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if any man preach any other Christ than this, God's curse will fall upon him. For it is written, "If any man preach any other gospel than this let him be anathema, maranatha," that is, let him be accursed from God, which brings me now to the fourth and last part of my text, which is to shew the happy deliverance, and its effects.

Fourthly, "I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.' What is a deliverance? I answer, it is not merely a help in trouble, or hope of being one day delivered, but it is actually removing the difficulty out of the way, taking the yoke from off the neck, and setting the poor soul into perfect liberty. Now this is done by a sealed testimony, as it is written in Eph. i. 13, 14, "In whom ye also trusted (in your troubles and trials) after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also, after that ye believed" he was able and willing to save, you came to him and pleaded his promise,"call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver thee;" here was a power working within, that wrestled with omnipotence, and prevailed; wherein the soul was brought upon solemn ground to plead a "Thus saith the Lord!" "Thou hast said!" "and it is written !"&c. These are the cords the poor soul lays hold of, and by which he is brought into his desired haven, where he receives "chat good part which shall not be taken from him," (viz.) Ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise," which is, "I have loved thee with an everlasting love," or "Son, daughter, go in peace, thy sins are all forgiven," or loose him and let him go," pull his filthy garment off, and give him a change of raiment; is not this a brand plucked out of the burning." And many such endearing words doth the Lord use to put unbelief to flight, stop the rebellion of the heart, chase the fears away, and frustrate all the arguments of satan, by which

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he is turned back by the way which he came; and the Spirit of adoption is poured out upon the poor soul, whereby he cries, 'Abba, Father," which seal is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. When God brought this testimony home upon my heart, it was a seal indeed, never to be forgotten; it was by these words, "" can a woman forget her sucking child? she may, yet I will not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands." It was sealed upon my conscience with an impression that will stand to all eternity; and I would speak it with all reverence that neither sin, death, nor the devil shall ever erase it, as it is written, "who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justi fieth," and if God justifies, who is he that condemneth?" It is Christ that died, yea, or rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that hath loved us; and nothing shall separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." The work of justification is a complete work; and nothing shall be added nor taken from it, and this I am fully persuaded of by the scriptures of truth, that the soul that is once justified from his original and practical guilt, (which is brought upon his conscience at the time of his trial, when God brings him to judg ment), shall never fear the vindictive wrath of God in his conscience again; as it is writen, the sins of Judah, and the iniquities of Jerusa lem shall be sought for, but shall not be found."

To be concluded in our next.



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Well, after this, he points out the fight of faith, and the wretched conclusions such draw, "the Lord hath forsaken me and my God has forgot ten me;" but he shews from God's word, that this is the footsteps of the flock, that God hides his face, yet he will come again and he traces it all up to God's eternal election, and choice of us, and proves that as many as he loves, he rebukes and chastens, he shews what genuine faith will cope with, and not give up, that it will overcome the world, but not without hard fighting, put on Christ's righteousness, is attended with the witness of the Spirit, loves his truth, family and ways, brings in peace, and makes Christ precious; but now an inexperienced preacher cannot go into all these turnings and windings, because all his religion lays in his head, books that he reads, or what he has picked up by bits and scraps amongst the saints at experience meetings; well, God blesses this father in Christ at this work, and the poor tried saint that hears him; and it was in this way that Asaph found such good; "he went into the sanctuary of the Lord, and then he understood the end of the wicked," now this is food to a poor tried soul, for he is so afraid that it is not God's work, and that he is deceived, but now all is set to rights, and a light shines on his path, "light is sown for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart," and he now sees that it is a chequered life, and that he shall see and feel himself worse and worse, to hunt him out of self that he may live, act, walk and be wholly swallowed up in Christ, so that now he does not expect to be always comfortable, and conclude that he is a hypocrite because he is not, August, 1845.]

but expects a daily cross, the day of prosperity and the day of adversity, sometimes a feast and then again a fast; and he goes to God's house pleading the promise, as well as the Lord enables him, and then watches his frames, and according as he succeeds, so a tribute of praise goes up to the Lord, and all this is secret work which no formal professor or hypocrite in Zion ever knew; I have travelled the path for years, and therefore tell you these things, out of mine own heart.

T-But may not such blessed effects attend a preacher, so that he may feed God's children, both with milk and strong meat, and yet such a one not be a father in Christ, I should like this to be cleared up, because if God sends a man to preach, does he not own and honour his own truth.

0.-All God's works are perfect, and he cannot err, and I believe that he does bless his word, by all whom he commissions and sends; hence he says "I will send pastors after mine own heart, that shall feed them with knowledge and understanding," and such may go on a long time, before they are satisfied, that they are useful, in order to hide pride from them, but in time they will find accounts here and there, that they never expected, seals to their ministry, so that although God did bless the word, yet as they go on and increase, they will be quite sure that they are fathers in Christ, as Paul was when he said,

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ye are our epistles written in our hearts, known and read of all men,' and the Galatians, how he could look back and see the soul travail he had for them. But I will drop a word or two respecting their clothing, for as I said, a father looks after both food and clothing; the food is milk or the comfort of the promises, and strong meat, election, Christ crucified and an understanding in God's truth by the Spirit; now the clothing is, first,

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the best robe, that was put on the prodigal, "bring forth the best robe, and this is none other than the imputed righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ, and this is essential to salvation, for the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God; now Paul, Peter and John, who were all fathers, brought forth to their children, this best robe; Paul tells them that by Christ's obedience they should be made righteous. Peter tells them that they will suffer for righteousness sake, so it was then, and so it ever will be, for "the wicked hate the just and gnasheth at him with his teeth.” John also tells us, "he that doeth righteousness is born of him, and what is this doing but believing, called the obedience of faith, so that when we are enabled to exercise faith on the righteousness of Christ, we then are clothed with it, and are righteous, even as Christ is righteous; but another part of our clothing is a created righteousness, and this is the new Now these fathers all enforced this clothing, Paul calls it the righteousness on the left, " by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left." Peter calls it the hidden man of the heart, a being a partaker of the divine nature, and John tells us it is the love of God; thus they all brought forth this robe. Once more, humility was a robe that these fathers brought forth to their children. Paul says, Serving the Lord, with all humility of mind," "unto me who am the least of all saints, &c." Peter says "be clothed with humility, for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble," and as John enforces, all through his epistles, the love God, so Paul tells us that charity vaunteth not itself." Having treated of the food and clothing I have one thing more in view, and that is this: it lays with a father to settle estates on his children, and to Jortion them off, as God has in his




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providence prospered him; hence Paul writes as follows: "Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all, but is under tutors and governors, until the time appointed of the father." Gal. iv. 1, 2, and here we all are under these tutors and governors, and have only a little spending money. But who are these tutors and governors, I answer, they are letter preachers, who are sound in the letter of God's truth, and they will talk of the believer's inheritance very largely, and set it forth in a wonderful way, that he is an heir of life, of righteousness, of salvation, of the kingdom of God, of glory, an heir of God, and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. But the child of God, is full of doubts and fears, and oh, how he looks and longs, wishes and craves to get full possession of these blessed things; he hears and reads, he prays, he converses, but seems further and further off. One and another come to their estate, but he is still in the back ground, and although he is told, that there is an appointed time, yea, a set time to favour Zion, yet he is sadly plagued and tormented; Satan sug gests, you are not one of them, and unbelief says the same. However after innumerable fears and doubts, the time being come he takes full possession of his inheritance, and his soul rejoices in it, and it is impossible to tell what he is worth. Was I to fill a large volume, I never could describe it, but one text swallows up all, and that is this, God is his por tion;" now although I might bring ten thousand things, that he is an heir of, yet this takes in all, for only consider how rich a man must be, that has God for his portion, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and this is confirmed by some, that after long seeking, have come to their estate. Jeremiah was one, the Lord is my por tion, saith my soul, therefore will I hope in him," Lam. iii. 24. David

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is another, "The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance, and my cup, thou maintainest my lot." Ps. xvi. 5. Asaph is another, after all his sad complaints he says, "Whom have I in heaven but thee, and there is none upon earth, that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth, but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever," Psa. lxxiii. 25, 26. I will mention one more, and that is Abraham; "after these things, (ah, fellow traveller, what numberless things, there are that come in our way so that we shall often conclude, that we shall never gain the point, that we are far enough from having any thing to do with this inheritance, but we are wrong, for, after these things)" the word of the Lord came unto Abraham in a vision, saying, Fear not Abraham, I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward," Gen. XV. 1. A shield to defend thee from every enemy and thy eternal portion, therefore fear not. Thus friend T. I have gone through the little work, in which you see the various sorts there are in the Lord's family, babes, such are babes, when once light and life enter their souls; they are regenerated and born again of the Spirit, "the incorruptible seed, the word of God, that liveth and abideth for ever," such desire the sincere milk of the word, and therefore, are sucklings, and they suck and are satisfied with the breasts of Zion's consolations; but as they grow up to little children, they hear talk of a law work, and now they conclude that they are all wrong, that they have been deceived all through by Satan, that they are in an unpardoned state. Now John, a father in Christ, writes to such, to try to encourage them, "I write unto you, little children, that ye may know that your sins are forgiven you for his name sake," this shews that these little children were under a law work, that the thing they greatly feared was come upon them, and that they had deeper and deeper discoveries of their

own hearts, " for by the law is the knowledge of sin." However they keep on growing in grace, until they get to be young men, and engaged in the fight of faith, "being strengthened with might by the Spirit in the inner man, they are strong in the Lord and in the power of his might," they stand fast in the Lord, they stand fast in the liberty, and they stand fast in the faith, and after many ups and downs, ins and outs, and hard fightings they grow up to be fathers in Christ, and are useful in communicating the same grace and spirit unto others, and were these things properly attended to, it would remove much of that strife and contention which there is in the church of God, which arises from ignorance of God's work, and you may see all that I have wrote on this page in Job's experience. I can see him a babe, first, quickened, he had the fear of the Lord, there is life. Then a suckling, "the rock poured him out rivers of oil." After this, a law-work, "thou writest bitter things against me," and as a little child he wants to know his pardon. After this he goes to fight, and he fights hard too, and declares that the root of the mat. ter is found in him, neither will he give way to any, but declares that his Redeemer lived. Thus you see he was a young man in Christ, and after this a father, and no doubt but he was like John very useful in his old age to the church of God. Now these things cannot be contradicted upon the ground of truth, and you know we are told to cleanse our way, by taking heed according to God's word. Life in the soul proves to God's saints that I am born again, but perfect love casting out all fear and all torment proves to ourselves that it is so. May the Lord enable us friend T. to persevere in all good things. I shall conclude with the following blessed text, "Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and anointed us is God, who

also hath sealed us and given us the earnest of his Spirit in our hearts."

"Assure my conscience of her part

In the Redeemer's blood,
And bear thy witness with my heart
That I am born of God."



J. R.

Preached at Bethel Chapel, Cheltenham, on Sunday Evening, March 9, 1845.


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"Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and flesh."-1 Chron. xi. 1.


The flood-gates of heaven were loosed. The mighty deluge of Jeho vah's wrath, came upon him, "all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me," says Christ. So the poor children of God experimentally feel that there is no fury in him. "No condemnation to them in Christ Jesus, who walk after the Spirit, and not after the flesh." So that fleshly religion, will not suit them, they must have a supernatural religion, a religion of everlastings, felt and experienced in the soul. Now they have a little reviving in the midst of their bondage. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us, wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption."

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Its purity.It is an act of the Holy One. It brings us into nearness, oneness, and fellowship with the Holy and great God. Where 18 the licentious tendency of this truth? It emanates from the source and fountain of unsullied holiness. It is the destitution of it, in its power, unction and holy effects in the soul that leads to ungodly practices. Nothing will make a man pray so earnest, spiritual and importunate as a hungering after this glorious truth.

The end of it.-The exhibition of the adorable riches of his sovereign grace in the final glorification of the objects of it. "God hath not appointed us unto wrath, but to obtain salvation, by our Lord Jesus Christ." "As many as were ordained to eternal life believed." "God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation.”


The Lord hath made all things for himself, for his own glory." This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise." Observe that amazing scripture, Rom. ix. 23. “And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy which he had afore prepared unto glory."

Again, Israel was a circumcised people.-Hear the great apostle Rom. ii. 28, 29. "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew which is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men, but of God." The author of this

circumcision, “The Lord thy God will circumcise thy heart." It is a painful operation, it is a cutting off the foreskin of our righteousness, it is under this operation that we are brought into the stripping room, to the place of stopping of mouths, it strips us of our conceitedness and fleshly wisdom, thwarts our plans, cuts off all fleshly prospects and props, it cuts us from self-importance, brings us to whisper out of the dust, have mercy, "God be merciful unto me a sinner." "Lord save, or I perish." This is a work of continuation, for there is a needs be for this work, and indeed God does teach his people, by "terrible things, in righteousness." This is a very unpleasing operation, flesh does not like it. It is said of Enoch, that he was not. because God took him, he translated him. So it might be be declared of of all God's dear spiritual people, they are not resting on flesh, fleshly


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