John R. Caldwell

Because Ye Belong To Christ

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Love To All Saints

Amid our responsibilities toward those with whom we are immediately associated, we are prone to forget that we have responsibilities in a larger sphere, from which we cannot escape if we would, even toward every child of God, every member of the body of Christ. It is wholesome to be reminded of this, and of the truth so plainly taught in the New Testament, that all believers, however scattered or divided they may be on earth, are absolutely one in Christ, and “members one of another.”...

Because Ye Belong To Christ

Turn with me to the Gospel according to Mark, chap. 9. Read from verse 33 to 42. The subject announced for this meeting is taken from verse 41—“Because ye belong to Christ.” And I would at the outset inquire, What is the force of this word? What is included in this “belonging to Christ?” I would like you to look at it from three points of view. The first is, that ail who are Christ’s belong to Him as the gift of the Father; the second is that they belong to Him as the purchase of...

The Church of God: Its Fellowship and Government

“Before touching upon the subject of “The Government and Fellowship of the Church or Churches,” allow me to refer to another subject. It seems to me we have had very abundantly brought before us that aspect of the Church which is synonymous with “the Body of Christ.” The term “Body of Christ” is doubtless a figure, and wherever it is used the thought of vital union with the Head and with the fellow-members is prominent. The term “Church” describes the same thing, but withou...

The Basis of Reception and Fellowship

The principles which govern a dispensation may be departed from, or even reversed, by divine revelation. For example, the God-appointed separation between Jew and Gentile is abolished; the “middle wall of partition “is broken down in this age. The essential difference between the old covenant and the new—between the dispensation of law and that of grace—necessitated this and other equally radical changes in the divine legislation. But within the limits of one dispensation, whilst ...

Unity and Separation

In the wonderful prayer of John 17 two leading thoughts are emphasised—viz., the unity of all who are Christ’s and their separateness from the world. And we think it must be apparent to all thoughtful readers of the Word that, from first to last, these two lines of teaching are prominent. This being so, Satan has ever sought, by force or subtlety, to separate what God has united, and to unite what God has separated. The marvellous unity of the believers, as recorded in the early ch...

Differences of Judgment

It is the will of God that His children “be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” To this end the apostle prays (Romans 15:5), “Now, the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one to another according to Christ Jesus, that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” That this blessed attainment of oneness of mind and judgment should have been frustrated through the working of Satan ...

On Ordination and Acknowledgment of Overseers

“And when they had ordained them elders in every church.”—Acts 14:23. It is contended by some that the Greek word here rendered “ordain” signifies to appoint by holding up the hand, and that it implies appointment by the vote of the church. It only occurs in one other place, viz., 2 Cor. 8:19, “who was chosen of the churches.” In the latter case, whatever was done was the act of “the churches;” in the former it was the act of the apostles Barnabas and Paul. The fact that...

The Ministry of the Word in the Assembly

I have the impression that the coming together of the children of God on the first day of the week occupied in apostolic days an even more prominent place than it does among us. Read Heb. 10:24, 25. “Let us consider one another to provoke [or ‘for a provocation,’ i.e., not to others but to ourselves] unto love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as ye see the day approaching....

Fundamental Error and Scriptural Discipline

There are many Christians who have no sympathy at all with the heresy known as “the non-eternity of punishment,” who firmly believe it to be a serious error—whether it terminates the sufferings of the wicked by extinction or by restitution finally to the favour of God—but who are nevertheless in doubt as to how they should act towards those who hold these doctrines. Some deny that there is any Scripture warrant for exclusion from an assembly on the ground of doctrine. Such hold th...
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