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of God, never would they glory, save in Himbe make us free, we shall be free indeed; for alone who is worthy to be praised.

he hath by bimself purged our sins. And now * By himself,” therefore, will mean, not only that he hath purged our sins, he hath sat down. that his oren arm brought salvation unto him, This, as some have observed, is in contrast to but that he was driven by the Spirit into a the Jewish priests, who could not by their wilderness in his death, infinitely worse than offerings reach a resting place; therefore, we the wilderness into which he was driven in his never read of their sitting down, but of their life ; into a wilderness not where there were standing and offering the same offerings of the wild beasts of earth, but the more ferocious law. But our great High Priest is for ever wild beasts of hell. Psalm xxii. 13. None sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on ever so well knew what the powers of darkness high. The right hand will of course mean were, as did the Saviour, by what he suffered. favour, honour, power, glory. And it denotes

Man was originally driven out of Paradise. also, that the Father will do nothing without "He drove out the man from his presence," So him. Here then, we have a great High Priest, it was one part of the curse taken by the Jesus, the Son of God, who is passed into the Saviour. He was driven out from the presence heavens, to appear in the presence of God for of the Lord once in his life, and also in his us. Let us then “hold fast our profession, death. We by sinning are driven out, but he without wavering, for he is faithful that by suffering for our sins. And he thus in his promised.". suffering reached the uttermost of our sinner. But why hast thou forsaken me? Does not ship, and so "he is able to save unto the the 3rd verse of the twenty-second Psalm suguttermost all that come unto God by him.” gest an answer to this? And is not that Then it was that he felt his need of being all answer two-fold ? 1st. “Thou art holy." The that he was, both in holiness and in power. law cannot be laid aside or one jot or one tittle He had been tried all his life, yet not one spot given up, all must be fulfilled ; 'its curse must could be fastened upon him." “ He did no sin, be endured. 2nd. “Thou that inhabitest the neither was guile found in his mouth; yet it praises of Israel.” And these praises we here pleased the Lord to bruise him." He hath see, are to be inhabited by Christ Jesus, by put him under all our griefs. And here it what he has done in giving himself for us. was he exclaimed, "My God, my God, why How solemnly then, and yet how beautifully, hast thou forsaken me?" Do not here over- are things here joined together. The Saviour look the emphasis laid upon filial relation. dies, boliness is established, the people

conse, ship. “My God, my God.”. Is not this to crated, Christ exalted, the people saved, God shew that all the hell of hells, the curse of glorified. Their praises of him and to him, are carses, the agony of agonies, and death of the reflecting of his mercy to them. I deaths, which he was thus enduring, could hope, my good Theophilus, you will forgive not make him disown God, nor cease to love me in making this digression, but who could him. No, these waters could not quench his help making such digression in pastures so love, neither could floods drown it. Whereas fresh, and by springs of water so pure ? a very small portion of such wrath would set Let me then come back to the business in both men and devils blaspheming the God of hand, which is, to shew that some exhortations heaven and earth. Isa. viii. 21. Not only of the Word of God are founded not only upon did the Saviour remain spotless through life, the principles of delineation and of human rebut also through death.

sponsibility, but also upon the profession which The law in charging our sins upon him, people make of the Gospel, an epitome of ministered evil unto

him, but truly he re- which Gospel we have in the above 3rd verso turned good for evil

, truly when the law of of the 1st chapter to the Hebrews. retaliation for our sins came upon him, he was Yet from such a Gospel there was and is, a as a lamb led to the slaughter, and as a sheep constant tendency to deviate and depart; before her shearers be opened not his mouth. which made the Apostle say to some, if ye When the law smote him on the one cheek, he will hear his voice," as though he should say, turned the other also; and if the law sought you profess to be sheep, you profess to follow of him a seamless coat of righteousness, he him as your Shepherd; well then, if you are gave himself to the law in the cloak of his zeal sheep, see to it that you do not do as also. And if the law compelled him to go as the people did in the wilderness, get tired of it were one mile, he went with it as it were the truth, and turn from it. Now, these twain. He honoured it in life and in death; ancient wilderness people had only an outand if the law of him would borrow a good ward observation, mere intellectual knowpame, he turns not away, but magnifies the ledge of God, therefore, they did alway law, and makes it honourable. Its name with erro in their hearts, because they had out him is wrath, it is the ministration of not a right knowledge of the Lord's ways; wrath. But now that it is fulfilled its name though, no doubt, they would have been is love, so that by Christ Jesus, God is in all highly offended if any one had told them so, the qualities of the law loved, and so “the for this order of professors are never wanting righteousness of the law is fulfilled

in us, who in a good opinion of themselves; yet when walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” put to the test, when brought to the law and And if the law was in a sense his adversary, the testimony, will be pretty sure to make and demanded of him the mighty debt we light of that which, with God and rightly owed, then at the cost of his own life, he paid taught men, is everything. the uttermost farthing, so that both himself Let us look at this first in the parable, and those for whom he died, are eternally free. Matt. xxii: The marriage of the king's son. Well then, he is our way out of prison, and it Now mind the persons

who were invited to

runs

this marriage were already the professed sub-Covenant designs! It is the Record of Zion's jects and servants of the king, and therefore, complete salvation! It is a Revelation of that according to their profession, were poor and God who is the Creator of all things—tho needy, and would be delighted with both the Governor of all worlds—the Saviour of all marriage and with the feast, and with the in- truly penitent and sincere praying souls-who vitation thereto. Well, the king just simply is THE HEAD, and THE HUSBAND, of his puts them to the test.' Now, before we go church – JEHOVAI JESUS, the Lord our any farther, just notice two things, namely, Righteousness. the marriage and the feast : here you will see But we live still, in a Bible-despising day. we have the eternal oneness of Christ and the In our Metropolis, large assemblies are church; for it is a life-time marriage, and his gathered together, and men of large minds, life is eternal, and because he lives the are employed to throw contempt upon the church must live also; and here is, as you Sacred Oracles—to endeavour to eclipse the see, amplitude of provision-in a word, here Gospel-and to turn men to infidelity, to is eternal oneness with the Saviour and the scepticism, and to the service of Satan. From fulness of the gospel. Hence the invitation our Metropolis, hundreds of thousands of

All things are ready; come unto the publications are every week sent forth-full marriage."

of carnal, atheistical, and seducing matter. Thus, you see, this invitation is founded | They not only say nothing, or worse than no. not in the free agency of man, nor even that thing, of God's Word; but they tend to draw principle of moral responsibility which all the minds of the people from everything that are under; but is sent to them on the ground is sacred, and essential to their salvation. of the profession they made-they professed In commencing another volume of THE to be the king's servants. Nor is this a EARTIEN VESSEL, therefore, we increasingly general or indiscriminate invitation, but only desire, under God, to make it a medium of to the king's own professed subjects, who conveying BIBLE FACTS — of circulating had already, by virtue of their profession, GOSPEL TRUTH8—of contending for the life, been bidden to the marriage“Call them the power, the existence, the evidences, the that were bidden to the marriage. But they fruits, the fulness, and the almighty, achieve. made light of it, and went their ways; one 'ments of the sovereign, distinguishing, and to his farm, another to his merchandize." soul-saving GRACE of our LORD JESUS They made light of it." What a significant CHRIST. sentence! That the profane should make In a work so solemn as this in an employlight of it we do not wonder; that mere ment so identified with the glory of God, and moralists and freewillers should make light of the good of our fellow-men :-in a labour it we do not wonder ; but that many who where the very delight of our heart is foundprofess to receive, to hold, and to preach may God Almighty himself help and prosper eternal and indissoluble oneness with Christ, us. On our bended knees would we beseech together with the fulness of the gospel, him to aid and give us strength; and in his should, nevertheless, so far make light of it dear and precious name would we intreat the as to contend that men may live and die as readers of THE EARTHEN VESSEL, and the safe and happy without being united to it, as friends of our “common salvation” altogether in being united to it, is a matter of

-to unite and to co-operate with us in giving mystery; it looks like pulling down with one out, and spreading abroad, the words—the inhand what has been set up by the other. corruptible words- which THE FATHER gave Such work is a work not of order, but of con

THE SON; which THE Son gave to his fusion, and God is not the author of con- disciples-and, which, by THE SPIRIT, is still fusion : therefore, my good Theophilus, be made the power of God unto the eternal not thou like unto them; but be thou valiant salvation of all that do IN CHRIST believe. for the truth, that you may never make

Oh, brethren-let us not this year spend our light of oneness with Jesus, nor of the ful- time,'in angry and useless contentions-let us ness of the gospel, that no wife, oxen, or not be fighting with shadows-let us not be merchandize be put in the place of gospel lukewarm observers—but let us be earnest truth; and, indeed, so far from this being the let us be of one heart, of one mind, determined case, you will be drawn to the Saviour by the to know nothing but Jesus CHRIST, and very same truths which are to mere deluded

him crucified. professors repulsive. But I am at the end of

We will commence (and the Lord helping, my letter before I have hardly reached the we will continue) furnishing some of the threshold of my subject, and which subject is richest illustrations of Biblical lore, that a

A LITTLE ONE.

gracious Providence may cast into our lap,

A very humble specimen of the kind of THE BEAUTIES OF THE BIBLE. matter, under this heading, which we wish to

present to our readers, from time to time, is THe whole of the Bible is beautiful in the eyes

the following note of Dr. Gill's, on the and in the hearts of the Lord's people, when,

CITIES OF REFUGE. by his Spirit, it is lighted up--and when, by his power to their souls it is applied. Yea, it “The cities of refuge were a type of Christ; is more than beautiful-it is beyond all ex- the names of these cities were, Kedesh, Shepression grand, essentially good- and divinely chem, Hebron, Bezer, Romath, and Golan; great. It is The Book of all books the very (Joshua xx. 7, 8); and the situation of them best! It is the Register of Heaven's New according to the Jews, was like two rows in a

not

vineyard. Hebron in Judah was over against ' death, whereas those who betake themselves
Bezer in the wilderness; Shechem in Mount to Christ are saved with an everlasting salva-
Ephraim was over against Ramoth in Gilead; : tion. Now fleeing to Christ, implies danger
Kedesh in Mount Naphtali was over against in the persons that flee, as such are in danger,
Golan in Bashan; the names of these several in themselves, of the curse and condemnation
cities agree with Christ; Kedesh signifies of the law, of the wrath of God, and eternal
koly, as Christ is, both as God and man, and death; it supposes a sense of this danger,
is made sanctification to his people ; Shechem which when right comes from the Spirit of
is the shoulder;, and Christ has not only God; it shews guilt of conscience, and a
borne the sins of his people in his own body, consciousness of the insufficiency of other
on the tree, but he bears and carries their refuges, and a knowledge of Christ, as a suit-
persons, and has the government of them on able one; and is expressive of hasto and
his shoulders, where they are safe and secure; hearty desire to be there."
Hebron may be intrepreted fellowship, and
the saints have not only fellowship with THE PASCHAL LAMB:
Christ; but with the Father through him;
Bezer may be rendered a fortified place; The Wonderful Glory of Christ hidden under the

OR,
Christ is a Stronghold, a Tower, a Place of
Defence, whither the righteous run, and are

Ashes of Jewish TypesRepealed in the Gospel safe; Ramoth signifies exaltations; and may

- and demonstrated in the Experience of the

True Saints. ftly be applied to Christ, who is exalted at God's right hand, and who will exalt those Last month, we announced the fact, that that trust in him at due time; Golan may translated manifested; Christ the Son of God Thomas Worden's ancient volume, entitled has been manifest in the flesh, to destroy the

-The Types Unveiled ; or, the Gospel works of the devil; and he will be revealed Picked out of Legal Ceremonies,” had been from heaven in a glorious manner at the last placed in our hands for republication; and day. These cities were known to be such; knowing, as we very painfully do, that good and they were open to all Israelites and pro- gospel, and real experimental books cannot selytes, that killed any person at unawares; be sold in these days, we resolved to reprint and they were open at all times; and the it piece by piece in the regular numbers of way to them was made plain and large; THE EARTHEN VESSEL, every year care was taken to make the way good to remove every hillock, or anything

In our last number, we gave Master Worthat bindered; if there was a river in the den's beautiful Introductory Address; and way, to make a bridge over it; and where now give a small portion of his first chapter. more ways met, to set up pillars with a hand Our readers will find, as we advance further to them, and these words written on it into the work, that it is rich in unfolding refuge, refuge; nor was the road to be less the holy mysteries of eternal truth, and in breadth than thirty-two cubits; and there savory in Spirit. We can truly desire that was always room in these cities; and who- it may be profitable to the souls of thousands. ever fled there was safe ; but those that were found without died; thus Christ is known to The Law was our Schoolmaster, to bring be a Refuge for distressed sinners; and he is

us to Christ. Gal. iii. 24. open to all that come unto him, and at all times; the way of life and salvation by him give you my conceptions of the mystery of

That which I shall do in this piece is, to the ministers of it; who are appointed

to di- grace, which lies hid under the Levitical types

and shadows of the law: I shall first set down rect unto him, and to remove all impediments the types as I find them in order set down in and discouragements from such who are seek- the books of Moses, directing you to the places ing to him; and though so many have been of Scripture, where to find each place for your received and saved by him, still there is room for more, and whoever betake themselves to

better satisfaction. him are safe, but those that are without him die and perish; so Philo the Jew makes the I shall begin with the paschal Lamb, which Divine Word, or Logos, to be the chief and is spoken of in Exod. xii. 2, which was a great most profitable refuge to fly unto, of all the type both to them and all generations since, down six which he takes notice of; and the Jews all along to the

coming of Christ, which have a notion that in the time to come, in was called a passover, because it did preservo the days of the Messiah, three other cities of the Israelites from those several plagues, which refuge will be added. There is in some passed through the land of Egypt; the manner things a difference between Christ and these of it was thus, that because Pharaoh would not cities of refuge; there were six of these, but let the Israelites go to serve the Lord, after he there is no other than Christ; the cities of had nine plagues poured out upon him and refuge were only for such who shed blood ig- his people, the Lord sent bim the tenth plague, Dorantly, but Christ is a Refuge for all sorts which was, "That a destroying angel should of sinners; they were in a kind of exile who pass through the land of Egypt in one night, iled to them, but in Christ is complete and should kill all the first-born, or eldest, both liberty; it was possible that such might die of their children and cattle, which were in in them; but those that are in Christ never every house in Egypt.” Now, that the Israel. die the second death; and at best those who ites which were amongst them might not be fled thither were only saved from a temporal touched with this judgment, the Lord ordered

TYPE I.

them, that every family should kill a lamb the coming ; for these words have relation to his night before, and strike the door posts of their next coming. I will not here undertake to houses with the blood of the lamb, which was determine, whether this appearing here of to be a sign to the Angel, that he was not to Christ be at, or before the general Judgmentkill any one in that house; but that he must day; as to that, I shall refer you to abler pass over that house to the next, where the judgments, who have commented on the thing, blood of the lamb was not sprinkled on the but without doubt, the reason why our Lord, doors. This you may read in Exod. xii. 2, and is by John in that place, set forth so dreadful in verses 22, 23. Besides, there was another to men under the metaphor of a Lamb, is betype in the passover of the lamb, for they were cause the Lamb was a type of his priestly oflice, to eat it; and the manner of it was thus: lst, which includeth the greatest of grace and the lamb was to be without blemish ! and as of love toward mankind that can be. to the manner of eating it, they were to roast Now for the men of the earth, be they rich it with fire. 2nd, they were to eat all the lamb or poor, yet if they shall live or die, abusing at once, they were not to leave any of it re- of, and trampling upon this freely published maining till the morrow, head and legs, with grace, and richly bedewed love: this turns this all the appurtenances, were to be eaten. Exod. grace and rich love, and mercy into the fullest xii. 8, 9, 10. 3rd, the sauce with which they of judgments against men. Read Matt. ii. 21 were to eat the lamb with, was bitter herbs; -24, with chap. xii. 42, and 2 Thess. i. 8, 9. and the bread with which they were to eat it, Thus you see, that tho Lamb in Exod xii. was to be unleavened bread; verse 8, with was a type of Christ. Num. 9. 11. 4th, they were to eat it with their

(To be continued) loins girded. 5th, with their shoes on their feet. 6th, with their staff in their hands. _7th, in haste, for it was the Lord's passover, Exod.

MY HEAVENLY HOME. xii. 11. And lastly, this was to be done by Toouou clouds they gather thick and fast, every particular family; every family was to And pelting storms descend; choose a lamb for its self, unless the family

I have a shelter, 'tis not far, were too few in number, if it were, then the

The house of my dear friend. next family were to join with them, and so

Yes, in endearing words he spake

And welcomed me to come; they were to eat it together. Exod. xii. 4.

Yet but a little time, he says,
CITAP. I.

Before he'll fetch me home, Concerning the Lumb, which was eaten by To live and reign with him on high, the Jews in Egypt the Night before their De

Where entereth not a storm;

No sighing heart, or weeping eye, parture: As also, the manner how the Lamb

Can ever there be known. was eaten by the Jews.

No anxious mind, no treacherous foe, This Lamb typed out Jesus Christ to come, No trouble there can coine; by whom alone salvation is to be had; there- But all is bliss and peacefulness, fore when John the Baptist, who was a fore- With my dear friend at home. runner of Christ, came to rovcal, and to make Well, come then courage let me take, him manifest to the world, he holds Christ The journey is but short;

My life is passing fast away, forth to the people under the metaphor of a

I'm hastening on to court. Lamb, John i. 36, “Behold the Lamb of God.”'

To meet with all the saints above, To this agreeth the words of Paul, 1 Cor. v. 7,

That's track'd tbis spacious earth; when he was pressing the Corinthians to a dis

Loud ballelujahs there to sing. charge of duty, in casting forth the incestuous To him wbo shed his blood. person from among them, which else as leaven,

What must it be to see his face, would leaven the whole church (with guilt at That's brighter than the sun ? least) he grounds his exhortation on this point, And hear him welcome me a place “For Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us ;' Upon his glorious throne. where you see, he gives Christ the very name This thought alone is quite enough, that was given to the Paschal Lamb. So Pe

To lose the sight of earth,

And take the utmost stretch of thought ter in his epistle, when he is a treating about

Up to my home above. the price of man's redemption, 1 Peter i. 18, 19, saith Peter in the 18th verse, “We were not redeemed with silver and gold from our

SPIRITUAL THIRST. conversations, received by traditions from our fathers :" (ver.19,)“ But by the precious blood i thirst to enjoy thee my Jesus, my Lord !

I THIRST for communion, my Saviour, my God! of Christ, as a Lamb slain, without spot or To see thee in glory, and sing of thy love, blemish.” For so it was required of the Jews In that blest abode, the mansion above. in offering of the Paschal Lamb, that it should I long to be with thee, and like thee at home; be a lamb without blemish. Exod. xii. 5. No more in this Meshech of sorrow to roam ; So read Revelation 6. This title of Lamb is But freed from its turmoils, thy honours to sing, given unto Jesus Christ, Rev. vi. 15, 16, 17. And rest 'neath the covert of thy shading wing.

The rich men and the great men, and the In robes of rich glory to walk ’neath thy smile, chief Captain, cried to the hills, fall on us, And chanting the

anthem of praise to the name,

Wbose love everlasting secured me from hell ; and cover us from the presence of the Lamb, Sing aloud, Ålleluia to God and the Lamb ! for the great day of his wrath is come.” What is the reason think you here, that Je. To drop this dull weight,

mortality's clod;

I thirst for the day, my covenant God, sus Christ should be so much dreaded by the Then, rising, arrayed in immortal attire, great men, as well as the poor men at his next To sweep o'er the strings of eternity's lyre. J.G.

MONUMENTAL MEMOIRS OF DEPARTED MINISTERS.

essential points.

THE CONVERSION AND CALL TO THE MINISTRY OF

DR. SPENCER H. CONE, OF NEW YORK. MBET with a solemn and indisputable heart, like the sound of a trumpet-T418 is demonstration of God's grace and salvation YOUR

LAST WARNING! went home to where we may—it is cheering, and always to us, as much as possible from my wife. The day

dinner, endeavouring to conceal my feelings too precious to be confined or covered upin limit- wore heavily away; I was at the Auction. ed spheres. The Baptist Magazine, recently room at the hour; purchased the book that gave some choice extracts from a funeralsermon seemed to be strangely connected with my preached for Dr.Cone. Some of our readers will diately, and read Newton's eventful life

weal or woe; returned to my house imme. find the account which the Doctor has left be- entirely through before retiring to rest. There hind, of his conversion, and call to the ministry, seemed to be some strong points of reprofitable to peruso. We only quote the most

semblance between us: he had been rescued

from the wrath to come! What would be. The Doctor was born in come of me? I found that he read the Bible, Prince-town, New Jersey, April 30, 1785; he and obtained light. I went to bed with the was 71 when called home. In early life, he determination of rising early to imitate his

example, and search the Scriptures. My dear spent seven years as an actor on the stage ; young wife thought I was going mad. Oh and through many scenes of darkness and dis- no! no! I was not mad. He who had comtance from God did he pass. His conversion passion on the poor Gadarene, was now is described in a sermon which he preached bringing me to my right mind in a way that I

knew not. before his own church wherein he says:

“I commenced reading the Scriptures with "In the month of November, 1813, after deep interest, to find how a sinner could be breakfast, I took up the newspaper, and saw saved; and in two months read the Psalms, among other things a large sale of books ad- and different portions of the Old Testament, Fertised at Wood's auction rooms, and said to and the New Testament, I think, more than myself

, I will look in as I go to the office, and twenty times through. The Psalms, John's see what they are. I did so, and the first book Gospel, and the Epistle to the Romans, were I took up was a volume of the Works of John particularly precious. It required great effort Newton. In an instant, my whole life passed to attend to domestic duties and my business before me. I remembered taking that book in the office, for I felt continually that it would out of the College Library, while at Princetown, profit me nothing to gain the whole world, and reading Newton's Life to my mother. His and at last lose my own soul.' I sought out dream of the lost ring, reminded me forcibly of preachers, and heard Mr. Duncan frequently ; my dream of the well, and I felt an ardent de- but could not learn from any of them the way sire to own the book, and read the dream again. of salvation. One evenicg, after the family I left the rooms, having first requested Mr. had all retired, I went up into a vacant garret, Wood, who was a particular friend, to put it and walked backwards and forwards, in great up for sale as soon as he saw me in the evening, agony of mind; I kneeled down; the instance as it was the only work I wanted. He pro- of Hezekiah occurred to me; like him I turned mised to do so, and I immediately went out my face to the wall and cried fomercy. An towards our office, which was nearly opposite ; answer seemed to be vouchsafed in an impres. but I had scarcely reached the middle of the sion, that just as many years as I had passed street, when a voice, like the sound of many in rebellion against God, so many years I waters,' cried to me, THIS 18 YOUR LAST WARN- must now endure, before deliverance could be ING! I trembled like an aspen leaf-I felt granted. I clasped my hands and cried out, myself to be in the grasp of the Almighty, and Yes, dear Lord, a thousand years of such an earthquake could not have increased my anguish as I now feel, if I may only be saved dismay. Sermons heard when only eight years at last. I continued to read, and whenever I old, on the Balm of Gilead, and on the Lamb could steal away unobserved into the garret, of God-the dream-all were painfully present, there I walked the floor, when all around was and I thought my hour of doom had come. hushed in sleep; there I prayed and poured I went to the office, took down the day-book out tears of bitter sorrow. While thus engaged to charge the new advertisements, but my one night, the plan of salvation was revealed hand trembled so that I could not write, and to me in the figure of Noah's Ark. I saw an I put the book in its place. I went out into ungodly race swept away with the flood, but South-street — then walked up and down Noah and his family were saved, for God shut Market-street in the crowd till dinner-time, them in the ark. I felt that, as a sinner, I to drown, if it were possible, my thoughts and was condemned, and justly exposed to infeelings. But all in vain. The sound still mediate and everlasting destruction. I saw rung, not only in my ears, but through my distinctly that in Christ alone I must be saved,

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