F. W. Grant

Chapter 4 - A Brand from the Burning

A GOSPEL ADDRESS. (ZECH. iii. 1—4.) The words that I have read, beloved friends, apply properly to the receiving back again of the Jews in the last days, when the Lord puts away their iniquity. Joshua the high priest is the representative of Israel, and he represents them both in their iniquity, which God puts away, and in the blessed place into which he is brought afterward. But then God’s reception of any sinner, or of any company of sinners, is on precisely the...

Chapter 3 - At the Well

A GOSPEL ADDRESS (JOHN iv.) The Lord had not one stereotyped answer, beloved friends, for those He met. He met souls; He answered souls - not questions even, but souls. And you will find, if you take this chapter for instance, and compare it with the chapter preceding, how differently the Lord answers two cases which were indeed different themselves, but the difference between which would have caused, one might naturally think, precisely opposite answers to those the Lord...

Chapter 2 - In the Pharisee's House

A GOSPEL ADDRESS. (LUKE vii. 36-50.) When we first wake up to realize that we have not got any real solid peace as to the future, - I do not say hope, for I suppose everybody has something which he likes to call hope, if it is not very solid, - but when we wake up to find no solid ground for the future, we are still, if awake, yet in the darkness. We wake up ignorant how to secure what we are so anxious to secure; and therefore it is that we commonly miss, for a time at...

Chapter 1 - A Coal from the Altar

A GOSPEL ADDRESS. (ISA, Chap. vi.) The lesson of this chapter, as we in our day may read it, is very full in its evangelic teaching. Its two broad features are these, that, let man but take his true place before God, he shall surely find God’s mercy for him; and then, also, that this mercy is, and must be, also righteousness. As the apostle puts it concerning the gospel: "It is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth." And then, why? "For therein ...

Chapter 1 - Adam

PART II (Chapters 1-7) DIVINE LIFE IN ITS VARIOUS ASPECTS (Genesis chap. iii.) The third chapter of Genesis is the real cornmencement of that series of lives of which as is plain, the book mainly consists. It is where the first man ceases to be "a type of Him that was to come" that he becomes for us a type in the fullest way—figure and fact in one. The page of his life (and but a page it is) that treats of innocency is not our example who were born in sin. Our histo...

Paradise

We have noted already that from the fourth verse of the second chapter is a distinct part, and gives us "God in relationship with the creature He has made." Thus He is now spoken of, not simply as God - Elohim, but as the Lord God - Jehovah- Elohini. Jehovah is the name of which the inspired translation is given in the third of Exodus -"I am:" expanded to its full significance in the book of Revelation as, "He which is, and which was, and which is to come." Thus in immuta...

The Dispensational Application

The ordinary dispensational application of the week of creation is one which has so many adherents, and has given rise to so much speculation otherwise, that we shall do well to look at it before proceeding further. In the words of a modern writer, "In this application, ‘one day is as a thousand years.’ Six thousand years of labour precede the world’s Sabbath. The parallel here has been often traced.” It is as old, indeed, as the so-called "Epistle of Barnabas," * and...

The Individual Application

There are two smaller sections of the first natural division of the book of Genesis. The first (chap. i. - ii. 3.) gives us the work of God and His rest; the second, (chap. ii. 4 - 25.) God in relationship with the creature He has made. Hence, in this latter part the covenant-name is for the first time introduced; it is not "God" merely, but " The Lord God"’ - Jehovah. We shall see more fully the force of this hereafter. In this double account there is an exquisite beauty, w...

Introductory to Leaves from the Book

THE LESSONS OF THE AGES. It has become a fact more familiar to many, through certain recent discussions of momentous importance, that Scripture is full of a doctrine of the "ages." The phrase is, in our common version, more often obscured than not by being translated "world," or "worlds," or hidden under the stereotyped form, "forever," or "forever and ever." This last expression is always, in the New Testament, if literally rendered, "for the ages of ages." It never impl...

Chapter 5 - Rahab

A GOSPEL ADDRESS. (Joshua, chaps. ii. and vi.) We have here, beloved friends, a beautiful picture of a sinner saved by grace. Jericho is a type of the world. We know that the things that happened to Israel, as the apostle tells us, "happened unto them for types, and are written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world have come." (I Cor. x. 11.) Jericho is a type of the world under doom from God - doom which is continually threatened by His word, which come...
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