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whom “Men shall call you the ministers / rather more than sixteen years with a of our God, in their glory shall ye boast good measure of success. And in him yourselves." What did Jesus say?- we behold the distinguishing and sepa“Blessed are they that hear the Word of rating character of the grace of God, and God, and keep it.” The glory of the his faithfulness towards the ancient house Holy Spirit's ministry will fill the souls of Israel, that remnant dispersed among of those that hear it, which is an internal all nations, the Jews. Mr. ABRAHAMS is evidence. There will be a spiritual re- from this circumstance signally disception of it in the hearts of those that tinguished, and stands in a very promi. know the Lord from time to time. It nent position. Such instances of the will not be a dry, formal, ministry, but grace of God from among these people “their souls shall be as a watered do indeed, cause the pulsation of spi. garden.” There will be living springs ritual feeling and life, to beat high. "I ever and anon watering the heritage of would desire to adore the rich grace of God. And unless this living water flows God in having such witnesses in these from the pulpit to the pew, death is there days, and with more than ordinary pleadepend on it. If, therefore, the Holy sure introduce such who have borne an Ghost is not at the bottom, foundation, honourable testimony to that name his and beginning of a person's ministry, ancestors crucified with the title affixed there will be no comfortable going on, or over his all-glorious person—" Jesus of ending in the Spirit: but where such an Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” one began, (namely, in the flesh, which |
From Mr. ABRAHAMS's own testi
D it must be, if not in the Spirit,) such
mony; it is now twenty-two years since will end in the flesh. And what is that?
bis poor bound and fettered soul was et the conduct of many testity and released from the law of Moses, and answer.
brought into the liberty of the sons of One principal cause of death and God in the gospel: we heard him state famine in the land is, I think, because— that when the Lord brought him into " They that were full have hired out this liberty, in the streets of Exeter, that themselves for bread.” Now the Lord's he lost his way to the place he attended service is with the whole will, heart, for religious worship, and his feelings mind, and affections set on the Lord, could only be expressed thus—“I and one with the Lord, bottomed in love. charge you, o ye daughters of JerusaAll national and false churches have lem, by the roes, and by the hinds of carried on a great trade in the things of the field, that ye stir not up, nor awake God, on other principles : they have sold my love till he please.” We heard him their sermons and prayers, and atten- once state, that if he was called to visit tion to the Lord's house for GAIN : and his own country and friends, who are made the Gospel a mart for business to all Jews and vir
| all Jews, and violent opposers of the a most awful extent. See how the holy gospel, on any of their fast days, as the zeal and indignation of the Lord burned time of the Passover, when they eat unand was manifested in the temple, when leavened bread, he would do the same, overturning the tables of the money
and conform to their ceremonies-but changers.” Matt. xxi. 12, 13: and go
Not on the same principles. “I have litoo, at certain times into some of the berty in Christ: eating unleavened bread vestries of our chapels : they more re-l makes me neither better nor worse." semble the counter of a bank than an
After this, he fully explained the house of prayer Can such expect the glorious liberty there is in Christ, and power of the Holy Ghost in their minis
the mighty deliverance it is to the poor try, when these, and other of the like soul under bondage. " Ye shall know abominations are present: or the Spirit the truth, and the truth shall make you to bear witness to what he condemns! | free.” There is, says he, “A vast deal Strange to say they do pretend to expect of difference to a child of God taught it—but “ How readest thou ?" we would
| by the Holy Ghost, in hearing of God, say to such
and from God. O, to have a religion It is with very great pleasure we now brought into the conscience; and for refer to Mr. GEORGE ABRAHAMS, who God to put his fire in Zion and burn up has been testifying of the Lord's good- the dross. I would not talk of corrupness to his soul in the metropolis, for tion if it was not for exalting Christ. There is not a soul in this chapel could him to stand on his watch-tower lookhave a more bitter enmity to God's ing after the spiritual interests of the truth than he who now speaks to you." church, crying the time of night, and
Mr. Abrahams is an experimental what he sees. preacher : he speaks much of the hidden Our worst part must come. Glad mysteries of the human heart; and should I be, to say of him, as was said much to those who are buffeted and “ of a certain priest, named Zacharias, cast down by the way; who have the and his wife, they were both righteous law of sin in their members warring before God; walking in all the comagainst the law in the spiritual mind, mandments and ordinances of the Lord bringing into captivity, continually cry- blameless.” I once heard a dear old ing out, “0, wretched man that I am! servant observe at the Lord's Supper, who shall deliver me from the body of “ I always admired that aged couple, this death ?" On this subject, Mr. they were an honour to the Jewish house Abrahams occupies much ground, shew-in those days." We cannot say Mr. ing the killing power and spirituality of Abrahams is blameless in walking in the law, and the uneasy warfare where, christian ordinances, however much he in its power, it is experienced.
may justify his conduct in the liberty The ministry of Mr. Abrahams lays he has in Christ by faith. Highly as very much in the illustration of jewish we esteem him as an honour to the rites, customs, and ceremonies. On christian church, his practise is not this point, he has not his equal. It is honourable as regards the ordinanalso needless to say, he is well versed in ces of the Lord's house. In this the Hebrew, being his own native matter we should be glad if Mr. Abratongue: he often expresses approbation bams and others could lay aside Mr. of the faithfulness of the English trans- Huntington for the unerring standard lation, but will occasionally shew the of Jehovah the Spirit, particularly force of the original. Once in referring Mark xiii. 3, 31, 34.-viii. 34—vii. 7, 8. to the terms, “Abba, Father,” we heard -xvi. 16. If the New Testament is him say, “Romaine says, “Abba reads not strong enough for confirmation on backwards and forwards the same;' but, this point, there is that learned, well(said he) this is not all, it is “my God taught man of God, Dr. Gill, whose from everlasting, and my God to ever- | attainment in Jewish literature, stands lasting."
unequalled in modern times; whose The style of Mr. Abraham's preaching almost every page abounds with Jewish is by no means studied. He has been
criticisms : we would advise that this preserved from fashionable divinity.
witness should be consulted in prefer. Some of the servants of God are like
ence to Dr. Owen, whom we heard Mr. pumps that want a great deal of pump
Abrahams quote so much on the subing before the water comes clear. Mr. Iject of Baptism, &c. Dr. Owen is a great Abrahams will declare generally how he
favourite with moderns as a scholar. came by his text; whether by conver
He was the brightest ornament of the sation, reading, praying, walking, or as
University of Oxford, and for several the case may be, and of the savour he years successively was vice-chancellor himself tasted in it. This simplicity is there, and great in rabbinical learning. in accordance with the gospel, though / Yet, it is said of him, when asked by not much noticed. We may affirm that
Charles II., “how he, being so learned, his is a pure Jewish style ; and that Mr.
could sit and hear an illiterate tinker Abrahams is an original, having his own prate? He replied, “May it please your peculiar phrases and dialect to charac. Majesty, could I possess the tinker's terise him as a Jew; “ whose praise is
abilities for preaching, I would most not of men.” We indulge the hope that gadiy
gladly relinquish all my learning."he is but in the vigour of his ministry;
the vigour of his ministry: Bunyan's Life. and that it may please the Sovereign “Burning seraphs round thy throne, Disposer of his days to continue his Beyond all brightness bright; labours; increase his usefulness; pre Bow their bashful heads, and own serve him in his fear and truth; bless
Their own diminished light.”—Hart. his ministry to Zion at large; keep
H. W. him from being at ease; and enable We have in former numbers of the Earthen Vessel, briefly noticed a series that minister who fails to observe the two of Mr. ABRAHAMS' sermons now in the as joined together by our Lord, is not course of publication. We have before walking in the commandments of the us Nos. 6, and 7 of that series. No 6, is Lord, blameless. We fearlessly assert, « On the exclusion of creature boasting.” that for a man to reject a plain positive A sermon by Mr. GEORGE ABRAHAMS command of the Lord Jesus, because against pride! We make an extract or there is nothing saving in the observance two.
of it, and to be constantly ridiculing “I tell you, friends, there is devilish pride
and condeinning those who do attend even in imitating deep sinking. I tell you
unto it from the best of motives—we there are many who would be William Hun
say—such conduct is inconsistent, and tingtons, and put on other people's gar we do not wonder at all, that “dear ments, which is all pride, as they think they children of God, who have heard him shall not be so useful to God's family with a long time, being driven to say (as out a deep experience. But the experience Mr. ABRAHAMS says some have said) of a child of God, smitten, wounded, killed “I will hear him no more." We are in five minutes, is tantamount to a seven grieved at our very hearts to find such years' law-work. Many think they have no la discrepancy in such an acknowleged reason to speak well of the Lord, or praise
minister of the Lord Jesus Christ. his holy name, because they have never had
In the great essentials of the Gospel a vision of faith, which some boast of in the pulpit, and so seem to account all the Lord Mr. A. 18 sound to the very core. He has done as nothing. But is not this pride ? / says:
“I have seen the pride of a Jew going up « The redemption that is in Christ Jesus with a very high head and sitting himself on cleanses a sinner from his sins, washes him what the dear Lord calls the highest place from the filth of sin and makes him beautiin the synagogue, with his face towards ful, and so he is acquitted before the law. Jerusalem : and they will give any money Justification is that which causes him to for this seat. And I have seen those called stand before God as righteous as God rechristians going up and boasting of being quires him to stand before him. Justificachristians by baptism, and christians, tion is simply this, as I understand it; God through being members of a church. Oh, has determined by blessed, wondrous, electthe devilish boasting of all this before God! | ing grace, to cause his people to appear I have a reason for all this, and you shall before him in glory, holy and unblameable hear it to-night if you have patience. I close before him in love; holy, as though they up my first question: this is a most singular had never, in one single instance, infringed question : may God search your hearts on his holy law: for the law was given for Well, say, you, there is no need of all this, this very purpose, that Christ might be exwe are not Jews nor Papists, we are not de-alted in fulfilling the law and making it pending upon any outward ceremony, and honourable, for with him God is well pleased therefore there is no necessity for your for his righteousness' sake, for he hath fuladdress: I do not know whether this is all filled the law and made it honourable.” true. A dear child of God who had heard
Mr. ABRAHAMS's stated ministrations me for some time, said, I will hear him no more. Now I will talk simply before the are as follows: at Regent-street napel, living God. Is it not a sore evil that a poor
City Road, on Lord's Days, and Thurschild of God should be wrapped up in a day evenings; and at Jewry Street mere outward ordinance that will not save a | Chapel, City, on Monday evenings. soul, and be so offended at my speaking what I have a right to speak, as to turn his back on the truth : is it not boasting, think you ?
The Death-bed of Samuel Medley. Besides, they say that it is a door into the church, and exclude other people. If this
| We love to see and to know how it is is not boasting, I know nothing of the
| a Christian, and especially a Christian matter at all."
Minister dies: not that the circumThis is talking simply indeed! The stances connected therewith are at all fact is, it must be admitted by all un- times to be viewed as unerring tests of prejudiced and honest readers of the New their state before God; but, as in life, Testament—that there are two ordin- so in death, there is generally something ances therein recognised and commanded that declares the existence of the grace by the Great Head of the Church : of God. Baptism and the Lord's Supper: and It was on the 6th of June, 1767, that
SAMUEL MEDLEY first became pastor | depart, and to be with Christ, which is of a Baptist Church, at Watford, in far better. Hertfordshire. In April, 1772, he re- “ His children now asked him if he moved to Liverpool, where he laboured wanted anything. “Want !'he replied, as a successful minister of the gospel, ‘I want heaven and eternal glory. On for nearly thirty years. The following the evening of this day an evident is an authentic account of his dying change took place, and he lay for moments.
several hours in a stupor, so that it was “ His valuable friends then came in, not expected he would ever speak again. whom he cheerfully welcomed, and to But, at two o'clock on Wednesday whom he said, “You see me now on my morning, the 17th, he revived, and with dying bed; and a sweet bed it is to me. a serene and smiling countenance said, What mercies am I now enjoying in it! | 'Look up, my soul and rejoice, for thy Thanks be to God, I have now little or redeinption draweth nigh. He then no pain. What blessings I have in my added, 'I am looking up to Jesus—but family! all my eight children a comfort a point or two more, (alluding to the to me, and so affectionate, they would, compass), and I shall be at my heaif it were possible, lay down their lives venly father's house.' His children for me. With respect to myself, I am now asked, “Do you know us, dear full of comfort and consolations, and father?' With great earnestness, he able yet to recollect God's precious replied, “Know you! yes, sure I do.' word. The promises are like an army He then took a most affectionate leave of soldiers; when I have done with one of them all, and several friends, who another suitable portion presents itself. surrounded his dying bed. Being asked, I never saw so much of my unworthi. what shall we say from you to the ness, or so much of the excellency, absent parts of the family, mentioning glory, and suitableness of Christ, as an them all by name; 'Send my dear love all-sufficent Saviour. I would wish, to them; and tell them, I am going had I strength, to speak of him till I home in peace to my dear Jesus.' He die : particularly to my young friends, was soon after very restless, and frewhom I always loved to address. As to quently cried out, `Help, help me! my sentiments, he continued, 'I am no One grain of creature-mercy, Lord !' ways altered. The doctrines I have His friends tried to help him, and said preached, I am fully persuaded, are of with tears,' We cannot help you.' 'No,' the truth. They are now the support said he, “help from above. When he and consolation of my mind. That saw his children weeping round him, he Jesus, whom I have so long pro. said, “For shame! why will you weep? claimed to poor sinners, is my only am I not in my own Almighty Father's comfort in my dying hours. His sal. hands ? and he will take care of your vation is perfect and complete. After poor old father.' He often lifted up recovering from a fainting fit, he said, his hands and said, “My God! my por'I am thinking on the laws of gravita tion! my portion!' then, clasping his tion : the nearer a body approach to its hands together, added, 'I am looking centre, with the more force it is im up to Jesus. Frequently his struggles pelled; and the nearer I approach my were violent. He would then say, dissolution, with the greater velocity I Take courage, my soul, take courage: move towards it.' A friend who stood why art thou cast down? why art thou by, said, 'dear sir, Christ is your centre.' disquieted within me? Hope thou in • Yes, yes;' he replied, ' he is, he is.' In God, for I shall yet praise him.' Through another visit from this valuable friend, the whole of his agonies, which were he said, 'It is hard work to pull up an sometimes extreme, he was not left to old tree by the roots. My dear family, murmur. Once, when violently agimy relation to the church of Christ, overtated, he said, 'It is hard work : I shall which I have been so long time an un- die, I shall die, and go to glory. Then, worthy pastor, and my numerous con- with his eyes stedfastly fixed upwards, nections, are like so many strong roots he added, 'Are they not all ministering in the earth. But some time after he spirits ? (Heb. i. 14.) I am coming, I added, "They are all got up, and this am coming. Pushing the bedclothes world is now nothing to me; I long to with his hands, he said, “Take it away,
take all the world away, all but Christ.' | By Samuel Cozens. We come again to His struggles were again violent, and notice this little messenger of mercy; and again he cried, for one grain of crea- as we have been twice stopped at the threshture-mercy, Lord! one grain !' then,
| hold with prefatory remarks ; we are resolved lying more composed, he said, Well,
j w ü' on this occasion to dip into the work itself :
and as we have spoken for our brother Samuel this is a mercy;' and continued, “I
we will now let him speak for himself. We wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, I have heard the sly and envious taunts which and in his word do I hope!' laying a have been thrown at him by shallow-minded peculiar emphasis on the last sentence. ones ; but we are glad to find Samuel's minAbout four o'clock in the morning he istry is well received by old, sturdy, and well turned, and said, 'One more farewell, disciplined believers. “Cozens will do," my dear children!' and affectionately say they. And so say we : only let Samuel embraced them all. From this time he “ take heed unto himself;" let him labour continued quite still and composed, har
| hard in God's word, and at God's throne ; looking terderly on his surrounding
and let him “study to shew himself approved
unto God-a workman that needeth not to family and friends, and repeating many
hy be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of portions of Scripture, which could not
truth ;" and then we have no fear but that be distinctly heard. “Sweet gospel,'|
much real prosperity will attend his ininistry. often escaped his lips. No alteration Our extract this time must be short. He took place further, till about half an says at page 7, speaking of his first convichour before his departure, none of his tions of sin family expecting to hear his voice more, 'I believe in my very soul that I had when he opened his eyes, and with a broken the law of God into as many atoms as smiling countenance, said, “Dying is Moses did, when he came down out of the sweet work! sweet work! my father! | mount, and let the tables fall; but though I
“I drank in iniquity as the ox drinketh in water, my heavenly Father! I am looking up,
I was the subject of strange emotions of I am looking up to my dear Jesus, my
my soul, such indescribable horror would someGod! my portion! my all in all!' then
ner times seize ine, that I could not bear to be
i with a dying voice he continued, 'Glory, I alone, or in the dark; sometimes when I glory! Home, home!' till his voice have been in company, the thoughts of failed, and with a smiling countenance, death would rush into my mind like an imhe yielded up his spirit into the hands petuous torrent, and sweep all my pleasure of his heavenly Father, without a and vanity away in an instant, and make me struggle or a groan, about half an hour pace the room like a maniac. I also was before seven o'clock in the evening.
sorely tormented with horrible dreams, one He had just completed his sixty-first of which was that infernal spirits used to year, had been in the ways of God m
of cod meet every night at the further end of my
father's cellar: and my father being a pubthirty-nine years; thirty-three years
lican, he used to send me to this part of the had been a minister of the gospel ; five cellar sometimes when he was busy, and it years pastor of the church at Watiord, was really like sending me to hell in nay feelHerts., and twenty-seven years pastor of ings, for I very often fancied I saw them; the church at Liverpool.
such a cold damp and shaking would come
over me whenever I went to that part, that I Christian Reviewer.
could scarcely move. This dream was as
peculiar as my sleep for two or three years, We have before us two new periodicals: the and I believe it so impaired my nerves that I first is called “Christian Converse," by shall feel it as long as I am in the body ; it William Giles, of Seacomb: this introductory is only while I have the sensible enjoyment number is filled with letters of a more pri- of God's love in my heart, and can see and vate and family character ; only interesting realise my eternal interest in God's salvation, to the parties concerned. The other work is that I am free from these fears. * * There called * The Spiritual Wrestler :" and we are many others which I could relate which expect is in some measure under the manage- made a deep impression on my mind, but ment or editorial direction of our brother still there was not power enough in them to W--, of Robertsbridge. It is a nice little separate me from sin, though they often tract for a penny; and is calculated in some | spoilt the pleasure of it. 0! the solemn measure to be useful to “ Zion's children in obduracy of an unsanctified heart ! I am the Wilderness.” We wish “ the Spiritual satisfied that neither dreams, visions, men, Wrestler” God-speed.
angels, or devils, are sufficient to remove
man's natural obduration, and give a felt “ The Lost Found or the Rebel Saved.” hatred to sin ; and I am further satisfied that