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glory.” When he gave me your letter to him, I read it to him again. He wept, and I could scarcely read it to him for tears. O the union the dear saints of God feel to each other, for His sake in whom the union stands! Well; a little longer, and all the saints of God shall meet around the throne. Hail, happy day!
My dear husband joins in love to you, and thanks for your letter : hope to hear from you again soon.
Dear Mr. will, I am sure, be glad to hear from you. After reading your kind letter to us this morning, I sent it to him, knowing it would rejoice him.
And now, my dear friend, farewell ! The Lord bless you! Remember at the throne one who has long loved you
for Jesus' sake.
H- October, 1829.
(Concluded from Page 20.) Remember all the patterns of grace that are in heaven. Thou thinkest, “Oh! what a monument of grace should I be!" There are many thousands as rich monuments as thou canst be. No guilt ever exceeded the merits of Christ's blood; no sin could ever conquer
power of his grace. Do not despair; hope still, even when the clouds are blackest. Whatsoever Satan or conscience says, do not conclude against thyself. Christ will have the last word. He is Judge of quick and dead, and must pronounce the final sentence.
His blood speaks reconciliation (Col. i. 20), cleansing (1 John, i. 7), purchase (Acts xx. 28), redemption (1 Pet
. i. 18, 19), purging (Heb. ix. 13, 14), remission (Heb. ix. 22), liberty (Heb. X. 19), justification (Rom. v. 9), nearness to God. (Eph. ii. 13.) Stand and hearken what God will say, for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints. (Psalm lxxxv. 8.) He speaks grace, mercy, and peace. (2 Tim. i. 2.) That is the language of the Father and of Christ. Wait for Christ's appearing as the morning star. (Rev. xxii. 16.) He shall come as certainly as the morning, as refreshing as the rain. (Hos. vi. 3.)
The sun may as well be hindered from rising, as Christ the Sun of Righteousness. (Mal. iv. 2.) Do not legalize the gospel, as if part remained for thee to do and to suffer, and Christ were but a half Mediator; as if thou must bear part of thine own sin, and make some satisfaction.
May sin break thy heart, but not thy hope in the gospel.
When we come to God, we must bring nothing but Christ with us. Any ingredients, or any previous qualifications of our own, will mar faith. He that builds upon duties, graces, &c., knows not the merits of Christ. This makes believing so hard, so far above nature : if thou believest, thou must renounce as dung and dross (Phil. iii. 7, 8) thy privileges, thine obedience, thy baptism, thy sanctification, thy duties, thy graces, thy tears, thy meltings, thy humblings, and nothing but Christ must be held up. Thy workings, thy self-sufficiency must be destroyed; thou must receive all at God's hand.' Christ is the gift of God. (John iv. 10, and iii. 16.) Faith is the gift of God. (Eph. ii. 8.) Pardon is a free gift. (Rom. v. 16.) Ab! how nature storms, frets, rages at this, that all is gift, and it can purchase nothing with its works, and tears, and duties, that all works are excluded, and of no value in the justification of the soul. (Rom. iv. 5.)
If nature had been to contrive the way of salvation, it would rather have put it into the hands of saints and angels to sell it, than into the hands of Christ who gives freely, whom therefore it suspects. Nature would set up a way to purchase by doing; therefore it abominates the merits of Christ, as the most destructive thing to it. Nature would do anything to be saved, rather than go to Christ, or close with Christ, and owe all to him. Christ will have nothing; but the soul would thrust somewhat of its own upon Christ. Here is the great controversy. Consider;—didst thou ever yet see the merits of Christ, and the infinite satisfaction made by his death ? didst thou see this when the burden of sin and the wrath of God lay heavy on thy conscience? That is grace! the greatness of Christ's merit is not known, but to a poor soul in deep distress. Slight convictions will have but a slight, low esteem of Christ's blood and merits.
Despairing sinner! thou lookest on thy right hand and on thy left, saying, “Who will show me any good ?” thou art tumbling over all thy duties and professions to patch up, a righteousness to save thee. But when the Holy Spirit enables thee to look at Christ, thou wilt say, He is a Saviour, and there is none besides him. (Isa. xlv. 21.) Look any
where else, and thou art undone. God will look at nothing but Christ; and thou must look at nothing else. Christ is lifted up on high, as the brazen serpent in the wilderness, that sinners at the ends of the earth--the greatest distance-may see him and live. (John iii. 14, 15.) The least sight of him will be saving; the least touch healing to thee. And God intends thou shouldst look on him; for he hath set him upon a high throne of glory, in the open view of all poor sinners. Thou hast infinite reason to look on him; no reason at all to look off him. He is meek and lowly of heart. (Matt. xi. 29.) He will do that himself which his creature has to do; viz., bear with infirmities. (Rom. xv. 1.) No pleasing himself; no standing upon points of law. (Ver. 2.) He will restore the spirit of meekness (Gal. v. 1), and bear thy burdens. (Ver. 2.) He will forgive; not only till seven times, but seventy times seven. (Matt. xviii. 21, 22.) It put the faith of the apostle to it to believe this. (Luke xvii. 4, 5.) Because we are hard to forgive, we think .Christ is so.
We apprehend sin too great to be pardoned. We think Christ doth so, and measure infinite love with our line, infinite merits with our sins, which is the greatest pride and blasphemy. (Psal. ciii. 1), 12; Isa. xl. 15.) Hear what he saith: “I have found a ransom.” (Job xxxiii. 24.) “In him I am well pleased.” (Matt. iii. 17.) God will have nothing else. Nothing else will do thee good, or satisfy conscience, but Christ, who satisfied the Father. God doth all upon the account of Christ. Thy deserts are rejection, wrath, bell. Christ's deserts are acceptance, pardon, life. He will not show thee the one, without giving thee the other. It is Christ's own glory and happiness to pardon.
Consider; whilst Christ was upon the earth, he was more annong publicans and sinners than scribes and pharisees, his professed adversaries, for they were righteous ones.
It is not as thou imaginest, that his state in glory makes him neglectful, scornful to poor sinners. No; he hath the same heart now in heaven. He is God and changeth not. He is “ the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.” (John i. 29.) He went through all thy temptations, dejections, sorrows, desertions, rejections. (Matt. `iv. 3--12, 26; Mark xv. 34; Luke, xxii. 44; Matt. xxvi. 38.) He hath drunk the bitterest of the cup, and left thee the sweet: the condemnation is out. Christ drank up all the Father's wrath at one draught; and nothing but salvation is left for thee. Thou sayest
I cannot believe, I cannot repent. Christ is exalted a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance and remission of sins. (Acts v. 31.) Hast thou nothing but sin and misery? Then Christ is just suited to thee. We would be bringing to Christ, and that must not be. Not a penny of nature's highest improvements will
in heaven. Grace will not stand with works, (Tit. iii. 5; Rom. xi. 6.) That is a terrible point to nature,
which cannot think of being stripped of all, not having a rag of duty or righteousness left to look at. Self-righteousness and self-sufficiency are the darlings of nature, which she preserves as her life. That makes Christ seem ugly to nature. Nature cannot desire him. He is just opposite to all nature's glorious interests. Let nature but make a gospel, and it would make it quite contrary to Christ. It would be to the just, the innocent, the holy, &c. Christ makes the gospel for thee; that is, for needy sinners; the ungodly, the unrighteous, the accursed. Nature cannot endure to think the gospel is only for sinners: it will rather choose to despair, than to go to Christ upon
such terms. When nature is put to it by guilt or wrath, it will go to its old haunts of self-righteousness, self-goodness, &c. An Infinite Power must cast down those strong-holds. None but the self-justiciary stands excluded by the gospel. Christ will look at the most abominable sinner before him; because to the other Christ cannot be made justification. He does not know or confess his sin. (Jolin ix. 41.) To say, in compliment, “ I am a sinner,” is easy; but to pray with the publican indeed, “ Lord be merciful to me a sinner!" is the hardest
“I believe in Christ.” “But to see Christ full of grace and truth, “of whose fulness thou mayest receive, grace for grace;" that is saving. It is easy to profess Christ with the mouth. But, to confess him with the heart, as Peter did, “ to be the Christ, the Son of the living God,” the alone Mediator; that is above Aesh and
blood. Many call Christ Saviour; few know him to
To see grace and salvation in Christ, is the greatest sight in the world. Sights will cause applications. Men may be ashamed to think, in the midst of so much profession, they have known so little of the blood of Christ, which is the main thing of the gospel. A Christless, formal profession is the blackest sight, next to hell. Thou mayest have many good things; one thing may be wanting, that may make thee go away sorrowful from Christ. Thou hast never sold all that thou hast, never parted with all thine own righteousness, &c. Thou mayest be high in duty, and yet a perfect enemy and adversary to Christ in every prayer, in every ordinance.
Free will, or moral capacity of believing in, turning unto, and calling upon God in Christ, the Scriptures, the Articles of the Church of England, and the experience of Christian men, declare the natural man hath not. His refuge is free grace. (John vi.; 1 Cor. ii.; Rom. viii. 7.) The idea of it will soon be destroyed in his heart who hath had any spiritual dealing with Jesus Christ; as to the
application of his merits, and subjection to his righteousness;
Christ is every way too magnificent a person for poor nature to apprehend. Christ is so infinitely holy, nature durst not look at him; so infinitely good, nature can never believe him when it lies under full lengths of sin. Christ is too high and glorious for nature to do so much as to touch. There must be a divine nature first put into the soul, to make it lay hold on him who lies so infinitely beyond its sight.
That Christ which the natural man can apprehend, is but a Christ of his own making; not the Father's Christ, not Jesus: the Son of the living God, to whom none can come without the Father's drawing. (John vi. 44, 45.)
Judge not Christ's love by providences, but by promises. (Psl. Ixiii.; Heb. xii. 1; Eccles. ix.) Bless God for shaking off false foundations; and for any way whereby he keeps the soul awakened and looking after Christ. Better is sickness and temptation, than security and slightness.
It was the saying of a great saint, he was more afraid of his duties than his sins: the one often made him proud, the other always made him bumble.
High professor! despise not weak saints. Thou mayest come to wish to be in the condition of the meanest of them. It is a high privilege to be faithful to others' infirmities while sensible of thy own; to be content with little of the world, then little will serve; to think very little of the earth because unworthy the least; to think much of heaven not little, because Christ is so rich and free; to think every one better than thyself, and ever carry self-loathing about thee, as one fit to be trampled upon by all the saints; to see the vanity of the world, and the consumption that is upon all things, and love nothing but Christ; to mourn to see so little of Christ in the world, so few needing him-trifles pleasing them better; to mourn to think how many under baptism and ordinances, who are not under grace-looking much after duty and obedience, little after Christ, or grace; to prepare for the cross, and welcome it; to bear it triumphantly as Christ's cross, whether scoffs, mockings, jeers, contempt, imprisonments, &c.; to remember thy sins, Christ's pardonings; thy deserts, Christ's merits; thy weakness, Christ's strength; thy pride, Christ's humility; thy many infirmities, Christ's restorings; thy guilt, Christ's new applications of his blood; thy failings, Christ's assistance; thy wants, ('hrist's fulness; thy temptations, Christ's tenderness; thy vileness, Christ's righteousness.
Blessed soul! whom Christ shall strip of his own righteousness and wash in the blood of the Lamb. (Rev. vii. 14.)