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found his way to the station. It was town to-day to find out. I have felt two hours past his dinner time, and it coming on for months, but I he was faint for lack of food, but he hoped against hope, and now - I did not know it. He got to the know. Oh, Mary, to sit in the darkstation somehow, and waited till it ness until my death-day, starving was time for the train to start for for a sight of your dear faces! It is Montclair. All the way home he too bitter; and yet what am I saykept whispering to himself-" One ing? Shall my Father not choose month, possibly two," as if it were a his own way to bring me to the light lesson on the getting by heart of of heaven? I must say, I will say, which his life depended. He heard his will be done." the conductor call out “Montclair” | Just then the children came runat last, and got out of the carriagening in-boyish, romping Will; shy, mechanically. His wife stood there yet merry little May. waiting for him. She had been “Hush, dears," the mother said, anxious about him all day.
softly, "papa is tired. You had “Oh, William,” she cried, and better run out again.” then she saw his face and stopped. "No, Mary, let them stay,” Mr. There was the look on it of one over Spencer interposed ; and then he whom some awful doom is impending said, so low that his wife's ears just
- white, fixed look, which chilled caught the whisper-"I cannot see her. She took his arm, and they them too much in this little while walked on silently, through the sum this little while ! ” ther afternoon. When they reached Oh, how the days went on after hone, and she had taken off her that! Every day the world looked bonnet, he spoke, at last:
dimmer to the minister's darkened “Mary, come here and let me look eyes. He spent almost all his time at you. I want to learn your face trying to fix the things he loved in by heart."
his memory. It was pitiful to see She came and knelt by him, while him going round over each wellhe took her cheeks between his known, well-loved scene - noting hands, and studied every lineament. anxiously how those tree - boughs
"Are you going away?" she stood out against the sky, or that asked, after awhile, for this fixed, hill climbed toward the sunset. He silent, mysterious gaze began to tor studied every little flower, every ture her.
fern, the children gathered; for all “Yes, I am going - into the creation seemed to take for him a dark."
new beauty and worth. Most of all "To die?" she gasped.
he studied the dear home faces. His “Yes, to dio to everything that wife grew used to the dim, wistful make's up a man's life in this world,” | eyes following her so constantly; but he answered, bitterly. “Mary, I the children wondered why papa inn going blind. Think what that liked so well to keep them in sightmeans. After a few weeks more I why he did not read or study any shall never see you again, or our children, or this dear, beautiful There came a time at last-one
where we have lived and loved Sunday morning-when the brilliant each other. The whole creation only summer sunshine dawned for him in an empty sound for evermore! Oh, yain. God, how can I bear it ?”.
"Is it a bright day, dear?” he "Is there no hope ?" she asked, asked, hearing his wife moving about with a curious calmness, at which their room. she herself was amazed.
“Very bright, William.” "None. It was my errand to “Open the blinds, please, and let
the sunshine in at those east win- | eyes raised to heaven—his hands outdows."
stretched, as if to bring down on Mary Spencer's heart stood still them the blessing for which he within her, but she commanded her prayed. Some of the women sobbed voice, and answered, steadily
audibly, but the minister was calm. “They are open, William. The After a moment he said, whole room is full of light.”
“My brethren, as far as is possible “Mary, I cannot seeit-the time has the services will proceed as usual." como-I am alone in the darkness.” Then, with clear voice, in which
“Not alone, my love, my love," there seemed to his listeners' ears she cried, in a passion of grief, and some unearthly sweetness, he recited pity, and tenderness. Then she went the one hundred and thirtieth psalm, and sat down beside him on the bed, commencingand drew his head to her bosom, and “Out of the deep have I called comforted him, just as she was wont | unto Thee, O Lord, Lord, hear my to comfort her children. After a time voice.” her tender caresses, her soothing Afterwards he gave out the first tones, seemed to have healed a little lines of a hymn, which the congregahis bruised, tortured heart. He lifted tion sang. Then he prayed, and up his head and kissed her-his first some said who heard him that the kiss from out the darkness in which eyes closed on earth were surely behe must abide—and then he sent her holding the beatific vision; for ha away. I think every soul, standing spoke as a son beloved, whose very face to face with an untried calamity, soul was full of the glory of the longs to be for a space alone with its Father's presence.. God.
The sermon which followed was Three hours after that the church such a one as they had never heard bells rang, and as usual, the minister | before from his lips. There was in and his wife walked out of their it a power, a fervour, a tenderness dwelling,-as usual, save that now he which no words of mine can describe. leaned upon her arm. In that hour It was the testimony of a living with of seclusion he had made up his mind i ness, who had found the Lord & Tory what to do. They walked up the present help in time of trouble. familiar way; and she left him at When all was over, and he came the foot of the pulpit stairs, and went down the pulpit stairs, his wife stood back to her own pew in front. He again at their foot, and he took her groped up the stairs; and then rising arm and went out silently. He in his place, he spoke to the wonder seemed to the waiting congregabon ing congregation :
as one set apart and consecrated by “ Brethren, I stand before you as the anointing of a special sorrow, and one on whom the Father's hand has they dared not break the holy silencs fallen heavily. I am blind. I shall round him with common speech. never see you again in this world
The next afternoon a deputatio you, my children - for whose souls I from the church went to the parsonhave striven so long. I have looked age. Mrs. Spencer saw them coming, my last on your kind, familiar faces and told her husband. on this earth-see to it that I miss “It must be," he said, “to ask none of you when my eyes are un- | my advice in the choice of my sudsealed again in heaven. Grant, O cessor. Father, that of these whom Thou hast “I think they might have waited given me I may lose none!”
one day,” she cried, with a woman's There was not a tearless face among 1 passionate impatience at any seemne those which were lifted towards him, forgetfulness of the claims given buna as he stood there, with his sightless' by his years of faithful service.
The deputation had reached the , we should be anxious about our door by that time, and the minister future.” did not answer her. She waited on “And I thought they were coming, the men into his study, and left them | in indecent haste, to give you notice there; going about her usual tasks to go,” Mrs. Spencer cried, peniwith a heart full of bitterness. It tently. “How I misjudged them! was natural, perhaps, that they | Shall I never learn Christian chahould not want a blind minister; rity?" put to tell him so now- to make the So it was settled that the minister rery first pang of his sorrow sharper of Montclair should abide with his y their thanklessness-it was too people. auch.
For three years more his persuaAn hour passed before they went sive voice called them to choose the way, and then she heard her hus better way; and then his own sumand's voice calling her, and went in mons came to go up higher. In o the study prepared to sympathize those three years he had sown more rith his sorrow. She found him sit seed and reaped more harvests than ing where she had left him-with some men in a long lifetime. He did such a look of joy, and peace, and his work faithfully, and was ready hankfulness upon his face as she had when the hour came for him to go isper expected to see it wear again. home. Just at the last, when those
"Mary," he said, “ there are some who loved him best stood weeping kind hearts in this world. My friends round his bedside, they caught upon want me to stay with them, and in his face the radiance of a light not of list on raising my salary fifty pounds this world. He put out his hands
with a glad cry: "Want you to stay with them !" “I see, I see! Out of the dark the cried, hardly understanding his into the light!” Fords.
And before they could look with “Yes, I told them that I could not awe and wonder into each other's lo them justice, but they would not eyes, the glory had begun to fadeisten-they believe that my very the outstretched hands fell heavilyaffliction will give me new power | and they knew that the blind minisJer the hearts of men--that I can ter was gone-" past night, past 10 as much good as ever. Theyday”-where for him there would be Tould not wait a day, you soo, lest no more darkness!
(Concluded.) Last month we examined the passages of Scripture adduced by Sacramentarians in proof of the dogma of Baptismal Regeneration, and failed to discover it therein. The Word saith, “It is not in me."
But there is not only an absence of Scriptural proof of the doctrine ; there is also a great deal of positive evidence against it.
Many passages ascribe our new birth and salvation to other causes without any reference to baptism, which form, e silentio, a strong opposing argument. John i. 12, 13, “ As many as received Him, to them gave
He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe in his name ; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Surely in so exact a statement the Apache would have added in baptism, were such the fact. 1 John v. 1, " Who soever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God;" surely ho? would have said, when he is baptized, were that a necessary condition 4 1 Pet. i. 3, “ God . . hath begotten us again unto a lively hopa, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ;" he does not add is baptism. And v. 23, “ Being born again .. . by the won of God ;" he does not explain this as the mystic formula of baptism. Gal. üi. 26, 27, “Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus: 1 for as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." Col. iji. 12, “ In baptism . . . . ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God." For the one statement, “ He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,” you may find a score to the effect that, whosoever believeth, or cometh to Christ, shall have etenal life (Matt. xi. 28; John ii. 14-18, 36; vi. 37, &c.). If baptism mert the medium of salvation, it is vastly strange that in the great majority of passages in which the trembling sinner is pointed to the way of merty, baptism should not even be inentioned.
John testified that while he only baptized with sin water, the coming Christ would baptize with [in] the Holy Ghost. (Matt. ii. 2.) From Oil Lori's personal testimony we learn that the baptism with the Holy Ghost was identical with the descent of the Spirit on the day of Penteret (Acts i. 4, 5.) That grand baptism of the Spirit was not conferred in water-baptism, neither was it in the case of the friends of Cornelis, (Acts x. 44.) Since the miraculous baptism of the Spirit was not united with the act of baptisni in water, we have a strong presumption that the regenerating work of the Spirit will not be wrought in the baptistry, of, at the font.
God's revelation has been one of increasing spirituality. Even under the dispensation of types it was said, “I will have mercy and not sacri- ; fice." Not ceremony, but spirit and truth, are the order of the Christian economy. But Baptismal Regeneration exalts the ceremonial - 1 15 step backward, and therefore we conclude that it is not of God.
If baptism regenerate, we are led to the appalling conclusion that di who die unbaptized are lost! It used to be said, that if a man wer, baptized with blood, i.e., suffered martyrdom, that would do instead water baptism. Or if a penitent were baptized with tears, that would suffice. But from as early as the fourth century the damnation even 0 unbaptized infants was taught. There has been rather more charity since. “The judicious Hooker” is of opinion that when there is a desire for baptism, and only unavoidable accident prevents it, God takes the will for the deed. Many do not assert that the unbaptized must be lost, but only that they are left to “the uncovenanted mercies of God, og which, however, we know nothing. But if baptism be the mediuta regeneration, then all who die unbaptized are lost ; for Christ's WORL
re most solemn and exclusive; “ VERILT, VERILY, I say unto thee, Except man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the ingdom of God." The most saintly life will not do; if a man be unaptized he is lost for ever. Two infants die; one is baptized and enters caven; the other, because his parents do not understand their obligaon, or because he is taken ill and dies before the “lawful minister" can rrive, is cast to hell! Can the dogma which logically leads to such
volting conclusions be the truth of God? And what has become of he saints who died before Christ's baptism did "sanctify water to the wystical washing away of sins;" for there is but one heaven, into which ll the holy must enter? “Oh, circumcision brought them into covenant nion with God.” Then what became of the pious women of old, who ere not circumcised ? “Circumcision was not required for them, and verefore they were brought into covenant without it.” That is, circumnion was not the medium of the covenant, but only the sign of it; as ibraham " received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness f the faith which he had, yet being uncircumcised (Rom. iv. 2). Cirumcision was the sign of blessings already possessed, of birthright in the imily of Abraham. So baptism ought to be the sign of blessings already besessed, of birthright in the family of God.
"By their fruits ye shall know them.” What are the effects of Bapsmal Regeneration? No one has ever seen any. These regenerated ildren, grow up precisely the same as other children; they have no wore holiness of heart and life than those who have not received the L'essing. Surely if they had been truly made members of Christ, children
God, and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven, at least some beneficial esults would be seen. In the absence of proof of this we may well be xcused for doubting the reality of the change. And on the other hand, many who, either from conviction or circumstances, have never been ruptized in any way, and many before their baptism have most unmista;ably manifested the fruits of the Spirit; and the conclusion is in-vitable, that they were born of the Spirit apart from baptism.
“A man is known by the company that he keeps.” A doctrine may be known by the doctrines with which it is usually associated. Baptismal Regeneration has been a favourite doctrine of the corrupt Church of Rome. In England the doctrine is often associated with an undue reverence for the fathers—the traditions of men, rather than the true sayings of God. The Rev. John Keble wrote of baptism
"A few calm words of faith and prayer,
A few bright drops of holy dew,
Earth's charmers never knew." He also wrote in his lines for the 5th of November, the drift of which is to contrast the purity of the Church of England with the degeneracy of Rome
" Oh come to our Communion Feast,
There, present in the heart,
Will His true Self impart.”