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mised He will anfailingly remember, and do.
But,' it may
Through the darkness trust Him still, be replied, although the alway trusting plan is the best
In the calm conviction and happiest, as well as the most hovvuring to God; yet,
Everything subserves His will, nevertheless, so many Christians have "juniper-trees,” that,
Each severe affliction practically, they may perhaps be regarded as a sort of neces.
He will sanctify and change sary evil.' This is how we allow ourselves to be robbed of
Into benediction. many a precious privilege, and kept in the wretched “wilder.
All who love the Lord sball know, ness' of doubt and fear, murmuring and despondency.
That His truth endureth; * The Land' is only a lovely theory; the wilderness' is the
Hle, His purposes of grace practical reality. We may sing of the sunny scenes, the
Evermore assureth, precious fruits, the abounding blessings, of the promised
And thy everlasting good inberitance; but practically' we remain in the wilderness,
Constantly secureth. and within easy reach of our ‘juniper-tree.' Is this God's
Lucy A. BENNETT. will ? On the other hand, would He not bave us know a far brighter and happier experience; and does He not invite us
3. INTERCESSIONS (Daily): to trust Him, even in darkest hours and most perplexing cir.
Forcumstances ? Are we not always in His hands and under His
(a) The Union. That God may be pleased to use it for care ? Should we ever have a single fear? Why should we
His glory. be.cast down' or disquieted'?-Where is an axe ? Who will be the first to fell to the ground, yea to root up, his 'All for Jesus' faithfully and fully.
(b) The Members. That each one may be enabled to live own juniper-tree'? God bas said, 'I will not fail thee'; is
(c) All Christians. That God may fulfil in them all the not this enough? But why remain in the region of “juniper. good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with treag'any longer ? Surely ‘the land' is ours; why should
power. we not 'go in and possess it'? “There,' says God, 'I will
(d) All Missions held this day, that many souls may be greatly bless thee.'
saved. 2. FULL CONSECRATION :
(e) Meetings held this day for the promotion of Holiness RIGHT!
amongst God's people.
Myself and my friend, that God may remove every
hindrance to continuing, conscious communion with Himself.' But thy heart befriendeth ;
Me, that I may have more power for service, for which I Not a dark and devious way
am longiog.' But to blessing tendeth.
My adult class of grandmothers, mothers, widows and Not a care and not a woe
servants, that the unsaved ones may be convinced of sin and But the Lord doth share it ;
led to Jesus.' Not a crook in all thy lot
My sister, that she may give up seeking satisfaction in If His love could spare it;
outward forms, and may find rest for her soul Christ.' Not a single cross for thee
One in the evening of life, that-if it be His will her But He helps thee bear it.
days may be prolonged, and she may be filled with all the
fulness of God.'
My Bible-class for servants, that the seeking ones may
find Christ, and the others be led on.'
• Me; that, in uncertainty as to my future path, I may trust Mercy's dark reflection.
Him fully and follow His guidance.'
Me; that, in resuming work with my Bible-classes, &c.,
I may be anointed with fresh oil.'
'Grace be with you all. Amen.'
St. Paul's, Newport, Mon.
J. T. W.*
WHENEVER there is on man's part perfect ac
cordance with the will of God, God on His part Thou for evermore art His,
leads us in perfect light.-Adolphe Monod. Living, His-or dying; Grace and glory He will give
* P.S. You send me many praise letters: express what All thy need supplying;
you say very briefly, in a few words, for insertion in the From His love's exhaustless store
Monthly Notices. Ever satisfying.
heaven. “ God was in Christ reconciling the world IN CHRIST.
to Himself.” “With Cluist in God”--the Christian's In Christ Jesus! As the simple voice of faith present life is hid. All that Christ does and is in this word is ever uttered with joy unspeakable and relation to man derives its virtue from the ineffable full of glory. But preacher or commentator who union of the Father with the Son, and the Son with may attempt to sound the depths, or open the trea- the Father. sures of its meaning, must feel his tongue falter Furthermore, these writers know that believers are under the sense of the inadequacy of every explain-in Christ and Christ in them, and show that knowing word. Let us, however, at least assert the ledge, not only by frequent assertions and a universal reality of the fact which it expresses, for it is no supposition of a close and vital union between the symbolical form of speech, but the statement of a members and the Head, but by a full development fact as real in regard to the spirit, as the fact of our of both the aspects of this union which the words of being in the world is real in regard to the body. the Lord present.
How does the vivid consciousness of this reality Believers are in Christ, so as to be partakers in glow in the
which before us now! Christ has all that He does, and has, and is. They died with been manifested, preached, received, and what is the Him, and rose with Him, and live with Him, and state which has ensued as exhibited in the conscious- in Him are seated in heavenly places. When the ness of those who have received Him? They are not eye of God looks on them they are found in Christ, merely professors of Ilis name, learners of His doctrine, and there is no condemnation to those that are in followers of His example, sharers in His gifts. I Him, and they are righteous in His righteousness, may go further. They are not merely men ransomed and loved with the love which rests on Him, and by His death, or destined for His glory. These are are sons of God in His sonship, and heirs with Him all external kinds of connection, in which our sepa- of His inheritance, and are soon to be glorified with rate life is related to His life only as one man's life Him in His glory. And this standing which they may be related to another's by the effect of what he have in Christ, and the present and future portion teaches, of what he gives, and of what he does. which it secures, are contemplated in eternal But it is assumed in the Epistles that believers in councils, and predestined before the foundation of Jesus are no longer living a life that is only external, the world. and, as it were, parallel to His life. They are in
As the sense of this fact breathes in every page, Christ Jesus, and He also is in them. At the close so also does the sense of the correlative fact, that of His manifestations He foretold a state of con- Christ is in those who believe : associating His own sciousness which His disciples had not attained presence with their whole inward and outward life. while He was with them in the flesh, but which They know that Jesus Christ is in them, except they would be enjoyed by them under the succeeding be reprobates (rejected ones). They live, yet not dispensation-—"At that day ye shall know that I they, but Christ liveth in them, and this is their am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.” strength and their song. This indwelling of Christ The language of the Epistles is the echo of this is by the Holy Ghost, so that the same passages promise. It is the voice of those who have entered speak interchangeably of the Spirit being in us, on the predicted knowledge, and who view all sub- and of Christ being in us; or of the Holy Ghost jects in the light of it. They know that Christ is being in us, and our members being the members of in the Father, and the Father in Him. Their living Christ; and so this word, “I in you," includes the words of argument, or exhortation, or high prophetic whole life of the Spirit in man, with all its distestimony, express the same knowledge of this Divine coveries, impulses, and achievements, its victory mystery, which an after age (the better to secure it over the world, its conversation in heaven, and to the Church for ever) embodied in abstract state- earnest of the final inheritance. ments and careful definitions of doctrine. They see Thus, through the different but intertwined relain this mystery the life of all other truths. “The tions represented by the words, “Ye in me, and I I Father in the Son” constitutes the virtue of the in you,” human life is constituted a life in Christ; work of Christ on earth. “The Son in the Father" | and, through the still higher mystery of the union constitutes the power of the mediation of Christ in of the Father and the Son, is thereby revealed as a
life in God. “At that day ye shall know that I am
beseech Thee deliver my soul,” is immediately in my Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.” Yes, answered. “Gracious is the Lord, and righteous " as we pass through the Epistles, we see that that (verses 4, 5). But how answered ? To Faith. As day is come, and that the consciousness thus
it was to the Master so it is to the servant. To Him dicted has been attained. It is no flight of myste- the deliverance tarried, but Faith grasped it it once. rious rhetoric, but the brief expression of the settled, “The cup which My Father hath given Me to
“ habitual, fundamental view of the state of those drivk, shall I not drink it?" (John xviii. 11) was who are here addressed, “Of Him are ye in Christ the triumphant cry of victory. So with the servant. Jesus."
“ Neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy” says Paul
(Acts xx. 24). He speaks of being “Joyful in Bible Study.
tribulation" (2 Cor. vii. 4), "glorying in tribulations” (Rom. v. 3), and that it is only “through
much tribulation that we must enter into the kingPRAISE.
of God” (Acts xiv. 22).
Believer, when difficulty perplexes, trouble op
presses, and sorrow threatens to overwhelm youThe opening note of this part of the hymn is then cry to the Lord: “I must be delivered." He praise for answered prayer. That is the next subject loves that seemingly bold demand, for He knows it of thanksgiving.
comes from a heart that has discovered that in Him “ Full of love am I that the Lord hath heard my only is deliverance; and though deliverance seem voice” is the translation given by Dr. Kay. The to tarry, it will come. The moment this is believed subject of thanksgiving here is mainly deliverance there is rest, and the thanksgiving breaks out, from sickness, probably the sickness unto death. “Return, my soul, unto thy rest, for the Lord HATH Hence the suggestion that it was written by Heze dealt bountifully with thee" (ver. 7). kiah. This may have been so, but it is Messianic, With the praise comes the returning light. “I and has reference to our Lord in the Garden, and shall walk before the Lord in the land of the the temptations which beset Him there. He did living" (ver. 9). die, but yet He was delivered. It was not possible The tendency of temptation and suffering is that death could have dominion over Him (Acts ii. towards unbelief. “I was deeply afflicted ; I said, 24). Nor, indeed, can death have dominion over All that is man deceives" (ver. 11) (Kay). But any who trust Him. He is the Resurrection and the heart, bounding with the sense of deliverance, the Life (John xi. 25), Those who believe in Him and in brokenness of spirit, in godly sorrow, in never die (John xi. 26). They sleep in Jesus what the Apostle calls indignation, revenge upon (1 Thess. iv. 14). He has the keys of Hades and of itself (2 Cor. vii. 3), breaks out, “What return death (Rev. i. 18).
shall I make unto the Lord for all His bounteous The "
sorrows” and “pains” are only of passing deeds to me?" (ver. 12). The answer is threefold : moment. “ The cords of death” may coil around 1. “I will take the cup of salvation, and call on us, “the straits of Hades" may hem us in, anguish the name of the Lord” (ver. 13). and woe may overtake us, nevertheless deliverance Is the reference here primarily to the great act of is at hand. His anguish was infinite in character, thanksgiving and praise in the Lord's Supper? It though short in duration ; ours may seem to spread would seem so. That had just been instituted. It over a longer time, but it is limited in power. More- was to be a perpetual memorial of God's love ; of over, the Great Burden Bearer is near, and, like the the sacrifice of Christ, and of the hope of His refiner and purifier of the precious metals, He sees return (1 Cor. xi. 26). Let not the abuses, the
, 1 to it that nothing escapes but the dross. The pure blunderings, the false teachings, which have obgold is safe.
Many are the troubles of the scured the meaning of that grand institution cause righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them anyone to think lightly of it. It still points backall. He keepeth all his bones, not one of them is wards to the Cross, with all its sufferings, and all broken” (Ps. xxxiv. 20). The prayer, "O Lord, I its rich provisions. It tells of fellowship with the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and with the masses now in our streets and halls. Let the whole Family in heaven and in earth. It points thoughtful, the educated, the receivers of such forward to the day of the Marriage Supper of the innumerable blessings in our Churches, take up Lamb (Matt. xxvi. 29). May it be suggested that the sound, and echo it back until we hear the in addition to the communion with the Lord in chariot-wheels of the Great Deliverer, and behold praise and thanksgiving for which it provides so Him as He is. precious an opportunity, it also offers time for
HENRY F. BOWKER, intercessory prayer on behalf of others — public, social, and private. The “calling upon the name
Notices of Books. of the Lord" is not only for ourselves, but for others. ... Do we not lose much by forgetting to pray for Abide in Christ. (222 pp.) By A. M. (Rev. others ? Job's captivity to self, sorrow, and suffer- Andrew Murray, of Wellington, South Africa). ing was not turned till he had prayed for his friends London : Nisbet & Co. —foolish, and censorious, and misjudging as those We have great pleasure in drawing attention to friends were (Job xlii. 10).
this little book, which has so delighted Pastor Theo. 2. “ My vows will I fulfil unto the Lord” (vers. Monod, both for itself and also for the cause which 14, 18. What were these vows ? Are they indi- its sale will promote, viz., the work of the Missionary cated by what follows ? "Precious is the death of College, at Wellington, South Africa, of which its His saints," and, “ Thou hast loosed my bonds.” I author is the head. We hope later to make extracts will testify to these two things--Death is no more from its pages. Its subject is taken from the an enemy but a friend. If precious in the sight of wondrous story of John xv., and is set forth with the Lord, then I am precious. Blessed fact, testified the simplicity and freshness which touches hearts. to by the death of the Precious One, who stands It flows with milk and honey, and in "a weary land," ever at the dividing line which separates faith from for the writer's life is spent in one of the "outsight, and admits me to His presence; for the door places ” of the harvest field. We scarcely think cannot be opened but by Him (Rev. i. 18). anyone can open the book and not get a blessing;
“ Thou hast loosed my bonds.” Who can fathom for all through it is true testimony. The words such a word as this ? Bonds ! It includes forgive- come with the power of “a witness” who has seen ness, freedom from sin's dominion, and all the power and heard” that which he declares; it contains not of the enemy
only truth, but a still more precious thing-truth Thanksgiving becomes the sacrifice, the name of realised, experienced, known; and the reader cannot the Lord, a home, and a strong tower.
but feel it. The touch of the Master is upon it, and 3. But the sacrifice is not hidden, but public. the rich deep spirituality pervading the whole is “ In the courts of the Lord's house. In the midst from the Presence-chamber of the King, for it comes of thee, Jerusalemı!” (ver, 19).
alone from contact with JESUS. Is not this the testimony that God requires ? In We believe there is a still deeper experience than the worship of the sanctuary, and before the world. that given in “Twenty-seventh Day," but as the For lack of this our souls have languished, and the writer almost speaks of it in the closing words of the whole Church has suffered.
chapter, we add nothing. New light and grander rouse ourselves from this mingling of and more glorious possibilities of faith are dawning ingratitude and false humility. “ Whoso offereth upon us all! In such a treasury as the book is we praise, he glorifieth Me” (Ps. 1. 23), and this know not what to choose. We close with a thought praise includes the telling out what the Lord hath or so culled from the “Fourth Day” done for us (Ps. Ixvi. 16).
“Without the Vine the branch can do nothing, . Well may the Psalm conclude with the Halle- Without the branch the Vine can do nothing. lujah. It resounded in the courts of the Lord's Marvel not ! It is His own appointment. ... There house of old : the Mount of Olives—on which the is more ; as neither is anything without the other, heads of families encamped when they attended the so is neither anything except for the other. All the great feasts-echoed back the sound. It is being Vine possesses belongs to the brunches, . . . and all heard in the rough but joyous assemblies of the the branch posseses belongs to the Vine.”
LIFE OF FAITH.
CHRIST'S LOVE-MARK OF CORREC- friends and neighbours, who would recognise TION.*
him at once. 1. The first love-mark is this: Divine Lore
He craved to know, therefore he knelt; he corrects. Turn to the Gospel of St. Mark, 10th knelt to know-he was right. Kneeling is the chapter and 21st verse, and we find the first best way of knowing, the only way to know person of whom it is written that “ Jesus spiritual truth. The Lord admired his great loved ” him. We read at the 17th verse, that earnestness and integrity ; for these two things when Jesus had gone forth into the highway, always must attract Jesus-obedience as far as there came one running and kneeling before we know, and a zeal to know more.
But how, him, who said, “Good Master, what shall then, did our Lord deal with him? Here was I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Jesus youth, station, wealth, zeal, and high integrity. answering him, said, “Why callest thou Me all kneeling at the feet of Jesus unabashed in good ? there is none good but one, that is, the open high road, though now crowded with God.” As much as to say, If you do not be- Passover pilgrims. How natural to have said lieve Me to be the Son of God, how can you a word of commendation and encouragement ! call Me good ? How closely do these words But our Lord was too faithful for that, He longs apply to many writers and thinkers in our day, to set him perfectly free, and so discovers to him who speak flattering words of our Lord Jesus, in a single word, accompanied by that wondrous but will on no account allow Him to be equal love-look, his one weak point, the single gaping with God! Jesus then proceeds to answer his joint in the harness, and this in answer to his question: "Thou knowest the commandments." own impulsive petition, “What lack I yet ?” The young man replies with alacrity : “Master, The young ruler had too quickly concluded all these have I observed from my youth. Then that he had done all, more than enough to Jesus beholding him, loved him ” [“looking inherit eternal life, and freely challenges inupon him intently, loved him” (Greek)]. vestigation: “What lack I yet ?" It was all
What was it that so attracted Jesus? We “What shall I do ?" as if acceptance with God know that he was a young man of birth and was quite within his own compass, to be influence; but it must have been his character, attained without any impossible effort, and as his obedience to the law of God, and his zeal if no margin was required to be left for God's after righteousness amid all the glow of youth unfathomable mercy. “What lack I yet ?” he and wealth, that so arrested the gaze of Jesus. begs to know. His zeal was great evidently, for he ran and Young man, Christ seems to say just this : A knelt at the feet of Jesus in the open highway, full surrender of all, instead of a fine surrender and was not ashamed to do so before all his of much. He who would inherit all, must
If you would truly keep the * From Christ's Love-Marks. New Year's Address, by the Rev. C, A. Fox. (See “ Notices of Books.")
commandments, which are only love, you must