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LetterExtracts from Letters of G. V. W.
      "My thoughts are not as your thoughts, nor my ways as your ways," is a grand truth, and how heartily can faith add its "Amen" to the declaration; for how far better are His thoughts than ours! It is good to be in His hand; and surely every way of the Lord as to each of us is the best possible, being the perfect expression of infinite wisdom, love,
SermonFood for Believers
       THE BELIEVER'S DUTY OF REALIZING THE GLORY OF THE HEAVENLY CALLING IN CHRIST. Ephesians 1, 2. The first of these chapters may be considered under two heads. First, we have the Church presented in fulness of blessing, and conscious of her portion; and also we have the revelation of the power by which God communicates the blessing to the be
SermonGod's Dealings with His Children
       Colossians 1: 12-22; Ephesians 1: 3-14. I should like, beloved in the Lord, to endeavour, as God may enable me, to bring a little before your minds the outline which is given to us in scripture of God's dealings -- the revelation of His own glory, and the name of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. With that thought I read the portion out of Co
ArticleGod's Inheritance in the Saints, etc.
       Notes of Reading on Ephesians 1: 15-23. All the blessings are revealed. (vv. 3-14.) The apostle is saying, "All this future is before you. I want you now to know the basis on which it all hangs." He then takes them up (v. 15) on their faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints. Whether in this epistle, where he is speaking of the he
ArticleGod's Provision for the Wilderness
      1 Peter 2. We find blessedly brought out in this epistle God's provision for the little flock passing through the wilderness. In Ephesians all is found in heaven; but as passers through the wilderness, our feet really treading this earth, there is a goodly portion provided for us -- all God's stores from everlasting to everlasting found to be
ArticleGod's System of a Church
      The origin of most of the differences in opinion which exist among the saints is secret infidelity as to the sufficiency of the provision made by God for the instruction and guidance of His people in the Scriptures. To enumerate all the evil fruits springing from this unsanctified root were both difficult and unprofitable. For our present considera
SermonGod's Truth to be Presented in God's Order
       1 Peter 1: 18-20. One of the means adopted by the adversary to prevent souls, quickened by God, from being established in peace, is, by reversing the order of God's truth. They do not receive God's truth in the order in which God presents it. You will find many a soul looking to the work of Christ as the foundation before God, recognizing the
SermonGod's Ways with His People
       Psalm 107. (The state of soul in which a pilgrim nearing home would like to be found was first alluded to.) Were I to say to those amongst us who are moderately-instructed Christians, In what consists joy in the Holy Ghost? what is it? you would probably say that the peculiarity of our joy is based on faith; the mercy of God acting in His Son
ArticleGoing Without The Camp
       Heb. 13: 5-25. It was the 13th verse of this portion I had more particularly before my mind. The Camp was a thing understood by Israel. The Jews were deeply attached to their ancient rites, which they knew to be of God's appointment. The apostle saw the necessity of drawing them away from the shadows to the substance -- to lead them from earth
SermonGospel Address
       2 Corinthians 5: 9-21. There are two things very manifest. The first of them is, the world as such does not know the true God, nor Jesus Christ, whom He has sent. (John 17: 3.) The second is, the result that the believer that does know Him gets eternal life, and this eternal life is not merely the communication of blessing; it has got a whole
ArticleHas Christ Destroyed the Works of the Devil
      "Can it be positively asserted that the Lord Jesus Christ has destroyed the works of the devil?" Not according to the scripture which states, "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy (or loose) the works of the devil." (1 John 3: 8.) The word here rendered from the Greek into English, "destroy," occurs forty-two
      The Scripture instructs us in one beautiful character of strength in obedience, in the 103rd Psalm, "Bless the Lord, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word." It is this "hearkening and doing," refusing to admit second thoughts to our counsels. EPHESIANS 5: 18-21. "Giving than
ArticleHonour and Power of this World
      Is the Honour and Power of this World any part of the Endowment of the Saints, according to the Word? I feel this question to be one of immense practical importance. When the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world, the Jews -- as they had done before, when they said to God, "All that thou hast said unto us we will do" -- asked Jesus, What shall w
ArticleHow to be Heavenly
       Philippians 3. What was the power to the converts of early days to be heavenly? It is one thing to see what the heavenly calling is, and another to know the spring of power that makes a people heavenly. We looked at three things last time -- the transfer of the person of Christ from the midst of His disciples to heaven; the coming down of the
SermonIn Heaven
       Rev. 4; 2 Cor. 12. There are only two men, mortal men, who have been in heaven since the day of Pentecost. Paul was caught up to the third heaven, and the other was John. There is much instruction and profit to be drawn from the two accounts. In Rev. 2, 3 we have the messages sent to the churches from the Son of man, who appears in chap. 1. Th
LetterIn the Wilderness, Alone with God
      Dear Stoney, "I do not know whether my heart apprehends things in England aright as to the work of the Lord; and I would desire to see His thoughts ere I speak or write about a work in which His hand is engaged and which is either His own work and then all-important, or else a mixed thing which is not indeed and in fact the very preparation for
SermonInclusive and Exclusive
      There is but one holy universal Church. It was formed by God at Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit (the promise of the Father) was sent down by Jesus (Lord and Christ in heaven) to form it, and to dwell in it. He makes all its parts to be one body, from Pentecost to the Lord's return. He works everything that is of God in them and by them, and is Hims
ArticleIs It Thus With You
      We read in the first chapter of the Acts, that the Lord Jesus, when risen from the dead, commanded through the Holy Spirit the Apostles whom He had chosen -- not to depart from Jerusalem, but to "wait for the promise of the Father (which ye have heard of me)" for "ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come" [or, "of the Holy Spirit co
SermonLectures on the Epistle to the Ephesians: Lecture 1: Ephesians 1
      If you look at the 3rd verse, and down to the end of the 6th, it gives in a simple way the key of the epistle. If you attend to the superscription in the 1st and 2nd verses, you will find that you have the key-note of the whole epistle. A man when going to write on any subject will just drop in the beginning what he is going to enlarge on. The 3rd
Lectures on the Epistle to the Ephesians: Lecture 2: Ephesians 2:4
      It is in my heart to speak to you a few words upon the mercy of God. One of the great difficulties in connection with such a subject is its exceeding fulness. One hardly knows where to begin. God is rich in mercy. It is not only the wealth of the mercy of God, but that mercy is part of His character, a part of His very nature of which He cannot div

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