1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
In whose hands would we care to entrust a rod of iron? Is it to be marvelled at that the preparation of those who are to wield this rod of iron should be so severe?
First, we are called upon to believe God in the face of unbelief; secondly, we are called upon to honour God in the face of dishonour, for the man who serves God is looked upon as spoiled. Then there are other forms of severity, such as: Do not return evil for evil; do not avenge yourselves, wait for God; patiently take wrong, even fraud; be kind to the unthankful; seek not every man his own things.
Is any man fit to be trusted with a rod of iron who does not come up to the standard which these commands determine? The ordeal of Christ's principles acting on our daily life, that is where the thing scrapes into the bone. ...
... God puts us under restraint by giving us commandments. And do you suppose that God will give us these without giving us the chance of obeying them?
"Be kind to the unthankful." Some day the unthankful will come along, and we shall have the power to help them. What will we do? Let us not refrain from showing kindness, and say that they do not deserve it. What discipline! Those who do not cultivate self-restraint cannot be happy.
True satisfaction lies in the exercise of those parts of the brain that are universally neglected. It is nice when we can see that godliness is profitable, nevertheless we must obey God whether we can see this or not.
Bro Roberts - A London Team Meeting
3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
WHAT is to be the future of our ecclesias?
If Christ delay his coming, are they to make headway, or to lose ground? Our wish, of course, is for the former, but will our wish be realised? This will depend largely upon our attitude towards the Scriptures, and towards the writings of Dr. Thomas and brother Roberts.
The success that has attended the efforts of the brethren in the past has undoubtedly been due, first, to the recognition of the fact that the Bible is divine-that it has a paramount claim upon our obedience-and that it is a duty to daily and prayerfully read it.
And secondly, to the appreciation of the invaluable writings of the brethren mentioned-brethren, who in God's hands, were instrumental in unfolding to us the way of salvation; brethren who, to their dying days, were steadfast and exemplary.
Why do we refer to these matters? Because of the growing tendency to underestimate their importance. Let us treat with righteous indignation any and every appeal to keep quiet as to our views respecting the infallible authorship of the Bible. Let us also treat with scorn any suggestion to hide or shelve the works of Dr. Thomas and brother Roberts.
Men cannot play about with the partial inspiration heresy without hurt, and they cannot part company with the author of Eureka, or the author of Christendom Astray, without parting company with the truth.
Brethren who are unfriendly with either the one or the other of these friends of God are unquestionably on the down-grade. If our ecclesias are to advance-if they are to abound in God's work and favour-we shall have to keep our eyes and ears open, and wish Godspeed only to intelligent, right-minded lovers of the Sacred Oracles, and readers and appreciators of the writings to which reference has been made.
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, Aug 1904
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Every man who commits his way to God, has the pledge of guidance, without any information as to the shape the guidance may take. He shall direct thy steps may include any form of guidance, and the guidance is often there when you cannot discriminate it from the mass of fortuitous occurrences which constitute the bulk of human experience.
History and experience show this. Individual action and individual plans, conceived with apparently individual spontaneity, may be the very hand of God. Of course, it may be our own hand altogether. All depends upon whether God's work is concerned.
All that man can do, in the absence of express direction such as David had (Go up to Hebron), is to commit his way to God in the keeping of His commandments, in the faith that God will direct, even in the midst of the stupidest of blunders and direst of calamities.
Second Voyage to Australia
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
Peace: the more we grow in the Truth, the more we value it. This grows bigger and bigger to us, and everything else grows smaller. Godly peace, eternal peace -- PEACE WITH GOD. If we have this, we have everything. Nothing else matters: even this present life itself. It is freely available to all. It is entirely up to us whether we have it or not. External circumstances have no bearing on it. It is strictly between us and God. Like everything else in this orderly universe, it is the result of a cause.
The entire scientific, industrial, agricultural world is built on the immutable fact that certain causes ALWAYS bring certain results, from baking a loaf of bread to landing a man on the moon. A chemical formula always works exactly the same under the same conditions. Vary the conditions slightly, and you vary the result, and the variation of result is always the same for the same variation of cause.
So it is with peace. Follow the EXACT, God-given formula, and it will come. Ignore the formula, or be careless about it, and -- though you move heaven and earth -- the result will never, never come. God gives us the formula very plainly: total love, total devotion, total service, total striving against Sin in every form, aspect and manifestation. Beat your head forever against the inevitable if you wish, but for the Peace of God you will be forced to come at last to this. There is no other way
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
It is probable that, had Adam been obedient to the law of the Tree of Knowledge, he would have been permitted to eat of the Tree of Life, after he had fulfilled his destiny as an animal man; and, instead of dying away into dust, have been "changed in the twinkling of an eye," as Enoch was; and as they are to be, who shall be ready for the Lord at His coming.
Elpis Israel 2.11.