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'Three times did our LORD espouse the Church unto Himself. First, in His Incarnation, when He willed to unite His Own Deity with our Humanity, and that for Ever! Secondly, in His Passion, when He washed Her with His Blood, and bought Her for His Own by His Death. Thirdly, in the Day of Pentecost, when He poured out the Holy Spirit upon Her, whereby He dwelleth in Her and She in Him.'

An ancient Father adds on this subject, How can it be possible that so mighty a King should become a Bridegroom? that the Church should be advanced into a Bride? That alone hath Power for this, which is All-powerful-Love Strong as Death; and this Love first stooped from Heaven towards Its Beloved, and then raised her even unto Himself.

Whatever may be the outward ornaments of the Church, (and that these should be the richest that we can offer is a Duty undoubted, as a sign of Reverence to Her LORD,) still Her Brightest Beauty, Her highest Glory, is that Grace which dwells within, through Holy Rites the Holy Sacraments.

The Grace thus conveyed to each Member of Her Body is Her surpassing Diadem; Her shining Garment is the Righteousness of the Saints.

And dare we treat Her, who is the Spouse of Christ, with disrespect? Will not He esteem indignity to Her as Dishonour unto Himself? Will not the Bridegroom visit with His wrath any failure in due Respect to Her whom He has vouchsafed to make His Own?

Therefore let us Beware!

And now a few words again on Christ's Kingdom upon Earth, and we will leave this subject. These words are so beautiful, that I will not hesitate in introducing them to your notice. These are upon the last

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words in the book of the Prophet Obadiah, 'The Kingdom shall be the LORD's.' Majestic Comprehensive Simplicity of Prophecy! All time and Eternity -the struggles of the one, and the rest of the other, are summed up in those three words. The strife is ended, the Disobedience of the creature towards the Creatorman against his GOD. When that Kingdom came, the strong sense of the Roman, the acuteness of the Greek, the simplicity of the Barbarian, cast away their unbelief, or their misbelief, and joined in one Song: "The Lord God Omnipotent Reigneih!" Who could foretell such a Kingdom, but He Who Alone could found it—Who Alone for these eighteen Centuries has preserved, and now is anew enlarging it-Gon Omnipotent and Omniscient-Who has waked the Hearts He made, to believe in Him and to Love Him?

'Blessed peaceful Kingdom even here, in this valley of tears and strife, where Gon rules the Soul, freeing it from the tyranny of the world and Satan and its own passions, inspiring it to know Himself, the Highest Truth, and to Love Him Who is Love, and to Adore Him Who is Infinite Majesty! Blessed Kingdom, in which God reigns in us by Grace, that He may bring us to His Heavenly Kingdom, where is the manifest vision of Himself, and perfect Love of Him; Blissful society, eternal fruition of Himself; where is Supreme and Certain security, Secure tranquillity, Tranquil security, Joyous happiness, Happy eternity, Eternal blessedness, Blessed vision of GOD for ever; where is Perfect Love, Fear none, Eternal day, and One Spirit in all !'

In the latter part of this Article we assert our * Dr. Pusey-'Commentary on the Minor Prophets.'

Belief in the 'COMMUNION OF SAINTS.' Here we pass from the consideration of the whole Visible Church of Christ to a part of it; namely, to that which is composed of those who not only profess the Faith of Christ crucified, but who are in reality Sanctified thereby. The Wheat and the Tares grow together unto the Harvest outwardly it may be the same, but inwardly very different. All have received the Sanctification which Holy Baptism bestows; but all have not cultivated and wrought with this Holiness, until it has become the Rule of their Life.

• Those persons who are called by an Holy Calling, and are not disobedient unto it-such as are endued with a Holy Faith, and are Purified thereby-such as are Sanctified by the Holy Spirit of GOD, and by virtue thereof do lead a Holy life: such as these are called Saints.' *

Over this Sanctity Death itself has no power, for that Destroyer cannot dissolve the Union between true Believers and their LORD; in fact, Death does but draw that Union the closer, for it brings the happy Soul into the very Presence of its Saviour and its GOD.

"THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD, AND THERE SHALL NO TORMENT TOUCH THEM; IN THE SIGHT OF THE UNWISE THEY SEEMED TO DIE, AND THEIR DEPARTURE IS TAKEN FOR MISERY, AND THEIR GOING FROM US TO BE UTTER DESTRUCTION; BUT THEY ARE IN PEACE.

'SUCH AS ARE FAITHFUL IN LOVE SHALL ABIDE WITH HIM; FOR GRACE AND MERCY IS TO HIS SAINTS; AND HE HATH CARE FOR HIS ELECT.'-WISDOM, III. 1, 2, 3, 9.

* Bishop Pearson.

We must think of the Saints as divided into two classes-the one, those who are still upon Earth doing battle for their LORD; the other, those who are resting from their Labours in the Paradise of GOD.

And here let us notice, that the measure of Human Honour, and the mede of Divine Approbation, have very different standards. In the one, that which is pleasing to the Sight, and melodious to the Ear; that which savours of high Intellect and admirable Attainments; that which courts Applause and attracts Notoriety-is esteemed worthy of the World's Honour and Praise. But these suffice not for the Heavenly Reward.

It is to the inner man of the Heart' that we must turn, do we desire to know where the Saints of GOD are to be found. But in this search no one can discern for others the mighty effects of the working of Grace in the Soul. If he has himself experienced its Renovating, its Elevating character, then he may see how Grace can 6 take the Simple out of the Dust, and Lift the Poor out of the Mire;' how it possesses both the Power and the Right to set even them amongst Princes; and, moreover, to number these despised ones with the Saints in Glory Everlasting.

Therefore let us Respect all, whatever be their outward condition, in whom the Holy Spirit of GOD evidently works for good; for their Souls are being clothed with the 'Garments of Salvation,' even the Righteousness which is of Christ; and the most exalted in Station or Intellect may look up with a feeling of respectful admiration to the sincere Christian, however Lowly may be his place on this Earth; for he will hereafter Shine as the Stars in the Kingdom of his Father.

Yet let me not be misunderstood: it is not necessary to be Poor in this World, to gain a portion in the Inheritance of the Saints in Light.

The Poverty required is Poverty of Spirit-that to which is attached this Blessing, Theirs is the King

dom of Heaven.' (St. Matt. v. 3.)

And this Spirit can

be cultivated by those on whom the World showers its highest Honours, as well as by those whom it passes by as too insignificant for its regard.

He who is Poor in Spirit is one who values at their true worth the Riches of this World; he is not ambitious of Honours here, for his Heart is fixed upon the High Places in the Kingdom of Heaven. And yet how sure such a one is to discharge his Duties well— yea, even nobly, for no indirect aims perplex him. It is for God's sake, as God's Servant, that he does that which God has given him to do, and therefore he does it with all his might: but he looks not for reward here; that result rests in the Hands of Him for Whom he Labours; and this knowledge, while it exalts and refines his Spirit, renders it unaffectedly poor as regards the honour he may reap amongst his fellow-men. One other thought too possesses him. His high-soaring Hopes of Saintly Happiness are not based upon any feeling of his own deserts; he knows that he merits nothing, that he inherits nothing, but through the Merits of One Who has Redeemed and Saved him; therefore his Heart is Lowly; yet from this very Lowliness springs a Loftiness, which breathes the very air of Heaven, and revives the Spirit, which would otherwise faint should it pant for Earthly distinctions, or would become oppressed by their weight if attained.

Such as these are the Saints on Earth; some, as we have said, in their Low estate, yet full of Happiness

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