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“Oh then," I said, “it is not • Jesus only.' I must enter the church and lead an upright life besides. You see it is not Jesus only.

“No, no! not exactly," he replied; and we parted.

This passage came to my mind : “ There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts iv. 12.) How sad it is, I thought, that they teach in that church that three things are necessary to salvation. We read nothing in the scripture about "entering the church,' or leading an upright life,' as a means of salvation.

Every believer is a part of the true church, and should seek light from above, as to what Christians he should unite himself with ; but this is not that he may be saved, but because he is saved; and surely too he should lead an upright life. But for salvation Jesus said, “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, bath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life.”

How is it with you, my reader ? are you trying to be saved by three things, and two of them your own doing—or will you let it be “ Jesus only ?"

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“ MY SOUL WAITETH FOR THE LORD."

I wait for Thee, O Lord !

Thou art the Bridegroom dear,
Who all my wayward heart hast won,

Whose step I long to hear.
I wait for Thee, O Lord !

Thy glorious face to see,
That holy face that once was marr'd

Was marr'd, O Lord, for me.

I wait for Thee, O Lord !

Before Thy feet to fall! Lowly to worship and adore

Thee Lord, my All in All.

I wait for Thee, O Lord !

Thy wondrous voice to hear, Louder than many waters' noise,

As silver trumpet clear.

I wait for Thee, O Lord!

Thy tender touch to feel,
That tender touch which even here

The broken heart can heal.

I wait for Thee, O Lord !

Thy glory to behold-
The Father's gift, because of love

He had for Thee of old.

I wait for Thee, O Lord !

And Thou dost wait for me :
Thy faithful heart longs for the hour

When I with Thee shall be.

I wait for Thee, O Lord!

The rapture deep to know, Of living evermore with Thee,

Love cannot more bestow.

I wait for Thee, O Lord!

But for a little while:
This night, O Lord, mine eyes may meet
Thy joyful tender smile.

E. B.

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CORRESPONDENCE. 49. “D. D.,” Wells, Norfolk. Hebrews i. 14 teaches very plainly the ministry of angels—a most precious truth. How blessedly we are provided for! Christ ministers for us on high. The Holy Ghost ministers in us; and angels minister to us. We thank you, most heartily, for your kind and cheering letter. May showers of blessing descend upon you all, and upon your work!

50. “F. J. S.,” Lincoln. It is entirely a matter between your own soul and the Lord. If the infirmity of which you speak hinders you in the Lord's work, it might be right to have it removed. But if it be merely a matter of personal appearance, you could hardly look for God's blessing on the operation, or have it performed to His glory.

51. “C. A. D.," Ottawa. Thanks for your letter and the accompanying lines.

52. “L. M. R.," Woolwich. It is very important that the Christian should be thoroughly clear and above-board in all his ways. There should be nothing questionable in any of his transactions-nothing hidden. We should not put our hand to a single thing which would not bear the very strictest scrutiny. Hence, if this

person, “ who works for a large Firm in London” is doing anything which she would not wish the Firm to know; if she is receiving anything which she wishes to hide from their knowledge, it is perfectly evident she is not acting uprightly. If she is perfectly clear in what she is doing, why send this question to us? Can she with a good conscience take the discount from the person who supplies her with the things ? Should it be termed “ discount” or “ brokerage ?” be single, thy whole body shall be full of light." And again, “If our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.” If it is an understood thing on the part of the Firm, that discount is given, it is all plain and right; but anything underhand is utterly

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unworthy of one who is called to walk in the light of the divine presence.

53. “I. L. P.,” H.M.S. “Shannon,” Channel Fleet. There is no question as to the true reading of Romans viii. 1. The last clause should be omitted. The apostle is speaking of the positive standing of the believer, and not of his walk. If you think of your walk, be it ever so upright, ever so pure, ever so elevated, you will find something to judge; hence if it be a question of walk, we could not possibly say, “no condemnation.” Is it then implied that the question of walk is not one of capital importance ? God forbid that any one should say or think so; but our walk could never be the basis of " no condemnation,” inasmuch as it is not perfect; but our standing is perfect, because it is “in Christ Jesus.” In verse 4, we have the subject of our walk introduced, “That the righteousness (onawwua] of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit.” Here, the clause is divinely suitable, but to insert it in verse 1, involves not only redundancy in style, but error in doctrine. It is interesting and instructive to notice that verse 1 gives the condensed statement of chapter v. 6. There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” Verse 2 sums up chapter vi., “ The law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Verse 3 condenses chapter vii., “ What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." Mark the marvellous precision of scripture. It does not say, “In the likeness of flesh,” for then He would not have been a real man at all. Neither does it say, “ In sinful flesh,” for then He could not be a perfect Saviour. His humanity was as real as it was pure and spotless. All homage to His peerless Name ! Universal and everlasting praise to His glorious Person !

54. “F. A. F.," Christchurch. We do not con

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sider Luke xiv. 26, applicable to your case at all. 1 Timothy v. 4, we should judge a more suitable scripture. If your dear invalid mother needs your careas, judging from your letter, we assuredly consider she does—your place is at her side. If she could be left alone for a couple of hours, and were willing to spare you, then we feel assured, dear friend, you would delight to be at the table of your Lord. But for a child to neglect a sick mother-to leave her alone, not knowing what might occur, we should judge to be most reprehensible. You must act before the Lord in this matter, regardless of human thoughts.

As to what you say in reference to “nature,” we may remark that many err exceedingly through not distinguishing between “nature" and "flesh.We find in 1 Corinthians xi., that nature is admitted as a teacher. “ Doth not even nature itself teach you.” So also in Mark x., Jesus, beholding the young ruler, loved him, although there was nothing but nature in him. Nature needs to be watched; flesh must be judged and ignored. We all need the adjusting power of divine truth. We are so sadly prone to be one-sided. We run some principles to seed, while others, equally important, are not even allowed to take root. We want to have our character, our conduct, our whole course, brought under the government of all truth.It is very sad and very humiliating to see some professors talking largely of their high position; but, as to their ways, failing in common righteousness. Let us remember that, " The kingdom of God is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ, is acceptable to God, and approved of men.”

We cannot but judge, dear friend, that we all need to give more earnest heed to “ The white linen which is the righteousness of saints." "I counsel thee,” says our Lord Christ, “to buy of me gold tried in the fire" —divine righteousness—" that thou mayest be rich ; aud white raiment”-human righteousness—“that thou

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