Bible Subjects for the Household of Faith: Volume 1
THERE is no subject on which greater misapprehension prevails in the minds of Christians than,, on that of the two dispensations, Jewish and Christian; the analogy which subsists between them on the one hand, and their distinctive characteristics on the other; and yet there is perhaps no other subject
I believe that the bread remains simply and absolutely bread, and the wine, wine-that, physically, there is no change whatever in the elements. To seek for material and physical things in such a precious institution of the Lord is, to my mind, a poor and
Jesus! the very thought of thee
ALL additional clearing up of Scripture must tend to the affording more effectual witness to the Church; and it will not, I am persuaded, be beside the object of this collection to allude to anything which may bring the force of the Word into light,
I LOOK around. What can I see? Heathenism, men worshipping stocks and stones; Christendom that would often disgrace a heathen; yet goodness and wisdom evidenced in the midst of it all. What can I think? All is confusion. The goodness and wisdom I see lead me
THE knowledge of the mind of God is the Christian's only security both for determining his true position in the world, and his being preserved in it steadfast and immoveable. Where this is not ascertained, all must be doubt and perplexity, and his path must be
O WHAT a bright and blessed world
IN the trust that the Lord will, for His own name's sake, give me much reverence of spirit while treading upon such holy ground, I would give forth to the Church what I believe to be a true, though feeble and imperfect, interpretation of the awful yet
Tὰ ἅνω φροωεῖτε.―COLOSSIANS. 3: 2.
It was during the continuance of their distress and bondage to the Philistines, consequent on the loss of their strength and glory, that they were tempted, in forgetfulness and disregard of the cause of their calamity, to cry out to Samuel, " Give us a king to
) It is as quickened together with Christ, and made to sit together in the heavenlies in Him, that we are enabled to survey the world, and all that is in it, by the light of heaven. " If ye, then, be risen
WINGS are invariably denoted in every description of the cherubim, and declare, I believe, rapidity of action, or I may perhaps say, wherever connected with the cherubim, that they describe the instantaneous action in heaven, consequent on the will of Jehovah, they are further symbols
PHI 3:20-2120For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (Philippians 3:20-21).>THERE is a remarkable difference in the aspect and hope connected with the Lord's return in Old Testament scriptures from what is suggested to the believer in reading such a scripture as this in Philippians.
"IN everything give thanks,"
THE high standing of believers in Christ Jesus, that they are " through him that loved them, and washed them from their sins in his own blood, made kings and priests unto God" (Rev. 1: 5,6), is that which Satan's crafty imitations, and man's wisdom,
What God decrees, child of His love,
HEB 9:1111But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; (Hebrews 9:11)>)IT would indeed tend greatly both to comfort and elevate our souls, if we realized the unclouded prospect before us. That which is before us is alone proper to us as redeemed to God by the blood of the Lamb, and as born of
Alone with thee, my God! alone with thee!
1 THESSALONIANS 4: 13-18.
13. I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
These lines are supposed to be the utterance of the saints at the blessed moment when they are actually ascending to meet the Lord in the air, as described in 1 Cor. 15: 51-57; and 1 Thess, 4: 16-18.
ONE principal purpose which the Lord had in view, by continuing for a season in their present state the people who should be gathered together in one, through his death, was that a practical witness of the character of God might be given to the
Psalm 38: 9.*
I WOULD, say a few words on this chapter, or collection of parables, in the deep feeling of the imperfectness with which any of us understand " the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven;" and this, not merely from personal feelings as to individual weakness, but
THE OFFERINGS FOR THE TABERNACLE, EXODUS 25:1-91And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. 3And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, 4And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, 5And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, 6Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, 7Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. 8And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. 9According to all that I show thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. (Exodus 25:1-9).
SOME christians seem to find it very hard to receive what scripture says about the union of Christ and the church. The subject has not occupied their thoughts much; and when it is brought before them by others, they not only feel ignorant of the scriptures connected with
EXO 25:10-1610And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 11And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. 12And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. 13And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 14And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. 15The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. 16And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee. (Exodus 25:10-16)>10. And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof; and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
There is nothing which teaches either " what sin is," or " what is sin," like the cross of the Son of God.
"If the blood of bulls and goats ... ... sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the
CHRIST'S grave is vacant now,
EXO 25:17-2217And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 18And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 19And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. 20And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. 21And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. 22And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel. (Exodus 25:17-22)>
MANY christians, on commencing the study of prophecy, and seeing something of the judgments which attend the Lord's coming at the close of the present dispensation, feel much difficulty as to who are to form the population of the millennial earth. If, say they, the living
THE place which the Holy Ghost has assigned, in the Scriptures, to the resurrection of Jesus is very conspicuous. He adduces it not merely as a proof, that indeed he was the Son of God (because he could lay down his life
Paved with love thy pathway lies,
23 Thou shalt also make a table of shittim wood: two cubits shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.
"Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end," &c. (John 13:
The waves were dashing loud and high,
31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
" My LOVED BROTHER, " I think I have had my mind more occupied of late than ever with the subject which your letter suggests-the being with the Lord. I am sure it is deeper, happier, fuller acquaintance with himself that our hearts need; and then we