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has not the gospel, or who does not
know or ’ cannot understand the
conditions. To such an adopted
• BIBLE TALKS.
child God has given certain helps
BY M. B. I.KMEBT.
in the new life. But understand
these helps are not the new life,
=■ wr y rtnwn thr-^rrmTn ot 1 We ewttttHly OUgTiTTg? If TfeTs "nie"
aids in our
time from Adam the first, the father Almighty God, he can do all things; might be judged upon their con endeavors to live unto God ; among
these I name the assembly of the
of the human family, to Adam the and if he is truthful he will do all tents.
second, the Savior of the same, in he says he will. We may here
1. 1 think the religion of Christ saints, prayer, the Lord’s supper,
bold relief stands Abram, the father stand side by side with Abraliam, a perfect religion; that it was praise, teaching, exhortation, ¿¿c.
of all the faithful, the grandest man the friend of God. He also obeyed never intended to have additions or There are certain associated duties
the racephis name signifying a in all things—complied with every subtractions.
Still I think it also. As to keep the monumental-----
igh father. This, though honora- requirement, even to the ottering possible w(i may have mistaken its evidencebeTore the world in the
^^^'1® and significant was not suffi his only, his beloved son Isaac a peculiar spirit or genius. I fear Lord’s supper, to preach the gospel,
ciently so in the estimation of him burnt offering, though he had been that some think of Christianity az to bear one another’s burdens, &c.
5. If we do anything without a
•«who meted out heaven with the promised a numerous posterity being wholly comprehended in a
¿■■kpan and weighed the mountains in 1111 OU gl i him. He thought if he I code of laws, comprehending or conviction of its rightfulness it is
Scales; and he changed his name to slew his son when bidden that this dinances and observances, while J sin; so he that doubteth is con
' Abraham—father of a great multi would not hinder God from keeping think of Christianity as a principle demned. Now let us come to the
tude—father of many nations, when his promise; as he was able to raise of life, entering into all the’ rami- broader view of the Christian life.
yet he had no children. To him him from the dead. Grand old. fications and minutia of everyday It is certainly not made up of what
we do in the “ house of the Lord ”
the Lord said, Get thee out of thy man ! What a worthy example he practical life.
in the assembly of the saints.
¿ountry and from thy kindred and set us, both of faith and obedience!
Srom thy father’s house, unto a land What earnest efforts we should- — 3. The-quotation is not exact. “ Whatsoever you do in word or _
Rhat I “will shew thee, and 1 will make to imitate him, and honor the If they meant that I am to require deed, do all in the name of the Lord
inake of thee a great nation, and relationship we sustain to him, as of another in order to Christian Jesus, giving thanks to God and
. will bless thee and make thy name his children; then oh, what joy it fellowship nothing but what is the Father by him ”. Col. 3: 17.
yoa do, <le it heartily, ——
: -gn-at, awl thou shah be a birring, will
clearly tnrrgh t, " then “ they' were
_ to _í sit down'll!therWg'dom
and I will bless them that bless of God with him., Nothing that we right so Far. Tf they "meanF that 1 as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
^Bice and curse them that curse thc^, have etc® done or suffered will then am to withhold fellowship from Col. 3: 23. “ Whether therefore
^iee shall all the families of seem too hard ; no sacrifice, too one who is using any means for ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye
the earth be blessed. Abraham great, so rich will be our reward. carrying out the service of Christ, do, do all to the glory of God.” 1
obeyed, left his country and kin Awake my soul, stretch every nerve, though the means be not specially Cor. 10: 31. “ Finally, brethren,
O b H bw I if ent into the land of Caahan, and press with vigor on.
designated, then they were wrong. whatsoever things are true, what
the land designated. After arriving
Abraham’s faithfulness was man To illustrate. We are commanded soever things are honest, whatso
the Lord told him his seed should ifested in all his’ intercourse with to •“ neglect not the assembling of. ever things are just, whatsoever
"be as the stars—innumerable, and others; he was hospitable, just, ourselves" together.” Now no things are pure, whatsoever things
to tliefii he had given all the land generous, without the love. of brother has a right to make it a are lovely, whatsoever things are of
om the Nile, the river of Egypt, money, honorable, even1 to admira question of fellowship whether that good report, if there be any virtue,
f the Euphrates ; also that kings tion, accepting no gift, but giving assembling be in a private house, a and if there be any praise, think
tould descend from him; and to others, conferring favors for hall, a grove, or house built pur on these things. Those things
braham believed it all.
which he would take no compensa posely for the assembly. The loca which you have both learned, and
.God is no rcspCctor of persShs tion, nor would he accept even a tion, the kind of house, &c., are fre received, and heard, and seen in me
t his impartial, all-seeing eye, all jurying ground as a gift, but would quently made questions of division. do ; and the God of peace shall be
fen stand upon their merits—stand >ay the full worth ; and took no , 4. The religion of Christ is called with you.” Phil. 4: 8, 9. From
■their true character—as children advantage in bargain. He was re “ the faith.” I think we wholly these and kindred passages it will
I Abraham, earnestly desiring to igious and honored his profession, misinterpret Christianity when we lie seen that the religion of Christ
|ke our calling and election sure íonored God, and all men, com make it a system of worship where enters into every fibre of life, and
lo work out our own salvation manded the respect of all who in we must have a precept, ejcample that its details arc not revealed.
When It is barely possible that we have
Ith fear and trembling we wish cnew him, and finished his course or legitimate infa ence.
■ascertain what traits of character without a stain upon his character. Christ was upon earth he permitted in the canon of Scriptures some
Braham possessed which gave him So God was not ashamed to say, “I men to approach and follow after things unauthorized, and certain it
him by different requirements, be is that the afiostles taught much
|h a high standing with God and am the God of Abraham.”
cause he knew the human heart that has never reached us. The
bred for himself such blessings,
we may pattern after them, ANSWER TO QUESTIONS. and could readily discern what in Apostle Paul was three years in
terposed between than and him. Ephesus, a year and a half in Cor-
pre like favor from God and like Bro. Floyd:
In the H erald of the 18th ult But when he left earth lie gave his inth, and more than a year in An
may be safely asserted that there are some questions propound gospel with certain conditions of tioch. Reference is made to letters
-ham’s faith, (belief) out of ed by Bro. Peterson, of Mound acceptance, which were intended to written that we have not. The
¡ch grew his faithfulness, in Ranch, to myself, suggested by my wholly bring the heart into fellow- reason why I refer to this is to
ks all. His faith and faithful first article on Christian Coopera ship^with him. These conditions show that we should not exalt the
fl stand to each other as cause tion. As I said in my letter to you were faith, confession, repentance writings above the intention of the
i effect. Abraham’s consisted I do not intend to be drawn into a and baptism. The oik * who by writers. Now if you expect to find
ei full belief in God and of all discussion of these themes; but these accepts Christ with the whole the details of conduct in the Chris- '
| lie said—believed that what- these questions are so kind and of mart is regenerated. Such an one tian life laid down in the New
f he had promised he was able such a nature as to afford me an is adopted into God’s spiritual Testament so that you may do
These conditions have nothing not found ennumerated
terform and would perform, no opportunity of saying some other ‘amily.
ter if it was contrary to nature, things that I think- need to be said. J nothing to do with the one who there, you are mistaken. If you
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nor how impossible it might seem;
with him nothing was too hard for
God as he was the Almighty. This
faith was counted to Abraham for
righteousness, or justification. Can
not we all have this same faith ?
As to identity I will say I pro
fess to be a brother to all who love
our Lord Jesus in sincerity and
truth, and try, with the ability he
has given me, to preach his gospel.
The only reason for leaving off’ the