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saved by his sound faith in spite of his wickedness ? them into the inner prison, and pinioned their feet in This question does not deserve an answer. It is a locks of iron. He then went to bed, and slept so foolish question: it assumes an impossibility.
soundly that no psalm-singing disturbed his rest. He Suppose one should address to an eminent physician did not awake till the earthquake awoke him. All care the question, Pray, sir, tell me, is the blood necessary to in the evening was for himself; and his selfishness was life? and he should answer, It is. Suppose the ques- cruel. Now, when the midnight scene has passed, he tioner then proceeds to say, But if a great artery is cut, has no care about himself; all his attention is devoted and all the blood of the body escapes, and the man still to his prisoners. Not a thought now about the possible lives and acts with undiminished vigour, do you persist displeasure of the magistrates, if they should learn that in your opinion that the blood is necessary to life? The he had invited these notable prisoners unguarded into physician will not answer. You have put a foolish qnes- his own house. In the evening he was heedless of the tion, and he treats it with contempt. Or, if he answer apostles' wounds and hunger: now he washes their at all, he will say, First show me a living man with no wounds and gives them bread. Behold the good works blood in his body, and then I shall consider the causes that his infant faith was already bearing! These were the of the phenomenon.
first duties that lay to hand. Give me the subsequent Such treatment he deserves who inquires, Shall I be history of that Christian, and I will show you in it other saved if I believe in Christ, though I live in sin. The things to match them. Every creature after its kind; supposition is an impossibility. To believe in Christ as and the new creature is not an exception to the rule. that jailer believed is the death-blow to the reign of sin His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ saved him; and that in your members, as the letting-out of the heart's-blood faith instantly reversed the volume of his life, as the puts an end to the life. People who, with a whole heart, rising tide of the ocean meets and flings back the river's merely talk on the subject, may suggest many objections stream. to the doctrine; but when a man is convinced of sin by This is a crucial case as to the power of faith in Christ the secret power of the Spirit, and closes with Christ as to save a sinner. It is parallel with the example of the his sacrifice, substitute, righteousness, and intercessor, thief on the cross. The man was taken in the very act he is at that moment and by that act placed in enmity of murder. He intended to take away his own life ; with his own sin as fire and water are at enmity. When and according to the principles which the Lord laid he is in Christ, he is a new creature.
down, the intention carried within it the guilt of the Surely, if people would apply their minds to the sub- deed. Suppose now that Paul's cry had been one ject, it should not be very difficult to comprehend that minute too late—that the uplifted arm had fallen, and actual obedience by the man--that is, his good works, that the dagger had severed a vital artery. Suppose must be withdrawn from the ground of his hope, and that the wound is mortal, but that the life-blood takes take a place as the fruit of his faith.
an hour to ebb away. It is not conceivable that the Here is a water-channel that has been dry all the sum- preacher would in that case have made any change in mer. Straws and leaves and dust have accumulated in it. his terms. The word would still bave been, "Believe To make all clean and clear again, you do not say, Let a in the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." stream of water be poured through it from the fountain- Thus an offer of free pardon would have been made to head, and let all the straws and leaves be gathered up the murderer while the blood of his victim was still and carried away. Let the water from the fountain- flowing warm. The murderer might within the bour head gush into the neck of the channel, and it will sweep | have believed, and at the end of it have entered into away the miscellaneous rubbish that encumbered the rest. There is glory to God in the freeness and fulness course. Thus it is in the spiritual life. It is not faith
of his mercy. and good works together that make salvation sure. “By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer Faith, when it begins to flow, carries works in its train. us, O God of our salvation” (Ps. Ixv. 5). The earthFaith in Christ as your substitute, your peace with God, quake was the answer to the prayer which Paul and will make short work of the ten thousand encumbrances Silas, lying on their backs, hymned upward to God in which blocked the channels of your heart and life. heaven. But although the earthquake could open the “ This is the victory which overcometh the world, even doors of the prison, it could not break the bonds in your faith.”
which the jailer's soul was held. In that sense God was Even in the brief sketch given here of the jailer's con- not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a version, you see beautiful bunches of fruit quickly ripen- still small voice from the lips of the imprisoned mising on the branch as soon as it is in the Vine. He took sionary; and God was in the voice-God our Saviour. them the same hour of the night, and washed their Before the power of that voice the heathen's heart gave stripes, and set meat before them.
way, and flowed down like water. The current of this man's life is reversed. He could When a man begins to care for his own soul, he innot but see that the flesh of his prisoners was lacerated stantly cares also for those who are dear to him. Knowby the rods. He did not ask whether they were hungry. ing this law of human nature, Paul provides, in the As the easiest way of securing his own safety, he thrust same breath, comfort in regard to himself and in regard to his house. On the same terms the jailer's family Here the narrative drops the first person and assumes will be received; and accordingly the word of the gospel the third ; this is the only intimation of the fact that has spoken to him and to all that were in his house. at this point Luke, the historian, parted company with It is good when every family is a small Church, and the missionaries. The first person, indicating the every Church a large family.
presence of the narrator, is not resumed until we reach The magistrates of the city, having been hurried into chapter xx. the arrest by the daring attitude of the mob, determined They passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, two next morning to desert the diet and discharge the pri- successive stages on the Roman road that extended from soners. Accordingly, an officer was sent to the prison, the Bosphorus to Rome, and came to Thessalonica at a with an order for their release. The jailer joyfully pro- distance of about one hundred miles from Philippi. It ceeded to execute the order of his superiors; but Paul appears that the Jews possessed no synagogue at the saw meet to stand on his rights, and declined the offer. intermediate stations, and therefore the missionaries It is now pretty generally acknowledged that Paul did made no halt till they reached the more important city not enjoy the privileges of a Roman citizen in virtue of of Thessalonica. There Paul, “ as his manner was,” his birth in the free city of Tarsus. Although the city entered the synagogue, and opened his commission first was free, its freedom did not confer the dignity of Roman to the seed of Abraham. citizenship on all its population. It is more probable Three Sabbath-days he reasoned with them out of that the honour was conferred on some of the apostle's the Scriptures. It is clear from the result that the ancestors for services rendered to the State. It was the audience on these occasions was not limited to Jews. custom of Roman governors so to reward loyal services The apostles found by experience that by preaching to in the provinces. Alarmed at the claim of Paul, the the Jews they found the readiest access to the Gentiles. magistrates acceded at once to his demand. They came The Greeks in great numbers, both male and female, in person to the prison, and gave the prisoners a public came into the synagogue and listened to these disand honourable acquittal.
tinguished strangers. The preacher based his discourse This was not a display of pride or of vengeance. The on the Scriptures. His method is described by the apostles did not court suffering. Rather, for their work's terms "opening and alleging”-that is “opening out sake, they desired to avoid it. They saved their lives and laying down.” at one time by flight, and at another time by invoking The Old Testament he treated as a put. He broke the protection of imperial law against the excesses of the shell, opened out the kernel, and presented it as particular magistrates. There is no fanatical rashness food to the hungry. The Jews were like little children in their conduct. Their conduct is guided by wisdom who had a fruit-tree in their garden, their father's and courage and common sense.
legacy. The children had gathered the nuts as they grew, and laid them up with reverence in a storehouse ; but they knew not how to break open the shell, and so
reach the kernel for food. Paul acts the part of elder “MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD.”
brother to these little ones. He skilfully pierces the ACTs xvii. 1-9.
crust and extracts the fruit, and divides it among them. Axother missionary journey begins here. Leaving The passage, for example, that Philip found the EthiTimothy and Luke in charge of the infant church at opian reading on the road, or the passover lamb, or the Philippi, Paul and Silas pursued their journey towards Second Psalm, he opened, and from it brought Christ. the south-west-towards Athens, the eye of Greece. I This able reasoner laid down a major and a minor ; think the good soldier of Jesus Christ already felt the for in Greece he is mindful of his syllogism. (On his swelling of a sanctified ambition to meet Athenian way from Philippi he had passed Stagirus, the birthphilosophers on their own chosen field. He may, for place of Aristotle.) aught I know, have allowed a secret consciousness of Major premiss: The Christ expected by the Jews power to lead him in that direction. It is the instinct must suffer and die and rise again. of a warrior to seek a worthy foe. If this motive Minor premiss : This Jesus whom I preach unto you wrought in his mind, it is probable that his pride was suffered and died and rose again. 30on crushed; for he does not seem to have obtained Conclusion: Therefore the Jesus whom I preach unto 80 much success at Athens as elsewhere. His epistles you is the Christ. to the Christians of Corinth, Thessalonica, and Philippi But it is not logic for its own sake; it is logic grasped attest the extent and solidity of his work in these and used as an instrument to commend Christ to sinners. places ; but although he enjoyed an opportunity of de- Whatever method he may adopt (and in that he will bating with Stoics and Epicureans, and of declaiming become all things to all men) he will know no other in Mars' Hill, no epistle to the Athenians remains to subject than Jesus Christ and hin crucified. They edify the Church. It would appear that the soil in speak of successors of the apostles; their best succeswhich human speculation grew rank was not well fitted sors are those who walk in their steps. to receive and nourish the living seed of the Word. The result is, that some Jews Lelieved, and a great
multitude of Greek proselytes and not a few chief wo- It is a remarkable cry that was raised before the men. While a remnant of the chosen seed is gathered magistrates of Thessalonica—“These that have turned everywhere, the kingdom is in the main gliding over to the world upside down have come hither also.” The the Gentiles. Another feature of the success is, that rumour of the great effect produced by the preaching of almost everywhere the higher and more educated classes the gospel in other places must have reached the city. are attracted. In the great Greek city of Thessalonica After making allowance for the tendency to exaggeramany ladies of the highest social standing were arrested tion in such circumstances, we find enough remaining and converted. This doubtless gave the gospel a home to show that the wave of success already accompanying in the place after the missionaries were obliged to these two witnesses threatened to shake the foundations leave it.
of society, and overturn the old established religion of “But the Jews which believed not,” &c. Again a Europe. conflict. Woe is me that I should everywhere be a man Another .“ These all do contrary to the decrees of of strife. There is much to make the missionary weary, Cæsar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus”. and induce him to fling up his commission in disgust. is identical with that which was employed against Christ But these men were forewarned, and so forearmed. himself. These degenerate Jews did not comprehend They knew that, like their Master, they came not to their own Scriptures-did not understand the kingdom give peace on the earth. Wherever the two kingdoms which the prophets proclaimed. The Son of David came in contact, there was conflict. No cross, no crown. reigns, but reigns over an unseen kingdom. His own
The army that assails the mission here is an allied word is, “ The kingdom of God is within you.” His host. It consists of two different but confederated ele- reign, having a different sphere and character, may hare ments-of the Jews who believed not, and of certain free scope; it will never come into collision with lawful lewd fellows of the baser sort. These tiro do not look human governments. The Lord's own words, “My with kindly eye on each other, but they unite to oppose kingdom is not of this world,” remain a perennial rebuke a common enemy. This is not a new experience. Herod to all persecuting governments on the one hand, and all and Pilate become friends when Christ must be crucified. political ecclesiastical organizations on the other. Pharisee and Sadducee, at daggers drawn on ordinary Magnetism and gravity act at the same place and the occasions, combine to compass the death, first of the same time, but do not come into collision with each Master, and then of his servants.
other. Each of these powers pervades all the earth's The unbelieving Jews allied themselves to the mob of surface; each is supreme everywhere for its own objects ; the market-place, in order to silence the testimony of the one does not stand in the other's way. There is the apostles. In different ages and countries tyrants of not less of gravity on any given spot because magnetism the ruling class have had recourse to the rabble when- has free scope there. If one of these were subordinated ever they have found it necessary to stifle the reprover's to the other, the system of the world would be destroyed. voice. The seething caldron of a large city always casts This might help us to conceive of Christ's spiritual up a quantity of such scum. A multitude swarm about authority reigning with absolute sway over spirits, and the streets, lacking not only character but even clothes. yet not interfering with any legitimate function of civil Persecutors have frequently found a use for these off-government. scourings. Christians should have their eyes on the This question is assuming greater breadth and prosame class for another purpose. They might be turned minence in our day. It is rising not only in this country, to a better account. If they were won and sanctified, but all over Europe. It is abroad in Italy and Gerthey might swell the ranks of the white-robed when many. That which was the turning-point at the cruciChrist comes to be glorified in his saints.
fixion of Christ comes up again for solution, and men It was by these same instruments that the Jewish must work its solution out. They overpowered it in rulers in Jerusalem compassed the death of Christ. They | Pilate's judgment-hall. But they made a mistake when engaged the mob to create a tumult, and thereby intimi- they buried that small, and to their vision scarcely perdated the governor. Crucify him! crucify him! from ceptible atom ; to bury it was not to get rid of it for ever, a surging excited multitude was a formidable cry for a for it is a living seed, and so it rises again governor with a troublesome province on his hand and Churchmen must learn to obey Christ without ena small garrison at his disposal. “If they have per- croaching on the divinely appointed supremacy of civil secuted me, they will also persecute you ;" and the government in its own domain ; and civil rulers must persecution of the servants follows the type of that learn to leave the kingdom of Christ in the world absowhich the Master endured.
The Children's Treasury.
THE CROWN OF GLORY.
A Tale of Missions in Olden Times,
BY THE AUTHOR OF “ LITTLE SNOWDROP."
Jesus, the · Rock of Ages,'—in the service of the King
of kings.'” LIESE'S DRAWINGS.
The boy said little ; but a look of peace and calm
came on his countenance as the doctor spoke. One "None e'er sliall lack a service Who only seek His will ;
other picture was put before him. A small ship tossed For He doth teach his children
on a storiny sea, with a figure standing up with outTo suffer and be still.
stretched hands, and underneath, in illuminated letters, "In love's deep fount of treasures
were the words, “ Peace, be still!”
At that picture Davie looked long; then, raising
his eyes to the doctor, he said, almost in a whisper, “I
think he has said · Peace, be still!' to me, even as he H, how beautiful!” said Davie Dunmore, did to Liese."
as he held up a small painting which There were few more words exchanged between these Dr. Crawer had just taken out of a two that day, save that the doctor bent his knee, and
case and put into the boy's hand, saying, returned thanks to God that the Sun of righteousness " See! I have remembered my promise. There is one had arisen on the dark soul of Davie Dunmore. of my sister Liese's drawings.”
One or two other pictures were left with the boy, to In the foreground of the picture was a buge rock,-a be returned to the doctor on his next visit. These were deft one,-and towards the opening in it, which was chiefly drawn by the doctor himself. One was of a child plainly the entrance to a cave, a beautiful white dove lying helplessly on a couch in a dark room, only light was flying, closely pursued by a powerful vulture. So enough to show the pained, restless expression on the close was the pursuit, that as you looked first at the child's face. It was a picture one turned from gladly. picture, you trembled for the fate of the gentle bird, for A child suffering must ever be a painful sight. Sunits cruel enemy was swooping down on it, bent on its shine and flowers seem to belong almost by right to destruction; but a longer look convinced one that the childhood's days. But there was another picture : the dove must reach the cleft in the rock ere the vulture same child, the same room, the same couch-yet, how could overtake it,--and once there, it was safe. Near different. Into the dark chamber the sun had penethe rock lay an open volume and a cup.
trated; its bright beans were lighting up all around; “What does it mean?" asked Davie. “Is there any they shone on the pale face of the child, till it seemed story about that rock ?”
to catch the brightness and shine in return. They The doctor looked at him gravely. “Yes, young softened the lines of pain, and wove themselves into a master, there is, and a blessed story too. Yonder rock, crown of gold round her head. They played amongst that cleft rock, is an emblem of Him—the King we the flowers that lay on her pillow, painting them with spoke of lately—who was crucified for us; another of rainbow hues. his names is 'Rock of Ages.' And yonder dove is—well, As the doctor gave these pictures into the boy's hands, what it represents in that picture you must have lived he had whispered, “ Liese before and after;" and Davie in my beloved land fully to understand; but it also re- understood it all. That dark, gloomy picture was the presents, in one respect, yourself.”
suffering child, before the voice of the Son of the King “Myself, doctor ? Nay," and the boy smiled,“ may- had spoken to her heart the “Peace, be still !"-and hap the vulture may be me, but scarce the gentle dove." the other was her after the storm had become a calm,
" Yet so it is. Tell me," and the doctor laid his hand and the sunshine of Christ's love had dissipated the gently on the boy's arm, “are you not like yonder dove, darkness. tired and weary, seeking rest, longing to escape from a One other picture, also the work of the physician, was Forse enemy than the vulture-even Satan? And, believe a simple one of Jesus, with a little child in his arms, his me, the rest you want can only be found in Christ hand lightly resting on its head, as if in the act of bless
ing it, and, underneath, the words, Suffer the little often ; but though he could not have put it in words, he children to come unto me, and forbid them not.” was now beginning to have some idea of the reason why.
“Mother, petite mère," called out the boy, as the lady To tell some, who knew it not, of the Saviour he loved entered the room with the baby in her arms,
so well; could that have been the reason? here. Look at this picture, and tell me who it is like. And so the seed, dropped by the hand of the medical Is it not lovely ?”
missionary into the heart of the impetuous boy at the time “ Like?” said the mother. “ Why, Davie, who drew of his illness, was quietly springing up, and leading more it? 'Tis Marie, little bijou! and so like her! and what than one to ask the source from whence it sprung. A still a kind loving face the person who holds her has. Ah, snall voice had begun to whisper to Lady Louise of a I could look at it for hours. Who gave it you, Davie ?" peace which the world knows not of ; of a Saviour who
“Dr. Crawer. He was showing me some drawings could bless and love even a little child. And what of done by his little cripple sister, and left me one or Sir Thomas Godwin ? Did he shut his eyes and his two of his own to look at; but I don't think he meant ears to the change in his young pupil? Knew he nought to leave that one."
of heretics or heresy? or was he too much absorbed in “But what does it mean?" asked the young mother. his studies to heed these things ? Partly that was the Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid
but for all that he was no unobservant onlooker. them not,'” she said, slowly repeating the words as if to From the first night, he had no doubts that Dr. Crawer take in their meaning.
was what was termed in England a Lollard, in Bohemia “I think I understand,” said the boy. “Mother, a Hussite. But Sir Thomas, though a priest, had for that figure represents the Lord Jesus, the King we long exercised his own powers of thinking; and though were speaking about as greater than our own King he would have shrunk with horror at the thought of James. Dr. Crawer told me one day that Jesus loved condenıning the mother Church, still his pure mind and children, even little ones, to come to him, and he would refined feelings recoiled at the acts of many who promake them happy. And I am sure, when he was drawing fessed to teach her doctrines, and be believed it posthat, he was wishing that our little Marie (you know sible that some whom men termed heretics might in how kind he is to her, mother) might learn to love the the eyes of God be better than those who, under the Saviour; and so he drew her just where he wants to see name of teachers of religion, led lives in every respect her,-in the King's arms,—and wrote these words. I the opposite from Him whose servants they professed to wonder who said them? Do you think Jesus could be. So he said nothing, and only silently watched the Mother, don't you wish Jesus would look like that on change taking place in the mind of the young laird, to our little Marie? If he really said, 'Suffer her to come,' whom, in spite of his many faults, he was fondly you would not forbid her, mother, would you ?" attached, and to whose dead mother he had borne the
The Lady Louise was troubled by the question. Her fondest affection; and she, he knew, though no one else eye rested fondly on her fair babe, and then on the kind in the household had ever suspected it, had been tainted loving face of Him in whose arms she was depicted. “I in no small degree by the so-called heresy of the Lolcould trust her in his arms-- he would do her good, not lardis, many of whom had frequented her parental home harm,” she said. “But, Davie, is that really Jesus, the in England. “Sir Thomas," had been her parting Son of Mary? He looks so different from what he does words, “ tell my husband—and my children, when they on the crucifix.”
are old enough to understand it—that I die in peace, look“Oh yes," said the boy, with a shudder ; “very dif- | ing for salvation through the merits of the Lord Jesus." ferent.” Then he showed his mother the two pictures The Laird of Dunmore was from home at the time of of little Liese. Her eyes filled with tears as she looked, his wife's death, and when Sir Thomas repeated the and in his simple way the boy spoke about them. words to him, they conveyed to his mind no other idea “ Aren't you glad,” he said, “ that Jesus has spoken to save that which he had long held, that his wife was ripe her, poor little cripple ? How sweet and calm her face for heaven. A doubt as to her strong belief in all the looks now after she has heard that "Peace, be still!' doctrines of the Church never crossed his mind; and his Mother," and the boy's voice sank to a whisper as he often expressed desire was, that his little Maude might said, “I think I have heard that voice too, and I do grow up as pure and good a woman as her mother had wish to become like him. He loves to have his soldiers been. As to his boy, he sought only to see him bold in meek and lowly in spirit as well as brave."
the chase, and one day brave in the battle-field, and The mother stooped and kissed the boy's pale fore- was content to leave religion to the women and the head, saying kindly, “I think you have, Davie; some- priests. thing has changed you. You must tell me more about And the change in the boy which, as time went on, this Jesus who seems so good and kind. Poor little even he could not fail to mark, he attributed to failing Liese ! I am so glad she has some one to comfort her. health and weakness of body, rather than to the true I wonder how her brother could leave her, or why he cause--the silent, yet powerful work of the Holy Spirit, came here?”
leading him to One by whose power old things pass That question Davie Dunmore had asked himself | away and all things become new.