Dear Sister in the dear Lord Jesus, loved with an everlasting love, redeemed by precious blood, even the blood of the dear Lord Jesus, and called by the Holy and ever-blessed Spirit,—"What love to be embraced in, that nothing can destroy! The Father's was from everlasting in making choice of you, and providing for you in the Person of his Son before time; and his love will ever remain the same. Jehovah the Son's was from everlasting, in accepting of you from the Father, and engaging with him on your behalf. And it was not only an engaging love, but it was a performing love; for though sin, curse, wrath, earth, death, and hell met him, yet his love remained firm and unquenchable. He met them all, and satisfied the holy law, drank up the wrath of his Father, which was poured out upon him, put away sin past, present, and to come, destroyed death, and robbed it of its sting, for he has taken it out, overcome every enemy, passed through the grave as the Forerunner of his people, and is gone home to glory. And he is Jesus now, "the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever." His love will never increase nor decrease, but be at all times the same. Jehovah the Spirit is a God of love, and his love was eternal. He engaged to quicken the beloved of the Father, and the redeemed of the Son; also to convince them of sin, cause them to cry for mercy, lead them to Jesus, bear them up under trouble, and at last take them home to glory.
I can say that it rejoiced my heart, when I read your letter, to find you had been thus taught by the same Spirit, who came from above to pick you up out of the ruins of the fall, and to show you your lost and undone condition. And sure I am that no power but that which is divine could break up and open to you such things as you speak of in your letter. "When Satan kept the palace, his goods were in peace. There was no mourning for sin in the breast of my dear sister then, as sin committed against a pure and righteous God, no cry for mercy, no persecution, no trouble; but all appeared peaceable. But as soon as the great Eternal sent from heaven on purpose for you, then the sound of the war-whoop was heard, and earth and hell were up in arms against you, striving together for your final ruin. Some said of your crying, 'Tis too late. Others said, No need of crying in this way; and some said, You must amend your life, and attend to the moral law, and keep the whole of the commands in heart, lip, and life, before the Lord will show mercy. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But notwithstanding all these criers without, and the cries of conscience within, together with unbelief, sin, and the devil, your heart cried, like the two blind men, louder and louder for mercy; till your dear Lord Jesus said, "Loose him, and let him go." What liberty this, what freedom this, what peace this, when the Lord spoke peace to your soul! Can you not, my dear sister, say you have reason to bless a covenant God, for those words spoken to the females in the water, when baptized, and for such love in stooping to pick you up, and also for the sound of mercy reaching your heart? I cannot forget the knitting of soul and union I felt towards you when at Banbury the last time but one, before I knew of those words having been made useful to the laying you low in the dust. And I believe it is an indissoluble union. It may be by this time your faith has been shaken, and that you have almost come to the conclusion to give it up, feeling such deadness and darkness, so much of inbred corruption, and such strong temptations, that you have been led to think God could not dwell in such a heart as yours; and this has caused you to sigh and cry for fresh comfort and strength to help you on in your pilgrimage state. If this has been your experience, allow me to tell you that it is a family feature; for all are brought through great tribulation; and you will experience more or less of this in the wilderness below. But the time will come when you will be called home to your Father's house above; and then you will be for ever at rest.
Tender my Christian love to yours in the faith. I shall be happy to receive a letter from you, to tell me how you are getting on.
Yours in the best and most blessed of bonds, which bind Head and members together,
Oddington, June 11th, 1840.