William Lincoln

“Christians:” The Divinely-given Name of God’s People.

This is the great term selected, or rather coined, by the Holy Ghost. The people of Antioch did not give believers this name. “The disciples were called of God Christians at Antioch.” That is to say, the word translated “called,” occurs eight times throughout the New Testament. In each of the other cases, it is at once evident that God is the speaker—e.g., “Warned of God in a dream” (Matt. 2). Moses was “admonished of God” (Heb. 8). Similarly, in Acts 11:27. But it is objec...

Separation to God.

Separation to God, and from the world, especially in its religion, is the way of the Lord. This He has in His Word commanded and called His people in all ages to obey. Yet in nothing has full obedience been less known. The enemy has ever sought to blot out the line of demarcation between the saved and the unsaved, never more so than at the present time. The death of the Lord Jesus had this object among others, to deliver His redeemed from the present evil world (Gal. 1:4), that they mi...

“A Special People unto Himself”

One great object of the Most High in locating Israel in olden time in a cleansed land was, that they might be a witness for Him among the surrounding nations (Isa. 44:8). And in order to that national witness, it was absolutely necessary that “the people should dwell alone, and not be reckoned among the nations (Num. 23:9). Whether in the wilderness, or whether afterwards in Canaan, still to separation was their distinctive calling. Ere yet they reached the promised land, very earnestly we...

Without the Camp.

Union with Christ in the coming glory involves present association with Him in His rejection, in His shame, and in His sufferings. This the Apostle teaches clearly in Heb. 13:11-13. The bodies of the beasts sacrificed were “burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.” Great emphasis is here thrown upon the word “without,” since...

Babylon.

It is no uncommon thing to blunt and turn aside all the admonitions given by God to His people in regard to their separation from Babylon, by suggesting that the term refers alone to Popery. And so all the denunciations of impending woe on that huge system are handed over to Romanists, while a large part of professing Christendom, lulled by this as by a powerful soporific, continues slumbering, and in its dreams congratulating itself that all is right as it should be with it, seeing it is ou...

Chapter 1

Kilmarnock: John Ritchie, Publisher Of Christian Literature Chapter 1 Here is an Epistle to the saints. And, blessed be God, we are saints, though we do not deserve to be. People in their ignorance, say, “Saint” Peter, and “Saint “Paul, but God calls all His people saints. “Sanctified by God “that is, separated by God, —the “garden enclosed,”—a holy people to begin with. Then we are to live holily. “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” As we are holy,...

Chapter 2

The thought of this passage is—striving to be greater. The god of this world is the devil. All fleshly rivalry, is to be a little bit greater or grander, or excelling one’s fellows. “We walked.” Doing the works of the flesh,—emulation, strife. The mind,—the devil in all, ruling over all. “The spirit that now worketh.” Contrast chapter 1:20: God working,— which He wrought in Christ, which He energized in Christ. God’s energy lifting us up to that height where no creature, ...

Chapter 3

Gentiles should be heirs together, a body together, and partakers together” Together is mentioned three times. Then three times over in this section we read of the “mystery.” That is explained in verse 5. Something not made known, but revealed now. The great mystery, Christ and the Church. God is putting His saints together. After the flood, God dealt with individuals, then families, then nations. Now God is taking people of all sorts, ages, races, uniting them to the Head up there,...

Chapter 4

“Therefore I beseech you,” etc. If Christ loves us so, and God, what do you want with anything else? That is yours; let go everything else down here. The heart must be taken up with something. God says look at the love of Christ; let that satisfy you. He fills you with heaven that you may let go everything the heart craves after. “I beseech you;” not command you. Some things are only hinted in the Word; the child of God should be sharp to catch His will. Ephesians is divided in...

Chapter 5

“Be ye therefore followers of God,” etc. (This chapter should be joined to the last). We are all prone to imitate those that we admire, those that we love. “Be ye imitators of God.” He won’t do anything for us but for the highest reason. God in Christ’s love to us. Correct everything in your walk by what you are in Christ, else your walk will be very incorrect. “Be ye imitators of God.” “Walk as dear children of God.” Sometimes you can see the ways of a father in a child,...
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