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may account for. There are simple souls that exhibit them. But God has given his people the entire this; but, generally, it is otherwise.
Bible, and has put this declaration upon
it“ The prerogative of our Christian faith,” says one,
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitand his words are good and seasonable, “ the secret of able for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in its strength is this—that all which it has and all which righteousness : that the man of God may be perfect, throughly it offers, is laid up in a person. This is what has furnishod unto all good works.” (2 Tim. iii., 16, 17.) made it strong, while so much else has proved so weak. See how beautifully consistent is the wording of It has not merely deliverance, but a Deliverer; not Scripture! To the man of God is given the whole of redemption only, but a Redeemer as well. This is the sacred writings, that he may be perfect, throughly what makes it fit for wayfaring men. This is what furnished [furnished through and through) unto all makes it sunlight, and all else, when compared with good works. This cannot be said to a babe, nor to it, as moonlight; fair it may be, but cold and ineffec- one just beginning to walk. We must not, therefore, tual; while here the life and the light are one. And expect a babe in Christ to be able to understand or O how great the difference between submitting our receive all truth at once. Many of the most glorious selves to a complex of rules, and casting ourselves revelations of the Word of God are too strong for upon a beating heart, between accepting a system, infant Christians; they cannot receive them. Numand cleaving to a person. Our blessedness, and let bers of aged believers, who have known the Lord us not miss it, is this—thatour treasures are treasured, Jesus Christ from afar for many years, are shocked in a person who is not for one generation, a present if we tell them they are called to have fellowship with Teacher and a living Lord, and then for all succeeding God--the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. generations a past and a dead one, but who is present They have not yet realised that their sins are forand living for all.”
given, and that they are "accepted in the Beloved." Yes indeed—and this ever present and living One, In vain we repeat to many of the Lord's bloodin the Gospels, is constantly Himself either seen or bought onesheard. He is the Teacher or the Doer on every occa
“ This we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we sion; and the Evangelists have little or nothing left [believers) which are alive and remain unto the coming of the for them in the way of explanation or comment. And Lord shall not prevent (or go before] them which are asleep. this gives to their narratives simplicity and palpable For the Lord himself shall" descend from heaven with a shout, truthfulness, a truthfulness that may be felt.
with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: But further; in His relationships to the world which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
and the dead in Christ shall rise first; then we (believers] which was around Him, we see Him at once a Con- them (the dead in Christ] in the clouds, to meet the Lord in queror, a Sufferer and a Benefactor. What moral the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore glories shine in such an assemblage! He overcame comfort one another with these words."' (1 Thess. iv. 15-18.) the world, refusing all its attractions ; He suffered all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,” &c.
“We [believers) shall not all sleep, but we [believers) shall from it, bearing witness against its whole course ; He (1 Cor. xv. 51, 52. blest it, dispensing the fruit of His grace and power .
How many children of God treat this as a theoqueror-its pollutions and enmities a Sufferer—its retical doctrine, in which they have no vital interest
one which they may receive or reject at will, miseries only a Benefactor! What a combination!
notwithstanding that it is said, “Comfort one ano-
ther with these words " ! How is this? Such
the milk-food of “the word”; that is to say, they New-born babes require milk. As with the natu- have only received the simplest truths of Christianity. ral, so with the spiritual. Accordingly, after Peter This is not according to the mind of God; on the has spoken of the new birth, in the opening chapter contrary, it is most dishonouring to Him, for those of his 1st Epistle, we find him exhorting believers, His children are neglecting the rich provisions of in the commencement of the second chapter, thus
“Go on to perfection," should be a " As new born babes desire the sincere milk of the Word, watchword for every Christian. We may never be that ye may grow thereby.”
satisfied if we are not making progress. To this Yes, babes are fed with milk, that they may grow. also given the Holy Ghost the Comforter, to lead us
end, the Lord has given us ALL His words. He has They are, however, not always to be fed on milk. into All truth. How touchingly the Apostle wrote Alas! the majority of Christians little understand in the Epistle to the Hebrews, concerning these this; they suffer themselves to remain in the hands standstill Christians. He desired to unfold to beof nurses, many of whom can foed with nothing lievers the precious offices of the risen Jesus, that else than baby-diet. From time to time, how- they might know how actively the Blessed One is ever, there arises in many, if not in all
, a craving engaged even now for His people. This, we are told, for something stronger, on which to feed that new is strongly manifested in His character and work as Yet they persistently cling to the nurses of their our great High Priest. The Apostle says, Jesus is babyhood, who have nothing but milk-food to offer | dec. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be
“Calleu v. God, an high priest after the order of Melchise
CHRISTIANS AND THEIR HEAVENLY FOOD.
PRAYER AND PRAYER MEETINGS.
attered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time nature is not treated as a dead thing, and mortified ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God : and are be accordingly. “Consider yourselves dead.” That is come such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For the remedy for strife and division-dead with Christ, every one that useth milk [i.e. first principles] is unskilful in the and alive with Him in a new order of being, the word of righteousness : for he is a babe. But strong meat be prominent characteristics of which are love and
peace. longeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Therefore leaving the principles [the first principles before spoken of] of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfec
Christians are enjoined to "pray without ceasing." tion.” (Heb. v, 10-14, and vi. 1.)
Happy would it be, if believers generally realised Now, that which is spoken of here is not Christian their unspeakable privilege by filling up every vacant walk (though that necessarily follows), but we are moment down here with prayer. Not necessarily urged forward in the acquisition of divine knowledge, spoken prayer. It is often far better for the desires that we may grow! The Hebrew converts had not of the soul to pass up to God, untrammelled by been slack in the activities of Christian life. The words, as it is writtenApostle says to them,
“ The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities, for we know not "God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour what we should pray for as we ought ; but the Spirit itself of love, which ye showed towards his name, in that ye have maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be ministered to the saints, and do minister ;"
uttered.” (Rom. viii. 26.)
What follower of the Lord Jesus does not know and again in the 10th chapter of the same epistle he something of these groanings Blessed are they says
who get much aid from the Holy Ghost in that way. "Call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye And He is ever willing thus to help our infirmities. were illuminated [enlightened, converted,] ye endured a great If dear, “ blood-bought” saints would only get fight of afflictions ; partly whilst ye were made a gazing stock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly whilst ye be
more deeply earnest for the spiritual welfare of one came companions of them that were so used. For ye had another, their groaning prayers would be much incompassion of me in my bonds and 100 joyfully the spoiling of creased, and the name of Jesus more fully glorified. your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a Look at the Saviour's words better and enduring substanco." (ver. 32-34.)
“Hitherto ye have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and ye These dear saints had borne persecutions, had shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John xvi. 24.) endured a great fight of afflictions, were faithful, Might not many Chistians apply this sentence to were cheerful givers to the needy ones of the flock themselves almost literally ? Their asking is almost of Christ; yet respecting divine knowledge and nothing. But if we would pray, to the end " that our growth; they had gone back to babyhood ; and, joy may be full,” our asking must be much on behalf instead of becoming teachers of others, had need to of others ;for the obtaining of those things we be taught again the first principles of Christ. Alas! desire for self will never fill us with joy. Let us pray for the many Babes of the present day, in comparison for, and obtain, blessing for others, and our joy will *of whom, these Hebrews were as giants! The baby fulí
. Of course, there is much presentation of names condition of so many Christians is mainly attribu- at the throne of grace. (We are
speaking still of table to bad nursing-teaching, it should be. While private prayer.) No doubt all believers call over, in the Lord's people are content with mere pulpit prayer, thỏ list of their relatives, and those that preaching, instead of accepting the guidance and are dear to them; perhaps they do so night and teaching of the Holy Spirit of God, they must con- morning. Thanks bo to God, the God of all grace, tinue more starveling babes, instead of becoming for every effort thus truly made. But, alas ! how strong in the Lord.
often does this practice sink into a mere formality-a But there is another aspect of soul spoken' of in mere naming of names ! Shall we be wrong in hintScripture, in which only the milk of “the Word” ing that, with some Christians, it is an irksome task ? can be taken ; that is, where the believer clings to But to the true believer, it need not be so. If the the things appertaining to the carnal nature-willing love of God, “shed abroad in our hearts,” is suffered to walk in the old Adam life, instead of in the life of to produce its proper fruit, there will be earnest, Christ. Alas! what hindrance is presented to the craving desires for the spiritual welfare of many who work of the Holy Ghost by carnally minded Chris- are known to us-known to us continually, in varied tians !
circumstances of difficulty, danger, and suffering. “I, brethren, could not speak unto you (says the Apostle to Look after such, watch them, care for them; and such) as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes then you will surely pray for them. Bring some new in Christ. I have fed you with milk and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye hearts to God about them, as really wanting and
names continually into your prayers; and open your able. For ye are yet carnal : for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal and walk expecting the good you ask for them. We conclude as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul ; und another, I this part
of our subject with the following scriptures ; am of Apollos; are ye not carnal ?”
(may they be much used for blessing.) May this question search many hearts ! There
“Pray without ceasing.” (That is, Ever be in the spirit of cannot be true spiritual progress where the old carnal
“ In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in latter eonclusions. But they by no means proves waterChrist Jesus concerning you."
baptism to be essential to salvation. Water does not unite “Quench not the Spirit.
(1 Thess. v. 16-19.) us into one body. The baptism of the Holy Ghost does
that. Water-baptism only buries that which is deemed Respecting Prayer MEETINGS.-We believe that, dead, viz., the Adam nature of the believer ; or, to take the even when Christians gather together for prayer, the other scripture explanation of its meaning, it, in figure, most blessed exercises of soul, the most powerful washes away sins (Acts xxii. 16), though we are plainly appeals to God, and the most accepted of Him,
are taught elsewhere that it is the precious blood of Jesus silent aspirations and in ward groanings, produced by Christ, the Son of God, which really cleanses the believer the Holy Spirit. Yet outspoken prayer on such oc
from all sin (1 Johni. 7). Acts x. shows there is living union casions is to be looked for. In 1 Cor. xiv. 15 we
of members to the oue body, before water baptism. This read
is fully confirmed by Eph i. 12-13. Then, we would ask
you to consider the case of the thief on the cross. How "I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the un
could he be saved if Water-baptism were needful to salvaderstanding also.”
tion ? And this brings us to the practical bearing of the This need of praying with the understanding question. Only a few days ago the writer was called to the should ever be borne in mind by those who take the side of a dying woman, One could not preach in such a place of mouthpieces at prayer-meetings.
It is a
case, “ Believe and be baptized.” The scripture given me to solemn office--that of speaking to God for his people with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thing
read on this occasion was Rom. x. 9; “ If thou shalt confess If those who string sentences of words together, on heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt many occasions, could only get one glimpse of the God be saved.” A sister in the Lord, who helped to nurse the whom they are supposed to address, how quickly dying one, considers she afterwards confessed with her lips, would they become silent! May we, in all earnest- though the writer could not obtain a clear testimony. ness, simplicity, and love, offer advice in two words God only knows whether there was belief in the heart—bút to Christians who lead in prayer ? The words are if so, she is certainly saved. We are glad to find you urge these-Be Brier! Hear what our Lord says about it: confession, and all other requirements of scripture. Truth, “When ye pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do ;
as given in the word of God, has many aspects—and for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking. Bé faithfulness requires that we sbould take heed to them all. not ye therefore like unto them; for your Father knoweth what But when salvation is in question, John iii. 14-15 clearly ye have need of before ye ask Him.” (Matt. vi. 7, 8.)
shows the essentials-namely, on God's side, that His only
on our side, The Lord Jesus then gave a prayer--as a model of begotten Son should die and be raised again
that we believe in Him. brevity. In that respect it is a model for every man. It consists of 65 words only. Yet it comprises all in the Lord absenting themselves frequently from your meet
T. C.-In the case you mention—that of dear brethren the petitions a true-hearted Jew need desire to present ing place, on the Lord's day-there is no remedy but prayer to God in that day. But Christians have a more
and brotherly love. We have no command from the Master comprehensive range of subjects of prayer now. They to meet on that day, although we have abundant evidence are furnished with the whole word of God to teach of His approval of Christians so doing. Acts xx. 7 is them right desires, and they have the Holy Ghost in certainly written by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost for them, to help their infirmities. They cannot plead our guidance ; but there is no word to bind us as to a set with God in a form of words, nor in a formal prayer.
observance. We shall be happy to hear from you again, if They must, if they would prevail, deal with Him in you have other thoughts on the subject. Meantime, dear spirit and in truth. Moreover, attached to all true
brother, pray for the wandering ones ; seek them out as
often as you can, and by the constraints of love endeavour Christian
there must be the precious name of to bring them back to faithfulness to the Lord, according to Jesus Christ. Still, the above-mentioned prayer Heb. x. 25. Tbis is true pastoral work. It needs much must ever be a model for brevity and force.
grace and patience-patience to wait, for the approval of Dear brethren, leaders in prayer-Suffer the word our labours, until we shall stand beforo the judgment-seat of exhortation. When you feel really led to pray,
of Christ. Our God is, however, equal to all our needs. consider the perfections of our God; give utterance E. H. W., WOOLWICH.-We feel grieved at the cruel treatonly to tne earnest desires of your soul, and in few ment you speak of as having been received by those you menwords; then sit down again. Oh, how grievous it is tion, from the exclusive Brethren." May dear Christians to those who sit by, to find leaders who undertake to
see the Lord's mind as to what true fellowstip means ; and offer prayer, merely cudgeling their memory for words great number of most estimable servants of the Lord Jesus
come out from a Confederacy which, though it contains a with which to satisfy their own vanity! How must Christ, yet, as a corporate body, has much dishonoured his such performances appear in the sight of Him who
name. Accept our sincere Christian sympathy and love. reads the thoughts of the heart !
We should be glad to know where you and the few tried
ones now meet.
M. H, D.-Your long but interesting paper on Baptism deserves a much fuller notice than our limited space permits us to give. You consider water-baptism essential to salvation. One reason you urge in support of that position is, that none, in the early days, were deemed believers, who were not members of the Church, and none were members of the Church who were not baptized with water. We quite agree that Scripture warrants us in arriving at these
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TO ONE WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD JESUS. thought from time to time, springs up within me, BELOVED,
many an incidental sin overtakes me.
But as soon Are you getting an increased knowledge of as I detect the wrong, I judge it, according to the Jesus? To “know Him, and the power of his resur- mind of the Lord. Then I can think of Him, and rection," is the sum of christian knowledge. It is To Him again, uninterruptedly: Of course, my estione thing to know about Christ Jesus. But to have mate of sin is far below God's judgment about it. a personal, experimental knowledge of Him by faith, But I HATE sin, and all taint of it. May the day is the amazing privilege we are called to, while wait- soon dawn when every trace of it shall be clean gone ing down here for the day of his manifestation in for ever. glory. Nothing less than
Beloved, -Never be afraid to judge your sin. Be nion will satisfy “ Him that loved us, and washed bold to look it full in the face, as an enemy which us from our sins in his own blood." Neither can has wounded you, but against which the Lord has, anything short of that, answer to the cravings of our in grace, provided a perfect remedy. New Nature. Let us then listen to ALL His words,
"If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in with the earnest intentiveness of Mary. Like her, darkness, [i.e. in forgetfulness of him] we lie, and do not the let us sit at the feet of Jesus to hear his word. Hers truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light [i.e. was the attitude which manifested a spirit of meek- in the abiding consciousness of tho presence of God], we have ness and lowliness. When I hear the gracious Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, words which proceeded out of the Lord's mouth, I we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess like to think, —He has spoken those words for me. I our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to get from my gracious Saviour, not only Life, but also cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John, i. 6—9.) wisdom and knowledge. He indeed supplies all my Here I find perfect deliverance. wants. Yes, he is my Friend and Counsellor. None
“The Lord is my Shepherd ..... He restoreth my soul.” on earth can give me such counsel as I get from Jesus.
I learn, afresh, the perfect efficacy of the blood of Beloved: Is he your Counsellor ? Do you ap- Jesus Christ.
Do you ap- Jesus Christ. I realise again, that forgiveness is propriate his gentle warnings? Do you take up prac- (amazing truth!) a manifestation of God's FAITHFULtically his wise teaching? If so, you are truly mak- Ness and JUSTICE, because my Saviour atoned for my ing progress in the knowledge of tim. You know of sin. I see how my iniquities and transgressions have the peace that passeth understanding. You know, been dealt with, in the person of my adored Rein measure, what it is to “joy in God through Jesus deemer—and I loathe all that is of the Serpent, more Christ our Lord.” Go on, dear brother, dear sister, than ever. I think of Calvary, I remember those to learn of Him, in meekness and lowliness.
hours of unspeakable anguish, when Jesus “bore my To each of us the Master has said
sins in his own body on the tree.” “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meck
O Lord! what Thee tormented and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For
Was our sins' heavy load; may yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
We had the debt augmented,
Which thou didst pay in blood. Yes, the yoke of Jesus is easy, and his burden is
Indeed it is. I know it. But only in the I see God's hatred of sin declared, in that most spirit of meekness can we find it so. No yoke more awful judgment, accepted, in MY STEAD, by the good galling TO PRIDE, than the yoke of Jesus. May every and gentle Jesus. I seek more and more to look at child of God, in these closing days of the age, with evil only in the light of the Cross. Brought to that lowly hearts rejoice to sit under the teaching of our tribunal (however specious it might be, if judged Saviour, Jesus; bearing the yoke he has made easy, elsewhere,) it is a detestable and detested thing–I and his burden, which he declares is light.
am ready to condemn it, utterly, though in my own In all this, our Lord has fellowship with us; and body. in accepting his teaching practically, (i.e. doing the Thus I come back to communion with my risen things he says,) we have fellowship with Him. And Saviour. In my spirit (often without words) I tell this leads to another phase of communion. In the Him how I long to be more true, more like himself. intervals of labour, hour by hour, my thoughts speak while I wait to bo TRANSFORMED into his likeness, I to Jesus, my risen Saviour and Lord. I have no seek to be CONFORMED to his mind. I strive to cherish wish to hide anything from Him. Many an unholy his words, and do--whatsoever He has said. How
much failure there is, in my walk and conversation, the mighty work of raising up the temple of his body, the Lord knoweth. B ; blessed be his name, he after laying it in death, was a sign which proved that has given me right desires, and I do seek to follow he is very God. after Him.
“When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples Beloved,-most probably you do not know me in remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the flesh, and therefore I need not fear to shew you the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.” (ver. 22.) my heart (boasting could profit me nothing), in giving you a glimpse of my experience of fellowship the word which Jesus has said.
It is important that we believe the Scripture, and
Most true, that, with God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. My only desire is, that you may be encouraged. May we in after he had suffered, "God raised him from the these days of much confession of failure, maintain an
dead,” that He was “raised up by the glory of the earnest protest against the exaltation of such general that he rose from the dead.
Father." But Scripture also abundantly testifies,
“I have power," said confession into a virtue. Oh, let your walk and mine, be in the light of the abiding presence of God. Jesus, "to lay down my life, and I have power to take Let be content nothing less than -day
it again." He who is the life, permitted his enemies long communion with Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. to destroy the temple of his body. But on the third
day, Jesus, the Son of God, arose, in his own strength
, tally, more fully than we have yet known, that the that he should be holden of it.” “In three days I will
“it not Holy Ghost, the Comforter, is with us, to lead us raise it [his body] up.” into all truth—and that “the Father himself loveth
“Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the Yours ever, in the Lord,
feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the mira
But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.” (v. 23
oles which he did.
COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL BY
BY THE EDITOR OF
Here were many accessories to help belief. The ST. JOHN.
place, the feast of the passover, the presence of Jesus, PRECIOUS TRUTH."
and the miracles which he wrought. Therefore many believed in his name. It is a name to believe in.
“ Thou shalt call his name Jesus : for he shall save “Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign his people from their sins.” showest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things ?" But though many believed in his name, He could (verse 18.)
not trust them; and he did not want testimony The Lord Jesus had just executed a judgment that man is not trustworthy. He knew it. which was in itself a sign of power and righteous- What withering comments are these, with which the ness. He had demonstrated that he would not tole- chapter closes. Jesus did not commit himself to rate profanity and thievery in the House of God. them—He knew all-He knew what was in man. The descendants of Israel, both priests and people, Man cannot be trusted. Jesus did, afterwards, comwere so degenerate, that they had turned the Temple mit himself, in measure, to the twelve-and with of God into a place of merchandize," "a den of what result ?. One sold him for thirty pieces of sil. thieves.” But at length one had appeared in their ver, and the rest, when the hour of trial come, formidst who was jealous for God, and who feared not sook him and fled. man. They were astonished to find themselves in True, there was restoration for all but the traitor. the presence of such an one--and they ought, in con- And, in the power of the Holy Ghost given, there sequence to have searched the Scriptures to has been true testimony borne in the world, of the whether their promised Messiah was to act and speak risen Jesus, the Saviour of Sinners. But looking at as Jesus did. Alas, they depended upon their own the body of Christ, the Church, as it is seen on earth, discernment instead of the word of God. They felt all Christians may well feel humbled, on reading the
power of Jesus, and were conscious that his ways the conclusion of the Second Chapter of John's Goswere far above them. But their hearts were at en- pel. mity against the Lord-so they cavilled at the authority they began to fear, and demanded of him a sign.
LITTLE CHILDREN, KEEP YOURSELVES FROM Idols. This ex. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, hortation is still as needful as ever. Alas! how many dear and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, children of God will serve God in their own manner, and bow Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou down to the likeness of Truth which has been set up, and rear it up in three days ? But he spake of the temple of his rejoice, like the Israelites, in the work of their own hands body.” (verse 19-21.)
Officialism now, as then, in the person of Aaron, was and is The Lord gave them a sign-but the faithful alone seen to be culpably weak. Presently the Lord will come would understand it.
He could destroy and raise down from the Mount, the golden calf of Christendom will again, by the word of his power, that temple which truth, and all will freely admit that whatever was not faith
be burnt, ground to powder, and strawed upon the waters of had taken the Jews forty-six years in building. But was sin.