THE EARKEST CHRISTIANVOL. XXIX. FEBEUAEY, 1875. No. 2.THE CHUKCH OF CHEIST.BY BKV. B. T. EOBEBTS.There is a great deal said about theChurch. Around it cluster onr highestinterests and our fondest hopes. Tetthere are respecting it many indistinct,contradictory, and, in consequence, unscripturalnotions.Some professed Christians deny thevery existence of the Christian ChurchBut as Satan is a spirit, it may be arguedthat he can assail the Chnrch evenif it has only a spiritual existence.But this cannot be said of wickedmen. They, too, make war upon theChurch of Christ. As for Saul lie madehavoc of the church, entering into every'house, and halting men and women, committedthem to prison.—Acts viii. 4.Here we see that the Church is composednot merely of principles, bnt itis made up of men and women who canin a tangible, visible form. They hold be found. The same is implied in Actathat the Church ia made up of true believers,xii. 1. Now about thai time, Herod thebut each one stands independent King stretched forth his hands to vexand alone, a .Church in himself, receivingcertain of the church. It is evident,to his fellowship or excluding from it then, that as wicked men make -warwhoever he may judge proper. Church upon the Church of Christ, this Churchorganizations they deem to be unnecessary,has a -visible existence. If it had not,if not positively wrong.We undertake to show that theChnrch of Christ is a body ha-ring anit could not excite their hostility, andit could not be subject to their attacks.2. Disagreements among believersorganized visible existence. This is are to be referred to the Church for itsproved fi-om the fact—decision. 'Where interests clash, there1. That it is the object of hostility. is quite likely to exist a difference ofHeU is in arms against it. Upon this opinion. One who aims to do right may,rock I will build my Church, and the in a particular instance, through haste,gates of hell shall not prevail against or inadvertence, or imperfect information,»'*.—Mat. xvi. 18. Satan is too skilfnl infringe npon the rights of another. Ina warrior to make war upon an imaginarysuch cases, unbelievers appeal to theexistence. He does not fight as courts—believers appeal to the Church.one that beateth the air. It were idle Moreover, if thy brother trespass againstto say that the gates of hell shall not thee, go and tell him his fault between theeprevail against the Church, if the Church and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou^ no form capable of being attacked. hast gained thy brother. But if he vnll
38 THE EARNEST CHBISTIAN,i^..-^,»not hear thee, then take with ihee one ortwo more, that in the mouth of two orthree witnesses every word may be established.And if he shall neglect to hemrthem, tell it unio the church: but if heneglect to hear the church, let Mm be untothee as an heathen man and a publican.—Matt, xviii. 16-18. An appeal toa Court impliea that there is such aCourt. So an appeal to the Churchimplies that there is a Church beforewhich an appeal may be brought and acase stated.And not only personal differences,bnt disagreements in doctrine werereferred to the primitive Church for itsdecision. Some taught that circumcisionwas essential to salvation.—Actsxvi Panl and Barnabas strenuouslyopposed the doctrine. The case wasreferred to the Apostles and elders ofthe Church at Jerusalem. They heardthe arguments on both sides, and thengave their decision against the practice.Then pleased it the Apostles and elderswith the whole Church.—Acts xv. 22.•We quote this passage merely to showthat the Church to which appeals aremade, before which cases are argued,an4 by which decisions are given, musthave a tangible, organized existence.3. Again, the Church of Christ hasits officers. And from Miletus he sentto Ephesus, and called the elders of theChurch.—Acts xx. 17. This impliesthat the elders were officers of theChurch. But if there is any doubtwhatever upon this point, it ia removedby reference to the 28th verse. Takeheed, therefore, unto yourselves and to allthe flock over ihe which the Holy Ghosthaih made you overseers, to feed theChurch of God which he haih purchasedGod.—1 Cor. xL 22.with his own hlood. This settles thequestion beyond dispute. Officers necessarilyimply an organization. TheChurch of God has its officers. Thereforethe Church must be an organized body.If this reasoning is correct, then itfollows that it is the dnty of everyChristian to belong to the Church ofChrist. It is not enough that he maintainin his own soul the graces of^aChristian, and maintain as an indi-viduala Christian character. This is wellIt is good to have strength to atandalone. But we ought to be more thanconquerors. We should not only overcome,but be able and willmg to assistthe weak. "Wliat would become of theworld if the strong men were able onljlo support themselves ? The weakwould perish, and with them wouldperish the race. To suppose that weare only to take care of ourselves, isaview altogether too selfish to find anycountenance in the Gospel.Again, to aid in -withstanding the attacks made upon the Church, and to assist,not only in maintaining its purity,but in extending its conquest over theearth, we must become fnlly identifiedwith it in all its interests. He who wouldfight with an army must come imdeithe discipline of the army. Where itia the duty of some to decide, it is theduty of others to abide by their decision."Where it is the duty of some tocommand, it is the duty of others toobey. "Without submission to God, weare at best but self-wUled worshippers.If we really submit to God, we shallreadily submit to aU the ordinances ofGod."While we must be careful to avoidaU Church idolatry, we must bq. equallycareful not to despise the Chureh ofOf this Churchwe purpose, God willing, to speak insubsequent ntunbers more at length.Mi
Let us see to it that we not only do ourduty as individuals, but aa members ofthe Church of Christ GIVE KONE OFFENCE, NEITHEB TO THE JEWS, NOE TOTHE GENTILES, NOB TO THE CHUBCH OPGOD.• • •PART LORD AND PART BARBER.BY A. B. BUBDICK.In a cottage near a large mansion,lived a local preacher by the nameof Barber,—sometimes called "NoisyBarber."Now we love earnest Christians verymuch, so we called to see this brotherpreacher, and found him quite dissatisfied,and tried -with himself; aU aboutmaking so much noise.His neighbor at the mansion wassick, and nigh unto death; but hisneighbor's wife could not feel reconciledto have her husband die, and prayedthat if one of them must die, her husbandmight be spared, and she taken.Her request was granted. She wastaken very iU, and her husband beganto recover. During her illness, sheheard the voice of prayer coming fromthe cottage window, through her ownat the mansion. Bro. Barber hadforgot himself, and was praying one ofhis loud prayers. He soon learned thatthe sick woman had heard him in hismorning devotions, and for this he wasupbraiding himself for being "so boisterous"as to disturb his neighbors, whenI said: "If the Lord prays through you,you should not find fault." He answered,"I'm afraid it's part Lord, andpart Barber."When a man judgeth himself he hathno need to be judged of others. Tohave the Spirit at times, and in somedegree, is better than not to have it ataD. We can better afford to put up•with a good deal of something else, -witha little sense of God's favor and presence,than to hsive all self and no Lord.Gold is gold, whether in the mine orin the mint, but is more valuable withoutthe dross. If we are blessed ofPAST LOBD AND PABT BABBEE. 39God at all, it is good; but to be filledwith the Spirit and guided into aUtruth, is better. There is too much effortat copartnership by modern religionists.Snch as, "I and the Lord did it." Butwhen all self is palmed off to be "allLord," this is intolerable; and what isStiU worse, self takes in Belial and declares"It is ail the Lord."Satan loves to be transformed. Selfloves to,be exalted; but Jesus madehimselfof no reputation,—took the formof a servant,—humbled himself beforemen, and was transfigured before only achosen few.Who wonld lumself to Christ approve.Must choose the path that Chriat hath trod JIn hnmble/aith, and hnmble love,Muflt walk in all the ways of God.For not he that commendeth himselfis approved, but whom the Lord com'mendeth.—2. Cor. x. 18.0 SINNER COME IBY S. H. POTTEB.-Christ, when on eartb, said, " Comeunto me all ye that labor and are heavyladen." " The Spirit and the Bride saycome, and let him that heareth say come."'God has many agents to spread this invitation;but he has said "My Spiritshall not always strive with man."How many have obeyed this command,and now can, and do, witness tothe great importance of so doing! Some•have gone up washed in the blood ofthe Lamb; others, on this side of theriver, trying to point you, sinner, tothis Lamb of God. Say, reader, if younever have "accepted this free in-vitation,"Listen ! Does not the Spirit saycome ? God's followers, in one unitedvoice, say come. There is joy in heavenover one sinner that repenteth. Surelythere wUl be on earth. Then wouldyou enjoy freedom, such as you cannotwhile a stranger to Christ ? If Christsets you free, you shall be free indeed,if you obey this command and enjoythis freedom. AU thmgs are yours, andye are Christ's, and he is God's. O Iwhat a glorious family, in which yoncan be adopted, and at last save*
40 THE EARNEST CHBISTL^.THE SUFFERINGS OF THELOST.BY WM. FELL.HeU is the etemal habitation of thedamned—the great "bottomless pit"into wbich aU the filth and corruptionof a faUen world must flow. It was, prepared orlginaUy for the devU andhis angels. Christ declares that it is aplace where " the worm dieth not andthe flre is not quenched, and wherethere is weeping and wailing, and gnashingof teeth." God only knows the horrorsof the lost, and the most dreadfulfeature of aU is, it ia to be eternal—aftermUlions of ages have rolled on, it iseternity stiU. The sufferings of thelost are of the most exquisite nature ;the body-may suffer here, but afterawhUa it expires under its sufferings."When the soul and body are united in. the great day of accounts, and both arecaat into the "lake of fire," then thesufferings -vrill be of the most terribletherefore the terror of the Lord we persuademen." The very feet of our ownbeing is enough to cause us to shudderas lie Psalmist who exclaims, " I amfearfuUy and wonderfuUy made." "Weare in the world, and how careftil oughtwe to be to get out of it safely. OhGod help, for Jesus sake. Life—whatis it ? " It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishethaway." No -wonder the angelsrejoice over one sinner that repenteth;they have a clear -riew of the worth ofthe soul and the awful heU from whichit is saved. Some claim that heU meansthe grave—and so it does. It alsomeans a "place into which a tailorthrows his shreds, or a printer hisbroken type." Butthe.heU spoken ofin the Bible does not mean the grave;for God himself declares that " the seagave up the dead which were in it; anddeath and heU delivered up the deadwhich were iij them; and they werejudged every man according to theirworks. And death and hell were castcharacter. O God I save us from the into the lake, of fire. And whosoeverbitter pains of the second death." was not found written in the book oflife was cast into the lake of fire."—"The -wicked shaU be turned into Rev. XX. 13, 15.heU and aU the nations that forgetGod." How dreadful the thought, and So then, heU is a lake of fire. Yes,how aggra-vating sin must be in the a literal lake of fire and brimstone.sight of a holy God! Eternal justice How do we know ? Because God himselfhas declared it, and God cannotdemands that sin should be etemaUypunished. Nothing less than the blood Ue. 0 that these words were stampedof Jesus Christ could satisfy divine justice."God is just, and the justifier of " The fearfiil and unbelieving, and theon every church door in letters of &e:him which beUevetii in Jesus." "He abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers,and sorcerers, and idolaters,that believeth on the Son hath everlastinglife, and he that believeth not the and aU liars shaU have their part in theSon shaU not see life; but the wrath of lake which burneth with fire and brimatone,which is the second death."—God abideth on him." "Who can teUwhat the wrath of God is ? It would Bev. xxi. 8. Steel attracts lightning,be almost useless to attempt it. God but siu attracts the-Ughtnings of God'scaUs it a " lake of fire buming -with •wrath. The lost must be forever exposedte the dreadful -wrath of God.brimstone," tribulation, anguish and indignation.These are Bible terms ahd " The same shall drink of the -wine ofthethey indicate perfect.misery. The sotd wrath of God which is poured out -wiihoutmixture into the cup of His indigwhich was made to enjoy God, has immensecapacity for snffering, and also nation ; and he shaU be tormented withfor enjoying happiness. " It is a fearfulthing to faU into the hands of the the holy angels, and in the presence offire and brimstone in the presence ofli-vmg God." Paul understood a little the Lamb. And the smoke of theirwhat it meant when he said, "Knowing torment ascendeth up forever and ever
and they have no rest day nor night"—Eev. xiv. 11. Sin is what God hates,and aU who have rejected the greatremedy, Jesus Christ, the Savionr ofmankind, must suffer the "vengeanceof eternal fire." "And the devil thatdeceived them was cast into the lake offire and brimstone, where the beast andthe false prophet are and shaU be tormentedday and night forever andever."—Bev. xx. 10. How fearful thethought, to be shut in forever with aUthe devils and lost spirits; to be tormentedwith these infernal fiends; tohave these for everlasting associates,and to hear the curses and shrieks ofthe damned. The horror, the groans,the fearful sights—everything that iscalculated to excite terror and dread—and then the most fearful of all to hearfhe word eternity echoing and ringingthrough the chambers of hell. If itwas to last only a miUion of years, thiswould be a great relief, but 0 etemity Ieternity 1 the poor lost spirit falls backin anguish and despair, and shrieks forththese words, "Ikhewmy dutybutldidit not."" "When the Son of man shaU comein His glory, and aU the holy angelswith Him, then shaU He sit npon thethrone of his glory: And before HimshaU be gathered aU nations; and heshaU separate them one. from another,as a shepherd divideth his sheep fromthe goats: And He shall set the sheepon His right hand, but the goats on theleit. Then shaU the King say nntothem on His right hand: Come, yeblessed of my Father, inherit the kingdomprepared fer you from the foundationof the world. Then shall he sayalso unto them on the left hand: Departfrom me, ye cursed, into everlastingfire, prepared for the de-vU and hisangels." May God help ns to understandwhat it means to fear not " menwho can only MU the body, and afterthat have no more that they can do.But fear Him, which after he hathHUed, hath power to cast into hell;yea, I say unto you, fear Him."The great day of " Christ's coming "is rapidly approaching. Every thingTHE BUFPEBINQB OP THE LOST. 41indicates this. The churches are crying"peace and safety." Multitudes inthe churches are taking their ease, sleepingand slumbering, while a few hereand there are struggling to keep the lifeof God in their souls. Jesus himselfdeclares that as iniqnity aboundeth thelove of many shaU wax cold. "We areUving in an age of dead formality andworldly conformity. The words of theApostle are UteraUy fulfilled in these^days: " Now the Spirit speaketh expressly,that in the latter times semeshaU depart from the faith, giving heedto seducing spirits and doctrines ofde-rils." God has a people in theselast days that dare lift npthe standard,and they count not their own lives dearunto them so that they may win ChristThey have partaken to a certain extentofthe spirit ofthe martyrs, and theyare preparing for the coming of theirLord and King. The Spirit and theWord declare that He ia coming quickly.May we take heed to our ways;"and let us consider one another to*provoke unto love and to good works:Not forsaking the assembling of our- .selves together, as the manner of someis; but exhorting one another : and somuch the more, as ye see the day approaching."—^Heb.X 24, 25.0 • •How IT IS.—The preaching of thecress of Christ and of God's commands,fuUy and fearlessly declared, moves thedepth of heU, and raises the seum on thechurch kettle, until it mns over, andquenches the little sacred flre that remainson earth. Thus Uttle can be doneamong the people, only to have a shamrevival, conducted on a fashionable basis;with blank cartridges flt)m thepulpit, pretty prayers in the altar, andsham penitence aronn(J»it. These resultin spurious conversions, flUing thechurch with deceived souls and hypocrites,who are thus Ifed, through theChurch, down to heU.—T. F. Stuart.Faith is the mother-grace, the ro«tgracOjthe grace that has aU others inQie bowels of it, and that from whichaU others Qow.—Bunyan.
THE BABNEST CHBISTIAN.IiimTRUTH.BY CLABK JONEaThis is on6 of those abstract realitieswhich is more easily conceived of thandefined. Among the definitions givenby Mr. Webster is that of constancy;and this is as good a substitute or representativeof the word (as we hope touSe it,) as we may be able to find.Constancy primarily comes from con,(to or together,) and sto, (I stand,) andhence the term simply means a standing together or an agreeing, Ti-uth, inaU its appUcations, however much itmay be analyzed, synthesized, chiseled,cut, mutilated, misrepresented, praised,taunted, despised, or esteemed, is alwaysfound, when its parts are broughttogether, to fit exactly withont the leasttrimming or poUshing; and, if thesemethods be made use of they only tendto obscure its beauty and value ratherthan increase its currency,. Truth—native, simple trath—statedin homely but sincere language, commendsits own value, and is not likemany of its professed admirers who findit convenient to make an alloy by mixinga little deception with it, whichsurely removes the edge of it, which isone of its characteristic beauties. TheApostle Paul says, "And take the helmetof salvation, and the sword of theSpirit, which is the word of God." But,thank God, truth wiU not enter intocomposition with any baser essences.It may be mixed by the art of man -withen-vy, pride, hatred, anger, and ill-wUl;but, like water mixed with oU, it soonseparates when an opportunity is given;but it ia never—no, NEVEB—^by the beatmanipulations of man, found to changeita nature so as t*) have an affinity forthings of an opposite nature. In fact,such elem^ts of man's fallen nature asjealousy, vainglory, etc., flee before itas darkness before the morning lightIts very nature is to stand opposed todarkness of a spiritual kind; and it isvery difficult to cast such a mantleabont it as to prevent its rays frompenetrating all these false garbs so asto shine forth in real beauty and power.But are there not some who think tobuy off tmth ? Buy it off! You mightas weU think of hiring the stars to fallfrom the heavens. There never hasbeen such a thing heard of. Again, itis characteristic of truth to repel itsopposites as magnets repel certain substances; and, as it does this, it throwsUght upon them so that individuals maysee and avoid danger. Like colors, itappears in its native exceUence themost strongly when placed in close contactwith its opposite.0, that men who claim to preach andadvocate the cause of truth could see,the nearer trath, strictly speaking, isplaced alongside sin, the stronger andclearer is the light in which it shines!Men who claim to preach the truth andyet adulterate it are like thieves in thelivery of heaven, and should be lookedupon in their true Ught, and branded asthe worst of criminals.Moreover, truth, like the preciousmetals, is very scarce and very valuable; but it differs from them in that itsscarcity does not occasion its value.Gold, silver, and diamonds, are largelyvaluable because it is difficult to supplythe demand; but truth would bein justas good demand and far more prized insome places, if its contrary were notkno-wn, 0, how that truth which makesmen free is despised by reason of thefact that so many who claim'to be inpossession of it are destitute thereof!Again, truth like some of the metals,bears testing, and a,lways appears bestwhen tried in the furnace and comesout simply freed from contact with suchthings as cannot bear severe tests.Truth never possessed such valueamong the Medes and Persians, aswhen Daniel came out of the lion'sden. Gold and mercury form an amalgam,but heat wUl separate the latterand leave the former in a pure state;and so the severer the test the finer theshade of tmth when it comes out.Fire was not sufficient to vaporize thetruth possessed by the three Hebrewchildren, even though the famace washeated seven times hotter than was
the trnth and seU it not" Truth manifestsitself in various forms, ,and manyof us may imagine its possession whoare far from being in a state to receiveit Truth is met in science, bnt this isin but one form; and, should we concludewe love truth because we lovescience, we ought to consider that thisis a manifestation of it that feeds theinteUect alone, whereas we wish tocarry our readers a little further and•see if they love it when appUed tomorals, as when considered in the lightof science it affects not our moral characterand requires not the sacrifice ofany of our idols. We must divest ourselvesof all prejudice in order to investigateour relation to a subject of sovast and mysterious a nature. It wiUnot do to raise the cry of charity; but.we must open our hearts wide and letthe facts of the case be made known orwe shaU be fataUy deceived. Truthnever hurts right, but rather exalts itWe are accustomed to look at such menas Abraham and venerate him as thefather of the faithfnl; but what lightTBUTH. 43wont to be the case, nor can fiery trials does the Scripture throw on his character?hurt us. Like matter, it is indestructitle,What agreement did he andand though you seem to slay it, Sarai enter into while on their way tolike the ancient monster, if it be crashed the land of Egypt? Was this realin one form, it -will present itself in love for the truth ? But this was notvarious others as difficult to control. the only instance in his history of a likeUnequal and unfruitful is the warfare character. Do we take him as onr exampleand thus screen our departuresthat some are engaged in against itThough so valuable, yet there are but from truth ? God said to him later invery few who love it, and stUl fewer life, "'Walk before me and be thouwho have it, and this has always been perfect"—i. e., upright or sincere. Pharaohthe case. also reproved him at the time, and.It is a fact that needs nodemonstration, that trath, to be possessed,must not conscience then have enteredmust be loved. "We never see its rebuke ? But Abraham did this bemen carrying around with them packs cause he wished to save his life, andof straw, at least if they are in their weU would it be for us if we did notright minds; but we know that they depart from truth only when in dangerrejoice in bearing jewels since they are of losing life; yet Christ said, " Fearvery valuable. Again, men are considerednot him who hath power to kUl thefooUsh or dishonest who are body." But Isaac seems to have coplargely suppUed with bankmpt money; ied from his father. And again, Rebekahbut they are regarded rich if their coffersare full of gold and sUver. assists Jacob in decei-ving hiafather so as to secure the birthright;We love beauty and retire from deformity,and some wiU be found seekingand, as a result, Esau is deprived ofthe blessing and entertains hatred towardshim by reason of his course. .to secure trath who do not prize it, forit costs something; as we read, "BuyBut those were caUed worshippers ofthe true God. Alas! how sadly hasthe cause of truth suffered in the pastthrough a want of real fideUty to itPerhaps we think we would do betterwere we in Uke circumstances; but letus test our love of truth a little. Wemay pity Abraham's want of faith, butwould to God we were as true as he.0, how few there are who do not bowto little, petty, heart-sickening things!Again, we pity the weakness of Peter; and shudder at the atrocious falsehoodsof Ananias and Sapphira, bnthow many of ns sell the truth for apipce of lace or a Uttle bow I Saysone, I am not selling the trath; Oh !no, I esteem it too highly for that; butmy ideas have changed. Would toGod you could not only see your ideashave changed, but also what lus causedtheir change I Have you n^^traggledwith conscience by the moment or hour,or day, or may be, by the week to buyoff her claim! 0, that you could seehow far you are going ^eyond Abrahamin not only disregarding trath, but youare trying to debase it so mnch as to
44 THB EABNBST CHBISTIAN.compromise, or in other words to persuadeit to give you the Ue I WUltrath do this ? Never—no, never. Trynot to con-vince yourselves that it ispossible. But Abraham feared death., Do you, feUow Christian, when youshrink from some amaU croaa ? No,thia is not the case; but the difficultyis, yon are not yet in real sympathywith trath. You are asking a Uttlerespite in which to die. Wor&ileaa andvain is auch a deaire. If you reallyloved truth, you would hail death inany form ; and your only cry would bedeatii, only death, so tiiat truth maytriumph in me.Again, Da-vid coveted the wife ofUriah and thus broke the command,"Thou ahalt not covet." How manyof us covet our neighbor's lands, or, houses, or surroundings, or position.Simon coveted power to impart theHoly Ghost to those upon whom heshould lay his handa, and was aharplyreproved by Peter; but do we notcovet the gifts of others, even if itshonld cause the loaa of the same to theowner to obtain these? If we lovetrnth, and especiaUy if we possess it,we wUl hate aU covetousneas, especiallyin ourselves; and wUl atrive to annihilateit from our boaoms. Do we, beloved,really love truth ? I am awaremany are ready to respond in theaffirmative. WeU, let us push on inour researches. Pacts bear examination,and we are commanded to examineourselves to see whether we be in thefaith. Is there a worldly spirit aboutus, and do we love to be informed ofthe feet by our brethren ? " Reprove,rebuke, -with aU long-suffering." Dowe love the truth when it teUs us, " Ifemy man would be a fiiend of the worldhe is an enemy of God?" Or evenwhen it teUs us to "Come out fromamong thep and be separate and touchnot, taste hot, handle not, the uncleanthing?" Soldiers love discipline andbattie more than good paj' and fineclothes—i. e., those who fight for theircountry's weal; and we would despisemen who were more desirous of the payand were talking of it rather than ofscars, and hardships, and conflicts, andbattles, and victories; and should wenbt love the discipline of the Almightymore thah the blessings?" "WhomsoeverI love, I rebuke and chasten," isthe voice of Divine trnth. O, it is thislove of probing, pruning, and refinmg,that l*ings the real joy ! What wasAbraham's experience before he wascaUed to offer up Isaac, compared withwhat it was after it ? Did he complainof the requisitions of truth ? Ah! hewas then giving up the world for truth'ssake. Now he learns to love trath andthe whole truth. Now he feels the costof truth and soon realizes its value.Again, when any of our cherished plansof working for God and the good of menare rejected, do we hail it pro-vided thesame end is accomplished? Are wejust as wilUng to labor and let othersgather in the fruits of our labor as to doit ourselves ? If this is not the case,is there not yet some seZ^ remaining,which blinds our eyes more or less soas to cause us to " see through a glassdarkly"—i. e., through one smoked•with envy or jealousy ? K we are severein our remarks and manner ofreproof, (or seem ao to our brethren,)are we wUling—nay, even glad to beadmoniahed of the fact? "Open rebukeia better than aecret love." Wo isit to us when we are satisfied with ourown waya I Lovera of trath love rebuke.If our garments were' becomingmoth eaten, we would thank our neighborfor informing us of the fact ShaUour Uves be spotted and cankered withthe rust of imperfections, and yet wedespise those who make known the factto us ? " Whatsoever doth make manifestis Ught;" and light is one of thecharacteristics of trath." "Thy wordis a lamp to my feet"—t. e., it givesUght to them. Does pride lurk in ourhearts ? WTiat are our feelings whenwe discover this to be the case ? "Pridegoeth before destruction," and that in ourindividual case and not aierely in general.0, that men could feel that annihUation,complete and perfect for allsuch evils, is the glorious design oftamth! Does ambition, love of praise.
or honor, or poaition, or flattery, lodgein some remote comer of our heartswhere no other visitor is welcome?" Before honor ia humUity;" and, thoughwe ought to moura their presence, yetwe should haU the discovery and revelationmade by truth. Do we love.tobe caUed Rev. or D. D. so and so ?" Be ye not called Rabbi for one is yourmaster, even Christ." How mnch humanityis met with in men professingto seek the glory of God alone! Truthfi^equentiy draws the curtain that separatesus from the attributes of Deity,and lets us sink into insignificance andself-abhorrence if we wiU view the contrastDo we love to vanish out ofhuman sight while the glory of the invisibleabsorbs the attention of our fellowmen?Men who crave these titlesare not generally fitted for the responsibUitiesconnected therewith, and hencetheir greater condemnation. As thesurgeon endeavors to remove the tumorfrom the body, even at the expense ofpain, so truth with its keen eye searchesthe spiritual man for those cankeredspots, and it spares not tUl it has accomplishedits work. Do we really longfor such teachings as these ? They arethe utterances of trath in its simple andeasy style. Now, we do not say thatlovers of truth, nor even possessors ofit, are free from all the things mentioned; but they always, and in aUplaces, covet trath—uphold truth—Uvein trath—follow trath—seek trath. Infact, there are none but God, angels,glorified spirits in heaven, and redeem--ed spirits on earth that can reaUy loveand practice trnth, for it cannot and•wiU not cloak nor cover up siii_in anyform; but while it exercises greatcharity towards the fallen, yet it demandsthat such accept the antidote forsin and infirmity, and hence expects arapid approximation towards perfection.We have said that light is a characteristicof trath—and Christians are styled"children of.Ught'.'-^and hence theymust be lovers of trath in aU its divineforms and demands, and seek eamestiyto be governed thereby. In conclusion •then, let us ask who love and seekIDOLS. 45trath? and add, "By their fruits yeshaU know them." Come, brethren, tieworld demands much of US. "Be yeholy for I am holy."»»• ' •IDOLS.BY MBS. H. E. HAYDEN.In conversing with two young menlately, the eldest probably not morethan nineteen—the subject of SecretSocieties was mentioned. I said, thegreatest objection I had to Masonry isits dreadful, murderous oaths. It isnot right for any society of men to administersuch a-wful oaths. They bothreplied, "If a man would take thoseoaths and break them he ought to die."They said they were only Grangers—had never joined any other aecret so*ciety. Are these the excellent principlesinstaUed into our young men's minds ?Masonry is the mother of aU aecretsocieties—the grange ia her yonngeatdaughter. Already has ahe taught hervotaries that the oath of a secret societyis paramount to the laws of our land,and paramount to the laws of God.God's law says, " Thou shalt not kiU."Who wiU contend with the Almighty?And who wU] measure arms withhim? These government-destroying,sonl-damning institutions ought to beswept from our republic. Americanshave two gods that they worship. Theone is Masonry, and the other isFashion. The great majority of thepeople are worshiping theae gods. Onlya few stand erect and say: We -willnot bow down to these gods nor servethem. U we speak aught against thesegods, the worshippers make about asmuch ado as the Ephesians did whenthey cried out, "Great is Diana of theEphesians." By far too many of ourchurch members are Uke the old Samaritans,who feared the Lord and servedtheir own gods.»~*-tIt is as ordinary as for the light toshine, for Ged to make black and dismaldispensations usher in bright andpleasing.—Bunyan.
46 THB EABNEST CHEISTIAN.IlI!!THE WILL.T BtV.. L DUE.In trying to persuade one to takethe narrow-way, we would first appealto his reason, by Scripture truth, andthe experience and example of saints;when his understanding is convinced,we would ply his feelings, praying allthrough for the Holy Ghost to help.We would depict the ingratitude andruin of rejecting, and the blessednessof accepting. Now it remains for himto accept or not by the action of hiswill. He can say, " Nay " but I yield,I yield, I can or rather will " hold outno more," or, " Go thy way for thistime " or, " Away with this feUow."The end of gospel labor is to induce5ien to wiU the right, by enlighteningthe intellect and affecting the emotionsin the power of the Spirit. But all isa failure unless the will consents.A man may see plainly in Gospellight, and feel profoundly the spirit oftruth, and yet all is unavaiUug unlessby his wUl he -walks in the light Oh Ithe power and interests bound up inthat faculty of our immortal natures,spelled by the little word " will,"—allHeaven, or Hell. The will of man inhis natural state is ruled, not by hisbetter judgment, but by his carnal affections,and appetites, as in the case ofone drunken with intoxicating Uquors,the libertine, the pleasure lover, theone, engaged in doubtful business, theworldly professor. Not one of thesetakes his course from the commendationsof an enlightened understanding,but from the'enticement of natural inclinations.The wUl onghfto .he determined bygood judgment or conscience,. and notby mere feeling. The labor*of life is aconflict with incUnation. This begins indesperate eamest on the part of theparent with and for the child; continuingwhUe under the parental care; andtaken up by the child himself when independentof home control. The trae,and manly principle is, " I -will do rightwhether I feel Uke it or not" The soulfuUy saved, often has to say withoutany happy feeling, but ia the face ofsuffermg, and in the midst of darkness," I wiU." Christ wiUed to fulfill HisFather's pleasure, in the face of agonyfelt and agony prospective, when thecry was extorted "My God, my God,why hast thou forsaken me." His willwas fixed. Even then it was more thanHis meat and drink, to do the wiU ofHim that sent Him. So the saint maybe forsaken by men, and the fiends ofearth and hell let loose upon him, andthen God may withdraw, and anguish ofsoul unspeakable seize him, and stiU, iftrue, Uke his Master, his wUl is set toobey His Father in Heaven.There is especial virtue m exercisingthe wiU to do right in the absence ofpleasurable emotions. It shows that weare seeking holiness rather than happiness; that we are penetrated -with theaenae of majesty of the great principlesof Right " These are they who cameout of great tribulation," with fixedwiUs marching through fire for righteousnesssake, " Heirs of God and jointheirs with Jesus Christ, if so be we sufferwith Him, that we may be also glorifiedtogether." The fixed will to obeyGod, brings great happiaess." My heartis fixed, oh God I my heart is fixed : IwiU sing and give praiae even with myglory." A weak and vasciUating willmakea the victim of it miserable. Satanknows when the -wiU is halting,' and howhe will torment the fluttering soul I Heknows, too, when'ithe wUl is set, and heis too cunning to waste ammunition onthat subject "Resist the devil," bythe power of a sanctified wUl, " and hewiU flee from you." The wiU growsweaker and weaker by hesitation toexecute the dictates of an enUghtenedunderstanding. The light shines, thejudgment is convinced, the better feelingsplead, the wiU hesitates, natnreshrinks, carnal reasonings come in,the judgment is darkened, and the wUlis bound hand and foot to the -wrong.An invincible wiU should be prayedfor. " It is God that worketh in youboth to will, and do of his own goodpleasure."
The will, as we have said, is movedby motives addressed to the understandingand feelings. No other motives areto be compared with those pertaining tothe salvation of the soul. No otiiermanifestation of love Uke that whichled the Father to give the Son. Noother Uke that which led the Son to say,•'Lo, glad I come." No justice andmercy like that when Jesus died. NoHeU 80 terrible as that which, -with itstongues of eternal flre, cries, " Fleethe wrath to come." No heaven aoglorious as that which invites the sanctifiedhome.THE VETEBAN'S SONtr OF TBIUMPH.BY MBS. E. J. BEAN.I have fought a good fight,I have finished my course,1 have kept the faith of my Lord ;In the kingdom of light.In the heavenly courts.Henceforth there awaits my reward.There's a robe of pure white.There's a crown of bright gold.And a mansion awaiting for me ;And that city of light.Soon my eyes shall behold.And the King in His beauty I'll see.There a palm I shall wave.And a song I shaU singWith the saints and the angela of Ught;" Over death, hell and graveShouts, of -victory ring.We have conquered throngh Jesus'smight."Then the river of life.With its waves crystal bright,' Mid bright flowers and trees softly sings;And the air is all rife.Through its radiant light.With the rustling of angelic wings.There, my sorrows all o'er.And my fighting all done,I shall rest evermore by His side.Who the bloody cross bore.And the fearful fight won,And who now is awaiting^His bride.PBEACHING AND TESTIFYING. 47PREACHING AND TESTIFYING.BY BBV. J. a. TEBBILL.Is there any difference betweenthem ? If so, in what does it consist ?To preach, is to expound and applythe word of God; to testify, is to bearwitness of what we know, or have experienced.We preach of opinions,but testify of facts.Who may do these things? TheBible teaches that men do not (shouldnot) take upon themselves the officeof preaching: that they are to becaUed of God to that office as Aaronwas to his. It is not the' province ofthe church to create the office, or toconfer the authority to preach; both arefrom God, and the province of thechurch is to recognize them. But aU .persons may be -witnesses. AU whomthe grace of God has blessed maytestify of what it has done for them.The subjects of testimony, are thefacts of experience; the changewrought in us by the Spirit of God, andthe power of Christianity to bless,deliver and aid, inthe duties and trialsof life. The object of testimony is, toconvince the mind by corroborating thetrnth. The language of preaching is,God's word teaches thus and thus; thelanguage of testimony is, I have foundit true by-experience.The preaching of the word by thosedivinely authorized, and the testimonyof believers, are the means God haschosen to lead men to Christ. This theBible and the history of the chnrchplainly teach. Neither can do withontthe other. AU preaching and no testifyingis a mark of spiritual death. Nochurch is noted for spirituaUty wherethere is no testifying for Cluist Testimonywithout preaching, results infanatical wUdness. The word of Godis tho end of controversy respectingspiritual things. It ia the Christian'arule of faith and practice. "What isnot plainly taught in the word ofGod, is not essential to sal-vation, andis nncaUed for as a matter of testimony."Thy word is truth," AU opposed
48 THE BABNEST CHBISTIAN.to the wor3 (rf God is untrue. The revelation of the divine in the soul is apreaching of the word is the conservativepower in Christianify. The glory;" "Christ, who is our life;" thereaUty. "Christ in us the hope ofpreacher is the clear mind, the correct abiding presence ofthe Comforter; areeye, and skUlfid hand, of the smith at matters of experience. It is necessarythe forge whUe the -witness who testifies that the church have them. It was expedientthat Jesus should go away, thatfor Jesus, is the helper with the sledge;the one directs the tmth, and the other the Holy Ghost might be given. Thisdrives it home. All preachers should is better than the bodUy presence ofbe -witnesses, but all witnesses need Jesus, for Christians, and for the world.not be preachers.Let ns have it then; in all its quickening,sanctifying power.Why is there so little testifying atthe present day ? One reason ia, it takesmore to-day to say, I know, than it does"LOSTI"to express an opinion. Opinions areplenty, theories abound. 'The abundanceof them has destroyed their strangeBY O. A. PBATT.ness. To say Iknow, attracts attention "Lost I lostl child lost I child lost Iand lays one open to criticism. Watchfuleyes are upon you instantly. A ling cry, interspersed with the loud ringLOST ! LOST !" Such was the start•positive experience is expected to do ing of the bell, which we heard in asomething for the one who haa it, and prominent street in ono- of our great,if the fruit be wanting, a multitude are westem cities. Consternation, and sympathy,were momentarily depicted uponready to cry ont against you. The deceivedare easUy detected, for, "' By the countenances ofthe passers-by, whiletheir fruits ye shall know them ;" such the exclamations,—-"Have you seenact unwittingly, supposing aU to be thechUd? I hope it wi?Z be found," instinctivelyfeU from many as they pausright The hypocrite is in danger of exposure,knows it, and but few have the ed a moment. Great was the joy whenconrage to be such. So it is easier to the chUd was found and restored inexpress opinion than to give experience. safety to the arms of its agonizing parents.But the great reason why there is soUttie testifying is, there is so littie experienceof which to speak. " Out of"Lost! lost! I lost!" Though thechUd was indeed found, yet how rangthe abundance of the heart the mouththose words and Ungered ^eir echospeaketh." If there is a fuUness of experience,there wUl be a correspondingnpon my e»s! If the temporary lossof the casket, cause such anxiety andfullness of testimony. If the experiencesorrow, what must be the irreparableis deep and rich, the testimony wUl beloss of the precious yeujeZ itself!the same. It is remarkable how clearlythe experienced in spiritual things canLover of pleasure, you are alreadyexpress themselv'es. Here, the sagelost! Pause now in your mad career, andand the simple can equaUy understandmay the echo of these words so sink downeach other. A full heart controls eyeinto the depths of thy depraved heart,and lip, making every feature expressas to awaken thee to a full sense of thyguilt and danger, and restore thee to thythe same idea simultaneously. If therewas more experience in the church,there would be more experience to relate,and love feast, class, conferenceand prayer meetings would not be sooften damaged by preachimg.The remedy is plain. Get experience; clear, deep experience. TheHoly Ghost gives experience. TheFather's house. Let aU beware of thefirst step; herein Ues the great danger.The first step in a do-wnward careertaken, each brings thee nearer the fataltermination. BEWABE !! hidden rockslay just before thee; you are rapidlyapproaching the vortex from which nohuman power can save. Heed the warningvoice and fly to Christ for safety.
WHATWHAT HOUNBSS DOBS FOB US. 49HOLiN"BSS DOES FORUS.BY J. E. BBISTOL.In general, it purifies onr entire uature,saving ns from aUsin, by destroyingthe carnal mind. In particular—1st—It removes aU pride fi-om thesoul, so that we think, speak, and act•without attributing any merit in, orattaching any honor to, • •urselves. "Wedo aU to please God, and nothing toplease ourselves. We feel that " Jesusis aU in all, and we are nothing at aU."2nd.—It destroys all selfishness, byfilling us with love to aU men. We can" Lay down our Uves for the brethren,"" In honor preferring one another." Itmakes ns "Seek another's wealth"—J, e. his prosperity and success, even atthe expense of our own.3rd.—It takes away the fear of man,by gi-ving us a holy boldness to do ourduty, and declare all that Jesus has donefor us. "We are not afiuid of our reputation.We glory in having our" ilamea cast out as e-vU." "We obeyGod without referenee to what peoplewiU do, or say, or think.4th.—It entirely destroys all angryfeeUngs. Circumstances do not provokeus. "We have the mind of Christ,and can say with the poet," Anger I no more shall feel.Always even, always stiU."All propensity to get mad is takenout, and gentleness rules the heart.-Glory be to God.5th.—It removes aU impotence. Aholy person never frets, nor piolds; isnever sour and disagreeable; never repinesunder adverse conditions; cansuffer "joyfully the spoUiag of hisgoods," and "glory in tribulations."He feels as ready to stiffer for Jesus'sake, as to shout and sing for him. Hecan say in aU things, " Thy -wiU bedone."6th.—It destroys aU love of the" world and the things that are in theworld." The person having true hoUnessdoes not " conform to the worldin dress, in conversation, or beha-rior."Holy people are plain in their dress.They hate fashion. Gold, and pearls,and costiy array, and aU outward adorningsare an abomination to them. Their" conversation ia in heaven." Theycannot jeat, or joke, or smUingly givecountenance to those who do. Theydo not seek after worldly honor, orwealth. Their entire " affections" areon "things above;" hence they laborto please God, and advance his cause bygi-ving themselves, their chUdren, andtheir property into his hands, givinghim praise when he takes and uses anypart as he wUL7th.—^It keeps us from " all appearanceof evU." We cannot fellowsliipwickedness of any sort, nor seek companyin worldly asseciations. A holyman cannot affiliate with masonry, orany oath-bound secret society. Thecommand is, " Have no fellowship withthe unfruitful works of darkness, butrather reprove them." He loves to obey.He does not trust in that doctrine ofde-rils, that "Allmeans are sanctified bythe goodness of the end sought, oraimed at." Consequentiy he -wiU notendorse church fairs and lottery festivals,nor countenance other doubtfulexpedients of-supporting the gospel?such as auctioneering seats of worship,and making the parsonage a " house ofnjirth, and froUc, and dancing."8th.^—It saves from all filthiness ofthe flesh. God not only requires purityof soul, but also holiness of body. "Weare " to cleanse ourselves from aU filthinessof the flesh, and spirit, perfectinghoUnesa in the fear of God."A holy peraon after a Bible sort -wUlnot become, nor remain a slave of anysensual or depraved appetite. He cannotuse tobacco, .nor opium, nor morphine.He loathes and abhors aU such filtiiiness.He feels that he cannot nse suchhurtful and vain things, in the "Nameof the Holy Jesus giving thanks untothe Father by him." To claim hoUnesawhUe a slave to habit, is to practicaUy" deny the power of God." They whopossess Bible holiness, are neat in theirpersons, and surroundings. A womanthat is slovenly in her appearance,
isoTHE EABNEST CHBISTUN.and in her ho«se-work, is not transformedsoul and body to God's pattern ofentire purity. W'e are to have our"bodiea washed with pure water," aswell as our "hearts sprinkled from anevU conscience," if we " enter into theholy of holies, by the blood of Jesus^"10th.—In conclusion, Bible HoUnesstransforms the whole being. Paul'sprayer was. "I pray God that yourwhole Spirit, and soul, and body, be preservedblameless unto the coming of ourLord Jesus Christ—1 Thess. v. 25.This prayer is answered in the heartsof such as have " gone on unto perfection,"and have continued in the faith.Holiness lifts the whole being up intoGod. Perfect peace, perfect rest, perfectjoy, perfect love. Such is the stateof those who walk before God with aperfect heart. Jesus is the " Authorand finisher of our faith." "Now hathhe appeared to put away sin by the sacrificeof himself.". Then said he, " LoI come to do thy wUl, O God." "Bythe which wUl we are sanctified."May God help us aU to believe andreceive all that Jesus bath wr
'JESUS WALKING ON THB 'WATBiS. 51JESUS WALKING ON THE darkness, sent to enhance their terrarWATER.and alarm. They did not know that itwaa Jesus; he for whom they hadBY MES. H. A. CKOtrCH. longed through aU those weaty nightwatehes.But immediately he talkedBlessings are foUowed by trials, "and with them, "Be of good cheer; it is I; ^trials by blessings. In the season Of be not afraid," And he went up untotrial it is wfiU for us if our hearts are them into the ship; and the -wind ceased,not hardened, and -we forget God's BUssful calm and rest -with theformer loving kindness, even as the manifested presence of Jesus. Quietdisciples in their perU, remembered npt hush of God when the storm is over,the miracle of the loaves, how Jesus and the sea is stUl, and the momingm his mercy fed the hungry thousands. breaks upon the placid waves.They had just left that sunny, grassy Oh Jesus! thou art thesame benignantplace, and taken a small boat to cross Sa-viour. "The same, yesterday, to-day,the water, whUe Jesus sent the multitude and forever." And when thou dostaway, and went off alone into a mountain send us forth, and the storm arises,topray. Perhaps they did not want and Satan hisses throngh the forkedto go without their Lord, for it is said lightning, " You shouldn't have startedthat he constrained them.Tho night came on dark and starless,and the storm gathered and beat hea-vyon this voyage. Now you see howon lake Gennessaret The ship wastossed with waves, for the '-wiad wascontrary to them. "They toiled in rowing.Oh, for their Lordl The Ughtningsflashed. The thunder and the roaringof the biUows filled them with fear.They remembered a time when Jesuswas with them in a Uttie ship, and theywere in jeopardy, how he spoke to theboisterous sea and it was still. Oh, ifhe were only with them now, he couldstiU the raging of the storm.We do not know how near God is tous when in trouble. Job had neverbeen so near to God as when he said," 0 that I were as in months past, as inthe days when God preserved me; whenhis candle shined upon my head, andwhen by his light I walked throughdarkness. As I was in the days of myyouth, when the secret of God was uponmy tabemade. When the Almightywas yet with me." And the discipleswere not aU so forsaken of God as tiieysupposed. " Jesus was alone on theland, and he saw them toUing inrowing." About the fourth watch «fthe night,—that was the last watchbefore the morning,—he came to themwalking upon the sea. And they criedout for fear. They thought it wassome ghastly spirit, gleaming in themuch headway you make, and howmuch you -wUl do for God when youare sunk in these -waves:" and weforget that thou didst constrain u9 toembark, and chide ourselves, and eneanother, then thou dost come, and wesee that afler aU, all is right 1 God isright, and we are right, and the stormwas right; and we did just as Jesustold us to do, and he is with us just ashe said he would be, and we havelearned how weak we are, how fruitiessour StruggUng and toUing, and, most ofaU, how good God is.But I see a weaty one turn from thispage and lay down the oar in despair." I was not sent This storm is the fruitofmy ownUl doing, and no Saviour -wUlcome to me walking on these bitterwaves." Oh, if you conld listen, thestorm should not roar ao loud bnt youahould hear him, "Neither do Icondemn thee." 'The night should notbe so dark but you could see the shiningface an d smile of the " Friend of sinners.''Jesus is in the storm, and he is walkingon the sea, close by yonr vessel."He would have passed by them," butthey had leamed their lesson:—and ifyon have leamed yours, repentance,humUity, and a turning away foreverfrom sin, he wUl come up unto you, andyou shall live in the calm of hispresence, and the joy of hia love.
53 tHE EAENEST CHBlSTlAN.NECESSITY OP HOLINESS.BY BEV. E. P. HABT.Ha-ving considered the nature of holiness,we come npw to consider thenecessity of it And I do not kn»w thatany stronger reason for its necessitycan be adduced, than the simple factthat God commands itWe can have no more expectationof gaining heaven whUe refhsing tomeet this requirenent, than we could ofliving in -violation of the commandagainst the profaning the name ef God."Whatever we persuade ourselves tobeUeve, whatever we may hope, desireor feel, we may rest assured that" wiiheut hoUness no man shall see theLord." Holiness is necessary, then,lat—As the qualification for admissioninto heaven. When God commandsmen to be holy, he gives no strongerreason why they should be holy thanthe fact that He is holy. Be ye holy:for I am holy. As much as to say. Ifyou would dweU with me, a holy God, ina holy heaven, in companionship withholy angels, you mtist be holy. Manypersons, instinctively shrinking frompain and misery, and desiring happiness,hope to gain heaven simply becanse ofanticipated joys—who seemingly forgetthat God himself can never make it aheaven of happiness, only as He makesit a heaven of holiness.Being in possession of those principlesof righteousness which characterizeheaven, and constitute it a place of joyand blessedness, it is no more certainthan we shaU finally go to heaven, thanit is that heaven first comes to u,s,—thenthe sentiment of the hymn becomes actualexperience."And lieaven comes down, our sonls to greet,•While glory crowns the mercy seat"If we have not such love for principlesof righteousneaa and truth,th&t we find a heaven of deUght and joyin standing in their defence here—iJierewilt be no heaven for v,s hereafter.2nd.—HoUness is necessajy as thepreparation for death.well.Holy people die3rd.—Holiness ia necessaty as thepreparation for life. AU, perhaps, areready to concede that holiness is necessatyfor death. Rest assured it isjust as necessary for life. No oneprofessing reUgion wUl pretend to anypower aside from the power of grace, bywhich they expect to be able to meetthe claims of God. Certainly, then ifwe would meet theae claims fuUy, wemust have the fullness ef grace.• FinaUy, we consider the time whenholiness is to be attained. And if, aswe have seen it be the preparation forUfe, death, and heaven, we need it1st—WhUe we Uve. If we havelived to this present time without it, wehave fafled, to some extent at least, tomeet the claims of God. This shouldstartle and arouse us, and lead us toseek holiness ai once, as the preparationwhich shaU enable us to spend the remnantof our days to the gloty of God.Past faUures—^present obUgations—future prospects, and the word of God,aU combine to urge to the presentattainment of holiness. SEEK ITNOW.If confession and repentance are thefirst steps to be taken, ta'ke them atonce, and seek it now. " If we confessour sins he is faithful, and just to forgiveus our sins, and to cleanse iw from allunrighteousness."—1 Jno. L 9.2nd.—If this be the preparation fordeath,! Vould inquire. When are youto die? Are you not liable to die anymoment ? If, then, holiness is the preparationfor death, should you not seek itnow?3rd.—HoUnesa being the qualificationfor heaven, and if the kingdom ofheaven with its characteristic principlesof righteousnes, peace and joy in theHoly Ghost, is to be set up in ourhearts before we are prepared to enterthe kingdom of heaven hereaftershouldwe not seek it now ? Reader,seek this grace that wiU enable you to" serve him -without fear, in holinessand righteousness before him all thedays of your life"—and a triiimphantdeath and an etemity of joy wUl foUowas inevitable resulta.ti)
THE CHARACTERISTICS OPCHARITY." Charity snffereth long, and is Hnd : charity enviethnot; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffedup, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh notherown. is not easily provoked, thinketh no eviL"—1 Cor. xiii. 4, B.The two Epistles to the Corinthianshave, perhaps, furnished texts for agreater variety of sermons than anyother books of equal length in theBible.I do not say a greater number of sermons,but a greater variety.If such is the case, it arises from thiscircumstance, that there is in theseEpisties an extraordinary variety oftopics, and also an extraordinary amountof variation of feeling on the part of thewriter.Let any one read throngh the secondof these Epistles from the beginning tothe end. ' He will be very sensible dfits difficulty. And the difficulty iscaused by its sudden changes. Wepass abruptly, for instance, from indignantrebuke to tender remonstrance.Lofty sarcasm against these who weremaking parties and doing mischief atCorinth is foUowed by the Apostle'selaborate justification of himself. Thenwe have narratives of his own histoty,expositions of doctrine, with eamestpraise and most joyful thanksgivings.Such an Epistle must require very carefalstudy in order to be completely understood.In the First Epistle it is rather varietyof topic than variation of feelingthat causes this richness of resource.All sorts of questions connected withspiritual gifts, with the Christian Ministry,with marriage, with idolatry, withpubUc worship, with the Lord's Supper,come in succession before us, besidesthose general principles of religioustruth, and those rales of daily practice,which find their place evetywhere. Bntthere is great variation of feeUng too,in this Epistle also. A general strainof rebuke does indeed ran through it onthe whole, but not without interruption.And here, in this thirteenth chapter, isthe most marked of these interraptions.CHAEACTEBISTICS OF CHABITY. 53On each side of this chapter is the stormof strong indignation, or at least vehementexpostulation. Here, within thelimits marked out by these thirteenverses, is tbe most absolute calm.Here we are invited to gaze upon aform of perfect beauty, without anydisturbance, but with every help forobserving and recollecting the exactand fuU expression.It is a portrait of charity, or Christi'anlove, drawn with a firm but delicateband, and elaborated, touch by touch,so that each feature can be most easUydistinguished, whUe therejs no disturbanceof the harmony and symmetry ofthe whole. The two selected versesgive several of the lineaments of theportrait. We can examine them onlyvety rapidly within the space to whichthis paper must be restricted, but it isvery easy to catch their meaning sepa.-rately; and afterwards we can, withontdifficulty, combine them into one generalresult1. The first three are grouped togetherby a natural connection, and inthe forefront of them is this :—"Charitysuffereth long."This presents to us charity in its passiveside; as the next words exhibit theactive side. Charity is long suffering.It can bear a gi-eat deal. And there isno doubt that many of us have a greatdeal to bear. But there is a calm dignityin charity which does not aUow itto be ruffled by these vexatious annoyances.Not becanse charity is proud;not because it is indifferent; but becauseit is patientCharity can afford to wait If circumstancesare provoking and disappointingnow, they may be better byand by. If the persons among whomour lot is cast are unreasonable, weshall not gain much by opposition andresentment Gentleness is the realstrength which subdues opponents; andif we cannot after all—" overcome evilwith good"—Rom. xii. 21—onevictotyin such a case is sure, namely, the -victotyovei: ourselves.2. But charity rises far above themere amiabiUty of toleration. Charity
54 THE EABNEST CHBISTIAN.is an active principle. " Charity iskind." She meets the world with aamUiug face, and proceeds to do aU thegood which is possible. If defeated inone direction, she makes the attemptin another. If there are quarrels, shetries to heal them. If there is despondency,she endeavors to cheer it. Charityis like a sunbeam that brings both Ughtand warmth wherever it travels.It is much to be regretted when reallyreligious people) by natural stiffnessand reserve, give the impression thatreligion is austere and forbidding.—Christianity suffers much from the humaninfirmities of true Christians. Theprecepts given in the New Testamentare^very clear: " Be kindly affectionedone to anotber, with brotherly love."—Bom. xii. 10. "Put on kindness andlong suffering : forbearing one another,and forgiving one aniother."—Col. iiL12, 13. St Paul aays that he "approved himself as the minister of God;"and it is interesting to observe tbat wehave here the juxtaposition of those verytwo qualities of Christian love whichwe are now considering—that he " approvedhimself as the minister of God,"not only by "long-suffering," but by"kindness."—2 Cor. vi. 4-6.3. But, thirdly, we are invited to godeeper. Tbe next description of charitypenetrates below the surface—"Charity envieth not."It is a most curious proof of the deepifeU of human nature that we sometimescling tenaciously to that which makes nsmiserable. There is no more wretchedfeeling tban envy or jealousy; and yetthis feeling is often fostered, cherished,secretly nursed within, whilst aU seemsfriendly outside. Nothing can be morefooUsh than the indulgence of this stateof mind. It secures the gain of nothing,and involves the loss of much."When envy enters, charity departs.The two cannot possibly live together.This also may be added, that envy isa peculiarly irreligious state of mind.Por if we look with an evU eye on theposition or possessions of another, weare practically calling God's arrangementsin question. Even discontent is IrebeUion—1 Cor. x. 10—and envy isworse than discontent.This being the oase, we find ourselvesdirected at once to the true source fromwhence we must obtain our cure forenvy. God is ihe source from whenceall charity conies. Once let us haveperfect confidence in God's goodnessand justice; and then we shaU cheerfuUyacquiesce in His arrangements,and we shall not be tempted to lookenviously on our neighbor merely becausehe has something which we havenot4. We pass now from the first threequalities of Christian love to anothergroup of three. There is much modestyin trae Christian love. Bnt this is presentedto us under three aspecte—" Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffdup, doth not behave itself unseemly."And, first, "Charity vaunteth not it.self."Now, foUowing the thought whicliwas before ua just now, we aee thatthis must be one of the features ofcharity. If we recognize God in everything,we ahall not be disposed to makea display of anything that belongs toourselves. A boasting temper ia aacontrary to trae godUness as is an envioustemper, though it may be lesaodious and wicked. " What hast thouthat tbou didst not receive? Nowifthou didst receive it, why dost thenglory, as if thou hadst not receivedit?"—1 Cor. iv. 7. Ostentatious paradeand the love of human praise arequite out of harmony with that state ofmind which the Apostle terms charity." How can ye beUeve, which receivehonor one of another?"—John v. 44—asks our Lord of the Pharisees. Andit might similarly be asked (for charityand faith must be found together), howcan ye have charity towards others, Ifye are so perpetually seeking admirationfor yourselves ?5. And "Charity is not puffed up."The meaning of this sentence is notidentical with the meaning of tbe lastThere are two different states of mindunder this general head, which we caneasily discriminate,The firat is always
CHABACTEBISTICS OP CHABITY.55'^restless unless it can obtain humanpraise. The second is so well satisfiedwith itself that it does not care for humanapprobation. The former we callvanity—the latter we call pride. Theflrst is contemptible; the second isodious! Ohristian charity is equallyopposed to both.Among those who read this paperthere wiU certainly be some who areliable to the first of these temptations,some that are liable to the other. Theformer class is probably the larger,But it cannot be doubted that instancesofthe other also wiU be found. Thereare certainly some persons who are fartoo indifferent to the opinion of theirfellow-men. This is pride. Now theopposite of pride is humility; and withouthumUity there cannot be charity.The truth, then, to be learnt by suchpersons is this, that they have no reasonwhatever to be satisfied with themselves,but very much the contrary.It is an unpalatable truth, but it isessential.6. There is, however, a third side tobe looked at under this head of description.St Paul, after saying that charityis opposed both to vanity and to pride,adds a third particular—" Charity dothnot behave itself unseemly." In unseemlybehavior there is commonly somethingeither of vanity or of pride; butStiU the description of the outwardaspect of charity is incomplete unlesswe look at thia separately.In true Christian love, there is nocoarse vulgarity—no ridiculous eccentricity—nosetting ofthe common usagesof society at defiance. " Whatsoeverthings are pure, whatsoever things arelovely, whatsoever things are of goodreport,"—PhU. iv. 8—this is the standardfor the ontward aspect of Christianhfe.7. Our third group of three, brings,ns back once more within the regionof motives: " Charity seeketh not herown."The eager claiming of rights—thepositive and unbending assertion ofself—the spirit which says, " This isnot yours, this is mine; let me" havemy own "—this is human nature unrenewedby grace. We see it in chUdrenfrom the very earliest years. This iswhat Christ came to change, in orderthat we might Uve happily one withanother. We are not speaking here oflegal questions, such as come beforethe magistrates, and ought to come beforethe magistrates. There are otherpassages of Scripture which relate tosuch points. We are speaking here ofthe customary attitude of the Christian'smind in reference to men around him;and in regard to this particular pointwhich is before us, we have in Scriptureboth a code and an example to guide us.The code is in the Sermon on theMount, where maxims are given forour use in what may be called shortcondensed parables. "Whosoever shallcompel thee to go a mUe, go with bimtwain,"—Matt v.. 41—go with him twomUes. Did you ever reflect upon thathomely but most profound little parable?If a man—selfishly and unreasonab'iy—requiresyou to devote timeand trouble to him, demands from youwhat he has no right to expect, then dofor him twice as much as he asks.This is probably the best policy in thefirst place. If you show tbat you arenot selfish, he wiU have received a verysalutary rebuke of his own selfishness,and perhaps he may reflect upon it.However this may be, you have doneyour part; you have not done anythingto clog the wheels of life.And besides a code we have an example.It is the example of Christ.He sought not His own. He gave upevetything that He might make us happy.He did all that could be done tocure our selfishness—by a life anddeath of infinite self sacrifice.8. " Charity is not easily provoked."As the last sentence repelled the deliberategrasp of selfishness from allcontact with charity, so this keeps aloofall angty, irritable tempers.It is often said of such and such aman, that he is hot and hasty, but thathe is generous and warm-hearted; andthe anger is forgiven for th© sake ofwarmth of a better kind. And no
53 THE EABNEST CHBISTIAN.doubt there is some justice in thispopular estimate. But stUl it is a greatmistake to suppose that an irritabletemper is otherwise than unchristian.Such a temper does great dishonor tothe reUgion which we profess; andthere is one kind of irritability whichis peculiarly in opposition to Christianlove; namely, that which arises frompersonal sensitiveness. Here is selfagain. And wherever self is, thereChristian charity is not. So then wemust keep our watch over that cornerofthe heart where thoughts of self aremost apt to hide. We must place ourhand firmly on that secret spring ofaction, that we may not be overcomeby sudden surprises. We never knowhow soon the temptation may arrive;and where the dry fuel is, there we cannotcalculate the harm that may bedone even bya spark. "Behold howgreat a matter a littie fire kindleth!And the tongue is a fire, a world ofiniquity," " If any man offend not inword, the same is a perfect man, andable also to bridle the whole body."—James iii. 2-6.9. " Charity thinketh no evil." ThisEnglish phrase hardly expresses thefull and exact meaning of the Greek.When we read it, we should at firstsight simply suppose it to mean thatcharity is not suspicious, does not imputebad motives, but always hopes thebest This, however, is expressed bysome words which occur lo-wer down inthe chapter; namely, these—"Charitybelieveth all things, hopeth all things,"'What is said here has a different meaning;and it is this, that charity doesnot remember old grudges—does notreckon up the evU which other menhave done—does not keep an accountagainst them, as it were, but wiUinglyforgets such things, and treats them asif they had never been. This is a greatsecret of a happy life. Forgive andforget. Let bygones be bygones.—What is the use of keeping up an oldquarrel ? Who is the gainer by it ? Isuppose that you have been injured;but why should you cherish the remembranceof this ? Cherish rather thoseremembrances which are pleasant Inthe note-book wbich your memory keepsof the actions of others, let that pagebe a blank.In closing this rapid examination oftwo very rich and copious verses, wecannot avoid feeling this—that we havehere, iu the inspired Apostie's words, amost searching analysis of hnman motives.Who can help being conscionsthat the words cut very deep ? Whothat gives attention to such a passage,.can help being aware that "the eye ofGod's Word " is ever upon him ? Let •us retain, as one result of .this meditation,a serious sense of the power ofthe Bible in its dealing with the soul.And cutting deep as this passagedoes, looking full as that " eye " doesupon all the secret movements of onrhearts, let this consciousness make nsadmit that our nature is thoroughlycorrupt Which of us can bear thetest which tfaese words apply to onrinner life ? Which of us can fail to seetbat if we are to live for ever whereChrist lives, we must have a new natureformed within us—"must be bornagain?"—John Ui. 7.It is indeed a high and severe, thougha most aUuring standard which is setbefore us in this celebrated chapter—astandard impossible of attainment byany mere efforts and resolutions on onrown part You cannot force yourselfto love any one human being; muchless can you fill your heart with thisgeneral friendly regard towards allmen. You cannot create within yourselfthe spirit of universal forbearance,forgiveness, generosity, and kindness.There must be some commandingand controlUng motive which penetratesthrough the inner man, influences allour Ufe, and acts with transformingpower on our thoughts and feelings, ourwords and deeds.And this motive we find through theclose contact of the soul with Christ" We love Him because He first lovedus"—1 John iv. 19—and loving Himwe love those whom He lovts .receiving Him into our he ans. vcome changed into new men. H
shown universal love to mankind. Welearn in some degree to do the same,and we hope to improve. He has beenvery patient aud forbearing towards us.We catch something of the same spirit,and more and more in proportion as •wegrow in grace. He has done aU thatcould be done to cleanse us from sin, atthe cost of infinite suffering to Himself.-We cannot receive this gift of pardonand peace without extending a lovinghand to others, in seeking to rescuethem, and to protect them from temptation.So, then, we must go to Christ thatHis love may "constrain" us—2 Cor,V, 14—we must fix our thoughts onHim ; we must drink into His spirit;draw out of His fullness. We musttake our pride to Him—our angry tempers,our harsh judgments, our foolishresentments—all that makes it so difficnitfor us to forgive—that thesQ thingsmay be forgiven, and that they may becured ; that His gracious pardon mayteach us to pardon too.There cannot be a cure without forgiveness; but with forgiveness comesthe new warm life of charity, the powerto conquer these vices of our nature,and the joyful response to that Gospelcommand—" Let all bitterness, andwrath, and anger, and clamor, and evilspeaking,be put away from you, withaU malice: and be ye kind one toanother, lender-hearted, forgiving oneanother, even as God for Christ's sakehath forgiven you."—Eph. iv. 31, 32.—J S. Howson, D.D.Forgiveness is according to the richesof God's grace, wherein he has aboundedtowards os in all wisdom and prudence.Grace can continue to pardon,favor, and save—from falls, in faUs, andont of falls. Grace can comfort, relieve,and help those who have hurt themselves;and grace can bring the unworthyto glory. This the law cannotdo ; this man- cannot do ; this angelscannot do; this God cannot do,bnt only by the riches of his grace,through the redemption that is in ChristJesus.—Bunyan.GIVE TOUB HEART TO CHRIST. 57GIVE YOUR HEART TOCHRIST.BY EMMA M. GOBDON."Man is hom unto tronble as the sparks fly upward."Every human being must drink thebitter waters of afBiction. Physical disease,d6mestic infelicity, overwhelmingmisfortunes, painful disappointments,stand like fierce warriors at the door ofevery man's habitation, ready to do thebidding of that high Providence wbichmetes out chastisements and retributionsto all. These do not all crossevery man's threshhold, neither do thesame ones enter every house; but thismuch is certain'—suffering will corae toevery household. On what wUl you leanwhen afflictions weigh like a mightyburden on your trembling heart? Ientreat you, give your heart to Christ,'then you can lean on Him who is apresent help in every time of need. ByrejectingChrist, you cast yourself fromdivine support in the days of cominggrief Impenitent one, what wUl youlook to in the years of approaching sorrow.These are fearful words: " BecauseI called and ye refused, I stretchedout my hands and no man regarded,therefore wUl I laugh at your calamity,I wUl mock when your fear cometh."Then, as the ties dissolve which bindyou to earth, your heart wiU yearn forthat love which it has so often spurned.But alas! it wiU be too late, and you willexclaim, "The harvest is past, the summeris ended, and my soul is not saved."Perhaps you think that the sympathyof friends will give conrage to yourheart and energy to your will in yourbour of calamity. Is it not possible,that, as the prodigal was abandoned inhis hour of misfortune by those whosmUed on him in his day of plenty, somayyou be forsaken by those who nowprofess for you an undying attachment?The falseness of friendship is proverbial;but in Cbrist we find a satisfying portion—afriend who sticketh closer thana brother. If yon will not turn to Him,then you lean upon a staff which wUl
58 THE EARNEST CHBISTIAN.H:rltbecome a serpent to wound your hand,and send its poison with throbs of agonyinto your bursting heart From ourdearest friends come our sweetest earthlypleasures and our bitterest woes."What bodily grief can be comparedwitb that which is caused by the discoveryof hearfclessness in those whomwe bave loved and trusted? Seeinghow false everything but God appears,and how idol after idol is swept fromyour embrace, how can you wisely leanon a human arm to sustain you in the'hour of your great need? See whatsalvation wUl do for you in afilictions.Go to yonder lonely cottage—the dayis cold and stormy, yet a faithful pastorhas just called. He is making apastoral visit Let us enter with him.What a lone and cheerless room 1 Thesnow bas been drifting through the roofand under the door upon the uncarpetedfloor. There is scarcely an ember burningon the hearth. Mark that old,trembUng man seated in a broken armchair,with an open Bible npon bisknees. How serene his aspect! Seetbe rapture in his eyes,—tbe sweetsmile upon bis lips. Hark! the pastorspeaks: " What are you doing to day,brother?" "Oh, sir;" the happy oldman replies; "I am sitting under Hisshadow with great delight!" What anoverflowing fonntain of bliss must tbelove of Christ have been to tbat chUdof poverty, to make him so triumphantover outward circumstances!be able to separate us from the love ofGod which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."Are you panting for a deeper workof graoe? Would you drink deepdraughts of the sweetest stream of deUght that ever flowed through the humansoul ? Give your heart fully toChrist. Would yon possess that hopewhich anchors the soul so safely that itoutrides the most terrific storms of life?Give your heart to Christ Oh, itmeans much to have our lives hid withChrist ia God. Then gather up yonrsoul's affections—^bind them to the crossof Jesus, and continually consecrateyourselves to Him whose service isfreedom, whose ways are paths of happiness,and at whose right hand thereare "Pleasures forevermore."CONTEMPLATION.One of old sweetly compares contemplationto the eagle; for as tbe eagfefastens her eye npon the radiant beamsof tbe beantiful snn, so conteroplatioois stUl viewing the glorious beams oftheSun of Righteousness; it is still conversantabout the high and profitablethings of salvation. Or else, I maycompare it to those birds, of wh«BDavid speaks, tbat build tbeir nestsby the altar of God. This is thecelestial bird, that buUds ber nestabout the throne of glory. This is thebee which flyeth into the sweetestgardens, and sucks honey from eveiyflower of paradise.By meditation I can converse withGod—solace myself in the bosom of.my beloved; bathe myself in rivers ofpleasures; tread the paths of my rest,and view the mansions of my eteraity.What gainest thon, thee, O ray sonl!in tbis valley of tears ! Up upon themount, and view tbe Land of Promise.What canst thon look for in thisThis precious love of Christ, wiU, ifwe come to Him, absorb aU bur naturesand satisfy aU our demands. It is everfresh, new, and increasingly delightful.Tbe sanctifying grace calls forth thedeepest and most exquisite feelings ofwhich the human soul is capable. Itfills it, and leaves it nothing to wishfor. 'True piety elevates, ennobles anddevelops all that is great and beautifulin man. It so raises tbe human to the wUderness of trouble !divine, that he can say with the strongheartedPaul: "I am persuaded thatneither death, nor life, nor angels, norprincipaUties, nor powers, nor thingspresent, nor things to come, nor height,nor depth, nor any other creature, shaUUp upon thewing, ahd take thy flight to heaven: letthy thoughts be where tby happiness is,and let the heart be where tby thoughtsare: though thy habitation may be onearth, yet thy conversation shaU be inheaven.
GOD IS TBUE.BY MRS. JAKETTE OSMUN.The present is eminently an age ofinfideUty. We find it not only in theirreligious world, but in the religiousworld. Every where, broadcast as theseeds of sin, in the pulpit, and in thepew, in the street, or on our pubUcthoroughfares, in our business places,and evety where Satan's seat is, thereis Uttie or no fear of God before thepeople. But the thoughtless multitudeare hurrying on, reveling in sinas mnch as if God had not said tbat"He is angry with the wicked everyday," and that " the wicked shall beturned into hell and aU the nations thatforget God." But by their daring, anddepths of crime, they defy the God ofHeaven. In the Christian world, wefind almost every sin covered with aprofession of religion. We meet personsevery where decked with theadornings of this ungodly world, or indulgingin unholy practices. Speak tothem about the salvation of their souls,and the reply is, " We profess religion,.but do not think about these things asyou do." If we press the subject, andask them if they are not indulging inpractices which the word of Ged condemns,and refer them to proof passages,they will say, "Yes, I know it,bnt my conscience does not condemnme." Some wiU say they dare to die,and believe they would go to Heavenif they should, while Uving in -violationof the plain commands of God.If ministers really believed the wordof God, if they saw the sword of "Divinejustice already drawn to cut thesinner down, and if they realized thatif they neglect to warn them, theirblood will be required at their hands,—Ezek. xxxiu. 6,—they would not eontentthemselves with reading a studiedessay on human depravity, but theywould cry aloud, and warn the peopleof their sins, and tear off the coveringof a profession of religion, andthrust in the probe of God's truth, andshow the people they must departGOD IS TBUE 69from iniquity, or depart from God 'and his glory forever.If ministers beUeve God when Hesays, " Come out from among themand be ye separate, and touch notthe unclean thing," we would not findthem joining with a wicked world insecret, oath-bound combinations, whichare both displeasing to God and de- •structive to the best interests of man.If professed Christians believedGod when he tells them " Not toconform to the word," and that "Thefriendship of the word is enmity toGod,'' they would not be trj'ing to conformto the world, and be courtingits favor and praise. And so aUalong in the teachings of tbe Bible.Prom the practices of professors of religion,we might think that God's teachingsare the opposite of what they are.But we may be asked. What wiUbe the result? We answer, in thewords of inspiration; "Thy word istrne from the beginning," and "LetGod be true and every man a liar."" Though we beUeve not, yet Heabideth faithful." It does not makeany difference with God. The truelight is shining, and if men love darknessrather than light, and choose towalk in it, the Lord may give themover to a delusion, and they maypreach, or give their goods to the poor,or their bodies to be burned, and talkof heaven while living, or when dying,but if they are destitute of a Bibleexperience it will profit them nothing.The word of God is given to usas our rule of life, and we are exhortedto " Search the Scriptures," for inthem we think we have eternal life, and--^^they are they which testify of Jesus."And we are to be like him if we wouldenjoy his presence here or hereafter.If we have not the Spirit ot Christ,\ve are none of his; and if we are reallyhis, we beUeve his word, and it is ourdaily business to have our lives conformto it knowing that by his word weshall be judged at the last great day,and that heaven and earth may passaway, but the word ofthe Lord abidethforever.
60 THB EABNEST CHBISTLiN.SWEEPING UNDER THE MATS.BY AUSTIN Q. HAGERMAN." GOD IS LOVE."BY WILLIAM FELL.f ":Mli ••It is related by Spurgeon, that a servant-girl,on being converted, was questionedconcerning ber evidences of achange of heart. She knew that therehad been a change, but seemed at aloss for words to express it definitely.The question being pressed more closely,her struggling thought at last crystallizedinto a precious rough diamond ofspeech, and she brightiy said, "I knowthere bas been a change, for now Isweep under thp mats," Thus shewas able to show her faith by herworks.The spirit of her plain, every-day replyis the spirit of truth. The principlebid in her words is the law of thetrue disciple's life and work. The honestfoUower of Christ does all thingsheartily as to the Lord and not untomen. He is not a man-pleaser, waveringand shifting at every turn of otherpeople's favor, but he seeks to pleaseChrist, his master, first and always.And this respect for Jesus establishesthe most sensitive self respect, sothat in the most hidden transaction hewill scorn to do a dishonorable thing.It is not enough to sweep aud garnishthe more exposed surfaces of our respectivefloors of life, being particularonly about the things every body cansee, so that we may win human praise,or avoid human blame. We must alsosweep under the mats ; do well the unobservedduties; perform aright the unappreciated,minute things of our dailylife-work; be cheerful and patient athome, as well as pleasant and politeabroad; be clean in our inmost thoughtsas well as careful about our outwardwords. • These things God sees, andtakes note of, and they shall in no wiselose their reward. He that is faithfulin the least will be faithful also in much,and.thus he shall enter into the joy ofhis Lord.Peace in a sinful course is one of thegreatest of ourses." Beloved, let ns love one another : for love is ofGod; and every one that loveth is born ot God, andknoweth God:"This is the true standard. It is aBible test All who have this are inpossessionof " the pearl of great price."Beloved, if God so loved us, we oughtalso to love one another." "But,"says one, "it will not do to compromiseand encourage sin." Certainly not.But is there anything in the nature oflove that encourages sin in the leastdegree ? No. Did Jesus Christ evercompromise ? When He was asked byone of His disciples how many times heshould forgive his brother, that trespassedagainst him, whether it should beseven times, Jesus said, " Yea, seventytimes seven." God's love is infinite.When He forgives a poor penitentHe upbraids him not but takes himto His arms of love, and has confidencein him and loves him freely. Glory beto God in the highest! He never says," I can forgive, but I cannot forget"Ah! No. His language is, " Their iniquitieswill I remember no more." Ona certain occasion, James and John saidj" Lord, wUt tbou that we conimand fireto come down from heaven and consumethem, even as Elias did? But Heturned and rebuked them, and said. Yeknow not what manner of spirit ye areof. For the Son of man is not come todestroy men's lives, but to save them,"They were so zealous for tbeir Masterthat they could have burned up Hisenemies; but Jesus pl-ainly told themthat it was not the right spirit, and Hesharply rebuked tbem for ontertainingsuch a wicked thought Peter was veryzealous for his Master, "and said untoHim, I am ready to go with thee, bothinto prison, and to death," but when thotrying time came, poor Peter used carnalweapons, and manifested a wrongspirit, and the next thins we hear fromhim he is cursing, and swearing and denyinghis Lord. A short time before hewas so zealous that be cut off the ear ofthe Servant of the High Priest, and no))'
doubt felt like taking his head off, butJesus, the mild, loving Lamb of God, toldhim to put up his sword. We may be aseealous for the cause of God, but if wehave not the " Spirit of Christ we arenone of His." Love isthe eternal qualificationand passport to heaven. We cannotmake it, nor feign it, nor work ourselvesinto it. God only can give it to us;it is the offspring of God, His nature im-'parted unto us through faith in JesusChrist A man withont this God-givennatore may try to love his fellow-beings,hut he cannot He may excuse himself,and say he is tempted and tried.He might as well try to make a worldas to try and love his enemies, withouthe has the "love of God shed abroadin his heart by the Holy Ghost" Loveis a living principle in a man. It is thenature of Christ imparted unto him.Now, the fruit of the Spirit is " love,joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness,goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:against snch there is no law."How different the spirit that Peterand John manifested after their Lordhad ascended upon high! We hearPeter exclaiming, "See that ye love oneanother with a pure heart fervently,"and we hear John saying, " If we loveone another God dwelleth in us, and Hislove is perfected in us. Hereby knowwe that we dwell in Him and He in us,because He hath given us of His Spirit"Is there any mistake -about this ? Notany. There is no fault finding here :no evil thinking, no evU surmising, noevil speaking, no more talking behindthe back of a brother or sister about theirfeults. Oh! no; this waspish, wickednature has gone; a different spirit hastaken possession of the soul. WhereJesus reigns, we are very careful of thefeelings of our brothers and sisters.We love them, and cannot bear to heara word spoken against them. No, thisis the Spirit of the Master, and he says,"A new commandment I give unto you.That ye love one another; as I haveloved you, that ye also love one another."And now comes the test "Bythis shall all men know that ye are maydisciples, if ye have love one to another."GOD IS LOVE. 61It is one thing to say love, but it is anotherto feel love in- the heart Thereis no being deceived with regard, to thismatter: for God has ao many tests.Here is one that has never failed yet,and never wUl, "By thia we know thatwe love the chUdren of God, when welove God, and keep His oommandments.For this is the love of God; that wekeep His commandments." Here isanother one, and it is found in God'scounterfeit detector, the Bible. . "Hethat loveth his brother, abideth in theUght; and there is none occaaion ofstumbling in him. "Whoso keepeth Hia-word, in him verily is the love of Godperfected: Hereby know we that weare in Him. God is love; and he thatdwelleth in love, dweUeth ia God, andGod in him." Here is another test, andwe wUl need it when we get to the.jndgment."Herein is our love made perfect,that we may have boldness in theday of judgment: because as He is,so are we in this world. There is nofear in love, but perfect love casteth outfear; because fear hath torment Hethat feareth is not made perfect in love."" If a man say, I love God arid hatethhis brother, be is a Uar; for he that lovethnot his brother whom he hath seen,how can he love God whom he bath notseen." "And this command have wenow from Him. That he w'ho lovethGod, love his brother also." Is thereanything plainer than this ? No. Loveis not harsh, it is always gentle; it neverrepels, but always wins ; it is kind, andavoids giving offence. When it; reproves,it does it in a manner that is calculatedto win the soul to Christ, Theheight of its ambition is to do alt thegood it possibly can. It does all in itepower to persuade sinnersto give up sinand fo flee from the wrath to come. Itcarmot suffer sin npon its neighbor, butis always a "terror to evU-doers anda praise to them that do well." Itloves God supremely, and delights inHim above every thing else. It lovesall mankind with a disinterested love,and is anxious to do them all the goodit can. "It abhors tbat whicb ig evi],and cleaves to that which is good."
THE EARNEST CHBISTLAN.Ill 4^loves to take the lowest place in the dust,and " esteems others better than itself"It cannot be slighted; nor can it be prejudicedagainst any one; it is free frompartiality, Uving to please God alwaysand keeping an eye single to His glory inaU things. It always takes the Bible asits gufde, and is always ready to acknowledgea fault It obeys the injunctionsof the Apostie, " Brethren, if aman be overtaken in a fault, ye whichare spiritual, restore such an one in thespirit of meekness; considering thyself,lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye oneanother's burdens and so fulfiU the lawof Christ" The truth must be spokenin love or else it will not produce thedesired effect, it must be sweetenedwith the love of Christ before it canreach the hearts of the unsaved. Thecommand is " that we speak the truthin love so that we may grow up intoHim in all things, which is the head,even Christ." " Be ye therefore followersof God as dear children ; and walkin love, as Christ also hath loved us."" Put on therefore as the elect of God,holy and beloved, bowels of mercies,kindness, hambleness of mind, meekness,long suffering, forbearing one another,and forgiving one another."FAITH.BY J. T. HAMILTON.By saving faith in Christ, is meantan assurance in the soul, tbat wheneverwe comply with the conditions He hasmade. He will certainly save us, in accordancewith His promise. When weactually do what He requires, with thefeith in exercise, the work of salvationis wrought in us, and when the witnessis given, faith is changed to certainknowledge; so that we can say we knowthe work is accomplished, and not thatwe believe or hopei it is. We exercisefaith for it, but wie know when we haveit Faith refers to what we do notknow, and to something whioh is not yetobtained. Therefore, St Paul says," Faith is the substance of things hopedfor, the evidence of things not seen."Hence, when we have the evidence ofthe Holy Spirit, with that of our ownspirit that the work of salvation iswrought within us, we can express ourexperience by stronger terms than "Ihope or believe," for we can say "I know1 am saved." Por when we actuaUyknow a fact, or possess a thing, it canhardly be proper to say we merely believeit, or hope for itThere is much said in the New Testamentabout faith. " Without faith it isimpossible to please God." It is thegreat condition of salvation. Faith believesevery word which God has said,—threatenings as weU as promises, andhence it exerts a great controlling influenceover our conduct When a personreally believes that he is exposedto some great danger, from which hemay escape, he will make every immediateeffort to avoid that danger. Sowhen a person is fully convinced thathe is in a condition morally, that exposeshim to eternal rain, he will makeno delay in escaping the impendingwrath. Eve did not commit the rashact, " which brought death into theworld, and all our woe,"—until her faithin God's declaration that she shouldsurely die, had been destroyed by thedirectly opposite assertion of the serpent,so that the object of her faith waschanged from the truth of God, to beUefin a lie of the devil.Abraham never would have gone outfrom his own country and kindred, intoa strange land, " not knowing whitherhe went," if he had not had that faithwhich was " counted to him for righteousness;" neither would he have beenso wiUing to offer up his only son Isaac,when God commanded it, if bis faith hadnot been unwavering, that what Godhad promised him respecting the multitudeof his seed, would be surely fulfilled,for he had faith that " God w^ ableto raise him up, even from the dead."We are to show our faith by ourworks, for •' faith without works is dead,being alone." ' With the heart man be-', lieveth unto righteousness, and with themouth confession is made unto salra->tion.
EDITOBIAL.IN DEEP AFFLICTION.EDIT0BL4.L. 63above our ways. ^We bow submissive toHis wUl, and kiss the hand that has so•sorely smitten us. ^We beg our friends topray for us in this our heavy sorrow.Our delay is occasioned by a sad bereavementin our family. Our next to tbe LOVE AND PELLO"WSHIP.youngest son has been taken from ns. Hewas taken sick on Friday night, with what Many appear to think that Christianwe thonght was a cold, and on Monday, love and fellowship necessarily go together.the first instant, at about half past eleven,This is often assumed as though ithe breathed his last. The doctors pronouncedwere a self-evident truth. Those who professhis disease the maligiiant scarletfever. He was thirteen years and thirteendays old.a large amount of charity do not hesitate to pronounce us uncharitable—that is,deficient in love—if we do not receive•We cannot write as we would, yet we heartily to our fellowship all who'are incan but say he was a cliild of remarkable good standing in evangelical chnrches.promise. His intelligence was far beyond This charge proceeds upon the assumptionhis years. Men and women of cultivation that a lack of fellowship is a lack of love.loved to converse with him, and sought A little reflection -will show that thishis society.assumption is false and dangerous.He feared the Iiord, and lived a life of Christian love and fellowship do notprayer and faith. His daily life was that necessarily go together. Love dependsof a consistent Christian. In every thing, upon our own religious condition. Fellowshiphe was remarkably conscientious. •Wheneverany business was intrusted to his care, takes into account the condition ofanother. We can have love for another—he was always very particular to account a real desire to promote his welfare—for every penny. He was thoroughly unselfish.whatever may be his state. But we canHe had a few dollars in the Bank, not, in our hearts, have Christian fellowwhich had been given him from time totime, and whenever he saw ns in want ofmoney he would beg us to get his moneyship for one who, as we believe, gives usgood reason to think he is not a Christian.Our Saviour says. By their fruits, ye shaBand use it. He literally cared nothing -for know them. Kno-wing a person, is notmoney. His patience was remarkable, t judging him, in that sense which onrnever knew him really angry. He came Savionr condemns. Panl says, He that isto his mother once feeling bad, and said, spiritual judgeth—that is in the original—" Mother, Benjie plagues me so I am afraid discerneth all things.—1 Cor. ii. 15. It iamy patience will give out." Once when difficult to impose upon him. If, when aasked what he did when his brothers teasedperson is evidently wanting in essentialhim, he said, " I pray just as hard as I elements ot the Christian character—ii,can to keep from getting out of patience." when he is living in plain -violation ofEvery night, before going to bed,he wouldcome to his mother and ask her to " forgivethe express commands of Qod—we stUl,through fear of reproach, or through anhim for every thing he had done to-day." unwillingness to lose his friendship orHe would do this, though she had not seen incur his displeasure, give him our fellowshipand act as though we thought he wasany thing whatever amiss in him, andwould not feel satisfied until she assured on the way to Heaven, we deceive ourselves,him she did.as well as him, if we think we areactuated by love. It is selfishness, andWe expected that he would live andnot love. An avowed enemy cannot dopreach the Gospel when we were gone.him the harm we are doing. We areIt never occurred to us that there was anyaiding him in a self-deception which iadanger of his dying. But he has gone.Ukely to prove fatal to his etemal in-God has taken him. His ways are far
64 THB EAENEST CHBISTIAN.MIterests. Love would prompt us, undersnch circumstances, not only to withholdfellowship, but to give a faithful wam^ing.The true servants of God do not fail to. take this course with those who serve theLord only in name. On this account theyare said to have a bad spirit, to be censoriousand fault-finding. In every age,Ahab, who lives in splendor, keeps up theform of religion, is liberal in his viewsand tolerant in his practice, says to Elijah,who will not compromise to please theking. Art thou lie that troubleth IsraeliPanl had the greatest love for his brethren—membersof the Church which Godhad established, and which He had honoredby a long succession bf prophets andholy men, but after his conversion he hadno fellowship with them. We are toemulate this example.The command is explicit. And have nofellowship with the unfruitful works ofdarkness but ratlier reprove them. Dar'knessalways asks to be recognized aslight. Error is very friendly if it is permittedto pass, unchallenged, for truth.The bad are willing to give to the goodtheir patronage and support if they canhave their fellowship in return. But thecommand is imperative. Duty is plain.There is no communion between light anddarkness. Still more especially is this thecase where darkness gnards itself by fearfuloaths and imprecations. If it come tothe light merely for recognition and supportwe are to let it alone. So, no matterhow much love we have for God, and forour neighbor,-we must not fellowshipdarkness. Nor is our duty In tliis respectafiected by the number who choose darknessrather than light. We must standtrue to God, if we stand alone.Truth suffers from this yielding spirit ofher votaries. If those who have the light,would walk as children of the light, thelight would spread. For Zion's sake Iwillnot hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sakeI wUl not rest until the righteousnessthereof go forth as brightness, and the salvationthereof as a lamp that burneth.—Isa.lx. 1.WALK IN THE LIGHT.There cannot be vinegar where therehas not previously been sugar. A substancethat is all sour, has once beensweet. So, where there is supernaturaldarkness, there has once been supernaturallight. The Saviour says, TTaZAwhile ye have the light, lest darkness comeupon you.—John xii. 35. By the lighthere, cannot be meant the Bible, becauseour possession of the Bible does not dependupou our obedience. It does mean theclear views which the Spirit of God givesus of our duty. If we do the duty, noma**er how heavy the cross or how greatthe sa-;riSce, the light will continue toshine with increasing clearness, and weshall go on in our experience and be fiUedwith joy and peace.But, if we hesitate and refuse, our convictionsgradually die away, and we finallyconclude that we were mistaken, and thenbegin to oppose and persecute those whoare doing the duties which we refused.The great army of persecutors is led byJudas and Julian—men who have rejectedthe light. Tou run a fearful risk by hesitatingto obey God. There is safety onlyin obedience. The Lord is not a hardmaster. The cross you so much dread,will, if cheerfully borne, lift you nearerHeaven. TInless you improve the talentgiven it will be taken from you. If thereforethe light that is in ihee be darkness,liow great is that darkness.FBEEDOM.It is impossible to have the freedom ofthe Spirit where Mammon rules. Tearsago we were pastor of a church in whichthe pews were rented. We l)ore our testimonyagainst the system, preached thetruth in the Spirit, visited from house tohouse, and did our utmost for the spiritualwelfare of the people. As is always thecase, when the proper effort is made, arevival followed. There was a greatquickening in the church and many sinnerswere converted. In the basementthe Spirit had free course, and the peoplarJf'Wf'
were greatly blessed. The same personstip stairs, where the seats were rented,seemed bound. There was a resistanceto the working of the Spirit that could besensibly felt. The world had purchasedthe right to control, and it was not delicatein asserting its rights.It is impossible to have a high state ofapirituality in a house of worship wherethe right to worship God ia sold as amarketable thing, to the highest liidder..There may be high professions, bnt thepower of the Spirit is wanting. Yon cannotexpect Christ to manifest himself in aspecial manner in a church where the poorare excluded. He says. Come unto me allye that labor and are heavy laden and Iwill give you rest. But if the laborers andthe burdened ones are not permitted tocome, Christ will not remain.will be left unto you desolate.GBEAT GAIN.COBBESPONDENCE. 85Tour lio'useblood of oue milUon of his foes, wasstabbed by his best friend, in the veryplace which had been the scene of hisgreatest triumph. Napoleon, after beingthe scourge of Europe, and the desolationof his country, died in banishment, conqiieredand a captive. So, truly. The expectationof the wicked shall be cut off.' —Prov. X. 28.At his highest estate man is but vanity.At the longest, worldly prosperity is ofshort continuance. Etemity is long. Seekthen for Heavenly treasures. Let yourinheritance be one that is incorruptible,undefiled, and that fadeth not away.COBBESPOJVDEJfCE.DYING TESTIMONY.BEV. JOHN POTTEB.—A mighty man inIsrael is fallen! We sorrow not as otherswhich have no hope; for if we believethat Jesus died and rose again, even sothem also which sleep in Jesus will Qodbring with him. We expect to see ourbrother with immortal glory clothed inwhite. Blessed hope 1 It seems as thoughthe church hardly knew how to spare him.But God's ways are not as our ways.How many have been the happy seasonswe have seen in joining with him in singingand praying, and we expect if faithfula little longer, to join the everlastingsong—The Apostle says, Godliness with contentmentis great gain. This is- true eventhough the godliness be coupled -withbodily affliction. A young man who hadlong been confined with a diseased limb,and when near dissolution was attendedby a friend, who requested that the woundmight be uncovered. This being done—" there," said the young man, " there it is,and a precious treasure it has been to me;it saved me from the folly and vanity ofyouth; it made me cling to Qod as my Oh how sweet it wQl be in that beantifal land,only portion, and to eternal glory as my So free from all sorrow and pain—only hope; and I think it has now brought With 'songs on onr Ups and with palms in onr handsTo meet one another again.me very near my Father's house.This was one of his favorite songs.Look at the end of worldly ambition!Wheni I think how many snares the peopleTake the four greatest rulers, perhaps,in this place have been saved from in answerto his faith and prayer, and those ofthat ever sat upon a throne. Alexander,when he had so completely subdued thea few others, 1 feel to praise Qod. Whennations that he wept because there werethe Spiritualists came in here boasting in 'no more to conquer, at last died in a scenetheir own strength, how quick his faithof debauch. Hannibal, who filled threetook hold on God, and he said he did notbushels with the gold rings taken fromfear them. And glory be to God! howthe slaughtered knights, died at last byquickly they were driven out through thepoison administered by his own hand, unweptand unknown, in a foreign land.means of those mighty weapons—faithand prayer. 'When the chnrch began toCsesar, having conquered eight hundredbe desecrated by sinful performances, thecities, and dyed his garments with thesame course was pursued. Qod was ap-
66 THE EARNEST CHEIS-nAN.plied to again and again. He answered, HiKAM Lo-VBJOY of Lock, Ingham Co.,although it was by judgment, yet it was Michigan, was killed by lightning whileeffectual; for when God sets out to do anyasleep, on July 24th, 1874, aged 68 years.thing, it is done thoroughly. He sent He came to Michigan in an early day,sickness, and at last the small-pox, and sogreat was their fear, that every preparationand was a model pioneer, really enjoyingthe hardships of a new country, and doing-was pulled down before the time arrived much to improve it. In 1868 he professedfor the performances. I would not omit Christ before many witnesses, and becameto mention the great sin of ball playing onthe Sabbath, and how remarkably auda member of the United Brethren Church,in which he lived a Christian until calledwonderfully God stopped this by striking home. -Though the messenger came suddenly,down in a fit of paralysis the owner of theyet it found him prepared. On theplay-ground, which was near the meetinghouse.previous evening there was a prayer meetThe ball-playing was carried on ing at his house in which he took a part.at the same hour in which the meeting After the meeting he told his wife that hewas held. Bat as he fell between the had felt more peace of mind during theplay-ground and the house of one that was past week than he had felt for five yearaforemost in carrying on the ball-playing, before. He also said that he had beenit effectually put a stop to it. So faithful warned that his end was near, that he wasand true is God every time.positively sure that he had been wamed,Although one soldier has fallen withthat he had not long to stay here. Aboutthe armor on, let us still nse the samethree in the moming they were wakenedweapons which are not camal, but mighty,by the storm. About four they fell asleep.through God, to the pulling down of theAbout five the lightning entered thronglithe roof by the chimney and passedstrongholds of Satan. We have nothingto fear so long as we ^eep close to God.It is so easy for Him to bring to noughtthe counsels of the ungodly and make thewrath of men to praise Him. Glory be toGod and the Lamb forever!PBEDEKICK FEATHERSTONE ; died inHartland, Niagara Co., N. T., October 17th,1874, aged 24 yeara.He gave his heart to Qod, between fiveand six years ago, and since that time hislife has been a bright and shining light inthe world. He was loved, and respectedby all who knew him. He manifestedsuch love for both saint and sinner, thatno one could in truth speak ill of him.After he was taken sick he lingered ingreat pain of body, between six and sevenweeks, when his sonl took its departure,and the sufferer was at rest; safe in thearms of Jesus. All through his illness nota murmur escaped his lips. His wordswere," Thy will 0 Lord, not inine,be done."Wheu suffering with acnte pain, he would"say, '• Blessed Jesus, O my Saviour 1 Whendying he raised his feeble hands heavenward,and said. Glory to God 1through the house to tho cellar, leaving itamark where it went. It entered his sleepingroom at the top, and shot across theroom just above his head, just touchingthe top of his head, making a hole throughthe wall beyond his head, leaving a blazeon the pillow by his head. The bed-postat the back side of the bed was split, yethis wife, sleeping by his side was not seriouslyinjured. She was aroused, andimmediately put out the fire which thelightning had kindled, and tried to revivehim, but in vain. He was gone forever.S. LOVEJOY.SABAH M. daughter of Bev. Wm, andClarissa F, Sonthworth, died of consumption,at Syracuse, N, T,, December 7th,1874, aged 36 years, 7 months and 23 days.She was soundly converted to God fouryears ago this -winter. From this time shewas enabled to rejoice in a conscious salvation,and continned faithful in the dischargeof duty while she had her reason.Her clear, striking testimonies made adeep impression ou those who heard them,even on the unsaved. It would seem attimes, as thongh the spirit could be con-
fined in the body no longer. In July, 1871,reason gave,way, and physicians pronouncedher hopelessly insane. This was not allowedto take place however, until shehad left a clear testimony behind. Sheseemed to be deeply impressed with thethought that she was to pass through terriblesuffering of some kind; and two daysbefore she became deranged, while speakingto her mother of her happiness, andthe goodness of God, said, " 1 may passthrough the most terrible sufferings, anddie the most awful death ; but. Ma, youneed not worry about me at all, for I shallLOVE FEAST.MATTHEW MCLAIN.—My experience todayis that God saves me from sin, andsanctifies me soal, body and spirit, andkeeps me everj moment by His AlmightyPower, and fills me with heavenly sweetnessright from the throne of glory. Hallelujahto Jesus I Amen.East Dayton, Mich.B. 'V. QBEEN.—Qlory to God I Fouryears ago when 1 came to Kansaa, 1 toldthe people that I had a salvation that thedrouth or wind coold not affect. PraiseJesua I I am saved to the uttermost thismoming, 1 have felt all this week just asI did when God first sanctified my sonl.God shall have all the glory forever.Amen.Kansas.COBBESPONDENCE. 67LE-WELLTN OSBOBNE.—To-night I cansay, to the glory to God, that Jesas savesme. I feel that I stand on the solid rock.Oh, I am so glad that when the Lord letthe light on me I was -wUling to walk inth? light and get to the blood. To-nightthe blood of Christ cleanseth me. Gloryto God! Sometimes I cannot think of anythingbut the goodness of God. I havenot experienced religion more than about ayear, but thia last two weeks I have enjoyedmore of the blessedness of God inmy soul than I ever enjoyed before. PraiseGod to-night, that I can say that I am theLord's, soul and body. 1 am consecratedto dp the will of the Lord while I live.Council HUl, 111.go to heaven." The same day, just as shestarted to go up stairs, she turned, andwith her countenance all aglow -with heavenlyjoy, said," O Ma, wont it be gloriouswhen 1 get to heaven, where there will beMBS. L. B. MAKNIMO.—TJpon the firstno temptations nor trials I"day of February last, I found myself a miserableDuring her last sickness her sufferingsbackslider, without Qod, and withwere very great; but she bore them patiently.out hope in this world. I resolved in myShe seemed to realize that she heart I would live ao no longer, and accoroutmuat die, but manifested no fear. Bhe dingly set out to go to church on Sabbathdied like one dropping to sleep, without a moming with this determination, I -wiUgroan or struggle; aud a heavenly smile get to Qod, and seek His pardoning favor,was left upon her countenance after she or die in the attempt. I listened to a good-was gone.sermon, preached by Brother Acker, andC. H. SOUTHWOBTH.-Windsor, Broome Co., N. T.resolved I would stay in class and teU thebrethren and sisters the exact state of mymind. 1 did so, and Sister Coleman proposedgetting right down to pray, to which Igladly assented, and before I arose fromimy knees I could safely say," My God is reconciled,His pardoning voice I hear.He owns me for His child,'I can no longer fear.With confidence I now draw nigh.And Father, Abba Father, cry."Glory to God I I returned to my home fullyjustified. 1 could say in my Aeart." All Jiaii reproach, and welcome shame.Only thy terrors. Lord, restrain.The Lord has kept me wonderfully fromthat time to this. Praise the Lord forever!I have no fears to-day of death, hell, or thegrave. I've enlisted during all the war,content to take a soldier's fare. HaUelujahI The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.He is my sun and my shield, and my exceedinggreat reward.Lockport, N. Y.
•IAMES LtjscNBY.—It is now forty-fouryears since God, the Holy Spirit, showedme my sinfulness, and directed me to Jesasfor pardon. I was- about four months indistress of mind, and some nights wasafraid to sleep for fear I might open myeyes in hell; but, glory be to Jesus, oneSabbath morning while at prayer, I gotsuch a view of Calvary and my bleedingSaviour saying, " I suffered this for thee.Be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven."I took Jesus at His word. I believed, andwas happy. I went on my way rejoicing,od thought I would never sin more.By battles have I been in since, andwhen I kept close to the Captain of my salvation1 was safe. But I have to say, withshame and regret, that I often followedHim afar off. I trifled with temptation,and the enemy got the advantage over me.During the past summer I have oftenthought of what the angel said before ourSaviour's birth, " His name shall be calledJesus,- for He shall save His people fromtheir sins." And I beUeve that if I. wasHis, He would save me. I thought ofEnoch walking with God, and of Job beinga perfect man, and of Zacharias and Elizabeth, walking in all the commandmentsblameless. Jesus says, "Blessed are thepure in heart, for they ehall see God;" and" Be ye perfect, as your Father in heavenis perfect," and He says, "If ye love Me,. keep My commandments." Paul says," Follow peace with all men, and holinesswithout which no man shall see the Lord;"and Jesus says, " Blessed are they whichdo hunger and thirst after righteousness,for they shall be filled." I believe He nevergave a command but He gives power toobey. I often think of the man with the-withered hand. He told him to stretch itout and he made the effort and receivedthe power. I was hungering and thirstingafter righteousnes, and praying for a cleanheart; and in reading the EARNEST CHRISlAKTI fouad -that many of God's chUdrenenjoyed the blessing. On the 22d of Novemberlast, while supplicating earnestly-with Qod for an application of the blood ofJesus, which cleanses from all sin, this testcame forcibly to my mind. " Ask whatyou will and it shall be done unto you."THE EARNEST CHBISTIAN.Then, " All thing are possible to him thatbelieveth." I took Jesus at His word, Ibelieved and I have felt so happy since. Ihave had encounters since with the enemy,but I looked at once to Jesns, and He hasbrought me off conquerpr. When an evilthought would suggest itself I pray thatmoment to Jesus, and it has to fly. Gloryto God for a present salvation ! I have nofear of death, hell, or the grave. Jesns ismy all and.I am telling others what a SaviourI have found.MRS. J. M. LANE.—I can say this morningthat I am saved from all sin—haveperfect patience and victory over all thepetty cares and trials of life which used toannoy me so. To Qod be all the gloryblessedbe His name 1 I have some severetrials, but none too many. I have provedthe truth of the Psalmist's assertion," Thou wilt keep him in perfect peacewhose mind is stayed on- thee."ahd amen.Amen,EMILY DEDBICK.—The sentiment of myheart this morning is, " Praise the liord,O my soul I and all that is within mepraise His Holy name." Truly, "greatpeace have they that love thy law." The.desire of my heart is to be a worker inthe Master's vineyard, I want to be moreearnest in this work. In God I have founda retreat where my soal doth securelyabide. O, glory to God forever for a fretsalvation.FaU Creek, -Wisconsin. .DIANA DAUCHY.—My testimony thismorning is, I love the Lord, and am strivingto do His -will day by day. I do lovethe EAElfEST CHBISTIAN. Its monthlyappearance has beeu joyfully welcomedby me.North NeuAurg, Mich.SABAH LLOYD.—I praise God that Ihave been enabled to come out from theworld and its fashion, and follow Jesns.I can say to-day that I am in the narrowway, and I love it. It is my meat anddrink to do my Master's will. His bloodcleanseth me from all sin.