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lulled to sleep, it can be corrupted, and the devil can pervert it, so that Saul of Tarsus can be persuaded that he is doing God service in persecuting saints. But with all this the conscience can never die, and when it is waked up by God's truth it does its proper office in taking part with God and justifying Him; this is what it will do in hell, it will justify God, while the will and the heart will be utterly alienated from God, and let loose on the creature himself.

Is conscience a faculty that was acquired by the fall ?

If I am in health, I do not notice that I have a hand; but let it be hurt, and at once I know it. So with Adam in uprightness; his conscience came into office when he sinned; it sounded the trumpet then, but the faculty of conscience he possessed before ; and it approved him when upright, and condemned him when guilty.

Think of Julius Caesar and Judas Iscariot in hell. They must both condemn themselves. Julius Cæsar must say, “I am punished here, and am banished from my throne, because I covered it with guilt.” But Judas Iscariot would have to say, “I knew the King of kings, I kissed His face, I betrayed Him!” A worm that never dies must Judas have, such as Julius Cæsar can never know. The hell of the future begins even now on earth.

Rom. ii. 1-11 shows that God has this rule of executing judgment upon man. He executes it after long-suffering; and let us remember that He did not deal in long-suffering when He cast out from their habitation the angels that sinned, but he does deal in long-suffering with man, on the ground of the atoning sacrifice of the Son of God. God does not execute judgment before warning has been given, and long-suffering has come to an end. God makes such a manifestation to man of his state as to leave no more room for long-suffering; and the wickedness of man compels Him to arise and execute judgment. Then man's confession will be like that of Pharaoh, “ The Lord is righteous, and I and my people are wicked.” God will never fail in procuring from His enemies an acknowledgment of the righteousness of the sentence which His judgment pronounces on sin.

The evangelist must take heed to show not only the justice of God in condemning the sinner, but the equity of the punishment. Salvation is of God, but damnation is of the sinner. Oh, let us yearn over the souls of the unsaved, but let us get our yearnings in the Father's house. Then we shall go to preach the whole truth; but if we are merely driven by conscience, or if our motive is only care for souls, we shall preach a stunted gospel. If we are not in communion with the Father's love, it will not be natural for us to talk of the pleasures of the Father's house. It must be our chief business to dwell there, then we shall know the power and warmth of the Father's love, and we shall be constrained to speak of it, whether to saints or sinners, as those who “have known and believed the love of God."



“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus ; when THEREFORE He had heard that he was sick, He ABODE TWO DAYS still in the same place where He was.” (Jno. xii. 5, 6.)

" Trophimus have I LEFT at Miletum sick.” (2 Tim. iv. 20.)


“ He saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side . . . . and there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow : and they awake Him, and say unto Him, Master, carest Thou not”—“pertaineth it not to Thee” (Wiclif)—“that we perish? And He arose, and rebuked ”_"menaced

-” (Wiclif)—“the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be :still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful ? How is it that ye have NO FAITH ?”

“ What dread ye ?

Ye have no faith yet.” (Mark iv. 35–40— Wiclif.)


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“ Lord, and what shall this man do ?.... What is that to THEE ? follow thou Me." (Jno. xxi. 21, 22.)

They .... were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia. After they were come to Mysia, they ASSAYED to go into Bithynia : but the Spirit suffered them not.” (Acts xvi. 6, 7.)

“Paul dwelt TWO WHOLE YEARS in his own hired house (with a soldier that kept him], and received all that came unto him.” (Acts xxviii. 30.)*


“We hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly; working not at all, but are BUSYBODIES. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with QUIETNESS they work, and eat their own bread.” (2 Thess. iii. 11, 12.)

Let none of you suffer as a BUSYBODY in other men's matters.(1 Peter iv. 15.)

“ As touching BROTHERLY LOVE ye need not that I write unto you .... but we beseech you, brethren, that

* Connect with this, Joseph in prison ; Moses in the desert ; David keeping his father's sheep.

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ye increase more and more; AND that ye STUDY to be QUIET, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you ; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without.” (1 Thess. iv. 9-12.)

IN FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS. “ Likewise ye wives be in subjection to your own husbands; that if any obey not the word, they also may, without a word be won by the behaviour of the wives." (1 Peter iii. 1.)

“So that the spirit be at rest and quiet: which spirit is before God a thing much set by.” (Ch. iii. 4—Cranmer.)

“Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall; for the man will not be in rest until HE have finished the thing this day.” (Ruth iii. 18.)


“He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding; but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” (Prov. xiv. 29.)

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be PUT AWAY from you, with all malice.” (Eph. iv. 31.)

“ Charity . . . . doth not behave itself unseemly is not easily provoked BEARETH all things endureth all things.” (1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5–7.)



“Settle it .... in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: for I will GIVE you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. . . In your patience POSSESS ye your souls.” (Luke xxi. 14-19.)


“ The Lord direct your hearts into the . . . . patience of Christ.” (2 Thess. iii. 5; R.V.)


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Except the Lord build the house, they labour IN VAIN that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but IN VAIN. It is VAIN for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows : for so He giveth His beloved sleep," or “when asleep."

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God GAVE THE INCREASE. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth ; but God that giveth the increase." (1 Cor. iii. 6, 7.)

‘Now the God of PATIENCE and consolation grant you to be likeminded one towards another, according to Christ Jesus.” (Rom. xv. 5.)

“Thanks be to God, which GIVETH us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ. THEREFORE, my beloved brethren, be ye STEDFAST, UNMOVEABLE, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is NOT IN VAIN IN THE LORD.” (1 Cor. xv. 57, 58.)

We had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not trust in ourselves, but in GOD WHICH RAISETH THE DEAD.” (2 Cor. i. 9.)



THOUGH the expression “the church” is only found in the New Testament, there are very instructive types of the church in the Old Testament.

In Genesis v. we find a very short history of Enoch: "And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” This gives us an encouraging picture of the

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