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The Quickening POWER! POWER OVER ALL FLESH...

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me."   -John 12:32 [KJV] My soul! it is blessed, and refreshing to the faith of God's children, to behold, in their almighty Redeemer, the same properties as are ascribed to the Father and the Spirit; and more especially in the points which concern their personal salvation. Jesus told the Jews, that none could come to Him, "except the Father, Who had sent Him, should draw them;" John 6:44 . And in the same chapter, He ascribes "the quickening power," which draws to Christ, unto the Holy Spirit, verse 63. But that His own sovereign power and Godhead is also included in this act of grace, He here teacheth us, by describing whose love and grace it is that sinners are drawn by! Precious Lord Jesus! let mine eyes be ever unto Thee for the quickening, reviving, restoring, comforting, and all healing graces, which Thou now art exalted, as a Prince and a Saviour to give unto Thy people.   And

PROFITABLE UNTO ALL THINGS

"Godliness is profitable unto all things." -I  Timothy 4:8 [KJV] What is "profitable?" I may define it in one short sentence—that which does the soul good. Now "godliness" is profitable unto all things, as doing the soul good in all circumstances. Here it stands apart and separate from everything of a worldly nature. Here it is distinguished from the "bodily exercise that profiteth little." It is "profitable unto all things." In sickness, in health; in sunshine, in storm; upon the mount, in the valley; under whatever circumstances the child of God may be, "godliness" or rather the "exercise" of godliness is profitable. And it is drawn out by these circumstances. It lives in the face of trials; it is strengthened by opposition; it becomes victorious through defeat; it gains the day in spite of every foe: "Stands every storm, and lives at last."   It does not die away like "bodily exercise;" it

IS THE LORD'S HAND WAXED SHORT? Negative! Never!

"And the L ORD said unto Moses, Is the L ORD ' s hand waxed short? Thou shalt see now whether My word shall come to pass unto thee, or not." -Numbers 11:23 [KJV] Is it not an extraordinary thing in the history of Moses, that he, who had seen the miracles in Egypt, should stagger at God's promises to feed His people with a new supply in the wilderness? Had Moses forgotten the rock which gave water, or the daily supply of manna? But pause, my soul! look not at Moses; look at home. What wonders hath thy God wrought for thee! and yet what doubts, and fears, and questionings, are continually arising in thy mind. Is there a child of God on earth, more apt to reason with flesh and blood than thou art? And is there a child of God, that hath less reason so to do?   Dearest Lord! I blush to think how slender, at times, my faith is! When I read of the acts of those heroes in the gospel, who "through faith, subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, stopped the mouths of lio

According to His Lovingkindness & Tender Mercies

"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness; according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions." - Psalm 51:1 [KJV] This psalm is very suitable to the wants and feelings of every sensible sinner, for it is not necessary to have committed David's sin to have a measure of David's repentance and confessions, and of David's desires, breathings, and supplications. "Have mercy upon me, O God," he says, "according to Thy lovingkindness." To ask God to have mercy upon us is one of the first cries that a convinced sinner puts up to God. It was so with the publican in the temple; and where it is sincere, God will certainly hear it "according to His loving-kindness," for He is full of love and kindness to poor, mourning sinners.  How the psalmist also begs of the Lord to "blot out his transgressions according unto the multitude of His tender mercies." As our sins in thought, word, and d

A Prince and a Savior

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour."  -Hebrews 2:9 [KJV] Mark, my soul, the very sweet and peculiar manner in which God the Holy Ghost here speaks of Jesus. He was "made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death." Yes! a body, such as ours, was given Him, for the express purpose of suffering. Our nature, by reason of sin, required a sacrifice for sin. It behoved Him, therefore, to be in all things like unto His brethren. But when He had made His soul an offering for sin, He for ever sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. To none of the angels was it ever said, "Sit Thou on My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool." Now ponder these blessed things, and then say, whether thou hast so seen Jesus? If so, thou hast seen thy nature, in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, not only exalted above all principality and power, and might

HIS MIGHTY POWER!

"And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places." - Ephesians 1:19-20 [KJV] It is no great mystery that the Son of God should be exalted to the throne of power. It is but a step from the bosom of the Father to His right hand. But that one in our nature should be exalted to that seat of pre-eminence and power; that the Mediator between God and man should be the man Christ Jesus; that the hands which once were nailed to the cross should now hold the sceptre, and that the feet which once walked on Lake Gennesaret, which were weary and dust-soiled at Jacob's well, which were washed with a sinful woman's tears and kissed in penitential grief and love with polluted lips—that these very feet should now have all things put under them both in heaven and earth,  there  is the mystery.   An

HOLY TRINITY: These Three are One

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."   -I John 5:7 [KJV] A spiritual knowledge of the Trinity lies at the foundation of all vital godliness. To know Father, Son, and Holy Ghost by special teaching and divine revelation, is the sum and substance of spiritual religion, and is eternal life; according to the Lord's own testimony, John 17:3 , "And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." Thus, sooner or later, the Lord leads all His people into a feeling acquaintance with, and divine reception of this glorious mystery; and thus they come to know the Father's electing love, the Son's redeeming work, and the Spirit's inward testimony; and that these Three are One.   But how opposed to nature, sense, and reason is this glorious mystery; and how they all rise up in rebellion against it! How can Three be One or One