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WHAT IT ISLAND HOW A REDEEMED
SOUL IS BROUGHT INTO IT.
The Banquetting House : fetters, and revealed to me the great mystery
of godliness. 'God was manifest in the flesh. The Lord Jesus Christ, in my nature, bearing my sins in his own body on the
tree: this wrought the sweetest melting, [During a recent affliction, I was induced to
mourning, and rejoicing as can never be peruse at intervals a work entitled — The described. O the sweet overpowering love, Drawings of Everlasting. Love made known the precious love of Christ! How wonderin the conscience of a sinner. By JOHN ful!"how astonishing! so richly and freely Wade. And, truly I can say, I found it poured into sucha
poor, disconsolate, to be a very solemn, yet blessed testimony wretched, rebellious, polluted, and guilty of what I fear thousands of professors soul. O'the sweet embracings of soul as in know nothing; but of which most of the the very arms of Jesus ; and Jesus pressed real sheep of Christ shall sooner or later, to and clasped to my heart as my beloved, (in a greater or lesser degree) realise in
my chief one among ten thousand, and .altheir own souls. Passing over the very together lovely! Here I lost all my inward lengthened account which our beloved secret dread of the wrath of God; all my brother gives of his deep travail of soul, terrors, bondage, fears, darkness; and all temptations, and conflicts, I only furnish
my sin completely and for ever pardoned my reader with a part of the account which and put away by the sacrifice of himself. He he gives us of coming into liberty –
-a point finished the transgression, made an end of in divine experience so little preached, be- sin, and made reconciliation for iniquity, cause so little known in these days of cold and brought into my soul everlasting righteformality, empty hypocrisy, and vain, pre- ousness. And what gave still more sweettended pulpit humility. Reader! in this ness to the mercy, and fixed it with double book thou hast Death and Life clearly firmness and delight to my heart, was the deand spiritually traced out. Read it for
lightful power which came with these words, thyself; and if it prove a mirror to thy It pleased the Father that in him should soul, and a confirmation to thy experi- | all fulness dwell. Col. i. 19. Oh! the sweet ence being divine, happy art thou!-Ed.] and delightful opening as into the very heart
of God the Father, and the overflowing of Op his happy deliverance, he thus writes :- his everlasting love to my heart. Not per
“ Now for the eternal glorious it that came suaded to by my prayers, &c. but of his to pass, in my instance-no powers that I own good will and pleasure chose me in possess an describe the mercy - I will, as Christ, blessed me in Christ, adopted me by the Lord shall enable me, simply relate it Christ, and accepted me in Christ, “to the to the Lord's glory, as a testimony to his praise of the glory of his grace.' truth, and for the confort of his people, as “No pen or language can describe that the Lord has appointed. It came to pass, on experienee when the rejoicing of the Lord the eleventh of May, 1829, (Ezekiel xxiv, 1,) is very graciously felt and enjoyed in the that I arose from family prayer (if it might soul." be called prayer) with my heart if possible " Here I am constrained to leave the more insensible than ever. I went immedi. subject, as I have no words or ability to set ately alone to the Lord, and simply asked forth all that passed between the Lord and him if he ever had any purposes of love or my soul, under these divine manifestations. mercy to me, if he pleased, to make it mani- It was indeed a “joy unspeakable and full of fest? In about half an hour_after, I was glory,' a love which passeth knowledge,' called out to work. While I was at my and a peace which passeth all understandwork, these words were darted with sweet ing.' As it was under the curse and wrath of power across my mind—' GOD THE FA- God, revealed in my conscience in a broken THER's Love !' which much astonished my law, so in the divine manifestations of Christ soul. I cried in my heart, “What is it, by the Holy Ghost, my poor nature could Lord ? Astonished at the relief I felt, not have borne up under it; had not the I wondered whatever it could mean, as Lord, who weigheth “the path of the just,' they were not the exact words of Scripture. weighed out both judgment and mercy, and In about half an hour after, as I returned also weighed out strength in both. home, which was about half-past nine, these corruptible must put on incorruption, and words were spoken to my heart, By one this mortal must put on immortality,' before offering he hath perfected for ever them that we shall be able to bear that exceeding and are sanctified ;' for, both he that sanctifieth, eternal weight of glory;' and 'see him as he and they who are sanctified, are all of one; | is.'" for which cause he is not ashamed to call “ After about three weeks it pleased the them brethren.'
Lord to close the communion for the present, “ The light and power that flowed into my and my comforts declined; the Comforter soul with these words, broke assunder my withdrew, and left me with an aching heart.”
The Watchman's Complaint-and his Expostulation.
BRETHREN—This is an age of but little mighty through God, to the pulling union and communion; it is an age of down strong holds; and satan's strongscattering and division among both na. est hold is in our carnal hearts and fleshly tions and churches. The nations are minds; therefore, with the weapons of divided one against another, scattering the holy word, prayer, and faith, we must and destroying one another-and people endeavour to pull down proud, vile, deprofessing religion appear to be under ceitful self, and mortify our members the same unhappy influence. It appears which are on the earth ; and be assured that satan is come down unto us, having if we know anything of ourselves we great wrath, because he knows that he shall have work enough against this hath but a short time. But, holy breth- great citadel, 'satan's strong hold' in our ren, partakers of the heavenly calling, flesh. And we must in this fight have let us consider one another not to pro- weapons only from the King's armoury voke one another, to anger, envy, and house,' where there a thousand strife, but rather to provoke unto love bucklers, all shields of mighty men.' and good works ; for, if others do wrong, Song iv. 4. Therefore our weapons must it is no ground for us to go upon, nor be something stronger than the pikes license for us to do wrong. He that and blunderbusses of the poor Irish redoth wrong shall suffer for the wrong, pealers, or English Chartists ; for we and there is no respect of persons with wrestle not with flesh and blood, but God; viz., God loves and respects his with principalities and powers, and spipeople above all the nations of ihe earth, ritual wickedness in high places. Satan but he doth not respect one of them is a high, proud spirit though he is conmore than another; nor prefer one be signed to a low place at last; and indeed fore another: they are all loved with he has some high places, and spiritual the same love - everlasting love in wickedness too, in our high, proud, Christ Jesus. And as we have known wicked, and deceitful hearts. And these the love of God, let us endeavour to are high places that we must be enlive in love; for God is love, and he deavouring to throw down, and pull that liveth and dwelleth in love, dwelleth down about satan's ears. () we parsons ! in God, and God dwelleth in him. See parsons! parsons ! when shall we set that ye love one another with a pure about throwing down the high places of heart fervently. • Marvel not if the world mystical Baal, and pulling down the hate you.' It hated Jesus when here in strong hold in ourselves ? Do ye indeed, the flesh; and as we are the followers of (who profess to be the followers of Jesus Jesus, it must hate us, it cannot love us, and Paul) wrestle with spiritual wickedbecause we are not of the world, even as ness in yourselves ? - Spiritual pride, he was not of this world. The world is conceit, and vain glory? Are ye going not our home, we are only travelling about to pull down the strong holds in through it to the world of love, where others, and set them up in yourselves ? we shall never die any more.'
Or in some others that will flatter you, The nations of the world are fighting and puff you up for a great man? And for trifles—that which vanishes away. thus seek flattery for flattery, and honor If we must fight, it should not be with one of another, and have 'men's persons one another; it should be the good in admiration because of advantage,' flatfight of faith' against vile self, hell, sin, tering proud pharisees, and covetous opand satan ; and for a crown that fadeth pressors, and bless the coveteous whom not away, a crown of righteousness and the Lord abhorreth. Ah, that is ‘spiglory to which we are heirs, and joint ritual wickedness in high places,' and one heirs with Christ.' And when the Holy of satan's strong holds in this day, 0! Ghost bears witness with our spirits that ye godly ministers of Christ's gospel ! set we are the Lord's, by his inward anoint- about pulling down these strong holds, ings and comforts, it makes us bold to and throwing down these high places ! fight the good fight of faith in the name These are the altars of Baal in our times ! and strength of the great Captain of our And Baal priests are many, who justify salvation. But the weapons of our war- the wicked for reward, and make the fare are not carnal, but spiritual, and heart of the righteous sad, whom the
Lord hath not made sad.' Let us not be communications corrupt good manners.' mingled among the heathen and learn A man cannot be long in evil company their ways. That which we see to be without being evil affected; you must, evil in others, let us watch it in ourselves. either honestly resist the evil, or be par• Watch and pray, lest we enter into takers of the evil; you must either offend, temptation; and by help from the Most or be offended. Be not partakers of High, endeavour to wrestle against this other men's sins. Where there is rail
spiritual wickedness in high places.' And ing, evil speaking, whispering, and backif we must fight, we shall find work biting, there is nothing good to be enough at home, without going with the learned ; from such turn away, and turn mob in the nation, backbiting our breth- to your bible in retirement, and seek the ren, or killing our neighbours, or railing Loril by prayer and meditation, Jesus on our Queen.
saith, learn of me, I am meek and lowly, Oh! this is a sad day of strife, among and ye shall find rest to your souls.' both political and religious bodies; and You will learn more true religion in one even those who profess the truth are di- hour's communion with the Lord, than vided into sections; and when they as- you will in a month with all the so-called, semble in private, the chief topic of great preachers in England. Your father's conversation is, slandering their own house is your home, and Jesus' bosom mother's sons. I have known some go is your resting place, and the Holy Ghost hundreds of miles, slandering their breth- is your comforter. Look for but little
And if a brother has had a fall, comfort or peace anywhere beside. These or a broken bone, instead of endeavour- are not days for much communion with to bind up his wounds, and wash one men, seek it with the Lord. Preachers another's feet, (as Christ gave us com- are become heady, high-minded, jealous mandment) they have raked together of one another, jealous of their own all the dirt they could find to defile him glory. Jesus is lowly. It is better to more, mixed with some falsehood of their dwell with the lowly, than to divide the
Depend upon it my brethren, spoil with the proud. satan is present in all such parties; the • When the sons of God met together, old accuser of the brethren is there ; and it is said that) satan came amongst them.' the Spirit of the Lord withdraws, and And do you think satan is grown old, leaves them to their own way and wick- and cannot go out visiting now in these edness, and ultimately their own mischief days ? Not he. There is scarcely a teafalls upon their own pate. • He that party, or a social meeting among prodiggeth a pit for his neighbour shall fall fessors of religion, or among the sons of into it himself.'
God but that he is there intruding, and "Holy brethren, partakers of the hea- perhaps invited by some of the guests. venly calling,' you cannot be at home in But sometimes he is so extremely resuch company
• Come out from among ligious and polite in his way that one them.' You are only at home in your would scarcely think it is he, he has so Father's house, in the presence of Jesus, many dresses and masks of disguise, but and holding communion with saints. malice is covered up under all; and if in Then, let us, who know the love of God, conversation and communion of saints and the fatness of our Father's house, be the room is not full with the breath of • laying aside all malice, and all guile, the Spirit, and the savonr of Jesus's and hypocrisy, and envies, and evil speak- name, you will soon smell satan's offenings, and, as new-born babes, desire the sive breath; and if there is a jealous sincere milk of the word, that ye may parson there, most likely you will smell grow thereby.' 1 Pet. ii. 1. •Grow in satan's breath there first ; the names of grace, in which you were born from some ministers may be brought up in above, and in the knowledge of our Lord conversation, and spoke well of by some and Saviour, Jesus Christ;' and by others, who have been comforted under drawing from the breasts of the conso- their preaching, out comes the devil, in lation of the gospel, you will grow up railing, backbiting, and accusations, and from babes to strong men in Christ, and the poor dupe, made satan's agent, will become fathers in Israel to instruct others go many years back but that he will rake in the knowledge of Christ; to know up some dirt to blacken his brother him as your life, strength, righteousness, preacher ; and if any godly sober-minded sanctification, and redemption. Evil | men are in the company, they feel hurt, and their countenances fall, and a gloom is just now before the public, and will be fills the room, for the dark spirit is there, sold all off in about two or three months, the accuser of the brethren." What is to and by that time another edition (the be done? You must either resist him, before the churches in Great Britaiu. I
fourth) of my Lawful Captive, will be placed and make him fee from you, or be par- have now two more new works ready for the taker of his evil deeds. Holy brethren ! press. I am mortally hated in this country, we should resist him and say, Satan! and also greatly beloved; but God is my whence comest thou ? From whence refuge and strength,a presenthelpin trouble. gathered you this slander ? Is it truth, but to the Lord of Hosts I am enabled to
From the world I am much weaned, or a lie?' Is it from report of others, cleave with full purpose of heart, and only, or from personal knowledge?' Say hence I neither fear the horse nor his to satan's poor tool, 'wilt thou go face rider. Why, indeed, should I, since 'I to face with me to the accused brother? | know whom I have believed, and am Satan draws back, he draws his horns in, persuaded that he is able to keep that and tries to conceal his cloven foot, that day? The grace of God in the soul,
which I have committed unto him against and begins to make excuses to withdraw. with the enjoyment of the same, is an allResist him! resist him, brethren, and he sufficient antidote against the fear of man, will flee from you. Draw nigh unto and a world, which lieth in wickedness. Í God, and he will draw nigh unto you. know not what I should do but for the The Psalmist says, ' It is good for me to grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, for I am a draw nigh unto God; I have put my soul is very heavily laden with sin and trust in the Lord God.' Brethren! we foul corruptions. Yes sir, these inbred were brought nigh unto God by the things are my tormentors, and under them blood of Christma people near unto him, I suffer much,
and should yet suffer more, and dear unto him.
but for that grace which so freely flows
from the slaughtered Lamb. By this grace May the Lord draw us again out of I am helped along and made to hope in a troubled waters, and from evil things, covenant God for better things, and for and evil men, into his presence chamber, more sweet and permanent rest in a world to enjoy the light of his countenance, to come, than can be obtained on these and live in his love for ever.
I have home, eternal home in view, and Then they may fight, and rage, and rave, expect, ere long, there to arrive, and many
I shall perceive their poise no more; others with me; some on boards, and some Then we can hear a shaking leaf
of us on broken pieces ;' and so it will come When rattling thunders round us roar. to pass, after awhile, that we shall escape A WATCHMAN ON THE WALLS.
the dangers of the tempestuous ocean, and
land safe on the continent of glory, where, Visiting in Kent.
without a veil between,' we shall see the King in his beauty ;', and One also shall
we behold exalted on 'a great white throne,' The Present State of Things. who once stood condemned at Pilate's bar.
O my soul, think on home, thy happy home, A LETTER TO MR. GEORGE ARROWSMITH, for which place thou hast so frequently OF NEW YORK, BY JAMES OSBOURN.
and so ardently panted; and of which
home also thou hast received so many sweet Sept. 22, 1848.
and exhilarating foretastes and preposMY DEAR BROTHER :-Grace be with you. sessions! I say, I am looking out for, and I am still alive and well, only, almost fully expecting this home soon. It cannot broken down by preaching so much. I am be far away, according to the course of now in the ancient city of Peterborough, in nature. Through the mercy of God, I at Northamptonshire; it is a bishop's see, present have no scruples on my mind conand it hath a cathedral, which in ancient cerning finishing my course with joy, and days was a monastery ; it is seated on the the ministry which I have received of the river Nen, over which is a bridge, leading Lord Jesus Christ with a All is well! And into Huntingdonshire; it is eighty-one indeed, all must needs be well with those miles N. of London; and but a few miles' whose life is hid with Christ in God,' and from here, (an hour's ride,) Dr. Gill was who are brought to live a life of faith on born, raised, and married. I have been him, and to walk in the truth, and in love, here several times before now to preach; and in the light of the glorious gospel, for but to preach last night, and next Sunday, he is the ark of safety to all pilgrims bound I came yesterday, and intend leaving here for Jerusalem above. I can find no real for London on the 26th inst.
peace, rest, comfort, nor safety, but in him My calls to preach are still many, more that liveth and was dead, and is alive for than I can attend to. I expect to remain evermore. The world hath no charms with in England till spring. A new edition of me; my treasure is in heaven, and there. my Building of Mercy (one-thousand copies) I trust, are the most of my thoughts, and I
PASSING REMARKS ON
wish they were all there, for there are | George? If so, then, where art thou my things pleasant to behold; things to make brother? Hast thou, since my first acone forget his poverty, and to remember quaintance with thee been carried away his misery no more; and things they are captive and made to endure hard things? to make people healthy, and wealthy, and And also made to suffer from the loss of wise. They are durable things also; things those drops of the night, and the dew with which fade not, neither pass they away, which thy head and locks used to be but maintain their prime they will so long bathed? Dear George, hast thou, for I as immortality endures.
want to know, hast tbou, then, lost sight of These things, these heavenly things the ancient land marks, and hence, wanwhich I now allude to, appear to me, at dered from mountain to hill, and found no times, as if they were very pear at hand, resting place? If this be thy condition, and also very bright and sparkling, and my soul feels for thee; and if I can pray then do I sing for joy of heart, and call for Zion, I can also pray for George the all these heavenly things mine: and much, wanderer; for long ere I knew thee, all yes, very much has my little soul seen, and about the mountains, and hills, and deserts, felt, and enjoyed of these precious things, and dreary places of which in Scripture we since I have sojourned in this, my native read, I have roamed half starved, and half land; and should we live to meet again, dead. Yes, sir, I am quite well acquainted there will be much to talk about in refer- with the swelling of Jordan, and with the ence to my visit to this country, and of the correction of stocks, and with the prison many strange people and things which houses, and with the waters of Marah, and have come before my eyes and cars in Old with the secret places of thunder; but at England, not forgetting to make honourable present my foot standeth in an even place. mention of the vast many kind friends, Jer. xii. 5; Prov. vi. 22; Isa. xlii, 22 ; Exo. and the extraordinary courtesy, liberality, xv. 23; Psa. lxxxi. 7; and xxvi, 12. sympathy, and christian respect and ten- But where will this rhapsody find you? derness, which I have met with, and re- I hope at the foot of the cross; and that ceived since here I have been ; nor shall I you, since we were last together, four years dare to leave untold some of the sweet and ago, at times are enabled to realize Christ soul-refreshing seasons we have had to- to be your rock, and refuge, and the only gether in different chapels and private foundation stone on which to build your houses.
hope of eternal happiness. A precious But, my brother, be it known unto you, Saviour is this rock and refuge to my poor this is a land of much smoke; and it is tried and tempted soul. In difficulties increasing, and it will increase, for clouds, great, and when in very troubled waters, I and frightful clouds are gathering together have found him to be unto me all that I from round about, and churchmen and dis- have really craved, wanted, or wished for; senters are pretty much in one and the and hence you will, I trow, bear with me same predicament ; but the latter claim a in calling him a precious Saviour. I have superiority of condition, and perhaps in sometimes thought that ifmy opposers knew, some things it may be so, but it is to be felt, and enjoyed, even but one half of the feared that the core is the same. Here is blessings Christ, and the comforts of the some light, however, but nothing like what gospel, which the Lord is pleased to indulge I expected to have seen. Indeed, where my soul with from time to time, how very most life, light, and liberty, was expected differently they would think, and talk, and by me to be seen, there my disappointment write of me from what they now do. I pity has been by far the greatest. But more of them, while they in wrath come out against this when we meet together in New York me. Methinks no one would be worse off City, where we have often talked things than myself in case I had no Saviour to over again and again: and there also have take care of me; for my ignorance and we rejoiced in God our Saviour.
weakness is such that an enemy might Whether you recollect it or not, is more knock me down with a feather; but as God than I can say; but when we first became is with me and is my defence, no man can acquainted with each other is now over knock me down. twenty-five years ago; and many things The three sisters, (you know who they and persons in the shape of religion, and are,) I hope are yet alive, and Miss Eliza religionists have we seen since then, not I hope is enjoying better health than when worth a groat. And also, did we not in I was with them all the last time. I hope those days, and at that time, spend many too that God is with them still, and that happy hours together till midnight in talk- he will be with them, and bless them, and ing on subjects which make for peace and do them good, and keep them from all evils, everlasting joy? And whither are those and feed their souls with the bread of life, divine joys fled to? You, perhaps will be so that they may be fat and flourishing in ready to reply to my question by saying, the courts of our Lord's house, which house 'Tell me, 0 thou whom my soul loveth, is an honourable place of abode, and happy where thou feedest, where thou makest thy they whose station is here, and whose God flock to rest at noon; for why should I be is the Lord. Do try to remember me before as one that turneth aside by the flocks of God, and ask of him favours for yourselves. thy companions? Is this the voice of my My principal home in England is, ' No. 50,