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on matters of such immense importance in taining a correct directory for London and the economy of redemption, and in “the its suburbs," showing the pastor's name, his faith once delivered unto the saints.”

private address, the exact situation of his “But” (our readers will abruptly reply) chapel, the times of service," &c., &c. The " Matthew Henry was not a Baptist!Mat- editor, in the opening address, says—" A thew Henry was not that cruel opponent to great number of testinionials have been rethe Baptists that many men called “sound ceived from ministers and gentlemen, expressmen" have been, and still are. Let us give ive of the great service rendered by this yearly his own words on the making of man. After hand-book, enabling them with ease to find some interesting and very telling reflections any favourite ininister or sanctuary'; which on this most stupendous and marvellous part privilege, they, very probably, might have of Jehovah's creation-work, Matthew says- been denied, but for this publication." Here " It should seem as if this were the work (the is a large variety of useful information commaking man) which he longed to be at, as if piled expressly for this work, and given to he had said, “ Having, at last, settled the pre- the churches for twopence. The fourpenny liminaries, let US now apply OURSELVES unto edition being interleaved with ruled paper, the business — LET US MAKE MAN.' Man will serve the purposes of diary, note book, was to be a creature different from all that almanack, and directory, and certainly had hitherto been made. Flesh and spirit, should be found in the pocket, and on the heaven and earth, must be put together in table, of every minister and member of our him; and he must be allied to both worlds. British Baptist Churches. Therefore God not only undertakes to make, but is pleased so to express Himself, as if He The Only Refuge of a Troubled Soul in called a council to consider of the making of Times of Affliction; or, the Mystery of the him, - 'Let US make man. The Three Apple Tree." - Two Sermons. By James Persons of the Trinity, FATHER, Son, and Barry. London: E. Palmer and Son. HOLY GHOST, consult about it, and concur in There is no class of persons under the wide it, because man, when he was made, was to be canopy of heaven that we more acutely dedicated and devoted to FATHER, Son, and sympathise with than those who are afflicted Holy Ghost. Into that great name we are, and troubled in their souls, mourning over with good reason, baptized, for to that great sin, longing to be delivered, pardoned, justified, name we owe our being. Let THEM rule man, accepted, and preserved; and our conviction who said, “Let us make man.'” When we find is that there is not another class of persons ourselves in company with a good out-spoken so despised, so forgotten, and so carelessly Trinitarian, we feel safe; and if our readers treated by the multitude of preachers and distinctly notice Matthew Henry's phrase- professors, as the silent, the sad, the sorrowful, Into that great name we are baptized," they the sin-smitten, and truth-seeking seed of will see that we have the first-fruits of a good Israel. For them--more than for any others harvest-field, into which we hope to be in- in all this world-was this EARTHEN VESSEL strumental in leading them, and where we first commenced, and for them the Editor hope our good Boaz has ordained that "some would still desire to labour, although his handfuls of purpose shall be dropped,” ex- spirit has been long under a load, and the pressly for him that writes, and for those who powers of his mind greatly turned from its read, THE EARTHEN VESSEL. But here, for choicest aims by difficulties, reproaches, and sent, we must

our pen, with the cold and callous carriage of many who the sweet anticipation, that in Matthew have used him and his work to serve their Henry's copious notes upon our Heavenly own ends. “The Judge is at the door," and Father's revealed Word, we shall find a large until He comes, we cannot perfectly decide amount of biblical, experimental, and evange- upon any man's motive or manner of action; lical food for such as hunger and thirst for but how exceedingly precious in the meanwholesome doctrine and for living bread. time are such pieces of divinity as James

Barry has here given to us. This shilling The Baptist Almanack for 1857,” &c. work is a sterling unfolding of the person of &c. London: Partridge and Co. The year Christ-of the need troubled souls have of now fast coming to an end, has been remark- his person and work, and of the sacred able for one thing among many others, i. e. blessedness of that poor shipwrecked sinner the removal by death of a large number of who, being led at last to banquet with Christ, pastors of Baptist churches. This annual exclaims, in the full joy of his soul, “ As the register gives brief memoirs of between thirty apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is and forty good men who have been called | my beloved among the sons. I sat down home to their eternal rest: among them, we under his shadow with great delight, and his notice the names of Stenson, Horseley, Skel- fruit was sweet to my taste." James Barryton, Langham, Raynsford, and other brethren the preacher of these sermons-the favourite who have laboured with us in the fields cousin of "the Coalheaver"-and, withal, a below-but the places that knew them on devout, godly minister of some ages past earth shall know them no more for ever. As has entered largely, lovingly, and delightinlly a faithful remembrancer of those who once into this comprehensive portion of the divine were mourners and ministers here below, the word-a word that is richly expressive of the Baptist Almanack possesses a peculiar inter- | travail of a living soul, and of the glorious est to the whole of the denomination; and fulness and immeasurable grace of a precious cannot fail to be an indispensable companion Christ. In next month's "Cheering Words and book of reference to all the Baptist we hope to give a few choice pieces from these Churches in Europe, from the fact of its con-' sermons.

the

THE OLD WAY-SIDE "INN,"
AND THE “BANQUETTING HOUSE."

Wycombe, Nov. 16, 1856. birds (unclean); the eagle and the kite, the Me. Editor,—The inclosed piece is from vulture and the cormorant, had each their an old monthly, signed J.G. I think it is worth places assigned them on the ground. I a place in the VESSEL, if you can find room.

observed the lamb worried and bleeding; Most of your readers are quite satisfied that salvation, from first to last, is alone of the

the dove torn from its mate, and the pigeon Lord, and have not much time or inclination from its nest, lay fluttering and bleedto read anything bordering on free-will. Only ing in death; while above the raven let a poor sinner be put into the stripping croaked, and the owl uttered its ominous room, and he will never after quarrel with the

screech. I turned to my guide to know Lord, for not giving all what some call a chance of salvation-finding enough to do to

the meaning, when, without satisfying me, inquire why the Lord had mercy on him, and

he desired me to look again. But by this made him to differ Yours-R. COLLINS. time I began to feel dizzy and faint, and

found, to my surprise, that I had not (nay “Not of works, lest any man should boast."

never had) that strength which I once Eph. ii. 9.

fancied I possessed. My clothing, too, of PERHAPS the Christian pilgrim, on the which I was very proud, but which afterroad to Zion, will permit a fellow-traveller experience proved was not of the best sort, to remind him that there are certain apart- began to loosen on my shoulders, and, in ments, and ready-furnished apartments spite of all my endeavours, eventually fell too, into which all the King's children are at my feet. Dismayed at beholding my assuredly brought; in one of which, upon naked and destitute condition, I turned entering, he will perceive ten looking to my guide, but he had left. I looked glasses, each glass being exceeding broad ; this way and that, but there was none to the whole inclosed in a plain stone frame, | help. In the agony of my mind, I cast and surmounted by a cross. I was struck, my eyes upwards; they rested on the upon entering, to find that the whole of cross, when, to my delight and astonishthe furniture of the room, even the carpet ment, I found myself suddenly clothedon which I stood, and the curtains on not with the old and threadbare garments either side the looking-glasses, were of I had lost, but with a royal, princely robe, crimson. There appeared around and Aowing from head to foot. I heard, too, about me what I conceived to be a super- the most delightful music that can be conAlvity of the crimson cloth. At this in- ceived, and, although the distance was so stant a tall and venerable personage, whose great, I could not catch the words, it was face was full of benignity, approached me as though ten thousand harps had at once and said, “ Young man, you are a stranger struck up to commemorate some happy in this room ; permit me to conduct you event (Luke xv. 6, 7). through, and explain some of the valuables At this instant my guide returned, and it contains." I nodded assent, and pre- said, “You are doubtless aware of the use pared to follow. “First," said he, “ look and value of the crimson cloth; though attentively in the glasses before you." I did none to spare, those in the King's secrets 80, but instantly turned away in disgust, positively affirm there is yet sufficient to fearing, by the appearance before me, that answer all the purposes for which it was Satan himself had certainly appeared. originally intended." So saying, he prePerceiving my agitation, my guide turned sented me with a ring, with this mottoto me, and said, “ Still continue to examine “I have loved thee with an everlasting the glasses, and you will observe stranger love; therefore, with lovingkindness have things than these." So saying, he touched I drawn thee." Also with a telescope, and me gently on the left side. I then per- an ear trumpet, bidding me strictly observe ceived things pass in review before me, at the directions they contained. Upon exonce so monstrous and strange, that I amining them, I found engraved in small tremble while relating them. I observed but legible characters, “To be used at suna den of the most ravenous and ferocious rise." I hastily turned to inquire their beasts that can be conceived, tearing and effect. “By using them at the appointed Forrying each other. Carcases, and blood, time,” said 'he, “you will perceive Him and bones, brutal and human, were strewed who, though invisible, is yet the chief around in profusion. I saw a cage of among ten thousand; you will hear, too,

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that delightful assurance, in accents sweeter / upon asking for a cordial I found, to my than the nightingale's voice, Thou art all surprise, he had nothing in the house but fair, my love, there is no spot in thee; what was mixed. The host himself, too, though black as the tents of Kedar, yet | had so suspicious an appearance, that I comely as the curtains of Solomon.'” Just verily believe, if it were possible, he would at this instant, another of the King's chil-rob Jesus Christ himself; and as to the dren entered the apartment, when my accommodation, upon retiring to rest at guide, having first taken a small casket of night, I found there was not a single bed jewels from the foot of the cross, and pre-stead long enough to stretch myself upon senting me with them, said, “Here are But leaving the old man, his merchandize; jewels of all sizes, descriptions, and co- and his insolence, I would remind the lours, suited to the state in which you reader that I found my telescope a very may be placed. Never part with them; useful companion; for, ascending, as I was you will meet with others, who, not know wont to do, a hill called Prospect Hill, I ing their value, despise them, and would gained by the use of it, not only a de. persuade you to do the same. Be of good lightful view of the goodly land, but frecheer: persevere to the end.” So saying, quently caught a glimpse of the King in his he took my hand, and affectionately bade beauty. I perceived also a beautiful expanse me“ Farewell." By this time I had be- of ocean, with banks on either side, so high, come so much attached to my guide, that and constructed in so peculiar a manner, at parting I involuntarily dropped a tear. that such a thing as a vessel was never As soon as I was sufficiently recovered, I known to be driven against them, either by opened my casket to examine its contents. stress of weather or any other cause, and Upon the first jewel I found engraved, to sustain even the least injury. By ex“ As iron sharpeneth iron, so doth the coun- amining some ancient records, by some tenance of a man his friend." Upon an- called the Magna Charta of salvation, I other, “And a man shall be as an hiding- find they have been built from time implace from the wind, and a covert from the memorial, and that the architect bath tempest, as rivers of waters in a dry place, gained, and continues to gain, immortal as the shadow of a great rock in a weary honours by their construction. In the disland." Upon a third, “A friend that tance, also, was an excellent harbour, into loveth at all times, and a brother that is which all the King's ships eventually come, born for adversity.” And upon a fourth, at the entrance to which I perceived a flag “ Thy shoes shall be iron and brass, and flying, with this motto,-“Wherein shall as thy days thy strength shall be.” An as go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant surance that suited me well, for I should ships pass thereby.” I observed, too, that have told thee, reader, that the shoes Isome of the ship's crew were exceedingly left in the stripping room, and which I merry, and by the aid of my trumpet I bad worn from my youth upwards, were caught part of a song: perhaps, dear made by one Arminius, an old cobbler, re-reader, thou canst sing it with themsiding at the end of Merit Lane, and oppo- | No galley-ship laden with oars, site to an inn known as the Good Intent To pass by the strength of free-will: (whether the landlord was a relation of

For they who to Sinai adhere, one of your correspondents, who signs him

Its precepts are bound to fulfil.

But we to the city of God self " A Blast," thase who have been to

From Sinai are bound to retire, this inn will be able to judge). But, how. And find in the Lamb and his blood, ever, many of the King's own children put All things which the law can require. up here at the first; but the old gentleman, I observed, also, that most of the vessels besides being a bungler and a very great were beaten and battered, some with sails cheat, often putting old leather for new, rent, masts broken, sides bulged in ; yet all was very high in his charges, and if any had this peculiarity-not one had lost its poor debtor could not meet his engage- anchor : “ For we have an anchor sure and ments, he was very insolent, and instantly stedfast, and which entereth within the put him into court; nay, although some to veil;" and not a few entered the port in my knowledge offered him part, he invari. the very act of firing the signal guns of ably refused to take one iota less than his distress. “And the publican standing afar whole demand, — “Pay me what thou off, would not lift up so much as his owest," was his constant cry;“Do or die," eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his his motto. But I neither liked the fare, breast, saying, God be merciful to me a the landlord, nor the accommodation ; for, sinner” (Luke xviii. 13). The sun having set. I descended from the mount of obser

MAZZAROTH; vation into the plain below. Having sought

OR, THE for some time, I at length entered an inn,

TWELVE SIGNS IN THE BIBLICAL and found, from the sign swinging before the door, it was called the “Good Shep

HEAVENS. herd." There appeared to be some persons (Continued from page 252.) in the parlour, and pausing an instant, I found they were enjoying themselves with NEARLY twelve months have rolled away a bymn—the last part ran thus :

since first these little papers were comNo merit we claim of our own

menced. Not much progress has been But shame and confusion of face;

made ; the work is much greater than 'I And low in the dust at his throne

anticipated when I began. The Bible, of Receive the salvation of grace.

all the books in the world, is the most * Ah!" thought I, “this is different from

m amazingly deep; full of mystery, im

amazin the Good Intent: there was no melody mensely rich in heavenly matter; and so there I was reminded of these words, | abounding in revelations of grace, mercy, * As in water face answereth to face, so the

truth, and glory, that here we might study heart of man to man:” and, without fur

for ever, and yet for ever find fresh springs ther caution I entered. Over the fire-place of codly wisdom to refresh and to edit to in gold letters, and in a plain gold frame,

instruct and to transform, to enlarge and to hung the following invitation to the guests :

exalt our immortal, our thrice happy minds. **Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to

| Hallelujah! to God, and to the Lamb ! the waters, and he that hath no money : the Bible lives. It is our “ Kirjathsepher" come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy (Joshua xv. 16), “ the city of the book," or wine and milk without money and with the city of heavenly letters: where out price," — an invitation that suited God has laid (in folds of immeasurable me, for I just recollected that I had left fulness) his connsels and decrees, his purmy last coin at the Good Intent, and that

poses and plans—his thoughts, his prothey had given me no change; and, in

mises, and his just commands. The Bible, deed, I soon found that all present were as what is it? Let Christ himself declare Door as myself. “Come, sir,” said an el-Speaking to the church, of this instruderly gentleman, " allow me to band you ment of life-union, he says." Thy neck Rothe good old wine, direct from the King's is like the tower of David builded for an arstores." So saying he handed me a glass. moury, whereon there bang a thousand Haring wished them happiness in his Ma- | bucklers, all shields of mighty men.” Cajesty's name, and drank, he continued : leb-in ancient timessent out a procla** Fou perceive, sir, that in the highest

mation,-"He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, sense of the word, we, as well as others, and TAKETH IT, to him will I give Achsah can rejoice and be merry : we can partake my daughter to wife.” An old minister of the juice of the grape; we can celebrate

once said,—“ If I can grasp, and get open the charming mysteries of love, in sweet

the text in my closet, I am not afraid of the immortal strains; and we can call upon

pulpit.” So he that smiteth this book by those around, for not one only, but for hot and heavy pravers: he that taketh many delightful sentiments; and now, sir, | fast hold of the mind of God, as written we shall be most happy to hear one from in this book, by meditation, and a divine you." I felt rather confused, but remem- anointing, has no cause to fear of good bering the words of my guide, I had re- success. Paul's great ordination text to course to my casket, and read as follows : 1 Timothy should surely be written in large “He brought me to the banqueting house, letters on the walls of our private sancand his bamer over me was love ” (Song | torums,-“ STUDY to show thyself approved ii. 4).

| unto God, A WORKMAN that needeth not to WHO CAN BELIEVE?-Men talk bravely of be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD believing, that know nothing of an exercised | OF TRUTH.” Ministers and makers of faith. Believing is the most wonderful thing in the world; put anything of thine own to

sermons, now-a-days, commence by taking ît, and it is worthless. All the powers of texts which have never taken them; and nature cannot rise so high as to believe there the consequence is, they hop off as soon as is any williogness in Christ to save a sinner. they have read the Scripture; and flying The natural man can as soon create a world

into some aerial regions, you see them no as believe in Christ to the saving of his soul. The man believes by faith when quickened

more until they close the service by prointo life, but no man dead in sin can be a be nouncing the benediction, forgetting that bever.- Ambassador.

the great foreman of the works said

“ PREACH THE WORD ;" for “We preach of Levi, who are to be purified and purged not ourselves; but CHRIST JESUS THE too—and that by the great Refiner him. LORD:" therefore,“ Let the Word of Christ self. dwell IN YOU richly, in all wisdom," &c., &c. Last month, I said “the spiritual privi. With such “ the Word of the Lord has free leges of the Levites are great” beyond all course, and runs, and is glorified."

human comprehension. To confirm that My most precious treasure on earth is point, consider for one moment the typical God's holy Word ; and in connecting this record of the sons of Levi, in two particu. paper with the last, in endeavouring to lars—the features of their charucter, and the follow up the thoughts with which I closed fulness of the grace bestowed upon them. last month, I would here briefly set down First—the features of their character & few things which were thrown into my are principally these : in Numbers iii. and spirit on Lord's day, November 16th, 1856. iv. we have special words concerning the There is not a man on the earth, I think, sons of Levi, “ These were the sons of who can be more sharply tried in the mi-Levi by their names; Gershon and Konistry than I, of late, have been. Verily, hath, and Merari.” The translation of in the pulpit, I have thought God had for these names will give a definite illustration saken me indeed. Frequently with me of the real character of all the true sons there has been neither power to pray, nor of Levi, find them where you may pleasure in preaching. Nor could I see 1.-They are Gershonites :-i.e. “Men that the Lord was working by my word at who have changed their pilgrimage." Saal, all. Self- pity, darkness, hardness, and of Tarsus, was going “ against Christ," freezing coldness, have been so with me, until Jesus met him : then he “changed that I could weep tears of blood; and, by his pilgrimage,” served another master, reason of adverse circumstances and sought another kingdom, travelled in an. floods of sorrows from scenes around me, other path, and, by grace divine, was made even my oldest friends have seemed to a new creature, “Old things passing away; be frightened, wondering where the scene all things becoming new." Surely there is would end—I have many times tried to not only an outward, but an inward change cry, as out of the belly of hell; and yet of heart and life, when repentance, faith, no spiritual deliverance came. On the and hope, by the Holy Spirit, are given. morning to which I have referred, I can 2.-They are “ Kohathites :" i. e. they solemnly say, I arose with feelings of come into the congregation of the “ Obedismay, fearing that the pulpit would be dient" ones: and, although in this imper. to me a prison. But, blessed be God! | fect state, there are many “wrinkles," even His precious word is not dumb-it speaks in their Gospel profession: still they are to me still : and, as I abruptly finished last "blunt,” or “honest;" that is, they permonth, by declaring that “the Levites are severingly seek for the one thing needful," joined to the Lord,” as I begin this month, and “endure hardness," as good soldiers by declaring that the Scriptures are instru- of Jesus Christ. Being changed in their mentally the church's “ NECK," by which pilgrimage, they seek to unite themselves the body of Christ becomes united unto to the Lord's people, saying, “We will go " THE HEAD," so, I am prepared to show with you; for we perceive that God is with how, through the Scriptures, life, strength, you." It was a noted saying of St. Cyprian, and nourishment divine, flow down from “ He cannot have God for his father, who “ THE HEAD” to all the members of the owns not the church as his mother.” I mystic frame, who do, in holy oneness, live wish all outside believers to consider this. with Christ their gracious Lord.

3.-They are “ Merarites :" by “bitter" After a little time spent in prayer, on the sorrows, trials and temptations, by “bitter" morning of Lord's day, November 16, my disappointments and crosses, they are mind was directed to that notable Scripture " provoked" to cleave most earnestly unto in Malachi-“And he shall sit as a refiner the Lord, and being made more than con. and purifier of silver, and he shall purify querors through Him that loved them, the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold they are prepared most heartily to join in and silver, that they may offer unto the the song of the faithful, in chaunting Lord an offering in righteousness." My that noble anthem thoughts were directed first to the Re

“When trouble, like a gloomy cloud, FINER himself, the messenger of the col Has gathered thick and thundered loud, venant. I cannot here write out my He near my soul has always stood, thoughts on that head, as I wish to note

His lovingkindness is so good." down a few things descriptive of the sons Thus, in few words, I have drawn out three

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