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The Cause and Character of Religious Joy.

The Cause and Character of Religious Joy.

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'And he went on his way rejoicing.'" — Acts viii. 39.

'And he went on his way rejoicing.'" — Acts viii. 39.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Nov 29, 2013
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THE CAUSE AND CHARACTER OF RELIGIOUS JOY. BY THE REV. WILLIAM BROWN. 'And he went on his way rejoicing.'" — Acts viii. 39. In the preceding context we are pre-sented with some brief notices concern-ing the distinguished individual to whom these words refer. We are presented more particularly with an account of his conversion to God, an account which, though very short, must, I should think,  be deeply interesting to every Christian. Attached as a proselyte to the Jewish church, he had travelled, it should seem, no less a distance than from Klhiopia to Jerusalem, for the purpose of worshiping God witiiin that church's consecrated veil, and according to her appointed ritual. The object of his journey being thus accomplished, he was now on his return, it appears, to the court of Candace, the queen of his native land, to whom he acted in the capacity of chambcrlaiti or
treasurer; and while prosecuting his homeward way, we find he was profitably employed in perusing the Old Testament Scriptures. The Bible, we learn, was opened before him in the fifty-third chap-ter of Isaiah; but to him, in his circum-stances at that time, it was a dead letter and a sealed book. That impressive pro- phecy respecting our Redoemor's sufTer-ings was read by him with little under-standing and with little emotion ; it might, perhiips, ho somewhat interesting to his n:itural feelings, indeed it CjiiUI scarcely f.iil to bo so, but then it must have appeared to him dark, unintelligible, and obscure. He perceived, no doubt, that it referred to something of more tiian usual imporlaiico; but lie had no accurate idea eillier an to the dignity of the sulfcr-Voi.. L— 5,5
er, or as to the design of his sufTerings, or as to the persons for whom he suffered. His mind, accordingly, appears to have  been upon the stretch for further informa-tion on the subject; and suspecting, pro- bably, that the passage which he had  been reading in Isaiah had reference to some vital points on which he was yet ignorant, his soul would most likely be seized with certain painful anxieties^ which would not be easily allayed, either  by the attractive beauty of the surround-ing scenery, or by the attentions of his official retinue, or by the reveries of his own imagination. It was at this crisis, my friends, that he was accosted by the disciple Philip, who, in obedience to the angel of the Lord, had recently left Jerusalem for the very purpose, and soon overtook him by the way. Unattended and unintroduced, this faithful servant of Christ immediately entered upon his commission, by one of

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