Present Testimony: Volume 6

4Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 5Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. 7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9Use hospitality one to another without grudging. 10As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. 16Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (1 Peter 4:4‑16)" As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy."
"The Lord hath showed me that thou shalt be King over Syria."
7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (2 Peter 3:7‑14)THE heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the {s
AMOThe prophecy of Amos is one of those that speak of the moral condition of the people, and especially of Israel, who, as we have already seen in the historical books, represents more particularly the people, as such; while Judah was but as an appanage of
Whatever brings out the perfectness of the blessed Lord's work, and the way in which it is adapted to the whole moral condition of man, while glorifying God in respect of that condition, and thus bringing man into association with God's glory-whatever skews the connection of
Genesis informs us that Creation was completed in six days, and that God rested on the seventh.
Chap. 1.
God has prepared in each time circumstances suited to the impulse which his Spirit would give. All the circumstances were prepared for the reformation. Just so were they all also prepared for Christianity. The blindness of philosophy can only see the circumstances, and cannot
The Gospel of God's Son is good news: good news of His person: blessed expression! All until the gospel was a claim upon man. A claim can never be good news. The gospel never alters the claim of God upon man, but maintains it;
Leading Heads Of Psalms.
Leading Heads Of Psa. 3
Leading Heads Of Psalms.
Leading Heads Of Psalms.
Leading Heads Of Psalms.
How perfect the Son does His work in John's gospel. He takes up one sinner after another throughout chapters 1-10, and does not leave them for the hand of any other; but one and all He perfects Himself, giving them the sense of this,
Grace free, full, generous, large-hearted mercy and forgiveness, "the kindness of God," is the leading idea in Christianity. And there is no spring of virtue or of service like this.
In Lev. 6 the trespass committed against the Lord, has its immediate expression in a man's own want of righteousness and grace towards his neighbor. His act was, chewing what he himself was: though against the Lord, still it was unto his neighbor: the
Sacred and common biography are not the same. In the holy volume, the faults even of the best of men are impartially set down, and there we are informed how even such faults were graciously overruled to bring about good. But memoirs written by uninspired men, are apt to dwell
That which is hidden in darkness is not so effectually hidden as that which is hidden in light: for "God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." What BE hides in His own light, no creature can Ind. The creature can grope
Leading Heads Of Psalms.
That it is God Himself who forms churches by the converting of souls through faith in His Son, is a principle that the Christian can hardly deny. Thus, here at Nice (or elsewhere), supposing we were to find one or two hundred persons converted? Those persons
HABHow diverse and perfect is the development of the ways of God in His word! Not only does it contain the great events that establish the fact of His government, and the character of that government, not only the proofs of His fidelity to His people, and his
HAGTHE three last prophets prophesied after the Babylonish captivity. God, as we have seen in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, brought back a small remnant of His people, who were re-established in Jerusalem and in the land; but the throne of
HOSThe prophet Hosea prophesied during the same period of time as Isaiah; but he is more occupied with the existing condition of the people-and especially of Israel -although he often speaks of Judah likewise. His prophecy is more simple, in its character, than that
JOEThe import of the book of Joel is sufficiently plain, although a few passages may be obscure.
"For as yet they knew not the scripture that He must rise again from the dead?'
The prophet Jonah gives us the opportunity of applying his history to many sentiments that arise in the human heart in all ages. His personal history-the history of a man who was upright in the main, but who had not courage to follow out the
In the Revelation, the Lord is much spoken of as "the Lamb"—a title which suggests the thought of suffering and atonement. But in this Book of the Revelation, He is neither suffering nor doing the work of atonement. All that is over and perfected,
We must receive the kingdom of God as a little child. Yes, indeed; and the moral of that thought is very beautiful.
God is always true to Himself; and therefore (and that in the perfectness of divine wisdom) if any line of His dealings be given in the word, misdirection is guarded against, and His dealing put in such contrast to the peculiar range of truth exhibited,
MALThe great moral principle unfolded in the book of Malachi, is the insensibility of the people to that which the Lord was for them, and to their own iniquity with respect to the Lord; their want of reverence for God, their despisal of the Lord.
The prophecy of Micah is of the same date, and, up to a certain point, has the same character as that of Isaiah: that is to say, it treats especially of the introduction of the Messiah into the scene of the development of God's dealings towards
Before entering on the study of the minor prophets, I will avail myself of the opportunity they afford to make a few remarks on the prophetic writings in general, pointing out the subjects of which they treat. We may divide these books into four principal classes, according to the subjects
NAHIf we were to examine closely the different characters of the nations who have been connected with the people of God, we should, perhaps, find in each a specific form of evil pretty clearly delineated. At all events it is so in the principal enemies of that people. {s
OBAEdom is frequently spoken of in the prophets. This people who, as well as Jacob, were descended from Isaac, had an inveterate hatred to the posterity of the younger son, who were favored as the people of the Lord. Psa. 137 tells of this
The Patriarchs had come forth from the place of nature or of the flesh, in the faith of a promised inheritance in the land of Canaan. And what is to be noticed in the strength and victory of their faith is this-they cling to
In the Epistles of the Apostle Paul we may find five prayers for the saints, which follow in remarkable order.
20But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (Jude 20)The great practical security of the believer against the evil working of the enemy is, that he is himself indwelt of God. As it is the fearful, but also the universal character of the natural man to obey the influence of him who
I use the term prophecy here in its widest and most popular sense, as being equivalent to prediction given by God-or the communication by God to man of the knowledge of events long before they take place.*
I am satisfied that. the great business of the Christian, the great utility of such a. work as " The Present Testimony," is to bring before the saints, and the world, if they will read it, the great principles of Christianity, and more particularly when they have
There are found in the Old Testament seven songs which may be studied for the profit and comfort of our souls,
We may observe, to the comfort of our souls, how fully as at home both Paul and Stephen found themselves to be when brought into the presence of the glory; though, as we may remember, that glory had always been proving itself too powerful and overwhelming
In grace, where alone, as lost and ruined, we could stand, we learn that all our blessings are accomplished by Christ and vested in Him. To possess and to enjoy remain with us. Simple as this truth appears, none is practically so embarrassing to our legal and self-dependent
If I am not deceived in my judgment, and if I have not mistaken the statements of the Divine Word, there is such a thing, and there ought to be, as sympathy between the members of the body of Christ and Christ Himself, who is the {s
ZEC Zechariah is more occupied with the Gentile kingdoms, under whose yoke the Jews were placed, and with the establishment in its perfection of the glorious system that was to accompany the presence of the Messiah; and on the other hand, with the rejection of that Messiah,
ZEPZephaniah sets before us the judgment of the Spirit of God, with respect to the condition of the testimony rendered to the name of God in this world, at a moment when there was some outward restoration by means of a king who feared God.