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truth,) in reply to the anxiety on the subject | idols, will I cleanse you, saith the Lord. We of Infant Baptism, wherein Mr. Philpot re- are washed from sin by the blood of Christ, moved the scruples and comforted the mind and sanctified by the washing of regeneration; of his poor, weak brother, and plucked the feet but what is it that cleanseth us from all our of his fellow-prisoner out of the net of con- idols? what is it that removes all these from fusion, wherein Satan had been permitted to the heart and affections? I answer, this is entangle him. Also, the works of that Prince done by the Spirit of burning, and the spirit of Divines, Dr. Thomas Goodwin ; the im- of burning is the the spirit of love. 2 Tim. mortal Calvin, Luther, Dr. Owen, the learned i. 7. The Spirit having cleansed and justiThomas Boston, and Barry's unanswerable fied us, a spirit of judgment then operates, work on Baptism; and I might add (perhaps,) as the spirit of love, and sheds abroad the all the reformers of the sixteenth century, as love of God in the heart; and having much well as the orthodox fathers of antiquity. forgiven we love much; and when God is
But I shall not enlarge, only to proceed much loved, idols are lightly esteemed; and, with two or three extracts from Mr. H.'s to be plain, this is our spiritual circumcision : works,
and the Lord thy God will circumcise thy The first is from the “ Destruction of Death heart, and the heart of thy seed, that thou by the Fountain of Life.” Printed in 1805, mayst love the Lord thy God with all thy page 24, speaking of the waters in Ezek xlvii. heart,
and with all thy soul, that thou mayst 8, 9, he says:
live.' Deut. xxx. 6. All circumcision in the “ The sea is this confused and sin-disorderd flesh is no more than a sign.' Rom. iv. 11. world; the fish are elected sinners, which the God himself declares, 'it is not in circumcis. apostles, who were made fishers of men, were ion which is in the flesh.' Rom. ii. 28. True sent to catch; the blessing that attended these circumcision stands in these two things: first, healing waters is eternal life: every thing in the forgiveness of sins; ' in whom also ye shall live whither the river cometh. This are circumcised of Christ.' Col. ii. 11. And same blessing is couched under different ordi- the second is, to love and adore a sin-pardonnances : such as circumcision and baptism ; ing God This circumcision is God's work,
for by one spirit are we all baptized into one and he does it that we may love him with all body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles; whe- the heart, and with all the soul, that ther we be bond or free; and have been made we
live to him in this to drink into one Spirit.' 1 Cor. xii. 13. And world, and live with him in the world to come. this drinking into one spirit is explained by And it is plain that, when the whole heart Christ himself, · Whosoever drinketh of the and soul love God, no room is left for idols. water that I shall give him shall never thirst; This is the shining of a flaming fire by night, but the water that I shall give him shall be in and the smoke is the perpetual incense of him well of water springing up into everlast. spiritual prayer, attended by the fervour of ing life.' John iv. 14. This is the one bap- the spirit and its grace. This is our circumtism of which water is an outward sign; and cision typified under the Old Testament; and circumcision in the flesh is no more than a this is our spiritual baptism prefigured by wa. sign likewise, for it is said that, 'Abraham re- ter under the New: TE SIGN WENT BEFORE, ceived the sign of circumcision, a seal of the TIB SUBSTANCE POLLOWED AFTER: ‘I in. righteousness of the faith he had, being yet deed baptize you with water, unto repentance; uncircumcised.' Rom. iv. 11. For true circum. but he that cometh after me is mightier than cision is performed by God himself, as it is I, whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose, written, and the Lord thy God will circum- he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and cise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to with fire.' Matthew ii. 11. love the Lord thy God with all thine heart. “ This text has puzzled many good men, beand with all thy soul, that thou mayst live." cause of the distinction made by the copula. Deut. xxx. 6. "Hence, baptism and circum- tive and : He shall baptize you with the Holy cision art both one thing in the spiritual mean- Ghost and with fire. Hence some conclude ing; for both give life ; and hence God says, that the descent of the Holy Ghost upon us all these nations are uncircumcised, and all is one baptism, and the fire, signifying fiery the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart, trials, is another. But as this baptism suctherefore, I will punish the circumcised with ceods circumcision, and in the Holy Spirit's the uncircumcised.' Jer. ix. 25, 26. Yea, sense 18 ONE AND THE SAME THING, baptismi more, the New Testament tells us that that is by the spirit is receiving him as one everlastnot circumcision which is outward in the ing comforter; this is Baptism by the Holy flesh; on which account all who are regener. Ghost,” &c. ated by the Holy Ghost, are said to be bap. Futhermore it may shew that Mr. H. was tized into one Spirit which makes baptism friendly to the baptism of infants, by the fol. and circumcision to be one and the same thing, lowing quotation from his works, "The Loss in the explanation God gives of them, who is and Restoration of the Image of God in Man." the best judge of his own meaning; and hence Printed in 1802, page 127, speaking of the it is plain also to be baptized with the Holy glory that attends a work of grace in the Ghost and with fire amounts to the same heart: thing as circumcision,” &c, &., &c.
"Upon all the glory there shall be a deThe next extract is from Mr H's work en fence;" (Isaiah iv, 16.) and this glory beams tilled, "The Emblem of the Spirit,” printed in forth in every renewal of that work, &c. Put 1808, page 85:
all thoso fruits of the spirit together (which "From all your filthiness, and from all your are before treated of) and it will give you a
little light into what the scripture calls the THE PULPIT AND THE GODLY neto man; and the reverse of all these is the
MINISTER. old man. I have no doubt but some of jou must remember having heard these words out of the Common Prayer Book of the Church of respecting the pulpit, and ihe character of a godly
DRAR SIR-The following lines of dear Cowper, England, mentioned in the baptismal service, minister, may be snitable for ministers and bear“Grant that the old man may be so cruci- ers. Your's affectionately,
H.P. fied in this child, that the new man may be The pulpit, therefore, (and I name it, fill'd raised up in him, that all things belonging to
With solemn awe, that bids me well beware the Spirit may live and grow in him.''
I shall not trouble you further, thinking i With what intent I touch that holy thing) have quoted sufficiently from Mr. H.'s works to
I say the pulpit, in the sober use convince my unprejudiced reader that Mr. Of its legitimate, peculiar powers, [shall stand, H. believed that baptism succeeded circum- Must stand acknowledged, while the world cision and spiritually sets forth the work of The most important and effectual guard, the ever blessed Spirit in the work of regen. There stands the messenger of truth! there
Support and ornament of virtue's cause. bration and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
stands I am, Mr. Editor, yours in the faith and The legate of the skies! his theme divine, hope of the Gospel,
His office sacred, his credentials clear:
By him the violated law speaks out
Its thunders; and by him, in strains as sweet
He 'stablishes the strong; restores the weak;' AUSTRALIAN ECHO REBOUNDING. Reclaims the wanderer ; binds the broken heart;
And, armed himself in panophy complete,
Of heavenly temper, furnished with arms LIXBs on reading an Article in the EARTHEN Bright as his own, and trains, by every rule VESSEL for May, 1858, signed, Matilda, Astra- of holy desciptive, to glorious war lia, “ There remaineth a rest to the people of The sacremental host of God's elect! [were ! God."
Are all such teachers ? would to heaven all We long for that moment the summons shall I venerate the man whose doctrines and whose
Coincident, exhibited lucid proof [life To leave this vain world, and arise,
That he is honest in the sacred cause. And rest in those mansions of glory at home,
Would I describe a preacher, such as Paul, Prepar'd before time in the skies.
Were he on earth, would hear, approve and How peaceful and happy those regions will be, Paul should himself direct me; I would trace Shut in with our Jesus from sin ; From all that oppress'd us we'then shall be His master
strokes, and draw from his design: free
I would express him simple, grave, sincere, And there to his praise ever sing.
In doctrine uncorrupt ; in language plain ;
And plain in manner; decent, solemo, chaste With tormenting fears we shall ever have And natural in gesture; much impress'd done,
Himself, as conscious of his awful charge, No place can be found for them there; And anxious mainly that the flock he feeds No woakness, or pain, will in Paradise come, May feel it too; affectionate in look But pleasures eternal to share.
And tender in address, as well becomes Here trials and sorrows may frequently come, A messenger of grace to guilty men; And Satan hurl many a dart;
In man or women, but far most in man, But all he may say cannot keep us from home; And most of all in nan that ministers For Christ hath our names on his heart. And serves the alter. In my soul I loathe Here losses and crosses are often our lot,
All affectation.–Tis my perfect scorn; From the world we have much to endure:
Object of my implacable disgust:
He that negotiates between God and man,
Of judgment and of mercy, should beware below, But, alas, how seldom obtained;
To court a grin, when you should woo a soul;
To break a jest, when pity would inspire
Pathetic exhortation, and to address
The skittish fancy with tales, How lovely the prospect the saint has in view, When sent with God's commission to the heart ! When time and its cares are all gone;
So did not Paul. Direct to a quip, When he to sin, sorrow, and death bids adieu, Or merry turn, in all he ever wrote! To be with his father at home.
And I consent-you take it for your text, Then speed on, lagging time, and hasten away, No: he was serious in a serious cause,
Your only one, till sides and benches fall. That holds us from all that we love; Soon may, we behold that bright glorious day, and understand too well the weighty terms And be with our Jesus above.
That he had taken in charge. He would not J. W. BECKETT,
To conquer those by jocular exploits, West Ham, May, 1858.
Whom truth and soberness assail'd in vain.
Memorials of Departed Saints, ,
A MINISTER'S TEARS OVER THE GRAVE OF HIS CHILD.
AN OBITUARY OF ISABEL SEARLE, WHO DIED THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 1857. DEAR BROTHER BANKS.-Your kind en-foolish parents do, eulogize the departed one, quiries to my sorrowful note, induces me to as the best, to the wounding of the feelings of send you some particulars of my dear departed sorrowing children ; yet would I not detract child, which may be preserved in an EAR- from her well remembered usefulness, for in THEN VESSEL for many days.
all domestic duties she bore her full share ; 80 Many thanks for your previous letter of con- that not a place but tells us of her loss, which solation, which came to hand just as the her dear aunt (to whose extreme kindness, by waves of affliction were rolling most heavily the blessing of God, I owe the life of my be
Few in the ministry have evinced loved wife) writing to me says, “your loss is towards me much sympathy—the scarcity of irreparable; for Isabel was the pattern of a it makes me prize more dearly that which I child." She was willing and anxiours to at. bave received
tend the house of God, and it bas sometimes The last Sabbath in August, I preached a grieved me, that from the needful care of the funeral sermon for my late revered mother, little ones, she could not always go where she which was the last time my beloved wife was wished. And many an anxious eye have I at the house of God, previous to the illness directed to the place where she sat, that the which so nearly carried her off. One more word spoken might not be in vain. We have Sabbath after that was the last also which sometimes indulged the hope that the good my child attended; my wife, prostrated with seed of the kingdom was sown in her young fever, for seven weeks, she never crossed the heart, though the earnestly desired developethreshold of her chamber door; in the next ment was not yet come. As she was naturally room lay my suffering child, whose agonizing forward, I may have erred in not fostering an cries fell harrowingly on her afflicted mothers impression- yet was I cautious not to force ear, while unable to move a step towards her, on that which might be merely impressing, to soothe her dying hours. And though we instead of divine convictions. I felt that it cherished hopes that the mother might be would be most for her own good to wait, and spared, yet it was fully evident by the rapid see if it were the Lord's work. May my progress of that violent disease, that death most indulgent Lord forgive me, if I have had marked my child as its own. At length erred in that natter; but bad I known I the dear sufferer's cup was full, exhausted na- should have lost her thus early, I fear from ture could endure no more ; the sun went the anguish which often bows my spirit, that down while it was yet day. Just fifteen years I might have been like Uzzah, and essay. and three months she lived, and then she ed to put my feeble hand to the work, but died.”
as it was, we felt it our duty to watch and And all though God has mercifully spared commend her, with my other children, to God our other eight children, yet do we feel there and the word of his grace. is a vacuum made in our home, which never It was observed by many how deeply she will be filled up till we shall all meet again, was affected on the occasion of her dear grandif sovereign mercy permit, in that heavenly mother's funeral sermon. Dear girl, she home where death shall never invade, or little thought how soon her own would be cause grief to those who dwell there. preached by the same lips—she was there
During all these weeks of trial, I was but once more! when I preached from Isaiah strengthened to preach in the evenings, save xxviii. 16, 17; a solemn text to be the last one. The next Sabbath after my dear child's that mortal ears should listen to. I was led departure on the Thursday, Mr. Rothery to speak very solemnly on the last time most kindly sent an offer to preach for me as that some should ever hear the words of life : soon as he heard of our bereavement. His little did I think I was giving the warning to kinkness in the hour of woe, I shall never my own child, But so it proved; for neforget. My dear brother Messer came to see ver did she enter there again. Owing to the me the same night, previous to his departure serious progress of my beloved wife's illness, for the country: After the sermon, I admin. I kept her away from the sick room as much istered the Holy Supper, with an anguished as possible, and attended so closely, myself, heart to my sorrowing and sympathising flock; that twice, through sheer exhaustion dur. one of my members, Mr. F. Cave, had kindly ing that fatal mouth, I thought I should be preached for me in the morning, while I laid down, having sat up eleven nights sucwatched at home by the couches of my loved cessively, with but one interval, and without
rest even by day. I spared not myself, all On Babbath evening, Oct. 11th, I preached though by God's mercy, I took not the infecher funeral sermon to a densely crowded con- tion; I was carried through ten times more gregation, from 1 Cor. xv. 16, 17, 18; after danger than my dear girl had, and yet she which, I gave the following account of her took the fever, and in one sad fortnight, was illness and death.
no more. Apparently the strongest amongst My departed Isabel was the child of many us-yet though hidden from our view, the reprayers; and though I would not, as some cording angel had written, “ that ber days
were numbered." The attack at first seemed her own words,)“ Christ Jesus died on the slight, but a change took place--the fearful cross to save sinners—the very chief of sindisorder rapidly progressed--medicine was of ners, and I am the chief." "Are you dear no avail-we gave up all hope-on! on! with Bel?” I said, (amazed at the fulfilment of fearful strides, the deadful fever pressed, the ancient prophecy, “out of the mouth of through her panting veins ; night and day babes," &c.) "He ever lives to save unto did I pour out cries and tears to God; yea, the uttermost all that come unto God by the very walls would tell ye, had they tongues, him." This effort wearied her ; she relapsed how in burning agony of soul I have sought into a stupor, and never more was she able the sparing of her life ; and, oh! when one to sustain any conversation, for her throat morning, I looked at her a few days before rapidly grew worse; the disease had been she died, my heart sank within me, I felt all restrained till she gave me her dying testihope was gone : in agony almost unsupporta- mony; her last hours drew nigh. The next ble, I paced the room alone, while I thought day her revered grandfather called to see her, of David's heart rending cry, “Would to God but even that familiar voice which she had so I had died for thee, oh, Absalom, my son ! often heard in prayer, failed to arouse her. my son !". Not that I adopted the word as The next day, which was her last, she was the my own, for I am not insensible to the mercy subject of painful and constant changes; the of life spared for my family and my flock. sad and sorrowful prelude of the parting hour. But as no ray of light dawned on my darken. I said to her, “Bel, do you know me, dear?' ing sky, I felt the solemn need of seeking she recognised me, but could scarcely articusome token from the God of heaven of the late, “I know you.” In the afternoon, at safety of her soul,—that priceless soul,—for five, having occasion to go out, and not at all whose eternal happiness I had 80 often expecting her end was so near, I bade her wrestled with the Lord, with earnest words good bye. As well as she was able, and with and tears.
full consciousness, she tried witb an effort I The terrible disorder of which my child died, shall never forget to say, good bye. None was of that character as to preclude the pos- but the ear of parental love could have sibility of gathering up much that, as a dying caught those broken sounds. Poor dear girl, testimony, shall console the hearts of those I had her last dying farewell, and never will who are left to mourn her loss. When not rack my cars lose those parting tones till 1 meet ed with intense pain, the sufferer is mostly, her in that land where partings are known no in a state of dreamy unconsciousness called, more. Comma ; yet are we left not altogether in the After this she rapidly grew worse, and it was dark. About two nights before she died, I feared I should not return to see her die ; was called to see her at three o'clock in the however, I did. About ten o'clock at night, I morning, she anxiously expressing her wish was watching, with my friends Mr. Sustman, for me to come to her, to give her something by her side, in conversation respecting her: to drink.
As I gazed at her in deep anguish when all at once that solemn stillness that of spirit, I felt that now was the time for me seems to pervade the chamber of death, pressto elicit something from her if possible as to ed its sorrowful seal upon my spirit and forced the state of her mind. I said, " my dear, 'Bel, from my lips the mournful utterance, you are very ill, do you thivk you shall get she be gone?" In a moment I grasped her better?" "I think I shall,” was the reply; hand : it was cold ; I felt her chest, it was at which I sorrowfully shook my head, and yet warm; and while, as I stooped to kiss the said, " but if you do not get better you will pale cold forehead, one gentle sigh escaped die. Do you think you shall go to heaven ?” those parched lips. That last sigh-I shall After a pause, she said, " I am not fit to go never forget it; I seemed to inhale it as it to heaven." It smote my soul with anguish, marked the silent departure of her spirit, I though it was not uttered in the tones of trust, to that tearless land where she is for despair, but diffidently, and in much humility. ever free from the the sing and sorrows of I felt the need of words from God, Oh ! 'tis this sin-blighted world. Not a struggle or a a solemn position to stand by the dying and I groan did mark the moment of her release ; to feel how powerless we are to choose most she never moved, so placidiy did she depart, fitting words when every moment is precious for it seemed as if she had nestled her poor “Well, (I replied) whosoever will may come , anguished head beneath the wing of the annow.” de Yes ! (says she, with clear and dis- gel charged to convey her spirit to the etertinct utterance) and him that cometh I will nal throne. Often in the moments of her in no wise cast out!". "But you can pray delirium had she repeated those words.” One now." "Oh! (said she,) I have prayed to i gentle sigh her fetters broke; and so she him on this bed to save me." “Yes, dear, I found it; for not one ripple moved upon the doubt not you have prayed to him to restore dark waters of the river of death. you to health again ; but if he answer not “My dead child.” I kissed her cheek-her that prayer, where is your hope?". "On Je- browno more could she respond to affecsus-all else sinking-sinking?” I had to sup- tion's touch; her poor racked, weary head, ply the words for her to complete the verse. had taken its last long sleep, yet there played 1. Then you can say,
around those clay cold features, a smile more “ Jesus ! lover of my soul ?” sweet and gentle even than in life, till the “Yes.” After a few more words of like cha- last moment, she was hidden from our eyes racter, she paused, when with a marked em- which seemed to say, " oh! death? where is phasis which I shall never forget, (I give thy sting?" Oh what a night of bitter,
agony was that, when her poor mother, on her , where, many times, he spoke to the prisoners, sick bed in the next room, heard the half- who understood English, of the great salva. smothered sobbings—the fearful truth, that the tion by Jesus Christ. I knew him intimately, stroke had come, could not be withheld from wbile he was in London, for two years; and her; she wept till she had no more power to many were the conversations we had on the weep. What added to the intensity of her work of God for us, and the work of God in aflliction was the painful fact that she could us; and, truly, “our fellowship was with not once go to see her suffering child, while the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ." her shrieks of pain prevented her own rest. I found him a friend indeed; many times
On Monday, October 5th, she was, by my has he come with a message from God, to dear father, interred in Abney Park. We had my soul; and I have found it good. Six our last sorrowful look down that deep, cold years ago he wished me to preach a funeral grave. I was surrounded by my own children sermon for him, if he went first; he was a who are spared through mercy; and by my pensioner on the Aged Pilgrims' Society, children in the faith of the gospel, who mingl- which Society, 1 pray, may have the blessing ed their tears with ours; and then we left of God. her till the morning of the resurrection, in The sermon was preached on Lord's-day, humble hope that Jesus will then claim every April 10, 1858, from Ezekiel xli. 3 and 4 atom of her dust as part of the purchase of his "Then went he inward.”. First, the inward blood.
wisdom, -the inward salvation,-the inward There, on the coffin of her dear sainted strength, and the inward manifestation by the grandmother, who just five years ago ascended ministry of the Holy Ghost. Secondly, The to her God, my child is laid in the family measurement. All the trials, times, troubles, grave, though the kindness of her beloved and difficulties of the Lord's saints are by aunt; beneath them lies my revered father measurement in-law, who also sleeps in Jesus. She lays
“ Not a single shaft can hit, upon that dear aged bosom where so often, in
'Till the God of love sees fit." infancy, she found a resting place. Oh! the estatic joy of their meeting, when that grave Fourth verse. — The measuremement of is opened by the power of God, and they all twenty cubits, length and breadth before the three rise together to meet the Lord in the temple. The length and breadth of all reair. Till then we have bidden her a long, a ligion,--all true religion,-must come up to last adieu. We have a little longer to do bat- the measurement of Jesus, our Mediator; of tle with the cares of time, and in the bivouac God our Father, and of the Holy Spirit of of life, to prepare for the struggle, in which God in covenant, or our religion is nothing we hope to
nay, in all these things we worth; for, if that religion does not come are more than conquerors.' "&c.
direct from God, it will not lead to God. Close now thy bosom, faithful tomb;
We read the following last words our Still keep these treasures in thy trust; (written by a neiee). On Thursday morning,
brother uttered, a few days before he died, Now give our sainted relics room, And let them slumber in thy dust.
I said to him “ you are going home!" He
said, “I believe I am ;-bless the Lord, O BY Although I bave thus passed through deep soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy waters, a blessing has attended the ministra- name! Precious Jesus! precious Jesus! I tion of the word in conversion and edfication. want to praise thee more for all thy mercies;
The spiritual condition of the church is far but o my sinful, backsliding heart." He more encouraging than it has been since we said he enjoyed the Monday evening very have been at Hoxton. Though we are very much that he had a Benjamin's portion. To poor, peace prevails in our midst: we have a friend who came in after, who expressed had three baptisings in the last five months ; regret at seeing him where he was, he said twenty members added to us in the course of " sorry! why are you sorry? I am not sorry, the year. I am, dear brother, your fellow -I am going home.” He continued in the labourer and companion in tribulation, same happy state through the day, speaking
J. P. SEARLE. in the same strain to several friends, who
came to him. On Friday morning, to another
friend, he rehearsed much of the Lord's dealGONE HOME.
ings with his soul; his confidence in the Lord
remained unshaken, though his frame was We record the happy departure of our not quite so bright as the previous day. To brother Paul, who died at Bath, on Sunday, one friend he said “if they say anything of February 21, 1848, triumphant in the Lord. me at the chapel--let them say-I am a sinner, His funeral Sermon was preached by Mr. but saved by grace.” Frederick Wheeler, at Providence Chapel, On Saturday, be slept much through the Cook's Ground, King's Road, Chelsea. day, and was kept in the same peace of mind
Our brother was called by grace, forty-four through the night, though suffering much the years ago, under the ministry of the late Mr. agonies of death, his mind was still peace; he Denham, Baptist minister, then of York- was in mental prayer many times. A short street chapel ; he was deacon for many years time before he died, he moved his hands and with Mr. Cromwell, at Widcombe, Bath. exclaimed, “Blessed Jesus! blessed Jesus?" He was a Militia man in the Bath Militia ; -thus falling asleep in Jesus, his last end and often on guard at the French prison, was peace.