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true light now shineth. Through Christ's com ing, iniquity has been lessened, even among un. believers ; for the real Christans, though few, have held up to view the nature of true good! ness, and even bad men have, in some measure, been constrained to imitate them; they have al. so grown more ashamed than they otherwise would have been of their vices.
But who can calculate the blessing which Christianity hath been to thousands of true believers ? How many lives have been made holy here on earth; how many hearts have been cheered and comforted by it; how many deaths, which would otherwise have been moft gloomy, have been rendered joyful and triumphant; and above all, how many immortal souls have been faved, and made happy to all eternity, through faith in this blessed Redeemer! 56 My sheep," says Christ, “ hear iny voice, and they follow me, and I give unto my sheep eternal life ; and they shall never perish, neither shall any.pluck them out of my hands."-" I go to prepare a place for them, that where I am they may be also.”
And now, reader, what are your thoughts on the subject of our Saviour's appearance on this earth of ours ? If you are a true Christian, your language will be such as the following: “ It is through the coming of Christ into the world, that I have learned to know myself, and to know the God who made me. I am by nature blind and ignorant; I am also sinful and un
done; I am utterly without hope, except through the mercy of my Saviour; and even though I have been born in a Christian land, I can trace back, in my recollection, many proofs of this my natural ignorance, and corruption, and hardness of heart. I was once like a sheep going astray, but I am now returned to the shepherd of my soul. I followed the bent of my own foolish will, but the grace of God in Jesus Christ hath changed my sinful heart; the knowledge of my corruption has humbled me; the thought of my Saviour's dying for me has stirred up divine gratitude within me, and that acquaintance with his gospel which I have gained, hath changed my whole views of life. Christ's character delights me; I read the history of his humble birth, his painful death, and his glorious resurrection, as it is recorded in scripture, with hope and joy, and with holy confidence and trust. How shall I sufficiently bless God for Jesus Christ! Whatever change has been wrought in me, I trace to Christ's coming into the world. If Christ had never come, how corrupt should I at this moment have been, how blind, how dark, how ig. norant, how different from what, through the grace of God, I now am! How miserable, in comparison of my present happiness! I am engaged, indeed, in a sharp conflict with my sins; but through my Saviour's help, I hope to gain ground against them. I have occasionally, doubts and fears, but, in general, I feel confident that the promises of God are sure and cer
tain in Christ Jesus; for I know in whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that foul which I have committed to him till the great day.".
A CHRISTMAS HYMN.
TOY to the world, the Lord is come,
Lęt earth receive her king;
And heav'n and nature fing. .
Joy to the earth, the Saviour reigns,
Let men their songs employ,
Repeat the founding joy..
No more let sins and forrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
Far as the curse is found.
Our father ate forbidden fruit,
And from his glory fell,
To death, and near to hell.
Bleft be the Lord who sent his Son
To take our flesh and blood,
To make our peace with God.
He honor'd all his Father's laws,
Which we have disobey'd ; He bore our fins upon the cross,
And our full ransom paid.
Behold him rising from the grave;
Behold him rais'd on high:
Transgressors, doom'd to die.
Soon shall the Lord to judgment come, . And with a sovereign voice • Shall call, and break up every tomb,
And bid his faints rejoice.
Before the judge's face
Şing his redeeming grace,
PAUL was one of the chief apostles. The greater part of the epifles of the New Testament were written by him, and it is therefore well worth the while of every Christian, to beftow some pains in considering both his character and his wonderful history.
In order, properly, to introduce the present subject of Paul's Conversion, it is necessary first to say something of the ancient prophecies con: cerning Christ, by which means we shall shew the good reason which Paul had for believing in him at the time when he appeared.
The Old Testament prophecies of our Savi. our are many ; for his appearance on earth was an event of vast importance; and it is no won. der, therefore, that early notice of it was given in the sacred writings. In the beginning of the world, when our first parents had finned, the fentence of death immediately passed upon them, but no sooner was this curse pronounced, than the mercilul promise was also given, thai 5 the seed of the woman should bruile the serpent's head;" a promise which related to Chrift, though as.yet dark and niysterious, and which was in.