POEM

“There is a faith unmixed with doubt,
A love all free from fear;
A walk with Jesus, where is felt
His presence always near.
There is a rest that God bestows,
Transcending pardon’s peace,
A lowly, sweet simplicity,
Where inward conflicts cease.
There is a service God-inspired,
A zeal that tireless grows,
Where self is crucified with Christ,
And joy unceasing flows.
There is a being ‘right with God,’
That yields to His commands
Unswerving, true fidelity,
A loyalty that stands.”

ROMANS COMMENTARY William Newell

BELIEVER’S RULE OF LIFE

“Calvin, and all the Reformers, and the Puritans after them, placed believers under
the Law of Moses as a “rule of life”; because they did not see that a believer’s
history in Adam ended at the cross.” (Romans, Verse by Verse, William R. Newell )

“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded,
grace did much more abound: [God’s grace supersedes sin] That as sin hath reigned
unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by
Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary
to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross…” Colossians 2:14

“for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

DEATH’S ESCAPE……William R. Newell

There is spiritual progress for us all, if we keep before
our minds in vigorous faith our identification with the
Lord Jesus. Death, burial, resurrection and ascension
is the absolute condition of deliverance and growth.
How shall the Father, who commands us in Romans 6:13,
to present ourselves before Him as those that are alive
from the dead, speak to and deal with our souls, if we
fail to present ourselves before Him in such attitude as
He asks, as risen ones?

There is no way of true deliverance from the reign of
sin except we believe we have died to it—having died
with Christ, our connection with sin being thus broken.
Also, there is not real deliverance from the law and its
bondage, into that liberty for which Christ set us free
except to believe, and to keep believing, that we died
to the law with Him, and are now risen, and joined
to Another, the risen One.

It is as Romans 7:4 asserts: “Ye also were made dead
to the law, through the body of Christ; that ye should
be joined to another, even to Him who was raised
from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit unto God.”
Or the still stronger words of verse 6: Ye were “dis-
charged from the law, having died to that wherein we
were held; so that ye serve in newness of the spirit,
and not in the oldness of the letter.”

Christians may get “blessings” and temporary “de-
liverances,” in answer to prayer; for the Father is
merciful to His saints and His blessed Spirit refreshes
and blesses us even apart from the real walk of faith.
But it is a greater blessing finally to us, and much greater
glory to the Father, if we simply accept His Word, and
learn to walk in the power of it by a naked faith; which
asks no longer certain experiences, but being sure of
God’s truth because it is His truth, maintains the attitude
of faith therein—attitude, I say—a fixed attitude.

For faith, when once we see the truth, consists of a
believing attitude of the heart toward the Father.
Of course, this involves a negative attitude toward all
doubt of His promises and finished work, or anything
that would raise a doubt; and it also involves a continued
refusal to rest upon appearance or feelings, even though
these may come in great abundance. It is God’s written
Word that supplies strength to the heart of faith!

Boldly to reckon ourselves dead to the law and discharged
there from is the only possible means of entering into that
state of rest in the Father in which we bear fruit indeed to
Him. How can a slave rest in the presence of a master
whose unfulfilled commands lie yet before him? How
can even a child rest in the presence of his father, if he
has upon his mind some task assigned by his father—
some heavy task which he has not yet performed? How
indeed shall the child of God enter into rest, if he believes
in any way whatsoever, that God holds him still under the
law? He will be having his tasks and duties in mind, while
in the presence of God; rather than delighting in the Father
Himself and His Son Jesus Christ, and the glorious salvation
provided for him.

It is to be remembered that the law is by no means said to be
dead; but we died to it. The law cannot die, or be “abrogated,”
(done away with) as some falsely hold. The law not only remains,
but “has dominion” over everyone that is “alive” to it; that is, to
every one in the old creation, in the old Adam, in the flesh.
Only those in the Lord Jesus Christ have escaped the law. And
they only by having died to it. The law is holy, just, good, and
eternal, but we have passed into another sphere.”

NOTES ON INTERPRETING THE BIBLE ……An Excerpt By William R. Newell

“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.” 

“STUDIES IN THE PENTATEUCH” by William R. Newell

A FEW WORDS ABOUT GRACE……William R. Newell

The Nature of Grace:
1. Grace is God acting freely, according to His own nature — as Love; with no promises or obligations to fulfill; and acting of course, righteously — in view of the cross.
2. Grace, therefore, is uncaused in the recipient: its cause lies wholly in the GIVER, in GOD.
3. Grace, also is sovereign. Not having debts to pay, or fulfilled conditions on man’s part to wait for, it can act toward whom, and how, it pleases. It can, and does, often, place the worst deservers in the highest favors.
4. Grace cannot act where there is either desert or ability. Grace does not help — it is absolute, it does all.
5. There being no cause in the creature why Grace should be shown, the creature must be brought off from trying to give cause to God for His Grace.
6. The discovery by the creature that he is truly the object of Divine Grace, works the utmost humility: for the receiver of grace is brought to know his own absolute unworthiness, and his complete inability to attain worthiness: yet he finds himself blessed – on another principle, outside of himself!
7. Therefore, flesh has no place in the plan of Grace. This is the great reason why Grace is hated by the proud natural mind of man. But for this very reason, the true believer rejoices! For he knows that “in him, that is, in his flesh, is no good thing; and yet he finds God glad to bless him, just as he is!
The Place of Man under Grace:
1. He has been accepted in Christ, who is his standing!
2. He is not “on probation.”
3. As to his life past, it does not exist before God: he died at the Cross, and Christ is his life.
4. Grace, once bestowed, is not withdrawn: for God knew all the human exigencies (needs) beforehand; His action was independent of them, not dependent upon them.
5. The failure of devotion does not cause the withdrawal of bestowed Grace (as it would under Law) . For example: the man in I Cor. 5:1-5, and also those in 11:30-32, who did not “judge” themselves, and so were “judged by the Lord, — that they might not be condemned with the world!”
The Proper Attitude of Man under Grace:
1. To believe, and to consent to be loved while unworthy, is the great secret.
2, To refuse to make “resolutions” and “vows;” for that is to trust in the flesh.
3. To expect to be blessed, though realizing more and more lack of worth.
4. To testify of God’s goodness, at all times.
5. To be certain of God’s future favor; yet to be ever more tender in conscience toward Him.
6. To rely on God’s chastening hand as a mark of His Kindness.
7. A man under Grace, if like Paul, has no burden regarding himself; but many about others.
Things Which Gracious Souls Discover:
1. To”hope to be better” is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.
2. To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.
3. To be discouraged is unbelief, — as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you,
4. To be proud, is to be blind! For we have no standing before God, in ourselves.
5. The lack of Divine blessing, therefore, comes from unbelief, and not from failure of devotion.
6. Real devotion to God arises, not from man’s will to show it; but from the discovery that blessing has been received from God while we were yet unworthy and undevoted.
7. To preach devotion first, and blessing second, is to reverse God’s order and preach Law, not Grace. The Law made man’s blessing depend on devotion; Grace confers undeserved, unconditional blessing: our devotion may follow, but does not always do so, — in proper measure.