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Nor were the strenuous exertions tenance,* but he laid up nothing, of this good man in the cause of except for the poor, to whom he Christ in vain.
gave liberally of what he had, and Mr. R., “I am myself acquainted with a willing mind. In the furwith, who will, I hope, be his joy nace of affliction he had been refin. and crown of rejoicing in the day ing for some years, and much dross of the Lord Jesus, who hearing him
had been done away.
Because he preach upon the entire ruin of man was precious in the sight of the by the fall, were convinced that Lord, he was tried, like gold, and they were in this state, and upon purified seven times in the fire. the entire recovery of man through He had been so long kept under Jesus Christ were enabled by his the Cross, that it had been the word and Spirit to believe in him means of crucifying the world unto for righteousness, and to live upon him, of subduing his own will and him for grace to walk, as he also his own tempers, of trying his faith, walked.”
and of exercising his patience. In Mr. Jones experienced the truth this school of affliction he was of the declaration “whom the Lord enabled to profit greatly. Therein loveth he chasteneth.” In addition he learnt resignation to the will of to the numberless insults he met God, which made him under his with under which the sweetness of long and great weakness of body his natural temper, great as it kiss the rod and be thankful, and eminently was, would never have which delivered him from impasupported him, had it not been tience, fretfulness, murmuring, and strengthened as well as adorned by those selfish tempers that want to à sublimer influence,* he had to have our will, and not God's, to be undergo great bodily affliction. For done. There he learnt to live by some years previous to his death, faith
Christ in all his offices, he was afflicted with a disorder
as a prophet to teach him wisdom which kept him low and often to lead him to God, as a priest to brought him to death's door : but bring him near to God by his atonunder his long illness he was never ing blood and righteousness, and known to murmur. During these as a king to keep him near to God, years his growth in grace was very ruling in him and over him. This evident to all his spiritual friends. faith was tried, and it grew by “We," says his biographer, “could trials. The more it was exercised see a manifest victory gained over the more did he find of the safety the old man, whose power was and happiness of living by faith weakened in his members which are upon the Son of God. And hereby upon the earth.
He grew also he learnt what the patience of the dead to the world, and experienced saints is. Patience is an act of what the apostle means, when he says,
the world is crucified to me * This maintenance very little exand I unto the world. Its plea- ceeded £100 a year. But it was surprising sures, its riches, its honours, were
(by that frugality which distinguished the
primitive Christians,) how much good he nothing to him. He did not despise did with it. He did not appear to live for them because he could not get them, himself, even in the common means and faith under outward afflictions, rests of my poor soul notwithstandlooking up to God for grace to hold ing.” He had been long dead to out, as long as the afflictions last. the world, and this he knew was Thus did our brother's patience.” the real death to the Christian.
matters of human life. All seemed in him but he parted with them freely when
to be devoted to God and godliness. His he had them in his power. God had compassionate heart could sympathize provided for him a comfortable main- with the sorrows of men, and his gracious
heart was always eager to relieve them." * Middleton's Evangelical Biog. vol. 4. Middleton's Evan. Biog, vol. 4, p. 385,
But this zealous young minister “ It is not,” he said, “dying out of was cut off in the midst of his life the world, but dying in the world, of usefulness. When he was com- and parting with all its toys and pelled to discontinue preaching we trifles, and that not with sickness are not informed; but “his last
To Mrs. Jones he said sickness was altogether sweetened with great faith and conjugal affecwith divine love. His faith, his tion, "Do not be surprised at any resignation, his comforts, failed alteration you may see in me; for him not. A gracious God showed death always makes strange alterhow dear and precious he was to ations. When the Lord is pleased him by removing everything far to give me my dismission, rejoice from him which could render death
over my corpse, and praise God in the least dreadful. He was not for what we have suffered here, even suffered to have one doubt and for what we shall enjoy toconcerning his interest in Christ, gether hereafter.” On another but lived happily throughout his occasion he said, “ An eternal life illness, and died rejoicing. Upon of glory for a life of misery-who his death-bed he was afraid of no- would not change misery for hapthing but impatience, and God out piness? Hasten, hasten, dear of the tenderest love kept him until Lord!” patience had done its perfect work. Towards the latter end he was Although his fever was violent for much in prayer. These were some seven days, yet his soul was still of his expressions:—“The silver and calm. He was not troubled cords of life are breaking, and man with any fear of death; that was goeth to his long home, and the kindly taken away.
He had no mourners go about the streets.-doubt concerning his eternal state. Lord, guide me home in safety, He was made patient to God's and lead me through the shadow of will, bore pain without murmuring, death.—This mortal shall soon and waited the Lord's time for his put
immortality.—Though release. To the last he did not worms destroy this body, yet in forget his flock, but in his sickness my flesh shall I see God, whom I would be often crying out, “Lord, shall see for myself, and mine eyes feed thy sheep! Lord, feed thy shall behold, and not another.sheep!” He told Mr. Romaine I
hence like a shadow that dewho discoursed with him about the clineth, I wither away like grass, state of his soul, that, as a dying
but the Lord is the portion of my man, he had nothing to trust to soul and my strong hope." In one but the righteousness of Jesus of his weakest hours he said, Christ; and that his faith in it had “ Blessed be the Lord for that debeen so strengthened in his illness, gree of faith which he hath given that he had not one doubt or fear." me; though it has operated in so To a servant of Christ who went weak a manner, yet I have many to see him in his illness, and asked blessed and comfortable marks in him how he did, he answered, “I my own soul of his love to me.” am so full of pain, and so ill, that Here,” continues Mr. R., who I can think but little, but I know has shown particular care in recordthat Jesus is carrying on the inten ing the dying words of this servant
of God, “ was faith and much hu- faith held out to the last. He mility. He could find nothing in looked forward with joy, when he himself to put the least trust in as said, “Before this time to-morrow, to his acceptance with God, and it
be, I shall be where all sortherefore his trust was stronger in row shall be done away;' and at Christ. This showed itself in another time he said, I shall have what he said on his death-bed; a sabbath of Trinity before I thought • What an unfelt, what an of it, to worship a triune God," thought-of corruption is here, both which was granted him. He kept in body and soul. He felt more of his Trinity Sunday in heaven, it, and in a greater degree, than he adoring the Three Persons in One had ever thought of before; and Jehovah. One of his last sayings yet this deep sense of his corrup- was, “I am of the Church of the tion did not drive him from Christ, Firstborn, who shall stand but made his faith cleave the closer Mount Zion. One chosen from to him. “My flesh and my heart among my brethren—a sinner faileth,' saith he, but God is the saved, a sinner saved!'' strength of my heart, and my por- Mr. Jones departed this life on tion for ever.' His ground for the 6th of June, 1762, in the 33rd this, he declared, was, a covenant year of his age; and his funeral of mercy-free grace in the Lord sermon, a discourse worthy of the Jesus;' in which, knowing that he occasion, was preached by Mr. had his share, he could say, “Now Romaine. Two brothers, who let thy servant depart in peace, for had received much edification from mine eyes have seen thy salvation: his ministry, erected a decent monNow, Lord, I can lay me down in ument of their own kindness for peace and safely take my rest.' In his
in St. Saviour's church, this happy frame he was praying, where he was buried, with the 'Lord, secure a soul thou hast died
following inscription:to save.' Then, after a pause, he cried, 'He will, he will! I have
To the Memory of the part here, I shall have all soon.'
REV. THOMAS JONES, A. M., Oh, what precious, precious faith Late of Queen's College, Cambridge, was this!
What great love did And Chaplain of this Parish, the Lord manifest to him in thus
WHO DIED JUNE 6Th, 1762,
Aged 33. strengthening his faith on the bed
This Monument is erected by of languishing, and visiting him JOHN AND JOSEPH STREET, GENTS.; with the sight of his salvation.
As a Memorial of the Edification As he said on Friday, 'I have had
they received from his faithful
Labours in the Ministry: a glorious view of the love of
A. D. 1770. Christ to my soul this morning.' This love shed abroad in his heart Of the character of Mr. Jones, brought many sweet words out of meekness, humility, and zeal for his dying mouth, such as `For me
the welfare of others were distinto live is Christ, to die is gain.' guishing features. The epithet He knew that Christ would be his "seraphic," which has been applied gain in death as well as in life, and to him by a modern writer, seems therefore he prayed, Come, Lord peculiarly appropriate. You Jesus, come quickly, and give me could not converse with him," says an easy dismission. Lord, give his most intimate friend, “ without me an easy dismission to a blessed being put in mind of the meekness eternity.' And this triumph of and gentleness of Christ. In his
behaviour, in his conversation, he Church of England, to preach no shewed that he had put on, as one other doctrines among you than of the elect of God, holy and be- those of that Church. And in loved, bowels of mercies, kindness, another place* he says, “ It is their humbleness of mind, long suffering, peculiar advantage, who have the ready to bear with thers, and honour to be despised for Christ, ready to forgive, as Christ had also that the doctrines they teach are freely forgiven him. These ami- not only to be found in Scripture, able tempers of the new man ap- but are plainly taught and strongly peared in all his conduct; and, enforced by the Church of England. particularly when he stood up to And I cannot help remarking that, minister to holy things, one might of all the pieces hitherto published discover throughout great kindness against what some choose to call and tender love to precious souls. the new way of preaching, not one He was humble indeed. The wit- of them takes notice of the proofs nesses are as many as knew him; we bring in support of it from the and when there could be no view articles, homilies, and liturgy of in deceiving any body, when he
our own Church.
A confession, was waiting for his dissolution, he surely, this, that the authors of demonstrated how greatly the those pieces cannot invalidate the Lord had humbled him. But how
arguments that are brought from much he was emptied of self, and her authority.” And in his Expoenabled to live in a humble depend- sition of the Catechism t having
the and strength given several reasons in defence of of Christ, will best appear from his the doctrine of Justification by life, in which, through faith, many Faith, he thus proceeds: “These precious fruits are produced. As
are my reasons, and I could give to honour, he wanted not that
you as many more, if you had time from men; he was led to choose a to hear them: for I can safely better: he has it now.” Of his appeal to the sacred Scriptures, to zeal for the salvation of souls his all the primitive fathers, to all the whole ministry was a continued foreign Protestant Churches, to instance. Mr. Jones,” observes our own pious reformers, to our Lady Huntingdon,* "lived happily own Church in her articles, homiand died rejoicing. He was long lies, and liturgy, as also to the the subject of affliction, and often writings of her ablest divines in her at death's door. But he was re- better days. This, namely, Justifined in the furnace of affliction, fication by Christ alone, without and his growth in grace and know- merits or deservings, this is the ledge of the Saviour great and doctrine which the Papists always remarkable.”
oppose, and in defence of which, Of his attachment and adherence Cranmer, Latimer, Ridley, Hooper, to the cloctrines of the Church of Taylor, and a whole army of marEngland there is full evidence in tyrs, nobly bled. This is the dochis writings; and his Exposition of trine our forefathers hazarded their the Catechism is a proof that he lives in defence of, that they might valued her formularies. “I have transmit it to us in its primitive thought it my duty,” he says in purity. How would the venerable one place, t as a minister of the
Bishop Hall, or the learned An* Life and Times, Vol. i. p. 325.
drews, (who lies entombed in this + Works, p. 213.
* P. 282.
+ P. 87. JUNE-1845.
place,*) how would either of them is the present return of spring to stand amazed to hear those doc- us all! In winter we saw creation trines they so bravely defended, deprived of all its ornaments, the exploded and ridiculed as wild en- trees and plants were stripped of thusiasm? But God is faithful, their verdure, and the fertilizing who has promised to his Church, sap retired to their respective roots. that 'the gates of hell shall not The fruit of the vines and fig-tree prevail against it.'
failed, and the field did yield no After his decease, his single ser- meat; every thing had retired to mons were, at the request of many silent slumbers, and lay buried in of his friends, collected and pub- the grave of the earth. lished in a volume by Mr. Ro- blessed be God who remembers us, maine, who prefixed a short account how much soever we forget him, of his life. Their style is simple now the scene is changed; all and earnest, making the reader nature is revived, and wears a smithink of himself rather than of the ling aspect. The cold, dark winpreacher. He had such a variety ter is past, the nipping frosts are of business of a private as well as ceased, the rain is over and gone, public nature on his hands, that he the stormy winds and deluge of had no time, he himself tells us, to waters are stopped, and the earth embellish his discourses, which he now receives such gentle drops (at seldom began to compose till Sat- proper times) as enables it to send urday in the afternoon, and often forth its fruits in its season. The not till late in the evening. As his flowers appear on the earth, and works are probably not in the perfume the air with their fragrant hands of many of my readers, I sweets. The time of the singing will give an extract from the sermon of birds is come, and they delight called “ The Beauties of Spring,” the ear with their melodious notes; which has greater pretensions to having, at last, found a place for elegance than any other of his the soles of their feet upon the writings:
slender twigs, they tune their little
throats, and upbraid their admiring Our blessed Redeemer, in or- hearers while they warble forth der to give us the highest idea of their gratitude in hymns of praises the flourishing state of his king- to their God. The voice of the dom, paints it to our view under turtle is heard in our land, which, the pleasing image of the season having been benumbed by the of spring. What the sun does at winter's cold, is now revived, and, this time in nature, Jesus Christ, by its constancy to its mate, reads the true Light of Life, continues to the lawless libertine a lecture upon
By taking a short chaste affection. The fig-tree survey of the delights of spring, putteth forth her green figs in the you may be able to form a faint
more southern climes, and yields a idea of those delights attending a delicious repast
to the weary spring-time in the soul. May the traveller. And the vines with the Spirit of God give you all to expe- tender grape, in places near the rience it for yourselves! But to sun, give a good smell, and dispense observe the parallel.
their pleasing odours to all around “How delightful, my brethren, them. The fig-tree and the vines,
where Solomon reigned, were re* St. Saviour's, Southwark; in the
markable for their fragrancy and Ladye Chapel of which is the tomb of that excellent prelate.
deliciousness. And in those souls
do in grace.