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God work true faith in the soul, and then boies, so that he can no longer withhold draw that divine principle into lively action, telling poor sinners what God has done for enabling the possessor of it to lay hold of his soul, i. e. how, and where, he found him, that robe that justifies him in God's sight viz. in a waste howling wilderness, cast out from all eternity ; the real evidence of which into the open field to the loathing of his brought home to his heart, acquits the con-person : how he quickened his soul, and science of every charge, frees it from guilt, inade it alive unto himself and brought him and enables the believer to say, being jus- to a feeling sense of his own state by nature tified by faith, I have peace with God and practise ; how he broke his heart by the Romans v. 1. i. e. justified in God's sight, power of blood applied, and then healed the in the righteousness of Christ, and in the wound by the same efficacious balm ; how conscience, by or through a living faith in he took away his filthy garments and invested what Christ has done and suffered for him. him with a change of raiment; how he Thus when true faith views the cross, the liberated him from legal bondage, and made burden drops from the back; when faith him rejoice in the finished work of the cross; lays hold on the best robe, the conscience how he fed him with spiritual food, and made is freed from all condemnation; when faith him drink full draughts of the water of life looks to the surety, the law can have no which flows from the river that runs in the claim on the debtor ; when faith takes hold midst of the paradise of God; these things on the horns of the altar, the averrger of experienced and enjoyed in the soul, the blood can never lay hold on the sinner ; man of God forcibly impressed and inwardly when faith looks to Jesus for deliverance, compelled to tell others of their saving effects justice pronounces the sinner innocent for having at the same time an eye to God's ever ; and when faith keeps her eye on the glory, and the eternal welfare of all the elect captain, the pour soul is sure of final victory. at heart, at last he cheerfully goes forward Thus the Spirit of the living God, agreeable in the vineyard of God; labors to expose to eternal love engagement, himself takes error, detect hypocrisy, vindicate the truth, possession of the heart, abides as a living and comfort the minds of God's dear people. principle in the soul, draws out all his own The man thus wrought upon by God the graces in lively exercise, and graciously de- Spirit, and having a clear knowledge of all monstrates liberty to the man possessed the essential doctrines of grace, not merely therewith ; "for where the Spirit of the Lord in the head, but in the heart, his aim is to is there is liberty;' and no man can be a glorify the author of them in every step he real minister of the Spirit, but what has the takes ; and I am bold to say in the presence true witness of the Spirit of God in his own of God, and a faithful conscience, the above soul, bearing an evident testimony to his has really been my own experience; and conscience that he is really called, and fully when my divine Master first called me to sent of God as an heir of promise, to do the the work. I can truly say, I met with the work of an evangelist. See Romans viii. 16. most violent opposition, both within and 2 Timothy iv. 5. Now such a one will,
without ; fears within and fightings without, " 3. Know that his call is real, not merely the world, legal-mongers, Baxterian spouters, because he may be solicited by the people of Arminian groaners, Pre-existe rian or Arian God to go forth in the work; for I believe professors. universal restitutionists, duty. thousands, in the present day have no more faith priests, rotten hypocrites, and drunken call than what they receive from a few old
professors like bees, swarmed around and women who call themselves believers; nor
lves believers ; , nor encompassed me about, and I can truly add, is it because vast numbers flock to hear him, that, after the manner of men. I have fought that he has any proof of his commission with beasts, at S-h-d, i. e. hypocrites of from God; and, although he may be poss-beastly tempers, and brutish dispositions ; esssed of great volubility, and may have but having obtained help of God I congreat zeal in the work he is engaged in, tinue to this day. And I am neither afraid many, apparently, called under his ministry, | nor ashamed to say, that my call to the and be much applauded by the religious work I am now engaged in, (i. e. the minworld : all this with a thousand times more, istry.) has not only been owned and blessed will not be sufficient to satisfy him that helby Göd outwardly, but he has, blessed be his is really called of God to the office he sus
dear name for ever, manifested his approbatains, unless he has the witness of the Spirit | tion thereto repeatedly in the night season. within him; which nothing short of a mi
(To be Continued.) raculous impression of God's Spirit on his heart will ever bring forth the decision in his own conscience. Now, what I mean by
Many have asked “ Where is hell ?” 'Tis a powerful and miraculous impression on his
J of little importance where it is located. 'Tis heart, is this, that he is called of God to this
where the wrath of God is.-James Wells. work by an internal call, the force of which makes his, (God's) word like a fire in his
STATE OF THE LONDON CHURCHES.No. 7. OPENING OF BETHEL CHAPEL, HOLLAND STREET, KENSINGTON,
WITH CRITICAL REMARKS ON MR. OSBOURN'S MINISTRY.
This neat and commodious chapel, was jarring note, from the words—But Christ opened on Wednesday, March 10, 1847, is all, and in all.' In the course of the when sermons were preached by Mr. James sermon, he said, “I once went to hear Mr. Osbourn, Mr. Sears, and Mr. Shorter. Warburton, in a wretched state of mind; he
The opening of a new chapel for experi- spake from these words, “The Lord will go mental preaching is a thing of rather a rare before you.' He shewed how he had gone occurrence in these days. I trust, in the out before us in creation, providence, and building of this small chapel, like Noah, the grace-how he had gone out before us in all friends have moved with fear ;' or have our paths, up to his going before us in glory. been moved by the fear of God, to build 'a I so heard that had it been lawful, I could tabernacle for the God of Jacob.' The have sung his praises before all the people principal parties connected with its building, in the chapel, so were my feelings changed.' are a few, who separated themselves from the Again, he said, 'I once was oppressed with ministry of Mr. Broad, a Particular Baptist, the thought of being only an hypocrite: I at Kensington Gravel Pits, five years ago. was determined to leave the place where I This Mr. Broad is now over a mixed com-lived and go somewhere else, to avoid being munion church, at Hitchin. We can hardly seen. I set off, and walked fourteen miles hope he ‘moved with fear,' in throwing open, one day, without having anything to eat or or coming into such wide doors.
drink; when I reached Marlborough, I went Mr. Septimus Sears, was engaged for the into a place and called for refreshment. first two Lord's days, to supply the pulpit of Here I heard such conversation that made this new Bethel. We trust that that charac-me tremble-I apprehended the judgments ter of ministry which marked its opening, of God would immediately come down upon will continue to be sounded forth from this them for such profanity. In this situation quarter; and, that its present feebleness will these words were applied, "Who maketh not prove a drawback from such ministerial thee to differ ?” I said, Who, Lord ! but support. May the Holy Ghost come down thee? That night I returned back over the upon it, in the power of his word, as showers Downs, and went blessing and praising God that water the earth, and make this little hill for the difference between me and them. a blessing. We give a very brief notice of Christ is the life of every promise: the life the discourses of the day, commencing with of every prayer : the life of every song: the Septimus Sears, who, in the afternoon, spake life of conversation : He is all that is spirit. from John xii. 32. "And I, if I be lifted up ual life he is the beauty of the church : from the earth, will draw all men unto me.' the Bible, from beginning to end-is full His subject embraced a wide field in shew- of Christ. Christ is all the promises ; and ing us the glories of the God and Man, is the original promise. Christ is all, and Immanuel, connected with his lifting up, Christ is in all. and especially as being the great gospel Mr. Osbourn, from America, in the morntheme of the ministry, to draw sinners unto ing, spoke from Psalm lxxv. 1. Unto thee, O him.
God, do we give thanks : for that thy name To lift up Christ as Head over all, should is near thy wondrous works declare. I be the aim of every gospel minister. The would now take this opportunity of saying a uplifting of Jesus in the conscience is by the word or two respecting his ministry. power of the Holy Ghost; and this is when Mr. Osbourn's writings have ushered in he is beheld just such a Saviour as I feel my his name among us, so that he has received a need of, and want, when I am driven out of hearty welcome to England. His writings all shelters to shelter only in Immanuel. for the most part will leave a sweetness be
Mr. Sears concluded by observing,~' he hind when the writer is mouldering in the trusted this chapel would be a finger-post, dust. Probably there is more solid gospel like John, to direct sinners to Christ, saying, in some of his publications, than all our • Behold the Lamb of God.'
present writers put together can produce. “ When first the great project to angels was known,
Well-we have heard him ourselves, and They hailed him in songs as the Lamb on the throne, I listened with strongly excited feelings. And The concave of heaven resounds with their cry, how have you heard ? Partially disapGod-Man Mediator, they lift him on high."
pointed. Those deep and broad features of In the evening we heard Mr. Shorter, of experience, so ably written and delineated, the City Road, and must confess we were have seem to come short in preaching. We reminded of the Gadsby and Kershaw have found him a determined enemy, making school in him, who, in a noble style, fol- la firm stand against an enemy we did not lowed out the afternoon strains without a expect him to say anything about; and no
where so strongly, as at Zoar Chapel. And now looks like a miracle to me. Everywhat is this enemy? You shall have his thing looks like wonder, as I pass this little own words in a sermon preached there, wee island, England.” March 7th, on Isaiah, xxxv. 3, 4, respecting. There are things which makes Mr. Osslavish doubts and fears, he said, “I suppose bourn's an interesting and highly privileged you want me to act the liar's part, to indulge ministry. He rather seems to us a second you in your fears, frames, feelings, and Whitfield, though quite an Huntingtonian in doubts, and to tell you this is christian ex style, manner, and doctrine. We view him perience. I would rather be run over by the rather, and hail him as a father in the gospel; railway, or die in a ditch, than preach such a welcome messenger coming not with a rod, a gospel : and yet this is spoken of as gospel but in love, and in the spirit of meekness,' in this city, and elsewhere. I say, it is not a full with the blessings of the gospel of Christ. span from blasphemy, and yet God's children And to those who are afraid their experience are overrun with these things, and men call is not as so and so's, and conclude themthem gospel.' This is a broad saying: and selves all wrong, because they have not been will please numbers. But Mr. Osbourn through such deep waters, fiery furnaces, must go on and finish. “Doubts and fears hard bondages as some have, Mr. Osbourn are attendants upon the grace of God, but are will be very acceptable. intruders, and must not be considered wel- But, secondly, -as we perceive no exagcome visitors.' Some ministers would cer- gerated statements of himself and his trials tainly have been cashiered Zoar pulpit for beyond a simple narration, so there is no giving expression to these things we make extravagance. By extravagance we mean no comment; forty years must speak, before no spiritual extravagance, in not giving a us minors. Mr. Osbourn aims in his min- just and due regard to the letter of the word. istry, to bring forward the fulness of the Mr. Osbourn's is a spiritual ministry: he gospel. Nor is there any uncertain sound, shall speak for himself,— The gospel is the or confounding law and gospel, -we seldom breath of God, breathed over the field of hear the distinction so strongly kept up and death to resusitate it. As the trunk of delineated.
Adam was lifeless until God breathed into it Two particulars must comprise what we the breath of life, so is a sinner-so is the have to remark on the character of Mr. letter of the word without the Spirit: but Osbourn's ministry :
how different when the Spirit breathes upon First, That it is without exaggeration. it.' Extravagance is not faithfulness in any We do not feel as if listening to a man, of sense. I do not believe the Lord will deep experience in the gospel, of the most accept of any strange fire, no more than he extensive knowledge of the church of Christ, did of old. Lev. x. 1, 2. I believe too that or to one who has travelled over vast tracts an Achan will only trouble the camp and of land, thousands of miles from home, and prevent its going forward, but that every must have witnessed a great variety of cir- | Jeremiah and Isaiah speaking in the Lord's cumstances; nor would you think him one name, will prove a blessing, though their whose experience has been, as it were, at the testimony be despised. I do not believe the bottom of the sea, swallowed up with the Lord will set his seal upon that which is apprehension of the wrath of God, and yet false, bearing the semblance of, but not the mercifully delivered from the horrible pit truth.' Truth is himself speaking, and his and miry clay, firmly established upon the truth may be spoken and owned by a little rock of eternal truth, and going forth in maid in captivity, as well as from a Paul, songs of deliverances to the God of all grace. less than the least,' or from one just putMr. Osbourn is one whose life has been ting on the gospel harness, as well as by an signally preserved in perils by sea and land. | Osbourn who has nearly passed through Let his own words speak, in which he con- the toils of it, and must soon put it off. The cluded his sermon, at the opening of the rough garment to deceive (Zech. xiii. 4,) chapel. 'Not long ago I was forty days on he does not wear: no cutting and deep the Atlantic. The oldest sailor on board sentences belong to him: littleness is never knew such a storm. Who would have rather more conspicuous than greatness ; thought that the little vessel could have pos- no putting on what does not belong to him, sibly endured those mighty billows and a charge brought against the church of old, surges that swept over it, and perfectly awfully true now. Jer. iv. 3. Yet he shews baptized the men, and yet to safely reach two sides in his ministry, death before life, Liverpool? So it is with the soul, tossed up darkness before light, sorrow before joy, and down, but arrives safe-not after a pas- and captivity before freedom; a ministry sage of forty days, but perhaps forty years— that will cut off some thousands; but exand not to Liverpool, but to the continent of aggeration and extravagance, or the extremes glory. Forty or forty-five years ago I used that men so easily run into, he is preserved to pass this way, when a giddy youth, without | from. These two are rather the dresses of a friend, half starved, and half naked. Iterror, the mask of deception, and the paint
ing of an harlot : but plain truth, comes with going to heaven in the way of works, and a plain testimony, made powerful by the Holy live in this state, and so speak of it as if it Spirit. And this is the dress of the gospel ; were within their grasp. If my salvation its name, features, and character is humility. depended on this, I should have no more Such a man who is least in our eyes, is great hope than the infernal crew in hell have. It in the kingdom of heaven, and with this is a matter of praise that the salvation of the rule I try to measure a man's stature. soul is not depending on human or divine
Mr. Osbourn's visit to this country I do contingency; God throws the javelin and hope will not be in vain. There is sickness says, 'I will and they shall.' This is God's that wants healing ; rubbish that wants re- delight and pleasure, and · Unto thee do we moving ; carnalites that want purging away: give thanks.' and distances filled up ; or some one to say, | We must go further up the field, (so to like as of old, when God raised up Nehe- speak,) than temporal favours, to find a miah to superintend the wall building, The grateful heart. We must forage the housework is great and large, and we are separated hold of faith, and now consider ourselves in upon the wall one far from another. In the company of that diminutive few our what place, therefore, ye hear the sound of Saviour speaks of, 'Fear not little flock.' the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us : our And here we must pick and cull to make a God shall fight for us.' Nehemiah iv. 19, 20. distinction, and ask who feels his heart inOh, that the sounding of the gospel trumpet, terested in the text, to give thanks ?' as blown by Mr. Osbourn, might be heard, | David was under a gospel influence. His and the savour, power, and dew of the Lord's little soul was full of the boundless goodness blessing follow it, and make the spirit of it a of a covenant God; he felt it in his soul, rallying point to poor divided Zion.
and then opens his mouth, 'Unto thee do The poor worm who writes this, whilst he we give thanks.' David could give thanks is made to know and feel he has a nature of for providential favors, so can the saints at iron and steel, he also feels it is lighter than times with the Psalmist; because they feel vanity, a nature that soon catches, and takes that if these blessings are all forfeited, they fire at light pulpit expressions ; we are such can lay no claim to them. And under these tinder boses. Mr. Osbourn considers the feelings, a place of worship is erected, to sit pure gospel in a cloud in England, and so it and bless the Lord for his goodness, to offer is; but why so? Let Jeremiah tell us. praise unto our God; to meet together (Chap. v. 1–5.)
and to talk of the glory of his kingdom. But We say to Mr. O., whom we hear is to souls can get to heaven without churches be in England about eighteen months longer. I and chapels ; but we cannot without some that afflictions, temptations, and trials, at-things, as Mr. Hart saystend the path-way to heaven; that a daily “Something must be known and felt.” cross, fears within, and fightings without, with no small tempest, accompany and mark And what is this something ? ' Christ formed the followers of a meek and lowly Jesus. / in the heart, the hope of glory, who was despised of the people. Keep this
1.-We will consider under what circumin mind in declaring the gospel; and it stances christians are disposed to offer praise. will silence empty professors of every name.
| When God by his holy law, pulverizes the Let Mr. Hart declare it
man, and makes the man's greatness and
importance to fall, and to be nothing, like " Afflictions make us see,
the leaves in autumn, before the northern What else would 'scape our sight;
blast-When under the withering hand of How very foul, and dim we be, And God, how pure and bright,
God, the sinner is consumed by the blow of
God's hand-When the man feels himself “ His chastnings, therefore prize; The privilege of a saint:
lost, wretched, and undone - This man will Their hearts are hard who that despise ; ask for the mercy of God, not hypocritically, And their's too weak who faint,” but from a feeling sense of the state he is in ;
and when he is brought up out of the pit in The following scraps are gathered from which he sinks, then with the notes of the Mr. Osbourn's sermon at Kensington. lute or sackbutt, he says, “Unto thee do we
The mercies of God, have a strong and give thanks.' I have found an home for my powerful claim on our thanks. They de- soul; a refuge to fly unto; a Saviour to mand a tribute of gratitude and praise from hide in. Thus, man sees the end of the us, even common temporal mercies, to say storm, with its hurlings, and Calvary, with nothing of spiritual mercies. Ingratitude, all its charms : he, like the magnetic needle, and unthankfulness mark the footsteps of all flies from one to the other. 'I, a rebel, a men by nature, and is one of the strongest transgressor, see myself interested in all the proofs we can give of the depravity of our blessings of the gospel.' This is the man, nature, when God's favours are all thrown who can, indeed, without the hypocrite's disin the back ground. And yet men speak of guise, bow in his feelings before God and
say, 'Unto thee do we give thanks,' while he mercy, love, truth and grace. The soul feels so inadequate, and says, “Who am I? makes free with God's name, but not preWhat can such a poor dog as I am say? sumptuously. Gloomy doubts and fears Praises fall so infinitely short of the bless- are attendants upon the grace of God, but ings I am put in possession of.' But, oh, I we are not to consider them welcome visihow the soul tries to sidle along! still tors. We say of these as Christ said of the anxious to approximate nearer and nearer | pharisees, ' Ye are of your father, the devil, the bosom of his God: and before he is and the lusts of your father ye will do.' Faith aware, perhaps, he finds himself in the heart and believing is of God; doubts and fears of of his Redeemer; his soul is melted with the devil: let us distinguish here : doubts gratitude, praise, and thanksgiving unto and fears are the mildew of the soul. God, with a sweet humility. There is III. – That thy name is near, thy wonsuch a thing, as a personal appropriation, drous works declare.' The works of creaA man may hope, and feelingly so, and tion declare God to be near. Every where is have a little gratitude upon the hoping plan. God. But with Zion, his saints, his afficted But Paul says that we might have a strong ones, he is near in a different sense, to what consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay he is in providence. But what wondrous hold upon the hope set before us,' speak works declare him near? It is his work of ing of the two immutable things, Now lay- redemption, as Mr. Hart saysing hold on eternal life,' is going a little further than hoping. But I)avid says, and
“ How wondrous are the works of God,
Display'd through all the world abroad, it is well with us when we do the same, Immensely rich, immensely small!
hope in the Lord.' But yet Paul comes Yet one strange work exceeds them all. in and crowns the climax-Now the God
“ But what are seas, or skies, or hills, of hope fill you with all joy and peace in
Or verdant vales, or gliding rills, believing, that ye may abound in hope,
To wonders man was born to prove,
The wonders of redeeming love ?" through the power of the Holy Ghost.'
II.-But this man in the language of the Here his name appears in folio ; but of this text goes a little further For that thy large volume God speaks to us in his beloved name is near.' David seems to have been son, and says. “In him am I well-pleased, brought up from the depths of the earth, hear ye him.' This is the title page of the and comforted on every side, when uttering book. Then go on and read the body of the the text_ That thy name is near.' Where book ; and here is a field for meditation, and is it that God is not present ? He is om- I contemplation. Poor trembling sinner! niscient, and omnipresent. Sometimes God come to this grand point. Here is Christ is near in his wrath, and visits our iniqui- and here is the gospel opened to sinners. ties with his rod, and reproves our failings. Religion is a tangible thing: there are 110 He is also near us in the furnace; and so features in it to awe and terrify our minds. he is when plunged in the ditch. This is a It was so with the disciples in our Saviour's nearness of God to us, and a frightful one; 1 time. Religion is the same in this nineteenth but it is not the sense of the text. The century as in the first, second, and third apostle Paul will give the sense in the Acts, I centuries. There is joy and freedom in it. where he had been pointing out to the I sat under his shadow with great delight, idolators, the character of our God; des- land · Unto you it is given to know the myscribing his providential greatness towards | teries of the kingdom of heaven.' My God us. He says - That they should seek the I is it so ? So it reads, and let it stand. “But Lord, if haply they might feel after him, to them that are without it is not given. Oh, and find him, though he be not far from the distinguishing love and grace of God, every one of us.' 'If haply they might fcell for that thy name is near thy wondrous after him.' This figure is borrowed from works declare." His name is nearest in renature, from blind persons feeling and grop-demption. Talk to a man that knows noing their way, who take good heed and se- I thing of the secrets of God in his soul about curity to the ground they stand on; so we redemption, and he may talk fluently ; but feel after God, when we are in the dark, it is only talk ; honouring God with the when all our best schemes are frustrated, lips only; what is that work greater and
ought into perplexity, then are we nearer than this? The Spirit's work- The like the blind, groping for the wall, feeling kingdom of God is within you. If you after him, if haply he may be found. And I know no more than this, the kingdom of God then he is near thy name is near.' Not coming nigh you, you will be damned after in wrath, but in mercy. Mercy is one of all; the kingdom of God must be within God's names. And his grace is near. Mercy you."
H. W. and truth are twin blessings. If you have received the truth, mercy will be sure to fol. We purpose, next month, if spared, to relow. Truth makes us free. Mercy comforts view the second edition of Mr. Osbourn's the soul, when God's name is thus near in “ Lawful Captive Delivered;"