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The End of Days

In Spiritualism on May 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

In a chapter referring to the last days, the Lord says by the prophet, “Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.” (Isa. 60:2) In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness?” (Matt. 6: 23) Jesus declares of  Himself, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)  The psalmist wrote, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps. 119: 105) In the teachings of Christ, in the revelations of the word of God through the prophets, the light of God is shining in the darkness of this world. Satan, the prince of darkness, has always counterworked God’s Spirit of light and truth. Sometimes he directly opposes the work of God, and leads his subjects in open rebellion. Sometimes he unites with the professed people of God, and, by insensible degrees, leads them into error, until the very light which is in them “becomes darkness.” And then are fulfilled again the words of the Scripture which says:—“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1: 5) Satan has ever endeavored to counterfeit the work of God. Every prophecy of the Bible he fulfills, if possible, in his own way. Any method to lead the world into darkness, and away from God’s true light, is employed by himself and his angels.

The Second Coming of Christ

Satan is a close student of prophecy. With a mind while in heaven second only to that of Christ, and though fallen, yet possessing a keen and brilliant intellect, sharpened through six thousand years of cunning and deception, he can quite accurately forecast the times and seasons as foretold in the Scriptures.  He knows that the time is near when Jesus will come again. To meet and forestall the solemnizing effect of the message of this great event, he employs many counterfeits and  He cares not what they are, only that they  lead away Men from the real issue.  Some are made to believe that Christ comes at death for the purpose of taking the immortal soul to glory. To others he appears at the conversion of the sinner. To some Spiritualists the coming of so-called”new truths” answers the requirements, while to others He appears in person in majestic form, from the secret cabinet of a private seance. Each variation is made to meet the peculiar “credulity” of the individual mind. Satan cares not a straw as to which error is accepted, for all are alike false and fatal. But to the student of God’s word our Saviour has Himself laid bare all these deceptions. In His great prophecy of Matthew 24, He says:

“Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Vss. 4, 5.“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Vs. 11.“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning Cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Vss. 23-27.

Satan cannot counterfeit the Manner of the second coming of Christ, as described in the foregoing verses, but he will appear in many places, working miracles, and claiming that he is Christ.

A Message of Woe.

“Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Rev. 12 : 12) How does Satan know that he has but a short time? Because he studies the prophecies, and believes the prophecies, although he is able to convince the most of the world that they are untrue, that they mean something else, or, if true, they are of little moment. Why is the devil possessed of such “great wrath?” Because he knows that the end is near, and that he has but a short time ,in which to work. This fact incites him to fury, and he works for the destruction of humanity as he has never worked before in all his six thousand years of evil. What he does must be done quickly. He realizes that his race is nearly run. So with all the devices which his ages of experience in evil have given him, he redoubles his attacks to deceive the dwellers on the earth. Through Spiritualism, through the avenues of a lukewarm, fallen, and apostate church, and through the utter evil of fallen and wicked men, he pursues his victims to the limit of his ingenuity.

Fire from Heaven

“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do.” (Rev. 13: 13, 14) The miracles of Christ were presented by Him as the evidence of His Messiahship. He said, “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.” (John 14:11) Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume his sacrifice, and thus proved to Israel that Baal was no true god, and that Jehovah alone was God. Miracles are being, and will be shown still more abundantly, through the channels of Spiritualism, to prove its authenticity. The supreme test of fire from heaven will yet, with other miraculous demonstrations, be used to sweep the world off its feet. Let us not make the mistake of calling these miracles frauds. The text declares that Satan has power to do them. We must be ready therefore to know and understand the source of this power.

Source of Miracle-Working Power.

“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Rev. 16:14)  This scripture presents the last, closing work of this deceptive power, and places the responsibility upon the devil, where it belongs. Just before Christ comes, the deceptive powers of evil will gather the nations of the earth together in one sweeping, closing, clash of arms. This is the call to the awful battle of Armageddon of verse 16. In chapter 14:19 it is spoken of as the “wine-press of the wrath of God.” In this fearful battle the carnage will be so great that the blood is described as flowing “even unto the horse bridles.”

What a climax to the six thousand years of the malignant workings of Satan and the fallen angels! What a maelstrom of horror and woe this presents for the contemplation of those who are willing to be led by this great deceiver! What a warning to the earnest Bible student! The deceptions are so cunning that there is only one place of safety for any soul, and that is in the “secret place of the Most High.” None else will escape the destruction which is soon to sweep the world. The “elect” will know and be safe, because they alone heed the warnings of God’s word, and have their abiding place “under the shadow of the Almighty.”

No True Religion but by the Spirit of God.

In The Holy Spiirt, The Spiirt of the World on May 20, 2012 at 8:00 am

Keep close to this idea of religion as an inward spiritual life in the soul; seek for no good, no comfort, but in the awakening of all that is holy and heavenly in your heart; and then, so much as you have of this inward religion, so much have you of real salvation. For salvation is only a victory over nature; so far as you resist and renounce your vain, selfish, and earthly nature, so far as you overcome all your own natural tempers of the old man, so far God enters into you, lives in you and operates; He is in you as the light, the life, and the Spirit of your soul; and you are in Him that new creature that worships Him in spirit and truth. For divine worship or service is and can only be performed by being likeminded with Christ; nothing worships God, but the Spirit of His beloved Son, in whom He is well pleased. Look now at anything as religion or divine service, but a strict, unerring conformity to the life and Spirit of Christ, and then, though every day was full of burnt-offerings, yet you would only be like those religionists, who drew near to God with their lips, but their heart was far from Him. For the heart is always far from God, unless the Spirit of Christ be alive in it. But no one has the living Spirit of Christ, but he who in all his conversation walketh as He walked.

All Scripture brings us to the conclusion, that religion is but a dead work, unless it be the work of the Spirit of God; and that prayers, singing, preaching, hearing, are only so many ways of being fervent in the spirit, and of giving up ourselves more and more to the inward working, enlightening, quickening, sanctifying Spirit of God within us; and all for this end, that the curse of the fall may be taken from us, that death may be swallowed up in victory, and a real, true Christlike nature formed in us, by the very same Spirit.

The moment you cease to be moved, quickened, and inspired, by God, you are infallibly inspired by the spirit of Satan, or the world, or by both of them. And the reason is, because the soul of man is a spirit, and a life, that in its whole being is nothing else but a birth of God and nature; and therefore every moment of its life must live in conjunction, or union, either with the Spirit of God governing nature, or with the spirit of nature fallen from God, and working in itself. As creatures, we are therefore under an absolute necessity of being under the motion, guidance, and inspiration, of some spirit that is more than our own. All that is put in power is only the choice of our leader; but led and moved we must be, and by that spirit, to which we give up ourselves, whether it be the Spirit of God or the spirit of fallen nature. To seek therefore to be always under the inspiration and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit, and to act by an immediate inspiration from it, is not proud enthusiasm, but as sober and humble a thought, as suitable to our state, as to think of renouncing the devil and the world. For they never can be renounced by us, but so far as the Spirit of God is living, moving, breathing, in us.

And that for this plain reason, because nothing is contrary to the spirit of Satan or the world, nothing works, or can work contrary to it, but the Spirit of heaven. Hence our Lord said, “He that is not with Me is against Me, and he that gathereth not with Me, scattereth;” plainly declaring, that not to be with Him, and led by His Spirit, is to be led by the spirit of the world, and of Satan. Ask now what hell is? It is nature destitute of the light and Spirit of God, and full only of its own darkness; nothing else can make it to be hell. Ask what heaven is? It is nature quickened, enlightened, blessed, and glorified, by the light and Spirit of God dwelling in it. Here you may see with the utmost clearness, that to look for salvation in anything else, but the light of God within us, the Spirit of God working in us, the birth of Christ really brought forth within us, is to be as carnally minded as the Jews were when their hearts were wholly set upon a temporal Saviour. And all for this plain reason, because the soul is a spirit breathed forth from God Himself, which therefore cannot be blessed but by having the life of God in it; and nothing can bring the life of God into it, but only the light and Spirit of God. Upon this ground I stand in the utmost certainty, looking wholly to the light and Spirit of God, for an inward redemption from all the inward evil that is in my fallen nature.

Christian Science

In Chrisitan Science on May 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

Christian Science is one of the most vague and illusive of all ethical systems; and yet withal, judged by its remarkable growth, it is by no means lacking in elements that appeal strongly to many minds.

Writing for the October, 1901, number of the Metropolitan Magazine, of the spread of this new religions cult, Mr. W. D. McCrackan, chief of the Christian Science Publication Committee, State of New York, said:— “The work which Mrs. Eddy has accomplished in so short a time appears to be without parallel in history, and it has not yet received its full recognition in every quarter.” This statement seems to be justified by the history of this so-called science. But though popular to a degree, and widespread to a still greater degree, Christian Science has not ceased to be vague and illusive, and its phases and definitions are nearly as varied as the votaries of the system are numerous.

Christian Science denies the existence of matter, and teaches that there is no reality in sin, sickness, or death.  “Christian Scientists believe the existence of sin, sickness, and death are creations of the human mind, and therefore are subject to mental treatment.” Mrs. Eddy is the mother of that modern phase of mysticism known as “Christian Science.” She it is who has developed the theory as taught today, and she it is whose utterances upon the subject are regarded by her disciples as authoritative and final. We turn, therefore, to her writings for further information touching this “science.”  Mrs. Eddy has published a “Key to the Scriptures,” and in this “key” are to be found many astonishing things. For instance, in commenting on Gen. 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” Mrs. Eddy says: —”This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind, and forever reflected.These ideas range from the infinitesimal to immensity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.”

Of course, since in Mrs. Eddy’s philosophy matter itself is only a figment of the mind, she can not admit a material creation: “Hence the heavens and the earth created by God in the beginning are only ideas!”  The fact is, as before shown, that Christian Science denies the existence of that which is material, that is, of matter, “except as the name for the unknown, hypothetical cause of states of our own consciousness.” It is, therefore, with Mrs. Eddy an unthinkable thing that God created what we call the heavens and the earth. The things which we see are only “ideas,” which we in our low estate have mistaken for matter!  Consistently enough, Mrs. Eddy and her disciples deny the existence of disease, and treat it as an imaginary condition to be removed by a merely mental process.

Their treatment consists in denials of the reality of pain and sickness, and in endeavoring to get the patient to believe that he is not sick.   Briefly stated, Christian Science, although its followers may be most sincere, is in substance a revival of ancient pantheism, or the doctrine that God is all, and conversely, that all is God: The term pantheism is derived from the words pan, all, and thieo, God.

Pantheism teaches that God is not a person, but an essence, filling the universe. It teaches that the heavens, the stars, the ocean,the forests, man, every living creature, in fact all things, visible and invisible, are God. (See chapter on Pantheism.)  Christian Science is the doctrine of supreme selfishness deified, the doctrine of supreme and infinite egoism. Mrs. Mary Baker G. Eddy is considered the originator and organizer of modern Christian Science. She was born at Bow, on the Merrimac River, New Hampshire, July 16,1821.

With the Christian Scientist there is no personal God or actual heaven. With him God is but an essence, a divine principle, permeating and filling the universe. Man, being a part of the universe, and according to his God All in All. A standard and catching phrase among Christian Scientists is, “God is all in all.” This, in our present state of imperfection, is a falsehood. Christ acknowledged Satan as “prince of this world,” see John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11. So long as sin and Satan control the larger part of humanity, it is a fearful libel on the holy and sacred character of God to say that He is now all in all. By sin this world was lost to the loyal universe of God. The mission of Christ to earth was to bring it back to loyalty to its Creator. When sin is finally conquered and blotted out of the universe of God, then God will be loved and obeyed by all.

Then, and not till then, can God be said to be “all in all.” Paul understood this when he wrote, “Then cometh the end, when He [Christ] shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when He [Christ] shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power [the rule, power, and authority of Satan]. For He [Christ] must reign, till He hath put all enemies under His [the Father’s] feet.” (1 Cor. 15:24, 25) And again, “But now we see not yet all things put under Him.” (Heb. 2:8)  These statements by Paul strike a crushing blow at the very foundation-stone of Christian Science, at least from its pantheistic standpoint. And with pantheism destroyed, the whole superstructure of Christian Science falls.

By the modern Christian Scientist, Mrs. Eddy is regarded as interpreting in our day the feminine idea of divinity, as Christ represented in His day the masculine idea of divinity; to them she stands in the place of Christ at the present time. “We have no longer a personal Jesus. We are no longer seeking to be like the sinless Jew of eighteen hundred years ago. Here let us apprehend the wise words of our teacher [Mrs. Eddy], ‘Christian Science is the second advent of Christ.’ “—New Interpreter, p. 110.  Our Savior foresaw that Satan would bring in many delusions to blind minds as to the literal, visible coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven, and so gave the following ‘warning: “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:24-27)

No Personal Christ.

In the teachings of Christian Science, “Christ is only the name for that state of consciousness which is the goal, the inevitable, ultimate state of every mortal. “Jesus was only a man; that Christ which dwelt within Him was Divine Mind, dwelling more or less in all of us, but manifested in the highest degree first in Jesus, and secondly in Mrs. Eddy; and Mrs. Eddy’s Christ manifestation is “higher and more permanent” than that of Jesus.

Denies No Death on Earth and No Resurrection.

But while the author claims that there will be death in heaven, there is no death on earth. She says: “The belief that material bodies return to dust, hereafter to rise up as spiritual bodies, with material sensations and desires, is incorrect.”

No Literal Angels.

On page 195 she says: “My angels are exalted thoughts. . . . Angels are God’s impartation to man, —not messengers or persons, but messages of the true idea of divinity flowing into humanity.”

Christ Did Not Die for Man.

On page 349 Mrs. Eddy emphatically denies the death of Christ for the sins of the world. Of the stay in the tomb she says: “The lonely precincts of the tomb gave Jesus a refuge from His foes, and a place in which to solve the great problem of being. His three days’ work in the sepulchre set the seal of eternity on time. He proved life to be deathless, and love to be master of hate. He met and mastered, on the basis of Christian Science, the power of mind over matter, and over all the claims of medicine, surgery, and hygiene. “He took no drugs to allay inflammation. He depended not upon food or pure air to resuscitate wasted energies. He required not the skill of a surgeon to heal the torn palms and bind up the wounded side and lacerated feet, that He might use those hands to remove the napkin and winding-sheet, and employ His feet as aforetime.” “His disciples believed Jesus dead while he was hidden in the sepulchre; whereas He was alive, demonstrating, within the narrow tomb, the power of Spirit to destroy human, material sense.”

Not Even Worldly Science.

Neither is it the science of this world. It denies the very existence of matter, of evil, of pain, of cure for sickness. Note the following, quoted from page 38: “A mother runs to her little one, who has hurt her face by falling on the carpet, and says, moaning more childishly than her child, ‘Mamma knows you are hurt.’ The more successful method of treatment is to say, ‘O nonsense. You’re not hurt, so don’t think you are.'” Again on page 411: “The daily ablutions of an infant are no more natural or necessary than would be the process of taking a fish out of water every day, and covering it with dirt in order to make it thrive.”

We do not hesitate to affirm that these absurd, unscientific, and cruel ideas are directly responsible for the death of many, some of them helpless children, who have suffered and died without help from nurse or physician. How, then, may this be termed either Christian or science?

A Fixed Fee.

Professional Christian Science healers expect a regular fee. At the various institutions and academies where its theories are taught, the charge for a term of lessons was from one hundred to two hundred dollars, and a healer’s charge was usually one dollar a treatment, or daily treatment at five dollars a week. One healer, writes in the C/iristian Science Journal, May, 1890: “To allow a patient to decide the price would certainly be unselfish on the part of the healer, but such laxity might allow selfishness with the patient.” Another practitioner protests that the customary fee is too little. “It is a low plane of thought that goes through the community, and erects a barrier against generosity and even fair compensation.”—McClure’s Magazine, February, 1908. In the foregoing there is abundant contrast with the healing that was done by the Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples. Can we imagine the Saviour healing at so much a treatment? Can we think of the apostle Peter sending in a bill to Tabitha after raising her from the dead?

Simony

There is, however, a terrible parallel in the eighth chapter of Acts. After recounting the wonderful works of Philip in Samaria, in the sixth and seventh verses, the Scripture says, “Many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. And there was great joy in that city. But there was a certain man, called Simon, who beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God.” The Scripture then speaks of Peter and John coming down and praying with the converts that they might receive the Holy Spirit. And when they laid “their hands on them, . . . they received the Holy Ghost. And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.” Note the close parallel, for it is directly taught that Christian Science is the descent of the Holy Ghost. For on page 348 we read, “This understanding is what is meant by the descent of the Holy Ghost,—that influx of Divine Science which so illuminated the Pentecostal day, and is now repeating its ancient history.”

It can, then, truly be said, according to Christian Science teaching, that those who are learning to be healers are asking to receive the Holy Ghost,—as they interpret it, “Divine Science.” For this they pay money, and in turn demand money from their patients. The professional cards of more than three thousand paid healers appear in the columns of the Christian Science Journal. When Simon the sorcerer asked Peter saying, “Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost,” and offered him money, note the scathing rebuke of Peter to the request: “Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter; for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” May this apply as well to those doing the same work in the twentieth century?

Be Led by the Spirit. (The Holy Spirit)

In The Holy Spiirt on May 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

When the Holy Ghost is the teacher, he leads to Christ, he exalts Christ, he reveals Christ, he takes of the things of Christ and makes them known, he glorifies Jesus in the word, and by it in our understandings; so that we know him, believe on him, and have communion with him. Then we live on him as our all in all; and live to him in all; receiving out of his fullness every blessing of grace, and many sweet foretastes of eternal glory.

Jesus is the glory of his people. The knowledge of him is life everlasting. And to enter spiritually into what the Holy Ghost hath revealed concerning him in the written word, and to receive into our minds, and give full credit in our hearts to the record of God concerning his Son, is the fruit and effect of the supernatural teaching of the eternal Spirit; he is the Anointing which teacheth all things and leads into all truth.

Remember the matter of importance is not what you are, but what Christ is. He is the Saviour, self-existent, all-sufficient, suited exactly to your case. There is not a wound sin has given that he can’t heal, not a stain  his blood cannot cleanse, not a sin he can not pardon, not a want he can’t supply, not a corruption he can’t subdue, not a sorrow he can’t turn it into joy, not an enemy he can’t conquer, not a blessing he can’t bestow: oh he is a precious, precious, precious Jesus.  Look at him as set forth before you in the word, and trust on him according to the reason you have for so doing it; believe on him by it, hold communion with him in it, and learn to improve it to his glory and your soul’s good.


Hypnotism

In Hypnotism on May 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

Hypnotism is defined by the Standard Dictionary as “An artificially induced somnambulistic state in which the mind becomes passive, acting readily upon suggestion or direction.” Touching the same phenomenon the Century Dictionary says: “The subject believes, and at last does all that is commanded.” That these definitions are no more than the truth, is abundantly shown by the testimony of hypnotists themselves.

One of the most prominent of these in America says:—”What is hypnotism? . . . What force is exerted that, after making a man sleep, rouses him to a false wakefulness in which he obeys any suggestion, loses his identity, speaks a language foreign to him, feels contradictory sensations, takes part in strange scenes, and then is suddenly aroused, to have no memory of what has happened? … It is the most wonderful thing on earth. . . . Hypnotism is a spell, or trance-like sleep, that one person, by certain simple methods, casts over another. . . .The mind of the subject is entirely under the control of the operator. He may be made to see and hear, to think and feel, exactly as the hypnotist wishes. . . . No pen could adequately describe the marvels that may be brought about by hypnotism.

The divine law demands that all our powers be exercised in subjection to the will of God.Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” says the Saviour; while the apostolic injunction is, “Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” But in hypnotism we have a “silent and mysterious force,” which usurps the place of the Creator and “enables one man to seize on its very throne the will of another man and make him conform, to his slightest wish in every act and feeling.” Surely no man has any right to make such a surrender of his will, to so place himself under the power and will of another; and just so surely has no man the right to usurp such power over the mind and will of another.

Such power belongs alone to God, for He only can safely hold such power.  Nor is it necessary in all cases that the subject make a conscious surrender of his will to the operator. L. W. DeLaurence, Professional Hypnotist and Magnetic Healer, in his book, “Hypnotism,” under the head, “People Hypnotized Against Their Will,” says: “There is a way in which a shrewd hypnotist can succeed in putting people under the influence who really do not care to be hypnotized.” He then describes his method of entrapping an unwilling victim, and concludes thus: “You can then proceed by a few well-chosen suggestions to put him dead asleep and induce somnambulism or trance in the regular way. He will ever afterwards be your subject if you understand your business in giving post-hypnotic suggestions.” Thus hypnotism not only accepts the sovereignty of the mind when voluntarily surrendered to it, but by force and fraud “seizes upon its very throne the will” of the unwary victim of its hellish arts. Is not such power Satanic, if not in its origin, at least in its exercise?

That this “silent and mysterious force” is sometimes used for the alleviation of pain and the subduing of incorrigible children, does not make it any less dangerous. For when occasion requires, “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing if his ministers [and agencies] also be transformed as the ministers [and agencies] of righteousness.” (2 Cor. 11:14, 15)   Moreover, this false angel of light collects an awful and a lasting toll for all the supposed or pretended benefits conferred. The will power of the subject is forever broken, and he is ever afterwards subject to the will of the hypnotist, unless rescued and set free by divine grace.  And let no one suppose that the hypnotist is himself safe. No man can debauch the will and mind of another without sinning against his own soul.

Another statement made by hypnotists, and which is’ doubtless true, demands special consideration. It ought to appeal strongly to Christian minds. It is the claim that under this “silent and mysterious force” the subject “loses his identity” and “speaks a language foreign to him.” The power thus to speak in an unknown tongue is one of the gifts of the Spirit of God; but it would be blasphemy to assert that it is the Divine Spirit that confers this power upon the hypnotized subject. Nobody claims this; indeed it is asserted that the mind and will of the subject are controlled by the mind and will of the human operator, the hypnotist.

The real truth, however, is that the hypnotic gift of tongues is nothing more nor less than a Satanic counterfeit of the Divine Spirit’s gift of tongues on the day of Pentecost. In its nature and tendency it is closely akin to the false miracles wrought by Jannes and Jambres for the purpose of discrediting the signs shown by Moses and Aaron. Now, as these magicians withstood Moses, so will there be in the last days men professing godliness who will oppose and seek to discredit truth by various counterfeits and substitutes. See 2 Tim. 3:8.

Another evidence that hypnotism is not of God is found in the fact that while this power, or at least the knowledge of how to exercise it, may be bought with money, the gift of God is beyond purchase. “Thy money perish with thee,” said Peter to Simon the sorcerer, “because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.” (Acts 8:20) But hypnotism is a commodity to be bought and sold, the same as the knowledge of any other money-making art.  Hypnotism, under whatever name it may be known, is evil and only evil continually, for it violates the great principle of liberty of soul, of individual responsibility and accountability.

Whosoever surrenders his will to any man, should know that once out of his own keeping, his will can be restored to him only by a miracle of divine grace, and that he is in imminent danger of being led captive by Satan at his will. Therefore “avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.”

The Fate of the Wicked

In Judgement on May 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”(1 Peter 4: 17) The Creator has done everything which a merciful God could do to redeem this earth and save man from the awful penalty for sin. Heaven’s most valued treasure was given when the Son of God was offered as a sacrifice for sinners.  And as every overture of mercy has been rejected by the majority of the human race, the heart of God has been filled with sorrow, and He exclaims, “As I live, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” (Ezek. 33:11) God Himself can save the sinner only through the pathway of repentance, forgiveness, and a new life. Obedience is a necessary requirement of salvation.

God and holy angels know the terrible consequences of sin, and all heaven would rejoice if man would accept the overtures of mercy and roll back the tide of wickedness which is sealing the final doom of the impenitent.  At the cross of Calvary, as the cruel nails were being driven through the hands of our Saviour, causing the most exquisite agony, He was able to appreciate the terrible retribution of suffering that would finally be meted out to His tormentors. But this thought added only sorrow to His sufferings. His heart of love was filled with pity, and He pleads, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23 : 34)The thoughts of God are toward us for good. “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected [desired] end.” (Jer. 29:11)  All heaven is most intensely interested in the salvation of man. If we had only a fraction of the interest in our own future welfare that is manifested for us by heaven, every effort of our being would be engaged in the work of overcoming.

The whole human race is under condemnation, for Paul says, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) He also says, “The wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6 : 23)  So, because of sin, the whole race is condemned to death. Paul further states that “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Rom. 5:12) Therefore, to rescue man from the penalty of death, a way was provided by which the penitent might escape. But those who do not accept the overtures of mercy remain under the sentence of death, which sentence will be carried out at the great day of the executive judgment of God.  Of this event Paul writes, “Who will render to every man according to his deeds: to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life:  “But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil; . . . “But glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good.” (Rom. 2:6-10)

There is a great diversity of opinion as to the nature and duration of the punishment to be inflicted upon the wicked, and when and how it is to be administered. Setting aside our previous opinions, let us turn to the word of God as the only true foundation upon which to build the superstructure of our belief.  Of the final punishment of the wicked we read, “Behold, all souls [people] are mine; . . . the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezek. 18:4)  James says, “Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15)  The death mentioned in the foregoing texts does not refer to the natural death which is the inevitable lot of all the sons and daughters of Adam; if it did, the righteous and the wicked will be punished alike. The text refers to the second death, which is sent as the final punishment of the wicked. It is the death described by John when he says that “fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” (Rev. 20:9) This occurs after the second resurrection, at the end of the “thousand years.”

The theory of natural immortality is responsible for the popular belief that the souls of the righteous go at death to their exceeding great reward. The same theory, in order to be consistent with itself, is practically forced to advocate an ever-burning hell into which the wicked are cast at death, there to be tormented through all eternity. But thanks be to God, the good old Bible is not responsible for the monstrous doctrine of eternal torment.  The widely different rewards of the two classes are plainly stated in God’s word. To the righteous, The gift of God is eternal life.” (Rom. 6:23) To the wicked, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezek. 18: 20)

The Wicked Shall Die.

To die.—” To cease to live; to expire; to decease; to perish.”Webster. Of the one who dies in wickedness, we read, “For his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.” (Eze. 18:26) Of the final sentence passed upon the wicked, the Lord says, “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die.” (Eze. 33:14) Solomon says, “He that hateth reproof shall die.” (Prov. 15:10) Of the fruits of sin Paul writes, “For the end of those things is death.” (Rom. 6:21)  Of the end of the finally worldly and unconsecrated Paul says, “For to be carnally minded is death.” (Rom. 8 : 6) Of the final results of sin James tells us that “sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (James 1:15)

The Wicked Shall be Destroyed.

To Destroy.—“To demolish; to pull down; to bring to naught; to annihilate.”—Webster. The word destroy is used many times in the Bible to describe the punishment of the wicked. “The Lord preserveth all them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy.” (Ps. 145: 20)  The Lord, speaking through David of the final end of the wicked, said, “I will early destroy all the wicked of the land.” “The transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.” “All the workers of iniquity . . . shall be destroyed forever.” (Ps. 101 : 8; 37 : 38; 92 : 7)  Solomon says, “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed.” And again,” Destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.” (Prov. 13 : 13 ; 10 : 29)  Of those in the church who do not walk orderly, Paul says, “Whose end is destruction.” (Phil. 3:19)  We read that the desire for riches which leads to hurtful lusts will “drown men in destruction and perdition.” (1 Tim. 6 :9)  Of those who obey not the gospel, Paul writes, “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power.” (2 Thess. 1 :9)

The Past, The Present, The Future

In The Now on May 15, 2012 at 8:00 am

The Past-What is the origin of the race of man? What lessons can we learn from Scriptures?  “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4

The Present- The present is ours.  It is a brief period. It is a  moment, a twinkling of an eye each  given to all the living on earth to  decide where they will spend Eternity.  Satan, that old serpent, the Devil, is busy deceiving souls to join Him in the Lake of Fire.

The Future- Where and How will we spend eternity? This has been the battleground for ages.  It is the most important question to us.  Only by a careful investigation of the word of God may the truth be ascertained.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

In Revelation on May 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show unto His servants, even the things which must shortly come to pass: and He sent and signified it through His angel unto His servant John; who bare witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, even of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things which are written therein: for the season is at hand.” (Revelation 1:1-3).

The first chapter of Revelation introduces us to the whole book, and supplies in great measure the key by which we are to interpret it. The book is not intended to be a mystery in the sense in which we commonly understand that word. It deals indeed with the future, the details of which must always be dark to us; and it does this by means of figures and symbols and modes of speech far removed from the ordinary simplicity of language which marks the New Testament writers. But it is not on that account designed to be unintelligible. The figures and symbols employed in it are used with perfect regularity; its peculiar modes of speech are supposed to be at least not unfamiliar to the reader; and it is taken for granted that he understands them. The writer obviously expects that his meaning, so far from being obscured by his style, will be thereby illustrated, enforced, and brought home to the mind, with greater than ordinary power.

The word Revelation by which he describes to us the general character of his work is of itself sufficient to show this. “Revelation” means the uncovering of that which has  been covered, the drawing back of a veil which has hung over a person or thing, the laying bare what has been  concealed; and the book before us is a revelation instead of a mystery.

 Again, the book is a revelation of Jesus Christ; not so much a revelation of what Jesus Christ Himself is, as one of which He is the Author and Source. He is the Head of His Church, reigning supreme in His heavenly abode. He is the Eternal Son, the Word without whom was not anything made that was made, and who executes all the purposes of the Father, “the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.”

1) He is at the same time “Head over all things to the Church.”

2) He regulates her fortunes. He controls in her behalf the events of history. He fills the cup which He puts into her hand with prosperity or adversity, with joy or sorrow, with victory or defeat. Who else can impart a revelation so true, so weighty, and so precious?

Yet again, the revelation to be now given by Jesus Christ is one which God gave Him, the revelation of the eternal and unchangeable plan of One who turneth the hearts of kings as the rivers of water, who saith and it is done, who commandeth and it stands fast.  Finally, the revelation relates to things that must shortly come to pass, and thus has all the interest of the present, and not merely of a far-distant future.  Such is the general character of that revelation which Jesus Christ sent and signified through His angel unto His servant John. And that Apostle faithfully recorded it for the instruction and comfort of the Church. Like his Divine Master, with whom throughout all this book believers are so closely identified, and who is Himself the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the disciple whom He loved stands forth to bear witness of the word of God thus given him, of the testimony of Jesus thus signified to him, even of all things that he saw.

He places himself in thought at the end of the visions he had witnessed, and re-traces for others the elevating pictures which had filled, as he beheld them, his own soul with rapture.  Therefore may he now, ere yet he enters upon his task, pronounce a blessing upon those who shall pay due heed to what he is to say. Does he think of the person by whom the apostolic writings were read aloud in the midst of the Christian congregation? then, Blessed is he that readeth.

Does he think of those who listen? then, Blessed are they that hear the words of the prophecy. Or, lastly, does he think not merely of reading and hearing, but of that laying up in the heart to which these were only preparatory? then, Blessed are they that keep the things which are written therein, for the season, the short season in which everything shall be accomplished, is at hand.

The Earth Redeemed

In The Earth Redeemed on April 28, 2012 at 8:00 am

In God’s plan there will at some time be a resurrection of the dead, both of the righteous and the wicked. Paul wrote, “There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.” (Acts 24:15) Our Saviour said, “The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” (John 5: 28, 29) From these words we may infer that there will be two resurrections; the “resurrection of life,” and the “resurrection of damnation.” This inference becomes a certainty in the light of additional testimony. The Revelator said, ” Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:6) Of the “resurrection of damnation” John says, “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” (Rev. 20:5)  All the living wicked will be slain when Christ comes, and will remain silent in death during the thousand years. At the end of the thousand years the wicked dead will be raised by the voice of the Son of God, who will “execute upon them the judgment written.” (Ps. 149:9)

Christ Comes to Possess the Earth.

At the end of the thousand years Christ comes to take final possession of the earth. With Him come all the hosts of the redeemed; for it is written, “And the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with Thee.” (Zech. 14:5) At that time Christ will prepare the resting-place for the New Jerusalem. “And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” (Zech. 14:4) Upon this vast plain the New Jerusalem will rest as it follows the throngs of the redeemed on their journey from heaven to earth. Of this remarkable event we read, “And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven.” (Rev. 21:2) This city is to be the capital of the new earth. How appropriate that it should be located on the site of old Jerusalem and the mount of Olives.

Out of Prison.

For one thousand years of desolation the earth has been to Satan as a dreary prison. With the saints in heaven and all the wicked silent in death, there are none to tempt, and his occupation is gone. From his condition of practical confinement he is roused as the wicked are raised at the voice of Christ. The deadlock of the grave is broken, the servants of sin and Satan are brought to life, and he again comes into his own,—his kingdom of evil. Again he has subjects upon “whom and with whom to work. His dreary prison life is ended. Of that time John writes, “After that [the thousand years] he [Satan] must be loosed a little season.” (Rev. 20: 3) Before him is the Holy City, and around him is a vast army of all the wicked who have ever lived. It is plain that the two elements cannot exist on the earth together. Satan is a thorough student of the prophecies, and knows that either his forces must obtain possession of the New Jerusalem, or they will be destroyed from the earth* as foretold by the prophets. Satan reviews the situation and considers the possibilities. He has millions of fallen angels at his command, and an innumerable army of wicked men. Compared with those within the walls of the New Jerusalem, he has the advantage of overwhelming numbers. He decides to organize his subjects into one vast army with which he will besiege the New Jerusalem.

SATAN’S ARMY.

“In that vast throng are multitudes of the long-lived race that existed before the flood; men of lofty stature and giant intellect, who, yielding to the control of fallen angels, devoted all their skill and knowledge to the exaltation of themselves; men whose wonderful works of art led the world to idolize their genius, but whose cruelty and evil inventions, defiling the earth and defacing the image of God, caused Him to blot them from the face of His creation. “There are kings and generals who conquered nations, valiant men who never lost a battle, proud, ambitious warriors whose approach made kingdoms tremble. In death these experienced no change. As they come up from the grave, they resume the current of their thoughts just where it ceased. They are actuated by the same desire to conquer that ruled them when they fell. “Satan consults with his angels, and then with these kings and conquerors and mighty men. They look upon the strength and numbers on their side, and declare that the

army within the city is small in comparison with theirs, and that it can be overcome. They lay their plans to take possession of the riches and glory of the New Jerusalem. All immediately begin to prepare for battle. Skillful artesans construct implements of war. Military leaders, famed for their success, marshal the throngs of warlike men into companies and divisions.

Gog and Magog.

The earth rings with the preparation for the conflict. Satan’s vast army must be provided with a complete equipment of the weapons and munitions of war. We read that he will be “loosed a little season.” How long this will be we are not told, but during this time his army will be equipped, organized, and drilled for his last struggle with his Maker. He realizes the nature of the power which he must meet, for he was once of it, and has met it in previous battle. He will use every element of evil, cunning, and ingenuity which he possesses to bring the equipment and organization of his hosts to the highest possible efficiency. “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog [warlike nations of earth, which are here used as a type of Satan’s vast army], to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Rev. 20: 7, 8)

Final Destruction of Evil.

“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [great deceptive powers in the last days of our dispensation] are [“were cast”—Smith], and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Rev. 20 : 9, 10. See Appendix for Bible use of words “forever and ever.” Of the final destruction of  Satan and evil angels we read, “Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.” (Eze. 28: 18, 1). In that day the destruction of Gog and Magog shall not be as in the day of battle. ”For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire” (Isa. 9:5) Of this awful day David wrote, “Upon the wicked He shall rain snares [margin, quick burning coals], fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.” (Ps. 11: 6) This recompense the wicked will receive in the earth. “Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.” (Prov. 11:31)  “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” “They shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Mal. 4:1, 3) In this lake of fire the earth will be purified from every vestige of evil. “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Rev. 20:14, 15) Never again will rebellion and evil exist in the universe of God. “He will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.” (Nahum 1: 9, 10)

The Earth Made New.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven [the atmosphere surrounding the earth] and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” (Rev. 21:1) “The heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word [the word that destroyed the earth by a flood, vss. 5, 6] are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” “But the day of the Lord [embracing the thousand years of the millennium, during which he will close up the affairs of this world of sin] will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein shall be burned up. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” (2 Peter 3: 7-13)

The curse of sin rests heavily upon the earth. It still contains many places of great beauty, but how imperfect it is when compared with the glorious world given to man at creation. Then “God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Gen. 1:31) Now, three quarters of the globe is abandoned to a waste of waters. The desert, the wilderness, and the barren, rocky wastes of mountain systems all testify of the curse that has come to the once beautiful earth. But Peter tells how all this will be changed. The elements and the earth shall melt with the heat of the day of the Lord. All the works of man and every trace of the curse will be utterly purged with fire. In this fire the earth’s surface becomes one molten mass. The elements of the atmosphere are disorganized and re-formed. The deformities and every unnatural condition of this old, sin-cursed world disappear, and from the crucible comes forth a “new earth,” dressed in all the beauties and glory of its first creation. “And there shall be no more curse.”

The New Jerusalem.

The New Jerusalem alone is exempt from the purifying fires of “the day of the Lord.” This must be the time of which the prophet wrote: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” (Isa. 33:14) While the earth is being purged by its maelstrom of fire, the hosts of the redeemed abide safely within the walls of the holy city,—kept by the power of God. Of this time we read, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power.” (Rev. 20:6) The righteous alone have part in the first resurrection. They alone are protected from the horrors which surround them. The wicked only are included in the awful cataclysm in which the earth is involved, and which to them brings the second death, from which there is no awakening forever. The New Jerusalem is a wonderful city. It is now being prepared in the “Father’s house,” the paradise of God. See John 14:1. In heaven it will be the abode of the saints during the thousand years of the judgment. At the end of the thousand years it will come down to earth (Rev. 21:2) to be the central figure during the last days of the wicked. It will be the capital city of the earth when it is finally redeemed and made new. In Revelation 21 is given a comprehensive description of the holy city. Some spiritualize this account, but it is too definite and realistic to admit of such treatment. It must be considered as a real city, built in a very material manner. It is to be the metropolis of the new earth, and a definite city residence for the redeemed. The Revelator says, ” And the city lieth foursquare.” Its measurement is given as “twelve thousand furlongs,” or fifteen hundred English miles. We may understand this to be the measurement around the city, as, according to Kitto, this was the ancient method of measuring cities. This gives three hundred seventyfive miles on each side.

Immortality

In Immortality/Eternal Life on April 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

Death has no legitimate part in the economy of the creation of God. It is an abnormal condition, brought into this world by sin. An endless life was the Creator’s purpose for man, but it was to be maintained only upon condition of obedience. God’s government must be clean, with no tendencies to sin, and no danger of rebellion.

The immensity of God’s government cannot be estimated by finite minds. But it is safe to conclude that heaven and earth do not comprise all the creation of God. The myriads of stars are not for show alone. Astronomers tell us that many of them are suns, some of them much larger than our sun.  The starry worlds are certainly of importance, for the psalmist says that God “telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.” (Ps. 147:4)  In the wonders of the heavens, David beheld such evidences of the magnitude of creation that earth and the petty affairs of man appeared very small. This earth was to him but a minute particle in God’s great universe. He exclaims, “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?” (Ps. 8: 3, 4)

Earth, through sin and rebellion, is of great significance in the economy of heaven. Not only has the Son of God died to redeem the world, but the Father and the Son are continually interested in the plan of salvation, and millions of angels are constantly employed as messengers and ministering spirits to fallen man.  Throughout eternity the greatest triumph of divine power will be the redemption of a fallen world. It is wonderful that God should create our world in six days. But it is still more wonderful that, after the fall, all heaven should be engaged for six thousand years in its redemption. And so important is this triumph of divine grace, that, when it is consummated, the entire administration of heaven will be changed.

This must be so, for in coming to earth the Son of God became the Son of man. Throughout eternity He will ever be identified with humanity. He will ever bear the marks of His earthly experience and ministry. This earth will be honored as the abode of the Man of Calvary, and as the seat of the Great White Throne from above. This world will become the eternal home of the Son of God.

John says, in speaking of the New Jerusalem as the capital city of the new earth, that “the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it.” (Rev. 22 :3) May we not gather from this that the earth will become the seat of God’s government, and the New Jerusalem its capital city? However this may be, it will be blessed beyond comprehension. And as the only sphere redeemed from sin and honored by the presence of its Redeemer, it will, through eternity, stand as a gem in all the creation of God.  But what a change must be wrought before this condition can be realized.

Man was sunk in the depths of sin; he had lost his right to life, and the world had come under the dominion of the author of all evil. Desperate measures must be employed to remedy such a desperate condition.  Nothing less than the life on earth of the Son of God, and His death on Calvary, could atone for the sins of man. The Son of God, the Creator, must become Jesus Christ, the Restorer, and thus bring to man the bliss of heaven and the blessings of a life eternal. Immortality through Christ is the only possible basis of hope for a future life.

In 2 Tim. 1: 10 we read of “the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” Man lost life by sin, for “the wages of sin is death.” (Rom. 6:23)  Jesus forgives sin, abolishes death, and restores to life and immortality, for Paul continues, “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Immortality is an undying nature. Man can receive it only through Him who is the fountain of life. David, speaking of Christ, says, “With Thee is the fountain of life.” (Ps. 36:9) Hence it is only through Christ that we can ever drink of the life-giving stream. The River of Life flows from the throne of God, where Christ sits. See Rev. 22:1.  Christ is to us the Source of all life. “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1)  Through Christ alone we receive eternal life. “This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life [in giving us Christ], and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not [eternal] life.” (1 John 5:11, 12) From this text it is evident that immortality is a gift to those only who accept Jesus Christ, and who have Him abiding in them. Christ said to His disciples, “He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life.” “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever.” (John 6147,48, 51)

Jesus said, “I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” (John 10:17, 18.)  Jesus had life in Himself. No one could take it from Him without His consent. But He yielded His life to His Father, and trusted Him for His resurrection. He said, “This commandment [the promise of His resurrection] have I received of My Father.” Vs. 18. It was His faith in God and the resurrection that brought Jesus from the grave, and gave back to Him the life which He had laid down.
It is the Christian’s faith in Christ that will bring him from the grave at the resurrection morning, and give to him the eternal life which became his by faith when he accepted Christ as his Saviour and Life-giver.
Those who do not have Christ abiding in them have not this eternal life or the promise of it. “He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:14,15)  Here, then, are two classes compared. First, Those who have the love of Christ, because He dwells in them, and so have eternal life; and, secondly, Those who have not the love of Christ, the indwelling Saviour, have not everlasting life, but “abide in death.”

The conclusion seems clear, that’ the life and immortality of which we have been reading is only in Christ, and is obtained only through the resurrection.