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"Le quan THE LAST END OF A YOUNG CHRISTIAN.
FROM MEMOIRS OF REV. J. E. JONES, BY THOMAS PAGE, M. A, A DEATH-BED scene recorded in without delay, to the noble endeahis journal while at Hawkhurst, vour to clear away
from their breasts is so full of rich and animating every object of earthly hope or comfort to those, who by faith in fear that may withstand its entrance, the atonement of Christ, are await- and welcome to their hearts, as ing the final victory over death their abiding guest, that religion, and the grave ; that we cannot whose freely-conferred benefits are refuse it insertion. Possibly some so mighty in their influence, and so may attribute
at of the many expres- blessed and so lasting in their con
U sions of this dying believer, to an sequences. unusually high state of enthusiastic March 21, 1828. Was much temperament; but let such consi- interested and delighted in my first der again how many attendant cir- visit to a young woman in this cumstances were calculated to allay parish of the name of Huntley excitement of every kind; the shat- Her bodily frame was fast sinking tered frame, the unstrung nerves,
under the influence of disease, but! the mortal agonies, the bursting the hope of an interest in the atoties of relationship, the struggling ning blood of Jesus, was tively and of animal life to retain its earthly vigorous, and her happy soul was lodging. Oh, let them consider rising on the wings of faith and how these usual accompaniments love towards heaven. Never beof “ life's latest hour,' in the majo- fore has it been my privilege to rity of cases, serve to quench witness so remarkable an instance every spark of animation, to be- of a dying believer rejoicing in cloud every beam of joy, to weigh Christ Jesus, with joy unspeakable down the immortal soul beneath a and full of glory. burden of unutterable anxieties, March 25. Passed some inteand to banish far away from the resting moments to-day by the struggling victim of the king of bed side of Harriet Huntley, who terrors, every hope and every joy witnessed a good confession when that rests not on an infinitely more in health, and therefore her dying solid basis than a morbid excite- testimony is the more satisfactory. ment: and then, let them make the She is so weak as to be scarcely candid and just admission that able to articulate, and consequently there is in, religion, when it takes much of what she said, I could up its dwelling deeply and immove- not distinctly understand. I could ably in the heart, a power to con- hear her whisper every now and sole, and to elevate, and to gladden then such expressions as these—« All which is elsewhere sought in vain; is well,' I now feel that religion a power to bear up the mind, when is every thing.' The frame of her every earthly prop is falling from mind seemed truly humble, grieved beneath it, yea, to kindle such a to think how little she had glorified pure and tranquil brightness around that Saviour, who in her salvation the dying hour, as almost to blend was all in all, and how far she the closing scenes of this life with had been living beneath her Christhe opening visions of glory and tian privileges. Christ was indeed of bliss, upon which the new-born all her hope, and all her dependspirit enters in the life to come. ence; but she felt that holiness of And having made the admission heart, and consistency of conduct, which they cannot with any shadow and deliverance from the dominion of 'reason withhold, let them rise of sin, is as much' the privilege of
a Christian, as it is a part of his dinary a degree with an expression salvation. She said she now saw of holy peace and heavenly joy, in that the path to heaven was much the evident foretaste of the glory more narrow than she had ever that awaited her. She took the before thought it;, and had she hand of each present, and spoke to strength, how earnestly would she all in turn with peculiar approexhort her Christian friends to walk priateness, To her distressed more humbly, and closely with mother she said,— My dearest God. Oh, do tell me, sir,' she mother, oh, that you felt what I said when I rose to take leave, do. I wish I did, my love, • do tell if I am in error, tell was the mother's reply.
• You me if I am resting on the right may, you may: Jesus will lead you foundation. I think it was during in the right way.'
• My dear sisthis visit, she expressed herself so ter,' she said to Maria H, • do strongly on the value of the means give yourself wholly to the Lord of grace, and said she was so pow- seek him with all your heart.' erfully impressed and awakened To a young man who was present, under 1, a. sermon, from the words,
Be faithful to the light Mary hath chosen that good and grace which God has given part, which shall not be taken you. Live néar, oh, live near to away from her.'s
him, live upon the fulness of Jesus. March 26. • I was early sum- Be faithful - will you be faithful ? ' moned this morning to attend the When a little recovered from so dying Harriet; whose' dissolution great an effort, she exclaimed, her friends considered to be at . If this is dying, it is sweet inhand. It seemed indeed as though deed to die. Upon which I rethe earthly tabernacle was on the minded her that I had said to her very point of sinking to its kindred a few days ago, when her mind dust, but never surely could the seemed rather under a cloud, that heavenly guest it contained have it is the privilege of a Christian to been more vigorous. As soon as die. Yes,' she replied, what I was seated beside her she ex- is all the world to this?'-meanclaimed, : Oh! Jesus is giving me ing the joy and peace she posthe victory – complete victory
sessed. She then repeated the - final victory !-Glory, glory! name of Jesus with great emphasis, all is well--for ever well.' - And adding,
adding, · He is my God, my Rethen she repeated the word glory deemer, my Saviour....Teil the again and again, till from speaking world,' she exclaimed, her counwith a strength of voice which tenance beaming as before, I am astonished us, the word died away a sinner saved by grace ;' and then upon her lips into a soft and gentle she repeated the expression again whisper—' Oh,' she said after a and again in a tone of voice, of pause, what a miracle of grace !
which I should have supposed her what a brand plucked out of the wholly incapable..... At the close burning! what a mercy !-Praise of the day she said to a friend,the Lord-Oh! do praise him'- To-day I have experienced as it
were a heaven below, perhaps toI shall behold his face
morrow I shall reach a heaven I shall his power adore, And sing the wonders of his grace,
above.' With reference to former For evermore.
seasons of doubting, she said,
• Oh ! wherefore did I ever doubt It is scarcely too much to say
a Saviour's grace,
and faithfulness, that her countenance seemed to and love ?' shine like the face of an angel ; it April 1. “The summons reached was brightened up to so extraor- poor Harriet this evening, which
carried her through the 'swellings Glory, glory, glory! The beauof Jordan, to the shores of the tiful stanzas of Watts were at that everlasting Canaan." Mark the moment as sweet to my mind as perfect man, and behold the up- they were appropriate : right : for the end of that man is
is 948 boissoilla peace.” 511 April 9. • All that was mortal How fine has the day
ay been; 'hów Britt
bright of Harriet Huntley, was this day
was the sun, committed to the ground-earth
How lovely and joyful the course he has
run, to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to
Though he rose in a mist, when his race dust.' A long train of mourners he begun, followed her corpse, and the whole
And there followed some droppings of company joined in singing over her
But now the fair traveller is come to the grave the suitable hymn,
His rays are all gold, and more beauteous In vain our fancy strives to paint, &c.
He paints the sky gay as he sinks to his The day was remarkably fine ; and
rest, in the evening the sun went down And foretells a bright rising again.ba) with more than ordinary splendour,
146 7611 gilding the western skies with his parting beams. As I took my.
Just such is the Christian-this course he
begins, evening ramble through a romantic Like the sun in a mist, while he niourns part of the village which I had not for his sins, previously explored, I followed And melts into tears ;-then he breaks out
and shines in imagination the spirit of the de
And travels his heavenly way to find parted saint into the realms of un- But when he draws nearer the end of his decaying blessedness, and could almost fancy that her seraph voice Like a fine setting sun, he looks richer in was still sounding in my ears the
grace, comprehensive expression which
And gives a sure hope, at the close of his
days, her dying lips had so often uttered, Of rising in brighter array.
Bij Pioni ON BOWING AT THE NAME OF JESUS.'"""
SIR, -Having been lately led to affirmed by dissenters to be used consider the practice of bowing as symbolical of submission : their the knee at the mention of the mode of argument is this, they name of Jesus, I beg leave to first assert that bowing the knee offer a few remarks which have was an honour done to kings and occurred to me.
nobles in the east, as we find in I would first advert to Phil. Gen. xli. 43. and several other ii. 9–11. (which is the text upon parts, and from these passages they which the custom is founded) assume the figurative meaning of * Wherefore God also hath highly the text. But we must recollect exalted him, and given him a that Christ, the King of kings, and name which is above every name'; Lord of lords, and who is one with thát' at the name of Jesus every the Almighty Father, , stards in a knee should "bow, of things in much higher situation with respect heaven,' and things in earth, and to his creatures, than kings do with things 'under the earth'; and that their subjects. And the bowing every tongue should confess that
the knee has not been proved to Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory have been" done dt "the mention of God the Father.” This of the name of these kings, and
therefore it cannot be shown to ceremony :testifying by these be a parallel case to it.
outward ceremonies and gestures Let us now proceed to examine their due acknowledgment, that the context, for a text of scripture the Lord Jesus Christ, the true should never be singled out with- eternal Son of God, is the only out looking into the connection. Saviour of the world, in whom In the former verses then, we find alone all the mercies, graces, and most beautifully set forth the promises of God to mankind, for humiliation of our Saviour in this life and the life to come, are visiting this world, taking upon fully and wholly comprised.' himself the form of a servant, and (Canon 18th.) I would appeal to suffering a most cruel and igno- any candid person, whether these minious death on the cross for the are superstitious sentiments, salvation of sinners; and imme- whether such expressions are taindiately afterwards we have as it ted with false devotion. were a reward given to him for the As to its being a popish cereexecution of his work of
mony, I will not deny it; but the words of the text, “ Wherefore
we to dea our so far to God also,” &c. Surely none who shake off all similitude to the have tasted of the blessings ob- professors of a false religion, as tained by this glorious Redeemer, to neglect a duty because they can refuse to assign that glory perform it? No one can be more and honour which the Father here inimical to the Romish religion promises him.
than myself; yet, though I should I would here remark, in sup- regret to see any of their superport of this text being taken lite- stitious ceremonies introduced into rally, the peculiarity of its being the Church of England, I would at the mention of Jesus. This on no account neglect what is so word signifies in the Hebrew, Sa- plainly stated, through any appreviour, and the mention of this hension of being charged with being name, perhaps is more calculated in alliance with that church. than that of any other, to call Is there anything then revolting forth the principles of gratitude in the idea of bowing the knee from true Christians; and possibly upon the mention of the name of the inspired apostle selected it from one who is co-equal and co-eterthe other titles of our Lord on nal with the living God; of one this account; for upon turning to who visited this world upon the Rey, v. 13, we find that the errand of mercy, and obtained angelic host ascribed blessing and redemption for man at the cost of honour to the Lamb for ever and his own precious blood ? No, ever, which word does not so rea- there certainly is not, and no just dily suggest the idea of a Saviour reason can be adduced for objectas the other; nor is it required, ing to conform to this ceremony, as the one is to be at the mention It ought not then to be branded of the name, and the other was at with the words, 'superstition,' or the presence of Jesus.
popery,' when we see it founded The principal objections urged upon so firm a basis as the holy against this practice are, that it is word of God. Other objections superstitious and popish ; the for- may be urged against this cerebe of no weight, mony, but I can never be
con: when the custom is
s shown to be vinced that it is wrong, unless a founded on Scripture as it has direct contrary injunction can be been.
found in the inspired volume. Let us, however, see what meanai ing our church attaches to this
* Φίλος της εκκλησίας. Η te
mer of these, can
SERMON OF THE LATE REV. W. RICHARDSON.)3 SIR,- Permit me to send for inser- ful copy of the M8. transcribed tion in your useful publication, the from the short hand notes by Mr. substance of a sermon preached Russell himself. Those who reby the late Rev.W. Richardson, of member Mr. Richardson's style York. It will doubtless be read and manner, will at orice recognise
ith peculiar pleasure by that part their late esteemed Pastor. I shall of his flock who survive him, and feel I trust something more than it will prove, I am persuaded, gratified, by the cream of one of his edifying to the spiritual reader of excellent sermons being admitted the Christian Guardian. The ser- on the pages of the Christian mon was taken down in short Guardian. May our noble cathehand, when it was preached, Oct. drals resound with the Truth of 27, 1799, in York Minster, by the the “glorious Gospel,” as York late John Russell, Esq. R. A. the Minster certainly did, when Mi. personal friend of Mr. Richardson, Richardson was one of the Vicars and 'one of the many admirers of Choral.
Bf: W.R.it his ministry. I send you a faith- Shepperton Rectory, Oct. 1833.3
SERMON. 2 CHRON. XXVİï. 22.-" This is that king Ahaz.”. em :) “WHATSOEVER was written afore and are partakers of the good things time, was written for our learning;” of this life, the more they forget we are therefore to read every part
God. Hence it was, that when of the Scripture, in order to gain God of his infinite goodness first instruction. We find in this king promised the Saviour to fallen Ahaz, that all the chastisements of man, he did not permit him any God were rendered useless to him; longer to remain in paradise, but for in the time of his affliction did took him from that pleasing situahe trespass yet more against the tion, in order to dispose bim 'to Lord ; this is that king A haz. seek his salvation. And accord3: Great benefits to men flow from ingly, this memorable sentence their afflictions, but this end can- against Adam and his posterity not be accomplished, except in the was pronounced : " Cursed is the way of repentance, faith, and holi- ground for thy sake;' 'in' sorrow ness. We cannot honour God shalt thou eat of it all the days but by seeing our own evil, and of thy life; thorns also and thishis goodness, and in being delighted tles shall it bring forth to thee; in his ways so as to follow after and thou shalt eat the herb 'of his holiness. the means of the field; in the sweat of thy grace are therefore to beget the face shalt thou eat bread, till Jife of God in the soul of man. thou return unto the ground:' for Affliction is one of these means. out of it wast thou taken: for If the heart were good, there would dust thou art, and unto dust shalt be no need of such unpleasant thou return." This sentence has remedies, but the more our God been fulfilled in all ages. Every would pour down his benefits upon man hath his share, and there is as us, the more thankful and devoted much mercy as judgment in this; we should be. But since man is they who are called to the knowfallen from God, and he seeks his ledge of God in Christ Jesus, may happiness in earthly things, con- be called to have more stings in
tinual prosperity would ruin us. their earthly comforts than others, b. In king Ahaz we see an exam- in order to tear away their idols, ple, that the more men abound in, to saların their consciences with