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When hourly round my path arise
Temptations in each varied guise ;
To find them more than I can bear?
Yet more they would be, blessed Lord,
But for thy strength, thy arm, thy word ; be tempted above that ye are able, but will
Yes, 'tis thy hand supports my form
Amid the sunshine or the storm :
Thy voice, when sin and strife controul,
Still whispers comfort to my soul :
Kneeling before thy throne in prayer,
I learn to trust, submit, and bear.
Away, then, vain and coward tears !
Away, distrustful, impious fears!
Let me not rashly dare to say,
That I am doom'd the tempter's prey.
Although awhile I own his art,
Though frail, though weak
my rebel heart,
The Lord that feeble heart will spare,
Nor try it more than it can bear.
Then deiga, Almighty Guardian, still
Thy word of promise to fulfil ;
I would not crave release from strife,
Or absence from the spares of life,
But grant that, in temptation's day,
I still may meekly, humbly say,
“Thanks to my heavenly Father's care,
“ I feel not more than I can bear."
REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
A practical Exposition of the Gospels and critically fastidious, to purvey
of St. Matthew and St. Mark, in milk for babes."
he has gone through at least the
whole of the New Testament. It is, We take up this familiar exposition perhaps, a little selfish, commercially of Scripture, by the author of “Apo- speaking, to ask for a succession of stolical Preaching,” “ The Evidences volumes like this, of more than six of Christianity," and " The Records hundred octavo pages, at the inadeof the Creation," with something of quate price of nine shillings; but, the same feelings with which Dr. leaving this matter, with due gratiJohnson, in his Life of Dr. Watts, tude, to his Lordship, we feel assured, expresses his admiration of the sim- from the present specimen, that the ple catechisms for children by the design will not languish for want of author of elaborate dissertations on public favour. We have tried the logic and the science of the mind. volume by the best test, having Such publications indicate that a witnessed its use for several months writer is both mentally able and mo in families, with the general and inrally willing to stoop—if, indeed, creasing suffrages and edification of stooping it be-to turn aside from all their members.
It were supergrappling with the higher orders of fluous to say, that it is Scriptural in intellect, to converse with the poor doctrine; devout in spirit; based and ignorant; and, after supplying upon solid, though not obtruded, the mental appetite of the learned Biblical criticism; and replete with
judicious remarks and edifying expo many of their hands, and familiar to
“ The sayings of our Lord in the prewould expect any thing but what is ceding discourse have been intended to sound and useful ; designed to pro- display the nature of true righteousness, mote the glory of God and the in- both towards God and man; and to construction and salvation of mankind. demn the defective views which had The main point, therefore, for inquiry firming, that no standard, short of that
hitherto prevailed. He concludes by afis, whether it is adapted for its par- which he had set up, could be allowed to ticular purpose.
Is it sufficiently his disciples, or prove any man to be one plain and simple for family reading of them: Not every one that saith unto While it interests and instructs the kingdom of heaven ; but he that doeth the
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the master and mistress of the family, will of my Father which is in heaven :" will it keep up the attention of the that will which he had been enforcing and children, and prevent the cook and explaining. And he closes all by a com
parison. footman falling asleep? And will all “ The similitude in this passage is every parties rise improved and instructed, way exact. Men build a house, looking and see the book opened the next time to future time. And they look to future without a shudder? We may ho- time when they take the yoke of Christ' nestly answer in the affirmative ; and health and in strength; but they look to
upon them. They are in life, nay, in we may add, that it is impossible the time of weakness, and of age, and of seriously to read these Lectures with- death, and of judgment; and against that out becoming acquainted both with season they lay a foundation and provide
a refuge. the way of salvation, and the duties
“ Neither is it enough to lay a slight and privileges of the Christian life. and inadequate foundation, and build what They are not, indeed, professedly they may design to be a refuge. The man doctrinal, except as the passage takes is called wise' who builds on a sure
foundation, and • lays it on a rock. Will the expositor by the hand, which,
a builder say that, because it is calm though not less truly, is often less weather or low water when he builds, he obviously, in the Gospel of Matthew will neglect his foundation, and place his or Mark, than in the Gospel of St. house on the sandy shore ? For a while, John or the Epistles of St. Paul : indeed, it might stand ; just as, while a
man is well, or prosperous, or busy, he but Christian doctrine is both inter- may feel no alarm, be sensible of no woven throughout, and often directly danger, and find no want of a just title to enlarged upon, and always in con- religious confidence. But the house which nexion with the blessings and the ob- and totters when the storms arise. All
stood secure while all was calm, rocks ligations of the Christian character.
within is hurry, confusion, and alarm. So The nature of an exposition does is it with the man who heareth these say, not admit of analysis; and a few ings and doeth them not : who has named
the name of Christ, and said unto him cursory extracts would not present Lord, Lord, but has given no signs of a satisfactory view of the work; as faith in his life, nor been zealous to do the chief points of instruction and the will of his father which is in heaven. application arise incidentally, as sug: dation, which will neither stand in the
Such nominal religion is a sandy foungested by the sacred text, and not hour of death nor in the day of judgment. in the orderly form of a set treatise. It will not stand in the hour of death : That we may not, however, wholly for a man will feel reminded then of what preclude our readers from this mode he had before forgotten, how without
holiness no man can see the Lord;' and of self-explication of the character how the Saviour condemned those who of a book, we shall copy two or called him Master and Lord and did three passages, almost indiscrimi- not the things which he said. Neither nately; though this, we trust, is will it stand in the day of judgment : for almost a work of supererogation, reply to such as trusted in their church
Christ has himself declared, that he will as the work is doubtless already in to save them, and in their Christian name
to save them, and shewed no other signs into the joy of thy Lord.' Those who
and cast out devils, and done many won-
sisted on, that the practice of a Christian
the presence of God and of the Lamb." " But the storm comes at some time or
tempest of affliction, or of sick-
“ The word Jesus was a name in frequent
use among the Jews, and simply means a by St. James, who insists that we 'shew saviour. It was given to the Son now our faith by our works ;' that it is not
born into the world, because it described outward profession which will be recom
the character which he should bear and the pensed by the blessed words, “ Well done, office which he should perform. To save ihou good and faithful servant, enter thou his people from their sins is mentioned as Christ. OBSERV, No. 354.
the purpose of his great undertaking, and the great importance of an orderly of his long expected coming.
" It is assumed, then, that this was what and copious perusal of the Scriptures, the world
most wanted, and ought to be taking them in large masses ; not most grateful for. And we know it was merely selecting a favourite verse so: Scripture acquaints us, that “in Adam
or sentence as a thesis, but followall died;' that by one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin;" and ing them up chapter by chapter, and so death passed upon all men, for that all book by book; and so frequently, have sinned' (Rom. v. 12, &c.) Since, and in such considerable portions, therefore, “ judgment had come upon all
as never, in reading one part, to men to condemnation,' what the world
be required was a deliverer from that judge
very far from another; never to ment. Jesus came to be such a deliverer: incur the danger of sliding into re—not in the sense in which Moses or ligious mannerism; but going from Joshua were deliverers; but in a sense as different as his birth was different from from the Gospels to the Epistles ;
the Epistles to the Gospels, and theirs : he came ' to give his life a ransom for many;' to suffer once for sins, the from the Psalms to the Prophets, Just for the unjust, that he might bring us and the Prophets to the Psalms ; to God' (1 Pet. ii. 18). " But the world required something from Revelations to Genesis ; with
from Genesis to Revelations, and more ;-required to be delivered not only from the fatal consequences of sin, but from the last harmony still ringing in sin itself. This too is a part of the sal. our ear, with the traces of the last vation brought by Jesus. It was for this exhibited heavenly landscape still salvation that St. Paul gave thanks to God :-After lamenting the natural state impressed upon the eye, and the of man,--that · in him (that is, in his flesh) blessed instructions of the part we dwelleth no good thing; for the good that have just shut fresh in our memory he would he does not, but the evil which and warm in our hearts, while we he would not, that he does '-hethanks God,' who has delivered him · from the are opening a successive page. With body of this death through Jesus Christ this view
we question not that our Lord' (Rom. vii. 1&25). To this
a family in six or twelve months power he trusted, saying, “ I can do all would gain a far riper knowledge of things through Christ that strengtheneth Christian truth by going through a me' (Phil. iv. 13). For he had been assured, and believed the promise, · My course of reading such as that before grace is sufficient for thee' (2 Cor. xii. 9). "Such is the fulfilment of that gracious of the Divine word, than by fit
us, grounded on the successive text purpose announced in the name of Jesus: he saves his people from their sins: he and-start expositions, each intended saves them from the guilt of sin by his to comprise a summary of sacred blood; and by the power of his Holy truth. The all-wise Inditer of the Spirit he saves them from the dominion Scriptures could, if he had seen fit, of sin.” pp. 3—5.
have made every chapter as it were a Here again the way in which this little sermon ; an epitome of the fall salvation becomes personally ap- of man, his guilt and wretchedness, plied, with such important and inse- the atonement, the need of regeneparable topics as justification by faith ration and newness of life, with the and adoption into the household of doctrine of the Holy Spirit's influGod, are not specifically touched upon; ence, the life of faith, and progresbut they occur elsewhere, where the sive sanctification. But this was passage to be unfolded draws them
not the plan which he has seen fit out. And this is one, either of the to pursue; and though in detached conveniences or the inconveniences, sermons, catechisms, and set treatises, as the reader may think it right to this method may be often the best, designate it, of a consecutive perusal yet in large and oft-repeated private of the Divine word : for holy writ or family reading, the word of God is not penned in regular systematic exactly as it stands before us with its order; it is not a logical treatise : variety of topics, its narratives, its God knew better what was in man prophecies, its promises, its parables, than to deliver his message to him its descriptions, its doctrines, its in a dialectic form. And hence practical exhortations, its poetical,
historical, and didactic portiones, is įsting, that you do not make that debt
larger? Will not the debt still remain the best system of instruction. Some
that was originally contracted? So that,
do all we can, we are like the servant in
“ What then have we to allege in our
own behalf, why judgment should be stayGod's word thus be substituted for
ed? That God may not deal with us after the littleness of man's comment.
our sins, nor reward us according to our This does not derogate from the iniquities? We can indeed do nothing, importance of elementary instruc- but fall down and worship God, and be
seech him to have patience with us :: we tion, and the frequent inculcation
can but implore the Redeemer, that as we and application of the more promi- on our parts have nothing at all to pay, nent points; but it prevents our con he will pay all for us; will discharge our cocting a human system, and giving
debt, will let his life be our ransom." pp.
Faith and works are set forth as
follows, from Matt. xxv. 41-46:-
“ In the description here given us of newal of heart, from Matt. xv. 19, 20: ed, not because they had works indepen
the judgment day, the one class is accept“out of the heart proceed evil dently of faith, but because their faith in thoughts,” &c.
the Redeemer 6 wrought with their works, “ To effect that renewal, Christ came
and by works was their faith made perinto the world : and he does effect it, in
fect.' While the other class is rejected, all who receive him. The Spirit of not because they had no works to jusGod dwells in them,” leads' them, guides tify and save them : (for what would be them into all truth. They have still a
the hope of any man, if he trusted to be heart from which those evils would proceed saved or justified by any thing he had which defile a man: the corruption of done or can do?) but because their connature remains even in them that are re
duct had shown, that they had no real generate. But they mortify the deeds
faith in him whom they had been used to of the body, through the Spirit;' they
cal] by the name of Lord and Saviour. keep down the risings of envy, and pride,
· For as the body without the spirit is
dead, so faith without works is dead also.''
The love of Christ is thus exem-
“ The suffering which is here recorded,
he suffered less, we should not have
rightly known the greatness of that mercy
was much, indeed, that when he was
rich’in the fulness of heavenly joy, he
that he should place himself under the
fierceness of that Divine wrath, from
which his disciples are delivered, is a degree
of love which passes all understanding.'
One return he requires of us :
turn we can attempt to make our gra-
judge ; that if one died for all, then were
all dead; and that he died for all, that “ And as all are alike in this, that they they which live should not henceforth cannot say they have no sin; so all are
live unto themselves, but unto him which alike in this also, that they have nothing died for them. This is the principle of at all to pay. For what can they do? the Christian's practice; and this prinRepent of having sinned? That they may ciple ought to receive fresh strength, well do: but will this make void what is from every fresh contemplation of that past? It does not discharge a debt, to la
'precious death,' from which our life, our ment that we have incurred it. Or shall real and spiritual life is derived.” p. 370. they sin no more? That too must be their
The endurance of Christ to the endeavour :
: but suppose they could accomplish it, does it discharge a debt now ex
end in the great work of redemp