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While under trial we are encouraged by the memory and example of One who was emphatically a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." Representing all our sorrows, all our grief, HE, "for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross. (Heb. xii. 2.) We must “endure as seeing him who is invisible.” (Heb. xi. 27.)
(Heb. xi. 27.) “Looking unto Jesus.”
SUBJECT :- The Model Missionary.
“ As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.”—John xvii. 18.
Analysis of Homily the Four Hundred and Twenty-sixth. THESE words speak of a two-fold mission ; Christ's mission from Heaven to earth, and the Church's mission from Christ to the world. The former is at once the origin, model, and motive of the latter.
The text suggests a correspondence between these two missions. A sketch of the analogy may be of spiritual profit.
I. THEY CORRESPOND IN THEIR AUTHORITY. Both are of Divine authority. God sent Christ into the world, and Christ sends the Church. Christians have a right to go into every part of the world to unfurl their banner on every shore, and fight the battles of the Lord. We want no license from bishops or potentates to authorize us to preach the Gospel, &c. II. THEY CORRESPOND IN THEIR PRINCIPLE. What induced Christ to come into the world and inspired Him in working out His mission ? Love; all-embracing, disinterested, unconquerable, love. The same must influence the Church, and no other feeling. III. THEY CORRESPOND IN THEIR OBJECT. Why did He come? “To seek and to save the lost.” “This is a faithful saying,” &c. This is our work. We have to save from ignorance, carnality, worldliness, sin, the devil. IV. THEY CORRESPOND IN THEIR MODE. (1) Both are spontaneous. (2) Both self-denying. (3) Both persevering.
(4) Both diligent. (5) Both devout. V. THEY CORRESPOND IN THEIR ENCOURAGEMENTS. (1) Christ had the Divine presence; so has the Church. (2) Christ had the highest sympathy; so has the Church. (3) Christ had the assurance of success; so has the Church.
Theological Notes and Queries.
(The utmost freedom of independent thought is permitted in this department. The reader must therefore use his own discriminating faculties, and the Editor must be allowed to claim freedom from responsibility.]
LOOKING AT 6 THINGS UNSEEN." complements, together making up RePLICANT. In answer to QUER
the integrity of the human being.
It is true that the man is affected ist No. 8, p. 164. F. R. Y. is probably aware that, in 2 Cor. iv.
by the union both physically 18, the word while does not cor
and mentally, as well as the respond to any separate word in
woman, yet the influence which
he exerts is of such a nature the original, but that the apostle uses the genitive absolute; the
that he is the directing power, and force of which appears here to be
determines the social and political conditional. The afflictions re
significance and weight of this ferred to had the blessed effect
twofold unity. Without him, described on them who contem
she is nothing. Her exaltation plated eternal things—“We look
or depression is conditioned by
his. So in the higher sphere, ing,” &c. It appears to us that the translation exactly hits the
Christ is the directing determinmark.
ing power, and therefore the re
presentative, in the sociology of CHRIST'S HEADSHIP.
the universe and in the kingdom REPLICANT. In answer to QUER- of God, of that twofold DivineIST No. 9, p. 164. As in verse
human whole which consists of 32 the apostle says that there is Himself and His Bride, the a great mystery or
secret here, Church. The humiliation of and as it is a secret which he has the Church is bearing the Cross, not wholly uncovered, it would her glorification entering into the be rash for any other to pretend joy of her Lord. wholly to expound it. Something however may be hinted. The
FAITH THE GIFT OF GOD. husband and wife are not to be REPLICANT. Inanswer to QUERconceived as two separate, inde- IST No. 10, p. 164.
A grampendent, existences, but as mutual matical objection has been made
by some to the regarding of this passage as teaching that faith is the gift of God. But BETA will find that Doddridge furnishes an answer to the objection, and to us his reply is satisfactory. There are other passages which teach the same, either directly or by implication, for instance Philipp. i. 29. But even if there were no express passage capable of quotation as containing an affirmation of the doctrine, it were none the less a part of Christian truth. For it is a false canon in Theology, that we are to accept only what can be formally substantiated by a literal “ proof.” Not a scribe-like accuracy, but a sagacious sympathy is the spirit of the true Theologian. Many truths, not directly asserted, are, as it were, held in solution in the vital element of the faith, and many others are, so to speak, crystallized only by accident here and there. One of such truths is that not only are our natural faculties our Maker's gifts, but that the right use of them is the effect of His grace.
From Him “all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed."
With regard to BETA's speculative difficulties, we can only re
The Pulpit and its Three Handmaids.
HISTORY, SCIENCE, ART.
THE REMARKS OF ADDISON ON VIEWING THE TOMBS IN WEST
“ When I look,” says this instructive moralist, "upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me : when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful,
mark, that the question which perplexes him is only one aspect of a great problem, which, far from being peculiar to revelation, is involved in the—to us-inscrutable relation of the Divine will to the human, in every province of creaturely activity.
JOHN LEANING ON OUR SAVIOUR'S
REPLICANT. In answer to QUERIST No. 11, p. 164. We think that H. C. is undoubtedly right. According to the Jewish custom, John was reclining at the table next below Jesus, so that by turning his head, or leaning it backwards, it would naturally fall into the bosom of Jesus.
ORIGIN OF SIN.
REPLICANT. In answer to QUERist No. 12, p. 164. We do not quite understand in what your difficulty lies. If in the question of the origin of sin, we must decline entering thereupon.
All we know is, that God has made men and angels capable of sinning, and that all the former and many of the latter, have actually sinned.
every inordinate desire goes out. When I meet with the griefs of parents upon a tomb-stone my heart melts with compassion ; when I see the tombs of parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow. When I see
THE CULPABILITY OF IGNORANCE.
Surely there is something Dr. Johnson in writing to Sir sacred in all vitality. It is an William Drummond, observes, emanation from the Deity; a “If obedience to the will of source of enjoyment; a problem God be necessary to happiness, that none can solve; a miracle
and knowledge of His will be which all the power and the
necessary to obedience, I know wisdom of the earth cannot re- not how he that withholds this
roduce we wantonly trample knowledge, or delays it, can be it out. Life, whatever form it
said to love his neighbour as assume, is the unmistakeable
himself. He that voluntarily conhandwriting of God.
tinues in ignorance, is guilty of HORACE SMITH,
all the crimes which ignorance
produces ; as to him that should POETRY
extinguish the tapers of a lightPoetry we will call musical house, might justly be imputed thought. See deep enough, and you the calamities of shipwreck. see musically; the heart of nature being everywhere music, if you can only reach it. CARLYLE.
I never could get much in
formation out of the biblical CONVICTION.
commentators. All of them A man protesting against
have a notable trick of passing error is on the way towards
over the parts which puzzle a uniting himself with all men man of reflection. COLERIDGE. that believe in truth. There is no communion possible among men who only believe in hear
one of those little says.
alluvial spots that grow round IBID. the first rock that catches the
its work with the pomps of man.
CANDOUR IN JUDGING OTHERS.
vegetation swept down by rivers. Ages had gone by while reed was bound to reed and one bed of clay laid upon another. The ocean had thrown up its pebbles on the shore ; the wind had sown tree and herb on the naked sides of the tall rock; the tree had drawn the clod and from its roots let loose the spring. Cities and empires perished, while this little island was forming into loveliness. Thus nature per. petually builds whilst decay does
When the furious Orson saw his own image reflected from his brother's shield, he started back and stayed his blow ; and many of our own attacks upon our brother's faults might be arrested if there were a mirror on his bosom, to show us our own like. ness there.
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THE REVIEWER'S CANON.
In every work regard the author's end,
TAE CANTERBORY TALES OF CHAUCER. To which are added, an
Essay on his Language and Versification, and an Introductory
the Rev. GEORGE GILFILLAN. In Three Volumes. Vol. I. The POETICAL WORKS OF JOSEPH ADDISON ; Gar's FABLES; and
SOMERVILLE'S CHASE. With Memoirs and Critical Dissertations.
By the Rev. GEORGE GILFILLAN. Edinburgh : James Nichol. When the English Nation held her present greatness as yet only potentially and unconsciously, when that marvellous English tongue, which, for purposes of the most varied literature, the most exact science, and the widest and busiest affairs, surpasses, on the whole, all others, ancient and modern, and is destined by Providence to become the common organ of humanity, was as yet unformed, then arose the star of Geoffrey Chaucer, and with him the dawn of English poesy.