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The Conference of the Pastors' College | Lecture Hall, by Mr. Rogers, of Clapham, has been unavoidably postponed for a week, and Dr. Edmunds, of Highbury, very and commences on Monday, March 31. much to the benefit of those who heard Brethren pray for us.
them. Our beloved brother's new Chapel at A collection was made at the TaberCroydon has been opened with joyful nacle, March 16, towards the fund for services.
building a new chapel for the church and The first sermons at Victoria. Chapel, | congregation meeting at Surrey Chapel, Wandsworth Road, will be preached on under the care of Mr. Newman Hall. Lord's-day, April 6, by Pastoirs F. Tucker Veneration for the memory of Rowland and J. A. Spurgeon; on April 7, in the Hill, as well as brotherly fellowship with evening, by Dr. Landels. On Lord's-day, | a very useful neighbouring church sugApril 13, Pastor Mayers of Battersea, gested this step. We had great pleasure and Mr. Henderson, the future Pastor, in sending one hundred guincas to Mr. will preach; and on April 16, in the after Hall. noon, at Three o'clock, C. H. Spurgeon. Thanks are due to a friend who has sent A public meeting will be held in the us a supply of Draper's lichröic ink; it evening of the 13th.
is, in our judgment, the very best for rapid The Secretary of the Baptist Union re- writing. Mr. Mudie's Select inks are also quests us to announce a Soirée, at the very excellent. Cannon Street Hotel, in the evening of Good news have reached us from Mr. April 28. Messrs. Landels, Pattison, and Stokes, of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Tymms are to deliver addresses. Tickets, who is abundantly pros, ering. We salute including tea and coffee, 2s. each, to be him in the name of all the brethren. procured at the Mission House.
The church at Sitting bournu is enjoyThe fourth number of the“ Interpreter" ing a gracious revival. May it long has been issued. Friends who have not continue. yet begun to take it, can procure the Baptisms at Metropolitan Tabernacle former numbers.
by Mr. J. A. Spurgeon :-February 24th, Lectures on behalf of Nonconformity two; February 27th, six: and by Mr. have been delivered in the Tabernacle I V. J. Charlesworth :-- February 24th, tive.
Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle.
Statement of Receipts from February 20th to March 19th, 1873.
£ s. d. A. E. I. ... ... ...
... S. B. ...
0 5 0
Mrs. Evans Christie
1 0 0 John XVII., 20 and 21
0 0 Mr. C. Thompson Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Marsh
0 0 Mrs. Bickmore and Friends Amy ... . .
2 6 Mr. Perkins' Bible Class ... Mrs. Adams
P. O. Q. .... Collecôed by Miss A. Woodman***
Coilection at“ Red IIill, per Pastor W. H.O.
0 0 Usher Vrs, Macpherson
0 19 9 Collection at Pain's Hill, per Pastor F. Mrs. Harris ... 10 0 Cockerton ...
0 15 0 Deptford Friend
0 0 Collection at Wandsworth, per Pastor G. Mrs. Snell 0 0 H. Marchant .
4 100 Mr. Morgan
0 0 Collection at Ulverstone, per Pa stor One-tenth
2 0 Lardner ... Mr. J. Dodson
0 0 Collection at Chelsca, per Pastur F. Ü. H. M.
4 0 0 Rom. VI., 7 and 8
Friends at Blair Atho!, per Pa-tor A. Vr. E. Johnson
Macdougal Mr. J. Mac Dougal
Rastor T. Tansley J. H. ...
50 Weekly Offerings at Met. Tab., Feb. 23 31 8 5 Friends at Wotton-Under-Edge and
» Mar 228 0 9 Kingswood, per Mrs. Griffiths 3 8 2
32 2 3 Mr. J. Griffiths ... ... ...
11 11 10 ...
» » 16 20 1 1 G. M. R.
0 10 0 A Friend at Limbury, per Mr. J. Nen
£285 09 0 100 Mr. and Mrs. Goddard . . . 2 0
Sunday School, Halbenthic
£ s. d. 1
£ s. d. Mr. T. Paterson
0 5 0 0 3 6 One-tenth ...
015 0 1 0 Boxes at Tabernacle Gates ... ... 1 13 4 January Orders
0 3 5 Per Rev. J. B. Warren :Two Readers of “Th
Miss Tonkiss ..
0125 Trowel," Forres
016 1 A Friend
0 0 0 Mrs. Adams
... 0 10 10 Mr. C. Foster Anonymous, per Rev. J. Aldis ... ...
5 0 0 Miss It. Fells
Mr. and Mrs. Dean... Matt. XXV., 40
A Humble Servant
0 26 Children of Trini
Friends at Wotton-Under-Edge Trinity Street ...
Kingswood, per Mrs. Griffiths
12 18 7 Mrs. Macpherson ...
Mr. J. Griffiths A Marriage Offering, D. and H. A. ...
Mr. A. Miles
0 5 0 Mrs. Harris
G. M. R. ..
0 JU Mrs. J. McCammond 05 0 Mrs. Harper
1 0 0 Deptford Friend
A Friend at Limbury, per Mrs. Snell...
Mr. and Mrs. Goddard Mr. E. Morgan
oģ @ Mr. W. Ranford
10 Firstfruits.. A Friend .
Master C. W. Jackson ...
070 A Sermon Reader
Mr. W. Hall Mr. A. Debenham
Mrs. W. Ranford ...
110 M. A. M. ...
Lambeth, South London, and Clapham Rom. VI. 7 and 8
Auxiliaries Sunday School Union ... 18 19 0 A Working Man and his Wife
40 00 Two Orphans
0 5 0 | A. A Loaf of Bread fro Two Friends... ... 0 12 6
£12.11 Mr. D. Keely
... .. 0 5 0 Mrs. H. Dale
... 0 3 0 List of Presents for the Orphanage.- PROVISIONS :-Sack of Flour, Mr. Nye; 6 Bags of Vegetables, “Challon;" a Sheep, per Mr. Kidner.
CLOTHING, ETC, :- Shirts, Redditch Baptist Church, per Miss Simms; Wool Cover for Sofa Cushion, per Miss Bonsor; a large Bath, Mr. Vickery.
Donations, etc., per år. Charlesworth :-Miss Biliter, £1; Master Dalby, 58: Sale of Antimacassar, 38 6d ; ditto, Remnant, 6s; ditto, Old Clothing, £1 108 ;-£1 193 60: Balance from Sale of Bones, etc £3.-Total, $6 4s 6d.
Parcels received for the Orphanage from :-The Misses Croggon, Mrs. Cardwell, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Gummoe, Mrs. Read, Miss Read, Miss Geldart, Mrs. Gaved, Mrs. Stocker, Mrs. T. Stocker, Mrs. Moreland, Mrs. Andrew, Florrie, Bessie, and R. S.
Received for College Buildings:-Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths, £2; Church at Middleton Cheney, per Rev. J. Dodwell, £l 15s.
Received for Mr. Pegg's Chapel at San Domingo :-Mr. Cockrell, £2; Mr. Green, £2; S. P., £1 ls; Mrs. Lewis, 10s; Collection after Prayer-meeting at Tabernacle, £13 9s 9d; Mr. Westrop, 2s 6d; Alr. May, £10; Mr. c. Davies, £1; Mr.' Dougharty, 10s 60; A Friend, 78; Mr. Dowsett, £1; Jr. E. Edgley, £1 ls: A Working Man, Dumfries, £1; His Friend, £1: Mr. W. Romford, £1: Mr, stiff, L10; Mr. T. Gregory, £1; Mr. Fisher, £5; Mr. Kinnear, £1 10s; Mrs. Skates, 5s; F., 3s; Mr. J. Campbell, £1 ; Friends, per Mrs. Woolford, 78 9d; Mr. W. Bírt, £10; Mr. and Mrs. Goddard, £2; Mr. Roinang, Junior, 2s.
The Watch and Jewelery acknowledged last month was intended for the Orphanage, and should have appeared as “ A Thankoffering for mercies received."
SWORD AND THE TROWEL.
MAY, 18 7 3.
The Manifestatiou of the Spirit of Scripture
in Public Discourses.
BY PROFESSOR DAVID GRACEY.
public discourses. We have observed it sometimes in all
refer to is the absence of the spirit of Scripture. I do not speak of that blessed Spirit who gave the word, nor only of that temper, and manner, and tone in which the word is given. I have in view that remarkable adaptation of external form to inner meaning, that singular sympathy between the thoughts and the expression, that wondrous unity which underlies all the diverse parts of the word of God, and which holds the scattered truths together, as if by a living link. This rare mingling of qualities has too much of the exuberance of life to be termed a mere artistic mannerism ; and yet it has so much of manner, so distinct and so inseparable, that it cleaves to that life in its most diverse manifestations. We can never escape feeling this combination of influences when it is present. We can never succeed in expressing it fully when we feel it. But for the word spirit it would be to us for the most part unutterable.
In using the word spirit in this sense, we are not without the authority of common examples. We speak of the spirit of a man when We would set forth the bent of his character. We speak of the spirit of
a book when we would describe the tendency of its teaching. And he who would undertake to give a description of a man or of a book without telling us of the spirit of the one or other would leave us wholly in the dark as to the secret of the value and character of both. And yet this is exactly the condition in which the hearer is often left, after patiently listening to a discourse of three quarters of an hour on some scriptural theme. In the discourse he feels pothing of that spirit which he knows he should find in Scripture itself. We often call such a deficiency the absence of power, of profitable instruction, of gracious influence, of unction, of the Evangelical element, yea, even of Christ himself. But we may often more correctly resolve it into the partial or utter absence, or concealment, of the spirit of Scripture. Where this is present, and in its appropriate place, those high excellencies follow in its train. The reason is plain and simple. The man who would breathe this spirit throughout a discourse must himself have inhaled it first. And to inhale the spirit of Scripture in any particular passage he must have discovered the secret of the meaning of that passage, he must have traced the special application of its truth, he must have noted the circumstances under which it was uttered, the times, the characters to whom addressed; he must have laid bare his own heart, 80 that the force of the truth might strike home to his own conscience; he must have strained memory and imagination in gathering together its minute threads and colours ; and he must have exercised his judgment in selecting, arranging, blending, and weaving them into the texture of his discourse after the example and pattern of heavenly things. And after all this, little has been done, nothing has been car. ried to perfection, in touching the whole with a divine purpose, in clothing the whole with an invincible might, in infusing into it the savour and fragrance which are everywhere present throughout the word of God, unless the light of the spirit of love has shone upon his mind, and a gale from the mountains of frankincense” has blown upon his heart.
*This, then, is sufficient to show that what I venture to call the spirit of Scripture ought not only to be a constituent part, but a primary and essential element in all discourses to believers and to unconverted men. And the deep necessity there is for this spirit, and the direct tendency it has to foster a healthy and enlightened piety, as well as the withering and blighting which true godliness suffers in its absence, are my apology for asking your attention for a little to the subject.
And, to follow the old-fashioned plan of divisions, I shall speak, first, briefly, of some of the things contained in the manifestation of the spirit of Scripture; and, secondly, more briefly, of some of the advantages. flowing from it.
With regard to the first point, I remark that there is contained in the manifestation of the spirit of Scripture
1. An exhibition of the truths of Scripture.
In laying down this proposition we may be accused of turning over soil often tilled before, of harping upon a string of which men's ears are already weary. It may be so; but our conviction is that this piece of ground is not yet exhausted, that this string has not yet given out its last note of music. There is abroad but too wide-spread &
conviction—if such things as convictions still survive-that any sort of thought, and any kind of knowledge, has intrinsically within itself some moral, some heavenly influence. In this notion you find the Roman Catholic dogmatist and the advanced Rationalist-the two opposite extremes of thought-virtually agreeing. The Romish Bishop will not allow the secular schoolmaster to advance more than a step or two in the multiplication table, lest he trench upon the domain of morality. And the Rationalist deems it the most religious exercise he can conceive of to discourse to his fellow-men on the results of that same multiplication table as applied to stars, and seas, and geologic strata. It may be a very great triumph in mathematics to calculate the relative magnitudes of the star Alcyone in the Pleiades, and of Aldebaran in the eye of Taurus; but that doing so should necessarily make a man fitter for heaven exceeds our credulity quite as much as the notion that the knowledge that two and two make four should make a man “wise unto salvation.” In contrast with this, our belief is that every truth has its own peculiar influence, that the truths of Scripture alone contain, and alone can contain, the spirit of Scripture. The truths of Scripture are the particles of the great mass which the spirit moves, the members of the great body which it animates and controls. Break a limb, the spirit is impeded ; kill the body, the spirit is filed. Introduce other truths which are not those of Scripture, and in vain you seek to breathe into them, and through them to the people, the inspiring breath which blows in the word of God. There is no affinity, there can be no cooperation. This doctrine does not deny the existence of other truths, it does not set at nought their value, it does not ignore their influence; it simply refuses to admit that other truths, no matter what they may be, can have the same moral significance to the soul of man that the truths of Scripture have. We gladly acknowledge that other truths may have their assigned place in a code of ethics, their mystic symbolism in a system of metaphysics, their well-known value in the higher and bolder theories of science, or among the social, economical, and political questions of the day: but when they are brought into the pulpit, and the preacher seeks to raise them there to the dignity of a new or another Evangel, his failure is complete and disastrous. No tongue, no pen need record it. It is already written in ominous and unmistakeable characters in the hearts and lives of the people! He may have given pleasure, he may have merited applause, he may have thereby won for himself the eulogy of Sir Philip Sydney, who was described as “ The secretary of eloquence, the breath of the muses, the honey-bee of the daintyest flowers of witi and arte, the pith of morale and intellectual virtues.” And yet all this would have enkindled no more heavenly fire in the souls of his hearers than the majestic tones of an organ in some ancient minster, reverberating among the graves and memorials of the dead. In the pulpit it is not the truths of the zeitgeist, nor the time Spirit itself, that is required to turn heavenward the hearts of men, but the truths of the Spirit of Eternity, and the Eternal Spirit himself, whose quickening and sanctifying influences are equally potent and equally necessary in every age. And he who holds the truths in which this benign spirit dwells is possessed of a lyre more mighty than that of Orpheus in taming savage men. He has a harp