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GENERAL. Whsit our last month's summary was written, it ffas yet uncertain whether there would be war between Germany and Denmark. Scarcely was tiie ink dry on which our words were printed, when the Austrian and Prussian troops invaded Schleawig; and now they have driven the Danish troops before them, and nearly the whole of Schleswig is ia their hands. What will they do with it? is the next question. Will they be satisfied with the attainment of what they profe$8 to seek, or will they use their advantage to the injury of the Danish monarchy? In the latter case, we fear that the r«qlt will be nothing lass than a European war, though we rejoioe to know that all parties in England are anxious to keep but of it, if they cut
Parliament has met, but nothing has yet occurred of importance. The only questions of interest that have arisen have been about foreign polities, on which ministers have been questioned sharply enough. Home politics, however, appear ubeiUbut tabooed. If one were to judge from the proceedings in Parliament alone, one would conclude that the only country in the world of no ^iportance was England.
The most appalling accident by fire ever heard of has been reported this month from a far distant country, Chili—the burning to death in a quarter of an hoar of about 2,000 females in a Roman Catholic cathedral. The occasion was the last t-rand night of a festival which had lasted a month, m honour of the Pope's new dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. "Every corner of the cathedral," we are told, "from the ...und to the ceiling, and especially about the ^ltar, was a sea of muslin and drapery, flooded with every variety of illumination. After the weident happened, the whole inside of the church —that is the drapery and the roof, and the dresses of the women—were on fire in a few minutes, and t be soflbcating smoke and fire did their horrid work in an incredibly short space of time. In a quarter of aa hour, 2,000 women of all classes and ages, the dower of the female portion of the city, were one rcass of suffocated, burnt, and charred bodies! -'■■? conduct cf the priests on the occasion has called forth universal execration.
Final judgment has been g^ven in the case of "Eisaysand Reviews." The highest legal tribunal ia the country has acquitted the accused; and the opinions taught by them in their respective essays, '':j;.i formed the basis of the charges against ■-ra, have been declared not inconsistent with the iniclee and formularies of the Church of England. fhf decision has caused considerable regret, and, a Church circles, alarm also.
Bishop Colenso has been found guilty of heresy JJT his brother bishops and his metropolitan at the -ape, on all the nine accusations brought against nnu He is, therefore, deprived of his see, but is riven till the 4th of March in London, or the 16th >f April at the Cape, to file a retractation of his ieresiee, "full, absolute, and unconditional," in *hieh case the sentence is to become null and J«d. It will be remembered that the Bishop reused to plead before the court, and only, by his proetor, protested against its jurisdiction. It does no* teem to be doubted that his appeal to the ^-9i>nsh courts will be valid, but it does not appear o be certain yet, whether it will be to the Arch*
bishop of Canterbury or to the highest secular courts.
We are glad to be able to announce that our brother, Mr. Alf, whoso imprisonment for the Gospel's sake has been already announced, has been released from his bondage iu Poland. Our brother appears to have been treated with unusual severity, having been compelled to wear the prison dress, and treated to prison fare. Even in his imprisonment, however, he seems to have been useful. The prisoners, and even tho jailers, received the Gospel at his hands. When he left, he waa obliged to promise that ho would send copies of the Bible to his companions ia bonds and to two of the jailers also.
We deeply regret to announce the death, which took place January 19th, of the Bev. Joseph Harbottle, of Aoorjngton. Mr. Harbottle was formerly, for several years, the President of the Baptist College at Acerington, and both in that
Eosition, and since bis retirement from it, he was ighly and deservedly esteemed and beloved. On the 10th of January he preached, and appeared in his usual health. He was subsequently seized with bronchitis, and iu a very few days succumbed to the disease. His funeral took place at Ulverston on the Thursday after his death. On the morning of that day, a service was held at Barnes Street, Acerington, in which the Revs. J. Howe, J. Smith, and P. Scott, took part. After the service, which lasted nearly two hours, a procession was formed, whieh accompanied the corpse to the railway Btation, on its way to Ulverston.
The Secretaries of the Baptist Building Fund request the insertion of the following letter:— "Dear Sirs,—Will you allow me to announce through your columns that our esteemed friend, Joseph H. Allen, Esq., has, through continued illhealth, been compelled to reaign the ofHce of Treasurer to the Baptist Building Fuud. The Committee deeply regret the loss of his valnable services. I have, however, pleasure in stating that James Benham, Esq., of 19, Wigmore Street, W. (lately one of the Honorary Secretaries), has kindly acceded to the unanimous request of the Committee, and accepted the appointment iu Mr. Allen's stead, and to him all communications for tho Treasurer should in future be addressed. Let me also add that the liberal oifer of Sir Morton and Lady Peto, to erect four metropolitan chapels, defraying one-half the entire cost themselves, is on condition that the other half is proeidsijL by tpecial contributiona to the Baptist Building Fund; but this condition has not yet been met by the denomination. I should be glad, therefore, if you would direct attention to tho advertisement in thepresent number of The Church.—I am, dear Sirs, yours faithfully, Alfeed T. Bowseh, Hon. Sec."
DOMESTIC. New Road, Oxfobd.—A series of services in connection with the jubilee of the New Road Chapel Sunday-school Society, Oxford, has been held during tho past month. On Sunday, Feb. 7th, the Rev. John Aldis, of Reading, preached two sermons in the chapel, and in the afternoon a children's service was held in the same place of worship. On Monday evening, the children of the schools connected with the society, including those from Ileadington, Appleton, and New Osuey,
partook of tea in the chapel, after which addresses of a suitable and practical character were d elivered. On Tuesday afternoon a large number of persons assembled in Osney town to witness the ceremony of laying the foundation-stone of a new school in connection with the Baptist denomination. The new school-room will be about 30ft. by 21ft., and will be capable of holding 100 children. The sum required for its ereotion is shout £300. The foundation-Btone was laid by Mrs. Bartlett, who has been for many years connected with the society. Short addresses were delivered by the Tiev. W. Allen and Sir Morton Peto, Bart., M.P. Prayer was offered up by the Eev. Thomas Kenoh, and the children having sung a hymn, the proceedings terminated. At five o'olock the largest teameeting ever held in the city took plaoe in the Corn Exchange. Every part of the capacious edifice was densely crowded, about 800 persons being present to partake of tea. The audience, which was augmented to upwards of 1,000 after tea, included many persons belonging to the various religious denominations in the city, as well as others from the surrounding towns and villages. At the conclusion of the repast, the chair was taken bv Sir S. Morton Peto, Bart., M.P., who introduced the proceedings in an admirable and roost appropriate address. In the course of his address, 8ir Morton adverted to the recent cba.-ge of the Bishop of Oxford. Addresses were also delivered by the Eevs. N". Haycroft, M.A., C. Vince.W. Allen, G. Warner, and by E. B. Underbill, Esq. In the course of the proceedings, Mr. Allen stated that the church at Oxford had been honoured in the past by many of its members having been called to the ministry, among whom he mentioned the Eev. J. H. Hinton, M.A., Dr. Steane, Dr. Draper, S. Pearce, P. Franklin, T. F. 3STewman, J. Mathews, W. Teall, W. Bull, B.A. and W. D. Elliston.
Kingstoit-os-thimes.—On Thursday, January 14th, this new and elegant edifice, of which tho foundation-stone was laid in July last, was opened for publio worship. The chapel will seat 760, or with the addition of the school-rooms, which communicate with sliding shutters, more than 1,000 persons. The whole of the buildings and arrangements have commanded universal admiration. The Rev. W. Brock, of Bloomsbury, preached on Thursday, January 14th, at noon, and the Eev. W. T,andels, of Eegent's Park, in the evening. Between the services dinner was served to the numerous company in the Town Hall, and tea in the school-room, to about 300 persons. On Sunday, Jannsry 17th, the services were continued, when the Eev. Dr. Angus, President of Begent's Park College, preached in the morning, the Eev. W. rollings, of Gloucester, in the afternoon, and the Eev. Henrv Bayley, pastor of the church, in the evening. On Tuesday, January 19th, a publio meeting was held in the chapel, W. Olney, Esq., of London, in the chair. The Eevs. W. G. Lewis, of Bavswater, J. E. Giles, of Clapham, W. Collings, L. H. Bvrnes, and A. Mackennal, of Kingsston, and W. Higgs and J. Stiff, Esqs., addressed the meeting. On Thursday, January 21st, the Eev. Thomas Jones, of Bedford Chapel, preached an eloquent and impressive sermon from John iv. 24. At every service the congregations were very large. Prom the report read by the secretary, J. East, Esq., it appears that the total cost of chapel, school-rooms, &o., is £2,750. Of this the builder, W. Higgs, Esq., generously gives £250, reducing the amount to £2,500. Of this snm about half has been raised exclusive of promises. The collections and donations at the opening services amounted to £123 8s. 3Jrf.
Shiflbt, YoKKSHtM—On Saturday evening, January 16th, a very largo and deeply interesting meeting was held in the lecture-room of the a6o,e place of worship, under the presidency of the Bct. E. Green, pastor. The meeting was called to present to Thomas Aked, Esq., on his removal from Shipley Grange to Harrogate, a token of ai affectionate regard in which he and his family an held by the members of the Baptist church and congregation. After the pastor had expressed Hi deep regret, and also that of the church, at the 1* they were about to sustain in the removal of their beloved friend, John Eoper, Esq., presented* Mr. Aked, in the name of the church and m gregation, a magnificent writing-desk in walnut beautifully mounted and furnished, and besnnj the following inscription :—" Presented toThomis Aked, Esq., of the Grange, by many friends in iff Baptist congregation, Shipley, as an expression a esteem for his character, and admiration of m untiring devotedness to the work of Christ, in tns church and school, and among the sick and pw'i during a period of twenty-three years.-8hiplej< January 16th, 1864." Mr. Aked having wi j much feeling acknowledged the gift, Mr. HaUKW next presented to Mrs. Aked, in the name ol w church and congregation, a beautiful silver Tsm, as an expression of their esteem and sfleeWThis presentation was most suitably acknonleos" by Robert Aked, Esq., in behalf of his mottoAddresses were afterwards delivered by Me »■• W. Walton, and Messrs. J. Fyfe, H. Wall", T. Leversedge, and S. Hainsworth.
Amlwch, Anglesey.-On the 2nd and 3rd ol last month, a series of most interesting senw> were held at the above place in connection TM the Baptist quarterly meeting of the island. Ural to the present depressed state of the Mi«»« funds, it was deemed advisable to make tie O" ings subserve more especially the purpose ot Mining the claims of the 8ociety before the delee* of the churches met in conference. Eesomra" were passed and plans formed and adopted to » meetinss in connection with the missionary csu in every chapel throughout the island. UJ publio Berviees addresses and sermons were iivered by the Eev. A. J. Parry, Cefninswri « Morgan, J. Williams, W. Davies. and C. LWJ Esq.* Holyhead; and the Eevs. J. Jenkins, U» fachraeth; Isaac James, Beaumaris; J. V. !■'• Llangefni. In these services the position claims of the Missionary Society were onTM. before the chureh and congregation of »»' Chapel. The collections for the Society »' threefold the amount of the previous yef":.' success of this, the first missionary collection the Association, augurs well for the resti«collections. It is confidently expected ">**,??„ the end of next month this Association w«" performed its part, not onlyto redeem the B <"^ from its present difficulties, but also to raise standard of the fund at least to £40,000.
Dawlbt Bank, Sbjbopshibb.—On M,05a'i, January 18th, an interesting meeting ""i.j, the school-room of the Baptist ohapeL j»J Bank, for the purpose of presenting Mr. oa the late minister, with a purse of gold, Mi» "J roonial of esteem, and a mark of eymp»tn?, hil him in the deep affliction which has ?»"b"inij permanent retirement from the Christian try. The chureh had been assisted in tMKi33 by liberal contributions from Cheltenham, "'V, and other places. As some of the oollecion not oaid in their money, the full amount «"\-r(j be stated, but upwards of £60 had beeniW^j, by the treasurer. Addresses having »«•"
livered by Mr, Lovatt (Bilston^Mr. James Jones, Jan. (Dawley Bank), and Mr. Clayton (Dawlev Green}, the chairman presented Mr. Skemp with the uurse, and made some appropriate remarks. Mr. Skemp, in the kindest manner, acknowledged the gift. After singing and prayer, the meeting separated.
Cbadley, WORCESTERSHIRE.—A BOcial tea
meeting was held on Monday, Jan. 25th, in the Refuge BaptiBt Chapel, Cradley, the church and congregation feeling a deaire to express their sympathy with the widow of their late pastor, the Rct. J. Sneath, who entered into the joy of bis Lord in November last. About 300 persons sat down to tea, after which Mr. J. D. Rod way, of Cowley, having supplied the vacant pulpit for the three previous Sabbaths, was called to the chair. After a prayer and a touching address by the chairman the meeting was addressed by Messrs. Bennett, Priestly, Stringer, Woodhouse, Worfrm, Fellowa, Forest, and the Rev. Mr. Bruel. The various speakers, being chiefly members of the church, ma'le many touching allusions to their lite minister, and a feeling of sympathy for the bereaved family pervaded the meeting. The proceeds cf the tea (about £10) have been handed over to the widow.
Sbwwit, Mon.—The Rev. T. Evans, missionary from Delhi, paid a visit to this town on keaalf of the Baptist Missionary Society. On Lord's dar, Jan. 24th, he preached two excellent wrmoM in 8tow Hill Chapel (the Rev. J. Wilawu/i); and on Tuesday, the 26tb, delivered a moat instructive and telling lecture in the same place on "The claims of our Indian Mission." Mr. Eunaalso lectured on Wednesday evening, in Charles Street Baptist Chapel, on " The difficulties connected with missionary work in India" ; and on Thanday evening, in the Baptist Temple, PiUewenlly, on "The Mutiny." Seldom have the labours of a missionary from a foreign field been so acceptable to the churches of the Principality "Mr. Etbiib's, and we are happy to learn that they bne secured a good amount of substantial sympathy in behalf of the society in its present k)'n£ circumstances.
, FoLiisroyB.—On Thursday, Feb. 4th, a meetWl "as held in"the Town Hall, Folkestone, for the purpose of presenting a testimonial to the Rev. D. Jones, B.A., Baptist minister, who has reoently "the town. The mayor, C. Doridant, Esq., occu
ed the chair, and there were several of Mr. »es'a personal friends and members of his conCreation present. The mayor, in making the Presentation, offered some appropriate remarks, "id then handed to Mr. Jones a nandsome gold •ateh, bearing the following inscription on the Caae •—" Presented, with a purse of twenty-five •oTereigns, by the church and congregation of Salem Chapel, and ihe inhabitants of the town, to the Rev. I). Jones, B.A., on his leaving Folkestone, Jan. 26th, 1864." Mr. Jones suitably •cknowledged the gift, and a vote of thanks having been passed to the chairman, and to the hon. *«retary, the meeting closed. Lowe* Edmonton".—Recognition services were Adhere on Tuesday, January 2Cth, in connection *rth the settlement as pastor of the Rev. D. MsaeU, from the Metropolitan Tabernacle College, ^(afternoon service was commenced by the Rev. » Kennedy, of Tottenham. The Rev. G. Rogers ''^logical tutor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle t-'*lege] then gave a very impressive charge to the pstor. The charge to the church was then given 71mBar, J. Edwards. In the evening a publio totting was held, when most of the neighbouring
ministers were present. The chair was occupied by the pastor, who opened the meeting with a few appropriate remarks; and then earnest and suitable addresses were given hv the Revs. R.Wallace, Tottenham; J. Chalmers, Tottenham; G. Rogers, J. Edwards, J. Jackson, W. M. Robinson, and J. "Ward.
Aberdeen.—A sncial meetine of the members and friends connected with the John Street Baptist Cburoh of this city, was held in the Music Hall Buildings on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 26tb, when the ministers of the other Baptist churches in Aberdeen, along with those of various Independent and Presbyterian congregations, and a large number of friends, met to welcome the Rev. Stephen J. Davis, who has lately entered upon the pastorate of the church. Between 200 and 800 sat down to tea, after which addresses were given by the various ministers present. The meeting was a most encouraging one, and the spirit of the remarks made by various brethren in the ministry, augurs well for Mr. Davis'* prospects of usefulneos here, and also assured him of their earnest des»re to co-operate with him in all departments of Christian labour.
Brixton Hit,!., London-.—On Thursday evening, January 21st, a special service was held in New Park Road Chapel, Brixton, for the recognition of the Rev. D. Jones, B.A. (late of Folkestone), as minister of the church and congregation. W. H. Millar, Esq., senior deacon of the church, presided, and in bis opening remarks gave an interesting account of the origin and progress of the church at Brixton Hill. Prayers were offered by the Revs. S. Eldridge and I. M. Sonle. Appropriate addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. Offord, J. Spence, D.D., W. M. Anderson, and W. H. Watson, Esq. After a few words from the recently chosen pastor, who appears to be entering on his new sphere of labour with encouraging prospects, the meeting was brought to a conclusion bv singing the doxology and pronouncing the benediction.
Grawthaw.—The opening services of the first Baptist chapel erected in Grantham were commenced on Thursday, January 21st. The chapel is a very neat building, capable of seating about 300 persons, and has every convenience for congregations and Sunday-school scholars. The total cost is £520. On the opening day two very eloquent sermons were preached by the Rev. Henry Dowson, of Bradford. At five o'clock a tea party was held in the Exchange Hall. High Street, when about 350 persons sat down to tea. On Sunday, January 24th, two sermons were preached, morning and evening, by the Rev. Henry Watts, of Golnar, near Hnddersfleld; and on the following Sunday by the Rev. J. Morton, of Collingham.
Newcastle-on-tyne.—The corner-stone of anew Baptist chapel, at Rye Hill, for the congregation of which the Rev. Wfldon Carr is pastor, was laid on the 19th January, with the usual formalities. It will be of an ornate Italian style of architecture, and will consist both of a chapel and school-room, the former accommodating abont 1,500 worshippers, and the latter about 900 children. The estimated coat of the building is £3,400. The site has cost £870, making a total of £4,270, towards which funds have been realized or promised amounting to £2,120, leaving £2,150 yet to be raised. Most of the Dissenting ministers of the town took part in the services of the day.
Cross Street Chapel, Islington.— The congregation and friends of this church have in little more than a month raised the sum of £300 6s. as a testimonial to their late pastor, the Rev. A. C.
Thomas. Thi3 Rift, which was presented to Mr. Thomas on the 4th inst'., testifies to the esteem and affection in which he is held, as well as to the sympathy felt towards him in his affliction; and when it is considered that nearly 500 members have been received into the church during the eight years of his ministry, it may also be looked upon as an expression of gratitude for his indefatigable and selfdenying labours.
Mijtistkrtat. Chakgis.—The Rev. J. J. Williams, late of Fakenham, has accepted a unanimous invitation to the pastorato of the church at Nayland, Suffolk.—The Rev. E. LeFerre intends shortly to resign his pastoral charge over the Baptist church at Woodstock, Oxon, and is open to invitation.—The Rev. Joseph Hurlstone having resigned the pastorate of the Baptist church, Peoknap, Westbnry, Wilts (after labouring there nearly nine years), has acoepted the earnest and cordial invitation of the cburoh at Castle Street, Calne, Wilts, and intends to commence his labours there on the first Lord's-day in March.—The Rev, J. E. Cracknell has resigned the pastorate at Blaokheath, and has acoepted an iuvitation to the pastorate of the churoh meeting at Cambray Chapel, Cheltenham, the scene of the labours of the late Rev. James Smith.—The Rev. D. B. Joseph, of Cupar Fife, has' received a cordial invitation from the Baptist church meeting at Salem Chapel, Burton-on-Trent,' and 'intends to begin his labours there on the first Sabbath in March.— The Rev. J. Aldis, jun., late of Lowestoft, has accepted the unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the church. West Lane, Haworth, Yorkshire.—The Rev. William Cheetham has resigned the pastorate of the Baptist church, New Mill, Tring, Herts.—The Rev. B. Williams has resigned the pastorate of the Baptist church at Zion Chapel, St. Clears, and has accepted the cordial invitation of the church at the Tabernacle, Pembrey, in the same county of Carmarthen. He commenced his labours on Lord's-day, February 7th.— The Rev. J. H.Blake has accepted tha pastorate of the church at Bow, and entered on his duties with most pleasing prospects of usefulness. Mr. Blake will still retain his connection with the Baptist Building Fund.—The Rev. G. Malins, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle College, having supplied the pulpit for the last few months, has accepted
the oordial and unanimous call of theekawl meeting in Shaftesbury Hall, AWorsgate Street, to become its pastor, and as such commenced,m labours on Lord's-day, February 14th.-The « • E. Merriman has resigned the pastorate ot rat Baptist chapel, Dorchester, Dorset,
Proposed Hi-pr/FaiciTiow on Tub Worm Oi ran Rev. J. H. Hinton, M.A.—Many of our readers must have noticed the advertisement, which has appeared more than once m on columns, announcing the proposed publicsti the works of the Rev. J. H. Hinton, in a mnfoM edition. The proposal is one that cannot fail to interest all who are acquainted with Mr. Hm'ofl writings, and we sincerely hope that his life sea health will bo spared so as to enable him t*> complete this "last gift to the churches." For til soke of those who have not seen the advertisomeiit, we may mention that the n»w edition will cocsist of six handsome volqmes. These six volumes «* contain the whole of Mr. Hinton's thee!** writings. In addition to his principal """J* "Theology," "The Work of the Spirit."!' Harmony of Religious Truth and Hnman R's-W "Responsibility," "Inspiration," "Mm* Effort and the Active Christian," "A*b!iTM?, "Lectures on Acqnaintanee with God." on "Goal Government of Man," and on "Redemption, and the "Exposition of the Epistle fci* Romans,"—will be found all bis minor tiuWi"; tions also—"The Use and Abuse of PrM", "Christian Sympathy," Funeral and otlj J» mons. Controversial Tracts, Ecclesiastical Ttuct-. See., &.O.; together with a selection of pw" contributed to various periodicals. The *"nJ will be carefully edited and revised. The m volume will be put to press as early as PJJKJS! and the successive volumes will be P"'1^,'^ quarterly. The subscription for the whole To" a guinea and a half, which, wo are informed m* be paid in one sum,or in three instalments, accow* ing to the convenience of the subscriber."' believe that Mr. Hinton has already receded'" names of a considerable number of subsrriwra. but not yet sufficient to justify him in proceedii* Wo have no doubt that this announcement To" all that is needed to induce many of our re»-(1 to send him their names at once.—J<Ye<''H'7S'
We have been informed that many of our readers wish for a Koy, or Guide, lo"" Portraits in our January Number. We regret that we did not give a Key at the tin" The following will, however, be a sufficient Guide.
It will be noticed that the Portraits are in two rows—the front row sitting, the 0"1* standing. Taking the front row first, and beginning at the left hand side of the Piotu»> we have, successively, Dr. Steane, Mr. Aldis, Mr. Noel, Dr. Evans, Mr. TresWjt Dr. Godwin, Mr. Dowson, Dr. Paterson, Mr. Hinton, and Dr. Gotch. Taking next»TM back row, and beginning again at the left hand, we have Mr. S. J. Davis (of Aberowi Mr. Vince, Dr. Angus, Mr. Manning, Mr. Spurgeon, Mr. Pike, Mr. Stovel, Mr. CmH Dr. Aoworth, Mr. Middleditch,"Mr. Birrell, Dr. Davies (of Haverfordwest), Mr. tfnaerwood, Mr. H. S. Brown, Mr. Elven, Dr. Thomas (of Pontypool), Mr. Ohown, Dr. Bun11' Mr. Haycroft, and Mr. Landels.
We trust the above directions will be sufficient. Our thanks are due to our reau for the many kind expressions of opinion we have received respecting the Picture, a1" many good wishes for the increased circulation of the Magazine,
"Boat upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone,"
THE EECOMPENSE OE THE EEWAED.
BY THE BET. J. H. HINTON, M.A.
Is the extended and highly interesting passage of which these words are apart, the apostle has in his hands the subject of Faith; faith, not in the sense in which it is the instrument of a sinner's deliverance from wrath, but in the sense in which it is the vital power of a Christian's activity. Thus in chap. x. ver. 38 he says, "The just shall live by faith;" and at the commencement of chap. li. he gives a definition of this all-important grace: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen;" or, more properly, faith is the realization of things not seen, the substantiation of things toped for. And he then gives many examples of the power which faith, in this Hew of it, had exercised. His examples, indeed, are all drawn from the Old testament; but this was of necessity, since, at the time he wrote, there were no 'there to be cited: and, if it should be observed that they are not all of them examples of true religion, it will be found that they all of them illustrate the V**1 of faith in the sense in which he is treating of it.
W these examples we are not now about to speak in detail. We direct our attention particularly to that of Moses, who, "when he was come to years, fcfrsedtobe called the son of Pharaoh's daughter," but identified himself with his ■toted brethren of the house of Israel. His conduct in this instance was certainly Wtoiently remarkable. His adoption by the royal Egyptian princess placed W in circumstances highly favourable to his temporal advancement, perhaps pdered possible his ultimate possession of the crown; while his renunciation of F prerogative would not only blast all his worldly prospects, but would prac£?% mix him up with a people enslaved, degraded, and oppressed. We may P >sk what could have been the reasons of such a choice; and the answer to ?M6tion is given in the words of our text, "He had respect to the recomWse of the reward."
Inese words are interesting and full of meaning, but it is not in the first
«nce easy to see what their meaning can be. What was "the recompense of ^ward" to which Moses had respect? Assuredly nothing earthly, for all phly considerations were renounced in the very fact of his choice. And what p was before him P The language employed by the apostle will afford us a C ,? V1'8 mystery- "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to
wiled the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with *Jr°i! °^ ^oc'' *nan t0 enj0v *^e pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the BFoach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt" (ver. 24—26). V pProaca of being a Hebrew was then, in some sense, "the reproach of "ms'- In what senseP It was reproach borne for Christ; for from that