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"I WANT TO BE AN ANGEL,"
A child sat in the door of a cottage at the close of a sum. mer Sabbath. The twilight was fading, and as the shades of evening darkened, one after another of the stars shone in the sky, and looked down on the child in his thoughtful mood. He was looking up at the stars and counting them as they came, till they were too many to be counted, and his eyes wandered all over the heavens, watching the bright worlds above. He was so absorbed, that his mother called to him and said:
"My son, what are you thinking of?"
He started as if suddenly aroused from sleep, and answered:
"I was thinking —I—"
"Yes," said his mother, "I knew you were thinking, but what were you thinking about?"
"Oh," said he, and his little eyes sparkled with the thought, "/ want to be an angel."
"And why, my son, would you be an angel?"
"Heaven is up there, is it not mother? and there the angels live, and love God, and are happy; I do wish I was good, and God would take me there, and let me wait on him for ever."
The mother called him to her knee, and he leaned on her bosom and wept. She wept too, and smoothed the soft hair of his head, as he stood there, and kissed his forehead, and then told him that if he would give his heart to God, now while he was young, that the Saviour would "forgive all his sins, and take him up to heaven when he died, and then he would be with God for ever.
His young heart was comforted. He knelt at his mother's side and said:—
"Jesus, Saviour, Son of God,
The mother took the young child to his chamber, and soon he was asleep, dreaming perhaps of angels and heaven.
A few months afterwards sickness was on him, and the light of that cottage, and the joy of that mother's heart, went out. He breathed his last in her arms, and as he took her parting kiss, he whispered in her ear:
"I am going to. be an angel."
Little reader, do not you too "wish to be an angel?"
I once saw a man who had the hydrophobia. He had received a slight wound in the hand as he was sporting with a favourite dog. For months he carried the virus in his system, and was unconscious of the dreadful fact.
He was preparing to set out on a visit to a beloved sister. She had recently commenced keeping house, and the young man anticipated a great deal of pleasure in seeing her under her own roof. The carriage which was to convey him was at the door. He sat down to the breakfast table. His mother handed him a cup of coffee. • He shuddered as he took it. With some difficulty he brought it to his lips. The attempt to swallow a small portion of its contents, occasioned spasms which nearly suffocated him. He rose from the table convinced that he had within him the elements of a disease for which there was no remedy. ". <
The disease soon developed itself. At his own earnest request he was confined in a manner which rendered it impossible for him to injure others. I saw him in one of his most dreadful paroxysms. Oh, it was fearful to see a fellow-creature in that condition, and to feel that there was no remedy.
But there is a still more dreadful evil for which there is no remedy. In 2 Chron. xxxvi. we read, "But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy." There is no remedy for the wrath of a long-suffering God. Terrible as may be the paroxysm of agony which may seize the soul in the hour of dissolution, there is no remedy. Unspeakable as will be the misery of the soul as eternity rolls on diversified only by accumulating woe, still there will be no remedy,
There is now a remedy within your reach. Apply it while it is in your power. Do not let your friends, as they gaze upon your despairing death-struggles, feel that tLere is no remedy. Do not enter eternity to behold, in characters of fire on the walls of your eternal prison, "The wrath of the Lord arose till there was no remedy}"
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E. H. (Worcester), requests us to explain the meaning of the passage in the Apostles' Creed, " He descended into hell" After referring to the commentators he has bad access to, he asks, "Will the original word admit of so many translations as "Paradise^ ' the pit,''the grave,' and' he(l ?' " and adds, that our " reply in that little treasure 'The Appeal,' will oe esteemed a great favour"
Perhaps so critical a question may be considered by some as hardly within the province of our "little treasure;" yet we suppose all will think it fair to give the best answer we can to one who values us so highly. Indeed, we shall always be pleased to use this page of our cover to serve any of our readers whom we can oblige. To E. H. we may reply, first, generally, that of all the translations mentioned, perhaps Paradise and Hell are the most inappropriate, in the modern sense, at least, of these words. The case is this. The original Hebrew word" Sheol" and the Creek word ,' Hades," which E. H. has found mentioned in the commentaries, both mean alike as nearly as possible, and the meaning is, the "world or abode of departed spirits." It comprehended the residences both of the good and the bad, the happy and the unhappy. Thus Lazarus and the Rich Man are both in "Hades," though Lazarus is in "Abraham's bosom" (the figure Is that of reclining, according to the ancient practice at a feast), while the Rich Man is "In torment;" yet it is not height which separates them, but a gulf; and the words Id verse 26, are of passing and repassing, and not of ascending and descending. Paradise, a word borrowed from the abode of our first parents, appears to have been another name for the residences of the happy in Hades, Now, we have no single English word to designate the abode of departed spirits; hence when the Hebrew or Greek word by which it is called occurs, we can only render it by that word in our language which best suits the connexion. Everywhere in the Old Testament, when " Hell" occurs, it means precisely the "abode of the departed," or, figuratively, the inhabitants of that abode, as Isaiah xiv. 9, where " Hell" means the dead triumphing over the fallen kiag of Babylon, as the following verses shew. It should be remembered that, in the Old Testament, the doctrines of future reward and punishment were but imperfect!/ revealed. In the New Testament, the passages in which the word " Hell" stands for a Greek word meaning a place of torment, are the following: Matt. v. 22, 29; x. 28; xvili. 9; xxiii. 16, 33; Mark ix. 43, 45, 47; Luke xii. 5; James iii. 6. Everywhere else it answers to the word Hades, which means, as we have stated, "the world or abode of departed spirits." Hence it is commonly associated with death. It is even, In its happier abode, a place below the full joy and glory destined for the believers in Christ. As our blessed Lord shared this consequence of death with those whom he came to redeem,—as he was delivered from it by his resurrection, and finally glorified In his raised human body; so all who confide themselves to that power by which he rose from the dead and Hell, i.e. Hades, to glory, shall be raised with him to immortality and glory.—We do not feel bound, of course, to vindicate the correctness of the Apostles' Creed. It is but a human creed, and is, as is well known, in no other sense the Apostles' Creed than so far as it contains the facts taught by the apostles. It is, however, a very ancient document, beautifully different from the metaphysical creeds of following ages and of modern times. It is a simple record of facts, and we could cordially subscribe to every clause of It. Of course, we should interpret the word "Hell " in the sense of the original Greek of the Creed, w hich has Hades, and in the sense in which, we apprehend, it was used by the translators o: the New Testament and of the Apostles' Creed. The whole subject is copiously handled. In plain English, in the Preliminary Dissertations to his Translation of the Four Gospels, by Dr. George Campbell, should E. H. be able to procure that book.
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A CONGREGATIONAL MINISTER.
CAPTAIN SOMERSET, THE POLICEMAN, AND THE MAGISTRATE.
This interesting case, which has already occupied so much of public attention, may suggest one useful reflection which we have not yet observed amongst the many remarks made upon it. The Captain, relying no doubt upon his high aristocratic connexions for getting off easily, wantonly and violently assaulted a poor policeman, who, in the fulfilment of his duty, hindered him from driving in a road which was closed on account of the Great Exhibition. • "When brought before the magistrate (Mr. Hardwicke), instead of being let off with a fine of five pounds as he expected, a punishment which to a wealthy man was in fact no punishment at all, he was sentenced to ten days' imprisonment in the House of Correction. The Captain entreated to be let off with a fine, remarking that going to prison might compel him even to leave his regiment; but the magistrate, greatly to his credit, was inexorable, remarking with truth that a military man who had so often to require obedience to his own orders, ought above all others to have been most ready to set an example of obedience to orders. We sincerely hope that all magistrates will send wealthy offenders to prison instead of inflicting a fine. The poor man who commits an assault is sent to prison because he of course cannot pay the fine; to the rich the fine is nothing. We think that every man who lays violent hands on another to intimidate or to injure, deserves a prison whether he be rich or poor. We would have one law for all, or rather we would have it severer for the rich, as through their better education they are the more guilty of the two. "Where much is given much is required." It is stated in the newspapers that the Captain wrote to the Colonel of his regiment asking him what he was to do under the circumstances (doubtless meaning whether it would be requisite for him to leave his regiment), and it is said that the Colonel replied: "Write to Mr. Hardwicke, thanking him for his reproof, and atone with your purse to the policeman whom you have beaten." Who does not feel the admirable fitness of this reply? If Captain Somerset sincerely entered into the Colonel's views, if he really felt grateful to Mr. Hardwicke for maintaining the authority of law, which is only another phrase for the safety of the community and the honour of the Sovereign, if he really felt grieved for his maltreatment of his unoffending neighbour, and if he was prepared to shew this feeling by confession, restitution, and consistent subsequent conduct, why, then he might again resume with propriety the command of others. He would be another man. He would have returned to a willing, not a forced compliance with law; and though his better state of mind had been brought about by punishment, yet it would be continued and cherished by preference. He would be