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ness of this truth. We may call it the holy tongue; and sure I am that the same will be spoken in heaven; for, although it be said, if there be tongues, tongues shall cease; that is, the jargon and confusion of tongues shall cease at the destruction of Babel and Babel-builders, yet the pure language, the holy tongue, and the words which the Holy Ghost teacheth, shall never cease. This language shall be spoken in Paradise, or else how shall we sing hallelujahs, and salvation to God and the Lamb for ever and ever? or how shall we awake in the great day? and how shall our tongues awake, which are our glory? (Psalm lvii. 7, 8,) and of which we glory above all the creatures that God hath made in this world. When we receive the end of our faith, we shall admire the end of our conversation also; and, with Paul in the third heaven, not only hear things which are not possible for a man to utter, (2 Cor. xii. 4.) but be able to utter them; for it will be both possible and lawful to utter them when we get into that country; for, although their purity greatly exceeds ours, yet ours is the only dialect of that mother tongue. “He that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him,” and “ a wise son maketh a glad father ;” and I hope I shall have joy of thee. But . there are such things as false conceptions and false brethren; and sure I am that the father of a fool hath no joy; for a fool is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him. But neither à
faithful ambassador, nor the incorruptible seed of divine truth, nor Zion's prolific womb, can ever be the origin or fountain of such monstrous productions; witness Judas, who sprung up under the ministry of the everlasting Father himself, and who got upon the knees of gospel Zion, even among her first offspring, and had part of the inheritance among the brethren, and part of the double honour due to her most renowned sons.
He was an apostle and purse-bearer to the King of kings; he had gifts of prayer, preaching, working miracles, and casting out devils, but no grace: “ he took part of this ministry with us,” saith Pe. ter, “but from this he by transgression fell,” as all will whose hearts are not established with grace. For strong men shall utterly fall; but he that hath life and a gift shall have more abundance; whilst he that hath not life, but merely a gift, it shall be taken away from him, even that which he hath. “ If the Prince (of peace) give a gift to a (bond) servant, it shall be his to the year of jubilee,” or as long as the fleshly joy of his natural affections lasts; but, when he gets under the legal lashes of law and conscience, cursing him for his hypocrisy; it shall then return to the Prince, as the talent of Judas did to Christ, and from Christ to Matthias; but, if the Prince of Peace give a gift to one of his sons, it shall be his to enjoy, and shall be his inheritance for evermore; for such shall have more abundance; (Ezek. xlvii. 16, 17;) more
abundant life, more grace, more strength, more light, and the abundance of peace, so long as the moon endures.
· I thank God, with all my heart, that another brand is plucked from the fire; one more olive. berry left upon the uppermost bough; one more cluster with a blessing in it; one more ear of corn in the valley of Rephaim, as the first-fruits of God's creatures, even first-fruits unto God and the Lainb. I bless God, thou art among the children that God hath given to our Zion since we lost the other, (I mean the mixt multitude that fell a lusting, Numb. xi. 4;) these seem to be whispering in our ears the place is too strait for us, make room for us that we may dwell;' and my answer is, « Come in, thou blessed of the Lord, why standest thou without?” The oxen and the fatlings are killed, and all things are ready; come ye to the marriage. “Wisdom cries, and understanding puts forth her voice; she hath furnished her table, and bid her guests; Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.” May the Lord of lords satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones; that thou mayest be as a watered garden, and as springs of water whose waters fail not; this is the hearty prayer and carnest desire of, Dear Son,
Thine affectionate Father in the faith
W. H. S. S.
In addition to these two letters (which I pray God may be attended with his blessing) I have but a few more particulars before I conclude. You say, “I ceased to read the scriptures for four months.” There is something in my own experience corresponding with this. When I lived at Penrith, I found a wish spring up in my heart to have a bible, and from a child I can trace a de. sire to know the scriptures;) upon which I went to a bookseller's and purchased one: but no soover did I open it than I felt such dreadful sensations come upon me, and such a prejudice spring up in my mind against it, that I closed the book imme. diately, and took it back again to the bookseller, and exchanged it for its value in writing-paper; and from that time I never more looked at a bible until this text was revealed and applied to me;“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance;" which was after I came to London, as related in my letter. O how does Satan hate the word! and no wonder, it being the sword which the Lord Jesus Christ uses to cast him out of the hearts of his people, Isai. xxvï. 1. But, when the set time comes to favour Zion, all the devils in hell cannot any longer keep it from us You then observe, “I have disputed for the doctrines of election and predestination as truths, when I had no hope or expectation of being interested in them.” I have also defended and in. sisted upon particular doctrines as true, and could not bear to hear any one speak against them,
though at the same time they appeared against me; and have quarrelled with them in my own heart, though I could not suffer others openly to oppose them; which shews that there was a firm faith in God's truth, and a love to it at the bottom, otherwise we never should have contended so for it; “ Let them hear, and say, It is truth,” Isai. xliii. 9. Again you say, “ If I read your letter right, I have said something that I could not believe, and you wish to know what it is.” You did not understand my meaning; that part of my letter to which you allude was worded thus; “ If you found unbelief work, tell me what it was that you could not believe?” When the Lord was pleased to teach you out of his law, you found yourself shut up in unbelief; and when here I wanted to know what it was that you could not believe: and it was this; you could not believe in the love of God' to you. You found the fullest assurance of faith in the truth of God, in his threatenings, his justice, holiness, and unchangeableness; but, while he was teaching you out of the law, you could not believe that you had any part or lot in his grace, mercy, favour, good-will, and love towards you in Christ Jesus.
You go on; “ For these three years past my comforts have been upon the decline.” It is a pity but they had all been taken away long ago, for you have had them too long, longer than is usual in the household of faith. I believe it is a