F. W. Grant

God's Thought About Restitution

"Until the times of the restitution of all things." I believe that a serious hindrance in the minds of many to the reception of much important truth, lies in misconception of the Scripture doctrine of "restitution." Thus the expression which I have put at the head of this paper, and which is, as we know, a simple quotation from Acts 3: 21, conveys to many at the present day the idea of a restoration to a kind of Adamic state. This is argued to have been evidently God's original thought, wh...

Kohath, Gershon, and Merari

I . - KOHATH. The book of Numbers is the history of the wilderness, the type of our journey through the world to the rest that remaineth for the people of God. It is preceded necessarily by Leviticus, in which first we learn what suits God in the sanctuary before we come out to practise it in the world. Leviticus is therefore the priest’s book, as Numbers is that of the Levites: both are types of Christians, who as priests have access to God where now His glory is for us displayed, and as Levi...

"Milk of the Word"

"As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." (i Pet. ii. 2.) Is not this a passage often misconceived of? Does it mean that we are to be always as babes in Christ returning to the first elements for nourishment? I apprehend this is how many take it. But it is not its force, as a little consideration may suffice to show. There is of course a stage in our life as Christians in which we are necessarily and rightly "babes." The apostle John addresses himself t...

Broken Glimpses

'And their eves were opened. and they knew Him, and He vanished out of their sight.’ Luke xxiv 31. How aptly does this describe what must have been the spiritual experience of most of us or all, at some time. The momentary glimpse caught, so sweet, so brief as to he almost a sorrow in memory, won as it would seem by effort, but which no effort could retain. What is the meaning of this and what is its remedy? Is it normal for us, the necessity of a life of faith, or the failure of faith, and t...

Peter's "Conversion"

I. THE ROOT OF FAILURE. ''And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: hut I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not ; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. "And he said unto Him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both unto prison, and to death. "And He said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest Me" (Luke xxii. 31-34). "And the Lord turned, and ...

Despise Not Prophesyings

(1 Cor. xiv.) The fourteenth chapter of 1st Corinthians is remarkable as being the only scripture in which the order of the church when "come together into one place," is declared. This should give it surely some importance in the eyes of those who believe that He who "loved the Church, and gave Himself for it" has not ceased to love and care; and moreover that the Head of it has not given up His headship.For those who think the mere matter of the conduct of the meetings of the saints a thing o...

A Fragment as to Discipline

In the matter of evil and of our dealing with it there are two things to be considered: the sin itself on the one hand of course, but on the other hand the state of the person who has committed it. It is so commonly the case that the evil itself becomes practically the whole matter, or at least it seems supposed that if the one is dealt with and set right, the other may well be left to take care of itself. Than this scarcely anything can be a greater hindrance (to speak of nothing else) to the r...

The Gospels and the Offering

The key to the characteristic features of the Gospels is the position of the Lord Jesus. There are four principal positions answering to the four Gospels, one to each.   Thus in Matthew as "Son of David, Son of Abraham," He is seen in relation to the dispensations. We have His position with regard to David's throne and Abraham's true seed,- the heirs of promise. In Mark, on the other hand, we find Him "in the form of a servant," come not to be ministered unto but to minister; and to do t...

An Address

TO MY BRETHREN AND FELLOW-MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH WHICH IS CHRIST'S BODY, KNOWN BY WHATEVER NAME   Brethren,-The test of even an apostle's message was the truth that he brought. Even the signs of an apostle wrought before men's eyes "in signs and wonders and mighty deeds" were never sufficient of themselves to accredit to his hearers the word he carried. The truth was its own commendation, and needed no other. Our Lord's own appeal was, "If I say the truth, why do ye not believe Me?" And ou...

Lecture III - His Discipline

(I KINGS XVII. 17-24.) In this last scene in the verses I have read to you we find the third thing in the discipline of the man of God,- and a thing that is above all needed to be known in order that he should really fulfill this character. As I have said, it is what we all are by, position, it is therefore what we all must be practically, or else our very profession of Christianity condemns us. Being a man of God is not being something very exalted, and which God would leave, so to speak, to o...
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