The Delaware Baptist Association, to the Old School Baptist associations and meetings which correspond with us, sends brother love.
BELOVED BRETHREN: – WE have again to record the loving kindness of the God of Jacob in sparing our unprofitable lives, and permitting us once more to meet our brethren in love without dissimulation.
You will no doubt be pleased to learn that we thanked God and took courage when we heard your messengers in love and faithfulness proclaim those glorious and blessed truths which earth and hell can never, no never overthrow; and which fills the heart of every son and daughter of Zion with joy and gladness.
The Apostle of the Gentiles having by solid and incontrovertable arguments established the doctrine of the Resurrection of the dead, and our victory over death through our Lord Jesus Christ, proceeds to draw this beautiful conclusion: “Therefore, brethren, be ye steadfast, immoveable, always abound in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Steadfastness, or being established in our holy religion, is certainly nothing short of a work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of God’s children, and such can in truth and sincerity say “That it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace,” their feet are made willing to run in the ways of God’s commandments when their hearts are filled with peace, joy, and righteousness.
Brethren, our hearts desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved, and saved too from the idolatry, delusions, and pollutions of this present evil world. May you with us be enabled to abstain from all the doctrines, commandments, and inventions of men. And now, brethren, we commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all them who are sanctified. May we all be enabled by grace to speak of that wondrous grace vouchsafed unto us through our Lord Jesus Christ, and be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment. We know, and are perfectly persuaded of the Lord Jesus, that one of you can chase a thousand, but O, how much more pleasant it is when two can put ten thousand to flight.
Brethren, we desire a continuance of your friendly correspondence by messengers.
THOMAS BARTON, Mod.
Joseph Hughes, Clerk.
Signs of the Times.
Volume 11, No. 19.
October 1, 1843