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Now go, Standard, go, and proclaim lovely Jesus,
Is constantly flowing!-be this thy choice theme.
And many a heart shall be tuned to their praise.
The bride and the Bridegroom, eternally one;
O Spirit of power! now send down thy unction,
Send comfort to mourners-to sinners compunction,
From Jesus, our banner, protection we crave!
Wolverhampton, July, 1835.
THE SAINTS CONFLICT MAKES THEIR REST IN THE LORD DESIRABLE.
"Whither the Forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus."-Heb. vi. 20.
Lift up your eyes ye tempted saints,
And take a sweet survey
Of your inheritance above,
In everlasting day.
No storms nor trials e'er annoy
But glory, triumph, peace, and love,
No cloud obscures their vernal sky,
Their unbelief can rise no more,
Nor doubts o'er faith prevail.
Courage, ye souls! who know the grace
He sojourn'd in this world for you,
Though Lord of all the hosts above,
And toil'd, and groan'd through sorrows great,
Dear Jesus, help our feeble faith
Enlarge our hearts, anoint our eyes,
That we might dwell with thee.
Forerunner of thy people here,
Absorb our hearts, enrich our souls,
Draw thou us upwards to thy seat,
Whilst saints and angels hymn thy name,
O could we leave this prison of clay,
And mingle with the blest;
The wicked cease from troubling there,
There sweet and loud our mutual song
Our weary souls preserve and keep
Manchester, July, 1835.
Martin Luther was born at Isleben, in Saxony, in the year 1483. He studied at Erfurth, being designed for a civilian; but an awful catastrophe made such an impression upon his mind, that he resolved to retire from the world. As he was walking in the fields with a fellow-student, they were struck by lightning, Luther to the ground, and his companion dead by his side. He entered into the order of Augustine hermits at Erfurth; from this place he removed to Wirtemburg, being appointed by the elector of Saxony professor of theology and philosophy in the university just founded there by that prince. In 1512, he was sent to Rome, to plead the cause of some convents of his order who had quarrelled with their vicargeneral. This gave him an opportunity of observing the corruption of the pontifical court, and the debauched lives of the dignitaries of the church, and probably gave him the first disgust to the Romish Ecclesiastical government, especially as he had engaged in the monastic life from motives of genuine piety. Upon his return to Wirtemburg, it was remarked that he grew unusually pensive, and more austere in his life and conversation. He likewise read and expounded the Sacred Writings in lectures and sermons, and threw new lights on obscure passages. The minds of his auditors being thus prepared, a favourable occasion soon offered for carrying into execution his grand plan of reformation. In 1517, Pope Leo X. published his indulgences. Albert, archbishop of Mentz and Magdeburg, was commissioner for Germany, and was to have half the sum raised in that country; Tecelius, a Dominican friar, was deputed to collect, with others of his order, for Saxony; and he carried his zeal so far as to declare his commission to be so extensive, that no crime could be too great to be pardoned by him, and that, by purchasing indulgences, not only past sins but those intended, were to be forgiven. Against these vile practices Luther openly preached, with wonderful success, and thus began the Reformation in Germany. Luther died in 1546.-Biograph. Dic.
How should God deal with us? Good day's we cannot bear, seemingly-evil we cannot endure. Giveth he riches unto us? then are we proud, so that no man can live by us in peace; nay, we will be carried upon hands and shoulders, and will be adored as gods. Giveth he poverty unto us? then are we dismayed, impatient, and murmur against him. Therefore, no
thing were better for us than soon to be conveyed to the last dance, and covered with shovels.-Luther.
Bishop Burnet, the Arminian prelate, affected to wonder how a person of King William's piety and good sense could so rootedly believe the doctrine of predestination. The royal Calvinist replied, “Did I not believe predestination, I could not believe a Providence: for it would be most absurd to suppose that a Being of infinite wisdom would act without a plan; for which plan predestination is only another name.-Old Mag.
The growth of a believer is not like a mushroom, but like an oak, which increases slowly indeed, but surely. Many suns, showers, and frosts pass upon it before it comes to perfection; and in winter, when it seems dead, it is gathering strength at the root.-Newton.
When God preacheth his word, then presently followeth thereupon the cross; as St. Paul witnesseth, where he saith, "All that will live a godly life in Christ Jesus, must suffer persecution." And our Saviour Christ saith, "The disciple is not greater than his Master: have they persecuted me? They will persecute you also." Therefore, most certain it is, that the cross followeth, and under the cross, God's word is rightly understood. Our Saviour Christ witnesseth the same, where he saith, "Such things have I told you before, that when ye see it ye may believe." The work, which thereupon followeth, doth rightly expound and declare the word. Grief and sorrow teacheth how to mark the word. What knoweth he that is without tribulation and temptation? No man understandeth the Scriptures, except he be acquainted with the cross.Luther.
And shall we not be willing to bear reproach for him who made himself of no reputation for us? Shall we not readily part with our reputation, and follow him without the camp, bearing his reproach? Fear it not; it should rather be esteemed a jewel that adorns us. The cross of Jesus is our best ornament: God forbid we should glory in anything except in that cross.--Burder.
FEEBLE CHRISTIAN'S SUPPORT.
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled."-Matt. v. 6.
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began."-2 Tim. i. 9.
"The election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded."—Rom. xi. 7. "If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.-And they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."-Acts viii. 37, 38; Matt. xxviii. 19.
AN HOLY CALLING.
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world was.”- -2 Tim. i. 9.
Here we find salvation stated before calling by grace; and, indeed, if we take a proper view of the subject, it was so in the mind and purpose of God. God the Father saved, or secured, the elect in Christ before the foundation of the world. Hence, Jude says, "Sanctified by God the Father;" that is, set apart by God the Father, as the people of his holy choice, and so made the special care and charge of Christ: "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved." (Eph. i. 4-6.) And though the elect fell, with the rest of mankind, in Adam the first, they never fell as considered in Christ; but, as the Holy