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a fellow-worker, is our Lord and Saviour | weaknesses which they manifest' by the imJesus Christ. He might so call himself, as perfection of their acts, is a sufficient reason being engaged in that cmployment which for the continued assistance and support of was enjoined upon him, when he asked the Spirit of God. His strength is made “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" He perfect 'in their weakness; and while they was an ambassador of Christ, and as such, continue to look to him for guidance, and was performing his will, and working toge- diligently use all the means which he has ther with him in beseeching men to be re-appointed them, they have the fullest right to conciled to God.
claim for themselves the high honour of But there is another, and a higher sense in being workers together with Jesus. which St. Paul and all God's ministers are While, however, my brethren, this co-opeworkers together with Christ. When Jesus ration and fellowship is to be regarded by the exclaimed on the cross, “It is finished,” and ministers of Christ as a lofty privilege, it may gave up the ghost, he did not intend it to be also serve to remind them of their own nounderstood that he now had done all he meant thingness, as well as to be a constant induceto effect for the sons of men. The most diffi- ment to them to preach diligently the kingcult and hazardous part of this work and la- dom of God, and teach those things which bour of love was now indeed accomplished. concern the Lord Jesus, with all confidence He had bruised the head of the serpent; he had and boldness. “ Paul may plant, and Apolbeen smitten in order that we might be healed. los water, but it is God who givėth the inHe had vanquished death and hell; had led
They ought therefore not to think captivity captive, and had only to receive for highly of themselves, but lowly, and as they men those glorious gifts which he had purchas- ought to think. They stand in much need ed at so inestimably precious a price. Still, of the prayers of all who wish well to the however, his mediatorial work was hot finished; gospel of Christ, that they handle not the nor will it be so till the end shall come, when word of God deceitfully, but, hy manifestation he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even
of the truth commending themselves to every the Father; when he shall put down all rule, man's conscience in the sight of God. They and all authority and power. Till that pe are not, again, to suppose that because it is riod arrives, Jesus continues, and will con God alone who giveth the increase, therefore tinue, to take an interest in his Church, they need not be anxious about sowing the which is built on the foundation of the pro- good seed of the word. They must watch, phets and apostles, himself being the chief rebuke, and exhort, as those who have to corner-stone. This interest he manifests both give an account of their stewardships. by sending his Spirit to assist and vivify the aloud and spare not,” says Isaiah, “ lift up labours of all his faithful ministers, and by thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people interceding for us in his character of Media- their transgressions, and the house of Jacob tor, seated at the right hand of his Father's their sins. power. “ This man, because he continueth Nevertheless, although this is to be done ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. with all plainness and sincerity, it is likewise Wherefore he is able also to save them to to be performed in a spirit of meekness and of the uttermost, that come unto God by him, love and of brotherly kindness. St. Paul in the seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for text besceches the Corinthians as the workers them.” He is the Alpha and the Omega, together with Christ. He did not threaten the beginning and the end, and never changes them. He did not proclaim to them the tereither in his love towards his
, or in rors of the Lord. He did not endeavour to his power effectually to save them. His exer- gain them over to the Gospel by sternness and tions for them, also, are unwearied, and with severity; but sought to win them over by out intermission. His ministers are sent as spreading before them the unbounded mercy sheep among wolves; they are messengers and loving-kindness of the Lord. of peace to a sinful and perverse generation ; The proclamation of the sovereign mabut he has promised never to leave them, nor jesty and inflexible justice of almighty God forsake them. Lo, he says, I am with you is a glorious thing, but the ministration of always, even to the end ; and while his ser- righteousness far exceeds it in glory. The vants continne to lean upon him, and to look first presents to us the awful power and to him for guidance and support, he will most dreadful vengeance of the Lord riding trisurely make good his promises. Their very umphant over the necks of all that ofimperfections and weaknesses are in some fended him, and is calculated to excite fear, measure a testimony of the presence of God terror, and despair. The last sets before us with them. “For we have this treasure in the smiling countenance of mercy; it appeals earthen vessels, that the excellency of the to our hearts by the tenderest and kindest power may be of God, and not of man.” The susceptibilities. It shews us mercy and truth
meeting together, righteousness and peace committed, punishment should not be inflicted. kissing each other. It invites us by the |And unless an all-sufficient ransom had been fondest endearments of love to be reconciled found, the punishment must have fallen on unto God. It points at the evidence which the heads of the offending parties in the shape our heavenly Father has already given us of of eternal perdition. his love; and it then asks, if we can possibly To ward off this dreadful consummation, imagine that lie will not complete his good Jesus Christ suffered agony in the garden of work. He that spared not his own Son, but Gethsemane, and death on the cross of Caldelivered him
up for us all, how shall he not vary. On him was then laid the iniquity of with him also freely give us all things? The us all, and he enabled God, through the exGospel is, in short, a message of grace, and ceeding preciousness of the price which he the ministers of Christ, as workers together then paid, to be just, and the justifier of him with him, beseech you to receive not the grace who believeth on his Son. He, who knew no of God in vain.
sin became sin for us, that we might be made Grace means favour; and in meditating the righteousness of God in him. He was on the truths of revelation, it is most essentially accounted a sinner, bore our sins and carried necessary that we should bear in mind that
our sorrows, and experienced the extreme we are indebted for them entirely and solely anger of Jehovah; he drank to the dregs to the unmerited kindness of God. He hath the cup of the Lord's fury; and all this he vouchsafed his message of reconciliation to did, that we might be accounted righteous us, for his great love wherewith he loved us, before God by believing on his name, and be Our own merits had not the least concern in sanctified by his Spirit. This then is the moving him to this manifestation of his mercy. grace which St. Paul, as a fellow-worker of We all have had our conversation in times Christ, beseeches the Corinthians not to repast in the lusts of the flesh and of the ceive in vain. mind, and were by nature the children of And surely, my brethren, the exhortation wrath. There was nothing about mankind is by no means misplaced. Surely all men or their works which could possibly induce may well be entreated to do so by those who God to look upon them with any compla- really wish their welfare. For how shall cency. On the contrary, there was every we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ? thing about men which could serve to excite God hath in every way shewn his love to us : the anger of the Lord. When they knew he hath devised a plan by which he may parGod, they glorified him not as God, neither don us, and receive us into favour, without were thankful; but became vain in their ima- impeaching his own justice and righteousness. ginations, and their foolish heart was darken- This plan he hath put into execution at ed. What then could such creatures expect an inexpressible and inconceivable sacrifice; from a just and holy God? They could only and now he is waiting to forgive us, if take to themselves a certain fearful looking only we consent not to receive his grace in for of judgment; for the wrath of God is vain. And if we persist in turning a deaf revealed against all ungodliness and un ear to all his messages and invitations, if we righteousness of men. This, then, is the na- continue to refuse to hearken to the ambassatural situation of man. He is liable to the dors of his love, do you think that our convengeance of Jehovah, and instead of being demnation will not be increased? Most cerable to do any thing to deliver himself from tainly such will be the case; we have been it, is, during his whole existence, but treasur- fully informed of our Lord's will, and if we ing up for himself wrath against the day of do it not, verily we shall be beaten with
many wrath, and revelation of the righteous judg- stripes. ment of God.
Fear, however, is not the motive to which It was in these circumstances, that God the apostle appeals to induce men rightly to sent a message of reconciliation to his guilty receive the
of God. He considers the and ruined creatures. He so loved the world, feelings of love and gratitude as much more that he gave his only begotten Son, that who- likely to effect his purpose. While a man is soever believeth on him should not perish, afraid of God, while he is moved by the terbut have everlasting life. He gave him, my rors of his wrath, he is exceedingly distressed brethren, that he might be a substitute for at the prospect before him, but lie is unable that we might be healed by his stripes, and to deliver himself from it. Sin still retains that he might suffer for us, the just for the its power over his heart, and he cannot surunjust, to bring us unto God. The law of render himself to the law of his Lord. The God had been broken, and his inflexible jus- law of sin reigning in his members cannot be tice demanded that its majesty should be vin overcome by the merc fear of punishment. dicated. It was contrary to the holiness and When the traveller in the fable was assailed justice of his nature, that, when sin had been by the most violent wind, he did not let go his
cloak; on the contrary, he wrapped it more and reality. Wherever it is so received, it closely round him: but when the sun shone asserts its right to supreme and paramount upon him with his warm and refreshing authority over the whole constitution. It will beams, he could no longer bear the weight not tolerate any pretender or intruder, but of his covering, and threw it aside. And continues to reiterate its claims, till it has thus, my brethren, it is with man and his vanquished every opponent. I say not, insins. The mere fear of punishment does not deed, that it at once attains to this authority, make him leave them ; it renders him sorry or indeed that it even is possessed of it during for his situation, but does not enable him to man's abode upon earth. What I say is, change his nature. The matter, however, is
The matter, however, is that it lays claim to this dominion. When altogether different, when the sinner is put first it obtains entrance into a man's heart, it within the hearing of God's message of love. may be feeble and almost powerless. Lust, In this case he thinks, how can he continue and rage, and worldliness, may seemingly thus to offend so gracious and so holy a God. trample it under their feet. Still, if the vital He learns also the preciousness of the price spark be there, it will continue to gather at which his soul has been redeemed, and is strength, till it finally attains the superiority struck with the exceeding greatness of God's over the strongest of its enemies. However love, which could do such things even for his small and insignificant it may at first appear, rebellious creatures. How then shall he per- it has a living and increasing principle within, severe in his enmity to so gracious a bene- which will perpetually be urging it to make factor? He henceforth resolves to do all in further progress. Its commands may for a his power to please him. He is filled with long time be disobeyed by the man in whose gratitude, and is only anxious to find out a heart it has taken up its residence; but way in which he may display the feeling of it will not on that account condescend to his heart. And he is not long in discovering make peace with its enemy: Its rightful that he shall most effectually please God by demands are not at that time one whit keeping his commandments. On the cross less universal than when it has absolute power of Christ he not only sees written God's love to enforce them. for sinners, but also his hatred for sin. He And herein is marked the essential diftherefore becomes like him in this feeling ference between receiving the grace of God also ; and by surrendering himself to the in vain, and receiving it in reality and in teaching of the Holy Spirit, daily advances power. When it is received in vain, it may in purity and in the knowledge of his Lord at first apparently produce much greater efand Saviour Jesus Christ. This man, my bre- fects than when it is received in power. The thren, receives not the grace of God in vain. seed which was sown on stony ground soon It becomes to him the ruling principle of his sprung up, because it had no deepness of earth. life, the actuating motive of all his conduct; The very circumstance which prevented it he thinks no sacrifice too great, to shew the from taking a firm hold of the ground, was extent of his gratitude. There is no sin so the reason why apparently it flourished much powerful as to resist those spiritual weapons more than that which was sown in a good with which he now assails it. If it be dear soil. And so it is with those by whom the to him as a right eye, he plucks it out; if it grace of God is received. Some make a loud be useful to him as a right hand, he cuts it profession of the benefits they have derived off; for there is no pleasure and no advantage from it; they totally change the current of which he allows to come into competition their life; they not only forsake their old with his allegiance to God. We read that, habits, but they likewise try to induce their when Paul was at Ephesus, "the name of the former companions to follow their example. Lord Jesus was magnified; and many that They talk a great deal about the pleasures of believed came, and confessed, and shewed their religion, and wonder how they could be so deeds. Many of them also which used curious stupid as to bave remained so long in ignoarts, brought their books together, and burned rance of them. them before all men; and they counted the How much is this noisy convert apparently price of them, and found it fifty thousand superior to the humble disciple who, in the pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word soil of an honest and good heart, lias received of God, and prevailed.” And thus the word the word of God, and will in due time bring of God will always grow and prevail, if God's forth the fruits of righteousness! While he grace be not received in vain.
is endeavouring to subdue, by the help of the But while it does not reign supreme within Spirit, the lusts of the flesh, and the temptathe heart, it has been received in vain. If one tions of the world, the other is spending his sin continue to be unmortified, if one darling time in making loud professions of his pro-, lust continues unsubdued, it is a proof that the gress in holiness, and the increasing nearness grace of God is yet to be received in power of his walk with God. Yet, after all, the
grace of God is received in vain by this latter looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious disciple. When persecution or tribulation appearing of our great God and Saviour ariseth because of the word, by and by he is Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, that offended. He goes back again into the ranks he might redeem us from all iniquity, and of the world as suddenly as he had left them; purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous and shews unto all, that his loud professions of good works. were but as the sounding brass or tinkling In these words we have a criterion, by cymbals ; or he may even fall away from his which we may at all times determine whether first faith, without the excuse of persecution. or not we have received the grace of God in In the midst of his apparently firm conver- all its saving power. The apostle does not sion, he has not been careful to subdue all the so much direct our attention to our internal lusts of the flesh; some darling sin has re- feelings as to their outward manifestations ; mained unmortified; he has not had the this grace teaches us to live soberly, righthonesty or the courage to follow it into the cously, and godly in this present world. Is secret recesses of his own heart, and it remains this then our course of life? are we walking gradually increasing in strength, till it sud- in that path which the grace of God points denly bursts out with a force more than suffi out to us? If we are not doing so, however cient to overthrow the barrier of this man's loud our professions may be, we have still resolution.
our peace to make with God. We do not Sometimes, again, a man Aatters himself belong to the little flock of Christ's discithat he has not received the grace of God in ples; for he gave himself for us, that he might vain, when he has merely changed the nature redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto of his indulgences. He, very possibly en- himself a peculiar people, zealous of good tirely abstains from all the carnal pleasures works. or worldly delights, to which he has been ac Though, however, we have not yet done customed to devote himself. He had for- this, there is no reason why we should not merly been drunken, or disorderly, or licen- instantly set about it.
On the contrary, tious, and suddenly he becomes remarkable every thing urges us to lose no time in for his temperance and sobriety; and, if asked making our calling and election sure. There for the reason of his change, he will say that is now an opportunity for our doing so; but the power of religion has effected it-that if we miss the day of salvation, it may sudnow he has not received the grace of God in denly be enveloped in the mists and darkness vain, but that it is performing in him its pro- of eternity. per work of purifying the heart, and subduing the passions. This man, however, is mistaken in what he says—it is not the grace
The Cabinet. God which has effected this change in him,
GRACE BEFORE Meals.-From our Lord's behabut the power of money. He has now be the evangelists “ blessing and giving thanks," we may
viour before the distribution of the loaves, called by come devoted to the world in a more discreet be instructed at our meals to render our thanks to God and sober way than formerly; but the deceit- for bis liberality, and to beg that it may be sanctified fulness of riches chokes the word of God to us by tending to promote all the good purposes of quite as effectually as profligacy opposed it.
his bounty. Of this practice we have several instances
in our Saviour's conduct, as well as in that of St. Paul This man, therefore, whatever may be his (Acts
, xxvii. 35). And what can be better contrived professions of devotedness to God, however to keep up a constant awe and reverence of God in loudly he may condemn those who continue our minds, when accustomed to call upon his name at to indulge their appetites, does nevertheless every supply of our natural necessities? What can
more effectually humble us with a just sense of our receive the grace of God in vain. He is not precarious and depending condition? What can more a true disciple of Christ, and shall be partaker dispose men to use his gifts moderately and thankof none of the benefits which he has promised fully; to be contented with their portion, if it be to those who continue faithful to the end.
little; to impart of their abundance, if it be much ;
to compassionate those who want the same comforts ; The only proof that we can possibly give to recollect that they are stewards, and that their that we have complied with the apostle's ex orders are, to “ give freely of what they have received hortation in the text, and have not received freely ?" What, lastly, can be more likely to sanctify, the grace of God in vain, is by honestly sur
to enlarge, and multiply our blessings, than so decent,
public, devout, and huinble a testimony of our great rendering ourselves to his guidance. If we
Benefactor's goodness ?-Dean Stanhope. would shew that we love him, we must keep
SUBMISSION TO Rulers.—The law of our superiors, his commandments in all their extent, breadth, whom God hath placed in authority over us, is also a and reality. For the grace of God, that part of that rule which directs and warrants our actions. bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
The authority with which they are clothed is of God, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and
in obeying them, we obey God. We are commanded
to submit ourselves to every ordinance of man, for worldly lusts, we should live soberly, right- the Lord's sake (1 Pet. ii. 13),-for conscience sake eously; and godly, in this present world; (Rom. xiii. 5), &c. This is a duty not to be forgotten.
· BY E. T. PILGRIM.
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and torted by the pope (though not without long resistpowers, to obey magistrates. And those who will not ance in this country) on the ground that he, being the be subject for conscience' sake expose themselves to “high-priest of all the earth, was entitled to the firstwrath. The personal faults and infirmities of our fruits and tenths granted under the Levitical law to superiors are to be borne with by us, as children the Jewish high-priest." The first-fruits were the towards their parents. We should not scoff and mock first year's whole profit of a spiritual preferment, at them, as cursed Ham did at his father's nakedness, according to the established valor; and the tenths for which a curse cleaved to him and his posterity ; but were the tenth part of the annual profit of each living we should rather cast the veil of our compassions and by the same valuation. At the time of the Reformafervent prayers over them, as Shem and Japheth did, tion, Henry VIII. seized upon these revenues; and for which they received the blessing. We are still to it was decreed that they should no longer be paid to reverence them, regard and obey God's authority in the pope, but should go to the monarch as the head them, when they command nothing contrary to his will; of the Church. And this payment of first-fruits and and if they do, we are to suffer rather than sin. tentos continued to be made to the English monarch Archbishop Leighton.
till the reign of Queen Anne, when “ the claims of the plundered and hard driven clergy being very
urgently pressed upon her attention,” she gave up Poetry.
" this strange sort of revenue — the Jewish highPARAPHRASE
priest's revenue exacted from Christian ministers ON Proverbs iii. 16, 17.
to the augmentation of the poor livings of the country;" and hence the name of “Queen Anne's Bounty."
-Glover. (For the Church of England Magazine.)
Gifts NOT Grace. When the Marquess of Rosny “ In her right hand is length of days, and in her left hand are
was appointed by Henry the Fourth of France his riches and honour: her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all
ambassador to the court of London on the death of her paths are peace.”
Queen Elizabeth, the elder Servin presented his son
to that nobleman, and begged that he would use his Folly and dissipation lead
endeavours to make him a man of some worth and To scenes of human woe;
honesty. Young Servin was a prodigy of genius and Since poverty and death they bring,
understanding; and among his extraordinary attainOn mortals here below.
ments, it is recorded that “in theology he was so
well skilled, that he was an excellent preacher whenBut “ Wisdom,” by her kindly aid,
ever he had a mind to exert that talent; and an able Doth" length of days” extend,
disputant for and against the reformed religion, in
differently.” And every comfort sheds on those
" Yet this very man," says Sully, “ was Who to her counsels bend.
treacherous, cruel, cowardly, deceitful; a liar, a cheat,
a drunkard, and glutton ; a sharper in play, immersed Then let her be thy constant guide,
in every species of vice, a blasphemer, an atheist; in
a word, in him might be found all the vices contrary Who will thy joys increase :
to nature, honour, religion, and society: the truth of “ Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
which he himself evinced with his last breath; for he And all her paths are peace."
died in the flower of his age, perfectly corrupted by Ereter.
his debaucheries; and expired, with a glass in his
hand, cursing and denying God." Miscellaneous.
CATHOLICS.—You will please, however, to notice PROFESSIONAL LIFE.-The ambition of adopting Catholic Church, which, instead of being universal, is
that this is a very different thing from the Roman professional life" of all kinds at the present day, is the source of countless instances of misery. Every Catholics or papists pretend, indeed, to say, that they
a particular, and even a corrupt, Church. The Roman profession in England is overstocked; not merely are the Catholic Church ; and accordingly they are ihe prizes are beyond the general reach, but the
very desirous to drop the word “ Roman," and call merest subsistence becomes ditticult. “ The three themselves Catholics only. Many people among us black graces, law, physic, and divinity," are weary
are inclined to give way to them in this, as if a mere of their innumerable worshippers, and yearly sen
word was of no consequence; but nothing can be tence crowds of them to perish of the aching sense of
more inconsiderate, more weak and foolish, than to failure. A few glittering successes allure the mul
humour them by calling them Catholics, --since, by so titude; chancellorships, bishoprics, and regiments,
calling them, we do, in fact, condemn ourselves; for figure before the public eye; and every aspirant from
if they be indeed the Catholic Churcb, then are they the cottage, and the more foolish parents of every the Church called and ordained of God to be his; then aspirant, set down the bauble as gained, when they
we ought to belong to them, to be one with them; have once plunged their unlucky offspring into this
and then, of course, we ought to reject and abolish sea of troubles, which men call the world. But thou
the Reformation, to go back into all the superstitions sands have died of broken hearts in these pursuits ;
and idolatries of Rome, and to make :he pope supreme thousands who would have been happy behind the
over the spiritual concerns of England. Therefore, plough, or opulent behind the counter; thousands, in
my brethren, never call them Catholics, but Papists, the desperate struggles of thankless professions, look
or Romanists; or those of the Romish Church, or upon the simplicity of a life of manual labour with
Romish communion; or any other suitable, but not perpetual envy; and thousands, by a worse fate still, insulting, name ; only never call them Catholics. are driven to necessities which degrade the principle Stonard's Church und her Ministry. of honour within them, accustom them to humiliating modes of obtaining subsistence, and make up by administering to the vices of society the livelihood which London: Published by JAMES BURNS, 17 Portman Street, is refused to their legitimate exertions.- Blackwood.
Portman Square; W. EDWARDS, 12 Ave-Maria Lane, St.
Paul's; and to be procured, by order, of all Booksellers in Town QUEEN ANNE's Bounty. - The “first-fruits and and Country. tenths" were originally a part of the papal usurpa. tions over the clergy of this kingdom, and were ex ROBSOX, LEVEY, AND PRANKLYN, 46 ST. MARTIN'S LAXL.