REVIVALS.

In a former number, we intimated something of the pleasant state of things in the churches with which we labor; and we rejoice that it is our privilege to say, the work is still progressing. About twenty-three have related to the churches what great things God has done for them, and confessed the name of their Lord and Master before many witnesses; joyfully espousing his cause, and bowing their necks to his yoke, renouncing the world and its vanities, to fall into the ranks of the despised followers of the meek and lowly Lamb of God. Some who have but very recently felt the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the spirituality of God’s holy law, but recently heard the deep thunderings of Mount Sinai, and made to confess with deep contrition of heart the justice of its dreadful sentence against them, and utterly desparing of finding favor with the just and holy God by any works or virtues of their own, those have declared to us how God’s method of salvation, through Jesus Christ, has been revealed to them in their greatest extremity, as perfectly adapted to their helpless and bankrupt state, and freely applied to them by the Holy Spirit, with the gracious evidence of the remission of their sins. To them, old things are passed away, and all things are become new. Their old legal hopes have perished; their burden, which with crushing weight had pressed them down to the borders of despair, has passed away; the gloom of death which mantled them, and which shrouded the heavens to them in blackness, and caused all things in nature to wear a melancholy hue, has been dispersed at the voice of him who alone can

“Clear the darkest sides,
And give us day for night.”

God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in their heart, to give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Others, who have entertained a hope, with much fear and trembling, for years, have at length felt constrained to come out and acknowledge the irresistible ‘attractions of their divine Lord. On every hand we hear of some who seem to give evidence that they cannot find any resting place short of the church of our Lord Jesus Christ. May the blessed word still be extended; for when God shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

Middletown, N. Y.
April 1, 1860.

Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 4
Pages 329 - 330