Page images



Death placed his icy hand upon her, and she became a corpse. This fearful event has produced a painful sensation throughout the town, and even among the abandoned creatures of the locality in which it occurred.-Newspaper Paragraph.

HAVE YOU A BIBLE?—There is that in the Bible which, if rightly used, will compensate for all sacrifices and toil, for all loss and expenditure in its search; riches of immense value to which you may have a claim, joys of endless duration which you may obtain. “Be not faithless but believing;" there is enough in the Bible to enrich you

Do you want an estate? There are the title-deeds. Do you long for an inheritance ? There is the will. Do you seek for a remedy for the cares and vexations of life? There it is to be found. Do you fear death? There you will see how death may be conquered. Do you dread the wrath to come? There you are shewn how you may be saved from all its curses. Do you yearn for eternal happiness? Life and immortality are brought to light in the gospel, with the means of attaining to fulness of joy and pleasures for evermore. If some great thing were required of you in order to your obtaining knowledge that might turn out to your advantage, would you shrink from it? If you knew of some field in which was hidden a treasure that would make you immensely rich, would you scruple going and selling all that you have that you might buy that field ? If you had heard of a jewel of inestimable value, which might be purchased on advantageous terms, would you not sacrifice your all to claim it? The Bible is like that field; and it gives information concerning that jewel. Buy it, and make the treasure yours.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE AND JESUS CHRIST.. “I know men,” said Napoleon, at St. Helena, to Count de Montholon, “I know men, and I tell you that Jesus is not a man! The religion of Christ is a mystery, which subsists by its own force, and proceeds from a mind which is not a human mind. We find in it a marked individuality, which originated a train of words and actions unknown before. Jesus is not a philosopher, for his proofs are miracles, and from the first his disciples adored him, Alexander, Cæsar, Charlemagne, and myself, founded empires; but on what foundation did we rest the creations of genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour, millions of men would die for him !-I die before my time, and my body will be given back to the earth, to become food for worms. Such is the fate of him who has been called the great Napoleon. What an abyss between my deep misery and the eternal kingdom of Christ, which is proclaimed, loved, and adored, and is extending over the whole earth!"-Turning to General Bertrand, the emperor added, “If you do not perceive that Jesus Christ is God, I did wrong to appoint you general!”

“A certain man had two sons: and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

“And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. “And when he came to himself, he said, How


hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger ! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

"And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was Jet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

“Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry


my friends; but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou has killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”Luke xv. 11–32.

JESUS CHRIST'S LETTER-BOX. We are told that Pius IX, who was elected Pope in June, 1846, caused a letter-box to be put up on the outside of his palace, in which the people were invited to deposit letters for him. Whoever had any complaint to make, or any petition to offer, could drop a written statement into the box, feeling assured that it would come under his sovereign's eye. Pius proposed to keep his own key and go himself for the letters.

Jesus Christ has a letter-box. There is one in every sanctuary, in every dwelling, in every closet. It has been put up for the people; for all classes of the people, the poor and the rich, the ignorant and the learned, the vicious and the moral.

It has been put up for the reception of all kinds of complaints and petitions. Do you want bread-raiment -shelter? Go to the letter-box. Do you want pardon-deliverance from guilt and anguish-joy and peace in the Holy Ghost? Go to the letter-bor. Do you want faith-love-sympathy with Jesus for lost men-grace to sustain you under trials? Go to the letter-bor.

Jesus Christ, my readers, is the Sovereign of the Universe. There is not a want you can have for time or for eternity which he cannot supply. And he is good as well as able. “Come," he says, "unto me, all ye that are weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” You, my reader, have wants which you wish to be supplied. You have sorrows which you wish to be removed. There are sins which you wish to be forgiven. There are spiritual blessings which you wish to enjoy. Look into your own heart and say, what it is


need. Ask yourself, What shall be my petition, and what my request? And then, go to Jesus.

Intrust not your prayer to any other. Go yourself! “Ask, and ye shall receive; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and the door . shall be opened unto you."


A Magazine for the People.

"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."


APRIL, 1850.

No. 22.



PAGB. “Happily, Atheists are rare 37 An Unfruitful Hearer......... 46 The Design of the Gospel., 38 "I do not see the need there is of VARIETIES. 80 much Religion” 40 Do you read the Bible ?

47 “I do not like the Conditions" 42 Inconsistencies of Christians .18 NARRATIVES, ANECDOTES, &c.

Live for Something..

48 The Contrast in Death


'TIS TIME ENOUGH YET.-Cover, p. 4.





May be had by order of any Bookseller.


“I AM BUT THE CREATURE OF CIRCUMSTANCES."-An Enquirer "who has been often

told that he cannot be responsible because he is the mere creature of circumstances, would like to know what the Editor of The Appeal' has to say on this subject.

Enquirer.—“You must confess that I really am the creature of circumstances. The circumstances of my birth, education, health, country, &c. were not my ordering; yet they have made me what I am; can I, then, be responsible for what I do ?”

Editor.-You have stated much truth, but also some error, and made an all-impor

tant omission.

Ist. It is true that you had no control over most of the circumstances you mention.

It is true that these circumstances have, to a great extent, made you what you are.


is also true that so far as they necessarily made you so, you are not held responsible by

the" Judge of all." He condemns no man for what he cannot help.

But, 2ndly, it is untrue that you are wholly or even chiefly the creature of circumstances. None of the circumstances you have mentioned necessitate your doing any thing you know to be wrong. None of them necessarily hinder your enquiring whether any thing be right or wrong. Unfavourable circumstances make it more difficult to do right; that is, they tempt you to do wrong; but they do not compel you to do it. You inwardly feel that no one can force you to do what you will not do. You can die first.

And we ought to die rather than do wrong,-rather than disobey God.

This shews us, 3rdly, that you have left out the important fact, that God has given

you the wonderful power of will. He has endowed you with that power by which you can resist temptation, as thousands have done, even to death,-by which you can refuse to do the evil, and choose to do the good. Your God, therefore, like every other righteous governor, holds you responsible, first, to the extent to which you do know or can know his laws; secondly, to the extent to which he has given you a will capable of controlling your actions.

We may add, finally, that deeply pitying the bondage to corrupt, degrading appetites and passions into which we have sold ourselves, he has sent us his beloved Son, not only to satisfy the claims of justice by his atoning death on the cross, but also (through faith in his gracious help) to make us more than conquerors over a fallen and perverted


“ There is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another ;) in

the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel."

."- Romans ii. 11-16.

« PreviousContinue »