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Jesus will be sure to have most of the devil's me in this instance, and for many others grudge; and especially if Jesus employs heretofore. 'My prayer,' he said, them in soul comforting and soul-strength- covenant God and Father, shall be, that he ening his people. The more Jesus smiles on may make you a blessing to the poor people them, the more hell will frown. But it is where you are going.' Jesus who must bear up and bear through all “Dr. Hawker shone bright as a preacher ; opposition ; this is his work, and not our's; but he shone much brighter by his humility, and his is the glory to make more than con- condescension, and brotherly kindness.” querors all his redeemed, while going on as
(To be continued.) one is described, Psalm lxxi. 13, 14, 15, 16; and always on the look out, as another is re- A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE, EXPERIENCE, presented, 2 Timothy iv. 5, 6, 7, 8. ". Brethren ! the grace of the Lord Jesus
Happy Death of William Upton, Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.
Of Leicester. Amen.
Whom God, in his infinite mercy delivered • Your's, in the best of all bonds in from the miseries of this sinful world, on Jesus,
Sabbath Morning, Dec. 20, 1846. "ROBERT HAWKER.'"
The subject of the following memoir was “ This journey very much improved my born in East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, health and shattered nerves ; but the greatest on the 24th of January, 1789; and at the mercy was, the cloud went before me, and age of 13 years, was apprenticed to the trade the angel of the covenant to keep me in the of a' Frame-work knitter.' Like other youths, way. Having returned to Plymouth in he lived in sin, and sought the gratification safety, through the Lord's preserving mercy, of his fleshly desires, being by nature a I made known to my wife the result of my child of wrath, even as others.' Nothing journey ; and I told her, it appeared now particularly occurred during his youth, that the Lord's time was conie for me to except a dream which he had. He says :leave Plymouth, and to be engaged wholly in “ I dreamed that the devil came to my the ministry; and my wife was quite willing bed-side, and ran a muck fork into my that I should pursue that course which I bowels, and then ran down the street with thought agreeable to the will of God. After me to throw me into hell-fire ; I felt in such laying the matter many times before God for an agony, that the sweat ran off my face in direction, I came to a determination to ac- large drops. I well remember I screamed cept the calt from the people in Birmingham. and cried aloud ; and all in a moment this I then called on Dr. Hawker, who most affec- thought struck my mind, ' Pray to God!' I tionately received me. I thought,' said he, did so, as well as I could, in my dream, and
that you were at Birmingham; for I have then the devil ran away and left me. This received a letter from there on your account.' dream made an impression on my mind, and • I judge so," I said; “I made free to refer brought me seriously to think of iny soul's them to you for my satisfaction as well as salvation; but having no one to speak to me, their's.' 'I have written to Birmingham,' and my friends being ignorant of God, said the Doctor, and was glad of an oppor laughed at me, and in process of time these tunity so to do on your account.' After Iconvictions passed away. had stated my motives, and many things re- “When I had served my apprenticeship, lative to the exercises of my mind respecting I entered into the army, the 'Rifle Brigade ;' the ministry, and satisfied the Doctor's many this was in 1810, and was sent the same year enquiries relating to my temporal prospects, on the Peninsula war, under Wellington ; he bade me God speed. I may say, though and the first night we landed, we were engaged I never was ordained by what is called a with the French and Bonaparte; and six out bishop, I was ordained by Dr. Hawker in his of the nine that enlisted with me, fell in the study; and the charge I received from him field of battle, and thousands of human souls I shall not soon forget. He suggested to where hurried into eternity in a short time; me many things as to word, doctrine, manner, and yet I was spared. I have had my rightand behaviour, both in the world and in the hand man, and left-hand mau shot from me church of God, that did credit to his judg- several times in a day; also my fore-rank ment as a venerable and judicious servant of man, and hind-rank man wounded at my feet, God. At the conclusion, he said, “Now, verily God will take care of his elect children, my brother, I beg you to write me without the though in the midst of danger, he ever has least reserve, if you should be under any dif- done, and be ever will to the end of time: ficulty, either in spirituals or temporals, and From that time, and up to 1814, we I shall be glad to have an opportunity to continued sometimes fighting, sometimes render you any service that lays in my power.' marching, for three or four months, I thanked him for his many kindnesses to without anything to eat except a few green
beans we got as we marched along the road ; | life, a source of regret on the one hand, that this, with the rum we had, kept us alive. We his youth was spent in such debasing frolics, marched through various parts till we reached and yet on the other a source of thansgiving the Pyrinees Mountains ; there we suffered to the beneficient author of all his inercies, severe hardships. We was out at camp that who had so kindly preserved his unworthy very hard winter, 1813; the time there was life, whilst so many of his companions were 13 weeks frost in England. We lay all this cut off in their sins, and sent to that place time exposed to the inclemency of the weather, where hope never enters. And he would say and was almost literally starved to death with to me, ' Thomas, why was I spared; why was cold. We continued our march till we ar- I not cut down as well as the rest? The only rived at Toulouse; we were engaged with the reason, I find in Ephesians ii. 4th and 5th French on the 10th of April, from 3 o'clock verses, the great love wherewith he loved in the morning till 4 o'clock in the afternoon, us, when dead in trespasses and sins. We when we took Bonaparte prisoner, and set will hear a little now from his own pen :sail for England.
"As soon as I arrived home-this was in " After resting at Plymouth one month, 1818-I got work at my trade, and in twelve the news reached us that war had broken out months after I entered into a married life, and in America. We were ordered immediately | lived in my native place for six years. Here to set sail for New Orleans; we had a very I was taken severely ill, and this affliction bad passage over the gulf of Mexico, being was a mean, in the hands of God, of conthree days crossing it, and our gun-brigg vincing me of my sins. The remembrance was lost, and all hands perished in a watery of my former dream was powerfully laid on grave. When we arrived at New Orleans, my mind, and I thought that I must begin we had to fight for our landing ; when we to alter my course of life, and attend to the landed we were 700 strong, and when it was duties of religion ; but these convictions. dark at night, the Americans came down on being only natural, they soon wore off, and us; we were fighting all night, and in the I fell back again to my old state till 1824, morning there were but 150 of us left, all the when I began again to serve the Lord as well rest were killed and wounded. When I as I could, with such a religion as I thought think of the goodness of God to me a hello would do to go to heaven with; I began to deserving sinner, it constrains me to cry out, attend the Methodist chapel every Sunday. What hast thou done, O my God, in pre- One Sunday evening while sitting under a serving me in the midst of so much destruc- sermon from the barren fig-tree, Behold tion ? From America we took shipping for these three years I come seeking fruit, and the West Indies : this was in 1815. When find none, cut it down, why cumbereth it the Bonaparte got his liberty from Elba, we ground ?' I began to think the preacher received orders immediately for Waterloo ; meant me, for I felt myself to be a barren but providence so ordered it, that the wind tree. I tried to improve myself, and to think was contrary, so we were obliged to lay in more about my soul, attend more to the the Downs all night, and therefore could not duties of religion, and so on, till providence get soon enough for the battle. We were so removed me and my family to Leicester, and near the scene of desolation that we could being strangers, we used to go from one hear the roaring of the big guns, as if it was place of worship to another to see which we thunder in the heavens. I have often felt liked best; at length, living near the Archgrateful to Almighty God, (while looking deacon Lane Chapel, which is General back at this important crisis,) that he caused Baptist, we attended there, and both me and the winds to blow contrary, and thus to keep my wife were soon baptised and joined the us from rushing into imminent dangers; society ; but I being unsettled and unstable truly there is an all-wise God, and the winds in my mind, went to hear the Ranters, and and the seas obey them.
thought I should get the most good amongst “We landed at Dogle, and then marched to them : well, here we settled, and both me and Dover, from there to Shoreham Cliff, in Kent; my wife continued members for seventeen · our stay there was three months, and then years; after which period the Lord laid his the route came to embark for Ireland. From afflicting hand on ine for good. I then began there we marched to Ramsgate, we then set to think there was something more for me to sail for Dublin, stayed there two years, and know and experience before I could reach then marched to Bun, in King's county ; the kingdom of God. And after my dear after staying there half-a-year, orders came brother Smith came to visit me, I began to for our regiment to be broken up; and thus, search the Scriptures with more diligence, after about eight years toil and labour, I was and to examine myself as to my state and sent home (without a pension) with the root standing in the sight of God, and soon, with of the complaint in my constitution from the the help of God, and my brother Smith effects of which I am suffering to this day.” reading to me, and explaining to me the
Hitherto the poor old man has with his word of God, by prayer and supplication, I own hand given a short detail of his course became more acquainted with the truths of of life, a period which which was, in after the everlasting Gospel; and that blessed word does often give me consolation and There has been a man here to see me, whom comfort when all alone-did I say all alone? | I am acquainted with, (mentioning his name) no; I am, at such seasons, not alone, for the who believes there are children in hell not á Father is with me ; glory be to his name, I span long.' I asked-upon what does he am not alone, for the Father is with me! He ground his belief ? he replied, 'I don't know, is a friend that loveth at all times, and without it is on the ground of election.' sticketh closer than a brother."
• But,' says I, this is a wrong inference from Thus far, christian reader, the poor old a true doctrine, and whoever the person may man has given us a short detail of his life be, you may depend upon it, he is filled with and experience. It is true he has not re- airy notions about religion, without any Jated much of what he experienced, either grace in the heart. If he had indeed been under the Law or Gospel; but it must be humbled by the mighty hand of God, he remembered, that what he wrote was upon would be employed in profitable conversation his bed, when he was drawing near the instead of vapouring with these terms. It is gates of death, and, at my request, as I in- by such men as this, that the great and glo. formed him I should write a brief outline rious doctrines of the gospel are made to of his life and experience. After his death, appear contemptible in the eyes of the weak and during the tiine I was acquainted with and wavering. We have no warrant for such him, which was four years, I had an abund- an assertion in the Scriptures, and I never re. ant evidence of his deep conviction of sin, member to have heard such a sentence come and when I look back to the commencement from either the lips, or pen, of a man of God of that fellowship which, though begun on in my life.' We read that by sin came death, earth, will be consummated in heaven. I and that all Adam's posterity fell in him, he cannot but admire the all-wise providence of being their federal head and representative; God, who, in his infinite wisdom, disposeth of consequently all, whether young or old, are all times, and circumstances, and places, for born in sin, and by nature children of wrath, the mutual good of his beloved people.
and heirs of hell: but by the second Adam, It was in November, 1843, that circum- the second head and representative, an innustances of an earthly nature led me to the merable company of Adam's fallen posterity huinble dwelling of this afflicted man. He are delivered from curse and condemnation, appeared then to be fast approaching that from original and actual transgressions, by place from whence there is no return. I had virtue of their interest in their public head, a little conversation with both him and his the second Adam, the Lord from heaven; as wife, and soon perceived that he had a greater we read, as in Adam all his natural offspring acquaintance with the Scriptures than many died, so in Christ all his spiritual offspring, professors of religion in the present day. Í (who are his by his spirit being communiperceived also, that he was in a measure taught cated to them, by virtue of their interest in by the Spirit of God, though he appeared in the everlasting covenant,) all his are made great darkness, as to many of the truths of alive, and we believe that children who are the everlasting gospel. Our conversation taken away from the evil to come, are taken turned upon experience, and though I found to that eternal rest which remaineth for all he had been a member of the Ranters seven-God's people by virtue of the obedience and teen years, yet I felt a union of soul to him, death of Christ. They do not go to heaven, while relating something of God's gracious as some affirm, because they are innocent dealings with him ; there seemed to be a little things,' but on the score of God's eversincerity and honesty in what he uttered, and lasting love. There is not two ways of being as far as he knew and had sight into the doc- saved, one for babes, and another for adults, trine of God's unchangeable love in Christ but one new and living way, which is conseJesus our Lord, he spoke with firmness and crated for us, through the veil, that is to say, decision. These were his words : 'I have been his death. How the grace of God, (which amongst the Ranters many years, but I could all must receive who enter heaven,) is imnever see with them, that I could be a child of parted to babes, we cannot tell, any more God one day, and a child of the devil the next; than we can tell how the bones do grow in the I believe when God put his love in my heart, womb of her that is with child.
This is a it was that I should not depart from him, and secret which is hid in God, who is the foun(says he) I have had many debates with them tain of all secrets, and is called the only wise on this subject, but could never come to their God.' I remember seeing engraved on a point.' I spoke to him upon the attributes gravestone in a church-yard, a pertinent verse, of the divine being—particularly upon his which illustrates the subject:unchangability. During our conversation, “ Behold Infidelity, turn pale, and die, Mr. Philpot's printed sermons were men
Beneath this stone two infants' ashes lie; tioned; I was rather surprised when he in- if death’s by sin, they sinn'd, for they lie here ;
Say, are they lost, or savert ? formed me he had read some of them, and If heaven's by works, in heaven they cant appear; liked many things he said in them, but Ah! sacred reason, how depraved ! thought the doctrine of election and repro- They died, through Atlam's sin, but live, for Jesus
Revere the Bible's sacred page, the not's untiel, bation was a hard doctrine; and, says he,
The poor old man seemed pleased with my The Church of Christ conversation, and wished me to call and see him again. I promised him I would, and a
HIDDEN IN THE SECRET PLACES OF THE STAIRS week after this, I again entered his humble dwelling. I commisserated his low condition, “O my dove that art in the clefts of the rock, in and yet felt that I was visiting one who was the secret places of the stairs." --Canticles ii. 14. rich in faith, and an heir of immortal glory, The poor old man sat by the fire-side, and his
Hark! my soul, tis Jesus cries, countenance indicated he was an object of Behold the grace that's in his eyes. pity; his complaint was a gradual consump- “My dove, thou art in the rock ;
My dove thou art ; for thou art clean," tion. He welcomed me by his fire-side in a
No spot or wrinkle can be seen chair, when our conversation was again re
In Jesus lovely bride. sumed; he said, ' Thomas, I have plenty of people come to see me, but their talk is all Though sin may now be felt within,
Yet sin can never get between light and trifling, and I would rather have
The husband and the wife : their room than their company; I like those By law the dove is now accepted, whom I can converse with to edification.
God's church can never be rejected. You know I have nothing to look for from
Fear not, my precious dove. the world, and I wish to be secluded, and I am the great and mighty Rock, separate from it; I have lived in it for many A glorious refuge for my flock,
Go smile at Satan's rage; years, and have proved that all is vanity and
My dove is in the precious clifts, vexation of spirit. My desire is to have the
Jehovah's love, Who can doubt this? few remaining days of my existence here My dove, be not afraid. profitably spent. I have many professors of
Eternal grace and free election, religion come to see me, and sometimes their
Ensure the church's safe protection. conversation is anything but edifying.'
What glorious clifts are these! During these early seasons of my acquaint- The flesh of Christ was rent in twain : ance with him, I used to take some book to
The promised land my dove shall gain,
Thou’rt in my wounded side. read to him, as his eyes were so weak, he could not see to read for any length of time The stairs we know do form a way, himself: here I must remark, that for some
The dove shall hear Immanuel say
Thou art in the secret place; time I could not bring my mind to pray with
T the chambers of his covenant love the poor old man; I had never opened my The stairs will lead Jehovah's dove, mouth in prayer in the presence of any one
Immanuel's blood-bought race. in my life, and yet I felt it to be my duty as
Regeneration is a place; well as privilege ; I felt condemned every A secret in the stairs of grace ; time I left him, and yet I could not overcome
Ye must be born again; my timidity. I prayed for him when alone, When hope divine is in the soul,
You'll hear the new man cry
groan, yea, all the way home, every time I left him;
For pard'ning love and blood. but this would not satisfy. I felt constrained to pray with him, and I felt determined to Repentance, wrought by God the Spirit, attempt it; but O, how I was tried in my Proves grace the soul doth now inherit,
The secret of the stairs; soul, no one knows but God above. The old
I loathe myself before the throne, tempter tried all methods to scare me, and And look to Christ to bring me home: says he, ' You will not be able ; if you at
This is a secret way. tempt, you will fail.' In this way, for some
For Jesus Christ I pant and cry, time, he caused me to desist, but I prayed to For pard’ning blood and love I sigh : God to enable me, and to keep the devil from Christ's dove is in this place. tempting me. When my fears were well nigh
A secret place is hope in Christ,
Who by his blood has paid the price, vanished, I determined the next time I visited
Redemption full and free. him, to attempt to pray with the poor old
After having some conversation with Faith is a secret place indeed, him on my next visit, I read a Psalm, and
Wrought in the elect, dear Israel's seed,
By God the Holy Ghost; then thought to conclude with prayer ; but The soul looks then to Christ alone, Satan shut my mouth, filled me with confu- 'Tis his dear blood for sin aton'd, sion, and caused such an uproar within, that
To wash them clean and white. I went away filled with shame and confusion
Assurance is a secret thing, of face. And yet I could plead with the The dove declares that Christ is King, Lord, and tell him that I wished in sincerity
And claims him for her own :
Assurance full, without a waver, and truth, to open my mouth in prayer with
Triumphant in eternal favour, the poor old man, but was deterred through
Walks daily with the Lord. timidity and the temptations of satan. THOMAS SMITH.
John BUNYAN M'CURE. Leicester, 1847. (To be Continued.)
Hadlow, December, 1847.
don, and one sacrifice; so their faith is OUTLINE OF THE
uniform. There may be some trifling difFuneral Sermon for Mr. Geo. Francis, ference, but they are one. It is Christ in
the beginning, Christ in the middle, and (Concluded from Page 32.)
Christ at the end; and a man that does Mr. Foreman then read for his text, Heb. not know something of this for himself, is xiii. 7, 8.
Remember them which have not fit to preach salvation to others. George the rule over you; who have spoken unto Francis admitted that he was a sinner; he you the word of God: whose faith follow, could not live without eating as well as considering the end of their conversation, others; and he found that none other than Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to the bread of life sent down from heaven day, and for ever;" noticing it as follows :- could satisfy his hungry soul. He be
1. The occupation of the church in the lieved in the discriminating mercy of God; ministers of God; in which I would notice he believed in election as the grand spring four things,-1. Their position. 2. Their of all; he believed in predestinationlabour. 3. Their faith. 4. The end and Whom he chose, them he also did predesintent of their conversation.
tinate,' &c. He believed in redemption. “1. His position. Remember him that As he paid the ransom ; he'll have the ranhath had the rule over you. Apply this to somed. He believed that none went to our dear departed brother. Not with a heaven that were not redeemed by the lordly dominion-not as lord of your faith. blood of Christ; and that none were lost No: you know better than that. It was in who were interested in that blood. He beAugust, 1813, that the church was formed ; lieved in justification; and he believed in and it was in that very same year that I was regeneration; that, let a man belong to baptised, and admitted a member of a any sect he might, unless he had been born church in Suffolk. His position was that again, he could not enter the kingdom of of a ruler--not of a lordly imperious tyrant, heaven. He believed in sanctification; for nor a ruler of our conscience, so as to de- he knew that Christ was made unto us prive us of our liberty; as is the case now wisdom, righteousness, and sanctification; a day. A friend of mine, a barrister, was while final perseverance, and ultimate conversing with the late Mr. Daniel O'Con- glory were grand things to him. Faith is nell; and he asked him, : When do you a conviction on the mind that makes the think of religion?' 'Religion ! exclaimed man to disbelieve what he once believed ; Mr. O'C., 'I have no time to think of that, and to believe that which God impresses on that belongs to the priest, and he's paid for his mind which he formerly disbelieved. it.' But the position to which our text re- This faith it was which George Francis fers, is to preach the gospel of Christ, and preached, and what he believed. to minister the laws of Christ. He must be 4. The end and intent of his conversation, a watchful shepherd. And has it not been It was ' Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, thus with George Francis? And has not and to-day, and for ever.' For if he was the Lord given him success? Yes.
not the same at all times, our salvation I congratulate you upon your honour- would not always be the same. He takes able conduct; in that, when you found he the same care of his people now, as he did could no longer work; you did not say he of old, for he is the same Jesus Christ now should not eat; but have provided for him as he was then, and ever will be. Was in the manner that you have. I don't be there ever a man aimed more to exalt the lieve you'd have done it though, if the Lord Lord Jesus Christ than did George Francis? had not ordered it so. Our dear brother II. The counsel, or advice given. Renever introduced any of the new fangled member them which have the rule over you; fooleries ; but kept on in the good old way. who have spoken unto you the word of It would have been no good if he had. I God.' Has not our brother done that? have never heard of anything that could Well, remember him, then. id he aim to draw a veil over his character.
exalt himself? no: it was Christ. Then 2. His labour. Oh, say you; there is no remember this; and no other will do. And labour in talking. Well, I've been in the though he is dead, you are the same ; and farming line; I've mowed, and I've reaped, I hope that you have a man that preaches and I've been in harvest field from morning the same. Your dear departed brother till night; but I never knew what it was to don't want your prayers or your thanks~ go to bed so tired, as I have since I've been remember what he preached unto you. in the ministry, both body and mind. Great Whose faith follow.” labour is attached to the ministry, or it is In conclusion, Mr. Foreman addressed of little good. A minister once said to Mark the aged widow; and the other members Wilks, of Norwich, that he wanted no stu- of the deceased's family. When Mr. Foredying; he only wanted to look at his text, man had finished, the congregation sang a and it all came to his mind at once. Well,' hymn composed for the occasion by Mr. says Mark, 'if you can get your ser nons as Thomas Stringer, which we should here easy as that, they can be of little profit to insert; but want of room compels us to the people.
omit it. 3. The faith. Now there are many kinds The chapel, which is small, was thronged of faith in existence, but as the Lord has to the doors; and very many were unable but one way of saving his people one par- to obtain admission.