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WHAT saith the SCRIPTURES !



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SCRIPTURE TESTIMONY.



'The true belief is the belief of the truth
AS it is IN Jesus/'



TO BE HAD, GRATUlTOL + !&% OF

W. S. T. S.

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TO THE

MEMBERS






UTICA, N. Y.,

AND TO SUCH OTHERS AS MAY KECErVE IT, THIS

SCRIPTURE TESTIMONY

IS AFFECTIONATELY ADDRESSED.



CONTENTS.



PAGE

An Extract 8

The Word of God 17

Tiie Holy Spirit 42

The Judgment, in 2 Peter III : 10 60

TnE Hope 64

Closing Exhortations 74



PEEFACE.



The " Extract " is from the Parting Testimony, wliicli
was given me to speak to you, Sunday evening, Sep-
tember 25th, 1870.

Some Scripture references follow, on what have been,
the constantly recurring topics of my testimony in Utica.

The notes and comments interspersed are not written
as explanations, but as merely suggestions, that we may
alike receive only what God says.

I fully realize that I have many lessons yet to learn
from God's Word, as well as many worldly notions to
unlearn. And when I am further taught by the Spirit
of God, I may come to recognize many forms of expres-
sion here used as unscriptural. So also, by further
study, every passage cited will, no doubt, come to have
a truer and deeper meaning. Some other changes will
probably also occur, as the Lord shall connect, with
these, other truths in the Word, which I have not yet
been taught.

Let no one of you think, therefore, that in printing
this " testimony " I am assuming to be " wise above
others," or attempting to be a " guide into truth." I
have written only as a " learner " (disciple) who finds
the lessons, that Christ has begun to teach him, very
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VI PREFACE.

precious, and who therefore would have others accept
the same Teacher, and know the joy of His teaching-.

I would have you realize, also, in what " weakness and
fear and much trembling" (1 Cor. II : 3) I have spoken.
(See also 2 Cor. II : 16, last clause ; IV : 1, 5-7.)

Thus, knowing my own weakness, I have not dared
to speak "of myself;" I declare unto you God's testi-
mony and not mine.

May I not ask you, for whom I have gladly taken the
pains to find, arrange, and print these references, to
carefully study each passage by itself, and then in con-
nection — that is, with the subject under which it is
quoted, and with the other passages to which you are in
the same place referred.

And if these three years (since I came to know that
the Bible was to be my only lesson-book, and the Spirit
of God, as appointed by our Lord, my only teacher) —
years of hungry and impendent study — were used by the
Spirit to showwc the power of these passages, and how
they belonged together ; may it not be, even when col-
lected and printed for you, that you also will need the
patience of months, and the same hungry study of the
passages, more than once repeated, in order fully to un-
derstand them.

Slothful as we naturally are, yet we will make time
for such study — after we once real-ize what light there
is in the Word of God, and what sureness there is (when
we depend on the promise) to the GUIDANCE of the Holy
Spirit. A loss of all things will be accounted gain for
the excellency of the knowledge of Christ. And such
continued feeding upon the Scriptures brings also a sure
blessing. "If ye continue in my word" . . "ye shall
know the truth, and the truth shatt make you free" —
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free from errors, and from the " zeal " that is " without
knowledge."

May I not also suggest that the long winter evenings
will give you an opportunity for this delightful study.
It could, if you choose, he profitably carried on in meet-
ings of twos or threes, on particular evenings in the
week.

My most earnest desire, during all the time spent in
preparing this for you, has been that God would gra-
ciously use it to create in you a hunger for this " bread "
which has " come forth from the mouth of God," (Matt.
IV : 4.) and a thirst for the " sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby." _ (1 Peter II : 2.)

C. M. W.
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A.N EXTEAOT.



But I must turn to the closing words of this
message.

During the year that I have served the Lord
among you, the people of this congregation,
many earnest messages have been given me for
you from the Word of God. These I have de-
clared — with fear and trembling in myself, but
with boldness of confidence in the Lord, whose
servant (minister) I am.

Notwithstanding all that has shown me to be
indeed an earthen vessel, perhaps no testimony
has been more continually and simply declared
than the testimony of God to the cleansing
blood of His dear Son. The " record of God "
has been ever pressed upon our attention : that
"God hath given unto us that believe eternal
life" v .id " that this life is in His Son /" that
"He that hath the Son hath life, and he that
hath not the Son hath not life," and that "these
things ^ver.j written unto you that believe on
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10 A SCRIPTURE TESTIMONY.

the Son of God, that ye might know that ye
have eternal life, and that ye might believe on
the Son of God."

And the may to come into this possessioi of
present and. actual forgiveness of sins has been
ever set forth, as through a simple faith in Jesus
Christ and what He has done ; and that we
come to " believe on the Son of God " by simply
taking God at His ~}Vor arh
%i ah d" whose indwelling is your scaling, ' : unto
tfu day ofn di mption " — the redemption of your
bodies at the resurrection.
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AX EXTRACT. 11

I have been led to portray, for your own ne-
cessities and mine, the life of simple faith in
the Lord Jesus, and in many of its aspects.
Often and often have we heard the testimony
of God, that " if any man have not the (Holy)
Spirit of Christ, he is none of His /" that " as
many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are
the sons of God." And nearly as often have
we seen this life pictured for us in those simple
lines,

" He leadetli me — He leadetli me,
By His own hand, He leadetli me."

And in this connection, I have been led often to
speak of that . dependence upon the Word and
Spirit of God by which you might practically,
in the little daily affairs of life, know the will
of God, be guided by His counsels, and have
" the mind of Christ."

The warnings have not been infrequent that
would guard us from any dependence upon the
words, theories, or customs of men, and which,
if heeded, would compel our faith to stand,
" not in the wisdom of men, but in the power
of God."

The sovereignty of God in His grace has been
emphatically declared, as it' is presented by His
Word, in its really crushing and breaking pow-
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12 A SCRIPTURE TESTIMONY.

er — so that being "killed," wc might „e made
" alive," and being ' ; broken-hearted," we might
be "healed." God grant that every child of
the Father may soon be brought to say, in truth
and sincerity, " My soul, wait thou only upon
God, for my expectation is from Him."

I was made plainly to declare //.■■• predicted
courst of this present dispensation, and to warn
you, with all earnestness, of the doom to which
the ago is rapidly ripening; and, at the same
time, to exhort you, by the love and word of
Christ, to watch and pray, that you might be
accounted worthy to escape the prophesied judg-
ments to come upon the Age, and to stand be-
fore the Son of Man in that day.

The hope set before us in the " gospel of the
glory, 1 ' even that "blessed hope" of the "first
resurrection," and the " gathering together unto
Him" at the "glorious appearing of our Lord
and Saviour," has not been omitted in tb
timony.

From time to time, I have been permitted to
hold up before you the disciples "high call-
ing" — the calling of a believer as a "Six of
God," as a "Partaker of the Divine nature," as
a "King" who is to "Reign with Christ," as a
"Member in particular of the Body of the
Christ," Jesus Himself being the "Head"—
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and as, together with all the children of God,
the heavenly "Bride," "the Lamb's Wife."

And in these connections, the language of
Paul has ever been appropriated by, or appro-
priate to each of us, saying, " Brethren, I count
not myself to have apprehended ;* but this one
thing I do, forgetting those things that are
behind, and reaching forth unto those things
which are before ; I press toward the mark for
the prize of the high calling of God, in - Christ
Jesus." (Phil. Ill : 12-14.)

I have been suffered also to warn you, not to
let any acts of worship be to you matters of
form or performance, and to exhort you to
worship the Father " in reality." " For the
hour is coming, and now is, when the true wor-
shippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and
in truth, for the Father seeketh such to wor-
ship Him."

And these testimonies, which are not mine
but His who sent me to testify of the Gospel
of the grace of God, have been declared, not

* That is, " I count not myself to have taken hold of
all that, in my daily way of living, for which Jesus
Christ has taken hold of me. I have not so apprehended
that it doth appear what I shall be." (See also 1 John
III : 1-3.) Evidently there is no perfection to the
"Jtesh." (Rom. VIII : 7.)

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14 A SCRIPTURE TESTIMONY.

theoretically, but as having momentous and
practical relation to daily living. This testi-
mony has been mixed at times, I doubt not,
with much that has been contradictory to the
grace and glory of God. But still these truths
have been continually declared, since I was
taught them, both publicly, and from house to
house so often as I have visited you.

To the sorrowing, the afflicted, and the bro-
ken-hearted the word of the Lord has been
spoken : " My grace is sufficient for you"
" Cast all your cares upon Him, for He careth
for you."

To the sorely tempted, the message has
been : " Be strong in the Lord and in the pow-
er of His might."

To the wayward and wandering, God has
suited personal and direct messages, according
to their necessities.

And now, in this closing of my continuous
messages, when it may be that ye all, among
whom I have gone preaching the Gospel, shall
see my face no more in this place, I take you
to record that I am pure from the blood of all
men. For I have not shunned to declare unto
you the whole counsel of God," as lie has from
time to time given me the messages.

I beseech you, to not only talk about, but also
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practically to live the " life of faith " which we
had pictured to us in to-night's testimony from
the word of God. (Acts XX : 22-24.) To be
Christians, we also must live " bound in the
Spirit."

I beseech you ever to remember, both in fu-
ture relations to me and to one another, that the
" bond of peace " is none other than " oxexess "
in the " Body " of Christ, and this only ix and
by the Spirit of God.

And now " I commend you," Beloved in
Christ, " to God and to the Word of Ills grace,
which is able to build you up, thereupon, and to
give you an inheritance among all them that are
sanctified." You also, my impenitent hearers,
I must leave in God's hands. Your final account
is to be with Him. While the " savor of His
knowledge and truth" — declared in His chil-
dren — is unto God a sweet savor of Christ,
both in them that are saved, and in them that
perish ; yet " to the oxe (it is) a savor of
death unto death ; and to the other a savor

Of LIFE UntO LIFE."

Permit me to end this message with the
words of Scripture which have so often closed
the messages to which you have here listened.

" He that believeth on the Son hath everlast-
ing life."

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16 A SCRIPTURE TESTIMONY.

"He that heareth my words, and believeth
on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and
shall not come into condemnation, (or judg-
ment,) but is passed from death into life."
" He that hath not the Son, hath not life."
" He that believeth not the Son, shall not
see life, but the wrath of God abideth on
him."

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THE WORD OF GOD;

OR,

THE SCRIPTURAL DEFINITION OF A DISCIPLE.



John VIII : 31. "If ye continue in my
word, then are ye, in truth, my disciples,"
("learners.")

" Continue " = * " abide " in John XV : 4-7 =
" dwell " John 1 : 39 = " remain " Luke X : 7.

The " my word " = His Promises (John XIV :
18) as truly as His Commands, (John XIII : 34.)

== The Facts he stated (John III: 16) as defi-
nitely as the Truths he revealed, (John III : 5.)

= The Parables (Luke XIX : 12, 13; Matt.
XIII : 19) as literally as the Prophecies, (Matt.
XXIV : 31 ; cf. 1 Thess. IV : 17.)

The sign = is used as a shorter way of saying
" means," or " is the same word as." Cf. = " compare."
When no chapter is mentioned, follow back to the last
one given. I may also add, that it will be almost use-
less to only read what is here to be printed. The
passages must be looked out and studied just where
they are referred to, if you wish to understand what is
written to you.

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18 A SCRIPTURE TESTIMONY.

For the complete extent of the " word " of
Christ, compare also John 1 : 1, 14, " In the be-
ginning was the Word" " The Word was made
flesh."

Acts XXVIII : 25, " Well spake the Holy
Ghost by JEsaias the prophet." Isa. VII : 3,
" Then said the Lord (our Lord and Saviour)
unto Isaiah." (Cf. also Isa. 1:2, 10, 18, 20,
24 ; VI : 8 ; VII : V ; VIII : 1, 5, 11, etc.)

John XVI: 12-14. "I have many things
to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now ;
how be it when He, the Spirit of truth, is come."
" He shall receive of mine, and show it unto
you."

1 Cor. II : 13, "Which things also we
speak, not in the words which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth."

—16. " We have the mind of ( 'Jurist? See
also many passages in the Old Testament like
Jeremiah I : 2.

Therefore the " word " of Christ includes as
truly all that He hath spoken by the prophets
and apostles, from the Genesis — where it is
written " God created " (cf. Gen. 1:1, and John
I: 3)— to the closing testimony of Jesus in the
Revelation — where it is written " Surely, I come
quickly" — as it does the words which feHjrom
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the lips of Him, who spake as never man spake,
while he was incarnate.

Compare now, with the definition in John
VIII : 31, the following verses of the same
chapter.

— 37. "Ye seek to kill me because my word
hath no place in yon."

— 39, 40. " If ye icere Abraham's children,
ye would do the works of Abraham." (Abra-
ham believed God ; cf. Rom. IV : 3.) " But now
ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you
the truth:'

— 43. " Why do ye not understand my
speech ? Even because ye cannot hear my
loordP (Cf. 1 Cor. II : 14. The natural man
receiveth not the things of the spirit of God,
neither can he know them.)

— 47. " He that is of God, heareth God's
words"

— 49. "I honor my Father," (28, "As my
Father hath taught me, I speak these things ;"
that is, in part, that He believed the Father's
words ; " He was of God," 49,) " and ye do
dishonor me." (Cf. 37. " My word hath no
place in you." There is no greater dishonor
than to call a man a " liar " when he is telling
what he has "seen." Cf. 38. There is also a
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like use, as I think, of the word "honor" in
John V : 22-24 ; 41-47.)

— 51. " If any man keep my saying , he shall
never see death " (=" hath eternal life.'''' Keep,
in the original, = Guard/ that is, cherish,
guard as precious.)

Recall now the fact, that our first parents fell
when they consented to doubt, and reason in
their own minds, about something " God " had
" said." Then turn to Matt. IV : 4, 7, 10, and
notice that in every temptation, Christ over-
came the wicked One by answering, " It is writ-
ten."

So Noah was saved only because he took God
at His word that a flood was coming, and acted
according to his faith. It would not have been
faith, but a dead thing, if he had not acted as
though the flood were coming.

When our eyes are opened to the fact, we
cannot but notice how often, in the Scriptures
both of the Old and New Testaments, it is writ-
ten, "The Lord said,"— " the Lord spake,"
"the word of the Lord," " saith the Holy
Ghost," "the Holy Ghost witnesseth," " the re-
cord of God," " the testimony of God," " the
testimony of Jesus."

Turn now to the 119th Psalm, and read each
of the following verses: 1, 2, 9, 11, 18, 24, 25,
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36, 38, 41, 42, 48, 49, 50, 54, 57, 58, 65, 67, 74,
76, 81, 88, 89, 92. Have the word and tes-
timonies of God that place in your heart which
they had in David's ? Can you use his words
truly ? Can you say truthfully the words of
verses 97 to 100?

" O how love I Thy law ! it is my medita-
tion all the day."

" Thou, through TJry commandments, hast
made me wiser than my enemies : for they (Thy
commandments) are ever with me."

" I have more understanding than all my
teachers ; FOR Thy testimonies are my medi-
tation."

" I understand more than the ancients (lite-
rally — ' than olders,' that is, ' than older men,'
* than my elders,') because I keep (cherish) Thy
precepts."

Mark distinctly just what David has said.
He did not claim a clearer intellect, a more
talented mind. His understanding was not
from what men esteem as " learning" or " edu-
cation." In short, the " understanding " did
not arise from any thing in David. The
whole cause of his " more understanding " was
in the " testimonies " upon which he had medi-
tated.

God's teaching ! this is what David says
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Avas the source of his " wisdom." This wisdom
is as open to its as it was to David, if ice will
follow the course which he pursued. Nay ! we,
who are believers in this Day of Grace, may
understand more than the Ancients, more than
David even, because the " mystery which hath
been hid from ages and from generations " " is
now made manifest unto His Saints ;" while we
may, besides, with David, be enabled to say,
" I understand more than older men, because
I cherish Thy precepts."

This is not taking any credit, either, to one's
self. It is only saying that the wisdom that
cometh from above, and the understanding
which comes only from meditating on God's
testimonies, is infinitely higher than all which
ean be obtained from " sermons " the most
eloquent, " arguments " the most convincing,
or " philosophy " and " learning " the most pro-
found. Indeed it is God's record thai NO tk wis-
dom " or "understanding" is to be had from
these sources. " For the wisdom of this world
is foolishness with God." (1 Cor. Ill : 19.)

If, then, Ave would be " wise" indeed and in
truth let us, as the Apostle says, " Become fools
that avc may be wise," (1 Cor. Ill: is,) and
thus, disregarding all the understanding w ' hand-
ed down " by the " Aviso and prudent," let us
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take heed only unto God's testimonies, and
make them our meditation all the day.

See also verses 105, 111, 114, 116, 125-130.
" The entrance of thy words giveth light."
Nothing else ! The words of no man, however
much you like him, can give you light. It is
only the entrance of God's woeds that give
light. " It giveth understanding to the sim-
ple" To the " simple " ! We have need to
remember this. Our worldly notions make us
think that it is the extra-witted man who can
have understanding. The Holy Ghost here
says it is not even necessary to be full-witted
to have this divine understanding. It is not a
question of smartness at all. He only is a
" simple " one who feels that he hasn't any wits
1 ( « 1; 41 how God ought to speak, and so he must
take just what God says. To such a one, the
words of God give understanding — a mind ;
not a mind of his own, but the "mind of
Christ."

—148, 160-162. "I rejoice at Thy Word as
one who findeth great spoil."

This is the testimony of all, without excep-
tion, who have given up other teachers to be
taught only of God. They find indeed how
" in Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom
and knowledge," and they are caused to re-
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joice as those who have found great spoil —
treasures hid from the wise and prudent — a
"merchandise" that is "better than the mer-
chandise of silver and gold, and the gain there-
of than fine gold." (Prow III : 14.) Wisdom
more precious than rubies, and all the things
thou canst desire, are not to be compared
unto her. " Wherefore," then, " do ye spend
money for that which is not bread ? and your
labor for that which satisneth not ? Hearken
diligently unto ME," saith the Lord, " and
eat ye that which is good, and let your soul
delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear and
come unto me : HEAR, and your soul shall
live."

"Ho! every one that thirsteth, come ye to
the waters, and he that hath no money, (no wis-
dom or theories or creed of his own,) come ye,
buy and eat ; yea come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price." (Isa. LV :
2, 3, 1.) The " gift of God " (James 1:5) can-
not be bought in any other way, (Acts VIII :
20, 21.)

Remember, in searching Proverbs for testi-
mony on this subject, that the " wisdom " spo-
ken of is not the " wisdom of the world " (1 Cor.
1 : 20) nor " man's wisdom," (1 Cor. II : 4,) but
it is the "wisdom of God." (1 Cor. I : 24.)
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"Hidden wisdom," (1 Cor. II : V ; cf. 6-12,)
the testimony of God's own words.

Prow II : 1-6. " Mj son, if thon wilt receive
my words, and hide my commandments witli
thee ; so * that thou incline thine ear unto wis-
dom, and apply thine heart nnto understand-
ing, — yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and
liftest up thy voice (cf. James 1:5) for under-
standing; — if thou seekest her as silver and
se archest for her as for hid treasures ; — then
shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord and
find the knowledge of God. FOR the Lord
giveth wisdom ; out of his mouth cometh
knowledge and understanding." See also Pro v.
Ill : 5, 7. Again (Pro v. IV : 4-10) we find the
same direction given by " Our Father" to every
" son " of His. " Let thine heart retain my
words : keep my commandments and live.
Get wisdom, get understanding ; forget it not,
neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Hear, O my son, and receive my sayixgs."

Further search of the Old Testament would
only multiply an hundred-fold the testimony
concerning the relation of God's people to His
Word.



* This is the one only way of inclining the " ear unto
wisdom ;" it is by receiving God's words.
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Let us turn now to God's record in the Xew
Testament.

Matt. IV : 4, The very bread of life to a
child of God is " every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God."

Matt. VII : 24, The "Rock" is "these say-
ings of mine."

He who hears and does them is on the rock.

, r iX ^ TTT ,„*,„„, -, „ The character of
Matt. XIII : 19 | " Seed " . , . ,

\ the erround is shown

Mark I\ : 14 > , °. xl

L U keVni:llj"Wprd"by the way the

J " word is received.

(Matt. XIII: 19,20,

21, 22, 23.)

Matt. XV : 1-9 ; cf. Mark VII : 13. " Why

do ye also transgress the commandment of God

by your tradition," God's commandment is to

keep and hold to His testimonies and His words.

So then he that holds to a tradition is in that

very act " transgressing the commandment of

God." He is not "holding" simply to what

God has commanded, but to something besides.

"God commanded." "But ye say." God's

word explained away! How many, many

times this is done at this day ! " God does

not mean," we are often told, "just what these

words say;" something a little different will be

just as well — "that is what He means." And

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thus the " commandment of God is made of
none effect " by the " explanations " that are
" handed down " and received not from GocVs
words, but from human authority. Let us not


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