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for an explanation. The Homily 'ONLY I send you, &c. &c. ONLY says: “ The true understanding PUTTING TRUST IN CHRIST.” of this doctrine, we be justitied The XIth Article affirms, freely by faith without works, or are ACCOUNTED righteous before that we be justified by faith in God only for the merits of our Christ only, &c. IS NOT THAT Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by THIS OUR OWN ACT TO BELIEVE faith; if to be accounted righteous ON CHRIST, OR THIS OUR FAITH before God only for the merits of IN CHRIST WHICH IS IN US DOTH another, viz. Christ, does not inJUSTIFY US, AND DESERVE OUR volve the doctrine of imputed JUSTIFICATION FOR US; but the righteousness, these words have no true understanding and meaning is, meaning. But the doctrine is clearthat although we hear God's word, ly established in the Homily to and believe in Christ; although we which we are referred in the Arhave FAITH, hope, charity, &c. ticle for an explanation as to the and do never so many works there- manner in which we are justified, on, yet we must renounce all the and as to the part which faith has merits of our said virtues of FAITH, in procuring it. The Homily, as hope, charity, &c. as things we have seen, denies that our that be far too weak, insufficient, faith in Christ which is in us doth and imperfect, to deserve remis- justify us, &c. a justifying rightesion of our sins and our justifica- ousness, however, we must have, tion, and therefore we must trust This the writer in The Remembranonly in God's mercy, &c.--so cer will not surely be bold enough that OUR FAITH in Christ saith as to contradict. And as our Church it were unto us thus, It is not I affirms that “ this our own act to that taketh avay your sins, but it believe on Christ” is not that justiis Christ only, and to him only I fying righteousness, we are nesend you for that purpose, for- cessitated to seek it in Christ only; saking therein all your good vir- nay, the Homily itself directs us to tues, words, thoughts, and works, Christ as that righteousness. If and only putting YOUR TRUST IN this correspondent of The Christian CHRIST."
Remembrancer be' so confident Such, Mr. Editor, is the lan- that this doctrine is not the docguage of the Homily. The writer trine of the Church, why has he in The Remembrancer has asserted, not introduced into his remarks a that it is by our own “ act of be- few extracts from the formularies lieving" that are justified; of the Church to prove his point. whereas the Homily affirms the Random assertions are easily made; contrary. Not that this " but such assertions, probably the
IN writer may be somewhat more than CHRIST, or this our faith in Christ suspicious, would secure no supdoth JUSTIFY us.” Again—The port from such extracts; he has writer asserts, that it is not the therefore prudently avoided them. object, viz. CHRIST, by which we Those whom he sneeringly styles are justified; whereas the Homily, Evangelicals, have no reason to in words as explicit as words can fear that their orthodoxy (that is, be, directs us to Christ as the only their claims to it,) will be overobject; nay, represents our faith. thrown whilst they have the Articles itself as directing us to Christ and HOMILIES to appeal to. only. “ It is not I," that is, faith,
I am, Sir, " that taketh away your sins, &c. Your obedient Servant, but it is Christ only, and to him
EXTRACT FROM A SERMON,
DEATH OF MRS. BENNET, OF BEWDLEY, IN THE COUNTY OF WORCESTER. Jesus CHRIST can save the Peace filled her failing heart; joy chief of sinners; He can save com- brightened her pallid countenancët; pletely; He can save eternally; praise sounded from her faltering • He is able to save them to the ut- tongue. And though she retained termost that come unto God by her humble views of herself, and him.” These words supported and felt the deepest convictions of sin cheered in the latest moments of to the last, yet her peace, and joy, life the soul of one now in glory. and confidence in Christ, never forThough forbidden to say any thing sook her. of the creature, I am allowed to 2. Few persons could be more say every thing of that grace, which attached to a family than she was made her patient in agony and vic- to hers; and the lives of few motorious over death. Say nothing thers or wives on account of husof the vile worm; but glorify God bands and children could be more in me.”
desirable than her life. Yet divine 1. In an early stage of her dis- grace gradually loosened her from ease, she had many doubts re- the most endearing ties, and enspecting the sincerity of her faith in abled her to master her feelings as Christ; but her doubts were such completely as if she had been out as none but the true and humble of the body. With unruffled calmChristian feels. It was remarked ness she gave up every friend, and to her, that her doubts, together with unwavering confidence left with her abasing views of herself; her many children in the hand of her deep. convictions of sin, and her heavenly Father. It was not, her unféigned desire to love Jesus however, till after many strong Christ, were proofs of the work of conflicts with an affectionate heart, the Spirit in her heart. It was and many strong supplications to further remarked to her, that the the Father of mercies, that she was most holy Christians derived sup- enabled to triumph over the tenport and consolation at death from derest feelings of our nature, to the plainest passages of Scripture. converse with her nearest relatives These plain texts were then re- without emotion, and to speak as peated to her : “ Come unto me tranquilly of lying down in the all ye who labour and are heavy grave as of taking rest in sleep! Ii laden, and I will give you rest.' on this point she felt at all, it was “ If any man thirst, let him come only when her friends felt too much, unto me, and drink.”—“ Him that and could not so tranquilly resign cometh unto me, I will in no her to the tomb, wise cast out." “If any man 3. Divine grace enabled her to sin, we have an Advocate with sustain the most excruciating pains the Father, Jesus Christ the righte- with the most extraordinary comous; and he is the propitiation for posure. She was more moved by our sins; and not for ours only, the little trouble which she gave to but also for the sins of the whole others, than by the great agonies world.” “ The blood of Jesus which she endured herself. Every Christ cleanseth fror sin.” moment of sleep, and every pause “Jesus is able to save them to the of pain, were procured by mediuttermost, that come unto God by cine; and even medicine was used Him." Divine Grace gradually with caution, lest its frequent use subdued her fears, and enabled her should diininsh or destroy its efsoul to repose on Christ Jesus. fect. The greatest part of her life JAN. 1825.
If,” says a
at last was agony; the lesser part many days she was slowly dying. was troubled sleep. But through For many days death was changdivine grace she evermore looked ing her countenance, and sending to Christ crucified, and in him she her away. Her weakness became always found peace.
extreme; her pains immensely in4. Divine grace enabled her to creased: all pitied her agonies, and triumph over death. As her last all prayed for her release. The hour drew nigh, she not only viewed power of speaking left her, but death without terror, but even hail
reason remained bright and vigoed his approach. The sting of death rous to the last. was removed; the grave was the friend, holding her dying hand, portal of glory; to die was gain. “ If you still feel the peace of God At this time she not only expe- in your heart; if your soul now rerienced the sweetest recollections poses firmly and peacefully on of the comfort and edification for- Christ, then, though you cannot merly enjoyed in the public wor- speak, press my hand." The hand ship of God, but was favoured with
was feebly pressed; and that the brightest anticipations of tri- feeble pressure, louder than words, umphant blessedness in worship- declared—“ Even in the agonies of ping Him before the throne of death, my soul reposes firml; and glory." I shall soon,” said she, peacefully on Christ.” is be in a better world! This world Soon afterwards the mortal conis a snare, a sad snare, to the Alict ceased, and she entered into Christian. Have nothing to do the joy of her Lord ! “ Blessed with the world! Have nothing to are the dead who die in the Lord ! do with the world! Keep close to Even so, saith the Spirit, for they God! Keep close to God!” For rest from their labours."
Of him, the doom'd, the dying one
God of all mercy! God of Power!
Through Him who bore worse pangs than these.
Lament in tears thy bitter lot,
From pitying hearts that know thee not;
Sorrow and shame thou leavest here-
Where faith and penitence are dear;
* Mr. Fauntleroy.
BIBLE ANECDOTES. On Tuesday, 26th of May, fatigue; but Crow continued beat1555, a mariner of Malden, in ing on the water, strengthening Essex, named Gregory Crow, with himself in the Lord his God, and a man and lad, put to sea, intend with great difficulty keeping from ing to go to Kent, for a cargo of sleep. fuller's earth; but meeting with At length, at six o'clock on the foul weather, his boat was dri- Friday afternoon, he was seen by
on a sand-bank, where she a ship bound from Lee to Anibulged, and filled so fast with werp, belonging to one Thomas water, that the little crew were Morse, which was compelled by forced to cling to the mast for pre- contrary winds to turn somewhat servation. The force of the waves out of its course. The sailors carrying away different articles out taking him for a buoy, which some of the boat, Crow had just time to fishermen had set to mark a place save his New Testament, which where they had lain their hooks, had begun to float, and place it in begged the captain to let them his bosom. This was a treasure have some fish; but he ordered the which was very valuable in that helmsman to keep on his course, day on account of its great scar- and endeavoured to pacify the city. In about an hour afterwards crew, by telling them, they would the ebbing of the tide would have only hinder the fishermen, and perleft the boat dry, but she split haps get nothing for themselves. asunder, and they could not save The helmsman, having the better her. They leapt, therefore, upon view from his elevated station, the sand, which was at least ten observed, that he thought it was a miles distant from the shore, and man; but they told him to steer on, knowing that in half an hour it for it was only a buoy. As the would be again covered by the vessel had tacked a little towards return of the water, knelt down and him during this conversation, Crow prayed that they might be seen by was visited with a gleam of hope; some vessel sailing in that direc- but seeing her beginning to turn tion. Meanwhile the man found from him, desperation seemed to Crow's chest, which contained his give him power to take off his cap, money, amounting to 51. 6s. 8d. and hold it as high as he could, which he gave his master; but the moving it to and fro. This caused latter threw it immediately into the the helmsman to be more positive sea, saying, “ If the Lord is in his assertion; and in a little pleased to spare our lives, he will while, the others agreeing with him, provide for us." They then all
They then all the vessel made towards him, and three clung to the mast for ten took him up. hours, at the end of which time As soon as he was aboard, he the poor young lad's strength failed, put his hand into the breast of his and he dropt into the sea.
shirt, as if to search for something; At the second ebb, Crow said on which a sailor asked him, if he to his companion, “ The best way had his money there? No,” will be to take down the masts, and said he; “ I have a book here, and when the next flow comes on, to I am afraid it is wet;” when he get upon them, and trust to God drew out his Testament, which was to waft us in sight of some vessel.” dried for him. They then wiped The water returned at ten o'clock the brine from his face, shifted his at night, and bore them off. In garments, gave him some refreshthe course of the night the man ment, and laid him down by a died, overcome with hunger and fire to sleep. They did not dis
turb him till eight o'clock the next children learning easy enough, if morning, when the sailors were de- they are industrious and saving.” sirous to hear his story. On their Going from the house of her arrival at Antwerp, some teacher one evening, she was overchants on board the vessel ac- taken in a violent storm. Her
way quainted their friends with the cir- was nearly a mile through a deep cumstance, many of whom came wood, the rain pouring down in to see the man who threw away torrents, and no light but from the his money, but kept his Testa- vivid flashes of lightning. Her ment, and gave him cash and teacher, being alarmed for her clothing for his exigency. The safety, went early in the morning ladies wept much at hearing his to see after her, and received a tale, admiring the good provi- powerful lesson and self-reproach dence of God; and the principal for her own want of that realizing of the merchants showed him kind
sense of the Divine protection in ness, and presented him with every place, which this simple child 6l. 10s. more. “ Call upon me," of the Bible maintained. “ Were saith Jehovah," in the day of you not dreadfully frightened ?" was trouble: I will deliver, and thou the inquiry.
" () no! I got very shalt glorify me.”—Fox's Martyrs. wet, but I was not frightened; for
I knew, He who could make me In 1818, a young woman safe at home, could just as well ceived a Bible from the New York make me safe in the woods." Bible Society. The person who With wonderful quickness she furnished her with it, finding she also learnt to write; and her first could not read, and that she was thought was to make herself an exceedingly desirous to learn, extract book to transcribe from the purely in order to read that book, Bible, saying it would help her meundertook to teach her. Her pro- mory. Thus did she sanctify all gress was astonishing, and the her acquirements by the use she practical use she made of what made of them. Her first transcript she read in learning, was instruc- was the 14th chapter of St. John. tion to her teacher in return. She Early did He, who there promised was ignorant of all other know. to prepare a place for His own, ledge but what her Bible afforded come and receive her to Ilimself. her, being far from any place of An illness of little more than a worship. This book, with the as- weck put her in possession, it is besistance of the Holy Spirit, opening lieved, of one of the mansions in her eyes to see the wonderous things the Father's house. Her conduct it contained, was her only instruc- at this time, and the lively hope tion. How pure is the wisdom thus she evinced in the prospect of fuobtained! The wisdom of the world turity, was such as to affect all is indeed foolishness in the com- who visited her. Shortly before parison. The Psalms were her de- her death, she solemnly placed her light. “I learn them by heart; Bible into the hands of her husand then,” added she, with cha- band, who could not read, chargracteristic simplicity, “ when I am
“ when I am ing him to keep it safely for her two at work I can repeat them, and they little children, and enjoining him serve to keep out bad thoughts." to have them early taught. She She would take her infant boy on then earnestly prayed that God her lap, and pressing him, toge- would bless those who had given ther with her book, to her breast, it to her. “The entrance of thy say, “ He shall learn to read this word giveth light: it giveth underbook; he shall not be like his mo- standing unto the simple.”-Sixth ther. Puor folks can give their Report of the American Bible Soc.