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dred years have rolled since God wrought knowledge of salvation which he had so that miracle of mercy, in “laying on Him long neglected-entreating as a favour, the iniquity of us all,” our hope of for- and acknowledging as a charity, the visits giveness, our means of reconciliation to of a minister of the religion which he had God are all stored up in that glorious fact, long ridiculed-crying to his physician, that " whilst we were without strength, I will give you half my fortune, if you in due time Christ died for the ungodly.' save my life but for six months !" When Now all this is to a certain ex

the physician honestly told him that this

was impossible, and that he must prepare tent correct; but its tendency is for speedy death, mark the dying words of to produce an erroneous impression this unhappy infidel,-" Then I shall be on the mind. As sinners we are damned, and you shall be damned with all accessories to the murder of the

Compare, my brethren, with this awful Saviour, and as such are guilty of

example of the nothingness of unsanctified his death. As sinners we have so knowledge, the case of one who is enabled broken the law that we are guilty

“ The Lord is my portion." He of all-so guilty that the whole

may be poor-he may be ignorant-he law condemns us, though we may

may be the pauper in the workhouse, or

he may be the beggar sitting at the rich not have actually transgressed man's gate. It matters not he knows, some particular enactments. But in the depth of his ignorance, that he is the Sabbath-breaker or the diso

sinner, and that Jesus Christ came into

the world to save sinners. This knowledge bedient child is not guilty of blood

keeps him in the way of holiness,-it leads in the same sense as the actual

him to a throne of grace, -it directs him murderer ; and yet Mr. Kyle's through life,--and it is a blessing and a reasoning rather leads to such a joy to him on the bed of death. In the conclusion.

last struggle, the man of learning, if an

unbeliever, is left without support; but Some of Mr. Kyle's applica- the Christian can hold fast the knowledge tions are very striking. The fol- which God has given to him he can say, lowing contrast of the death of the I know that my Redeemer liveth.” infidel Voltaire, and a poor Chris

And now, my dear friends, which have

you chosen, the portion of the unbeliever, tian, may afford a specimen. It

or that of the Chfistian ? Do not, I imis the close of a discourse on Lam. plore you, deceive yourselves in the aniii. 24. 66 The Lord is my por

swer which you may give to this importion."

tant question; for, if you be deceived,

eternal ruin is the consequence:-"for he Compare for a moment the lot of one that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh of those who are called the wise of this reap corruption.” Examine what it is earth, with that of some poor believer. that you most earnestly desire; what it is There was one whose brilliant wit, whose which you most diligently pursue ;-and varied learning, and whose keen, power- if you find that your affections are set on ful reasoning, caused all Europe to admire, earthly things, ask diligently of God that, -nay, almost to worship him. He was by the operation of His Holy Spirit on capable of writing or speaking on almost your souls, you may be led to set your every possible subject except one, and affections on things above. Lose not a that one was the Gospel-to it he never moment in seeking grace to make that approached but to shew his ignorance and wise, that eternal choice--for yet a mohis malevolence by his blasphemies. He ment, and it may be too late. Oh! may lived to extreme old age, admired and ap- the great God enable us all, from our plauded by a thoughtless multitude; and hearts, to say,

's The Lord is my portion !'? the last public act of his life was to be present at the performance of his latest

Towards the close of the volume, dramatic work, on which occasion crowns Mr. Kyle has introduced Two of laurel and flowers were profusely Discourses on the Second Advent, thrown to him by the audience ;--and the

from Rev. xix. 11—16. In conmiserable old man was crowned and kissed in public by a princess. The excitement sidering the purposes for which the -the gratification of his vanity-was too Redeemer is to come, he refers to much for him-it brought on the disease Isa. xi. 4, and 2 Thess. ii. 8, and of which in a few days he died ..and thus proceeds: what was the death of this man of unsanctified knowledge ? writhing on his Here, from a comparison of these pasbed-room floor, with a prayer-book in his sages, we at once see that there is a cer-, hand, in which, too late, he sought the tain enemy to be destroyed by the word short, and we shall therefore conthus have not duly considered that in the

come

may be

of the Saviour ;-but whether it be by requires the Gospel to have been preached, the words of the Gospel, as already pro- -not to have been received. Hence it claimed, whether by some immediate sen- may have been already preached in every, tence of judgment, pronounced for the or almost every nation on the face of the first time at His coming, it would ill be- earth; and therefore sinners had need

us to pronounce dogmatically. now,- for it may be the last moment,There are many who think that the Man to cry for mercy, ere He that sitteth on of Sin shall fall before the preaching of the the white horse smite them with the Gospel; and who draw their arguments sword of His mouth. in favour of this opinion from the num.

We are not however by any bers who even now are leaving the ranks of

means convinced that the comRomanism, to adopt a purer and a more Scriptural faith. But I cannot concur monly received opinion of the conwith these when I see the apparently clear version of the world before the statements of Scripture that Babylon Redeemer's Second Advent is erroshould fall under a direct judgment from

neous. the hand of God.

It may fairly be inquired, After enlarging on this topic, he

What is the end spoken of in the adds

passage which Mr. Kyle quotes,

Is it the end of those goodly buildI have been thus diffuse upon this part

ings at Jerusalem which introduced of my subject, because I greatly fear that an impression has generally prevailed

the Saviour's discourse ? or is it that it is not for destruction, but for con

the end of the world ? If the pasversion, that the Saviour shall thus smite

sage refers to the destruction of the nations; and that, from a vague expectation, which seems to me not to be

Jerusalem, then the declaration was countenanced by Scripture, of the evan.

doubtless accomplished by the gelization of the whole world previous to preaching of the gospel to every the Second Advent, the suddenness of that nation of the then known world, by great event, -nay, the possibility that it

the Apostles and their immediate even now at the doors,"—is put out of sight. If the reasoning em

converts ; according to the literal ployed above be conclusive, nothing can

meaning of the words, “This genehe more deceptive than such a supposi- ration shall not pass, till all these tion; nay, nothing can be more injurious

things be fulfilled.” Matt. xxiv. to the Church of God; because we are

34. But if the passage refer to the thus led to look from realities, to the chimeras of our own imagination, and to

Second Advent, as Mr. Kyle congive up that constant expectation of the tends, that day can scarcely be so Redeemer's sudden coming which would near as he intimates, but must be induce us ever to watch, with our loins girded, and our lights burning.

contingent on a far more extended The commonly received opinion of the

promulgation of the gospel than at conversion of the world previous to the

present exists. Second Advent, has, I have no doubt, ori. But we must briefly advert to ginated from a misconception of the Sa- Mr. Riddle's interesting publicaviour's declaration, that “the Gospel

tion. must first be published among all nations,”

His volume contains eighHence it has been inferred that all nations teen discourses on fundamental, should, by the preaching of the Gospel, and therefore important subjects. be brought to turn from Heathenism or

Our extracts, however, must be Infidelity of every sort, before the coming of the Lord Jesus. But those who reason

fine them to his fifth sermon, which parallel passage it is said, “This Gospel is_somewhat quaintly entitled of the kingdom shall be preached in all · The Three Crosses of Calvary.' the world for a witness unto all nations ;

The text is St. John xix. 18. and and then shall the end come,” Nothing can be more evident than that the preach

the author thus begins :ing of the Gospel" for a witness,” signi. Here then,' says Augustin, 'three fies the publication of such a message of were crucified; and in these three we God's truth in every nation, that they who behold one who bestows salvation, one who receive it shall be saved, and that those receives salvation, and one who rejects who receive it not shall be without ex- salvation.' In other words, here are the cuse ;—and we know not how far this Saviour, the saved, and, as we fear, the .witness may have been borne in ages lost. past;—for the fulfilment of prophecy only Let us consider the three crosses of as innocent, divine, yet suffering, Such is, in brief, the condition of man

Calvary under these several points of

that is “.numbered with the transgres. view. Let us behold, in the impenitent sors,” and is making " his grave with the malefactor, a picture of man in his ruined wicked ? "_" Certainly, this was a righand lost condition; let us contemplate the teous man: “ Truly this man was the Saviour of mankind offering up the sacri. Son of God."-Such is the answer we refice of himself, and making atonement for ceive at the foot of the cross itself. And sin ; and let us observe, in the pardoned it leads us to some further questions. penitent, a lively representation of man He is a righteous man: then, why, we turning to his mighty Deliverer, and made ask, does he suffer? He is the Son of a happy partaker of complete salvation. God: then, what will be the power and May God, the Holy Spirit, bless our medi- the efficacy of his sufferings ? May the tations, and make them profitable to the Lord himself teach us the true answers to edification and comfort of our souls ! these inquiries; and may he cause us to Mr. R. describes the impenitent

feel the value and the power of these

answers in our inmost souls ! malefactor as dying unhappy ; and

He then describes the Saviour without hope ; and adds,

and thence points out the evil and guilty and unredeemed. He is a dying, a wretched, and a hopeless creature. Let

malignity of sin — the extreme every one seriously remember that, when misery and helplessness of manhe looks upon the cross of the impenitent and the infinite mercy and commalefactor, he beholds there an image of

passion of God, and the sufficiency his own natural condition and prospects. Let him consider this, and let him ask,

of the sacrifice of Christ. whence his deliverance is to come. Let IlI. Let us now turn our attention to him say thus within himself :- I too that cross upon which we behold a man must one day close my eyes upon the made partaker of the blessings of salworld wherein I dwell, and open them vation. upon another, eternal and unknown; and 1. In the hardened and impenitent who is he that shall go before me, to glad- malefactor we saw a picture of man in his den the path which I must tread in the ruined condition, as a dying, a wretched, valley of the shadow of death ?-I too am and a hopeless creature. But the case of conscious of multiplied offences against the pardoned penitent presents us with a the God of heaven, and feel myself to be view, for the most part, widely different. in danger of torment from the worm that We notice, however, in the first place, never dieth, and the fire that is not

one point of partial resemblance. This quenched ; and who is he that can take

man, like the other, is about to close his from that worm its venom and its sting, eyes in death. And hence we may be and can pluck me as a brand from the reminded, that even the redeemed must everlasting burning ?-I too have a heart submit to that universal sentence, Dust naturally void of love to God and to his thou art, and unto dust shalt thou recreatures; and who is he that shall impart turn." The believer in Jesus must die, to me the peace of reconciliation with the even though it be with the Redeemer by Father of my spirit, and unite me with his side. The salvation which has been all holy and happy beings in the blissful wrought for us, although it promises and bonds of charity and concord ?-I too am secures to us a final triumph over the last without hope, and know not whither I enemy, yet does not deliver us from the may go for true and lasting consolation ; necessity of dying. We must wait for and who is he that shall step forward, and " the adoption, to wit, the redemption of give me a sure and certain warrant of the body." mercy, peace, and blessedness, for ever? But, though death comes to the faithful

II. Praise be to the God of heaven, for disciples of Christ, it comes to them dishis counsels of redeeming love! It is at armed of its terrors and its sting. Even the cross of the dying Saviour that all the curse becomes to them the channel of these inquiries may find their answer. a blessing. Death is theirs; their servant, There is “ Jesus in the midst.” “Behold their minister, their friend. And they the Lamb of God, which taketh away the have abundant reason to be content, and sin of the world.” And now let us, Chris- even glad to depart from this state of tian brethren, with humility, love, and imperfection, sin, and sorrow, and to adoration, consider Him who is thus set descend into the chambers of the grave, before us as bearing “our sins in his own there to sleep in Jesus. body on the tree,”—as dying " the jusc 2. But look again at the penitent malefor the unjust, that he might bring us factor ; and you may perceive that the unto God.

man who has been saved is not dying in Who is this, let us ask, that has been his ungodliness and wretchedness, but “ brought as a lamb to the slaughter," that he has a soul converted to God, and

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is a

152 REVIEW -- LATROBE'S ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE BIBLE. prepared for the enjoyment of eternal bles- admitted to that kingdom and happiness sedness.

for which he has been prepared, It is delightful to witness that display of shalt be with me in paradise.” That is holy and happy dispositions which the cross the language which proceeds from the of this accepted penitent presents to our cross of Jesus to every humble and faithview. The few words which we hear from ful soul. And nothing less than the fulthe lips of this saved sinner are full of the filment of this promise, which is the end spirit of holiness. We discover mildness. of a Christian's hope, will hereafter be the and meekness in the reproof which he gave consummation of a Christian's expeto his fellow-sufferer. We see humility rience. and contrition in his acknowledgment of demerit. And, in his petition to the Re

The discourse is thus closeddeemer, we hear the accents of lowliness, Brethren beloved in the Lord, the cru. and of a heavenly mind. And truly, my cified Redeemer! Have you, let me ask, Christian brethren, we form a mean and considered man in his forlorn condition unworthy idea of the salvation of the gos. without a Saviour,-a dying, a wretched, pel, if we do not remember that it is no

and a hopeless creature? Have you consmall part of his design to work these and

templated that Saviour himself-offering all other graces of the Spirit in the souls

a voluntary and acceptable sacrifice for of the redeemed. If any man rightly be- sin, and suffering that death which is the lieves in the crucified Redeemer, his faith destruction of the power of the grave ? faith which worketh by love." If

Have you looked at the blessed condition he has heard Christ, and has been taught of man as a partaker of Christ's salvation by him, as the truth is in Jesus, it is that

-as dying, indeed, but having a soul conhe put off the old man, which is corrupt verted to God and prepared for heaven, according to the deceitful lusts, and be

and being the undoubted and rejoicing heir renewed in the spirit of his mind; and that

of a glorious immortality? Then, let me he put on the new man, which after God

beseech you, in conclusion, not to rest is created in righteousness and true holi- satisfied, for yourselves, without possesso (See Eph. iv. 21-24.) His new

ing a personal interest in the inestimable nature is created in righteousness, and blessings of redemption ! Feeling the adorned with charity. He is made par- wretchedness of your lost and ruined contaker of meekness, and gentleness, and a dition by nature, and convinced of the spirit of love towards his brethren and all

love and omnipotence of your crucified mankind.

Redeemer, seek, in the exercise of humi3. Such a prayer, my Christian breth

lity, faith, and prayer, to become continuren, never ascended from a man's heart

ally partakers of the pardon and blessings in vain. And, if we would recognize in which he has purchased, and of the victhe case of the penitent malefactor, the tory which he has obtained. And let common condition and blessedness of

none of us lightly or hastily dismiss from Christians, we must send forward our

our minds the important subjects which thoughts to that blissful moment in which

have now been brought before us. the prayer that was uttered on the cross,

the crosses of Calvary be the tabernacles and the expectation of the church

of our abiding contemplation. And let us throughout all ages, shall be fulfilled.

pray that, by the blessing of our Saviour The Christian shall be made partaker of and our God, it may indeed be good for us eternal life. He shall hereafter be ad- to be there ! vanced to a glorious immortality, and

ness.

Let

THE SYSTEM OF NATIONAL EDUCATION IN IRELAND:

its Principle and Practice. By J. C. COLQUHOUN, Esq. of Killermont, M. P. 12mo. Pp. iv. and 172. Hamiltons.

This small volume contains most interesting and important information on the system of Irish Education, at present supported by the National Board. A system of the most demoralizing character, and calculated to retard the progress of scriptural light and knowledge, to an extent which few

can conceive. Wė earnestly intreat all who are desirous of promoting the real interests of Ireland seriously to peruse this brief work, and to consider well the facts which Mr. Colquhoun here records, and which have a most important bearing on Lord Brougham's Education Bill.

Intelligence,

PROGRESS OF POPERY.

The Rev. E. Dalton has lately pub- priests. In the room of the inspired lished a Tract, entitled, “Necessity volume, the conductors of these for the formation of Protestant As- schools have substituted a compilasociations,' in which he gives the tion of extracts, not unfrequently following account of the rapid and taken from the Romish version, and alarming increase of Popery within accompanied with notes which the British Dominions.

often palliate, if they do not actuIn the year 1792, the number of ally defend, the errors of the Church Romish Chapels in England and of Rome. For the maintenance of Scotland, did not amount to twenty; this unhallowed system, a vote of at present they exceed five hundred. £40,000. and upwards has been

In the same year (1792) there was annually made by the House of not a single popish college in all Commons. England, and but two other semina- In the year 1833, chiefly through ries of education ; there are now popish influence, ten Protestant upwards of sixty seminaries of edu- Bishoprics in Ireland were supcation, and ten regular colleges pressed: in 1835, an attempt was overflowing with students.

made not only to annihilate the In the year 1795, the popish col- Protestant Establishment in a large lege of Maynooth was founded for number of parishes in that country, the purpose of training a Roman by depriving them of resident clerCatholic priesthood for Ireland : it is gymen, but also to alienate part of calculated that nearly half a million the revenues of the church by the of money has been expended from notorious appropriation

clause. the national treasury, for the sup- But, through the divine blessing, portof this institution, which teaches these attempts were defeated by the systematically principles of disaffec- firmness of the House of Lords. tion, immorality, and false religion, It must also be remembered that and annually sends forth a class of the various attacks which have been men who have made themselves no- made on the Established Church, torious as political agitators, and whether in England or Ireland, have the chief disturbers of the peace of received the warın support in Parthe country.

liament of between thirty and forty In 1829, under the pretence of Roman Catholic members, though granting relief to the Roman Catho- these members had previously sworn lics, the fatal Act was passed, which that they would defend the settlegreatly impaired, if it did not de- ment of property within the realmstroy, the Protestant character of that they abjured any intention to subthe British constitutivn: and ever vert the present Church Establishsince the period when the nation ment as settled by the law, and would formed this criminal alliance with not disturb or weaken the Protestant an idolatrous and apostate church, Religion or Protestant Government the divine blessing has evidently in the United Kingdom. Sc.' This been withdrawn from the land, the flagrant violation of an oath proves councils of the empire have been that it is allowable according to the paralyzed, and our revered institu- canons of the Church of Rome tions, both in church and state, to keep no faith with hereics, have been shaken to their very base. and that even perjury, in behalf

In the year 1831, the support of of that church, may be considered Government was withdrawn from a a virtue rather than a crime. And Society in which the Scriptures it is remarkable that on one of the were made the basis of education, divisions in the House of Commons, and transferred to a new board of upon the English Church Rate National Education, which has mu- question, the majority in favour of tilated the word of God, and prac- that unconstitutional proceeding tically given the control over public was the exact number of Roman instruction to the Roman Catholic Catholic members who voted. APRIL, 1838.

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