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« October 14, 1765. “ As my brother goes through London, I cannot omit writing you a few lines by him, and sending you some tracts, which I trust may be of use to you in your present resolution of seeking our blessed Jesus, and of being no more conformed to this vain world. Although I am most deeply affected by your illness, I cannot but rejoice in the happy change produced on
O my dear friend, what abundant cause of thankfulness and rejoicing have you, that God has thus brought you to himself--that he has shown you the nothingness of every creature comfort, and enabled you to seek happiness where alone it is to be found, before you are called home, to be no more in the world. The power of the Redeemer's grace now makes
look upon the salvation of your soul as the one thing needful; and instead of attempting to feed your mind with the emptiness of worldly amusements, enables you to see his power and his glory in the sanctuary, and to look forward towards eternity with a hope full of a glorious immortality.
This change has been wrought by the finger of God, and even in its lowest degree is to be thankfully acknowledged and remembered in every dejection of mind which, through the force of your distemper, may surprise you. I trust you will always be enabled to recollect and to say with comfort, · Remember, O Lord, thy gracious word unto thy servant, wherein thou hast caused him to hope.' May your soul, my dear friend, rejoice more and more in an experimental sense of communion with the blessed Jesus, and in the sensible manifestations of his love and favour! O how far preferable is this to the vain, false, momentary, unsatisfactory toys on which the children of this world fix their deluded hearts. The worldling, it is true, sees no excellency, no form nor comeliness in the Lord Jesus wherefore he should be desired, as if there was no more in the knowledge of Christ the Saviour than in the knowledge of the world, its vanities and pursuits. Glory, glory be to rich grace, that has taken the dark scales from off our eyes, and enables us to call Christ our Beloved and our Friend, the choice, the rest, the life, and the joy of our sculs, our all in all, in whom we both wish to live and die. In him all fulness dwells, and he has it for the express purpose of dispensing it liberally. This is the fulness of a fountain ever flowing, yet ever full; and, therefore, none ever applied to it in good earnest and was disappointed. O may we never dishonour the profession we make by any sinful worldly compliances, which may at once destroy both our communion with God and our peace of conscience. The fears you mention, of returning to a life of vanity, if it please God to continue you much longer in the world, are an evidence of your progress in the divine life, and that you have been effectually brought out of the captivity of Satan, into the glorious liberty of the children of God. How much do I feel myself attatched to you, to whom I perceive the Lord is manifesting himself, and whom I trust he is sealing unto the day of final redemption ! So long as you keep the importance of salvation in view, looking at Christ as your only satisfying good, your only enriching treasure, and relying on him for strength, you will no doubt be kept from falling ; you have God's promise on your side, which cannot fail : - When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Israel, thy Saviour.'— Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.' I am glad that you examine strictly into your own heart. May the Lord enable us to approve ourselves to him, and to strive most vigorously against all unhallowed inclinations, those sources of actual transgression wherewith we more or less offend God continually, both in heart and life! To the care and protection of God I now heartily commend you. May his blessing follow you, and if it is his good pleasure, may you be restored to health ; at all events, may you be conducted safe to the desired haven of eternal rest and bliss ! So prays your sincere friend."
The doctrines of forgiveness by the sacrifice of Christ, of justification by
his righteousness, and of regeneration by the Spirit, were at this time revived and preached in England-They occupy the attention of Lady Glenorchy-Miss Hill writes her opinion of them-Amidst the follies of London and Bath, Lady Glenorchy determines to resist them— And, in a letter, Miss Hill expresses her satisfaction at the determination.
FROM the time of the Reformation to that of the Restoration, the scripture doctrines of the free forgiveness of sins by the sacrifice of Christ, of justification by his righteousness, and of regeneration by the operations of the Holy Ghost, were very generally taught throughout all England. After the Restoration, however, they became too generally neglected and forgotten. So much indeed was this the case, that when they were preached by the regular clergy, Hervey, Romaine, and a few others, from their pulpits, and by the irregular clergy, Whitfield and Wesley, and their followers, in the streets and fields, there was a general commotion excited throughout the whole land, as if some new, and strange, and pernicious tenets had been introduced. About this time these topics became very frequently not only the subjects of controversy from the pulpit and the press, but the subjects also of conversation among professing Christians, and were condemned or applauded by them, according to the different views which had been formed of their nature and importance. Among others, Lady Glenorchy had her attention turned to them, and, as might naturally have been expected, was anxious to have the opinion of her friend Miss Hill upon them. This Miss Hill gave, in her usual frank and kind manner, as follows :
“ November 16, 1765. “My heart and thoughts, my very dear friend, have been much with you during your journey ; and were it not for the reflection that you have a merciful God, whose watchful eye is ever over you, to keep you from all evil, my uneasiness on your account would have been abundantly heightened, as in your last letter you mention being afflicted with great doubts and ter
This is far from being an uncommon complaint; and I believe there are few truly brought out of the captivity of sin and Satan, who have not at times experienced the same or similar distress. When this great adversary sees his kingdom likely to be overthrown in the heart of any one, he never fails, either by force or fraud, to attempt to regain it. But the Lord Jesus Christ, the great Captain of their salvation, ever has, and ever shall most undoubtedly enable them to come off more than conquerors. With respect to the doctrine of the new birth, on which you ask my opinion, it is plainly taught by our Lord in his discourse to Nicodemus, when he says, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.' The sinner, in his natural state, has unquestionably in God, life, motion, and animal being ; but he is not conscious of his presence, and is an entire stranger to those influences of the Holy Spirit which nourish the divine life in the new creature. The things of God which are so continually present to the souls of the children of God, make no impression on his mind. God speaketh to him by his word and his