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Courage, ye souls! who know the grace
Of your triumphant Head;
To suffer in your stead.
He made himself a worm,
To bring such wanderers home. Our sufferings here but trifles are,
To what our Lord has bornes
To pore upon our own.
Upon thy strength to trust,
Remember we are dust.
Through faith thyself to see,
That we might dwell with thee.
Their centre too above,
With thy redeeming love.
Where joy immortal reigns;
Its pleasures, cares, and pains. 'Tis there without a vail between,
Thy glories richly shine,
Iu fellowship divine.
And mingle with the blest;
And there the weary rest.
Should sound in Jesus' praise;
Conspire the notes to raise.
'Midst conflicts sharp and long, For unto thee, O God of grace,
All strength and power belong.
The vail that hangs between!
Oft let thy face be seen.
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.
Ilow should God deal with us? Good days 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 80 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
The work, which thereupon followeth, doth rightly expound and declare the word. Grief and sorrow teachetń 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.
ye may believe.
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 omament: 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 mayesto—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 sd 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
Ghost says by Jude, they were “preserved in Christ Jesus;" and in God's own time they are called.
It is the believer's blessedness, that each glorious person in the Godhead has a glorious hand in his salvation. God the Father saved, chose, sanctified, or set him apart, in Christ, before the.world was; God the Son took humanity into union to his personal Godhead, and thus became incarnate, lived a holy life, suffered, bled, died a solemn death, rose again from the dead, ascended up on high, having led captivity captive, and is now exalted at the right hand of the Father, ever living to make intercession for him. Thus Christ has meritoriously saved the elect by his life, obedience, death, resurrection, exaltation, and intercession : as it is written, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all,' how shall be not with him also freely give us all things ? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth ? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right band of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Rom. viii. 32–34.) Thus the blessed Redeemer “ was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification” (Rom. iv. 25); and, bless his precious name, he has been the destruction of death, hell, and sin. (1 Cor. xv. 55–57.) The gloriously-blessed God-Man Mediator“ gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus ii. 14.) So that, before the world was, the church was saved purposedly by God the Father; in time, meritoriously by the God-Man Mediator, who now lives above to make intercession for them; and, in the day of God's power, they are saved manifestatively and vitally, by the
washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost." (Titus iii. 5.)
Now, not a particle of this is either for, or according to, their works; for it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved ns;” or, as our text has it, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works."
What an indescribable mercy it is that salvation is of the Lord; yea, that God himself, as the God of Zion, is our sal. vation. Blessed, triumphant faith, under the sweet power and unction of God the Holy Ghost, can at times sweetly sing, “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song, he also is become my salvation.” (Isa. xii. 2.) This salvation contains