lives to its divine and gracious requiw tioM. The religion of the Bible is'not so mysterious and incomprehensible as may be’iupposed. Its directions are plain and familiar#|te P1H®te which il °Pens t0 our view are splenaid and |B.ublime; no thiftg^bsurd nOr incongruous is set before the eye of faith. The true and proper spirit in whgph to approach the sacred ora cles, is to dc divested of all preconceived opinions and notions as far as practicable, “ and as new-born babes, desire the sin cere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.’* This is the spirit which should actuate us when we apply to this fountain of lifekJHere the mind is enlightened, the Fof the heart are rectified, and the Ts fitted send qualified for its native heavenr m Other books and other ftgrmularies may be good in their place, and may throw light upon the divine standard; but being the Works of men, they are evidently, from their veary nature, frail and imperfect, and as such are by no means to be received and recognized as standards of (ferine truth. These have no force to^|id the conscience only so far as they conform to, and ingraft within their own substance, portions of the divine word. Hence it is the divine word, and not the notions and works of men,which constitutes the great Christian standard. This is the rallying point for all God’s people; here they may stand togeth|r and strike hands as brethren. TThe Bible must not be received’nierely as a nominal stan dard, and something else in effect set up, in its place; but it be paramount to all other books, and muststand like mount Elias on the North American coast, as a guide to mariners in a dark and CHAklTY.—Charity, or love, is the very |ipul of die Christian religion. It is, asjfca; .Apostle observes, the fulfilling of the la ”'ithout it, profession is but an empt" not, it is an anxious soficifiide Jet tfhe future happiness of all the rm Limited operations, do n^t M larged feelings of his manly rit. Iwnses superior to th# cinets of partisan zeal, and loots upon all the members of Christ’s mystical body as preseni spiritual connexions, as his dear breth ren in the Lord. His ardent prayer to Almighty God is, that great grace may rest upon the whole church, and that the truth of God may over all prevail, pn and be glorified throughout all the nations of the earth. Charity is the uniting princi ple in the church; it cements together all and spreads peace, harmony and pleasure throughout die whole. Where it reigns, discord and confusion are unknown; union and concord prevail. It partakes of the nature of the divine Ilfing himself; for it is said in the Scriptures that God is love; and again it is said, “ He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love.” In | the exercise of this grace, Christians rise ^ above themselves, and in some degree im itate their adorable Lord and Master, who causeth his rain to fall upon the just and upo# the unjust, and who with a liberal hancl supplieth die wants of all. The di vine munificence, as pourtrayed in the works of Providence and redemption, ought forcibly to impress uponour minds that all mankind are pur brethren, and es Scially that portion of them who are die disciples and followers-of our tjfHfresus Christ* and who profess to be guided and dfcected by his gracious spirit, swayed by sceptre, and filled with love to him. , Among these there should neither be bit

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