The nature of a Christian’s work, which is high work and hard work, the goodness of the Master, and the excellence of the reward, all require that our endeavours should be serious and earnest.
And in all the duties and services of life, we should aim at the glory of God as our chief end.
He who cleaves to himself, and forgets God is a miserable, unsettled wretch, is only perplexed about his credit, and gain, and base ends, which are often broken, and which, when he attains, both he and they must shortly perish together.
But he who has given up himself and his all to God, may say confidently that the Lord is his portion; and nothing but glory through Christ Jesus, is solid and lasting; that abideth for ever.
Spiritual gifts are extraordinary powers bestowed to convince unbelievers, and to spread the gospel.
Gifts and graces greatly differ. Both are freely given of God. But where grace is given, it is for the salvation of those who have it.
Gifts are for the advantage and salvation of others; and there may be great gifts where there is no grace.
The extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit are chiefly exercised in the public assemblies, where believers display of them, wanting in the spirit of piety, and of Christian love.
While heathens, they had not been influenced by the Spirit of Christ.
No man can call Christ Lord, with believing dependence upon him, unless that faith is wrought by the Holy Ghost.
No man could believe with his heart, or prove by a miracle, that Jesus was Christ, unless by the Holy Ghost.
There are various gifts, and various offices to perform, but all proceed from one God, one Lord, one Spirit; that is, from the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, the origin of all spiritual blessings.
No man has them merely for himself. The more he profits others, the more will they turn to his own account.
The gifts mentioned appear to mean exact understanding, and uttering the doctrines of the Christian religion; the knowledge of mysteries, and skill to give advice and counsel.
The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer.
How can they be long safe, or at all easy, who have a God of almighty power against them?
The word of God is no smooth, lulling, deceitful message. And by its faithfulness it may certainly be distinguished from false doctrines.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing His bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as His “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)