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used personally of our Lord, in every instance of its Egyptians, while not one of the blood-sheltered occurrence as to Him, both in that and in the former Israelites fell: if after all this, and the equally miraepistle. And it does seem to me that the means used to culous opening of the Red Sea to let the redeemed bosts evade the proof afforded by this chapter of Christ's pass
through, they could and did, and that too, in the face personal, pre-millennial coming, are such as would not of the pillar of cloud and fire, pursue Israel into the be tolerated in regard to any other book than bed of the Red Sea, there to meet a watery grave, it is scripture.
hard to say what human wickedness may not attempt
. As I once wrote elsewhere—“ Suppose a mere But, secondly, it is a purely gratuitous assumption, human author to write two treatises, the latter that the heavenly and earthly rmies are arrayed in intended to throw further light on the subject of the each other's sight, like two mere human hosts ; or that former; suppose that a certain term or phrase occurs the beast, false prophet, and their armies see anything more frequently than any other in these writings, and of Christ and His heavenly followers, till the moment that this phrase is always used in one fixed determinate they are smitten with destruction by the overwhelm. sense ; suppose that it has been thus used twelve or ing apparition. They are "gathered together to make thirteen times without one exception, and that this is war against his army;" but surely this language does acknowledged by all who read the writings in question. not imply that they do or that they can carry out their There is however, a fourteenth instance in which the intent after He and His army appear. Was not Saul phrase occurs. There is no intimation on the part of of Tarsus fighting against Christ-kicking against the writer that he uses it in a different sense. There the pricks—albeit he had not seen Him, and could is nothing in the immediate context to require that it not bear to behold Him when He appeared ? It should be understood in a different sense. So far from was in mercy that Christ appeared to him, though this, it is employed in the usual sense at the com- even thus he was smitten to the ground, and blinded for mencement of the paragraph in which it again occurs three days. It will be in judgment that He appears to in the instance supposed. What should we think of the anti-Christian confederacy, the heads of which any one who would contend, in a case like this, that will be cast alive into the lake of fire, while their the phrase is to be understood in a different sense, the followers are slain, not converted, by the sword of fourteenth time of its occurrence, from that in which Him that sat upon the horse. it is used in all the former instances ?! Now this is From the Old Testament I have no doubt that it is what you do with Paul's two epistles to the Thess- against Christ, in His connexion with Israel and the alonians : and it is the only way in which you can holy land, that the anti-Christian forces will be evade the demonstration afforded by chap. ii, second gathered. epistle, of the pre-millennial personal coming of It will assuredly be in ignorance of what awaits Christ.
them, that for their own purposes of ambition and But you urge that Antichrist is said to be “consumed hatred to God, they will have assembled there. “Now by the breath of his mouth,” as well as destroyed by also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, the brightness of His coming! But åvaliokw strictly Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.
to take away"_" to destroy.” Liddell and But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither Scott, though giving the sense 'to use up, lavish, understand they his counsel ; FOR HE SHALL squander" when applied to money or substance, say GATHER THÉM AS THE SHEAVES INTO HIS “(ii) of PERSONS, to kill, to destroy.” It is the word FLOOR." (Mic. iv, 11, 12.) True, that in the proused in Luke ix, 54, where the disciples inquire, if they phet, the daughter of Zion is exhorted to "arise and may ask fire from heaven to consume the Samaritan thresh," and Israel will, doubtless, be used as ere. villagers. Its use in 2 Thess. ii cannot therefore be cutioners of the divine vengeance; but the Apocalypse allowed as an argument for the gradual weakening of shows, as well as certain Old Testament passages, as antichrist by the truth, or gospel, prior to his complete Zech. xiv, Isa. lxvi, &c, that the overthrow of the destruction by the brightness of Christ's coming. ungodly confederacy will, first of all, be by the sudden, Further, “the breath, or spirit of his mouth” does not, unlooked for, descent of Christ and His heavenly hosts
. as far as I can gather from scripture, mean Excuse, my dear Sir, this hasty sketch, and believe gospel" or the “ saving influences of the Spirit.” me, with sincere christian regards. Job iv, 9; xv, 30; Isa. xxx, 28; also 33: all use the phrase of judgment on the wicked persons, not of converting influences on men's souls.
As to your closing argument from Rev. xix, that Till the righteousness of God was accomplished in Christ, it the nature of the case forbids the thought of mortal could not be declared-though, of course, it was of old promised men turning their puny weapons against the Lord, by the gospel."* The reason is, because the question of repersonally revealed from heaven, I answer : First, sponsibility is settled in Christ. First, atonement is made ; that it is impossible to say to what amount of hardi- He becomes a source of life in resurrection. In this He acts by hood human wickedness, inspired to madness by the Spirit. The whole foundation of blessing is now found in Satan's utmost power, may extend. Think of Pharaoh the knowledge of divine righteousness thus declared. Hence
in the Acts, they went on their way rejoicing, immediately on and the Egyptians. If after the ten plagues, and conversion. Here, also, is our standard of conduct and source of the miracle of one person dead in every house of the fruits.
THE NAMES OF GOD, AND THE THEOPHANIES,
Things New and old.
A FAIR SHOW IN THE FLESH.
(Gal. vi, 12.)
“The truth," or the doctrine of the Son, as the Lord Him-
receive it. It is the “ law of liberty;" (James i, ii ;) it is V. Elohim (Enoch.)
mercy rejoicing over judgment;" for judgment has been VI. Jehovah Elohim (Noah.)
duly and fully marked against us, as guilty ; but through the blood of sprinkling, mercy is secured, and by the gospel
that mercy is published ; so that the truth-the doctrine of 1st Theophany The garden, Gen. iii, 8-24.
the Son, the gospel, or the law of liberty, which are all 2nd
Cain and Abel's offering, iv, 3—16. titles of the same revelation of God-sets the sinner free. 3rd
Noah's altar and burnt-offering. In this precious liberty is included freedom from sin, from The everlasting covenant with all the law, and from the flesh. This is the excellent and flesh, and the token thereof, the wondrous teaching of Romans vi, vii
, viii. Sin had been bow in the cloud, Gen. viii, 9.
a master. But the believer in Jesus is dead in Jesus; and 4th Gen. xi, 5, Jehovah came down to
death being the end or wages of sin, sin is gone. “He that see the city and the tower.
lead is freed (justified) from sin.” Sin has no claim on
him. He is no longer to be its servant; for by death the Gen. xii, 7. And Jehovah appeared to Abram entire connexion between him and sin is dissolved. So is and said.
the believer freed from the law; for the law addresses itself xiv. Melchizedek. The most high God, only to living man. It is the husband only of such, by its
possessor of heaven and earth. energies working on the flesh. But the believer being not The Lord, the most high God, &c. a living, but a dead and risen, man-a man in union with a
The word of the Lord came unto dead and risen Christ—the law is of necessity discharged as an Adonai Jehovah. Abram in a vision.
old husband, and the believer is acted upon by the virtues of
the risen Christ, the new husband.* So also is the believer The covenant.
out of the flesh. The flesh is the living man, man in his xvi. The angel of the Lord.
nature, as derived from corrupted Adam. But the believer is Jehovah appeared unto Hagar in not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, and the Spirit of God His angel.
dwells in him. (Rom. viii.) He is in the new man in the xvii. God. The Almighty.
second Adam; he is in Christ, and being one with Him, he The covenant of circumcision. is spirit-for he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
Abraham, Sarah. Ishmael's bless: (1 Cor. vi, 17.)
chapters. These are the three blessed characteristics of the believer's ham.
This is the standing of the “ man in Christ.” The truth xviii, 3. Adonai.
has made him free, the Son has made him free; and this has The Judge of all the earth. been accomplished by taking him out of himself, and planting xix, 24.
him, through faith, in the dead and risen Christ of God. 3. God comes to Abimelech in a dream Sin has no claim to his service, as a lord ; the law has no by night.
power over him, as a husband ; nor is the flesh the condixxi, 17.
The angel of God called out of tion in which he is.
But this doctrine, which is Christianity, does not suit the
legal, fleshly mind of man. Above all the difficulty which xxi, 33. The Lord, the everlasting God. St. Paul had to meet in his care of the churches, that which
arose from our disposedness to return to the law, or to “con
fidence in the flesh," was the most frequent and the greatest. Heb. xi, 29.—" By faith they passed through the Red sea as had been eminent for attachment to him, because of the
In Galatia he found this abundantly. The church there by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.” This is a solemn warning; for the world who call themselves gospel which he preached. They had received him as an Christians do take the ground of a judgment to come, and the need angel of God, even as Christ Jesus, and would have plucked of righteousness, but not according to God. The Christian goes out their eyes for him. They had been in a particularly through it in Christ, knowing himself otherwise lost and hope- blessed state of soul; they had begun in the Spirit," in less; the worldling tries in his own strength, and is swallowed up the doctrine of faith ; and this devotedness of heart to the Israel saw the Red sea in its strength, and thought its ruin was apostle, who had brought them that doctrine, was the fruit hopeless ; so an awakened conscience sees death and judgment; but of it. But they had been “ bewitched.” They had been Christ has died and borne judgment for us, and we are secured and drawn back from their place in Christ, and were in bondage delivered by what we dreaded in itself. . The worldling, seeing this, again. Instead of being dead to the old husband, they had adopts the truth in his own strength, as if there were no danger, and re-embraced him, and were deriving influence out of him is lost in his feeble confidence.
once more. Not that they had formally renounced Christ,
as Jews or Pagans. They still professed Christ, but together Israel sing the deliverance of God (Exodus xv) before a step has been taken in the desert. The soul, in connexion with Egypt, is • The law, being good, has not been discharged in the way that sin has, still uncertain and in fear. The desert may be never so bitter and It has been discharged as a husband only as that to which the soul was trying; but we are free and with God there, (brought to His holy risen man. Its holy and good words, as being expressive of God, are still habitation) through the redemption and deliverance of God.
delighted in and allowed.
XX, 6, 7.
with Him, they were insisting on, and trusting in,“ days," no good thing." The days, and months, and times, and and months, and times, and years." They were teaching years, religiously enforced as they were, and fitted to give for doctrines the commandments of men. They were re- their votaries a name to live with those who judge after enacting ordinances; they were turning again to beggarly the flesh, were but a painted sepulchre to the eye of St. elements. A life of simple faith in the Son of God, as the Paul. one who had loved them and given Himself for them, was Indeed God is not truly known where such things are defiled; and they were living to the law, putting themselves trusted. If the living, blessed God be really before the under observances, as under so many tutors and governors. soul, He is known as one who quickens the dead ; but conThey were servants and not sons--in bondage, and not fidence in the flesh, such as existed among the Galatians, in liberty; they had gone back to the schoolmaster, which gives up God. Thus the apostle has to say, "bowbeit then, they could not do without leaving the Father's house. when ye knew not God, ye did service to them which by
All this must have been connected with an increasing nature are no gods; but now after that ye have known show of religion among them. This necessarily was the God, (or rather are known of God,) how turn ye again to case ; for “ days and months" were so increasingly observed, the weak and beggarly elements, wherein ye desire again the bonds of the law and of carnal ordinances were so to be in bondage ?" For, indeed, as we may infer from multiplied, that to an eye not instructed by the Spirit, they what he says in Gal. ii, 19, the only way to be alive to God must have had a great“ name to live.” "But Paul speaks is to be dead to the law. Truly blessed this is. As long of all this as " leaven," threatening to corrupt the whole as the soul is alive to the law, -as long as it derives the
In his view it was the symptom of death, and not motions and sanctions which influence it from the law, of life. “A fair show” it was; but it was a fair show “in it is dead to God. For self is its end and object : to take the flesh.” Thus, under his eye, it was the garnishing of a care of one's self, of one's own interest and safety, is its sepulchre, and his energy is employed in re-quickening purpose. God is not lived for; His glory and service are them. He travails in birth again with them, if haply they not the aim of the soul; that cannot be because the law is might be raised out of this sepulchre, or place of death, set up, and the law puts us upon caring for ourselves—upon and brought forth, as Isaac from Sarah’s dead womb, by the anxious, uneasy, servile question of our own interest the precious ministry of the truth--that is, the doctrine of and safety. This is shown in the person of the unprofitable the Son taught by the Spirit.
servant. He was under the law. All that he cared about This epistle is a word of solemn admonition. It shows was to come off well in the day of reckoning. He treated us that the most promising may be beguiled, so that all bave the Lord as an austere man who must be satisfied. He to watch. We may have the blessed assurance of our holy feared him, not having learned that way of “perfect love" keeping; but we none of us keep the book of life. which is His, and which casts out fear; and thus he was Therefore we can only say of one another, “if ye continue alive to the law, but dead to od. Paul, however, stood in in the faith, grounded and settled.” And this epistle shows another mind. “I,” he says, “ through the law, am dead to that we may be disappointed even in the most promising the law, that I might live unto God." But from this life
-in a Galatian-disciple; but it also shows us that the the Galatians had now been “ bewitched.” They had beSpirit of God is alive, most sensitively alive, to the least gun it, but they were now deserting it, and no time was to be infraction of the truth, or “the law of liberty.” He speaks lost, if haply the apostle might now call them back to Christ, of it as He speaks of some of the foulest moral stains that or to that "faith " which works by love, setting the heart could defile the garments of the saints : both are the leaven and conscience at liberty before God, so that He may be that leavens the whole lump. (1 Cor. v, 6; Gal. v, 9.) loved. They had to learn again that nothing availed but
But it is to be observed still further, as to the nature of a new creature ;" (Gal. vi;) that before God the flesh is this leaven that was working in Galatia, that it was not the gone, sin judged, and the law taken out of the way; that revival of a hope, under what is termed the moral law of the old master of Rom. vi is no longer in power, and that we the ten commandments, as though by strict moral obedience are become dead to the old husband of Rom. vii; but that by a righteousness could be produced. This was not the gross faith in a dead and risen Christ, we have escaped from these thought of the disciples there ; but they were returning to bonds and penalties, to find our liberty in the fulness of observances and ordinances. It was a more refined and re- Christ. ligious confidence in the flesh; but still it was confidence in But if the standing in the “righteousness by faith " be the flesh. They had begun in the Spirit, with Christ's given up, and “confidence in the flesh” be adopted, then sufficiency; but now they were looking for perfection from there is both a fall from grace, and debtorship to do the and in the flesh. It was a departure from the liberty in whole law. (Gal. v, 1–5.) Christ will not share the conwhich Christ, by His death and resurrection, had put them; fidence of our souls with the law. He is a jealous husband, and the apostle clearly treats them as a people whose con- even as God is a jealous God. And we may bless Him that dition made him to stand in doubt of them, and to feel to- He is; we may bless Him that He will have us as a chaste wards them as though he must begin his toil among them virgin, with minds kept uncorrupted in His simplicity. If afresh, and travail in birth again till Christ be formed in we return to the law, whether ceremonial or moral, we are them, till all fleshly confidence should depart from their debtors to the whole of it. We are to glory in the cross hearts, and Christ and His liberty-Christ and the virtue of Christ, whereby the world is crucified unto us, and we of His death and resurrection, Christ and His completeness unto the world. (Gal. vi, 14.) We are not, by subjection for the poor sinner-be welcomed and received there alone. to ordinances, to manifest that we are still living in the
All at Galatia was as death while the flesh, and its ob- world. (Col. ii, 20.) The cross has met everything for us. servances, and its righteousness, were thus confided in. A It has honoured the rights and demands of God. It has sepulchre it was, garnished by much religious drapery ; but answered and silenced the malice of the enemy. And in the apostle was not to be deceived by such fair show; he spirit we have been carried on high, in and with Jesus, belays it bare; he takes off the trappings to exhibit the cor- yond the voice of the law; for that spoke for God on earth, ruption that was under them: for it was the flesh that was and we are above the earth, in the heavens, with the ascended under them, and the flesh is a dead thing. They might Christ. (Eph. ii, 6.) This eing so, we are called to leave ornament the flesh, but it is all uncleanness; and deck it the world, and all thoughts of sanctification in the flesh, out as we may, it is the flesh still, in which there dwelleth remembering that it is with nothing else than with the "increase of God” that we are nourished. (Col. ii, 19.) What fellow-labourer with the Spirit, for it is dealing with man words! but not too great ; for our life is hid in God, and and not with Christ; it is of the world ; for the apostle, in therefore partakes of its proper, divine nourishment. It the strong language already referred to in Col. ii, 20, chalis not we that live, but Christ that lives in us. All this lenges subjection to ordinances as a living in the world, and truth was so precious to Paul, that the teaching of those as unsuited to one that is dead and risen with Christ. who were reviving the law, or bondage to ordinances, was No wonder, then, that the apostle sets himself so zealously especially his sorrow; and as such had leavened the churches to the service of teaching the saints the great mystery, so in Galatia more than any other, his most aggrieved letter is bright and full as it is of the glory of God; and also to to them. It was the jealous care of the apostle to keep the the service of gainsaying the leaven of the “ teachers of the doctrines of unsullied Christianity in full purity, and to law," so destructive is it of glory. If he prized the grace spread the savour of them through the hearts of the of God in its purity and fulness, if he prized the liberty of elect. And this doctrine of Christ tells us that man is ut- the souls of the saints, if he valued the blood and work of terly worthless--that he has been touched again and again Jesus, he must set himself to these services; he must withby the finger of God, and been found to be an instrument stand the pretensions of the flesh, wherever he met them, entirely out of tune, having no music for Him at all. Man and spread among the saints the light and savour of this is, accordingly, in the boundlessness of divine grace, laid mystery of Christ. And so we find he did according to the aside, and Christ is taken up, risen from the dead, as the working of God which wrought in him effectually. It was head of a new creation. Believers are God's workmanship his jealousy lest that doctrine should be tainted; it was in Christ Jesus. Christ is formed in them. They are born his delight and desire that that doctrine should be known. of God, and His seed remains in them—that incorruptible For the flesh, with all that it had, and all it could glory in, seed of the word of the gospel. They are a new creation, whether its wisdom, strength, or religion, he had left to of which Christ is both the head and the character. He is perish in its own corruption. in them, and they are in Him. It is not they who live, but And in closing, let us ask, what will commonly be found Christ liveth in them. They are not in the flesh, but in in this enacting of days, and months, and times, and years, – the Spirit, as has been before said, but to write again these in this reviving of ordinances, and of the rudiments of the precious truths is safe and pleasant. The believer is in world? In those who impose them, there has been of old in Christ, and not in himself, and thus he has done with the design of fastening their own bonds round the hearts of condemnation as much as Christ has. Christ was once their votaries; in those who adopt them, there is generally condemned ; He died unto sin once; but now He dieth no the blindness of the mere natural mind: but at times these more, death has no more dominion over Him. And so with things are the fruit of growing worldliness in professors. the believer who is in Him: “There is no condemnation This “ doing, doing," in religious observances is the miserato them that are in Christ Jesus."
ble substitute for the walk of faith and communion with All this is for the effectual relief of the conscience, to God in the Spirit. The world that crucified Jesus is not give it perfect rest. But in the doctrine of Christ there is heartily renounced, nor is Jesus Himself heartily embraced. much more. It may be expressed thus, in mind, body, and The sweet savour of His name is departing, the freshness ESTATE, believers are one with Jesus. How divine the love of His presence is fading, and the conscience, unsettled by that could take such a counsel! The poor soul that be- this, seeks relief in the increased religiousness of the fleshly lieves is one with Christ in spirit now, and is to be one with mind. The dark, cold heart, as it recedes from Christ, Him in body and in inheritance by and by. He that is loses the vigorous, happy, genial sense, and puts on ornajoined to the Lord is already “one spirit” with Him; and the ments to hide from itself the growing feebleness of old age. present vile body is to be hereafter changed into the likeness It is well if they do not prove the very funeral trappings of of “his glorious body;" and further still, we are "heirs of a dead body. The heart knows its own wretched ways and God, and joint. heirs with Jesus Christ ;" for in Ilim and deceits too well not to be able to speak of these things. with Him we have obtained an inheritance. Thus are Would that we were more simple concerning such evil. But believers “conformed to the image of the Son." In mind, Christ in His sufficiency is only the more prized and the body, and estate they are one with Him. Great features more clung to as either one's soul is tempted this way, or as of the precious mystery of Christ these are; and, shall I one's eye and ear understand that this way is growing in a say, still more marvellous is it, that the same love which generation of large and corrupted profession. rests on the Son rests on them. (John xvii, 23.) Thoughts quite beyond any but the mind of the Spirit
In the services of the Church, the greatest differences are found, open to us in all this. But while tracing the mystic oneness and each one has his own place assigned him. The same thing of Christ, we are to remember the teaching of scripture, will likewise, I believe, take place in the glory. (Compare Eph. that Jesus is the Sanctifier, and believers but the sanctified. iv, and 1 Cor. xii.) All are conformed to the likeness of the Son; (Heb. ii.) And this shows that notwithstanding the exist- but as each has been filled with the Holy Ghost for service, and ence of this oneness, yet the proper personal distance be- hus, according to the counsels of God, to whom it is given of the tween Him and us originally was as great as light from Father, they sit on the right hand or on the left--they are over ten darkness, as heaven from hell, as God Himself from sin. cities or five. All erter together into the joy of their Lord. We And we are also to remember that by His blood alone are are all brethren, having only one Master. But the Master gives we called into this condition. The blood is our only title, grace to each, according to His own will, according to the counsels though the things to which it entitles us are thus im- of God the Father. He who denies brotherly unity, denies the measurable. Now all this glorious mystery is soiled and sole authority of the Master ; he who denies the diversity of services, clouded by those who taught circumcision or the law of equally denies the authority of the Master, who disposes of His commandments contained in ordinances. No wonder, then, servants as He pleases
, and chooses them according to His wisdom
and His divine rights. that our apostle so withstood them; for such doctrine revives the flesh-revives man in himself; and that is
is an earthly religious relationship with God, outdestructive of the first element in pure, unmixed, Christianity. side the sanctuary, and established on earth with priests between us It builds again that which has been destroyed ; it rakes and God. This the Jews were ; they cast Christ out of it, and among old ruins; it seeks the living among the dead; it is now utterly rejected. “ Let us go forth therefore unto him, without busies itself in clothing a carcase ; it is not in any wise a the camp, bearing his reproach.”
bad hand at making a fool of you. . . ... When I am dead, do Poetry.
vou see, my dear friend,'- here the colporteur interrrupted this flow of trifling langnage, by exclaming, ..... 'After death,
poor miserable man, the judgment will follow ; and what a “I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE."
judgment!...... Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting
fire.' (Matt. xxv, 41 ; Matt. viii, 12.) For a moment the young John xiv, 6.
soldier ceased to laugh, and appeared as if silenced; but his 0! gracious Lord! how doth thy word
levity quickly returned, and turning towards those who were End, to the weary heart, all strife!
standing by, he called out, “I verily believe . . . . . . that the old We hear thee say, in sweetest tones,
boy wants to insult me.'.... Give me back the book,' ex“I am the Way, the Truth, the Life."
claimed the colporteur, with earnestness. “Nay, nay, old fellow,
replied the soldier • whatever is given, is given willingly, Thou art the Truth-in thee shines forth
and in the same manner I shall keep it. Moreover, your book The Father's heart of grace and love;
may be of use to me, and this is no doubt what you wish. In Food for the wond'ring saints below,
the camp, one has not always at hand a piece of paper to light Food endless for the blest above.
one's pipe, and it will serve capitally for that. Much obliged to
you therefore.'..... On this, the young man hastily Thou art the Way—the way track'd out,
went away, though not before he had heard the following And “Finish'd”* in thy precious blood,
serious warning.. "Take care what you are about, for it is By which the vilest may draw near,
a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.' (Heb. And meet in peace a holy God.
" The poor colporteur, observing the lamentable effect which Thou are the Life-eternal life
had been produced on the dissipated minds of those who still Breathes, Saviour, in thine every word;
surrounded him, went away, . . . . . . his heart filled with the Let them our inmost spirits fill,
deepest sorrow. The feeling which predominated in his mind Till we at length behold our Lord!
was one of intense compassion, which caused him to cry out in
prayer to God, 'Lord, pardon him, ......0 God, ...... cause G.
a word to penetrate into the very depths of his conscience .. convert him-save him !' Such was the fervent prayer of this
christian man. Our Study.
“ After the lapse of fifteen months from the period when this occurrence took place, we again meet with the same man at his
work. He has travelled much during the interval, and in many The Book and its Mission, Past and Present. Dedicated to the places, far distant from each other, he has had the joy of British and Foreign Bible Society, and to the friends of Bible emptying many times the large wallet in which he carries his circulation throughout the world. Edited by L. N. R., author | stock of Bibles and New Testaments.. of the " Book and its Story.” Vol. I, 1856. (London : William
“ One evening, on arriving at a small village, situated at a disKent & Co., 51 & 52, Paternoster Row.)
tance of upwards of a hundred leagues from the town where the This very interesting book keeps in view five distinct spheres New Testament was taken from him in so unbecoming a manner, of observation :-1, the lands still, or till lately, destitute of the he enquired for an inn where he might hope to rest from the scriptures, as China, Tibet, parts of Africa, &c. ; 2, the lands fatigues of a day during which he had been very actively emwhere the people believe in a false book, as Turkey, Syria, ployed. Armenia, &c.; 3, the lands where the Bible is hidden, Roman
• He had scarcely entered the house when he became aware Catholic Switzerland, Sardinia, &c. ; 4, the ancient churches, that some sorrowful occurence inust have taken place there .... Nestorian, Coptic, Abyssinian, &c.; and 5, the fields of Pro- close to the fire-place was a somewhat aged woman, sitting with testant effort at home and abroad. The following account of her head falling on her breast, and evidently sunk in the deepest
distress. God's way with a young French soldier will serve as a sample:
Our friend, therefore, went up to her with feel“When the French government was engaged in despatching ings of that deep sympathy which, when expressed in the most large numbers of soldiers to the seat of war in the Crimea, a simple words, soon secures confidence. “Yes, I am in sorrow, regiment made a halt of several days at a town in the South of in deep sorrow,' exclaimed the landlady, the tears gushing down France. It so happened that a Bible colporteur was in the same her cheeks...... You ask the cause of all my sorrow. It is town, engaged in prosecuting his work. .... One morning then, this :-only a few hours ago he who was the happiness, and, I while surrounded in the forecourt of the barracks by a group of may say, the pride of my life,-my son, was placed in the silent soldiers, ... ... a young man, of an open and most intelligent grave; and what a son!' Here her voice wholly failed her in countenance, stepped forward, and coming close to where the agonizing sobs. Do not grieve so, my good woman,' said the colporteur was standing, said to him, in a cordial manner, that colporteur, with deep emotion, ...
but let me read to you a he had been deeply touched by his serious and affectionate few lines out of a book which I never open without finding exhortations. They have convinced me," he added, "of the something exactly suitable to the circumstances through which i necessity of getting possession of the Word of God; but, alas !' | may be called to pass.' he continued, drawing a deep sigh, 'I have not a centime where
• The colporteur drew from his pocket a small New Testament, with to make this precious purchase.” That need not signify,' out of which he read Heb. xii, 10, 11. Scarcely had the last the colporteur at once replied : 'if you have so great a desire to words been prononnced, when the woman uttered a loud cry and possess a copy, it shall not be said that a Christian allowed jumped up with extreme impetuosity. The colporteur, without you to go away without giving you one, even though I may seeming to pay any attention to this, turned over a few leaves of have to pay for it myself to those to whom I give an
his book and read Heh, iv, 14-16. account of my operations ;' and drawing one of the smallest
"On hearing this passage the woman rushed up to the reader, New Testaments out of his wallet, he handed it with much and, snatching the book out of his hand, exclaimed, .. .. You pleasure to the soldier. But what was his surprise and grief ! wicked man, you have taken from me the most precious thing for scarcely had the rogue got possession of the book, than he I have still remaining of him!...... the treasure which 1 burst out into a loud laugh, exclaiming, “You are done, my fine prize most of all!' then casting a hasty glance at the book of fellow! I am jester No. 1 of the regiment—or rather, ask my the floor, saying
to herself, . No, this is not my precious book;
which she had so violently possessed herself, she dropped it ou comrades. It is as clear as the sun that shines that I am not a
mine is torn, but this one is perfect. Forgive me.' •Does your
book, then, resemble mine, my good woman ? and is it a legacy John xix, 30.
from your dear son ?' 'Yes,' she said, 'God be praised for it.