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119 Personal Appearance of the Saviour at
120 Remarks on the Theory of “A Blast' 288
Horsham, Sussex, Rehoboth
, Progress of the Baptist
Truth Seeker in Australia
Limpley Stoke, Thirty-four Years Pas-
236 Young Massei and the Old Matron ,171
143, 191 Zion's Decay-her Soliloquy, her Rest,
Southwark, Unicorn Yard, 116, 135, Conformity to the Lord
23 Lines on Death of Mr. Barnham
and Norfolk Association 189 Looking unto Jesus
The Open Communion Church in Ross 283 Old Stanzas
Wooburn Green, Bucks
" I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God anto our fathers; unto which pro. mise, our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to coinc.”-- Acts xxvi. 6, 7. In commencing the twelfth volume of church of God, in the number Twelve THE EAKTIEN VESSEL, (casting away, as used in the Bible. for the present, the editorial “we,”) I I arose at two o'clock in the morning; shall simply endeavour to direct the at- obtained a light; took the Bible and the tention of my readers to some few things Concordance, and to work I went, which the WORD OP God, and the present searching for that hidden treasure, which aspect of affairs in the nations and king- a secret something told me was concealed doms of the earth, present to our view. in the sacred pages of that most precious I feel an exceedingly heavy burden upon book. my spirit in starting-and much diffi- The words of Paul, which I have culty and dryness lays on my mind; still, quoted, at the head of this page, were I hope, after a few struggles, to get most precious to my soul at that time : freely and fully into that wide sea of truth "THE HOPE OF THE PROMISE MADE OF the contemplation of which has, for a GoD UNTO OUR FATHERS, UNTO WHICH number of years, been the richest enjoy- PROMISE, OUR “TWELVE” TRIBES ment my soul has known.
INSTANTLY SERVING GOD DAY AND Sleepless nights and tiresome tossings NIGHT - HOPE TO COME. I searched in the dark hours before the dawn of the diligently for “ THE PROMISE MADE OF morning, are po strange things to me; GoD UNTO OUR FATHERS;” and thought and I cannot but hope, at this very mo- of the twelve TRIBES--the worshipping ment, that in some sense, the words of family of God, and of their position as Elihu have been true in my case, where, expressed by Paul, “ unto which promise speaking of some of the Lord's dealings they HOPE TO COME;" but upon the mewith the children of men, he saith, “ In ditation of these things I could not long slumberings upon the bed, he revealeth, or remain ; for one sentence fastened itself Encorereth the ears of men, and sealeth upon my affections, and appeared like a their instruction." This, I trust, has KEY put into my hands, wherewith some given rise to what I hope to lay before of the treasures of holy knowledge were my readers during the coming year, if it to be opened up, and searched out. The please the Lord to spare my life, and to sentence was this—"CANST TUOU BRING help me in my labors.
FORTH THE TWELVE signs ?” It is CruMonday night, the 17th December, den’s interpretation of Job xxxviii. 32. was a night of great distress in my soul. Our Bible reads " Canst thou bring No sleep could I get. One thought forth Mazzaroth in his season? or, canst amid a thousand painful ones-came to thou guide Arcturus with his sons ?" But, my mind; it was this : “You are about in the margin, the word “ Mazearoth” is to begin the twelfth volume of The rendered, the twelve signs. EARTHEN VESSEL; and there is some- This solemn question was one among thing very remarkable, and some things many which the LORD put to Job, when full of the deepest instruction to the 'he answered him out of the whirlwind
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and it is one that is connected more with knowledge of which Wisdom speaks, the natural, than with the spiritual when sbe saith, " Riches and honor are heavens. I would not, therefore, trifle with me : yea, durable riches and rightewith this word; but, inasmuch as it ousness. Bly fruit is better than gold ; was the handmaid which led me to look and my revenue than choice silver. I for “THE TWELVE SIGNS” in the lead in the way of righteousness, and in Bible, and, inasmuch as I found therein the midst of the paths of judgment ; that I twelve distinct signs of the grace and may cause those that love me to inherit glory of God as developed in the salva. substance; and I will fill their treasures." tion of his people; I would humbly trust In the dust of self-abasement, low at the that the Lord cannot be angry with feet of Mercy's throne, would I entreat me—that his people will not be offended the Lord thus to bless my soul in writwith me; and that I shall not "darken ing; and the souls of all that here may read. counsel by words without knowledge,” if “THE TWELVE signs in the BIBLICAL I attempt to stir up the minds of the peo- HEAVENS." (Of course, I shall confine ple by publishing THE TRUTH as typed myself to those types, signs, and metaout in these sighs, wbich, like so many phors, which are specially of new covebrilliant stars, are set by the Lord the pant offspring : although the others may Spirit, both in the Old and in the New be considered, if the Lord permit). Testaments.
The FIRST sign, is that little typical The times in which our lot is cast bundle of life, “THE TWELVE SONS would seem to demand of us the fullest OF JACOB." * Now the sons of Jacob declaration and dealing out of Divine were twelve." Leah bare him six: Reutruth that lies in our power. The long ben, Simeon, Levi, Judab, Issachar, and and heavy war has brought, and is bring- Zebulun. Rachel bare him two: Joseph ing, distress of nations. Oh, what and Benjamin; and Bilhah bare him poverty ! what misery! what destitution two: Dan and Naphtali. Beside these is to be found, even in our own land! were Gad and Ashur. These patriLarge firms are breaking ; long-standing archs, and heads of the tribes of Israel commercial interests are sinking; pale- are for signs and for wonders. I believe ness and poverty meets us at every trun. the Divine sovereignty in the choice of We see too much, and feel too severely the heirs of promise ; and the great vathese facts, to either question them, or riety of character, office, and spirit, in the say much on them. Things are so; and church of God, are herein to be discovered nothing but the covenant of grace, the of which I must speak under that head. promises of a faithful God, the blessed The SECOND Sign is found in "the gospel, the work and witness of the twelve wells of water." Very soon after Eternal Spirit, nothing short of living poor Israel bad sung their happy song truth in the power and preciousness of it, on the shores of the Red Sea, “Moses can possibly be a balm for all these pain- brought them from thence out into the ful wounds, or a substantial cordial for wilderness of Shur; and they went three our fears. For the most part, too, our days in the wilderness, and found no churches are weak, and our ministers are water. They went on to Marah, wbere in great distress. A form of godliness, there was water, but so bitter they could without the power-a rapid spread of in. not drink. Like unto this, is now the fidelity-and a host of awful' delusions, condition of many a child of God; they these things are the features of our times. have been delivered; they have sung Wherefore, unto every man who hath the their happy anthems of praise and thankstalent and the time; the will and the giving; they have rejoiced in God their way; to every such favored son or ser- Saviour ; but after this, into the wildervant, the Word saith, “Whatsoever thy ness they come. The streams of salvahand findeth to do, do it with all thy tion do not flow; the refreshing draughts might: for there is neither work nor de- of the gospel cannot be found; or, if vice in the grave, whither we are fast there be a ministry, it is bitter, brackish, hastening."
unsound, unsavory, and without profit. Signs are not substances : but the What crying, then, unto the Lord ! signs which God hath given, (if we are, Wbat mournful days are spent! But by THE SPIRIT, led into a spiritual and when the Tree of Life is found, when the special knowledge of them), will furnish power and presence of Christ is enjoyed; our minds with some of that saving the bitters are turned to sweets; and
Elim's shade, and flowing wells, doth ceremonial telescopes we look, low enmake them glad again. This will be the amoured our souls become !
And as second sign to be brought forth, if grace through them we catch a glimpse of God and life be given. I wish it to be under- in Christ-of Christ in the flesh-of stood I am here simply naming the Immanuel in glory-of Jesus coming metaphors; notes and reflections on down to save poor guilty sinners--and them, I must reserve for each succeeding of the Good Shepherd gathering, enfoldmonth.
ing, feeding, and instructing his sheep, The THIRD SIGN is found in Exodus we cannot keep silent; but cry out xxiv. 4—"Moses wrote all the words of “ If such the sweetness of the stream, the Lord; and rose up early in the morn
What must the fountain be!" ing, and builded an altar under the hill, Leviticns xxiv. 5, contains the FIFTH and TWELVE PILLARS, according to srox. “Thou shalt take fine flour, and the twelve tribes of Israel." Here were make TWELVE CAKES ; and thou shalt set twelve pillars for the twelve tribes; shew. them on two rows; six in a row ; UPON ing how eternally complete and all- THE PURE TABLE BEFORE THE LORD. sufficient the mediatorial work of Christ And thou shalt put frankincense upon was for the election of grace — and as each row; that it may be BREAD FOR A these pillars stood between the Mount MEMORIAL ”-[do mark these mighty Sinai and the people ; so doth the glori- sentences : every one is so full of the most ous Mediator stand between the law, glorious Gospel,]—"even an offering (with all its penal threatenings, curses, MADE BY FIRE unto the Lord.” and condemnings), and those the Father The remaining seven signs I can only bath given him; and as Moses sent name; as the space allotted to me is young men of the children of Israel to filled up. The sixth sign is in Joshua offer burnt offerings on this altar stand. iv. 3.,--the TWELVE STONES taken up by ing upon these twelve pillars, so do all Joshua's twelve men, and carried on true believers draw near to God upon the their shoulders before the ark of the ground of that which Christ the Lord Lord. The seventh is in 1 Kings viii. for them bath done. Oh, the sacred 25, “the Molten Sea,” standing apon beauties of the dear Redeemer's work! twelve yoke of ocen. The eighth sign is How great! How full of glory, virtue, Elisha ploughing with TWELVE YOKE OF efficiency, and praise, are all my Saviour's oxen," and he with the twelfth.” 1 acts and doings! Through these glim. Kings xix. 19. mering lights in the Old Dispensation, I The twelve baskets of fragmentssee something of the King in his beauty; "a crown of twelve stars” the twelre and deeply feel, that thrice happy and gates, and at the gates twelve angels”eternally blest is that dear soul, that and “the tree of life, which bare twelve doth this glorious Saviour know. [I manner of fruits," complete the Twelve must go on to read my text.]
Signs-wbich the Spirit of God hath been : The Fourth Sign is transcendantly pleased to use as emblematical of divine delightful. It is the Breast-plate with mysteries ; the interpretation of which the TWELVE PRECIOUS stones contained that same Spirit only can give ; but as therein, of which I must not here say He" deviseth means," I have hoped He one word, -because the whole of the may graciously condescend to use me in type must be fairly and fully considered. some measure for the further edification But we must read Exodus xviii., from of his people; and the circulation of his Verse 15 to 20; and if our minds in holy truth. contemplation should be led, how divinely I humbly hope my brethren and sisters great our joys will be! For ever must in Christ may all be led into a prayerful We praise the Lord, for what I may call
, and holy contemplation of these signs ; the preparatory and the illuminating and not a few valuable papers, I trust, provisions of the Old Testament! By will be written by others, in connection figures so chaste-by metaphors so full with my own; that the 'Twelfth Volume of expression-by signs so unmeasurably of the EARTHEN VESSEL may be filled with significant-the Lord hath condescended records of the inexhaustible fulness, the into let down some faint and feeble dis- describable glories, and the invaluable coveries of the amazing glories of the blessings of the everlasting covenant. upper and the better world : and when, So prays their servant in bonds, by the Light of Life, through these
EPISTLES TO THEOPHILUS. great theme of the first chapter of that Epistle
-and that theme is summed up in one verse :
"Who, being the brightness of his glory, and My good Theophilus, in my last letter to
the express Image of his Person, upholding all you I set before you the two dištinet principles things by the word of his power, when he had of regeneration, and of human, individual re
by himself purged our sins, sat down on the sponsibility, md proposed to go on to shew right hand of the Majesty on high.” some of the delusions and evils arising from 1st. He is a brightness which is sure not substituting the principle of human duty for only to charm and enliven the aged pilgrim, that of regeneration. But before going on but will attract also the eyes of the new-born into such matters, I think it will tend to clear soul. our way if I set before you another principle 2nd. Here is an oneness with the Father, in which many of the invitations, exhortations, which commends the Saviour to a poor, helpexpostulations, and parables of the Word of less, self-despairing sinner. He is almighty God are founded. The principle to which I to save; he is the express, or exact Image of here refer is that of a profession of the name the Father. He is God. of the Lord. He that saith he abideth in him, 3rd. Here is sustentation-"Upholding all ought to walk also as he walked. The Saviour things by the word of his power.' Now, the walked in perfect harmony with the new core. law, in consequence of sin, will break down all nant; and in walking in perfect harmony with things; and this you, my good Theophilus, this covenant, he walked in harmony with all felt when conviction of sin siezed your soul. that was of God; love being the fulfilling of You were shaken to the very centre; the the law, as well as of the gospel.
heavens and the earth seemed to tremble Now, I wish you here to take particular around and under you; you felt that you were notice that the exhortation and parables I am without hope and without God in the world. about to set before you are founded, not in But there is still a nobler word—it is the word the false delusive doctrine that it is the duty of the gospel; and if there be on the one of a dead sinner to come savingly to Christa hand an all things to be broken down, so, on No; but are founded on the profession made the other hand, there is an all things to be by those to whom they are addressed. holden up; an all things made new; an all
Let us begin with Psalm xcv. Here we things to be inherited ; an all things which have those who stood out clear, as the people cannot be moved ; and this all things is by of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. But the warfare accomplished by the Saviour. there were some who professed to be the peo- This word of his power is our strength; that ple of his pasture, and the sheep of his hånd, just as this word stan.is good, so will our hope who seemed to have but very little ear or be sure and stedfast; while, by the power of heart for pastoral or new covenant truth; the Holy Ghost, we shall abound therein. and yet professed to be people of God. Now, 4th. Here is the abolition the putting then, nat, I say, founded on the ground of the away of sin, and that for ever. There is no humanly devised doctrine of its being, the more remembrance of them; for if there were, duty of the dead sinner to come savingly to there would be more sacrifice called for. Christ; no, but on the ground of the profes- Hence, under the Old Testament, there was a sion they made; therefore it is, “ If yo will fresh remembrance of sin every year; but in hear his voice, (that is, his truth-for the one offering here made there is no more remem, truth is his voice), if ye will bear his voice, brance of sin; it is blotted out, forgiven, and harden not your hearts."
forgotten. This one offering carries us without The living new covenant truth of God in a cloud into eternity; constitutes us a morn. the order and vital experience of it, is that ing without clouds; pure even as he is pure; against which the heart of a mere professor, righteous and free, even as he is righteous more than against anything under heaven, is and free; no bigher, stronger or dearer tie hardened. Strong may be their pity for Bar. than this to unite to the blessed God can be rabas-but of the truth their language is found; it will make us perfect in love.
Away with it !" It is, then, to those who 5th. He put away our sins by himself. profess the name of the Lord, that the words Who shall undertake to describe the depth are addressed, “If ye will hear his voice, and awfulness of the solitude into which he harden not
As though it said, went? Truly he was by himself. Of the peoYou profess to be the seed of Abraham; see ple there was none with him, except those who that you are brought experimentally into the were against him. He went to the end of the bond of the same sworn and immutable cove- curse of the law. This is what neither lost nant; see that ye are sealed with the same man nor fallen angels can ever do. Hell it. Spirit of promise as was Isaac; see that ye self is not so far from God in suffering as the prevail with God as did Jacob; that you are Saviour went. He went deeper than hell, brought to the same ladder of eternal truth. he drank the last drop of the cup of penal By these truths Jehovah will, by his own peo-wrath. However far from God we had gone ple, be remembered to all generations. in sinning, he went in suffering; and such is
The apostle Paul, as you are aware, makes, our enmity naturally against God, that if wo in his Epistle to the Hebrews, considerable use had it in our power, we should not spare the of this 95th Psalm; and the apostle is thero Almighty himself; as is beyond all dispute addressing the professing church; and there proved in the awful crime of slaying the were some among them of whom he stood in Prince of life; and we are all virtually guilty. doubt; they seemed not rightly united to the If men did but know what sin is in the sight