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Neither violence nor fraud was to be contemplated for OPPOSED to the counsels and teachings of your Master. a moment, nor means of escape sought; yet many of “ Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” them doubtless were civilised, and even refined men The " day of vengeance" will overtake the world and women, who had been brought into slavery by soon enough; but it will be the “ day of the Lord.” the most cruel means. Their consolation was, that | There will be bloodshed then, more than enough to though in earthly bondage, they had the freedom gratify man's lust for it. Meantime, the only of heaven, and Christ was with them using them weapon committed to us is the Sword of the Spirit. to his glory where they were.
the word of God. Where that does not prevail But that the true-hearted child of God might not Christians are powerless as to aggressive means; err in this matter, the Holy Spirit has given us the they must ENDURE and WAIT. epistle to Philemon, wherein we learn that Onesimus, We will not dwell on the sad scene presented at the a slave, having escaped from his master, Philemon, A meeting referred to. May those who took part in it CHRISTIAN, was sent back again to his owner by Paul have grace to see how deeply they have grieved the after he had received the word of life from him. Thus Holy Spirit. We believe the speakers were betrayed we have the Christian Apostle of the Gentiles sending into the utterance of thoughts which calm reflection a Christian slave back to a Christian master. It is must have caused them to condemn and sorrow for. very true that Paul intreats Philemon to receive But we have one other point to allude to. That Onesimus no longer as a slave, but as a brother. But which led to the exhibition of the sinful passions of th, Apostle makes himself a petitioner in the case. | the natural man on the occasion in question, was the He desires that the loved one may have liberty ; but consideration of the sad news of the assassination of there must be no constraint. They are all the subjects President Lincoln. The assembly was anxious to of grace, and therefore grace must be appealed to as express its abhorrence of the fearful crime spoken of. the only guide for them all, Paul would not have Now, if Christians were but faithful to maintain the been acting in grace had he failed to send back the plain teachings of their master, there could be no slave and had he not begged for his release. He
need for any gathering of Christian men to proclaim would equally have mistaken the mind of the Lord their detestation of murder in any form. We ought, had he taken the attitude of command instead of that every one of us, to be living protests not only against of request. So, too, Onesimus would have failed had the crime of Cain, but of every exhibition of his mind he asserted and maintained any supposed natural
aral and spirit. right to liberty. And certainly Philemon would have Ahl brethren and sisters in the Lord, we have need been a transgressor against the law of love had he to watch over and KEEP
to watch over and KEEP UNDER the old carnal nature, stood upon his legal claim to possess himself of his which is left to us yet for a little while, although we bond slave.
have the new nature. Remember that in us, that is, In short-the mind of our Lord is that even where IN OUR FLESII, dwelleth no good thing. It is hard to there is the grossest wrongdoing, his people are never believe this, but if it was true of Paul, it must be of to seek to restore the right by violence. The Chris- us also. The word for us is—"Rejoice in Christ tian calling is essentially that of long-suffering, Jesus, and have no CONFIDENCE in the flesh." gentleness, patience, love-love even towards our enemies. This is not a mere question of abstract doctrine, but one with which almost every Christian THE CITY OF CONFUSION, has to deal practically; and, alas! how commonly
(Isaiah xxiv. 10.) failure results. So that, sad to say, many of the clergy
AND THE WAY OUT OF IT. are promoters of violence, when their passions, as nien, are stirred by questions of national importance. It A FAITHFUL WORD FOR CHRISTIANS. has been so in America of late. The sanguinary conflicts there, which have added to the long list of
THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD. man's iniquity, have been fostered and embittered by
(Continued from our last.) those who have thrust themselves before the world as 'How different from men's poor interpretations are our Lord's followers of the all-suffering, gentle Jesus. It is most gracious designs as He has Himself expressed them! Will grievous to see the same spirit in this country you henceforth go on with the commonly received thought of in many who hold the place of pastors.
believers and unbelievers assembled at the same time and place
for judgment, all remaining in uncertainty of their final doom Let it not be supposed, however, for one moment
till that dread day? There is not a single Scripture to justify that we could advocate the perpetuation of Slavery. such teaching as this. The order of events to come, as foreIt is altogether unnatural. We have not an atom of told in the Word of God, is as followssympathy either with Slave-taker or Slave holder
First, the coming of the Lord for all who have believed in
Him during the days of his rejection, i.e. during the whole the whole system is utterly abhorrent to all who have a
period of the present dispensation, from the time of his ascenspark of divine love. The horrors which have been
sion. This assembly is - The Church,' • The Bride,' or The practised upon the Negro race are a burning shame Body of Christ.' It is formed of all who have fallen asleep in to the world-but God has not entrusted us with the Jesus and all believers who are alive on the earth at his coming. sword of vengeance. It is utterly impossible for man f vonvon It is utterly impossible for man These last will be translated (as was Enoch). The former will
be raised in heavenly bodies, equally happy and glorious. to rectify the evil by force. And to Christians we
Christians have difficulty in believing this pre-eminent and say emphatically-every attempt of yours to glorious place given to them, as being associated with Christ, the accomplish its abolition in that way is directly King of Glory ; but this is because they look at what they are in themselves, instead of what they are in Him. Read Rom. There will be po unbelievers judged at that time. It may be viii."" Heirs of God and joint-beirs with Christ; if so be that that some who will stand there, will have no reward to receive, we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.' because of their unfaithfulness after they believed in Christ. Now we know that mere reason cannot receive this, and un Yet they will be in absolute possession of the gift of perfect belief raises a thousand difficulties; but the only question Salvation, for they will be in glorified bodies before they come allowed by faith is-Has God said it? See how enquirers ac to that judgment seat: “Every man's work shall be made cording to the natural mind are answered on this subject in manifest, for the day shall declare it, because it shall be 1 Cor. xv.
revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of • The present dispensation will close with this marvellous what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built gathering of the saints in glory. Then the prominent place thereupon, [upon the true foundation,] he shall receive a on earth will be restored to the Jews. "For I would not, rewarii. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer brethren, that ye should be igno' ant of this mystery, lest ye be loss : but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.' (1 Cor. wise in your own conceits, that blindness in part is happened iii. 13--15.) Can anything be more explicit? unto Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in ; and (The development of this subject, viz., deliverance from the so [after that time) all Israel shall be saved; as it is written,' 'City of Confusion,' we purpose continuing from month to month.] &c. (Rom, xi 25.) * But that which will immediately follow the translation of the Church will be the commencement of the Day of Tribu
ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. lation' on earth. This is spoken of in all prophetic Scripture, J. S. J., Crewe.- We deeply sympathise with you in your both in the Old and New Testament. Hear the Lord himself : bereavement. How gladly we remember that Our Lord is the "Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the good Shepherd. In such a case as yours all hope must be in him, beginning of the world to this time (the time the Lord was and He restoreth the soul. When He has healed the wound, we foretelling), no, nor ever shall be (afterwards].' Matt. xxiv. 21. | shall be glad to hear from you respecting your Scripture meeting. A description of the day of vengeance occurs in the latter part | R. B., Milford. We are cheered by your kind remarks, and thank of Rev. xiv. and in many places in the Old Testament. After you for your valued efforts to spread the knowledge of PRECIOUS this solemn event, the Jews (Israel) will receive the full | TKUTH. blessings promised to Abraham and his seed. They will be J. H., Barnsbury. We appreciate your remarks, and the spirit exalted above all the nations of the earth. For out of Zion in which you have written. Respecting our brethren in the Lord, shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jeru- who as members of His body are faulty as to walk, we have nothing salem.' (Isa. xi. 3.) The Lord Jesus Christ will come to the to say —" Charity covereth the multitude of sins." But as to earth, and having executed judgment on the nations, (seo Matt.
Christian teachers, the very same love which would screen them as
* undistinguished individuals, must be unsparing in rebuke when as xxv. 31-46,) will reign with his saints a thousand years.
teachers they are unfaithful-otherwise Charity would be perverted During this period of happiness for mankind, Satan will be
to the injury of the Church, and the dishonour of Christ. We chained in the bottomless pit (Rev. xx 2); so that the human
desire that our little paper should become generally known. Then, let race will be freed from his temptations, and the reign of Christ
it stand or fall. May it perish the day in which we “shun to declare will be a reign of righteousness. At the end of this period the whole counsel of God." Accept our sincere thanks for your called the "thousand years," (commonly spoken of as the Mil- valued advice and kind promise of support. Be assured any of lennium,) Satan will be loosed for a season, and will go forth to your coinmunications shall have our careful and prayerful contempt the nations, and many will rebel against God (Rev. xx. sideration. 7-10); fire from heaven will consume them, and Satan will RUGBY.-One signing himself “a weak disciple if one at all" be cast into the lake of fire, to be tormented for ever. Then asks our prayers; we pray for him heartily. His letter distresses will take place the final resurrection and judgment--the us; would he could open his heart and give us his confidence. He judgment of condemnation. The great white throne will be may safely do so. He complains aguinst himself, that, as a preacher, seen, and the dead, small and great, will stand before God,
he has not enough love for precions souls, that his motives
generally are selfish, that he is all sin and weakness. (Rev. xx. 11-15,) and whosoever is not found written in the
answer to this is, Look off self, look at Christ-Get your AFFECbook of life will be cast into the lake of fire.
TIONS set upon him, and all the rest will come right. Gather a few Dear Christian Reader,- If you are really a believer in
earnest Christians together for combined prayerful study of the Jesus, you will never be summoned to that great white throne
Scriptures. Believe in the guidance of the Holy Ghost, and by for judgment. Before that judgment day you will have been earnest prayer place yourselves under His guidance. Then louk a thousand years already in glory with Christ, reigning with at the word of truth boldly, accept what you are taught, and ACT IT him over the earth. The foreknowledge of all this is given to OUT. you for your comfort and joy during the present period, in H. M.--Sends us a “ Skeleton Key to Leviticus" published at 51, which you are called to “walk by faith, not by sight." | Gt. Marlborough Street. He says, “ These are circulated among
To refuse to believe this glorious truth is to dishonour your the needlewomen. Are they Scriptural ?" We think this "Key" Lord, who has graciously revealed it, and to lose unspeakable would prove useful to intelligent, enquiring Christians--but we present happiness. Rejection of this testimony will probably should not think of placing it in the hands of the unregenerate. We also entail loss in glory; but it will not irnperil your Salvation. notice the writer says “ Moses and Aaron represent Christ, King
and Priest." We think this is not quite accurate. Moses was used But, oh, dear fellow Christian, think of the baseness of
of God to make his will known to the Children of Israel, and was refusing the messages of Him who loves you so perfectly, and
| accepted as a mediator for them, &c. But Jehovah himself reigned who gave himselt for you!
over his people. He was their King. Any other interpretation of prophetic Scripture than here
RECEIVED. set forth, you will find involves contradictions, doubts, and
“Tracts by the Rev Wm. Parks, B.A.," which we hope to notice fears. Scripture interprets Scripture, if we ‘rightly divide the
in our next. word of truth. Difficulties may arise, but if we believe and wait upon the Holy Spirit, all will be made clear. Let us not
To CORRESPONDENTS.-We invite enquiries tending to the eluci. be disturbed by such words as- We must all appear before
dation of scriptui al truth. Controversial questions should be avoided the judgment seat of Christ that every one may receive the
entirely, if possible. things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the
NOTICES. Lord, wo persuade men,' &c., (2 Cor. v. 10–11.) The
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Oh, let us imitate Jesus; then will it be always well A LETTER TO THE CHRISTIAN READER.
with us in the highest degree. BELOVED,–
But it is well with you, beloved. Indeed, it is well Is it well with you? How will you answer me that with you whatever your trials, however stormy or calm question ? Where will you look for evidence? It your way. “We know that all things work together for may be you are in a period of calm—that you have good to them that love God, to them that are called found an oasis in the desert. I pause not to ask of according to his purpose." You do love God-it may what character this is, though it behoves you to exa- be a very weak love-it is altogether unworthy as a mine it thoroughly. But if you are in enjoyment of a response to that love of his which prompted him to temporary rest, you will doubtless reply to me at once give Jesus. But you believe on the Son, and therefore --All is well.
cannot help loving both Him and the Father. You It may be, however, that just now you are in trying are called according to his purpose'-His unalterable circumstances, that you are weary with the journey, purpose--and that is, unmixed blessing. All is well, and ready to faint. Beloved, Look at Jesus. Think of Ever yours in our adorable Lord Jesus Christ, him at the well of Samaria! He was there in the
THE EDITOR. heat of the day; he was hungry; his disciples had gone for food, and had not yet returned. He was
CHRISTIAN UNITY. thirsty, for he asked the woman of Samaria to give him “ Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond a drop of water to drink. He was tired; “ Jesus being |
of peace.”'-Erh. iv. 3. weary with his journey, sat thus on the well." Oh, Much thought has recently been devoted to this how inimitably touching are the words of the narrative. subject, and a large amount has been written with a The Son of God, hungry, thirsty, and wayworn! He true-hearted desire for the restoration of that which it was the Lord from heaven, and could have commanded is assumed has been lost. This interest in Chris. the stones to be made bread, and the water of the tian Unity has been excited because it is seen well to rise up to his parched lips. But there he sat, to be most lovely in itself and entirely in accordance patiently waiting, careful only to do the will of his with the mind of our Lord. Father! And what was the Father's will just then?! But the great mistake generally made by Christians That he should show us a perfect pattern of patience and on this subject is—that they seek to effect that which resignation, and that just as he was-weary, and worn, is supposed to be called for in the passage quoted, by and famished-he should have his heart made glad, combinations, concessions, and arrangements of their and his soul satisfied by ministering to the deep need own devising. This course might do if the object were of a poor sinner woman! "My meat is to do the to bring about BODILY UNITY, which, in truth, is the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work,” thought in most minds, though they would fain perBeautiful, glorious, heavenly Lord! His words and suade themselves they are striving after the unity of actions of tenderness, grace, and love, bow our hearts the Spirit. To those who have not deeply considered in worship now; how overwhelming will be our joy the subject, it is indeed marvellous that we should be when we see Him face to face!
set to " keep the unity of the Spirit;" because, at first Dear brother or sister in the Lord : this lesson is sight, this would seem to be beyond our power. Mere for us, each of us. When our own souls are most human reason might jump to the conclusion that our tried, it is just the time in which we are best fitted to province would be to keep the unity of the body, look. minister to others. Oh, the golden opportunities we ing to God to keep the unity of the Spirit. What we are losing of being dispensers of blessing! We may have to be convinced of, however, is this-In the sense have neither money nor goods to give; words of con- of PRESERVATION the unity (both of the body and the solation and TRUTH are often far better and more wel. Spirit) is for ever perfect; for we are “baptised by one come. But, oh, we must ourselves minister to those Spirit into one body.” Every member of the body is who need. Do not let us be satisfied any longer with Kept by the Holy Spirit. The unity of the Spirit is a the dole of charity distributed by deputy, best part of it fact; we have neither to create it nor to combine to frittered away ere it reaches the needy, altogether effect it. Now the Lord says to each believer-Keep lacking the blessing which should go with it, and this unity; hold it, cherish it, keep it. Look at tho which would return abundantly multiplied to our own contexthearts. Oh, be up and doing. Jesus sent out many “I beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocaa messenger, but above all he came himself. Hetion wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and had his Father's work to do, and he did it HIMSELF! meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in
love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in only by the world, but by fellow-Christians. This is the bond of peace.”
| hard for flesh to bear, but the Lord makes his faithful In this passage it is entirely a question of individual ones always to triumph, and such will discover that walk and conduct, not a matter of combination at all. the joy of the Spirit far outweighs the mortification of Thus, if there be but one Christian following the Divine the flesh. exhortation here given, he is keeping the unity of the Spirit. Though every other member of the body upon
SEPARATE FELLOWSHIPS INCLUDED IN earth should continue in perversity and self-will, he will be in accord with the mind of the Spirit, which
LOCAL CHURCHES. never changes. The lessons of Scripture are beauti. NOTWITHSTANDING all the disputation about churches, fully simple, though in wisdom most profound. it is very plain that our Lord in addressing any one When Christians conform themselves INDIVIDUALLY church in any place includes ALL believers in that to the mind of the Spirit to that extent, and in that locality. This is always true, by whatever servant be way only, is it given them to “ keep the unity of the sends the message. Paul's epistles to the various Spirit."
| churches, and also those in the Revelation, are each To put the matter in another way : Suppose all directed to Christians in a specified place. There is no Christians were to embrace Popery ; would that be to such thought in Scripture as churches differently conkeep the unity of the Spirit? We know it would not. stituted. A denominational church ought to be regarded If all were to become either Anglicans, Wesleyans, by the faithful as an impossibility. Looked at from on Independants, Baptists, or Plymouth Brethren-would high, (and it is as taking our stand with Jesus in the it follow, as a consequence, that they would endeavour heavenlies that we ought to regard everything on to " keep the unity of the Spirit ?" Nay, we know it earth, we should look upon believers as simply would not.
members of THE BODY. In the full realisation of the Look again at the Scripture before us, just as it union of each believer to the glorified Head, the Lord stands : Nothing can be more evident than that the Jesus Christ, we should pity the folly of regarding "a question raised is not what we ARE, or should seek church" in any other aspect. We have heard ChrisTO BE, but, in accordance with God's purpose,) what tians speculate about the difficulty they would have, we should individually do.
supposing the Lord were to send an epistle to "the Then, if we consider the question of Union; what Church in London," in deciding where it should be is the basis of true fellowship? It is the mind of the delivered. There really ought to be no difficulty or Spirit made known to us through the Written Word. I doubt on the subject. A faithful seryant would read it, Here we have a true foundation. Any mere compacts or cause it to be read, in every assembly or congrebetween Christians have always failed, always must gation owning the lordship of Christ. This is proof fail, and deserve nothing but failure. If the Lord had that, as a fact, all believers in London do form but not provided unity, we might have been excused for seek-lone Church. ing it in our own way. But unity is, and ever will be Beloved, however perverse Christians may be in maintained. What we are set to do, is to “keep" it. giving themselves separate names, titles, organisations, The way to do this is clearly shown us.
- calling themselves Societies, Associations, Bodies, With respect to creeds and sectarian divisions, these Sects, Confederacies-ists, isms, and schisms,-Scripture are produced by pride or ignorance, perhaps invariably is quite unbending, and will insist upon it we are One, an union of the two. We do not mean to be offensive a perfect unity. Blessed be the name of the Lord. in saying this. There are very few Christians, if any, Now comes the question. What kinds of divisions, against whom this charge may not be made. We are for temporal purposes, are necessary or justifiable: all sadly ignorant. “If any man think that he know- Primarily, difference of locality was the only Scriptural eth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as be ought to ground of division. If all Christian assemblies were know." (1 Cor. viii. 2.) And as to pride, we little simply ineetings of Christians, such as described ia understand our own hearts if we do not detect pride " the Acts” and in Paul's Epistles, euch regenerate lurking there, however much we may strive to subdue it. person would, immediately on receiving the word of
There is but one remedy for all the mischief espe. life and making profession of faith, be baptiseů, and rienced through scctarian divisions : namely, a return then company with the assembly of believers nearest to the Written Word, with a sincere desire to learn of to his place of residence. the Holy Spirit, and then to do, each one for himself or But heresy, apostacy, tradition, and every kind of herself, the will of God. We assure dear brethren confusion having been brought in, Scripture plainly and sisters in the Lord, that if they meet together recognises and enjoins the principle of SEPARATION as to over the Scripture, with true purpose of heart, they fellowship. We cannot be sufficiently thankful for the will find there the perfect and only ground of unity. Second Epistle to Timothy, as a safe guide in all in
To avail ourselves of the gracious provision made, we quiries on this important subject. When Paul wrote must, however, practically carry out the lessons the that letter, division, strife, and apostasy had already Lord will teach us. We must be lowly, meek, long- made rapid strides. “Wolves were not sparing the suffering, forbearing, loving, gentle, kind, peaceful. llock” and “perverze teachers were at work drawing And then, when we are thus conformed to God's thoughts away disciples after them.” What are the faithtul ones about keeping the unity of the Spirit, we may expect to do in such circumstances ? The answer is plainto be scorned and laughed at as weak and foolish, not “ separate from evil." "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Tim. ii. 19.) | intimate fellowship, communion, and fellow-service, What were they to do then? form a new church? must be with those who call upon the Lord out of a Nay, the word of God could not teach that; it would pure heart. be departure from divine principle to do so. Therefore, Yet in the present confusion, there is a general kind in the epistle referred to the case is fully met thus:- of fellowship we may have, more or less, with all “Flee also youthful lusts; but follow righteousness, believers, because of the oneness of the body, and faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out because we must love all in the Lord, and seek the of a pure heart.” (2 Tim. ii. 22.) We are to separate welfare of all. Practically, we cousider prayer meet. from everything that dishonours our Lord (ver. 19) and ings, Scripture meetings, &c. to afford valuable opporseek and enjoy fellowship with the faithful, the tunities for such universal fellowship with believers. righteous, the loving, the peaceful, and the pure-hearted But even here-indeed always—we must act careof the flock of Christ. We shall still be part of the one fully, in the consciousness of the abiding presence of Church; that great Body which includes many with the Lord. At some of these meetings, those who whom we cannot have fellowship while they walk venture to lead are manifestly ignorant of the reunfaithfully and dishonour our Lord. Is the reader vealed will of God and his unalierable purposes. Such ready to say, We shall have but few companions? persons offer prayers which cannot be granted. Others Indeed that is what we must expect. But oh, how pray in the fall vigour of their carnal minds. Indeed, unspeakably more blessed to be with a faithful few and the spiritual are frequently and most deeply grieved at our Lord in the midst, than with the showy multitude, promiscuous prayer meetings. There must be earnest the majority “having the form of godliness, but closet-prayer for guidance here, as in all cases of doubt denying the power thereot”!
and difficulty. We believe a conscience kept in exA man who has many sons and daughters will see ercise will frequently compel withdrawal. There is strifes and divisions among them; some may rebel and great need that meetings for the spiritual study of go right away from the rest of the family. Others, i Scripture should be deemed essential, in connection though remaining in the father's house, may be very with meetings for prayer. undutiful children. Two or three perhaps grow up --loving one another dearly ; and manifesting gentleness
RELIGION-WHAT IS IT? and kindness to all. These become a little fellowship This may seem a very needless question ; yet, how apart from the rest, having thoughts, desires, and pur | very few could give a just reply to it. People talk poses in common, seeking, above all, to be obedient to about “natural religion”! There is no such thing in their parents. But notwithstanding all quarrels and existence. Then, as to Christian religion—what is it? separations, the family is ope; nothing can alter that. Oh, how many human definitions one might enumerate Even though some were to give themselves new names, of Christian religion ! and all of them, more or less, they cannot lose their common parentage. Do the two / vague and unsatisfactory. Christians go on with their or three true-hearted, loving ones, consorting together various notions of religiousness, most of them being of more or less exclusively, disown their wayward or re- a very traditional and superficial nature, and think bellious brethren? Nay, they love them, and strive in these serve for religion. How few can give a sharplyevery righteous way to make all happy, in true family defined and prompt exposition of the true meaning union.
of religion!. There is, indeed, but one religion; there Thus it is with the Church, All who are loving, was another, viz., “the Jews' religion.” What was that: faithful, and true, are prompted by the new nature, Not mere sentiment, but practical obedience and active under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to seek in fel- service; and these characteristics are preserved in the lowship the practical realisation of that unity which very highest degree in the religion given to Christians. is established unalterably through faith in Jesus Christ, -" Pure religion and undefiled before God and the the one glorious Head. While many, alas! walk in Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in ways of their own choosing, and seek to slake their their affliction, and to keep himself unspotied from the spiritual thirst out of “broken cisterns which hold no world.” (James i. 27.) water."
This is the only definition of true religion furnished Here, then, we see the principles upon which our in the New Testament. People think religion is the Lord would have us act. But then we must be careful one thing required of them; whereas it is only one of to apply them to consciences instructed in the word many requisites in the child of God. The first claim of God and kept in exercise before the Lord. upon us is faith ; and this must be preserved through. If we look at verses 20 and 21 of 2 Tim. ij. we out our earthly pilgrimage : “ we walk by faith, not by shall sce what is true motive for separation. "In a sight." Then, when the glory and work of the Son of great house there are not only vessels of gold and of God are revealed to us, we become worshippers; we silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to have become spiritual, and “the Father seeketh such honour and son.e to dishonour. If a man therefore to worship him.” We are also called to fellowship purge (separate] himself from these he shall be a vessel with Jesus, and, in measure, to be co-workers with Him. unto honour, sanctified [set apart] and meet for the Moreover, our affections are to be " set upon things Master's use, prepared unto every good work." above," from whence also we are to "look for the
Is this what we desire ? Do we wish to be set Saviour.” apart for the Master's use? If so, we must separate But after enumerating all these, we find religion has from all who are careless of his honour. Our most to be added. Religion is the practical manifestation