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5. O Thou of whom this Gospel speaks,
We would be true to Thee,
That they Thy grace may see.
As Thine apostles were,
And in salvation share.
IGNORANCE OF THE BIBLE. HE ignorance of the Bible on the part of many regular church-goers Scriptures." Chillingworth's sentiment, " The Bible is the religion of Protestants,” must be amended for very many, so as to read, “The unknown Bible is the religion of Protestants.” Take a dozen church members at random, in some places, and ask them to open for you the third chapter of Habakkuk,—by the reading of which Benjamin Franklin, when ambassador to France, so riveted the infidel savans of the Institute, who had been ridiculing the Bible, that, in amazement, they begged to know what book he was reading, -and very likely they will grope for it somewhere in front of the Psalms, or even in Judges. Men in public life, occupying stations of great responsibility, are able to quote Shakespeare accurately; and will refer to Burns, or Byron, or Homer, or Virgil, or other noted names, with classic elegance ; but, an attempted quotation from the Bible shows that, with whatever learning the orator may be endowed, his familiarity has not been with the Bible of his country; as he proves incontestably, by mangling and making almost unintelligible the words of David, Isaiah, and Paul, and even of the Saviour.
A story is told by Dr. Taylor in his Yale lectures, of two members of the British House of Commons—men of no mean standing-who met in the lobby of the House after hearing a speech of John Bright's, in which that distinguished man had spoken of Mr. Robert Lowe and his adherents-who had rebelled against the Reform Bill of the Liberal Leader, as
“having gone into the Cave of Adullam.” “I say,” inquired the one, " where did Bright get that illustration of his to-night, of the Cave ?"
"Oh," was the reply, “I see what you are up to; do you suppose I haven't read the Arabian Nights ?”
Probably the halls of Congress could furnish specimens as illustrious of unacquaintance with the Bible. The incident just given is hardly matched by the answer returned to a certain traveller who had “ visited Jerusalem," and thought to impress a friend with the fact. The announcement did not “ tell; ” and was therefore repeated, with a sufficient reminder that something very noteworthy had been accomplished. “Ah! indeed," was the reply, "I thought you had only been visiting a friend abroad who happened to have the same name as that man in the Bible.” Apocryphal as this last incident may be, it is a certainty that a week ago, a lady generally supposed to be familiar with the Scriptures, remarked, on being told by a friend that her pastor had preached a sermon on the burial of Moses, whom the Lord buried “in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpoer ; but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day,”-that “ she did not believe there were any such words in the Bible.”
This is but a sample of much of the Bible ignorance which prevails among persons otherwise well-informed. How needful then, that the Scriptures should be more fully unfolded for their benefit.
A. A. REINKE.
“ DID JOB BELIEVE IN A
for the words in chap. xxxiii. FUTURE STATE ?"
21 only state most emphatically a
truth, that the flesh would pass Dear Sir,- May it be permitted to utterly away, as we know man's reply to the paper in your December flesh does. Why we should connumber based upon the query,“ Did sider that sentence to be hyperJob believe in a future life?” The bolical and not literal we fail to see. writer of that paper most 'sincerely As to the version given of chap. believes that the Patriarch Job never xix. 25-27, we take exception only gave expression to anything which to the translation of “ Niebsuwre." involves bis belief in a future state Gesenius' lexicon gives two meanor a resurrection. R. P. will, I ings to the particle "the" "out of” trust, pardon my suggesting that and " from." It may be under perhaps he is mistaken in his some circumstances “out of " might exegesis of the book.
signify “ without ;" but here the We are quite willing to concede general scope of the passage holds the possibility that Job was iguo- the idea of seeing out of something, rant of the doctrine of the resur- viz., his flesh; not without it. rection, and uttered his sayings in Were we to say we shall see the consistency with his ignorance, moons of Jupiter ont of the teleuntil we reach the memorable words scope, we should not suggest that of Job xix. 23-27. When we
we should see them without the seem to have the result of a sudden telescope, but with its aid. Moremanifestation of truth given to him over, the statement in the passage, by the Divine Spirit to comfort him “I shall see God,” involves the in the midst of his afflictions, as necessity of a resurrection; for alwith the most joyful emotion he though Job did, when his time of
, exclaims: “O that my words were trial ended, realize that a vindinow written,” &c., as though these cator arose on his behalf; he cer. above all others were worthy of tainly did not see this vindicator being treasured up in memory. It is without his flesh. to be noted that after these, Job May we then suggest that Job uttered nothing contrary to a belief did not know, possibly, of the docin the doctrine of the resurrection ; trine of the resurrection, until it
pleased the Almighty to reveal it near at hand, that it is at our very to him, the revelation of which is doors ? and that the patriarch saw given in the above passage. Job this, and that we are to believe certainly seems to have recognised this, is apparently sustained by the the doctrine of the resurrection and language of the apostle (1 John the advent of the Saviour, when in iv. 2, 3). In our version it reads, the last days He shall stand upon “Every spirit that confesseth that the earth. It is a glorions truth Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is enunciated by the patriarch, and of God; and every spirit that conone not generally acknowledged fesseth not that Jesus Christ is even now, that Christ's watching come in the flesh, is not of God." Church will see Christ in the flesh, Should it not rather be translated that He will come again to us in the " is coming in the flesh ? " the flesh and we also in the flesh meet word is "Eleluthota," a participle Him. He is to come to us as He of “ Erkomai.” Now, out of thirtyascended up into heaven (Acts i. 11). two Greek words used in the New He will come as our Great High Testament, where the word come is Priest, not in a spiritual and required, Erkomai is selected in glorified body, but first in a body the Greek text in loco; a word of sinless flesh, as Adam's was be- which is invariably used by the fore he fell. We are to be gathered apostles when speaking of His into His presence, in like bodies, future coming. "This same Jesus free from sin ; but not perfected so cometh in like manner as ye bave with the perfection of immortality seen Him go," is the same word, until we have from the presence and and here rendered shall so come, lips of Jerus been washed with the · from Erkomai. " When the Son ment of the law by the Great it is, with Biblical truth, satisfying
washing of the Word.” As the of Man shall come in His glory," high priest washed his flesh in the Matt. xxv. 31, is from Erkomai; holy place, so did Christ wash His and in the sixth verse, “ Behold the flesh (the Church is His body, His bridegroom cometh."" Bebold He flesh) before He ascended to His cometh with clouds.” “ There shall Father. And when the high priest come in the last days scoffers." of former days came out to bless the • The Lord cometh with myriads of people, he again washed his flesh His saints.” “Who is, and who in the holy place; so likewise must was, and who is to come." All our Lord and Great High Priest these, bad the translators supposed when Ile comes out to us, wash His that event to be in the past, would flesh, that is, His Church. To this doubtless, to meet their own theoend, as the high priest when he logical views, have been rendered is came out of the most holy place laid aside his glorious apparel, so Now there are sects and parties Christ will in like manner come to in whom we recognise the spirit of us in the flesh, perfect, without sin, Antichrist, who yet firmly believe so that after passing through a that Christ has come in the flesh; course of instruction from His pre- but these do not, nor even does the sence and His lips, we shall be bulk of Christendom believe that prepared to go with Him into the Christ is again coming in the flesh. holiest of all and receive the gifts Yet the words of the Apostle John of immortality and glory.
written some sixty years after the May we not suppose that Job ascension of Jesus, seem to demand spake of this time, which is now so this view; as also does the fulfil.
' Apostle and High Priest of our reason, and lucid demonstration. profession, who Himself declared Experience tells me that legitithat not one jot nor tittle of the mate encouragement is excited by law should pass till all be fulfilled expressions of appreciation, and (Matt. v. 17-18); and that He Him- thus I beg your acceptance of my self came to fulfil the law.
modicum of acknowledgment which We can, therefore, scarcely fail I yield with heartfelt gratitude. to perceive that The Christ, the
But I would get say
another perfect Second Man Adam, must word. In my perusal of the article come and meet His Church-His under consideration, I was ever and own body--in the flesh.
anon forcibly reminded of two other Whether Job understood all this of the RAINBOW articles, which I may be doubted, but that he, have largely used with good and through the Spirit spoke of it, we “telling " effect. I refer to the believe.
“ Ministry of Evil," by yourself, May we further suggest that it is which appears in the January numnot at all probable that the Great ber for 1875, and to “ The Agency Author of all inspiration would of Sin," by General Goodwyn, in allow a book such as that of Job the August number for 1874. I (the sayings of a man afterwards
refer to these with a twofold quoted as a man of faith), to yield object :such statements as those of the 1. I am sure that both yourself 14th chapter (which, at least, might and the General will be pleased to be possibly misconstrued), to re- have some direct testimony of fresh main with other inspiration without usefulness, accruing, under Divine some empbatic statements upon such grace, by the instrumentalities of important truths which should be the said Articles. consistent with other portions of the 2. May I hope to hear that the Word of God.
Article referred to in the current Such we deem the 19th chapter, month's issue will be printed in a verses 25 to 27, to be, more espe- separate form? I shall rejoice to cially as throughout the twenty- find that a demand for it, in hopethree chapters following the nine
ful prospective usefulness, will teenth in this book, nothing occurs justify a reprint, feeling as I do which really contradict the thought feel, that it would form in effect an that the patriarch Job did recognise excellent illustrative appendage to the resurrection and a glorious “The Ministry of Evil," in its fature, when in sinless and perfected detached condition. For myself, I flesh he should see God.
should be glad to be furnished with Yours faithfully,
a hundred copies of each article, E. H. TUCKETT. which I would stitch together for
distribution- nor forgetting the
admirable "Practical Suggestions" ** THE DISPENSATION OF THE
of Mr. C. Fooks, at page 547, just MYSTERY."
to hand. I am prepared to do all DEAR SIR,- With rapt attention I can to set " thinking minds a have I read and re-read this most thinking
thinking" on these abstruse, but splendid article--an article which vitally momentous and glorious I judge is adapted to every Chris- topics. tian ideal power, fraught, as I feel Happily, experience impels me
to say that we are living in a grow- Of course, I need scarcely say ingly inquiring time. Men are not that it was a POWER higher than now satisfied (or rather put off, for mine that opened his eyes and es— were they ever satisfied ?) with tablished his convictions. an effusion of pedantic theory dog- be all the praise ! but it is pleasant matically enforced : they are apt and glorious to be His instrument. with multiplied interrogatives- May God frequently grace His sertheir “ifs and buts,” their “whys vants with the evidence that, “ it and wherefores," and many other must be so !" etceteras. Well, good: all honour
Very truly yours, to them in their anxious search
HENRY D. H. BURNELL. for TRUTH !
52, Boxley Road, Maidstone, Amongst the tales that I could
December 2nd, 1880. tell, it might not be deemed as out of place if I introduce one little incident, and if in doing so I might
TO PRETERISTS. appear somewhat egotistical, the DEAR SIR,—The position I take anecdote itself will make ample as a Futurist has not been, so far apology. I ought to say, then, as I am aware, assailed, and bethat in my efforts to arrest atten- cause I deem it impregnable, I tion to the so-called “New Doc- shall be glad if some preterist will trines," it is my wont to “just disclose to me, and those who think crack the ice," and then give a with me, its weak point, if it has warm invitation to "run in and
I contend that the vision have a little quiet talk with me on shown to John in Patmos, as rethe matter." Now for the anec- corded in Rev. iv, and v., has not dote.
yet been fulfilled, that the tenth Some time back, after several of
verse of chapter v. shows it to be these " quiet talk " interviews with post-resurrection and pre-millennial; & most intelligent young friend of that the elders are seen sitting, some twenty summers, I again met clothed, and crowned; but have not him by appointment. After a long yet begun their reign on the earth. discussion he became almost mute, Therefore the book is still " in the but looked sedate and thoughtful : hands of Him that sitteth on the a few minutes elapsed, when, with throne," not yet taken by the surprising energy, he broke forth- Lamb slain, and hence not one of “I see it now! Yes, I see it ! its seals yet broken. It must be so !" And he forth
A preterist reply will oblige. with spoke with force and elo
Yours faithfully, quence. The picture, in review,
NATHANIEL STARKEY. is still before me:
his words Hackney, December, 1880. seemed to emanate from the very core of his heart, and the citadel of his brains; while, if possible, the
SHOCKING! expression of his eyes urged with DEAR SIR, -It is sometimes to still greater force his assurance. me a matter of doubt whether we So much for the anecdote. The are Christians or Pagans. I went young man has ever since been a to a meeting the other evening of a warm supporter and a powerful professedly religious character. advocate of the cause which he then One of the speakers scorned the espoused.
"new-fangled notions" about the