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our heads, like the beloved John, upon the bosom of the friend that sticketh closer than a brother, the friend loving at all times; unto him may we be taught to make all our sorrows known, and to commit our cause, and lay all our concerns at the feet of infinite wisdom, conscious that all things shall work together for good. I trust the time is not far distant when our souls shall feel that liberation they pant after; when Christ Jesus shall reveal himself to our souls, in all the glories of his person as a sin-pardoning God; when the Comforter shall shine into our souls; when we shall go on our way rejoicing, abounding in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost; living in sweet communion with Father, Son, and Spirit, above the things of time and sense; that the world may be under our feet, and our whole lives may be to the praise of the glory of his grace who hath made us accepted in the beloved.
A few more conflicts and sorrows, trials and difficulties, and the closing scene will arrive, the happy moment when our languid eyes shall take the last survey of created things. Yes,
"A few more setting suns at most, '. ':.j■ • ■■
Will land us safe on Canaan's coast."
Till that period shall arrive, may our covenant God favour us with the bright shining of his lovely countenance, with the sweet assurance of his love, teaching us to walk by faith and not by sight, that we may go forth in the strength of Jehovah, making mention of his righteousness and of his only. May it be our privilege, my friend, to enjoy much communion in this our journey; that our hearts may be united in our triumphs and sorrows; that the most sincere and disinterested friendship may mark our conduct: that friendship which has God for its author, his glory and our soul's welfare for its end. Now may the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you, and give you peace; and in your approaches to the mercy-seat do not forget, Your sincere friend,
And brother in the Lord,
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K LETTER FOUND IN THE STUDY OP THE LATE REV. JOS.
0 thou whose power o'er moving worlds presides,
Dear Brother, ■ ■
Youb's I received, and thought on that question, being, how to live in this world so as to live in heaven? It is one of the common pleas of my heart, which I have often occasion to study, and therefore takes me not unprovided. It is hard to keep the helm up against so many cross winds as we meet withal, upon this sea of fire and glass. That man knows not his own heart that finds it not difficult to break through the entanglements of the world. Creature-smiles stop and entice away the affections from Jesus Christ; creature-frowns encompass and tempestuate the spirit, that it thinks it doth well to be angry. Both ways grace is a loser. We had all need to watch and pray lest we enter into temptation. The greatest of your conflicts and causes of complaints seem to have their original here.
Temptations follow tempers. As there are two predominant qualities in the temper of everybody, so there are two predominant sins in the temper of every heart. Pride is one in all men in the world. I will tell you, familiarly, what God hath done for my soul, and in what trade my soul keeps towards himself. I am come to a conclusion to look after no great matters in the world, but to know Christ and him crucified. I make best way in a low gale: a high spirit and a high sail together will be dangerous, and therefore I prepare to live low. I desire not much; I pray against it. My study is my calling, so much as to tend that without distraction, I am bound to plead for, and more I desire not. By my secluded retirements, I have the advantage to observe, how every day's occasions insensibly wear off the heart from God, and bury it in itself, which they who live in care and lumber cannot be sensible of. I have seemed to see a need of everything God gives to me, and to want nothing that he denies me. There is no dispensation, however afflictive, but either in it or after it, I find I could not be without it, whether it be taken from me or not given to me, sooner or later God quiets me in himself without it. I cast all my concerns on the Lord, and live securely on the care and wisdom of my heavenly Father. My ways, you know, are in some sense hedged up with thorns, and grow darker and darker daily ; but yet I distrust not my good God in the least, and live more quietly in the absence of all by faith, than I should do, I am persuaded, if 1 possessed them.
I think the Lord deals kindly with me, to make me believe for all my mercies, before I have them, that they will then be Isaacs, sons of latighter: the less reason hath to work upon, the more freely faith casts itself on the faithfulness of God. I find that while faith is steady nothing can disquiet me, and when faith totters nothing can establish me. If*I stumble out among means and creatures, I am presently lost, and can come to no end; but if I stay myself on God, and leave him to work in his own way and time, I am at rest, and can sit down and sleep in a promise when a thousand rise up against me ; therefore my way is, not to cast beforehand, but to work with God by the day; "sufficient to the day is the evil thereof." I find so much to do continually with nay calling and my heart, that I have no time to puzzle myself with peradventures and futurities: as for the state of the times it is very gloomy and tempestuous. "But why do the heathen rage?" # Faith lies at anchor in the midst of the waves, and believes the accomplishment of the promise, through all these overturnings, confusions, and seeming impossibilities. Upon this God do I live, who is our God for ever, and will guide us to death. Methinks I lie becalmed in his bosom, as Luther in such a case, I am not much concerned, let Christ see to it. I know prophecies are now dark, and the books are sealed, and men have been deceived, and every cistern fails, yet God doth continue faithful, and faithful is he that hath promised who will do it. I believe these dark times are the womb of a bright morning.
Many more things I might have said, but enough. Oh! brother, keep close to God, and then you need fear nothing. Maintain secret and intimate communion with God, and then a little of the creature will go a great way. Take time for duties in private, crowd not religion into a corner of the day: there is a Dutch proverb, "nothing is got by thieving nor lost by praying." Lay up all your good in God, so as to overbalance the sweetness and bitterness of all creatures. Spend no time anxiously in forehand contrivances for this world; they never succeed; God will run his dispensations another way. Selfcontrivances are the effects of unbelief. I can speak by experience, would men spend those hours they run out in plots and devices in communion with God, and leave all to him, by venturesome believing, they would have more peace and comfort. I leave you with your God and mine. The Lord Jesus be with your spirit. Pray for your own soul, pray for Jerusalem, and pray hard for your poor brother.
Tare up all duties in point of performance, and lay them down in point of dependance. When the purest duties have been performed, the purest mercies should be implored.
Many have passed the rocks of gross sins, that have been cast away upon the sands of self-righteousness. Others they live more on their cushions than they do upon Christ; more upon the prayers they make to God, than upon the God to whom they make their prayers: which is as if a redeemed captive should reverence the sword, but not the man that hath wrought his rescue. ,
The name of God with a sling and a stone, will do more than Goliah with all his armour.
Duties they are but dry pits in themselves, though never so curiously cut out, till Christ fills them.
I would have you neither be idle in the means, nor make an idol of the means. If a mariner will have the help of the winds, he must weigh anchor and spread the sails. The pipes can make no conveyance unless the spring yields its concurrence.
The Good News of Christ. A Sermon preached at Salem Chapel, Meard's Court, Soho, on Wednesday Evening, July 5, 1826, before the Gospel Tract Society: with Notes. By W. H. Colyer. Palmer.
This very excellent and truly gospel Sermon is founded on the declaration of the apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthian church, ii. 12. wherein is proved the grand design and end of all his joumeyings, whether to Jerusalem or Rome, to Athens or Corinth, to Damascus or Troas—" to preach Christ's gospel." And having done honour to the faithful servant, whose labours were more abundant than those of all his brethren, Mr. Colyer quickly proceeds to exalt the person, the glories, and the grace of his Lord, who had commissioned him, as he did the apostle, to go forth and tell of his "unsearchable riches."
The subject is contemplated in the following order;—I. "the gospel Paul preached;" and II. " how he preached it." Mr. C. takes a large survey of the scriptures, both of the old and new testaments, to shew that Paul's gospel was "the good news of Christ," or, as in strictly scriptural language, the gospel of Christ—the gospel of God —the glorious gospel of Christ—the glorious gospel of the ever blessed God—the everlasting gospel—and, the gospel of your salvation. But, as we proceed, we must not lose sight of the well-drawn lineaments of the characters to whom the "news of Christ" become "good' news."
"That man is a sinner, originally and actually, in thought, in word, and in deed :—that, as a sinner, he is exposed to the righteous curse of the holy law of God:—and that every man by nature, is "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked," but knows it not, "being dead in trespasses and sins"—are solemn truths the word of God declares almost on every page: truths, which, though frequently confessed by multitudes with the lip, are never really believed by any soul of man, until the Holy Ghost regenerates the heart. And then, and not till then, from spiritual life and light received, the regenerated soul cries out, like some of old, "what must 1 do to be saved?" "God be merciful to me, a sinner!" To all such truly awakened souls, the subject in our text—the gospel, or "the good news of Christ"—is most precious—to all others it is, and must be, "foolishness:" for thus it is written; "the natural man understandeth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man." 1 Cor. ii. 14, 15."
A comprehensive view of the subject is given, as including a spiritual and personal, full, free, finished, present, and everlasting salvation, from all evil, to all good; originating in the sovereign will and pleasure of God, and accomplished for the pleasure of his great name. It is here only noticed particularly, as a divine deliverance from sin in the sight of God, according as stated in Eph. i. 13. "the good news, or glad tidings, of your salvation."
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".I. As a divine salvation, purposed in Christ by Jehovah the Father, before the foundation of the world."
"II. As a divine salvation, accomplished by Jehovah the Son, for all his people, in the fulness of time."
"III. As a divine salvation, revealed in Christ, by Jehovah the Holy Ghost, to all for whom it was so purposed by Jehovah the Father, and so accomplished by Jehovah the Son."
With great reluctance we pass over the first head of discourse, that some notice may be given of the second, under which, the person of Christ—the anointing of Christ—and the work of Christ, are contemplated at considerable extent. From hence we take an extract on the person of Christ, to which we add the acknowledgment of our entire approbation.
"1st. He is God. Not, as some say, by appointment—nor, as others assert, by office—neither by filiation, or generation, as it is called—nor by union, or relation—nor by procession—or by emanation—or by in-dwelling —or by any act, but—" by Nature." He is, as our old divines used to say, ATTO ©EOS Auto-theos, Himself God—and God of Himself. Or, in other words, personally, naturally, essentially, or underivatively, independantly, and eternally Divine. And this he was, even from everlasting, and would have been to everlasting—The Same—as if there never had been any church to save, by the assumption of her nature in the fulness of time.
"It is of the greatest moment, my brethren, that we possess clear, scriptural views of the glorious Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. And when I say so, I mean, such views as the Holy Ghost has himself been pleased to record in the holy scriptures of truth, and himself reveals to the hearts of all the children of truth; and which they receive by the faith "of the operation of God." For " no man knoweth the Son but the Father, and he to whom he will reveal him." And all that is revealed by the Father, of the Son, is through the Spirit; who is therefore so strikingly called by the apostle, "the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him." Eph. i. 17.
"In proportion to our real spiritual acquaintance with the glorious person of the Lord Jesus Christ, will be our right apprehension and enjoyment of the blessed word of Christ, and of the perfect work of Christ. Every thing in salvation hangs upon the divine glory of the person of the Saviour. The glory, I may say, of the truth or faithfulness of all the Persons in the Trinity, hangs upon it; since each of the divine Persons has borne express testimony to the essential Godhead of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the glory of the church hangs upon it; for all her glory is derived from Christ, and through her union to Christ. And as Jesus is called "the Lord our righteousness," in Jer. xxiii. 6.—so is the church, as his bride, the Lamb's wife: for the wife shines in the rays of her husband, Jer. xxxiii. 16. The Father has hnng upon Jesus all the glory of his hou3e, and of the salvation of the church, collectively—and he has determined so to deal with his people that they also shall hang on him all the glory of their salvation, individually—that Christ may be "all in all," while they are "nothing" in their own esteem."
"2ndly, He is Man. This he is, not by nature, or essentially, as he is God; nor by natural generation, or by any act of man; but by the divine operation of the Holy Ghost, in the miraculous conception of the Virgin Mary. And thus it is written in Matt. i. 18. " When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost." And hence, "that which was born of her," being thus begotten of the Holy Ghost, is declared to be "that Holy Thing," which should be called "the Son of God." Luke i. 35.
"In 1 Cor. xv. 47. it is written, "The first man is of the earth, earthy; the secondman, the Lord from heaven:" or as we may say, Jehovah from