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the midst of a statement of the dif- would do it ; and he himself did in ficulties in the way of salvation, by heart, what the high priest did with any natural power we possess, the his hands, transfer all his sins to the evil of our heart, the weakness of Atonement. Thus he came to feel, our best endeavours, and the de- not indeed presumptuously, but filement of our services, Jolin re- with great humiliation, all his sing marked, " I must put off my sins.” laid upon the Sacrifice ; and he It was asked, what he meant by was able to substitute in his mind putting off his sins.

His answer a conviction of the efficacy of the manifested at once the simple, but atonement of Christ in the place of clear, manner in which he had his own most grievous burden; and received the Scripture illustration to contemplate the Saviour's merwhich had been pointed out to him cies instead of his own merited doom the day before, and was truly glad. as a sinner. The ground of this faith dening to the feeling of his visitors: in his mind was en acceptance of the “ Did you not tell me yesterday simple testimony of God, that he about the live goat on whose head would blot out his transgressions. the sins were laid ?" The applica He believed in this word of protion of the type of the scape goat mise, and joy in believing was had thus been made by bim to his at once imparted to him. The own state; and he had arrived at simplicity with which Jolin received the conviction, that whatever might the testimony of God in this inhave been his sins, and whatever stance characterized his religious were his hindrances, he was per- experience during the whole of his mitted to "put them all off," upon remaining course. The Scriptures that great all-sufficient atonement, were as a message of God to his the Lamb of God, which taketh soul. He received them as feeling away the sins of the world. He there could be no doubt but every had thus been enabled to feel his word of them was true. I often, burden, to bring it to the cross of said Mr. Hall, in the after part of Christ; and at once it seemed to his history, tried to persuade him have fallen from him at the feet of that it was, naturally speaking, an his Redeemer.

incredible thing that God should The nature of faith is illustrated have come in the flesh and atone in a very interesting manner, by the for sin. But he always said that he simple development of it which believed it, because it was so writJolin now exhibited. The sinful- ten in the book which is the truth. ness of his own state he knew, and I have before noticed the indifferfelt deeply. He did not, however, ence which Jolin appeared to feel seek to excuse himself, or to palliate to outward circumstances ; I have his offences : he did not think that yet to observe another point conpast services would be any compen- nected with it in this day's visit, sation to God; that any circum- which was the brightness and alstance of his life or character most cheerfulness of aspect which would screen him from Almighty his manner and countenance graduwrath; or that by repentance he ally assumed. In the period before might be pardoned through the his condemnation, his downcast mere mercy of his Heavenly Father. look and general air of wretched. In himself, therefore, he had no ness might have betokened a state ground of hope whatsoever : he was of despair; but now he lifted up bis as a debtor who had nothing to head, and even his voice seemed to pay ; as a sick man whose case was have changed its tone. This surdesperate : but he felt an assurance prising change was observed by that Christ was able to pay his others. M. Hammond, Jolin's addebt, and to cure his disease, and vocate, told M. Durell, as he himthat in his own particular case he self has recorded it in a tract which

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he published on the trial and exe, yet necessarily arising from a clear, cution, that when he saw the pri- full, well-grounded belief in the soner on the 27th of September, he doctrine of justification by faith. found him “in really a distracted This doctrine, which is promised state, torn by every conflicting pas- (Rom. v. 1) to give "peace with sion, and all his faculties hurried by God;" is always (verse 5) attended the unutterable anguish of remorse. with an experience of “ the love of The dread of death was uppermost God shed abroad in the heart by in his thoughts; and there was no- the Holy Ghost." It is the rething to which he would not bave moval of the dependence for salvasubmitted to avoid capital punish- tion from man's miserable confiment: but when he saw him again dences, and the fixing it on the on the evening of the 26th, he was sure foundation of the Saviour's astonished at the sudden and rapid merits, which gives real peace and change which had taken place in joy in religion. Every previous him: he was calm, placid, and re- conviction only brings the mind signed; he hoped that God had into bondage, and it may be into accepted his repentance; [this was misery; but this is the “.

“joyful probably not his own phrase, but sound,” which when the sinner Mr. Hammond's impression of what hears, he walks at once ,“ in the he said ;] and he had not one wish light of God's countenance.” Whilst to live. I then," continues Mr. Dil- men remain unexperienced in the rell, “ mentioned to Mr, Hammond, efficacy of the Cross of Christ, howthat I bad found him exactly in that ever deeply they may feel their state on my first visit (the 20th), own sins, and however they may which had preceded his own only labour in good works, they cannot by a few hours.” He adds, “ The obtain peace, because in an honest opinion of an impartial and enlight- examination of themselves they still ened man, like Mr. Hammond, was find enough to condemn. But joy certainly very important: but M. in believing is the point of union de Quetteville, the mayor of the with Christ; and the more entirely town, and other laymen of the the Christian is enabled to renounce highest respectability, who had for- every work in the way of merit, merly known the prisoner, had been and to believe in him that justifieth equally struck with that great and the ungodly, is he enabled to enter salutary change. From a compa. into the Apostle's direction, “Rerison of dates,” adds Mr. Durell, joice in the Lord always; and again "I am inclined to believe, that his I say, Rejoice." change must not only have been On the 25th, he narrated to his rapid, but that his heart must have visiter the whole history of his mebeen almost as instantaneously and lancholy life; his difficulties and as miraculously touched as that of discomforts, arising, not so much the penitent malefactor in the Gos. from others, as from his own sinful pel.” Now how was this wonderful wilful heart. Like so many other change to be accounted for? We young persons, he had chosen to read in Acts xvi. 34, that when the take the way of pleasure and of keeper of the prison in Philippi had folly, instead of that which many received the Apostle's message, circumstances had led him to see “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, was a happier as it was a safer and thou shalt be saved ;" that he

It is indeed true, that his took them the same hour of the parents were not in a state to check night, and “ rejoiced, believing in him in his proceedings; but he God.” It was perhaps precisely seems to have had at many interthis very feeling of joy which Jolin vals those convictions of conscience now experienced; a joy which, how- which were sufficient to have guardever rapidly it entered into the mind, ed him from the transgressions into Christ. OBSERV. No. 337.



which he fell, and even to have viction of their own feelings of the guided him to seek the paths of misery of sin, because sin does not religion. His unrestrained immoral in this life uniformly prove itself so education, however, came in aid of miserable. It is, indeed, a state his natural self-will, and soon pre- which comes as short of the real vailed in establishing a character spiritual happiness of the true Chrisgiven up to those vices which led tian, as darkness does of light; but to his ruin. The workings of his in itself it often affords a very unconscience had been chiefly in the mixed portion of worldly or sensual painful apprehensions which he indulgence, satisfactory to the un. gained of his state of sin. The renewed heart, nor indeed does this remembrance of a life of sin St. leave the sinner till his condemnaPaul strikingly describes in Romans tion begins, and the door of hope vi. 21, where he says, “What fruit is shut against him for ever. Anohad ye then in those things of which ther observation arising from Jolin's ye are now ashamed; for the end of feeling of wretchedness in his former those things is death.Jolin seemed state, is, that the mere sense of in a certain measure, to have felt horror at the pain of sin, or the this, but without its bringing him to consideration of its consequences, a resolution of turning to God. His will not, unassisted by the Spirit of state had been, as he himself de. God, produce the real repentance scribed it, at times miserable and which the Gospel requires. It is wretched; but drinking had quickly true, the compunctions of condriven away this view of himself, science, like the afflictions of life, and he soon returned again to bis are means very often used to bring mad career. He observed to Mr. the sinner to that state of mind in Durell, that since 1823 he had not which he is prepared to receive the seen one happy week. There are doctrines of the Gospel. Yet, in two things to observe on this feeling how many cases do we find men of the evil of sin, as it was felt in only wounded, and not brought his unconverted state by Jolin. under the sentence of death by the Until the Spirit of God has enlight- power of the law; only stunned, ened the heart sin does not by any and not really affected by the deepmeans, in all cases, appear as it est distresses of life. Thus we learn invariably does to the renewed that it is not one dispensation of heart, or as it did to Jolin, a griev- Providence or another, as it is not ous burden. The life of many one situation in life or another, wretched sinners is one course of which necessarily brings men to prosperity. They are described in that knowledge and faith which is the seventy-third Psalm as passing needful for salvation. It is true, from their cradles to their graves that God does bless the endeavours without one source of grief or one of the willing mind whenever he apprehension of death. The Bible, sees them; but the mind is not however, teaches, that such a state necessarily made willing because it of unmixed prosperity is the most suffers, any more than a child is necesdangerous in which a man can be sarily made more compliant by the placed ; that the sinner, when thus punishment which is inflicted. A left alone of God, is on that very man may therefore very easily feel slippery point from which he will all the waves and the billows of fall to bis eternal ruin. On the con- sorrow flow over him, yet not have trary, whom the Lord loveth he his heart touched with one single chastiseth ; and those whom he feeling of real religion. For this he brings to a crown of glory, he leads must be born of the Spirit, he must through inuch tribulation. Minis. be quickened by the power of God, ters cannot, therefore, always press he must have an entirely different upon their ungodly bearers the con- sense imparted to him from the mere feeling of the misery of an and fermentation of men's spirits' evil course, or the afflictions of life; which characterise the present age. he must be convinced of the con- it is also distinguished for an indemning power of sin, of his own crease in the external means of grace, desperate state in the sight of which, however far from being comGod, of the need of that sacrifice mensurate with the wants of a rawhich the Saviour has wrought pidly increasing people, is yet inout, before that good work is conceivably greater than the most really begun which, it is promised, sanguine hopes of our forefathers shall be carried on till the day of could have dared to anticipate. New Jesus Christ. So far, then, from edifices, dedicated to the glory of the common notion, that the suffer. God-the enlargement of the anings of our life will atone for its cient fabrics-increased attention to offences, those sufferings have no the accommodation of the poorconnexion whatever with our state Bibles circulated with a zeal un. hereafter, except as they may paralleled -pious books and tracts have been a means of bringing lending their aid to awaken the dorus to seek that sacrifice by whom mant conscience, or strengthen some alone any of our sins can be par- holy conviction-religious societies doned.

for promoting, in the most efficient (To be concluded in our nert Number.) manner, every conceivable object

connected with the salvation of man -the facilities for instruction in the

principles of our faith afforded to JAMILY SERMONS.— No. CCLXIII. adults, children, and infants, the

increased, and, blessed be God, the THE DISTINCTIVE TOKENS OF

increasing spiritual strength of the CHRISTIAN COMMUNION *. clergy of our church-the many

Christian men who are doing the Phil. ii. 3.—We are the circum- work of Evangelists, in their several

cision which worship God in the spheres, at home and abroad, in spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, sinple reliance on the promise that and have no confidence in the God will be always with them, the fesh.

beautiful feet of the messengers of

the Gospel of peace in lands which It is an unspeakable blessing, that before had vot so much as known amidst the restlessness and passion the name of Christ, or heard whe

• The following discourse is from the ther there was any Holy Ghost pen of the Right Reverend the Lord Bi- these are amongst the signs of the shop of Winchester, being, with only the times on which the mind of him will omission of a few local references, the most love to dwell who is looking sermon delivered by his lordship at the for that blessed period when the recent consecration of St. James's Chapel, Clapham. It was not originally designed Lord shall accomplish the number for publication ; but his lordship having al. lowed a small edition to be printed to meet thus enabled to place side by side with it the earnest desires of those who beard a discourse from the same pen, of a diit and wished to possess copies of it, we rectly pastoral and spiritual character. We have obtained his lordship's obliging per- find in the writings of St. Paul whole mission to adopt it as a Family Sermon. chapters devoted to the details of eccleHow admirably it is calculated for spiritual siastical regulation and discipline, followedification, it were better for our readers ed by others immediately relating to points to discover, than befitting for us to pre- of doctrine, subjects of self-examination, mise. We have the greater pleasure in or tlic hopes, the consolations, and the presenting it for their instruction, because duties of the individual believer. Both having laid before them the substance of are necessary in due time and place, and his lordship’s recent Charge, which, from with judicious mixture ; a point of some circumstances, was of necessity chiefly importance to be kept in mind, especially conversant with important matters of in composing or perusing what are called episcopal regimen and supervision, we are

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of his elect, and when “ the king. Christ Jesus, and have no confidence doms of this world shall become the in the Aesh.” kingdoms of our Lord, and of his May that blessed Spirit which Christ, and he shall reign for ever dictated to the Apostle these disand ever.”

tinctive tokens of Christian commuBut, brethren, amidst all this pro- nion, dispose our hearts by his grace digality of outward means, let us to take a right view of the scriplook inwardly into the spirit of our tural evidences of our faith, and to own hearts. A great and strong apply them personally by serious wind is abroad—but the Lord is not and searching self-examination, to in the wind. An earthquake is shak- our own individual cases ! The text ing the nations—but the Lord is not mentions three particulars :in the earthquake. After the earth- 1. “ We are the circumcision, quake comes a fire-but the Lord which worship God in the spirit.” is not in the fire. He is in the still How much of meaning is condensed small voice. Are we listening for in this forcible and comprehensive its sound? Are our ears attentive. expression! What closeness of walk ly watching for its warnings? Are with God does it denote! What inour hearts prepared to obey its bid- tense devotedness of body, soul, dings? We have opportunities of and spirit! How much of deadness meeting in many a visible temple, to the world and indifference to all made with hands : is the Divine those earthly objects of attraction Spirit present with us there? and do on which so many make fatal shipwe open the door, that he may come wreck of their faith! How much of in and


with us? We stand re- entire surrender of the natural will verently as on holy ground, and to the leadings of Divine grace! How kneel in lowliness of outward obei- earnest a pursuit of the things which sance as in the immediate presence belong to the eternal peace of the of God: are our souls melted into soul! What a postponement of other holy love, and our hearts touched cares to secure the one thing need. with a live coal from the true altar? ful! What spiritual-mindedness, and We dedicate temples to the Lord – longing desire to be freed from the has the temple of the heart been bondage of corruption, and from all swept and garnished, and made meet those worldly thoughts which weaken for the entrance of the Holy Spirit? or divide the affections, and remind We shew much love in outward us daily of that humiliating truth, seeming-love for God's honour and that the natural man is enmity glory-love for the best interests of against God ! our fellow-men,-has our love burn- I know not, indeed, in what pased inwardly, as well as in the world's sage of Scripture I can find a more sight? Has our zeal led us to cast expressive outline of the Christian out first from our own hearts, in the character than is conveyed in this strength of God, those evil affec- single sentence to the mind's eye. tions which war against the soul? It sketches at one stroke the portrait Has our desire to sit in the sanctuary of the man of God. Contrast him of God, and to be numbered amongst with the Jew, seeking year after his people, led us to seek him through year, in bis observance of the painChrist, and to worship in spirit and ful ordinances of the Mosaic ritual, truth? Do we exhibit those charac- to catch a glimpse as it were of teristic marks of the members of better things to come, through the God's proper church, on which St. veils and shadows of the ceremonial Paul lays so much stress in the text? law. Contrast him with the heathen, “ We are the circumcision,” he erecting an altar to the unknown writes to his beloved converts, “the God, sacrificing their sons and their saints at Philippi,” “ which worship daughters to devils, “ changing the God in the spirit, and rejoice in glory of the incorruptible God into

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