F. W. Grant

"A Circle of Fellowship," or Independency?

Another question must now be considered, which unites itself to that which we have been just considering, 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, an...

Clerisy and Ecclesiasticism

There is no position that we can take, however right it may be, that will free us from dangers that, in a world which is Satan's world, yawn for us on every side. We have no sooner escaped them in one direction than we are made to realize that we have only thereby drawn nearer to them in another. The church is truly militant. To have learned our place in the ranks is a very different thing from being withdrawn from the battle. Nay, it is those who are with God who will be m...

Heresy

But thus we have reached this formidable word "heresy," and must examine what Scripture says about it. Not that there is much difficulty in what Scripture says: the difficulty is in what has been attached to it from elsewhere. The word for "heresy" is, as frequently as not, rendered "sect "in our common version. The "sect" of the Pharisees, the "sect" of the Sadducees, (Acts V. I7 XV. 5,) show us the general thought. These were not divisions in the sense of separation from J...

The Scriptural Statement

The questions involved in the first chapter of Genesis are those which lie at the bottom of the whole controversy with what men are pleased to call science in the present day. "Science," alas! and knowledge are getting to be widely separated, although originally the same thing. A mere hypothesis is "scientific" nowadays,and hypotheses are colouring, to a large extent, the very statement of what should be facts. "Eyes of faith" (to use the language of a well-known man of scien...

The Question of Association

I turn aside for the present from the question of the doctrine of Christ, not as if there were no more to be said about it. There are counter charges and later developments which cannot be ignored; and I do not mean to ignore them. But already it will be seen that another matter has to be looked at in the light of Scripture, in order rightly to settle how far-reaching may be the guilt of the denial of Christ’s Name. We have had in fact to refer just now to the question of...

"Thou Hast Not Denied My Name"

It is a revelation of Christ’s Word, and the freshened sense of relationship to Christ - the new realization of what He is to His people, - that practically produce Philadelphia. Every genuine revival, as I have already said, necessarily has something of the spirit of this, - tends, at least, towards it. Of course, when I speak of revival, I do not mean simply the conversion of souls, even in numbers : the revival I am speaking of is of saints, not sinners, although natur...

Holy and True

"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 characterized by "love of brethren" He is speaking, ...

You Have Kept My Word

The more we understand what is implied in the keeping of Christ's Word, the more we will realise its importance. To really keep Christ's Word implies going on with Him in steady progress, not wilfully permitting any part of it to be dark, unfruitful or in vain for us; not allowing ourselves to be robbed of difficult books or chapters. We often permit this to happen without a thought about it, as if God had given us too large a Bible and we were confused rather than served by t...

The Overcomer in Philadelphia

The separation of the Church from the world, and its restoration to visible unity upon the earth! if that be in the heart of the Philadelphian, as in his heart it must be for him to be this, how the Lord's words appeal to us, "Thou hast a little power." Power equal to such work as this is plainly not his; though He will graciously acknowledge what there is. The ideal before him is an impracticable one; though, thank God, this is to be widely distinguished from an unpractical on...

Philadelphia: What is It?

My purpose is, as the Lord enables me, to follow the track of what I have no doubt to be a gracious movement of God in recent times, and with which as such all His people are necessarily concerned ; to seek to show the principles which characterise it, and their meaning and value as taught in Scripture; to speak also of the difficulties and opposition through which it has had to find its way; and in this my aim will he to exercise hearts and consciences (if un-exercised) with ...
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