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brother and a fellow-sheep, not as a "teacher." You will doubtless tell the sheep to gather to Jesus and to regard the Holy Spirit as their Teacher. The Lord may, now and then, use you to "speak the truth in love," but let it be seen, by silences in the Lord's presence, that the Spirit is at liberty to use whomsoever He please. Endeavour to realise in yourself and show practically to others that the Spirit has caught" you away.
An THE HOUR OF TRIAL" FURTHER CONSIDERED.
But how conscious of helplessness was he! To Philip's question-"Understandest thou what thou readest?" there comes the almost-pitiful answer"How can I, except some man should guide me?"
Ah, the Spirit, though with him, was not yet in him. There was the secret. Regenerate, doubtless, was he; but he was one of those many spiritual ones who were being "gathered together into one,"(see John xi. 52,) "baptized by one Spirit into one Body," upon the reception of Christ as "the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth."
But how should he hear without a preacher ?" And so a preacher was sent. But the truth being received in the love of it, and baptism being administered, does the preacher accompany him to his far-off home? Nothing of the sort. The Spirit catches the preacher away! Oh, what a lesson to preachers of the Gospel! And that lesson isYou're no longer wanted. Dear brother in the Lord, Art thou used of the Lord in the conversion of souls? Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; "commend them to God and the word of His grace, which is able to build them up, and to give them an inheritance among all them that are sanctified," and leave them to the care of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of Promise.
You may, indeed, remain with them-and will do so as long as the Lord shows you that He would have you do so; but then you would meet with them as a
The Eunuch, believing and being baptized, was no longer cast down with any feeling of helpless dependence on man. No: he does not say any longer, "Oh, that I had a man to guide' me!'" Thenceforth he possesses the spirit "of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." And so, he goes "on his way rejoicing."
Baptized believer, So may you and I, realising that word
"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” (1 John ii.)
"Plymouth, May, 1868.
"DEAR BROTHER IN THE LORD,
"I feel assured that your true desire is to encourage the Lord's dear ones to look forward with increased delight to His Coming. But, dear brother, if you admit of conflict with Satan and his hosts at the Lord's Coming, it must affect and take away from our joy in the prospect of that day." [Answer. Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men." (2 Cor. v.)
["Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God." (1 John iii.)
"But I admit that the Word of the Lord seems plain about Judgment beginning at the House of God, and that the Lord, in love, does judge His people. If we do not listen to the whispers of His love He will speak louder by some other means. Therefore, I take it to be that the Lord deals in judgment with us now, day by day, as we go on our pilgrimage." [Reply. Doubtless there is individual tribulation for individual sin; but this a general trouble at the same time that Jezebel is cast into a bed.
If you look at the epistles to the seven churches you will find JUDGMENT always associated with the Lord's coming. In the meantime, the Lord gives space to repent. See Rev. i. 5, 16, 25; iii. 3, 16.
"My mistaking the word "tribulation" for the tribulation caused much difficulty. May the dear Lord make His Coming more and more a deep reality to our souls, and that for which we wait with patience and delight. And may the dear Lord preserve us blameless unto his coming, so that we may have boldness and not be ashamed. Believe me to remain your Brother in the Lord, W. J. C. "PS. If the threatened tribulation be confined to those who are
in any way found connected with those principies you mention as characterizing the Woman Jezebel' (which seem quite to answer to her), then I must ask-who will be free? who is not more or less in adultery with her?”
[Surely you are not, for one! Surely, you are not displacing the Holy Spirit, and looking up to college-taught men, in spite of your knowing it to be wrong! Consider, for a moment, the dreadful state of things around us! Believers go to certain buildings and look up to certain men. By some systems, they have a frequent change of men ; one week, a true believer; the next, an unregenerate man.
Now, poor ignorant ones in the midst of this evil who know no better do certainly receive a present injury, and it may be that they will escape future tribulation. But what of those who have been enlightened, but still
cleave to "6 that woman Jezebel "? "He that knew his Lord's will, and did it not, shall be beaten with many stripes!" To this, you say, Who will escape, for who does his Lord's
will? In the matter under consideration, are there not thousands who are doing their Lord's will - who have forsaken Jezebel, and are gathering to the Lord in the midst? Yes, indeed.
You surely do not think that all believers will enter into the presence of the Lord with exactly the same feelings and experience at the moment! Is not such a thought contrary to the tenour of Scripture? Do not the following Scriptures show various skades of experience at the Lord's Coming?
Shame at NOT abiding in Him. "Little [Dear] children, Abide in Him, that, when He shall appear we may have confidence, and NOT be ashamed before Him at His Coming." (1 John ii.) You and I may not be in adultery with Jezebel, but if we are found Nor abiding in Him-then inward shame (not outward tribulation) awaits us. Surely this should have a quickening, not saddening effect.
Ministerial Confidences removed,
"Thou hast left thy first love. Remember, therefore, from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy Candlestick [the church's lamp or lightbearer, that is, man-minister or teacher] out of his place." (Rev. ii.) Surely this should quicken us to hold only the ministry of the Spirit in the assemblies of the saints.
Doctrinal evil unsparingly dealt with by the Lord Himself. "Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them [those who hold the evil doctrines] with the sword of my mouth [the Word, that which "shall judge" us" in the last day."] (Rev. ii.)
PERSONAL punishment for continuing in gross CARNAL sin. "Deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." (1 Cor. iv.)
PERSONAL punishment for continiung in gross SPIRITUAL sin. "Behold, I will cast them that commit adultery with her [Jezebel, the queenly, but worldly one] into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds." (Rev. ii.)
The Worldly-minded startled with terror and suffering loss. "Remember how thou hast received, and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou wilt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shall not know what hour I will come upon thee." (Rev. iii.) [May these Scriptures quicken us in walking in "the fear of the Lord," "for our God is a consuming fire." Amen.]
"WHATSOEVER things are lovely." (Phil. iv. 8.) Obedience is Lovely. Our JESUS, "was obedient unto death." (Phil. ii. 8.) OBEDIENCE is oft-times difficult-but lovely,-never presented to us without two things accompanying it-grace to enable us to overcome the difficulty, and promise of reward when overcome. Happy soul, that, living within the veil, REALISES these things. For there, there is companionship with HIM who was "obedient unto death," and so shall we be sweetly led to "THINK on these things."
Brethren are hereby invited to a meeting for Prayer and Conference upon "the things pertaining to the kingdom of God," to be held (the Lord permitting) at 335A, STRAND, on Monday, June 1, (known as Whit-Monday.) The meeting will com
mence at 10 A.M. and end at about 12.30.
The motive which suggested this invitation was the desire to meet, face-to-face, any who take exception to the line of truth put forth in this Journal. But the Lord's presence being owned, the convener desires to leave it all to Him as to what shall be brought forth.
"He that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God." (John iii.)
"HE MADE THE STARS ALSO."-There are many double, triple, and multiple stars. The large star in the binary system in a Lyra is said to emit eight times as much light as the sun of our system, and to be so distant that its light can only reach us after a period of thirteen years. Many of these double stars present the beautiful phenomenon of contrasted colours; in the two stars composing the system in Cancri, the larger star is yellow, the smaller blue. In g Andromeda, the larger is crimson, the smaller a beautiful green. e Cassiopie discloses a combination of a large white star, and a small one of a purpl colour. In a Leonis, b Orionis, and a Serpentis, the large star is white and the small bluish. In 59 Andromeda the two stars are of a bluish colour, and equal in size; the same occurs in the star d Serpentis. There are also double, triple, quadruple, sextuple, and multiple stars! In the Unicorn's Head is a multiple star, consisting of one star with about twelve round it! "The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament showet. His handiwork!"—the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, "without whom was not anything made that was made!"
RECEIVED." Images in the Windows of Churches; Protest against Them." By G. R. C. Much labour lost, as must be all attempts to suppress the working of leaven! Evil must work-and work-and cannot be kept down. Even if pollution is banked-in for a time, it will soon overflow again. Nothing less will do than protesting against the whole system as utterly contrary to Scripture-" there is no soundness in it." One sighs over such a book-"Ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth."
Consider the shameful spectacle before the world at this moment-The Worldly Professing Woman screaming with terror at the threatened withdrawal of the State-arm!
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JULY 1, 1868.
"Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof."
WITH the present number, this publication is suspended. For this course our readers will have been in a measure prepared by our occasional testimony that the saints ought to read nothing but the Word of God and to hold the need of no other Teacher than the Spirit of God. In taking this course, therefore, we trust we are influenced by that Word
"Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
Indeed, the existence of this publication was practically inconsistent with our testimony, for while we were testifying that the Spirit is the only Expositor of the Word, our publication was circulating amongst the saints, to the great danger of their really seeking the Spirit's teachings only. An apostle could write to the Church of God—and an apostle only.
1. Printing produces confusion, for supposing that which we put forth is true, yet, if the Holy Spirit lead us further to-morrow, we shall then be glad to recal what we have said for something which is still nearer the full truth.
2. Printing is also a snare to the writer; for if what we print is not true, yet, having said it, we shall be in danger of contending for it with our natural mind rather than accept the humiliation of owning ourselves wrong.
"Holding the HEAD," [the Lord the Ruler of the meeting,] (Col.)
"Be filled with the SPIRIT."
We are therefore pressed to the conclusion that the only God-honouring, and therefore the best course, every way, is for the saints to fall back upon Scriptural simplicity and the provisions of God's grace. And what are they?
Dropping, therefore, all the devices of man-(as though God's ways could be improved upon!)—let us desire both in private and when met together, to be led of the SPIRIT into all truth, by the WRITTEN WORD, sitting at JESUS' feet. In proportion to our emptiness of self and our subjection of soul to the Holy Spirit (leading us to avoid pride and dogmatism) shall we receive light - Divine light.
Under such circumstances, should any crude statement be made, or false thought be put forth, the Lord, by His Holy Spirit, may rebut it with the Word. Oh, the confusion and weakness that are all around us, like the troubled sea! But, the Spirit of God is moving on the face of the waters. And what followed the Spirit's moving on the face of the waters?-First, Light; then Liberty, Separation, Usefulness, Beauty, Dominion, and Glory to God.
Lecturing or sermonizing is of man-the Press is of man-they are therefore (when applied spiritually) dishonouring to God and dangerous to souls. May we all henceforth be endued with grace to treat that which is of man, as a dear brother treated a number of PRECIOUS TRUTH when it was put into his hand. Laying it down, he said:
"Thank you; I shall be able to read it when I have finished with the Scriptures."
• By "the Press" is meant Journalism and Authorship appropriating the things of the Spirit of God. We do not refer to the simple multiplication of copies of the Word. Nor are tracts for the unconverted here regarded: this latter is a question for individual conscience.
This is not the only case we have heard of, the Lord be thanked; and add their number. Let us, therefore, trust in the living God, and in His spreading the truth from soul to soul. "The wind bloweth where it listeth." Let us seek, if permitted, to widen out our fellowship with God's dear saints, that the truth may be spread in God's way. Let confidence in the Press give way to confidence in God--in God's promises-prayer in the name of Jesus, the Word of His grace, fellowship of saints, the teaching of the Spirit.
And now, brethren, I commend you to GOD and to the WORD of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among them that are sanctified." (Acts xx.)
"WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURE?" (Rom. v.)
"Search the Scriptures." (John v.)
"Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth."-P8. lxxviii.
"Hear, O Israel; The Lord our Gcd is one Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates." (Deut. vi.)
"The Bereans......searched the Scriptures daily."-Acts xvii. "Apollos, mighty in the Scriptures.”—Acts xviii.
"From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished into all good works."—2 Tim. iii.
"I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the Wicked one." (1 John ii.)
"Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word... One thing is needful, and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." (Luke, xi.)
"But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.-Ps. i.
"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimonies of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple."-Ps. xix.
"Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord...... Great peace have they which love thy law.-Ps. cxix.
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Ps. cxix.) "The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." (Ps. cxix.)
"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." -James i.
"If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John, viii)
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you, continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."--John xv.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."-Col. iii.
"Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby, if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." (1 Peter, ii.)
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph. v.)
"Meditate on these things; give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear unto all." (1 Tim. iv.)