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mentally what she is actually, “miserable and wretched and blind and poor and naked."
But now is the time for the Spirit of the Lord to take of the things of Christ. Salvation without price, pardon without merit, righteousness without works, all through the doing and dying of God's only-begottes Son, reach her heart, and then draw forth her affections towards Hie, until in God's time the love of God is made known to her very heart, and perfect love casts out tormenting fear.
I. Let us mark the threefold voice in our text: 1st. The Spirit says, “Come.” This is the great call of the Spirit; by stripping, by reproving, by chastening, by comfort, by threatenings, by promises, He draws to Christ. I have spoken of His work already. 2nd. The Bride says, “ Come." Those who have experience of Christ's mercy, she says, "come,” by her experience, by her words, by her life. 3rd. The hearer says, “ Come." Souls raised to hope, encourage one another.
II. The invited one; thirsty, willing. There is need to drive, there is precious suitability to draw. Thirst. It denotes discomfort, pain, inability to obtain relief. The will.-To choose Christ, to trust in Christ, to obey Christ. To such who are miserable, grieved at sin, unable to obtain relief, who see Christ the only way, the only help, the only friend, the only comfort, who lean upon His mighty arm and all-suficient grace, and submit to His authority, the Spirit says, “Come," the bride says, " Come,” the hearing one says, “Come;" and now Christ Himself speaks, “Let him come.”
III. The welcome, “Let him come." "Ah, may I come ?" The word implies permission. Sinner, thou mayest come. Jesus says, “Let him come.”
"Let him çome." "Ah, but sin holds me, fear holds me, Satan holds me. There is a crowd about Him, and I feel as though in a prison, unable to come forth.”
“Let him come,” is a word of authority to those that hold thy soul. As God said to Pharaoh, “Let my people go," so He says to sin, to Satan, to law, and unbelief, “Let him come."
“Let him come." "Ah, but I am helpless, lame, and broken down. I feel as though I could not move one step, and when I try I fall down; my spirits sink, and I think I shall never find Christ." "Let him come." is a word of power. He who said, “Let there be light; and there was light," says, "Let him come.”
Sinner, He does not mock thee. He means it; He knows that thou art weak and lame and faint; and, if He will but now speak to thy soul, thou shalt come. “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John vi. 37).
IV. The blessing:—That which is given to the soul is life. “ All that a man hath will he give for his life;" but life is forfeited. Jesus only can give it. Eternal life-pardon of sin, free justification, and everlasting glory. Spiritual life--faith, repentance, fear, love, peace, and joy; our holy desires, our fruit to God's glory, Jesus only gives. The water of lifethe Holy Ghost. What terms ? Without money, without price; let him take it freely. The fountain is always flowing with all its rich blessings for the life that now is, and for that which is to come; and he that cometh to Jesus shall have it freely, it shall not only flow to him, it shall be in him. And nowhere else is life. “He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 John v. 12).
The Triumphs of Grace over Death and the Grabe;
OR, WHISPERS FROM THE DYING PILLOWS OF GOD'S SERVANTS. “ Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”—Psalm xxxvii. 37.
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE AND
HAPPY DEPARTURE OF SAMUEL YOUNG (SIXTH SON OF MAJOR YOUNG), WHO DIED NOVEMBER 30, 1845, AGED 11 YEARS. For some years previous to the illness which terminated the earthly career of Samuel, he had given a good testimony of the work of grace upon his soul. This appeared from his fear of doing wrong;* his great dread of telling a falsehood ;t the deep sense he had of his being a sinner before God ;f his longing after an assurance that Jesus died for him.Ş
The following manuscript which he left, shows that his faith was much tried, and that the temptations he had to struggle with were very severe. It is written, “ All thy children shall be taught of God." Hence the knowledge of the deceitfulness and plague of the heart, the conviction of
heart, and a justifying God in all things, will be found in all God's quickened children, whether regeneration takes place in the adult or in the little child ; so that, from the least to the greatest, all shall give to the Lord all the glory, ascribing salvation to God alone-to His sovereign, free, and electing grace. The blessed truths of the eternal election of the Church in Christ, of particular redemption and discriminating grace, have never been kept back by the parents of this child, when speaking to their children upon spiritual things; and God will bless His own truth to His
G. Y. COPY OF THE MANUSCRIPT. [In transcribing this manuscript I have retained, as closely as possible, the expressions of the original, which have the mark, in many instances, of the childish simplicity natural to the age of the writer.-G.Y.]
"O Lord, may I bless Thee all the days of my life! Make me to do what is right, and, Jesus, be with me, and keep me from doing wrong, and teach me.
“I felt unhappy to-day; afterwards I felt a good deal better. O Lord, may I praise Thee all the days of my life! Blessed are they that trust in Him.
"I felt unhappy, and I read the 1st of John, and it comforted me a little.
“I felt great temptations, and I prayed to God to help me. "A blessed day. I felt no temptations.
" This morning they tempted me to kill myself; but God will not let the devil overtempt me. Sometimes it makes me feel unhappy, but then it goes off for a time, and I feel better; but they are very bad. 0. Lord, may I love Thee for ever, even for everlasting.
* “I will put my fear in their hearts" (Jer. xxxii. 40).
+ “For He said, 'Surely they are my people, children that will not lie : so He was their Saviour” (Isaiah lxiii. 8).
t“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matt. ix. 13).
$ “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Matt. v. 6). “Give diligence to make your calling and election sure” (2 Peter i. 10).
« * Praise God, from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him, all creatures here below.'' "Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord' (Psalm cxxxiv. 1). When tempta tions come upon me, these are very nice things to think of, for they do comfort me a great deal. One night the temptations were so great, that I sat up in my bed, and I was so unhappy; I was almost raving, and Jenny* read to me in the Bible, and I went to sleep. Once I had such temptations, that I put my knife to my throat; but it was the back, and God kept me from doing it. Is not God kind to me? What could I do without Him? No; we could not live without Him.
“My temptations were a great deal better to-day. How kind of Jesus to die on the cross for us, and save us from hell—for wicked me! And, by nature, what devils we are! There is not any hour in the day that man is not doing wrong.
"To-day (a Sunday), I saw some boys playing with pennies on the road to Charlecombe. Would it not break the hearts of those who love God? (Oh, how it did me!) God, who created heaven and earth, and the stars, and all living creatures, in six days! And we do such things! We cannot do the least thing without the help of Christ. Jesus did not die for all men ; but He died for His lambs. For the wicked, when they die, are cast into burning fire, and there is no end to it. But the righteous shall go to heaven. Oh, what a blessed thing to know! The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib; but my people doth not consider.'
“If we believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, we shall go to heaven, without doing our own good works.
“Jesus kept the whole law. When I hear of those who were struck by our God for doing wicked things, I am tempted to do them. I do not read my Bible, and I wish that God would make me like it more. I do not praise Him, and I am not fond of my Bible as I ought to be; when I had temptations, I used to read more than I do. Oh, that I could praise Him more! Only think, the Greatest that lives should die for such reptiles as we are! Ought I not to love Him ?
“No temptations to-day; in my mind I am not a minute without doing something wrong. Every man is as bad as another, so we ought not to boast; we are all alike by nature; we all tell stories, but we ought not to tell them, if we can help.
“On Saturday I was afraid that Jesus did not die for me. I went to papa and told him. He comforted me; he told me that Jesus did die for all who believe, and all the next day I was very happy.
“Happy they who trust in Jesus,
Sweet their portion is, and sure.' « Thank God, who has kept me this day. Oh, that I could pray to God with all my heart; I have plenty of things to ask of Him. O Lord, make me more wise in Thee, and in the Scriptures! make me to read them more, and to delight in them. “He that goeth forth, and weepeth, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him' (Psalm cxxxvi. 6). These are beautiful words for a broken-hearted sinner to think, that after sorrows and temptations, to come rejoicing, received into glory, without spot or blemish, and 'the seed shall be sown
* A valuable Christian servant.
into the heart of His people.' God is so merciful and good that, after all, I sometimes hope I shall be received into glory. Come, Lord, save me from hell and damnation! May Thy beloved Son, who died upon the cross to save sinners (I hope He died for me)-0 Lord, answer my prayer, lest I go down into the pit! Make me more earnest about my soul. Maké mo to think more of the Lord, who sent a Lamb to be hung upon the cross, and the blood of Hin to wash off the sins, which are many, of His people, May mine be washed with them; and let me see Christ crucified on Calvary, that I may fly upon eagles' wings to Mount Sion and sing,
"Glory to God in the highest,
Christ upon the cross was slain;
Who died for us, deserving hell." “How merciful Thou art to keep me from horrible temptations, and not cast me into hell in a moment. For we deserve it; for we are too wicked to stand before Thee. I hope Thou wilt take us to heaven at last. ‘But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the Image of God, should shine unto them' (2 Cor. iv. 3, 4).
" "Happy art thou, O Israel : who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, who is the sword of thy excellency! and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high places' (Deut. xxxiii. 29).
“Some time ago I thought I was telling a lie very often, which made made me very unhappy; but, blessed be the name of the Lord, He has made me more happy.
“I think too much of myself. Lord, take away the heart of pride, but give me a heart of flesh. Wash me, make me clean, with the blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
*Although I am so proud, God is, I hope, going to take me to heaven at last. O Lord, make me to pray with my heart.
"Oh, what an Almighty God! not to send me to hell for ever and ever, where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth, only fit for the devil and his angels. I wish to love Almighty God with all my heart; but all His people will be taken to heaven to live with Him, for they all go to glory, where there is no sickness, no pain or sorrow.
"Sometimes when I am in the garden, or playing, I feel like some one telling me to go and read my Bible, and something telling me not; it is something like two roads. I cannot tell which way to go; but I ought to read my Bible more.
“I felt great temptations, and I prayed to Jesus to help me."
A text for every day in the year :
Jan. 30.--Psalm xxxvii. 3: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."
Jan. 31.—Matt. v. 11: “Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my
Feb. 1.—Matt. v. 4: “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
Feb. 2.-Psalm xxxvii. 16: "A little that the righteous hath, is better than the riches of many wicked."
Feb. 3.-Psalm xxxiv. 4: “I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Feb. 4.–Psalm xix. 11 : “More are they to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter than honey or the honeycomb."
Feb. 5.-Psalm xxiii. 6: “Surely mercy shall follow me all the days of life: and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever."
Feb. 6.—Psalm cxxvi. 6: “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
SAMUEL'S LAST ILLNESS AND DEPARTURE. About three weeks before his death he was seized with a severe head. ache, with feverishness. The surgeon who attended him directed that leeches should be applied to his head, and other remedies to be used. The relief he received from these was but temporary. Leeches were again applied to his head, after which he was put to bed, where he remained in general till his happy spirit left this world of sin, to abide in the land “where the inhabitant shall no more say, I am sick.”
Before he was confined to his bed he begged earnestly to have a map of the Holy Land, which appeared to afford him pleasure for an evening; but after he was put to bed, he was scarcely capable of attending to anything. The Thursday night before his departure (which was the following Monday) he prayed, " Come, Lord Jesus, come!” And on the following night he seemed.very anxious to depart. He repeatedly lifted up his right arm, then put out both his arms, and said, “Here I amhere! 0 Jesus, come! Do make haste!" On Monday, the 30th November, a little after eight o'clock, a.m., I went into his room. thought he was asleep. I touched his cheek, which was warm. The nurse told me that he just breathed his last a few moments previous to my entering the room. And thus my beloved Samuel fell asleep in Jesus. Thus did the Good Shepherd gather the lamb with His arms, and carry him in His bosom to eternal bliss. To Him be the glory for ever.
THE RETURNED ONE GIVING GLORY TO GOD.
(Continued from page 493.) FINDING, at the end of a fortnight, that my dear young friend became weaker, and fearing she would not be able to bear the journey home, if she tarried longer, therefore we arranged for her departure. The day before she left Člifton, she said, “I shall never see your dear father again in this world. But how strange it is that I should have seen that minister, who said, 'that I was the poor stranger who had returned to give glory unto God.' Something tells me I am going home to die. I shall never forget your visiting us in London, and the conversation we had there upon the best things. And when you left us, you looked upon me and my mother with so much tenderness, and said, "May the Lord bless you both.' Oh, how I felt those words, and thought, Oh that I was good, that the Lord might bless me. How glad I should have been to have spoken to and shaken hands with that dear minister, but I could not.”
I shall not soon forget the last day and night that she was with me. She would walk from room to room, wishing everything farewell; and the last thing she visited and wept over was the easy chair, where she had