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with the feelings of the soul under the sooner given to see their lost conHoly Ghost's teaching and powers : dition than they are led to the Saviour

of sinners for the forgiveness of their “I thirst, and faint, and die, to prove sins. They have the sentence of The greatness of redeeming love,

death in " themselves, “that they The love of Christ to me.'

should not trust in themselves but in Effectual calling is another stream God, which raiseth the dead," 2. Cor. of this Divine sea, by which alone the

i. 9. They have the law coming home blessings of election and redemption

to their souls in its spirit, but not so can be communicated to us. This is much in its killing power; this comes the work of the Holy Spirit; it is by

afterwards. They come in at the His Almighty power that the sinner, south gate into the city of God and dead in trespasses and sins, is

gospel blessing, but have more of the awakened to a sense of his guilt, and

north gate experience in after-days, led to fly for refuge to Jesus Christ,

yet early can singthe only hope set before sinners in the

“My faith looks up to Thee, Gospel. Various are the methods by

Thou Lanıb of Calvary, which the sacred Teacher arouses the

Saviour divine, guilty soul. More or less He makes

Now hear me while I pray, use of the terrors of the law; the

Take all my guilt away; sinner is alarmed; he is burdened

O may I from this day

Be wholly Thine." with a sense of his guilt; he knows not where to fly; the flames of Sinai Thus, by somewhat different means flash conviction into his soul; the and different ways, the blessed Spirit mountain appears to hang over his of all grace leads the objects of devoted head; the thunders of the Divine choice from darkness to light, Most High seem ready to descend and and from the kingdom of Satan to the sink him to the lowest hell, which kingdom of God. But it is the same seems to open itself under him, and stream which flows from the same over which he is suspended by the ocean of love, and wafts the soul to easily-snapped thread of life. Oń how the same eternal fruition of blessedmany sleepless nights does he pass; ness and joy.

his soul abhors all manner of meats, Time would fail to set forth all the and he is brought to the very gates of numerous channels which flow from death,” until at length the celestial this immeasurable sea, to refresh and Dove drives away the darkness, pours irrigate the church of the living God. a flood of light into the mind, a beam Pardon, adoption, justification, sancof glory shines around the hill of tification, are all streams from the Calvary. The trembling. sinner ap- same source ; and what are all the proaches the cross, and, directed by ordinances of Divine grace, the proThe Spirit, casts himself into the arms mises of the Word, and the consolaof his crucified Redeemer. Oh, what tions of the Spirit, but so many holy joy and serenity now abound in rivulets emanating from the exhaustthe soul! The long night of tribula- less love of the Eternal, to cheer and tion is past. The day star has ap- invigorate us while passing through peared, and now the soul basks in the this thirsty wilderness of woes, to the sunshine of Immanuel's love.

seats prepared for us above? But To others the Holy Spirit applies soon, if “ born again,” passed from a the still small voice of mercy. They death in sin to life in Christ, we shall are melted at the perusal or recital of leave this world with all its troubles, the Saviour's intense sufferings. The trials, afflictions, and perishing comthought of their ingratitude to so in- forts, and mount the lofty skies, and dulgent a God pains them to the heart, there bathe our weary souls with full tears of contrition flow in abundance delight in the immeasurable sea of from their eyes, and they are Jehovah's love.

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« The love of God,
Is an ocean deep and wido,

Unfathomed and unknown ;
It rolls an everlasting tide

From God's eternal throne."
Boston, E.


- Great peace


No. 6. Copy of a letter from Mr. David Bligh

to Miss Sarah Thompson, dated June 17th, 1771.

DEAR FRIEND,-I received your short epistle near three weeks after date, by which I am glad to hear you and your family are well. Towards the close of your letter you cite a passage of Scripture out of the 119th Psalm, 145th verse, have they that love Thy law, and nothing shall offend them,” which words you desire me to explain. It evidently appears that the persons here signified by the pronoun are the saints of God; for no man can love the law of God but he who loves God Himself, because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the law of God, neither, indeed, can be; and no man can love God Himself but he who, by His own enlightening and constraining grace, is brought to believe in Jesus Christ, whom He hath sent, so that these words can be applied to no other than true believers in Jesus. Now, the peace here spoken of as flowing from love and obedience to God is best known when experienced in the soul; 'tis not a false and fading, but a true and lasting peace; 'tis not the peace of the world, but the peace of God; 'tis not a carnal, but a spiritual peace. Carnal men, and even the most profligate among them, may possess for a time what they call peace, while God declares there is no peace. And here, my friend, we may, and we ought to admire and wonder at the unbounded love and the distinguishing grace of our covenant God, that has put a difference between them and us; and we may doubt and fear, murmur and

complain, till our dying hour, yet this will hold good, and in this cheering truth we should always triumph. 'Tis by the free grace of God we are what we are; and “ such were some of you,” (says the Apostle); but oh this glorious, this soul-reviving adversation; “but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

Remember, my dear friend, this near and dear relation. He is our own God.-our own Father, Husband, Leader, Captain, Witness, Guide, Brother, Friend, yea, the Lord our righteousness and strength, Jer. xxiï. 6.

But to return. The peace here spoken of is not the gift of the world ; no, in the world ye shall have tribulation; but it is the gift of our Heavenly Father through Christ Jesus. or Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth give I unto you."

No; the world was always a liar and deceiver, as well as the god of it; it promises more than 'tis able to give. But God can give the peace the world can neither give nor take away. Peace with God through the blood of the Lamb; peace in our own conscience, &c. Further, called here great peace, and, indeed, well it may, since it is the peace of the Great God, and a peace which passeth all understanding. And here, my friend, we must leave it, and rest satisfied, with only a taste now and then, just as our Divine Father sees most needful, till by His own upholding and persevering grace we are brought into the haven of rest and glory.

My dear friend, you seem to lay the strongest emphasis on the word offended in this text, since you immediately add, “But how often are we offended at this dispensation of Providence ?” Whether anything particular was then impressed on your mind is best known to yourself; only this I would observe-I apprehend the word here cannot imply that a saint shall never repine, or be displeased with God's dealings with him in providence. I think both Scripture

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and experience teach us the contrary. Quite the reverse to that seems to be the experience of David, the beloved of God, in a fit of distrust and unbelief, probably when he was in his low estate, it vexed him to see his ungodly neighbours prosper in the world, while things seemed to go cross with him, as you may read at large in his 73rd Psalm, and the very suitable advice and encouragement he gives to others in like circumstances you may find in Psalm xxxvü. So likewise the prophet Jonah. He was displeased with God's conduct towards him in two instances; and when the Lord put the question to him, “Doest thou well to angry,” he, in the heat of his passion, justified his conduct, and says, “I do well to be angry, even unto death; and, my friend, does not experience teach us something similar to these cases ? I think I can truly say it does me, and from what you intimate in your letter, I may justly infer it does you also. Alas! how fretful, peevish, and dissatisfied we are, if things do not go just to a hair's breadth as we should like to have them. Well may God's people be called children in this respect, for we cannot bear to be crossed; hence, then, both Scripture and experience, I think, prove that the word " offend” here does not imply that a believer shall never be offended with God's dealings with him in providence. This word “offend” frequently in the New Testament signifies to lay a stumbling-block in the way of another, or to do anything by which a weak brother is turned aside; and this seems to be the sense of it in the text, as it is literally rendered in the margin, “He shall have no stumblingblock.” But after all there is room to object that this does not come up to the point in hand; for we know 'tis too often the case that a child of God, and especially a young convert, has stumbled, and his tender conscience been wounded, through the unguarded conduct of other professors.

Alas! this is certainly too often confirmed by facts and experience. Well, then, perhaps it may signify something

more-viz., that notwithstanding the various trials, and temptations, reproaches, and persecutions, and difficulties they may meet with in this life for the sake of Christ and a good conscience, they shall not be suffered finally to apostatizo from the faith, and entirely reject their profession, as our Lord signifies was the case with the stony ground bearers in Matthew, where the very same word offended is used. Hence He says, chap. xi. 6; “Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me,” intimating, on the contrary, that whomsoever shall be offended in Him shall be accursed; but blessed be God, this will never be the case of even the weakest and most helpless babe in Christ, whatsoever some may affirm, and however discouraging they may talk. No! “He gathers the lambs in His arms, and carries them in His bosom, Isaiah xl. 11. Let God be true, though every man may be a liar. “I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them to do them

Here is their security on God's side. “But I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me." Here is their security on their own part, and whatover the devil and unbelief may sug, gest to us respecting our present feelings, frames, and dispositions; yet if we ever had the least reason to believe that we were interested in this covenant, and possessed of the true fear of God, this one portion of Scripture, with God's b]essing, will so baffle the adversary, and fully answer all his hell-bred objections, that he must quit the field and give up the point for lost. He cannot withstand the testimony of Scripture, and in this way our Great Master has taught us by His own example (Matt. iv. 3) these words, “It is written, what he could not bear. If there were no other proof of the saints' final perseverance than this one, I think this would be sufficient; for as Mr. Pilly argued last Lord's day from the soul's union to Christ, for if one soul for whom He died was to sink



into hell at last, Christ Himself must dance of joy and peace in the Holy go also. Oh what a delightful discourse Ghost, I once more conclude. did he preach from these words of the

Your affectionate friend, Apostle : “Being confident of this very thing, that He who hath begun

DAVID BLIGH. the good work in you, will perform it until the time of Jesus Christ.” This discourse carried my drooping soul

VISITING THE SICK through the day with exceeding joy. I spent the evening with a few of our Is a Christian duty, the discharge Christian friends very comfortably of which requires much tenderness, indeed. I don't know that I have had sympathy, tact and heavenly wisdom such a joyful Sabbath since I have on the part of the visitor, if the engageknown what a Lord's day means, and ment is to prove acceptable and prothink our little company were all in

fitable to the visited one. The following the same spirit, and I believe the Lord suggestions relative to this important was present with us of a truth, for I but difficult department of pure thought we were (at least for my religion,” by thë late Canon Miller, own part) caught up unto the very are calculated to be very useful to suburbs of heaven. This, my friend,

those who are called to engage in it: was your happy lot some time ago ; In all cases seek divine guidance now, blessed be God, it was my turn, and blessing; Never cross a sick and I think our cases nearly agree.

man's threshhold without lifting up But alas! how soon these seasons are your heart in prayer that God, by His gone. Then I was upon the top of Spirit, may give you a word in season the mount; yet, perhaps, to keep mo for this individual case. Remember still humble and dependent, the Lord that in visiting the sick, tenderness is suffered the enemy to attack me the essential. Enter the chamber very next morning afresh. He would fain quietly. Tread noiselessly. Get near have persuaded me that it was nothing to the sufferer. Speak as softly as but a mere notion or fancy instead of may be. Remember his nerves; noise reality, that the passions were only a is often torture. Sympathise with little moved, that it was not likely his weakness, restlessness and pain. that such a vile, ungrateful wretch as Enter into his symptoms and his I should be so highly favoured of the sufferings. Ask what his doctor has Lord, and many more such things

said. Avoid a professional, official, which I could not but look upon as conventional air. Avoid fussiness. the spite and envy of hell; for it The case may be too grave for cheerful vexes the devil to see the Lord's words; but if otherwise, let your face people happy; nevertheless, I could carry a little sunshine into the sick not forget the things which I had

Go with a brother's heart. seen and heard. My friend, I just Always take the sick man's hand, if mention these things that you may he can bear it. Be brief-brief in rejoice with me, and help me to praise your talk, brief in your readings, the Lord.

brief in your prayers — your whole

visit brief. Take up one point. A “Since all the downward tracts of time sick man's brain is soon overtasked, God's watchful eye surveys ;

his nerves soon jar, his strength soon Who then so wise to choose our lot,

fails. Leave a well chosen text behind And regulate our ways ?

you, as you say “Good-bye!” Let Good when He gives--supremely good, your Good-bye” be “

God bless Nor less when He denies ;

you !" Let your last look be one of E'en crosses from His sovereign band, tenderness and love.

Are blessings in disguise."



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Now, friend, wishing you an abun


PHILIP DICKERSON. Continuation of my Narrative. MY DEAR BROTHER,–Our last concluded in perplexity about leaving Rattlesden. No one who has not passed through such an ordeal can form any conception of what it is ; and the fear lest it should not be according to the mind of God, rendered it the more distressing. But our merciful Father, however, just at this time caused the following passage of the sacred oracle to engage my attention :

« Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” It is impossible for me to describe the effect this was the means of producing upon my mind ; I felt as one standing up to his chin in water, but this formed a rock which prevented my sinking deeper. It seemed to say, “ It is thy duty to commit thy way to God by prayer and faith; it is His to sustain thee, and in the end He will bring it to pass.

This passage I turned as a swivel-gun every way, as circumstances required, through several months, but could not see how deliverance was to come, except by my removal; and against this my feelings recoiled, till every other door appeared to be closed: then I was ready to

“Lord, any way, only deliver me.

During these anxious months, I many times resolved I would disclose my thoughts to some of my ministerial brethren, and tell them my case, so that if any opening in Providence appeared to them, they might communicate with me. At other times I thought the Master, in whose employment I was, knew where to find me if he wished me to labour in another part of His field. Then again, I remembered He usually works by means, and perhaps I ought to do so, as well as pray. Ah, my dear brother, none can tell the sufferings of an anxious mind upon such a subject but the man who feels them. However, this subject was talked over with my deacons repeatedly, but be

yond that and my own wife to no other soul. Thus things went on till towards the end of 1831 ; when one day I was surprised by a letter from a neighbouring minister, which informed me he had been applied to by a deacon of the Baptist Church in Little Alie-street, London, respecting me, as they had heard I was at liberty to remove, and they had been informed I was à likely man to suit them, and wishing to know his mind upon that business. He sent me a copy of his reply, and expressed his astonishment that he had not heard I was likely to leave Rattlesden. The receipt of that letter opened to me & marvellous matter. I was indeed uncomfortable; but how came people nearly a hundred miles off to know it, as I had not made it known beyond what has been stated. However, the above letter was the first visible link in the chain of effecting my removal to Alie-street. Now, then, came the pangs of parting, which were beyond an ordinary degree painful. Some dear friends whom I dearly loved, and who are now, I doubt, not in glory, acted very unkindly, charged me with deceit and even falsehood, so that at times I felt as if my heart would break. But I afterwards saw there was much mercy, as well as wisdom, in my gracious God permitting all this; for had it not been for tho unkindness manifested, the actual pain of parting would have been felt more koenly than it was. So true is the poet's remark,

“God is His own interpreter,

And He will make it plain.” It has also led me to look back upon the circumstances in general connected with the removal of ministers, in which there is much to humble, being frequently much unbecoming temper and spirit. Yet our God, wonderful in counsel, overrules it for the advancement of His own glory. He can make darkness and confusion promote His own praise, yet righteously correct the abettors thereof.

Thus the providence of God removed me from "Rattlesden, a scattered


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