Words of Truth: Volume 3

What an immense contrast there is between the "first man" in the third chapter of Genesis, and the Lord Jesus Christ in the twentieth chapter of John! the "last Adam," as He is emphatically called in 1 Cor. 15 "The first man, Adam,
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THE ashes of the Heifer in Num. 19 were but or only-a remembrance. The thing itself, " ashes," would intimate that. It was the remains of the victim, and not the victim itself: It is not atonement, but cleansing. It is the washing
THE life of this saint of God affords useful lessons in the way of warning, as to our place of service to the Lord. There is room for all. We are joints and bands, each having his own place in the body: but " God path
John says, teaching us under the Holy Ghost, "Herein is love with us made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is so are we in this world" (1 John 4:1717Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17)). A most wondrous
John says, teaching us under the Holy Ghost, "Herein is love with us made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is so are we in this world" (1 John 4:1717Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (1 John 4:17)). A most wondrous and
CONSCIENCE, or the capacity of judging good and evil-in its primary exercises, may be considered as a natural faculty. God took care that man should possess it when he departed from God; and man on his part knows he has it. Scripture recognizes the fact,
THERE is nothing that has such practical effect upon a Christian than the sense and consciousness of being in Christ. The position to which God calls us, when apprehended in the soul, affects us in everything here below. When we have faith in it we
WHEN the devil entered the garden of Eden he professed himself to be man's friend. When the Lord Jesus was on earth He was called in derision the sinner's friend. The devil told Eve as her friend what she ought to
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The relation in which Christ is presented to His people as " the Apostle and High Priest of their profession" in Hebrews; and Christ as Lord and " Head of his body, the church," of which we are the members, in the {s
IN this chapter we have the blessed ways of God's grace in dealing with a sinner. Jesus is here in a world where sin is, and here to bring in grace which is above all the sin. But it is. more: it is the soul
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IN John we see the confidence and simplicity of love. Though he makes little noise, he always follows Jesus. He incessantly expects Him, and thus he recognizes Him even before Peter-the most zealous of disciples. It is only his intimate acquaintance with Jesus which gives him
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BEFORE we are consciously in the glory, we are never on a level with the position we bold here below, while we have only this position to sustain us. We must look above our path to be able to walk in it. A Jew, who had
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In our service for Christ, we commonly resemble scholars who display an immense diligence in tracing a quantity of lines, among which the master's eye will with difficulty accept two or three passably good uprights. Thank God we have to do with one who will recognize all
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If we have not unlimited confidence in God as our Father, we have not found our place. All our relationships are known, not by the intelligence placing us in them; but in the exercise of affections flowing from the consciousness of being in them. A child addresses
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Ritualism takes up the religious side of nature. Infidelity takes up the profanity of nature.
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It needed that Christ should be broken before there could be a "man in Christ." But the "man in Christ" must be broken before there can be the practical exhibition of Christ in the man!-W.
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- The heart that knows anything of following the Lord wholly, has acquired a sense and a force which none of his interests or concerns can rival, or to which they can have any resemblance.- Like the Holy anointing oil of the sanctuary, or the
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If the Church, as a whole, is weak, individual faith is exercised in an exceptional manner; and more immediately upon God Himself. There were no Elijahs and Elishas in the reign of Solomon. No one was caught up to heaven in his palmy days.
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If we would break with the world, and take up the cross properly, it would give us the enjoyment of the full power of communion with God at once; if not, we must learn, by its daily mortification in the desert, what flesh
IT is very blessed, beloved friends, to understand and enjoy the place we have in the thoughts of God. This I now. desire to trace through Scripture for a little.
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THE moment I know God, I know Him better than I know myself; for I am double-minded. You never find God double-minded. He is what He says He is.
"Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world."
THERE are few Scriptures which contain more peaceful testimony for anxious, troubled souls, than the above; they present the very truth that is calculated to meet the difficulties which are treasured up in the poor burdened heart, and they tell of a liberty and a
IT is deeply important that our souls should apprehend the ground on which God deals with us as sinners now. It is not simply that men are sinners-that they have sinned without law and transgressed under law-Gentile as well as Jew,-God does not allow that to be
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I believe there is nothing that Christians are so wanting in as having the Lord's guidance and leading in the minute as well as the important details of life. "I will guide thee with mine eye" is the normal condition. The " horse " or the "{s
DID you ever in the light of Scripture consider what the heart of man is? You will tell me it is a wicked thing. Aye, that it is; but it is not only capable of wickedness, it is incurable, desperate; conceive a man taking stones
I desire to direct your attention to the contrast between King Hezekiah and the Apostle Paul, in the scriptures we have read.
I BELIEVE we have to learn death in two ways: in the first, is judicially under it, but judicially delivered from it before God, through Christ, and therefore in Him, with God. He reckons us dead, and therefore exempted from the judgment entailed on us as {s
How little estimate most people have of what sin is in God's sight. You will hear persons talk of being sinners in a general way, little thinking what a tremendous thing sin is before Him-how difficult it was to put it away! So difficult that none but
MANY Christians think they have nearness to the Lord and spiritual happiness who very little, if at all, understand the one or the other. It is quite possible for a soul to rest satisfied with a certain degree of happiness (let us call it), and to
"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God; and the prisoners heard them."-Acts 16:2525And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. (Acts 16:25).
THESE words are often employed to hinder a sound judgment as to the plain paths of right and wrong. If a person is walking that which I know by the word of God to be wrong, I must judge that he is walking wrong, or give
THIS is a very solemn subject, and yet it is one most satisfactory the better we understand it. I believe every act of our lives will be set forth there; so that God's grace and dealing with us with reference to our own acts will be known there.
IN these days the unity of Christ's body by the Holy Ghost, and separation from evil, are vital points of testimony for Christians. One is the original and abiding condition of the Church's existence: the other, faithfulness to its nature and characteristic of that faithfulness
IT is sweet to know that peace with God, and our meetness for heaven, never depends in anywise 'upon what is in ourselves. Christ has made peace, by the blood of His cross (Col. 1:2020And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)). He announced it as made after He {s
In this -particularly fine and solemn chapter, we may see the Lord in four connections, so to speak,-with the sorrow itself that was awaiting Him,-with His disciples,-with the Father,-with the Enemy. Verses 1-23.-As far as He is seen here, He is seen as looking directly, fully,
IN this particularly flue and solemn chapter, we may see the Lord in four connections, so to speak,-with the sorrow itself that was awaiting Him,-with His disciples,-with the Father,-with the Enemy.
IT is plain that Jesus is here addressing Himself to those who were then around Him, but what we see here of Jesus—attracts the soul to Him. That which attracts the sinner, which gives him confidence, is what the Holy Ghost reveals of Jesus.
" Gershom," you ask how is it that the saints whom Peter addresses as, "Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ," (1
God appeared to Abraham as " God Almighty." (Gen. 17:11And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. (Genesis 17:1).) To Israel He reveals His name as " Jehovah.' (Ex. 6) To us He reveals Himself as " Father." "To us (Christians) there is but one God, the Father." (1
"Father, Thy will be done!
Qua blessed path, beloved brethren, while waiting for God's Son from heaven, is to feed upon Him as the bread that came down from heaven. In the midst of the toil and tossings and buffeting which are the portion of God's people while in this
THIS epistle is full of instruction as to the Christian's walk and character. It gives us properly Christian experience-the experience of a person who is conscious of redemption, and is livino. and walking in the power of the Spirit of God, and in nothing under
WE are called to have certain feelings and characteristics as living and walking in the Spirit, but we can only get them as they come from God. We are to walk in love as Christ walked; to be " of one accord, of one mind." So, "Let this
THIS chapter has a remarkably significant position in -1—the history of the typical redemption of the people of Israel. It lies between the shedding of the blood of the Paschal Lamb in Egypt, in ch. 12, and the song of redemption in ch. 15. We
THOSE who are satisfied with the bare knowledge of God in relation to themselves, which the outward range of their daily mercies affords; and who are instructed by the truth, and by Christ, in the faith of what God has revealed in the Scriptures, are in
THE Loan conies out in the first few chapters of John as the Attractive One-the magnet, drawing solitary ones to Himself in an irresistible manner. Why, they could not tell; only they followed Him. (see John 1) In these two scenes in John 12:1-8;20. 1-18-we get
THE history of man by nature begins with his birth, and ends with his death. Joy and festivity flow from his birth; amid the tears of his friends his history closes here. The history of Lazarus, as presented in this chapter, is the reverse of
There are two great truths we have to learn as to God's ways in salvation with us. First, That " Christ died for our sins," and put them away; and secondly, that we have died with Him. This latter truth is at the bottom of all
AMONG the distinguishing marks by which the children of Israel were to be known from the rest of mankind, perhaps none were more significant personally than "the ribband of blue" upon the fringes of the borders of their garments. Nor are we left to
In the epistle before us we find the grand and systematic statement of the Spirit of God as to the ground of the relationship, and the manner in which a sinner, saved and justified, is brought to God in Christ. Necessarily, then, before entering into the work of
Paul, now goes on to tell of his having received grace and apostleship-the interest he felt in the Romans, &c.
(Chapter 3, ver. 20.) The conclusion Paul arrives at, after his elaborate argument ending with v. 19, is, that "by deeds of law" (i.e. works of any kind as presented from man to God in this state of sin) "shall no flesh,
EVERYTHING we find in the good tidings, or gospel, makes God's side prominent. We like to make the sinner prominent because we are thinking of ourselves; but in the gospel we ever find God's side prominent-God's manner to the sinner.* It is the extent of His
"C. A. S." asks; How am I to endeavor to keep "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace"? What does it mean?
" J. K. M."-If it be true that the Holy Ghost was not given to dwell in the bodies of believers, to unite them to Christ in Old Testament days; and that the personal presence of the Spirit in man after Pentecost, was
" L. H," Jersey.-In Eph. 1:11Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: (Ephesians 1:1), we read, " To the saints, and to the faithful," &c. Are these two classes of persons, or is one the standing and the other the walk?
Q.-" L. H.," Jersey. Eph. 1:88Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; (Ephesians 1:8), " Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence?"
"A. N. L."—Does sealing take place immediately on believing; or, is it possible for a person to be a believer and. not be sealed in this dispensation?
"B," Islington.-What is the distinction between the anointing and the sealing of the Spirit'?
"R. A. H." asks the following questions from Col. 1:11Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, (Colossians 1:1). " The firstborn of every creature;" ver. 15?-2. " All fullness;" ver. 19?-3. What are the "sufferings" of ver. 24? -4. " The dispensation" of ver. 257 and, "The mystery which hath been hid," &c., ver. 26?
I’ve watch'd the sea bird calmly glide,
BEFORE we look at the next parable, it is well to notice the change from the sea shore to the house. The multitude sent away-only disciples with Jesus. This gives occasion for our Lord giving likenesses of the kingdom very different from those
THE Lord had told his disciples that the righteous should shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. This could not have been bad there been no rejection. All the righteous would have been established in the Messiah's Kingdom on the earth.
Whatever title Jesus had as Creator over the world, He could only have the treasure by buying it, and to buy that He must buy the world also. Mere creation title could not avert judgment; could not turn aside the inflexible justice of God
In looking at the-parables of the grain of mustard seed which became a great tree, and of the leaven hid in three measures of meal, we saw that the sphere of the kingdom was the same in both, that is, it was the external visible
But what are the special privileges of this select body? What blessing is contained in the being a Pearl, which is not also in being a Treasure? To be redeemed with such a price is sufficient that we should be a treasure to God. Christ's most precious
NOR is this all. Moral beauty is not the only thing. It is that which makes the one church to be the one pearl. But this priceless gem has a setting of glory. It has a glory from its own qualities, but has also a glory which
I am daily more convinced that the study of the Word is the only sure way to growth and strength. The true way to get interested in the Word is to feel you need its counsel to guide and succor you. The Word is the only thing for {s
" COMMUNE with your own heart upon your bed and be still." (Psa. 4:44Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. (Psalm 4:4).) What a blessed word! We lose considerably, both in reading and hearing, from not conferring with our own hearts upon the truth we may have received, or at the time felt
Choose for me, Lord! the time is wearing fast,
THAT blissful morn is drawing near,
THE Book of Numbers gives the history of the testing and total failure of man, looked at as walking in the wilderness, and thus in responsibility; while it also unfolds the fullness of the grace of God, which takes up His people's
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AT the creation there was no such thing as " the world "as the Lord spoke of it in the Gospel of John, and as John speaks of it in his writings.."In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," is
THERE are two points of view from which we may study the lives of men, according as we place ourselves with the spectators, or with the actors. With the former we may scrutinize the conduct, and mark the consequences which flow from it; with the latter we become cognizant
IT is the knowledge and communion I have with Christ before the act of eating the Lord's Supper, which will give me a condition of soul for my remembrance of Him. Instead of remembering Him generating a condition, my remembrance of Him will
Thyatira.-Rev. 2:13-2013I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. 16Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. 18And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (Revelation 2:13-20).
In Sardis you get another character-it is a very striking thing when you come to this. The character given to Christ when walking among the candlesticks, in chapter 1, is all ecclesiastical. You see Him both in His divine and human character,-" One like unto the {s
Jehoiachim went to Babylon, thus yielding to the judgment of God, and in the end he was exalted. 2 Kings 24;25
WE can hardly estimate sufficiently the importance of this Scripture,. because it shows the condition and position in which a new-born soul is placed by Christ, and therefore brings out the largeness of God's purpose towards a poor vile sinner. In the woman of
LORD JESUS, it is sweet to rest
IN the first chapter of John's gospel, we have an account of whom Jesus Christ is. John brings Christ down here-He displays God upon earth. We learn in the chapter not only whom He is, but an intimation of what He effects; now, (v. 29-42) and
THERE is one precious truth which stands out in relief, in God's dealings with sinners, which I desire to press upon my reader's soul. It is this: The moment a sinner is in the truth of his state, or that he has (in other words) got a
My God! How good are all Thy ways!
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