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and you may believe that we poor pilgrims in a strange land leave each other as seldom as possible. We strive to assist, comfort, and help each other on our way towards the promised Heavenly Canaan, all in our power; and the Lord is very gracious to us, and blesses us greatly to each other. How ought I to praise the Lord for this great blessing, - this dear friend! with whom I talk and sing of our dear Jesus's redeeming love! O how do we, in our retirement, taste the delightful comforts of those swect words in Malachi, “ Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another; and the Lord hearkened and heard it; and a book of remembrance was written before him, for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them as a man spareth his own son that serveth him!”. This gentleman was not his only pious associate. He was in the habit of holding a meeting at his lodge ings twice a day, in the year 1766, with such of the soldiers as chose to attend. These meetings, there is reason to believe, were profitable to the souls of many who frequented them,
Of the exact time when Mr. Scott began to exercise his ministry, we have not been informed. He probab!y began to preach towards the close of the year 1766. The writer of this article has seen several of his letters, dated in 1766; none of which contains any intimation respecting his preaching ; -- but in one, dated Leicester, Jan. 3, 1767, he says, “I hope the Lord is at work here, though by the meanest, weakest, and unworthiest of all instruments. But it is all his own work, therefore he can work by the weakest means, or without any. Be all praise and glory given to his great name!". It was at Leicester, as he was marching through with his regiment, that he first opened his commission as a minister of the Lord Jesus. A pious person, to whom he was introduced, having, probably, been informed of his usefulness in holding meetings with some of the men of his regiment, put him into a parlour, and left him with no other company but a Bible, a Hymn-Book, and his God; telling him that he must preach there that evening. He complied with the earnest request, and thus entered into that work to which the great Head of the Church had chosen him, and in which he honoured him with abundant success. Many years after this, he was informed, by a very respectable friend residing here, that on coming to this place, he found several truly pious persons, who were the fruits of his ministry.
Having put his hand to the plough, he did not look back. While in the army, he preached at Berwick, York, Leeds, Manchester, and various other places to which his military duty called him. At Berwick, he was invited to preach by the Mayor of the town, who procured a place of worship for him. When he came to preach, he found the gentleman's servants stationed at the door of the place, to keep out the mob; but to this Mr. Scott objected. He was commissioned to preach the gospel "to every creature ;” and insisted that the lowest of the people should be permitted to hear him. At Manchester, his ministry was known to have been owned to the conversion of two respectable persons ; the one a lady, who heard him in consequence of his preaching having been announced in a newspaper; the other, a gentieman, who heard him in a timber-yard. – The gentleman afterwards setiled at Stone, in Staffordshire, and was the instrument in laying the foundation of a gospel interest at that place.
It is of great importance that ministers, if married, should be united to truly suitable partners. A minister's wife may be a great help or a great hinderance to her husband in his work. Mr. Scott was exceedingly happy in his choice of a wife. On the Ist of June, 1768, he married Miss Elizabeth Clay, of Wollerton, near Drayton, in Shropshire. She was possessed of a handsome estate; and, which was of far greater importance, was a lady of eminent piety and exemplary prudence. She was fond of retirement, and spent much of her time in holy converse with God. She was, in short, to him, a most suitable and excellent wife. To her pious conduct, her affectionate care of his person, and economical management of his temporal affairs, be, under God, owed much of his comfort and usefulness.
The heart of Mr. Scott was at all times warmly attached to his Sovereign; and it does not appear that he had any objection to continuing in his service, provided he could have been freely permitted at the same time to serve the King of Kings in the ministry of the gospel. But these very different services were deemed incongruous by some of his superiors. One of them, therefore, advised him to leave the army. He took his advice; and, on the 16th of March, 1769, sold his commission; and, from that time, fully devoted himself to the service of Christ in the ministry of his word; and thus ended all the brilliant views of military rank and fame to which Mr. Scott (had he continued in the army) might have aspired. Mr. Scott was a man of no ordinary capacity. He was well qualificd for a military command. His mind was fertile, his apprehension quick, his utterance ready, and his fortitude great. The way to worldly honour was open before him. He had a prospect of obtaining what was once the object of nis highest ambition. He had a prospect of shining with conspicuous lustre among the heroes of his country; - but the great Sovereign of the world and the church had destined him to more in pertant services and higher honours than any that mere military heroes can ever perform or attain. Blessed with that knowledge which connected with the salvation of the soul, he wisely preferred the reproach of Christ to all the honours of the world ; he became indifferent to the honour that comes froin man, and sought the honour that comes from God; and mnade it the business of his life to glorify his name.
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ON THE PROGRESS OF THE GOSPEL. Mr. Editor, The importance of diffusing and cherishing a missionary spirit, is very
generally acknowledged. This object is considerably promoted by the Missionary Meetings, and by the publication of the Sermons and Transactions. But there are hundreds who read your excellent Miscellany, who neither attend the anniversaries, not see the missionary publications. With a hope, therefore, of preventing such persons froiy sinking into supineness, --of inflaming their zeal,--and of exciting them to greater diligence, the following Essay is offered for insertion in your Magazine. If it be considered acceptable, it is at your service : -- if it be useful, the end of the writer will be accomplished. Yours, Hastings.
To mark the progress of the gospel, it might be proper to revert to the period when the glorious system was fully developed. But a complete description of the then moral state of the world would occupy too large a portion of this paper. Let the follow ing inspired abridgment suffice: “Darkness covered the earth, and gross darkness the people.” . By the Jews a partial exemption might, indeed, have been claimed. Favoure! with superiot light, they excelled the Gentiles in their knowledge of the true God; but, influenced by their unreasonable prejudices, they rejected with disdain their promised Messiah, and refused to believe the report of the gospel. But the rejection of the Messiah by the Jews, and their refusing to listen to the tidings of great joy, neither frustrated the design of the Saviour's mission, nor retarded the progress of divine truth. To the Gentiles the Saviour “ turned, and they glailly received him." Disciples were commissionel ; - they went forth and preached the "gospel of the kingdom;"-men were converted, and "devils were subject to them." The success of the gospel was indeed but partial before the Saviour ratified its truth and importance
his death; but when, by the resurrection of "the Lord of Life,” it received an additional recommendation, its progress became more rapid, and its effects more visible. Previous to his ascension, Jesus assembles his disciples on a certain mountain, and invests them with authority to go forth into all the world, and to preach the gospel to every creature.” Emboldened by their commission, and fired with zeal for their Master's honour, they proceed. The standard of their Redeemer is erected “amongst the thickest ranks of his enemies.” Salvation is published through Him “whom the Jews with wicked hands had crucified and slain;" and soon three thousand are pierced to the heart," and ery out, “What must we do to be saved?" Nor were the exertions of the Apostles confined to a single district. Their commission was extensive. The world was their sphere of action; and the then known parts of it were, it is generally supposed, visited by the Apostles, and by the missionaries, whom they judged qualified for assisting them in the work of evangelizing men. One of them (St. Paul) affirms that, “ from Jerusalem round about to Illyricum (a circuit of several hundred miles) he had fully preached Christ's gospel.” The progress of the gospel, in the early ages of Christianity, is the more to be admired on account of the opposition with which it met. Let it not be imagined, that it had the sanction of princes, or the supposed advantage of connection with the civil government. TIt the fourth century. it stood as its divine Author had left it, in a condition of independence upon civil power, and totally unconnected with worldly polity. Without the recommendation of human appendages, and unassisted by the force of arms, it had to contend with angry monarchs, and with crafty and idolatrous priests: the former, foolishly suspecting that the success of the gospel would make men drag them from their thrones ; the latter, convinced that their diabolical impositions would be detected, and their unlawful gains be diminished.
And not only was the system opposed, but its supporters had much to endure. The native enunity of the human heart, and the malicious influence of Satan, whose empire now began to totter, soon produced violent persecutions. The first preachers of the gospel were favoured with peculiar evidences of being divinely appointed; but their authority was questioned, and various attempts were made to prevent their success. By the $criptures we are told, that they were “ forbidden to speak in the name of Jesus ;” that they were considered “as the filth of the earth;” that they endured “trials of cruel mockings ;” that they submitted to the most painful sufferings; and tbat, eventually, they sealed the truths of the gospel with their blood! At different periods, and in various places, Satan seemed to triumph, and success appeared doubtful. But, though the kings of the earth raged, and the people imagined a vain thing, yet He "who sits in the Heaven” smiled at their folly, made bare his holy arm, displayed his glory as "the God of salvation,” and revived the hopes of his faithful servants, by giving " testimony to the word of his grace," and by granting ** signs and wonders to be wrought by their hands."
Thas the little cloud," which, at the first, was “no bigger than a man's hand,” gradnally increased, - spread over the nations, extended itself to Britain, and, bursting over our isle, diffused such a copious shower of blessings as has fertilized the hearts of millions, and made England, once comparable to a dreary wilderness, to“ rejoice and to blossom as the rose.'
The progress of the gospel will continue. This we conclude from the testimony of Scripture; and from the general adaptation of the gospel to all nations.
To enumcrate Scriptures is unnecessary. Let the reader peruse the following animated and elegant predictions of the latter-day glory: - Psa. xxii. 27. Psa. Ixxii. Isa. ii. 2, 3. Isa. Ix. and Rev. xi. 15. - By the gospel much has been already done; but not enough to justify a conclusion that we may not enlarge our expectations. Surely, these predictions and promises will remain unaccomplished
46 Till Christ has all the nations bless'd
s« That see the light, or feel the sun.” Consider also the general suitableness of the gospel. One of the peculiar excellencies of the gospel consists in its meeting the wants of all nations, and in its being calculated to benetit al de. scriptions of men. Herein it differs materially from the Jewish economy which it superseded : - that dispensation was confined to the Jewish nation: indeed, this was necessary. To mention nothing else, How could distant nations assemble three times a year, which the Jews were required to do? It was impossible ; at least, it would have been attended with much inconvenience. But the gospel makes no such requisitions. It informs us, that “ in every place, the man that fears God and works righteousness is accepted of him ;" and that “they are of the true circun.cision who worship God in the spirit, who rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh."
As then the gospel is calculated for general diffusion; as it discovers the exact remaly for healing the nations," and introduces light, life, and happiness, wherever it comes, how earnestly should Christians intercede with God to “send forth his light and his truth;"- to bless his servants with prudence, zeal, and fortis tude while they convey this best of blessings to nations yet enveloped in the shades of ignorance, of superstition, and of idolatry! “Ye that make mention of the name of the Lord, give him no rest till he establish and make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”
But prayer must be attended with erertion. " As surely as I live,” saith the Lord, “the whole earth shall be filled with my glory.” Animațing passage! Let us, my brethren, exert oure : selves with a hope of being the instruments, of accomplishing what it promises; and, while we make our feeble efforts, we may anticipate the period when the truth of it shall be universally felt.
Ye heralds of salvation !-ye Christians, who are exerting your talents in the service of your Redeemer, continue your exer. tions; and, aided by the light of inspiration, look through the surrounding gloon, and see the dawning of the glorious day, when all shall know the Saviour! The standard of Inumannel is already planted before the enemy's ranks; - the banner of redeeming love is unfurled; the sound of the gospel-trumpet “ waxes louder and louder;"-nations are convulsed, and they begin to listen to the universal Sovereign! And shall these en