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from the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world:" if it be true that the only remedy for that fearful state is the same which the Apostle Peter applied in the chapter from which our text is taken: if it be so plain that in the speak ing of these words the gift of the Holy Ghost hath been poured out on the Gentiles of our days: also, if thousands have been baptised in the name of the Lord; if thousands are constant partakers of his body and blood in the communion of the saints; if we count the children of our schools, and the numbers of our congregation by tens of thousands, who all are now, by the instrumentality of this Society, training (as the Bishop of Calcutta expresses it) in the school of God manifest in the flesh;' shall any here be astonished, that "on the Gentiles also is poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost." Nay, brethren, is it not the long expected promise of God, "Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession." Is it not the word of the great Lord of the Church, Other sheep I have which are not of this fold," &c. Is it not the command of Christ to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature is it not the sight our eyes expect to behold, "a great multitude which no man can number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, standing before the throne of the Lamb?" Can any man forbid the use of the means which God has appointed for the accomplishment of this glorious object? Has Christ given us, as on this day, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the
Yet, how can
body of Christ till we all come, &c.? they preach except they be sent, and how can they be sent but as Christians enable us to send them? Can any man forbid this work to go forward, by denying us his prayers, by refusing to lay by as God hath prospered him, to help us not only to keep our present standing of missionary labourers, (which under present circumstances we are at our wits end to do) but to enlarge our borders and strengthen our stakes; to break forth, occupying fresh ground on the right hand and on the left, till the forces of the Gentiles be subdued to the Captain of our salvation, and their fulness be come in. Brethren, we commend to your attention, your affection, your prayers, the miseries, the claims of the heathen world; we commend to you that Society which has taken so large a share, according to that post which in the providence of God has been assigned to her, in ministering the gospel of the grace of God-the only remedy for these miseries, the only method of answering these claims, which the heathen by the common tie of brotherhood in fallen nature, and by the appointment of God, have upon us.
And may the Great Head of the Church so pour out his Holy Spirit upon you that you may feel it now and at all times your high duty and blessed privilege to help this, and every kindred Society, practically to accomplish your daily prayer,-that his name may be hallowed, his kingdom come, his will be done in earth even as it is in heaven.
(To be continued.)
"Let a man so account of us as of the Ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God," 1 Cor. iv. 1.
HAIL holy Messenger, divinely sent,
To God thy time, thy talents, all are spent;
Oh preach the word till millions more shall bend
Hail Steward of the mysteries divine,
In Jesu's strength, in Jesu's beauty shine;
Hail warrior of the field, be strong, be bold,
Frail instrument of God, by him sustain'd
Hail Pastor of the holy ransom'd sheep,
Hail Teacher, Guide, Instructor of the soul,
And seek thy crown from him who dwells above.
REV. H. A. SIMCOE, (PENHEALE-PRESS) CORNWALL.
Master. Hitherto thou hast well satisfied me, dear son now let us come to the Christian confession, which I will that thou plainly rehearse unto me.
Scholar. It shall be done. I believe in God, the Father Almighty; maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; which was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried. He went down to hell; the third day he rose again from the dead. He went up to
heaven; sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence shall he come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost. I believe the holy universal Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the rising again of the flesh; and the life everlasting.'
Master. All these, my son, thou hast rehearsed generally and shortly. Therefore thou shalt do well to set out largely all that thou hast spoken particularly, that I may plainly perceive what thy belief is concerning each of them. And first I would hear of the knowledge of God; afterwards of the right serving of him.
Scholar. I will with a good will obey your pleasure, dear master, as far as my simple wit will suffer me. Above all things we must stedfastly believe and hold, that God Almighty, the Father, in the beginning and of nothing, made and fashioned this whole frame of the world, and all things whatsoever are contained therein; and that they all are made by the power of his word, that is of Jesus Christ the Son of God; which thing is sufficiently approved by witnesses of Scripture. Moreover, that when he had thus shapen all creatures, he ruled, governed, and saved them by his bounty and liberal hand; hath ministered, and yet also ministereth most largely, all that is needful for maintenance and preserving of our life; that we should so use them as behoveth mindful and godly children.
Master. Why dost thou call God Father?
Scholar. For two causes; the one, for that he made us all at the beginning, and gave life unto us all the other is more weighty, for that by his Holy