1810 Circular Warwick Association

Letter of Correspondence

By Luke Davies

The Warwick Baptist Association convened at Lattin Town, Wednesday, June 6,7, 1810. To the several associations, with which they correspond.

Wish Grace, Mercy and Peace.

It always gives us much pleasure, and often much joy, to receive your communications; our happiness, is materially connected with the honor, interest, and enlargement of the Redeemer’s Kingdom: we view ourselves connected with you by tyes, (sic), originating in the Eternal Counsels of Jehovah, redeemed by the same most precious blood; justified by the same meritorious righteousness, kept by the same Almighty power, - with the same love shed abroad in our hearts, - going to the same everlasting home, having the same enemies, we cannot but feel gladdened by your prosperity, looking forward with confidence, (founded on the oath and promise of Jehovah) to that period when the Kingdom of our Lord will extend over the face of the whole earth, when error and darkness shall cease to disturb the peace of Zion; and her watchmen shall see eye-to-eye: - We are fellow soldiers in the cause of our dear Lord and Master, and we go forth with you, in the strength of the great Captain of our salvation, who has very graciously adopted us into His family, tho’ by nature strangers and foreigners, but now fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God: we very much regret the several interruptions that have taken place in your communications to us, it is certainly a duty in us to employ those persons to forward our mutual communications; who will take some pains to prevent disappointments of this nature. God is graciously blessing us with gradual additions as particular churches and association, but in the church of Christ, largely considered we behold the stately going’s of God our King in the sanctuary: perhaps there never was a period since the days of the apostles in which there was more love, and zeal, manifested for the cause and interest of truth on the earth; these things indicate to us the extensive enlargement of the Church! May we each in our station be found waiting on the Lord, and watching for opportunities of spreading the favor of the knowledge of Christ, in every place: so may be shew forth the praise of Him, who hath loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood:

Signed by order, and in behalf of the Warwick Association.
Benjamin Montonye, Moderator.
Richard Smith, Clerk.


Note: It is almost unnoticeable, but the last paragraph is another first in the Warwick. An admonition based upon man’s doings. We will see it worsening until the Warwick is turned back again to her moorings. – SCP.


CIRCULAR LETTER

On The Divinity and Offices Of the Lord Jesus

Written by Levi Hall

The Warwick Baptist Association, to the Churches they represent,

Beloved Brethren in the Lord,

We feel it our duty to call your attention, while we address you on a subject of the greatest magnitude, (i.e.) the divinity, and offices of the Lord Jesus.

The divinity of the Lord Jesus is evidently exhibited in the Holy Scriptures; they testify that in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, Co. 2:9. He is acknowledged by the Father to be His Fellow, Zech. 13.7. and saith Paul, who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. Phil.2:6. it is plainly revealed that all men should honor the Son; even as they honor the Father: John 5:2,3. Jesus and His Father are one. John 10:30; 17:22. He is the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person; and upholding all things by the word of His power. Hebrew 1:3, the government is on His shoulders; who is over all; God blessed forever Amen. Rom. 9:5; He is the mighty God, the everlasting Father. Isa. 9:6. When we consider the express declaration of Jehovah, we can have no doubt of His being a divine person! “But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.” Heb. 1:8. the divinity of the Lord Jesus, is beautifully described by Paul, in his first epistle to Timothy, 3:16, and “without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit; seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” He is now the object of the Christian’s worship, He was the subject of the ministry of the Apostles, and before whom the four and twenty elders fell down and worshiped: saying, “blessings and honors and glory and power unto Him that sitteth on the throne and unto the Lamb, forever, and ever.” The inspired Apostle testifies that He is the true God, and eternal life. 1 John 5:20. “I am Alpha, and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord; which is, and which was, and which is to come; the Almighty.” Rev. 1:8. He is infinite in wisdom and power: He needeth not that any should testify of man, for He knoweth what is in man, finally, He is the rock on which His church is built, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Dear brethren, you may with pleasure reflect upon that obedience, you have rendered unto Him as God in His holy ordinance.

Having proved the divinity of the Lord Jesus: we now proceed to point out His Mediatorial character and offices; there is one Mediator between God and man, He is the Surety of the Covenant, Christ drew nigh to His Father in the Eternal Council of Peace and undertook to be the Savior and Redeemer of His people, He substituted Himself in their place and stead, He interposed between the Creditor and the debtor, and became Surety for the payment, He satisfied for their sins, He preserves and keeps them and will present them a glorious Church not having spot or blemish or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph. 5:27; Heb. 7:22. He was made a Surety of a better testament, and Mediator of the New Covenant. Heb. 12:24. It is the office work of the Lord Jesus Christ to redeem His Church from sin, death and the curse of the law, being Himself made a curse for it and with no less a price than His own blood. The Church is a pearl of great price and Jesus the merchantman has purchased it to Himself Matt. 13:45,46, and Isaiah saith, “and they shall call them the holy people, the Redeemed of the Lord; and thou shalt be called Sought out: a city not forsaken.” Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people zealous of good works. Titus 2:14. The blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin, original and actual, He was bruised for our iniquity, and by His stripes we are healed; justice is satisfied: the law demands no more at the hand of Jesus, He has ascended on high, having already obtained eternal redemption for us.

Christ now stands in His Mediatorial character in order to make reconciliation between God and men; He is our Advocate: He pleads the merits of His own blood: the Father’s wrath is appeased, mercy and truth meet together, righteousness and peace kiss each other. Jesus pleads, the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness, in which the Church is cleansed from all her pollution, and justified from all  her guilt; He will defend her before the Father from all the powers of darkness and from all the assaults of hell and sin.

“A feeble saint shall win the day,
Though death and hell obstruct the way.”

Jesus ever lives to intercede in their behalf, not one of the purchased of His blood will be forgotten in His prayer, “Father I will, that they also whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me.” Therefore just as sure as Jesus ever lives to intercede for them just so sure they shall forever live in Him, through His intercession; “because I live ye shall live also.” The offended God is in His dear Son, reconciling offending man unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; Christ the substitute, for all who were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world, because a willing sacrifice in their room bearing their sins and suffering the penalty of the law; which was done to them, He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all thing? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth: who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God; who also maketh intercession for us.

Jesus is the Shepherd of His sheep, He knows, washes, leads, feeds, heals, resolves, defends and watches over His sheep, and they shall never perish, but have eternal life. He leads them beside the still waters, and into green pastures: “Behold He that keepeth Israel, shall neither slumber nor sleep, the Lord is thy Keeper, the Lord is thy Shade upon thy right hand.” Therefore, the powers of darkness shall not destroy them, for the Lord their Shepherd shall gather them in His arms and carry them in His bosom.

He is the Door of the sheep, by Him they enter into the rich pastures of His glorious Gospel; fresh and green, they ley down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit is pleasant to their taste, they enjoy His smiles, and are transported with His beauty.

Jesus is the Prince of peace, He has made reconciliation between God and men; having made peace through the blood of His cross. Col. 1:20. God is in His dear Son, reconciling the elect world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; for the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed. Every new-born child having evidence of the Father’s pardoning love through His Son Jesus, possesses peace of conscience and joy in the Holy Ghost; He proves the efficacy of His blood; and when we sensibly enjoy His sweet presence, our mind is calm and serene, having good hope through grace that we shall enter into the Kingdom of our Father, where Jesus our Forerunner is gone.

Christ is the Author and Finisher of our faith, that precious grace which works by love, and purifies the heart, which enables the child in the midst of the rolling seas, and tempestuous storms; to rely upon the Lord; looking forward to the fair haven of eternal rest, which is in sight. Heb. 12:12.

Jesus Christ, is a wonderful Prophet which God has raised up unto us; Him shall His people hear in all things, Acts 3:22. He has foretold His coming, time, manner and place; He now teacheth His own, the mysteries of godliness, and the way of salvation.

Jesus is our great High Priest, He officiated in His priestly office, in offering Himself a sacrifice to God for the sins of His people; His soul and body being without spot or blemish, He has magnified the Law and made it honorable in the shedding of His blood, in the days of His incarnation, He left us an example, submitting Himself in obedience to every Gospel requirement: and gave Himself up to the stroke of Divine Justice, saying, “It is finished,” and then expired, but Jesus is risen and is ascended at the right hand of God, wearing His Priesthood; still ever living to make intercession for us.

He is now crowned the King of kings; thrones, powers, and dominions are subject unto Him, all power is in His hands, in heaven and on earth. He is the King of saints, He defends their lives and destroys their foes: He governs them for they are His spiritual Kingdom, they acknowledge subjection to His government and crown Him Lord of all. Christ is the Head and Husband of His Church, she is His bride, the Lamb’s wife; growing up unto Him in all things, Eph. 4:15; 1.22. to the praise of the glory of His grace, for we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones; He is the Savior of His own body; He is now gone to prepared a place in His Father’s house above, for His bride: He has promised He will come again and receive her to Himself: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God; a Sabbath which shall never end. Then dear brethren, rejoice in hope; knowing that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Let us therefore press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God, in Christ Jesus.

We subscribe ourselves your affectionate brethren in the Lord.
Benjamin Montonye, Moderator.
Richard Smith, Clerk.

Transcribed by Stanley Phillips – March 2009