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The Great Power of the Pulpit.


For a long time have I been afflicted and could I find. I gave up the search-beg. I grieved in spirit through the death and could not-steal I dared not, but what to do deadness which appeared to cover the I certainly did not know. churches, and to darken the minds of even I went, and sat down in total darkness. I the most lively of the Lord's people, among had power to give myself up to the Lord to do whom I have moved. No tongue could ever with me just as seemed him good. A little tell the inward pangs of my soul when I have Jonah-like feeling came to my mind—" yet attempted to plead with the LORD for his WILL I LOOK AGAIN.". I had scarcely blessing on the preached word, while, time cast a glance toward the holy temple, when, after time, I have witnessed the coldness, if ever Ezekiel's words were true in me, they the dreariness, and the divided condition of were then ; for surely, “I heard THE MAN the people. Oh! I have thought I would speaking to me out of the house, and the Man plead and pray incessantly; and ofttimes STOOD BY ME.” (Ezekiel xliii. 6). And what I have felt a craving to get to the mercy- do you think He said ? He spoke with all seat ; for there I have many times found, that softness and silence-with all that cerI could speak as I could speak in no other tainty, and tenderness which so surely belongs place, or to no other person. But, frequent- to Him when speaking to his own poor ly, of late, my prayers have been so unlike sheep in the wilderness. He spoke with Jacob's, that even here I have been as though such holy anointing, influence, that, in a momy very heart would break : for it was as ment all my despairing darkness and deadthough I could not cease labouring to “ take ness was gone ; and I had the earnest that hold of his strength—" but then he would he would help me. These were his words (I not come near enough for my faith and fer- did not read them-I did not simply recolvent cries to embrace Him; and 80 often lect them. No, no, I say, He spake them to times, I have sunk down under the fear that me: they were the precious life-giving words either I never did know the LORD-or, that of his own dear mouth. He said, in me, he was so angry with me, as that do what I and to me)—" AND I, if I BE LIFTED UP would, he would not be reconciled. Oh! FROM THE EARTH, WILL draw all unto me." how painful this is! I have almost feared- I am not certain that he said (from the from the continued course of inward con- eartb) but I am certain he said " AND I, ficts, and heavy outward trials, that I if I be lifted up, will draw all unto me.” I should be left as an out-cast ; as a desolate ran back again to my study-I opened the Wanderer, as one that should never see the book-I found the words in John xii. 32. King in his beauty," nor enter into that land " And I if I bo lifted up from the earth will that seems, to us poor tempted souls, so very draw all men unto me." "It was nearly cha

pel time. I had a long way to go; but imme“ You that love the Lord indeed diately the blessed Spirit appeared to open

Tell me is it thus with you ?” them to my mind; as though he said-conI bad endured a great fight of aflictions sider the words, one whole week: I had passed through a I. The glorious Person— “AND I." hard and unfruitful Sabbath : I had entered II. The Proposition—"If I be lifted up upon the duties of another week ; and in from the earth. visiting the sick, and attending to my many III. The precious Promiso_“I will draw labors, I was favoured with no smiles from all men unto me." heaven, no cheering prospects, no pleasant

IV. The Proofs—If we are maạifestly and Dearness, no freedom nowhere. Tuesday experimentally His, then we are drawn by evening was approaching. I must preach his own power unto himself. again; or try at it; but, oh, the total empti- I never stopped to thank him for this ness of my poor soul, never can I declare. I precious deliverance--ungrateful creature I went to my study, I fell on my knees, I am--but off I went, and thoughts rolled in looked in my Bible, I turned to the Concor- so sweetly. Oh, when the Master comes, dance-I opened some volumes of good brethren, how sweet it is !-how holy, and men's writings, I looked, I tried to read how good! but all was death, and a desolate wilderness In setting out with my work, I said, how everywhere. If I could -I think I should, much my mind had been tossed about as to have stolen a text, or a train of thought, or what remedy the Lord would use in order to even a sermon, from any one. I was hun- build up Zion. I had thought of prayer gry-I was needy-I was expected to go and many things; but I could see that we up and feed the people : yet not one crumb might be left to build upon means, and to VOL. XIII.-No. 154.

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loan upon forms; and so come short of the grain; but as respects its generative and blessing. Prayer meetings, and special seasons fruit-bearing properties, it is of no real value for supplication, are good; they are Cbrist- unless it fall into the ground and die ; but, like, and have frequently been wonderfully if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." honoured, -but, if we set up even prayer

Who in the heaven, or on the earth, is to meetings as our remedy, and have not in them be compared unto the Son Of God,—the a single eye to the glory of Christ,-a living Saviour of the body-the Great High Priest faith in the covenant purposes and promises of our profession, of whom God the Father of God, and a loving and humble laying of said, “ Mine Elect, in whom my soul deour souls in the hands of the eternal Spirit, lighteth?". Of whom the Spouse says, " My beour prayer meetings will not bring the bles- loved white and ruddy; the chiefest among sing. No, plain as could be, the Lord seemed ten thousand; yea, he is altogether lovely;" of to say to me,

“Let a man honestly and affec- whom the great Apostle said, “ Yea, doubtless tionately – faithfully and experimentally, lift and I count all things but loss for the excel up my name, my power, my blood, my righ- lency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my teousness, my truth, my promises, and my

Lord.' “For of him, and through him, and kingdom; and if thereby sinners are not to him, are all things, to whom be glory for drawn to me; not simply to the means and to ever. Amen." men, but drawn to mo; and, if saints are not Nevertheless, great and glorious as Christ thereby drawn to me, it is a proof that God is, and ever must be, had he not, like the has a controversy with that place, or with corn of wheat, have fallen into the ground, that people, -it is like the miry places' and died, be had brought forth no fruit in spoken of in Ezek. xlvii. 11, and the the way of redemption, regeneration, and marishes thereof; they shall not be healed; restoration. I bad almost said, be would they shall be given to salt.'”

have had his love to himself, his offices to I never was more powerfully persuaded of bimself, his glory to himself

, his kingdom to anything in my life, than I was that night in himself, for no ransomed, no justifed, no that pulpit, that if Christ be preached, in the saved sinners could have ever sung light, love, and liberty of the Spirit, if God him that loved us and washed us," &c., if he does not bless that preaching, the place is a had not fallen into the ground and died. miry and a marshy place, and there is nothing But, under heaven, nor out of heaven, that will " His cross a sure foundation laid do it any good. It is given to salt, to perish For glory and renown." and to die, or to stand like Lot's wife, as a Away pride, ambition, creature comforts, pillar, expressive of God's power to punish earthly honors, and church advantages too, trangressors, and I fear there are not a few if I have not Christ! Let me say, with all churches and chapels who stand in this very the powers of my soul, “God forbid that I plight.

should glory, sace in the cross of our Lord I have a hope that if I can gather up a Jesus Christ.”. This precious corn of wheat few of the thoughts which that evening did fall into the ground indeed; and there flowed through my mind, they may be help- it died ; and so sure shall it bring forth ful to some of my brethren, and the Lord fruit. Oh, yes ! Jesus can never fail; the may bless them to some of his dear saints commercial glory of America may fail, and who in the valleys, and in the deserts, have her million merchants become beggars, the their lodging-place.

great Glasgow bankers may break, and beFirst, then, think of the glorious Person, come paupers ; England's immense revennes " AND I." That is a pretty and a very may decline, and Britain's boasted strength powerful “ And.” “ And I." In connection come to nought; but, “ blessed be the Lord with these words the Saviour is represented our Rock, he lives, he reigos," and all for in a four-lold point of view, all exhibiting whom he died shall rise and live for ever the certainty of his mediatorial conquests. and ever. The certainty of his mediatorial The Bible is full, very blessedly and com. conquest is here declared; therefore he says, prehensively full of those immensely precious “ And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I positives concerning the eternal certainty of will draw all men unto me. Christ's victories, -and the certainty of his How beautiful, to my mind, are the words most glorious conquests and rewards. "Ple of good old Caryl, on this great figure of shall see of the travail of his soul and be sa- the corn of wheat! He suys, “Death is a tisfied."

dying to live; we die from a life, and we In the 12th of John, see the four wonderful die to a life, even unto a life which is better revelations of his greatness.

First, in the than that from wbich we die; as Christ arcorn of wheat. Verily, verily, I say unto gués concerning his death—“Except a corn you, exeept a corn of wheat fall into the of wheat fall into the ground and die, it ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, abideth alone, but if it die it brings forth it bringeth forth much fruit." What on fruit." A man dies, as a corn dies, which earth is more valuable than the corn of dies so as to spring out into a blade, and wheat? It is a pure, a powerful, a precious' then to bring forth the ear, and at last the

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full corn in the ear. Indeed, if a man were is a stone upon the cave's mouth-and no one to die, and then rot, and never rise more, ever expects to see him rise again, until this were terrible; but to die only to live, the resurrection morning. How correctly and to die from a miserable life, that he does this lay out the condition of all the may live a joyful life; to die as a grain of chosen! Sin has sunk them down into the wbeat dies, to grow up in greater beauty cave; they are sick; they are dead; they are than he bad, yea, in a glory that he never corrupt; and the curse of the law, and the had,” this fact surely disarms death (to the powers of darkness, like the grave clothes, believer) of all terror.

and the stone, seem to defie all hope of being As a pure and precious corn of wheat, saved. But LOVE comes to the grave, and CHRIST, from God the Father's hand, was says, “ Take away the stone." Love lifts its dropped into this earth, that he might die eyes to heaven. Love brings forth the dead, instead of his people, and that in dying he corrupt corpse into a living man; and the might give life, beauty, grace, glory, and same power which raises, delivers :-“ Loose eternal happiness unto all them the Father him, and let them him go !" and the SAVIOURgave unto him.

JESUS and the saved Lazarus came to Bethany, The second expression of Christ's media- and there they made them a supper, and, see torial power in that chapter, is bis raising ye, how distinctly the Holy Spirit speaks. Lazarus from the dead. The Almighty He says, “ Lazarus was one of them that sat power of Christ, and the perfect work of at the table with Jesus." Here is Love's Christ, is there displayed. He said, “ La- complete and certain conquest. Love comes sarus come forth !" If you read the eleventh to the grave, rolls away the stone, prevails chapter of John carefully through, you will with heaven, raises the dead, removes away find-(the Holy Spirit enlightening your corruption, takes off the grave-clothes, brings mind) -& most delightful chain of events, the risen one home to supper, and crowns figuring out the condition of God's elect in him with everlasting glory. Well, indeed, ruin, and the methods of grace in rescuing might Jesus say, “ And I, if I be lifted up, them therefrom. Mark you, it is expressly will draw all men unto me.” said of Lazarus-that Jesus loved him; “he I fear I am filling up too much space, but whom thou lovest is sick.” “Jesus loved the third expression of the Redeemer's MediaMartha, and her sister, and Lazarus." Ah, torial conquest is seen in his riding into Jeit is Love that sets all the mediatorial springs rusalem. of the dear Redeemer's heart in motion. “ When they heard that Jesus was comLove set its eye on the elect seed from all ing into Jerusalem, much people took eternity. Love was the key which unlocked branches of palm trees, and went forth to the door of the everlasting covenant, and meet him, and cried, Hosanna ! blessed is there Love wrote down all their names the King of Israel, that cometh in the name in the BOOK OF LIFE! Then Love gave of the Lord. And Jesus, when he had them all over into the heart and hands of the found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is glorious MEDIATOR. There Love received written, “ Fear not, daughter of Sion; bethem; had all the guilt and misery of their hold, THY KING cometh," go.

6 These sins transferred unto another, and another's things understood not his disciples at the righteousness imputed unto them; and there first.” " the purpose and the grace" of an ever- What was there, then, in these things ? loving heart, secured to them eternal life ; and This appearance of Zion's King was full of because LOVE could swear by no greater- holy mystery. This is like one of the anHe sware by himself-being willing, most cient pomegranates ; the more you can unabundantly willing, to sbew unto the heirs of fold it, the richer you shall find it to be. promise, the immutability of his counsel; But there is one thought wbich filled my Therefore, because the new covenant is one mind with much pleasure. The Jews held undeviating development, display, and dis- it as a good sign, that if a man took palmpensation of everlasting love, and because branches in his hand, he was sure of victory.

He that is our God, is The God of salva- These palm-branches were expressive of the tion- that is, the God of the Salvation-Cove many and the mighty conquests and victories nant, therefore, it is said, “God Is Love !" Jesus would bring unto his people. These

Now love, in the lowest degree of it among palm-branches preached this one most ex, men has its peculiar properties; as, for in- pressive sermon — that many things would stance, it acts sovereignly-it will love this, overcome the Lord's people for a time; but and it will not, cannot love that. Jacob will through their gracious Master's power they love Rachel, but he will not love Leah; CHRIST should overcome them all. There are five will love Peter, but he cannot love Judas; cardinal antagonistic and adverse powers and so it is all through. Love is a sovereign, which have, at different times, overcome and it will labour and suffer, and bleed and the spouse of Christ; and to a very large die, to serve the object of its desire. Love extent these “five kings" are reigning brings Jesus to Lazarus. But then he is now in their several dominions; and most dead-be is in a cave-he stinketh-there painfully do they oppress the church of

God. I have been grievously afflicted by and frivolous ; implying that objections made them all; and I see many of the Lord's at other times are strong and powerful. chosen ones still in their furnaces ; neither Well, now, Mr. Editor, if your reader will am I altogether free from them now; nor just turn to the September number of the hardly expect to be until I see and inherit a VESSEL for 1855, page 207, he will there find better kingdom, live in a holier house, walk my reply to a piece previously sent to the

Vessel by the said Mr. Row, of Little Granson bigber places, keep better company, wear den; and my reply has never yet been rebetter clothing, and more clearly see the futed; and while the Bible remains what it King in his beauty, than is at present my is, never can be. I have there met nearly lot. These five powers are, Satan, Sin, every point contained in his piece in this Death, the World, and Antichrist in every November number. Let the reader, then, shape and of every size.

just lurn to the September number of 1855, I find it impossible to clear myself of the to the piece headed, “ A Reply to Mr. Row first branch of this discourse in this paper ; of Little Gransden," and signed “ Napbtali. there yet remains to be noticed “the voice Let the reader turn to this piece, and see if from heaven;" shewing Christ to be « The he can gainsay ought therein contained.

I will come to Mr. Row's text and his inGlorified One of Heaven." "I have both terpretation, again just reminding the reader glorified thy name, and will glorify it that, as in my reply to Mr. Row more than again.” This completed the consideration of two years since I have there met nearly every his person. Then there is that most im- point in his present piece, I shall notice only portant proposition, “if," "if I be lifted up such parts in his present communication from the earth." Herein lays the essential which my former reply has not taken up. power of the pulpit, and the secret source of Mr. Row's text, if I may so call it, is all real success in the gospel ministry. The Judges x. 16—" His soul was grieved for the many things implied in that "if,” as appli- misery of Israel.”. The main texture of Mr. cable to the preaching of the gospel, 1 Row's piece is made up of gratuitous assumpdefer giving now, as also the promise, tion, self.contradiction, and error. “I will draw all (my friends, the Persie the soul of Christ pre-existed; and as to the

Of gratuitous assumption; he assuines that version reads it) unto me;" and the proofs pooofs he (Mr. Row) gives, they are every one that we are among the drawn ones. I most brought to nought in my former reply to him. solemnly promise to finish this in January, Self-contradiction, for he says the language if I am spared, and the Lord will permit. of the 8th of Proverbs is too low for his divinity, Forgive the length of these remarks. God but is very suitable for his complex person. help us all, in a right way, to lift up the Here is the self-contradiction. First, it is too Saviour. I wish I could do nothing else, low for abstraet divinity, yet suited to his either as editor or preacher. Brethren, complex Person. Divinity cannot be set up sisters, and friends in Christ, readers and from everlasting ; yet his complex Person, patrons of the EARTHEN Vessel, pray for God and Man in one Person, can be set up me. Nearly fourteen years have í labored from everlasting; which amounts to this, in this work. My trials are only known to Divinity by itself cannot be set up; but ada Him who has upheld, and still supports,

a buman soul to Divinity, then it can be

done : and so the conclusion is that God car. Your willing servant in the gospel, not be set up. God can be set up. My friend, CHARLES WATERS BANKS,

let me tell you, as I told you in my former 2, Eldon-place, Upper Grange-road, reply to you, that the speaker in the 8th of Nov. 13, 1857,

Proverbs is not a man, but a woman. Do not forget this, then, that the speaker in the 8th

of Proverbs is a woman. As to who this PRE-EXISTERIAN ERRORS,

woman is, I have shewn my opinion in my REPLY TO MR. ROW, OP LITTLE GRANSDEN. former reply to you.

So much, then, for the gratuitous assump

tion and self-contradiction. Now for the DEAR MR. EDITOR. - I see Mr. Row, of error. I do not here mean the error of the Little Gransden, has thrown some wild pre-existence of Christ's human soul, but gourds into the November number of the other errors, arising out of and connected with VESSEL. After two years' repose he is as this doctrine. fresh at his old pre-existerian trade as ever; First, That (Mr. Row says) Christ's soul and he assumes that the soul of Christ pre was the holiest of all,—but if the souls of his existed; he assumes this with as much confi- people are to be made perfect, and be as per: dence as though it was a revealed and an es- fect as the Holy Spirit by the Saviour's blood tablished Bible truth, that the soul of Christ can make them, will they not be pure, even did, pre-exist; and he reiterates assertions as he is pure, and righteous, even as he is which have been refuted a thousand times righteous They are to be like him, and see twice told. But Mr. Row (page 250, Nov. him as he is. number) says, that the objections sometimes Secondly, “ It was (says Mr. Row) the head made to the ancient existence of the soul of of holiness to all his mystio members." Well, Christ are so frivolous and weak that he has if so, what became of this fulness when he no wish to answer them. Well, objeo- omptied himself, as pre-existerinnism saya ke tions that are made only sometimes are weak did? The Bible says he humbled biraself,


but the Bible nowhere says he emptied him. “Grieve not the holy Spirit of God.” Now, self. This doctrine of emptying himself is an as these terms are applied to God, let us see elegance created by pre-existerians for their in what sense it is Scriptural and reasonable own convenience. I should like to see good to understand them when so applied. men empty themselves of such a piece of non- Mr. Row suggests that some take these

terms when applied to God to denote certain Thirdly, This pre-existerian doctrine, mak, outward dealinçs of God with men; for mying the human soul of Christ to be the head self, while I reject Mr. Row's interpretation, of all things to the church, gives hereby to I do not fall in altogether with the one he the church, a mero human fulness, and would suggests as adopted by others; not but they make the life, the sanctification, and justifica. have, to all intents and purposes, as the word tion of the church, to be merely human; of truth shews, a reference to his outward whereas Christ is in his Godhead, as well dealings with men, either for judgment or for as by his manhood, the life of the church mercy. 1 John v. 9. And this same John says,-- The words grieve and repent when applied "Little children, keep yourselves from idols." to the Lord have under different circumstances And this fabled pre-existing error is one of opposite meanings ; in the one case, it indithe idols from which I would ever wish to cates his displeasure, as when it is said, " It stand aloof,

repented Jehovah (for so is the original) that Sanctification is by God the Father; it is he had made man and grieved him at his by Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit. heart.”. Is it then proper or even reverent to "Feed the church of God, which he hath say that it was not Jehovah but a human soul purchased with his own blood.” “ And this that repented and was grieved at his heart ? is the name wherewith he shall be called - Is it not better to take the words as meaning Jehovah our righteousness.” And God hath the deep and solemn displeasure with which he said, “I will dwell in them and walk in bore with the wickedness of men; and the them.” And we are partakers of the Divine consequence of this displeasure was that he naturomwe have the Spirit of God, the love destroyed man from off the face of the earth. of God, the life of God, and the glory of God, And that when it is said, “Grieve not the and all by Christ Jesus.

Holy Spirit of God," does it not mean that Now to the text:" His soul was grieved anything contrary to his testimonies and pufor the misery of Israel." Now, wo are as rity is displeasing to him, and grievous in sured by Mr. Row that God could not be his eyes. This I take to be the solemn meangrieved; therefore when it is said his soul ing. Was grieved, we are not, on pain of Mr. Row's * And they put away the strange gods and disapprobation, to believe that the soul of served Jehovah and his soul was grieved for God means God himself; indeed we are not the misery of Israel.” Does not his soul being to believe it means God at all; he has nothing grieved carry with it a similar idea only of the to do with it; but he created a soul-when, opposite kind; as, “And grieved him at his nobody knows; and this mysterious soul was heart.”. His soul was grieved for the misery grieved for the miseries of Israel. God had of Israel. Here I think it means the depth nothing to do with it; so when it says, “Je and reality of the pity he had for Israel when hovah repented that he had made man, and they cried unto him. His soul therefore will it grieved him at his heart," we are not to mean himself. And so when he is said to repent, believe it, but must believe that it was not it indicates his decision for his truth, for when Jehovah at all, but a soul that he had created; men did evil, he repented of the good he had and when it says " Grieve not the Holy Spirit promised, and whon men turned from their of God, we must not believe such a thing to evil ways, he repented of the evil he had be possible; or we must believe that when the threatened; in each case changing his position apostle says the Holy Spirit, he does not mean but in both abiding by his word. I have not what he says, but that he means not the Holy space to enlarge, but a hint to the wise is Spirit of God at all; he has nothing to do with enough. it; but that it means the human soul of His soul then I say will mean in the em. Christ. Now, courteous reader, if you be phatic sense, himself. Where would Mr. not prepared to go thus far, then you cannot Row with his imaginary pro.existing soul lead honestly side with Mr. Bow's interpretation us to ? It will not at all bear the test of truth. of the text.

Just look at it; here the great God speaks of Well, then, let us set ourselves down at the himself after this form of speech; we are to feet of the Word of Eternal Truth, and let us believe that he does not mean himself, and so listen to its sound, and labor to get the sense when (Jer. xxxii. 41) Jehovah saith “ Yea, I and meaning thereof; not taking the word will rejoice over them to do them good, and in a sense, on the one hand, which would will plant them in this land assuredly, with carry in it an impossibility or absurdity; nor, my whole heart and with my whole soul," we are on the other hand, creat doctrines unknown not to believe that this means that God him. to the Bible, just to help ourselves out of a self rejoices to do his people good; but we are difficulty, and at the same time fall into error to take Mr, Row's word for it that it means and delusion.

that a human soul only can rejoice and so Now, that the great God can repent, and be Jehovah is to be set aside, and a human fable grieved, in the same sense and manner that put into his place, for what is this doctrine of mortal man can, we cannot for a moment ad- pre-existence, at the best, but a human device, mit; but as the terms repent and grioved are and I do think that men who hold such a applied to God, even to God abstractedly,- doctrine ought not to trouble the churches

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