2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
It is far more important at such a time as this to establish truth-believers than to contradict errorists.
The Christadelphian Dec 1896
"BRETHREN have only to send the genuine spiritual thing to find an enthusiastic welcome in the Christadelphian." These were the words of brother Roberts some years since in a letter to the writer. Our brother also added: "The secret of acceptable writing is, 1, to have something to say, and 2, to say it in the fewest and best chosen words. Brief sentences; simple words; ideas clear and strong.
This is the style that pleases and benefits. The reader gets the meaning without labour, and is drawn on by the mere pleasure of the exercise. I am much afflicted by contributions the reverse of this. I am correspondingly gratified by the right article when it comes: but this is a rare experience." If writers will contribute, and the Editor make selections upon these lines, then will our Magazine be able to maintain its character among the brethren.
What is wanted is quality, not quantity-truth, not speculation-Christ, not man. The Christadelphian should be a haven of edification, comfort and rest for weary pilgrims, not a field for conflict, wrestling, and slaughter. ATJ
The Christadelphian, Jan 1899
5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Consolation implies a previously grieved and afflicted state. Such has been Israel's state for ages. Such is the state more or less, of all who make the hope of Israel their portion, and who thereby become incorporate in the "commonwealth of Israel" to whom the promises belong. The "consolation of Israel" for which Simeon waited is that for which they wait. When it comes, it will be real, adequate, and everlasting.
Shall we not with patience wait?
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the holy spirit.
We need God's help and guidance every moment: in everything we do, in every step we take -- however simple or trivial. This is the whole secret of life.
Without this, we do not have a chance. Without this, we are just blind, perishing animals, bumbling out our sad, brief, faceless existence to death and oblivion. Train yourself to keep God in the very forefront of your mind at ALL times. Let Him totally dominate your thoughts. Making pleasing Him your only motive and desire.
Keep pulling your mind back to this, over and over. It will wander, for we are all, and will always be, very much children -- but never give up forcing it back. Don't worry over the failures: we can't change anything that's past. Just keep concentrating on the effort. This is reality. This is living. This alone is joy and peace
Bro Growcott - Search Me O God
14 And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.
-Character is greater and higher than money, intellect, or love, because it determines the use and direction of these three. It is the character of the rich man which determines whether he shall be a benefactor or a curse.
It is character which determines whether the learned man shall use his knowledge as a destructive or as a constructive force in society.
It is character which determines whether love shall be a passion-working havoc in human life or a grace beautifying and ennobling life. Character is the determining force behind money. talent, love, and so it is the greatest force in human life.
The Christadelphian, Nov 1898
30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
The Name "Christadelphian."
In the same way, "Christian" has become inexpressive, as the definition of a true believer. A Christian, in the first century, was one who received the doctrine of Christ as apostolically expounded, and who made the commandments of Christ the rule of his life.
In our day, it means an inhabitant of Christendom, without reference to individual faith or practice. We escape this confusion by adopting another name, which Jesus applied to his disciples. He called them "My brethren" (Jno. xx 17; Heb. ii 11) -- therefore, brethren of Christ.
As the English form of this name would be acknowledged by thousands who do not fulfil its conditions, it is convenient to accept it in its Greek form (Anglicised) -- CHRISTADELPHIAN -- which none will own to but those who endorse its implied testimony, that no one belongs to Christ who does not believe the Gospel of the Kingdom, and obey the commandments of Christ.
The Ecclesial Guide