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which inhabit the earth, and fill the air us, and we beheld His glory, the glory and the waters, but we also see the power as of the only begotten of the Father, of God in the least of His works. The full of grace and truth”--(John i. 14.) sands of the sea, as well as our solar sys- The same power was developed in the tem, the structure of a fly as well as the whole of the Redeemer's sojourn on structure of an elephant, the growth of a earth. It was seen in the miracles He blade of grass as well as the stately cedar, performed; in His conduct under accúdemonstrate the truth of our text: “I mulated sufferings; and in His resurrecam the Almighty God.”
tion, ascension and mediatorial governHis all-sufficiencyis seen ir providence. ment. God's all-sufficiency is also exhiThe same power which made the world bited to the eye of faith in the provision preservesit. Had this power been with- He has made for the spiritual wants of held for a single moment, the universe His people. All that is requisite for would have returned to its original chaos; | their entire restoration to the Divine fait would have been annihilated. The vour and image is provided in Christ, and regularsuccession of the seasons; the pre- is freely bestowed on all, who believe in servation of all things in the variety of Him. The Lord's people, in common with their motions, forms and stations; the ac-others, were under the curse of a broken complishment of the greatest works from law and were exposed to the inflictions of the most simple means; the destruction its righteous curse, but Almighty power of enemies hostile to the best interest of has made a way for their complete salvathe Church; the bringing about of events tion. The redemption that is in Christ most contrary to all human expectations; Jesus, and which is preached to us in the performance of miracles to confirm the Gospel, is sufficient for all our needs the truth of Christianity, and His con- as sinners. What is it you need ? Is it stant government over all His works,- the pardon of sin? The atonement of show that God's power is omnipotent. Jesus has made this attainable. The virThis power supplies all the wants of God's tue of His vicarious sacrifice, presented creatures. Proin the creation of the to God upon Calvary, is sufficient for world down to the present moment, the the redemption of all who trust in Him. necessities of all God's creatures have “Whom God hath set forth to be a probeen supplied by His all-sufficiency. “He pitiation through faith in His blood, to watereth the hills from His chambers, declare His righteousness for the remis&c.” (Psalm civ. 13-28.)
sion of sins that are past, through the Contemplate God's all-sufficiency, as forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at made manifest in the economy of human this time His righteousness; that He redemption. This perfection is seen in might be just, and the justifier of him the means employed for the salvation of which believeth in Jesus” -(Rom.iii. 25, the Church. The all-sufficiency of God 26). What is it we need? Is it a righyou have seen in His works of creation teousness, in which we may appear be. and providence ; but the most glori-fore the Judge of all men? This is to be ous manifestation of it is to be seen found in the obedience of the Lord Jesus in the work of redemption. Let us Christ, which is reckoned to the account visit Bethlehem. There the human of all, who receive the Saviour as their and Divine patures were seen united Prophet, Priest and King. in the person
of the child Jesus. Him all that believe are justified from The Maker of the universe assumed the all things, from which ye could not be form of a servant; was seen in our world justified from the law of Moses"—(Acts as a little infant; died on Calvary as a sa- xiii. 39). The individual who has an incrifice for sin. What a development of terest in the righteousness of Christ, has power is here! The Son of God becomes an interest in all other spiritual blessings ; the Saviour of sinners ; is born of a sinful” Ye are complete in Him.”
Who can woman, and yet was "without sin;" was estimate the value of Jesus' finished made "bone of our bone and flesh of our work? All He did was stamped with flesh ;” was very God and very man. infinite value, because He was God as Man, as to His human; God, as to His well
Never forget, Oye Divine nature. These two natures, though trembling penitents, the announcement united, were not confounded. “ The He made to the universe of the comWord was made flesh, and dwelt among pletion of His work, when in the ago
" And by nies of dissolution.“ When Jesus, there- 1 of Satan to buffet him.” He prayed for fore had received the vinegar, He said, the removal of the affliction, which was It is finished; and He bowed His head not granted; yet he found the truth of and gave up the ghost”—(John xix. 30). the text. " For this thing I besought the Follow the Saviour from the cross to the Lord thrice, that it might depart from tomb, and see Him rise the third day me.
And He said unto me, My grace according to the Scriptures; which im- is sufficient for thee; for My strength is portant fact proves to our perfect satis- made perfect in weakness. Most gladly faction, that the redemption He came to therefore, will I rather glory in iny inaccomplish was completed.
firmities, that the power of God may The all-sufficiency of God is, likewise, rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure seen in the conversion of His people. in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessiThe Holy Spirit applies the salvation, ties, in persecutions, in distresses for which is in Christ Jesus. The people of Christ's sake ; for when I am weak, then God, by nature, are dead, and must be am I strong"-(2 Cor. xii. 8—10). The quickened; unholy, and must be sanc- power of God was seen in the experitified; rebels, and must be subdued. ence of the martyrs, whose souls were full Their hearts, prior to a Divine change, of consolation, while their bodies were are hostile to God, which enmity no being consumed in the devouring flame. human power can remove. The pathos The same help is communicated now; of a preacher may move the affections ; which is found sufficient to support the beawful dispensations of Providence may liever in the most painful circumstances, alarm the conscience, and the prospect Believer, your trials may increase, prosof the future may excite transient fears ; perity may be exchanged for adversity, but to illuminate the dark mind, to purify health for sickness, the vigour of youth the corrupt affections, to subdue the per- for the infirmity of old age ; but “thy verse will, to communicate spiritual life shoes shall be iron and brass, and as to dead souls,—this requires the arm of thy days, so shall thy strength be.” Jehovah. This power is always sufficient Young pilgrim, the comencement of your in the regeneration of the vessels of journey may be rugged; your difficulmercy.
What made Peter's sermon so ties may accumulate every step you take; successful? The strength of his argu- your bright prospects may be blasted: ments, the power of his appeals, the beloved friends may die ; all things coneloquence of his language ? No; his nected with time may present a gloomy success must be traced to the Spirit's ap- aspect, and the time may comewhen you plication of Divine Truth. The all-suf- shall be afraid of that which high ficiency of God is seen in the support, and fears shall be in the way, when the direction, and comfort, His people re- almond tree shall flourish and the grassceive in seasons of trial. Many are hopper shall be a burden, when the silthe afflictions of the righteous.” The ver cord shall be loosed and the golden experience of the saints has fully illus- bowl be broken :" but if all these troubles trated the truth of this declaration. should be realised, the help you shall They have shared in the afflictions com- receive from God will prove to you, that mon to men; in addition to which they He is all-sufficient. “My God shall have had the afflictions, which arise from supply all your need according to His a sense of sin, the opposition of the riches in glory, by Christ Jesus.” The world and the temptations of Satan. Yet same power is sufficient to preserve the God's grace
has been sufficient for them. saints in a state of grace and to complete The psalmist waded through the deep their salvation. The grace which comwaters of affliction; he was no stranger menced the “good work” in them, will to sickness of body, to Satanic influence, carry it on to perfection—(Phil. i 6). to the persecutions of wicked men; but The power of God is continually employhe found in God all the help he needed. ed on behalf of His people: hence He could say, “The Lord is my strength the grace afforded them to withstand and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, temptation; the restraint laid upon their and I am helped; therefore my heart spiritual adversaries; the help received greatly rejoiceth, and with my song will to enable them mortify inward lusts, I praise Him."
The apostle Paul, and their security from innumerable had •
a thorn in the flesh, a messenger dangers. " Who are kept by the power
of God through faith unto salvation.” 1. How groundless are many of our This almighty power will raise the bodies fears. Many can say,
“ Within are of the saints in the morning of the re. fears." How many of these arise from surrection; will punish all their enemies, unbelief. True, our strength is perfect and introduce the righteous into the weakness-true, our spiritual conflict is mansions of bliss.
often serere-true, Satan is active in
impeding our progress heavenward; but II. The duty of the believer here en- if we trust in the Almighty God, His forced by Jehovah Himself. “ Walk be- power will deliver us from our enemies fore Me, and be thou perfect.”'
will weaken our lusts—succour us in This command does not imply that temptation-comfort us in sorrow, and Abraham had not walked with God before; make us“ more than conquerors through but it implies, that henceforth he ought Him who hath loved us.' to walk with God in the exercise of a 2. This subject encourages us in our stronger faith in His promises, faithful- labours in the cause of Christ. That the ness, and power. “Walk before Me." human heart, is hard we know; but God That is, whithersoever thou goest, have can soften it That great opposition is Me in thy thoughts; believe in all I made to the progress of truth, we know; have promised, and be obedient to all but God can level the mountain, and My commands. The same expression exalt the valley. Much remains to be occurs in other parts of Scripture. Hence done before the whole world is converted it is said of Jacobą“ And he blessed to God, but His power is sufficient for Joseph and said, God, before whom my the execution of all His purposes. The fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the prophets have predicted a time when God which fed me all my life long anti-Christ shall be destroyed—when the unto this day, the angel which redeemed idols shall be utterly abolished-when me from all evil, bless the lads ; and let the Jews shall be grafted into their own my name be named on them, and the olive, and the “fulness of the Gentiles name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, shall be gathered in ;” a time is preand let them grow into a multitude in the dicted when the “seventh trumpet” shall midst of the earth"-(Gen. xlviij.15,16). be sounded—when great voices shall be David said, “ I will walk before the Lord heard in heaven, and when it shall be reitein the land of the living." “Be thou rated from pole to pole, that “the kingperfect," was another command. The doms of this world have become the kingword “perfect” appears to mean upright- doms of God, and of His Christ ;” and ness, or sincerity in acts of faith. Abra- shall these predictions never be fulfilled ? ham was to be sincere in all his profes- The power of Him who gave them should sions of attachment to the true God. quell every fear. The Church must perHe was to live as seeing Him, who is severe in prayer for the manifestation of invisible he was to press on towards His power; then sinners will be conperfection. Abraham was to trust in verted, believers edified, and the latterGod-live to His glory-set Jehovah day glory advanced. This should be our always before him.
prayer: " Awake, awake, putonstrength, The conduct required was most rea- O arm of the Lord; awake, as in the sonable and just. When God had re- ancient days, as in the generations of vealed Himself to Abraham as the all-old.” sufficient God, how unreasonable and 3. This subject should alarm the unsinful would be distrust in His providence! converted. Is God Almighty? Then Confidence in God is essential to true "why, O sinner, dost thou strive with peace. The text shows God's ability to Him?" What an unequal war! How supply all our needs, manage all our sure is your ruin if you do not submit to concerns, and to overrule all events for His authority! “It is a fearful thing to our good ; hence presents a spring of fall into the hands of the living God.” consolation. The believer who lives by Sinner, "seek the Lord while He may faith
upon God's all-sufficiency, will en be found;" then His power, instead of joy peace of mind-victory over all His being an object of dread, will be a spring enemies--a consciousness of the Divine of joy. " And He said, I am the Alpresence and blessing.
mighty God.” Remember this. The The subject teaches us
power of God should be frequently me
ditated upon ; this would be a means of filled it. God promised to deliver the increasing our fear, comfort, and confi- Jews from their captivity in Babylon, dence. God is able to do all He has and His power fulfilled it. Then trust promised. Men may be very sincere in His promises, and you will never be when they make promises, but may be confounded by disappointment. All the unable to fulfil them through a want of redeemed in glory have found by expepower. But this is never the case with rience, that His promises are worthy of Jehovah. The fulfilment of His pro- all acceptation. “ Trust in the Lord mises is a most encouraging proof of His Jehovah, for in the Lord Jehovah is all sufficiency: What great promises everlasting strength.” Parents, do you He has made ! He promised Abraham feel the insufficiency of your wisdom, a son in his old age, and His power power, and knowledge? Oh! then look fulfilled it. The apostle tells us how to the living God, for He has said, “ Fear Abraham exercised faith in this glorious not, for I am with thee; I will strengthen attribute : “ And being not weak in faith, thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will he considered not his own body now uphold thee with the right hand of My dead, when he was about an hundred righteousness." Ministers Sabbathyears old, neither yet the deadness of school teachers—missionaries-churches Sarah's womb : he staggered not at the --the directors of our religious societies promise of God through unbelief; but -- the penitent sinner - the afflicted was strong in faith, giving glory to God; Christian---the dying saint_all, all must and being fully persuaded, that, what He look by faith to the all-sufficient God, had promised, He was able also to per- and He will never leave them nor forform”—(Rom. iv. 19-21). God pro- sake them. Therefore, we may boldly mised a Saviour, and His power ful- I say, “The Lord is my helper."
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or, A History of the Reigns of the fastens upon “ the causes of things.” It House of Tudor. pp. 436. cl. bds. is a history, not merely of events, but Religious Tract Society.
of manners and customs, laws, arts, The days of the Tudor are of deep and all the ways in which mind displays interest to a thoughtful person. What itself. It is very dispassionately writa change came over England with the ten; we see no traces of prejudice in Reformation! that infancy of a spirit, it; and we have been not
a little grawhich now ranges abroad in maturity, tified in perusing it. It has our best and begins to govern the world. There wishes. is hardly any study more interesting, or more instructive, than the history of the The Mother progress of mind in this mighty em
being Scriptural Exercises and Prayers pire; and we are glad to see contributed
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By the Rev. T. Timpson. pp. 206 ch. we hope will be followed by treatises on bds. subsequent portions of our history. It
Snow, Paternoster Row. is by means of the views of "many The world has long since found out, men of many minds,” that we reach that the minds of the next generation thetruth; and this book may be clas sed receive their “form and fashion” from among our really valuable guides. It is the mothers of that which is passing. written by a man, who looks beneath There are, indeed, a few giants in inthe surface ; it is not an “old almanac;" tellect, that would burst any bands; and births and deaths we have, indeed, and the grace of God, we know, will enable
the soul to break off the habit of a life, , to a “great city,” give him this expothough it began in the very cradle ; but, sure of its snares. in general, the tree will grow as the twig is bent, and the destiny (speaking after Heat: Its Sources, Influence and Rethe manner of men) is decided by the sults. cl. bds. p.p. 196. mother. “The mother with her family,"
Religious Tract Society. then, is a subject of appalling interest. This is one of the Tract Society's ad.
Mr. Timpson deserves an honourable mirable scientific books, executed with place among those, who have sought to all the care that has distinguished the sedirect maternal power aright. His little ries. It is a complete, but simple and book is full of simple, unaffected piety. plain treatise, interspersed with several It consists of a series of papers (fifty- illustrative anecdotes. We have seen two in number), comprising first some not a little in our day of learning made extracts from Holy Writ, then a short as uninteresting as it well cau be; the commentary upon them, next questions opposite method is here happily pursued. for trying the attention of the young And—better still—religion is not forlisteners to what they have been hearing, gotten : we are taughtafterwards an appropriate hymn, and
"To look through nature up to nature's God." lastly, a short prayer. The subjects are
The following passage will show the admirably chosen ; they are just the method, by which the book is rendered atpoints in the Bible, that make it so inte. tractive to the general reader, who might resting to the young-that stamp it as
tire of a continual string of principles our own book the moment we can read. and proofs : We think the volume an admirable
“ The singular power with which the execution of a happy idea.
body is endowed of enduring great heat, and of breathing air of high temperature, has been shown in curious experiments
made by a party of distinguished men. DUTIES,
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minutes. Dr. Solander found the heat two Books like that which is now before hundred and ten degrees, and Sir Joseph us, mae us almost ashamed to own the Banks entered the room when it was fact, that we have often felt a prejudice two hundred and eleven degrees, and against American works.
Every now yet their bodies preserved their natural and then we get from the other side temperature. Sir C. Blagden, on touchthe Atlantic such a volume, that every ing his side, found it cold like a corpse, word, as the veteran said of Webster's and yet under his tongue the heat was Speech at Bunker's Hill" every word ninety-eight degrees; and hence they weighs a pound.” When the earnest concluded that the body has the power of onward heart of a pious American is destroying a certain degree of heat when set upon a noble object, there is cer- communicated with a certain degree of tainly nothing to compare with him for quickness. The same gentleman enenergetic action.
countered a still warmer temperature. This is a thoroughly practical volume, Sir C. Plagden went into a room where and just the thing for the dweller in a the heat was rather above two hundred city. It is written for the men, that and sixty degrees, and stayed there eight live in exciting scenes, and (morally and minutes, sometimes walking about to all mentally) live very fast. It is a book parts of the room, but chiefly standing for the man in a crowd. The writer still where the heat was two hundred and thoroughly knew how to write to such a forty degrees ; still he suffered no pain, reader, and has never forgotten what and thought he could support a much class he was addressing. " Great greater heat. For seven minutes Sir C. cities” are growing thick around us; and Blagden's breathing was uninterrupted, we can hardly expect a more admirable but afterwards he felt his lungs oppresguard against their evils, than Mr. Todd sed, and he retired, bis pulse being at Þas furnished. Christian parent! if you one hundred and forty-four, double its must send
your “child of many prayers” | usual quickness. Ample proof was af