace, delivering grace, comforting grace; later still, he will know yet more and more of restoring grace, long-suffering grace, sustaining grace, all-conquering grace, and, last of all, victorious grace. So that, from first to last, that grand and glorious truth shall be emblazoned upon the whole page of his time-state experience, " By grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves ; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Yes, indeed, dear reader, if you belong to the Lord, as you journey onwards and homewards, your song shall be
“ Grace first devised a way
To save rebellious man;
Which drew the wondrous plan.
And made my eyes o'erflow;
And will not let me go.
Through everlasting days;
And well deserves the praise.” Brethren beloved, we scarcely need remind you, that we live in eventful times—most eventful. Never, we presume, was the world in such commotion as at the present. Never, we imagine, was time so pregnant with events of such stirring character as now. But, amid all, assume whatsoever form things may, or come what will, our God can never be taken by surprise. He is prepared for every emergency He has provided for every seeming contingency or adversity or peril to which His Church may be subjected. He still holds, and ever will continue to hold, the reins of government. He is still absolute Director, and, as absolute Controller of all events, He still “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” “He maketh the clouds His chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.”
Hence, beloved, we have as reasonable a right to sing, at the close of the year 1869, as at the winding up of any previous year
“This God is the God we adore,
Whose Spirit must guide us safe home;
And trust Him for all that's to come.”
Effects of the Holy Spirit
Clifton Christian Conference, The
Depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord !" 595
At Home and Abroad
Few Thoughts on “Stirs," A...
Good Man, A
Letter from Rev. J. Bunyan M'Oure 503
Rev. John Bunyan M'Cure, The
Sins of Service, The
Opposition of the World to the Truth (The) 414
Personal Recollections. By the Old Pilgrim 245
Plain Remarks on Portions of Holy Sorip-
Quiet Thoughts at Eventide
Raven and the Dove, The
Sheep crying to the Shepherd
.333, 350, 468, 518
Waiting and Watching...,
Church's Cry, The
Lines suggested through the “Falling
Songs in the Night
“ Upon this Rock will I build my Church 589
488, 542, 651
Looking to the Evidences
“Salvation is of the Lord”
Signs of the Times, The
“With Our Lives"
Word to the Protestants of England 160
PASSING EVENTS-A MONTHLY NOTE:-
558, 612, 661
"S COMPORT YE, COMFORT YE MY PEOPLE, SAITI 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."
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 i. 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