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1;:: the Citrla. :hie Son Of - l ? -
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0w g reatne s s. I Le allow ed 11.- i - - . L to te 11 t 4 i -
disciples that be proceeded -and (nme forth n : G Md ad that in ti.
per?or:ning of miracles. and panLicularly in his t.eachings, he was the
finger of God and hi: mouth-piece. .Toln the Plaptist was sent to be Iris special
fore-runner. It was te that declared that Jesus was "the Lamb of God whi':h
taketh away the sin of the world." It was he that declareth that the Mastetvr
hwas so much greater than himself that ie was not worthy to stoop down nvd
loose the Master's sandals.
But after John had borne limo wness. tcstifyin, 'Thir is he." and had
declared that he saw- the holy Spirit descending upon .losus like a dove. an,.'
that this was a sign given him whereby he might know his Messiahship. tn
came the time for the Master to bring the matter pointedly to the attention
of his followers. John had been vast into prison and later had been beheaded.
-John's prophetic testmony was fulfiuled, when he said of .insuis. "Ue must iii
'crease, but l\must decrease." The mission of Jesus and his Apostles bee,:ime
-core prominent every day, and those who had formerly 'taUced about Joho
Nvere now asking respecting ,esus. whether he was a prophet sent of (,)d. (.r
whether be was the Messiah. % Do the nilers indeed know 'whether this is ;
Messiah or-not? Surely ,"no man coud do the mirarls's which he oth d i'- *
God be with him" in some special manner.
Our Lord first inquired r'espeetin:t the general opinion of khe people eon:
cerning himself. le did this, not because of his own ignorance, but that :zc
might draw out the thoughts of his disciples. They replifd tbat some thonii.
he was John the Baptist: others supposed he was one of the prophets. The
ideas of the heathen were gradually making inroads upon the liews. The
doctrine of reincarnation, wholly tinscriptural, i* suggested In these answer".
All the answers, of course, were wrong, for the propbots wni'e il dead ziuz
could not reappear until the resurrection. Then our Loird pointedly pu. the
question to his chosen followers: "Who do ye say that I nm?" The courageois
St Peter promptly answered as spokesman for the whole compaiy, "Thou art
the Christ rMessiahl, the Son of the living God." This was the very answer
designed to be brought forth. It was the truth, but our Lord hesitated to
present it, because it would better come from theedisciples themselves and
then have his endorsement. His answer to St. Peter was, "Blessed art thou.
Simon Bar-jona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it 'into thee, but my
.Father which is in heaven."
It was not that St. Peter had experienced a special vision or revelation.
but such a great spiritual fact as was then under consideration, at that time
could be appreciated only 6y those who were specially favored of the Father.
Indeed, it Is evident that the same principle still operates, for we read. "No
man can come %into me, except the Father which sent me draw him." Our
primary drawing and calling is of the Father up to the time when we accept
his grace in hrist and make our consecration to do his will and receive the
spirit of adoption into his family as God's children: we are then put into the
school of ('hrist to learn of him. Let ifs learn the lesson that the special bless
ings alwny'4 come, not only from believing in '-brist, hut nso from confessing
to and hfore others.
Accordirn: to the Greek, our 1.nrd rf), ied to Peptr. 'T'hu ar:'t a stone, and
upon this roc;k will I build my ('rrk" The reek upon rhi:ch the Church is
biit is this onfes'n whieh St er' m::he. St. i'oter hi.self was not the
rock, but be wast one of the livi::: stons built by faith upon rhe reck of truth.
It was this anm' Apostle who 4 :1 u ifully explained the whole matter, as
si:ring us that all consoernt l:ers are "living stones" in the temple of'
Cod. whose foundation :nd i-ap stone is Christ. in whom we are builded to
gether through the operntion of the holy 'pirit.- Peten :4-7.
The expression, "Upein th;is reeck I will build my Church and the gates of
hell [hades] shall not 'prevaii a;:inst It." is one that is much misunderstood.
The gates of hell are not gates to some place of torture, nor gates to purga
tory. They are, in the Greek, "gates of hades," and hades signifies a state or
condition of death. The passage might well be translated, "The gates of the
grave shall not prevnill against it." That is to say, Christ Jesus invites the
Church to de with hi.to sbari-his. sae -ia.den thandhil -
- arently, the gates of hadc. hare prevailed against the Church, against God's
- people, for more than eighteen centuries, nevertheless, we jhave the assurance
-that they shall not forever prevail. The Master's assurance is that by his
-death he hans becomne Lord of ail and hais the keys of death and huad.e Be
llas the rtght to open iarles, tbe tomb, and to cnll forth all who have gone
.down into it, He assures us that he will do this, as he says. "All that are in
their grav'es sall hear the voice of the Son of mian und shall come forth."
Nevertheless, for all these centuries it has required f'aith to believe that,
by dying wilh Christ, his followers shall yet 1've with himn-that sharing with
him in his death they shall yet share with him in his- resurrection to the glory,
-honor and immortality of the Divine nature. So, then, our Lord's words mean
that there 'will be a resurrection from the grave, and since the Church is to be
"'a kind of flrstfrttits unto God of his creatures" (.!amnes 1:1S; Revelation
14:4). her'reaurrection means. indirectly, this result, the uplifting of mankind,
the opening of the grnve to every member of the human family.
- The giving of the "keys'' of the Kingdom to St. Peter has no reference to
locks and bars of heaven, over which St. Peter is the custodian.~ The Church
in the present time is the Kingdom of Heaven in its preparatory or embryotic:
state. and St. Peter was privileged to do the opening work to the Gospel
Charcha. He opened the door to the Jews at Pentecost, when, as the mouth
piece of the Lord, he proclaimed the mnenning of the Peytecostal blessing and
the Jiepcs :hen open to every- .Iew corming.z Individually into membership in
-Christ.'Fi te ue the second "key" to open the same kingdom privileges to the
Gentiles, in that when th'e due time came for Cornelius, the first Gentile con
vert, to be recei'ved. St. Pcter did the work. Ry preaching to Cornelius the
Gospel and by baptizing him into Christ he threw open the door to the G;entiles,
as our Lord foretold in the words of this lesson.
* St Peter's commission that 'whatever things he sho'uld bind on earth
should be bound in heaven and what things he should loose on earth should
be loosed in heaven, is the same that was given to the other Apostles. (See
Matthew 18:18.) It does not mean, of course. that the Lord has turned mat
ters over to) St. Peter and made him Lord of heaven and earth, nor that any
or all of t'v Auostles were so honored. It simply mens this: God purposes to
use htis .\:d l'-s :ned to so hold up theuir hnwis. in all their affairs, that the
whole~ (Th'v :n:l y have confidence itn them, and mnay recognize their teach
insa of &-.d. If' they declared that certin 11of the' commuadments under
the .Jewi:!h 1:n ' wet'- not binding upon Chrtistion~s. we must k'now that their
sta~tmt1 - were true, andl that. similar~tly. in heav'en, the r:'iense or' change is
recogniz'.l And if t heylbound ccertain do:cti'5 ::nd teacihings. we must know
that -those' ar'e boundl and fimly establishal~ i;n lheav'en. In other words, we
mus~t reeng"'~t,'i th:' .\postles as God's inherent mnouthpie'es.
-The ti:m for proc'laiming .!esus als ;the Mlessiah did not come un~tli
~after his death :w'd resulrrcCtionl. Indeed his M!essialesiip pr'operly dates from
his resurre'tionf. He~ desired his disciples to re:cognizel him properly, and he
expkained to ithem aliout his approaching death and resurrection, but he did
not *wishi ih:!) to pr'oclaim this to the' world until the due time. St. Peter,
perhaps elat- a1 with the Lord's commendation of his previous speech. under
took now 'the r'ole of teacher to the on:e whom he had just acknowledged as the
*Messiazi in this he erred. It was in sympazthyi that he urged that the Master
should in;t ih-nk of any steps whicht lead to sut~ering and death, but should
rather of prospierity and eatrthly favor, yet our Lord's reproof was pointed.
He said: Tou area my adversary, Peter. when you thus speak to me. You will
thus endeaver -to dissuad"' me from doing my Father's will, to hinder me-from
drinting the cup which my Father has poured for me; your counsel is that
common t.: G- world and not of God.
Sihnilarly. the followers of .Tesus sometimes need to resist their friends,
who thus ''fer' counsel contrary to Divine will and word and providence.
These shor.i not be encouraged nor their advice followed. They need corree
tion fromi th 'r fellow disciples. as did St. Peter.
The v or 'of Peter fr;: :hed the Miaster' an opportunity for callimg the
attentin"''" followers to the terms of discipleship. Not only must the
Master hiL .-' suffter, but aill of his followers likewise. This course was pro
vidJed for e~ ' oe- and whoever would flee from it would lose t!he eternal
life W'' ~ hoe"v would take up his cross andt follow~~ th .a' tel t
-et'''~ ee- mnai-e sure of his share in ete'rnal liee on the' ~tenr ln
plain se't' n ' s3S hd alreVdy pledged their cart bly lives. antd fr t'~
to V 1.- - f'i '.:v~di: :zl:ant:gC. would :nean that the-y v'~mid lose
-t. '-i- - - - :'ue oL the word in general. but moert~y of
the --.' *". to 'e of he eot. Royal Priesthood.
I~C I:~'~-~~re'" I hs second comning. when he would come in
-.e grv . 'e Fathr and wi:-. 1:ingels (mecssengers)-nlot again as a an
-as - sz.~ri.- \t ther timeC o' b' ceend coming he would reward evcry oneC
9f ~j' ~ ~~'' - 'ozdn - nit alhfulness of etci'. He0 concluded tins ref
eree~ ~.- - . --- h-- ii:- -ssurmn> - ha t some~. of t!-n would
they rr: 'priual'l: e 'yb
cay.,wl if the pcale of (rd give:
place in their hears to the, discontent
which is growing in the world, not
withstandi:g the multiplication of our
comiforts ind priviflges.
Daily Hcarenly MannC contains a col
lection of, Scripture texts with appro
priate quotations for every day in the
year. Surely the little tithe of time
daily spent in partaking of its morsels
of heavenly counsel cannot fail to
profit all who partake. - It is published
to do good-not for profit.
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are blank lines upon which you can
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and be reminded of their birthdays as
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Talunbie yearly. In ,ten years yol
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ords. "Ao i has a table showing th
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J;,das tho Ungrateful Apostate
The world is full of sadly disap
poiptig characters. In many thing
we all fail. Selfishness. meanness
pe-versity, pride. etc.. mark the hu
man family most woefully. Ru1
withal can anyone find anything mior<
reprehensible than the ingrate wht
vould betray his best friend?
The world is of one opinion respect
Ing such characters as that of Judas
And although he is a noted exampit
he is by no means an exception; then
are many. Some of them live today
But whoever can see the meanness oj
such a disposition with a reasonalW
good focus will surely be saved froi.
manifesting such a character. however
mean might be his disposition. The
man who could sell his 'Master for thir.
ty pieces of silver is justly in contemp1
with all humanity. Nor was it mneroly
the thirty pieces that influenced the in
grate. Rather it' wzn: pride He had
thought to be associhted with th;- Min
ter in an earthly throne. le had se;
his faith upn this expectation. Now
that same Mlaster explained more fully
that the throne was not yet in sight:
'it ....ao-n age to follow this.
ad was~to be given only to those who
should prove themselves loyal atnd
faithful unto death. In the mind of
Judas the matter took not tihe wisest
and best way. Holding the Great
Teacher in contempt. the dleceived. oUe
probably intended that the delivery
should be merely a temporary one-a
lesson, to the M1aster not to talk that
way, not to carry matters too far-an
incentive to him. compelling him to
exert . his power for the resistance
of tho'se who sought his life and thus,
in exalting himself. mnake good to his
disciples the phare in the Kingdom~
which he hmd promised or. failhug of
this, to wreck the entire project. Alas.
the love of money. the love of powe;
puf up and make delirious some who
become intoxicated with ambition.
Howv necessary that ::ll the Lord's fal
lowers remaember thle message. "Hec
that humblh-th himnsel f shall be exalted
and he rhatt ex:iteth himself shall be
abased:- TIumble yourselves, there
fore, under the mighty hand of God,
that be may exalt you In due time"
(I Peter v, 0).
Whe-n a girl asks you to guess I]er
age. il you think she is twenty-olne
take oftf two. if you .hink she is twen
t-th-ee t~a ofC three. if you think sta
is t wenty-ive :ke oig four. aiod sC) ou
This ;vill :tend to mak'e you piopul;
SP.~ EE2Y REtiEF
* of Pan ts
Statement of tzbe c.ondition uf the
Bank of ,Ni'ris,
located at Norris, S. C.,
at the close of basirne~s Fb. 3rd 1911.
Loans :und Discounts.$ 25,793.64
Over draf ts...... . .........2189 61
Bonds and stocks owned1
by Bank.................. 10C0 C
Banking House.... .... .....1,351.16
Furniture and Fixtures.... 2,065.09
Due from Banks and Bankers .9,':4 33
Curren~cy........ .. .......1,100 fl0
Silver and other Coin.......26.z53
Total,...... .... ... ....42,901 36
Unpitdl Stook Paid In.... . 20.000O.00
Undivided Profits, 1.-ss
Current Expens sand
Tax Paid . .. .. 55. 74
Indiv;dual Deposits snbj c0t
to Ch c4...............1. 1 1G75
(.e>rt fi: nr s of Depa r 8.471. 13
cash; ur's t heels...............:9-74
I]ilis Payable, incindma (Cr
tificates for money borrow< di 5,000.00)
soata of South Carolina,
County of Pickens.
Be-for.- ine cam.- E. V. Tat'. (Cash
ier of th- aibov- nam; -.1'bank, who
baing duly sworn. says that the abere
and foregoing sttement is a true con
dition of said bank, as shown by the
books of said bank.
E. W. Tate.
Sworn to and s.be~e before me
tirs 9th C'ay of Febh.. '911.
Rh. M. BAKER,
i.G. PHiLLIPN, - i -hiecr..
* I want a good man nthTEr
as Local Agent for one county. or
as General Agenm for a num-ber of
*counties. Thss a anew proposition.
a nd offers you an opportunity to
I make from $25.00 to S90on a week.
Iand on up to $8l.000 or $:o0.,-, a
butar Na e-:pe-sen isncsoay
buw w. a- r:*-yun e. ad-wi
wow~i :-tus .qwnd who w'il d
his Ievel best
One of :ny men 'Hiram Purdy) to'-a twny
seven 'orders. the- f:.. day out (sworn si'?emen
p ro~it $4O .* wenty-sx orders next dav I
Gr-earteri se.-i.c e Luisn fl net Near:..
*eniral ace:: .em :li: extesr r . :r-e '
nrof ie to y Ou. Soies rx up . r :. ...
'4oo.coo sold in four rnont:hs. Fie:M s:r-.
touched. Agents cln ig :noriey. c::t -1erri
tory rat once. n e w x't :.o03 represen ta-ves. d
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23 JA~ .
I UA.jj rU~.T01
nrom the MA unoth
per cent dis=
'LOTHING-Con .isting of
3ovs' and Chnuilren's sUIs
rcoats. Also on all kinds
thi sale la:sts everything
zold or SPOT CASH.
We will finish our aunual stock-taking. All short length
and odds and ends will be placed on the BARGAIN COUI
TER. This will mean~ a big saving to those who can u
these short lengths.
K A few pair all wool Blankets at less than cost, -
All goods will be marked down to prices that will move the1
We must have the room March ist. Now is ysur timo
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