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should I have missed learning, and precious soul-cheering experiences of His wisdom, goodness, tender pity, faithfulness, and care, should I have been shut out from realizing! When things go rough and crooked, it is labour in vain for us to try to smooth and straighten them, because this is the Lord's work, not ours; and faith's resort is to honour Him, by waiting upon, and for Him, and when He fulfils His straightening and smoothing promise, we then can see, and say, “This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous love." Thus we render to Him that glory which is due to His name.
Being left at an uncertainty as to what city was meant, into which I was to go, I was constrained to move very prayerfully and carefully. One day, while musing and craving the Lord's direction, my thoughts pitched upon Bath, and I said, “This may be the city intended, therefore I will go there.” After I had been there a few days, I found a gentleman, a dear man of God, and he strove to persuade me to accept a call from a people, to whom he said, it would be doing himself much pleasure to recommend me; but I refused to enter into the engagement; therefore I left Bath, being fully satisfied that was not the city where it was to be told me what I was to do.
Then I came to the city of Bristol, and, after I had been here a few days, to my great surprise, I was told that a wooden church had been erected in Bedminster, for the Rev. D. A. Doudney: No sooner had I heard this news, than I said, “Now the matter is fully explained ; this I see is the city into which I was told to go, where it should be told me what I was to do.” When the Lord's-day morning came round, I went to the wooden building, but the congregation was so large, that I found it difficult to obtain standing-room. When the man of God began to speak
, in prayer, I found spiritual vitality, and said, “This is prayer from the Spirit of grace, and supplication promised to the House of David.” And the sermon was a rich description, and a distinct unfolding, of the ministry of the Holy Ghost. My soul was filled with gladness, because I had found a hoine---a little sanctuary. The sweet and solemn train of meditation into which the sermon drew my thoughts, I cannot refrain here from transcribing :
“Under the God-honouring sermons which I have been favoured to hear this day, I must (for the glory of the eternal Three in God) confess that my soul has been much refreshed. Yes, both morning and evening, they were, times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. I know it is the Lord's prerogative to encourage His own sent servants, and God forbid that I should dare to trespass; but this I also know, that the Lord often cheers and encourages His own servants by those refreshments, which, under their ministry, He is pleased to grant to His weary ones. This view of the Lord's dealings is confirmed by the Great Apostle, who hath said, We are comforted in your comfort, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because His spirit was refreshed by
“While sitting under the preaching of the everlasting, Gospel to-day, have I not felt myself at home? Has not my heart been enlarged, and my soul been enamoured with the person and work of God the Spirit? Ah, this is the great and momentous subject which the ministers of Christ, in this dreary day of frivolity, worldliness, letterknowledge, and fair shows in the flesh, need to be studiously careful to inculcate.
"How discriminatingly true the dear man of God's statement has been ! Oh, let me never forget it! Christ in His work by men may be mentally known, and discoursed about, because here there is a something rationally tangible, this being a work without us; but the Spirit and His work is an inward work, and is only to be known spiritually; therefore the wisdom of the world's school seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him. There is not any one thing in the Spirit and His ministry that can be, to the mental powers of men, however enlightened, improved, or elevated, even by super-natural influence, tangible.
"The Holy Ghost, as an Indweller, must take possession of the soul of that man who is brought to know Him and His work; and His indwelling will be a well that shall spring up, and this springing well, promised to the seed-royal of heaven, will be the witness to them, of them, and in them, called the Spirit-bearing Witness with our Spirit; and then the overflowing streams from that sacred well, shall, under the ministry, cheer the thirsty, weary soul, even as I have realized this day; but to bu without the indwelling of God the Spirit is to be, as Jude hath said, A well without water; therefore, no spiritual refreshment can be ministered by such men, nor received through them. It is a solemn truth, insisted upon this day by the man of God, that if the Scriptures of God had been less explicit in reference to the person and work of the Holy Ghost, the experience of all who are called with a holy calling, is a sure witness for Him who dwells in all Christ's mystical members, as the glorious Witnesser.
"Eternal redemption has been obtained by Jesus, and with the redemption price He has gone into heaven itself, to appear in the presence of God for us; but before His departure He said, "It is expedient for you that I go away.' He had accomplished that part of His priestly work of reconciliation on earth in the body of His Hesh through death, but there was, and is, the crowning part of His priesthood or priestly work, and that must be done in heaven; therefore He must go away to perform that. And this work consists in appearing in the presence of God and presenting representatively all whom He reconciled through the blood of His
cross, holy, unblamable, and unreproveable in His sight. This work Jesus, the great High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, is now doing; therefore all are presented and represented by Him to God, in the holiness of His precious blood, unblameableness of His law-magnifying righteousness, and the unreproveableness of His spotless humanity ; up to which pattern all who are made meet for the inheritance of the saints in light must, in soul-experience, be wrought, by the sanctifying mercy of the Holy Ghost. And this work of the Holy Ghost in the soul is as absolutely necessary in the crucifixion of the old man, which is corrupt, and in creating or forining in us the new man, or divine nature; and sealing upon us the image-likeness of Jesus, our heavenly Head; as it was absolutely necessary, by the same Holy Ghost, that Jesus, in making reconciliation for the sins of His brethren, should be made like unto His brethren.
“But Jesus is gone into heaven, and we poor thriftless creatures are left below, within the range of Satan's circuit and battle-field; and all that is of nature and that we are by nature is miserably adapted to be used by him to work our ruin. Who on our behalf is to supply the place of Him that is gone away? for it must be supplied; we musť not be left alone. But who is capable of supplying His place ? It must be a person, if not,
no communion. He must be a spirit, or he could not reveal spiritual things. He must be omniscient, or he might be circumvented in befriending us. And he must be omnipresent, or we might be cast out of his sight. Now all these suitable qualifications or perfections, and infinitely more, centre in the Holy Ghost, Him that Jesus before He went away called the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, the Remembrancer, the Testifier that should come, and whom He would send, that proceedeth from the Father. As God the Father is a Person, and God the Son a Person, so God the Holy Ghost is and must be a Person ; because in us there is a personal and spiritual work, by way of communion, to be begun, carried on, and performed. If this work, then, is personal, the Holy Ghost must be a Person; and, if a spiritual work, then He who performs that work must be a Spirit: for no worker has the power to act above himself. And if the work is an omnipotent work—and to create, give spiritual life, and sustain that life eternally, is a work of omnipotence-then must the Holy Ghost be omnipotent. And, if in carrying on and performing that work the secret counsels, plots, and craft of legions of devils are to be thwarted, baffled, and their works and workings turned to and used for the advancing of that very work which they strive to overthrow, then must the worker be omniscient. And, if the enemies of that work are numerous and widespread-in air, on earth, yea, everywhere, by land and sea ; and no place since the fall can be exempt from their presence,—then must He be omnipresent. O glorious, boundless, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and invincible love of God the Spirit! for, although there is nothing in me by nature to befriend, but everything to counteract, hurt, and destroy, either by force or fraud, the grace-work of God the Holy Ghost in me, both root and fruit, yet His infinite love-power triumphs over all opposition, both from without and within, as He hath immutably. promised: I, the Lord, do keep it; I will water it every moment, lest any hurt it; I will keep it night and day.'
(To be continued.)
BY THE LATE MR. R. ROBIXSON.
“ Behold, Thou art fair, my Beloved, yea, pleasant : also our bed is green."
Sol. SONG i. 16. THERE is no comparison, short of a personal oneness with Jesus, that can be drawn from anything existing in this time-state. Not our own natural lives can have any compare with our oneness with Jesus. Behold, thou soul-gazing believer! thou hast enough in Jesus to feast thy soul-sight with. There is such a perfection in Jesus, that all things in Him are pure. All things in thy nature do not appear to be so; and it is a happy moment when thou canst look away from thyself; yea, it is pleasant to walk, talk, and live in Jesus—is the best of company, that yields delight ; communion with Jesus is sweet. He that turned water into wine, and spake as never man spake, multiplied the loaves and fishes, so that the wondering twelve that wanted to buy two hundred pennyworth of bread had each of them a basketful as a token for their services—that the last should be first and the first last. - Our bed is green,
," where the flocks rest at noon—the covenant evergreens, the pro
mises of unfading delights, where their rest shall be sweet, and none daring to make them afraid.
He that's restored by sovereign grace,
And cleansed by Jesus' blood,
Though they are sufferers here.
Are suffering for the truth,
And drives away their fears.
Are free'd from every fear,
Where they never shed a tear.
To save rebellious man,
To see redemption's plan.
And find my all in Him-
By Him raised up have been.
GOD'S CREATION. Can
you find one amongst the ransomed of Jesus' blood that He hath put in a bad place ? Some have thought so, and have had very hard thoughts of the Lord. One said he was plagued all the day, and chastened every morning; but he could see the wicked around him in prosperity. They had no bands in their death. Their strength was firm. They had everything that heart could wish. Their eyes stood out with fatness, and he could not make this out, until the Lord opened this up, and showed him that they were set in slippery places. And there is many a poor child of God rises up against the Lord's way, and thinks that He deals hardly with them, and that He might have placed them in more favourable circumstances ; but this is their ignorance. Jesus puts His children in the best place; and the bounds of their habitation are fixed by Him. Moses' mother might have said, “I wish I had never been a mother.” There is many a poor mother who has said so when things have gone roughly in the family, and the children have rose up against them, and have said as poor old Jacob did, “ All these things are against me." But this was not the truth: he found, as all the tried children of God shall, that "the Lord doeth all things well."
THE SNARE BROKEN, AND THE CAPTIVE DELIVERED. I have often heard R. Robinson mention the case of a poor woman whom he met some years ago, at a certain place where he was called to preach. This poor woman had long been bound low by the arch-fiend and enemy of souls, who tried his cunning artifice, with his infernal lies, to drive her to the very borders of despair. He assailed her on this ground, that she was not a child of God, for she had no love. Many ministers had conversed with her; but she told them it was of no use, for she was utterly destitute of love. Mr. Robinson went to see her, and conversed with her; but she repeated again and again she was 'destitute of love—she
had no love to God, His people, nor His means nay, she was destitute altogether, so she had no love to anything; she did not love her husband, nor children, nor anything, so it was of no use talking to her. He said, “There lay on the table an old Bible, that gavo proof that it had been searched again and again. I picked up this Bible, and I said, 'I am going to burn this Bible; this is of no use to you.' She cried out, * Give me my Bible! I love my Bible ! You shan't burn my Bible!' 'Ah, you love the Bible, and you love its Author.'' Here Satan was defeated; the snare was broken and the captive delivered.
“As thy days, so shall thy strength be.”—DEUT. xxxiii. 25. I remember hearing Mr. Robinson say that some years ago he was greatly tried.
The enemy told him he would never stand, should he be called to suffer as the martyrs did ; but some time after this he was brought into circumstances that necessitated him to go late in the eve to another town for assistance, and, as he was coming back, two highway robbers attacked him, and threw him down. One knelt on him, and held him by the throat while the other robbed him. He said he never felt more calm and composed in all his life than he did at that time. the way the Lord took to deliver him out of that trial, and proved that He who kept the mind composed in perfect peace while in the hands of robbers, could do the same if brought to the rack, torture, fire, or sword. Yes, dear child of God, whenever thou art weak in thyself, thou shalt find the Lord true to His word, “ As thy days, thy strength shall be ;"? “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." Therefore, take no undue thought for the morrow's trouble, sufficient is my grace; and “ thy days, thy strength shall be." Plead His promise that He hath made, and make mention of the word on which He hath caused thee to hope. Tell Him again and again that He hath pledged Himself by oath and promise, and He must perform, because His faithfulness cannot fail; nor can He alter the word that He hath spoken.
“ The Lord loreth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.”—
PSALM lxxxvii. 2. The wisdom, care, and mercy of God is manifested to the heirs of salvation, in their temporal concerns; so that no good things shall ever be withholden from them. The lovingkindness of the Lord, and the freedom of intercourse to Jacob, was more vital, holy, and profound, in that spot where he set up stones for his pillow, than when he made a present of his poplar rods to strike the admiration of his thirsty flock. David saw a door-keeper's place more lovely, in peace, than a throne besieged with wickedness. A dinner of herbs on the house-top, where the sparrow plays the harp, and love give songs of praise, is much better than gathering gold in silver slippers, where wrath and strife are prime ministers. It was not all honour, nor what might be desired in Jacob's family; for there were theft, murder, and adultery, that stained their history, and the contempt was laid as a warning to future ages; but the gates of Zion are sacred honours, where only the heirs of promise perform spiritual business, and their experience and affections keep holy day at the Redeemer's feet. O believer, has thy way been shut up in thy experience, and thy deep exercises, so that deep called unto deep? How desirable, when divine love sent a promise by faith of thy deliverance, and set before thee an open door—though thou hast been retained as a prisoner