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The season of the year for growing | the title might lead one to suspect : but flowers and fruits is at hand, and as a guide the criticisms themselves, or some of them, book to cottage gardening, and to amateurs, as on the first and second passages, are the Garden Oracle is indispensable, differ- largely subversive of discriminating truth, ing as it does from all other garden alma- if not a direct attack upon it. It is well tó packs in being original throughout, and have critical knowledge, better to have presenting new features every year. The spiritual love, and best of all to have both Editor is Mr. Shirley Hibberd, Editor of combined. Light in the understanding, the “ Gardener's Magazine, who attends all warmth in the affections, and the whole the principal exhibitions of floral interest man, intellectual and emotional, penetrated in the country, visits gardens everywhere by the divine element imply much honour in search of new things, and from his own and privilege. observations prepares his descriptions of new flowers, new plants, new fruits, &c. Old Jonathan. Collingridge. Misread Passages of Scripture. By BALD.
May be had for the past year, done up WID BROWN, B. A. Hodder and Stough.
in paper covers. It makes a cheap volume
of amusement and interest for children ton. There is not so much space occupied at it all askance.”
and young people, nor need the old look with critical disquisition in these pages, as
speech, so that there was no evidence of the LONDON :
state of her mind; but from her general
conduct at school, and her calm and peaceKEPPEL-STREET SABBATH-SCHOOL. ful end, it was hoped and believed she has The anniversary meeting of this institu- exchanged earth for heaven. tion, which has now been established more The report futher alluded to the condi. than half-a-century, was held on Tuesday tion of the weekly Bible-class for scholars evening, Feb. 2nd, in Keppel-street Chapei, and teachers, and also to the competition Russell-square. An excellent tea was pro- among the scholars for prizes for the best vided, free of charge, after which a public essay on the life and character of Elisha; meeting was held, at which the pastor, which it was the opinion of the adjudicaMr. S. Milner, presided. Prayer having tors, shewed on the part of the young been offered by Mr. Faulker, of Soho, the writers an intelligent comprehension of chairman, after a few introductory remarks, the sayings and doings of the great called upon the secretary to read the re- prophet. 16 Bibles and Testaments, and port, which recorded a decided improve 48 hymn books, have been sold during ment in the number and attendance of the the year, as well as 324 different magazines scholars; the number on the books being and books for children.
The Library, 171 against 153 of last year, and an average Benevolent Fund, and Ladies' Clothing attendance of, morning, 63, and afternoon, Society, were also mentioned; the latter 112, against 50 and 92. There were at the making and supplying useful articles of present time, 8 male and 8 female teachers, clothing to the parents of the children at of these 8 were members of the church, balf the cost price. The collection for the and 12 were formerly scholars in the Strict Baptist Mission since the last report, school. The senior class for girls (many amounted to £30 16s. 9d. ; which, while no of whom have been connected with the improvement on last year, shews at least school for lengthened periods) was so full
no relaxation in the interest taken by our that the accommodation hardly sufficed. young friends in the mission work. Ro. The infant class had progressed most satis- creation had been provided by the teachers factorily, and now numbered 63; and at stated intervals for their young charges, were an example to the whole school, both including an excursion during the summer, for attendance and general good conduct.
and several entertainments for winter One of the female scholars had been evenings, consisting of dissolving views, &c. recently removed by death. The affliction The adoption of this report was from which she suffered took away her moved by Mr. Griffin, and after being
seconded by Mr. Foreman, was unanimously take in the saint, and shut out sin, in his agreed to. An address was then delivered thoughts and dealings with the objects of by Mr. J. T. Briscoe, and subsequently by his love. The discourse was listened to a member of the committee. Mr. Briscoe, with deep interest, and, we hope, with profit. at the request of the superintendent, dwelt After tea, there was a public meeting, upon the relation between the Sabbath- presided over by the pastor, Mr. Carpenter. school and the church. This he held to be Mr. Rush opened the proceedings by essential, scriptural, and divine,-the work prayer, and Messrs. Palmer, Anderson, of the pastor and that of the Sunday. G. Webb, J. L. Meeres, and H. F. Griffin, school teacher being identical; the main delivered addresses on the various gardens difference being that the latter dealt with of Scripture :-Eden, where Satan prochildren, and the former with children of cured the fall; Gethsemane, where the larger growth. The other speeches were Saviour conquered the foe; and Calvary, of a desultory character, the leading where the final victory over sin, death, and positions taken were: the condition of hell, was won; and the garden of the our Strict Baptist churches fifty years ago, church, where grew the trees of the Lord's contrasted with their condition to-day, and right-hand planting. The little cause at taking into consideration that many of Richmond is progressing, and we hope to them are more or less warped and leavened see, before long, a nice new chapel -a house by the duty-faith and open communion for God; it is much needed, and our elements; what influence, if any, Sabbath- wealthy friends would do well to help so schools have had upon the obvious change, deserving a cause. and how far this affects the general princi. ples of Sabbath-school institutions. It was the unanimously expressed opinion that
LONDON: the principle was sound and scriptural, but that there was room for decided improve.
New NORTH-ROAD. ment in the manner in which it was worked out. It was suggested that greater
Our deeply-tried brother Flack, and his care was necessary in the choice of those friends, held the anniversary services of to whom the responsibility of teaching
was their Sabbath-school, on Tuesday, Jan. 31st. committed, and that a judicious selection Mr. Anderson preached in the afternoon of the books and religious literature put from the words, “He shall build the into the hands of the young, was desirable. temple of the Lord, and he shall bear the Especially it was thought there should be glory” (Zech. vi. 13). The work and the more cordial and united co-operation be- reward of the Saviour, formed the heads of tween church and school; if the one was discourse ; his official work is to build to be a useful adjunct to the other, and the God's spiritual home, and his reward will be simple instruction of the class was to pre- the eternal praise, or glory of having built pare the way for the deeper and niore it. After the service, the school-room was profound teachings of the pulpit.
well filled with friends and supporters of The meeting closed with prayer by the the school, who partook of tea. After chairman.
which the public meeting was held, James Several pieces were very creditably sung that the meeting should have been in
Mote, Esq., in the chair. Mr. Flack stated by the scholars during the evening.
November, but could not be held, owing to
sundry afflictions in the church, and in his RICHMOND.
own family. On the morning of the THE friends at Richmond held their children's annual treat, one of their best annual new year's meeting on Jan. 26th. male teachers was removed by death; the Mr. Anderson, of Deptford, preached in pastor's eldest son, an interesting youth, the afternoon from Psa. cxxv. 2: “As the had also been suddenly cut down; another mountains are round about Jerusalem, so young man was at his business one Saturis the Lord round about his people, from day, and laid in the grave the next. The henceforth even for ever." He said the deacon, Mr. Milbourne, had lost his wife, text suggested the ideas, first of enclosure, and was left with nine motherless children. and second exclusion. The Lord gathered The secretary of the school had been in his people into Christ, in his love bereaved of his eldest daughter; and thoughts, and gracious purposes, then the various other afflictions had befallen one Holy Ghost gathered them in by his or another of the friends; but God had sovereign power, and they were surrounded been with them, and their confidence was by Jehovah himself. He excluded all still in him. Several earnest addresses enemies, and even sin; knowing how to were given by the ministers present.
some length, on the nature and composiJIREH CHAPEL, CITY-ROAD.
tion of a Christian church, spiritualizing
the command given to Israel, on entering The anniversary of Mr. Griffin's settle the promised land, to plant all manner of ment was held on February 7th. After tea, trees there. He hoped if a church were of which a good number of friends partook, formed here, though the gifts and graces the pastor took the chair, and gave an of each member would be diversified, yet interesting account of the cause during the that they might all be trees of the Lord's past year. Brethren Bracher, Anderson, own planting. Mr. J. S. Atkins, of the J. T. Briscoe, Webb, and Shepherd, spoke. London City Mission, gave a short address, It is remarkable that so young a man as and the meeting closed with singing and Mr. Griffin, should have succeeded the prayer. A collection was made, which aged J. A. Jones, especially considering amounted together, with those on the preMr. Jones' peculiarities; but so it is, and vious Lord's day, to £1 198. 3d. towards our young brother has pleasing signs of the the expenses of the past year. Lord's blessing on his labours.
Messrs. Anderson, Maycock, and Wale were expected, but had engagements else
where. JOHNSON STREET, NOTTING HILL.
T. G. C. A. MR. WILLIAMSON has now laboured in the word over twenty years with his present people, and notwithstanding much
BRADFORD. mercy from the Lord, during that period,
SOME of our beloved friends at Trinity to pastor and church, they are still burdened with a debt upon their chapel, which are grieved by the remark on page 46, that has been hanging upon them for seventeen We said at the meeting that they were
the church there was “low in doctrine." years. Services were held in the afternoon and evening of Feb. 16th, for the purpose
“ lower,” we also stated that there were of raising funds towards clearing off the many exceptions, and we are rather glad debt. The pastor, who occupied the chair that the feeling expressed about the report on both occasions, gave a very interesting gives us the opportunity of thus publicly statement of what the people had done. stating that the leading men at Trinity They have done all in their power to help love the truth, and there we have formed themselves, and we hope the lovers of the friendships and bonds of Christian union, truth as it is in Jesus, will assist them. while life shall last. May God bless them,
which we hope and believe will continue A more deserving man, and a more worthy cause we know not of' than Mr. Williamson and soon send them an under-shepherd,
is our earnest prayer. and his church. Brethren Woollacott, J. Jones, and Attwood, spoke in the after
TAE EDITOR. noon, and G. Webb, Anderson, Maycock, Griffith, Shepherd, and H. Cooper, Esq., in the evening.
MR. STEPHEN Watson.
OUR brother Bloomfield and the church A PLEASANT party assembled at Mr. at Westgate, Bradford, have sustained a Armstrong's house, on Tuesday, January heavy loss in the death of Mr. Stephen 26, 1869, to celebrate the first anniversary Watson, one of their most active deacons, of this little cause. About sixty friends who expired on the 6th Feb. Mr. Watson sat down to tea, which were as many as was widely and deservedly beloved, and by could well be accommodated.
his death we have lost a personal friend Mr. Peploe presided at the public meet. and kind supporter of the Voice of Truth. ing. After singing the hymn commencing, His end was peace. “ Kindred in Christ,"
MR. GEORGE ROBERT NICOLE. Mr. Smith, late deacon at Ilford, Essex, On Feb. 12th, 1869, after a short illness, engaged in prayer. Mr. Thomas Whittle, Mr. George Robert Nicole, a deacon of the of Bexley, gave utterance to some solemn Baptist Church, Mintern-street, New Norththoughts from the words, “Salvation is of road. Having a desire to depart, and be the Lord.” Mr. C. W. Banks spoke at with Christ, which is far better.”
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Expositions and Essays.
SHADOW AND SUBSTANCE.
"A shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things "—Heb. x. 1.
This is what the apostle says the law had. By the law he does not mean the law written on tables of stone, or the ceremonial law, or the national law of Israel ; but the law as a dispensation of things, including in it all that concerned those who were under it, as well as the thing itself.
There is a shadow spoken of, and also a very (or true) image. No shadow is a true image ; it may be a fair outline ; but to be a true image, it must be an exact fac-simile. Nothing human can be a perfect representation of things heavenly. No mere figure can be equal to the exact fact. Hence all the parables and illustrations of Scripture have a special application, beyond which to attempt to apply them, is to pervert their intention. We need to mark what they are intended to set forth, and to confine their application to that object. So in looking at the shadowy dispensation of the law, we need, on the one hand, to take care not to confound it with the dispensation of the gospel, as if the gospel were a mere remedial law; and on the other, not to forget that there is, in the revelations of God by the law, the testimony of immutable truth as to man's creature obligations to God, which nothing can supersede or destroy.
Bearing these things in mind, it is very instructive and edifying to notice in how many ways the figures of the law may help us to a proper understanding of the glorious facts of the gospel. This will appear if we notice
1. The people. They were Abraham's seed, chosen in Abraham before they had a being, who, in Jehovah's foreview, was called “the father of many nations," when he had, as yet, no child. Here we have a wonderful figure, or shadow, of Him who is the everlasting Father, in whom, before the world was; his children, "the seed, accounted to the Lord for a generation," were chosen, adopted, and loved. The covenant made with Abraham was, as Paul speaks of it in Gal. iii.,
only an echo of that which was “confirmed before of God in Christ.” As Abraham's natural seed were to be, and became, a special people above all the nations of the earth, not reckoned among the nations; they were a figure of Christ's spiritual seed, and chosen generation, who were to live among all nations, and yet be diverse from them, as the “one family, which in heaven and in earth, are called after Christ,” their Source and Head ; through whom they are all in due continuance“ born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, nor of the will of the flesh, but of God.”' The bondage of the people in Egypt, their deliverance from it by the sole and manifest power of God, their safe conduct through the sea, the wilderness, the land of enemies; together with their provision, protection, and preservation by the way, till their inheritance of the promised rest; all furnish us so many further external figures of spiritual grace, and delivering power, to be experienced by the living family of God, in the various generations of men in which they have lived, or do now live.
2. The tabernacle was a beautiful shadow of the spiritual church of God. When Moses constructed it he was instructed " to make all things according to the pattern shewed to him in the mount,” that it might be a suitable“ pattern of heavenly things.” The temple of Solomon was an enlarged pattern of the same heavenly things, though in some respects an inexpressive one; and bence we find the apostle in writing to the Hebrews, speaks very much more of the tabernacle than of the temple ; calling it a figure of the true tabernacle, which the “ Lord pitched, and not man.” The true tabernacle may be called Christ's body, which he refers to as a temple (John ii. 19), ånd which represents the whole church of God, who, are his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” It may be said to include the whole church of God, for they are “in him," “ chosen in him," “loved in him,” “preserved in him," “ saved in him.” His righteousness wrought in the body is their righteousness; his sufferings are their sufferings ; his death their death ; and his resurrection their eternal life ; for “ because he lives, they shall live also.” The union of the Divine and human nature in him is thé external expression of that mystical union which existed before the world was, and which constitutes the legitimate basis upon which the justice of God harmonizes with the salvation of his elect in Christ, by the sole effect of engagements wrought out and fulfilled irrespective of anything in themselves. By union with Christ his people become, through him, and are called," the temple of the living God,” a “holy temple in the Lord," and are said to be “ builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit,” upon Jesus Christ as the “ foundation," and “chief corner stone.” And we may say, the true tabernacle, being so clearly designated in the gospel as being the living temple, it is childish and ignorant now to attribute any sanctity to buildings of any sort, that are made by men's hands. The consecration of buildings or places is but a fanciful conceit, resting on no better authority than prejudice and human tradition : the true work of consecration being God's work upon his people's hearts, who thereby become, individnally and collectively, the "holy places,” and “ the places where God has recorded his name, and has promised to come and bless. Buildings, ornaments, decorations, may please men ; but, beyond sheltering from the weather, have no practical use in the worship of Him who only seeketh such to worship him, as “worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
3. The sacrifices are shadows. Though the blood of bulls and goats could never of themselves take away sins, they helped (by their being offered) those who believed, to look forward to that one offering that should“ perfect for ever them that are sanctified.” The lamb that Abel offered was an acceptable offering because presented by faith in the “Lamb (who in consequence of this figure is said to be) slain from the foundation of the world.” The paschal lamb is clearly illustrative beforehand of “Christ our Passover, sacrificed for us." The Lamb of the burnt offering, the peace-offering, or of atonement, all point to him whom John called, "the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." The offering of the first-fruits clearly shadowed forth Him who, in the muster roll of heaven, and in the Divine gift of precedence, is the “First-born of every creature,'