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ting to you before, because I have for ever with such a Friend. He has felt myself unable to sit to write truly so satisfied my soul in my afflicsometimes, and at other times I could tion with his love, that I can join not bring my mind to it; but I have with one of old, " It is good for me embraced this opportunity at last, that I have been afflicted." And he and may the Lord make it a profit to bath satisfied me in such a manner you. As your desire in your letter with his gifts and graces, that my was, that the Lord would still con- soul hath rejoiced within me, feeling tinue his love towards me, and make in such a happy frame that I cannot bis love manifest in me; and, dear describe. Lord, all this hath he done for me, But, my dear friend, when I look and much more, for be hath again at my affiction, and view my dear set my feet upon a rock ; and though Father's hand in it, beholding it as the temptations of the world and the the rod of his love, and looking upon devil have, with cunning devices, myself as the cause of it, for most strove with all the power that in them assuredly there is a needs be for it, or lay, to have driven me from that Rock, my Father would not afflict me; so but the Lord hath shewn me, that his that, looking on it as laid upon me strength is sufficient for me, and hath for some good end, it may be to ripen enabled me to stand against all the me for glory, can I then but say, let fiery darts of the wicked one. He it be either for life or for death, it is bath sent his promises at times home for God's glory, let his holy will do with such power to my soul, that he whatsoever he may concerning me. hath given me the sword of the Spi. rit to fight against every spiritual
Your loving friend in the Lord, enemy that might arise.
Dear friend, when I think on the loving-kindness of my God, it seems to humble me
as in the very dust before him, to think that he should
We have receivvd a letter from our have satisfied me, an unworthy worm
esteemed friend, Rev. Samuel Turof the dust, in the prospect of my
ner, of Sunderland, in reference to poor soul, with the hope of spending the piece in our last number, signed, an endless eternity with
J. R., Sussex. Therein J. R. menblessed
my Saviour, who hath satisfied the ven.
tions his having heard very profitably geance of God, through pouring out
Mr. Turner, at Church Street Chahis blood to the very last drop.
Oh, pel, Brighton, about nineteen or that God by his Holy Spirit, should twenty years ago, on Prov. xviii. 1. ever have given a rebel like me to
Mr. Turner writes, that he did not see, that the paths I once was walk, preach at Church Street Chapel until ing in led to death ; and after he had 1833, and never from that passage. truly convinced me of the danger I
As it is very possible, that a typo. was in, through the want of an graphical error may cause this appaatonement for the sins that I had rent contradiction, and which a few committed, be then directed me to
words may explain, we add no more the Lord Jesus Christ, and shewed at present than this, that J. R. being me the efficacy of his blood and
a stranger to us, and his piece being righteousness, and his great willing. inserted chiefly in consequence of his ness to receive and pardon all who reference to Mr. Turner and Mr. are brought unto him. And thus he Warburton, we shall hope to hear is manifesting his love unto me now,
from him in time to insert his explaand showing me his love in such a nation in our next number. manner, that it makes me long to be
A CARD TO J. R. OF SUSSEX.
so free grace may the more illus
triously appear in this work of free The Holy Scriptures run alto- justification : “ Not by works of gether this way: “ They which righteousness which we have done, receive abundance of grace,” Rom. but according to his mercy he v. 17. Here is faith, the hand to saved us," Rom. iii. 5. Here all receive; here is abundance of works are denied, that grace may grace received. So that a belie- take place altogether in this work, ver not only receives grace in his “that being justified by his grace, justification, but much grace. So we should be made heirs accordRom. iv. 16: “ Therefore it is of ing to the hope of eternal life," faith, that it might be by grace.” verse 7: as if the apostle had said, Here, observe, that to be justified that believers, through the free by faith and by grace, is all one grace of God, having the guilt of in the account of the Holy Ghost. their sin removed, and Christ's And this way of grace makes the righteousness imputed, should be promise sure to all the seed, that made “ children, then heirs, heirs is, to the whole election of God: of God and joint-heirs with Christ “In whom we have redemption Jesus,” Rom. viii. 17. And if we through his blood, even the for- look into Isa. xliii. 25, there we giveness of sins, according to the find the great God thus speakriches of his grace," Eph. i. 7. ing, “ I, even I am he that blotIn the former verse the apostle teth out thy transgressions for was speaking of the saints' accep- mine own sake.” Here God writes tance in the Beloved, that is, in an I on this work; he looks on Christ, the God-man; and in this it as his prerogative royal to parverse he shews the riches of grace don sin, and that not for any worflow down in free forgiveness: thiness in man, but for his own “That in ages to come, he might sake. He will not give the glory shew the exceeding riches of his of his free grace to any other; grace, in his great kindness to us nay, poor man has nothing of his through Christ Jesus," chap. ii. 7; own, but must be beholden altothat is, in all succeeding ages, to gether to free grace: “And when the end of the world. Grace, they had nothing to pay he frankly through Christ, might flow down forgave them both," Luke vii. 42. for the free justification of all Here free forgiveness is on the those that should believe, as at throne, and “reigneth, through verse 8, “ By grace are ye saved, righteousness, unto eternal life, by through faith." Now this way of Jesus Christ our Lord,” Rom. v. justification drowns all men's ex- 21. Oh, then, let all saints say cellencies: as when the sun arises as the prophet, 66 Who is a God there is no need of candle, even like unto thee, that pardoneth inso when the Sun of Righteous- iquity, and passeth by the transness arises, as Mal. iv. 2, then gression of the remnant of his doth man's own righteousness heritage; he retaineth not his anfade away, and disappear, and ger for ever, becanse he delighteth is as the morning cloud and early in mercy,” Micah vii. 18. And dew that soon passeth away, that thus we find the Holy Scriptures
hold forth much grace in a sinner's in bringing of prodigals from their justification by faith in Christ. swinish lusts, and in embracing in
The more low and miserable the arms of divine love? Saul our state is, when grace finds us, once said to David, “If a man the more it shines in the sinner's find his enemy, will he let him go advancement. As, suppose a great well away?" But grace finds sinand mighty prince should take a ners in their enmity against God, mean person from a dungeon, as Rom. viii. 7. Enmity in the abPharaoh did Joseph, and advance stract, separated from all amenity, him so high as to make him the and this heightens man's misery: second man in his kingdom; this yet free grace calls, justifies, and was, and would be great grace in glorifies, ver. 30.
And thus we a prince, but what is this to the find, “ When thou wast cast out, high advancement God bestows to the loathing of thy person, on poor sinners in
way of mere (here is man's low estate set, grace? The church says, “ God then comes free grace, and its lanremembered them in their low guage is,) I said to thee, live," estate," Psa. cxxxvi. 23. Now, Ezek. xvi. Here is free absolusurely grace finds sinners as low tion : and what shall we say to as hell, and advanceth them as Joshua the high priest, Zech. jii. high as heaven.
Mordecai was He was in a low estate, 66 clothed in a low state when he sat at the with filthy garments, and Satan king's gate in sackcloth, and a (taking the wall of him) standing gallows being made to hang him at his right hand, to resist him. on, and his people also designed His condition was very low, but for utter ruin, Esther vi. And then comes free grace in, speakthen for the king to advance him ing, “ Take away the filthy garso high, as to have "the royal ments from him, and unto him he apparel brought, which the king said, Behold I have caused thine useth to wear, with the crown iniquity to pass from thee, (here royal," and to have it set on his is free pardon of sin) and I will head, by one of the most noble clothe thee with change of raiprinces, “who should proclaim ment,” ver. 4. May not this well before him, Thus shall it be done be understood of imputed righteunto the man whom the king ousness, “ And I said, let them delighteth to honour.” This was set a fair mitre on his head,” ver. great favour shewn to Mordecai: 5. Here is high advancement but what was this to the grace of from this low estate. And thus, God in a sinner's free justifica- free grace shines, in a sinner's tion by faith in Christ? In Luke justification, by faith in Christ, xv., we read of the prodigal, who for it finds sinners very low, and had spent all and was feeding of advanceth them very high. swine, but on his return, is em- The more distinguishing any braced in the arms of tender love, mercy is, the more free grace and the best robe is brought forth, shines in that mercy. As, supthe righteousness of Christ, to pose two great sinners alike, and cover the poor sinner's nakedness. One taken to free justification, and Now doth not grace herein shine, the other left to his justly deserv
ed condemnation, doth not free mercy, and it is bestowed withgrace shine forth on that person out the least respect to man's that is taken? Thus, “ For he worthiness, “ But to him that saith to Moses, I will have mercy worketh not, but believeth on him on whom I will have mercy, and that justifieth the ungodly,” Rom. I will have compassion on whom iv. 5. Here we may see, thoughľ I will have compassion, Rom. ix. poor man is in a state of ngod15. And from hence he infers, liness, when grace lays hold of “ That it is not of him that willeth, him, yet notwithstanding here is nor of him that runneth, but of free justification bestowed, which God that sheweth mercy :" ver. is a most considerable mercy, and 16, and what is here spoken of will evidently appear so to be, by election, is as applicable to justi- such considerations as these. fication. God distinguishes per- If I am justified, then I have son from person, in justification, peace with God, “ Therefore, be“ Two men went into the temple ing justified by faith, we have to pray, the one a pharisee, and peace with God, through our Lord the other a publican,” Luke xviii. Jesus Christ,” Rom. v. 1. Re10. Now, see how free grace laid conciliation with God being the hold on the publican, and passed great and fundamental blessing of by the pharisee, “ I tell you this the gospel, must needs be a conman went down to his house jus- siderable mercy: and all justified tified rather than the other, or persons, their state is a state of not the other, ver. 14. Here dis- friendship: Abraham my friend. tinguishing grace did most evi- Being justified, all our sinful dently appear, in the justification debts are discharged, “ To him of the publican. And was it not give all the prophets witness, that free grace that brought Paul from through his name whosoever bethe rest of his companions, and lieveth on him shall receive rethat when he was in the height mission of sins," Acts. x. 43. And of rebellion against God ? “ Saul, here we may see this is the docSaul, why persecutest thou me?" trine of all the prophets. And to Acts ix. Was not this the voice the same purpose the apostle Paul of free, distinguishing grace, that speaks, " And by him all that Paul heard ? So we have his own believe
are justified from all words for it, “ But by the grace things,” Acts xiii. 39. Here is a of God, I am what I am," i Cor. most complete discharge from all xv. 10. So that there appears to guilt, for the believing person; be much of the free grace of God, therefore, justification must needs in the justification of a sinner, be a considerable mercy. by faith in Christ, by the distin- And then if justified, God will guishing of person from person, never leave nor forsake us. It is in the same.
a good saying of one of the anThe more considerable any mer- cients : He that justifieth the uncy is, and the less consideration it godly, will never forsake the is given upon, the more free grace godly. And the Holy Ghost shines in that mercy. Now jus- speaks the same thing, “ For he tification is a most considerable hath said, I will never leave thee
nor forsake thee," Heb. xii. 5. soul shall make her boast in the So that justification is a most con- Lord,” Ps. xxxiv. 2. When he
hath been speaking of this blessed And if justified, then shall we doctrine of free remission, “ Blesbe assuredly glorified, “ And whom sed is he, whose transgression is he justified, them he also glori- forgiven, and whose sin is covered. fied," Rom. viii. 30. So that the Blessed is the man unto whom next remove the saints shall make, the Lord imputeth not iniquity," will be to glory in the heavens. Psa. xxxii. 1, 2, then he comes in Now, these and such like bless- ver. 11, to call the saints to reings following on our justification joice in the Lord, " Be glad in the by faith, shew that it is a very Lord, and rejoice ye righteous, considerable mercy, and that there and shout for joy, all ye that are is much of free grace shines forth upright in heart.” Whatsoever in the same.
others do, let the saints of God I come now to shew, how this rejoice in Christ, as holy Paul did, doctrine doth concern the comfort Phil. iii. 3, 66 For we are of the and practice of true believers. circumcision, that worship God in And,
the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ As touching the comfort of the Jesus, having no confidence in saints of God, this doctrine of the flesh.” As if he had said, justification, by faith in Christ, let others rejoice in what they will, is a foundation of divine conso- Christ shall
be the true comfort of lation. After Paul had been our souls, we will rejoice in the speaking of justification by faith, merit of Christ, in the righteousRom. v. 1, he comes, ver. 2., to ness of Christ, in the person of speak of the saints' rejoicing, Christ, and all that know the doc
We rejoice in hope of the glory trine of God's free justification of God,” that is in that glory, by faith in Christ, in a saving which God hath graciously pro- manner, ought to rejoice. This mised to all his justified children. doctrine of free grace is a firm Here is present justification and basis of consolation. When the future glory, for the saints to Holy Ghost is speaking of the solace themselves in, " And not joyful sound of free grace, Psalm only so, but we glory in tribula- lxxxix. 15, “ Blessed is the people tion also," ver.
3. This blessed that know the joyful sound;" &c. doctrine not only fills the saints' then he comes to speak of their hearts with respect to future happi- true consolation : « They shall ness, but makes them rejoice in walk, O Lord, in the light of thy their tribulations here ; nay, in countenance (ver. 16), in thy name ver. 11 : “ and not only so, but shall they rejoice all the day, and we also joy in God, through our in thy righteousness shall they be Lord Jesus Christ,” that is, we not exalted.” Oh, what a sweet life only joy in hopes of heaven here- is the life of faith, that leads the after, and in tribulations here, but soul to the fountain of free grace we joy in God himself, who is our for consolation here and for salreconciled Father, in Christ Je- vation hereafter ! We find the
Thus, holy David, “ My church full of heavenly consola