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In one word, how many Christians and grandeur, in all their broad and are there who exemplify little of the practical aspects-all their tendencies, harmony, the loveliness, the true nobi- their issues, their happy, dignified, and lity and grandeur of the Christian cha- momentous results. racter! We want that character to be There can be no elevation of the brought out in its full and rich beauty; Christian character without a steady its various points developed; its dis regard to these principles, and an undetinctive features broadly expressed; its viating maintenance of them. This is fine tempers and characteristics deci- often forgotten, or shunned. Many sively and harmoniously unfolded ; so persons talk about Christianity, and that we may at once say, when the that with great freedom and volubility; exhibition is furnished—“This is reli- but their conversation has no weight, gion ! This is genuine Christianity! no power, no lodgment in the mind of This is the man who resembles bis a listener acquainted with them, because Lord! This is the moral portrait on there is no development of Christian which we would fix our gaze!”
principle, and hence there is no lumin. “ A Christian is, indeed, the highest style ous, no decisive unfolding of the Chrisof man.”
tian character. It is a point which The elevation of the Christian cha- must never be kept in abeyance, that racter may be seen, particularly, in four | Christian principles lie at the foundarespects :
tion of the Christian character, and I. In the principles which are deve that character can have no solidity, no loped and broadly maintained.
beauty, no elevation, no entireness, By principles here, we of course unless those principles are clearly mean the sentiments which the disciple avowed and vigorously maintained. of Christ receives, which he regards as The elevation of the Christian chaDivine and transcendently important, racter may be seenand by which he professes to be con II. In the feelings and affections stantly governed. Those principles which are cultivated. which are derived exclusively from the These feelings are not fitful and unBible; which have been implanted by certain ; these dispositions are not waythe Spirit of Christ; which relate to ward, fleeting, and evanescent. They God, to the Saviour, to sin, to holiness, are not mere impulses, like the April to this life and a better ; and which at day, continually changing; one hour the once mould, regenerate, and beautify sunshine, another the shower; anon his mind and character.
the blue and cloudless sky, and the dark Now, it is very obvious to every per. and gathering storm. These feelings, son of sound and enlightened reflection, moreover, do not spring from ignothat the elevation of the Christian cha- rance, but knowledge; they are not to racter must spring from the develop- be associated with darkness, but light. ment and maintenance of Christian These feelings and affections, also, are principles. Those principles must be not without a basis. There is an ademaintained in all their harmony and quate foundation with which they are entireness ; all are valuable, important, identified, and, indeed, the connection necessary; none must be wanting, none is close and inseparable. must be disregarded. The golden chain There are three classes of feelings, of must not be broken; not one link must dispositions, where there is the elevabe severed. These principles must be tion of the Christian character. maintained in their purity, in their First. Those which are connected consummate and Divine holiness, in with profound humility and lowliness of their nobility, in their peerless majesty | mind. There will be no arrogance, no
self-conceit, no self-confidence, no self- | action, the result of certain views deficomplacency. There will be no vapour. nitively formed; certain principles defiing; no airs will be assumed; no self- nitively received and maintained. Every sufficiency will be cherished. Indeed, real Christian is the creature of habit all“ boasting will be excluded;" all — habit springing from enlightened self-inflation will be annihilated. thought, deeply seated conviction, and
Secondly. Where there is the eleva- sentiments cordially and unhesitatingly tion of the Christian character, there embraced; and, where there is elevated will be those feelings which are con piety, four habits will be unceasingly nected with eminent devotion. Those maintained. emotions which lead to fellowship with First. The habit of Christian activity. God, and which uniformly result from The disciple of Christ who is marked by it, will be cherished and beautifully ex. the elevation of his religious character, pressed. The affections glowing within cannot be lukewarm, sluggish, habituthe bosom will be pure and celestial. ally cold and indolent in the service of There will be a holy atmosphere the Redeemer. It is utterly impossible. breathed, and a holy and divine fire His principles, his spirit, his privileges, eukindled, and that fire will be con- his obligations, his hopes, all compel tinually fed. The flame on the altar | him to develop temper and conduct will ever burn serenely, yet brightly. diametrically opposed to coldness and
Thirdly. There will be those feelings insensibility. He must be animated which are identified with holy love. for God; he must be zealous for the Love to God as the universal Father, honour of his Divine Lord; he must be as the Father, especially, of those who alive in the service of Him who has rebelieve; love to Christ Jesus as the Son deemed him with his most precious of God, the living and ever present blood. Head of the Church, the great Apostle Secondly. The habit of Christian conand High Priest of our profession, the sistency will be exemplified. Where compassionate friend of sinners, the all. there is elevation of religious character, sufficient Redeemer of the world. Love there will be nothing broken or disto the Holy Spirit, by whom the dis jointed. There will be a beautiful harciples of Christ are all enlightened, all mony between profession and conduct. renovated, all purified, all “ sealed to The noble-minded and noble-hearted be. the day of redemption;" love to all “the liever will be one man. There will be a brethren,” because they breathe “ the transparency about him at all times, in Master's” Spirit, develop the Master's all situations, in all places, and amidst image, realize the Master's farour, and the diversified relations of life. There will dwell and reign for ever with the will be the integrity, the entireness, of Lord Jesus in the kingdom of celestial the Christian character developed. There glory. It is very apparent to every will be the consistency of the man of rightly constituted mind, to every heart | high principle exemplified. brought under the subduing influence Thirdly. The habit of Christian beneof Divine truth, that there can be no volence will be unfolded. The disciple elevation of the Christian character, of elevated piety will not be a coldunless these classes of sanctified emo hearted, selfish, unfeeling professor, tion are broadly exhibited.
without kindness, sympathy, genial or The elevation of the Christian charac- warm emotion. He will not live for ter will be seen,
himself, but expressly for the benefit of III. In the habits which are formed. others. He will be always endeavour
By habits are denoted regular and ing to be useful to the extent of his daily courses of thought, of purpose, of means, and within the range of his
powers. His motto will ever be, “I must cultivated, the individual unfolding it aim at doing good to some, however will be governed, invariably, by three young, feeble, ignorant, unworthy, and motives. depraved." Every opportunity will be First. That his own Christianity may embraced by which he may lessen the be exemplified, and so exemplified as sum of human misery, or augment the that there may be no mistake or uncersum of human happiness. Resembling tainty. He is very anxious that his his generous and Divine Master, he will religion may be seen and felt; that it “go about doing good.” Within his may be apparent there is no insincerity sphere the light of heaven will be shed, or delusiveness about it. He is very and the warmth of Christian love will solicitous to give the practical evidence be diffused.
that he is a child of God, an undisguised Fourthly. Where there is true Chris- follower of the Lamb; that he is en. tian elevation, there will be the habit of lightened by his Saviour's spirit, warmed doing everything from principle. His by his Saviour's love, and ardently religion is not the mere creature of the desirous of advancing his Saviour's imagination, nor is it the fruit of igno- honour. rance or fanaticism, and it is obviously The Christian of elevated piety will not the result of merely occasional ex- be incited by the motive,citements and momentary feelings. It Secondly. That his fellow-men may is the issue of strong and enduring receive a blessing through his instruprinciple. It has weight, power, per- mentality, and especially the young, the manent influence. It does not pass ignorant, the careless, and the depraved. away with the first causes of excitement, He longs to be the agent, however the first ebullition of warm feeling, the humble, in reliance on the Spirit of first passion of zeal. This is true Chris-God, of dissipating their moral darktian elevation. How superior to the ness; of correcting their errors; of subspirit of the world! There is nothing duing their prejudices against the truth; about it that is mean, sordid, or creep- of inducing thought, meditation, and iving. Principle, high principle, is uni- quiry on the great subjects involved by formly associated with it. It is always Christianity. His supreme desire is to identified with the glory of Christ. It win them to the Saviour, to bring them prefers ten thousand times to die faith into the fold of redeeming love, to atful to the Saviour and his cause, rather tract them to Calvary, to draw them to than to live unfaithful; to die with heaven. Christ, under circumstances, externally, His third motive is, That the Lord the most ignominious and distressing, Jesus Christ may be ylorified. This is rather than to live without the Re- his master motive; this his ruling pasdeemer, or without being consecrated to sion; this his absorbing, his inextinguishhis service.
able desire. He has no other ambition The elevation of the Christian charac- than to promote the honour, and extend ter will be seen,
the kingdom of that Redeemer, who died IV. In the motives which prompt to that he might live, and has entered into action.
heaven, that he might reign for ever These will be habitually felt, and will with Him in Paradise. If Christ be be very powerful in their influence. pleased, the disciple of elevated piety They will also be palpable. Others will is well pleased ; if Christ be glorified, perceive that the springs of action are he is more than satisfied-he “rejoices pure, generous, noble, free from every- with exceeding joy." thing sordid, unhallowed, or unworthy. How finely were these motives brought Where elevated piety is possessed and out by David Brainerd, by Henry Mar
tyn, by John Howard, by George Whit- Would that the professed disciples field, by Samuel Pearce, by Edward everywhere, in the present day, were Payson, above all, by the Apostle Paul ! more characterised than they are by They were the great principles govern- that elevation of piety we have been ing their lives, and habitually controlling concisely illustrating and emphatically their thoughts, arrangements, and daily commending! This is what we want, course of action.
to give beauty to the character, holiness With how much beauty and majesty and usefulness to the life. This is what was this elevation of the Christian cha- we require, to adorn, sanctify, and reracter unfolded by the eminent John generate our families. This is what we Howe! How pure was his spirit! how need, to secure a revival of religion in noble were his principles ! how God all our churches, and to give a tone, as like his aims! how transparent his well as efficiency, to the Christian minismotives! how exalted and seraphic his try. This is absolutely essential to gain piety! Nothing strikes and delights us the unconverted, and to draw the wanmore, in contemplating his character, derers into the fold of Christ. This is and examining his writings, than the imperatively required to sustain our beserenity and diguity of his mind and nevolent and missionary societies, to spirit. To use an expression of Bates, augment their resources, and to widen " he seemed to live above the clouds"- the extent of their ivfluence and sucto dwell in the serene; in other words, cesses. This is indispensable to accel. he caught and diffised the very spirit erate the millennial period — that era of heaven. So it was with Archbishop of joy and triumph, when the light of Leighton. Who can read his life, who Divine truth shall be everywhere shed, can investigate his character, who can the power of Christianity be everywhere examine his chaste and beautiful com- felt, and the blessings of the religion of. positions, without being impressed with the New Testament everywhere enthe truth and force of this observation ?- joyed.
When we get near Leighton, we seem " Mighty Saviour! thou art glorious, to be approaching one who had the very
Stretch abroad thy powerful band! temper of his Lord, the very temper of
May thy people see thy gospel
Going forth at thy command; the world of unbounded serenity, holi
And, in heaven, ness, and love."
May myriads before thee stand!”
EVANGELICAL CONTINENTAL SOCIETY.
(To the Editor of the EvangELICAI. MAGAZINE.) Drar Sir,—The eyes of all men are power silently at work beneath that now turned upon Paris; it appears as if surface, greatly calculated to re-assure that were to be the spot on which all great the timid and to encourage the hopeful. European questions wust be decided. If only to promote this end, perhaps The attention of our own government you will insert the following brief sketch has been recently engaged, and the of its operations, and thereby much anxieties of our country excited, by oblige the Committee, on whose behalf questions originating in that city. The I have the honour to be, dear Sir, your surface of French society presents many obedient servant. serious causes of alarm for the peace of the world; but, Sir, there is a mighty
Towards the conclusion of its last
Report, the Société Evangélique de mined also to open gratuitous schools ; France indicated to its constituents the but the number of children that applied motives which had determined it to for admission (more than two thousand take an active part in the evangeliza- at once) showed these friends that it tion of Paris. In its Report for the would not do to confine themselves present year, it gives an account of the within the narrow limits which they manner in which that resolution was
had assigned to themselves at first. carried into effect.
Whatever diffidence they might have They have concentrated their efforts felt, as to the propriety of extending in three different quarters of the capi- their efforts, was removed by the patal. In the Faubourg du Temple, in rents, who, although repeatedly apprised the Faubourg Saint Antoine, and in the beforehand, and knowing perfectly well Faubourg Saint Marceau.
that one of the essential objects of the In the Faubourg du Temple, their instruction to be given in these schools efforts have been directed to the con- was to attach those who received it, by tinuation of a very successful attempt, living ties, to the religion of the Lord which had been commenced by a few Jesus, apart from all human inventions, Christians some twenty years since, to instead of cooling in their eagerness to make known the gospel in that quarter. get their children admitted, became still An abundant blessing appears to have more urgent. Never did a missionary rested upon this work, and although it effort commence under happier ausmust be known to many of your read- pices; and never was there a greater ers, I have no doubt that they will read necessity for making the means of acthe following details concerning it with tion proportionate to the offered faciinterest:
lities. The friends charged with the In 1830, an epoch in which it was work comprehended this, and firmly believed that religious liberty was about depending upon the assistance of heato become a reality in France, the Lord ven, they put their hand resolutely to put it into the hearts of some of his the plough. Their trust in God was servants to open places in different not vain; at the end of a few months parts of Paris for the regular preaching they found themselves in a position to of the word. Amongst other places, remove into a large and beautiful house, they selected the Faubourg du Temple, situated in the Rue Saint Maur, and in consequence of finding there several | surrounded with spacious court-yards, pious families of the working class, with with ample accommodation for both extensive connections, as a nucleus to the religious services and the schools. begin with. The place opened for the Here there was plenty of room for more preaching was l room in the upper than a thousand children, arranged in part of a house; but the services at classes. These steps served as a guatracted such crowds, that after the rantee for the permanency of the estafourth or fifth meeting, it was found blishment, and therefore confirmed the necessary to look out for more spacious confidence of the population in our accommodation. This measure became friends. That this confidence has gone more necessary, as the friends engaged on increasing, is best proved by the prein promoting the development of this cious results produced in numerous interesting movement, had felt from the families by the preaching of the truth, beginning, that in order to secure its and the instruction of the young. continuance, they must attend at the Grown people from all parts of this same time to the children as well as the vast quarter of Paris crowded to the adults. Whilst organizing the meet- chapel in the Rue Saint Maur, to hear ings for worship, therefore, they deter- the truth expounded; whilst parents in