Things New and Old: Volume 33
How earnestly did the apostle beseech men to be reconciled to God! He says, " Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech by us: we pray in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin
By Archdeacon Farrar
Mark 2:1-121And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 2And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 3And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 4And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? 8And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 11I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (Mark 2:1‑12)
It is good for our souls to dwell on what it is to be an epistle of Christ, though I am sure none of us can express the greatness of the calling. Any gathering of saints is an epistle of Christ "to be read of men," They are
The question has been asked whether a godly living Roman Catholic, dying in his faith, seeking the intercession of the Virgin Mary with Christ for his sins, can be saved.
All the readers of this paper may not have noticed that the Lord Jesus was anointed by the Holy Ghost and received the Holy Ghost under vastly different circumstances. On this earth He was thus recognized as the Holy One of God,
We will now look how the Spirit enabled these poor, unlearned men to speak words " like as of fire." The rushing, mighty sound from heaven had been noised abroad in Jerusalem, and had gathered great multitudes together—devout men, Jews out of every nation. That
6. J. R., Carrickfergus.—When Paul gave his charge to the elders of Ephesus (Acts 20) he foretold that after his departure grievous wolves would enter in who would not spare the flock; and that of themselves would some arise speaking perverse things to draw away
7. J. Flotterton. It is not wise to say that one portion of the New Testament is more profitable than another: surely we need the teaching of every part of it. Of the Revelation it is specially said, " Blessed is he that readeth,
11. Υ. Β., Liverpool. (a) ' It helps us to understand our Lord's cursing the fig-tree to examine what the prophets did to bring some fact or some prophecy vividly before the people. Take, for instance, Jeremiah. He had long prophesied to the people
Very much is said in these days about development. As there has been a steady growth in all the arts and sciences, so, it is asserted, there must be the same in religion. Mans mind, it is said, has made such advances in examining everything, that it is impossible
Beirut, Syria, December, 2nd, 1889.
Beirut, Jan. 22, 1890.
It is to be feared that there are comparatively few that really believe that man is a fallen creature in the sense that it is taught in the scriptures. No doubt it is acknowledged as a doctrine by many who do not really believe it in its full extent.
There is much confusion with many Christians as to what is meant by forgiveness, and as to what it embraces. How many thousands repeat every week that they believe in " the forgiveness of sins," but could give but very vague answers as to what they understand by it.
What angry discussion there has been on this matter, and it is said there is still much heated disputing on it, especially in the south of England. Our desire is not to dispute, but to inquire calmly what is the truth on this subject. We meet with one
It may be asked, How then is this new will, or new nature, imparted? It is the direct operation of the Spirit of God. How? " The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh,
Every Mouth Stopped.
There is scarcely any delusion of the present day that is more popular than what is called " the Fatherhood of God." Many who use the term may not discern who is the author of it. It is interpreted to mean that God is the Father
It is well to remember that Jesus in these days is the same Jesus as in those days described in Mark 8 Let us see, then, what He was then, so that we may know a little better what He is now, and what He would have us
In Isa. 49 we have a beautiful unfolding of the purposes of Jehovah, notwithstanding the refusal of the people of Israel to welcome their Messiah when He was presented to them.
Doubtless many a Christian—surrounded as he is, in this or in other civilized countries, by various commotions and conflicts between the rulers of the land, and those who are ruled—has turned his eye toward scripture to see if that gives any key to the cause of these
It is interesting and profitable to study the different words used by the writers of the New Testament, as led by the Holy Spirit, respecting our Lord in the sense of His being our Master.
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Mark 11:22-2622And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. (Mark 11:22‑26).
We have noticed lately, as the coming of Christ draws nearer and nearer, that many Christians who have spent years in complete darkness on these subjects, are being stirred up to serious inquiry. Take the following extract from a letter before me: -" I now wish for a
Will He be on this earth during the 1000 years? Will the church be with Him on earth? We have already seen there is no evidence in the Old Testament that the church will be on this earth during the millennium. And further, that though
"It is said, with the greatest confidence, that it was a mistake of the Thessalonian saints to be expecting the coming of the Lord; and that this is proved by the second epistle to that church, in which it is declared that the day of Christ
" Is there any certainty in the study of prophecy, and in looking for the coming of the Lord? Various periods seem marked out by ' weeks’ and ‘days’ and some mysteriously, as ‘time, times, and a half;’ and these have set many to foretell
"The doctrine of the speedy return of our Lord seems to make a radical change in the whole aspect of Christianity. Instead of having the conversion of the world as an object before the soul, which is the duty and privilege of all Christians, we are
" Is not the coming of the Lord inseparably connected with an earthly millennium? And if the millennium is to be a spiritual one, what hinders it being brought about by means of the various agencies at present at work—missionary, Bible and tract societies? Our Lord
" However plain some of the passages appear that speak of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of its being our duty to watch, and be ready to meet Him at all times, there are other passages that do not seem to accord with
" One of the greatest difficulties in believing that the Lord will return before the millennium, is that it involves a totally different interpretation of passages of scripture, upon which have been based what may be called household truths of Christianity, such for instance as the
It is our sorrowful duty to have to inform our readers that it has pleased the Lord to take to Himself His servant, our beloved fellow-laborer, Mr. Charles Stanley, who for more than ten years has edited Things New and Old. In these pages he has