Things New and Old: Volume 12

Illustrative of the Seven Churches. (Rev. 2; 3)
In commencing the study of any subject, it is well to know its beginnings—the original intention or plan, and the first step in its history. These we have in the clearest, fullest way, as to the Church, in holy scripture. There we have not only the original intention,
The new economy, Peter was privileged to open both to Jew and Gentile. This he did in his address to the Jews, Acts 2, and in his address to the Gentiles, Acts 10 But again we would draw attention to the fact, that the
But " how can these principles be carried out now?" is still the question and difficulty with many. Well, we must just go back to the word of God. We ought to be able and willing to say, " We can do nothing against the truth, but
The time was now fully come. Redemption was finished—God was glorified—Christ at His right hand in heaven, and the Holy Ghost come down to earth. God inaugurates the Church; and this He does in a way suitable to His own wisdom, {s
Notice, then, this important fact connected with the bringing in of the Gentiles—they receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, simply through the preaching of the word. At Jerusalem, the Jews were baptized before they received the Holy Ghost. At Samaria, the {s
The Disciples Persecuted And Scattered.
No event in the "progress of the Church, so deeply, or so blessedly, affects her after history, as the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. From being the chief of sinners, he became the chief of saints—from being the most violent opposer of Christ, he became
Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John (sons of Zebedee), Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James (the son of Alpheus), Thaddeus, Simon Zelotes, Matthias, who was chosen in place of Judas Iscariot. See Matt.
We now come to what we may call the second group of four apostles; and, just as Peter heads the first group, the second is headed by the apostle Philip. In the first three gospels he is placed in this order. He is mentioned as being
The apostle Thomas was duly called by our Lord to the apostleship, and he is duly mentioned in the various apostolic lists. Of his birthplace or parents we are not informed hi scripture; but tradition says he was born at Antioch. All that we know
1. " C. Β.," Great Grimsby. A prophet, in the sense of 1 Cor. 14 is one who gives you the mind of God on any subject, or who brings your conscience into the light of God's presence. We most surely believe that, in this
9. " An Afflicted Sister." May the good Lord hear and answer your cry! Your case has deeply affected us. Do not be discouraged. Persevere in prayer. "Wait on the living God. May He comfort and sustain your heart!
18. " Μ. F.," Loudwater. Your question involves the very foundations of Christianity. We give you, in reply, one brief but comprehensive statement of holy scripture. " For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under {s
27. " J. Β.," Toronto. It is your happy privilege to rest in the assurance that God will hear and answer the prayer of faith. May He comfort and sustain your heart by His own most blessed ministry! To Him we commend you, in
36. " A Sunday School Teacher." You must act before the Lord. No one can, or ought to, interfere with conscience in anything.
51. "J. G.," Tunbridge Wells. We question if you are not confounding two things which must be distinguished, namely, the actual existence of the Church, in fact, on the day of Pentecost, and the revelation of the mystery, afterward, by the ministry of {s
59. " Η. G. Β.," Peckham. It is difficult for one to judge for another in the matter to which you refer. Each one must act before the Lord, and be guided of Him as to the best method of working. As a rule, it is the best way
64. "Β. Y." We truly sympathize with you in your present _ state of soul; but can hardly attempt to enter upon it in a brief reply. One thing we must say, namely this, you want to come as an utterly lost one—a complete bankrupt, to the Savior;
80. "J. B" Manchester. We could not think of inserting such an article in our pages. We presume you arc aware that we are not responsible to return rejected MS S.
90. " G. S.," Tasmania. We have read your kind letter, with considerable interest, and we desire to thank you, most heartily, for your encouraging and loving words. We cannot quite agree with your interpretation of the " foolish virgins" in Matt. 25 We believe they represent merely nominal
95. "Η." Rotherham. We have, in some former number, replied to your question. We believe that Matt, xxviii. 19 furnishes the proper formula for christian baptism. We are not aware of any subsequent revelation on the subject. " In the name of the Father, and of {s
There will be a scene of glories when the kingdom comes. We commonly speak of " glory" as if it stood in that connection only. But this is wrong. Glory then will be displayed, it is true; glory will then be in the circumstances of the scene. But
" Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." With this and kindred passages many in these days are familiar; and by such simple statements of God's word many a {s
The owner of that pretty little cottage was an Atheist. As regards this world he was very prosperous; a carpenter by trade, he had plenty of work, health, and strength, and all he wanted. For years lie lived despising God. He had a loving, praying,
"Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon Him: and to our {s
"And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. And the people cried unto Moses;
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But there was another thing which marked the Nazarite: he was not to shave Ids head. " All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled hi the which he separateth himself unto the {s
Let us look at the solemn case of Samson, as set before us in Judg. 16 He, in an evil hour, betrayed his secret and lost his power—lost it though he knew it not. But the enemy soon know it. It was soon made manifest to
At the town of Penzance, on the coast of Cornwall, there is a very beautiful specimen of the patent self-adjusting life-boat—that marvelous provision made by the genius and benevolence of modern times, for the poor shipwrecked mariner. It is not now our purpose to enter
Having, in our leading article for last month, dwelt a little on the meaning, force, and value of the word " salvation," we shall now proceed to the question which forms the second part of our subject, namely,
But we must now return to the history of our apostle.
A short time ago, as a dear daughter was watching by the bed-side of a dying mother, she observed her unusually restless, and apparently in great suffering. With the tender anxiety of a child, and of one who had nursed her during her illness, she softly
(Luke 16)
Dear Reader,—In many parts of the earth there are those who would be thankful to have the tract you hold in your hand, and others of a similar nature, after you have done with them.
Never, had man's hatred to God been displayed as it was in the death of Christ. When indignation is aroused by some exciting tale of man's cruelty or injustice towards his fellow-man, you will hear people exclaim with astonishment at the divine long-suffering—amazed that God
Having heard that the Spirit of God was manifestly working in the fishing village of-, I went to visit some of the families, with two servants of God, who for years have labored there, to bring souls to Christ, and whose prayers are now being largely answered.
We trust it may not be deemed out of place if, at the commencement of a new year, we venture to offer a word of counsel and encouragement to all who have been and are engaged in the blessed work of preaching the gospel of
(Acts 16:13-3413And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. 14And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. 15And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. 16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which show unto us the way of salvation. 18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. 19And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, 20And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, 21And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. 22And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. 23And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 25And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. 27And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. 32And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. 33And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. 34And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house. (Acts 16:13‑34).)
It is ever a moment of deepest interest when a prepared soul is brought in contact with the full Gospel of the grace of God. It may be that that soul has been under deep and painful exercise for many a long day. seeking rest
It is a serious reflection for the evangelist, that wherever God's Spirit is at work, there Satan is sure to be busy. We must remember and ever be prepared for this. The enemy of Christ and the enemy of souls is always on the watch, always
It has been already remarked that the devil made a great mistake when he cast Paul into prison at Philippi. To nature's view it might have seemed otherwise; but, in the judgment of faith, the servant of Christ was much more in
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We have from time to time dwelt a good deal, in the pages of " Things New and Old," upon the work of God for us, and, most surely, no theme could possibly be more important or interesting. God's work for us lies at the very
Having in our paper for July, glanced at two of those modes in which the Spirit of God works in the soul to produce a sense of need, namely, by convicting the conscience of guilt; and by pressing upon the spirit the just dread
Before entering upon the second division of our subject, we feel constrained to put a pointed question or two to the reader. We trust he will bear with us in so doing. We are aware that some persons do not like close, personal dealing. They prefer the simple
Fob further illustration of our theme, we may refer, for a moment, to the case of Peter, at the lake of Gennesaret, as recorded in the opening paragraph of the fifth of Luke. He, too, like the prophet Isaiah, was made to feel his need—his