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that pertain to life and godliness, and bringing us through the very depths of poverty; so that I can now look back with pleasure over the past, and bless the name of the Lord, and look forward in the blessed prospect of sleeping in Jesus; and that finally this vile body will be raised up, and fashioned like the glorious body of my precious Lord Jesus, who hath redeemed me with his precious blood, and will present me, with all the election of grace, faultless, before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy. To the
our Saviour, be glory for ever.
only wise God Amen.
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To the church of the everlasting God, chosen, sanctified, blessed, accepted, redeemed, regenerated, and made meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who are delivered from the power of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of his (God's) dear Son. Col. i. 12, 13.
Beloved of the Lord, all hail! grace, mercy, and peace be with you, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the renewings, power, and love of the eternal Spirit be abundantly experienced by you, in his blessed dwelling in you, so that your hearts may be directed into the love of God, and that you may be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus!
Brethren and sisters, heirs together of the grace of life, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; as I have obtained mercy from the Lord, and have by his good hand upon me been going in and out among you, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, he is Lord of all (Acts x. 36)—I feel a desire thus to address you, and meet and greet you, in his dear name, and also to leave among you, and with all that call upon the name of the Lord Jesus, both their Lord and ours, a brief statement, or feeble testimony of the Lord's gracious dealings, in tender mercy, with me, and to tell you what God hath done for my soul. Ps. lxvi. 16. It hath ever been the privilege of the one church of
the Lord to speak of the glory of his kingdom, and talk of his power; to utter the memory of his great goodness, and to sing of his righteousness (Ps. cxlv. 7, 11); and I desire also, that the Lord our God may be honoured and glorified by this my plain statement, and the church encouraged and benefited thereby. The Lord is witness, that I write not with any view of handing down my name to posterity, for I am but a cypher in the arithmetic of time and things, although I have been for years preaching salvation, full and free, by Jesus Christ (and I do bless the Lord that many have received the testimony from God); yet by this I am not justified, neither is it a source of comfort or consolation for me to rest in or on at any time; for Jesus Christ, his blood and righteousness, are my all in all. What Jesus is, hath wrought, suffered, obtained, and finished, is, and will be, my joy, comfort, and peace in the wilderness, my strength in death, and my portion for ever.
Soon, the hand that writes, and the tongue that hath spoken, will be still and silent in the grave; nevertheless Jesus liveth and reigneth, who keeps all his sheep in safety, and will bring them all to glory everlasting; then the church will enter glory as his train; and crown him Lord of all. Amen, Amen.
To the Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts (Isa vi. 3), the Three that bear record in heaven, Father, Word, and Holy Spirit: and these three are one (1 John v. 7); the Alehim, the Al, the Faithful (Deut. vii. 9), in covenant and eternal relation with his church, the election of grace, the travail of the soul, and the body of Christ.
It is my real desire to ascribe equal and undivided blessing, praise, honour and glory, to the eternal
Trinity in Unity, in undivided essence Jehovah, and in distinct personality a Trinity of Persons, the Alehim, co-equal and co-eternal, in their distinct personal love acts, election by God the Father, redemption and salvation by God the Son, and regeneration by God the Holy Spirit.
Therefore to the eternal Trinity in Unity, and Unity in Trinity, the Holy and unchanging Jehovah, Alehim, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, my Lord and my God, be everlasting praise given. Amen.
Into his dear hands, and to the word of his grace, I commend you all, knowing he is the faithful God, and changes not: he saith of his sheep, they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of his hands (John x. 28): to him be glory, honour, praise, power, and thanksgiving, for ever and ever. Amen.
So writes your brother in him, and willing servitor in the gospel,