The Morning of Spiritual Youth Improved in the prospect of Old Age and its Infirmities
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IN THE PROSPECT OF
Old Age and its Infirmities;
On the Twelfth Chapter ofEcclesiastes.
In a Series of Letters.
By J. CHURCH, V. D. M.
“Rejoice, O young Man, in thyYouth.”—Solomon.
“The prudent Man foreseeth the Evil, and hidethhimself.”
“—and add to your FaithVirtue.”—Peter.
PRINTED BY R. THOMAS, RED LION STREET,BOROUGH.
I need make no apology far publishing the followingLetters, as the Subject was first delivered in severalDiscourses, and is now by the particular desire of manyfriends, published to the Church in the form of familiarLetters—appearing in the homely dress of plain speech,they will, doubtless, meet the censure of thecarnal critic, but my mind is fully made up on thatpoint—that which is highly esteemed amongst such men,is abominable in the sight of God.
Being favored with much of the presence of God in preachingthe Sermons, and since then in writing some of theseLetters, I trust every wise, spiritual, andhumble Christian, into whose hands this Work may fall,will be edified, reproved, comforted, andbuilt up on their most holy Faith.—
So prays thy wittingServant
in Christ Jesus,
Having waded through many deepwaters of late, and, I hope, learned many interesting lessons inthe School of the Cross, I cannot forbear dropping you a fewthoughts on the great things of God. It is my mercy andyours, that our salvation is the joint work of the adorableTrinity in Unity, originating in eternal love, planned ininfinite wisdom, and executed by almighty power. Thissalvation I have been led to prise, of late, more than ever Idid; and to bless a covenant God that I ever heard its joyfulsound; that I was ever convinced of my need of its blessings;that I ever was enabled to receive it as my own: which glorioussalvation consists in the pardon of sin—the acceptation ofthe Saviour’s obedience—the clear witness ofGod’s Spirit—and the happy heart-felt communion withGod. This is the salvation of the
But, perhaps, my dear friend, while reading this, isparticularly tried in the way; for as vinegar uponnitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavyheart. Well, then, I must pay you a visit
Permit me, my brother, just to intimate, that there is nothingsingular in your trials; it appears to be the very path theRedeemer went, and the very footsteps of the flock. Hencewe read, directly after the Baptism of our dear Lord, when hissoul was filled with all the fulness of God; when the Father,with an audible voice, proclaimed from above, This is mybeloved Son!—and the Holy Spirit was seen hovering overhis head, in a body of light, just like a Dove in itsdescent—the Redeemer rising from the watery tomb, and thegazing spectators astonished at the solemnscene—immediately
Thus believing we rejoice,
To see the curse removed.
p. 10Yourpath may indeed be hard and thorny, but, bless God, there is nocurse in it; let this console your mind, I am sure it will, ifthe Holy Spirit gives you power to believe it. Your presentexperience of darkness, guilt, deadness, bondage, contraction ofspirit, and great stupor, are the days of evil that Solomonspeaks of, which are many, but must at last issue in an exceedingand an eternal weight of glory. But seeing such are thedays that must come on the followers of the dear Saviour, howtruly important, and how highly interesting that exhortation inthe twelfth of Ecclesiastes, Remember now thy Creator,in the days of thy youth, while the evil days comenot, and the years draw nigh, wherein thou shaltsay I have no pleasure in them. Solomon could well talkof these things, for he had a wonderful share of them, and wrotethe whole Book of Ecclesiastes upon the subject. The wordis said by some, to mean the Preacher, but others think itsignifies Restoration to the Church. It was also written byhim in his old age, after his recovery from backsliding; as suchit must be a precious treasure in the hands of a poor sinner, whoknows the plague of his heart, the weakness of human nature, theinconstancy and mutability of all transitory things, of allterrestial objects.
This book shews the vanity of all things out of Christ; thatthey are fleeting, insubstantial, and disappointing; that theyelude the grasp of their
I have often been grieved when this precious text has beentaken by mere Moralists, who knew nothing of the Spirit’swork upon the heart, as the testifier of Jesus; and applied toyouth, literally, who are destitute of the grace of God—andby a mere moral harangue, they have set youth to perform a taskthey themselves never did. Hence, in general, Sermons arepreached to young people from this passage, when the very passageshews they are characters that have been taught of God; else whyexhort to a remembrance of that glorious object, Thy Creator? itmust imply some knowledge of him; and this great Creator can onlybe known by his own Word and Spirit; only seen in his own light,for the world by wisdom knows not God, nor