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- MEMOIR OF THE REV. JOSEPH 'PHILLIPS, ". 15. LATE MISSIONARY TO THE ISLAND OF JAYA.
The spirit which has been mani that HE who calls his Tabourers fested for extending the know, to their various employments, or ledge of the gospel of Christ to away from them, whether at the beathen lands during the last third, or sixth, or even the thirty years, has called forth a eleventh hour, will give to every vew class of men into the service ove his reward, and has a right of the church; or if not altogether to do what he will with his owu. of another description from or. This was the case respecting dinary ministers, yet certainly of Mr. Joseph Phillips, who was a higher; order in many respects; sent to Java in August 1816, by because Missionaries to the hea the Baptist Missionary Society, then, have been called to exem. and returning on account of plify, in a more conspicuous man ill health in the autumn of 1819, ner, the qualities of the first died at Reading, in June 1820. heralds of the gospel to the Gen-1 The few particulars we are tiles. who were distinguished as about to give respecting this men that “ bazarded their lives pious and excellent missionary, for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” are compiled chiefly from a manu
The subject of this Memoirscript of his own, written isomepossessed in no small degree that time after lie had been called to evangelical zeal, ardour, and in the ministry by the church in trepidity, and those abilities for Eagle-street in January 1815. preaching, and acquiring lan- Mr. Joseph Phillips was born guages, which fitted him for a in London, November 10, 1793. station of labour and toil in the His mother was a pious woman, missionary field. But the Lord a member of the church in Grafof the barvest, who we doubt not ton-street under the care of the had counted bim faithful, and late Rev. John Martin. Dying put bim into the ministry, after when her son was but fourteen having permitted him to enter months old, he was deprived of into the field, was pleased. very the advantages he might have resuddenly to call him from bis work, ceived from her counsels and exhe having finished, as a hireling, his ample, though he doubtless deday. Whilst, however, we mark his rived benefits from her prayers sovereignty, we bow submissively and supplications. to his mysterious will, knowing He speaks of this loss'as having · VOL, XV,
been supplied by the solicitude | chain of error, and establishing of his mother-in-law, manifested me in the truth that the scripby her advice, and constant tures were indeed the word of prayers for his temporal and God." ; eternal interests.
[ It pleased God to direct him It was not until he had reached soon after to hear the Rev. Mr. his sixteenth year that he was Thorpe of Bristol, who was brought to any abiding concerp preaching at the Tabernacle, about his eternal welfare, though Moorfields. “While,” says he, the light he had received from the “ Mr. Thorpe was engaged in gospel had often caused him prayer, I caught the flame of to feel great uneasiness. “Ifdevotion. He proceeded to ad. had made," says he,“ repeated dress the congregation from Matt. resolutions of reformation and v. 20, Except your righteousness amendment, but these were made &c. While he was describing the under the apprehensions of the righteousness which Jesus Christ evil consequences, and not from a bad wrought out as being the only consideration of the evil nature justifying righteousness, I felt the of sin."
value of the Saviour. . Oh, how A sermon preached by Mr. the cross was endeared to me! I Oates at Jewin-street chapel at felt, however, that the benefit I the close of the year 1809, was had received was but a faint ray the means of rousing him from of light: darkness still surrounded his stupidity and unconcern, me: I fancied there was something His thoughts were now filled for me to do." He relates the with a dread of eternal wratb. exercises of his mind with great “I well remember," says he, minuteness, till he exclaims, “O " that as I met persons in the how astonishing that love that street, I exclaimed to myself, selected me from among my com• How is it that creatures born panions and associates in sin, to for eternity, whose lives hang on choose me, a rebel against him, so feeble a thread, and who have from before the foundation of the such repeated warnings in the world! what love is due to Jesus daily providences of God, act so for his condescension in becomfoolish, so awful, and so incon- ing surety for me, suffering the sistent á part? These impres- vengeance due to my crimes, and sions remained a long time. I working out a righteousness for continued dissatisfied with my my justification ! And what shall self, and longed for something I render to the good Spirit of my without scarcely knowing wbat I God, for watching over me and needed. My mind, too, was preserving me amidst imminent harassed with evil suggestions, dangers; for turning my feet into and I was tempted to disbelieve the way of peace; for bringing the divine authenticity of theme to an acquaintance with my. scriptures, and even the being of self, and applying to my cona God. But the saying of a friend, science the peace-speaking blood • Be assured tbese thoughts are of Christ? Now I cried earnestly The suggestions of the great enemy to God for the teachings of his of souls, who was a liar from the Spirit, and by a diligent attention beginning,' and my reading some on the means of his appointment verses in the Youth's Magazine, I increased in light, but was still were the means of breaking the the subject of distressing doubts
and fears, If my experience did little light I had previously gained not exactly accord with that of I felt anxious to impart to them. Christians of whom I had heard And Oh! never can I forget the or read, I was ready to de- happy meetings we repeatedly spair."
bad for prayer and spiritual conHis whole soul now versation; with one voice we exengaged about his salvation. claimed, ' Lord, it is good to be “ At this time," says he, my here.' In these seasons of retiremind was so intensely set upon ment from the world, we have the importance of eternal realities, found our God with us, and that that it was with the greatest dif- to bless us.” ficulty I could attend to my usual He soon after this, April 26, secular employments.
An in- 1811, was baptized, with tifteen terest in Jesus I esteemed the others, at Eagle-street ipeeting, one thing needful. The honours, and the next Lord's-day was adprofits, or pleasures of this world mitted to fellowship at the Lord's appeared but as bubbles upon table. He thus describes his the stream. My affections were reasons for uniting with the set on things above, and all my Baptists. “ After much delidesire was, that I might be found beration and prayer, and diliin Christ, wąshed in his blood, gent inquiry, into the word of and clothed in his righteousness. God, I felt convinced that the I almost envied those who could baptism of professing believers, rejoice in the light of his coun- and that by immersion, was most tenance, and felt that I could consistent with those examples willingly submit to be the poor which are recorded in the New est and most despised person on Testament.” earth, if I could but see my interest His engagements as a superinclear in him. I look back on this tendent of the Sunday-school, season, and, am ready to say, proved, under the influence of
that it were with me as in the Holy Spirit, the cause of eli. months that are past, when the citing his character, and calling candle of the Lord shone round forth into exercise his abilities for about me!
preaching the gospel of Christ. At the beginning of the year He says, “ My exertions in the 1811, through his acquaintance Sunday-school were increasingly with a pious man, a-member of productive of pleasure, and I the church in Eagle-street, le trust of prokt, not only to my was brought to the knowledge of own soul, but to the rising geneMr. Ivimey, and by him was in ration among wbom I laboured. troduced to the Sunday-school While instructing the dear chilbelonging to that congregalion.dren in the principles of the gos.“ Thus," says be," I became ac- pel, and endeavouring to turn quainted with several youths of their attention to those things my own age. Here I found a which make for their everlasting field for, exertion. Many were peace, I have felt my own soul enquiring the way to Zion, and refreshed, and by the delight unseeking direction. How did my speakable which I have somebosom heave with gratitude on times derived from these exerperceiving ten young men intent cises, I have felt a renewed on the discovering of what they stimulus, in the midst of difficul. should do to be saved! The ties, to persevere, believing that
the Spirit of God would accom- creation of God yet sitting in pany the means, and that the darkness; and my prayer has seed sown would be produc- been, and shall be, Qualify me tive of fruit. Some 'instances for this important work, and of the beneficial effects I have make me willing to spend, and been permitted to witness: God be spent, in thy service. If it grant they may be numerous in be thy will, here am I, send me! his own time. O Father of Spi- A strong and abiding impression rits, grant that these boys 'may has long been on my mind, that become followers of thee-real I should leave 'my native land, Christians; labourers in thy vine- and embark" for some foreign vard! Instances have been shore, and this impression has known of those who received their led me to regard my future desfirst religious impressions at a tiny as distinct from the secular Sunday-school, having become pursuits in which I am engaged ; humble "faithful ministers, and so that when any suggestion has also been set apart for the ex- been made as to my future adpress purpose of preaching the vantages from trade, I have turngospel among the heathen: the ed away from it, hoping that hope, therefore, is not too san- God would perinit me to labour guine, that some among this for him. With this hope I could little number may be called by hold every thing with a loose grace, and employed in that im- hand; anxious only for the teachtportant work." !!,,
ings of God's Spirit to fit me for It appears that the mind of the important work of preaching our late brother was exercised Christ to the heathen," from the time of his conversion The ardour of his mind prewith strong desires to be employ-vented these feelings from being ed in preaching the gospel. About kept secret: they appeared in the five years after he had been impassioned manner in which he led to embrace the Saviour as the spoke on the subject of missions only atoning saerifice for sin, and to the heathen. His father checkto regard him as his Advocate ed him, and cautioned him a. .with the Father, bis Redeemer gainst indulging such an idea; sand friend," he thus expresses but he became so wholly-absorbed whimself upon that subject. “Du- in the subject, as to be rendered Iriág sthis time my desires have almost incapable of attending to been constant and increasing, worldly business. In October, that my fellow-sinners may be 1812, be freely opened his mind made acquainted with the gospel to his pastor, who encouraged -of salvation: nor can I cease to him to devote himself to the work
feel, especially for the heathen, of a missionary, provided his faiworld. Much have I wished, if ther would give bis consent : it were the will of. God concern- this, however, at that time, was ing me, to be permitted to go forth refused, and he was under and spread the knowledge of a age. After, however, two years Saviour's name in some distant had elapsed, he' renewed bis apland, where the light of the glo- plication; and in January, 1815, -rious gospel has hitherto not shed the church called bim to exercise bits, benign rays. Often' has my his gifts, which were highly apheart glowed with ardour while proved. The Committee of the contemplating those parts of the Baptist Missionary Society agreed