A Renowned Scottish Saint
McCHEYNE, one of the saintliest
men who ever lived, was in his
eighteenth year when
his brother died. From that day forward his friends
observed a change. His poetry was pervaded with serious
thought, and all his pursuits began to be followed out
in another spirit.
A year after, he writes in his diary: "On
last year came the first overwhelming blow to my worldli-
ness; how blessed to me, Thou, O God,
who hast made it so."
On one occasion, a few of us who had studied together,
were reviewing the Lord's dealings
with our souls, and
how He had brought us to Himself, all very nearly at the
same time, though without any special instrumentality.
He stated that there was nothing sudden in his case, and
that he was led to Christ through
deep and ever-abiding,
but not awful or distracting convictions.
The Holy Spirit
carried on His work by continuing to
deepen in him the conviction of his ungodliness, and the
pollution of his whole nature.
And all his life, he
viewed his original sin, not as an excuse for his actual sins,
but as an aggravation of them all. In this view he was of
the mind of David, taught by the unerring Spirit of Truth
(Psa. 51. 4, 5).
He thought himself much profited, at this period, by
investigating the subject of Election and the Free Grace
of God. But it was the reading of "The Sum of Saving
Knowledge," generally appended to the Confession of
Faith, that brought him to a clear understanding of the
way of acceptance with God.
And now, with altered views, with an eye that could
gaze on Heaven and Hell, and a heart that felt the love
of a reconciled God, he sought to become a herald of sal-
Born in Edinburgh in 1813, settling in Dundee in 1836,
he faithfully preached the Gospel
till 1843, when he en-
tered into the Rest and Reward of the Saved.