Come, Prince of Peace, For Now
Come, Prince of Peace, for now
The sands are run!
The root of David Thou,
Yet David's Son;
Man of the Father's choice,
Faithful and tried.
"Come!" saith the Spirit's voice,
"Come!" saith the bride.
To Him who sits above,
Far over all,
Rises the voice of love,
That eager call
From the vast desert dry,
Here where He died:
"Come!" 'tis ...read
Every Good Gift
Every Good Gift--Cometh Down
I wish to disclaim any originality in the chief thought contained in this short paper. It is merely the following out of what has already been noticed. It has been said that modern infidelity tries to work up to God; whereas truth comes down from Him, the Holy Ghost having descended from the glorified Christ (1 John ...read
False Named Knowledge
1 Timothy 6: 20--New Translation
The last three verses of the first Epistle to Timothy are of great importance. Timothy had to keep the entrusted deposit--the pure and simple revelation of grace in a glorified Christ--and to avoid two snares; snares into which many more have fallen than is usually supposed. The first of these are "profane vain ...read
Having Accomplished All Things
Ephesians 6: 13
The great question here is to be found standing (holding the ground) at the end of the battle, when the enemy shall have exhausted all his attacking force and ingenuity.
There can be no truce, the position occupied is too important and conspicuous for the enemy to allow any repose; and though he may, every now and then, draw b ...read
Jesus, our Lord, Our All,
Jesus, our Lord, our all,
To Thee we cling;
Keep us (while empires fall)
Under Thy wing.
Saviour to Thee we pray,
Knowing Thy Name;
Yesterday and today
Ever the Same!
Quickly the moments flee,
One thousand years to Thee
Are as one day.
Changeless Thy majesty,
Wondrous Thy Name;
Through all eternity
Thou art the Same! ...read
A servant of the Lord, no longer with us, once said "infatuation precedes destruction"; (See J. G. Bellett, in his beautiful Introduction to Isaiah, p. 21.) it was no doubt true of the Jewish nation in their treatment of Messiah before Titus was sent to demolish their city, and I believe it to be true, in every time, in the ways of God with men.
O Lord Of Glory, Who Couldst Leave
O Lord of glory, who couldst leave,
The height supreme in death to lie,
What tongue shall sing, what heart conceive
The love divine that made Thee die?
Bought with a price, for ever Thine,
We bless Thee for Thy stoop divine.
But ris'n, the Firstborn from the dead,
Triumphant hast Thou entered in;
The glorious Man, the living Head,
Our Citizenship is in Heaven
Philippians 3: 20-21
This does not merely mean that we are citizens of the heavens, but that we are formed in such a way by the heavenly order of things that it may be said of us that our politeuma is there. It is in contrast with a very common and popular religion; that is of those who walk in outward Christian profession, but are enemies of t ...read
Some Better Thing
Hebrews 11: 40
By faith they stood, the sires of old
As rocks in restless sea;
Or knew to tame the raging flame
As they went gloriously:
A witness-cloud - illustrious crowd -
A heavenly company.
And, pilgrim! what the path to-day
That leads to victory?
Not steel and flame, but grief and shame
And patient toil for thee;
But a higher par ...read
The Crown of Righteousness
2 Timothy 4: 8
It may be well to look, though not for the first time, at the circumstances of the apostle to the Gentiles when he wrote thus to Timothy. He had been unjustly imprisoned; he had committed nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
He was anticipating an unjust capital sentence from the iniquitous head of the Roman Empire; and from t ...read
The Gifts In Ephesians 4
If any man build a house, he will begin by the foundation and will not try to make the roof first.
It is hardly necessary to call attention to the fact that an apostolic service is analogous to laying a foundation.
Indeed the great Apostle to the Gentiles uses the figure where responsible work on earth is in question.
It is evident that no single truth, however great and blessed in itself, can ever be taken as a ground of fellowship in an evil day when Christendom presents one vast field of ruins; for ruin it is, whatever may be the pretensions of the Roman, Greek, or other "churches".
It may seem to be insisting too much upon what is too patent; yet it is we ...read
The Second Man, Out of Heaven
The importance of understanding clearly that the "second man" applies to an order entirely different from that of the "first man" is very great, and may still be considered, though so much has been said about it.
Adam is looked at in 1 Corinthians 15 as the head of a race, and when our Lord's place as last Adam, quickening all those in the race ...read
The Secret Name
"What is thy name . . . that we may do thee honour?" (Judges 13: 17) The word "secret" may well be translated "wonderful" (Isaiah 9: 6), and the expression in the next verse, where it is said that the angel did wonderfully, is in connection with it.
O wonderful! thrice wonderful
Must be the secret Name
Of Him who mounts aloft to God
In the d ...read
There is One Body
Of all the wonderful truths connected with the new creation, that of the one body is the most remarkable.
Much has lately been said as to this aspect of the church of God; and I wish merely to insist once more upon its immense importance, and especially as delivering every faithful heart from sectarian principles. There are two points which I s ...read
To God - Alone
To God - alone
Dwelling in uncreated light,
Who hast unknown
Immortal Being beyond sight -
Honour and everlasting might!
Yet though our eyes
May not behold Thy Deity -
So broadly lies
The gulf between all else and Thee -
We Thy revealèd glories see!
By faith we see
Jesus with highest honour crowned,
Divine and human, w ...read
Where Glory Lights The Courts On High
Where glory lights the courts on high,
With highest glory crowned,
Thee, Lord of power and majesty,
Celestial hosts surround.
O who shall sing that path of worth,
That led up to the throne?
The Corn of Wheat upon this earth
Could but abide alone;
But Thou art risen from the dead,
And we, as one with Thee,
Now sing Thy Name, our Lord, ...read