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TE HOA MAORI.

Kei te karaipeture te tohutohu tika o

te turanga tangata. Mehemea e whaka-

pono ana te tangata, ka mau tonu ia

mana ake nga kupu a te Ariki, ka ora ia

ake tonu atu; a me he whakarere ia i aua

kupu ka ngaro tonu atu ia ake tonu atu.

"Kihai hoki ahua i haere mai ki te karanga

i te hunga tika, engari i te hunga he"

(Matiu 9, 13). Kia marama hoki ki tenei

kupu, " te hunga he" kahore he kupu kotahi

i runga i te tikanga o te hunga he rawa

ahakoa ka pera te korero o te toko-

maha. Ka rere ke tera kupu i ta te Atua

kupu, heoi ano Tana i tuhituhi ai,

"Kahore hoki he pokanga ketanga. Kua

hara katoa hoki, kahore e taea e ratou te

kororia o te Atua. "—Roma 3, 22-23.

Na, ko te tino manakohanga ki tenei te

timatanga o te whiwhinga o te whaka-

painga. He maumau noa iho te mahi o te

hunga tokomaha ki te rapu te tikanga o

tenei o tera rarangi o te karaipeture tae noa

ki te mutunga o ta ratou noho ki te ao nei.

Engari ra me timata e koe ki te timatanga

o te Atua tikanga. Na, he tino kupu tenei

naku ki a koe; kahore koe e mohio ana he

tangata hara koe, he tangata hara kaha

kore, he tangata Atua kore hoki (Roma

5, 6-8), tera hoki he tangata hara kei te

ngaro. "I haere mai hoki te Tama a te

tangata ki te rapu ki te whakaora i te mea

i ngaro. "—Ruka 19, 10.

A, i a koe e korero ana i tenei korero e

hiahia ana te Atua ki te whakapai to wairua,

ina nei Tana kupu nei ki a koe. Ae ra, ko

koe tonu! Ehara i te mea ko to hoa he

tata nei ki a koe, to whanaunga ranei;

kahore, engari ko koe tonu!

Engari ra, ka whenei pea to whakaora,

koia nei ka titiro mai te Atua o te kororia

ki ahua ki te rapu he tikanga pai moku mo

tenei wa mo tera wa hoki, mo te wa

mutunga kore? Ko ahua ra te tangata

kino rawa i nga mea katoa. Taku mahi he

mahi kau ana maku i nga ra katoa i ora nei

ahau, he tika hoki tenei i hiahia rawatia

ahau ki te pana iho te Atua i ahua me taua

whakaaro tonu ka tutaki maua ko te Atua

amuri. Kanui toku wehi kei mohio nga

tangata ki taku i wehi ai. Na whakarunga

rapea koe ki te kupu o te Atua, ko te hua-

rahi tera o te whakapono, " Ina, na te rongo

sinners to repentance" (Matt. 9, 13). " Sin-

ners " mind, without any word about being

great sinners, as we so often hear said,

quite contrary to God's word, where you

will find written, "There is no difference,

for all have sinned, and come short of the

glory of God. " Romans 3, 22-23.

Now a really hearty acceptance of this is

the first step in blessing. For the unsaved to

occupy time in wanting io know the mean-

ing of this verse and that verse, and so on

right through a lifetime, as is so constantly

done, is the utmost folly. You must begin

with God's first step. Don't you know this

I press that you are a sinner, more, a sinner

without strength and ungodly (Romans 5, 6-8),

and further still a lost sinner, " for the Son

of Man is come to seek and to save that

which was lost. "—Luke 19, 10.

As you read God is seeking your soul's

good through these very words of His, yes

yours! not your neighbour's, or your rela-

tives', but yours!

" Can it be the God of glory is so concerned

about the present and eternal joy of such as

I do I hear you say ? why I am everything

that is bad. I never did anything but

gratify my own wishes all my life, and in

fact, if I must tell the truth, I have tried

hard to shut God, and the truth of meeting

him out of all my thoughts, but I am not

happy after all my efforts. I am at times

terribly uneasy when I hear of death,

especially if it is sudden. I shudder at the

thought that my time will one day surely

come, although I do all I can to hide and

keep it from being known to anybody. "

Now listen attentively and hear God speak,

for this is how faith comes, "Faith cometh

by hearing, and hearing by the Word of

God. "—Romans 10, 17.

I point you to the passage before quoted

in Luke 19, "He came to seek and to save. "

He seeks you by many means and this

little paper is one. The next thing is he

would save you. How? does your poor

heart tired of yourself ask ? Not by any-

thing that you can do, be it ever so good in

man's eyes, but just by faith accepting with

thanksgiving what is written that Christ has

done, viz.:

" Christ died for our sins according to the