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where shall we find, what may calm and sober us in the one, and awaken us to earnestness in the other, so surely, as in the solemn thought,which days like this force upon us, that we have been made to share with God's saints in their exceeding privileges: that, with them, we have been called to be citizens of a better country, that is, an heavenly, and that it is our duty, treading in their steps, to walk as pilgrims and strangers upon earth, as men who have no abiding city here, no abiding interest in any thing of this world?

Surely, when put in the balance with the hopes of our Christian calling, with the assured blessedness of an inheritance with the saints in heaven, there is nothing in this life which deserves to be sought after with feelings such as we too often indulge in. "The glorious company of the apostles; the goodly fellowship of the prophets; the noble army of martyrs; the holy Church throughout all the world;" these are set forth to us as our brethren; and what relation is there so high, so ennobling; what tie, even of kindred, ought then to exist so dear, as that which binds us to the good and holy in all ages of the Church of Christ; and, with them, to Him? or how

ought we not to walk with all care, all zeal and circumspection, who are united in the bonds of so holy a brotherhood? How ought we not, in our daily life, to be followers of them, even as they also were followers of Christ?

JOHN HENRY PARKER, OXFORD AND LONDON.

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ST. BARNABAS.

THE SON OF CONSOLATION.

ACTs xi. 24. For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith.

As our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God manifest in the flesh, is our one all-perfect pattern and example in all things, in all that He did, and spake, and suffered, so it would seem that upon the head of each of the apostles there rested some one special grace, in respect of which they are proposed for our imitation. Of His fulness they all received, although in their case each received but in part. And blessed indeed are they who have been made partakers of any one grace set forth in the character of our Blessed Lord.

For instance, St. John is for us an example of, (what it is so difficult to find united,) zeal for God's truth, and deep and fervent love. St. Peter is in part a warning as well as an example.

St. Stephen, the first martyr, is a blessed instance of faith, and of Christian forgiveness of injury. St. Paul is a pattern of zealous and earnest labour in the vineyard. And thus all in their turns teach us some lesson of faith and practice.

With this view, then, we would proceed to consider what we learn from holy Scripture of St. Barnabas.

The passage which has been read as the text, may be regarded as setting forth his character in a few short words. "For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith."

It will be my endeavour to put together such notices of the holy apostle, as may help to bring before our minds those "singular gifts of the Holy Ghost," (as they are called in the Collect,) with which he was endued by God.

The first notice we have of St. Barnabas, occurs in the fourth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles; and it is full of interest. We there read how-when, upon occasion of the conversions to God on the day of Pentecost, the world beheld, for the first time, an example of selfdenying Christian charity; when "all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and

parted them to all men, as every man had need;" when "the multitude of them that believed were of one heart, and of one soul; neither said any of them that ought of the things which he pos sessed was his own; but they had all things common;" when "as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles' feet; and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need;" -"Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet."

Assuredly, "the son of consolation" was "a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith;" that pure and holy flame of Christian love could have been kindled by no other than God's own Good Spirit; no other principle than a true and living faith could have led him thus fearlessly to put away from him his wealth, and to rely solely upon the promises of God.

One history, of which we read in the gospels, forces itself upon us in painful contrast,—that of the young man, of whom it is written, that "Jesus beholding him, loved him;" but who, re

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