F. W. Grant

A Letter Concerning the Lord's Supper

My Dear Brother: I have had it on my heart to share with you a few thoughts in connection with the Lord's Supper -- that solemn and precious remembrance of Christ. First of all, there is great importance in seeing clearly the object and character of the great central meeting which gives its character to all other meetings. It is described for us in a simple manner in The Acts, and there we see the primary object of that meeting: "Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came ...

Appendix 4 - A Plea for the Possessing Ourselves of All God's Revelation

"I have more understanding than all my teachers," says the psalmist enthusiastically, "for Thy testimonies are my meditatation." The Christian can surely not think him too emphatic. That is the voice of the disciple; but it is the voice of the Master that has said: "Search the Scriptures: for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they that testify of Me." In their own line, therefore, every believer recognizes that they are absolutely unique. Not all the book...

Appendix 3 - The Numerals in Relation to the Six Days' Work

In its relation to nature the symbolism of numbers is a matter of the deepest interest. If it has, as we have seen, its roots in nature, and at the very basis of all arithmetic there is such a testimony to Christ as, I may venture to say, has been proved to exist, then it is hardly possible to believe that it ends with this, or that this is other than just a beginning of what must extend indefinitely throughout nature. Moreover to pursue such an investigation need not be alar...

Appendix 2 - A Study of the Numerical Symbolism of Scripture

There is, I suppose, no student of Scripture who has not caught sight, to a greater or less extent, of a symbolism of numbers to be found in it. He who has implicit faith in "all Scripture" being given by inspiration of God will not doubt that the numbers in it, being part of it and sharing its inspiration, must therefore be " profitable," as all else in it; and spiritually, which is the profitableness which God has given it for us. But a spiritual meaning attaching to the us...

Appendix 5 - Christ in the Book of Psalms

The Lord’s own words to His disciples assure us of "things written in the Psalms concerning" Him. (Luke xxiv. 44.) In the New Testament sixteen psalms are quoted as referring to Him ;* and there is nothing to show us that this is the whole number, although all the fundamental ones are doubtless in this list. Outside of it, the Rabbinic writers, though blind to Christ, rightly emphasize the twenty-first and seventy-second psalms also as Messianic;†and the twentieth psalm ca...

Present Things

The Seven Churches - or four of them, anywayFrom "Present Things"   EPHESUSThe 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 unbelievers, purge ourselves from vessels to dishonour, and follow righteousness,...

The Mediator

(Ex. xxviii. 15-30.)   I have read these verses, beloved friends, not with the thought of trying to bring out, in any wise, even in outline, all that might present itself to me here, but rather taking them as the key to some thoughts with regard to our blessed Lord Himself, in that character which is His exclusively, - the character of Mediator. He is the "one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus." And this word, Mediator, means, one who is in the midst - between two. T...

Keeping Christ's Word

REV. iii. 8 An Article in The Bible Treasury 1909   "Thou hast kept my word" is the first matter of distinct commendation as to Philadelphia which we can lay hold of as showing what is in the Lord's mind as to them; and I do not ignore in this that the people thus commended are, first of all, Philadelphians. All the more striking on this account is what He commends in them. It is of great import and worthy of fullest emphasis that, while it is to a company of people who are characterised...

Independency

(AN EXTRACT)From The Bible Treasury, April 1909   We shall find that 'independency' is one of the most successful means of evasion of scriptural discipline that could perhaps be imagined - one of the most successful snares by which the children of God can be seduced into resistance to the will of God, while to themselves they seem to be standing only for the principles of the word against 'confederacy' for purity, and unsectarian maintenance of the body of Christ. We must therefore look s...

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 Him. That is, He makes sin serve Him. It does not, in the least, alter the nature of sin - it does not make it less hateful; but it makes God what He s...
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