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with joy. Guide me with thy counsel, O my gracious, Col. i. 15, 16; Heb. i. 1-5; ii, 14–16; Rev. v. God and Father, while I sojourn in this world; and | 11-14). afterwards bring me to thy eternal glory, through Scholar. I will be sure to read all these texts Jesus Christ my Lord !
SENEX. attentively. But I have often wondered that men
should be saved only for believing on Christ; is not that too easy a way of salvation for wicked men ?
Teacher. You seem to mistake altogether the GUIDE TO THE BIBLE CLASS.
means of salvation for it is not said so in the ScripBY THE AUTHOR OF THE “ COMPANION TO THE Bible.” |
tures : those holy writings declare that believers only
are saved; this is not for their believing, but only Continued from page 413.
for the sake of Jesus Christ, “ who was delivered
for our offences, and was raised again for our justifiCHAPTER XIII.--Religion of the Bible. Christian
cation." Therefore, being justified by faith, we have Dispensation,
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ : by Teacher. You have well considered, I hope, all whom also we have access into this grace wherein the passages of Scripture which were read in our we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" last conversation, relating to the nature of Christia (Rom. iv. 25, v. 1, 2). Thus Jesus became our Renity.
deemer, and thus we become interested in the blessScholar. Yes; I have thought much about them; | ings of salvation. and I hope that I now understand more clearly thé Scholar. I think I now understand the way of nature and design of Christianity. But what cere salvation by Christ. monies are there in the religion of Christ ?
Teacher. You should always bear in mind, that Teacher. Baptism and the Lord's Supper are the it is never said that sinners are saved for believing only ceremonial ordinances of Christianity.
the Gospel ; but men, being lost and ruined by their Scholar. What is the design of the ordinance of sins, unable to save themselves from misery, by be. Baptism?
lieving the doctrine of Christ with their hearts, reTeacher. Baptism with water, “in the name of ceive the blessings of his salvation, to be crowned at the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" length with eternal glory in heaven. Read the words (Matt. xxviii. 19), is designed to teach the necessity | of our Saviour to Nicodemus; as that passage will of personal dedication to God, and especially of the clearly explain this doctrine: purifying influences of the Holy Spirit, to qualify Scholar “God so loved the world, that he gave believers in Christ for a life of holiness glorifying his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth God.
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life' Scholar. What is the design of the Lord's Supper (John iii. 16).
Teacher. The Lord's Supper is designed to be T'eacher. Those who are Christians, receive these observed as a holy feast, to teach us that we should glad tidings of the gift of the Son of God to mankind rejoice in the perfection of our eternal redemption as their Redeemer, with real joyfulness of soul, and by Jesus Christ; and that, while thus publicly pro thus become wise unto salvation. Because this faith, fessing our faith and hope, we may with our minds as the apostle declares, is not a lifeless acknowledgfeed on him continnally, as our only and everlasting ment of Christ to be the Redeemer ; “ for with the Saviour.
heart man believeth unto righteousness" (Rom. x. Scholar. It seems wonderful that Jesus Christ 10). Believing thus in Christ, as the only Saviour can be the only Saviour of all men !
of sinners, every true disciple walks in holiness of Teacher. Wonderful indeed it is, that Jesus should life, to the praise and glory of God. be the Saviour of all men : but his ability to save Scholar. Now I perceive my mistake, and hope sinners arises from his office as Mediator, and from to remember the true doctrine of salvation through his being God as well as man. Our Saviour lived in Christ. glory from all eternity, as the Son of God; and, in Teacher. I hope you well understand the Gospel the appointed time he came to our world in the ap for your daily peace and consolation, pearance of a man, born as an infant, lived on earth Scholar, Christianity teaches us to believe the a life of holiness, performing perfect obedience to resurrection of the dead. the laws of God, and at last, “ gave himself a ran Teacher. Pious men through all ages have besom for all."
lieved in a future life and the resurrection of the Scholar. I do not understand how Jesus Christ dead; though those grand and delightful truths could be God and man at the same time: I wish you were denied by the Jewish Sadducees, but they would explain this.
have been revealed to mankind with far greater Teacher. You now ask for what exceeds my i clearness and fulness in the New Testament. The power. I cannot fully explain how every one of us | apostle Paul very beautifully says, that in this the is at the same time both spirit and flesh : but this grace of God has been made « manifest by the fact is not doubted by any rational person: much appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ who hath less am I able to explain the mystery of the incarna abolished death, and hath brought life and immorta. tion of our Redeemer. Even the apostles could not lity to light through the Gospel" (2 Tim. ii. 9, 10). give an explanation of this mysterious fact. Paul, Scholar. I think the resurrection is a very won. you will remember, says, “ Without controversy," derful doctrine : but what further is remarkable in or undoubtedly, “ great is the mystery of godliness, Christianity ? God was manifested in the flesh" (1 Tim. iii, 16).
Teacher. Christianity is truly remarkable, as Scholar. It must be wonderful if the apostle could being intended to be the religion of all the world. not explain the incarnation of Christ.
While the Levitical dispensation was suited only to Teacher, I wish you to read seriously at your | the nation of Israel, and limited only to that people, leisure, the following texts in confirmation of this the Gospel, with its two most simple ceremonies, is mysterious but glorious doctrine of Christ our Saviour | graciously designed, as it is wisely adapted, for the (Isai. is, 6; Mic. v. 2; Matt. i. 23; John i. 1-3; | reception and eternal benefit of all nations. vi. 6–9; Rom. ix. 5; 2 Cor. viii. 9; Phil. ii. 6--10; Scholar. From your instructions I now perceiv
more clearly the reason of our missionaries being sent into all parts of the world.
Teacher. While you see reason for the employment of missionaries among all nations, you should remember that it is the design of God, according to the declaration of the prophet Isaiah, that “ the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea" (Isai. xi. 9).
Scholar. I perceive also why the Bible Society prints and sends into all countries so many Bibles and Testaments; and why the Religious Tract Society circulates so many tracts in all languages, that people in every nation may be instructed in the knowledge of the Scriptures, and so become Christians.
Teacher. From what I have already stated respecting Christianity, you may see sufficient reason for the increasing labours of all those great institutions, which so remarkably distinguish Great Britain and America. But while you are thinking about all the nations of the world, and I sincerely rejoice that you do think of the heathen, let me intreat and charge you to remember, that you do not forget the necessity of being yourself a true believer on the Son of God and a real Christian. You must be born again of the Holy Spirit, your sins must be par. doned through Jesus Christ, you must be sanctified in heart to live in holiness, to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour, and you must embrace the Gospel by heartfelt faith in Christ, or you cannot on earth clearly understand the religion of heaven nor see the kingdom of God.
To be continued.
while he lived. And given, as I believe it is, under a truly pious feeling, I unite with him in the desire that a blessing may attend its distribution.
“There is rather a curious and interesting anec. | dote connected with this gift. In the course of conversation, the donor told me he had never pros. pered till he began to be benevolent; and the first object of his generosity was a very poor Int pious relative, to whom, after much hesitation and reason. ing, he determined to allow ten pounds a year, After this had gone on a year or two (to use his own words), the devil tried to persuade him, that it was no longer necessary that he could not spare it —that he might live to want it himself, &c. He soon saw this was a delusion, and felt vexed with himself for having entertained such a thought, and thus to have distrusted the bounty of Providence. He then immediately resolved he would be a match for the deceiver; and for the future determined, to allow his poor relative twenty pounds a year, instead of ten. From this time his circumstances improved ; and although not now a rich man, yet such, he said, had been the mercy and goodness of God towards him, even as to his outward substance, that it had continued to increase, comparatively, he knew not how. And now his desire was, to apportion a part to His glory by whom it had been dispensed."
HOW TO PROSPER IN THIS WORLD.
1 Cor. xvi. 2, ILLUSTRATED. “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." PROSPERITY in the present world is the gift of God. Moses, in taking his dying farewell of the people of Israel admonished them to this effec:-“Thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is He that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant." Deut. viii, 18.
Nothing is more evident to an intelligent and pious mind that the design of God in giving property and influence to his servants—"to establish bis covenant" of mercy and salvation among the children of men. How far this design has been perceived and acknowledged, may be in part seen in the vast and beneficial operations of the Missionary, Bible, and other great societies which seek the evangelization of the world. And the following extract from a paper of the Bible Society, will beautifully illustrate the passage of scripture which I have quoted from the Apostle, while it may possibly lead others to “go and do likewise" for the glory of God.
OBSERVER. From the Secretary of an Auxiliary Society in
Kent. “I have the pleasure to remit my acceptance for One hundred pounds, as a free contribution to the British and Foreign Bible Society, from Mr. – of , through the medium of the Cinque-Ports Auxiliary Bible Society. The donor is a selfeducated man, hardly arrived at the middle rank of life, who has contributed five pounds a year, for several years, with the hope, whilst he was doing good, he might provoke others to go and do like. wise: being now in a declining state of health, he had concluded to beqneath it to the Society, but afterwards thought it would be better to give it
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTIAN MISSIONS.
Silent, sleepless, retird, and without food,
His pray'r sincere was heard, receiv'd, answerd: Faithful Ananias the Saviour sends, Saul of Tarsus to seek, and bless with words Of sympathy kind, and consolation, For now “ Behold he prayeth" from the heart!
But Ananias fears to meet the man, Whose very name strikes terror through the souls Of the disciples confessing Jesus, Except when realizing grace divine, Above the common measure of the saints. He, therefore, thus, with humble speech, replies, “Lord! by many, of this man, I have heard “ Declar'd, his evil doings to thy saints, “ At Jerusalem; and a commission “ Here, he bears, to bind with chains in prison “ Every one who calls on thy bless'd name."
With condescension gracious, Jesus spake; “ Go thy way :-hasten :-he is a vessel “ Chosen by me, and sent to bear my name “Before the Gentiles, and kings, and Israel's “ Sons, learned and in high authority “For I will show him, that from their hatred “ Against my name, his sufferings will be great,"
Objections silenc'd, Ananias went, And thus saluted him, whom late he fear'd“My brother Saul:-Jesus, the Lord, who met
THE CHRISTIAN'S PENNY MAGAZINE.
" Thee in the way, has sent, that I may give
Scales from his darkened eyes, at once, fell down:
All were amazed to hear him preaching Christ:
Their wicked minds, inflam'd with bigotry,
Their plots how vain! Invulnerable he,
THE BIRTH OF THE REDEEMER.
LUKE 11. 8–20.
The pleasing strains prolong
He, full of love to man.
Form'd the amazing plan
On Judah's hallow'd ground,
Watching their flocks around, Prostrate the faithful shepherds lie;
While angels of the Lord,
Obedient to his word,
Sudden the glory came,
Strange tremblings seiz'd their frame Amaz'd—they wist not what to do ;
With faltering voice they said,
To those who near them laid, “ Brethren, what scenes are these we view ?
“ What means this wond'rous light,
Which fills us with affright, Awful presage of vengeance near ?
() God! in mercy save,
On us compassion have,
“ To whom the angel said,
(While glory round him play'd) “ O bid this trembling horror fly!
I come not to destroy,
My errand is of joy;
“ From yonder radiant throne,
On swiftest wing I've flown,
No longer be ye sad,
I bring you tidings glad,
“ Well pleas'd I publish news
For Gentiles and for Jews,
News of redeeming grace
For all the ruin'd race:
“ No more are ye forlorn,
For unto you is born
This day doth God fulfil
His oft discovered will,
“ Haste ye with eager feet
To Bethlehem, and greet
And there ye all shall own
The truth I now make known,
“ Seek not among the great,
Midst pomp and regal state,
Of all his glory shorn,
He as a babe is born,
Well pleas'd the shepherds heard;
They credited his word,
With souls devoid of care,
For Bethlehem they prepare,
When-suddenly burst forth,
Pleas'd and astonishid both-
And on the azure plains
They join'd, in choral strains,
“ Glory to God on high !
Who brings salvation nigh,
No grace so rich as this!
No news so full of bliss
Mortals, to heaven's King,
Your highest praises bring,
Give to your joy no bounds,
But with sublimest sounds
“ And soon shall every tribe
To him their names subscribe,
From him no longer stray,
But cast their sins away,
'Twas thus the angels came,
And publish'd JESU's name.
Let us our anthems raise,
And join in loudest praise,
Jesus! all glory take,
With power the kingdoms shake,
Supreme in majesty!
Let all acknowledge thee,
J. W. GREEN.
" ABRAHAM's bosom,'' 124
| Chelmsford church and Sui re Christian Lady's Friend continued Christianity, the corruptions of, 71
More's, Mrs. Hannah, opinion of Christmas day. meditations for, 417
--- Christian desley Square, Islington, 25
experience in death, 158
Church, the oldest in Great Britain,
, on open-
Van Lee. Tching, or wall of ten inglier Sunday-school at Ched. Churchi.going sleepers in the reign
of Queen Elizabeth, 150
grandıno. Choicu-yard monuments at Leg
born, reflections on the, 342
Clare church, Suffolk, 417
Coast guard in Ireland, religious
-- Mrs. Martha, care for me destitution of the, 107
Cologne, ac ty of Prussia, 66
would live and die, 127
Conscience, tenderness of, 135
Conversjon, reinarkable, 246
Couverted Christian sailor, infuence
bath morning, 198
Coral insects, ocean wonders of
Couriesy and engaging manners.
to her daughter, 246
wise of tifty-nine years, 157
notions of the, 3
Cross of Christ, the, 359
answered in the conversion of
“Cup of cold water, a," rewarded,
Princess Cbarlotte's, the, inquiry
Definitions, illustrations, &c. 77
Princess Mary's intelligent Pro.
Devout Meditation on Rer, v. 9, 10,
Devonshire snperstition among the
dow of a, 221
on the death of a child by acci.
Diamond, the Sancy, 38
Rowe's, Mrs.. and lier rounger
Disputanis, cause of error in, 59
Dissenters, number of, in England
and Wales, 127
tion, a la ly's, 245
Divine Influence, on, 10
Delaney, Mrs., verses by, 278 Sarah, biography of, Part I., 69 - Providence and grace, 246
and new nature, the, 260
-- Part III., 125
- wrath illustrated, 343
Scott, Sir Walter, and his mo-
Dublin lying in-bospital, and the
Servant, a pious, in the palace of
Part II. 53
Example of a pious maid servant, Solitary musings, a lady's, 222
Stephen's, Mr, character of his
Eclipse, the annular, of May 15,
years after marriage, 293
Ely cathedral, description of 369
English ladies on the continent,
education of, 259
John and Charles, 323
English language in India, exten-
sion of, 52
a clergyman's wife, 198
-- active piety, 213
Epistolary correspondence, 335
Wife, lines addressed by a gentle.
Epitaphs, adınonition to writers of,
loan to his. 94
ing the policy of, 222
Europe, Christian survey of, 256
--- public libranes of, 292
session of Christ, 71
ence of a pious, 365
Evangelical repentance, 160
Extraordinary woman, 39
Woodd's, Mrs., dying solicitude
Faith, aspirations of, 157
for her son, Rev. Basil Woodd,
Farre's (Dr.) account of a British
captajn, an Algerine slase, 199
Field of Waterloo, visit of an Aine.
Young lady's, a, question an.
for the Lord's sapier, 231
swered by ber father, 197
rican gentleman to the, 315
Filty, the right side of 77
France, hospitals in, 55
French clerky, 100
I scription of, 177
French capitai, supplies of prori.
sion in the, 190
Christian, a, wrongfully reproved,
French sugar, illustrating the
bounty of Providence, 190
deaths of metropolitan, 30
Frielid, the best means of gaining
and securing, 258
Funerals of the ancient Hebrews,
Genins not religion, 51
Genoa, historical and ecclesiastical
notices of, 257
German universities, 291
Glasgow, statistics of, and an ac-
count of its charitable jus itu.
tern, the, 269
tions, unirersities, &c. 89
God, confidence in, illustrated, 36
Christianity in her 751h year Christianitv, liberty rendered sa. ---, Scripture views of, 198
cred by, 134
God's care for bis people, 94
and the Christianity, the difficulties of. No. 1 Good conscience, a, 151
Turkish ambassador, 23
Goldeu sentences, 103
Goose on Michaelmas-dar, origin Messiah's kingdom, facilities of Reviews continued
Rites and worship of the Jews,
versal extension of, 390
Anecdotes of books and authors, 72
Romaire's twelve discourses on
-- , cardinal Boromeo and his Berridge's Christian world un the law and the gospel, 15
Sacred poetry of the 17th century,
Skeyne's chronology of the old
Carpenter's scripture natural his. Smith and Dwight's missionary
researches in America, 55
of the Father, of the Son, and Style's ministerial solicitude and
Cephas, or an account of a ship Sunday-school devotional assist-
Sutcliffe's Emily Rowland, 104
Tale bearer, tbe, detected, &c.,
Christian's companion, the, 136 Teacher's gift to his pupils, the, 8
Christian discretion, 343
Teacher's offering, the, 31
Temple's last Sabbath. 248
widowy of adiniral Brness, 199 Cobbin's child's commentary on Temple's Christian daily treasury,
the Holy Scriptures, 103
Scripture biography, 160
-Pike on Christian liberalitr, Tourlin's, Rosina Maria, solar
Cox and Hoby's. Dre., Baptists Tract Society penny almanac,
in America, 216, 288
for 1837, 384
Daris's salvation and faith of the Valpy's book of common prayer,
Dickinson's familiar letters, 30 Watson's art of divine content.
Wilson's historical inquiry con-
cerning the English Presby.
brary of, 208
Edwards' 'Treatise concerning Word, a, in season, 104
Religious affection, 414
Yate's account of New Zealand.
Young servant, the, or, aunt Su.
san and her nieces, 224
Young's life and voyages of
captain James Cook. 327
Felix Neff, life of, 256
Fisher's juvenile scrap-hook for River Jordan, Josephus's account
of the, 63
Flavel's fountain of life opened Thames, notices of the, 169
Romish rosary, the, 187
pastoral inquiry concerning
Sabbathelay in France, the, 196
Foster's strong consolation, 104 Sabbath-schools institutions in Bir.
Freeman's hearen unveiled, 39 mingham, influence of, 239
the port of London, 410
Girl's week.day book, the, 128 the, 36
Present from a lady to a minister, Gurney's Essay on the Habitual | Sabbath-day, sanctity of the, 148
Exercise of Love to God, 399 Sailors, conversion of, 302
, Christian courage in a, 270
Sailor, a, converted by a cbill. 86
Harris's mammon, or covetous.
Sandwich islands, progress of Chris.
Professors, censorious towards.359 ness the sin of the Christian tianity in the, 103
Scrap Book, My, and Death-Bed
Hinton's Christian Sympathy, 39 Testimonies.
Addison on the immorality of
of promoting and preserving
English tragedy, 254
A father's dying chamber, 1 7
Holy bible, the, with original Ancient records of the Baptist
church in Broadmead, Bristol,
state of religion in her time, 10 Holy bible, the condensed com. 187, 308
--- Caroline and a self-deuying mentary, and family exposition Bees, extraordinary instance of
their sagacity, 132
persecution in Scotland, 240 sufferings of the English in it,
Introduction to the study of birds,
Bridges, Rev. Charles, extracts
from, 15, 45, 101
the rationality of our, 270 Knapp's life of Thomas Eddy,192 Cromwell, Oliver, curious letter
its origin and corruption Krummacher's Elijah the Tisb of, 203
Dialogue, extraordinary, between
an author and the manager of
Missionary Records, 39.
a theatre, 268
Elucidation of 1 Cor. 15—29, 61
Excellent original letter from a
dying young minister, 203
-- coachman, 117
Execution, extraordinary, in Glou-
Notes and reflections for family Hall, Rev. Robert, and his pulpit
Abbott's Rollo learning to read, Pocket Book, The Young Chris- | Hardcastle's. Rev. Thomas, let.
ters froin prison, 372, 380, 388,
Protestant memorial, the young
Hawkins, Sir John, striking il
lustration of the dreadful ef.
Jesus Christ, 39
the triumphs of grace, 232 1 Hill, Rev. Rowland, curious ori
gina! anecdote of, 253
of Jesus Christ to Individuals, of the visit to the American Judge Bulstrode's striking re-
mark on playhouses, 295