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which called forth so precious a greeting from the Lord. dispensed with, as many assert it can, surely, it might have been No-but he had faith and truth. He was a true child of in the instance before us. There are those who tell us baptism Abraham, the father of the faithful--and he was without
was intended only as a mark of separation between such as guile. He could confess his sips and shortcomings to God,
owned Christ and those who rejected Him; and that as it is no and in faith count upon his promise of a Saviour. Philip tells longer regarded in this way, its observance may be discontinued.
But here was a man converted as it were in secret, and not him the Messiah is now revealed, and he forthwith goes to intending to settle down among Christians, but returning to a Jesus. How many precious thoughts are suggested by heathen land, where the inhabitants would know nothing of this narrative of the various ways and instrumentalities by Christianity or immersion except as he might tell them. Of what which sinners are brought to "The Truth.” But however
use was baptism to him ? Of what significance was it as a witdevious the means, and diverse their characters the one ness or mark of separation ? The Eunuch asked no such result must be, personal communion with Jesus. Nothing questions ; enough for him that his Saviour had ordained it. short of that will do. The singer must by faith know He might or might not have understood that he was “buried Jesus personally, as his own Saviour, “the Lamb of God.” with Christ by baptism.” He knew he was performing an act
48.-" Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest of obedience to the One he had just owned as Lord, and he thou me ? Jesus answered and said unto him. Be- eagerly seized the first opportunity of manifesting faith and love fore that Philip called thee, when thou wast under by keeping His commandment. the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto
Turn we now to chapter Nine, in which is recorded the con
version of Saul. Ananias is sent to him to restore his sighthim, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of
“ And immediately (verse 18) there fell from his eyes as it had Israel !"
been scales; and he received sight forth with, and arose and was Nathanael found himself in the presence of Him who is baptized. And when he had received meat he was strengthened. “ a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart," and Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which wero at he was not slow to believe and confess Jesus of Nazareth, Damascus. And straightway he preached Christ in the the contemned and lowly one, as son of God and King of synagogues, that he is the Son of God.” Here we find the same Israel! Precious testimony! a sample of that which shall order of things as in the second chapter, but with something be offered by many “ an Israelite indeed” when Jesus added. Look how unchangeable is the mind of God - belief, comes to earth again. As representing Israel in those baptism, fellowship, (undoubtedly including breaking of bread,) days, the name Nathaniel does not occur among the Twelve.
then service (ministry).
Now we come to the case of Cornelius and his household 50.-"Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou ? | (chap x. 47); Peter says, “ Can any man forbid water that
these should not be baptized which have received the Holy Thou shalt see greater things than these.”—Thus it is ever
And he commanded them to be baptized with our blessed Lord. If we but believe, according to the in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry revelation he bas made of himself, there is no end of his certain days." goodness in unfolding more and more of himself, as the Baptism is here presented both as a privilege and a command, way, the truth, and the life ; and he will unveil to faith He commanded them in the name of the Lord to be baptizedthe glory which shall soon be revealed to sight.
and fellowship with the apostle was immediately sought there51.-" And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto upon. [The phrase used here and elsewhere—“ in the name you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of
of the Lord ” doubtless means-on the authority of the Lord,
and is not an alteration of the words of the commission given God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."Thus shall it be in the days of Earth's millennium. Jesus by our Lord Jesus Christ to his apostles, to baptize “in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." shall reign over his earthly people, Israel, “the gift of God"
It is evident, it was a question of authority with Peter : “ Can —and they shall see heaven open, and angelic communica
any man forbid ?"] tion, from the heights above to earth beneath, as in Chapter xvi. 14-16, gives us the conversion of Lydia—“And the vision of Jacob's ladder.
a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us, whose heart the
Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were BAPTISM:
spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized and her houseITS PLACE, AND MEANING,
hold,” (not until she was baptızed,) " she besought us, saying,
If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my (AS GIVEN IN
house and abide there. And she constrained us."
This is another instance of baptism following immediately We turn to Acts viii. 12. The preceding verses give an upon faith, and of fellowship succeeding baptism. account of Philip's preaching in Samaria. We then read- Look now at the case of the Philippian jailor (in the same “But when they believed Philip preaching the things con- chapter). In answer to the question of this man What must cerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they I do to be saved?” (ver 30) Paul and Silas said, were baptized both men and women." Then follows the narrative “ Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved of Simon the sorcerer. He believed and was baptised: but and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the afterwards manifesting a corrupt heart in offering money that Lord, and to all that were in the house. And he took them he might obtain the apostolic gift of imparting the Holy Ghost, the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, (they he was immediately denounced by Peter. The end of this Simon having been beaten,) and was baptized, he and all his straightis not recorded ; it is evident, however, that baptism had not way. And when he had brought them into his house, he set kept out this erring one, whose heart was “not right towards meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his God.” But did that lead the Apostles to adjudge baptism to be house." of no avail, or to set it aside as Christians have since done? Observe again, the order already pointed out as that which Never. It was reserved for later days to bring forth those who should always follow upon conviction-faith in the Lord Jesus in this matter think themselves wiser than their Master. Christ, baptism, fellowship, praise or worship. It is, however,
Next we come to the conversion of the Eunuch by Philip, (in precious to notice that the Holy Ghost, in giving the record the same chapter,) “And as they went on their way, they came before us, has graciously guarded against the possibility of unto a certain water; and the Eunuch said, See, here is water, permitting such a fearful error as that water baptism might be what doth hinder me to be baptised ? And he commanded the considered essential to salvation ; (of course the same remark is chariot to stand still ; and they went down both into the water, true of all other scriptures which take up the subject, but here both Philip and the Eunuch, and he baptized immersed) him.” it is very marked). Belief in the Lord Jesus Christ is distinctly
Now, if in any case, the right of baptism could have been stated as the only requisito for salvation; but water baptism
SAVED THROUGH FAITH ALONE.
followed as immediately consequent thereupon, as the Lord had Ans. 2.-Your second query must be treated in a similar ordained.
way.--Suppose you were to make it known among your The next instance given in " the Word," of baptism taught neighbours that you were willing to be surety for any who practically, is in chapter xviii 8-“And Crispus, the chief might need suretyship. If some of them took you at your ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house, word, faithfulness would require you to be surety for them. and many of the Corinthians hearing, believed, and were But for those who had no faith in you, you would not be baptized."
surety. Here we have Jews and Gentiles alike submitting to the rite Ans. 3.-" Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate of baptism; "the middle wall of partition” being brokon down, to be conformeil to the image of his Son.” (Rom. viii. 29.) all are laid in the waters of death, and raised in resurrection- “ Elect according to the foreknowledge of God.” (1 Pet. i. 2.) lifo.
Ans. 4.-"He that heareth my word, and believeth on him In the 19th chapter is given a most interesting account of that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into certain believers submitting to immersion a second time; though condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John in the first instance, baptised as believers; but it was not the v. 24.) baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ. As soon as they hear of Ans. 5.--" Ye will not come to me that ye might have life." this perfect baptism, they make no question of what course (John v. 40.) " How often would I have gathered thy children they are to adopt. How much argument they might have used together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, to show they had done all that was really necessary! But they and ye would not.” (Jlatt. xxiii. 37.) Read also Gen. vi. 3, seem to have had no such thought. The way in which and Acts vii. 51. baptism is introduced in this narrative is most remarkable. Ans. 6.—“God so loved the world, that he gave his only Paul tinds in Ephesus certain disciples, and enquires of them begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, whether they have received the Holy Ghost. They reply they but have everlasting life." (John iii. 16.) have not even heard "whether there be any Holy Ghost.” P.S.--Every true Christian must be grieved at witnessing Whereupon the apostle asks (not whether they had been the spirit in which your questions are propounded. Remember baptised, evidently considering it a matter of course that being our Lord rebuked Peter with these solemn words, "Get thee believers they had been immersed) unto what were ye baptized ? | behind me, Satan (i.e. Adversary).” “ He said unto them (verse 3), Unto what then were ye baptized ? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying
OUR CORRESPONDENTS AND OURSELVES. unto the people that they should believe on him which should come after him,- that is, on Jesus Christ.
When they heard this they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."
W. L., Milton Hall.--Gla l are we that you manifest 80 Is not this a complete answer to all the sophistries of those sincere a desire to be guided only by the “ Divine Word." In who contend that any kird of baptism will to? Neither this, at any rate, we are agreed. But you still think something sprinkling in infancy, nor other humanly devised practice will more than faith is needful to salvation. Let us look, then, at do, when we find even the baptism of John, to which the Lord a few more Scriptures. Of course, all who have obtained himself submitted (because, as He said, it became him to fulfil salvation are saved by Jesus Christ our Lord. He is our all righteousness, and he would thoroughly recognise John's Saviour. He has saved us from sin, death, and judgment. divine mission,) had now to be superseded by the baptism of The efficacy of his work, however, is brought to us through faith; faith in Jesus Christ. May Christians be led in these last days it would be better to say " the faith,” for it is faith unqualified, to act as these Ephesians, to conform in all things to divinely and that not of the head, but of the heart. In this sense it is appointed ways, and “have no confidence in the flesh.”'
that we are said to be saved by or through faith. “ By grace (To be continued, D.V.)
[undeserved mercy) ye are saved THROUL faith ; and that not of yourselves-the gift of God [i.e. salvation is the gift of God];
not of works, lest any man should boast.”(Eph.ii.) Nothing can “UNLEARNED QUESTIONS AVOID.”
be more conclusive. But take a living example. When the Lord (To the Editor of Precious TRUTH.)
Jesus Christ was yet on earth, a ceriain Pharisee, Simon by Dear SIR, ---I write not for the sake of controversy, but for
name, invited him to his table. While sitting at meat, a poor the truth, and the benefit of others. Being satisfied in my own
sinner woman found her way to his feet. She came as she was, mind I wish to put a few questions, if you or your readers will just what she was, a known sinner. As such she came by faith be so kind as to pay attention to the same.
into the presence of the Saviour. She had faith in him before 1st.- Does salvation depend on condition? Is that condition
she came there; for she brvught her box of ointment, and faith? If so, who supplies it, God or the sinner?
(what was better) a heart full of love. She did not know her 2nd.-Does Christ stand as the surety of all men, or only the
sins were forgiveu, but they were, and the result of forgiveness elect?
had taken possession of her ; there she was, pouring out the 3rd. - Did God elect some because He foreknew they would
tears of gratitude, the ointment of worship, and the love of be so good as to believe, or the contrary?
her soul. She uttered not a word, but silently manifested the 4th.-Can a believer become an apostate or child of the
humility and homage of a saved sinner. Simon might question devil, and be eternally lost?
in his heart whether Jesus were a prophet or no ; bat the 5th.--Can a sinner resist the regenerating work of the Holy sinner-woman worshipped him as her Saviour and Lord. And Ghost so as to make it non-effectual? Did the Holy Spirit
Jesus accepted all she brought him. She was not saved on want to regenerate the antediluvians, when His Spirit is said
account of anything she had done. All her manifestations of to " strive" with them? Did the Jows resist the said work love were the results, not the cause, of salvation. And now when Stephen charged them with that sin?
her loving Redeemer would not let her go out of his presence 6th.-Does God love all men alike? If so, how is it that
unrewarded. She should know her sins forgiven, and also the His wrath abideth on some ? If He loved all men with the reason why, and the happy consequence. “And he said unto same love as He loved Christ, how is it that any are lost ?
her, Thy sins are forgiven ; TIIY FAITH NATH SAVED THEE : 90 Yours truly in Jesus,
in peace.” (Luke vii. 36-50.)- -It seems almost a pity to W. SHORTER.
add anything to the above; yet, for the sake of general appliLatimer-road, Notting Hill.
cation we quote our Lord's words from John iii. “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of
Man be lifted up; that whosoever believeth in Him should not We will answer your questions in order :
perish, but have everlasting life." No other condition but Ans. 1.- Take an illustration. Many persons who have
belief in Him! But further – (like God confirming his promise never travelled out of England yet believe there is a place with an oath, that his poor doubting people might be sure) called Australia. Who supplies their belief?
our gracious Lord in the very next verse repeats his plain de
ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE.
CHARITY AND TRUTH.
claration, with the additional assurance that salvation is thus provided and obtained, for the simple reason that God so won- W. L., FELIX TERRACE, Islington.---We quite apprehend drously loved the world. “For God so loved the world, that your meaning, and appreciate your desire to honour God, and He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in to ascribe all the glory of salvation to Him. This is quite him should not perish, but have everlasting life"! The word right. Your statements, however, are not so. You cannot goes cven beyond this, for Jesus adds, “ He that believeth on
cite a single passage of Scripture in support of your theory. Him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned If you will accept God's teaching on the subject, it is this already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only si We are begotten with the word." (Jas. i. 18.) “Faith begotten Son of God”! Thus, then, not only are we assured cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” “The that faith in the Lord Jesus is that alone by which salvation is WORDS which I speak are spirit and are life. “ Go forth and brought to mankind. but that lack of faith seals condemnation speak in the temple all the WORDS of this life.” Any doctrine upon them who believe not on Him.- -Who, then, are saved ? set up in contradiction of these plain statements, would render All who believe in the Lord Jesus. Who are lost? All who the preaching of the Gospel of Salvation a delusion and does, believe not in Him. If any other Scriptures seem at all con- in fact, charge the Holy Spirit of God with unwillingness to trary to the foregoing, we will willingly examine them one by save souls.
If men cannot believe, how can they be condemned by a righteous God on the ground of unbelief? “He that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed
on the only begotten Son of God.” The explanation of the J. R., CHARLES-STREET, Edinburgh.- Scripture does not, we
difficulty is simply this:-Regeneration is a profound mystery, think, teach, as a doctrine, natural immortality. Yet all through
God declares it is effected by hearing and receiving His word. the Bible it seems to be assumed as understood by man uni
Instead of accepting this in simplicity, as little children, men
desire to analyse the subject; but finding it above and beyond versally, that his being does not cease with the death of his body. In a certain sense (Scripturally) all mankind are, as
their reasoning powers, they have invented a modus operandi naturally born into this world, already dead. The thousands
which comes within the grasp of the mind! But, alas ! in their we meet with daily who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ infatuation, they shut their eyes to the fact that they are in bodies had been laid in the grave. Mere continuity of being which rests upon them that believe not. This, notwithstand, are before God actually dead, as much dead as though their opposition to many declarations of Scripture, and, moreover,
they lay upon God the responsibility of the condemnation in a condition of sin is, in the word of God, frequentiy called death. This is shown in the person of the first man, Adam.
ing the declaration of the Saviour of sinners—“ God so loved God brought the beasts into being, and gave them animal life
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' by the power of his word; but he formed man out of the dust
Bear with us, dear brother, if we offer as a piece of profound of the ground, in his own likeness, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. A very is this — The Word of God means what it says.
wisdom, what at first sight may appear but a truism. It different order of being! Then God gave his innocent creature an earthly paradise. In the midst of this paradise, however, there was one tree of which Adam was commanded not to eat ; J. L., UPPER SEYMOUR-STREET.- :- We entirely approve of the for, said God, in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely charitable and loving tone of your letter. But let us ask you, die. Adam ate of it,-and death was stamped upon hinthat Is not divine truth absolute? Can it admit of any qualificavery day. His existence in the world was continued for hun
tions ? For our own part, we judge no man to condemnation. dreds of years; but as regards real life, that which God values
But we warn all. If, on comparing the written words and doc. and speaks of as LIFE, the father of our race was a dead man trines of Christ with ihe practice of Christians, we find them at as soon as he became a transgressor. And death has passed variance, shall we be silent ? Surely our Lord was not unde. upon all. We inherit death from Adam, both bodily and cided as to the way in which he would have believers to hold spiritual, just as we do our present being. God's remedy for
water Baptism? Far be it from any Christian to have such a this awful condition of things, is- -the gift of new lite. thought. Indeed, our Master has given us his mind very fully "le must be born again.” These were the words of Jesus. on the subject. Respecting this, as almost all other divine This new life he gives to all who believe, according to his word. truths, great numbers of saved souls are ignorant-not because Those who do not obtain this gift, are but death-stricken souls
of any real ground for difficulty—but because they will not while in this world, and retain the same deathly existence when SEARCH the scriptures. You say, Many dear Christians contheir earthly tabernacles have fallen to decay. A day will sider that Infant Baptism is God's ordinance." Alas, they come when their wretched bodies will be restored to them.
do think so. But why? Simply because they are taught of Then the dead, small and great, (not any who have received men, preferring the traditions of the fathers to the word of the gift of Life,] will stand before God to be judged according God?' We spoke advisedly when we expressed our belief that to what is written in the Books. All whose names are not
the regenerate cannot scripturally claim full Christian fellowwritten in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire- ship until baptized. We are convinced that in the first days the place prepared for the devil and his angels. “This is the of the Church no believer was received until he or she had SECOND death." Not a death which terminates existence, but
been passed through the water. Who could have refused that which places lost man in a condition where the sufferings of sublime figure of burial with Christ? It is almost entirely death never end; “ where their worm dieth not, and the fire through the unfaithfulness of teachers in not laying the Lord's is not quenched.” -Our souls may well recoil from such an charge upon those who receive the new birth, that the rite is unspeakably awful doom. In view of it many have sought to so shamefully neglected. But, as we said, the responsibility of explain away Scripture. These latter say that “ever and ever”
receiving is another question. Where two or three (or more) ought to be rendered "ages and ages.' We have a pamphlet baptized Christians are meeting together in the name of Jesus, before us entitled “ The Second Death, or ultimate destruction and others offer to join such a fellowship, the first thing they, after Ages of Torment.” The writer, evidently a dear Christian, as servants of the Lord, should require to be satisfied about, contends very cleverly for his hypothesis. We think all the
would be, as to whether such were in the faith. If so, then evidence is against him. But the best hope he can express is, follows the question, “ Have you been buried with Christ in that the existence of the damned will terminate after incalcula- Baptism?” Should the answer he "No," you have but to ble ages of torment! However kind the desire to tone down say, “It is the Saviour's command. He has told his servants God's threatenings touching the fearful consequences of man's to baptize; we, therefore, make known to you his will in this wilful rejection of mercy, His decrees cannot be altered one respect, and shall be happy to immerse you." Should the jot. We fear there is no palliative, for“ their worm dieth not, rejoinder on the applicants' part be, “ We do not see the need and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark ix. 44.) In other words, of it,” or “We do not understand the meaning of it.” The existence and endurance of torment by unsaved man seem to answer is still very obvious, “The Lord gives you no choice be declared in Scripture as never-ending.
in the matter. Show us a single scripture leaving it at your
option whether you will be baptized or no, and we will say no penny, we have now no intention of making any change. We more about it.'- -What you say, dear brother, about the have no desire to realize any pecuniary gain. The circulation Head of the Chureh having received you into followship before has, of late, sufficiently increased to make the return nearly you were baptized, does not affect the question in the least. equal to the cost of issue. In that respect we are therefore Of course he did, else you could not have been baptized with content. The price, however, being so very small, it does not His baptism. Does His faithfulness justify our unfaithfulness ? pay the booksellers and newsvendors to take any trouble in To press such an argument, is to revive that old atrocity, “Let extending the circulation, and in many cases they us sin, that grace may abound."- -You cite the case of Apollos, / will not
supply the demand, We shall be and wish us to consider that, because the 19th of Acts does not glad, therefore, if dear brethren and sisters will take the trouble tell us that Aquila and Priscilla spoke to him about the neces- to get christian friends to give them their names for a regular sity of being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, therefore, supply. If ten numbers are ordered to be sent to one address, it was not needful. But the record says no more about the the publisher will forward them post free. So that ten Lord's Supper, and a thousand other important things, than it christians in any one place can receivo Precious Truth for does about baptism! Will you on that account discard the bread Ono Half-penny each, the price they would have to pay in and wine? -Next, you take us to the Old Testament Scriptures, London. To the prayer of W. H. H., we fervently say, and show us the failure of the Israelites in the Wilderness, to keep | Amen! the commandment of Circumcision, until Joshua became their leader! Well, let us all become Joshuas, and preach faithfulness to the Lord. May past failures suffice; henceforth, let
“SURELY, I COME QUICKLY." us be earnest in seeking to bring Christians into conformity to the mind of Christ. When Moses separated from the people have passed since it was written.” To such we reply, This
Some may say, “How can this be true ? over 1800. years and pitched the Tabernacle outside the camp, he did not cease to bo of Israel. Neither do those who seek to follow the Lord sweet and precious promise was only given to believers; and Jesus and keep His commandments, cease to be in spiritual they only can understand how it is literally true. First, con. fellowship with the whole body of Christ. That is not the cerning believers who have “fallen asleep”; as present in the point. The real issue is very simple. Those who hold to the things of Christ just as "He has given then, associate spirit with the Lord, doubtless the lapse of time is not noticed, together. On the other hand, those who prefer the it follows that whenever they are awoke by the shout of our traditions of men, band themselves together according to coming Lord, it will indeed be felt to have been "quickly." their own thoughts and devices. But ought it to be said of Christians, as of Israel under the Judges -" In those days our life ? " it is even as a vapour which appeareth for a little
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LETTER TO A TRUE-HEARTED CHRISTIAN,
beloved. "We know that when he appears we shall Dear Child of God,- It is a great thing to have the be like him, for we shall see Him as He is.” Can you affections centred on one grand object. The object not weep for joy at the thought of it? Well may the of your desire is Christ. It may be your thoughts announcement break in upon us with “ Behold, I show have wandered from hin; that the world has from you a mystery !" Who can grasp it fully? But we time to time betrayed you into unfaithfulness, that you know it is true. Even in this visible creation, God have experimentally proved the deep deceitfulness of has given us a figure of that wondrous change. Look your own heart. But when you come back to the faith at the caterpillar ; what an unlovely thing it is, as it --when you come under the power of the inspired crawls on the earth ;-presently it is changed into a word—when you think of Jesus, and say " he loved chrysalis, and appears like a dead thing: but, anon, me and gave himself for me,"—then He is again in there is another metamorphosis : the once unsightly, stalled in your heart, and is the object of your desire. earth-bound crawler is transformed into a beautiful If at such a time an angel came to make known butterfly. to you — “The Lord is at hand; he is here ;" We are but little like Jesus now. Oh, how we shall
how gladly you would welcome the message! sing His praise when His "mighty power” and love How quickly you would forget all else! When Martha shall have conformed us wholly to himself! And this announced to her sister Mary " the Master is come, will come to pass in a moment–in the brief space of and calleth for thee," she rose up hastily and went out time required to twinkle the eye ! to meet him. What a spring of joy was in her heart Beloved. are you looking for Jesus? He is the bright even in that moment of deep sorrow! Jesus had and Morning Star. He is the only hope of the church. come. She had waited and longed for his coming; and Your only hope and mine. now he was there waiting for her. She knew His love;
Lord Jesus, when I think of Thee, her heart was full of it. How touching are those
Of all Thy love and grace, words"Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and
My spirit longs and fain would see Lazarus.”
Thy beauty face to face. Beloved, it is the same Jesus, and he loves you. While you cherish this hope you can hold all things You scarcely realise the fact, - but he loves you, loosely here. You can stand apart from evil. This and he is coming ;-no longer the despised Nazarene, is what the Lord would have you to do. He that but the risen, glorified Jesus, to whom all power is hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as He is given in beaven and earth. Yes, He is coming; the pure.'' Mighty One, yet gentle as ever. He is still the Lamb,
May your constant enquiry be- What hath the Lord though Lord of all. When you think of his coming in said ?' What would He have me to do? May you be glory, you have need to remember his deep, deep love. satisfied with no answers to these questions but such It is not a question of your love to Him. When you as you find in Scripture. Accept no man's doctrines ; see Him as He is, you will love Him as you ought. but whatsoever the Lord commands you-Do it. We Oh, my brother, my sister, what an unspeakable joy it are left to prove our faith and love. The time is short. is to say to one's soul“ Jesus loves me." Do you A moment, and we may be with Jesus in glory. ask why he loves you? You see there is nothing in Rejoice, beloved, in this hope, with you to attract His love. Why does He love you? Be
Yours in all christian love, cause He is Jesus, because He has saved you, because
The Editor of PRECIOUS TRUTH. He is God-and God is love. Oh, I want you to rejoice in His love, for He is coming. He expects you
TO EVANGELISTS ; to be waiting and watching. You will never know the time till the moment arrives, and then you will be with him in glory. Behold, I show you a mystery ;
We speak as being ourselves of your numberwe shall not all sleep-but we shall be changed, in a preachers of the glorious Gospel of Christ. Our Lord moment, in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump: said, “This Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead ( in Christ] in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and sball be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." then shall the end come.” Anything like universal, Into what shall we be changed ? Not into angels, not or even national, conversion during this dispensation, disembodied spirits, but into the likeness of the risen is utterly hopeless. When the end of the present Jesus! Oh, how beautiful how glorious we shall be, age has come, and our Saviour-God has taken us, and
A FEW OF THE Master's WORDS ABOUT PREACHING.