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But this success shall be extensive. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord ! The whole world, except where the gospel has changed the face of things, exhibits the same deplorable picture which was displayed among the antediluvian transgressors, when all flesh bad corrupted his way upon the earth. In like manner the whole world hath departed from God; but what a pleasing change shall be produced by the gospel! “ All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord." They have forgotten God that made them, and lightly esteemed the Rock of their salvation ; they have gone astray, and forgotten their resting-place: but when the gospel comes to them with power, it leads them to remember Cod : that divine word leads them to remember God's goodness to them, and his long-suffering towards them. The gospel brings them also to remember themselves and their grievous offences against God, and their forgetfulness of him; their sins are brought to remembrance, and they stand self-condemned before God. They turn to the Lord ! - they find no other resting. place; and therefore embrace the Rock for want of a shelter. Being turned to the Lord, he has mercy upon them, and leads them in the way of life. The effect of their turning to the Lord is soon apparent, for they engage in his service with delight. No more standing and hesitating between the worship of idols and the service of Jehovah: they are decidedly on the Lord's side ; for “all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee!" Yes, the fear of the Lord shall prevail! Men shall - Worship him in all lands; and instcad of ridiculing Religion an I Wisdom's ways, they shall seck the Lord, and rejoice when it is said unto them," Let us go up to the house of the Lord : they shall love God and fear his name.” This pleasing change is to be effected by the preaching of the gospel ! Up then, ye friends :of mankind, ye friends of perishing souls, and spread the good of salvation as extensively as ye are able.
Be not afraid, for in due time ye shall reap, if ye faint not." · Are you afraid to engage in the work, ye children of the Most Jligh, because of your weakness and insufficiency? It is the Lord's work : the cause is the cause of God, - it cannot there fore fall to the ground, - it must prevail! Dismiss your fears then and go forward, leaning on the Lord; he will uphold yon, and cause you to prosper !
Be not afraid of obstacles, - the Lord is on your
side! 6 The kingdom is the Lord's, and he is the Governor'among the nations." God has all things under his controul. He has the hearts of all men in his hands, and turns them as the rivers of water. God " is the Governor among the nations ;” and, therefore, le caii make kings nursiug-tathers, and queens nursing-mothers to you, in his service. Be not cast down because you may meet with opposition, - God can either bring the opposition to an end, or render it subservient to the advance. ment of his cause, by drawing the attention of some to it that
FOR THE SUCCESS OF MISSIONARY UNDERTAKINGS. 155 might not have heard of it at all, or had any curiosity to enquire into it, if it had not been for the opposition made to it. Thus it was with the apostle Paul: the things that happened to him turned out to the furtherance of the gospel.
Be not afraid of the number or the power of your opposers ; there are more with you than all that are against you : they will be brought to God by your perseverance and behaviour, or they will perish in their opposition. “ All they that be fat upon rarth shall bow before him; and none can keep alive his own soul.” “ He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth : they that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him, and his enemies shall lick the dust." You must succeed then, if God be your trust and confidence.
Perhaps you may be discouraged if you behold no immediate success ; but your work is to plough in hope and to sow in hope, watering it with your tears, following it with fervent prayer, and waiting for the fruit. Seek to obtain a plenteous rain of the Spirit's influence: this will produce a rich and abundant crop. It is not by might, nor by power, but by God's Spirit, that you can prevail. "Generations unborn may reap the benefits of your disinterested and persevering exertions.
"A seed shall serve him," saith David ; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come and shall declare his righteoilsness unto a people that shall be born, and that he hath done this." Yet they shall declare that the Lord hath done this! It will be manifested in the success of the gospel in every age, that it is the Lord's doing; he hath done it! You shall have success in his cause ! The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this!
THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST
The compassion and forbearance of our Lord Jesus Christ was remarkably displayed in his conduct towards his disciples. Notwithstanding their many errors in judgment, their fond partiality for the customs of their forefathers, and their unfaithfulness in deserting him in the time of his greatest extremity (for they all forsook him, and fled) yet he most earnestly remembered thern still. He placed all their infirmities to the account of their want of more knowledge of himself, and the nature of that king. dom which he came to establish., () what an animating thought to a truly serious mind! This same Jesus, though now exalted far above all Heavens, that he may fill all things, has still the same compassion towards his wavering, wandering, weak disciples. “He carries the lambs in his bosom, and gently leads those that are with young."
I don't know of any part of the history of our dear Lord which more expresses his compassion and power, than that which we find in the 24th chapter of St. Luke. There we read that Siion and Cleophas, having formed a resolution of returning to their own village, Emmaus, and leaving the eleven apostles in Jerusalem, had actually set out on their journey, and, it is very probable, with a determination to turn their backs on the Christian cause, and resume again their former occupations. The enemy of souls, no doubt, suggested to them, that all their fora mer expectations were a delusive dream; and that the Master whom they had followed was an impostor, and bad deceived them; for “ they trusted that it has been he who was to have redeemed Israet.” But, however the people of God may fall under the power of temptation, they shall never be cast oft'; and however far they may be permitted to backslide, they shall never apostatize. It may be observed, that if the sorrow which a be. liever may at times feel, is a consequence which is connected with either the commission of sin or the negleet of duty, such an one is not to expect a comfortable visit from Christ ull his sin has become the means of his punishment, and sanctifying grace restores him again to repentance; but, on the other hand, it the sortows of a believer arise simply from want of a more en, larged experience and knowledge of the person and work of Christ, it will not be long before our Lord will overtake such a one, however low in the valley. See this in the case before us : “ And it came to pass, that while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus bimself drew near, and went with them.”-Mark, O my soul, his compassion! 16 What manner of communi. cations are these that ye have one with another as ye walk together, and are sad ?" Observe his reply to their simple narrative: “ O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken !"
Now, during this interesting conversation, they insensibly “drew near to the village whither they went, and our Lord made as though he would have gone further ; but they constrained him, saying, Abide with us. O yes; though they were weak children, they were God's children! Our Lord's conversation with them, though he was in disguise, had the effect of uniting him to their affections. Now, observe the powerful influence of divine teaching. This, in connection with the miracles he wrought, had the effect both of enlightening their minds and warming their licarts : “ And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us while lie talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?" Their minds were enlightened to me the wonders of redeeming love ; and their hearts were warmed by a happy pérsuasion of their interest in it. Look at the effects which followed. These warm-hearted Chris
tians could not sit down in a state of carnal ease; and merely speculate on the love of Gol, as is the case with dry barren hypocrites; but they arose that same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together; and they warmed their hearts also, by rapturously exclaiming, “ The Lord is, risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simou !" O may this celes. tial fire, by which Christ warms the hearts of his disciples, spread far beyond the British shores, and finally bring about that glorious period, “ when the knowledge of the Lord shall over- , spread the earth as the waters cover the sea !” Reader, has the Lord warmed thy heart? Go thou and imitate the conduct of these disciples, by attempting to warm the hearts of thy (lesponding brethren,
G. W. Huslemere."
A HINT TO THE FAIR SEX. I will that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety ; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array, but (which becometh women professe ing godliness) with good works.
PAUL. Mr. Editor,
Being conversant with various editions of the Bible, and finding that the printers (as well those employed by our own Universities as those of Scotland) are fallible men; and that, in consequence of this circumstance, omissions and errors are not unfrequently to be met with, - I have been levd to doubt whether the passage above cited, which stands very conspicuous in all the copies of the New Testament which have come under my inspection, may not in some others have been accidentally omitted; for I cannot otherwise see any consistency in the conduct of many of my sex, who, while they profess attachment to the doctrines contained in that sacred volume, can yet comply with certain fashions which are manifestly opposite to one of its plainest precepts.
I acknowledge, Mr. Editor, that I am not among the number of those who conceive it necessary to hang out a sign of my religion, by adopting a studied singularity of dress. I blame not those worthy females who, from conscientious motives, do this ; but I am sure they will agree with me, that it is of much more importance to have Religion seated in the heart, than to wear the seinblance of it upon the head. Acting upon this persuasion, I do not scruple to practise a moderate conformity to the fashions, so far as decency permits ; but the moment I conceive the strict boundaries of this invaluable feminine virtue to be infringed, I an constrained to stop, - I cannot, I dare not advance another . step; for I am firmly of opinion that no argument, nor train of
argaments, derived from fashion, convenience, or any other source whatever, can furnish the smallest excuse for a voluntary and deliberate deviation from the dictates of that lovely principle of molesty which nature (or we would rather say, the God of Nature) has implanted in the female bosom, at once to augment and to guard every other amiable accomplishment.
Such being my views, Mr. Editor, I confess that I do not often meet a party of young persons of my own sex, without experiencing, on the behalf of some of them, something of that shamefacedness spoken of by the apostle in that text. I am astonished, as well as concerned, that women who think themselves authorized to look down upon that unhappy part of the fair creation whom vice has branded with infamy, with pity, perhaps with contempt, should yet choose to approach so near to a level with them, that the one is not, by external appearances, easily distinguishable from the other. If this paper should happen to fall under the notice of any of these votaries of fashion, who pretend no higher claim to the Christian name than merely that they were born in a land where it is customary to be baptized into it, it is probable that they will consider the opinion of St. Paul as too antiquated to be consulted in the present day. To such I would venture to suggest an argument which may, perhaps, have greater weight ; namely, that I am convinced, from what I have heard from the lips of the other sex (who, however civility may fetter their tongues in the company of those who dress in the way referred to, speak their sentiments freely before those who do not) that, whatever may be the taste of the libertine and rake, there is not a man whose good opinion is worth obtaining or preserving, who is not disgusted at the appearance of a lady attired in the height of the present mode.
But I wish the evil went no farther. If we are shocked at the practices alluded to in the giddy and dissipated, how much more are we grieved and wounded when we see those whom we consider as sisters in the gospel, and fellow-leirs of the grace of Christ, giving, by their own appearance, but too much countenance to the custom we complain of. Perhaps, many of these may be thoughtlessly led into the error, conceiving that there can be no harm in doing as others do. But, O my sister, suffer me to ask you, Does not the sacred book we profess to take as the rule of onr conduct, prohibit us from following a multitude to do evil ? To you we are persuaded a word will sufice; - on your minds w are sure the injunction of the Most High, by the mouth of his Apostle, which stands at the head of this paper (and which, if you have not before noticed, you may find by turning to 1 Tim. ii. 9, 10.) will have its due influence. We do not call upon you to discard all the decent ornaments of dress, for we Well know that these are spoken of in many parts of the inspired