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"Now I will show yon who can at this time make use of the words of the text in his own case, and say, "I am confident, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and present with the Lord." He is one that is born of the Spirit, and is blessed with the experimental knowledge by faith of the pardon of his sins, the justification and acceptance of his person in the blood and righteousness of our Lord Jesu3 Christ, who enjoys the peace of God in his conscience, and the love of God in his heart; the Spirit bearing witness with his spirit that he is a child of God, and enabling him to rejoice in hope of eternal glory. This man, let him be poor or rich, bond or free, learned or unlearned, can say, " I am confident, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." Such was the experience of our departed friend. O what a blessing to be thus favoured! To such, death loses his terrors, and becomes a welcome messenger to call them home to their Father's house, and to all that is dear to them. Hear how the apostle rejoices at the near approach of death, " I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand ; I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing," 2 Tim. iv. 8. This appears, by his language, to have been the most blessed period of the apostle's eventful life; and well it might, for he would then be for ever rid of the body of death, that made him groan out more bitterly than all the persecutions and afflictions that he endured. But what is infinitely more, it was by death as the door, that he would gain admittance into the presence of his Lord, and be brought to see his beloved Saviour face to face. Well might he then so rejoice, and well may every one rejoice who is blessed with an interest in the same glorious and blessed Redeemer. O blessed hope! O glorious prospect! May the Lord brighten it to the view of each of his family before him."

In describing that holy confidence to which the apostle refers, as possessed by the believer, when on the verge of Jordan, Mr. C. thus observes:

"Blessed be God, the instant death takes down this clay tabernacle we are present with the Lord, and clothed with glory, and fully fitted for all the joys, bliss, and service of the upper world. To this we are called; "Who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus."—" Whereunto ye were called to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ." And after this, we groan in the spirit, and to this we are brought by God the Holy Ghost. "He that hath wrought us for the self-same thing is God." Yes, blessed be God, as soon as death has pulled down our old house, the walls of which are filled with the leprosy of sin, and cannot be cured so long as it continues in its natural state; hence, " we shall not all die, but we shall be changed, and this mortal shall put on immortality." I say, as soon as death has done its office on our sinful bodies, the Holy Spirit clothes us that instant with our house of glory from heaven, and so the true believer is not found naked, as the apostle speaks. No; blessed be God, as death undresses us, the Spirit clothes us. And in some cases, the Lord has so favoured his beloved children, that they have, if I may so speak, been clothed with glory before they were unclothed of the body, as was the case of Stephen, who saw the heavens opened, and Jesus standing ready to receive him; which glory made his face to shine as the face of an angel."

This is an experimental discourse, it has not the glittering trapping of learning or eloquence to embellish it, but it has what the believer prizes much more, the savour of the Eternal Spirit. May he render its perusal a blessing to many.


My mournful harp suspended hangs

Upon the willow bough;
Its soft melodious strains forgot,

In solemn silence now.

In sacred sadness I review

The pleasing happy days,
When I could tune its cheerful notes

To my Redeemer's praise.

Hush'd every storm, the sun appear'd

With radiance all divine;
I rang'd the field of truth, and call'd

Its rich provisions mine.

Whilst I have stood some flow'r to view,

How oft I've been surpris'd

To find my Saviour's form within,

Though outwardly disguis'd.

Then, lost in wonder, I've beheld

A river deep and wide;
And when its source have trac'd, have found

It flow'd from Jesu's side.

A still small voice I've heard proclaim—

"This I have shed for thee;
"And here thy guilty soul I've cleans'd,

"That thou might'st dwell with me."
Then I've beheld some stately rock,

Whose summit pierc'd the skies;
And buried deep within the earth,

Its solid basis lies;—

"This," says my Saviour, " represents

"My everlasting love;
"Deep as eternity it stands,

"And high as heaven above."
Thus did my time glide sweetly on,

While Jesus shew'd his face;
Assur'd me he was mine, and I

The subject of his grace.
But now, alas! the scene is chang'd—

No soul-enliv'ning rays
To warm my cold and lukewarm heart,

Or shew me Zion's ways.

The clouds have gather'd thick around,

And quite abscond my light;
I stumble here and there, like one

Who travels in the night.

Cold damps arise, and chilling winds

Nip every budding grace;
I long and sigh, I pant and groan,

To see my Saviour's face.

But he appears to be withdrawn,
And frowning, seems to say—

"Depart from me, deluded soul,
"Nor longer tread my way."

Satan assails my weaker part,

Molests me now alone;
Tells me I am for ever lost,

Eternally undone.

Tells me to think, that he in whom
His creatures live and move,

Is like a mortal, changeable,
And has forgot to love.

Then my corruptions rise within,

I murmur and repine;
And think, sure saints can never feel

Such wretchedness as mine.

But stay, my soul, nor range so far—

Is there no cause within?
Has not the Lord withdrawn his smiles,

To chasten thee for sin?

Consider well his wisdom then,
Display'd in all his ways;

Each grand design which he unfolds,
Alike deserves thy praise.

The same foundation still remains,

E'en everlasting love;
And promises immutable,

With an High Priest above.

The Spirit's province 'tis to make

The sorrowful rejoice;
To him then at a throne of grace,

In prayer direct thy voice.

February, 1830.

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Answer to W. N.'s Reply to
Denizen, on the Precious

Faith of God's Elect 38

A Note to the Editor of the

Spiritual Magazine 78

A Few Words to Terio 110

A Consideration of those Pas-
sages of Scripture which seem
to favour Universal Redemp-
tion 169-

An Enquiry 305

Christ, (What think ye of?)
whose Son is he? .......... 1

Communion with God 65

Christian Character (on the con-
stitution of the) 71

Choice Sayings of a living Mi- .
nister 88

Christ, the Father's Witness to
the People 97

(a Few Thoughts on the

Intercession of> 142

Apprehended, the Sum-
mit of a Believer's Felicity .. 164

Comfort ye, my People 199

Conciliatory Address to the
Saints and Faithful Brethren
'in Christ Jesus 225

Christian Unity; a Circular Let-
ter of the Suffolk and Norfolk
New Association of Baptist
Churches 289, 329

Christ, a Husband 298

Description of the Christian
Character 278

Fragments, 25, 49, 58, 116, 148,
207, 215, 240, 365, 346, 377.

God's Elect, (ThePrecious Faith
of) in Answer to W. N.'s
Reply to Denizen 38

God, (on Communion with) .. 65

(on Walking with) 193

-i— (on the Love of) 232

Hopes, (The Grand Terminus
of a Believer's) in his Imme-
diate Blessedness after Death 105
Holy Spirit, (on the Person and

Work of the) 129

Hints to Correspondents 186

I know in whom I have Believed 15

Jesus, the Infinite, Eternal, and
All-satisfying Object of his
People's Delight 33

Job, (on the Character of) .... 205

Letter to the Editor, 6,37,184, 269

from Mrs. S. Pearson.. 12

— from an Aged Minister

to his Church in a time of
Affliction 56

to the Editor in Reply

to Viator 68

from a Minister to a

Christian Friend 135

from the late Rev, R.

Hawker, D.D. to Mrs. Mel-
ville , 276

to Mr. from the

late Rev. R. Hawker, D.D.
on the Human Nature of our
Lord Jesus Christ 230

Meditations on the Song of
Solomon, first chapter 260

Note to the Editor 207

to W. from the Editors .. 249

On the Temptations of Satan.. 143

On Walking with God 193

On the Character of Job 205

On the Love of God 232

On Repentance 249

On Prayer ,.. 263

Obituary of James Brierley .. 338

Original Essays.

The Christian Character Deline-
ated upon Evangelical Princi-
ples First Essay 19

Second Essay 50

Third Essay 81

Fourth Essay 117

Fifth Essay 149

Sixth Essay 178

Seventh Essay 208

Eighth Essay 241

Ninth Essay 271

Tenth Essay 306

Eleventh Essay 340

Twelfth Essay 367

Pearson, Mrs. (Original Letter
from) to Miss H .'.... 12

Query on the Mediatorship of

Christ 312

on Abstinence from

Blood ibid

Reply to Johannes 17

Religious Intelligence, 63, 95,

159, 186, 280, 312, 350
Remarks on Jehovah's Dealings

with his Chosen 161

Reply to E. M 214

Solomon, a Type of the Lord

Jesus Christ 8

Supralapsarian Grace, (a Few

Thoughts on) 47

Satan, (on the Temptations of) 144
Supralapsarian Grace, (Some

Further Thoughts on) 267

Strictures on A. B.'s Thoughts

on Supralapsarian Grace 328

The Trial 79

Terio, (a Few Words to) .... 110
The Mystery of Salvation Dis-
played in the Person of Christ 175
The Free Agency of Man .... 196
Tokens for Good; or, Signs of

a Saved State 202

The Birth, Reign, and Over-
throw of the King of Terrors;
with the Grounds of a Believ-
er's Triumph over and Com-
bat with this last Enemy 321

The Lord Jesus Christ; his Sal-
vation, Blood, and Righteous-
teousness, the only Remedy
for Sinners, and their Sinful
Cases, be they what they may 317

The Choice Experience of Mrs.

Rebecca Combe 234

The Believer's Peace 355

The Prattlingsofa Babe in Grace 362
Thoughts on the Lord Jesus
Christ, considered as the Se-
cond Man, the Lord from

Heaven 364

The Saviour's Sieve 375

Word of Consolation to the
Poor distressed doubting Saint 257


A Cluster of Grapes from the
Land of Promise, or a Glance
at the Acts and Achievements
of Faith 95

A Brief but Bright Journey
through the Dark Valley .... 126

An Apology for the Little Book,
by Sylvanus 159

Academia Speculum; or, the
History and My3tery of Mr.
Sparewater 187

A View of the late Momentous
Events, by a Looker-on .... 254

A Father's Tribute to the Me-
mory of a Beloved DauKhter;
or, the Diary of Miss Turner 286

Anti-Osiander's (Philippus)
Friendly Letter- addressed to
the Rev. H. B. Bulteel, on
consideration of the late Uni-
versity Sermon 378

Bickersteth's (Rev. E.) Christian
Student 26

Christian Hearer.. 27

Beecher's (Rev. Dr.) Six Ser-
mons on the Nature, Occa-
sions, Signs, Evils, and Re-
medy of Intemperance 190

Bowes's (Rev. W.) Mercy's Me-
morial, being some Account
of the Life and Death of Mrs.
Bowes 317

Bulteel's (Rev. H. B.) Sermon
preached before the Univer-
sity, at St. Mary's, Oxford .. 347

Reply to

Remarks upon a Sermon
preached at St. Mary's, on
Sunday, Feb. 6, 1831

Burton's (Rev. Edward, D.D.)
Remarks upon a Sermon
preached at St. Mary's, on
Sunday, Feb. 6,1831 ... .378

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