F. W. Grant was born in the Putney district of London, on 25th July, 1834. His conversion was occasioned by the reading of the Scriptures himself, and not through the instrumentality of others. He was educated at King´s College School with the expectation of securing a position in the War Office. The necessary influence for this failing, he went to Canada when he was twenty-one years of age.
At the time he came to Canada the Church of England was opening parishes in the new parts of the country, and he was examined and ordained to the ministry without having taken the regular college course. He left the 'systems' on receiving light through the reading of the literature published by so-called 'brethren', and lived for a time in Toronto, afterwards coming to the United States, where he lived in the city of Brooklyn, and then in Plainfield, N.J., till his death. He was the leader in what is known as 'the Grant party' in America.
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An Address to my Brethren
AN ADDRESS TO MY BRETHREN
AND FELLOW-MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH WHICH IS CHRIST'S BODY,
KNOWN BY WHATEVER NAME.
BRETHREN,-The test of even an apostle's message was the truth that he brought. Even the signs of an apostle wrought before men's eyes "in signs and wonders and mighty deeds" were never sufficient of themselves to accredit to his hearers t ...read
In the year 1914 F.W. Grant was deeply troubled about the declining interest in and appreciation for the Bible Reading meeting. In July of that year he wrote an article in "The Bible Treasury" entitled "The Neglect of the Reading Meeting". I conclude with some extended excerpts from that valuable article. "The Reading Meeting" is a great test of th ...read
Breadth and Length and Depth and Height
Breadth and Length and Depth and Height
"BREADTH AND LENGTH AND DEPTH AND HEIGHT." (Ephesians iii. 18.)
HIS expression does not refer to the dimensions of the love of Christ, which the apostle immediately after represents as "passing knowledge," whereas he prays that they may be "able to comprehend what is the breadth and length and depth a ...read
'And their eves were opened. and they knew Him, and He vanished out of their sight.' Luke xxiv 31.
HOW aptly does this describe what must have been the spiritual experience of most of us or all, at some time. The momentary glimpse caught, so sweet, so brief as to he almost a sorrow in memory, won as it would seem by effort, but which no effort ...read
But One Thing Needful
"BUT ONE THING NEEDFUL."
A Lecture, at Plainfield, N. Y,
on Monday evening, August 4, 1884.
"Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His word. But Martha was cumbered abo ...read
Christ's Work as Priest on Earth
THE question of the Lord's having been a priest on earth is one to which, now that the attention of many is being drawn to it, should be given due and patient consideration. Mistake on this point may easily lead to further error, as should be plain to us, and there needs no apology for another review of the subject here, in which especially it is m ...read
Deliverance: What is it?
The Need of Deliverance:
Everyone who, with his spiritual eyes opened, observes the condition of things among the people of God in the present day, will be conscious that in spite of great and widespread blessing through the gospel; in spite of much Scripture light and knowledge, and a revival of truths which for ages had been lost sight of; i ...read
Filling the Hand
"And he put all upon Aaron's hands, and upon his sons' hands, and waved them for a wave-offering before the Lord. And Moses took them from off their hands, and burnt them on the altar upon the burnt-offering; they were consecrations for a sweet savour; it is an offering made by fire unto the Lord" (Lev. 8: 27, 28).
It has been often remarked t ...read
Fruit or Root? Some Thoughts Upon Job's "Ditch"
We have in the verses before us, no doubt, a typical case of how the Lord makes sin to serve Him. God has His hand upon all, and God makes all things serve Him. "He makes the wrath of man to praise Him, and the remainder of wrath He restrains" (Ps. 76:10). He does not permit one particle of the wrath of man anywhere which He cannot make to praise H ...read
In Christ Jesus
"In Christ Jesus" is the definition of all Christians, and it defines them as a people identified with the One who as a man has entered into the presence of God; "for in that he died, he died unto sin once; but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God" (Rom. 6:10). "In Christ" is the language of complete identification. Crucified with Him on the Cross ...read
Living by the Well
An address, given by F.W. Grant on January 2, 1899
"And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac: and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi" (Genesis 25:11).
Isaac, on the one hand, is indeed the type of the Son of God Himself, but on the other hand, according to the Apostle Paul's testimony in Galatians, he is ...read
Numerical Structure of the Bible
I have elsewhere related how, some fifteen years ago, the Lord led me into the discovery of a numerical structure everywhere pervading Scripture. I do not need to repeat this here, nor to give proof of the existence of such, as I have there given it. I now call Scripture in general to the proof of it. Believing assuredly that it has pleased God so ...read
The ebb-tide of ruin can be stemmed by no hand of ours, and this feebleness of ours may seem an available plea to withdraw us from responsibility as to it. But not so teaches the word of the Lord. Our associations are here distinctly recognized as part of our general condition. We are to "depart from evil," not be unequally yoked with ...read
The Bible: Its Pentateuchal Structure
THE Bible as a whole has sixty-three books; Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles being really only one each: our present division of them having been adopted from the Septuagint. And 63 = 7 X 32. Here we have, then, the symbol of perfection, and that of divine manifestation intensified,- "God glorified in His perfectly accomplished work."
It is, as God ...read
The Gospel in the Genealogy
(Matt. i. 1-6.) "And Judas begat Pharez and Zara of Thamar; . . . and Salmon begat Booz of Rahab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias."
THE introduction of four women's names, and of four only, into the genealogy of our Lord as given by Matthew, has furnished material for inquiry ...read
The Paradise of God and Other Lectures
Eden, the garden of earthly delight, fades when compared with a far more blessed reality, "the Paradise of God" (Revelation 2:7). The trees and rivers and precious things of Eden are images and types of beauty that are too little understood. This is to our shame, for the fruits of the tree of life await the Ephesian overcomer of Revelation 2:7- the ...read
The Pearl of Great Price
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchantman seeking goodly pearls, Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it" (Mt. 13:45-6).
In one sense, it is no wonder that by the term, "the pearl of great price," Christians should imagine the Lord to be of necessity intended; but God's thoughts a ...read