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diction, “ And at that time thy people shall be delivered, every
“ Enclos'd with horrors, and transfix'd with pain,
And bear the wrath of an offended God.”
“ .................. black and hollow vault,
Of an infected darkness," — the favoured faithful shall dwell in endless and unutterable bliss. For then will the Redeemer turn aside the veil which has concealed the ineffable glories of the eternal God from the impertinent gaze of man from the beginning of the world, and shall let out the full blaze of his transforming and beautifying splendours on the innumerable millions of the redeemed. And then will they attain to the end of their creation and redemption, in the nearest possible approach of their nature to the likeness of the Deity, and in the communication of all the joy and felicity that their capacity will admit. Then all the good they ever hoped for, all the blessedness of which they ever had any conception, all the riches of mercy ever promised to them, all the treasures of salvation ever purchased for them, and all the glory which the triune God can possibly confer on them, will be ensured to them for ever, even for ever and ever. And
“ Then shall the saints in glorious triumph move
To take possession of their thrones above;
And fill heaven's wide circumference with praise.” And when all things in the universe shall have been thus restored to their proper places, and all the ways of God shall have been conducted to this glorious consummation, “then shall the kingdom be delivered up to the Father, and God shall be all in all." • To improve the subject, it may be observed,
1. Since the Sufferings of Christ were so circumstantially and so long foretold, and the numerous predictions on this subject have been so exactly verified; and since it was so expressly foretold that his sufferings would not be endured on his own account but for others, and for us ;-ought not a consideration of these things to awaken our attention to our circumstances as sinners, to excite us to humiliation before God on account of our awful state, which made this process necessary to our salvation, and to call forth our gratitude to him for having mercifully appointed it? And ought we not, for the same reason, earnestly to seek a personal and perfect interest in his sufferings ? For let it be well observed, that it is not the appointment of a Saviour for us, nor yet the circumstance of his having actually been in the world and suffered for us, that will save us. No; nor will even scriptural views of the sufferings of Christ, and a persuasion that they were intended for our benefit, necessarily lead us to a saving interest in them. And without such an interest in them, what advantage will they ultimately yield us? Think you that he suffered merely to afford us matter for speculation, or admiration, or conversation, or disputation, or encouragement to presumption and daring in our sinful courses? Surely the blood of Jesus was shed for a nobler purpose! And wherefore was it shed, but to demonstrate to us the exceeding sinfulness and ruinous tendency of sin, to wean us from the love and practice of it, to encourage us to seek the pardon of it, and to make the exercise of mercy to us honourable to the character of Jehovah as our moral Governor, and suitable to the great ends of his government ? Was it not, in short, to oblige us to consecrate ourselves to his service on earth, and to furnish us, as his servants, with a title to eternal life? If so, then no farther than as we are made partakers of this experience are we genuine Christians, or meet for heaven, with whatever community of professing Christians we may be connected. May God write these truths deeply on our hearts; and if we are yet destitute of this personal salvation, may we never rest until it is bestowed! And should we, on examining ourselves, find, that as face answereth to face in a glass, so our experience answereth to this statement, yet even then ought we not to rest in present attainments, but should be “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before," and so “pressing to the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Nothing should be allowed to detain or stop us short of the highest measure of that good which has been purchased for us by Jesus Christ. O that we may give all diligence to obtain “a full reward.”
2. Seeing that the Spirit of Christ foretold the Glory as well as the Sufferings of our Lord, and that these prophecies have, in so great a measure, been fulfilled; ought not these things to fill the disciples of Jesus with joy, and with the liveliest expectations of the perfect accomplishment of all that was foretold ? Nay, ought not a consideration of these things to lead the followers of Christ most earnestly and constantly to pray that all the glory covenanted to him may speedily be given him, and to aspire to the honour of being Jehovah's instruments in advancing the glory of his only begotten and well-beloved Son? And let it not be forgotten, that every Christian has it in his power, either in a greater or in a less degree, to further the cause of the Redeemer in the world, and is therefore under an obligation to a faithful use of his ability. By personal efforts you may contribute to the spread of religious knowledge, and to the conversion of sinners. And by pecuniary aid, you may minister to the support of those funds which are to defray the expense incurred in employing others to do the same thing, beyond your line of operation. Nor can you reasonably expect to hear Jesus Christ say unto you in the last day, “Well done, good and faithful servants,” unless you shall have been found through the day of your probation, at least through that portion of it lying between your conversion and your death, faithfully to have employed all your means for the furtherance and consummation of his glory in the salvation of the world. God grant, that in that day we may find acceptance with him as his servants, and he permitted to enter into the joy of our Lord!
MEMOIR OF MR. JOHN INGLISH, OF CHILLICOTHE, OHIO.
(Concluded from page 133.) . Every means was resorted to, and every possible care and attention paid to restore him to health. But although his symptoms sometimes flattered his friends with hopes of his recovery ; yet his complaint baffled all their skill and attention. His health gradually declined; and toward the close of the year, it became very apparent that the “ wasting life” of our afflicted, young friend, was drawing to a close. He was fully sensible of his approaching dissolution, and viewed it with calmness, with resignation, with cheerfulness. And throughout his protracted illness, all his conduct and deportment spoke the language of his heart to be, “ Thy will be done."
So long as the state of his health and strength permitted, he constantly attended the public worship of God, the ordinances of His house, as well as society and class-meetings; on which occasions he seemed deeply engaged and much devoted. And when his strength had so far failed, that he could no longer go to the house of God, he continued to attend his class meetings, which were held at his father's house.
From the time he embraced religion, he rarely or never omitted the opportunity of speaking in Lovefeast or General Class-meeting. There was something in his voice, his tone, his impressive manner of speaking ; which, together with his deep piety, his holy ardour and his fervent zeal, greatly interested and affected his hearers. I have never heard him speak on those occasions, without being delighted and edified, as well as affected. The last Lovefeast at which he spoke, was at Quarterly-meeting held in Chillicothe, Nov. 26th, 1821. With pallid check and emaciated frame, he rose and addressed the society, as nearly as can be recollected, in the following words:
“My friends,– I rejoice in having another opportunity of meeting with you, and of adding my testimony to yours, of the goodness and mercy of God, and the truth of our holy religion. This is probably the last time I shall enjoy the privilege of addressing you. I am convinced that I cannot long remain an inhabitant of this world. The disease under which I labour, I feel, is wearing me down to the tomb; and I shall shortly be numbered with the pale nations of the dead. In the contemplation of this solemn change, which awaits me, and to which my thoughts continually turn, my mind is oftimes agitated with hopes and fears, and my spirits sometimes much depressed. The enemy of my soul sometimes thrusts sore at me, by severe temptations, especially
to doubts and fears concerning my spiritual state. I find it to be a hard task to relinquish all worldly prospects, all hopes of living, and to be entirely resigned to my lot. But I thank God, that the religion of Jesus Christ affords a 'balm for all my wounds, a cordial for all my fears;' and I do experience His grace to be sufficient for me, in this season of sore trial. And when by an eye of faith I am enabled to look forward through the gloomy vale,' and contemplate the joys of Heaven, the crown of glory which awaits the faithful, I feel like exulting in the God of my salvation; and can cry out with one of old, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.'” [Then raising his trembling hand, he continued, in a very emphatic tone.] “What though I shall walk through the valley and the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for His rod and staff shall comfort me.'. I feel that the time of my departure is at hand; I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith, I have finished my course; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day.' And I 'know that if my earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, I have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.'"
· He concluded with a most earnest and affectionate address to the younger members, exhorting and encouraging them to be faithful and persevering in their Christian course; while tears of sympathy and compassion, mingled with those of grief and joy, flowed from almost every eye.
During the months of December and January, his symptoms of dissolution were much increased; and his tide of life was gradually ebbing out. He suffered much from the pain in his breast, his daily fever, his difficulty of breathing, &c. So that during the last three or four weeks of his life, he was confined to his room, with little more than strength enough to walk without support. I called to see him frequently during this period of his illness, and always found him patient, tranquil and resigned.
As he was now unable to attend public worship, and being thus, prevented from partaking of the ordinances of God's house, he desired to receive the sacrament of the Lord's Supper at his room. Accordingly, on the evening of the 5th of February, about two weeks before his death, about a dozen friends met at his room, to unite with him on this solemn occasion. Brother James Quinn, then our stationed preacher, administered the ordinance in a very solemn and affecting manner. The scene was interesting and impressive, and deeply affected all who were present. After this solemn ordinance was closed, brother Quinn requested our afflicted young friend, if his strength permitted, to relate his exercises of mind, and God's dealings towards him; which he did as fol- . lows: ..“God deals with me more mercifully than I deserve; for while he afflicts with one hand, he graciously supports me with the