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why the enemy is suffered to prevail to parsonic authority. These are held up as the casting down my soul so very fre- ministers of the gospel; but if you ask quently.' He tells me That he hath them to tell you how and when God made all things for himself, yea, even the called them, pardoned them, justified wicked for the day of evil. Prov. xvi. 4. them, wrought in them the grace of aposSo that I feel the evil against me, is to tleship, gave them love to the souls of correct for the evil that is in me; what poor sinners dead in sin, sent them with a wonderfulalchymist is my great Master, his gospel to them, and to tell them, thus causing, by his working things 'Except they be born again they cannot together, (Rom. viii. 28,) one poison to enter the kingdom of heaven,' and to look destroy another ; this you will learn as after, and look up poor runaway, falling, you get further on the road, if you look back-sliding, ungrateful Ephraims, they closely to the Spirit's teaching; and pray will soon let you see their love is not so don't you imagine that only to be his much to the flock, as it is for the fleece. teaching which fills with peace and joy, Now, I hope you will ever be preserved recollect the valley of humility will be as from such a spirit, for such is not of God; profitable for you, as mount Tabor. I keep very close to your Bibie, seek the firmly believe it is for me, both as a Spirit's teaching, that you may go further christian, and as a minister too. The Lord than the letter, for God's book is mystrieth the righteous,' and they are the terious and mystical, and none underjust who shall live by faith, and most standeth but the spiritual, and the Spiritblessed it is so to live. By what you say taught, and they who are so taught will and feel, I do hope the good Lord is quickly see and feel: for it is not till the training you with these things for the alabaster box of ointment is opened will glory of his dear name.
the precious perfume be smelled in the I make but little remark on your think- room, though Christ Jesus himself be ing upon the Lord's mindfulness of poor there, but there he is sure to be when sinners.' I consider them very choice; the ointment is poured forth to the am I too quick in judging when I ask, melting of the heart of the weeper, and do you feel anything like a secret wish to confusion of the Pharisee. become a preacher of the gospel; and But, my dear brother, I will now go are you thinking it to be right to attempt no further, only you intend taking the to glorify your Lord this way? Don't Earthen Vessel, at Cottingham, &c., do you imagine I wish to discourage; I have so, you will find some valuables in her given, as you know, proofs to the contrary, hold; she replenishes monthly at a good but I would advise you to look well to port of supplies; and should she go to what you are about, satan and self make any other market than that of FREE a vast many parsons now a days, and they GRACE, I should beg for my discharge only do a deal of mischief, but never from her service ; may the great Captain profit a Spirit-taught soul; they are beau. of Salvation attend to order, steer, and tiful in style, clear in doctrine, zealous in bless. I commend both you and yours discipline, affable in manners till they are to Him who loveth at all times, and contradicted, and become very popular sticketh closer than a brother, and subin the sight of men; but, my dear David, scribe myself your's in the gospel of the do they get their wisdom or work from
of God. the Holy Ghost? Can they open up the
THOMAS Poock. work of God in the soul, to the view of the poor bleeding, groaning, heavy laden Ipswich, July 5, 1848. sinner, who wants something more than fleshly finery? When the heart is over
God's Comforts for God's Children. whelmed within them, the Rock, and leading to it, is wanted. Many indeed, who cannot state a word relative to a “ And so it came to pass, that they escaped law-work in the conscience, nor a rege all safe to land.” Acts xxvii. 44. nerating work in the soul, can rattle The church is the spiritual ship that sails on away upon the externals of religion, talk the boisterous ocean of tinie; all the chosen of the security of the church, the certainty and elect of God are the mariners ; God is of salvation, and the glories of heaven, the owner ; Christ is the captain ; the Holy and damnation of hell, insist too upon Ghost is the Pilot; the Word of God is the ministerial support, respectability, and compass and chart; the attributes and per
fections of God are the bulwarks; the ever-| let thine eyelids look straight before thee,' lasting love of God is the cable, and the im- (Prov. iv. 25) even to Jesus, who is the mutability and faithfulness of God are the author and finisher of our faith. He alone anchors. Now this vessel is of God's making is the way, and therefore ever remember the and God's preserving, and notwithstanding exhortation of the apostle: "As ye have it has been out at sea for near six thousand therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so years, not one of her crew has been lost. walk ye in him.' Col. ii. 6. Lord give us Many storms she has endured, and by nume- more faith, more humility, and more love, rous enemies been attacked, who have en that we may evince to all around us, that we deavoured by all the stratagem and policy of are of the true circumcision, who worship the infernal monarch of the bottomless pit to God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, sink her ; but she still swims, and will so and have no confidence in the flesh. (Philip long as God has appointed her destiny upon iii. 3.) earth ; and then will it come to pass spiritually, as it did literally, that all the mariners
" For now is our salvation nearer than (or the children of God) will escape safe to when we believed.” Rom. xiii. 11. land; be landed safe on Canaan (heaven's) To the believer, the hour of dissolution is happy shore-none shall be lost-no, not a happy one, for to him alone it will indeed one ; for all are beloved of God, redeemed be a salvation; hence he will then be saved, by Christ, and quickened by the Spirit, and or eternally delivered from all the corrupshall, therefore, be received safe into the tions of his wicked and deceitful heart, froin kingdom of glory above ; hence the promise all bodily pain and infirmities, from all of the Captain to all the crew is, ' I give unto worldly cares, froin all ungodly persons, and you eternal life, and you shall never perish, from all the temptations and vile suggestions neither shall any pluck you out of my hand:' of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Yes, John x. 28.
from all these he will be saved, and what is • This is the way, walk ye in it.' Isaiah the best of all, he will be for ever with the
Lord, (1 Thess. iv. 17) enjoy the society of xxx. 21.
angels, and the company of those who have To a traveller by land, nothing is more washed their robes, and made them white in useful than guide posts and maps ; and to a the blood of the Lamb, (Rev. vii. 9, 10, &c.) mariner on the ocean, nothing is more useful and he will be eternally employed in praising than the compass and charts ; even so to the the Trinity in unity, even a God in Christ, Christian, how useful is the Word of God, for his unparalleled, yea, unspeakable, and and the Spirit of God! for by the former he everlasting love. Now, believer, that exis informed, and by the latter led and guided pected time and looked-for period is nearer in the right way to the heavenly Jerusalem ; | ihan when you was at first brought to believe. and the language of his heavenly guide, the Every day, every hour, and every moment, Holy Spirit is, 'This is the way, walk ye in brings you nearer to the end of your trou. it.' Now Christ is the way in which all God's bles, trials, and afflictions, both temporal and regenerated children walk. He is the way of spiritual; nearer to the end of your warfare ; access to, and communion with the Father, nearer to the end of your race ; nearer to the (John xiv. 6; Rom. v. 2; Eph. ii. 18 ; and end of your pilgrimage ; and nearer to your iii. 12.) He is the way to the possession of Father's home. Your trials, troubles, and all spiritual blessings. (Eph.i.3; Phil. i. 19.) afflictions may be great now, but they are He is the way to the enjoyment of pardon, light compared to the blessednesss which peace, atonement, justification, and sanctifi- awaits you ; and in a very little time, percation, (Eph. i. 7; Rom. v. 1; Eph. ii. 14 ; haps, before another day, you may bid adieu Heb. ix. 28 ; 1 Cor. i. 30 ; 2 Cor. v. 21) and to all things here below; therefore be not dishe is the way to the admission and possession couraged nor fainthearted, for ' He who shall of ultimate and eternal bliss in the realms of come, will come, and will not tarry.' (Heb. glory above.
x. 37.) Every day some of God's children Christ is the Old Way, the Right Way, the are called home, and who knows but he may safe way, and the only way ; and to walk in call you next, and then you will be abundthis way is, to trust in and depend upon the antly re-compensed for all your sufferings person, fulness, blood, righteousness, and and trouble here; but if you are spared Spirit of Christ alone, for all that we need in awhile longer in this wilderness below; retime, at death, and through all eternity; and member every day that your salvation is therefore, my soul, listen not to false guides nearer, and that it will most surely come; who would fain lead thee into other paths, and therefore, may God give us patience and but
pray to thy Father to lead thee by his then with Job we shall say, 'All the days of Spirit, and guide thee into all truth, so that our appointed time will we wait, until our you turn not to the right hand of self-right- change come.' (Job. xiv. 14.) eousness, nor to the left hand of licentious
NUMERIST. ness, but ' let thine eyes look right on, and
The Recognition of Mr. John Corbitt, It shall be ours, however, to praise the
Lord that so faithful, useful, laborious, and AT BETHESDA CHAPEL, MANCHESTER.
truly able a servant has been raised up; (From a Correspondent.)
that he is still in the vineyard; and that We had a most glorious time last Thurs- I the Lord is going on to make use of him day and Friday (September the 21st and both in the pulpit, and from the press. 22nd) when Mr. John Corbitt was recog- of THE BUILDING OF MERCY; and to make
To produce a cheap and handsome copy nized as the Minister of our Chapel, There was a good attendance; most able discour- it extensively known, has been our aim. ses were delivered and general satisfaction We have laboured hard : and by the help appeared to be found. I never witnessed of God, we will go on to labour, earnestly such a solemn scene in my life before. I desiring that THE STRIKING AND DISverily believe that the Lord was at this made between the real sheep of Christ, and
CONTRAST which is here wedding, and turned the water into wine. “At our tea meeting on Friday, all things and rendered useful to, thousands of our
wolves in sheep's clothing, may be read by, were done decently and in order, and
it British professors of Christianity. We have would have cheered the heart of any real not laboured in vain : several hundreds of christian to see the glorious difference in the countenances of those present. This the work were ordered before it was issued ; people have indeed sown in tears,” and and we have faith to believe that another yesterday they did “reap in joy." Gloomi- large edition will be soon required. In ness, seclusion, bigotry, and self-impor- have been incurred, but we trust the Lord
the exertions we have made, great expences tance, was gone; and cheerfulness, sociality, union, and 'affection have taken their will bring us safety through the arduous place. We have now only to pray "good task; and greatly own our labours, and this Lord, continue thy mercies."
is all we desire, A short extract from the Mr. J. Freeman, presided. Mr. Beard, work itself must close our present notice
of it. of Charlsmouth, Derbyshire; Mr. Goodfellow, and Mr. Matthews, deacons;. Mr. Cor- the BUILDING OF MERCY itself
, we come
Passing by the lengthened description of bitt, Minister; and Mr. Wells (of London), into the House of Mourning, and there we addressed the meeting in very appropriate find a group of souls in trouble, all giving and profitable discourses.
Mr. Wells, in a most noble, affectionate, vent to the different experiences of soul. and christian manner, referred to the laté trouble through which they have passed. Mr. Gadsby; to his first coming to Man One is speaking thus :chester eight years ago; and in an honor to walk on in darkness, and a child of light
“It is a painful thing for a child of light able manner stated the whole matter connected with his visit to Manchester, in the I would fain hope I am; for methinks if I presence of a large number who have had never seen and felt the true light, the watched Mr. Wells in all his movements, present darkness could not have yielded by prejudices. Many went away declaring for I am desolate and aflicted, and the trou. with
many others who have been swayed but little, if any inconvenience to me; but their surprise and satisfaction; and we bles of my heart are enlarged. But still I are as a body fully persuaded that if cer- know that the return of the Lord's grace tain persons preaching at other places had not been listened to, there would not have and presence to my soul would produce an been so many false reports; or so much astonishing revolution in my condition for shyness manifested ; but the people begin double interest) for all that I have lost, and
the better, and make up (with more than to see through these things; and are, very kind and I pray the Lord of life and glory
am now suffering from. But as hinted may be with them, and bless them, and above, as things now are with me, I of increase them with all the increase of God." course must abide with you in this House
of Mourning; and how long my stay here The Mystical Body of Christ :
is to be, the Lord only knoweth.
Bad however as things now are with CHURCH CONTRASTED, me, I can say that my afflicted soul fol
| loweth hard after the Lord, and I want to WE have now before us a new edition of get near to his feet and to feel as I used to Mr. James Osbourn's work, entitled, 'A feel when he stood at my right hand. To Glimpse of the Building of Mercy,' &c., &c.; me sin has no sweetness; and, as to this and if any thing was wanted to prove him wide world, with all its vast concerns and to be a scribe well instructed in the mys- paltry show, they possess nothing cheery to teries of the kingdom
of grace, that proof me. Indeed, the world hangs as a dead is here furnished. We know very well, weight on my mind, for I clearly see that that it matters not how sound a man's it is filled to overflowing with villany, artipreaching may be; nor how powerful his fice, fraud, deceit, pride, ambition, roguery, writings; nor how deep and blessed his ex- and lies; and the generality of religion. perience; nor how consistent his life; there ists, as well as mere worldly men, are of will be jealousies, envyings, slanderings, this class, for they are but legal workers, and insinuations against him by some; it or bond servants; and under the yoke of is no marvel, therefore, that our author has l bondage they are, but know it not. They fallen in for his share.
toil at law and think it is the gospel. They
AND THE FALSE
DISTINGUISHED AND DESCRIBED.
have been under some alarm of conscience "Pricking thorns through all the ground, and uneasiness of mind, and from the same
And mortal poisons grow." they have met with a small degree of mi- I must not forget the point, or the end for tigation, and by ministers under a cloud which I had at this time taken my pen in they have been made to believe that they hand. have met with a full release; and here in
God grant that it may be for his this mistake they stick, and under the old glory, and the cause of rejoicing to his dear covenant they are, and so are their leaders, saints, who are in his hands. Truly that is and the whole concern is Levitical instead another solemn way-mark in the wilderness, of Evangelical.-In the letter, sound,-in when his dear children are enabled by grace the mystery, legal,- in notion, new coven- to walk in his footsteps, in the commandant men, but in spirit they are under the ments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. old veil. In this condition I view them, It must rejoice the heart of God's true Zion and by them my soul has often been brought for her to hear that God is still carrying on into bondage and darkness.
his own work, still bringing in her out casts, But of a truth it gladdens my heart by taking one of a city, and two of a family to find you here under these weeping wil. thus
favouring the dust thereof, fulfilling his lows. I've often read of the brook of the own truth in a God-like way and manner. willows, Isa. xv. 7. And strikingly emblematical I deem them to be of the state
“My people (says God) shall be willing in and condition we at this time are in. This the day of my power.” He has undertaken is the House of Mourning, and such it to teach them, and declares that "great shall has been to my soul, and no doubt to be their peace," nay, further, that he himself yours also; and hope I do that the same will extend peace unto thein like a river, and will be sanctified to the good of our souls. righteousness as the waves of the sea. EverGod knows best; yes, he well knows what lasting honours to the name of our adorable will be for our good and his own declara- Redeemer, he is still carrying on and increase tive glory; and to these points he willing his little despised cause at Guildford. make all things subserve, for everything is Our late dear brother Combs once called it, under his control and at his sovereign dis- " Moon-light Guildford.” Little did I think posal.”
when that dear man of God baptized me, that The Cause of God at Guildford.
God had designed me for Guildford, as a mouth piece for himself; but the promise to
God's living Zion in the midst of " Moon-light The dear Lord has said in his word, “set Cuildford" is, that "the light of the moon thee up way marks, cast thee up high heaps ; shall be as the light of the sun, and the light which things can only be done by the sensi- of the sun shall be seven-fold as the light of ble sinner, as God works in him to will and seven days.” Oh, that God's true Zion at to do of his own good pleasure; and at the large may enjoy more and more of his sacred present time I believe there are many, very light until taken up to enjoy it, to bask in many, belonging to the church of Christ, its seven-fold perfections and glories for ever that are really his, rightly his, graciously his, and ever. and yet not brought at present by the grace of God to confess that they ever cast up an Israel have been brought by infinite wisdom
Five of the lost sheep of the house of high heap; but when put to the test, are compelled to acknowledge that in the wilderness and almighty mercy from off the dark mounthey have their way marks, their hill Mizars, tains; made to hear the voice of the good their Ebenezers, their “hithertoos,” And one Christ as the true door into the sheep-fold,
Shepherd; turn to his fold and enter in by solemn, sacred, spiritual
, and internal way After a profession of their repentance toward mark that every sinner has, (where that grace God, and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, on takes possession of the heart which does Friday, the second of June, they put on the reign through righteousness unto eternal life Lord Jesus Christ publicly, and openly; by Jesus Christ our Lord), is, SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD; betwixt him and the thus, by God's grace, shewing to whom they world there is a gulf fixed; and fixed by in- belonged, by being baptized in water in the finite wisdom; he cannot walk as he once
name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. walked ; he cannot sit down where he once Truly it was a good time; the Lord was in sat; the seat that he once compared to a bed our midst of a truth, and his dear children of roses is now become pricking thorns; the went on their way rejoicing. It is not the company he once loved, he now hates; the first, but the second fruits, we are enabled to grace of God which bringeth salvation is hope of a glorious harvest; four having been teaching this poor sinner this lesson, that baptized some time previous to these, and denying ungodliness and worldly lasts, he is are still living and walking as the hunble to live soberly, and righteously in this pre- his name who hath not despised the day of
followers of the Lord, the Lainb, thanks to sent evil world; this world that was once his element, once his home, once his resting
small things. place, he now finds what dear Watts says to
Your Brother in the Vineyard, be true ;
AND HOW THE BELIEVER IS SUPPORTED
What Death is :
“O death, where is thy sting?
O grave, where is thy victory ?" UNDER IT: ALTHOUGH ALL THE POWERS O what a fight I have had ! but I now posBOTH OF MIND AND BODY MAY BECOME A The Lord has made me submit to his will.
sess a peace that passes all understanding.
A poor sinner may fight and struggle, but When they told me that my poor brother a strong man armed keepeth his palace. Imeson was gone, I felt gratitude to God for bates. I know that Christ has been my
Aye, except Christ be in us, we are reprohaving released him from that trembling hope, though I have been so sinful and house of clay in which he had suffered so wretched a creature. Hart says, 'the more much. That a dear vessel of mercy may, wretched, the more welcome, and none were (in passing through the swellings of Jordan, more wretched than 1; but I feel cleansed and in other seasons of affliction) com by the blood of Christ, and covered with his pletely lose all the sensible and reasoning robe of righteousness. The Lord says he powers of the mind, is evident, from the case will not leave me. My feet are cold ; it is of our departed brother Imeson, as well as wonderful to think the strength I have now in the case of other dear souls whom I have death is upon me. In the struggle of death known in the flesh. Nevertheless, if the
we resist for the life. The time is not Lord lay the foundation of divine grace in known when the Lord takes his people, but an elect sinner's soul, that foundation stand
I think, from what he is doing with my eth sure ; rough winds may blow upon it; mind, he intends to take me now. I have heavy waves may, for a time, wash over been in a doubting state, but I have faith and cover it; but the christian's life is hid WITH CHRIST IN GOD. Whatever wreck,
now. What a riddle is man's life.' then the natural mind, or earthly taber
“Mr. I. then quoted the hymn: nacle may suffer, the divine life never can
“Alas ! and did my Saviour bleed ?' be injured. For the consolation of such He then quoted another: friends as were distressed at brother Imesons' affliction, I give the following, as
"Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.' written by his son :
He said he felt as if he must sing, and he A few weeks before my father died, repeated, and the day before his derangement, he Pilgrims shall hold on their way.' thus expressed himself. The words were After a few minutes' silence, he began taken down by me:
again : The path that a christian takes is On Jordan's stormy banks I stand, full of briars and thorns, he must go bareAnd cast a wishful eye.'
footed there. Where is the man that will Then he uttered these ejaculations—'Bless- not murmur? if God does not keep him, he ed God! blessed Jesus ! blessed Saviour and will murmur. Jesus says, lay thy burden Redeemer! Lamb of God! It seems as if the upon me, Our stubborn nature carries its enemy would come in if he could; but he burden as long as it can, but we must go at cannot. Where is your mother, William? last to the burden bearer.' let her see the last of me. Á few more Asking how a friend was, who was ex. struggles, Mary, and all will be over; do pected to die, and receiving for answer that not leave the room, dear; it is a hard he was better, he said, "What ebbs and struggle.'
flows there are; what is life? a shadow ; a “ Mention was made of seeking further vain show. o that man could see what he advice, and he instantly replied, No doctor is, how vain his life, like a tale that is told. can do me good ; Jesus is my physician; O'that he would consider his end! What he hath healed me; he hath done all things a mercy to be preserved from sin, to be well; his rod and his staff comfort me.' 0 preserved in Christ! O if it should be de to believe that Christ will bring me to his ception, self deception; the enemy of souls heavenly home: I know that my Redeemer is trying to come in. I should like the liveth, &c. I saw the cross of Christ last church of God to profit by my experience. night, and the two thieves, as if it were in Let Mr. Banks tell them how the enemy reality before me.
has assailed me. I want to declare the
mercy of God to all that love Christ. I Alas! and did my Saviour bleed ?'
dreamed last night that satan (as Goliah) Solicitude for his children then for a came to destroy me, but our spiritual moment took possession of his mind, and David cast him to the ground. I trembled, he said, “ May the Lord be with you my for I thought he was not quite dead, and dear children, and with the children he has that he might yet revive and destroy my given you.'
soul, but the spiritual David turned and The late Mr. Imeson ever shewed the smiled upon me, and I felt that he was my greatest anxiety and care for his childrer security, although I only stood by and took his mind, however, was again directed from no part in the fight. The Lord says, I will his children to higher and more important be with thee, why should I doubt now? Oh, things, and he said,
no! O the love I feel in my heart this I have had one or two struggles with morning. I am enjoying the foretaste of death.
I never had such delight before; it