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dy um c: ;.- Chm:-w. the on o
R .Iastrr wi.'ly znd withi g~comm;;: m4-wst. m.s m., to rieclar :
own greatness. He allowed ;is acti: i ...--:A to tea 'is
disciples that be proceeded and enme forth fa,- GI, and that m the
per:orming of miracles. and ypaticuilarly in his t.eachings, he wts 1e
finger of God and his mouth-piece. .oln ,he Baptist was sent to be his special
fore-runner. It was he that declared oIhat Jesus was "the Lami) of Gori wvhi':h
taketh away the sin ot the world." ft was he that declareth that the Mastrr
'was so much greater than himself that le was not worthy to stoop down aInd
loose the Master's sandals.
But after John bad borne him witness. testifying. 'This is be." and had
declared that he saw' the holy Spirit descending upou .tosus like a dove, and1
that this was a sign given him whereby he might know his Messiahship. then
-came the time for the Master to bring the matter pointedly to the attentioi'
of his followers. John had been cast into prison and later had been beheadeu.
-John's prophetic testrmony was fulDlled. when he said of .lesus. "Ue must in
'crease. but l~must decrease." The mission of JesuF. and his Apost!es be-:rne
-)nore prominent every day, and those who had formerly 'taJmd about John
hvere now asking respecting Jesis, whether he was a prophet sent of God. r
whether be was the Messiah. % Do the rulers indeed know 'whether this i is,
Messiah 6r not? Surety -no man could do the Piroelt's which he cth, "!:
God De with him" in some special manner.
Our Lord first inquired respectin:: the general opinion of 4le people -on
cerning himself. le did this, not because of his own ignorance, but that tie
might draw out the thoughts of his disciples. They replied that some thtid1.
he was John the Baptist: others supposed he was one of the prophets. The
ideas of the heathen were gradually making inroads upon the .ews. Tl'he
doctrine of reincarnation, wholly unscriptural, is suggested In these answer
All the answers, of course, were wrong, for the propbots wei-e all dead and
could not reappear until the resurre.tion. Then our Lurd pointedly put the
question to his chosen followers: "Who do ye say that I nm?" The courageous
St. Peter promptly answered as spokesman for the whole compatiy. "Thou art
the Christ rMessiah], 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 theediscipleq themselves and
then have his endorsement. His answer to St. Peter was, "Blessed art thou,
Simon Bar-jona, for flesh and blood hath not revpleOrI it unto thee, but my
.Father which i's 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 by 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 unto 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 tOrist and make our consecration to do his will and receive the
spirit of adoption into his family as Cod's children: we are then put into the
school of Christ to learn of him. Let us learn the lesson that the special bless
Ings alwny; come, not only from helieving In '7hrist, but ilso from confessing
to and before others.
According to the Greek. our L.ord r.ed to Pezer. "Ttnu art a stone. and
upon this rock will I build my Ch:r'h'." The rock upon v:hih the Church is
birFit is this confession which t. P:e:' m:de. St. Petr' himself was not the
rock, but he was one of the livina stnes built by faith upon rte reck of truth.
It. was this sante ApoStl who so hotntifully explatied the whole matter. as
suring us that :til cons ir'ted h:li7eers are "livin- stones" in the temple of
God. wbose foundation and r-ap stone is ChrTst. in whon we nre builded to
gether through the opernIon of the holy 'Spirit.-i Pete?2:4-7.
The expression, "Upf'nt this rock I will build my Church and the gates of
hell (hades] shall not prevail a-ainst it," is one that is much misunderstood.
* The gates of hell :re not gates to some place of torture, nor gates to purga
tory. They are. in the Greek. "ates of hades," and hades signifies a state or
condition of death. The passage might well be translated, "The gates of the
grave shall not prevail against it." That is to say, Christ Jesus invites the
Chureh to die with hit^oshar nhis sattige.4...ii.eath ni L uh-i%
p- arently, the gates of hadc.e hnre prevailed against the Church, against God's
:peeple, for more than eighteen centuries, nevertheless, we have the assurance
-that they shall not forever prevail. The Master's assurance .is that by his
death he has becotne Lord of all and has the keys of death and iudce B2e
has the righir to open hades, the tomb, and to enll forth all who have gone
-.down into it. He assures us that he will do this, as he say~s. "All that are in
their graves shall hear the voice of the Son of man and shall come forth."
Nev'ertheless, for all these centuries it has required faith to believe that,
by dying with Christ. his followers shall yet five with him-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 Grstfruits unto God of his creatures" (.lamies 1:1S: Revelation
14:4), her reseurrection means. indirectly, this result, the uplifting of mankind,
the opening of the grave to every member of the human family.
The giving of the "keys'' of the Kingdom to St. Peter has no reference to
locks and hars of heaven, over which St. Peter is the custodian.~ The Church
in the presetnt 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
-' Charch. He opened the door to the Jews at Pentecost. when, as the mouth'
piec' of the Lord, he proclaimed the tmenning of the Pegtecostal blessing and
-the ..hopes then open to every .Iew corming. individually into membership in
'Chlrist. He :used the second "key" to open the sanme king.dom privileges to the
Gentiles, in that when the due time came for Cornelius. the first Gentile con
vert, to be recei'ved, St. Peter did the work. By preaching to Cornelius the
Gospel and by b'aptizing 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 lhe shold 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 15:18.) Tt 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'r- .Apostles were so honored. It simply means this: God p~urposes to
use his .\4P'ls :ut:d to so hold up their han's. in all their affairs, that the
whole C'b':t-A ma have c'oundence itt them. and may recognize their teach
ings as of tmd. If' they' deemro'd thatr cer'tain of the~ commuadments under
the .lewi1 :' Vt w.er' no;t binding upon Chr'istionts. we nmtst know' that their
stateme t';~ were true, and that. saii'ry. ini heavent'i, the' r:'iease ut' change is
recognize! And if threy bound certain doct rines ::ntd teachin.;s, we must know
that -thos: ar'e bound aind firmly estalish:"d in: hieaven. it other words, we
must r'ecetg:i" ihr Apostles as God's inherent mnouth~pieoes.
'lhe tanr for proclaimin-g .lesus as the Messiah did not come unitil
after his death :wd resurrrction. Ind~eed? his Me'ssiahsiip properly dates from
his resurrecton. ik desired his disciples to rt'eognize him properly, and he
expkilned to them aliout his approaching death and resurrection, but he did
not %'ish the:fl to proclaim this to the world runtil the due time. St. Peter,
perhaps clat' '1 with the Lord's commenidationt of his previous speech. under
took now 'the role of teacher to the one whom he had just acknowledged as the
Messiah. in tisis he erred. It was in .:ymzpaxthy that he urged that the Master
should niet tlhnk of any steps which lead to suflering and death. but should
rather of prosperity and eatrthly favor, yet our Lord's reproof was pointed.
He said: You are my adversary, Peter,. when you thus speak to me. You will
thus endeavor -to dissuade mae from doing my Father's will, to hinder me-from
drinting the ':np which my Father has poured for me: your counsel is that
Sioilt,-, I l- folleso.Tesus sometimes need to resist their friends.
-- who thus "-fer c'ounsel contrary to Divine will and word and providence.
These shonidi not be encouraged nor their advice followed. They need correc
tion fromn tht-air fellow discipies, asdid St. Peter.
The v'ar"'s of Peter fa: t:hed the Master an op)portumity for'calling the
attention e- e followers to the terms of discipleship. Not only must the
Master hhs ,snifer. but :l1 of his followers likewise. This course was pro
~'kod orcv.:' ee and whoever would flee from it would lose the eternal
life h' -s' ';' Whoev'r wouldi take u:p his cross anrd follow t!:te ...aster to
death wou'~~ thereby maite sure' of his share in eteruni Ine on th~ ,r'nven:ly
plane. Ii - isii5hdaready pleded th ir enrt i:.' liveS.-htlfa'ha
to~ v. - - : - ne of the wvorld in .general, but merely of
the C:'- * -led to e -' the e eat Royal Priesthood.
- -t -sured them' c - -s second coming. when Ite would come in
-1 t! :e Father 'i wit'' ::. ane (mnessenlgers)-no2t nigain as a roan
-is- sa- ."- \t the thime of 1 e sc id coming he would reward every one
9f rt T~l' "~"'"'cor~nZt:.:t o itfulness of c-: l'- He concluded this rer'
haf ms ao:-'vrsrccodi
. .- a de : : thaa'Lssur:d"u, sm f a o
Ltle' .ro::1pritually 1:ner :ty W;
day. .1nd if the peace of G'. girer
place in their hear's to th di sconte:t
which is growing in the world, not
withstanidhing the multiplication of our
comforts and privileges.
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of heavenly counsel cannot fall to
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11 - . .
J,- das the Ungrateful Apostate
The: world is full of sadly disap
pointig characters. In many things
we all fail. Selfishness. meanness.
pe-versity, pride. etc.. mark the hu
man family most woefully. But
withal can anyone 'Ind anything wore
reprehensib!e than the ingrate who
.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 example
lie is by no means an exception; there
are many. Some of them live today,
But whoever can see the meanness of
such a disposition with a reas-nably
good focus will surely be saved from.
manifesting such a character, however
meau might be his disposition. The
man who could sell his Master for thir
ty pieces of silver is justly in contempt
with all humanity. Nor was it et-r-olyI
the thirty pieces that influe nced the in
grate. Rather it 'w: pride He had
thought to be associited with th- Mn
ter in an earthly throne. Ile had set
his faith upnn this expectatioa. Now
that same Master explained more fully
that the throne was not yet in sight:
'tifWlfrit- r1.Tri~a age to follow t his.
shod was tohe given only to those who
shudprove themselves loyal and
faithful unto death. In the mind of
Judas the matter took not the wisest
and best way Holding the Great
Teacher in contempt. the deceived. oue
probably intended that the delivery(
should be merely a temporary one-a
lessen. to the Master not to talk that
way, not to carry matters too far-an I
incentive to him, compelling him 'to
exert .his power for the resistance
of those who sought his life und thus.
in exalting~ himself. make good to his
disciples the phare in the Kingdomn
which he ha~d promised or. failhng of
'this, to wreck the entire project. Aleas.
the love of money. the love of power 1
puff up and make delirious some who
become intoxicated with ambition
How necessary that ::i1 the Lord's fol
lowers rem:ember rhe message. "iHe -
that'humbirth himself shall be exalted
and he tha~t exailteth himself shall be Ij
abased!' Humble yourselves, there
fore, under the mighty hand of God.
that he may exalt you In due time"
(I Peter v, G.
\bhen1 aI giri alsks you to guess t-:r
age. i[ yo think she is twenty-onse a
take off two, if you think she is tweas- d
y-three itake off three, ii you think -SUe b
is twenty-tive take og] four. Itnd so ont.
This will :end to make youi pnil. -
Need9 Eve b
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Stautement of the '..ondition .f the
Bank of .1~6ris,
located at Noirris, S. C.,
tthe close of busine.-:sFeb. 3rd 1911.
RESOURCES: r '
>ans :and Disc'ounts.$ 25,79364
vrdrafts,..... . ..... .....2,189 61
ands and stocks owned
by Bank.................. 1.ZC0 CD
making~ House.... .... .... ,351.16
2rniture and Fixtures.. 2,065.09
)ue from Banks and Bankers .9,134 33
:rrencey........ .. .......1,100 (0
liver and otber Coin... .. 267.53
Total............... .$42901 36
pit'd Stock Paid In..$20,000.00
adivided Profits, l.iss
Current Expens s and
Tax Paid .$.. .. 55.74
tdv;dual Deposits snbji ct
to Ch *2......... -i70-5
m~Cerafiem4 s of Dep.)'t .:.479. 03
'asb er's twhclks.... ........398.74
l1;s Payvable, includog~ Cer
ifiates for money borrow< d 5,000.01)
oal......... ........ 42901.30;
rata of South (arolina,
County of Picken..
Befor.- ine caml* E. W. T1ate. Cob
r of th.. abov. nam '1 'bank, who
ine duly sworn. says that the( ab--re
d foregoing sttement is a true con
tion of said bank, as shown by tho
oks of said bank.
E. W. Tate.
Sworn to and ehser,be: before me
s 9th C-ay of Febh.. '911.
R. M. BAKER,
>rrec - ts
A. M4L il STE R,
G. PILL IPS, - i w'cra.
I want a good man nthTEi
as Local Agent for one county, or
as General Agent for a num-ber of
counties. This Is a new proposition.
and offers you an opporturnity to
and on up to S8.ooo or Smo o~ui a
year Nb e::e-icnce Is neces~ary;
but I w:-i n ::-youn~g cad
who w~i: at~ mei - qwre ho will
follow in--.truc~Ions. and who. will do
his level best
One of my meni (Hirarn Purdy) ,o*.k twenty
even o.rders .he first day out 'sworn stt:>e.n':
rrlt 34.Ii t1 i Twenty-six. orders next dav J I
r.-n stazreri ,e!' u in Louisia~na and Ie.me a
-rer everywh--L .k.h:u 2. o
frurnd new b. .es for .yots, 5fl , .:s
rofit to vou. Smtes r--4 ur- cy. ry w:... s. .
o0.0on sold in four mont:hs. Fie;m ut.
ouched. Agents coining morney. Geter
ory utonce.Wew--vt: .OO represeni5-ives.[
enyornme en:ddresson a ostl card"
orptnarrto free. T'erritory ts
gIng fas. Write today. Address
The NEVER-FAILl CD.
'rom1 the Maunoth
per cen[t is=
rLOTHINC-Con isting of
3ovs' and Chldaren's smts
rcOats. Also on al kinds
this sale lasts everything
old for SPOT CASH.
TA I RK ; 0,
We will finish our aunual stock-taking. All short length
and odds and ends will be placed on the BARGAIN COU
TER. This will meaa a big saving to those who can u
these short lengths.
A few pair all wool Blankets at less than cost,
All goods will be marked down to prices that will move the
We must have the room March ist. Now is ysur tim
vvest End- GreenaIi.11e. .
"Wocre Goods For Lmss Money"
Have grown the best crops forA
Forty Three Years
Long experience in selecting materials, great care in manu
fac~uring and conscientious effort in every department have
combined to make them the standard of excellence.
The success of ynnr cron:,; r-xt Fall &rpends largely upon
the Fertilizer you use. Inis~it upon having
THE FERTILIZER QF QUALITY 1
And be assured of
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