Written by Abraham Booth (1734–1806).
Edited for thought and sense by Michael Pursley.
Believers, being the children of God, you are the objects of his paternal affection and unremitting care.
As a father, He guides them by his counsel and guards them by his power. Their disobedience he visits with a rod of correction; and in their distresses he feels for them with bowels of paternal compassion. In the whole of his dealings with them he manifests his love, and causes all things to work together for their good. Yes, they are the darlings of providence, and the charge of angels. Those ministering spirits, who are active as flame, and swift as thought, encamp around them; and in ways unknown to mortals, serve in the designs of promoting their best interests.
Nothing can exceed the riches and excellency of that inheritance to which they have a right…
…by virtue of their adoption; that eternal inheritance -which is bequeathed to them by an inviolable testament. This testament, recorded in the sacred writings, was confirmed by the death of Christ. Their inheritance includes all the blessings, and the full fruition of glory hereafter. Though, as to temporal things, they be frequently indigent, and much afflicted, yet the blessings of common providence are dispensed to them in such measures as paternal wisdom sees best for their spiritual welfare, and the glory of God.
The believer’s heavenly Father knoweth that they have need of his providential favors, while they continue in their present state.
So that whether they be things temporal, spiritual, or eternal; whether they be things present, or things to come, all are theirs. According to that admirable text, “all things are yours: whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; ALL are yours. But, which is yet more emphatical and the highest that words can express, the utmost our ideas can reach; the divine Spirit declares that they are heirs of God, and joint-heirs of Christ, Rom. viii. 17. Each, therefore, has a right to say, “Jehovah himself is my reward, my portion, and my inheritance.” Yea, such is the mutual property which God and his people have in each other.
Meet the author and part of your Christian heritage: Abraham Booth (1734–1806) was an English dissenting minister and author, known as a Baptist apologetical writer. Booth was baptized in 1755 by immersion, and began to preach in the Midland counties. In 1760, when the Baptists first gathered into churches, Booth became superintendent of the Kirkby Woodhouse congregation, but not their pastor. He changed views, from General Baptist to Particular Baptist, and seceded. Soon after, he began to preach on Sundays at Sutton-in-Ashfield, Chesterfield, and elsewhere in the Midland towns and villages, still keeping his school.
The Particular Baptist church of Little Prescot Street, Goodman’s Fields, in east London, invited Booth to be their pastor. He accepted the call, and was ordained on 16 February 1769. He entered a controversy with Andrew Fuller, over the 1785 book The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation. In the 1790s Booth preached in the abolitionist cause, and joined the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. The Baptist Education Society was founded around 1804 by Booth and others. It led, in 1810 after his death, to the setting up of Stepney Academy in East London.
Booth died on 27 January 1806, aged 71, having been a minister 50 years. A marble tablet was erected to his memory in the Prescot Street chapel, where he had been pastor 35 years. William Jones‘s Essay on Abraham Booth was published at Liverpool, 1808.