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C. P., East MOULSEY.-Your letters interest us deeply, and Brethren" induce all dear Christians to search out truth for we hope to profit by them; but feel quite unable to do them themselves to prove all things.” Alas! it is easier to let justice in the few remarks we offer here in reply. We should others search for us, and take it for granted that those we love need a dozen of those sheets to examine all the momentous are correct in all they teach. All we have said we can commit questions you raise. It is, as you say, very important that we to Him that judgeth righteously. believe in the presence of “ Christ in the midst” without any qualification. We must, indeed, be careful to hold our
E. M., Crewe.—The simple answer to your argument is this
* -John's baptism preceded Salvation, but the baptism of Christ thoughts, and speak them, scripturally. Yet, if one proposes to
follows after it. There is as great a difference as between the be conformed to the Holy Spirit and the Word, that, of ne
value of John Baptist's ministry and that of our Lord. The whole cessity, involves conformity to the mind of Christ. You rightly fear that where so many have failed, including Mr D. and the
question of Baptism will, we trust, be fully dealt with in the Brethren, others will be liable to failure. Well, we must be
present and succeeding numbers of our paper-after which, content to be very foolish, and when we make mistakes, retrace
should any difficulty remain, we shall be happy to hear from our steps-go back to the Master, and learn our lesson afresh.
you again. We need both meekness and humility, do we not ?-We were A. G., BIRMINGHAM.–We thank you sincerely for your ascertainly wrong in saying that the Brethren gave themselves sistance in circulating PRECIOUS TRUTH. Your remonstrance that name; but you agree with us that they have practically
is received with the greatest respect, but we have fully an. adopted it. Respecting the requirement of baptism before swered similar remarks in previous numbers. Our desire is to receiving to full fellowship-Practically, there is no difficulty be faithful to the Lord; we dare not spare where rebuke is about it. Where those who exercise ministry are faithful in needed. pressing the word of truth on the subject, either subjection J. S. J., Crewe.—Be assured of our full sympathy in your disfollows, or such a spirit of wilfulnoss becomes manifest as to appointment respecting Scripture Meetings. Do not give up. show that there would not be true fellowship were the appli- "In due time we shall reap if we faint not." We think you would cant admitted. On the subject of Pastors, Elders, andfAngels do well to go to the meetings held by T. S. Look to the Lord we hope to offer a few thoughts separately.
to use you, if needs be, to counteract any “peculiar views" S. C. H., HIGHGATE, whose letter was published in our last if unscriptural. For our own part, we are free to go to any number; the only point requiring a reply is, that respecting
reading meeting where there is liberty to look into the Scrip. Baptism. We believe there is but one baptism by water tures, and speak out what we are able to understand therefrom. divinely given to believers ; namely, that ordained by the Lord | Never mind though there be but very, very few. The true obhimself, " in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the ject of such meetings is better attained where there is but little Holy Ghost." The reason why in "The Acts of the Apostles" | room for personal display. Surely you can invite some dear the name of Jesus only is given in connection with immersion, Christians to your own house. This need not interfere with is (it appears evident to us) to show how God delights to the other meeting.-Respecting baptism, we simply present the exalt that name. Men had despised Jesus, and said, “Is not truth, as it is plainly written in the “Word of God.” What this the carpenter's son ?" but now, God had “highly exalted
the result will be, it is not for us to inquire. If our dear him, and given him a name which is above every name.” | brethren in the Lord reject the testimony, there will be at Moreover, the believer is to be immersed according to the com- least a verification of that Scripture, “ The time will come when mand of Jesus, and the thing signified has beon accomplished they will not endure sound doctrine." You say. “To advo. in the power of his name. We are baptized into his death
cate believer's baptism will make us Baptists, if not close com“buried with him in baptism." The whole work of Salvation, | munionists." Dear brother, the remedy for all that kind of and the baptism which commemorates it, is in personal associa: thing is to look right away from men to Christ in the glory. Are tion with the Son of God. Hence the force of the record, “they we to be men pleasers, or are we to conform to the plain comwere baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus." By the out. | mands of our LORD? You add, “Very many dear children of ward act of immersion we testify that we are by faith baptized God believe in and practise the baptism of infants." It is one to, or into, Him. The solemn act is, however, celebrated in the of a thousand ways in which MANY DEAR CHILDREN OF GOD name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost ; for through faith thoroughly dishonour the Lord Jesus Christ. That infant sprink. in the Son of God we are brought into fellowship not only with ling is held as a superstition by thousands who trust in Jesus for himself, but also with the Father and the Holy Spirit. It is a their own soul's salvation, we are very well aware. There is great mystery, but faith can grasp it.
no end to men's superstitions. We met a dear brother J. L., Hill STREET, PECKHAM.–We thank you for your
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This is a ministering brother, one who on most points maniStrand.) Your arguments against water baptism are ably put:
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the 2nd epistle to Timothy, written in contemplation of these A WEAK DISCIPLE, FARI, BRISTOL.–We deeply pity you.
times-and act out individually, as in the presence of Christ,
deeply pity you. what we are there taught.-Further remarks in our next. But why continue to sow that which produces such a sorrowful harvest ? You are evidently opposing the mind of your
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him. It is He who “worketh in you to will and to A LETTER TO ONE WHO LOVES THE SAVIOUR.
do of His good pleasure.” “Without me," said the BELOVED.-If you are permitted to serve our Lord Lord, " ye can do nothing." "If ye abide in me, Jesus Christ, it is one of the most blessed privileges and MY WORDS abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, conferred upon you by him. Are you a servant ? and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father You are a child of God, by adoption, through faith glorified, that ye bear much fruit." in Jesus Christ. But it by no means follows of The majority of Christians act as though they con. necessity that you are his servant. There is much sider there is uncertainty respecting the word of the misapprehension on this subject. The unregenerate Lord, as touching what he would have them do. are fond of thinking they can become servants of God, This, beloved, is quite a mistake. Oh, that believers and afterwards, through the acceptability of their would Search the Scriptures prayerfully !--that they works or service, receive Salvation as a reward! Now would trust the Holy Ghost the Comforter to guide We know, through the grace of God, that salvation is them into all truth! They would then speedily a free gift ; which you and I, as well as all who be- abandon many works which are “highly estoemed lieve in the Lord Jesus, have received without any | among men.” deserving on our part; nay, in spite of our utter un. And this leads me to the point I wish to urge worthiness—for, we “ were by nature the children of upon you. Do you know what it is, my brother, my wrath even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, sister, to meet from time to time, with two or three for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when true-hearted believers, in the name of Jesus? Do we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with you know what it is thus to have fellowship with Christ-by grace we ARE saved."
| Christians, together taking the word of God for your Now, the next consideration is we are re-created study, and accepting the Holy Ghost as your teacher? (made partakers of the divine nature) that we may If not, you have missed much strength and joy which be workers of good. Are you, beloved, fulfilling the the Lord has provided for you. purposes of God in this respect? “For we are God's | Ponder this, dear Christian. Pray about it. The workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, time is short. If you would be a servant, you must which God hath before ordained that we should know your Lord's mind. To know his mind you walk in them." These good works, then, are not to must SEARCH the Scriptures. Doubtless you read be of your own invention, nor contrived by men. But your Bible alone from time to time-perhaps every God hath ordained them. You must therefore learn day. But I would put the question to myself as IN HIS WORD what He calls good works.
well as to you, “Understandest thou what thou What folly to attempt works as servants of God readest?” “If any man think he knoweth anything, without a knowledge of His will about them! Think he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.". of that solemn declaration made by Jesus (Luke. xvi. Oh! the riches contained in that collection of books 13-15). “Ye cannot serve God and Mammon. And called the Bible! The store is inexhaustible. Well, the Pharisees [religious, self-righteous men] who God be praised for all we obtain from it in secret. were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided But what one can get in that way, is I believe but as him! And he said unto them, Ye are they which a drop compared to the outflowing from the well of justify yourselves before men ; but God knoweth your truth, which comes when the members of Christ hearts : FOR THAT WHICH IS HIGHLY ESTEEMED AMONG meet together in His name, to commune over His MEN IS ABOMINATION IN THE SIGHT OF GOD."
word, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. See to it, beloved. The Master has made known Remember, too, that it is scarcely possible for a his will, FULLY, in His word. Are you doing what Christian in these days to be untainted by party he has said, or, “ that which is highly esteemed prejudices. The word of truth is generally looked among men"?
at obliquely. Tradition has been so thoroughly inChristians accept tasks at the hands of others, and doctrinated that it is difficult to know whether we think their performances will be esteemed by Christ. are free from it until our thoughts are subjected to They talk about working for Jesus. Dear Brother, the scrutiny of fellow believers, in the presence of dear Sister, you cannot work for Him. Yet if you God. Then, again, there may be times when it is keep yourself in sanctification (i. e. having no fellow- needful for the living word to be felt by us as "a ship or connection with things contrary to the mind discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart," of God, though of course liable to incidental as “sharper than any two-edged sword.” Perhaps failure and sin,) you may indeed work with you or I would shrink from thus applying needsul portions to our own souls; but the word of truth and am a witness to facts of striking interest in the way uttered by others may pierce home, convict us of of the conversion of persons who have been present at error, and send us to the throne of grace for peace. them as observers.
J. F. E." I might dwell at great length upon this subject;but must conclude by assuring you that the advantage
(To the Editor of Precious TRUTH.) of fellowship-study of the Scriptures is incalculable. | DEAR BROTHER IN THE LORD JESUS, Depend not upon that which man's wisdom teacheth, I last night received three numbers of PRECIOUS but upon “that which the Holy Ghost teacheth, Truth from a dear brother in the faith in Edinburgh ; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” Meet and to day my heart is so full of joy, to see such a then, beloved, over the word of God; open your cot- treasure published for the sake of truth, that I cannot tage or barn, your parlour or your kitchen ; and any remain silent. May the Lord bless you abundantly, souls you know to be followers of the Good Shepherd, and make you a blessing to many a disciple of the or enquirers after the way of life, invite them in | Lamb. freely, whatever party-name they bear; and pray I thank God, whose I am through the rede God to teach you. Never mind the frowns of your that is in the blood of Jesus, that many are beginning neighbours. Disregard the scorn, not only of to hear the cry—“Behold, the Bridegroom cometh : go the world, but of Pharisees also. Nav, rather ye out to meet him.” Some twelve years ago my mind count it as cause for rejoicing, if in any measure you was enlightened on this “ blessed hope." I stood are called to suffer shame for the name of Christ. In alone in that hope for years, but the Lord was pleased this way, then, you may be a true servant, for “the to give me zeal with the light, and I began to talk on word” will sanctify you, if you are really true- the subject. My friends and neighbours began to hearted ; and you will be a vessel meet for the entertain serious fears about my mind, and thought I Master's use, prepared unto every good work." | was going fast astray into error. However, one truth That it may be thus with you is the fervent prayer of opened the way for others. I got great good from Yours in the love of Christ Jesus our Lord,
reading and studying the “ Book of Daniel," and "the The Editor of
Revelation." By and bye, some began to search the
Scriptures! The victory was won. The ice being “ PRECIOUS TRUTH."
broken, they began to see I was right after all. Now there are a good many christians hereabout that are
waiting for the gloriou sappearing of the Lord Jesus. SIMPLE FELLOWSHIPS.
About two years ago Christ's ordinance of baptism The following is copied from an account of a I was the next truth examined, and seeing that to be a Christian's travels in the Scilly Isles, and elsewhere, as believer's duty, I (when in London) sought an interview reported in The Revival, October 12. It shows a happy with Mr Spurgeon and was baptized. Before that, I return of at least a part of the household of faith, to the
was a member of the Church of Scotland. I ceased to simplicity of the first days of Christianity.
have connection with that church about this time twelve “It was observable that in the isles, Bryher and Tresco, 1 months. where there is no chapel and no resident minister, the
nd no resident minister, the A few baptized disciples of the Lord Jesus have now believers were in the most quickened state of any in all hired a room. and we meet every Lord's Day for the the islands. We heard, on our visit to Tresco and
worship of God and breaking of bread. And, oh, how Bryher, much about Christ and nothing of sect or
precious we have found this to be! Since ceasing to party; Christ was all! They meet in each other's houses have connection with the state church we daily at Bryher, bringing their chairs with them, coming
ith them, coming experience the presence of the Lord. We see it to be together thus to pray and exhort one another. ....
right to meet only as Christians, about a dozen of us in * It has been my privilege in various places to meet all. Each brother takes part in worship, as the Holy groups of believers of a primitive stamp, true Bible Spirit enables. Another brother or myself gives a word Christians, i.e., desiring to be taught from God's own
be taught from God's own of exhortation. Pray for us. book all that they should learn and practise. Many of I trust you will excuse this letter from the " North" these are unsectarian and unattached, representing, as from a brother. I pray for you. My main motive is it appears to me, such as are recorded in Malachi iii. to say. Go on in the work of the Lord. I will be 16, and such as would seem to be indicated in Jude 20. exceedingly obliged if you will send me a supply of These companies or simple gatherings are sometimes | Precious Truth regularly to give away around me. I met with in the houses of the wealthy, others in the enclose you 2s. in stamps, and will thank you to send cottages of the poor; sometimes in hamlets and villages, me back' numbers, from the first, to that amount, and I sometimes in more populous places. My impression is I will remit you again for twelve months. that they are far more numerous than we think, and, if | May the Lord bless your labour of love in his service; one may express his opinion, they betoken a healthy may He add daily to the church such as shall be saved, Christian condition. Those I allude to do not set up so ihat at his coming there may be a great multitude themselves to be better than others, but only claim to ready to meet Him in the air. obey God's word in its simplicity, judging no man or
I am your loving Brother, set of men, but seeking to worship the Father, in
Waiting for our Lord's appearing, spirit and in truth. They read His word. For myself
7, Wigtonshire. I can say, I have been much edified at such meetings, 30th August, 1865.
fore during the present dispensation, salvation is
made to depend upon preaching and believing. For We resume our examination of the pamphlet
this reason it was, the Apostle Paul laboured so entitled “Professor, beware." Let us further test it by
earnestly in pressing the truth upon his countrymen. the word of God, and may poor doubting ones be con
As he says in the very epistle under consideration, vinced thereby, that the Gospel of the Lord Jesus is
" If by any means I may provoke to emulation them really what it purports to be-A message of free
which are my flesh (the Jews), and might save some salvation to all who trust in Him. He commanded
of them." Rom. xi. 14. it to be proclaimed in all the world, to every creature.
Such language as this would be sheer nonsense if, Mr Parks, at page 6 in his tract, gives a glossory accordir
sory according to certain teaching, they could not be. of the Epistle to the Romans. The following is his com-11
com lieve without having faith planted in them by direct mentary on chapter x. of that scripture. “The election
intervention of the Holy Ghost. obtains salvation in virtue of sovereign grace, and
We now come to a passage of the tract which when a man can call upon the Lord with his heart,
should sadden all who know Jesus as the One who he has good evidence of being an elect vessel of
came to seek and to save the lost. At p. 9, Mr Parks mercy prepared for glory.”
says—"I grant that Christ has the power to save ; Now, compare this teaching with the simple
for all power in heaven and earth is given into His word of God. “The righteousness which is of faith
hand, and I am certain that if he exerts that power speaketh on this wise, ..... The word is nigh
in any sinner's behalf, that sinner must be saved, thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart: That is, the
otherwise His power would not be all power': but word of faith which we preach : That if thou shalt
suppose He has not the will? What then?” confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt
This may seem to be forcible logic-Alas! it is a believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from
denial of the truth. What saith the scripture ? “For the dead, thou shalt be saved, for with the heart man
this (supplication for all men] is good and acceptable believeth unto, righteousness; and with the mouth
in the sight of God our Saviour; WHO DESIRES ALL confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture
MEN TO BE SAVED, and to come unto the knowledge of saith WHOSOEVER believeth on Him shall not be
the truth.” 1 Tim. ii. 3, 4. The authorised version ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew
gives the words “who will have all men to be saved”; and the Greek (or Gentile): for the same Lord over
but the other is a better translation. In either all, is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whoso
rendering, the WILL of the Lord Jesus is express and ever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be
unmistakable. saved." Rom. x. 6-13.
How grievous to find a professed minister of the This is not a bit like the forced construction of Mr
gospel in direct antagonism to the mind of his Master: Parks. On the contrary, it is here expressly stated i
' | In fact, opposing the gospel he undertakes to preach ! that there is now no difference between the Jew,
(To be continued, D. V.) who stood on election ground, and the Gentile who was (before the coming of Christ) considered by them beyond the reach of God's favour. God had in times
SUBJECTION-ITS UNIVERSALITY: past been pleased to have a chosen people, the WHEN man was created, the world of animal life descendants of faithful Abraham ; but these as a was made subject to him ; but that the spirit of subnation had rejected the Son of God. That favoured jection might be exercised in him, a tree was appeople was therefore set aside. Now there is no pointed of which he was forbidden to eat. But man difference, but WHOSOEVER believeth in the world- failed, for, instead of remaining subject to Him who rejected Christ, receives forgiveness of sins and the created him, he listened to one who was given to be gift of everlasting life. Let it not be supposed that a “help meet” for him, i.e. the woman. As a we seek to evade one single word taught in the part of her punishment, God said — “Thy desire scriptures about God's electing mercy. Rightly shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." understood, it is a most glorious and joyful theme. | Unhappily, women often deny and despise this law, But the doctrine of election as given of God is not claiming equal right of rule, if not aspiring to somethat which is taught by Mr Parks.
thing higher, the result being grief and mischief. In the 9th chapter of the Epistle to the Romans, and The law of subjection is observable in the New in other scriptures, God claims an absolute right to Creation from the following points of view:do what he will with his creatures. Accordingly, in the manifestation of his sovereign will, he chooses
1. CHRISTIANS are to be subject to the powers that from time to time to interpose specially and
be.“ Let every soul be subject to the higher powers." exceptionally with divine power, as a deliverer. Such 2. CHRISTIANS as brethren are to be subject to one was his dealing with Paul. In the exercise of this another; “Submit yourselves one to another, in supreme right he declares, that notwithstanding the the fear of the Lord." "Yea, all of you be subiect apostacy of his people Israel, in the latter days, he one to another; and be clothed with humility.” will put forth his nighty power and save a remnant 8. Christians are to be subject to those whom the of them.
Lord raises up among them, “rightly dividing the In the meantime, the Lord chooses to dispense word of truth," and who visit and admonish and undeserved mercy to all who trust in Jesus. There- care for them. Thus, in the last chapter of the Hebrews, the Holy Spirit by Paul refers to this duty :
COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL BY " Obey them that have the rule over you, or your
ST. JOHN. guides, see the margin], and submit yourselves ; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give
(Written expressly for this publication.) account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you.” (Heb. xiii.)
CHAPTER I. It is evident this submissiveness is not to be exacted
VERSES 43, 44, 45.—“Theday following Jesus would go by those who take the oversight of the flock, but is
but is forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him;
Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the City of to be voluntarily rendered, in love and gratitude for
Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith spiritual good received through them, the church
unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, recognising the will of Christ in making them under- and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of shepherds. Nevertheless, this subjection in love | Joseph." gives no claim to authority of an official nature. For It is interesting to notice the interpretation of the names
4. While the exercise of authority is the proper of the four men grouped around the Lord Jesus in the and natural sign and proof of greatness in the world. I latter part of the chapter. among believers it is to be the very reverse. “Ye
Andrew, signifies Strong or Stout.
I Simon, signifies Hearing, Ubeying. Peter or Cephas (the know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise domi
name given by our Lord to Simon,) means a Stone or Rock. nion over them, and they that are great exercise Philip, siguifies Warlike. authority upon them. But it shall not be so among These three belonged to Bethsaida, the meaning of which you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him is, a House of Fishing or of Fruits, and all became apostles. be your minister; and whosoever will be great among Nathanıtel signifies, "the Gift of God." you, let him be your servant; even as the Son of The Strong or Stout (Andrew) was the first to follow Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, orod unto hit to minister Jesus, but he remained in company with the Lord only a
brief part of the day, from the tenth hour. He however and to give his life a ransom for many." The authority
by went forth to seek his brother, the Hearing and Oheying of an Office or an Order is incompatible with the nature
one (Simon). In this name is indicated the character of servitude, and must partake of the nature of which specially pleases the Lord; and he accordingly gives mastership; it is therefore contrary to the mind of Simon another name, “the Stone or Rock,” (Cephas or Christ.
Peter,) for Jesus will build his church of hearing and 5. In the Christian WIFE. " Wives, submit your- obeying ones. It is especially noticeable that on the occaselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”
sion here spoken of, Simon was silent (an unusual circum
stance with him, we may say), and the Saviour was thus left 6. In WOMEN in the church or assembly for wor- to deal with him according to the indication of the name he ship. "Let the women learn in silence with all sub- | bore. jection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to Next comes the Warlike One (Philip). As in the case of usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." the other two, he was of the House of Fishing or of Fruits. 7. The Man in the assembly is to be subject to the Thus, bow
Thus, however warlike in name, he was to be occupied Lord. (a) Because He is present ; (6) because He is
peacefully; for he was called to follow the “Prince of
Peace." the Head and believers are members in particular; | Loo
| Look at the bearing of the incidents another way. Andrew (c) because the faith which commits the conduct of the Strong or Stout, hears the cry, " Behold the Lamb of the meeting to the Lord, who works in all subject God," and he follows Jesus. Then he goes forth and finds ones by his Spirit, is the most honouring to Him who his brother Simon, the Hearing and Obeying one, and he is worthy--worthy of all honour.
brings him to Jesus. After that, Jesus himself goes forth as 8. The ANGELS made subject to Christ by God.
the seeker. He finds Philip, the Warlike, and saith unto
him, Follow me. This follower findeth Nathanael, and in-“He saith, Let all the angels of God worship him."
vites him to come to Jesus! It is sad to see how this first 9. CHRIST was subject to God, and will be so again
called one of the Lord, fails as to his statement of fact. after the consummation of all things. “My Father “ We have found him," said Philip. But he had not found is greater than I.” “Then cometh the end, when the Lord; Jesus had sought and found him! he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even Nathanael questions whether any good can come out of the Father, ... then shall the Son also himself be Nazareth ; but he accepts the invitation " Come and see." subject unto Him that put all things under Him. / 46.—“ And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any that God may be all in all."
good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto himTo the natural man it seems noble not to be of a
Come and see." subject spirit-submissiveness is regarded by him as his ways_" Come and see »
A complete answer for all questioners about Christ and only appropriate in children. Let it be so: the! 47.- Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of Lord says of children—"Of such is the kingdom of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile !" heaven," and that is enough. Oh, that we may all Nathanael, “the Gift of God," must needs come to Jesus, have more of this mind, "which was also in Christ notwithstanding his doubts-according to that word of the Jesus." Let the worldly-minded and apostate church | Lord" All that the Father hath given me shall come to in Rey xviii ga s it queen" forvino in hon me." Nathanael was a faithful and a true hearted ope, "an own rights and her increased goods ; but let true as
Israelite indeed in whom was no guile." He could pour semblies delight increasingly in lowliness and pa
out his soul to God under the fig tree-but he needed the
parsame Saviour as the vilest sinner. He must hear of the tience and contentment with the assured presence of despised Nazarene, and must " come and see.” Nathanael the Lord Jesus.
was a sinner. It was not any inherent holiness in him