I TheGospelMagazine. 515 xx:. 16). Oh, how blessed it is to realise that however base we may be, the grace or GOD in CHRIST more than meets our condition. Where sin abounded grace did not only abound, but "did much more abound!" Oh, let us, beloved in the LORD, ever be found in the lowest seat at His table, until He bid us higher, both in spiritual experience on earth, and in the glory of His Kingdom presently. May our simple, sincere, and constant desires find utterance in such words as these:- " JESUS, for Thy mercy's sake, Keep me in Thy school of grace; Though I'm only fit to take, Day by day, the lowest place! " Sweet the lessons of Thy school, And the lowest place how sweet, When I yield me to Thy rule, When I seat me at Thy feet. " Shall the learner dare rebel, Shall the weak disciple mourn, If Thy words seem hard to spell, And Thy thoughts too deep to learn 1 " THE EDITOR. PREACHING one day before Henry VIII, Latime.r stood up in the pulpit, and seeing the King, addressed himself in a kind of soliloquy, thus, "Latimer, Latimer, Latimer, take care of what you say, for the great king, Henry VIII, is here; "-then he paused, and proceeded, "Latimer, Latimer, Latimer, take care what you say, for the great King of kings is here." BLESSED Lord, we thank Thee, that amidst all our unworthiness and departures, like Israel, Than hast not withdrawn our Sabbaths, nor made the sun to. go down upon our prophets. Still there is in our midst the blessed Word of Thy Gospel, the means of grace, and the cry proclaimed every returning Lord's Day; "He that hath an ear tD hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." And though in the present hour Zion be ploughed as a field, and the mountain of the Lord's hous,e lie low; yet Thou hast said that Thou wilt visit Thy people in the latter day, and gather them together as the sheep of Bozrah. Do, Lord, as Thou hast said: and hasten the auspicious hour,· when "a little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation;" for Thou hast said, "I the Lord will hasten it in his time."-Rev. Dr. Hawker.
516 TheGospelMagazine. THE PERSONALITY OF JESUS. " Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself." LUKE xxiv. 39. IT is a matter of profound importance that we realise the Lord Jesus Christ as a Person, that we converse with and worship Him as such, and that our souls are found in intimate fellowship with Him as our ever-present Counsellor, Friend, and Comforter. There is too much of a tendency in many believers to be satisfied with Him as being far away, and to be approached only in worship, instead of His being known in accordance with His promise "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." As the Son of Man, indeed, He is at the right hand of the Majesty on high, the Representative and Intercessor of His people; but as the Son of God, He is equally with the FATHER and the SPIRIT present with the Church on earth. He has " gone away," in His official capacity of Head and Forerunner, but as the Angel of Jehovah's presence (Isa. lxiii. 9) He still, in His love and in His pity, bears and carries His redeemed people in their daily passage through the world. Faith beholds Him always nigh, and not afar off, "a present help in the time of trouble." The Psalms abound in language recording the intimacy of the intercourse which the saints of the Old Testament enjoyed with theIr divine Kinsman; and, surely, New Testament believers, who live in times subsequent to the incarnation of Christ, instead of enjoying restricted privilegeb, are entitled to increased liberty in their fellowship with their Redeemer. The words of Jesub to His disciples which stand at the head of these" Notes" embody much more than a historical saying. They record the mind of Christ for all time. It is plainly His gracious will that His people should fully enter into the truth that He is, by flesh, one with them; that " forasmuch ab the children are partakers of flesh and blood He also Himself likewise took part of the same," and that it is their marvellous privilege to "handle" Him by faith, and "see" verily that it is He Himself with whom they have to do! The fact that their natural sight is holden but serves to quicken spiritual