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ArticleMusings on the Apocalypse
      The opening of this wondrous book gives us its title and character--"The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him." For it will be found, I judge, to be a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ in such characters of glory and power as He derives from God, or a revelation of Him in the exercise of judicial authority. Now two exercises of ju
ArticleMusings on the Epistle to the Hebrews
       'The Opened Heavens' Hebrews 1, 2. The Epistle to the Hebrews strikingly illustrates one quality of the Book of God. It may be read in various lights; yet no one ray interferes with another. In six or seven ways this epistle could be read with the greatest ease. I will specially look now at the first two chapters. It opens the heavens to you as
      The Ninevite was the first great man of the earth in the age of the kingdom, as I may speak; as Nimrod, the ancestor, as to territory, of the Ninevite, had been the great man of the earth in the earlier age of the fathers. Nimrod had affected dominion and empire then, when as yet things were in simpler, and primitive condition. Now that kingdoms ha
       Daniel 1 - 4. There is much interest attaching to the person of this great Gentile. The place he occupies in the progress of the divine dispensations, the circumstances which connect him with the saints of God, and his own personal history--all contribute to give him a place in our recollections, and to read us some holy and important lessons.
ArticleNehemiah 8
      This chapter both teaches and illustrates a truth which pervades the Book of God, and on which our salvation depends--that grace prevails; the work of God, through the blood of Christ, over the work of Satan, sin, and death; the Gospel of peace over all the terrors and accusations of the conscience. It was thus in the story and in the experience o
ArticleNew Creation
      There is a deeper purpose and nobler work in God than creation. Creation occupied His hand, and displayed His power and Godhead, and was then, in some sense, left at man's disposal, so that its condition was to be determined by the allegiance or rebellion of man. But there was another work ordered in the counsels of God before the world, to be acco
ArticleNo Fellowship with Dishonour to Christ
      I refuse the language used by brethren from whom we have seceded, that we have "excommunicated them." This is not a just expression; and it produces indignation, and immediate determination in the mind to have nothing to do with people or with principles of such a bearing. It is not excommunication. It is standing at the door of the house of God, a
       Genesis 6 - 11. How changed is the whole condition of things since the day of Genesis! Were I to read the opening of this fine scripture, and just expose my heart to the simpler earliest impression of what I get there, it is this thought which would engage my mind; and yet with all ease we can account for this strange and wondrous revolution. I
Notes from Meditations on Luke - Table of Contents
      It is impossible to read chapters 1 and 2 of this Gospel without feeling that heaven is opened, and opened very widely too, to the view of earth. Do you enjoy the thought of heaven bringing itself near to you? God is an intrusion to the heart that does not enjoy Him. We ought to read all Scripture with personal application. There was a very beautif
Notes on Joshua - Table of Contents
       NOTES ON JOSHUA. AN OUTLINE STUDY OF THE BOOK OF JOSHUA. "Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness . . which also our fathers that came after brought in with Jesus (Joshua) into the possession of the Gentiles, whom God drave out before the face of our fathers." Acts 7. 44-45. Introduction . Coming events, that have im
ArticleNothing But Christ
      The Epistle to the Hebrews calls us to leave all for Christ. Whatever be the objects in which thus far we may have gloried, it is necessary to abandon them now, and to receive in their stead Jesus the Son of God. Angels give place to the Son: Moses, the servant of the house gives place to Christ, who is the Builder; Joshua, the ancient captain, tha
ArticleNotices of Coming Glories
      Were we, if I may so speak, to go in upon the fields of the New Testament scriptures, and gather up fragments of the glories of coming days, we should find them, I do not say, lying there profusely, but still we should find them there, and we should at least have a handful to feed upon. There is no one writing that digests this subject but coming
      The Spirit in the prophets constantly looks beyond Israel and Judah, taking notice of the nations of the Gentiles. "An ambassador," as Obadiah speaks "is sent among the heathen," now and again. Thus, Nahum was sent to Nineveh, and now Obadiah is sent to Edom. But from the very beginning, the Lord had a word or controversy with Edom, as by His prop
ArticleOn Christian Experience
      I believe that there should be much more of simple Divine experience in our souls than there is. Some have been rather turned from this by certain abused methods of speaking on Christian experience, arising, I judge, from misapprehension on the subject. "Come, ye that fear God, and I will tell you what He hath done for my soul." I might take that p
On the Gospel by John - Table of Contents
      The four Gospels are coincident testimonies to the Lord Jesus Christ, and valuable as such. But we are not to read them as merely explanatory or supplemental. We get a complete view of our Lord Jesus Christ only by discerning their distinctness in character and purpose. Even in the histories of men we may perceive this. One biographer may give us
On the Gospel by Luke - Table of Contents
      Each of the four Gospels has its own purpose. Accordingly, this evangelist, Luke, though writing as another witness of the same divine truths, gives to his Gospel peculiarity and character. Though concurring with others in general testimony the Spirit of revelation has a special design by him. But all this different service of the same Spirit by t
On the Gospel by Mark - Table of Contents
      IN the various and fruitful light of Scripture what fresh wonders do, at times, cast themselves forth under the eye of the soul! Its seed is in itself, like the trees of Eden. Its witness is in itself, like all the works of God. Its honours and its virtues are all its own--made ours, indeed, only by the power of the Holy Ghost. But such it is. Its
On the Gospel by Matthew - Table of Contents
      In this Gospel our Lord Jesus Christ is eminently and characteristically in connection with the Jew. It is very fitting that this should be so; that is, that the New Testament should open with a formal presentation of the Lord to Israel. The way of God in the earth had contracted itself to that nation; or rather, He had separated that nation to Him
ArticlePatriarchal Faith
      The patriarchs had come forth from the place of nature or of the flesh, in the faith of a promised inheritance in the land of Canaan. And what is to be noticed in the strength and victory of their faith is this--they cling to that promise, in spite of two very severe trials of it: that is, in the face of the poverty and sorrow and disappointment wh
ArticlePaul at Miletus
       Acts 20 We have, in the progress of Scripture, several instances of dying saints and servants of God taking leave of the scene here, and of their ministry in it. Jacob does so--and so Moses and Joshua and David. And among them Samuel also, in a very affecting scene recorded in 1 Samuel 12. In this chapter, the Apostle Paul is in the like condit

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