Girdle of Truth: Volume 6

Clothed with this tabernacle still,
In the previous numbers of this series I have sought to present what is man's condition by nature and by regeneration. I would now seek to chew what are the position and the privileges accorded to him as regenerate or born of God. The first of
We do not by any means sufficiently realize the power of God to keep us from falling. There is so much levity of heart in Christians, (for I am not speaking of the unholy levity of the world but,) so much lightness of thought even in
When reading the Epistles to the Corinthians one cannot fail to remark the great contrast between the Corinthian converts and their spiritual father, the Apostle Paul, showing clearly that the' possession of gifts is no safeguard against error, and that those who
"Yet show I unto you a more excellent way."
" The end of the commandment is charity."-
Read Ex. 29
If we do not understand the nature of man we cannot adequately comprehend the aim and meaning of God's process in leading us unto Himself; therefore is it a subject of the highest importance. For many there are who know and acknowledge that Christ can alone be
Jesus, my soul would nearer be
" Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus."
Remember, there is a difference between form as proceeding, and that as superinduced; the latter is the death or imprisonment of the thing-the former is self-witnessing, and has a sphere of agency.
God's provisions of grace are perfect and infinite. Perfect and infinite are they, if looked at in their absoluteness in Christ, as founding our happiness deeper than the deepest ruins of sin, and raising it in Him, in a life that is eternal,
The single eye is receiving everything in the light of God. To view it so transmits as God views it. It is an apprehension of the word and mind and counsels of God judging all that is presented. The soul thus receives nothing but as judged
Abraham staggered not at the promise. " He trusted in God, who quickeneth the dead. In this aspect of his service-in a scene much higher than that of Moses forsaking the court of Pharaoh-he becomes our pattern. It is ours to let God choose our
(Read Heb. 3 and iv.)
Notes on Phil. 4
It must be a matter of inquiry to every thoughtful soul why it is that, whatever be the measure of our faith, we so continually betray ignorance of God's mind, and as much inability to judge as if no light gleamed from our faith to help
Notes on Gen. 18
How blessed to get into the sounds of the heavenly kingdom It made them wonderfully happy, in the Father's house, when the prodigal was received. We, poor lost ones that we were, are necessary for the display of His grace-jewels from the
(Gen. 16-21; Ex. 19; Matt. 27)
The non-apprehension of Christ's glory is positive loss of blessing. A wrong apprehension of Christ places people out of the reach of blessing. A right apprehension of Him is life eternal. The carpenter's Son was the secret source of
The man who bears one living hope,
1 John 5
Great variety of natural character, and of moral temperament, we see in the apostles who were gathered round the Lord. There was the reasoning Thomas and the uncalculating Peter, and the John who had his resources rather alone or in communion, and the same
Prayer is nothing else than a fervent mind settled upon God.
We do this when in praying we are conscious of His presence, and conscious, too, that we are asking according to His will. Even if our understandings cannot fully unfold to us what we need, we may be thus conscious of desires according to His mind, according to Rom.
" That in all things he might have the pre-eminence." (Col. 1:1818And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:18).) Such is the statement of the inspired word concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. It may not be without interest briefly to see how this is carried out.
The name of the Book of Psalms means praise in Hebrew. Had we more of the secrets of wisdom to see each psalm in its proper light, we might find each to be praise. It is a great secret to {s
It is needful to have the foot firmly grounded on the Rock Christ, free grace being the ground on which we are saved. Then there will be the going on to walk " in the comfort of the Holy Ghost." The saints begin in free grace.
The terms regeneration, quickening, and being born again, are used in Scripture to express that change or new existence, which is originated in a child of Adam when he is vitally, or from the heart, turned to God. We have seen in the {s
1 Cor. 15
The more we apply our hearts unto wisdom the better shall we understand God's dealings with us; and if we are attentive to the bearing and purpose of those dealings we shall find that most of them are comprised under these three heads, each of which is distinct
There are two points I desire to notice in this chapter-the perfect peace of soul which belongs to the redeemed, and the consequent spirit and character of their worship. We evidently see that the character of this book is that of judgment, for
To a mind that has become accustomed to draw all its conclusions directly from the inestimable word of God, and to do homage to the authority of that word alone, there is something unspeakably empty and unsatisfactory in the dogmas of systematic theology-those systematic reasonings of learned men
" Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein."-Hos. 14:99Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. (Hosea 14:9).
God tested Abraham, to see whether he was trusting in Isaac, or resting
Phil. 2:1-161If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 16Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain. (Philippians 2:1‑16)