C.H. Mackintosh

Calvinism and Arminianism: One-Sided Theology

We have lately received a long letter, furnishing a very striking proof of the bewildering effect of one-sided theology. Our correspondent is evidently under the influence of what is styled the high school of doctrine. Hence, he cannot see the rightness of calling upon the unconverted to "come," to "hear," to "repent," or to "believe." It seems to him like telling a crab-tree to bear some apples in order that it may become an apple-tree. Now, we thoroughly believe that faith is the gift o...

Being a Nazarite

"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the Lord: he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from th...

Good Works

It is, alas, possible for grace itself to be abused. We may forget that, while we are justified in the sight of God by faith alone, a real faith must be evidenced by works. We have to bear in mind that while law-works are denounced and demolished in manifold parts of Holy Scripture, life-works are diligently and constantly insisted upon. If we profess to have life, this life must express itself in something more tangible and forcible than mere words. There is an appalling amount of empty ...

Introduction

In a day like the present, when almost every new idea becomes the centre or gathering-point of some new association, we cannot but feel the value of having divinely formed convictions as to what the assembly of God really is. We live in a time of unusual mental activity, and hence there is the more urgent need of calm and prayerful study of the word of God. That word, blessed be its Author, is like a rock amid the ocean of human thought.-There it stands unmoved, notwithstanding the raging of...

1. The Material

And, first, then, as to the material of which God's assembly is composed; it is, in one word, those possessing salvation, or eternal life. We do not enter the assembly in order to be saved, but as those who are saved. The word is, "On this rock I will build my church." He does not say, "On my church I will build the salvation of souls." One of Rome's boasted dogmas is this-"There is no salvation out of the true church." Yes, but we can go deeper still, and say, "Off the true Rock there is no...

2. The Centre

This conducts us naturally to our second point, namely, What is the centre round which God's assembly is gathered? The centre is Christ-the living Stone, as we read in the Epistle of Peter, "To whom coming as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priest hood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:4, 5) It is around the Person of a living C...

3. The Power

We must now very briefly glance at our third point, namely, what is the power by which the assembly is gathered. Here again man and his doings are set aside. It is not man's will choosing; nor man's reason discovering; nor man's judgement dictating; nor man's conscience demanding: it is the Holy Ghost gathering souls to Jesus. As Jesus is the only centre, so the Holy Ghost is the only gathering power. The one is as independent of man as the other. It is "where two or three are gathered." It ...

The Ten Virgins

We now approach that solemn section of our Lord's discourse in which He presents the kingdom of Heaven under the similitude of "ten virgins." The instruction contained in this most weighty and interesting parable is of wider application than that of the servant to which we have already referred, inasmuch as it takes in the whole range of Christian profession, and is not confined to ministry either within the house or outside. It bears directly and pointedly upon Christian profession, w...

God's Way and How to Find It

"There is a path which no fowl knoweth and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:  the lion's whelps have not trodden it nor the fierce lion passed by it".  Job 28:7-8. What an unspeakable mercy for one who really desires to walk with God, to know that there is a way for him to walk in!  God has prepared a pathway for His redeemed in which they may walk with all possible certainty, calmness and fixedness.  It is the privilege of every child of God, and every ...

Diversity and Unity

It is at once interesting and instructive to mark the varied lines of truth presented in the New Testament, all finding their common centre in that blessed One who is the truth. We see this, both in the Gospels and in the Epistles. Each of the four Evangelists, under the direct guidance and power of the Holy Ghost, gives us a distinct view of Christ. Matthew presents Him in His Jewish relations—as the Messiah, the Son of David, Son of Abraham—heir of the promises made to the fathers. Mar...
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