F. W. Grant

Scripture Queries and Answers

ARTICLES FROM MAGAZINES Q. How is Matthew i. 16, taken in connection with Luke iii. 23, to be explained? Matthew says, "Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary;" and Luke, "being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, which was of Heli, which was of Matthat," etc Matthew in ver. 15 had said, " Matthan begat Jacob."In Luke iii., I presume, Mary's genealogy is given down to 31, " Nathan (who was) of David," while in Matthew i. 6 " David the king begat Solomon," and so on down to Joseph. But what exp...

The Paradise of God

Eden, the garden of earthly delight, fades when compared with a far more blessed reality, "the Paradise of God" (Revelation 2:7). The trees and rivers and precious things of Eden are images and types of beauty that are too little understood. This is to our shame, for the fruits of the tree of life await the Ephesian overcomer of Revelation 2:7- the child of God who amid general decay and departure of heart from Christ, holds fast in his heart the freshness of first, new-born love. A truer devote...

Chapter 13 - The Church's Path

"And Peter answered Him and said, 'Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come to Thee upon the waters.' And he said, 'Come.' And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the waters to go to Jesus." (Matt. xiv. 28, 29.) The individuality of the path is what I would press upon our souls just now. How strikingly it is presented! This solitary man, amid boisterous winds and waves, forsaking the protection of the boat and the company of the other disciples, and inviting the word which bids him t...

Chapter 12 - Baptism in Relation to Children

We have learnt, then, four things as to baptism which are in direct opposition to our brethren's contention:- First, that it is to Christ's death, not to show that one was dead with Christ before.Secondly, that (as a figure) it saves, not expresses the thought of having been saved before.Thirdly, it is the demand for a good conscience, not the answer of one already good. Fourthly, that it is for the remission of sins, not the sign of their having been remitted. All this is in clear consistency...

Chapter 11 - Household Baptism - A Review of Objections

"Let the prophets speak, two or three, and let the rest judge," contains a principle of great value for us all. Judgment must be exercised as to whatever is put forth for truth; and for this the means of judgment must be in our hands. Scripture, of course, is the one only standard of appeal, the measure of all truth such as we have now before us; but we cannot afford to be independent of one another's help in searching it, and especially to enable us to get rid of those merely personal influence...

Introduction to Miscellaneous Writings - Volume 2

Christian Holiness   The immediate occasion of the following pages has been a recent attack upon "the theology of the so-called Plymouth Brethren" by a professor of didactic theology in Boston University, in which what many beside the present writer regard as some of the most precious doctrines of the Word of God are stigmatized as antinomianism. This will account for whatever controversial character may he found in them; a thing scarcely to be regretted if it serve, as it does undoubtedl...

Chapter 10 - Household Baptism

21. HOUSEHOLD BAPTISM We enter now upon another inquiry, namely, as to the subjects of baptism. There is question really only as to one point. We have seen that in the Christian form of the kingdom, as distinct from the Jewish, the national birthright title has failed with Israel's being (for the time) Lo-Ammi. The scanty proselyte entrance of those days is become now the rule,-discipling to the kingdom. But this raises immediate question: if in the old form, the children of proselytes were cir...

Chapter 9 - The Baptism of John and of the Lord by Him

9. THE BAPTISM OF JOHN AND OF THE LORD BY HIM A slight difference in the form of the word distinguishes the Jewish baptisms from those of the New Testament. The Jewish baptism is baptismos, that of the New Testament, baptism. The difference in meaning is, that, while baptismos speaks of the transient act only, baphisma speaks of the result of the act, a state induced. The Jewish ones were transient and might be repeated; the Christian introduces into a permanent condition. And this wa...

Chapter 8 - Baptism

Reasons of My Faith as to Baptism (Chapters 8-12)   The scripture that bids me be ready to give an answer to every man that asks a reason of the hope that is in me (i Pet. 15), may, in the spirit of it, if not the letter, be the justification of the present paper. Among many of those with whom I have the fullest sympathy and fellowship in spiritual things it is plain that there is more and more question of such views as I must acknowledge mine,- branded even as heresy by some; by others,...

Chapter 6 - Standing and Acceptance in Christ

6. STANDING AND ACCEPTANCE IN CHRIST. We have been occupied so far with the work in us - with new birth and eternal life: things which are in nearer relation to one another than the views we are examining would at all allow. Yet it is surely true, as has been stated, and as Scripture fully recognizes, that there is a life we live, as well as a life by which we live. The life we live is pressed in the new system, not merely to forgetfulness of the life by which we live, but actually to the denia...
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