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ON ASSURANCE.
[From the Rev. Ralph Erskine's Sermon on FAITH's Plea,

Vol. V, Sermon Ltxxvii, p. 477.] “ But I want assurance of all these things,” may one say. Well, what mean you by that, inan, woman, that you want assurance? I suppose that many do not understand themselves, when they say they want assurance ; for what better assurance would you have than the word of God? If you have his word, and take his word, you need no better as

"If a man of credit, whom you can depend upon, give you his word for such a thing, then you depend upon it; and say you are assured of it, for you have his word. There is an assurance of sense, that is, the assurance of the work, when you have got the thing promised. This is not properly assurance, it is enjoyment; but the assurance of faith is the assurance of a word : and though the assurance of sense be sweetest, yet the assurance of faith is the surest absarance ; for what you get in hand you may soon lose the comfort of it; but what you have upon bond in the promise, is still secure. If you take God's promise, you have the best assurance in the world; but if you say you want faith, you cannot take his word, or trust his word; then this is plain dealing: I fear this indeed se the case of the most. Then you want assurance indeed; because you want faith, and cannot take his word, nor give him so much credit : but if any be saying,

“ That, indeed, is my case," I cannot believe his word. Doth God say nothing to me? Is there any word suited to my case? Yes; there are promises of faith, as well as to it: "I will leave in the inidst of them a poor and afflicted people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. In him shall the Gentiles trust ** Hath the Author of faith so promised ? Then, O take him at his word ! Cry for fajth ; saying, “ Lord, do as thou hast said."

* Zeph. iii. 2. Dr. Owen makes the following Remarks on the Method or Order which the

Holy Spirit hus adopted in the Scriptures : Some men find fault with the Seriptures, because divine truths are not thrown into regular order, as in our catechisms. Tous, one is reported to have said, “That bad he been present at the creation of the universe, he would have disposed some things in a better order; for vain man would be wise, though he is like the wild asses colts.” And no wiser or better are their thoughts, that the revelation and supernatural truths might have been better disposed than they are in Scripture. God puts not such value on mens' accurate methods as they imagine them to deserve. Nor are they so subservient to bis ends in the revelation of himself as they are apt to fancy; yea, often when they think they have brought truths into the strictest propriety of expression and order, they lose both their power and their glory. Hence is the world filled with so many lifeless, sapiess, graceless, artificial declarations of divine truth in the schoolinen and others. We may sooner squeeze water out of a pumice-stone than one drop of spiritual nourishment out of them. But how many millions of souls have received divine light and consolation, exactly suited to their condition, hy those occasional oceurrences of truth which they meet wita in the Scripture, which they would never have obtained by those wise artifi. cial arrangements which some men would fancy. Truths have their power and efficacy on vur ininds, not only from themselves, but from their place or position in the Scriptures. There are they placed in such aspects towards us, and in such conjunctions one with another, as their influence on our

minds greatly depends thereon. He is no wise man, nor exercised in those things, who would part with any truth out of its proper place, where the

fixed it. inonies,.“ They are ihe men of his counsel ;" and no inan will make choice of a counsellor, whose wisdom consists-in sayings and rules cast into a certain order and ineihod. He alune is a good counsellor who, out of the largeness and wisdom of his own heart and mind, can give advice according to ali present and circumstances. Such counsellors are the tęstimonies of God Artificial methodizing of spiritual truths may make men ready in 'notions, cunning and subtle in disputations ; but it is the Scripture itself; -in its own present arrangements; which is “4 able to make us wise to salvation,”

Sir,

To the Editor, Should the following delightful Prayer, composed and used by the late

Reverend and venerable Mr. Apam, of Winiringham, when he retired to prepare

bis Pulpil-Addres-es, be considered as worthy of admission in your valuable Magazine, its insertion may benefit sone of our younger ministerial friends ;, and will oblige,

CLERICUS. “O blesStd Lord God, who teacheth man knowledge, and givest wisdom to the simple, assist and bless me in all my studies and undertakings, and especially the work I am pow'ahout, of meditating and preparins what I am to deliver to thy people in thy' name! Open mine eyes, that i may see the wonderous; things of thy law; illuminate my understanding with thy saving truth, purify my heart with the love of it. Enable me rightly to divide thy word from my own inward experience; and to declare it boldly, in fult assurance of faith, with true compassion for souls, and a holy zeal for the glory! O Jesus, Hess, the labours of all who are employed in propagating thy gospel of peace and salvation!

If it ba thy blessed will, increase the number of them; and let thine arm be with them to protect ther; and thy Spirit to guide, support, and comfort them. Send onit thy command ftrent, that thy word may run swiftly, and fulfil all thy good pleasure. Let thy way be known upon earth, and thy saving health to all nations ! let the knowledge of the Lord cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea! Arise, O Lord! bare mercy upon Zion; for it is time that thou have mercy upon her ; yea, the time is come! Kave mercy upon all unbelievers, take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy: word; and bring them home, blessed tord, to thy Rock. Thou art' our Saviour and mighty, Deliverer ; and without thy gracious help we perish! Remember thy holy covenant. “ O God, make speed to save us! O Lord, make haste to help us !". Bless me, even me also, O God, in my ministry in this place! I know I am utterly unworthy to speak at all in thiy name; but thou sendeth to 'man by man, and canst perfect praise, even out of my mouth. Raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come ainongst us; and, with great might, succour us, and send out thy light and thy truth to guide us into the way of peace! Send down thy reproving Spirit to convince us of sin, and to confort us with the knowledge of thy righteousness; - to be in us as a refiner's fire, and like fuller's scap, sitting in judgment upon our lusts, cleansing and cousuming all our iniquities, and casting out the Devil from our hearts ! O let us not say, we will not have thy blessed Son to reign over us; but bring us, with penitent hearts, to the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness, that thro' him, and by faith in his precious blood-shedding, we may rejoice before thee in righteousness and true holiness; all the days of our lives! And, o gracious God, pardon myfoul omissions, my unbelief, and wretched thoughtlessness, in neglecting to pray for my fock; and grant that, for the time en come, I may waich over them with godly jealousy, and be very earnest with thee in the overflowings of a faithful and true heart, for a blessing upon my endeavours among them. O Lord, look upon me in mercy, in thy

greater mercy, because for the place and calling I am in, I must give a stricter account to thee. Look, therefore, upon me, O Lord !. but not till thou hast nailed my sins to the cross of Christ, -not till thou haast bathed me in the blood of Christ, - not till I have hid myself in the wounds of Christ, that so the punish meat, which should else overtake me, may pass over me. Then look, and say unto my sonl,“ i have forgiven thee;" and by the work of thy mercy in my soul, make me feel it, through Jesus Christ our only Lord and Saviourt 'Amen.”

DIVINITY, OF CHRIST, Two gentlemen were once disputing on the Divinity of Christ. One of them, who argued against it, said, " If it were 'true, it certainly would kave heen expressed in more clear and unequivocal terins Well,' said the other, 'admitting that you believed it, were. authorized to teach ii, and allowed to use your own language, how would you express the duce trine to make it indubitable?' " I would say," replied the first, "that Jesus Christ is the true God.You are very happy,' rejoined the other,

in the choice of your words; for you have happened to hit upon the very words of inspiration. St. John, speaking of the Son, says, “ This is the true God, and eternal life.”

SWEARING REBUKED. A young man having returned from sca, where he had unhappily acquired the habit of profane sweariny, went to visit a fricaid in the cour try; when, walking m the garden, and approaching too near a bee hive, one of them stung him on the head; which so excited his wrath, that he began to strike violently at the bees with his hát, ullering at the same time the most dreadful baths and curses. In the midst of his fury, one of these little combatants stung him on the tip of that unruly inombor (his tongue) which was then so actively cmployed in blaspheming his Maker. Thus can the Lord engage one of the meanest of his creatures in reproving the bold transgressor, who dares to take his name in vain.

QUERIES. Mr, Editor,

A CONSTANT READER wishes some of your Correspondents would favour him with an explanation of the following words, in 2 Pet. ii, 20, 21, “ Tor if afier they have escaped the pollutions of the world thro' the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning; for it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, aficr they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them,"

Yours, JUNIOR, What is the true meaning of those words in Exod. xxxiv. 7,“ And that will by no means clear the guilty?". As they immediately follow that charming declaration of the name of the Lord, " Ke ping mercy for thonsands, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin ;' and as they precede an awful threatening, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children,” &c. I am much at a loss to understand them; and shall, therefore, be very glad to sce a clear and consistent view of the words, as connected with the whole passage.

QR. Ir the Query in page 354 be answered in the affirmative, it is asked, Are professing Christians, whose employments are regulated by others, jus tified in attending to business of reputed urgency, which may be alloited to them for the Lord's Day, if they have not before them full incans of judging whether such business is of a nalure to come within the definition of u works of necessity ?

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Obituary.

CASE OF A BOY BITTEN BY A MAD DOG. About the 1st of May last, John tained by afffiction, or some sufficiBoltwood, a boy about 12 years of ent cause. Nor had any of his age, in crossing a field in the parish school-fellows, at any time, occasion of Hackney, was bitten by a dog to lodge any complaint against belonging to a man then walking in him. The texts of Scripture which the same field. The wounds were he heard explained on the Lord's healed; and he returned to school, Day, he repeated on the Monday no further danger being apprehend morning, with an outline of the ed. The dog, at the time when he sermons. This he usually performed bit the boy, displayed no signs of better than any other task assigned madness; but on Saturday, May 30, bim. the boy was taken ill. On Monday When he was detained from the following, he was much worse; and school by the bite of the dog, he decisive symptoms of hydrophobia sent his sister for his books, that he appearod." Three or four medical might read at home; and when ungentlemen attended, and afforded able to leave his bed, his Bible was all the aid in their power : but the his companion... On the Monday, case was desperate.

His reason,

when taken so ill, he sent for Mr. however, was quite unimpaired : he Shepherd, the master of the school ; Kved to afford the most satisfactory and here I use his words. — “I evidence of his piety; and died on went ; and bis expressions filled me the Tuesday, about one o'clock in with surprize. He took me by the the morning.

hand ; and said, he was glad i bad His little history was singular; come to see him. I asked him how and as it may afford some advantage he was. He replied, " I am very to the young, I give you its outline: bad; but never was so happy in my

At an early age he was introduced life: I am washed in the blood of to the Sunday School, supported by the Lamb ! God has taken away the Rev. Mr. Palmer's

congregation. my heart of stone, and given me an There he gained the first rudiments heart of flesh! I am going to Je. of religious knowledge; for which after I had spoken to the he expressed his thankfulness. IR doctors, I returned to the poor boya that school he made such progress, He said, “The dectors can do mę and behaved himself so well as to no good: I am going to the bosom obtain, on leaving the school, a of Jesus! I am the third boy that testimonial in his favour, written will have died out of our school. The in a Psalm and Hymn-Book, pre- two Adamses died : I hope they are sented to him on that occasion.. happy! I have often thought of Early, in 1806, three gentlemen them. I am very happy; but I shall founded a free-school, belonging to be better soon, in the bosom of Je. Well Street Meeting, which is aided sus!" On informing him that a phyby, vohuntary subscription, for the sician was sent for, he closed his Education of Boys, the children of eyes, and, folding his hands, said, reputable parents, who, either froin 60, my God, thou canst do more the demands of a large family, or for me than the doctors can! from having been reduced by mnis. Thou hast wasked me in the blood fortura', are unable to furnish them of the Lamb, take me to thyself! with a good education. Young I shall not stay, long now; I must Boltwood was one of its first scho- dic, and go to the bosom of Jesus. lars, His behaviour at school was I hope we shall mcet before the highly satisfactory to the master; thrwnie ! Give my love to all the his temper was wild and peaceful. boys: tell them to read their Bibles, From the school he was never ab. tell them all to pray that Gud kent, except wlien unavoidably de. would take away the stony beart,

sus."

and give them kearts of flesh. 0 and he repeated after hor : but when God, thou hast taken away my she came to the lines, heart of stone, and washed me in

'Twill please us to look back, and see the blood of the Lamb, - take

That our whole lives were ibine," away their hearts of stone, and wash them all in the blood of the Lamb ?" he said, “ O it will be pleasant in “ About 10 o'clock in the evening

Heaven to look back, and see that

our whole lives were thine !" be sent for ine and Mr. Hoakinson,

“After asking for a little jelly, he one of the founders of the school. To me he said, that he had learned said, “ O blessed be God, I shall not more of the Scriptures that day than

want a drop of water to cool my

o that blessed book the ever before. I enquired of hin, tongue !

Bible! Aunt, tell every body to What part of the Scriptures had engaged his attention :

and giving

read it; and tell them to raind the

89th Psalm." him a Bible, he turned to the 89th Psalm ; most earnestly requesting Satan under my feet: I have but

“To his sister, he said," I can tread me to read it to him, Whilst I was thus engaged, I observed hiin fer

one step more of the laddor lo go to

be with Jesus.. My breath is sliort : vently repeating each verse. When

I have got what I wanted,- my JeI read, “Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound; they shall

sus ! I pray for my wicked play, walk, O Lord, in the light of thy

mates, though they are wicked: 1

love them, because the Scriptures countenance,” &c. he repeated, with

say, “ Love your enemies, bless still greater emphasis. Here I paus,

them that curse you, do good to ed, to ask, Whether he understood

them that hate you, and pray for whose righteousness the Psalmist

them that despitefully use you." I referred to ? He replied, with un- have learned more of the scriptures common fervour,“ O yes, the right- to-day then ever ; because Jesus is cousness of Jesus ! -- that alone can

my

Teacher!" save my soul!” He then requested

To his father, he said, “ Dear me to pray with him. In prayer he father, weep not for your only son : most solemnly repeated every sentence. To Mr. H. he said," I bless children that remain, and follow me.

he is happy; but take care of your God that you put me into such a school: through eternity, I shall

I have prayed for you all. The bless God for that school is of Mr. angel is about to sound the trumpet,

and I shall follow to the bosom of S. his master, he took an affecting Jesus: I am washed in the blood of farewell, earnestly desiring him not

the Lamb !" to forget his love to all his school.

« A little before his death, he put fellows; particularly charging him his hand to his head, and said,“ O it to tell them al)," That if their stony hearts are not taken away, they will desired ňis sister to give him her

is getting into my head now; and not be happy when they die, as I am! This (said he) is my dying testimony but be sure to wash the bed-clothes

hand, saying,

" I won't hurt you ; to them!” " To his aunt, on entering the bed." He was quite sensible of the

before they are put on any other room, he said,“ Do not weep, aunt ;

cause of his malady; and said, do not weep for me. If you were so happy as I am, you would not weep:

Though I foam like a mad dog, I am not afraid to die, for nothing but it was the will of God.”

I will hurt nobody. O that dog! can hurt me; I am safe in the arms

6. He breathed his last about one of Jesus!" After he had began to o'clock on Tuesday morning, June read the 12th of Dr. Watts's Divine Songs,

2, aged 12 years and four inonths.” Well Street, Hackney.

G. C. 4 Happy the child, whose tender years Receive instruction weld,”

We cannot close this account with.

out regretling, that hunian life being unable to proceed, he desired should be so inuch exposed to this kis sister to read it, which she did; inost dreadful malady, Surely, some

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