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Paul's Apostleship and Epistles - Table of Contents
      The Book of "The Acts of the Apostles" is rather the book of the acts of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Apostle of the circumcision, and the Apostle of the Gentiles. In the events recorded in that part of it which gives us St. Peter's ministry (that is, Acts 1-12), I judge that we can discern such an order and meaning as prepares us for the Lord's fur
      At the birth of the Lord, the earth was saluted with words of peace. "Peace on earth," the angels proclaimed in the fields of Bethlehem. This, however, was but salutation. It was not the authoritative pronouncement of peace. It was like the word which the Lord afterwards put into the lips of His Twelve, or rather of the Seventy, in Luke 10, when s
       Luke 5: 1-11; John 21: 1-14. The soul has its history as well as the body. The soul takes its journeys at times as well as the body. This we know and have experienced. Peter's spirit took a wondrous journey in Luke 5. He is there, at first, in the place of nature--an easy, kind-hearted man as ever lived, earnest to love and to serve; and being s
ArticlePeter in John 21
      It is not so much the sense of what we were, when in our sins tnd unconverted, as the recollection of what we have been since we knew the Lord, our coldness and short-comings, and ways of selfishness since then, that interferes with that full, hearty welcome of His presence and of the hope of being soon with Him, which we ought to carry. But all th
      Passages of the Old Testament cited, as they are, in all parts of the New, with many and many a glance, or tacit, unexpressed reference, link all the parts of the Volume together, and give it a character of unity and completeness. The contents themselves of the Volume do the same. They also give unity and completeness to it--for they are a series o
      What an instance does the case of Rahab afford us of the long-suffering of God being salvation, as Peter speaks! The camp of Israel had accomplished their journey, a journey of forty years. At the beginning of it, a mixed multitude followed them out of Egypt. Very soon after they had entered on it, and were clean delivered from Egypt, Hohab, the M
ArticleRestoration and Communion
      I suppose there is no better test of the extent of our rest in Christ, and sense of what He is in Himself, than seclusion from everything else, and every one else. One learns in a sleepless night how much real resource and company one has in Him. Alas! we turn to Him more as we would to natural food, to support and revive us, than to the One "in wh
ArticleRich in God
      It is well for us to acquaint ourselves with the many and deep and wondrous interests we have in God--as, for instance, in His affections, His counsels, and His doings. These things are taught and illustrated in Scripture. Divine affections, Divine counsels, Divine doings, make us their object. Blessed to tell it. God's eternity that is past took
ArticleRightly Dividing the Word of Truth
       2 Timothy 2: 15. The Second Epistle to Timothy is not only specially important to us in this day of corrupted Christianity, but it has its own peculiar force and attraction in the general moral character of it. It shows the apostle Paul to us in a very affecting light--holding on in service, though in the midst of hardships, desertion, and disap
      The ways of grace and of faith, and the warrant on which they each act, get very beautiful illustrations in this little book. Faith has two special characteristics--and so has grace. Faith overcomes the world, and returns fully and intimately to God. Or, in language known in Scripture, it takes a place "outside the camp," and within the veil Grac
ArticleRuth - Musings on Scripture
      "If thy brother be waxen poor, and hath sold away some of his possession, and if any of his kin come to redeem it, then shall he redeem that which his brother sold" (Lev. 25: 25). Redemption, as one has said, was no afterthought with our God; it was His purpose from the beginning. By the work of redemption He prepares the richest glory for His own
ArticleSalvation and Conflict
      The three salvations are the fruit of three different things; first, the salvation of the soul by faith--this is the fruit of faith; second, the present energy and fruit of the Holy Ghost is the intermediate salvation; thirdly, the salvation of the body is the fruit of hope. There are two blessed things of God in which we can array ourselves--the
       John 4, 5 . How simple and important are those words found in this scripture, "Wilt thou be made whole?" (John 5: 6.) But their value will not be rightly prized, if we do not look carefully at the occasion that drew them forth. The Lord was in Jerusalem. He was in the great centre and representative of human religiousness, and surrounded at tha
ArticleSamson's Riddle
       Genesis 1 - 9. "Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness." Samson's riddle--God's riddle. (Judges 14: 14.) This has been abundantly illustrated in the story of this world. May I not say it is the key of the whole of it. It figuratively shows us God and the Enemy at their several work--the Enemy doing his work
ArticleSeparation and Worship
      In order to give Egypt such a character before God as would allow the display of His judgment, Egypt must have the blessing through Joseph; for it is despised or neglected blessing that matures sin. As the Lord says, "If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin; but now have they both seen and hated both me
ArticleShort Meditations on Elisha
       "Tell me, I pray thee, All the great things that Elisha hath done." 2 Kings 8: 4. Introduction. The ministries of Elijah and Elisha occupied the days of the family of Ahab, of the house of Omri; the time of the deepest corruption in the kingdom of the Ten Tribes. The testimony of the Lord about those times is this: "And Ahab, the son of Omri, d
Showers on the Grass - Table of Contents
       SHOWERS ON THE GRASS Being a few brief letters & papers, addressed to C. E. M. Paul, of Exeter, by the late J. G. Bellett, of Dublin. London: G. Morrish, 24, Warwick Lane, Paternoster Row, E. C. "My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the g
ArticleStrangership and Citizenship
      Strangership and citizenship, as I may express it, have been, each of them, again and again, the character of the standing of the people of God in this world. But each of them, in its season, was. to be; simply because of God's own relationship to the world at the time. For it is not law or commandment only which makes a thing right or wrong: consi
ArticleThat Fox
       Luke 13: 32. The Herodians sought to entangle Jesus, leading Him to commit Himself to the power of the state, then in the hand of the Romans, whose creature Herod, the patron of their party, was. They did this stealthily. They affected to know Him as One that regarded not the person of man, and they put a question to Him about which conscience m
ArticleThe Accomplished Decease
       Luke 9: 30, 31. They talked of His decease which He was to accomplish--three words of sweet and various import. They tell us of the intimacy, the personal intimacy, that there is between the Lord and the elect in the realms of glory. As it was in the garden of Eden at the beginning, and then among the patriarchs, and then with the disciples and

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