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Issued monthly by "The Bible Standard Publication Society," 24, Mint Lane, Lincoln.
EDITED BY
Geo. A. BROWN, Pastor of Mint Lane Baptist Church, Lincoln.

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is devoted to the exposition of Biblical Truth, especially the doctrine of Conditional Immortality, the Iiteral Resurrection of
the Dead, the Final Destruction of the Wicked, the Signs of the Times, the Second Coming of Christ, and His Personal Reign on earth.

" The Wages of Sin is Death; but the gift of God is Eternal Life throuqh. Jesus Christ our Lord."

No. 1. OCTOBER, 1877. Price Id.


Further, it is but stating a well-known fact to say, that
INTRODUCTORY. there is much trouble felt amongst all thoughtful men about
--0-- the prospects of our race, as to their future and eternal
To OUR READERS. condition. It will also be admitted that any publication,
It is a custom when any new enterprise is started to founded' on the Bible, giving real relief from this general
make some few remarks with reference to it. We aclmow- trouble, even if it did not fully remove it, would be doing
ledge the propriety of this usage, and shall therefore say a a work of great importance-seen to be so by all sympathetic
few words of comment on the" Bible Standardt" No one minds ; such a work we purpose entering into through the
acquainted with the existing aspects of the world, can have pages of the" Bible Standard." And we feel that our efforts
any doubt, that we have fallen upon very startling and will be blessed by"Him who is the Author of all good.
critical times. All society, everywhere, with its politics, its Ages have rolled -away without much being done to
philosophy, and its religion, is in a perturbed condition, indi- remove the grevious burden, though unceasing efforts have
cating revolutions and occurrences which no mere human been made to effect it. Endless suffering for the great
foresight can at all comprehend. The stream of earthly majority of those who have lived, is yet taught by the bulk
things is overflowing its old banks, and spreading out in of christendom; and gloom and uncertainty have depressed
every direction, in wild, disordered, ungovernable, and over- the heathen.
whelming volumne. Old systems and modes of thought and The most substantial relief we think has arisen from
belief, which have stood for ages, are everywhere tottering the doctrine that man by nature is mortal, and that all who
upon their thrones, and many of them reeling as for their are not converted, or renewed by God's spirit in this life,
final fall. Symptoms of a mysterious metamorphose meet will cease to exist at the judgment, and in this way misery
us on every hand, causing some of earth's most far-sighted and sin will come to an end. Within thirty years this view
men, in church and state to tremble with amazement and has been embraced by perhaps 100,000 of professing
doubt. What these approaching changes are to be is differ- Christians in the different denominations in England and
ently given, according to the different points of observation America! and some 800 ministers, are proclaiming the
which men occupy. But that changes are certainly coming, doctrine. To those great relief has come! but they form
all admit. We purpose through the" Bible Standard" to only a fraction. in christendom-so small ths] many know
open the book of .God, and go with you to its unerring and not that they exist. Though few and scattered, and almost
inspiriting pages, to ascertain what the Lord hath made universally persecuted by all religious sects for their belief,
known concerning many of the perplexing questions of yet they- feel and believe themselves to be the most happy
the day. In the first place the" Bible Standard" will be class of Christians in the Christian world. They feel settled
devoted to the exposition of the great prophetic truths which by a full re-examination of the Scriptures, that endless misery
point to the glorious advent of our Lord and Saviour Jesus is not taught there! and so rejoice in the prospect of living
Christ, we shall also endeavour to point the Child of God to for ever (through faith and obedience in the Lord Jesus
the "signs of the times" which indicate the nearness of Christ), in a universe where woe and sin will not be known,
that event, and also warn the sinner to flee to Him who after Christ comes to "destroy the last enemy." And
alone can shelter him from the impending judgments that believing also that the second coming of Christ draws near,
are coming upon the earth. adds to the joyful prospect before them.
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We can answer for ourselves, for having believed in and cealed. If so, then is it not very remarkable that the mill en-
preached the doctrine of Conditional Immortality, for the . niurn of a thousand years (Rev. xx.) is never mentioned as a
last 10 years our hearts have repeatedly thanked the God of sign at all? Had this been to take place before the Second
all Truth for our having escaped the slavery of the dogma Advent; how has it never been alluded to as one of the signs?
of Eternal Torment. It would have been by far the most distinct and visible. No
Our heart's desire is, that we may be used through the one could overlook or mistake it. Yet nowhere by prophets
medium of the" Bible Standard" in disseminating Truth, or apostles, or by the Lord Himself, is it noted as a sign.
for truly it ws said by one of old, " who follows truth carries How can this be accounted for, save upon the ground that it
his star in his brain'," We purpose to keep close" to the was to take place after, not before, the advent? If this be
law and the testimony." We will follow no guides but the admitted, all is plain; if it be denied, then let those who
inspired writers. . And we ask our readers to test carefully by deny it account for the fact that, among the many signs of
the word of God all that we may present to them. The Bible the advent, the millennium is never mentioned as one. How
we regard as the best key to the solution of present difficul- the most palpable of them all could be omitted seems to me
ties, it is the best bulwark against prevailing errors-" An to require an explanation. On the post-rnillennial system,
inward taste and relish of the things of .God is an excellent the omission seems to me inexplicable. For thus our Lord
preservative to keep us settled in these most unsettled would be made to profess to .tell us the signs of His appear-
times." ing, and yet to conceal the most notable of them all.
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In the themes which form the subject of this paper the But this is not all. The signs which are given are incon-
Divinity of the Bible is taken for granted, and the arguments sistent with the idea of a millennium before the second
which are advanced are founded thereon. To those only advent. Who that reads the Lord's prophecy in Matt. xxiv,
who admit its Divinity, are these arguments primarily which begins with the destruction of Jerusalem and ends
addressed, as they alone may be expected to allow them with His second appearing in the clouds of heaven, does not
their due weight and influence. May the blessing of God feel that the whole drift of it was to show the church that
through our Lord Jesus Christ bless both the writers and they were to expect sorrow, not joy, tribulation, not triumph,
readers of the I' Bible Standard." up to the time when He should return? These signs were
successive crests of the billows on which she was to be tossed
till He, with His own voice and presence, should rebuke and
SIGNS OF THE NEARING ADVENT OF CHRIST. calm the ocean. The simple omission then of the millennium
as a sign is a fact on which we ought to lay much stress;
THE night cometh! Nor does it seem far off. It never
but the omission of it in circumstances which preclude the
appeared so nigh. The shadows are lengthening out, and
possibility of its being a thing reserved or merely unspoken,
falling with ominous gloom upon the valleys of' earth. The
furnishes a strong argument in proof of a pre-millennial
dimness of twilight is beginning to make itself felt. It
advent.
is settling down drearily upon our cities, and on our soli-
tudes; upon the towers of our strength, and the palaces of Let me now note some of the signs which, in the present
our pomp; nor can the noisy rush of eager multitudes day, seem most remarkable as forerunners of the Lord's
hurrying to and fro for gain or pleasure, wholly stifle the appearing. And though of some of these it might be said
utterance of fear and awe. Men cannot help foreboding evil, that they have been found in former days, yet others of
for who can tell them what may be in the womb of darkness? them, as we shall see, are peculiar to our own.
The night-birds are already on the wing, flirting around us,
1. Wars and rumours of wars, earthquakes, pestilences,
and reminding us of the descending night.
and famines in divers places (Matt. xxiv. 6. 7). I need not
. Yet it is written also, ",The day is at hand!" The night, enter minutely into the proof of the existence of these. The
though dark will be brief, and will be soon"succeeded by a public journals bear witness to it. For a while, it seemed
glorious day. But still of that day the night will be the almost as if the world were at rest, as if its storms had
forerunner. And this world's night is surely near. spent themselves. But now all seems changed. Every day
The signs of Christ's second advent that have been given brings new indications of disquietude and convulsion. Few
us by the Lord and His apostles are both notable and nations seem willing to draw the sword, yet every nation has
numerous. And it is very evident that those have been her hand upon the hilt; with some it is already gleaming in
selected which were the most expressive and least ambiguous. the air, and with others it is reddened with blood. Over the
They are chosen as being the most prominent and explicit whole earth is heard" the long, low, distant murmur of dread
that could be given. It cannot be thought that the least sound." And is not this the prelude to the last universal
striking have been announced and the most striking con- . war? (Ezek. xxxviii; Zech. xiv; Dan, i. 40-55, xii. 1; Rev.
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xiii. 7, xvi. 12-16, xvii. 8-14, xix, 11-14.) Is it not a sign ON THE INTERMEDIATE STATE OF THE DEAD.
of the near approach of Him who, when earth's madness and
Job xiv. 10, 14, pubs this question" Man giveth up the Ghost
ambition are at their height-when the summoned nations
and where is he"? But who shall answer Job's question?
are gathered at Armageddon, girt for battle and slaughter-
The Bible must answer it; from no other source eau we
himself appears for their discomfiture and ruin? Then, but
derive certain information on this subject. It cannot surely
not till then, wars shall cease, and the weapons of war
be said, the Bible is silent on the state of Man after death,
perish. Then the true Solomon shall begin His reign,
for most Christians speak of this with great confidence, and
hushing the tumults of the nations, and introducing the
appeal to it in proof of their opinions. We shall examine-
long-expected Sabbath of this weary" work-a-day world."
What saith the Scriptures on this question; guarding on the
(Rev. xix. 20.)
one hand, against being wise above what is written; and on
2. The restlessness of the world. This sign is in part the other, overlooking things revealed which belong to us
connected with the preceding, yet may be. viewed separately. and to our children.
The state of the world is at present very ominous. Distress
of nations with perplexity-men's hearts failing them for It is universally allowe cl, that the whole of man ie
fear, and for looking after those things that are coming on expressed in Scripture by the terms body, soul, and spirit.
the earth, "and then shall they see the Son of man coming That man's body, after death, returns to dust, and is in-
in a cloud" (Lulce xxi. 27,) is God's picture of the state of sensible to either pain or pleasure-visible positive facts
man as the final crisis draws on. This seems our attitude demonstrate. The only question which remains for our in-
at this moment. The earth, and the things that are coming vestigation, then, is-has man an immortal soul, or spirit
on it, attract the attention of all serious thinkers. There is which survives death, and does it enjoy happiness or suffer
something in the state of the world so unsettled, so pregnant misery in la disembodied state between death and the resur-
with uncertain evil, that every eye is moving to and fro in rection? That it does is very generally believed by~hristians
expectation of strange issues, as if to catch the first sign of all sects, and 'whether this is a Soriptural doctrine 01' not
of their approach. The form and color of the clouds forbode we wish to ascertain.
speedy change, and threaten tempest to the nations. The How, then, does the Bible answer Job's question, "Man
time for listlessness and apathy is gone. Some thirty years giveth up the Ghost and where is he?" When Abraham
ago, when the skies were bright, and men could promise gave up the Ghost where was he? It is answered Gen. ~V.
themselves days of sunshine, it was safe enough to fold the 15, "thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace, thou shalt be
hands and take our ease. But all is over. No doubt, after buried in a good old age." Again when Moses gave up the
the excitement of recent wars and revolutions, men would Ghost, i.e., or spirit, where was he ? It is answered, Deut,
prefer repose. But the onward swell of the waters stays xxxi. 16, "behold thou shalt sleep with thy fathers". The
not for an hour. There is among the nations a spirit of reader, by consulting the following texts, will see the same
restlessness, anarchy, and insubordination, a passionate love thing said of David, 1 Kings i. 21, and ii. 10, compare Acts
of change, a headlong rush to overturn every established ix. 36. Of Solomon 1 Kings xi. 43 2; Chron, ix. 31. Of Asa
system, too furious and united to be ultimately withstood. 1 Kings xv. 24; 2 Chron, xvi. 13. Of J ehosaphat 1 Kings xxii.
Many call it but a passing tumult, the frenzy of an hour; 50; 2 OMan. xxi. 1. or Azariah 2 Kings xv. 7. Of Jotham
but they who understand it know how deep is the spring 2 Kings xv. 38; 2 Chron, xxvii. 9. Of Abijah 2 Chron, xiv, 1.
out of which it flows. The storm, long gathering, but Of Uzziah 2 Chron, xxvi. 23. Of Hezekiah 2 Chron. xxxii. 33.
resisted by the barriers which ancient wisdom had erected Of Rehoboam 1 Kings xiv. 31; 2 Chron, xii. 16. And of Josiah
for the stability of kingdoms, is concentrating and condensing 2 Kings xxii. 20. If it is objected-all these were good. men,
its strength in these venerable recesses, which n~ay for a let the reader then consult the following texts, where the same
while refuse to yield to the explosive force, but which, over- thing is said of the very worst characters. Thus it is said of
strained at length, give Wf1yto the accumulated pressure; Jeroboam, "that he slept with his fathers," 1Kings xiv. 20;
then will the kingdoms of the earth be shivered; throne and 2 Kings xiv. 29. Of Abijarn, 1 Kings xv. 8. Of Baasha, 1
temple overturned; wall and fortress laid inruins. Such is Kings xvi. 6. Of Omri, 1 Kings xvi, 28. Of Ahab, :l Kiugs
the night which is to precede the long-looked-for day when xxii. 40. Of Joram, 2 Kings viii. 24. Of Jehu, 2 Kings x. _35.
not only Israel but the whole earth shall arise and put on Of Jehoahaz, 2 Kings xiii. 9. Of Joash, 2 Kings xiii. 13.
the garments of beauty, fit and meet for the personal pre- Of Manasseh, 2 Kings xxi, 18; 2 OMan. xxxiii. 20. It is very
sence of their glorious King.-Rev. Dr. Horatius Bonar, obvious from all these texts, that persons, whether pious or
profane, are said" to sleep with their fathers." In the margin
THEdoctrine of the immortality of the soul, and the name, of some of them, it is "to lie down with their fathers." J acob,
are alike unknown to the entire Bible.-Dr. Olshausen. Gen. xlvii. 30, desired to lie with his fathers. In chap. xliz.
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29, 33, his death is called being" gathered unto his people." but one half of what they say about this be true, we may ex-
And, speaking of the wicked, (Ps. xlix. 19.) it is said, "he pect the Bible to be full and explicit on this subject. At any
shall go to the generation of his fathers." When persons rate the objection has no force until it is proved, that men
are said to go to their fathers (Gen. xv. 15,) and to go down have immortal souls exposed to such misery. But, it may
to their children who were dead, (Gen. xxxvii. 35,) nothing be noticed, that if the above texts only describe the state of
more seems to be meant than that they had gone to Sheol or men's bodies after death, the sacred writers were at great
Hades, where all the dead are represented as in one vast pains to inform us about that, which was obvious from every
congregation. This is said of whole generations, as well as of day's observation. Is it rational to think that they would
individuals, Judges ii. 10, which confirms the views advanced, have used such language, yet believed men had immortal
that dying in Scripture is called falling asleep, and being Souls in a state of happiness or misery in a disembodied
dead. Asleep is beyond all controversy. See Ps. lxxvi. 13 ; state? What orthodox man speaks so in the present day?
Job iii. 13, and vii. 21 ; Ps. xiii. B; Mau, xxvii. 52; John ii. If he even quotes such texts, he generally does it with some
11, 13; Acts vii. 6, and xiii. 36; 1 Cor. xv. 6, 18, 20, 51; 1 explanation, guarding us against supposing that they refer
Thess. iv. 13, 15, and v. 10; 2 Peter iii. 4; Jel'. li. 39; 1 COl'. to the whole man. A distinction is made in Scripture be-
xi. 30.) This sleep is said to be e , in the dust" (Job. viii. 21, tween soul and body, but it is never intimated tha;t the
Dan. xii. 2.) It is represented as a place of quietness and former must go to heaven or hell after death. Admit it true,
rest to all, poor or rich, the oppressor and the oppressed. and how could Job say, that had he died at his birth, he
See (Job iii. 13, 20, and xvii. 16; Isai Ivii, 2; Rev. xiv. 13.) would have been as an untimely birth? (Chap. iii. 16)
Job calls this resting-place in the dust "the land of darkness And" should have been as though he had not been " (Chap. x.
and the shadow of death; a land of darkness as darkness it- 19.) Would he. not have been, if he had an immortal soul?
- self," .... ('Chap. x. 20 22, Job xvii. 13; 1 Sam, ii. 9; Ps. cvii. Indeed how could he cease to be if this was true? But at
10, 14.) where similiar statements are made. death persons are to be no more, ( Gen. xlii. 36; Ps. xxxix. 13;
It is the same to all, whatever character they sustained Matt. ii. 18.) And of man it is said-" shall he deliver his
while in this world. It is also represented as a place of soul from the hand of the grave?" (Ps. lxxxix. 48.)
silence (Ps. iii. 17, xciv. 17 and cxv. 17.) It is called" the But if any part of man existed in a state of happiness or
land of forqetfulness," ( Ps. lxxxviii. 12,) where the persons misery after death, how could the sacred writers speak as
are in a state of forgetfulness, as well as forgotten by the in the following passages? In Ps. cxv. 17, it is said, " The
living, (Ps. xxxi, 12.) Moreover it is often described as a dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down unto
state of corruption and destruction see, Job. xxvi. 6, xxviii. silence." Again" for in death there is no remembrance of
2t Ps. vxxxviii. 11, xvi. 10, Job. iv. 18, 20, Ps. xlix. 9. thee; in the grave who shall give thee thanks?" (Ps. vi. 5.)
2\ Acts xiii. 36.) And it is asked (Ps. xxx. 9,) "shall the dust praise thee?
It cannot be doubted that Job's question-" Man giveth Shall it declare thy truth? and (Ps. lxxxviii. 10-11,) "Wilt
up the Ghost and where is he," is spoken of all men without thou show wonders to the dead? "Shall the dead rise and
exception, and in our day is answered thus-" All m,en when praise thee"? Shall thy loving kindness be declared in the
they give up the Ghost, go immediately to heaven or hell, to grave? Or thy faithfulness in destruction?" compare (Ps.
be happy or miserable forever." The Catholics have purga- Ixxxviii.12, and Ps. cxviii. 17, and Isa. xxxviii. 18-19,)
tory as a third place, to which they send some at death. where similar things are stated. But again it is said Ps.
But do the Scriptures speak of three places, or even of two, cxlvi. 3-4,) "put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of
to which men go at death? Solomon says, (Eccl. xii. 5,) man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he
" Man goeth to his long home." and Job calls it "the house ap- returneth to his earth, in that very day his thoughts perish."
pointedfor all the living" ( Chap. xxx. 23.) Solomon expressly And in Ecol, ix. 5-6, it is expressly declared, "the dead know
declares (Eccl. iii. 20,)-" All go unto olle place; all are of the not anything" and that their" love and their hatred-and their
dust, and all return to dust again." We are aware that it may envy is now perished." At verse 10, it is added, " there is no
be objected-these texts only describe the state of men's work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave
bodies after death, but have no relation to their '<immortal whither thou goest." How these statements could be made ~_
souls." Be it so; I have then a right to demand. that texts by persons who believed that they had immortal souls,
be produced, showing that men have immortal souls, and which at death went to heaven or hell, I must leave for others
that at death they go to heaven or hell. All know how con- to explain.
fidently our orthodox brethren speak of " poor immortal souls; But Job answers his own question, after saying chap. xiv.
of precious immortal souls; and of people's never-dying souls, 10, "man giveth up the ghost and where is he ?" he adds
being every moment exposed to endless misery;" and how verses 11-12, "as the waters fail fr~ the sea, and the flood
anxious they are to save them from such a punishment. If decayeth _and dryeth up: so man lieth down, and riseth not;
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till the heavens be no more, they shall not wake nor be EARLY BAPTISTS AND THE KINGDOM
raised out of their sleep." Here, he intimates his hope of a OF GOD.
resurrection from the dead; but that he had no knowledge IN the seventeenth century, the Baptist Churches of England
of the soul's existence in a disembodied state, is apparent were nearly, if not all, believers in the Gospel of God. In
from verse 13, "0 that thou wouldst hide me in the grave, 1660 they found it necessary to present to Charles n. their
that thou wouldst keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, confession of Faith, which was signed by forty persons and
that thou wouldst appoint me a set time and remember me," approved by twenty thousand more. The following is their
see also verses 14-15, Job's answer is in unison with all the 22nd article, extracted from Crosby's History of the Baptists,
above texts, nor is any thing said in any other part of the vol. 2. p. 85:-
book, which would lead us to believe that he had an "We, believe that the same Lord Jesus, who showed
immortal soul which would exist in a disembodied state. In Himself alive after His passion by, many infallible proofs
the book of Job a future life is entirely predicated on the (Acts, i. 3), and was taken up into heaven (Luke, xxiv. 51),
resurrection from the dead. On the whole of the above shall so come in like manner as He was seen to go into
texts, I shall now submit the following questions and heaven (Acts, i. 9-11);
remarks, for candid consideration. Is it any honour to the '" And when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, we also
sacred writers, to make them gravely and repeatedly tell us, shall appeal' with Him in glory.' (Col. iii. 4.) 'For the
that a dead carcase does not praise God; that it does not kingdom is His, and He is the governor among the nations'
give thanks to God? ann if at death man's soul goes to (Ps. xxii, 28.), 'and king over all the earth.' (Zech. xiv. 9.)
heaven or hell, how could they in truth say that" the dead 'and we shall reign with Him on the earth,' (Rev. v. 10.)
know not anything!" And that at death" the thoughts of men 'The kingdom of this world ( which men so mightily strive
perish?" Are souls in heaven and hell destitute of all know- after her~ to enjoy) shall become the kingdoms of our Lord
ledge and thought? If so, how can they be either happy or and His Christ.' (Rev. xi. 15.) 'For all is yours' (ye that
miserable? Supposing a man in the present expressed him- overcome this world), 'for ye are Christ's, and Christ is
self as Job, Hezekiah, and others did in view of their death, Goel's (1 COl'. iii. 22, 23.) 'For unto the saints shall be given
would he not be counted a denier of the faith, and worse than the kingdom, and the greatness of the kingdom, under the
an infidel? Such would do well to consider, how those good whole heaven,' (Van. vii. 27.) Though, alas! now many
men spoke as they did, yet died in peace. Dic1they not fall men be scarce content that the saints should have so "much
asleep with a hope and peace of minc1 as much superior to as a being among them; but when Christ shall appeal', then
some death-bed scenes praisec1 among us, as the composure shall be their day-then shall be given unto them power
of a rational man is to the ravings of a maniac? But I ask over the nations, to rule them with a rod of iron. (Rev. ii.
again, supposing the sacred writers had intended to teach us 26,27.) Then shall they receive a crown of life, which no
that the whole, man ceases to exist at death, what better man shall take from them, nor they by any means turned 01'
language could they hqve used? The texts are many, plain, overturned from; for the oppressor shall be broken in pieces
and uttered without a single word of qualification, as if men '( Ps. lxxii. 4.), and their vain rejoicings be turned into
had immortal souls which survive death. Does not their lan- mourning and lamentations, as it is written (Job, xx. 5-7.)
guage justify the views I have advanced? And if I have mis- " We believe that there will be an order in the resurrection;
taken their meaning, how are we to reconcile them with the Christ is the first-fruits, and then next, or an er, they that
doctrine of the immortality of the soul? But if my views be are Christ's at His coming; then, or afterward, cometh the
correct, it is certain Job's question is fully and repeatedly end. Concerning the kingdom and reign of our Lord Jesus
answered in the above passages. "IN e frankly admit, that if Christ; as we do believe that He is now in heaven at His
it can be proved that man has an immortal soul which goes Father's right hand, so we do believe that at the time
to heaven or hell at death, they ought to be understood as appointed of the Father, He shall come again in power and
merely referring to his body, but if this can not be done, great glory: and that at, or after His coming- the second
prejudice herself will allow, the doctrine of disembodied time. He will not only raise the dead, anc1 judge and
spirits is without foundation in the Bible. restore the world, but will also take to himself His Kingdom,
If the Scripture writers do not inform us that men have and will, according to the Scriptures, reign on the throne-of
immo?·tal souls, and where they, go at death, it is fair to con- his father David, on Mount Zion, in Jerusalem, for ever.
clude that they had no such lmowledge to communicate.-B. " "IN e believe that the kingdom of our Lord will be a
( To be continued.) universal kingdom, and that in this kingdom the Lord Jesus
Christ Himself will be alone, visible, supreme Lord and King
CHRISTIANITY treats man not as immortal, but as a candi- of the whole earth. /
date for immortality.-Rev. Dr. Parker, '~ We believe that as this kingdom will be universal, so it
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will be also an everlasting kingdom that shall have no end,


nor can be shaken; in which kingdom the saints and Andrew Carmichael has well said:
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faithful in Christ Jesus sh:111receive the end of their faith, "It cannot be too often repeated: if there be an immortal
even the salvation of their souls; where the Lord is they soul, there is no resurrection; and if there be any resurrec-
shall be also." tion, there is no immortal soul."
" We believe that the New Jerusalem that shall come
Dr. Muller Rays:
down from God out of heaven, when the tabernacle of God
"The Christian faith 111 immortality is indissolubly
shall be with men, and He will dwell among them, will be
connected with the promise of a future resurrection of the
the metropolitan city of this kingdom, and will be the
dead."
glorious place of residence of both Christ and His saints for
Adam Clarke says:
ever, and will be on Mount Zion the holy hill of David,
where His throne was." 'Ihey also expressed their deter- "The doctrine of the resurrection appears to have been
mination to abide by these doctrines in such language as thought of much more consequence among the primitive
this: " We are not only resolved to suff~r persecution to the Christians than it is now. There is not a doctrine in the
loss of our goods, but also life itself, rather than decline from Gospel on which more stress is laid; and there is not a
the same." doctrine in the present system of preaching which is tre ated
We commend this to the attention of our Baptist friends with more neglect."
of the present day, who have left the good old paths in which These words are eminently true; and it is proper for us to
their fathers' walked. Wisdom bids them return, inquire into the cause of this marked change. We have seen
that Christ, and the apostles make the resurrection the most
NO REWARD HEREAFTER, IF THERE BE prominent doctrine of the New Testament. One eminent
NO RESURRECTION. author declares, that not less than one verse in every thirty
in the New Testament has reference to this doctrine. Why
"WHAT advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Let us eat
then is it treated with such neglect in the popular pulpits of
and drink, for to morrow we die."-l Cor. xv. 32. What
the present day? Is it because modern preachers are wiser
\. advantageth it me? What benefit shall I have? Why should
than Paul and Peter and John, or is it because they neglect
I risk my life in this manner?
to preach the Gospel, "teaching for doctrines the command-
Let us eat and drink. These words are taken from
ments of men ?"
Isa. xxii. 13. In their original application they refer to
the Jews when besieged by Sennacherib and the army of the The New Testament teaches that man is mortal, and that
Assyrians. The prophet says, that instead of weeping and eternal life is a "gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
fasting, and humiliation, as became them in such circum- Modern theology teaches that man is immortal, and that as
stances, they had given themselves up to feasting and revelry, a consequence he has eternal life in himself: The New
and that their language was, "Let us eat and drink, for to Testament does n~t teach the immortality of. the soul; but
morrow we shall die;" that is,there is no use in offering modern theology cleclares that" the immortality of the soul
resistance or in calling upon God. VVe must die, and _we is a fundamental doctrine of revealed religion."
may as well enjoy life as long as it lasts, and give ourselves The New Testament teaches the resurrection of dead men.
up to unrestrained indulgences. Paul does not quote these modern theology; of dead bodies. Th-ese marked contrasts
words as having any original reference to the subject of the exhibit the reason why the doctrine of the resurrection is
reshrection, but as language appropriately expressing the treated with such neglect in the present system of preaching
idea, that if there is no future state; if no resurrection of Of the primitive faithful, it is written-" These all, having
the dead; if no happy result of toils and sufferings in the obtained a good report through faith, received not the
future world, it is vain and foolish to subject ourselves to promise; God having provided some better thing for us,
trials and privations here. We should rather make the most that they without us should not be made perfect" (Heb. xi.
of this life-enjoy all the comfort we can, and make pleasure 39, 40). The time is fast approaching when this promise
our chief good, rather than look for happiness in a future shall be fulfilled. Then shaH the patriarchs honour ---------
their
state. This seems to be the language of the great mass of Redeemer; then shall Job, with all the pure in heart, see
the world,etc. God; then shall David awake and be satisfied; then shall
To-morrow. Very soon. We have no security of life. Isaiah give the shout of victory over death and hades; then
and death is so near that it may be said we must die to- shall Daniel awake to everlasting life; then shall Paul, with
morrow. We die. We must die. The idea here is "We all those who love the appearing of Christ, receive the gift of
must die, without the prospect of living again, unless the eternal life. This is the doctrine of the Bible-The Doctrine
doctrine of the resurrection be true.-Albert Barnes. of Immortality.-J. H. Whitmore.
THE BIBLE STANDARD. 7

SCIENCE AND FAITH. of the earth,-the distance and nature of the stars, the
The Latin soientia, or science, from scio, "to know," remote past ages, and the essential essence of things, men
denotes the study and knowledge of all facts and truths who get their evidence just in the same way as Christians get
knowable, whether gathered by the senses from the realms theirs, viz., on the testimony of others, will senselessly
of Nature, or whether existing in the spheres of heavenly rej ect evidence pertaining to matters of revelation and
things where man's sight is set aside and only faith finds religion; while at the same moment they assert the truth
footing. Hence there is such a thing as the science of faith, of a million of other things theoretical and less thoroughly
for to believe in divine things is to " know" on the)nclisput- accredited. These men, while denying the miracles of Scrip-
able word of another or his seconcl, and whatever is known, ture, as did Paine and Parker, cannot fathom the accepted
is demonstrable, is scientific. Were mankind never to mysteries that are piled thick all about their feet; though
know anything save what we can see or experience, how they never think of disputing them. They will cavil at the
limited would be our knowledge. For our knowledge of mysteries that underlie the whole system of the atonement
geography, geology, history, and all human sciences is in by Jesus the Saviour, but cannot with all their wisdom tell
few instances primarily obtained, but is mainly derived how the blood circulates, how the grass grows, how the
from others, who themselves, receive statements' at second wind blows, how atoms came, what.is the last division of an
and third hand. If we should disregard all second hand atom, how pain exists, how thought is evolved; and these
evidence, the existence of a Caesar or a Buonaparte, or a foolish wise men evermore stammer and hesitate when
Washington would be a mattel: of dispute. Historic doubts questioned concerning the secrets of their existence. Ask
relative to thousands of accepted statements were then justi- such a man if he believes in unseen winds and pains, and
fiable. All science, even its first principles as well as its he will tell you "Yes." Ask him if he believes in the
facts, rests upon faith; faith in philosophers, in travellers, in unseen -Christ, and the reply is "No." How pitiful is
observers, in experimentalists. Science itself is but a child scepticism, which only believes in all unbelief, and believing
of yesterday ; and geology, one of the youngest, yet the not the truth is" condemned." How grand is faith,--that
noisiest of the sciences, is now scarcely two hundred years with Job and Saul enables its possessor to say of etern al
old; while faith is as old as Adam, Abel, and Noah. The realities, " I know." Give me this faith.-D. T. Taflor,

common sense of mankind declares that as regards a million •


THE GROWTH OF A BESETTING SIN.
of things the race lives, not by science, but by faith; not
Its growth is not always the same. Sometimes the de-
by what each one for himself can demonstrate, but by what
Yeloprnent is gradual and insensible, as avarice, for instance.
he believes has been demonstrated to or by others. Many A young man's character is fair; only those who know him
a professional chemist could not analyze one tenth of the best discern a germ of selfishness. He prospers in life and
nine hundred and forty-two substances treated in Turn~r's riches increase. 'I'he germ vegetates and grows until we
Chemistry; many a man pretending to be a geologist never see its consumation in the hard face, the cold eye, the rigid
examined one millionth part of the crust of the earth,-Sir clutch of fingers that can never grasp enough. The growth
David Brewster affirms that "not one fiftieth part of the is sometimes rapid, impetuous, gaining in a few days a fear-
ful maturity, just as the seed, dormant for ages in the
whole" dry land is yet geologically explored, while the
cerecloths of a mummy, bursts into life when air and
geology of the vast ocean bed is almost totally unknown. moisture are supplied. Young men, country-bred, have told
So with other sciences. me how they went to a city to enter a counting-house or
But limited as is his knowledge, the sceptical geologist is attend lectures. A single step over a wicked threshold was
ready to fling Moses to the winds for the sake of his pet, as a spark upon tinder, and in the conflagration that.
followed all self-control was consumed. What, my reader,
crude theories. Others give us most of the facts we know,
has been the growth of your besetting sin? Can you trace
-we. build on them. Others calculate, experiment and
its progress from a seemingly harmless serpent, with which
prove-we believe them. We are compelled to. It is in a you trifled, to a dragon that suffocates you in its folds?
thousand cases the only knowledge we possess. And yet Can you remember how you nursed and fondled it, and with
infidels tell us that "modern man demands substantial your own hand nourished it into greatness? How does the
proofs for all kinds of knowledge, and rejects that which is inveteracy of habit intensify y-iur calamity! Or can YOu
merely a matter of Faith." Merely! As if to receive remember how once it was pent up and restrained until,
like the fisherman in the Arabian fable, in a thoughtless
HumboIt's statement of a fact were wisdom, but ~to
moment you violated some seal graven with a sacred name,
receive with equal assurance Paul's statement of a fact is
and in a moment this" Genii" of the besetting sin issued
only nonsense. Alas, this science "falsely so called"
forth in a form and substance and grasped you with super-
though senseless in its" oppositions" to God's truth, has human violence? Alas! you must fight it out now; there
come to be very fashionable. .is no spell that can restore it back to its prison.-Bishop
Positive of what others teach concerning the deep places Leay.
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