F. W. Grant

Chapter 1 - Its Meaning and Implications

Hope of the Morning Star   We are going to take up, the Lord willing, a question (or questions) which of late seem more and more to be dividing those who alike look for the coming of the Lord as near at hand. The question is not, therefore, whether that coming be personal and premillennial or not: for, those for whom I write are equally assured that it is both; and the number of those who possess that assurance is, we may trust, becoming greater every day. For those who may still have que...

Chapter 8 - The Moral Application for the Christian

Therefore let no man glory in men," says the apostle (i Cor. 21) ; and he says it of such men as "Paul or Apollos or Cephas." And of himself he says, "To me it is a very small matter to be judged of you, or of man's judgment; yea, I judge not mine own self: for I know nothing against myself, yet am I not hereby justified, but He that judgeth me is the Lord." (Chap. iv. 3, 4.)How simply and decidedly has Paul accepted, as we may say, the lesson of this long, sad history! How he disclaims the very...

Chapter 7 - God's History of His People

There are thus two natures in the Christian. There is in all a "flesh" which "lusteth against the Spirit." The experience which does not conform to this is a delusive experience. It is thus undoubtedly true that in this respect "the believer's state can never correspond with his standing." (p. i6.) His state would have indeed to be perfect to be just what his standing is. His standing is in Christ, and therefore as Christ. To quote "As He is, so are we in this world" (r Jno. iv. 17) as Dr. Stee...

Chapter 4 - Is There Such a Thing as Being Born Again?

We are now arrived at the question of holiness,- a question which divides, however, into a number of others. Before we can consider the motives to it which the Word of God supplies,- for we are all agreed that it must be a free and voluntary disposition of heart acted on by these,- we must consider who and what the man is to whom they are addressed. What is it to be a child of God? and who is a child of God?Dr. Steele gives us an answer from his favourite Mr. Fletcher, which, for its evaporation...

Chapter 6 - Sin in the Believer

We are come now to the discussion of one of the the most sorrowful of topics. That, spite of grace, sin should be in the believer; that, spite of perfect power over it provided, (for in the Spirit of God dwelling in us there must be perfect power,) sin should prevail, so far as it must be acknowledged it does, over the mass at least; that for absolutely sinless perfection in any, few will contend this is surely a dark and difficult problem to solve,- a sad and humbling fact to contemplate.Dr. St...

Chapter 5 - Christian Security and Its Moral Results

"Salvation!" "Saved !" O blessed, peace-inspiring words to him who knows the reality of them! What do they mean? Do they leave still the doubt that after all by that from which we are saved we may still be overtaken, overcome, and perish? Then, for pity's sake, and in the interests of truth itself, let us not use the words,- let us not inspire a hope which may be so mistaken!But Scripture, which uses the words, is not responsible for the doubt, preaches not the uncertainty. Its "hope" is no...

Chapter 2 - The Old Testament and the New

Israel and the Church; and the Relation of Prophecy to Each   Of fundamental importance to the discussion before us is the consideration of the distinctive difference between the Old Testament and the New, and as connected with this, of the unique character of the Church of Christ. And this will be found to involve a special relation in which it stands to prophecy. These are indeed matters which have been often taken up, and it would seem as if apology were due for taking them up again. T...

Chapter 7 - Deliverance and Death to Sin

8. DELIVERANCE AND DEATH TO SIN. In taking up what is now before us, we shall be treading ground already plentifully trodden by the feet of combatants, and where we shall find ourselves under the necessity of recalling what has been elsewhere said, and in connection with the doctrines also which we are now reviewing. But the topic is one of such great importance for doctrine and for practice, and is still so little clearly understood by many who might be expected to be most clear, that it canno...

Chapter 3 - Justification and Acceptance in Christ

We are now to look at the question of justification, and to see what is the righteousness in which the believer stands before God from the moment of his being such. Here again it will be found how far from accurate are Dr. Steele's representations of the views he has been so long (vainly, it would seem) studying. Thus he says,- "The idea of justification is not that it is a present act taking place in the mind of God in favour of the penitent believer, but it is a past, completed, wholesale tran...

Lecture 2 - The Scripture Numerals

Revelation, beloved brethren, I am happy to think that you will fully agree with me, is the key to every thing in nature. I do not mean, of course, that nature is absolutely dumb without it. If I said so, I should be contradicting revelation. "The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.""The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwor...
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