John Gifford Bellett

Enoch

Enoch J. G. Bellett. Section 1 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. It is not so much of Enoch himself that I now purpose, in the Lord's grace, I would hope, to write a little, but rather of the times and the saints before the flood. Whether it be of them or of him, the materials, as we know, are very scanty; but in the way and wisdom of the Spirit of God, they are full of...

No Fellowship with Dishonour to Christ

No Fellowship with Dishonour to Christ. Section 5 of: Musings on Scripture Vol. 3 J. G. Bellett. I refuse the language used by brethren from whom we have seceded, that we have "excommunicated them." This is not a just expression; and it produces indignation, and immediate determination in the mind to have nothing to do with people or with principles of such a bearing. It is not excommunication. It is standing at the door of the house of God, and, if certain persons come to the door seeking ...

Extracts from Correspondence

Extracts from Correspondence. J. G. Bellett. from Miscellaneous Papers (R. L. Allan) 1. The moral activities that are abroad are surely immense, and the pressure upon the social system of influences full of deceivableness, I suppose, is beyond all precedent. It is desirable to keep the soul increasingly alive to the fact that the path of the Church is a narrow and peculiar one. Even her virtues must have a peculiar material in them. Her common honesty, her good deeds, too, her secular lab...

Different Conversions

Different Conversions. J. G. Bellett. It is sweet to inspect the way in which the light of God approaches and enters the soul. Sometimes it is gentle, sometimes it is full of force and rapidity; sometimes it intimates a work more fully on the heart; and sometimes a work more on the conscience or understanding. But it is always God's work, that we know, though the material operated upon may be various, and the mode of operation various. Look at Acts 8: 9, 10. The Eunuch was evidently in the...

Confusion and Order

Confusion and Order. J. G. Bellett. from Miscellaneous Papers (R. L. Allan) The Lord found a state of sad and humbling and various confusion in the land that He walked through day by day. But it only gave occasion to His path to shine the brighter — for it was light and only light undimmed by the darkness, and unbroken by the confusion, that was all around. The state of politics and of religion in that day exhibited this confusion. The authority of the Roman was there where Jehovah ...

The Confederacies of Men and the Judgments of God

The Confederacies of Men and the Judgments of God. J. G. Bellett. Scripture contemplates hostile associations of men and of nations. Isaiah 7, 8, was the era of one, and the prophecy of another. Joel 3 tells of "multitudes, multitudes," gathered together in the day of Jerusalem's final sorrow. Psalm 83 anticipates a confederacy against the Israel of God; and "Gog" is the witness of a host of nations leagued in infidel defiance of the Lord. But Scripture also contemplates civil or worldly as...

The Nearness of the Glory

The Nearness of the Glory. Six papers by J. G. Bellett. The thought of the nearness of the glory should be deeply cherished by the heart. And we need be at no effort to persuade ourselves of it. It is taught us richly in the Word. The place of the glory is near us, and the path by which it can either come to us or we go to it is short and simple, and the moment for the taking of the journey may be present in the twinkling of an eye. "Whom He justifies, them He also glorifies," is a sentence...

Jesus Christ Come in Flesh

Jesus Christ come in flesh. J. G. Bellett. BT vol. 6 p. 56. The ark and the camp were, in some sense, necessary to each other during the journey through the wilderness. The ark, seated in the tabernacle on which the cloud rested, had to guide the camp; and the camp, in its order, had to accompany and guard the ark and all connected with it. This was the business of the camp. There was to be subjection to the will of Him who dwelt in the cloud; dependence on Him who led them daily; consciou...

The Claims of God's Sovereignty and Holiness

The Claims of God's Sovereignty and Holiness. Numbers 1 - 4. Christian Friend 1895 p. 260. These chapters have been just awakening in my mind some meditations of interest, at least, in connection with other scriptures. I perceive in them an expression of God's jealousy of His sovereignty, and of His holiness, of His rights as Lord of the people, and as the God of their Sanctuary. They open with His commandment to Moses to take the number of the tribes, and this is done with great exactness...

The Church at Thessalonica

The Church at Thessalonica. J. G. Bellett. Previously published bound with 'Brief Notes on the Epistle to the Ephesians'. We easily perceive different measures of attainment, both in knowledge and grace, in the churches of old. The elevation, for instance, of that at Ephesus was much above that at Corinth. At Corinth the apostle had to occupy himself with the corruption of various errors and abuses, and was thus hindered from bringing out to the disciples the strong and rich meat of the wor...
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