| 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
" Christ died for our sins according to the