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for thou shalt find it after many days.' O, my sister, I felt humbled in the very dust before the Lord, and said, 'O, thou blessed Jesus, if there is but one word that thine unworthy child has written, that should be for the comfort of her soul, thy name shall receive the praise and the glory; from this I felt such a lifting up of soul that brought me into close communion with my God; my soul felt lifted as it were between earth and heaven. O, my friend, when God speaks to the soul, if it be but one word, we feel what we cannot express; this is the way the dear Lord deals with me: 'he giveth liberally, and upbraideth not.' All glory be to his precious name, I never shall be able to praise him enough till I get home to glory; then, methinks I will sing the loudest of all the blood-redeemed family. I fear I shall tire you with my long epistle; accept my thanks for your kind letters; I do assure you it done my heart good to read them; we have each our several gifts, but it is one and the self-same Spirit that teacheth and guideth all the children of God. You may be in possession of that I do not know anything about; I may be in possession of that you know nothing about; and by communicating one to another these things, in letters, I do consider we edify and comfort each other; then do favour me with an answer, and tell me how the Lord has dealt with your soul since you last wrote.
May the Lord bless you abundantly and strengthen your faith, and keep us in peace and in the unity of the Spirit, for his great name and mercy's sake, Amen.
Your's, in much christian affection,
See what sin hath done.
total destruction! But where grace lives, and reigns, the little spark, the little seed, the little faith, the little ones shall be victorious, shall get through and maintain the conflict, although the monster is felt so powerfully within. The mind of Christ, the life of faith, the fresh oil of the Holy Spirit is poured down, and the holy fire burns again in love, praise, gratitude, admiration, and we glorify God for all we have, and are. Walking humbly with God, what a spiritual and lowly elevation it gives us! This spirit overcomes and conquers, but by pride and high-mindedness we fall, get into bondage and captivity, and so are overcome. All our ways proclaim to us the necessity of watchfulness, of keeping close to the word of God, being much in prayer, having as little as possible to do with outward things as we can': these are the aids and the helps we want for our often infirmities, and which a gracious God has provided for our help. Under the law (it was exceedingly sweet to me yesterday) we read of a daily burnt offering prepared"A meat offering continually, by a perpetual ordinance unto the Lord." (Ezekiel xlvi. 13-15.) Whilst this in substance signified and set forth Christ, it would serve also as an help to the faith of the believer, the constancy of it, and a mean of grace under that dispensation. But the blessed Spirit is our helper to bring Christ to us, to think upon him, and reveal him continually-for we are not in spiritual bodies, but in bodies which are constantly cleaving to the earth. How hard we find it to wait upon God, and to be in his fear all the day long; to walk upright and sincerely as before him. We are not "able to watch one hour." We want no reminding of what we are to do to day, where to go, what to eat, drink, and the like; thoughts of these things crowd and rush in upon us; but we do not find spiritual, heavenly, and eternal thoughts and realities so overcome us, and why? "Because of sin that dwelleth in us.'
DEAR PARTNER-I received your's, and was glad to find you had improved in health, and trust that you will realize the hand of God in your removal, and experience his grace in your soul to glorify him, as this is the great end of life-"In all thy ways acknowledge him." We carry about with us hearts "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked;" constantly deceiving us, filling us with vain, foolish, and selfish imaginations of ourselves. We forget those whom the Lord hath made choice of, and does chose, the kind of characters they are, and with whom he dwells, "That no flesh should glory in his presence."
This afternoon Mr. Neeve and I purpose going to see our dear afflicted brother, Mr. Herring, who is now lying in the University Hospital, Gower Street, having had as good as four operations to go through. When he had the first deep cutting, there were present upwards of eighty medical men, he exclaimed before them all, "Now, Lord, for the promised aid ;" and the Lord did grant it, and has since graciously smiled upon him; he is recovering. Here we see fallen nature in her lamentable condition, in sighs, throes,
What Pharisaical thoughts have we of ourselves, and sport with our own deceiv-groans, sorrows, and afflictions in Hospitals, ings. How heady and high minded-how Mad-houses, Prisons, and Work-houses. self-willed and confident-where we should What monuments to sin are they all, and be meek, lowly, submissive, contented, and how thickly erected: the worst are those resigned: what base intruders come in- erected to men who have been wholesale what vanity swells and puffs us up to think destroyers of their race; yet people gaze upsomething of ourselves, who are less than on these fine statues without considering nothing; yea, vanity itself-what scum and what sin hath done, and what caused their filthiness floats on the surface of our erection? In this point of view, what a imaginings-0, what a great POWER is sin! monument itself is London: the monument how it overcomes, overawes, and threatens of London you know well, at the bottom of
Fish Street Hill, on it might be inscribed, "Behold! what sin hath done!"
Clouds and darkness are spreading them-
And hopes of seeing land all passed by?
On Sunday I heard Gad Huntington, son of the honoured William Huntington. He is very far from being as popular as his Father, (very few hear him) yet, nevertheless, he is a sweet Bible preacher; I never heard one more largely quote the word of God than he does. Mr. Wright, at the Obelisk, who has now gone home, was the best textuary I had heard-but Mr. H. far exceeds him. A style of preaching I am quite persuaded the greater part of hearers have no ear for. What is called deep experimental preaching suits the major part of those who attend where the truth is declared. But opening the word of God, shewing its amazing greatness and importance has been much of late set aside for another strain of preaching. I pray the Lord, if it be his will, to turn a pure language unto us, "that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent," or shoulder, as the hebrew is. Your's in love, April 18, 1848.
'Festus, Bernice and Aggrippa, three great pompous fellows met together, and nothing afforded them pastime, but that Paul, the prisoner, must be brought before them in his chains, and he preached before them his conversion, to their everlasting confusion. Where is Festus and his party now?-Hawker,
Marks of Salvation,
Or, an Answer to a Tried and Mourning_Be-
Dost thou, poor mourner, long, and thirst to
Thy certain interest in a Saviour's love?
That precious secret, ere thou farther go?
Thy ship will cast thee, when life's voyage
Are thy sails torn, thy hull almost a wreck,
Is lost thy compass? does fear make thee
All things are under Jesu's wise control?
Dost thou despise thy good deeds as thy sin, | My freight, the stores, corruptible and bad,
The worldling's mirth hath charms for
Than shipwreck'd sailors loathe the sight of shore;
Afraid to venture death's distressing shade,
Dost thou delight to plead his promis'd grace, And tell him how thou long'st to see his face?
Could'st thou give up thy hope in him, and
I think as safe might prove another way?
He'll wipe away at last thy many tears;
Sweet hope, thy anchor, cast within the veil,
And yet have fears thy faith at last will fail.
O fellow pilgrim, thank him for thy lot, Thou shalt at last be with him; doubt it not;
The worldling's treasure is below the skies, Shadows and things that perish, most they prize;
But thine's substantial; heaven will pass away
Before thy faith shall fail-or hope decay.
Fear not, thou shalt be brought to see at last,
Thy sins were all on lovely Jesus cast; Thou shalt, at death, get safe to that blest shore;
Where fears, and doubts, and griefs, shall
come no more.
A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE, EXPERI-
Happy Death of William Upton,
(Continued from page 40.)
Ir was a matter of surprise with some, that I
But to return-when I found him continuing in the same state of weakness, without a change, either for the better or worse,
it surprised me, as well as a many others. I think of that blessed passage, where God He appeared to be in a slow consumption, says, that he will avenge his own elect, I feel yet we could not perceive him any worse; comforted; and behind a frowning proviand as this was the case, his friends visited dence he hides a smiling face. Then my dear him the less frequent: and I am sorry to add, friend let us take courage, in spite of all our his own family grew weary with him. Neg-fightings without and fears within; let us pray on, believing that God is your Father and mine-I believe it, don't you? that once a child, always a child. Though we often want correcting, yet like as a father pitieth his children, even so the Lord pitieth his own elect children. I am still growing weaker and weaker---first one pin, and then another keeps dropping from this frail tabernacle; but I thank my God, my soul is getting ripe for eternity, to join the church triumphant."
lected and forlorn, he literally proved the
The first time I left home and removed to the Island of Jersey, was in the summer of 1845. I continued to write to him and he to me; a letter of his I will here transcribe, which will show the state of his mind at that
"Leicester, October 16th, 1845. "Dear Friend,
I received your letter with pleasure and thankfulness, for what you sent me. I do assure you that a friend in need is a friend indeed. The pay that I receive from the parish is only 2s. 6d. per week. I am very glad to hear that your health is better, and that you are coming home soon; I shall be very glad to see your face once more before I die. I am almost lost, having no one to comfort me but my Bible, and my God; for my house is more like a den of lions than a house of prayer. The corruptions of my heart, and the things I have to undergo in my family, I am almost ready to give up prayer altogether: at times I feel lifted up in prayer; then again, at other times, I feel as if I could not pray at all. But when I
The poor man, as you read, was the subject of many trials; one of a temporal nature in particular, he had to grapple with; and had it not been for a kind friend, who stept forward on the occasion, and helped him in his pecuniary circumstances, it is most probable this saint of God would have been turned out of doors, and his bed sold from under him. In this distress he cried unto the Lord continually, for the Lord was his refuge in all times of trouble. Our kind and gracious Lord heard and answered his request, by putting it into the heart of a dear brother to assist him, so that he was delivered (as he termed it) out of the mouth of the lion, and the paw of the bear; and exclaimed,
Triumph not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me." (To be continued.)
Ordination of Mr. Thomas Stringer,
Of Snows' Fields Chapel, Borough. THE ordination of Mr. Thomas Stringer, as pastor of the church assembling for worship in the above named chapel, took place on Tuesday, March 28, 1848. The following is a brief sketch of the services:
After singing, Mr. Nichols read and prayed.
"We are assembled here this morning for a solemn employment. I hope we shall be cheerfully solemn. We are come to a wedding, of which CHRIST himself is the bridegroom. Earthly ties will die away; and the most solemn events on earth are those which snap asunder a pastor from a church. We are not come to make the bond; that was done in eternity. But we are come to recognize the compact. One poor sinner is called to minister to a number of poor sinners; we are therefore invited to come here and witness the same. The portion of the
services allotted to me is, to state the nature of a gospel church. What a ponderous work! Who has ever done it? It never has been done, nor never will be done on earth. We can define what it exhibits: we can tell the characteristics of it; we can tell how we know it but not what it is. The word Church has been diffusively employed; but you know the learned tell us it simply means an assembly; and that it will also apply to an unlawful assembly. There is a good and a bad sense then, in which it may be taken. Hence, we hear of the church of Rome, and the Grecian church-and the Russian church, and many other churches where we should hardly think that the divine presence was manifested. But the church of God is marked out in the word of God. Then we must come to the word of God to know what it is :-it is A CONGREGATION OF HEAVEN-BORN SOULS. We will
notice it under four particulars : "First. Her divine or decretive originality.
"Secondly-Her peculiar constitution. "Thirdly-Her declarative standing. "Fourthly-Her evidential perpetuity. I. Her divine or decretive originality. All things have an origin. I know of no new things under the sun. Her originality is found in the mind of God,and that which does not begin there is no good. Here she is in the mind of God-in the love-thought of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
II. Her peculiar constitution. She is not of man's making; not of schools; nor of man's devising, but entirely of the Lord Jesus Christ.
III. Her declarative standing. The Lord will have a people that shall stand as his witnesses. The dying thief was one. Her declarative standing then is in the Spirit's witnessing. He puts his seal on purchased property, and always stamps it as his own. She is brought to see that she is nothing; and he will scatter all her self-righteousness, that he may have the glory of enrobing her in his own spotless robe of righteousness. I see the church's declarative standing in the Spirit's testimony on the soul.
IV. Her evidential perpetuity. The Lord has brought together a church here for a long time he has taken away one pastor, but he has brought you another.
After a very weighty and able discourse, Mr. Felton sat down; a verse was sung: 'Lord, may this church grow up in grace, &c.'
Mr. Felton then called upon Mr. Stringer to give an account of his call by grace to a knowledge of himself; to which Mr. Stringer replied.
The remaining usual questions being asked and answered-Mr. Foreman rose and asked Mr. Felton if he would allow him to ask one question, to which Mr. Felton readily consented. The question was-' With any change of sentiment, will you pledge yourself before this church and congregation, immediately to resign the pulpit?' Mr. Stringer replied that God helping him, he would.
Mr. Jackson, one of the deacons of Snow's Fields, then gave an outline of the most peculiar features which led them to give Mr. Stringer an unanimous call to become their pastor; stating what God had wrought by and through him since he had been among them. After which, the church publicly recognized the call, and Mr. Stringer ratified his assent to the same.
[The substance or nearly the whole of what Mr. Stringer gave in as his conversion, call to the ministry, &c., will be found in our first volume, it is therefore, needless to insert it here.]
Mr. Felton concluded the Morning's Service by prayer.
A hymn was sung. Mr. Moyll read a portion of Scripture, and offered up the Ordination Prayer: another hymn was sung, and Mr. Foreman rose to give the Ordination Charge.
Mr. Foreman selected 2 Tim. iv. 2: 'Preach the Word.' The text comprehends all that you will want for public service, if you live to the age of Methuselah. In it we notice three things. 1. The commission: 2. The credentials: 3. The advice.
I. The commission. You know, brother. Stringer; and therefore, I need not tell you how and what to preach. It is the pleasure then of our God, to work out his own will; sin and death entered; and by it spoiled all things. It is the good-will and pleasure of our God, to save such and such only as are redeemed by the blood and intercession of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our God does not want associates in this matter; he says, 'I will work, and who shall let or hinder?"
2. The credentials of this commission. 'the Word.' There must be something particular in this to be called-the word. It denotes, the whole word of God; and there is a great harmony in this word. Without it we should have no means of knowing the mind of our Eternal God. It is the word of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. And in preaching the Word you'll have to preach the Word of God; the word of the Son; the word of reconciliation; the word of Life; and the sent Word.
3. The advice given; 'Preach the Word.' You will not fail to preach all that you find in the word of God: and I hope you will not preach what you do not find there. In preaching the word you must study it. Like the earth-it has some value on the surface, but ten thousand times more as you go deeper. Preach the word, fully, faithfully, studiously, and experimentally. Study it by reading, thinking, and prayer. Read anything that