" for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him.” All have sins to be forgiven, and souls to be saved; and there is none other name given among men whereby any of us may be saved. He is our peace who hath made both Jew and Gentile one, having, when the veil of the temple was rent, broken down the middle wall of partition between us, and reconciled both in one body by the cross. And if there is joy in heaven among the angels of God over a penitent foul — angels who aided nought and gave nothing for its redemption what joy, think you, must animate the Redeemer Himself, when He beholds and welcomes a blood-bought finner, Jew or Gentile, flying from the doom of the destroyer, and taking refuge under the shadow of His cross? Yea, with what love would He receive any repentant finner here present! He would present him faultless and forgiven before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. He would fee of the travail of His foul and be fatis


" O merciful God, who hast made all men, and hatest nothing that thou hast made, nor wouldest the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted, and live; Have mercy upon all Jews, Turks, Infidels, and Hereticks, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of thy word: and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to thy flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold, under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.”




Understandest thou what thou readest ? And

he said, How can I, except fome man should guide me ?--Acts, viii, 30, 31.

WE read in Acts, ii. 11, in the account of the Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that the multitude who wondered at the miraculous gift of tongues embraced men from the most remote regions—“Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, strangers of Rome, Jews and profelytes, Cretes and Arabians.” By means of these assembled foreigners God chose to carry into far distant lands an account of the wonders of redemption, and of the gifts of the Holy Ghost. The passage which I have read as my text has reference to one of these strangers. He it was to whom the inquiry was addressed by the Evangelist—“Understandest thou what thou readest?” and who replied, “How can I, except some man should guide me?” These two characters it is my intention to pass under review, craving that your prayers may be united with mine, that God may accompany what I speak by His mighty power, and render our meditation profitable to all here present.

I. An Inquirer after Truth.

« ForrigeFortsett »