15 April 1885, Volume 7, Number 3.
THE FALL OF BABYLON.
BY A. B. GILDERSLEEVE.
A suppliment to the piece, “The Church and the world,” in TRUMPET No. 17. The conformity of babylon — present day sects to the world.
Thus in her wealth she grew very vain,
Her jewels and ribbons unfurled.
Breast-pin and bracelets, dimons and chain.
All suited to walk with the world.
Embroidered hiar, and costly array,
And foreheads all covered with bangs,
As if to cover the “mark of the beast.”
The merchants of earth have Waxed rich,
From the abundance of jewels she bays;
Of precious stones, and jewels and gold,
Fine linen and purple and scarlet.
And cinnamon and odors,
And spices and frankincense rare.
Then the Angel did mightily cry,
“Babylon the great has fallen.
The habitation of devils became,
And of birds that are very unclean.
And the nations are drunk with her wine.
Shipmen and sailors that trade by the sea,
And merchants came weeping and mourning,
Standing afar for fear of her torment so great.
Lamenting to see the smoke of her burning;
Bewailing, ”Alas, Alas, the city, they cry.
Babylon has fallen from lofty estate,
And no man will our merchandise buy.”
And it shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in that day than for this city, — Babylon.
Raymont Ill. October 29.
Dear Brethren: — Do you believe in water baptism by immersion only, or do you admit sprinkling and pouring as correct.
Also is feet-washing an ordinance to be observed at this time. Give your thoughts with Bible reference as proof. Quite a number here would like to have an exposition of this subject. May God bless you. Your Bro.
W. C. Woodward.
Gelatin Mo. Dec, 13.
Dear Brethren: — I believe in baptism, but I never was immersed, yet I believe I was baptized.
I can’t see that feet-washing is an ordinance. It may be, but if so I have not properly understood it. I wait for light. It may be an ordinance, but if it is give us the light. Your Bro.
D. M. Creighton.
THE same two questions occur in each of those letters. Hence they may both be answered together. The two questions are,
- Is immersion in water exclusively the scriptural act of baptism?
- Is the washing of the saints feet a standing ordinance of the New Testament?
These brethren ask us for light on these things; while we are always ready to give thus saith the Lord, for all that we believe and practice; and take pleasure in teaching others all the light we have; we nevertheless claim that the New Testament itself will give all the light necessary to see and obey its institutions. But in order to know positively the commands of Christ, we must be “doers of the Word.” As Christ says, “If any man will do His will, be shall know of the doctrine.” And “the doers of the Word shall be blessed in the deed.” Following these directions, and tests, we have learned, to absolute certainty the truth respecting these things. Therefore with “all authority,” we say, yes, to both of these questions. The immersion or dipping of a believer in water is the positive command of Christ, and the only scriptural act of baptism. Do you ask how I know? I answer by being a “doer of the Word I know of the doctrine.” And any one else can know the truth, by complying with the directions in the New Testament. Christ, in His final commission commanded all believers in Him to receive baptism at the hands of the teachers. Christ also submited to this ordinance, as He said, “To fulfill all righteousness.” Or as other translations render. “Thus it behooves us to ratify every institution.” So by the command and example of Christ, baptism in water is a commandment upon all believers. But how shall we know what the ordinance is? By doing the Word. Well let us just do as the Word
1 Go to the place where there is “much water.” — John 3:23. Acts 8:36, 37.
2 Go down into the water — Matt. 3: 16. Acts 8:38, 39.
3 Be buried with Christ in baptism. Rom 6, and Col. 2.
Now any honest, sincere, regenerated child of God, that will do just as these scriptures read, will from that time know of the doctrine, will be “blessed in the deed,” with the confirmation of God’s Spirit. Therefore it is only the doer of the above scriptures that know positively the mind of God concerning water baptism. And all that refuse to do the Word, but stand aloof, and question this burial with Christ, simply occupy the attitude toward this command of Christ, that the infidel does toward the whole Bible.
But says one, the Word says they were baptized “WITH water.” And does not that edicate that the water was applied to the disciple, and not he plunged into it? Not necessarily. These scriptures refer to the element in which the act was performed. Both baptism into water and into the Spirit are spoken of. And not being performed without water, nor without the Spirit, it was with them. But with George Campbell, a Scotch presbyterian translator of the four Gospels, we charge downright dishonisty upon the translators in the substitution of the word “with,” for the proper word in. Though a Presbyterian, he renders it every time, in. And he rebukes the translators for the sin of having wilfully wrested the scriptures for the sake of their partison creed? He says the preposition should be in, not only because that is its literal meaning, but because “the word baptize, both in sacred authors, (Bible) and classical writings, literally means to dip, to plunge, to immerse. It is always construed suitable to this meaning.” And this very learned Prebyterian translator, says that the word “Baptize never means sprinkle, or pour.” Hence it is just its rediculous to say “I baptize you with water.” as to say “I dip you with water.” The verb baptize expressing the act of induction, the preposition must be in or into. But let us now open the Greek Testament, at the third of Matthew, also open your common version at the same place. The very first word of the chapter is “In” — “In those days.” etc. Now look in the Greek and see that the word is en. Again in the same verse we have these words: “in the wilderness;” the preposition “in” is from the Greek EN. In the 3d verse, in occurs again — “The voice of one crying in the wilderness” — and is rendered from EN. The next instance is in the 6th verse, “And were baptized of him in Jordan.” The “In” is from the Greek EN. Now coming down to the 11th verse, we read “I indeed baptize you with water * * * He will baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” But what is the Greek word from which the preposithion “with” is taken? It is EN, the same that is translated in, nearly every time it occurs in the New Testament. Now it must be clear to all, that there can be no reason or honesty in changing the translation of the Greek word EN, from its regular English in, to with, in that verse. It must be apparent to all, that if to translate EN HUDATI,” with water, “EN TE ERNMO,” should be translated “with the wilderness, instead of in the wilderness. But a child can see that it were rediculous. If the Greek word en means with, it should have been so translated in verse 6, then it would read, “and were baptized of him with Jordan.” But they could not translate wrongly here, without every body seeing their dishonesty.
The Emphatic Diaglott, H. T. Anderson, Bible union, and George Campbell, all have rendered it in, according to the original. And the latter did so against the creed and precept of his own sect. The late revised Version, for the sake of their sprinkling creeds retained the “with,” but their conscience disturbing them, they put it “IN” in the margine, thus acknowledging to the original text. And the American part of that body translation, have put it on record at the close of the book, that they wished to put it “in” in the translation. This WRITING, or twisting of the Scriptures, to favor their dark age, papal sprinkling, is too staring to be hid.
As Geo. Campbell says, concerning this living “WITH.” They “allowed their judgements to be warped by the sentiments, and customs of the sect which they prefer. The true partisan, of whatever denomination, always inclines to correct the diction of the Spirit by that of the party.”
If the New Testament had said, “We are sprinkled with him in baptism,” would not every advocate of that popish rite say that it were settled, and that they were right, beyond dispute? It does not say that, but it does say that “we are buried with Him in baptism.” Now every one knows that to be buried is to be put clear under. So according to the plain words of God, no one is baptized in water, unless submurged under the water. But this burial in baptism, sprinklers try to wade by saying that it is spiritual baptism. But if that were even so, it would not weaken the force of the words one particle. For baptism must be the same act or opporation, whether in one element or the other. When John said, “I indeed baptize in water, but He shall baptize you in the Holy Ghost,” can any imagine that that same verb repeated in the same verse represents two different actions. This were an utter confounding of language. Anyone can see that whatever the verb baptize means, it must denote the same act in either water or the Spirit.. Except that in the one case the act is a literal one, in the visible substance water, and in the other, it is a spiritual operation in the invisible element, the Holy Spirit, the baptismal act must be the same thing, being expressed by the same word. Therefore if the Apostle meant spiritual baptism when he said “we are buried with Him in baptism,” it would prove immersion just as strongly, as if he directly alluded to water baptism, for the act is the same. The glorious sanctifying baptism of Holy Spirit, is simply clothed in figurative language, based upon, and shadowed forth from the literal act of water baptism. But that the words, “buried with Him in baptism.” in Rom. 6:4, alluded to the literal ordinance is very evident. Bead verses 3 & 4, know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism. Now in the third verse, baptism into Christ is of the Spirit, “For by one Spirit are we all batized into one body.” 1 Cor. 12:13. And when thus inducted into Christ, we are baptized into His death. That is, being merged into Christ, we are not only merged into, and made partakers of His life, His peace, His joy, but necessarily we are baptized into, and become sharers of His death. Therefore, i.e., because of this fact, we are buried with Him by baptism. As the Spirit baptism produces death to the world, water baptism, a literal burial, was instituted of Christ, as a monument of that fact. Baptized into Christ, into His death, “therefore we are buried with Him in baptism.” The two cannot be the same, for the latter is based upon, and because of the former. Hence the baptism into Christ is by the Spirit, and the burial is literal. Therefore the act of water baptism is a burial in water, hence an immersion. This fact is clearly shown by the preposition connected with the verb. “Baptized in Jordan,” “baptized in water,” “baptize you in the Holy Spirit.” In all these and other places, baptism is followed by in, (en in the Greek,) which shows that it is not an induction; hence an immersion. There is another preposition still stronger, that is connected with the verb baptize: namely eis, literly meaning into. “And that all were immersed into (eis) Moses in the cloud.” — Emphatic Diaglott. “For indeed, by one Spirit we are all immersed into (eis) one Body.” — 1 Cor. 12:13. — Diaglott. “Baptized by one Spirit into one body”. — common version. Mark. 1:9. We read that Christ was “baptized in Jordan.” The direct rendeing from the Greek in the Diaglott is. “And was dipped by John into (eis) the Jordan.” Now this Greek word eis is the one from which our preposition into is rendered. We have counted 590 instances of this word translated “into,” in the common version. Thus we see that the etymology of baptism makes it immersion. Would it not be rediculous to say, that the “people were sprinkled into Moses, or poured into Moses?” “By one Spirit we were all Sprinkled into one body.” “Know ye not that so many of us as were sprinkled into Jesus Christ were sprinkled into His death?” “Christ was sprinkled of John into Jordan.” Any one can see that sprinkle, or pour, cannot be put in the stead of the Greek word baptizo or baptize.
Therefore, baptize does not mean sprinkle. But when properly translated dip, or immerse, it corresponds with the preposition in, and into. “I immerse yon in water,” Christ was immersed “of John into Jordan.” So by the meaning of the word, is universally agreed upon by all Lexicographers, and schollars, and by the connection in the Scriptures, baptize only means dip or immerse.
OUR DEPARTURE FROM IOWA.
AFTER writing our last from here, we remained yet a week. We held meeting in the Woods school-house. and in the day time, in the saints houses.
The awful powers of darkness endervored to crush some of the little ones. But God delivered them, and we felt all, pretty clear, and about all established, in holiness. A few souls were converted, and some sanctified wholly, and anointed by the Spirit. Many were greatly strengthened. The “old leaven,” the deluded, and serpent beguiled, were fully purged out, and the “Church of the First Born,” was brought out clean and pure, from this taint. The whole was a complete victory, over the devils attempt to destroy the flock of God.. Since God by visions, and revelations, has brought to light the abominable works of darkness, one of the parties has been arrested, and is now under a thousand dollar bail bond. That deceived and deluded preacher, Roberts, has further proved his inter-fellowship, with the disgraceful set, by working for the guilty parties, and going on their bail bond.
Sabbath eve, March 22nd, we closed in the evening just before the night meeting.
It was a season of Christ’s presence, in deep and holy love. O how our hearts are knit together with those dear saints.
Truly they have been tried as with fire, but the conflict they have passed through, has strengthened their faith, and opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, which describe these perilous times. We left things in good heart, in love and union, and in much assurance. The Lord bless all those beloved, and kind saints.
Bro. James O. Smith, feeling called, and ordained of God by the Spirit, to take the oversight of the Church, and feed the flock of God; was ordained by the laying on of hands, to the office of an Elder.
May the Lord bless, and anoint the dear brother for the work.
Monday March 23d, we started for Hunnewell, Mo.
THE BETTER LAND.
Williamston Mich, Mar. 16th ’85.
DEAR TRUMPET READERS, seek the better land. Let your present home be a preparation for, and a pilgrimage, to a home in heaven. You are now in the wilderness; beset on every side, by enemies. Go forward, you are now in the deep vale, in the lowly retreats of a pilgrims life. Brethren, get up higher, there is better things for you, be thorough, and faithful, until death, and you shall receive a crown of life, be patient in tribulation, overcoming the world. The storms “will soon subside, and the clouds disappear, and the Sun of righteousness, burst in upon you, the winter gloom and desolation, will, soon pass away, and sweet fields arrayed in living green, and rivers of delight will spread them selves out before your enraptured vision. Remember, that the suffering of this present time, is not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in our hearts. In a few years at most, the conflict will be ended, and sighing, and weeping; shall flee away.
The armour and the battlefield, will be exchanged for the crown. Soon this typical homestead shall be exchanged for the antitypical home, and we shall unite in the songs of everlasting joy, and sing unto Him that loved us, and washed us in His own precious blood. To Him be praise and glory, for ever and ever.
Let the hope of soon entering that happy home, stimulate you to increased ardor in the cause of your Master. I think some who will read this paper, have snow white locks, and wrinkled brow, and faded cheeks, and these tell you that soon your pilgrimage will be ended, your tent homes dissolved, and Oh if you have made God, your strength and your portion for ever, you will welcome death with joy; yea you will be anxious to lay aside these garments, of toil and conflict, and soar away to that better home, where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest, for ever to be with God, “Even so come Lord Jesus.”
Let me go, I fain would follow,
Where I know their steps have passed,
For beyond lifes heaving billows,
Finding home, and heaven, at last.
While my exile heart is pining,
To behold my Father face,
There in His own brightness shining,
Beckon me to that blessed place.
Your sister, saved and sanctified by His precious blood.
“THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST BORN”
Pitt Ohio March 15, 1885.
DEAR BRETHREN IN THE LORD: I feel moved in the Spirit to write a few lines to the readers of the GOSPEL TRUMPET, that they may have a part of my experience, and light of the wonderful redemption that Christ has purchased for me, and not for me only, but for all humanity; that are willing to have His Spirit, dwell in their hearts.
It is over three years since I got the light and have felt His great power to cleanse from all sin, and to be kept spotless. The children of the Heavenly King, must first be purified, before they can be kept pure. Praise God for His willingness to both save and keep, lost and ruined man. And although I have enjoyed His presence, and power to save, through these few years, never have I so much as in the last few weeks. I am glad and thankful to God, that I do know what it is to hunger and thirst after righteousness, and to be filled. Praise God! so we are at rest and all sin has died out.
“No room for it-no need of it
All glory within.
Choose it before mirth
Tis heaven on earth,
Repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
A kingdom of righteousness set up on earth, by the “King of Kings; “peace on earth and good will to man.” The Spirit of Christ in us “The Church of the living God.” One Body of which Christ is the Head; each member is set in its proper place by Christ Himself; all are under His controle — No schism in the Body, none are allowed: held together by the love of God. There is a Church on earth, a living assembly;
One with the other do love to meet.
And love to wash, each others feet.
I am glad we can express our feelings and give light to each other, through the GOSPEL TRUMPET. I do hope that every saint on earth will throw in their mite, that has an opportunity, and may God add His Spirit’s power more than ever before, until all shall know the truth. And the honest heart shall find their way from sects and darkness, from creeds, and priest-craft, unto the pure and living Church. Oh how many thousand are led along, deluded and kept in darkness, by their sect Idol; taught that they can never be free from sin, need not expect to, as long as they live on this earth. They have gone to sleep, through delusion, and will sleep on, until time shall sweep them off, and they awake in the gulf of dispair. “Awake! Awake!! thou that sleepest” and flee to the city of refuge the New Jerusalem.
Let every saint blow the trumpet, until “the whole earth shall hear.” Up now, “let your light shine as a city set on a hill that cannot be hid.” Up! now is the time, let light come forth.
Yours in the Lord,
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Is the washing of the Saints feet an ordinance of the New Testament to be observed now? We answer, that if the teaching of Christ Jesus can be relied on at all, as ever meaning what it says, the above is positively a standing institution of Christ’s Church.
By reference to Matt. 26:21—27. Mark 14:18—24. John 13:21—30. we see that Both the Lord’s supper and feet-washing were instituted by the same Jesus the same night, and during the same pass-over meal. Both therefore are sustained by equal authority. Please open your Bibles now and read with us John 13. The first verse associates the love of Christ with His act of washing their feet. So that is an expression of His love. And in verses 34, 35. of the same chapter, He says, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another as I have loved you. * * * By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one for another.” Now while this new covenant of love, is to extend to a willingness to lay down our life for the brethren, it includes the manifestation of love, by His new commandment to wash one another’s feet, by which He also showed that He “loved them to the end.”
“And supper being ended.” ver. 2. This is evidently an incorrect rendering. The first three verses all together is an adverbial element qualifying, verse 4. When did he rise from supper? The first three verses answer the question. And it begins with, “Now before the feast of the passover,” etc. This is the same meal spoken of in the second verse. Now the feast as supper, could not be over, “before the feast.” The chapter also speaks of them eating afterward. The EMPHATIC DIAGLOTT translates, “and as supper was preparing.” “THE BIBLE UNION,” renders it, “And supper being served.” These renderings are consistent with the facts of the whole chapter Scriptures.
How particular in giving the exact parts of this ordinance, as set forth in Christ’s example, — verses 4, 5.
Notice how Peters refusal was received by Christ. The Son of God did not say as priests of Babylon do now, respecting His positive institutions. “All right, Brother Peter, “do just as you feel about it.” Nay. “If wash thee not, thon hast no part with my.”
Some say that Christ here practiced, an old Jewish custome. But Peter was a Jew yet knew not what Christ did.
In verse 10 Christ connects this wasting with moral cleansing. Showing that if sustains a relation to the purification of the soul by His blood. Baptism is a figurative, “washing away of thy sins.” Acts 22:16. The washing of the saints feet, being connected with Christ’s “new commandment” of perfect love, may represent the cleansing of entire sanctification. The wasting of the feet, will represent, the purification of our nature, to our extremities, “to the uttermost. And as we tread the earth with our feet, this ordinance represents that grace, whereby we fully “escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.” It is the water of entire separation between us and the world.
So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet For I have given, you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither he that is sent greater than He that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. Verses 12—17.
Here we have an explanation of Christ’s strange conduct. How did He interpret it? Did He tell them that He had simply washed their feet to show His love and humanity, and to put on reccord a scene that would always tend to promote humbleness of mind in His disciples? And that He had no other object in view? Now He did not talk as though the practical part of that feet washing, ended with His own act. He begins by calling attention to His authority to enact laws over them. “Ye call me Master and Lord and ye say well; for so I am.” Then He brings this acknowledged Lordship and authority to bear direct upon the precept He had already set forth by example. “If I then, your Lord and Master have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” This language and verse 13 seem to allude to the humiliation involved in this ordinance, it seems to say, “I know this duty is naturally a humiliating one, but you ought to be willing to stoop as low as I, whom you acknowledge Lord and Master; “For the disciple is not above his Lord.” “For I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you.” Here is a positive command, enjoining the practice, among the disciples, of the identical thing He had just performed unto them. Peter says “we ought to walk in His footsteps.” That Christ is our example in all things, the Scriptures clearly teach: but there is not on reccord to our knowledge a single act that Christ did, that He said at the time, “I have done this for an example, that ye should do unto each other as I have done unto you,” except the case of this ordinance. It would appear that the Son of God fore-saw how the wisdom of this world would take exceptions to this humility service, hence He enforced it just that much stronger than any other command. If any one doubts this ordinance of Christ; I ask you to tell us how Christ could have made it any plainer. Suppose that Christ wished to establish such an observance how could He enjoin it any more clearly and positively than He has? He performed the literal act of washing their feet that cannot be denied. He then said He did it for an example, that they should do to one another, the identical thing that He had done. Then He enforces the command by, both the word “ought” and “should.” “Ye ought to wash one anothers feet.” Ought means “morally bound.” Should is the same as shall, and is an imperative command. “If ye know these things happy are ye if ye do them” — ver. 17. What does, “do them,” mean? does it mean you need not do them? In this verse we have a special promise of happiness in doing this part of Christ’s will. This is another point in which Christ has put special stress upon this ordinance. He that thinks himself happy in discarding the ordinances of Christ is deceived of the devil, and knows not what spirit he is of. “He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me. And he that loveth me, him will my Father love.” Does not this make the soul happy? “If ye know these things happy are ye if ye do them.” Then we may know these things. How can we know them? The directions are plain. “If any man shall do His will ha shall know of the doctrine.” Now it is a fact that all who do the will of Christ, as set forth in John. 13, know of the doctrine, of this chapter. They know that it is a precious lovely and fruitful command of Christ. And they that refuse to do the word, remain ignorant of the doctrine. They refuse to comply with the conditions upon which Christ can let us know positively what He means. So they oppose that of which they know nothing about, and speak evil of that which they understand not. No one has a right to speak against Christ’s ordinances, but they that do them; for all others are ignorant of them, and the benefit they are to the soul. But the doers of the word, find the “blessing in the deed,” so they love and keep His ways, and have no complaints against Christ, for even the lowly ordinance of feet-washing. They always prove the Promise of Christ; while critics, murmurers, and fault finders, stand off in ignorance of the doctrine, and chafe over the happiness of those who “know and do those things.”
Why not feet-washing an ordinance?
1st Christ washed the disciples feet.
2nd He did it as an example or pattern for them to imitate.
3d He said they ,,ought” to, and “should” do to each other just what He had done to them.
4th He further encouraged them by the promise, — happy are ye if ye know these things provided, ye do them.
5th 35 years after Christ instituted this ordinance; Paul appeals to its practice as an evidence of true piety, and making it a condition in the widows of the Church that shall be admitted to the benefit fund. “If she hath washed the Saints feet;” 1st Tim. 5:10.
6th, That Christ Commanded the disciples to wash one another’s feet, no one but an infidel can deny. And in His final commission, He says, “Disciple all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” Matt 2:8.
7th Bless God we do know these things, because we do His will. We know positively, by the Word and Spirit of God that, with water baptism, the Lord’s supper that feet washing is also an ordinance of “Christ our Lord and Master.
“THEY ORDAINED THEM ELDERS IN EVERY CHURCH.”
ORDER is one of God’s highest laws, and as He “is not the author of confusion,” He is therefore the author of all order, rule, and regulation. Order is the opposite to confusion which is babylon, as that word means confusion. Many are crying, babylon! babylon! but they themselves are mixed and confused, not knowing what they assert, nor wherof they affirm. They oppose what God hath ordained. And through their ignorance, and for fear the enemies of the cross of Christ, will say it is sect making to ordain, of appoint the Elders and Deacons to their proper places and order. Hence they oppose God’s Word and order, and one of them even said, it was only for those certain cases mentioned in the Scriptures, (that is those mentioned, and practiced in the Apostolic Church,) but they say it was not handed down to us. They infere that God’s Word has changed, or that He is a respecter of persons. Those that oppose the ordinances of baptism and feet-washing and the Holy communion, do not deny the Word, or that they were practiced in the early Church. But like those who oppose the ordinate of ordination, they say they were not handed down to us, and not for us to perform. This is the rankest kind of heresy, and is propagated only by the spirits of error. But the Spirit of truth will “guide into all truth,” and “teacheth us of all things, yea the deep things of God.” But those who are destitute of the Holy Spirit, are always floundering, being mixed up, and harrased with unsettled questions and problems. But praise God! children understand the mysteries of the kingdom, and the children knoweth what the Father doeth. We will now proceed to give some Scripture respecting Bible ordination, and God’s order and laws relating thereto.
The Apostle says, let every thing be done decently and in order. 1 Cor. 14:40. The word order here is from the Greek word Taxis which means arrangement, order, or established order, executed order, which is opposite to disorder and confusion. Which is the case with all those who stumble at the word, they are in babylon confusion. Let us quote another text from Paul’s epistle to Titus 1:5. For this cause left I thee (Titus) in Crete that thou shouldest set in ORDER the things that are wanting, and ORDAIN Elders in every City as I had appointed thee. The Apostle also proceedes in the same chapter to give the necessary qualifications for thus ordained, as well as of their families. The Apostle says, “Set in ORDER the things that are wanting.” We see here that the congregations, or Churches were not in complete order without Elders to oversee, or take the oversight of the flock, as a Shepherd to ‘‘watch for their souls.” He was to set in order and ordain Elders in every City. Now the order in this text is from the Greek word DIATASSO which means to “arrange thoroughly or throughout.” To set in order is to arrange thoroughly. To ordain Elders in every Church or City, is to arrange throughout, even through all time in the Church every where — “In every City.” Yea in every Church, which we will speak of farther on. The word ordain in the text — Titus 1:5, is from the Greek word KATHISTEMI which means, “to appoint, or set in place, or order, or to constitute.” Constitute in one sense means to make, but not in the sense of to make, or qualify, which alone is the work of Divinity wrought by the Holy Spirit. As the Scripture saith, “a Bishop (or Elder) must be blameless” or perfect, and the Holy Spirit perfects through the blood of the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus.
For ordination in this sense we have the Greek word POIEO which means to make, in the sense in which Jesus made, and ordained the Apostles through the gift and power of the Holy Spirit. This is the very point where all those who have not the knowledge of the truth, flounder, and are stranded. They suppose that we must needs be, assuming too much authority, I and are Popes and Lords and become sect builders, not knowing the authority given us by the Holy Spirit. But they that have the unction from the Holy One know all things, for the Spirit searcheth all things.
Let us enquire into the authority given the teachers of the truth, by appealing to the written Word. In Acts 14:23. They ordained them Elders in every Church or congregation. Notice, who ordained them Elders? The Apostles, Paul and Barnabas who were teachers of the Word. After they themselves having been ordained, as Paul himself declares in both of his epistles to Tim. 1 Tim. 2:7. 2 Tim. 1:11. Of which we have a record in Acts 9:15- 17. And in 13:2, 3. Here we have his ordination in both senses. The first to make, from the Greek word POIEO, to qualify as the Lord said, “I have appeared unto thee for this purpose to MAKE thee a minister.” Which was by the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 9:17. In the second sense, which is the part with which God honors His ministers, in Acts 13:2, 3. “Now there were in the Church that was at Antioch certain Prophets and teachers.” What did they do? “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost saith, separate me, Saul and Barnabas for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.” Here we have the word ordain in the sense of, to put in their proper place, or to send out. From the Greek word TITHEMI. Then we have another Greek word, CHEIROTONEO, which conveys to our mind the manner in which the Evangelists and Teachers performed their part. The Word CHEIROTONEO means, to elect or ordain by laying on of hands, or imposition of hands and prayer. Thus the Apostles and teachers ordained Elders and Deacons in every Church.
See Acts 6:6. 13:2, 3. 14:23. Titus 1:4, 5. 1 Tim. 4:14. 5:22. In his first epistle he gives Timothy in the third chap, instructions in reference to the ordinations of Elders and Deacons, and tells him how to conduct himself if he tarries long. In his second epistle he instructs him again saying, “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men who shall be able to teach others also.” How was he to commit or entrust to others the things which Paul had communicated to him. In the Emphatic translation it is entrust. So he could entrust the case of the Churches to other faithful men, only by appointment or ordination. Hence it was not for a few select cases, as some affirm. But to be transmitted to others, for all time throughout the whole Church. By consulting the primitive history of the Church written by Eusebius giving us a correct history of the modes, and practices of the Church Fathers, from the very beginning, or even before the crucifixion
of the Savior, until over three hundred years after. In this history we find in all the Churches from the first century to the fourth. They ordained them, Elders and Deacons, by prayer and imposition of hands. We find also, although some of those whom the Apostolic Fathers ordained themselves, apostasized, and proved trator, some remaining, faithful but a short time. One in particular, only holding the office one month. Thus we find in our own times, and experience, some have proved trator in a few weeks. Then those who are always seeking occasion, set up a cry of false prophets! false prophets! because those ordained had thus fallen away. Upon those grounds the Apostles and teachers in the early Church might be proven false. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, and the Lord knoweth them that are His.” But let us purge ourselves from all the vessels of dishonor. “Let them alone they be blind leaders of the blind; if the blind lead the blind, they shall all fall into the ditch.” They are “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” But “all Scripture given by inspiration of God, is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Such will that man of God be, who holdeth fast the faith word. Amen!
CAMP, AND OTHER MEETINGS.
WE Publish the following list of Camp and Grove Meetings, and Assemblies, which is as well as we can lay out the work at present. If other meetings are desired, we will do the best we can to fill in between. Some of the following may, in the Lord’s providence require variations. Should the Lord raise up a little company of co-workers for each of us, we could get over more teritory by holding at two places at the same time.
We expect to hold an Ordnance Meeting with the Church at Dimondale Mich., as soon as practical, but cannot now announce the time.
Beaver Dam, Kosciusko Co. Ind., Pentecost Meeting, May 22—24.
Bangor Mish., Camp Meeting June 19 — 28.
Gratiot Co. Mich. Camp, or Grove Meeting July 24, to Aug. 2.
Jerry City O., Gamp, or Grove meeting, Aug. 7—16.
Sandy Lake Pa., Gamp Meeting, Aug. 21—31.
Payne O., Assembly Sept. 4—8.
Beaver Dam Ind., Assembly Sept. 25— 29.
Hunnewell Mo. Gamp Meeting Oct. 9—19.
Mt Pleasant Iowa, or vacinity, Assembly, beginning Oct. 23.
Joseph & Daniel.
ANOTHER NEW TRACT.
WHICH DAY TO KEEP.
BIBLE Proofs that the change from the seventh, to the first day of the week, was made by the Lord Himself.
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Like a ship, see the Church,
O’er the ocean she rolls;
Well ballanced with grace,
And manned out with live souls.
Midst whirl winds and tempests,
She sails through the world,
While storms, and temptations,
Against Her are hurled.
She is bound from the world,
Through the tempest She flies,
She sails o’er the ocean,
She is bound for the skies;
The high lands of heaven,
She still keeps in view;
Intends there to anchor,
And there land her crew.
She is hated, by worldlings,
Dispis’ed by fools
Who sails the black sea,
Till they shipwreck their souls;
She kindly invites them,
Their course to bewail;
Yet tarry not, for them,
But spreads the more sail.
The world, and the devil;
And sin, all unite,
And bold persecutors,
Do try, her to fight
To hinder her progress,
Her course to oppose;
She hoists no her canvas,
And out-sails her foes.
The ebbtide of nature,
That feeds the Dead sea;
And the gulf of confusion,
She steers her course onward,
Nor heeds the alarm,
With Christ in the vessel,
She smiles at the storm.
With all her sails hoisted,
A fair wind doth blow;
She mounts o’er the ocean,
With spray at the bow.
See, high o’er the Royal,
The white flag of peace,
She is bound for the harbor,
Where pleasures ne’er cease.
She is rapidly sailing,
With strong gales of love;
And soon will strike sounding,
On fair coasts above,
Mark the highlands of heaven,
And enter that road,
And anchor forever,
In the kingdom of God.
She has outsailed sect bable,
The old mother Rome,
Come out! all Gods people,
For She’s fallen down,
The habitation of devils;
And foul Spirits hold,
Fill her the cup double.
All that’s in the one fold.
Selected for the TRUMPET, with addition of last verse, composed by J. N. Howard.
Dear Brethren: — We are saved to the uttermost, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.
Justified, and afterward sanctified, by the Holy Ghost, with Jesus own blood.
Glory be to God for ever and ever! We stand on the sea of glass, mingled with fire. Hallelujah!
On Christ the solid Rock we stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
Glory be to God for His wonderful dealings to us. Since He sanctified us, we have taken Jesus for our ALL; He is our family physician, praise His holy name. He has wonderfully healed every member of our family, for which we give Him all the glory. For God hath not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Glory! Glory!! Glory!!
Therefore, we are not ashamed of the testimony, of our Lord, and we are partakers of the afflictions of the Gospel according to the power of God. We would love to meet all the dear saints at the TRUMPET GFFICE. We some times feel like leaving our little home, to win souls to Christ, only we want to know that thou God leadeth us. We want the prayers of all the dear saints of God, that we may know His will concerning us, more perfectly.
We have been asking the Lord to measure us out another thousand cubits, hallelujah! we feel that we are getting deeper into God. Dear brothers Warner, and Fisher, we would like to have you come and be with us, and hold meeting here, but the will of the Lord be done, We feel that you are needed here. The Lord is wonderfully using brother A. J. Kilpatrick. Glory to Jesus! he has this seal, “much people added unto the Lord.” But there has certain ones rose up, speaking perverse things, to draw away disdiples after them. They are grievous wolves, not sparing even the flock.” Saying that no man has any right according to the Word of God, to say he is justified, and sanctified, or to preach that God’s people must come out of babylon, or to preach against tobacco, or to preach hell, to the people saving, “they that do such things, are of the devil, and led by the blind.” And saying that, such as Bro. Fisher, and Bro. Warner, and Bro. Kilpatrick, are sinners and of the devil, renouncing every body as of the devil, that cannot see as they do.
We feel it our duty to say of whom is D. Dill, and P. B. Morley, the latter, in a certain meeting, while in a rage, under delusion, in renouncing certain ones, as of the devil, (prayed that God would cut a certain sister off in her sins, and send her down to hell, saying that his heart bled for the cause of holiness, for it was hanging over hell,; yea it had gone down to hell.) O may God in His mercy give those poor souls to see where they are standing, and give them willingness to repent.
To every saint of God, we say stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free, for these are truly, perilous times. Your brother in the kingdom and patience of Christ. Free from babylon and in the Church of the living God.
J. N. Howard.
OUR, dear beloved, sister, Emma Thomas, departed this life, March the 31st 1885. Sister Thomas, experienced a change of heart, some years ago, and joined the M. E. sect, where she remained untill some over one year ago. Under the straight preaching of the Gospel, by Bro. Fisher; finding that she had backslidden, renewed her covenant with God. Last September during the assembly, she received the cleansing of her heart, from all sin.
Her testimony on the Sunday of the 15th of March; was that God sanctified her soul, to do and suffer His will.
On the Sunday eve before she died, some of the sisters came in as usual, to help take care of her during the night, about 12 oclock they had prayer, and the Lord blesseb them all very much, the deceased offered up to God a fervent prayer, asking Him to take her two dear little boys, into His own special care, and save her husband.
And closed by saying that she was now ready to go. Our dear sister, on Tuesday eve about half past 9 oclock, fell asleep in Jesus, and was carried by the angels into the Paradise of God, forever to dwell with the Lord. She was about 40 years of age, leaves a husband and two sons, to mourn her loss; eldest eight, and the other four years of age. A faithful wife mother, and sister, has left us.
May God bless and save the deal husband, and keep the dear children, for His name sake.
THE WORK HERE.
Bucyrus Ohio. March 20th, 1885.
DEAR BRETHREN: — And saints every where. Peace be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. I want to tell you what the Lord Jesus is doing for me; He is bringing me through great trials, and keeping me so sweetly saved, and anointeth me, with that anointing which abideth. O glory to Jesus! There was two or three of us agreed to go through town, and visit those who could not go to meeting. We went to see a family, by the name of Friend, and the first time we went, the parents were strengthened, and the next time, two of the children were converted. That was last Tuesday eve.
Others feel their need of a Savior. O what a glorious meeting we had, hallelujah! God is with us all the time, in converting, and sanctifying, and, healing power. “These signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils,” they shall speak with new tongues, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall live. Hallelujah! for these promises; for they have been verified in our midst. Sister Slagle has been sick, the most of the winter, and for years betimes, with ulcerations of the stomach, and they have tried different remedies, but could not get any cure; only relief for the present. On the 25th of January, the saints met at Father Coats, and sister Slagle desired to be healed, according to the Bible; we laid on hands, in the name of the Lord Jesus, and she was healed from all her diseases. Glory to God, for His healing power. She is now, able to do her work, and to ride through the storm, six miles to meeting. O glory to the Lamb for ever. Hallelujah! Well the Lord is doing great things for His children here, find for sinners too, for He is saving them from their sins. O glory to Jesus! we have meetings from two to three times a week, and God meets with us every time. Father Coats, has another turner abcess, and he asks the prayers of all the saints, for his restoration. This one is on his right shoulder, the other was on his left, and God healed that, and He will heal this also, The doctor said that he must die but our faith says he will live, and he did live, and got well. Now pray that the devil may be defeated again.
Your brother saved and sanctified, by the precious blood of Jesus, and healed both soul and body.
A. H. Lea.
I often wonder, why do people cling so tenaciously to their sects? What help are they to their soul’s salvation? None at all; but a hinderance, and a drag: a weight to drag you down, and hinder you from rising, into the fullness of God. If you undertake to make any advancement in the higher life of Christ, you will find the great wall of sectism rearing up before you. But fear not to break through, for Jesus is outside of the wall. Now if Jesus is outside, He is not inside. “Let us go forth with Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.”
O, you say, “we only stay here for a home, we are not sectarian.” But you are, for the very fact that you adhere to the sect, and do not behold the body of Christ, proves that you are sectarian. Although you may be deceived, as “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruits of his doings.” — Jer. 17:9, 10. The blood of Jesus will cleanse you from all sectism as well as all other sin; and He will write your name in the Lamb’s book of life. In the 12, 13 verses of the above chapter we read, “A glorious high throne from the beginning, is the place of our sanctuary, O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee, shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me, shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters.”
Every good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 What good, then, did we receive that did not come from God? Or what element of salvation have we received that we could not have received by standing with Christ alone? Every thing else that men join, only attracts their attention from the blessed Son of God, who died for us. He only desires our attention.
He is our hiding place, “A man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. And the eyes them that see shall not he dim, and the ears of them that hear shall harken.” — Isa. 32:2.
So if we have received the Holy Spirit we cannot be blind as touching these things, for the Holy Spirit was given to guide us into all truth. And the Word of God is truth, and the Spirit agrees with the Word. And we do not find one word in the Bible favorable to sects. “For the Lord God is a Sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He with hold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in Thee.” — Psa. 84:11, 12. He is our dwelling place: for Jesus says, “He that eateth of my flesh, and drinketh of my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” — John 5:56. What better dwelling place, or home do we want than He? What more do we need? He is all and in all. All we need, in Him we find. He is the fountain of cleansing. He alone is to be praised. I am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him. “For behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the prince thereof, against the priests thereof and against the people of the land.” Jer 1:18. And we do not want any other walls, fences, or defences. Praise His holy name! He is “my goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He in whom I trust.” — Psa. 114:2. Also in the 12th verse we ready “That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace.
O I wish I could draw a picture of the glorious high tower, made up of polished stones, as the Lord showed it to me in a vision. Its glorious beauty connot be described, but I will try to give you an idea of it, as I saw it.
We had gathered stones from the fields and roadsides, and were at work polishing, and fitting them for the tower. While we were at work, passers by would enquired what we were doing: we explained that we were polishing these stones to fit in the tower. We did not build the tower, but we polished the stones to pat into it. The foundation and a part of the tower were laid. They also asked where we found these stones that were so beautiful; they had never seen any thing like them. As we were at work on one, we held it up in a position that they could look through it; it having already been polished on two sides. It was so pure inside, so clear, and bright and sparkling, clearer than glass, that they wondered where we found such rare stones. We told them that they were just common stones, the same as those that were lying on the ground about us, and that we had gathered them from the roadsides and fields. They expressed much surprise that such beautiful material was in those rough, hard, ugly looking stones. We informed them that they were changed while subjected to the process of polish-ishing.
Here the scene changed and we saw the tower completed. The stones were all set in their proper place in the body of the tower, and they were so closely joined together, that seems could scarcely be seen. It was a gradual slant from the foundation to the top. The top-stone was round and just fitted on the tower. It was like the other stones, sparkling and bright, but in the center of this stone there was a blood red spot, and the stream of light that shone every way from this stone, shone down through the rest of the tower. We could see the red and the rainbow hues streaming down through, and reflecting from each stone.
This tower is the Church God, the body of Christ. “Speaking the truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ: from whom 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. — Eph. 4:15, 16. I would suggest that you read the rest of the chapter. Also 1st chapter, 22d ver. “And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.” “And He is the head of the body, the Church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.” Who art thou, oh mountain? before Zerubbable thou shalt become a plain; and he (Zerubbable) shall bring forth the head-stone thereof, with shoutings, crying grace, grace unto it.” — Zech. 4:7. The great mountain is the sect which looms up before every one that undertakes to escape from babylon. Zerubbable are those that are “scattered to babylon, or born at babylon,” but returned from their captivity, to Jerusalem, bringing forth the head-stone with shoutings, crying grace, grace be unto it. Then are their eyes opened to behold Jesus only, and honor Him with His head-ship.
Arise! Shine! for the light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon thee “For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen in thee.” Isa. 60:1, 2. Yes it is reflected from every precious stone in the tower. And this is the Church of God, to which every sanctified child of God belongs. Having come unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, they all see eye to eye, and all speak the same thing.
Some time after receiving this sublime vision, I found in the writing of the Apostolic Fathers, a beautiful vision of the Pasture of Hermas. That very strikingly corresponds with the one the Lord gave to me.
“Our foundation is the Jesus,
He the topmost crowning stone;
Hallelujah! we adore Him.
King upon His living throne.
And His crimson glory streaming,
Through each crystal stone below,
Tints the whole ectatic temple,
With the beauty of His glow.
O the glory of the temple,
Far exceeds the former one;
All its stones are bound together,
In Love’s dear Eternal Son.
In this builbing, what a wonder!
There’s a dwelling place for me,
Yes thy beauty, O my Savior!
I shall here forever see.”
Latest News from the Field.
Dear Brethren: — Since last writing, I have seen some hot battles, and grand victories. I had some warm sieges in Pittsburg with the aristocratic holiness, it will not mix with the Lord’s kind. They tried to sing me down, and finally dismissed, to keep me from reading Christ’s prayer, for His disciples. They will not endure sound doctrine, having heaped to themselves teachers, having itching ears, they want smooth things.
I went from there to Breakneck Fayette Co. Pa. where Bro. Koonce was holding a meeting. Bro. Koonce has recently declared himself free from babylon. He is on the definite holiness line. At this meeting over 50 professed to he converted, and some claimed to he sanctified, and 24 were hurried with Christ in baptism. We had an ordinance meeting. There was much opposition from the sectarian, tobacco, and pride elements.
From there I came to Clarks Mills, Mercer Co. Pa. Began a meeting in the disciples house, but after two days they closed the house. They are not disciples of Christ, for they would not hear His Word. I am now at Fairview holding a meeting.
G. T. Clayton.
Beaver Dam Ind. March 9, 1885.
Dear Brethren; — I praise God through our Lord for full and free salvation. Hallelujah! I am saved by the blood of the Lamb. Well Brethren the work is going on here. The Lord is with His people, glory to His name! We have good meetings; last night one was converted in prayer meeting, and one a week ago. Next Sunday Bro. David Leininger preaches in the meeting house. Pray for us. Your Bro.
Jerry City O., Mar. 16th ’85.
Dear Brethren and all the saints: — God bless you all, and the TRUMPET. I give glory to God for His great salvation and deliverance from all sin. Glory be to God! We had a glorious meeting on the Lord’s day; the Lord is wonderfully blessing His dear saints in every meeting. Brother and sister Miller and myself were in Henry Co., assisting Bro. Dicky, and Bro Wilson in two meetings; there were a few souls saved and sanctified, in each meeting, and declaired their freedom in Christ. One sister was Justified and sanctified and gloriously saved from tea and coffee, and from her pipe, which was the worst of all her habits. Oh how she praises God for deliverance from all sin! The Lord blessed us in preaching the Gospel; sinners were made to tremble, and the devil in man was wonderfully stirred. Oh, my soul says praise the Lord for complete victory in my soul, through the blood. Oh, Hallelujah to God and the Lamb forever! and ever!! I am redeemed, and tried as by fire; I am made white through the blood, and by God’s grace I will stand. I am standing alone with Jesus: He sticks closer than a brother. Glory be to God! He will never leave, nor forsake, nor betray. Glory! Glory!! Glory be to God forever!!! and ever!!!!
Your Sister saved and sanctified just now. God bless you all, is my prayer. Amen land Amen!!
Dear Brethren: — We are all well, and saved, glory to God, and traveling on the high way of holiness. My soul is full of His love. God is showing me how to live by faith on His sure promises. It is glorious to work with Christ, obeying all His commandments.
Bro. Ecker, held a meeting two miles from Smithville; 20 converted, and a number sanctified. God has come to give wonderful light to His Church, which is the body of Christ, and they are walking out on His promises, and proving Him as good as His word. I believe the time is near at hand, when the inhabitants of Zion, shall no more say “I am sick; for Christ, the great Physician is in her, to take sickness away. I also praise God, that He is giving His saints the light of the holy Spirit to discern the works of the devil, and every evil spirit.
God meets with us in power, in our Tuesday night meetings, and we are looking to see souls saved. We are in God’s hands, ready for any thing He has for us to do, for His glory. Praise His name!
Your brother, saved.
SEEK FOR GLORY.
THE wise shall inherit glory.” — Prov. 3:55. “And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place in mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense.
This is a striking description of the divine glory and rest upon the habitation of the redeemed, and upon their assemblies. O Lord make us indeed the “shining of a flaming fire.” This shall be one defense; nothing but “joy unspeakable and full of glory,” is a sure protection against the enemy of the soul; he can break through our strongest resolutions, and defy our greatest vigilence, but that “wicked one cannot touch us,” when surrounded by, and filled with the shining, flaming fire of the Holy Spirit. “This honor hath all the saints.” It is purchased for us. Thus saith the Lord, “The glory which thou hast given me, I have given them, that they may all be one.” — John 17.
This glory is God Himself. — “The Lord shall be unto thee an everlastin light, and thy God thy glory.” – Isa. 60:19.
This glory is Christ Jesus — “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy Word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, * * * A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” — Luke 2:29—32.
This glory is the Holy Spirit. — If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God is upon you.” — 1 Peter 4:14.
The glory, then, which Christ gives to us, is really the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the triune God Himself. As He promised to come unto us, and bring the Father, and make their abode with us. “As God hath said, I will dwell in you and walk in you,” and as Paul prays, that “ye may be filled with all the fullness of God, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.” And in Him dwells all the God-head bodily.” Now the reception of the divine glory is the part of sanctification. “Therefore,” says Paul, “I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they may receive the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” The elect are the chosen and adopted sons of God. — 1 Thes. 1:4. That which is in Christ Jesus for elect or converted men, is the second work, and state of grace, The salvation is the cleansing of the heart, the glory is the coming in and abiding of the Father and Son, through the Holy Spirit.
“And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forever more.” — Eze. 37:28. But how shall the heathen determine that God is in the midst of Israel? Answer: “The Lord shall arise upon thee and His glory shall be seen upon thee.” And the result is “The Gentiles shall come to the light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” — Isa. 60:2, 3. The measure of glory seen upon the Church, is the measure of salvation, that goes fort from it.
“Theyshall come up with acceptance on Mine altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory.” — Isa. 60:7.
We wish to call the attention of all the saints, to the fact that the glory of the latter house shall exceed the former. Hag. 2:9. That proclaims the fact that the restored Church shall be filled with more glory than the apostolic. Now it is a fact, that in some respects we have not yet reached the glory of the Apostles day. And when we shall have attained to that standard, there is yet much room to still advance to the latter glory. The Lord help us, by much prayer, consecration, humiliation, fasting, and mighty faith to press out into the ocean of Divinity.
When seeking entire sanctification, all are brought to a consecration that requires implicit trust in the sure promises of God, without any reliance upon feelings, emotions, or anything else; believe that the blood cleanseth us from all sin, and testify to the same. Believe it regardless of feelings, emotions, and even in concious emptiness. Stay on the altar and believe that the blood cleanseth from all sin, and leave all the rest with God. Now this last sentence in one recpect is all right, but in another it is not, it is good advice to give to a seeker of holiness, but not to one that has entered the land. It will do to enter by, but not to live by. It is the truth, but not the whole truth. It is always sound in simple application to the fact of our purify, but does not properly grasp the provided supplies in this grace. It is a blessed stand-point to reach, the perfet establishing of our faith in Christ and His blood, for our purification. Here the soul will develop the “joy of faith,” and acquire the mighty “shield of faith,” that is able to quench all the darts of the enemy.
There are three things prominent in a definite act of faith, first, the discovery of a certain want in the soul. Second, the apprehension of a clear promise, or class of promises in the world, that meet that want, and, third, the act of confidence in Him that has promised, which grasps and appropriates that which He holds out to meet that felt want. Now the convicted sinner feels the awful need of pardon, and believing the promises of divine mercy, he receives the same, in justifiication, he will soon realize the need of deliverance from the inner foe, that wars against this new-born spirit in his heart; and the true Gospel light will soon enable him to obtain this desire of his heart. But to this grace, there is a negative, and a positive part, the cleansing out and the filling in. These are sometimes coincident, and sometimes they are not. When the latter is the case there must be a definite faith to obtain the positive fullness, and in either case there must be a definite faith to retain the Holy Spirit, just as we maintain perfect heart purity. The defect in the faith of many, respecting the gift of the Holy Spirit, will appear from the use they make of this text, — “that Christ may dwell in your heart by faith.” Those who suppose that a perfect consecration, and an abiding faith, for purity, meets all the conditions to the reception of the infilling that God sees proper to give, use this text as a consoler in their emptiness, instead of something to take hold of and be filled. They reason thus, “I am all the Lord’s, by faith I am washed in the blood, hence I must be ‘filled with the Spirit.’ True I do not realize His presence, I am empty, week, and fruitless: but this must be all right. We are to pay no attention to feeling; for ‘Christ is to dwell in our hearts by faith.”’ Thus the very promise that God has given us by which we are to believe for, and receive the living Christ into our hearts, is distorted into an apology for being without His indwelling. Instead of using it as the basis of an act of faith, receiving and a constant exercise of faith, retaining Christ in the heart, through the Holy Spirit, they simply draw from it a blind and genial conclusion that Christ is dwelling in their hearts, though conciously empty, lean, and powerless. Having the prerequisite condition of a pure heart, and a mere genial faith in the Spirit, they rest there. Theirs is a lazy, passive, but not active faith. Suppose a sinner were to believe that because God promises to regenerate his soul, and he is passively willing, that therefore he is born of God; would he not believe a lie? Suppose a believer were to take it for granted that because God promises sanctification to believers, and be having entered the prerequisite grace, and is passively willing to be sanctified, therefore he is sanctified, would it be the case? Not at all. Likewise to form a genial conclusion that the Holy Spirit dwells, in His personal fullness in our heart, and are passvely willing, or even anxious He should, is confiding in the possession, instead of confiding in God for the possession. It is taking it for ganted that we have the ever abiding Comforter, because we are where we may receive Him, instead of receiving Him by faith. As it were, it is Christ dwelling in you heart by guess, and not by faith.
O beloved children of the holy land, we graciously realize, and most sincerely wish to impress your mind with the fact, that it is our duty, and most gratious privilege to grasp and constanly hold by faith, the Holy Spirit, just as we believe for perfect and constant cleansing.
He that truly believes for the constant indwelling of the Father, and the Son, through their representative, the Holy Spirit will not always have the same feelings and emotions, nor will the Spirit always manifest Himslf in the same degree of power; but with all these variations there will certainly always be a realization of His abiding presence in our heart, and a manifestation of His power in our life. This fact is clearly sustained by Scripture. Christ did not only promise to come unto the disciples, bring the Father with Him, and make His abode with them, but He also said “I will manifest myself unto you,” The Comforter, it is said, was to “abide with us forever.” — John 14:16. And Paul speaks of this holy life as having “Christ revealed in him.” Therefore be assured that as it were disgusting, and self contradictory for a man to profess being healed when stiil continuing helpless and suffering on his bed; and as it is proof of either hypocracy, or deception, for a man to profess entire sanctification when yet feeling and manifesting unholy tempers; even so it is insonsistant for a man to claim to be “filled with the Spirit,” when self concious of emptiness before God. We do not say that men must wait until they are made conciously well, before believing in Christ for healing, nor that they should defer faith in Christ, for justification, or sanctification, nor yet for the Spirit baptism, until they realize it. No, for faith in every form must go before its effect. But just as sure as a true faith for the cleansing, will result in a pure heart, and a genuine trust in Christ for healing, will take a man out of his bed, put strength in his body, and set him going, and praising God. So a Scriptural faith for the Holy Spirit of God brings the melting fire, and mighty power of the Comforter into your soul, and His fruits in your lire. Therefore you have no more right to claim that you have the Holy Spirit, when yet empty and barren, than a man has to profess perfect holiness, when in the filthiness of the flesh, and spirit. O my brother do not live short of the real melting holy fire of God in your soul. If you do not realize Him, rest not until you find out the defect in your faith. Remember that there is a consecration, and self sacrifice, to God, from which faith will naturally, and easily grasp every thing in the realm of your true needs, for both soul and body. Yea every thing in all the many thousand exceedingly great and precious promises of the Bible. Remember also that every thing pertaining to our salvation, and spiritual equipment, must be received by the exercise of definit, appropriating faith, and retained by the exercise of definite holding faith. O I do praise God that we need not go about with our soul crying out, “my leanness, my leanness,” and yet conclude that it must be all right, since Christ and the Holy Spirit dwell in our hearts by faith. Yes it is by faith, but do not be deceived, brethren, for faith that does not bring realization, is a dead faith, — no faith. O let all the pure in heart press to God for His precious fullness. Sink into all the depth of the Divine will, definitely believe for the Holy Spirit, the baptism of fire, and the precious anointing that abideth forever. And according to your faith, so be it unto you. Amen!
Dear Brethren: — I would like to write a few words of my present experience.
Glory to God in the highest for salvation that saves me just now. It keeps and saves me by the moment. Halleluiah to the Lamb! the Savior said “If ye abide in me, and my words abibe in you ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you”
I believe it. Jesus is mine and I am His, and all His promises are mine. I have only to ask and there comes a voice from the excelent glory saying, “all I have is thine.” O the preciousnes of this Salvation! My soul exults at the thought. I am proving that “tribulation worketh patience: and patience experienc, and experience hope, and hope maketh not ashamed, becouse the love of God is shead abroad in my heart, by the Holy Ghost given unto me.” Dear saints we have nothing to fear, the Lord of host is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge. Amen!
Mrs. B. M. Isham.
Marionvill. Mo. Feb. 19th, ’85.
Dear Brethren: — I like the TRUMPET very much. I am out on the promise, and under the blood, which cleanses me from all sin. Wife and I are free from all sects.
The holiness cause is spreading here, and we are praying the Lord to send some of you here to preach the pure, straight Word of God, that it may spread still farther.
We have some very hard battles to fight here, for sanctification. In a protracted meeting here, one woman told my wife she should keep still; as her testimony put a damper on the meeting. But she said she would be led by the Spirit. There is nothing being done in the meetings. We are drinking at the fountain. Your brother, saved and sanctified.
John F. Marler.
GLENDYLE MARCH, 17th 1885.
Dear Brethren; — in christ, may the Lord Jesus bless you with all Spiritual blessings in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. A men! I do praise God for salvation full and free! just now in my soul. I have complete Victory over all the powers of the dragons. The devil may howel and threaten to stop us from preaching the Word of God. All his threats are as chaff, in the sight of God. Jesus says, nothing shall by any means hurt you; For greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world. Praise God! we are not of this world, therefore, the world hateth us. Hallelujah to Jesus! I am willing to suffer persecutions for Christ’s sake. I am willing to follow His steps. God turns these light afflictions unto His Glory. I can rejoice when I am persecuted, for I know it is for Christ’s sake.
Well Brethren I can say to the glory of God, that His power in my soul, is being increased every day For the last month it seemed to me, that the very Heavens was opened to my soul, while preaching the awful Word of God. And when I pray it seems that the Lord Jesus was walking about in my soul.
Well I have the Word on my side. “One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all” Eph. 4:6. Praise Jesus for the Holy Ghost, that I do feel in my soul, just now.
I would rather have one baptism of the Holy Ghost, than all the college education that could be brought forth.
Well Brethren; Bro. Grover and I, have been to work in this place, for the Lord. Four consecrated for pardon; and God gave them the witness of the Spirit; and three for sanctification. The saints have been wonderfully strengthened by the Word of the Lord.
Well Dear Brethren, pray for us, that we may do the will of God in all things. I stand equiped, ready to fight for Jesus at all times. May God bless all the saints of God all over the land. Amen! From your Brother in Christ:
Waukon Iowa March 6, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — How my soul doth magnify the Lord, and my Spirit doth rejoice in my Savior, this morning, for what He is doing for the dear saints.
Although feeble in body I feel strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. “O praise the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” As I was reading Bro’s Daniel and Joseph’s pieces in the TRUMPET last evening. O how my soul was strengthened. I do praise God for His precious truth, and for sending out faithful, Holy Ghost men, who do not shun to declare the whole truth as it is in Christ Jesus. Beloved brothers, I see that the Stumbling Stone is growling at you, but never mind that, keep your faces like a flint set forward in God’s line of battle. He will take care of His truth, and all that are devoted to the same. His sheep hear His voice; they know the voice of the true shepherd, praise God! but a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from the voice of a stranger.
I must say, I am somewhat slow in coming to the truth, on some points, but when once thoroughly convinced, I take my stand firmly on the side of truth. I relish strong meat, and believe in the “hail and fire, mingled with blood,” as brother Warner teaches. I also praise God for the precious testimonies of the redeemed saints.
Enclosed find $1.00 for the TRUMPET. Husband and I would love to send $5.00 or $10.00, if we could. Will do more from time to time as the Lord helps us. I have sent coppies of the TRUMPET to friends in Vt. and Minn. Would like to help scatter the precious truth in many ways.
Just a few of us met together in this place, free from sect bands. The babylon forces are arrayed against us. We ask your prayers that we may not shrink, or turn from the truth. We are praying that God will raise up, and send forth more faithful, holy fire ministers. O that God may send some such to this place. Please accept this with much love for all the saints.
Your sister redeemed by the lood of the Lamb.
Clara A. Barham.
Bangor Mich. March 24, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — To-day finds us rejoicing in Jesus, praise His dear name forever. He is our wisdom, sanctification, and redemption. In Him all fullness dwells, and we are complete in Him. Hallelujah forever amen! God has a few little ones here standing on the precious Word striving with one mind and one mouth to glorify Him. O praise His dear name for the true fight that now shines.
Grand Junction Mich Feb. 1885.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord leads me to send in my testimony, on the Lord’s side. The Lord is blessing me. I can say that I am saved and sanctified to-night, and kept by the power of God. Your Bro. in Christ.
Willie C Griffin.
Grand Junction Mich. Feb. 3, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I am saved by the blood of the Lamb, and I am walking in the light of God, and I am praising the Lord with all my heart, and I can’t praise Him enough. Praise His name forever for what He has done for me, for taking my feet out of the miry clay, and placing them on the solid Bock which is Christ. I am saved from all sin.
Frankie E. Nichols.
Grand Junction Mich. Feb. 3, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — Glory to God forever! I praise the Lord with all my heart for complete salvation. Glory to God! I am saved from all sin, and from the snare of Adventism, and all sect idols. Glory to God! it does not hurt me to hear the Adventist sect denounced. For I know it is not of God. O I do thank God for an honest heart to accept all the truth. We had a good Holy Spirit meeting last Sabbath. The power of God was wonderfully manifest. Bro. Grover was there, and we had a feast for the soul. Thank God, one more of my family is saved to walk with us. O I cannot glorify God enough for what He has done for me and my family. Glory to Jesus forever and ever. Amen!
Your sister saved and sanctified, and kept by the power of God.
Port Creek Kansas March 10, 1885.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led this Sabbath morning to send in my testimony to the truth of God’s Word to all that will believe. I have consecrated myself to Christ and as He is the Altar, He sanctifieth me, the gift. And I know that I live move and have my being in Him. Jesus, blood cleanseth me from all sin. I feel that all of this world has been shaken out of me as far as I know; and nothing but God’s Word stands, for it endureth forever, and Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen!
Clara M. Phillips.
May God keep up the shaking till all quaker heresies and doctrine of devils are shaken out and we are made free and left to obey God’s Word in all things. So like the Apostle James we shew forth our “faith by our works.”
Geneva Center March 7, 1885.
Dear Beloved Brethren in the Lord: – May God bless you all in the great work of the Lord. We cannot well do without the TRUMPET. I am so glad I can say, I am a child of God, sanctified and tried. Praise the Lord! and kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last day. Amen! O the glory shines so bright, it fills my soul with heaven. Your sister saved by the blood of Jesus.
O. J. Beebe.
Weston Ohio March 2, ’85.
Dear Brethren: — We write to assure you that we remember you, and very much appreciate your paper. After reading it we gave it to our neighbors to read. Some have expressed a desire to have brother Warner come here and hold a meeting. There are a great many good people here that are not connected with any sect, and they are opposed by all who have their names written on earth, in the sect books. Some of them I look upon as being the salt of this community. We need some one who is free from sectism and filled with the Holy Spirit, and the knowledge of the Word of God to preach to us. Come as soon as you can. Come in the name of Jesus. Yours truly.
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