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THE GOSPEL FIELD.
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CHRIST IS ALL AND IN ALL."
Flexts and Thoughts for the Dow Voar. " Hitherto the Lord hath helped uš."
“The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make His face to shine upon thee and bo gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give theo peace.”
“ We shall see Him as He is.” “What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness ?”'
BELOVED READER,—Here is a fourfold cluster of precious sentences from our Father's book presented for consideration, well adapted to comfort, encourage, animate, and cheer the heart of the living, loving, trusting, obedient child of God. Spared, as we are, to the commencement of another year, it is well to reflect a little on the past ; to examine ourselves as to the present state of matters between God and our own souls; solemnly to ask for the promised blessing of our covenant Triune Jehovah, to be with us and upon us during the year we have now just entered upon; to think a little on the glorious prospect before us in the future of heaven, if we be true believers in the Lord Jesus; and to resolve in the strength of grace divine, to walk more as children of the light in the future of our life on earth than we have hitherto done.
As to the past, every child of God who will calmly and conscientiously take a review of the past year, will be filled with a deep and humbling sense of his own manifold shortcomings, and of the wondrous mercy and goodness of his heavenly Father in His dealings with him, during the whole of its revolving months, weeks, and days. Chiefly will he be impressed with an adoring grateful sense of the kindness and faithfulness of his God in preserving him in the way of peace and truth, in supplying his numerous wants, in bearing with his waywardness and follies, and forgiving his sins on confessing and forsaking the same ; in restoring his soul from time to time, when, through neglecting prayer and other means of grace, uubelief, or other causes, it had become cold, barren, and distant from God. He will remember the loving-kindness of the Lord in His good providence in various forms and ways, and especially in the love visits vouchsafed to him in the closet, the sanctuary, reading the word, in meditation, and in those occasional happy moments when, without any apparent connection with the use of means, the Lord gives him a token of His love, and assures his soul that He is his salvation—thus filling him with joy and peace in believing. These and similar reminiscences will call forth the grateful exclamation, “Hitherto the Lord hath helped me, even unworthy me. Then may well follow the
No. 577.-JANUARY, 1881.
earnest, heartfelt prayer, that the blessing wherewith the Lord God of Israel promised to bless his ancient people, may be greatly realized and enjoyed during the year now entered upon. Translated into New Testament language, that most gracious benediction reads thus—“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you." In each reading the blessing is the same-the blessing with which a gracious Triune Jehovah blesses those on whom He puts His name, and of whom he says, “I will bless them.” And surely that must be a blessed man indeed whom our Covenant God, in His Trinity of Persons, condescends to bless. Be this the happy lot of every spiritual reader of the Gospel Herald all through the year of our Lord 1881. With Jabez of old, let each one pray fervently, “Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed.” Oh that God would keep me, make His face to shine upon me, and be gracious unto me, lift
up the light of His countenance upon me, and give me peace. And our gracious God will hear and answer the prayer thus humbly and earnestly presented in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord; so that in the experience of every such weeping and praying Jabez, it shall be found, as with him of many centuries gone by, that “the Lord our God will grant that which is thus requested of Him.” Thus shall our Heavenly Father's love, the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the sanctifying communion of the Holy Ghost, even the blessing of the covenant Triune God, be with us. Amen. So may it be, most gracious God, throughout the year now entered and all the days and years of our earthly pilgrimage, be they few or more.
Then should it please the Lord to call us away from these earthly scenes during the year now commenced, as He did many whom we knew and loved in the past year—what then ? It shall be well with us if we are truly lovers of Christ, for we shall “ see Him as He is,” and be with Him for ever. This our beloved brother Paul considered to be far better than tabernacling here below. The desire of every living child of God is to behold the King in His beauty. The support and solace of the Church throughout the ages of persecution, tribulation, and waiting, has been the believing expectation of beholding the Bridegroom's face in that goodly inheritance, Jerusalem above.
“ The King there in His beauty
Without a veil is seen;
Though seven deaths lay between.
Doth on Mount Zion stand;
In Immanuel's land.
" Oh! Christ, He is the fountain,
The deep, sweet well of love !
More deep I'll drink above.
His mercy doth expand ;
Of Immanuel's land.”
He has promised that where He is, there His servants shall be also ; they do not, however, expect the honour and happiness on the ground of their service but of His. He gives His loved ones eternal life.
He came on earth that they, by His service and sufferings, might have life-and might have it more abundantly, more freely, more securely, more lastingly, and more blessedly than the life that Adam possessed in his state of innocence. The life He gives them is eternal; they go out no more, for ever, from the Paradise of God-because Christ lives, they shall live also, and see His face, and never, never sin. This honour, this perfect bliss, shall be possessed by all His saints, by all who humbly serve Him here below, trust in His precious blood and righteousness, and love His dear and holy name. Yes, with dear Joseph Swain, every one of this truly blessed company may confidently sing:
" For ever I shall see Him shine-
Whom heaven's high hosts adore ;
And I will ask no more.
But as servants of the living God, and followers of our holy Lord, there are other things to be attended to whilst we are on earth, besides our own comfort and assurance of an interest in the glory that shall follow the present state. These are briefly expressed or implied in the fourth passage cited at the head of this paper, viz.—What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness ?” The idea of responsibility is involved; this arises from the relation in which we stand as children of the Most High God, partakers of the heavenly calling, avowed disciples of Christ, and heirs of eternal glory. Seeing that we stand in such distinguished relationship, have received so distinctive a mark of divine favour as to be called from moral darkness into marvellous heavenly light, have made open profession of our faith in and obedience to our divine Lord and Master, and are looking to spend a holy and happy eternity with Him in heaven ;—it becomes us to walk in a manner corresponding therewith, whilst it shall be His pleasure for us to dwell on earth. And as the enjoyment of the Divine favour in the soul is very closely connected with a holy and consistent walk and conversation, it is necessary for our own happiness that, as obedient children, we have
respect unto all our Father's commandments, esteeming them in all their varied forms to be good, and right, and profitable for the soul, as well as glorifying to His name to be observed and obeyed. Thus, with a grateful remembrance of divine mercies, and a humbling sense of our own mauifold shortcomings in the past ; with earnest and devout prayer for the promised blessing of our God, and a humble resolve in His strength and by His grace to walk in the paths of righteousness, truth, and peace, may we begin this year. And in like manner spend all our allotted days on earth, looking unto Jesus, hoping and anticipating through His rich grace to be with Him for ever in that bright world of light, love, holiness, and joy, when He shall be pleased to call us hence. Amen.
Eohods from the Sanctuary.
THE UPLIFTED HAND. and demonstratively a covenant fa
vour, so, therefore, in whomsoever it BY ISRAEL ATKINSON.
is wrought it proves beyond doubt
that God is the God of that person. “And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; in the day when I chose Israel, and lifted Thus that immensely important quosap mine hand unto the seed of the house of tion, “Am I his, or am I not preJacob, and made myself known unto them in the ceives a satisfactory answer.
If that land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand has been done to me which God only unto them, saying I am the Lord your God.” Ezek. X. 5.
can do, and which is an undoubted
covenant favour, this is proof that the The children of Israel were divinely Lord is my God; a proof too that will distinguished and were raised to a stand the soul in stead when all consingular elevation mainly because fidences in dreams or visions seen they were constituted a typical people. asleep or awake, in impulses, in imGod's relation to them and his conduct pressions, and what not beside of this with them were intended to exhibit sort of thing, may become as “a typical resemblances of his relation to, broken tooth or a foot out of joint." and of his conduct with his elect, whom A second thing noticeable is a claim in the fulness of time he purposes to asserted on the relation revealed. God redeem from among all the nations. chose Israel, “ saying, I am the Lord Hence the wonderful analogies, be
He enforced this claim tween the redemption of the one and against Pharaoh. “ Moses and Aaron the other, of which some are presented went in and told Pharaoh, Thus saith here.
the Lord God of Israel, Let my peoAmong those noticeable may be ple go, that they may hold a feast mentioned,-First, a revelation of unto me in the wilderness." In like covenant relation. God made him- manner God enforces his claim against self known by Moses to the Israelites every withholding power in the delivin Egypt as the God of Abraham, erance of his elect. He says “ to the Isaac, and Jacob; and, therefore, as north, give up: and to the south, their God according to his covenant keep not back." His claim, be it obwith their fathers. What he made served, is enforced by right; by an known he confirmed by corresponding original sovereign right, overriding the acts of favour. In the fulness of his subsequent claims of all“ other lords.” pity he compassionated them in their His people have, indeed, yielded themwretchedness, and by sundry miracles selves servants to obey " other lords,” of power he delivered them from the and according to established usage house of their bondage. In a similar they have become the property of manner he makes himself known as those lords to whom they have so the God of his elect. He pities these yielded themselves, so far as their own in their misery, and emancipates them rights are concerned. But they could from their thrall. He convincingly not by their unrighteous self-disposal shows himself to be their God, by prejudice the right of their Divine doing in them, and for them what God Lord. His right to them and claim of only is competent to do. His work in them are not injured by their revolt. them is spoken of, for appropriate If through their wickedness, according reasons, sometimes as a creation, at to established usage, they may have others as a resurrection, at others as a forfeited all claim on God as their regeneration, and at others as a trans- Lord, nothing could deprive God of formation. As in every view of this his original sovereign claim to them. wonderful work it is necessarily God's, Moreover, as God enforces His claim