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Many are the marks, Sir, which distinguish a true from a false prophet. A false prophet “sacrifices to his own net and burns in. cense to his own drag” that is, as I conceive, he seeks secular gain from his own quarler. Simony is the mainspring of all his actions. He is one who is continually carping of the sovereignty of God as displayed in choosing some to life, and in passing by others. He is one who perpetually nibbles at the doctrine of justification by the alone righteousness of Christ; and, in fact, he is one whose views upon the gospel of Jesus are so confused, contradictory, and unintelligible, as clearly prove to all

who are led aright, that the light of the Spirit is not in him. The prophet Ezekiel declares with reference to all such, that, “if the prophet be deceived (in his predictions, views, ideas, &c. both as regards himself and others also) when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived (or disappointed, as the original it appears will bear) that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel." Chap. xiv. 9. Here, Sir, it is evident that the Lord leaves the false prophet to his own delusions, permits him to bring forth the sour grape, that sure destruction may eventually follow. Like the magicians and soothsayers, and diviners of the court of Babylon, they cannot bring the dream itself to the mind of the king, although if the king could have retained it, they might have invented some sort of explanation, bad it been for nothing else but to be “ clothed with scarlet, to have a chain of gold about the neck, and become the third ruler in the kingdom, But, inasmuch as these astrologers, Chaldeans, and others could not bring the king's dream to his mind, the king considered them as fit objects for his resentment, and so were ultimately, by his orders, destroyed. Even so it is with all false prophets as described by Ezekiel : they cannot, from their own experience, tell the work of God upon the soul-what it is to pass from death to life-what are the real struggles, pangs, and throes of a spiritual birth;-or what are the daily and hourly conflicts of the soul with the Prince of Darkness, and all the powers of death, hell and sin! Like the astrologers of the king of Babylon, they know not the dream for themselves, and expect they are told from the mouths of others, or learn it from the writings of those who have died in the Lord. They becon:e dumb before the people as the astrologers did before the king; and so the dream passes away, and they cannot recall it.

The wisdom of the king was seen in rejecting his “ wise men,” and in his receiving Daniel, the true prophet of the Lord, who accurately told him his dream, and who faithfully gave the interpretalion thereof TEKEL must be inscribed upon the fore. front of all false prophets--their kingdom, wherein the bave trusted, must ultimately be nunbered, finished, and rent from them, like unto king Belshazzar !- his wise men perished from before the Lord-so must they!

However much, Sir, the servant of God may for a time be permitted to suspect the genuineness of his call to the stewardship, eventually I firmly believe the Lord will fully establish bim, in the glorious fact, that He was called of God, as Aaron was. I believe, Sir, that nothing less than the solid, conclusive, and sacred witnessing of God the Spirit, made to the heart, soul, and conscience, can ever fully set the mind at ease with reference to a point so truly desirable, momentous and necessary. Where this witness has not been granted, a degree of suspicion must ever remain upon the mind, that all is not right--that the censor is filled with strange fire-and that the daubing has been with untempered mortar. For myself, I cannot but consider that if a man were possessed of all the calls, qualifications, and learning imaginable, and lacked the calling, qualifications, and teachings of the Holy Spirit, his mind would still remain in a perturbed state ; and nothing but confusion and sorrow would follow him all the days of his life.-" If the witness of men be great, the witness of God is greater.

Upon examination, I think it will be found, generally speaking, that the true servants of God are men deeply tried in body, soul, and spirit-Men of much watchfulness, prayer, and temptation Men whose perplexities, sinkings, and sufferings are neither few, common, or slight-Men whose greatest aim is to exalt the glory of the Holy Ones, Father, Son, and Spirit, in planning, executing, and witnessing the salvation of the Elect Church of God. Men who are hated by the world, scoffed at by the mere Professor, and who bear in their bodies the marks of the Lord Jesus.

Yea! and I also further believe they are men who experience many changes. At one time, like rebellious Jonah, they would fain take ship and sail to the most distant shores, if by so doing they could avoid delivering the message of the Lord. At another time they resemble meek Áloses, and plead their own weakness and insufficiency; forgetting, for a season, the ability and promise of the God of Jacob. At other periods they are like Peter, looking at the waves beneath, instead of at the Lord, who is above them all, and then, like him, fear they shall sink. While, upon other occasions, like Thomas, they feel the foundation of their hopes begin to shake, and the side of Jesus they desire to behold with their natural eyes, e'er they will believe that Jesus bas risen from the dead !!!

Still, Sir, there are those seasons wherein the Servants of God are enabled to rejoice: they are not, through infinite mercy, always crying out with the Prophet, “Wve is me, for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage.” No! blessed be the dear name of Jesus, that he does at intervals, make their souls like the new-mown grass after fruitful showers. He strengthens, encourages, and comforts them by the breathings of the Spirit, which cause the spices to flow out, and give a pleasant smell.” When the eye of faith is again brightened, lengthened, and strengthened, then the happy land that is Vol. IV.No. I,

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While Ged's dear saints can preach and pray,
Confus'd I know not what to say;
While some in triumph mount on high,
I fear to live, and fear to die.
A murmuring discontented wretch,
I fear that I shall never reach
That bless'd abode where Jesus reigns,
Where saints adore in highest strains,
Shame and disgrace quite weigh me down,
And slandering foes are watching round
To wrest my words, and to devour,
They hope to see the favoured hour.
O Lord, what will the heathen say,
If my poor soul should fall a prey
To sin's destructive, winning power!
O save me from that fearful hour,
Why was I born? why do I live?
Both day and night I sin and grieve ;
Mere restless, sinful, wretched dust,
Unfit to live among the just.
A rebel vile, I roam abroad,
And often sin against my God;
Blasphemous thoughts distress me sore,
And make me all my ways deplore.
Body and soul both sluggish are,
And unbelief my comforts mar;
My foul backslidings make me smart,
And often pierce me to the heart.
Aw'd by the world's delusive smiles,
And Satan's cursed, artful wiles,
My wayward heart oft goes astray-
I fall to sin an easy prey.
With grief I think on years gone by,
And view death's hour with tearful eye;
Can one who sinn'd 'gainst light and love,
Arrive at last in Heav'n above.

PART II. Consolation afforded him by the Lord's application of His precious promises to

his soul.

He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so be bringeth them unto their desired haven.-Psal. cvii. 29, 30.

My soul, from thy state of despondency wake thee,
For a light from yon Heavens begins to appear;

To a throne of rich grace, in haste, O, betake thee,
For Jesus, thy friend and Redeemer, is near.
Hope brightens to witness the darkness decreasing,
When the day-star is seen to appear in the skies,
And the noise of the loud roaring billows are ceasing,
For the sun in his glory will shortly arise.
Astonish'd I mus'd on a change unexpected
Wheu all on a sudden a voice from above
Said, Arise now, for by me thou shalt be protected;
With afflictions I chasten all those whom I love,

Fear not, tho' by infernal legions surrounded,
From the loud troubled ocean I'll bring thee on shore,
And guide thee safe home, for my grace is unbounded,
Where sin and temptation shall grieve thee no more.
I'll wash thee and cleanse thee from all thy pollution,
My blood hath more virtues than ever was told ,
To doubt its effects, is Satan's temptation,
As all oan bear witness who enter the fold.

From life's healing tree, with sweet fruit most delicious,
I'll feed thee, when weary and faint by the way;
Tho' vile in thyself, yet to me thou art precious,
And soon thou shalt dwell in the regions of day.
When thy foes all in arms threaten hard to devour thee,
And thy friends, tho' but few, appear distant and shy ;
Wben sorely afflicted, by faith thou shalt see me,
I'll banish thy fears with the glance of my eye.
By the love here, and there, of blind guides thou art wounded,
And oft-times are grieved when my truth is denied ;
Yet short is the time thou shalt thus be confounded,
After death my proud foes no more shall deride.
In the councils of old all my sheep I received,
As the gift of my Father their souls to redeem ;
Not one of my chosen shall e'er be deceived,
All safe in the ark, for the Lord shut them in.
All their trials on earth are wisely appointed,
Without my permission no spar w can fly;
And when by the Spirit their souls are anointed,
Tbey sing with the serapbim songsters on high.
Fear not tben to Aght till thy warfare is ended,
Tho' the wide swelling sea toss its waves to the sky,
By my all-powerful arm thou shalt be defended,
In my presence thou surely shalt dwell by and by.

Behold the fowls of the air ; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Consider the lilies of the field, &c. O'ye of little faith.Matt. vi. 26. [Read to the end of the chapter.)

PART III. His grateful acknowledgments for such unexpected and unmerited favours, so freely

bestowed upon a guilty worm.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; and healeth all thy diseases.-Psal. ciii. 2, 3.

Thus spake the great I AM, and suddenly
He hush'd to silence the once troubled sea,
The morn succeeded the dark gloom of nigbt,
And all my foes quick vanish'd from my sight.

Hail, glorious Trinity! What bright displays
Of matchless grace! How wondrous are thy ways
In bringing such a distant rebel near,
Who inadly ran his downward wild career.

How chang'd the scene, how bright the prospects are,
Glories divine resplendent beam from far ;
Such heav'nly visits fill my heart with love,
And wake my soul to praise like those above.

A sinner sav'd and wash'd in blood divine,
Destin'd ere time began, in Heav'n to shine,
In the best robe for Prodigals prépar'd-
No, righteousness with this can be compar'd.

This fadeless robe wrought out on Calv'ry's tree,
The soul once cloth’d, stern Justice cannot see
One single blemish, nor a stain of sin,
For all is perfect purity within.

Enough, my soul, let controvery cease,
Extol the love that gives such lasting peace,
And the rich wondrous grace which saves the lost,
Ascribe to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

All honour, praise, and power to them be given,
Who rais’d the Church from death and hell to Heav'n,
To join in conclave on that happy shore,
In strains divine, when time shall be no more.

GEORGE BOND. St. John's, N. B., North America.

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CALVARY.
My soul, to Gethsemane repair,
And view a precious Saviour there,

Sweating great drops of blood ;
All his Disciples from him fee,
Say, O! my soul, it is for thee

He bears the wrath of God.

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