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vessel, fit for no work. Lord, I submit, I submit." ther, under the stone and gout, when asked about his health, would say, “ I am upon my Father's rack.” Thus we find God supports his people in the midst of their greatest difficulties, by giving them a view of his great love, intimate relations, and all-sufficient grace!
February 19. JAMES V. 12. But above all things, my brethren, Swear not. PRINCE HENRY FREDERIC, son of James VI. of Scote land, and afterwards Prince of Wales, born, 1593. He died in the 19th year of his age; and was one of the most accomplished, learned, and pious princes of the age in which he lived. He had a great aversion to the profana. tion of the name of God; and was never heard to take it in vain. Being one day asked why he did not swear at play as others did ? he answered, that he knew no game worthy of an oath. And on another occasion, he said, “ All the pleasure in the world is not worth an oath." He ordered, that when any person in his family was heard to swear, he should be fined, and the money given to the poor; and that boxes shonld be kept for that purpose at each of his palaces.
February 20. PHILIP. i. 23. Having a desire to depart and to be with Christ.
Mrs. Rowe died 1737. “ The righteous," says Solo. mon, “ hath hope in his death.” The sublime conceptions he has formed of the glories of a future state, and his firm dependence on Him who has purchased and secured them for his possession, pluck the sting from death, and triumph over the fears of humanity. In this world he has tribulation, but in the next he realises uninterrupted happiness. Here his best services are clogged with imperfection, and the clearest visions of his faith are obscure ; in heaven he expects a perfect freedom in his praise and a beatific sight of his God face to face. It is said of Mrs. Rowe, that when her acquaintance expressed to her the joy they felt at seeing her look so well, and pos
sessed of so much health as promised many years to come ; she was wont to reply, “that it was the same as telling a slave, his fetters were like to be lasting, or complimenting him on the strength of the walls of his dungeon.” Dr. Maclaine was fifty years minister of the English Church at the Hague ; but by the revolution in Holland in 1796, he took refuge in this country, where he died in peace and comfort. When in ned that his disorder must be fatal, he replied, “ You remember Socrates, the wisest and best of heathens, in this state could only express a hope mingled with anxiety and doubt; but blessed be God, though a grievous sinner, in retiring to that bed from which I shall rise no more, I know in whom I have believed. Death cannot separate me from the love of Christ, and in him to die is gain.'
If a heathen philosopher rejoiced that he should die because he believed he should see Homer, Hesiod, and other eminent persons, how much more do I rejoice, said a pious old minister, who am sure to see Christ my Saviour, besides so many wise, holy, and renowned patriarchs, prophets, and apostles.
February 21. 1 JOAN v. 20. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath
given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
The celebrated Dr. Allix died 1717, aged 75. He was first minister of the Reformed Church at Rouen in France, and afterwards at Charentes, then the principal church of the Reformed, about a league from Paris. At the revocation of the Edict of Naniz, he took refuge in this country. He was particularly celebrated for his book in defence of the Trinity. His piece on the judgment of the ancient Jewish church against the Unitarians, in this controversy, and on the Divinity of Christ, made a considera. ble impression on the public mind. And however some may cavil at the doctrine ; the proof from Scriplure is not so difficult as many imagine.
Two gentlemen were once disputing on the divinity of Christ. One of them who argued against it, said, “ If it were true, it certainly would have been expressed in more clear and unequivocal terms." " Well,” said the other, « admitting that you believed it, were you authorized to teach it, and allowed to use your own language, how would you express the doctrines to make it indubitable?” would say," replied he, “that Jesus Christ is the true God." " You are very happy," rejoined the other, “ in the choice of your words; for you have happened to hit upon the very words of inspiration. St. John, speaking of the Son, says,
“ This is the true God and eternal life. I was once arguing with a person on the same subject, and to prove niy position that Christ was God, I quoted this very scripture ; which so confounded him that he said he did not think there was any such passage in John, as it was unlike his language. He said, however, that when he got home he certainly would examine that chapter and see for himself.
February 22. GENESIS xlvii. 8. And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
It is well sometimes seriously to reflect on our age and condition in life. Our clays are but few, and they are rapidly hasting away. But should we be spared to extreme old age ; to what purpose shall we live, if we live not to the glory of Him who is our kind Benefactor and best Friend? Our real life should be reckoned from the time of our devotedness to him, rather than from the time of our natural birth ; for it may be truly said, if we live not to him, we are dead while we live. So thought the subject of the following relation. The son of a wealthy gra. zier in Rutlandshire (says a clergyman) was led by Provi. dence to my church many years ago, and graciously drawn to the love of God our Saviour. From thence he became a frequent attendant, though living at a distance of twenty miles. The old man, his father, just then forescore, perceived the change that had taken place in his son, and on inquiry the son told him all the circumstances and signal blessings which had attended my preaching. “ Son,” said the old man, “ I wish I could hear the man myself; Do you think I can ride so far ?" » Father,” said he, “ if you will go to cousin W. overnight on Saturday, I think you
could,” The horses were saddled, and off came father and son on the Saturday night. Sunday they came to church, and the very first discourse reached the old man's heart; and from that day, he began to confess Jesus Christ as his Strength and Redeemer. During two summers he attend. ed at the same place, but infirmities confining him to his bed, he required me to visit him at his house, where I found him with the tears running down his cheeks, while he spoke of the hardness of his heart; yet his heart seemed tender as that of a little child. Mr. C. said 1, How old are you ? « Little more," says he, “ than two years old, for I can only reckon from the time I knew the Lord Jesus; the fourscore years before, were but a life of death." At 84 he departed, full of faith and hope, and entered at the eleventh hour into the joy of his Lord.
February 23. MARK V. 36. Be not afraid, only believe. Dr. Thomas Goodwin died, 1679, in his 80th year. the doctor was the instrument of relieving the mind of Mr. Marshall, author of a treatise on sanctification. In his early years Mr. M. was under great distress for a long time, through a consciousness of guilt, and a divine displeasure. At last mentioning his case to Dr. Thomas Goodwin, and lamenting the greatness of his sins, that able divine replied, “- You have forgotten the greatest sin of all, the sin of unbelief in refusing to believe in Christ, and rely on his atonement and righteousness for your acceptance with God.” This word in season banished his fears. He looked to Jesus, and was filled with joy and peace in believing." By disobeying the commands of the law, says one, we sin against Divine Majesty, but by disobeying the commands of the gospel, we sin against divine mercy. If indeed we remember our sins, and be deeply humbled, God has promised to forget them, and be reconciled to us."
February 24. 1 TAEss. ii. 12. That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called
you unto his kingdom and glory. PROVERBS xxii. 1. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
This day was fought the battle of Pavia, in Italy, 1525, between the French and the Imperialists, when the former were defeated, and their King Francis I. taken prisoner. The unfortunate monarch wrote to his mother the melancholy news of his captivity, couched in these dignified and expressive terms, Tout est perdu. Madame hormis Vhonneur. All is lost but our honour.
Let us sanctify this idea, by applying it to the Christian. He is ever to remember that whatever loss he sustains, it is incumbent on him to keep up the dignity of his character. Even trifling things as they are called by some, he must watch against. What may be winked at in others will not be suffered to pass in him.' When Darius, King of Persia, offered Alexander all the country which lies at the west of the Euphrates, with his daughter Statira in marriage, and 10,000 talents of gold, Parmenio took occasion to observe, that he would without hesitation accept of these conditions, if he were Alexander. So would I, were I Parmenio, replied the conqueror. Thus a Christian must not accept of any propositions made by the world beneath the dignity of his character; but must fight the good fight of faith.
To have all speak well of us, indeed, is not possible. Antisthenes, when he heard some unworthy men commend him, said, I fear I have done some evil that I know not of. And another used to say “ Would we know a man, we should observe the life of him that praises him." Rarely will one praise him that takes a contrary course to himself, But this should be the care of the best to keep himself from being spoken of reproachfully and truly at the same time by the worst.” Should we not always suc. ceed in our object, it is well when we can preserve our characters from blame.