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one to another we do not well : this day is a slain; to the spirituality and holiness of the day of good tidings, and we hold our peace, if Divine nature I was an entire stranger, and we tarry till the morning light, some mischief consequently a Saviour I did not want. But will befall us. Now therefore come that we the time was approaching, and the time came, may go and tell the king's household.” I re- when these matters were clearly revealed to member but very little of the sermon but the my understanding, and pressed home upon power that attended it I trust will never be my heart. Having one evening, in the win. forgotten : from that all important inoment ter season, entered a house where a minister has my soul been knit in a way I cannot des- was appointed to preach, I remained to hear cribe to my dear friend and pastor Mr. bim; he took for bistest the 15th and 16th Biddle and although I have been removed verses of the third chapter of the Revelations, again in Providence for this last seventeen That minister 1 had seen and heard once beyears, yet Brockham is a sacred place in my fore, but to no advantage, either moral or Little history.

spiritual, but rather disgust; it was different E. J. BUCKWELL. at this time: I have never seen him since, Brighton.

neither am I acquainted with his name; Lut this I do know, that the truth rolled

from his lips into my heart, with such THE EXPERIENCE OP

amazing force and power that I trembled from A MINISTER'S SON. head to foot, and the misery and anxiety of

my mind from that hour until the dear Lord [We give the following, hoping it may, under was graciously and lovingly pleased to reveal

God, be the means of opening a door of himself to me as reconciled in the person and usefulness for the writer ; who must we death of his Son, no tongue can describe, nor believe, remove from his present sphere of mind imagine, but his who has been in a si. labour, owing to the extreme poverty of milar state ; and although upwards of twenty: the place-Ed.]

five years have passed away since then, that DEAR BROTHER BANKS-I am extremely circumstance is as fresh upon my mind as it obliged for your very kind communication was at the moment. It is never to be for. duly received ; and in compliance with your gotten. request, I pen a short statement of the Lord's From this time I was led to associate more dealings with me, in bringing me from a state closely and intimately with the members and of sin and depravity, yea, ifrom a state of minister of the particular Baptist church at legal bondage, into the glorious liberty of the Dolen, in Radnorshire, of which church my children of God,

father had been the honoured and successful From a very early period of my life I had pastor for the term of thirty years, and his serious impressions respecting my state as a father for the last nineteen years of his life. sinner in the sight of God. Being the child Before this church I stood, and with much of God-fearing parents, I had the best of es- trembling and fear faithfully declared the amples placed before me; and my father being sta'e of my mind, and what then passed in a minister, I, with the rest of my brothers and conversation and prayer was blessed to my sisters, were constant attendants at the house soul in a most extraordinary manner. of God, and frequently, while there listening was relieved of my load and misery, I could to a preached gospel, I was melted into tears. say of my blessed Jesus, thou art mine, thou The death of my father also mightily affec. hast done all for me. This was the first time ted me and brought me to my knees; but that I saw him in his finished work, the “althese impressions were shadowy, these were together Lovely." This was a revelation of evanescent, they were not lasting ; like the him by the Spirit, as I am persuaded that no early cloud and the morning dew; they passed man can say that Jesus is the Christ, but by away, and as I advanced to more mature age, the Spirit of God. Soon after this, I was bapand went more from under the eye of my tized, and became a member of this same parents, and into the company of the careless christian church; and in compliance with the and unconcerned, I seemed insensibly to par- urgent and repeated entreaties and wishes of take of their minds and their habits, which the minister, the deacons, and members of has since frequently reminded of this church, and in their presence, I made Solomon's caution, Prov. x. 14, 15. Yet I my first attempt to exercise my ministerial could not, like them, give loose to the reins gifts. of my lusts, and run into all excess of riot. My call to the work of the ministry seemed The remaining force of an early training, and to the church and the ministers in the neigh. impressions made in favor of morality and bourhood at that time very clear, although virtue, prevented me committing many sins, not, to my mind, as clear as I wished, as I for which otherwise I should probably have some time hesitated and fell back from com. fallen into. I was, what some people then plying with the wishes of those by whom I termed, a good young man; a young man of was surrounded. good moral habits; but although such were The various - exercises of my mind upon the externals of my character, and which I this subject, to pen the whole, would fill a attribute in a great measure to the care bes. volume; the Lord has enabled me thus far to towed upon me by my parents, the inter- persevere in the work, and to speak a word nal malady of my soul had not been touched; to his praise when an opportunity has offered ; the root of the evil had not been reached, the and there are several now living who can enmity of my heart to God had not been bear witness to the truth from my lips to

me

their souls. I consider the work of the gos-, first went to his people there were only thirty-six pel minister to have a greater amount of re- members, and the whole of the church and congresponsibility attaching to it than any other gation was not more than sixty or serenty, now employment in which a human being can pos- bers; and that the congregation was more than

they numbered above two hundre'l and fifty memsibly engage. Unless we feel that all 'our

three hundred; thus the Lord had made use of a springs are in him, we are undone. I trem- poor earthen vessel ; then he spoke from 2 Cor. ble, and yet I rejoice:

iv. 7.

We had a good time; a fuil meeting, and “His love in times past forbids me to think can say the presence of the Lord was with us. Yours

grace,

JOHN BEARD. He will leave me at last in trouble to sink.” in the covenant of

With best wishes I remain my dearly be. loved brother, yours sincerely,

REVIEWS, NOTICES, &c. D. Evans.

God is Love; or, the Glimpses of the SHARNBROOK, BEDs.—As you record the of God's holy cause in the various departments of Father's Infinite Affection for his people." Zion, a brief account of what the Lord has done By the author of "The Brother Born for Ad. for us in Bethlehem, at Sharnbrook, may be accep- versity.” London : Darton and Co., Holborn table, About a year ago, the cause here was Hill. brought very low, and many thought and said, " It must fall to the ground." The minister, Mr. gious subject, has met with so large, and so

We suppose no five-shilling book on a relispecial meeting for prayer was held to ask the hearty a welcome as this volume has done. Lord to appear for his people in sending a man

Its sale has been rapid, and its usefulness in among them whose ministry he would own and touching the hearts, in encouraging and combless to their souls. In the month of June, a man forting the souls of many, even of some minisappeared, (Mr. T. Corby, of Ecton) whose minis. ters of whom we have heard, is, to us, surtry proved a decided success. God's children were fed, refreshed, and strengthened. Zion lifted up

prising. We think the title ; the able and the her head. Redeemed souls were added to the humble spirit in which the work has been church; the chapel became filled with attentive written, and the new line of thought in which hearers, which continues to the present time with the author has struck out, have had much to evident tokens that the word of the Lord is not do toward giving popularity to the work. preached in vain. The heart-felt language of the Beside this, we know not a reviewer who has people here is,

not highly eulogised the work; and hence it “Great things for us the Lord hath done,

bas been ushered into hundreds of families, In providence and grace."

and is destined, no doubt, to go much farther The acceptability of the minister led the people to in vite him to the pastoral office, which he accepted yet; yea, we hardly think there can be found

more than one section of the visible church and entered upon his stated labours here on the first Lord's day of the present year, with many who could find any rock of offence in all the encouraging prospects. Since then the friends twelve chapters which this volume contains ; have thought that as the Lord had so manifestly of course we do not include Arians, Socinians, answered their united supplications on the former Unitarians, nor any deniers of that unity, cooccasion, and had done more for them than they eternity, and co-equality, subsisting in the had either asked or hoped for, it was but right the glorious Trinity of Persons in our ever-blessed giving. A thanksgiving meeting was accordingly God; we only include those whose written held on Monday evening, Feb. 8, 1858, when it was creed is consistent with the revealed will of truly cheering to witness the lively sense mani. heaven; although, by the way, while we so fested by them of the Lord's goodness, and the carefully exclude the open deniers of the diimplored on behalf of his servant, and the people vinity of Christ, it strikes us very forcibly that among whom he labours. May their prayers be among the professing churches Christ in our abundantly answered, is the heart's desire of day there are multitudes who, while they proONE WHO WAS THERE. fees to believe that Cbrist is God as much as

they believe He was Man; yet they so openly KINGSTON, SURREY:-Ebenezer Chapel, Victoria deny the true character of his mission; they Road, Norbiton, Feb. 9th, 1858. Mr. C. W. Banks preached in the afternoon from ? Samnel vii. last Father; and so substitute the will of man

so indirectly ignore the sovereignty of the sweetly of the Lord's blessing resting upon his for the essential work of the Eternal Spirit, house which were accompanied with divine power that we fear their condition before a holy God to our hearts. At 5 o'clock nearly one hundred sat is not one whit better than some we exclude down to tea. At six o'clock, a few fancy, goods from the pale of the visible gospel church al. were sold in the vestry, given to the church by a friend for the cause. Ai halfpast six, the evening together; but the Lord is Fudge, as well as service began. Mr. Rayment opened the meeting Lawgiver; and He will save aŭ who, in His with a few words of disappointment, as Mr. Banks name, believe with a faith unfeigned and with and Mr Palmer could no: be there; Mr. Hazleton the beart unto righteousness. We shall not engaged in prayer ; then Mr. Rayment made a here fully describe the people who might not statement of his first finding us meeting together be satisfied with this book'; nor can we now desire for a more convenient place to meet in to lay open all the reasons why they would raise worship the Lord; how the Lord made a way for any objection to it; these things may be done us to build this chapel ; that Mr. Beard, with the in future notices, but, as we have made several church, wanted it put into the hands of trustees, attempts to get fairly into the work, and search and hoped some friends would come forward and it as carefully 'as the spies did the land in assist in doing it. Mr. Hazleton, then, after a few olden times ; and as in every attempt we could remarks, gave us a very interesting account of his own church, over which the Lord had made never yet get over the threshold, so now, we him overseer and said that six years ago when he find it impossible to do more than give the

principal contents of the different chapters; some millions of the ransomed ones, these trusting, in our next notice, to have the door bills have all been sealed, and made for ever opened, and to walk fairly into the several sure. In these things we are at home; but chambers of this literary house, on the fore- when Mr. Mushett lays before us his sugges. front of which is so beautifully written, “GOD tion for "a Godly Cabinet" we pause; and IS LOVE!” In the first and second chapters think of many things which cannot here be we have, The eternity and spontaneousness written. “My kingdom is not of this world," of the Father's love." Chapter III. is headed said the adorable Redeemer himself; and whe“The Father's love as displayed in being His ther it is his wish that he should have true people's God." Chapter IV., “The Fatherly godly men at the helm of our nation's affairs, Character of God considered as a proof of His we know not ; but if his own dear people are love for his people.”. Chapter V., " The love led believingly to pray for it; it will be a good of God as exhibited in the various other rela- sign, but we cannot go into this matter pow. tions which He sustains to His saints.” Chap. Mr. Mushett has written some very decided and VI.,“ The love of the Father as unfolded by some very dreadful things in this pamphlet; inanimate emblems." Chapter VII., " The but all the instances of prayer he has recorded love of God as manifested in the mission of are specially belonging to the Church of Christ, Christ to our world." Chapter VIII., “Ex and had nothing to do with the world. We press and inplied assurances of the love of fear this is another specimen of confounding God the Father.”. Chapter IX.,“ Declarations things which do most widely differ. from God's own lips of his love for his people." Chapters X. and XI., "God's love to his people, as shown in their seasons of sorrow.”

Obituary. Chapter XII., “God's love to his people in death, and in the world to come.'

We are

Died on the 4th of February, 1858, the affecsorry there is not another chapter or two on the

tionate, beloved, and long-afflicted Elizabeth distinct and divine personality, office, work, Poock, wife of Thomas Poock, of Ipswich. Her and witness of God the Holy Ghost, without

end was peace.

THOMAS POOCK. whose sovereign and saving grace and power,

The much esteemed wife of the pastor of no sinner can possibly say of God, “We love

Hope Chapel, (in Norton Street, Twig Folly,)

Mr. Thomas B. Parker, died during the past Him because *He first loved us." In that

month. The funeral sermon was preached great text of Paul's, (Rom. v.) he says, “ Hope Feb. 21st, by Mr. John Poynder. maketh not ashamed ; because the love of God is shed abroad in the heart, BY THE A KNOTTY QUESTION.-Mr. Editor,, Will you, HOLY GHOST, which is given unto us." or some of your able correspondents, be so kind as These are the people who, being favoured to to answer the following question. How is a

cburch to act towards a member that marries a see, and being made very jealous for the glory worldly person i Has the church any power orer of, every Person in the Godhead; these people, the case 1:-(We cannot see that the church can it may be, would grieve with us, that TIB do more than reprove; unless the union leads to THIRD Person in the Trinity is, in this book, other inconsistencies, but we leave the question almost lost sight of, while, most ably and for more aged men to answer.- ED.] scripturally too, the love of God to his people is declared But we shall come further into

REDEMPTION FUND. this another day, (D.V.)

Sum announced, Feb., 1858- £90 5s. 10d. “ United Prayer for a Godly Cabinet Sug- Mr. David Meredyth Evans, King's-cross, gested : in a Letter to the Right Honourable

second donation of the Earl of Shaftesbury. By William Mus.

“ A Sinner," Orpington

Brother Willoughby, ditto hett, Barrister-at-Law, London : Nisbett.

Mr. Dulley, Wooburn-green

0 1 0 The House of Commons, the Cabinet, and Captain Adams, per Mr. P. H. Williamson, O the whole body of England's National leaders Mrs. Powell, widow of the late pastor at have been rather violently thrown into com

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" Thomas," Brixton

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0 1 MINISTER," our glorious Advocate before the By Brother J, Greenslade, Devon port :Royal Throne in glory, lives for ever. His

Mrs. Bastone, Plymouth

Friend B. Stoke councils are as sure, as firm, as eternal as him

Friend self. All bis “bills" have been read the third

Mr. Greenslade time; they have every one of them received s. X. the Royal Signature; and they are never to Friends at Newick, and Dane Hill, Sussex, be repealed. They were all read secretly, for sent by Brother Warren, the pastor

1 10 0 the first time in the deep thoughts of our Al-Two friends at Littleport mighty, our all-glorious and gracious FATAER- Priend, at Hollingwood, by brother GarGod ;--they were read, secondly, in the Coun- Female friend in Chapel, Liverpool cils of Eternity, in the Covenant Chambers S. 8. B. G. of Electing Grace, in the presence of the Mrs. Hays, Brentford

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Female friend. Kent-road : upon him the form of a servant, and came to do his Father's will; and by the Holy tion Fund at Liverpool, and in Mr. E. Samuel's

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The Smitten Shepherd.

A SERMON BY MR. JOAN BLOOMFIELD, SALEM CHAPEL, MEARD'S COURT, DEAN STREET, BOHO, ON SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY

5TH, 1858, FROM ZECHARIAŁ XIII, 7.

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow; saith the Lord of hosts," This prophetic language, for sublimity tent as they were in days of old; many of meaning, and majesty of style, has in darkness and in ignorance as to the but few equals in the whole range of the glory God intended the great doctrine of Scriptures. It was delivered centuries sacrifice to teach. If we come to the before its fulfilment in the death and suf- language of the prophets, they still point ferings of the Lord Jesus. The sufferings, to Jesus, the great sacrifice. Well might death, and victory of Jesus Christ were it be said by one, “ We have found Him the burden of the prophecies for ages. of whom Isaiah the prophet wrote." After man had fallen, God intimated to That part of Isaiah we read this morning, man that Christ, or, “The seed of the (53rd chapter) refers to the humiliation woman,” should be bruised, by bruising and suffering, which Christ should pass the serpent's head. From that time sa- through ; also to the death, exaltation, crificial worship became instituted. Adam, honor, and to the great glory to which he the father of the first family, trained his should be raised. If we come to the children as far as he was able to the great Lamentations of Jeremiah for the desoimportance of sacrificial worship. Hence lation of Jerusalem ; yet in them we find we have Cain and Abel, offering their sa- expressions which could only be addressed crifices to God. One was unacceptable, to the “Man-mediator.” The language the other acceptable ; one was offered of my text, doubtless, refers to Jesus without faith in God's promise, the other Christ, though there bave been thousands was offered in simple dependence on God of disputes as to different parts of scripfor His blessing. From Adam down to ture, I don't know of any persons who the prophetic economy, the same sacri- call themselves Christians, who have once ficial system was observed with the same disputed this text referring to Christ. glory in view. It is said, “ Abraham saw This language. I hold to be of solemn the day of Christ, and was glad.” Men meaning, denoting a work of the highest under the Levitical economy saw through and most glorious import ; this text dethe sacrifices, saw through the blood- mands to be touched with reverential sprinkled altars,saw through the gorgeous hands, and solemnised hearts; but none robes the priests wore; and were enabled but the Spirit of God can open our underby the eye of faith to look to the precious standings to see the magnitude of its priesthood, even the Son of God. It is meaning, and the glorious results which true, there were many then who did not spring out of the sufferings of the 80 worship God, and is it not equally true Saviour. that there are many who do not, now? Let us implore God's help while wo are there not many who assemble from direct your attention, First, to the glorious time to time in the worship of God, yet complexity of Christ's personal and official seldom ask themselves what interest they character ; he is here said to be “God's have in that worship in which they are fellow," the equal of the Highest. Se engaged ? or, what part they have in condly, the mysterious and vicarious sufChrist, or the gospel of grace they so ferings of Jesus, as set forth by this manoften hear preached? They hear of eter-date of heaven, “ Awake," sword, nity but seldom ask themselves seriously against the man that is my fellow." and solemnly, what part they are to play Lastly, draw a few lessons from the sufin eternity. They hear of the great sa- ferings of Christ. crifice, but are in darkness, and careless as to their interest in that sacrifice. We

1.-THE COMPLEXITY OF CARIST's hold that things are now to a great ex

PERSONAL AND OFFICIAL CHARACTER,

God's fellow." Of whom could the VOL. XIV.-No. 157.

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Prophet have said this P of whom could Now what we may gather from all these, God himself have said it ? whom did God and I have read not a few, is, that the call “ my shepherd, the man that is my term expresses equality, similarity, idenfellow po He could not hare referred to tity of nature, of the person of Christ, any other than to that Being who once with God himself. It indicates a mystesaid, " I and my Father are one.” No rious unition of natures. One who could other save that Being who, when in this say, "My Father is greater than I," and world, was called “Immanuel, God with he who could likewise say, “ I and my

He was called “The man," "the Father are one.” One in essence, one in man Christ Jesus.” Now Cbrist was power, one in wealth, one in felicity, man, and perfect man, born of a woman, and one in everlasting glory. Then formed in the fashion of man, a glorious the mysterious constitution of the man with God, a divine man sent of God. person of Christ was necessary for Here is a wonder for angels, not that he the discharge of his mediatorial work as was God, but that he who was God should the qualification for him to be the Great become man; he who was before angels, lligh Priest unto God. He must be sin, or death; he who gave birth to an- man's brother, and God's equal. By this gels, should become lower than angels, constitution of his person, we see how even to suffer death. Here is a myste- the poor sinner is enabled to find repose rious matter for angelic minds! to think in him; had be been the High and Lofty that He who gave them birth, gave them One who inhabiteth eternity orly, in powers, gave them capacity to worship, whom no poor sinners would have found that He (their Maker) should become repose ; or, had he been man only, he lower than angels. He was man that he never could have ransomed our souls might sympathize with man. He was from the grave ; and God would never man that he might die in man's stead. have said, deliver bin from going down He was man that he might come into to the pit, I have found a ransom." The this world of sorrow to dry up the tears constitution of Christ's person is such man shed. A man sent by God when, in that he can weep with us, and he can talk Bethlehem, he threw off his glory, of with us; he can sympathize with sufferlight; and a man, when in the garden, ing humanity, for “ He sweated as it were great drops of * He knows what sore temptations mean, blood falling to the ground.” Man, when For he has felt the same. he cried, “Oh, my Father, if it be pos- Then Christ is called my Shepherd. Isaiah sible, let this cup pass from me." Man saith, “He shall feed his flock likea Shepwhen nailed to the cross; man, when herd.” Christ saith of himself, “I am crowned with thorns, man when his side the Good Shepherd.” David saith, "the was pierced, man when he cried, " Eloi, Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." Eloi, lama sabacthani. My God, my God, Christ is the Shepherd of bis people, he why hast thou forsaken me?" Oh! think is the Shepherd of bis Father, he is the of the manhood of Christ, that he suffered Great Shepherd who "bad power to lay in thy place, sinner; to bear thy guilt, to down his life, and power to take it give thee victory over thine enemies, even again.” And Christ is the Protector of sin and death. Christ was man by the bis people; not only the Great Deliverer, mysterious constitution of his person. but the Great Protector. He who gave He was God's equal, and man's fellow. us an existence, maintains that existence ; He was a man of dignity, a man of power. and he who gave us spiritual life, he Had he not been man, he could not have who gave us faith, hope, and love, maindied; bad he been merely man, however tains these graces of the Spirit in our pure, however good, had he not been the bearts. It is Jesus who protects us from God man, “God's fellow," he could not every storm, who keeps us and preserves have atoned for sin, or wipe away our us from the fierce attacks of the evil one, stains. This term, "Fellow, one learned and supports us amid the machinations of man says, means a man of power; ano hell itself

. ther says, it means a man's neighbour; II.-- We notice the MYSTERIOUS SUF. another, a near of kin ; another, a man FERRINGS OF CHRIST as set forth by my equal, intimating relationship, fellow, this mandate of the Most High, "awake, ship: Mr. John Stevens says, the word o sword!" not the sword of the creain Hebrew, when translated, means neigh- ture; not the sword of despotism; but bour, near one, companion, associate. I of justice, of inexorable justice !" Awake,

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