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It is not in human nature to forego present honour individually to be circumcised and go upon Jewish for future glory. Bit power will be given to us who ground. It is true, there is the remarkable case of believe, it we ask grace of God, and earnestly study Nineveh placed before us in the Bible. That is, to be conformed to the mind of (hrist Jesus, as re- indeed, an instance of general action on the part of vealed in the Scriptures. What we want is Humility, a large city of the Gentiles, in which fasting, humiliaObedience, and Love.

tion, and prayer were effectual to the suspension of “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus ; the threatened doom. But in this case, there was no who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be putting forth of any claim, because there was no equal with God; but made himself of no reputarion, and took covenant. It was a simple casting of themselves upon upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness the mercy of God--a peradventure of despair. of men ; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of

“ Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away the cross."

from his fierce anger that we perish not p” Beloved,- If you wish to please God, you must let

They had, as they confessed, no ground to this mind which was in his beloved Son be also in expect the mercy they received ; nevertheless, it was you. It will mortify the flesh, but cause you to re

their only hope, and it pleased God to withdraw his joice in spirit. It will separate you from evil, and arm. Does the English Nation, in times of peril make you to be "a vessel unto honour, sanctified or of pain, humble itself in any such spirit, and ordain and meet for the Master's use, prepared unto every fasting and prayer with similar expectations ? good work."

In view of the real humiliation of Nineveh, May the words of Jesus sink deeply into our the so-called national humiliations and fastings and souls, and abide in us; may we also by faith ubide in prayers of modern times, like so much else, are mere Him;


may He dwell in our hearts by faith. Oh, shams. In the first place, in the instance cited there let us earnestly watch, that we hold fast these provi- was FAITH sions of grace; so shall we bear much fruit, accord. “ So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a ing to the word of the Lord.

fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even unto

the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, Yours ever in true Christian love,

and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, THE EDITOR.

and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything : let them not feed nor drink water : but let man and beast be covered with

sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them tam Can there be such a thing during this Dispensation ?

every one of them from his evil way, and from the violence

that is in their hands. Who can tell it God will turn and The Scriptures clearly teach that there can be no

repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish

not ?" (Jonah iii.) action, of a spiritual nature, by nations, as nations, in these days. The Word of God recognises three

But if any Gentile nation were willing so to cast divisions of mankind at present in the world—viz. itself on the undeserved mercy of God, admitting it the Jew, the Gentile, and the Church of God. There had no claims or grounds on which to expect the is now no preferential nation, although the Jews same, there would be still less reason for hope than

in the case of Nineveh. For now the word of remain a distinct people. England never had such a preference, nor any nation but that of the Jesus Christ, Son of God, has gone forth :Jews; and the Jew is at present set aside dispensa- "No man cometh unto the Father but by Me!" tionally ;-he has no country, no temple, wherein And this coming by Jesus is not mere coming with alone he could sacrifice and worship in the highest his people, repeating written prayers after a priest, sense, as it was prophesied respecting them.

but a heart-faith in Him personally, “ For the children of Israel shall abide many days without “ Without faith it is impossible to please Him." a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and with.

“ With the HEART man believech." out an image, and without an ephod and teraphim.” (Hos.iii.4.)

But if every individual in a nation had faith, We get a vivid impression of the disruption of the the whole would cease to be of the World, or GenJew from his proper national standing, when we re- tiles, and would become of the third division recogmember that every male of age ought to appear nised in Scripture-the Church of God. Thus, we see thrice every year before the Lord, in the place where that the phrase " Christian nation,” in such common the I ord had chosen to place his name Thus the use, is a contradiction of terms. All this dreadful Jews, as a nation, are shut out from all spiritual confusion has come in through Christians sinfully action. Broken off, for the present, faith in their wooing the World for what it can give. Ob, what a rojected Messiah oan alone bring them individually mournful failure! And look at the degrading boninto acceptance with God; but when they admit dage it has led to: In times of calamity, instead of that Jesus is the Christ they obase to be Jews. the World cowering before the power of God, in oon.

The Gentile nations, as such, never were admitted scious helplessness, and, perohance, turning to the on to any ground of approach to God, in fasting, only Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, what do we see? prayer, worship, or sacrifice. Before the Gentiler - Wo see many who profess and call themselves formerly could have any spiritual status, they had Christians kneeling at the command of a Worldly


“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of

Government, taking at the hands of that Worldly with Aaron ; but the covenant also is far better. For Government a form of prayer, and repeating it at its whereas the old covenant brought in a continual recommand! Degradation most deep!

minder of sin, and only made manifest the failures In view of the wrath of God which is coming both of the priests and the people—the new covenant, upon the children of disobedience, as shadowed fort of which Jesus is the mediator, has made an end of in the Revelation, the present calamities endured by sin, and has established the subjects of that covethe World are trifles. For the unconverted, of high or nant before God for ever in sanctification. low estate-whether in attendance at places called chapels and churches or not, -to think they can, by Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into Boma modification of self-indulgence, and saying their mind, and write them in their hearts : and I will be to Amen to certain prayers, please God, and remove his thom a God, and they shall be to me a people : and they shall hand fr m pressing on the nation, is not less mon

not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother,

saying, Know the Lord : for all shall know me, from the least strous than it would be to proclaim a general rejoi- to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteouscing that the great judgments are not yet poured out, ness; and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no notwithstanding the Lord's plain declaration that more.” (Heb. viii. 10–12.) they soon will be!

This promise to earthly Israel, which will be fulThat individual Christians may fast privately, for filled in Millennial days, is true of the heavenly spiritual reasons, we learn from the practice of the people (christians) now. Our Lord has not only early disciples of Christ. The Apostle Paul said - saved us from death, and given us life, but he has “I keep my body under." To allow anything put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Nor does more than this, is to incur the danger of putting the blessed work end here :-He has brought works before faith.

us into the presence of God our Father as perfect



“He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come

All this is most fully brought out in Heb. ix. and (An answer to the enquiry of a correspondent, as to "how it x., especially in the latter chapter. In due time Jesus affects us now.")

had said, in act as well as in word Allusions to the office of Intercessor, which the “Lo, I come, to do thy will, O God.

* By the Lord Jesus Christ has undertaken for his people, are

which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body

of Jesus Christ once. (s. 9, 10.) very rare in the Scriptures. Intercession brings in the thought of distance. But the believer's true place

After this we are shown the inherent weakness of is that of neirness to God. It is in the epistle to the the Levitical priests and their sacrifices, and then, in Hebrews that the Holy Spirit, by the Apostle Paul, contrast, it is saidafter reviewing the object of the Levitical priesthood, “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sing and declaring the priesthood of Christ to be infinite for ever (never to be repeated ), sat down on the right hand of

God." (x. 12.) ly higher, and in every respect more perfect, assures us that

Behold, then, this perfect consummation! The

eternal sacrifice, (i. e. of eternal duration as to its unto God by Him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession efficacy) completed; Intercession fully accepted; for them.” (Heb. vii. 25.)

Mediation effectual and established; and the Great Whenever there is a felt need of the intercession High Priest seated on the throne of God ! of our Great High Priest, true Christians may well

But this is not allbe re-assured by the recollection that "He ever liveth “For by one offering he hath perfected for over them that to make intercession for them.”

are sanctified"! [i. e. all those who are saved through the faith

(x. 14.) It is unspeakably blessed to be of the heavenly in His name.] people whose Head is the possessor of an unfailing What next, as to walk on earth ? priesthood; one who maintains them and their cause

The will of God written in our hearts, and sins before God perfectly. Who is able to save to the ut- remembered no more ! termost them that come unto God by him. Who Then what follows ?can tell the joy of knowing that we have one in the “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the presence of God, who is our Saviour, Friend, and holiest, by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which Great High Priest. But then we ought to remember He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say his that the intercession of Christ for his disciples (all flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; Let who believe in him) has been made, and is already our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies completely accepted. He has prayed the Father for washed with pure water [i. e. by the word of God.) ue; see John xvii. Therefore it is that we are (x. 19-22.) carried forward by the Holy Ghost from Heb. vii. This is our condition and calling, as " accepted in to consider in the following chapter the more excel. the Beloved,” though yet waiting as strangers and lent ministry of our Lord.

pilgrims on earth. “But now he hath obtained a more excellent ministry, by While living in this range of God's revealed word bow much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which -and the Lord would have us to abide in it-our was established upon better promises." (Heb. viii. 6) affections are drawn out towards God :-“We love

That is to say,—not only is the priesthood higher, him because he first loved us." It is fellowship and infinitely more perfect than that which began with the Father and the Son." For such as continue

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in practical conformity to the will of God, the period " How can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil of intercession has passed; we are, by faith, in the his goods, except he first hind the strong man and then he

will spoil his housu." Father's house. We may, alas! practically fall from this--some never attain to it - then it is precious to (This was virtually re-accomplished, in a still more know of Christ's unfailing Intercession.

glorious senso, by our Lord's death and resurrec

tion, though Satan's reign is yet permitted, but soon "My little children, these things (the things of 1 John i. and actually to come to an end.) following chapters) write I unto you, that ye sin not, (as chil. dren of God we ought to hate and avoid sin); and if any (chris

Like Barablas, Satan knew his sentence, and tian) man sin, we have an Adrocate with the Father, Jesus from the fact of tlie presence in the world of the Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins : · Holy One of God,” had frared being “ tormented &o. (1 John ii. 1, 2.)

before the time”-just as Barabbas was fearing a Thus it appears to us, that Intercession or Advo violent and premature end of his bad career. Nevercacy, as presented to Christians in Scripture, is ever theless, Satan, doubtless had hopes of a reprieve-a in connection with practical failure in walk, and further prolongation of power-a temporary deliveconsequent distance from God (i. e. as to conscious- rance from fear. This could only come to pass, howness.) All believers have had need of Christ's in ever, by a deliberate preference by the Jews of him tercession, and may have again. But it is far better and of his rul: to that of their rightful King. To to know our Great High Priest as the one who' this point his energies and subtleties were consemaintains us in nearness to God, than as having to quently directed. Deep, though short-lived, was intercede for us when aught of sin is resting upon his triumph, therefore, when they cried outthe conscience, which, while it endures, practically

"Not this man, but Barabbas !" keeps the child at a distance from the Father.

Had the contrary been the case-if, when the Messiah “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes [in times past] came unto his own, his own had received Him, there were far off, are made night by the blood of Christ.” (Eph. could have been no reprieve for Satan, no preferential ii. 13.)

liberation of Barabbas; for Christ must have “* Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children, and walk reigned in righteousness, monarch of the earth ; in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given bimself for

He could not have divided the kingdom with us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Satan. Then would have taken place that which (Eph. v. 1, 2.)

will happen when the Lord takes to Himself his great power, and reigns King of the Jews-sinners

will be cut off and Satan will be bound and in BARABBAS, AND SIMON THE CYRENIAN.

prison; and will there remain all the period of the

millennial reign of Christ on earth. (Rev. xx.) These two characters are apparently introduced very incidentally into the sacred Barrative of the

Turn we to Sinon, the Cyrenian, whom we are Trial and Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ. convinced prefigures believers in general, as to their Barabbas and Simon are not by any means volun- original condition in the world, and their course and tary actors, but are brought in per foree, without any character as new creatures in Christ. Simon means reference to their own wills, and take no part essen- he “that hears or obeys;” now of believers it is true tially necessary to the development of the chief issue. that faith has come by hearing,and they have Nevertheless, they doubtless fill important parts in " yielded the obedience of faith.” As having a Jewish the solemn scene, and what those parts were the name but of Gentile residence, he is a fit representaHoly Spirit will teach the humble, patient, trustful tive of believers, both from among those who “ were reader of the Word.

nigh” and those who were afar off.” We shall We see BARABBAS-a murderer and a robber, and

see he is always introduced outside the Holy City and one who had stirred up sedition--bound and power the land to which pertained the promises, showing less, fearing the worst, yet not beyond hope of re- the distinctness of our calling from that of earthly prieve. Now, how truly was all this the case with Israel, and he settles down (Acts xi. and xiii.) still Batan at that moment! a robber, a murderer, one further away from the land of his birth, the sin-cursed that “perverted the people," and that from the land of Ham, in which region Cyrene was. It is so beginning. Not alone was Barabbas in his sedition; with the believer ; while he is not under the law” neither was Satan without comp ers. Again, when nor on Jewish ground, as regards earthly promises Satan went to our Lord in the wilderness, hoping to and blessings, he is still further off from his original worst the glorious "last ADAM,” he found himself condition, as born in sin, having been “translated paralyzed and powerless in his presence. For the from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of first time, Heaven and Hell saw a perfect Man, God's dear Son," and that people for whom his King completely proof against all the subtleties of and God cherishes such purposes of grace must be Satan. Indeed, in some sense, the Lord “bound" nearer and dearer to him than his father's house him, too; and the proof was, the liberation after he the world—just as Antioch. Simon's residence as a came forth from the wilderness of those who had Christian, was much nearer Judea than Cyrene, the been bound by Satan, that is, the delivering of those place of his birth. who were possessed of devils. This appears in

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fixion of the Lord Jesus; and were not we “ sinners Let us now tur- our attention to the main lesson of the Gentiles" verily guilty, in the persons of Pilate associated with the person of Simon the Cyrenian and the Roman soldiers? and during our unregeneracy that which is derived from the contemplation of him did we not endorse their guilt by not grieving over it? in the act of cawying the cross after Jesube The "He was despised and rejected of men," (not of the cross represents rejection, contumely, suffering, burJews only, and the unparalleled guilt lays still at dens for Christ's sake, borne after the Lord's manner; the World's door.

in faith following Him up the mount whither He has As further bearing out our thought that Simon gone. In Simon's case, he was compelled to bear the represents believers in general, it is interesting to cross; the World, in the persons of the soldiers, laid trace him in Acts xi. and xiii. at Antioch, where it on him ; and the Christian must expect burdens himself and others are first called “ Christians :" from the World and the dislike of worldly christians, “Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecu; of his walk.

and that in proportion to the spirituality and zeal tion that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and

“. If they have persecuted me, they will Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but the Jews also persecute you.'' But we are encouraged to only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, patiently endure it : "If we suffer with Him, we which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the shall be also glorified together.” Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the

To such as take up the cross the Lord will be Lord was with them : and a great number believed and turned unto the Lord. Then tidings of these things came unto the

ever near, and his grace is ever sufficient for us church which was in Jerusalem ; and they sent forth Barnabas, Doubtless, the Lord feels for us, as He did for Simon, that he should go as far as Antioch.” (xi. 19-22.)

as our afflictions abound, our consolations shall

much more abound.!! Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain

“Let us therefore go to prophets and teachers ; a8 Barnabas, and Simeon (that was him outside the camp bearing his reproach," know, called Niger), and Lucius (of Cyrene), and Manaen ( which had ing that “our light affliction which is but for been brought up with Herod the tetrarch), and Saul.” (xiii. 1.) moment worketh out for us a far more exceeding and

eternal weight of glory." Oh, how thankful we Our judgment is that as "Simeon” is only another shall be in the glory for every burden laid upon us way of writing “Simon,” (for Simon Peter is written down here! Though it was grievous at the time, * Simeon" in Acts xv. 14,) and as the plural “men yet how must Simon have rejoiced afterwards that of Cyrene" is employed with reference to those he had the special honour, though against his will, whom the Lord used in this work at Antioch, but of fellowship with the Lord in his sufferings only one (Lucius) is so designated, that therefore

Thus we see in Simon, the Members, by anticipa. this “ Simeon that was called Niger” is “Simon tion, called into participation of suffering with the the Cyrenian." But why called “ Niger"? why Head; but oh,'' how slight as compared with His is the old designation dropped ? Is he not intro- deep, deep affliction! Simon had no part with the duced by the Spirit with everything new about him, Lord in the shame and spitting, the mockery and the compared with what it was with him when he was buffetting: the pain of the thorns, the scourge, and brought into our view as the “stranger coming out the cross: at Calvary, where the Wrath of God of the country"? He is located, not at Cyrene, but against sin must be endured, Simon vanishes. ke at Antioch; he is of a new people, "Christians”; lieving ones were utterly unable to endure with the and the Spirit records his new name “Niger.” Christ Lord. In Gethsemane they slept, in the presence of being Lord in his own house, re-names whom He the officers they fled, in the hall of the high priest will, and maý, as in this case and that of John and the Master is denied, and at the cross a few women James (whom He called “Boanerges,”') give no and one young man stand afar off, and though before reason for the act. It is true that Simon might He dies two of them draw near, it is only when fel. have been re-named by the Church; but the fact lowship is no longer possible, and to hear Him cry, of the Holy Spirit here appropriating the name with a loud voice, “ It is finished !" seems to indicate that it was quite of the Lord. Oh, that we may realize that special acquaintance Now":"Niger" means Black. If Christians had with the Lord which Simon obtained through bearing been led' so to call Simon it might have been the cross after Him! He heard and saw him lament on account (as we may suppose) of a deep swarthi- over the daughters of Jerusalem—“Weep not for ness of complexion, being a native of Africa, in me; weep for yourselves and your children." Oh, which continent Cyrene was ; but doubtless the Lord how these words of wondrous pity-of deepest sym. had a higher and spiritual reason, and if we are pathy for others' woes, crowding out the keepest right, that Simon prefigures believers in general, as suffering in Himself-must have fallen on the heart called from outside Judaism to bear the cross and of Simun! how they revealed the Divine Man before follow Jesus, what a beautiful harmony between this him! Did he think mueh of his hardships after new name given to him who typifies the Church that? Nor shall we, if the same blessed example and that which the Church says in the Song of is steadily realized by faith. Solomon ?

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His servants!

TO DEAR CHRISTIANS (i. e. BELIEVERS IN CHRIST) the midst of true christians gathered to the Lord, are

in contemplation. But in that to Ephesians, the whole “work of the ministry” is considered. Therefore, we have in addition to ministries which are ex

ercised within the assembly, outside ministers also, We desire in christian love, and in the spirit of namely, Evangelists, who go forth into all the world meekness, to offer a few thoughts for your solemn to preach the gospel-and pastors, whose office, when consideration before God, r. specting your « Book of rightly understood, is much exercised in visitations

from house to house. Comnion Prayer,” and matters connected therewith. Many of you will b ready to reply-" We are well Anglicism, have discarded every name by which the

Now, is it not remarkable that the constructors of acquainted with the defects existing in that book, as well as in our church arrangements, and we live in

Head of The Church in that epistle to the Ephesians hopes of seeing them reformed." We are thankful

distinguishes His sent servants!

Thus it is, however. Those who exercise autho. that such is your desire. Notwithstanding, we think, if you will patiently look into the whole matter with rity among you neither recognise the Lord's right to us, praying to God that the " Holy Ghost ” the appoint, nor even to name, ministers who are called Comforter,” “the Spirit of Truth,” may lead us into all truth -- the examination will surely result in profit orders established by the religion of the State.

Bishops. Priests, and Deacons! These are the to your souls. First, as respects Ministry. We have already, in previous numbers of this paper, offered Bishops, as Lords, are in opposition to scripture. some serious remonstrances concerning your Bishops.

Deacons, according to the word of God, were apThe script res plainly show how that their political Officially for spiritual ministry at all. Priests belong and lordly standing completely contravenes the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ and of the Holy

to a past dispensation! Ghost by the apostles.

Of course, the titles of Bishops, Priests and Dea" Jesus called the twelve and said unto them, Ye know that those who hold these titles among you are thoroughly

cons are found in scripture. But the characteristics of they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise Lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authurity unscripturul: a candid appeal to the New Testament upon them. But so shall it not be among you, fc.” (Mark x. cannot fail to show this. And we must ask you again 42, 43.)

to reflect, that the ministerial designations, and as The spirit of this scripture was reiterated by Our far as possible the gifts also, given by our LordSariwur continually, and shines out in all the sacred namely, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and epistles, which were given after His ascension. But Teachers, have been entirely discarded by your rulers. we will not dwell upon this point now, as we are Nor is this all. They have not only taken up titles conscious that most of those who are spiritual among which, though found in scripture, are now misapyou, blush for the anomalous position of the men who plied--but they have introduced a list of diguities, exercise a Gentile Lordship over you. For the pre- for which there is no sanction whatever in the word sent, therefore, we leave the “Bishops of the State," of God. Arch Bishops, Arch Deacons, Deans, Canons, and turn to your every-day ministers—the priests. Vicars, Rectors, Curates, and we know not how many Priests? Why Priests ? Do not think we are ques- more! tioning the name without seeing a most weighty issue Now, all these inventions are built upon a involved in its assumption. If you will refer to made Priesthood. However great or small the office 1 Cor. xii. you will find an enumeration of divinely held by your clergy, (exc pting the deaconate,) the giren christian ministries. Speaking of gifts in the holder thereof must be a priest! This, therefore, is various members of the body of Christ, the Church, the keystone of the whole edifice of the Church of we are there taught that

Engiand (so called.) We wish the proposition to be "God hath set some in the church, [simply as members of clearly understood. It is held by your church as esthe body,) first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, sential to effectual ministry, that the man be an or. then gifts of healing," &c. (v. 28.)

dained priest! Let us, then, seek to know what our Here we have ministry of various kinds, as it God has revealed respecting Priesthood. should be exercised, to the extent of gifts now three priestly orders of God, as made known in the given, in any assembly of true believers. Diver- scriptures. First, that of Melchisedec, which belongs sity of gifts, but the same Spirit.” Look care- to Our Great High Priest, the Lord Jesus Christ. fully and prayerfully at the whole chapter, and you Secondly, the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood, which will see to what end gifts are given, also how they was given exclusively to one family and tribe--called are to be exercised. But Eph. iv. 11 enumerates of God to offer sacrifices, to make atonement for the most completely, our Lord's gifts in the way of ser- sins of the people, and to wait upon the service of the vants or ministers, thus

tabernacle. “When he (Christ) ascended up 'on high, he led captivity

The third order of priesthood we purpose to captive, and gave gifts unto men. And he gave some examine hereafter. Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelists, and some It was, and is ever, impossible to take the Pastors and Teachers."

priestly office, or receive it at the hands of men, unIn the epistle to Corinthians, ministerial gifts in less expressly called of God. “No man taketh this


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