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portunity. He would not stop to .mean and despised, look for a place calculate the probability of success. in the church of the saints, or exWithout asserting any claim to his pect any notice from the ministers help; yea, with a consciousness that of the sacred pools? What! says an he had nothing to give, in compen- uncharitable multitude, concerning sation for his cúre, he immediately the ignorant and stupid, the blindest cast himself upon the pity of the and poorest beggars by the way
side; Redeemer: he cried, “ Jesus, thou can these expect to attract the atSon of David, have mercy on me.” tention of the Son of God, and to be And thus should the blind beggar in made heirs of his covenant, and of the spiritual sense, seek for deliver- the household of the Most High?
The fame of Jesus, as the Hold thy peace, wretched sinner, Saviour of sinners, has been spread saith the adversary; cease from thy abroad through all ages. Prophets prayers, thy hopes, and thy inquiries. have proclaimed it. Apostles have Canst thou hope for deliverance, declared it. His own miracles of whose sins have caused thee to be grace have testified it. By raising given up to blindness, who art too him from the dead, God hath also wicked to be regarded by God! Thus, approved him unto all men, as his the world derides; conscience intimessenger to this lower world, to midates; the adversary terrifies. But give salvation to its sinful inhabitants, a sense of his dangers and miseries, by the remission of sins. Destitute and confidence in the power and of the joys and benefits of the light mercy of the Saviour, will render of life, exposed to innumerable perils the sinner importunate and perseand privations, poor and friendless, vering in his prayers. The pressure shall sinful men, when this Messiah, upon him of his miseries and danger, who is " mighty to save,” passes together with his apprehension of near them, neglect to call upon him the power of the Messiah to set him -defer so seek his help? What free, will not suffer him to remit his though they have no claim to his importunity. He will supplicate so assistance! What though they can- much the inore earnestly, as God not remụnerate his love! He offers the longer deferreth to deliver him.
“ without money, and Like the blind man in this Gospel, without price." With confidence in whose perseverance is recorded for the fame they have heard of his our instruction, obstacles and delay power, and the declarations the Al- will add strength to his cries; he will mighty hath given of his authority, continue to call till Jesus hears him. they should stretch out their hands 4. The success and happiness of to him as needy supplicants, and beg such perseverance, are taught us in the
mercy which is Jehovah's alms. the fourth thing we have to notice, “ Jesus, thou Son of David, have concerning the subject of this mimercy on us." They will not cry in racle—the wonderful recovery of his vain, if they imitate the blind beg- sight. “ And Jesus said unto him,
Receive thy sight; thy faith hath 3. The third thing to be noticed in saved thee. And immediately he him; namely, his perseverance, not- received his sight, and followed him, withstanding the obstacles which glorifying God.” Who can forbear were thrown in his way. “ And they to picture to himself the joy which who went before rebuked him that he now rushed as a torrent over the should hold his peace; but he cried blind beggar's heart? The sun in so much the more, Thou Son of the heavens he saw with delight and David, have mercy on me.” Great, wonder ; the face of nature transand innumerable are the difficulties ported him with its beauty and which sinners may have to surmount sublimity, and the relations and proin coming to Christ. How shall I, portions of all its parts. He gazed says one who is poor and naked, upon the fair colours of the flowers,
which had refreshed him with a From Bartimeus, we turn to Jefragrance that came from objects sus of Nazareth ; from the conduct which he could not behold. He of the blind beggar, to the conduct lifted his eyes with admiration to the of the Son of God, who gave him source of that heat which had some- sight. Three things here deserve times imparted to his impoverished our consideration; the extent of his frame a genial warmth, with the benevolence, his gracious condeorigin of which, and its transcendent scension, and his ascription to the glory, he was unacquainted. He blind man's faith of the salvation felt, too, free. He saw the face of which he found. man. He walked without a leader. 1. The extent of our Lord's beneWhat wonder that he clung to the volence is worthy of remark. It Being, who had given him such in- embraces the whole human race. dependence, and opened to him such The rich and honourable counsellor views and hopes! Well might "he of Arimathea and the blind beggar follow Jesus, glorifying God.” This on the way from Jericho are alike is but one of many instances, in observed by him, and have his rewhich our Lord seemed not to gard. In like manner, his redemphearken to the prayer of the poor tion embraces all mankind. The destitute, till their earnestness had penitent Magdalen shares it with been proved, and their faith and faithful Abraham. No sinner is so perseverance manifested. And as far removed from God, that he may the importunate widow overcame, not be brought nigh by the blood of by her continual supplications, even
Christ. Poor blind man by the way the unjust “judge, who feared not side, despair not to call upon Jesus, God, nor regarded man,” so God if he come in thy way. He died for will help the needy who cry day and thee. night unto him, though he bear long 2. Another thing remarkable in with them. Nor will their joy and the conduct of our Lord is, his grathe sources of their happiness be cious condescension. He “stood, less than the blind man's, when he and commanded him to be brought turneth him unto their prayer, and unto him; and when he was come granteth their desire. His recon- near, he asked him, saying, What ciled « countenance," they will wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? behold pleasant and glorious, “as And he said, Lord, that I may rethe sun shining in his strength.” ceive my sight. And Jesus said Faith, and hope, and charity, and unto him, Receive thy sight; thy all the objects of the moral world, faith hath saved thee.” The Son of will be seen in all their beauty, and God, the heir of all worlds, stops on grandeur, their proportions and his way to hearken to the prayer of relations to each other. They see a blind beggar: he calls him to him, man in his true character and des- and enters into an inquiry concerntiny. They feel their spirits free. ing his wishes and his wants; and They lift up their eyes, and a hea- this for our instruction, that when ven is seen above, ethereal, un- awed by the greatness of our Creabounded, glorious; and, beyond the tor, and overwhelmed by the disreach of their spiritual vision, they tance between him and us, we may imagine regions of immortality, be encouraged to call upon him, and where God dwells. To these re- hope in his name. The blind man gions they hope to come. Of the put confidence in his goodness, and joys of this immortality, the restora- obtained his desire. tion of their sight is a pledge to 3. It is important to be observed, them that they shall one day share. that the faith of this suppliant proAnd how shall they forbear to fol. cured him his relief. The Scriptures low Him to whom they owe this give us no example of any blessing “ great salvation ?”
obtained from our Saviour without this quality. “If thou believest." to consolation.—Are you mortal ? “ All things are possible to him that He calleth you to eternal life. believeth. And again : “ Owo- “ Come unto me," saith he, “ all man, great is thy faith; be it unto ye that travel, and are heavy laden, thee even as thou wilt.” And here, and I will give you rest.” Be not in the case before us, Jesus said deterred, then, by the difficulties in unto him, “ Receive thy sight, thy the way. Lay aside the upper garfaith hath saved thee.” Awakened ment of your own sufficiency. It may sinner, wouldst thou share the mer- entangle you in going to Jesus. cies? come unto him, believing that Think not of your claim to his help. thy God hath sent him into the Regard not your inability to comworld for thy redemption. Have pensate him for your cure. Have confidence in his goodness, and the faith in his character. Have faith sufficiency of his power to save thee. in his pity, and his power. His If there were no other reason why name is Saviour. Contemplate him faith should be required of thee, it by his name, and cry to him perwere a sufficient and an awful one, severingly, “ Jesus, thou Son of which St. John hath given ; “ He David, have mercy on me." He that believeth not God, hath made standeth still when the poor calleth; him a liar; because he believeth not “ he also will hear their prayer, and the record that God gave of his Son. will help them.” Amen. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son."
The foregoing sermon is taken Brethren, the application of this from Bishop Dehon's discourses interesting portion of Scripture is to (vol. II. number lxxxvi.) We have yourselves. God has placed you, copied it the more willingly, not though blind and poor, in the way only from the interest expressed by in which you may hear of his Son many of our readers in this lamented the Redeemer. When you hear the writer, and to compensate for the voices of the prophets, and the rapid notice and brevity of extract movements of the types, and the to which our limits confined us in sacrifices are set before you, do you the review of the second volume of ask what it meaneth ? “ Jesus of his work, but as containing an affectNazareth passeth by.”_When the ing invitation to sinners to “ come Church calleth you to joy in a
to Jesus to be healed *,” and as Christmas, to keep a Lent, to so- exhibiting a pleasing illustration of lemnize a Good Friday, to observe the scriptural character of the Bian Easter; to celebrate an Ascension, shop's sentiments, with little or no do you ask what it meaneth ? “ Je need for those occasional exceptions sus of Nazareth passeth by."—When which have been mentioned as the altar of God hath upon it its sometimes necessary in reading the white covering, and there are placed pages of some of our most eminent thereon bread and wine, and the divines. In transcribing the serpriests stand by it, in deepest humi- mon, we have not thought ourlity and highest adoration, do you' selves at liberty to make any alterask what it meaneth?“ Jesus of ations or additions; and we have only Nazareth passeth by."—Are your made one brief omission of a sendesires to go to him for the salvation tence which appeared to us not you need, restrained by your fears, clearly intelligible, and which might or the opposition of the enemy, or the cavils of an evil world? Rise, American edition, from which we have
This is the title of the sermon in the he calleth you.—Are you guilty? copied; the running title is simply, “Come He calleth you to pardon.—Are you to Jesus.” In the London edition, the feeble? He calleth you to grace.- title is altered to “ The Healing of the Are you afflicted ? He calleth you Blind.”
have been liable to misapprehension God; and the necessity of a holy in a family sermon.
change of heart, as the principle of a moral change in conduct. He maintains that salvation is wholly
of God's grace, through faith in Tothe Editorofthe Christian Observer. Christ Jesus; and not of man's works It is deeply to be lamented, that or deservings. He shews the necesthe church of Christ should ever be sity of an atoning sacrifice to put divided by mere party names, or away sin, and exhibits the office of that its true members should on any
the Holy Spirit in the renewal of occasion be more ready to shew the soul and the reformation of the their controversial badge, “ I am of character. He holds the necessity Paul, and I of Apollos,” than the of good works, not as the precursors common uniform of their holy pro- of faith, or the procuring cause of fession—" and I of Christ.”' The salvation, but as the necessary reterms “ orthodox” and “ evangeli- sult and evidence of faith implanted cal" seem at present to marshal and salvation bestowed. An evanthe two leading divisions of opinion gelical minister is himself the subject in our church. But are not the and the example of the truths' he terms convertible? Can a man be preaches. Religion is with him a an orthodox churchman without be- matter, not of hearsay, but of pering evangelical; or an evangelical sonal experience. Being “moved churchman without being orthodox? by the Holy Spirit" to take upon To bring the point to the test of him the sacred office, he depends experiment, I subjoin the following on that Divine Agent for the success character of « an evangelical mini- of his commission, and the recepster,” which was sent to a lady who tion of the doctrines which he dehad desired a definition of that term; livers. He is described in Seripand I would humbly request to ture as “ a fellow-labourer together know what it contains that is con
with God," and his business is “ to trary to orthodoxy, or why any gather into the fold of Christ the truly orthodox churchman should wandering sheep of his flock out of shrink from the unmerited reproach this naughty world.”
He knows, which the expression “ evangelical" that since the Fall, “ the whole is often intended to convey. Change world lieth in wickedness," in the the word evangelical for orthodox, sleep and death of sin, under the in its proper sense, and the descrip- bondage of satan, and yet uncontion will be equally appropriate.
scious of their state ; and that “the carnal mind is enmity to God, and
opposed to all his gracious dispenThe expression an evangelical mi- sations;" and, therefore, he willingly nister, when justly applied to a cler- submits to be misunderstood and gyman of the Church of England, reproached, like his Divine Master, means, or should mean, one who, be- in his efforts to bring men to the lieving the doctrines contained in knowledge of the truth, and to turn the sacred Scriptures, as expounded them from the power of satan unto in the Liturgy and the Thirty-nine God. He preaches the duties of Articles-to the belief and mainte- the Christian as distinctly and minance of which he has pledged him- nutely as his privileges; not shrinkself at his ordination,--preaches in ing from the constant declaration, conformity with them; enforcing that they who have believed should the doctrines of the fall of man, and be zealous to maintain good works, the corruption of human nature'; the and that Christ died expressly to incapacity of mankind, in their purify to himself a people zealous of natural state, to discern spiritual them. I will only add, that he things, or to do works acceptable to practises what he preaches; that CHRIST. ORSERV. No. 253.
“ he renounces the pomps and vani- tian faith ; and that he strives to ties of this wicked world, and all the keep God's holy will and commandsinful lusts of the flesh; that he ments, and to walk in the same all believes all the articles of the Chris- the days of his life.”
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their throats, or other violent mea-
or New Orleans. An instance is on (Continued from last vol. p. 764.)
record of a poor Black woman, in Natchez, State of Mississippi. the winter of 1815, torn from her I now resume the afflicting subject husband, and destined for transporta. on which I was addressing you. An tion to Georgia, throwing herself at extensive Slave-trade is carried on day-break from the third story of a between these regions and those tavern in Washington ; and Slaves western parts of the States of Vir- are marched in open day in managinia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and cles, on their melancholy journey Georgia, in which they find it more southward, past the very walls of profitable to breed Šlaves for the the Capitol, where the senate of this market, than to raise the appropriate free Republic conduct their deliproduce of the soil. I have already berations. Indeed, this trade bementioned the numerous gangs which tween the Middle and Southern I continually fell in with in my route States has given rise to the horrible from the Atlantic to the Gulph of practice of kidnapping free Black Mexico; and I have understood that men, and has introduced into the from Maryland and Virginia alone, heart of a country pre-eminently from 4000 to 5000 per annum are proud of her free institutions, a sort occasionally sent down to New Or- of tegria, or man-stealing, which one leans; a place, the very name of had hoped was confined to the dewhich seems to strike terror into serts of Africa. It is stated by Mr. the Slaves and free Negroes of the Torrey, an American physician, in Middle States. I was asked by a a work which he has published, very intelligent free Black servant called “ American Slave Trade," at the house where I lodged in Phi- that under the existing laws, if a ladelphia, to tell him really whether « Free Coloured man travels withthe free Negroes whom the Colo- out passports certifying his right to nization Society were professing to his liberty, he is generally appresend to Africa, were not actually hended, and frequently plunged sent to New Orleans; as it was said, (with his progeny) into slavery by that as soon as the vessel was out the operation of the laws.” He obof sight of land, she steered her serves; “ The preceding facts clearcourse thither ; that he knew there ly exemplify the safety with which were friends to the Negroes in the the free-born (Black) inhabitants Society, who would not agree to of the United States may be offered deceive and sell them, but he thought for sale, and sold, even in the me they might be deceived themselves, tropolis of liberty, as oxen, even to and that nothing but this apprehen- those who are notified of the fact, sion had prevented him from offering and are perhaps convinced that they to go to Africa, as he much liked are free."
But why do I enter into these sad Instances are not rare of Slaves details? Is it to reproach America destroying themselves, by cutting with a stain with which our own im