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cc The Wages of Sin is Death;

No. 1 . Vol . V.

BY OYRUS

E . BROOKS .

but the g i ft of God is Eternal Life through J e su s C hrist o ur Lord."

OCTOBER, 1881 .

DOUBLE

NUMBER ,

T WOPENCE_

BRADFORD

CONFERENCE

REPORT.

TABLE

OF CONTENTS.

C o nfe r enc e S e rmon- " Th e Old Fai t h " Conditional Imm or t a lit y A Ch a ll e n ge to O r thodo x y U n- Co n di t ion a l I m mort a li ty

T he Si l ence of Scr ip ture o n Na tur a l Immort a lit y

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1

4

6

7

10

W h a t i s the So ul ?

I s it M o r t a l or - I m m or t a l ?

1

2

Th e G os p e l in E.ze1ciel

1 5

The Ch u rc h o f C hri s t:

It s Pr es ent Mi s s ion a nd

F u tu r e D est i ny

;

16

, The Pre - Mi ll e n ia l Adv e nt: It s N a tur e , Necess i t y, and N e arn ess

18

W i t n e s s i ng

21

Co nf er e nce R e p ort

2 2

S p ec i a l N otes

2 4

NO TI CES TO C O RRES PO N DE N T S .

t o th e Se cr e t a r y,

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Li st of

fo r sa l e o r di s t ri bution .

Show b ill s supplie d .

The A ssoc i a tio n ass u m e s n o r e spon s ib il it y f or the v i e w s ex pre s s e d b y it s li t e r ary contr ibut o r s. Of n ece ss i ty its me m be r s di ffe r w ide l y o n mi n or p o int s , a nd a r e h e l d p e r s ona ll y re s po n s i b l e t o r t h eir co m m un i c at i o n s . 'I ' he sa m e i s tr u e of th e wo r ks -

p ubli s h e d b y t h e A ss oci a tion.

THE

OLD

FAITH.

OP E NI N G

SE R M ON

By R E V.

A T BRA D FO RD

CONFEREN O E ,

W . L E AS K , D.D.

D R. L E AS K se l e c te d h i s t ex t from St. Jud e's e pi s t l e , B rd

"Be l ove d, sa lv a tion,

ver s e -

w h e n I gave a ll d i li genc e t o w r it e u n t o

it wa s n ee df u l

f o r me to wr i te u n to

H e s a id : -L e t

you of th e com m on

you , an d exhort

you

t h at ye s h o ul d ea rn e s t l y co nt end

di ffe r e nt l y to

b r in g

t o writ e unt o yo u of t h e co m mon

t o w rit e forthwith ,

f o r th e f a i th o n c e f o r a ll de liv e r e d

of i t; t h a t

t wo 0 1' t h r ee str o n g e r i d e a s t h an we ge t fr o m th e a ut h o ri s ed

am q ui t e s ur e fr om yo ur appea r a n ce tha t you f ee l th e import a n c e o f

t he s u bjec t ,

tr y ing to d r a w aw ay m e n f ro m th e f a i th. L et me e a rn est l y in vi te

you, br e t h r e n , th e te x t - I

tho u g ht .

sy s tem of Di vine tr u th was a t one tim e gi v e n-th a t

i s d e l iv e r e d by God .

Th e i dea i s thi s . "I a nd my b ro th e r apost l es ar e no t te ach in g

thin gs w hich we h av e c onj u r e d o ut o f our own im a g in a ti o n s . "

o f t ruth ca ll ed th e fai th

ma y g uide our lin e s of

u nto t h e saints . "

for th e f a ith which w as onc e d e l iv e r e d

me r e ad th i s s o m ewhat

B e lov e d, whe n I gave a ll di l i g ence

it b e cam e nece ssa ry f o r me

ye sh o ul d ea rn es t ly con t e nd

Tbat i s th e me a n in g

and g ive s u s

ve r s ion.

I

out mor e cle a r l y it s m e ani n g "

s alvat i on,

a nd t o ex h o rt yo u th a t

t o t h e sain t s . "

i s t h e fu ll e r i n t e r pre t a t io n

a nd be li eve t h at

t o l ook at t hi s .

of th i s Scriptur e ,

we are m es s enger s

n am e l y ,

of truth, n o t h e retics

i J i

a f a i t h o r a

A sys t em

p e r so n s a bout i s th e p r a c tical

Yo u se e th e r e are ju s t t w o thin gs

that

d o n ' t int e nd to b e s y st e matic - t h at

T h e re

is fi r s t a g r eat d octr i ne,

has be e n d e l iver e d

to c ert a in

w

p

a r e to c o nten d e ar ne s tly

f o r a l l de l iv er e d t o th e sa i n t s.

h o m ar t,

we s ha ll s pe a k p r ese n t l y. t he d ut y wh ic h spr i n gs

Th e s e c o nd t h in g

o u t o f t he pri v i l ege , whi c h i s thi s -yo u

for t hi s f a i t h ( w h a t e v e r it w a s ) whi c h was o nc e

We ll , now, th i s once for al l i s a judgment word, i t co nd e mn s befo r e

hand a ll sub s equent

It se t s i t s fo o t up o n even - t h in g

o ri g i n t o the wo rd of th e l i v i ng God; it cl a im s for Chri s t ianity

so u rce exc l u s i ve l y .

r ea s on s w hich we s h a l l pr e s e n t l y t r a ce.

s y st e m s th a t pr e tend t o be f r o m t h e D ivine s ou r ce .

w h ich c a nno t tr ac e i ts par e ntage

a n d

a Divi n e

It was onc e fo r a ll de l i ve r e d t o cert a in p e rson s for

If thi s b e tru e , and it i s t ru e ,

a ll ad di t i o ns t h r o u g h ecc l e s iast i c a l

sy s t e m s , t h r o u g h " theo l ogy, thr o u gh

2

THE B I BLE STANDARD.

t e ach er s of an y cla ss or k i n d , e ve r y a dditi o n t o th e f a ith d e li v er ed once for

all , i s a m i s t a ke , a n e rror , a n add iti o n wh i c h has n o D i vine aut ho rity.

in th e vas t sys t e m o f

N o w if yo u can f i nd thin gs i n C hri s t e nd o m ,

Churc he s which covers E u r o p e

if you can find in them th i n g s which d o not t ra ce th e ir o r i g in to t he

a nd m a n y oth e r pl ac e s of t he w or l d,

Holy Spirit, from w ho m th e Scriptur es c a m e, y o u mu s t se t th em asid e .

If th e r e a re thin gs r ep u g n a nt to o ur hum an it y,

is all o wed t o s pe ak it spea k s trul y;

to us to brin g a s tain

wond e rful universe, a nd th e S o ur ce of thi s w o nd e rful r evela ti o n ,

to God a nd H i s

yo u

s pot or stai n ha s no re lation s hip

fo r when o u r hu m anity

if t h e r e are t h ings w hi ch a p p e a r

on the r evea led c h a ra cte r o f th e Mak e r o f this

. may be sur e that

sys t e m w as th e wor s t the Son of God, thu s

n a t i on s , and Popery i s accountable for the infid e lit y of th e c o ntinent

T b e reli g ion

that

e ver cur s ed

the world.

of

def a c e d and d ef am e d, b e c am e

obnoxiou s t o the

o f

Eu r ope

name of t he Ho l y One ,- t h e wond e r th a t men revolte d.

a g a i nst B u t

for it ,-- I

ri d o f t h e s e evi l s ?

na tio ns rea d .

a t this day.

T here is no d o ubt of it .

The thing came in the

no

name of the Redeemer o f men,-and

The common intel l i ge nce of . men revolted

h a s c ontinu e d Ref o rmation

Did it

to this d ay .

c a me.

It did, - I

s ucc e ed, howev e r ,

b l e s s God

in gettin g

it, y et t he t h ing y ou sa y t h e g r ea t

kn o w a l l [ abou t it.

I t s et the Book free, and the

M ult i tu des commenced t o read who had b ee n imp o sed

I t d id a grea t deal .

truth,

Wh e r e it cam e from we as k n ot a t pr ese nt , but i f it is th e r e, i f

u

pon

b y th e e l aborat e

systems of cove t ous priesthoods .

And men .

you see s o me thin g whi c h a pp ea r s

t o r epe l yo u fr o m t h e f ai th o f the

pa

i d

for their

principle s

as we now

p ay

for ours ,

I h a ve paid

Go s pel, som et hi ng w h i c h ja r s up on the hea r t, whic h seems to r e q u ire

f o r th e m my s elf, and a m pr e pared

to pay Ior them mor e,

They paid

an el a b o r ate sys t e m o f exp l a n at i on

a ckno w led ge d to b e Divine, th e n yo ur s u s pi c i o n o u g ht to b e awa k e n e d -

It is no t

a p a t c hwork of hum a n and Divin e m a nuf a ctur e ,

in its D ivi ne li g ht as it c ame f rom G od , a nd w as o nc e f o r a ll de li ve r ed to

His sa int s . W e ll n ow, ju s t go back wi th me a m o m e n t to t h e hi sto r y

of t h e ec cl es i a s t ic a l wo rld.

a ny numb e r o f m en , w e a r e d e alin g w ith d oc t r i ne,

and wi th th e e rr o r w hich has c r ep t int o th e sys tem o f Di v i ne tr ut h.

Go b a c k with me and you will s ee in a m o m e nt

ha s ari s e n a nd r i d d en rou g h- s hod ove r n atio n s for

the h o nour of God is at st a k e in r e l a tio n to Hi s holy t r uth .

hefo r e y ou c an fi t it in w it h what is

but a thin g

b

rill i a n t

We are f i n d i ng no fa ul t w i th an y m a n or

w i th Div i n e trut h,

t h a t th e g re at Apo s t acy

w hich was pred i ct e d

for t h eir Prot e stant i s m ;

saints fly up t o heaven

b u t t hey r e t aine d a h or ribl e

o f i t i n thi s Book .

I t is no t g i v e n b y God. Th ey se nd m e n to h e aven or to h e ll w h en

t hey die ,- a l i

bu t the y retained the un s criptu r a l

whe n t hey d ie .

he ll , and teach it y e t.

th ey ga ve up th e pr a ctic e o f p r a ying t o sa i nt s ;

d og ma tha t

b li s s, the ot h e r in

Th ey ga v e up pu rgato r y,

T h e re

i s n ot a par ti cle

the o ne in e cstatic

ve and c o n s ci o u s, -

f e arf ul torment s , a nd multitud es hav e d el i ghted to preach these

l eavin g t h e i mp r e ss io n on the minds o f me n t ha t t h e God a n d

torment s ,

F a t h er

t riu m ph i ng n ee dl ess l y over poor n aked so ul s ; and they h a ve br o u g ht in

ar mi es of dev il s to h e l p God to tortur e and t o rment the s e b e i ng s , t el li ng

of o u r Lord

and Savio u r

Jes u s

Chr i s t

is a fear f ul

ty r a n t ,

m

any ages . Yo u wi ll f i nd t h a t ecc l es i ast i ca l t in kering ha s so ba t te r e d an d

u

s that

they a r e imm o rt a l,

that

th e y c a nnot

di e , th a t

God i s not

m

a r re d

t h e hol y ves s e l s of th e sanct u ary tha t it r eq uir es a t h eolo g ica l

m

e rciful enou gh to put them out o f b e in g .

This

IS n o t in the faith

ex p e rt to t e ll y ou w hich was th e shape o f t h e o r ig i na l ve ss e l . Theo-

logy has dark e n e d

a kee n

t he p ages o f in s pir a ti o n,

an d we re quir e

de li ver e d to the saint s .

any proof t h at

T h e r e i s noth i n g of the kind her e .

with trembling

i t i s he r e, a n d I bow, but

Give me and w it h

an

a ly s is t o ge t a t wh a t is G od 's a nd wh a t i s m a n 's.

A ge af t e r age

won d e r a nd asto ni sh m e nt .

Prove it , and I ac c ep t i t, a lt ho u gh

eccle s i as tic a l

c o un c ils h ave

be e n c all e d

to d o -wh a t ?

T o a d d to

I

sha ll not be ab l e to reconcile i t with t h e fac t th a t God so lov e d me

t he ar t ic le s

o f f a ith .

B ut n u c l ass o f men w h a t ever h as th e s li ght e s t

that

H e g ave Hi s on l y be g ot te n

Son th a t I shou l d

not perish,

but

pow er t o a d d a n yt h i n g

C oun ci l s h ave be e n ca ll ed fo r t ha t p urpo se, a n d terr i b l e p e na l t i es

b ee n inf li cted o n t h o se w ho w o uld n ot acce pt b li ndf ol d t h e who l e o f the

do c trin e s tau g ht

a v e

t o b e bel i ev e d by us.

as a n article

of fa i th

h

b y th e ir p o p e s a nd t he i r c ou n cil s , a n d their ca rdi na l s

and other m e n in a uth o r i t y. Th e f a it h on ce de l i v e r e d to th e sa int s is

h av e ev e rl as tin g l if e , Neitber c a n I r e conci l e it w i t h the g re a t Script ur al

truth

t h a t

"the wag e s o f sin is d ea th. "

I wi ll te ll you .

It i s very s im p l e .

T ake t he w ord" d eat h ," an d say it mea n s " l ife," and t he w h ole

wor d s.

You ask m e h ow c a me th i s cor r uptio n of theology?

The way t o corr u p t

t h e o l ogy

i s t o co rr u pt

be

au tifu l in i t s s im p l ici t y . It is wo rth y o f God , fr o m w h om i t c a m e .

thin g i s corrupt e d

at o n c e .

I w il l te l l y o u how

this corrupt i on

~ t appea l s a t once to t h e h eart,

it goes d i rect to on e 's fond es t

affec -

of words to o k pl ac e.

Dur i n g the fir s t c e ntury

or two of Chrl s tia ni ty,

tion s, a nd you l o ok at it an d say i t i s worth y of t h e G o d o f h e aven, so

s impl e and so s ublim e i s it .

ris e n up in i mp osi n g

nam e o f th e lowly M an of N a zar e th . Th in gs hav e b een d one in t he

B ut in t h e l a p s e o f ag e s hi e r archies

h ave

gr a nd e ur , a nd h ave t r iumphed o v e r k i ngs in t he

It was s uch a del i veran c e

t h a t

they embr a c e d i t i n great multitud es, u n til t he Pagan t e m pl es

beca m e dese r ted. By-a nd -bye Con s tan t iue

th e new r e li g i o n mad e mar ve l lou s pr og r e ss.

for peop l e who had be e n h o odwinked by t he Pa g an priesthoods

tL e

Grea t was e it h er

n a m e of Jesu s w hich m ake t he bl ood c u rdl e t o re a d of in t h es e d ay s .

conver t e d 01' s aid to b e - it

does n ot m u ch

matter

w h ich - and

Men in ve nt e d f ea rf u l e n gine s of opp r e ss ion

t o crush the . l ife out of

the Pa ga n pri es t s

f o und the y

were losin g

their

incomes, and

t hose w h o dare d to doubt

h i e r a r chies.

t o th e sa ints o nce for a ll , tha t yo u se e th e r e mu s t b e usu rp a t ion

where ; th e r e must be pret e nc e , h yp ocri s y, and a rr o ga nce . A nd n o t

of t h o se

t h e i nfa ll ibility

and supremacy

A ll t h i s i s so utt er l y in c omp a t i b l e

w i t h t h e f a i th d e li ver e d

som e -

o n ly . d i d th ey

thu s

cre a t e the se e c cl es i as ti cal

h ie r arch i es,

bu t t h e y

m a ny

t h e y brou g ht

by natur e , and they incor p or a ted

w i t h vario u s other th in g s o f the same kind . So wi t h th e d oc tr ine o f an

theo l ogy, a lo ng

And

in t h e doctrine s o f P l ato, th a t man has an im m o rta l sou l

o f

th e m

b e c a me

Ch r i s tians

th a t

and Chri s tian

w it h C hri st i a n

te ac her s .

i mmorta l s o ul , it bec a m e a lo g ica l n e cessi t y t h at

th e soul s h ould h ave

i n v ade d he aven , a nd ca n o ni se d

m en who h a d been d e ad for a g es , and

it

s d ese rt s , eith e r in bli s s f or it s p i e t y , or in w oe for it s impiety.

L ay

p l a c ed t he m in he av e n to be wo r s h ippe d,

Ah d th e y brou g h t d o wn th es e

d

o wn th e doc t ri n e

that

you a nd I ca n liv e for ev er, d e spite of God,

men a nd se t b e f o r e yo u t h eir n a m es as h e l p ers o f your fai t h, men to

what e v e r b e our

charact e r , and it foll o ws c le a rly th a t

eith e r hap pi ne ss

w

hom yo u w e r e to p ray , a dd ed to th e one th a t t his bo ok speaks a b ou t-

or misery mu s t

b e our l ot .

I can trace ev e ry corru p t

doctr i ne to th e

Chri s t,

th e o nly

S av iour, the

o nl y n ame

und e r

h eave n

g i ven

t o

sim pl e fact o f ch a nging th e na t u r a l mean i ng of words, and giv i ng us to

mankin d wher e by w e ca n be s a ve d.

B ut th ese me n h ave ri se n u p and

u

nder s tand

t h a t

t h ou g h o u r new s p a p e rs m e an what t h e y say, and our

spoken p er verse thin gs, a nd h ave t o ld yo u a b out th e s a int s th e y h ave

b

o ok s , wr i tten b y men o f comm o n und e rstandin g , m ea n wh a t th ey say,

canonise d , a n d th at have be e n brough t

h as b een wo r s hipp ed a s th e B l essed

m o m en t

o f M ary, to be pr es en ted t o her So n. 1 Wh e re do you fi n d that i n the sys tem

of

ag e s M a r y

and the an ge l s of Go d

yo u a r e to p ray to th e m;

in t o be wo r sh i pp e d,

a nd throu g hout

Vir g in. Th e r e

ar e men a t thi s into the h and s

te lli ng th e ir f e ll ow- m en to pu t thei r p r ayers

f aith h e r e?

Ther e is n o t a partic l e of it. Ev e rythin g here i s a prot e s t

ye t thi s

s t y l e, and thu s yo u c a n m a k e it t ea ch an y th i n g

s un.

m e anin g I choo se to words.

a ccept words

but a riddle ,

if it i s l e ft to m e n's

boo k , t h e B ib l e, m u s t

I

can t ea ch

a ny doctrin e

as th ey

b e r ea d

if you

in

an entir e ly

a ll ow

me

unn a tur a l

or nothin g und e r th e

to giv e

and to

wh a t

We a re b o und to be con s i ste n t ,

are meant.

R eve lation i s not reve l a t ion ,

t o put wh a t m e an i ng

i m ag in a tion

aga i n s t t h e i m p ud e nt

assumption that m e n in h e av e n can t h us pre sen t

th

e y l ik e upon th e w o rd s.

It i s n o t u ncov e rin g , but c o nc e a lin g ,

if I am

yo

u r praye r s to God.

Th ere i s one Me d i a tor, and we ne e d no oth e r.

H e

al

l ow e d t o say t ba t " de ath"

me a n s "

life . "

A number o f word s have

ca m e to b e o ur Med i ato r , and we know that He is a l iv e , w h eth e r saint s

B ut , th e he aven

a nd p l ac in g th eir cano ni sed me n there, th ey h ave d u g u p fo r us in som e

iniquit ies

be

a l ive or as l ee p, a nd w e can se n d up to Him o ur p r ayers.

o f t hi s grea t sys t e m !

not con tent w ith i nvad in g

m yst e rio u s r egion a p ur gatory - thus

-tha t

Jesus Chri s t did not c l eanse from al l s i n.

t h a t

inqu i siti o n s,

Th ey L ave done a ll thi s in the name of J esus Christ, y o u r Lord and

S av i o ur . I t i s th at that a ro u s e s one 's ho l y indig n ation.

addin g a l so to t h e system of

faith

p l ace whe r e it i s sa i d men ar e pur ge d by fir e , a s . if th e blood o f

fea rful du n geon

And a s a sort o f p a thwa y to

own du n geon s ,

o f f i r e, t h e y b ui l d th e ir

th e ir

an d spi ll th e b l ood of sa i nts t o make a Ro m an holi d ay .

T h e in s u l t

be e n in thi s m a nne r turned from th e i r prope r meanin g , and co m pe l l e d to

t e ac h what God never ta u ght . Eve rl asting l i f e means ever l as t ing

hap pi ne s s.

underst a nd that the doctr i ne o f th e B i b l e i s t h a t Chr i st c a me t o g i ve

to such as accept Him. it t o His So n to g ive t o

we s h a l l ha v e wh e n th e L o rd s hal l come to

r ai se H i s s l e eping, and c hang e Hi s l i ving, sa int s.

My li fe

Chr i st

would be com e b a n krupt

H e br ea the s

Of cou r se it d oes; but w i tho u t ignoring th a t fac t yo u m u s t

l ife

Our l if e i s hid with

c ertainty .

if it i s h i d i n Him .

i m mort a lit y to mort a l s , t o giv e imm o rtal

Go d onl y hat h immort a lity ,

u s , and t h a t immort a l ity

in

God ,

Hi s

and that

s pirit

and H e h as g iv e n

is

i t s

s ecurity , its

to - m o rrow, but it c a nnot

up o n u s

to

quic ke n u s from th e b l i n dne s s

to

th e Saviour is t oo palpable to es c a pe notice , and too terrib l e

for u s

o

f s in , a nd r e t a in s th e e t e r n a l l if e for u s , to g i v e it

to u s in the mornin g

t o keep q u i e t un der.

The S cripture

h e re spe a ks abou t a sy s t e m of

o

f res u r r e ction ,

when neither s pot no r s tain s hall b e l e ft.

He g ives us

fait h t h a t

M ed ia tor b etween Go d a n d m an, -th e

God o n ce g ave to the sa in ts.

Th ere i s on e G o d a nd on e

Tha t i s

Jes u s.

ma n, Chr i s t

p art o f th e Di v in e sys te m gi v e n from a b ove .

. e l ea n set h fr o m a ll s i n .

was t o l av i s h go ld i n to th e c o ffer s of th e priests, to e nable th e m to rid e

r o u g h- s h o d

Th e use of it

The b lo od o f J esus C h ri s t

the cons c i e nc e ' of

W h a t i s th e u se of pur g atory ?

to bring

ove r the nations of th e ea rth,

) h um a nity und e r th e h ee l o f t y r ann i ca l power.

You al l know that

th a t

n o w pard o n , for H e p u t away s in a n d bro u ght in everl as t i ng r ighteousnes s ,

H e g i ves us now peace , a n d He i s

He

h e reaf t er

Oh! it i s a prospect f it t e d to

f o r Hi s g l or y , whi l st w e set o ur h ee l on

the great adver sa ry ' s l i e, " Ye shal l not s u rely die, " as it was preached to

fu l l-t o ned

th

o f

o u r peace.

H e

He i s G o d' s

peace , to u s , aud

i s

God's

He

sab b a th

will

g iv e

of re s t,

us

and

becom e s that

r e dempt i on,-r e d e mpti o n

e bo dy , - and

w e s h a l l b e like Him.

m a k e u s exc eedi ng ly jea l o u s

THE B I BLE STANDARD.

3

our fir s t par e nt s

Chri s t, a nd se t th e m b e sid e t he m -"

" I hav e c ome tha t you m ay h av e lif e ;"

Th ee , th e o nl y t r ue Go d, and J e s u s Chr i s t, w ho m T ho u h as t se nt ;"

t h a t h at h t h e Son h a th l if e ," -t h e

th i n g

h a th not lif e." Do you thin k we a r e a wf ul h e r e tic s? Are th ese

awful d o ctrin es?

" H e

by the e nem y of Go d a nd man.

a n d

Tak e th e wor ds o f

H e i s a li a r a nd t h e f a th e r of li es ; "

" T hi s

i s li fe e t e r na l, to know

"H e

li f e which i s emp h a tic,

t h a t ha t h no t the

and t h e onl y

So n of God

wo rth

ca lli ng l if e ;

Ar e w e to b e scowl e d up o n , and ca s t out of soci e t y ,

f o r t eac hin g G od 's truth ?

t he sa int s .

sa lv a tion, b ut it b eca m e n e c e s sa r y f o r m e t o w r i te forthwit h ."

i s the m ea nin g of it?

in s pired

sp o ken o f as havin g c rept in un awares, brin g in g

f e lt

c o nt e nd ea rn est l y f or th e f ai th d e liv e r ed

Thi s i s th e f a ith onc e f o r a ll de l iv e r e d to I th o u g ht o f wri tin g t o yo u abou t th e co m mon

Wh a t H e w as

th e r e w e r e c e rt a in m e n

He

t o

Jude - says ,"

It is th e impul s e of th e Hol y Sp i rit.

that

to d o it in view of the f ac t

w as

ca ll e d u po n

in th e apo s t a cy.

t o u rge

b e li e v e r s

h e

to w rit e f o r t h w i t h,

t o t he m.

I co m e no w , t her e f o r e , s e c ondl y, t o th e pr a ct ica l

p a rt of the subject .

sa id t o m e not l o n g s inc e , " Dr . L e a sk, I quit e b e liev e your d oc trin es."

He sa i d he

I

s aid, " Yo u r sa l a r y i s f our tim es mi ne, a n d I can af f o rd i t. "

I said to h i m , " My d ear br o tb e r , if yo u

h o l d d o wn God's tru t h in unri gb t e o u s n ess ,

puni s hin g yo u.

n ee d not e x p e ct a n y more . G od put s in trust to cert a in m e n Hi s

th e ir eyes to s ee it , a nd th e ir bu s i-

n e s s is t hen n ot to pu t it u nd e r a bu s h e l, but o n a t ab l e th a t a ll m ay

s ee t h e l ig ht ."

" He is a c h os en

and the king s of the earth . "

Chri s tian s f o r th e truth

conv e rt to g o an d b es t o w.

" I a m gl a d t o h e ar it ," I re pli e d ;

did not.

I sa i d, " Wh y?"

"Do y ou te ach them 1- "

and the r e pl y wa s, " I c a n no t affor d it ."

I m e ntion

thi s a n e cdo t e f o r th i s reason.

' T o him

s ec r e t s, Hi s gre at p r i n ci p l es ;

Wh a t

He will fin d so m e m e an s of

that hath s hall be g iv e n , ' but he wh o conceal s

op e ns

Je s u s

C hri s t

sa y a bo ut

Paul ?

did the Lord

w itnes s to M e , to bear My nam e bef o r e the Gentil e s

And let me add on e more remark. w h o f ee l t h eir o bligat i on - t o s tand up

T he c o ns c i o usn e s s o f much r e c e i ve d , pr o mpt s the

truth is to

Th e w a y t o m a k e it g row in our own

Chri s ti a n

a r e th e o nly p e r s ons

of G od.

Th e w ay to c o n s erv e

pr o claim it up o n th e hou se top s.

I

as k, w ho ar e th e p e rson s to w h o m the

def e n c e o f G od 's truth i s gi v e n?

he

a rts an d intellect s is to love it and s peak about it to other men.

The

Th

e Lord did n ot lea v e Hi s truth to the

p a tr o na ge o f kin g s , o r e m pe ror s ,

w

a y to b e com e rich in th e wisdom from abov e i s to t e ll others

about

o r c o uncil s.

H e did

n o t as k th e sc h oo l s of phil o s oph y to s t an d up fo r

th

a t

w i s dom a nd w hat i t

accomplish for men

by

what

it has

Hi

s phil os oph y , whi c h i s th e fi n es t i n t h e u n i ver s e .

H e sat no t i n th e

acco mpli s h e d f o r you.

Chri s t, w rot e f o rthwith ;

c a n A third

point is thi s .

J ud e , se rv a nt of Je s us

comp a n y of th e le a r n e d tha t h e mi g ht ge t th e a d va nt ag e of t h e ir c ult u r e

for

he

w a s

a nxiou s

that

th ey

sh o uld

in s u s tainin g

Hi s truth ,

e nd e n a blin g

it t o m a k e it s way throu g h a

cont

e nd e arn es tly

f o r th e

faith

once

for all d e livered to the saints,

hostile w o rld.

No; the truth wa s g i ve n t o the sa int s.

Wh o a re th ey?

because h e s a w it s ex ceeding

value.

M e n

wh os e e y e s are opened

Y e

b e l i e ve r s , b ui l din g up you r se l v e s u pon yo ur m os t hol y f a it h, praying in

in t h e l ove o f G od, l ooki n g f or t he

Th e g l o ri o u s to ne th a t r in gs i ts

melody o ver t he sorr o ws a nd di sc iplin e of human life br ea th es in the f a ith

th

P e r s on s

upon wh o m thi s truth

k e e p y o u r s e l ve s

C hr i s t ;

h as a ct e d so as to sa n c t i f y th e m .

e H o l y S pir i t,

c o min g of ou r Lo rd Je s u s

see the exc e e ding

C hr ist .

m eu t t o -ni g ht but f o r th e w o nd e rful unf o ldin g s of G od 's c h a racter,

r e d ee min g lov e in thi s Book?

out to st o cks a nd s ton es to p a cify our troubled c o n s ci e nces ' smarting

va lue of the gos p e l of the g r ac e of our Lord J es us

W hat w o uld b e o ur employ -

and

W h a t co ul d m a n d o w ithout it ?

We would b e worshippin g idols, calling

d e li ve r e d t o th e sa int s .

Yo u b e li evi n g m e n a nd wo m e n a r e t he p e r s o n s

und

e r a di sease tb e n a ture o f w hich we did not under s t a nd.

Jude saw

i n t o wh ose h an d s Go d ha s pl ac e d His le ga c y o f lif e , t o p r o t ec t i t fro m

t ha t

thi s was so e xce e d i ng l y va luable

th a t he ur g ed upon Chri s ti a ns

har m .

sh o uld come f o rth

th e re a re thin gs t a u g ht e ve ry Sunday in m a ny of our chur c hes

c a nnot b e justifi e d

We a k are w e?

Wha t a pri v il e ge !

What a n h o n o u r!

W h a t

a r e we t hat

we

t o sa y th e o lo g y ha s b ee n t e rribly

b y an a pp ea l to S c riptur e?

corrupted, a nd

which Wh y ,

God in Hi s C h r i s t h as m a d e u s f o ll ower s of Hi s ow n, a nd f o rth wi th we

to

t ea chers wh o a re pr o f i tin g from professed g odlin e s s and d es troyin g the

purity

Pa s sionat e l y?

n ess of G od ."

How?

pr e s e r ve it .

L e t no admi x tur e

of truth

of e rror ge t i n .

succeed.

L e t not the wily

and the beauty

No .

H o w ?

Cont e nd earnestly.

" The

wr at h of man w o rketh not the righteous-

but in th e s pirit of t he G os p e l .

V e hem e ntly ;

f i n d t h at it i s o ur p ri v il ege a nd d uty t o c o nt e n d

ea r ne s tl y f o r t he pu re,

 

Th e

G os p e l must b e pr o cl a im e d in it s

o wn b ea utiful

spi r it

and in

simple fa ith

of th e G o s p e l .

Th at i s a ll .

W e d o

not e xp e ct to make

no

other.

e cc l es i as tical pr e ferm e nt out of this;

to e nrich o ur se lv e s.

I for on e

 

This leads me to one or two practical

r e marks

on

this subj e ct .

h

a v e found th a t I h a v e pr o c e ed e d upon an e nt i r e l y wron g cour s e i f th a t

I

should lik e to enlist you all in th e - great work in which we are

h

a d be e n my o b ject .

Wh a t

i s it ?

N e c e s s it y

is l a id up o n u s.

W o e i s

en

gage d .

I s hould like to enli s t you all as m e mbers

o f our S o ciety.

u

n to u s if we p reac h n o t t hi s Gosp e l o f J es u s C hri s t .

T hat i s a ll .

I

Uni

o n i s Str e n g th. I h a ve been enga g ed for a g r e at number of

h

a v e no c hoi ce in th e m att e r.

I h ave h a d t o d o it .

A s so on a s m y eyes

y

ea r s in publi s hin g

a ma gaz ine,

the

Ra in bo w , on th e

w

e r e op e ned t o se e that

a g r e at m a n y d a rk cloud s of tradition

hung

every m o nth,

con t ainin g

arguments in conn e ction

fir s t d ay of with this-the

ov e r the

b r i g htn e s s of th e B ook, a nd o b s cur e d

i ts gr a ndeur ,

I h a d no

kno w led ge

of the Lord

J es us Chri s t,

and other matt e rs of e ssential

choic e.

I h a d t o t ake m y sta nd for t h w i t h, b eca u se I a m acc ount a bl e

imp

o rt a n ce in conn e ctio n w ith Chri s ti a n

theolo g y,

me.

and

g reat

to the Mas t e r, not t o a n y hum a n bei n g .

I ha v e no pr ies t s b u t on e, a nd

mul

t i t ud es

h a v e

b ee n b e n e fit e d,

th e y

t e ll

I

have received

co nf ess i o n t o H im a l o n e .

" Be ye n o t ca ll e d Rabbi . " much f o r the Pope, y o u see.

no man ma s t e r ." I kn o w all t h i s i s t oo s im p l e f o r th e w o r ld, th a t

I b e li e v e in a uri c ul ar

No ma s t er b ut On e .

up o n ea rth ."

So "C a ll

" Ca ll

no m a n f a t he r

He is univer sa ll y c a ll e d" Father."

li kes it s e c cl e s ias ti ca l g r a n de ur s

th

a n d n ob l e p i l es of buildin gs .

B ut

e s im p li c it y acco rd s w i tl . H i m w ho chose f i s h e rm e n fo r Hi s a s s oci a t e s,

l et t e r s

me :

ta

us, "Y o u d eny e ver l ast in g puni s hm e nt." I d o n o t. I t ea ch the

Th e I acce pt

s c ri p tur e d o ctrin e o f e v e rl as tin g puni s hment, w hi c h is ' d es tru c ti o n .

p e nalty of sin is d ea t h.

w hich h a v e be en to m e a gre a t re wa rd.

" We were infidels;

now w e are Christians,

M e n h a v e w ritt e n to b e cause you have

M e n say to

ke n aw a y th a t fri g htful doctrine of e verla s tin g torment."

I d e n y nothing t h at i s i n thi s bo ok .

and sen t o ut th e p oo r, sa y i ng, " I w ill t e ach yo u w h a t to say w h e n you a r e

it

s t ea chin g s w i t h all my h e art, and I am prep a red to do what in m e

brou g ht befo re kings and e mper o rs for My s ake . "

Now, br e thren, I do

li

es to di f fuse those t ea chings.

If w e only had th e means,

we could

not s peak about se cts o r p a rti es.

h a v e ' h a d t o o m a n y o f th e m .

h an d s Go d h as pl ace d

ch

tri f le with thi s ,

h e r e th a t Chri s ti a n s

f ai th, a n d th e r ef or e

I kn ow noth ing

a b o ut th e m .

We

int o w h ose

C h r i s ti ans

are th e perso n s

this B ook.

T he L o rd J e s us Ch ri s t h a s l e ft Hi s Oh, d a r e w e do ubt th i s, or d a r e we

And I ob se r v e th e s y s t e m of

a r a ct e r in o ur

kee pin g , t ha t i s it .

wh e n H e h as . put it into o ur h a nds?

a re the only per s o ns w h o a ppre c i a t e

th ey a r e th e o nl y p e r s o n s who a r e capa bl e of co n-

throu g h our pu b li s hing

th

a nd th e r e i s o ne w ay in w hich we ca n a l l c o nt e nd

fai t h. Chri s t

n a rr o wl y.

as f a l s e d o c t rin es a r e c o n cerne d.

s oci e ty d is tribu t e a g r ea t deal more li g ht upon

s ubj e ct .

W e h ave t o c on t e nd e arn e stly,

thi s d oc trin e

M e n a re w a tching

is v a s t an d mos t importan t

Let m e n s ee that

ea rne s tl y , f o r the of life only in

us very

Th e y a r e ca llin g us s c e ptics a n d in f id e l s , a nd w e are so far

we who hold

a r e livin g godly and holy liv e s.

But w e are not s o f a r as Go d 's truth

t e ndin g ea rn es tl y f o r th e fai th com m itted t o th e sa i nts .

i s co nc er n e d.

We ca n app ea l t o our h ea r t s w ith h o ly con fi de n c e.

L e t

of wor ldl y m e n

d o n o t und e r sta n d

t h i s

t hin g .

Th ey

T h e v a s t mass m ay be ve r y

th

e w o rld se e t ha t we a re n o t th e wor se but th e b et t e r for beli e vin g th a t

b

e n e vol e nt ,

v e r y

goo d, ve ry m or al;

I

do n o t

s ay

th e y

our life i s hid w ith Chri s t in God; for believing th a t the theological hell

M

a ny

o f th e m

a re v e ry exce ll e nt

m e n , but it i s tho se

are n o t. w h o m

is a fri g htful

f ic tion;

in d o in g . what we c a n to r e d e em our Fathe r's

G

o d c a l ls

sa ints ,

sanct ifi e d o n es,

m e n

se t

ap ar t

f or Him

c

ha ra cte r

fro m th e s t a in s whi c h h a v e

bee n

br o u g ht

up o n it .

I

Ch ris t 's i n h e r ita n ce , C h r i s t 's r edee m ed pr o p e r ty -th ose

a s are the p e r s ons

cou

ld tel l yo u h ow I w a s a go ni ze d

a n d exer c ise d in min d

fo r years o n

w h om He e xp ects t o be a r w itn ess f or

Hi m .

Th ey a l o n e a r e qua li fied ,

thi s s u bjec t.

I t h ou g ht

it o ut thu s : - W h y did Go d m a k e m e i f th a t i s

b e c a u se t hey kno w th e va lu e o f th e t r uth t h e m se lves .

my

mo s t in v e t e r a t e k i n d .

eyes t o th e g r a nde ur an d g l o r y o f G o d 's u n i v e r se, a nd h inde r s th e m from

I

see in g t h a t God in C hri s t J es u s i s r eco n c ilin g t h e wor l d to Hi m se lf .

I c o m e t o yo u,

s in i s a moral di se a s e of th e

dear fri e nd s , and sa y th a t I know that

It blin ds th e h e art, s tupi fi e s it;

i t s h u t s me n ' s

to

Who m a de m e th a t?

oth

bl es se dn ess w hil s t m y b r o t h e r mu s t b e a n e t er n a l su ffe r er !

be lie v e it , a nd o ne day whi ls t d ee pl y th i nkin g

b e m y d e stin y?

e r man ?

The d e vil repli e d, " 0, but y ou ar e a C hris t i a n."

Wh a t

di ffe renc e i s th e r e betw ee n m e a nd a nv

Tak e m e a nd g i ve me

I c o uld not

up o n thi s su bj ec t, a g r ea t

Ar e . w e n o t a ll alik e by na t ur e ?

kn

o w t hi s, but I kn ow t h e way o f de l i ver ance

f r o m it .

I kn ow J es u s

m

a n y yea r s ago , thi s t hou g ht

fl as hed lik e li g htnin g acr oss my mind-

Chri s t as t h e A noint e d,

m y S a viour .

Wh at foll ow s ? Am I ther e fore

Is

Man I mmort a l?

I l ea p e d with j o y .

I saw it a ll in IIn in s tant.

ju

s t to s it s till a nd n o t o p e n my lip s t o th ose grea t t hin gs th e L o rd

I

f e lt th a t

th a t

w as th e [ qu es tion,

an d

I w e nt

to t h e Scriptur e s,

J es u s C h r i s t has l ai d u po n u s ?

"Ye a r e My w it n es s es, "

a n d every n e w

and n o t a wo rd : a b o ut i t c ould I fin d.

No t a p a r ticl e o f i n t e lli ge nc e

co nv e rt to t h e fait h of Chr i s t i s a n ew witn ess a d de d to t h ose who ought

up o n it.

to c o nt e nd ea r nes tl y fo r the f a ith o n ce de li v e r e d t o th e sa in t s .

p e rf e ctly w e ll, w it ho ut an y h a r s h j u d g m en t

th e re are C hri s ti a n t e ach e r s who b e li ev e th a t

quires a g r ea t d ea l o f co ur a ge t o stan d

s ay , " I h ave be e n t ea ch i n g w h a t i s w r o n g for t h e l as t fifte e n o r tw e n t y

A Christ i an mini ste r

year s . "

I know t h a t

w e are ri g h t , b ut it r e -

n d

o r wa nt . of char i ty,

up be f o r e a con g r e g a tio n

a

It r eq uir e s

mor a l h e roi s m

to d o t ha t .

T hi s i s the wa y t o cl ea r th e Fath e r 's

A l a d y sa id to me, I can now love G od

I c ould not do it bef o r e. It i s a bl a ck cl o ud r e mov e d . It

ch a r a ct e r,

" Oh, sir , how e xc ee d i ngly

with all m y h ea rt .

s e e m e d t o m e tha t Hi s gove rnm ent w as so cont r a d ic t o r y ."

I am obli g ed to you .

And s o th e y

- a ll sai d w h o have f e lt this .

B ret h ren,

Iife and d e a th a r e se t b e f o r e u s -

li fe in Chri st , dea th the pe na lty o f sin.

Y e sea rch the S c riptur es , for in

4

T HE B IBLE STANDARD.

th e m ye th i n k y e h a v e e t e r na l l i f e, ye t you wi ll not come t o Me.

th e ete r nal lif e . I give it to you.

~l a b?rat e, to extend these r emark s .

in s pired

in J e su s C h ris t , to cont e nd earn es tl y

to s e e th a t no - addition

but th~t in its e n t i rety and bea u ty

g e neratio n s

app e al to tho s e w h o bave t hus b e en bl es sed b y t hese truths

t be s e tr u ths t o o t her s , a nd t o k ee p them

L ord J es us C h r i st.

c a u s e of i t s va s t importa n oe - that

I ha ve

One word more.

Here

It is n ee dl e s s

to

of an

we h ave a p i c t u r e

ma n , pro m pted by the Ho l y Sp i rit to wr it e, a t o no e, to b e l ieve r s

fo r t h e f a i th o no e fo r a ll de li v e red,

from any q u a r ter

shou l d be m ade t o th e Book,

the

go d own thr oug h

it mi g h t rec e ive it .

to b l es s a ll who shou l d

H e r e i s an ea r nes t

to sen d

sacred for t he honour of the

And h e re i s a g r e at faot -- a nd

I wo uld r epea t i t b e -

we a re not at li be rt y t o s u s t ain and

def e nd tr u th by pro xy , bu t m u st do it our s elves.

t he. fa!th onoe ~ e li ve r ed ~o the s a ints; c learly, h a bi t u a ll y , oonsi s t en tl y ,

b e h e vmg l y, loving l y.

i n y ou , but wit h m ee kn e s s

God.

Co nt end ear n e s t l y f o r

GIve to e ve r y man a r easo n fo r the ho p e th a t i s

t ow a rd s man and fea r , o r rev e r e nc e, to w a r ds

o n the su bje ot:

S o m e o f

I f so ber , i t i s for yo ur

Kn ow in

g,

Pau l sa y s,

sp e akin g to t he Cor i nt hi a n s I f I am ma d , i t i s t o Go d .

constra i ns

yo u ca ll me m ad.

cause . th e r efo r e ,

o f th e L or d we pe r s u a d e m e n.

mee t t h at-the

o f th e L o r d in t he

in g the f ea r of Go d u po n

t he r efore,

of Christ; therefore besee oh men to be re o o n oi l e d to God . f ear of Go d promp t o ur m i n d s an d h ear t s, a nd we too s h a ll

have oppor t unity , g i ving men t o un d ersta nd

r e sponsib l e for what God h a s t o l d u s, and th a t we are

L or d he l ping u s , t o do what w e can to make k n ow n t hese grea t t r u t hs-

that

An o int e d,

wor l d, and that

com i n g , a nd s ha ll be for e ve r with t h e Lord. A nd wh e n we

l o.ok back wil l appeal ' the l itt l e

a nd y ou wi ll

find th a t G o d' s gr e at dootrin e i s , lif e in Hi s d e a r Son , and t h at He an d

I h o pe y ou will not only examine th ese t h ings for

H i s people are one.

p o nd e r tbe s e t h i n gs ;

N o w, l e t t be sp eak as w e

The l ov e o f Chr i s t

t h e t er r o r

t e rr or

tb e

m e, and s o f o rth .

ca n m e et

Ther e, you c a nnot

it .• All th e t e rror own mind - fe e l-

Knowing,

o f t h e Lor d !

Y e s, I

t ex t i s t he fea r of Go d in P aul's

m e, I c an n o t hold my tongu e.

f ea r of Go d , we b esee oh y ou .

We ar e a mb ass ado rs

th a t

w e fee l that w e are

d e t er mi ned th e

th a t Ch r is t

H i s ' l i f e

God's n at i ve

a t

H i s

God is i n C h r i s t

i s

coming

from

givi n g

to

rule H i s,

s t a t e

l ife t o be li eve r s ;

ov e r s h a ll

His

own wo rl d,

Yl e , i f

t h a ~

rece i ve ete rn a l

a nd

of sp l e n dour

g l o r y , h ow sma ll

w i l l appear

My d ear

f r i en d s

a l l t h e tria l s

s ervioe we rend e r

that try

to such

us, a nd h ow tr ifl in g

a Maste r!

examin e tbe Book for yo ur se lv es,

your s e l v es , but do w ha t yo u can to m a ke i t know n , t ha t me n ma y be d e livered from tbe fr i g h t fu l bu r den which has h u ng ove r t he n ations so

l on g , a nd tbat God ' s truth

c ation of th e Maje s ty of Heav e n is no s m a ll ho n o u r t o po o r creatur e s

such a s we are, e n g age d i n th i s honourab l e

g l o r y . Th e m ee ti n g termi n at e d w i t h si n gi n g a nd p raye r.

Public M eeting, Wednesday, Sept. 7th.

s ha l l shine out clear as th e s u n .

T he vi ndi-

t a s k, a nd H e sha l l have the

C h airman: R O B ERT J. HAM MON D, ESQ., Trea s urer.

was a

l a r ge a tt e n d ance. M r . R obe rt J . Ha mmond , of London, Treasurer of t be A ssoc i atio n , pr es id e d.

A M ee t ing

was h e ld o n W e dn es d ay

e ven i n g, at which ther e

to oo c up y th e po s t he did

t hat evening.

meetin g before th em . After some few r e m a rk s as to l e n g th o f tim e to b e d e vo t ed t o eao h a d d r ess , h e introd u oed t h e f irs t speake r . -

T he CHAiRMANsai d : He was v e ry pl e ase d

Th ey had, h e tr u s t e d,

a v e r y import a nt

a nd pr ofi tabl e

COND ITI ONAL

I MMOR TA L ITY.

By Mr. WILLI A M LAING .

Mr. WILLIAMLUNG [E d inbu r gh.) re a d a paper o n "Con diti ona l I m - mort a lity. " He sa i d:

M r . Chairm a n and F ri ends , -The

"The

I m m o rtality

mo t to I bave c h ose n fo r t he presen t

t h e gi f t of God i s ete r na l

add r ess i s - th i s:

l if e thr o u g h J es us Christ our Lord . " R o m: vi . 23.

the grand ca u s e of o u r

c o min g t og ether. N ot i mmortality of nam e o r fame, b ut a p e rsonal im-

mort a lit y ;

whi oh we b e l i eve the All-Me r cifu l

u s a l l , and l ovi n g ly desire s we s hou l d enjoy.

w ith t h e

wage s of sin i s d e ath;

i s the theme of thi s Conf e r e no e :

an immo r tality

which we hope, co n s c i o u s l y, t o enjoy, an d

Jehov a h h as p ut wit hin t h e reac h o f

of o ur co nt e nti on

Th i s sub l ime s u bj e ct is a l s o the gr o u nd

g r e a t bulk of profe ss in g

t h e m u ltitud i no u s

and te a ch, a s a neoes sa ry truth , that e very m an i s a n i m m orta l

Chri s t i a ns,

inc l ud in g t h e c hur ch o f Rome a n d

A l l t hese , or a l mo s t a ll, ho l d

being :

s e c t s of P r o t e s tant s .

co n s titu t ion ,

d i e?

condi t io n s specifie d i n Scripture ?

a n immo rtal crea tu re possessed

o f a l ife that

can never by man on oertain

O r , i s imm o r ta l

l ife a boon to be e n joyed

Before pr oceeding

to the o i tat i on of Scrip tur e,

le t me c a ll your atten -

tion to i t s SILENCE as to the im m orta l i t y of t h e h um an soul . If m a n

were rea ll y d esti n ed

e xp e o t to fi nd t ha t f aot often asser t ed and r efe rr ed t o in the Bib l e. How

t hen are we t o acoo u nt

in the Bible, is i mmortality,

m

" i mmorta l so ul , " "never - dying s o ul ," " d ea t h l ess

eq

r emarkab l e, oons i d e ri ng the importa n ce of t he s u b j ect?

b e li e ve t h e d oc tri ne are eve r b r ing i ng it to th e f ront ;

H

r e gardi n g m a n is abso lu te l y si l en t abo u t the esse n t i a ll y dea th less na tur e

ques ti on, l e t

m

T h ose who

by h i s Cr e ator to l ive for e ve r , we natura l ly

for i t s u t ter s i l ence on this matter ?

eterna l l ife, or d ea thl es s n e ss,

should

Nowhere, affi r m e d of

an, as ma n .

While OU1' re li giou s l iterature

tee m s w ith such t e r ms as spirit, " t hese , or t heir

u iva l ents, a r e n owhe r e found i n a n y p a rt o f t h e B i b l e . Is no t t ha t

ow i s it, th e n , tha t t h e on l y wr itt e n r eve l atio n

and n o wonde r.-

of th e p u rposes of God

o f the s on s of me n ?

L ea v ing o u r frie nd s t o answe r that

e

n o w ca ll yo ur a tt e nti o n

t o t h e vo i ce of S o rip t ur e

in r esponse t o t h e

e n q uir y -"

WHO SHA L LLI VE FOIt EV ER?"

I

mi g ht cite Mose s , t h e P r o p he t s ,

an d th e Psa lm s ;

a nd f r o m Ge n es i s

t o M a l ac hi,

e t e rn a l

th

th

He ga v e His on l y b eg ott e n So n th a t n ot p e rish but h ave e v er l as tin g l ife."

s how th a t

t he

unif o rm t eac hin g

lif e,

b ut I p ass o n a t on o e to

t o li g ht by

throu g h o ut

i s th a t

life, i s a privile g e to be ga in e d or l os t;

e

t e aohing

e g ospel . "

of Him, w ho " br o u g ht lif e a nd incorrup t ibility

Tur n th e n

t o J o h n iii . 1 6 . " G od so l ove d the wo rl d th a t

w b o soe v e r b e li eve th in Him mi g ht Th e te r m l ife in th is and k i ndre d

passag e s i s c omm o nly interpre t ed

ce

doo u me nt s fo r i nf orma ti on

bo

c ommo nl y att ac h ed t o them .

l ang u age doe s t h e ter m

l awfu l to s p eak of a miserable l ife as

l ife wb i c h be l ievers

yet it i s l ife not happiness

H

t o express t he id ea of happiness

t e rm . There i s noth i n g in t h e context forb id d in g us to u n d er s tan d

th

y e a, r athe r we sho ul d s ay, the oo nt ext

to m ean

no t li fe in it s co m mo n ac-

pt

a t io n of existe nce - b u t

und

t o und e r s t a n d

happine ss .

But as we a r e r e f err i n g to th ese

as t o what t h ey t eac h , we a r e, i n a ll fa ir n e ss

i n th e o r dinary

a n d natura l

sense

in no

for it is as t he eterna l

t h e i r t erms

Now i t i s a f ac t we ll known that

l ife e x press the id ea of happine ss;

of a happy on e .

T b at

are to enjoy is a happ y

and" ever l a s ting

one we m ay w e ll be li eve,

w hi ch i s spoken of in t he pas s age before us .

app in ess a n d l ife a r e n ot synonymous terms;

e ter m s "

p e rish"

a n d had tbe L or d mea nt

s imply, H e wo u ld have u se d the pr ope r

l ife " i n th e i r o rdi nary aooe p tatio n ;

t be s e t e r ms b e (see vers o 1 4, even so must

de m a nd s

t h a t

u n d er s too d t o h ave th e i r oommon and pri m a r y m ea nin g

1 5 ) . "As Mo s es l if t e d u p th e serp e nt i n t h e w ild e rn ess ,

the So n o f ma n be li fted u p , t h a t w h osoeve r

not perisb, b ut h ave eter n a l l ife."

c l e a rl y es t a b l i s h es

A

b el i eveth in H i m shou l d

T he a n a l ogy or co m par i s on e m p l oyed

t ha t t h e se n s e we a r e c ont e ndi ng

(ve l ' . 6 ).

"A nd

" Th e

Moses m a d e a se rp e nt

for is t h e tr ue o n e .

L or d sen t fie r y and mu ch peo p le

a nd

of brass ,

re

rp

f e r e nc e to Num . xx i . 4 - 9 w ill s h o w th is .

e nt s a mon g th e p eop l e , a nd th ey b it th e p eo pl e;

se

of I s r ae l

died"

pu

t it upon a p o l e ;

a nd it ca m e t o p ass , i f a se rpent h a d bi tt e n any ma n ,

w

h e n h e b e held th e se r pe nt o f br ass , h e lived " (v e r . 9 ).

Th e I s r ae l i t es

w

e r e p e ri s hin g

b e c a u se of th e ir si n ; t o sa v e them

from d y in g , a ser p e n t

of brass, by t he c o mm a nd o f Jehov a h, i s e l eva ted on a

a ppointment made that

bra ze n se r pent, s hould l i v e . "

in the wilderness,

p o l e, an d the l o ok e d a t th e

wh osoever o f th e d y ing I s ra e lit e s

And" a s M o s e s li f t e d up th e s erp e nt

ev e n s o must tb e Son o f man b e li f t e d up, th a t who-

so

e ver b e li e veth in him sh o uld no t pe r is h,

but ha ve eterna l

l i f e. "

Th e

co

mp a rison

is so s impl e a nd exp r ess iv e that h e wh o r un s m a y r ea d i t.

 

W

h a t

our Lord m ea nt by th e w or d peris h, i s v e r y c l ear l y seen from

Hi

s

u se of it, as r eco rd e d i n Luk e x ii i . 1- 5.

On on e ocoas i o n some

t o l d Hi m sacr i fices .

t hese men w e re s i n n ers a bove a ll th e

s u c h t h i ngs?

w i s e ' p erish .

f e ll an d s l e w t h em, th i nk ye th at t h ey w e re s i n n ers a b ove a ll

m e n tha t dw e lt in Jerusa l em? I tel l you, Nay: b ut excep t ye re-

p e nt,

the tower of Si l oam fel l were " s l a in , " - kil l ed . T he p e r sons

whose b lo o d P i l ate min g l e d w i th t h e i r

t o d e at h . sacrifices.

and s l ew

me n wh i l e th ey we r e saor i fic i ng in the T e m p l e at Jer u sa l em ,

th e m w it h t h e sw o rd , so t l ;1at t h e b l ood of the off e rers b eca m e mixed

wi t h t h e b l ood o f th e i r

e l se th a n t he l oss o f li fe, c o ul d o ur L or d m ea n by p e ris h , wb en H e

sa i d :

l ogia n s m a in ta in th a t t hese s i n n e r s we r e d e at h less . Th a t th e pri v il ege of li v in g f or ever c an o n ly b e enjoye d by si n ne r s o f

o f

. t he Ga l i l ea ns , whose bl oo d Pilat e

w ith th e i r ye , th a t

Ga l i l ea n s, beca u se th e y s u ffe r e d

ye s h a ll a ll li ke- t ow e r of S i loa m

m i n g l ed

And Jes u s a n swe r ing

s a id un to th em, "S up pose

I t e ll yo u , Nay; bu t exce pt ye r epe nt

O r t h ose

eigh t ee n

u pon

a ll l ikew i se

pe r is h. "

I t was t h e i r

ow n b l ood tha t

w h o m

Th ose

t h e

ye s h a ll

pe r so n s

mi n g l ed

u pon w h o m

were a l so p ut

with t h e i r

sac ri fices,

P i late

Ve r y l ike l y, Pi l ate o r his officers, s ud denly l aid h o l d o f th e s e

o ffer i ngs .

The m e n were put to d eat h .

W h a t

ye r e p e n t,

ye sha ll a ll li kew i s e p e ri s h ?"

Ye t theo-

" E xce pt

t hat

wh a tever be h i s char a ct e r,

t he hum a n r ace , t h r o u g h J es u s Ch r is t o u r Lo rd , i s ve r y c l ear l y se t for th

e v e r; th a t-lo s t

o r sa ve d

or conduct, in th i s l i f e, h e s b a ll li ve fo r h e can n e v e r ceas e to have a consciou s ,

b y H i m in th at di s co u r s e wh e r e He s p eaks o f Hi mse l f a s " T he

B rea d

per so na l ex i s tence .

Our c o nt en tion

i s tba t

while God h as provided

of Li f e . " Jo hn v i . 5 1, "I a m t h e li ving br ea d

w h ic h came d own fr o m

im mortality

for eve r y ma n , i t can only b e possessed i n a ce r ta i n way .

T h e oo u rt of a pp ea l i s t he Bibl e.

The r e a n d the r e onl y c a n a sa ti s -

f acto r y

cou rt we n ow r epa ir

deo i s i o n be had.

T b i s i s a dmitt e d

on b ot h

s i des .

fo r i ts delivera n ce

o n t he q ue s tio n :

To t hat I s m a n , b y

h eave n; b r ead

w o rld."

d es ir e d

a nd th e

t hat I will g iv e i s My f l es h, w h ich I w ill g iv e fo r th e lif e of th e

h a d

if a n y m a n ea t o f t h i s br ead

Th e part ies from Him

som e miracu l ou s

h e s h a ll li ve f o r eve r;

di s pl a y

t o wh om ou r L o rd t h u s a dd ressed

of d iv in e

H imself

vo we l' a s an

THE BIBLE STANDARD.

5

evidence that

by referrin g to the circum s tance

lou s ly f e d in th e wi ld e rn ess eat m a nn a in th e d es ert;

heaven to e a t ; " Jesus repli e d by a ssertin g

blessing o f f a r superior value, and that

Fath e r giv e th you the tru e bread which came down from heav e n; for ever."

H e was sent b y God;

and th e y supported

th a t

their d e mand

th e ir fa th ers h a d b e e n mir ac u-

"O ur

b y the h a nd of Mos e s.

f a th e r s

did

as i t is writt e n , H e ga v e th e m

H e Hims e lf was th a t

from heaven;

br ea d fr o m

gift, "

th a t God had g iv e n t h em a

My

I am t h e livin g br e ad

if a man eat of this bread h e shall live

Jesus, in representing Himself as "bread," plainly intimates that one

grand end of Hi s mi s sion wa s to giv e lif e.

su s t a in life ; and th e only proper

bread con s i s t s in His b e in g th e s ource of life to a ll who b e li e ve on Him.

for h ow m a n y

The prop e rt y of br ea d is n o t t o c o mmunic a t e h ap pin ess ;

at this h o ur h a v e a bund a nce of br e ad a nd continue unhappy!

Je s u s r ep r ese nt s Him se lf a s b r ea d

i s s till furth e r

C hrist a nd

i s to

Th e onl y u s e of bread

mark of analo gy he tween

Th a t it i s as th e G iver of l if e th at

i e ."

e ad .

e vident fr o m Hi s l a n g uag e in v e r se 50, " Your fath e r s did

Thi s i s the br ea d of Go d,

a nd no t

the

Lord m e ant, Y o ur fathers did e at manna in the wildern es s and are

d

d

which cometh down from h ea v e n , th a t a m a n m ay e a t th e r e of

ea t mann a in the wild e rn ess, a nd a r e d e ad .

Wh e r e is the ~ rce of the antithesis,

on the suppositi o n

th a t

This i s the bread which cometh down from heaven, that

a man

may eat ther e of and not b e unhappv , or not live in mis e ry for ever I

The tru e antithesis is this.

The manna which fell in the de s ert only ,

th e ir fathers from dying;

but the br e ad whi c h God had now sent do w n to them gave everlasting being ; God h a d s ent it that a m a n might e a t o f it and" not d ie."

s ustained life for a while; it did not prevent

" But ,"

it m ay be ur g ed, "b e li e ver s

do di e."

o f life;"

Tru e , ind ee d , but th ey

a nd , as th e" d e a d k no w not

s h a ll liv e aga in , at" tbere s u r r e ction

anythin g, "

he unbro ke n. The sen s e in whi c h th e L o rd

seq u e n ces o f f i de lit y or inf i d e lit y t o Himself , i s c l ear l y de fined in H i s l a n-

wi ll sa ve h i s l ife for

M y sa k e s h a ll lose it , a nd w ho soe v e r w ill lo se h is l if e for My sa k e s h a ll

f i nd it ; for what i s a man pro fited if he g a in t h e w h o le w orld and lo se

his own s oul, o r what shall

what s ort of lif e it is which the unf a ithful

disciple seek s to save.

No one h e sitates about the kind

for Cbrist's s a k e . His sake ' shallfind

It i s of im p o r tan ce 26 is the id e ntical

s hould hav e b ee n render e d

t he R ev i sed N e w Te s t amen t.

th e wh o l e w o rld, a nd fo r f ei t hi s lif e? or wh a t

c h a ng e

A lford, "which ca rri es h i s p r act i c a l w ill , wi t h a ll t h ose m o ti o n s o f int e ll ec t

a nd f ee l i n g w hi c h

b o und u p wi t h th e bod y, w hich i s reft fr o m it a t de a th ; which if a m a n sp end upon God a nd up o n go od, he s h a ll

e ternal . "

martyr loses

It is the sam e kind of l i fe which he shall los e.

We are a t no loss to under s tand

g u a g e r e c o r de d in Mat t. x v i. 25, 2 6 -"

th e continuit y of l i f e ' s hall ,

in th e e xpe ri e nc e o f th e s a v e d,

l ife a n d d e at h as c on-

fo r hi s s oul ?"

u se d the t e rm s

Who soeve r

a m a n give in ex ch a ng e

of life which the faithful

Well the Lord affirms that h e who loses his LI FE for IT: sur e ly that life which h e lo s t .

to notic e that the word rend e red s o ' i d twice in ver se

Gre e k te rm twice tran s lat e d

l ife in vers e 2 5 ; and

l ife in th e se f o ur occur e nc e s, and so it i s in

"It

"W hat

sh a ll a man be pr o fit e d if h e ga in

sha ll a man g i ve in ex -

is t his lif e o f m an,"

sa id t he l a t e Dea n

f o r hi s lif e. "

s e t it a t w o rk ; it i s t h e lif e w hi c h i s ' m y s t e ri o u s l y

it i s thi s lif e , sav e to lif e

( G o o d Wor d s, Janu a ry, 1868,)

a tion " - a n d m a ke u s pa rt ake r s o f H i s ow n eterna l li fe, the blessed G od

se nt H is o nl y b egot t e n Son i n t o t h e wor l d to l ive a mort a l 's l ife and d i e

a mor t al's deat h .

h

a nd immort a l

n o e nd, no s innin g , a nd no sor row!

It i s now time that w e s hould r ef er t o th e t es t i mon y of t h e A pos tl es of

H e, w i th the be ni g nity

of God, gav e up fr ee l y not

a p p i ne s s

a l o ne , b ut lif e itse lf , that we th r ough fai th i n Him, t h e r ise n

C hri s t , m i ght, at H i s appearing,

e nt er i n to li fe tha t kn o ws

Chri s t

And f i r s t l e t me p oint yo u t o the

langu a ge of the Apostl e P e ter , wher e h e ch arges hi s co u n t rymen with

dem a nd th a t

Th e lim i t s of o ur t ime

o n th e important

qu es tion b e for e u s .

the r e vi e w b e brief .

k illin g

" Th e

Prin ce of Li f e, w hom G od r aise d f rom th e d ead. "

Acts iii .

1 5. In the margin b ot h o f th e Autho ri z ed a nd th e" Revis e d" t ra n s -

l a ti o n, ' t he w o rd " Aut h or"

R o bin so n' s Greek

T he autho r, SO U 1 'c e, c au s e, o f a n yth in g . '

i s g iv e n i nstea d

L exicon , t he fir s t m ea ni ng

o f " Pri nce . "

ass i gned t o t h e wo r d i s ,

An d in

A c cor din g to the co mm o n

n sage a nd i mpo rt o f th e t erm, Pe t e r

was th e au t hor,

l as tin g lif e w hi c h He s h a ll c o nf e r on Hi s fa i t hful th e s eco nd ti me, unt o sa lv a tion .

here

c l ai m s f o r his Lo r d tha t He

eve r - o n es, when He a ppe a rs

i.e. , th e i nte lli ge nt,

a c ti ve s ou r c e of lif e - t h a t

W

e ll

mi g ht P e t e r do so , f or he ha d h ea rd it f r o m th e L o r d's o wn lip s , as th e living Fa th e r h a d lif e in . Him se lf, so h a d He g i ven to t h e

John v. 2 6 .

T o c h a n ge th e w or d s"

l ivin g

"Th a t

Son to hav e life in Him se lf. "

Fath e r"

und e riv e d, in-

dep e nd e nt

Bot m e r e l y as a personal

life,

i s pl a i n fr o m the c o nt ex t, s e e ver s , 20, 2 1 . S o n, a n d h a th s b o w e d H im all th i n gs that

s h o w H im g rea ter thin g s t ha n the se th at ye m ay m a r ve l; fo r as the

Fat h e r ra i s e t h t h e d ead , and m aket h th e m a li ve, even so the

a liv e w ho m He will . "

The ho ur i s c omi n g, a n d n ow i s , whe n

And th a t th e life h e re r e f e rred to is e t ern al, or po st -r es ur rec ti ona l

" F o r th e F athe r l ove th the

a nd H e w ill

of the l a nguage .

being, so h a s H e giwn to th e Son t o have li fe in Hims e lf; "

into"

happy F a th e r,"

&c" i s to d est roy the f o rc e an d b ea uty

"As the Father has lif e i n Hims e lf,

po ssess ion, but al s o as a s ourc e of lif e t o oth e rs.

A gai n, "

Him s e lf d oe t h ;

S on m ake th

t he d e a d s h a ll he a r the vo i ce of th e So n o f G od: a nd t h e y th at

s hall liv e .

g i ven t o th e Son to h av e lif e in H im s e l f. " Fo r t h i s r e a son Pe ter

ch ar g es t he m e n of I s ra e l w i t h h av i ng k ill ed t h e Pr in ce , o r author of l ife .

Wh e n the J ew s a t Antioch, who were fi l led w ith e n vy aga in s t

he a r He

F or as th e Fat h e r

h at h

l if e in Himse lf,

e v en so h a t h

A

ga in .

P a ul a nd B a rnabas, b eca u s e o f the multi t ud e s

Word of G od, "Spake

contradicting and blaspheming;

said: It was necessar y that the word o f G od s hould fi r s t hav e been

s p o k e n unto y ou; but see in g th a t ye put it f r o m you, and jud ge y our-

s elv es u nw ort b y of ev e rl as tin g h at h th e L o rd c omm ande d

the G e n t ile s, that thou

e ar t h. "

we r e g l a d a n d g lori f i e d the Word o f t he L ord : and as m a ny as we r e

for so

u s , sayin g, I h ave set th ee t o b e a li gh t to

t h at t hr o n ged

to h ea r th e

g a i ns t th e thin gs which wer e s p o k e n of by P aul,

then P a ul and B arn a b as w axe d bold a nd

hf e , 10, we tu r n to th e Ge ntil es ;

s h o uld es t be f o r sa l v a tio n

u nto t he e n d s o f t he

"wh e n t h e Ge n t i le s h ea rd t h i s , they

An d, a dd s th e h i s t o ri a n ,

o rd ai n e d ( o r di s po sed) to e t e rna l l ife b e li eved." Acts . x ii i . 4 4 - 4 8 .

t o th e truth tha t th e pos s es s ion of e t e r na l life

b y m e n i s d e pend en t on t h e ir union w ith Chris t i s mo r e m a n i f e st f r o m

th e e pi s tl es t o the c hur c h es .

w e fi nd th e

t o the s a i n t s a t R o me

c on-

[ Go d w ill

tinu a nc e in we ll doin g , s e e k f o r g lor y, h o nour an d im morta lit y

T h e a p os t o lic t e s ti mony

Thu s in th e l et te r

T o t hose

f o llo w in g s t a t e m e nts :-"

who b y p a ti e nt

That the Lord Je s us

Chri s t

came to giv e l i f e in i ts primary

sen se , i s

render ]

et e rn a l life," Rom, ii . 7 .

Her e it i s broadly sta t e d t h at i rnm01 ' -

also very cle a rly taught

in the beautiful

languag e

of John x. 10-18.

tality,

as w e ll as glor y and honour is a bl ess in g

to b e soug ht for,

a nd

"

The thief cometh not but for to st e al, and to kill, and to destroy.

I am

that God will bestow e t e rnal lif e on tho s e who s e ek for th ese

bl ess in g s

come that

th e y mi g ht

have l ife, a nd th a t th e y mi g ht ha v e it more

by a p a tient continuanc e in w e ll doin g .

abundantly.

I a m the good Sh ep herd:

th e g o o d Sh e pherd

g iv e th H is

 

"Wh e r e s in abound e d,

g ra c e d i d muc h m o r e abound ;

. man t a k e th it f ro m me, but I l ay it down of m yse lf .

life for the s h e ep ."

.

.

"I l a y down M y l i f e for the sheep."

"No

I h a ve pow e r t o la y

t h a t a s s i n h a th ri g h t e o u s n ess

rei

un to e t ern al l ife, thr o u gh Je s n s Chri s t , o ur Lo r d," Rom , v. 20 , 2 1 .

g n e d u n t o de a th , ev e n so mi g ht

g r ace r e i g n th r ou g h

it

spiritu a l

ow n l ife H e lai d down and t oo k up aga i n;

s hepherd wh o , to sav e th e li fe o f Hi s she e p , l ays do w n Hi s ow n li fe.

unlike th e hir e lin g wh o, t o save h i s life fl ees in th e tim e of d a n g e r , an d

a llow s th e

d o es not

ex pre s s th e id e a that l ife , in it s o rdin a ry se n se, i s th e b oon which J es u s

l ay d ow n Hi s Na y, it w a s Hi s

down, and I h a v e po w er to t ake it aga in . "

Did J es u s

li fe , or did H e l ay d ow n mer e h appiness?

w o lv e s to devonr th e flo c k .

an d h e li ke n s Him s elf t o a

If such

l a n g u a ge

n ow

as h a m e d ? fo r th e e nd of t he s e th i n gs i s d e at h : Bu t now be i n g m a de fr ee fro m s in , a nd b e c o m e se r va n ts of Go d , ye h ave your fr uit un t o

in t h ose

"Wh a t

f r u i t

h a d

y e th e n

th in g s

whe r eof

y e

a r e

ho li ne ss , a nd the e nd eve rl a s tin g

o m . vi . 21-2 3.

For the wages o f sin i s deat h,

o ur L o rd . "

"If ye li ve a ft e r th e fles h y e s h a ll di e , but if ye th r o u g h

lif e .

bu t t h e g ift of God i s ete r na l

R

the S p irit d o morti fy th e d ee d s o f tb e body, ye s ha ll LI VE," R0 1 n . viii . 1 3 .

l if e through

J es u s Chri s t,

laid down Hi s o wn lif e t o c o nf e r upon Hi s own

flock, then it i s im -

H

e r e it m ay b e we ll t o n o ti ce

the m o d e b y wh i c h t h ose who be li e ve

po

s sible t o find languag e to e x pre ss th a t ide a.

a ll m e n s h a ll li v e f o r e v e r, e x p lain

s u ch p assages as th os e ju s t

The beauty and f o rce of th e comparison

wonld

appear all the more

th a t cited.

Th e y a s sert th a t th e term s d e at h and lif e , die and l ive, i n th es e

lively to a pa s tor a l peopl e in the East, where th e a ttachment

s hepherd a nd his flock seems much stronger than in our Western clime.

" Thy s e rv a nt , " said th e son o f J e s se to King Saul , , . Thy serv a nt

his fath e r' s

out of th e f l o ck , a nd I went a fter him and smot e him and s lew him . "

" The L o rd t h a t de liv e r e d m e o ut of t he

paw of th e b ea r, H e will d e liv e r m e out of th e h a nd of thi s Phili s tin e, "

1 Sam. xv ii, 34 - 3 7.

g reat indeed; but how un speaka bl y

lov e for thi s l a mb o f hi s littl e flo c k was

g re a t e r i s the l o ve o f Chri s t f o r u s

p a w o f th e lion a nd ont of t he

c a m e a lion and a be a r a nd too k a l a mb

k e pt

b e twi x t a

s h ee p , and th e r e

D av id 's

sinner s , s inc e He n o t onl y ri s ked

Himself into th e li o n 's m o nth th a t Hi s s h e e p mi g ht escape.

out Hi s s oul unto de a th, "

perish, but b a v e e ve rl ast in g lif e . "

H i s li fe but "

l a id it d ow n ."

H e t hr e w H e " po ur e d

" th a t w ho so ever b e li eve th in Him mi g ht no t

H e r e in, ind ee d, i s lov e ! C o nt emp l a te flow from your

it calmly and g r a tefully till t ea r s of j o y a nd a d orat i o n

eyes.

To save us from the destiny

of the brnte-"

abhorred annihil-

instanc es , are used in a m e t a phoric a l sen s e; a nd i n s up por t of this

explan a tion

with a m e ta p hor i cal s i g n i ficat i o n; s u ch a s , " T h ou h as t a n a m e tbat thou l i v es t a nd art dead," Rev . i ii . 1 ; "Dead t o sin , "" A li ve unto

ri g ht eousne s s,"

ar e u se d

certain pa ssages

"D ead

are cit e d in whic h th ese t e rm s

in tr e s passe s

t o the law," "D e ad

an d s in s," &c.

But h ow does it fo ll ow that b e ca u s e the term s in q u e s t i on h ave a n

un do u bte d m e ta p hor ica l

a l s o a met a p h o ric a l

sage d e m and s it in the o n e case , n ot i n t h e ot h e r ; po i n t e d o ut.

Th e s e n se o f th e p as - a s h as a lr ea d y b ee n

import in the l a tte r c l ass of passa g e , they h a ve

import i n those ju s t c i ted?

in

&c., a r e used i n a me t ap h or i ca l

f ~om t he pr i ma . r y a nd pr oper m e a nin g o f t hese te rm s .

lif e

in

But

ev e n

tho se in s t ance s

wh e r e

l i fe a n d

de a th,

d e ri ves a ll i t s f o r ce Na y , m o r e, r ea l

di e ,

d e ad,

s en se, th e m et a ph o r

and d eat h, III th e se n se o f non-e x i ste n ce,

rel a tion to the matt e r specified.

Thu s: "

i s affi r me d o f th e pe r s on

dead to th e l a w " mean~

6

THE BIBLE STANDARD.

non-existence in relation to the law. Having a name to live, while dead,

implies

matter in which he prof e ssed to b e al i v e .

meaning of the lan g uage:

There is no dubiet y a s to th e

to the

that the person d e scribed was re a lly dead in relation

"If ye live aft e r th e f le s h y e s hall

di e ; but i f

ye, throu g h the Spirit, do m o rtify th e deed s o f th e bo dy , ye sha ll li ve. "

Rom. viii. 13.

die, according to their conduct. The

is everlasting destruction, that of the other e verlastin g life.

Her e it is evident that i t is the p e rso ns w ho ar e to liv e or

ultim a t e d es tin y o f the on e cl ass

I shall call in only one more witness, the Apostle

John. th e se a r e hi s

the love o f God toward u s , becau se

live

g i ve n to So n h a th v. 10 , 11 . lif e ," he i s life within

life is

the Son hath

words: •• In this w a s manif es ted

that . He sent His only begott e n Son into th e w orld th a t we m i g h t

through Him." 1 J o hn iv . 9.

ns eternal life ; and this life is in Hi s Son.

• • Thi s i s the r ec ord, G o d h a th

H e th a t h a th t he

life; he that h a th When the Apostle

not to be understood as affirming th a t the believer h a s this

himself at present;

in God's Son; in like manner as P a ul affirms th a t it is" H id with

Christ in God." Th e beli e ver has

d eed of inheritanc e , to be po ss e s sed at a cert a in day.

not th e Son of G od hatb n o t lif e . " 1 John

says that, • • He that hath

for he has just before said that this eternal

it safely d e po s ited in Chri s t, like a

Throu g hout the whole of the teachings of th e L o rd and Hi s a postles

w e find t he t e rm s+ life , " •• e ternal life , " • • ev erl as tin g

equivalents of S alvation;

life, " u se d a s th e

whi l e •• death," • • d es tru c tion, " " e ve rl as tin g

destruction," "p e rdition,"

' fate of tho s e who remain unsaved. And in the sight of such testimoni e s

it seems passing stran g e th a t an y on e havin g faith in these H o l y S crip-

tures should fail to perc e iv e that m a n i s not a n imm o rt a l bein g by b irth ; but contrariwis e , by inherit a nc e fro m Ad a m, m or tal; a nd , in c on s e qu en c e

a nd

th a t it i s only through union w ith Chri s t th a t a n y child o f Ad a m can

live for ever.

illustr a ted by other speak e rs; but before

closing my remark s , allow me a word or two regardin g th e phrase" Con- ditional Immortalit y ." Some have obj e ct e d to it s u se b e c a u se they

think it militates aga in s t the truth th a t w e a r e s a v e d by g r a c e. Th e

objection is found e d on a mi s t a k e .

in the motto of thi s addre s s:

God is et e rnal lif e , " more emphasi ze d in the Revi s ed New T es t a m e nt,

a nd similar term s , are u se d to d es cribe th e

o f per s onal tran sg r ess ion,

This truth

c on d e mn e d

to d ie" t h e s e c o n d d e a th " ;

is to be further

We r e joi ce in th e truth

ex pr esse d the gi f t of

" Th e wa g es of s in is d ea th;

•• The free g ift of God i s eternal life. " Th e c o ndition s a l luded to ar e not connected with the giving ; but with the possession o f the g ift . The

manna on which Israel ' fed in the desert wa s sent fr ee ly , copiou s ly, a nd

ready for use, yet unless the y had eaten

starvation.

of it , th e y w o uld h a v e di e d o f

In like manner, o ur graci o us God , out of th e fuln ess of Hi s

t he wh o l e fie l d of the

I t

i s s up po sed, b u t i t i s no t true , that th e real doctrine of Scriptur e , i n

r e ga r d t o this lat t e r p o i nt , i s oppos e d e ither to reason o r m o r a lity.

Dif f icu l t ies

fou n d be tw ee n t h e autho ri tat i ve t e achin g of Rev e l a t i on and th e deliver - a n ces o f mora l s e n se .

H . One of t h e qu es ti o n s w i t h which thi s A ss o c i a t i on co nc e rn s i t se l f,

vi z . "Condit ion al

m e n t," i s on e o f m o m en t o u s impo r t ance , bu t th e acqu i si ti on of righ t

views r egardin g it i s of mo r e i mpo r tanc e to s o me per s on s tha n to oth e rs. Wh a t I mean i s , that t h e r e ar e s om e to w hose m i nds t h e propos i tion tha t th e ma j or i ty of t he huma n race . are d es tin e d t o writh e in to rm e nt s an d bl as p h e me the 'Nam e of Hi m who mad e th em' t hrou g h e ndl e ss ages ,

pr es e n t s n o p e c uli ar di ffic u l t y .

Th ey a r e sa ti sf i ed wit h w h at th ey ha v e

b ee n t a u g ht, a nd fe e l b o un d by no r es p o n s ibilit y

ten e t s . To s u c h, and to th e ir mi n ist e r s, I hav e not a w o rd to say . -Let th e m a l o ne.

T h e r e is ano th e r. a l arge c l a s s, who h ave g i ven but litt le h eed t o t h e

a r e

" l ake of fi r e," b ut the

Th ey, li ke t h e

i s in -

B ut thi s ba se l ess p eace i s li a ble

a

qu est i o n at a ll . Th e y p rof es s a be li e f i n "e t e rna l pu ni s h me nt ; "

fami li a r wi th the expr ess ion s " h e l l ," " et e r n it y,"

a re to be

D iv inely r ig ht e ous administration,

e mbr a cin g

ex i s t e nce of m a n, h is co n s ci e n ce , w ill , af f ec t io n s an d fut ur e destiny.

a r e a d mitted,

bu t , e ven here, n o c ontradictions

Immo rt a lit y"

a nd t he doctri ne

o f" e t e r nal

p u nis h-

to t e st th e ir t ea ch e rs'

id e as t h at s u ch e xpressions conv e y are e nti re l y w a n tin g.

f o rm e r cla ss are untr ou bl e d , but th e s our c e o f th e ir tra n q uilli ty

di ff e r e nt th o u g h t le ss n e ss, a g n os t ic i s m.

to a s udd e n rud e di s turb a n ce. m o m e n ts p r epa r a ti on t o di e .

onl y a r e in ve s t e d wit h t r em e ndous m ea n i ng !

g on e ? Thi s mu s t b e answ e r e d, an d it ca n on l y be a n s we r e d b y t h e

con s id e r a tio n of the

m ou rn er b e i ug a r r es t e d

i s th e l os t o ne

Now t h en, wo rd s t h at b e f or e were wor ds

On e d ea rl y lov e d is ca ll e d with o ut

wh i the r

t o a s inc e r e ly ca r e fu l

q u es t io n, and b e com i n g affi l iated w i t h thos e who h ave b e come c o nvince d

th a t t h e aw ful doct rin e o f th e e t e rnit y of th e pr ocess of puni s hi ng i s in dir ec t contr a di c tion b o th to th e W ord a nd th e Attribut es of th e G od of

Scr i ptur e .

t o t he d oc t r i ne, they are

ei th e r r e j ec tin g r eve l a ti on

o f

doubtin g t h e g o o d n e s s a n d me r cy of Go d ! " I ' i s t o thi s c l ass t ha t I

N eve rth e l ess, havin g b e en t a u g ht th a t the B ibl e i s c o mmit te d

dri ven b y a d verse w i n d s , a nd are i n d a n ge r of

al tog e th e r ,

o r th e t e r r ibl e

a lt e rnati ve

w oul d s p ea k in so b e r ea rn est n ass ; for I am p e r suade d

t h i s fal s e d o ctri ne d r i v in g th ousa nd s bot h op e nl y, but o f t e n e r in se cr e t, into i n fid e lit y , but th a t it i s t he gr ea t o b s tru c ti ve po we r whi c h k e e ps

I m a intain then that this que s tion prot e st again s t the

mann e r in w hi c h P as t ors a n d Mi ni sters s huf fle it o n o n e side a s if it we r e a m e r e tri fle, but a s m a ll s p ec k in th e g r e at G o s p e l sche me .

ou g ht not to b e ev ad e d, a nd I m a inl y and e mphatically

th a t not on ly i s

oth e r s alto ge th e r with o ut th e ga t e.

mercy, sent down fr o m heaven, the B r e ad of Lif e -J es u s,

the S o n of

Ill .

W h a t ar e th e p ra c tica l re s u l ts o f M i ssi o na ry

l a b o ur s? i s it not a

His lov e , Who laid down Hi s li f e for the li f e of th e w o rld;

the g r a ci o u s

fa

c t t h a t s u cc es s i s th e exce p t i o n , fa ilu re t he rul e ?

M i s s io n a ri e s th e m-

boon is freel y giv e n; and lovingly and e arn es tly pre sse d on th e ac cept -

se

lv es w h o h ave bee n work in g amo n g th e 1 5 0 mill io ns in I n di a . d ec l a re

ance of perishing sinners;

life;

but • • this . life is in His S o n "; and in ord e r to be partak e rs o f that

eternal

that w orks by lov e a nd purif i e s th e heart;

a bundant pr o vi s i o n , p e ri s h w e must, a nd th a t f o r ever.

o f sa lvation has b ee n pro v id e d , with o ut mon ey a nd with o ut pric e .

t hings a re r ea dy; but in ord e r to e njo y th e b o unt y we mu s t CO M E to

b e received in order to b e pos-

but it mu s t

sessed . In o ther words, •• God hath given-gifted-to

us etern a l

lif e we need to be unit e d to God's Son by a livin g, acti ve f a i t h,

o th e rwi se , i n s pit e u f th e

The gr e a t f e as t

A

l l

the feas t .

Whosoever will, let him take the wat e r of life freely 1 "

Come!

Y es , com e ! "Th e

Spirit an d th e Bride say Come!

A CHALL E NGE By

G EN .

TO O R THODOXY.

H. GOODW YN .

Gen e ral GOODW YreadN a p a p e r e ntitl e d" A Ch a ll e n ge to Orthodox y . " He said :-As an officer of th e Queen of these r e alms I ha ve fou g ht many

a battle, and won th e m (lau g hter and applau se ), but as a soldi e r o f J es us

Chri s t I never had s uch a hard

c arrying on in d e f e nc e of truth. D o y ou as k m e o n ce m o r e w h at i s

i s th a t w hi c h r e l ega t es t o th e

d us t human philo so phy and hum a n op ini o n , and h as i ts so urc e onl y in

the in s pir a ti o n of th e Word

li a r a ttitud e of Inf i d e lity, has m a de i ts a ppe a r a n ce

the nineteenth century 1 Th e root of this evil tr e e, that h a s be e n plant e d

th e fi e ld, i s a con-

temptuous indiff e r e nc e to, and willing i g n o ranc e o f G o d as Cr eato r a nd Lif e -giv e r, of a Di v in e ly m o r a l go v e rn m e nt o f th e world, o f th e r e l at i o n

b e twe e n God a n d m an , a nd co n s eq u en t m or a l an d pr ac ti ca l

f lo w from a b el i e f in t h e a bo ve .

I will allud e t o on e br a nch o f th e tr e e o f ev il t h a t c l a im s a S c i e nti fi c

un b e li e f in

m a tters of Di v ine r eve lati o n. I. If r e ligi o u s truth w er e no mor e th a n a bran c h of sc i e nc e , su c h a p os i-

indiff e ren ce , a L a od icea n n e utrality

d uti es t h a t ju s t now ,

truth ? I g i v e you o n e s impl e an s w e r .- I t

battl e t o fi g ht a s th a t wh ich we ar e now

of God ( a ppl a u se ).

A g no s ti cis m, or a p e cu- in t h i s latt e r p a rt of

by the same malicious hand that so we d th e t a r e s in

L e a v in g t h is r oo t u nno ti ce d

b e twe e n beli e f a nd

tion mi g ht be bar e l y t e n a ble ; but ho w e v e r d es irabl e t o the agno s t i c mind, s u c h n e utralit y b e t wee n tr u th a nd i n c r ed u l it y i s sim ply i mpos s i bl e ,