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ness in it: has the believer at no time reason
THE BELIEVER'S EXERCISES. to say, “ 0, wretched man that I am ?" does the believer in no sense walk after the flesh ? Does he in no sense regard iniquity in his What conflicts in the soul takes place, heart? What, then, must be the conclusion of every one that's called by grace ! but this, that it is by faith in the truth as it At times they prove their title clear, is in Jesus, that we have a remedy for all And then anon, o'erwhelm'd with fear. our faults and frailties; and therefore we do Their hearts now soft with holy oil, not so regard iniquity in our hearts as to They live beneath a Saviour's smile ; draw back from or give up the truth? We And then with sorrow they complain, do not so walk after the flesh as to hate the Their hearts as hard as stone again. truth. The carnal mind is enmity to the Now Christ is precious in his word, truth ; the spiritual mind is love to the truth,
Its promise doth sweet peace afford. and by faith in the eternally perfect atone- Their joy and peace it cannot yield.
But soon the sacred page is sealed, ment of the Saviour, our fellowship with God 'Tis sweet when in the house of prayer is kept up. As it was by daily washings the They meet the Lord their Saviour there, Levites had access to the holy things, so it is But sad it is to come away, by faith in the daily cleansing blood of Christ Without a blessing all the day. (for he abideth a priest continually) that we at times when on the knee of prayer, have welcome and access to God, made nigh They cast on Jesus all their care, by the blood of Christ. In this way, and in But often mourn an absent God, this way only, can the lovers of true cleanli- And leave the throne with all their load. ness, true holiness, daily wash and be clean. They find at times 'tis very sweet,
Thus the Lord purifies their hearts by faith. On Christ their Lord to meditate,
with Which drives out thoughts from all that's good
But oftner find the world intrude, dead bodies, and touch the unclean because At times they feel their faith so strong, they are not under the law but under grace? When Christ's the subject of their song! God forbid! And especially from the sin But soon, alas ! a cloud appears, unto death shall they be kept, and in the Which tries their faith and fills their fears. faith unto righteousness and life, shall they They feel at times their love expand, live,
When drawn by Jesu's gracious hand, . Thus, then, it appears that sin shall not But when he seems to leave his hold, have penal, nor deadly, nor entire, nor final, Their ardour quickly groweth cold, dominion over them, and yet such is the pre- Sometimes before their foe they stand, sent state of the professing world that many Triumphing with a conqueror's hand, who need the grace of God most in the forms But soon again their weakness find,
When Satan's darts afflict the mind. thus presented are the first to cry out against They sometimes cheerful say 'tis well
, it. They do not seem to like it to be known And of their Saviour's goodness tell ; that poor old nature is what it is, or that the Then murmur at the ways of God, grace of God is what it is; but we must not, And fretful lie beneath the rod. for fear of the frowns of the (carnally) free At times tho' sin and death annoy, and easy, abstain from feeding the flock of They shout aloud “they can't destroy,” slaughter. We would not therefore take And yet, tho' strange it may appear, the sixth of the Romans without the seventh, at other times they quake with fear. nor the seventh apart from the sixth ; and, Thus all the children of the Lord, after all we must fall back upon the testimony That flesh and spirit will contend
Do clearly prove the sacred word, that “it is of the
Lord's mercies that we are in them, till life its course shall end. not consumed." So believes, and therefore so
W. CHAPPELL. speaks,
A TRIED ONE,
“ SIN SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER
“ Blessed is the man to whom God will not YOU."
impute sin.” The promise of God is, “IniSix, the great enemy of man,
quity shall not be your ruin." Ezekiel xvii. 30. Dates from the time the world began;
Well, I sometimes sit and turn over these Seized his whole frame, and marred his life, words in my mind, "iniquity shall not be Which sowed the seeds of endless strife; your ruin :" yet, in reality, in ourselves Fe And made the world one fearful scene
sce nothing but iniquity, and seem to be at Of vengeance, pride, and deadly spleen, Such vast dominions, boundless sway ;
times a walking pestilence on the earth. Alas! who can this torrent stay?
Sometimes I think thus : God sees how sinful We have it in that promise sure,
and depraved I am; and that my heart is That ne'er will fail to work the cure ; “ deceitful above all things, and desperately Restore our ruined race, and give
wicked.” Now this consideration would terrify That balm by which we all may live : Sin shall not in our spirit's reign,
me to death, if I did not believe in his word, For God decrees it shall be slain.
our old man was crucified with Christ, Then seeking s inner now rejoice,
that the body of sin might be destroyed," And hear thy gracious Saviour's voice. (Rom. vi. 6), and that it is written, " iniquity
W.P. B. shall not be your ruin."-Chamberlaia.
A VOICE FROM AMERICA, can never come; I felt as if there could be no
mercy for me; my husband's employer came DECLARING THE POWER OP GOD TO SAVB in and kindly endeavoured to encourage me,
PEOPLE, WITI OR WITHOUT but I could not be comforted; I wanted someMEANS,
FALSE thing to come home with power to my soul, MEANS. BEING A LETTER FROM SARAH because I read in my Bible that “power beSHELTON, THE ONLY DAUGITER OF MRS. longeth to God;" and just in this extremity CORBITT, WIFE OF JOHN CORBITT, BAP- these words came in with delivering power, TIST MINISTER, ORFORD
CHAPEL, “Come unto me all ye that are weary, and NORWICH.
heavy laden, and I will give you rest." I
felt as if my burden rolled off, my conscience MY DEARLY BELOVED FATHER was eased, and my heart rejoiced, and I MOTIER_We were glad to hear from you,
could and did rejoice, and praise the name of and that you are so comfortable, and that the the Lord. Then those blessed words followed, Lord is blessing your labours of love at Nor- “I will bring the blind by a way they know wich. What å mercy to know that there is not, and lead them in paths they had not a way that poor sinners may come unto him known; and make crooked things straight, and be saved; he hath said in his word, and rough places plain; this will I do for “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are them, and not forsake them.” O! what bles. heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” My sed words are these to my poor soul now, apdear parents, there is a great deal of profession plied by the Spirit of God to me; I have in these parts, but how much possession I can. been brought to see and feel myself blind, and not tell ; but they profess to have a great miserable, and naked, therefore I desire to be deal-they go to chapel and say they are con- clothed with his righteousness; my righteverted, and in a few nights they say they have ousness is as filthy rags ; I often have to say found the Lord, and they are so happy ; but with Job: “O that I knew where I might find you never hear them complain of their sinful him, that I might come even to his seat. hearts. My husband and me have been to But he knoweth the way that I take, and these meetings a great deal this winter; they when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as are of the Baptist denomination, they have gold tried in the fire. I hope the Lord will meetings, every night, even Saturday, also in make me truly sensible what I am, and what the morning. I think they have not missed I must be, to come before him; what would baptizing only one week out of six; one week it profit me to come before him with they baptized eleven persons, and another five, a few cold prayers, and yet be dead in sin ? and I cannot say how many the other three What will it profit me in a dying day? we read, weeks. My dear parents, we read in the
ye must be born again;" I hope I can say Scriptures, that in the last days anti-christ I desire these things; but I often feel when shall come; and even now there are many in "I would do good, evil is present with me.” the world. We went to one of these meet. 0! this wicked heart of mine, this makes ings, and the minister took his text from me feel my need of him; I hope he will ever Romans vi. 16, “Know ye not, that to whom make me feel my need of him ; I desire to ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his ser- put my trust in him; we read, “it is better vants ye are to whom ye obey ; whether of sin to trust in the Lord, than to put confidence in unto death,, or of obedience unto righteous- princes ;" I know it is if we come right: ness ?" The minister invited all that would to
** Search me, O God, and know my heart; come, and yield themselves unto Christ, and try me; and know my thoughts; and see be saved; and then all the front seats' were what wicked way there is in me ; and lead cleared, to see who would come to be saved. me in the way of everlasting life.” The I kept my seat; and to hear the screams and Lord knoweth my heart – it must be in and cries of the people and the minister bidding through him alone, if ever I am saved. Oh! them all to come, I felt myself in an awful my dear parents, these are the days that I place; I felt as if my hair stood erect, I want your instruction and prayers; but thought they were blind leaders of the blind; thanks be to God, we have his precious word and I knew I was wrong, and the cold sweat
to go to. stood on me, and I felt as if hell would gwal- We do not go to the baptist chapel now; I low us all up together; and I now felt these have been there until I could not bear to hear things of great importance, and such as I them. Their minister has called on me sov. could not get rid of-I saw and felt that I eral times; he told me, I must believe and was a sinner, and a great one too; yea, the rejoice in God's promises ; but I felt as if I very chiefest of sinners; and that I needed a could as easy create a world as to do that in great Saviour, and knew not what to do to be the state I was in ; I kept going until I was saved. Oh! the anguish of soul that I felt, I starved out, and often felt as if I had not got cannot tell you half; I could only think of any desire to go there; then these words the poor publican, and smite my breast as he came powerfully to my mind," come out from did, crying, “God be merciful unto me a sin. amongst them, and be ye separated, and
.” In this way I was made to pray for touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive days and weeks, before I could get the least you, saith the Lord of Hosts." This Scrip. gleam of hope : one day we all sat down to tea, ture used to trouble me very much, for I my husband saw that I was in great trou- thought they were all better than me; but ble, could take no tea. I felt as if my sin we were forced to leave them; and we now would drag me down to that place where hope go to what they call the Old School Presby
terians. The minister there took for his text bent of St. John's, Portsea-(a Christian Galatians vi. 7, 8, “Be not deceived, God is brother indeed) has set the churches in Chris. not mocked; whatsoever a man soweth, that tendom a noble example in the course he has also shall he reap; for he that soweth to the pursued, with reference to opening one of the flesh, sball of the filesh reap corruption ; but adversary's great banquetting halls, and he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit turning it into a house of prayer ; and a reap life everlasting !" That was what I loved; place where the Gospel is preached; where and in the evening he took for his text, John Christ is exalted; and where thousands are vii. 37, “If any man thirst, let him come gathered together' to hear the words of lif unto me, and drink;' and it seemed as if it and salvation. was all for me; we did not make ourselves This shilling volume entitled “THE COURCH known to them; but they have found us out; IN THE Circus,” now publishing by, Parone lady and gentleman came to see me last tridge and Co., is, certainly, worthy of the at. week, and invited me to come before the tention of all who are longing to see the Church; but I shall not do that at present, Church of Christ arise, and shake herself for I do not know their rules of practice ; but from the dust, We have read the work; and I understand they believe in sprinkling. My earnestly wished we could thus be useful to dear parents, do pray for me, that I may be some of the thousands who surround us, deep kept by the mighty power of God, and not sunk in heathen darkness and in sin. We left to myself, or I shall fall. I remain your would give extracts, but have not room this affectionate daughter,
month. The following paragraph, from a SARAH SHELTON. Portsmouth print, will shew how highly Mr.
America. Knapp is esteemed in the district where he To her beloved mother and father,
labours. John and Mary Corbitt.
PROVIDENTIAL ESCAPE FROM DROWNANG—We announce with feelings of thankful.
ness and pleasure, the providential escape of “THE CHURCH IN THE CIRCUS." the Rev. J. Knapp, the respected Incumbent
of St. John's, and founder of the Church at With mingled feelings of joy and jealousy the Circus, from a watery grave. The Rev. we perceive that in all directions the most gentleman was bathing on Southsea beach, on evangelical, spiritual, and faithful clergymen Monday morning last, when by some means of the Church of England, are exerting he got beyond his depth, and had it not been themselves in the most laudable manner, and for the timely assistance rendered by two are putting forth all their powers, to gather bathers, who saw the perilous position in up, and to bring under the sound of the Word, which Mr. Knapp was placed, he must inerit. the great masses of our rapidly increasing ably have perished. Such a calamity would population. As Christians we must rejoice in have plunged the whole borough in mourning, every enterprise which is successful in gather for the loss would have been irreparable. Our ing into the fold of the visible Church, the thankfulness ought to be profound, that the fallen sons of men; but as believers in the rev. gentleman is yet spared to us to carry on, New Testament Order of Faith and Divine to a still greater extent, and to a yet more Worship, we must confess we view the great and favourable issue, his "work of faith and lawide spreading influences of the Church of bour of love," amongst us. England, the Congregational, and other denominational churches-with some degree of MAIDSTONE, Mote ROAD CHAPEL. The Great jealousy. The great Truths of the Gospel and Gracious Head of His Church has given us a are dear to us : the ordinances of the Lord's little revival : during the last ball year our conHouse, as instituted by Christ, and as observ- gregation has somewhat increased; we bave reed by the apostles and first churches, are ceived into the church three by experience, and very sacred; and we would not depart from foar by dismission ; and our Pastor hopes to bapthem for all the popularity and praise mor
tize three others on the 27th. There seems to be tals can bestow. But when these truths are an increasing spirit of prayer among us ; also held merely in a cold and formal manner;
love and unity. when these ordinances are administered in
On the 16th inst we held our thirty-eighth connection with cold, haughty, and unlovely anniversary; and were favoured with a more enspirits; and when, as a consequence, our couraging attendance and collections than for sechurches and congregations wither and de- veral years past. Our friend Milner was enabled to cline: it is impossible but that we must grieve; give us a full and rich discourse, in the morning, we fear lest the candlestick be removed from from Ephes. i. 9, “ Having made known unto us? We do grieve. Our spirits have weeped us the mystery of his will, according to his in secret; and in deep anguish we have good pleasure which he hath purposed in himmourned over that death-like, that shallow, self.” In the afternoon, brother Shindler adthat weak, that unedifying, and that severing, dressed us from Levit. xxv. 9, 10. And brother disuniting, stoical, theoretical, and anti-practi.
Milner olosed the day with an encouraging and cal spirit which so alarmingly wastes and scat= instructive discourse on Heb. xi. 25, * Choose ters the energies of our truth-espousing ing rather to suffer afiliction with the people of congregations; and we long to see a Christ. God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a like power going forth to the help of our
Several ministering brethren took a much-loved Zion.
part in the devotional services, and friends came The Rev. John G. F. Knapp, the Incum- 12 miles, and others 7, to help and cheer us.
Maidstone, June 18, 1858. John Dixos.
“ GOOD NEWS" FROM CANADA.
Dear BROTHER BANKS-I desire to be little things that cause a disunion between thankful to the God of all my mercies for those servants of Jesus Christ, who all preach every bestowment of His gracious hand upon error "abounds in almost every shape; yet
the glorious truths of the gospel. Here one so unworthy as I am of the least of his they can lay aside their little differences, and favours : he hath kept me, and watched over hold their " Union Meetings" throughout the me, all my life long till now; he hath hum. country; how much more ought those who bled me under his mighty hand, and broken one another in love, endeavouring to keep the
hold "the truth as it is in Jesus" to forbear down my haughty spirit, and brought me unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. But near to his feet, that he might look with pity we are thankful to God that he has made our and love upon me, and cause me to desire no and that some of its rich dainties we are fav
dear native land, the great emporium of truth, other portion than himself while here in the oured to partake of. wilderness; and to make me thankful for my Perhaps you may feel interested in knowing very existence, and to bless the hand that that the Lord has a people (" a remnant acdirected me to the place where such sweet cording to the election of grace,") even here, peace and love have been manifested to my in Canada, one of whom he has lately called soul. But these blessed seasons of enjoyment from earth to join the heavenly host above ; have passed away; and I have again been and as I was favored to sit for a few times beleft to mourn an absent God; or, through my side the dying bed of the departed one, I will
waywardness and sinfulness, have try and tell you a little about it. brought darkness and guilt upon my con- There is something sublime in the triumphs science ; peace has been destroyed, and com- of a departing saint ; the last enemy, the fort put far from me ; slavish fears have taken king of terrors, is looked for and welcomed as possession of the mind; and God in the dis- a friend; the dark valley is illumined by the iance, has been approached with dread, and brightness and glory of his presence who no relief could be found till a healing leaf from spoiled death of its sting, and the soul catches the Tree of Life has been applied by the Good the sounds of sweet music from the heavenly Physician, with these words inscribed thereon, mansions, and longs to wing its flight to join “All we like sheep have gone astray, we the immortal choir in singing the song of rehave turned every one to his own way; but deeming love; and there is something here the Lord hath laid on him the inquity of us very encouraging to ourselves, -we look back all.”. This has gradually effected a cure, and at the past life of such an one, and see that wiped the guilt away ; yet, with shame do I they too, like us, have been trembling, doubtremember my sins before God, whilst I adore ing souls; often fearing lest they had no part the grace that reconciles poor sinners to God, nor lot amongst God's children; we see the not imputing their trespasses unto them; and grace which then sustained them, and kept although I am far from always being on the them travelling Zionward, now shines forth mount of enjoyment, I trust that he does so gloriously in their final victory. These « Now and then let fall a ray
things revive our drooping faith, confirm our Of comfort from his throne."
hope, and fill our souls with love to that dear
Friend and Almighty Saviour, who never And this, too, he does in a sovereign way: leaves nor forsakes those who put their trust when, and by what means he sees fit, and, in him. And sometimes, while in this blessed blessed be his holy name, (if I am not decei- and holy atmosphere, we could almost gladly ved,) he often makes use of Tue EARTHEN exchange places with the departing spirit, and Vessel to this end. As I was reading bro. rejoice to lay down this sin-burdened body, ther Bloomfield's sermon in the April No., on and no more go out into this world of temp"the Smitten Shepherd,” I had a most blessed tation, to have the affections alienated from season of holy communion and sweet fellow. him who is the dearest object of our soul's de. ship with that glorious Person, whose excel. sire and admiration ; and who that knows the lencies the dear man of God, through the aid power of temptation, and his own weakness of the Divine Spirit, was enabled to unfold; and inability to withstand it, the influence of and, permit me to remark, that, here at these the world in its thousand perplexing, alluring "ends of the earth,” where we have but a and deceiving contrivances to hold the soul in scanty supply of preached gospel-truth, how bondage thereto, and the enmity of the carnal much sweeter are such pieces as the above mind against God; wbo that knows these named, than those hair-splitting controversies things, and wbat it is to be engaged in this which some (who are favored with gospel food conflict, and has been favored for a short seain every variety,) seem inclined to indulge in; son to sit, as it were within the very precincts could they be sent here in Canada but for one of the heavenly world, does not dread the year, I think it would cure them of some of thought of being again immersed in that their whims. We are favoured to read TIP which so often holds the soul so far from the VESSEL, The Standard, and The Trumpet ; enjoyment of God? and we sometimes regret that there are such It is not quite a year since I first became acquainted with our dear departed sister, year of her life, and it is a remarkable fact (Mrs. ELIZABETI Haight, of Thurlow, c. that her sight had returned, so that for several W.) so that I can give you but a very limited years (I think 13 or 14,) she had been able and imperfect account of her christian career; to see to read without the aid of glasses till but, from what I can learn, she must have within a few days of her death; and this been a member of the Thurlow Baptist Church privilege she highly prized. She would somenearly forty years, and was always remark. times say, “what should I do, laying here able for her punctual attendance on the means night and day, if it was not for my blessed of grace till prevented by infirmity and old Jesus ?"! age. She was a lively Christian, one that well On Sabbath, 13th December last, I was adorned the doctrine of God her Saviour. rather late before I reached there; she had
The first time I was introduced to her, I began to fear that I had forgotten her; she went in company with two or three Baptist said, if I had done so, she should bare felt friends. She lived with her son, a farmer, herself to be a miserable and deserted creaback in the country, with no friends who ture; she held me by the hand, and blessed knew and loved the truth anywhere near, and the Lord that I had come, and asked the Lord had for many years been deprived the privi- to bless my coming to see such a poor old lege of attending the public worship of God. woman. She spoke of the happy seasons she I found her to be a cheerful and happy dear had enjoyed in the house of God; she remarkold saint, at the great age of 94 years. We ed that I had now been to meeting, but she were now on a long journey, and had not time was confined to her bed; this she felt rather to read and pray with her; at which she was keenly. She said, “pray for me, that the much disappointed. The next time we went, Lord will sustain me in the trying hour. she was confined to her bed from the effects of What a good thing it is for me, that I have a fall she had a few days before ; she rejoiced such a good evidence that the Lord has manimuch to see us ; we read and prayed, and sung fested his pardoning mercy to my soul.” a hymn, in which she joined heartily; she con. Here again she referred to the day when her versed freely on the Scriptures, and on the pre- darkness was turned to light, and her sorrow ciousness of Christ to her soul, and told us how into joy; and added, “what great things the the Lord first met with her, and manifested Lord has done for me." She then told me of himself to her soul, which (if I remember right) the blessedness that sometimes filled her soul is about 40 years since; she said, “I had during her sleepless nights: one night very been under deep convictions for a long lately she was so overjoyed that she could not time, and the concern I felt about my help singing aloud the Evening Hymn, soul prevented me eating and resting, so that
“ Glory to thee, my God, this night,” &c. my son often used to tell me that I should certainly loose my senses if I went on that at which the family in the other part of the way long; and one day while in this trouble of house were alarmed; but, she said, “I could mind, the thought struck me, that I would not help it, I was so happy." go to a Christian woman living at a house a Dec. 27th.-On seeing me enter, she mani. short distance across the fields, and enquire of fested the same joy as on former visits; and her what to do to relieve my distressed mind. talked most familiarly of the Lord Jesus, and I started, and while crossing the fields the his preciousness to her soul. She said, Lord met me with these words, 'Lord, to - Jesus is dear to me, he is sometimes so bright whom shall we go? thou hast the words of in my eyes, and the way to heaven so clear." eternal life, and we believe and are sure that I asked, what were the feelings of her thou art Christ the Son of the living God.' mind about meeting death! She answered, John vi. 68, 69. I knew who it was ; I was “ I am quite ready whenever he shall come; changed in a moment, and filled with joy and but, all the days of my appointed time will peace, and saw the gospel plan, and my duty: I wait, till my change come.” Again she I had not now to go and ask the good woman spake of her love to the sanctuary, and to the what I musi do, but I went to tell her what ordinance of believers' baptism : and praised the Lord had done for my soul." We left her the Lord for my visit! she held my hand in much cheered and comforted by our visit. I her's and charged me never to neglect or forhave called on her several times since, but I sake her while she lived. She made some rehave seldom conversed with her, without her marks with reference to myself, in reply to referring to that memorable day of deliver- which, I spake to her of the doubts I someance to her soul. I have lately visited her times have of myself, when she sharpely reevery alternate Lord's-day, having to pass plied, "you must not always expect light and her house to attend a meeting ; sometimes comfort, but in darkness Christ is a sure rest. other friends have gone with me. She used ing place for the soul.” to long for the hour to arrive for our visit, and Jan. 10th, 1858.--I called, with several would sometimes count the days and hours other friends, and noticed a striking change before we went ; she was always overjoyed to in her countenance; and this was the last see us, and would at once carefully remind us, time I conversed with her; her mind was unnot to leave without praying with her. I am changed and happy. With strong confidence sorry that I did not write down many of her in the God of her salvation, she said to us, sweet remarks, but I had not thought of ever when night now comes, I never expect to writing to any one what she said. Her only live till morning, wbich makes me feel very companion was the New Testament, which she happy." She wished us to read to her of the read a great deal ; she told us that she had birth of Christ. We did so; and she made read it through three times during the last 'some remarks thereon, which I do not dis