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The Rev. W. HUNTINGTON.
Cranbrook, July 27, 1805,
BELOVED IN THE LORD,
Grace and peace be with thee through our Lord Jesus Christ. I am now at my native place, where I see not one face that I knew in the days of my youth; but the Doctor is still alive, and alive for evermore; “ Because I live, ye shall live also.” Blessed, yea blessed for evermore be the faithful Immanuel. The refuse, the once offscouring of Cranbrook, is now in this town the highest officer there-an ambassador of peace, and a son of peace. “Not unto us, not unto us; but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy and for thy truth's sake." I have had good times, but bad weather; and, according to custom, the fowls have followed the seedsman to pick up all that
feil by the way side. But neither the malice of hypocrites, nor all their opposition; no heresy nor hypocrisy; no leaven of malice or wickedness; shall ever work effectually, except in them that perish: a full persuasion of this keeps no small part of the burden of government off from my mind; for faith knows that it rests unmolested, undisturbed, and proceeds in an unerring course, on the shoulders of the child born, and the son given. And is it not a wonder of wonders, that every Benjamite, every one beloved of the Lord, finds rest and support in the same place: wedwell between his shoulders.
The poor and needy closely pursue me in these parts; wait upon me all the day long; and would keep me up all night too; but I behave among them according to custom-take French leave, slip off, and leave them to vait my return in vain. Tell poor brother B. the rector, that I hope to be at home on Monday night, though it
may be late, and will, if God permit, relieve him; that is, I intend to mount guard myself on Tuesday evening at Monk well street, before I set off for York. This I suppose will cheer him ; for I doubt not but he is sick of dwelling where Satan's seat is. My love to him, dame, and all friends.
Feb. 14, 1799.
My dearly beloved Brother and Sister in Christ
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the great and only Mediator, my Lord and yours. Being poorly in body, through a violent cold and cough, which, like an affectionate wife, sticks close to me; having been kept at home this week, for fear of being dumb, by forcing myself to speak too much; and remembering the last time brother B. spake to me he complained of being deserted by the sinner's only friend; I thought it might be neither unseasonable nor unwelcome, were I to drop him a line.
The church of God, my dear brother, is Mahanaim--a company of two armies. There is a law in the members that calls for obedience to every evil desire of the flesh, in order to gratify that desire; there is also a law in the mind, which is faith that worketh by love, that calls for evangelical obedience to the word. These two laws war against each other, Satan stirs up and heads the former; Christ reyives and heads the latter; and both these are separately and distinctly felt at certain seasons. It
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how welcome the least encouragement, and how delightfully is the soul melted into gratitude when once more favoured with nearness of access to him?
This, my dear brother, is going in and out, and finding pasture. The former conflict gives us an appetite, the latter indulgence is a sweet repast. This is the way that I have ever gone,
, and this is the way that I go now. Thus the Father, who is called the husbandman, purges every branch that is in the living vine; and this is done that it may bring forth more fruit: and every time the branch is purged the union with Christ is discovered again, and godly sorrow and humbling grace are received from his fulness, which alone makes us fruitful. Purging is to try us, to discover sin, to empty us of self, and to humble us; and renewings of love, revivals of the work wrought, and of the hope given, always cause a flourishing again. Be of good cheer, nothing above or below shall ever separate us from him. God bless you both; you are in my heart to live and die with you.
Your affectionate pastor, brother, and friend, in tribulation,
W, HUNTINGTON, S. S.