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tion in Isa. lxi. 10," I will greatly edly perish, John ii. 36. So that rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall when the church of Rome left this be joyful in my God;" and the glorious doctrine, then did God ground of this joy was this, “ For give them up, verse 11, “ And for he hath clothed me with the gar- this cause God shall send them ments of salvation, he hath cov- strong delusions, that they should ered me with the robe of righte- believe a lie, (namely, that lie of ousness.

justification before God, by a Seeing there is so much of free man's own righteousness) verse grace shines in this blessed doc- 12, That they all might be damtrine, then surely it highly con- ned, who believe not the truth,” cerns us to study the same. Oh, that is, the truth of free justificawhy should we not search more tion, as before. And were this into this doctrine of free justifica- doctrine received, what would betion by faith in Christ. This is come of the pope's pardons, their the article the church stands or indulgences, their purgatory, and falls by, Rom. xi. 20.“ Well, be- the like trash? Now, for a round cause of unbelief they were broken sum of money, they can, as they off, and thou standest by faith.” say, absolve men in this life, If this doctrine be kept entire, the from their sins, and deliver out church stands; but if this be left, of purgatory in the life to come. the church falls. When the Jews Bnt were this dactrine of free jusleft this doctrine, they fell. “ If tification understood, these cursed ye believe not that I am he, ye delusions would soon all vanish. shall die in your sins.” All those So that it highly concerns us to persons that do not, by faith, be careful in the study of this cleave entirely to Christ the only blessed doctrine of free justificaMediator, for the remission of tion by faith in Christ. When their sins, and for the justification Peter had made a confession of of their persons, will, no doubt, his faith, Matt. xvi. Christ said die in their sins. This doctrine to him, “ Thou art Peter, and on of justification by faith, is the this rock will I build my church," church's Magna Charta, and so that is, upon the confession he greatly concerns all saints to be made; which we see in verse 16, firmly established in the same. « Thou art Christ, the Son of the When the church of Rome left living God.” Here is the main this doctrine, she became anti- doctrine of the gospel in this conchristian, 2 Thes. ii. 10, “Because fession, and by this it is that the they received not the love of the church of Christ stands. O then truth, that they might be saved." let us all labour to keep close to This truth, by which sinners are this most blessed doctrine of jussaved, here spoken of, is beyond tification by faith in Christ, for all doubt, (to me) justification by it highly concerns us so to do. faith in Christ, as John xiv. 6." I Thus this doctrine of justificaam the truth;" that whosoever tion by free grace, is the saints receives by faith, shall be assu- main defence against the wiles and redly saved, and whosoever rejects artifices of Satan, it is their shield through unbelief, shall undoubt- and buckler.




And is my brother gone,

And has he from us fled ?
Oh, yes, he's from us torn,

And numbered with the dead :
His sighs and groans no more we hear,
Nor yet his feeble voice in prayer.
Sharp was the conflict felt,

'Twixt reigning grace and sin ; The painful hills of guilt

Oft made him groan within : Thus plagued with sins and doubts and fears He was for more than twenty years. Sometimes it was his lot

To find the promise sweet ;
And much he loved the spot,

To set at Jesus' feet:
His precious blood, his conquest won,
Was oft his plea before the throne.
He knew, as taught of God,

The helpless state of man ;
And often blest the Lord,

For that amazing plan, Devised by the eternal Three To save his soul without a fee.

And when at the supper of Christ,
How largely of heaven did they taste.
But oh, in our days, what a change,
How strangely is Jesus forget;
The contrast should make us inquire,
Is Jesus among us or not?
Yet still God the Spirit 's the same,
Oh may he our graces revive!
For primitive love may we pant,
For primitive purity strive.
On us then, dear Saviour, bestow
The Spirit of praise and of prayer ;
Like christians of old may we love,
Like their's be our mutual care.
Thus sinners around us shall flock,
And cry for a share in thy grace;
Our hearts shall run over with joy,
And earth shall resound with thy praise.

G. B.



Why should we thus repine,

And heave the painful breast; To die he proved was gain,

For now his soul's at rest: With joy great God our bosom fill, Then we shall say that all is well,

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Oh may the little few,

Where he a member stood, Prove this sweet promise true,

That this shall work for good. Help them, great God, by faith to say, Thou hast taken him in love away.

Great Wakering. W. WESTHORP.




When first the good Spirit was sent,
With graces and gifts from above,
What unction attended the word,
What liberty, pleasure and love!
How dear the communion of saints,
How sweet was each common repast;

I. " I went down into the garden of nuts, to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.-CHAP. vi. ll. O Israel,

Child of the valley, where No tongue can tell,

What's thy afflicted state,

Sequestered from

The presence of thy mate : Whose doom was just,

For casting off my fear, And me so soon,

Hence thy rejectings were.

Oh, let thy stately neck bear up,

Thy head, advance it higher ; Now all thy yokes are burst and burnt,

Put on thy best attire.

Admit my easy yoke, and think

Thyself a freeman there; Chained to my laws, my saints and me,

Thy neck receives no scar.


Thine eyes are like the fish-pools in Heshbon, by the gate af Bath-rabbim."CHAP, vii. 4.

Water thy plants, Jerusalem,

Salvation 's at the door; Unseal thy latent fountains, weep

Till thou canst weep no more.

Thou 'st been to me,

Garden of nuts so hard, So dry, such husks,

Couldst not be opened. Kernel there was,

But none upon it fed : Thy unbelief

Did thy return retard ; And slighting me,

Thy prayer was not heard. At last, I hear,

A rattling of the bones, As if they'd come

Together suddenly.; Thy God will come,

And see how all things lie. Is it a thing

That's real ? Are there groans, And tears, and fruits,

And supplications ? Oh, doth the vine

Flourish ? the grapes abound, And give us hopes ?

Do the pomegranates bud ? Hath God inspired

Their hearts with real good ? Thy God will come,

If these be in thee found, And lead thee forth;

With safety thee surround.

Time was, when as of sense bereft,

Thou couldst not broach a tear; But now the hardened rocks are cleft,

And waters gushing there.

Thine eyes like Heshbon's fish-pools stand,

Within Bath-rabbim's gate, That moistens the adjacent land,

And doth it fruitful make.

I love to see that pierced heart,

That pierced me and mine ; The tears that wash my wounded feet,

To me are drops of wine.

Thou 'st wept enough, now weep no more,

But go rejoicing on;
I'll banish all thy fears and cares,

And bid them all be gone.

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Repentance breaks two hearts at once,

Thy neck, O Sion, is a tower

Of whitest ivory :
No more to bear the pinching yoke

Of force and tyranny.
The irons of upscripture modes,

And men-imposed forms,
No more shall gall thy flesh and soul,

I 'U free thee from those storms. The idols now betake themselves

To clifts of craggy rocks ; Thy God is risen, light is come,

And life's a paradox. Arise and shine : 0 Sion, dress thee,

It is a pleasant day, And I thy God am come to bless thee ;

Send all thy fears away.

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The sinner's heart and mine; Though sin be great, the mercy-seat

Shall cure that heart of thine.


Had I a thousand mouths, a thousand tougues, A throat of brass, and adamantine lungs, I'd sound redeeming love through all the

earth, The love that gave me first and second birth : I'd tell to all creation's utmost space, How great his glory and how rich bis grace ; Till wondering nations should his grace adore, Jehovah Christ, God blest for evermore.

B. B.




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" For there are Three that bear record in heaven the Father, the WORD, and the

Holy Ghost: and these Three are One."-1 John v. 7.
Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.-Jude 3.
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.”—1 Tim. iii. 6.

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to Adam in paradise; Noal preached it while the ark was in building; and

after the law was given from mount A Sermon

Sinai, God was pleased to reveal it to

his prophets,sometimes after one manThe vision of all is become unto you as

ner and sometimes after another. the words of a book that is sealed, which Moses is said to speak to God face to men deliver to one that is learned, saying, face; Samuel heard the word by a Read this, I pray thee; and he saith. I can- voice speaking unto him; and with not, for it is sealed : and the book is deli. rered to him that is not learned, saying, Lord descended upon Elisha.

the mantle of Elijah, the Spirit of the

JereRead this, I pray thee; and he saith, I am not learned.—Isa. xxix. 11, 12.

miah, Zechariah, and others of the

prophets received the word of God God is not man, nor are his ways under shadows and representations. as our ways.

We are changeable, Daniel's commission from heaven was never in one stay; God is the same, delivered by the mouth of the angel yesterday, to day, and for ever; con. Gabriel. The divine goodness was fined to no particular modes or ways declared to Ezekiel by a vision of dry of acting, nor subject to any law but bones raised to life. And the prophet that of his own will. He varies his before us bad his visions which he ways of providence as his wisdom

saw concerniug Judah and Jerusalem directs, all tending to the good of his in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz creatures, And in the revelation of and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. his will to man, though he might vary Sometimes the prophets were to in the method or manner of doing it, denounce the judgments of heaven as he did of old. yet the end and de- against incorrigible sinners ; at other sign was always the same, namely, times they were to speak comfortably, the recovery of fallen man, with a to heal the broken-hearted, and to view to make him happy.

promise a gathering together of the Moses and the prophets, Christ and dispersed of God's people. They his apostles, all centered in that one were also commissioned to give the point, that great and generous act of strongest assurance of farther degrees publishing abroad God's good will to of mercy to the humble and thanka lost world. It was first declared ful, while the ungrateful, they who

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made no improvement of God's good. themselves, to grope their way in ness, were threatened that the mercies the dark uncertain steps of spiritual they enjoyed should be taken from blindness. "The Lord poured out them, and their stony, unrelenting upon then the spirit of deep sleep. hearts made still harder, by drawing and closed their eyes.” And, to over their minds a spirit of slumber. complete their misery, it was no bet

“Stay yourselves and wonder,” ter with their leaders and teachers, says the prophet, a little before my whose eyes God also closed; as is

cry ye out,” says he, “ and expressed in these words—“ The cry; they are drunken, but not with prophets, and your rulers, the seers wine; they stagger, but not with also hath he covered.” They were strong drink; for the Lord bath all alike spiritually blind, learned and poured out upon you the spirit of unlearned. deep sleep, and hath closed your The visions of the prophets (or eges: the prophets and your rulers, what God's servants saw in visions, the seers hath he covered. And- and declared to the people) were like the vision of all is become unto you the words of a book that is sealed, as the words of a book that is sealed, when the vision was told, piz., the which men deliver to

one that is

true spiritual sense and meaning of learned, saying, Read this, I pray it was as much hid from the soul, as

and he saith, I cannot, for it is the contents of a book that is sealed sealed; and the book is delivered to is hid from the


And if a book him that is not learned, saying, Read is sealed, and not to be opened, no this, I pray thee; and he saith, I am man can be the better for it, though not learned.” In these words, as in a it is written in the most accurate, we may see the black, style, with the greatest propriety, the frightful complexion of every uncon- quickest thought, or the strongest verted soul, learned or unlearned. chain of arguments. 1o like man. Like a drunken man, they reel to and ner, though the Scriptures contain fro, between their vices and corrup

all things necessary to salvationtions, and stagger from their God like though they bring tidings of great the drunkard from his cups: destruc- joy-such as the death of Christ, the tion is before them, the pit of heilis shedding his most precious blood, near them, and yet, like the thought- God reconciled, man forgiven, and less drunkard, they apprehend no the Spirit promised in his gifts and danger, but press forward, not know

graces, to sanctify us throughout (in ing where they go.

Stay your soul and body), and to inspire us with selves, therefore, (says the prophet,) such knowledge from above as may and wonder.” As if he had said, guide and conduct us from this to the Stop, ye serious ones, and behold world to come : (I say, though the these men; wonder at their igno. Scriptures are thus filled with good rance, their spiritual ignorance, and news from Heaven, and contain such stand amazed at the depth of their matter of the greatest joy) yet no folly.

man can be the better for those sa. God would have done them good, cred truths, nor his heart at all combut they refused ; they slighted his forted by them, till the seal of a premercy, and thought lightly of his judiced corrupt nature is broken off, loving-kindness (I wish the same and a thorough change made in the charge may not lay against many of whole man “ All old things past away, us). Upon this their offended God and all things become new.' withdrew his favours; he put out the When this is done, the book will candle of their understanding the be easily read; the scripture will be light of his Spirit), and left them to rightly understood; as much of it as is

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