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The Believer's Response To the Holy Spirit's Inworking
Volume Three
By Ruth Paxson

This is volume tthree in a three volume series
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Vol. I. The Person and Work of Christ
Vol. II. The Relation Between Christ and the Christian
Vol. III. The Believer's Response to the Holy Spirit's Inworking

                    Life On the Highest Plane

                         Volume Three

                        The Believer's Response
                     To the Holy Spirit's Inworking

                    Life On the Highest Plane
                         By RUTH PAXSON

  Complete in three volumes 

  Vol. I.    The Person and Work of Christ 
  Vol. II.   The Relation Between Christ and the Christian
  Vol. III.  The Believer's Response to the Holy Spirit's Inworking

                    Life On the Highest Plane

          A Study of the Spiritual Nature and Needs of Man

                         By RUTH PAXSON

                         Volume III


                    CONTENTS, VOLUME III

  I. The Spirit-Filled Life - 7
  II. The Prerequisite to Fulness--Cleansing - 22
  III. The Believer's Part in Becoming Spirit-Filled--Yielding - 30
  IV. The Believer's Part in Becoming Spirit-Filled--Faith - 58
  V. The Believer's Part in Remaining Spirit-Filled--Obedience - 87
  VI. The Believer's Part in Remaining Spirit-Filled--Bible Study - 112
  VII. The Believer's Part in Remaining Spirit-Filled--Prayer - 152
  VIII. The Works of the Spiritual Man - 183
  IX. The Relationships of the Spiritual Man - 220
  X. The Hope of the Spiritual Man - 261
  XI. The Story of Salvation Told in Five Chapters - 307
  Bibliography - 309

  DIAGRAMS: Facing Page (omitted in this file)

  XII. The Unyielded Life - 57
  XIII. Hope of the Spiritual Man - 275
  XIV. The Story of Salvation - 307


                        I. THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE

     IN our studies so far we have considered God's wondrous plan of 
salvation as wrought out in the Lord Jesus Christ. We have seen what 
Christ came to do for us, to be in us, and to work through us. We have 
faced what life in Christ may be and, therefore, ought to be in every 
Christian. Let us now honestly face its real worth to us individually.

     Is God's salvation in Christ perfect? Can anything be added to 
it? Can anything be taken from it? Surely the answer will quickly come 
from any life in vital relationship with the Lord Jesus, "Yes, 
God's salvation is perfect; it provides for every need; it satisfies 
every desire; it furnishes an all-sufficient Saviour. As I look into 
my life's deepest need I can think of nothing to add to it nor of 
anything that could be taken from it. God's salvation wrought out in 
Christ for me is of infinite worth through its perfection."

     But is it practical? Is it possible for an ordinary person to 
live a life in Christ such as God seems to expect? I can imagine the 
answer of some to be, "The truth regarding a life lived on the highest 
plane is Biblical and logical but it does not match my experience nor 
the experience of many Christians of my


acquaintance. Is not God's plan of salvation too perfect to be 
practical for such a world as this? Is not life on the highest plane 
possible only to those who are called into special Christian service?"

     Everything in God's Word contradicts this suggestion. God's plan 
of salvation is not only perfect but it is practical and possible for 
every individual believer. The Good Shepherd spoke concerning every 
sheep within His fold when He said, "I am come that they might have 
life and that they might have it more abundantly." Whoever has 
Christ's life in any measure may have it in its fulness.

     Col. 2:9-10, R.V., "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the 
Godhead bodily, and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all 
principality and power."

     John the Baptist in two wonderful proclamations declared the 
entire scope of Christ's work in salvation when he said, "Behold, the 
Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world" and "He that sent 
me to baptize in water, the same is he that baptizeth in the Holy 
Ghost" (John 1:29, 33). Christ would do a twofold work for those who 
trust Him as Saviour; He would take away their sin and He would 
baptize them in the Spirit. Thus John the Baptist states that part of 
Christ's work is to bring the believer into as definite a relationship 
to the Holy Spirit as he bears to Christ, although it is to be a 
different relationship.

     What John the Baptist had said Christ corroborated in two 
remarkable invitations which He gave to sinners to come to Him and 
drink of the Water of Life.


     John 4:14, R.V., "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I 
shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him 
shall BECOME IN HIM a well of water springing up unto eternal life."

     John 7:37-38, R.V., "Now on the last day, the great day of the 
feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come 
unto me and drink. ... He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath 
said, FROM WITHIN HIM shall flow rivers of living water."

     Jesus Christ promised to bestow a gift upon the one who believed 
in Him as Sin-bearer which would bring perfect satisfaction and 
sufficiency within the believer's inmost life and which would then 
overflow in rich and abounding blessing into the lives of others. 
Christ's offer to the Samaritan woman was a gift which would change 
her source of supplies from a water pot to a well and then convert her 
life into a channel through which rivers of this Living Water would 

          The Holy Spirit--Christ's Gift to the Believer

     We are left in no doubt as to what this gift was for the Lord 
Jesus states most explicitly that it was the gift of the Holy Spirit.

     John 7:39, R.V., "But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they 
that believed on him were to receive: for the Spirit was not yet 
given; because Jesus was not yet glorified."

     Please note that in this verse the Lord Jesus tells us three 

     (1) What the gift was--"This spoke he of the Spirit."


     (2) To whom it was to be given--"Which they that believe on him 
were to receive."

     (3) When the gift was to be bestowed--"Jesus was not yet 

     It is evident from these words that His finished work as 
Sin-bearer must first be accomplished and then as the glorified Lord 
in Heaven He would bestow this wondrous gift upon every believer which 
would make real within him that abiding and abounding Life which 
Christ had made possible for him.

     Still further light was thrown upon the nature of this gift in 
Christ's last conversation with the disciples on the eve of His 
exodus. He told them He was to live in them as an abiding spiritual 
Presence; that there would be a divine inflow of Life supernatural in 
quality, and a divine outflow of Life supernatural in power. They were 
to live as He lived and to work as He worked. To provide power for 
such a life He promised that "another Comforter" would come to take up 
His permanent abode in them.

     John 14:16-18, "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you 
another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit 
of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, 
neither knoweth him; but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and 
shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to 

     "Another Comforter"--these words are descriptive and defining and 
very significant. The "Comforter," "Paraclete," means "one who is 
called alongside of


another to help." "Another" means one just like Himself. Some One was 
to come to dwell in each of them in perpetual presence and through His 
indwelling Christ Himself would be brought back to live within them. 
The One who was to abide in them was the Spirit who had indwelt, 
infilled and empowered the God-man when He was upon earth. Christ 
promised that upon His return to glory He would send back this same 
Spirit to indwell, to infill and to empower them. This He did on the 
day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came down to form the Church, 
the mystic body of Christ, and to dwell in it on earth. On that day 
the disciples who tarried in the upper room were baptized in the 

     From that day, as the divine record shows, every one who through 
faith in Christ as Saviour, has been organically and vitally united 
with the living Lord as a member of His body, has received the gift of 
the Holy Spirit.

     Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized 
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [because of] the 
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

     Acts 11:15, 17, "And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on 
them, as on us at the beginning. ... Forasmuch then as God gave them 
the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus 
Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?"

     The moment one receives the Sin-bearer as his Saviour he is "in 
the Spirit" and the Spirit is in him. Whatever 


his spiritual condition the Holy Spirit indwells every Christian as an 
abiding, perpetual Presence. It is impossible to accept the Son and to 
refuse the Spirit.

     Rom. 8:9, "But ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so 
be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the 
Spirit of Christ, he is none of his."

     1 Cor. 3:16, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that 
the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

     In the divine plan there is as definite a purpose in the gift of 
the Spirit as in the gift of the Son. Through the Son the sinner has 
life; through the Spirit the believer has life more abundant. Through 
the Son the sinner leaves the sphere of the natural and enters the 
sphere of the spiritual. Through the Spirit the believer is lifted to 
the highest heights of life on the spiritual plane. God has a purpose 
for every Christian--a life of true, deep, vital, growing 
spirituality--and the Holy Spirit lives within every believer as God's 
gracious provision for the accomplishment of this very purpose.

     But do not let us think for a moment that the Spirit works apart 
from the Son. Life more abundant is by the Spirit. He shares with 
Christ the Head of the body, His intense desire that the fulness of 
life in the Head in Heaven shall be manifested in the body on earth. 
But the believer must know that that fulness is for him, he must 
desire to have it, and there must be a means of communicating it to 
him. All this is the work of the Holy Spirit.   It is His task to 


reveal Christ in all the perfection of His heavenly, holy life to the 
believer; to unfold to him the unsearchable riches which are his as an 
heir of God in Christ; to create within him a desire to possess his 
possessions; and then, to act as the channel through which the 
abundant life of the glorified Lord in Heaven is communicated to him.

     John 16:14-15, "He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine 
and shall show it unto you. ... All things that the Father hath are 
mine; therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it 
unto you."

     Rom. 8:16-17, R.V., "The Spirit himself beareth witness with our 
spirit, that we are children of God; and if children, then heirs; 
heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer 
with him, that we may be also glorified with him."

     It is the Holy Spirit who works within the believer to bring him 
to make the choice between self and Christ. But as He works He is 
opposed, thwarted, challenged and resisted every step of the way by 
that bitter opponent. "The flesh" works as diligently to keep the 
believer fleshly as the Spirit works to make him spiritual.

     Gal. 5:17, "For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the 
Spirit against the flesh: for these are contrary the one to the 

     Romans seven records the victory of "the flesh" and we see the 
Holy Spirit ignored, silenced, thwarted and quenched. Romans eight 
records the victory of the Holy 


Spirit and we see Him victorious, active, regnant and supreme. We are 
compelled to believe that some advance in relationship to the Holy 
Spirit has taken place which has given Him this wonderful victory and 
we are constrained to ask God to show us what it is. 

          The Spirit-filled Life

     In one terse, concise command God shows us the highest point the 
believer can reach in his relationship to the Holy Spirit.

     Eph. 5:18, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be 
filled with the Spirit."

     You, who have the Holy Spirit in you, give Him full right of way 
in your life; let Him dominate your whole being; let Him who dwells 
within you fill you from the center to the circumference of your life. 
You are in the sphere of the Spirit, therefore let the Spirit live out 
His life in you. Through regeneration God has endowed you with Himself 
and in the Person of the Spirit He dwells within you. Allow Him now to 
work out His perfect will unhindered through the undivided control of 
your whole being. Permit Him to energize you with His almighty power 
through filling you with Himself.

     "Be filled with the Spirit" is a command given to every believer. 
No Christian is refused the blessing of such a precious experience and 
none is exempt from its responsibilities. As the refusal of life in 
Christ is the greatest sin of the unbeliever so the refusal of life


more abundant in the Holy Spirit's fulness is the greatest sin of the 
believer. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is not the privilege of a 
few but it is the prerogative of all believers. Since it is a command, 
it is not optional, but it is incumbent upon every Christian to be so 

     Acts 4:31, "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where 
they were assembled together and they were ALL filled with the Holy 
Ghost and they spake the word of God with boldness."

     "Be filled with the Spirit"--"Filled."
     "Full of the Holy Ghost"--"Full."
     "That ye may be filled unto all the fulness of God"--"Fulness."

     These words suggest that there is an infinite, exhaustless 
fulness which the believer may receive according to his receptive 
capacity. He may be "filled" today yet tomorrow he shall need to be "
filled" again so that his life may be habitually "full"; and the 
process of continuous infillings will need to continue as long as he 
lives since the source of supply is "all the fulness of God." A life 
"full of the Holy Ghost" should be and may be the normal life of every 
believer. "We may be always full, yet ever filling, the first 
reception of the fulness being a crisis that leads to a process."

     Acts 6:3, "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men 
of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost, and wisdom, whom we may 
appoint over this business."


     Acts 11:24, "For he (Barnabas) was a good man, and full of the 
Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord."

     To be spiritual, then, one must be filled and be kept filled with 
the Holy Spirit. The habitual fulness of the Holy Spirit is the divine 
provision for a life lived on the highest plane. The Holy Spirit is 
the divinely appointed means of communication of "the abundant life" 
of the ascended, glorified Lord in Heaven to the believer on earth. 
There is a threefold manifestation of the Holy Spirit's infilling.

     The realization of Christ's abiding presence. Is not this the 
greatest need as, I dare say, it is the deepest desire of some of us? 
He said, "I will come unto you" and with our intellect we believe He 
has come but our hearts cry out for a deeper realization of His 
blessed presence within. The lives of the early Christians seemed 
fairly surcharged with such a joyous, vivid consciousness of the 
presence within them of their living, glorified Lord. He was so real 
to them that He seemed to be the home of all their thoughts and the 
horizon of all their affections. Is the spiritual presence of the 
living Lord such an intense reality to you? Are you occupied with 
Christ? Are you satisfied in Christ? Can you say from your heart,

     "Thou, O Christ, art all I want; 
     More than all in Thee I find"?

To have Christ abiding in us in all His fulness is to have every need 
supplied, every desire fulfilled, every


hunger satisfied, every thirst quenched. It is to have our whole life 
perpetually refreshed and replete in Him. Such a realization of His 
abiding presence in its fulness is one of the rich rewards of a 
Spirit-filled life.

     Eph. 3:16, 17, 19, R.V., "That he would grant you, according to 
the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power 
through his Spirit in the inward man; ... That Christ may dwell in 
your hearts through faith. ... That ye may be filled unto all the 
fulness of God."

     The reproduction of Christ's holy life within the believer is 
another unspeakably precious benefit of the Spirit-filled life. Who of 
us has ever had a real vision of the Lord Jesus who has not abhorred 
his own sinfulness and longed passionately for Christ's holiness? Who 
has ever really seen the King in His beauty and not longed intensely 
to be like Him? But His is a life that defies imitation. No 
counterfeit is ever so quickly detected and so heartily detested as a 
counterfeit of the Christ. There is no possibility of likeness to the 
character seen in Jesus Christ except through the reproduction of His 
life in us.

     To communicate the life of the living Head in heaven to the body 
on earth, making the visible part of Christ of the same character as 
the invisible part, is the work of the Holy Spirit. To reproduce the 
life of the Lord Jesus in us in a growing perfection is the mission of 
the Holy Spirit and His ability to perform this task is in proportion 
to the freedom given Him to do it. The Spirit-filled Christian is the 
one who is most like his Lord.


     2 Cor. 3:18, R.V., "But we all with unveiled face beholding as in 
a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image 
from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit."

     Gal. 5:22-23, R.V., "But the fruit [singular] of the Spirit is 
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
meekness, self-control: against such there is no law."

     Compressed into these nine exquisite graces is a marvellous 
word-picture of the character of Jesus Christ in its essential beauty, 
symmetry and perfection. Such character can never be produced through 
human effort for it is not the product of human nature but the fruit 
of the divine nature. Only the divine can produce the divine. "As 
without the sun the photographic image cannot be printed upon the 
sensitized film, so apart from the Holy Spirit, the moral glories of 
the Lord Jesus can never become ours in any sense save that of 
desire." But, when the Holy Spirit is permitted to fill us, He brings 
forth His own fruit in a character of growing likeness to that of our 

     The reenactment of Christ's supernatural power through us is the 
third outstanding mark of a Spirit-filled life. All power belongs unto 
God and He has delegated this power to His Son and the Son in turn 
transmits that power to the one whose life is united with His. When He 
gave that last commission to the disciples He said, "All power hath 
been given unto me in heaven and upon earth, go ye therefore and make 
disciples of all the nations." 
The "therefore" fully implies that, as He sent them forth to 
accomplish such a superhuman task, He promised to endue them with


supernatural power. Just before His ascension He told them to wait 
until they were "endued with power from on high" and in giving this 
command He reiterated His promise to send forth to them the Holy 
Spirit upon His return to glory (Luke 24:49). So their enduement with 
power and their reception of the Holy Spirit evidently had a vital 
connection. The last words He spoke, as He was lifted up out of their 
sight, declared this.

     Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost 
is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, 
and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the 

     A study of the book of Acts shows us that those who were filled 
with the Holy Spirit were full of power. They had power to suffer and 
to sacrifice; to teach and to preach; to witness and to work. 
Thousands of souls were born into the Kingdom of God and blessed 
through their ministry. But this work of grace was not wrought through 
human energy, zeal, wisdom or eloquence, but through the power of the 
ascended Lord poured forth through Spirit-filled lives.

     Have you the power of the Holy Spirit? Through you is He working 
mightily to convict men of sin, to constrain them to believe in 
Christ, and to conform them to the image of the Lord Jesus? If not, is 
it because you are not filled with the Holy Spirit? Wherever He is in 
fulness He manifests Himself in power. "In order to have the Holy 
Spirit's competency we must have His control."


     One day while rowing I noticed a break in the bank and a 
veritable river was flowing out of the lake through the adjoining 
fields making everything round about rich in foliage and fruitage. 
Inquiring of one of my companions why with such a continuous outflow 
of water the lake did not go dry, he replied, "Oh! there are 
innumerable springs in the bottom and as much water as flows out 
through the river flows in through the unseen springs." Such inflow 
and outflow symbolizes a Spirit-filled life.

     "In him a well," the Holy Spirit in His fulness is Christ's gift 
to every believer. He dwells within, a well of Living Water, a 
continuously upspringing fountain. With Him within there is no need 
for dearth. The promise is he "shall never thirst." The supply will be 
commensurate to the need. Satisfaction and sufficiency characterize 
the Spirit-filled life.

     "Out of him rivers." The inflow demands and provides an outflow. 
Satisfaction in Christ means the overflow of Christ. The Holy Spirit 
in complete, continuous control is a well of Living Water within us 
constantly springing up in ever increasing fulness until there are 
rivers of Living Water flowing into other lives. Thus the 
Spirit-filled life is one of perennial freshness, fragrance, fulness 
and fruitfulness.

     Is such a life yours? If not, do you desire it? It is available; 
it is obtainable; it is for you if you thirst. "If any man thirst." Do 
you know there is more of the Holy Spirit for you than you have yet 
claimed? Have you enough of Him to make you want more? Then listen to 
the invitation freely extended to you.


     "If any man thirst let him come unto me and drink." Drink until 
you are satisfied, until you are full, yea, until you are overflowing. 
The fulness of the Holy Spirit is for every one who thirsts for it and 
who will meet God's simple and clearly stated conditions.

     "Our blest Redeemer, ere He breathed
       His tender, last farewell, 
     A Guide, a Comforter, bequeathed
       With us to dwell. 
     And every virtue we possess,
       And every victory won, 
     And every thought of holiness,
       Are His alone."




     "GOD hath not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness," and 
if we measure up to our calling as saints, all uncleanness must go. 
The infilling of the Holy Spirit demands the cleansing of the life. 
Two commands given to Christians in regard to their relationship to 
the Holy Spirit reveal this fact very strikingly.

     Eph. 4:30, "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are 
sealed unto the day of redemption." 

     Grieve is a love word. You cannot grieve one who does not love 
you. You can hurt him or anger him but you cannot grieve him. To 
grieve the Holy Spirit means that we are causing pain to Some One who 
loves us. What, then, in us causes this divine One grief?

     He is the Spirit of truth (John 14:17) so anything false, 
deceitful, hypocritical, grieves Him.

     He is the Spirit of faith (2 Cor. 4:13) so doubt, unbelief, 
distrust, worry, anxiety, grieve Him.

     He is the Spirit of grace (Heb. 10:29) so that which is hard, 
bitter, ungracious, unthankful, malicious, unforgiving or unloving, 
grieves Him.

     He is the Spirit of holiness (Rom. 1:4) so anything unclean, 
defiling or degrading, grieves Him.


     He is the Spirit of wisdom and revelation (Eph. 1:17) so 
ignorance, conceit, arrogance and folly, grieve Him.

     He is the Spirit of power, love and discipline (2 Tim. 1:7) so 
that which is barren, fruitless, disorderly, confused and 
uncontrolled, grieves Him.

     He is the Spirit of life (Rom. 8:2) so anything that savours of 
indifference, lukewarmness, spiritual dulness, and deadness, grieves 

     He is the Spirit of glory (1 Pet. 4:14) so anything worldly, 
earthly or fleshly, grieves 'Him.

     He dwells within us to enable us "to grow up into Christ in all 
things" (Eph. 4:15); to bring us daily into conformity to  Christ's 
image (2 Cor. 3:18); until we have reached "unto the measure of the 
stature of the fulness of Christ" (Eph. 4:13); so anything in us which 
hinders Him in carrying out this purpose grieves Him. Knowingly, wilfully, to permit anything which is 
contrary to what the Holy Spirit Himself is to remain in your life, 
now His domain, must mean that you love sin more than you love Him. 
Such unfaithfulness grieves Him. Refusing obedience to God's revealed 
will constitutes a rejection of Him in favor of His enemy.

     Spirituality depends upon an harmonious and happy relationship 
with our divine Helper and Advocate. Sin, then, which impairs such 
relationship must inevitably hinder any true spirituality. As long as 
we are indulging known sin we are living in the same abode with a 
grieved Spirit who is thereby hindered from manifesting Himself fully 


in and through us. It is clear, then, that if one is to be filled with 
the Holy Spirit all conscious, wilful sin must be put away. "God does 
not require golden vessels, neither does He seek for silver ones, but 
He must have clean ones." To be filled one must be cleansed.

     1 Thess. 5:19, "Quench not the Spirit."

     We "grieve" the Spirit when we say "yes" to Satan when he lures 
us into sin. We "quench" the Spirit when we say "no" to God when He 
woos us into sanctification and service. To bring the believer to will 
to let God's will have absolute sway over the entire being is part of 
the Spirit's work, perhaps it is His hardest task. Self-will is a 
latent thing in every one of us which is prone to manifest itself in 
secret if not in open rebellion against God.

     The only cure for self-will is a deliberate, determined choice to 
do God's will in all things, at all times, at all costs. If is to have 
one's heart firmly fixed upon the doing of God's will as the rule for 
daily life and to permit no exception to this rule. "So a yieldedness 
to the will of God is not demonstrated by some one particular issue; 
it is rather a matter of having taken the will of God as the rule of 
one's life. To be in the will of God is simply to be willing to do His 
will without reference to any particular thing He may choose. It is 
electing His will to be final, even before we know what He may wish us 
to do. It is, therefore, not a question of being willing to do some 
one thing; it is a question of being willing to do anything,


when, where and how it may seem best in His heart of love." ("He 
that is Spiritual" L.S. Chafer, page 113)

     God's first man had the right to will and the power to will 
Godward. But he chose to will Satanward. God's second Man had the 
right to will and the power to will Godward which He invariably did in 
every choice. If you are a Christian, you are God's new man in Christ. 
You have the right to will and the Holy Spirit dwells within you to 
enable you always to will Godward. But if you say "No" to God at any 
point you have allied yourself with the evil forces which are in 
rebellion against God. Such resistance and rebellion is sin and the 
Holy Spirit cannot occupy fully His abode in your life until you are 

     The indwelling Spirit longs to fill the life of each one whom He 
indwells. So He is constantly working toward the purifying of the 
life. Indeed He is there for that very purpose. In a darkened room 
there would be much of dust which would pass unnoticed but, when the 
sun shines in, it is all brought out into the light. The more fully 
the light fills the room the more perfectly the dust is revealed. The 
Holy Spirit dwelling in the believer brings out into the light the sin 
in the life and the more fully He indwells the more perfect will be 
the revelation and recognition of sin. The nearer God comes to us the 
more sensitive to sin are we made. Some things which five years ago or 
a year ago or a month ago you would not have called sin you now 
acknowledge to be sin. The Holy Spirit who dwells in us is there to 


purify our hearts and to sanctify our lives. "Giving them the Holy 
Ghost, purifying their hearts by faith." 

          The Means of Cleansing

     1 John 1:7, "... The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us 
from all sin."

     For sinner and saint alike nothing but the blood of Jesus 
suffices to cleanse from sin. For the unsaved sinner it removes the 
guilt of sin. For the sinning saint it removes the defilement of sin. 
The Christian is in constant contact with sin and the very tense of 
the verb used in this verse "cleanseth" shows that he never gets 
beyond the need of the cleansing blood of Christ. 

          The Method of Cleansing

     The grieved Spirit will let us know that He is grieved and what 
it is that grieves Him. He will convict us of the sin that thwarts and 
throttles Him and He will point us to the cleansing blood of Christ. 
He will open the Word to 1 John 1:9 and show us what our part is. Then 
our responsibility begins. God requires but one thing of us--a frank, 
full confession prompted by a true heart repentance.

     1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to 
forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

     But, while He requires only this simple, honest confession, He 
will accept no substitute for it. Regret and remorse because of 
suffering from sin's punishment


is not confession; a forced acknowledgment when caught in some offense 
which is in reality merely the admission of transgression rather than 
of the sin of the transgression, is not confession; prayer in which a 
short, vague, half-concealed acknowledgment of sin is overshadowed by 
a long accompaniment of justification and vindication of self, will 
not pass with God for a bona fide confession from the heart. 
Confession of sin is made primarily to God and often only to Him. But, 
if one has wronged another and sin has placed a barrier between them, 
confession of that sin before the other may be required to remove the 
barrier. God's cleansing of us may await our confession to a brother. 
But this precious promise does hold out to us the blessed assurance 
that, when honest confession of known sin is frankly made to God, He 
instantly forgives and cleanses. We are thereby brought into perfect 
adjustment to an ungrieved, unquenched Spirit and every hindrance to 
His infilling is removed. 

          The Measure of Cleansing

     The measure of cleansing is from all defilement of both flesh and 
spirit. Separation from every defiling thing is a prerequisite to 
the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

     2 Cor. 7:1, "Having therefore these promises dearly beloved, let 
us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, 
perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

     God demands a cleansing that reaches from the innermost desire to 
the outermost deed; that goes from the core to the circumference. He 
asks us to take His conception of sin which regards a lustful look as 


truly sin as a lustful act; which calls hate in the heart sin as much 
as murder by the hand; which sees in irritability of spirit the seed 
of the outburst of temper. God asks for the cleansing of both the 
inner and outer part of the temple which He indwells. Even after we 
have "cleansed ourselves" by deliberately putting out of our lives 
everything which we know to be sinful there will be much when once He 
fills the life which the Holy Spirit will convict us of as unclean and 

     God's withholding of His presence in power from His own children 
until sin is put away is very strikingly revealed in His dealings with 
the children of Israel over Achan's sin. They had gained a marvellous 
victory at Jericho. The city and all that was in it had been 
delivered to them by the Lord. God had told them beforehand that 
everything in the city was accursed and that no one of them was to 
take anything of the spoils for himself or he, too, would be accursed. 
Achan, coveting gold, silver, and a Babylonish garment, took them and 
hid them under his tent. No eye but that of the all-seeing God saw him 
do it. The children of Israel, rejoicing in the signal victory over 
Jericho, marched against the smaller city of Ai with absolute 
assurance of a similar victory, only to meet with an overwhelming 
defeat. Joshua fell on his face before God and offered a prayer in 
which he charged God with blame for such humiliation before their 
enemies. But God commanded him to stop praying and told him that He 
would continue to withhold His presence from the children of Israel 


until the accursed thing was taken away from among them. Not until the 
man who had coveted, stolen and deceived, was found and confession of 
sin was made, did God again dwell in victory and in power among the 
children of Israel.

     Perhaps you have been praying fervently for the fulness of the 
Holy Spirit while all the time there has been the continued indulgence 
of some known sin, the wilful disobedience of some known command, or 
the deliberate resistance to God's clearly revealed will. If so, God 
is saying to you just now, "Get thee up, wherefore liest thou upon thy 
face. Thou hast sinned, neither will I be with you any more except ye 
destroy the accursed from among you. Up, sanctify yourselves, thou 
canst not stand before thine enemies until ye take away the accursed 
thing from among you" (Josh. 7:10-13). So long as you are living with 
a grieved or a quenched Spirit you cannot be filled. To be filled one 
must be cleansed.

     I looked the other day upon the snow-clad summit of the 
Silberhorn as it glistened in the sun. It was a marvellous symbol of 
purity. What was the cause of its spotlessness? There was nothing 
between it and the Heaven above. It lay open to receive the unstained, 
unsullied snow sent down from Heaven. Oh! that your heart and mine 
might be as pure. And they may be if there is no known sin between God 
and us and our lives lay open to the moment by moment infilling of the 
blessed Holy Spirit.




     IN the two wondrous gifts of His Son and His Spirit God has made 
perfect provision for a life of true spirituality. God's twofold gift 
to us was not a partial gift. When He gave Christ He gave all of 
Christ; when He gave the Holy Spirit He gave all of the Holy Spirit. 
He withheld nothing from us. Love not only gave its best but its all. 
When God gave Christ to us He gave Him in all the fulness of His 
perfect life and His perfected work. When God gave the Holy Spirit He 
gave Him to indwell, to infill and to empower. God is not a niggardly, 
grudging Giver. In the glorified Christ through the fulness of the 
Holy Spirit He has given all that He has to give to make us spiritual. 
This is the perfection of grace, the acme even of divine giving.

     God has made the provision but you must make the decision whether 
you will be Spirit-filled or not. There is a place in God's dealings 
with men beyond which He cannot go. He Himself set this boundary line 
in man's right to will. He sets the feast before you but He cannot 
compel you to eat. He opens the door into the abundant life but He 
cannot coerce you to enter. He places in the bank of God a deposit


that makes you a spiritual multimillionaire but He cannot write your 
checks. God has done His part, now you must do yours.

     The responsibility for fulness or lack of fulness is now in your 
hands. He will be limited in the giving of the fulness of His Spirit 
by one thing only--the room given to Him to fill. "You may have all 
the fulness you will make room for." To be Spirit-filled requires your 
active, hearty cooperation with God. You have a very clearly defined 
part in becoming spiritual.

        Yielding--The Believer's Part in becoming Spirit-filled

     The basic principle in a spiritual life lies in its control. The 
life of the natural man is wholly in the control of "the old man"; the 
life of the carnal Christian is partially in the control of self. If 
one determines to become a Spirit-filled Christian the right to reign 
must be taken altogether from "the old man" and given into the hands 
of the Lord Jesus. What the Holy Spirit wishes the believer to do and 
what He works to bring him to do, is to cooperate with Him in this 
matter by refusing deliberately the further reign of self and by 
choosing voluntarily the sovereignty of Christ over his life, yielding 
to Him as Lord and Master.

     Rom. 6:16, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves 
servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin 
unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness."

     Rom. 6:19, "I speak after the manner of men because of


the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members 
servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now 
yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness."

     To yield the life unto God is the first step in a continuous walk 
in the Spirit. This step takes us by our own choice out of the realm 
of self-will into the realm of God's will. It takes us back to our 
God-intended, God-provided center. It gives us a base for all future 
growth in spiritual things. It furnishes us with new headquarters from 
which all our future life will be directed. In yielding to Christ we 
definitely align ourselves with the perfect will of God and choose it 
to be the rule of our lives in all things forever afterward. We adopt 
the language of Christ which, whether in the great crises of life such 
as those in the wilderness, in Gethsemane or on Calvary, or in the 
ordinary walk and work of daily life in the carpenter shop and the 
home, was invariably "Thy will be done." In yielding to the 
sovereignty of the Lord Jesus Christ we deliberately choose from that 
time on to do His will instead of our own in all things and for all 

          The Life Yielded--Why?

     There are two quite diverse motives that lead people to yield 
themselves wholly to the Lord. Some make the approach to a yielded 
life along the avenue of their own need. They hunger and thirst for 
more of Christ. They long to realize more perfectly their inheritance 
in Him.

     Eph. 1:11, "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance,


being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all 
things after the counsel of his own will."

     Others come into a yielded life over the pathway of Christ's 
claim. They recognize the loneliness and yearning of Christ's heart 
for more of them. They desire to have Him possess to the full His 
inheritance in them.

     Eph. 1:18, "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; 
that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what is the 
riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints."

     Both our need of Him and His of us call for the yielding of our 
lives to Him. Every relationship which Christ bears to us is made 
ineffectual in an unyielded life. It is impossible for Christ to 
become all that He designs and desires to become apart from a wholly 
yielded life. He is handicapped and hindered in all He would do in and 
through us by our unwillingness to have it done; as Saviour He cannot 
save us from sin we insist upon retaining; as Head of the body He 
cannot direct a stubborn member; as Lord He cannot reveal His will to 
one who does not want to know it or to obey it; as Life He cannot fill 
what is already filled with a totally different substance; as 
Sanctifier He cannot separate us wholly unto Himself when we prefer to 
live unto self and the world; as Captain He cannot use us to defeat 
the enemy when we ourselves already have allowed him to defeat us. 
Christ is checked at every turn in an unyielded life and rendered 
practically impotent. The realization and enjoyment of


our precious inheritance in Him and of His purchased inheritance in us 
depends upon our unconditional yielding to Him.

     There is a basic motive in the yielding of the life to Christ 
which when discovered is both convincing and compelling. To His glory 
may I share with you the way in which God graciously led me to this 
discovery and the revolutionary change it wrought in my relationship 
to the Lord Jesus.

     Becoming a Christian when a girl I experienced deep and real joy 
in the consciousness of the forgiveness of sins and in the fellowship 
of Christ. I truly loved my Lord and longed to live so that others, 
especially members of my family, would see that He was indeed my 
Saviour. Though born again I knew nothing of a yielded life and 
consequently some of the old sins continued to manifest themselves in 
the same old way. One of the most outstanding was temper. Over and 
over again it was lost and hasty, unkind words said even to those 
nearest and dearest. Having what often accompanies a quick temper, a 
sensitive, affectionate heart, I would go apart after an outburst and 
cry as though my heart would break. Times without number the resolve 
was made never to lose my temper again and the attempt was made to 
conquer it by will power, but all to no avail, and I continued in a 
life of constant defeat and miserable failure. Conscious of the 
evident hypocrisy in such a life, all the joy experienced in 
conversion left me. Truly loving the Lord I hated myself for the 
caricature of Him I was giving to others.


     One day, thoroughly discouraged and disheartened by an 
overwhelming sense of defeat, I sought the quiet of my own room and 
shut myself in with the Lord determined to stay until something 
happened. I told the Lord that either He must show me what a truly 
Christian life was and how to live it or I would renounce my 
profession of Christ and ask to have my name taken from the church 
roll. I was desperately in earnest and God always meets one who truly 
seeks Him. He graciously met me that day and answered both my 

     Two verses from His Word He used to flood my soul with light. My 
prayer is that again He may use them to bring similar joy and peace to 
others discouraged and defeated.

     1 Cor. 6:19-20, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple 
of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are 
not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in 
your body and in your spirit, which are God's."

     Through three unforgetable invincible statements of truth God 
unveiled the essence of a yielded life and revealed its basic motive.

     "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy 
Ghost?" No, until that day I did not know that my body had any 
relationship whatsoever to my conversion neither did I know that the 
Holy Spirit had taken it to be His temple. That God laid claim to my 
body for His habitation and that the Holy Spirit had already made it 
His home was to me a startling


revelation. Think for a moment what that means--God, the Holy One 
actually dwelling in your human body! Suppose some earthly king would 
send word that he wanted to spend just one day in your home. What a 
house-cleaning would take place! How all the best and loveliest things 
would be taken out to use! What preparation would be made that 
everything would be exactly fitting and worthy of such an honoured 
guest! But oh! what an unclean, unfit, unworthy place we often ask the 
King of kings and Lord of lords to live in, not for a day but for a 
lifetime! What an unholy, desecrated temple we offer to the Holy 

     "But I have given the Lord my soul, what need hath He of my 
body?" was the question that came into my mind. I saw faintly that day 
but with growing clearness every day since why God asks for our 
bodies. Dare we say it--it is His need of a channel through which He 
may give to a world that knows Him not a revelation of who He is and 
of His yearning love for men. "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among 
us" and men saw and knew who the Father was by the presence of the Son 
on earth. Christ is now in Heaven. But oh! isn't His presence needed 
here on earth? Isn't He needed in your city? In your church? In your 
school? In your office? In your social circle? In your home? And how 
is the glorified Christ to presence Himself here on earth? In what way 
will He reveal Himself to men now?

     Christ has just two ways of making Himself known; one is through 
His Word. But countless thousands do not 


even possess a Bible, and countless millions could not read it if they 
did. The other way is through us in whom He dwells as the Life of our 
life. Oh! do you not see how He needs your body to be wholly His? 
Today He needs eyes, ears, lips, hands, feet, minds, hearts, wills and 
all that makes up a human personality for the manifestation of Himself 
on earth as truly as these things were needed when He dwelt as the 
incarnate Son in a human body. When Christ was upon earth it was not 
merely His teaching and preaching that won men to Him. It was His 
Life, His Personal presence, Himself. So today men need to see Christ; 
to feel His presence; to be brought face to face with Him. The Lord 
Jesus showed me that day that He wanted and needed my body with my 
entire human personality to indwell and to use as a medium of 
revealing Himself to others.

     There was something wondrously beautiful in the thought that the 
Lord of glory could ever have need of me. I knew only too well how 
desperately I needed Him. Moment by moment I needed to draw all my 
life from Him as the branch lives in the life of the vine. But to 
think that He needed me! that there was fruit to be borne that could 
only be borne on a branch! that some life somewhere would need to see 
Christ in me! It was a marvellously convincing appeal yet, I am 
ashamed to record it even now so many years afterward, I hesitated to 

     Was my life not my own? Was it not asking a great deal to turn it 
over to the absolute sovereignty of another? Should I relinquish all 


right to its possession and control? Was it safe to do so? Was it 
reasonable? Was it needful? Oh! the feasible, plausible arguments that 
self advanced to retain the kingship over my life!

     All this reluctance was anticipated by the Lord and He was 
prepared to meet it. "What? Know ye that ye are not your own?" Like a 
sharp two-edged sword these words penetrated to my innermost being and 
lodged there. How they cut into shreds every argument advanced against 
such a wholesale yielding of myself to God! "Know ye that ye are not 
your own?" How they severed the undergirding beneath all my thinking 
concerning my rights in myself! "Know ye that ye are not your own?" 
How they brought to light the hitherto disguised hypocrisy of my 
profession as a Christian in saying that I belonged to Jesus Christ 
yet all the while retaining in my own hands the reins of government! 
"Know ye that ye are not your own?" How these words went straight to 
the very heart of the issue like an axe laid at the root of the 
tree--the enthronement of Jesus Christ as Lord over my life or the 
continued reign of self!

     A flood of light entered my soul through that simple but 
imperative question of the Lord. I was convinced of the rightfulness 
of God's claim upon me but I was not yet constrained to yield to it. 
Oh! the incredible, unthinkable stubbornness to resist and refuse in 
the light of such clear conviction! Oh! the infinite, unwearying 
patience of the divine Heart to continue to woo and to work in the 
face of such wilfulness!

     I was not only stubborn but fearful. If I let go


and put myself wholly and unconditionally in His possession and 
control what might He not take from me? What might He not ask of me? I 
was in the same state of mind as was the college girl who said she 
would like to yield herself wholly to God but she was afraid He would 
take advantage of her. To put the truth very bluntly I would have been 
glad to have turned over to the Lord for His possession and control 
all the unpleasant, unmanageable, uncontrollable part of myself if He 
would have left the rest to me!

     But God dealt very gently and tenderly with me, drawing me closer 
and closer to Himself by the cords of love. To master my will He had 
to melt my heart. "What? know ye that ye are not your own for ye are 
bought with a price?" Bought! Not my own because bought! Here again 
was something new. I had been thinking that by yielding to Christ I 
would be conferring the ownership of my life upon Him, that I would be 
making an outright gift to Him. But God showed me that day that I 
already belonged to Christ by the right of purchase and that Christ's 
claim to the undivided possession and control of my life was an 
absolutely legitimate one. Who could deny one the right to that which 
He had purchased?

     Convinced again and still not constrained to yield. "Ye are not 
your own for ye are bought with a price." Oh! THAT PRICE! "Redeemed 
not with corruptible things, as silver and gold, but with the precious 
blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." The 
precious blood of Christ the price paid for me! The life of the 
spotless, stainless, sinless Son of God 


laid down for my paltry, insignificant, sinful, selfish life! ALife 
given for a life!

     2 Cor. 5:15, "And that he died for all, that they which live 
should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died 
for them, and rose again."

          Life for a Life

     "Oh, hands, outstretched upon the tree, 
     Nail-pierced by shameless cruelty! 
     Why, blessed Christ, had this to be? 
     A voice most loving said to me: 
     'Dear child, these hands of Mine were bruised 
     That thine in ministry be used 
     In loving service such as Mine; 
     My hands were given to purchase thine.'

     "Oh, feet of Christ, so rent and torn! 
     How could such suffering be borne? 
     In life, so often spent and worn, 
     In death, must they be given to scorn? 
     'On mercy's errands thine may go, 
     A free, glad helpfulness to show; 
     It was for thee,' the Saviour said, 
     'My feet for thine so sadly bled.'

     "Oh, head of Christ, with thorn-wrought crown! 
     In grief and agony bowed down; 
     Why didst Thy heavenly renown 
     Exchange for earthly jeer and frown? 
     'My child, beneath those thorns I bought 
     Thy intellect and all its thought; 
     The glory-crown was left for thee, 
     That thou mightst give thy mind to Me.'


     "Oh, heart of Christ! Oh, wounded side! 
     Oh, Man of Sorrows, crucified! 
     Who in such anguish, sinless, died, 
     Hast Thou done aught for me beside? 
     'Ah, child of mine, my heart was riven 
     That thou mightst live and love in Heaven; 
     That all thy heart, thy life, might be 
     Surrendered joyfully to Me.'"

     I had been saying "Must I give myself to Him?" But on that day 
kneeling in spirit at the foot of the Cross of Christ I said from the 
depths of my heart "May I yield all that I am and have for time and 
for eternity to Him who gave all for me?"

     And what was the basic motive in the yielding? It was the joyous 
response of love to Love following the spiritual apprehension of the 
reasonableness and rightfulness of Christ's claim upon my life and the 
use He desired to make of it.

     Then let us define yielding. Yielding is the definite, 
deliberate, voluntary transference of the undivided possession, 
control and use of the whole being, spirit, soul and body from self to 
Christ, to whom it rightfully belongs by creation and by purchase. In 
yielding to Christ we crown Him Lord of all in our lives. 
"Consecration does not confer ownership, it presumes it. It is not in 
order to be His, but because we are His, that we yield up our lives. 
It is purchase that gives title; delivery simply gives possession. The 
question is not, 'Do I belong to God?' but 'Have I yielded to God that 
which already belongs to Him?'" (The Surrendered Life, J.H. McConkey, 
page 17)


     In a city in North China there was a Girls' School. The students 
grew in numbers which necessitated more buildings. Adjoining the 
school were just the buildings needed, the property of a Chinese 
family. After much bargaining a sale was effected. The papers were 
drawn up and the purchase price paid. In the autumn the school fully 
expected to open work in the new buildings. But they were unable to do 
so. Why not? The Chinese family had not moved out. Purchase gives 
title but only delivery gives possession.

     Christ has the title deed to your life. The price was paid nearly 
two thousand years ago. It is His by the right of purchase. Have you 
moved out that He may move in and occupy what He already possesses?

     Christ has the right to exempt you from His property; He is Lord 
and He has the right to command you to yield. But Christ's way is to 
constrain by love rather than to conquer by force. So He beseeches us 
by the innumerable mercies of God of which we are daily the recipients 
to yield ourselves to Him.

     Rom. 12:1, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of 
God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable 
unto God, which is your reasonable service."

     Yielding is the glad, joyous, willing response of love to Love. 
"We love him because he first loved us." Bought with a price, 
"therefore" we gladly glorify Him in our body and spirit, which are 
His. "I beseech you"--I have given My life in death for you, will you 
not give yours in life for Me? True yielding is just


the utter abandonment of love. It is the call of the Bridegroom "Rise 
up, my love, my fair one, and come away," to which the bride joyfully 
responds, "I am my beloved's and his desire is toward me."

     Oh! my friend, does this not take the "must" out of surrender for 
you? Does it not answer the question "Is it safe?" Have you only 
thought of yielding in the light of what you would have to give up? To 
yield does involve a giving up but it means giving up what really is 
not yours; it means giving up something only to get something of 
infinitely greater worth; yes, it means giving up something that He 
needs for His use to the One we love best; more than all it means 
giving up something to the One who loves us with a love so great that 
He died for us and now waits to bestow upon us all the exhaustless 
treasures that are ours in Him. Can we not trust "the Man who died for 

     Rom. 8:32, "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up 
for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"

     1 Cor. 3:21-23, "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all 
things are yours; Whether Paul or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or 
life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 
and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's."

     "Surrender taken alone is a plunge into a cold void. When it is a 
surrender to the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me it is 
the bright home coming of the soul to the seat and sphere of life and 


          The Life Yielded. What?

     We have seen what yielding is--the transference of the ownership 
and control of the life from self to Christ. But self will relinquish 
nothing except under compulsion. So it is necessary to understand at 
the outset just what the full measurement of a yielded life is.

     May we clear the atmosphere by saying what yielding is not. It is 
not mere subscription to a creed; nor is it a giving of one's self to 
a certain kind or field of service; nor is it merely stripping the 
life of certain evil or questionable practices. How many a person has 
said, "I am afraid to yield myself wholly to the Lord for I know He 
will make me believe something I can't believe, or will ask me to go 
somewhere that I do not want to go, or will rob me of something that I 
want to keep." To such yielding is altogether a negative thing while 
in reality it is essentially positive. God wants us. It is the whole 
of ourselves that He asks us to yield to Him that our whole life may 
be lived unto the will of God.

     Rom. 6:13, "Neither yield ye your members as instruments of 
unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those 
alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness 
unto God."

     2 Cor. 8:5, "And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave 
their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God."

     1 Pet. 4:2, "That he should no longer live the rest of his time 
in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God."


     Then God specifies the measurement a bit more explicitly lest we 
be satisfied merely with "the saving of our soul" or "the giving of 
our heart to the Lord." It is the easiest thing in the world to use 
the phraseology of consecration while missing the reality of it. It is 
possible to deceive ourselves by surrendering the invisible and 
intangible thing while holding on to the visible and tangible. So God 
asks for the body as well as for the spirit and soul. Read again Rom. 

     God leaves no loophole in this matter of yielding. He knows full 
well how the beauty of a life may be marred and its testimony 
nullified by the unyieldedness of even one member of the body. Who can 
read the Epistle of James and not know that many a life fails of 
complete surrender through an unyielded tongue? What possibilities for 
covetousness through an unyielded eye? What paths of wickedness and 
worldliness are open before unyielded feet! What a catchall for 
gossip, slander and idle talk, is an unyielded ear! What a loss to God 
in His service is an unyielded voice! God specifies the measurement of 
surrender and it reaches out to include every member of your body. 
"Yield your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."

     "Your bodies"
     "Your members"

     It is all-inclusive. Nothing is omitted and nothing is exempt. 
God has sanctified our whole personality. He has set it all apart as 
His own personal possession and for His own use. Our consecration is 


the counterpart of God's sanctification. God has taken us to be His 
own: He has said, "Thou art mine." We yield ourselves as those 
belonging unto Him and sanctify Christ, as Lord, in our hearts and 
say, "Lord, I am Thine, what wilt Thou have me to do?"

     1 Thess. 5:23, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; 
and I pray God your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless 
unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

     1 Pet. 3:15, R.V., "But sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord."

     The measure of our yielding is the measure of our human life. It 
includes everything inside, spirit, mind, heart, will, affections. It 
includes everything outside, home, children, possessions, occupation. 
It includes everything allied, friendships, time, money, pleasures, 
life plans.

     It includes our past, present and future. No matter what the past 
has held of sin, sorrow or self it is all handed over to Christ in a 
once-for-all committal. But some can surrender the past who find it 
difficult to yield the present to Christ's control. There is the 
desire to reserve a bit of ground. Others can surrender the past and 
present because driven to it by disheartenment or desperation but they 
are fearful to put the future wholly into His keeping. How do they 
know that God can be trusted to be faithful or that they desire to 
live under His absolute sway for all time?

     When giving a message on the yielded life at 


a Conference I noticed the anxious, troubled face of a woman on the 
front seat. I said, "You are able to trust July to God but fearful to 
put September into His keeping." Her face lighted up with a smile 
which was in truth an acknowledgment of being caught in the very act 
of worry. After the meeting she said, "That remark about committing 
September to the Lord hit me. I could be very happy here now but I 
must have an operation in September and I have only half enjoyed this 
beautiful place because I am worrying over September!"

     Yielding includes our worst and our best. Some find it very 
difficult to believe that God can accept or want them because there is 
so much of "the worst" that persists in their lives. But "Him that 
cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" is an invitation extended to 
the sinning saint as truly as to the sinner. Grace abounds from the 
beginning clear through to the end of our lives. So no matter how 
often we have repeated the same sin if we come yielding ourselves 
unconditionally to Him He waits to receive us, and the blood of Jesus 
Christ is equal to any demand made upon it for cleansing.

     Others find no difficulty in bringing to God the dregs of sin in 
their unyielded lives but find it extremely hard to yield their best 
to Him. In fact they see no necessity to do so. Here is some one with 
very excellent judgment. The superior quality of it is recognized by 
the possessor who almost believes in his infallibility on all matters. 
The result is a domineering, overbearing person with whom it is 


exceedingly difficult for others to work. This point was mentioned 
once before a group of Christian workers. Afterward a missionary said, 
"You talked about me this morning! I am that person with the good 
judgment and I am sure I have made things difficult for my 
fellow-missionaries. I see now that even my good judgment must be 
yielded to the Lord."

     Here is another who is very efficient and she holds the same 
opinion of herself that a young business woman held who said, "Why do 
I need to ask the Lord how to do something when, if I use my own good 
sense, I know as well as He how to do it?" That is putting it very 
crudely but is not our failure often due to a similar self-trust?

     Perhaps here is one with a charming personality who is extremely 
popular and easily draws a crowd about her. She can see the need of 
some homely, unattractive person yielding herself to the Lord to be 
made inwardly beautiful. But why should she do so? Does she not 
attract people already? Oh! but to whom? To herself or to her Lord? 
Our best can hinder the revelation of Christ through us as truly as 
our worst.

     In taking the measure of our surrender to the Lord Jesus it 
should be a settled matter that there can be no reservations. We 
cannot set aside any part of our lives and earmark it "reserved." If 
Christ is to be Lord, He must be Lord of all. We must let Christ begin 
at the center and go to the circumference of our lives laying hold of 
all in His path and bringing it under His dominion.


     It should also be understood that there can be no substitutes 
offered to the Lord. We cannot buy God off with money or bribe Him to 
accept our time, talents or service in lieu of ourselves. Having once 
offered ourselves in a glad, willing yielding to the Lord, all that we 
have in the way of natural endowment, acquired skill or bestowed 
wealth will accompany such surrender but can never be accepted by God 
as a substitute for it. God wants first of all "not yours" but "you."

     Let it be understood also that we cannot bring just the 
troublesome, unmanageable parts of our lives to God asking Him for 
spiritual repairs while we withhold the will, the heart, the mind. How 
much we are like the man who took the hands of his clock to the 
jeweller and asked him to regulate them as they did not keep time. 
"Bring me the whole clock," said the jeweller, "the cause of the 
inaccuracy is not in the hands." "No!" said the owner, "you will take 
it all to pieces and it will cost me a lot! It is the hands that go 
wrong!" The measure of our yielding is the measure of our life; the 
refusal to yield any part of it, however small or insignificant it may 
seem to us, is an act of rebellion and will make impossible the 
fulness of the Holy Spirit in our lives. These lines we would do well 
to repeat frequently:

     "Have Thine own way, Lord,
     Have Thine own way; 
     Thou art the Potter, 
     I am the clay.


     Make me and mold me
     After Thy will, 
     While  I  am  waiting
     Silent and still."

          The Life Yielded. How?

     Perhaps some reader has been brought to say, "Lord, I will yield 
to Thee. I see why I should yield, and what but now tell me how." 
Because salvation from beginning to end is through God's pure grace, 
He always takes the initiative in bringing us into a fuller experience 
of our inheritance in Christ. So the Lord Jesus stands outside every 
unyielded part of your life and knocks and waits for your response. He 
wishes to come in and fellowship with you in every part of your 
spiritual life but in between the knocking and the entering something 
must take place, for Christ never forces entrance. If He enters, the 
door must be opened.

     Rev. 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man 
hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup 
with him, and he with me."

     Yielding to Christ is a definite act. It is not a mere expression 
of a pious desire but it is the declaration of a purposeful 
determination. It is not an oft-repeated wish but it is a decisive act 
of the will. To yield is to acknowledge Christ's claim to the perfect 
possession, complete control and unhindered use of one's whole being 
and then to act upon such an acknowledgment by a definite surrender of 
it to Him. Desire becomes decision and decision crystallizes into 


     In A Memorial of a True Life by Dr. R.E. Speer is recorded such a 
definite act of surrender by Hugh Beaver, a young man of rare 
spirituality whose life was very marvellously used among college 
students in a few brief years of service before God called him Home.

     "Kutztown, Pa., Nov. 16, 1895.

     "'Just as I am,--Thy love unknown
       Has broken every barrier down; 
     Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone 
       O Lamb of God, I come, I come.'

     This 16th day of November 1895, I, Hugh Beaver, do of my own free 
will give myself, all that I am and have, entirely, unreservedly, 
unqualifiedly to Him, whom having not seen I love, on whom, though now 
I see Him not, I believe. Bought with a price, I give myself to Him 
who at the cost of His own blood purchased me. Now committing myself 
to Him who is able to guard me from stumbling and to set me before the 
presence of His glory without blemish in exceeding joy, I trust myself 
to Him for all things, to be used as He shall see fit where He shall 
see fit. Sealed by the Holy Spirit, filled with the peace of God that 
passeth understanding, to Him be all glory, world without end. Amen.
     Phil. 4:19. Hugh Beaver."

     Have you by such a definite decisive act of the will yielded 
yourself, all that you are, and all that you have, to the Lord Jesus? 
If not, will you not close this book for a moment and do it now?

     Yielding to Christ is a voluntary act. We do not yield because we 
have to but because we want to. It is


not a matter of coercion but of consecration. The Lord Jesus stands 
outside the door of that unyielded portion of your life and knocks but 
He will not force an entrance. It would mean very little indeed to be 
allowed to enter if He did not find fellowship and comradeship with 
the one within. It is Love that desires to enter but unless Love is 
met by love the entrance would bring heartache rather than joy. "What 
fragrance is to the rose, colour to the sunset sky, spotlessness to 
the falling snow, voluntariness is to the surrender of the life." Of 
His own free will He joyously, gladly lay down His life for us. With a 
smile and a song He wants us to open the door to Him.

     Yielding to Christ is a final act. Such a yielding of the life as 
we have been considering is irreversible; it need not be repeated. If 
it has been done honestly it is for time and eternity. Great 
perplexity of heart has come to countless souls over this matter of 
repeated surrender so let us be clear as to what has been done and 
then we shall see how irrevocable the act has been.

     Through yielding to Christ we have acknowledged that we are not 
our own and we have transferred the ownership of our life from self to 
Christ. Henceforth the life is no longer ours. A re-surrender implies 
that the transfer had not been honestly made.

     Of course one does not know all that is involved in this initial 
act of surrender or all that it will require of one. When you begin to 
live only and wholly for God there will be constant revelations of 
portions of the life still virtually held by self as its own 


possession. The heart will be made conscious of unwillingness to 
relinquish certain rights and privileges so long enjoyed. What, then, 
must one do as these revelations come? Does one need to make a 
surrender of the life over again? No, that was done once for all. 
Simply say, "Lord, this thing which I am still claiming and holding as 
my own was part of that whole which I yielded to Thee. It, too, 
belonged in that initial surrender. I thank Thee for Thy faithfulness 
in showing me that it is unyielded and just now I give it into Thy 
possession and place it under Thy control."

     There is an initial act of yielding that is to be followed by a 
continuous attitude so that as we come to know God and His will better 
through daily communion we yield instantly to Him any unyielded place 
or thing. Some one has tersely said, "Surrender is a crisis that 
develops into a process."

     May I use a very homely illustration? A man and woman through 
mutual faith and love yield themselves to each other in marriage. 
Neither of them knows then all that is involved in this surrender to 
each other. The wife knew that her time must be given to making the 
home but she had not realized how little opportunity would be left for 
the things she had formerly done. She rebels and uses time for things 
which necessitates neglect of home duties. Misunderstanding and 
estrangement follow. Or the husband knew that money would be required 
to care for his wife and supply the needs of the home but he did not 
know what extravagant tastes she had nor what a poor manager she was. 
So he has to use money he wished to spend 


on his business or his own pleasure. He rebels and trouble ensues. 
What do this husband and wife do? Do they remarry each time such a 
misunderstanding or disagreement comes? Even the idea is absurd. If 
they are sensible and truly love each other they will acknowledge that 
there was more in the marriage vows than they realized at the time; 
each will recognize that all, not a part, was given in the mutual 
surrender and each will be willing to yield unselfishly and gladly to 
whatever makes for their mutual interest and welfare. Happy and 
harmonious married life demands not only an initial act of yielding 
but a continuous attitude of yielding.

     We who have loved the Lord and believed in Him are united to Him. 
"Ye also are become dead to the law, by the body of Christ, that ye 
should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the 
dead." But no one of us ever knew when we entered into oneness with 
Christ all that would be involved in such a union. But as we live with 
Him we learn more of His desires, His will, His purposes, His plans, 
and we see many things in our life contrary to these. This does not, 
however, necessitate another surrender but only an instantaneous 
yielding of the thing to Him.

     From the human standpoint the first condition for a life lived on 
the highest plane is the definite, voluntary, final yielding of the 
life to Christ as Lord. The primary requirement for the fulness of the 
Holy Spirit has been met. "When we surrender our sins and believe we 
receive the Holy Spirit; when we surrender our lives and believe, we 
are filled with the Holy Spirit. The


receiving of the Spirit is God's answer to repentance and faith; the 
fulness of the Spirit is God's answer to surrender and faith. At 
conversion the Spirit enters; at surrender the Spirit, already 
entered, takes full possession. The supreme human condition of the 
fulness of the Spirit is a life wholly surrendered to God to do His 
will." (The Threefold Secret of the Holy Spirit, J.H. McConkey, P. 43)

     I once visited a college to conduct evangelistic meetings. I was 
entertained in a home in which the guestroom was over the kitchen and 
was approached by an outside stairway. Very soon my trunk arrived. I 
was alone in the house. As it was raining very hard, I decided to have 
the trunk put into the downstairs. I started to open one door but 
could not--it was locked. I went to another door as there were three 
in a row, and put my hand on the knob to open it but could not--it too 
was locked. I tried the third door but with no better success--it also 
was locked.

     Suddenly seized with a strange sense of aloneness I rushed 
upstairs to the little back-room guest chamber--the only place in the 
house I was expected to use. To be a bit more conscious of the warm, 
living, loving presence of my Christ I kneeled by the bedside to pray. 
Instantly He spoke to me, saying, "Do you not know that is the way 
thousands of people treat Me? They invite Me into their lives and then 
they put Me away in a little back guest chamber and there they expect 
Me to stay. But I long to enter into every room of their lives and 
share all their experiences."


     Oh! my friends, where have you put the Lord Jesus Christ in your 
life? Have you any locked doors? Have you put Him away in some little 
hidden corner and given Him no freedom in your life? Has He longed to 
get into the social hall of your life where all your pleasures are? 
Has He put His nail-pierced hand on the door, longing to enter, but 
could not--for it is locked from the inside? Has He wanted to enter 
into the room where your business was carried on and share in both its 
projects and profits? Has He been denied entrance because shady, 
crooked practises went on there which His all seeing eye would detect? 
Has He longed to enter into the room where life plans were being 
shaped and to help in the fashioning of them? And He tried the door 
but entrance was denied--locked from the inside?   And has He who 
longs to fill and to bless you gone back to His little upstairs back 
room with a grieved and sorrowful heart?

     I went from that college town to another.   My hostess there was 
a dear widow. Her home was very humble. We ate in the kitchen but oh! 
such hospitality I have seldom enjoyed. Every good thing which her 
frugal means would permit her to provide she had for me. The first day 
she said to me, "Miss Paxson, my home is very humble but while you are 
here it is all yours. Go where you want to and do just what you want 
to--just make yourself at home." And I, who travelled constantly, oh! 
how I spread out over that whole house and made it mine the few days I 
was there!

     Oh!  friends, is the Lord Jesus living within you? Have you ever


said to Him, "Lord Jesus, I have only a very simple life to offer you 
as a dwelling place but while you are here it is all yours. Go where 
you want to, do what you want to--just make yourself at home!" He 
waits for just such an invitation. How quickly He will accept it when 
once honestly offered and how He will spread out over the whole 
life--truly making Himself at home. If you have not unlocked all the 
doors from the inside and given Him a gracious and glad invitation to 
enter, will you do so today? (Diagram XII. omitted)

      "I believe on the name of the 
          Son of God,
        Therefore I am in Him:
        Having redemption through His blood
        And life through His Spirit. 
  And He is in me, and all fulness is in Him.
        To Him I belong
        By purchase: conquest and self-surrender.
        To me He belongs for all my hourly need.
        There is no cloud between my Lord and me 
  There is no difficulty inward or outward, that
        He is not ready to meet in me today.
        The Lord is my keeper."




     IT may be some reader is saying "As far as I know I have yielded 
my life unconditionally to Christ yet I have not the life more 
abundant which He came to bring. There are still the evident marks of 
the carnal Christian. Is it possible for one to be yielded and still 
not be filled with the Holy Spirit?" The emptied life must be filled 
and waits for faith to claim the fulness.

     S.D. Gordon tells of a little girl who was praying and who said, 
"Jesus, I hear you knocking at the door of my heart. Come in Jesus!" 
Then rising from her knees she said, "He's in!" Surrender, kneeling at 
the foot of the Cross, says, "Lord, I am not my own; I yield myself 
unto Thee; I present my body a living sacrifice." Faith, looking up to 
the ascended Lord at the Father's right hand, says, "Christ liveth in 
me; to me to live is Christ." Surrender says, "Lord, what wilt thou 
have me to do?" Faith says, "I can do all things through Christ which 
strengthened me." Surrender opens the door; faith believes that Christ 
enters, fills, abides. You may have crowned Him Lord and yet not have 
appropriated Him as Life.


     "And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy 
Ghost." The spiritual man is one full of faith.

          Faith is the Complement of Grace

     Did you ever see a perfect rainbow? Looking out over the ocean I 
once saw distinctly both ends of a rainbow coming up out of the 
water, as it were, and forming an unbroken arch. Through this 
beautiful symbol the Holy Spirit interpreted to me a passage of 
Scripture which revealed the place of faith in the Christian's life in 
a new and telling way.

               By grace Through faith

          "And that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."

     God's arch of salvation is all of grace and it is all of faith. 
From the Godward side it is all of grace; from the manward side it is 
all of faith. God's grace is always perfect and its work is clear and 
distinct. But oh! how imperfect is man's faith. Grace has provided in 
Christ Jesus all that is needed for man's salvation even unto a life 
of habitual spirituality. But such a life cannot become experimental 
until faith appropriates in full the provision of God's grace in 
Christ. Faith is the complement of grace.

     Rom. 4:16, "Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace."


     With no exception everything in the Christian's life is a gift. 
Grace gives and faith takes. "Faith is man's one activity." Faith must 
reach up and lay hold upon all that grace has sent down and bestowed 
in Christ. Grace provides: faith possesses.

     This truth stands out crystal clear in the history of the 
children of Israel. As an outright gift the land of Canaan with its 
manifold accompanying blessings had been bestowed upon them. It was 
theirs through promise years before they ever saw it. God constantly 
spoke of it as theirs. Yet it was not to be actually in their 
possession until the soles of their feet trod upon it. Faith must 
enter in and possess the gift already bestowed in promise.

     Josh. 1:2-3, "Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go 
over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do 
give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the 
sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given you, as I said 
unto Moses."

     Josh. 1:11, "Pass through the host, and command the people, 
saying, Prepare you victuals: for within three days ye shall pass over 
Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God giveth 
you to possess it."

     Furthermore the children of Israel might have entered this land 
of promise forty years earlier. God led them up to the very border 
line of this rich, fertile, beautiful country flowing with milk and 
honey and laden with fruits. But they turned away through unbelief, 
suffered forty years of weary wanderings, and


died in the wilderness. Only the two men of faith, Caleb and Joshua, 
possessed their inheritance.

     Heb. 3:17-19, "But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it 
not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 
And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to 
them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because 
of unbelief."

     My Christian friend, everything you need for life on the highest 
plane has been given you in Christ. God has bestowed upon you also the 
Holy Spirit who already indwells you and whose chief task is to make 
you spiritual. Life on the highest plane is already yours. God hath 
given you every spiritual blessing in Christ. But this life with all 
its accompanying blessings can only be actualized through faith. Your 
faith must make experimental what grace has made possible.

     Eph. 1:3, R.V., "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the 
heavenly places in Christ."

     Matt. 9:28-30, "And when he was come into the house, the blind 
men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able 
to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, 
saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were 

     Perhaps through hunger and thirst or through the remembrance of 
God's gracious promises or through sheer desperation because of your 


wilderness wanderings you have come up to the border line of the 
promised land again and again. It may even be that you have essayed to 
go to a Keswick or to a Victorious Life Conference to spy out the 
land, to see if the life was all it promised to be, above all to see 
"if it works." In the lives of some you met or to whom you listened 
who are yielded, full-of-faith ones you have seen marvellous clusters 
of the fruit of the Spirit, "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control." Yes, you are 
convinced the life is all that the Bible purports it to be and you 
have seen it "work" but--but--but there are giants in the land. The 
world, the flesh and the devil loomed large before you and you said, 
"Greater is he that is in the world than He that is in me." Through 
unbelief you turned back again into the weariness, the restlessness 
and the powerlessness of a carnal life.

     Dear friend, does this message find you there today, grieving 
God, rejoicing Satan and robbing yourself? Then it comes as God's own 
command to you, "Arise, go over this Jordan; go in to possess the 
land, which the Lord your God giveth you to possess it." Cease 
grieving your God: possess your possessions in Christ through faith.

     Whether young or old in the Christian life there is but one way 
in which our spiritual possessions are actualized--by faith. Faith 
opens the Christian life to us: faith accompanies us the entire length 
of life's journey, and faith at last leads us into the land where we 
see Him as He is and there faith gives place to sight.


     Col. 2:5-6, "For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with 
you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the 
stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received 
Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him."

     Col. 1:23, "If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and 
be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, 
and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, 
whereof I Paul am made a minister."

     Faith opens the door to every blessing that is ours in Christ.

     2 Tim. 3:15, "And that from a child thou hast known the holy 
scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through 
faith which is in Christ Jesus."

     We have access by faith.

     Rom. 5:2, "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace 
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."

     We have sonship by faith.

     Gal. 3:26, "For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ 

     We have righteousness by faith.

     Phil. 3:9, "And be found in him, not having mine own 
righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through faith of 
Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith."


     We have forgiveness of sins and sanctification by faith.

     Acts 26:18, "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness 
to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive 
forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified 
by faith that is in me."

     We have cleansing by faith.

     Acts 15:9, "And put no difference between us and them, 
purifying their hearts by faith."

     We have Christ's indwelling by faith.

     Eph. 3:17, "That Christ may dwell in your heart by faith."

     We receive the Holy Spirit by faith.

     Gal. 3:2, "This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit 
by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?"

     We inherit the promises by faith.

     Heb. 6:12, "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who 
through faith and patience inherit the promises."

     We have victory over the world by faith.


     1 John 5:4, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: 
and this is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith."

     We have victory over the evil one by faith.

     Eph. 6:16, R.V., "Withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith 
ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one."

     We have victory over circumstances and difficulties by faith.

     Heb. 11:33-34, "Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought 
righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of 
weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight 
the armies of the aliens."

     We are kept through faith.

     1 Pet. 1:5, "Who are kept by the power of God through faith, unto 
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

     We have power through faith.

     Matt. 21:21-22, "Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say 
unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this 
which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this 
mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be 
done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye 
shall receive."


     Matt. 17:19-20, "Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and 
said, Why could we not cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because 
of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a 
grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence 
to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible 
unto you."

     Two things are absolutely essential to a harmonious relationship 
with God, we must believe that God is and that God does. Apart from 
these two fundamental convictions there is no salvation and no 

     Heb. 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for 
he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is the 
rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

     Some of Christ's severest rebukes were to unbelief in His 
disciples. To have His presence, His words His works fail to inspire 
faith grieved the Lord Jesus exceedingly. Even though the tempest 
raged and the waves dashed high and He were asleep--yet He was there and why should they fear? Fear and faith 
are incompatible.

     Matt. 8:26, "And he saith unto them, why are ye fearful, O ye of 
little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and 
there was a great calm."

     Again even though the wind were boisterous and though Peter did 
begin to sink yet the Lord of the sea had said "Come." The power of 


His protection accompanied the command, then why should Peter doubt? 
Doubt and faith are irreconcilable.

     Matt. 14:31, "And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and 
caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst 
thou doubt?"

     The disciples misunderstood the Master's warning concerning the 
leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. But there was a far 
deeper misapprehension of the Lord Jesus Himself in their hearts. They 
had forgotten to take bread when they went to the other side of the 
lake and they were very evidently worrying over where and how they 
would get their next meal. So when He spoke to them of the leaven of 
the Pharisees they said, "He sees our predicament that we have no 
bread." Oh! what if they had forgotten their bread? Did they not have 
with them the One who had satisfied the hunger of five thousand men, 
besides women and children, with five loaves and two fishes, and had 
twelve baskets to spare? And had they not just come from seeing Him 
feed more than four thousand people with seven loaves and a few fishes 
with seven baskets left over? Would He not be equal to furnishing an 
evening meal for the twelve of them if need be? Worry and faith cannot 
dwell together.

     Matt. 16:8-9, "Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O 
ye of little faith why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have 
brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five 


loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Neither 
the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took 

     Oh! how we crowd Him out of our lives by that triumvirate of 
evil--fear, doubt and worry! Failing health, financial losses, 
waywardness of children, overwhelming burdens, tempests of affliction 
and adversity, storms of passion from within or of persecution from 
without--and we become insensible to His presence, we doubt His Word 
and we forget His works.

     A young woman came to me one day to unburden her heart. Spirit 
and body were both wearied to the point of utter exhaustion. Her face 
was inexpressibly worn and haggard; furrows of care had left their 
tracks in her forehead. Life was hard almost beyond the point of 
endurance because of burdens, cares, worries and work. A tempest was 
raging in her own soul, her ship was covered with waves and Christ 
seemed asleep. But He heard her cry of distress and responded. He 
commanded the waves of worry to cease saying, "In nothing be anxious," 
and besought the calm of peace to enter her soul through praise, "In 
everything give thanks."

     Hab. 3:17, 18, "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither 
shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and 
the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the 
fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls; Yet I will rejoice in 
the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation."

     Some of Christ's sweetest words of commendation


were called forth by faith in Him and strange to say they were usually 
spoken to those who had had the opportunity to know Him the least. A 
centurion came in person to appeal to the Lord to heal his servant. 
Christ quickly responded with a promise to go to him. But faith 
answered, "Lord, speak the word only and my servant shall be healed." 
Oh! the joy such faith brought to Jesus' heart, and the commendation 
came from His lips, "Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great 
faith, no, not in Israel."

     There is no record in God's Word and no instance in human 
experience where grace and love have failed to respond to faith and 
trust. God would be untrue to the very essence of His nature which is 
love and to the very heart of His work which is grace if He failed 
even once to respond to real faith. Whoever will come to Jesus Christ 
saying, "If thou wilt, thou canst," will surely hear Him say, "I 

     In the new sphere in Christ into which the believer enters the 
very atmosphere is grace. To carry the life-giving and life-sustaining 
qualities of that atmosphere into the inner life the Christian need 
only use the lungs of faith. As a new-born babe begins life in its new 
sphere by breathing the air that is all about it as a free gift and as 
it lives and grows, by continued respirations, so the new-born child 
of God begins life in Christ by taking Him as God's gift of grace by 
faith and he "grows up into Christ in all things" by the continued 
appropriation of Him through faith. Faith and nothing but faith avails 
for us to receive the gifts and graces of our ascended Lord.


     Gal. 5:6, "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth 
anything nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love."

     In Christ we stand by faith; we walk by faith; we live by faith.

     2 Cor. 1:24, "Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but 
are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand."

     2 Cor. 5:7, "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

     Heb. 10:38, "Now the just shall live by faith, but if any man 
draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him."

     Perhaps the thought of a life of such complete and continuous 
faith appalls us and we doubt its possibility. Yet such faith is the 
simplest thing in the world. Its very simplicity is its chief 
difficulty to most people. Faith is looking unto Jesus Christ and 
taking Him at His Word. Faith in itself has no power whatsoever to 
save or to keep us: it merely links us to the Christ who has that 
power. Just as grace had a definite method in giving so faith has a 
definite method in receiving. Let us study some of the operations of 

          Faith Rests on God's Foundation

     The whole superstructure of spiritual experience is built upon a 
solid and unmovable foundation because it is built upon Jesus Christ 

     1 Cor. 3:11, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is 
laid, which is Jesus Christ."

     1 Pet. 2:6, "Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, 
Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he 
that believeth on him shall not be confounded."


     Christ Jesus Himself is "the way, the truth and the life." Christ 
crucified, risen, ascended and exalted is God's foundation. Faith is 
the cable that connects and transmits the Life of the ascended Lord in 
Heaven to the believer on earth.

     Can we not rest our faith on such a foundation? Is there any 
danger of it disintegrating? In His earthly life were all the forces 
of Satan ever able to overcome Him? From the Cross did He not assure 
us that full salvation had been wrought' out for us and that the work 
was finished? Did not His resurrection prove His victory over every 
foe? Is He not living today in countless lives as Conqueror, as Life? 
Upon the triumphant, omnipotent, living, present Christ our faith 

     Some have made shipwreck of faith because they have built upon 
the sand of human opinion and speculation rather than upon the rock 
foundation of God's revealed truth. They have believed certain things 
about Christ but they have not believed on Christ Himself. Christ does 
not act as a guide-post to point out a way of salvation. He Himself is 
the Way. Christ does not teach principles of truth by which an 
unregenerate life may be guided and governed from without but Himself 
is the Truth to be lived out from within. Christ does not show us "a 
way of life" but He Himself enters to become the Life of our life. 
God's foundation for a spiritual life is the glorious


Person and the gracious work of His crucified, risen, ascended, 
exalted Son and whosoever rests full-length upon Him for salvation and 
sanctification will surely become spiritual.

     "On Christ the solid rock I stand; 
     All other ground is sinking sand."

     Again we may fall into unbelief, doubt and disappointment because 
we have pinned our faith to a blessing and the blessing is lost; or to 
an experience and the experience vanishes; or to a person and the 
person fails. But true faith rests not upon a blessing, however great; 
or upon an experience, however deep; but upon Him through whom they 
came; nor does it rest upon any human exponent of victory, however 
sincere, but upon the Victor. "He that believeth on him shall not be 

          Faith is Rooted in God's great Facts

     Walking along a wooded path in the mountains of Switzerland I saw 
an interesting tree. On a steep slope was a tall, stately pine tree 
with a huge boulder lodged right underneath it lifting the main trunk 
five or six feet from the ground. The tree was fairly sitting on top 
of this rock yet it shot straight upwards fifty feet or more. Even the 
winter blasts had not deflected it an iota. How could such a position 
be maintained with such a handicap? The secret was not hidden from our 
view. The roots of the tree had spread themselves over that rock and 
had gone down, deep, deep into the rich earth around so that even the 


boulder lodged at its very heart could not overturn or overwhelm it.

     What a lesson it spoke! What a symbol it was! Afflictions, 
adversities, sufferings, sorrows, temptations, trials, doubts, 
disappointments roll in upon us during our pilgrim journey and lodge 
at the very heart of us. How then can we go on in peace, patience, 
power, joy and victory? Are such things not enough to overwhelm one? 
No, not if faith spreads itself out over them and roots itself in the 
great facts of God. What are some of these eternal facts which furnish 
faith rich soil in which to root itself? First of all:

     God is love.

     1 John 4:8, "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is 

     It may seem as though God had utterly forsaken and forgotten you 
or as though His hand of chastening were too heavy upon you. It may 
seem as though He had closed His eyes and deafened His ear. It may 
even seem as though He were indifferent altogether to the burden you 
carry and the heartache you endure. But it is not so for God is love 
and the love of God shines as the brightness of the sun whether you 
are warmed and refreshed by its rays or not.

     God's grace is sufficient.

     2 Cor. 12:9, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for 
thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly 
therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Chrift may 
rest upon me."


     There will be temptations but none for which God has not provided 
a way of escape. Trials will assail; God nowhere promises freedom from 
them but He does promise endurance to bear them. When our weakness is 
most pressing His strength is most perfect.

     Christ is able to save to the uttermost.

     Heb. 7:25, "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the 
uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make 
intercession for them."

     Has the boulder of doubt rolled in upon you? Look upon the rich 
soil into which your faith may root itself. If you have come to God 
through Christ it is a fact that Christ has borne your sins and has 
forgiven and forgotten them; He has put away your sin and has not only 
removed its penalty but has freed you from its power; He has overcome 
the world; He has defeated the devil; He lives in Heaven as your Great 
High Priest, your Conqueror, your Advocate, your Intercessor to 
cleanse you from sin and to keep you from sinning. Then spread the 
roots of faith over every doubt and let them go deep into these great 
facts of salvation.

     Christ Jesus is in you, and you and Christ are one.

     Col. 1:27, "To whom God would make known what is the riches of 
the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, 
the hope of glory."

     John 15:5, "I am the vine: ye are the branches."

     Whether you are conscious of His presence or not


He is there not as a temporary guest or as One who comes and goes 
according to our spiritual moods but He is there as an abiding One. We 
may neglect Him, we may forget Him still He is there. He may be 
cabined in some back room but if we have ever truly opened the door to 
Him He is there and into this precious fact He would have faith root 
itself. You are God's child and heir.

     Rom. 8:16-17, "The Spirit himself beareth witness with our 
spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; 
heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer 
with him, that we may be also glorified together with him."

     You may feel far more like a prodigal and a pauper than like a 
child and an heir. But if you have put your faith in Christ as your 
Saviour, you are in God's family and the wealth of the King is yours. 
God would have your faith spread its roots over all depression caused 
by failure and go deep down into the soil of the riches of grace in 
Christ Jesus.

     You are complete in Christ.

     Your life may be immature in experience but God sees you complete 
in Christ. Your "old man" has been crucified, you have been baptized 
into Christ's death and identified with Him in His burial and 
resurrection. You are now hid with Christ in God and so you are 
complete in Him. Has the boulder of discouragement over your lack of 
growth into Christlikeness settled down upon you? Over your coldness 
of heart and times of apathy? Then spread the roots


of faith over it and let them go down into this great and glorious 
fact that you are complete in Him.

     Col. 2:10, "And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all 
principality and power."

     You are seated with Christ in the heavenlies.

     You may never once have availed yourself of the privileges, 
possessions and powers of your heavenly position yet it is a fact, 
nevertheless, that, if you have trusted Christ as your Saviour, you 
thereby are seated with Him in the heavenlies. The powers of evil may 
be attacking your spirit, soul and body but they will be unable to 
overturn or overwhelm you if you spread the roots of faith over them 
and let them go down into the soil of this peerless truth.

     Eph. 2:6, "And hath raised us up together, and made us sit 
together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus."

     The Holy Spirit dwells within you.

     You may feel that you are left to live the Christian life alone 
and the weight of this responsibility may rest like a great boulder 
upon your heart. But you are not left alone. "Another Comforter" who 
is just like the ascended Lord in Heaven lives within you. Spread the 
roots of faith over all fear and unbelief and let them sink deep down 
into the fact of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

     1 Cor. 3:16, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that 
the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"


     When the Christian's faith roots itself in these great, eternal 
facts of God and abides there he becomes spiritual. Faith quietly 
accepts these facts as true and acts as though they were, then no 
matter what rolls in upon the life to overturn it, it remains 
steadfast and true and shoots heavenward in its growth into the 
likeness of Christ.

     Look upon the boulders that rolled one after another against the 
life of the Apostle Paul which it would seem might have crushed out 
his very life.

     2 Cor. 11:24-28, "Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes 
save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I 
suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In 
journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils 
of mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the 
city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils 
among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings 
often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness,
Besides those things that are without, that which cometh upon me 
daily, the care of all the churches."

     Yet his faith spread itself over all these perils and 
persecutions, testings and trials and rooted itself in the great, 
eternal facts of God's grace and love, thus enabling him to grow up to 
magnificent spiritual stature.

     But Paul's life was exceptional you say. He was the giant tree in 
the forest. There are few who ever have a faith such as his. In the 
far interior of China was a young missionary who was betrothed. The


wedding day drew near; all preparations for it were made. Then word 
came that her lover was ill. A long three days' journey stretched 
between her and her loved one living alone. Down upon that woman's 
heart rolled a terrific boulder of sorrow. Absolutely alone she 
watched the life of the one dearest to her on earth flicker out, with 
her own hands she prepared the body for burial, made the coffin, and 
laid him away to rest, herself conducting the funeral service. Then 
she turned to the road that led her back to live and toil alone for 
the rest of her life in the Master's vineyard. Rebellious? Embittered? 
No, sweetened, enriched with greater tenderness, love and devotion. 
But how could it be? The roots of faith had spread out over that 
terrible sorrow and had gone down, down, deep, deep into the facts of 
God's unchanging love, imperishable goodness and exhaustless grace. 

          Faith Reckons on God's Faithfulness

     Our faith may falter but His faithfulness never. Peter failed 
Christ oh! so miserably that three times over he could deny his Lord. 
But the faithfulness of Jesus Christ to Peter remained unshaken. The 
heavenly Father cannot forget His promises nor can He deny Himself by 
failing to keep them.

     Ps. 89:33, "Nevertheless my loving kindness will I not utterly 
take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail."

     2 Tim. 2:13, R.V., "If we are faithless, he abideth faithful; for 
he cannot deny himself."

     We may even be ready to give up in defeat to the enemy or to lay 
down our task in sheer discouragement. We


may be on the point of taking our hand from the plough and turning 
back. But Christ is not discouraged; He will not give up; He 
acknowledges no victory on the devil's part. He has called us into 
fellowship with Himself; He has owned us as His possession and has 
assumed the responsibility for our control and He will not lay it 
aside. What He has begun in us He will continue. His work in us does 
not depend upon our love for Him but on His love for us: not faith in 
our faith but faith in His faithfulness is what He wants from us.

     Phil, 1:6, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which 
hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus 

     1 Thess. 5:24, "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do 

     I watched two young girls cross a glacier. The path was not 
clearly marked out, there were great gaping holes in the ice, often 
the next step had to be fairly cut out. They were not even properly 
shod with spiked shoes. Yet they tripped along apparently unafraid and 
in safety because they were roped to one who knew how to avoid the 
dangers and surmount the difficulties of that icy path and they 
reckoned on the faithfulness of their guide.

     How much more can we reckon upon the faithfulness of our Guide 
who knows the way before us and whose business it is to lead us safely 
through all its dangers and difficulties. Our Guide delights to have 
us throw away all props and helps; to let go of everything


outside of Himself and then cast ourselves full length upon His 
unfailing faithfulness. "Sarah received power ... since she counted 
Him faithful that promised." 

          Faith Receives God's Fulness

     Are you a child of God? Then by virtue of your sonship you may be 
filled with the Holy Spirit. Such fulness has been promised to you and 
it has been provided for you. Then why is it that you do not possess 
your birthright?

     There are several ways for an honest man to gain possession of a 
thing; he may buy it, he may barter for it, or he may receive it as a 

     Can one buy the fulness of the Holy Spirit? Simon the sorcerer 
thought in his heart to purchase Him and the power to confer Him upon 
others for which he was severely rebuked. Can His fulness be secured 
through barter? Have you perchance tried to strike a bargain with God 
offering Him some odd moments of time, some remnants of strength, some 
segment of talent, in exchange for the fulness of the Holy Spirit? The 
rich young ruler would no doubt have exchanged half his possessions 
for the life more abundant, but he went away sorrowful. One way 
remains by which you may possess the Holy Spirit's fulness. It is the 
gift of God.

     1 John 3:24, "And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the 
Spirit which he hath given us."

     What does one usually do with a gift? He receives it and thanks 
the giver. This is precisely what God wants 


you to do with this wondrous gift of the Holy Spirit's fulness. Let me 
illustrate by a simple incident which brought this message to my own 
heart with fresh meaning and power.

     A dear young Chinese girl came one evening to seek the way of 
salvation. That night she not only received Christ as Saviour but 
yielded to Him as Lord. Immediately she was filled with a passion to 
win to Christ the young man to whom she was betrothed. He was utterly 
godless. After months of intercession, personal work and, above all, 
exemplifying Christ in daily life before him she won him to Christ. A 
marvellous miracle of renewal and transformation was wrought in him. 
He became a new creation in Christ.

     Nearly two years later Mr. and Mrs. Wang were passing through 
Shanghai and they came to call. Their time was limited and Mr. Wang 
did not want to waste one moment of it. So as soon as the introduction 
was over he began conversation upon the theme nearest to his 
heart--the Lord Jesus Christ.

     Oh! how precious Christ was to that young man! What a reality 
prayer was. Out of every hour of the day he spent at least five 
minutes in prayer. What a passion he had for souls! He could not sleep 
at night if he had not made at least an effort to win some one to 
Christ during the day. What a love for the Word of God he had! It was 
his meat and drink.

     Seeing his love for God's Word I was reminded of a Scofield Bible 
which had been sent me to give to a Chinese friend. I presented it to 
Mr. Wang saying, "I see you love the Bible. Here is a Scofield Bible


which I should like to give you." At the mention of a Scofield Bible 
his face grew radiant and the tears of joy filled his eyes. "Oh," said 
he, "the other day I saw a Scofield Bible in Nanking and how I have 
wanted to possess one ever since! I began to pray for one. I went to 
a store to buy one. It cost too much, I couldn't afford it. I had 
decided I couldn't possess one."

     Remember the three ways of gaining possession. Mr. Wang had tried 
to buy the Bible and it cost too much; no one had offered to exchange 
one for anything he had. Just one way of possession was open to 
him--to receive it as a gift. And now the Scofield Bible which he so 
much desired was being offered to him as a gift. What did he do?

     Did he say, "Oh! I want that Bible more than I want any other 
thing but I haven't prayed long enough for it--just wait until I pray 
a few months more for it!" Or did he say, "I am really not worthy to 
receive that Bible! I must wait until I have made myself a better 
Christian and am worthy to possess such a Bible!" Or did he reply, 
"This Bible is coming too easily--just receiving it as a gift! I think 
I should strive harder to get one for myself for I haven't done a 
thing to merit such a gift." Or did he say, "Oh, that Scofield Bible 
is what I want and need more than anything else but it is not for me! 
God might give my wife such a gift but not me!" Or did he say, "You 
say that Bible is for me but I do not feel that it is mine so I think 
I should not take it until I feel I possess it!"


     If Mr. Wang had made any one of those foolish, absurd remarks I 
should have been forced to one of two conclusions; either that he was 
not honest and really did not want a Scofield Bible or else he thought 
I was not honest and did not really offer that one to him. One of 
these two conclusions is inescapable.

     What did Mr. Wang do? Well, I wish you could have seen the 
quickness with which he held out his two hands and took that Scofield 
Bible and with a face all aglow with joy and gratitude he immediately 
kneeled down and thanked God. As he rose to his feet he began to talk 
of how he would use that gift in winning men to the Lord Jesus.

     Have you wanted the fulness of the Holy Spirit? God offers Him in 
His fulness to you as a gift. What have you done with the offer? Are 
you still praying for the Holy Spirit's fulness? If so, what do you 
expect to accomplish through your prayers? The deposit is already 
placed to your account in the bank. You are still pleading with God to 
put it there while He pleads with you to cash your checks. "You keep 
telegraphing to God for supplies, and every year your appeals get more 
plaintive and piteous; you do not realize that the freight train is 
already in the station, waiting for you to discharge it; that the 
heavily burdened ship is in the dock, ready for you to unload."

     Or you say, "I am not worthy to be filled with the Holy Spirit" 
and "I dare not expect Him to fill me until I am a better Christian." 
Of course you are not worthy to have the Holy Spirit dwell in you much 
less fill you. Neither was Paul, nor Peter, nor


Spurgeon, nor Moody, worthy in themselves to be filled with the Holy 
Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God's gift of grace and grace is pure, 
unmerited favor. Grace is not something God does because of anything 
that He finds worthy in us but because of the infinite worth of His 
Son. The only thing you can do to make yourself worthy of the Holy 
Spirit's fulness is to take Him as God's proffered gift and let Him 
make your life a fit and worthy place for His abiding.

     Or do you say, "Just receiving the gifts of God's grace is too 
easy and lazy a way to live the Christian life. I think I ought to 
work a bit myself and strive to attain to a holy life. I do not like 
the idea of sitting passive and having spiritual blessings bestowed 
upon me." This sounds commendable but it runs counter to one of the 
greatest truths revealed in God's Word concerning faith. "But to him 
that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, 
his faith is counted for righteousness." There is not a ray of 
encouragement held out in God's Word to the man who strives to attain 
spirituality through his own self-effort. There are those who know 
that salvation cannot be secured by works but who think that 
spirituality may be so obtained. They know they can't be saved by 
works but they strive to grow by works. We do grow in spirituality by 
faith but we can never grow into spirituality by self-effort. Growth 
is "not of works lest any man should boast." "Ye can not by taking 
thought add one cubit to your stature." Making good resolutions, 
signing pledges, practising self-denial during certain seasons, and 


all such self-manufactured methods of obtaining spirituality, will 
prove futile. If we could grow into holiness through any effort of our 
own how proud we should become and how independent of God.

     Or you say, "Such a standard of spiritual life is too high for 
the ordinary everyday Christian. It may be possible for the minister 
or the missionary but it is beyond my reach." Yes, it is beyond the 
reach of everything in you except your faith. But so long as God says, 
"All things are possible to him that believeth," the fulness of the 
Holy Spirit is possible to faith. God has no favorites and, what He 
offers to one believer, He offers to every believer irrespective of 
his calling or vocation.

     Or you say, "I have been a Christian for years and I have never 
felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in me. Then how can I believe He 
will fill me? If I just felt He was dwelling within me, I would have 
faith to believe in His infilling." Your order then is feeling, faith, 
fact, which is the exact reverse of God's order. God says, "Fact, 
faith, feeling." We are ever prone to trust our feelings rather than 
God's facts and it is like having the roots of faith going down into 
quicksand. The state of the weather, the state of our health, the 
state of our pocketbook, these and countless other variable conditions 
may affect our feelings. To place any confidence whatever in them is 
exceedingly disastrous. God would have you say, "It is a fact that the 
Holy Spirit dwells within me for God's Word says so. It is a fact that 
God wants me filled with the Spirit because He commands me to be 
filled and He has provided His own time and way.


     So, my friend, if you are coming to God telling Him that you long 
to be filled with the Holy Spirit and yet saying any of these foolish 
things, either you are not honest and really do not want to be filled 
with the Holy Spirit or else you do not believe He is honest when He 
offers you the gift of the Spirit's fulness.

     Are you honest? Do you truly want to be filled with the Holy 
Spirit? Then acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit within you; 
thank God that He is there; and claim His fulness as your birthright. 
Take the gift, thank the Giver, and use the gift immediately in 
winning souls to Christ.

     By an act of faith I receive the Spirit's fulness. By a constant 
succession of acts of faith, the Spirit's fulness becomes habitual. 
"Let me ask you to remember that there is no such thing as a 
once-for-all fulness; it is a continuous appropriation of a continuous 
supply from Jesus Christ Himself:--a moment-by-moment faith in a 
moment-by-moment Saviour for a moment-by-moment cleansing, and a 
moment-by-moment filling. As I trust Him, He fills me; so long as I 
trust Him He fills me, the moment I begin to believe, that moment I 
begin to receive; and so long as I keep believing, praise the Lord! so 
long I keep receiving."




     IN response to surrender and faith the believer is filled with 
the Holy Spirit. As he is emptied of self, God fills; as he takes of 
Christ, God gives. Becoming rightly related to the Holy Spirit he 
becomes spiritual. In him the Spirit dwells in fulness because over 
him He has unhindered control. But the matter cannot be left there for 
many a person has been filled with the Holy Spirit who has not 
remained filled and life on the highest plane presumes habitual 
fulness of the Holy Spirit. A Step lengthens into a Walk.

     Surrender and faith as antecedents in becoming Spirit-filled were 
both acts. By an act of yielding one takes the step out of a life 
ruled by self into one governed by Christ. By an act of faith one 
claims his birthright in the fulness of the Holy Spirit and steps out 
of a life of stagnancy into one of satisfaction and sufficiency.

     To many this step marks such a definite and marvellous advance in 
spiritual living that it is as noteworthy an event in their spiritual 
history as was their new birth through faith in Christ as Saviour. The 
blessing of a life in which Christ is really all and in


all is so transcendent that many stop short with the enjoyment of the 
blessing and do not seek to know how it is to be maintained. To their 
disappointment they wake some day to the realization that their peace 
and power have gone.

     The twofold act of surrender and faith to be of any permanent 
value must become an attitude. The decisive act must be crystallized 
into continuous action. Surrender and faith must be merged into 
obedience. Obedience is just surrender and faith stretched over a 
lifetime; the step is lengthened into a walk.

     Scripture speaks often of the believer's walk and means by the 
word his whole manner of living from Sunday to Sunday, from morning 
till morning. Our walk is what we are translated into what we do; it 
is character expressed in conduct. It is our calling in Christ in the 
heavenlies actualized in conduct before men in the world.

     1 Thess. 2:12, "That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called 
you unto his kingdom and glory."

     Eph. 4:1, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you 
that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called."

     To remain spiritual it is of paramount importance that the 
believer should pay attention to his walk. Let us then study the 
nature of the walk of a Spirit-filled Christian. 

          A Walk in Obedience to God's Will

     Obedience is the basic principle in the family life of


God. The Son's incarnate life opened the door into the home life of 
Heaven and let us see that obedience to the will of the Father is the 
secret of its happiness and harmony. Indeed Christ said that obedience 
constitutes the family tie.

     Matt. 12:50, "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which 
is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."

     Obedience is likewise the basic principle in the heavenly holy 
order of which Christ is the Head. To become the Head of the body He 
was "obedient even unto death" and each member of the body partakes of 
the fulness of the life He bestows only through obedience to the 
obedient One. The preciousness and permanence of our abiding in the 
fellowship of His love is determined by our obedience to His will as 
He was obedient to His Father's.

     Heb. 5:8-9, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by 
the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the 
author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him."

     John 15:10, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my 
love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his 

     Obedience is the basic principle in the Kingdom of God. There 
God's will is everything. The peace, joy, content of Heaven are due to 
the fact that there God's will is done perfectly. So life in the 
Kingdom of God is conditioned upon willingness to do His will.


     Matt. 6:10, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it 
is in heaven."

     Matt. 7:21, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall 
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my 
Father which is in heaven."

     Nothing short of loving obedience can keep us in harmony with God 
because in His family, His society and His Kingdom, His will is 
sovereign and supreme.

     In yielding his life to God the believer acknowledges that God 
has a right to expect obedience from him and he accepts God's will as 
the invariable standard for literally everything in his life. By 
voluntarily choosing the rule of Christ instead of that of self he 
places himself in the center of God's will.

     Then begins the practice of the will of God in a daily, hourly, 
moment-by-moment walk. Oh! what a difference there is soon found to be 
between accepting the will of God in principle and submitting to it in 
practice. It is one thing by one decisive act to put the hand into 
God's and say, "Father, I have come to do thy will," and quite another 
thing to keep it there in the daily walk of life saying, "Father, I 
delight to do thy will; it is my meat and drink." Through the pressure 
of some particular need or under the power of some special inspiration 
the step out of self-will into God's will may be taken without the 
realization that the step must lengthen into a continued, sustained, 
habitual walk.

     We often make the mistake of thinking that life lived in the will 
of God means all sunshine and no storms; 


that to be filled with the Spirit means exemption from temptation and 
suffering. But it is not so. A few days ago I started for a walk down 
a mountain-road. The sun was shining brightly and I anticipated the 
pure delight of a beautiful sunset over the lake and an unclouded view 
of the mountains. But before long I walked straight into a rainstorm 
and for half an hour rain and hail came down upon me. There was 
nothing to do but walk right on which I did and came out later into 
the sunshine again. Both the sunshine and the storm were allowed by 
the Father in Heaven. So we find it in our walk with Him in daily 
life. Two things are bound to be encountered in a walk in obedience to 
the will of God; one is the temptations of Satan, and the other the 
testings of God.

     Every step of the walk in the will of God will be contested by 
the evil one whose own greatest sin is self-will. He seduced God's 
first man into disobedience and self-will and the persistent attack 
that he made upon the second Man throughout His earthly life had but 
one motive back of it--to deflect Him from a walk of implicit 
obedience to His Father. The Spirit-filled man is now his chief target 
and the temptation of disobedience is the one fiery dart above all 
others that he constantly aims at him.

     The devil tempts the Spirit-filled man along the line of 
presumption. He tempts him to go beyond the will of God in the matter 
of the Spirit's manifestation. He says to him, "If thou be 
Spirit-filled, then speak in tongues." Many earnest people today are 
being led astray by thinking to prove their reception of the


Spirit's fulness by some outer, visible, spectacular manifestation 
rather than by His inner supernatural presence in power. In this they 
go beyond the will of God because they go beyond the Word of God.

     Satan tempts also through another form of presumption, to lag 
behind the will of God. He tempts the Spirit-filled man to rely upon 
his spiritual attainment and to neglect the study of God's Word for 
personal growth. Resting in his supposed permanent fulness he begins 
to live on stale manna; to rely for strength upon his own oft-repeated 
testimony; to trust in an unconsciously receding experience. More than 
one Spirit-filled person has lost his fulness by attempting to live 
off of it without a constant replenishing.

     The devil tempts the Spirit-filled man along the line of pride. 
The Holy Spirit's motto is "Christ everything;" Satan's motto is 
"Anything but Christ." So he tempts the Spirit-filled man to look away 
from Christ and to look in unto self. He has achieved a real victory 
when he gets the Spirit-filled man to rejoice in his fulness and to 
testify regarding his blessing rather than to rejoice in the Giver of 
the fulness and to sing praises unto the Blesser. The grave danger of 
fixing one's eyes upon an experience, however exalted and blessed, 
instead of upon Him who bestowed it was expressed very tellingly by 
Spurgeon when he said:

     "I looked at Christ
     And the dove of peace flew into my heart;
     I looked at the dove of peace--
     And it flew away."


     The one who places such emphasis upon the blessing is very apt to 
look reproachfully upon those who have not a similar one. He becomes 
self-righteous and indulges in criticism and Phariseeism. He looks 
down upon others with a "holier than thou" attitude which is evidence 
enough of the diminishing fulness of the Holy Spirit.

     Satan tempts the Spirit-filled man along the line of persecution. 
Satan's one purpose is to deflect him from obedience and if he cannot 
do it by pressure from within he will attempt it by persecution from 
without. The Spirit-filled men of the early Church were stoned, 
beaten, imprisoned and killed. The form of persecution endured today 
by the Spirit-filled Christian may take a different form but it is 
none the less real. He who stands four-square for " the whole Gospel 
in the whole Bible for the whole world " in these days of apostasy is 
bound to endure persecution. Many a person has given place to the 
devil in the matter of his faith because he could not endure the taunt 
of being "unscholarly" or "unintellectual" or because he did not have 
the courage of his conviction in the atmosphere of opposition and 
denial. But such persecution is certain to come to every godly 

     2 Tim. 3:11-12, "Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at 
Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out 
of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly 
in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."


     In this walk of obedience to God's will we shall be met also by 
the testings of God. Sometimes it has happened that one who has 
refused to yield to the temptations of Satan has succumbed to defeat 
through the testings of God. There is the subtle danger that one who 
has lived a consistent, yielded, devoted Christian life may think that 
he has gained thereby a place of special favor in God's family circle 
and that he merits exoneration from the sufferings of adversity or 
affliction. A very earnest, active Christian man recently uttered a 
doubt as to the goodness of God because He had permitted an affliction 
to come into his home. But let us beware of ever thinking that God's 
love and goodness mean favoritism, and above all let us not lose the 
blessing out of even the keenest suffering God permits us to endure by 
failing to trust Him.

     It is well for us to know at the very beginning of our walk in 
obedience to God that it will mean testing through suffering. We have 
the pattern for such a walk in the earthly life of our Lord. "Though 
he were a Son yet learned he obedience by the things which he 
suffered." Think of it--HE learned obedience! With a sinless nature 
that rejoiced above everything else to do His Father's will we would 
think there would have been no necessity for Him to learn obedience. 
But the Word tells us that He needed to learn obedience and that this 
was accomplished through the things that He suffered. Is there one of 
us who does not need to begin in the primary and go clear through the 
university in the school of obedience? And if our


divine Teacher learned what He would teach us on this great theme 
through suffering can we expect to learn it in any other way? God does 
not deceive us in this matter and tells us plainly that we shall be 
partakers of Christ's sufferings, and this in full accord with His 

     1 Pet. 4:12-13, "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the 
fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened 
unto you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's 
sufferings: that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad 
also with exceeding joy."

     1 Pet. 4:19, "Wherefore let them that suffer according to the 
will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as 
unto a faithful Creator."

     We shall suffer through the misunderstanding, reproach and 
rejection of those who refuse the Lord Jesus the rule over their 
lives. It may even be that those of our own household will inflict 
upon us the keenest suffering we will ever endure. "And a man's foes 
shall be they of his own household." Even our welldoing may be evil 
spoken of and our work and prayer for the salvation of those we love 
be wholly misinterpreted. But remember Him who "came unto his own and 
his own received him not;" who was accused of "casting out devils 
through Beelzebub the chief of the devils," and who wept over 
Jerusalem saying, "How often would I ... and ye would not."

     1 Pet. 3:16-17, R.V., "Having a good conscience; that wherein ye 
are spoken against, they may be put to shame


who revile your good manner of life in Christ. For it is better, if 
the will of God should so will, that ye suffer for well-doing than for 

     1 Pet. 4:14, "If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy 
are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their 
part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified."

     We shall suffer through the chastening which in His infinite love 
God sees is necessary for our spiritual growth. We need to keep 
constantly in mind the goal which God has set for us--conformity to 
the image of His Son. "And this is the will of God even your 
sanctification." "Be ye holy even as I am holy." It is a wondrous 
thing God wills to work out in us and He has His own method of doing 
it. To polish the vessel into greater perfection God often uses the 
method of chastening. No words are so clear and comforting on this 
theme as those of Scripture itself.

     Heb. 12:6-11, "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and 
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. IF ye endure chastening, God 
dealeth with you as with sons: for what son is he whom the father 
chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are 
partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and 
we gave them reverence; shall we not much rather be in subjection unto 
the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days 
chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we 
might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present 
seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterward it yieldeth 
the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised 


     I think of a dear friend whose life is daily being refined as by 
fire through a terrible affliction which has come upon her only 
daughter. While talking with her I have seen her face radiant with the 
light that can come only from a heart at rest in the will of God at 
the same time her eyes have been blinded with tears. Through her 
affliction she has become a partaker of the holiness of God.

     A Chinese Christian came to talk with me about her old mother for 
whom she was greatly burdened. She was an ardent idolater and for more 
than thirty years had been a devoted vegetarian. The daughter had 
preached the Gospel to her mother, had prayed for her, and had pled 
with her to become a Christian, but to no avail. The mother's heart 
hardened rather than softened. "Why does God not hear my prayer for my 
mother?" she asked almost as though chiding God. I had watched the 
daughter's face as she talked; there were hard lines in it that were 
the outward token of inward rebellion. A bit of gentle probing and 
soon with a flood of tears came the confession of awful rebellion 
toward God because He had taken her five boys one after another home 
to Himself--the baby having gone only a month before. "God is unfair 
and unloving, yea, even cruel!" such was the language of her soul. The 
will of God was not good and perfect but unjust and unkind. Hardness 
of heart followed upon rebellion. But God wrought a miracle of grace 
that day by enabling her joyously to accept and submit to the gracious 
will of God. Oh! the riches of His grace! The next day in a way wholly 


inexplicable except by God's supernatural working the old mother came 
a long distance in from the country to see her daughter. Startled by 
something in the daughter's face which she had never seen there before 
she asked what had happened. Then followed the confession of her 
rebellion toward God because of her affliction and of the hardness of 
her heart. The old mother's heart was strangely moved and softened and 
very shortly it opened to admit the Saviour. "No chastening for the 
present seemeth to be 
joyous--nevertheless afterward ..."

     We shall suffer through trials and tribulations permitted to test 
the sincerity of our surrender and the reality of our faith. Abraham 
was permitted to build the altar, to lay on the wood, to bind Isaac, 
to lay him on the altar, to stretch forth his hand, yea, even to take 
the knife to slay his own son, before the angel of the Lord called 
unto him from heaven, "Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do 
thou anything unto him; for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing 
thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me." Some such 
test may be used by God to bring into the light the quality of our 
surrender and faith.

     1 Pet. 1:6-7, R.V., "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a 
little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold 
trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold 
that perisheth though it is proved by fire, may be found unto praise 
and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

     In conversation with a godly man who verily walked


with his Lord the fact was disclosed that the life of joy and peace in 
the Lord which he then enjoyed had come only after he had walked 
through a hailstorm of trial which had stripped him of several 
hundreds of thousands of dollars. But you could not have bought him 
back to his former life had you laid that amount in cash upon his 

     In the recent trouble in Nanking, China, many of the Chinese 
Christians lost all their earthly possessions. But their hearts were 
filled with praise that God had counted them worthy to suffer thus for 

     Some pamphlets and books which have reached a circulation of 
hundreds of thousands and have brought untold blessing to countless 
persons were written by a man whose body is so frail that he can write 
for only a few moments at a time. But everything that comes from his 
pen breathes forth the joy and peace of a heart sunk deep into 
submissiveness to the will of God.

     Again some have faltered by the way and failed to walk obediently 
because they have murmured at God's choice of a path. They rejoiced in 
the thought of being "made perfect in every good work to do his will" 
but they mistook a good work for a great work. Instead God asked for a 
quiet walk with Him in the obscurity of the home perchance ministering 
to the needs of an aged parent or a sick sister. God's will was to 
live joyously before Him and patiently before others, following the 
example of Him who as truly did His Father's will when making tables 
in the carpenter shop and assisting in the support of a widowed mother 
as when He fed five thousand people or taught the


multitude. Only a very few of those who were filled with the Holy 
Spirit on the day of Pentecost were made apostles; most of the one 
hundred and twenty were sent back into the ordinary life of business 
and home. God wishes us at the very beginning of our walk with Him to 
accept His will as "good and perfect and acceptable" and then to enter 
into each day sinking our will into His and submitting with joy and 
gladness to whatever comes during its hours knowing that every testing 
and trial is being used by Him to mature our growth into the likeness 
of our Lord.

     Heb. 13:21, "Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, 
working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus 
Christ; to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."

     James 1:2-4, R.V., "Count it all joy, my brethren, when ye jail 
into manifold temptations (trials): Knowing that the proving of your 
faith worketh patience. And let patience have its perfect work, that 
ye may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing."

          A Walk in Conformity to God's Ways

     God's will is not an intangible, indefinite thing. Indeed so 
practical is it that it stretches itself over our entire manner of 
living claiming the authority to fashion our daily walk.

     Deut. 5:33, "Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your 
God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with 
you, and that ye may prolong your days in  the land which ye shall 


     1 Kings 3:14, "And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my 
statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I 
will lengthen thy days."

     Over the family life of His children the heavenly Father presides 
and He fully expects to counsel with them regarding the kind of 
clothes they wear; the books they read; the studies they pursue; the 
companions they seek; the business they enter; the money they spend; 
the possessions they have; the life plans they form; their habits of 
recreation and play as well as of work; and their food and drink. 
Radiating from the will of God as the center there are ways of 
thinking, talking, resting, working, playing, eating, dressing, living 
which are consistent with our home life in the heavenlies and are 
worthy of the training which we have received of our Father.

     Phil. 1:27, R.V., "Only let your manner of life be worthy of the 
gospel of Christ."

     Phil. 2:15, R.V., "That ye may become blameless and harmless, 
children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse 
generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world."

     Yet there are prodigals in the Father's family who despising the 
restraints in the Father's home go their own way into the far country. 
There are others who remain at home but reserve the right in certain 
matters to conform their ways to those of the world. There are 
Christian men who contend that in business one must use the methods of 
the world to succeed even if they are 


somewhat shady and dishonouring. There are earnest Christian women who 
in matters of dress follow the extreme fashions of the world. There 
are both men and women who in most of their ways of life have sought 
and followed the Lord's guidance, yet in the one supreme choice--that 
of a partner for life--have disobeyed God's direct command to marry 
"in the Lord," and a life of suffering and sorrow has often been the 
result. There are leaders of the Church even who have departed so far 
from God's ways of financing His work that they have filled the house 
of prayer with the tables of money changers. Many a Christian has 
ceased to walk in the will of God because at some definite point he 
has departed from the ways of God. To be filled again with God's 
Spirit will mean to return to the place of disobedience in confession 
of sin and then start aright in God's way.

     1 Pet. 1:14, R.V., "As children of obedience, not fashioning 
yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance."

     Rom. 12:2, R.V., "And be not fashioned according to this world: 
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove 
what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

     But it is not only in what we do but in what we do not do that we 
fail to follow the ways of the Lord. In so many homes God seems to 
figure so little in the ordinary life of week days. The family attends 
church together on Sunday and perhaps the children are sent to Sunday 
School but there is no family altar, no blessing 


at the table, no mention of God in conversation. 

          A Walk in Obedience to the Word of God

     Some may plead ignorance of the will of God as an excuse for 
disobedience. But God does not ask us to walk in the dark. God has 
spoken to us and His will is clearly revealed in His Word. Over and 
over again in the Old Testament God commanded the children of Israel 
to hearken unto His voice and then to do what they heard. And He 
commanded parents to teach their children that the children also might 
walk in the will and way of God. "The word 'obey' comes from a Latin 
compound, it means that you do in consequence of what you hear." In 
the New Testament God makes the same appeal to His children.

     Deut. 28:1, "And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken 
diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do 
all his commandments which I command this day, that the LORD thy God 
will set thee on high above all nations of the earth."

     James 1:22-24, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers 
only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, 
and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a 
glass. For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straitway 
forgetteth what manner of man he was."

     To walk in the whole will of God requires that we walk in the 
whole truth of God. Some err and depart from walking in God's ways 
because they reserve to themselves the right to become critics of 


God's Word and to accept or reject it according to the dictates of 
reason. But how can one do the will of God when he has rejected some 
portion of the Word of God which possibly he most needs? Will one who 
has rejected the personality of the Holy Spirit pay much attention to 
the command "Be filled with the Spirit"? Another may have refused to 
accept the truth of a life of victory over the power of sin even 
thinking it an unscriptural doctrine. Then he is not likely to obey 
the command to reckon himself dead to sin and to let it not reign over 
him. Walking in the will of God demands a walking in the truth of God.

     2 John 4, "I rejoice greatly that I found of thy children walking 
in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father."

     3 John 4, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children 
walk in truth."

     When one has accepted the whole truth of God's inspired Word, he 
has opened his whole being to the light that streams from the throne 
of God and he has come into such an adjustment to the Spirit of truth 
that he can be led into a walk in the pure light of God's Word.

     John 16:13, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit 0} truth, is come, he 
will guide you into all truth; for he shall not speak of himself; but 
whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will shew you 
things to come."

     1 John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, 
we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his 
Son cleanseth us from all sin."


     The one, who submits himself to the teaching of the Holy Spirit 
and who takes the Word of God to be the standard by which his life is 
to be fashioned and directed, will be filled with an intense desire to 
know the will of God. He will make it the most fervent prayer of his 
life that he may be filled with a knowledge of God's will so that he 
may walk worthy of his Lord.

     Col. 1:9-10, "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, 
do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled 
with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual 
understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all 

     To such a man the Word of God becomes a new Book and the 
discovery of God's will therein will not be a duty to be shunned but a 
delight to be enjoyed. His spiritual life may be marvellously enriched 
or even quite revolutionized by the discovery of and obedience to some 
command. The "Unknown Christian" in How to Live the Victorious Life 
gives this personal testimony, "As the writer looks back on his past 
life nothing so surprises him as the fact that he failed to see, or 
grasp, or apprehend this Victorious Life teaching, although it is not 
new, although it is so plainly taught in Scripture."

     Think of the change that would be wrought in some life given up 
to worry, anxiety and fretfulness if the commands "In nothing be 
anxious" (Phil. 4:6) and "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts" 
(Col. 3:15) were really obeyed. Witness the sunshine of


joy and praise flood some murmuring, discontented, grumbling heart 
that begins to live by "Be ye thankful" (Col. 3:15), "In everything 
give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning 
you" (1 Thess. 5:18), and "Rejoice in the Lord alway" (Phil. 4:4). 
What times of defeat and depression we might avoid if we just did as 
God commanded, "Neither give place to the devil" (Eph. 4:27), "Resist 
the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7). What a preventive to 
yielding to temptation and what a defense against Satan's attacks is 
for us in this command, "Put on the whole armour of God" (Eph. 6:11). 
What a wealth of blessing we might carry even in our casual contacts 
with people if we were zealous to follow His direction regarding our 
conversation. "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, 
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister 
grace unto the hearers" (Eph. 4:29). What division among Christians 
would be displaced by the unity for which our Lord prayed if we obeyed 
some of His simple, direct commands. "Let nothing be done through 
strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other 
better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things but every 
man also on the things of others" (Phil. 2:3-4), "Be subject one to 
another ... be clothed with humility" (1 Pet. 5:5). What relief even 
from physical suffering might result from habitual obedience to His 
command, "Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do 
all to the glory of God" 

(1 Cor. 10:31). What possibilities of testimony to others of


the beauty, glory and attractiveness of the life in Christ by 
simple obedience to His Word, "And whatsoever ye do in word or in 
deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and 
the Father by him" (Col. 3:17).

     But perhaps to some a walk of such complete obedience seems 
unattractive; while to others it seems impossible. Whether or not it 
is attractive and desirable to us will depend upon two things, our 
confidence in the Lord and our love for Him. Do we truly believe that 
God is love? Then we must believe that His will is "good and perfect" 
and that every command is given not only for the sake of His glory but 
for our welfare. God is not a tyrannical despot who rejoices in 
lording it over His subjects. He does not command simply to show His 
authority. God is a Father and every command He gives looks toward 
both the immediate and the ultimate good of His child. Our unshakeable 
belief in the infinite goodness and kindness of God is essential to 
the joyous obedience to His commands. But we cannot force ourselves to 
love His will. Our love for God must dovetail into His love for us 
before we joyously obey His commands. When once we truly love Him more 
than we love ourselves, more than we love any other person, or thing, 
then God's commands are not grievous but gracious to us; they cease to 
be a duty and become a delight.

     John 14:21, 23, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, 
he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my 
Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. ...


Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my 
words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and 
make our abode with him."

     But to some it seems an utter impossibility to keep the 
commandments of God. This leads us to our last thought. 

          A Walk in the Spirit

     Let us admit without hesitation that a life of obedience to God 
in our own strength is absolutely impossible. We have not the power in 
ourselves to obey even one command habitually, to say nothing of the 
power for a continuous walk in obedience.

     But for that reason let us not conclude that God asks something 
unreasonable or impracticable and therefore impossible and thus excuse 
ourselves for settling down into habitual disobedience. Frances Ridley 
Havergal says truly, "We may be quite sure of three things. First, 
that whatever our Lord commands us, He really means us to do. 
Secondly, that whatever He commands is 'for our good always.' And 
thirdly, that whatever He commands He is able and willing to enable us 
to do, 'for all God's biddings are enablings.'"

     If "God's bidding is His enabling," then our part is to discover 
His provision for a walk in obedience to His will, His ways and His 

     Gal. 5:25, "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the 

     Gal. 5:16, "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not 
fulfil the lust of the flesh."


     By accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour the believer is translated 
into the sphere of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit, then, stands ready to 
take all responsibility for a "walk" that is in full accord with such 
a "life." He comes into the believer to indwell and to infill for that 
very purpose. He knows the mind and the will of God and He will unfold 
it to us through the Word of God and give to us the desire and the 
strength to obey.

     1 Pet. 1:22, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the 
truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that 
ye love one another with a pure heart fervently."

     The Holy Spirit knows the ways of God and He will reveal them to 
us through the Word and guide our footsteps into the right paths so 
that we may walk step by step in obedience to the will of God. He will 
restrain us from one course and constrain us toward another. He will 
rebuke and reprove us whenever we step out into any by-path of the 
flesh. If in some particular issue self is allowed to regain supremacy 
and some part of our walk is dishonouring to God, the Holy Spirit will 
work within us to guide us back. He not only guides but He guards. He 
knows every motion and activity of the flesh, every subtle trick and 
evil design to trip and ensnare the one who walks with God. And He is 
able even to keep us from stumbling. If we have yielded to Him the 
control of our lives and have put all authority into His hands, He 
accepts the responsibility for our walk before God and men.


     Rom. 8:14, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are 
the sons of God."

     Jude 24, R.V., "Now unto him that is able to guard you from 
stumbling, and to set you before the presence of his glory without 
blemish in exceeding joy."

     Chafer in his book He That Is Spiritual has stated so helpfully 
the meaning of a walk in the Spirit that I shall quote at length from 
it. "The passage (referring to Gal. 5:16) is better rendered 'This I 
say then, By means of the Spirit be walking, and ye shall not fulfil 
the lust of the flesh!' The child of God has no power within himself 
whereby he can enter, promote, or maintain a 'walk in the Spirit.' 
This Scripture when rightly rendered, does not make the impossible 
demand upon a Christian that he in his own strength is to accomplish a 
'walk in the Spirit.' It is rather revealed that the Spirit will do 
the walking in the Christian. The human responsibility is that of a 
whole dependence upon the Spirit. Walking by means of the Spirit is 
simply walking by a definite reliance upon the ability and power of 
the One who indwells. ... The third condition of true spirituality is, 
then, an unbroken reliance upon the Spirit to do what He has come to 
do and what He alone can do. Such is the Father's provision that sin 
may be prevented in the life of His child. ... The child of God has an 
all-engaging responsibility of continuing in an attitude of reliance 
upon the Spirit. This is his divinely appointed task and place of 
cooperation in the mighty undertakings of God. The locomotive engineer 


will accomplish little when pushing at his ponderous train. He is not 
appointed to such a service. His real usefulness will begin when he 
takes his place at the throttle. The important conflict in the 
believer's life is to maintain the unbroken attitude of reliance upon 
the Spirit. Thus, and only thus, can the Spirit possess and vitalize 
every human faculty, emotion and choice."

     If to some a walk in habitual obedience to the will, the ways and 
the Word of God even in the power of the indwelling Spirit still seems 
impossible, let us remember that a walk is taken step by step. It is a 
step at a time. And each step taken in obedience makes the next step 
easier. As we walk in the Spirit our confidence in His power to guide 
and to guard us deepens and our reliance upon Him grows.



                         Bible Study

     THE greatest problem of the spiritual man is how to live 
habitually on the highest plane. The question of continuance is the 
one that perplexes him most. What the Holy Spirit begins in salvation 
He continues in sanctification. He works for permanence and progress 
in the spiritual experience of the Christian. 

          An Abiding and an Abounding Life

     Salvation which commences in accepting Christ as Saviour 
continues in abiding in Him as Life. The last word Christ spoke to His 
disciples was on the kind of life they were to live after He went away 
from them. It was not to be a variable up-and-down experience but 
their life was to be characterized by steadiness and sturdiness. 
Permanence would be one of its outstanding marks. It was to be an 
abiding life. Abiding is a steady continuance in an already 
established relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

     It was to be a life abounding in the exhaustless resources of the 
Lord of Heaven and earth. Life on the highest plane demands growth. 
There is to be nothing static in experience, stagnant in condition or 
slothful in action in the spiritual man's life. The language of


the spiritual man is always, "Brethren, I count not myself to have 
apprehended; ... forgetting those things which are behind and reaching 
forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for 
the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." The passion of 
the spiritual man is progress in things spiritual. He is not content 
with bearing "fruit," no not even with bearing "more fruit"; his heart 
is fixed upon the bearing of the "much fruit" which alone glorifies 
The Father. Abounding means continually rising to higher ground in the 
already established relationship in Christ.

     Abiding implies reciprocity or mutual giving and taking. It 
connotes such intimacy of relationship as demands interchange of 
thought, love, devotion. Abiding means fellowship, the walking and 
talking together of two who love each other devotedly; the friendship 
of truly sympathetic persons capable of mutual love and mutual 

     1 John 1:3, "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto 
you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our 
fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."

     Gen. 5:22, "And Enoch walked with God."

     Rev. 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man 
hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup 
with him, and he with me."

     But how can such fellowship exist between One in Heaven and 
another on earth? Through what means, by what medium, can such 
communion be maintained?

The answer to this question is to be found in the life of God's 
second Man. As the Son of Man He maintained unbroken fellowship with 
His Father in Heaven, and as the representative Man He did it through 
the same means and by the same medium as our fellowship with Him is to 
be maintained. In this as in all other things He is our Example.

     The Holy Spirit was the divine means of communion and the Holy 
Scriptures were the divine medium of communication between the eternal 
Father and the incarnate Son. In other words, the Spirit used the Word 
as the link between Heaven and earth.

     The incarnate Son lived by the Word of God. He was both obedient 
to it and dependent upon it. His spiritual growth as a child and His 
guidance as a Man had their spring in the Word of God.

     Luke 2:40, "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, 
filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon him."

     Strength and stature were His in ever increasing measure. "He was 
filled with wisdom" that is from above, the wisdom of God. At twelve 
He astounded the doctors in the temple by His understanding of the 

     Luke 4:4, "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That 
man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."

     Luke 24:44, "And he said unto them, These are the words which I 
spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that


all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, 
and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."

     The "It is written" of the Scriptures molded His conduct and the 
"That all things must be fulfilled which were written" marked out His 
course from the beginning to the end of His ministry. In Scripture He 
found His Father's plan and path clearly outlined for Him. The loving 
fellowship which existed between Father and Son was rooted in the 
Son's habitual obedience to and dependence upon the Word of God.

     Is it any wonder, then, that He commended to His disciples a 
similar life of obedience to and dependence upon the living Word of 
God if they would abide in Him as He had abided in the Father?

     John 15:10, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my 
love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his 

     John 8:31, "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, 
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed."

     John 15:7, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye 
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

     We only abide in Him as His Word abides in us and accomplishes 
its own divinely appointed work. Upon our relationship to the Word of 
God the permanence and progress of our spiritual life depends. This 
claim may be easily verified through a study of the Spirit's use of 
the Word.


          The Word of God is the Medium in Regeneration

     The instrument used to implant in the human spirit the divine 
seed of the uncreated life of God is the Word of God. Through the Word 
we are brought out of death into life.

     1 Pet. 1:23, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of 
incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever."

          The Word of God is the Medium in Revelation

     Life requires light. Regeneration presumes revelation. The 
new-born soul has been "called out of darkness into his marvellous 
light" (1 Pet. 2:9) and the light of God cannot be concealed from the 
one to whom the Life of God has been communicated.

     Illumination is absolutely essential to the new life in Christ. 
To maintain the life, light is imperative.

     John 1:4, "In him was life, and the life was the light of men."

     John 8:12, "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the 
light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, 
but shall have the light of life."

     Illumination is absolutely essential to the new walk in Christ.

     Eph. 5:8, "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light 
in the Lord: walk as children of light."

     1 John 1:5-7, "God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If 
we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, 
and do not the truth; 


But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship 
one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us 
from all sin."

     When the Holy Spirit enters the human spirit He bestows a 
spiritual nature which has the capacity to perceive and an appetite to 
know. An insatiable hunger and an unquenchable thirst for the 
knowledge of God possesses a Spirit-filled Spirit-controlled man. He 
cries with the Psalmist, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, 
so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for the living 

     One of the sure marks of a spiritual man is his ever increasing 
knowledge of God. Spiritual perception and spiritual enlightenment 
stamp a man as a growing Christian. God puts no premium on ignorance. 
Paul prayed that his converts might have spiritual understanding, 
Heaven-born wisdom, divine enlightenment.

     Eph. 1:17-18, "That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father 
of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the 
knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; 
that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches 
of the glory of his inheritance in the saints."

     Col. 1:9, "For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do 
not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with 
the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding."

     God expects every child of His to be growing in the knowledge of 
Him. Paul did not pray that the Colossian 


Christians might be filled with the knowledge of God's will in all 
wisdom and spiritual understanding that they might be equipped to fill 
a chair in a theological seminary or to go as a missionary to some 
foreign field, but that wherever they were and whatever their task 
they might "Walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing," "Be fruitful 
in every good work," and "Be strengthened with might, unto all 
patience and long-suffering with joyfulness."

     The Apostle Paul constantly said "Know ye not?" Again and again 
in the letters to the Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians he speaks 
of the things we should know. The words "We know" are almost the key 
words of the first Epistle of John. Count for yourself the number of 
times they are used and write out the things the Christian should 
"Know." In the realm of the spiritual it is the man who knows who 

     Dan. 11:32, "And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall 
be corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall 
be strong, and do exploits."

     In Romans 6 God's divine order is "Know" (v. 6); "Reckon" (v. 
11); "Yield" (v. 13); "Obey" (v. 17). It is the man who really knows 
God who believingly reckons on the great facts of salvation, who 
voluntarily yields himself to the Saviour, and who gladly obeys 
Christ, the Lord. Growth in grace and growth in the knowledge of God 
are simultaneous.

     2 Pet. 3:18, "Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord 
Jesus Christ."


     But spiritual knowledge comes through just one channel. The Word 
of God is the divinely-appointed medium of revelation. The entrance of 
God's Word giveth light. Life and light come from the same Source.

     Ps. 36:9, "For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light 
shall we see light."

     Ps. 119:130, "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth 
understanding unto the simple."

     Rom. 10:17, "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the 
Word of God."

     In the Word of God the Christian finds the revelation of 
everything needful for salvation, sanctification and service. All that 
the Father intends His child to know regarding his spiritual 
possessions, privileges and responsibilities He has revealed in the 
Bible. The clear revelation of Himself, His will, His way and His 
purpose is all in the Word.

     John 15:15, "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant 
knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for 
all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you."

     Eph. 1:9, "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, 
according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself."

     The man who gives himself to daily thought and prayerful 
meditation on God's Word possesses a degree of spiritual perception 
out of all proportion to his intellectual capacity or attainment, 
judged from the standpoint of things natural.


          The Word of God is the Medium of Renewal

     Even the spiritual man has no resources in himself. He is in 
daily need of replenishing. "The spiritual blessings, which are given 
to him according to the everlasting covenant, are all treasured up in 
heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Once we have begun to draw nigh to 
God, we must continue to draw nigh. It is both a necessity and a 
delight. A necessity because we are still as dependent on the 
creative, supernatural influence of grace. ... Such pensioners are we 
of the divine bounty, daily and hourly we must be recipients of His 
gifts and of His power. Peter imagines he has a stock of courage and 
loving loyalty in himself; but sad experience teaches him that his 
nature is feeble and selfish; that not he, but Christ in him, is rock. 
... We have nothing in ourselves; our sufficiency is of God."--(The 
Hidden Life, by Adolph Saphir, pages 19-20.) The spiritual man never 
ceases to feel his utter dependence upon God.

     God provides for his renewal. The man who is saved by the truth 
of God's Word is also sanctified by it. The stature and strength of 
the spiritual man will be in exact proportion to his faithful 
continuance in the Word of the Lord. The study of God's Word is the 
divinely-appointed means of spiritual culture; the divinely-ordained 
method of spiritual growth.

     John 17:17, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."

     John 8:31, "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, 
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed."


     A careful study of the Scriptural names of the Word of God will 
reveal God's intended use of it in the renewal of the Christian's 

     The Word is a Mirror to reveal.

     James 1:23-25, "For if any man be a hearer of the word, and not a 
doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For 
he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straitway forgetteth what 
manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of 
liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but 
a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."

     A mirror reveals the personal appearance of the one who looks 
into it. The Bible is just such a revelation of man. In it we see the 
human heart mirrored exactly as it is in the sight of God. We have in 
the Word full-length portraits of the natural, the carnal and the 
spiritual man. As one studies the Bible he finds himself; mirrored in 
the lives of men and women who lived centuries ago he sees himself. In 
the covetousness of Achan, the backsliding of David, the despondency 
of Elijah, the avarice of Jacob, the falsehood of Ananias and 
Sapphira, the denial of Peter, the selfrighteousness of Saul of Tarsus 
and the jealousy, unbelief and self-seeking of the disciples, he looks 
into his own sinful heart and his own wayward life. The Bible takes 
the covering off the inmost spirit and unveils its secret thoughts and 
motives. It shows us to ourselves as we are. But it does not stop 
there. It unfolds to man's vision the Perfect Man. He "Beholds as in a


glass the glory of the Lord" for in the Word God gives "The light of 
the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." Then 
the Bible challenges him, who has seen himself as he is and as he may 
become, to act upon the vision, to become a doer of the Word in order 
that he may be conformed to the image of Christ.

          The Word is Water to Cleanse and Refresh

     Eph. 5:25-26, "Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for 
it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by 
the Word."

     John 15:3, "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken 
unto you."

     Ps. 119:9, "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by 
taking heed thereto according to the Word."

     Walking as pilgrims through a world reeking in sin we are in 
constant contact with its defilement and in constant need of 
cleansing. In olden times the priests, who were cleansed by the blood 
at the brazen altar, still needed the washing of water at the laver to 
make them fit for the worship and the work of the tabernacle. So we, 
though cleansed from the guilt of sin through the blood of the Living 
Word, yet need daily the washing by the water of the written Word. The 
Christian's life is kept pure and clean only in the proportion to 
which the Word of God is hid in the heart and applied to the life.

     Water also refreshes. Countless Christians could testify to the 
removal of weariness of spirit, discouragement


of soul and even exhaustion of body through a quiet hour of meditation 
upon the Word.

          The Word of God is Food to Nourish and Delight

     The Word is milk for the newborn babe; it is strong meat for the 
spiritual adult; and it is honey for the spiritually-minded.

     1 Pet. 2:2, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the 
word, that ye may grow thereby."

     Heb. 5:14, "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full 
age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to 
discern both good and evil."

     Ps. 19:10, "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much 
fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."

     The man who feeds upon God's Word will become strong; the one who 
neglects it will be dwarfed. Both stature and strength are gauged by 
the quality of spiritual food eaten and assimilated. Wherever you find 
a spiritual anaemic the reason is improper food.

     The Christian who is improperly or insufficiently fed is the prey 
to all kinds of spiritual disease. He is powerless to resist 
temptation, blind to discern error, helpless to overcome sin. He is 
open to all the deceiving devices and subtle strategies of the evil 
one. He not only makes no progress but he cannot even hold his own and 
lives a flabby, inconsistent, dishonouring life before the world.

     The Christian who is not entering into new possessions of God's 
grace, love and power through new conquests 


of the Word is living on the stale manna of some moldy experience or 
musty testimony. The new nature is starved because forced to exist on 
denatured emotions and devitalized vocabulary, "He feedeth on ashes" 
instead of "the Bread of life." Christ knew that the only food upon 
which the new nature could thrive was the Word of God. In His High 
Priestly prayer He said to His Father, "I have given them thy Word" 
(John 17:14).

     Sometimes a Christian worker has lost his power for no other reason 
than neglect of the Bible. Because of this his message is devoid of 
freshness and fruitfulness. The inevitable result is the giving of his 
own word in the wisdom, eloquence and energy of the flesh. This God 
never promises to bless.

     1 Cor. 2:4, "And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing 
words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of 

     1 Thess. 2:13, "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, 
because, when ye received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye 
received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of 
God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."

     "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God" 
(Luke 4:14). "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and 
they are life" (John 6:63). Can we think it possible that the food on 
our tables should be so transmuted in nature's laboratory that it 
should reappear, now in stalwart muscle of the blacksmith's arm, and 


now in the fine texture of the poet's brain, and let it not seem 
incredible that the Word of God can reappear in every kind of 
spiritual power and holy efficiency? The Word of God is a Lamp to 

     Ps. 119:105, "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto 
my path."

     Pitfalls are all around the Christian; the devil has well-laid 
snares to entrap.

     2 Tim. 2:26, "And that they may recover themselves out of the 
snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will."

     Ps. 119:110, "The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred 
not from thy precepts."

     The straight and narrow way is not always easily discerned and 
still less easily followed. In these perilous times when there is so 
much of the world in the Church and when even the shepherd of the 
flock may walk in ways quite contrary to the Word of God, many an 
earnest Christian is perplexed and at a loss to know what is a 
consistent walk. He surely needs a light upon his path.

     But he needs even more than that; he needs to be shown each step 
of the way. The Word of God is just such a guide and, when it is hid 
in the heart and heeded in the life, the Christian need not wander nor 
stumble. His every step may be ordered in full conformity to God's 
will and ways because in full obedience to God's Word.


     Ps. 119:133, "Order my steps in thy word: and let not any 
iniquity have dominion over me."

     Ps. 37:31, "The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps 
shall slide."

     Many mistakes are made by Christians through seeking and 
following the counsel of men rather than that of God. Some have lost 
the way altogether and are living outside the will of God because they 
have listened to man's voice. I know a life that is shipwrecked upon 
the rock of human counsel, devoid of both peace and power. We cannot 
be reminded too often of the solemn fact that Adam's sin came through 
heeding Eve's voice, and Eve sinned by believing and obeying the 
devil's word instead of God's. There is but one absolutely safe 
counsellor for the Christian, the Word of God.

     Ps. 119:24, "Thy testimonies also are my delight and my 

     2 Tim. 3:15, "And that from a child thou hast known the holy 
scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through 
faith which is in Christ Jesus."

     The teaching, instruction, warning, correction and guidance which 
every Christian needs to make him complete and to equip him for 
service are all to be found in the Bible.

     2 Tim. 3:16, 17, R.V., "Every scripture inspired of God is also 
profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction 
which is in righteousness that the man of God may be complete, 
furnished completely unto every good work."


          The Word of God is Wealth to Enrich

     Ps. 119:14, "I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, 
as much as in all riches."

     Ps. 119:72, "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than 
thousands of gold and silver."

     Ps. 119:127, "Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea 
above fine gold."

     Ps. 119:162, "I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great 

     There is constant drain upon the Christian. Everything in his 
environment tends to impoverishment of spirit. There is unceasing need 
of renewal through enrichment. But in the Lord Jesus are "hid all the 
treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col. 2:3); in Him are embodied all 
the unsearchable riches of grace and glory (Phil. 4:19; Eph. 1:7). The 
Spirit opens these to us by opening the Scriptures and enabling us 
through the Word to know and to claim all the things which He hath 
given us richly to enjoy.

          The Word of God is a Critic to Judge

     Heb. 4:12, "For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and 
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing 
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a 
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

     The Greek word "Kritikos" means able to judge. The tendency today 
is that men choose to be critics of the Word rather than to accept the 


Word as their critic. But one very salutary function of the Bible is 
its judgment upon the Christian's thoughts and actions. The Psalmist 
who offered that sincere prayer, "Search me, O God, and know my heart, 
try me and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me, 
and lead me in the way everlasting," knew the helpfulness of God's 
righteous judgments.

     Ps. 119:164, "Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy 
righteous judgments."

     Ps. 119:175, "Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let 
thy judgments help me."

     What a quickening of spiritual life would take place today if 
every child of God would put his life under the righteous judgment of 
the Word of God. The longprayed for revival undoubtedly would burst 
forth like fire if the Bible were permitted to become the Critic of 
men's thoughts, feelings and actions, and if they were willing to act 
upon its kindly, beneficent criticism.

          The Word of God is a Manual of Holy Living

     Ps. 119:1-3, "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in 
the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and 
that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they 
walk in his ways."

     God has provision for every step of the way in the life of 
godliness, which He expects His child to live. In His Word He has 
given the principles that govern such a life, and the precepts which 


teach us how to practice them. The Christian who practices the 
presence of God and who lives the Christ-life most transparently is 
the one who is most thoroughly saturated with God's Word and who 
deliberately has given himself to live out that Word in deed. 

          The Word of God is a Weapon

     Eph. 6:17, "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of 
the Spirit, which is the word [hrema] of God." [hrema: a specific 

     The Spirit-filled man has enemies; he is engaged in a warfare. 
The powers of hell are all against him. He is always open to attack 
and momentarily liable to defeat. He needs both defensive and 
offensive weapons. He must be able both to stand and to withstand in 
every assault of Satan.

     There is but one way this can be done and it is the way the 
God-man used. His only weapon in the wilderness was the Sword of the 
Spirit. "It is written," repeated three times in the threefold attack, 
repulsed the enemy.

     Let us note that the God-man had His sword burnished and ready. 
He did not wait to draw out the scroll of Scripture and read from it 
to get an answer for the devil. In the years of seclusion in the 
Nazareth home He had stored away the Words of God in His heart, and in 
the hours of quiet work in the carpenter's shop He had meditated upon 
them. It may be that the Son of Man had gone into the wilderness fresh 
from the study of Deuteronomy. His mind was so saturated with its 
truth that when Satan attacked Him, the Spirit instantly brought to 


His remembrance the very words that utterly routed him. He was kept in 
the moment of temptation by the Word hid in His heart.

     Deut. 11:18, "Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your 
heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand that 
they may be as frontlets between your eyes."

     Ps. 119:11, "Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not 
sin against thee."

     Col. 3:16, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all 
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and 
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."

     Often the reason we yield so quickly to temptation is because our 
sword is rusty. This gives Satan the advantage over us. Temptation 
comes to us on the street, in the office, when we may not have a Bible 
with us. It comes unexpectedly. There is no time to stop and search 
for an effectual portion of Scripture. It is only that part of the 
Word that is hid in the heart that will become a Sword in action at 
the moment most needed. It is the portion of the Word of God which we 
have learned and lived that will be effectual in the fight with Satan.

     Another essential to success is confidence in the weapon we use. 
I feel sure there was the certitude of victory in the very tone of the 
voice when the Lord Jesus said, "It is written!" To Him the Word was 
authoritative and final. His confidence in the absolute authority of 
Deuteronomy had not been weakened by a


doubtful attitude toward its authorship. To Him it was the Word of God 
forever settled in Heaven. He had no question concerning its potency 
because He had no doubt concerning its purity or its permanence.

     Ps. 12:6, "The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried 
in a furnace of earth, purified seven times."

     Prov. 30:5, "Every word of God is pure; he is a shield unto them 
that put their trust in him."

     Luke 21:33, "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall 
not pass away."

     Many Christians are defeated today in the warfare against sin and 
Satan because of doubt regarding their weapon, the Word of God. To 
them the Word is not the Sword of the Spirit but it is merely a staff 
of man's making to assist him on the pathway of life which he feels at 
liberty to whittle down to the measure of his own intellect and 
experience. Belief in the absolute trustworthiness and final authority 
of the Word is an essential to the potent use of it as the Sword.

          The Word of God is a Fire that both Burns and Warms

     Jer. 20:9, "Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor 
speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a 
burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and 
I could not stay."

     The Bible is like a fire that burns out the dross, purifying and 
purging. It is a devouring flame before which


nothing that is contrary to God's will and ways can stand.

     Jer. 5:14, "Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because 
ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, 
and this people wood, and it shall devour them."

     1 Pet. 1:22, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the 
truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that 
ye love one another with a pure heart fervently."

     It is at the same time a fire that warms with comfort and cheer 
the heart desolated by sorrow and distressed through suffering.

     1 Thess. 4:18, "Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

     Ps. 119:50, "This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word 
hath quickened me."

     Ps. 119:165, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and 
nothing shall offend them."

          The Word of God is a Hammer to Break

     Jer. 23:29, "Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and 
like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces."

     There is such a residue of stubbornness, resistance and rebellion 
in every life! The man who has been accustomed to go his own way, seek 
his own pleasure and do his own will is not easily made submissive and 
humble. There is much in every one of us that is


hard which needs to be broken; much that is resisting which needs to 
be melted.

     As the Christian studies the Word and comes under the softening 
rays of God's loving-kindness, tender mercy, unfailing faithfulness, 
unquenchable love and exhaustless grace, his heart is melted, his will 
is broken and his life is turned into joyous, humble submission to the 
loving will of God.

          The Word of God is a Seed that Matures and Multiplies

     Luke 8:11, "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of 

     James 1:18, "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, 
that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."

     Ps. 126:6, "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious 
seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves 
with him."

     A seed in itself is but a small hard substance which, if laid 
away in a drawer will remain only a seed. But put into suitable soil, 
given needed nurture, it will become a plant or a tree. The Word of 
God is seed. Left on the drawing-room table to give semblance of 
religion to the home or carried when travelling to fulfil a promise to 
a praying mother at home, or as a sacred charm to ward off disaster, 
it will never influence or change the life in any way whatsoever. But 
let that incorruptible seed which has the very germ of life in it--"My 
words are life"--be sown in the soil of


the human heart by the Holy Ghost and it fructifies in a new creation.

     Nor is it enough to accept the Bible as historically true. Before 
it can manifest its power to save and to sanctify it must be engrafted 
upon the inner life.

     James 1:21, "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity 
of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is 
able to save your souls."

     The seed needs to be fostered and nurtured by earnest study and 
eager searching. Seed needs time to grow. The Word must be pondered 
and meditated upon. It must lie fallow in the mind, heart, conscience 
and will to bring forth its full fruitage. The seed must be kept 
abiding in the soil of faith. The Christian must continue in the Word. 
The Word must abide in him by day and by night.

     Ps. 119:97, "O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the 

     Ps. 119:148, "Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might 
meditate in thy word."

     John 15:7, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye 
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

     Countless times have I seen the maturing, multiplying power of 
the Word of God when engrafted upon a human life but in none more 
beautifully illustrated than in the life of a Chinese teacher who came 
to a summer Conference as an interpreter. Although he


had been a Christian for many years and was active in Christian work 
yet he was lamentably ignorant of the Word of God, This fact was so 
borne in upon him as he interpreted the missionary's message that he 
determined to leave his position as teacher immediately and devote 
himself to the study of the Bible. He went to a seminary for a short 
time, then spent several months alone with only the Holy Spirit as 
Teacher and Revealer of the deep things of the Book. At the end of a 
year of such intensive Bible study he returned to the community where 
he had lived formerly.

     Shortly afterward I received a letter from a missionary in that 
city, in which she said:

     "It would delight your very soul could you see and know all the 
wonderful way in which the Lord has led and used W-- in the last six 
or eight months. His Bible classes last fall and winter numbering 
about two hundred, were very fine indeed. He had them for all classes, 
from college boys down to the cooks and other servants on our 
compounds. His year away made a new man of him. That year's study did 
worlds for him in the Scriptures. His familiarity with the Bible now 
is as marked as his lack of it was before this year of close 
application, and of course he is going on too, gaining ground all the 
time. He is probably going to be ordained in a few weeks now and 
become assistant pastor of the church. The strongest thing about W-- 
is his life of prayer. Partly through the instrumentality of him and 
his sister, if not mostly, there are now being held three meetings a 
day just for prayer. And praise His Name, there have been some 
extraordinary answers to the prayers of this little circle which has 
for many months met every Sunday morning very early, really before the 
dawn. Now they have it every day."


     Coldness of heart, callousness of conscience, weakness of will, 
feebleness of testimony, joylessness in worship, fruitlessness in 
service, powerlessness in prayer, all are traceable to just one 
thing--ignorance of and indifference to God's Word. "Ye seek to kill 
me, because my word hath no place in you" (John 8:37). But, when the 
Word is given its rightful place in any life, it has power to convict, 
to convert, to cleanse, to control, to criticize, to correct and to 
consecrate. It becomes a mold that fashions the life into ever growing 
likeness to the image of Christ Jesus. "The Word is an expulsive power 
to turn out the tyranny of sin; an enlightening power to dispel the 
darkness of ignorance; an ennobling power to elevate the mind; an 
eradicating power to cleanse the heart; an endowing power to enrich 
the being, and an effectual power to bless in every way to the glory 
of God." (The Spiritual Life, F.E. Marsh, page 49)

          Bible Study for Personal Spiritual Growth

     I was once asked by a group of high school pupils to lead their 
Christian Endeavour meeting. The invitation read as follows, "We would 
like for you to tell us how to read it so as to get the most out of 
it. Most of us read a chapter a day but then I am afraid that we do 
not do very much else." Doubtless this is the experience of many 

     To know how to study the Bible for personal spiritual growth is 
the need of every Christian, old and young. It is not possible in the 
confines of this chapter to make suggestions regarding methods of 
Bible study. Nor is it necessary to do so for the person who


truly desires to know the Word will discover for himself the best 

     But I would mention three things which to me seem essential for 
the kind of Bible study which will lift a Christian to life on the 
highest plane. They are an adequate objective, a right attitude, and 
an obedient response.

     The reason why the Bible "has no taste" and why it is so 
unproductive of spiritual harvest in our lives is partly due to the 
lack of an adequate objective. To read the Bible aimlessly, to read it 
because one has signed a pledge promising to read a chapter a day or 
because of the desire to please a parent, teacher or friend, but 
without the purpose to remember what is read and to reproduce it in 
character and conduct, while it may bring blessing, will not lift one 
to life on the highest plane. To read it spasmodically, to desire 
comfort in sorrow, to obtain strength in trial, to find wisdom in 
perplexity and to receive guidance in uncertainty, while all are 
legitimate motives, yet they are not the highest nor those most 
productive of spiritual gain.

     There is, in fact, but one objective that is altogether adequate 
and it is that through the Word of God, we may know the Son of God. 
The Lord Jesus Christ is the central fact, and the commanding figure 
of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation He is to be found. No book of 
the Bible will be fully understood until Christ be seen in it. He is 
the pivot upon which everything in the divine revelation turns and He 
is the fountain from which everything in spiritual experience


springs. To know Him is eternal life, to know Him better and better is 
life abiding and abounding.

     Phil. 3:8, 10, "Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss 
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom 
I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, 
that I may win Christ. ... That I may know Him, and the power of his 
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made 
conformable unto his death."

     "That I may know Him"--that I may win Christ--this is the 
objective that will challenge one to earnestly, eagerly search the 

     The papers of a continent recorded the story of the non-stop 
flight of Colonel Lindbergh from Washington, D.C. to Mexico City. 
Alone he flew for twenty-seven hours through an untraversed track of 
air, enduring loss of sleep and lack of food, surmounting great 
difficulties and encountering great dangers from the beginning to the 
end of the trip. He faced all these conditions before he started but 
he had an objective that was big enough and worthy enough and 
challenging enough--to win Mexico City in a non-stop flight. And he 
reached his goal while the people of a whole continent looked on his 
achievement with admiration and praise.

     Colonel Lindbergh had an adequate objective but how was it 
attained? Through skill you say. But was there any other contributing 
cause to the success of his flight? Judging by an article written by 
the commandant of Bolling Field from which he took off on his


flight half of the success of the trip was won before he ever stepped 
into his plane at Washington. He says, "The flier studied everything. 
He pored over weather maps; figured time and fuel needed; and examined 
the field minutely. On three different occasions he walked over the 
entire airdrome carefully, noting the soft or boggy places, the rough 
spots, the sound, high, firm or grassy places, the ditches, 
depressions and obstacles bordering the airdrome, the height of trees, 
buildings, smoke-stacks, radio towers, etc., within a mile from the 
field; also the fact that the river level was ten to fifteen feet 
below the airdrome level at one particular end of the field where no 
hurdle presented itself." Colonel Lindbergh had an adequate objective 
which constrained him to make this minute and masterful study of 
everything pertaining to that flight.

     One day on the road to Damascus the young Hebrew, Saul of Tarsus, 
saw the Lord Jesus Christ. Then and there he was not only converted 
but captivated. "One figure enraptured him, captivated his being, 
bound him as with chains, and that figure is Christ Jesus, the Lord. 
One passion reigns, one motive dominates, that the Lord, in love, 
devotion and service should be his all-in-all. Everything else is 
subservient, everything else is counted, as refuse that this one 
object may be altogether his. Nothing of earth is comparable to Him, 
nothing of earth is desired beside Him. All that once was counted gain 
is discarded as loss for the priceless possession of the eternal 
treasure--Jesus Christ the Lord."

     Paul, having caught a vision of his risen, exalted


Lord, having been captivated by His grace and glory, was consumed with 
the passion to make "a non-stop flight" to the perfect possession of 
all his glorious inheritance in Christ Jesus. His objective--"that I 
may win Christ"--so big, so worthy, so challenging that it made the 
things of time, sense and earth sink into utter insignificance. His 
objective--"that I may know him"--so constraining that it carried him 
away into Arabia for three years where he received the God-inspired 
revelation which has come down to you and me through his Epistles.

     What is your objective in Bible Study? Is it merely to satisfy 
intellectual curiosity? Is it only to know the contents of the Bible 
and to appreciate its literary value as one of the great books in the 
world's library? Is it even for a purely selfish enrichment of your 
own life? Or do you come every day to the written Word of God that you 
may better know the eternal, incarnate, risen, living Word of God as 
He is revealed in its pages? Your goal will very largely determine 
your gain. Will you today enter the company of those who, emulating 
the Apostle Paul's example, approach God's Word daily saying "I count 
all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ 
Jesus my Lord ... that I may win Christ and be found in him." There 
will surely be a divine response to such seeking and God will give 
"the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus 

     2 Cor. 4:6, "For God, who commanded the light to shine


out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the 
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

     The second essential in Bible Study for personal spiritual growth 
is a right attitude. What we get from the Bible is determined very 
largely by what we bring to it. If we approach the Bible in an 
attitude of doubt we shall probably leave it in doubt.

     A Christian worker whose faith in the Word of God had been so 
undermined and poisoned that she said she disbelieved and doubted 
everything in the Book before she even opened it, came one day to me 
in great distress. She had been asked to give an Easter message and 
she had none to give. She came to ask that we might read together the 
accounts of the resurrection in the four Gospels. As we read Matt. 
28:17, "And when they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted," 
she just dropped her Bible and said, "Oh! it is no wonder they 
doubted!" I said, "Oh! is that the way you read it? As I read it it is 
no wonder that they worshipped!" "I see," she replied," it all depends 
on the attitude you bring to the Bible; if you bring doubt, you will 
doubt: if you bring worship, you will worship."

     The first secret of Bible Study is faith born of humility. He 
that comes to God must believe that He is and that He does. He must 
come believing that through the Word God speaks and therefore he must 
come humbly and reverently.


     Heb. 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him; for 
he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a 
rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

     Ps. 119:161, "Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my 
heart standeth in awe of thy word."

     But we must not only approach the study of God's Word in faith 
but in love. It will not yield a very abundant harvest to the one who 
comes to it merely from a sense of duty. To enrich the life Bible 
study must be regarded as a delight. How well the Psalmist knew his 
Lord. The secret is not hard to discover.

     Ps. 1:2, "But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his 
law doth he meditate day and night."

     Ps. 119:47, "And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which 
I have loved."

     But how contrary is such an attitude to that of most Christians. 
In what a purely perfunctory, desultory manner many Christians study 
or read the Bible. It is like a bit of distasteful medicine that is 
needed for the sake of health but the quicker taken the better. The 
Bible is opened in a haphazard fashion to any place; the reading is 
done with no relish; the Book is gladly closed and what was read makes 
little impression.

     The Word of God is a living thing and accordingly responds to the 
treatment given to it. What a difference it makes when one truly 
hungers for the Bread of life; when one thirsts for the living Water; 
when one comes to the Word of God with a keen appetite for


a full meal. The Word of God becomes food to such an one and honey to 
his taste.

     Jer. 15:16, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy 
word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called 
by thy name, O LORD of hosts."

     Job 23:12, R.V., "Neither have I gone back from the commandment 
of his lips: I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my 
necessary food."

     Ps. 119:103, "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter 
than honey to my mouth!"

     What a difference it makes when one approaches the Bible as on a 
quest, when one is really hunting for something as the gold digger 
hunts for the gold. Then he is content with no superficial reading but 
he systematically searches; he seeks for great spoil; he diligently 
digs for the deepest truths. Such an one is saved from intellectual 
laziness and stands ready for the concentration and meditation 
required of one who deeply knows God. The Bible becomes a gold mine to 
such a searcher after truth.

     Ps. 119:127, "Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea 
above fine gold."

     Ps. 119:162, "I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great 

     What a difference it makes when one truly loves the Book and 
longs to know Christ! Then he does not study with an eye on the clock 
but rather rejoices to find an extra hour or two that he may spend 

upon the Word. Such a man knows the thrill of "a non-stop flight" even 
through Genesis, Isaiah or Revelation. He loves the Book of God 
because he loves the God of the Book.

     Ps. 119:140, "Thy word is very pure; therefore thy servant loveth 

     John 14:21, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he 
it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my 
Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."

     We must approach the Word of God not only in faith and in love 
but in a willingness to obey. To learn and then not to live is deadly 
and disastrous. Disobedience to what God said through doubt kept the 
children of Israel out of Canaan and later took their posterity into 
captivity and exile. One must become a doer of the Word.

     Deut. 6:1, "Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the 
judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye 
might do them, in the land whither ye go to possess it."

     John 14:23, "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, 
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come 
unto him, and make our abode with him."

     The Bible will never really become ours until we have the 
consistent and persistent purpose to live what we learn. We might make 
a very careful study of the constituent elements of foods and know 


just how much of each we need in our system to ensure health but that 
knowledge will not give strength of body. Only as we eat, digest and 
assimilate the food itself does it minister to our bodily needs. So we 
need to beware of mere head knowledge of the Bible. Apart from the 
Holy Spirit's inworking of the Word of life into the very fabric of 
our being it has no saving nor sanctifying power. This He cannot do 
unless there is an obedient response on our part. The Word is not 
given to us to make our intellects treasure-houses of heavenly wisdom 
but to make our hearts the sanctuaries of the heavenly One. God's 
warnings have no value for one unless they are heeded: His precepts 
profit nothing unless they are followed and His commandments can only 
bless as they are obeyed. "If ye keep my commandments." The whole 
force of what follows draws its meaning from that little word "if." If 
we take food into the body, it becomes blood and muscle, so if we 
incorporate the Word of God into our life, it becomes character and 
conduct. When studying God's Word we should say to ourselves 
constantly, "How can this be worked into the very woof and warp of my 
life?" The Bible to yield its full fruitage demands not only 
consideration and meditation but application.

     Some one has told of a Korean Christian who was examined on the 
Sermon on the Mount and was able to repeat it without mistake. When 
the missionary asked, "How did you manage to learn it so perfectly?" 
the reply came, "I learned it a verse or a few verses at a time. I 
would learn a verse and then go out and find some one to practice it 


     A native of India read the Gospels for the first time and while 
filled with admiration for the God-man, yet such a life in such a 
world seemed wholly incredible to him. Then he read on into the 
Epistles and learned that the Christian was one who was like his Lord 
and whose life was lived in obedience to the Word. So he started out 
on a quest--to find a man whose life matched the Book--determining 
that if his quest were successful, he would believe. If he had seen 
you or me would he have found one whose life matched the Book?

     Dr. Alex. Smellie wrote of Evan H. Hopkins, "He was a sermon 
incarnate. The sunshine of the Better Country where his days and 
nights were spent, played on his soul and articulated itself in his 
speech; it was sunshine not merely visible but audible."

     It is the man who obeys the truth as he knows it whose capacity 
is enlarged to receive larger and fuller revelations of truth. The man 
who steadfastly lives out what he learns is ever learning more.

     Gen. 13:14, "And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was 
separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place 
where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward."

     "The Lord said--after that." Here is a most significant sequence. 
Obedience to God's command brought the fuller revelation of God's 
purpose to Abram. So will it be with you and me. Disobedience to the 
known will of God as revealed in His Word is


the cause of much of the stagnancy and slothfulness in the churches of 
today. What a revival would take place in the corporate body of 
Christ, the Church, and what a revolution there would be in the 
individual members if every Christian began to live what he has 
learned of the Word of God.

     Sir Arthur Blackwell has summed up the Christian's relationship 
to the Bible in four great words.

     "admit"--Open your whole being to let it be flooded with light. 
Let the truth in. Study the Bible sympathetically and lovingly. Let it 
be God's voice to you direct.
     "submit"--Let the truth grip you that it may govern you." Let the 
plain declarations of God's Word be the end of all controversy. 
Whenever we raise an issue with God all growth and all blessing must 
stop until that issue is settled."
     "commit"--Grip the truth by hiding it in your heart. Let today's 
message be articulated to yesterday's so that a chain is forged that 
is a veritable anchor to your soul in times of temptation, trouble and 
     "transmit"--"Don't be a pool; be a stream." Don't hoard your 
riches; share the bounties of the Lord's table with another. Make 
every truth tenfold your own by passing it on.

Missionary A-- possessed some strawberry plants which 
he shared with Missionary B-- who came to live beside 
him. That year Missionary A's plants were all destroyed 
by insects and Missionary B-- gave back to Missionary
A-- half his plants. So all the plants which Missionary
A-- possessed were what he gave away.


          The Holy Spirit--The Divine Teacher, Guide and Revealer

     There is no reason for ignorance of divine things on the part of 
any Christian who can read, for God has not only furnished us with a 
Text-book but with a Teacher: He has given us not only a Guide-book 
but a Guide: He has unfolded to us not only a Revelation but has 
bestowed upon us the Revealer.

     John 14:26, "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the 
Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring 
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."

     John 16:13, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he 
will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but 
whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you 
things to come."

     1 Cor. 2:9-10, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear 
heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which 
God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them 
unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the 
deep things of God."

     Millions of Christians never have the opportunity to study the 
Bible in a theological seminary, Bible School or College. 
Comparatively few even have the privilege of being in a Bible class. 
But that does not exclude them from knowing all things which God has 
given in Christ to them that love Him. God not only desires but 
expects His children to know the way of life, how to enter upon it and 
how to walk in it. There are some things 


which God has not revealed unto us but all that He has revealed 
belongs unto us and a full knowledge of this revelation is our 
birthright as His children.

     Deut. 29:29, "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but 
those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children 
forever, that we may do all the words of this law."

     God has taken our ignorance and inability into account and has 
made provision for our supernatural illumination and enlightenment. 
Read 1 Cor. 1:18-3:4, with this in mind.

     The spiritual man then has One who will teach him "all things 
that pertain to life and godliness" and who will apply them to his 
life so that the knowledge will not be only intellectual or academic 
but spiritual and experimental. The Holy Spirit will not only teach us 
the truth but will guide us into it, enabling us to incorporate it 
into our lives that we may become holy and righteous even as He.

     One reason why the Bible has no meaning to us but rather seems 
incredible and unintelligible is because we try to understand it with 
our unaided and unanointed intellect. God only promises spiritual 
apprehension to the one who has received the Holy Spirit's anointing. 
Only a spiritual mind can receive spiritual truth.

     1 John 2:20, R.V., "And ye have an anointing from the Holy One, 
and ye know all things."


     1 John 2:27, R.V., "And as for you, the anointing which ye have 
received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any one teach 
you; but as his anointing teacheth you concerning all things, and is 
true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, ye abide in him."

     "Ye have an anointing--ye know," "His anointing--teacheth you." 
God has a divine order which is irreversible.

     I know a Chinese man who has a spiritual apprehension and 
appreciation of Scripture beyond that of the majority of Christian 
workers, yet he never attended a Bible school a day in his life or 
studied in a mission school. But his eyes have been anointed to see, 
his heart to receive and his mind to understand the deep, eternal 
verities of the Word of God.

     Fellow-Christian, have you had that anointing? Have your eyes 
been anointed to see the beauties and excellencies of the adorable 
Lord of glory as revealed in the Word? Or are you groping your way 
through the Bible depending upon your unaided human intellect to 
fathom the unsearchable riches of God's grace? Have you come from your 
study of the Bible disappointed and discouraged?

     I once visited a wonderful cave in Colorado. Impatient of the 
delay caused by the slowness of the party gathering together I rushed 
alone into the cave. All was dark, I couldn't even see which way to 
go. Seeing a lantern near the entrance I took that and tried to lift 
it high enough to see some of the loudly proclaimed beauties of that 
cave. But I saw nothing and turned back in disappointment. After a 


while the party came with a guide. He commanded us to follow him very 
closely. In a few minutes he lifted a big torch, which he carried in 
his hand, high up to the ceiling of the cave and oh! what exclamations 
of surprise and delight came from every member of the party as the 
beauty and wonder of the stalagmites and stalactites burst upon our 
vision. Every step we took our guide unfolded to us some fresh glory 
of God's handiwork in the heart of that cave.

     And we have such a Guide whose mission is to unveil before us the 
beauty and glory of our risen, exalted Lord and Saviour. If you would 
live your life habitually on the highest plane, you must seek His 
anointing; you must wait upon Him to reveal to you in the Word "the 
things which God hath prepared for them that love him"; you must 
through your obedient response allow Him to apply the Word wherever 
and however He sees it is needed for your conformity to the image of 
the Lord Jesus Christ.




     THE Christian life centers in a relationship. It is a 
divine-human fellowship which has its inward spring in the oneness of 
life between Christ and the Christian. There are two essential 
expressions to this Heaven-born, earth-bent relationship, communion 
and cooperation. 

          An Inner RoomóReciprocal Communion

     Matt. 6:6, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, 
and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in 
secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee 

     Matt. 14:23, R.V., "He went up into the mountain apart to pray, 
and when even was come he was there alone."

     Mark 6:46-47, R.V., "And after he had taken leave of them he 
departed into the mountain to pray, and when even was come the boat 
was in the midst of the sea, and he was alone on the land."

     The man who lives habitually on the highest plane will have an 
inner room and he who remains Spirit-filled will spend some time each 
day behind a shut door. He who truly follows the example of the 
God-man will often be alone with his heavenly Father. The


spiritual man will be a man of prayer. Communion with the Lord Jesus 
will be the atmosphere in which he lives, the very air he breathes.

     "He went up into the mountain apart to pray." His inner room was 
a mountainside. There He sought His Father's presence away from every 
person, out of sight and sound of the things of this world. What took 
the incarnate Son apart to pray? Two things constrained Him to the 
solitary place of communion, His love and His need of the Father.

     Can we begin to comprehend the longing of the Son on earth for 
the Father in Heaven? He and the Father were one and it was a unity, 
first of all, in love. Throughout all eternity He had been in the 
bosom of the Father. He had lived in His intimate, immediate presence. 
Ohl it was the hunger and thirst of love that drew the God-man apart 
even from the friends whose companionship He so prized, apart from the 
work that He so loved, apart to that inner room in God's out of doors.

     Alone with His Father on the mountain slope He could pour out His 
soul, He could lay bare His heart, He could unburden His spirit. There 
His desires, His longings, His heartaches, His disappointments, could 
be expressed! And in that inner room on the mountainside the Father 
always met Him. He was sure of a listening ear and a sympathetic 
heart. He always left the place of prayer refreshed. The inner room is 
the place of reciprocal communion.

     Do you have an inner room? A shut door? A place to be alone with 
your Lord? It may be a real "closet"


in your own home or it may be only a place in a tramcar or at a desk 
or on a mountainside or in a sickroom but it will be a place where the 
world is shut out and in spirit you are shut in alone with your Lord. 
It will be a place where Heaven and earth meet and the intimate, 
immediate presence of the Lord of glory will be realized.

     Our desire to be alone with the Lover-Christ and our delight in 
the companionship of our Beloved will reveal the place He really holds 
in our affections. To have chosen Him as the Lover of one's soul; to 
have been joined to Him as one spirit; to share His life in its 
fulness, and then not to hunger and thirst for the privacy of the 
inner room where His presence may be realized and enjoyed apart from 
all intrusion of the outer world, is unthinkable. Communion with 
Christ is the imperative sequence of union with Him because alone with 
the Lord Jesus behind the closed door one may be both the man that he 
really is and the man that he longs to be. There he is in the presence 
of the One who knows what is in him and unto whose eyes "all things 
are naked and open," yet He is the faithful and merciful High Priest 
who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, and who is able to 
succour us who are tempted because He Himself hath suffered being 
tempted. So there alone with the God-man he may frankly and fully 
confess his sin, his failure, his defeat; and there in the intimate 
companionship of the victorious, triumphant Lord he may become more 
than conqueror. In the inner room, the sufferings and sorrows, the 
trials and tribulations, may be shared with


the One who will understand and sympathize. There in the inner room in 
fellowship with his Lord, new aspirations for higher and holier things 
will be begotten; there the ambition to "press on toward the mark for 
the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" will be 
quickened; there the determination to live habitually on the highest 
plane will be strengthened. And from that inner room one will emerge 
with a shining face even as Moses came from the mount of God. The 
Christian will always find the inner room the place of reciprocal 

     Another thing drew the incarnate Son apart to pray. It was His 
need. Yes, we dare say it--the Son of man had no other way of 
replenishing His spiritual supplies save in prayer. In His earthly 
life He was utterly dependent upon His Father for wisdom, strength, 
power and guidance. Of Himself He said nothing, He did nothing, He 
went nowhere. The Source of divine supplies for Him was in Heaven and 
the method of their transmission from Heaven to earth was prayer. The 
Son of man in His representative capacity was limited to this medium 
of receiving supplies for His day's life and work. His own need drew 
Him into communion with His Father in Heaven.

     "Because as he is, so are we in this world." So the Christian has 
no way of replenishing his ever diminishing spiritual supplies save in 
prayer. God gives His manna by the day. He would keep us utterly 
distrustful of self and wholly dependent upon Him--beneficiaries of 
His exhaustless bounty which can be obtained only as it is sought and 


claimed in prayer. The source of supplies is in Heaven, the realm of 
need is on earth, the line of communication is prayer, communion with 
Christ because of need is a necessary sequence of union with Christ.

     Reciprocal communion between Christ and the Christian is an 
absolute necessity of a Spirit-filled life. Through prayer the 
Christian is enabled to breathe the exhilarating air of the heavenlies 
while surrounded by the enervating atmosphere of the world. Through 
prayer he is able to live in the uplifting, purifying presence of his 
Saviour while in constant contact with the deteriorating, defiling 
power of sin. Through prayer the new creation breathes in the very 
life of God which sustains the new life and maintains it upon the 
highest plane.

     "Lord, what a change within us one short hour 
       Spent in Thy presence will prevail to make-- 
     What heavy burdens from our bosom take,
       What parched grounds revive, as with a shower! 
     We kneel, and all around us seems to lower: 
       We rise, and all, the distant and the near, 
     Stands forth in sunny outline, brave and clear.
       We kneel how weak; we rise how full of power!
     Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong 
       Or others--that we are not always strong, 
     That we are ever overborne with care, 
       That we should ever weak or heartless be, 
     Anxious or troubled, when with us is prayer,
       And joy and strength and courage are with Thee? "
       --R.C. Trench.


          An Upper Room--Responsive Cooperation

     Luke 6:12-13, "And it came to pass in those days, that he went 
out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples; and of them he 
chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;"

     Oh! what a momentous night that was in the world's history! What 
a stupendous decision confronted the Lord Jesus! A choice was to be 
made on the following day of those who would become linked with the 
God-man in the carrying out of that eternal purpose which God purposed 
in Christ for the salvation of mankind. Humanly speaking everything in 
the earthward side of God's wondrous plan of redemption hung upon that 

     "He went out into a mountain to pray and continued all night in 
prayer to God." For Himself? No, this time that mountain top was not 
an inner room where He looked in upon Himself and His needs and then 
up to God for their satisfaction and supply, but it was an upper room 
where He looked out upon the world and its need and then up to God for 
the fulfilment of His purpose.

     That night prayer was intercession. Throughout its hours the Son 
waited to receive the revelation of His Father's will and then 
responded through intercession to bring that will to pass in the lives 
of men. That night through intercession Jesus Christ linked Heaven 
with earth; He brought God in touch with man. Through intercession the 
choice of those twelve men, who were to become the very seed of the 


Church, was made and they were set apart individually as apostles. 
Oh! what a night's work was that! Perhaps you and I are thousands of 
miles in space from that "upper room" on that Palestinian slope, and 
we are separated nineteen centuries in time from that night of 
intercession, yet the blessing that flowed from those hours will 
enrich our lives through time and through eternity. To the God-man 
prayer was work; in fact, intercession was the most important work 
that He did. Greater in power than His preaching, His teaching or His 
healing was His praying. He commenced, continued and consummated 
everything in prayer. In the upper room He laid hold upon the 
supernatural forces of the unseen and brought them to bear upon the 
world in which men lived. Intercession was the most potential means of 
responsive cooperation with His Father in accomplishing the task He 
was sent to do.

     Acts 1:13-14, "And when they were come in, they went up into an 
upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, 
Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of 
Alpheus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. These all 
continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, 
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with the brethren."

     Acts 2:1, 4, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they 
were all with one accord in one place. ... And they were all filled 
with the Holy Ghost."

     Acts 2:41, "Then they that gladly received his word were 
baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three 
thousand souls."


     "An upper room," "these all in prayer and supplication," "filled 
with the Holy Spirit," "added unto them about three thousand souls." A 
place of prayer, corporate intercession, the outpouring of the Holy 
Spirit, and three thousand souls saved through one sermon. Is there 
any reason why such a miracle of grace should not be wrought in the 
twentieth century as well as in the first?

     I would speak a word to pastors. Has your church "an upper room" 
where men and women gather not to talk or to be talked to but to pray? 
Where, with all quarrels, divisions, jealousies put away, they with 
one accord wait upon God for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit not 
only upon themselves but upon the body of Christ the world over? Is 
the power of your preaching on Sunday generated in the prayer-meeting 
on Wednesday? Does every activity of the church reap fruitage that 
will abide through time and stand the test by fire in eternity (1 Cor. 
3:13) because it is begotten in prayer?

     I know the prayer-meeting is considered old fashioned and that it 
is now either becoming obsolete or so decrepit through lack of 
virility as to be almost valueless in many churches. Just this week I 
heard a pastor in a large city full of churches say that he thought 
that church was perhaps the only one in the city which would observe 
the "World's Week of Prayer." But I know too, that the Church is 
losing its power; it is finding it difficult to even hold its own and 
in some places is resorting to all sorts of entertainments in an 
attempt to compete with the attractions


of the world. Do you desire to see a manifestation of first century 
power in your church? If so, are you willing to return to first 
century methods which will mean the revival of corporate intercession 
in your church?

     I would speak a word to fellow-misssionaries. "Has your mission 
station 'an upperroom' where doctors come from the hospital, teachers 
from the school, evangelists from the field, wives from the home, 
administrators from the desk to lay before the Lord of Heaven and 
earth the difficulties, problems and needs of the whole parish 
committed to you?

     "What is the outstanding purpose of your life as a missionary? Is 
it to heal the sick? To teach school? To keep accounts or to keep a 
home? To preach the Gospel merely? No one of these things is an end in 
itself but each one a means to an end. What then is the purpose of 
your life and mine as missionaries? Jesus Christ tells us, 'Ye did not 
choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you that ye should go and 
bear fruit and that your fruit should abide: that whatsoever ye should 
ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.' Jesus Christ said 
very little to His disciples about work but He said much about 
fruit-bearing. Upon that He put tremendous emphasis, even to making 
true discipleship depend upon it. In fact He said that only through 
much fruit-bearing can we glorify the Father. But work and 
fruit-bearing are by no means synonymous. Some of our work is the 
energy of the flesh, the working off of a surplus nervous energy or 
the dissipation of a limited supply of it. But


what is fruit-bearing? We shall know very clearly when some day we 
stand alone before Him with whom we have to do and render our account. 
Will it be the number of patients treated or pupils taught or meetings 
led or hours spent in interviews? No, God keeps but one kind of 
statistics. He only writes names in the book of life. It is not the 
output of our work but the fruitage of that output that counts with 
Him. A short time ago a missionary said to me, 'I have never worked so 
hard as I have this year and have never seen so few results. It is 
because I have prayed so little!' Oh! if we could but come to believe 
today that it is the bearing of eternal fruit and not the burning of 
nervous energy that God wants, we should see that intercession may, no 
must, have its God-appointed place in our lives." (Intercession and 
Evangelism, a pamphlet by the Author.)

     I would speak a word to parents. Has your home "an upper room"? 
Will your boy or girl carry out into life as his most priceless 
possession the prayers offered at the family altar? I know it is out 
of date. But I know too that juvenile crime is on the increase; that 
immorality is stalking through the land, robbing thousands upon 
thousands of boys and girls of the bloom of purity and leaving its 
black stain upon their souls; that there exists today a junior society 
for the aggressive promotion of atheism. Everywhere I see and hear 
that parents have lost both the confidence of and the control over 
their children. I wonder what "an upper room" with a family altar 
might do in your home! A few days ago a friend whose life is


deeply spiritual said that of all the formative influences in her 
Christian life the family prayers held daily in her home were the 
greatest. Four times in the book of Acts it is recorded that a whole 
household was converted and baptized at one time. Will your family 
circle be unbroken in Heaven? "Ye have not because ye ask not."

     I would speak a word to each individual Christian. Have you "an 
upper room" in your life? Oh! I know you have "an inner room" where 
you pray for yourself and your family and your interests. But do you 
have "an upper room" where you intercede for others? Where you bear 
upon your heart the need of the whole world and remember in prayer all 
the Kingdom interests? A few weeks ago I met a radiant Christian. She 
had leisure from herself. She enjoyed living. She had not much money 
and had never gone far from her home city yet she was a citizen of the 
world through prayer. Her face fairly beamed as she said, "No one will 
ever know how much she can get out of a dollar until she has used it 
to buy twenty five-cent stamps!" For what use? On her heart were 
forty-four missionaries in different countries to whom she wrote and 
for whom she prayed. Her own life was immeasurably enlarged and 
enriched through intercession for these friends, most of whom she had
never seen.

     If you work in an office, a store or a factory, or teach in a 
school, could you not tithe your noon hour and give ten minutes to God 
for intercession? If you live at home and are able to control better 

your own time could you not set aside a longer time as a free-will 
offering for prayer? If you have a kindred spirit among your friends 
could you not meet together once a week for intercession? "What, could 
ye not watch with me one hour?"

     If you need help in the establishment of your "upper room" you 
would find it in such books as Andrew Murray's Helps to Intercession 
or Hugh McKay's Prayer Cycle for World-wide Missionary Work.--("Living 
Waters" Missionary Union, 14 Southfields Road, Eastbourne, Sussex, 

     But perhaps you would gain the greatest help from just following 
the instructions of the Bible on intercessory prayer and then make out 
your own list of objects for intercession.

     James 5:16, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for 
another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a 
righteous man availeth much."

     This is a command and a call to pray for our friends and for 
fellow-members of the body of Christ. Our knowledge of another's need 
is a call to prayer. I cannot tell you what tremendous encouragement 
and strength came to me this last year to learn from three Christian 
workers, all extremely busy men with many others on their prayer list 
whom they knew far better than they knew me, that they prayed daily 
for me.

     "The weary ones had rest, the sad had joy,
       That day, and wondered 'how,' 
     A ploughman singing at his work had prayed, 
       'Lord, help them now.'


     "Away in foreign lands they wondered how
       Their simple word had power. 
     At home, the Christians two or three had met 
       To pray an hour.

     "Yes, we are always wond'ring, wond'ring 'how';
       Because we do not see 
     Some one, unknown perhaps, and far away, 
       On bended knee."

     2 Thess. 3:1, "Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of 
the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with 

     Rom. 15:30, "Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus 
Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together 
with me in your prayers to God for me;"

     Here is a call to prayer for the minister and for his preaching 
of the Word of God. Paul conceived the work of a church to be a sacred 
partnership between pastor and people through preaching and prayer. Is 
it possible that the paucity of results from the preaching of God's 
Word is largely due to the prayerlessness that accompanies it? Do you 
criticize your preacher? I wonder what would happen if that criticism 
were converted into prayer? When Mr. Spurgeon was asked for the secret 
of the power manifested in his ministry, he replied, "My people pray 
for me." "For the Lord Jesus Christ's sake and for the love of the 
Spirit," will you strive together with your pastor in your prayers to 
God for him?


     Eph. 6:18, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication 
in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and 
supplication for all saints;"

     The life of many Christians is confined within its own 
denominational borders; often even narrowed down to the activities and 
interests of "my church." We repeat the creed "I believe in the 
communion of saints" but we practice it but little. Nothing would be 
so conducive to the dissipation of denominational jealousy, rivalry 
and overlapping of work and to the real unity of God's people of all 
tongues and tribes as "prayer and supplication in the Spirit for all 
saints." Will you begin today to pray for one of God's saints of 
another nationality in some distant country, in another state or 
province of your own country, in some city or town of your own state, 
in another church within your own city, in some family within your 
own church?

     1 Tim. 2:1-2, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, 
supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made 
for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may 
lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

     What a program for world-wide prayer God lays out for His Church 
in these words! What a call to His people to exercise their Christian 
priesthood! What a challenge to cooperate with Him in strengthening 
and sustaining those who are in authority in their endeavours to bring 
nations out of their existing confusion! Oh! what a change in 


condition might be wrought in China today if the prayers of all God's 
people everywhere were focussed in believing intercession upon that 
nation! Andrew Murray says of 1 Tim. 2:2, "What a faith in the power 
of prayer! A few feeble and despised Christians are to influence the 
mighty Roman emperors, and help in securing peace and quietness. Let 
us believe that prayer is a power that is taken up by God in His rule 
of the world. When God's people unite in this they may count upon 
their prayer effecting in the unseen world more than they know."

     Matt. 9:37-38, "Then saith he unto his disciples, the harvest 
truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few: Pray ye therefore the 
Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his 

     If in Christ's time the harvest was plenteous, the labourers few 
and the need for prayer imperative, it is even more true today. More 
than nineteen centuries since He gave the commission to preach the 
Gospel to every creature, and there are still hundreds of millions who 
have never heard the Gospel! Still unoccupied fields, untouched 
classes, unreached tribes! How can we account for this except that 
God's people have failed to pray for labourers to enter into these 
harvest fields?

     There are certain mission agencies that are making a serious 
attempt to secure and send missionaries to the unoccupied fields. 
There are national home missionary societies in various mission fields 
which are attempting the evangelization  of their own people.


Will you not endeavour to acquaint yourselves with the work of such 
movements and then give yourselves in intercession for their needs? 
Will you not inquire into the need for labourers in the foreign and 
home missionary societies of your own denomination and then pray 
Spirit-taught, Spirit-filled, Spirit-anointed men and women out into 
these various fields?

     Have we not clearly seen that union with Christ necessitates a 
life of prayer in this twofold aspect, reciprocal communion and 
responsive cooperation? In the "inner room" we meet Him, there He 
becomes our satisfaction and our sufficiency. And we go from it to our 
"upper room" to exercise our mediatorial, priestly ministry in 
bringing Him to be the Saviour and Satisfier of other men. 

          The Prerequisites for Prevailing Prayer

     All prayer is not prevailing prayer. It is not enough to pray, we 
need to pray in power. First let us consider the prerequisites for 
prevailing prayer on the manward side.

     The first prerequisite is purity of heart. Only the Christian 
with a clean heart can pray the effectual prayer. Spurgeon has said, 
"The goal of prayer is the ear of God." If one cannot even get a 
hearing, he certainly cannot hope for an answer. Iniquity puts a 
closed door between the man who prays and the God who listens. Sin in 
the saint stops the ear of God so that He cannot hear.

     Isa. 59:1-2, "Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it 
cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 


But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and' your 
sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."

     If a man is to pray right he must be right. God judges the prayer 
not by the petition upon the lips but by the purity of the life. Only 
the pure in heart can offer prayer to God with the assurance of its 
acceptability and answer.

     2 Tim. 2:22, R.V., "But flee youthful lusts, and follow after 
righteousness, faith, love, peace, with them that call on the Lord out 
of a pure heart."

     Heb. 10:22, "Let us draw near with a true heart in full 
assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil 
conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."

     The man who prays the effectual prayer must be right in his 
relationship both to God and to man. He must approach the throne with 
a conscience void of offence toward God and man (Acts 24:16). If in 
his life there is sympathy for sin and apathy toward God, if 
there is indulgence of self and indifference toward God, if there is 
allegiance to Satan and disloyalty to God, then his prayer is not 

     Ps. 66:18, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not 
hear me."

     If one would pray the effectual prayer he must be righteous in 
his relationship with his fellow-men. No pretence of piety will 
suffice to conceal the presence of dishonesty, greed, jealousy, 


resentment, unforgiveness or hatred toward others. It has sometimes 
happened that a truly Spirit-filled man or woman has been shorn of all 
power in prayer and in preaching because of dishonesty in the handling 
of funds or because of some unrighteous action in relation to his 

     James 5:16, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for 
another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a 
righteous man availeth much."

     Mark 11:25, "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought 
against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you 
your trespasses."

     A second prerequisite for prevailing prayer is detachment of 
spirit. True prayer is a spiritual exercise and its field of action is 
the heavenlies. It deals with the supernatural forces of the unseen 
world. To pray effectually one must be detached in spirit from the 
things of time and sense.

     But such a thing seems well-nigh impossible in a world where the 
material, the tangible and the fleshly protrude themselves before 
one's eyes, press themselves into one's ears, and project themselves 
into one's life in such a way as almost to submerge and smother the 
aspiration for higher and holier things. Besides, almost everything in 
modern life tends to rob one of the solitude which is so essential at 
times if one is to keep a keen realization of the presence of God. The 
apartment house instead of the old-fashioned home puts a whole 
community into one's front yard; the automobile makes the man in a 
distant city one's next door neighbour; and the telephone and the 


radio enable the whole world to enter one's home day and night at 
will. To be alone is almost a unique experience; to be wholly 
detached in spirit, even when alone, is far from an easy matter.

     But the man who has power with God in prayer must be alone 
sometimes. Attachment to God and to things eternal and spiritual 
demands deliberate detachment from the things of earth and sense. The 
Son of man deliberately withdrew from the sights and sounds of the 
life that surged about Him that He might find the solitude of spirit 
that prepared Him for prayer.

     Luke 5:15-16, "But so much the more went there a fame abroad of 
him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by 
him of their infirmities. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness 
and prayed."

     Scripture in its teaching on fasting offers the spiritual man a 
suggestion regarding a method by which he may secure the detachment of 
spirit needful for effectual prayer. Fasting connotes two things both 
of which are essential to vital spirituality, self-denial and 

     There are things in the life of every Christian which are 
perfectly legitimate but which may have a dulling, deadening influence 
upon the spirit. There are other things which are right in themselves 
but which often are used in excess and so crowd out more important 
things. To keep the spirit alert, untrammeled, usable, it must be 
disciplined through denial. Is not this the essence of fasting? Food 
is a legitimate thing, even a necessity, 


yet may not the spirit often have been hindered in the performance of 
its tasks through the sluggishness of the body caused by overeating? 
Friends are a legitimate part of one's life. They are a necessity in a 
normal, balanced life, yet may not many of us have been robbed of 
power because we have spent more time with them than with the divine 
Friend? Our recreation and our reading are essential to the health of 
body and mind yet may we not have become impoverished spiritually 
because of ill-proportioned time given them?

     Did not Jesus Christ intimate that the disciples were impotent to 
cast the foul spirit out of the epileptic because they were unwilling 
to forego a meal or to deny themselves the companionship of family and friends.

     Mark 9:29, "And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by 
nothing, but by prayer [and fasting." [CF. 2 Cor. 6:4-5; 11:27)

     The football player, the mountain climber and the soldier in 
action know the meaning of self-denial and self-discipline. But very 
few Christians take seriously enough the race into which they have 
entered or the warfare in which they are engaged. Too few are willing 
for the sacrificial living which victory over the enemy demands. "It 
is love of our lives that weakens our spirits, and makes us unfit for 
the fight." God needs prayer-warriors today who have within them the 
spirit of the Apostle Paul who cared more for the victorious 
completion of his life's ministry than for life itself.


     Acts 20:24, "But none of these things move me, neither count I my 
life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and 
the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the 
gospel of the grace of God."

     A third prerequisite for prevailing prayer is definiteness of 
aim. Much prayer is very desultory, often forgotten as soon as offered 
and calls forth no watchful waiting for an answer. We aim at nothing 
and get what we aim at. There has been no definite petition and so 
there is no definite answer.

     But God invites us to come to Him with clear cut petitions and 
teaches us to focus our prayer on particular needs. "What wilt thou 
that I should do unto thee?" was Christ's word to blind 
Bartimaeus by the roadside as again and again he cried out his prayer, 
"Thou Son of David, have mercy on me." "What wilt thou that I should 
do unto thee?" Definitely came the answer, "Lord, that I might receive 
my sight. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in 
the way." God honours a definite prayer with a definite answer. "Every 
prayer should be with the mind, a definite desire; with the heart, a 
longed-for need; with the will, a claimed petition; with faith, an 
accepted gift; and with thanksgiving, that praises for the answer that 
is assured. This cleanses the petition list from all generalizing in 
prayer and gives reality to praying and to receiving."

     John 14:13-14, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will 
I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask 
anything in my name, I will do it." [See also John 15:7.)


     The book of the Acts gives repeated instances of definite answers 
to definite petitions. But one will be cited. Peter and John had been 
called into question by the Sanhedrin for the miracle performed on the 
man born lame and had been threatened and charged to speak no more nor 
teach in the name of Jesus. They immediately engaged with their 
fellow-Christians in prayer. The prayer was not long nor was it full 
of generalities. It focussed on their one outstanding need.

     Acts 4:29, 31, "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and 
grant unto thy servants that with all boldness they may speak thy 
word. ... And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they 
were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, 
and they spake the word of God with boldness."

     A fourth prerequisite of prevailing prayer is intensity of 
desire. God has given us a very gracious promise in Ps. 37:4, "Delight 
thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine 
heart." Do we take in fully the magnitude of the responsibility of 
this promise? How much and what do we desire? "Ye have not because ye 
ask not," for "If ye ask--I will do." God frankly says that His doing 
is limited by our asking: it is dependent upon our desire.

     But even when we do ask we often do not want the thing asked for 
sufficiently to persevere until it comes. Prevailing prayer calls us 
to persistent perseverance and patient waiting in intense desire until 
the answer comes.


     Rom. 12:12, "Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; 
continuing instant in prayer."

     Col. 4:2, "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with 

     Scripture gives us some very wonderful instances of this 
intensity of desire in prayer. The children of Israel had fallen into 
gross idolatry while Moses was upon the mount with God. Their sin 
weighed heavily upon his heart. He alone stood as mediator between 
them and the righteous judgment of God. Witness the sacrificial 
vicariousness of his intercessory prayer.

     Exodus 32:31-32, "And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh! 
this people have sinned a great sin, and have made themselves gods of 
gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, 
I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written."

     The same intensity of desire is in the prayer of the Apostle Paul 
for his kinsmen according to the flesh. His heart's desire was their 
salvation and he wanted it so much that he could even wish himself 
outside the fold of Christ if they could be within.

     Rom. 10:1, "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for 
Israel is, that they might be saved."

     Rom. 9:2-3, "That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in 
my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for 
my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh."

     Such intense desire did David Brainerd have for the salvation of 
the ignorant, savage Indian tribes to whom


he carried the Gospel. He said, "I wrestled for the ingathering of 
souls, for multitudes of poor souls, personally, in many places. I was 
in such an agony from sun half an hour high until dark that I was wet 
all over with sweat." Dr. Jowett rightly said, "True intercession is a 
sacrifice, a bleeding sacrifice, a perpetuation of Calvary, a filling 
up of the suffering of Christ. Unquestionably if our intercession 
blesses it must bleed." How much do we really care for the salvation 
of the unsaved members of our family? for the unsaved friends in our 
social circle? for the unsaved millions in the mission fields? How 
intensely do we desire to see a genuine revival in the Church? Is our 
desire keen enough to call us to sacrificial, mediatorial intercession 
and to keep us continuing in it until the answer comes?

     A fifth prerequisite in prevailing prayer is the daring of faith. 
God makes staggering promises to the man of prayer. He says 
"Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him " (1 John 3:22). "If ye shall 
ask anything, in my name, I will do it" (John 14:14). "[If ye abide in
me, and my words abide in you,] Ye shall ask what ye will, and it 
shall be done unto you" (John 15:7).

     As we face such stupendous statements as these we are compelled 
to ask, "Does God really mean what He says? If He does, is He really 
able to fulfil such promises? If He is, what does it require of us?"

     God really means that IF YOU AND I FULFIL THE CONDITIONS He so 
clearly states in connection with the promises which He has made that 
He will fulfil the promise. The God of truth cannot lie.


     Titus 1:2, "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, 
promised before the world began."

     God is most assuredly able to fulfil every promise which He has 
made. Listen to the testimony of those who had put God's faithfulness 
to the test and had proved both His faithfulness and His power. "God 
is faithful" (1 Cor. 10:13) and "God is able" (2 Cor. 9:8).

     Josh. 23:14, "And, behold, this day I am going the way of 
all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, 
that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord 
your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not 
one thing hath failed thereof."

     1 Kings 8:56, "Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his 
people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not 
failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand 
of Moses his servant."

     Then what do such promises require of us? They require the daring 
of faith. God calls us to take every promise at its face value. He 
asks us not to drag His promises down to the plane of our unbelief but 
to lift our faith up to the plane of His promises.

     Rom. 4:20-21, "He staggered not at the promise of God through 
unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being 
fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to 

     God challenges us to put Him to the test. He dares


us to command the Himalaya, that rears up between Himself and us or 
between Himself and the one for whom we pray, to be removed and to be 
cast into the sea and He makes the daring of faith the only condition 
for the achievement of such a miracle.

     Mark 11:23, R.V., "Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall say 
unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea, and shall 
not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he saith cometh to 
pass; he shall have it."

     Will you enter today, my friend, into a new prayer-partnership 
with your Lord? The power is His: the faith is yours. Through the 
daring of faith will you link yourself with the omnipotence of power 
and bring down from Heaven above not only into your own life but into 
the life of the whole body of Christ "exceeding abundantly above all 
that we ask or think."

     Eph. 3:20, "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly 
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in 

     We have considered the prerequisites for prevailing prayer on the 
man-ward side. We have been at the foot of the ladder, which connects 
earth with Heaven, looking up. May we now go to the top of the ladder 
and look down. From the viewpoint of the throne of grace what are the 
conditions of prevailing prayer? Scripture reveals three qualifying 
phrases accompanying God's gracious promises.

     To be heard and answered prayer must be according


to God's will. Does this statement need to be argued or expounded? Is 
it not a self-evident fact that God could not grant any petition that 
is not in accordance with His will? We have learned in the earlier 
chapters of this book that it is God's purpose that man should think, 
love and will within the circle of God's will. This, assuredly, means 
that he must pray within that sphere if his prayer reaches the ear of 
God. There is a limit then to what we may ask of God and the God-man 
stated the condition very clearly in the thrice-repeated prayer in 
Gethsemane, "Not my will but thine be done." Only he who has willed to 
do the will of God will be able to pray aright.

     But there is another side to this. St. Augustine has stated it in 
these words, "O Lord, grant that I may do Thy will as if it were my 
will, so that Thou mayest do my will as if it were Thy will." It is 
possible for Christ and the Christian to live in such abiding oneness 
that God does the will of His child which is expressed in his prayer.

     John 15:7, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye 
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you."

     And we may be so assured of the answer that we can praise Him 
before we may have received in actual experience the thing prayed for.

     1 John 5:14-15, "And this is the confidence that we have in him, 
that, If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if 
we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the 
petitions that we desired of him."


     "When we do what He bids, He does what we ask! Listen to God and 
God will listen to you. Thus our Lord gives us ' power of attorney' 
over His Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven, if only we fulfil the 
condition of abiding in Him." (The Kneeling Christian, by an Unknown 
Christian, page 79)

     To be heard and answered prayer must be in the name of Christ. No 
sinner, not even a saved one, has ever made any deposit in the bank of 
Heaven consequently he has no right to open an account in his own 
name. The spiritual riches which are there for him were placed there 
through the death, resurrection, ascension and exaltation of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. The account was opened for him when he put his faith in 
this Saviour and at that moment Christ placed in his hands blank 
checks signed with His own name and not one of them has ever been 
refused at the bank of Heaven. Six times in that last conversation 
with His disciples on earth the Lord Jesus told them that when He went 
back to the Father He would open an account for each one of them and 
urged them to make liberal use of His credit in their Father's bank. 
He taught them that the Father hears but one Voice, that only the man 
in Christ can reach the Father's ear with his petitions.

     John 14:13-14, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will 
I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. . . . And if ye 
shall ask anything in my name, I will do it."


     John 15:16, "... Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my 
name, he may give it you."

     John 16:23-24, 26, "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. 
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in 
my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my 
name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." "At that 
day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray 
the Father for you:"

     But do not let any one be deceived into thinking that these are 
magic words which can be added, as an appendage, to any kind of a 
prayer. It is only the prayer that will bring honour and glory to His 
name that can be truly asked in His name. A wrong prayer cannot be 
made right by the addition of some mystic phrase. It is possible for 
one to pray in the name of Christ for the salvation of some member of 
the family in order only that there may be greater harmony in the 
home. Or a preacher may pray for large additions to his church not for 
the glory of Christ's name but for his own. There must be 
identification with Christ in His interests and purposes if there is 
to be a rightful use of His name in prayer. Only the prayer that is 
wholly according to God's will can be legitimately asked in the name 
of Christ.

     To be heard and answered prayer must be in the Holy Ghost. The 
Holy Spirit alone knows what is the mind and will of God; He only 
understands what prayer will be to the honour and glory of Christ. So 
only the man who is in the Spirit's sphere and under the Spirit's 
control will pray aright.


     Jude 20, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most 
holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost."

     Rom. 8:26-27, R.V., "And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth 
our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit 
himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be 
uttered: And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of 
the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to 
the will of God."

     In these two passages of Scripture we see that the divine 
condition of prevailing prayer becomes at the same time the divine 
provision for it. We do not know how to pray as we ought but the Holy 
Spirit does know. Indwelling and infilling us He reveals to us our 
need, suggests the objects of prayer, sifts and tests our motives, 
purifies our desires, stiffens our faith and stimulates our hope and 
expectation of an answer.

     Do you honestly wish to live your life habitually on the highest 
plane? Then you must become a man or woman of prayer, an intercessor 
after God's heart. Are you willing to let the Holy Spirit deal with 
you in regard to the actual condition of your prayer life as it now 
is? Will you through the power of His divine enabling determine what 
it shall be?

     Has my prayer life been powerless because of some besetting sin?
Has my prayer life been hindered by haste, irregularity, 
indefiniteness, insufficient preparation, unbelief, neglect of Bible 


     Has my prayer life been fruitless? Have I had such power with God 
that I have had power with people? Have I had definite answers to 
prayer week by week?

     Has my prayer life been restricted merely to short, stated 
seasons of prayer or have I come to know what it is to "pray without 

     Has my prayer life been limited to prayer for myself? My family? 
My work? My church? My mission? Or have I taken the world into my 
heart and into my prayers?

     Has my prayer life been starved? Or have I devoted time to the 
study of God's Word about prayer? Do I know His precepts and promises?

     Has my prayer life been joyless? Do I love to pray? Or is prayer 
more of a duty than a delight?

     Has my prayer life been growing? Do I daily know more of the 
meaning and power of prayer?

     Has my prayer life been sacrificial? Has it cost me anything in 
time, strength, vitality, love?

     "Lord teach us to pray."



     SALVATION, sanctification, service is the divine order in 
spiritual experience. The man who is saved from sin and set apart unto 
God must serve God and his fellow men in working to bring them into 
the same spiritual oneness which he enjoys. The Christian's individual 
relationship to God merges into a corporate relationship with the 
other members of God's family and the other citizens of God's Kingdom 
and then stretches on out toward "the other sheep" whom the loving 
Shepherd longs to bring into His fold.

     Titus 2:14, "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us 
from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous 
of good works."

     2 Tim. 3:17, "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly 
furnished unto all good works."

     Titus 3:8, "This is a faithful saying, and these things I will 
that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God 
might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and 
profitable unto men."

     Works are the natural outcome of faith. Belief in Jesus Christ is 
not a hollow profession nor a selfish possession. Faith that is real 
must propagate itself and share its blessing. The apostles Paul and 
James are not at loggerheads with each other; they are not stating 
contradictory but complementary truth as they


emphasize in turn the necessity of faith and of works. The virility of 
any true faith is shown in its works.

     James 2:17-18, R.V., "Even so faith, if it have not works, is 
dead in itself. ... Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have 
works: show me thy faith apart from thy works, and I by my works will 
show thee my faith."

     Works are the natural outcome of love. Love for the Lord Jesus is 
not shallow sentiment that dissipates itself in words but it is 
vicarious sacrifice that expresses itself in works. The vitality of 
true love is shown in service. "Lovest thou me?" "Yea, Lord, thou 
knowest that I love thee." Then, "Feed my lambs."

     1 John 3:16, 18, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he 
laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the 
brethren. ... My little children, let us not love in word, neither in 
tongue; but in deed and in truth."

     Works are the natural outcome of life. The tree is known by its 
fruits. Life in the tree presumes fruit on the branches. Life in 
Christ Jesus must reproduce itself in life.

     John 15:2, "Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh 
away; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may 
bring forth more fruit."

     Acts 4:20, "For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen 
and heard."


     Faith, love and life are not passive but active forces and the 
proportion in which they exist in the believer will determine the part 
he takes in the work of Christ's body, the Church. The spiritual man 
recognizes that the very possessions and privileges which are his in 
Christ entail responsibilities and duties in the work which Christ 
desires done in the world.

     But no man of himself should determine the nature of his service 
any more than he can determine the nature of his salvation or of his 
sanctification. His works are also foreordained of God. It is only the 
man who does a divinely determined and directed work who is promised 
the power of God in its accomplishment.

     Eph. 2:10, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus 
unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in 

     God works according to a definite plan which is rooted in an 
eternal purpose. In the eternity of the past He foresaw the tragedy of 
sin and all of its evil consequences and formed the purpose which 
determined the plan by which sin and its accompanying evil would be 
removed. That plan took into account the conditions to be met in every 
age, in every century and in every generation of mankind's history, 
and stretched itself over them all. There is nothing new to God in 
this twentieth century "modern mind" that either surprises or appals 
Him for He has known it all before the foundation of the world.


     Eph. 3:11, "According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in 
Christ Jesus our Lord."

     Acts 15:18, "Known unto God are all his works from the beginning 
of the world."

     God's purpose centers in Christ and concerns itself with two 
things only, the redemption of man and the reconciliation of all 
things in the universe unto Himself. The salvation of man and the 
sovereignty of God are the two vital issues at stake and upon their 
accomplishment God's purpose focuses.

     Salvation through a Saviour is God's only plan for the redemption 
of man. God sent His Son into the world to be a propitiation for its 

     2 Tim. 1:9-10, "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy 
calling, not according to our own works, but according to his own 
purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world 
began. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus 
Christ, who hath abolished death and hath brought life and immortality 
to light through the gospel."

     1 John 4:14, "And we have seen and do testify that the Father 
sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world."

     1 John 4:10, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he 
loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

     God's remedy for the world's revolt against Him and its 
reconstruction through His restoration to sovereignty over it centers 
in Christ also; not however in Christ the Saviour but in Christ the 
King. Through the incarnation He became a Saviour who in the ultimate


fulfilment of God's eternal purpose was to become a King of whose 
Kingdom there would be no end (Luke 1:30-33).

     In the fulfilment of His purpose God has a divine order. He 
accomplishes His task and achieves His goal by stages. The history of 
God's dealings with man is divided into clearly defined "ages" or 
periods of time. The scope of this book confines us to the 
consideration of God's work in this age and the one to come. These two 
stages are set forth in one passage in the Acts.

     Acts 15:14-17, "Simeon hath declared how God at the first did 
visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to 
this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I 
will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is 
fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set 
it up: ... That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all 
the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth 
all these things."

     In God's plan there are two advents of Christ into this world for 
two distinct purposes and marking off two distinct ages. In each 
advent God works through His Son to carry out His purpose for the 
whole world. In this study we are considering God's purpose in Christ 
for this age, the period between Christ's first and second advent.

     In this age God is not working for the reformation of the world 
nor to put the world right, much as that is needed, but to bring man 
into a right relationship to His 


Son. The improvement of conditions in human society has no share in 
the plan of God for this age. In fact this would run absolutely 
counter to His purpose in the Saviourhood of His Son for such a scheme 
would make this world so comfortable a place in which to live that the 
natural man in his ease and contentment would feel no need whatever 
for God and would have no thought for the life to come. God is not 
working to right the wrongs of a world that still hates and rejects 
His Son.

     Besides, the only possible road to the real reformation of 
society is through the regeneration of the individual. Sin is the 
cause of every bit of the suffering and sorrow in the world and the 
only place where sin is removed is at the Cross of Calvary. "The 
uplift of humanity" depends upon the uplifting of the Christ of the 
Cross. The reformations that have been wrought in the world are the 
by-product of the work of the Church. Scripture does not tell us that 
the mission of the Church in this age is the reformation of the world.

     Neither is God working in this age for the conversion of the 
world. God frankly says "that the whole world lieth in the evil one," 
that Satan is "the god of this age" (2 Cor. 4:4 R.V.) and that it is 
in the control of "the prince of this world" (John 14:30). Many 
passages of Scripture show that "the course of this world" is to grow 
worse and worse in the last days. One needs only to keep in mind what 
we have learned in previous studies about the world to see how its 
very nature precludes the thought of its conversion in this age of 


     The world is "the flesh" in its corporate capacity. The only 
place God can meet it is at the foot of the Cross and the only way in 
which the world could be converted would be by the cleansing of its 
sin in the atoning blood of Christ the Saviour.

     But nowhere in the Word of God is there intimation that the 
whole world ever will come to the Cross for that purpose. The whole 
mass of unbelieving mankind is one vast federation under Satan's 
leadership and will continue so unto the very end of this age.

     1 John 5:19, R.V., "We know that we are of God, and the whole 
world lieth in the evil one."

     Eph. 2:2, "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course 
of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the 
spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience."

     2 Tim. 3:1, 13, "This know also, that in the last days perilous 
times shall come. ... But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and 
worse, deceiving and being deceived."

     Up to the very end of this age there will be both believers and 
unbelievers, those who will receive and those who will reject Christ 
the Saviour. At the end of the age the harvest will reveal both wheat 
and tares in the field; both good and bad fish in the net. The parable 
of the wicked husbandmen, as given by Christ Himself, shows that the 
attitude of the world throughout this age continues to be one of 
hatred and hostility.

     Acts 28:24, "And some believed the things which were spoken, and 
some believed not."


     Matt. 13:30, "Let both grow together until the harvest: and in 
the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together 
first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the 
wheat into my barn."

     Matt. 13:48, 49, R.V., "Which when it was filled, they drew up on 
the beach; and they sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but 
the bad they cast away. ... So shall it be in the consummation of the 
age: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the 

     God in this age is calling out from the world the Bride of Christ 
that she may be prepared to meet Him at His coming and to reign with 
Him in the Kingdom age which is to follow. God is calling individuals 
out of this present evil world, emancipating them from it and 
crucifying them to it.

     John 15:19, "If ye were of the world, the world would love its 
own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of 
the world, therefore the world hateth you."

     Gal. 1:4, "Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver 
us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our 

     God's plan is in line with His purpose. This plan is the 
evangelization of the world. Through the proclamation of the Gospel 
throughout the whole world as a witness God wishes to give every 
creature the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as his Saviour. This 
is the primary meaning of His last commission.


     Luke 24:46-47, "And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus 
it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his 
name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."

     Mark 16:15, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and 
preach the gospel to every creature."

     John 6:40, "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every 
one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting 
life: and I will raise him up at the last day."

     Having formed this purpose and having fashioned this plan God now 
has no other way of working. In giving His Son to die God has done all 
that He can do for this world.

     1 Cor. 3:11 "For other foundation can no man lay than that is 
laid, which is Jesus Christ."

     Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is 
none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be 

     God's plan of working throughout the entire course of this age is 
perfectly outlined in the Acts. Here we see the invisible Head of the 
Church in the heavenlies determining and directing the work of His 
visible body on earth through His Executor and Administrator, the Holy 
Spirit. Every type of work in which He would have us engage as 
Christians today is revealed to us there. Let us now consider the 
nature of the spiritual man's work.


         God's Work in this Age is Executed through a 
               Divine-human Partnership

     Life in Christ necessarily involves identification with Him in 
His mission to this world. Real membership in Christ's body means 
sharing with Him His compassionate love for the world and going out 
into it to seek and to save the lost. As Christ was sent into the 
world by the Father for a definitely specified task even so are we 
sent by Him.

     John 17:18, "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I 
also sent them into the world."

     John 20:21, "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as 
my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."

     What Christ Jesus began as the incarnate Son, He continues as the 
exalted Lord, through the divine-human partnership which exists 
between Him and His body, the Church.

     1 Cor. 3:9, "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's 
husbandry, ye are God's building."

     2 Cor. 6:1, "We then as workers together with him, beseech you 
also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain."

     Mark 16:20, "And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the 
Lord working with them."

     The Christian, then, is not at liberty to choose what his work 
will be. He is under the direction of the Head of the body of which he 
is but one member. As the Father determined 


the work of the Son and as Christ executed everything according to His 
Father's will so the Lord Jesus now chooses and calls the workers and 
then determines and directs the work. From this viewpoint let us study 
together the work of the first century Church, that we may discern our 
part in this divine-human partnership.

     The workers were chosen of God. Paul and Peter each had the 
conviction that they had been chosen by the Lord Himself for their 
particular task even before receiving His call. Hence the courage of 
that conviction which was evinced in all their work.

     Acts 9:15, "But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a 
chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, 
and the children of Israel."

     Gal. 1:1, "Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by 
Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead.)"

     Acts 15:7, "Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, 
know ye how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the 
Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe."

     The workers were called of God. It is considered somewhat 
out-of-date today to speak of a divine call. The term is well-nigh 
obsolete. Not a divine call, but a sociological appeal takes many a 
man into the ministry or to the mission field. But the lack of it 
quite as often takes him out of the ministry into business or out of 
the mission field when the romance of an ocean trip and of meeting a 
new people has given place to the daily


routine of hard work in an uncongenial environment. But the ministers 
and missionaries of that early Church were so sure of their call that 
they would lay down their lives willingly, if need be, in the pursuit 
of it (Acts 20:24).

     Acts 13:2, "As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy 
Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I 
have called them."

     Acts 13:47, "For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have 
set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for 
salvation unto the ends of the earth."

     The workers were appointed by the Lord. The men of the early 
Church had a direct appointment to a specific task by the Lord Jesus. 
To them it was a life task--to be laid down only when called into a 
higher ministry in the immediate presence of their Lord. Is not the 
reason why so many young men abandon their theological studies before 
completing their course due to the fact that they were not "put into 
the ministry" by the Lord Himself? The Church suffers today from 
man-made ministers.

     Acts 26:16, "But rise and stand upon thy feet: for I have 
appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a 
witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things 
in the which I will appear unto thee."

     Acts 20:24, "But none of these things move me, neither count I my 
life dear unto myself, so that I might finish


my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the 
Lord Jesus to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

     1 Tim. 1:12, "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled 
me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry."

     The workers were sent by the Lord. Having been chosen and called 
they were also commissioned by the Lord. With the assurance and 
authority of a sent-one these first century ministers and missionaries 
went forth. Laymen, also, like Ananias were divinely commissioned for 

     Acts 22:21, "And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee 
far hence unto the Gentiles."

     Acts 9:17, "And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; 
and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, 
that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that 
thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost."

     Every Christian is needed somewhere in some kind of work in God's 
vineyard. Every Christian has been ordained to some task by God. Every 
member of Christ's body has been set in his position as an eye, an 
ear, a hand or a foot so that the Head may work through him for the 
accomplishment of some particular task. Only as every member of the 
body is functioning properly can the work of the Head be perfected.

     1 Cor. 12:14, 18, "For the body is not one member, but many. But 


now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath 
pleased him. IF they were all one member, where were the body?"
     Eph. 4:11-12, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; 
and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; ... For the 
perfecting of the saints, and the work of the ministry, for the 
edifying of the body of Christ."

     Not even the weakest, the youngest, nor the apparently most 
ignorant and incapable is left without his share in God's work. In 
fact, God delights to choose those who in themselves are impotent and 
inadequate in order that the glory of achievement may be altogether 

     1 Cor. 12:22, "Nay, much more those members of the body which 
seem to be more feeble, are necessary."

     2 Cor. 4:7, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that 
the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."

     The Lord Jesus determines and directs the work of those whom He 
has chosen and called. As we study the various phases of the work of 
the early Church we shall see that the whole field of Christian 
activity was adequately covered. In the accomplishment of the 
evangelization of the world the Holy Spirit gave every believer 
something to do and He set some apart for tasks which required special 

     There were witnesses in the first century Church. In fact, this 
was the primary work of each. The Holy Spirit


came not upon a select group on the day of Pentecost but upon each one 
of the one hundred and twenty that each might be a witness.

     Acts 2:32, "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are 

     Acts 13:31, "And he was seen many days of them which came up with 
him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people."

     Who is a witness, and of whom, and of what, does he witness? 
It is very essential to understand this if one would grasp the 
importance and the power of this form of Christian work. A witness is 
one who tells what he has seen and knows.

     Acts 22:15, "For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what 
thou hast seen and heard."

     Of whom did those in the early Church witness? The power of the 
Holy Spirit was given only to those who witnessed of Christ Jesus. 
From the beginning to the end of Acts we see them witnessing in all 
places and unto all classes of people of the Lord Jesus Christ.

     Acts 1:8, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost 
is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, 
and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the 

     Acts 23:11, "And the night following, the Lord stood by him, and 
said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in 
Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome."


     Of what concerning Christ did they witness? Invariably they 
witnessed not to His work in the flesh but to His work on the Cross 
and from the throne They told others not of "the Jesus of history" but 
of the Christ of Calvary.

     Acts 3:15, "And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised 
from the dead; whereof we are witnesses."

     Acts 5:30-32, "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye 
slew and hanged on a tree. ... Him hath God exalted with his right 
hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel 
and forgiveness of sins. ... And we are witnesses of these things; and 
so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him."

     There were preacher-pastors in the first century Church.

     Acts 20:28, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the 
flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed 
the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood."

     Definite instructions given them regarding what they were to 
preach were followed implicitly. They preached the Word of God. Will 
you glance through the book of the Acts and note the number of times 
it is said that they preached the Word? Will you note also its 
marvellous power both of attraction and conviction? Multitudes, even 
whole cities, came to the place of worship, not to see a pageant nor 
to hear a concert nor a discussion of some notable book nor


a moralization of current topics nor a rhetorical discourse, but to 
hear the Word of God. And wherever the Word was preached sinners were 
convicted, converted and baptized by ones and twos, by hundreds and 

     Acts 8:4, "Therefore they that were scattered abroad went 
everywhere preaching the word."

     Acts 13:44, "And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city 
together to hear the word of God."

     They preached the Gospel. The Gospel is the heart of the Word of 
God. Take away the Gospel, which is "that Christ died for our sins, 
was buried and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures," 
from the Word of God and you have nothing left but the walls of a 
gutted building. The core of every sermon, the heart of every message 
delivered by those first century preachers, was the death and the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was this Gospel that pricked the 
hearts and consciences of men and made them cry out, "What must I do 
to be saved?"

     Acts 8:25, "And they, when they had testified and preached the 
word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in 
many villages of the Samaritans."

     The preachers of the early Church were not ashamed of the Gospel. 
They had proven its power in their own lives and knew the miracle it 
had wrought. They had the compelling conviction that the preaching of 


the full Gospel of Christ was the only means of changing either the 
sinful life of an individual or the corporate life of human society.

     Rom. i:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it 
is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the 
Jew first, and also to the Greek."

     They preached Christ. If the Gospel is the heart of the Word, 
Christ is the heart of the Gospel. The men of that day knew the Jesus 
of Nazareth, Cana and Capernaum far, far better than any theological 
historian of the twentieth century, and how they could have entranced 
their audiences with stories out of His earthly life! How sweet and 
precious must have been their memories of the years of fellowship with 
Him! What countless sermons Peter and James and John could have 
preached about the Jesus who healed the daughter of Jairus, who was 
transfigured on the mount and who prayed in the garden of Gethsemane! 
But "the Jesus of history" was not the theme of their sermons. What 
pain and anguish of heart must have been mingled with every 
remembrance of Him as they recalled their faithlessness in the hour of 
His deepest need; of the cowardly denial in the presence of His 
enemies; of the traitorous desertion at the Cross; and of the doubt 
and disbelief at the tomb. It was not to the incarnate Son but to the 
crucified, risen, ascended, exalted Son to whom they owed their 
deliverance from sin, self and Satan. It was this Christ and Him only 
whom they preached.


     Acts 5:42, "And daily in the temple, and in every house, they 
ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ."

     Acts 9:20, "And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, 
that he is the Son of God."

     Glance again rapidly through the book of the Acts to note the 
result of the preaching of the Christ of the Gospel of the Word of 
God. The divine record tells of conversions, baptisms, additions to 
church membership of individuals, of households, of multitudes of men 
and women from all classes of society.

     Let us take but a few illustrations of the marvellous power of 
such preaching. The Ethiopian eunuch believed and was baptized when 
Philip preached Christ to him from Isa. 53:7-8 (Acts 8). The Roman 
proconsul Sergius Paulus believed when he heard the doctrine from the 
mouths of Barnabas and Paul (Acts 13). The households of Cornelius, 
the Gentile centurion (Acts 10); of Lydia, the business woman (Acts
16); of the unnamed Philippian jailor (Acts 16) and of Crispus, the 
chief ruler of the synagogue (Acts 18), all were convicted of sin, 
converted and baptized through the preaching of the Christ of the 
Gospel of the Word.

      Acts 6:7, "And the word of God increased; and the number of 
disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the 
priests were obedient to the faith."

     Acts 4:4, "Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; 
and the number of the men was about five thousand."


     There were evangelists in the first century Church. Philip was an 
evangelist and went from place to place preaching the Gospel. While 
much of the preaching in the early Church was without doubt 
apologetic, yet there is equal evidence that much of it was 
evangelistic both in content and in method. The appeal was to the 
heart and to the will as truly as to the mind and to the conscience, 
and the audiences were warned and exhorted as well as instructed and 

     Acts 21:8, "And the next day ... we entered into the house of 
Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven ..."

     Acts 2:40, "And with many other words did he testify and exhort, 
saying, save yourselves from this untoward generation."

     There were teachers in the first century Church. The early Church 
was thoroughly indoctrinated. New converts were taught the Word of 
God. Not only were the fundamental truths preached but they were 
taught to the whole Church. Need we any further proof of this than the 
Epistles which were written to these churches?

     Paul's conception of the ministry was that it should be a 
teaching as well as a preaching ministry. He returned to the places 
where he had won converts in his missionary tours and sometimes stayed 
one or two years teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus. The 
last word spoken of him in the Acts tells us he was in his own hired 
house teaching about Jesus Christ.


     Acts 18:11, "And he continued there a year and six months, 
teaching the Word of God among them."

     Acts 19:10, "And this continued by the space of two years; so 
that all which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both 
Jews and Greeks."

     The apostles of the early Church considered it a definite and 
essential part of their ministry to establish and confirm the 
Christians in their faith, to encourage and strengthen them in their 
work, and to feed and foster their spiritual life.

     Acts 16:5, "And so were the churches established in the faith, 
and increased in number daily."

     Acts 15:41, "And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming 
the churches."

     Acts 18:23, "And after he had spent some time there, he departed, 
and went over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, 
strengthening all the disciples."

     Not the statistics of church membership but the spiritual status 
of church members was Paul's concern. He desired passionately that 
those whom he had begotten in the Gospel might be presented perfect in 
Christ Jesus. To that end he not only taught them but he warned, 
reproved and rebuked the Christians under his care.

     Col. 1:28, "Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every 
man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ 

     There were personal workers in the first century


Church. The passion of the early Church was to win men to Christ. "I 
am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" 
was Paul's slogan (1 Cor. 9:22). Tremendous emphasis is laid upon the 
importance of personal soul winning by the fact that in three 
consecutive chapters in the Acts wonderful examples of this type of 
work are given.

     The evangelist Philip was taken from a very successful 
evangelistic campaign in Samaria to the desert of Gaza to win one man. 
The Ethiopian eunuch was returning from Jerusalem to his home with a 
scroll of the prophet Isaiah which he was reading eagerly but without 
understanding. Philip entered his chariot, explained to him the 
passage and from it preached Christ. And the eunuch believed and was 
baptized (Acts 8:36-38).

     Acts 8:35, "Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same 
Scripture and preached unto him Jesus."

     Paul had seen the Lord of glory on the road to Damascus and had 
fallen before Him believing but blinded; emptied but unfilled. In 
Damascus was Ananias, the layman. His name appears but once in the 
annals of Scripture but it is in connection with a bit of personal 
work that shines upon the page of Scripture as the north star shines 
in the heavens, for through him as God's own sent messenger Paul 
receives his sight and is filled with the Holy Ghost. The work of 
salvation begun by the Lord of glory was consummated by his call to 
sanctification and to service through Ananias.


     Acts 9:17, "And Ananias went his way and entered into the house: 
and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, 
that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that 
thou mightest receive thy sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost."

     In Caesarea was Cornelius, the centurion, a man with a devout 
heart and a deep hunger for God. In Joppa was Peter, a man with a 
passionate passion for souls and a life surrendered to his Lord for 
service. And in Heaven was God who works at both ends of the line 
sending a prepared messenger to prepared souls. The result was a whole 
household won to the Lord (Acts 10).

     Personal testimony was another form of work in the first century 
Church. Who can estimate the fruitage of Paul's testimony of his 
conversion before the multitude and before Agrippa (Acts 22, 26).

     The ministry of intercession was practiced by the first century 
Church. To the first Christians intercession was a working force. When 
Peter and John were threatened because of the healing of the lame man 
they gave themselves to prayer. When Peter was imprisoned "prayer was 
made without ceasing." Through praise and prayer Paul and Silas not 
only opened prison doors but the fast closed hearts of the Philippian 
jailor and his household. Through prevailing intercession those feeble 
men and women defeated and routed Satan and his hosts and again and 
again gained for the triumphant Lord of glory a visible manifestation 
of His victory on Calvary. They worked through prayer.


     Acts 12:5, "Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was 
made without ceasing of the church unto God for him."

     Acts 16:25, "And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang 
praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them."

     The grace of giving was manifest in the first century Church. 
Filled with the Holy Ghost love for God and for their fellow men led 
the first disciples to lay all they possessed at His feet for His use. 
The coffers of the early Church were not filled by a finance campaign 
but by the free-hearted consecration of his material possessions to 
the Lord on the part of every Christian.

     Acts 4:32, "And the multitude of them that believed were of one 
heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the 
things which he possessed was his own: but they had all things 

     Administrators of the business affairs of the Church were to be 
found in the first century Church. But these men were not chosen 
because of their social prestige, their financial income, or their 
executive ability, but they chose men full of honesty, of wisdom, of 
faith and of the Holy Ghost. It was a spiritual task to which they 
were called which required spirituality in those who undertook it.

     Acts 6:3, "Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men 
of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may 
appoint over this business."

     Good works were part of the activities of the first


century Church. The practical expression of the love of Christ in 
kindly deeds for the relief of physical and material needs and for the 
amelioration of suffering is the natural product of vital 
spirituality. The genuinely spiritual man is the first to feel the 
touch upon the hem of his garment and to give most liberally of his 
sympathy and his support to those in need. The early Church had its 
"Dorcas" and more than once is it recorded that it sent relief to 
God's children.

     Acts 9:36, "Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named 
Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: This woman was full 
of good works and alms deeds which she did."

     Acts 11:29, "Then the disciples, every man according to his 
ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren which dwelt in 

     The life of the spiritual man is one full of beneficence because 
"the fruit of the Spirit is kindness." He delights in playing the part 
of the good Samaritan, he revels in carrying cups of refreshing water.

     Gal. 6:10, "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto 
all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."

     Mark 9:41, "For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink 
in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he 
shall not lose his reward."

     Titus 2:7, "In all things showing thyself a pattern of good 
works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity."

     There were missionaries in the first century Church. No church 


can lay claim to true, apostolic succession which is not missionary in 
purpose, passion and program. The early Church was essentially a 
missionary Church. The power of God was upon it in an exceptional way 
because it gave itself in obedience to the fulfilment of Christ's last 
commission to carry the Gospel to the uttermost part of the earth. 
Persecution sent those first Christians everywhere preaching the Word 
of life.

     Acts 8:1, 4, "And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that 
time there was a great persecution against the church which was at 
Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions 
of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. ... Therefore they that 
were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word."

     Acts 11:19-20, "Now they which were scattered abroad upon the 
persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and 
Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews 
only. ... And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when 
they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord 

     There were martyrs in the first century Church. The testimony of 
Stephen was sealed with martyrdom. How true it was that "The blood of 
martyrs is the seed of the Church." By the laying down of this 
faithful life in triumphant death Stephen no doubt did more toward 
winning Saul of Tarsus to Jesus Christ than he ever could have done in 
a lifetime of preaching. Paul's conscience was seared by the haunting 
vision of that victorious death and by the remembrance


of his part in it--Stephen though dead, continued to speak to Saul.

     Acts 7:58, "And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the 
witnesses laid down their clothes at the young man's feet, whose name 
was Saul." "... And Saul was consenting unto his death" (Acts 8:1).

     Acts 22:20, "And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I 
also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the 
raiment of them that slew him."

     The work of the first century Church bears upon it the seal of 
God and the scars of Satan. The seal was power and the scars were 
persecution. Loyalty in preaching the Christ of the Gospel of the Word 
drew down from Heaven the supernatural power of God and it raised up 
from hell Satanic persecution. Study the book of Acts and you will see 
these two invariably in inevitable succession; power in preaching 
Christ produced persecution of the Christian and persecution of the 
Christian precipitated power from Christ.

     Acts 5:14, 16, 17-18, "And believers were the more added to the 
Lord, multitudes both of men and women. ... There came also a 
multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick 
folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were 
healed every one. ... Then the high priest rose up and all they that 
were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled 
with indignation, ... and laid their hands on the apostles, and put 
them in the common prison."

     Acts 14:1-2, "And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went back 
together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake that a great 


multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. ... But 
the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds 
evil affected against the brethren."

     The work of the early Church was all-comprehensive. The God-man 
who inaugurated it knew every need of human life and planned 
adequately to meet and to satisfy it. Though conditions have changed, 
the fundamental need of human life does not vary from one century to 
another. The task of the Church at the very beginning was cast into an 
age-long mold by Christ Jesus and He has given no indication on down 
through the centuries of any deviation from His purpose and plan so 
clearly revealed in Scripture.

     But no one can look upon the Church today without seeing that it 
has departed very far from both the purpose and the plan of God. The 
leaders of Christendom frankly state that the work of the Church is 
not to save souls but to salvage society so they have given themselves 
deliberately to "the purification of Sodom" rather than to "the 
proclamation of the Saviour." From pulpit and press they declare that 
"the mission of the Church is to make the world better," and "to 
interpret to the world the principles of Christ," so that it may win 
the world into living by His teachings and into following His 
principles. The supreme question before present-day Christendom is not 
man's relationship to God's Son but man's relationship to human 
society; the paramount issue is not God's sovereign reign in 
righteousness and peace over a world brought into reconciliation with 


Him through His Son, but it is the equalizing and solidifying of 
nations, races and classes through foisting upon them for their 
acceptance the dogma of the Fatherhood of God, whom they do not 
acknowledge as Father, and the brotherhood of men, whom they do not 
accept as brothers.

     The leaders of Christendom frankly state that they preach such a 
"social gospel." And any one, who scans the sermon themes for Sunday 
in the newspaper, or who studies the subjects announced on the church 
calendar, has no reason to doubt their word on this point. The marvel 
is that with such special emphasis on social betterment themes "the 
world" is not more rapidly approaching the desired millennium of 
righteousness and peace. "The world" at heart really does not want to 
be "made better" so it is not going to the place where it will be 
coaxed or coerced into a reformation of its conduct. It will greatly 
appreciate anything which the Church does to make its life in sin more 
full of comfort and will even assist in the matter by making liberal 
contributions to financial drives or "community chests." But "the 
world" is not overtaxing the seating capacity of the churches which 
preach the "social gospel." When "the world" seeks entertainment it 
usually prefers to have it in its native haunts and its natural 
setting rather than to have it adulterated and spoiled by an admixture 
of religion. The "social gospel" is not filling but rather emptying 
the churches and many are concerned as to what new attractions can be 
offered to drag "the world" to church.


     Let us honestly face the actual condition of the present day 
pulpit and pew. God still has His "seven thousand" who have not bowed 
to the worship of "twentieth century scholarship," who are not 
devotees at the shrine of "the modern mind" and who will not deify man 
and humanize God. Praise God that throughout the whole world there are 
thousands of preachers, evangelists, teachers and missionaries who 
still preach the Christ of the Gospel of the Word of God and there are 
millions of laymen who believe that Gospel and who hold inviolate the 
whole Word of God.

     But on the other hand there is a growing number of preachers, 
teachers and missionaries who today do not preach or teach the Christ 
of the Gospel of the Word of God. The Christ they preach is "another" 
Christ, the gospel is "another" gospel and the Bible is "another" 

     The reformation of the whole world which the "social gospel" 
purposes does not need the Saviour of the Cross, for man is to be his 
own saviour. To preach the Christ of the Cross and of the throne is to 
leave the realm of the practical and descend to the plane of the 
doctrinal, the modern teacher reasons. He declares that the world has 
outgrown this. But to win the world from its naughty ways and to teach 
it the right "way of life" he does feel the need of an example to hold 
up before it and of ethical precepts and principles which it can 
follow. The preacher of the "social gospel" can find no greater 
example and no better teacher than "the Jesus of history" so he does 
make use of Him in this capacity.


     The reformation of the world which the modern preacher advocates 
has no place in it for the Gospel of the Word of God which is a Gospel 
of salvation from sin through a crucified, risen, ascended, exalted 
Lord. In fact the "social gospel" decries having any creed. It 
declares that its emphasis is on love rather than on faith and that 
the important thing is not what a man believes but what he is. It does 
not concern itself with the building of a solid foundation but only 
with the ornamentation of the roof. If the structure has a lovely, 
attractive roof garden with sweet music, fragrant flowers, captivating 
eloquence and happy companionship why have any anxiety over the fact 
that the foundation is made of sand? The "social gospel" ignores the 
fact so plainly revealed in Scripture that the divine order is 
invariably faith and then love, and that it is an absolute 
impossibility to build the superstructure of a spiritual life on 
anything but the solid foundation of a crucified, risen Saviour. So 
the "social gospel" is plainly not "the Gospel of Christ."

     The reformation of the world which the modern pulpit so earnestly 
advocates has no place in it for the Scriptures as the Word of God. 
"The modern mind" finds it impossible to accept the Bible as such. The 
Bible cannot be rejected altogether for then the modern preacher would 
on the very face of it have to leave the evangelical pulpit 
immediately. But "the modern mind" finds a middle ground of compromise 
which it hopes the evangelical Church will be tolerant and loving 
enough to accept. It admits that the Bible "contains the Word of God" 
and modestly claims that it has been 


ordained by twentieth century scholarship to tell the pew what parts 
of it are the Word of God and what parts are not.

     Such an arrogant assumption makes the true believer who loves the 
Bible and who believes that from Genesis to Revelation it is "the Word 
of God," as God Himself says it is, seek to know what this "modern 
mind" really is and from whence it got the authority to handle the 
Book of books in any such fashion.

     So one goes to the Bible itself to see if he can run down this 
"modern mind" that he may know where and how to classify it. He finds 
only two types of "mind" mentioned; "the mind of Christ" and "the 
carnal mind." In Phil. 2:5-11 he finds that "the mind of Christ" 
believes and accepts Christ as the eternal Son, the One who was equal 
with God because He was God; the incarnate Son who emptied Himself of 
His divine glory and humbled Himself by entering into this world 
through the virgin's womb, thus becoming Man; the crucified Son who in 
obedience to His Father's will went to the death of the Cross; the 
ascended Son who hath been exalted to the Father's right hand and 
given a name above every name; the kingly Son before whom every knee 
shall bow some day and every tongue shall confess that He is Jesus 
Christ the Lord. "The mind of Christ" cannot be "the modern mind" 
which denies and rejects in whole or in part these glorious truths 
concerning the Lord Jesus.

     Then it must be "the carnal mind." But "the carnal mind" is as 
old as Eden. The only way we can discover 


whether the self-styled "modern mind" is really the antiquated "carnal 
mind" dressed in the disguise of twentieth century scholarship is to 
take its finger prints. That will be adequate proof. "Hath God said?" 
"Ye shall not surely die." "Ye shall be as gods." Doubt and disbelief 
of God's Word; denial of God's Word; and deification of man and man's 
intellect! No further evidence is needed. This threefold finger print 
marks "the modern mind" as "the carnal mind" which is enmity toward 
God, and His arch antagonist. The Bible of the modern preacher is 
"another" Bible and not "the Word of God."

     Such an appalling condition in the pulpit inevitably creates an 
equally appalling condition in the pew. The people in many churches 
today are starved; they are like the famine sufferers, having to live 
on shrubs, bark, husks and fodder. Probably the Church was never so 
perfectly organized as it is today, yet it is pitifully ineffective 
before its tremendous task. The apostasy in the pulpit has created 
dwindling congregations, doubting Christians and drifting churches. 
The Church has drifted so far back toward the world that ofttimes the 
boundary line between the two spheres is almost indiscernible. Worldly 
policies are resorted to in the conduct of the affairs of the Church; 
worldly methods are employed to attract people to attend its services; 
worldly entertainments are given them after they come. Whatsoever a 
church soweth, that shall it also reap. There is a tragic harvest of 
thoroughly worldly churches in Christendom today.

     Let us come back to the individual Christian's responsibility


for the kind of work he does as a member of the body of Christ. The 
works of every believer in Christ will be judged and he will receive 
or lose his reward according to the kind of work which he has done. If 
he has built a superstructure upon the foundation of the pure Gospel 
that is gold, silver and precious stones, then his work will abide. 
But, if he has fashioned the superstructure out of the wood, hay and 
stubble of "another gospel which is not the gospel" (Gal. 1:6-7) then 
his work will be burned. It will not stand the test of the fire of 
God's judgment.

     1 Cor. 3:8, "Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: 
and every one shall receive his own reward according to his own 

     2 Cor. 5:10, "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of 
Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, 
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

     1 Cor. 3:11-15, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is 
laid, which is Jesus Christ. ... Now if any man build upon this 
foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every 
man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, 
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every 
man's work of what sort it is. ... If any man's work abide which he 
hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. ... If any man's work 
shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; 
yet so as by fire."

     It is a terrifically solemn thought that in the work which we do 
we are either the tool of Christ or of Satan and that 


in the message we give we are either the mouthpiece of Christ or of 
the devil.

     Rom. 6:13, "Neither yield ye your members as instruments of 
unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those 
alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness 
unto God."

     Matt. 16:23, "But he turned and said unto Peter, Get thee behind 
me Satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the 
things that be of God, but those that be of men."

     But there is no need for any Christian to be ignorant of the kind 
of work that abides nor will he have any excuse to present to Christ 
at the judgment seat if he does the kind that must be burned. God has 
given us the pattern in His Book and has bestowed upon us the power in 
His Spirit to accomplish our part in this blessed partnership. If we 
fail to do, it will be because we have failed to discern.

          God's Work in this Age is Accomplished through 
               Supernatural Power

     The works of the incarnate Son were supernatural and beyond the 
power of any man to accomplish in himself. Those who tried to copy or 
to counterfeit them failed miserably. Yet He told His disciples that 
they were to do the same works and even greater. It is truly a 
supernatural task which Christ gives the Christian to do. Bringing 
spiritually dead men to life and making them into the image of the Son 
of God is in deed and truth a task beyond human power.


     John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on 
me, the works that I do shall he do also; and even greater works than 
these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."

     In the last clause of this wonderful promise He gives a clue as 
to how they were to be empowered for such a work. "Because I go unto 
my Father." By His return to Heaven supernatural power to do 
supernatural tasks was to be transmitted to them. Let us follow this 
clue until we find the secret.

     After His crucifixion and resurrection and immediately preceding 
His ascension He gives to His disciples the commission in which He 
makes mention of this power. He tells them three things: 
  first, that all power in Heaven and upon earth resides in Him; 
  second, that they will be endued with this power; 
  third, that they will receive this power through the anointing of 
the Holy Spirit.

     Matt. 28:18, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All 
power is given unto me in heaven and upon earth."

     Luke 24:49, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon 
you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with 
power from on high."

     Acts 1:8, "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is 
come upon you."

     The crucified, risen, ascended, exalted Lord in whom dwells all 
power in Heaven and upon earth Himself lives in all the fulness of His 
supernatural power in the believer through the infilling and anointing 


of the Holy Spirit. Some one has tersely said, "Calvary creates the 
worker; Pentecost empowers him."

     The disciples and apostles of the first century Church were 
equipped and energized to do "the greater works" by the limitless 
power of God through the fulness of the Holy Spirit.

     Acts 4:8, "Then, Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto 
them, ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel."

     Acts 13:9, "Then, Saul, (who is also called Paul,) filled with 
the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him."

     Rom. 15:18-19, "For I will not dare to speak of any of those 
things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles 
obedient, by word and deed, ... Through mighty signs and wonders, by 
the power of the Spirit of God: so that from Jerusalem, and round 
about into Illyricum, I have freely preached the gospel of Christ."

     1 Thess. 1:5, "For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but 
also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye 
know what manner of men we were among you for your sake."

     The same power bestowed by the same Person is open to every 
disciple of the twentieth century Church for the accomplishment of the 
same God-given task. Is that power yours today? Have you been anointed 
by the Holy Spirit? Are you doing "the greater works"?



     NO man can live unto himself. Every man has a corporate as well 
as an individual life. God has ordained that we live in families, 
neighbourhoods, nations and races, nevertheless the whole human race 
is a unit and each person is a unit within a unit.

     God intended that between the units in this vast organism there 
should be perfect adjustment. Godliness, holiness and righteousness 
were the fundamentals upon which God meant human society to be built.

     But sin entered and as we have seen, cosmos became chaos. 
Maladjustment distorted every relationship; first, between God and 
man; second, within man's own being; third, between man and man. In 
God's original creation the divine order was God, others, oneself. Sin 
completely reversed this. Selfishness supplanted love. Today the whole 
fabric of human society is threatened. Family life is being rent in 
twain by divorce of parents and disobedience of children; communities 
are agog with frightful crimes and civic corruptions; nations and 
races are at war at heart, if not in fact. Family, civic, national and 
international life is shot through and through with division.

     The only hope for readjustment within human society


rests in a return to God's original order. In Christ and in Him alone 
can man come into a right relationship with God, with himself and with 
his fellow men. In Christ all dislocations in relationships may be set 
right and there may be a reproduction of moral order in which the 
processes of disintegration and degeneration may cease. Life on the 
highest plane both demands and provides for such readjustment.

     The Christian life is a fellowship which is rooted in faith and 
nurtured by love. The soil out of which it springs is faith in God. 
The atmosphere in which it thrives is love for God, out of which is 
begotten love toward man. This divine order is irreversible. It is 
impossible for one to have a love for his fellow man with sufficient 
power to conquer the innate selfishness of his own heart apart from 
faith in God. It is utter folly to preach "the brotherhood of man" to 
those who do not know "the Fatherhood of God" through a new birth 
based on faith in the cleansing blood of a Saviour.

     Primacy is always given in Scripture to man's relationship to 
God; his relationship to man is secondary and dependent. Godliness is 
an essential precedent to righteousness. When men have become children 
of God through faith in Jesus Christ then they become brothers in the 
Lord. This is the only "Fatherhood of God" and "brotherhood of man" 
which Scripture sanctions and which works out in practical experience. 
After Paul calls himself Christ's apostle then he calls himself 
Timothy's brother.


     Col. 1:4, "Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of 
the love which we have to all the saints."

     Philemon 5, "Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast 
toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints."

     Col. 1:1, "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, 
and Timotheus our brother."

     Let us then consider the Christian's corporate relationships in 
their divinely appointed order. 

          The Spiritual Man's Relationship to God

     Life on the highest plane demands a radical reversal in man's 
affections. The natural man lives unto himself because he loves self 
supremely; the spiritual man lives unto God because he loves God 

     2 Tim. 3:2, 4, "For men shall be lovers of their ownselves, ... 
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of 

     2 Cor. 5:15, "And he died for all, that they which live should 
not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, 
and rose again."

     God's love bridged the gulf between the natural and the spiritual 
man. "God so loved that he gave his only begotten Son." His gift was 
the measure of His love. He gave His best, His all. He gave the 
costliest gift in His treasure-house, the crown jewel of Heaven. Such 
love comprehended by faith conquers the rebellion of the will and 
constrains the heart to love Him who first so loved us. Our love for 
Him is rooted in His love for us.


     1 John 4:9-10, "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, 
because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we 
might live through him. ... Herein is love not that we loved God, but 
that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our 

     1 John 4:19, "We love him, because he first loved us."

     The spiritual man not only loves God more than he loves himself 
but also more than he loves any other one. His love for God is 
paramount. It is so far above the love he has even for his own kith 
and kin that it is in a class by itself.

     Matt. 22:37-38, "... Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all 
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the 
first and great commandment."

     Matt. 10:37, "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not 
worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not 
worthy of me."

     When the Christian becomes a son in God's family thereafter his 
first filial obedience and love is to be given to his heavenly Father. 
This does not mean for one moment that God discounts the human love of 
parent for child or child for parent or friend for friend. On the 
contrary God commands both parental and filial love, and experience 
proves that when one loves God supremely all human love is both 
enhanced and enriched. To the heavenly Father His child not only owes 
the gift of physical life through creation but he owes the still more 
priceless gift of spiritual life through re-creation. This makes him 


far more of a debtor to God than he is even to his earthly parents, 
and parents and children alike should acknowledge with joy the primacy 
of their relationship to God.

     But this is not always so and oftentimes the hardest place to 
live one's Christian life is in the home and one's greatest enemies 
are those of his own household. One knows many instances of 
heart-breaking experiences and well-nigh intolerable situations caused 
by the ridicule, opposition and persecution of Christians by members 
of their own family. Many a boy or girl has been disowned by parents 
for no other reason than that he became a Christian! Many a young 
person has had to go to the mission field over the wishes of parents 
or friends. To have chosen to do the will of God when it went counter 
to the will of loved ones has been the severest test in Christian 
experience. But God has never failed to honour love that expresses 
itself in sacrificial obedience to Himself. And Christ knows how to 
sympathize with and to succour all who are so tested. He met 
opposition in His own family and His mother and brothers tried to 
dissuade Him from the path that led to Calvary. This action called out 
from Him that remarkable statement that those children of God who were 
united in doing the will of their heavenly Father were more closely 
bound together than those who are put together by family ties. The 
blood of Christ unites His own by a tie that supersedes that made 
through human blood.

     Matt, 10:36, "And a man's foes shall be they of his own 


     Matt. 12:50, "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which 
is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."

     Strength to suffer and to endure, to bear and to forbear will be 
given to the one who gives Christ the supreme place in his affections. 
God will cause him to triumph and to be a sweet savour of Christ unto 
Him in every place. Love to God, preeminent and paramount, is rewarded 
by victory and fruitage. His love in us manifested even in silence 
will be like a light shining in a dark place.

     2 Cor. 2:14-16, R.V., "But thanks be unto God, who always leadeth 
us in triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savour of 
his knowledge in every place. ... For we are a sweet savour of Christ 
unto God, in them that are saved and in them that perish; ... to the 
one a savour from death unto death; to the other a savour from life 
unto life."

     The relationship of the spiritual man to God is marked also by 
loyalty. By virtue of sonship in God's family he has citizenship in 
God's Kingdom. Loyalty to his heavenly country and to the interests of 
his Father's Kingdom takes precedence over citizenship in his earthly 
domain and supersedes the nationalism which is earth-born.

     While acknowledging that "the powers that be are ordained of 
God," while submitting obediently to the laws of the country in which 
he lives, while taking his full responsibility for support of that 
government during his sojourn on earth, yet the man who lives his life


on the highest plane discerns clearly that his real home center is in 
the heavenlies and that his first allegiance must be to the Kingdom of 

     Titus 3:1, "Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and 
powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work."

     Rom. 13:1, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For 
there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God."

     Phil. 3:20, R.V., "For our citizenship is in heaven."

     The spiritual man must acknowledge the sovereignty of his Lord 
over all other rulers. To him Christ Jesus is already the King of 
kings and the Lord of lords and his prayer to the Father invariably 
breathes forth the intense desire to see God's sovereignty extend from 
sea to sea until His will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.

     1 Tim. 1:17, "Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the 
only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen."

     Matt. 6:9-10, "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father 
which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. ... Thy kingdom come. Thy 
will be done in earth as it is in heaven."

     The Christian serves his Master in an official capacity. 
Disloyalty is treason. He is a servant of the Lord of Heaven and God 
requires uncompromising faithfulness in a servant. He is a soldier in 


the army of Christ and a soldier dare not be enmeshed in entangling 
alliances. He is an ambassador of the King at the court of a foreign 
country and an ambassador must maintain absolute loyalty to the 
statutes of his own country.

     Rom. 1:1, "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an 
apostle, separated unto the gospel of God."

     2 Tim. 2:3-4, "Thou therefore endure hardship, as a good soldier 
of Jesus Christ. ... No man that warreth entanglelh himself with the 
affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be 
a soldier."

     2 Cor. 5:20, "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though 
God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye 
reconciled to God."

     An ambassador of Christ has definite instructions from his 
Sovereign and he cannot act independently of them. He has had 
committed unto him the Gospel of Christ as a sacred trust and loyalty 
to Christ requires loyalty to this Gospel.

     1 Tim. 1:11, "According to the glorious gospel of the blessed 
God, which was committed to my trust."

     Rom. 15:16, "That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the 
Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God."

     Some of the religious leaders in Paul's day had departed from the 
faith. They would not endure sound doctrine and resisted the truth to 
such an extent that Paul openly called them blasphemers. They had made 
shipwreck of their faith and were busily engaged in trying to steer 
the ship of other men's lives onto the same rocks.


     2 Tim. 3:8, "Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do 
these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate 
concerning the faith."

     1 Tim. 1:19-20, "Holding faith and a good conscience; which some 
having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is 
Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they 
may learn not to blaspheme."

     Paul wrote to the young minister who was his son in the faith 
urging him to loyalty to his Lord. He pointed out to Timothy the 
fallacy of the scholarship of that day, which was the cause of this 
departure from the true faith, and warned him to have nothing to do 
with it but to give himself afresh to a study of the Word.

     1 Tim. 6:20-21, R.V., "O Timothy, guard that which is committed 
unto thee, turning away from the profane babblings  and oppositions of 
the  knowledge which is falsely so called; ... which some professing 
have erred concerning the faith."

     2 Tim. 2:16-18, R.V., "But shun profane babblings: for they will 
proceed further in ungodliness, ... and their word will eat as doth a 
gangrene: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; ... men who concerning 
the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, 
and overthrow the faith of some."

     2 Tim. 2:15, "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

     Paul also warned the little flock at Ephesus and the whole Church 
under his care of the grievous wolves and the


false hirelings who would enter in among them to draw the flock away 
from the Shepherd. He faithfully exposed these men and their seductive 
methods in his Epistles to the churches.

     Acts 20:29-30, "For I know this, that after my departure shall 
grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock: ... also of 
your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw 
away disciples after them."

     2 Cor. 11:13-15, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, 
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. ... And no 
marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as 
the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their 

     Paul declared that these men were guilty of bringing division 
into the Church. When they departed from the faith of the Gospel 
instead of separating also from the Church that had preached and 
taught this Gospel from its inception, and establishing an 
organization upon their new tenets, they did the very unethical thing 
of remaining within the Church and of attempting to gain control over 
it. Though teaching a doctrine contrary to that which the Christians 
had been taught yet they apparently used such a vocabulary that it 
would be difficult for their simple-hearted hearers to detect its 
falseness. They ensnared many through genial manners and fair words. 
Such was the beginning of apostasy.


     Rom. 16:17-18, R.V., "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them that 
are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the 
doctrine which ye learned; and turn away from them, For they that are 
such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by their 
smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the innocent."

     Col. 2:4, 8, "And this I say, lest any man beguile you with 
enticing words. ... Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy 
and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of 
the world, and not after Christ."

     Under the inspiration of the divine Spirit Paul foretold the 
apostasy that would sweep throughout the entire professing Church and 
would eat at its very vitals. Into a veritable whirlpool of doubt, 
disbelief and disloyalty multitudes would be drawn.

     1 Tim. 4:1-2, R.V., "But the Spirit saith expressly, that in the 
later times some shall jail away from the faith, giving heed to 
seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, through the hypocrisy of men 
that speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron."

     2 Tim. 4:3-4, R.V., "For the time will come when they will not 
endure the sound doctrine, but having itching ears, will heap to 
themselves teachers after their own lusts; ... And will turn away 
their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables."

     No Spirit-taught student of the Word of God and of the universal 
condition of Christendom doubts that the day of this prophesied 
apostasy is already upon us. In the churches of the mission field as 


well as in those of the homelands this declension from the true faith 
and this disloyalty to Him who is the Truth is in every day evidence.

     (In China about twenty-five hundred missionaries, representing 
all denominations and nationalities, united in a Bible Union as a 
testimony before the native Christians of their loyalty to Jesus 
Christ and to His Word, and as a protest to the inroads of Modernism, 
into a field where for more than one hundred years the pure Gospel 
seed had been sown and nurtured by thousands of missionaries loyal to 
Christ and to His truth.)

     Today many religious leaders in all parts of Christendom have 
departed from the faith and are openly in revolt against the truth. 
They will not endure sound doctrine but are actively declaring war 
upon the foundational truths of Christianity. Just last week a 
minister, still occupying an evangelical pulpit, was assisting in the 
ordination of a Unitarian minister. On that occasion he made this 
pronouncement, "The Church is in revolt against Fundamentalism and 
Puritanism," which means that he is openly in favor of Liberalism and 
License. Such men are at heart Unitarian because they deny every truth 
of the Word which makes the Lord Jesus Christ the unique Son of God. 
Their place is entirely outside the evangelical Church and, if they 
practiced even the most elementary principles of the ethical gospel 
which they preach, they would pack up their ecclesiastical belongings, 
depart from the evangelical pulpit, and establish themselves either 
with their Unitarian brethren or seek virgin soil in which to plant 
their tares.

     But they have no intention whatever of leaving the evangelical 
pulpit, rather they purpose deliberately to stretch forth their hands 
and stealthily lay hold upon the entire 


machinery of the Church both at home and upon the mission field and 
secure its control. They usually are such adepts in the manipulation 
of language that through the use of "good words and fair speeches" 
(Rom. 16:18) they deceive even the true people of God. They preach 
sermons filled with the rankest poison but sugar-coated with sweet 
words and eloquent phrases, patronizing the Jesus of history. Only 
those who have the discernment which the Holy Spirit alone gives 
detect the deception. And, when the men and women who love their Lord 
better than they love their own lives cry out in protest against such 
high-handed dishonesty, they have the blatant effrontery to charge 
them with bringing division into the Church and to accuse them with a 
lack of love.

     The conflict between Fundamentalism and Modernism is dividing 
organized Christianity in twain. There are some who live near the 
border line of both camps who earnestly desire neutrality between 
these opposing forces. They plead for unity; they plan for union; they 
pray for unanimity. But those who live at the headquarters of both 
camps know that this can never be. The only unity which the Bible 
enjoins is "the unity of the Spirit" which is based on "one body, one 
Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God."

     Such unity is not something which we attempt to "make" but rather 
is something already created by the Holy Spirit which we "keep." Such 
unity does not "become" for it "is" wherever there is oneness in 
Christ Jesus. This and only this is the unity for


which our Lord prayed and which He expects of His children.

     Eph. 4:3-6, "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the 
bond of peace. ... There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 
called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 
one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in 
you all."

     Such unity can never exist between Fundamentalism and Modernism 
for they are as far apart as darkness and light, as death and life. 
Let me quote from an editorial of The Christian Century: "The God of 
the Fundamentalist is one God; the God of the Modernist is another. 
The Christ of the Fundamentalist is one Christ; the Christ of the 
Modernist is another. The Bible of Fundamentalism is one Bible; the 
Bible of Modernism is another. The Church, the kingdom, the salvation, 
the consummation of all things--these are one thing to the 
Fundamentalist and another thing to the Modernist. Which God is the 
Christian God, which Christ is the Christian Christ, which Bible is 
the Christian Bible, which church, which kingdom, which salvation, 
which consummation are the Christian Church, the Christian kingdom, 
the Christian salvation, the Christian consummation? The future will 
tell. You may sing 'Blest be the tie' till doomsday, but it cannot 
bind these worlds together."

     Thus according to the testimony of Modernism itself we see that 
between Fundamentalism and Modernism a great gulf is fixed which 


nothing or no one can bridge. The issue admits of no neutrality. 
Loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ demands that every Christian study to 
know and declare himself either for or against the Christ of the 
Fundamentalist or the Christ of the Modernist. In such a conflict as 
this silence is cowardice, nay, it may even be construed to be 
desertion and treachery. Loyalty to God in these difficult days of 
deepening apostasy calls every Christian to three things; discernment, 
devotion and division.

     Christians should be able to discern between false and true 
teaching even when the former is given in its most subtle form, so 
that there shall not be the slightest deviation from the truth of 
God's Word. It is not enough to believe God's truth, we are to "walk" 
in it.

     2 John 1-4, "The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom 
I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known 
the truth; ... for the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall 
be with us forever. ... I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy 
children walking in truth, as we have received commandment from the 

     3 John 3-4, "For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and 
testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the 
truth. ... I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in 

     Discernment requires watchfulness; it required a continuous 
prayerful study under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit of God's Word 
and a careful comparison of what one hears and reads with what one 
studies. Paul told the Ephesian elders that from among themselves


men would arise speaking perverse things to draw men away after them 
and cautioned them to watch and to remember his warnings.

     Acts 20:31, 32, "Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space 
of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with 
tears. ... And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the Word of 
his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an 
inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

     He warned Timothy to be on his guard continuously against false 
teaching and unsound doctrine.

     2 Tim. 4:3, 5, "For the time will come when they will not endure 
sound doctrine: but after their own lusts shall they heap to 
themselves teachers, having itching ears; ... And they shall turn away 
their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch 
thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, 
make full proof of thy ministry."

     He warned the Christians against deception and urged them to 
become adults in the faith that they might always be able to discern 
the false and the true.

     Eph. 5:6, "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of 
these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of 

     Eph. 4:14, "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and 
fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of 
men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive."

     Loyalty to the Lord Jesus demands devotion to the


truth at any cost as the Holy Spirit has taught us. When men and women 
everywhere are departing from the faith, possibly even members of our 
own family and our friends, God asks of us a faithfulness to the faith 
of our fathers that beats no retreat.

     2 Tim. 3:14, "But continue thou in the things which thou hast 
learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned 

     2 Tim. 4:7, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my 
course, I have kept the faith."

     1 Cor. 16:13, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like 
men, be strong."

     2 Tim. 1:13, "Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast 
heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus."

     Devotion to Jesus Christ calls us to a loyalty to truth that 
brooks no neutrality. It even challenges us to take our place in the 
front ranks and "to fight the good fight of faith."

     1 Tim. 6:12, "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal 
life, whereunto thou art called, and hast professed a good profession 
before many witnesses."

     Jude 3, "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of 
the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and 
exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was 
once delivered unto the saints. ... For there are certain men crept in 
unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, 
ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and 
denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ."


     There is a pseudo-union in Christendom today that is tantamount 
to dishonouring disloyalty. Its slogan is "For the sake of peace we 
must have union even at the cost of truth." It bids the Fundamentalist 
sit silently while the Modernist seeks and secures control of the 
machinery of the Church both at home and abroad. If he protests he is 
accused of being divisive.

     As one studies the Gospel of Matthew he will find a place 
where the Lord Jesus Christ made a definite, deliberate break with the 
men who had wilfully rejected Him. There was a clean-cut cleavage 
between Him and the religious leaders of that day and He withdrew from 
them and from that time on devoted Himself exclusively to those who 
were His own.

     We have not only His example but we have the clear teaching of 
Scripture to guide us in this very delicate and difficult matter. God 
calls His children into complete separation from all those who are 
traitors to the truth. He commands His loyal ones to have no 
fellowship with them and not to be partakers of their sins.

     1 Tim. 6:3-5, "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to 
wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the 
doctrine which is according to godliness; ... He is proud, knowing 
nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof 
cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, ... Perverse 
disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, 
supposing that gain is godliness, from such withdraw thyself."

     2 John 9-11, "Whosoever transgresseth, and abidetk not in the 
doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth


in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. ... If 
there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not 
into your house, neither bid him God-speed: For he that biddeth him 
God-speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

     Such loyalty to the Lord Jesus is bound to mean suffering to the 
man or woman of sensitive spirit. It will incur a persecution as real 
as anything endured by the Christians of the first century, even 
though of a different nature. The Intellectuals of the twentieth 
century consign the Conservative to the slums of scholarship and the 
worldlings regard him as an antique. But for the joy that is set 
before him the Fundamentalist endures the ignominy and reproach of the 

     2 Tim. 3:12, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus 
shall suffer persecution."

     2 Tim. 1:8, "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of 
our Lord, nor of me, his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the 
afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God."

          The Spiritual Man's Relationship to Fellow-Christians

     A right adjustment to God necessitates a right adjustment with 
all to whom God is related. Coming into God's family brings one into 
relationship with other members of that family as brothers and 
sisters. God is love so love is the atmosphere of the home in the 


     1 John 4:8, 12, "... God is love. ... If we love one another, God 
dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us."

     The love of the children for one another is rooted in the love of 
God. His heart of love is reflected in the heart of each because His 
very nature, which is love, is imparted to each one at the new birth. 
The proof of God's indwelling in the believer is his love for the 
brethren. Unlove or hatred toward a brother or sister in the family of 
God is incontrovertible proof that the love of God does not dwell in 
one. The love-nature is shown in a love-life.

     1 John 4:7, "Beloved, let us love one another for love is of God; 
and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God."

     1 John 3:14, "We know that we have passed from death unto life 
because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth 
in death."

     1 John 4:20, "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother he 
is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how 
can he love God whom he hath not seen?"

     Obedience in the family life of God requires love for one 
another. The law of Christ is love upon the very highest plane--the 
plane of the Cross. There on Calvary in laying down His life in death 
for those who were not only sinners but rebels the Lord Jesus 
manifested love at its highest and purest. It is love of this same 
nature and extent that Christ commands Christians to have. The Cross 
of Christ is to be both the birthplace and 


the pattern of the love which brethren are to bear one to another. 
Rooted in a love that has its life-blood flowing from the Cross the 
spiritual man's life becomes adjusted to that of every other member of 
God's family.

     John 13:34, "A new commandment, I give unto you, That ye love one 
another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

     John 15:12, "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as 
I have loved you."

     Then love for one another in the family of God is not optional 
but obligatory. To love one another as Christ hath loved us rests upon 
a divine "ought." There is no escape and no excuse.

     1 John 4:11, "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love 
one another."

     1 John 3:16, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid 
down his life for us: And we ought to lay down our lives for the 

     This spiritual adjustment between fellow-Christians is revealed 
in the inner circle of fellowship by unity and in the touch with the 
outer world by solidarity.

     Unity in the inner circle of the Father's family life is the very 
heart of the Son's High-Priestly prayer. In church circles today there 
is much emphasis laid upon union. All kinds of associations and 
federations are being formed. There is an attempt on a vast scale to 
bring about a universal consolidation of denominations,


and even a federation of the two bodies into which the visible Church 
is divided--Protestant and Catholic.

     But there is a vast and crucial difference between union and 
unity. According to Webster's dictionary union means "junction; 
coalition; combination," while unity means "a state of being one, 
oneness, agreement, harmony." Union is junction; unity is conjunction. 
Union is coalition; unity is concord.

     The unity for which our Lord prayed was not a forced union, 
worked up and organized by man, based on common ideas and ideals, but 
it was a spontaneous oneness which grew inevitably out of the sharing 
of a common life--the life of Christ Himself. Christ prayed that the 
disciples might be one even as He and the Father were one. The 
significance of that "even as" is tremendous; it is descriptive and 
explanatory. It describes a unity that is based not on organization 
but on organism; it is not a union of denominations or of communions 
but it is a welding into essential oneness of those who are drawn 
together magnetically as it were, by the power of the supernatural 
life indwelling each. "Father, thou in me and I in them that they may 
be made perfect in one." It is the unity of spirit with spirit through 
oneness in Christ Jesus.

     John 17:21, 23, "That they all may be one: as thou, Father, art 
in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world 
may believe that thou hast sent me. ... I in them, and thou in me, 
that they may be made perfect in one."


     Gal. 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond 
nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in 
Christ Jesus."

     Such unity is based on a common, clearly-defined relationship to 
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, and it is "kept" 
through a mutual, right adjustment to the Spirit.

     Eph. 4:4-6, "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the 
bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 
called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 
one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in 
you all."

     Such unity comprehends a universal brotherhood of men on the 
ground of a blood tie. They who are separated as far as the east is 
from the west by racial antagonisms and prejudices, by national 
division and friction, by personal suspicion and hatred, are made one 
by the blood of Christ. Enmities are put away at the Cross and those 
who were far apart are made nigh by the blood of a common Redeemer.

     The synchronizing into one of people from the two great divisions 
of the human race--Jew and Gentile--through faith in Jesus Christ, as 
recorded in the book of Acts, is one of the great supernatural 
achievements of the ascended Lord. Through the shed blood of their 
common Saviour Jew and Gentile were made fellow-heirs and 
fellow-members of the body of Christ. Typifying the racial divisions 
and international antipathies of the present day they show us the only 
possible way to world peace.


     Eph. 2:14-16, "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and 
hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; ... Having 
abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments, 
contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, 
so making peace; ... And that 
he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the Cross, having 
slain the enmity thereby."

     Such unity comprehends far more than just "the Fatherhood of God" 
and "the brotherhood of man." It goes infinitely deeper. Trusting in 
the blood of Christ for salvation Christians are baptized into the 
body of Christ [by the Holy Spirit], and each member is united to 
every other member in an organic bond as real and as close as that 
which exists between the members of the physical body. Brought into 
oneness through the death of Christ Christians are welded together 
into unity through the life of Christ. The life of the Head flows 
through the whole body uniting it in an inevitable oneness of faith, 
love and service. Every Christian is not only a member of Christ but 
Christians are members one of another.

     1 Cor. 12:12-14, 27, "For as the body is one, and hath many 
members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one 
body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are ye all baptized into 
one body, ... For the body is not one member, but many. ... Now ye are 
the body of Christ and members in particular."

     Rom. 12:5, "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every 
one members one of another."

     Eph. 4:25, "For we are members one of another."


     The members of Christ's body are fitly framed together and 
compacted into one. Each member is complementary and supplementary to 
every other member of the body.

     Eph. 4:16, "From whom the whole body fitly joined together and 
compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the 
effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the 
body unto the edifying of itself in love."

     Col. 2:19, "And not holding the Head, from which all the body by 
joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, 
increasing with the increase of God."

     Unity between members of the body of Christ was very marvellously 
manifested in several ways in the first century Church. It was first 
of all a unity in faith. The apostles and disciples believed alike 
concerning their Lord. Their oneness centered in their crucified, 
risen, ascended Lord. Around Him they gathered as one heart and one 
soul because of one mind. They loved each other in the truth and so 
were one.

     Acts 2:42, "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' 
doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers."

     3 John 1, "The elder unto the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in 
the truth."

     It was a unity in love. They shared mutually with one another as 
fellow-members of one body their material possessions and spiritual 
blessings in Christ. The need of one was 


the need of all and each one considered that what he had was for the 
benefit of all.

     Acts 2:44-46, "And all that believed were together and had all 
things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them 
to all men, as every man had need. ... And they, continuing daily with 
one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did 
eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart."

     It was a unity in purpose. Repeatedly it says in the Acts that 
they were "of one accord." They were single-eyed and so were 
single-hearted. It was a society of kindred spirits with a consuming 
passion to know Jesus Christ and the consuming purpose to make Him 

     Acts 2:1, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they 
were all with one accord in one place."

     Acts 5:12, "And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and 
wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord 
in Solomon's porch)."

     It was a unity in fellowship. Difficulties and problems were 
shared mutually as well as joys and blessings. What affected one 
member of the body affected all the members. That first century Church 
knew in experience the meaning of "the communion of saints."

     Acts 4:23, "And being let go they went to their own company, and 
reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them."


     Acts 20:36, "And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and 
prayed with them all."

     Members of the body of Christ were united also in solidarity in 
service. Believers who were "added unto the Lord" were also "added 
unto the church."

     Acts 5:14, "And believers were the more added to the Lord, 
multitudes both of men and of women."

     Acts 2:47, "Praising God, and having favor with all the people. 
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

     Confession of cleansing from sin and separation from life in the 
old sphere and of entrance into new life through a new birth was made 
through the act of baptism. Induction into the new order of which 
Christ is the Head was made public, through this divinely-appointed 

     Acts 2:41, "Then they that gladly received his word were 
baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three 
thousand souls."

     Through the unity and solidarity of the body of Christ in its 
corporate life God revealed Himself to the world and worked to 
accomplish its evangelization. Christ, the Head worked through the 
members of His body with mighty power to carry the Gospel out into the 
enemy's territory and to deliver thousands upon thousands of men and 
women from his power.

     Against this unity and solidarity in passion and


purpose the arch enemy of Christ aimed his deadliest darts. The most 
harmful thing Satan could do to that Spirit-filled, Spirit-empowered 
Church was to work to diminish its power through disunion. This he 
succeeded to a certain extent in doing. There are recorded divisions 
between individuals because of a difference in personal viewpoint 
(Acts 15:37-40); between groups because of a difference in doctrinal 
conviction (Acts 15:1, 5, 24). Then there arose factions within 
certain churches and each faction sought to gain control of affairs 
(1 Cor. 1:11-13). Again one man in the Church who loved preeminence 
and power was the cause of great dissension (3 John 9, 10).

     All down through the centuries the devil has continued to use 
this method of opposing Christ. A most serious condition exists within 
the Church today which calls for very deep heart searching. In view of 
the need of the unsaved millions and of the growing apostasy in 
Christendom the dissensions that exist between individuals, and 
between groups within the body of Christ, are deplorable. It calls for 
a careful diagnosis of causes and for a Scriptural prescription of a 

     The first cause is temperamental differences. Perhaps the 
majority of dislocations within the body of Christ could be traced 
ultimately to this source. Earnest Christians are often diametrically 
opposite in temperament and even the grace of God has not made them 
congenial companions. They grate on each other. One is mystical and 
the other is practical; one is militant and the other is gentle; one 


is refined and the other is rough; one is social and the other is 
seclusive; one is scholarly and the other is scatterbrained; one is 
intense and the other is sluggish; one is Mary and the other is 
Martha. These people have to live under the same roof and work at the 
same tasks. By nature and possibly by training their way of looking at 
things is antipodal and their methods are as different as day and 
night. Such temperamental differences with their resultant dissensions 
are the cause of quarrels in the churches at home and of physical 
breakdowns and enforced furloughs in the Christian ranks upon the 
mission field.

     A second cause is doctrinal differences. Reference is not made 
here to the disagreement upon fundamentals mentioned above, which is 
inevitable, but to that which could and should be avoided. I refer 
especially to the overemphasis upon some particular truth which 
separates a section of the body of Christ and segregates it to an 
exclusive corner of the fold. Many sects have been started in this way 
and today even some of the larger denominations are divided into 
several different branches, differing possibly in but one or two 
matters of belief. The difficulty arises in studying the Bible from 
the limited angle of one segment of truth rather than studying that 
segment of truth from the lofty viewpoint of the whole Bible. Thus 
this particular truth is dislocated from its proper setting and given 
a preeminence which the Bible never gives it. To those whose lives 
have been enriched and blessed by it, it becomes all-important. 
Sometimes deeply spiritual Christians are excluded from fellowship


with such groups simply because they do not put the same 
interpretation or the same emphasis upon this one particular truth.

     Another phase of this same thing is onesidedness in viewpoint 
caused by some particular experience passed through which makes one 
critical of others who have not walked in precisely the same 
footprints. It is such a natural thing to interpret and to judge 
others' spiritual experiences by one's own yet it is a very dangerous 
thing to do. One man may feel just as deeply as another yet it may be 
impossible for him to shout "Hallelujah." He may love his Lord 
devotedly and yet not be able to use the vocabulary of highly 
emotional souls. The language with which he testifies of his life of 
victory and sanctification may not be cast into the mold of any 
particular school of thought along these deeper lines yet the 
experience of it may be none the less real. As God has made no two 
persons alike so He has no stereotyped mold into which He casts the 
spiritual experience of His children. The truth of His Word is the 
same for all but the manner of its appropriation and assimilation 
varies according to the Spirit's dealing with each separate 
personality. The divine One knows each life through and through and He 
takes into account the temperament and training, the opportunities and 
advantages, as He works with infinite patience to bring each one into 
full maturity of life in Christ. But unsympathetic judgment and 
censorious criticism of others who have not yet attained to the same 
degree of experience or who have not come to it by the same road is 


one of the commonest sins of earnest Christians and the cause of no 
little trouble within the body of Christ.

     Still another phase is that of a legal attitude that makes for 
intolerance in matters not clearly revealed in Scripture. An earnest 
Christian may have convictions not only on essentials but on secondary 
matters as well. One's belief in the truth should affect one's 
conduct. God has a clearly defined standard of conduct for those 
living on the highest plane. There are some things which by the 
precepts of Scripture God shows us to be wholly outside His will for 
the new man in Christ; but in other things He guides by principles. 
Within this realm there will inevitably be a wide difference in 
interpretation and in understanding. The conduct of every Christian 
should be undergirded with deep conviction by which he himself abides 
unswervingly but he should be very careful to give to his equally 
devout and spiritual fellow-Christian the same right to follow his 
conviction. At least he should not indulge in backbiting and evil 
speaking and self-righteous judgment of his brother, but if he feels 
his fellowChristian is dishonouring God through something he permits 
in his life, he should give himself to prayer that fuller light and 
greater apprehension in this particular matter may be given.

     A third cause of division is jealousy and envy due partly to the 
diversity of gifts. We are distinctly told that this diversity of 
gifts is intentional on God's part and that He has "divided to every 
man severally as He will" making one an apostle, another a prophet, 
another a pastor, another an evangelist and still another


a teacher for the express purpose of "perfecting the saints for the 
work of the ministry and for the edifying of the body of Christ" (Eph. 
4:11, 12). In order to bring the whole body of Christ "unto a perfect 
man unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" the 
gifts of all these varied types of workers are needed.

     And yet behold what takes place! The teacher looks with something 
akin to contempt upon the evangelist or the preacher. The development 
and enrichment of the mind seem to him to be all-inclusive of a 
person's need. He argues that if one is educated he is fully equipped 
to become what he ought to be. Any work that deals more directly with 
the heart and the will he dubs "emotionalism" which is to be 
studiously avoided. The teacher is in great danger of having that 
obnoxious thing, "a superiority complex." On the other hand the 
evangelist and preacher may look with suspicion and doubt upon the 
teacher; they may misjudge him and, because of his apparent absorption 
in educational pursuits, charge him with no interest in spiritual 
matters. Such an attitude often produces a censorious spirit that 
results in bitter backbiting.

     Oftentimes church quarrels start among the laymen. Petty 
jealousies, trivial enmities between individuals produce factions; 
people take sides; the trouble is broadcasted by gossiping tongues, 
and God's name is disgraced before unbelievers by a full-fledged 
church quarrel.


     1 Cor. 1:11-13, "For it hath been declared unto me of you, my 
brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are 
contentions among you. ... Now this I say, that every one of you 
saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of 
Christ. ... Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? or were ye 
baptized in the name of Paul?"

     We have given at least a partial diagnosis of the serious malady 
from which the body of Christ suffers today and its resultant 
weakness. But is there no cure? Is Christ the Head nonplussed before 
these awful maladjustments within His own body? Does He stand impotent 
before these hindering dislocations? A thousand times no!

     Let us remind ourselves again and again that the true Church, the 
body of Christ, is of divine construction. God is the architect; the 
Church is His wondrous workmanship; God Himself "fitly framed 
together" the parts that make up His holy temple; He "knits together" 
the living members of the body of Christ. Then He is amply able to 
readjust any dislocated part of this wondrous organism.

     May we suggest what seems to be the Scriptural cure for these 
manifold dissensions within the body of Christ. It reaches to the very 
seat of the trouble and affects a double cure, one both of mind and of 
heart. If Christians were thinking rightly and loving purely every 
dislocation would be corrected. The whole Church needs a fresh 
immersion into the very mind of Christ and a new baptism of His love. 
This double cure was the Apostle Paul's unfailing prescription for the 
disease of division.


     Over and over again he beseeches the christians under his care to 
be of one mind. It is possible for differences in opinion, judgment 
and conviction to be adjusted without compromise if Christians truly 
seek to be of one mind. If there is an honest, selfless yielding to 
know the mind of the Lord, there will surely be like-mindedness as a 

     Phil. 2:5, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ 

     1 Cor. 1:10, "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be 
no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in 
the same mind and in the same judgment."

     2 Cor.  13:11, "Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of 
good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and 
peace shall be with you."

     The second part of the cure for division is a baptism of love. 
The whole body of Christ needs to eat, digest, and assimilate 1 Cor. 
13 as its daily food. It needs to be filled and to be refilled with 
the Holy Spirit whose first fruit is love. It needs a deluging and a 
saturating with the purifying, perfecting love of God until love 
increases and abounds in the hearts of God's children.

     1 Thess. 3:12, "And the Lord make you to increase and abound in 
love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward 

     Phil. 1:9, "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more 
and more in knowledge and in all judgment."


     1 Pet. 1:22, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the 
truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that 
ye love one another with a pure heart fervently."

     Twice in Colossians Paul speaks of the members of the body being 
"knit together." The Greek means "compacted," implying firm 
consolidation. What can so unite members of the body differing so 
greatly in temperament, taste, thought and training? Only one thing, a 
divinely imparted, supernaturally-sustained love, can do it. Such 
unity comes when all things are done in love.

     Col. 2:2, "That their hearts might be comforted, being knit 
together in love."

     Eph. 4:15, "But speaking the truth in love."

     Eph. 4:2, "With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, 
forbearing one another in love."

     Eph. 4:16, R.V., "From whom all the body fitly framed and knit 
together through that which every joint supplieth, according to the 
working in due measure of each several part, maketh the increase of 
the body unto the building up of itself in love."

     Eph. 3:17-19, "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; 
that ye being rooted and grounded in love, ... May be able to 
comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, 
and height; ... And to know the love of Christ, which passeth 
knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God."

     The spiritual man is big enough to recognize that it takes all 
the millions upon millions of believers in the past, 


present and future, until the coming of Christ completes it, to make 
up that wondrous body. He grasps the truth of that incomparable 
passage, Eph. 3:17-19, where words fail even the Apostle Paul as he 
tries to show that it will take all the saints of all the ages to know 
the love of God that passeth knowledge. In the apprehension of this 
transcendent truth the spiritual man sees the terrible sin of 
jealousy, envy, unlove, strife, enmity, hatred, intolerance, 
selfishness, quarrelling between members of the body of Christ. He 
gladly acknowledges that in the Church of God there is both room and 
need for the mystical, the practical, the philosophical, the 
scientific, the meditative, the active temperament. He acknowledges 
the greatness of truth and the absolute inability of any one person or 
sect to comprehend all truth or to embody its teachings perfectly. He 
joyfully acquiesces in God's plan of sharing His ministry gifts with 
all His children, dividing to each according to His divine will that 
His purpose for the world may be accomplished.

     There is a clearly defined attitude which every Christian must 
take toward his fellow-Christians if he means to live his life on the 
highest plane. It is an attitude of forbearance, humility, 
unselfishness, sympathy, frankness, helpfulness, peace and 

     Col. 3:13, "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if 
any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so 
also do ye."

     Phil. 2:3, 4, "Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory;   
but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other


better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but 
every man also on the things of others."

     1 Cor. 12:25, 26, "That there should be no schism in the body; 
but that the members should have the same care one for another. ... 
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or if 
one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it."

     Rom. 12:9, R.V., "Let love be without hypocrisy."

     Gal. 6:2, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law 
of Christ."

     Rom. 14:19, "Let us therefore follow after the things which make 
for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another."

     Gal. 5:13, "By love serve one another."

     Such unity in the body of Christ is the most convincing of all 
arguments to an unbelieving maladjusted world of the power of the 
living Christ. Christ prayed that this oneness of mind and heart 
manifested in His disciples would bring many to believe in Him as the 
God-sent One. God would glorify Himself through solidarity in the body 
of Christ Jesus.

     John 13:35, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, 
if ye have love one to another."

     John 17:21, "That they may all be one; as thou, Father, art in 
me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may 
believe that thou hast sent me."

     Dear fellow-member of the body of Christ, are you living in 
harmonious and peaceful adjustment to every other member of that body? 
Is there something between you and a fellow-Christian for which you 


are responsible? If so, are you satisfied to have such a condition 
continue or are you ready to let the great Physician heal the breach? 
He is able to do it if you will cooperate with Him. Your part is 

     First, will you lay aside by confession all sin of your heart 
toward another?

     1 Pet. 2:1, "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, 
and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings."

     Second, will you live by 1 Cor. 13 every day of your life? Will 
you let the love-truth of that chapter become your code of conduct? 
Will you take your spiritual pulse by this infallible thermometer? 
Will you judge yourself, rather than your fellows, by this divine 
standard of love? Will you let the Holy Spirit clothe you with love?

     Col. 3:14, R.V., "And above all these things put on love, which 
is the bond of perfectness."

     Third, will you unite your prayer with that of your Lord that you 
may be "made perfect in one" with every other member of His body? And 
will you allow nothing to remain in your mind or in your heart that 
separates you even a hair's breadth from any other child of God?

     John 17:23, "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made 
perfect in one."

          The Spiritual Man's Relationship to the World

     A right adjustment with God necessitates a readjustment 


of relationship to the world. The boundary line between the spiritual 
man and the worldling is clearly marked and a wall of separation is 
built by God. The spiritual man is a non-conformist in his 
relationship to the world.

     Rom. 12:2, "And be not conformed to this world; but be ye 
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is 
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

     2 Cor. 6:14, 15, 17, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with 
unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with 
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? ... And 
what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that 
believeth with an infidel? ... Wherefore, come out from among them and 
be ye separate, saith the Lord."

     The Christian is taken out of the world yet he is sent back into 
it. For what purpose?

     John 17:18, "As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I 
also sent them into the world."

     John 20:21, "Then said Jesus unto them again, Peace be unto you: 
as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."

     Christ came into the world as the Father's ambassador. Into a 
world alienated from God He brought "the good tidings of great joy" 
that a way was opened through Himself back to the Father's heart and 

     The Christian now goes forth as an ambassador of the Kingdom of 
Heaven into the enemy's territory to carry 


the message of reconciliation to those who are alienated from God. 
Having experienced the joy of restoration to God through faith in 
Christ he cannot rest satisfied until he has brought others into the 
same joy. So he gladly accepts the responsibilities and obligations 
resting upon him through this ministry of reconciliation and gives 
himself to the winning of souls.

     2 Cor. 5:18-20, "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled 
unto himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of 
reconciliation: ... To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the 
world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath 
committed unto us the word of reconciliation. ... Now then we are 
ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray 
you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."

     Christ came into a world enveloped in densest darkness to be its 
Light. Into that same world every Christian is sent to be a light. In 
the beauty of the Christian's character and in the blessing of the 
Christian's service Christ would radiate the sweetness and strength of 
His own life and draw sinners unto Himself.

     Matt. 5:14, "Ye are the light of the world."

     Phil. 2:15, "That ye may be blameless and harmless the sons of 
God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, 
among whom ye shine as lights in the world."

        The Holy Spirit--The Divine Agent in this threefold Adjustment

     The adjustment which brings the Christian into a right 


relationship with God, with his fellow-Christians and with the world, 
is made by the Holy Spirit who indwells and infills the spiritual man. 
It is He who takes of the love of the crucified, risen and ascended 
Christ and sheds it abroad in the heart of the Christian until each 
one loves the Father as the Son loves Him, and loves the 
fellow-members of the body of Christ as the Head loves them, and loves 
the unsaved in the world as the Saviour loves them.

     Rom. 5:5, "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God 
is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto 

     1 Thess. 2:8, "So being affectionately desirous of you, we were 
willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but 
also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us."

     Are you rightly related to God? To your fellowChristians? To the 
world? If not,

          "Be filled with the Spirit."


                   X. THE HOPE OF THE SPIRITUAL MAN

     THE Christian is united to Christ by a golden cord of three 
strands, faith, love and hope (1 Cor. 13:13, 1 Thess. 1:3). Faith and 
love look back to the Cross and up to the Throne and, claiming the 
fruits of salvation for the past and the present, use them to the 
glory of the Lord. But hope looks up into the heavens and waits for 
that future day when faith shall be merged into sight, when the labour 
of love shall be rewarded, when the salvation begun in grace shall be 
consummated in glory.

     As the object of the believer's faith and love is the Lord Jesus 
Himself so is He the object of his hope. The glorious appearing of 
Christ Jesus, the Saviour, is the Christian's blessed hope.

     Titus 2:13, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious 
appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."

     Heb. 9:28, "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many: 
and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time 
without sin unto salvation."

          Our Lord's Return--Announced

     (scanning editor's note: For more in depth study about the 
Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming see the following books:
  The Rapture by E. Schuyler English and 
  First The Rapture by John F. Strombeck. You might also check out the 
  Rapture Series -- sermon synopses and outlines  by David Spurbeck at )

     Through prophecies added to those already given through the Old 
Testament, Jesus Christ gave birth to this hope in the hearts of those 
first believers. According to His prophecy His second advent was to be


of a totally different nature and for a totally different purpose than 
His first advent had been. In the first He had come in weakness and 
humiliation, in the second He would come in regal power and glorious 
splendour. In the first He had come as a Saviour, to be despised of 
men and to be crucified upon a Cross set up by wicked men for Him, but 
in the second He would come as a Sovereign to set up a Kingdom for 
Himself in which all nations and all men would bow down and serve Him.

     Mark 13:26, (Luke 21:27), "And then shall they see the Son of man 
coming in the clouds with great power and glory."

     Matt. 25:31, "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and 
all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his 

     Upon the eve of His exodus He comforted the hearts of His 
disciples with two promises. One was the promise of another Comforter, 
the Holy Spirit, during His absence. This promise was fulfilled 
literally as we have seen. The other was that one day He Himself would 
return in person to receive them unto Himself to be with Him forever.

     John 14:2-3, "In my Father's house are many mansions, If it were 
not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. ... 
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and 
receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also."

     As the disciples watched Him ascending into Heaven this 


promise was reiterated by two men who stood by in white apparel.

     Acts 1:11, "Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye 
gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you 
into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into 

     In the words "this same Jesus," "shall so come," "in like 
manner," wonderful light was thrown upon the manner of Christ's return 
to earth. It was to be a personal, visible, bodily coming. Thus the 
Lord Jesus Himself instilled into the hearts of His first disciples 
the blessed hope of His literal return to earth. 

          Our Lord's Return--Anticipated

     This promise of His personal return was ever before them. That 
little group lived and worked in confident assurance and eager 
anticipation of the speedy return of the Lord they loved. On the day 
of Pentecost only ten days after His ascension He fulfilled the 
promise to send another Comforter; why should they not expect just as 
truly and even as speedily that His other promises would likewise be 

     When fifteen and finally twenty years passed by and some of those 
who had this hope had died, the hearts of others were very disquieted. What 
would it mean to these loved ones that this blessed hope had not yet 
been realized? To still this fear Paul writes to them at Thessalonica 
counseling patient waiting and comforting them with fuller teaching on 
this precious truth.


     1 Thess. 4:13-18, "But I would not have you to be ignorant, 
brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even 
as others which have no hope. ... For if we believe that Jesus died 
and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring 
with him. ... For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that 
we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not 
prevent them which are asleep. ... For the Lord himself shall descend 
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with 
the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first: ... Then we 
which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in 
the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with 
the Lord. ... Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

     So the steadfast confidence of their faith and the intense 
longing of their love crystallized into an undimmed patience of hope 
which dominated the everyday life. How fully this blessed hope 
permeated and possessed the thought and the testimony of the apostles 
is revealed in a study of the New Testament. In the closing chapters 
of the Gospels, throughout the book of the Acts and in every Epistle 
except three Christ's second advent is taught and it is the major 
theme of Revelation. Three hundred and eighteen times it is mentioned; 
one verse out of every twenty-five is devoted to it. It was the hope 
of Paul, Peter, John, James, Jude and the writer of the Hebrews.

     1 Tim. 6:14, "That thou keep this commandment without spot, 
unrebukeable until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ."


     1 Pet. 1:13, "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, 
and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at 
the revelation of Jesus Christ."

     1 John 2:28, "And now little children, abide in him: that, when 
he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him 
at his coming."

     James 5:8, "Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the 
coming of the Lord draweth nigh."

     Jude 14, "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of 
these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his 

     Heb. 10:37, "For yet a little while, and he that shall come will 
come, and will not tarry."

          Our Lord's Return--Actualized

     Nineteen centuries have passed since Christ Jesus said that He 
would return and the prophecies and promises regarding His second 
advent are still unfulfilled. The greater part of the professing 
Church have ceased to expect Him. In fact Christendom has set itself 
to the task of establishing the Kingdom without the King and scoffs at 
those who, believing that the Lord's promise will be fulfilled 
literally, still look for His return. Indeed this very scoffing is in 
itself a part of the fulfilment of prophecy regarding the last days.

     2 Pet. 3:2-4, "That ye may be mindful of the words which were 
spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of 
us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: ... Knowing this first, that 
there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own 
lusts; ... And saying, Where 
is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all 
things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."


     Many preachers and teachers have applied "the blessed hope" of 
our Lord's return to the death of the believer, to the destruction of 
Jerusalem, to the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and to the 
gradual dissemination of the Gospel and the diffusion of Christianity 
over the whole earth. But the spiritually minded Christian believes 
that every prophecy regarding His second advent will be fulfilled as 
literally as were those of His first and waits for the coming of the 
Lord Himself from Heaven.

     The return of the Lord Jesus Christ has a special relationship to 
three groups of people, to Israel, to the Church and to the Gentile 
nations. A comprehensive study of this subject in all its bearings 
will deeply repay every Christian. But in these studies we must 
confine ourselves to the bearing of Christ's return upon the 
redemption of the individual believer from sin and all its 
consequences, upon the reconciliation of all things unto God and upon 
the restoration to God of sovereignty over the universe.

     The return of the Lord Jesus Christ will mean the consummation of 
the believer's identification with Christ. The believer will be 
identified with his Lord as regards place, personality and power. 
Where Christ is he will be; what Christ is he will become; what Christ 
does he will share.

     Where Christ is the Christian will be. Christ promised this to 
His disciples. "Where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:3). He 
prayed that they might be with Him in glory. "Father, I will that they 
also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that 


they may behold my glory" (John 17:24). Then He went back into the 
glory. The disciples remained on earth and He came to be with them 
through the indwelling Holy Spirit. But one day He is coming to take 
His own to be with Him.

     Col. 3:4, "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall 
ye also appear with him in glory."

     What Christ is the Christian will become for he shall become a 
partaker of Christ's glory. He shall be glorified together with Him in 
spirit and in body.

     Rom. 8:17, "And if children, then heirs: heirs of God and joint 
heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be 
also glorified together."

     1 Pet. 5:1, 10, "The elders which are among you I exhort, who am 
also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a 
partaker of the glory that shall be revealed. ... But the God of all 
grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, 
after that we have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, 
strengthen, settle you."

     The glorification of the Christian will involve the full 
redemption of his body which for the dead in Christ means resurrection 
and for the living means translation.

     "The wages of sin is death" and there can be no final victory 
over sin that does not include victory over death. Death has laid 
claim all these ages to the bodies of God's saints, and still holds 
them captive in the grave. "But the sky not the grave is the goal


of the Christian" and this will be proven when at the sound of the 
trump of God the graves of those asleep in Christ shall be opened and 
they shall be raised from the dead.

     A few days ago I visited the cemetery on the hillside and saw 
there one tombstone in the form of a broken pillar. What a symbol it 
is of what every grave there means--a broken family circle! A broken 
thread of life that spelled manifold severed relationships! Will there 
ever be a reunion? Praise God there will be for those in Christ Jesus! 
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the sure pledge of the 
resurrection of every believer. "Because I live ye shall live also," 
He has said and He will do. Through His resurrection He became "the 
first fruits of them that sleep" and thus made not only certain but 
essential the resurrection of every member of His body.

     1 Thess. 4:16, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven 
with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of 
God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first."

     1 Cor. 15:20-23, "But now is Christ risen from the dead, and 
become the firstfruits of them that slept. ... For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection 
of the dead. ... For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all 
be made alive. ... But every 
man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are 
Christ's at his coming."

     Oh! what comfort this can bring to those called upon to watch at 
the bedside of one whose life is slowly ebbing 


away; to endure the suffering of laying that loved one in the grave 
and to return to the loneliness of the home bereft of that presence. 
The blessed hope of our Lord's return calls the Christian to turn his 
gaze toward that resurrection morning when that loved one in Christ 
will come forth from the darkness of the grave to live in the power of 
an endless life. "O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy 

     1 Cor. 15:54, "So when this corruptible shall have put on 
incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then 
shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is 
swallowed up in victory."

     For those who are alive at Christ's coming it will mean a 
marvellous victory over death also, the conquering of death through 
not dying! It will not be the victory of resurrection but of 

     Through the new birth the human body is dignified by being made the habitation of God, the temple of the 
Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit's indwelling it is fitted to be 
the channel for the revelation of the Lord Jesus and to be an 
instrument for His use. Grace has done much to purify and magnify the 
human body.

     Yet it often grows so tired, weak and sick. It is so full of 
limitations and oftentimes a hindrance and a drag. And it is such a 
target for Satan and such an instrument of sin. It is liable at any 
moment to fall a victim to death's precursor, disease. So Scripture 
pictures the body as groaning under its burden of


weariness and weakness and as crying out for the day of its release.

     Rom. 8:23, R.V., "And not only so, but ourselves also, who have 
the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within 
ourselves, waiting for our adoption, to wit, the redemption of our 

     2 Cor. 5:2-4, "For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be 
clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: ... If so be that 
being clothed we shall not be found naked. ... For we that are in this 
tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be 
unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up in 

     But one day in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, those who 
are alive will be changed. "The twinkling of an eye takes two motions, 
the downward and the upward one." Just recently a friend has suffered 
anguish of spirit in watching a dearly loved sister slowly starve to 
death through the cruel ravages of disease until death seemed a happy 
release. But oh! when He comes, in the twinkling of the eye--apart 
from disease, death and decay--our mortal body shall have put on 
immortality. One moment here in bodies weak and worn; the next moment 
there in bodies powerful and glorious!

     "O joy, O delight, should we go without dying, 
     No sickness, no sadness, no sorrow, and no crying, 
     Caught up in the clouds to meet Him in glory, 
     When Jesus receives His own."


     1 Thess. 4:17, "Then we which are alive and remain shall be 
caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the 
air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

     1 Cor. 15:51-53, "Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all 
sleep, but we shall all be changed, ... In a moment, in the twinkling 
of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the 
dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed, ... For 
this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on 

     Sin robbed the human body of the garment of light which the 
Creator gave it. But grace will give to it a robe of glory beautiful 
beyond anything we can conceive for we are some day to be wholly 
conformed to the body of His glory. On the mount of transfiguration 
the curtain was drawn aside momentarily to give just a little idea of 
what our glorified body will be like. "His face did shine as the sun, 
and his raiment was white as the light." And of us Christ Himself 
said, "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom 
of their Father."

     1 Cor. 15:49, "As we have borne the image of the earthly, we 
shall also bear the image of the heavenly."

     Phil. 3:20-21, R.V., "For our citizenship is in heaven; whence 
also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: ... who shall 
fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to 
the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able 
even to subject all things unto himself."

     The Weymouth Translation is "The Lord Jesus will 


transform this body until it resembles His own glorious body." And 
this is just what identification with Christ in glory will mean to the 
body of the believer.

     The glorification of the Christian will mean the consummating of 
his sanctification. Through identification with the Lord Jesus Christ 
in His death, resurrection and ascension the believer's sanctification 
is begun, through the Holy Spirit's indwelling and infilling it is 
continued but it will not be completed until we are identified with 
Him in His glory.

     1 Thess. 5:23, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; 
and I pray God your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless 
unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

     Phil. 1:6, "Being confident of this very thing, that he which 
hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus 

     Will our deep-rooted desire for real likeness to Him ever be 
fulfilled? Praise God that also belongs to our blessed hope. Our 
spirit often eager and earnest, yet as often dulled and deadened by 
sin, will then be like His in all the fulness of His glorified, divine 
being. The purpose of our sonship will have been consummated in our 
perfected likeness to the Son. When we shall see Him face to face we 
shall be like Him; we shall ever bear His name which stands for His 
nature in our foreheads as His own personal seal to our full 
conformity to Himself.


     1 John 3:2, "Beloved now are we the sons of God, and it doth not 
yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, 
we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."

     Rev. 22:4, "And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in 
their foreheads."

     The completion of sanctification is perfection; it is the 
deliverance not only from the penalty and power of sin but from its 
very presence. So long as we are in the body of flesh and in the 
world, within is a sinful nature and without is a sinful environment. 
But at the coming of the Lord the believer in Christ will be removed 
from the presence of sin both within and without. He will then breathe 
the pure air of the Glory-land and be himself purified. Then he will 
  "Without spot"--absolutely free from the stain of sin;
  "Without wrinkle"--beyond the reach of suffering or sorrow, anxiety 
or anguish or aught that causes the furrows of care;
  "Holy"--even as He is holy--"as the bush was luminous with the 
divine fire, so shall the luminosity of the divine nature make us 
aflame with the holiness of Jehovah";
  "Without blemish"--delivered from inner corruption and outer 
contamination we shall be perfected with His perfection. Our Saviour 
will then see the travail of His soul and be satisfied for He shall 
present us "faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding 


     Eph. 5:27, "That he might present it to himself a glorious 
church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it 
should be holy and without blemish."

     Jude 24, "Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling, and 
to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with 
exceeding joy."

     When Christ returns, the Christian will be identified with him in 
dominion. What Christ does he will share in doing. He will be a 
partner of His power. The God-man shall have recovered his rightful 
dominion over His universe and the saints, as "heirs of God and 
joint-heirs with Jesus Christ," shall be given their share in this 
inheritance and together with Him shall reign upon the earth.

     Dan. 7:18, "But the saints of the Most High shall take the 
kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever."

     Rev. 5:10, "And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and 
we shall reign upon the earth."

     Rev. 20:6, "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first 
resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall 
be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand 

     The God-man is now in Heaven. The Father is on the throne and the 
Son is at His Father's right hand. But some day when He shall have 
conquered every enemy the Son is to have His own throne. This throne 
He promises to share with every one who, while here on earth, has 
lived the life of an overcomer.


     Matt. 22:44, "The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right 
hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool."

     Rev. 3:21, "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in 
my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in 
his throne." (Diagram XIII. omitted)

     The return of the Lord Jesus Christ will effect the consummation 
of the reconciliation of all things unto Himself. A time is coming 
when Jesus Christ will be the center of everything in Heaven and upon 
earth; when everything will be directly related to Him and will head 
up in Him.

     Eph. 1:10, "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he 
might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in 
heaven and which are on earth; even in him."

     That time will usher in the last of the divinely ordered ages 
which condition human life upon the earth; it will register the answer 
to the prayer "Thy kingdom 
come," and it will mark the fulfilment of the prophecy that Jesus 
Christ, as the seed of David, should be King over His own Kingdom upon 
this earth.

     2 Sam. 7:12-13, (spoken to David), "And when thy days be 
fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy 
seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will 
establish his kingdom. ... He shall build an house for my name, and I 
will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever."

     Isa. 9:6-7, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: 
and the government shall be upon his shoulder. ...


Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, 
upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it and to 
establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even 
forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this."

     Luke 1:32-33, "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of 
the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his 
father David: ... And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; 
and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

     Scripture constantly speaks of a day that is coming when the Heir 
of all things will claim His possessions and exercise His power. It is 
called "the day of the Lord." In that day all that is proud and 
haughty and lifted up against Him in rebellion and resistance shall be 
brought low and the Lord alone shall be exalted and magnified as King 
of kings and Lord of lords.

     Isa. 2:12, 17, "For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon 
every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted 
up; and he shall be brought low: ... And the loftiness of man shall be 
bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD 
alone shall be exalted in that day."

     Rev. 19:11, 15, 16, "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white 
horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in 
righteousness he doth judge and make war. ... And out of his mouth 
goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he 
shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of 
the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. ... 


And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF 

     Men everywhere are acknowledging the awful confusion and chaos 
which exists in the moral world. Some are working to effect 
reconciliation within Satan's world-system through world courts, peace 
conferences, leagues of nations and international community houses. 
Others, believing such things are inadequate, hope that the millennial 
state will be ultimately produced by the progressive betterment of the 
world through the Holy Spirit's work and the preaching of the Gospel. 
Through the gradual diffusion of the Kingdom of God throughout the 
world they expect the kingdom of evil to be conquered and, as it were, 
absorbed into it. But the spiritually-minded man who knows and accepts 
the prophetical teaching of God's Word believes there is no hope of 
universal peace until the Prince of Peace sits on His throne and 
Himself rules in justice and righteousness. He believes there can be 
no millennium such as Scripture portrays until the Satanic 
world-system based on self-love, self-interest, self-exaltation and 
self-will is overthrown.

     A careful study of the word "until" as used repeatedly in the 
Bible in connection with our Lord's return amply justifies such a 
belief. The Christ who came once in grace must come a second time in 
government before He recovers all that was lost to Him through the 
fall and before there can be a reconciliation of all things unto 


     Eze. 21:27, "I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall 
be no more, until he come whose right it is: and I will give it to 

     Acts 3:20, 21, "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was 
preached unto you: whom the heaven must receive until the times of 
restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all 
his holy prophets since the world began."

     1 Tim. 6:14, 15, "That thou keep this commandment without spot 
unrebukeable until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: which in 
his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the 
King of kings, and Lord of lords."

     Seiss says on this point, "My Bible tells of no millennium which 
existing processes are to bring about. Neither does it tell me of a 
millennium which is to precede the Saviour's second advent. The only 
millennium I read of in the Holy Book is that which is to be 
introduced by the glory and power of Christ's coming and the chief 
excellence of which is His personal presence and reign with His saints 
upon the earth. It is not the reign of art, science, human culture or 
free governments, for which the Bible'teaches me to look; nor yet for 
the universal triumph of Christianity or the Church as we now have it; 
nor yet for the reign of justice, holiness or any mere abstract 
principles; but the personal reign of Jesus my Lord."

     But when the Man comes whom God has appointed to rule the world, 
the righteous King, He will rule in righteousness and the result will 
be peace. Then all problems will be solved; all wrongs righted; all


breaches healed; all wars ended, because all things in God's moral 
universe shall be readjusted and reestablished according to the 
perfect will of God. "All the universe will feel the beneficence of 
His rule and the benediction of His peace."

     Isa. 32:1, "Behold a king shall reign in righteousness, and 
princes shall rule in judgment."

     Isa. 11:4-5, "But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and 
reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the 
earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall 
he slay the wicked. ... And righteousness shall be the girdle of his 
loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."

     Jer. 23:5, 6, "Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will 
raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and 
prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. ... In 
his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this 
is the name whereby he shall be called. THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS."
     Ps. 67:4, "O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou 
shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon 

     When Christ, the King, reigns there will be national peace. Now 
the whole world is in a state of incipient war. "All Europe is armed 
to the teeth and the nations all watching each other with acute 
suspicion, and trembling with fear over the volcano of a suppressed 
Armageddon." The newspapers almost daily chronicle "rumours of war." 
But the coming of the Prince of Peace will end war.


     Isa. 2:4, "And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke 
many people: and they shall beat their swords into plow shares, and 
their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword 
against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."

     Micah 4:2, "And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let 
us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of 
Jacob and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths for 
the law shall go forth from Zion, and the word of the LORD from 

     When Christ, the King, reigns there will be social 
reconstruction. The day of oppression, greed, selfishness, injustice 
will be ended because sin will be instantly detected, judged and 
punished. "When the Prince of Peace comes He will allay every 
disturbing element; hush the din caused by sin; put down every wrong; 
still every clamouring tongue; calm every raging sea of unrest; touch 
and heal every inflamed sore of society; unite into the harmony of 
accord every quarrelsome crowd; pilot every perplexed barque of 
humanity tossed on the sea of life, into the harbour of rest; heal 
every epileptical torture of suffering; adjust every turmoil of 
difference by His rule of equity, and harmonize all conflicting claims 
in the melting fire of His love." (What Will Take Place When Christ 
Returns? F.E. Marsh, p. 122)

     Isa. 26:9, "When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants 
of the world will learn righteousness."

     Ps. 72:3-4, 12-14, "The mountains shall bring peace to the 


people, and the little hills, by righteousness. ... He shall judge the 
poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall 
break in pieces the oppressor. ... For he shall deliver the needy when 
he crieth, the poor also, and him that hath no helper. ... He shall 
spare the poor and the needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. 
He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious 
shall their blood be in his sight."

     Zech. 14:20, "In that day there shall be upon the bells of the 
horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD: and the pots in the LORD's house shall 
be like the bowls before the altar."

     When Christ the King reigns there will be material prosperity. 
Vast fortunes will not be massed in the hands of a few but each man 
shall have sufficient and shall live in contentment.

     Micah 4:4, "But they shall sit every man under his vine and under 
his fig tree: and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the 
LORD of hosts hath spoken it."

     Isa. 65:21, 22, 23, "And they shall build houses, and inhabit 
them; and they shall plant olive yards, and eat the fruit of them. 
They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and 
another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and 
mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not 
labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of 
the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them."

     When Christ the King reigns there will be universal health and 


     Isa. 33:24, "And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick."

     Isa. 35:5-6, "Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the 
ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. ... Then shall the lame man leap 
as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness 
shall waters break out, and streams in the desert."

     Isa. 65:20, "There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor 
an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an 
hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be 

     In the coming age under the Kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ 
mankind will be given a chance to attain to a perfection of 
personality, spiritual, intellectual and physical which is impossible 
for us to conceive of and the human race will enter upon a life of 
harmony and concord that the most optimistic cannot picture today.

     When our Lord comes again it will mean redemption and renovation 
within His whole creation. Sin brought a curse upon the earth and upon 
the animal creation. Its destructive power and extensive reach are 
seen in the terrible disturbance caused within the divine harmony of 
creation. Everything in God's inanimate world is touched by death and 
decay and is robbed of its greatest utility and beauty by the blasting 
curse which sin brought.

     So there is a minor key even in Nature. The whole creation is 
weighted by a burden that constrains it to groan; it is subjected to a 
slavery that compels it to cry out for emancipation. It waits with 
impatience for the manifestation of the sons of God which will usher


in that glad day when it too will be delivered from the bondage of 
corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

     Rom. 8:19-22, "For the earnest expectation of the creation 
waiteth for the revealing of the sons of God. ... For the creation was 
subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who 
subjected it, in hope. ... That the creation itself also shall be 
delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory 
of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth 
and travaileth in pain together until now."

     But "in the day of the Lord" all these conditions will be 
changed. "The miserere of Nature will become a jubilate." Even the 
life of the jungle will be lived in harmony. The earth will then yield 
her increase and the whole creation will sing its praises unto God, 
its Maker and Redeemer.

     Isa. 55:12-13, "For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth 
with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you 
into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 
... Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of 
the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD 
for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."

     Isa. 11:6-9, "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the 
leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion 
and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. ... And 
the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down 


together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. ... And the 
sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child 
shall put his hand on the cockatrice's den. ... They shall not hurt 
nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of 
the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea."

     Finally, the return of the Lord Jesus Christ will effect the 
consummation of the restoration to God of sovereignty over His 
universe. Can such a victory ever be won until the usurping "prince of 
this world" is dispossessed and destroyed? There can be no millennium 
while Satan remains in the heavenlies or on earth for it is impossible 
to be rid of his world-system until rid of him. Through His 
regenerating power the Holy Spirit can and does deliver the believer 
from the power of Satan but He cannot deliver him from his presence. 
Satan is still here and will be until the Lord returns.

     Genesis records Satan's victory and the rejection of God; 
Revelation records the dethronement of Satan and the enthronement of 
Christ. "The seed of the woman" born in the manger-cradle of Bethlehem 
and crucified on the Cross of Calvary must stand upon the Mount of 
Olivet before the bruising of the serpent's head is finally 
consummated and the perpetual curse pronounced upon Satan is executed. 
When the Lord Jesus Christ returns Satan will be bound and cast into 
the bottomless pit for one thousand years.

     Zech. 14:4, "And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount 
of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, 


and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the 
east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and 
half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it 
toward the south."

     Rev. 20:1-3, "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having 
the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. ... And 
he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and 
Satan, and bound him a thousand years. ... And cast him into the 
bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he 
should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be 
fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."

     With the head of the world-system dethroned the triumphant Lord 
is restored to His rightful rule over the earth.

     Zech. 14:9, "And the LORD shall be King over all the earth: in 
that day there shall be one LORD, and his name one."

     Rev. 11:15, "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great 
voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the 
kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ: and he shall reign forever 
and ever."

     Rev. 19:16, "And I heard as it were the voice of a great 
multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty 
thunderings, saying, Alleluia; for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth."

     At the end of the thousand years Satan will be loosed for a 
season. He will reveal his unchanging and unchangeable disposition to 
self-will and his implacable hatred toward God by going forth to 


deceive the nations and by making a futile effort to regain his lost 

     Rev. 20:7-9, "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan 
shall be loosed out of his prison. ... And shall go out to deceive the 
nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to 
gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of 
the sea. ... And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and 
compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city; and fire 
came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them."

     This rebellion ends in his utter undoing and destruction. God's 
full and final judgment is now meted out upon him. He is cast into the 
lake of fire and brimstone to be tormented forever.

     Rev. 20:10, "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the 
lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, 
and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever."

     Then God's victory is consummated. Every enemy is at last put 
under His feet and the sovereignty of the triune God is absolute.

     1 Cor. 15:24, 25, 28, R.V., "Then cometh the end, when he shall 
deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have 
abolished all rule and all authority and power. ... For he must reign, 
till he hath put all his enemies under his feet. ... And when all 
things have been subjected unto him, then shall the Son also himself 
be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him, that God may 
be all in all."


     Is it any wonder that Satan hates the truth of the Lord's return 
and that he does all within his power to discredit, discourage and 
destroy those who hold and preach this blessed hope? He has no place 
for the second coming of the Lord in his "gospel" and his "ministers" 
either rail at or ridicule those who have it in theirs. One reason why 
we may well believe that we are in the last days is the fact of the 
violent and venomous attacks of Satan's instruments upon this glorious 
truth on the one hand and the growing preciousness and deepening 
influence of this hope upon those who love His appearing on the other. 

          Our Lord's Return--Attitude

     With such a glorious prospect before the believer, one would 
expect him to have just one possible attitude toward our Lord's 
return--that of eager expectancy and ardent desire. Yet strange to say 
there are four very evident attitudes manifested in the professing 
Church toward this blessed hope; aggressive hostility, listless 
apathy, fearful apprehension and loving expectancy. Some hate it; some 
are totally ignorant of it; some are afraid of it and some love it. In 
which group do you find yourself?

     God shows very clearly in Scripture what is the attitude of the 
spiritual man toward our Lord's return. May He now speak to the heart 
of every reader through His own Word.

     2 Pet. 1:19, "We have also a more sure word of prophecy: 
whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth 
in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your 


     "Take heed" Think of how much both of the Old and the New 
Testament is devoted to prophecy--the foretelling of things to come. 
God tells us here that these prophetic words are reliable, they will 
most assuredly come to pass. Should we not then give heed to that 
which God thinks to be of such tremendous importance? Surely to be 
apathetic to that to which God commands us "to give attention with 
heart intentness" would be sin. In these dark days what can so truly 
keep us from depression over conditions in the world and in the Church 
and from discouragement over ourselves and our work as to concentrate 
our attention upon and become absorbed with this sure word of prophecy 
that shines like a light in the darkness.

     2 Tim. 4:8, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of 
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me 
at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his 

     "Love." The aged apostle knew that his life-work was nearly 
ended. Perhaps his body still bore the marks of the stripes and was 
weakened from the periods of hunger and thirst; his heart still felt 
the wounds caused by the persecutions of his own countrymen and the 
desertions of false brethren; his spirit was still burdened by the 
spiritual need of all the churches under his care; yet his whole being 
was aglow with joy. He had fought a good fight, he had finished his 
course, he had kept the faith through all the hardships and 
heartaches. And what had been the incentive for such a life? Paul had 


loved his Lord's appearing. Even in the darkest experiences of his 
life he had ever before him the anticipation of "that day" when the 
Lord, the righteous Judge, would give him a crown of righteousness, 
and within the heart of Paul there burned like a fire a love for his 
Lord's appearing that eclipsed every other love. Do you ever waken in 
the morning or fall asleep at night with the thought, "O, today, 
tonight, my Beloved may come?" Do you "love His appearing" to such a 
degree that you are longing for His return with eagerness and 

     2 Pet. 3:12, R.V., "Looking for and earnestly desiring the coming 
of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall 
be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?"

     "Look." Who could ever be apprehensive of our Lord's return who 
understands what that coming will mean to this dark, sin-cursed world? 
In times of exceptional calamity the hearts of ignorant ones are 
terrified by the thought that it is "the end of the world." Others, 
equally ignorant of the great prophetic truths, charge those who hold 
this blessed hope with being pessimistic and with looking upon world 
conditions in too sombre and gloomy a way. Such men shudder at the 
very thought of what they call the "catastrophic cataclysm" of the 
premillennial view.

     But the Christian who looks expectantly for our Lord's return is 
the only true optimist because he alone sees things both as they are 
and as they will be. To shut one's eyes to actual conditions and to 
deny the self-evident trend of affairs and their logical, inevitable


outcome as revealed in the Word of God is not optimism but folly. The 
man who believes the sure word of prophecy and takes it as his compass 
knows that perilous times are ahead; he sees the way the world's ship 
of life is taking; he sights the rocks ahead and he knows that a 
frightful disaster is unavoidable.

     Recently I read in the newspaper this account of a wrecked 
steamer, "The steamer Robert E. Lee, crack passenger liner bound from 
Boston to New York with 150 passengers and an equal number in the 
crew, went ashore in a blinding storm on the Mary Ann Rocks four miles 
off shore about eight o'clock in the evening. The ship struck one of 
the three jagged rocks that project about five feet above the low 
water mark." The next day the paper gave the reason for this 
catastrophe as stated by the ship's commander. "The wreck of the 
steamer Robert E. Lee on the rocks off Manonut was due to a faulty 
compass. Because of the consequent inaccuracy of the vessel's course, 
the ship would have piled up on the shore at Indian Head, three miles 
farther on, even if she had escaped the treacherous Mary Ann Rocks on 
which she grounded." The captain of the vessel attributed the changing 
of the compass largely "to the penetration into the pilot house of 
large quantities of snow, driven in through the windows by the severe 

     The existing world-system has a faulty compass. The wintry drifts 
of enmity toward God have settled in upon it and made it wholly 
inaccurate. The world is steering straight for the rocks upon which it 
will sooner or later be wrecked.


     But back of the "catastrophic cataclysm" that ends the rule of 
"the prince of this world" and overthrows this world-system the 
spiritual man sees the glorious appearing of the Great God and Saviour 
Jesus Christ to rule the world, and beyond "the dissolving of the 
heavens" and "the melting of the elements" he sees "the new heavens 
and the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness." So with almost 
impatient longing he "looks" for the coming of the Lord.

     1 Thess. 1:10, "And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he 
raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to 

     1 Cor. 1:7, "So that ye come behind in no gift: waiting for the 
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

     "Wait." Let us not miss the sweetness of this precious truth by 
failing to apprehend the inwardness of its meaning. We have told some 
of the blessings that will come to the Christian through our Lord's 
return, his resurrection from the dead or his translation without 
dying; his removal from the very presence of sin; his release from all 
bondage to self and to Satan; his reign with the Lord as co-heir of 
the kingdom. Yes, all these and other blessings await us upon the 
coming of the Lord.

     Yet the chiefest of all blessings will be missed if we stop here. 
What we wait for is not a blessing but a Person. We wait for God's 
Son, our Saviour; it is the Bridegroom, our Beloved, for whom we wait. 
He has promised to come for His own to receive them unto Himself. When 
He comes, we shall meet Him in the air; 


we shall see Him face to face; we shall be like Him; and we shall 
forever be with the Lord.

     I was travelling once in China from Shanghai to Foochow. A 
missionary who had been separated from his family for a year was 
returning home. At Shanghai he had received a large number of letters 
from his wife which he read and reread apparently devouring every word 
with a hungry heart. But long before we were near enough to Foochow to 
discern even the outline of the city he had cast aside his letters and 
was standing with eyes fixed in the direction of that city. As we drew 
still nearer he shaded his eyes with his hand; he waited, he watched 
with steady, fixed intentness. Why did the letters which had so 
engrossed him when he left Shanghai not satisfy him now? For whom was 
he looking so intently? Soon in the distance we saw a little boat 
coming and in it was a woman--his wife and Oh! what joy was theirs 
when hope was rewarded by sight and those two so long separated were 
together once again.

     Our Lord has gone away to prepare a place that we may be with Him 
forever. During His absence our hearts are comforted and cheered 
through His Word and we find precious companionship with Him in its 
study. But He promised to come back and, as we draw nearer and nearer 
to "the day of Christ" with hearts fixed intently upon this blessed 
hope, we wait for the Son Himself from Heaven.

     Matt.  24:36-42, R.V., "But of that day and hour knoweth no one, 
not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only. 


... And as were the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of 
man. ... For as in those days which were before the flood they were 
eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day 
that Noah entered into the ark, and they knew not until the flood 
came, and took them all away: so shall be the coming of the Son of 
man. ... Then shall two men be in the field; one is taken and one is 
left; ... two women shall be grinding at the mill; one is taken, and 
one is left. ... Watch therefore: for ye know not on what day your 
Lord cometh."

     Mark 13:33-37, R.V., "Take ye heed, Watch and pray: for ye know 
not when the time is. ... It 
is as when a man, sojourning in another country, having left his 
house, and given authority to his servants, to each one his work, 
commanded also the porter to watch. ... Watch therefore: for ye know 
not when the Lord of the house cometh, whether at even, or at 
midnight, or at cock crowing, or in the morning: ... Lest coming on 
you suddenly he find you sleeping. ... And what I say unto you I say 
unto all. Watch."

     "Watch." Life will be flowing on in its ordinary channels when 
"the day of Christ" finally comes. We will rise to the ordinary tasks; 
we will be in our accustomed haunts; we will be eating, drinking, 
working and sleeping as usual.

     No warning will be given us that we may hastily prepare ourselves 
to meet the Lord. No time will be given to change our occupation or 
our garments. So there is but one attitude for the Christian to have 
toward the coming of the Lord and that is the attitude of


watchfulness. He may come any moment, therefore I should be watching 
every moment.

     Rev. 2:25, "But that which ye have already hold fast till I 

     "Hold fast." In these days of growing apostasy the Christian is 
meeting with very severe tests to his faith, love, zeal and fidelity. 
The man who rejects the foundation truths of God's Word considers the 
man who holds them fast an intellectual outcast and consigns him to 
the slums of scholarship. This is a day in which men are suffering 
persecution for their faith. As the shadows deepen and the darkness of 
the apostasy falls more heavily over Christendom every man who is 
loyal to his Lord will have "to go forth without the camp, bearing his 
reproach" (Heb. 13:13). But with a tenacity of faith that nothing can 
shake; with an ardency of love that nothing can quench; with a warmth 
of zeal that nothing can dampen; and with a constancy of fidelity that 
nothing can weaken, the spiritual man will "hold fast" to all that is 
his in Christ till He comes.

     Luke 19:12-13, "He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a 
far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. ... And 
he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said 
unto them, Occupy till I come."

     "Occupy." The Christian who looks and longs for the Lord's return 
is sometimes accused by those who reject this truth 


of being a visionary, impracticable star-gazer, waiting idly for 
something to happen to release him from a doomed world. They even 
claim that such a hope "cuts the nerve of service." Nothing could be 
farther from the truth. In fact, the exact opposite of this is true. 
From the early Church on down to the present time it is the men and 
women who have held this truth who have been the most zealous, ardent, 
active soul winners. Their one passion was to trade with the pound 
which their Lord had given them until it had brought Him ten pounds. 
Their chief concern was not that they themselves might be released 
from a doomed world but that they might be the channels which the Lord 
would use to deliver others from it. With unwearied devotion and 
unflagging zeal they have obeyed the Lord's commission to preach the 
Gospel to every creature. The paramount purpose of their lives was to 
"occupy" faithfully till He comes. 

          Our Lord's Return--Approach

     Is the time for the fulfilment of the Christian's hope drawing 
near? Is the Lord's return near at hand? We are told explicitly in 
Scripture that we know neither the day nor the hour that our Lord will 
come. Then of course, it is impossible to fix a date for this glorious 
event. Yet some, attempting to do this, have brought great discredit 
upon this precious truth.

     Matt. 25:13, "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor 
the hour wherein the Son of man cometh."

     Yet our Lord Himself in His great prophetic address in the last 
week of His earthly life stated that there would be 


signs that would indicate the approach of His return in power and 
glory and He exhorted His disciples to watch for such signs.

     Luke 21:25-28, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the 
moon, and in the stars, and upon the earth distress of nations, with 
perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; ... Men's hearts failing 
them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on 
the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. ... And then 
shall they see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great 
glory. ... And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up 
and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."

     The Bible unfolds the divine program in the carrying out of God's 
eternal purpose in Christ. It is divided into definite cycles. There 
are certain signs which will precede the consummation of the cycle or 
"age" we are now in and the Spirit-taught Christian will be able to 
discern these "signs of the times." Today "the children of light" see 
in the conditions prevailing both in the world and in the Church a 
marvellous fulfilment of prophetic truth regarding "the last days" of 
this age and they believe it indicates the approach of the Lord from 

     1 Thess. 5:4-6, "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that 
day should overtake you as a thief. ... Ye are all the children of 
light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of 
the darkness. ... Therefore let us not sleep as others; but let us 
watch and be sober."


     Heb. 10: 25, "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."

     Luke 21:31, "So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to 
pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand."

     In the limited scope of this study we can mention only four signs 
which Scripture says will immediately precede "the day of the Lord" 
and indicate its approach.

     Matt. 24:31-33, "And he shall send his angels with a great sound 
of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four 
winds, from one end of heaven to the other. ... Now learn a parable of 
the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, 
ye know the summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see these 
things know that it is near, even at the doors."

     The prophecies of God if they relate to the fulfilment of His 
divine purposes on earth center in the Jewish race and in the land of 
Palestine. Repeatedly He says that this people, who have been 
scattered among all peoples and have lived as exiles for two thousand 
years, are to be gathered out from all the nations and restored to 
their own land. As the prophecy that God would take them from their 
land was fulfilled literally so will the prophecies that He will 
return them to their land and give it to them as an everlasting 
possession be as literally fulfilled.

     Israel is typified by the fig tree. For centuries she has been 


withered, dead, fruitless nationally. Yet the Jewish race has been 
divinely preserved as a distinct people and has never been absorbed by 
the nations among whom it has been scattered.

     But in the last few years there has been marked evidence of new 
national life in Israel. Through the Zionist Movement which has as its 
purpose the restoration of Israel to Palestine, through the action of 
the Allies since the World War in committing themselves to the return 
of Palestine to the Jews, the fig tree is again putting forth leaves.

     "Since General Allenby entered Jerusalem on that 
never-to-be-forgotten day December 9th, 1918, the fig tree has been 
putting 'forth leaves' with amazing rapidity. Over 55,000 Jews have 
returned to Palestine since the Balfour Declaration. The population 
has more than doubled during the five years of Sir Herbert Samuel's 
Commissionership. A Hebrew University on Mount Scopus was opened on 
April 1st, 1925. Trade has flourished and the revenue shows a surplus 
of one and a quarter millions. The sacred custom of going up to the 
Passover was observed in the spring of 1922 for the first time in 
nearly 2,000 years. The Sanhedrin has been revived. Schools have been 
established. A shipping company has been formed by wealthy American 
Jews for the purpose of carrying Jews back to Palestine." (Signs of 
Christ's Coming, by E.E. Hotchell, p. 914.)

     Matt. 24:33, "When ye shall see all these things, know that it is 
near, even at the doors."


     Luke 21:24, "And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and 
shall be led away captive into all nations; and Jerusalem shall be 
trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be 

     Perhaps no sign is more significant than this one. In the recent 
World War a prophetic prediction became an historical fact. Christ had 
said that the liberation of Jerusalem from Gentile overlordship would 
not take place "until" a certain time and then stated what that time 
would be. "The times of the Gentiles" refers to the period from the 
captivity of Judah under Nebuchadnezzar and the dispersion of Israel 
from her land until the setting up of the Kingdom by the return of the 
King and His reestablishment of His chosen people in the land He gave 
them. Jerusalem has been emancipated and is today virtually in the 
control of the Jews. Then may we not confidently believe that "the 
times of the Gentiles" are at 
least nearing fulfilment and the coming of the Lord draweth nigh?

     Luke 21:25, 26, "Upon the earth distress of nations, with 
perplexity: ... Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking 
after those things which are coming on the earth."

     One needs only to observe conditions and to read the daily 
newspaper to be convinced that this prophecy is being fulfilled at the 
present time. Everywhere one looks there is tumult and turmoil. World 
leaders are distressed knowing not what to do to put the world right. 
Universal anarchy threatens the world and they do not know how to cope 
with it.   To the man with this blessed hope 


the very hopelessness in present world conditions demands the coming 
of the only One who can set the world right and to indicate that His 
coming must be near.

     2 Thess. 2:3-4, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that 
day shall not come, except there come a falling away [departure] 
first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who 
opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is 
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing 
himself that he is God."

     2 Tim. 3:1-5, "This know also, that in the last days perilous 
times shall come. ... For men shall be lovers of their own selves, 
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, 
unthankful, unholy, ... Without natural affection, trucebreakers, 
false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good. 
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of 
God. ... Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: 
from such turn away."

     These passages reveal the truth that in the apostasy of the last 
days there will be two outstanding marks, religious decadence and 
moral deterioration. These signs are appallingly evident today. Every 
distinctive foundational truth of the Christian faith, the virgin 
birth, the Deity of Christ, the substitutionary atonement, the literal 
resurrection and the Lord's return, are openly and avowedly denied in 
the pulpit and in the religious press and, as a result, in the pew. 
With almost incredible arrogance men are tearing the Bible to pieces 
and retaining only what suits their desire, 


Following inevitably upon this rejection of God's Word and refusal of 
His authority is the breaking loose from all other bonds, parental and 
magisterial. A wave of lawlessness is sweeping irresistibly over the 
world which is bound to engulf it ultimately.

     Liberalism in belief produces license in conduct! The laws of 
human society are disregarded and every man becomes a law unto 
himself. This is the day of divorce, free love, companionate marriage. 
It is the day of the discarding of parental authority and advice. It 
is the day of shameless immodesty and indecency in dress. It is the 
day of bold corruption and dishonesty in high places in governmental 
affairs. It is the day of traitors and truce breakers, when friends 
may become enemies over night, and when treaties, solemnly made, may 
be lightly broken. It is the day of moral deterioration.

     God says that "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse" 
so that there would be nothing for this world to look forward to but 
moral suicide unless the Lord Jesus Christ were to return to save it 
from itself. But these things are to happen in "the last days" so the 
hope of the spiritual man burns brightly for they are to him a sign 
that the approach of the Lord is sure.

     These signs constitute both a call and a challenge to the 
Christian. A call to reaffirm his hope, to lift up his head and to 
rejoice that his redemption draweth nigh. And a challenge to fill his 
lamps with oil and to prepare his bridal robes that he may be prepared 
for the coming of the Lord.


          Our Lord's Return--Appeal

     The coming of the Lord will be with suddenness and without 
warning. The constraining appeal that this blessed truth makes to 
every man is for readiness. The Lord Jesus warns us of the terrible 
peril of unpreparedness for His return and appeals to all men to be 
ready and watching so that whether He comes in the second or in the 
third watch they will not be caught unawares but will be ready to 
welcome Him.

     Luke 12:35, 36, 40, "Let your loins be girded about, and your 
lights burning; ... And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for 
their Lord, when he will return from the wedding: that when he cometh 
and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. ... Be ye therefore 
ready also: for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not."

     What appeal does the truth of our Lord's return make to the 
unsaved person? It appeals to him to accept without delay the Lord 
Jesus as his personal Saviour. Christ warns us that in the day when He 
shall be revealed unsaved men will be as indifferent as in the days of 
Noah. They will be engrossed in business and in pleasure, utterly 
forgetful of their Lord. Suddenly He will come--a wife will be taken 
and the husband left; a child will be snatched from the mother's arms; 
a business associate will be caught away to meet his Lord in the air 
and his partner will be left to carry on alone.

     Matt. 24:40-41, "Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be 
taken and the other left. ... Two women shall be grinding 


at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left."

     And what will it mean to the one who is left? It will mean the 
ending of the day of grace and the beginning of the day of judgment. 
The rejected Saviour will then be the righteous Judge before whom the 
ungodly must stand and receive their punishment for He has come to 
execute judgment.

     2 Thess. 1:7-9, "And to you who are troubled rest with us, when 
the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 
... in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and 
that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: ... who shall be 
punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord 
and from the glory of his power."

     All down through the ages there have been those who have 
mockingly said "Where is the 
promise of his coming?" (2 Pet. 3:3-4). Ten days after His return to 
glory He fulfilled the promise to send another Comforter. More than 
nineteen centuries have passed and He has not yet fulfilled the 
promise that He would come again. Oh! why does He not come?

     2 Pet. 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as 
some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to usward, not willing 
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

     Oh! my friend, perhaps He delays His coming for your sake. He may 
be waiting for you to accept Him. You may be the last one needed to 


complete the body of the Lord Jesus Christ. God may be holding the 
door of grace open a little longer for you to enter. Will you do so 

     What appeal does the truth of the Lord's return make to the saved 
person? It is a threefold appeal, to purity of life, to separation 
from the world and to zeal in service.

     The outstanding appeal of the blessed hope is to purity of life. 
It challenges us to be both holy and righteous, to be void of offence 
both to God and to men. It calls us to so live that we would be 
unashamed to meet Him face to face at any moment.

     1 John 3:3, "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth 
himself even as he is pure."

     2 Pet. 3:14, "Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such 
things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without 
spot, and blameless."

     1 John 2:28, "And now little children, abide in him, that when he 
shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at 
his coming."

     If Christ should come today would He find you with a clean heart? 
Or would it be filled with rebellion toward Him? With jealousy, 
unforgiveness, hatred, anger, malice, bitterness toward another? Would 
He call you to Himself out of the midst of a church quarrel? If Christ 
should come today would you leave behind unpaid debts? unfulfilled 
promises? unconfessed sins? Oh, Christian, He may come at any moment, 
"be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and 


     The hope of our Lord's return appeals to us to live a separated 
life. In the twinkling of an eye we shall have left earth and earthly 
things and shall be in the pure atmosphere of His holy presence which 
is to be our abiding place throughout eternity. God would have us 
prepared to breathe that heavenly air by a separation now unto the 
things that are unseen and eternal; He would deafen our ears to the 
jazz noises of earth that we might be prepared to appreciate the 
melodious symphonies of Heaven. He would deepen within us the 
consciousness that we are already citizens of Heaven and only pilgrims 
on earth that we might be freed from encumbersome luggage, that we 
might be ready to go at a moment's notice.

     Phil. 3:20, R.V., "For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also 
we wait for a Saviour."

     1 Pet. 1:13-14, "Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be 
sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought 
unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. ... As children of 
obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in 
the time of your ignorance."

     The hope of our Lord's return appeals to us to live a fruitful 
life. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns He will bring rewards and 
will bestow crowns for faithful service. A special crown is waiting 
for those who have zealously won souls to Christ. Will you be in line 
for coronation? Are you doing your part to hasten the day of His 
coming by winning souls to Him?


     Rev. 22:12, "And behold I come quickly: and my reward is with me, 
to give every man according as his work shall be."

     1 Thess. 2:19, "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of 
rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at 
his coming?"

     "Just a few days--and our tears will have ended; 
     Just a few hours--and our task will be done;
          Yet still hear them calling,
          From darkness appalling, 
     While we rest in the light of the fast-setting sun.

     "Just a few days--and the gifts we've withholden,
     Just a few hours--and the call we refuse
          Will rush on forever, 
          Or return to us never, 
     And Eternity's crown we no longer may choose.

     "Just a few days--and then nought will avail us, 
     The thought of the crown that we might yet have won;
          And ah! what the sorrow
          If we miss on the morrow 
     Our share in that joy, when He whispers, 'Well done!'

     "Just a few days--Oh Lord, strengthen our courage; 
     Just a few moments--to publish Thy Name.
          In our weakness enfold us,
          Through darkness uphold us, 
     'Till He Come,' make us faithful Thy love to proclaim."

     "Surely, I come quickly. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."



     (Diagram XIV. omitted)

  Chapter I    The Sinner in Adam.  Without Christ. 
               The penalty of sin is upon him. 
               The power of sin is over him. 
               The presence of sin is in him.
                    Without Christ
               The sinner.  Without hope.

  Chapter II   The Sinner at the Cross--With Christ. 
               The penalty of sin is removed by Christ, the Saviour. 
               Pardon is granted. 
               Righteousness is imputed.
               The sinner's past.  Covered.

  Chapter III  The Believer in the Heavenlies.  In Christ. 
               The power of sin is broken by Christ, the Lord.
               A new sphere is entered. A new life is implanted. 
               A new nature is imparted.
               The believer's present.  Assured.


  Chapter IV   The Believer on the Earth--Through Christ.
               The place of sin is taken by Christ, the Life.
               Dead to 'Sin / Self' Alive to God.
               The believer's present.  Secured.

  Chapter V    The Believer in the Air.  Like Christ. 
               The presence of sin is effaced by Christ, the King.
               He is perfected into His likeness. 
               He is conformed to His image.

               The believer's future.  Transfigured.

  Eph. 2: 8-9,
               "For by grace are ye saved through faith,
                  And that not of yourselves: 
                     It is the gift of God:
               Not of works, lest any man should boast."

                    "IT IS FINISHED."



  Chapter I: The Price of Power, Stuart Holden 
             The Threefold Secret of the Holy Spirit, James McConkey 
             The Spirit-Filled Life, John McNeil
  Chapter II: Emblems of the Holy Spirit, F.E. Marsh
  Chapter III: The Surrendered Life, James McConkey 
               Memorial of a True Life, R.E. Speer
  Chapter IV: The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life, H.S. Smith 
              Hudson Taylor--The Growth of a Work of God, Mrs. H. Taylor 
              George Muller of Bristol, A.T. Pierson
  Chapter V: The School of Obedience, Andrew Murray
  Chapter VI: Life A biding and A bounding, Griffith Thomas 
              Christ and the Scriptures, Adolph Saphir 
              Knowing the Scriptures, A.T. Pierson 
              How to Study the Bible, R.A. Torrey
  Chapter VII: The Power of Prayer and the Prayer of Power, R.A. Torrey 
               With Christ in the School of Prayer, Andrew Murray 
               The Ministry of Intercession, Andrew Murray
  Chapter VIII: The Christian's Present Duty, C.C. Cook 
                The Dynamic of Service, Paget Wilkes
  Chapter IX: The Leaven of the Sadducees, Ernest Gordon 
              Christianity and Anti-Christianity, S.J. Andrews
  Chapter X: What Will Take Place When Christ Returns, F.E. Marsh 
             Biblical Signs, L.S. Chafer
             The World's Unrest, Christabel Pankhurst 
  Chapter XI: Christian Workers Manual, Miller
              Outline Bible Studies, Henry Frost

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