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weeks before his decease, -a blow 80 promoted his domestic happiness, and beheavy to his wounded spirit, that it pro- came the mother of several children, eight bably accelerated the time of his departure. of whom are now living. On March 21st, When a Baptist chapel was built for Mr. 1866, after a union of 51 years, 2 months, Rushbrook; when Mr. Eason, once of and 5 days, this relationship was dissolved, Homerton-row Baptist Chapel, and after and the ransomed spirit of the deceased wards of Chatteris, laboured at this cathe- went to be with Jesus, in whom she had dral town; and when the present Baptist long believed, and in whose finished work chapel was built, George Hardy's zeal, she had found rest and peace. This diligence, and willing support appeared bereavement, though borne with Christian conspicuous. By his wisdom, prudence, resignation, was keenly felt by the survivor, hospitality and talents, he nourished the who, on the 15th of September, 1869, was cause of God and truth at Ely; while his seized by paralysis, which in

very strict regard to integrity, his intelligence, short period terminated his earthly exisand his unwavering stedfastness in the tence; when, without a struggle, he was truth, made him looked up to as a repre- absent from the body, and present with sentative man. He was one of the few the Lord. Mr. Marks, of Cambridge, who, through a long life, maintained, with. preached a sermon relative to his decease, out flinching, his devout adherence to the from Isa. lvii. 1, in Salem Chapel, where distinguishing doctrines of grace and the the deceased had attended the last few institutional order of a Christian church. weeks of his terrene abode. His life was

In the 25th year of his life, and on a life of grace,and his departure one of peace. January 16th, 1815, he contracted a So tranquil and happy did he seem in matrimonial alliance with Susan Rogers, a affliction and death, that one can hardly Christian lady, every way worthy of his help exclaiming, “ Let my last end be like affection and confidence, who greatly his !”

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the Word was God." Now this we venture Whoever has a relish for the truth with to say, is no proof at all. It is no proof out protracted argument may safely pur that the human nature is not contained in chase this little book, which is made up of the title, “Word of God," because (1) this miscellaneous pieces and letters to Christian name is given to Christ, which name im. friends. Some of the thoughts are perhaps plies his human nature. (2) The preposimore fanciful than solid ; but the spirit tion withwith God-expresses something and tendency of the whole may be safely different from divinity, for the divinity is commended, while some of the ideas, as in expressed by the phrase, was God." chapters 1 and 2, are refreshing and well What could that something be if it were expressed. There is one section or chapter, not the human nature of Christ? And however, to which we take an exception. why should the Son of God, if simply a

on the Sonship of Christ, which like Divine Person, be spoken of as being with the fly in the apothecary's ointment, affects God, any more than the other Divine Per. the sweet savour. We had thought the son ? Admit Christ's complexity, and sense dogma of eternal generation was pretty and beauty are apparent. (3) Suppose he well worn out; but Mr. T. will have his was with God in the beginning, this will “ God of God,” whom he calls “the Son not prove that he was with God without a of God," and whom he says, “must be God beginning, or from eternity, in the sense of of God.” The logic is curious, and we making him eternal in his human nature. give it in the author's own words:-“What The human nature of Christ was with the was the Word ? Not the human nature of Father in the Son, who, as a complex agent, Christ, nor yet the person of the Father. was that Eternal Life who was with the The Word is called God, and this Person Father, the Image of the invisible God, the was with the Father, and so must be God First-born of every creature, and the chosen of God, or the Son of God.” Now there Representative of all the elect, in whom the seems to us a long leap from the premiss scheme of redemption ever stood, and to the conclusion. The premiss is, the eternal life was immutably received. As a Word is not the human nature of Christ ; | Divine Person, the Son is eternal; but he

is not eternal as begotten, for that which the invisible God, the first-born of every is begotten begins to be. Admit John to be creature ;" and if Christ was God's first speaking of a complex agent, and then we born Son in heaven, what violence is done see, first, the Word in God without begin to either reason or revelation in supposing ning, then the WORD with God in the God's first-born Son on earth to have been beginning, and lastly, the WORD from God made after the great pattern of the creamanifested in the fulness of time. And ture who was at the same time the Image of this complex Word John was speaking of; God? After telling us that it behoved for he spoke of Him as having life, as Christ to be made like unto his brethren, being full of grace and truth, as being before that he was called Lord from the beginning, John himself, and as being the Lamb of God, that it was the Lord God that made man, -language that will apply to Jesus Christ, that it was Christ the eternal Word but not to abstract Deity. Take the first that walked with man in the garden, three verses of his first Epistle, where that out of spite to Christ, Satan left out the same Person and subject are intro the word "Lord” when he tempted Eve, duced, and you have a description of and that the word “Lord" was the first Christ in language by no means applicable word in the mouth of Eve after the birth to a person wholly Divine or merely of Cain,-Mr. T. asks, “ If all that has been human. John says, " That which was from said is true, then what becomes of the prethe beginningthat which we have heard- existence of the human soul of Christ ?" that which we have seen with our eyes—that In reply to this we first rub our eyes, gape, which we have looked upon, and our hands and finally exclaim “ What indeed !" have handled, of the WORD of life; for the Baptist History: from the foundation of the life was manifested (which denotes preexistence in secret), and we have seen it,

Christian church to the present time. and bear witness, and show unto you that

By J. M. CRAMP, D.D. eternal life which was with the Father." This excellent monograph is being pubNow Christ is our life. But simply as a lished monthly, in twelve three-penny Divine Person he is not so; for the God- parts, the first part of which has just head is not our life, though our life is hid appeared. Both type and paper are excellent, with Christ in God. Viewed only as a Divine | while the illustrations, above fifty in number, Person, Christ is no more our life, or that if not exactly first-class engravings, enhance eternal life John speaks of, than the Father the value of the book. We have read or the Holy Ghost. It is as the only be Robinson, Danvers, Orchard, and others, gotten Son of God, in covenant relation but for general use, Dr. Cramp's book has ship, and as full of grace and truth, that he the pre-eminence. It is concise, clear, and contains, procures, and bestows eternal comprehensive, well arranged, style plain life. Our life is hid with Christ in the and forcible, and the whole compilation personal union of his Divine and human as free from partiality as uninspired history natures,-in his Sonsbip, Headship, and can be. Its popularity, for it is becoming mediation. His personal dignity is made popular, will not be greater than its merit. the ground of his mediatorial glory, and his Dr. Cramp deals with a subject which he self-existence of his pre-existence. Mr. rightly judges is of more than local and Taylor has no wish to injure the personal temporary interest to the church of God. or mediatorial glory of Christ; and yet his In these degenerate days of crude invenbegotten God, or God of God, bears hard tions and baleful changes, everywhere, on upon the proper Divinity of Christ. For the right hand and on the left, we counsel how can a given existence be equal to self- the reading of this book, not only in families existence ? Is derived existence the same and by young persons, but especially by in honour and glory as underived exist- Sabbath-school teachers. It ought to be ence? Is an originated nature the same in in every Sunday-school library; and where its properties or excellencies as an unorigin. book-rewards are given, the “Baptist ated nature? Is not self-existence an essential History” should be conspicuous. perfection of the triune God? Can Divine

Edited by honours be rightly claimed by one who is The Sunday-school World. not self-existent? Are self-existence, the

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completed in eighteen numbers. brought forth, and brought up with The author intends this work to be an another, equivalent terms ? Does Mr. T. encyclopædia of facts and principles, illusthink so ? He says, “ There is no pre trated by anecdotes, incidents, and quotaexistent human soul inplied in the words, tions from the works of eminent writers on 'Let us make man.'” But how does he Sunday-school matters, thus forming a prove this ? Christ is “the visible Image of reference book for persons in any way connected with Sunday-schools and Sunday School, and the chief aim of such Sunday: school work. We give a specimen of one school teaching can be reconciled to the plan of the principles laid down, descriptive of of grace, just hinted at, we leave to its advothe chief object of Sunday schools, “The cates the task of explaining. Some will object of the Sunday-school is the salvation probably take the bull by the horns, and of the child; to bring him to Christ, to deny that such an economy exists; maindevelop in him the life of Christ, and to taining on the contrary, that the love of insure for him a place with Christ at the God is universal, redemption by Christ right hand of the Father.” “The aim of universal also, and that the Holy Spirit Sabbath school teaching is, or ought to be, strives with all mankind in order to their the immediate conversion of the children salvation; thus making the salvation of to Christ.” We advocate Sunday-schools sinners dependent on man's free will and on the ground of Divine truth, as that instrumental agency. Now, however truth unfolds itself in the economy of grace. erroneous this scheme is,-and nothing, we The sovereign acts of the Father in election, think, can be further from the truth, nor the meritorious acts of Christ in redemption, in more direct antagonism to it, there is, and the efficacious acts of the Holy Spirit notwithstanding, something that is inin salvation relate to the same objects and telligible about it, and we can discern the the same ends; consequently, whatever fitness of the notions and the teachings teachings ignore, becloud, derange, or described by the quotations just given, to throw into confusion the harmonious work this indiscriminate and universal theory; of the divine persons in their official but in all -deference to the laborious and engagements, are not of God; and we are philanthropic author, and to the authors he bound to believe must, in the end, not has quoted from, we can see no relevancy withstanding incidental benefits, prove between the aims and teachings they injurious. How this chief end of a Sunday advocate, and “all the counsel of God.”

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ordinances ; hence I am very thankful to To the Editor of the "Voice of Truth.

have the help which your tracts_will DEAR SIR,—That children should adopt afford ”—[the tracts of the Baptist Tract the sentiments of their parents, or that Society, many of which are directed espe. the creed of a congregation should be cially against the inconsistencies referred affected by the principles of its pastor, is to.] not surprising, --and in an unstable age An occurrence like this, sir, indicates like the present, when everyone is craving that in some quarter there must be somefor novelty or revelling in religious sensa- thing radically wrong in our pulpit ministionalism, alterations in creed and ritual trations. Are the principles for which our have become matters of every.day occur- forefathers suffered become of so little rence, and cease to excite wonder ; but I value to their degenerate children, that must confess to being startled by reading they may be either professed or renounced the following in a letter received from a at pleasure, or for mere convenience. And correspondent, a Baptist minister :- if distinctive principles are held so lightly

“I feel more and more determined to that our faith may be turned to any point make all our efforts thoroughly denomina- of the compass, by "every wind of doctional; for I feel certain, that they need be trine," am I wrong in fearing that the none the less evangelical and useful to the belief of a large body of professors of souls of men. I have recently seen a con- religion in the grand verities of the gospel gregation which was formerly presided is equally slight. over by a Baptist minister, go bodily over I feel, sir, that in an age so dangerous as to the Church of England, because their the present, when the professing church chapel was sold, and a clergyman was ap- is crucified between rationalism on the one pointed minister. Such a thing could not side, and ritualism on the other, it is time have taken place if my Baptist friend had to rise in defence of our common faith ; trained them in principles of truth. and it is to stimulate others (especially anxious so to train my people, that if I those to whom the work of religious in. should be removed from them, they would struction is committed) to be bolder in

I am

enunciating our distinctive principles as I quicken me into life-revive thy work in Baptists, that I have drawn your attention myheart-remove this deadness, barrenness, to this case of lamentable defection. Verily and make me watchful, wakeful, and we have need by, Divine help, to strengthen prayerful, and keep me a humble beggar the things that remain, and are “ready to at thy footstool. Ab, sir, I am sure that die," or we shall soon arrive at a state in nothing short of power, life, and feeling, which we shall have no principles left to will satisfy a living soul. It is not enough barter, and reach an age of cold specula- to believe that God has a chosen people tion, wherein all that was once regarded whom he has loved from everlasting; no, essential to the vitality of religion shall I want him to say unto my soul, “I am have been exchanged for that spirit of thy salvation;" “ I have loved thee with proud scepticism which ends in a “ship- an everlasting love;" for “where the word wreck of faith."

of a king is, there is power.” And it is I am, yours sincerely, sweet, precious, and soul-comforting when

FIDELIS. the Lord is pleased to speak a word by the

blessed Spirit to the heart: the soul feels A LETTER TO A CHRISTIAN

humbled, melted, and broken-hearted at · FRIEND.

the Lord's feet, and wishes to stop there. MY DEAR SIR, – I received your kind I have thought one smile of the Lord's letter of the 9th, and hope you will excuse

countenance, one token of his love, is worth me not writing sooner, but one reason is, a thousand worlds ; but I have to lament my only child has been very ill for nearly I am so seldom favoured with these things. three weeks with water on the brain; so

We still keep on in our despised way, in much so that we thought her past recovery,

the little room, sometimes cast down and but I am happy to say she is now much sometimes encouraged, and I do hope the better. My mother, who lives near me, is Lord will keep us separate from the proabout entering into eternity, after about fessors of the day, and enable us to con forty years travel in this wilderness of tend for a feeling religion. Mr. Htrouble and distress. Another reason is, is very well, and the reason he did not I sometimes feel so mentally dark, hard,

come to London in July, was, his wife was blind, carnal, and lifeless, that I seem to taken ill. I am glad to say, Mrs. T.'s have nothing to say about spiritual things, health, has much improved, and she desires and often fear I know nothing aright, and her love to you and Mrs. Ham deceived altogether, and am deceiving

I hope you will excuse this scribble, for others, and shall prove a hypocrite in the I am a poor thing, and believe me your unend; these feelings cause searchings of worthy friend, heart, and make me groan and cry, Lord

J. R

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The sermons and addresses were most enSILVER-STREET CHAPEL, NOTTING HILL, W. characterized by the well known ability of

couraging, thoroughly evangelical, and The Fourth Anniversary of the com- the men of God who delivered them. mencement of the cause under the pastorate The themes, though various, were well of Mr. Crumpton, was held on Lord's-day, selected :-Mr. Collins dwelt on the mercy November 14th, 1869, and the follow and grace of God, in the forgiveness of sin, ing Tuesday. Mr. S. Collins, of Grundisbugh, and on His wondrous power and love in Suffolk, preached Lord’s-day morning and regenerating, sanctifying, and glorifying evening; and Mr. J. Wilkins, of Soho His chosen and beloved people; Mr. Chapel, in the afternoon. On Tuesday Wilkins directed attention to the exaltation afternoon, Mr. John Foreman, of Hill of Immanuel ; Mr. Flack compared Divine street Chapel preached ; after which a truth to the bread with which Jesus fed large number of friends took tea in the the multitudes; when broken it increased, school-room. A Public Meeting was held and after they had all eaten and were in the evening, Thomas Pickworth, Esq., filled, there were still " basketfuls to gather presiding; and addresses were given by the up." Mr. Box spoke on “ Preservation, following brethren :- Messrs. Flack, Box, Peace, and Prosperity,” illustrating, in Anderson, Meeres, Webb, and Battersby. 'these respects, the goodness of God to the

friends assembled ; Mr. Anderson made Mr. Flack, of Salem Chapel, New North. allusions to the Papal Letter, remarking road, having prayed, deeply interesting that it was written, not so much to the addresses were delivered as follow: Mr. Roman prelate, as for the Protestants of Bennett, of Woolwich, “The Mission of the this kingdom; he then warned the churches Church ;" Mr. Evans, of Hounslow, “The and exhorted them to watchfulness, prayer, Peace of the Church ;" the venerable Mr. steadfastness, and zealous efforts. Mr. Woollacott, " Indications of Prosperity in a Meeres dwelt on the tender care and church;" Mr. Sankey, of Hackney, “The best gracious help of God to ministers and means of promoting Prosperity;" and churches; Mr. Webb gave important ex. Mr. Dearsly, of Kingsland, “The final hortations and encouragements to the Glory of the Church." people; and Mr. Battersby expressed his During the intervals between the ad. earnest desire that the Sabbath-school, dreses, a number of the Sabbath scholars recently instituted by the friends, might sang some musical selections very nicely, prove a great blessing. At the commence under the superintendence of Mr. Joseph ment of the meeting, the pastor, Mr. Walton, and the public meeting concluded Crumptun, gratefully alluded to the good about nine o'clock, the friends present nons of God in restoring him again to having expressed their pleasure at the health and his much-loved work, after so uniform excellence of the evening services. long and heavy an affliction; he also said, About seventy friends stayed to a supper thatowing to indisposition, several brethren, prepared by Mr. Newby, one of the senior announced to be present, were unavoidably deacons, and a most pleasant evening was absent; and that he regretted that Mr. terminated by singingCollins was called by special engagements to return home; and such was the prostra

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow." tion and weakness of their dear friend and brother, Mr. Foreman, he could not stay

GRUNDISBURGH, SUFFOLK. for that meeting, and they all must feel deeply indebted to him for making so great A LARGE and enthusiastic meeting was an effort to come and preach to them in held here on November 19th, to celebrate the afternoon; and he trusted the precious the Forty-third Anniversary of the ministry word he had spoken on the “Justification of the much honoured pastor of the church, of all the seed of Israel,” would be em. Mr. S. Collins. Addresses, both kind and balmed in their hearts, and its blessed wise, were delivered by several of the results appear in their lives. The Chairman ministers of the county present, Messrs. also, in his opening and closing addresses, Bland, (Beccles,)Poock, (Ipswich,)Thornley, made some very judicious and and weighty (Stowmarket,) Woodgate, (Otley,) Worlow, remarks, and expressed his Christian sym- (Chelmondiston,) &c., and during the evenpathy with, and affection to, the pastor and ing one of the deacons presented the pastor the church,which he evidenced by privately a purse knitted by the willing hands of a handing the pastor a cheque for five very' aged lady, and well lined with the pounds. Many friends from Mr. Foreman’s, free-will offerings of the people (£30). Soho, Carmel, Pimlico, and other places, were present.

NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK HOME LONDON:

MISSION. BETHESDA CHAPEL, LEVER-STREET. An animated meeting to promote the On Tuesday, the 9th November, services objects of this Mission, was held at were held in commemoration of the first Rishangles, on Tuesday, the 16th of anniversary of the settlement of the pastor, November, Mr. George Harris, the in. Mr. J. T. Briscoe.

defatigable pastor of that church, presidMr.Hazelton, of Chadwell-street, preached ing. Mr. Collins, of Grundisburgh, who in the afternoon from Matt. 5. 4. A Tea may indeed be called the father of the and Public Meeting, which well Society, gave a deeply interesting account attended, followed. The pastor congratu. of its early struggles, and subsequent wide lated the church on the love and unity usefulness in carrying the gospel into which prevailed, and stated that, since his many dark parts of this district, and the pastorate, nineteen members had been planting of many causes of truth which admitted, thirteen by baptism; that they have been the birth-places of many souls. had very decided indications of God's Earnest addresses were also given by the blessing, and that the various institutions brethren Cooper, Hill, Bland, Masterson connected with the church were in a and Lambert, and the offerings of the condition of prosperity.

people heartly given to this good cause.

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