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he provided means for them to fill up their measure, declared they should never find him, and promised them the damnation of hell. And we know that all doctrinal lies, and all liars, must be buried, sooner or later; therefore any body may preach the funeral of a system of falsehood, if they do but stick close to the truth. I shall abide by my text; and I hope my reader will well weigh the subject,
Thy faithful servant in the gospel,
Winchefter Row, Paddington,
March 14, 1791.
Timothy; his putting it on, and wearing it, can never be called making it: it would be falsehood in him, and ingratitude to his benefactor, to assert any such thing; and so it is here. Christ alone magnified the law, and made it honourable, by which a righteousness was wrought out that God accepted, and to us God imputes it; the Spirit shews it to us; and faith puts it on; by which the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us : but it never was, nor can be, magnified by us.
Quot. It is highly agreeable to God, for Christians to speak freely of those things to their fellow-travellers. David, the man after God's own heart, could say, “Come, ye that fear the Lord, and I will tell you what he hath done for my soul.”
Answ. I wish our friend Timothy would set the example, and tell us what the Lord hath done for him: but there is not one hint dropped of this throughout both his volumes; and no wonder, for where nothing is done or said, nothing can be told without telling lies.
Quot. When those who are advanced in life, and grown in grace, freely mention their difficulties, and especially those which they have met with from their own hearts, it has been of the greatest encouragement to others.
Answ. Our friend is more fond of hearing mourning and weeping, than he is of piping and dancing. John's ministry suits him better than that of the Saviour: but the lively Christian will not imitate him; for he had rather speak of the goodness of God to his soul, than tell of the difficulties he has met with from his own heart; he had rather have the physician uppermost in his thoughts, than his stinking wounds.
Quot. But this is far from being the case, when a man boasts of his experience, to gain applause, and to make the ignorant wonder, and even to make the timorous look
themselves as nothing, when compared with such highlyfavoured beings as they imagine themselves to be.
Answ. Our friend can never touch upon experience, without being, like Daniel's he-goat, moved with choler: and no wonder, for a graceless preacher can never love nor like a gracious professor; for these are the only people that can see through them, discover them, and expose them to others. But this experience, Tim. says, is all imagined. However, a man's own experience is his testimony. Paul's experience of receiving Christ at his conversion, was his qualification for the ministry, the basis of his doctrine, and his witness for Jesus in every court of judicature; and he that is destitute of it, is without Christ in the world, and has no other witness than what is given by fools.
Quot. How often do we see such blazing stars fall from a station, which appeared by far the most lofty in the religious horizon, down into the dreadful quagmire of sin; and, in that state, both live and die.
newed by his Spirit. Hence his kingdom is said to be in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. It is the application and experience of these things that makes a man a loyal and a joyful subject of this king. Add to this, that he sets up an empire of grace in the hearts of his people; which, by the will of God, and through the righteousness and obedience of himself, shall reign to eternal life, as sure as ever sin reigned unto death by the disobedience of Adam. To the fulness of grace in this king, my dear friends, we must look, whenever Satan tempts, or sin prevails.
“ And princes shall rule in judgment.” In allusion to the seventy elders in the wilderness. The Lord Jesus appointed, once and again, seventy disciples, and sent them forth, two by two. And, in allusion to the twelve princes of the twelve tribes, he chose twelve apostles, who, under him, were to be the chief founders of, and rulers in, the gospel church. Not that the dignity of a prince is confined entirely to them; no; this honour have all his saints. This character is applicable to all the Saviour's seed, according to the promise; “Instead of thy fathers, shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.” In ancient times, there was much said about the fathers of the Messiah; he was to be the son of Adam, of Noah, of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob, of Judah, of David, &c.; but, after his incarnation, instead of thy fathers, shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth. The title is
kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth : for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.” This is a divine grant to the experimental Christian, and to no other; who is to glory in this, that he understands and knows God, by the pardon of his sins, by the support of his hand, and by God's love shed abroad in his heart; and that he is the Lord, which delivers him from the cruel dominion of all other lords, and reigns and rules in his heart; and that exercises lovingkindness, in forgiving our iniquities, and healing all our diseases; and who exercises judgment, for all that are oppressed, and upon the ungodly, in the behalf of his cause and those that favour it; and righteousness, in the condemnation of sinners, in the justification of his saints, and in his correcting them for their good.
Quot. So diametrically opposite are weak Christians to these, that I have frequently seen such of so timid a disposition, that they have been afraid even to mention those very comforts which they could not deny having received.
Answ. If Timothy's weak Christians were that number, in whose hearts the Lord had ordained strength, to perfect praise, that he might still the enemy and the avenger, they would scarcely have been able to have kept matters in their own breast. The high-priest, as well as Timothy, charged the Lord's disciples to hold their peace about the experience of power; but the Saviour answered, If these hold their pace, the