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Christ Died for Me.
ON THE DEATH OF A MEMBER OF THE The following is extracted from a letter |CHURCH CHRIST, PENT SIDE, DOVER. written by Miss Jane Marks Smith to Mr. Thomas Garnett, concerning the death of OUR Sister's gone-she's called above, her Cousin, Mary Ann Marks, who was An object of eternal love; both an Agent for the Vessel, and a Col
By GRACE made to salvation wise,
Now fills a mansion in the skies. lector for the Ministers' Relief Society. May the Lord bless its perusal to many
She's gone---and we our loss can mourn,
But would not that she might return; souls. The writer says :-“I write to in
Oh, no! our Jesus doth well know, form you that my cousin, Mary Ann Marks,
How long to keep his plants below. (who wrote to you for a card of the Poor Minister's Society,) is no more. She de
He waters them while in this ground;
'Tis from him all their fruit is found; parted this life June 3. She had been ill
And when he takes from care and toil, ever since she had the Card, so that she
Transplants them to a richer soil. could not persevere to get anything for it.
She's gone---but while she travell’d here
Set to her seal that God is true, time he preached there, and she liked him In judgments and in mercies too;
And since her death my Rejoiced in rich redeeming grace, mother has found the heads of the ser- With joy she now beholds his face. mons among her writings. And the last Her Father laid her gently by night she was on earth, she enquired if he For one short week--then called to die; was come; and the same morning after Although her mental powers did fail,
She anchored safe within the veil. she awoké out of a short slumber, my mother said to her, ‘Mary, how are you?
And tho' her passage might seem dark And she said, ' Comfortable ; I have seen the To us, who now know but in part;
Christ safe conveyed this jewel bright, crown suspended over me. My father went
To realms of everlasting light. to see her, and she said, 'Uncle, I am going home to my Jesus! for the Lord' hath told
She's left our fellowship on earth,
She proved in time her second birth ; me he will never leave me, nor forsake
And as a trophy of his blood, me.' One morning she said, she had heard
She's taken home to dwell with God. a sermon, and she remembered it all; and
O may her partner succour find, she quoted what Mr. Banks preached that From Christ our head, who's ever kind; Sunday morning he was at Sherbourn.
Who says he never will forsake, My mother said to her, Mary, do you be- Though every earthly tie do break. lieve he preached the gospel ? And she
May he to Jesus closer cleave, said, 'Yes; I do: for he was the first man, And in the promises believe ; under God, that brought any evidence to Thus in this heavy trial now, my soul that I was a child of God.' The May he by grace submissive bow: last morning she was on earth, she lay Know who appoints, and kiss the rod, like one in a slumber, and we never ex- Believing that his covenant God pected to hear her speak more. Suddenly
Corrects in love, yet still his friend, she spoke up, and said to my mother,
To lead him to his journey's end. 'Tell to all the world CHRIST DIED FOR ME :
Help him to grow in every grace, and that I AM SAVED IN THE BLOOD AND
And reach at last that glorious place,
Where they with joy again shall meet, RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE LORD JESUS
And cast their crowns at Jesus' feet. CHRIST. 0! the glories of heaven! And then she said, 'I lay me down to sleep;
She's gone !--- May we her footsteps trace;
Adore the mercy, love and grace, and if I wake in half-an-hour, I will tell
That makes us kings and priests to God, She laid down with a smiling And drown our sins in precious bloo.i. countenance, and departed without a sigh
Then shall we worship Christ in God, or struggle. And the last hymn she quoted
As sinners bought with Jesu's blood, was
And join with all the ransom'd throng,
That bless'd, that never ending song.
Glory for ever---glory be, Some preachers are like Heraclitus,
To the great Undivided Three; who was called the dark Doctor, because he This song shall from my tongue resound,
For I have this salvation found. affected dark speeches; so they affect sublime notions, obscure expressions, uncouth With palms of victory--crowns of gold, phrases, making plain truths difficult, and Free grace through blood that made them bold; easy truths hard; they darken counsel by Shall they with rapture swell the song,
A bless'd eternity along. words without knowledge: men of abstracted conceits and wise speculations, are but
Dover, May 9, 1848.
E. W.E. wise fools; like the lark that soareth up on (1.) There is the SECRET book of God's everlasthigh, peering and peering, but at last falleth ing covenant. (2.) There is the dark book of prointo the net of the fowler. Such persons (4.) There is the EXPERIMENTAL book of the Spi:
phecy. (3.) There is the open book of the gospel. commonly are as censorious as they are cu
rit's work on the sinner's heart. And there will be rious, and do Christ and his church but I the glorious perfect book of prophetic and apostolic very little service in this world."-Brooks. consummation.
[Dear Sir-I herewith send you the life in Christ : the christian has to walk
outline of a discourse delivered by the in it first by a living faith, as thou didst Rev. Thomas Hughes, of Hackney; first receive Christ without any evidence on October 11, 1835. Your insertion of being a believer, but as a sinner. of it in your next Vessel will oblige Secondly, not his blood in the absence of your's truly, W.]
his righteousness, but in the fulness in “ And of his fulness have all we received, chases all above and beneath its sur
him, as a man purchasing and grace for grace." John i. 17.
face. Married to Christ; the
sinner View Christ as the blessed Head of is married to all in Christ, going on step satisfaction. He covers all our sins, by step to the fulness in him. A right and now all the children are free. The use of Christ prevents lasciviousness, and non-imputation of sins to a justified soul prevents staggering at daily infirmities; is a truth; and whatever may have been it enables a believer to draw strength your fallen sense of guilt since we last from him ; it works by love, and purifies met; but there must be a view of Christ the heart. Have fellowship one with as the head of all grace, light, life, and another ; the bond of union is the feldivine influence to the soul. We have lowship of the Spirit. He that is joined now to do with consciences: the blood to the Lord is one Spirit.' is in constant and powerful operation, and is applied by faith to the conscience. An Epistle from Manchester. Sin is hardening. There is no spiritual apprehension of life in Christ till the Mr. Editor :- I promised you that I would blood is applied. The drop of blood on give you some account of the Lord's dealings the right ear, thumb, and toe, and then with me at Manchester ; but such has been the oil, have much to do with this peace- what to write. If I had promised to give
the state of my feelings that I knew not speaking blood. The Holy Spirit shews the things of Christ: he unfolds the you some account of the treachery, and com
bined union between my own wicked heart things before concealed, even the mystery and satan, I feel I should have much to say; of sprinkled blood. The Holy Ghost, in but what is the use of poring over our misery, his operation, is clearly discerned by all for taking part with the wicked one? He alsouls walking in the light. The Lord's ways was, and he always will be a liar, and people who have not assurance of their the adversary of the heirs of salvation. salvation, are walking in darkness. Very I was much struck with the account you intimate is the connection between walk- gave of yourself when preaching in York. ing in the light, and having intimate shire; and was truly glad that there was a communion and fellowship with Christ. man of God to be found in the samc dismal • How much more shall the blood of path as myself; not that I rejoiced in your Christ,' &c., &c. The blood pleads in poverty; but that it encouraged me to be. the conscience, purges and cleanses the have me believe, when I get there, as I do
lieve that I was not alone, as the devil would conscience. The blood of Christ applied very often ; and he is sure to come with, is so cleansing, no sin can stand before. Do you think if you were sent of God to it. • Blessed are the pure in heart, for preach the Gospel you would be in this dark, they shall see God.' Take heed of pha- miserable and impoverished state ? No; the risaism; it is as bad as antinomianism. Lord fills his poor with good things, but There is a counterfeit holiness, a feigned you are sent empty away; the Lord never humility, a feigned humble mindedness; leaves nor forsakes his, but you are almost, this ever bringeth souls into bondage. if not altogether, alone ; your religion only Jacob, Noah, David, and Peter, were not begun in the flesh, and will end in the flesh.
Do cut off from Christ. Does the blood
you know that when the devil is allowed cleanse from some sins, or some kind of to broach such things as these, I am fooli h
enough to become his clerk, and say, 'Amen. sins only? No. From all sin ! Lay Aye;" continues he, you see some of your your whole case before the Lord ; ask friends are forsaking you, and others look him to break the chain of sin; make a cool; others come to chapel but seldom ; and right use of Christ. The Spirit gives us these that speak and smile at you are only to see this blessed light; the fulness of flattering you; your bible has lost its sweetgrace in Christ, the Godhead-fulness of ness; the Lord is withdrawn ; you have no
access at a throne of grace; your matter is, to me was the minister of the place. When all done ; and you will have to give over we got there, we had to arrange the preachpreaching, and retire into secret.' All these ing; and he persuaded me that the people things are so painted, that I cannot see would be best pleased if I preached; after a through their deception, and they are so little deliberation, I consented, on the concraftily whispered into my soul by satanic dition that the Lord would give me a text: craft, that I do not know but that they are on taking the bible my eyes were directed to true at the time.
Isaiah xxxviii. 17, 'Behold for peace I had Last Sunday (the 13th) I had to preach great bitterness; but thou hast in love to the anniversary sermons at Baguerley, in my soul delivered it from the pit of corCheshire ; and I was as barren in my soul as ruption, for thou hast cast all my sins bea man that had never felt the love of God, hind thy back. I know not what I said, and satan was hard at my heels. As we were but I felt much relief; and I saw the tears going, my friend pointed me to a placard rolling copiously down the weather-beaten with my name in large letters ; he asked, cheeks of some of Zion's travellers ; their . Do you know that gentleman ? He might, as looks expressed satisfaction. In the afterwell have knocked me off the carriage, though noon and evening I felt much more at liberty, he spoke in friendship; he did not know and much enjoyed the day. The sun was what a conflict I had within, nor what ad- risen ; the beasts were all gone into their vantage the enemy took of it. I went like a dens; the lambs and the sheep fed sweetly; fool to the stocks.* This person that spoke and if we may draw any conclusion from the
liberalityand willing-mindedness of the people, + This was rather different to the manner we must say that the Lord blessed us indeed. in which a certain evangelical doctor went the The little chapel is situated at the corner of a other day into the pulpit, when a New Con- large field ; it is very neatly fitted up; I supgregational Church, [?] in the vicinity of the pose it will seat from 150 to 200 persons at Metropolis, was opened. The doctor is a the outside ; and we had two collections, noble looking man; and when arrayed in his afternoon and evening, amounting to £18 robes and appendages, the pulpit seemed 28. 8d. I was astonished, and could but ad. hardly large enough to hold him. He took mire the cheerful liberality of the people who his sermon out of his pocket; laid it before love the truth in the heart. There are three him; and proceeded to address the people in old women here, one named Martha, another an eloquent and lofty strain : but when I re- Mary, and another Betty, from eighty to collected that the same parties who are build- ninety years of age each. Martha and Mary ing such splendid chapels (as near like the got hold of me, and said, that they had got modern English churches as they dare to it in their hearts; and they knew that that come,) are at the same time, by the Evan- was Christ's gospel, for they had been more gelical Alliance, doing their utmost to pull than fifty years sheep in that pasture, and down the established church ; when I listened they knew the Master's voice well; thus I to their chaunting; gazed upon their ele- proved that the Lord was present. 01 that gantly painted windows, and mighty aisles, I could love him better, serve him more, and reflected upon the extravagant speculation in trust him implicitly. building such a place when I thought fur. I anticipate the day with trembling and ther of the motive for giving to it so gaudy holy wonder when I shall appear in the and so ecclesiastical an exterior-(which mo- courts of my Lord, and witness against my tive, we were plainly told was that the imagi- accuser and all his deceptions ; when I come nation of the masses might be taken hold of to show my call by grace, and call to the and induced to come in), - I say, when I put ministry, and the faith that embraced me at all these things together, I solemnly asked, the beginning, I fear not but in the name, “ Is this pure and undefiled religion-or, is and by the help of the Lord, to be able to it not a deceitful mockery and daring insult silence angels, men, and devils. And what offered unto the Majesty of Heaven?" Truly, should I expect, but to be insulted thus, since the form of Godliness, and the making mer- the Lord has most signally blessed me in chandize of what is called the gospel, is gathering together a goodly congregation, rapidly spreading: but where is the power, and by his grace added thirty to our number the spirituality, the devotedness and confor- in six months ; turned out contentions, and mity to the image of Christ, which in the brought in peace; and we are dwelling toGospel's early days it manifestly produced ? gether in love and harmony; not one hand or Surely, I am either blind and deceived ; or, voice lifted up in opposition to the recog. England is fast being dressed up by the Mo- nition, but there are many enemies running ther of Harlots in that gaudy attire, of which, round and grudging. The Lord, who is ere long, the Lord will make a most awful in the midst of us is mighty, and we shall fire. Oh, cursed pride and covetousness! not be moved ; and by his grace we shall be What are they not doing? Where are they saved. The Lord reigneth, let the people not now to be found !--ED.
tremble ; let the saints rejoice ; for he com
OP WHAT SORT IT IS.
eth to judge his people with equity and in him that does it, and must be a work of holirighteousness. The Lord teach my soul to ness. Now, my brother, here lays my warfare; trust him, and live upon the things that I others, many at least, I fall in with, do not preach to others, and enrich all his chosen appear much concerned, they seem to take ministers with the outpouring of his grace, for granted they are right, and so go fishing and support you, and deliver you out of all in the world, and after this world's
stuff, and trouble, and his name shall have all the its airy, frothy, light, bubbles: such as silver, praise. Amen.
John CORBITT. gold, stones, wood, and earth, and respec.
tability tinseling, as though Christ had died Every Man's Work shall be tried to procure a warrant from heaven for them to
be licensed to covet earnestly the empty bubbles and vanities of this earth; and they can
prate about faith in Christ and his fulness MY DEAR BROTHER IN THE LORD:-I pro- in a moment, at any time; but I assure you, mised to write to you I think, but I am a I do not find it so easy to get into Christ's poor thing, withered and dry, just fit to be treasures. I hope I do sometimes. I have gathered for the fire of God's wrath, and, was been very happy at times; but I never was he to deal with me after my merit, there would happy through believing, but what I afterbe no alternative ; I must perish. Now I can wards was in war and conflict about it, as to tell you I walk under a daily and almost what of it was real and what was not, or if hourly feeling of it, and I should go mad if I any of it was real, and so it continues. I had no hope in Jesus Christ; but I often am am frequently very confident about matters questioning and fighting, and wrestling about for the Lord's family in the pulpit, and frethe solidity of my hope. I am put to it greatly, quently for myself; but for myself, my conI may say all the day long, week after week, fidence seldom lasts me to the bottom of the months and years am I fighting about the pulpit stairs, or into the vestry, before the genuineness of my hope ; I am not disputed pulling and hauling begins. I should like out of it, but that I do hope, trust, and be to enjoy my spiritual food, and become a lieve, yes, and love too, and that the people strong and useful believer, have an honoraof God, and that because they are begotten ble religion, live an honorable life on Christ, and born of God, and in their measure bear and die an honorable death-that would be enough of his likeness for me to recognize to die in the Lord. Please to accept this them as the Lord's; and notwithstanding I letter as a token of spiritual affection, so far have the word of the Lord at my beck (as we as I am aware of the truth of my own mind. say), and at times seems very useful to me in
S. E. this fight, yet I am constantly beset with this. Is it real silver and gold? I am grounded in
Biggleswade, August 12, 1848. the truth of God's sovereign, wise and gracious purposes in Jesus Christ; I am ground
A Letter by Mr. James Osbourn. ed nicely as to Christ's life, death, and justice-LORD God of Israel, thou who art exsatisfying-guilt, atoning and sin-removing cellent in working, and in whose hands are sacrifice, and for whom ! But these are things all mortal and immortal affairs: thou, Lord, without me, these are settled mountains, un- knowest the ignorance and stupidity of thy shaken and everlasting hills. I am satisfied, servant, and how incapable he is, without and not at all wavering about the everlasting- thy aid, of writing in a consolatory way to ness and well ordered covenant, with whom one whose soul is in such an embarassed and for whom: I do not want to be told that condition as greatly to need a letter of conJesus is full of grace and truth, these things, dolence; do therefore afford thy servant I see plainly in my measure; these are things help to write to his son in the flesh in a done, settled, firm and fast for ever; my war. way that shall prove healthful to his poor fare does not lay among those things. But afflicted conscience. I read of a work distinct from those wonderful works, a work of the Holy Spirit, the third attend thee, my son.
MY DEAR JOHN F.:—Peace and pardon
Wonderful news person in the Holy Trinity. If I am wrong from Baltimore have reached my ears of in this, my knowing clearly in my judgment late. Well may it be said, 'We know
nog the other, will be of no avail, I shall perish what a day may bring forth. It is a truth in hell, I am sure. It is about my calling, that sin hath made direful work among the my life, my faith, my hope, my humility, my human family, and nothing but its oppopatience in tribulation, and my tribulation, site, grace, can remedy it; and that grace my prayer, my love, my sorrow on account divine grace, can set all things in the soul of sin, and for the living God, my knowledge right and straight is our mercy; and so of sin, and what is called the plague of the great too is this mercy that it leaves no heart, and my self denial, &c. &c.; about pair of heaven at last. It cannot be well
just ground for a sin-burdened soul to desthe good work begun, and carried on, and per said that mercy is adapted to any but to fected by the Holy Spirit : a work worthy of the miserable and oppressed; and it is said the oppressed are not to return, much hewing, and squaring, and rooting ashamed, but to praise God's name, for he up, and pulling down, that sometimes the will in his own good time arise to the needy man thinks he shall consume away like a and oppressed, and set them all in safety; moth; but still the Lord will be sure to and the sweet Psalmist of Israel being con- take good care of his own plantation, and fident of this matter, he says to the Lord, water it every moment; and lest any hurt 'Thou who hath shewn me great and soré it, he will keep it night and day. troubles shalt quicken me again, and shalt Bad therefore, as you feel yourself to be, bring me up again from the depths of the and condemned as you now are by the earth. Thou shalt increase my greatness, righteous law of God'; yet in my view of and comfort me on overy side. And you, the subject there is nothing strange in my son, as well as David, have reason to your present condition, nor is there any believe that the Lord who hath shewn you one thing in all you say against yourself to great and sore troubles, will, if he has not check a good hope that in due time you already, bring your soul up from the depths will be brought up out of the horrible pit, of horror, darkness, and long despair, and and be led forth into light, peace, liberty, comfort you on every side; and then will and holy joy, to the praise of the glory of cause you to cry out and say, 'O magnify God's grace. Divine grace, ere now, hath the Lord with me, and let us exalt his done wonders on the behalf of the sinful name together.'
sons of men in the business of salvation; You may be sure, John, that I shall not and it can easily do the same again for my fail to cry to the Lord on your behalf, since son John F.; and I hope, and have good this I have always done, without your reason to believe, it will in a day when you earnest solicitation; and much more shall look not for it. I know right well that an I now do so since your dear soul is labour- afflicted conscience is hard to be borne, but ing under the burden of sin, and your poor God can support one under it. But few conscience surcharged with guilt and mis- people, methinks, have suffered longer than ery, and you have so ardently requested me has your father under a sense of divine disto plead with God for you. Your late com- pleasure, and I can but fancy it to be a munications, (I mean since I left Baltimore type of that tremendous fire which is never this time,) to me have produced a multitude to be quenched: but from a fearful looking of thoughts within me, and also a medley for of judgment and fiery indignation, the of feelings, and some of them have been Lord in the plenitude of his mercy, deextraordinary good and blessed ones. In- livered me, and set my feet upon a rock, deed I can no more describe them than I and from which no man shall cast mé can make a world. And in my addresses down. Many have tried their satanic skill, to God too I am at times more than en- artifice, schemes, and devices to effect my couraged on your behalf. 'Bless the Lord, remove from this rock, but in vain hitherO my soul; and all that is within me bless to, and in future 'twill be the same. his holy name. Doubtless your state of Painful, my son, as it is to me to see your mind is as uncomfortable as it can well soul wading in such deep and troubled be, and your distress vastly pungent; and waters, yet it is but right that I should I know this must needs be the case when show my hearty concurrence in the mode God with his troops of terror, and his fiery which the Lord seeth fit to pursue in his law invades the breast of a guilty sinner, treatment of you. And much rather would and lays open to his view the fountain of I see you dealt with after this sort, than to sin within him; for the heart of man is see you come into a public profession of a fount of iniquity, and when the righteous religion, as is to be feared most do, without law in its noon-day strength shines into ever being wounded and killed by the law. it, sin revives and the man dies, as was the As in your letter to me, dated the 17th inst. case with Paul; and as the law continues to you say, you will and must leave all in the shine on the putrified lump or mass, the hands of God who dealeth with all men as he disclosure that is made thereby to the willeth, I hope you will be enabled so to do; awakened sinner is horrifying beyond des- and in reference to you and your condition, cription, while at the same time the heart, and your wife and children, I will try to do like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, the same. Thousands and thousands of casteth up loads of filth and foul sediment, prayers have I put up to God on my bended which have lodged there a long time, and knees for your temporal and eternal welthis makes such rueful work that the poor fare; and not for you alone, but for your thing is quite prepared to say, 'O Lord, I dear mother also, and for all the rest of the am consumed by the blow of thine hand. family; and I can but hope that some of But all this cutting, breaking down, and my poor prayers are now showing them. killing work is done to make room for, and selves, and will yet appear more conspicuto prepare a place where to establish the ous. God Almighty, bless thee, support empire of grace; for grace must reign thee, deliver thee, and save thee with an through righteousness unto eternal life by everlasting salvation. Amen. Jesus Christ our Lord. In the first settling
Your affectionate father, of a plantation there is an abundance of
JAMES OSBOURN. rough work to be done before any, profit Person County, North Carolina, April, 1843. can arise to the husbandman: and in preparing room in a sinner's heart for the P.S.-To all my dear family and brother reception of the King of glory, there is so' Fenner-Knowing how very sudden the