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we are buried with Him by baptism into death; that like as required of a believer. Noah was a believer on the other side of Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, the flood, there was no question about his faith; he had to prove even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have his faith by building the ark, and submitting to the baptism of been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be the waters of death--and what then? He could build an altar, also in the likeness of His resurrection.” The apostle is teach- and be accepted of God as a worshipper! ing believers that they are dead to sin, and to show that We cannot conclude without a brief remark upon the practice according to the mind of God this is absolutely true, he tells us of sprinkling infants. The dreadful delusion which prevails on that baptism signifies burial. The believer is, as to his standing this subject is said to be based upon the words of our Lord
L _" Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; his Adam nature as dead : he is a “new creature." The believer signifies by baptism (whether he fully understands it or membered that the disciples were about to prevent children from not) that he sides with God in condemning flesh as utterly coming to Jesus. But He will not suffer any to be prevented worthless. He was mysteriously made a partaker of judgment and death in the person of Jesus Christ ; and he therefore gives childlike mind. But what has this to do with baptism? Is it
who are willing to come to Him, especially children and all of his body to be laid in the water as though dead. From this
not obvious, that if the Lord had contemplated infant baptism, attitude he is raised up, and thus in a figure shows that which He would have enjoined it on that very occasion? The reader is actually true, namely, that he is in resurrection life. Death, will have perused this paper in vain if he fails to see that unless in the way of judgment, he will never encounter. Christ, in the reception of water baptism be an evidence of faith already wondrous love, accepted death for him eighteen hundred years existing in the person receiving it, it is utterly in vain, and is a ago, and He now as it were ratifies that act: in the first place, mere mockery. No terms can be too strong in denouncing any by faith in his Saviour; and secondly, by the outward form of who wilfully teach (that is, with full knowledge of its meaning,) baptism. Thus, then, water baptism teaches death and the doctrine as set forth in the ritual and Catechism of the resurrection : death past, and resurrection life in Christ in Church of England. The entire system with its promises and possession. (See Col. ii. 12, 13.)
vows, its godtathers and godmothers, and its confirmation to As partakers, then, of death and life through Jesus Christ follow, is not only opposed to the letter of Scripture, but is enour Lord, who would forego the privilege of setting this forth tirely subversive of the spirit of Christianity. To the simple by the baptism which He has ordained ?
hearted who love the Lord Jesus Christ, these remarks are adBut again, we have allusion to baptism in the first Epistle to dressed. They are intended as an exhortation to faithfulness Corinthians x. 14" Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye on a point respecting which nearly all Christendom has proved should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the unfaithful. Baptism is a command, though there are no pains and cloud, and all passed through the sea, and were all baptized (the penalties recorded against its nonfulfilment. It is deeply signifi. same figure of burial) unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea." cant, but is not essential to salvation. It is a test of faith and Herein we learn that none of those who came out of Egypt were love, and therefore we know not what consequences may attend exempt from this baptism to Moses. To the Christian, Egypt failure respecting it. There are cases, such as that of the thief represents the world; we are called out of it by faith in Jesus,
on the cross, where water baptism cannot be received. Of such and should evidently all be baptized to him. The Israelitos had it will never be required. It is a matter for each one's conno place as worshippers until after this baptism to Moses; it science. We shall all be revealed in the presence of Christ in was after they were thus baptized that God gave them his that bright day when nothing will remain secret. What reason, Sabbath, and fod them with manna, and taught them how to dear reader, will you give to the Lord (if unbaptized) for worship Him!
your disobedience and lack of love? Thanks be to Jesus our Such is rightfully the teaching for the Christian also ; though Lord, you cannot imperil your salvation if you believe in he may, and alas does, set aside God's order of things, because but the word of God clearly reveals that our position in he is not under law but under grace.”
But the Lord loves
glory will depend upon the degree of our faithfulness here, “as His people to be faithful to all his words, and those will realize one star differeth from another star in glory.” Even in our greatest blessing who seek, in the way He has indicated, to present state, be assured spiritual happiness is ever consequent please Him. The whole course of this Chapter (1 Cor. x.)
upon obedience. enforces not only the duty of conformity to baptism, but the Finally, to any who may be exercised in spirit by truth primary place given to it in Christian life. The apostle begins presented herein, and may consequently be cast about as to the chapter with baptism, and goes on to the Lord's Supper,
who to apply to for help and guidance. Have full confidence and worship, in regular order. This is insisted upon, that in in the" written word;"pray God to guide you. Any Christian the word of God, water baptism is always interposed between can baptize you. As to fellowship,-remember the Lord's declaration of faith and the full privileges of the believer, as precious assurance, "where two or three are gathered together touching the assembly and fellowship with Christians. In other in my name, there am I in the midst of them." words, the Christian has no right (according to scripture) to The Editor will gladly aid with such counsel as the Lord take his place among Christians while he repudiates baptism. may enable him to give, any who may desire it; but he would Of course it is admitted that it is mainly owing to unfaithful- chiefly urge searching the word of God and prayer. ness on the part of the majority of Gospel preachers, in this matter, that so few receive the rite of baptism. But conscience once aroused, our duty is clear, to return to first principles, taking the Bible as our only guide. It is by that only we are
OUR CORRESPONDENTS AND OURSELVES. taught of the Holy Ghost. Let there be no fear of seeming to be legal. Look how the next chapter in Corinthians opens (verse 2)—“ Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember
W. D. W., HEREFORD.-Your letter is written in so very me in all things, and keep the ordinances as I delivered them gracious a spirit that we would fain quote from it at some to you."
length if any good were likely to result. In speaking of the One more reference. In 1 Peter ii. 20 the Apostle refers to the “ leading brother at Plymouih,” with reference to the great days of Noah, and the ark in which eight souls were saved by
rupture between “ The Brethren,” we had no desire to press water ; then he says (verse 21)—“The like figure whereunto
unduly on him personally. Doubtless his opponents dealt even baptism doth also now save us.” The salvation of Noah with him most unscripturally. The exclusive party assumed and his family, in the ark is a figure of baptism, and baptism is a
judgment where they had no jurisdiction. Their leader, and figure of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. It is specially the
the few in power who act with him, seem to have been overtaken resurrection aspect of baptism which is here looked at (see con
with that spirit of persecution which has more or less characclusion of the verse) “ by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” terised every Christian sect, as in turn each has attained to any
Looking at the manner of Noah's deliverance as given us degree of ascendancy. It is heartrending to find among godly here to be the type of Christian baptism we find the same line
men such unholy zeal. No doubt all you say is correct respectof truth pressed upon our attention, which we have scen re
ing the one in whose defence you write, whom you describe as peated again and again, namely, that baptism is the first thing so cruelly persecuted. It seems clear that his heretical writing
(indited, we are willing to believe, without evil intent,) had for scriptures they could scarcely fail to detect the glaring impos. years freely circulated amongst those who eventually made use tures of that false prophet. of it to hunt the writer down. But after all this is admitted “he was to be blamed," not fur causing a rupture in the confederacy, in our last, the chief part of your own inquiry answered.
J. G. E.-You will doubtless have seen in our reply to J. R., but for what he wrote. . Had he not taught Christ-dishonour. Respecting Rom. ii. 7-none but the regenerate, those who are ing doctrine, it could not have been used against him. This born again, can be found answering the description in that brother is now publishing a pamphlet in which he seeks to show scripture. If a natural man can be found, in patient continuance that the calling of the church is not special to this dispensation, in well doing, let him claim the promised reward; of course but includes all saved before Christ came to suffer for sin. We froin childhood there must have been this patient continuance hope he is not sinning against the light. Alas ! how many have in well-doing, and it must be also maintained to the end of this been betrayed ; like Diotrephes, through love of pre-eminence. This is the true spring of bitterness among " the Brethren," and present life. The first three chapters in Romans must be read in all other divisions of the Church. How it contrasts with that “both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin ; as it is
in connection; then you will come to the plain declaration, the Lord's words. " If any man will come after me, let him written, there is none righteous, no, not one." And again, deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow me.” We
" that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may beexpect, dear brother, no "healing of breaches,” but “we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ ; who shall change our vile In Jesus Christ. He has wrought salvation for all who trust
come guilty before God." Where is deliverance to be found ? body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body in him. All who refuse to believe in the only Saviour are. according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all condemned already, and pass away in their sins into eternal things unto himself."
misery. As to 2 Tim. i. 10, you must read the 9th with the 10th A. Z.–See our answer to W. D. W.
verse, which makes it plain that for those who are saved (beG.H. DUKE-STREET-In our statements about “the Brethren" | lievers only) Christ hath abolished death, &c. You will or “ Plymouth Brethren,” we haveendeavoured as far as possible almost invariably find deliverance from any supposed scripture to avoid speaking of individuals. Our object was to show that difficulty by looking at the context prayerfully, under the as an association they had dishonoured the Lord Jesus respect- guidance of the Holy Ghost.- _" Thomasites,” we suppose, ing water baptism-also that they are opposed to Scripture in
are followers of Dr. Thonias, one of whose pamphlets we have acting as a confederacy-and that the resuit has been on the part been reading. He seems to have acquired some insight into of those who assumed power, a manifestation of intolerance, dispensational truth ; but he writes in a somewhat mystifying, persecution and bigotry, which we should have thought im- style. If we understand him, he appears to teach that water possible among those who love the Saviour. Yet they do love baptism is essential to salvation. This is contrary to truth. Jesus ; who that knows them can doubt it? How greatly too
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But the certainties THE EDITOR'S LETTER TO THE CHRISTIAN READER. upon faithful walk down here.
of eternal life and heirship were settled, the moment PATIENCE ! Beloved, Patience! This is a theme on we trusted in Jesus. which we have much need to exhort one another. Patience, then, beloved; ye have need of patience.
I It is what the word of God constantly presses upon Lord has so abundantly given you. Stand firmly in
pray you, be firmly established in the promises our all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Having the established fact that you are going to God in' already obtained salvation through faith in him, why the glory. Let both your life and conversation assert are we left in the wilderness? There should be no this fearlessly, yet with all humility. Say this—"I doubt as to the reason why. God's purpose is that am a poor sinner deserving hell; but through faith we should glorify him by living a life of faith
in the Lord Jesus Christ, I am saved ; and am thereenduring a condition of things entirely contrary to fore patiently waiting for my Redeemer to take me
to heaven. He has said he will come and take me the new nature which he has given to us. to endure as seeing him who is invisible, (i. e. as to himsolf, and to the mansions he has gone to prethough we could always see God.)
pare, and He will do it." But not only so: we are to wait as those who are
Never suffer Satan to get you on the vantage heirs to an incorruptible inheritance. It is not as
ground of uncertainty. He may often tell you how
unfit though we were uncertain as to what will eventually
you are for the presence of God. Let your become of us. God has made known to us that “
ready answer be—“Christ is fit, and I am accepted
in Him. Moreover, when He comes I shall be are more than conquerors through him that loved us," that we are "joint-heirs-with Christ," already
changed into his likeness—in that likeness shall I cepted in the Belored.” The only uncertainty on our appear in the presence of God."
Remember we have to STAND against the WILES of; side has regard to time. We wait to be taken home, to be changed into the likeness of Jesus, and to be the Devil. He seeks to cheat and deceive us in every put in possession of the inheritance—the free gift of way. It is not an openly avowed foe we have to God. How soon the change will come, we know not,
contend with, but our adversary is the Prince of though our heavenly Father knows full well. Hence Darkness. Yet fear not: “GREATER is HE that is in
you, than he that is in the world.” You have the the necessity for the exercise of patience.
Holy Ghost the Comforter ever with you—in you. For ye have need of patience, that, after yo have done the Be therefore strong—not in yourself, but in the Lord. will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little Put on the WHOLE armour of God. Do not attempt while, and he that shall come will come and will not tarry.”
to make shift with a part of it. (See Eph. vi. 10-18.), While he tarries, we are to live by faith, as the Pray always. Stand firm in the assurance that the Scripture quoted (Heb. x.) goes on to say.
Lord Jesus will quickly come, and deliver you once A similar exhortation to patience is given for our and for ever, comfort in the Epistle of James
Though clad in the whole armour of God, you are
only to stand on the defensive. You cannot destroy “Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit your foe; you can only resist him. You cannot of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the march up to heaven as a warrior. You can only early and the latter rain. Be yo also patient; stablish your stand and wait patiently, till He who has conquered hearts, for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”
for you, comes forth with the welcome shout. Then What a beautiful illustration is here given of ther, exhortation to patience. That which is now
faith will be wanted no more; you will need no furwhat the Lord looks for in us! The farmer
expects seen as through a glass darkly, will then be a bright, the fertilising rains of spring and autumn. He sows his corn seed in faith, and waits the result with glorious, eternal possession. "Oh, dear brother, dear patience ; he reckons that in due time he shall gather for it is true, that " when Christ, our life, shall appear,
sister, you may well wait in meekness and PATIENCE, in the harvest. So may it be with you and I, be.
with Him in glory." loved in the Lord. In our case, no vicissitudes of weather can alter the final result. All is secured for
Yours ever in Him, us in Christ Jesus our Lord. All God's promises are Yea and Amen in Him. There is, of course, the
In true Christian love, question of rewards and degree of glory, dependent
The Editor of PRECIOUS TRUTH.
TO MR. W. PARKS, B.A.
Turn we now to your next Scripture, 1 Cor. ii. 14.
“ But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit DEAR BROTHER IN CHRIST, —
of God : for they are foolishness unto him: neither can ho know
them, because they are spiritually discerned." Considering you to be a believer in the Lord
The subject here treated of, as you surely must Jesus Christ, we thus address you. Hitherto we have spoken of you, or rather, of your writings. see, is not salvation, but the unfolding of the hidden Henceforth we purpose to address you personally. commencement of this letter, the portion of the chap
We have given, in the We hope thus to be able to speak more lovingly, in ter which speaks of Salvation, ending at the 5th pointing out the grievous errors you are teaching. What are we to think of you as a professed minis- God's dealings with believers, thus
From that point the Apostle dilates upon ter of Christ, when, instead of teaching the plain and simple truth as it is in Jesus, you talk about “Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect : syllogism A and syllogism B—a series of mental yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this propositions erected by yourself for the purpose of world, that come to nought; but we speak the wisdom of God overthrowing them ? Is that sort of preaching in before the world unto our glory. Which none of the princes conformity with the passage in 1 Cor. ii. 1-5 ? of this world knew : for had they known, they would not have “ And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with ex
crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath cellency of speech, or of wisdom, declaring unto you the tes
not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of timony of God. For I determined not to know anything him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the
man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words
what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of which is in him ? Even so, the things of God knoweth no man, power; that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,
but the Spirit of God. Now, we have received, not the spirit of but in the power of God.”
the world, but the Spirit which is of God ; that we might know
the things that are freely given us of God. Which things also We refrain from further consideration of your ex- we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but travagant language, both in reasoning and declama- which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things tion; but cannot help expressing our grief to see
with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of
the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him; neither 80 much argument expended in an endeavour to
can he know, because they are spiritually discerned. But be prove that the Lord Jesus is UNWILLING (!) to save. that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of It is now our duty to consider the Scriptures you
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, quote in support of your doctrine. At page 13 of that he may instruct him? But we have the mind; of Christ.” your tract (“ Professor, Beware,”) you say,
What has all this to do with your assertion, that “ Christ and Paul have most distinctly stated that “ Christ and Paul distinctly stated that no man can no man can believe without supernatural power," believe without supernatural power”? The whole ob
And you quote in support of this assertion John ject of this passage is to show the necessity of being vi. 44 and 1 Cor. ii. 14. The first-named Scripture a believer, and having the guidance of the Holy contains the following words from the mouth of the Spirit, and that because the things of the Spirit are Lord Jesus
foolishness to the unbeliever. There is nothing at
all about faith being given to the unbeliever to re“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath ceive the Gospel message.
You confound two very sent me draw him ; and I will raise him up at the last day."
different things. Paul speaks of some in his day who Now, in verse 40 of the same chapter we get a "handled the word of God deceitfully;" we do not very simple explanation of the above
accuse you of this; God knoweth our hearts. But
it is clear, you do not "rightly divide the word of I “ This is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which truth." seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting
You have, in fact, selected a text which condemns life; and I will raise him up at the last day."
your position entirely, for this passage is quite in The Father draws to Jesus all who believe in him. accordance with Eph. i. 13– Look at living instances—those who came to Jesus, as set before us in the Gospel narratives, such as the
“In whom (Christ] ye also trusted, after that ye heard the
word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation : in whom also, leper, the sick of the palsy, Jairus, the woman with after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of an issue of blood, the Syro-phenician woman, &c. &c. promise.” What were all these but believers ? and why were they drawn to Jesus, but because they were believers? understand and teach spiritual truth. He is given
The Holy Ghost is given to believers, that they may Such are they whom the Father draws to the Son ! According to your theory, the Father draws un
after they believe, as the above passage shows. He believers to the Son, that He may give them faith.
is never given to unbelievers. You cannot find a But the Scriptures tell us that sinners who believe are scripture to justify such a thought. drawn to Jesus, that He may save them !
You see, brother, you and the word of God are Your further quotations in our next, if the Lord quite at variance.
BY THE EDITOR OF
COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL BY
“And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto th ST. JOHN.
governor of the feast. And they bare it." (8.) PRECIOUS TRUTH."
Here we have the lesson illustrated with the same CHAPTER II.
grand simplicity of sacred narrative. How brief are “ And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee:
the words! how unhesitating and prompt the reand the mother of Jesus was there, and both Jesus was called sponses! Jesus said, Do this, and Do that; and they and his disciples to the marriage.” (1, 2.)
did it. Speaking after the manner of men, these Why the third day? The third period of the world's the work He had given them to do. The Lord had
servants had some room for questioning the value of history had commenced. At its close there is to be not told them what he should effect; and we should a marriage in heaven: the glorified Son of God is to receive his Bride (the Church) and she will have scarcely have been surprised, had they hesitated to made herself ready. But Cana of Galilee was emu
carry to the governor of the feast what they had just lous, and in spirit anticipated and typified that poured into the vessels as water, knowing that he heavenly union. (Cana signifies—Emulation.) In the expected wine. But they had received the command, joyful time to come, Jesus and his disciples will oc
and they obeyed it . the cupy the foremost place. In Cana, they were but How few, comparatively, of the Lord's own servants
lesson which the Holy Ghost would teach us here. invited guests.
-his blood bought ones—accept the simple expres“ And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith sion of His will, and do it! unto him, They have no wine.” (3.)
“ When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was How touchingly simple, yet how noble ! The
made wine, and knew not whence it was ; (but the servants mother of Jesus knew what a tender heart was in which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called her son ; he would sympathise with the need of the the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginhour. She was conscious, too, that his power equalled ning doth set forth good wine ; and when men have well drunk, his gentleness and his grace; she, therefore, asked then that which is worse : but thou hast kept the good wino
until now.” (9, 10.) nothing, but only mentioned the want. Was she not, however, trespassing upon his love? Was it So the bridegroom was praised for the blessing not presuming upon a temporary relationship which that Jesus had wrought. But the servants which was soon to come to an end ? It would seem so ? drew the water knew ! Yes—and the servants who
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? draw the water of the Word, and minister it to needy mine hour is not yet come.” (4.)
souls--they know that it is the power and love of He had indeed descended from heaven to provide Jesus which turns the water into wine. The water joy and gladness for the children of men; but the of life (the Word of God), given and received in faith, time had not yet come. He must first endure suffer- becomes, through Jesus, the cup of Salvation-the ing and death ;-the poured out wine was to become wine which fills the believer's soul with joy unspeakthe emblem of his own precious blood, shed for able and full of glory. But, alas! some accept praise sinners, ere man could thoroughly joy in the blood of and honour from man for work which is all of the the grape. However, Mary had not reckoned in Saviour! vain upon the exceeding grace of Jesus.
: " This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee “ His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith him." (11.)
and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on unto you, Do it.” (5.). Oh, that these words were graven on the heart of
Fit commencement of the work the Father had every servant! How sublime in their brevity, and how given him to do!. Herein he shows us, too, some of perfect! Never let a Christian speculate as to what the features of his own bright character. He came he is to do. The Lord Jesus, after his resurrection, in accepted weakness, and pure as water ; but he gave the same directions—"Go ye, therefore, aná poured out the life-stream in blood. For our sakes teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the he endured, under the winepress of judgment; and Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; for us he has become a continual joy, of which wine teaching them to observe all things whatsoever 1 is but, as it were, the shadow of an image or figure. have commanded you.” (Matt. xxviii. 19, 20.) — Yes,
From Galilee, he manifested forth his glory; it that is it; “ Whatsoever He saith unto you, Do it."
was outside the hitherto favoured city of Jerusalem,
that the Lord commenced his ministry. Happy in“And there were set there six water pots of stone, after the dication of what is going on now; namely, the dismanner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins a-piece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water pots play of the grace and glory of Jesus to the despised with water. And they filled them up to the brim.”
and rejected ones of the world. Galilee and its inAnd the water became wine, without another word habitants were held in contempt, and the true disor touch. The Creator was there-and his will was
ciples of Christ now are lightly esteemed, as were
the Galilæans. sufficient. The wine that was wanted to make glad that little company, was supplied without stint. It was limited only by the number and capacity of the
“LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT.”- Though the weights be as pre
cious (in an earthly sense) as gold, lay them aside, to run all water-pots.
the better in the Life of Faith.'