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save, and keep us. He came in every respect as the Dear Child—"babe," or "young man," or "father" full expression of God's love to us. He has made --whatever be the stage of your spiritual growthknown His Father to us as our Father. All this is com- but especially if you be of the second or third classmunicated to us that our joy may be full.
“ LOVE NOT THE WORLD." “God is light.” It is worse than vain for one to say he has fellow
The world has many phases, many attractions. ship with God, while walking in darkness. If a There is Pharoah's court, and there are many grades, Christian is hating his brother, he is walking in from that point to the habitations where men revel in darkness. (See chap. ii. ver. 6.)
the contents of their flesh-pots with their leeks and On the contrary-If we walk in the light, that is, garlic. However fair the attraction-however palain simplicity and truth, then love abounds; we have table the enticements—"Love not the world.” You fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus love it. You cannot lovo both it and God.
are in it, you must use it—but take care you do not Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin. We enjoy full consciousness of this, and rejoice that it is “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the effectual for every believer. If we say we have no
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is
not in him."
affection to rest upon the world "good thing." (Rom. vii. 18.) But then I judge or its things, you will lose consciousness of the love it, I do not consent to it. I do not deny its existence, of God. I am not innocent. But I desire to be true-hearted, “For all that is in the world, the last of the flesh, the lust to be in the light, and not to hide the faults which I of the eye, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of detect in myself. True-heartedness leads me to con
the world.” fess all to God, to keep back nothing. “If we confess There is no qualification here. Let us ever be
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our watchful, beloved, as to that upon which our love is "sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” permitted to rest. To love aught of this world is to Precious consequence of a saint or a sinner coming to take part against God. the light, i.e. to God--just as he is. Only act simply Friendship with the world is enmity against God!" (Jas.ir) and truly, as a child who owns its fault to a loving This puts us in our right attitude as heavenly Father. As surely as I confess, so surely will God citizens. Here-strangers and pilgrims. forgive and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
“The world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that Such are the pure and perfect ways of him who is doeth the will of God abideth for ever.' “Light.” Though I am an adopted son, His word tells me I am a sinner, and if I say I am not I make increasingly so, till the Lord shall come!
May we be whole-hearted doers of His will, and him a liar. Awful thought, indeed.
Hoping to conclude this train of thought in my Now though, as to what you are of yourself--you are a sinner, yet
you are a child of God, accepted in next, if the Lord shall tarry so long, the beloved. Therefore, dear child,“ sin not.'
In Christ Jesus our Lord, Hate sin, avoid it, judge it. In short, take God's
E. P. T. side about it, even against yourself.
We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous _He is also our propitiation-in Him we find favour. He makes our approach to God propitious--we are received lovingly. We know Him because He
("Quicunque l'ult,") has made himself known unto us. But do we know BELOVED,
If you have faith in the Lord Jesus Him practically? Do we show that we understand Christ, you have eternal life through Him. He says, Him? Can I prove to myself conclusively that I you have "passed from death unto life.” know Jesus Christ, the righteous? Yes. I know it "If when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by by keeping his commandments.
the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be
saved by His life.” (Rom. v. 10.) “His COMMANDMENTS ARE NOT Grievous.”
This is the language of inspiration as to the quesOn the contrary, they are precious. By this Ition of your salvation. know that I know Him. Do I desire to abide in Now, as to the mystery of the "Incarnation.” Him? Then I desire to walk even as He walked. Scripture says it is a mystery—and true believers There is the old commandment, “To love; There are profoundly conscious that it is so. Yet the writer is the new commandment, "To walk in the light." of "Quicunque Vult” pretends to give you an exact That is our calling. We are the children of light- analysis of "God manifest in the flesh!” Moreover, It is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is he says, it is necessary to everlasting salvation, that past and the true light now shineth. The flesh, which you believe the incarnation to be that which he dewas in darkness, is crucified. Through the rent veil, fines it! we, as regenerate children, have access to the pure Such presumptuous dealing with the Infinite, may unsullied light. Now, this is known to faith ; soon, impose upon superstition, but the word of God alone can we shall be there bodily-where darkness cannot produce true faith. Look, then, at what we are taught
by "the Spirit of truth's.
THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.
TO CHRISTIANS WHO TRUST TO ITS GUIDANCE.
1 John v. 13.
THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST.
"Without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness : to repeat it) that except a man believe faithfully the God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of string of sentences which he calls “the Catholic angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, faith” (!) he cannot be saved ! received up into glory.” (1 Tim. iii. 16.)
Is that true? How shall we hope to grasp and define that which How can you believe a catholic faith? It is nonthe inspired apostle declares to be, beyond con
sense. Beloved, you believe in Jesus Christ the Son troversy, a great mystery?
of God; and Happy the simple hearted who, in faith, say amen, to the declaration of the word of God; and re
“ These things have I written unto you who believe on the
name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal pudiate all man's attempts to scrutinise that which is life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." far too profound for the capacities of the creature.
Yet God has been pleased to make known to us the instrumentality by which “the Word was made
To the writer of “Quicunque Vult " we may well most intelligent faith, though it baffles the prurient knowledge?" (Job xxxviii. 2.) flesh.” Scripture furnishes ample instruction for the apply the Lord's answer to Job
“Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without curiosity of the carnal mind.
Compare the vain utterances of Athanasius, with the sublime yet simple and inspired language of Luke the Evangelist
“ CHRIST...a Son over His own House, whose House are wo." “ The angel answered and said unto Mary, The Holy Ghost
[COMMUNICATED] shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be Let us consider, with the Lord's help, a most born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke i. 35.) important subject—the Judgment Seat of Christ. Now listen to the response of faith
The Scriptures clearly teach that every believer “ And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it will have to give an account of himself to God, and at unto me according to thy word.” (Luke i. 38.)
the same time and place receive the fullest praise and
reward from the Lord, for every act of faith and Athanasius teaches you to repeat that which is just labour of love. sufficiently near to truth as to render it exceedingly The first fact is settled by the following Scripture : dangerous and bewildering. Of this character is that which he has set forth respecting the resurrection. The may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the
“ Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent, we Lord Jesus Christ is, indeed, the ordained judge of all Judgment Seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things mankind. Yet it is not true that at His coming “all done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be men shall rise again with their bodies.” The word of good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we God tells us that the first display of his resurrection persuade men.”- (2 Cor. v. 9-11.) power will be manifest by calling his church up Other parts of the Word of God-(see Acts x. 42; Himself in the air. (See i Thess. iv. 17, and 1 Cor. xvii. 31; 1 Pet. iv. 5)-show clearly that the Lord xv. 51-52.)
Jesus Christ will judge ALL men, both regenerate and We ought ever to bear upon our hearts the follow- unregenerate, but it is Christians who are specially ing words (spoken, of course, to believers only) - referred to in this passage from 2nd Corinthians.
“ Christ loved the Church [i.e. the assembly of God), and The Apostle Paul is writing to believers, and he says gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with "we must all.” Paul's design, in that chapter, is to the washing of water by the word ; that he might present it to press upon the Corinthians that they, like him, should himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." accepted of Him, that is, acceptable servants, and
80 strive to live unto Christ, that they should be (Eph. v. 25-27.)
know it, both now, in their consciences, and hereafter Such is our Lord's purpose about us who believe at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The question of in Him during this dispensation. We are of the salvation is not raised, but of practical walk.* order of the first resurrection.
“ Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrec- * It is sufficient here briefly to state that Scripture presents tion." (Rev. xx. 6.)
three strongly-marked periods of judgment—That of the Church Our Lord will afterwards come to judge the after being caught up to meet the Lord in the air, 1 Thess. iv.;
That of the nations upon earth, at the Lord's subsequent coming nations upon earth. Then, during a thousand years,
to reign on the throne of his father David, Matt. xxv.; That He will reign with his saints in glory, over the of the Great White Throne, Rev. xx. The Lord Jesus Christ world.
is seen as judge in all three, according to his word—“The
Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto “ But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand
the Son." That it is, in Rev. XX., years were finished.” (Rev. xx. 5.)
face the earth and the heaven flee away, is evident, because the Finally, the dead who have died in their sins, will same Divine One who sits on the throne tells John to "Write," stand for judgment before the great white THRONE.
and reveals himself as the "Alpha and Omega, the beginning
and the end.” Just as it is true, that “Without him was not (Rev. xx. 11-12.)
anything made that was made ;" so it is from him that they Beloved, -Why will you still dishonour the Lord fee away. In the meantime, it is He “who upholdeth ail by countenancing such traditions as those of things by the word of his power," for "by Him all things Athanasius ? He says, (and you have been content consist." (Col. i.)
the Blessed Son from whose
In Romans xiv. the Holy Ghost presents the same provided for in the heavenly priesthood of Jesus. truth
Nevertheless, sin is not contemplated in the Word of “We shall all stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. God as a necessity, or something unavoidable during For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knco shall our regenerate state. On the contrary, as looking bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then forward, the Christian should seek so to abide in every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”—(Rom. Christ, and keep His words abiding in him, --so to xiv. 12.)
walk in the Spirit and in the consciousness of being Now there is abundant evidence in both these “risen with Christ,”—as to be kept from sinning. epistles (as well as in his others) that the Apostle
" Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not.''-(1 John iii. 6.) Paul rejoiced, while he wrote them, in having eternal
“ Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the life in present possession. The object and design, flesh." (Gal. v.) therefore, of our standing at Christ's Judgment Seat “ Reckon ye yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive cannot be to determine who is to be saved and who is unto God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. xvi.) not. That is settled down here.
While this standard is to be kept, prospectively, “He that believeth in Me hath everlasting life."
before the soul, yet when we turn, and glance retroWe have passed from death unto life, and we know spectively—it may be only for an hour, then, it, if we love the brethren. "Now are we the sons "If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the of God,” and by the Holy Spirit we say, “Abba, truth is not in us.” (1 John.) Father.” We who had Adam to our father, now Men may not have detected anything wrong in us, rejoice, as "new creatures in Christ Jesus,” in the and our heart may not condemn us ;-happy state! Fatherhood of God.
but doubtless it would if we knew all about ourselves, “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we
as God knows us. Such is our frailty while associated should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures." (Jas, i. 18.)
with the old nature, that, to our natural mind, it Neither can the object of the Judgment Seat of would seem impossible to live and walk entirely in Christ be the settlement and infliction of punishment. proving to itself and angelic beings the absolute
Hence the experience of the Church is Every thing of the nature of penalty for our sins was endured by Jesus on the Cross, when he finished the Adam nature, which will be accomplished by the Lord
need of the doing away of every relic of the old work that the Father had given him to do,” including at His Coming. That regenerate persons could posthe bearing of our sins—all of them—in His own body on the tree,” making for us " an end of sin by their sing forgiven, saved from hell, sealed with the
sibly sin at all-much less, grossly-after having all the sacrifice of Himself.” ALL our sins were fully atoned for by our Lord Jesus Christ, when He Holy Spirit, and made heirs of glory everlasting, is was “made a curse for us.
convincing proof of the utter ruin of our natural By faith in Him,
hearts. are “justified freely from all things from which we could not be justified (cleared] by the law ment Seat of Christ--to bring out how far we have
Thus I see the necessity and design of the Judg. of Moses."
We who believe in Jesus receive in the stood and acted in the New Life, with the view, also, Second Man a DIVINE righteousness in the stead of (as I think) to the justification of the Lord in his that creature innocency we lost in Adam.
dealings with all and each in the matter of "reward." “ HE IS UNTO US ...... RIGHTEOUSNESS."
“So then, every one of us shall give account of himself to Being thus started afresh, with, and in, à new and God.” divine life, how appropriate that we should be held Now this "giving account,” (let the reader judge, responsible for all our actions in that new life!
will relate to our misdeeds while believers, and Therefore, as man in Adam was placed under trial, but will not include any service of ours.* As taught to fell, so, as new creatures in the Second Man, we are left call ourselves “unprofitable servants,” ve feel that for a season, if needs be, under trial. But as, when silence concerning service is ever more becoming
. standing alone, in Adam, man fell
, so it must be a Both the passages I have cited from the epistles principle inwoven in our souls, that we cannot stand to the Romans and Corinthians are warnings from except by communion with, and by the imparted grace wrong doing. For it will be indeed grievous to have or strength of, our Living, Ever-present Head.
to condemn ourselves in any respect, before the Lord. “Strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” In the light of His presence, we shall see all things
clearly, and hasten to confess and condemn all that In order not to fall, we must realize an union
was not of faith.
In the presence of the JUDGE as intimate as that of the Branch in the Vine. If I
nothing can be hidden. cease to abide, by communion, in Christ, I cease for the time being to remember myself as a poor strength
“Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade less branch. But so long as I abide in Christ, I
(2 Cor. vi.) know myself a branch,-know that I cannot bear
All that was of the nature of true works of faith fruit of myself, am not deceived by my evil heart, and labours of love will be graciously owned by the feel that “in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no Master, even to the gift of a cup of cold water to a good thing, and know that Christ's strength is made disciple, which will in no wise lose its reward. perfect in my weakness.
* I gather these conclusions (for myself) from the general Now our failings and sins are most graciously tenor of Scripture, rather than from any precise statements.
truth is not in us.
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour will awake up in the light of the Lord's presence (if of love, which you have showed toward his name, in that ye not before) to the traditions of men which they are have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire
now mistaking for God's truth. Still more sorrowful that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: thut ye bo not slothful.” to us, is the case of those who, though they were (Heb. vi. 10, 11.)
illuminated, have persisted in going on with things “Then shall every man [believer) have praise of God.” contrary to God's simple Word. Praise our poor doings! how exceedingly gracious you, as according to God's Word, let them sink deep
Beloved, if these positions commend themselves to of our dear Lord ! especially when we remember it
heart. was He who wrought in us both to will and to do.
ALL THAT IS or Myself, I must own. God is Love. Blessed Jesus, I see nothing but
ALL THAT IS OF THE LORD, HE WILL Owx. reward from Thee.
And now, what is our resource ? “Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Rev. xxii.)
"If we say that we have no sin, we doceive ourselves, and the
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and "To us belong shame and confusion of face,” that just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanso us from all unwe have done anything of our ow wills, apart from righteousness." Thy will.
There it is, beloved. He who confesses his sins, It is true, 2 Cor. v. 10 does say, that every one judges himself, and condemns all the wrong he is may receive the things done in the body, whether conscious of. He voluntarily arraigns himself before good or bad; but this "receiving" for the "bad"the Judgment Seat, and that also, really (by faith) in can only be understood in the negative sense of the presence of his Lord. He antedates, as it were, “suffering loss,”—that is to say, lose a measure of the Judgment Seat. At least, 80 it seems to reward.
I cannot help thinking that a genuine conSuch is the graciousness of our Lord and Master fession in faith, brings such a real cleansing, that He will put reward upon ererything He possibly that such offences will not be among those brought Servants are exhorted thus
out at that Great Day. Upon our free and full “Be obedient to them that are your masters according to the confession down here, we receive, in my judgflesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as ment, from Him who is “faithful and just” such a comunto Christ ; not with eyeservice, as men pleasers ; but as the plete putting away of our sin—such an entire clearing servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart ; with and cleansing that we shall not have to confess goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men ; know
a second time offences so dealt with. A second ing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.” (Eph. vi.)
fession would involve a sense of uncleanness; but And each will rejoice in the other's reward
upon our confession the word is “cleanse from ALL
unrighteousness." Fellowship leads (or should lead) " Or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice to confession, and confession brings cleansing. See with it.” (2 Cor. xii.)
1 John i. Hence the great importance of seeking So, then, beloved
to be watchful and quick to detect by the word of “The day shall declare every man's work.” (1 Cor. iii.)
God, and the Holy Spirit's help, all that is done
amiss, and, upon confession, receiving its blotting Nothing of the nature of work but what was of out. Thus the Christian may go on, building up faith, wrought in our subject-hearts by Himself, will nothing but what will lead to reward from the Lord stand for ever and ever.
at his coming. That is, becoming “rich towards Hence the believer who is going on with nothing God.” that is of faith, but everything of the flesh,-his But, then, it must be a genuine confession really to “END IS DESTRUCTIUN."
the Lord : such a confession as we should make, by That is, in view of the Judgment Seat of Christ, with that same abhorrence of the evil which we may
and by, in the Lord's visible presence, accompanied nothing will be left that the Lord can reward.
suppose we should truly feel at that day. Thus we “ They themselves shall be saved, yet so as by fire.” derive a PRACTICAL, or EXPERIMENTAL, as well as a Therefore, beloved, are we not every day adding to JUDICIAL cleansing. that which the Lord will own, and put reward upon, " The path of the righteous shineth more and more unto the or doing things which He will have to pass over perfect day." with silence and without a smile, while we give an And even our past failures may (if we are rightly account of ourselves to Him? As it seems to me, exercised by the remembrance of them) be among the we are either "laying up treasure in heaven," or all things that work together for good, to conform "suffering loss." Wherefore, let us "redeem the us to the image of God's dear Son. time."
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Address Letters for the Editor, care of Printer, 335, Strand, W.C. (Passage read and considered at the Scripture Meeting held at
335A, STRAND, opposite Somerset House, Monday, Feb. 25.) F. H., PENTONVILLE.—We are thankful for the opportunity Exorcists were men who pretended to drive away demons, or
given by your very gracious letter, to answer the difficulties evil spirits, by adjuring them, in the solemn name of God, to you present on the subject of Water Baptism. depart. The above passage shows that unbelieving men had First, as to the thought your brother pressed upon you when really no such power over Satan and those that are his. If he joined the Baptists, viz., that “immersion is a visible enSatan at any time appeared to give way, it was only that he trance into the Church.” We do not wonder that you rejected might work his subtleties the more completely around men's such teaching, inasmuch as it is nowhere to be found in the souls. In the name of Jesus, Paul had been making havoc, Scriptures. at Ephesus, of the enemy's power over man, so that from Paul's Immersion is not a Church question. A Christian Assembly "body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and may have a special exposition given to it, as to the thing signithe diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out fied by baptism, (it was thus expounded by the Apostle Paul in of them.". Here was real power, to which the spirits silently writing to the Romans and the Colossians ;) but practically, a succumbed. Much cause, therefore, had they to hate the church has nothing to do with the act itself. Subjection to name of Jesus. When, therefore, the evil spirit was adjured Water Baptism is (or ought to be) required of each believer by in that name by Sceva's sons, he could have treated the summons the servant of the Lord who may have made known the glad with quiet disdain, considering the persons from whom it came. tidings of salvation. It does not follow of necessity that he But pent-up anger seized the opportunity of venting itself, and himself must be the baptizer, (see 1 Cor. i. 14-17), as it is evicrying, “Who are ye ?” the man in whom the evil spirit was dent that any christian can perform the act of immersion. “leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against Faithful servants are commissioned by our Lord Jesus Christ them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” thus —"Go ye and disciple all nations, baptizing them in the
But now, mark the wisdom and goodness of God! this very name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." refusal to honour the name of Jesus when presumptuously used, (Matt. xxviii. 19.) is made a means of bringing great glory to that holy name: A careful examination of the dealings of our Lord's disciples " And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwell. in executing his commands, shows, that wherever the gospel ing at Ephesus ; and fear fell on them all, and the name of was received in faith, water baptism followed as a matter of the Lord Jesus was magnified."
course-entirely apart from any consideration as to whether Not only so; but great numbers of those who had been the the convert would or would not be joined to a visible church. special servants of Satan were graciously translated into the In the instance of the eunuch, (Acts viii.) we see clearly that kingdom of God's dear Son: "Many of them that believed came, a believer was baptized, simply because his Saviour had comand confessed, and shewed their deeds. Many of them also manded it. This was, of course, true of all, but in his case which used curious arts brought their books together, and there could have been no thought of its adoption as a visible burned them before all men; and they counted the price of entrance into the Church, because the convert was returning to them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily Ethiopia, where, as a Christian, he would be alone, at least until grew the word of God and prevailed.” (18-20.)
the glad tidings had spread to others where he dwelt. Thus the im politic anger of Satan opened his victims' eyes to his real murderous malignancy, and greater inroads than vation through faith in Jesus Christ, and then learning his Lord's ever were made on his domains.
command that such as believed were to be baptized, he would In this narrative, we see that the carnal mind, which is have nothing to do but to submit to immersion at once, entirely enmity against God, can, and does often act from its own evil irrespective of the question as to where he should afterwards impulses, apart from Satan ; for this act of the sons of Sceva find Christian communion. He might even be so placed as to could not have been instigated by Satan, else would his kirg. have to walk alone with God, like his Ethiopian brother. dom have been divided against itself. It is not necessary to As we have said, the Scriptures do not teach that baptism account for aļl wickedness by referring it to Satan, for the was the vehicle of adding members to the Church, but, “The human "heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved." wicked ; who can know it ?" God only.
(Acts ii. 47.) The special wickedness, on this occasion, seems to have been Each one who believes in the Son of God is added to the that which has been, alas ! so often repeated-men of no faith Church by the Lord himself. The Church is the body of presuming to take upon themselves the “cure" and care of Christ, and therefore neither man, nor the act of man, can add souls in the name of Jesus! Sceva's sons were men of some to it. Baptism is an individual expression of obedience. It standing: they were born priests, the sons of a chief among has its significance, which the believer may have to learn in the priests; it was their profession, too, thus to be opposed to submitting to the act itself, or after its performance. But the spiritual enemies of mankind : they went about in the compliance with the command, may be, at the onset, nothing exercise of their profession, which is the simple meaning of but a manifestation of the obedience of faith. The Lord has "vagabond Jews,"'-wandering Jews, who were exorcists. (The surely a right to expect obedience from us. He, after his word "vagabond” is so used by Cain.)
resurrection, and as having received all power in heaven and In the light of this passage we may well see that no earth, was pleased to lay this injunction upon his servants. He creature considerations or claims-much less money-making! has never revoked it, and it is impossible for man to disannulit. -can justify the attempt on the part of the unconverted to serve souls in the name of Jesus. Such will bring upon themselves, (it may not be in this world,) mischief and humiliation, as in The above answers the second section of your letter, wherein the case of Sceva's seven sons. Solemn, indeed, is it to think you doubt“whether water baptism was ever meant to apply to of these presumptuous men, face to face in the other world the Gentile Churches.” That which you add, as to immer. with those whose souls they took upon them to serre. Punish- sion “ being like all ceremonial ordinances, and therefore ment must follow the use of the name of Jesus for worldly ends. belonging especially to God's people the Jews," will not bear
examination. The Ethiopian was not a Jew, neither were In the burning of the books of magic, we see faith in Jesus Cornelius and his household Jews, nor the Philippian jailer producing a voluntary confession of the sins of our unregene- and his household, nor the Ephesians to whom Paul communiracy, and a willingness to burn the fruit of our misdeeds. It cated the knowledge of Baptism to the Lord Jesus. (See was remarked that, in a somewhat similar way, it was the Acts xix.) nor Gaius and the household of Stephanas named Christian's duty to confess his sins to God, condemning them in 1 Cor. i.-not to enumerate many others spoken of specifito the flames of self-judgment, for if we do not do so now, we cally in connection with baptism, who clearly were all Gentiles. shall probably have to do it, as willingly as these did, at the Now, as to the consideration of the heavenly calling of the judgment-seat of Christ. (See article on this subject.) Church, and its consequent exemption from earthly typee and