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person counted that the organ played, pect; and here he sets before us à during the evening service, thirty-three great amount of valuable and instructimes. Many attend for entertainment; tive matter. The Psalm is pre-emiand others, to vent their sighs and sor. nently Messianic :
The Chapel is on Sunday very full, and has preaching in it nearly every
“ But there is no allusion to Christ as day.'
He was manifested at his first advent, But we must hasten to the closing the babe of Bethlehem, the man of sorscene of this long life. “Mark the per
rows, the bleeding Lamb of God who fect man, and behold the upright, for
taketh away the sin of the world. In this the end of that man is peace.” And in
psalm Christ does not appear as the ProMr. Jones this bright exhortation and phet of whom Moses spake, who alone
reveals unto men the true character and encouragement was literally fulfilled.
the gracious designs of God. Nor as the “ His was the gradual decay of nature. great High-Priest of our profession, the He was taken ill on Friday, the 3rd of Mediator of the new covenant, the only January, 1845, and continued in a quiet, way of acceptable access unto God. Neiand calm state, till the following Tuesday ther does the psalm make any mention morning, when his happy spirit quitted of the glory into which He entered when its earthly tenement; but so silently and His passion on earth was accomplished. imperceptibly, that those who stood at We
e can read nothing of his ascension into his bedside could not for some time heaven, nor of his exaltation, in glorified know whether the spirit was present or humanity, to the right hand of the Magone to its rest: and so calm and peace. jesty on high. On all these important ful, and even natural, did the countenance particulars the profoundest silence is obcontinue, that he appeared more like one served; and Christ is at once introduced in a pleasant sleep than in the cold grasp in His Kingly character, -not, as at preof death. A corpse more lovely could sent,-invisibly reigning in the hearts of hardly be imagined. Thus peacefully and his people, and secretly exercising His happily terminated the long life of a man, headship over all things for the good of who in his sphere and station, had not His elect church. But here, in this promany equals."
phetic psalm, He visibly appears on the Mr. Jones was extensively and fa- earth. Here we find Him openly manivourably known by his published fested as God's King, invested with all works : “ Jonah's Portrait,” “The honour, and enthroned on Zion, the hill Fair Balance,” “ The Prodigal's Pil
of God's holiness. It is because He is grimage,” “The True Christian,'
the King whom Jehovah has anointed, &c., &c.; the repeated editions of
that the kings and rulers of the earth these works attest their worth.
conspire against Him: and for the same We cannot conclude more appro
reason it is promised to Him that He
shall triuniph over all his enemies. And priately than by transcribing the beautiful lines with which Mr. Owen
thus it is obvious that, whilst the psalm
is indeed Messianic in the highest decloses the biographical portion of his gree, the plans and purposes of Jehovah work,
which it reveals, and the conflicts and “'Tis finished ! 'tis done! the spirit is filed, conquests of His incarnate Son which it The prisoner is gone-the christian is describes, all bear reference to Messiah dead ;
exclusively as the King of Zion." The christian is living through Jesus's love,
In His kingly character, our blessed And gladly receiving a kingdom above.” Lord was opposed at His first advent.
It was as the promised king of the Zion's King: the Second Psalm ex- Jews, that Herod sought to slay Him
pounded in the light of History and in His infancy. The assumption of a Prophecy. By the Rev. D. Pitcairn, kingly title was the accusation laid Author of “ Perfect Peace,” c. pust opposition spoken of in the Second
to His charge before Pilate. But the 8vo. pp. 444. J. H. Jackson. Psalm bears marks of being something (Second Notice.]
far more extensive, and more formiThe second and largest portion of dable, than anything which has yet Mr. Pitcairn's very interesting volume occurred. In illustration of this, Mr. regards the Psalm in its prophetic as- Pitcairn refers to prophecies delivered
by Isaiah, Zephaniah, Joel, Zechariah, designs, Zion's King will be set on and Ezekiel, on all of which his obser- Zion's hill, and receive “ the nations vations deserve most serious atten- His inheritance, and the extremities tion; and then, at considerable length, of the earth His possession." And expounds the Apocalyptic visions this leads us to direct our readers to which relate to the same great event; a singularly interesting chapter, in -an event which is still future, for all which Mr. Pitcairn discusses the vathese predictions
rious scriptural meanings of the word “ refer to the second coming of our Lord,
“ Inheritance. From this chapter - to the great day of his appearing, when
we shall make a few illustrative exas Zion's King he shall make his foes his
tracts. footstool, and mount the promised throne
To understand the matter correctly, of his father David. This is the day of it is necessary to bear in mind that which so many prophecies make mention, there subsists a most intimate connecand on which so many wonderful things tion between man and the earth on shalt be accomplished. This is the day which he dwells. It was made for when the things which can be shaken are him; his body was created out of its to give way for the things which shall dust, and it was given to him as his remain; and when the everlasting, king- possession ; a possession which he fordom of our Lord Jesus Christ shall supplant the bestial kingdoms, which, in
feited by sin, and from which he is, succession, have ruled the earth, and
for the time, separated by death :oppressed mankind. This is the day when the redeemed of the Lord shall be ga
“Death seems to disinherit man. We thered into one innumerable multitude
say death seems to cut off man finally and their spirits emancipated from the power
for ever from the earth, which is his naof sin and Satan,-their bodies rescued
tural inheritance, and also from life, from the corruption of the grave, and
which gives him the enjoyment of his clothed with immortality; and when
inheritance. But does it really effect such Christ himself shall be glorified on ac
an eternal separation? Surely the procount of all the exaltation and blessedness
mised destruction of their seducer and in which His redeemed Church shall
murderer, must have inspired the minds appear before the wondering universe,
of our first parents and their posterity seated on His throne, and sharing in the
with the expectation, that the guilt they glories of His millennial reign. But
had contracted might be pardoned, and bright and beaming with bliss as this day
that even were their lives taken away, of the Lord appears to be, and as without
they might be restored again. How else doubt it really will be, we must not forget
would they experience any real benefit that its early dawn is shrouded with fearful
from the Seed of the woman bruising the threatenings to them that know not God,
head of the Serpent? All their thoughts
would be directed to terrestrial blessed and obey not the gospel of his Son. According to the prophetic words of Christ
ness. The garden of Eden, which at first
had been the scene of man's innocent himself, there shall be upon the earth distress of nations with perplexity,—the delights, would force itself on their con
sideration as the example or pattern of sea and the waves roaring ; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking
that renewed intercourse with God, and after those things that are coming on the
that exemption from evil, and care, and earth ; for the powers of heaven shall be
disease, and death, which God's own senshaken,' Luke xxi. 25, 26. Zion's right.
tence against their arch-enemy warranted eous King is to meet with combined and
them to hope for. It was as men, comfierce opposition from the kings of the posed of soul and body, that their enemy earth ere his everlasting throne is set up:
had injured them; and, therefore, if they There will be an unheard. of carnage and
understood and believed what God had bloodshed before the world sees that pro
declared, they must have believed that
their bodily frames would be affected by mised state of peace, and happiness, and concord, when men shall everywhere be
the promised deliverance, as well as the blest in Christ the King of kings, and
vital principle within thein, and that the
earth, with which they were so closely when all peoples shall call him the Blessed.”
connected, and which, for their sakes
alone, had been cursed, would likewise be All these combined forces of evil again blessed, and made the source and being thus defeated in their impious the site of blessing to mankind.”
To Abraham and the Patriarchs, whom also, after that ye believed, ye were God promised the land of Canaan for sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, an everlasting possession, and yet they which is THE EARNEST OF OUR INHER:continued strangers in it all their
TANCE, (the inheritance which is common days. They lived and died without
to all believers in Christ, both Jew and complaining against God for breaking Gentile), until the redemption of the pur
chased possession.' or forgetting His promise. No. Th
“ There is, then, an inheritance which inspired Apostle informs us, “These all is not declared to be either in heaven or died in faith, not having received the pro- in earth. It is not in any place whatever mises, but having seen them afar off, and -but it is in a person. It is in Christ. were persuaded of them, and embraced
This inheritance, of which the apostle them, and confessed that they were speaks, seems to be represented or typistrangers and pilgrims on the earth." fied by that which the priests and Levites And when Abraham was about to offer under the law had in God:-an inheriup Isaac, in whom all God's promises tance which belonged not to the whole to him were bound up, we know from
redeemed family of Israel, but was pecu
liar to those who were called to occupy the same Apostle how he was supported,—"Accounting that God was
the place, and to enjoy the privileges of
the first born.' And is not this the disable to raise him up, even from the tinguished honour conferred by God on dead."
the church which is now being gathered “ This very striking apostolic expla- together into one 'in Christ Jesus?' nation, together with the previous asser. It is said of us who believe in Christ, tion that the patriarchs died in the faith that 'we are come to,' which means that of God's promises being fulfilled to them we are united to, the general assembly at a future period, should satisfy us that and church of the first-born, whose names these ancient worthies were content to be are enrolled in heuven,' Heb. xii. 23; in as strangers in the land of promise, be
which phraseology we find an exact alcause they were animated with the hopes lusion to the process of numbering and of a resurrection-life. Is it not most de recording the names of all the first-born lightful to be led to such a conclusion ?
among the Israelites, and of all the and most gratifying to find some solid priests and Levites, who were chosen by ground for the belief that Adam and Abel, God to officiate in His service, instead of as well as the patriarchs of later ages, the first-born. (See Numb. iii. and viii.) died in the hope that they should live Besides, we who have faith in Christ, are again? They expected their mouldering said to be the first-fruits of God's creadust to be fashioned into a more glo- tures.' • Of His own will begat He us rious body than that which had been with the word of truth, that we should be dissolved,- that soul and body, alike a kind of first-fruits of his creatures,' freed from sin, should be re-united, James i. 18. The first-fruits of the earth —and that, as being men, they should were claimed by God as His portion. It once more, although not perhaps in the was only the best of anything that was same inanner as before, renew their con- allowed to be offered to Him; just as with nection with the earth, and enjoy the in- the first--born, whose acceptance by Him heritance which God had promised to depended on their freedom from every them."
kind of blemish. So in the Apocalyptic But the word “Inheritance " is used vision, when St. John beheld and saw the in other ways. The Israelites are
Lamb standing on the Mount Zion, there spoken of as God's inheritance; and were with him an hundred forty and five the Lord is said to be, in a special thousand, having his Father's name writ. manner, the inheritance of the Le- ten on their foreheads,-proving that God
had marked them, or sealed them for vites. And so it is with reference to
himself: and of them it is written, that, the Christian Church :
'they were redeemed from the earth.' I “ 'The 1st chapter of the Epistle to the believe, that in this place, redemption Ephesians will furnish us with a double means the resurrection of the body from example. At the 11th verse, the apostle the grave, as in Rom. viii. 23. It is adsays for himself and other believing Jews, ded, these are they which were not de' in whom,' 1.4., in Christ, also we HAVE filed with women; for they are virgius. OBTAINED AN INHERITANCE,' &c. And These are they which follow the Lamb then, at the 13th verse, addressing the whithersoever he goeth. These were reGentile believers at Ephesus, he says, 'in deemed from among men, being the first
fruits unto God and the Lamb. In their ward Bickersteth," written by one so mouths was found no guile; for they are competent to the task as his son-inwithout fault before God,' Rev. xiv. 1-5. law the Rev. T. R. Birks, of Kelshall, And it is conceived that all this minute
stands in need of no recommendation description of character and of circum
We rejoice to find that in a stance, as appertaining to a certain por
period of less than eighteen months tion of mankind, becomes very intelligible
from the decease of Mr. Bickerseth, when viewed as antitypical of the Old Testament declaration respecting the
his family have been able to present first-born of the Israelites, and the first- to the public so interesting a work as fruits of their land.
that to which now draw our " These numbered and redeemed and readers' attention. The volumes have faultless multitudes, when seen in vision, appeared, however, so very recently, are certainly in their glorified state. They that, iv this number of our Magazine, are on the Mount Zion; they are with we shall have it in our power to do the Lamb; they are before the throne of
little more than introduce the characGod. THIS IS THEIR INHERITANCE. They ter of Mr. Bickersteth to the reader, are joint-heirs with their glorified Lord.
promising to enter more largely in They not only serve Him day and night,
our next number on the field of inbut being in Him, being one with Hinn,
struction which these two volumes as the wife is one with the husband, they
afford. live with Him and reign with Him for As the Levitical priests were also
The work has its rise from the ininvested with much power in the Jewish junction of the late Mr. Bickersteth polity, so the church of the first-born, the himself, given affectionately and soredeemed from among men, who are ile lemnly in the course of his last illness. first-fruits unto God and the Lamb, are “He sent,” writes Mr. Birks, “ for declared to be 'kings and priesis unto myself and my beloved wife, and said God:' they enjoy the rights of primoge- to us, calmly and deliberately, I niture. They possess both princely and have been so public a character, and priestly digniiy; and, in these respects, God has called me to so prominent a they are raised superior to their many
part, that it will be needful that some brethren, who shall inherit the earth, when it is enriched with the blessings of memoir of me should be written. I redemption."
have great comfort, my children, in And so also Christ is said to have
entrusting it to you.' Then, turning
to his son-in-law, he added, “ You an inheritance in His saints. We
will take care that everything is put would willingly quote some of the
in its right place, not exalting the observations made by our author on
creature, but humbling the sinner, this point, but space forbids. We can
and exalting the Saviour.' merely again express our conviction, another occasion he said, “I wish (and we think what we have now laid
T to make it clear, in my mebefore our readers will convince them
moir, that I have no other ground of that we do not speak without good confidence but in the Lord Jesus cause,) that the volume which we
Christ : Christ first, Christ last, Christ have been noticing is one, in an espe- all in all." cial manner, calculated to do good,
In fulfilling this sacred trust, the by imparting clear and scriptural first volume, which contains Mr. views of a subject of the deepest Bickersteth's early life, and his labours moment.
as Secretary of the Church MissionMEMOIR Of The Rev. EDWARD Bick
ary Society, has been prepared chiefly
by his daughter, whose earliest assoErstety, late Rector of Watton, ciations were among those scenes of Herts. By the Rev.T.R.Birks,M.A., his busy activity, and who had a Rector of Kelshall, Herts. 2 vols. large experience of his parental wis
dom and love for several years before 8vo. pp. 937. Seeleys.
Mr. Birks' own personal intercourse A " Memoir” of the life and with him began. The second volume abounding labours of so devoted a contains the last twenty years of his minister of Christ as "the late Ed life, after his removal to Watton,
when he was occupied with public early life of Mr. Bickersteth, leaving duties of a more various nature, and his ministry and other “labours of took part in many of those great love” for subsequent notice. questions which have engaged the He was born in 1786, at Kirkbythoughts and labours of British Chris- Lonsdale, in Westmoreland, the fourth tians, from 1830 to the present day. son of Henry Bickersteth, Esq., a Mr. Birks' task, as an author, has surgeon in that town, and author of a been limited to this part of the work little book entitled “Medical Hints alone ; a fact of which he makes due for the use of Clergymen.” The mention in his unaffected preface to family consisted of five sons and two the work.
daughters. Of the former was Henry, The salient points of the biography Edward s third brother, who gained may be told in a few words. Ordained the highest academical honours at a minister, like John Newton, without Cambridge, and eventually became having passed through a university, Baron Langdale, and Master of the Mr.Bickersteth's earliest sphere of ser- Rolls. Mr. Bickersteth enjoyed the vice in his Master's cause was, an im- blessing of wise and judicious parents. portant and responsible mission to the His mother appears to have been a west of Africa, where the Church Mis- person uncommon mental strength sionary Society had met with much and energy; and although at this trial and disappointment, and where time both parents were ignorant of a visit of inspection seemed absolutely those deep truths of the Gospel which necessary for the interests of the mis- their own children were afterwards sion. A large measure of success at- the means of bringing before them, tended the prosecution of this charge; yet a mother's admonitions were often the missionary zeal of the devoted referred to by her son Edward in visitor was inflamed by the scenes of after life, as having greatly conheathen degradation which he wit- tributed to his usefulness and hapnessed : and on his return to England piness. As a boy, the subject of our he became secretary to the society notice was rather slow and backward under whose instructions he had acted. than otherwise. He was educated at Whilst connected with the society, he the grammar-school of his native also ministered to the congregation at place, and enjoyed every advantage Wheler chapel. On his appointment which so retired a neighbourhood to the living of Watton, under cir- could afford, At the age of fourteen, cumstances of peculiar interest, by however, his classical education was Mr. Abel Smith, he resigned both the cut short by his removal to London, posts which he had so conscientiously where he was placed as a clerk in the filled with advantage to the Church General Post-Office, along with an and honour to himself. At Watton elder brother. Towards the close of he laboured until his lamented death; the year 1806, he was articled to Mr. and during the period of his incum- Bleasdale, a solicitor in London, and bency there, the following subjects, left the Post-Office after about six among others, occupied much of his years' service. Thus, it was in the thoughts and prayers,—missions, of inidst of the activity of London busicourse; the circulation of the Bible; ness, that the future secretary of a the Evangelical Alliance; and the great religious society gained the Society for Irish Church Missions to practical habits which fitted him to the Roman Catholics; not to speak superintend its various concerns. It of his various and almost innumerable was in fragments of time, rescued by publications. If Mr. Bickersteth's much self-denial from the claims of a works had not been so eminently use- busy life, that Mr. Bickersteth's liteful, we should have been tempted to rary acquirements were chiefly gained.
that he indulged too largely in "I cannot find many clerks,” said bookmaking:
Mr. Bleasdale, on one occasion, “like Having given this bare and rapid Mr. E. Bickersteth ; he does the work summary, we proceed to draw from of three or four.” On another occathe Memoir a few particulars of the sion he remarked, “I never had a