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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;
And all the steps that grace display,

Which drew the wondrous plan.
Grace taught my soul to pray,

And made my eyes o'erflow;
'Twas grace that kept me to this day,

And will not let me go.
“ Grace all the work shall crown

Through everlasting days;
It lays in heaven the topmost stone,

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,
Our faithful, unchangeable Friend,
Whose love is as large as His power,
And neither knows measure nor end.
“ 'Tis Jesus, the First and the Last,

Whose Spirit must guide us safe home;
We'll praise Him for all that is past,

And trust Him for all that's to come.”
St. Luke's, Bedminster, Dec., 1869.

THE EDITOR,

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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
“Swearing Tom,” of Basingstoke

21
Sweet Memories...

649
The Wonders of Providence; or, A Voice
from the Field of Waterloo

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PAGD

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"

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
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” betwoon “ George
and Mary”.

305
Heart-Appeal

580
Heavenly Secrets

366
Heart-Workings...

127
History of Cornelius, The

254

1

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

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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'Oure 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'Cure, 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

314

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

657

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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 Sorip-

ture

466, 415

Quiet Thoughts at Eventide

... 526
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Raven and the Dove, The

91

Reflections. By the late Mr. Robinson 26,

74, 183, 241, 294, 359, 409, 463, 577, 633

Rev. John Brown (The), of Haddington ... 187

Rev. S. A. Walker's Annual Address to the

Members of his Congregation

83

Remembered Epochs, and Prayer and fast-

ing

98

Riches (The), Multitude, Power, and

Triumphs of the Lovingkindnesses of the

Eternal Three in God; as seen in t..e Life

and Experience of the “Old Pilgrim 23

“Rob Roy” in the Holy Land

361

Rutherford's Love for Jesus' Coming 14

Sacrifice and Service of Love, Tie ...

76

Self-Existence of Jehovah and Care ot wis

People

472

Sheep crying to the Shepherd

355
Sitting down in the Kingdom of God. 639
Spiritual Songs

.333, 350, 468, 518
The Prophet's "Woe!”_

-The Seraphim's

190

“The Righteous hath Hope in his Death' 134

Travail (The)

and the Triumph of Faith 250

Waiting and Watching...,

30
Warfare with the Flesh, The

417
“We've reached the Resting-Place" 520
Wonders of Grace

71

World (The) when Christ comes

255

POETRY :

Babylon the Great is Fallen

101

Church's Cry, The

43
Cowper's “ Table-Talk"

472
“* Escape for thy Life"

231
Fear of Death removed, The

344

Fear Not

Going Home

126

Lines addressed to an Afflicted Saint on her

Birthday

232

Lines on 2 Chron. vi. 32

40

Lines suggested through the “Falling
Asleep" of Mrs. S. E. Peal...

486
Lines on the Death of the Bishop of Carlisle 654
New Year's Prayer

63
No City Here

249
No Night there"

176
No Room for Jesus

363
On the Death of an Aged Pilgrim

50
Real Presence, The

96
Redeeming Mercy

... 101

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

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WAYSIDE NOTES :-

Crumbs of Comfort for God's afflicted

Saints

289

“ Faint yet Pursuing"

9

Looking to the Evidences

233
Moral Preaching

70
Precious Things...

401

Preciousness and Privilege of Prayer 569

Recognition in a Future State

513

“Salvation is of the Lord”

345

Self summed up, and Christ lifted up 627

Signs of the Times, The

121
Six Thousand Years Ago

457
Taking hold of God's Strength

65
Types and the Truth, The

177
Verse on an old Sampler, A.

293
Warning to Professors...

240

...

“With Our Lives"

22

Word to the Protestants of England 160

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

558, 612, 661

THE

GOSPEL MAGAZINE.

"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."

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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

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