The Wooing and the Calling …The Gospel of Reigning Grace, Part 15.

Written by Abraham Booth (1734–1806).
Edited for thought and sense by Michael Pursley.

When the Christian, ponders…

dd16c805795a6a7c8b994ad27a90e489 when he reflects, that the end intended by this purchase is that he should serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness all the days of his life, and that he should serve to Him who died for him, and rose again; beholding such a deliverance, by such stupendous means, and for such a glorious end, he will exclaim with Ezra, on an infinitely less important occasion, “Seeing that thou, our God, hast given us such deliverance as this, should we again break thy commandments?”

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The heart that is not moved by such considerations as these, to love the Redeemer, and to glorify his name, is harder than stone, and bolder than ice, and is entirely destitute of every grateful feeling.

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Were believers more fully acquainted with the love of a dying Savior and the infinite efficacy of his atoning blood, their dependence on him would be more steady, and their love to him would be more fervent and were this the case, how patient would they be under all their affliction! How thankful in all their enjoyments! How ardent in all their devotions! How holy in all their conversation! How useful in all their behavior! Yea, how peaceful, how joyful, in the prospect of death, and a future world! Then would their lives be happy indeed. The purchase made by the Holy One of God is, therefore, a noble, a constraining motive to holiness of life,

Their calling is another consideration used to the same purpose.

As he who hath called you is holy so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. The Christian, should often meditate on the nature and excellence of his high, holy, heavenly calling. Being called by grace, he is translated out of darkness into marvelous light; and from under the power of darkness into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. Out of a state of wrath and of alienation, from God, he is brought into a state of peace, and of communion with him. Now, the very end of his calling is, that he might be holy; that he might show forth the praise of his infinite Benefactor here below, and finally attain his glory in the upper world.—How great the blessing itself! How gracious, how glorious the design of God in bestowing it!

The remembrance of this must necessarily have a tendency to holiness, in every heart that is in the least acquainted with it.

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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.