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or extent. It is a mercy that thou art led by the Holy Ghost (who alone convinces of sin) to see thyself a sinner; and a still further mercy to discover in Christ the very Saviour that thou needest—one that is mighty to save, and able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think. Another mercy awaits thee--and give the Lord no rest until that mercy is revealed namely, that Christ is thine—thy Saviour, thy Lord and thy God. Wrestle -entreat-implore. Give Him no rest. Don't take No for an answer, any more than that
Gentile dog" whose faith and patience Jesus tried to the very last degree, on purpose that He might the more fully and blessedly declare the love and the grace and the mercy that were pent up in His heart, and longing to burst forth towards her. Oh, fear not, nor faint not. The love of Jesus—the mercy of Jesus--the sympathy of Jesus—the power of Jesus—is deeper far than the depths of ocean, and broader ten thousand-fold than the very heavens. So vast are the resources of His love-so immense the treasuries of His grace--so infinite His power—and such virtue and efficacy are there in the blessings He bestows, that though thou wast the vilest sinner under the sun, one tiny drop of the precious blood of Immanuel were sufficient to make thy sins, “though they were as scarlet, white as snow; though red like crimson, as wool." Oh, then, go-go-go again, and again, and again, to that precious fountain opened (on purpose) for sin and uncleanness, and cry, “ Lord, wash, and cleanse, and save me-even
Thou who saidst, ` All that the Father giveth me shall come to me, and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out,' receive memeven me;
“ ' For I can no denial take,
Whilst I plead for Jesu's sake.' Oh, reader, it seems at times to us, that if it were possible for us to be ten thousand times greater sinners than we are, we should not be discouraged nor deterred from going to Jesus, when we think who He is—what He is--what He has done-and what He has promised. There are some things (we speak it with reverence) which even the Lord (omnipotent as He is) cannot do ; that is, He could not have done more to save poor sinners ; He
Himself-He could not do more ; nor could He make a poor sinner more welcome to His footstool. He hath “sworn by Himself, because He could swear by no greater, that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us in the gospel.”
It is said of Simeon, that he was "waiting for the consolation of Israet ;" that is, he was waiting for Christ to come in the flesh. He waited to be an eye-witness of the fact. His faith rested on the person of Jesus ; Christ was emphatically “all his salvation, and all his desire:" He was justified in Him and by Him; he had the faith of Old Testament saints, which centred in
Jesus only;" but withal he had a certain longing wish-au intense desirethat he might be permitted and privileged to behold Christ in the flesh. knew that he should see Him in the upper and better world. He knew that the moment his eyes closed upon this world, he should
Behold the Lamb in the midst of the throne;" but still, he would sooner, so to speak, postpone his own personal bliss and enjoyment in eternity, if he could but be allowed to see Jesus come in the flesh. Without doubt, if not in so many words, yet in substance, Simeon had expressed these his desires; yes, in those simple heart-breathings which the
Lord can well understand-aye, and appreciate too, inasmuch as he was the gracious begetter and enkindler of the same.
Now, we can well understand these desires upon the part of Simeon. We can conceive that he had a holy and all-absorbing interest in the great gospel scheme -the glorious plan of salvation-that he longed to behold its opening out in the midst of a God-dishonouring and gainsaying world. He wanted his God, whilst he was yet a sojourner upon earth, to develop still more fully, "the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh." He wished to see it; he would cheerfully tarry for it, if so be he could but be thus indulged.
We believe there are many of the children of God in our own day under a similar influence. Certain great things are revealed in the Word, which must come to pass; and until those things be accomplished, the name, the veracity, the power of our God cannot be honoured, and ratified, and confirmed, before angels, and devils, and men, as when those things shall come to pass, His name and His Word shall be magnified. Now there are multitudes of His own dear children wish to see this; and therefore they are contented to wait. They are willing to forego personal privileges, and the consummation of their own salvation in glory above, if so be they can but be permitted personally to behold the Lord's wondrous doings on this our earth. They want to see antichrist destroyed; they would delight here on earth to see that blaspheming usurper, the Pope of Rome, hurled from his throne; they would rejoice in beholding the masks stripped off from the faces of his accursed retinue, the cardinals, the priests, the jesuits, the monks, the nuns ; and the whole of that vile delusion-that master-piece of the bottomless pit -to be exploded. The thing to be seen as it really is. Popery to be allowed to deceive the nations no longer. Souls no more to be allured into the embraces of the whore of Babylon, and by her fatal spell, and once within her grasp, to be led on and on till they are plunged into the abyss of eternal perdition. Oh, readers, eye-witnesses as we were for so many years of the dreadful doings of Romanism, in her fearful intrigues with the souls of our fellow-men, we can have-and God helping us-we never will have-any sympathies with a system the most destructive to the souls of men that Satan ever devised.
Personally we long for the day when, Babylon being destroyed, it shall be said, " Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her;" when the "voice of much people in heaven shall be heard, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are His judgments: for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her
fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand."
Again, the Jews are to be called in with the fulness of the Gentiles. Moreover, Christ Himself is to come again; when-where-we know not, but this we know, and rejoice in the prospect, that "unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
It is a sweet position, beloved, to be found in; "looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." We make no pretensions to any particular light unto prophecy. It is but little we can see into it; we are satisfied as a child with its hand in that of its father, ignorant of the path before us, and not knowing what the next step may open. Still there are some things so revealed that there can be no calling them in question-no, not for a moment.
There is no
doubting the fact of Christ's coming, nor of the object of His return. "I go to prepare a place for you; and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself, that where I am, there ye may be also" (John xiv. 3). Then the manner of the Lord's coming is likewise clear, "And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Yé men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from: you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven" (Acts i. 10, 11). Moreover, the glory with which the Lord shall come is also declared, "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day" (2 Thess. i. 7-10). Once more, the position of a portion of the Lord's people at the time of His coming is asserted by the apostle, both in his first epistle to the Thessalonians, and in his first epistle to the Corinthians. In the 4th chapter of the former epistle, from the 13th to the 17th verse, he says, " But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even, so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the Word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." And in the 51st and 52nd verses of the 15th chapter of the latter epistle, the apostle writes, "Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.".
Now, beloved, without attempting to go beyond these plain and simple declarations of Scripture, we cannot but say, How glorious is the prospect that awaits the redeemed! Whether in the ordinary way the summons come, declaring that "the Master is come and calleth" for this one or that one; or, whether His purposes being so far accomplished that He shall" appear in the clouds of heaven," how glorious! Apart from any idea of wishing to escape the mere article of so-called death, we can conceive that multitudes of the redeemed would love to tarry here, and be the subjects of that momentous change" in the "twinkling of an eye," when they shall "be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall they ever be with the Lord." Well may the apostle add, "Wherefore, comfort one another with these words."
Beloved, here for the present we leave the subject, and are yours to serve in the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
1, Devonshire Buildings, Bedminster,
November 16th, 1859.
A WORD FOR THE MAGAZINE.
TO OUR READERS. DEAR READERS,– It is usual at this spreading the Gospel Magazine ? In season to say a word on behalf of our these days of rebuke and blasphemy; in work. Of its nature we need not speak. these times so momentous, when error, You have long been familiar with the and false doctrine, and the most treachcharacter of these pages. Whatever erous and soul-destructive systems are short-sightedness and infirmity may have so rife, is it not, to say the least, a duty been betrayed in conducting the work and should it not be esteemed a holy (and in what human enterprize or occu- privilege—to endeavour to promote the pation shall we not find infirmity ?) we circulation of a work which contends for trust we have had grace from on high the absolute necessity of the regeneratto keep the great object the Gospel ing power of the Holy Ghost, and a walk Magazine had in view prominently be- and conversation corresponding therefore us. The glory of God and the good with ? Oh, now that poison is infused of immortal souls has been our aim. into so many a cup, and served up in The Lord has been pleased to own our such a treacherous and insidious way, it humble labours to an extent we could does behove us to contend for the life, not have conceived. To Him—to Him the power, the reality of the inner and alone-be the praise for His conde- distinctive life in the souls of the scending grace and mercy in being redeemed. Never, never did it behove pleased to make use of such a feeble men more to contend for that glorious instrumentality. We thank Him for His and indispensable truth, “Ye must be encouraging word upon which He has BORN AGAIN," than it does now. For led us oftentimes to hope, namely, “He the infusion and the daily development hath hid the treasure in earthen vessels, of this life, the Gospel Magazine conthat the excellency of the power may be tends. It is not bigoted nor sectarian. God, and not of us."
It confines itself to no mere human But now, readers, as instruments like distinction or denominational badge ; wise in the Lord's hands for carrying on but it holds out the right hand of fellowHis work as far as this Magazine is con- ship to all who really “love our Lord cerned, we want your kind co-operation. Jesus Christ in sincerity." Its motto is In many respects you can do what we -and uniformly has been—differing and cannot. You each have your distinct agreeing to differ where non-essentials and separate spheres. You live here are concerned. Its watchword is LIFE; and there. You come in contact-with true, spiritual, imperishable LIFE; life this one and that one. You have it, emanating from Christ the great foun. therefore, in your power to recommend tain, spring-head, and source of life, and the Gospel Magazine. You can each running to Him, as the spring, and bring it before your fellow-men-your streamlet, and river return to the ocean. neighbour, your friend, your relation. These being our principles, beloved Have you been blessed by its perusal readers—and you know them to be soyourself? Has the Lord sometimes met we feel justified in asking you to aid us you in these pages ? Have you here in our work. Help on in our distribufound the refreshing and the cheering tion. Let each subscriber resolve to get word? Do you wish to eat your morsel at least a second. How soon might this alone ? Would you in this sense "hide be done, if so be a little effort on your your talent in a napkin?” Had you part were used; and who knows what heard some Gospel minister well; had good might accrue therefrom? To say he, under God, spoken peace and com- the least, you would have done what fort to your heart, would not the first you could ; and, if nothing more, would promptings of that heart be to lead thereby have greatly encouraged the others to the same source, with the hope heart and strengthened the hands of that similar results might follow?
Your willing Servant, Would not the same motive and the
THE EDITOR. same effort become you, in reference to Bedminster, Nov. 16, 1859.
" HE HATH DONE ALL THINGS WELL."
To the Editor of the Gospel Magazine. MY DEAR BROTHER IN JESUS, - Being in a very peculiar manner presses and particularly struck with the adaptation urges on to deep wrestling; and we are of your correspondent “Ruth's" letter constrained to say with Jacob, “I will to existing circumstances, I cannot for- not let thee go except thou bless me,' bear writing to acknowledge my grati- feeling the force of his own precious tude to Him who led her to write, and proinise, “Whatsoever ye ask in prayer to His Spirit who indited it; for I was believing, ye shall receive." Ah! does much melted under it, and can truly say not our God sometimes seem to put it that I unite in her language, that "how- all in our own power, when it has been ever dark and mysterious may be the His act and tender love from first to Lord's leadings in the wilderness, He last? He says, “ Ask what thou wilt;" knows what He is doing ; His ways are Ask, and ye shall receive ;” “Be it all right ways.” Yes, it may be a leading unto thee even as thou wilt." Surely contrary to the flesh and our unrenewed we have encouragement to come boldly nature; but His own word is, “I am to the throne of grace, that we may the Lord thy God which teacheth thee obtain mercy, and find grace to help in to profit, which leadeth thee by the way time of need." Yes,
but we are so slow thou shouldest go.” Therefore, though of heart to believe; and I believe it it may be rough and crooked to our is on that account we receive so little. finite capacity, yet His omniscient eye God grant more fervour in spirit, and sees the end from the beginning; and it more watching unto prayer. But I must is wonderful that with all our untoward- not forbear to testify to His long-sufferness, He should deign to regard us with ing and tender compassion in answering such tender love, and condescend to prayer, and appearing in a most wondermanage all our affairs-the meanest are ful and marked way of late. Had I not beneath His notice. And I am sure been told that I should have been I sometimes--yea, very often-stand in brought into the path that I now am, I amazement that He does look upon and could not have credited it; but He regulate for one so unworthy as myself will work, and none shall let or hinder." of the least of His mercies; but truly of The devil may try to frustrate His pur. others I can say, “Not one thing hath poses, but He says, "My counsel shall failed of all the good He has promised,” stand, and I will do all my pleasure.” but He has supplied every need. And He works mysteriously. Oh for grace I am forcibly reminded of that precious to stand still in all circumstances, and passage, " He that spared not His own see His salvation, convinced that He Son, but delivered Him up for us all, doeth all well, and is leading by the · how shall He not with Him also freely right way to that heavenly home where give us all things ?” As He hath given nothing of earth shall molest, but all His greatest gift
, can He withhold His will be joy, peace, bliss, and praise. Yes, lesser? Oh no!
my dear brother, it is, as you state in “His love in time past forbids me to think
your leading article, He thus leads His
children to know more of themselves and He'll leave me at last in trouble to sink; Each sweet Ebenezer I have in review,
of His abounding mercy in Christ. I do.
bless Him that He so Confirms His good pleasure to help me
into the quite through."
exercises of the family, and thereby
enables you to speak of that comfort Dear Brother, I do feel more faith and consolation which is alone to be wanted to trust wholly on my God, and found in Himself. May He be pleased leave all with Him; for, as you justly to spare you many years to labour in say, " The way of escape is not from the your present sphere, strengthen you to trial, but with it and throughoit;" as go in and out amongst your flock, leadSt. Paul, “My grace is sufficient for ing them to the heavenly Shepherd, and thee.” But yet sometimes our God proclaiming boldly among them the is pleased to deliver out of trial when it unsearchable riches and fulness of Jesus.