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commentators are almost universally agreed
as to the meaning of 1 Cor. 14:34. The Old School Assembly of 1832 was not aware of the fact; nor was the General Assembly, U. S. A., of 1872; nor were our own Assemblies of 1891 and 1897, respectively (See Digest, Sup plement, p. 31). Is more modern, if not weightier, evidence desired? It is available. The writer hopes the honored brethren to whom in his extremity he must appeal will pardon him for referring to them by name. The reader, then, is referred to the report of the Rev. Dr. .lames I. Vance (Minutes of the Assembly, 1916, pp. 175-179). In making this reference, the writer only wishes that he could add that he cherishes the same genuine regard for the logic and exegesis of this report ? which are novel and interesting rather than eogent aid convincing ? that he cherishes for its distinguished author. To the somewhat inci dental and inferential evidence of Dr. Vance, the writer is happy to be able to add the concise and yet perfectly explicit testimony of the Rev. Dr. Neal L. Anderson. The latter, speaking of 1 Cor. 14:34 says, "The meaning of this passage must be fairly clear to even the casual reader, &e." (Sermon on "A Wo man's Heart, &e.," Union Sem. Rev., Oct., 1916, p. 21). In this judgment of Dr. Ander son, it gives the writer unqualified pleasure to concur. The uniqueness of the Assembly's discovery, as well as the uniqueness of some other things must now be obvious to all. Hut the Assembly's discovery, if only it were a real discovery, would be not only unique, but momentous. It would mean noth ing less than that all Scripture is of "doubtful interpretation." For it is safe to say that there are few, if any, passages of Scripture of equal importance in regard to the meaning of which there is a more general agreement of opinion among all competent exegetes of all ages, of all countries, and of all schools than just, 1 Cor. 14:34 and 1 Tim. 2:8-12. The writer has only to add that unless the Orlando Assembly is right ? and the well-nigh universal judgment of competent exegetes is wrong ? that Assembly has unwittingly in volved itself in the guilt of investing with ob scurity and doubt what God in His word has made plain; and that accordingly its action can hardly fail to confuse the minds and en snare the consciences of such of our people as look to it for "light and leading." Therein lies its gravity: and therein also lies an issue for the writer and his fellow Presbyters that they cannot blink, nor lightly push aside. Columbia, S. C. I REWARDS OF THE FAITHFUL. I True religion lifts the soul into a higher Iregion, where the desires become purer and ?the judgment clearer. These holy desires are ?grace in the blade and the Heavenly Ilusband Iman will cultivate them until they come to ?the full corn in the ear. Those who fear ?God are like Daniel, men of desires and the ? Lord of the harvest will cause the faithful to ?fully realize their desires. I ' * Peace, power, progress and the promise ?of perpetual paradise are the elementary re I wards of the life of faith." . The rewards in ?this life are only partial, just a foretaste of It he heavenly; for the life of faith is an ever ?deepening, over widening river, until we reach ?the ocean of infinite bliss, where the life of God ?s ours forever and ever. The full reward ?of a life of grace is only perfectly realized in ?the future life. If we are faithful here our ??resent reward ofttimes is but meager, yet ?we know He is faithful who has promised and ?>ur future reward is sure. Today the Chris tian eats of the heavenly food) th? manna of the wilderness, but there is reserved in the future for him a still higher degree of spiritual life, and food for it, which as yet is hidden from his experence. "In the golden pot which was laid up in the ark of the covenant there was a portion of manna hidden away, which never grew stale. No one ever saw it, for it was hid in the ark within the holy of holies. Even so, the highest life of the Christian is hid with Christ in God." Christ is the true foundation, and those who serve him here, he will honor before his Father in glory. When the Christian, having obtained the victory through grace, enters the heavenly holy of holies he will eat of the King's meat and feast upon royal dainties even though while here he be a Lazarus lying at the rich man's gate. In this life the Christian cats of the bread of grace, but in the heavenly beyond he will drink of the wine of glory. Here lie sees through a ?rlass darkly, there he will sec the King face to face. To see the face of Jesus is the Chris tian's highest, fullest reward. Here, through the infirmities of the flesh, he renders but an imperfect service, but in heaven, where mortal puts on immortality, he serves always perfect ly without error, without weariness. Here he is rewarded by being a co-worker with God, by bringing the gospel to the unsaved and in supporting the poor and in comforting the sick and discouraged; there he will receive the Saviour's gracious welcome, "Come, thou blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom pre pared for you from the foundation of the world; for. inasmuch as ye did it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Here the believer is called by the name of Christ, Christians, but in that great day, when Christ appears, he will be like him and have Christ's name engraved upon bis forehead. "The secret mark of inward grace developes into the sign manual of confessed relationship." Here lie is privileged to praise God for the glory of His grace by which he has received an earnest of an inheritance in the heavenly mansion, but in the blessed fu ture he will join continually in the new song of the redeemed because Christ has made his servants kings and priests unto God forever. This is but a feeble idea of the rewards of the faithful. These rewards have their beginning here, but are only fully brought to perfect fruition in the life beyond. So let us be con fident in this one thing that he which hath begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ, in whose presence there is fulness of joy and pleasures forever more. "For, who so ever hath to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance." M. B. Rock Hill, S. C. "BIBLICAL AUTHORITY FOR RIGHTEOUS WAR." By Rev. W. L. LatlTam. The writer of this recently read an article, in one of the leading newspapers of our coun try, bearing the above title, in 'which the writer of it expressed his view that war with Germany now would be a "Righteous War." He quoted several passages of Scripture to justify his opinion, one of which is John 18 :36: "If my kingdom were of this world then would my servants fight." From this he drew the conclusion that this passage teaches that sub jects of an earthly kingdom should fight in war. With all due respect for the one who wrote the article, .and for his opinion, the writer would call the reader's attention to the fact that the context of the above quoted passage is sufficient to prove to an earnest student of the Bible that these words are not only not intended to justify war, but to express the opposite of strife. Again, from the 22nd chapter of Matthew, the following is quoted from the parable in which the kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king who gave a wedding feast: "But the king was wroth and sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and burned their cities." Then the writer added: "Is it likely that this picturc would have been drawn of the kingdom of heaven, if it were a place or a state in which peace was desired before every thing else?" Thus he interpreted this parable as a "Biblical Authority for Righteous War." May the writer here call your attention to the fact that the words quoted above form only a part of a parable (a narrative of some body's expericnee). Only a part of the par able; and not that part, which contains the leading idea or point from which our Lord draws the moral. Those "murderers" were "slain." But Christ doesn't say it was right. He makes no comment on this whatever here. But he goes on with the narrative, telling of how others were invited who came, but one eame in without the "wedding garment" (vs. 11-13). There was no excuse for that, for the groom furnished garments free of cost to all who came for them. Now, this is the one point of the parable, and is intended to teach that no one has a right to enter the kingdom of heaven who has not on the "wedding gar ments" of Christ's righteousness, which is given to all who believe in him. Then we must conclude that this parable is not a "Scriptural authority" for war. All this* leads me to say: In this day and time, when so many people misapply and fail to properly interpret the Bible, we need to be constantly on our guard against error. "No parable walks on four legs." There is but one point to each parable. And we should be careful lest we miss the point and reach the wrong conclusion, in our interpretation of parables. And, we should be equally as care ful and very reverent in the application we make of God's word, lest we misapply the Bible to fit our little ideas, rather than present the truth and teachings of the Bible. Concord, N. C. LYMAN ABBOTT'S THOUGHT. Upon the green sward lying lazily, I hear a sudden whisper in my ear; A tiny acorn tells me, "By and by I shall become a great and branching tree Beneath whose boughs both birds and beast shall find A bhelter from the atorm; yes, by and by As root ot home, God's highest creature, man. Shall prize my service, or may chance as ribs Ot mighty vessel, I shall bear across The ocean deep my wealth of human freight, In safety and in peace." I, whispering back, "Oh, little acorn, you?" The acorn says, "Well? God? and I." Oh, soul of mine, so infinitely small, What vision of thy future dost thou see! Passive the acorn In the Maker's hand, ltesisting not the purpose of its birth: Glad to fulfil that purpose. Yielding thus Thyself, dost see glad service for thy King? Service unto the least of all thy kind? Dost view the crowning end when past Time's sea Into the haven glide the storm-tossed souls Guided to life eternal by God and thee? ? K. II. M. We may judge of whether we are going up ward or not by the views we are getting. "Do your thoughts range more widely from year to year, and is your life filled with more and high er interests?" ? Selected.