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THE FIRST TEMPTATION OF THE SECOND ADAM.
one is doubtful whether he is born of God, let him ask | round about and nearest to the throne ; then the angelic himself-Do I love Jesus?
natures in countless numbers encircling the Church, and Attention was finally directed to the awful truth that finally the inhabitants of earth, all of whom join in the this father of the children of disobedience' has been a universal anthem. murderer from the beginning,' the success of his machina- The meeting had previously studied the fourth chapter, tions being death to the race, - first in the garden of Eden, attention was therefore turned to the fifth. then in the times succeeding till the flood swept them all John wept because no man was found worthy to open away, and so on afterwards, till his murderous lust culmi- the book and to loose the seals thereof. The book here nated in the crucifixion of the Lord. But just when he referred to is doubtless that containing the mysteries of thought himself most triumphant, he was being most sig- the Revelation. How different is the thought of many nally defeated. God was come into the realm of Satan's Christians who believe the Revelation to be still a sealed usurped sway, and was rescuing out an innumerable book, and lay it aside with little regret. John 'wept much,' multitude. These rescued ones (glory to God !) are, by the but the Lion of the tribe of Judah prevailed, and prevails power of his Spirit and his Word, kept safe in the very still, by his Spirit given unto us, for the Spirit searcheth scene itself from falling back again into Satan's power, and the deep things of God.' He 'shall show you things to that, too, in spite of being such poor frail things !
As the Lion prevailed to open the book because He was worthy, in like manner those only who possess a derived
worthiness can enter into its depths, by divine grace. (Rawstorne-street, Saturdays, at Eight. May 13.) Luke iv. 1-4. Oh, the glory of being called brethren by him who alone
as man was found worthy in heaven and in earth! 'And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being that had been slain. From this we may draw confidence.
It was remarked that the Divine Son appeared as a Lamb forty days tempted of the devil.' It was remarked that when full of the Spirit' believers also are impregnable that sits upon the throne, by being enabled to say 'Worthy
We can only say · Holy, Holy, Holy,' with regard to Him to Satan's onslaughts, and also, that as with our Lord, so
is the Lamb. The Redeemed, it would seem, can enter with us—when full of the Spirit we are led to use the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. Hence St. Paul's
more deuply into the holiness of God than the angels.
Notice was then drawn to the fact that the same One exhortation- Be filled with the Spirit.' out of Egypt, and receiving the gift of the Spirit, are yet tion of knowledge). The redeemed of the Lord, though saved and brought who appeared as a Lamb that had been slain, possessed
seven horns (perfection of power), and seven eyes (perfecleft in the wilderness-left in the wilderness, but only to
The harps in the hands of all the saints was regarded as pass through it. Christians too often try to settle down.in teaching that every saint will have many strings of sweet it, instead of pressing on, as pilgrims, and caring little praise, and that heaven will be full of harmony. The for the pleasures of the way, looking for the Lord and odours (or prayers) in golden vials rendered it evident the mansions he has prepared in the Land of Promise-the that when prayer is no longer necessary, the prayers heavenly Canaan. As with the Israelites, so with our Lord-one of the first will be preserved in glory hereafter. "Hence the word to
of faith presented on earth will be so precious that they temptations relates to hunger. But while the Israelites Cornelius— Thy prayers and thine alms have come up for sadly failed in faith and patience, -were filled with mur
a memorial before God.' murings and desires to return to Egypt, -Jesus cast
The three songs of the three orders of being were then himself upon God, and waited till he should relieve his necessities. Let not the child of God be surprised if he contrasted, to all of which the Church says, in the last
verse, “ Amen,' aud worships the Father. have to endure for a season poverty and hunger. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations, had notions of special revelations being given to the Church
The meeting was sornewhat hindered by a poor soul who knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience,
now. He was invited to produce any of the prophecies of &c. May we be content to pray and wait. * Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that they might be compared with Scripture. But at the
those who profess to receive and give these new revelations, of God.' Some Christians, it was observed, having accepted the word of life, and received salvation, neglect to go on
same time he was assured they would certainly be proved to feeding upon every word of God.
be false—for if according to the written Word of God they
This was applied to show the necessity for Scripture meetings such as the Scripture they must needs be lies on the face of them.
could not be new revelations, and if not in accordauce with present : it was felt, indeed, that they were the special | Those present, however, were pleased to see a degree of want of the day, and it was well remarked that the more we lean on man, even though he be a true minister of left before the meeting was over, prayer was offered on his
willingness in him to be checked by the Word, and as he the Lord Jesus Christ, the greater will be the danger account. The Lord give his people patience to teach his of getting wrong; we must, therefore, keep close to the Word and power to rebuke all heresy and traditions of men. Word, and check everything we hear by Scripture.
THE GLORY THAT IS TO BE REVEALED.
THE HIGH PRIEST AND FORERUNNER. (Union HALL, St. John's-square, Clerkenwell. Lord's Day Even
ing, May 14, 1865.) Hebrews, vi, and vii. (Rawstorne-street, Lord's Day Afternoon at 3. May 14.)
One of the most interesting points developed in this Revelation, iv. and v.
passage is that God, willing more abundantly to show The connexion between these two chapters was pointed into the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, out; they form, indeed, one presentation of the divine confirmed it by an oath. The infinite descends to the ultimate idea of the state of things in heaven and earth. weakness of men. If in any matter of dispute even between We see first the throne and Him that Liveth for Ever and two men of the world, one of them takes a solemn oath, Ever, whose holiness is the object of constant delightful it is generally felt to settle the matter. contemplation and worship; then the Lamb in the midst Melchisedec was considered a vision of Christ or glimpse of the throne, also the object of adoration ; the Church, of Christ himself ; first, because it seemel to the meeting that Christ could not be a priest after an order inferior to and go with the truth to souls. Jesus works wonders himself; and secondly, because of the exalted language that where there is faith, in man or woman. is used with respect to Melchisedec.
Shall never thirst.' The more the worldling drinks Believers have a great consolation in the thought that of the satisfactions of the world—the waters of Egypt-the their High Priest is a priest for ever. The Jews might have
more he thirsts; but the believer, drinking as a pilgrim of one year a high priest touched with a feeling of their infir
the living water from the Rock that follows us, thirsts no more mities, and the next year an unfaithful one.
for the pleasures of the world, does not crave them, and knows
there is nothing half so satisfying as the living water. The attention of the assembly was then directed to the intimate connection between faith, diligence, and hope, and it was shown that the passages chap. vi. 10-12, and
COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL BY 19, 20, prove that if the former slacken the latter will not be realised, so that the slothful Christian will not realise
ST. JOHN. the 'full assurance of faith,' and though really safe for
(Written expressly for this publication.) eternity, yet like an unanchored vessel liable to be driven
CHAPTER I. out of port, and buffeted about by the winds and waves of doubts and fears, temptations and sins.
Ver. 14.-' And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among It was remarked that the Christian ought to be influenced us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten most by the highest motives of love and faith, not duty of the Father) full of grace and truth'. We have seen in the
personal good. To which it was truly observed that, first part of the chapter, how that the Son of God, as the like Abraham in this passage, we must desire little Almighty Word, is the Creator and giver of Light and Life. now besides the precious promises of God ; Abraham re
In this passage he is presented to us in another aspect ; he is ceived the promise multiplying I will multiply thee,' and
no longer the invisible One, making himself heard and felt
while shrouded in mystery. The world is to be no longer left yet Isaac only was the present fulfilment, and that not till in doubt about God. There is henceforth to be no excuse for he was an old man.
man's ignorance as to wbat God really is ; ' the Word was, A brother referred to the wonderful honour put upon the therefore, made flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and Church in that the Lord is here designated by the Spirit truth.' He who could not be seen by us in his essential being 'our Forerunner,' remembering that the duty of the fore- as Son of God, thus took our nature upon him, his creatures runner is to herald the Coming One, and usually implies can now know him, and those who receive him (i.e., believe on inferiority:-With regard to Christ's giving special honour him), see that he is full of grace and truth. And we beheld to his Church, and assuming an honour-giving office, it was
his glory,' says the Apostle, the glory as of the only begotten thought to be in beautiful harmony with the divine
of the Father. Faith could, and can, say . He is all glorious principle of giving honour to the weaker vessel-Christ liness.' He who here testifies of Jesus saw him on the Mount
to behold,' though unbelief says, he is without form or comothe husband, the Church the spouse.
of Transfiguration, where it was made manifest that dirine glory was his,—the glory which he had with the Fathor before the world was. There must be no uncertainty as to
the nature of Him who undertakes to be the Saviour of sinners, (335A, STRAND, opposite Somerset House, Mondays, at 7 p.m.) Creator, Sustainer, giver of Light and Life both temporal and May ló. John iv. 10–19.
eternal. He is now manifested full of Grace and Truth, and in Jesus answered and said, If thou knewest the Gift of God, his own glory-perfect glory, such as of necessity belongs to and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldest 'the only begotten of the Father.' have asked of Him, and he would have given thee living water.'
15. •Johnbare witness of him, and cried saying, This was The first thought laid upon the minds of those present,
he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before
me: for he was before me.' was that it is really through ignorance that sinners do not
The mission of John the Baptist ask of Jesus. “If thou knewest,' &c.
şet up a new dispensation, nor to disturb anything ignorance for which they are responsible. For instance, it
which had been ordained of God. His life had been a sign and was said, we press souls' to come to this Scripture meeting; protest against the iniquity of the nation. The messenger of we don't wish them to accept our words, but to listen to Christ. God, sent to prepare the way of the Lord, had been unable to But they will not come; they therefore yo on in wilful igo dwell among those who called themselves the people of God. norance, unless the truth come to them from another quarter. He who had to proclaim the coming of the Righteous One, It was then remarked how patiently the Lord led the
must keep himself in separation from evil. woman from truth to truth, and that He did not disdain single Baptist had testified of the coming of Christ, but now
who had resorted to him in the wilderness John the Indeed, the lessons he sometimes gave solitary he is called forth to meet the Messiah, and to declare him hearers are of the greatest importance, because they were often of individual application. The result of the Lord's as the Saviour of his people. The word of God came to John in patience is pleasingly evident in the increasing respect of the
the wilderness; and he came into all the country about Jordan, woman towards him; he who was at first a despised wayfarer, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. is presently addressed as "Sir,' and then admitted to be a pro- (Luke iii. 2, 3.) John verily baptised with the baptism of phet, and lastly believed in as Christ. So with us, when we repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on were sinners Jesus was despised and rejected ;' but his love
him that should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.' overcame us, and now he is the chiefest among ten thousand, (Acts xix. 4.) The Lord Jesus Christ having been introduced and altogether lovely.'
to us by the forerunner, John, in the 15th verse, we next get Water, it was remarked, enters into and forms an essential the sweet testimony of the disciple whom Jesus loved, John, part of the constitution. The truth which Jesus delights to
the writer of the gospel. give, not only slakes thirst and revives the spirit, but is needful
16. *And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for to life and growth. Hence our Lord's admonition, 'Let my
grace.' This is the declaration of a heart full of the love of words abide in you.' Christ the Vine, we the branches, and Jesus. The apostle, taking up all believers, not only affirms his words the life-sap.
salvation in possession, but that we have received of the fulness Attention was drawn to the disciples marvelling that he
of Christ. Because the objects of grace, we have received more talked with the woman; the humility of the Lord Jesus is in- grace, 'grace for grace.' • Whosoever hath, to him shall be deed to be marvelled at. But the Lord desired to bless other given, and he shall have more abundance.' (Matt. xiii. 12.) souls through her. When she believed him to be the Christ,
17. For the law was given by Moses ; grace and truth she left her waterpot, to tell others. The Lord put it into our
came by Jesus Christ.' hearts to leave our worldly affairs for a time with the Lord,
(To be continued, D.V.)
But then it is a wilful
THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD.
[Our Correspondent, J. S.J., has written us an (Continued from our last.)
exceedingly interesting letter, which we have thought In this passage the word of prophecy, clearly points forward it best to answer at some length, and have therefore to the time when Jesus will come, according to his promise, and dealt with each paragraph separately.-Ed.] God will bring with Him those who have fallon asleep in Him. It is very blessed to know that when the believer puts off
SCRIPTURE READING MEETINGS AND OTHER this tabernacle' he falls asleep in Jesus. But this is not the
MATTERS. proper expectation of the Christian, and is not the fulfilment of our Lord's promise to come again and take us home. When
(To the Editor of PRECIOUS TRUTH.) he comes we shall be raise in glorified bodies. The Lord
DEAR SIR,-1 am interested in your suggestions and counsels himself, as he is, the Son of Man in person, as he passed from
on the above subject. There are, however, one or two points the earth, will then come. As it is said in Acts i, 11, 'Why stand ye gazing up into heaven ? this same Jesus, which is thus lecturing as much as possible.' But if it happens that those
on which I would make a few remarks. You say, taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen hin go into heaven. He will come as the visibly the Word, must it be merely read and pondered in silence, eren
present are unable or slow to give utterance to any thought on glorified one, to all who look for him. Turn to Acts iii. 20, 21; if one's own heart and mind be full of matter’ pertaining to And God shall send Jesus Christ which before was preached the subject on hand which he designs to utter ? unto you, whom the heaven must receive UNTIL the times of restitution of all things.'
[Ans. to Par I.-It is a very common practice in Bible This was the hope and expectation of the early Christians.
Classes for one or two leaders to chrage their minds with a "Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true
quantity of learning, which they consider themselves bound to God, and to wait for his Son from heaven.' (1 Thess. i. 9, 10.)
deliver to those who come together. There is a danger of the For our conversation for citizenship) is in heaven, from
same thing creeping in at Scripture meetings. It was against whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ,
everything of this character we desired to utter a word of who shall CHANGE our vile body, that it may be fashioned like
warning. Be it far from us to counsel silence when the heart unto his glorious body," &c. (Phil
. iii. 20, 21.) Thus Christ's
and mind are full of matter pertaining to the subject in
hand.'-Ed.] coming is connected, not with our death, but glorification. • When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also
2. And this leads me to a further remark— Never suffer the appear with him in glory.' (Col. iii. 4.)
unconverted to speak,' &c. How am I, or any one, to know We are not now speaking of Christ's coming to the eartha word on that subject presently. The event we are treating be made manifest as such ? and even then, what power have
who these are, in a promiscuous gathering of persons, till they of is the assembling around himself in the air the whole com
we to hinder any who may choose to do so, except it be an pany of believers gathered out of the world during the present dispensation. It will be the commencement of the first resur
occasion of annoyance and grief to all present? But if they rection spoken of in Rev. xx. 5,6. The thought very widely speak the Oracles of God, though but the mere letter of the entertained of one general resurrection of the just and unjust Word, why may it not be listened to, though
Balaam at one and the same time, is quite contrary to the direct word from an inquiring, though unconverted mind? of prophecy. Believers in Christ will be raised in glorified pose) of Israel, and a false prophet. Still
, I doubt not
prophesied' and uttered truth, though an enemy (I supearth. Those who die in unbelief will be raised for judgment that, by truly waiting on God for direction and counsel, a way after the thousand years of earthly blessing. “ The rest of the
will be made open for avoiding anything unseemly or incondead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.”
gruous at such meetings. He will surely lead, guide, instruct,
and bless. Now we pray the reader's careful attention to the following passages from the “Word of God.” They speak of the time [Ass. to Par 2:— There are unhappily many mere professunder our consideration in terms quite unmistakable, if we are ing Christians in these days companying with true believersfree from theories of our own or other men's invention. persons acquainted with much of the letter of the Scripture, • Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we
and who consider themselves quite competent to teach others. shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of
The children of God should bewa of them. If they do not at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead reveal themselves, of course we need take no account of them ; [those who sleep in Christ, as the context shows) shall be indeed we should rejoice if they will attend as learners ; but if raised incorruptible, &c. (1 Cor. xv. 51, 52.)— For if we they begin to speak (we mean in the way of instruction or believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which exhortation) it will be soon discovered that they are hindersleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto ing the outflow of truth. If we are waiting on God for direcyou, by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and tion and counsel,' there will, we think, be an evident need for remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them demanding of the speakers what they believe, and we doubt which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from not it will be made manifest whether they know the Lord or heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with not. If they have not accepted Jesus as their Saviour, depend the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then upon it anything they may offer will stumble others rather we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together than help then:. All present at Scripture Meetings should, we with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so think, have full liberty to put questions tending to elicit shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one ano- truth; and at all times we should encourage simple-hearted ther with these words.' (1 Thess. iv. 14—18.)
enquirers to ask for any explanations. The New Testament abounds with allusions to this glorious We cannot class Balaam among unbelievers or false hope of the Christian ; and though the vast majority of those prophets. False-hearted he was; but, as you say, his prowho believe in Jesus pay no heed to-nay, generally disbelieve phecies were true ones, whereas a false prophet prophesies these wonderful revelations of their Saviour's purposes respect- falsely. His case, therefore, does not help us with respect to ing themselves, yet the plain declarations of scripture remain; this matter.-Ep.)
3. Again, I fear very much we may be over-scrupulous and
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. hyper-critical in some matters; and I remark, in passing, that J. H. B., Torquay-in ordering 13 copies each of Nos. 1 and 2, whilst desiring to maintain the principle of "proving all Precious Truth, happily says he orders them to circulate for the things," one may be led so to criticise the words and judgment truth that is in them, not to aid a commercial speculation. This of others, as to overlook that statement—" Charity hopeth all is just what we desire. We have no wish to make a pecuniary guin things, believeth all things, thinketh no evil.”
out of Precious TRUTH. It is published at a loss, and is likely [Ans. to Par 3.-Christians should constantly exercise
to be so for some time. We gladly make the sacrifice for the forbearance and love ; while we do so, we need not fear being Truth's sake, and in the hope of the Paper becoming self-supporting. called 'hypercritical.' But let us be true to God. It a E., Islington.--Our correspondent in a letter inserted in our brother should speak his own thoughts, or the thoughts of last, to which we refer our readers, asks us to harmonise those others, and they are at variance with the Word of God, Scriptures which 'give power to become sons' to those who have
charity' teaches us to point out the truth, both for the profit already become children by faith in Christ. Our correspondent of his own soul and those who sit by. But then, of course, says 'Surely, sonship is not separable from simple life.' See Rom. those of us who have gift in any measure, and are led to
viii. 14, John i. 12, 2 Cor. vi. 17, 18.
We answer, the Scriptures referred to press upon us the realiza. teach others, must hold ourselves open to the same thing. This may be sometimes unpleasant to the flesh, but it is
tion of our Sonship now.
All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ
are children of God by adoption and grace. It by no means follows, profitable to the spirit. It should make us watchful and however, that the adopted child acts in accordance with, or even prayerful, and cause us to cast ourselves entirely upon the understands his high calling. The Lord would have us to know guidance of the Holy Ghost.]
practically, experimentally, while yet upon earth, the unspeakable 4. With this feeling, I cannot heartily approve of the habit joy of having a place in the household of faith,' of being sons of a critical examination of the discourses of the good and holy and daughters of the Lord Almighty.' That this may be our men of our day. I fear it may be overdone. To err is human. happy experience, it is first necessary to lay hold of the power or We are full of imperfections. We must avoid making a man
privilege by faith ; for if we do not believe the fact it is impossible an offender for a word.' I read and hear discourses, and of adoption.' He is ever willing to lead, but we must voluntarily,
io act in the strength of it. Secondly, we must be led by the Spirit utterances in public prayer, the mere words of which do not and by sought-for grace, keep ourselves in subjection to his commend themselves to my heart as being consonunt with guidance. Thirdly, if we would realise our standing as children of truth at all times; but I think of the probable intention and God, we must be separate from sinners.' 'Let every one that aim of the speaker, and check myself from judging that which nameth the name of Christ depart from all iniquity. This is a may be rightly put in his own mind. (See Acts xv. 8). For cutting word, and, alas ! Christians generally refuse to submit to it. instance, I sometimes hear prayer that “God may send His
We cannot know God as our Father-we cannot experience love Spirit.” I do not join in this, as far as the mere words are
towards Him, nor comprehend his love towards us, as children concerned, for I believe the Holy Spirit
has been sent; but I should, while we go on in intimate fellowship with those who are accept the possible meaning of a fresh and realizing sense of the form of companionships, or deliberate union in wedlock with an
• without God in the world.' The unholy fellowship may exist in His gracious presence. Just as you remark (No. 2, p. 11) on
unbeliever, or it may exist in what is called 'public worship.' God 1 John, 1–9, This is not so much a fresh forgiveness as a
cannot own us as his children in such unfaithfulness, for what re-assurance of it.' This thought will apply to other points of fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? and what doctrinal statements apparently contradictory to Scripture, but communion hath light with darkness ? and what concord hath probably, in the speaker's mind and judginent, in harmony | Christ with Belial ? or what part hath he that believeth with an therewith. Does not Rom. xiv. 13 apply here ?
infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols ? Yours, in much affection, for Christ's sake, for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will Crewe.
J. S. J.
dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and [Ans. to Par. 4.–We may very much respect the feeling and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean; and
they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, which shrinks from dealing with the mistakes and failures of I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be dear christians whose labours have been owned of the Lord, my sons and daughters saith the Lord Almighty.” just as we sympathise with the tremor of faintness which seizes the young student of surgery when first he causes bloud to flow from the flesh of a fellow-creature. Should we, dation of scriptural truth. Controversial questions should be avoided
To CORRESPONDENTS.-We invite enquiries tending to the elucitherefore, tell him to abandon his profession ? But the shud- entirely, if possible. Our earnest desire is to help simple-hearted dering which is felt by the spectator at a surgical operation christians with words of encouragement, patience and love—and to doubtless exceeds that which is experienced by the young advocate the practical operation of precious truth” in christian surgeon. Loes he, however, on that account seek to deter walk and practice. We hope, also, to be useful in spreading the from the needfuluse of the knife ? Nay; lie disregards his own glad tidings of salvation. Any enquiries calculated to help forward feelings and suffers his friend, however dear, to be wounded these objects shall have our best attention. that he may be healed. It is in this way we must exercise true christian love. It were indeed sad to make a brother 'an offender for a word.' But if those who hold a foremost place as teachers, put forth continually utterances which are
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we hope we shall not be obliged to raise the price to id. We therefore Oh, it is not a question of words ; it is a question of robbing pennyworth or one shillings's-worth through a newsvendor, leaving
urge our readers to order, either individually, or in twos and threes, sixthe children of God of their standing before Him. If Christ thein in his hand to expose for sale through the month, and then buying assures the believer he is clean every whit, and tells him to
for distribution what he has not sold. For ihe truth's sake make an effort
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A LETTER TO THE CHRISTIAN READER.
SURE that Our Heavenly Father cares about us always, BELOVED, —
that He loves us always ; that He is interested in all
our thoughts, wishes, and doings. How are we to be Once more our gracious Lord permits me to address
sure of this? He says so! Faith rejoins,
6 Then it to you a few words of exhortation and comfort. We must be so.” What, though it may be against the oviare passing through
the world ; let us cheer each dence of our senses? Yes. The new nature owns no arother by the way.
We are really strangers and pilgrims. Alas! many of our companions refuse to be gument based on the mere evidence of the senses. One
word of God fir outweighs all the tangible evidence lieve that theirs is a pilgrim's portion here below, in the world. Let us cultivate Faith. °Let us mainand therefore they know nothing of the joy of being tain, in defiance of the sophistries of men, the subtleby faith already seated in the heavenlies. Neverthe-ties of Satan, and the natural hesitancy of our own less it is true, that every regenerate child of God is evil hearts, that “God is true,” that we are his no longer of the world though in it. Moreover,
“ dear children," and that “ he will withhold from strive as they may, worldly-minded Christians can
us NO GOOD THING.” Whatever he does withhold, it not find true happiness upon earth. The new life, would not be good for us to have. the regeneration, is resurrection-life! It is a new nature,
Dearly beloved in the Lord,-Look into his Word ; foreign to earthly tastes and desires-quite as much, you know comparatively nothing about the precious perhaps more so, than is the angelic nature. If an promises which are there, yet they are all for you ; angel of light were sent to dwell with us in bodily and a single promise from God our Father is worth form, he would be manifestly a stranger. If he were all the treasures of earth. Oh! if faith were strong so directed of God, he might be a carpenter or a in us, how we should sing! We have abundant cause merchant, a servant or a monarch, but he would not for rejoicing. Rejoice in the Lord always, and be of the spirit of this world. He would just do whatever the Lord gave him to do, without losing the again I say, Rejoice.
Yours in much love in our Lord Jesus Christ, consciousness of his heavenly calling, and without
THE EDITOR. seeking mere self-gratification or aggrandisement.
It is our high calling to live thus upon earth. We are positively "children of light,' to children of
THE “PLYMOUTH BRETHREN." God," "partakers of the divine nature”! Beloved, ABOUT thirty years ago a few eariiest Christians, these are realities. The amazing things said of us in having prayerfully studied the Scriptures, separated Scripture are FACTS. Alas! Christians treat them as from all systematic religion. They found that while unrealisable fictions. But I assure you the Lord they had followed the various traditions which men gives grace to those who seek him to enable them to had engrafted upon the Word of God, they had live in the enjoyment of the same life he enjoys. practically ignored some of the highest privileges Hence we are taught to reckon ourselves dead with conferred upon believers by the “ Head of the regard to the old carnal nature. “Old things are Church.” passed away;" we are therefore to “set our AFFEC- One of the first things of which they became TIONS on things above." It is true, we go on with clearly convinced was that the Lord Jesus Christ has our appointed temporal duties, following our sent, according to his promise, the Holy Ghost to earthly occupations, whatever they may be, because guide his followers into all truth. Acting upon this Heavenly Father has
ordained. conviction, they cast themselves, in simplicity and And we attend to them diligently and carefully, be- faith, upon the Holy Spirit's guidance, which resulted cause we do them to the Lord. “Whether we eat or in unspeakable blessing to their own souls and to the drink, or WHATEVER we do,” we are to do all to the souls of thousands who had faith to follow in the glory of God; and though we be truly labouring for the same course. meats that perish, God is glorified thereby if done to Those, however, who were first led out committed him in faith. Nor are we to have any anxiety about the great error of giving themselves a separate dethe result, knowing that “the earth is the Lord's and signation. This was not their only mistake, but it the fulness thereof.' We, then, who are his chil. is the one which has become specially manifest. It is dren have no need to fear. Yet he may see well to surprising that such a mistake could have crept in at try our faith by leaving us under the pressure of the very outset, while realising the blessedness of temporal need; should it be so, however, it will be being governed by the written Word, under the for our ultimate profit. Our duty is, to feel QUITE direct teaching of the Holy Spirit. But astonishment