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One of the two inscriptions cannot be mis- knowledge of the truth of God's holy word, taken nor even disputed: “The Lord know- by the Spirit of God. Amidst all their etb them that are his." Possibly, this may many wanderings he remembereth them still. refer to the lively stones," all true believers Amidst all their weakness, all their sorrows, in Christ, who have reached their appointed all their infirmities, he neither fails nor forniche in the spiritual temple of God's grace sakes them. « He knoweth them that trust apon earth; only built here to be, like the in him.” “He knoweth how to deliver the tabernacle of Israel in the wilderness, taken godly out of temptation.” For “ he keepeth down and set up again as the temple of grace, the feet of his saints.” Therefore it is a funfor ever to appear in heaven, as the great damental truth in religion that, while man exhibition of the wonders of redeeming may be mistaken as to the character of the love.
Christian, there can be no mistake with God. God's perfect knowledge of his people “ They shall be mine," testified the prophet marks the character of this building. It Malachi, “in that day, saith the Lord, when always remains the same, though many of his I make up my jewels.” They are therefore professing people may " go back, and walk too precious to be lost. Thus God is merno more with Christ.” It is, moreover, a cifully pleased to preserve the souls of all his true and fearful motto, teaching that no one people in the world, but not of the world, can deceive the heart-searching God—that from the great danger of making shipwreck he knows well all who form a part of that of faith and of a good conscience. building; for he can distinguish between his The other inscription will be found akin to enemies and his friends. He can separate his the one we have now dwelt upon. The own people even now, as he will by-and-bye, motto of the seal is bold and impressive: as he will at the last great day of account di- “Let every man that nameth the name of vide the sheep from the goats, placing the Christ depart from iniquity.” This is to be former on his right hand, but the latter on his understood as a standing test of the genuine left
. Beloved, he who knows his own chosen character of the Christian life. The prosheep “calleth them by name, and leadeth fession of the name of Christ is the sign ihat them out.” Hence it is his constant care that man is one who is in all things acto keep all who belong bis fold of grace tuated by the Spirit of God. Holiness is the from falling away, from falling into hurtful high standard of the Christian faith. This lasts, from falling into the snare of the devil. may not be reached; but the endeavour to
How remarkable are the words,“the Lord attain to it will cause the Christian to press knoweth them that are his”! Are we known forwards in his heaven-bound race until the to him as his children by adopting love? death-blow which shall be struck at the Do we know him as our Father in heaven monster sin shall be the signal given and upon earth? For the spiritual relation for an endless triumph over every spiship is indeed mutual. He discovers him- ritual enemy. Then will the words of self to his people, as when he spake to Moses St. Paul be verified in the experience of out of the burning bush. He saw and knew God's children. They will, as he exhorted Zaccheus, though he had run before and the Christians at Corinth,' “ cleanse themclimbed
up into a sycamore-tree, to see Jesus selves from all filthiness of the flesh and as he passed by. He assured him that “this spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." day is salvation come to this house; for that Are we called by the name of Christ, as baphe also is a son of Abraham.” The eye of tized members of the visible church? This the Lord beholds his children. He recog. is a peculiar honour; but the soul must be nizes them, even when dead in trespasses and brought under the influence of divine teachsins. He knows them as his own gift to his ing: There must be a spiritual claim put in dear Son. Unspeakable privilege thus to be to the possession of so exalted a title.' The owned of God, amidst all our sinfulness, all true brethren of Christ are joint-heirs with our unworthiness, all our poverty, all our him of all that heaven contains. And nowretchedness. “He is not ashamed to call thing that defileth can possibly enter there. his people brethren. He knoweth them by Show the clear evidence, then, that we belong many signs, as when he sees the blood of to Christ, as his people. There must be a Christ sprinkled upon the heart and the con- holy fear planted in the heart. There must science, after the manner of the Israelite be a holy desire communicated to the soul, to dwelling, when the door of his house, while a live, to act, to walk, in all things, as becometh sojourner in Egypt, was stained with the the gospel of Christ, thereby to “adorn the blood of the paschal lamb. He knoweth doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” them as his redeemed, justified, sanctified, This is the sterling worth of the Christian and accepted people, effectually called to the character. This is the germ hidden in the soul, which shines the brighter as trials, our love upon him? He is the Pillar set afflictions, sufferings, rub off the encircling up from everlasting, to perpetuate the riches crust of earth, in which it is too deeply of God's mercy to a lost world. He is the buried.
ground of the truth, revealed in holy scripSin is incompatible with the ways of god-ture, for the salvation of all who from the liness. It should never be permitted to cross heart believe in him as their present Saviour, our path; for each darling lust, each beset-their future Deliverer. This foundation will ting sin, though like the gourd of Jonah, will never give way. No appalling storm, no be found to have the worm of an accusing howling wind will avail ought against it. It conscience secretly undermining its very root. “standeth sure” in the blood and righte
“ My brethren, the name of Christ is the ousness of Jesus Christ. Is our spiritual distinguished ornament of all who tread in strength the great result of being built upon his steps; and “he did no sin, neither was Christ as “lively stones” of the temple of guile found in his mouth.” O'that we may, God, not made with hards? Behold our by his grace assisting, copy the pattern of security in Christ, and the stedfastness of our his holy life, and also follow the blessed faith in him. example of his steps, being conformed to his On this stone will be found a seal, with these divine image, and transformed by the renew two inscriptions : “ The Lord knoweth them ing of our minds. We are prepared, there that are his;" and, “Let everyone that nameth fore, to show that the strength of the Chris- the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” The tian character is the principle of holiness. first inscription shows that his children are Any departure from this rallying point of the called by his grace, adopted into his family, soldiers of the cross will only lead to a fear- redeemed by Christ's precious blood, justified ful separation between Christ and the Chris- by faith in him, and sanctified by his Spirit. tian. “We have to cleave unto the Lord with He knew his people from everlasting. " He full purpose of heart, and according to the brings them to the knowledge of himself in inscription on the seal, to “ depart from ini. this world; and they shall know him, even quity.” Beware, then, of giving heed for a as they shall be known of him, when mormoment to the alluring voice of the tempter. tality shall be swallowed up of life. Are we Pray not to be led into temptation. Turn not thus favoured? Are we taught to know him aside into any path which is forbidden by as the sheep of his pasture? He has said, scripture. “Abhor that which is evil, cleave “I know my sheep, and am known of to that which is good.” Much, humanly mine." speaking, depends upon our Christian vigi- The second inscription marks the true lance, lest one step taken in the path of evil character of God's peculiar people. They should be followed by another to our endless “ depart from iniquity.” Holiness is the ruin. There is need in this particular of in- atmosphere they breathe : sin is the evil they creased “ watchfulness unto prayer,” that he avoid. Pr
.” that he avoid. Pray, my Christian brethren, that may hold us up, and never suffer our feet to God would be pleased to “keep us from the slip; that he may keep us from falling away evil of the world, that it may never grieve from the true faith, and preserve us unto his us, that he would “present us faultless everlasting kingdom. For, in every age of before the presence of his glory with exceed- . the world, agreeable with this second motto ing joy," as those “who are kept by the on the seal, “ Every one, that nameth the power of God through faith unto salvation, name of Christ in sincerity and truth, does ready to be revealed in the last time." depart from iniquity." And, amidst all the many attempts to draw others away from the true faith and hope of the gospel, the true FLOWERS FROM THE GARDEN OP THE people of God are known, who did and do avoid all manner of evil. But, to conclude: our subject has been
THE REV. THOMAS BYRTH, D.D. considered, according to its legitimate meaning, under two general heads; the first
“THOUGH great as a theologian and a scholar," describing the foundation of God, as to its says his biographer," he stood pre-eminent as a
His foundation was nature, and also as to its stability. This the word of God. He was incessantly occupied : Foundation, we have shown, is Christ him the sick, whether rich or poor, found him ready self, the chief corner-stone of his elect at their call. He belonged to that school which church built upon him, the Rock of ages. has been distinctively called evangelical. His Therefore God has laid him in Zion for a . Born at Plymouth, 1793, incumbent of Latchford 1827, toundation. Are we resting all our spiritual archbishop Sumner, then bishop of Chester, died Oct. 23
and of Wallasey on the Mersey 1834, on the presentation of hopes, grounding our faith, and supporting 1849.
TO A PRIEND ON THE LOSS OF HIS WIPE.
conversation was like a school of thought. He as the habitation of living men, and view her for was full of all social and domestic affections; a moment before I leave her perhaps for ever, as fearless, consistent, quick to feel, quick to forgive, she exhibits peculiar exemplification of the effects constant in friendship, overflowing with love" of despotism upon the social system. And here all, (Remains; by the rev. G. R. Moncreiff, rector even to the minutest details, is, as far as I have of Tattenball, and many years curate of the de- observed, unfavourable and gloomy. The people ceased. 1851).
are unintelligent and idle: the city is thronged COUNSEL TO AN EVANGELIST VISITING. with beggars : the streets are narrow and dirty : “We learn from the conduct of the apostle, that the shops are mean and ill-stocked. The houses, among the sacrifices to be made by one who would even the best, are ill-built and inconvenient. The faithfully do the work of an evangelist, must be filth is almost intolerable. The want of a police to numbered every feeling, however remotely allied remove living nuisances is constantly fest by an to a lofty opinion of himself. To the weak he Englishman. The barking of dogs, the braying became as weak, that he might gain the weak.' of asses, the vociferations of men hawking their Of all the obstacles which impede the process of wares, are enough to drive one mad; much of pastoral labours, few are more effectual than a
this music prevailing throughout the night, as baughty, contemptuous, and disdainful carriage. well as the day. Modern Rome is a mournful
He, then, who makes himself all things to spectacle” (May, 1844).
“Under this, the heaviest affliction that can befal
us here, you are evidently supported by the arm culiies, nor be unwilling to receive him when he as well as believe, dealt the blow; and you hear, enters their dwellings. He will endeavour not from the same voice that has commanded you to only not to think of himself more highly than give back your dearest earthly treasure, the assu. be ought to think, but not to think of himself at rance that all is well, and that you shall meet all, in order that he may make the spiritual in- again with that holy, happy spirit, with which it terests of his flock his own, and induce them to is your bigh privilege to be indissolubly united. believe that he is identified with them. If there You say, and the words as I write them fill my be any pursuit, or any association, however inno- eyes with tears again, “How dearly did we love cent in itself, 'nay, however exalted and refined, I each other!' My dear friend, permit me to make which imparts a tone of fastidiousness to his habits a slight alteration in this language : let it be, How of feeling and of thought, he will renounce that dearly do we love each other ! She loves you now porsuit, he will break that association; for he will with an affection at least as intense as ever; and remember that it is his business not to improve his 1 to her the change that has taken place has indeed own mind, but to save the souls of others. On made the time of separation appear but a moment. the other hand, he will not suffer his intellectual powers to be idle. He will be a laborious student; again. There is, in my opinion, incontrovert.
You will say, "We shall know each other bat he will bring all bis studies to bear on the ible scripture authority for this sentiment... The peculiar circumstances of the situation in which he apostle says, 'You sorrow not as men without has been placed by the great Head of the church.”
hope.' Now, my dear friend, yours would be a Dr. B. had previously remarked : “When we
sorrow without hope, in the proper sense of that approach the habitation of a poor man, prudence
you did not believe that you shall again will whisper to us that his lowly cottage is to him see, hold intercourse with, and reciprocate the exwhat our own comfortable dwelling-places are to pressions of affection from her, who, admirable as us, bis house, his home, the scene, if not of many she was on earth, will then be indeed clothed enjoyments, perbaps of many sorrows still more sacred that we have no right to invade its all the beauty of a righteous spirit made perfect.”
with the garments of salvation, and shine forth in
BY THE Rev. DENIS KELLY, M.A., subordinate it to that. Except in exempt, Minister of Trinity Church, Gough-square, that is, in extraordinary cases, which will them
“How gladly would the man recal to life
The boy's neglected sire ! a mother, too,
That softer friend, perhaps more gladly still, (Written on the spot).
Might he demand them at the gates of death." “From Rome, as the prostitute mistress of the world, or the usurping queen of Christendom, that The common in fidel objection against a divine is, from Rome weeping over the ruins of bet past over-ruling Providence is, the apparent inequaligreatness, or decked in all the brilliant ornaments ties in God's moral administration of the world. of the bride of heaven, I cannot but turn to Rome Here we often see the poor and virtuous depressed
and afflicted, while the wicked triumph and pros-, more than the sternest rebukes and reproaches of per.
his fellow (what an indication of the high origin This objection is usually met by the reply and the destiny of man is it that such a power that a day of final retribution, “when God shall should be given to the inward monitor !) and render to all according to their works,” will should make the lot of the injurer and oppressor & adjust those seeming inequalities, will vindicate hundredfold worse than that of the injured and the ways of God to man, and proclaim in the face oppressed. of an assembled universe that, though clouds
With what penetrating accents may one and darkness are round about him, yet righte- “though dead and departed, yet speak.” ousness and judgment are the habitation of his What would not some give that the past could throne.” But I think that they who bave replied be recalled ? What would not some give that to this cavil have commonly omitted one very im- words, which were like barbed arrows to the portant consideration, which certainly weakens bosoms which now lie mouldering in the grave, had the force of the objection very much, and shows never been uttered? What would not some give the apparent triumph as well as the supposed im- that acts which were done-unkind, unduteous, punity of the wicked to be far less than they and cruel acts--could be undone ? With what might, at the first sight, be supposed to be. That bitterness of anguish are the wounds remembered consideration is, that God has so ordained it that which we inflicted on them who loved us, loved one of the sorest punishments undergone in this us best by the child upon the departed parent, life is the self-inflicted punishment, the misery by the husband upon the departed wife, by the occasioned by self-reproach. (That is, where a friend upon the departed friend! Alas! could remnant of conscience, of good feeling, of sensi- some foresee the anguish they are laying up for bility is left; because, when these are gone-when themselves by the unkindnesses, the wrongs, the conscience, the moral sense, is dead-then God's injuries they are doing to them who are their best method is to cut off : sudden destruction. “Cut and their truest, perhaps their only friends, they it down, why should it any longer encumber would pause and tremble. For these are wrongs the ground ?"'). But, where a spark of genuine which recoil on him that inflicts them. They are
? feeling survives, the sorest punishment undergone like the cutting of a ligature, which is torture and in this world is that occasioned by self-reproach. death to both alike. And, alas! if any man is
The earth has no suffering to equal that which more to be pitied than another in this life, it is be the self-reproacbful mind, that still retains a vestige who sits lonely and desolate amidst the wreck and of high and honourable feeling, or a spark of sen- and ruins of his happiness, which he has occasibility, inflicts upon itself." They, who bave sioned by his own rashness and impetuosity, and escaped every other punishment, have endured who is tortured with those self-upbraidings which from themselves far worse than prisons, or than are as the mournful sighings of the winds heard in all the chains forged by human tyranny could desolate halls, as he reflects what a different spot inflict. Nay, minds of the sternest mould, which no that scene of desolation might have been, what a threats of man could intimidate, have been worn sanctuary of peace and comfort and joy God indown and withered by the inward vulture-gnaw-tended it to be, instead of the desolation it ings of self-reproach. Men, who never feared the now is. Alas! for him who wakes too late to face of their fellow-man, or the threats of man, or discover that he has destroyed his own happiness
, the oppressions of man, men who dared all that that he has cast away the precious jewel of it
, that man may dare, have withered under the bitter be wronged and broken the heart of the best, the and agonizing memory of wrongs that were done most devoted friend and guide and guardian and by them to the weak, the helpless, the unprotected. adviser. With him the bloom of life is gone, the Ah! strange and mysterious dispensation of Pro- withered stem of it only remains : the wine of life vidence, that it should be so arranged that the is racked off, it is the lees only that are left. self-inflicted misery and torment endured by the Outward splendour and success and wealth may oppressor and wrong-doer should be in proportion await him, but the inward calm and quietude are to the very weakness and defencelessness of the gone; the full content, the Aush of joy, the gay being to whom the wrong has been done; so that, hope, the sweet sleep, the bright and fond anticiwhile the memory of the conflict with the clever, pations, the warm welcomes, the sweet converse, the subtle, the artful, with them that were com- the “opening of the heart,” which is so bealing petent to take their own part, leaves no sting of and refreshing to it-these are his no more;
tbe self-reproach, the remembrance of the wrongs, heart beats no more; and life is, after this, a sort on the contrary, which have been done to the of living death. Could we know what many guileless and simple who had no resources in them have suffered from the aching void thus selves, no influence, power, craft, or subtlety, and occasioned, we should learn how groundwbo fell an easy prey to injustice and oppression, less, was the cavil against the equity of God's bas often left å bleeding wound which no time moral administration of the world from the could heal. Men have only pined and withered supposed impunity enjoyed by the wrong-doer. under the agonizing remembrance of wrongs done Then we should rather be tempted to exclaim, by them to the innocent, to the orphan, to the “O spare your rebuke, spare your condemnation: widow, to the helpless, the confiding, like these. the heart is already enduring a punishment worse Their hearts have been a desolation, though they than all that man could inflict. The tempest were surrounded with the honours and applauses within makes him deaf to the tempest that beats of the world. O mysterious arrangement of Pro- without. The inward worm is preying on the vidence, that remembered unkindness to them who heart, the worm of remorse which slowly con, are now gone and passed away from the scene sumes it”. Othere are recollections connected should thus wring and break the heart of man with the departed, with them that loved us best,
and took deepest interest in our welfare—the father : metropolis to the condition of the omnibus servants or the wife, or the brother or the friend that are of London, as having a strong claim on their symworse than scorpion stings to survivors; which pathy and assistance. poison their jov; which murder sleep ; which make The omnibus servants of London are a numerous ibose who suffer from them pray for oblivion as class. In the month of October, 1851, there were the greatest boon that could be granted them ; | 4,044 licensed drivers and conductors; to which which make them often secretly exclaim, with an if we add supernumeraries, horse-keepers, washers, inward agony which no words could convey, and time-keepers, the whole number will not fall "Would that I had never done so; would that I far short of 9,000 men, most of them married, and bad never wronged or injured those that are now with families. past recall . In destroying their peace, I lost
my Their average time of labour is from fifteen to own for ever."
sixteen hours daily-the Lord's day included : Thus do those providential retaliations wit- such extensive desecration of the Lord's day, and Dessed in this life vindicate the ways of God to such prolonged toil continued through seven days man. Thus has he ordained that the injury done successively, for weeks, precluding spiritual into the weak and helpless and innocent should struction for the soul, as well as needful rest for recoil upon
the oppressor, and be the destruction the body, the committee would submit is mani.. of his own peace and happiness for ever-that it festly opposed to the plainest principles of religion should leave bebind it a wound which no hand and dictates of humanity. The utter neglect of except his own can ever beal. Earthly physicians public worship on the part of omnibus servants, have no balm for it; for God alone can kill the slow necessitated by such systematic and prolonged lacensoring worm of remorse; he alone can rase bour on the Lord's day, tends to demoralize and out the written troubles of the brain. There is no degrade the class generally, and prematurely to hope in a case like this, except from thc affliction destroy their bodily health and strength. In a bringing the sufferer to bim who alone can bind social point of view, in addition to the evils conap the broken heart. He must be propitiated; sequent on absence of paternal control and dofor against him the offence was. The wrong must mestic supervision, the example of habitual disbe confessed and deplored to him with heart-felt regard of the divine command, and the neglect of contrition, and the justice of the punishment public and family worship, must be highly inowned. The wild passions must be hated and jurious to their children. mortified which caused such havoc of the peace. It is deeply to be regretted that many of those The injuries done must be confessed with " deep who use the labour of omnibus servants on the Lord's bumiliation and sorrow unfeigned.” This is the day do so for the purpose of attending places of only way of restoration to that peace which else worship; a fact which is frequently testified to by is lost for ever. He against whom the sin was drivers and conductors, with a keen sense of the incommitted may forgive; his glorious attribute is consistency of those who thus seek to serve God at that " he retaineth not his anger for ever.” Then the sacrifice of their plain duties, “to remember will the unsupportable wound be healed. “O the sabbath day to keep it holy,” and “to love Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in him is their neighbour as themselves." the help.” He, for inward anguish and desola- In conclusion, the committee would most retion, will give peace once more. He will fulfil spectfully urge upon ministers of religion in the bis promise : "Thou wilt keep him in perfect metropolis to exert themselves in behalf of a body peace whose mind is stayed upon thee:” “Peace I of men who have so many claims on their symleave with you, his peace I give unto you.” pathy and assistance as immortal souls, and whose Then thy most consoling thought will be, that in services conduce so materially to the convenience another and a better, a sinless world, thou shalt and confort of the inhabitants of this great memeet the being whom thy unkindness or ingrati- tropolis. tude or updutifulness wore out; and that there The committee are convinced that any efforts on are no mistakes, no misunderstandings there; no the part of ministers of religion would meet with groundless suspicions, no jealousies, no dislikes, no a ready response froin all right-minded persons; blinding passions ; for all there is as clear as the that the condition of the omnibus servants
of Londay. It is a world of light. The unions formed don only requires to be known to be ameliorated; there are ever during. There is nothing to inter- and that few indeed would be found to be so rerupt them; for sin, the great disturber and gardless of the well-being of their fellow-creatures destroyer of peace, is cast out; and all hearts as to demand the sacrifice of the highest interests there are cemented by one bond of holy love. -spiritual, physical, and social-of so many men, For love is the great indissoluble bond of union for considerations for which no absolute necessity in that holy, heavenly, happy family. “That they can be pleaded. all may be one as thou, Father, art in me and I in thee; that they all may be perfect in one.”
CONSCIENCE; OR, THE GOLDEN TREE. ADDRESS,
(A TALE OF CEYLON). PROY THE SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE DUL
BY COLONEL BLACKER.
(For the Church of England Magazine.). To Ministers of Religion in the Metropolis.
The frowning rajah sat on high
Upon his judgment-seat: The committee would earnestly and respectfully A fetter'd caitiff, doomed to die, call the attention of ministers of religion in the
Was kneeling at his feet.