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back. I am not led in the expectation of much sensible enjoyment while in this wilderness ; though I know that it is only the comfortable presence of the dear Redeemer which makes an heaven upon earth. But the inheritance is not to be enjoyed here, but only the earnest. I think you will not misunderstand me (but I know I am very blundering at conveying my ideas) in thinking I speak too Nightly of those visits. But I am sure I was long seeking them as the only food I was to live on. But I see now that the just are to live by faith ; and a daily cross is appointed for me. And I think that the Lord' shewed me this some time before I was brought to submit to put my shoulders under the burden. But now I am convinced there is no growing in the divine life without trials. Never did I see, as I do now, the meaning of those words of Hezekiah, when he said, "By these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit; so wilt thou revive me, and cause me to live.” I can see now that the Thar pest trials I have been exercised with have proved the greatest blessing to my soul. I thought, when I was on the mount Tabor so many months, I was surely in a place of safety. But, oh! I am well convinced it was a slippery place. Indeed I have not a wish to be placed there again. And, when I have perused the letters you fent me at that time, I am astonished they did not bring me down. But God had appointed the instrument that was
to effect that. I may well say that it is owing to my having obtained help of God that I continue
to this moment. I believe I shall never be finally · left; he will put me in a thousand fires before he
will suffer me to get from under his hand. I must tell you, that the subject of one part of your letter was entirely new to me, which is the latter rain at death. I thank you kindly for it. I believe the hand of God is in it, as it hath taken, in a great measure, a burden off my mind, which has been a matter of great perplexity, and which I never did communicate to any one; and that is with respect to the temporal death of the body. You cannot conceive the distressing fears I have lived in on account of this thing; how I should be in the pains of death; and fearing the assaults of Satan; and left I should be, at that time, bereft of my senses, and so be left to dishonour God by speaking unadvisedly with my lips. And this has distressed my mind much. But those fears have not in the least abated since the sting of death has been taken away. Satan has, at times, been permitted to suggest to me, in times of desertion, that, if the work was genuine, those fears would not exist in my mind. But I cannot express what a sensible relief I felt when I read that part of your letter. I hope it will not return again. I know it is very dishonouring to God. If you should find your mind at liberty to enlarge on the subject, I shall take it as a favour; for the subject is
much on my mind. I hope the Lord is confirm ing your bodily health, that you may not be confined from your labours. Mr. H- much wishes he could write to you, but says he is so dead and stupid it is out of his power; but thanks you for your letters, and shall be always glad to hear from you, begging an interest in your prayers. I remain
Your very affectionate friend
and sister in the Lord Jesus,
The King's Dale.
LETTER XXXII. ...
TO PHILOMELA, in the King's Dale.
Beloved sister in the Lord Jesus, and fellow-traveller in the path of tribulation, grace and peace be multiplied. Your kind epiftle came safe to hand; and I thank you for your love in the Lord, and the respect you have shewn to me as a poor servant of his. Am at present better in
bodily health than I have been for some time past. Every visit from him, every refreshing from his presence, and every time the old tabernacle totters, I am looking out for the greatest work that was ever done on the soul of a sinner. And would you know what it is ? take it then. The promise of this great work runs thus : “ Come, and let us return unto the Lord : for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us, in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his fight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” Hofea vi. 1-3. Here is Christ, and we in him; “ Come, let us return unto the Lord.” This is in the Covenant Head; for he it is that engaged his heart to approach unto God, to appear in his presence for us, Jer. xxx. 21.
“ He hath torn, and he will heal us.” This is the chastisement of Christ, which procured oor peace, and by whose stripes we are healed.
“ He hath smitten, and he will bind us up," &c. For our transgressions was he smitten ; and to bind up the broken-hearted is the blessed cause of this smiting. “ After two days will he revive us.”—“ Christ died, rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and the living,” Rom. xiv. 9.
" In the third day he will raise us up.”
With my dead body shall they arise.”—“ Chrift died, according to the scriptures, and was buried; and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures,” i Cor. xv. 4. I know of no scripture which predicts his resurrection on the third day but this, and Jonah's resurrection from the fish's belly.
“And we shall live in his fight.”_" He hath quickened us together with Christ, and hath raised us up together, and made us fit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus," Eph. ii. 6.
“ Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.”_" He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father ; and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him," John xiv. 21.
“ His going forth is prepared as the morning.” He is the bright and morning star which first dawns upon us; the day-spring from on high that visits us; and the fun of righteousness which warms us, and conveys healing to us.
“ And he shall come unto us as the rain ; as the latter and former rain upon the earth.” At conversion he comes down (by his Spirit) as Thowers upon the mown grass, and as rain that waters the earth. This is saving us by the washing