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duty-faith men dare not admit the new cove- 1 ble, that it is, therefore, their duty to be in nant in its own order into their system;-it possession of what God alone can bestow ? would spoil the flesh-pleasing, eloquent, Pe- But does the Apostle allude to the infidel at lagian, part of their oratory. But, my good all? Does he not allude to professors who perTheophilus, be not thou like unto them. vert the truth, and so in reality deny the true
Again: “He that believeth not the Son record, or witness, or testimony (for any one shall not see life, but the wrath of God of these words will answer to the original), abideth on him."
which God hath given of his Son? And this The wrath of God abideth on him! of is the record, or testimony, that God HATH course it does; it came upon all men by their GIVEN, not offered, but hath given to us eterfall in Adam, and he who is not born of God nal life, and this lise is where it can never be is still under that wrath. None can savingly lost, it is in his Son. Now he (as all freebelieve but those ordained to eternal life; is willers do) that denieth the certainty of this it, or was it, their duty to make their Creator life, maketh God a liar. before the foundation of the world ordain Thus, my good Theophilus, you will underthem to eternal life? The lost have no vital stand the Scriptures much better without the relationship to the new covenant, and, there- doctrine of duty-faith than with it, as it is fore, it is neither their duty nor their privi- clear to you that if it be the duty of all men lege savingly to believe. Again; “If I say the savingly to believe in Christ, then the new truth, why do ye not believe me?" Well, my covenant loses its force and meaning. A tesgood Theophilus, we have a very plain answer tament is of force after men are dead, otherto this question—here it is, John x. 26: “Yo wise it is of no force at all while the testator believe not, because ye are not of my sheep;" liveth; but Jesus is risen to carry out every but men infer that it was their duty savingly item of that testament which his death for to believe that is what men infer, but the ever confirmed. And you know this is all Saviour does not say so; his explanation is, our salvation and all our desire. But how ye believe not, because ye are not of my shall those professors escape who neglect this sheep." I am sure you, my good Theophilus, great salvation ? A poor sensible sinner will will prefer the wheat to the chaff, the duty- never fatally neglect this salvation. His lanfaith doctrine is the chaff, the Saviour's ex-guage is, I am poor and sorrowful. Let thy planation is the wheat; and what is the chaff salvation, o God, set me up on high! to the wheat? saith the Lord.
And you know also that the Apostles were " If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die unto God a sweet savour of Christ in them in your sins;" but they believe not, because that are lost, because they have told the they were not of his sheep: nor does the truth concerning them; and in them that are Saviour tell them that they could believe, or saved, because they have told the truth conthat it was their duty to savingly believe. cerving them also; and the truth they have
“And when he is come, he will reprove (con- told concerning each is, that the election hath vince) the world of sin; of sin, because they obtained it, and the rest were blinded; that believe not on me.” Does this mean the sin of the Lord had mercy on whom he would, and unbelief merely? no, certainly not. Take the whom he would he hardened; that all by nawords in their proper connection, you then ture were alike; that it was grace that made get the sense: of sin, because they believe men to differ." Thus were the Apostles unto not in me; of righteousness, because I go to God a sweet savour of Christ by telling out my Father; of judgment, because the prince that truth which wins the election of grace of this world is judged. Now, then, no one to Christ, and conquers and confounds the can rightly, sayingly believe in Christ unless others, and puts it out of their power to overhe be convinced of his state as a sinner before throw the truth or the counsel of God. His God; and as no one does by nature, or can enemies shall be clothed with shame ; but believe savingly in Christ, therefore, in order upon Himself shall his crown flourish. that they may believe in Him, the Holy Spirit “I gave her space to repent." This is the convinces them of sin; of sin, because without repentance of reformation which was her this conviction they do not believe in me, duty; but giving space to repent is one thing, and then being convinced of sin, they then to give repentance itself is another-quite become convinced of the perfection of the another thing. righteousness of Christ; of righteousness, be- “How much sorer punishment!". Yes, cercause I go to my Father; and then they go on tainly, apostate, malicious, persecuting profesto be convinced of the final negative put upon sors, no doubt, treasure up to themselves the Prince of Darkness; but what has this wrath against the day of wrath. It was their beautiful order of the Holy Spirit's work to duty to abstain from that wilful conduct do with the soul-deceiving doctrine of duty- wbich they knew to be wrong. faith ?-Again: “He that believeth not God
A LITTLE ONE. hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son." Theophilus will perceive that I have here
The Scriptures bring home to every rea- run through those Scriptures quoted in a sonable man's bosom a conviction of their piece on page 194 of last month's “VESSEL. truth; and it is the duty of every man to act The writer of that piece signs himself,“ Let's according to the light thus brought to him; have all the truth." As I cannot, in my letbut if some be given up to a reprobate mind, ters to you, take any more notice of him, I and so deny the truth of the Scriptures, does hope some one_signing himself “ Let's have it follow that, because they close their eyes nothing but the Truth" will teach him the way to those convictions of which they are capa- of God more perfectly.
OUR BRITISH BAPTIST CHURCHES.
THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST, that all them whose spirit God had raised
went to the work. I wish to feel, and I hope
some of my dear people feel, a warm.desire THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
to see such beautiful words as those in Isaiah Ixii. 4 fulfilled: “ Thou shalt no more be
termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any THE THIRD OF A SERIES OF LETTERS AD
more be termed Desolate; but thou shalt be DRESSED
AN called Hephzi-bah (My delight is in her), and ANXIOUS ISRAELITE, NOW RESIDING At thy land Beulah : for the Lord delighteth BRIDGE, IN KENT.
in thee, and thy land shall be married.”
Love to Christ in the hearts of his dear peoTHE RESTORATION OF ZION CONSIDERED : ple will indeed constrain them to labour for
SEVEN PRINCIPAL THINGS ESSENTIAL Him. When we get more of this it will be THERETO.
well. The saints of God can sing very earSaturday Evening, July 26.
nestly sometimes, MY DEAR BROTHER ROBERT, - After working as hard as brains and bodily strength
“ Come Holy Spirit, heavenly dove, would admit through another week, I am
With all thy quickening powers; now leaving Euston Square in an express
Come, shed abroad a Saviour's love,
And that shall kindle ours." train, hoping to reach Woodford, in Northamptonshire, this evening, where Sunday- Secondly. Prayer to God for his presence School Anniversary Sermons are to-morrow and blessing to restore the Church to usefulto be preached. This Northamptonshire jour- ness and honour, is essential. When the Lord ney has been a long time in contemplation. said to the people of old, “I will take away The friends there have had a deal of trouble, sickness from the midst of thee," it was in and I have been sorely opposed in going; but connection with their obedience to the voice I must be there, if the good hand of God will of the angel which the Lord would send behold me in safety. I hope there is a some- fore them: “O hear his voice, said God, for my thing to be done that none on earth beside name is in him." Prayer is like that angel. can do, and that thereby the Lord will be True wrestling prayer is of the Lord's giving glorified and the Church made to rejoice. and working; it goes before our deliverances, This is the third consecutive Sabbath I have it goes before our recoveries, it goes before been from home. It is a trial to me and to our usefulness and happiness (if it is not alsome of my friends; but my work in the mi- ways recognised in the experiences and exernistry in London has so long appeared declin- cises of the saints). I mean this : if a good ing, and the calls for me in the country have man shall say to me, “ I had mercies brought been so numerous and urgent, that I have to me before I prayed for them-I had delivery much left the former and cleaved to the verances wrought for me before I called upon latter, although fears, like floods, have threat God for them," — well, that may be; but still ened to drown my faith, and make a wreck I will say, prayer went unto God before of my feelings and all I possess. The Church those mercies and deliverances came to you. in Cnicorn Yard has long hung her harp on In proof of this, hear what our Lord said to the willows. The cloud over my head has Peter, “Simon, Satan hath desired to have gathered thick, and that cloud has darkened thee that he might sist thee like wheat; but Dy mind; the people could not see (in cir- I have-I have in the past tense-prayed for cumstances) where I was, so off they ran, thee, that thy faith fail not.' Oh, this is a lest in the darkness of the night they should mercy that our great High Priest ever liveth lose their way. I could tell you of many to make intercession for us. Still the printhings; but I hold back for the present, ciple holds good. If Zion is to be restored-if not being without a little hope that in some the Church is to prosper-if the ministry is way, and at some time, the Lord may yet to be successful, I will say, in the wholesome lift up my head and set my feet in a more words of Joseph Hart, “ the remedy is before even path.
thee-PRAY.” When the Fall came in, with As I left home this evening my heart was a all its floods of sin, Satan thought he had little stirred within me with a desire to be cut off all intercourse with God, and that the instrument, under God, of once more Adam's fallen family must for ever be driven raising up the walls of our earthly Jerusa- to darkness and eternal death-the Black lenn; and while I thought on these things, a Sea of iniquity covered the land, and the waplan for effecting such a restoration appeared ters of Jordan overflowed all the banks, so io fall into my mind. I will give you the that no sinner could wade through, swim in, outline, it may be useful to some.
or climb over those awful floods; even Christ First, then, there must be deep and holy himself, when He came into the work of desires in the hearts of the people toward suretyship—when He came to stand in the such a restoration. The building of the sinner's stead-He cried out, “Save me, O altar, the making of the ark, and the rearing of God, for the waters are come into my soul!”. the tabernacle, all were done by express Ah think! He not only had the water-floods command from heaven. When the second of the Church's transgression beneath, but temple was to be built, it is said (in Ezra) there were the vials of wrath poured out
from above. Oh, what tremendous words / years in Raunds. An account of the Sabare those ! “Deep calleth unto deep at the bath I spent in Woodford, I will try and give noise of thy water-spouts ; all thy waves you soon. Dear Robert, I am still thy brother, and thy billows are gone over me." Travel
C. W. B. ling in the greatness of his strength, Christ passed through, finished his work, returned to
CONFESSION OF FAITH. glory, and now for all his own He pleads, and doth prevail. Love in the heart, and prayer AS DELIVERED BY MR. BENJAMIN DAVIES, AT
HIS ORDINATION AT LEIGHTON BUZZARD. going up to heaven are two essential works toward restoration. The other five I can
last month a report of one portion only name in this paper.
of the proceedings of the above interesting Thirdly. Unity among those who are on occasion; and promised the following articles the Lord's side. Where this is to be found, 1 of faith 'as delivered by the newly-chosen know not. There are but few Churches, or de- pastor. 22ominations, or even Christian people, that 1st. I believe that the Scriptures of the Old have union one with another. Still there is and New Testament are the word of God, a secret and a vital unity among true be being written by inspiration of the Holy Jievers—it is a unity of faith in the person | Ghost, and that they are the only ground of and cross of Christ as the source and means the Christian faith, and the only rule of his of salvation.
practice. Fourthly. To effect & restoration, we 2nd. I believe that there is but one living must have the diligent, the honest, the per- and true God, that there are three distinct persevering use of all the appointed and of all sons in the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy probable means. Industry in Zion, and the Ghost, who are equal in nature, power, and going forth of earnest labourers, is one of the glory; and that these three are one, one in best features of our times.
essence, one in purpose, one in all the attri. Fiftlily. A willingness to sacrifice time, butes and perfections of Deity. talent, and possessions for Christ's kingdom is 3rd. I believe in the distinci personality and another essential.
Deity of the Holy Ghost, who is not an office Sixthly.. Faith leaning on the promises character which the Father or Son may aswhich predict Zion's prosperity; and
sume, but a distinct person in the Godhead. Lastly. The removal of all stumbling. 4th. I believe that our first parent Adam blocks and hindrances.
stood as the federal head, and representative The day that beholds these things shall see of the whole human family; that when he a restoration in our Churches,
fell into sin, we all fell in him, and have de
rived from him a sinful and depraved nature, Woodford, Northamptonshire.- The train and stand condemned, the guilt of his sin conducted me safely to Ringstead station, being imputed to us. about eight o'clock on the Saturday night. 5th. I believe that all men in a natural There, on the platform, I stood a perfect state are totally unable to recover themselves, stranger: black clouds were in the heavens, or even to perform any spiritual act whatrain was pouring on the earth, and what was ever, neither have they any desire for that before me I could not tell. I passed over the which is spiritually good, but are the willing rail into the road: a boy said, “ Are you go- slaves of Satan. ing to Woodford, sir?" “ Yes," I said. He 6th. I believe that Jehovah did from all had a gig - we mounted; but I was full of eternity choose a people out of the world for fears, for I thought it was a fly-away, and we Himself, without respect to their works, either had such steep hills to descend that I was good or bad, and that this choice of them was rather disposed to walk than ride. We had an act of his own free and sovereign grace. proceeded some distance when a beautiful 7th. I believe that Jesus Christ the eternal shower came down upon us. My little coach- Son of God was set up from all eternity, as man and I crept under the hedge, and the the Mediator of the New Covenant, the covehorse and gig stood in the road. As I had nant head, representative and surety of all no umbrella with me I was well watered; and God's elect. in this way walked to the farmhouse of Mr. 8th. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ Mitchell, where the greatest possible kindness did assume our nature, becoming bone of our was shown me, both by himself and his godly bone, and flesh of our flesh, that He might housekeeper, Miss Ruifell, for which I shall bring us to God. ever feel thankful, I am sure. I was soon in- 9th. I believe that Jesus did really suffer troduced to their minister, Mr. Clements, whom and die as a substitute for the elect, whereby I believe to be a very worthy brother; and He made all that satisfaction for their sins, after some refreshment retired to rest. which the law, and justice of God could re
Woodford is a small town in Northampton- quire, so that justice is satisfied, and the law shire, it stands partly on a lump of pretty little magnified and made honourable. Hills, which gently drop you down into a sweet 10th. I believe that the salvation which was quiet valley, and by looking out of that val- purchased by the death of Christ is special ley you may see Ringstead and Raunds: the and particular (i.e.), that it is only designed latter place is where our brother Abbott is for the elect of God. located, and they say he is the soundest man 11th. I believe that the justification of a in the neighbourhood; but some of those loud sinner in the sight of God is by the righteousextollers soon turn crucifiers. I hope Robertness of Christ imputed to him without any Abbott may spend many happy and usefull righteousness of his own.
12th. I believe that the work of regenera- chapel, and they both went down into the water tion, conversion, sanctification and faith, is together; and Mr. Gooding baptized him in not an act of man's own will or power, but of the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. the righty, efficacious, and irresistible grace After which he walked three miles to get to of God, and is the alone work of the Holy his home in his wet clothes, feeling that Spirit of God without any aid from man, in keeping God's commandments there is although man is sometimes used as an in- great reward. While this was going on there strument by the Lord in the conversion of was a female making preparations to do likeothers.
wise, when several friends, actuated by that 13th. I believe that every true believer will noble principle, viz.“ Let everything te done earnestly desire, and constantly endeavour to decently, and in order," said, “ You had better maintain, a conduct and conversation be wait; propose yourself to the Church; then coming the Gospel, not working for salvation, you will come prepared to change your wet but because he is saved.
things, for she had not previously thought of 14th. I believe that all those who are chosen walking through the ordinance then, although by the Father and redeemed by the Son, shall her mind had been seriously exercised on the be sanctified by the Spirit, and finally perse- subject of Baptism. After duly considering Fere, so that not one of them shall ever perish, the consistency of the advice, she thought it but have everlasting life.
would be more proper to wait, propose her15th. I believe that there will be a resur- self to the Church, and follow her Lord in rection of the dead, both of the just and the due order, which she has done; and very unjust; that the just will rise to the resurrec- shortly we expect she, with some others, will tion of life, and the unjust to the resurrection be baptized. This, I am happy to say, is the of damnation.
way the Lord is blessing the ministry under 16th. I believe that baptism by immersion, our esteemed pastor. The house of God is is an ordinance of God's appointment, to be filled morning and afternoon; and during the administered to all truly-regenerated persons summer months he goes to the adjoining vilnot to regenerate them, but as a sign that the lages and preaches in the open air. These Holy Spirit has already done it.
opportunities are wonderfully made a bless17th. I believe that it is the duty and privi- ing to the poor needy countrymen and wolege of all regenerated persons to be baptized, men. To use their own language, “ They and after baptism to commemorate the death love to hear a finished salvation and in of Jesus, as often as convenient, by partaking through the Lord Jesus Christ, and the work of the ordinance of the Lord's Supper. of the Spirit insisted upon;" without this they
18th. I believe that we have no authority or cannot receive any comfort, only as He is precedent in the word of God for partaking of pleased to take of the things of Christ, and to the ordinance of the Lord's Supper before reveal them unto them, proving their adopbaptism, and that none but baptized believers tion and interest. have a scriptural right to the privilege of There is one remark I wish to make rechurch fellowship
specting the good man, which may prove a
blessing to some of your numerous readers HALESWORTH.
that are placed in the like position as he was
before he burst asunder the bars of so23rd July, 1856.
phistry, and yielded to the dictates of his DEAR MR. EDITOR, Will you be pleased own conscience and to the revealed will of to insert the following interesting circum- God. stance which took place in the Baptist chapel, He has been a consistent member of the on the morning of July 6th ultimo.
Independents for some time past; and feelMr. William Gooding had been baptizing a ing it to be a duty to go and acquaint his mifemale sister, and when he ascended the bap- nister of his feelings on Baptism, went, but tistry, a man who had been witnessing the alas! he came away more perplexed in solemn ceremony broke silence and said, mind. His spiritual adviser told him that " Mr. Gooding, here is water, and what doth Baptism was only a form, and no good could hinder me from being baptized ?” which was result from forms; but he felt it to be a comresponded to by Mr. Gooding: "If thou be- mand, and every tiine he perused the word of lievest, thou mayest.” The good man then God on this point, the more deeply was he said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son concerned : from this motive he went to of God, and that He is the Saviour of poor hear and witness the ordinance; and so per. Einners, which I can testify through his good- suaded was he of the duty, that it became ness and mercy in raising me from the depths imperative upon him to walk in the ways and of sin and woe, and has implanted grace in commandments of God blameless. That thoumy heart, that where sin abounded grace sands who are thus halting between two does much more abound. This change took opinions may go and do likewise, is the desire place about five years ago, during which time and prayer of my mind has been deeply exercised on the Halesworth.
J. POOCK. ordinance of Baptism; and I am fully per
CHESHAM. suaded that it is God's instituted ordinance." Upon this public profession, Mr. Gooding said,
Chesham, June 13. * When would you like to be baptized ? He This town is snugly laid in one of the said, “Now." "Then he withdrew into the Buckinghamshire valleys. The worthy Bapadjoining vestry, took off his coat, waist- tist pastor, John Parsons, who laboured with coat, neckcloth, and slioes, came into the me yesterday at Lee Common Anniversary, kindly took me for the night, and gave me MENDLESHAM GREEN CHAPEL. bed and board. He is one of the few country DEAR BROTHER BANKS,-I beg a corner pastors who for some years has stood, and in your “VESSEL." Four of the Lord's dear continues to stand, in usefulness and much children, three females and one male, after acceptance among his people. At Lee Com- they had stated the nature of the work of mon, yesterday, he gave us a rich discourse God in their souls before the Church of Jeon Stephen and his Martyrdom : “ He, being sus assembling in the above-named place, full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into were, on the Lord's Day morning, July 7, heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus baptized upon a profession of their faith in standing on the right hand of God." A the Lord Jesus. The subject chosen on the powerful testimony in proof of a Divine reve- occasion was, “Why baptizest thou?” (John lation. Stephen saw the heavens opened- i. 25.) We do not believe it essential to Stephen saw the glory of God-Stephen saw salvation; for we are saved by grace. Not the glorified Person of the dear Redeemer. because we consider it meritorious, or ever Facts of this kind are exceedingly cheering merit anything through attending to it. Not to weary pilgrims whose hope is in the that it cleanses persons from sin; for the blood Lord alone. The Church at Lee Common of the covenant alone is sufficient to do this, dwells “ Under the palm-tree of Deborahı, be. and every believer is fully and freely forgiven tween Ramah and Bethel, in mount Ephraim; all sins. the children of Israel come up to her for Therefore, my reasons for baptizing are as judgment;" and she hath called one Joseph follows:Cartwright to be her pastor-her spiritual Because Christ commanded it. (Matt. xxviii. Barak; but she plainly declares that if he 19, 20; Mark xvi. 15, 16.) Because the Lord runs from her council-chamber so much as Jesus left us the example that we should walk he of late hath done, the journey shall not in his step3. (Matt. iii. 13-17; Mark i. 9, 10; be for his honour. I was glad to learn that Luke iii. 21.) Because it is a part of heaven's the Lord has raised up a young Epaphroditus counsel. (Luke vii. 29.) Because it was atfrom the midst of the Chesham church, whose tended to in the Lord's presence and by his occasional labours on the Common have sanction. (John iii. 22, iv. 2.) Because bemade the children glad. At Berkhampstead, lievers formerly considered it à privilege to be an adjoining town, a shut-up Wesleyan cha- baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts pel has recently been re-opened by Mr. James viii. 36-39, x. 46.) Because it answers to a Wells, of the Surrey Tabernacle, on behalf of good conscience toward God. (1 Pet. iii. 21.) a lew friends in the Particular Baptist inte. Because it glorifies God in obeying his posirest; but whether it will prosper remains to tive command. (Rom. xix. 11.) It is a boly be found out in days yet to come. We hope ordinance. (Jas. iv. 17.) It is a part of Christ's to have a happy day at Berkhampstead on preceptive will. (Luke xvii. 4-1.) By attendTuesday, September 16, when the ordination ing to it we acknowledge Christ's kingly office of brother Moores is to take place, if the and authority. (Rom. xiv. 22–25.) Therefore Lord will.
C. W. B. infants possess no right unto it, because it is
only those that are capable to confess sin and PRESTWOOD COMMON.
forsake it that have any right to attend, holdPrestwood Common, near ļligh Wycombe, (Rom. vi. 3, 4; Luke xii. 50.)
ing fellowship with Jesus in his sufferings.
July 31, 1856. On this Common there is a small Baptist sembled together at the Lord's table to re
In the afternoon of the same day, we aschapel. Two-and-twenty years since it was enlarged and re-opened by Mr. James Wells; lievers in the Lord Jesus, with two other sis
ceive into the Church those four baptized beand in it the Truth has been and is preached ters dismissed to us from a sister church. in simplicity and to some good effect.
At the present time the pulpit is supplied by two
The subject chosen to speak from at the time
was, aged men by the name of Wheeler. They
Whom he loved," John xix. 26. The and labourers together in the same glorious God is of a constraining nature (1 Cor. x. 6); are brethren in the flesh and in the Spirit, leading outlines were-the love of God, it
was everlasting. (Jer. iii. 13;) also the love of Gospel. On this day we had anniversary It is also a great love displayed in the gift of sermons, and collections for the good minis- Jesus—"God so loved the world" (John iii.
Mr. Parsons, of Chesham and the 16). It is inconceivable ; for the Apostle prays “ EARTHEN VESSEL", preached. I know it that the Church of Christ may know the was a good time with many.
love of God in power and sweetness. (Eph.
iii. 19.) It is also immutable: “\\'hom Jesus IPSWICH.
loves, He loves to the end.” (John xiii. 1.) On Lord's Day, August 3, seven persons Amidst all our changes and sorrows, He apwere baptized at Bethesda Chapel, Ipswich, pears to relieve, comfort, and bless us at such by Mr. T. Poock, on which occasion he times as these, when our souls are melted preached from Psalm cxix. 72nd verse. The down—when contemplating his personal agogracious Lord fulfilled his sweet promise, nies and sorrow in the garden and upon the his name was poured forth, and the can
Here is friendship without a flaw, didates found that in keeping of his com love without dissimulation. mandments there is great reward. May the Throughout the day the attendance was Lord bring away his dear children from human good; the chapel and the vestry was filled to creeds, to the same obedience of faith and overflowing, and a great number of persons joy of love.
ZUAR. standing outside, listening with great atten