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SOUTHERN STANDARD MMINNVILLE. TENNESSEE.SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 1890.
EDITED BY RKV. F. L. LKErEIt.
Shut in, shut in, from tlie ceaseless din
0( the restless world, and its want and sin;
Shut in from its turmoil, care, and strife,
And all the wearisome rounds of life.
Shut in with tears that are spent in vain,
With the dull companionship of pain;
Shut In with the changeless days and hours,
And with the bitter knowledge of falling
Shut in with dreams of the days gone by,
With buried joys that were born to die;
Shut iu with the hopes that have losed their
And leave but a longing after rest.
Shut in with a trio of angels sweet,
Patieuce and Grace all pain to meet,
With Faith that can suffer, and stand and
And lean on the promises, strong and great,
Shut In with Christ! Oh, wonderful thought!
Shut in with the peace His sufferings bought;
Shut in with the love that wields the rod;
Oh, company blest! Shut in with God.
The Condition of Spiritual Knowledge.
BY REV. WM. D. RORERTS.
If any man do his will, he shall
know of the doctrine ; whether it be
of God or whether I speak of myself.
John vii. 17.
The two conspicuous traits of the
Pharisaic Jews'of Christ's day were :
I. They allowed religion to enter
no farther into their lives than their
II. They were morally insincere.
They had no real desire to do,
hence they were never permitted to
know, God's' will. Had theso Jews
been spiritually honest, they would
have taken to Christ as air to a vacu
um. But the truth of this text is
just as neglected and needed now as
then. ' We have before us a great
fundamental law of the spiritual
The spirit of obedience is the condi
tion of spiritual knowledge.
Notice. First, the reality of this
jot instant anu absolute accom
plishment of God's will, but the spir
it and temper of obedience. The Re
vised version is entirely accurate:
. I f any man willeth to do his will, etc.
The proof of this law is of daily
observation. Look about you,, and
you see that pure living produces
clearness of sight, and bad-doing be
fegs vision the world over.
This is the law! Only he who
knocks, wearing upon the palm of
inquiry, a neart ot obedience, can
have an answer. Only ho who says,
"Father, I thirst for the truth in or
der to do thy will ; I yield to thy su
premacy : give me the light," ever
attains unto spiritual knowledge.
You cannot enjoy the radiance and
visin-reach of Truth's mountain
summit until you climb with willing
feet the path of duty.
Second, the logic and necessity of
this spiritual law.
() Disobedience leads to spiritual
Lven the Hindoo vedas contain
this fine piece of wisdom : "Repeat
fed sinning impairs the judgment,"
and this more awful aphorism, "and
the impaired judgment sins repeated
Study the down-grade of the trans
gressors moral life, and how often
it is: first, the evil doing, then the
beclouded moral vision ; first, a fath
er's example trouaen unuer con
temptuous feet, then a father's Bible
sneered into fragments ; first, a new
crew of morals on board, and then
down comes the flag of the true faith,
and up go the colors of unbelief.
(b) Without obedience we have
not the capacity for spiritual knowl
It is a universal law of mind and
morals, only like apprehended like.
Howtcan the carnally-minded man
apprehend spiritual truth, which is
delicate, intangible, discerned only
by those who are spiritual, which
languages itself only to the ears of
purity ? .
(c) fcpintuai trutn is in its very na
ture experimental. .
Can never be fully known until ex
perience is added to intellectual
grasp, e. g. I know the doctrine of
the Atonement truly only when by
inward peace 1 have experienced the
blessed fruits of that Christ-victory
sin in my own soul.-
So all the system of divine truth is
as a mountain side. Each doctrine
is a projecting cliff, ranging one
above another. We can know them
ouly as we live up to them, passing
from one to the next above. Spirit
ual truth is a place whose walls are
onaaue ; you cannot apprehend its
inner beauties from the outside.
You can know only fcs you enter in ; I
only as you obey. . The pillar of di
vine truth, like the pillar of cloud in
Egypt, la two-faced once and for
ever, according to the spirit and tem
temperofthe looker. "And it Was
darkness to them," . e., the Egyp
tians, "but it gave light to these,"
. the Isrealites.
Third, defiance of this law is the
cause of the worlds's present spiritu
Why so many unsaved in Christ's
day and in ours? Is the truth un
proved, is it ''inadequate? It is be
cause the world will not comply with
the supreme condition of obeying to
It is an oft-observed fact that
much of the educated mind of Chris
tendom is unchristian.
If Christianity isuso demonstrably
the true and all-important religion,
why is it not believed in and accep
ted by men of scientific research, by
statesmen, and minds of learning
everywhere ? The text Is your an
swer. Hut if any one will bow be
fore God saying, "Lord, show me
thy truth that I may do thy will !
light shall shine in upon his path this
very hour, as noonday upon mid
night. And he shall be led by God's
Spirit to the fullness of belief on
God's only-begotten Son, which act
is the beginning and the consumma
tion of doing God's will.
Suffer these inferential thoughts :
1st. If obedience is the condition
or spiritual knowledge, then the un
fairness of rejecting Christianity
without the.appointed test.
Tney who test Christianity by ex
perience always believe it. They
only reject it who have never com
plied with its imperative conditions.
How little weight their rejection de
2d. The inexhaustableness of
The world is saying today, "We
cannot know God and truth. There
fore we may dare to ignore duty
Godward." This text puts into
every man's hand a- key, which he
may open and enter the door of the
knowledge of spiritual truth, and
know that Christ is the Son of God
and the Saviour of the world
3rd. Follow faithfully the light
you already have.
Do a3 much as you already know ?
You who stand halting saying, "We
do not know, therefore we cannot
do," 1 asfc you In Christ's name,
"Have you ever done all you know?"
Follow steadfastly through the laby
rinths of doubt and difficulty the
guiding thread of God's manifested
will, and you shall reach the perfect
day. From the Treasury.
A Day at a Time.
In one of George Macdonald's nov
els one ot the chiei characters, upon
whose heart the sorrows of the world
have become a crushing burden,
suddenly wakes up to the fact that
no man is responsible for the present
state of things beyond the point of
his power, by personal influence and
work, to change it. The responsibil
ity rests with God and not .with
man, and the man who attempts to
carry on his own heart the sorrow of
the world assumes a burden which
can only be borne by JJivinity. It
is enough for each man that he do
whatever in him lies with all his
might : the rest belongs to God. The
individual worker will gain im
mensely in strength and cheerfulness
if he is willing to let God solve the
problem of human misery according
to his own wisdom and in his own
time. No man with any openness of
heart or mind can be indifferent in
this day to the condition of his fel
low-men ; but when that sympathetic
sensitiveness becomes to keen, it des
troys hope and paralyses the power
of action. For such men the burden
of life becomes too heavy to be"
borne, and, as the monastery has
ceased to be the refuge of overbur
dened souls, these discouraged and
overweighted lovers of their kind
fall back into apathy and hopeless
ness, We ought to feel the appeal of
the suffering around us keenly
enough to make our own lives tin
selfish and devoted ; but we ought
not to allow it to press upon us to
such a degree that it destroys' our
power of cheerful, helpful, and suo
cesstul work. '
lne best men ana women are con
tinually tempted to bear more than
their due share of the responsibility
of the world; they are tempted not
only to do their .own work, but to at
tempt also some of the work which
belongs to a higher and wiser Work
er than they. The nameless hosts of
those whose hands patiently built up
the massive walls of the great c-.ithe
drals of the world found their joy
and strength in doing each" d
work with fidelity and enthusiasm,
leaving the responsibility for the
beauty and completeness of the
structure in the hands of the archi
tect. It was not for them to know
the outline of the finished structure ;
it was not theirs to carry the burden
of that vast and manifold work
which was slowly rearing an all but
imperishable temple of beauty and of
worship ; their duty was simply from
day to day to do the work set before
them. And that is the whole of our
duty. Amid the debris of the vast
structure on which we work, so vast
that at times we are able to trace no
plan or design in it, it is ours only to
do the special task which lies at our
hand ; not ours to agonize because
Architect's design does not appear.
nor ours to wear our souls out with
concern about the manner In which
it Is carried out. Let each man do
his duty In his place, and leave to
God the things which God alone can
Religious Training in Youth.
Rich stores of divine knowledge
are then more easily acquired. Deep
and saving impressions are then
most easily made. It is young re
cruits that become the best soldiers,
and young apprentices the best me
chanics ; and the best Christians, in
like manner, are those of whom.
trained by a Lois or a Eunice, a saint
ly mother or mother's mother, we
can say in Paul's word's to Timothy,
"From a child thou hast known the
the Holy Scriptures, which are able
to make thee wise unto salvation.
through faith which is in Christy Je
When George Whitefield came to
Edinburgh nothing struck or pleased
him so much as the sound that rose
in the church when he happened to
quote a passage of Scripture giving
book, chapter, and verse. His hear
ers, as was their wont, had taken
God's word with them to God's
house, and as they turned up the
passage, the leaves of two thousand
Bibles rustled, like the sound of the
wind among trees, in his astonished
ear. To their thorough Bible know!
edge instruction, illustrated by that
anecdote, and given to her youth in
the house and in all her schools, and
to the complete drill and training
which her children, young men and
women, get in that Shorter Cate
chism which, the work chiefly of
English divine, and a remarkable
compend of theology, takes a hold of
the mind singularly firm Scotland
owes it that though a hundred storms
have blown and blown their worst,
she rides today aver the very ground
where the Reformers dropped their
anchor three centuries ago. The te
nacity with which, in spite of all
their faults, and differences, and di
visions, my countrymen have ad
hercd to their ancient and common
faith, illustrates the effect for to
nothing else can it be ascribed of i
thorough religious training in youth
Opening the Heart.
I knew a little boy whose heart
was touched by a sermon on the
words, "Behold, I stand at the door
and knock." My mother said to
him when she noticed mat he was
"Robert, what would you say to
anyone who knocked at the door of
your heart, if you wished him to
come in ?"
He answered: "I'd say, 'Come
she then said to mm : "Then . say
to the Lord Jesus Christ, 'Come in."
The next morning there was
brightness and joy about Robert':
face that made his father ask :
"Robert what makes you look
glad and joyful today ? ",
lie replied joyfully : "I awoke
the night, and I felt that Jesus was
still knocking at the door of of my
heart for admission into it. I said
him : 'Lord Jesus, come in !' I think
he has come into my heart. I fee
happier this morning than I ever
was in all my life. How ungratefu
and wicked in me to keep him wait
ing outside so long !"
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