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crated temples; and thus must take care, that you comprehend, remember, or apply. “I am a living neither "defile” nor discredit the temple of God. temple of God, and ought to be a holy temple,” is Now, you do take some care, that you may not dis- as soon and as easily said, as, “I am a professor of grace the profession you make; that you may not religion, and ought to be consistent." bring any reproach upon religion; that your life
But I must not argue with you, as if it were opmay not give the lie to your creed or your hopes. tional to you, to admit or decline the use of this Well; why not connect all this holy fear, and care, holy consideration. You are noi at liberty to overand watchfulness, with the consideration that you look it for another day, even if you have done are " the temple of God ?" You connect them (and pretty well without thinking of it hitherto. It is, very properly) with your name, and
your place in
most likely, the very motive which you now want, the Church of God; with your fond hope that you in order to keep up the influence of your old mo have found, or shall find, mercy of the Lord; with tives, in following holiness. For, have they all your good name in your family, and among your their original power over you? Does your sense friends. All this is as it should be. I would not of responsibility as a convert, as a disciple, as a detach your sense of responsibility, nor your re-possessor of grace, carry you all the length it did, gard to consistency, from any one of these checks when you first took “the vows of God” upon you ? and charms upon character. It would, however, If not-you may backslide until you break down strengthen and prolong the influence of them all, to altogether on the narrow way, unless you get hold, recognize as fully, and realize as constantly, your at this critical nick of time, upon the rallying and templeship, as a Christian. That means no more inspiring consideration of your templeship. than is meant by your profession, your obligations,
I know that the word itself is new: but you know or your responsibiliy: but it defines them clearly, that the idea is as old as your Bible. I have not and commends as well as enforces them powerfully: coined the word for the sake of novelty, or of sinYou ought, therefore, to be willing, yea, thankful
gularity; but in order to arrest attention to "the and glad, to avail yourself of any new consideration that adds to the power of the old motives mind of Christ,” as that is expressed in the "words
which the Holy Ghost teacheth.” I tell you again, which regulate your conduct; especialiy, when, as in this instance, the new motive is as scriptural as this scriptural view of your obligation to be holy,
therefore, that it is neither wise nor safe to exclude the old ones.
or to try to do without it any longer. If you are a But, why do I call it new? The idea of Tem- real Christian, Christianity considers and calls you, pleship, is as old, and as often repeated in Scripture, the temple of God, of Christ, and of the Spirit; as the idea of discipleship, sonship, or citizenship. and remonstrates with you, as well as commands You have just seen that the New Testament is full you, to consider yourself in this light. And mark; of it. It does not, however, occur often in religious you cannot point to, nor conceive of, any appeal 10 conversation now. It does not seem to have the your principles, or hopes, or responsibilities, as a same place or power in the mind of Christians, that Christian woman, so striking in its form and stirthe other ideas possess. But, why should it not be ring in its spirit as this one. Look at it again. as familiar and influential as any of them? It is not inferior to them in beauty or point; and not so ples of the Holy Ghost ?" "Know ye not that superior to them in sublimity, as to be difficult .. Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates ?"
; know'ye not that your bodies are the sem
ST. JOHN.-A. D. 96.
(The following Sketch of St. John is selected from R. W. Evans's Scripture Biography.) It is a striking feature in our blessed Lord's selec- | let a hand come near to harm him if he could help tion of his apostles, that he called two fellowships it; he would stand in front of him as a shield, and of brothers, Andrew and Peter, James and John: 'it turn himself to every motion of ihe assailant. But expresses a lovely trait of character both in caller John's was that which bade him seek to die with and in called. In these it shows how community of him, his joy lay in his company. Whatever affliction blood had grown into community of mind, so that may chance to be in it, there was nothing but certain where one went, the other was prepared to go 100, and insupportable sorrow without it. He clung to even to those unknown realms of spirit to which his Master's side, and partook with him of every Jesus called them.
turn and motion; he would follow him whithersoOf these two pairs of brothers, the most remark- ever he went. Peter's was a soldier's love to his able are Peter of the one, and John of the other. leader, but John's was that which surpasses the love They are the most distinguished members of the of women. Peter drew his sword to deliver his whole apostolical college, and their characters stand Master. John stood at the cross and took his last ont in strong contrast to each other. Each most dying words. Peter's love would stir him promptly dearly loved his Master, and yet with quite a dif- to obey any request. John's would bid him anticiferent kind of love. Peter's was that vhich would |pate it. Peter's noted each outward sign and gesprompt him gladly to die for him; which would not liure. John's read the heart. Loves so different
meet with a return of a different intimacy of love. I thought at the time to intimate that John should And if Peter was first in honor, John was first in survive to the last day. It was, however, fulfilled affection among the apostles of Jesus. To Peter in every sense. John alone of all the apostles he said, “Lovest thou me? feed my sheep;" but to lived to see the Lord come in judgment on JerusaJohn he recommended his mother in his last ago-lem. Nor was be called away to follow his Master nies, and acknowledged him as his brother, saying by an untimely death; he was left to live out the to her, “Woman, behold thy son,” and to him, course of nature. Often must they have thought “behold thy mother.”
of these prophecies of their Master in after life. The first occasion on which we meet with John and brought all that he said to wheir remembrance,
'The Holy Spirit, which came down upon them, distinct from the rest, shows how deeply he pos- with an interpretation of what had been obscure, sessed this love. Jesus, at his last meal with them, and the converging events of life, must have given said to his apostles, that one of them should betray them increasing clearness. Reserved thus by the him. They looked on each other in much distress, Lord, how must they have set at nought all the doubting of whom he spake, but not daring to ask. chances of the world; they were especially ex: Then Peter, unwilling to put the question himself, as perhaps presuming upon 100 great liberty, beck empted from their grasp. He himself had appointed oned to John to put it; and John, reclining, as the would they run it. 'He had said, touch not mine
to them their course; with what joy and satisfaction intimate friend, with his head against his Master's anointed, and do my prophets no harm,” until the busom, put it, and obtained the answer. His love hour that I have appointed for them. Thus they is again pre-eminently shown in being the only one must have felt themselves to be in his hands, with who followed his Master to the end. In company a certainty of grasp, as it were, beyond the conwith Peter he followed him to the house of the sciousness of any of the rest. high-priest, and there witnessed his comrade's sad denial. John never could have denied him, he was
They had ever been distinguished beyond the wrapt up in him, and was prepared by the uncon- rest, but now this additional peculiarity, this their querable patience, as well as ardor of his love, for Master's own yoking of them to the chariot of his every event. But Peter's love was more ardent coming, made them mutual mates and comrades than patient; he was ill-prepared to show it by more than ever. They boldly confronted the Sanpassive endurance. This main quality of Christian hedrim together, and shared ihe affliction of bonds soldiership he had yet to learn. The minuteness and scourgings. The prompt ardor of Peter, and of John's narrative respecting onr Lord's appear- the much-endnring mildness of John, were assoance before Pilate, shows that he was present with ciated in a resistance which defied all the powers him there too; and thus he continued faithful to of earth to overcome. But we soon lose sight in the end. He never lost sight of the beloved form Scripture narrative of this glorious fellowship; the of his Master, until he was sealed in the tomb. last occasion on which John is mentioned, is his Towards the close of our Lord's ministry, we often partnership with Peter on a mission into Samaria, find Peter and John associated together, and com to lay hands and confer the Holy Ghost on the conmencing that peculiar companionship which they verts there. It was indeed a work in good accord seem to have maintained until they were separated with his character, one which leaves upon us its by the dispersion of the apostles among the Gen- exact impression; it was a work of love and grace, tiles. They were drawn together by their Master's such as became the disciple whom Jesus loved. preference. Rivalry of merit draws pure and ge Few can have read Scripture, and entered into nerous minds together in mulual admiration and the characters exhibited there, without feeling sorry esteem; it is the vulgar and ignoble which it sepa- so soon to part with the only authentic account of rates in envy and dislike. But these had the only John. We wish to dwell long and late on a chaasting bond of all love, the only tie which cannot racter so lovely, on one who was loved by the be loosened by the chances and changes of the Source of all love, and exhibited by a closer exambody, which the fire of trial cannot consume; they ple than all the rest ; his meekness, his mildness, had the spiritual bond of their Saviour's love. In his tender affection. We cannot help feeling a reloving him they loved one another, and in loving gret that we have no further history of him, over one another they felt their love for him. They af- which we may pore, bend over his works of love, ford the example of the first Christian friendship, and drink in their spirit. The anecdotes preserved and show its only true source; of that friendship of him by writers of the church, are indeed more which is from above, and can no more suffer from numerous than all that are recorded of his colwhat passes below, ihan the body of an angel sent leagues, and one is of some length and of much into our world from heaven. Peter's denial, fol- beauty, but bearing marks, as they do here and lowed by sincere repentance as it was, did not there, of want of authenticity, and being at all loosen the bonds of ihis friendship. John's love events mere tradition, we cannot cling to them towards him would grow in tenderness on this very with that feeling of faith, with that excitation of account. Pity towards a sincere penitent, not only affection, and with that sense of instruction, with brings back all former affection, but softens still which we hang over the detail of Scripture. But further its nature, and melts all that still remained our knowledge of him is not confined to thc narraobdurate in the mass. Accordingly they were tive part of Scripture. He is among those, who again together on the joyful morning of the resur- although dead, yet speak through their writings. rection, and were the first of the apostles who as
The Book of Revelations informs us that he was certained that the tomb was emptied of its unearthly at that time in exile for the word of God, and tesguest.
timony of Jesus Christ, in the Isle of Patmos. This These blessed yoke-fellows of a yoke which was is the only fact respecting himself, and inasmuch as easy indeed, were shortly after joined together, and the book is a prophecy put into his mouth, we can set apart from the rest, by our Lord's signifying to scarcely discern any particular marks of his indithem their future fortunes. After that ihe manner vidual character. Yet there is at least one passage of his death had been foretold to him, Peter, turn- which affords an insight into his sweetness of dising round and seeing John, was anxious to know position and tenderness of heart. It is where he what he had to say concerning his companion also. weeps much at seeing that there was no one found "If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to worthy to open the book of prophecy and loose its thee, follow thou me," was the answer. This was seals, neither in heaven, nor on earth, nor under
the earth. He wept from pity for God's creatures.* | John's is confined to one or two leading ideas, reHere were God's oracles set forth, and none was dundant in phrase, and overflowing with sweetness, able to read them. All creation was rebuked, and and simplicity. There is a menacing in the warnput to open shame. They knew not God as he ings of Peter, a deprecation in the admonitions of challenged ihem to know. Angels, spirits, and men, John. In the one we plainly discover the character were visibly admonished of their imperfection.- of him who drew the sword for his Master: in the The whole creation seemed brought into the condi- other of him who lay with his head in the bosom tion of fallen man, to whom truth had so long been of his Master. a mystery. How great then was his joy when in The very same character distinguishes his Gosthe all-prevailing Lamb he recognized his crucified The magnificence of his opening soon gives Master, with what a throbbing of exultation did he way to the expression of his love, and his narrative hear the triumphal hymn sung to his praise by runs like a stream through flowery pastures. Its every creature, in heaven, on earth, and under the course carries us continually through scenes of winearth. So was this faithful follower of the Lord ning sweetness. He describes to us the first attachcomforted in his prison-house, and so has this his ment of his disciples to their Master, and he gives described vision enlightened the darkness of the at full length our Lord's valedictory addresses, so prison-houses of martyrs and confessors. In his overflowing with love. He carefully selects anecbook they have read how vain is the opposition of dotes which remarkably display the sympathy and cruel man against God, and have recited the hymn love of Jesus, such as the resurrection of Lazarus, of his triumphant sainis. Here to the glories of and exhibits a most lively delineation of our Lord, the bliss of the new Jerusalem, to the happy assem- by an admirable selection from his sayings and dobly of the first-born, to the company of the spirits ings, such as could be made only by one who had of just men made perfect, they have raised their been continually in his company. We feel that we eyes in joyful and almost grasping hope from the are indeed reading the narrative of him who lay afflicted and lacerated Church below, from tyran- with his head in his Master's bosom. nous and infidel persecutors, from tortured martyrs For the latter years of his life, St. John probably and suffering saints. If their prison-house remind-stood alone of all the train of the bearers and beed them of Patmos, it was comforted by its vision. holders of the Lord, and he was surrounded by
But his epistles place his character in the clearest those who knew him but through his preachers. light. They are the very outpouring of pure chari- He was the last who could tell those minute anecty, the very outbreathing of heavenly love. Open- by word of mouth alone, which require the voice,
dotes of the Lord which can be communicated but ing with a solemn commemoration of his conversa the gesture, to give them etiect, and will not bear tion with his divine Master while on earth, he pro: the formality
of writing. If he ever indulged the ceeds to instances of his surpassing love towards us, shown in the redemption of ihe world, and garrulity of age, how precious that garrulity. The thence deduces the necessity of our returning his period of life to which old age delights to recur bad love by obedience, and warns his readers against been spent in the company of the Lord of life.the busy perverters of the truth who were now What a privilege must it have been to hear him. abroad. This return of love is the very proof of How must his Church have flocked around the old our having passed from death to life. He dwells man, anxious to pick up every crumb as it were that earnestly on communion with Christ, and the duty fell beneath his table, for every crumb was of the of loving him because he first loved us. The epis
bread of life. His end is strongly contrasted with tle is almost an expansion into detail of his Master's that of his colleagues. His two companions in his charge, “If ye love me keep my commandments.” Lord's especial favor, Peter and James the elder, The same strain of divine love pervades the other sealed their faith with their blood. So too did Paul epistles. Perhaps his peculiar character is never
and James the less. But Jobn died in peace amid so forcibly brought out before us, as when we com- the general peace of the Church. The apostle of pare his writings with those of his comrade Peter. love died amid love. He bequeathed the Church The spirit of their Master's compassionate mercy his Gospel, and he left behind him (and he alone) and loving-kindness dwells in both. But how dif- a succession of writers, Ignatius, Polycarp, Irenæus, ferent is its outward expression. There is an au
which did glorious service in the holy cause. His thoritative strain in Peter's style: a beseeching in very long life was of eminent advantage to the John's. Peter's is varied in topics, nervous in lan- Church. Its government had time to settle, and guage, full of his natural impetuosity and fire: receive his sanction, and the canon of the Gospels
was completed and ratified by him. At the age of
an hundred he closed his long labors, and slept in * Revelations v. 3.
COMPLETE DUTY OF MAN:
SYSTEM OF DOCTRINAL
REV. HENRY VENN, A. M
THOMAS GEORGE, JR, 162 NASSAU STREET.