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HE completion of this the Sixth
Volume of our Magazine, imposes upon us the welcome task of addressing a few words to those who as Contributors or Readers, have helped us in our labours during
the year just closing. To those friends, both clerical and lay, who have kindly favoured us with their contributions, we beg to tender our most grateful thanks, with an expression of a desire that we may count upon their aid in rendering the future numbers of the Magazine increasingly useful and interesting.
To those who as readers have “companied with us” during the past year, we would express our obligations, not unmingled with a hope that our efforts to assist Sunday School Teachers, and to qualify them for their task, have been (to some extent at least) successful.
We would appeal to our fellow-labourers for their kind assistance in increasing the usefulness of the Magazine, and extending its circulation.
May the blessing of God rest upon our humble labours to promote his glory, by stimulating Teachers to greater exertion in their honoured task.
CHURCH OF ENGLAND
Monthly Magazine for Teachers. .
2 New Year's Address.
“ Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.”—Ps. lxi. 2.
HAT a blessed book the Bible is! It bears on its every
page the stamp of the God of love. Even its threatenings are all mercifully intended, to warn the sinner of the dangerous precipice on the brink of which he is heedlessly standing, a precipice which is hell itself, opening its mouth to receive every one who remains
away from the Saviour. But how unspeakably precious are its promises, so full, so free, embracing every possible case of a lost sinner. What blessings are freely offered-pardon, peace, righteousness, sanctification! The sinner when he looks at things as they really are, in the light of eternity, sees in himself and feels in himself nothing but sin. How welcome then is that precious Word of God which so encouragingly directs him to One who has purchased every blessing for him, and who is now waiting ready to bestow these unsearchable riches on every one that asks, “ without money and without price,” without merit or desert.
But if the Bible be thus valuable to the sinner, shewing him how his sins may be pardoned, and how he from an enemy may become a servant, a child of God; how unspeakably precious it is felt to be by him when he has been made a child of the Most High, when he has been adopted into the Royal Family of Heaven, -that family scattered throughout the world, dwelling in every nation and kindred and people.
Now this large and glorious family, although their prospects are