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| We cannot depend upon the teachings of those we A LETTER TO THE BELIEVER IN JESUS.
may esteem as the best of men, without proving them BELOVED,—Once again I greet you in the name of by the word of God. How many hirelings have our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. I love you for climbed up some other way" into the sheepfold. his sake. You are a sheep or a lamb of his Dear sheep, you must get to the Good Shepherd. flock. On what are you feeding just now? Is that Let him care for you, lead you, feed you, water you. new life which Jesus has given you through faith in Read the Twenty-third Psalm : “The Lord is my his name, growing ? Have you life “more abun- Shepherd; I shall not want," &c. What is it that dantly"? If not, it is because you are not feeding fills you so much with joy on reading that Scripture ? upon his Word. Is divine life shining out from you? It is the presence and acts of the Lord. You begin If not, it is because you need “the washing of water by placing yourself under the care of the Almighty by the Word.” Dear Christian, Brother or Sister- One. The Good Shepherd is Lord of all. The LORD you require that the Scriptures should operate in you is my Shepherd : NE will do everything for me : He continually. How much do you know of the mind of will not hand me over to hirelings. If I keep close God ? How can you please your Heavenly Father if to him all will be well with me. “I shall not want you do not know his will ? How can you follow the He maketh me to lie down in green pastures : III Good Shepherd if you do not listen to his voice? leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my You have got a few passages of Scripture well in soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness." your memory; they have been very precious to you Walking “through the valley of the shadow of death, in times past, and you are apt to quote them. All I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me : THY very well. But you want fresh food, and fresh wash | rod and THY staff they comfort me. Thou preparest ing, every day. You do NOT want washing in a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. the blood of Jesus every day; that has been done Thou anointest my head with oil ; my cup runneth effectually once. It was a thorough cleansing, and over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me you will never need blood-washing again. You may all the days of my life : and I will dwell in the house often commemorate the event, and remember it always of the Lord for ever.” Why? Because the Lord is with thankfulness, but you cannot have it repeated. my Shepherd. I know his voice, and I follow him. We are " sanctified through the offering of the body Believe me, my brother, my sister—there is no safety of Jesus Christ once.” (Heb. x. 10.) The Israelites with any other. kept the foast of the passover every year—but the
Yours in everlasting love blood was used to save them from judgment only
through Jesus Christ our Lord, once, and that when they were in Egypt. Doubtless,
THE EDITOR. by keeping the feast of our passover-the Lord's Supper-and by every faithful remembrance of the
THOUGHTS ON HEBREWS VI. atoning work of Christ, the conscience is as it were Verses 4-6.-" For it is impossible for those who sprinkled with the blood. But you were effectually sanctified when you were first saved by ly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, faith. Now, howeveryou want frequent wash- and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers ing by “the Word.” Oh, come to it often: of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew not turning over its pages with the thought that you them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to can find its virtues on the face of them. But by earnest themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an spiritual prayer, obtain the guidance of the Holy open shame." Ghost. Never open your Bible without praying in Verses 7-8.—"For the earth which drinketh in the the spirit that “the Comforter ” may minister the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs Word of truth to your soul. Trust God to feed and meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing wash you while you read his word; and he will do
from God: but that which beareth thorns and briars is it. Jesus said, “The Comforter, the Holy Ghost, I rejected, and nigh unto cursing; whose end-to be whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach | burned." you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance
| SATAN would fain persuade us that from this Scripwhatsoever I have said unto you.” “He is faithful that promised.” Trust him and he will do it. So shall
| ture we may infer the possibility of a believer in the you be delivered from traditions of men, which have Lord Jesus Christ coming under eternal condemnation. hithørto so grievously perplexed and hindered us. Trusting in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we pur
pose to show that this is not its true bearing : such a ment, and confession. “If we would judge ourselves, doctrine is nowhere taught in the word of God. Chris. we should not be judged. (1 Cor. xi. 31.) tians are snared into these Christ-dishonouring thoughts This is the wonderful trust our Lord has committed by suffering the enemy to isolate a verse or two, and to us-self-judgment. He who is careful to judge put his construction on the passage; whereas they himself will be watchful and guarded against sin; for should look at the context to find a correct interpreta- he knows what sorrow follows upon the commission of tion. The Apostle's theme is, Progress in Christian Peter's fault. One who by sin has denied his Master, walk and practice. Towards the close of the preceding will surely when he gets the look of reproof from the chapter he says to the Hebrew believers, he has Lord (by coming under the operation of the Written many things to tell them about Jesus—things “hard Word,) go forth and weep. bitterly. If the believer to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when will not act as his own judge, the Lord must judge him. for the time [considering how long you have been in “If we would judge ourselves, we should not be the faith] ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that judged. But when we are judged we are chastened of one teach you again, which be the first principles of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the the oracles of God : and have become such as have world.” (1 Cor xi. 31, 32.) This is conclusive, as to need of milk and not of strong meat. For every one the way in which the Child of God must deal, or be that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteous. dealt with. ness, for he is a babe.” This is the key-note to what | Verses 7-8.-Here we have, in a simple figure, the follows. Let us glance over the entire chapter. | righteousness of God, in thus dealing with us, ex
Read verses 1-3.--Herein they were taught that repen- plained. The earth which is cultivated by man, and tance from (Jewish) dead works, submission to bap- receives the rain from heaven, is expected to bring tism, and the belief in the primary doctrines of Chris. forth produce for the sustenance of those who dress it. tianity, were things past and done with. They could If instead, it produces only thorns and briars, fit for not repeat these things- nor should they stagnate in burning-such a plot of land is rejected. It is in like the consideration of them, but “go on to perfec- manner, with a heir of Salvation. The Lord has tion.”
| bestowed labour upon him. He enlightened him, gave Christians generally have long fallen into the same him to taste of the heavenly gift, made him partaker of mistake as the Hebrew converts. The vast majority the Holy Ghost, permitted him to taste of the good of believers in these days get no further than the foun. word of God and the powers of the world to come. dation truths of Christianity. They go one Lord's Now, when the giver of life and all these good gifts, day after another to hear Gospel preachers, i.e. evan- looks for fruit unto God, If He finds nothing but gelists, whom they ought to have done with long ago. thorns and briars, he must burn them up, but not him. Only the unregenerate require to hear the Gospel of The cultivator of the land burns that which it has pro. Salvation, none but the recently converted ought to duced contrary to his desires. He does not destroy the want baptism and primary doctrine; the Child of God land ; but, being unprofitable, he rejects it, and will should be growing in grace and in the knowledge and bestow no more labour on it. Thus it is with the love of God. We ought to progress constantly, eren Christian-If he be altogether unprofitable, he is rejecto a right, spiritual, understanding of all Scripture. I led as a fruit producer, and is nigh unto cursing. That
Verses 4-6.-Now we see the bearing of these verses is what he deserves. We have the same teaching in specially under our consideration. The reason why John xv. The unfruitful branch of the True Vine (i.e. believers should not continue merely in the consideration one who does not keep himself in practical union with of the doctrines, which were once the only ones of vital the Vine,) " is cast forth as a branch, and is withered importance to them, is here given. If they should fall -and men gather them and cast them into the fire and away it would be impossible to renew them again to they are burned.” That is what unfruitful branches repentance, i.e. they could not be brought back to that are fit for, and what men do with them. The Lord point where they first found Salvation. This is not does not say that he so deals with his people, in God's way of dealing with his people ; He does not regard to their Salration. The purport of all such bring them back to the condition which was needful Scriptures is to show that everything we produce confor the reception of life. They have been born again ; / trary to the mind of God, must be consumed-and if we and with respect to that new life, they cannot sin. It bring forth no fruit, we must be taken out of the way. is the old, corrupt, carnal nature which brings into sin. " For this cause many are weak and sickly among you Hence the need of constantly watching over and keep- and many sleep," i.e. die. (1 Cor. xi. 30.) As to the ing it ander. If this be neglected we shall more or ultimate issue, there ought to be no doubt left after less fall away. What is to be done, then? God, in reading 1 Cor. iii. 15. “If any man's work shall be mercy, comes in with chastening, breaking down and burned he shall suffer loss : but he himself shall be consuming the fleshy will, - thus bringing us into the saved, yet so as by fire." attitude of the prodigal son; in wbich condition the Our gracious Saviour has given us abundant assurFather is ever ready to receive and restore us. That ance of our safety in him. He says, “ My sheep shall which is allowed in us of evil, arising from the prompt- never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my ings of the natural heart, must be got rid of. The di. hand;" and then, to put an end to all douht, he adds, vine provisions for affecting this are watchfulness, “My Father which gave them me is greater than all, prayer, the application of the Water of the Word," and no one is able to pluck them out of my Father's (i.e. Scripture applied by the Holy Spirit,) self-judg- hand.” (John x. 28, 29.)
Verses 9-11.—Concerning the Hebrew believers to might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge whom he was writing, the Apostle had not only confi- | to lay hold upon the hope set before us." Oh, the dence in their Salvation, but was persuaded they were tender mercy of our God in thus dealing with us! going on with the things properly consequent upon Who can doubt any longer ? This scripture well might Salvation obtained. As an encouragement to persevere hare ended here ; but the Holy Spirit has added one and be diligent, he says, God is not unrighteous to for- | thing more. The hope above alluded to “ we have as get the evidences you have given of your faith. So an anchor of the soul, both SURE AND STEDFAST, and that to suppose the Lord ever will forget the manifes- which entereth into that within the veil; whither the tations of faith, is to attribute unrighteousness to God. forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high In these verses he adds : “ We desire that every one priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec”! Faith of you do show the same diligence as you have al. has cast the anchor of hope into the sure ground of the ready shown to the full assurance of hope unto the end." | presence of JESUS within the veil, whither he has FOR Though active service and faithful walk are not enous entered. Beloved, the language is full, it is perfect, joined as necessary to Salvation, they are needful for it is divine! God forbid that we should seek to add 10 our enjoyment of the full assurance of hope. Look at or take from. We write for those who desire to be the words given us by Peter—" Giving all diligence, faithful, that they may rejoice in the liberty with which add to faith-virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, Christ has made them free. We would fain remove godliness, brotherly kindness, and Charity. For if from such the last lingering doubt. To this end there these things be in you and abound, they make you to is no need to forcè Scripture; only let it speak for it. be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of self. With respect to Christians who are unwilling to our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things conform themselves to the :" mind which was in is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that Christ Jesus'—who prefer to hold the world with one he was purged from his old sins.” (2 Peter i. 5.9. hand, and the Saviour (whom the world crucified with Alas! bow many believers there are in this last-named the other, we have no wish that they should undercondition.
stand Heb. vi, nor any other passage of the word which Verse 12.-" That ye be not slothful, but followers | brings them into fear. If they will hug Satan's chains, [imitators] of them who through faith and patience in may they gall and fret them. . Let them have sorrow to herit the promises." Our present inheritance consists the full. Until they turn afresh to Christ in whom of promises—contemptible things, perhaps, in the esti they have life, and give themselves up in devotedness mation of the men of the world—but the very life of and devotion to Him, the truth will ever perplex them the Christian, for they are divine promises. Men ac -most justly so. We would not spare them a single cept a bank-note, which is but a promise to pay, with pang. out hesitation, and reckon it to be equal in value to the thing it represents. A person having a bank-note for a thousand pounds (i.e. a mere promise of the Bank to
COMMENTARY ON THE GOSFEL BY pay a thousand pounds), considers himself in actual
ST. JOHN. possession of property to that extent. He says—"I
(Written expressly for this publication.) have got a thousand pounds," although in fact he has not got it, but only a written promise. If men
CHAPTER I. this regard the mere pledge of an Association, because they have confidence in it, how ought we to act who in
VER. 28.-" These things were done in Bethabara beyond herit the promises of God ?
Jordan, where John was baptizing." Bethabara signifies
“ House of Passage;" Jordan is - The River of Judgment." Now read to the end of our chapter, and say then whether any soul who really believes in Jesus can ever the Baptist with that of the Lord Jesus. The work and
These two names help us to contrast the mission of John be lost. God not only gave promises to Abraham but teaching of John were transitional, and only came to the he sware by himself "saying, Surely, blessing I will point of judgment. He brought his disciples to that river, bless thee," &c. Did God make any conditions with and there showed them their deep need. Beyond that, he Abraham! Nay. “Abraham believed God” could only tell them to look to another for deliverance; that was all on his side: God gave bis promises, and whereas Jesus suffered Himself to be laid in the waters of then sware in confirmation of them; that is what we
+ o judgment, typically in the Jordan, but afterwards in the
| bitter waters of retribution and death ; and so delivered for see on His side. The promises are absolute. Without
ever all who are in faith baptized to Him. any condition whatever. Abraham is called the father
It is a great mistake to confound the baptism ordained by of the faithful; we are of his family and have the same Christ with that of John. Act xix. 1-5 places this beyond present inheritance, viz., promises : And we hold them question ; for we there read that the first believers at on the same security, viz., the “ SURELY” of God. Ephesus, having been baptized unto John's baptism, were
Mark verse 16.-If men of the world are at variance, | afterwards, when enlightened by Paul, baptized in the an oath puts an end to the strife. A man swears that
| name of the Lord Jesus. what he says is true, and that is deemed sufficient.
VER. 29.-" The next day, John seeth Jesus coming unto
him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh See, then, what assurance God gives to our poor
| away the sin of the world." Here was the Lamb, innocent doubting hearts. “God willing more abundantly to
and spotless, to be sacrificed under the fire of God's show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his righteous judgment, as a substitute for siuners. “God will counsel, confirmed it by an oath. That by two immu- provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering,” said Abraham table things in which it is impossible for God to lie, We of old, speaking prophetically; for at that time God provided not a lamb but a ram. Now, however, the time was him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee," &c., thus come when types and shadows were to pass away, and a evidently recognising the Lord, before the sign was given. victim was to be offered of sufficient worth to atone for sin : This but shows how uninistakeable, to the eye of faith, was one who should indeed take away the sin of the world. the person of the Saviour. And the goodness of God is the During this present dispensation, the efficacy of that per- more evident in giving the visible sign by which John fect sacrifice is experienced only by those who, through should know the Father's well-beloved. The forerunner faith, accept the finished work of the Lamb slain." But was not left to his own judgment, which might have in a day to come, it will be seen that the Atonement of faltered and failed, as indeed it afterwards did. God reChrist has power to take away the sin of the world. He moved, in his own divine way, all uncertainty, and left the will come and reign in righteousness, King of Kings, and Jews without excuse. But not only was the Holy Spirit, Lord of Lords, having first taken away the sin of the world. thus given, the sign of the Sonship of Christ--it is the sign Of course it is sheer folly to suppose that the sios of all and seal of the sonship of all believers. Jesus has obtained mankind were put away by His death on the cross. The for us that promise of the Father, and according to the proword is, "taketh" (or will take) away the sin (not sins) of phetic word of John the Baptist, He baptizes all who come the world : i.e., the character of the world, which is sin, He to him in faith, with the Holy Ghost. taketh, or will take away ; but that in His own time. The But to return to John's testimony, v. 34, " And I saw price is paid ; He bought with His blood the whole field and bear record that this is the Son of God !" the world. But He has not yet taken possession, and therefore its sin yet rests upon it. The world must undergo the retributive judgments of God, long pronounced, but long
FALSE DOOTRIN E. in mercy withheld. “All power,” said the risen Saviour, “ is given to me in heaven and earth. Go ye, therefore, and
As mentioned in a recent number, we have received teach all nations,” &c. Why therefore ? Because both the two pamphlets written by the Rev. W. Parks, B.A. power and the will is His to extend mercy. But He will Rector of Openshaw, Manchester, and proceed to not afford it to those who continue in rebellion against Him notice one of them, entitled “ Professor, Beware!" after they have been taught by His disciples the way of sal. On the first page we find this startling announcevation. So when the present course of preaching is ended, ment-" You may believe in Christ, and be lost”! and all who are willing (or rather, those who have accepted This is a flat contradiction of the words of our Lord the will of God), have been gathered out of the scene, the rebellious world which in the Lord's absence declares, “ We
Jesus Christ, and therefore, however much we may will not have this man to reign over us," shall be judged by
hope and trust that Mr Parks is himself a believer, Him ; and all enemies be put under his feet. Then it he is a false teacher a
Bet then it he is a false teacher and has denied his Master. shall be seen that the Lamb of God taketh away the sin of Jesus said—“He that believeth in me, though he were the world. Until its sin shall be taken away " the Holy | dead yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and One of God” could not reign over it. Notwithstanding believeth in me shall never die.” “He that believeth the wrath which is to come over it, no purging of that kind on the Son hath everlasting life,” &c. We need not could take its sin away. Nothing but the cleansing blood
multiply quotations. The plain declarations in Scrip. . of the spotless Lamb could render it fit for a reign of righteousness. In the meantime Jesus is gathering to himself
ture of the only way of Salvation, by belief in the in glory all who in faith flee to him for refuge. All who
Lord Jesus Christ, are abundant, and, to the truetrust in Him.
hearted, unmistakable. Mr Parks is bewildered by VER. 30-31.-" This is he of whom I said, after me the system of religion to which he belongs, and rather cometh a man which is preferred before me : for he was than think that to be in fault, he has the hardihood before me, and I knew him not, but that he should be to gainsay the immutable word of the Saviour. made manifest to Israel, therefore have I come baptizing He goes on to say-" It is wholly absurd and with water." We have here additional evidence of the
itional evidence of the monstrous to suppose that they who are in the habit ephemeral character of John's baptism. This sign by
of repeating the formula-I believe in Jesus Christ our which he was to make mauifest the Lord Jesus was for that nation and that time only, that God's chosen people
Lord, or who believe the fact that Jesus Christ came Israel might know their Messiah, therefore came his fore
into the world to save sinners, as they believe any runner baptizing with water. Yet as we have said (and it other fact, will be saved by such belief.” This is, is abundantly evident in this gospel) Christ also instituted indeed, true. But then arises the simple question, and permanently established a baptism (immersion) by Who is responsible for deluding poor unbelieving water, having altogether a different significance to that sinners by inducing them to profess belief while their brought by John to the Jews. This, too, quite indepen.
hearts are untouched ? And the answer is-Mr dent of the other truth that Jesus himself baptized with
Parks and all of his order, from the Archbishops the Holy Ghost. VER. 32-33.-" And John bare record (testimony) saying,
down to the least of those who occupy the reading I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it
desks and pulpits of the Church of England, so-called. abode upon him. And I knew him not : but he that sent | An awful iniquity it is, and they must answer for it! me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, upon Many dear Christian men there are in that long whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining list we have summed up so briefly; we mourn over on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy their consciences, wounded, as they must be, while Ghost." How good of our God to give this (as it should
they go on with their sorrowful task of hindering be) unmistakeable stamp of the Sonship of Jesus. John
souls, and deluding them into false security by the did not personally know Christ with an atsolute knowledge
repetition of creeds and formulas. until he saw the Son of Man sealed with the Holy Spirit.
From whence This was the sign God had given John, by which to recog
came these wretched snares, with their flowing words nise The Son. Yet, as we read in the Gospel by Matthew, and mock religion, but from that well of corruption, when Jesus came to John to be baptized, the latter "forbad the Romish System ? Reformed they may be.
They were no doubt pious minds which re-modelled the muned, and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and "Book of Common Prayer," but they only refined went with them. But their eyes were holder that they upon an imposition; and it is just simply that re- should not know him.” The Lord then elicited from fined imposition still, with all its religiousness them an account of what had taken place concerning and its appropriation of much truth. The whole himself, and laid bare their unbelief." Then he said contrivance is totally opposed to the spirit of the unto them, O fools (foolish ones and slow of heart to teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no believe all that the prophets have spoken. Ought Scripture to justify such a concoction, either wholly not Christ have suffered these things, and to enter or in part.
into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the The pamphlet before us is mainly filled with gra- prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptuitous difficulties, in the overthrow of which much tures, the things concerning himself. * * * * * * scholarship is wasted. Mr Parks desires to prove And they said one to another, did not our heart burn that men cannot believe. At page 12 he says expressly within us, while he talked with us by the way, and “Men cannot credit God's revelation.” What a fear- while HE opened to us the Scriptures ?" (Luke xxiv.) ful position to take! Will Mr Parks tell us what his What à precious Scripture Meeting was that! object is in writing and preaching? He is dreadfully If we now gather in his name, over his word, in faith, indignant with those who preach the Gospel as it Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, will open to us the Scriptures. was preached by the Lord and his apostles; but he | We have the very fulness of the truth in the New does not say in what these preachers offend. It is Testament, which the disciples then had not. Our evident that their preaching can never hinder salva. Lord revealed through Paul, James, Peter, John and tion, even though it were incorrect; for if the Cal- Jude, marvellous things for us to know and enjoy as vinistic doctrine advocated by Mr Parks were true ; Christians—which saints who lived before the time viz. that none believe unto Salvation except those of Christ knew nothing of. We need to be well who have faith given to them by the Holy Ghost,-all grounded in these amazing truths, that we may be so gifted must be saved, independent of the way in able to understand the things written before, in the which the gospel of Salvation is proclaimed. His Old Testament. If this is not attended to, and the preaching and writing are therefore utterly vain. The distinct, peculiar character of the present dispensation evangelists who follow the commands of Jesus, at any apprehended, there will be no intelligent perception rate do no harm. But, from this point, we turn round of the divine mind. And there will be lack of stedon the pamphlet writer, and all of his mind, and de | fastness accordingly. . nounce them as those who “pervert the right ways of the Lord.” We tell them plainly that their
FAITHFUL TESTIMONY. teaching is nothing but fatalism in disguise—that its We have perused, with heartfelt thankfulness to the necessary consequence is to induce the common re
Father of Mercies, three numbers of a monthly publication mark, “If I am to be saved I shall be, and if I am
entitled the Spiritual Watchman, * they being full of sweet to be lost I cannot help it." That is the only result
and precious expositions of truth. May the paper be con
tinued in the same spirit with which it has been commenced, to be rationally expected from such “damnable !
and then we are persuaded it will be abundantly used for blesheresies ;” and, alas! it is the effect produced. Can ing. The Editor is Mr W. T. Turpin, recently a Clergyman a more sweeping condemnation overtake any teacher, in the Church of England (so-called) who has come out, than that his doctrine cannot do good and actually giving up all in faithfulness to the express commands accomplishes incalculable harm?
of His Master, " Choosing rather to suffer affliction with We hope in our next to examine seriatim the few the people of God, * * Esteeming the reproach of Christ texts quoted by Mr Parks unon which he with ou I greater riches than the treasures in Egypt."
Thank God, that his Word, “ the Sword of Spirit," is the wrongheaded ones of his school, base their falla
thus working effectually in his true servants. We may cious arguments. In the meantime, we thank God
u well expect that divine weapon to be powerfully wielded that His truth is stronger than men, and utterly scorns by one who has in faith suffered its keen edge to be felt by all their presumptuous contentions. “IIe is no re- himself-operating to cut him off from resources in which specter of persons.” His glorious gospel of Salvation he had previously trusted. We do not know personally in all its simplicity is now proclaimed in all lands. this dear“ Brother in the Lord," but we love him dearly, The house is being filled ; the Master will presently
because he bas, otherwise than in words, declared that he “rise up, and shut to the door.” But his servants
loves our Lord Jesus Chriet in sincerity. Bless God, that
we can and do believe that there are (shall we say many) are yet in the highways and hedges, and their mes
more like him. There is a mighty sifting going on the sage is “Whosoever will.” “If thou shalt confess
"Lord is throughly purging his floor," and will soon gather with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in | the wheat into his garner. We cordially recommend the thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, Spiritual Watchman as another “help" from our faithful thou shalt be saved.” (Rom. x. 9.)
Lord. Let us, however, add one word of warning to our dear christian friends. Do not take for granted that what
ever the Spiritual Watchman, or Precious Truth, or any SCRIPTURE MEETINGS.
other publication may state, is necessarily correct. “Prove The same day on which Jesus arose from the grave
all things, hold fast that which is good.” Test everything two of the disciples travelled to Emmaus. "And
i l you read by the Scriptures, praying God to give you the they talked together of all those things which had
guidance of His Holy Spirit into all truth.
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