Present Testimony: Volume 11

The Epistles to Timothy and Titus have naturally a peculiar bearing and character, being addressed to per-sons deputed by the apostle to act in his name, or to care for the Churches during his absence. Their application to us is none the less direct on
In the declining days of the house of David, as we see in 2 Chron., the spirit of God occasionally visits. The Lord sends His prophets, " rising up early and sending them; " and those Prophets warned, and threatened, and counseled, " till
In this epistle, the apostle, under the Holy Ghost, anticipates the moral corruption which was to overspread Christendom. Language and figures are largely employed to set forth this awful anticipation or prophecy; and surely our observations may well and fully vindicate the Spirit's forebodings. For
The second Epistle to Timothy has a very peculiar character. It is the expression of his heart who, outside Palestine, had, under God, founded and built the Church of God on earth, and it was written in sight of its failure, and its departure
IT has been a question which has been suggested to the writer of these lines, how it came that Abraham, whose course was in faith outside the circumstances around him, should arm his servants for the rescue of Lot? He did this also manifestly with the
IT has been supposed that the word of God affords very little, if any direct, proof in support of the idea of any real difference, and that all that can be offered in its favor is in the way of inference of a rather loose and uncertain character.
The knowledge of our proper relationship with our gracious God, as Father, and of our calling and standing in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ,-the Heavenly Son of Man at God's right-hand,-necessarily goes far beyond all questions of conscience
The first three chapters of the Book of Daniel furnish a most seasonable and important lesson at a time like the present, in which the disciple is in such danger of yielding to surrounding influences, and of lowering his standard of {s
To a believer, death (his own death) is now, in point of fact, " dying to death "-" the ceasing to have to do with dying." I am quite aware that this statement may be startling, at first sight, to some-perhaps to many. But is it not
"Want of subjection to God "-is, in every creature in whom it is found, Sin. I intentionally say, want of subjection, or the absence of subjection (i. e., non-subjection, which is negative); and I do not say insubjection: be-cause, to many minds,
There is sufficient connection between these two thoughts-Dominion and Glory-to incline the mind to look at them together. Let it, however, be remembered, that the Holy Ghost has not, in writing Scripture, been pleased to handle truths by subjects-taking (as man would have done)
" According to Bengel (born 1687), the Christian has not so much to wait for death as for the appearance of Jesus Christ, and the most important business for every man is to come from a state of sin into a state of grace,
Death worsts all flesh that comes under it! True; but faith worsts death itself.
What a difference between the expectations of the apostles (as expressed Acts 1), and the intentions of God!
"He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not ... As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not
" And now his checkered and eventful course is past; but all before him is clear as crystal, and calm as the sea of glass.
In Scripture, the terms "LIFE and DEATH" are used in various connections; and so in senses which differ. They are used as to the natural body; they are used, also, as to the moral inward state of man; and they are used as to man
"And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let
" Sinners, of whom I am chief " (1 Tim 1:15). Had, ever, any other man such occasions as Saul? Jesus, killed on earth, had, from heaven, sent down the Holy Ghost. The Jews reject grace from Christ in heaven and the
"As saints, we are to have understanding as well as affections. Nothing marks our low estate more than the unintelligence of our prayers."
1. If the old Roman earth is to be formed again,- must not Austria be broken, so to speak, in half?
" There are still Christians who believe that God in supreme love became a man, and so died for them in love:-that the first of duties, the truest affection-without which all others are vile-is to appreciate Him who did it as we ought; that the first of
"The Heaven, even the heavens are for Jehovah; but the earth hath he given to the children of men."
The important nature of the Epistle to the Hebrews demands that we should examine it with peculiar care. It has its own very distinct place. It is not the presentation of Christian position in itself, viewed as the fruit of sovereign grace, and of the work
You have asked of me some account of the historical development of a false notion on which I have often spoken, and already written, briefly, in the "Present Testimony." The practical importance of this notion had caused my mind to be occupied with it, and led me to entertain
In essaying to accomplish the task which I had under-taken, of giving, in its main element at least, an historical view of the doctrines progressively held regarding the Church, the assembly of God, I was, I confess, hardly aware of the poverty of the resources to which
I bow me to Thy will, O God~
We all know, and acknowledge the value of having a fixed purpose, which gives a character to our life and ways. Our need demands a purpose, which promises to meet it sufficiently and perfectly; and the more distinctly the purpose is apprehended and embraced, the more all our acts
Life is a sacred thing. God is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. Life belongs to God. Man lost it at the beginning, through disobedience, and it then returned to God. Adam as soon as he lost it, was
See Ex. 33; 34 John 1-10
1Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlaborer, (Philemon 1)The very beautiful and interesting Epistle to Philemon does not require much comment: it is an expression of the love which works, by the Spirit, within the Church, in all the circumstances of individual life.
It is of the utmost moment to all the people of God to ascertain whether the Holy Ghost has returned to heaven since Pentecost, and has to be sent again on every fresh occasion of blessing, or whether He remained, and still remains on
The Revelation of God, in His Word, solves a problem which, more or less, has occupied mankind in all ages; but in our times, peculiarly so. The necessity of authority and the supremacy of rule, has been intuitively admitted. The source of it has been disputed.
The Epistle to Titus is occupied with the maintenance of order in the Churches of God.
"Then were there two thieves crucified with Him one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the {s