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The Sleuths

What quests the world has witnessed! In my boyhood days we were thrilled every now and again by the daring attempt of some gallant explorer to reach one or other of the Poles. The adventure was invariably whelmed in failure, if not in disaster; and few of us really believed that the Poles would ever be discovered.

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Worshipping Worthily

Worshipping Worthily

A believer’s circumstances under the Law were quite different from those of a believer under grace. This is especially true when it comes to approaching God and expressing praise or thanksgiving to the Lord. The Old Testament saint was made to understand the condemnation resulting from his or her sin and the complexity involved in any cure by the variety of offerings that must be brought. Those offerings all prefigured Christ but were only types and could in themselves accomplish nothing; never setting the conscience of the worshiper free. They only served to remind him of the absolute holiness of God and his own spiritual inadequacy; his failure to “measure up”.

By bringing a burnt offering he would be reminded that he could only expect full fellowship with God by being completely devoted to His will and obedient to it — even unto death. In presenting a meal offering his conscience would recall how impure was his inner life; with a peace offering how often his thoughts and actions did not harmonize with heaven, and with the sin and trespass offerings would come the continual realization that he sinned and fell short of the Divine glory. These sacrifices were inefficient; could “never give the guilty conscience peace or wash away sin’s stain.” For, “in those sacrifices there was a reminder of sins every year.” (Heb.10:4)

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A Holy Man, A Man of God

A Holy Man, A Man of God

After a meeting in Korea, a woman said to me, “You are a holy man, a man of God.” I felt embarrassed, humbled, speechless. Me? A holy man? A man of God?

But should we not all be holy men and women, men and women of God? What does it mean to be holy, a man or woman of God?
When the tabernacle was completed there were consecration ceremonies to consecrate it with all of its furniture and vessels to the service of God. There was also a solemn service to consecrate the priests to their holy work. “And you shall take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it; and you shall hallow it and all its utensils, and it shall be holy”(Ex. 40:9 NKJ).

The priests were consecrated previously. “And this what you shall do to them to hallow them for ministering to me as priests” (Ex. 29:1). Aaron and his sons became holy men, set apart to serve God as priests, holy men. Who are the priests today, hallowed for ministry to God? Peter emphasizes that today all believers are priests: “…a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5). Today all believers are priests, hallowed to God to serve Him. The priest was a priest twenty four hours a day and was to live a holy life, a pure life for God. Hence Peter exhorts all Christians, “…but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy for I am holy’”(1 Pet. 1:15-16). Remember the dignity of your calling as a priest and live a holy life.

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Mary at His Feet

The study of the ‘Marys’ of the New Testament is a delightful one. According to Robert Young’s Analytical Concordance there were seven of them. Probably, all were believers devoted to our Lord Jesus. Much more is written about some of them than others: notably, Mary the mother of the Lord; Mary Magdalene; and Mary of Bethany, who is the subject of this article. The latter is in many ways the loveliest character of them all.

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Blessed in Christ

In a previous article “Two Men and You” we saw that we are either represented by Adam and what he did in Eden (sin) and what he in consequence became (a sinner), or by Christ and what He passed through in His death and resurrection. The multiple benefits of the Saviour’s work on behalf of those who have faith in Him are the subject of large sections of the New Testament. Believers are taught there to see themselves as “in Christ” for He fully represents what they now are before God. They should never consider themselves apart from that fact, it is one that puts them —

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The Emotions of Christ

In the events surrounding the last of the ‘signs’ of John’s Gospel – the raising of Lazarus, we get an insight into the heart and soul of the Word made flesh. It commences with the encounter that Martha had with her Master on the road as He approached Bethany. John is fulsome in the detailed discussion that took place and would indicate that all the while Martha was standing as they conversed. Her opening remark “Lord if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died” has the feeling of a rebuke. Whereas Mary, while she used the same words said them on her knees weeping in an attitude of adoration and worship. This attitude corresponds with Luke’s account of the Lord’s visit to Martha and Mary’s home. The former over wrought, complains that she is left alone to serve while Mary sat at His feet. The word ‘weeping’ used of Mary and those who were with her was really a wailing, customary of those times. Whereas the word used by Jesus means the tears were running down His face! Divine eyes shedding human tears.

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Christian Fellowship – Words that Promote Fellowship

Then they that feared the Lord spoke often to one another; and the Lord hearkened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name” (Malachi 3:16)

Over four hundred years later the risen Christ asked two of His followers, “What manner of communications are these that you have?” (Luke 24:17). It is a question we sometimes need to ask ourselves. By offering hospitality, providing physical assistance and sharing financially, we show fellowship with other believers. Such things give evidence of the genuineness of our love and care. However it is only how we speak when with them that shows whether we know the joy to be found in conversational fellowship. That is the subject of this article.

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Fools

I remember the case of a young man who married a moneyless girl and then sailed for Australia, taking with him his bride and what little money he could scrape together; it was only about £600. When the two families heard that he had used his capital in buying some land in an out of the way place, they said he ought to be shut up in a lunatic asylum. But there was gold in that piece of land, and when, some years later, I met him in London, he was very rich; and the relatives had given up talking about lunatic asylums.

The Christian is a follower of Him who likened Himself to a man that parts with all that he has in order to buy a field, because he knows there is treasure hidden in it. The Christian acts in the present with a view to the future. For he knows while the things which are seen are temporal, the things which are not seen are eternal.

– an excerpt from The Way by Sir Robert Anderson

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The Virgin Birth

Non-belief in the virgin birth leaves us with serious consequences as to who the person of Christ is. If His life as recorded in the Gospels and referred to in the Epistles is miraculous and His exit from death also miraculous then belief in the virgin birth must be a reality. Sinlessness demands a miraculous origin.

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Well Placed Loves

Solomon was given the gift of wisdom, but he misused it. God has given us the ability to love, but we often misuse it. As we saw in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 the last days are perilous times when professing Christians love self, money and pleasure instead of God. When these misplaced loves are no longer outside, but within, times are dangerous for the church.

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