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“Now your younger brother is with Mr. Taylor, when we have said what we are happy in holding as the meanpreaching the doctrine; and some time ago went ing, unless the Holy Spirit graciously use our words, they will with him up the country to preach. Many have given him from heaven"-or by a heavenly One, the Holy

“ A man can receive nothing except it be heard the truth; and here not a few believe. All | Ghost. Spirit must deal with spirit

. Intellect is powerless. this is through God's great grace.

We do not apprehend this clearly enough. We think to “Pray for us, as we do for you, that the numbers receive through our understanding what another has received saved by grace may be many. The grace of our through the Spirit. There may be an intellectual acquiescence, Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

but this will be partial, evanescent, and do no spirit-good.

“ Them that honour me I will honour.” Tsiu Kyuo-KWE.

But now, suffer us to make one remark concerning questions. October 2, 1867."

We are happy in receiving questions on anything we have said.

Because it gives us opportunity of correcting wrong impressions The Lord bless all who labour in the Gospel such matters as history, geography, or correct translation

and of re-considering our words. Also, any questions on everywhere throughout the world.

questions that may be settled by reference to such books as tho o God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our poorer brethren have not got. earnest desire, in His name and for His glory, isthat dear servants employed by Thee to gather souls

Having already referred to the former of the two Scriptures out of the world, may gather them to Jesus, to u are in difficulty about (see Feb. 1868, p. 13) we feel at "hold the Head," and walk by faith in the Son of Death is separation from God, with all that that entails. God, who loved us and gave Himself for us. Amen. Living after the flesh is sin.

The wages of sin is death.

If a believer sin he must suffer death-that is, separation “ A FULNESS RESIDES IN JESUS THE HEAD."

in communion from God, so long as he remains in his sin, not repenting of it and confessing it.

Worldly-mindedness is sin, as well as gross breaches of the “Dear Brother in the Lord Jesus.-Feeling assured that moral iaw. your desire in. Precious Truth' is to help the saints of God, Hence we read of the worldly Christian woman, “ She that I write, hoping, as the Lord may lead you, you will help me in liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” And so of the the understanding of the passages annexed :

worldly church ; " Thou hast a name to live but art dead,”— “ For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die.” (Romans viii.) | that is, going on in separation from God.

"The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.” As for your latter question, dear brother, we have no light. (John xii. 23.)

We do not remember taking it to the Lord, and cannot“I have received much profit from the expositions put forth for you. in your journal. Praying the Lord to use you abundantly

Do take these remarks in love; we desire “to keep back for the glory of His own name in these perilous days,

The Lord bless you, and nothing profitable unto you."

Amen. Yours affectionately in Him, G. S., Bristol.

deepen His work of grace in your heart and ours.

AN ALLOWABLE QUESTION CONSIDERED.

Dear Brother, -We are not happy in receiving questions in this way. Our duty, as we apprehend it, is not to receive and A.-With regard to the word "household" in Rom. xvi.10,11, answer questions : our duty is to put forth what we believe the you will see it is in italics; the word “friends" or“ acquainLord has given us for the purpose. If anything hitherto put tance” would supply the meaning as well. So that the phrase forth has been used of the Spirit to your help, we shall be glad.

“ Salute them which are of Aristobulus' household'' means those Indeed, you say it has been so. Now here arises the evil - who form his circle of friends; and is very different from the dependence on one another. No sooner bave we been blessed expression in the 5th verse--"Greet the church in their through anyone than we turn to that one to help us in (Aquila and Priscilla's] house." In the former case, no open our difficulties, instead of telling Jesus, and waiting in faith door for gathering to the Lord is contemplated ; but in the and patience till He show us by the Holy Spirit in His own latter there is an open door. [This question arose from the gracious manner and time.

perusal of an article in this journal, which referred to But we should do this latter, and then we might receive light gathering in our own houses to the Lord.] the next time we sat at the feet of Jesus with the Word, or the next time we were in the assembly, or on our beds, or walking

"IT IS I." alone in communion with Him. Very dear brother,-Don't use the “glass darkly" when

Cheering words, by Jesus spoken; you ought to be learning "face-to-face,” “ that which is perfect

Ali their sweetness who can tell ? having come.” Ask Jesus and wait. “Ye have need of patience ;"

Woes may gather, yet this token “we walk by faith ;" "ye have no need that any man teach

Brightens all—for all is well. you.” Oh, beloved one, how many precious assurances there are to lead us to “cease from man," to the glory of God!

It is I, poor child of weaknessWhile we think we have a need of teachers, the Lord deals

Tried and weary, oft distress'd;

I have known earth's tears, temptations, graciously with us in our ignorance ; but woe to us if we so

And can shield thee--give thee rest. act after being enlightened! We are jealous with a godly jealousy both for the honour of God and the simple, true-hearted

It is I, poor child of sorrow; devotement of the Church as a pure virgin unto Christ, to

Fear not, I have thought of thee : whom with the Father be all glory for over and ever. Amen.

I am sharing all thy sadnessNow, dear one, look at it in another light. We pity the

Come and tell thy griefs to me. poor Romanist who asks Mary to pray to Jesus. But if I ask

It is I canst thou not trust me, å brother to take my questions to Jesus for me, is it not an evil

Feel that all I do is right! somewhat akin? Ah, dear brother, the Romanist may have a

I am leading thee to glory, mote in his eye-some of us taught ones have a beam; may we

Soon shall faith be lost in sight. hasten to remove it!

Precious Jesus, gracious Saviour, But you may say—"I only send to you in case the dear Lord

I do put my trust in thee; has already shown you, not that I lean on you.” Well, dear

Speak in sorrow now and everone, it is altogether better to tell Jesus and wait. Because

*“ IT IS I;

have faith in me."

PAST, PRESENT, AND TO COME.

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD

solemn question for every one is-Does my heart say, Jesus my King?

Now where the king is, there His subjects gather. [Several well-printed circulars have reached us, from a brother, J. B. of Salisbury, containing much truth, for which By faith we know Him as our king—"King of we are thankful

. Among other things they press upon Chris glory”—and by faith we know ourselves as sitting tians' attention the iniquity of mixed assemblies. In two of "together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (Eph. them, however, our brother seems hardly to apprehend our i.) That is, where He is, there are we-representahigh calling, as being a heavenly people. Our brother has pressed us to make this remark, because he earnestly desires tively; he being the Head, when He rose we rose ir scrutiny. In these circulars, he invokes this nation as- " Dear Him, and are accepted in Him, and aro glorified in England !" "England, arise !” “ Britons, arise, and show the Him. “Whom He justified, them He also glorified." might of truth !" &c.

(Rom. viii.) Now, seeing that the bulk of the people of this land are still in their sins, we cannot admit the Scripturalness of such heaven :” that is to say, the laws we obey, and the

Therefore, "our conversation (or citizenship] is in language. We are, alas ! reminded of the more appropriate exclamations of our Lord—“Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe privileges we possess, and the duties which devolve unto thee, Bethsaida!” Privileges increase responsibility: upon us, are not earthly, but heavenly.. I can prap they are not in themselves cause for exultation.

for kings, and for all them that are in authority

, We believe we have been led by the Spirit a little further than our brother, and place the following Scriptures before

that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life;" but him and the reader, praying the Lord's blessing.)

what have I to do with helping the world to keep

itself in order? It is very well, and a divine ordiThe proper expectation of the Jew was an earthly | nance, that there should be "powers, kingdom-a king to reign on the throne of David. to evil doers.” But how can a child of grace, who is (Ps. cxxxii. 11.) Throughout the Gospels reference is freely forgiven a "world of iniquity,” act on the made to this, the Jewish hope. "The kingdom of ground of law with any poor fellow-sinner? God cometh not with observation,” that is, outward It is plain we cannot be citizens of earth and show, (Luke xvii.) so as to strike the natural mind. heaven too. I cannot have Duties, Responsibilities, Only born-again ones saw the kingdom (John iii. 3) ; and Privileges as a citizen of earth and heaven, too. that is, they, and they only, like Nathanael, per. There may be things proper for the world to attend ceived in Jesus of Nazareth the King of Israel, and, to; but I am “not of the world, even as Jesus is not bowing down in spirit before Him, "entered into the of the world !” The world is the kingdom of Satan; kingdom.” (John iii. 5.) Hence the Lord Jesus it yields him a voluntary homage. Shall I take part said to the Pharisees— " The kingdom of God is with Satan's subject to get redress, or to make things within you (or, in your midst],”-that is, the king work smoothly in a scene in rebellion against God, was among them and His subjects, too; now, a king and over which His wrath abideth ? Surely not. We and subjects make a kingdom. (Luke xvii.)

“have been translated from the kingdom of Satan For the establishment of the kingdom, all the into the kingdom of God's dear Son." (Col. i.) people of Israel were looking, and very naturally Not as subjects MERELY—but as subject-kings. “And and properly—the fleshly Jew for earthly splendour, hath made us unto our God kings." (Rev. i.) But the spiritual Jew for the restoration to Israel of the it doth not appear, as to outward glory, what we glory and favour of God. So that, even after the SHALL BE. The only things that are to appear now are resurrection it was the great hope of the disciples moral and spiritual newness. “The kingdom of God themselves—“Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore is ... righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy again the kingdom to Israel?" (Acts i.)

Ghost.” (Rom. xiv.) Into this kingdom the only The Jew sealed his iniquity by the rejection of entrance is through much tribulation.” (Acts xiv. God's Anointed, who is still despised and rejected May these Scriptures be helpful to any who have by them, and they will complete their sin by ulti- been exercised on the subject of the believer's duty mately accepting in His place the Great Antichrist, or with reference to taking or keeping positions in the Man of Sin, whom they will worship as God! | police, army, navy, law courts, and voting for repreNothing will then remain but instant judgment, sentatives in the national or local governments, and that Wicked One will be destroyed by the going to law, accepting offices, titles, and honours, brightness of the Lord's coming. (2 Thess. ii.) | &c. I cannot be a citizen of earth and heaven too. Then will be fulfilled the prophecies relating to the But a brother must abide in the "calling" wherein Messiah's carthly reign.

he is called till the Shepherd leads him out. “ If In the meantime, a place in a higher kingdom thou mayest be made free, use it rather.(1 Cor. is offered to believing Israel (and with them, all vii.) The Lord is unto us wisdom,” a

"greater among the Gentiles who believe on Jesus, or accept than Solomon” is He. In His light we shall see God's King by faith.) For Him-the crucified Jesus light. -"hath God highly exalted, and given Him a name

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DEARER THAN LIFE.

PHILADELPHIA - THE CHURCH OF CHRIST'S LOVE,

of late years.

This is what the Church is to Jesus. For

" I HAVE LOVED THEE.” “ Christ loved the Church, and gave Himself for it.”

(Rev. iii.) Oh, the amazing grace of the Son of God ! to set His love upon us, whom He knew would return it 80 of God throughout the world should realize the love

Of unspeakable importance is it, that the Church little—that is, while we are down here.

And it is because we were dearer to Jesus than life of Christ resting, in blessed smiles of satisfaction, that the Father loved Him. Oh, what love for us!) upon it. Man's approval may be withheld; indeed,

we are certain not to have it. How many little Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my assemblies are looked down upon by others as a poor life for the sheep."

contemptible people, contented with holes and Well may we, with prostrate spirits, worship Him corners ! But"who sits upon the throne" and the Lamb, for ever

“Blessed are ye poor ." (Luke vi.) and ever! "As Perfect Serrant Jesus thus earned the Father's love :

Thrice-blessed, indeed, if Jesus says that He "This commandment (to lay down His life] have I received loves us! And this He does say to the church at of my Father."

Philadelphia. He hated His own LIFE, when that life lay between “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, His will and God's.

which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold I will

make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know “Not my will, but thine be done."

that I have loved thee." So, He says to any of us who would be servants :

Bless the Lord, the number of humble assemblies " And there went great multitudes with Him: and he turned gathering together in the name of the Lord Jesus, and said unto them

“ If any man como to Me, and hate not his father, and (without any human leader,) has greatly increased mother, and wife and children, and brethren and sisters, yea,

Alas! that there should be any, who, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whoso- in the pride of their hearts, can inwardly despise and ever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, he cannot be look down upon such assemblies. Ought not such demy disciple.”

spisers to learn from the above words of the Lord that The Lord does not say “he cannot go to heaven" the time will come when they will, with admiration and —that depends upon faith, "he that believeth in Me approval, look up to those whom they now look hath everlasting life.” What the Lord is referring down upon from their self-given altitude, calling to is service. To be “servants," we must be self-themselves Jews, the favoured of God ? haters; our Master must be to us-Dearer than Life.

I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and Hence, if one is called, being unmarried, and has to know that I have loved thee !" strong movings of spirit to be a servant, let him take special heed to Paul's advice—the advice of a true

“What! despised ones will be looked up to with servant--on the subject of “marriage,” contained

honour! Dreams, dreams!” thinks some poor reasonin the Seventh chapter of the First Epistle to the ing soul, little used to the sincere [unmixed) milk of church of God at Corinth. When a man marries, he the word”—.e. the simple statements of Scripture. surrenders, in a measure, his freedom ; he must

Well, so said Joseph's brethren, when he spoke of thenceforth care for his wife as his own fesh. He the sheaves and the stars bowing down.takes duties which he must not neglect. He is

“Behold, this dreamer !" directed to "give honour unto the weaker vessel ;' And even Jacob thought such language was not to “ to provide for his own;" and he will naturally be indulged in

care for the things of the world how he may please “Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to his wife.” Hence Paul says—“I would have you bow down ourselves to thee?" without carefulness, that you may serve the Lord

Ah, but a greater than Joseph has said this. And without distraction.'

TIe has said it with two emphatic-Beholds ! While, therefore, “Marriage is honourable in all,

“Behold! I will make them of the synagogue of Satan.... it is." not expedient,especially to those who have

Behold! I will make them to come and worship before movings of spirit to the Lord's service. Not only so, thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” but " trouble in the flesh(1 Cor. vii.) is faithfully “God is not a man, that He should lie ; nor the son of forewarned. -- Well, is Jesus “Dearer than Life"? man that He should repent. Hath He said, and shall He not

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do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good ?” Have you, my fellow-believer, asked the Lord to (Numb, xxiii.)

show you, by the Holy Spirit, the meaning of this? Dear one in the Lord, wo do wish--do we not ?- I have, and trust you will. Do so noic. to be of the number of those of whom the Son of God

In the first place, the Son of God notes only “ a Bays

little strength" in the church at Philadelphia. That I HAVE Loved THEE !"

church had not strongth sufficient to go forward of And we do earnestly desire that all believers every itself-it had strength enough to follow, follow the where may seek to be taught of the Spirit what is Loril

, follow when He opened the way, and not till the mind of the Lord concerning Philadelphia and then. conform to it. Do we not ? Let ils, therefore, read How natural that the Great Shepherd of the Sheep the Epistle to Philadelphia together, and let me tell should smilingly approve of the patience and humble you, as I have this opportunity, what I think the dependence of that portion of His flock which, Spirit has shown me. But, I entreat you, dear one (instead of trying to force a way for itself,} waits in the Lord, to receive all that wo say as the word patiently upon the Lord to provide a way-an open of man only. Say in your heart—“Lord, is it so ?" door. Let us, therefore, as churches, if we need any

temporal hely, look to the Lord and wait. He des .

lights to help the helpless whose help is in the Lord. 1. In the first place, does not the name betoken

“When Israel was a child, then I loved him.” (Hos. xi.) the special visible characteristic of this church?

“I took them by the hand, to bring them out of the land of " Philadelphia" means Brotherly Love. We rejoice Egypt." (Jer. xxxi.) to think that this is increasing in our midst. Is it " The Lord thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, so in yours, beloved ? At your prayer-meetings is a

in all the way ye went, until ye came into this place.” (Deut.i.)

But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked." (Deut. i.) lively interest shown and expressed in the circumstances of the members, individually ? do you come

There's the danger-and the result - trouble. together to “bear one another's burdens” to the

Shall we not, therefore, as churches, desire to throne of grace, and “to cast those burdens upon the remain little in our own eyes, that we may have the Lord”? Are your meetings really in all simplicity, special help of the Lord ? What though in the eyes liberty, and love, as the children of the one family of of others we are a contemptible little crew! God ? Do you bear with one another, when things

“ Fear not, worm Jacob!" are done or said in the assembly which seem to you It is not pleasant to be only a worm; ah, but it is to show a want of subjection to the Holy Spirit of conformity with Him whose experience down here God? Do you seek to “wash feet,” or do you brandish the rod, forgetting that the use of the rod

“I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and des. devolves upon the Head of the family?

pised of the people.” (Ps. xxii.) Then again, are the sick and the aged really cared

Satan is ever seeking to delude us with the thought for among you—visited, comforted, nourished ? the that much strength is desirable, and urges us to wish unemployed prayed for that their faith may not fail, for larger buildings, ablo men, more money. Hence and are they spoken for to others ? the needy tho machinery some of us resort to-such as Reports, ministered to the wilful, the worldly-minded, and Annual celebrations, lists of donations, and censuses the young watched over, their fleshly tendencies of members. What exultation if our church is added noted and arrested by timely united prayer? If so, beloved, then, so far, is the name Phila- to ! if our sum-total of money has run up! if we have

increased our roll of hired servants ! delphia deserved by you, and especially if, in

The addition, you mourn over and appropriate the failings that we lean on them, and in proportion as we lean

fact of our craving visible resources shows of believers everywhere as your failings—the failings on our visible resources the Lord withdraws Himself, of the One Body.

and then, that which comes to pass is thisAs touching Brotherly Love, yo noed not that I write Much outward strength--little inward grace : unto you, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. (1 Thess. iv.)

Little outward strength--much inward grace. “ This is my commandment, That ye love one another as 1 As is seen in comparing Philadelphia and Laodicea : have loved you.(John xv.)

" Behold, I have set be- “ Because thou sayest, I am rich, Thus Philadelphia is the “Church of Brotherly fore thee an open door, and inercased with goods, and have Love,” which makes it (with other good features and no man can shut it: need of nothing, and knowest not

for thou hast a little that thou art wretched, and miseabout it), the Church of Christ's love also.

strength, and hast kept rable, and poor, and blind, and my word, and hast not de- naked, I counsel thee to buy of nied my name.”

me gold tried in the fire," &c. In the second place, let us note the three things

Beloved, is your place of meeting a small one, and of which the Lord approves in Philadelphia.

are your numbers few? Then you are like Philadel

phia, possessing "little strength." Don't look upon “I know thy works ; behold, I have set before thee an open and covet what other Christians have ; but " wait on door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast

the Lord; be of good courago; and He shall strengthen your hearts: wait, I say, on the Lord."

“He will withhold no good thing from them that walk HAST NOT DENIED MY NAME."

uprightly."

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II.-"LITTLE STRENGTH.

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A WAY INTO BLESSING.

Having " little strength," however, must not be Now let us ask the Lord to show us what “opening confined to little outward strength, in respect to the door” means. Surely it meansnumbers and means. It means no confidence in them. A church may be comparatively large and wealthy; but if its confidence is in the Lord, then it is Phila- If a church feel itself rather straitened for room delphia. It is strong in the Lord--not in itself. and means, let it wait upon the Lord, who will give Its strength is that of the true woman -weak in all that IIe sees needful for His own glory and its herself, but strong whon leaning on the arm of the usefulness. But sometimes we suppose something to Beloved.

be needful (of the nature of temporal means) which But while "little strength" spiritually may be the Lord sees to be not so. If, therefore, it is kept possible with large external means, it is doubtful if from us, it is the very best thing for us.

Let us they are often united. The Lord knows the danger beware' lest, in our impatience, we do not press of riches

forward before the Lord. “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the Suppose, from the increase of numbers, for inkingdom of God!

stance, a larger place of meeting is thought to be "And the disciples were astonished at his words. “ But Jesus answereth them, and saith unto them, Children,

desirable. Or, suppose, from the members in fellowhow hard is it for them who trust in riches to enter into the ship residing somewhat apart, an additional little kingdom of God! It is casier for a camel to go through the place of meeting is thought to be needful. Well, Needle's Eye [a small postern door), than for a rich man to what would Philadelphia do? Would it not say, enter into the kingdom of God.” (Mark x.)

“Dear Lord, we look to Thee; give us what we In this passage is vividly shown that having and

“think we need, if it be to Thy glory. Not our trusting generally go together.

" will, but Thine be done." It may also be noted that the Lord does not refer; how is Philadelphia to judge that it is a door of the

Now, suppose a place in which to meet offers itself, in the above passage, to the increased difficulty of a rich man beliering unto eternal life though that Lord's opening? The first question would be-Has may be truc.) He speaks of "riches” hindering

the Lord provided the means - provided the means those who were on the ground of being God's people BEFOREHAND, in His own gracious way? Suppose from entering into the kingdom”—that is, apple the Lord has opened the door unless the rent for the

40 be hending and going on with that new and divine order of things at the head of which Christ is. first quarter is provided before the church goes in ? Or, in other words, if we possess riches we shall be

Surely not? in danger of walking by sight, not by faith.

It is the special duty of the Head, the Lord, tho Now, what is dangerous to the individual is also Husband to provide-to provide for the Body, the dangerous to the assembly. Hence it is that the dear Church, the Spouse. Shall we, therefore, take future Lord, “ who hath abounded toward us in all wisdom liabilities upon us for the Lord? we? who “are not and prudence,”. (Eph. i.) sees it best to koep us in little our own,” and may be called away to-morrow? Oh, companies and with slender (yet sufficient resources. this is a grievous failure. May we fall in with the will of God concerning us, thing in the future? We can only reckon on one

How can any of us reckon and be content to have “ little strength.”

thing in the future—and that is, the coming of the “ Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, Lord. Suppose, then, the church be caught away I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. xiii.)

just before the end of the quarter-would it not be à Not content to stand still spiritually—no. But, slur upon our testimony? If the building rented

content with such things as ye have." Spiritually belong to a man of the world, let us desire to be speaking, as assemblies, let us press on; let us desire beforehand, in such a case ? It would be a special to see the work of the Lord going on in our unidst opportunity of precious testimony. But let us be careful not to hang grace on bricks- Let us not provide by worldly shifts of our own, and-mortar, money and men. So shall we please the -such as giving "bills,” or promises of payment, Lord, like the church at Philadelphia, by having-- for materials and work done ; engaging to meet rent "A LITTLE STRENGTH."

when it becomes due; borrowing money on interest, and mortgaging the property to secure the principal

to the lenders, &c. 3. “HE THAT OPENETH, AND NO MAX SHUTTETH.”

“ Whatsoever is not of faith is sin." As the church is added to by the Lord, additional Are not such expedients forcing a door open, inplaces of meeting may be felt to be needful. Well, stead of looking to the Lord to open the door”? the Lord goes before the church which has “ little Oh, the grief and the shame which would have strength,” and “opens the door," and the church been spared to many if they had not gone before the has just strength enough to follow-and that degree Lord in this matter! of strength is all that is neediful.

Even when we meet our engagements, we have Blessed it is to wait, and to be kept waiting, till practically dishonoured the Lord, because we have we see the Lord Jesus going before. To follow Him taken into our own hands what we ought to have is the path of safety and blessing to His dear sheep. left in Ilis. But-when we do not meet our engage

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