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THE NEW YEAR; TIME AND ITS CORRESPONDENCE
TO SPIRITUAL STATES.
TIME, it is said, is man's estate, which he has to cultivate as he would his farm, or his garden, or his business. In proportion to his industry and his prudence will be his reward. The fruits he gathers will, under the Lord's Providence and Mercy, be in proportion to his labour, his watchfulness, and his care. There is a perfect correspondence between natural things and spiritual. The Lord “spake nothing without a parable,” (Mark iv. 34.) and every thing that He said has a relation to His kingdom. The “Sower who went forth to sow,” (Matt. xiii.) and the “ Merchantman" and the “ Fisherman,” and the “ Housewife" and the “ Potter,” (Isaiah lxiv. 8.) and the "Carpenter," (Zechariah i. 20.) all teach us something about heaven, how it is formed, and how we must live and act, that the kingdom of heaven may be established within us. (Luke xvii. 20.) By knowing the uses of the various emblems which the Lord employs in His divine Parables (and they are nearly all taken from every day life, as it was among the Jewish people), we may easily rise to a spiritual perception, and see our great duties in the regenerate and spiritual life. Time and all its periods of years, months, weeks, days and hours, are often mentioned in God's Word. In many cases they are so named as to involve, even to the commonest perception, the idea of something which relates to the state of the thing mentioned.
Enl. Series.—No. 25, vol. iii.]