with the din of controversies ! Here one sect carrying on fierce war against another ; and there intestine wars — two parties contending within the same body, and more like wolves than sheep, worrying, " biting, and devouring " one another. Suppose an inhabitant of another sphere to alight on this one! He sees the Church of Christ rent into jealous, envious, angry, hostile factions ; and finds them, instead of presenting one bold front to the common enemy, burying their swords in each other's bosoms. How difficult it were for him to believe that they were subjects of one King ; had a common faith, a common cross, a common Bible, a common hope, a common heaven ; and that the choicest title of their Sovereign was not the god of war, but the Prince of Peace. Once the heathens said, See how these Christians love one another ! They say it no more. And we cannot contrast what the Church is now, and has been for bygone ages, with the purity and peace of her early days, without being ready to cry, How are the mighty fallen ; the weapons of war how are they perished ! — How is the gold be- come dim, how is the most fine told changed ! What a picture of Christian unity, love, self-denial, mutual affection, devotedness to each other's welfare, and to the great interests of Messiah's kingdom, is offered to our admiration in the verses that follow the text — in that community of goods which sanguine poli' ticians have often dreamed of, but Christians only have ever attained to ! In those days the Church of Christ was like one large, loving family, to whose common treasury each member brought his wealth and wages.