Sound Words - 1878

This Epistle refers us from the church as an external thing to the word of God. So in the epistles to the churches we are called upon to hear not what the churches say, but what the Spirit says to the churches. In this chapter
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IT is not an uncommon thing to find Christians greatly perplexed because of the great diversity of opinion among Christian teachers and writers; and, after a little time they seek escape from this distressing state by settling down into being satisfied that they are saved, and that all
If you call yourself a Christian at all you must own you are in a world that crucified the Lord.
WHEN the Lord Jesus Christ was upon earth He -spike of His assembly as then non-existent. He had not yet built it (Matt. 16:1818And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)). Till the Holy Ghost came, consequent on His ascension, it was not, and could not be,
By the ministry of the word souls receive life, light, and understanding. As recipients of life there are desires formed within them which need an out-gate, either by prayer or by worship. By the former, dependence upon God is confessed and expressed; by
BUT further, since unlimited power was at His command to do whatever they asked, He proceeded to tell them on what conditions all their requests would be granted. " If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall
HAVING viewed the Church in its relation to God, to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Ghost, and having also seen how the Body is formed, we would next direct the reader's attention to the way in which the work of
" Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Such is the word of exhortation addressed by the Apostle Paul to Christians in the epistle to the Ephesians (Eph. 4:33Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)). Then this of which he writes concerns
" THE Spirit and the bride say, come.' " We get the whole circle of the church's affections. When the Spirit of God is working in the saints what will be the first affection? Christ. The Spirit and the bride turn to Him and say, "
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth" ( Col. 3:1,21If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2))
THE coming glory soon shall dawn,
On! Lord I walk with Thee,
MY DEAR― : In Corinth there existed, in the apostles' day, a company of people who had believed the gospel, been born again of the Holy Ghost, baptized by Him into " one body," gathered out by Him from among Jews and Gentiles, and gathered
Corinth and Sects
HERE then we have, according to supposition, in the city of Corinth, five distinct Christian assemblies-one of them adhering to the name, ground, and order on which they were set by God at the first; the other four being divisions or sects cut
My judgment is (but I should seek peace, and there is no rule, save that all things be done decently and in order), that young children should be with their parents at the meetings, and that growing girls should be so too. When the boys grow up
In taking our readers into confidence, by opening private letters before them, it may be well to give a word of explanation. It will easily be seen that at the time of writing, on both sides, there could not possibly have been any thought of these letters
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Q. Would it be right to covenant with God in this dispensation?
Devotedness is a much deeper and, at the same time, a much simpler thing than many suppose. Most think that if they are earnestly engaged in the Lord's work, and looking to Him for guidance and blessings this is being devoted; but it is much more. It is
- WE are led to look at our Lord Jesus, and through a succession of conditions we see in Him man presented to God with infinite though varied delight and satisfaction. I have, long since, traced Him in the following way, as man in all
Exaggerated truth is always error, and leads to the denial of the real truth, and ceases necessarily to be experimental, for what is not true cannot be true in me. J. N. D.
THERE is a point in your letter I would just touch upon, and that is respecting the exercise of gifts. When the object in going to the Lord's table, and to meetings for worship, or for prayer, is to " exercise gift," it is
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I TRUST there may be no questioning of what was once so plain to many as a path of duty. I am a little afraid of some being unsettled by looking too much to the present condition of gatherings, instead of to the fact of God's having a further
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IT is characteristic of faith to reckon on God, not simply spite of difficulty, but spite of impossibility.
As regards your first question, I think there is a mistake as to the position of the assembly, both in the sister, and also of the brother who objected, perhaps in all. When a person breaks bread, he is in the only fellowship I know-owned as
THE definite notice we find in the beginning of this chapter relative to the former order of the church at Philippi is remarkable, because the epistle is all about eternal life in the believer, and the heart of Paul laboring
John 10. is the substitution of a center without a circumference for a circumference without a center, i. e. the Lord's own personal love and care for His own is brought in instead of a fold to keep them in. In Judaism we had a
Ques. How can the church be a ruin, and the Spirit still in it?
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THE first principle of Christianity, whilst recognizing in the most solemn manner man's responsibility to answer for himself, puts the Christian on other and entirely different ground. This is the first principle and basis of all Christian truth, that there is a Mediator, a third person,
We have endeavored to look at three several presentations of God's unity, and three several presentations of man's union. We have seen that God has always had a unity to which He would gather His people; and have seen also that man makes attempts of his own
Now as to three several presentations of man's union which we proposed to notice. Take (first) Babel. There was union compact and comprehensive -man's great confederacy for his own aggrandizement, consolidation and glory. God called this, confusion, man united with man apart from God; it
In these days of demand for what is called Christian union, one may profitably, if the Lord will bless, bring under view three several presentations of God's unity, and three several presentations of man's union, by way of contrast, that the difference in principle between
HALLELUJAH, Lord, to Thee,
HE'S coming, coming, coming!
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CHRIST honored not Himself,
MY DEAR BROTHER:-There are two quite distinct truths or objects of thought brought before us in the Lord's supper-the death of the blessed Lord, and His remembrance now He is gone, and the unity of the body as partaking of one loaf. We have to
A correspondent asks a question as to the expressions used in 1 John 4:99In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9) and 3:1, in connection with the love of God. " In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the
This scene, or rather these scenes of Matt. 28, are very striking and solemn. In them we see Satan and man acting, doing deadly work, and telling out their thoughts and feelings toward God's holy One; He in meekness and grace submitting to all. Here
THE Lord had gone through every principle which could act as warning and instruction to His disciples in bearing testimony in an adverse and evil world, and in answering the one who came to Him to judge between him and his brother, shows the folly of {s
IT is very blessed to get back to the beginning of things. We come to the first epistle written to see what was given and the character of the people formed from it. We get precious and fundamental truths, and a people who are acting in great simplicity. It
John 8. The washing of water by the word.
This is the conclusion of the first part of the epistle, in which the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is seen meeting our sins. As yet there is no question of nature; it is the sin we have committed, and which is what
In Rom. 6 we are brought down to Jordan after Christ has been there for us. We are not baptized unto repentance, or merely to death, but His death. Of this we have a beautiful picture in Elisha (2 Kings 8:20, 5120In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves. (2 Kings 8:20)). A
This is the necessary completion of Chap. 5. We find here the connection between sin and the law. People would say the strength of righteousness is the law. The apostle says it is the strength of sin. Paul takes up the question of law here,
Chapter 8:1. " There is no condemnation," etc. I was looking for myself in the wrong direction, I now turn to Christ as what God sees me to be. There is nothing in Him that God can disapprove.
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Ques. What was the conflict spoken of?
THE action of these Galatian Christians, who were Gentiles formerly, was a great grief to the Holy Spirit, and there is nothing sharper than the way in which He speaks to them here. Paul's gospel was taught him by the revelation of Jesus
ALL the heavenly truth that you find in Col., Eph., Heb., and the rest of the epistles, is found in this chapter. You see Christ stating the character of the work He performed. It is not your estimate; it is not man's expression of what it
THIS is commonly called "The Lord's Prayer."
IT is the house of God which gives the character to both the Epistles of Timothy; and what is connected with the house of God is holiness. "Holiness becometh Thy house, O Lord forever." In God's house God is master,
THE sacrifices are given us in a very beautiful way in these first books of Scripture. In the book of Exodus we*find the Passover, the work of Christ mainly in its effect as covering sin. In Leviticus, as priests in the sanctuary,
Answer to a Letter, in which a brother was spoken (f as having gone into " spiritual exile."
BELOVED BROTHER:-It is some time since I found such rich blessings to my soul, such joy, such gladness, as I found in meditating upon the 14th of Mark, this afternoon; and I feel that I must tell out to some, one the sweet things
He brought us OUT that He might bring us IN.―DEUTERONOMY. 6: 28.
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OH! the peace of simply resting
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I shall still proclaim Thy power,
BEFORE reading the passages in Malachi to which, the Lord helping me, I would desire to direct your attention, it is important to notice the position of this book -where it comes. It is the last outpouring of God's heart to His people Israel
CHAP. 2. is specially to the priests. You see why we refer to this (vers. 4-8). Levi had earned his place. You remember that when the children of Israel had got the calf, Moses stood in the gate, and said, " Who is on
THE lively and energetic style of the apostle in these chapters is very striking. He treats sin as a person-as a king. He shows that he entered this world through the door of man's disobedience, and as soon as he entered, he took the seat of
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CONNECT your service with nothing but God-not with any particular set of persons. You may be comforted by fellowship, and your heart refreshed; but you must work by your own individual faith and energy, without leaning on any one whatever; for if you do, you cannot
"Now concerning spiritual operation (or manifestations)." This word is preferrable to that of "gifts," because here it includes diabolical demonstrations, as well as operations of the Spirit; and we do not like to call that which is really the working of the devil a " gift."
FOUR CHARACTERISTIC OFFERINGS.―LEVITICUS 1-4
THE LAVER.
23Thou 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. 24And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, and make thereto a crown of gold round about. 25And thou shalt make unto it a border of an hand breadth round about, and thou shalt make a golden crown to the border thereof round about. 26And thou shalt make for it four rings of gold, and put the rings in the four corners that are on the four feet thereof. 27Over against the border shall the rings be for places of the staves to bear the table. 28And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold, that the table may be borne with them. 29And thou shalt make the dishes thereof, and spoons thereof, and covers thereof, and bowls thereof, to cover withal: of pure gold shalt thou make them. 30And thou shalt set upon the table showbread before me alway. (Exodus 25:23-30)5And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. 6And thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the Lord. 7And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the Lord. 8Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the Lord continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. 9And it shall be Aaron's and his sons'; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the Lord made by fire by a perpetual statute. (Leviticus 24:5-9)THE table was made of wood, overlaid with gold. The wood was of the Acacia-seyal. Let me mention some instructing things about this tree, that we may see how well-chosen of God for this purpose it was. It can grow in a very dry
MANY of us here are interested in the subject of sanctification and consecration. Do you and I want to know how to be consecrated and sanctified? Let us pay attention to this chapter and we will see, for the way the priests were sanctified is a type
Now we will consider the way in which these things were carried through the wilderness. Those who bore them were the Levites, divided into three families. Aaron's sons, the priests, first took down the covering, and the Levites bore them. We will commence as they are
( With a Model.) BY C. H. B. READ EXODUS. 27:9-14.
GLORY give to Jesus' name,
DEAR BROTHER:―There is one thing in which we can never become bankrupt, that never suspends: the matchless, limitless Jove of our God and Father. And wonderful are its ways of manifestation. Oftentimes we are too full, too busy, too wise, too anything. It wants a fair field
MAKE tight work at the bottom, and your ships shall ride against all storms, if withal your anchor be fastened on good ground―I mean, within the veil; and verily I think this is all to gain Christ-all other things are shadows, dreams, fancies, nothing.
Iv is remarkable how often one hears this question, put by those who see in the word of God, that to act according to His mind there must be separation from existing ecclesiastical systems. To do so apparently denies access to the greater number of the {s
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WITH the mention of the person to be worshipped, and the character of true worship (these both taught directly), and the class of people who can be worshippers (this taught indirectly from the Lord thus conversing with the woman), His instructions on this important question ended. {s
IT is impossible to separate true spiritual worship and communion from the perfect offering of Christ to God. The moment our worship separates itself from this-its efficacy, and the consciousness of that infinite acceptance of Jesus before the Father-it becomes