William Lincoln

Chapter 6

“Children obey your parents,” etc. There were children in the church at Ephesus and Colosse. The Lord has a word to say to them. He speaks to them before the parents. They are to be obedient to their parents. Verse 2.—What a singular recipe God gives for long life! Not a cold bath every morning, or abstinence from food, meat, etc., or so much exercise, but to honour the father and mother. It is a blessing to live. There is an old heathen saying, “Those whom the gods love, die earl...

Introductory Remarks

It had been well if the first verse, and beginning of the second, had been separated from the after verses, and entitled chapter 1 and thus seen to be distinct from the narrative of God’s constituting the earth as a suitable abode for His creature man. The second verse says that the earth, ere God began again to work upon it, was “tohu,” rendered “without form.” But Isa. 45:18, asserts that God did not create it “tohu.” And in Isa. 34:11, the same two words occur precisely as w...

The Lord’s Way with Noah, the Saint for the Earth.

Section 1. Noah, previous to the Deluge. Genesis 6-8:19. Chapter 6, to Ver. 13. That which is born of the flesh is flesh. It does not follow because one is a saint that his children are also and all of them saints. Too well, alas! we know the contrary. These patriarchs, mentioned by name in chap. 5, may have been, and probably were, all truly acquainted with God themselves; but each of them begat children, and there is no proof that their children all followed in their parents’ fai...

Preface

The World to Come, and the Divine Preparations for it. “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.”—Acts 15:18. pavnta oJrivzetai tw'/ tevlei. London: John F. Shaw & Co., 48, Paternoster Row, E.O. Preface The endeavour, in the following pages, is mainly to draw out the teaching of this book viewed as a whole. No doubt each of its many chapters abounds in instruction; and inasmuch as it narrates the history of the early patriarchs, one cann...

Chapter 5

The subject of the priesthood of Christ, and His formal appointment to it by God, is here continued, with exhortations and admonitions to believers connected therewith. Verses 1, 2.—Here we learn that the very idea of a priest is one who can “bear gently with the ignorant and the erring.” An angel would not have been fitted to fill the office: he could not have sympathized at all as he never suffered. Hence until the real High Priest became manifest, men were appointed to the priest...

Chapter 4

Here still the subject of God’s rest, and our rest with Him is continued. In the early part of Chapter 3, we see God in His rest—His redemption rest in Christ; hence the reference is to the tabernacle of old. But in the latter part of chapter 3, the subject is the believer entering into God’s rest, and the allusion is changed to the wilderness, and the passage of some through it into Canaan. Verse 1.—The rest here is “His rest.” A “promise” shews that we have not come to i...

Chapter 3

The first two chapters have been intensely doctrinal. In chapter 1, the enthroned Sin-purger is seen at rest, and His rest in yonder glory is eternal. In chapter 2, His people are seen in association with Him for ever there, and now we come to listen to divine instruction concerning the eternal rest of God, in which His people are to share. Verse 1.—“Wherefore holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling.” In addressing us as “holy brethren,” the allusion is to chapter 2:11,...

Chapter 2

The first four verses of this chapter ought to be joined to chapter 1: they specially warn against the neglect of this great salvation, which God has brought so near. So great that the three Persons in the Godhead had all to do with the providing of it (see chap. 9:14, with which compare Luke 15), and here are all seen witnessing to its greatness. God speaks “in Son”— “therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things that were heard,” lest, like a ship in motion, when...

Chapter 1

This Epistle is dated from that unsullied glory into which Christ has entered. First, He is seen alone, amid the uncreated light of God’s throne. There He is speaking to us. Verse 1—God hath spoken. What a mercy! He has spoken twice. First, unto the fathers in the prophets, “at sundry times and in divers manners,”—a bit to one and a bit to another, piecemeal: to Adam, to Abraham, to David and others. It has pleased Him to put all these bits together, and to reveal them to us. We...

Chapter 6

The inspired writer now turns to describe some, who, while they had some head knowledge of the doctrines of Christianity, had no life. They were contented with the outward form, and evidently had, like many professors of our own day, a certain pleasure in holding and descanting on the externals of a religion, which they had never received the living power of in their souls. Solemn beyond degree is the description here given by the Holy Ghost of such professors and their end. How far it is po...
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