John Gifford Bellett

Babylon

Babylon. Rev. 17, 18. from Musings on Scripture, Volume 1. J. G. Bellett. "Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth." This is a saying much to be remembered. It teaches us that we are not to make ourselves the judges of what sanctification or holiness is; Gods' word is to determine this, because holiness is that character or mind which is formed by God's word or truth. We are apt to think that our own moral sense of things is the rule of holiness. But the word of God claims to b...

Absalom

Absalom. 2 Samuel 11: 12. "The fool hath said in his heart, No God!" J. G. Bellett. BT vol. 14, p. 193 etc. David is the principal object before the mind of the Spirit of God in both the 1st and the 2nd books of Samuel. In the 1st book we see him brought from obscurity into honour and praise, and there standing, by the good hand of God, in full righteousness amid the persecutions of the wicked. In the 2nd we see him descending from honour, through sin, into degradation and ruin, but ther...

Three Things

Three Things. J. G. Bellett. Christian Friend, vol. 13, 1886, p. 305. 1. We may so walk as to have ourselves in the presence of or in company with the Lord. 2. We may act so as to bring our fellow-saints or fellow-sinners into His presence or into His company. 3. We may be living so as to be keeping ourselves before our fellows and companions. The first is the way of the worshipper. The second is the activity of a true servant. The third is the fruit of vanity, and want of single-heart...

The Two Tribes and a Half

The Two Tribes and a Half. J. G. Bellett. Christian Friend vol. 18, 1891, p. 59. The history of the two tribes and a half has its own instruction for us, and illustrates a peculiar character of mind and walk among the saints of God. They do not stand exactly with Lot of the days of Abraham, though in some respects they remind us of him. It is wonderful what a variety of mind, character, and of Christian experience, the soul finds before itself in the histories of Scripture. The soul reads ...

The Two Rich Men - Luke 18, 19

The Two Rich Men. Luke 18, 19. J. G. Bellett. BT vol. 9 p. 327. How beautifully the incidents recorded in the Evangelists exhibit the workings of nature and of grace. They are short and familiar, but full of matter for the meditation of our hearts that we may be either warned or comforted. Uneasiness of conscience was goading the rich young ruler of Luke 18 to seek relief wherever it might be found. He loved the world and could not give it up; and yet he had religious apprehensions of a day...

Thoughts on 2 Corinthians from Miscellaneous Papers

from Miscellaneous Papers J. G. Bellett. (R. L. Allan) In the midst of the fears and warnings of the Spirit concerning the churches, we may observe that He is alarmed for them on several and different grounds, as expressed in different epistles and by different apostles. 1. He specially warns them respecting Judaizing, i.e., religiousness, or the observance of rites and ordinances. This fear is expressed in the letters to Galatia, Colosse, and Philippi. 2. He fears for them respecting the w...

The Heavenly Calling Foreshown

The Heavenly Calling Foreshown. J. G. Bellett. from Musings on Scripture, Vol. 1. The apostle addresses his brethren in Christ as "partakers of the heavenly calling" (Heb. 3: 1). This calling, in another scripture, is styled "the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3: 14). And again, it is spoken of as the calling of the Father of glory (Eph. 1: 17, 18). In those who are the subjects of it God is to show in the ages to come the exceeding riches of His grace (Eph. 2: 17); and in them...

The Parable of the Cedar and the Two Eagles

The Parable of the Cedar and the Two Eagles. Ezekiel 17. J. G. Bellett. from Miscellaneous Papers (R. L. Allan) Discipline preserves us for future blessing, but it does not exalt us in this present world. Connected with this thought, let us read this parable. This cedar is Judah, or the house of David; the two eagles are the king of Babylon and the king of Egypt. This cedar had incurred the discipline of the Lord, and the Lord used the king of Babylon, one of the eagles, as the rod of...

A Meditation on Canticles

A Meditation on Canticles. J. G. Bellett. Christian Friend, vol. 13, 1886, p. 187. The character of the soul's communion delineated in this little book is very elevated. It is something that we may say with sorrow we little reach. There is no question of sin at all here; it is no enquiry either into the fact or the nature or the ground of our acceptance with God. Such questions and enquiries are here settled beforehand. The communion here is upon the settlement of them all. It is joy in God...

Noah

Noah Genesis 6 - 11. J. G. Bellett. Section 2 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. How changed is the whole condition of things since the day of Genesis! Were I to read the opening of this fine scripture, and just expose my heart to the simpler earliest impression of what I get there, it is this thought which would engage my mind; and yet with all ease we can account for...
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