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4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Trained to usefulness, of cultivated intellect, and with moral sentiments purified and ennobled by the nurture and admonition of the Lord's truth, women are "helps meet" for the Elohim, and much too good for men of ordinary stamp. The sex is susceptible of this exaltation; though I despair of witnessing it in many instances till "the age to come."
...Christian women should not copy after the God-aspiring Eve, but after Sarah, the faithful mother of Israel, who submitted herself in all things to Abraham, "calling him lord" (Gen. 18:12). Nor should their obedience be restricted to Christian husbands only. They should also obey them "without the word;" that is, those who have not submitted to it, in order that they may be won over to the faith when they behold the chaste and respectful behaviour of their wives, produced by a belief of the truth (1 Pet. 3:1-6).
Elpis Israel 1.4.
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
...the proper use of Scripture is continual SELF-enlightenment and development.
How many families assemble around the fireside in the evening to hear the Scriptures read in these days? Few indeed. There are far too many other, lighter, flesh-pleasing attractions.
David prayed that the "meditation of his heart" might be acceptable (Psa. 19:14). Do we realize that we meditate over the impressions made from without upon our minds, whatever they may be, and if these impressions are of a foolish, worldly nature, it means that our minds and characters are surely (though perhaps imperceptibly to us) being molded like those we meet in the evil world, instead of being patterned after the likeness of him who is the "Way of Life"?
Let us be as careful against putting corruption and poison into our minds as we are apt to be against putting it into our bodies.
If we occasionally meet brethren and sisters who seem to possess a "naturally" kind and loving disposition, let us remember that (if it is sincere) it is not merely a hereditary tendency, nor are these attributes acquired by chance, but by slow, patient adjusting to the patterns of good works exhibited in the Holy Oracles, and they demonstrate the wisdom and value of choosing the meditation of God's commandments when trials have to be endured.
Bro HA Sommerville
In Doctrine Showing Uncorruptness
WE note a strange, and sad, but age-old phenomenon in current periodicals. The ones who have been most active and diligent in breaking down the sound teaching of brother Thomas, and in agitating and fracturing the cohesion and stability and habits of sound Bible study founded upon those teachings, are the very ones who are now bemoaning the results of their own termite activities.
They have sown the wind in their speculations and attempts to undermine respect for the works and teachings of brethren Thomas and Roberts - especially in relation to
1) sound fellowship,
2) the importance of doctrine, and
3) the Revelation
-and now they are wringing their hands at the whirlwind that has inevitably followed.
They express anguish that the ubiquitous and iniquitous TV and the general tinseled Disneyland of this empty, shallow modern world are taking the place of the Word of God in the interests of the flock. They profess distress that "doctrine" is being neglected and belittled, and that those in responsible positions are incompetent to conduct sound baptismal examinations.
They seem utterly oblivious to their own responsibility for these conditions. It is not for us to gloat-far from it!-but rather to be deeply saddened, and to fear and tremble and examine ourselves, for we have no automatic guarantee of immunity from similar folly.
We are reminded of the "Reunion" debacle, when all those who were the most active and prominent in promoting it were the first to realize the tragic unwisdom of what they had set in downward motion. Some of them stayed with the movement, perpetually torn with remorse for what they had gotten the flock into. Some soon withdrew from it, but could not summon the ability to face the embarrassment of a direct public reversal, so found obscuring refuge in a further new group.
And some-very few-had the courage and wisdom to publicly and frankly retrace their steps, and return to the position they had left. We tend to insufficiently value and acclaim these latter. Could we ourselves rise to do the same? Few indeed could summon the fortitude and moral integrity to take such a clear course of self-correction after such fanfare in the other direction. Most would rather seek a face-saving alternative.
Bro Growcott - Search Me O God.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
The Anointing Spirit -- bringing the "Word of Truth", "Light", "Life", "Grace" and "Glory", which Jesus received from the Father; had been the theme of the prophets' testimony, and had animated their utterance...
"Grace" is one of the elements of the Spirit-name. It signifies the free, unmerited favour and love of God, and of Christ...
"For, the grace of God, that bringeth salvation, hath appeared to all men" (Tit. 2:11)...
Grace abounds in the character of Christ. It is one of the attributes of the Deity, so fully manifested through him: and so beautifully exemplified in the acts of his life. The apostle Paul, speaking concerning it, says to the believers:
"Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" (2 Cor. 8:9).
Sis Lasius - Yahweh Elohim Ch 3.
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
This new mode of thinking and feeling created in a true believer by the divine law and testimony, is variously designated in Scripture. It is styled, "a clean heart and a right spirit" (Psalm 51:10), "a new spirit" and "a heart of flesh" (Ezek. 11:19), the "inward man" (2 Cor. 4:16; Rom. 7:22), "new creature" (2 Cor. 1:17), "the new man created in righteousness and true holiness," and "renewed by knowledge after the image of him that created him" (Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10), the "hidden man of the heart" (1 Pet. 3:4), and so forth.
This new and hidden man is manifested in the life, which is virtuous as becomes the gospel. He delights in the law of the Lord, and speaks often of His testimonies. He denies himself of all ungodliness, and worldly lusts; walks soberly, righteously and godly in the world. His hope is the glorious manifestation of Jesus Christ, with the crown of righteousness, even glory, honour, and immortality, promised to all who look for Him, and "love His appearing," and desire His kingdom (Titus 2:11-14; 2 Tim. 4:1-8; Heb. 9:28).
Nevertheless, the law of sin, through the weakness of the flesh, fails not to remind him of imperfection. Being delivered from the fear of death, he looks forward to it as to the period of his change; knowing that when he falls asleep in the dust he will afterwards be delivered from the principle of evil by a resurrection to incorruptibility and unalloyed existence in the Paradise of God
Elpis Israel 1.4.
Christ and His apostles did not promulge a civil and ecclesiastical code for the nations, when they preached the gospel of the kingdom. Their object was not to give them laws and constitutions; but to separate a peculiar people from the nations who should afterwards rule them justly and in the fear of the Lord, when the dispensation of the fulness of times should be introduced (Acts 15:14; 1 Cor. 6:3; 2 Sam. 23:3-4; Titus 2:11 ).
To be able to do this, these peculiars were required to be "holy, unblameable, and unreprovable before God" (Col. 1:22, 23; 1 Thess. 2:19 ; 3:13). To this end instructions were delivered to them, that under the divine tuition "they might be renewed in the spirit of their mind; and put on the new man which after God's image, is created in righteousness and true holiness."
As for "those without " "who receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, God sent them a strong delusion, that they should believe a lie" (2 Thess. 2:10-12) as a punishment. They are left to govern themselves by their own laws until the time arrives for Christ to take away their dominion and assume the sovereignty over them conjointly with "the people of the saints."
Elpis Israel 1.2.
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Everyone is zealous about something-usually about their own interests and affairs. Some are zealous about talking about the Truth. But the important thing is to be "zealous of good WORKS"-this is enough to keep anyone both happy and busy.
The ideal presented in this epistle is of a society living and working together in the calm beauty and joy of spiritual self-control, with all the selfish, evil motions of the flesh recognised and restrained.
Bro Growcott - Zealous of Good Works
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
A correspondent solicits Bro Thomas' solicitude...
When will people learn that man's animal feelings are to be subordinate in all respects to the word?
How difficult to obey, indeed impossible, so long as a disposition is indulged in meddling, modifying, altering, and with a restless spirit parrying off, lowering down, variously graduating, and tempering a seeming severity to please their testy and unsanctified humours.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, Oct 1853.