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nection with every sect; let them look to the Spirit
[1. Apostolic delegates, like Timothy and Titus, were not to open the word to them; let them bow their souls (according to the Word) set permanently over any.one
church. down in obedience to it, and then there will be some
Their authority was temporary, representative,
and diffusive (rather than local). What they did was really hope of their becoming of one mind; for then will done for the apostles, and when their special missions were those who are wrong be brought into such fellowship ended they returned to head-quarters (as it were) for further with those who are right, as may, with God's
orders. Thus Titus was left by Paul in the island of Crete blessing, be the means of bringing them out of error.
“ to ordain elders in every city, and set in order the things
that” were wanting. But Paul, writing to him, does not If christians, instead of making sects out of their style him “ messenger of the churches in Crete," nor does differences, would stand together simply as saints he regard him as permanently settled there. On the conaround their common Lord, who has said, “Where trary, he receives directions to return to Macedonia : “When two or three are gathered together in my name, there
I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to am I in the midst of them," and there wait upon
come unto me to Nicopolis." Still later, Titus leaves Paul,
and goes to Dalmatia. So with Timothy. They were Him to be taught by the Spirit; and together in all ambassadors of the apostle, not located permanent authorities. faithfulness would diligently and prayerfully search Paul may write to them, for their personal guidance and His mind in His word, and would, with one heart
exhortation, but he never addresses churches through them and one soul, earnestly seek to be brought into the
as their “angels.” mind of Jesus, they would be taking the most likely
[2. Again, your hypothesis requires seven manuscripts and seven apostolic delegates. But what do we read ?
« What way to be made of one mind. I believe nothing is a thou seest, write in A book, and send it to the seven greater instrument in Satan's hand of keeping up
churches which are in Asia-unto Ephesus, and unto division, and preventing oneness of mind, than sects.
Smyrna,” &c. From this we see that the epistles to these D.—But, supposing some of the saints were to
churches were to go to them, one after the other, in ono
great manuscript, that all might read what was sent to the separate from the different sects, and come together
Whether one, two, or more, apostolic delegates or on such principles, would not this be just forming messengers carried it, does not appear. “Seven would another sect?
have been a large number. But we cannot speculate. J.-Where there are any human rules which would
[3. If these delegates were merely John's messengers, exclude from full communion any acknowledged
does it not strike you as highly improbable (to say the least)
that the Lord should address these seven epistles to the disciple of Jesus, even the weakest, the body of Jesus persons chosen by John to carry them? Do we, in common is rent, and a sect is produced. And this, I believe, life, address our letters to those who carry them (!) ? is what all the denominations do; and, therefore,
[4. If your thought is that they were paramount ministers, they are all more or less sectarian in character. But
located over the various churches-then we say, there is
nothing in the Word to justify it. But this is not your where there are no such rules_where all manifested
thought. You know, as well as we do, that elders were disciples are received simply in the name of disciples ; appointed in every church — not a single elder over any and where, in all church-meetings, no hindrance is one church. A Diotrephes-loving to have the pre-eminence placed to the Lord nourishing, cherishing, and
-might assume the predominance, but only at the expenso
of the condemnation of God. But you further say-] sanctifying, by the Spirit, through the Written Word,
“You have not, dear brother, taken up two special difficulin His own gracious way (Eph. V.),-I see nothing ties. 1. It is the Spirit speaking to the churches-does the to exclude one disciple of Jesus-nothing to rend His Spirit speak to the Spirit :* body; and, therefore, nothing sectarian. Into this
[Now, we have no difficulty here. John was in the Spirit blessed attitude may all believers be brought, to the and the Spirit in him--that gracious One who is ever-present. glory of Jesus the Head of the One Body. Amen. But the Seven epistles were not, primarily, from the Spirit
They were not simply inspired, like other prophecies, in
writing which "holy men of old spake as they were moved [The above Paper, along with two others on the same subject,
by the Holy Ghost.” They were given direci from the Lord may be obtained, in the form of a little book, of our Brother Bateman, price 2d.)
to John, as much so as His words from the cross-" Behold thy mother !"
(John's having the Spirit does not make it the Spirit
writing to the Spirit. No: it is the Lord who sends--sends " THE ANGELS of the SEVEN OHURCHES."
by His servant John-but associates the messages with Him (Further considered.)
who had graciously taken the office of leading the saints by Glasgow, Dec. 12, '67. the Written Word into all truth-the Perfect Messenger pos
sessed by each and every church. Your next difficulty is-] "My Dear BROTKER,—I have read with much interest the article on the “ Seven Stars." Where there is among dear “The angel seems to be responsible for the failure as well as brethren so much diversity of opinion, I judge we are indi- the success: 'I know thy works,' vidually responsible to seek to be led by the Holy Spirit, our
[Now it is true that the first person singular is used, but only Teacher, into all truth. Truly, the Spirit is our only
that does not show that it is the Angel who is addressed. Light through the Word.
It is the church which is addressed through the Spirit. And “What I wish to draw your thoughts to is this— With regard the church is addressed in the singular number because, in the to the Angels of the Seven churches, what was the thought Word, believers in any one place are regarded as oneOne (immediately) in the prophet's mind ? There were real
church, body, candlestick. If the Lord were to write to assemblies at Ephesus, &c. to whom the epistles were addressed. the church of God in your city of Glasgow, surely. He And there had been real messengers to carry this word from might say " Thou," or Thy," seeing it is one in His sight. the Apostle, who acted therefore, in the character of apostolic That the church is contemplated and addressed (through the delegation, such as none can lay claim to now. My conviction,
angel) in each epistle, is evident from the plural form of therefore, is that these “messengers were those that carried
speech breaking out, now and then, when needful, as, for the letters to the several churches, who had an especial respon- instance_“I will give to every one of you," &c. sibility in that apostolic day."
“May the Lord advance His own precious truth, and may [To the reception of this bypothesis, dear brother, we we sit as children at His own once-wounded feet. Your hato various difficulties
brother in Him, K, L.” [To this wo say, Amen.)
“SA VED” and “SALVATION."
made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a
faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm conTHESE words in the Scriptures not only apply to stantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful deliverance from wrath to come, but to deliverance to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable from the dominion of sin and Satan now.
unto men." (Titus iii.) practically take up that which has been done for us The "bath" of regeneration is one thing-oven a mit is salvation. And what has been done for us new and eternal life, the gift of God through faith in who believe in Jesus ? We have been translated Jesus. But besides that, there is the "renewing of " from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of the Holy Ghost." Is not this the daily working of God's dear Son." 6. We are not of the world,” even the
Spirit to conform us more and more to the image He . I of
blessings of it-it is present salvation ; sin has no renewed day by day.” (2 Cor. iv.) dominion over me, I am not in bondage to the world “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye and its ways, I am delivered from the fear of death henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of and from the power (for the time) of him who had ated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in
their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alien. the power of death, that is, the Devil.
them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past In this present sense, the word frequently occurs- feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to
work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so "Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; learned Christ; if so be that ye have heard Him, and have that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself
, been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that ye put off and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this concerning the former conversation the old man, which is thou shalt both sare thyself, and them that hear thee." corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the (1 Tim. iv.)
spirit of your mind ; and that ye put on the new man, which As having received eternal life, through faith in after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Christ Jesus, our brother Timothy was already saved, (Eph. iv.) in the sense of deliverance from the wrath to come.
"Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man
with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is re. But Paul here speaks of his saving himself and those newed in knowledge after the image of him that created bim." who heard him. Save from what? Save from sinning, (Col. iii.) from mistakes, from falling and failing in many
Thus, there is a “salvation” which, by the grace ways, and from going on in error.
of Christ Jesus the Head, we can-have to—and are This saving efficacy of the Word of God is again called to "work out," a "salvation” which we can set forth in the second epistle to Timothy.
“ receive," hold, and (by the same all-sufficient grace, “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned enabling us to keep the body under) enjoy now. and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, werk which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration
out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good for instruction in righteousness : that the mar. of God may be pleasure.” (Phil. ii.) perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Tim. iii.)
He it is who (being our life) works in us to save us So, beloved, we have the Scriptures in order that we from our sins, and to keep us in sanctification-body, may be “wise unto salvation ”-not as fools, but as soul, and spirit. “wise, knowing what the will of the Lord is," seeking The One Body (the Church while down here, to go on with nothing but what is according to His (associated with the old body of sin and death, mind and Word.
needs a Saviour to energise or "work, in each and "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naugh all, to “ will and to do His good pleasure." Thus, tiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is “ He is the Saviour of the body.” (Eph. v.) able to save your souls.” (James i.)
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he Most certainly we must know the will of God (from might destroy the works of the devil,” (1 John. ii.) the Word of God) before we can do it.
-the works of the Devil in us—the tempers, prinThis state of salvation--that which we have been ciples, habits, "of the old man, which is corrupt." saved from and saved tomis enlarged upon in the Thus is fulfilled the word "Ho shall save His epistle to Titus
people from their sins," -as well as future punish“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and
ment, for their sins.
powers, to oboy magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak “Whom having not seen, ye love ; in whom, though now to evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing meek- see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and ness unto all men. For we ourselves also were sometimes full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the saleatien foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, of your souls.” (1 Peter, i.) living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another (!). But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we
of salvation." (2 Cor. vi ) have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the
Thus we see the Lord and the Spirit work in us which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our by the Word, to this end-our practical prosent salvaSaviour ; that being justified by his grace, we should be I tion or sanctification. Then, beloved
“How shall we (Paul, and the Hebrew converts, and you, “ And the Lord added unto the church daily such as should and I] escape, if we— NEGLECT go great SALVATION ?"
be sared." Solemn question for us, beloved. But, by the grace of Christ
-That is—from living in sin.
Again, after we become believers, the saving “Let us go on unto perfection.” (Heb. vi. 1.)
tendency of confession is very great. 'Perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord.” (2 Cor. vii.)
new sphere, when brought into contact with every new acquaintance, the wisest-safest course is
to take an early opportunity of confessing Christ. As further showing that these words "Saved" and Satan will hinder it, if he can. He will insinuate “Salvation" have a present bearing, let us look at “Don't be too fast; you may do or say something Scriptures which speak of other things, as having a "afterwards which will bring discredit on that name; saving usefulness.
"so be silent."
The answer to this is—"If I am known to be a Hope, truly, is exceedingly useful, as an anchor,“ Christian, I shall feel bound to be more watchful, in saving us from being driven hither and thither by " and therefore less likely to fall. I take sides with fears and doubts, persecutions, and strange doctrines. “ Him who is able to keep me from falling, and who, "For we are saved by hope ...... if we hope for that we see
“ for His own glory, will do so.” not, then do we with patience wait for it.” (Rom. viii.)
Thus “confession is made unto salvation,” or it
furthers our " walk in newness of life.” The hope that takes hold of the coming of the Lord saves or protects :
Peter's thrice-dreadful fall in the high priest's
house, is for ever a warning not to shrink from " And for an helmet, the hope (or expectancy] of salvation.” o confession." This living hope also saves continually from sin- Baptism, as a species of “confession," also ope
“Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, rates in this way. An unbaptized christian is one even as he is pure.” (1 John, iii.)
who has not confessed Christ in Christ's own appointed 2.-GODLY SORROW.
way!! Godly sorrow, too, as well as hope, has a practi
4.-BAPTISM. cally saving effect,
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every “Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved'; repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark xvi.) (2 Cor, vii.)
In the next place, let us consider that, while the This is said to, and of, believers who had been led Holy Ghost has thus associated “confession” with into wrongdoing.
salvation-the Lord Jesus Christ has associated 3.-CONFESSION.
BAPTISM with salvation. We would therefore say, It will be important, in the next place, to consider most earnestly,-Dear one, believing in Jesus, have the usefulness of Confession in furthering this prac-1 of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ” ? If the dear
been baptized " in the name of the Father, and tical salvation.
Lord has said “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the
“ He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved," dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth .-depend upon it that it is of very great practical unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made importance-not in saving you from wrath to come, unto salvation.” (Romans x.)
for “the blood of Jesus Christ God's Son cleanseth “ Justification” is through faith, and faith only.
us from all sin ”-but in saving you now. “ Being justified by faith we have peace with God.”
Saving you from wilfulness. -Oh, if wilfulness-self“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith will-our having our own way-begin upon a matter without the deeds of the law.” (Rom.)
so simple, where may it not end? How many who That is the state in which God sees the sinner are wilful on this subject are wilful on others also ! who is brought to trust in Jesus.
Alas! yes ; who has not known such ? But suppose such an one, through various causes, BAPTISM, as associated with Belief, -("He that does not come forward and confess Christ with the believeth-and-is-baptized")—is a representative word. mouth. In this case, though “baptized by the One Representative of what? Of OBEDIENCE in toto. Spirit into the One Body,” he is not visibly added to As though the Lord said-He that believeth and the Body. Consequently, he loses the benefits of obeyeth. fellowship; saints cannot pray for him in the name of He that Believeth shall be saved from the wrath Jesus, or visit him; he is sure soon to fall into doubts to come. and difficulties, with no kindly hands to “ loose him He that Obeyeth shall be saved on the roadand let him go.' Ask him, and you will find ho is saved from all the dangers which arise from SELFnot saved-(neither in his consciousness, nor saved WILL-saved from preferring Self to Christ ! from his old thoughts, principles, sins.)
It is true a believer after baptism may yield to This end and object of church-fellowship seems to Self. But, in Baptism, he professed (more or less be intimated in that clause in Acts üi. which has publicly), to be dead to Self, and so desired that Self caused so much discussion
should be buried and got rid of.
When Self, therefore, works in us after Baptism, | the Word of God. The Lord be praised!“He we should be able to say—No, I buried you in hath done all things well!” baptism; I must reckon myself dead to Self and And this felt blessing upon obeying the Lord in alive to Christ.
Baptism, is the experience of all we know-our Now, unbaptized believer (!) you have not this own, too. of gracethis great practical means of
Satan knows full well the loss believers sustain, salvation from the Old Nature.
You cannot say“
and as long as he can lead them to turn from “We are buried with him by baptism into death: that like Baptismal Burial he will; he will strive hard to do as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the it; he will quote Scripture to do it. “But we are not Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For ignorant of his devices." He hates us and our dear if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, Master, and works to do us mischief and to do our Lord we shall also be in the likeness of his resurrection ; knowing dishonour; for we dishonour-yea, grieve-Him, if this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." we follow our own wills :(Romans vi.)
Why call ye me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not the things that Thus Baptism means—A complete practical sur- I say?" (Luke vi.) render of the body, soul, and spirit up to Christ.
Wherefore, beloved, "Cease to do evil, and learn He who so walks-is saved.
to do well." Then, again, we need to be saved- not only from Self, but also from man and his reasonings on the tized when I was an infant."
Oh, the folly of some who say—“I was bapScriptures-or, rather his reasonings away of Scrip
Foolish one and slow of heart to believe! ture. How many who begin by receiving for commandments the doctrines of men on this subject, is it not—" He that believeth and is baptized ?"
Did Jesus say-He that is baptized and believeth ? receive men's doctrines on other subjects also! It
God is the God of order. You would turn God's is a great test for every young believer- Whether he order upside down, and make disorder. As a child will be guided by the simple Word of God or not. of God, this is, surely, a "superfluity of naughtiness." If the simple Word prevails, then and thereafter, it is (practically) salvation.
“Wherefore, lay apart all filthiness (spiritual defilements, Men's traditions are defiling. Like cobwebs, they naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word,
such as men's reasonings and traditions) and superfluity of are filthy to look upon. Dear one, unbaptized, May which is able to save your souls,”—from going on with things you, “strong in the Lord and in the power of His naughty. might," --sweep them away.
Will any one say--"Oh, Baptism is not needful.” “ Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us
True, it is not needful to salvation from wrath to cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, per- come-we have said that. fecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Cor. vii.)
As to what is needful as a saving means of grace" The very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray what does a poor silly sheep know about what is God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thess. v) needful? Your Shepherd-the Great Shepherd of
"Glorify God with your body and with your spirit, which the sheep--knows better than you, you wilful one. are God's."
And He has said—“He that believeth and is Perhaps you are doing other things to glorify God ? baptized shall be saved." "This ought ye to have done, and not have left the other
Will you argue the matter when the Lord comes?
know undone." (Matt. xxiii.)
won't. Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken “ Behold, I come quickly;"' “Remember, therefore, how thos than the fat of rams." (1 Samuel xv.)
hast received, and heard, and hold fast, and REPENT.” (Rev.) Obey, therefore, dear one, and "go on your way So be it, to the glory of God. rejoicing," being saved from an uneasy conscience. Does anyone think the foregoing severe ?
Well, well-listen to a few words from the dear “For he that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him IT 18 sin."
Lord himself to whom be glory for ever!) “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is iniquity and idolatry.” (1 Sam.)
that loveth me, and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Let no man sneer you out of it.
Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
(John xiv.) “I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded ; but he that troubleth you shall bear his In the light of these many Scriptures, may we judgment, whosoever he be.” (Gal. v.)
not apprehend the meaning of the following passage The dear Lord is very gracious towards those who in James's Epistle ? sin in ignorance. Nevertheless, sins of ignorance
“ Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one entail loss—yes, great loss.
convert him; let him know, that he that converteth the sinner A dear youth (
(baptized a week ago) has from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall just said that before baptism he found his thoughts hide a multitude of sins.” (James v.) going into the world, but that after baptism he felt Surely, those here addressed as “ brethren” were different ! Another, a believer of some years, but Hebrew Christians. The epistle, from beginning to only just baptized, regrets exceedingly he was not end, can only be understood on this supposition. baptized before; he assures us, he has had special Now, as Christians, James's brethren had received joy in the Holy Ghost, and much increased light in the gift of God, eternal life, through Jesus Christ
the believer's conscious spiritual union with God (as These are “ witnesses”—a “ great cloud;
our Lord," and (as an eternal life) it could never come they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins ; being to an end, being “hid with Christ in God.”
destitute, afflicted, tormented; (of whom the world was not But remembering that death means suspension of dens and caves of the earth.” (Heb. xi.)
worthy :) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in shown iis in our last), if we convert,” or turn, a
witness that, sinning brother “from the error of his way
as they overcame, 80 may (as a
Therefore, pilgrim), we save a soul from death”-from going on with that which works death, or soul-injury, soul
“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so darkness, soul-loss, separation from fellowship with easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is
. God, spiritual decay. Moreover, says James, a brother who is enabled
These “witnesses" of old kept the end in view. to turn another to conformity to the Word of God Thus Abraham saw the day of the Lord's glory and "will hide a multitude of sins." A believer whose
was glad; and so Job knew that his Redeemer lived, spirituality is dead must be continually sinning in and that he would stand at the latter day upon the the sight of both God and man. But if he be earth. Even the Lord Jesus, at his dreadful hour, induced to obey the Word of God in practice, and kept the end in view. receive it in principle, his course will be (so far) “: Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, 'Art improved, and sins previously seen will be hidden thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed ?' And Jesus said, 'I and no longer perceived upon him.
am : and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand
of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.' Then the high “ Sanctify them through thy truth, thy Word is truth.” priest rent his clothes, and saith, 'What need we any further "Ye also ought to wash one another's feet."
witnesses ? Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye?'
And they all condemned him to be guilty of death. And May we ourselves be more and more sanctified
some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to say unto the Lord; then will the Lord graciously use us unto him, Prophesy: and the servants did strike him with the to the turning of brethren "from errors of their way,” palms of their hands.” (Mark xiv.) and "saving souls from death."
But He despised the shame. Let us, therefore
“ Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of faith, who, "MAN IS BORN UNTO TROUBLE."
for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is set down at the right hand of God. For TROUBLE in the world proves that there is sin in himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against the world, as certainly as the shadow follows the substance. From all points of view, trouble is fraught with mercy. When it is the direct result of individual transgression, it is a hindrance to further sin, and
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with scripture, to receive to the glory of God, those whom Trouble is early needful, and "he who spareth the Christ receives, if there be weak ones in the body, I should rod spoileth the child."
seek to strengthen them. When thou art converted, strengthen
thy brethren. If there be those that are sick, I should not It is often needful, in severe degree, to plough up cast them out, but should rather seek to restore them by the a sinner's heart and break down his wilfulness. And suited medicine. (Ezekiel. xxxiv, 15, 16.) If I know more who has not seen God's strokes come heavier and than others, let me know this, that I am thereby responsible, heavier, till the foolish one is prostrate ?
in patient love, to teach them, as Christ's members, the way of And blessed is it when, with softened
heart, he you do not agree with me about the body, then I deny the God more perfectly. If I say, 'I will not receive because
you, begins to be troubled about his sins! This is a one body of Christ, making the recognition of membership in trouble that we may heartily pray that others may it dependent upon agreement with me. If I reject them without be brought into, that they may be saved from that Scripture, I supersede its authority by my own will and
judgment, and displace the Holy Ghost, the power that enforces greater trouble-Hell.
the authority of Christ over his own house. If we frame coerAnd when converted, fresh troubles begin, from cive rules, saying that none are to be recognised as the body of within and without, so that, if “in this life only we Christ but those who conform to laws which we have ordained, had hope we should be of all men most miserable.” we intentionally form an enclosure which shuts out that which
For our encouragement in bearing troubles that God has brougħt in-a proceeding which is not at all on the come upon us as disciples, we may well remember principle of the One Body and One Spirit.” the list of worthies given in Heb. xi., and those who are not given
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We think our brother would do well to advise that dear ones weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to seek to be led of the Lord to a portion of the Word, at every flight the armies of the aliens. ...... They were stoned, they meeting for prayer. It will greatly tend to spirituality, and to were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword": raise the thoughts to God. It is very needful to draw near,