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called, the Lord's prayer,) to rehearse the creed upon your brow, you at times feel the effect commencing "I believe in God,” &c; and to of God's frown; and know what it is to be say the following,

filled with your own ways; you cannot be quite “ Little children be so wise,

easy in the world; you cannot face a child of Speak the truth and tell no lies; God; they look upon you with sorrow, to think The liar's portion is to dwell

that you once professed to love the Lord, and For ever in the lake of hell."

now deny him. Your children care not to go And that verse clung to me from my earliest to God's house, because you go not there; you days; and I must attribute my detestation of help them to believe the lie that religion is lying to that verse, which has ever been with all a sham, and so you increase their uncon. me. I come to this conclusion, that a simple cern for their immortal souls, and push them prayer can never damage a child; and it may, on to ruin. by God's blessing, be of great service and be- Devils rejoice together at your sad state, to nefit in checking youthful follies, &c. know they have broken your legs, broken

And am, Mr. Editor, in all Christian sin. your peace, and soon would break your neck cerity, your's faithfully, S. COZENS. if they could. May the Lord stop you, and

bring you to his feet, and let you rove no A WARNING TO BACKSLIDERS, more, If he does not before you are laid upon AND A WORD TO CARELESS HEARERS OF

your dying bed, Oh, what a scene will that

be! What poisonous asps will swarm about THE GOSPEL.

you, and sting you on your dying pillow ! MARY WILLOUGHBY died April 15th. She

What a lesson this should teach us all who was baptized, and became a member of a love the Lord! What need to pray for keepBaptist Church at Maidstone, Kent; but bea ing in his ways—to pray for grace to keep us ing removed in Providence to Wycombe humble, to keep us from sin that it may not Marsh, she joined the church at New Land grieve us,” to keep us from the vanities of the Chapel, Wycombe; and for a few years was

world, and from the deceitfulness of self. an active, useful, member; constant in at: righteousness ! tendance, and was very happy in the ways of

Our excellent brother Miller, of Wycombe the Lord. But, alas! she got into a careless Marsh, officiated at the interment of Mary state, neglected the means; and pained the Willoughby; and delivered a wholesome ad minds of her fellow members ; and though the dress on the occasion. gospel was preached as well near her residence,

ONE THAT WISHES WELL TO Zion. she did not encourage the servants of God REDEMPTION FUND. who preached there by her presence-and no wonder she was a stranger to that joy and peace she formerly possessed. But God in

Geelong, Australia. -Our brother John Banmercy did not let her alone in this dead state, gan McCure bas most generously sent us a draft but sent affliction to teach her and bring

her poo for

FIVE POUNDS towards Redemption

Fund, We tender him our most sincere acknowagain to himself, and by bitter experience she found what the Psalmist says is true; "if ledgements and trust his usefulness and prosmy children forsake my law, and walk not in perity under God, may long continue, and abunmy judgments : if they break my, statutes,

dantly increase. and keep not my commandments, then will í

Lider pool.-Given by Friends in the Chapel, visit their transgressions with the rod, and Prospect-street, Low Hill

, £1 18. 6d. their iniquity with stripes.". She was laid

Manchester.—Collected after sormon by C. W. upon a bed of affliction, and her sufferings B. in Mr E. Samuel's Chapel, Salford, £4 78. 6d.

£94 ls. 10d. were, at times, very great for near seven

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Mrs N. M. years.

But it produced the end intended by her S. Crooloot, Holloway, Lord, and her deep sorrow and grief several Per Mr T. Jones, from Mr Fleeming, have witnessed, when she said, “When in

Wolverhampton, health I would not go to God's house, and A. 8. in stampe now, oh! that I could meet with his people,

Mrs. Atkins join in praising him, and hearing the glorious

D, Town gospel!". Thus the Lord was as good as his

D. H. word in the next verse of the Psalm :

Thomas Lamb “Nevertheless, my lovingkindness will I Thomas Rowland, Coggeshall not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faith. fulness to fail."

Per Mr Richard Channen, He restored comfort to her soul, and she,

Mrs Chappell at last, felt his kind, forgiving love, (though

Mrs Bailey, she could not forgive herself) and 'no doubt E. S. L. 8.

1 she is now with her Lord who bought her Mr Murphy, left in Dover Road, with his precious blood.

Female Friend (given to €. W. B. in Oh! that you, dear reader, may be diligent

pulpit at Brockley,) in the use of tho means for your soul's good,

A Brentford Currier, and you, poor backslider, may this speak

Mr Jobn Pledger, Staines

2 6 to you, for if you really were what you One who beard c. w. B. to profit in once professed to be, you have sinned a very hell

North of England, Pemberton, into your soul, although grace prevents your

“ Minimus" Halstead, sinning your soul to hell. You find no time A Poor Maiden, for God; but you are a stranger to peace; a

E. T. Marylebone blight rests upon you, and with all that smile Mis E. Allen, Ashford,

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Between the Two-sols Giving out of the Law.

[The following is from an ancient volume of John Bunyan's writings, many of whom, we think are but little known by the Churches in this day. We have felt persuaded that' the Lord would render the re-issue of it in Tie EARTHEN Vessel, a blessing to many of His own doar people. With this hopeful, and prayerful persuasion, we here give it. Before reading the following extract from Bunyan, the reader should distinctly examine the nineteenth and the thirty-fourth Chapters of Exodus.-An hour may thus be spent, we trust, much to the edification of the sincere seeker after truth.-ED.]

The law was given twice upon Mount nal ruin if he fulfil not the utmost tittle Sinai, but the appearance of the Lord when thereof: get the believer stands to the law he gave it the second time, was wonderfully under no such consideration, neither is he so different from that of his, when at the first at all to hear or regard it, for he is now rehe delivered it to Israel.

moved from thence to the blessed mountain I. When he gave it the first time, he of Zion, to grace and forgiveness of sins; he caused bis terror and severity to appear be- is now, I say, by faith in the Lord Jesus, fore Moses, to the shaking of his soul and the shrouded under so perfect and blessed a dismaying of Israel : But when he gave it righteousness, that this thundering law of the second time, he caused all his goodness Mount Sinai cannot find the least fault of to pass before Moses, to the comfort of his diminution therein ; but rather approveth conscience and the bowing of his heart. and alloweth thereof either when, or where

II. When he gave it the first time, it was ever it find it. This is called the righteouswith Thundrings and Lightnings, with Black- ness of God, which is by faith in Jesus ness and Darkness, with Flame and Smoke, Christ unto all and upon all them that beand a tearing sound of the Trumpet : but lieve, for there is no difference. when he gave it the second time, itwas with a VI. Wherefore when ever thou who beproclamation of his name to be merciful, gra- lievest in Jesus, doest hear the law in its cious, long-suffering, and abundant in good- thundering and lightning fits, as if it would ness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, burn up heaven and earth ; then say thou, I forgiving iniquity, transgressions, and sins. am freed from this law, these thunderings

Ill. When he gave it the first time, have nothing to do with my soul; nay even Moses was called to go up to receive it this law, while it thus thunders and roareth, through the fire, which made bim exceed it doth both allow and approve of my rightingly fear and quake: but when he went to eousness, I know that Hagar would somereceive it the second time, he was hid in a times be domineering and high, even in clift of the rock.

Sarah's house and against her; but this she IV. From all which I gather, that, is not suffered to do, nay, though Sarah herthough as to the matter of the law, both as self be barren ; wherefore serve it also as to its being given the first time, and the se- Sarah served her, and expel her out of thy cond, it binds the unbeliever under the pains house. My meaning is, when this law with of Eternal Damnation (if he close not with its thunderings doth attempt to lay hold on Christ by Faith). Yet as to the manner of thy conscience, shut it out with a promise of its giving at these two times, I think the first grace; cry, the Inn is took up already, the doth more principally intend its force as a Lord Jesus is here entertained, and here is Covenant of works, not at all respecting the no room for the law. Indeed, if it be conLord Jesus ; but this second time not (at tent with being my reformer, and so lovingly least in the manner of its being given) res- leave off to judge me, I will be content, it pecting such a Covenant, but rather as a rule, shall be in my sight, I will also delight or directing to those who already are found therein ; but otherwise, I being now made in the clift of the rock, Christ; for the saint upright without it, and that too with that himself, though he be without law to God, righteousness, which this law speaks well of as it is considered the first or old Covenant, and approveth ; I may not, will not, cannot, yet even he is not without law to bim as con- dare not, make it my Saviour and judge, nor sidered under grace, nor without law to God, suffer it to set up its government in my conbut under the law to Christ.

science; for by so doing, I fall from Grace, V. Though therefore it be sad with the and Christ Jesus doth profit me nothing. unbeliever, because he only and wholly VII. Thus, therefore, the soul that is standeth under the law, as it is given in fire, married to Him that is raised up from the in smoke, in blackness, and darkness, and dead, both may and ought to deal with this thunder; all which threaten him with Eter- law of God; yea, it doth greatly dishonour

VOL. XIV.-No. 159.


its Lord and refuse its gospel privileges, if it such an idea ? I think not: I believe he at any time otberwise doth, whatever it seeth was, as to bis manhood, a perfectly sinless or feels.

The law hath power over the wife natural man, just as Adam was before the so long as her husband' liveth, but if her fall, (Rom. v. 14.; Heb. is, 14,) and that he husband be dead she is freed from that law, rose again, a perfectly sinless man.

When so that she is no adulteress though she be I say perfectly a natural man, I mean that married to another man. Indeed so long be was perfectly human when he rose from as thou art alive to sin and to thy righteous- the dead; it is true flesh and bones only are ness which is of the law, so long thou hast mentioned, but then the reason for this is them for thy husband and they must reign both simple and clear (Luke xxiv.) when he over thee: but when once they become dead appeared suddenly in the midst of the disciunto thee, as they most certainly will, when ples, they were affrighted, and supposed they thou closest with the Lord Jesus Christ; bad seen a spirit; but he said, "behold my then, I say, thy former husbands have no hands and my feet: that it is I, myself, for a more to meddle with thee, thou art freed spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me from their law. Suppose a woman be cast have.” Now, to have said a spirit bath not into prison for a debt of hundreds of pounds, flesh and bones and blood, as se see me have, if after this she marry! yea, though while would, we at once see, bave been improper; she is joined to her husband, her debt is all because you cannot with propriety say, a become his ; yea, and the law which arrested spirit hath not blood, as ye see me have: he and imprisoned this woman, now freely tells mentions, therefore, only the visible substance her, go; she is freed, saith Paul, from that, and outlines of the body, and thus spake (as and so saith the law of this land.

he always did do) as the occasion required. The sum then of what hath been said is The blood is the life, and he took up the this, the Christian hath now nothing to do life that he laid down. Here he very materiwith the Law, as it thunderetb and burneth ally differed from us : we shall not rise by on Sinai, or as it bindeth the conscience to the self-same life that died, because our natowrath and the displeasure of God for Sin; ral life is vitiated, corrupt, and must see corfor from it thus appearing, it is freed by faith ruption; but he “whom God raised from the in Christ. Yet it is to have regard thereto, edad,” saw no corruption, therefore he needs and it is to count it holy, just and good nothing new to raise him from the dead: for which that it may do, it is always whenever bis natural life never was corrupted: "bis life it seeth or regards it, to remember that he was pure without a spot, and all bis nature wbo giveth it to us is merciful, gracious, clean.” But we need something new to raise long-suffering and abundant in goodness and us from the dead, and something new, by truth, &c.

which we shall be raised from the dead. He

is the resurrection and the life, but he him. DID THE SAVIOUR TAKE UP thus show that while “ by man came death, by

self could rise from the dead as he was, and THE SAME LIFE AS HE LAID DOWN? man came also the resurrection from the

dead.” So I understand it, that just as Adam Dear MR. EDITOR-Among the many

was when he sinned, or rather before be opinions relating to the Person of the sinned, just such was the manhood of Christ Saviour, there are some very curious ones,

wben he rose from the dead: for the children and it is upon one of these curious opinions being partakers of flesh and blood, he likewise I will, with your kind permission, make just he might destroy him that had the power of a remark or two.

The curious opinion to which I allude is, death, that is the Devil. that when the Saviour rose from the dead, i, Well, then, he certainly rose the same as flesh and bones, but not blood, rose from the he died, a partaker of flesh and blood, for it dead. What end this sentiment aims at I was with our nature that he was to conquer know not, or where the authority for such a sin, death, and Satan. Is it then likely he sentiment is I know not, or by what circum- would rise without one of the essentials to stance, or by what process of reasoning such perfect manhood? For myself, I have not a sentiment is sought to be established, I so learned Christ. I believe his manhood know not; all I can say is that such a senti, was precisely the same in his resurrection as ment is contrary to my own opinion, and I in his death: if it were not so, how could should think it is a sentiment contrary to the the purpose be answered ? Look at it; he Scriptures, and consequently contrary to fact took flesh and blood to conquer and put away and to truth. The Saviour laid down his sin and death, and to destroy the power of life, but does it therefore follow that every Satan, but if death retained an essential part drop of blood of his sacred body must be of his manhood, where, then, would be the shed? Is there any proof that all his blood completeness of the victory? We are very literally was shed ? does the piercing of his differently situated. Our victory is not by hands, his feet and his side necessarily convey anything we naturally possess, for our victory

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is the gift of God, and is, by what the EPISTLES TO THEOPHILUS. Saviour hath done for us, and this victory for us, is realized by us, by the faith of the operation of God the Holy Ghost; but the Saviour's victory was his own personal My good Theophilus, I will now procced with achievement, and so the same person who a few more remarks upon the resurrection of conquered all our sins in death, conquered the body. I will notice how the body is to be also and triumphed over death! so that he raised up, the state to which it is to be raised, dieth no more, death hath no more dominion the prospect for which it will be fitted, togeover him.

ther with the desirableness of this ultimate And thus it appears that until he entirely

state of things. finished his sojourn on earth, he remained in body will be raised as it appears to me,

How, then, will the body be raised up ? The the (sinless) likeness of men; and that as a in a way that will require every perfecpartaker of flesh and blood, had conquered ; tion; every attribute of the Most High and as perfect man, as partaker of flesh and God, and as the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ blood, he ranged, after his resurrection, over is to raise the dead, will not this great event the battle-field, and sees with perfect satisfac- be a full demonstration of his Godhead, and tion, everything he had done. And had he to the confirming of every one of his friends, to live his life, and die his death over again, and confusion of his foes? not one thing would he alter; all the time The living are to be changed, and the dead he staid on earth with us, up to the day of to be raised in a moment, in the twinkling of his ascension, he was, like us, a partaker of an eye. Here, then, must be Omniscience ; flesh and blood. But what the kind of be one'atom unknown to him that raised the

that is, infinite knowledge, for if there could change of state his manhood underwent in dead, he then could not know that the resurits ascension to heaven, we shall better un rection is complete : something may be gaderstand when we come into the light of thered up which ought not to be gathered up, perfect day; it was by the perfection of his or something left to be consumed with the atonement that he entered heaven: by his earth, which ought not to be consumed. The own blood, that is, by his death, by the all- Messiah will indeed then demonstrate that sufficiency thereof, he entered into the holy he knoweth all things. This infinity of knowof holies, to appear in the presence of God, ledge is one of the seals of our security, and it

is a seal that standeth sure. The Lord knoweth not against us, but for us.

them that are his. And though the wounds in his feet, and hands, and side, were, after his resurrection, rection, for it is only where he is, that the

Omnipresence is also essential to the resurstill visible, yet there appeared nothing in dead can be quickened, but the dead as well other respects different from his general ap- as the living will be found in the four quarters pearance before his death, for even the dis . of the globe; and they are to be raised not as ciples going to Emmaus would have known they were called by God, one by one, or one at him from his appearance, were it not that one time and another at another time, for their eyes were holden that they should not they are to be all raised at the same time, know him.

even at the selfsame moment. But above all, let us be careful how we

Omnipotence : for what but Almighty power speak of this wonderful Person, for he is could raise, in a moment, the dust into immorgreatly to be feared in the assembly of the and at the same time lift them from earth to

tality of a number which no man can number, saints, and to be bad in reverence by all heaven, even to the heaven of heaven's most them that are round about him.

glorious height, that they may not have a I have, Mr. Editor, made these few re- lower heaven than the Saviour himself, but marks by request, and singular as may be that where he is, they may be also. the notion of the Saviour when he rose from Eternity: for the resurrection is for eterthe dead having no blood in his body, yet nity, and that eternity to the saints maintained it is a notion which involves more considera- by the Person, and by the Priesthood, of the tion than I have here space to dwell on.

I Saviour. therefore conclude that the Saviour took up

Holiness, to assimilate them to himself, and the self-same life which he had laid down; present them holy, and without blame, before that his flesh and blood were not corrupt

him in love. flesh and blood; for of corrupt flesh and would raise us up into joy unspeakable and

Love : for what but great love could or blood, the Apostle says that it cannot inherit full of glory ? and this glory follows in accorthe kingdom of God. He, therefore, will dance with the work of redemption. "change our vile body, that it may be Skilfulness; he guides them now by the skil. fashioned like unto his glorious body.” fulness of his hand, and feeds them according

CAMON. to the integrity of his heart: but what will be

the skilfulness needed to so construct the

body that it shall, without fault or flaw, draw"Our accountability to God was so great, back or hindrance, go rejoicing on to all eterthat none but the Almighty shoulders of Jesus nity? Christ could bear the burden.'—James Wells.

Thus shall the Saviour appear in his omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, eter- by any delight the body has in the service of nity, holiness, love, and skilfulness ; when God, that you are enabled so to do, for now every empire, every province, every city, every it is merely a natural body; but then it will town, every village, every house within the be a spiritual body.

wide, wide world” shall be broken up; not Fifth, it is to be not an earthly body, but a one stone shall be left upon another. Land- heavenly body; as superior in all its powers slips, volcanoes, and earthquakes, are but to Adam in an earthly paradise, as is the symptoms of the approaching event of glorified body of the Saviour to the heavenly nature's final groan. Old Father Time must paradise. Here, then, will be complete pergive up the ghost. There are already some sonal conformity to Christ: for " we shall be signs of his nearing the autumn of his age; like him," and "see him as he is:” and for the days (peradventure) of affliction which all the nearest and dearest natural ties and now keep the nations in darkness, will soon be affections will be substituted heavenly ties, shortened, and then comes a more extensive and pure, perfect, infallible, immortal affecspread of the gospel of the grace of God, and tions; for we are to be perfect in love, and we a great barvest of souls ingathered to Christ. shall know each other there by remembrance, Then cometh the end, and that end will be much as two persons brought to know the sudden, it will be in a moment. The earth truth, recollect each other while each was in will stay her course, and yield up her living a state of nature, but then this part of their and her dead.

knowledge does not much interest them, for How these things can be, can be explained they have the same union of soul to those only by the will and ability of him who says whom they did not know in a state of nature, it shall be so, and as the universe came into as to those they did know in a state of nature; being at his word, it, shall pass away at his but this part, as I have said, of their know. word.

ledge does not much interest them: it is their But look, most excellent Theophilus, not only knowledge of, and oneness in the truth, that at the glory of the Saviour's mighty power in supremely interests them. And so it will be raising the dead in a moment, but look also in heaven, their perfect knowledge of each at the five-fold contrast given to us by the other with whom they sojourned on earth, Apostle in this 15th of Corinthians.

will not much interest them; it will be their It is sown in corruption; it is raised in in. then present state and prospects which will corruption. Incorruption! what does this supremely unite and interest them: and, mean ? First, it means freedom from disease; therefore, the feasible fables of wires and husand secondly, freedom from all liability to bands, parents and children, making a part of disease or death. This, then, I will call sub- the delight in heaven, have no place in the stitution the first.

Bible ! for if you carry this notion into eternity, Second, honor for dishonor. Sin is our cor

most terrible consequences must follow : ruption and our dishonour ; and so the body namely, that if the presence of one who was sinks under the weight of its own dishonour :

an earthly relative gives delight, then the abbut it is raised in glory; fitted for nearer ap

sence of others must create distress; therefore, proach to God than perhaps the highest angel every human tie must perish. can ever reach : for Jesus passed by the nature

I am aware that in thus speaking I am of angels, and took upon him the seed of robbing the effeminate ladies - man kind of Abraham, and so shall the body be for ever preacher of a very essential element to his buoyant, bold, glorious, happy, and bright as

pathos, an essential element to his charity, the morning star.

and sometimes an essential element to a good Third, power for weakness. It is sown in collection; and nature, as these soft-tongued weakness, it is raised in power, all its Godlike prophets well known, is much easier affected powers will be mighty in oneness with the soul by its own fables, than by the facts of the to range in the boundless pleasures and de- gospel. lights of God and the Lamb; no time lost

But, my good Theophilus, be not thou like in sleep; no clogging from sameness: everlast- unto them; for in God's truth you must know ing good tidings meeting and following them nothing but the truth, and for the truth sake, everywhere; no loss to regret; no foe to fear;

let who may oppose, whether it be wife, husno sin to startle the conscience, to burden, or band, child, parent, or any other relative, you, to distress; no accusing devil; no frowning I say, for the truth sake, must take up your world; no false brethren; no clouds to obscure daily cross, and “know no man after the the vision of a smiling God.

flesb." Fourth, spiritual for natural. It is to be Thus then, you see, though some things in raised a spiritual body, not etherial, but it is this order of things seem hard to flesh and to be substantial, or it would not be a body. blood; yet, there is enough of glory to more The body then is not to be turned into a spirit, than make up all the sacrifice, which nature but yet the body is to be spiritual; that is has to make all tears for ever wiped that the sights, scents, sounds and touches of away. the heavenly world will in perfection be recog- Prospect. But look for a moment at the nised and enjoyed by the body; whereas, in passport with whicb, on the resurrection our present state, the body, in its various morning, you will set out for your endless senses, is only fitted for this world: though, round of pleasures, mixed up with none but my good Theophilus, you are enabled, upon the those whom you in perfection love-God and whole, to "present your body a living sacri- the Lamb, angels and saints. How good and fice, holy and acceptable to God," yet it is not pleasant it will be to dwell in that divine

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