Peter Nead.

Theological writings on various subjects; or, A vindication of primitive Christianity, as recorded in the Word of God. In three parts online

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BY PETER NE Afi, V. D. Sr.

' Veritas, a quocunque tVicitur, a Deo est.'

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Entered according to 4ct of Congress,


in the year ]850, in the Clerk's OfRce of the District Court of Ohio,


By the favor of God, I have been enabled to revise
my works and present them to the public, (especially
my brethren,) in one volume. I have endeavored to
give my views of the doctrine of Jesus Christ without
partiality — yea, I can say of a truth I love my fellow
man — therefore I have written plainly on those things
that belong to our everlasting peace. I know that I
am accountable to God for my conduct, and that espe-
cially the false teachers of this dispensation will have
a hard time of it in the judgment day. I have often
said, and say again in this note, that the greatest
condemnation will fall upon thostj who know the truth
and will not obey it. As a preacher and writer, it
becomes me to confine myself " to the Law and the
Testimony," and not teach for doctrines the command-
ments of men. I request the reader of this book, to
read it with candor, and not reject it, provided it be
found in accordance with the doctrine of Jesus Christ

and the holv Aoostles.


Daytox, August 12, 1850


As it is customary for Authors to state their
motives for writing, I will simply observe, that
the only motive which has induced me to write
this book, was to bear testimony to the truth as
it is in Jesus; and also impress upon the minds
of the children of men, the great necessity of
obeying God, our Heavenly Father, in all His
precepts, as they have been revealed by Jesus
Christ, and are now upon record in that well
known Book called the New Testament.

December, i8o3.




Note to the Peesent Edition, - . - - • 5

Peeface, 6

The Fall of Man, ' il

The Messiah, 18

John the Baptist, 22

The Conception, Birth, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension

of Jesus Christ, 25

The Illumination of the Sinner, 31

Faith and Repentance, 41

The Law of Baptism, and of the Selection of a Religious

Denomination, professing to be the Church of Christ, 45

The Administration, Form, and Mode of Baptism, - - 63
The Remission of Sins and Reception of the Holy Ghost,

and the Kingdom of Grace, 90

Swearing or being under an Oath, ... - - 121

Non-conformity to the World, 122

Feet Washing, 127

The Holy Kiss, 135

The Lord's Supper, 137

The Communion, 14G

Anointing the Sick v^ith Oil in the name of the Lord, - 161



Hospitality and Alms-giving, 16SJ

An Address to the Reader, 191

The Second Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of those

Events for whiih he shall be revealed, - - - 203

l*AIiT II.

Baptism for tlie Kcmission of Sins, 245

Faith Alone- and Prayerless Doctrine Considered, - - 308
Observations on the present state of the world. Corrupted

Christendom, and the True Chur Til EUI. OO IC A 1. WORKS.

declare aloud that he is a fallen creature. We need not
go abroad to obtain testimonies of this kind ; if we
reriect upon ourselves, if we have observed the workings
of the llesh in ourselves, we have sufficient evidence.
If man was not a fallen creature, there would be no sin, no
atiliclion, and finally no death, in the world. And with-
out a Redeemer, 0! what a hopeless, what a wretched
and miserable state is that to which man is consigned —
to the endless regions and shadow of death ! But O!
methinks I hear the voice of Mercy, the seed of " the
woman shall bruise the serpent's head." — God is love ;
the bowels of His mercy yearned over his creature man ;
He took compassion upon them, and gave them the
promise of a Redeemer. This promise was made before
Adam was turned out of Eden : " And the Lord God said
unto the serpent, And I will put enmity between thee
and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed, it
shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
Gen. iii. 15.



God plainly intimated to Adam, that of the woman s
seed, one would arise, who would be a restorer of the
breach; but Adam did not live to see the fulfilment of
this glorious promise. It was a long time after the
promise was given, before it was fulfilled. Preparations
had to be made for the accomplishment of this glorious
event. It was necessary that God, before the coming
of the Messiah, should give unto the children of men a
revelation of His righteousness, and that the character
of the Messiah •^liould be plainly foretold before his


coming into the world. God singled out Abraham as
the one from whom the Messiah would descend, and
gave him the rite of circumcision. "This is my covenant
which ye shall keep between me and you, and thy seed
after thee. Every man child among you shall be cir-
cumcised, and ye shall circumcise the flesh of your
foreskin, and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt
me and you, he that is eight days old shall be circum-
cised among you, every man child in your generation"
&c. Gen. xvii. 10—12. After God had given the prom-
ise to Abraham, that in his seed all the families of the
earth should be blessed, Gen. xii. 3; xxviii. 14, and
established his covenant with him, he raised up Moses;
and vvhen Abraham's seed were in bondage, God made
Moses a leader to the people, and when they had left
Egypt for the promised land and had arrived at Mount
Sinai, in the wilderness of Arabia, God gave the law to
Moses upon two tables of stone, Ex. xix ; xx. In this
law we have the righteousness of God revealed, or that
righteousness which God will be pleased with. Adam
was clothed with this righteousness, prior to his disobe-
dience, and could have remained in that state forever,
had he not partaken of the forbidden fruit : and after his
transgression, he forfeited or lost this righteousness.
And this was not all ; he became so weak and helpless,
that he never could recover that righteousness — yea, it
was not attainable by him or any of his posterity. It
was this which led the apostle to declare, that by the
deeds of the law, no flesh could be justified, Rom. iii. 20.
That the law requires perfect obedience, see James ii.
10; Deut. xxvii. 26.

Having briefly stated the nature of the law, I shall
now touch a little upon the use of the law, and then call
the attention of the reader, in a few words, to the nature
and use of the ceremonial law. By the moral law, I

20 nead's Tnnoryo:cAi, Works.

mean the law wliicli God wrote with lii.s own fingers
upon two tables of stone, and gave unto Moses. I have
stated that preparations had to be made lor the coining
of the Messiah ; therefore the law of Moses had to
precede the Gospel. The attentive reader can easily

Online LibraryPeter NeadTheological writings on various subjects; or, A vindication of primitive Christianity, as recorded in the Word of God. In three parts → online text (page 1 of 35)