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all true Christians to the heavenly mansions; when, the outrages committed on the spiritual order of God's after that, the wrath of God has been poured out upon word, it is not easy to imagine anything worse than the Christ-despising world, then, in the dispensation the invention of State-Bishops ! of the fulness of times," shall all the nations of the In the first days of the Church, bishops were earth be blessed. It is necessary for us to know our ordained by apostolic power, to act as shepherds or Lord's mind about this, if we would rightly do His overseers of the little companies of believers in work.
They were to watch over and care for the What, then, is the extent of our commission ? It is sheep and the lambs-to “ feed the Church of Christ as wide as the world—as illimitable as the number of which he hath purchased with his own precious the human race. “Go ye into all the world and blood.” They were expressly commanded not to be preach the gospel to every creature."
lords over God's heritage, nor to take the orersight thereAnd what is to be the result ? “He that believeth of for filthy lucre's sake, but of a willing mind-looking and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth for their reward in the future, when the Chief Shepnot shall be damned."
herd should appear, who would give them a crown of This is solemn work. To them that believe not, glory. See 1 Peter iii. we are messengers of condemnation, though to those A Christian appointed to this office was to be who believe, we are ministers of grace. “To the one, “blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful we are the savour of death unto death, and to children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop the other the savour of life unto life. And who is must be blameless as the steward of God; not sufficient for these things ? A question, this, which selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no ought to bring us to the feet of Jesus.
striker, not given to filthy lucre, but a lover of And now let us look at the verse which follows the hospitality, [i. e. one ready to receive strangers above interrogatory. “For we are not as many, which and needy ones, ever seeking to minister to the corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of helpless,] a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, God; in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” 2 Cor. temperate.” Titus i. 6. ii. 16, 17.
A little reflection makes it easy to comprehend the This searches right down to the bottom of our need there was for the appointment of such Bishops hearts. Do we speak in Christ? Are we abiding in or Elders, and the sort of persons pointed out for the the "true vine ?"** "Without Me ye can do nothing." office by the Holy Ghost, through the Apostle Paul, What is Jesus to us ? Saviour, Life, Truth, Lord! in his instructions to Titus and Timothy. We must What can we do without Him? Oh, the presumption remember that the first converts in pagan cities were and folly committed on every side of us in His name! exposed to peculiar dangers and temptations. Though We say nothing here of those who corrupt the word believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, they were mostly of God, save that they are to be counted by thousands. ignorant of the scriptures, and liable to be led astray Let us cast aside all devices of men-preach the by self-constituted leaders.
Such men gospel as Paul and the faithful in his day preached described in the remaining part of the first chapter it. *Above all, taking care to realise that the Lord of the epistle to Titus. The apostles, therefore, under is with us, and we in Him.
the guidance of the Holy Spirit, ordained suitable He has assured us of his power, delivered his men as bishops or elders, who were to be as fathers, charge, and declared his abiding presence. "Jesus to whom the weak ones could look up with confidence. came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given On the part of such bishops, the motive of their care unto me in heaven and in eartă. Goye, therefore, and for others, was to be love for Christ. Our Lord's teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the last conversation with Peter shows this. “Simon, Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Feed my sheep. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Feed my lambs. commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? unto the end of the age. Amen.”
[i. e. Lovest thou me pre-eminently?] Feed my sheep."
Pre-eminence in love for Christ, made manifest by Some thoughts about aids and accessories in our devotedness to his brethren, was to be the true next, if the Lord will.
characteristic of the pastoral office. Worldly position
was no item of consideration. Indeed, it could not CON TRASTS:
be; for a follower of the Lord Jesus is no longer regarded by God as of this world. He has become a
stranger where once he was a citizen, and is now only Nothing can be more contrary to the mind of the a pilgrim passing through. Lord, than the amalgamation of things belonging to All the passages of scripture which speak of the Church with the governments of this world. The bishops or elders, indicate just such a class of Christian calling of Christians is, expressly, to be apart from men as would in our days be considered eligible as the world. They are to be a " peculiar people," superintendents of schools. Married men, having
separate,' " " sanctified." While Satan continues to well-ordered families, because, if they could not rule be “the god of this world,” as he is at present, how
their own household, they were not fit to bear sway can the followers of the world-rejected Christ have in the family of God. [See 1 Tim. iii. 5.] It was by no anything to do with earthly government? But of all means indispensable, though desirable, that they should
BISHOPS OF THE STATE, V. BISHOPS OF THE
CHURCH OF GOD.
" If ye
be gifted as teachers. “Esteem them very highly in love served through the flood to re-people the earth, so for their work's sake,” i Thes. v. 13, and count them wor- revelation shows, a few faithful ones will be safely thy of "double honour who labour in word and doctrine," kept through the coming day of tribulation, and 1 Tim v. 17. The gift of teaching was probably excep- afterwards nations will arise who will enjoy millentional, ratherthan usual, with those ordained as bishops. nial happiness. There are now many estimable christians who would In the meanwhile, this purposed order is reversed. prove to be excellent pastors or bishops, having the The Lord Jesus Christ now gathers out the faithful, needful qualifications indicated by the inspired and leaves the evil. By shedding his own precious writers, though quite unable to speak or teach in an blood, He has effectually freed from evil all who trust assembly
in him. These he will presently summon to himself, Compare the foregoing with what we see in this so- giving them glorious bodies like unto his own called christian country:
glorious body. When that takes place, the unredeemed Bishops, as ordained of God, belonged to THE of the human race will be left to Satan's full sway, CHURCH, of which Christ is the Head ! "Bishops, as and the wrath of God will follow. appointed by men, are of a church over which the Nothing but the presence of Christ will put away reigning sovereign of England is the Head! evil! Every effort on man's part only manifests his [The same remarks apply to the Romish section of utter impotency. What, then, is the Christian to do? the world's church, of which that of England is but He must, by faith, cling to his Saviour, act OUT HIS a modification.]
PRECEPTS, and WAIT. This by no means implies a life The apostles, and those delegated specially by them, of idleness. We must learn the mind of Christ by close alone had power to ordain Bishops for the Church of and prayerful attention to His word. And then, God. But for the world's church, the monarch
“Whatsoever He saith unto you, DO IT.” Let nominally, in reality the prime minister of state, Christians be no longer satisfied to do the things which (even though he should happen to be a deist or an religious men teach them. They should, indeed, listen infidel,) appoints them!
to the exhortations of faithful men, but they are to do We have seen the sample of what a true bishop the things which Jesus has commanded. He says should be, in our Lord's commands to Peter.
love me keep my commandments." his emoluments, In the early part of “The Acts,"
Read the practical lesson taught by our Lord in Peter declares "Silver and gold have 1 none!" Again, washing the disciples' feet, John xiii. Look how that as a bishop, Paul was not a bad example. He touching narrative concludes: “So after he had washed reminded the Ephesian Elders that he had laboured their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set with his own hands to supply his needs and the wants down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have of those that were with him. Acts xx. State-bishops done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and yo cannot, however, manage with less than some say well; for I am. If I then, Lord and Master, thousands of pounds per annum, palaces to live in, have washed your feet; YE ALSO OUGHT TO WASH ONE retinues of servants to wait upon them, carriages to
ANOTHER'S FEET. For I have given you an example, ride in, &c., &c.! A true bishop would seek to be the that ye should do AS I HAVE DONE TO you. Verily, humblest man in the Church. He could not well forget verily, I say unto you the servant is not greater than the express injunction not to be a lord over God's his Lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that heritage. But a state-bishop can be nothing less than sent him. If ye know THESE THINGS, happy are ye a lord, and considers his proper place to be a seat among ye DO THEM.” the highest rulers in the land. In this position, he
Christians, alas! prefer doing other things, instead takes part in the legislation of a large portion of the of these things. Feet-washing is very humiliating world, which rejects Christ, and upon which the judg- work, and not at all to the liking of the carnal mind. ments of God will soon be poured out!
So when teachers turn their thoughts from these things, Our readers will readily discern further contrasts. and set them about other things, they willingly underHere for the present, we leave them. In our next we take works wbich will all be burnt up! Oh, how hope, if the Lord will,to unfold more of what scripture grievous it is to see the wretched vanities with which teaches us about the pastorate, as given by our Lord believers, as well as professors, are occupied. Oh, that Jesus Christ.
they would ask themselves the simple question, “ Are we doing the things of Christ, or merely the tasks which men have set us ?” The answer to that would
reveal to many that what they are striving to IS THERE POWER TO GET RID OF IT?
accomplish is opposed to the mind of their Lord and
Master. It seems very religious to be running about There is power to put an end to all the evil under with begging boxes for church buildings and which the world groans. When the Lord Jesus charitable purposes. But where do you find a word Christ comes to set up his reign in righteousness on from your Master setting you about such work? You the earth, evil will be swept away: the besom of want to improve the world. It is a hopeless task. destruction will be passed over the scene;" all things You never can succeed. So far from mending society that offend" will be gathered out. The earth will by your effortsyou have made Christendom one then be peopled with a race rejoicing in a reign of vasť scene of hypocrisy. The history of what most of righteousness. As Noah and his family were pre- you call the Church is written in the Lord's addresses
to the seven churches of Asia, (Rev. ii. and iii.) It From a notice in the November number of the "Spirihas reached its last aspect, and that is so loathsome tual Watchman," it appears that the editorship of that that the Lord when he comes will “spue it out of his paper is now withdrawn from Mr Turpin, though the mouth." Read for yourselves the warning to Lao- proprietors are constrained to confess how much they dicea.
are indebted to our dear brother. On reading the said Touching the individual safety of believers, as we announcement, we wrote to Mr Turpin, enquiring the have said, Christ will take them out of the hypocrisy, cause of the rupture. It seems he was loath to enter and all other evil. Blessed be his name, if you are upon an explanation of the circumstances of the case, trusting in Him, no power can pluck you out of his and therefore invited Messrs. Scott and Allan to give hand. But what will you do till he comes ? Will an account of the matter. The following corresponyou still try to accomplish the work of changing the dence speaks for itself:face of the world, in spite of all which is written,
[From Mr Turpin to Mr Scott.] showing that the Lord in person will come forth to do
12, Nelson-terrace, Glasgow, Nov. 2, 1865. it? Will you still persist in working for clergymen and societies, instead of washing the feet of the saints, letter from the Editor of Precious Truth, a copy of which
My dear brother in the Lord,-1, this morning, received a and doing those things which your Lord has appointed letter I enclose in this. You remember you sent back num: you to do? Then are you but men-pleasers, and not bers of the Watchman for review in Precious Truth, and it doers of the will of God. Then you may well fear to was in this way I came to know the editor. I do not like to be " ashamed before Him at his coming.'
trust myself in answering his question, and would therefore Oh, suffer the word of exhortation, and turn to the
feel obliged if you would kindly furnish me with your reason
for dispensing with my services as Editor of the Spiritual word of the Lord. The poor widow who cast her two
Watchman, with a view to my giving him a fair and candid mites into God's treasury (He has no treasury on answer, which will not be an ex parte statement. earth now, save his living disciples] did not go
W. T. TURPIX. with a subscription list. She gave what she had. The amount was small enough. But it was all her liv- To Mr Walter Scott. ing. It was done to the Lord; and in his judgment, she had given more than all the rich ones who had
[ Answer.] cast in their costly gifts. When Mary desired to
109, Sauchiehall-street, Nov. 3, 1865. honour the Lord she did not make a collection, but
My dear Brother,- I would rather not give, in writing, our took her own box of spikenard, very precious, and reasons for requesting you to cease editing the Watchman, as herself anointed her beloved Master. And Jesus you know them well. said, “ She hath done what she could.” Oh, that we
I am, dear brother, yours very faithfully,
WALTER SCOTT. may be all emulous of obtaining from his lips when
To W. T. Turpin, M.A.
[From Mr Turpin to the Editor of PRECIOUS TRUTH.) of cold water given to a disciple by one of his, shall
12, Nelson-terrace, Glasgow, Nov. 9, 1865. in no wise lose its reward.
My dear Brother in the Lord,-I have delayed answering Not collective, but individual work, is what the Lord your kind note, partly doubting whether it were the Lord's Jesus has left for his servants. Let them stand apart mind that anything about this miserable question should be from all which is contrary to his mind. “Let every published at all or not, and even now I am in doubt, but will one that nameth the name of Christ depart from
leave the matter with you. May the Lord guide you either to
notice it or not, as He is pleased. The facts are, the Spiritual iniquity." Get away from it, however specious, how
Watchman was begun when I was minister of St. Silas English ever religious it may look; for “Satan is transformed Episcopal Church, Glasgow. At Messrs. Scott and Allan's reinto an angel of light.” Then let the constant cry of quest, I undertook the work of editor, being positively a Church faith be, “Lord, what will tuou have me to do.” Learn
of England minister. The paper was to be an unsectarian one, the LORD's mind in his own word. Do it; and wait
as you will see by the original prospectus enclosed in this.
Mutters went on so until, having left the Church of England, I till he comes; He will then deliver you from all saw my way to begin and break bread with those to whom the evil
. In the meantime, you can honour him by walk- Lord made my teaching profitable. We began on the principle ing apart from it.
of fellowship with all the Lord's children, as such, meeting here and elsewhere. Mr Scott asked me if our meeting was in
fellowship with Bethesda, Bristol. I said, Yes, meaning that we THE SPIRITUAL WATCHMAN.
would receive a bona fide saint of God, sound in the truth and
walk, who might come from thence, just as we would receive a Our readers will remember a notice we gave of a child of God from anywhere else who was sound in faith and monthly paper, published in Glasgow, under the above walk. After this, Mr Scott called on me, and told me he could title. We were led to remark particularly upon the
no longer work the Watchman in connection with me; and I, faithfulness of the editor, Mr W. T. Turpin, who at
at once, at his request, told him I should give up my position as
editor. After your note came, I wrote him a letter, to which I the time of commencing his editorship was a clergyman received the reply enclosed. These are the simple facts. How in the Episcopal Church, but who afterwards abandoned should we long for the Lord to come and put an end to our unhis living and title, to follow Christ. The proprietors happy divisions. and publishers of the “Spiritual Watchman”
Believe me, my dear Brother, Messrs. Scott and Allan, who, it seems, belong to the
Yours very affectionately in Jesus,
W.T. TURPIN. exclusive party of the Plymouth Brethren.
To the Editor of PRECIOUS TRUTH.
The Bethesda party are those assumed to be put away
faith : the preaching of man is the means to that end. by the exclusives, under pretence of holding heresy, but " Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the in reality, because they would not bow to the dictum of word of God; (that is to say, God's word, or those whose behests emanate from the Priory, Islington.
command, is that every soul should hear and The truth is, there was from the first no more heresy every servant preach.), 1 Cor. i. 24 renders it still held by those announced as put away, than by those who clearer that the "called” are such as have received excluded them. Indeed, a true-hearted, intelligent the truth in the love of it, not all those who are Christian who examines the writings, and hears the brought within the sound of the Gospel. lectures and teachings of both parties, will find the same
The question, therefore, remains :--To what, then, precious scripture truths unfolded' and proclaimed. does God call? To be saints! (Rom. i. 7; 1 Cor. i. 2.) There is no difference. And we now challenge the He calls believers to be saints, because he calls them to exclusives to point to a single heretical doctrine held by Himself—to fellowship with himself. “As He that hath those they call Bethesdas. Moreover, we solemnly called you is holy, so be
is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of
- This is the will of warn them, that though, hitherto, most of them conversation and godliness.” have acted in entire ignorance of facts, in imputing God concerning you, even your sanctification.” “If heresy to so many dear brethren in the Lord to perpetu- darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” This is the
we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in ate the same course will be to persist in wilful falsehood. Let every one among them insist upon knowing the vocation (or calling, or occupation,) to which we are truth, and no longer accept a shrug of the shoulder and called by the Lord our God. an upturning of the eye as a sufficient condemnation
Now, it is evident that a calling, or profession, against a large section of the true and zealous followers implies freedom and choice that we may be either of Jesus. We cannot refrain from saying thus much. indolent or diligent, fervent or cold, self-sufficient or All sections of "the Brethren,” or “Plymouth Brethren” self-suspecting, having an eye to present wages or to the are wrong when tested by Scripture, as we have had rewards which the Lord will bring with Him. Hence occasion, in previous numbers, to show. Yet we the Holy Spirit exhorts us——"Give diligence to make gladly testify to all that is lovely among them. Alas! your calling and election sure: for if ye do these that we should also have to bear witness against that hings, ye shall never fall. For so an entrance shall which is severely reprehensible on the part of some.
be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting
exhortation if there were no freedom of action. By It is common to hear some who are theologically freedom of action, let us not be supposed to mean read, speak of a “common call” and an “effectual sufficiency for action; "we are not sufficient of ourselves call.” The Scriptures know of no such terms. The to think anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency." preaching of the Gospel is nowhere spoken of as is in Him, who - worketh in us, both to will and to do
calling:" there cannot, therefore, be two kinds of of his good pleasure." calling-common and effectual. Indeed, the term is Thus God deals with all who believe. Having en. never associated with human ministration at all. It is lightened us by his Word and his Spirit, he pressingly always associated with the Divine act and deed. invites or calls us to walk as dear children, to hold Preaching is the proclamation by man of the Gospel forth the Word of Life, and to keep ourselves unspotted of God's grace.
When that Gospel is received, God from the world. We are besought “ by the mercies of then “calls" all whom he has foreknown would God," to " present” our bodies “ a living sacrifice, believe and whom he has “ predestinated to be con- holy, acceptable unto God.”' (Rom. xii.) God formed to the image of his Son.” (Rom. viii.) speaketh unto us asunto sons.
That this word calling implies the Divine action is To encourage us to diligence in our Christian also clear from Acts ii. 37-39. "Now when they vocation, we are called to glory, as well as to holy heard this, they were pricked in their hearts, and said walk : indeed, the degree of the former is made to unto Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, Men and eventuate upon the laiter. (See 1 Pet. v. 10)—" The brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto God of all grace hath called us unto his eternal them ”-i.e. to those, and those only, who believed the glory by Christ Jesus.” "If we suffer with him we word and were pricked in their hearts—“Repent, and shall also be glorified together.” “Where I am, be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus there shall also my servant be.” “ Surely I come Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to every the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto mani according as his work shall be." you, and to your children, [the promise of the Holy Those Christians who thus desire and seek to yield Ghost,] and to all that are afar off, even as many as themselves up in heart and life, without the Lord our God shall call.” Here the Apostle, “ chosen," or choice ones. Many be called, but speaking by the Spirit, says the promise of the Holy few chosen." (Matt. xx. 16.) Dearly beloved, Ghost is not to all who hear, but to those among the believers in the Lord Jesus, the “called " indeed are Jews, their children, and the Gentiles, who, having many, blessed be God, and you are among them. Are gladly received the preached word, like these Jews on you obeying the call to “ come out” in spirit, and be the day of Pentecost, are "called” by the Lord our God. separated from all that is of the world, and walk by
To what, then, does God call?' Certainly not to faith 8.are you desirous of being among the “ chosen"?
COMMENTARY ON THE GOSFEL BY
It is only such as walk in separation from the world, do not come to an end. The once-rejected Messiah, the who are “ led of the Spirit,” yea, who “ walk in the betrayed, the crucified-will come to the world again. Then Spirit,” who now realise and enjoy their sonship Israel which received him not, and his sin-stricken creation (Rom. viii.) Such are the “chosen” now, and will which comprehended him nol—shall welcome him with joy, be manifested as such when we all stand before the and rejoice in his righteous sway. Then heaven shall be visibly
and the angels shall be seen ascending and descending judgment seat of Christ. Oh, that we may count all the Son of Man. We know there will be much sorrow else as dung and dross that we may win the ap- and judgment for the world before this glorious consum. probation of Christ! seeking to make, not only our mation ; but the extreme tribulation will doubtless be con“calling,” but “our election sure," i.e. our acceptance centrated into a short space of tiine ;" for mercy rejoiceth of Him in our walk and our consciousness of being by against judgment.” How sweetly this is evidenced in the His grace, elected, or chosen ones.
Scripture before us. The mercies of God are presented Happy to be among the called; thrice happy to be like links in a golden chain, extending from the time of
Creation to Millennial days. by grace among the “ chosen,” because the Lord is glorified by “ vessels unto honour," choice, fit for his
BAPTISM: use. But let us remember Demas, and his falling into the love of this present evil world, and have grace to be ever
ITS PLACE, AND MEANING, looking to the Lord Jesus Christ who can keep us
THE SCRIPTURES.) from falling-keep us faithful—faithful to our "calling.”
Who will be with the Lord when he makes war on the earth, as foretold in Rev. xvii. 14?
The ordinance of baptism having been thus thoroughly
established both by command and by practice-no room for "The CALLED, -and CHOSEN, -and FAITHFUL." exceptions being anywhere admitted—the subject is subse
quently but brietly, and as it were only passingly alluded to by the inspired writers. Is it not evident from this, that having
given us clearly the importance and the place (as to Christian ST. JOHN.
order) of water baptism in the divine counsels-room
was left for the exercise of faith ? For though there is no (Written expressly for this publication.)
excuse for the believer who does not submit to the rite, yet it CHAPTER I.
must be voluntary submission. Our gracious Lord does not In taking a spiritual review of the entire chapter before enforce His commands, but he says, “ If ye love me, keep my us, we see, as it were, the bistory of God's dealings with the commandments.” Moreover, it was needful that water baptism world in grace. It is full of the wonderful mercies of God, human heart has, notwithstanding, led some to insist upon it as
The perversity of the without a word of condemnation. We are taken back to essential to salvation ; while others,equally perverse, have treated the beginning, and find everything good emanating from the ordinance as of no importance at all, or as that about which Christ. All things were made by him. He is also the they may form their own ideas, or which they may modify to source and fountain of Life and Light. Mankind admitted suit their own or others' convenience. Nay, more; the Church evil, went far from good, became dark, preferred darkness. of England confounds water baptism, which is voluntary on the In mercy God sent THE LIGHT, the darkness comprehended part of those receiving it, with the baptism of the Holy Ghost, it not. He first sent a witness of the Light, but he was
which is involuntary on the side of those who partake of it. disregarded. Then the True Light showed Himself; but Those who follow this sad delusion teach that water baptist his own creation and his own specially chosen people regenerates, and constitutes the receiver of it a member of the received him not. Yet he did not call down fire from hea- body of Christ. Need we say more than that such are teachers
of men's fables and not of God's truth; such doctrine is ven. Mercy triumphed—for Ile is full of grace as well as truth. completely opposed to scripture; and the first duty of those who His forerunner gave perfect testimony that he is the Son love the Lord Jesus Christ, is to separate from all who counten. of God. Man, however, persisted in rebellion, and rejected ance this fearful heresy. Light and Life. Jesus is announced as the "Lamb of God
Anyone who reads carefully the scriptures we have quoted, which taketh away the sin of the world ;" then again as will see that the baptism of the Holy Ghost (the importance of the “ Lamb of God.” Whereupon a few follow him and which it is impossible to over estimate) is quite separate from make him known to others ; He also specially seeks after baptism by water. Sometimes the Holy Ghost was given before some and reveals himself to them. These become sons of water baptism, (as in the case of Cornelius,) sometimes afterGod. They are redeemed by the Lamb, in virtue of the wards (as at Ephesus). The one is quite independent of the sacrifice he would accomplish. But it is all of grace. They other, and no spiritual reader of the Bible can possibly confuse " are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, por of for men to enjoin and accept. The baptism of the Holy Ghost
things so entirely distinct. The baptism by water was given the will of man, but of God.” This course of God's grace is the free gift of God, and, blessed be His name, does not is being perpetuated during the whole of the present depend upon man at all. To help us in guarding against error, dispensation. "The divine word goes forth; men hear, and let us see what scripture teaches as to the significance of water receive it ; and thus become regenerate, born again. It is baptism. not because of the will of the preacher, nor of any fleshly Paul, in giving an account of his conversion, (Acts xxii.) will, but of God. Great is the mystery. God provided repeats the commands he received by the mouth of Ananias the Sacrifice, the Saviour, the Gospel, and the Preacher. (verse 16)-“And now why tarriest thou ? Arise, and be If the Lord bad not done all, even to the supplying of baptised, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the messengers—there would be no will on the part of the flesh, Lord.” Paul was already converted, already a believer, and towards regeneration. Thanks be to God, all is done by consequently he had already received forgiveness of his sins. him-man has but to believe. But thus it is disciples are
But the work inwardly wrought has to be outwardly gathered out of the world to Jesus the once despised baptism signifies to the eye, that the believer is made clean
signified. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is unseen; water Nazarene. They become sops of God, and will presently “ every whit.” Water baptism teaches us, however, something be displayed in glory, transformed into the likeness of the
more than this. The Epistle to the Romans (vi. 3,) explains risen and glorified Jesus. Yet even then God's pur- baptism thus—“ Know ye not that so many of us as were poses in grace,
before us in this chapter, baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore