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we have every reason to rejoice. What a mercy for the heart thus to be established with grace, whereby we have been brought out from the congregation of the dead, as also from corruption-preachers, corruption-talking and vain-walking. Therefore the Lord hath led you by a way that you know not, (that is, by the way of regeneration, not to bring you into the king's high way, for that you were in from everlasting, but) that ye might know and be assured of your personal interest in Jesus. Well what comes next in the divine life? Why the Lord will lead you on from strength to strength in paths you have not yet known. How striking the metaphor, for what is a path, but a foot-way for passengers, cast up on each side of the high road, but still in the way. So also in the divine life there are paths of persecution, affliction, sorrow, temptation and darkness, appointed for the Lord's children to walk in, that the trial of their faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Beloved, then think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that is to try you; as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice inasmuch as that ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, from whence will arise many crooked things in your experience." What your "crook in the lot may be, is best known both to the Lord and yourself, who alone "make crooked things straight, and rough places smooth." And this reminds me of yesterday morning. when preaching from Jeremiah vi. 16, "Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls." Standing in the ways of Jehovah's love, grace, and mercy in his trinity of persons, as displayed in covenant blood, covenant righteousness, and covenant faithfulness.
Then we were enabled to see our high standing, together with our names shining, with resplendent lustre, in the Lamb's book of life, and not only so, but to "ask for the good old paths," which leads us safe home to God. After which we were given to behold the "good old way," Christ himself, who is good in his royal person (Immanuel), for his mercy endureth for ever. His blood is "good," consecrating as it does this "new and living way," as our only way to God, the truth, and life! Come untu me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matt. xi. 28-30. "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him." The Lord reward you, affectionate sister, for your kind inquiries after my dear wife, who is at present pretty well, and " strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.' And believe me, beloved in the Lord, my heart's desire and prayer to God for your husband and self is, that each of you may be kept "growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." For I have no greater joy than to Lear that the Lord's children are kept walking in the truth, that they all speak the same thing,and having no divisions, may be perfectly joined together, in the same mind and in the same judgment. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above. is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James iii. 16, 17. Present my kind love to your husband, unto whom as the Lord's servant I feel indebted much for the word of encouragement he was sweetly constrained to give me, when last in your house, and tell him, that
inasmuch as that he did it unto the least of the Lord's despised ones, he did it unto the Lord himself. My love to all the dear brethren and sisters who worship God in the upper room, and may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost. So prays the Lord's servant. Eph. iii. 8. 21; Titus iii. 15.
GEORGE HENRY GODDEN.
A LETTER FROM A SISTER IN THE FAITH.
To the saints who worship God, in spirit, and in truth, at Corpus Christi Chapel, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus; grace and peace be multiplied.
My dear brethren and sisters in the bond of the gospel; I greet you in the king's most holy name; the love I bear to your minister, for the truth's sake, the deep interest I feel in your spiritual welfare. a zeal for the honour of God and his cause, together with a fear, lest any man should" beguile you from the simplicity of the truth," hath constained me thus to address you in love, having been privileged to spend four Lord's days among you; whereby an opportunity has been afforded me, of beholding somewhat your order, and stedfastness in the faith," "for I have no greater joy than to see the children of God, walking in the truth," I beseech you there fore, beloved in the Lord, "stand fast in the liberty, where with Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again in the yoke of bondage," thus " as the Son hath made you free, are you free indeed." Free from all law charges; Christ having become the "end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Free from the avenger of blood, having " fled for refuge, to lay hold upon the hope set before you in the gospel." Free from the sword of divine justice, that having been
sheathed in the sacred tide of your adorable Redeemer, when he quenched his Father's flaming sword in his own vital blood. Free from the accusations of Satan, who dares not bring a railing word against the church of the living God. Free from the alarms of a guilty conscience, having been "purged from dead works, to serve the living, and the true God," Free from the bondage of corruption frames and feelings and brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God; "the law of the Spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, having made you free, from the law of sin and death." Free from the allurements and pursuits of an ungodly world. In a word, free from the trammels of a nominal profession, and a yea and nay gospel. Oh then, as ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgivings." Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ; for ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."
I congratulate you, beloved in the Lord, on the wonders God hath wrought for you; in placing your lot in a land of gospel light and liberty, surely the lines have fallen to you in pleasant places, and you have a goodly heritage; oh then consider your high privileges, placed as you are, under the sound of a stated gospel ministry; believe me, my friends, it is the greatest blessing, that can be vouchsafed to a town, neighbourhood or church; I therefore beseech you, as you value your own comfort, the encourage inent of your minister, the honor of God, and the cause of truth, "forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
[To be continued.]
My age a span, my life a thread,
I'm perfect weakness, yet have strength,
W. M. S.
THE SPIRITUAL MAGAZINE,
"For there are Three that bear record in heaven, the FATHER, the WORD, and the HOLY GHOST: and these Three are One."-1 John v. 7.
"Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."-Jude 3. "Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.”—1 Tim. iii. 6.
THE GOSPEL PULPIT.
A SPIRITUAL ENTERIAINMENT;
A Sermon Preached at Crispin Street, Spitalfields, London, Dec, 25, 1750, by the late
REV. WILLIAM BENTLEY. "And in this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people, a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.—Isaiah xxv. 6.
THIS prophet speaks great things of Christ and his kingdom, and may well be called the evangelical prophet; he saw his glory and spake of him, John xii. 14; in his birth, in his twofold natures, in his sufferings and death, and in the glories that should afterwards follow; and of the kingdom of the Messiah as it should break forth among the gentiles; yea, this prophecy leads us unto the glories of the latter days, and the closing up of time: this chapter, where my text is, is full of gospel grace, as it was to break forth in and under the gospel dispensation, though clothed in Old Testament language, of which my text is a part. And as I have invited you to partake of a feast, a spiritual entertainment, before you feast with your friends this day, I shall, in speaking unto these words, December, 1845.
I. Shew you what the provisions of this feast are, expressed in our text; fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
II. The place where this feast is made, in this mountain, in allusion unto the temple of the Lord's house or palace.
III. For whom it is made, for all people, without distinction of nations.
IV. The founder of this feast, by whom it is made, not angels, nor men, but the Lord of Hosts.
I. What the provisions of this feast are, or of what it consists: our text is full of metaphorical expressions; fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined; yet nothing taken out of the flock, or fields, or vintage, is to be here understood; though these expressions in our text have a special reference unto what God's church was feasted with of old, under the law; and may have some reference unto that grand feast spoken of by Moses: "And they saw the God of Israel; and there were under his feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in its clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand also they saw God, and did eat and