Things New and Old: Volume 4

Some time ago, I met with an incident which illustrated, in a very simple manner, the harassing question of " Appropriation." The record of it has helped many souls, and with the hope that it may yet help many more, I am induced to give it a permanent
A few months ago, while waiting for my ticket in a country railway office, I observed a half-crown nailed to the counter. The young man who was giving out the tickets, also attracted my attention. He seemed a sharp youth, and had an air of importance
My dear Friend, Having spoken, in my last letter, of the Christian's position in heavenly places, through his death and resurrection with Christ, I will now endeavor to explain the several pieces of the Christian's armor, by means of which, that position is practically
My dear young brother,
My dear young Brother,
(Job 33)
There are few things less understood than the real nature of exhortation. We are apt to attach an idea of legal effort to that word which is quite foreign to it. Divine exhortation, always assumes that a certain relationship exists, that a certain standing is enjoyed, that certain
"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ." (Philip, iii. 7.) What a marvelous change! Saul had had many sources of gain. He had gathered many honors round his name. He had made progress in Judaism beyond many of his equals. He
"We have, within the last few days, heard of a case which has interested us exceedingly, and we are anxious to lay it before our readers, and to secure for it a permanent corner in our magazine. May God the Holy Ghost use it in the {s
(Read Isa. 49)
The following letter will be read with interest. It is from the pen of one recently brought to the feet of Jesus, after a dark career of guilt and folly. He is the son of christian parents, whose many prayers have been answered in his
The title of this paper may possibly present a theme to which some of our readers have not given much of their attention; and yet few themes are more important. Indeed, we believe that the difficulty felt in expounding many passages of Holy Scripture, and in interpreting many
"That both he that soweth, and he that reapeth, may rejoice together."
My dear Friend, I have been thinking much of the perplexities of your young friend, as you described them to me a week or two ago. I know not that anything I can say on the passage in Heb. 6 will meet the difficulties under which she labors;
First of all, look at the words, separately. "Hidden," and " manna." The manna was rained down from heaven to earth to meet the need of the hosts of Israel. It was bread from heaven. (Exod. 16) Christ Jesus, the Son
We have frequently bad submitted to us, in substance, the following question and remarks, namely, " Why is it that so many sincere christians never get rid of doubts, fears, and questionings, as to the full assurance of their salvation? Sometimes they seem sure, and are bright
In order to profit by the history of Naaman, we must bring it under the light of the New Testament, and interpret it thereby. In this way, we shall find every stage and every point of the narrative fraught with rich and weighty principles of
(Translated from the German.)
"Have you found peace?" is a question frequently put, now-a-days, to people; and it may be there are many who do not exactly understand the question, or know how to answer it. They look upon " peace" as a certain feeling of calm repose in their own minds,
A FEW weeks ago, we were present at one of those meetings which are now becoming so general, and which, in some instances that we know of, have been made a great blessing—namely, a meeting expressly for the young. On this occasion, about 130 boys were assembled in a
(Read Deut. 20:1-91When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 2And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, 3And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; 4For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. 5And the officers shall speak unto the people, saying, What man is there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it. 6And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it. 7And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her. 8And the officers shall speak further unto the people, and they shall say, What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren's heart faint as well as his heart. 9And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking unto the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people. (Deuteronomy 20:1‑9).)
G -, Aug. 2nd, 1861.
(Read carefully Matt. 14:1-211At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, 2And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do show forth themselves in him. 3For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife. 4For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. 5And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. 6But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. 7Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask. 8And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger. 9And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. 10And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. 11And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother. 12And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus. 13When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. 14And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. 15And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. 16But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat. 17And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18He said, Bring them hither to me. 19And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. 21And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children. (Matthew 14:1‑21), and Mark 6:30-4430And the apostles gathered themselves together unto Jesus, and told him all things, both what they had done, and what they had taught. 31And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. 32And they departed into a desert place by ship privately. 33And the people saw them departing, and many knew him, and ran afoot thither out of all cities, and outwent them, and came together unto him. 34And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. 35And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: 36Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. 37He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? 38He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. 39And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. 40And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. 41And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. 42And they did all eat, and were filled. 43And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. 44And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men. (Mark 6:30‑44).)
In looking back over the past two years, we can have little difficulty in discerning the rise and progress of a mighty wave of blessing. It has been rolling across the whole vineyard of Christ, and bearing thousands and hundreds of thousands upon its bosom. From all
Was there not a heart-crushing ingredient in the blessed Savior's path of sorrow which none of His people have ever tasted? I mean, He knew beforehand what was coming. How often we may have heard the desolate widow, the bereaved parent, mournfully saying, " Oh! had I known what
THIS is a vital question. All important. None more so. To believe in Christ is to be saved. To live and die in unbelief is to be lost forever. Yet, notwithstanding its unspeakable importance, there are few questions that come before the anxious enquirer, more undefined to his own
You have lately believed in Jesus, beloved friends, and have " passed from death unto life." A new peace fills your heart, and new motives control your actions. Old sins have lost their power, and old pleasures their charm. You find delight in
The Master has gone into a "far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return;" but He has left "to every man his work" Our Lord has placed us in different homes, with varied duties to perform, and varied relationships to fill, (and