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in "his own body bare he our sins." Thus He was delivered for our offences.
Secondly, He was raised for our justification. Oh, reader! glorious, indeed, was the work! For our salvation He rose triumphant from the grave: it was not possible that the Lord of Glory should be holden there. It was in the love that He had towards us that He rose from the grave, showing us so many blessings thereby. He rose from the grave, He rose from this earth to the glory which He had before all things, there to reign as King of Glory over all things, to give pardon and peace to the humble believer: "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God, that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Consider, reader, art thou one of those who are neglecting the offers of salvation? "How shall we escape" if we neglect it? Christ Jesus, the Son of God, was raised for our justification: He has displayed his divine love to us in his holy word; He did all that was necessary to be done; He is ever with the arms of mercy open; He is ever ready to give us all things, if we ask in his name. For He has done all things well: He died for all; He was raised for all; his holy word is directed to all. But do we feel an interest in these blessed things which belong to our everlasting peace? If not, Christ has died in vain for thee. Oh, refuse not his kind offers of love! Believe in him! These are plain and simple words; but they are precious. His justifying and pardoning grace is proclaimed to thee from the courts of heaven, though thou art a vile sinner. Be justified by faith by believing in Him who justifieth the ungodly. But surely if thou art one who dost believe as the Scripture sets forth, thou art living to Christ in all holiness of living. "Abraham believed God," and he lived with holy reliance on him, knowing that he was faithful that promised." And since God has shown such loving-kindness to the believer, let us strive to live in the exercise of good works," which he has before ordained, that we should walk in them." And whatever we do, let us do all to his glory, "because he first loved us." Without faith it is impossible to please
God; and so our Church teaches us in the eleventh and twelfth Articles. Read them for thine own edification; read God's holy word; and pray for the teaching of the Holy Spirit to open thine heart that has been alienated from God, that our lives may be according to that beautiful prayer of thanksgiving: "that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to thy service." Believe in thine heart: here is the great work. Thou mayest say, I do believe. Well, Jesus saith, "If thou lovest me, keep my commandments," that the fruits of thy belief may be seen in thy Christian walk. Dost thou take a delight in the ordinances of the Church? above all, in partaking spiritually of the body and blood of Christ, having your heart drawn up to high and holy things?
Again, many are the ways in which God is pleased to convey his grace to the hearts of poor sinners. It is often, -yes, and too often,-that we think ourselves secure and right by our own reason, instead of bowing ourselves before the throne of grace as unworthy creatures, not deserving the least of his mercies. But, oh! as unworthy as we are, He will hear and answer that short prayer, "God be merciful to me a sinner." He will answer it because of his love to us poor sinners; it was for this that He rose from the grave and ascended to his glory, and is now making intercession for us: "lean not to thy own understanding," but to Him who "knoweth our hearts, and is acquainted with all our ways." Pray that "the eyes of your understanding may be opened, that ye may know what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power."
Believe, then, in thine heart, and the blessings of God's word belong to thee. Are the words of the apostle in any way applicable to thee? "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath,
even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ'." I will mention one instance of a poor sinner finding peace to his soul through believing. The son of the poor old man that I mentioned in my last article was a man with a large family. He did, as he thought, as well as others. The poor old man, with almost tears in his eyes, asked him to read the fourteenth psalm; instead of that he read the fourteenth of Job. He read about half the chapter, and he departed with tears in his eyes. He became an altered man, an humble penitent at the feet of Jesus, whose blood cleanseth from all sin. According to the words of Job, he was soon after cut off, and taken from this transitory world to a world wherein dwelleth righteousness, to be with the just men made perfect, through the Lord our Righteousness, who died. and rose again for our justification. "Now the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." A LADY'S SERVANT.
THE CHRISTIAN'S DEATH.
"Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his." THE crystal river glided on Beneath the willow shade,
And brightly on its tranquil breast
The gentle moonbeams played.
Their soft and silvery lustre fell
Upon the drooping trees,
Whose graceful branches swept the stream
Upon the hallowed house of God
They rested; and around
But brighter still they rested on
All suffering had left him now;
And peaceful look, we plainly saw
1 Eph. ii. 1-5.
For to the followers of Christ
His presence softens every pain,
And when each lingering look and smile
The aged pastor prayed,
That the departing soul might rest
He prayed that his example might
In that great day when land and sea
When heaven and earth shall pass away,
When Christ, the Judge of all the earth,
Shall bid his saints arise
To reign with Him in perfect bliss
THE ECONOMY OF CLEANLINESS.
No careful person can afford to be otherwise than cleanly. It may cost something to a rich person to be so; but to a poor one it costs little more than time and labour. And who will think anything of time and labour, to obtain such comforts as cleanliness will bring? For my part, I think that if there is anything which might be desired in the enjoyments of the rich, it is this, that they have plenty of clean linen, and need never feel the discomforts of being untidily dressed; but, in fact, the very poorest persons who are only diligent and active, may enjoy this luxury to a very great degree. If they are not able to change so often, they may much oftener than many do; and at least they may make good use of water and soap in their persons. I was much pleased this evening on leaving a cottage about 6 o'clock, to see a labouring man in the back kitchen, who had just come from his work, busily engaged in washing himself thoroughly; and heard that he always did so directly he came home every evening. With what relish and com
fort he would sit down to his evening meal, compared with his next neighbour, who was perhaps too lazy to move from his chair till he crept into bed! And how much better might his health be expected to be, who regularly practised such cleanly habits! Now if his health was better, it is very easy to show that cleanliness is economical. If it kept disease from the door, it would keep the doctor out of his house; and every cottager knows that there is nothing so expensive as sickness. I only wish they always acted upon this knowledge, and would use the means that are taught them to keep themselves in health. When any one meets with an accident from a fall, and breaks his leg, he and his wife will often be lamenting that he should have happened to go into that unlucky place, or undertake that ill-fated piece of work. But when they catch a fever, and it lingers in their house for many months, and takes away their children's lives, how seldom do they turn to the right cause, and lament the filth of their rooms, and their uncleanly habits, or even think of changing them! Too many will go on suffering year after year, rather than take the necessary trouble of reforming their household on these points. Some, indeed, are different, and we have known several villages which have been freed from prevailing fevers by a change in the manners and habits of the people.
There is also another subject connected with this, in which the economy of cleanliness may be shown. Many villages are disfigured and made to appear (as they are) very filthy, by the custom of throwing out at the door into the street all the washings of the houses, and leaving them to be carried off by the next rain, or to stand in a most offensive way in puddles at the door. Now, not only is this a filthy practice, and abominable to every cleanly person, but is also very wasteful and improvident. The soap-suds and other washings, which are so unpleasant to be seen in the streets, are very useful in the garden, and if added to the heap of manure behind the cottage, will greatly increase its value for fertilizing the land. Every good manager is proud of his manure-heap, and will be glad to improve it. Let him only instruct his wife to keep every thing which has been usually