Words of Truth: Volume N1

IT is weakness that brings out the perfection of the position reached by this Epistle, and what it closes with. Weakness is really our blessing. We find it in Christ, who was perfect because He reached absolute weakness. There was no will with Him-not merely poverty. Power
Instead of the sufferings of Christ, we find His poverty (v. 9), to which the ministry now conforms us, our place in the world. It is not a question of what a man possessed, but what he was himself (v. 2). It is an extraordinary thing to give
I know I'm safe with Jesus,
" I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content," is experience of the deepest order. I am sure Paul could not have said this at any other time of his life than when in his prison in Rome he was taught
For several weeks I was much enjoying Romans the 7th and 8th. I never before saw so clearly the divine glory and blessedness of the place in which God puts us in Christ Jesus. There is nothing but sorrow until the soul knows this. And
" Now you will like to hear of what the Lord has been giving us. Our prayer meeting was quiet and happy; Ex. 16 in connection with John 6 (middle part) was read. There must be an individual, personal feeding on Christ Himself, day
" Oh what joy to know oneself united to Christ! It adds a joy untold to every sweetness. It is the source of it, too, surely. He is all to me, and for me. I work on till He call me; and though it would seem strange to me
This verse commences a profound subject. It introduces to the Divine nature. Having spoken of Jesus Christ come in the flesh, the Spirit ascends to His nature. and here it is necessarily abstract thought. This is natural. We must be more abstract in the
The characteristics of John's Epistles, as we have before remarked, differ from those of Paul. In Paul's writings we have the subject of righteousness, in those of John we have moral deliverance-new life in Christ. We have not Churches addressed-as Galatia, {s
We have before observed, that one leading blessed thought in the Epistle of John is this, that the breach made by Adam's fall is more than repaired in Christ. We have not here our judicial restoration, but our moral restoration. Paul gives us the judicial restoration,
Was not Adam a son of God? Yes, he is so called. He lost this; are we to receive it? Yes, with advantage! Creation sonship, or the sonship of adoption-which is best? If my bad nature be not cured by {s
These first six verses form a very serious portion of Scripture. Another subject commences at the seventh verse, and between the two is a close and beautiful moral connection. Here I would say, what I meant by calling the Lord Jesus the moral representative
We have anticipated v. 12. It teaches us not to sit as scholars, but as worshippers in the presence of the Divine glory-that impenetrable veil. " No man hath 'seen God at any time." Jesus said, " not that any man hath seen,"
You will remember our having referred to the confession of Peter-" Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God." The Lord sealed this truth in Peter's soul, and He seals it still to the heart of every believing sinner.
As John proceeds in his Epistle, you can clearly perceive the spirit of personal application which characterizes it. He addresses not churches but individuals. Nor is his address ecclesiastical, but moral. This is great comfort; no discouragement around can touch the personal question. If the whole economy be
Full assurance of my salvation in Christ, and in the things freely given of God, is the longing desire of many. It is sad to meet many children of God groaning under a sense of uncertainty as to whether they are accepted of God or not;
How safe and calm one may be amidst the rough tossing of this world! How blessedly one can ride over its angry billows, sustained through every storm by the anchor which has been cast " within the veil," and " Hope " which has entered there. Do
Oh the brightness of the glory
What is fundamental in speaking of attributes, is inherent in the very term itself. It is not the being in its essential nature, even though always found there, but what is rightly attributed to the being as such; and in speaking of God this is not without importance;
Our common moral sense of God will tell us that holiness and righteousness must be precious with Him. " Holiness becomes his house forever." Purity and truth, and the maintenance of all the cares of order and integrity, must be infinitely according
It is exceedingly beautiful to mark the way of the Spirit in addressing believers. Knowing, as He does, all their faults and peculiarities, and having some rebuking things to say to them, yet He opens His remarks with these most precious words, " Grace and peace
It is said that the Lord is the truth. He is "the way, the truth, and the life;" and in this character He brings out the true nature of all things in every respect. He brings out what God Himself is, and what man
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O what love was Thine, Lord Jesus,
Still a Man, though now in glory,
AT v. 26 we see that to serve Him means to follow Him; and if I walk with Him I will find myself at length with Him in glory. Parents are sometimes a hindrance in the way of following Jesus: they demand obedience, and it is true
If the Jews have rejected Christ, that does not hinder Him having His sheep; only God does not wish to have His sheep in their fold. He calls them out, as He has done the man born blind; and when they are outside, He goes before
In the Church, notwithstanding there are true pastors, as was the Apostle Peter, to whom Jesus had confided His sheep, as was Peter, such also were others. In our days they are rare, but we ought to pray the great Shepherd of the sheep
The two following chapters present to us Jesus-first, as Son of God, in the raising of Lazarus; then as Son of David, when He enters on the ass into Jerusalem; and thirdly, as Son of Man, when the Greeks are
If Christ has been declared Son of God in power when He rose, so also shall we believers, who are sons of God, be publicly declared such when we rise. Then here we see how, with a single word of Christ, He destroyed
Mary, better than the rest, had understood the true position of Christ. She saw and felt the hatred of man to Him constantly increasing, and consequently that His death was not far distant. Then she spends everything she has most precious upon Jesus. Mary's love
The Lord down here was ever a servant among His own, since He came to minister, not to be ministered unto; but now that He was about to depart, His disciples would have thought that He necessarily ceased to serve them. And Jesus, knowing that His
The twenty-fourth verse is very important. He who through faith in the Word believes in Him that sent Him has three things; 1st, he has eternal life; 2nd, he shall not come unto judgment; 3rd, he is passed from death unto
The miracle of the increase of the bread shows, according to Psa. 132:1515I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. (Psalm 132:15), that Jesus was truly Jehovah. The multitude seeing such a miracle, recognize Him as the Prophet, and further, they wish to make Him a King; but He refuses, and goes into
In this chapter the important subject is the gift of the Holy Spirit, because the Lord, not being able to manifest Himself to the world, since He knew He was to be rejected and put to death, sends the Spirit (after He has
From verse 39 it is evident that one can be a believer and yet not have the Holy Spirit. Such was the case with all the saints of the Old Testament. Although true faith be distinct from the gift and indwelling of the
The Pharisees and the Scribes wanted to find out the Lord in error, and sought to make Him contradict either law or grace; and seeing that Jesus did not answer their question, they urge Him to pronounce a judgment. But Jesus takes their very
The Jews believed that judgment overtook all on earth; those who were good and obedient had every earthly blessing, and those who were wicked were punished here below for their sins. And therefore, the disciples thought that the blind man was punished either for his own
" You give me the following extract:-' When Jesus was crucified, and died, and was buried, God's Church was crucified, died, and was buried in Him; and when He was quickened, arose, and ascended, she was quickened, arose, and ascended in Him. If you see Him, you
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Lord Jesus, we are gathered in Thy name,
To Thee, O God, with joy we sing
God hath, as it were, made Himself over to believers. Job doth not say, God will give or bestow salvation upon me, but he saith, "He shall be my salvation."
Nothing can be more solemn, beloved friends, than the Lord's testimony here to His disciples (and it applies to us). If I look for the will of God being carried out anywhere, I must go, of course, where Christianity is. They are those who will be "
You find two parables (Matt. 25) that treat this quite in a different way-the Virgins and the Talents; one, the state of affections; the other, the activities of service. Any- one can understand this. The Lord gives us Himself the character that He looks for and likes. We
I have been looking at the conquerors in the Apocalypse., All are conquerors there, and their victories lead to the kingdom. As on the journey they were overcoming, so at the end they sit on thrones. In all the churches you see the saints
In the last chapters, the Apostle sought to produce liberality by the grace known in Christ. Here (ch. 10.) he puts down everything high by the meekness and gentleness of Christ. It is another instance of the immense power the Holy Ghost gains by
It does not at all follow that because we are at the Lord's table, according to 1 Cor. 10, we "discern the Lord's body," as unfolded in 1 Cor. 11 Neither is it inevitably the case that because we are Philadelphians in our confession, {s
Among the different titles descriptive of the Lord when on earth, there is one most attractive to the heart, suggestive as it is of care, labor, and watchfulness, undertaken on behalf of dependent creatures. The Prophet He was, and the Christ, the First-born of
"Ye were as sheep going astray, but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls " (1 Peter 2:2525For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (1 Peter 2:25)). In two characters does the Apostle here present to us the Lord Jesus Christ, which, though closely connected, are yet
On the fourteenth day of the month Abib, 1491 B.C., according to Ussher's chronology, the children of Israel kept their first passover, and commenced their march out of Egypt. They had cried by reason of their bondage, and God had heard (Ex.
In considering what the Scriptures tell us of the present service of the Lord Jesus Christ, we find that the subject naturally divides itself into two parts-(1) Service rendered to us; (2) Service entered into for us. As the Shepherd of the sheep, as the
From the lips of the Lord Jesus Christ we learn that He is the Shepherd of the sheep. From His words to Peter, and His lowly service on the night of his betrayal, we are taught what the Lord does to His people,
" W. T."-If the " appearing " of the Lord Jesus be not the immediate hope of the saints (instead of His descent into the air), in what sense could the Corinthians be said to be "waiting for" His "revelation," 1 Cor. 1:77So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: (1 Corinthians 1:7)?
We can trace this subject from the beginning to the end of Scripture.
The subjects treated in this part of the Romans are entirely distinct. The apostle here takes up the condition of man before God. You get his responsibility; first the guilt, and then the state, and after that comes another question-being delivered out of the state, not merely
I was asked to say a few words on the difference between the sealing of the Holy Ghost, and the indwelling of the Spirit. Just turn to the first chapter of the 2nd Corinthians. In the twenty-first verse you read: " Now he which
IN commencing this Epistle we must be prepared to meet with personal truth-no secrets about heavenly and earthly things, Jews or Gentiles. We do not find these things in John (of course I mean as the Holy Ghost speaks by John). But we have more
THE Lord permitted that there should be two occasions on which the want of water brought out utter want of faith in God in the people of Israel. He has allowed also considerable resemblance in the accounts of the two occasions, which we find in {vi
Looking at the messages to the churches as a picture of the successive conditions of the professing Church of God on earth, from the day when she left her first love till the day when she is spued out of Christ's mouth, thus showing the
There are two points, beloved friends, which I have a little on my mind to speak of; one we have directly in this chapter, and the other more in connection with the settling of the soul in the consciousness of the place into which grace brings us, and
" Thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made; and thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their
I have been long assured that the apostle, in Heb. 6 and x., does not contemplate any amount of moral evil, but such offenses as call in question the glory and sufficiency of the Word of the Son of God. Such
Few will deny that the descent of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2) was the commencement of the Church of God, builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. Most will admit that 1 Cor. 11:23-3423For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. 27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 33Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. 34And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come. (1 Corinthians 11:23-34) contains an entirely new revelation
One is deeply struck with the divine certainty with which God has certified to us, and revealed what is beyond this life. While at the same time He has hidden all that is of the path that is before us here, He has given us to