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12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Believing that there will be a kingdom in some sense, is not believing in the Kingdom covenanted of God. No matter how many kingdoms we believe in, if we do not believe in the particular one promised, we do not believe "the exceeding great and precious promises," and are, therefore, not prepared for remission of sins in the name of the Lord Jesus.
The kingdoms of Gentilism are multitudinous, "kingdoms beyond the skies," "the kingdom of Grace," "the Church," the post-millennial kingdom," and so forth. The Gospel has nothing to do with such Gentile notions. They are the creations of the Apostacy-the vain imaginations of mens' evil and unsanctified hearts.
The kingdom we contend for, as the subject of pre-immersional faith, is no "trifle." It is God's truth, and subversive of every Gentilism extant. Suppress this monarchical truth, and the Bible is reduced to a book of Jewish Annals, moral apothegms, and proverbial sayings. The Kingdom in its proper time, place, and circumstances, or none. It is the great subject of the Bible, and the faith admits no other.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, Nov 1853.
20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Those who know the Scriptures know that a man may have "believed the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ," and thereupon have been baptised, as Simon Magus was, and yet, like him, be "in the gall of bitterness and the bond of iniquity," having "neither part not lot in the matter" (Acts viii. 13-21).
His "heart was not right in the sight of God," as Peter declared (verse 21). We know that "if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" (Rom. viii. 9). "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus," exclaims Paul. Consequently, our legal privileges will wither to nothing, if we do not conform to the mind and spirit and heart that belong to the high calling to which we have been called.
What this mind and spirit and heart are we learn, and learn only, from the Scriptures, and from them only by the reading of them-the daily, attentive, loving reading of them, There is constant need for insistence on this. The mind of God is in the Bible, and we cannot come under its power except by daily traffic there. We easily persuade ourselves in our own creature satisfactions that a little Bible is enough, and many of us perhaps take this little at a time when it does us little good-at the end of the day, perhaps, when our force is spent, and the brain retains little susceptibility to impression.
Let us get away from this delusion. Let us realise that our warfare against the natural mind, which is native to us all, must, if it is to be a successful warfare, be an unremitting warfare. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly," is Paul's exhortation. Oh, let us obey this sound advice.
The rich in-dwelling of the word of Christ will be a constant antidote to the foolish thoughts and words of man, which are a natural heritage with us all. It will enable us to overcome in the good fight against folly and inanity. We shall find the daily reading of the word to be "mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."
The Christadelphian, Dec 1896.