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truth mystified by Trinitarianism, 84.-Mystery pleaded, 84.-- Orthodoxy absurd,
84.—The Trinity of the Scriptures, 84.-God One Father, 84.- Proof texts, 84.–1
John v. 7, spurious, 85.-Unity of nature, 85.-All energy from an UNKNOWN CENTRE,
85.-Deity in person localised in the heavens, 86.-Ascension of Jesus, 86.-Deity in
personal manifestation, 87.-On Mount Sinai, 87.- This personal presence constantly
implied, 87.-God's existence underived, 88.-All things from and in Him, 88.-Ab.
surdity of " creation from nothing," 88.-Spirit, the basis of being, 88.- The relation
between Father and Spirit, 89.—The Father in heaven the Spirit everywhere, 89.–Spirit,
the agent of the Father, 89.-An universal element in nature, 89.-Electricity, 90.--
Illustrations from nature, 90.- Holy Spirit as distinct from Spirit, 90.-Demonstrated at
Pentecost, 91.–Also in the Christian miracles, 91.–Necessity of miracles in producing
conviction, 91,- The gifts of the Spirit in the government of the early ecclesias, 92.-
Absence of Spirit-manifestation in this age, 93.-Animal excitement mistaken
for the Spirit's infuenco, 94.-The Spirit in the written word, 94.-Days
of barrenness predicted, 94.-ANGELS, 94.-Manifestations of God, 94.-Tho names
of God considered, 94. -A dificulty explained, 95.-Augels, corporeal beings in perfec.
tion, 95.- Resembling human beings, 96. -Prototypes of righteous men, 96.–TAE
NATURE OF CHRIST, 97.—Opposite opinions, 97.-Both unscriptural, 97.-Mutilation of
Matthew and Luke by Unitarians, 98.-Genuineness of passages considered, 98.-
Christ was more than an example, 99. - Christ, a man, constituted Son of God, by the
mode of his conception, by anointing of the Spirit, and by resurrection from the dead,
100.-Christ's pre-existence discussed, 101.- The CRUCIFIXION, 104.- A manifestation
of love, 104.-The principles involved, 103. — Adam's condemnation, 105.-Human
disobedience, 106.—The Eternal Law, met and triumphed over, in Christ's death and
resurrection, 306.—The means of securing the benefit-belief of the truth and baptism,
107. -Christ the second Adam, 107.-Natural virtue no foundation of hope, 108..... 83
LECTURE VII.-THE DEVIL NOT A PERSONAL SUPERNATURAL BEING, BUT
THE SCRIPTURAL PERSONIFICATION OF SIN IN ITS MANIFESTATIONS
The position of the devil in modern theology, paçe 109.—The importance of knowing
whether there is a personal devil or not, 110.-The Bible doctrine of the devil an integral
part of the gospel, 110.-The orthodox devil a fiction, 111.-His immortal existence
impossible, 111.-A mortal devil an absurdity, 112.—No formal devil theory in the
Bible, 112.-The temptation ic the garden of Eden, 113.—The serpent the tempter, 113,
-"Satan " out of the question, 114.--The tradition about the devil being a fallen angel
examined, 114.—The fallen angels of Jude and Peter not alive, 114.- Consigned to death
for their disobedience, 114.-The earth the probable scene of their rebellion, 114.-The
"dragon ” of Revelations a political symbol, 114.—The Hebrew word “Satan,” its
use and meaning in the Old Testament, 116.-Where translated and where untrans-
lated, 116.- Job's “Satan," 117.-Other instances, 117.-"Satan" in the New Testa-
ment, 118.—“Satan” at Pergamos, 118.-Peter & “Satan," 119.-Tho "Satan” to
whom perverts were handed over by the apostles, 119.-Paul's “Satan,” 120.—The
"Satan" that entered into Judas, 120.-The spirit of the flesh the great “Satan," 121.
--The popular “ Satan "excluded by experience, 122.-“ Devil" a Greek word, 122.-
Its meaning, 123.-Its use in the New Tes’ament, translated and untranslated, 123.-
The devil destroyed by Christ, 123.-Sia put away, 124.—Sin in the flesh the great
devil, 124.—" Devil," a personificati'sa of a principle, 126.—Personification common
in the Scriptures, 126.—Illustratio'ası, 126.-The reason of sin being called the devil,
127.—The fall, 127.-Instigation of the serpent which constituted itself the calumni.
ator (devil) of God, and the a'i rersary (Satan) of man, 127.–The works thereof, 127.-
Mankind the children of the devil, and, aggregately, the devil himself, 128.- The
temptation of Jesas, 12%,.---Casting out of devils (demons), 128.—The origin of the
expression, 130.-Deraons of Pagan invention, 130.-The theory reflected in ancient
language, 131.-Christ's conformity to popular speech, 131.—"Demons," a name for
epileptic disorders, 131.–Modern parallels--a declaration, 132.............
The importance of understanding the kingdom of God, page 133.-Its relation to the gospel,
133.—The crucifixion only a part of the gospel, 133.–Different ideas of the kingdom,
134.-Its true nature shown from the Scriptures, 136.-God's purpose to broak up tho
exi ting system of nations, and to establish a kingdom of His own, 137.-Nebuchad-
nezzar's dream, 137.—Daniel's interpretation, 137.-Its verification in history, 138.--
The crisis at the door, 139.-The stone, 140.--Kingdom of God on earth, 141.- The
king—the aristocracy—the people, the territory, the laws, the government of the future
age, 142.-An ideal despotism, 143.-Glorious results, 144.—The kiogdom preached by
Jesus and the apostles out of the prophets, 144.—The sacrifice of Christ in relation to
the gospel, 144.–Popular preaching destitute of the kingdom, 145.—The practical
teaching of the New Testament and the kingdom of God, 146.—The attitude of modern
professors to the kingdom of God, 147.—The duty of the honest, 148.....
New Testament references to the promises, page 149.-The common view, 150.-An ortho-
dox mistake, 150.—The promises unfulfilled, 150.—The promises to Abraham quoted, 150.
- Analysis of the promises, 151. -The Abrahamic nation of the future, 151.--The
promised land, 153.-Palestine never yet occupied under the promise but under the
law, 153.-Hope of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 153.-The city having foundations,
153.-Prophetic announcements, 155.—The fulfilment of the promise, 155.-Christ co.
heir with Abraham, 156.-The saints future joint possessors with them, 156.- The
Holy oblation of the land, 156.—The divine encampment, 156.- Arithmetical objec.
tons and answers, 157.-Christ a future conqueror, 157.–The future blessedness of
the nations when Christ reigns, 158.-No blessedness at present, except individual, and
that in a very feeble degree, 158.—The mission of the law of Moses, 159.-Reason of
tne proinises being made, 160.-An impossibility versus & necessity, 160.-Solution in
the confirmation of the promises by Christ, 161.-The new covenant, 161.-The con-
clusion of the whole matter, 161.......
Wisdom of God's designings, page 162.—The kingdom of God, 162– its mission, 162.-Its supe
pression of "all enemies” on the earth, 162.-Order of their subjugation, 163.—Mal.
government, as in Africa, Asia, Europe, &c., 163.- Ignorance and depravity, 164.—Re.
formatory institutions of the future age, 164.–Jerusalem the centre of enlightenment,
164.-National pilgrimage, 165.-Abolition of death, 165.-The time when, 167.-The
mode of its extinction, 167.—Post-millennial rebellion of nations, 167.– Final judg.
inent, 167.-The book of life, 167.—The lake of fire, 167.—Abdication of Christ, 172.-
The eternal ages, 173.-The kingdom a transitional dispensation, 173 .......
LECTURE XI.-CARIST THE FUTURE KING OF THE WORLD.
Object of the lecture, 174.–Popular views of Christ's kingship, 174.—Their defectiveness
demonstrated-kingship of Christ, 175.—Jewish notions, 175.-Expectations of the
disciples, 175.—Modern condemnation, 175.—The testimony of the prophets, 175. -New
Testament corroboration, 176.–The angelic annunciation, 176.--The throne of David,
176.-Christ the heir, 177.-Incidents at Bethlehem, 178.-Christ's care for Jerusalem,
179.-Destiny of the city, 180.-Metropolis of the future age, 180.-Popular recognition,
181.- Parable of the vineyard, 181.-Christ's claims, 183.-His crucifixion, 182. -Jesus
of Nazareth the King of the Jews, 182.-Glory of the future age, 183
The Davidian clause in the Abrahamic covenant, page 184.-New Testament proof that the
covenant with David referred to Christ, 185.-The last words of David, 185.—Their
allusion to Christ, 185.—The text of the covenant, 185.-A preliminary objection, 186.-
The covenant not realised in Solomon, 186.-Its verification, so far, at Christ's first
advent, 187.-Ohrist's sonship, 187.-His sufferings, 187.-His position as the first-
born, 188.-His exaltation, 188.–Part of the covenant not fulfilled, 188.—The throne
of David to be restored, and occupied by Christ, 189.–Prophetic testimony, 189.-
David to be contemporary with the restoration, 190.--Christ the builder of the future
temple, 191.–National worship in the future age, 191.-Periodical pilgrimages to
Jerusalem, 191.—Ezekiel's temple, 192.-Evidences of its futurity, 192.-The measure-
ment of the building, 193.—The new city, 194.-Its size and magnificence, 194.-
Restoration of sacrifices, 194.-Evidence of the fact, 195.—The reason of the thing, 195.-
Probation in the future age, 195.-Spiritual education during the millennium, 196.-
Mystification of prophecy by orthodoxy, 196.-Tyranny of established opinion-the
system to be broken up by Christ at his coming, 197
LECTURE XIII.-THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST THE ONLY CHRISTIAN
The beauty of Christianity, page 199.—The one hope, 200.-Importance of knowing what
God has promised, 200.-Future exaltation of the saints to power, 200.- Prophetic
intimations, 201.-Christ's promises, 201.-Three opportunities of correction, 202.-
The result, 203.- Death of Christ, 204.- His ascension, 204. -Promise of return, 204.-
His second coming the time of reward, 205.-Post-ascensional preaching of the
apostles, 205.-The hopes of converts, 205.-New Testament quotations, 207.—Slumber
of Christendom, 208.-Necessity for preparedness, 208
The Jews as commonly regarded, page 209. Their importance in the divine schemes, 209.-
Salvation as pertaining to the Jews, 209.--Necessity of becoming true Jews in order to
be saved, 210.-The hope of Israel, 210.-History of the Jews, 211.–Their speciality as
God's nation, 212.—The "good things” promised to them, 213.-Restoration to their
own land, 213.-Return of Christ to reign over them, 213.-Identity of their hope with
that of the true Christian, 217.-Difficultios considered, 218
LECTURE XV.-COMING TROUBLES AND THE SECOND ADVENT,
Popular dislike of the subject, page 220.-Oircumstances attendant on establishment of
kingdom, 220.- Testimonies, 220.–Political troubles and divine judgments, 220.-The
NAME of the Lord, 221.–His mission, 221.—Testimonies, 222.- Depopulation of the
earth by fire and sword, 222.-The earth gradually subdued, 222.-National coalition
against Christ, 222.—Their overthrow, 223.—The saints with Christ, 224.-Their gather-
ing unto him, 225.-Their departure unobserved, 226.-Order of events, 226......
LECTURE XVI. -TIMES AND SIGNS; OR THE EVIDENCE THAT THE END IS
Tinges and seasons revealed, page 227.–New Testament difficulties considered,228.- Prophecy
intelligible, 229.-At the time of the end, 229.—How long, 230.-Symbolic days, 231.-
Their scope illustrated by fulfilled prophecy, 231.--The times of the Gentiles nearly
-un, 282.-Four or five modes of demonstration, 232.-Millenary week, 232.—The seven
imes of Nebuchadnezzar, 233.—The 2,400 days of Daniel viii., 231.-The fourth-beast
ittle-horn period of time, times and a half, 237.—The Roman Empire, 237.-The inva.
son of the Güths, 238.—The re-settlement of Europe in ten new political divisione,
239.—The little horn, 241.—Appearance of the Papacy of Europe, 241.—Its pride and
usurpations, 242.—Pretensions and blasphemy of the Popes, 243.—The Apocalyptic
Mother of Harlots, 244.—The mystery of iniquity, 244.-Crime and heresies of Rome,
245.—The man of sin predicted by Paul, 246.-Fulfilment in the Papacy, 247.- The
individualist theory considered, 217.-Its absurdities pointed out, 247.- Approaching
perdition of Rome, 248.-Enumeration of her sins, 249.-Signs of the end, 250.- The
sixth vial, 250.-
The River Euphrates and the three frog spirits, 250.--Decadence of
Turkey and predominance of French influence, 252.-Russia as a European conqueror,
252.-Her invasion of Palestine and disconfiture on the mountains of Israel, 253.-
Current indications of the crisis, 255.-Decrepitude of the Papacy. 255.- The attitude
of Russia, 255.-Turkey falling to pieces, 255.-Jewish Prospects, 255.- Warlike temper
of the nations, 256.--The coming of the storm, 256.-Dawn of the millennium, 256.... 227
LECTURE XVII.--THE REFUGE FROM THE STORM; OR, “ WHAT MUST I DO
TO BE SAVED?"
Natural anxiety as to conditions of obtaining life, page 257.-Humility of mind necessary,
257.-Like a little child, 257.-Immortal-soulism destructive of understanding the
truth, 257.-Divine purpose not to save en masse, 258.--Peter's declaration, 258.-Few
chosen, 258.-Belief of the Gospel, the first essential ; nature of faith, 259.--Substance
of the Gospel, 259.—The NAME of Jesus Christ, 260.-The fitness and beauty of
Christianity, 261.-Our high calling, 261.-The preaching of the Gospel, 261.-The
narrow way, 262.--Modern religion-valueless from a divine point of view, 262.-Only
hope in the Bible promises, 262.–Virtue, no title to future life, 263.---Belief natural to
man, 263.-The first condition of salvation, 264.–Baptism Essential, 264.- New Testa-
ment-instances, 264.-A test of obedience, 265.-Action depends on character of doer,
266.-Cleapsed by the Word, 266.-A summing up, 267.-The fruits of the Spirit, 267.
-Commandments of Christ to be taught, 267.-Breaking of bread, 267.-Time of
observance, 268.—The Sabbath' considered, 268.-Paul's teaching, 269.-Conclusion, 269 257
LECTURE XVIII.-THE WAYS OF CHRISTENDOM INCONSISTENT WITH THE
COMMANDMENTS OF CHRIST.
Obedience forgotten, page 270. - Christ's commandments, the rule of duty, 270.–Testi.
monies, 270.-Nullified by ways of Christendom, 270.-An objection to apostolic com-
mandments, 270.-Christ's teaching on this point, 271.-The Spirit given to guide
them into truth, 271.—To abide with them, 271.-—Apostolic, same authority as Christ's
commandments, 271.- Acceptance dependent on obedience, 272.-Rolation of Christen.
dom to the teaching of the New Testament, 272.--Human opinion has displaced the
Word, 273.--Commands not self-evident chiefly disregarded, 273.-—"Be not conformed
to this world,” 273.—The world, God's enemy, 274.-Doomed to destruction, 275.-
Practical disregard of this teaching, 275.—Interest and activity in the world's politică,
275.-Church and State, 275.-Duty of separation, 276.-Christ's example, 276.-
Apostolic ditto, 276.-Separation means from aims and objects, 277.-Cæsar and
Christ, 277.-Authority and titles forbidden, 277.-Object of this command, 278.-
Ambition checked, 278.-Christendom again convicted, 278.--"Lay up not treasures
upon earth," 279.—New Testament teaching, 279.-Disregarded by “Christians," 279.-
“Resist not evil,” 279.-Universally ignored, 280.-Intention of this rule, 281. ---An
objection considered, 231.-Christ's example supplies & rule, 281. —Christendom
resists evil, 281.—The absoluteness of the disciple's duty, 281.-Secondary considera-
tions a mistake, 281.—The “special constable," 281.–Obedience to magistrates, 282.
-Application of this commandment, 282,-Reason of objections, 283.—Christ's coin-
mands absolute, 283.-Apostolic teaching, 283.—These principles exclude resort to
law, 283.-Analysis of the procedure, 288.-Going to law with the stranger considered,
284.-The “hour" of the saints is coming, 285.-Summary of commandments disre-
garded, 285.-Our duty in the state of evil, 286.-Christian code, perfect and perfect.
ing, 286.-Unpopular because opposed to natural man, 286.- Acknowledgment of in-
debtedness, 286 --Biblical matters the supreme study, 287...
LECTURE 1.--THE BIBLE-WHAT IT IS, AND HOW TO INTERPRET IT.
“ The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.
They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim. iv. 3, 4). “Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after
(Acts xx. 30). " There shall be false teachers among you
and many shall follow their pernicious. ways, by reason of whom, the way of truth shall be evil spoken of" (2 Pet. ii. 1, 2). "Try the spirits whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone out into the
world” (1 Jno. iv. 1). “Their word will eat as doth a canker" (2 Tim. ii. 17). “All nations deceived” (Rev. xviii. 23).
" TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY: IF THEY SPEAK NOT ACCORDING TO
THIS WORD, IT IS BECAUSE THEKE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM” (Isaiah viii. 20).
HAT Christendom is astray
from the system of doctrine and practice established by the labours of the apostles in the first century, is recognised by men of very different ways of thinking. The unbeliever asserts it without fear ; the church partizan admits it without shame, and all sorts of middle men are of. opinion that it would be a misfortune were it otherwise. The unbeliever, while himself rejoicing in the fact, uses it as a reproach to those who profess to follow the apostles whom he openly rejects; the churchman, while owning the apostles as the foundation, regards it as the inevitable result of the spiritual prerogative vested in “the church,” that there should be further unfoldings of light and truth leading away from the primitive form of things ; and the moderate and indifferent class accept it as a necessary and welcome result of the advance of the times, with which they think the original
apostolic institution has become inconsistent.
Is there not another meaning to the fact? To such as have confidence in the Bible as a divine record, the quotations standing at the head of this page must suggest a view of the present state of things very different from that entertained by the common run of religious professors. Do not these quotations require us to believe that it was in the apostolic foresight (a foresight imparted to them by that presence of the Holy Spirit which Jesus before his departure promised he would secure for them during his absence - Jno. xiv. 17; xvi. 13)—that the time coming was a time of departure from what they preached-. when men indulging in “fables and walking in “pernicious ways," would wholly turn aside from the saving institutions of the gospel delivered by them, and realise the fulfilment of Isaiah's prophecy as tothe state of things upon earth just