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"WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURES?"-(Rom. iv. 3.) Job Caudwell, 335, Strand, W.C.]

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Jesus; and when he had said this he went out.' “I seek not yours, but you.”—2 Cor. xii. 14. | What! did he not wait for an answer? No; Pure We thank God there are many in these days who

Truth was before him, but in silence, though willing love the Truth as it is in Christ Jesus, and regard it

to speak, if enquired of in faith. Miserable, wilful as very precious. To such dear brethren in the

Pilate! he might have heard Pure Truth, but feared Lord, one with us in the Lord Jesus, do we specially

it; so having invoked the most precious thing on address this little sheet, hoping it will be accepted of

earth, he turned away from it! Him and them, and that by it we may carry home

Alas! how many thousands have followed the ex"PRECIOUS TRUTH' to the hearts of many who are

| ample of Pilate? How many in these days find strangers to its worth. We trust that such is the

themselves in the presence of Truth, and though, like only motive which prompts the issue of this unpre

this Roman governor, they may in some measure own tending serial.

its purity and worth, being constrained with him to We desire to advocate the Gospel of Grace and

declare they can find no fault in him, yet turn away! Glory, as delivered by Jesus Christ, and preached by

We pray the reader to ponder this. For though Pilate his Apostles. We own our Lord's command, to preach

obtained no revelation of Truth, failing to realise it the Gospel in all the world, to every creature, and

in the Son of God, and though Jesus in person is we cherish his precious declaration- Whosoever be

no longer on earth, yet Truth is preserved to us in lieveth.' "God so loved the world, that he gave his

the Scriptures, and we are all responsible to receive only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' (John

We shall seek to present in this paper Truth onlyü. 16.)

'Precious Truth! Life-giving truth, and life-sustainWe press this as the foundation truth, not to the

ing truth-these two great divisions, perfect in One, exclusion of any, but to the upholding of every doctrine

String even in Jesus Christ. It is His word, and in His contained in Scripture. We disown all party spirit,

name we desire to speak. May the Holy Spirit lead and shall quote no authority but the Word of God.

us. May the reader attentively and earnestly conIn simple-hearted dependence upon the guidance of

sider, remembering always that word of exhortation. the Holy Spirit we shall seek to make known the

— Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.' mind of God. We invite our readers to test all we

(1 Thess. v. 21.) say by the 'Standard of Truth,' and to reject everything which cannot be proved thereby. •Beloved, be MARY SAT AT JESUS' FEET AND HEARD HIS lieve not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone

WORD.-(Luke x. 30.) out into the world.” (1 John, iv. 1.)

What an instructive contrast is presented between Accept these declarations of our faith and purposes, the characters of Mary and Pilate! The one meek, and if you esteem us faithful servants of the Lord silent, trustful, attentive to hear: the other, proud, Jesus Christ, we pray you to make our paper known, I questioning, impatient, and wilfully deaf. Mary had and forward this, our labour of love in any way you but a lowly place on es

but a lowly place on earth-she sat at the feet of Jesus, and He was poor and despised, the rejected of men. But Mary had faith—she did not form her

estimate of Jesus by the position He held in the WHAT IS TRUTH ?

world, but by the gracious words which fell from his (John, xviii. 38.)

| lips. As a listener she learnt that the despised Such was Pilate's question; with him an idle Nazarene was none other than the Son of God, the question ; for he did not wish to know truth: he had Saviour of sinners. She believed in him, so she sat at no heart for it, and understood not the importance of his feet, eager and attentive, “and heard his word.' his own words. Truth confronted him, and he com- Happy Mary! What joy to hear the assurances of prehended it not. Truth stood there before the re- her Lord. One thing is needful; and Mary hath presentative of earthly power. Living, gracious, chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away patient, precious Truth was there in the person of from her. Yes, one thing is needful- to hear the Jesus Christ, who had declared himself to be The word of Christ in a chastened, humble, dependent way, the Truth, and the life.

spirit—to receive his word—and we are assured that, Wretched Pilate! What is truth?? said he to to receive his word is to believe in Him, and that to

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