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geon, and vile flesh, at present: and we time to talk with him, and he with us in a sometimes can only breathe through the private chamber. Well, it is all in love to key hole, to draw in a little of the pure air his children, not in wrath, though we may of heaven, which keeps the soul from suffo- think it a queer way of shewing his love ; cation. May the beloved breathe a little but it is to learn us some sweet love-lessons spice and myrrh into your dungeon, to keep in a private chamber, that he knew we would you from fainting ; and may he drop a few rot be willing to learn in health and strength; more love-drops into your heart, to soften and if you had been in health and prosperity, the affliction of the wearied flesh, and look probably you would not have found time to forth at the windows of your soul, and shew write to me. you the pure white wedding robe, that you May the great Father of all mercies, bless are to appear in when he takes you to his you, and the Lord Jesus sympathize with Father's court to behold his glory. You you in your afflictions, and the Holy Commay know the robes which the heavenly fair forter comfort you abundantly, and fill you one brings by their purity and perfume. with all the fulness of the Three-One God of None are perfumed like them. They all Israel ; and may the members of the body of “ smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia out of the Christ, which is his church, sympathize ivory palaces whereby they have made thee with you in your afflictions, and assist you glad.”

in temporals, according to their ability, as But if thou art afflicted in body, and done unto Christ. Jesus hath married thy soul; if the earthly My christian regards to the friend you house' is taken down, he will raise it up mentioned, and to all friends of Jesus, more glorious at the last day. He has a whose names are in the book of life, though house ready-furnished, full of good stores, I cannot call them all by name, but I do ready to receive you. • In my Father's remember Mr. and Mrs. Barns, Mr. and house are many mansions ;' and depend upon Mrs. Whitehand, and a very dear friend of it he is no flattering lover; he tells no lies. mine whose name is Larter, tender my love Amazing love! Yes, it is indeed, that he to them all, and believe me your's in should take such a poor creature as you are christian love,

W. GARRARD. to be his bride, to live in his palace with him Leicester, Jan. 8, 1847. and lodge in his bosom of love for ever. And I believe Jesus loves you, and I feel a Some Work for Spiritual Men. little of the same love to you. Ah, I have spent many days of love, on the yellow My Dear Sir :-May the Lord incline heaths in Suffolk, by the sea-side, in the days you or some of your esteemed correspondof my youth. There I quaffed the wholesome ents to give their thoughts (oh, that they air, and the warm pulsation of my lightsome heart, beat time in love to the music of may speak the mind of the Holy Ghost !) heaven in my soul; and still, still I love the on the following passages of Holy Writ :simple hearted sea-side Suffolk saints, and to the knowledge of the truth.”

Ever learning, and never able to come the simplicity of your letter roused my thoughts of the long by-gone days of love, how great is that darkness."

“ If the light which is in thee be darkness, and involuntarily compelled me to return thee a few responsive lines to your letter

“If we sin wilfully, after having received from the chamber of affliction.

the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth

no more sacrifice for sin." Waft it, ye western winds ;

“ It had been better for them not to have Go, whispering, tell

known the way of righteousness, than after The sea-side Suffolk saints,

they have known it, to turn from the holy I love them well ;

commandment delivered unto them.”
Distance, nor time,
This love can ne'er remove,

Believe me, my dear sir, I am not a specu-
Though time kills all

lative enquirer, but, indeed, my soul is in But love, immortal love!

earnest. The above passages seem against

I should feel thankful to have them • Afflictions are not joyous but grievous,' opened ; and also explain the distinction but there is a needs-be for our affliction between godly sorrow for sin, and convicthat we do not always see while they are

on account of actual working : sometimes when in health and transgression; and also to point out the prosperity, and in the bustle of this vain difference between the intellectual enjoylife, we cannot find time to talk with the ment, if I may so term it, or creature exLord; but he has means to compel us to citement under the word preached, (or at find time for reflection, consideration, and other times,) and that which comes directly communion with him : he took Ezekiel by from the Holy Spirit. a strong hand for this purpose : and some- Your kind compliance will be a favour times he takes us by a strong hand and lays I for which I shall feel grateful. us on a bed of affliction, and then we have

Your's very sincerely, A. B.


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Fellowship with Christ in his Sufferings.


Minister of the Gospel, Ilitchin, Herts. * The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me : I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the Lord-0, Lord, I beseech thee deliver my soul; gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. The Lord preserveth the simple; I was brought low, and he helped me." Ps. cxvi. 3, 4, 5, 6. THERE is no doubt but the Psalms of believe he felt all that we deserved on David have respect to Christ both as the account of our sins, he felt all that we God and man, the glorious work he per- deserved to eternity, and that the formed, in his obedience and death to full. Christ's sufferings was not a sip save his people from everlasting perdi- of our sins, but the whole. Christ suftion; and also the feelings he had in his fered in body and soul, while body and soul and mind, in the performance of soul were united, because we deserved this great work of redemption. I con- this. But after Christ died, he suffered sider the words I have taken particularly no more,

nor dieth no more on this acapplicable to Christ and his sufferings. count. There was nothing wanted to It may be truly said of Christ and his make the sufferings of Christ complete, sufferings that the sorrows of death equal to what we deserved, and justice compassed him, and the pains of hell required ; so that in his sufferings he gat hold upon him.' There was not a became a perfect Saviour. However, I trouble, pain, or suffering but what the believe he felt what answereth to the Son of God endured for his elect, and words I have taken, and they are aptheir salvation. His sufferings came plicable to him— The sorrows of death from every quarter ; from men who af: compassed me, and the pains of hell gat flicted his body with spears, nails, and hold upon me: I found trouble and sorthorns; they afflicted his mind, as a row.' But did not our Lord sink under man, with that insult and mocking which this ? I answer, in one sense he did ; they gave him. Our Lord was afflicted he died under it. But in another sense in that designed cruelty in men, in the he did not sink. He did not sink so as death they inflicted upon him, which is not to endure all. He bore all God's perhaps the most tormenting a man wrath, due to us; but, in his trouble he could die. He was afflicted by satan, says, he called upon God, (in Gethwho, for a season triumphed, as Christ semane's garden) - being in an agony he said, this is your hour, and the power prayed, ' If it be possible, let this cup of darkness; and he says, 'the world pass from me; yet, not my will, but thine shall rejoice, but you my disciples shall be done.' And when on the cross, he have sorrow.' Oh, what shoutings cried out · My God, my God, why hast through the regions of hell while Jesus thou forsaken me?' groaned upon the tree. But as the Now, here I believe our Lord felt the Scripture says, the triumph of the pains of hell, a separation from his wicked is short;' it is but for a moment. Father for a time; and this accords with It is like the crackling of thorns under that Scripture, ' In a little wrath I hid a pot. I believe this triumph of the my face from thee for a moment, but wicked refers to satan's supposed victory with everlasting kindness will I have over Christ while he hung and died on mercy upon thee.' I consider the same the tree. But his triumph was short, Scriptures that are applicable to a befor in three days Christ triumphed over liever, are also to Christ; therefore it death and the grave: he arose with may be said as in my text-Then called power to the right hand of God, and I upon the name of the Lord.' But you assumed his rest as conqueror, hence- may say, Why did Christ pray thus, in forth expecting till his enemies should his trouble and distress ? I answer, he be made his footstool.

prayed to shew that he was really man, But if you come to take in all the sin and that we might also know that he did of God's people that was laid upon him, really suffer. Call upon me in the day and charged to his account, and the wrath of trouble, and I will deliver thee,' is of God which he endured it is wonder- God's promise. This Scripture has reful. We cannot conceive what Christ spect to Christ also, as well as it has to the Lord must have felt. However we us; therefore, he prayed to his Father ; VOL. III.


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But what did Christ want ? Did he want | soul trouble, as David was, and in it the affliction removed ? As man, he did, calls upon God, and he is pleased to Therefore, he said, “If it be possible, let hear, answer, and deliver, there is no this cup pass from me.' But as the Son of true love to God in the heart. There may God, anointed by the Spirit, he prayed be a profession of it, but God is the with submission to God's will ; Not my judge of hearts. will but thine be done.' But what did This is the first beginning and cause he want? Was he unable to bear ? As of David's love to God. But the words man simply considered, he was; there. I have taken give a description of the fore, he wanted help. It is said he was soul-trouble that God's people are made heard, in that he feared ;' an angel was experimentally to feel and know. sent to strengthen him, so that he did I shall, in the first place speak a word not pray in vain. This is evident from or two of death. Secondly of the snares verse 5, where he says, 'Gracious is the of death. Thirdly, of the pains of hell, Lord, and merciful. Then he had an and the effects therefrom; and then answer, and this is confirmed in the speak of his prayer and other things. sixth verse—The Lord preserveth the Now, by death in this place, I do not simple;' Christ was simple; the word understand natural death, the separation simple signifies meek, holy, humble, and of soul and body, though this is a solemn honest; and as to Christ being preserved thing, even to die and leave our earthly. the promise is this— I will preserve thee connections. But this is not all, we reand give thee for a covenant of the people.' move to a world unknown; we must And as to this hour of darkness, suffer- appear before God, and have our state ing, and death, Christ was preserved in finally fixed in happiness or misery. all, and through all, even when in the This death hath its snares or things grave, and raised to glory at last. But, which forerun it, in which the person besays he, 'I was brought low, and the comes entrapped. But, I believe, by Lord helped me.' Surely, dear Lord, death here, we are to understand eternal thou wast brought exceedingly low; but death or destruction from God's presthou by dying hath conquered for us, ence. This is death in the strictest sense and art now raised everlastingly high. of the word. David could not mean Thus, I conceive these words to have natural death, for that he was not derespect to our dear dying Lord and livered from. When he had finished his Saviour,

generation work, he slept with his fathers, But though these words may be ap- he died. The death he speaks of, he was plied to Christ

, you cannot separate his delivered from; and he blessed the God people from him in any sense. The same of his salvation. That which David was promises belong to us as to him; they afraid of, and had expectation of, was have to a degree the same enemies and eternal death, or separation from God, afflictions; the same God and Father; who is life ; and banishment from his the same glory: and he says, “As he presence, which is death. But was David was in the world, so are they; and they always afraid of this ? I answer, No, taste of his bitter cup, and if we suffer There was a time when he was not; and with him, we shall be glorified together. so I have found it; but how came David

I shall now shew how these things to be so alarmed with this death and the contained in the text, are fulfilled to a fear thereof? Why, he says, ' I had got certain degree in all the elect of God. into the snares of it. The snares of And here we may consider David as a death compassed him about.' man of God, great and eminent. He sinner is taken in the snares of death, says in the first verse that he loved the and he begins to struggle, to be alarmed, Lord; but why did he love the Lord ? and expects to die; but when the snare He says the Lord heard his prayer.' is not felt there is no fear or alarm. He David accords with that Scripture, viz., I gives the dead sinner light, life, and feel• We love him because he first loved us ;' ing, then he comes with the snares of and this is the substance of these words, death. But the snares of eternal death

- because he has heard my prayer.' in which his people are taken, are sin His giving a spirit of prayer, and an- and the law. Here the soul is hampered swering prayer, is a manifest proof of his and enthralled. The law reveals the love; therefore, David loved him, and I man's sin. . By the law is the knowledge am sure, unless a soul is brought into of sin.' And as David says, "the sor

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rows '--that is, those things which cause dren of God, sooner or later, are brought my death--those things which cause to this experience-to know themselves sorrow, which is sin and the law, and utterly lost. And then he says, 'I have God's wrath revealed therein against sin. found trouble and sorrow;' meaning, Now David found his sin compass him his mind was filled with gloomy expectabout. He looked around him and ations, dreadful apprehensions, and slavfound nothing but sin, destruction, and ish fears; and as he says in another an angry God. He looked within, and Psalm, sank in an hopeless state, which there was a wicked, corrupt, and rebel- he calls deep waters, where there is no lious heart. So, look which way he standing.' In this state he called upon might, there was nothing but sin and God; but, what was his prayer ? Why, folly. Thus he was surrounded and en- no form would do. His prayer was snared. This produced what he calls suited to his situation and feelings~'(), • The sorrows of death-or, the snares Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. of death produced sorrow. If you look He was a man in a lost condition; and into the eighteenth Psalm, what he calls therefore prayed for deliverance. I besorrow, he there calls a snare. The lieve no man truly prays, nor acceptably snare is the sorrow-it produces sorrow. to God, till he experiences his lost estate. Solomon says, (Prov. xiii. 14.) . The law It is remarked of Paul— Behold he of the wise is a fountain of life to de- prayeth ! and the publican also said, part from the snares of death.' And in God be merciful to me a sinner.' But a the 14th chapter and 27th verse he says, man may acknowledge himself a sinner • The fear of the Lord is a fountain of who never felt his sin, nor his lost estate life to depart from the snares of death.' through sin, but such prayer is mere Now, this sorrow or snare of death, is form, and is an abomination to the Lord;

but the Scripture speaks of cries to God in To be convinced and convicted for trouble ; and that prayer has the pro-sin, this is dreadful. Most men would mise of God annexed to it- Call upon avoid conviction if they could; they me in the time of trouble and I will dewould do anything to escape it. But, liver, thee, and thou shalt glorify me.' no; the quickened soul is sometimes Well, poor David stands as a pattern for held in conviction day after day, month others-— 0, Lord, I beseech thee, deafter month, and year after year. He liver my soul.' But, was he heard and cannot get free nor into liberty-he sees answered ? Did God hear such a man ? others, he hears them rejoice, but he can- and will he still hear ? I answer, he not say as David did the snare is broken, did and he will. This is plain by these and I have escaped,' or, I have escaped words— Gracious is the Lord. By this as a bird out of the snare of the fowler.' word, gracious, righteous, and merciful, But, what makes the snare of sin so we are to understand three things in strong ? Why, the apostle says, It is God which are mentioned to encourage the law. The sting of death is sin, the guilty, lost, and needy person;

under and the strength of sin is the law. The the Spirit's influence to call upon God law reveals sin in its true colour, and it in faith and hope. The word gracious, is out of the sinner's power to alter it. here means that God is kind, tender and

Now, what think you, will follow next willing to hear and help a soul that calls in this poor, lost, perishing sinner's soul? to him in this condition. Many doubt Why, he will find as David says, “The God's willingness, but they have no cause. pains of hell gat hold upon me.' Thus, We read of the Lord being nigh—being à further experience and a greater de present—being ready to save.

I believe gree of distress, I conceive by this ex- he is as willing to save his people as he pression-he meant the fear of hell-a is able; if not willing, what use is his dread of damnation worketh in his mind, power? His power is at the disposal of and it also expresses the torment and his will. The apostle makes his will anguish of soul which ariseth from the every thing, 'Of his own will begat he thoughts of being for ever miserable, and us.' Saves whom he will. May you considering the greatness of his sin, and be enabled to believe in his will as well the strictness of the law, and God's holi

power. ness, truth, and justice, he had no hope But, he says also, he is righteous; by of being saved-here he was completely righteous, it means he is good; it also lost and miserable. I believe all the chil- I means he is just : a just man is a man

as his


that acts uprightly. Well, in this sense, | liverance, there is great encouragement: God is righteous, not only to his law, to hope. You see what hope there is but he is righteous and just inasmuch as for the lost man in God. He is gracia. he has promised to hear prayer and to ous, willing, righteous, and faithful to deliver. Therefore, when he does deliver, fulfil his promise, wanting no goodness he may be said to be righteous in that he at your hands. What he requires of his is faithful to fulfil his promise and word children, he gives them: may you be of grace. And as David had an experi- enabled to lay hold of, and set your ence of this, he confessed it; so that hope in God; and not only so, here is you may look to the promises—you may the Psalmist, who gave his testimony to plead it in prayer, and ground your hope the truth : and the earth was never left upon it-for God is righteous to perform without some witnesses to bear a testihis promise ; and therefore, it is said, mony to this truth, that God is merciful, • Remember thy word unto thy servant, and he will save the afflicted person. upon which thou hast caused me to hope.' The Lord grant you faith and patiBut, a third thing is He is merciful; ence, to keep you waiting, till the time meaning that he is not only willing but to favor Zion comes. This, I beg, for gracious, and faithful to fulfil his word his dear Son's sake. Amen. by righteousness. He will do it freely, being merciful. Mercy seeks no worth or worthiness in the object; of his mercy

The Life of the late Henry Fowler. he saves us, by the washing of regenera

(Continued from p. 42, Vol. III.) tion, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. You need not despair, because you have Now the snare was broken, and I had two nothing to bring. Yea, says the Psalmist, things to attend to, that is minding myOur God is merciful. These three business, and preaching the gospel. This things in God, if wisely considered, tend appeared to me to be what

the Lord had deto remove the objections of the coming signed me to pursue: nor did I think to soul, and to confute all satan's false leave my calling at this time. representations of God, and silence all During the time of my silence before his temptations about our sins-Graci- spoken of, I made arrangements to estabous is the Lord and righteous; yea, once crossed in my purposes, which made

lish myself in business; but was more than our God is merciful.'

very rebellious. I rose early, and But David gives another sweet testi- sat up late, and ate the bread of carefulness; mony, 'The Lord preserveth the simple.' but after all, it was with difficulty that I Now, by the simple here, he means an could pay my way; and my unbelief has honest soul that is so delivered from guile often said, that I should die in debt, and that and deceit as to confess the truth. One my family would be left a burthen upon honest in heart before God to acknow-others. These fits of unbelief used generally ledge his sin and unworthiness. He is to come on me after I had been preaching a simple man; one that is meekened and in the villages, on a Lord's-day; and there made teachable, and willing to be saved appeared a shew of reason in my fears, bein God's way. He lies at his feet beg- If I received my coach-hire and victuals,

cause I seldom had any thing for preaching. ing mercym God be merciful to me, a that was the most I received ; and in many sinner. · The Lord preserveth the sim

cases, I have paid my own expenses, and ple;' meaning, he will preserve them travelled on foot many miles of a Lord'sfrom hell and death ; and says of such day, and preached twice or three times, so • Deliver them from going down into the that on the Monday I have not been able to pit, for I have found a ransom.' 0, what labour in my business. In this way I went a mercy! Yea, most assuredly, Our God, on for several years. Sometimes I was so mind, Our God is merciful to us. He tried in my business, and had such darkness blesses us freely. Mercy shall be built of soul, and sore temptations from satan, up for ever. Then, David like a godly that I thought I should be deprived of my man, brings in his own testimony to con

What with labouring all the week firm the whole: 'I was brought low, and at a sedentary business, early and late, the he helped me;' so that he could speak fears and carnal reasonings, my bodily frame

buffettings of satan, and my unbelieving feelingly and experimentally; and surely was much shook, and my nerves much more. some of us can say the same, and heartily But in the midst of all these things, I emjoin in with the Psalmist. And those of braced every opportunity for meditation and you that have not attained to this de- reading. After the business of the day, I

my heart


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