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ON THE SPIRIT BEING FOUND
experience of a child of God. When full spiritual obligation, in that beauty, the plough has been used in the soul, comeliness, and conformity to Christ and the good seed implanted, depend tbeir covenant Head, ever producing upon it the fowls of the air will never
in the experience of all the living in be able to get it up; depend upon it Jerusalem. that seed will be sure to vegetate and May God command his blessing
on the word delivered, and to his They shall revive as the corn, name be all the praise. and grow as the vine, the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.' This is a description of the work wrought in the soul of every experienced child of God. The vine is a The Arminians, to prove that the sweet figure. In those countries Spirit of God is given to, and strives where it is cultivated, there are sticks in all, tell us, that it is written, but spread for the vines to creep along never tell us where, “ I will pour near the ground. God's children my Spirit upon all nations,” but never go su safely, as when they go there are no such words in Scripture ; near the ground, when they do not and even if there were, they would soar aloft, do not mount on high, do not prove that God pours or gives not mount into some great things, bis Spirit to all and every one in all but humble and lowly in their own nations ; because this would not be minds. “ They are to grow as the expressed, neither would it be imvine :” that is, they need support. plied in such a declaration, any more The vine must be nailed to a wall, or than Paul's declaration respecting the fastened to something by which it faith of the Romans being spoken of can be supported; it must have some throughout the whole world, Rom. thing else besides itself to support 8, expresses, or implies, that each it. Therefore the church is seen in and every human being in the whole fellowship with Christ. Hence arises world had heard of their faith ; bethe question, “ Who is this that co- cause it is well known, that Paul meth out of the wilderness, like pil. only means, by the phrase, lars of smoke.” As the vine cannot whole world,” the Roman Empire. grow without means, so the child of But there are such words in ScripGod does not grow without means. ture as, “ I will pour my Spirit upon Is there any spiritual growth in you all flesh,” and they are part of the or me? it is through the whole of prophecy of Joel, ii. 28, 29; which our weight leading on Christ: on prophecy was fulfilled on the day of that nail where are all the vessels, Pentecost, and quoted by St. Peter, from the vessels of cups, even to all to prove, that the disciples were not the vessels of flagons. All the cups drunk with wine, as many supposed, in the spiritual service shall hang but filled with the Holy Ghost; and upon him, at the same time they be it remembered, that at that time, shall hang upon him all the glory of being a great feast among the Jews, his Father's house. Spiritual fruit “ there were dwelling at Jerusalem, shall flow from spiritual desires, in devout men, out of every nation undependance on the Lord Jesus Christ. der heaven, " Acts ii. 4, 5, 17; but
They shall revive as the corn, and who would infer or conclude, that grow as the vine; the scent thereof because there were at Jerusalem, shall be as the wine of Lebanon.” Jews from all parts, that all the in. Every thing employed in the shape habitants of the earth were then at of figures, describes the loveliness Jerusalem—the word “ all” and the and perfection of God's church, the phrase " the whole world.” must be
admitted to have a limited acceptation in most passages of Holy Writ, otherwise we make it a book of con
On Saturday, the 10th of Novemtradictions and inconsistencies.
ber, departed this life, Sarah, the But there is a sense in which the beloved wife of Mr. William Allen, words of the prophet Joel, may be minister of the gospel at Cave Adulunderstood in their limited accepta
She was much res. tion and still harmonize with the pected by all those who knew her, true doctrines of the gospel. The and especially by the church at Cave church of Christ is stated by the Adullam, with whom she had held Holy Ghost to be the flesh of Christ communion as an honourable member
for Eph. v. 21–32, and will his
many years : of her it may truly
pour Spiritupun all Christ's flesh; yes,
be said, she was
“ swift to hear, slo's upon each and every member of
to speak, slow to wrath:” she was an Christ's mystical body; hence, the ornament in the church militant, and promise of God the Father to Christ is now no less in the church triumis, I will pour my Spirit upon thy phant, where she
will sing for ever the seed, and my blessing upon thine of high praises of God and the Lamb. spring,” Isa. xliv. 3.
But it is no On Friday, the 17th of November, where promised that God will pour died, in the full assurance of faith, his Spirit, upon the seed of the ser
Mr. Cornelius Tozer. He was, tor pent, (Gen. iii. 15,) who shall be cut many years, a member of the church off, (Psalm xxxvi. 48,) being a sinful at Providence Chapel, Grays Inn Lane, nation, and seed of evil doers, (Isa. under the pastoral care of the late i. 4,) against whom the Lord hath Mr. Huntington, and upon the breakindignation for ever, (Mal. i. 4.) ing up of the church at that place, It is true, Balaam, Saul and others, he joined in communion with the have been possessed of the Spirit church at Gloucester Chapel, Hackof prophecy, but they were destitute ney, under the Rev, B. Isaac, where of the Spirit of grace and supplica. he continued to his decease. Some tions, wbich God has promised to “recollections of his pilgrimage” was pour upon the house of David, and inserted in our pages, which he only upon the inhabitants of Jerusulem, just lived to see completed. He said who are thereby led to look upon just before he breathed his last, that Christ, whom they have pierced, and he was enabled to roll his soul upon to mourn, &c. Zech. xii. 10.
God. The 14th and 15th verses of How strange, that persons should the iind of Colossians rested sweetly wilfully read the Scriptures wrong, to
on his mind. It may indeed be said suit their own preconceived notions, of him. He was a good man, and full and to assert, that such and such of the Holy Ghost. His funeral serwords and phrases are in the word of mon was preached at Gloucester and God, which cannot be found : and Crown Street Chapels, on the 3rd and equally as strange, that certain words 10th ins. by his late paster, the Rev. and phrases, should be left out in B. Isaac, to very crouded audiences. their quotations from the Scriptures. They would do well, to read often
Has what the apostle foretels in 1
Tim. iv. 1-6, of the anti-christian At the time of the flood, when the church in the latter days, been fulfilled, ark was built the door was built, so or has it still to be accomplished, dow when Satan builds a temptation, and what is meant by departing from God builds a door for communication. the faith?
BY THE LATE JOHN RUSK.
I have many
A FEW REMARKS ON 1 Tim. vi. 17-19. fall in with every evil presented to
our view ; so that this prayer well becomes us, • hold thou me up, and
I shall be safe." I know well what I (Continued from page 297.)
am writing about. Nineteenth ; another way is rest; trials in providence; crosses, afflicfor this is called a way: hence the tions in family, a very weak taberprophet Isaiah says, « This is the nacle, and have had much opposition way, walk
ye in it, and ye shall find from men ; but this corrupt natnre rest unto your souls.” Now all the within is worse than all the rest, I time we labour under the burden of
can truly say, and occasions me to go sin, being heavy laden, we have no burdened and bowed down. No, rest, consequently, though in God's reader; it requires a supernatural way, yet not in this way that I am power, displayed every moment, to treating about. David found this, keep you and me morally honest, when he said, “ There is no sound- and upright in our dealings between
ftesh because of thine an- man and man; but if this power ger, nor rest in my bones, because of subside for a moment, we are capamy sin.” Now the one way is Jesus ble of taking all advantages, so weak Christ; bence David says, Rest in and helpless are we.
Now the way the Lord;" that is, the Lord Jesus we are kept circumspect, is by faith Christ, “ Come unto me, all ye that in Christ Jesus, for there is no other labour and are heavy laden, and I way but him ; hence, we are will give you rest;" and we come to ted anew in Christ Jesus unto good him by faith, for we that believe do works, which God hath before orenter into rest, &c.” And does this dained that we should walk in them ; way meet with any opposition and we walk by faith not by sight. Yes; truly it does ; for sometimes That faith has to do with circumwe try to rest in carnal security, in spection of life, or with a consistent this world, and the things of it, if walk, consider these three things they go rather favourable, and there. all of which are connected with faith. fore the Lord says, “ Arise and de. lst, The fear of the Lord is to depart part, this is not your rest, it is polfrom evil, and in this fear there is luted.” Thus the Lord empties us strong confidence.
2nd Charity, from vessel to vessel that we may not for love worketh no ill to his neighsettle upon our lees as thousands do, bour, and charity goes hand in hand this is laying up in store a good foun- with faith; for it works by love. dation.
3rd, A constant calling upon
the Twentieth ; another way, is being Lord; but " whatsoever you ask circumspect, see that ye walk cir- believing, you shall receive :” so that cumspectly, not as fools but as wise. we cannot let faith go. And as it is &c. But do fools walk circum- faith in Christ brings both fear and spectly? Yes, in appearance they do, love into exercise, which otherwise for they have the sheep skin on. But are inactive, it teaches us what a we are not to take pattern by them, blessed thing a living faith is. Grace but by the wise ; and however lightly in the heart will not keep a man cirsome may think of the outward walk cumspect, but grace in exercise. See of a christian, it is no easy thing to David and Solomon, they both had walk circumspectly, and for this rea- grace, and yet slipped into sin ; but son, because there is such great op-' the same grace was in exercise in position arising from all quarters, Joseph, so that he walked circumsuch snares and traps, laid by Satan spectly, and also in Nehemiah. and men of a corrupt heart, ready to But I pass on to the twenty-first
way, which is the light of God's we have enjoyed these sweet. times countenance; this is called a way to from the light of his countenance, walk in : hence David says, Bles- we shall find the scene change, which sed are the people that know the we little expect; and then up comes joyful sound, they shall walk O Lord, by degrees the old inhabitants of the in the light of thy countenance. land, which terrify us : but as I have There are two things discovered by told you before, it is the light of the the light of the Lord's countenance,
countenance that discovers Ist, Our sins, and 2nd, The pardon sin; and this path also we are called of them. And these two things to walk in. Now this latter path is we shall discover all our jour- also opposed; for Satan will tempt ney through: they that know no- us to run from the cross, to break thing of the one, know nothing of through all bounds and to hate the the other. Sin is a dreadful, odious light; the Lord only knows the sore thing, and we must know experi
conflicts I have had even to-day, to mentally Adam's fall, and the infinite break through all bounds. distance there is between God and us, der, I find it a trying path; but this “ for all have sinned, and come short walking, both in the comfort of it, as of the glory of God.” Now it is the well as the suffering part is by faith. light of the Lord's countenance,
believing we rejoice that discovers sin; hence Moses says, with joy unspeakable and full of in the xcith Psalm, “ Thou hast set glory;" this is being glad with the our sins in order before thee ; our se- light of his countenance. But he cret sins in the light of thy counten- tells them also of the trying of their ance.” But 2nd, The pardon of sin faith, in which by degrees sooner or is discovered also, by the light of the later we discover sins of all sorts. Lord's countenance; and it is de- Now Christ is this only way, as well lightful to walk in this path : hence the rest, and faith in him brings all Solomon says, “ In the light of the these things; for he is King of Zion, King's countenance is life and his and it is in the light of his countenfavour is as a cloud of the lattter ance there is life, and his favour is as rain.” I have got wrote down in one a cloud of the latter rain. But it is of my writing books nineteen things not only given in our behalf to bethat are enjoyed by the light of the lieve, but also to suffer for his name Lord's countenance, and these things sake. we are called to walk in; so that Twenty-second way; which is real godliness is no melancholy thing, walking in the Spirit; hence Paul as some suppose : that joyful sound says,
• Walk in the Spirit, and you is liberty of soul from the reigning shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh.” power and dominion of sin, the ty- John, when banished to the Isle of ranny of men and devils, slavish fear
“ I was in the Spirit of God, and the bondage and curse of on the Lord's day.” Now I believe the law, and enables the soul to serve that walking in the Spirit, is opposed God from a principle of love to him, to the dead letter, however sound. delighting ourselves in the Almighty. Take it as follows: if I walk by faith But an opposite way we shall find in the Spirit, I shall sooner or later bere ; for Satan will hang out bis
be enabled to believe that I am baits, idols, &c., every thing that is pardoned sinner ; but how is this pleasing to flesh and blood, to try brought about ? By walking in the and get us into carnal security, and Spirit. It is the Spirit that testified draw our hearts from Christ to other of Christ, and our spirits feel union to loves; and therefore we do well to the blessed Spirit ; and as he leads keep crying to the Lord: but after us on in meditation, so we are ena
bled to walk. Yes, the mind, rit, I have never been a step in the thoughts, heart and affections, travel way yet. To this I answer, it is not on delightfully; so that we really the only way of walking in the Spi. feel a heaven upon earth, having rit, but there are holy longings, pardon sealed home on the thirstings and intense desires at cerscience, the blessed Spirit leads us to tain seasons felt, and a desire to wait Jesus, as the end of the law for righ- till the Lord does appear, being fully teousness, and we feel that we are persuaded, at times, that he will; all justified freely from all things, he si- of which is walking in the Spirit. lences every accuser we have, and de. But the old way of working for life, livers us from all condemnation; instead of believing, will ever oppose and therefore says Paul, “ We are this good way, and plenty of this we justified in the name of the Lord Je. shall find. sus, and by the Spirit of our God.” Twenty-third way; and that is a Again; he leads us on, and we find way we do not like, namely, “ through that we are adopted into God's fa- fire and water :" but, say you, Is mily; be therefore bears • witness that called a way y?
Yes, it is, as you with our spirit that we are the chil- read, “ when thou passest through dren of God;" and with an humble the water I will be with thee, and boldness enables us to claim God as through the rivers they shall not our Father, by shedding his love overflow thee ; when thou walkest abroad in our hearts, so that we feel through the fire thou shalt not be no slavish fear, and the fullest per. burned, neither shall the flame kinsuasion that it is so. We now be. dle upon thee.” When the Lord is lieve we are chosen of God, without pleased to indulge us with much coma single doubt; for be leads us up to fort and strong consolation, which he the ancient settlements, and we can does some times, for a good while, they see the covenant engagements that little think that these things which took place before time commenced. they delight in; I say, that this But again ; he leads
the work must go into fire and water to cross of Christ, and there we see vic- try, that they may experimentally tory for us obtained over the world, know what it will cope with, and flesh, devils, sin, law and death, and never finally give up, and you may we are led to trace the Saviour from tell such, that they will not always glory, by his incarnation into this go on in this way, but they do not world, all through his obedient life, believe it: it is true they may agree taking our sins when eight days old, to what you say, but secretly they and bearing the weight of them ; be- think otherwise ; for they never can ing apprehended by divine justice, at such a time believe that the path and condemned, standing in our law- will be so rough as they afterwards place, then dying, saying “ It is fi. find it; at least, I did not, and I nished,” when he made an end of write from my own experience. But sin, then rising from the dead, as- you will say. What is meant here by cending up to glory, and we in him fire and water ? To this I shall ansrepresentatively. Now all this we wer very briefly, having enlarged walk in, and in this way the blessed greatly upon it in the Fiery Trial ;' Spirit leads us; and all this is done suffice it to say, then, that by fire we by looking to Jesus, which faith may understand persecution, temptacomes by the Holy Spirit; for he is tions, inbred corruptions, being exthe Spirit of faith. I have treated ercised with God's holy law, called largely an this, in a book called, a fiery law," and God's word in “ Christ is all;" but my reader may the threatening part of it. Now all say, if this only is walking in the Spi. these things are called fire, and