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Time alone could determine, whether Barnabas was deceived by an abundance of charity, or St. Paul through an excess of prudence. The event turned the balance in favour of the judgment of Barnabas : the conduct of John Mark on this second mission was irreproachable. From that time St. Paul with his usual candour, forgetting the former instability of Mark, placed the utmost confidence in him, received him with joy as the companion of his labours, revoked the order he had formerly given respecting him, and recommended him to the churches as a faithful minister. Thus much may be inferred from the following passage in his epistle to the Colossians: "Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner sallut eth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, touching whom ye received commandments; if he come unto you, receive him.”

Thus the sincere followers of Christ are ever anxious to repair their involuntary faults: faults which we, as well as the apostles, are always exposed to the commission of, and which should constrain us to say, with St. Paul: Now we know things and persons in part. This imperfection in our knowledge will sometimes produce errors, in our judgment, and those errors may probably influence our conduct. But, if in these failings there is no mixture of malice; if we sin through ignorance, and in the integrity of our hearts; God imputes not to us those errors; provided that we are always prepared, like St. Paul, to confess and repair them. To err is the lot of humanity: obstinacy in error is the character of a Demon: but humbly to acknowledge, and anxiously to repair an error, is to exhibit a virtue more rare and valuable than innocence itself, when accompanied with any degree of conceit and pride.

They, who give the portraits of legendary saints, generally paint them without a single failing. But they, who wish faithfully to imitate the sacred authors, are obliged to employ shades as well as lights, even in their most celebrated pieces. If this part of the portrait of St. Paul should not appear brilliant, it will serve, at least, to manifest the reality of the original, the liberality of the Apostle, and the fidelity of the painter.



WHILE the spirit of the world is confessedly a spirit of particular interest, pride, and division, the spirit of true religion is manifested, among its sincere professors, as a spirit of concord, humility, and brotherly love. The true minister, animated in an especial manner by this divine spirit, losing sight of his own reputation and honour, is unweariedly engaged in seeking the glory of God, and the edification of his neighbour. Perfectly satisfied with the lowest place, and distinguished as much by condescension to his brethren as by respect to his superiors, he is ever on his guard against that spirit of party, which is continually seeking to disturb the union of the church, whether it be by too great a fondness for particular customs, by an obstinate zeal for any system of doctrines, or by too passionate an attachment to some eminent teacher.

Without persecuting those, who are led by so dangerous a spirit, the good pastor employs every effort to re-unite them under the great Head of he church. Arguing against the folly of those who are ready to separate themselves from the company

of their brethren, he takes up the language of St, Paul, and says: "O foolish christians, who hath bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Ye have indeed, been called unto liberty only use not liberty as an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the Law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. Now the works of the flesh are manifest," among which are these, "hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions and heresies of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they, which do such things, shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faith, meekness, temperance. If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provok ing one another, envying one another. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Endeavour," therefore, "to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

When the people seek to honour a true minister by placing him at the head of any party in the church, he refuses the proffered dignity with a humble and holy indignation. His soul is constantly penetrated with those sentiments, under the influence of which the apostle Paul thus nobly expressed himself: " I seek not mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. I beseech you, brethen, by the name of our Lord Je sus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and

that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind. For it hath been declared unto me, that there are contentions among you :" and "that every one of you saith, I am of Paul, and, I of Apollos, and, I of Cephas, and, I of Christ." But, "Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? Who is Paul but a minister by whom ye believed? Therefore let no man glory in men, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas;" but rather in "our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named."

By such exhortations, it is, and by maintaining, at the same time, a conduct conformable to the nature of such exhortations, that every faithful minister endeavours to engage christians of all denominations, to walk together "in love, as Christ also walked, proving what is acceptable unto the Lord, and submitting one to another in the fear of God," till the arrival of that promised period, when the whole company of the faithful shall be of one heart and one mind.

But after all these exertions, for the extirpation of a sectarian spirit from the church, they, who content themselves with the exterior of christianity, as the pharisees were contented with the ceremonies of the mosaic worship, will, sooner later, accuse every evangelical pastor of attempting to form a particular sect.


When modern pharisees observe the strict union, which reigns among true believers, a union, which every faithful minister labours to establish among his people, as well by example as by precept; when they behold penitent sinners deeply sensible of their guilt, and frequently assembling together for the purpsse of imploring the blessings of "wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption;" they immediately take the alarm, and cry

out...." These men does exceedingly trouble our city, teaching customs, which are not lawful for us to receive," and maintaing such a conduct as is most inconvenient for us to follow.

Happy are those cities in which the minister of Christ is able to discover a Nicodemus, a Gamaliel, or some worshippers possessed of as much candour as the Jews of Rome, who desired to hear what the persecuted Paul had to offer, in behalf of that newlyrisen sect, which was every where spoken against. Till this amiable candour shall universally prevail among the nominal members of the church, true christianity, even in the centre of Christendom, will always find perverse contradiction, and sometimes cruel persecution.



THE minister of the present day labours chiefly with a view to his own advantage and honour. He endeavours to please, that he may be admired of men. "He loves the chief seats in synagogues," public greetings, and honourable titles: thus tacitly challenging, by his unreasonable pretensions to the respect and homage of men, a part of that glory, which is due to God alone.

A totally different character is maintained by the true minister. His discourses, his actions, his look, his deportment, all agree to say, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake." If the arm of the Omnipotent enables him to perform any extraordinary work, which the multitude do not immediately refer to, the "Author of every

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