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going to bed, for, whenever I go, the Lord will give me an easy dismission.'
· At another time, when it was apprehended that he was about to depart, he opened his eyes, and asked his daughter to give him some grapes ; when he took occasion to speak very sweetly of the grapes of Eschol, and, looking very tenderly at her, said, 'I hope my dear children will taste those grapes.' To another laughter who came into the room, he said, taking her hand, Mind that you do not neglect the religion of the heart.' His son Henry being taken to the bed-side, he laid his dying liand on the child's head, and said, May the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, bless you, and keep you, and preserve you in life, and when you come into my weak state, and for ever! May he who has been my Preserver, my Redeemer, and my Al, be yours and your sister's! Amen.
At length, totally worn out, he breathed his gentle spirit into . the arms of Jesus; while a more than common smile was im
printed on his countenance. He departed about eight o'clock in the morning of May the 29th, 1809, after baving been thirtyone years pastor of the church at Wooburn.
His funeral, on the 6th of June, was attended by more than twenty neighbouring ministers, and a great concourse of people from the adjacent towns and villages. The funeral oration was, delivered by the Rev. Mr. Douglas, of Reading; and the funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Matthew Wilks, of the Tabernacle, - his old and steady friend, to a very numerous and much aff.cted audience, who could well attest the application of the text to the deceased, - 1 Tim. iv. 6.) -"A good minister of Jesus Christ.'
A WONDERFUL WORK OF GRACE:
WHO WAS DEAF AND DUMB.
Sir, . . To the Editor. The following remarkable account of John Coak may be depended upon as authentic; and as it has never appeared, to my knowledge, in any Periodical Work, your insertion of it in the Evangelical Magazine will preserve it from oblivion, and give it a wide circulation, to the glory of God, and the edification of many readers.
BRISTOLIENSIS. [lo a Letter from the late Rev. Mr Thomas, of Bristol, dated Oct. 1764.]
Mr. Cook came to my house, and, by writing, signified his de. sire to be baptized, That I might be satisfied of his being a fit sub. ject, I asked him, by writing, how long he had prayed. Heluld me, ever since the year 1750; that he began at Bourion, and that he XVII.
continued to pray at Bristol, Bratton, and Lime; and since his return to Bristol to this time, and referred me to the following Scriptures, which he said had been very useful to him : Mic. vii. 7, Therefore will I look to the Lord ; I will wait for the God of my salvation; 'my God will hear me.' Matt. xi. 28, Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.' Ephesians ii. 19, And to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye may be filled with all the fulness of God.' Phil. iii. 8, 9, Yca, doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ and be found in him.' Psalm cxix. 5, 0, that my way were directed to keep thy statutes !' Isaiah i. 18, Come, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlct, they shall be white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.' Also Psalm 1xii. ), o God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee; my soul thirsteth for thee; my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is :' and Romans i. 17, For therein is the righteousness of God revealed, froin faith to faith.'-After he had referred me to the above texts, I asked the following questions, by writing them down :
Ist. Are you willing to part with all sin ? He answered by actions expressive of his hatred of it, and referred me to Hosea xiv. 2. " Take with you words, and turn to the Lord, and say unto him, take away all iniquity.'
2d. I asked him, Do you love holiness? He answered by actions, and put his hand to his breast, to let me know how good it was in his estimation; and referred me to Psalm li. 2, " Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.' : 3d. I asked him if he loved the word of God. He answered by putting his hand on the Bible in such a manner as expressed how he valued it; and referred me to Psalm cxix. 97, 0, how I love thy law; it is my meditation all the day.
4th. I asked him, Do you love prayer? lle answered by putting his bands in a praying posture, with indications of the greatest pleasure ; and referred me to Psalm lxxiii. 28, But it is good for me to draw near to God.'
5th. I asked him if he loved good men. 'He answered by actions very expressive of his great regard for them; and referred me to Psalm xvi. 2, 3, . My goodness extendeth not unto thee, but to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight,' .
6th. I asked him if he loved the Lord Jesus Christ. lle answered by actions plainly expressive of his most affectionate segard for him, and referred me to Solomon's Song, v. 16, His mouth is most sweet ; yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, o daughters of Jerusalem.' .
7. I asked him if he expected to be saved by his own works,
Me answered plainly by action, No; and referred me to Titus iii. 5, 0, 'Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy,' &e.
8th. I asked him if ever he had been afraid he should go to Hell. He expressed by action that he had ; but referred me to Psalm ciii. 3, 4, Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases, who redeemeth thy life from destruction,' and which had been comfortable to him.
9th. I asked him concerning Baptism. He referred me to Matt. ïïi. 13-17, Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized of John,' &c. and chap. xxviii. 19, Go, there fore, and teach all pations, baptizing them in the name,' &c. and then expressed his desire to be baptized.'
10th. I asked him if he desired to eat bread and drink wine at the Lord's Table. He answered by actions which were ego . pressive of his desire of this; and how glad he should be to be among the Lord's people, referring me to Psalm xxvii. 4, "One thing have 1 desired of the Lord, and that will I seek after,'&c. also Psalm lxxxiv. 1, 2, How amiable are thy 'tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts !' &c. .
The above Mr. Cook is the son of a late worthy minister of that name, who lived at. Pershore, in Worcestershire. This bis eldest sori was born deaf and dumb, to the no small affliction of his good father.
ON PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO SINNERS.
To the Editor. Some time ago, being in conversation with a young man who was just en.
tering upon the mioistry, be asserted, that there was no such thing in the Scriptures as, Calls or Exhortations to Singers as such, to repent of their sins, and believe the Gospel, &c. I confess, it was a sentineut I could not receive; but, as a minister of the gospel whose praise is in the churches was to supply for us the following Sabbath, I availed myself of the opportunity of communicating the above conversation to him, and asking his opinion. I desired that when he should return home, he would give me bis thoughts in the compass of a letter, which I have since re. ceived; and it has afforded me great satisfaction; and hoping it inight be made still useful to some amongst the many readers of your valuable Miscellany, I should be glad to see it ieserted.
. C. L. My Dear Friend,
I have not forgotten the conversation I had with you in your garden, on the Saturday evening I was at A--D; nor the promise I then made of writing you on the subject of ministers preaching the gospel to sinners as such ; -and I now attempt to make my promise good.
When I speak of preaching the gospel to sinners, I do not deny that it is also to be preached to saints or believers as such; but I mean that it is not to be confined in its ministration to them. Nor do I mean to say that sinners will embrace the gospel until they are renewed by divine grace: as when the apostle Paul preached to Lydia, the Lord opened her heart, so that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul; nor do I suppose that any one's heart will be opened to receive the gospel, except he be one of the elect: but what I mean to affirm is this, That ministers are under obligations to preach the gospel to sinners as such, without any regard to their being elect or non-elect ; without knowing whether they are or are not influenced by supernatural power to embrace it. Yca, farther, That the preaching of the gospel to sinners includes in it, not only a declaration or exhibi. tion of Christ and the grace of God in him, but also an attempt to make men sensible of their need of Christ, and an earnest per. suasion of them to embrace him, or to believe in him, and that on pain of everlasting damnation ; and that this is the case, ap. pears plain to me, from various considerations; among which I mention the following:
1. The express command of our Lord Jesus Christ * : Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,' i. e. as every one will readily perceive, to every rational creature. Now I cannot conccive any thing that could be' spoken more decidedly to the purpose than this. If this be not the general war, rant for all succecding ministers, it will be difficult to say what warrant they have for preaching the gospel at all; if it be its lan. guage, it is direct, Preach the gospel, not to new creatures or elect creatures, but to etery creature; and, that preaching the gos. pel, is designed to include all that belongs to the gospel ministry, such as persuasion, command, intreaty, &c. is not only plain from the conduct of the apostles in the execution of their commission, but also from the commission, or this command of our Lord itself. Hence it is added,' He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved ; but he that believeth not, shall be damned;' which plainly implies, That their preaching should bave the force of a command, insisting upon such a compliance with the gospel as amounted to saving faith, upon pain of eternal damnation; and this, if possible, is more plain still from the parallel passages in Matthew and Luke; in the former of which he thus expresses himself:- Go and teach,' i. e. disciple, or make, disciples of all nations ; in the latter thus : “ That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name, among all nations, begin. ning at Jerusalem ;'-in both which, such a compliance with the gospel is demanded as amounts to true faith ; for without faith, a man cannot be a disciple of Christ, - cannot be a penitent, and have his sins remiticu."
· 2. The constant practice of inspired men. We may be certain they did not go beyond their commission; and may therefore look upon their conduct as a pattern for all succeeding ministers. Now, not to insist upon the prophets in the former dispensation, tho’ it would be impossible to vindicate them in their indiscriminate addresses to men, but upon such principles as will apply to ministers, let me only instance in John, Christ and his apostles. John the Baptist was an inspired man, raised up to prepare the way of the Messiah. Now, that he preached the gospel to sinners is plain, from the account we have of his preaching, in cach of the four evangelists. "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand *. Now this is a direct address to the multitude; and such an address as in its own nature supposes that those to whom it was made were impenitent; such as had not repented; otherwise the exhortation would have been superfluous. Nor is it less plain, that, by the repentance he urged upon them was meant true repentance. This will appear i to any one who only reflects that it qualified men for baptism, and was followed by remission of sins. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remis-, sion of sins. That our Lord Jesus Christ preached the gospel to sinners as such, is nearly as plain as that he ever preached it at all. From a great variety of instances in proof of this assertion, it may suffice to select John vi. 25, &c. That the people to whom he addressed his discourse were sinners, 2. e. unbelievers, is evident, not only from their conduct, but from his testimony. “Verily, verily,' says he,“ ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled : ye also have seen me, and believe not.' That our Lord, in his preachiug, demands of them true faith, &c. is equally evident, not only from the whole drift of his discourse, but from some particular passages in it; such as Labour not for the meat wbich perisheth ; but for that meat which endureth to everlasting life:' and which labouring he afterwards explains, of believiøg on him. Hence, in answer to their question, What shall we do that we may work the works of God?' - he says, “ This is the work of God, -'That ye believe on him whom he hath seat ;'and wbich he continues to speak of under the figurative representations of coming to him, - of eating his flesh and drioking his blood. Can any thing be plainer than that the apostles preached in the same strain ? Peter, for instance, on the day of Pentecost, when he addressed those who, by wicked hands, had crucified and slain the Lord of Glory t; and when stung with remorse for their wickedness, they cry out, Men and brethren, what shall we do?' immediately replies, " Repent, and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission