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its difficulties, and when he calls they are willing. | great army under the conduct of a commander of tried Thus, does the Captain of salvation say to any one of experience, encamped within sight of the enemy with them, in providence, Occupy this watch-tower under the whom they have to contend. Suppose the general order very eye of the enemy, and look for little aid from thy issued, that whenever a certain signal is given, all shall companions in this warfare? The willing follower takes be ready to take the post marked out for them, with his place accordingly, and is satisfied to know that certain accoutrenients, and in a special dress : with this amid all his dangers the eye of his great Leader is plain intimation too, that these furnishings are indisupon him. Does he say to another, Go forth and con- pensable toward the success of the expedition. Then, tend with these enemies; they will be violent in their | if when the trumpet sounds an alarm, and each man opposition ; thou wilt have restless days and sleepless seems to hasten to his place, it should be found that this nights ; nevertheless, resist them? The willing follower and that one had forgot or despised the order with respect goes forth, and, trusting to the assistance of his Leader, to his equipment, would these who are convicted of such does his best in the conflict. Does he say to another, neglect be accounted good and faithful soldiers ? Go as ambassador from me to such a place, and tell the Certainly not. They would, with all their apparent people there what terms I offer them : the majority readiness, mar the very purpose of the enterprise. The will despise thee, and treat thy message with scorn ; application of these remarks to the subject before us is yet go and proclaim it, some will listen ? The willing very obvious. It is not enough, you will perceive, that follower at once goes forth and speaks accordingly, Christ's followers profess to be ready for their work ; leaving to his Master the issue of the embassy. Does they must have the equipment which he requires, and he say to another, It is for the interest of my service that is holiness, else they are unfit for their place. But that thou shouldst be for some time poorly fel and you may say, Can any one be willing to follow Christ, meanly clothed, that thou shouldst suffer many troubles and yet be destitute of this great qualification by which in the body, because I have certain purposes to answer his followers are distinguished? We answer, that where by thy unselfish devotedness ? The willing follower is there is true willingness, there is everything else ; but a content to submit to his Leader's word ; and bread and man may appear to be willing to do many things for water in Christ's service are better than all worldly con- Christ, and yet may want the qualification by which forts out of it. And once more, does he say to any one, the genuineness of his professions is to be tested. It is Thy time of active service is not now; thou must remain | possible to contend for the truth, yea, to suffer for the for a little on the sick-bed, and be satisfied with what truth, without crucifying the old man with his lusts, comforts are sent unto thee there ; such is my will, and putting on the new man. It is possible to act the inquire no further ? The ready follower is contented part of an ambassador for Christ, yea, and to do it faithwith his Master's order, and is willing to suffer as well fully and respectably, so far as the announcing of the as to act when Christ so pleases. So wide, then, breth- terms of the embassage are concerned, while at the same ren, is the interpretation we put upon the words, “a time personal holiness is overlooked. And there may willing people.” They designate a people willing for be much appearance of contentment and resignation whatever is Christ's will, because they love him and under poverty and on the sick-bed, and much profession trust him. And do not suppose that we have drawn of acquiescence in the will of God, without the slightest a fancy sketch in thus describing them. If that willing- symptom of spirituality of mind beyond what these ness of which we have been speaking is something appearances indicate. And thus you will perceive that beyond your experience, cast not away the description of in all these cases we have the soldier, as it were, at his it as untrue ; but ask yourselves whether this may not post, but without the great and essential equipment. rather be the truth, that ye are not Christ's, and there- It is indeed most humbling, brethren, to reflect that fore know not what a willing service means.
men may speak for Christ, and act for him, and display
much zeal and devotedness in his cause, while yet they II. In the second place, let me advert to the decora- want the one thing that he especially requires, namely, tions of Christ's people. They appear “in the beauties holiness. of holiness."
This is the peculiar and indispensable mark of his If we have found, in the matter of willingness, a people, and that which distinguishes them as his. But mark by which the true follower of Christ may be how shall we describe it? What is holiness ? Let us distinguished from the pretended follower, this addi- try to ascertain this. And for this purpose let us take tional matter which we have now to investigate makes the terms, a virtuous or good man, and a holy man, and the test yet more plain. The vision which the psalmist endeavour to find out what is the difference between had of the Messiah, and which he seems to have kept them. It will at once occur to you that there is a before him while he wrote this psalm, was that of a difference : wherein does it consist ? A good or leader marshalling his forces for a great enterprise, virtuous man is one who discharges with fidelity all the and assigning to each the place which he was to occupy. duties of that station in which he is placed, who cannot The following out of this figure will illustrate the topic be found fault with either in his conduct toward his at present before us. Let us imagine to ourselves a family or in his intercourse with the world at large,
a man who may be pointed to as a pattern of excellence of the morning.” It is well, brethren, that this psalm in all the relations which he occupies. But this is not is prophetical, else we should not know how to interpret altogether a holy man. We must feel from the very this part of it. We glance at the history of the Church description, and from the ideas which it suggests, that from the time of Christ downward ; and alas! while we there is something wanting here to constitute holiness. see nation after nation outwardly submitting to the And what is it? I would say, in a word, that the holy gospel, and receiving the name of Christian, we are man, besides having all the distinguishing qualities of compelled to feel that the true Church in every age has the good man, is one who loathes all impurity in thought, been a little tlock, as Christ designated the faithful few or speech, or conduct. There is a sensitiveness about that were around him-a little flock, and a troubled the holy man that makes him turn away from every- flock. The small boat with the twelve, tossed at midthing that can pollute, in the heart as well as in the life. night upon the waves of the Sea of Galilee, is the fittest To illustrate : take the person of very delicate taste, emblem of the Church of Christ throughout the whole as distinguished from the person of good taste. The of her eventful history. A few witnesses for the truth latter will see the excellences of any work of art, and with devoted hearts and willing minds, in the midst of duly appreciate them ; but the former, along with this, a host of cold formalists and of deadly adversaries,– will detect a very slight error, and feel as if it marred what a mournful picture, and how unlike that which the whole. In other words, the holy man is one who the psalmist beheld in vision ! But it will not be alshrinks from sin as well as delights in virtue ; and ways so. Heaven and earth may pass away, but God's holiness is the shrinking from what is sinful, as well as the word will not. Go forth on a morning in spring, when practice of what is good and praiseworthy. It forms, as the first sunbeams are rolling away the morning clouds, the text tells us, the decoration of Christ's people ; it con- --see how the light sparkles in the little drop which stitutes their very beauty ; it marks them out as bis. hangs upon the point of every blade. Count, if you can, When they are said to be clothed with the beauties of those tiny mirrors which reflect in varied colours the holiness, this implies that they are not only charac- cheering ray, and make the green earth for a moment terized by their outward conformity to the law of God, one vast sea of light! While you are lost in wonder at but that they seek to have the whole frame of the heart this display of nature's loveliness ; while you are admir-every thought, every feeling, every breathing of the ing the freshness of the scene, and are drinking in health soul-regulated by God's holy will. And oh, what and pure enjoyment from it, the psalmist takes you by struggles they have with heart-corruption; what mourn- the hand, as it were, and pointing to these shining dewings for secret sin ; what prayers for deliverance from drops, beautiful and countless, says, Such for number, its power ; what self-condemnation, when to the eye of and for fairness, will Christ's people be, when the day of their fellow-mortals they seem almost to be perfect ! his power cometh. At present you see but as through Yet they do advance. Their hatred and loathing of a glass, darkly. Oh, brethren, that will be a glorious sin become more and more intense, their resistance to it time for the Church, when the prediction is fulfilledmore and more steady, their triumph over it more and when she embraces the whole earth within her boson, more complete ; until at length in spirit, in affection, and when for one willing and holy servant Christ shall and in desire, they are made meet for that place into have thousands! When the Lord gives the word, and which nothing that defileth can enter. These, then, great is the company of them that publish it; and when are the people of Christ. And, brethren, if we saw the Spirit gives to that word, as he did on the day of things in their proper light, if we could judge of the Pentecost, power to wound, and yet to heal—to kill, beautiful as those glorious spirits do that have never and yet to make alive ; that will be the 1.1, when the sinned, we would feel that holiness alone is real and proper faithful may hold up their heads, for were shall be heauty. It forms the glory of God's own character, nothing to hurt or to destroy in all God's holy mountain. the excellence, if we may so speak, of Jehovah himself ; | Surely this is a time worth waiting for-worth praying and is not the creature made glorious indeed, when, by for! But the language of the text is applicable to an- . the grace of the Eternal Spirit, he is invested with other time yet more eventful, and for the people of Heaven's own beauty, and transformed into the image Christ more glorious. This psalm describes Messiah's of his Maker ? What miserable phantoms do men triumphs over all his enemies. These shall not be compursue on earth, what trifles do they toil and fight for, pleted until the morning of the resurrection. He must as contrasted with this heavenly excellence which reign until he hath put all enemies under his feet; and adorns and dignifies the followers of the Lamb! Let the last enemy that shall be subdued is death. Then it be ours, brethren, to pant more ardently after this it will be that this beautiful prophecy shall have its highest of attainments, that we may be holy as Christ full accomplishment. The barriers of the tomb will is holy, and perfect as he is perfect.
then be burst ; the tenants of the dark sepulchre
will come forth ; the corrupt shall put on incorruption. IIL But now, in the third place, I would advert to John saw the bright assemblage more clearly than the what is here said respecting the number of Christ's psalmist, and he thus describes it: “I beheld, and lo, followers. They are “as the dew-drops from the womb a great multitude, which no man could number, of all
nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues stood that God in Christ is a Being full of tenderness toward before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with his creatures, not willing that any should perish, but white robes, and palms in their hands.” This is the that all should turn to him and live. And when the realization of the psalmist's vision ; these are the soul feels all this, the work of subjugation is completed, willing people in the beauties of holiness, numerous as the rebel is changed into a child. Therefore it is, the dew-drops from the womb of the morning. They brethren, that we delight rather to speak of the love were a few, and often a persecuted few, on earth ; but of Christ than to urge the terrors of the law. And at now, when gathered together, who can number them ? this time, in his name, and by his authority, we come to These are the trophies of Messiah's power ; these the you, asking if ye will have salvation. Look to him by purchase of his blood. My brethren, would ye have whom it is dispensed. He wears your nature ; he your place among them ? Then you must take it now. assumed it that he might be qualified to save the lost. They came out of great tribulation ; they washed their His body has evidently been tortured by hostile hands, robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. for it bears the marks of torture. These wounds were Ye must wash too in that fountain ; and, like them, ye endured for sinners. He now reigns, but it is that he must follow Christ, and wear his livery, which is holiness, may gather together into one, protect and raise to glory, if ye would be partakers of their blessedness. There is the people given to him by the Father. Can ye reject another assemblage, let me beseech you to remember, this precious Christ ? Can ye despise this wondrous that will be gathered before Messiah on the morning of love ? Nay, brethren, come and let us together hail the resurrection,-the transgressors of the law of nature, Jesus as our King and Leader, and offer him this day -the tramplers on his precious blood,—the despisers of the homage of willing hearts ; let us join in the adothe Spirit,--the men that said, “We will not have this ration of the once faithless but then believing disciple man to reign over us.” These will be dragged out of who exclaimed, looking to the Saviour's wounds, “My the dark grave, and brought, all unsightly as they are, Lord, and my God.” into the light of judgment. Would you be partners 2. But again, as to the time at which Christ makes with them in their lot? If not, then now come forth his people willing ;-it is "the day of his power.” from them, and be separate ; take Christ as your leader ; People are sometimes found to speculate thus when go after him bearing the cross, crucified to the world, and the gospel is faithfully and forcibly preached : “Who having the world crucified to you. That is the path can withstand these arguments and these appeals ? which leads to glory, honour, and immortality.
Surely, if sinners are ever to be moved, these truths
will move them.” And yet often does it happen that IV. But, in the fourth place, we must consider for a the most powerful arguments and the most urgent moment what is here said of the way and time in which appeals fall pointless upon the hearers, just because it sinners are made Christ's willing followers. It is “in is not the day of Christ's power. The sovereignty of the day of his power.”
the Lord Jesus, indeed, is peculiarly discernible in the 1. As to the way of it ;-not by the power or elo- whole process of turning sinners to himself, and in all quence of man, but by the Spirit of the Lord, are the the circumstances therewith connected. When Peter rebels subdued, and the unholy sanctified. The grace preached after the effusion of the Spirit, that was a day of the Spirit is called the rod of Christ's power, because of power ; three thousand were converted. Paul Christ sends the Spirit ; and thus, wherever the Spirit preached at Athens, more eloquently, a critic would say, works, Christ may be said to work, or his power to be and yet very few were savingly affected by his preaching ; exerted. Now how does he put forth his power ? that was not a day of power. And when we look at the What method does he employ to make his people will- progress of the truth at the present time, we find no ing? We would say, in answer to this question, He little difficulty in accounting for the effects which are administers his government not so much by terror as produced in one case, and not in another. Christ, inby love. There are, indeed, terrible things written in deed, has always the same power ; but there are special the Book of God against the workers of iniquity ; things seasons for the special exercise of it. I cannot, however, so terrible, that when they are brought home to the in the meantime enter upon the consideration of this. conscience by the Spirit, they make the stoutest- subject, although it might be interesting to trace the hearted man to tremble. Yet, brethren, we do not connection between the faithful prayers and watchings regard this as what may be called the peculiar display of his people on the one hand, and the exhibition of of Christ's power, because it does not of itself subdue his power to save upon the other. All that we knowthe sinner to his authority. The man trembling under with certainty is, that when the day of his power comes, the lash of conscience, yea, driven almost to despair, is the mountains of difficulty melt like wax at the presencestill as far from being Christ's willing follower as he of the Lord. In the case of individuals, the day of ever was. It is in the infinitude of his love that Christ's power comes under every possible diversity of circun-power lies to draw sinners from Satan's kingdom into stances. Sometimes it comes to those who are juste his own. The Spirit displays to the self-condemned entering upon busy life ; and then a man will perhaps soul the riches of the Saviour's grace ; convinces it thus l be drawn from the course of pursuit which his friends
have marked out for him, and will devote himself to by the evidences of his converting power from time to the preaching of the gospel, instead of taking the way time in the case of individuals. But all these things to wealth and to eminence. The day of power some- are as the few ripe ears of corn where all else is green, times overtakes those who have been trained to act a compared with the work which shall be wrought hereafter, part in the busy haunts of pleasure and of vanity, and when nations shall be born in a day, and all shall be then farewell to all the fond anticipations of worldly blessed in Christ, and shall call him blessed. friends : the soul they would have imprisoned, finds its liberty and its enjoyment in Christ. The day of power V. In conclusion, I would request you to observe is sometimes at the close of life, when a thousand how all these things redound to the glory of Christ. prayers, that formerly seemed lost, find their answer as I can only advert in one or two sentences to this it were in a moment, and the sinner at the eleventh topic. Is it the glory of a monarch to reign over subhour is plucked as a brand from the burning. The day jects that delight in his authority, and will do anything of power is sometimes, as it is called in the Scripture, to please him ? Christ has that glory. His people are the dark and cloudy day, when Christ makes his grace willing. Is it the glory of a monarch to behold his subknown and proved in the midst of much tribulation and jects made happy by bim ? Christ has that glory. Is it distress, and is embraced as a covert from the storm the glory of a monarch to have his name in the mouths and and a hiding-place from the tempest. But I would in the hearts of his subjects ? That glory is Christ's also. say here, that Christ's day of power is not yet come in The willing people, the people in the beauties of holithe sense in which the psalmist speaks of it. There ness, the people numerous as the dew-drops, are of was something like it on the day of Pentecost, and Christ's own making. He has all the glory of them. Let something like it at the era of the Reformation, when us, brethren, give him the glory. “Unto Him that converts might be numbered by thousands. There have loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, been here and there throughout the world, even in our and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his own times, some faint glimnierings of light, as if the Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.” morning of that day were to dawn. But it has not Can you say Amen to that? Ah, brethren, if we are not come yet; and it will not fully come, except in con- willing to glorify Christ now, where is our hope for nection with the gathering in and the restoring of eternity? The menibers of the Church above all glorify Israel. Christ has shown us what he can do by the him : this day will ye join with them? We must stir most unlikely means, in the Pentecostal work, and at ourselves up to higher efforts in Christ's service. the Reformation also. He revives his people's hearts Amen.
WANTED - MORE SERPENT.
HAT minister made a mistake who com- One young man entered a stage in New York. He
mented on the words of Christ, “Be ye was burning up with zeal for his Master. An old gentlewise as serpents and harmless as doves.” man sat in the corner reading a Bible. “There,"
“Brethren," said he, "obey this injunc- thought young Timothy, "is a chance to scatter seed." tion ; only mingle the ingredients in the right proportion The old gentleman alighted—he likewise. The old -an ounce of serpent and a pound of dove." We need gentleman walked down Broadway-he likewise. Soon a hundred pounds of each ;-the dove, to serve Christ he came up with the old gentleman, and with dignified lovingly; the serpent, to serve Christ wisely.
solicitude exclaimed, like Philip to the eunuch, “ Under"Evil is wrought by want of thought
standest thou what thou readest ?" But, unlike the As well as want of heart."
eunuch, the old gentleman understood it all ; and lookIt is not always wise to talk with all we meet on the ing down upon his questioner with a fatherly sniile be subject of religion-sometimes it is an impertinence. answered, as he patted him upon the shoulder, “ Young
The worst bore I ever knew was one of the best man, I have been preaching this gospel for over thirty Christians. He was in dead earnest. The only trouble years ;- but you meant well, my young friend, you meant was, he had not learned Bible tactics. He would button- well.” One minute from that time hole you right in the middle of Chestnut Street in
"The boy, ah, where was he ?” Philadelphia, the crowd tumbling against you, and would “put you through” for half an hour. How Certainly not anywhere in the vicinity of the old gentlemuch time I have wasted dodging round the corners lest man. Christ always remembered the adage of the wise he should collar me! We both loved the glorious theme ; Solomon, "There is a time for every purpose.” For but if a man is on his way to the dentist's, with his tooth thirty years he lived in the sequestered little village of jumping as if for a prize, he does not want to stop, even Nazareth, waiting for the fit season to arrive. When to talk about Heaven. This blessed brother had any that season came, he performed his work boldly and well; amount of dove, but he lacked serpent.
but not till then. Earnestness is a wild horse unless
Wisilom holds the check-rein, and Christian earnestness by itself is the worst of all.
Let a man go to work conscientiously to smash a church, and he will do it. The story of many a divided interest would be, if it were written, that one man was
determined the church should do what he conscientiously knew was right, and the other two hundred and ninetynine were so mulisbly obstinate as not to agree with him. Fervour with wisdom is zeal; without it, fanaticism; cultivate the dove, but don't forget the serpent.
Rev. George THOyas DOWLING, Providence, R. I.
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I.-THE HIDDEN WISDOM OF GOD.
think seriously of his eternal interests, and ended by
embracing the Protestant faith.
was much occupied with the ways of God, seriousness of his life.
mysteries. The two questions, “How ?” friend Bernadotte, who has become a Lutheran.” and “Why?" were constantly in his thoughts,-whether “Very true," said they ; " but that was for the sake he considered his own life, or the dispensations of Pro- of a crown." vidence in the government of the world.
“That is exactly my case !” replied the officer ; "we One day, in visiting a ribbon manufactory, his atten- only differ as to place. Bernadotte did it to obtain a tion was attracted by an extraordinary piece of machin- crown in Sweden, and I to obtain a crown in Heaven." ery. Countless wheels and thousands of threads were twirling in all directions : he could understand nothing
III.-GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD. of its movements.
Some time ago, an examination was held in a school He was informed, however, that all this motion was for the deaf and dumb. connected with the centre, where there was a chest One of the poor children was asked in writing, "Who which was kept shut. Anxious to understand the prin- made the world ?" ciple of the machine, he asked permission to see the He took the pencil and wrote this reply :interior.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the “The master has the key," was the reply.
earth.” The words were like a flash of light. Here was the Then he was asked, “Why did Jesus Christ come answer to all his perplexing thoughts. Yes; the Mas- into the world ?" ter has the key. He governs and directs all. It is A smile of gratitude lighted up his face as he wrote: enough. What need I know more? “He hath also “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." which shall not pass” (Ps. cxlviii. 6).
At last the examiner put to him this question :“Why were you born deaf and dumb, while I can hear
and speak ?" II.-THE TWO CROWNS.
He took up the pencil again, and, with a beautiful A French officer, a Romanist, was for some months a expression of resignation and peace, wrote these words : prisoner in England. During this time he was led to “Even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.”
The famine waxed sore in the land."--Gen. xli. 56. YEAR has passed since the close of our many a father and mother looked forward to the coming last chapter. The autumn wind sweeps winter with heavy hearts and anxious minds. over the yellow stubble fields, and shakes One Sunday afternoon Anton Lindfelder was sitting
dry leaves from the trees. Alas! this on the round bench under the old apple tree in front year again the Lord had withheld his blessing from the of his cottage, his careworn head supported by his hand, fruits of the earth; and in the dwellings of the poor, 1 his eyes fixed darkly on the ground. The sun shone