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such are indeed in "Babylon," for who now, and why? because, it is the spiritual birth. hears the supplicating or thanksgiving tone of place, where (to many,) the first joy of par. their "harps” in the morning or evening doned sin was felt, the love of God shed prayer-meetings of the saints Well, we abroad, and the spiritual attractions of the would pray our God to bring them out of cross of Christ revealed, whereby the first this state, that again " they may go forth in hope of interest in God's salvation sprung up. the dances of those who make merry' in the It was also the brethren`s gathering-place. courts of the Lord's house.

The throne of grace there was visited, the In a fellowship sense. How little closet“ banner of love" there was unfolded to view, communion, how little spiritual fellowship do the flames of love there burned upon the altar many of whom we would hope well, ap- God had sanctified. The knitting of heart pear to seek after, or enjoy. On high days there was known, and oft the inward force and annual gatherings, how very active, what of affections would move the lips to say, earnestness marks their features, as they “This is none other than the house of God, listen to a voice they have never heard before. and the gate of heaven.” Again, it is And strangers might think, how spiritual such God's dwelling-place. “This is my rest for an one is, what a help he must be to the ever, here will i dwell." Need it be a matfriends in their meetings for prayer, and how ter of surprise, that saints now should have welcome must his visits be at the bedside of sorrow, when either locality, or from want of the afflicted and dying saint of God; I will enjoyment, they are distant from that they seek an interview with him, and learn a little love? of his spiritual joys. Alas! alas ! in showy See the evidence of her sorror. Her judgscenes many are really at home, but as to ment is insulted. Sing us one of the songs fellowship joys, and close walking with God, of Zion," was the taunt of the Babylonians ; how little is known or evidenced. Believer, the strangeness of the place, and the people may our God give us holy communings with forbid, and an expression of spiritual joy but himself, for it is the life and soul of religion, real sorrow cannot be always surpressed, and if this is really our "element,” we shall therefore Israel " wept." yet seek for more, and often say

Her affections were not reciprocated. “Oh for a closer walk with God,

Many of the Lord's saints, even in their own A calm and heavenly frame."

families can enter into the meaning of this;

their books, their friends, their ministers, Yes, we shall say,

yea, their God has no attraction for those un“Come nearer, nearer, nearer still,

taught in, and unconcerned about eternal I'm blest when thou art here." things, while the lone one turns aside, and

before God, weeps in prayerful desire for subWe notice also—THE CAUSE OF ISRAEL's mission to bear the trial until deliverance See, it was a remembrance of former times.

Her comforts decline. The joys of the Well might the good prophet in his mournful sanctuary are but seldom realized, and with lament of Israel's glory say: --" Jerusalem re, weeping often, sighs out in secret-"Oh that membered in the days of her affliction and it were with me as in months past," &c. miseries all her pleasant things that she had Her God is dishonoured around, while the in days of old.” “The altar, the laver, the in- soul is grieved by the filthy conversation of cense, and the mercy-seat, with the ballowed those who know not the God of Zion, and interpretation afforded to them, as the mind trample with impunity upon that which is of God was made known by the High Priest, holy, and much endeared to the soul born of as the light of the “Shekinah” was reflected God, and panting for spiritual good. and read out upon his breast-plate; so with the saint of God now; how deep, how keen deliverance to spiritual captives, that the

May the God of Israel now arise, and give the recollections of former days, when the triumph and the songs, followed by bumility “ first love' kindled other flames of joy and and tenderness of conscience, may be possessed peace, when the very name of Jesus had a by all the oppressed ones of our beloved Zion, charm and a power to resist their fears; when is the prayerful wish of a lover of God's the Bible was felt to be the Book of books, Israel, whether in captivity, or rejoicing in and trifles did not then prevent their early the full “ liberty of the sons of God." and constant attendance in the house of pray- Whittlesea, Jan. 14, 1858. D, ASHBY. er. But now, the soul feels the sad reverse, united with the force of that accusation “ Your sins and your iniquities have sepa.

THE HOUSE OF GOD. rated between you and your God." This may

BY THOMAS Row. well cause sorrow, and did not faith draw a little hope from the promise, that the time would come, when the word, “Arise ye, and " Gladness in going to the house of God." let us go up to Zion, unto the Lord our God,”

Psa. cxxii, 1. would be happily fulfilled, the heart would DAVID's love to the house of the Lord, indeed be more heavily oppressed.

made him ready to rejoice, when others inviHer attachment to Zion, was another cause ted him to enter it. The city of Jerusalemu of her sorrow. There was a national cleaving was on many accounts a very desirable place, of heart to their own, and the land of their but the house of the Lord in it was the chief father's. The spiritual in the family of God object of attraction, ver. 9. They were both now, feel a strong cleaving to the church of typical of the church in gospel times, which Jesus, with her much honoured ordinances; is built up of lively stones, a spiritual house,

SORROW.

comes.

own.

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whose spiritaal sacrifices are acceptable to in thy house." Thus we learn religion is a God, through Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. č. 5. delightful theme. What beside can soothe 1 Tim. ïïi. 15.

our sorrows, exult our joys, scantify our souls, A house is a collection of chosen, purchased, and endear our Saviour so much? and prepared materials ; so is the church of We conclude our observations by saying, Christ. Thousands of stones, in an uncol. 1st, Saints should be careful to act becoming lected, scattered, and separate state, would the house of God; for “ if any man defile it, not make a house; and so many believers do him will God destroy." 1 Cor. iii. 17. 2nd, not form a church, a spiritual house, unless True believers should join the church, and united together in a scriptural way. As the thus be openly in the House of God. 3rd, builder must choose his materials before they Christians should encourage each other to are formed into a house, so the Lord has attend public worship, because too many are chosen all the persons of which be builds his backward, likewarm, and worldly, and rechurch before the world began, or the build- quire to be stirred up to their duty; and being commenced. Materials for a house should cause it may be a means of making them not be gained by dishonest means, but fairly glad. 4th, Those who neglect it must be purchased, and fully paid for; so the church losers. How can we escape some loss or cross of God is purchased with the price of his own if we neglect the great salvation ? blood ; in building his house he has robbed no

GLADNESS IN GOING TO THE HOUSE OF one, for he has built it with nothing but his

GOD. Materials, as they came from the quarry, are unfit for building, they must be

On Christ, my only hope,

His dwelling-house shall stand ; put into proper form, before they are part of

He builds and bears it up, the house; and so the people of God by By bis Almighty hand; nature are too rough for his house till refined,

On earthly ground, reformed, and prepared by his Spirit.

I gladly know,

He makes it grow It is important that a house have a good foundation, otherwise it would be in danger

With graces crowned.

With all the sons of grace, of falling. Christ is the firm foundation laid in Zion, on which this house is fixed, above all

My feet shall soon repair

To this appointed place, possibility of falling. 1 Cor. iii. 2. If a

And willing worship there : house has pillars,-prophets and apostles, and

The thought of this, ministers are means of supporting the

However sad, church. Doors are necessary, as without

Can make me glad them, we could neither get in nor out; 80

With sacred bliss. Christ, and faith, and hope, and discipline With humble beart and mind, are useful doors to the house of God. Win

And free from all complaints, dows are that without which house

May I indeed be joined would be in darkness; the church of Christ

To all the chosen saints :

And then invite has its ordinances that let the light into it

The wanderers near, from him. Every house is builded by some

To love and fear, man; but God is the builder of his own house.

With pure delight. Matt. xvi. 18. Great houses are usually

THOMAS Row. beautified with the best furniture; God's house is all glorious without and within,

Little Gransden, Jan. 26, 1858. through his own righteousness, grace and pre-[We gladly insert this paper of Mr. Thomas sence. Houses get out of repair, and does Row's, because it contains some good not the house of God decay in its faith, love, things, which thousands may ponder over, zeal, works, and wishes ? He, however, can and practice to great advantage.--Ed.] restore our souls, and repair our services. Houses have their inhabitants ; God dwells

CHASTISEMENT. in his own house ; let us take care that our sins do not cause him to leave it desolate.

David was glad when they said," let us go WELCOME afflictions ! 'tis my Father's hand into the house of the Lord.' What does this That smites me; and shall I repine mean? Something that is felt by all the liv. While Abba's love so gently scourges me ! ing family of God. It implies a gracious ex. Nay, dearest Lord; but give me faith to see perience of renovating power in the soul ; an Pointing me upward to my rest above. experience of heavenly comfort, peace, and to suffer, Lord, is fellowship with thee; pleasure in the divine presence there; it is And dare I murmur at thy wise decree the feeling of spiritual affections in exercise. who orders all things well, nor gives a pain Being glad to go to such a place, supposes some

That is not needful, Lord, 'tis gain

To suffer. A little while 'twill cease, knowledge of it, delight in it, and desire after And I with thee, shall rest in endless peace, it, which appears in a cheerful, frequent, and No more to part! “For ever with the Lord.” constant attendance there. David had seen According to thy promise, in thy word. the beauty, and glory, and goings of God in Bright, glorious, day, to those redeemed ty blood, his sanctuary, wherefore he desired to dwell Whose sins are cancell'd and at peace with God, in it all his days. He could not forget the That with those redeemed might swell the

Haste thy returning, Lord, nor tarry long, blessedness of being there. He had rather be eternal song, a doorkeeper there than dwell in the tents “Salvation to the Lamb who sits upon the throne, of wickedness. “Blessed are they that dwell And heaven responsive, shout, Amen, Amen."

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CHRIST'S COMING,

Memorials of Departed Saints.

He came

The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, A BRIEF MEMOIR OF THE LIFE, FXPERIENCE, but to minister, and to give bis like a ransom for AND DEATH OF MR. EDWARD PEARLESS, many. Matthew xx. 28,

WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFB ON THE EVE To speak of Christ's coming, is at all times OP TIF 23RD OF JANUARY, 1858, IN THB

39TH YEAR OF HIS AGB. acceptable; Hart says, we should

WELL did David say by the hing of the “Remember, the Saviour

Holy Ghost, “ Mark the perfect man, and be. In winter was born."

hold the upright, for the end of that man is It is as well, when we are brought to rem- peace.” Blessed motto! when exemplified in ember, tbat at the appointed time “be died the life, doctrine, experience, and practice of the just for the unjust to bring us to God.” one professing godliness as was manifestly the Christ came, as sent by the Father, and there. case with our departed friend, who had seen fore according to covenant arrangement. The an end of all perfection in the flesh, and knew Father "found him;" “ raised him up;" "laid that the law made nothing perfect; but the help upon him;" made him strong, qualified bringing in of a better bope did ; and which him," anointed him with the Spirit; gave him hope he bad as an anchor of the soul, and by A people to save, and at Jerusalem we find the which he drew near unto God, krowing him about his Father's business.

that Christ, by one offering bad for ever per. willingly. Lo I come, “in the volume of the fected them that are sanctified, and to hin the Book it is written of me, I delight to do thy set time, the appointed day had arrived, when will, O God,” therefore, said Jesus, doth my the sweet song should be sung, “We have a Father love me, because I lay down my strong city; salvation will God appoint for life.Christ came suitably, inasmuch as be walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates ! that came as a sacrifice, “Behold the Lamb of God the righteous man that keepeth the truth may that taketh away the sin of the world." He enter into the engagement of the love, grace, was also without sin, therefore as a sinless truth, and salvation of God, who will keep him man, he could fulll the law which was broken in perfect peace whose mind is staid upon by a sinless man; he could and did go to the him, because he trusted in him and could say, end of the law, and by his perfect obedience, Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us, for thou work out and bring in a perfect righteousness; also hast wrought all our works in us.” Now hence, those who believe are complete in him.

let it be understood that what I have further Again," he came not to be ministered unto," to say, is not to be considered as the work nor he stood alone, "of the people there were none worth of the creature, but of the Creator. with him ;" he might not be relieved of one For we are his workmanship,created in Christ atom of weight he bore; not one inch could Jesus unto good works which God hath before be shortened of the road he must travel, ordained that we should walk in them.” It nor could any mitigate the sore travail of his bath been a mystery in all ages to the legal, soul; he must tread the winepress alone. he carnal, judaizing, pharisaical professor, how only could speak with the enemies in the gate; perfection and imperfection can reside in the his own sword must cut his own way through same person, not knowing that it is given to the ranks of opponents; and as he came not to the saints to know the mysteries of the kingbo ministered unto, so, neither could any dom, but to them that are without in parables. minister unto him; his apostles could not un. And this to them is a great parable that though derstand bim, nor could they sympathize with these opposites dwell in the same person, yet him, but rebuked him and forbad'him, and at not in the same man : perfection dwells and length forsook him and fled. But he came to is resident in the new man, which is perfect minister and to give his life a ransom for and complete in Christ; imperfection dwells many, and what he came to do, that he did. with and in the old man which is a body of His life was a mission

sin and death.” But to the word and the tesSteeped in love,

timony." Gen. vi. 9.—“Noah was a just man, Fragrant with odours most divine.

and perfect in his generation, and Noah walked

with God.” Job i. 1.-“There was a man in He went about doing good : men felt it, the land of Uz, whose name was Job, and that devils were awed before it, scribes, chief priests man was perfect and upright, and one that and sadducees were astounded at it, and lest feared God and eschewed evil.' This is the this good should be perpetuated, men nailed character given by Jehovah himself of these the Son of man to the cross, and so unwittingly two saints, and yet we find that they were men constituted themselves God's instruments to of like passions with ourselves. So with our to bring about his purpose, that one purpose-departed brother. He was perfect through the all-absorbing

purpose, “to give his life a that comeliness which the Lord put upon him. ransom for many.' Reader, can you say He had to go through the same kind of ordeal “ 'Twas Jesus my Friend, when He hung on of righteousness and judgment, when called

as Joshua of old, for when convinced of siu, Who opened the channel of mercy for me?"

by grace to supplicate and entreat for mercy,

Satan was there to resist and accuse him. But If so, then Jesus still lives to minister unto the Lord said unto Satan, " The Lord rebuke you.

thee, O Satan, even the Lord that hath chosen Colnbrook.

JOIN BRUXT. Jerusalem rebuke thee. Is not this a brand

plucked out of the fire? But there stood

the trce,

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Joshua clothed with filthy garments, until the empty professor, who had never been brought angel of the everlasting covenant exclaims, to the place of stopping of mouths, who with a " Take away his filthy garments from him." verbosity of talk, and misplaced Scriptures, And to bim he said, Behold I have caused knowing not what they affirmed; half Calvinthine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will ist and half Arminian, never twice of one clothe thee with change of raiment.” opinion; with no salt in their mouths, grace

But my preliminary remarks will appear in their hearts, nor savour upon their lips. too long and extraneous to those at a distance "Jejune, jejune," might be stamped upon who knew him not; but not so to those who the whole. He loved to hear proclaimed from had any knowledge of him as a man and a the pulpit, a free, full, complete, and finished Christian.

salvation, and also what Paul calls the things Our departed friend came to Peterborough, that accompany salvation; an unctuous exa youth about fourteen years of age, to be perience of the work of the Spirit and grace apprenticed to a draper, the late Mr. R. J. of God upon and in the soul, and then quietly Head, (who at that time was well known to to retire and ponder over them, and not to be the churches round about) and from the first interrupted by those professors who as soon as of his coming attended with the family the they get out of a place of worship run from worship of God in his sanctuary, under the one to another, with a “How did you hear ? ministry of the writer of this obituary; and it how did you get on? how did you like or ap. appears that the word of truth became the prove the discourse ?” that they might have word of power, arrested the attention of his something to gossip about through the week. juvenile mind, and secretly and silently des- One thinks how much better it would be for cended like early dew,distilling the love, grace, such to go home, and ask themselves a few mercy, truth, and salvation of God, into his questions, or put the same kind of questions now renewed soul; and he continued to attend to themselves. upon the preaching of the Word until the ex- But I come now to the closing scene of our piration of the term of his apprenticeship when brother's mortal life. After one week's afflic. he left for about two years, during which time tion, being missed from the house of God, when he occasionally heard the venerable Mr. called upon on the Monday, it was found that Oxenham. I think it was at Guildford, in he was afflicted with a swollen and inflamed Surrey. But his mind was again led by him face, but he was cheerful and no danger was that fixes, rules, and guides the destinies of apprehended as a physician was not called in his people, to return again to Peterborough; till the Wednesday, who thought it requisite and he became an assistant in the shop he had to call in another on the Thursday." But served in as an apprentice. But in a short little can be said of his dying testimony as the time his employer, Mr. R. J. Head, concluded physician gave orders that he should be kept that he had accumulated sufficient property quiet and not disturbed by visitors, and he to enable him to retire ; the business was afterwards became delirious, with very few turned over to Mr. Henry Head, and our de- lucid intervals, in one of which he said to a parted friend, Mr. Pearless. And never were sister that was sitting by him, “I am going two men joined together in business more home. I am willing to go; I have no earthly suited for partnership, being of the same faith tie but my dear wife and children, and I can aud congeniality of disposition and deportment, leave them with Him that can do better for kind, civil, humble, loving and beloved by all them than I could.” And about an hour bearound. Their aim was, to be good and to do fore his departure he lifted up his hand, and good to all, within their sphere of action; but exclaimed, " Blessed death, yea, blessed in in a few years the Lord was pleased to take death.” Thus his end was peace. He had for hume to himself Mr. H. Head, whose life, ex- some time been dead to the world, but alive perience, death, and funeral sermon was pub- unto God through Jesus Christ; his aim, end, lished in the VESSEL, May, 1847. And the and design, yea desire, was peace on earth, esbusiness devolved upon Mr. Pearless, who with pecially in the church, and goodwill towards a soul formed for domestic society had pre. men. He had his tribulations, but his blessed viously married a God-fearing woman, and Lord fulfilled his promise, “In me ye shall never were two persons joined together more have peace."

J. CARTER. suited to become man and wife. They indeed Peterboro', Feb. 1. An Octagenarian. became one flesh,were of one faith,mind, heart, and soul; of one temper and disposition, meek,

THE MINISTERS WE WANT.- When the still, quiet, loving, and the Lord blessed them Lord considered Jonah had been long enough with three lovely children, all daughters, and in the depths, He spake unto the fish, and it the whole household lived in peace and in har- vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. These mony.

are the sort of preachers we want, out-of-theBut the days of our friend were numbered, depths men, who having been cast upon the and drawing to a close, proving that in the dry ground of hope, have Jehovah's command midst of life we are in death, but the day or to preach the preaching He bids them. A hour is known only to Him that appointed it. handful of such preachers would be more efBut the Lord has declared that to this man fective than a whole bevy of first-class, gracewill he look who is of a humble and contrite less Oxford and Canubridge men. Men are in spirit. Yea, with him I will dwell to revive perplexity, they want guidance; discouraged, the spirit of the humble, and to revive the they want the cheering word; weak, they reheart of the contrite,

quire strength: and ministers, in order to Our brother, being of a quiet and taciturn reach their case, must themselves practically spirit and disposition, there was nothing more understand it. This produces heart to heart annoying to him than a prating, chattering, ministrations.

Whut is it?

Baptism,

gical, &c., and I say so because he argues that

baptism could not be administered by immer. No. II.

sion, because of the scarcity of water, yet" in the winter months the rain descends in torrents." Again, your logical “ Nemo" says,

that "there is no analogy for the translation, COZENS VERSUS "NEMO." “ much water," it ought to be “ many

streams;" but how there could be “many

streams" and not much water I cannot define. MR. EDITOR. DEAR SIR.-I had anticipated I should think if there was not much, water from your editorial critique of “ Nemo's” able there could not have been many streams, but the criticisms” on the wrapper of the January Greek polla is translated in the best way it VESSEL, a surpassing prodigy of intelligence could have been rendered, signifying as it does and logic; a sort of coup de grace, as the quantity, much. French would say, but to my astonishment it “Nemo" talks about the baptism of cups, is a mere bagatelle.

&c. Well, how are cups washed ? As his In the first place, I should like to know who prediliction is so much in favor of the prac"Nemo'' is? Is he the" Villager" incongnito ? tices of pædo-baptists, and as be is so opposed By the by, I ought to know that “ Nemo" is to dipping, I trust he will tell his laundress nobody, and there is the same sort of nothing to sprinkle his linen, and his scullery maid to Ht 88 about his anti-logical, anti-theological sprinkle his cups and platters, and if he

ticle, and without using “ epithets” it would will inform me of his whereabouts, I will take be a strange phenomena to get anything from the liberty (in a few months) of calling upon nobody ; I may be called facetious, I cannot him to philosophize upon the domestic haphelp it. Nemo me impune lacesset. It is piness resulting from this novel mode of baprather an unhappy though not an irrelevant tizing cups, and pots, and linen. He will say, signature. I hope “Nemo" will allow that I pish? But why did be introduce the baptism know the meaning of the word (irrelevant) of cups ? now, and that it is not " utterly inappropriate Wiser men than “Nemo" have said that to the occasion.” Indeed it is as appropriate there is but one genuine, proper, primary, and now as it was when I used it to the “ Villager.” natural sense of a text, and the natural meanNeither the queries of the “Villager," nor ing of bapto, or baptizo, or baptize, is to dip. the article of "Nemo" are to the point. But I Let “ Nemo" read my book, let him anhave now to do with “ Nemo," and I would swer it, and he shall hear again from Bay, had I half the erudition of your classio

Your servant for Truth's sake, friend, I certainly would have endorsed my views with the name of a more important and

8. COZENS. classical gentleman than “Nemo.

12, Queen-street, Camden Town, Feb. Ist. Allow me to say, Mr. Editor, that it would add very considerably to the respectability of your periodical if controversial articles, let

EDITOR's Note. ters, &c., &c., had the authors' naines thereto attached. If I have any confidence in my We have admitted the above, because we views; if there is nothing apocryphal in my considered our brother Cozens had a right to statements; if there is indisputable truth in my doctrines, why should I withhold my name? reply; but we have no sympathy with that I have confidence in my views: ergo I gave light and lofty spirit which too much characmy name. “Nemo" has no confidence in his terizes the writing and speaking of the day. views : ergo, he conceals his naine; it is certainly an admirable way to save one the We are often publicly censured for extreme shame of a defeat. I say, I have confidence tenderness; we prefer such censure, rather in my views, and that, " Nemo" may ascertain than be influenced by that dogmatieal, conby sending me an order for my new work entitled, “Tobal, Baptizo, Immergo, Dipping, or temptuous, and anti-gospel tone, which is the Seven Baptisms of the Bible;" and if he now so awfully prevalent. We opened our should feel disposed to take up the gauntlet; columns to a fair discussion upon the subject tell him I am ready to enter the arena with this proviso that he gives his real name, that of Baptism, with the hope that some of our I may know with whom I have the pleasure brethren would, in a Christ-like, in an aposto combat and over whom I shall have the honour to triumph with a victor's joy. And tolical, and in a devotional spirit, open up I am as certain of this as I am that there is the mind of God upon, and the holy mysteries a God in the heavens, for truth is strong, couched in, that sacred institution, called and must prevail. Infant sprinkling, or sprinkling for baptism, as a religious ordinance, is a

Baptism." But, if men can only wrangle, lie, and must go back to the father of lies. I and write ironically, we must close the conwish you to inform “ Nemo," that I never draw my sword against cowards. I have too

troversy, fearless of all the censures or consemuch respect for my controversial reputation quences resulting therefrom, to pay much regard to anonymous combatants.

I have said, that “Nemo's" article is antilo.

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