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] Do Saints in Glory know each other? 277 ment, is a very remarkable one." By such means not only were the people of God accustomed to regard sin as a most serious thing, and prevented from frivolously forgetting it, but also the soil was prepared in its midst for the reception of the true mediation, so soon as in the course of history it had been accomplished. The hearts of Jews beat in anticipation thereof.

“ Moses (said our Lord) wrote of me; referring not merely to the direct Messianic predictions contained in the book of Moses, but still more to that which the law prescribed in respect of sin-offerings.Hengstenberg.


[The following letter was written nearly a hundred years ago by TOPLADY, in answer to an anonymous correspondent, who wrote to ask his opinion on the above question.] VN reply to the question stated, I am most deeply and

I clearly convinced that the saints in glory know each

other, and more particularly those with whom they took sweet counsel on earth, and with whom they walked to the house of God as friends. Our Lord Himself, I ap

I prehend, gives us to understand as much, when He tells us that the elect shall be, in the future state, “ equal unto the angels” (Luke xx. 33). Now it seems impossible that the unfallen angels, who have lived together in heaven for at least 6000 years, should not be perfectly acquainted with each other. And the same privilege is requisite in order to our being, in every respect, on an equality with them. The departed soul of the rich man knew Lazarus, when he beheld him afar off; and likewise at sight knew Abraham, whom he could never have seen in the present life. Much more do Abraham, and Lazarus, and all the glorified family above, rejoice in that communion of saints which obtains in their Father's house.

St. Paul, speaking of the spiritual children whom God The Keto's, Highway

had given him among the Thessalonians, says that they would be his "glory and crown of rejoicing in the day of the Lord Jesus.” But how could this be, and how could they mutually congratulate each other on the grace bestowed on them below, if all personal acquaintance was to cease? Surely there are no strangers in that land of light

? and love. The three apostles, who attended our blessed Lord on the Mount of Transfiguration, knew Moses and Elijah when they appeared in glory.

To add no more : that remarkable text, I think, fully establishes the point, where our adorable Saviour bids us make to ourselves friends by the mammon of unrighteousness, that when we fail they may receive us into the everlasting habitations. As if He had said, “ While you are on earth take ca to conciliate the affections of my indigent disciples, by bestowing on them a proper portion of the wealth which God has lent you, and which is too often perverted to purposes of unrighteousness by them that know not me. So when your bodies die, and your

souls ascend to heaven, the souls of those poor afflicted saints whom your bounty relieved below, and who were got to glory before you, shall be among the first exulting spirits who shall meet you on your arrival above, and congratulate you on your safe and triumphant entrance into the world of joy." But they could not do this unless they knew us and we them.

May the precious blood and righteousness of our Incarnate God, and the faithful leadings of his eternal Spirit, bring you and me to that general assembly and church of the Firstborn where we shall both see Him as He is, and likewise know each other even as we shall then be known. With this prayer, and in this hope, I beg leave to subscribe myself, whosoever you may be, your affectionate well-wisher in Christ,

A. T.



DIF thou wouldest so run as to obtain the kingdom of

heaven, then be sure that thou get into the way

that leadeth thither (John xiv. 6). For it is a vain thing to think that ever thou shalt have the prize, though thou runnest ever so fast, unless thou art in the way that leads to it.

Set the case that there should be a man in London who was to run to York for a wager; now, though he run ever so swiftly, yet if he run full south, he might run himself out of breath, and be never the nearer the prize, but be rather the farther off. Just so it is here. It is not simply the runner, nor yet the hasty runner, that winneth the crown, unless he be in the way that leadeth thereto.

I have observed, the little time which I have been a professor, that there is a great running to and fro, some this way and some that way; yet, it is to be feared, most of them are out of the way, and then, though they run as swift as the eagle can fly, they are benefited nothing. If thou now say, “ Which is the way

?" I tell thee it is Christ, the Son of Mary, the Son of God. Jesus saith, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me (John xiv. 6). So then thy business is (if thou wouldest have salvation) to see if Christ be thine, with all his benefits; whether he hath showed thee that thy sins were washed away with his heart's blood; whether thou art planted into Him; and whether thou hast faith in Him so as to make life out of Him, and to conform thee to Him; that is such faith as to conclude that thou art righteous because Christ is thy righteousness, and so constrained to walk with Him as the joy of thy heart, because He saveth thy soul. And, for the Lord's sake, take heed and do not deceive thyself, and think thou art in the way


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upon too slight grounds; for if thou miss the way, thou

, wilt miss of the prize, and if thou miss of that, I am sure thou wilt lose thy whole soul, even that soul which is worth more than the whole world.John Bunyan.


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“ In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in Him.”—Col. ii. 9, 10.

HE Divinity of Christ is here not so much asserted

as taken for granted, and introduced to show the

nature of the mediatorial fulness or completeness which is in Christ. The thought is an advance upon John i. 16: there the only point urged is that his people -all of them-receive of his fulness. Here the Divine nature of the fulness is brought to light-all the fulness of Deity itself as to the body—and so the text is somewhat parallel to Eph. ii. 19, “That ye may be filled with all the fulness of God.

It was as to the body that the false teachers were misleading the Colossians. In accordance with the prevailing notions of philosophy (see v. 8), they were inculcating ascetic rules, and apparently making the observance of these a condition of salvation. God's way differs from man's in this, that while his word urges the need of putting the body under restraint (üi. 5), it is as possessing salvation already; whereas the error of these teachers consisted in postponing the question of salvation, and making subjection to "touch not, taste not, handle not,” the first point.

All such notions, however, the word of the Lord chases away by making the bodily standing of the believer perfect, and that perfection--the very perfection of Divinity. In Christ (it being the Father's pleasure that all fulness

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281 should dwell in Him)“ dwelleth all the fulness of Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in Him."

Mark the correspondence between “fulness" (Tianpwua) and “complete" (tenAmpwuevo). This would appear more had the translation been either "in Him dwelleth all the completeness, &c., and ye are complete in Him;" or, as it has been rendered, “in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are filled to the full in Him."

H. E. B.

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FOUND IN PENCIL IN HER DESK. MY DEAR FRIEND, - There is immensity in that word, “clear shining after rain,* and what can give it

' such emphasis as when it is the dawn of that day which can never have its midnight? Does He not always surpass even the large expectations of his own? Does He not keep for us the BETTER thing ? Press, press, press, on on,

God make you, in very deed, an able minister of the new Testament; cause that out of you may flow rivers of living water. Oh, how one longs for new words to express the inexpressible depths of the Word of God.

Yet a moment, and the fullest draughts will be

We shall drink of the river of his pleasures-we do drink of it now. In Him who is our ALL We have all. Oh, what a world of wonders, yet blessed realities. Now the real life seemas begun and what did seem a dream is passing, almost gone. He cannot deny Himself, and up to the last moment is provided for. The everlasting God cannot deny Himself, and He would not be God did He not sustain, or did He give one unnecessary pang. Christ is ours, Most affectionately and gratefully yours in

Our blessed All * This was a text which had been sent during a season of deep spiritual conflict, and had been much blessed to her.


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