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if any man preach any other Christ he is turned back by the way which he than this, God's curse will fall upon came; and the Spirit of adoption is him. For it is written, “ If any man
the preach any other gospel than this let whereby he cries, “ Abba, Father," him be anathema, maranatha,” that which seal is the earnest of our inheis, let him be accursed from God, ritance until the redemption of the which brings me now to the fourth purchased possession, unto the praise and last part of my text, which is to of his glory. When God brought shew the happy deliverance, and its this testimony home upon my heart, effects.
it was a seal indeed, never to be for. Fourthly, “ I will deliver thee, and gotten ; it was by these words, " can thou shalt glorify me.”
What is a & woman forget her sucking child? deliverance? I answer, it is not she may, yet I will not forget thee. merely a help in trouble, or hope of Behold, I have graven thee upon the being one day delivered, but it is ac. palms of my hands.” It was sealed tually removing the difficulty out of upon my conscience with an imprese the way, taking the yoke from off the sion that will stand to all eternity; neck, and setting the poor soul into and I would speak it with all rever. perfect liberty. Now this is done by ence that neither sin, death, nor the a sealed testimony, as it is written in devil shall ever erase it, as it is written, Eph. i. 13, 14, “In whom ye also “who shall lay anything to the charge trusted (in your troubles and trials) of God's elect? It is God that justiafter that ye heard the word of truth, fieth," and if God justifies, who is he the gospel of your salvation, in whom that condemneth ?" It is Christ that also, after that ye believed” he was died, yea, or rather, that is risen able and willing to save, you came again, who is even at the right hand to him and pleaded his promise, “call of God, who also maketh intercession upon me in the day of trouble, I will for us. Who sball separate us from deliver thee;" here was a power work. the love of Cbrist? Shall tribula ing within, that wrestled with omni- tion, or distress, or persecution, or potence, and prevailed; wherein the famine, or nakedness, or peril, or soul was brought upon solemn ground sword ? Nay, in all these things we to plead a
« Thus saith the Lord !” are more than conquerors through “ Thou hast said !” “and it is him that hath loved us; and nothing written !"&c. These are the cords the shall separate us from the love of poor soul lays hold of, and by which he God, which is in Christ Jesus our is brought into his desired haven, Lord.” The work of justification is a where he receives “chat good part complete work; and nothing shall be which shall not be taken from him," added nor taken from it, and this I (viz.) “ Ye were sealed with that am fully persuaded of by the scrip. Holy Spirit of promise,” which is, tures of truth, that the soul that is “ I have loved thee with an everlast- once justified from his original and ing love," or " Son, daughter, go in practical guilt, (which is brought peace, thy sins are all forgiven," or upon
bis conscience at the time of his * loose him and let him go." "pull trial, when God brings him to judg. his filthy garment off, and give him a ment), shall never fear the vindictive change of raiment; is not this a wrath of God in his conscience brand plucked out of the burning.” again; as it is writen, • the sins of And many such endearing words Judah, and the iniquities of Jerusadoth the Lord use to put unbelief to lem shall be sought for, but shall not flight, stop the rebellion of the heart, be found.” chase the fears away, and frustrate all the arguments of satan, by which
To be concluded in our next.
BY THE LATE JOHN RUSK.
A DIALOGUE BETWEEN MR, O., AND but expects a daily cross, the day of MR. T., ON SPIRITUAL SUBJECTS. prosperity and the day of adversity,
sometimes a feast and then again a
fast; and he goes to God's house Continued from page 157.
pleading the promise, as well as the
Lord enables him, and then watches Well, after this, he points out the his frames, and according as he sucfight of faith, and the wretched con- ceeds, so a tribute of praise goes up clusions such draw, " the Lord hath
to the Lord, and all this is secret forsaken me and my God bas forgot- work which no formal professor or ten me;" but he shews from God's hypocrite in Zion ever knew; I have word, that this is the footsteps of the travelled the path for years, and Alock, that God hides his face, yet he therefore tell you these things, out of will come again and he traces it all mine own heart. up to God's eternal election, and
T.-But may not such blessed efchoice of us, and proves that as fects attend a preacher, so that he many as he loves, he rebukes and may feed God's children, both with chastens, he shews what genuine faith milk and strong meat, and yet such will cope with, and not give up, that
a one not be a father in Chiist, I it will overcome the world, but not should like this to be cleared
be. without hard fighting, put on Christ's cause if God sends a man to preach, righteousness, is attended with the does he not own and honour his own witness of the Spirit, loves his truth, truth. family and ways, brings in peace, and 0.--All God's works are perfect, makes Christ precious; but now an and he cannot err, and I believe that inexperienced preacher cannot go
go he does bless his word, by all whom he into all these turnings and windings, commissions and sends; hence he because all his religion lays in his
says I will send pastors after mine head, books that he reads, or what
own heart, that shall feed them with he has picked up by bits and scraps knowledge and understanding," and amongst the saints at experience such may go on a long time, before meetings; well, God blesses this fa. they are satisfied, that they are usether in Christ at this work, and the ful, in order to hide pride from them, poor tried saint that hears him; and but in time they will find accounts it was in this way that Asaph found here and there, that they never exsuch good; "he went into the sanc- pected, seals to their ministry, so that tuary of the Lord, and then he under- although God did bless the word, yet stood the end of the wicked,” now as they go on and increase, they will this is food to a poor tried soul, for be quite sure that they are fathers in he is so afraid that it is not God's Christ, as Paul was when he said, work, and that he is deceived, but ye are all partakers of my grace, now all is set to rights, and a light
ye are our epistles written in our shines on his path, “ light is sown hearts, known and read of all men,' for the righteous and gladness for the and the Galatians, how he could look upright in heart," and he now sees back and see the soul travail be had that it is a chequered life, and that for them. But I will drop a word or he shall see and feel bimself worse two respecting their clothing, for as and worse, to hunt bim out of self I said, a father looks after both food that he may live, act, walk, and be and clothing; the food is milk or the wholly swallowed up in Christ, so comfort of the promises, and strong that now he does aot expect to be meat, election, Christ crucified and always comfortable, and conclude that an understanding in God's truth by he is a hypocrite because he is not, the Spirit; now the clothing is, first,
the best robe, that was put on the providence prospered him; hence prodigal, “ bring forth the best robe,' Paul writes as follows:
" Now I say and this is none other than the im
that the heir, as long as he is a child, puted righteousness of the Lord Je- differeth nothing from a
servant, sus Christ, and this is essential to though he be lord of all, but is un. salvation, for the unrighteous shall der tutors and governors, until the not inherit the kingdom of God; now
time appointed of the father.” Gal. iv. Paul, Peter and John, who were all 1, 2, and here we all are under fathers, brought forth to their children, these tutors and governors, and have this best robe; Paul tells them that by only a little spending money. But Christ's obedience they should be who are these tutors and governors, made righteous. Peter tells them that I answer, they are letter preachers
, they will suffer for righteousness sake, who are sound in the letter of God's so it was then, and so it ever will be, truth, and they will talk of the be. for “ the wicked hate the just and liever's inheritance very largely, and gnasheth at him with his teeth.” John set it forth in a wonderful way, that also tells us,
he that doeth righte- he is an heir of life, of righteous, ousness is born of him, and what is ness, of salvation, of the kingdom of this doing but believing, called the God, of glory, an heir of God, and a obedience of faith, so that when we joint heir with Jesus Christ. But are enabled to exercise faith on the the child of God, is full of doubts righteousness of Christ, we then are and fears, and oh, how he looks and clothed with it, and are righteous, longs, wishes and craves to get full even as Christ is righteous; but ano. possession of these blessed things ; ther part of our clothing is a created he hears and reads, he prays,
he conrighteousness, and this is the new
verses, but seems further and further Now these fathers all enforced off. One and another come to their this clothing, Paul calls it the righ- estate, but he is still in the back teousness on the left, by the word ground, and although he is told, that of truth, by the power of God, by the there is an appointed time, yea, a set armour of righteousness on the right time to favour Zion, yet he is sadly hand and on the left.” Peter calls it plagued and tormented ; Satan sug; the hidden man of the heart, a being gests, you are not one of them, and a partaker of the divine nature, and unbelief says the same.
However John tells us it is the love of God; after innumerable fears and doubts, thus they all brought forth this robe. the time being come he takes full Once more, humility was a robe that possession of his inheritance, and his these fathers brought forth to their soul rejoices in it, and it is impossible children. Paul says,
Serving the to tell what he is worth. Was I to Lord, with all humility of mind,” fill a large volume, I never could des
unto me who am the least of all cribe it, but one text swallows up all, saints, &c."
“ be cloth. and that is this, “ God is his por. ed with humility, for God resisteth tion;” now although I might bring the proud, but giveth grace to the ten thousand things, that he is an humble,” and as John enforces, heir of, yet this takes in all, for only all through his epistles, the love consider how rich a man must be, of God, so Paul tells
that that has God for his portion, Father, charity vaunteth not itself.” Ha- Son and Holy Ghost, and this is conving treated of the food and clothing firmed by some, that after long seekI have one thing more in view, and ing, have come to their estate. Jerethat is this : it lays with a father to miah was one, the Lord is my por: settle estates on his children, and to tion, saith my soul, therefore will. I Jortion them off, as God has in his hope in him," Lam. iii. 24. David
is another, “ The Lord is the portion own hearts, “ for by the law is the of mine inheritance, and my cup, knowledge of sin.” However they thou maintainest my lot.” Ps. xvi. 5. keep on growing in grace, until they Asaph is another, after all his sad get to be young men, and engaged in complaints he says, Whom have I the fight of faith, “ being strengthin heaven but thee, and there is none ened with might by the Spirit in the upon earth, that I desire beside thee. inner man, they are strong in the My flesh and my heart faileth, but Lord and in the power of his might," God is the strength of my heart, and they stand fast in the Lord, they my portion for ever," Psa. lxxiii. 25, stand fast in the liberty, and they 26. I will mention one more, and stand fast in the faith, and after that is Abraham ; “ after these things, many ups and downs, ins and outs, (ab, fellow traveller, what numberless and hard fightings they grow up to things, there are that come in our be fathers in Christ, and are useful way so that we shall often conclude, in communicating the same grace and that we shall never gain the point, spirit unto others, and were these that we are far enough from having things properly attended to, it would any thing to do with this inheritance, remove much of that strife and conbut we are wrong, for, after these tention which there is in the church things) “ the word of the Lord came of God, which arises from ignorance unto Abraham in a vision, saying, of God's work, and you may see all Fear not Abraham, I am thy shield, and that I have wrote on this page in thy exceeding great reward,” Gen. Job's experience. I can see him a xv. 1. A shield to defend thee from babe, first, quickened, he had the fear every enemy and thy eternal portion, of the Lord, there is life.
Then a therefore fear not. Tbus friend T. I suckling, “ the rock poured him out have gone through the little work, in rivers of oil.” After this, a law-work, which you see the various sorts there “ thou writest bitter things against are in the Lord's family, babes, such me,” and as a little child he wants to are babes, when once light and life know his pardon. After this he enter their souls; they are regene- goes to fight, and he fights hard too. rated and born again of the Spirit, and declares that the root of the mate “ the incorruptible seed, the word of ter is found in him, neither will be God, that liveth and abideth for give way to any, but declares that ever,” such desire the sincere milk of his Redeemer lived. Thus you see he the word, and therefore, are sucklings, was a young man in Christ, and after and they suck and are satisfied with this a father, and no doubt but he the breasts of Zion's consolations ; was like John very useful in his old but as they grow up to little children, age to the church of God. Now they hear talk of a law work, and these things cannot be contradicted now they conclude that they are all upon the ground of truth, and you wrong, that they have been deceived know we are told to cleanse our way, all througla by Satan, that they are in by taking heed according to God's an unpardoned state. Now Joba, a word. Life in the soul proves to father in Christ, writes to such, to God's saints that I am born again, try to encourage them, “ I write unto but perfect love casting out all fear you, little children, that ye may know and all torment proves to ourselves that your sins are forgiven you for that it is so. May the Lord enable his name sake,” this shews that these us friend T. to persevere in all little children were under a law work, good things. I shall conclude with that the thing they greatly feared was the following blessed text, “ Now he come upon them, and that they had which stablisbeth us with you in deeper and deeper discoveries of their Christ, and anointed us is God, who
BY J. BLOMFIELD.
also hath sealed us and given us the The end of it. The exhillition of earnest of his Spirit in our hearts." the adorable riches of his sovereign " Assure my conscience of her part
grace in the final glorification of the In the Redeemer's blood,
objects of it.
“ God hath not apAnd bear thy witness with my heart pointed us unto wrath, but to obtain That I am born of God.”
salvation, by our Lord Jesus Christ." Farewell.
“ As many as were ordained to eter
Dal life believed.” “God hath from the J. R.
beginning chosen you to salvation."
The Lord hatb made all things for A SERMON.
himself, for his own glory.” Preached at Bethel Chapel, Cheltenham,
people have I formed for myself, on Sunday Evening, March 9, 1845.
they shall shew forth my praise." Observe that amazing scripture, Rom.
ix. 23. “ And that he might make (Continued from page 152.)
known the riches of his glory on the " Then all Israel gathered themselves vessels of mercy which he had afore to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, prepared unto glory." are thy bone and flesh.”—1 Chron.
Again, Israel was a circumcised peoxi. l.
ple.—Hear the great apostle Rom. ü. The flood-gates of heaven were 28, 29.“ For he is not a Jew, wbich loosed. The mighty deluge of Jeho. is one outwardly, neither is that cir. vah's wrath, came upon him, all cumcision, which is outward in the thy waves and thy billows are gone flesh. But be is a Jew which is one over me," says Christ. So the poor inwardly, and circumcision is that of children of God experimentally feel the heart, in the Spirit and not in the that there is no fury in him. “ No letter, whose praise is not of men, condemnation to them in Christ but of God." The author of this Jesus, who walk after the Spirit, and circumcision, “ The Lord thy God not after the flesh.” So that will circumcise thy heart.” It is a fleshly religion, will not suit them, painful operation, it is a cutting off they must have a supernatural reli- the foreskin of our righteousness, it gion, a religion of everlastings, felt is under this operation that we are and experienced in the soul. Now brought into the stripping room, to they have a little reviving in the the place of stopping of mouths, it midst of their bondage. “ But of strips us of our conceitedness and him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God fleshly wisdom, thwarts our plans,cuts is made unto us, wisdom, and righ. off all fleshly prospects and props, it teousness, and sanctification and re- cuts us from self-importance, brings demption.”
us to wbisper out of the dust, have Its purity. It is an act of the mercy,
“ God be merciful unto me a Holy One. It brings us into near. sipner.” “ Lord save, or I perish.” Dess, oneness, and fellowship with This is a work of continuation, for the Holy and great God. Where 18 there is a needs be for this work, and the licentious tendency of this truth? indeed God does teach his people, by It emanates from the source and “ terrible things, in righteousness. fountain of unsullied holiness. It is This is a very unpleasing operation, the destitution of it, in its power, flesh does not like it. It is said of unction and holy effects in the soul Enoch, that he was not. Why? that leads to ungodly practices. because God took him, he translated Nothing will make a man pray so ear- him. So it might be be declared of nest, spiritual and importunate as a of all God's dear spiritual people, hungering after this glorious truth. they are not resting on flesh, fleshly