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We would see Jesus. Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think yje
have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me. John xii. .
21; and v. 39 TT is remarkable that the wise men travelling to find Christ, followed
only the star; and as long as they had that in view, were assured that they were in the right way, and we may believe had great pleasure in their journey ; but when they entered Jerusalem (whereas the star led them not thither, but to Bethlehem) and there would be instracted where Christ was born, they were not only ignorant of the place where, but had also lost the sight of the star that should gnide them thrither. Whereby we are taught this useful lesson, that when we are going to learn Christ, and seek Christ, who is above, to beware we lose not the star of God's word, which only is the mark that shows us where Christ is, and which way we may come to him. To which may be added, that if with David we make the word of God “a lantern to our feet, and a light to our paths," we shall not be led aside by every false fire that presents itself to us; but by keeping close to the word of God, we shall be brought to the knowledge of Christ here, and to the full enjoyment of hinn hereafter. Reader, This little book is only designed to lead thee to " search the Scriptures," which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Eternal life God's word imparts, . Here sweeter comforts cheer our hearts
Whereon each fainting spirit lives; Than all the round of Nature gives
· Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is
good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers; and grieve not the holy Spirit of God. Let not filthiness be once named among you, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient. Eph. iv. 29; and v. 4.
Tole words are hurtful words; they grieve the Holy Spirit, destroy I what power has been obtained by prayer, and cause nothing but. levity and distraction of mind. Let this be a caution against talking too much; for if it does not tend to the glory of God, it is nothing but corrupt communication. May all Christians take heed to refrain their tongues, and never speak unadvisedly ; but always consider first, whe. ther their words can be profitable to others, and acceptable to God in Heaven. O Lord, teach me by thy wisdom “ to keep my mouth as it were with a bridle,” and to weigh all my words like gold. Let my heart and lips be moved and governed by thy holy Spirit, that both my silence and talking may be according to thy will and direction ! Grant that I may always chiefly converse with thee in prayer and thanksgiving for the good of my own soul and others! and whenever I am to open my lips in due time, let my words be sa seasoned and blessed as to administer grace to the hearers.
So let our lips and lives express
The holy gospel we profess!
So let our words and virtues shing
Thou hast thrust sore at me, that I might fall; but the Lord helped me. Psal.
cxviii. 13. Preserved in Jesus Christ, and called. Jude 1.
JESUS was in the council, undertook our cause, struck hands in the cove
nant as our surety, wrought out a righteousness for us; suffered our curse on the tree to redeem us, ever lives, and ever loves, and ever pleads our cause, while he represents our persöns before the everlastingly gracious, and infinitely just and righteous Jehovah, his Father and our Father, now well pleased with us, because accepted and preserved in the beloved. Are these things so? Anil has the Lord, the Spirit, the glorifier of Jesus, enlightened our understandings to see these things, enabled us to believe, and assured our hearts of our own happy share and interest in them? O my soul, stop, reflect, dwell on such wonderful power, marvellous favour, distinguishing love, and appropriated mercy! Now let all mine enemies exert their utmost power, I will not be afraid. Afflictions, pains, temptations may await me, waves and storms may go over my head, Satan may sift me as wheat, the waters of death may prove bitter to my taste, yet I will not be discouraged; he that died for me will take care of me; he that pardoned my aggravated offences will heal my infirmities; he that knew the power of temptation, will support and deliver me ont of all. This I believe ; Lord, help my unbelief!
The wisdom, the power, the love, the promise, the covenant, and the oath of Jehovah, stand all engaged for the preservation of a poor, unworthy believer in Jesus. Alleluia.
Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart ; and ye shall find rest unto
your souls. Mat. xi. 29. Be clothed with humility, for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. 1 Pet. v. 5, 6.
Such as are haughty and self-conceited, rush against the mighty hand
of God, and destroy themselves; but those that are humbled under it, will be protected by the same. Whatever knowledge or skill we may obtain in the schools of human learning, the Scripture does not yet allow us to be truly wise, but calls us blind and mere worldly students, till we learn to be poor in spirit, lowly in heart, and dead to the world. Prov. xi. 2. 1 Cor. i. and ii. Therefore, “the more a man dies to this world, the more is he enlightened.”
- Lord, if thou thy grace impart,
Poor in spirit, meek in heart,
Pleas'd with all the Lord provides,
And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.
Gen. xxxii. 1.
As Jacob was favoured with a heavenly vision when he first departed ** from his father's house, so the Divine Being thought proper again 'o favour him with the same token of his protection on his return thi. 1 her, in order to encourage him to meet with confidence those dangers he had to encounter. Hence we may observe, that when God designs his people for extraordinary trials, he prepares them by extraordinary comforts. We should think it had been more seasonable for these angels to have appeared to him just in the heat of his engagement, either with Laban before, or Esau after, than in this calm and quiet interval, when he saw not himself in any imminent peril. But God will have us, when we are in peace, to provide for trouble ; and when trouble comes, draw comfort and encouragement from former experiences; knowing assuredly, that he who has delivered in six troubles, will also deliver in seven ; and in due time out of all. This may be a repre. sentation of God's people at death, who are then returning to Canaan, to their heavenly Father's house ; and then the angels of God will meet them, to congratulate the happy finishing of their labours, and carry them to their everlasting rest.
May Jesus guide me on my way,
And guard from threat'ning woes;
| His presence turns my night to day,