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A Word from the Watchman ; education ? They see nothing but faults in
her ; the son, overwhelmed in love with her, sees nothing but beauty in her. 'Love is blind ;' he cannot see a fault in her. Thus,
Jesus so loved the church, that he was blind I FEEL that I am called upon to give a brief to all her faults. Moses, law, and justice, outline on a passage of holy Scripture, from saw her worthy of death and eternal banishwhich I some time ago made some remarks in ment; the pharisees, satan, and the world our vestry, and being charged with error and are wide awake to her faults, and see every perversion of Scripture by one of the wander- spot and blemish in her; and the poor soul ing tribe, who wander from chapel to chapel, convicted and enlightened by the Spirit, to criticise ministers rather than to seek spi- looks upon herself, and sees herself very vile, ritual food for the soul; and as the prophet black, and uncomely; but what saith love? saith — make a man an offender for a word.' What saith Jesus ? Thou art all fair, my I will here give the portion of Scripture, love :' I see nothing of it; there is nu spot and then my thoughts on the subject, as then in thee; none so blind as those who will spoken, so far as things are brought to my not see; love is blind ;' 'Who is blind as remembrance, and then leave the impartial | he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's spiritual reader to his own thoughts :- servant?' He will have that vile woman
“Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as with all her faults; he takes her for better my messenger that I sent ?
Who is blind as or worse, as if perfectly blind to all her he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's faults, and the consequences that will follow; servant ? Seeing many things, but thou ob- which is poverty, shame, reproach, spitting, served not; opening the ears, but he heareth and death. Samson, that striking type of Isa. xlii. 19, 20.
Christ, was blind to all the faults of the The dear man, for whom I feel compas- woman ; he said. Get her for me, for she sion, rather than anger, and charity rather pleaseth me well.' And you know that he than to wanton with his infirmity, met me suffered much for her, and was stark blind in the street, and charged me with preach- when he died. So, Jesus, that dear, loving, ing glaring error from the above Scripture, and lovely man of sorrows, would not see and with the great evil of espousing the our faults, midst all his sufferings for us; cause of The Poor Ministers' Relief Society. he endured the cross, despised the sharne,' And, said he, the servants spoken of in and when the time was fully come that he that text, are the Scribes and Pharisees.' I should pay down the redemption price, his said, 'No; surely not so; they were not the own blood, for the poor slave, his bride, Lord's sent servants; they appear to be the 'they blindfolded him, and struck him on servants of the devil; the Lord saith, “They the face.' Luke xxii. 64. Who is blind run, but I have not sent them ;' and Jesus as he that is perfect ?' Like a deaf, dumb, said to them, “Ye are of your father, the and blind man ; he would neither hear nor devil ;' but the servant spoken of in the see the faults of his bride; like a lamb led quoted text, is said to be one of the Lord's to the slaughter, and dumb, he opened not sending—'Who is blind but my servant, his mouth to give one railing word to his and deaf as my messenger that I sent ?' bride, nor to his murderers.
This servant is in the singular number, Again : he was deaf to all the renionnot in the plural; which I considered to be strances of satan, Peter, and others, when it the Lord Jesus Christ, who was the sent was said, 'Thou shalt not go to Jerusalem to servant of the Father, and messenger of the die.' He said, 'Get thee behind me, satan; covenant; and, though a sop, he learned thou savourest not the things that be of God, obedience as a servant; and with regard to but of men.' Again : the woman taken in his being blind and deaf, not literally, spi- adultery, who was a figure of the woman, the ritually, or judicially blind; but it is a com- church in her fallen state ; all ears and eyes parative expression; as, when he saith in were open to hear her crimes and see her The Psalms,-'I am a worm and no man;' stoned to death, but Jesus was deaf to every nevertheless, he was a real man; and the voice. So, when Moses, law, justice, wrath, God-man too. The proverb saith—'Love sátan, the pharisees, guilty conscience, and is blind ; love is deaf.' Love brought Jesus our own hearts condemn us, Jesus hears them from the Father's bosom, to marry, redeem, not; he came not to condemn but to save. and take home the church, his bride, to his And when the pharisees pushed the question, Father's kingdom. Law and justice saw and became louder and louder, and extremely much sin, vileness, filthiness, and blackness noisy with the question, 'What sayest thou ?' in the bride, as she lay in her natural filthi- Jesus would not hear. Jesus stooped down, ness. Earthly parents sometimes say to a and with his finger wrote on the ground, as son, when in love with a poor, low, mean though he heard them not. John viii. 10. girl-What ! take her for a wife ? One so None so deaf as them that will not hear. vile, and so much beneath your breeding and The poor sinner hears them all and trembles
and is dumb with inward condemnation, but justitieth, who is he that condemneth? It Jesus will not hear a word of all they say, is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen to obey them. Jesus saith, he that is again, who is even at the right hand of God, without sin, let him cast the first stone at who also maketh intercession for us.' Rom. her; and again he stooped down, and wrote viii. 34. on the ground ;' he would not hear their ac- But to confirm and conclude the whole cusations ; they all self-condemned, business that the disputed text points to skulked off, as the devil, and all the poor Jesus :—The concluding sentence of the soul's accusers must, when Jesus speaks text is conclusive, indeed. It is this — The with authority and power unto the soul, and Lord is well-pleased for his righteousness' says, ' neither do I condemn thee, go and sin sake; he will magnify the law and make it no more.'
honourable ;' (or rather, him honourable ;) Jesus saw, heard, and knew all things ; and now, was the Lord well-pleased with but he would not hear, “Seeing many things, the righteousness of the pharisees ? Surely but thou observest not; opening the ears, not; for it was as filthy rags, and hypocrisy. but he heareth not,' (verse 20.) And, now, But he was well-pleased with the obedience did ever the pharisees open the ears of the and righteousness of Jesus ; for he saithdeaf, or the eyes of the blind ? No, no; it This is my beloved Son in whom I am wellwas Jesus that opened the ears and eyes of pleased.' And he hath loved his believing the deaf and blind. Jesus opened the eyes spouse in Jesus, even as he hath loved him. and ears of his people to hear and see the The Apostle saith -' Brethren, ye have way of salvation by himself, though he would need of patience ; for the tongue of the wise not hear nor observe the devil's and phari-useth knowledge aright, but the mouth of see's accusations against his bride, the fools poureth out foolishness.' Prov, xy. 2. church, because he knew it was all done in For they appear to be full; and it must malice to tempt him,
come out such as it is. But the Saviour And, to further prove that this servant in saith—'Woe be unto them that are full, for the text is not the pharisees, but that it is they shall hunger.' There is a wandering Jesus himself, hear him speaking of himself tribe in London, and in all large towns, in the Psalms—They, also, that seek after wandering up and down, from chapel to my life, lay snares for me, and imagine de- chapel, like the unclean spirit, 'Seeking ceit all the day long; but I, as a deaf man, rest and finding none.' Not empty, starvheard not, and I was as a dumb man that ing souls, seeking for the bread of life; no, opened not his mouth; thus I was as a man they are full, and have no room for the best that heareth not, and in whose mouth are of preaching; they take no settled abode in no reproofs.' Ps. xxxviii. 14. For, when any church or chapel ; but run from place to in the council, just before his death, he was place, to criticise, and sit in judgment on the accused of the chief priests and elders, he ministers; they are full of pride, vanity, answered nothing. Then Pilate said unto and conceit, and they will pour it out into him, hearest thou not how many things they any vessels they can find that will hold the witness against thee? And he answered broth of their abominable things.' And if him not a word ; insomuch that the governor they cannot find vessels sufficient, they will marvelled greatly. Matt. xxvii. 14. bray, and pour it out into the air. But,
Oh, thou dear, loving Jesus ! Deaf, dumb, seest thou a man wise in his own conceit, and blind to all the follies and infirmities of there is more hope of a fool than of him.' thy poor, feeble bride! Though satan and In this day, I am sure that all sound, and the pharisees would move thee against her, faithful ministers have need of patience; as thou art .immoveable in thy love for ever Luther said, he bad need to have patience
Blessed ! blessed, for ever be thy with the devil, patience with the pope, patiholy name, who saith— I, even I, am he ence with his wife Kate, and patience with that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine the people. For pride, and conceited ignoown sake, and will not remember thy sins.' rance in this wandering camp, go hand in Isa. xliii. 25. Come, come, poor sin-dis- hand, from chapel to chapel, to teach the tressed, and satan.oppressed soul, though ministers of the gospel, rather than be taught. all ears, eyes, and mouths are opened against And men of the shallowest mind, will talk thee, Jesus, and Jesus only, has a gracious and know the most ; but the bottom of it is word for thee; but he is deaf, dumb, and pride, for the talk of such lips tendeth only blind to all thy follies, and all thine accusers to penury; they dry up my spirit, but bring can say. Law, justice, guilt, sin, satan, neither rain nor dew; for they walk up and thine own heart, and all pharisaical professors down in dry places themselves ; dwell in a stand against thee to condemn thee to death, dry land ;' and their noise and conversation but the Lord Jesus is for thee; and if God dry up my spirit; for the noise of strangers be for thee, who can be against thee, to con- is but as heat in a dry place.' But I am demn thee? Who shall lay any thing to gaping for the dews of heaven. the charge of God's elect? It is God that Now, it is clear that the blessed Jesus doth
not grieve, vex, bruise, abuse, nor accuse the I now write an answer to your letter to me, soul; we bruise ourselves with our own sins, dated Dec. 8, 1844. Your correspondent and then satan makes a use of them to ac- was hundreds of miles froin home when your cuse us, and bruiso us; and we see, feel, and epistle reached this city, but he arrived home know our sins; 'as for our iniquities we on the 10th inst., and among many other know them ;' and satan endeavours to keep letters, he found one from Wm. Cook of our eyes on our sins, rather than Christ; and Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England, endeavours to keep up a remembrance of and while he was absent from home, he rethem in the soul, to weaken our faith, and ceived three other letters from three different sink us in despair; but Jesus saith he will people in Old England : and from these not remember our sins, neither will he look letters as well as your's, your correspondent upon them any more ; for he saw, heard, and learns that different works of his have been felt enough of them, when he served with reprinted in various parts of Great Britain. our sins,' and groaned under them on the And I must needs say that my anxiety to tree, There he is blind to them, and deaf visit England, according to the earnest rethat will not hear any thing about them quest of my English correspondents, is infrom the devil, the pharisees, and hypocrites, creasing on me fast. who are constantly reproaching his ransomed, “ It iust be admitted on every hand, that and beloved bride ; no, he will not look on the language of all God's children is pretty them, neither does he encourage us to do so, much alike the world throughout; and if my but saith, 'Look unto me.' Jesus hath sunk eyes, ears, taste, and judgment deceive me our sins in the depths of the sea, and cast not, my new correspondent is one of those them behind his back, and left them there, children ; and if indeed he is one of them, in his blood, and in the tomb, when he rose he became so by an eternal predestination, from the dead; and will not look behind him for it is emphatically declared thus:- Havafter them, and saith to us, as the angel said ing predestinated us unto the adoption of to Lot - Look not behind;' forget the children, by Jesus Christ to himself, acthings which are behind; and when satan cording to the good pleasure of his will; to makes a resurrection of our sins, and raises the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein them up frightful ghosts, hobgoblins, and he hath made us accepted in the beloved.' fiends from his dismal cave, to run after us Eph. i. 5, 6. This is a touching passage of in the night of soul-darkness, may they only scripture, admirably adapted to sweep the serve to quicken our pace to run, cry, and Arminian deck from stem to stern.
But are look unto Jesus, who saith Whosoever not all men born Arminians ? If they are, cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out.' they will die Arminians if grace prevent not, A WATCHMAN ON THE WALLS.
and grace can prevent it effectually ; for,
whenever this grace takes a sinner in hand, Leicester, May 13, 1847.
it is sure, sooner or later, to stab Arminia
anism to death; and at its death grace as The Christian's Path-way.
cends the throne and acts as regent there ;
for it must ‘reign through righteousness MR. JAS. OSBOURN, OF
unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord,' BALTIMORE, TO MR. WM. Cook, OF Rom. v. 21. CHELTENHAM, ENGLAND.
“I think we shall hazard nothing by saya
ing Arminianism, when dressed up in its "MY DEAR FRIEND:-Grace and peace be full uniform, is a kind of hobby-horse for with thee. It appears by your statement, old Apollyon to ride on hither and thither ; that the leading step in the providence of and on which too he gets his children to ride, God, towards your opening a correspondence and away they go down yonder to NATURE'S with me here in America, was a letter pub- PLEASURE GROUND, where may be found, free lished in one of your English religious jour-will, human rectitude, fleshly perfection, good nals, extracted from a work of mine, en-resolutions, fair promises, long prayers, mocktitled, Tidings of Joy from the Hill of Zion. sanctity, will-worship, feigned humility, false This circumstance, in it self considered, and devotion, and sincere obedience, in a very viewed by mere reason, may be considered thriving condition. In these things, most as remarkably unimportant, and yet, for men glory, while Christ is overlooked, and aught we know, the hand of the Lord may divine grace treated as if but a minor point he in it, and it is but just and right, that we in the business of salvation, should diligently watch this hand, since it is “Your correspondent professes to be such expressly said, that` Whoso is wise, and will an admirer of distinguishing grace in the observe these things, even they shall under- salvation of sin-burdened souls, that to him stand the lovingkindness of the Lord.' it is surprising to think what this grace must Ps. cvii. 43.
needs be, seeing it so very highly improves “On the possibility, therefore, of the hand the condition of apostate man whenever it of God being in this singular circumstance, interferes on his behalf. However, we all
know that a shade helps to set forth a picture of such vast magnitude as this on any ha. to better advantage ; and man's misery also man contingency, but has based it on his serves as a back ground to divine clemency, own eternal counsel. 'My counsel shall when that clemency marks him for its own. stand, and I will do all my pleasure,' Isa. Should a boasting Pharisee be told that hu- xlvi. 10. In this glorious and soul-refreshman worthiness, as prided in by him, was ing truth, the church of Christ rejoices, calculated to spoil the look of divine grace, while the antichristian party are suffered while total depravity tended to illustrate it; against it to rail, and in heart to despise it, this, in his view would appear vastly preposter. It is certain that divine grace can only appear ous, for he would see at once that it thwarted amiable in the estimation of such men, all his fair prospects for heaven. But to an whose eyes grace has opened to see the humble saint, a display of this almighty gospel mystery. Eyes closed against this grace in rescuing sinners enslaved, impover- mystery, see nothing but deformity in those ished, and quite undone, is a lovely sight. things, which, eyes opened by the grace of And he also sees and knows that this hea-God, can see so many charms, and sparkling venly grace, not only carries with it such a glories in. And here lies the difference bedignified air as to claim the warm attention, tween men of grace, and graceless men, and call forth the great admiration of the And who, we may ask as Paul did, ' And who sons and daughters of Zion; but that there maketh thee to differ from another ?' 1 Cor. also is such a divine fragrancy about it, that iv. 7. We were all sold under sin; and all wherever it comes, it emits å scent suffici- of us went astray speaking lies, and were ently strong to captivate a heaven-born soul, children of wrath, even as others; and yet and to cause the lame man to leap as an the Lord once said, and says now, 'I will hart, and the tongue of the dumb to sing shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy,' for joy. And this, too, is that grace which Exodus xxxiii. 19; Rom. 9. 15; and hence performs such wonders in the salvation of he hath shewn mercy to Wm. Cook in Old the basest of mortals; for it buries all our England, and to his correspondent in North faults be they many or few, great or small. America': and as we are one in Christ Jesus It also dignifies the soul, and raises the af- so we will now rejoice together in hope of fections to God, and endears to us the whole the glory of God. Rom. v. 2. And may gospel system, and crucifies us to this world, we remember well, and may it often come and this world to us : and with the power of into our mind, that the hope which Israel's this grace upon our spirits, we can endure God hath raised us to and blest us with, is afflictions with cheerfulness, knowing that not to go to wreck and ruin, but to abide if we suffer, we shall also reign with him with us through time at the end of our who suffered for us on Calvary's cross. By days be exchanged for a glorious immortality. this grace, Paul knew how to be abased, and In view of so happy a result of all, may we how to abound, and to be full, and to suffer live and rejoice, and may the Lord be our need. Indeed, he says, 'I can do all things memorial that we have passed from death through Christ which strengtheneth me. unto life by an act of divine clemency ! This grace also comforts and encourages the “ It is true, indeed, that our afflictions, soul, and leads it on through evil and good and losses, and crosses, and temptations, and report, and takes it at last to glory above. trials of various kinds while here in this in.
As to the nature of this grace, we affirm, hospitable world, may be many and great ; that in the business of our salvation' it dis- and the common adversary of souls may dains co-partnership with frail mortals; and annoy our minds at a strange rate, and dishence our eternal happiness must be effected turb our feelings much and often ; and we by grace alone, or else by works alone : and too at times may sink low down in despair and in this way the apostle argues the point, despondency, and all hope of our being • Even so then, at this present time also, saved at last may seem to be taken away : there is a remnant according to the election I say all these mishaps, if they may be so of grace. And if by grace, then it is no called, may overtake us while on our jour. more of works; otherwise grace is no more ney to Jerusalem above; yet, God ; yes, grace. But if it be of works, then it is no God with his grace, will by and bye appear more of grace : otherwise work is no more for us and say, 'Fear not, for I am with work: Rom. xi: 5, 6.
you: be not dismayed, for I am your God; “It is well for us, my brother, that the and my grace is sufficient for you.' Isa. salvation of our souls is wholly suspended xli. 10; 2 Cor. xii. 9. The Christian's on divine grace; for if human works were path-way is variegated, and his feelings called for, and could not be dispensed with checkered; but he on this account should in case, our salvation would thereby be not be alarmed, but rather be alarmed if for ever interdicted, and we left on ground things are not so with him, for it is said, just as hopeless as that on which devils now Because they have no changes, therefore stand. But eternal thanks be rendered to they fear not God.' Ps. lv. 19. Men may Almighty God, that he has not left a matter know the truth in the letter of it, and preach it too, and for it contend with great zeal and f a thing alınost incredible : for be it known ability, and to some good advantage; and to thee, friend Cook, the real or native for the sake of it suffer reproach, scandal, disposition and character of your American scorn, and ignominy, and yet know nothing correspondent, is naturally, and we may say, experimentally of the above variegated path- notoriously, base, proud, heady, highminded, way, and the Christian's checkered feelings ; perverse, refractory, guileful, and wayward and hence, of course, they must be con- in his track. Several times within these sidered as graceless men, since the text says, few years he has been advertised throughout * Because they have no changes, therefore this great Republic, even from Maine to they fear not God.' And according to Paul, Louisiana, as being deceitful above all a graceless man may speak with the tongue things, and desperately wicked.' Jer. xvii. 9. of men and angels; and have the gift of “ And yet notwithstanding all this private prophecy; and understand all mysteries, and and public infamy, this inestimable Friend all knowledge : and have all faith, so as to has led, fed, guided, watched over, and deremove mountairs.' 1 Cor. xiii. 1, 2. So fended him from year's end to year's end, sure as there is a God in heaven, in my and from day to day. Yes, he has often view of the subject, just so sure it is that visited him, caressed him, smiled on him, most professed Christians, (preachers not and on him bestowed love-tokens, signs of excepted,) in this country at least, are igno- honor, marks of respect, assurances of mercy, rant and in the dark as to the real experi- pledges of divine compassion, and said to mental sense, and spiritual purport, and vast him, I will guide thee continually, and importance, of these sweet words of St Paul, satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy ‘Even the mystery, which hath been hid bones, and will never leave thee, nor forfrom ages and from generations, but now is sake thee.' Isa. lviii. 11; Heb. xiii. 5. made manifest to his saints, to whom God What then can your correspondent say to would make known what is the riches of the these things ? If this friend is for him, who glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, can be against him ? And he assuredly is which is Christ in you the hope of glory.' for him, and for him he hath done great Col. i. 26, 27.
things whereof he ought to be glad, and he “Your correspondent has taken this view is glad, because the Lord God omnipotent of the subject for more than twenty years, reigneth.' Rev. xix. 6. and almost every thing, bearing the name of • I have two new works in the press; they religion, down to this present day, confirms will be bound up together in one volume. him in the correctness of the view he has The largest of these works mostly treats of taken of the religion and the religionists of the real, proper, and distinct personality of the day in which we live. You say that you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The title of live pretty much alone, not finding many the other is--Spiritual Gleaning, or Celestial thorough-going gospel associates. It is so Fruit from the Tree of Life. I will try and with your correspondent, and so he has found send (or take it myself) you a copy after my it all through his ministry, and so he expects while. I am your's respectfully, to find it. Gold dust is not every where to
“ JAMES OSBOURN be found ; nor can we meet with real saints
“ Second Street, Baltimore City, North America." at every point. But Christ, as God, is in every place, and that is enough for your correspondent, for this same Christ is the Thirty-nine Questions to Unitarians. best of company; and “ His name yields the richest perfume,
(Continued from p. 81, Vol, 111,) And sweeter than music his voice;
8. Is not all sin committed against God? His presence disperses my gloom, And makes all within me rejoice.”
' Against thee, Thee only, have I sinned." Can any other person forgive sins, save the
person against whom those sins are com“ Your correspondent has for many years mitted ? • Who can forgive sins but God been more or less acquainted with this glo- only?' Did not Christ forgive sins, and rious Christ; and for a long time past we therefore is God ? have lived together on terms of friendship, 9. Did not our never-enough exalted, and and he has always been remarkably kind and glorious Saviour say, 'Many shall say unto tender to me, and borne with my manners me in (that day (the last Judgment,) Lord, in the wilderness far beyond what I could Lord ? In that solemn, awful day, (I shudwell have expected. Although your corre- der to write it but for sake of argument,) spondent knows very well that this choice will Socinians look upon him, as a 'Lord' Friend is in his natural disposition, loving by courtesy, like the lords of the creation ? and benign to poor returning prodigals and No! No! Therefore, is he not the selfheavy-laden sinners; but to carry himself existent Jehovah, GoD THE SON ? towards me in the way and manner he has 10. Did not the dear Son of God say done for forty years and more, looks like unto the Jews, 'If ye believe not that I AM,