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of it. With some this is matter of may be, that, in the situation in surprise; but there is nothing sur which divine Providence has placed prising in it. How should they be us, there is a call for more especial conscious of deficiency in a state or attention to some one grace in par. disposition which they do not dis. ticular. At one time we may need tinctly understand, because they the wisdom and decision to guide have not made it the distinct sub our own affairs with discretion; at ject of reflection ? He who would another, the self-renouncing humigrow in grace should seek for a lity which patiently submits to the deep and settled conviction of the direction and control of others. We fact, that holiness consists in the may be called to the graces neces. harmonious, well-balanced combi. sary for doing; we may be called to nation of certain states and disposi- those necessary for suffering. St. tions, and by the use of all proper Paul evidently contemplated this
to know the nature and variety of Christian duty when he fruits of those graces in their prac. said, that he was “ instructed both tical operation.
to be full and to be hungry, both to He should likewise direct the abound and to suffer need." He most earnest and careful self-exa. who could say, “This one thing I mination to this point: “ Are all do,” likewise said, “I can do all these graces in myself ?” If there things through Christ which strength. be the Spirit, there will be the fruit eneth me." And thus are we to of the Spirit. He should ask, not seek to be “perfect and entire, lackmerely, “ Am I, by the grace of ing nothing ;” to “stand perfect God, holy?" but,-directing his at- and complete in all the will of tention to the particular branches of God.” the work of the Spirit, as laid down Still assuming the continued so clearly in Scripture,—“Am I maintenance of the favour and inholy in reference to each particular ward life of God, by faith and operation ? Have I love, joy, peace, prayer, and all that they suppose long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, and imply, we again say, that as to faith, meekness, temperance ?" the health and growth of the body
He should seek to know the actual nourishment and exercise are essenstate of these several branches of the tial ; so, for growth in grace, Chrisfruit of the Spirit. There is the sin tian truth, in its references to holi. that doth easily beset,—whether it ness of heart and life, must be studoes so from our natural temper, or
died, -Christian graces, in their any acquired habits, or from our particular nature, must be exercised. external circumstances; its most As for the method of seeking dangerous operation will always be what is really a superhuman perfec. found in the influence it exerts on tion and growth, by that way of some particular branch or branches counsel to which Aquinas adverts, of the work of the Spirit. It may we have already seen that it rests not directly affect the whole ; and upon the most mistaken assumpas in the body, so in the soul, de. tions. No resemblance to the incided disease in one part may be co habitants of heaven is secured by existent with apparent health in any apparent-for, after all, it is another. We are not safe unless only apparent-resemblance of some we direct our examination through mere circumstance. The heavenly out, and seek for symptoms of health company serve God day and night or disease wherever such symptoms in his temple ;” and, by a regular may be found. All may seem to be and continual succession of persons, right in some respects ; when, if we the forms of divine worship, in some only continue our search, we may given place, by the members of discover grounds for serious appre some given association, may be carhension.
ried on without cessation. But it And while every grace is to be does not follow that there is even cultivated, that so these things the slightest resemblance to heaven may be in us, and a BOUND;" yet it in the individuals. “ In heaven
they neither - marry nor are given in and this variety is called for both in marriage.". But celibacy and en reference to the purposes of God, tire earthliness may, nevertheless, and the characters of men,-often co-exist. It is an utter mistake to in reference to these two considered fancy that, because there is simi- in conjunction. Men differ in what larity in some circumstantial points, may be regarded as the natural elethere is a real, substantial resem ments of their character; they differ blance. The real ground on which in its actual formation, as, in virtue alone resemblance can be secured of their own choice, these have been is, with admirable wisdom, pointed acted upon by the circumstances in out by our Lord in the prayer be which they have been placed. And has condescended to teach us : in nothing is the wisdom of God “The WILL BE DONE ON EARTH, more discernible, than in the adaptaAS IT IS IN Heaven." Tried by tion of his corrective disciplinethe test thus furnished, not only the termed, by the Apostle, "the chas. deficiency, but the mischievousness, tening of the Lord”-to the actual of what is called the way of counsel condition of the individual ; and in will be at once apparent.
its suitableness either to the restoraThe very choice of such a mode tion of spiritual health, or to estabof life, with all the external discom- lishment in it. Nor is this the forts and renunciations which it im- whole. Though that this requires plies, has in it much more of self- variety, must at once be seen. The will than the individuals making it wise Physician administers medisuppose. Be it remembered, the cine to individuals by the adaptamonastic or conventual life, even tion of general principles to particu. were it as excellent as its advocates lar cases. But, along with this, contend, is still a human institution. there are the purposes of God reIt is not a divine command. They specting the salvation of others. who enter upon it choose it for Daniel's trials powerfully contrithemselves. Admitting their sin. buted to his own establishment in cerity, and placing the act to the holiness; they likewise contributed account of the misapprehensions oc to make known, in the midst of casioned by an erroneous creed, Heathenism, the power of godliness. they yet choose their own inherit- The trials of Joseph referred not to ance. And especially is this the himself alone, but to the purposes case where the retirement from the of God respecting both the family world is caused by disappointment of Jacob, and the land of Egypt. and worldly sorrow. Instead of The providence of God is thus parcontinuing in the path in which ticular, referring to individuals, and Providence has been conducting their own soul's health, and the saland exercising self-denial in refer- vation of others. He who would go ence to the privations which are through a course of spiritual disci. thus providential, one sphere of ac- pline, must yield himself up to God, tion is left, another chosen; from and resolve to be faithful to the one field of conflict we withdraw, to great principles of truth and holiengage in another of our own selec- ness, whatsoever his circumstances tion. Holy submission to the will may be ; and so, acknowledging of God says, “ Thou, Lord, shalt God in all his ways, God shall choose our inheritance ;” resolving, direct his paths. We know not in the circumstances of that provi- whether riches or poverty, whether dential inheritance, to "seek first prosperity or adversity, whether the kingdom of God and his righte- health or sickness, be best for us,– ousness ;” leaving it to the divine be, in our particular case, most for wisdom, goodness, and sovereignty, the glory of God. God must choose to give or withhold of all other our inheritance for us. things.
Nor are we to forget that “it is Besides, this human institution is God that setteth the solitary in faa way of uniformity of discipline. milies.” He is the Author of huThe 'discipline of God is various ; man society; and if society be dis
arranged and corrupted by sin, it is corruption and impurity, it has fosto be restored to order and purity tered a proud self-complacency, a by grace. And this is recognised confidence in human merit, and a in the dispensation of mercy in our ferocious hatred to whatever was opLord Jesus. His disciples are the posed to itself, which seemed to find salt of the earth, the light of the its most beloved home in scenes of world ; they are to cause their light cruelty and bloodshed. If the New so to shine before men, that men Testament is to be believed, the may see their good works, and glo- work of the Spirit of God is to rify their heavenly Father. But this make men kind, tender-hearted, afcan only be done by continuing in fable, courteous,-to produce the the world; and yet, in principle, dispositions which are emphatically spirit, and temper, evidently being called amiable; whereas the monasnot of the world. They are to show, tic discipline, beginning by a disby conquering the enemy, not flee- ruption of the human affections, ing from him, that he is conquer goes on to sear them, and eventually able. The genuine victories of so to harden the heart, that what grace are thus most clearly shown. even Stoicism only portrayed in None can speak more decidedly on writing is not only realized, but this subject than St. Paul : “ Come practically surpassed. For the proout from among them, and be ye duction of Inquisitors, the way of separate ;” yet is he careful to counsel, the monastic system, was guard against the misconception of required. his words, and tells the Corinthians Yet let not the Christian misunthat they were not to go “altogether derstand his position. He is to re. out of the world.” The separation main in the world, but not to do his was to be maintained by those who own will there. In the world, but kept their place in human society. not of the world. In the world;
And let not the Christian seek to and, therefore, its duties are to be be holy above what is commanded, performed: not of the world; and, any more than wise above what is therefore,—and here is his true written. Superstition is superfluity trial,—the spirit of the world is to in religion. Whatever discipline is be avoided, and the spirit of relinecessary, shall be experienced by gion clearly shown, in the performhim who commits himself and his ance of worldly duties. He is in ways unto the Lord. Can he not the world, as a citizen of heaven; show a proper contempt of worldly and as such he is in al} things to wealth in any other way than by act. Remembering this, he would voluntary poverty ? genuine purity, feel that Christianity imposed limits than by vowed and enforced celi- which he cannot transgress without bacy? the renunciation of his own sin. He is bound to attend to the will, than by placing himself in sub- duties of his station. But these are jection to the arbitrary control of a various. The men of the world spiritual superior? This is rather see one class only,—how they may the way to produce false virtues, increase in wealth. Too many Christhan true ones.
Nay, more than tian professors act like them : they this, it is the way frequently to pro set no limits to their prosperity; as duce real and dangerous vices. Mo if they had nothing to do but to go nasticism has occasionally assisted on prospering in the world. Arto bring out the Christian character, rived at a certain point, what seathough even its best instances have sons of leisure for personal improveshown the defects of the system. ment, for doing good to others, The New Testament knows nothing might be found! But, no ; they go of the painful austerity which on, evidently under the influence of breathes throughout the celebrated the love of the world. They will to work of Thomas à Kempis. But be rich. Their growth in grace is more frequently, where it has not stopped. No blessing seems to be broken the spirit, or even degene- connected with the inheritance which rated into the dregs of hypocritical they leave behind them. What they
amassed avariciously, is spent by sustains, governs, and characterizes their heirs profusely. They forgot all the rest, is love. To such that, in the world, they were not to strength and maturity of love as be of the world, and that separation shall give it the complete dominion from the world was to be mani. our entire spirit, banishing fested by a wise attention to duty, thence all that is opposed to its own as arising from the particular appli. holy and blessed nature, it is equally cation of the general rules of Scrip- our duty and our privilege to come; ture to their individual circum- that is, to be made perfect in love : stances, and by a steady regard to and inasmuch as we come first to spiritual improvement at all times love God by having his love shed and in all conditions. Where Pro- abroad in our hearts by the Holy vidence gives prosperity, there is no Ghost, received through faith in exemption from the obligations of Christ; so, if we would have this Christian law. He who has more sacred ripeness and establishment in money than he had, may have more love, faith in Christ must be exer. time for retirement, more time for cised, for the yet richer baptisms of seeking out and relieving them that the same divine Spirit. But even want. A worldly man makes this then, as before, spiritual improveprosperity his ultimate object : when ment, growth in grace, is both posthe religious professor forgets that sible and obligatory. And for growth his great object is to save his soul, in grace, the mind must be kept he has already fallen from grace. constantly under the influence of A Christian earth-worm is a contra the teachings of grace,-even that, diction in terms.
"denying ungodliness and worldly This, then, is the sum of the lusts, we should live soberly, righwhole. Our first care must be, teously, and godly, in through justifying faith in the mercy SENT WORLD; looking for the blessof God in our Lord Jesus Christ, to ed hope, and the glorious appearobtain remission of sins, and the ing, of the great God and our consequent gift of the Spirit of Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave adoption, to regenerate our souls, himself for us, that he might rethat so we may be indeed alive from DEEM US FROM ALL INIQUITY, and the dead, through Jesus Christ our purify unto himself a peculiar peoLord. Of that new and spiritual ple, zealous of good works.” life, the main exercise, that which
THE YEARLY COLLECTION. (To the Editor of the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.) The “ Yearly Collection” is the From 1799 to 1803, sixpence per oldest, and one of the most import- member. ant, existing in the Wesleyan church. From 1803 to 1808, sevenpence. Its object is the carrying on of the From 1808 to 1813, sevenpence. work of God in our own country, From 1813 to 1818, sixpence three our native land. If from no other farthings. circumstance, therefore, from this From 1818 to 1823, sixpence one alone, it has peculiar claims upon farthing. the liberality of the Wesleyans. Be From 1823 to 1828, fivepence lieving that this fund deserves more three farthings. attention and support than it has From 1828 to 1833, fivepence. obtained, permit me to bring it From 1833 to 1838, fourpence under the consideration of your nu three farthings. merous readers. And, first, let us From 1838 to 1843, fourpence ascertain the way in which this fund three farthings. has been supported by the contribu Such has been the rate of contritions in the classes.
bution, leaving out fractional parts,
for each period of five years since accomplish the proposed end. With 1799. Thus it will be seen, that these views, we are led to the conthe contributions in the classes have clusion, that there never was a time become gradually less, on the ave. when the Wesleyan church occu. rage per member, from the year pied a more eminent, and therefore 1813. This fact must be considered a more responsible, situation, than lamentable. And the question arises, at this hour. But let all her mem. Do the circumstances of the case bers, while she is rising in moral justify such a diminution? It is influence and power, take care to thought not,-whether we look to strengthen her foundations by the the moral state of our country, the increase of personal piety and Chrisincrease of the population, the doc- tian liberality. That this is needed, trinal errors that are prevalent, or the is abundantly apparent to every recircumstances of our own church. flecting mind imbued with Chris
If we examine the Report of the tian principle. Who can look upon last census, we shall find that the the moral condition, especially, of moral state of our country is not our large towns, without being imimproving in proportion to the in- pressed with the necessity of increase of the population. “With a creased evangelical effort to secure slight exception in 1838, the pro. their moral improvement? The ingressive increase of commitments fidelity, the profanation of the Sabhas continued during the last seven bath, the intemperance, the licen. years; and from 1836 to 1842 has tiousness, and the neglect of public increased 49.2 per cent. Within worship, which are there especially the same period, in the extensive manifest, loudly call for additional and populous counties of York, Lan means for the correction of these caster, Chester, Stafford, and Salop, evils. the commitments have doubled ; and The increase of the population also in Monmouth, Rutland, and has been upwards of two millions, Westmoreland.” (Census Report.) from 1831 to 1841; and that in. It will thus be seen, that the in crease, it is computed, is now going crease of crime is not confined to on at the rate of nearly three hun. the manufacturing population ; and dred and fifty thousand a year. This the entire returns fully confirm this fact shows that the present is not the view of the case. At the same time, time for any relaxation in those efthe returns for 1840, 1841, and forts the object of which is the spread 1842, show a gradual decrease of of religion at home. By some means, those who are unable to read and this daily-multiplying population write ; and, consequently, the in must be provided for, or the results crease of elementary education. But will, at a future, and not distant, this fact, considered in connexion day, prove most disastrous. with the preceding,-namely, the Again, if we consider the errors increase of crime, - proves, most and unchristian feelings which are convincingly, that something more 80 extensively prevalent within that than mere education is required, to section of the church designated the secure the moral improvement of Establishment, we shall be brought our countrymen. A more adequate to the conclusion, that the work of provision must be made for the spi- evangelizing our countrymen is ritual and religious care and instruc- clearly cast, by divine Providence, tion of the constantly-increasing po- upon the evangelical sects to a great pulation. The term spiritual, as extent, and especially on the Weswell as religious, is used designedly, leyans. to indicate the necessity of the re In noticing the application of this generating operations of the Holy fund, it will not be necessary to say Spirit, by means of the truth faith- much on those cases which come fully preached; for it is possible under the general designation of there may be an increase of means “ extraordinaries ;” including ex. and agency, having the forms of re penses arising from "removals," Jigion, which are not calculated to afflictions, the purchase of “furni