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is, to receive whatever the Lord has taught us in his word.co tuo
sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.” Now it is very and would glady insert your letter, but are deeply conevident that we who first trusted in Christ are to be to the vinced that argument only, without appeal to Scripture, praise of God's glory-i. e. we who trusted after hearing the is very profitless. word of truth, the gospel of our salvation. Then, it is
W. G. W., BLACKHEATH.-It seems evident to us that added, we were sealed (made safe) in Christ by the Holy “the Brethren" are entirely without Scripture warrantry Spirit, after that we believed. We consider this passage for putting away in such a case as yours. most blessedly calculated to remove any difficulty a child
Surely you have of God may have respecting Eph. ii. 8. It would require for Christ's sake. We trust you have found fellowship with
cause to rejoice if you have suffered persecution or reproach two or three numbers of our little paper to contain a full
a few who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart. So that answer to your lengthy epistle. We hope, however, to re
we keep in separation from evil, and communion with the turn to it on a future occasion, if the Lord tarry, for it is a pleasure to answer one who writes so lovingly, and lord comes.
Head is maintained, we need not many companions till the evidently according to honest conviction. Meanwhile, we believe your desire to insist upon “faith unto salvation "
E. C., Manor PARK.-We are much cheered by your being a gift, arises from the supposition that otherwise letter, and rejoice with you in your experienced faithfulness there would be merit in believing. We think this is the of the Lord. chief warp in the minds of those who hold what are called T. T., Woolpit.-We thankfully acknowledge your kind“ Calvinistic views.” But the truth is, there is no praise ness in making our little paper known. due to belief. We do not consider it a meritorious thing W. G., HEREFORD.—Your kind letter cheers us. We on the part of a criminal to accept a free pardon! We can praise God our Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord, that only add further, on this occasion, that, if the Lord will, His children rejoice in the truth, and that so many in our we purpose continuing our investigations of that which is day have their hearts open to receive the mind of Christ, written on this solemn theme. The manner of the recep- and seek to be conformed thereto. The Lord keep you and tion of the word of life, and the new birth, are mysteries the dear Christians with you, and bless you with all spiri
-to do tual blessings, for His Name's sake.
W. H. H., Derby-We very much rejoice that you are C. BOARDMAN.-It appears to us there is an essential enabled to speak so favourably of your Scripture Meetings. difference between our Lord's promise—“ Ye shall be bap- You have deep truth before you in the Epistle to the tized (baptizo) with the Holy Ghost," and God's prophecy Romans. May every child of God among you have entire by Joel, " I will pour out (ekcheo) of my Spirit,” &c. You confidence in the guidance of the Holy Ghost. We pray think these Greek words, as having reference to one event, for your little fellowship, “ that the God of our Lord Jesus may be taken as equivalents, and so strengthen your position Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of that baptism may be by pouring. We think not, and for wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him."- -Rethese reasons. Of course, Peter's declaration on the day specting your enquiry as to the intercession of Christ, of Pentecost was true, but it was true on the principle that and the way it affects us now, we hope to consider it in a the less is included in the greater. The immersion of the future number, if the Lord will. disciples of Jesus, with the Holy Ghost, was a higher A. B, C. writes as follows ;-" If our union with Christ fulfilment of the prophecy than had entered the heart of is in resurrection and not in incarnation, how are we any prophet of old. The Old Testament promises were
crucified and buried together with Him? This is a given to an earthly people, and will be fulfilled literally to
difficulty with some unlearned ones, who believe the former that earthly people. Upon them, God's Spirit was and will
but are not able to answer the latter. I wish your valuable be poured or put. When the Seventy Elders were ap
paper were a weekly one. The time is too short before our pointed by Moses, God said, “I will take of the Spirit
Lord comes—for a month to elapse before one can get an wbich is upon thee, and will put upon them,” &c. (Num.
answer to important queries on that coming."--We would xi. 17.) The amazing gift of God on the day of Pentecost offer the thought that, believers are crucified and buried is far above this. For, certainly, the Holy Spirit was put with Christ, as associated with him, rather than as united to upon the disciples ; but“ they were all filled with the Holy him. Union is a principle of life, not of death. Yet it Ghost." (Acts ii. 4.). Joel's prophecy had the very high; might be correct to say we were united with him in death, est ful6lment : yet, in another sense, it was only a partial but not united to him. It is only in the new life we are fulfilment, as the rest of the quotation in Acts ii. shows. united to Christ.“ By one Spirit are we all baptized into The word by the prophet is—" I will pour out of my Spirit one body." If these remarks do not meet your difficulty, upon all flesh." This, we know, will not be completely
we shall be glad to hear from you again.--It is quite out fulfilled till Israel is restored, and blessing to the world.
of our power to issue our little sheet more frequently. If Your remarks about " Rahab," have no support from Scrip
the circulation were greatly increased, we might perhaps be ture. The inspired narrative does not countenance your in
led to publish twice a month. ference that Rahab “identified herself with God's army;"— in all her conversation with the spies she identifies herself with the inhabitants of the country ; otherwise, she speaks Scripture Reading Meeting at 335a, side-door, Monday, at Seren. of God's people with reverence, and asks for mercy for her- Also to the meetings for Prayer at the above Christian Meeting Room.
Monday and Wednesday midday, from # past 1 to 2. self and relatives at the hands of Joshua's messengers. The Harlot is not commended, in the Epistle of James, for “out- To facilitate the obtaining of Precious Truth, packets will be sent generaling” the Canaanitish soldiers ; but because she post frce to any part of the United Kingdom, by remitting, in advance, as
Two copies for 2d., Five for 3d., Ten for 5d. Send Stamps received Joshua's messengers, and sent them out another way. -It is a grief to us, dear brother, to find ourselves at
Published for the Proprietor, by issue with one whose labours in the Lord have been so
Job Caudwell, 335, Strand, London, WC. widely owned. Be assured, all we have had to say, has
Arthur Hall, 25, Paternoster-row, London, EC. been said in love.
Smart & Allen, 2, London house-yard, Paternoster Row.
George Gallic, 99, Buchanan-street, Glasgow. Mrason.-We quite agree with what you say respecting the practical failure of the Brethren" as to visible unity;
Printed by John Evans, 335a, Strand, London, WC.
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PRECIOUS TRUTH .
" WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE ?"-(Rom. iv. 3.) Job Caudwell, 335, Strand, London, W.C.]
(Arthur Hall, 25, Paternostei-row, London.
MAY 1, 1866.
TO THE READER, IF IN “THE FAITH.”
Concerning our own individual walk, beloved, -Let
us be well assured that the mind of our Lord about DEAR CHILD OF GOD,
it is, progress. The language of the Apostle Paul, I have a very special object in addressing you speaking of himself simply as a christian, was personally from month to month in the opening page of thisthis little periodical. My desire is to induce in you a more earnest longing after spiritual progress.
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already The
perfect : but I follow after, if that I may apprehend [lay hold tendency in us is to settle down, either in despondency of] that for which I am apprehended [laid hold of] of Christ through past failures, or in contentment with a stand- Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended : point to which we may have attained. I find it to [i.c. not fully, he wanted to get hold of more knowledge of be a common failing among believers, to mistake a do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth a resting-place for the end of the wilderness journey. unto those things which are before, I press toward tho mark It is written of Israel, for our warning,
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.
iii. 12–14.) “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."
Many a prize has our gracious Master in store for And this is quoted as a warning against idolatry, those who thus reach forth, and press forward. Sal(see 1 Cor. x. 7.) I believe that idol worship is in- vation is not the prize. That we have already through
faith in his name. separable from the self-satisfied condition of soul in
It is a gift, without any doings dicated in the above scripture.
But the Lord has prizes to give. He The Israelites had set up a golden calf. And, alas ! many christians saysworship a similar object in various forms; its name “Behold I come quickly, and my reward is with
to give is "covetousness, which is idolatry.” (Col. iii. 5.) every man according as his work shall be.” (Rev. xxii. 12.) Beloved, -We must keep the
of faith upon our
What poor thoughts we have about the “Lord of Leader, even our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath saved Glory!" "Surely, when we think of it, Our Lord must us from our sins, and is now our Shepherd. The be very rich. If it were not so, yet he is very loving Children of Israel said respecting their leader, and gracious, and it would be worth a life-long
“As for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the struggle to press forward, learning of and followland of Egypt, we wot not what has become of him.” (Exodus ing after Him, if but to hear from his gracious lips
the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Moses had gone up to meet God on Mount Sinai! But, indeed, our Lord is very rich. He made the Jesus has ascended to God our Father! And, alas ! worlds-He has gone to prepare many mansions--Ho how
many of His people have said in effect, by their has in store many crowns-He is, in truth, “ Lord of lives, We wot not what has become of him. Oh, what Glory." a contrast between the scene on the Mount, and that I know you may answer me that after all, to be at the foot of it! While the Israelites were giving with Him, to see His face—will more than compenthemselves to idolatry, the Lord was instructing his sate (infinitely so) for the most earnest offorts we can faithful servant how his people should serve Him, make down here. And it is well that himself, Jesus the only true God! And when the Lord threatened our Lord, should be our supreme object, even as to to consume the rebels, Moses was found pleading for the question of rewardthem, even the ingrates who had so soon deserted
“For more than all I long him! What a spectacle! But, oh, think of the base
llis glories to behold, ness of deserting for a moment our glorious and
Whose smile shall fill the radiant throng
With ecstacies untold." gracious Lord, who has delivered us out of Egypt, not only with signs and wonders, but by the sacrifice This is the true response of every regenerate heart. of Himself!
But our God, in his excellent grace, furnishes us with Dear Brother, dear Sister-Do you know any every kind of inducement-seeking in every way to covetous and worldly christians ? Warn them, en- draw us by progressivo stages to the end of the pathtreat them, show them of the wondrous love of Jesus, way of faith—-"For we walk by faith, not by sight.” and pray for them. But what a joy it is that in the We know not low soon the journey will end. The midst of our sorrowing over the grievous failures of shout of the Lord, as he descends from heaven to such, we can think of our great Advocate who “ever call his redeemed ones, may be heard by us to-day, liveth to make intercession" for them.
to-night, or a year hence. It may be we shall first
fall asleep in Jesus. The Lord knoweth. In any Jesus in his death-praying for his murderers. And event, happy are we, for we are "accepted in the be- as the Lord commended His spirit into the Father's loved.” It is but a little ui?, and the trial of our hands, so Stephen committed his spirit to the Lord. faith will have come to an end.
Thus are we taught, by the dying act of Stephen, “ Wherefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and
to honour the Son, even as we honour the Father. hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at
The Lord Jesus Christ foresaw the deep waters the revelation (appearing] of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet. i. 13.) His servant would have to pass through, and He When worldly men run in a race, they tighten furnishing him with special grace for a special trial.
blest Stephen with this vision of Himself beforehand, their waistbands—they “gird up their loins.” We
The Lord sees the end from the beginning. His also are to
grace will not fail us, though, alas! we may fail to “ Run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto avail ourselves of it.. Jesus, the author and finisher of faith ; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is
Jesus was seen in the place of favour-and of set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb. xii. power—the Right Hand of the Majesty on High. 1, 2.)
As He said—"All power is given unto Me in heaven With such an example, such a Sustainer, and such and in earth.” a reward before us; let us lay aside every weight,
It was also remarked that this was the great final, and the sin which doth so easily beset.
Whatever or closing act of the rejection of their Messiah by the persuasion to stop short-howerer few may con
the Jews : they had rejected the testimony of John tinue with us in the race—let us run with patience, the Baptist, then that of Jesus and that of the Father laying aside the weights (encumbrances) even though through the miracles of Jesus, and lastly that of the they be golden ones—and the sins, however specious, Holy Ghost in the persons of the Apostles and remembering that “whatsoever is not of faith is
Stephen It is an interesting fact, that Stephen sin.”. (Rom. xiv. 23.) We must be well girt with saw the Lord standing an attitude implying readithe girdle of truth.
ness to come then again to earth, if his people would In conclusion-Let us never forget that if we are
but receive the testimony and turn and repent; but stedfast, our God will clear away all doubts. I have afterwards, when the Holy Ghost is addressing the one Scripture more for you at this time, and it
same people, and that, too, by one who was present presses upon me as specially given of the Lord. It is had sat down at the right hand of God—the attitude
at the stoning of Stephen, it is said the Lord Jesus this“The darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.” (footstool. (Heb. i. 3, 13.)
of rest-resting there till his enemies be made his John ii. 8.) Ponder this well, beloved, for Our Lord Jesus Stephen's prayer far exceeded. And so have the
In the subsequent conversion of Saul, we see Christ's sake.
last prayers of many departed saints. Yours ever in Him,
The meeting closed by contemplating the beTHE EDITOR. liever's departure, like Stephen's—a falling asleep.
CONTRASTS - BISHOPS.
A MORE THAN CONQUEROR. (A few thoughts expressed at the Scripture Meeting, 335a, Strand,
When we think of what a “state-bishop" in this Monday, April 2, 1866.)
country is, with his high-sounding titles, his emoluActs vii. 54-60. Stephen rejected of men, received of God. ments, his offices of state, his palaces, servants, and One of the primary principles taught in the scene and with his mitre-we would fain persuade ourselves
carriages ;-when we picture him in his lawn-sleeves described in the above passage, was that the clearest that such an one must be ignorant of all that God testimony may bring out the fiercest opposition. It has said in his word, as to what a bishop should be. has ever been so; the servant of the Lord must not, Yet, in the “Form of Ordaining and Consecrating therefore, be surprised if violent persecution arise. Bishops” (so-called) as printed in the Book of Indeed, the Lord has warned us to expect it, and Common Prayer,” that most touching address debidden us rejoice in it.
livered by the Apostle Paul to the elders or bishores “ If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you." of the church at Ephesus (Acts xx.) is quoted in its “Blessed are yo when men shall hate you, and when they entirety! We cannot refrain from repeating a part shall separate you from their company; and shall reproach of it here, though we have before alluded to it. you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoiee ye in that day, and leap for joy; for, behold, your “I take you to record this day,” (said the Apostle,) " that I reward is great in heaven."
am pure from the blood of all men. For I have 1.3 If, like Stephen, we be full of the Holy Ghost, Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the ties
shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. and keep the eye of faith on Jesus in the glory, we over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you Overseer, shall have a joy like his. Stephen was so occupied feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his ow: with the glory of God and Christ, that he seems
blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grietis scarcely to have noticed the enraged assembly, wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your gnashing on him with their teeth. How blessedly away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember that did Divine grace conform Stepheu to the likeness of by the space of three years, I ceased not to warn everyone night and day with tears. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, but if, when tested by the Word of God, their and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and actions are found in complete contrast with the lives to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel; yea, ye your
of the pastors given by our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. selves know that these hands have ministered to my necessities, iv. 11), Christians must be warned against them. and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things, But we have not yet stated the worst feature of how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak; and to
the case. We feel sure that there are many real remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more
Christians who follow on with “ Church-of-Englandblessed to give than to receive."
ism " only because they do not know of anything This passage of Scripture, and others equally con- better. We sympathise with all such, and pray that demnatory to himself, must a state-bishop listen to the Word of God may deliver them. May all who according to the state-formulary provided in the read these words be led to search into the truth for Prayer-book, when the ceremony, therein called con- themselves, earnestly praying God for the guidance secration, is performed over him! He hears from of his Holy Spirit. We especially commend to the Inspired Word that a true bishop ought to labour prayerful consideration that which we have now to with his hands, as Paul did, "to support the weak,' unfold. instead of receiving or desiring silver, gold, or ap- The following is copied verbatim from the “Form parel from others ; and having heard this, he accepts for Ordaining Bishops :”. the title of Lord, and rides away from a Lordly
“ Then the Archbishop and Bishops present shall lay their cathedral, to his Lordly palace, and takes his seat
“hands upon the head of the elected Bishop kneeling before with the proudest Lords of the world!
“them upon his knees, the Archbishop saying, Receive the Holy Does such an one ever read Matt. xxiii.? Can he“ Ghost, for the office and work of a Bishop in the Church of not see himself reflected in that Scripture? For the God, now, committed unto thee by the Imposition of our
“hands, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the hierarchical systems of this age are, in many respects,
“Holy Ghost. Amen." a reflex of Judaism in the days of the Lord's ministry on earth ; with this important difference, however,
Before being ordained as a state-bishop, the canthat the scribes and Pharisees were in the appointed didate has of necessity undergone “ the Form and place of authority, whereas on the part of their Manner of Ordering of Priests,” from which we modern imitators the assumption of power is without quote as follows :any justification whatever!
“Receive the Holy Ghost for the office and work of a Priest We wonder men do not tremble at the words of “ in the Church of God, now committed unto thee by the Him who is LORD of all, and who will soon come in
Imposition of our hands. Whose sins thou dost forgive, they
are forgiven; and whose sins thou dost retain, they are judgment!
“ retained !'' truth. Alas! for the blindness that prevails through believe one word of what they profess to do? None Yet we sincerely pity, while we present the solemn
Do those who go through these AWFUL forms, the “ traditions of men.” ? leaders of the blind. From our heart, we pity them.
but the Apostles ever had the power of imparting Yet the words of the Lord Jesus are—“Shall they the gift of the Holy Ghost. There was no need, not both fall into the ditch ?”
neither was any provision made, (to be found in ScripBut let us not be misunderstood. God forbid that ture,) for communicating the gift of the Holy Spirit, Tre should pass judgment on any one who holds the through HUMAN agency, after the power of God in office of Bishop of the State, as touching the
man had been in that way fully manifested in the question of salvation. There was a Simon the persons of the Apostles. That display of it evidently Pharisee, who invited the Lord to his house. We ceased with them. Afterwards, it is simply stated call to mind also Joseph of Arimathæa and Nicode that all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are
" sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise," (Eph. mus, and others, belonging to the order the Lord denounced so bitterly, who we have no doubt were saved. | i. 13.) Respecting gift, or manifestation of the Spirit, Yet, because they persisted in clinging to their
we are taught that the Holy Ghost worketh in all in spite of their convictions, they had to listen again He will." (1 Cor. xii. 11.)
true believers, dividing to every man severally as and again to those bitter words, “Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!"
After the Apostles' days there was no longer power The Lord alone can judge the heart. Faithfulness given to Christians to appoint one another to any in Christian life and walk is, however, quite another kind of ministry. There is no provision in Scripture
The thing. On this subject the Master has given us the for any such appointments on the part of man. light of his own instruction for our guidance.
Lord Jesus Christ is the ACTIVE Head of the Church,
and continually raises up servants to ministry, in “ Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheeps? | contravention of, and outside of all human arrangeclothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles:" (Matt. vii. 15-16.)
“Unto everyone of us is given grace according to the measure
of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up Paul warned the elders at Ephesus (bishops really on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.... ordained by the Holy Ghost) both against wolves Evangelists ; and some Pastors and Teachers; For the perfecting from without and perverse and selfish teachers from of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying [or within. State-bishops may be either one or the other; building up) of the body of Christ.” (Eph. iv. 12.)
“Wherefc saith the Lc
How long does the Lord perpetuate ministerial pray cont gifts ? Let Scripture answer.
to be ren “ Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the
the Absoi knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” (Eph. iv. 13.) priest !!
Out of Thus the pretence of imparting the Holy Ghost in absurdity these days by laying on of hands is fully exposed. secular m If Christians were only true to the Lord and them to the de selves, in refusing everything which has for its
worse is t] object man's aggrandisement down here, they would service of be delivered from all such delusions as we are pointing out. Moreover, when God entrusts POWER to his servants, He displays that power in them SUPERNATURALLY ; this is an important rule, which may be
sons and da traced throughout the Bible. We refer to Moses, to the Old Testament prophets, and to the Apostles. When the Holy Ghost was communicated by the specially chosen servants of the Lord, those who had power to impart the gift, gave PROOF of their divine
In the commission by working miracles. Let us claim mani
see Jesu fest proof of the possession of divine power from those
that he who profess to impart divine gifts, and the door is immediately shut against all pretenders.
phemy And now let us look at the other delusion—that who b of communicated power to forgive or retain sins. The occasion on which the Lord Jesus Christ gave that extraordinary and solemn authority is stated in the Gospel by John only.
place " Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the
all ti week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he T had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath pre sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he the breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto hi them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained."
at (John xx. 19—23.)
B "THE DOORS Were SHUT." It was an exclusive company, the Lord's own specially called Apostles. f Then, notice, “HE BREATHED ON THEM, and saith unto them, Receive yo the Holy Ghost; whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose sover sins ye retain, they are retained.” It is all one sentence. There was a quality which none now possess, given through that breathing on them by the Lord Jesus. Unless a man has seen the risen Jesus, and has been breathed on by Him, receiving a special commission from the lips of his Lord, it is impossible for him to remit or retain sins.
But if State-bishops will pretend to give suc! power to their clergy, and the latter will pretend t exercise it, then we turn upon them, and demand t] meaning of this sentence in their Litany, repeat by them every Lord's Day?“ Remember not, Lord, our
offences of “ forefathers; neither take t? “us, good Lord, spare thy
last redee “with thy most precious į
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