C.H. Mackintosh

Self-surrender in the Assembly

I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord (Philippians 4:2). If Euodias and Syntyche could have walked alone, there would have been no collision - no strife. But they were called to walk together, and here was the demand for self-surrender. We are living members of a living body, each one having to do with other members, with whom we are connected by a bond which no power of earth or hell can sever. And be it ever remembered, that...

Second Timothy - Provision for Perilous Times

The house which, in the first epistle, was looked at in its rule, is here contemplated in its ruin. The church, as an economy set up on the earth, like every other economy, had utterly failed. Man fails in everything. The apostle seems, as it were, to be weeping over the ruins of that once beautiful structure. He calls to remembrance the tears of his beloved Timothy. He is glad to have even one sympathizing bosom into which to pour his sorrows. Who can fail to see that our lot is...

Temperance or Self-Control

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (2 Peter 1:5-7). The word "temperance" means a great deal more than what is usually understood by that term. It is customary to apply the expression "temperance" to a habit of moderation in reference to eating and drinking. No doubt it fully i...

A Risen Savior's Challenge

The period during which our blessed Lord lay in the tomb must needs have proved a dark and bewildering moment to many of those who looked for redemption in Israel. It would demand a calm, clear and vigorous faith to raise the heart above the heavy clouds which gathered just then upon the horizon of God’s people, and it does not appear that many possessed such a faith at that trying moment. We may doubtless look upon the two disciples who travelled together to Emmaus as illustrat...

Grace and Holiness

Thank God we are under grace. But does this blessed fact weaken in any way the truth that “Holiness becometh God’s house forever?” Has it ceased to be true that “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of His saints; and to be held in reverence of all those who are about Him?” Is the standard of holiness lower for the Church of God now than it was for Israel of old? Has it ceased to be true that “our God is a consuming fire.” Is evil to be t...

Let Us Not Forsake the Gathering of Ourselves Together

Gather the people together, men and women and children, and the stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law; and that their children, who have not known it, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it (Deut. 31:12,13)     Two things in the foregoing passage claim our special attention: ...
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