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"WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE ?!-(Rom. iv. 3.)
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JUNE 1, 1867,
[One Halfpenny. TO THE WISE, YET CHILDLIKE DISCIPLE. It is not that they can dispense with teachers.
(Continued from the April number of“ Precious Truth.”) Children have still to be taught in the truth, and to BELOVED, -In continuance of the thoughts suggested acquire heavenly knowledge. But that which they from the 1st and 2nd chapters of the general epistle have by the Holy Ghost is-power to test the spiritual of John-I would remind you that we have had in character of men and doctrines. review, in my former letter, the sinfulness of our old They that they are of antichrist seek position and Adam nature, and the divine remedy for its misdoings. power on earth. But they that are led of the Holy Also, God's thoughts about the world, and our call Ghost care only for the place reserved for them in to strangership in it. Next in order for consideration, comes the spirit of
Moreover, though we are called to be ever inantichrist.
creasing in true knowledge, (while waiting the time This is at least as effectual a foe to the child of when knowledge itself shall vanish away, and we God, as either of the first-named evils.
shall know even as we are known), it ought to be Consider, beloved, that while the naturally sinful understood by every little child" of grace, that as tendencies of our carnal nature cause us to groan-holding the first
principles of the doctrine of Christ, and the blandishments of the world, with its fashions he is thereby furnished with a protection against
antichrist. and vanities, are used by the adversary to make us forget our sonship; on the other hand we are beset “I have not written unto you bocause ye know not the with antichrists, who seek to draw us into religious truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” associations, which are not according to the Christ of God.
Here, again, it is power, through the indwelling “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard of the Holy Spirit of God, to discern between that that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; which is false and that which is true. whereby we know that it is the last time." Ver. 18.
There is also a detective character in the primary Where is our remedy in such a state of things ? doctrines which all Christians ought to hold. Surely it is, to remember we are "little children," The truth, received by all believers in the first days, and so wait upon God and His word in the name of was thisJesus.
Strength only will be found when we know our That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. own weakness. Then we are glad to wait upon the he was seen of five hundred brethren at once : afterwards he was
That he was seen of Cephas (Peter), then of the tuelve : after that Lord for deliverance. We are powerless to overthrow seen of James, then of all the apostles, And last of all he was seen antichrists, or exterminate them. They are an of Paul also, as of one born out of due time. intolerable evil, and we are neither to co-operate with, is rain. That if in this life only we hare hope in Christ, we are
That if Christ be not risen, then is preaching rain and faith also nor submit to them. But we can only deal with them of all men most miserable. But how is Christ risen from the dead, according to the mind of Christ. By our walk and and become the firstfruits of them that slept. conversation we can give them clearly to see that we in him shall be made alive. But every man in his own order : Christ
That as in Ådam all die, even so in Christ, all those who believe are not actuated by the same spirit. The youngest the firstfruits ; afterwards they that are Christ's at his coming. child in the faith can do that.
That as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear It is not a question of being profoundly taught in the image of the heavenly..
Behold I show you a mystery ; we shall not all sleep, but we shall the Scriptures.
all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last All ought to drink deeply and continually of the trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead in Christ) word of God. But the youngest Christian
who has shall be raised incorruptible, and we' (who may be alive) shall be
changed. For this corruptible must put an incorruption, and this been taught his calling as a child of God, is enabled, morial put an immortality. by the Holy Spirit's quickening power, to detect the
The above is paraphrased from the 15th chapter of spirit of antichrist.
the 1st epistle to Corinthians. “ Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and yo know all This is the truth to deliver us from antichrists. If things.” Ver. 20.
we are holding ourselves in expectation of the This, be it remembered, is said to "little children." "glorious appearing of the great God our Saviour It is not that they have yet entered into all which God Jesus Christ," the spirit of antichrist will be quite has revealed. But they have the spirit of wisdom powerless to seduce us. abiding in them, and if they follow His leading he You see, beloved, that the Holy Ghost builds us makes them quick to detect the spirit of error. up in a HEAVENLY religion, and teaches us to know
That Jesus is the Christ.
our place in heaven now by faith, in anticipation of And as to doing the things which accord with the the day when our looked-for Redeemer will take us heavenly calling of his PECULIAR peoplethere bodily.
“By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to In contrast with this—the antichrists always en- God continually, that is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to deavour to substitute an EARTHLY religion, or a compromise between the flesh and the spirit to suit "But to do good, and to communicate [ie. dispense blessing, the carnal mind. We all NATURALLY crave after a
temporal and spiritual, forget not, for with such sacrifices God
is well pleased.” (Heb. xiii.) ceremonial worship, such as God gave to his EARTHLY
Beloved-Truth is very precious ; it is given us to people Israel.
Our eyes and ears desire to be gratified; while the body submits to an outward know and to practise.
" Wherefore be we not unrise, but understanding what the erill worship. Mere nature is, of course, attracted to the richly-built and decorated edifice, with priests in of the Lord is.” (Eph v.)
There are, indeed many antichrists--we are not flowing robes performing their assumed functions-to the sound of the organ, or other musical in heavenly visdom, and the anointing of the Holy
able, I repeat, to put them down - but we have struments
, and to an ornate liturgy: All these things Ghost, wherewith to detect and avoid them. gratify the natural man and excite his emotions. Antichrist takes advantage of this, and accordingly
(Waiting for the coming of the Lord,) DRAGS DOWN many of the inconsiderate children of
E. P. T. God from heaven to earth. That is, as to their experience, hopes, and conversation.
True religion, as now taught of the Holy Spirit, is in CONTRAST with all that, The natural senses are rather humbled than gratified by it.
The true Standpoint from which to study it. Worship is no longer a question of rivalry between the Mountain of Samaria and God's earthly In considering the books of the New Testament, City, Jerusalem. (See John iv. 20, 21.) But
the attentive reader cannot but be struck with the “They that worship the Father must worship Him in spirit apparently unsystematic way in which Truth is preand in truth."
sented. This applies with special force, if the ScripThe praises of the lips must be accompanied by the ture student is looking for an instituted order of right desires of the regenerate heart, or it is all worse religion at all suited to the NATURAL man. In reading than vanity.
the Old Testament, it is easy to follow, in thought, The writings of the apostles show that TRUE the Tabernacle and Temple worship given to the Christian worship (if judged by the carnal mind,) has children of Israel. But nothing of that kind can be no attractions. Its two ordinances are of the most found as pertaining to the followers of the Lord meagre and humiliating character. The first of these,
jesus Christ. namely Baptism, shows that the NATURAL man, as
As there are no CARNAL institutions ordained of formerly pertaining to the believer, is, through faith God, in the New Testament Scriptures, it has been in the operations of God, BURIED with Christ. The unwisely considered that Christians must in some FLESH, therefore, it is evident, cannot be permitted measure imitate the methodical services of the Mosaic to bring in its inventions, and so glory before God. dispensation. But the practical adoption of this The Christian is accepted in a new nature. Oh, thought has necessarily resulted in the confusion that this were understood.
which abounds throughout Christendom. The second ordinance, namely, that of “The
The truth is, that the purpose of God, during this Lord's Supper," sets forth that, by the breaking of present dispensation, is not to set up earthly institu. the body, and shedding of the blood of the Son of tions, but to gather out from a condemned world a God, the true believer is, as a sinner, forgiven and people who, by faith, cleave to His beloved Son, who cleansed, and made a member of thé Body of the was by man rejected and crucified. Jesus, "the Son of risen Christ of God.
the Blessed," was once on earth to PROVE men and The unattractiveness of such observances is dis- their institutions, and they were all weighed in the pleasing to the “old man ” even in many Christians; balances and found wanting. and is held in utter contempt by the unregenerate.
The world is now, therefore, under judgment. So that even when baptism is submitted to, it is That is to say, judgment is pronounced, and will often made a showy ceremony. And the tendency is,
soon be executed
it. with respect to the Lord's table, to surround it with “ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise. as some men accessories altogether foreign to its Scriptural sim count slackness ; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing plicity.
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. We are, however, to remember that Christ is the But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night."
(2 Peter iii. 8-9.) rejected of the world, and is not to be gratified with its hollow professions and services.
Meanwhile, the Son of Man, seated on the throne we to imitate any of its carnal worship.
of God, as a Prince and a Saviour, draws up to “ Let us go forth, therefore, unto him outside the camp, lievers are rescued from the coming judgments, as
Himself, where He is, all who trust in Him. 'Bebearing his reproach. For here we have no continuing city, Enoch was before the days of the flood. but we seek one to come.” (Heb, xiii. 13, 14.)
All this, by the goodness of God, is now beginning saved, their destiny is totally changed. They were to be generally understood by Christians. But it is children of wrath ; now they are children of God. needful to have it clearly in our minds in contempla- They have commenced a new life by the obedience of ting our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ. For it faith, and they are to live now continually in the is evident that if we believers, are expecting to be obedience of faith. They begin by vindicating God, translated from earth to heaven, and that the world confessing, in the face of the world, the name of will surely be overtaken suddenly by the wrath of Jesus, His rejected Son. Now they are to live in God, we shall easily understand why all religious constant expectation of ascending up where He is. arrangements made for us while here, according to And as they love Him whom they have not yet seen, the provisions of the New Testament Scriptures, are so they are to “set their affections on things above,” of the most temporary character. The word of God although those things are not yet visible. furnishes us with provisions for the passing hour, but
This is the secret of Christian faithfulness. It is we may reverently say, they are all“ from hand to the acceptance of promises, and walking in the power
of unseen realities. When believers, in the first days of the Christian If this be understood, it is easy to comprehend dispensation, sold off all their possessions and laid why the writings of the apostles ignore all thought the money at the apostles' feet, it would have been a of building temples and instituting ceremonial obfine opportunity-speaking after the manner of men
Such things are altogether inconsistent —for building up a permanent system! But the with the attitude of those who are taught by their disciples knew well that nothing pleasing in God's Redeemer,sight could now be established on earth, until the "Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning, Lord Jesus should come again and execute judgment and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their Lord.” that He might afterwards establish His own reign (Luke xii. 35, 36.) on the earth, in righteousness.
If a loving subject were about to emigrate to a It is wonderful that men so little regard the solemn distant land, whither his lawful king had retired fact that the Son of God was rejected and crucified by because his subjects had rebelled against him, he the world!
would not, while waiting, take part in the plans and It is especially the rejection of Christ, first in His politics of the insurrectionists. It might be that own sacred person, and then in the testimony and fellow-emigrants, intending to depart with him, persons of his followers, which leaves unbelievers would urge that, until the ship were ready, he might exposed to the wrath of God.
as well go on with the ways of the rebels, if only to “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life ; and ho avoid singularity. The faithful one would, however, that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of say—“Nay, I submit to the authorities which now God abideth on him.” (John iii. 36.)
" exist in this rebel land, and I do whatever my duty Wonderful to say, the Scriptures do not seem to "may require ; but my heart is with my beloved denounce vengeance upon the world for having “ sovereign, over the seas; his ways are my ways; crucified “the Son of the Blessed ;" for Jesus, who “I conform myself to him and to the directions he is indeed rich in mercy, prayed
“has given me, while waiting here. I am only wait“ Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." “ing, and shall soon depart." Oh, what an amazing thing it is, that “the Father
This is exactly the position of a true Christianof mercies” could endure, for the sake of poor always waiting to depart.” And while waiting, sinners, to see His well-beloved Son nailed to the occupied in doing the things that are pleasing in the accursed tree! Yes, God permitted this dreadful sight of the Lord.
But there is another feature of truth much insisted deed on man's part, and has LEFT it UNAVENGED ! But that which the Lord will not permit is, that His upon in the teachings of the New Testament, which word should be disbelieved. To refuse to believe a
also sheds great light upon the unceremonial chaman is to charge him with being a liar; and the racter of the Christian religion. We allude to the rejection of God's testimony is regardod by Him in way in which the ritual worship instituted under the the same way, and is absolutely INTOLERABLE.
Mosaic economy is declared to have served its purpose
and come to an end. “He that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son.” “Let no man judge you in meat or in drink [margin, for (1 John v. 10.)
eating and drinking,] or in respect of an holyday, or of the
new moon, or of the sabbath days; which are (or were) a Thus, everything now depends upon “ believing." shadow of things to come : but tho body is of Christ.” (Col. Many of the Jews who had rejected the Saviour | ii. 16, 17.) when He was living in their midst, and who perhaps So, in the 8th chapter of Hebrews, verso 5, it is joined in the cry, “Crucify him, crucify him, yet said the priests under the law serve as “ a shadow of believed at the preaching of Peter and the others, heavenly things." And again, in Heb. x. 1, “ The and were saved ! Thus it is now. Men whose hearts law having a shadow of good things to come,” &c. are wicked enough to put to death the Holy One of It is evident that the substance being come, God, if they hear the Gospel, and believe in Jesus, manifest in the flesh,” we have no longer to do with are sayed!
shadows. Speaking of the Levitical priesthood, and The Gospel being preached and believers being the tabernacle and the sacrifices which were ordained
of God, the divine commentary is
Egypt, the paschal lamb was slain, and the blood of "The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the the victim was instrumentally used to protect God's holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while is the first chosen people from destruction. But the body of tabernacle was yet standing; which was a figure for the time the animal was made a "feast " for them. And ever then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices after that night, (when the Egyptians fell under the that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pero destroying angel while their bond slaves were saved drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed through the interposition of divine grace,) the deliuntil the time of reformation. But Christ being come, an high vered people were to commemorate their deliverance priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect by annually feasting upon the passover lamb. The tabernacle, not made with hands, that is- to say, not of this blood had done its work once, and was needed no building ; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having ob
Henceforth the passover was ordained as a tained eternal redemption for us [believers).” (Heb. ix. 8-12.) feast. “Christ being come” has altered everything.
In the Scripture we have quoted, Christians are Whereas before that time God was pleased to accept taught that Christ our passover having been slain for an imperfect worship-now, all who approach lim us, we, like the Israelites, are to keep a feast in celemust be perfect, because he has provided that perfec-bration of our deliverance tion for them in Christ. Believers are " accepted in from bondage far worse than that of Egypt, and from the Beloved." Their Great High Priest has obtained
a taskmaster (Satan) more potent and hardened than
Pharoah. an entrance for them, open now to faith, within the holiest of all.
It is true that our feast in its highest sense must
ever be a spiritual one. We do, in fact, feast upon Of course, mere reason can never grasp this. The natural mind deals with things that are seen.
Christ himself. As we drink in the word of truth, those who are spiritually taught are glad to discover the Scriptures--as we feed upon the bread from that in Christ himself they have all the requisites of heaven, even all the word of God—as we rejoice in worship in perfection. The highest religious services the wine of the fulness of Christ, entering, by faith, over offered on earth, even though appointed of God into His perfections and glory—we really keep the himself, were but shadows of Christ. Now that he feast and holyday of our passover. himself is known to faith, who would deal any ternal ordinance expressive of the spiritual feast we
But our Lord has been pleased to give us an exmore with shadows? In the Gospels by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John,
enter into by faith. we see the shadows fading away in the presence of
In the bread we break, wo are to discern the the living substance, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Lord’s body broken for us, and in the poured-out all ought to have rejoiced in the bright reality of His that we break the bread and drink of the cup because Christ. He had come, the Light of the world, and wine his precious blood shed for the remission of sins.
Now, the important feature to bear in mind is, presence.
But Israel and the world preferred shadows,--yea, they preferred darkness. They rejected the true the vain hope that such a performance will help them
Alas! how many partake of the bread and wine in light and shut Him out; they cast Him out and cru
to be saved ! cified Him. But even now there is a way of access to him, by faith, and those who know the true light,
It is wonderful how any one can fall under the and the narrow way, ought no longer to abide in power of such a superstition, darkness.
What folly it would have been for the Israelites of Arrived at this point, as those who are brought
old to have eaten the paschal lamb in the hope that into the light, we shall hope, if the Lord shall delay they, would be saved in consequence of so doing ! His coming, to look more in detail into the books and the blood of the Lamb of God has brought salva
The blood was the instrument of their salvation ; of the New Testament.
tion to all who believe in Him. They ate of the lamb because God had redeemed them. And we
partake of the bread and wine because we are saved, “ Christ our passover is slain for us : therefore let us keep
through our Lord Jesus Christ. the feast,"' (or holyday, see margin.] 1 Cor. v. 8.
The feast of the passover was a thankful remembrance
of God's delivering grace. So, in giving us the We have in this text a clear indication of God's Him to eat and drink, GIVING THANKS in remembrance
bread and wino, our Lord enjoins all who believe in mind about "the cup of blessing which we bless, and the bread which we break," in commemoration
of Him. of the Lord's death, for though the 5th* chapter does
Christians when breaking bread together, in comnot speak expressly of the Lord's supper. Yet the memoration of
the Lord's death, in that act virtually meaning of this Christian ordinance may, by that pas- say this ;_"Wo are happy; our sins are put away sage, be made very manifest to those who are spiritual.
our God has given us salvation. The body of Christ When the Israelites were to be delivered out of
our Lord was broken for us; for His own self bare
our sins in Ilis own body on the tree, (1 Pet. ii. 24.) The “ Supper” is specifically taken up in the 11th We are redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, chapter of 1 Cor.
(1 Pet. i. 19.) We are set apart-sanctified by Him;
we are SAVED.
THE LORD'S SUPPER.
we are perfected for ever, (Heb. x. 12–14.) There- came down from heaven, and consequent upon that fore we render thanksgiving to God- I will praise feast, we find in our hand "the cup of blessing,” the Thee for ever, because Thou hast done it; and I will occasion of renewed thanksgiving: wait on Thy name, for it is good, before Thy saints.'” It is always with thanks to God we are to break (Psalm lii. 9.)
the bread, and again with thanksgiving we are to This is the attitude which glorifies God—that of drink the wine. accepting thankfully all He has done for us.
Happy they who trust in Jesus, As to the thought of "sacrifice" which may in
Sweet their portion is and sure." any way accompany the breaking of bread-we can only recognise the SACRIFICE of praise. Our commemoration of the Lord's death is thanksgiving in
JAMES, THE SON OF ALPHÆUS. action. It is setting forth, in a visible act, the beau
[COMMUNICATED.) tiful ascription of praise in the first chapter of the Revelation. “ Unto Him that hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in written before the higher revelations concerning the
[It may be the fact, that the Epistle of James was his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto his God and call of the Church, were given. For aught that Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
As we have seen, this manifestation of thankful appears in the Word, it may have been written ness for salvation received, has a special expression in the earliest of all
. The general impression is—that our rightly partaking of the Lord's supper. But the it was written very late in the apostolic period; sacrifice of praise ought to be ascending from Chris- under this impression, the writer offers the following tians continually.
remarks.] We have no desire to appropriate the verse quoted
Although James, equally with the rest of the at the commencement of this paper, as applying at Lord's Apostles, received the command to preach the all exclusively to "breaking of bread.” On the con- Gospel to every creature-to go to all nations, yet we trary, the significance of the passage belongs to the never find him out of Jerusalem! He is there in whole of our Christian life. The believer
"For Acts xv. Gal. ii. Acts xxi. and it would seem by the me to live is Christ." Now to live Christ, is to live expression “twelves tribes scattered abroad," that A PERPETUAL HOLYDAY, a continuous feast.
his epistle was also written from Jerusalem or Life with us ought to be a continual stream of Judæa. thanksgiving, through Christ our Lord.
While it would not become us to judge how far '" By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God this devotedness to his countrymen was according to continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his the Lord's mind, (or the contrary,) it is evident to name. But to do good, and to communicate [dispense blessings] me that it shut out from his contemplation those forget not, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Heb. higher aspects of truth revealed to Paul, and conxiü. 15, 16.
tinually taught by that Apostle. We cannot say Praise to God and the dispensing of his gifts are James had not received those higher revelations, the two Christian sacrifices.
through the writings, or from the personal fellowship “ In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in
of the Apostle to the Gentiles; but it is reasonable to Christ Jesus concerning you." (1 Thess. v, 18.)
suppose, that if Peter, (who was more at liberty from " As we have therefore opportunity let us do good unto all, Judaism than James,) admitted that there were in the especially to them who are of the household of faith.” (Gal. Pauline writings things hard to be understood vi. 10.)
(2 Pet.), that James would have admitted the same; Again, this happy condition, in which we are to and it is clear that the difficulty in receiving the abide, according to the mind of God, is manifested in revelations given to Paul would be in proportion to the that word
Jewish tendencies of the reader-tendencies which were “ Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual so strong in James that his epistle is more like the songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Lord's teaching before the Cross, as a minister to the giving thanks always for All things unto God and the Father circumcision, than that of a teacher in the Church in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph. v. 19, 20.) of God, and an Apostle of Christ crucified. I desire
This should be the normal condition of all who to press this very strongly upon the reader, that love the Lord Jesus Christ. Their coming together James takes in his epistle very much the same to show forth the Lord's death, is to be regarded as ground (as a teacher), that we may suppose he would a special manifestation of the spirit of praise which have taken before the Lord had suffered, reflecting abides in them for ever.
the Lord's own moral teachings. I also think that, In regarding Israel's passover as a figure of our at the period of writing his epistle, he was still lookChristian feast, it is well to remember that our Lord ing, as in Acts i., for the restoration "of the was pleased to make the one flow out of the other. | Kingdom to Israel." Yea, the very UNLEAVENED bread eaten at the pass- There is nothing in James's epistle, or in his adover supper is that which our Lord used to signify dress to the elders in the Acts (xv.), to indicate that to us his broken body. Then it was after supper that he rose any higher than the expectation of this the Master dispensed the wine-cup to his disciples. national restoration, the legitimate Jewish hope. The
Thus, we thankfully feed upon the bread which doctrine of the "middle wall of partition "broken