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they only are in Christ Jesus. The word (in) is eternal union with Christ, and to Christ, and all the promises of God are yea and Amen: but then it's in Christ Jesus-now we, as Isaac was, are heirs of promise. Again, we are heirs of life, that is everlasting and eternal life with God, Father, Son, and Spirit, with all the glorified saints and angels, singing, loving, praising, worshipping, and adoring God throughout the countless ages of a never-ending eternity. This is life, and Peter says we are heirs of the grace of life." But again, saint is an heir of righteousness which is the imputed righteousness of Jehovah Jesus;" by his obedience many shall be made righteous, which righteousness is to and upon all that believe, high, low, rich or poor, ignorant or learned, of whatever nation or kindred, tongue or people.
(To be continued.)
COPY OF A LETTER
To a young man residing with a Clergyman in Somersetshire; being an answer to the
question, Did Christ die for the whole world?
In reply to your letter respecting the universality of redemption, I would advise you not to enter into any dispute with him, (viz. a clergyman of the establishment) it may be very injurious to you, and can be of no real service to either unless the Holy Spirit should be pleased to create you both anew in Christ Jesus, For " If any man, minister or people, high or low, rich or poor, learned or unlearned, have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of us :" and "Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Again, "It is not of the will of man, nor of blood, but of God." The Holy Spirit's work I believe both of you to be as yet ignorant of; you
are a poor blind sinner, and he a poor blind guide. I would advise you to leave off contention before it be meddled with. If ever the Holy Spirit should convince you of your lost state, you would know something then of redemption's being particular only when he makes a particular application of it to your own conscience. Such a blind guide as he "would not be persuaded though one rose from the dead;" he has no eyes, but there will come a day when he will see, and then "whosoever is not found written in the Lamb's book of life will be cast into the lake of fire," Rev. xx. 15. It will be seen then whether it be universal or not. A sinner is saved in no other way than by the person and finished work of Christ, for there is salvation in none other; and a sinner cannot know that he is saved until the Holy Spirit reveals that by which he is saved. If Christ died for the whole world, and any go to hell, and we know that there are thousands there already; if Christ died for them, justice has had satisfaction of Christ, and also from them, so that instead of his obtaining eternal redemption for them, it is eternal damnation. Poor creature! he does not know that there is a world in the Holy One, and a world in the wicked one; and if he can find salvation out of Christ's work of redemption he must find it out of the Bible. As for election, spoken of Rom. ix, meaning that the people of God are chosen to different stations, is an awful lie, for they are said to be vessels of mercy afore prepared to glory. If you will look at the August number of " Zion's Casket," you will find an answer to all his falsehoods. In conclusion, I advise you to say nothing to him on the subject, and that you may be more concerned for personal religion is the wish of your sincere friend,
Zoar Chapel, Brighton.
LETTER FROM REV. T GUNNER, TO A
To a tried soul in the faith, grace, mercy and peace, from God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord.
My tried friend, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations, knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience; therefore let patience have her perfect work; for it is written, Blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for when he is tried he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him," James i. 12. Thus you may see all God's people are tried by the adversary of souls, more or less; therefore what you see not now, hope for it, for we are saved by hope; but hope that is seen, is not hope, for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for; but, if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it," Rom, viii. 21. Thus you see patience is tried, and is to have her perfect work, by what hope does expect; and sometimes it is long before the soul gets what it really feels it wants; many dark days and nights too, and many sharp darts from the enemy enter into the soul at this period, which make the poor soul reel like a drunken man, to and fro, minding that scripture, 1 Thes. i. 3, which is the patience of hope. Now I am come to shew you a little of the Spirit's work in the soul. When it comes with power to any soul. light enters into such a soul, and by it he or her discovers the sinfulness of sin, as it is written, "When he the Spirit of truth is come, he shall convince the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of a judgment to come.' Next he turneth out the strong man armed out of the soul, which is the influence of the devil. Take notice, my dear friend, God does not call any one to make them his, for that they were before all worlds, in Christ Jesus, 2 Tim. i. 9. Thus you may see the meaning of that scripture.
"And because you are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba Father." Not to make you sons or daughters, but because you were so; and called the soul to its privilege, which the devil wants to rob them of; but knowing he cannot do it, he will tempt them as follows: do not pray, for it is of no use, for God will not hear you.
He will tell you to curse
God, and to despise Christ, which makes your poor soul tremble, knowing it is not your desire to do it: this is from the devil. And again, he will tell you that you have sinned against the Holy Ghost, and he will harden your heart so as not to take the Bible into your hands, perhaps for weeks together; then he will tempt thee to lay violent hands on thyself. Oh, do not parley with the devil, but resist the devil, and he will flee from you, and that in the name of Christ Jesus our Lord, Therefore think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, it will work together for thy good in the end; and you will find it to be among the allthings. There have been some of God's people who have said, hope is clean gone, he will be merci ful no more; and others, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord;" others, "I shall not see the Lord, even the Lord in the land of the living; I shall behold men no more:" others have cursed the day they were born; and yet all those get safe to that kingdom above. Thus you may see all of them had faith when they could not discover it. And I think good Mr. Hart knew so.nething of it when he wrote that sweet hymn,
"The soul, that with sincere desires,
"Not every one in like degree,
Farewell at present. Grace, mercy and peace be multiplied to thy soul, is the sincere desire, of
Your humble servant,
A NEW PREACHER'S LETTER TO AN OLD WATCHMAN FOR ADVICE, AND HIS ANSWER.
Rev. and Dear Sir,
KNOWING you are a servant of the living God, I desire you to speak plain respecting my preaching, and if I have acted wrong to tell me so, for I fear lest I shall take a step that will bring the judgments of God upon me. I intended yesterday, the Sabbath, to go to hear preaching at L-, but when I got down to the river, I found the water so high, that I was obliged to return back. Then my mind was to go to R to hear preaching, but I was again disappointed, for on arriving at the place there was no preacher. They asked me to speak, and you know my previous concern about speaking, and of my being before asked, and you know the text that had been on my mind, to declare what God had done for my soul. Well, I thought I would, God willing, speak from that text, but I could not find it, and having words some days before that struck my mind with power, and as a command, which God gave his servant Joel," Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain," &c., I was enabled to speak from that text, treating of God, and his sending his ministers in his own power, against the powers of darkness, and for the salvation of his election; that the mountains signified his church elect, often, through infirmity and temptation, fainting, erring and falling, encompassed by enemies, proving, as I was enabled, that all the election, with the rest, had sinued in Adam
and broken the law, so that none without an interest in Christ, the meritorious law-fulfiller and Saviour, could be saved, but all must perish. Therefore sounding an alarm out of the law and testimony, I proved repentance was given for Christ's sake to the election, and forgiveness of sin. I then treated of my own experience, and of the gift of repentance, and of faith, hope and love wrought by the Holy Ghost, whilst the law, in its fiery power, as a sword and rod in the Father's hand, wounded, distressed, and made me tremble, and how the election, all, as I was, are brought to to die unto all hopes of salvation by the law, or forgiveness of sins by the deeds of the law, proving every bles sing comes to the elect in and through Christ, from the Father of mercies, whilst we are needy, penitent sinners, praying in the Holy Ghost, confessing our sins, and waiting in trembling concern before him and how all, sooner or later, who so waited, did of old, and would throughout time, receive every covenant blessing, and that their souls, at the temporal death of the body, would be taken to God in the heavenly glory rejoicing, whilst the wicked and impenitent souls, at the temporal death of their bodies, if in the height of profession, would be taken away by evil spirits in a tempest, and be cast into endless punishment in hell. Thus I was enabled to stand and preach as it were in the valley of decision; and I concluded with Christ coming to judgment, in blessings and cursings, Matt. xxv. 31-46. I am sure I had no idea of doing as I did when I left home. May the Lord, if I have done wrong, pardon me, but if agreeable to his blessed will, to make it a blessing to the people, and to him shall be all the glory. The people paid great attention.
Now I pray you advise me, as far as you are enabled, how to steer and what your mind is respecting the Amatter. Oh, the wickedness of K. is
now fallen upon his own head. How awful is the blasphemous state of the Socinians and Unitarians. That man now finds the Lord his Judge has spoken, his judgments are now felt; the Lord takes the judgment seat.
THE reply of an Old Watchman to the New Preacher at R--, grace unto you, I pray, and peace be multiplied. I thank you for your letter. It rejoiceth my heart that God gave you a text, in the trumpet, and would not suffer you to take the text sent you by man, although in christian love, which some day may be a blessing for you and those who may hear you. The gracious portion of the Godhead's truth given you in Joel, by and through which you had power given you to "blow the trumpet," is to assure you that, as one of God's witnesses, you are always to preach out of "the law and testimony," let the text be what it may. For proofs, and that I may advise you according to your request, in the Spirit of truth and love," read Gen. iii. 12, 15, to Isa. viii. 20; John xvi.; Rom. xiii. into Rev. xxii. unto the end of the Holy Scriptures. So go on; yes, go on, remembering the work of the true public ministry is done by and in the will and working of the Holy Ghost, although men in his willing and working preach and write. Know ye also that your ministerial work will be tried by fire. As God liveth, you have free access to unworthy me, and my advice shall be freely given you as the Holy One may enable me, truly and faithfully, fearless of consequences. Oh, my brother, remember that I say, "your shoes must be put off your feet, as you are in the divine presence of God Jesus." See Ex. iii. 5. That is, by and in the Father's will and blessing of the Holy Ghost according to Jesus' command; you
must put off self-dependence, God discovering your own weakness and nakedness, that you may be shod and covered with the preparation of the gospel of peace. That is the true favor, power, and truth of the Godhead. Upholden for Jesus's sake and his meritorious mediation to the Father, by and in the Spirit. and the blessing, that is the Holy Ghost, his grace and truth; whilst you go forth in your ministry, as Moses and Aaron went into Egypt to gather his people, and to convert others, and then to teach all converts in the di vine blessing to put off their shoes of self-dependence, and walk in the Spirit, praying with you unto the Father in and through Christ confessing sins, "as sinners under the Father's rod," Psm. lxxix. 32, expecting daily, nay momentary, mercies, living and moving in self-denial, bearing Christ's cross, that is Satan's bruising, mens' reproaches and temptations, resisting unto blood, striving against sin, and resisting Satan by truth-speaking, and truth obeying, by grace through faith in hope and love God's gifts, walking in the ordinances of water-baptism and the Lord's sup. per. So you will in the divine blessing in all your proceeding prove you are God's elect, chosen to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth," Select according to the fore knowledge of God the Father through sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ," 2 Thess. ii. 13; and 1 Peter i. 2. In obedience then, behold the invisible company you will have, and divine approbation, namely, Jesus Christ the blessed Saviour, our all in all,” Matt. xxviii. 19, 20, and the Holy Ghost and the Father, who with Jesus Christ is One God," John, xiv. 23, 27. Blessed be God such have been my portion, and is now with my pastoral charge you know. God abundantly bless you and yours, Amen.
Let me tell you, a wicked messenger, that is a reprobate, enlightened man, if he has the gift of prophecy, and a visionary view of Jesus Christ, as Balaam had, never puts his shoes from off his feet, as the blessed Moses did, and as we are enabled to do with all God's thousands of regenerate witnesses and pastors. See Ex. ii. 5 Acts ix. 6, 11, 20: and xxvi. 16, 18, 19, but falls into mischief, Pro. xiii. 17, either by disobeying God in the line of obedience to his word and ordinances, or by open rebellion against God, and his ministers, and people. Yes, all wicked messengers fall into mischief before, or at temporal death. Gen. iii. 15; Rom. xxii. 15-18. These wicked messengers in libertinism, with their shoes on, often turn young, zealous, God-blessed converts for a time out of the way of filial obedience, as I have experienced by some for years, even to this new year. Yes, I have a certain libertine confederacy which has been permitted to seduce some youths to put on their shoes in the presence of God, which is a perilous sin and have taken the liberty to send me awful cursings after previous blessings, and also additional titles to all my other titles for 1845, that is, "Arminian and Universal Charity." If God, my brother, leads you on in filial obedience and moderation, shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, you will have the trials above stated, which, perhaps, may greatly distress you. For my part, blessed
be God, I am too old and settled in truth and love, and too bold in the Holy One to be distressed only for my enemies, especially the seduced youths, to whom I send the following reply by private letters and messages,
Curse on, and condemn me, if you dare! I shall pray for you, and labour for blessings on you." Knowing a part of the sufferings of our blessed Lord and Saviour was in his own person, as in his old, bold, obedient, moderate, blessed witnesses, March, 1845.]
Bearing the contradiction of sinners. against themselves," Heb. xii. 13; 1 Cor. 4, 8, 9, 10. I am yet a scholar in the blessed Lord and Saviour, and loving Master, Jesus's school, and never did I love him more, neither did he ever manifest himself more loving, pitiful, and allblessing than in this new year. We admire his goings in magazines, as in all his other ways; oh, how gloriously we see "the increase of his government and peace," Isa. ix. 7. My advice to you is, take in and recommend magazines, especially the "Spiritual, or Zion's Casket;" never be afraid or ashamed to let your hearers read the various operations and ministrations of the Holy Ghost in all publications, but you cannot read the bible too much, or pray over it too much. God help you, Amen.
Never allow, but, in God's blessing, ministerially prevent all partiality and little proud parties being formed, let love be without dissimulation; take heed of old libertines and proud bigots, with some drunkards of Ephraim, who condemn magazines, tracts, and other trinitarian, protestant publications, which I assure you in our day, are the streams of the Godhead's river that makes glad his city, that is his church, his temples within the states of all nations. See Ps. xlvi. 4; Rev. xxii. 17—21. Be ye assured that as a new preacher and a young man, if you find the importance of the public ministry as I did when God sent me to preach, in great trembling and filial confidence, you will need God the Holy Ghost's upholding every moment. As he shows his gracious acts, being our strength, look on him his own mirror. Isa. xxv. 4, For you will have thousands of foes, and one worse than all devils, is sinful self. See Rom. vii. 24. You will also have thousands of faintings whilst upholden by God, that you may preach comfort to the fainting ones decrying sinful self; and you will have thousands of