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present labours, he felt anxious to attempt something for the permanent benefit of the Baptist cause in the town; hence the project of the house. On Whitsunday, May 15th, the Iter. J. Teall.of "Woolwich (formerly minister at South Molton), preached morning and evening, when the subject was brought before the people; and also at a teameeting on the Tuesday evening following, when addressee were delivered by the Revs. Messrs. Teall, J. R. Wood, of Barnstaple, M. Saunders, J. TJarracot, Esq., of Appledore, and Mr. Black well. The Rev. W. Cutcliffe, of Brayford, and Mr. Andrew, of South Molton (Independent), took part in the services. The meetings were numerously attended, and much kindliness of feeling was manifested. Collections were made on the occasion; a subscription has been entered into; and it is hoped that in the course of the next twelve months a sufficient amount may be raised to justify a contract for the building, which it is thought may be concluded for £200.
Heath Stbeet Chapel, Hamfstbatj.—Services were held on Thursday, June 9th, in this place of worship, to commemorate at the same time the third anniversary of its opening and the extinction of the debt. The Rev. W. M. Punshon, M.A., preached in the afternoon to a large congregation from Acts i. 8, and in the evening a public meeting was held in the chapel, which was again filled. James Harvey, Esq., one of the deacons of the church, presided, and after a few opening remarks of congratulation, called on the treasurer of the building fund, 8. Baylis, Esq., to present the financial statement. It appeared from this that the entire cost of the chapel and school-room had been upwards of £6,300, and that at its opening in July, 1361, there remained as a debt upon the building £4,000. Shortly after that a resolute effort had been set on foot to raise £3,000 at soon as possible, with the intention of leaving the last £1,000 to future years. By the munificent help of one individual in particular, the cordial co-operation of Christian friends in other churches, and the telling and repeated subscriptions of the members of the congregation itself, this object was happily achieved at the end of last year. The remaining £1,000 had then been privately attempted, and the generous kindness of a few friends had left the congregation no alternative but to complete its liquidation at once. This had now been done, and the Treasurer was able to hand over to the trustees of the chapel the mortgage-deed, with a receipt in full for the entire amount. Mr. R. Ware, senior trustee, took possession of the deed, with a few appropriate remarks. The meeting was then addressed by the Rev. W. Brock, of Bloomsbury; the Rev. John Matheson, of the Presbyterian church, HampBtead; Hugh Roee, Esq., of Edinburgh; C. E. Mudie, Esq.; and the Rev. W. Brock, jun., the minister of the ohapel.
Sbbb Geeen, Bucks.—Monday, June 6th, was a day that will not be speedily forgotten by the members of the Baptist church and congregation assembling in this village. Ever since the enlargement of the ohapel in 1857, the friends have had to contend with a considerable debt, which had seriously taxed their resources. At the anniversary in 1863 they were favoured with a visit from the Rev. J. Teall, of Woolwich, who on being acquainted with the financial difficulties facetiously remarked, "Make an effort to pay off all in the next twelve months, and, if spared, I will run down and preach the funeral sermon of the debt.'* This offer the friends resolved to accept, collecting cards were issued, and success crowned the effort. On the day above named, in the afternoon, the chapel was well filled, and Mr. Teall preached a most in
structive and powerful sermon from Rev. i. U As the weather was remarkably fine, tables for b were spread in the open air, in an adjournal orchard: 160 friends partook of tea. A pubbj meeting was held at six o'clock, when the chapa in every part was densely crowded, and number! outside. Mr. Spratley, of Ameraham, was votel] to the chair, and, after singing and prayer, adV dresses were delivered by Messrs, Teall, of Wooij wich, Stembridge, of High Wycombe, N"ewlyng of Chalfont St. Giles, and Curtis, of Chalfont Sfc, Peter. Mr. Swallow, the secretary, read the oasbJ account, and, before the meeting closed, Mr. LakeJ the treasurer, announced that the property wart free from debt, except what is due to the Baptiaj Building Fund, in London, the repayment n which would be made by the friends at Seer Greet] themselves.
Blocklby, Wobcestebshjrb. _ On Raiday, April 22nd, services were held in connection with the departure of the Rev. J. Wassail to Boston, United States. Tea was provided in the school room, and afterwards a public meeting was held, and was numerously attended, the Rev. J. Wassail in the chair. After singing, the Bev. W. Cherry offered prayer. Mr. Wassail gave an \ address, referring to the circumstances which led to his emigration to America, and stating that during his eight years and a half spent in Blookley, he had been permitted to add nearly 100 members to the church, and had received uniform kindness from all parties. The Rev. A. I W. Heritage spoke in high terms of Mr. Wassail's ministerial and fraternal services. The Rev. Wm. Allen, of Oxford, bore cheerful testimony to the Christian consistency and excellent business ability of Mr. Wassail during an intimate acquaintance of nearly twenty years. Mr. George Smith, in an address referring to the usefulness of Mr. Wassail, expressing the best wishes of the chureh for his future prosperity, presented him with a purse of gold as a token of the affectionate regard of his congregation and the inhabitants of the town. Mr. Nionolls presented Mrs. Wassail with a tea aud coffee service, presented by the Bible-class she had so long and so efficiently conducted. Several Independent ministers were present, and expressed their high esteem Tor Mr. Wassail. But one feeling was manifested—thankfulness for the enjoyment of his friendship and co-operation in the past, and earnest desire for hii future success.
Amehsham, Bttcbs.— On Wednesday, Jane 1st, a social meeting was held at the Lower Chapel, Amersham, upon the occasion of the leaving of the Rev. John Price, who has just resigned the pastorate of this church. After tea the chair was taken by the senior deacon, Mr. J. H. Morten. The Chairman 'made a few opening remarks, and then called upon Mr. Clarke and Mr. Holt, the two other deacons, and Mr. G>.Washington Morris, to address the meeting. Mr. Holt, in the coarse of his remarks, stated that if Mr. Price could only have heard the expressions of affection with which the subscriptions had been universally presented they would ring in his ears and gladden his heart throughout his entire life. Mr. J. H. Morten referred to the dealings of God in his wise dispensations to the church and congregation, and expressed the deep regret felt at the resignation of the pastor. The Chairman then presented Mr. Price with a purse containing fifty guineas, as a token of affection and esteem. Mr. Price responded, expressing the deep affection he entertained toward? the church and congregation, and acknowledging with much feeling the kindness he had constantly received, Mr. Q. W. Morris gave a few words of encouragement to the church and congregation from a retrospect of the paat.
Strattord-ow-Avon.—The Rev. C. H. Spurgeon preached two sermons on the bowling-green belonging to the "Bed Horse," on Tuesday, June 7th. The weather was favourable, and the congregations large and respectable. In the evening it is computed that about 2,000 were present. The collections amounted to £51 12s. 2d., which will be divided between Mr. Spurgeon's College and the school-room lately erected in Payton Street, Stratford-on-Avon. Biveted.attention was paid to the preacher, whose afternoon subject was *' The healing of the lame man at Lystra" (Acts xiv. 7—10), and in the evening, "The Lamb and his redeemed in glory" (Bev. xiv. 1—3). The services were at first announced to be held in the Pavilion recently erected for the celebration of the Shakspeare tercentenary, which was kindly granted by Messrs. Branson and Murray, of Birmingham, the proprietors. But, as it was on laud belonging to another owner, the legal agent of this latter gentleman, being highly indignant that such a use should be made of such a building, addressed a letter to the contractors, stating that it could not be "need for such a purpose." This course of proceeding has been very far from securing popularity to the author, while it has increased the sympathy with our Baptist friends in this town.
BoTHERKi.it.—Public services were held in the Baptist chapel, Eotherham, on Friday, June 10th, to publicly recognise the Rev. J. Arnold, student of the Bev. C. H. Spurgeon's College, London, as pastor of the church in that place. The introductory portion of the service in the afternoon was conducted by the Bev. J. P. Campbell, of Sheffield, who also pnt the usual questions to the church and pastor, which were satisfactorily answered. Prayer was offered bythe Rev. J. Vaugnan (Independent), of Masbro', after which the Rev. G. Bodgera, theological tutor of Mr. Spurgeon's College, delivered the charge to the pastor, and the Bev. C. Larom, of Sheffield, to the church. The service was closed by the Rev. J. Compston, of Barnsley, offering; prayer. The congregation then adjourned to the school-room to tea, when about 220 sat down, after which a public meeting was held in the chapel. James Yates, Esq., J.P., presided, interesting addresses were delivered by the Revs. J. i\ Folding, J)iD., tutor of Eotherham College (Independent), J. P. Campbell, C. Larom, of Sheffield, G. Bodgers, of London, J. Fisher, of Bawmarsh, J. Arnold, and several friends of the town.
Ratlbtoh, Esses.—On Tuesday, May 17th, the larg;e and handsome school just completed was opened. A sermon was preached in the afternoon by the Bev. 'Daniel Katterns, of Hackney, from the .text, "He went about doing good; '* after which upwards of 300 persons took tea in the new school-room. A public meeting was held in the chapel at night, when the Rev. Messrs. Cave, Was tell, and Lanthois,, of London; and the Bev. Messrs. Hayward, Oliver, Bichardson, Nugent, Taylor, and other ministers from the surrounding towns and villages, delivered congratulatory addresses. Mr. J. Blomfield, the secretary, read the report, showing that the £430 required to meet the sum expended had entirely been made up by the money received that day, which, including a second cheque of £25 received from Samuel Morley, Esq., amounted to £49 lis. At the close of the meeting a cordial vote of thanks was passed to Mr. John Sudbury, of Halstead, for his kind gift of the design for the building, &c. In addition to the above work, the building of a room at the back of the school is contemplated, which can be
used as a class-room and for othor useful purposes, the cost of which will be about £30.
Wallingford, Berks.—The Baptist chapel in this place, which has recently undergone considerable alteration and repair, was re-opened on Sunday, May 22nd, when two sermons were preached to numerous congregations by the pastor, the Bev. T. Brooks. On Monday evening a tea-meeting was held in the school-room, which had been tastefully decorated for the occasion. TheRev. T. Brooks presided, and gave a brief statement of the steps which led to the improvement of the place. Mr. Hawkins gave an account of the pecuniary position of the undertaking. Addresses were then delivered by the Bevs. P. Scorey, W. T. Bosevear, J. AldiB, of Beading, W. Allen, of Oxford, and other friends. The building presents a very marked improvement, and contrasts very favourably with the plain, old-fashioned aspect it for so many years wore. The cost of the restoration will be nearly £400. Towards this amount £112 has been already subscribed; £29 10s. was collected (including the proceeds of the teameeting on Monday) after the servioes, .and sufficient is promised—the payment of which will extend over three years—to liquidate the whole debt, with the exception of about £65.
Hablington, Middlbsbx.—The Rev. T. C. Atkinson, who for several months past has ministered to the Baptist church, Harlington, was publicly recognised as the pastor of the church on Tuesday, June 7th. The ordination service commenced: with praise, and prayer offerod by the Kev. E. J. Evans. The usual questions were asked by the Bev. J. Gibson, and replied to by Mr. Atkinson in a lucid statement of his Christian experience, doctrinal opinions, views of the Christian ministry, and of the manner in which he proposed to disoharge the duties of the pastoral offioe. The ordination prayer was offered by the Bev. J. Gibson. The charge was given by the Bev. B. P. Clarke, of Uxbridge, who took for his text the words, "A good minister of Jesus Christ," from which he discoursed on the duties, responsibilities, and resources of a good minister. The closing
Erarer was offered and the benediction pronounced y the Bev. W, Treeman. The Bevs. G. Bobbins and T. F. Penn also took part in the service. In the evening the Bev. W. Mi all preached a sermon to the church and congregation, and the Bevs. G. Bobbins and A. Gliddon conducted the devotional exercises.
Yakmottth, Norfolk.—On Thursday, June 2nd, the BaptiBt chapel which has been recently erected upon the ground formerly known as "The Bleaoh," facing Crown Boad and St. George's Denes, was formally opened by special religious servioes. The ohapel is a neat, unpretending structure of white brick, and is seated for the accommodation of about 400 persons. The total cost of the building, including the ground, was about £1,500. At the morning service, the Bev. Mr. Price, the pastor, gave out the hymns, the Bev. Mr. Green read the lessons, and the Bev. Mr. Eobinson, of Cambridge, preached, and took for his text, Deut. xxxii. 3, 4, "Ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the rock, his work is perfect." At two o'clock about 100 friends sat down to an excellent dinner at the Corn HalL Mr. G. Blake in the chair. The company was addressed by the Bev. Mr. Price (who stated that the collection in the morning had been £67), the Bevs. T. A. Wheeler and G. Gould, of Norwich, the Bev. W. Simpson (Wesleyan), Bev. W. Tritton, and other gentlemen.
Pobtmadoc, CABirABVOirsHiEB.—Very interesting services were held at the above place on Wednesday and Thursday, June 1st and 2nd, in connection with the ordination of Mr. David CharleB, late of the Rev. G. P. Evans's College, Swansea, to the pastorate of the Baptist church. Sermons were preached on the Wednesday evening by the Revs. J. D. Williams, of Bangor, and T. E. •Tames, of Glrnnenth. Oo the Thursday morning the Rev. T, E. James delivered an address on the Constitution of a Christian Church, asked the usual questions of the young minister, and offered up the ordination praver. The Rev. J. D. WilliamB delivered an able address to the minister, and the Rev. Lewis Jones, of Pwllheli, to the church. In the afternoon and evening sermons were delivered by the Revs. Stephen Thomas, of Nevin, T. E. James, J. D. Williams, and L. JoneB. Two of the brethren were also set apart to the deaconship of the church. The services throughout were well attended, and deeply interesting.
Llangian, Cabnabtonshihe.— Verv interesting services in connection with the ordination of the Rev. G. B. Jones to the pastorate of the above Baptist church were held on the 30th and 31st of May. On the Monday evening the service was introduced by the Rev. J. LI. Owens, of Llanhaiarn, and sermons were preached by the Revs. G. H. Roberts, of Tabor, and J. D. Williams, of Bangor. On the Tuesday morning the Rev. O. J. Roberts, of Llevn, led the devotions. The Rev. L. Jones, of Pwllheli, explained the constitution of Christian churches, and the Rev. J. D. Williams offered the ordination prayer, and afterwards preached a very interesting sermon. Iu the afternoon the Revs. J. LI. Owens and L. Jones preached: and in the evening the Rev. 8. Thomas, of NesBin, J. LI. OwenB, and J. D. Williams preached. The services throughout were well attended, and the Divine presence was evidently felt.
Chippenham, Wilts.—The friends of the Rev. J. J. Joplin. who has accepted an invitation to the pastorate of a Baptist chureh, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, presented him and Mrs. Joplin, on Thursday, June 9th, with testimonials of their affectionate regard. A tea-meeting was held in the school-room, and then a public meeting in the chapel, at which E. Anstie, Esq., of Devizes, presided. The presentation consisted of a gold watch, and a purse of fifteen sovereigns. The Rev. Messrs. Burton, of Frome, Pugh. of Devizes, Hurlestone, of Calne, and Barnes, of Trowbridge, were present, and gave expression to their kindly wishes towards Mr. Joplin and his family, and counsel to the church whose pa«tor is thus removed from them. Mr. and Mrs. Joplin, with their four children, sailed from the Mersey, at midday on the 11th ult., in the Africa, for Halifax.
Newbridge, RADbtob.—Services were held at this place on the 30th and 31st of May, in connection with the ordination of Mr. John Nicholas, late student of Pontyoool College, to be co-pastor with the Rev. D. Jarman, who has been the minister of the place upwards of fifty-one years, but is now unable, owing to his advanced age, to retain the entire charge. The following ministers took part in the proceedings:— The Revs. D. Jarman, of Newbridge, D. Davies, of Dolan, D, Davies, of Nantgwyn, G. Phillips, of Gladestry, J. Jones, of Maesyrhelem, S. Thomas, of Dyffryn Cleirwen, J. Edwards, of Llanidloes, and E. Roberts, of Newtown. On Tuesday evening, the 31st,'a meeting was also held at Pisgah, Breconshire—a branch cause—when the Revs. S. Thomas
and D. Davies, of Nantgwyn, officiated. Mr. Nicholas has commenced his labours with cheering prospects.
New Milford, Pembrokeshire.—On Thursday, May 19th, an interesting recognition service was held at the Baptist chapel in this nlace iu connection with the settlement of the Rev. E. Edwards, Pillgwenlly, Newport. In the afternoon sermons were preached by the Revs. D. Davies Pembroke, and J. R. Jenkins, Tenby. In the evening, addresses were delivered on given subiects by the Revs. J. Williams, B.A., Narberth; W. Owens, Solva; T. Burditt. M.A.; and T. Davies, D.D., of the Baptist College, Haverfordwest, Several neighbouring ministers also took part in the services. The present aspect of this infant interest appears cheering, and promises well for ful urc success.
Garwat, Hereford.—The Baptist chapel at the above place having undergone thorough repair. and considerable alterations and improvement?, was re-opened on Wednesday, Jane 1st, when three sermons were preached. The Rev. Jame< Bullock, M.A., of Abergavenny, preached in the morning from Romans viii. 24. In the afternoon Youannah £1 Carey, an Arabian, and now a student for the ministry, delivered a discourse founded on Revelation xxii. 17. In the evening the Rev. J. Penny preached from 1 Kings xviii. 41—45. The collections during the day amounted to £21 3s.
Ministerial Changes.—The Rev. C. Bailhache, of Watford, has accepted a cordial invitation to the pastorate from the church meeting in Cross Street, Islington, and hopes to commence his labours in his new sphere on the first Sunday in July.—The Rev. John Brooks, late of Ebeuezcr Chapel, South Shields, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the churches at Shotley and Rowley, to become their pastor. He entered on his labour* the first Sunday in May.—The Rev. "W. Hay ward has resigned the pastorate of the Baptist Church, King Street, Wigan. aDd has accepted the unanimous invitation of the church at Redruth, Cornwall.—The Rev. E. Bott, of Barton Fabis, terminates his pastorate at that church in the middle of Julv.—The Rev. Harvey Phillips, of Hawdon College, having received a cordial and unanimous call to the pastorate of the church meeting in Scarisbrick Street Chapel, Wigan, has agreed to supply them for twelve months, and will commence his stated labours on the first Sunday in July.—The Rev. J. Mountford, late of Sevenoaks, has accepted a unanimous call to the pastorate of the church worshipping in Ebenezer Chapel, Leighton Buzzard, with encouraging prospects of usefulness.—The Rev, T. Rose (late of Pershore) wishes us to mention that his address for the present is, Kettering, Northamptonshire.—Mr. R. A. Shadiek, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle College, has accepted a cordial invitation to the pastorate of the Baptist church, Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire.—The Rev. J. Turner, of Mr. Spurgeon's College, has accepted a unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the congregation meeting in the Assembly Room. Old Swan, near Liverpool.—Mr. T. Cannon, of the Metropolitan Tabernacle College, has accepted the unanimous invitation of the Baptist church worshipping in East Street Chapel, Newton Abbot, to become its pastor.
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THE BLASPHEMY AGAINST THE HOLT GHOST.
BT THE BET. 0. ELVEN.
"All manner of blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: bat the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men."—Matt. xii. 31,
What a gracious declaration is contained in the first sentence of this verse: "All manner of blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men''! Bat it is followed by a most alarming exception: "The blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven"! It is, therefore, not to be wondered at that many gracious souls have been greatly perplexed thereby, and many a broken-hearted sinner has found it a terrible weapon, a "fiery dart," in the hands of Satan, well-nigh driving them to despair. The writer, in the course of his ministerial experience, has met with such cases of conscience, especially with persons of a melancholy temperament and of shattered nerves, for the wily Old Serpent knows well how to adapt his baits; and it is commonly when all other darts have been broken on the shield of faith, that this last has made the poor sinner cry out," I am undone; I have committed the unpardonable sin, or if not, I -.nay one day fall into it, and my condemnation will be inevitably and unalterably sealed." But without dwelling on the fact that this very tenderness of conscience, this very fear of sinning, is in itself sufficient proof that you have not committed the sin which our Lord charged upon the malignant, lying, and Christ-hating Pharisees, let us inquire what the unpardonable sin is.
We stay not to refer to the many and different conjectures and expositions which have been given to the world by writers on this solemn subject, but at once avow our conviction that it wag the individual and particular sin of attributing the miracles which our Lord wrought by the power of the Holy Ghost, to Satanic influence.
Bear this definition in mind, while, in order to ascertain the precise nature of this sin, we glance at the scope of the passage and the connection in which it stands. Christ, it will be seen, was working miracles as usual, and among others had expelled a devil from one possessed. The popular mind was so influenced by it, and so powerful an impression did it make, that it is recorded " The people were amazed and said, Is not this the Son of David P " or, in other words, "Surely this must be the Messiah!" The Pharisees thereon were alarmed; they were proud of the reputation and the influence they had with the people, and now saw in Christ a powerful rival. Envy, that child of hell, which moved Saul to cast his javelin at David, had now taken full possession of their hearts, and they too had a javelin to hurl at the Son of David, saying, "This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils." Thus blasphemously, contemptuously, and malignantly, they spake of the miracles of Christ. Our Lord then, having calmly exposed the absurdity of supposing that Satan would exert his power to destroy hia own kingdom and dethrone himself, uttered the solemn warning and denunciation in the words at the head of this article; evidently declaring, that if they would thus maliciously speak against the Holy Ghost, amidst such astonishing displays of his almighty power, they proved themselves such wilful and incorrigible sinners as would judicially be given up to the hardness of their hearts, and would inevitably perish in their iniquity. If this, therefore, be a fair and common sense view of the narrative, we repeat, that by the sin against the Holy Ghost our Lord meant the maliciously and obstinately ascribing to the devil the miraculous operations of the Holy Spirit, amidst the clearest discoveries of his power and glory. "Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit" (Mark iii. 30.)
If it be inquired why the sin is said to be against the Holy Spirit rather than against Christ, we reply because Christ in his mediatorial person and work wag endowed with the Holy Spirit. Thus in Psa. xlv. 7, in a prophecy which is unquestionably concerning the Messiah, it is said, "Thy God hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows;" again in Isa. xi. 2, "And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him," &c.; also in lxi. 1, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me," &c. In accordance with these predictions, at his baptism "the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him." To this also may be added the testimony of John iii. 3<t, "God giveth not the Spirit by measure untohitn."
It was consequently by the Holy Spirit, through Christ, that these miracles were wrought, and the ascribing them to Satan was the unpardonable sin. We are not, therefore, now in circumstances which would render it possible for us to commit this particular sin, because the age of miracles is past, and their presence is essential to its commission. There is no doubt that during the whole apostolic age there was apossibility of the commission of this sin; and that as long as the Spirit wrought miracles, either in the person of Christ or of his disciples, the sheer and wilful malignity which would declare them to be wrought by the devil would constitute that climax of iniquity which God declared should be beyond the bounds of his otherwise illimitable mercy. The possibility of this sin continuing through the apostolic age is confirmed, we consider, by the language of the last of the apostles (1 John v. 16), "There is a sin unto death: I do not say he shall pray for it." John doubtless having the gift of miracles in common with all the apostles, the sin was possible in his time; and were the gift of miracles again to come upon the Church (of which we have no expectation), then the circumstances would return in which the malignant opposers might come into this fearful and hopeless condemnation, and neither the prayers of believers, nor the intercession of Christ, would be engaged to avert it.
Therefore let no anxious penitent sinner remain any longer in Doubting Castle, under the apprehension of having committed the unpardonable sin, for we say to such, You cannot commit that particular sin if you would, seeing there are no miracles wrought by the Holy Ghost now for you to attribute to Satanic power. Oh, then, let it rejoice your aching heart, dry your scalding tears, and banish your despondency, to know that although any sin unrepented of, and unforgiven through the atoning blood of Christ, will prove your ruin, there is no sin you have committed that excludes you from his pardoning love. You may have been an adulterer, a thief, a murderer, but you have not committed the unpardonable sin! Even the murderers of Christ had not put themselves out of the pale of his mercy, for many of the Jerusalem sinners who were intent upon shedding his blood on the cross were among the first on the day of Pentecost to know its power to pardon and to save; among these might have been "the wretch that spit in Jesus' face, the ruffian who forced the thorny crown into his bleeding brow, or the soldier who made the spear-gash in his side." But even these were enfolded in the arms of mercy, while the blaspheming Pharisees were cast out into remediless perdition.