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parts of his preaching and conversations ; but the Holy Spirit identified himself, heart and hand, « whatsoever” he had said to the disciples, that the with “all things whatsoever," which Jesus had Spirit brought to their remembrance, and opened spoken. He did as much justice to the doctrine to their understanding.
of the Son, as the Son did to the doctrine of the Now, to say nothing of the light which this fact Father. Whatever Christ heard from the Father, throws upon the perfection of the gospels, see he fully declared ; and whatever Christ declared, how it reveals the love of the Spirit to the world the Spirit faithfully preserved. and the church. He refused not, grudged not, You cannot be uninterested nor unaffected by hesitated not, to repeat all that Christ had said, these facts. They explain and justify the asserto encourage the guiltiest, or to cheer the timid, tion of Christ, that the Spirit would be “ another or to win the worst. Nothing was too good, too comforter.” This, however, is not all that I want kind, or too strong for him to sanction. He kept to fix your attention upon, in the office of the Holy back nothing, weakened nothing, shaded nothing, Ghost as a remembrancer. Recollect how little of all the goodness which the Saviour had ever was known, even in Judea, conce
ncerning the Spirit. uttered to friends or enemies. Thus we have the His existence and personality were far from being gospel, the whole gospel, and nothing but the gos- unknown: but, except in reference to prophecy, pel, from the lips of the Spirit, as well as from the his office and operations were very little underlips of the Son and the Father. What a glorious stood, when the ministry of Christ began. Reconfirmation, as well as illustration, we thus have member also, how little the apostles themselves of the perfect concurrence and equal cordiality of comprehended the work of the Spirit. The Saviour the Godhead, in the glad tidings of salvation ! had actually to begin his doctrine on this subject, This fact proves that the Trinity are as much one by speaking only of water and the Spirit;" not in heart, as they are one in essence, and each of the “ Truth” and the Spirit; so little did they person of the Godhead as truly "love" as “light.” connect the Spirit with means. He had, there
You have often read and repeated various great fore, to put him forward, almost apart from means, and precious promises, as the word of the Father, in the first instance, before he could gain any and as the word of the Son, and marked with de- thing like a fair attention to the agency of the light how they prove their iove. Well; just ob- Holy Spirit. In like manner, at the close of his serve now, and remember in future, how they ministry, or in his last great intercessory prayer, prove the love of the Spirit also. They came Jesus had just to reverse this order; and, that the from his heart and lips, too; and that when, hu- instrumentality of truth might not seem to be dismanly speaking, many of them might have been placed by the prominence formerly given to the lost for ever, had he not republished them to the agency of the Spirit, he said nothing about him apostles. For he thus sanctioned them all, as well when praying for the sanctification and preservaas preserved them.
tion of the disciples ; but pleaded thus, “Sanctify This is the point to which I would now fix your them by thy truth, thy word is truth.” John xvii. attention. The HOLINESS of the Spirit did not 17. Now our tendency to run to extremes on lead him to hold back, or to qualify, the pardons this subject, is just as great as theirs was at first. offered by Christ to the vilest and the most hope- The natural bent of the human mind is, to make less. The sovEREIGNTY of the Spirit did not pre- means every thing, and the Spirit nothing ; and vent him from repeating the invitations of Christ, the artificial bent of it is, to make the Spirit every in all their original width, warmth, and freeness. thing, and means nothing. Accordingly, to preThe SUPREMACY of the Spirit, or that entire de- vent both extremes, the Holy Spirit left the matpendance of all means upon his agency, (without ter just as the Saviour placed it.
He added nowhich we can neither will nor do what is com- thing to the prayer, “Sanctify them by thy truth ;" manded,) did not lead him to alter one word of the and he took nothing away from the assertion, “ye Saviour's commands to repent, and believe the must be born again of the Spirit.” He neither gospel. No; although all the power of doing so spoke of himself at all where Christ had said depended upon himself, he made the apostles re- nothing, nor spoke less concerning himself
, where member and write on the subject of human duty, Christ had said much. The reason is obvious, exactly as Christ had spoken to the world; taking and full of love ; namely, that we may use arcare to bind upon all men, every where, the per- pointed means as diligently as if salvation dependsonal obligation,-—"Strive to enter in at the strait ed upon the right use of them, and yet depend gate;" " Labor for that meat which endureth upon the Spirit as simply and entirely as if there unto everlasting life;", " Seek, and ye shall find; were no means used, or none to use. knock, and it shall be opened unto you;" In like manner, the Spirit took no exception to “ Repent, or ye shall perish." In like manner, any thing, however strong, which the Saviour had the MAJESTY of the Spirit did not prevent him ever said of the fulness or the freeness of divine fron reminding the evangelists, of the most con- influence. Jesus had said, “If ye being evil descending and tender things which Jesus had know how to give good things unto your children, said to the despairing and the despised. No; the how much more shall your heavenly Father give Eternal Spirit, like the High and Lofty One, who the Holy Spirit unto them that ask him?" and inhabiteth eternity, was not ashamed of the con- that Spirit repeated this promise exactly as Christ trite or the treinbling; but preserved for them, gave it, without demur or limitation ; thus pledgand transmitted to them, all that the friend of sin- ing himself to be the “ free Spirit,” which Christ ners had ever said to the weary or heavy laden; had said. So also, he took no exception to the to publicans or harlots; to prodigals, malefactors, work which Christ pledged him, although the or outcasts! He took care to preserve even the world was its field, and the end of time its period. Saviour's dying prayer for his murderers. Thus Jesus had said, “ He shall convince the world of
sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment ;" and been mistaken for revelations. This was a misthe Spirit put this promise in writing, as openly take: but it is no mistake, to regard that applica. and willingly as Christ put it into words ; thus tion as the direct and immediate work of the Spiundertaking to be the illuminator of the world as rit. There is new work, although only the old fully as Christ was the Saviour of the world. word. And not less willingly did he remind the apostles I have not a little sympathy even with the more of the promise, that “ He shall abide for ever” in questionable experience, which speaks of "getthe church. He sanctioned and sealed that pledge ting a promise"-lighting upon a promise-hav, too, although he foresaw all the labor it would in- ing a promise wonderfully borne in upon the mind.". volve, and all the provocation he would have to When the promise itself, and not the manner of endure. His majesty took no offence at the obtaining it, is the source of comfort, I see no weakness or the unworthiness of the myriads he harm nor weakness in ascribing to the Spirit, the had to teach; nor his purity, at the vileness of timing of its application. Getting hold of a prothose he had to sanctify ; nor his patience, at the mise at a critical moment, is no small blessing. waywardness of those he had to guide ; nor his In the case of those who have but little knowindependence, at the poverty of those he had to ledge, or weak faculties, it is a very great blessconsole. In a word, like the Saviour, the Spi- ing. Yes; and even those who are mightiest in rit came, “not to be ministered unto, but to mi- the Scriptures, and strongest in mind, are glad at nister."
times to plead before God, like David, "the word The epistles of the New Testament form an- in season," upon which God had “ caused them other illustration and proof of the love of the Spi- to hope,” in the day of former calamity or darkrit. In them, he as faithfully taught the writers ness. “ all things," as in the gospels he had brought I am fully aware that the Spirit has often been “all things” to their “ remembrance." In the dishonored by having ascribed to him, visionary latter he led them back to "all truth;” and in the and crude applications of insulated passages of former led them “into all truth."
Scripture. He applies nothing but the meaning My limits will not allow me to trace, through- or the sense of the word ; and that, only in its out the epistles, the fulness nor the frequency holy design. He whispers no sweet promise in with which he expanded and explained “the truth the ear of the disobedient or the backsliding, exas it is in Jesus." And it is not necessary to do cept to remind them, that they dare not appro80. You can see at a glance, that whilst he ad- priate it to themselves. He has nothing to do hered to the very letter of all that Christ taught with the comforts which those get from “ dark and did, he also brought out the spirit of the whole, sayings," who refuse to take comfort from the in new forms of argument and appeal, of power plain glad tidings of the gospel. It is an evil spiand glory, which set all the Saviour's “ apples of rit, not the Holy Spirit, who leads into fanciful gold, in pictures of silver.”
interpretations of Jewish history or ceremony, The experimental design of this little treatise which the apostles have not spiritualized. requires now, that the office of the Spirit as a In like manner, it may be laid down as a univerremembrancer, be traced in the well known fact, sal maxim in the teaching of the Spirit, that he that he still suggests and applies the things of never stops at one lesson. Whenever, therefore, Christ unto the mind. “He shall take of mine," any person takes up with one promise, suddenly said the Saviour, “ and show it unto you.” This or signally brought home to him, and then rests he did to the apostles ; and the gospels were the his hope of pardon upon that promise, to the nefirst fruits, and the epistles the full harvest of his glect of all other truth, it is quite certain that the revealing love. He did not, however, cease to Spirit of truth did not apply the comfort: for he suggest nor to apply the truth, when he closed leads into all truth, whoever he leads. This, inthe canon of Scripture. No; he closed the canon, deed, he does gradually in almost all cases; but to open the heart to understand and enjoy it. in no case does he begin the lesson which does Accordingly, every Christian recollects well, many not go on, or which is not followed up by others. timely and useful suggestions of both promises But whilst I readily allow and proclaim, that they and warnings, which, if they had not been brought are all duping, and thus ruining their souls, who to his remembrance by the Spirit, he must have are satisfied with having had a promise brought sunk under trials or fallen before strong tempta- home to them at one time, whilst ever since they tions. How true it is, that when the enemy have paid no attention to the Scriptures, and but cometh in as a flood, the Spirit of the Lord lifts little to personal religion, I must contend for the up a standard against him!” That repelling and experimental fact, that the Spirit does, from time protecting standard is never a new truth, in the to time, open and apply the Scriptures to the sense of revelation; but, in the sense of applica- emergencies of the divine light, and according to tion, it is, although brought from the old armory, the wants of the prayerful. A standing proof of as new to the mind, as if it were created at the this occurs in the sanctuary from Sabbath to moment. For then, we see in some promise what Sabbath. It is always the case, that experimenwe never saw before. It suits and soothes us, tal sermons seem to some of the audience, actujust as if it had been made for no other purpose ally made for them; and as much to the point, as or person. It takes a place in, and exercises a if the man of God” had heard their family conpower over, the mind, which could hardly be versation in their secret prayers, in the morning. greater, were it a direct communication from hea- He, of course, knew nothing of either ; but the ven, or an entirely new gift from the Spirit. I do Spirit, who led them to desire and pray for a word not wonder, whoever else does, that such timely in season, led him to the word they wanted. and tender applications of suitable promises, have There are only two things farther, which my
space will allow me to hint at. The first is, that down “fire from heaven," to punish their enemies, i would be a sad abuse of the love of the Spirit, he not only refused their wish, but also reproved to depend on his suggestions, to the neglect of their spirit thus, “ Ye know not what manner of searching the Scriptures, and treasuring up the spirit ye are of.” Luke ix. 55. In like manner, word of Christ in our hearts. Those who neglect when they gave way to an ambitious spirit, and this duty, will not find the Spirit to be their re- strove which of them should be greatest in his membrancer for comfort, in the day of trouble. kingdom, Jesus rebuked them both by words and He will not supersede the use of the Bible by significant actions. All this, and much more, he suggesting any thing, but warnings, to them who did and said, whenever they fell into wrong temdo not use it; for he is the Spirit of truth, not of pers or habits. But, was he not their comforter, impulse ; and only “the Spirit of wisdom," to notwithstanding all the reproofs and warnings he those who honor him as “ the Spirit of revela- thus gave them from time to time? They themtion."
selves felt that he was so, in the best sense : a The other hint is, (and it might be expanded to comforter, who neither spoiled them by indula volume,) that we should find it almost as useful gence, nor disappointed them by caprice. Peter, to go over the New Testament, looking for the no doubt, felt very uncomfortable at first, when mind of the Spirit, as the apostles found it to lis-Christ said to him, “Get thee behind me, Satan, ten to the Spirit, when they wrote from his dicta for thou savorest not the things which be of God;" tion. How differently the words of Christ sound- and equally so, when told that he would deny his ed to them, when the Holy Ghost repeated and Lord. The mother of Zebedec's children, and explained the truth as it is in Jesus! How often her two sons also, thought it any thing but comthey must have said, whilst hearing the Spirit, forting them, when Jesus refused to maternal so“ How foolish and ignorant was I, when I first licitude, the right and left hand seats in his kingheard these wonderful things from the lips of dom. Martha, too, found him any thing but the Christ !”
kind of comforter she wished and expected, when Why should you not go over your Testament she was absorbed, beyond all reason and necesagain, marking, from page to page, the new light sity, with worldly things. But still, none of these and loveliness, which you now see, in parts that chastised children, thought his consolations few once made no impression upon you? Why not or small upon the whole. Accordingly, “sorrow number and review every part, which you have filled" all their hearts, when Jesus began to exfound experimentally true and sweet? Do mark plain to them his approaching return to heaven. in the margin of your closet or family Bible, every The sad prospect of losing his endeared company passage which the Spirit has ever shone upon. even for a time, soon revealed to them, what a You will thus increase your own evidences of hav- comforter he had always been ! ing been led by the Spirit; and confirm your con Now it was whilst they thus remembered, and fidence in his teaching; and meet his love to appreciated, and felt, both the kind and the de.
! yourself by more ardent love to him than you gree of the comfort they had enjoyed for years, have yet cultivated. And all this, he would soon that he promised the Spirit as “another comfortand amply repay, by witnessing to and sealing his er,” or just such another friend as he himself had own work on your soul.
been; a very present help in all real trouble : a very gentle reprover of all imaginary fears; and a very faithful monitor against whatever was sinful
in conduct or temper. You thus see, that they No. XII.
could not mistake his meaning: It must have been as obvious to them, from their own experience of his comforts, as his promise of “Peace"
was to them, when he qualified the words, “ Peace When the Saviour promised to send the Spirit as I leave with you,” by the additional clause, “My a comforter, he called him, “ another Comforter ;" peace give I unto you; let not your heart be trounot a different one to what he himself had been. bled, neither let it be afraid.” This timely appeal It is by overlooking this fact, or by not consider. to his own peace, was intended to prevent all viing what kind of a comforter the Saviour himself sionary dreams of earthly ease. The disciples was whilst in the world, that so many of the seri- knew well what his peace had been! Not peace ous and the suffering are uncomfortable. They arising from the absence of trials or temptations ; look for more, or for another kind of comfort, than but peace under them, and notwithstanding them was promised ; and, not finding it, they are disap- all. ` And equally well did they know what kind pointed, and thus tempted to reckon the consola- of a comforter the Saviour had been: and thus tions of the Spirit “ few or small.” This is a sad they were prepared to look only for similar coministake! The Spirit is always, in the case of fort, when the Spirit was given. all believers, just such a comforter as Christ him You now see at a glance, that Peter would not self was, when lie comforted his disciples. expect the Holy Ghost to comfort him, when he
Look at this fact. What kind of a comforter gave way to his fiery and rash temper; nor Mar. 1 was the Saviour to his friends, whilst he remained tha, when she cumbered herself unduly with buswith them on earth? Not a “miserable" com- tle; nor James and John, if they became ambiforter, certainly : but still, as cautious as he was tious again ; nor any of them expect the cheerkind; as prudent as he was tender, he comforted ing and sealing comforts of the Spirit, apart from his disciples, just as he taught them :-as they walking in the Spirit. In a word, they would all could bear it, and not always as they wished for lay their account, with finding the Holy Spirit o it. Accordingly, when they would have called God just such a comforter, as they had found, by 70
THE LOVE OF THE SPIRIT AS A COMFORTER.
experience, the Holy Son of God to be; full off to act towards us, only to ask ourselves-what grace and truth: but abounding in all “wisdom would the Saviour say to me,-how would he and prudence,” in the communication of both. look on me,--how would he treat me, were he to
You see the bearing of these facts, as argu- meet me by the way whilst I am out in the world; ments, upon ourselves. You will think twice now, or to look in upon my family when I am at home; before you speak once again, about not being com or to visit me when I am sick; or to track me beforted by the Spirit, as you wished and expected. tween the closet and the sanctuary? We see, at We have had less comfort than we looked for, no a glance, how Jesus would act, and speak, and doubt;
but the question is, would the Saviour, had look, in any and every case we can suppose ourhe been present, have given us any more, under selves to be! We feel, instinctively, how his the same circumstances? It is very easy to say, conduct, and manner, and aspect, would be reguand it is only too true, that our joy has not been lated in every instance, by our general character full
, nor our peace lasting, nor even our hope stea- and spirit at the time. We can, at this moment dy: but is it not equally true, that the Saviour anticipate and tell, almost to a word, what Christ himself would have left our comfort just at this would say to us, were he to take us aside, and tell low ebb, had we treated hiin as we have dealt by us what he thinks of us, as well as what he feels the Holy Spirit ?
for us. I will not follow out this hint for you. We are fast—you see! Nor can we extricate You can do that for yourself. And when you do ourselves from the grasp of this general principle, so, you will, I am sure, say of your Saviour, “ He by picturing to ourselves how differently we should speaks peace to his people, but only in connection have acted in every thing, had the Saviour been with the solemn charge, let them not return unto on earth, ever since we professed to be his friends folly ?" Thus, as the Son said of himself, “ He and followers. Such fancies are mere fictions. that hath seen me hath seen the Father also," We have no reason to suppose, that we should so we may say of the Spirit, he that hath have acted a whit better than his first disciples did. seen the Saviour, hath seen the Comforter also ;The probability is, that we should have fallen seen how he comforts, whom he comforts, and why oftener than Peter, and aspired more than John, he comforts. and bustled more than Martha.
This cannot but lead you into “great searchings The wonder is, you see, that we have had any of heart;" and these may lead you to suspect, comfort from the Holy Ghost; and not that we that you would hear nothing from the lips, and have had so little: for it is no more a part of his see nothing in the looks of the Saviour but reoffice, than it was of the Saviour's practice, to proof. It would not be so, however, if the fear comfort at all hazards, or in spite of all circumstan- humble and pain your heart. “ A bruised reed he
I mean, that the Holy Spirit will not wink will not break, nor quench the smoking flax." at sin, nor connive at sloth, nor humor caprice, He would be faithful to your conscience; but he nor overlook worldly-mindedness. It is his great would be equally tender to your spirit, lest it object to cure these faults; and, therefore, he should " fail before him.” He would rebuke you must correct us for them, instead of consoling us sharply, but he would " not leave you comfortunder them. And this is true kindness, as well less.” as real prudence! For, only think for a moment, Now, just such has the love of the Spirit been what imprudent ministers—yea, what “almost to us all along. "The many waters” of our folly Christians,” the disciples would have been, had have modified and varied the manifestations of his Christ always smiled upon them, or even been love; but they have “not quenched it." He has silent, when they acted inconsistently! They visited our transgressions with the rod, and our were not very steady nor discreet, until the day iniquities with stripes; but his loving-kindness he of Pentecost, notwithstanding all the checks and has not taken away utterly, nor suffered his good warnings which they got: and, had they got none, work in us to fail entirely. It, indeed, has been they would either have been unfit for apostleship, carried on by him, although we have not always or they would have had to “tarry at Jerusalem” carried out its holy designs. But now,—what a much longer than they did, before "power from motive—what a way-opens before us for increason high" had descended upon them.
ing our comforts! What "joy in the Holy Ghost," In like manner it would be any thing but good we may obtain by diligence and circumspection, for us it would be very bad for us.--were the now that we see clearly, that he will do all that Holy Spirit to consult nothing but what we call the Saviour would do for our comfort ! O, our “our comfort.” We mean by that, happiness in joy might be full, were we only willing to make prayer: times of refreshing at the sacrament; room for fulness of joy, and determined to throw foretastes of heaven in the sanctuary, and the aside the weights which impede its progress! for prevalence of a good hope through grace at home: there is not a healing leaf of all the foliage, nor a but, if we could make sure of all this comfort, by ripe fruit of all the vintage of the tree of life, merely going to the closet and the sanctuary; which the heavenly dove would not as willingly and, independent of our conduct and spirit during bring to our ark, and place in our hand, as the the week, we should soon be more inconsistent dove of the deluge did the “ olive leaf” to Noah. than we are, and eventually have as little relish We are not straitened in the Comforter ! But he for the consolations of religion, as we have now cannot do many mighty works amongst us, befor some of its self-denying duties and sacrifices. cause of our unbelief and disobedience.
The historical facts we have thus reviewed, But whilst thus inagnifying the comfort which furnish us with a simple clew to both the kind and might be obtained, I do not forget what is enjoyed, degree of comfort we may expect from the Spirit. nor feel ashamed to submit it even to the world, We have now, in order to judge how he is likely I as demonstration of the love of the Spirit. I
know and deplore, that the sum of actual comfort as he pointed to coffers he could hardly count. is far less than it ought to be : but I know too, Yes; treasure appears trash then, and the wisthat the world can produce no such specimens of dom of this world folly. But the death-bed of a happiness as the church. It may taunt the church Christian presents no such extravagance. If he with the sadness of some penitents, and with the has any property, he can look at it without shame, suspense of others, and with the too prevalent fear and leave it without cursing it. It is not embitof death amongst all but dying Christians; but tered to his family, as the price of his soul; nor, the saddest of all the saints would not exchange if given in charity, dreaded by the church, as a places or prospects with the happiest man of the price for his salvation. Thus it is not the world's world under the sun. Many of them are in the fault
, if we reckon the consolations of religion valley of humiliation, and not a few of them in " few or small.". The ungodly are very faulty in the slough of despond, and none of them alto caricaturing a life of piety, as dull and dismal; gether free from fightings without or fears within : but they repair that fault
, so far as we are concernbut the world can neither buy nor bribe them out ed, by a death more dismal than the fears they of the valley of tears, by the wealth or the gaiety once ridiculed, or more sad than the seriousness of its high places. It is not the sad, nor the which they called melancholy., doubting, nor the timid, which move when the There is another thing which ought never to be world, unfolding her treasures and trappings, cries lost sight of, in judging of the love of the Spirit, from her volcanic mountain-tops, “Come up as a Comforter; he comforts the church, chiefly hither, and be liappy." No, no; those who dance for the sake of the world; or that she may do to her piping, are those only whom the church of good to others. This is the explanation which Christ stands in doubt of; and never those who the apostles have of their abundant and abiding suffer from the doubts and fears of an humble comfort from the Holy Ghost. It was given, Paul mind. Like the women of Galilee, at Calvary says, “ that we might be able to comfort them and the sepulchre, the weeping followers of Christ who are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith care least for the joy of the world; and his rejoic- we ourselves are comforted of God.” 2 Cor. i. ing followers despise it.
4. And this reason is the Spirit's rule, in the case Be not deceived by appearances. Christians of private Christians, as well as public ministers. are not so uncomfortable as they seem, nor as Accordingly, we are solemnly charged to “comfort they say at times. They do not falsify nor pre- one another, and especially the feeble-minded.” 1 tend when they complain, “ that he who should Thess. iv. 14,—the faint-hearted, or dispirited.-comfort them is far away from them.” He is far These must not be neglected when they fall in away at the time ; but he is not altogether out of our way, nor when we can find access to them, if sight, nor out of mind : for even then, they would we ourselves would be comfortable. The current not give up their faint hope of his return, for any maxim, that "we have enough to do, to take care or all the comforts which life, without godliness, of ourselves, without attending to the case of could furnish.
others," is both false, and fearfully true. They Thus I challenge the world, not from where I have enough to do, and not a little to suffer—who might throw down the gauntlet of defiance—from live only for themselves, however circumspectly the sunny summits and the shady munitions of the they live : for even circumspection will not secure Mount of Communion, nor from the Bethels, the joy of the Holy Ghost, without sympathy and Pisgahs, and Olivets, which form “ the borders of zeal of some kind. All Christians cannot indeed, Emmanuel's land;" but from the valley of Achor do the same work in the world or the church; but and Baca, where trouble and weeping abound : all can show the same goodness to both in some and even there, the universal sentiment is, way. “I could not comfort my pious people,” said
the great and good Andrew Fuller, “ however or “ Were I possessor of the earth,
whatever I preached to them, until they began to And called the stars iny own,
care for the souls of the perishing heathen.". Without Thy graces and Thyself, And now, even that is not enough, to secure the I were a wretch undone.”
fellowship of the Holy Spirit, as an abiding Com
forter. Perishing souls at home as well as abroad You will now judge of the comfort administered must be pitied, and prayed for, and watched over, by the Comforter
, by remembering how many, in if we would have our own souls filled with joy or all ages, have thought it enough to compensate peace in the Holy Ghost. No wonder! He has them for all they could do and suffer ; enough to a world to convince of sin; a world to convince of reconcile them to poverty, reproach, and persecu- righteousness; a world to convince of judgment; tion; and more than enough, to justify them in re- and he will only do this by the instrumentality of fusing both deliverance and rewards, when the those whom he has made wise unto salvation.world tried to win them from Christ.
But then, what comfort there might be in all the Never forget either, when it is, that the men of churches, were they to fall in, heart and hand, the world question and despise the happiness of a with this magnificent mission of the Spirit to the Christian. It is not when they are dying, nor world. There would soon be none of the harps of when they are sick, nor when they are in adver- Zion upon the willows of Babylon, were Zion sity. Then, they feel the hollowness of earthly determined to lengthen her cords to the ends of comfort, and complain of it, in tones and terms the earth, and to strengthen her stakes amongst more bitter than any Christian employs, when he the dwellings of the poor at home. In reference exclaims, “ All is vanity and vexation of spirit.” to the neglect of this, as well as of other duties, the “ Trash! I would give it all for a day longer to Spirit saith to the churches, “ O, that my people care for my soul,” said a rich man whom I knew, I had hearkened unto me: I would have fed them