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that repent and believe. It is not creature, beneath envy, beneath all dependent on the chances of natural but infinite compassion. descent. It belongs to all that are Why, then, will you seek the less born of God. The humblest may and reject the greater? Why seize aspire to it, and the greatest may the fleeting sand that cheats your well feel that it outvies all his grasping fingers, and let the costliest honors.
treasure, the crown of life, with all Why, then, above all else, does it its jewels, go? Why choose the not kindle the ambition of the soul ? gilded vapors of the morning, that Why do any despise it? Why do soon vanish, and scorn the inviting they insult by cold neglect the grace loveliness of the paradise of God ? that offers it? No one will say that it is unneeded. Human guilt, want, and wretchedness, demand nothing
The Curious Mirror. so much. Is it, then, inaccessible ? It is said that among the curiosiNo; it is freely offered. It is even ties displayed at the late Exhibition urged upon human acceptance. The in Paris, and promised for the one exclusiveness of a worldly aristoc- now held in England, was a large racy is unknown in the domain of concave mirror, the instrument of a grace. You might, unless inheriting startling species of optical magic. it by the accident of birth, have to .On standing close to the mirror and toil long to win admission to the looking into it, it presents nothing circles of the great and titled of this but a monstrously magnificent exhiworld. But through the grace of bition of your own physiognomy. our Lord Jesus Christ, you are free- On retiring a little, it gives your own ly invited to the communion of his face and figure in true proportion, redeemed. You are called to ob- but reversed - the head downward. tain, through the merits of another, But retire-still further, and you see what could never be yours in your yourself - not a reflection, it does own right. You are called and urged not strike you as a reflection, but to lay hold upon eternal life, to re- your veritable self — standing in the ceive the inheritance of the promises middle part between you and the and the blessings of the covenant, to mirror. The effect is almost appallbe numbered among God's children, ing, from the idea it suggests of to be " heirs of God and joint-heirs something supernatural; so startling, with Jesus Christ." You know that in fact, that men of the strongest the blessedness which you are thus nerves will shrink involuntarily at invited to share has no earthly par- the first view. allel. You know that the inheritance It is said that the artist who first offered is one that beggars the prince- succeeded in finishing a mirror of liest domain. You know that the this description, brought it to the honor extended for your acceptance French King, placed his majesty on is one which might warrant you in the right spot, and bade him draw looking down with contempt on all his sword and thrust at the figure he terrestrial distinctions. You know saw. The King did so, but seeing that the privileges you are urged to the point of a sword directed at his accept are such as no king could own breast, threw down his weapon confer by royal patent. You know and ran away. He was frightened that though you might gain the whole by his own image. world, yet if still without these, you But is not time, when opportunity would be a poor, miserable, guilty is given for reflection, and the eye of conscience is directed at one's ory, and a finger is pointed at you. own image, just such a mirror as You open your lips to excuse or this? You look at yourself, as you confess, and there too are lips that are at the passing moment, and your move, though they utter not a sound. self-importance and self-sufficiency You draw the sword to chase away are wondrously magnified. You are that unwelcome visitor, the animate a colossal man. You are magnified statue of your former self, the livto the measure of your own conceit. ing, startling apparition of your Before you is the gigantic exhibition guilty heart, and a sword is drawn of self, by the side of which all other that threatens to pierce you. You interests, and the well-being of your start back in terror, confronted by fellows, shrink into insignificance. what you dread above all else to
But you draw back a little. You meet, trembling to face in its true let a few yesterdays pass by. And features the look and bearing of your now you look for the same image, own soul. but it is gone. Another has taken its place. But what is it? A man, somewhat less colossal, but standing
Terse Sentences from Jeremy on his head. You see the visions of
Taylor. hope, and the features of other days reversed. The self-importance and Taylor's tendency to diffuseness the selfishness that were all in all, and excessive verbiage is sometimes have become fairly ludicrous. You checked, and he repeatedly throws off are ashamed of your ambitious great- sentences terse and striking enough ness. You see your head resting on for the pen of a satirist. Sometimes the earth, and fastened there, or your in a word he paints a picture or confeet rise so that you stand upon the denses the emphasis of a whole paraair, and a world upon your head is graph. Urging perseverance in praycrushing you.
says: “Fall upon your knees, Is not this with thousands and and grow there." Absalom's sin, comtens of thousands a real experience? mitted by the advice of Achitophel, Does there not often come a period was “to secure him in the possession when the golden visions of early of hell.” By offering tempting al. days end in somber clouds and deep lurements to sin, a man " kills bis shadows, and when the prospect that neighbor like a gentleman." In such was once a delight has been com- a case our civilities are direct treapletely reversed Defeated plans sons to the soul.
“ That you may seem to stand on their head, or vain- be kind to your guest, you step aside ly essay to walk, with feet reversed, and lay away the Christian. "Your the thin and yielding air.
love can not be expressed, unless you But this is not the end. Let the do him an ill turn, and civilly invite yesterdays become years. Let a him to a fever.” The folly of sin. longer interval separate you from ners is depicted by showing them to the image of what you were. Stand be as greedy of the world as childin that point where, with time before ren of raw fruit." Counterfeiting and only eternity behind, your own sickness, he speaks of "a trap-door life comes out before you with a new to fall into it," as in the case of and startling distinctness. It is no Cælius, who pretending to the gout, longer an image you behold, but found that “his arts of dissimulation your real self. And what an exhi- were so witty, that they put life and bition! You lift the finger of mem- motion into the very image of the disease," so that the very picture beauty is lost, though it be not dashitself was made to “sigh and groan.” ed in pieces.". “ He that, without
Not a few sentences we meet with, any end of charity or institution, in which a sound philosophy or å shall tell lies, only to become ridistriking thought takes the form of culous in himself, or to mock another, a proverb. Here are a few speci- hath set something on his doom's mens : A sacrifice without a heart, day-book, which must be taken off was a sad and ominous presage in by water or by fire—that is, by rethe superstitions of the Roman au- pentance or a judgment." — Presb. gurs ;
and so it is in the service of Quarterly. God.”, “Although a little wound upon the finger is very curable, yet
The Salvation to be Prayed for. the smallest prick upon the heart is mortal; so is a design and purpose Nothing more true than if man of the smallest disobedience, in its really wills the thing he prays for, formality as malicious and destruc. and if the thing be agreeable to the tive, as in its matter it was pardon- will of God, he will certainly obtain able and excusable." “ High specu- it. Now, God, on the one band, willlations are as barren as the tops of ce- eth all men to be saved ; and if any dars, but the fundamentals of Christ, one of these men, on the other, will ianity are as fruitful as the valleys for his salvation, every barrier, apor the creeping vine.” Vice, grown pears to be done away, and the sinner into a bad habit, is a tyrant; but is on the eve of a great and glorious Taylor illustrates the truth by say. enlargement. But be sure that you ing: “He that feeds a lion, must obey understand what this will for salvahim, unless he make his den to be tion means. It is not merely that his prison.” Setting forth the spirit the hand of vengeance shall be lifted of the law, he says: “ There is a off from you. It is also that the homicide in the tongue as well as in spirit of glory and of virtue shall the heart; and he that kills a man's rest upon you. It is not merely reputation by calumnies or slander that you shall obtain a personal esor open reviling, hath broken this emption from that lake of living commandment." “ Felicity,” he agony into which are thrown the tells us, “is not a jewel that can be outcasts of condemnation. It is also locked up in one man's cabinet.” that you shall obtain a spiritual es. Again : “All our trouble is within emption from the vice and the vo
No meu sleep so sound- luptuousness and all the worldly ly as they that lay their head upon affections which animate the passions nature's lap." "He that despiseth and pursuits of the unregenerate his preacher, is a hearer of arts and upon earth. It is not alone for some learning, not of the word of God." vague and indefinite blessedness in “God hath opened no gate to heaven future. It is for a renovation of but the narrow gate, of which the taste and of character at present. cross was the key." A
man, in fact, who desires aright iniquity is the most unprosperous and prays aright for the object of his condition in the world." "Fame salvation, is not merely on the eve or honor is a nice thing, tender as a of a great revolution in his prospects woman's chastity, or like the face for eternity; he is on the eve of a of the purest mirror, which a foul great moral revolution in his heart breath, or an unwholesome air, or and in his history at this moment. & watery eye can sully, and the His prayer to be saved embraces, it
is true, the transference of his person the strength of manhood, or the wis-
The True Test of Piety.
whether there were any particles of Never Distrust God.
steel in a large quantity of rubbish, Above all, I would say to the it would not be the wisest way to Christian, never distrust the kind search for them, and especially in the ness, the love, the wisdom and faith- dark, but to hold a large and efficafulness of your Saviour ; but confide cious magnet over it. And this, if it in him who has promised that all be there, is the way to discover true things shall work together for your religion in our souls. The truths good. Though you may not now and promises of God are to a princiknow what he is doing, you shall ple of religion in the mind, that know hereafter. You will see the which the magnet is to the steel. reason of all the trials and tempta. If there be any in us, the proper extions, the dark and comfortless hours, hibition of the Gospel will ordinarily the distressing doubts and fears, the draw it forth. long and tedious conflicts with which If it be a matter of doubt with you are now exercised, and you will you whether you be truly converted, be convinced that not a sigh, not a far be it from me to endeavor to tear, not a single uneasy thought was persuade you that you are so. Your allotted you without some wise and doubts may be well - founded for gracious design. Say not, then, like aught I can tell, and supposing they Jacob of old, All these things are should be so, the door of mercy is against me; say not like David, I still open. if you leave obtained shall one day perish by the band of mercy, the same way is open for Saul; for all these things are for your obtaining it again; and if not, your good, and you 'shall never there is no reason why you should perish, neither shall any pluck you not obtain it now.
The Gospel supout of Christ's hand. 'Why should per is provided; all things are ready, you, who are sons of the King of and the King's servants are commisheaven, be lean and discontented sioned to persuade and, as it were, from day to day ? Remember that compel them to come in. If you if you are in the path of the just, accept this invitation, all are yours. you are the heir of God and joint I ask not whether you be willing to heir with Christ, of an inheritance in- be saved in God's way, in order to corruptible, eternal, and that fadeth determine your right to accept spirnot away. Be not discouraged at itual blessings — the message sent the small progress you appear to you in the Gospel determines this make, or the difficulties you may but in order to ascertain your intermeet with. Why should the infant est in them. If you cordially believe be discouraged because he has not the Gospel, you have the promise of eternal life. If its blessings suit “Awake, thou that Sleepest !" your desires, they are all your own. If, for example, it does not offend WILLIAM WILBERFORCE wrote, you, but accords with your very
some time after his conversion, to heart to sue for mercy as the chief a former friend, a collegiate acquaintof sinners; if you be willing to occu
ance, Years had passed since they py that place which the Gospel met - years of gayety and fashionassigns you, which is the dust, and able amusement to the young statesto ascribe to Jesus that which God man-but now, reviewing them with has assigned to him, “power and a Christian scrutiny, he declared that riches and wisdom and strength and they seemed to him like a dream, honor and glory and blessing;” if from which he had but just awaked you can unreluctantly give up all to the realities of actual existence. claim to life on the footing of your
Is not this necessarily the characown worthiness, and desire nothing ter of a life without God in the so much as to be found in Christ, not world”? Is it not a dream of fancy, having your own righteousness; if the bewilderment of existence ? And the salvation you seek be a deliver. is it not from this that the Gospel ance from the dominion of sin, as
seeks to arouse men, crying out, well as from its damning power; "Awake, thou that sleepest"? Again finally, if the heaven you desire bé and again in the lifetime of the sinthat which the Scriptures reveal, a ner the call is made. Every time, state of pure and holy enjoyment, if he resists it, the call is more unthere can be no just cause to doubt welcome, until at last he is either your interest in these things. Rev. given over to fatal repose, or death ANDREW FULLER.
itself shakes his now frighted soul to a startling consciousness of its
hastening doom? Not the Sinner, but Satan,
A sea captain was once wrecked,
and for eighty days, with his comIt is a notable passage in Anselm, panions, was tossed in a little boat who compares the heretic and perse- upon the waves. Before they were cutor to the horse, and the devil to rescued they had nearly perished the rider. “Now," saith he, “in with famine. Their bunger became battle, when the enemy comes riding intense, and as drowsiness crept over up, the valiant soldier is not angry them each dreamed of an ample tawith the horse, but horseman. He ble richly spread with luxurious and labors to kill the man that he may tempting food. Again and again possess the horse for his use.” Thus was this experience repeated, and at we do with the wicked. We are each awakening the disappointment not to bend our wrath against them, and the horror were more intense, but Satan, that rides them and spurs Is it not thus with the sinner's awakthem on; laboring by prayer for enings, while he puts from him the them, as Christ did on the cross, to bread of life offered in the Gospel ? dismount the devil, that so these His life is a series of dreams, each miserable souls, hackneyed by him, setting before him its table of prommay be delivered from him. It is ise, and every time that he is dismore honor to take one soul alive turbed by the admonitions of conout of the devil's clutches, than to science or the appeals of truth, the leave many slain upon the field.- agony of his awakening, the sting of Gurnall's Christian Armor. conscious misery, is the more in