Present Testimony: Volume 10

We find, in the Epistles to the Thessalonians, and especially in the first (for in the second it was already needful to guard that freshness from the perfidious attacks of the enemy), the condition and the hope of the Christian, as such, in
In the second Epistle to the Thessalonians, the Apostle corrects some errors into which these disciples had fallen, with regard to the day of the Lord, through certain false teachers; as, in part of the first Epistle, he had enlightened the ignorance of the believers
I would call attention to a fact, little noticed in general, in Jacob's history. Isaac blessed him twice, and not only once. When Jacob sought, by deceit, to get the blessing, Gen. 27, Isaac did give him a blessing, then and there, but it was
"The Church of God," amazing, precious thought!
In the Epistle to the Colossians, we have a proof of that which other Epistles demonstrate, namely, the blessed way in which our God in His grace turns everything to the good of those that love Him.
15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)" HE was crucified in weakness, but He arose by the power of God." There never was such an exhibition of weakness as the cross. All was set against the Lord. God was withdrawn; man had proved his full enmity; disciples were faithless;
"Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him" (Rom. 6:88Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: (Romans 6:8)).
"It is a faithful saying: for if we be dead with Him (Christ Jesus), we shall also live with Him" (2 Tim. 2:1111It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: (2 Timothy 2:11)).
I apprehend that the Gospel of Mark, which brings under our view the service of Christ, and particularly His prophetic service, and, hence, records simply the accomplishment of that service, as the events arose, is that of the three first gospels, which gives, generally, the chronological order
"I have been weaker ever since that illness. You remember the long, long deep slumber into which I sank, out of which none could rouse me; out of which none thought I ever should rouse -until you came: that was a wonderful sleep! As I lay there, I saw the
THIS chapter gives us an outline of the resources by means of which God supplied the need of His people, while passing through the wilderness; they were resources unknown to the flesh, and such as the flesh could not picture to itself. God often puts
The Epistle to the Ephesians gives us the richest exposition of the blessings of the Church, and of the saints who compose it, setting forth at the same time the counsels of God with regard to the glory of Christ; Christ Himself is viewed
I send the following thoughts to the Present Testimony, rather to lay the subject seriously before your readers, than to teach upon it. Not that I have not in the main-while willing to have any thought corrected-a clear and decided judgment on that of which it speaks.
In the three articles which preceded this, we have looked at that which the Holy Ghost teaches us, in Scripture, as to the provision, made by God, for meeting all the evil of our old former selves; of ourselves looked at-in fallen nature, and
In the last article on this subject (p: 1), we looked at some of the testimony, given by the Holy Ghost in Scripture, as to the believer having been quickened together with Christ. By the passages then cited we found ourselves more especially led
Three passages in Scripture may serve as introduction for our meditation -
It is the same divine counsel that has placed the Christ upon the throne of the Father, and which has arranged all according to his glory—which has also decided who of us in that day shall be alive on the earth to await
" You tell me I am dying, and urge me to say whether or not I think that I am going to heaven.—What is the heaven you mean?"-" To be with the Lord Jesus Christ Himself; and to be with Him—forever and ever—is what I
Is there, anywhere upon earth, anything to which we can turn and say, according to the truth of God, and with certainty in our own minds as we point to it, "The Father worketh herein and the Son also"? Most assuredly, Yes. The {s
When Jesus is testified of to the saints of God, by the power of the Holy Ghost, he who speaks, loses sight of himself, and his audience; and his audience lose sight of themselves and the speaker; and the vision of each is filled with
What loss the gain is when, in collecting, or enlarging knowledge, we lose simplicity and afection. I should like to see them [at-] in their simplicity, and be refreshed by their faith. May we only the more long for the time of perfection. The
The Turn Of Time.-" When things come to the worst, then they begin to mend. And now at the worst they assuredly were; so this was the turning-point-the cold hour before the dawn."
" The skies have been wondrously grand of late; such a. magnificent array of stars thrown out on that dark back-ground. This evening, however, I was walking by the sea, it was cold, windy, and cloudy; not a star to be seen. It suddenly struck me: there
God who gave the blood to screen us,
In the first place we get, in Psa. 1, the righteous man; and, in Psa. 2, the counsels of God as to Messiah. Then, in general, Psa. 3-7, the sufferings of Christ in the remnant, whether from enemies or from a sense of
If thou sinnest, what doest thou against Him? or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto Him?
In the Epistle to the Philippians, we find much more of Christian experience and the development of the exercise of the heart than in the generality of the epistles. Doctrine and practice are found in them all, but with the exception of the 2nd to
To Thee, who hast loved us, and saved us by blood,
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are arranged in three parallel columns in the following tables, in their relative order. There are five tables. On the outer margins of each table are consecutive numbers, for more easy reference to any parallel passages required.
1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: (Ephesians 1:1‑10)25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: (Romans 16:25‑26)COL 3:24-3:27Now to Him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and
An attentive consideration of the Epistle to the Romans and that to the Ephesians, will afford us some interesting light on the question of the position of the believer in Christ. The whole question of our place in Christ is viewed under a different aspect in
I've watch'd the sea bird calmly glide
It has been much the fashion, of late, to extol and set forth the peculiar advantages of our day and generation. It has been advanced, that the spirit of inquiry is generally diffused, that objects of utility engross attention, that the industrial classes are advancing in the