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The Earthen Vessel Pulpit.
LAST MOMENTS OF A SISTER IN
JESUS. SAE whose last moments we here record, de. parted this life, April 13th, 1858, aged seventy- BOUNDLESS LOVE OF JESUS. four years.
she died from a gradual decay of nature, which increased upon her for the
BY DAVID WILSON, last seven months previous to her decease. The last four of these, great weakness overtook
of Saffron Walden Essex. her; so great as to impress her mind that her
“ Unto him that loved us." - Rev. i. 5. end was fast approaching. From that time until her death she appeared to be waiting What a glorious subject for our contemher heavenly Father's call. Eleven hours plation is the love of Christ to his chosen ! before she died, she ceased to cough. Her This love is the scource of all our salvation, youngest daughter writes :
the inexhaustable fountain, whence flows all “She sent for me, and my eldest sister; we those streams of mercy that make glad the immediately repaired to her bedside.
She ap.; city of God. His love commends his charpeared very low; took no notice of me, until acter, and carries with it the strongest I spoke to her, asking her how she was. She replied, Very ill? I then said, 'Are you
claims on the believer's gratitude. 1 John
in any pain ?! Oh! no," she said. I asked her iv, 19. It is an interesting exercise to the if she was happy, to which she replied, 'Yes, renewed mind to survey the many evidences very happy, but do you think that when I get of love that present themselves in the history to the gate, I shall find it open ?? I answered, of the Redeemer's personal ministry. Love *Yes, mother, you have no need to doubt that.' was the animating, pervading principle of She then said," I feel God all-sufficient; on all his discourses, for grace and truth ever him I place all my trust.' Looking up, and dwelt upon his lips. It was love that prompfiring her eyes upon me, she exclaimed as ted him to preach good tidings to the meek; loud as her feeble voice would allow her, to comfort the mourner; to invite the labor, Shall we all meet in heaven?' I replied, Ting and heavy laden to come to him for rest. hope we shall, mother. All heaven is love, It" was this principle that dictated the reshe said, 'nothing but love can enter there.' I then left her, but returned in a few hours. proofs, the admonitions and warnings She was still sensible, but sinking very fast; which he so very tenderly administered in and, by the moving of her hands, appeared in his intercourse with his disciples, with whom prayer. I said to her, Are you still happy, he always conversed as a father with his chilmother?' She replied,' Oh! yes, quite happy. dren. How amazingly did his love shine I could distinctly hear her pronounce the forth under his severest conflicts in working words, 'Lord Jesus, receive my spirit;' and out our salvation ! How did he seem to formade answer, “When he has completed his get bis own troubles in furnishing his dis · work in you, he will, mother.'.. 'Yes,' she re- tressed disciples with such stores of heavenly plied, ‘so he will.' The last time I saw her, and solid consolation. See John xiv., xv. (about an hour before her death) she took no and xvi. How unspeakable the love that notice of me until I said. Good night, mother,' when she said. Good bye, my children; live snatched the thief upon the cross from hell, in love and unity with each other. Good bye, and carried him safely to heaven! Surely in my child.' Before I was permitted to see her the conduct of Jesus we have love displayed again, her happy spirit had sped away to take that has no parallel ! But however delightful its everlasting rest. Like a shock of corn it is to contemplate the displays of the love fully ripe, she was gathered into the garner of of Jesus in his state of humiliation, we must of the Lord.”
look bigher, if we would understand the naDeptford. JOSEPI BURKE, Jun. ture, the achievements, and the extent of this
divine principal. We must consider his love “My Fatner Knows."—(Rom. viii. 15.) as God and Mediator. This was the princiMy father knows,” calmly replied a little pal that induced him to undertake, and acchild, in reference to a trial which had befallen complish the work of our redemption! This him: "My father knows,” he again repeated. is a boundless subject! Eph. iii. 19. Who On another occasion, “My teacher has set me can tell how much is comprended in the a long lesson, and it seems very difficult, but words, “ Him that hath loved us?" my father knows,' he will help me to under. Let us, my brethren, attempt to glance at stand, and make it easy to me.' In short, it this unspeakable subject. We notice. was not difficult to perceive, that the child's oft-repeated and favourite motto, including would trace it to its origin, we must ascend
I.-The antiquity of this love. If we help, socurity, and consolation, was, My beyond the end of creation, and penetrate father knows. difficulty, his first desire was, to let his father eternity that preceded it. We are assured know; he then seemed to have no further care that God choose his people in Christ before or want; here was full confidence, entire se the foundation of the world; and in this curity, and repose. Christian ! may not a manifestation of love we cannot doubt that lesson be learned from the faith and practice the Lord Jesus, on whom the execution of this little child ?
of the plan was laid, was united with the
Father, and the Holy Ghost in this choice. I language of a quickened soul, who has an In Prov. viii, 23–31, we find the Redeemer experemental knowledge and enjoyment of saying, “I was set up from severlasting,” the love of Jesus, “Unto him that loved Such was his love to his people, that he re- us:" this is not the language of mere specujoiced from all eternity in the prospect of lation or hearsay persuasion; but that of a coming to them, dwelling with them, bless- renewed mind,--the feeling, the gushing out ing and saving them with an everlasting sal- of profound gratitude, to the manifested, vation. Let us look back to the period when realized and admired lover, “who is the God alone existed in infinite blessedness and chiefest among ten thousand;" and for the glory, before he had formed the earth and display of such love that has nothing like the world, or had given existence even to the it amongst the children of men; no other angels; in that grand and awful solitude, love is worth naming: he hath, he only when the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, were bath so loved us. All other lore sinks perfectly happy in their own perfections and into comparative insignificancy with this in their mutual enjoyment; yet even then love. This is love divine, infinite, eterhis thoughts towards us were thoughts of nal, which embraces the whole family of kindness and love, his councils councils of God in Christ Jesus, and extends its kind, peace:
considerate and compassionate care, to every Indeed, if he had not loved us from eter- member of the family. “Loved us :" thus nity, he could not have loved us at all ; for it is precious to each, because it comprehends our conduct is calculated to awaken displea- each member, weak or strong, sick or well, sure rather than love. Therefore, his love in time and eternity. must be a sovereign, spontaneous love, spring- It is this love that commends all the gifts ing from his own goodness and will. There of God-this love from which they all flow, was nothing meritorious in the objects of gives them all their claims. This is the this love to call into action. It was not glorious possession of all the heaven-born obtained by any grateful acknowledgement, children. Here they have riches immense, dutiful service, or any moral excellence in us. unloseable and eternal. No, for we were not only destitute of all O how great is the blessedness of those moral and spiritual excellencies; but we who know the love of Christ experimentally; were fallen, guilty, defiled creatures, in rebel- whose hearts have been touched, melted, and lion against him who loved us.
subdued by it! But it is only God the Holy It was an act of condescension for God to Ghost, that can communicate this love, and create angels and men. It was an evidence the spiritual knowledge of it to the soul ; of great benevolence in him to continue his therefore, the Apostle Paul prays for the kindness to his creatures while they remained Ephesians (üii, chapter.) upright and faithful to him.
But these are My brethren, this is not a matter of specunot the triumphs of bis mercy. He saw the lation, but of heaven-born feeling. If we misery, ruin and rebellion into which they know this love, we shall return it; (1 John would sink and yet, amazing! he loved them iv. 19.) for love begets love. and undertook for their salvation to fulfil the But how does love manifest itself-In law, endure all its curses, to satisfy and glor. frequent thoughts of the object beloved,-in ify divine justice on their behalf. Was ever strong desires for communion with him,love like his! He loved us. His love is an in sincere endeavours to do his will,- in extensive love.
affectionate imitation of him. It embraces the whole election of grace : Let me ask you then, “What think
of all that the Father gave him of every age Christ?" Is he the supreme object of your and nation ; regarding with tenderest affec- affections? Do you delight in his person, tion, every sigh of the poor spiritual prison- work, and offices ? Is be your all and in er, healing every broken heart, sympathizing all ? Do you love to obey and follow him? with every mourning soul. And having “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I given his life for all his sheep, he sees of the command you.” This is the language of travail of his soul and is satisfied, in their Jesus himself. The Apostle John has given eternal salvation.
us a most beautiful summary of the evi“ His love is an enduring love. Having dences and effects of Divine love. See 1 loved his own that were in the world, he John iv. 16-21. loved them to the end."
Dear brethren, I must leave the other The love of Christ is perfectly exempt parts of the text until another time. May from the caprice which is found in mere the Lord command his blessing on you and human affection. Its gifts and calling are his word. Amen and amen. without repentance. It never leaves its ob
DAVID WILSON. jects; but abides with, protects, leads and Saffron Walden, Essex, Nov., 1857. brings them all safely home to their eternal rest in heaven. Isa. liv.
If we are not built on a firm foundation, the “ Unto him that loved us." This is the flood of God's anger will soon sweep us away
-our own refuges are sure to fail us.
Our Churches, their Pastors, and their Peoples
RECOGNITION OF MR. C. MARSTON, the labour of the hands of his servants belong.
ing exclusively to God, it was absolutely ne
cessary, in order to his blessing, that Christian On Monday evening, May 3rd, a special labour should be according to knowledge, and service was held in the Old Baptist Chapel, in purity, and in a spirit glorifying to the Devizes, with reference to the settlement of Divine name; that the absence of these in Mr. Ç. H. Marston, as pastor over the church. much of the labour of the present day rendered The desire of both minister and people being, it only wood, hay, and stubble, which should to escape the formality usual in public recog. be burned up in the day of our Lord Jesus nitions, it was determined simply to hold an Christ. evening service for the purpose of general The Lieut. concluded by pointing out earthanksgiving and mutual consideration of the nestly to the brethren, that the grand means responsibilities connected with the event. appointed by God for the carrying out his
The service was opened by the singing of a mysterious purposes of grace and mercy being hymn, after which, Lieut. W. R. Aikman the ministry, they should seek grace highly read the 85th Psalm, making a few practical to value and to esteem their brother whom remarks, suited to the occasion. Thanksgiving the Lord had so evidently sent among them; followed for the special mercy of God in setting should consider his manifold trials, temptaover the church a brother in whose ministry tions, anxieties, and infirmities, and exercise so general a confidence was felt; and suppli. all forbearance and Christian love, not forcation was made for the effectual blessing of getting continual importunate prayer for the God to rest upon the soul of the pastor, upon power of the Holy Ghost to rest upon him as his ministerial labours, and also upon the the minister of Christ, ordained by God for the church.
peace, prosperity, and advancement of the After a second hymn, Mr. Aikman addressed church of Jesus. the congregation from Psalm xc. 16, 17. Mr. Randall, one of the deacons offered an After noticing from the Psalm, the vanity of earnest prayer for the blessing of God upon man, the determination of God to rebuke sin the union that had been made, acknowledging in his people, the shortness of life, the true the divine goodness which had already atwisdom of consecrating it to the service of God, tended the ministry of his servant, and beghe observed,
ging that the union might be one of lasting I:--That Christianity is entirely the work usefulness. of God, being the result of personal election
Mr. Marston observed that had more time unto everlasting life by the sovereign will of been at command, (yet his own feeling would God. That the free reception of this mercy have prevented his saying all he would have by the few, while the multitude, according liked to say) he had wished to give some sim, to the counsel and purpose of God, are passed ple statement of those truths which he desired by, should lead the possessors highly to value ever to maintain, but one word would embrace this gift. That the whole progress of the inner all : “Salvation is of the Lord.” He felt and work in the soul, depending entirely upon the realized the total ruin and utter helplessness gracious operation of the Holy Spirit, should and nothingness of man, and cast away with induce a humble, submissive walk with God. abhorrence all that savoured of human merit, That the effect of this life in the soul of the free will, or creature power. God's salvation genuine believer would ever be the desire and flows alone from his own sovereign will, mani. the prayer that the work of God should appear festing itself in the wondrous gift of Jesus as in him, and through its outshiping upon the all and in all, and through the power of the members of his family that the glory of God Holy Ghost brings each redeemed soul into should appear to them also.
living spiritual union with Jesus. God's II.-That the beauty spoken of was not the design in all, was his own glory, and he must personal righteousness of Jesus which is im- contend for that salvation which not only exists puted to the people of God. This is ever upon for his people but is wrought in them, bringhis believing children, and their shortcomings ing them into association with him in seeking cannot cause it to remove, but that this beauty that glory, even as it shall soon bring them is the spirituality of God, or the beauty of how into association with him in the realization liness in the image of Jesus. Having parti- and manifestation of that glory. It was not cularised the leading features of this beauty, only a salvation wrought for, but wrought in, humility, meekness, devotedness to God, love the elect, shewing itself in the fear of God, to the brethren, sympathy with the poor and the work of faith, and the labour of love which afflicted, the speaker endeavoured to lay upon he must maintain as the salvation which was the consciences of the brethren the fact that of God. This was the word of salvation which possession of this beauty by individual he aimed to preach. Christians and by the church, was glorifying That word he aimed to preach affectionately. to God, and the true end of their vocation in He coveted the loving spirit. Že sought to Christ Jesus.
preach faithfully. Faithfulness and love were III.-That the prerogative of establishing good handmaids. He would that every time
he preached, so far as his efforts went, every objection can be raised to them, provided they man might find his own state described, and are carried on in a profitable and Christian have the testimony of God upon it so clearly spirit; and we would strongly recommend paspointed out, that so not shunning to declare tors on these occasions always to arrange that the whole counsel of God, he might indeed be each speaker shall have a given subject to clear of the blood of all men. He wanted to speak from within a given time: also to let preach discriminatingly, that there might be the choice of each speaker's subject be so arno uncertainty in the sound of his trumpet, ranged as to be in harmony or connection no mingling of law and gospel, flesh and with the others who may precede or follow. spirit, precious and vile. He wanted to preach If this plan be carried out we are sure many profitably. John had no greater joy than that very happy and profitable hours may be spent. his children walked in the truth; might that Tea meetings are often the means of members joy be his. If his people were cold, conten- and friends becoming better acquainted with tious, worldly; if no souls were gathered into one another, and this is frequently attended the fold, where should be his Jabour ? He with good results. wanted wages, souls redeemed and sanctified On Monday evening, May 17th, the tenth for his hire, and fruit abounding in the church anniversary of our friend Moyle's pastorate as his seal. He looked at these things, and over the church at Rye Lane, Pecktiam was his heart often sank while he cried, “Who is held; the church where for many years that sufficient for these things?” yet he knew that honored servant of God, Mr. Thomas Powell, the grace of God was sufficient. Therefore laboured with some success, who died in the would he again remind the dear brethren of year '47. The friends took tea together; after one of his earliest messages, “ Pray for us." tea, in introducing the business of the When he found them a prayerless people, he meeting, Mr. Moyle said — Ten years have should surely find them unblessed, and he rolled into eternity since first I became Paswould that in prayer they should pray that his tor of this Church ; or, to be more precise, it soul might have its place close in prayerful was ten years last September since I first took communion with God, that the blood of the the oversight of this flock. We are together Lamb might come into constant contact with still; and I think we are now more united his conscience, and that the fear of God should than when we first married. The have its deep place in his heart. He knew Church had built him a good substan. that to be a savour of Christ to them, his own tial, and comfortable dwelling house, for soul must have much dealing with Christ. If which he was thankful. Respecting the cause God had blessed his word, surely their pray. -he said, our progress has been gradual; but ers, through the Spirit, had much tended to continuous : we have never gone back, but a that end. He had indeed been with them in little forward. Truth was still maintained weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling, amongst them in all its purity. Peace reigns yet determining by God's grace to know no- sweetly in our midst : the church and Pastor thing among them save Jesus Christ and him are united and happy; the deacons work har. crucified.
moniously, cheerfully, and willingly for our Most gratefully he thanked the friends, one united comfort. This is something to say in and all, for their many kindnesses, and would these quarrelsome times. I don't know that we only beg that if at any time anything should have any masters here ; truly we have One escape his lips which might appear to be in whom we all not only acknowledge as Master, consistent with truth that they would at once but adore and praise for his unspeakable love name it to him, that they might come toge- to us, a band of blood-redeemed sinners. ther to the Word ; and deeply grateful should
Mr. Congreve, (one of the deacons) gave a he be to that brother whose greater light clear statement of the financial position of should, at any time, point out his own dark- the “ Pastor's House Fund.” Total cost of ness, but it would be painful to hear that So- the Freehold Pastor's
house was £328. 13s. 1d.; and-So had said this, and So-and-So of his towards which, the Church and friends had own flock had said that. Hitherto, in mercy, already subscribed about £150; the remaintheir peace and unanimity, from the first day der is borrowed at interest. of meeting unto now, had been perfect.
Mr. Milner congratulated the pastor on his Might God preserve it! He begged their con- happy and useful position in connection with tinued sympathy and prayers, and earnestly his change; and gave a short address on “ The begged that the blessing of God might rest Captivo set Free" Mr. J. A. Jones spoke
solemnly on “Gospel Confidence.” Mr. G. The Doxology was then sung, at the con- Wyard, in a short and happy address, des. clusion of which, Mr. Marston presented a canted on the “Christian Race.” Mr. Meeres fervent prayer for the guidance of himself and gave some excellent and well arranged thoughts brethren, and after pronouncing the benedic. on
“ The Evidences of Divine Truth. tion, the meeting separated, having experi. Friend Attwood was to have spoken but want enced a solemn and refreshing season.
of time prevented. It was a pleasant and
IPSWICH. Tea and public meetings among the churches ON Lord's-day, 25th April, 1858, the professing to hold " the truth” have, within twenty-ninth anniversary of Bethesda Chapel, the past few years, assumed a prominent fea- Ipswich, took place, when three sermons ture. We do not know that any particular were preached by Mr. J. E. Bloomfield, of sa
lem Chapel, Meard's Court, Soho, London. been in a poor sickly condition. We feel persuaded And truly a good day we had while hearing to send this, to the glory of God; and the encourour good brother proclaiming the grand truths agement of those who may be in a like position. of the everlasting gospel of the grace of God. done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
• He hath
say, wait upon the Lord.” Many hearts were made glad, the ever blessed For a length of time this part of Zion has been in Spirit bearing his divine testimony to the a low state ; so much so, that the heerts of the truth spoken, without which, preaching may ministers who have kindly come to preach, have please, but never profit. May his servants, been grieved ; and we have feared many times lest be led more deeply to feel this truly indis- thanks be to God it is not so.
“Icbabod" should be written upon the walls,
We wish, through pensible branch of experimental truth in this medium, to thank you, and all those who bave their own souls, insist more upon it in their come to preach the gospel to us. We believe it ministry, that the Holy and blessed Trinity has not been altogether in vain. For some years may be more glorified in preaching, and his the two or three here have been praying God to people refreshed as we were favored to be on build the walls of Jerusalem, and we believe be
send a man as an instrument in his hands to that memorable day. The Lord lead, teach, has in the person of Brother JOSEPH CABTWRIGHT, and bless our good brother, make him more of Tring. God moves in a mysterious way. After Valiant still, and a large and lasting blessing the first time Joseph preached here, he thought he in Zion.
could not come to Hanslope again, but this appeared The congregation in afternoon was, from the ouly open door at that period ; and as he came, ten, to twelve hundred. A liberal spirit ing blessed to the believer in administering comfort existed, and upwards of twenty-two pounds and support; but others are brought to see some collected.
what of the beauty and excellence “ of bim of This tempest tossed cause, has long been a whom Moses and the prophets did write.” On highly favoured one :-nor is it less so now.
Lord's day morning, May, 2, 1858, Mr Cartwright Much, very much, have we to be thankfui preached from the first chapter of John and 25th
verse, Why baptizest thou then ?” He noticed, for : we can truly say that
lst, because it is of divine appointment; 2nd, the "Midst changing scenes, and dying friends, example of our Lord and Master ; lastly, the
Divine He is our all in all.”
approbation, and heavenly benediction. After ser
mon, the ordinance of baptism by immersion, was Through his grace, and goodness, Christian administered to a young man, a teacher of the sabpeace, and sympathy is felt, and manifested. bath school, to whom Mr Cartwright's ministry has
been highly blessed in bringing him out of darkness May the same prosperity be sought, and ex.
into God's marvellous light, and we hope, if it is tended to all the churches through Jesus the Lord's will, others will follow. There was a Christ, Amen.
great number to witness. Our minister made
THOMAS Poock. some very appropriate remarks at the baptistry. May 4th, 1858.
We trust much good was done. R. B. T. B.
MR. S. Cozens AT DERBY.-On Lord's-day May BORO' GREEN-On Sunday. May 9th, the village of our esteemed friend, Mr. Cozens at Derby, when
2nd, 1858, we were favoured with the ministrations of Boro' Green presented an appearance that it has two excellent sermons were preached on behalf of not done for some time, owing to Mr. John In- the chapel incidental funds. The morning service ward, the pastor at Ryarsh, Kent, being expected was a joyful season to all who were privileged to atto baptize seven persons in his Master's name. tend : we had been longing for the time of refreshSpectators were in all directions wending their way ing from the presence of the Lord, and thanks be toward the place! Presently, along came the Ry- unto his adorable name we had it-hearts were arsh pastor, with his candidates, and their respec- made glad, faith strengthened, hope brightened tive attendants ; after the usual preliminary ser- and encouraged. The evening discourse was full vices, he announced his text, John i. 25, “wby bap- of heavenly counsel; the word came with great tizest thou ?" 1, because it (the ordinance of bap- power and demonstration of the Spirit, and was wa. tism) was heaven's authority; 2, heaven's example; tered with tears of joy and gladness; long, will our 3, heaven's approbation; 4, heaven's commission; brother Cozens be remembered by some at Derby, 5, heaven's description by way of figure in refer- Our fervent prayer is that he may be long spared ence to the sufferings of Christ. An appropriate to water many a vineyard. On Monday, a public hymn was sung, chosen by one of the candidates; tea meeting was held, when a goodly number sat then the baptizing commenced. Mr Inward took down. After which addresses were deliverd by them through the water manfully, giving a short Messrs Taylor, Walker, Merwood and Cozens.. Mr. statement of each one's call by grace. In the af- Cozens, in his able style, rivited the attention of ternoon, he administered the ordinance of the the audience, while speaking of the two great Lord's supper to the church at Boro' Green; he desideratums of the age,” viz: Character in the was at home in his work; at night he preached a Church, and Salvation in the Pulpit. Mr. Cozens sound solid truthful discourse from Habakkuk ili. remarked that there must be a change in the mid
“ Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy istry before there would be any, very materpeople; “ even for salvation with thine anointed.'
ial alteration in the church. If Zion's saints are to Noticing two things; 1, the love acts of Jehovah, shout aloud for joy her priests
must be clothed with Father, Son and Holy Ghost, “thou wentest forth." 2nd, the end and design“ the salvation of thy movement in America, Mr. Cozens proposed a spe
salvation. After referring to the great religious people.". Thus ended another day of gladness and cial prayer meeting to be held at 7 o'clock on the of delight in Zion. Boro' Green Chapel is large following and every morning through the week, and convenient, they are a trath loving people. to pray God to revive his work in the hearts of alí Could they get a man to sound forth the notes his people individually, and in the church univerof the unadulterated gospel, they
would be glad. sally, promising to attend the first meeting. ConMay the Lord, ere long, send them a young man sequently on Tuesday morning, at 7 o'clock, we after his own heart, that shall feed them with met for prayer, at which eight addressed the throne knowledge and with understanding ; so prays
of grace for a revival of pure and undefiled religion. A LITTLE ONE ON THE WALLS OP ZION.
Oh may the dear Lord bless the services to the HANSLOPE, Bucks.-Mr. Editor-As members good of our souls is the prayer of of one family, we love to hear of each others wel
A MEMBER OF AGARD ST. CAAPEL. fare, especially of the recovery of any that have