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secure, a word of alarm ; for the fearful, a vert of encouragement. She speaks here to sinners, E EI *simple ones' who ‘love simplicity,' to 'soomers - SF 3 who 'delight in scorning,' to 'fools' who batez "knowledge;' that is, to wilful, daring, and des sate transgressors, and for them she has a wont & reproof.' Her reproofs are conveyed through an mny different channels. One of these is The word of God. “All scripture is gira
in inspiration of God, and is profitable for repene 2 It points out the evil nature and ruines come some quences of sin, and declares the certainty és enny czning judgment, by which “the wrath o Gai shall be revealed from heaven against all right w. 22 consness and ungodliness of men' At the summe time it deals with the peculiarities of interni character; it holds up to sinners of every deser I tion a mirror which reflects the image of their sus ne depravity, and it comes home to the consciene za
each in language which reproves alike she is difference of the careless, the duplicity d sie a free hypocritical, the pride of the self-righteous steam mpiety of the profane, and the excesses of the me voluptuous. For the word of God is quick mi za powerful
, and sharper than any two-edged sword So piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul és and spirit, of the joints and marrow, and is a disse cather of the thoughts and intents of the heart
Ministers are reprovers. They are traitors to the cause of Christ who speak smooth things saying, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace, sd seek to please rather than to profit and et the people. Their commission runs in the Samas
, "Cry aloud, spare not; lift up thy vo like a trumpet, and show my people their true
The le, nor ere it y a suthe soil Il take irty, in But as heart, he has
BeI will Israel, hall be louse of
I will rite it in and they
ressions, and the house of Jacob their se John the Baptist did not flatter Herod the fut reproved him as he deserved without fex Tour. Of Jesus it is said that he tangiste uring authority, and not as the scribes; tants are commanded to preach the ataut in season and out of season, regne Mke, exhort with all long-suffering and de pular errors must not be counter rected; prevailing sins must not in
but condemned; unwelcome Dealed, but declared; the duals and communiti
necessarily ring all those ed or required. o them, the mind um, the mouth will e life habitually corrticular, the reception
produce the desire, and toi to others. This we are in two different ways. One
s of rank, ors
only shall we see light. Let us unite dependence | limitation of Christ's atonement to those whom on his teaching with the diligent and prayerful the Father has given him. It will be sufficient use of all appointed means of instruction. Let to answer every objection, and silence every murus beware of setting at nought his counsels, or mur for the Judge to say, “I have called, and ye despising his reproofs ; for he who being often re- refused.' "Few are chosen,' but ‘many are called; proved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be de- and it is not with the purpose of election, which stroyed, and that without remedy.'
has not been revealed, that sinners have to do, but with the call of mercy which addresses to
them the free, unrestricted, unconditional offer o TWENTIETH DAY. EVENING.
salvation. In refusing this call they act wilfully,
deliberately, from enmity to God, and aversion · Because I have called, and ye refused, I also to his service. This is the condemnation that
will laugh at your calamity; I will mock light is come into the world, and men lover when your fear cometh, Prov. i. 24, 26.
darkness rather than light, because their deed The government of God demands from us now, were evil. Thus they incur the guilt of disobey and will ultimately obtain from all his intelligenting the command of God, of denying his truth creatures, unlimited acquiescence and approbation. of despising his mercy, of rejecting his counsel, We are not, indeed, permitted, in many cases, to counting the blood of the covenant, wherewit know the reasons of his conduct; nor do we in Christ was sanctified, an unholy thing, and doin any case possess the capacity fully to compre- despite unto the Spirit of grace. Resting hend them. But he has a reason for every thing such grounds the punishment of the wicked sha that he does, which, when clearly revealed, shall be perfectlyat once demonstrate the necessity of his pro- Righteous. The justice of God demands it cedure, and display its perfectly wise, and holy, his mercy permits it; his truth and faithfulne and gracious character. •Clouds and darkness cannot be maintained without it. All the attr are round about him ;' yet righteousness and butes of his character will be infinitely honoure judgment are the habitation of his throne; mercy by it. The whole intelligent creation will al and truth shall go before his face.'
prove of it. Sinners themselves will silent In the indulgence extended to wicked men acquiesce in it. The man who had not on tl there is an apparent deviation from those princi- wedding garment was speechless in presence, ples of rectitude and impartiality which regulate the king, so shall be the finally impenitent und the divine government. Not only do they seem the sentence of the Judge. And their conder to enjoy impunity in sin ; they often attain to a nation as it is perfectly righteous so it is inevi far higher degree of prosperity than falls to the ablylot of others. This has in all ages been a source Certain. Now they have an accepted tim of perplexity and discouragement to the people and a day of salvation. But the door, by whi of God, whilst it renders sinners bolder and more they are now invited to enter, will then be sh hardened in wickedness. But they abuse the Prayer will no longer avail. All the things t1 divine forbearance and long-suffering, not know- belong to their peace will be hid from their ey ing that the goodness of God leadeth to repen- The God of mercy will then have forgotten to tance; and they treasure up to themselves wrath gracious,' and will be favourable no more.' H against the day of wrath, and revelation of the vain must be the hope of the poor and distres righteous judgments of God. “Because sentence when their prayer for relief is met not by the lo against an evil work is not executed speedily, and language of sympathy, but by laughter therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set mockery! How dreadful to hear the Father in them to do evil.' But God will bring every mercies declare, “I also will laugh at your work into judgment, and will render unto every amity, I will mock when your fear come man according to his work; and he will be glori- And he is not a 'man that he should lie, or fied no less in the destruction of his enemies than son of man that he should repent. in the salvation of his redeemed people. He has How then shall we escape if we neglect sog distinctly stated
salvation? Who can resist the force of his The grounds of their condemnation. They mighty arm, or elude the inspection of his shall not be permitted to urge the plea of ignor- seeing eye? What is there to make up for ance, nor the want of opportunity, nor even want of his friendship, or to protect us from moral inability as their excuse; far less shall they effect of his anger? The punishment of the be allowed to plead the decrees of God, or the ner will be unspeakably
Awful. To them on the left hand the Judge only with profound respect, but with affectionate shall say, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into ever- acquiescence; they must be submitted to not only lasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.' from a sense of duty, but in the spirit of love. “When, therefore, the great day of his wrath is To this effect it is enjoined, “These words which come, who shall be able to stand ? Who among I command thee this day shall be in thine heart.” us can dwell with devouring fire? who among us
The words which God has commanded us decan dwell with everlasting burnings ?'
serve a place in the heart. They are the words But, blessed be God, there is still a way of of infallible truth, and merit our fullest confidence; escape. The time has not yet arrived of which it they are the words of eternal life, and claim our is said, “Then shall they call upon me, but I will warmest attachment. More to be desired are not answer. His patience continues to wait, and they than gold; yea, than much fine gold: sweeter his Spirit to strive. He calls upon us to “come, also than honey, and the honey comb. It is the for all things are now ready. Turn ye, why will heart that God looks to, and speaks to: and the ye die, 0 house of Israel ? Let the wicked for services we perform in obedience to his word can sake his way, and the unrighteous man his be acceptable and honouring to him in so far only thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, as they express the feelings of the heart. So long and he will have mercy upon him; and to our as it has not taken possession of the heart, the God, for he will abundantly pardon.'
word of God can produce no sanctifying effect on the character; and is in reality rejected. The good seed must be sown not by the way side, nor
on stony ground, nor among thorns, where it TWENTY-FIRST DAY.-MORNING. would be either entirely lost, or exert only a su
perficial and temporary influence; but on the soil * These words which I command thee this day shall of a good and honest heart, where it will take
be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them dili- deep root, and bring forth fruit in some thirty, in gently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them some sixty, and in some a hundred fold. But as when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou it is man’s duty to receive the word into his heart, walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, so it is God's work to put it there, and he has and when thou risest up,' Deut. vi. 6, 7.
graciously promised to do his own work. “BeThe words which form the subject of this ex- hold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will hortation obviously refer in the first instance to make a new covenant with the house of Israel, the law of the ten commandments, which had on and with the house of Judah; but this shall be that very day been delivered to the people of Is- the covenant that I will make with the house of rael. *These words’ may, however, be supposed Israel after these days, saith the Lord. I will to comprehend generally the whole of revelation, put my law in their inward parts, and write it in including both the Old and New Testaments; their hearts; and I will be their God, and they and in particular they apply to the record which shall be my people.' God has given of his Son Jesus Christ, which Having taken possession of the heart, the words unfolds a complete system of truth to be believed, which God has commanded us will necessarily and a perfect rule of duty to be followed, with alí exert their proper influence in securing all those necessary means to be observed for the purpose practical effects which are intended or required. of enabling us to understand the one and to obey The memory will carefully retain them, the mind the other. Our duty in reference to the words will seriously reflect upon them, the mouth will of inspiration consists of two parts: we are com- loudly speak of them, and the life habitually cormanded to receive them for our own benefit, and respond with them. In particular, the reception we are required to communicate them for the of them for ourselves will produce the desire, and benefit of others. They demand in the first in- enforce the endeavour to
Communicate them to others. This we are Cordial reception from ourselves. It is not directed to attempt in two different ways. One enough that we put them in our houses, so as is by teaching, orto have constant access to them for reading and Instruction. Thou shalt teach them diligently meditation; nor even that we have them in our unto thy children. Children represent the youth memories so as to be able to repeat them with ease of every family; and in this view the injunction and accuracy from beginning to end. They must is addressed to parents. To them has been not only be known and remembered, but under committed the charge of teaching unto their chiltood and approved; they must be regarded not dren the words which God has commanded.
For this purpose they should read and explain cometh down from above it will determine us to the bible to their children, and enable them to embrace every opportunity that may be presented, read and understand it for themselves. Other whether in public or private, of inviting the atbranches of knowledge may be useful and even tention of those with whom we associate to the necessary; but what shall these avail in the end things which belong to their peace. if the one thing needful has been neglected? The Few points of character may be more safely work of parental instruction requires much time relied on as an evidence of personal godliness than and great labour; and it must be done not by the desire to converse on religious subjects. It is substitutes, but by parents themselves, in a course truly mournful to think how very seldom matters of diligent and well directed personal efforts. It of a spiritual nature find their way into our ordiis truly said that “a good man leaveth an inheri- nary conversation. The professing people of God tance to his children.' He may have nothing meet together and converse about many things ; else to give, but if he has conferred on them the they talk on the state of the weather, or the news advantages of a religious education, followed up of the day, or on questions of national policy, or by fervent prayer, and illustrated and enforced by the merits of public men, or the defects of private a consistent example, he leaves them an inheri- character, but have not a word to say respecting tance that is more valuable than any thing and the truths of the bible, nor the concerns of their every thing else. But "children' represent the souls, nor the realities of an eternal world. How rising generation in general, and in this view the different is the course which the authority of inprecept speaks to all without exception. Many spiration has dictated on the subject! “Thou parents care not for the spiritual interests of their shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine families; in such cases it becomes the duty of house, and when thou walkest by the way,
and every professing Christian to endeavour, as far as when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. possible, to supply their lack of service. In no This practice has many advantages to recomother way can we do so much good at so little mend it. It is of comparatively easy observance. expence as by extending the blessings of a reli- Those who cannot produce a regular and well congious education to the ignorant and neglected nected discourse upon the truths of God, are yet youth. But another mode of communication is able to talk about them in familiar conversation. by talking, or
No man feels himself at a loss for something to say Conversation. Thou shalt talk of them. To when he speaks of subjects that lie near to his talk is to convey our thoughts upon any subject heart, for 'out of the abundance of the heart the in a simple, homely, and familiar style of address, mouth speaketh. Another recommendation is such as we are accustomed to employ in the com- the probability of usefulness. In this way valuamon intercourse of domestic and social life. With- ble lessons of truth may be communicated, and out being necessarily coarse or undignified it has seasonable warnings administered, and serious imthe recommendation of being universally under pressions produced, no less extensively and no less stood, and of being calculated to attract and in- effectually than by more public and laborious interest the minds both of the learned and the ig- strumentality. Cast thy bread upon the waters, norant. It is the style which God himself has for thou shalt gather it after many days. But adopted in the revelation of his will, for the scrip- personal holiness is an essential qualification for es which contain it are distinguished through- religious usefulness. We must seek to have our
by their extreme plainness and simpli wn hearts impressed with the truths of the W was the teaching of Christ but a se ble, and then the work of communicating them
stions in which he talked familiarl others" he easy, pleasant, and successful.
to display their own attainn
thou hast known the holy equency.
re able to make thee wise "he attentio.
the faith which is in Christ instead of it! In
'h regard to the early Tom is
most important cirmo
for our instruction.
His father was not a .Jew, nor a proselyte to the firmed than in the words of the apostle, who religion of the Jews, but a Greek, and conse- declares that they are able to make wise unto quently, if not hostile to the Jewish scriptures, salvation. They do this, yet ignorant of them, and indifferent about them. By the discoveries which they afford. The Timothy had not been circumcised in his infancy; first step towards the attainment of saving wisdoin but his religious education had, notwithstanding, consists in the knowledge or conviction of sin. been carefully attended to by his grandmother The scripture bath concluded all under sin, that Lois, and his mother Eunice, who were not only every mouth may be stopped, and that all the Jewish by birth, but, which is far better, de- world may become guilty before God.' But a cidedly pious women. Through the blessing of conviction of sin without the hope of forgiveGod upon their labours, young Timothy acquired ness could only lead to despair. The awakened an early and intimate knowledge of the Old Tes- sinner finds a refuge in the holy scriptures, which tament scriptures; and he was by this means assure him of an acceptable atonement offered for prepared to follow the example of his excellent the expiation of his guilt, of a perfect righteousmother by embracing the gospel, and devoting ness wrought out for the justification of his perhimself to the service of Christ. During the son, and an effectual influence provided for the whole of his subsequent life he continued to sanctification of his nature. Here is a redempcherish a grateful sense of the benefit which he tion alike honouring to the perfections of God, had derived from early parental instruction; and and suited to the circumstances of man, comprePaul, his spiritual father, took occasion to remind hending everything which we can possibly need, him, both as a ground of thankfulness to God, or reasonably desire, or profitably seek after, and a motive to perseverance in duty, that knowledge for our ignorance, pardon for our from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, guilt, love for our enmity, purity for our corrupwhich are able to make thee wise unto salvation, tion, strength for our weakness, hope for our through faith which is in Christ Jesus.' fears, life for our death. The holy scriptures are
Other writings make men wise, but not wise able to make us wise unto salvation byunto salvation. The wisdom that may be de- The influence which they exert. Our Lord · rived from them is valuable in a very high said of them, what cannot be affirmed of any
degree, and capable of being applied to many other writings, “The words that I speak unto useful purposes, and worthy of being sought after you they are spirit, they are life.' Paul had felt with ardour and diligence; but it is the wisdom this influence in himself, and from experience he o this world, which has to do only with the things could declare, 'I am not ashamed of the gospel of the world, and which, with the world, will at of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvadeath pass away and be forgotten. What can tion to every one that believeth. He had witall the wisdom avail us which the facts of history nessed it in others, and he could appeal to thousupply, or which may be derived from a minute sands when he said, “For our gospel came not acquaintance with the maxims of philosophy, the unto you in word only, but also in power, and in mysteries of science, or the rules of art, so long the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.' as we remain destitute of that wisdom which the But the holy scriptures can exert no influence light of inspiration has revealed? “Hath not unless they are believed. Articles of food may God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For be wholesome and nutritious, but in order to imafter that in the wisdom of God the world by part strength to the body they must be received wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the into it. Medicines may be calculated to effect a foolishness of preaching to save them that be- cure, yet the patient would inevitably perish if he Eere."
should continue to resist their application. Our The arrogant deist who denies the necessity unbelief cannot affect the truth of the scriptures,
revelation, labours under a delusion scarcely but it will prevent their efficacy. The influence more palpable and pernicious than the blinded which they exert is not mechanical, but moral:
retary of the Church of Rome, who asserts its it is the influence of doctrines and precepts, of insufficiency. We know that the scriptures need promises and threatenings, addressed to the post the help of interpretations to clear up their understanding and the judgment, the conscience
urity; much less do they need the help of and the heart. But these cannot operate unless traditions to supply their deficiency. The end they are felt; nor can they be felt until they are
which they were given, and their perfect effi- believed. Instead of being the savour of life sy to the accomplishment of that end, could unto life, which they are graciously intended and
have been more clearly and conclusively af- calculated to be, they become to all who reject