Nothing can exceed the importance that our Lord and the servants of God in all ages have given to scripture. Our Lord exposed the infidelity of the Sadducees as to resurrection, by saying to them, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God,” and by a quotation from Exodus 3: 6. He also put the Pharisees to silence as to His Person, by quoting Psalm 110: 1. We are told that the disciples were perplexed, because “they knew not the scripture that he must rise again from the dead.” The Lord also sharply rebuked the two unhappy ones walking to Emmaus, by saying unto them, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” What an exposition of the Old Testament this must have been! Is it astonishing that they said, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

The Corinthian believers were sadly wrong, because they knew not the scripture as to the resurrection of the body. The Galatian believers got wrong because they were adding “circumcision” to the work of Christ, in order to make their salvation more secure; and the Apostle, by the Spirit, uses scripture to set them right. The Colossian saints were not quite free as to ritualism and rationalism, because they got away from scripture, and therefore were “not holding the Head” not in communion with the Lord Jesus Christ as Head of the body, the assembly. The Thessalonian believers were not clear on some points as to the Lord’s coming, and were therefore sorrowful, which they would not have been had they known the truth as to the resurrection of the bodies of those who are Christ’s, the change of the living, and the rapture to meet the Lord in the air.

The Hebrew saints were some of them in danger of giving up Christianity, and going back to Judaism, because they knew not the truth which the scriptures teach as to the eternal efficacy of the one offering of Christ once for all, and the liberty to enter into the holiest with boldness by the blood of Jesus since the veil was rent, and Jesus appears in the presence of God for us as our great High Priest. Could anything more be required than the consideration of these facts, to induce us to read and meditate on the word of God for soul-blessing, and guidance as to life and walk? Thank God, the Holy Ghost indwells us, is able to teach us, and guide us into all the truth, so that an Apostle could say of believers, “Ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.”



Come with us back to Chinkiang, China on October 17, 1896, and look over Hudson Taylor’s
shoulder as he writes a letter to his sister, Amelia.


“In the mastery of a passage the one question is, What does it mean?  Not, we repeat, what it can be made to mean by human ingenuity or prejudice.  Nor , again, what it can be used to teach or illustrate, however legitimately or helpfully.  The sole inquiry of the honest heart in interpretation of a passage of God’s Word is, What is the intended meaning of this passage in its connection? We may mention certain subjective conditions of faithful biblical interpretation:  1) humble submission to the Bible as God’s revelation; 2) candor, or freedom from prejudice; 3) thorough  acquaintance with Scripture; 4) the illumination of the Holy Spirit. and we may add, 5) a correct text.” 


A SOLITARY WAY……Author Unknown

“They Wandered in the Wilderness in
a Solitary Way…” Psalms 107:4

There is a mystery in human hearts;
And though we be encircled by a host
Of those who love us well, and are beloved,
To every one of us, from time to time,
There comes a sense of utter loneliness:
Our dearest friend is stranger to our joy,
And cannot realize our bitterness.
There is not one who really understands,
Not one to enter into all I feel:
Such is the cry of each of us in turn;
We wander in a solitary way.
No matter what or where our lot may be;
Each heart, mysterious even to itself,
Must live its inner life in solitude.

And would you know the reason why this is?
It is because the Lord desires our love:
In every heart He wishes to be first.
He therefore keeps the secret key Himself,
To open all its chambers and to bless
With perfect sympathy and holy peace,
Each solitary soul that comes to Him.
So when we feel this loneliness, it is
The voice of Jesus saying, “Come to me”;
And every time we are not understood,
It is a call to us to come again;
For Christ alone can satisfy the soul,
And those who walk with Him from day to day,
Can never have a solitary way.

And when beneath some heavy cross you faint,
And say, I cannot bear this load alone,
You say the truth. Christ made it purposely
So heavy that you must return to Him.
The bitter grief, which no one understands,
Conveys a secret message from the King,
Entreating you to come to Him again.
The Man of Sorrows understands it well;
In all points tempted, He can feel with you.
You cannot come too often, or too near –
The Son of God is infinite in grace,
His presence satisfies the longing soul,
And those who walk with Him from day to day,
Can never have a solitary way.


“It might be beneficial to tabulate all that we died to when we were judicially crucified with the Lord Jesus on the Cross.

SIN —  First and foremost, you died to the principle of sin that brought you to death in Adam.  ‘As in Adam all die.’  ‘For the wages of sin is death’ (1Cor.15:22; Rom.6:23).

ADAM —  Included in your death unto sin was your judicial separation from Adam and the sinful nature.  ‘Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him’ (Rom.6:6).

LAW — On the Cross you were also judicially freed from the principle of law.  Your Christian life does not consist primarily of doing (law), but of being (grace).  ‘For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.’  ‘For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.’  ‘Ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ’ (John 1:17; Gal. 2:19; Rom. 7:4).

WORLD —  Your death on the Cross included separation from the world system.  ‘Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of God and our Father.’   ‘God forbid that I should glory, except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.’  (Gal.1:4; 6:14).

SATAN —  Finally, your death unto sin in Christ released you from Satan’s authority and power.  In the first Adam, you were his (Satan’s), in the last Adam, you are His (the Lord’s)!  ‘And, having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it’ (Col.2:15).

In the Word you are admonished to ‘resist the devil, and he will flee from you’ (James 4:7).  There is only one way for you to effectively resist Satan, and that is by counting on your death unto him in Christ Jesus on the Cross.  He must back down before the finished work of Calvary–it is there that he was judicially defeated.  Count upon your death-separation there, and he will separate from you post-haste!

All of these finished factors of Calvary are held in reserve for your faith-reckoning and the Spirit’s ministry to you.  As you walk in dependence on Him and count upon the totality and validity of your death on the Cross, He will progressively (via growth) free you from the bondage of sin, the old nature, the law, the world, and Satan.”


“An understanding of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is basic to Christian living.  Spirituality is Christlikeness, and Christlikeness is the fruit of the Spirit.  Spiritual power is not necessarily or usually the miraculous or spectacular, but rather the consistent manifestation of the characteristics of the Lord Jesus in the believer’s life.  All of this is the work of the Spirit, of whom the Lord Jesus said, “He shall glorify Me.”

“They were all filled.”  But remember, this was a testimony to Christ, for the Holy Spirit ever and always works in relation to Him.  It is the Father’s beloved Son who is to “fill all things.”  To be filled with–or by-the Spirit is to be filled with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do not make the Holy Spirit a fenced–around and separate Object.  His ministry is to fill all things with the Lord Jesus Christ.”