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foolish virgin, nor the arrogance of them that talk of liberty while they are the fervants of corruption, are hid from him-though he is fast bound in affliction and iron. He is a strange creature both to himself and others. He speaks a language that few understand; and it is a language that he cannot explain. He is always in action, and acts a part that aftonishes himself. He fucks his sweets from bitterness (Prov. xxvii. 7), and cleaves to the rod that beats him. By affliction he lives, and in the shadow of death he finds the most life. He gets health in his fickness, and healing in his wounds; fatisfaction in forrow; life in death; faith in severity; hope in heaviness; and expectation in felf-despair. His burden is more than he can bear, yet he dreads the thought of losing it. He is completely miserable, yet he hates ease. And, though his life hangs in doubt, he trembles at the thoughts of security. And that which he is most afraid of, is that which he seeks most after. None work so hard as he, and none so great an enemy to works. To secure himself is all his concern, and yet
he hates himself more than he hates the devil. Beloved, farewell; be of good comfort, follow peace, and the God of truth and peace shall be with thee. I add no more at this time, but my poor petitions, and subscribe myself
Yours in him,
To the Rev. J. JENKINS, at the New Vicarage,
near the Deanery, Lewes, Sussex.
To bis Excellency the Welsh Ambassador his friend sendeth greeting.
AMBASSADORS personate their sovereigns, and are as their mouth in foreign courts; and are, or should be, respected according to their wisdom and faithfulness, and according to the greatness, dignity, and formidability of their royal masters. But, O, my beloved, what an honour is it to be an ambassador of the King of kings! called and commiffioned, owned and honoured, by him; and to be in a pardoned and justified state; in union, in fellowship, and in peace with him: and therefore ambarfadors of peace, bearers of good tidings, publishers of salvation, and that say unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Such are the chariots of the Lord of hosts, in which he rides, and by which he bears his name among the Gentiles; out of which he shines, and from whom he fends out his line into all the earth, and his words to the end of the world. Infinite condescension is this. And when we consider what we were; how mean! how low! how poor!
how despicable !--But he hath chosen the poor, che weak, the foolish, and the base, that he may stain the pride of human glory, and bring into contempt the honourable of the earth. Now he which eftablisbeth us in Christ, and bath anointed us, is God: who hath also fealed us, and given us the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Cor. i. 21, 22. Upon this delightful subject I shall yet proceed.
11. The Holy Spirit is to aid and assist the true worshippers of God in every branch of religious worship; and the saints must serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. God requires worship suitable to his nature-God is a spirit, and they that worsvip bim must worship him in spirit and in truth; for God seeketh such to worship bim. Wor, ship in the spirit is opposed to all carnal worship with a dead form, in which the body only is engaged; and therefore called bodily exercise, which profitech little. Worshipping God in truth is opposed to all false, deceitful, and hypocritical worship, when the heart and soul are altogether disengaged — They draw near to me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but their heart is far from me ; therefore in vain they worship me. In order to this true worship we must be purged and purified, juscified and fanctified, and influenced with the Holy Spirit of God. God requires a pure offering, and an offering in righteousness, or offerings offered up by persons in a justified state.-- And he shall fit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he fall purify the
jons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerufalem be pleafant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. Mal. jii. 3, 4. The days of old, and the ancient times spoken of, are the days of Abel, Seth, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Melchizedek, Isaac, and Jacob, &c. of whom, and of whose worship, we have no fault ;. but they obtained a good report through failb. Now God promises that, under the gospel, the same acceptable worship shall be performed; and therefore he promises to influence and guide us in every branch of it-For I the Lord love judgment, I bate robbery for burnt offering; and I will dire&t their work in truth, and I will make an everlafting covenant with them. Isaiah lxi. 8. And the Lord directs us in all our works by his Holy Spirit, and especially in prayer-Likewise the Spirit also belperb our infirmities ; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh interceshon for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And be that searcherh the heart knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercesion for the faints according to the will of God. Rom. viii. 26, 27. The apostle here tells us that we know not what we should pray for as we ought, unless the Spirit help us. And there are prayers that have been put up by good men that have not been answered Elijab requested
for himself that he might die, and said, It is enough: nou, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers. 1 Kings xix. 4. Zebedee's wife's request for her cwo sons, to fit, one at the right hand of Christ, and the other at the left, meets with no better answer than this-re know not what ye ask. Matt. xx. 22. Which shews us the need of a Spirit of grace and supplication. The Holy Spirit enlightens us to see our wants, and quickens us to feel them, and creates a hunger and a thirst after the provision of God's house; and then leads our minds into the word, and shews us what is held forth, promised, and freely given to us--Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 1 Cor. ii. 12. The Holy Spirit, which searches the deep things of God, knows what is in reserve for us, and the time appointed for us to receive that which God hath laid up for us; and he sets us to praying for them when that time arrives. Thus, when the time of Israel's deliverance from Egyptian bondage drew near, the fpirit of supplication was poured out, and the cries of the children of Israel went up. And God beard their groanings; and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Ijaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God bad respect unto them. Exod. ii. 24, 25. So, in Daniel, just as the time was approaching for them to return to their own land, Daniel understands, by the prophecies of Jeremiah, that God would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem; then Daniel sets his