88 THE EARNEST CHEISTIAN.heaven in a different way from what earthquake shakes the moantain to its .they did? Open to me the gates of base, then a fire flashes and flames anddeath, and let me pass through and burns, but at all this terrible exhibitionrest in the bosom of my Father and the cowardly runaway (as he has beenmy God," Does this show petulance called) flinches not. Is this the conductof a guilty man? Surely not,and impatience ? 1 trow not, but ratherthe opposite—profound humility and a but hark 1 A still, small voice, (thefervent longing after God. But sleep, Shekina of the Old Testament and the. tired nature's sweet restorer, steps in Redeemer of the New) asks, " Elijah,to soothe the prophet, and what follows?Why, an angel touches him and prophet wrapped his face in his mantle,what doest thou here?" at this thesays, " Elijah, arise and eat." But in token of worship and homage, andtiiere is no reproof connected with the replies in the same bold words as before,"I have been very jealous," etc.ministry of this angel. Well, Elijahobeys, and having refreshed himself How strange it is, if he be a runawaywith the cake baked on the coals and and rebel, that he is not rebuked, bntthe cruse of water placed miraculously instead of this he is bid to return byat his head, he calmly lies down and the wilderness of Damascus, (and notsleeps ag.tin; and again the angel to go back in the teeth of Jezebel) andarouses him, bids him eat the secondtime, and urges as a reason that Hazael to be king of Syria, Jehu toas he went he was directed to anointthe journey is too great for his strength. be king of Israel, and Elisha to beSo then it appears the prophet had a prophet in his room. By the last direction,it is plain the prophet knew hemission to Mount Sinai, Now I ask,does God usually send angels to ministerheavenly food and drink to runathe prophet he is told that the idolatrywas to be translated, and to comfortways from duty ? Certainly not. It of which he complains shall be punished,follows, then, that he was divinely " Him that escapeth the sword of Hazaelshall Jehu slay, and him that escacommissioned in his journey to Sinai,and having been refreshed by bread peth the sword of Jehu shall Elishaand beverage, he journeys in the slay." Aud still further the prophetstrength of it forty days and forty is comforted by being assured that henights, till he comes to Horeb and is not alone, as he supposes, for sevenlodges in a cave, where he is visited by thousand in Israel yet remain, who' -the wind of the Lord, (the Shekina have not bowed the knee to Baal; butof the Old Testament and the Redeemerof the new,) who addresses him intimation that he has offended histhere is ho reproof of the prophet, nofamiliarly, saying, " Elijah, what doest Gbd, or done contrary to his will.thou here ?" Elijah, erect in his integrity,at once replies, '' I have been Doubtless the prophet's visit to thisvery jealous, God of Hosts, for the cave, and the exhibition vouchsafed,children of Israel have forsaken thy was to prepare him for his visit tocovenant, thrown down thine altars, Mount Tabor, under the Gospel dispensation,when the august Being witband slain thy prophets with the sword,and I, even I only am left, and they whom he now converses, shonld appearseek my life to take it away." Surely as the Redeemer transfigured, andthis is not the language of a runaway Moses and Elijah should talk with himfrom duty ; it is very bold, but there is on the decease which he should accomplishat Jerusalem. How remarkableno reproof. He is simply bid to comeand stand in the mount before the Lord that Moses fasted forty days and fortyand witness the great sight he had nights, before God favored him withcome to Mount Sinai to view. Well, an exhibition of his goodness in Mountthe Lord passes by, and a strong wind Sinai, that Jesus fasted forty days andrends in pieces the rocks, then an forty nights before he was transfigured,that Elijah "fasted forty days and forty
nights before he was favored with theinterview which I have described, andthen how singular that all shoald meeton Tabor at the transfiguration. Butwhere now are the charges againstElijah. What commentator or divinedare charge him with cowardice, or theneglect of duty, or of being weary ofdoing God's work in God's way? Wouldthat the ministers of God in the presentday were as fearless and courageousin the discharge of duty, as wasthe prophet Elijah I Blessed old man,thou didst honor thy God, and signallydid he honor thee. It was meet thatthe chariots of Israel and the horsementhereof should escort thee when thouwentest from earth to heaven.ONLY A LOOK,—After that I haveattained to a pure heart, and a tender,correct conscience, how may I best avoidgrieving the Holy Spirit ? Answer: Byavoiding sin. How ? 1st. Avoid seeingthat which ought not to be seen. 2d.For, seeing evil, we next think evil. 3d.And thinking evil, leads ns to touchor taste that which is eviL Ist, Onlya look ! 2d, Only a secret thought ,'Bnt 3d, An act! And now the treeis known by the fruit. Pride, insteadof love, was at the root. All sins, littleand big, come on us stealthily, bygradation. Growing from bad toworse, 1st. Ungodly. 2d, Sinners.3d, Scoffers, 1st, Walking, 2d,Standing, 3d, Sitting, There isgreater danger and less hope, in eachsncceeding position, act or number.Look well, think well, and yon will actweU. " Live well, and you, wiU dieweU." Thus you keep the Spirit—By A. W. Smith.—"Strive to be kind, forbearing,!and forgiving, both to friends andfoes,"^—Though I spend my strength invain, yet my labor is with my God,—Isa. xlix, 4. I wish and pray that theLord would harden my face againstall, and make me to love to go withmy face against a storm.—Rutherford.'TO THE TEMPTED.TO THB TEMPTED.BT MBS. E. L. BOBEBTS.The disciple of Jesns is a learner,from the commencement of the divinelife until he hears the words, " it isenough, come up higher." Many ofoor lessons have to be repeated beforethey are remembered, or we derive thebenefit from them which our Fatherdesigns we should. Iu our early experiencewe are often surprised at thetemptations that beset us, but ne soonlearn that we have an adversary tocontend with •' who goeth about like aroaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,"but as we listen to the Word,we hear the Apostle, saying to us," There hath no temptation taken yonbut such as is common to man: butGod is faithful, who will not suffer yonto be tempted above that ye are able;but will with the temptation also makea way to escape, that ye may be ableto bear it."—1 Cor. x, 13.These words are full of consolation,and they impart strength and courageto us in our time of need. Satan's effortis to discourage; while God's workis to encourage. If we hold fast ourconfidence in God; when deliverancecomes, we feel from the depths of ourheart, '' I am nearer my God to-daythan ever I've been before." As wefollow God—do our duty the best weknow how—soon again comes anotherassault, and also the suggestion, " If Iwas right would 1 be thus assailed bythe enemy ?" Listen again to Inspirationsaying, "Blessed is the man that endurethtemptation." We begin to learnthat temptations are a part of ourdiscipline, and that they are permittedto help fit us for the skies. Wefind car enemy knows our weak pointsand he never faUs in knowing just howto attack them ,- and his attacks becomemore severe as we advance in theknowledge of God. Bnt praise God Ithere is a way through the darkest andlongest tunnel; we are advancing to.ward daylight, and soon will be able to
40 THE EARNEST CHBISTIAN.11ii '4'sing, " The sun is up, the cloads aregone,"Happy for us, if we learn, as wedoubtless will, the meaning of thesewords, " Resist the devil and he willflee from you," If we resist him, weturn a deaf ear to him, and prove byour experience what we are told in thesacred word that " He is a liar," Tobelieve his lies is to peril our comfortand retard our progress heavenward.If we keep our eyes on him who hassaid, " I am the way and the truth andthe life;" and our ears open to hisvoice, our tongues " bridled," we shallescape many of his snares. We haveopenly professed to " renounce thedevil and all his works," His worksare legion, but God can help us keepthem renounced and pilot us throughto immortal glory, if we are true tohim,•»»THE BRiGHr SIDE,—It has beentold us, that if we wish to make ourselvesmiserable, we have only to complainand find fault with our surroundings.The misery will come of itselfif we give it such encouragement. Ifany one determines the earth is a howlingwilderness, to him it is a howlingwilderness. We can evoke shadowswherever we wish, and pain wUi oomefor our asking, or even for our believing,if we give it the proper patronage.But it is just as sure that if we wish tobe happ3', we can be so, under theconditions in which God places us, nomatter what those conditions may be.The shepherd of Salisbury plain waspoor, afiiicted, overworked, and besetwith embarrasments, with which mostqf us would be appalled, but he knewnothing of unhappiness because he sawGod in all, and felt that from him therecan come nothing but blessing for hischildren. Let us look al the brightside, and cultivate a thankful spirit,a'nd to every soul, no matter how burdened,the day will break, and the shadowsflee away.—Faith is exceeding charitable andbelieveth no evil of God.—Rutherford.CONTENTMENT,If we had discerning eyes, we couldread in the accidents, and little Occurrencesof every-day life, manychapters of instruction.Sometimes the language is so striking,that the dull perception is forcedto understand it, as in the followinginstance, where I read a beautiful lessonfrom the. homely page of incident,I give it as noted down in my diary:As I was passing throngh the hallI noticed a couple entering, whose singularappearance arrested my attention.They were a man and woman ofthe same height, but both much undersized ; their dress was tidy, but quaintin the extreme; and in the person ofeach was such an entire absence ofevery giace or beauty, that one wouldsuppose such awkward looking bodiesmust really feel uncomfortable. I wasbeginning to regard them as a verygrotesque pair; but my mirth waschecked upon observing that the womanwas entirely sightless. Alas!thought I, how unequally the gifls ofGod are distributed ! Here is deformity,poverty, and blindness! Whataccumulated misfortunes! Wouldthat I could do something to alleviateso sad a fate ! My meditation of con- •dolenCe was interrupted by an awkwardbow from the man to myself, atthe same time asking, in a brisktone :" Would you like to look at somefirst-rate shoes ?"He produced some shoes as extraordinaryas the venders themselves.I could scarcely repress a smile at hisevident pride in the article; but hewent on to say :" They'll outwear four pair of shoemakers'shoes. These, you see, aremade by my wife, MoUy. She's blind,yon see, but she cuts these out andsews them every stitch herself."The woman stood by with that calm,resigned expression pecaliar to theblind. I said to her :" My friend, is it possible you areVo
able to make these without eyesight ?How lone ago did you lose it ?"" Host both my eyes," she replied,"hefore I was two years old."I turned to her husband in surprise,and asked:" Did you marry her blind ? Wereyou not afraid to undertake the care ofher?""The care of Molly," said the man,with a merry laugh; " why, she mademy fortune ? I never had any thingI could call my own till I marriedher, and now we live snug enough."'Then he went on to expatiate uponhis treasure, Molly." Why, you see how tidy she keepsmei She cuts, and makes, and mendsall my clothes. I don't find any shoeseasy to me but Molly's. Then if shewants to go any where, she's only totake hold of my arm and I lead her.I like to bring Molly down town, andwe sell a few shoes, just to amuse usand help us along. It makes me ableto get her all the little notions shewants."This man, whom I had approachedas a disconsolate beggar, was speakingwith animation, and a countenancefairly radiant with satisfaction; andthe object beside him I thought so forlorn,her sightless face glowed withthe" Siveet and merry gnsBhioe of affection*8 gentlelight.That never wears a sullen cloud, and fadeth notin night"Here was most poetically illustratedthe foundation sentiment of matrimonialhappiness—reciprocation, interchange of kindness. Molly found herhappiness in clothing her husband, andadding to his means by making shoes.The husband found his in leading hisbenighted Molly abont and supplyingher wants. Homely as is the guise ofthis feithful pair, there is more of romancein their history and intercourse,than in connections where gifted youthand beauty, are bartered for gold andposition." But," said I to Molly, " do yonever feel unhappy in being deprivedof sight?"CONTENTMENT. 41" O no ; I never grieved about thatmuch since I came to feel that all wasright. I can always busy myself aboutsomething. Now, too, we are on thedownhill side of life. My husband, Iam sure, is a good man ; I seek to bea good woman. After he has laid afew more in their narrow honse weshall follow, and in my long home Ishall see."I no longer wonder over the unequallydistributed gifts of God's providence,but admire that principle ofcompensation which places happinesswithin the reach of all, independent ofgifts or circumstances. Its springs arein the inner man and flow outward.The morale of this, day's lesson I willwrite thus: '' Godliness with contentmentis great gain."—Mothers' Magazine.—Christ said: " He who is hot withme is against me." Hereby may eachman see plainly, whether or not, he bewithout sin, and whether or not, he becommiting sin, and what sin is, andhow sin ought to be atoned for, andwherewith it may be healed. Andthis contradiction to God's will is whatwe call, and is, disobedience. Andtherefore Adam, the I. the self, selfwill,sin, or the old man, the turningaside or departing from God, do allmean one and the same thing,—Tauler.—We need not so much to seek todo soniething religious as to do ordinarything.i in a religious manner, cultivatinghigh and loving thoughts ofGod, while we do our work, and seekingto do it weU where no eyes areupon us, from the view of pleasingHim ; and in all our services to our fellow-menthinking of the Image of God,which lies hidden and overlaid with rubbishin their souls, as in onrs; and of theenormous price of Christ's blood whichwas paid down for all, showing how highmust have been God's estimate of them.I believe we shal! never regret anyamount of pains taken in doing commonthings as unto the Lord, and instriving to evince love to Him bymeans of them.— Goulburn.
^THE CHRISTIANTHE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.LIFE.How is this life lived ? How doesit work? Charmingly. It is a perpetualcommerce with God. Christ isreoeived and relied upon practicallyiit^Bvery department of life as HeadoTrter all things. Faith takes Him asreally present in all his love and wisdomand power, and goes to Him forcounsel and direction and strength, ineverything, and for everything. I'hestarting point is the real acceptance ofthe fact that we are not onr own;that we were created by Him and for"B^, and that when sold under sin,captives for life, He redeemed ns bylaying down his life for ours,—and redemptionmeans more than purchase.• Wie redeem what was our's before ; webiiy only what was another's. And^B(s^e are doubly His, and not ouro^n. ~-This, if trne, carries with it anotherthing: His ownership, also, of all wehave to call our own. And thiscarries with it another tbing too,—the fact, that in every relation andinterest of life, as well as in everypossession, we belong to the Lord.And this carries yet another thing,—His care for us, and direction of us,snd interest in as, to sustain us iu allour affairs and relations. And thistakes as to Him in everything, and foreverything, and in and through all; itenables us to cast all our cares uponHim, because He careth for us.A divided life,—a life lived in itsreligious department with Christ; work,worship, fellowship and all, with Christand for Him, but in its secular departmentfor ourselves, is a terribly abnormal and partial one. To be aChnstian at all, of course the choicemnfet be supremely for Christ, andnoti-for the world, and it might bestrong enough, if put to the test, to goto the stake rather than give Him up.Angi^et, one whose secular life is forhimself and Christ, and under his ownheadship, and not under that of Christ,bas six-sevenths of his time taken npwith self, instead of Christ. WhatKwonder, then, that men complain thatevery-day afiairs, and business perplexities,and domestic cares, andsocial engagements, draw them awayfrom Christ; what wonder that theworld creeps in upon their spirit andsteals it away from Christi Greatwonder it is, if in any case it does notdo this.The cure for aU this, is to give aUthings up, and give them over into thehands of Christ, and take him by faithas Head over all things. Head overone's self, as His house, to guard, andcleanse, and keep, and counsel, anddirect in all things. Head over thehousehold, and all its affairs and relations,to be continually consulted andreferred to, as the one to decide allmatters, and strenglhen for aU duties.Head over the business—Senior Partnerand manager—to wham all mattersand questions of interest mast come fordecision, and from whom must comeall resources for every engagement.Head over the social life, to whom aUquestions, whether any kind or whatkind of social enjoyment shall be givenor accepted, or recreations taken, orprovided for oihers. Yes, and to whomall questions about alliances, whetherof friendship, or business, or matrimony,shall be brought for decision.If all things are given over toChrist, and He is received as Headover all, then comes another thing—such a union, such an acquaintancewith him, that of all things, it is mostdelightful to trust Him, and counselwith Him, and take His commandmentsand obey them in all things. Hemanifests Himself, and unfolds Hislove, and fills the heart with His joyand peace, and He becomes all theday - long our joy and our song, andnothing hurts or destroys the ceaselessintercourse and fellowship betweenHim and us,—Faith Training CollegeLectures.—The proud, the great, the rich andhonorable of this world may be strangersto the sweet peace and gloriousprospects of the hnmble Christian,
PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, 48PBECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, justice are satisfied. All this is fonndin
44 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.if•litrust in, the blood of Jesns for deliverancefrom the power and dominion ofsin, as well as for the remission of itspenalties.Let us appreciate the blood ofChrist; let us study about it; let ustrust in it; let us magnify it; yea, letns glorify it. It cleanseth from all sin.—Banner of Zion.I'M TOO Busy.—A merchant sat athis office desk; various letters werespread before him; his whole beingwas absorbed in the intricacies of hisbuaness, A zealous friend of mankindentered the ofiSce," Mr , I want to interest you alittle in a few eflTorts for a benevolentcause." said the good man.The merchant cut him off by replying!" Sir, you must excuse me, butreally I'm too busy at present to doanything."" When shall I call again, sir?"''I cannot tell; I'm very busy, I'mbusy every day; excuse me, sir;I Wish yon good morning."Then bowing the intruder out of theoffice, he resumes the study of his papers.The merchant had frequentlyrepulsed the friends of humanity in thismaimer. No matter what was theirobject, he was always too busy to listen;to their claims. He had even toldhis minister that he was too busy loranything but to make money.Ruf" one morning a disagreeablestranger stepped very softly to his side,laying a cold,moist hand upon his brow,andf'saying, " Go home with me."- Themeijchant laid down his pen : his headgrew dizzy ; his stomach felt sick; heleft|the counting-room; went home, andretired to his bed-chamber. His new,unwelcome visitor had followed him,and now took his place by the bedside,whispering ever andinon,'-" You mustgo ^ith me," A cold chill settled uponthe merchant's heart; dim spectresof ships, notes and lands fluttered before!his mind. Still his pulse beatslower, his heart heaved heavily, thickfilms gathered over his eyes,his tonguerefused to speak. Then the merchant•ejknew that the name of the visitor wasDeath,All other claimants on his attention,except the friends of Mammon, hadalways found a quick dismissal in themagic phrase, "I'm too busy," Humanity,mercy, religion, had alikebegged his influence, means and attentionin vain. But when death camethe excuse was powerless; he wascompelled to have leisure to die. Letus beware bow we make ourselves toobusy to secure life's great end. Whenthe excuse rises to our lips, and weare about to saj' we are too busy to dogood, let us remember we cannot betoo busy to die.SiLE.vT TESTIMONV,—Deeds speaklouder than words, and acts are moreforcible than arguments. In the cabinof a steamboat where travelerswere passing to and fro, and whereungodliness and ribaldry, seemed moreat home than piety and prayer, a littleGerman boy kneeled by his father'sside, and lifted up his childish voice inthe utterance of his evening petition.It was a little thing, but it shed a hushof quiet thoughtfulness over the carelessand worldly, which might nothave been attained by hours of argumentand disputation,A traveler sitting in a steamboatcabin noticed some young men gatheredaround a table engaged in playingcards. Without reproof or rebuffhe drew near, that he might enjoy thebenefit of their light, and taking fromhis pocket his Bible, sat down, andquietly commenced reading. It was alittle act, but somehow the young menspeedily lost their interest in the game,and the man with the Bible remainedmaster of the situation." Several gentlemen, among tbem alawyer and an editor of some note,were quartered for a night in the sameroom, at a country tavern : Before retiringto rest, the editor introduced adispute on the • subject of religion,avowing his disbelief in, and contemptfor, its doctrines. He indulged in alengthened display of his bitterness
SALVATION BY PROMISE.4Sand folly, with but an occasional replyfrom the lawyer, until the latter commencedpreparation for rest, by withdrawingquietly to his bedside andkneeling in prayer. An instant hushfell on the scene. An audible rebukefrom heaven conld scarcely, it seemed,have interrupted the current of blasphemywith more surprise and awe.Little was said further; but the retiringof that company of travelers, was. a season of speechless solemnity, longto he remembered by every one ofthem."'We are solemnly charged to be alwaysready to give to every man thatasketh us a reason of the hope that iswithin us; but it does not follow thatwe are upon all occasions to intrudeour testimony upon unwilling and unreceptiveears. There are times wheneven pearls are out of place, and it isnot always so important to tell peopiewhat we believe, as it is to let themsee that we do believe it. If we liveby faith, and walk with God, menwill see our devoted and holy lives,and will judge for themselves that wedo believe in Him who has called us toglory and virtue. And the calm testimonyof sustained and unfalteringfiaith in God, exemplified in all theacts of ordinary life, will sometimestell on those around us, when argumentis vain, and contention is worsethan useless,—The Wayside.—Mark this! sin is nothing elsethan that the creature willeth otherwisethan God willeth, and contrary tohim. Each of us may see this in himself,for he who willeth otherwise thanI, or whose will is contrary to mine, ismy foe; but he who willeth me thesame as I is my friend, and I lovehim. It is even so with God : andthat is sin, and is contrary to God, andhateful, and grievous to him. And hewho willeth, speaketh, or is silent, doethor leaveth undone, otherwise than asI will, is contrary to me and an offenseunto me. So it is also with God;when a man willeth otherwise than6od,or contrary to God; whatever he doethor leaveth undone; in short all thatproceedeth from him, is contrary toGod and is sin.—Tauler.SALVATION BY PROMISE.Many sincere seekers of heart purity,are puzzled to know how they areto exercise faith for this grace, and believethey are saved, while yet no inwardconsciousness of the fact is feltor experienced. Attention to thephilosophy of the Gospel method, will,•I think, very quickly relieve aU suchof their doubts, and satisfactorily assurethem there is a firm and immovablefoundation for their faith. Godhas given to faith his note-of-hand,payable to the order of " him that believeth."We are not saved by consciouspower, or inward manifestation, when" saved by faith." This would be contradiction." Faith is .the substance(subsistance—that upon which itlives) of things hoped for." Now iffaith is conscious salvation, the soulwonld no longer "hope for" it; forthen it wonld.be no longer faith.The distinction hinted at in the captionof this article, will make the matterclear. Saved by faith is salvationby promise. The trust of the earnest,seeking soul is in the word of promiseof God ; and on this it implicitly relies,as a man of business on the unpaid,but perfectly trustworthy check ornote of hand of his friend, whose abilityand integrity of character are undoubtedin the community.He has " presented his body a livingsacrifice;" he has confessed andutterly renounced the sinfulness ofheart; and yet he is not cleansed.What now is he to " believe ?" Why,undoubtedly this, the word of theLord :—" 'Then I will sprinkle cleanwater npon yon, and ye shall be clean;from all your idols and from all yourfilthiness will I cleanse yon. A newheart also will I give you, and a newspirit will I put within you; and Iwill take away the stony heart out ofyour flesh, and I wiU give yon a heart;''1't
4« THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.kftlof flesh. And I will put my Spiritwithin yon, and canse you to walk inmy statutes, and ye shall keep myjudgments, and do them I wiUalso save yon from all your uncleanness."Is this promise, so fnU andcomprehensive, true ? Does the Lordreally mean to do all this in a man ?can any one donbt it who believesJehovah ? Mark how explicit andpersonal the language, " I will sprinkleyou—I will save yon—I will put mySpirit in you." Now, if this were acheck for so many dollars, from a humanfriend of undoubted ability, wewould take it without a question, andreckon ourselves richer by just somuch as he promised. And we wouldbe so much richer without doubt. Andthis is God's note of hand, his " I promiseto pay on demand," to the seekingsoul who endorses the note by hisacceptance of it. Accepting God's promiseis faith! There is nothing afterthis; faith can do no more." I cannot Wash my heart,Bnt by believing Thee,And waiting for the blood to ImpartThe spotless pnrity."Now, is a man saved when he hasdone tbis ?You might with as much proprietyand reason ask, " Is God's word true ?"He is saved. He puts his trust inthe promise of Jehovah, made to him,suited to his peculiar need, and therecan be no failure. The end of faith'seffort is to trnst in the the word of theLord. Through all tbis, the soul maybe and continue in an emotionlessstale, unconscious of the presence of adivine power, nneleansed ftom its inwarddepravity. Yet he may declarehis faith, as it is said, " I believed,and Iherefore have I spoken;" he mayrejoice in the Lord, who is the strongrock of his trust; for he has salvationby promise.But this is not the end of the divinetransaction. The fulfillment of thepromise is a part of the agreement,—"IwUl doit." And by the descentof the Holy Ghost it is done: thecleansing virtue of the blood of Jesnsmust take effect upon this consecratedheart—this one " waiting for the fire."It is possible for Jesus now to bring in"salvation by power," seeing the sonlhas accepted his promise, and put theDivine Promiser upon fulfillment ofhis oath. And no part of this is it ofthe work of faith to perform. Herethe sonl lies passive and silent beforethe Lord, and ceases from its ownworks. And it is done. " The heavensshall pass away, but not one jotor tittle" bf his word shall ever fail!As to the moment when salvationby promise becomes salvation by power,it may be the next instant afterthe soul haslielieved and accepted the"word,"—God's bank-note,—as thesufBcient, divine guaranty of full redemption; or it may be hours, or evendays before the baptism of the HolyGhost consciously cleanses and fiUswith perfect love the whole spiritnalbeing. But faith can wait with patience,for her God is true!Let no Christian be misled by strainingafter any wonderful upheaving ofthe soul, some strange, emotional condition,before trusting in Jesus, as anassurance that he has a right to trustin him. Faith has a right to trnst in 'his word, not in anything else. Butlet every sincere seeker after purityexpect to " be baptized with the HolyGhost not many days hence." Hemust feel the cleansing-power, must" know thiat Christ dwells inliis heart,"and must realize beyond a peradventure•' that the blood of Christ cleansethfrom all sin ;" for the power of theHoly Ghost is a conscions salvation,and all tbis ahall he assuredly know,by a divine witness, too: and all thishe will easily obtain, if he wiU butobserve the order of God, which is," by faith ye are saved ; by the HolyGhost ye shall receive power.—Rev.W. H. Boole, in Banner of Zion.»-*-•—This is tbe Lord's lower honse ;and while we are lodged here, we haveno assurance to lie ever in one chamber; but must be content to removefrom one corner to another, resting inhope that when we come to the Lord's
npper city—Jerusalem, that is above,we shall remove no more, becausethien we shall be at home.—Rutherford.• • •LIFE OF CONTINUED TRUST.I have been a professor of religionfor nearly twenty-five years, and I amgore a Christian during that time. Thejoyous frame of mind succeeding myconversion continued with me at timesfor weeks and months. After thistime, like thousands, and most ofChristians, my experience was verychangeable. I looked back mnch to,and relied upon the experiences of thepast. Sometimes for a few moments,or even a few hours, I felt the love ofthe Saviour in my heart, realizing hiscomforting presence. But I had much" legal striving." I thonght that Godworked in us to will and to do, andthat then we, in the strength thus communicatedto us—the work being haltGod's work and half our own—workedont the great matter of our salvation.Hence, I believed in continnal legalstriving, the triumph of self and Godtogether. I took delight in inflicting,tmder the law, inward mortification,and often i.-xperienced intense agony.I had no conception of a worshipwhoUy inspired in the soul by the presenceof the Spirit, and so regardedthe pnrest devotion as to be partly thework of the flesh, and so mingled withsin. For years I felt an intellectualconviction that Christians occupied alow Christian plane, and thought thechnrch had lost the true understandingof the Scriptures. But how they oughtto be understood, I could not say, Iread a vast circle of theology, and hada knowledge of the tenets of mostleading denominations since the timeof Christ.LIFE OP CONTINUED TRUST. 47Still, feeling that- something waswrong, I knew not what it was. Nosystem of theology was satisfactory tomy mind. I could see many gaps anddefects in the reasoning by which eachsystem was sustained. For hours anddays would I patiently trace the processemployed by the teacher of theology,but never rose from the labor.feeling quite satisfied.FinaUy, the dogmas whicb I hadembraced at one period or another ofmy life, with more or less intellectualfirmness, began one by one to loseplace, and fall ont of my mind. Asthese disappeared, sectarianism lost itshold on miy heart and affections. Onlyone thing I held with tenacity, thatthere mnst be a strong warfare carriedon in the soul so long as the sonl andthe body remain in this life. " WhenI would do good evU is present withme," I regarded as the unavoidableexperience of all Christians at all periodsof life, till the spirit is ready totake its flight to the other world, andthat then " dying and triumphant gracewonld be given." This doctrine I heldwith great tenacity, because I thoughtany other doctrine involved human infallibility,and I did not think I hadmet such specimens of our race. Onthat account I rejected it at once andfirmly, tUl, thinking abont the matter,I regarded it as unfair and unmanly toreject anything without examination.After reaching this conclusion I beganin earnest, and withont prejudice, toexamine what was said on the. snbjectby those who believed the teachingand professed to have experienced thephase of Christian life called the Lifeof Trust.I did not read long till I discoveredthat the advocates of the life of tmsthad advantage in the argument, if retainedwholly on the plane of reason;for they described just the life which Iknew I was living, and then describedanother phase of life which I knew Idid not have, which they said theywere living,—assuring ns that theyhad passed from a life of vacillatingtrnst to one of continual trust I .could see no reason why this might notbe so; I had the testimony of thosewho had had my present experiencethat in their own cases it was so, togetherwith the teaching of Scripturein many places, that we shonld live inChrist, and that he would be in us.Seeing the strength of the argument
48 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.against me, I gave up the prejudices ofmy life, and yielded, to the teachingand experience, an intellectual assent.I saw then that it must be a mostblessed experience, and determined toseek it, I did not, and could not, understandthis life of trust, or continuedfaith, I had not experienced it, andsince it could not be understood onlyby experience, how could I understandit ?I remembered how hard, how impossible,it was for me to understandregeneration and pardon ; and I learnednot to cavil at a thing simply becauseI could not understand it. I earnestlycraved the grace of continued faith,craved that I might abide in love, andthe conscious presence of the HolySpirit. But the subject was dark, andI knew not how to attempt the attainmentof so great a blessing. To tellme that it was done " by consecration"to God, was to afford no aid, since Iknew not how to make the consecration.Nor could I understand, beyondthe intellectaa! conception, any otberexplanation of the mode of attainingthe thing desired, I had no difiBcnltyin comprehending, in the abstract andas a theory, what was meant, but asan experience, or a concrete, I couldnot comprehend what was meant, so Itried, and struggled, and performedmuch "legal work" in the effort to attainwhat I desired. But as a realthing, as an actual experience, I couldform no idea of the life of trust. Icould form no more idea of it than Ican now form an idea of death as athing of experience. So I struggledon; read tbe experiences of others;conversed with friends who had thatexperience, and thought about and desiredit myself. Still there was no. great oppressive anxiety ; no feelingsof despair as I had before-conversion;but there was a feeling that it must bea blessed, and so a most desirable life.On Saturday I bad a conversationwith two friends on the subject, andfully admitted to them and to myselfthat the whole argument was on theirside.On Sunday I read and thought onthe subject most of the day, having thedesire and belief that some day itwonld be mine, though I still had noanguish on the subject.On Monday morning I woke fromsleep about six o'clock, and lay for aminute or two in calm and peacefulmeditation, when, gently as the lightof day dispels the darkness of thenight, the whole idea came into mymind. There' was not the slightest emotionto disturb the mind—no struggling—no anxiety. It was simply the stillsmall voice of the Spirit showing themind how to trust Jesus for all things.The act wis simple in the last degree,the Spirit showed the mind how totrust. It was a literal, actual showingto the mind. Jesns sent into the heartat thfe moment the Comforter (Johnxvi, 7), and the Comforter took thethings of Jesus and showed them untome,—John xvi, 15, I had been inpart trasting in myself; but Jesusshowed me not to trust in myself, butto trust in God, who raiseth the dead.—2 Cor. i, 9. No transaction betweenthe mind of man and man was evermore literal and actual. The teachernever showed the solution to the mindof the scholar more plainly; and Ithink that there was more than amere presence to the mind; there was .a principle left in the mind. I am consciousthat I have something in themind which I did not have before—nota new faculty of the mind, but a newuse of one or more already existing —the principle or power to exercise continuingfaith or trust, using the latterword to denote, not a single act of believing,but a continuous and uninterruptedfaith. Before, my faith waswavering; I knew not how to abidein love, to rest in the conscions presenceof Jesus by the inflaence of the SpiritNow my mind saw how to abide inJesus. I saw not only how the sonlmay tmst Him, but also how He becomesthe bearer of our burdens, ofour daily and hourly burdens, the illsand trials of this life. I saw withwonderfal clearness that we attain this
^^ttLIFE OP CONTINUED TRUST.nearness of access, not by strugglingand agonizing with onrselves, not evenby prayer, but simply by ceasing tostruggle, and yielding the mind intrust to the care of the loving Saviour.The act is very simple and beantifal,it is the complete surrender of ourwills to be guided by the will of Jesus;and instead of trusting at all to ourselves,our whole trust is laid over onthe blessed Savioar; it is the Surrenderof self to the guiding and control ofthe Anointed One. I know not howelse tb describe it, and I presume thatmany will not comprehend this explanation.None can, perhaps, realize it,without experiencing the life of trust.There ma,y be an intellectual apprehension,but experience is necessary toa full comprehension.And now two or three other matters!demand a passing notice,1. There is nothing in this new experiencelike pride or self-sufficiency,but it empties one of self and self dependence.There is no feeling that " Iam holier than thou."2. There is nothing like a feelingthat one is free from human infirmity.It is simply a feeling that one cantrust Jesus for all things, both for timeand eternity ; it is a sweet, calm, delightfnlrest in the Savioar,—a reposeol the soul into the care of Jesus withoutecstasy of spirit or anxiety ofmind; it is a kind of equipoise of thefaculties of the -soul, sweetly, calmly,confidently resting in and trusting tothe Saviour for all things.3. There is nothing like a feeling of"perfection." Such a mind simplytrusts, exercises a continuous faith,reposes lovingly and confidently inJesus as the Saviour, having itself asweet, calm, unanxious frame. It alsobegets in the mind a wonderlul powerof watchfulness, as the means of abidingin love and faith.And now, anxious and strugglingChristian, why remain in your strivingcondition of unhappiness and want ofcontinuous faith ? It is not a desirablelife to live; and thongh a Christian,much of yonr life is dark and dreary.The life of trust is as much superior toyour present struggling life, as yourpresent life is superior to your earnestand anxious striving while laboringunder conviction. Why, therefore,struggling one, not seek life on thishigher plane? It is for yon, for allChristians. But you must believe thatsuch a life is, and then must seek it.You cannot induct yourself into it, butthe blessed Savioar can lead you intoit, and wants to do it. But you mustgive it the assent of your intelligence,and then the consent of your heart;the Saviour will do the rest of thework. The act is very simple, theblessing very calm and delightful. Itfits for usefulness; removes the balanceof the yoke of the law; andmakes you Christ's trusting, lovingdisciple. Come,then, into this fuUnessof life; confide all things into thehands of the loving Savioar, and theold things of your experience will passaway, and all things of a new and wonderfulexperience shall become yours.—Times of Refreshing.*-•-•THE PEOMISE PBOVED.—A poortraveler called upon a certain goodman, named Fenneberg, to borrowthree dollars; this was the wholeamount of money possessed by thismodern Nathanael; but as the poortraveler asked for it in the name ofJesns, he lent him all he had, even tothe last penny.Some time after, being in absolutewant himself, he remembered the factwhile at prayer, and with child-likefaith and simplicity, he said: " 0 Lord,I have lent thee three dollars, andthou hast not given them back to me,though thou knowest how urgently Ineed them ; I pray thee to return themto me." The very same day a letterarrived containing money, which Gossnerdelivered to the good man, withthese words; " Here, sir, yon receivewhat you advanced." The letter containedtwo hundred dollars which weresent to him by a rich man, at the solicitationof the poor traveler to whom'hehad lent his all. Fenneburg, quite^ji
60 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.over-come witb surprise, said.in hischild-like way: " Oh, dear Lord, onecannot say a single word to thee, withoutbeing put to shame."—Life of PastorGossner• »»BE NOT FAITHLESS.BT BENSON H. EOBEBTS.God is not honored more by any actof man than by hearty belief in him—a belief that is assured that Qodmeans every word that is written inthe Scriptures, whether in promise orin threat. To one who has thoughtupon the subject, the lack of belief onthe part of those professing to beChristians is a strange, almost unaccountablething. In this sin is foundthe source of much of the evil thatexists today. Had God's word, "inthe day that thou eateth thereof thoushalt surely die," been believed as itought, sin would have had no beginning.The first suggestion of Satanwas of unbelief: "Thou shalt notsurely die," thereby making God a liar,as all unbelief does.God's promises are the promises ofOne possessing infinite power andboundless resources. No man willtreat his friend as though his wordswere. vain. Even with those,whom onemay to a degree distrust, he willinglyrisks something in hopes of gettinggain. All who have ever felt the loveof God in their hearts, know that Heis good and true, yet how few arethere who put their whole trust in God,who are ready to venture upon Hispromises.Do you, dear sonl, whom Christ hasredeemed, believe that when you askyon shall receive ? Do you, as youcome to Christ in prayer, come withthe expectation of a blessing, and feelingyour prayer answered even beforeuttered ? Or do you come to prayeras to a task, fearing no good will comeof it ? God hears the prayer of faith.Listen to His word—God's word, "Askand ye shall receive, seek and ye shall&n^, knock and it shall be opened untoyou."—Mat vii, 7. "What thingssoever ye desire when ye pray, believethat ye receive them, and ye shallhave them."—Mat xi, 24. The Divineexhortation is, " Have feith inGod."Do not fear to take God upon Hispromise. An old Scotch woman waspraying earnestly, and pleading God'spromises when one asked, " If yourprayer is not answered, what will becomeof yo'u?" She replied, "DearLord, it's small matter about me ; butwhat would become of thy promises ?"One of God's promises broken and allis lost. Praise His name ! they neverare broken, they are sure and steadfast.God changes not.What means this text ? " Whatsoeverye shall ask in my name, hewill give it you."—John xvi, 23.These words have no uncertainsound. They can mean but one thing.The prayer of faith shall be answered.When? Generally as soon as thereis perfect faith; always as soon asthere is need. Press on then in firmbelief that God careth for you and thatit is His will that you should knowhim perfectly.God's word has much to say on thispoint, is very explicit, leaves no roomfor doubt as to the nature of the sin;John says, " He that believeth notGod hath made him a liar" (1 JohnV, 10) ; or as to the fate of the unbeliever,"But the fearful and unbelieving.... shall have tbeir part inthe lake which burneth with fire andbrimstone ; which is the second death."—Rev. xxi, 8. See also Heb. iii, 19;iv, 11; John iii, 18.There is a belief which brings assuranceof sins forgiven, there is agreater, stronger beUef which takesChrist for our all. Do not stop shortof the faith which brings perfect peace,and prompts to every good work. Forif such denunciations are foundagainst those who believe not thatChrist is the Son of God, if these fortheir unbelief are to die in their sios,(John viii, 24,) how can those whohave felt the pardoning love of ChristU-^
THAT ROTTEN SPOT.and know that He is the Son of God,hope to escape condemnation, if theyrefuse to believe heartily and sincerelyevery word that He has spoken ?Says Mr. Pearsall Smith: " For manyyears I have seen that the same Jesnswho tells me I must not steal, tells meI must be careful for nothing." Is notevery command equally binding ? Canhe hope to escape condemnation whorefuses to trust Christ for answers toprayer, any more than he who refusesto accept Christ as the Saviotir ? Itwas because of unbelief that Christdid not manv mighty miracles in Hisown country (Mat. xiii, 38), where, ofaU places seemingly, the Great Physicianwould gladly have healed all; becauseof unbelief that Christ upbraidedthose disciples who had walked withHim throughout Judea (Mark xvi, 14);because of unbelief that many of thechildren of Israel entered not into theland of rest—the land of promise.—Heb. iii, 19.It will be because of unbelief thatsouls will come into everlasting condemnation.—Markxvi, 16.Pray in faith, " Lord, I believe.Help thou mine unbelief" Simplytrnst Him, that is all, and God's blessingis secure.•-•-•" WHEN I GET SETTLED,—Then I'llbegin to work ; labor in God's vineyard,study, go about doing good, dowhat I can to save sinners. " Settled,get settled." What do you mean,friend? Who expects to get settledin this life 7 We are strangers andpilgrims; our home is everywhere,and no where; we have no abidingplace, no continuing city- Up, up,thou dreamer, up, bestir thyself, sinnersare at the door, starving to death Iperishing for lack of bread, the breadof eternal life! Out, out, turn out, thefield is the world, the world is the field."Oh, I'm from home, in a strangeplace, when I get settled then I'U dogood." "Get settled;" hush! nonsense,fields are white for harvest Goto work now, grasp every moment; dowhat thy hand findeth to do with all thymight. At home or abroad, by sea orby land, study to be useful, write,preach, pray, exhort, entreat, take abundle of tracts and books, out, out,turn out; go from house to house, pallsinners out of the fire ! Who knowsthat while you linger—waiting to " getsettled/' Qod may say, " The harvestis past, the summer ended, and we arenot saved."—Address hy a Minister.THAT ROTTEN SPOT.BT BBO. GOODWIN.A man from tbe car shops of a westerncity, once testified as follows:The other day a freight car came intothe shop, damaged by a collision.I saw that a new end-sill was necessaryin repairing it We had but onein the shop, and that had a rotten spotone side. I told the man to run itthrough the planing machine, and wewould see then if it would do. Whenit came through, the rotten spot wason it yet. I laid on my rale, andsaw that it would bear considerableplaning on that side, and yet answerour purpose, if the spot came out.We put it throngh again and againand again, until the rotten was allplaned away. The stick was framedfor its place, and the car was sent oatnpon the road again.Now if that stick could have talked,perhaps it would have said, Why doyou plane me so much on one side ?Why don't you treat me as you treatothers? And I wotild have answered,I am afraid to trust you. If you everfail it will be at that rotten spot.That must all come out before you willanswer our service. •And so my friends, if there is a rottenspot in our characters, there iswhere we wUl fail first. The spot inyou may not be where it is in others,but God knows where it is. If we wiUsubmit, he wiU plane it aU away. Itmay tsike us down a good deal. Wemay no; be large enough for a prominentplace, qr an important place; butthere wiU be a place for tis, be it ever
so little. And it is better to have therotten spot out and do good work in alittle place, than to fia.il in a prominentplace, because the rotten spot is notplaned ont"— •••-•LAST DAY OF A SANTHAL,Let us turn to the last day of a SanthalChristian, An old man called" Doola" (that is Love ) who was thenext in authority to the head man ofhis village, was baptized after he wasupwards of sixty years old. Nothingwould satisfy him then until he hadlearned to read, and this, by dint ofpraying for help, and strenuous efforts,he at length succeeded in. After thishe was never to be seen without hisiymn-book and Catechism as his constantattendants; and thongh troubledwith an impediment in his speech, hewas always getting hold of some heathenfellow-countryman, and endeavoringto persuade him to embrace Christianity,and dUating on the joys of aChristian, Although much troubledat home by his eight children's refractoryand trying behavior, he lived amost consistent Christian life, and wasa light and example, to all around himduring tbe three years which succeededhis conversion. He had also thegreat joy of seeing ail his children,except one or two of his sons, becomeChristians, ere he died. One day hewas bitten in the calf of the leg by am'ad dog, and the wound bled profusely.He turned round and killed the dogon the spot, by strangling him with hishands. Some thre'e weeks later hesent to us for medicine, which was sofar blessed to him, that the wound,outwardly at least, healed np. Threemonths afterward, however, it brokeout again, and symptom_s of hydrophobiamanifested themselves. He endeavoredto bite all around him, andwarned people offi saying he could nothelp it, for wonderful to say, he was infull possession of his intellect the wholetime. His hands had to be kept downwhUe he was fed, as otherwise hewould have bitten his own hands inTHE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.feeding himself He sent for the otherChristians of the village, and with themprayed that this great afiSiction mightbe laken from him. On the secondday these symptoms entirely disappeared,and he was much relieved. Onthe morning of the third day, he calledhis wife to him, and said :" To day I shaU go home to the LordJesus I know, for he has told me, andI am very happy."The Christians were again sent for;and when all were gathered aroundhim, he told them his time was come,and asked them to join him in prayer,which he led. He then called his famUy around his bed-side, and apportionedto each their share of the property,and turning to his wife, said:" I am only going on a little before,and you will soon follow me, so do notgrieve. I am going to the dear LordJesus, who has so many mansions preparedfor me, and when you meet methere, we shaU never part any more,but spend eternity together with him."Then turning to the assembled Christians,he exhorted them to stand fastin their faith, and to follow their Saviour,saying, if they only did so, theywould be so happy that they wouldnever leave him. They continned inprayer and conversation with him forsome time ; and then taking his wife'shand, he said to her :" I am going home now ; farewell!"and, turning round in his bed, he quietlydied.The Christians were ajmost petrifiedwith astonishment, and sobbing aloud,exclaimed : " May our last end be likehis !" a wish we can heartily re echo.Love was his name ; in love he lived,and in love he died.—Report of Skrefsandand Boerresen.—Pray for poor, friendless Zion!Alas! no man will speak for her now,although at home, in her own country,she hath good friends—her husband,Christ, and his Father, her Father-ia-Law. Beseech your husband to be afriend to Zion, and to pray for her.—Rutherford.
PLAIN DRESS.BT MBS, P. B. ENGLISH.When we receive a gift from a verydear friend, we often find in our natnrean inclination to hide it from the gazeol strangers, and even from our lessintimate friends ; and this same dispositionsometimes enters into our spirituallife. The Holy Spirit, theheavenlyTeacher, visits us, shines upon thewritten word, and we receive greathelp, and think within ourselves : 0 !this is just what I need and have solong sought! Now this precious gift,the Spirit agreeing with the word ofGod, and convincing my mind beyonda doubt, I will keep hidden in my heart,and it shaU do me good, and save mefrom "reasonings with the enemy of mysoul, and from such failures as I formerlymade. But though we maykeep the earthly gift, with all its pleasantassociations; in the kingdom ofgrace the order is reversed, and wefind, if we wonld preserve untarnishedby time the precious gifts of theHeavenly One, we must have a morebenevolent spirit, and be willing toshare them with others.The seeker of religion is rightly instructedto speak of his convictions,that they may remain and increase; theyoung convert, to tell of the new-foundtreasure—the forgiveness of sin, thathy so doing he may receive additionalstrength and joy. The soul passingalong in obedience to God's commands,seeking and finding holiness of heart,is still required to witness to the fact,however crossing it may be. To refuseto testify to the efBcacy of the blood tocleanse, is to lose its cleansing power.In walking on in our pilgrimage, perfectingholiness in the fear of God, as bestwe can, as we receive the necessarylight on written portions of the word,the same principle holds good," Freely ye have received, freelygive."In my early Christian experience,when bnt a chUd of twelve or thirteenyears, I had scriptural convictions onPLAIN DRESS. 53the subject of dress, but not having'proper instruction and example, Ipassed three years knowing my duty,but failing to perform it I can well rememberlooking at tho flowers on myhat, and trying to think I must not letsuch little things hinder me in my religiouslife; also the approval of myfriends was always so dear to me, thatI found it very difBcult to obey Godrather than man. Thus I lived, oftenfeeling reproved in class-meetings, andat other places where the Lord wasnear, until I was favored with an opportunityof attending a meeting notfar from home, known as the " Laymen'scamp meeting." At that place,so precious in the memory of many ofGod's people, I saw my duty so plainly,that I consented to take the narrowway, and was freely justifled. TheLord held me, there and then, to ceasewearing my hair in curls, to breakfrom my finger the simpte, plain ring Ihad worn so many years, as a. keepsakefrom a dear aunt—to correct themost prominent features at fault in mydress; and I was so powerfuly convicted,that I was actually growing thinin flesh on that camp-ground, and wasglad to give up my idols. My youthfulassociations were in advance of myyears, and before the Lord would giveme his peace, I had to promise him Iwould cease corresponding with ayoung man I knew to be skeptical, butwhom, in my girlish fancy, 1 had fondlydreamed I could win to Christ; and IwUl add, to the honor oi his name, thatwhen, in a few weeks afterwards, I receiveda scathing letter in answer tomy own, expressing bitterness towardthe cause that had wrought the changein me, I found it had no power overme, for I well knew it was the Spiritof the living God that had set me free;and I have been led in later years, topraise God for his direction and carein a matter of so mnch importance tome as was this. Dear young sistersin the Lord, it is safe to foUow Jesusin aU things. He knows more abouttemperaments and congenial spirits,than any human being ; and my own
54 THE EARNEST CHHISTIAN.pleasing experience makes me a fearlessadvocate of the docirine which hasfor its foundation this text, " In all thyways acknowledge him, and hewUl direct thy steps." Having brot^nthis hidden chain that held me, Iwas comparatively free to follow God ;but it was for years a heavy cross forme to dress plainly, bs I read in God'sword we must. I knew there was noother way for me, but was oftenWeighed down with the load,not seeinghow precious in the sight of the Masterwas this selfdenying way.A few years ago, at a meeting inR , where mnch of God's presencewas felt, you might have seen a younglady of good mental ability, seekingforgiveness of sin, and convicted asusual on the subject of worldly con-'iormity, and what was her duty in regardto dress. During the meeting Ifelt led to speak of my experience in/ the matter of renouncing the world—^of tha adorning God promised in hisBible to women as a class—not outward, but with good works. I repeated that passage of Scripture where thisdoctrine is so plainly taught.—1 Tim,ii, 9-10. As I finished this, the Spirit,-'immediately suggested to my mindanother passage relating to the employmentof women. " If she havebrought up children, if she have washedthe saints feet," (performed the mostmenial service fbr them,) and diligentlyfollowed every good work, I repeatedit aloud as weli as I could rememberit; and then it pleased theblessed Master, whose I was,and whomI had served in weakness, to let somuch of his Spirit rest upon me, that1 raised both hands in delight, exclaiming,O my jewels ! don't you see theseornaments ? It seemed to me that abeautiful, transparent, silvery covering was to be seen on my hands, andon the hands ofevery child of God, butmore especially upon those of my ownsex, who dared to follow him in thesematters spoken of in these pages ofScriptures. Under this glorious influence I walked a few steps into the aisleof the church toward the door and backagain to where I was sitting, and wasso filled and satisfied with this manifestationto my soul—the Spirit agreeingwith his word in this remarkablemanner—that I could not think of itfor weeks afterwards without sheddingtears. It was said, mnch of the presenceof God came upon the saints atthe time, but I was too much delightedand over-powered by my feelings tonotice what was taking place aroundme. In the evening after the meeting,as I was with my family at home, Ifound myself looking at my hands ; sotangible was this appearance to mymind, it seemed tbey had really takenon this silvery covering I speak of.Now with this visitation of God tomy weary, tempted soul, do you thinkit was any longer such a task to takethe narrow way ? Ah ! I had followedhim, and now I was so charmed withthe manifestation, that I could not feelthe cross as I had formerly. The keenremarks of friends, and the manners ofdress-makers or milliners; all this thatconld be brought to bear upon me, hadlost its power to hurl or grieve me, because I had become convinced howpleasing was this way to God, Beforethis I had disliked to be called strenuous or over-nice on the subject of dress^but with this experience, laid carefullyaway in my heart with the choicest ofits treasures, I would -as soon be called"a nun," as I have been since,as anythingelse, I remember that blessingI received, as a foretaste of heaven itselfOnce, I would have been a litilestaggered, to have a friend whom I hadknown to dress plainly for years, beginto put on just enough of worldly dresato take off the reproach—say a necktieand an over-skirt; but now, it mattersnot, my faith remains unshaken,and I am persuaded, wiU hold to theend. I find aU the inclination of mymind and heart is toward the narrowway. The cross that had hitherto beenso heavy, has become the staff onwhich I lean ; and the thorns that hadsuch sharp points, seem changed intheir nature.
CHRISTIAN WORKERS, 55REPUTATION:CHRISTIAN WORKERS.When I hear men talk of their reputation,I think of him who was theonly one in the universe who had reputation,who voluntarily made himselfof no reputation, I cannot help beingamused sometimes at people talkingabout sacrificing their reputation forthe Gospel's sake,' Many of themnever had any repntation—except intheir own eyes, 'There was a pauperin the almshouse near my home, whogot rid of some things, but could notget rid of the Pharisee ; he got up in aprayer meeting and said, " Brethren Ihave parted with everything for theGospel's sake, I have parted withmy friends"—they got tired of him ; hehad been living on them ;—" I haveparted witb my reputation"—he had avery bad one. This looks very ridicnIous,andin the scales of eternity howinfinitely contemptible are our reputations.There were some fishermen inGalilee, who came to the Lord andsaid, "Lord, we have given up all tofollow thee"—a few fishing nets, andthey were striking a balance betweenwhat they were giving up, and whatthe Lord was giving them when theywere to sit on twelve thrones. Shaineon ns when we look for one momentat what we have given up. I am nota Christian because of what I havegiven up, but on account of what Ihave received ; and I am not sanctifiedby what I have given up, but bywhat I have received. When thepriests, were consecrated they did notbring great things to God. Theybrought empty hands, and they werefilled. Beloved, learn a lesson fromthis. If you are to be consecrated,yon must have empty hands. Youcannot bring great things to God ; youcan receive .great things of God. TheLord save us from regard for onr reputation.If yon have any reputation,brethren, pnt it where Christ put his—on the cross. Put yourself behindthat cross, and shrink from reputationas much as ever you loved it.—PearsallSmith.BT HBS. BUUA. SELLEW BOBEBTS." The harvest tmly ts plenteous, bnt the laborersare few."Christianity has made most wonderfulprogress since it was first taught byChrist and his immediate disciples.Nothing so attests its divinity as thefact that not only has it lived duringthese centuries, withstanding the attacksof opposers, and enduring theravages of time ; bnt has continned togrow stronger and strouffer, takingdeeper root where it has been planted,and spreading itself over new lands.Most nations of the world are now calledChristian nations, and in many heathencountries have the missionariesestablished a firm foot-hold. Indeedso many minds once dark and benighted,have been enlightened by theknowledge of an universal Redeemer,that it seems now as if the Christianizationof the whole world were but amatter of time.The command, " Go ye into all theworld and preach the Gospel to everycreatnre" is being obeyed. When weconsider how great is the work alreadyaccomplished, we cannot do less thanto call upon all within us to praise andmagnify 'our God.But there is another side to thepicture. When Christ said to his disciples," The harvest truly is plenteous,but the laborers are few," thetruth of the statement was very apparent,and if we will but look around us—a little way, near at home, or feroff, across tie waters—we shall seethat now the harvest is great. Missionariesare continually feeling thislack of laborers among them. Theysee that, if the supply-of efiScient workerswere only equal to the demand, whatthey are now doing would be but a" drop in the bucket," compared towhat -would then be accomplished.They find that, notwithstanding ignoranceand superstition, truth is takinga strong hold upon the heathen mind,and seeing how abundant is the gold-
56 THE BARNBST CHRISTIAN.en grain, they are praying to the Lordol the harvest that he wUl send forthlaborers into the field.But it is still sadder and certainlysurprising to find how in this land, soemphatically caUed a Christian land,there are many whose minds are almostas dark, and whose sins aregreater than those of the poor heathen.In every viUage, small though it be,is found at least one place consecratedto holy purposes.Throughout the country, here andthere, are found houses situated aUttle more closely together, and nearby the church; yet in these very citiesand villages, where every Sunday theringing of the beUs announce the hourof Divine service, and throngs of peopleare seen on their way to the sanctuary,men, women, and children arefound who have never been wiihin thewalls of a church, and have no idea ofthe service there. They have attendedmany a circus, theater, and smallshow; they know what is said and donein these places, but they are entirelyignorant of the manner in which a religiousmeeting is conducted. Thereare chUdren almost at our door,who havenever heard the voice of prayer, havenever been told that Christ came onearth to die for all, and how he said," Let the little ones come unto me,"but are being trained from their infancyin vice and sin. When this canbe true of any community., is it notplain that the harvest is great and thelaborers few ? Now and then a verywicked man or woman of this class hasDeen reached ihrough God's Spirit, andafter they were saved, have relatedtheir experience, whUe all professedChristians were shocked, and well theymight be, that such a state of thingswere pos.sible in a land of Bibles andschools.But many good people seem to thinkthese persons beyond reach; and so,regretting that there should be suchwickedness in the world, they leavethem in their sins without making oneeffort to get them to the Saviour. Butsome of these very ones who seem sofar from Christ, have very easily beenled to forsake their sins and turn untoGod. They are truly sin-sick souls,andfeel their need of the Great Physician.They have found the way of the transgressorhard. Their sins are an intolerableburden, and gladly would theyfind the foot of the cross that therethey might lay them off.Now, how is this great harvestto be garnered in? Laborers must befound. Men and women are needed,who are saved trom their own sins,who are filled with God's Spirit andlove, endued with divine power, andconsecrated to the work. There is toomuch in our day of the blind leadingthe bUnd. One must have taken thejourney himself before he can showanother the way. Salvation from sinis what is wanted, and you may tellthe siory of Christ's birth and lifeever so beautifully, but unless youcan show him to be a Saviour from sin,it will not avail these souls who realizethat their sins' are as mountainsbefore them. If you have found acleansing from sin's pollution in Christ'sblood ; if by faith in his name yon aresaved from its power, you may, withconfidence, go to the vUe, the burdened,and sin-sick soul. So surely asChrist comes into a man's heart, purifyingit and healing it, he fills it withlove and a strong desire for the salvationof others ; and as we keep thisfirst love, which sends us out after sinners,thus we are able to lead othersto a knowledge of the Saviour. Love,must flll our hearts, the same in kindwhich the Son of God had, or we cando nothing in laboring for the good ofour fellow-men. Every one is movedand influenced by love. It is morepowerful than any other or all othermotives. We cannot do the work ourselves.We must remember that weare entirely dependent upon God. Itishis Spirit alone that can convict of sin.His Spirit alone that can give the jojand peace of forgiveness. His Spirit ispower. No heart is so hard but thatit ean be reached by God's Spirit,and saved by his grace.
worthless, and helpless, nnless theyare filled with this; and in vain wiUthey strive to do good service. Beforethe Apostles began their workafter Christ's ascension, they tarried atJerasalem, waiting to be endued withpower from on high ; and this unctionof the Spirit is just as greatly needednow. This enduement of power makesthe ignorant, wise ; the timid,bold; and the weak, strong. It inspiresthe heart with hope amid discouragements; renders the laborer ableto nqdergo toil, and endure hardships,and is powerful to overcome all obstacles.Every power of body and soulmnst be consecrated to the work. Allwe have and are must be given toGod, to be employed in his service ashemay direct; and we must be so consecratedto the work of the Lord, thatwe shall not ask to do this or that part,but be equally ready for any placeGod sees we can fill. We must notchoose the kind or manner of work, butwith our hearts full of love and zeal,follow the leadings of God's Spirit.TRIUMPH OP PAIN. 57TRIUMPH IN PAIN.NEW HAVEN, NOV. 25, 1827.MT DEAB MES. W -: Yon sawme in anguish of body; yon heard metell how happy I was in Qod. As onearth I have thanked onr heavenlyFather for that cup, so in heaven thevisitation wUl be more clearly expounded.You have heard of late my lightaflliction. It would be too long a storyto tell of all the attendant blessings;bnt consolation has abounded.The renewal of my old attack of therheumatism has been a little painfnl tothe body ; but O, the unspeakable andfull glory that has come along with it.The cup is sweet—sweet beyond expression.Believe me wben I say it,I think it worth worlds—nay, worldsweigh nothing to it; for worlds withoutChrist would be worth nothing.Witb the pain, I have ChristI think I can adopt the langnage ofone, I know not of whom, " Though Iam sometimes full of pains, yet I amSuccess is sure to the laborer. He at all times full of patience. I oftenmay not always see the fruit of his labors.mourn under a sense of my corruption,It may sometimes look to him but never murmur under my affliction."SS if he was accomplishing nothing pr And why should I mnrmnr? Thisbut little, yet he may know that victorywonld be to oppose the medicine thatis on the Lord's side. " He that heals my soul. The Lord never afflictsgoeth forth and weepeth, bearing preciousus to hurt us, but to beal us. WhUeseed, shall doubtless come againwith rejoicing bringing his sheaves withhim."—Psa. cxxvi. 6.in this wilderness, the Lord wouldbave our-souls a fruitful paradise. Thehusbandman knows his choice tree ofThework is.not ours, but the Lord's. righteousness, and when he comes withWe are but agents; while the his pruning knife, it is not to cut downpower and the glory are both of God. the tree, but to lop off superfluousIt is for us to be diligent and faithfiil, branches.seeking every opportunity to drop into That this my poor cottage shakes, isgood gronnd the seed, and then we a kind of premonition of its fall. Letmay leave the result with the Master. it fall, responds my inmost soul; forThen wbile we lift up our hearts to who would not resign snch an earthly6od, praying that he will send forth tabernacle for a house not made withlaborers into his harvest field, let ns hands? Never did the thought ofwork with all our might while the day having a glorious body so overpowerlasts, lor " the night cometh when no me as this evening. And think you,man can work."my dear sister, I shaU prize a gloriousbody the less, for having had one so—Take Christ as yonr guide. He frail ? More of this, when we shallwill lead you into a new haven—a have heard the archangel's tramp, assembledat Christ's right hand, haven of restand
58 ^ THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN,^^.1^•ibe^ made like him; " for we shall seehim as he is."I am inclined to think—though Iam in a strait betwixt two, having adesire to deparl^ yet longing to live tosubaerve the dear interests of ot(rdearest Lord Jesus—I am inclined tothink that God is abont to take downthis superstructure. He may be renewingthe foundation.£ think I have learned a little aboutglorying in infirmities, rejoicing in tribulations,and possessing lhe soul inpatience. Sweet lessons—lessons tobe learned pnly in a certain school. Inthis school, an apt scholar, having askUfuI teacher, may become a wonderfalproficient The wiser, the betterwe onghi to be—then the holier, consequently,the happier. Well, I amhappy—I lean on my Beloved, andcall him mine.It has been most sweet to lie in thehands of God, I have longed to drinkevery drop of the cup that my Fatherjputs into my hand. Not one pain less;for he knows what is best, and that is^st for me.Could 1 tell yon, I wonld; but theblessing that I have received this dayfrom God, is above description.Remember me to the family, and tellthem that God often removes ontwardmercies from us, in mercy to us.Fraternally yours, in our dearestLord Jesus. J. B. TATLOB,• LOVE.—Happy will you be if youlearn what it is to find love an occu-. pation. It is no use to ask what thosewho love God do with him. There isno difBculty in spending our time with^ a friend we love; our heart is alwaysready to open to him ; we do not studywhat we shall say -to him; but it•^. wcomes forlh without premeditation ; weL'Y can keep nothing back; even if we/-^ have nothing special to say, we Uketo be with him. 0, how much easierit is to love than to fear I Pear constrains,fetters, perplexes one; butlove persuades, comforts, inspirits, expandsthe soul, and makes one desirewhat is good for its own sake.—Fenelon.CHRISTIAN WORK." The preparation of the heart inman, and the answer of the tongue, isfrom the Lord." AU our efforts to doas we would like to do, in our ownstrength are in vain. As certainly aswe give our hearts to Him, so certainlywUl he prepare them himself. Andso the whole work is of the Lord;preparing the heart, filUng the heart,and keeping the heartUnless we give the heart to himwhoUy, so that our hearts and 4ivesare his, our work is useless. If theLord Jesus fills the heart with himself,it will be with the love, power, andpeace that shaU go ont for the salvationof souls.Now you know that the Lord setshis children to work; and he wiU indicatethe line of work to be done.We all know of the great work Mi.Moody is now doing; I will tell yonof the way he was converted. He, amere lad, went to Dr. Kirk's church,not because he had any desire to go,but because he had promised to do so.A teacher in the Sunday school, becominginterested in Moody, went tohim, as he was in his store behind thecounter, and putting his arm aroundhim, said: " You don't know how Iwant you to become a Christian," anddid not leave him till be had promisedto give himself to Jesus. It was justthe faithful word spoken and accepted,that made Mr. Moody the means of theconversion of so many souls. If yoacannot, be a Moody yourself, if youspeak the faithful word, you may be themeans of converting another as greatas he,The thought comes to me from this Ipassage, " The preparation of the heartis from the Lord," If yon give yonrselfto him, he wUl work in you andwUl be Himself the preparation. Hehas said, " To every man his work,"and he wUl give you your work. Icannot begin to teU the wonderful joyand peace which came to me by jnstdoing his work. He does not ask asto take the lead. He wiU go before;'
themselves are moved. Just so, not afew do imagine God moveth and saileth and changeth places because theirgiddy souls are under sail, and subjectto alteration, ebbing and flowing;but the foundation of the Lord standethsure.—Rutherford.—He who sides with God, cannotfail to win in every encounter.PATTERN OF CONSECRATION. 50he wiU lead his sheep. The crooked PATTERN OP CONSECRATION.paths shall be made straight, and allthe way shall be a way of salvation If we turn to the life of our Lord,and a way of glory. There is joy in who took upon him onr entire humanworking for him, for he so wonderfully nature, and of whom it is said that,opens the way.President Finney, in writing to me,said: " I believe there is no end tothe amonnt of work the Lord will give" He has left us a pattern that weshould follow in his steps," we find thethought of responsibility to his Fatherpointing to the most perfect consecration.Listen, as in the glow of histo the man who is ready to do it," Itdoes not require any special ability in human youth he announces his separationto a work so sacred and constrainonrselves, for he sometimes makes theweakest the most powerful; but it ing as to be above the claims of home.mnst be the whole heart given to the " How is it thai ye sought me ? WistLord Jesus.ye not that I mnst be about my Fathersbusiness ?" See the same spiritSome time ago it was my privilegeto be in a meeting at Lynn, in companywith Dr. Steele and Mr. Russell burdening bis manhood witfa a yokewithin him, in his bright,brief ministry,Sturges ; the meeting was held in the which his having oneness with theCongregational Ciiiirch; its object was Father made it easy to bear. Does hethe promotion of holiness. At the heal the man that was born blind ?close of the meeting, all who wished The motive which makes the healingto have the abiding power, were asked fly on swifter wings, is this: " I mustto stand; at least fifty people arose, work the work of him that sent meamong them the pastor of the church. while it is yet day, for the night comethwhen no man can work." Is heAfter the meeting, he said to me :about to open up at the well of Sychar" How do you get hold of thisthe treasures of his upper springs,thing ?"whUe his half educated disciples gaze" Whose work is it ?" I asked. curiously and question and " marvel" God's," he replied.that he talketh With the woman ?" Rememberhow his purpose rose suf5-" Then give it all up to Him. Hewill do it all."ciently above the force of prejudiceIn concluding, I would say. Do not and above the force of hunger,—" Myforget that "the preparation of the meat is to do the wUI of him that seutheart is of the Lord,"—Dr. Cullis' me, and to finish his work." And ifFaith Training Lectures.you pass on to the urgent even-tide,—Connt so little of yourself becausewhen, instead of rest, the weariness ofof your own wretchedness and sinfulfainting came, and ihe shadow of hisdrowsiness, that ye count not alsopassion came densely around him- Helittle of God in the course of his unchangeablymercy ; for there be manysays, with head bowed the while forthe iaptism of blood, but lifting itselfChristians most like unto young sailorsfor lhe moment in the consciousness ofwho think that the shore and the wholea fulfiUed mission : •• I have glorifiedland do move, when the ship and theythee on earth; I have finished thework which thou gavest me to do."Thus enforced by the word of theLord, and more tenderly by the highestexample, onr obligations to fidelityare pressed upon us to-d-ay. This isto be the standard ot our consecration.Tiilents have been giv. n us and tbeyare neilher to be hoarded in fruitlessavarice, nor squandered iil profitless
611 THE BARNBST CHRISTIAN,waste. They are to be used,—laid out "I AM NEVER ALONE."for God—and so laid out that in wonderfulusury they may doable themselvesAn old man sat in his easy chair.in their returns, bringing for his He was alone. His eyes -were so dimblessed service the "gold" of holy that he could not read his Bible; hecharacters, and " the precious stones "gathered from the mortal's dark mines,had long ceased to hear any commonsouud, and it was only in broken whispersthat he conld commune and gathered by our hands, to sparklewithin the Redeemer's crown,—Rev, W. those around, and often hours passedM. Punshon.by in which the silence of his thoughtwas not broken by an outward voice.He had ohtUved his generation; oneby one the companions of his boyhoodand youth had been laid in the grave,until none remained of all those heON GIVING.—George MuUer, in hisclosing service in Baltimore, said severalpoints had been laid upon his heartto present to us. First, he wished tocall our attention to 1 Cor, xvi, 2, asthe Scriptnre rule for systematic giving.He thought the financial crises,the dull times that come upon theworld, are owing to the unfaithfulnessof men in regard to the divine commandabout giving; he referred toLuke vi, 38, to show how God dealswith them that give. God returns itip overflowing measure; not simply4qualmeasure, but "pressed down,andShaken together, and running over."fie thought not one Christian in a million had the opportunity which he hasfor observing the Lord's dealings withtiiose who thus obey him, as he was incommunication with ten thousandChristians in all parts of the world;and he testified that invariably, withoutdne exception, he had found that thosewho thus sytematicaUy gave, wereblessed in their business; they did notsee hard times nor have bad debts.Not that he considered this by anyineans a motive for doing what we arecommanded to do, but it does provethe faithfulness of our heavenly Fatherin taking care of them that do his wiU." O," he exclaimed, " there is a greatdifference between living for self andliving for God! When we Uve for"him, he is on our sid»." '-Then he alludedto the Mosaic law, by which evervJew was required to give a half shekelyearly for the support of the worshipof the sanctuary, no matter how poorhe might be; and so now the poor mustgive their copper, the middle class theirsilver, and the rich their gold.had once known and loved. To thoseto whom the future is one bright pathof hope, and happiness, and sociallove, how unenviable seemed his condition—howcheerless his days !I have said he was alone. A gentleand thoughtful child stole iuto hissilent room, and twined her arm lovinglyaround his neck." I feared you would be lonely, deargrandfather," said she, '.' and so I cameto sit awhile with you. Are you notvery lonely here, with no one to speakto, or to love ?"The old man paused for a moment,and laid his hand upon the head of thegentle cbUd." I am never alone, my child." hesaid. "How can I be lonely? forGod is with me ; the Comforter comesfrom the Father to dweU in my soul,and my Saviour is ever near to cheerand instruct me. I sit at his feel, andlearn of him; and thongh pain andsickness often come to warn me thatthis earthly honse of my tabernacle issoon to be dissolved, I know that thereis prepared for me a mansion, the gloriesof which no tongue can tell, noheart conceive. The love of God islike living water to my soul. Seek inyour youth this fountain, my child.Drink deep of its living waters; andthen when your hair shall be whitenedfor the grave, when all sources ofearthly enjoyment are taken away, youtoo can say, I am never alone,"Let this testimony of an aged anddevoted servant' of Christ, smk deep
he went. Moses not only believedthat God would deliver Israel out ofEgypt; bqt in obedience to his command,he " refused to be called the sonof Pharaoh's daughter; choosing ratherto suffer aflHiction with the people ofGod than to enjoy the pleasures of sinfor a season." Trne faith always leadsto obedience. It is a living principle,by which the sotU is quickened from,the death of sin to a new life of holiness.It is the means throjigh jvhich,by the Holy Ghost, we are createdanew in Christ Jesus to- good works.It works by love, and love is alwaysthe great motive to obedience. Itgives us large and clear views of thelove of God in Christ; then " we lovehim because he first loved us;" and" This is the love of God that we keephis commandments." Thus, by faith," the love of God is shed abroad inour hearts," leading us to a holy life.Such is the connection between faithand obedience, and the necessity ofone to the other.— Christmas Evans.—Show yourself a Christian by sufferingwithont murmuring, for whichsin fourteen thousand and seven handredwere slain.—Numb, xvi, 49. Inpatience possess your soul—they losenothing who gain Christ.—Rutherford.THE INFIDEL SCHOOLMASTER, 61into the heart of every child who reads THE INFIDEL SCHOOLMASTER.these lines. Seek while in youth, thesource of that consolation which canbe yonr joy in sickness, in trial, and inSome few years after the throes andheavings of the French Revolution,solitude—your stay when all earthly and its collateral excitements in thehelps have failed. Then wUl it be minds of men in other countries, beganyour blessed privilege to say, " I, too, to subside, a master was needed foram never alone,"—Christian Citizen. one of the rough schools among thecolliers of Kingswood, near Bristol.FAITH AND OBEDIENCE.—Faith and An elderly gentleman offered himselfobedience are inseparable, and the as candidate, of evidently." superiorformer is dead withont the latter. They habits of mind and of life. There waswrought together in Abel, and thereforehe offered a more excellent sacricealmentabout him. But no objeca measure of haughty reserve and conficethan Cain, They wrought togetherin Noah and led him to premittee.When, however, it was sugtionof any weight was raised in comparean ark to the saving of his house, gested to him that a man of his evidentsuperiority was putting himself,Abraham not only believed that Godwould give him and his seed the land as it were, out of his proper position,of Canaan; but he went forth at the he drew up and said, " It was theirDivine command, not knowing whither dnty to jndge of his quaUfications foran office, to which they had invitedcandidates; and as to whether it suitedhis purposes, that was his question nottheirs; and a question evidently determinedin his mind, by his appearancethere. To elect him or not was theirconcern," And, ultimately, though acertain degree of mystery hung aroundhim, he was chosen master of theschool.Months passed away in the quiet anddiligent performance of duty, when atlength a report, which arose first as awhisper, gathered strength sufficientlyto induce the caUing togetberof the committee; when a charge was seriouslybronght against this aged and somewhatmysterious teacher, that he wasan unbeliever in revealed religion.The charge was at once met withfirmness:" Gentlemen, had you examined meclosely at the time, you woiUd undoubtedlyhave fonnd me an unbeUevingman. I have been a disciple and aviotim of the wild and unlicensedviews of the French Revolutionaryschool. Neither education, nor argument,nor circumstance, ever bronghtme to anything like a knowledge ofthe troe God. But that which no favorableadvantages of a superior lifecoold do for me, has been done by
means of the simple prayers of mypoor neighbors, the colUers of Kingswood.1 have attended their little unpretendingmeetings for social prayer.I have listened with deep attention totheir artless devotions, evidenced, asto their sincerity, by the streamingtears that stole down their blackenedfeces. This has been the effectualmeans by which, when everything elsefaUed, I have been brought, at length,to feel and acknowledge my own sinfulness,and to believe in the mercy ofmy redeeming God and Saviour."Hear this, ye superstitionists, whowould limit thei influence of the sovereignSpirit of grace to certain localitiesin a place of worship I There isUfe from the dead among the prayermeetingsof the poor coUiers IWhat everything else had utterlyfaUed to do, it pleased God, in his sovereignty,that the proud unbendingmind of this stranger, should hebrought down to dust by the prayers,the tears, the contrition, the earnestnessof some of the roughest and simplestbelievers in the whole church ofGodTime glided on, and at length thehealth of this new convert gave waynnder his exertions. He was obUgedto resign the duties of the school, andbecome a resident usher or teacher inthe highly respectable school of Mr.S , at Bath. Here he secured, byhis very gentlemanly manner, his evidentknowledge of men and things, andhis unaffected piety and humUity, thewarm affections of the family ; and heremained with them, as in an endearedhome, till the Ungering days of hislast decline. During the illness, hewas carefully aitended by the eldestdaughter of the famUy, who had learnedto entertain a very great respect forthis extraordinary stranger.One day when he was very near theclose of life, he called Miss *S tohim, and said:" I must have your entire and determinedconfidence ; I must deposit withyou statements which you must pledgeyourself to me, not to utter to any other -THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.individual till I am departed." To thisshe consented. Then he said, veryseriously:" My dear Miss S- , I am notwhat 1 have appeared to be; circumstanceshave compelled me to seek thedeepest shade of life. I am a Scottishbaronet, of old family; my name isSir R M , of . Manyyears ago, that unprincipled extravagance,which is often the associate ofpractical ungodliness, brought me intodifficulties. At that moment, the delirious-theoriesof the French Revolutiondeceived and led away many. In themidst of broken fortune, and pecuniarydifficulties, and strange theoretical extravagance,my wife left me, to acceptthe protection, as it is called, of Admiral. I had no son, but only twodaughters, and these, in the wUdnessof my passion, and my disgust at mywife's infideUty, I abandoned to difficultiesand risks, of which I have neverknown anything. My inquiries, manyyears afler, failed to give me any clueto wife or chUdren. In my agony ofmind, at the crisis of which I was previouslyspeaking, I left my countryand my property. I went to France,and plunged at once into all the excessesof infidelity and revolution, andlost myself totally for many years.When, however, the frenzy passed,away, I returned to England. I conldnot find, as I told you, my wife andchildren. My brother had held thebaronetcy foryears, under lhe convictionthat I had been long dead. Ifound that I was a solitary, unknownoutcast in the world, through my ownacts; and I fled to the deep shades ofthe Kingswood collieries. The rest ofmy history and its mercies you know.When I am departed, send up to London,to Sir P^ M , of , andhe will come down and do everythingneedful"The hour of Sfr R 's departurecame,and he passed peacefully into theeternal world. Sir P Mcame down ; and to his great astonishmenthe recognized his long, lost brother,wept over him as his "dear Rob.,"
and buried him with all the baronialhonors, in which the ancient ScottishfamiUes delight.The story does not end without anotherepisode. These falcts were all intimatelyknown to the Rev. Mr. Q d,a respectable dissenting minister, theintimate friend of Newton, and Cowper,and the old apostolical Mr. Bull, ofNewport-Pagnell. One day he attendeda social meeting for religions conversationalimprovement. He relatedthis marvelous series of facts. In thewonderous providence of God, the twodanghters of Sir R M werein the room I Mercy had watchedover those whom both parents hadabandoned; and now they learned,thus incidentally, that their father hadbeen rescued by divine grace, from allthe horrors and consequences of unbeUefSuch are the triumphs of God's wonder-workingmercy He liftelb up oneand casteth down another. He delightsin this infinite variety of providentialmeans; and when the glorious Emanuelhas thus prepared the heart to receivehim, he gives believers power tobecome the sons of God, " born not ofthe wUl of the flesh, nor of the will ofman, but of God."—Christian Guardian.» » »—.EXPEBIENCE,—My Christian life before,was like the bustle of Saturday.From early dawn to setting snn, Iwatched my heart with vigilant care ;I worked hard to form plans and carrythem out of serving God, often to findin them only defeat and bitterest disappointment.Fondest hopes wereblasted, I set my heart upon idolsonly to have them taken away; sinspressed upon me, that do my best, Icould not control; piayer was at timesprecious, at times wearisome; andthough I often held sweet conversewith Jesus on the mount, I used toturn sadly away and come down toevery-day life. In days of trouble 1found him a very present help, and patiencewas granted me, and it wassweet to trust where I could not see.EXPERIENCE. 68But times oame when I was tfred, oh,so tired of trusting; for I only trustedwitb one hand whUe I held on with theother; I did not dare to let go, for if Idid, how could I keep myself in thestraight and narrow way ? And so"flesh and heart wonld give way," andI longed for the heaven that can onlybe reached through the "grave andgate of death." Faint with longing,I was brought at last to beUeve that, ifI desired it, Jesns would come into myheart, and, Uving there, would take theentire guidance of my Ufe, being to methe ever-present Friend I so muchneeded. Since then, there has beenbut one condition, and that was that Ishould no longer doubt On the instantmy eyes were open to see Jesus,my heart cried out, " My Lord and myGod!" and into its utmost depth cameJesus, and self made haste to depart,for it was no longer wanted. AndJesus became my life. He it was whoguided my hands and my feet, myhead and my heart. " It was not I,but Jesus living in me." Before, itwas work and anxiety, with alternationsof joy and sorrow ; now it is peaceand rest, " that peace which passethunderstanding," that keeps my heart intbe knowledge of the love of God.—How can you hope to know Godexcept yon commune with him ? Evenas man knows his felibw-man by conversationwith him, and by observinghis action, so we may know God bytalking with him in prayer, by studyingthe revelations of his character inthe universe of his creation, and themore abundant revelation of the Wordwritten for man.—Rejoice ye, who walk in the highway of holiness, for ye are in goodcompanionship, even the ransomed ofthe Lord. No evil thing can be foundon that road. It leads to a heavenlycity. It is the glorious way—fuU ofbeauty are they who travel thereon;for sin which defiles, is not found inthem; they are of a royal famUy—sons of a Prince.
I'il W»4 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.BBEAD.—In one of the newly settledportions of tbe country, a child was oneday missed by his mother. She soughthim in vain, and when the shades ofevening were gathering in,as the fatherreturned from his labor she said tohim :" Onr little child is missing, and Ido not know where he is."They went out immediately to seekthe lost, and all through the night theysearched and hunted, but did not findthe little boy. The search was continuedon the morrow, and all the neighborsjoined tbe parents, and looked inevery direction for the lost child.Toward the close of the third day,the wearied father came into the house;and looking out of the window, saw acompany of men approaching, one ofwhom appeared to have something inhis arms. He strained his eyes to discernwhat it was, and weary and wornas he was with searching, he rushedont to meet tbem, and found that theywere bringing home his Uttle boy.The neighbors placed the child in thefather's arms, he drew him to his bosom; when the little fellow, pale andfeeble, looked up and faintly said:"Give me some bread, father."No doubt that father was a sinful,erring, and perhaps selfish man; butthink you that he needed to be urgedand-entreated to give bread to the littleWearied, famishing child ? Thinkyou that he hesitated and delayed togrant such a request ? " If ye thenbeing evil, know how to give good giftsunto your children, how much moreshall your heavenly Father give theHoly Spirit to them that ask him."HINT TO PBEACHEBS.—A Spanishartist was employed to depict the"LjiSt Supper." It was his object tothrow all the sublimity of his art intothe .figure and countenance of theMaster; but he pat on tfae table inthe fore-ground some chased cups, theworkmanship of which was exceedinglybeautiful, and when his frieiids cameto see the picture on the easel, everyone said, " Wbat beautiful cups I""Ah !" said he, " I have made a mistake; these cups divert the eyes ofthe spectator from the Master, to whomI wish to direct the attention of theobserver;" and he took his brush andrubbed tbem from the canvas, that thestrength and vigour of the chief objectmight be seen as it shonld.JESUS EVER NEAR." I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."-Heb. ilii, 5.Jesua is forever near.Sweetly chasing every fear;Leads me by HU gracioas band.Bids me in His faith to stand ;Lifts my soul to things above,FiUs my hnart with heavenly love ;Still infusing joy and graceBy the brightness of His face IAs I journey to the skies.Sore temptations will arise ;Anzioas cares depress my heart,Satan thrasts his killing dart ;Friendship's ties may soon decay,Brigbtest hopes may fade away,Yet the truth shall ever cheer,Jesas is forever near!He's my gnide, my Ufe, my wayTo the realms of endless day ;At His throne of grace I'll bend,Songs of praise to Him I'll send ;All my powers to Him I'll give.To His praise and glory live ; •In life's toils this truth shall cheer,Jesus is forever near IWhen my spirit takes its flightTo the world of fadeless light.Then my conflicts shall be o'er.Sin and griefs shall harm no more;Earth's dull shadows then shall flee,God shall show hinself to me;In ecstatic tones I'll hear,Jesas shall be ever near IA. F. Munro in Primitive Methodist.—Temptation is not sin; the sin isin yielding—in cherishing and beiugled by the suggestion to action.
EDITOBIAL.EDITORIAL.FEW.WUh men, numbers carry influence.Among savage tribes, tbe most despoticchief loses his authority, if not his head,when he fails to carry his tribe with him.The power of the most arbitrary sovereignis limited by the loyalty of his adherents.In this country, where themajority rules, great importance is attachedto numbers. Religious opinionsare, to a large extent, estimated, not somuch by their accordance with the Scriptures,as by the number of votes controlledby those who hold them,church ia a respectable church.A largeBut 6od estimates every person at histrue worth, whether he stands alone orwhether multitudes stand with him. Theone thing that secures the Divine favor isadherence to the right. He who knowshe is right, should stand by his principleseven if he stands alone. Like Elijah, heshould never falter in his devotion toGod, thoagh in the solitude of th'e hearthe feels Uke saying, " I, even I only, amleft ; and they seek my life, to take itaway."How often is the snggestion made tothe lovers of holiness: Ton can do noth-.ing, because yoa are so few. Let us rememberthe words of Jonathan to hisarmor-bearer. For there is no restraint tothe Lord ta same by many or byfew.-^lSam, xiv, 6, Inspired by this faitb, theywent to battle and gained a great victory.Asa had a similar faith when he wentout to meet an army over a millionstrong, " And Asa cried anto the Lordhis God, and said. Lord, it is nothing withthee to help, whether with many, or withthem that have no power,"—2 Chron.xiv, 11. His faith also proved victorious.If your principles are sonnd and Scriptural,stand by them though all aroundyou hold to the contrary. If you standfirmly on the side of God and of right,thoagh JOU may be long nnde'r reproach,you will in the end be victorious. Truthis not put down by clamor, nor the causeof holiness by resolutions.if defection be ever so general, do youremain true to God. It is not necessaryto tum aside with the multitude. Youwill have grace, if you seek it, all thesame as if a multitude was with you.Christ will commend you all the morefor your fidelity when the many provefalse,Ihou hast a few names even in Sardiswhich have not defiled their garments;and they shall walk with me in white : forthey are worthy.—Rev, iii, 4. .Man is a fallen being. The Bible declaresit. The history of every nation, ofevery community, of every individual,confirms the teaching of the Bible uponthis point. To be Christians, yoa mustbe converted—be made new creatures.After this has taken place, the constant,tendency is to fall back into thenatural condition. For many be called,but few chosen.—Mat. xx, 16, All have achance, bat the necessary qaalificationsare found in but few. Instead, then, of never hear it at other times.being anxious aboat being with the many,we should see to it that oar hearts andour lives, through abundant grace, besuch as will give us a place among theFBW whom Christ shall choose. Is thereajiy good reason for you to think thatyou will be among the chosen PBW ?Gan this be the caae if, in choosing yourChristian position, you inquire onlywhere are the many—especially of thosewho have wealth and influence 1BE INSTAUT IK SEASOS.—This is thetime for camp-meetings throughout theland, when thousands assemble to hearGod's word preached, many of whomIt is veryimportant that those who go to ministerspiritaal things, should go prepared towin the precious souls to Christ who arewaiting to be won, and not be obliged tospend in self-preparation the preciousmoments which should be used for others-There are times when the charch of Godneeds instraction, needs to hamble itself;but aaiely this time ought not to be whenthere are many vxiiting to be invited anduiBtracted in the way to Ciuist. The
66 THE EARNEST CHRISTIAN.prudent farmer goes to tbe harvest fieldwith sharpened tools. Every Christianshould go to these camp-meetings readyto work. Let the early moming hours',before the mnltitude comes, be devotedto the church. The time of the presenceof the mahitadti belongs to it, nor shoaldthey be obliged to wait for Christians tobecome prepared for work. Be instant inseason.»-•-•TEMPTED.He who desires to sin will not want anopportunity to sin. Virtue has its seat inthe heart and not in circumstances thatsurround us. But even our surroundingsare often the result of our own choice.He who, to make money, takes his familyinto a neighborhood where there is noSabbath-school, no religious meeting—where all the associations are worldlyand degrading, where his children musthave wicked associates or none, has noone but himself to blame. God did notsend Lot to Sodom. He who, in time ofactive hostilities, goes into an enemy'scountry, has no right to expect generoustreatment.Not only resist temptation, but do notunnecessarily put yourself in its way.We pray," Lead us not into temptation,"How inconsistent then to put ourselvesinto the way of temptations ! The easiesttime to crush a viper is when it is in theshell. Noxious weeds are most easilydistroyed before they go to seed. A badact had belter be repented of and forsakenbefore it becomes a habit. Temptationhad better be resisted at its verybeginning.But when yoa are tempted, bat havenot yielded, do not condemn yourself becauseyon are tempted. Satan will try tomake you do it. If you have yielded alittle, he will tell you that yoa may aswell yield fully. Here is where he oftengains a great advantage. He condemnsyon—for he is the accuser of the brethren—andthen tells you that yoa are undercondemnation, and may as well givenp entirely. Do not listen to this suggestion.Whatever you may be consciousof having lost, strengthen the things thatremain. Renew the battle with vigorand courage. Remember that you arefighting for a crown of life, and nevergive up. If Satan gets an advantage,flee to Christ and sepk deliverance. Committhe keeping of yoar soul unto God asnnto a faithful Creator, and obey Him.He is able to keep yoa from falling, andto present you blameless before histhrone.CHRISTIAN PEACE.Tbere is a peace which comes from Qodto every soul that believes his promisesand obeys his commands. Christ, speak,ing to his disciples, said, " Peace I leavewith you, my peace I give unto you ; notas the world giveth, give I unto you."—John xiv, 27.Christ is called " The everlasting Father.The Prince of Peace."—Isa. ix, 6.Tliis peace whieh Christ gave to his disciples,was not unknown before,for Isaiahsays: " The work of righteousness ispeace, and the effect of righteousness,quietness and assurance forever." ItfolIo\^ righteousness as a result. Itstands third in the marvelous list, whichthe Apostle gave to the Galatians, of thefruits which they should bear of theSpirit. It is written in the Divine Law," Love thy neighbor as thyself." In orderto do this, there must be no anger or malicein the heart, but peace must hold sway,-unmoved by aught that is evil; envy maynot be there, nor jealousy, nor covetousness,for peace cannot be a co-dwellerwith these turbulent, contentions spirits.Instead of these there must be gentleness,meekness, long suffering, goodness, faith.What a choice company ! Angels neverentertained more pleasant guests. Princeshave rarely been able to summon suchcompanions to their palaces. Yet theseare the attendants of the Prince of Peace,who delight to take ap their abode withhis followers.But here is a strange saying to comefrom one called, the Prince of Peace. " Icame not to send peace, bnt a sword."—Matt. X, 34. Has he then abjured the titlegiven him by Isaiah, and taken the swordof conflict in his hand ? God changes not,
His peace passeth understanding, for itabideth forever, is independent of times,places, or any cireamstance ; of friends,riches or honor; is dependent only nponour faith in Christ," Great peace have they which lovethy law, and nothing ahall offend them."The Apostle exhorts to "Follow peacewith all men,.and holiuess, without whichno man shall see the Lord."—Heb. xii,14. Get this peace in your heart andyour words vrill win, not make angry; forhe who speaketh in love and peace, commendsGod to man. But be sure tbispeace is not indifference. It brings quietto the soul and freedom from care ; bntthis quiet fits the soul to spread the goodtidings of peace and widen the boundariesof her kingdom.1 - * ~ *IT is not enough when you wish yourmagazine discontinued to retnm a copy,you must notify by postal card or otherwise,givingname and address, and aendon arrearages, if any.EDITORIAL. 67but is the same throughout etemity. TheQUESTIONS.angels sang at Jesus' birth, " Peace onIn the moming Love Peast at Plymouth,earth, good will to men." Zacharias' peoplesaid ot him that he should guide oarIowa, Camp-Meeting, the service tooka new turn. Many questions were askedfeet in the way of peace. (Lnke i, 79.)about our duties to our families, which ITo reconcile the peace with the swordanswered as best I could.is not difflcnlt.Sister C ; " I have a daughter, agedThe great enemy of peUce toward Godabout seventeen, whom I have broughtand man is sin,—which Christ came toup to dresa—I am sorry for it. She isconquer, and which he put under his feet.unconverted ; but what is now my dutyBecause of the death and resurrection ofto her ?"Christ, sin has no more dominion over us;but being freed from sin, we are now becomeservants of righteousness, whoseKirst tell her what God has done foryoa; confess to her the great sin youwork is peace.have committed against God and her soulin bringing her up to love fashion andDo we wonder then that he who is Lordfolly. Pray with her—read to her whatof the hearts of men should cause, evenGod says against pride and conformity towith a sword, to be cast out from his dominionsthe man of sin ? Because of thethe world and in favor of plain and mod*est apparel. Tell her that, while you aresword cometh peace, true and abiding.ready to do all you can for her, your firstThis peace enables its possessor to fightduty is to save your soul and to do allain, with love in the heart, Thongh it isyou caa to save her, and that in order toa strong, vigilant foe to sin, it is not athis yon cannot procure for her anythingbitter foe. With love in his heart ourthat Qod in his word forbids, and that ifSaviour turned wth tenderness and longingtoward Jerusalem. " How often wouldshe wears anything of the kind whichshe now has, or which she obtains fromI have gathered thy children, and yeany other source, she does it withoutwould not."—Matt, xiiii, 37,your consent and against yonr most earnestwishea.Brother S : " My children are smallbat my oldest boy has a good deal offather in him; he does not like to giveup, I have sometimes whipped himseverely before he would yield. Have Idone right ?"Undonbtedly, if the correction wasmade in the right spirit. The Bible isclear on this point. "Correct thy sonwhile there is hope, and let not thy soulspare for his crying." " The rod and reproofgive wisdom; but a child left tohimself will bring his parents to shame."The foundation of religiun. of the family,of the state, of the charch, is submissionto constituted authority. Unless this istaught to children, they are very liable .never to learn it.Brother T : " My oldest son, nearlytwenty-one, in spite of Ms training,breaks through all restraint, and usestobacco, goes to saloons, and drinks beerwhenever he gets a chance, I have prayed
68 THE EARNBST CHRISTIAN.with him and talked with him. He promisea'amendment;but violates his promisesand my commands. What am I to do inhis case ?"Hold on to God for him in earnestprayer, and hold on to him. Yon shouldinsist upon obedience; but I cannotadvise you to send him off, even if youcaonot secure the obedience as fully aayou would. Hold on to God for him, andyon may yet see him saved,^Brother McL——: " What shall we dowith our Union Sabbath schools, whereo.ur children are taught to dress, to go topic-nics, festivals and the like V" Come out from among them and be ye'separate," If you cannot get your childrenin a Sabbath-school where Christianity,in its purity, is taught, then get upone of your own. Teach your childrenypurself.ICAMP-MEETINGS,iAr CEDAB RAPIDS, Iowa, we remainedorily long enough to preach twice at thebeginning. We found an earnest bandof workers—preachers all on fire withdivine love—and everything betokened aeuccesaful meeting. We learn that itwaa so, to a remarkable degree, and thatttere were many converted and aanctifiedto God.AT PLYMOUTH, Iowa, we were presentthrough nearly the whole of the meeting.The Lord worked mightily in his peopleand upon the hearts of sinners. It wasgenerally considered the best meetingever held in that section. It was a timeof general quickening.Are there not many who will fead theabove and go and do likewise—thusspijead tha truths which do your own- so^ljtood t" FISHERS OF MEN."This book is now in press, and we expectthat, no preventing providence, itwill be ready for sale about the middleof August. It is designed for bothpreachers andl)eop]e. —The intention isto give preach#rs a clear idea of theirduty, and of the means by which it maybe successfully performed ; and to showthe people what they should look for intheir preachers, and the part which theyshould take in the salvation of souls.Some idea of the scope of the work maybe gathered from the subj ects treated ofin the various chapters, which are asfollows :Chap. I, What is Succeas 1—II, Successa Duty—III, How to Succeed—IV, Call toPreach—V, Religious Experience—VI,Baptism of the Spirit—VII, The Standard—VIII, Preaching—Matter—IX, Preaching—Manner—X,Love—XI, Faith—XII,Feeling—XIII, Prayer-XIV, PersonalEffort—XV, Co-operation—XVI, Study—XVII, Discipline.It contains about two hundred audeighty pages—closely and clearly printedon good paper, and will be neatly bound.Will be sold at retail for $1.50.Send on your orders, addressed to Rev.B. T. Roberts, Rochester, N, T,GOBBESPOMDEJYCE.BLUE RIVER CAMP-MBETING.I went from Chicago with a few friendsto this meeting. On our way we agreedthat we would see nothing there but Qod,eye him in all, and go straight forward todo his will. It waa a blessed time; allworldliness seemed banished from theground, My soul waa free as a bird allBBOTHER KOBEBTS: The above subscribershave read THE EABNEST CHBISTIAN and like it very much, I handedone to a neighbor, and thua.was the catise the week. When we came home on theof one subscription; and a good, Christiapbrother, by lending hiSj obtained thecars my soul felt full of the Holy Ghost,The Lord had been there in his savingother subscriber.—A. N, B.and sanctifying power. Glad to find thepilgrims at Blue river standing so well onthe solid Rock, The work done there hasiproved a thorough work. Bless the Lord IAmen,C, DTIDMAS,