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'minion of ever-ripening authority; the world, the apostles, and all their pretensions to priestly
changed by the Word, as the living epistles speak power. All believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are ' it, bows its rank, and its intellect, and its pride, by him made kings and priests to God.' • before the feet of Jesus ;-he reigns.' .
Then come some of Mr Spurgeon's sad mistakes Oh, that Mr. Punshon, with many other gifted He says— Yet notice where it is that Joshua stands preachers, would search the Scriptures, to see whether to minister ; it is before the angel of Jehovah. You these things are so. We declare, most solemnly, that' and I can never stand to minister before Moses, the the Word of God is entirely opposed to such doctrine. Mediator, under the law ; much less before Jehovah Let those who maintain it cite one single passage in himself, for even our God is a consuming fire.' its favour! The world will never accept the reign of Mr Spurgeon is wrong both in fact and deduction. Christ until the awful tribulation (Rev. iii. 10) has While Joshua was clothed with his filthy rags the passed over it. The gospel has been preached for did indeed stand before the angel, who facing eighteen hundred years, yet the world is as much at Joshua, was à screen between him and God; but enmity against God as when Christ died ! Of course, as soon as he was divinely clothed 'the angel of he we rejoice to know that an innumerable company Lord STOOD BY.' So with the Christian believer; have been rescued from it, and that thousands among when he was in unbelief, and consequently in his the living have obtained salvation through faith in sins, Christ stood between him and the Holy God. Jesus Christ. But these are no longer of the world, Through faith in the Saviour his defilements are rethough in it.
moved—done away with the blood of Jesus Christ No wonder ministers of the Gospel look compla- | his (God's) Son cleanseth from ALL sin.' 'As He is cently upon the world, many, alas! being ready to SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD.' This is far above the meet' it more than half way, while they delude both poor thoughts set forth above by Mr. Spurgeon. themselves and their hearers with the hope that Who would not rather have the Word of God than preaching can change the world, though the Word that of man? says it is 'ruled by the Prince of the power of the Again, the preacher, in setting forth Christian air.' Our Lord declares Satan to be the Prince of service, is just as contrary to the plain teaching of this world.' How can preaching dethrone him? Scripture. He says, "Gracious God, I bless thee, Christ must come forth, as he will, to overthrow the that I have not to present my sacrifice directly to usurper, and put all enemies under his feet. What thyself, else thou wouldst consume my sacrifice and saith the Scripture?' “There shall come in the LAST ime with the flames of thy wrath; but I present days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and say "what I have before thy messenger, the angel of the ing, Where is the promise of his coming? .for since covenant, the Lord Jesus, and through him my. the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as from prayers find acceptance, wrapped up in his prayers ; the beginning of the creation.' (2 Pet. ii 3, 4.) 'my praises become sweet as they are bound up with
While we are to go on with preaching,; to the con- bundles of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia from version of those who believe, we are to look for the Christ's own garden; then I own myself standing return of Christ himself. The world will become in him, am accepted in the beloved ; and all my worse, not better, until Ho comes.
'poor, defiled, polluted works, though in themselves
only objects of divine abhorrence, are so accepted 4. Sermon by Mr. C. H. SPURGEON, “Metropolitan Tabernacle
and received, that God smelleth a sweet savour. Pulpit,” Jan. 22, 1865.
• He is content and I am blessed.' TEXT_'And he showed me Joshua, the high priest, standing before Let us contrast Scripture with the above. For by the angel of the Lord, and Satan s!anding at his right hand to
1 to one offering he HATH PERFECTED FOR EVER them that resist him. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke
are sanctified.... And their sins and iniquities will I thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire ? Now Joshua | remember no more.... Having therefore BOLDNESS to was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
enter into the HOLIEST by the blood of Jesus, by a And he answered and spake unto those that stood by him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said,
new and living way which he hath consecrated FOR Behold, I have caused thy iniquity to pass from thee, and I will us, through the veil, that is to say his flesh; and clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set
having a high priest over the house of God; let us a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord DRAW NEAR with a true heart in full assurance of stood by.”—Zech. iii. 1-5.
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conThe preacher rightly tells us that Joshua is prima- science, and our bodies washed with pure water.' rily the representative of the children of Israel, and (Heb. x. 14, 17, 19, 20, 22.) that the action described sets forth the restoring grace. This is very different. The Christian is shown to be of God, as afterwards to be manifested in the person perfect in Christ, and is accordingly invited into the and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is true, too, holiest; and whenever he realises his standing by as he says, that we may very properly take Joshua as faith, he may draw near' boldly. Of course, if a a type of all the people of God-first, in their natural Christian has sin upon his conscience, and has not condition of sin and faultiness-afterwards, clothed confessed it, he cannot draw near with a true heart, (not with the imputed righteousness of Christ, as and consequently cannot draw near at all. If we see Mr Spurgeon says, but) with Christ himself. He is a brother in such a case, let us remember that If our righteousness '—we are accepted in' him. any man sin we have an advocate with the Father,
The preacher then goes on to denounce, very pro- | Jesus Christ the righteous. We are thus consoled perly, all who claim to be priests, as descendants of about him, and are confident that he will, sooner or
later, be restored. Meanwhile, it is our duty to with us,' and if we yield to the promptings of the old wait upon such an one in love, and seek to wash his nature, we shall desire to forbid such to labour in the feet with the water of the word. (John xiii. and xv. 3.) name of Jesus. Notwithstanding the above unmis
How grievous to hear a Christian talk such non- takable injunction, believers have, ever since the sense as that of having his prayers wrapped up in church was founded, been seeking to put down those the prayers of Jesus.' Let Mr Spurgeon look at the who followed not' with them. words of his Lord—such, for instance, as John xvi. If such an inclination or practice could ever be 23, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever YE justified, surely it was when our Saviour was upon shall ask the Father in my name, he will give you.' earth. There would seem, indeed, to have been Again, 'I say not unto you that I will pray the something very defective in the one whom John found Father; for the Father himself loveth you, because using the name of Jesus, without companying with yo have loved me, and have believed that I came out those whom the Lord had called to follow Him. To from God.'
forego personal association with the acknowledged In page 52 of the sermon before us there is much disciples of the Master, and apparently to stand unscriptural teaching, but our space forbids any apart from the Lord himself, would seem to human attempt at analyzation. In page 53 there is a happy judgment most censurable, and the exercise of minisconception put out.
try under such circumstances quite out of place, and But on turning over the leaf we come to an asser- to be forbidden. Yet the Lord says, Forbid him tion not at all in keeping with the Word of God. not; for he that is not against us is for us.' The preacher says, speaking of the temptations of It is noticeable that he who had thus interfered Satan, · Whenever I get depressed in spirit, or the was John the beloved. It might have been love for ‘liver is out of order, or the head aches, then comes Jesus and jealousy for his name that thus guided the
the hissing serpent, “God has forsaken you; you judgment of the disciple who was usually so quiet • are no child of God; you are unfaithful to your and gentle, and so glad to lean upon his Master. .master; you have no part in the blood of sprink- But however prompted, the judgment of even the • ling,' and such like things. You old rascal! if most approved disciple must always prove a failure 'you say as much as that to me in my days of until he take the Lord for his counsellor. John's dehealth, when my blood is leaping in my veins, I cision which seemed so' sound, and which still comshall be more than a match for you,' &c.
mends itself to perhaps the majority of Christians, This is grievous! So Mr Spurgeon has confidence has to be absolutely reversed when submitted to in flesh and blood! Now we can understand our heavenly wisdom. We forbad him,' says John. brother's many mistakes. How different is the 'Forbid him not,' says the Lord. • Word.' "Rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no con- How little did John expect such a reception of his fidence in the flesh.' •Be strong in the Lord, and in report! he doubtless looked for a full approval from the power of his might, and so forth. We commend Jesus, or he would not have been so forward to reto any who heard or have read this sermon the pas- count the incident. May we meekly accept the lesson. sage at Eph. vi. 10-18. Let them contrast the We are called to 'patience and longsuffering;' our language of inspiration with Mr Spurgeon's utter- plain duty is to refrain from interference with any ances to the prince of darkness.
who preach Christ. We may, in love and gentleAt pp. 56, 57 we find a sorry dissertation on the ness, point out, that personal fellowship with the advantages of Calvinism as compared with Arminian- | Father and with his Son' is far above labour. But ism. This is not preaching Christ; the Bible knows even in cases where there is the neglect of these nothing about 'isms,' neither ought the followers of higher teachings of the Holy Spirit, and there is a the Good Shepherd.
walking apart from the Lord, yet if they are working At the foot of p. 57 we find some forcible and in the name of Jesus, Forbid not.' well-chosen expressions by which Satan is answered Let any, however, who decline the personal guias to the unsightly condition of the brand plucked dance of Christ, and the fellowship of those who from the fire. Again, at p. 58, there is a happy call upon the Lord out of a pure heart,' reflect that, description of the believer as accepted in Christ, but though they are not forbidden to labour, they get no altogether inconsistent with, nay in contrast with, word of approval from the Master. Much less can what the preacher had stated in the former part of he commend such as continue in association with the sermon. There is urgent need for Mr. Spurgeon's hypocritical professors in these last days, 'having hearers and readers to prove all things.
the form of godliness but denying the power thereof.
The Lord may permit such to go on in service, because FORBID NOT.
His 'gifts and calling are without repentance.' He
has, moreover, a right to their labours. But what And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting
says the Master of one who engaged in service without devils in thy name ; and we forbad him, because he fol. loweth not with us. And Jesus answered and said unto him,
out personal communion with himself and his disForbid him not; for he that is not against us is for us.' (Luke ciples ? 'Forbid not; for he that is not against us is ix. 49, 50.
for us'! This is the best that can be said ; such We have here a very important lesson; alas! how an one is not against us! We are not to expectoften forgotten by Christians. There is a tendency Well done, good and faithful seryant' in such in us all to doum everyone wrong 'that followeth not a case.
REPORTS OF SCRIPTURE MEETINGS. Hebrews, the portion on the above-named occasion being
Heb. iv. 11-16. It was observed that there were three
kinds of rest for the believer. First, the rest given to him (RAWSTORNE MEETING Room, No. 47, Rawstorne-street, Goswell- in salvation. Secondly, the rest obtained by taking the road, Wednesday, April 19, at half-past Seven.)* John viii. 20—24.
yoke of Christ. Thirdly, the heavenly rest reserved for Josus spake these words in the treasury, as he taught I fourth chapter of Hebrews is the second-named condition
him in the Father's house. That which is presented in this in the temple. It was remarked by a brother present, lof rest, which the believer is exhorted to labour to enter that, in the divinely-appointed place of gifts was God's
into, words which seem to involve a contradiction. But gift, his only-begotten; but how little man valued the Gift
Gift the truth is that in bearing the yoke and burden of Christ and all He brought with him to give! He brought bread,
bread, (thus labouring) we are enabled to enter more and more
thus lab and fed the multitude, but the multitude walk no morell into God' thouchts about real rest-nav. more wa with him when he proceeds to speak heavenly wisdom ; he brought light, and gave it to the man who had been blind entered into his (God's) rest, he also bath ceased from his
participate in the enjoyment of God's rest—For he that is from his birth, but the Jews put out of the synagogue all
own works, as God did from his. The believer ceases from who admit him to be the light of the world; he brought
all those works which self originates, and rests in the life, and raised Lazarus, and they were ready to send Laza
finished work of Christ, realising God as working in him rus back again to the dead; and at last they slew the gift himself, -all God's gifts in one!
to will and to do, and himself as but an instrument.
On this occasion he is Let us therefore fear. lest a promise being left us of giving wisdom, and they take up stones to cast at him!
entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short Then said Jesus: I go my way.' Christ's way, said a
The believer ought not to seem to come short of it. brother, was to the Cross, and thence to glory, whence the The meeting proceeded to consider the important verses believer looks for him again, to take us to be with him in
which follow, but pressure upon our space renders us unthe glory. Yes, remarked another, Christ had first to taste
| able to give more than this very inadequate notice. of death, and abolish it for all them that believe.
Ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins.' This ' seeking' for Jesus was supposed by one brother to indicate
COMMENTARY ON THE GOSFEL BY the posture of the Jewish nation, who still profess to look for the Messiah, but are, like their forefathers who rejected
ST. JOHN. the Nazarene, dying in their sins. An enquirer wished to see
(Written expressly for this publication.) how the text Seek and ye shall find' could be reconciled In the Gospel given us through the instrumentality of the with this passage; to which a brother remarked that where disciple whom Jesus loved, there are strongly-marked chaseeking was dono in faith and according to knowledge, racteristics which attract the spiritual Christian to a frequent (i.e. God's Word) it would be blessed, but where it was perusal of its pages. Its grand themes are Light, Love, and prompted by ungodly fear or was flowing in an unscriptural
Truth. These are seen in the person of Christ as well as exdirection, no blessing was to be expected. When once
pressed in his doctrines. This sacred narrative also gives prethe master is risen up, and bath shut to the door, and ye
eminently a constant manifestation of the power, as well as begin to stand without and knock at the door, saying, Lord,
the grace, of God, shining forth in his Beloved Son.
But there is also a special difference between John's Gospel Lord, open unto us : he shall answer and say unto you, I and those written by Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In these I know you not whence you are.' This no doubt expresses last three the stream of Salvation is, as it were, pent up until the 'seeking' of those who, when the Lord has taken after the actual crucifixion of Christ, whereas in the book before his church up from the earth, are left behind to the tribu- us, the broad River of Life flows out from the third chapter to lation which shall come upon all the world to try them whoever will.' John gives us at the beginning of our Lord's that dwell upon the earth.' (Rev. iii. 10.) The same ministry his teachings based upon accomplished redemption, as brother considered that when truth has been thrust before
though he had actually suffered for sin. This is not so in the a man, as it was before these Jews, he might afterwards
other Gospels. In Luke xii. 50, for instance, we hear the Lord • seek'in fear, not in faith, and die in his sins.
saying 'I have a baptism to be baptised with, and how am I A remark was made that it was difficult to define faith.
straitened until it be accomplished.'
The Disciple whose joy it was to lean on the Saviour's breast Faith is the reception of Christ into the heart, and these
seems to have been drinking in the deepest spiritual truths, scriptures were referred to as tests Faith worketh by
while the others were more taken up with the wonderful works love,'. We love Him because He first loved us.' Therefore
of Christ and His dealings with the Jews in the then state of if we love Christ we may be sure that we believe in Him things. Doubtless John went very much with the others while and are saved by him.
events were in progress. But afterwards, when writing an "Ye cannot come.' Dying in their sing it is impossible account of those occurrences and doctrines which impressed for the unbelieving to stand in the presence of the Holy One. themselves most deeply upon his own soul, he shows us how
The conversation then diverged from the subject in hand that the Lord, from the very outset of his ministry, taught that to a very useful gathering up of the light of Scripture on the lifting up of the Son of Man on the Cross would bring the power of Satan over all who continue to walk ac
Salvation to all who should believe in Him. He records to cording to the flesh, and his extreme vigilance and subtlety | our great joy that the Saviour himself brought in the Stream of in attempting to hinder the work of grace in the Christian.
| Mercy, which God was free to extend only as a consequence of
the work of the Cross, though that work was not in fact (Union Hall, St. John's-square, Clerkenwell, Lord's Day Even
accomplished, until the end of His course. Enough that Christ
had said, 'A body thou hast prepared me, Lo, I come to do thy ing, April 23, 1863.
will, O God.' The work was done; it was determined in the The Christian meeting held here each Lord's day evening
counsels of God; and the Lord acted upon his predetermined has at present under consideration the epistle to the | sacrifice making the promise as effectual as though the cup of • Meetings for the spiritual investigation of the Scriptures are
wrath had been drunk. He had power on earth to forgive
Sins.' Bearing this in mind, let us open the first chapter, and also held at the above room each Saturday evening at Half-past 7 o'clock, and each Lord's Day Afternoon at 3 o'clock. We shall be may we meekly learn of the Holy Spirit. glad to hear of and report other Scripture Meetings conducted Ver. 1, 2. — In tho beginning was the Word, and the Word on the principles laid down in the answer to our Correspondent, was with God, and tho Word was God; tho same was in the “James J, J., Crewe.”
beginning with God. What a mysterious commencement !
To mere reason it is quite unintelligible. The spiritual mind, people Israel did the same-the nation which God had selected however, discerns the profound truth, that Christ, who is here to be his own peculiar people, to whom he had given blessings spoken of as the ' Word,' was the expression of God before he innumerable, to whom he had made himself known, to whom came in the likeness of men ; just as, when he was made he had revealed his counsels, to whom he had promised the flesh and dwelt among us,' he was manifested as the bright- | Messiah, foretelling them of his birth, life, and death. In every ness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his respect, as to his rights over them, they were his ; but when person,' and 'upholding all things by the word of his power.' he came to his own they received him not.' Of course, as we We are, therefore, taken back to the beginning' of the time have said, he had an absolute claim to all creation. The world when the Creator said 'Let there be light, and there was light.' wos his own, and was responsible to receive him. The people It was Christ, the Word,' who was the utterance of Almighty of Israel were, however, pre-eminently his; but neither the Power. "God hath in these last days spoken unto us by his world nor Israel would have him-- His own received him not.' Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to also he made the worlds. This exactly accords with what become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.' follows:
Though neither the world nor the nation received Him, 3. ‘All things were made by him (Christ), and without him individuals did. Neither the world nor the nation are in the was not anything made that was made.'' We are thus his least altered; to this day they refuse to receive him. But He creatures, every one of us, and owe him obedience and worship. whom the Masses reject, individuals receive. While the
4. In him was life, and the life was the light of men.' He multitudes are hurrying down the broad road, refusing the was and is the source and fountain of life and light. Hitherto, true light, and hasting into the blackness of darkness for ever, however, the world had not known him. Hence the world the few, comparatively, (though in the aggregate an inwas in spiritual darkness."
numerable company,) are taking sides with the rejected Christ. 5. “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness "To them gave he'-and to them gives he-power to become comprehended it not.' Christ the expression of God, and the the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.' What son of God, had at the first brought life and light into the an amazing truth! power given to become sons of God! And world. Satan had introduced darkness and death. Since the the qualifications on our part ? Belief in the name of Jesus, transgression of Adam in Paradise, God had made himself Son of God! Children of wrath have power given them to known'at sundry times and in divers manners'-but the world become sons of God! The power given by Jesus, through faith had continued to listen to the seductions of Satan, disregarding in His name! the testimonies of God; so that when God determined to make 13. “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the himself sully known-he came into a scene of darkness, deep flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.' It was not that men spiritual darkness, and the darkness comprehended him not. willed to be re-created in holiness, but that God willed to re
6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.' create them. Flesh. (i. e. the natural man) had become (This name signifies the grace, gift, or mercy of the Lord.) thoroughly corrupt in its desires, and any spontaneous
7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the manifestation of its will was, and is, always exercised in enmity Light (i. e. Christ), that all through him might believe.' The to God. It was 'not that we loved him, but that He loved mission of John signified that God's mercy was ready to us. That which God demands from the natural man is flow out;-Christ was the manifestation of that mercy. The acquiescence. God gives His gift, His own dear Son, His agent messenger sent before him had to announce and point out the of Mercy. Will man have Him ? True, the natural man promised gift. He was sent to bear witness of the Light. requires a new birth. Christ will take care of that, provided
9. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that only the man will receive Him by Faith. cometh into the world.' This is a solemn fact. The natural
(To be continued, D.V..) light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world, is of Christ. Every kind of light is derived from Him. Yet we find thousands who have come under the sound of the gospel,
SINNERS-YET SINLESS. preferring what they call light of nature' (by which they 'If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the mean, their own reason)-and ignoring Christ, attempting to truth is not in us.' (1 John i. 8.) approach God without Him. To reject the Christ of God, is to Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his reject the Light of God, and God cannot be approached by those sced remaineth in him : and he cannot sin, because he is born who abide in darkness. Just what the sun which shineth by of God.' (1 John iii. 9.) day is to the natural man, Christ the Son of God is to the None but those who are taught of the Spirit can hone Spiritual man. The sunlight enables us to walk safely. By u its aid also we contemplate and understand the works of God as
to understand how it is possible for these two Scriptures seen in nature : so it is with Christ and those who live by Faith. to apply to the same persons. Can it be true that if But one who is born blind does not understand the glorious 'we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the effects of sunlight. You may describe them to him but he does | truth is not in us,' and yet that, being born of God, we not comprehend your meaning. Thus it is with the Soul of Man-He is born with his spiritual eyes closed. The light |
of do not commit sin'? Yes, indeed, it is assuredly shines but he sees it not; he hears of its wonderful effects in
true of every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. the souls of others, but heeds not. Yet if he will only believe The Christian ought to see clearly that he is a in the 'true Light,' his eyes are immediately opened; he sees, double person-(we use such an expression because of and glorifies God. But the very sunlight which cheers and the imperfectness of human language). As being still blesses the natural man, is of Christ. The sun which shines in in the heavens, is but an instrument for diffusing heat and light.
in a body of sin and corruption, he has a depraved It was called into being and is maintained by the Son of God.
nature; yet as to his standing before God, all that is * That was the true light' (Christ the Word') which abolished. Through faith in Christ he is dead to sin, lighteth every man that comoth into the world. It is He who and stands in resurrection-life accepted in the Beloved;' by the instrumentality of the heavenly body gives light to
and, in truth, only waits the visible manifestation of every man. 10. He was in the world, and the world was made by
the Lord Jesus Christ, when he will be instantly him, and the world knew him not.' Sin had so thoroughly changed into his likeness, as we learn in the same marred God's creation, Satan had so completely estranged the epistle, We know that when he shall appear we shall hearts of his creatures, that when the Son of God, the veri- be like him, for we shall see him as he is.' (1 John iii. 2.) table Creator, stooped, in wondrous grace, to man's estate
This fact is true to faith even now-to seo Jesus is to be 'the world know him not.'
11. 'He came unto his own, and his own received him noti' like him. Whenever we see Jesus with the eyo or lai Not only did the world at large reject him, but God's chosen we are like him. Then it will be absolutely, gloriously, for ever true- We shall be like him. He will teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance change these vile bodies, and fashion them like unto
whatsoever I have said unto you.' Again, Howbeit when he,
the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth, for his glorious body,'
he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear But in his experience in everyday life the believer shall he speak, and he will show you things to come. He shall is prone to forget his standing in grace-to lose sight of glorify me, for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto the fact that his is a heavenly, not an earthly citizen- you. All things that the Father hath are mine; therefore said
I that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.' ship—that here he is only a stranger and a pilgrim.
(John xvi. 13, 14, 15.) Then the old corrupt nature gets the upper hand, the
Beloved, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, is come, and he dead thing is resuscitated, the new nature is hindered, is ready to guide you into all truth; will you accept his the spirit groans. Now God, who abounds towards us guidance ? Alas! instead of praying for this, Christians are in all wisdom and prudence, as well as love, sees well,
continually crying to God to send his Holy Spirit! What
should we say of a disciple who, when the Lord Jesus Christ for the trial of our faith, to leave us awhile in this
was upon earth, had prayed to God to send his Son to save us ? double condition of being. He would have us, by Yet this is precisely a parallel to the prayer of the Christian watchfulness, prayer, and self-denial to keep down the who now asks God to send the Holy Ghost! Need we say dead thing—to mortify the body, and thus let the new that this unfaithfulness does not drive God's Holy Spirit away nature always triumph. The true believer is, however,
from us? No; He is faithful,' though Christians so sadly ready to own, when in the light of God's presence, that is kept in perfect security, aš to the ultimato safety of his soul,
fail. He it is by whom every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ he has failed, has sinned; and this brings in the way until the redemption of the purchased possession.' by which he gets rid of his burden. Thus, the Do you ask what you lose by disbelieving the Spirit's Holy Spirit, by the Apostle John, after telling | presence in all who believe? We answer--the fulfilment of
those gracious promises of our Lord which we have already us that if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves,
quoted from St. John's Gospel; and more than that. Look at and the truth is not in us,' immediately adds, “If we
what is stated in 1 John iv. 17: Herein is our love made confess our sins he [God] is faithful and just to forgive | perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' because as He is, so are WE IN THIS WORLD. Dear Christian This is not so much a fresh forgiveness as a re-assurance
Reader, Do not expect to understand this, or to experience the
comforting presence of the COMFORTER-expect not to be guided of it, for the same chapter, ver. ',. has previously as into ALL truth, if you deny that the Holy Spirit is in you. sured us that the blood of Jesus Christ bis Son cleanseth We walk by TAITH, not by sight.' Faith only can realise the us from all sin. The full efficacy of this we had as blessings of communion while we remain on earth. Would soon as we received the Word of life. Of this we you know more of Christ and the blessings he has prepared for
you ? would you enjoy the fullest foretaste of the precious are abundantly assured in many Scriptures.
fruits of the heavenly Canaan?-own the positive indwelling Thus, the true Christian is a forgiven, cleansed, jus
presence of the Holy Ghost the Comforter, and be in subjection tified, adopted child of God, and having had imparted to Him. to him a divine nature (2 Pet. i. 4), being born of God, We have shown clearly by the Word of God that every he cannot commit sin, as stated in the second text under
believer ought to realise the assurance that God for Christ's
sake hath forgiven' him. (Eph. iv. 32.) This is absolutely consideration. Yet the old man, or old nature, being
true. The precious blood of Christ has brought the believer left, it is equally correct to speak of the individual as perfect pardon and perfect cleansing from all sin. Yet there a sirner. For though, as we have seen, he is a double is a kind of forgiveness we need daily. Because we dwell in person, he is also an unit. The Christian as an entity bodies of sin, and have deceitful hearts, and are tempted of does sin and feels all the sorrow consequeat upon it,
the devil, we get defiled by the way--we sin. If we say we
| have no sin we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.' until he gets into the presence of God by faith and con
(1 John i. 8.) fesses his sins, whereupon he gets a renewal of forgive Now, mark, what is the Divine remedy for this condition of ness and a cleansing from all unrighteousness. But the things. Are we sent back to the cross, as is generally taught? Christian as born of God does not commit sin; his new
Nay, the blood of Jesus Christ brings pardon at once and for (divine) nature has no part in the sinfulness and failures
EVER! 'What saith the Scripture?' Do let that decide us.
Pray read the verse next to the one quoted above; "If we of the man, though it groans under the weight of Confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, them; and so far from evading the responsibility, it is and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' by the promptings of the new nature only that the
Do remember this, dear Christian reader, and act upon itindividual is ready to confess to God.
You are a child of God, having all the privileges and all the blessings of a child, you will never lose your sonship, for you
are held secure by God's Holy Spirit. Therefore, when you THE CITY OF CONFUSION,
have erred, go and freely and fully confess to your heavenly
Father whatever you have done, said, or thought, which you (Isaiah xxiv. 10.)
know to be contrary to his mind. In seeking to do this, there AND THE WAY OUT OF IT.
may be need of much contrition-much breaking down of the natural will, and if you have acted wilfully there will be sorrow
when you remember you have grieved the Spirit of God. But A FAITHFUL WORD FOR CHRISTIAN S.
your God and Father is not only loving and kind; He is
faithful and just to forgive when you confess. Yes, you may, . (Continued from our last.)
as a believer in Christ, plead the very justice of God as the It is because this grand and consoling fact-the indwelling ground of your forgiveness. But remember, you are dealing of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter-is not believed, that the with God, who is holy, and knows the thoughts of the heart! Scriptures are so little understood. How can we seek the How different is this divine provision to general and formal guidance of God's Holy Spirit-how is it possible to expect it, confessions of sinfulness as practised by professing churches! if we start with unbelief in his declared presence ? Oh, that Look at the words which one sect puts into the mouths of those Christians would rely upon the precious assurances of the Lord who follow its guidance: such as — Oh, holy, blessed, and Jesus Christ ! Look at his words—But the Comforter, the glorious Trinity, three persons and one God; have mercy Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall upon us, miserable sinners.' •Remember not, Lord, our