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manding of natural men according to their abilities. Alas! then, our good God can de- MR. J. CORBITT'S MINISTRY. mand nothing good of us, because we are evil. We are unrighteous, therefore he can demand no righteousness at our hands. Our hearts insued by Mr. John Corbiti, of Chelmsford. Thore
(Last month we briefly reviewed a pamphlet are alienated from him; therefore he can remarks have induced him to write the following only demand the service of our outward man! letter.] As if God had lost his right, because we have
DEAR BROTHER BANKS.—I thank for lost our power. There seems to me to be two extremes into address; but there are some things that
the kind spirit you manifested in noticing my which the church is prone to fall in all ages: correction ; and that you may be the better the one is, to say that all men have power informed of the Lord's dealings with me at somehow or other, to believe the gospel, because the obedience of faith is required of all Biggleswade and Manchester, i here give you that hear it; the other, is, to say, that no
an outline. The words in your review which man is under any obligation to obey it in a
I complain of, are, “We rejoice to find that gospel sense, because no man has
011. Bedfordshire brother is more successful
power. The first denies God's decrec, the second, in Essex than he has hitherto been.” This, God's command in the gospel. The one my brother, is not the case. I never, since makes man his own Saviou; and the other the Lord put me into the ministry, was less lays him under no condemnation for despising successful than I am here, as the following and neglecting the salvation that is in Christ. copy from my diary will shew. Now, whether the one or the other is worst,
*On June 26th, 1814, myself, wife, and 1 lenve; but sure I am, if it is bad to deny four others, were formed into a church at the eternal election of grace, it is as bad to Biggleswade," where I continued until De. deny the obligations of men.
cember, 1847. During this time—about three Our inability by nature, according to my years and a half, the chapel was enlarged to views and experience, is no excusc for us: it hold 140 more persons; the congregation inis our sin. **No man can come to me, ex- creased from about 80, to as many as could cept the Father which hath sent me draw crowd into the place-say about 400. The him," said the Saviour to the Jews; but he church gradually increased from 6, to 35, most did not on this account excuse them'; for he of whom stand fast unto this day; so that I on another occasion accused them, saying, was not less successful there. “Ye will not come to me, that ye might
I commenced my ministry at Mancheter have life.” The inability of
a weak believer, the first Lord's-day in January, 1848, with a and the inability of a dead sinner, are widely congregation not exceeding 100 constantly, different. The first God pities, but the and with only 26 members in the church. second he condemns. The difference is well That I labored in the fire there, is true ; but distinguished in these words :
I was not the less successful; for the Lord By nature, prone to ill,
was with me there; and did work mightily Till God's appointed hour,
by me. I was in Oldham Street Chapel only I was as destitute of will,
one year and ten months; and during that As now I am of power.”
time, the congregation was increased so as to Having so said, I conclude my observations bring in a sufficiency to support all claims for the present; but I am sore pressed in the and supply all needs. The church was in. spirit to speak yet again in God's behalf on creased from 26, to 81 members, most of this subject; and it is for you, sir, to deter- whom are an ornament to their profession mine whether I shall send you another paper. unto this day; and never was there more I only wish simply and briefly to shew mine peace and affection manifested in a church opinion, and to leave it in the bands of God.
iban there was in this at that time. They am, dear sir, yours in the Lord Jesus were ready with the sum of £1800 (some bor. Christ,
A BLAST. rowed, and some given), to pay the debt, and Houghton-le-Spring, Feb. 25, 1866.
release Messrs. G., and G. But these gentle.
men refused to let us have it; and sent us a “I love a religion that makes me feel, and legal notice from a lawyer to quit; which we that makes me feel that God, in all his persons, diš, to avoid being ejected therefrom. Thereis precious to my soul-that he is my stay, fore I was not the less successful there. my comfort, and my joy. I love a religion Again, you say, that Mr. James Wells sent that brings me to leave my board and my bed me there. This is not fairly stated; for al. with him--on what I shall live, and on what though Mr. Wells had highly recommended I shall lie—what I shall do, and where I shall me to them, it was without my knowledge; be. love a religion that brings me to believe and I did not consent to go there until the that darkness and light are both alike to him- matter, in much prayerfulness, vias settled be. that although he subjects me to many changes, tween God and my own conscience; and I he knows not the shadow of a turn. I love have no more doubt that the Lord sent me a religion that opens up to my wondering there, than I have that he sent me into this mind the person, dignity, and glory of Father, world; an account of which is given in my Son, and Spirit--that makes them the all in “ Life,” which you printed. I am aware that all of my salvation here and my glorification you have been otherwise informed; but this hereafter. This—this is the religion I desire only is the plain truth. I remain yours faithfor myself and for you."-E. W yard's Pas- fully,
JOHN CORBITT. toral address.
Chelmsford, March 6, 1856.
FRAGMENTS THAT REMAIN, thou seest the love of Jehovah's heart, but
here thou seest the heart of Jehovah's love. BY JOHN BLOOMFIELD,
“Herein is love: not that we loved God, but Baptist Minister,
that he loved us.” Wouldest thou study the SALEM CHAPEL, MEARD'S COURT, 80n0. love of God, in its boundlessness, in its sove
reignty, in its expressions, in its omnipotency, “We preach Christ crucified.”
and in its triumphs ? Study it at Calvary. Tus preachers whom the Lord raised up to Here God manifested his love in the gift of expound the mysteries of grace, and to pro- his Son. Here Christ, the God-Man, maniclaim the gospel of salvation, were taught, and fested his love; for he loved the church, and qualified, and blessed of the Holy Ghost. gave himself for it.
Canst thou say, my None but God can make energetic, faithful bearer, “Who loved me, me! me! and gave and successful ministers of the New Testa- himself for me?” “We preach Christ crucified," ment. What is needed to make ministers as the most sublime development of the love thoroughly in earnest, is the down-coming of the Infinite. power of the Eternal Spirit; the light, the II. As the completion of the Jewish sacri. fire, and the power of the Spirit. The help of ficial system. The Levitical economy was one the Glorifier of Christ will make a man's min- of types and shadows. That dispensation had istry instructive, tranquilising, invigorating and done its work; it had answered its purpose ; and profitable. The apostles were men filled Christ came, and was its glory; the Sun appearwith the Holy Ghost; and they preached, ed, and the stars had to hide themselves. Christ with great power, the gospel of Christ. was the true Priest, the real, the perfect The Person and mediation of Christ was Priest -the Priest after the power of an the burden of their ministry. They preached endless life. He contained in himself his own not the dreams of bewildered minds, nor the fulness; was his own Altar, and his own corruptions of the human heart. They preached Sacrifice. The vail of the temple was rent; the gospel of salvation. The cross of Christ for that dispensation was ended, and its they gloried in.
secrets were to be for ever disclosed. Jesus was Four years ago this day, (the first Lord's- the Antitype of all the sacrifices of the Levitiday in February,) I commenced my ministry cal economy. His Sacrifice, like Aaron's rod, in this place, with these words for my text. which budded, swallowed up all others. He Now I commence the fifth year of my pastor- was Altar, Priest, and Sacrifico, in his own ate over this church with the same words. In Person. Is he thy Priest, my hearer ? Thou preaching Christ crucified, I am making canst not come to God, but through God's orknown God's ordained remedy for our awful dained Priest; thou canst not be saved from maladies. Jeros may stumble at the doctrine the dreadful fires of Jehovah's unending of the cross, or at the foolishness of preaching wrath, but through him. O, my soul ! thou such a subject. There are many under the needest this merciful and compassionate High same influence as the Jews of past days. Priest, who is passed into the heavens. Were Such preaching is contrary to their notions. thy sins, my hearer, laid upon him? Hast thou It is quite against their prejudices. The Per- been cleansed by his atoning blood ? Hast thou sua of Christ, the miracles of Christ, the doc- been clothed in his robe of righteousness? trines of Christ, the sufferings of Christ, &c., If so, how great is thy dignity! and how glothese things are stumbling-blocks to the Jews, rious are thy prospects ! and to all the men of whom the Jews were III. As the foundation of the sinner's hope types.
of an unlosable salvation. The foundation The doctrine of the cross, and its heaven- of a guilty sinner's hope is laid in oaths, ordained ministrations, were foolishness unto promises, and blood. Did I say, unlosthe polite and learned Greeks. They liked able salvation ? Ah! even so; for a sal. something more intellectual, more in har- vation ordained of God cannot be frustrated mony with the philosophy of man. God's by man; a salvation obtained without merit truth is humbling to man's pride. It makes cannot be lost by fault. It can never fail, for man nothing at all : it exalts Christ. It it is of God; it can never be lost, for God hath makes him the Alpha and Omega of our end- purposed it to be an endless salvation. The less salvation. Mr. B. said he preached atonement is the sinner's hope ; it is the Christ crucified,
song of the redeemed in heaven ; it is one of I. As the greatest manifestation of the love the chief glories of the Bible. The atonement of eternal God. In the cross we have the most is great, but the Atoner is greater. In the glorious development of Jehovah's love.- work of Christ, the sin-blighted sinner, the Wouldest thou, my hearer, study the love law-condemned sinner, puts all his trust for of God? Let Calvary be thy school-room salvation and heaven. If thou art trusting in It is there thou wilt find God's temple anything short of this, my fellow.sinner, thou lighted up with the sacrificial fires of Divine wilt surely suffer the worm that dieth not, and love, there thou shalt find God's love com- the fire that is quenchless. ing forth from the depths of its own im
" None but Jesus mensity. What music is that I hear at Cal
Can do helpless sinners good.” Fary! O, it is the music of love ; it is the Evelling tones of eternal mercy; it is infinite IV. As the medium of intercourse with the love expounding itself. The accents of love God of heaven. There are no communicaremove the fear of the soul the fear arising tions from heaven to thy deathless spirit, but from the tempests of Sinai. In many things by Christ the Priest in heaven; and there is
no prayer presented in heaven but in the manifold wisdom, and the gracious purpose rights of his redemption. It is through his and appointment of the Father; the unspeakmediation that we have communion with God; able love, the affectionate heart, and the perfect it is through him God talks mercifully and en obedience and inexpressible sufferings of the couragingly to our souls. It is through him all-precious Jesus; the heart, promise, and our souls speak to the Most High.
grace of the Holy Spirit, who defies all the V. As the substance of the song of the ran- powers of earth and hell to resist, or make it somed in the land of the blessed. In heaven, void. Surely, that cannot be a matter of what harping! what hallelujahs! what sing. trivial moment, in which such agents concur! ing! There the redeemed sing loud, like the Truly, redemption must be precious, when thunder, and sweet, like the harp !" And they nothing that the universe could offer, would sung a new song, saying,—Thou art worthy be accepted as sufficient to accomplish it. to take the book, and to open the seals “The cattle upon a thousand hills" would thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed have bled in vain; the gold of ten thousand us unto God by thy blood.” Shall we sing, my treasures would have been piled up vain. hearers, in heaven-or shall we groan among Blood Divine was its only price; and for the the damned in hell? God grant you may soul's redemption that blood was freely shed. help to swell the music in the regions of On Calvary the ransom was paid to the utmatchless light and glory!
most farthing by the red and sterling gold of Our pastor informed us that 200 had been Emanuel's precious blood; and in the glorious received into fellowship with the church dur- salvation of the renewed malefactor, we see ing his pastorate. My prayer for him and all a pledge of its Divine acceptance. Jehovah faithful ministers, is, that he may go on telling gave Egypt for the ransom of his people of the tale of the cross in all simplicity, Scriptur. öld: "yea, Ethiopia and Sheba for them, be. alness, savor and power.
cause they were precious in his sight, and So prays, one of Mr. Bloomfield's hearers, honorable." But in the redemption of the and a well-wisher of all God's servants. elect vessels of mercy, no mention shall be
made of the gold of Sheba, the topaz of Ethi. REDEMPTION.
opia, or the fine linen of Egypt; the life of
God's only begotten Son alone could redeem BY DAVID WILSON. us from law, justice, and sin. Redemption
from an earthly tyrant's despicable yoke, is “The redemption of the soul is precious.” justly deemed an important event; but the ---Psalm xlix. 8.
salvation of the soul from hell, is a deliverance REDEMPTION is the most glorious work of of infinitely higher importance.
“ What is a God. It is the brightest mirror in which to man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, contemplate the mercy of our covenant God and lose his own soul p” and Father; other gifts are only as mites from Erery era of the world hath its objects to the Divine treasury; but redemption opens applaud, and to cast into the shade the splenall the stores of his infinite grace to his elect did deeds of former generations; but the rein Christ Jesus our Lord.
demption of the soul shines with unfading In redemption God reveals his love in so brilliancy to all generations; and when the marvellous a manner, that it is beyond paral- records of worldly glory shall have utterly lel-beyond thought, and above all blessing perished, redemption will pour upon its suband praise. In redemption, by the blood of jects important, invaluable, and immortal Jesus, all the beautiful varieties of colouring blessings. Having redeemed them from all necessary to render a subject glorious, meet, iniquity, and from every pang to which they as in the rainbow. His Divinity fills the re- were liable through eternity, he brings them newed soul with adoring reverence, and holy to every enjoyment to which they can rise in confidence. His spotless humanity, while it eternal glory: “ Their robes are made white in excites spiritual affection, and encourages the the blood of the Lamb, who has washed them soul to look to God without slavish fear, from their sins in his own blood.” sheds such a dignifying lustre on our very na- The crowns of glory are bestowed on them ture, as renders all honors short of those that by the Redeemer's hand; they are by him come from above, unworthy of the believer's placed on the throne. (Rev. iii. 21). It is at notice or regard. The glorious subject of the the Redeemer's mandate that sorrow and union of the two natures in the One Divine sighing flee away, and the ransomed of the Person, while it strikes expression dumb, af- Lord obtain joy and gladness. From his everfords the most unbounded room for holy me- lasting merits flow their everlasting joys; ditation, and will for ever remain an inex. and heaven is filled with his wonders, and haustible source of admiration and praise, to eternity with his praise. What thinkest thou, all the redeemed of the Lord. And when the O my soul, of thy redemption? Is it so preHoly Ghost is pleased to bring home and ap- cious to thee, as to satisfy all thy wishes? Is ply the blessings of this redemption to the it so precious to thee, that without it the poor awakened sinner's heart, he will join whole universe could not make thee happy? with the Psalmist, and honestly sing, “ The Is it so precious to thee, that thou desirest to redemption of the soul is precious!".
magnify it for ever, and considerest the songs The preciousness of redemption will appear, of eternity the just due of the Redeemer, and if we consider, first, the glorious agents whó that no strains can be found too high to celeare employed about it. 0, wonderful redemp- brate his worth, and the glory of his redeem. tion! in which we see the loving heart, the ling blood? What wondrous love shines in that declaration of the Father—"I will give the precious things of the mountains of myrrh, thee: that thou mayest be my salvation unto and of the hills of frankincense; with the the end of the earth!" Let all that is within precious fruits of Immanuel's land; and with me praise the precious Saviour, who gave him. enjoyment of the good-will of Jesus, whose self a ransom for such a vile sinner as I am! love was so richly shewn in laying down his What would have been my condition, if he precious life for us ; for all these blessings are had not redeemed me? I must have perished comprehended in the redeeming blood of the for ever in hell! But, bless his holy name! Lamb. “O, let the redeemed of the Lord sing he, in his sovereign love, gave himself freely praise; and give thanks to God for his unfor my release; yea, with what alacrity he speakable gift, both now and for ever more." went to the scene where he was to suffer and Amen, and amen.
D. WILBON. redeem! and there he stood, unmoved by all Saffron Walden, Feb., 1856. that came against him. Hell sent forth its
0, PRECIOUS wounds! O, precious blood ! most malignant powers to destroy him. The Which flows with love so free! wrath of God was revealed against him, as our O, precious blood! 0, precious God! Surety, standing in our law-place, and bear- Precious thou art to me! ing all the sins of his elect; yet he failed not,
0, precious cross ! for there I see neither was he dismayed; but he travelled in
My Saviour's precious blood,
Streaming from Jesus' heart to me, the greatness of his strength, till the prey To bring my soul to God. was taken from the mighty, and the lawful 'Tis joy unspeakable, to know captive was completely delivered; when he The worth of sacred blood; cried in triumph-" It is finished !” and in
In ceaseless streams, to feel it flow sweet satisfaction bowed his victorious head,
From thy dear wounds, my God!
Behold, my soul, thy worthless name and gave up the Ghost, to the eternal con
Enrolled in lines abore ! fusion of all the powers of hell, death and sin. See Jesus' heart-piew there a flame
O, ye everlastingly loved, chosen, redeemed, Of never-changing love. quickened and called of the Lord ! let thé This is the sure, the safe retreat, idea, the melting remembrance of redeeming
To which my soul shall flee;
I'll stay my soul on love so great, love accompany you wherever you go, as the
And refuge Lord in thee. animating principle of every duty, and as a My life is sure while Jesus lives; monitor to patience under every trial. Think Nor can I ever die, of it, when you feel your souls becoming lan
While his kind hand so freely gives guid and faint, through the conflicts by the
Such rich, such sweet supply.-J. ALLEN, way. Call it to remembrance, amid the sleep
A BRIEF SKETCH OF less nights of affliction, the bitter reflections of disappointment, and the base requitals of THE LIFE OF CALVIN. the ungrateful. In the enjoyment of the blessings of redemption lies your happiness CALVIN, was pre-eminently great of all the under all circumstances. In its realization by Reformers, second only to him of Wittem. heaven-implanted faith, contentment will bergh, intellectually, perhaps, his equal. At sing in poverty, joy exult in solitude, hope the present day not only are the doctrines of triumph over the grave, and love stretch her Calvin still firmly professedly maintained in bright expanding wings to heaven's eternal France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Engbliss, desirous of joining the happy society land and Scotland, but in the last-mentioned above, who are sweetly singing, Thou art country the form of church government deworthy to take the book, and to open the vised by him still prevails. Calvinism is still, seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast as ever, the determined foe of Sacerdotalism. redeemed us unto God by thy blood out of “Wheresoever the Word of God is sincerely every kindred, and tongue, and people, and preached and heard,” says Calvin, "and the nation; and hast made us unto our God sacraments are administered according to the kings and priests; and we shall reign on the institution of Christ, there, no doubt, is a earth." Redemption will gather all its tro- church of God; since his promise cannot fail, phies from every country under heaven; and that “where two or three are gathered together in the wonderful varieties in the manner of its in his name he is in the midst of them." application, will display the wisdom, the He was born in 1509, of poor parents, at power, and the glory of its Author, for when Noyou, in Picardy, and wasat an early agedistin. God the Holy Ghost opens the eye of faith in guished for his piety, and became the protégé of our souls, he opens up the paths of wisdom a wealthy family, who sent him to the Paris Uni. and goodness before us, and in every step re- versity. While pursuing his studies, he became Feals new and wondrous glories to the mind, imbued with the now doctrines, as they were and in all, the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ called, which were so totally opposed to what is beheld, and we heard him cry," It is fin- would be expected of him as a Romish priest, ished !" All glory to his ever precious name, that he gladly complied with his father's for ever and ever.
desire to turn his attention to the law. With May the Eternal God-Father, Son, and this object he studied successively at Orleans Holy Spirit, be pleased to bless our souls with and Bruges. Divinity, however, occupied his the purifying influences of Christ's precious mind more than law: he read the Scriptures, blood; with the application of the exceeding studied Greek, and at last made an open great and precious promises ; with precious profession of his belief in the doctrines of the faith and its victories; with the sweet enjoy- Reformation. Returning to Paris, he there ment of Christ's precious righteousness; with published his first work, which was a com
mentary upon Seneca's De Clementier, (Paris, , preached the gospel among them in its purity: 1532). His religious sentiments drew upon and after exhorting them all to remember his bim the indignation of both the Parlianient counsels and lead a godly life, this triumphant and the Sorbonne, and obliged him to leave Reformer, contemplating his work as accomParis, and take shelter, first in one place and plished, quietly expired on the 27th of May, afterwards in another, until he finally settled 1564; proclaiming, both by his life and by his for a while at Angouléme: here be found death, the truth contained in his letter to protection with his friend Louis Du Tillet : King Edward the Sixth, wherein he writes here he composed his famous work, called the “ It is a good thing, Sire, to be a king; and “ Institutes of the Christian Religion.” yet I doubt not that you regard it as above all
In 1534, he again returned to Paris, under comparison greater to be a Christian.” the auspices of the Queen of Navarre; but in Chelmondiston.
C. CARPENTER. the same year was obliged to quit, not only that city, but France itself, and retire into
OLD STANZAS. Switzerland: we there find him residing successively at Basle and Geneva. He also made THE LINES POLLOWING HAVE BEEN DISa hurried tour in Italy. At Geneva he was
COVERED AMONG SOME OLD PAPERS. received with open arms by Faret, Viret, and other leaders of the Reformation in Switzer
BOWkD down with guilt and fear, land. The Reformed Religion had been al
My heavy, grouning soul, ready adopted and established by law in
Cannot lay hold on what was spilt, Geneva, and Calvin was appointed preacher To make me whole. and public lecturer in divinity. Anxious, I look too much to self; however, not merely to introduce a change of I see my sins indeed; doctrine, but of murals, he and Viret gave
But cannot find relief, offence to some of the ruling inhabitants, and
By blood I'm freed. were consequently both of them expelled by a
Satan tried hard to daunt; vote of the St nate, on the 23rd of April, 1538.
And hell seemed open tov;
But Jesus cried, Avaunt! In 1641, Calvin and the other exiled minis
And so brought safely throngh. ters were recalled to Genera with universal
What precious blood is that acclamation. Thenceforward he was absolute
Spilt on the cross ! dictator in all matters, whether religious or 'Tis all I want ! civil. In the community over which he was All else is loss. called to preside there prevailed a general licentiousness both of morals and manners, and this he determined to restrain. He was
No merits have I;
To Jesus I fy; resolved that men calling themselves Chris
Myself I abhor; tians should acknowledge, outwardly at least,
I quake at thy law; the obligations of religion. Were it not for
For I see that by it Calvin and that sturdy little republic to which
I'm conuemned to die; he gave laws at the foot of the Alps, where
But by the Spirit
The blood now apply. would the refugees from France and the Ma.
Cleanse my conscience from guilt, rian exiles from our own country, have found
By the blood that was spilt ; shelter and consolation? There religion and
Sprinkle tbis on my soul, literature flourished together in sweet har
And so make me whole. mony: there Besa wrote, and Robert Stephens and his more illustrious son Henry, both wrote
Jesus, I am thine;
Give me grace, and printed accurate editions of the Bible,
And thy Spirit Divine, learned commentaries upon the same, theolo
To take the lowest place. gical treatises and editions of the classics issued from the press. The education of all classes was carefully attended to, and persons
NOTHING am I
Deserving to diein power were taught to regard not merely the
Fit only for hell: temporal, but the moral and spiritual interests
This I know full well. of their dependants. All tbis was brought
But it cannot be ; about, under the Divine blessing, by Calvin,
Those that look to thee, himself a rigid and austere man, unblameable
They cannot perish;
For hast thou not said in morals, inflexible of purpose, of dauntless
Thou wilt erer them cherish, energy and perseverance, although of weak
As their living Head ? health, yet rising by the energy of the soul
Thus am I safe, above the weakness of the body.
For ever and ever; We see that he overturns the party of the
Thou canst not deny thysell; Libertines, lays the foundation of the great
Nol never I never !
S. ness of Geneva, establishes foreign churches, strengthens the martyrs, dictates to the Protestant princes the wisest counsels, negotiates, Zaccheus must come down from the sycaargues, teaches, prays, and with his latest more tree, and that quickly, if he would enterbreath gives utterance to words of power, fortain the Son of God; and so with every poor on his death-bed he summoned together the sinner now, whose salvation is brought nigh, principal authorities of Geneva, in whose pre- he first must come down from every high sence he called God to witness that he had thought and imagination.