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have loved thee.
THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH.
A little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my brother and a fellow-sheep, not as a " teacher."
You will doubtless tell the sheep to gather to Jesus "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which and to regard the Holy Spirit as their Teacher. The say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie ; bohold, I will make Lord may, now and then, use you to speak the them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I
truth in love," but let it be seen, by silences in the " Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will Lord's presence, that the Spirit is at liberty to use keep thee in the hour of temptation, which shall come upon, all whomsoever He please. Endeavour to realise in the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take yourself and show practically to others that the Spirit thy crown.
caught” you away. “ Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of The Eunuch, believing and being baptized, was my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon no longer cast down with any feeling of helpless him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, dependence on man. No: he does not say any which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven longer, “Oh, that I had a man to guide' me!" ";
"He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit saith unto Thenceforth he possesses the spirit "of power, and the churches." (Rev. iii.)
of love, and of a sound mind.” And so, he goes
his way rejoicing." E .
Baptized believer, So may you and I, realising that “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,
wordof love, and of a sound mind." (2 Tim. i.)
“ 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 A TRUE spiritual proselyte to the Jews' religion anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no was the Ethiopian Eunuch. How carefully treading, lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” we see him, in the way of God's commandments? (1 John ii.) Distance and duties were not allowed to hinder him from appearing before God for to worship. An THE " HOUR OF TRIAL" FURTHER CONSIDERED. adopted child- an obedient child-a devout child, we see him, like the good man of the First Psalm,
" Plymouth, May, 1868. sitting reading in his chariot, “ delighting in the law “ DEAR BROTHER IN THE LORD, of the Lord, and in His law meditating day and “I feel assured that your true desire is to encourage night."
the Lord's dear ones to look forward with increased delight “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good ; and what doth with Satan and his hosts at the Lord's Coming, it must affect
to His Coming: But, dear brother, if you admit of conflict the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and take away from our joy in the prospect of that day." and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah vi.)
[Answer.--* Knowing the terror of the Lord, wo persuade But how conscious of helplessness was he! To men.” (2 Cor. v.) Philip's question—"Understandest thou what thou ["Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we conreadest ?15 there comes the almost-pitiful answer
fidence toward God.” (1 John iii.) “How can I, except some man should guide me?”
“But I admit that the Word of the Lord seems plain about Ah, the Spirit, though with him, was not yet in Judgment beginning at the House of God, and that the Lord, him. There was the secret. Regenerate, doubtless, whispers of éis love He will speak louder by some other was he; but he was one of those many spiritual ones means. Therefore, I take it to be that the Lord deals in who were being a gathered together into one," — judgment with us now, day by day, as we go on our pilgrimage. " (see John xi. 52, “baptized by one Spirit into one
[Reply. Doubtless there is individual tribulation for Body," upon the reception of Christ as “the end of
individual sin ; but this a general trouble at the same time
that Jezebel is cast into a bed. the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.”
If you look at the epistles to the seven churches you will But “how should he hear without a preacher ?” find JUDGMENT always associated with the Lord's coming. And so & preacher was sent. But the truth being In the meantime, the Lord gives space to repent. See received in the love of it, and baptism being admin
Rev. i. 5, 16, 25; iü. 3, 16. istered, does the preacher accompany him to his “My mistaking the word " tribulation" for the tribulation far-off home? Nothing of the sort. The Spirit caused much difficulty. May the dear Lord make His Coming catches the preacher away! Oh, what a lesson to
more and more a deep reality to our souls, and that for which
we wait with patience and delight. And may the dear Lord preachers of the Gospel! And that lesson is
preserve us blameless unto his coming, so that we may have You're no longer wanted.
boldness and not be ashamed. Believe me to remain your Dear brother in the Lord, Art thou used of the Brother in the Lord,
W. J. O. Lord in the conversion of souls? Baptize them in “PS. If the threatened tribulation be confined to those who are the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the in any way found connected with those principies you mention
as characterizing the “Woman Jezebel' (which seem quite Holy Ghost ; "commend them to God and the word of to answer to her), then I must ask-who will be free? who is His grace, which is able to build them up, and to not more or less in adultery with her ?” give them an inheritance among all them that are
[Surely you are not, for one ! Surely, you are not displacing sanctified,” and leave them to the care of the Lord the Holy Spirit, and looking up to college-taught men, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit of Promise.
in spite of your knowing it to be wrong! Consider, tor You may, indeed, remain with them-and will do a moment, the dreadful state of things around us ! Be
lievers go to certain buildings and look up to certain men. so as long as the Lord shows you that He would have
By some systems, they have a frequent change of men ; you do so; but then you would meet with them as a
one week, a true believer; the next, an unregenerate man. Now, poor ignorant ones in the midst of this evil who
AVNOI CVEJENT. know no better do certainly receive a present injury,
Brethren are hereby invited to a meeting for and it may be that they will escape future tribulation, But what of those who have been enlightened, but still Prayer and Conference upon “ the things pertaining cleave to “ that woman Jezebel" ?
to the kingdom of God, to be held the Lord per"He that knew his Lord's will, and did it not, shall be mitting) at 335A, STRANI), on Monday, June 1, beaten with many stripes !"
(known as Whit-Monday.) The meeting will comTo this, you say, Who will escape, for who does his Lord's will ? In the matter under consideration, are there not
mence at 10 A. J. and end at about 12.30. thousands who are doing their Lord's will - who have The motive which suggested this invitation was forsaken Jezebel, and are gathering to the Lord in the the desire to meet, face-to-face, any who take excepmidst ? Yes, indeed,
tion to the line of truth put forth in this Journal. You surely do not think that all believers will enter into the presence of the Lord with exactly the same feelings and desires to leave it all to Him as to what shall bı.
But the Lord's presence being ownel, the convenir experience at the moment! Is not such a thought contrary to the tenour of Scripture ? Do not the following brought forth. Scriptures show various shades of experience at the Lord's “ He that doeth truth cometh to the light that his deeds may len Coming ?
made manifest that they are wrought in God." (John iii.) Shame at vor abiding in Ilim.
“IIE MLADE TIIE STARS ALSO." – There are many double, tripla, “Little [Dear] children, Abide in Him, that, when He shall and multiple stars. The large star in the binary system in appear we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before
a Lyrie is said to emit eight times as much light as the sun of Him at His Coming.” (1 John ii.)
our system, and to be so distant that its light can only reach You and I may not be in adultery with Jezebel, but if we us aiter a period of thirteen years. Many of these double
are found not abiding in Him—then inward shame (not stars present the beautiful phenomenon of contrasted colours ; outward tribulation) awaits us. Surely this should have a in the two stars composing the system in i Cancri, the larger quickening, not saddening effect.
star is yellow, the smaller blue. In g Andromeda, the larger
is erimson, the smaller a beautiful green. e Cassiopieæ disclosies Ministerial Confidences reinoiell.
a combination of a large white star, and a small one of a purple " Thou hast left thy first love. Remember, therefore, from colour. In a Leonis, b Orionis, and a Serpentis, the large star
whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; | is white and the small bluish. In 59 Andromeda the two stara or I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy are of a bluish colour, and equal in size; the same occurs in Candlestick (the church's lamp or lightbearer, that is, the star d Serpentis. There are also double, triple, quadrupl,
man-minister or teacher] out of his place.” (Rev. ii.) sextuple, and multiple stars! In the Unicorn's Head is a Surely this should quicken us to hold only the ministry of multiple star, consisting of one star with about twelve round the Spirit in the assemblies of the saints.
it! " The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament
showeth His handiwork!"—the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, Doctrinal eril unsparingly dealt with by the Lord Himself. “ without whom was not anything made that was made !" “Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight
against them (those who hold the evil doctrines) with the RECEIVED. —"Images in the Windows of Churches; Protest sword of my mouth (the Word, that which “shall judge" | against Them.” By G. R. C. --- Much labour lost, as must us“ in the last day.”] (Rev. ii.)
be all attempts to suppress the working of leaven! Evil must
work—and work and cannot be kept down. Even if pollu. Personal punishment for continuing in gross CARNAL sin. tion is banked-in for a time, it will soon orerflow again. " Deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the Nothing less will do than protesting against the whole system
flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord as utterly contrary to Scripture--"there is no soundness in it." Jesus.” (1 Cor. iv.)
One sighs over such a book-“Ever learning but never coming
to the knowledge of the truth." Personal punishment for continiung in gross SPIRITUAL sin. Consider the shameful spectacle before the world at this “ Behold, I will cast them that commit adultery with her
moment- The Worldly Professing Woman screaming with [Jezebel, the queenly, but worldly one) into great tribula- terror at the threatened withdrawal of the State-arm! tion, except they repent of their deeds." (Rev. ii.)
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JULY 1, 1868.
“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof." (Eccles. vii.) 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 apostlo 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.
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 Scripiural simplicity and the provisions of God's grace.
And what are they?
“SPEAKING the truth in love," (Eph.)
(Eph. 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 pumber.
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."-Ps. lxxviii.
“Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God 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.)
i 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
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
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 hinıself 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 profitiny may appear unto all.”
(1 Tim. iv.)