Изображения страниц
PDF
EPUB

annual meeting, was not in vain; it awa: every denomination in the United King. kened your anxious concern for the best dom, break forth on the right hand and interests of these your countrymen; and, on the left, and the villages of Britain distant as they are, you determined to and its neighbouring isles, to be inbabited go over and help them, and carry to them by those who fear God, and love our Lord also the glad tidings of salvation revealed in the gospel.”

'The Meeting which was numerously " As a mean by the blessing of God of attended was addressed by the following effecting this purpose, you established | Ministérs, Mr. Edwards of Little WildMr. Jeffery, who had previously visited street, Mr. Upton of Church-street, Blackthe islands, as your itinerant there for friars-road, Mr. Sbirley of Seven Oaks, one year, at a stated salary, and Mr. Giles of Lymington, Mr. Weare of your committee have the pleasure to | Ipswich, Dr. Steadmari of Bradford, Mr. learn, that your benevolent efforts have

Chin of Walworth, Mr. Welch of Newbeen seconded with zeal; and, that, even bury, Mr. Humphrey of Collumpton, and in this short space much has been done | Mr. Jones of Wolston, and also by Thos. towards chasing away that moral dark Thompson Esq. of Brixton, and Lieutenant ness, in which these islands have so long Buck. Several Resolutions were passed been enveloped, and spreading over for promoting the objects of the Society, them the light and influence of the Gos to one of which we particularly recompel."

mend the attention of our readers. The report concludes by calling for ." That this Meeting wbile they corattention to the funds of the society as dially congratulate the Committee of the follow :

Baptist Itinerant Society, on the happy Upon a perusalgof the treasurer's, gene-effects which through the divine blessing ral account, the liberal donations received have resulted from their past exertions from one gentleman, will undoubtedly cannot help expressiņg their regret at the attract your notice ; and you will also inadeqnacy of its funds to pursue its perceive that the ordinary resources of benevolent plans with spirit, and being the society, deprived of the unexpected satisfied that nothing further is wanted to assistance, would have fallen far short of insure the support so much needed' than its expenditure. The support received the direction of the more general attenduring the past year from the Walworth-tion of the friends of Christianity in Bri, auxiliary society, will not pass unobser- tain, to these important objects; they ved; as it shews how much may be done therefore recommend to ministers and oby a number of small contributions. And thers, the immediate formation of Auxiyour committee would indulge the hope, liary Societies in town and country.” that this society would not long stand as Thanks were then voted to the minise it now does, alone; but that others ters engaging in itinerating. To the would be formed upon similar principles. Treasurer, Secretary, and committee, 'to The claims of the society are numerous the friends at Walworth for the support and increasing. The field opened before rendered by their auxiliary society, and you is wide ; indeed it is only limited by to Mr. Deakins, of Hockley, who since your means. Were larger funds at your Christmas last had presented the society disposal, what good might you not under with donations of £20 and £40. . the blessing of Heaven accomplish! And to Subscriptions received by Mr. Pritt, what an extent diffuse the knowledge of Treasurer, 15 Wood-street, Cheapside, salvation! The object of this society is, I and Mr. Gale, Secretary, 70, Basingto extend its influence not only over hall-street. Great Britain, but to the islands of Guernsey, Jersey, Man, Alderney, Sark, and Scilly; but your funds have not BAPTIST MISSION. ' hitherto enabled you to extend your la. At 11 o'Clock of the morning of bours to any other of these islands than

the same day, the friends of this Scilly: and indeed even upon that mission

Society held their first meeting for your coinmittee would observe, that the means hitherto placed at their disposal,

public worship, at the chapel in Spahave not been adequate to the perfor

fields. The service was introduced mance of the engagement' made' last by Dr. Rippon, who gave out a hymn, year with Mr. Jeffery. Seeing then the and engaged in 'prayer. Mr. Griffin, good which has been done, and the claims of Prescot-street, read the seventy there are for continued and increased ex- second psalm; and Mr. Kinghorn, of .ertions, your committee would cordially Norwich, delivered the Discourse invite the friends of religion in London

from Psalm xcvi. 3. “ Declare his and in the country, to come to the help

glory among the Heathen, his wonof the Lord our · God; and by their prayers, their influence, and their per.

ders among all people.” He begån sonal exertions, in aid of the good work in by remarking that the words of the

which the society is engaged. They text originally formed a part of an · long to see the churches of Christ of 'Ode which David composed to celes brate the praises of the Most High moral Governor of the Universe, ver. when the Ark of God was brought 4–8. and in this view, all the earth from the house of Obededom and are called upon to “Give unto the placed in the tabernacle which he had Lord the glory due unto his name; to pitched for it in the city of Jerusa- worship and fear before him, seeing lem. The whole of that divine poem that“ the Lord reigneth"-that he is is still upon reco d in 1 Chr.xvi. and great and greatly to be praised, and the words of the text are to be found to be feared above all gods.” It must in the twenty fourth verse. The con- | be a leading object, with the Christents of the ninety sixth Psalm tian Missionary more especially, to were afterwards extracted from the hold up the glory of God, in this Anthem which David originally com- point of view, among the heathenposed in celebration of that important by making known that there is only event-and thus the Psalm was con- one living and true God, who is the secrated to the use of the church of sole object of worship, in opposition God in all ages. In it, all the inhabi- to all the false “ gods of the nations tants of the earth are called upon to who are only idols." The glory of sing unto the Lord-to bless his God also includes a display of all the name--and shew, forth his Salvation : attributes of Deityhis eternal exisand in the text, to “ Declare his glory tence, his almighty power, his infinite among the heathen, his wonders | purity and holiness: his justice, faithamong all people.” Before the fulness, mercy and goodness, so that preacher entered upon the discussion in the sublime language of the proof his subject, he took occasion to phet, we'may say " Who is like unto remark, that the Rabbins and Doc- the-, O Lord, among the gods? Who tors of the Jewish church, had from is like thee, glorious in holiness, fear

time immemorial considered this ful in praises, doing wonders.” Exod. - Psalm as having a particular reference xv. 11. Under this particular the

to the Messiah. He cheerfully avail- , preacher animadverted on a manifest

ed himself of their concession- trait in the character of Polytheism, - heartily joined issue with them in which, always including superior and this its application--and therefore re- | inferior deities, represents them as garded it as coming down to us, not only separate in their counsels sanctioned by the authority of the and deterininations, but eternally enemies of our Lord Jesus Christ, as | waging war with each other and he sustaining a direct and immediate strikingly contrasted with this absurd reference to Him whom we worship view of things, the scriptural account as our God and Saviour. Having thus of the unity of the Godhead“ Hear settled the application of the text, O Israel, the Lord our God is one

the preacher proceeded to an illustra- Lord.” And though it reveals a disetion of it, by considering 1. What it tinction in the Godhead, it unformly . it is that we are called upon to de- / represents Jesus Christ as “ the clare among the heathen; and, 2. Image of the invisible God"-one The particular duty enjoined upon with his divine Father, in purpose, Christians, viz. to declare, or make and counsel, as well as in every divine those things publicly known. These perfection. were the two leading branches of his . But to “ declare the glory of God," Sermon, and they wore both of them also includes, a declaration or making considered with a particular reference known among the heathen the way of to the object of Missions, and the salvation by Christ Jesus : for it is in special duties of those persons who this stupendous work of redemption, are engaged either, directly or indi-, whereby guilty rebels are rescued from rectly in Missionary undertakings. ] everlasting destruction, and raised to

In illustration of the first head of the enjoyment of eternal felicity in discourse, Mr. Kinghorn remarked. heaven, that the glory of God is most that “ the Glory of God” taken in an illustriously displayed. Every part extended sense includes in it all that of the plan of salvation is replete

revelation has exhibited to the chil- | with nianifestations of the divine ,dren of men concerning him the glory--his wisdom in devising it-his

display of his name and character; his faithfulness, power and truth in exemajesty and greatness, his power and cuting it—and his mercy love and excellency, as the great first cause, I pity, in doing all this for, objects who the Creator of all things, and the ( by their guilt and rebellion, had justy

exposed themselves to his just dis- Mr. K. now entered upon the conpleasure. It is the great business of sideration of the duty that was thus the Christian ministry and must con- incumbent upon Missionaries and stitute the leading object of a Chris- others, namely to “ Declare this glory tian Missionary to hold up to the of the Lord among the heathen," view of the heathen, the glory of the and especially the motives and rea"blessed God as it is displayed in the sons by which this duty comes rework of salvation.

commended. This led him to glance But to declare the glory of God, at the Commission which Christ gave also includes in it, a making known to his Apostles to go into all the among the heathen, those grand and world and preach the gospel to every interest facts, by which this salvation creature. He 'adverted to the transwas accomplished. This salvation actions of the day of Pentecost, when was promised upon the fall of man- the divine promise was fulfilled in the in the times of Moses this promise out pouring of the Holy Spirit, conwas enlarged and various institutions ferring miraculous gifts upon the first were given not only to confirm it, but | Heralds of salvation, and qualifying types and shadows were added to them for speaking in various lanillustrate the manner in which it was, guages “the wonderful works of God" in the fulness of time, to be accom- among people of all nations. Acts i. plished. But the writings of the 9-11. He took a rapid survey of prophets," who testified before hand tho progress of Christianity by the of the sufferings of Christ, and the ministry of the apostles and primiglory that should follow," was a light tive teachers: which naturally led shining more and more unto the per- him to enquire, why it became the duty fect day.” In the fulness of time of Christians in every succeeding age God sent forth his Son, made of a and generation, to w declare the glory woman and made under the law to of God among the heathen, and his redeem guilty rebels from the curse wonders among all people :" and here of the law, and save them from im- he dwelt chiefly on two particulars. pending misery. To declare the First, It is God's appointed way of glory of God is to make known among bringing men to heaven. 'Tis his the heathen, the facts which relate to own systém, and therefore becomes Jesus Christ, his person, character, entitled to our submnissive and dutisufferings, death, resurrection and ful regard. The preaching of the ascension to the throne of his glory cross is to them that perish foolishin the heavens. From these facts ness—but it is the power of God unto emanate all the doctrines and duties the salvation of all that believe it. It of Christianity. Here the preacher is not in itself foolishness-it is the made some very judicious remarks wisdom of God; and though men on the importance of ministers and from their pride and the blindness of missionaries not overlooking the er- their minds may esteem it such, yet ternal evidence of Christianity, such as “the foolishness of God is wiser than the miracles that have been wrought men, and the weakness of God is in attestation of its divine authority stronger than men." It is “ life eter-the astonishing accomplishment of nal to know the only true God and prophecy, &c. &c.-nevertheless, he Jesus Christ whom he has sent"was free to admit that its internal was but this knowledge is no where else that which demanded more especial to be obtained, aside from the docregard-He descanted with glowing trine of the cross. No wonder then animation on the character of the that the blessed God, who is jealous Son of Gud-the grandeur of the of his own glory, should have stampeconomy of redemption-the mis- ed the preaching of the gospel with sion of the Saviour--his crucifixion peculiar tokens of his approbation, resurrection and ascension to hea and of his displeasure against those ven, in all of which the finger of God who have set themselves to oppose 18 to be manifestly traced. And the its progress in the world. It was the preacher finished this first head of his rejection of the Messiah that brought

discourse by an appeal to his hearers wrath unto the uttermost upon the · on the absurd and shocking conse Jewish Temple and nation; and he : quences that inevitably result from will never fail to avenge the perse

the bare supposition of Christianity cutors of his people, who have shed being a cunningly devised fable. the blood of his saints. As there is no name under heaven given among has already crowned the Baptist Mismen, whereby we can be saved but sion to India is the pledge of a inore the name of Jesus Christ, so God ( abundant harvest, which its friends will accept no sinner without faith, shall assuredly reap if they faint not. or the knowledge of the gospel, and In the evening of the same day, the hence we may learn the importance friends of the Society held their seboth of the gospel itself, and the pub-cond meeting for public worship at lication of it among all the nations of Zion chapel; on which occasion, after the earth.

singing, and prayer, and reading the Moreover; it is the design of Christ, Scriptures, they were addressed by in sending his gospel abroad among Mr. Winterbotham, of Horsley in all nations, that his glory should be Glostershire, from Mal. i. 11. “For seen, in every age and in every land. from the rising of the sun even to the « His name shall endure for ever: going down of the same, my name his name shall be continued as long shall be great among the Gentiles; as the sun; and men shall be blessed and in every place incense shall be in Him : all nations shall call him offered unto my name, and a pure blessed," Ps. lxxii. 17. As the re- offering: for my name shall be great ward of his obedience and sufferings, among the heathen, saith the Lord of ** the heathen is given him for an in- hosts." The particulars which he heritance and the uttermost parts of undertook to discuss from this pasthe earth for a possession.” Ps. ii. 8. sage were the state and condition of « Every valley must be exalted, and society manifestly supposed or imevery mountain and hill be made,plied in the text-the important low-that the glory of the Lord may change to be produced in it and the be revealed and all flesh shall see it means by which that great change is together; for the mouth of the Lord to be brought about. hath spoken it.” Is. xl. 4,5. These When the text foretells a time in considerations abundantly evince the which the name of the Lord is to be duty that is incumbent upon Chris- great, it necessarily implies an awful tians to spread abroad the knowledge fact, that at the time the prophecy of Christ, to the utniost of their was delivered the general state of the power, and hence the necessity of world was widely different. To il. Missionaries to heathen countries. I lustrate this melancholy fact, the For as the uttermost ends of the preacher adverted to the testimony of earth are included in the Father's the oracles of God respecting the state grant to his Son, the latter must. of and condition of mankind in general necessity have his people there, whom before they are enlightened by the he will have to be saved and, for that gospel, and sanctified by its power. purpose, to come to the knowledge of Their “understandings are darkened the truth.

through the ignorance that is in them" On these grounds the preacher -their hearts alienated from Godably pleaded the cause of the Baptist and opposed to his worship. And Missionary Society, and further en- this was the unhappy case with all forced the object of the meeting, from his hearers, unless the gospel had a consideration of the exellency of the found its way to their minds, and they gospel, which contains in itself a had been thereby quickened from a powerful inducement to all who have death in trespasses and sins. This themselves tasted that the Lord is state of society exists universally, and gracious, to be the means of com- is not peculiar to any age or any counmunicating its benefits to others. try. Here the preacher took a review Wherever it gains access to the heart of the state of the world from the it always makes its friends, desirous period of the fall of man to that awful of spreading it abroad, that others hour when God looked down from . also may obtain the salvation which heaven and “saw that the wickedness is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. of man was great in the earth, and The difficulties that attend Missions that every imagination of the thoughts to the heathen, though confessedly of his heart, was only evil continually," great, are not insuperable. It is now and in his righteous displeasure he too late to say that God will not con- destroyed the earth with a food. 'In

vert the heathen-the gospel is still the family of Noah, the world began .. attended with divine power, as at the to be re-peopled, but the deluge had 4. First; and the success with which he not cleansed the earth from sin! When God called Abraham out froni more rose upon a benighted world." his country, and kindred, and father's The gospel at first spread extensive. house, the world had again sunk into ly, and Jesus himself testified, “I saw idolatry: and to preserve the worship Satan fall as lightening from heaven." of the true God, the posterity of The primitive Christians doubtless Abraham were separated from all anticipated the most splendid triother nations, taken into covenant umphs of their Redeemer's cross, with the Most High, favoured within the universal extension of his statutes and ordinances, which were kingdom-but the Antichristian acalculated to keep them a distinct postacy speedily checked its career people, and preserve them faithful in -a horrible system of superstition the worship of the true God. Yet and idolatry supplanted the Chrissuch was the progress of sin during tian simplicity, and at the end of the continuance of the Mosaic dispen- eighteen hundred years, five or sit sation, that all the Gentile nations hundred millions of the human race are became gradually immersed in idola- stillwithout hope and without God try. The vilest superstition prevailed in the world ! Even to the present ụniversally-deities multiplied in ra- day sin reigns and triumphs ; but pid succession, until the author of evil shall we conclude that the promises became himself an object of worship, of God shall ultimately fail in their and the finest feelings and most ami- accomplishment, and that the prayers able sensibilities of the human breast of the pious shall never be answered ? became so blunted, that the parent The preacher indeed would be tempcaused his own offspring to pass

ted to despair, did not the Bible and through the fire to Moloch: and in the promise of God in the text forthe days of our Lord and his apostles, I bid it. the latter could affirm without a qua- Mr. W. now came to consider the lifying clausé, « We are of God, and important and glorious change, prethe whole world lieth in the wicked dicted and promised in the text ; one." Philosophy was altogether when instead of the prevalence of infiinadequate to correct this horrid state delity, and idolatry, and superstition, of things : “ The world by wisdom and vice, the name of Lord should be knew not God," and a more powerful | great among the gentiles, from the antidote than any thing which learn- rising to the setting sun; and in every ing, or science, or philosophy could place incense and a pure offering unitedly furnish was found necessary should be presented unto him. This to stèm the torrent of iniquity, and mighty revolution in the state of sorestore fallen man to his rank in the ciety, will take its rise from the creation. It is in immediate reference knowledge of God as reconciled unto to this condition of the human race sinners through the death of his bethat the promise in the text was made loved Son. The preacher dwelt with " now shall my name be great among much energy and effect upon the imthe Gentiles."

portance of this view of the divine During the law, the knowledge of character-demonstrated that it is the true God was chiefly confined the only thing which can soften the within the circumscribed limits of one heart of man, and incline it to acfamily. Prophecy kept alive the ex- ceptable obedience, while at the same pectation of the promised Saviour time it fully explains the mystery why and the faithful were from time to Philosophy has never been able to time, breathing'out'their ardent wish- convert a sioner from the error of es, "" Oh that the salvation of Israel his way, or save a soul from death. were come out of Zion.” At length The effect of this knowledge of the Messiah appeared. In his person, God, as reconciled to sinners through and work, and death, and resurrection, the atonement, will be an universal and ascension 'to glory-the predica submission to God, from man thus retions of the prophets received their covered. This is beautifully exfulfilment- the law was magnified and pressed in the text, by their offermade honourable--the justice of Goding incense and a pure offering unto obtained satisfaction for sin God was his name.". This striking similitude glorified inthe highest and complete seems to embrace the feelings of unisalvation wrought out for sinners of versal love and gratitude to God for all ranks, and degrees, and times, and all his mercies, and especially for his countries. The apostles preached the great love to sinners, expressed togospel, and the glory of the Lord once 'wards them by the unspeakable gift

« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »