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« slept in Jesus,” and of whom he is the first fruits | 10, 11). And therefore let me plainly tell you, that that now rose. These were pledges of the future ge. | whosoever shall fall upon this stone, that is, whosoneral resurrection and a necessary confirmation of ever shall stumble at me and my doctrine while I the prediction by Isaiah, in which Messiah says, am here on earth in this humble form, he shall be Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead broken and damaged by it; but on whomsoever it shall body shall they arise," xxvi. 19.

fall, when raised up to so glorious an eminence, it They rose in the same bodies in which they before shall even grind him to powder, like a brittle pots. had lived; otherwise they could not be called their herd crushed by the weight of some huge stone bodies, or be known to those to whom they appeared: falling upon it from on high. (Compare Dan. ii. 44.) but who they were has not been known. Some have So, whosoever shall oppose me after my exaltation thought that they were the ancient patriarchs, Enoch, to glory, and the pouring out of my Spirit for the Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, &c.; but this does full revelation of my Gospel and proof of my mission, not appear to have been the case, as they would not he will bring upon himself aggravated guilt, and have been known without some special revelation to dreadful, unavoidable destruction" (Matt. xxi. 44). each individual to whom they appeared. It seems more probable that they were some of the recently

SUNDAY READING FOR YOUTH. departed saints, such as John the Baptist, his father

“ Constant Reader" further asks, “ What Sunday Zechariah, the venerable Simeon, Joseph the hus. band of the Virgin Mary, and others well known to

| lecture can you best recommend for youth." many to whom they appeared still living in the holy

In reply to this inquiry, we remark that much will city Jerusalem,

depend on the age and attainmets of the youth, as to What became of these saints after they had then

what books would be proper and suitable even for been raised from the dead? This question has more

Sunday reading. With a view to aid parents in this frequently been asked than who they were? But of

important work, we will mention a few books which this we have no information—there is a total silence

are instructive, religious, and attractive to youth, respecting it in the Scriptures. Nevertheless, it

Sunday Reading for the Young. seems reasonable to suppose, with our wisest com

Manners and Customs of the Jews.

Journeys of the Israelites. mentators, that they continued on earth, either among their friends, ur in some retirement to which

Rites and Worship of the Jews. they were divinely directed, until the ascension of

Keith on Prophecy. Christ, when they would be drawn by the Spirit to

Young Christian, by Abbott,

Pilgrim's Progress. join the mysterious retinue of angels in the triumphant entry of the exalted Messiah into his kingdom

Missionary Records. India, China, North Ameof glory, and joyfully surround the throne of God!

rica, and Tahiti. All the above by the Reli.

gious Tract Society. Scripture Natural History, by W. Carpenter.

The Child's Commentator on the Scriptures, by ILLUSTRATION OF MATTHEW XXI. 44. J. Cobbin, M.A., 7 vols. 18mo.

The above list might be amply enlarged; but this “ A Constant Reader," who desires to be informed

will lead the intelligent parent to others. by the Christian's Penny Magazine, “the meaning of Matt. xxi, 44," is requested to compare the account

The Best School Prayer-Book. of the conversation of our Lord with the infidel cavilling Jewish priests and teachers, as given by Luke

In reply to our correspondent we would remark, XX. with the record of Matthew.

that nothing has fallen under our observation equal Our Saviour perfectly knew the base and treason to the “ Sunday-school Devotional Assistant," by able designs of his Jewish rulers against himself, the Religious Tract Society, price about 8d. and, therefore, in his discourse, he warned them by parables against the fearful and tremendous ruin

The Best Work on English COMPOSITION, which they were thereby assuredly bringing upon Exercise in composition with the aid of Lennie's themselves. A great part of the spirit of his admo

Grammar, or Murray's Grammar, with Notes to the nition is contained in the verse which is the subject

Rules of Syntax, aided by a careful reading of the of inquiry ; but it will be necessary to look back upon

first thirteen lectures of Blair's Rhetoric, will be its connexion to behold its full force and design: and

found useful. We trust these replies will conduce as nothing that we have seen gives so fully the true

to the real Christian edification of “A Constant spirit of the passage as the new translation and the

Reader." paraphrase of Dr. Doddridge, we shall transcribe it from the “ Family Expositor" of that excellent divine.

And Jesus looked upon them with great seriousness and solemnity in his countenance, and said

REVIEW. unto them, What is this then that is written? (Psal.

A Treatise concerning Religious Affection. By cxviii. 22, 23.) Did you never read, or never reflect

PRESIDENT EDWARDS. 18mo. cloth, pp. xvi.---500. upon this remarkable passage in the Scriptures,

London : Religious Tract Society. The stone which the builders refused, the same is become the head-slone of the corner, this is the “ REVIVALS of religion" are far less frequently menLord's doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes ?" tioned at the present time, than they were three or Words which, though they might seem to be accom four years ago, either among the Christians in Great plished in the exaltation of David to the Jewish Britain or America. Can this be that they are less throne, are in their highest sense applicable to the prevalent in our churches ? or less desired by proMessiah, who, though disdainfully rejected by you fessors? While we are greatly inclined to believe Scribes and Pharisees and rulers of the people, that the “ Religious revivals" were somewhat overwhose office it is to build up the church, is never rated about the period in question, we fear that now theless chosen by God to be its great support and they are not so generally enjoyed, nor the subject of ornament (Luke xx. 17; Matt. xxi. 42; Mark xii. so earnest prayer among the people of God.

Counterfeits, in religious profession, there have | Journeyings and Encampments of the Israelites been in every age; and, according to the represen. from Egypt to Canaan, Roller Map. London: tations of the Scriptures, such characters may be Sunday-school Union. expected in our churches down to the end of time.

SCRIPTURE Geography is of high importance to the Those are permitted to exist among us, partly at least,

reader of the Bible, and every attempt to explain for the trial of our own sincerity-to promote our

and illustrate this subject confers a favour upon the self-inspection and illustrate the grace of God in

church of God. The Sunday-school Union has done those who are living by faith in Christ.

great service to the rising youth of Britain in the Self-examination requires some aid in enabling a

publication of their very valuable series of maps on believer to judge correctly of his own spiritual con

Scripture Geography : the present one is deserving dition; and he who furnishes a directory in this

of all praise; it is beautiful and instructive, price only essential exercise, renders no inconsiderable service to the cause of religion.

78.; and we recommend that it be procured for every

Sunday-school room, and for every vestry, and inPresident Edwards has been justly esteemed as a prince among theologians; and next in importance

deed for every Christian family. to his profound work on the “Freedom of the Human Will," is to be esteemed this masterly treatise on “ Religious Affections."

FOR CHRISTMAS-DAY.-PSALM CX, Mr. Lereno E. Dwight, the intelligent and judi

ARGUMENT. cious biogropher of this great divine, says of this treatise, that, “as a work exhibiting genuine Chris

Hear Judah's king in lofty strain tianity in distinction from all its counterfeits, it pos

The great salvation now explain ;

Hear him exalt his Saviour high, sesses such singular excellence, that were the books on earth destined to a destruction so nearly univer.

Assert his power and dignity! sal, that only one besides the Bible could be saved ; Describe his sceptre and his might, the church of Christ, if aiming to preserve the His subjects and their glorious right, volume of the greatest value to man, that which His everlasting priesthood too, would best unfold to a bereaved posterity the real His wondrous conquests bring to view; nature of true religion, would unquestionably select

How he achiev'd them ;-there indeed for preservation, the “ Treatise on the Affections."

We praise and wonder-see him bleed; Many, unquestionably, would not fully accord

He* to this prophecy referr'd, with Mr. Dwight in this conclusion : but as a discri

His servants † tou the same declar'd. minating work on experimental godliness, it will be difficult to estimate its value too highly; and many

How could the church with nobler strain, thanks. are due to the Religious Tract Society for

Welcome his advent and his reign, this beautiful edition of a theological treatise of such

Than on her Saviour's birth-day sing, sterling worth to the church of Christ.

This anthem to her Infant King ? This work is in three parts :-Part I. Concerning the Nature of the Affections, and their Importance Thus said Jehovah to my Lord, in Religion.--Part II. Shewing what are no certain

“ Ascend my throne and hear my word; Signs that Religious Affections are truly Gracious,

At my right hand thy place shall be, or that they are not. - Part III. Shewing what are

And thou thine enemies shalt see
Distinguishing Signs of truly gracious and holy
Affections.

“ Low at thy feet;—the Lord shall send
“ His rod from Sion to defend;
“ Tis strong, 'tis mighty to command,

And thou amidst thy foes shalt stand.
The Faithful Servant adorning the Christian Cha-
racter. 18mo, cloth, pp. xii. 312. London : Reli-

A willing people shall be thine,

“ Whilst thou in holiness shalt shine ; gious Tract Society.

“ More than the drops of morning dew “ FAITHFUL servants" are, by many persons, said to “ Thou shalt thy numerous offspring view. . be exceedingly scarce, especially such as adorn the

“ The LORD hath sworn, nor will repent, Christian character. Comparatively scarce we fear

“ Thou art the priest himself hath sent; they are: but we are convinced that a due degree of

“ Melchizedek a type was given, regard has not been paid to young females, particu

Thy priesthood is in earth and heaven. larly when they have been taken into families as servants,

“ The LORD will strike at thy right hand Considering how great a measure of domestic

“ Kings in his wrath; thou shalt command comfort depends upon the character of female ser

“ The heathen; if they will not yield, vants, it seems astonishing that so little has been “ They shall be crushed in battle-field. done to promote their improvement.

“ They and their princes, all shall die ; Several works bearing the title of the volume be. “ But thou in thine achievements high, fore us have been given to the public; but they are “ Must of the troubled water drink, far inferior to this, which is full of practical wisdom “ But in that torrent shalt not sink, - written in a fascinating style, with characters

“ Above the wave thy head shall rise, drawn from an extensive acquaintance with society, and illustrated with many striking anecdotes. We

And thou shalt mount beyond the skies,

« Victorious over death and sin, sincerely wish every female servant, and every young

:" And thine eternal reign begin." ;; person about to enter a family in that capacity, be

Mrs. HOPKINS. come possessed of a copy of this valuable volume, as a New-year's present, and it is scarcely less desery.

DUTY TIT ing of being read by every mistress of a family.

* Matthew xxii. 43.
+ Peter, Acts ii. 34; Paul, 1 Cor. xv. 25; Heb. v. 6.
| Bishop Lowth, Prælect 10th.

Psalm.

Saul's commission given, the vision ceas'd:
Yet lessons of high import were needful
For him to learr; that with its mighty pow'r,
Renewing truth divine might be deeply
Imprinted on his heart. By means chosen
Most wisely to instruct, and form his mind,
For his enduring labours through the world,
To bless all nations,-he was taught of God!

From his prostration on the earth, he rose;
Not to behold the splendours of the skies,
Nor landscape, hill and dale, and murm'ring rills,
For vision fail'd him: celestial brightness
Too great for mortal sight, seal'd up his eyes
With scales, making him look inward, viewing
His heart," forgetting the things behind," mere
Outward duties, reflecting on his state
Of high guilt and alienation, blinded

By Satan, and held in his delusions, - Thé slave of sin' refind-God's enemy!

To be concluded in our next.

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS.

Canto III.

Continued from page 408.
Saul, cherising his malignant spirit
Against the meek disciple of the Lord,
With willing feet, hasted to the high-priest,
Authoritative letters to obtain,
Appointing him the chief inquisitor,
With diligence through Damascus to search
For those who call’d upon the name of Christ,
And bring them in irons, men or women,
For condemnation to Jerusalem.

Letters of inquisition granted, Saul,
With eager soul, pursued his guilty way.
Damascus was in view: a savage joy,
Such as intol'rant bigots only know,
Sprung up within him, while fiend-like malice
Urged his speed, to seize, like a fierce tiger,
Bitten with hunger, his hapless victims.

They in peace, the love of Christ pervading
All their pow'rs, heard the report of his dread
Mission; and while he curs'd, for him they pray'd.

“ Wonders of grace to God belong :" he heard Their ardent supplication, by himself Inspir'd, and struck the guilty murderer! Not with his awful arrows of just wrath, By flaming lightning, to sink his wretched, Helpless soul, in hopeless, endless anguish : Sovereign mercy reign'd. With light surpassing Mid-day splendours, was he struck down to earth Prostrate, to hear that voice which, in the morn Of resurrection, all the dead shall wake, And bring from lowest caverns of the earth, And depths of ocean, t' appear in judgment, Speaking in terms of pity infinite“ Saul! Saul! Why dost thou persecute me?" He, impress'd with reverent awe, replied, Trembling and astonished to hear such words, " Who art thou, holy Lord ? In mercy tell!"

From the celestial brightness, thus, the Lord Answer'd, in words of grace, to melt that heart, Hardened in evil, deceiv'd by Satan, His master, in ways of wicked madness :“ I am Jesus,-of Nazareth indeed “ Whom thou persecutest :-'tis hard for thee “ To kick against the goads." He, still trembling, Penetrated deeply with conscious guilt, Wondering now at that mercy, infinite, Which could spare his wicked soul alive, said “ Lord! what wilt thou have me to do for thee?"

Again with grace, the Lord of glory spake,
Giving him tokens sure of forgiveness
Free, and favour divine, appointing him
To preach that faith, which, wickedly,
With all his powers, he labour'd to destroy.

Jesus thus, “ Rise, and stand upon thy feet: “ I have appeared to thee for this purpose, “ To make thee a minister and witness, “ Both of these things which thou hast seen, and

things “ In which henceforth I will appear to thee: “ Delivering thee from the Jewish people, “ Enrag'd to madness by thy conversion “ To my interests, and from the Gentiles, . “ Unto whom now I send thee, to open, “ By the bright beams of heavenly truth, their eyes, Turning their minds from darkness to the light, “ And from the power of Satan's grievous yoke, To God : that they may thus receive divine “Forgiveness of sins, and inheritance “ Most glorious, among all those, whose souls " Renew'd, are sanctified by faith in me."

WINTER. From the bleak regions of the frozen north, Where blustering Boreas holds his long-lived

reign, Lo, frowning Winter rushes furious forth, . And spreads o'er mourning lands his dread do

. main. No more the lily boasts her snowy pride,

No more the rose, no more the violet blooms; Nor purling streams in gentle murmurs glide,

Nor balmy zephyrs scatter rich perfume. From the thatched cot the icicles depend,

The swain to covert drives his fleecy care; With frozen gems oppress'd, the branches bend,

All chilled and torpid with the nipping air. All drooping now fair nature's winged choirs

That wont to greet her with harmonious lay, The sweet wild warblers whom the spring inspires, Forget their tuneful notes and sorrowing pine

away. In this sad season while the sickening year

Mourns the rude prospect of the barren soil, While bare and blasted all the groves appear,

And the hard earth eludes the peasant's toil ; Mindful of pity, eldest born of heaven,

And meek-eyed Charity, her sister fair, From your abundance let an alms be given, To cheer each want and smooth the brow of

care. So when life's prospects like a dream shall fade, And winter's clouds your setting sun o'ershade, Sweet smiling Peace shall then your couch attend,

And joy by faith in Christ exalt thy name; While Hope her golden pinions shall extend,

And point to other worlds and deathless fame.

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CLARE CHURCH, SUFFOLK. may reasonably influence my mind. Mysterious as

is the meaning of the language of the enraptured CLARE, a market-town in Suffolk, is famous, not so

prophet, let me endeavour to understand the full immuch from its situation, trade, or the multitude of

port of its signification. Let me again reflect upon its inhabitants, as for the great men who have borne

the address of the celestial messenger to the humble its name with the title of earl or duke. Its popula.

but pious peasants, that this may aid my perception tion at the census in 1831, was only 1019, but its

of the meaning of these titles given to Messiah. fine, large ancient church, makes itappear venerable.

Fear not-for behold I bring you good tidings of Lionel, third son of Edward III. becoming possessed

great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you of the barony of Clare by marriage, was created

is born ihis day in the city of David, a Saviour, who duke of Clarence; and that title has ever since be.

is Christ the Lord" (Luke ii. 10, 11). longed to a branch of the royal family. This title

Astonishment must have filled their minds on belongs to our present monarch William IV.

hearing this divine announcement: it fills my mind Suffolk, especially in connexion with the antiqui.

even now to read it; and they would surely have ties of Bury St. Edmund's, will engage our attention,

risen up immediately to proceed on their way to the at an early period in the new year; and as this

honoured city, had not their attention been again number closes our volume, we can conveniently

arrested by another celestial prodigy. But “sud. postpone our further remarks on the subject of our

denly there was with the angel a multitude of the present engraving.

heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will

toward men" (ver. 13, 14). MEDITATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY.

Believe, and wonder, and adore, O my soul, the

blessed Author of these intimations of his eternal u Fur un'o us a child is born, unto us a son is given : and purposes of mercy to our world ! go then with the

the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his | shepherds to Bethlehem-behold the lowly shedname shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty

| survey the consecrated manger, “ the place where God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

the Lord lay" as “an infant of days—yet the Almighty (Isaiah ix. 6.)

God--the everlasting Father—the Prince of Peace." ANGELIC heralds announced the glad tidings of | I will take the inspired apostle as the infallible interMessiah's birth, and proclaimed to the watchful preter of this amazing mystery, and let him explain shepherds of Bethlehem, the perfect fulfilment of to me the sublime language of Isaiah. Thus he ad. this glorious prediction by Isaiah. Let me, there- dresses believers on the Son of God—“Ye know the fore, go with them in meditation, “even unto Beth grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was lehem, and see this thing which is come to pass," rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye that I with them may rejoice in the salvation of through his poverty might be rich” (2 Cor. viii. 9). God.

Cherishing the confiding spirit of “a little child," I Curiosity might partly have impelled the shep | will regard the lessons of this able instructor; I will herds in their resolve-and a holy inquisitiveness receive his doctrine “ with meekness, as the en. VOL. V.

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grafted wood, which is able to save the soul" (James i, , tion of interested priests for their convenience in 21). I cannot penetrate the counsels of heaven, nor can governing a deluded world! I comprehend the whole import of this declaration. Cheerless, pernicious, and lying principles of infidel But why should I expect to be able fully to under disbelief-scarce less repugnaut to the dictates of stand all “ the deep things of God?" On this lofty sober reason than to the sublime doctrines of Jesus subject the apostle himself declares, “ Without con Christ. Shall I regard their lying oracles, and hear troversy, great is the mystery of godliness, God was them pronounce-“ No future state! No life to manifest in the flesh" (1 Tim. iii. 16). “Verily he come ! No punishment of villany! No rewards for the took not on him the nature of angels; but he took godly! No celestial inheritance for the righteous?" on him the seed of Abraham” (Heb. ii. 16). “ As Ah, no! Blessed be God, these things cannot be ; the children were partakers of flesh and blood, he God, the Maker of the world, hath spoken-“ Life also himself likewise took part of the same, to be and immortality, are brought to light by the Gospel." made like unto his brethren, that he might be a God, that cannot lie, hath promised eternal life" to merciful and faithful high-priest in things pertain all his faithful servants, and he is “able to do ex. ing to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of ceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or the people” (Heb. ii. 14-17).

think, according to his riches in glory by Christ Thus expounded by the apostolical commentary, I | Jesus. Let infidels choose their own delusions, let now see the highest reason for the lofty titles given them anticipate the gloominess of perpetual night, to the Redeemer of a guilty world; and for this and solace themselves in the persuasion of the horbabe lying in swaddling-clothes in the manger" at rors of everlasting death! Unhappy men ! trans. Bethlehem, being called also by his expressive name gressors of the law of God-they dare not believeIMMANUEL, which being interpreted by the spirit of their guilty consciences forbid the hope of their ininspiration is, “ God with us” (Matt, í, 23).

heriting holy happiness in the kingdom of God"God manifest in the flesh !" mystery divine ! and, therefore, they have not courage to suppose the ineffable mystery of grace! Here hangs the perfect truth of the Gospel of Christ. O when will they be redemption, and the eternal salvation of a ruined | wise and yield their souls to God! world --of unnumbered millions of the fallen children

“ Let sinners take their course, of Adam -reconciled, justified, sanctified, and glori.

And choose the road to death; fied, as the adopted “sons and daughters of the

But in the worship of my God, Lord Almighty!"

I'll spend my daily breath."- WATTS. Embracing with my whole heart this precious Triumphant over these delusions cherished by " record that God gave of his love” (1 John v. 10), men of corrupt minds, am I then prepared to yield and trusting in his mighty power for my redemption up my account with joy? Have my days and months from evil and preservation to his eternal kingdom, of this year been filled up with duty to my God, ad guilty and unworthy mortal as I am, I will no longer spent in his delightful service and to his glory indulge despondency, but “joy in God through our Have I improved my talents and privileges according Lord Jesus Christ, by whom I have now received to his appointment! Alas! I cannot presume to stand the atonement" (Rom. v. 11). He has graciously before God on the ground of my duties: I am an un“ laid help on One that is mighty to save"-his in profitable servant in the vineyard of the Lord, I am communicable and inviting titles indicate and pro a defaulter! I am verily guilty of negligence, sloth, claim his dignity and office--as the prophet, priest, and unfaithfulness. I have “come short of the glory and king of his church-and these offices constitute, of God." I must cherish the sentiment of the devout as the merciful declarations of God demonstrate, that Psalmist, and adopt his penitent appeal-“Enter not “He is able to save them to the uttermost, that come into judgment with thy servant, O LORD: for in thy unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make in. sight no man living shall be justified” (Psal. cxliii, 2). tercession for us” (Heb, vii. 25).

Conscious that all my deeds are accurately regis“ He ever lives to intercede

tered in the book of God's omniscience, that I must, Before his Father's face;

however reluctant, appear before the Divine tribunal, Give him, my soul, thy cause to plead,

that I must “ receive according to the deeds done in Nor doubt the Father's grace."- Watts. the body"_“I flee for refuge to the hope set before

me in the Gospel,” humbly renouncing all hope of justification or acquittal, except on the ground of the

infinite worthiness of Immanuel, my heavenly “adREFLECTIONS ON THE LAST EVENING vocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, IN THE YEAR.

who is the propitiation for the sins of the whole

world” (1 John ii. 2). “ Believing with the heart TIME rolls onward into the boundless ocean of eter unto righteousness," I trust in the faithful promises nity! With rapid revolutions the mysterious wheel of a covenant-keeping God, and look forward with of Providence is in motion, carrying us forward to humble hope to that all-momentous “ day of the an unknown world! Another day is closed ! another Lord," that then I shall see his face with joy, year is gone! their hours and minutes of duty are "My debts all cancellid, and my crimes forgiven, for ever expended, and their seasons of privilege can “My Judge all glorious, but without a frown," never be recalled for improvement or abuse.

and that before assembled worlds, I shall hear with Are these various times and seasons then, through transport, his voice proclaim those gracious wordswhich Divine Providence has sustained and led me, “Come ye blessed children of my Father, inherit sunk into perpetual oblivion? Will no recollection of the kingdom prepared for you before the foundation the past be required for ever? Have I no review of of the world." by-gone years to make? Will no account be taken Divine forbearance may yet spare me another of my use of those talents committed to me? Infide- year ; 0 that it may be in mercy, and that I may be lity would fain persuade me that all the purposes of “ girded with strength" from the grace of the Spirit, Divine Providence in relation to me are answered Let my heart, O Lord, be sound in thy statutes, and satisfied in my enjoyment of the sweets and that I be not ashamed.” Prepare me for thy service comforts of the present life on earth--that moral to show forth thy praise, Bless me and make me a accountability is a mere fiction-the politic inven- blessing; and enable me to finish my earthly course

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