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Use the Scriptures to quicken spirit-
BOSTON: THE GORHAM PRESS
to WILLIAM WILSON
My father whose morning prayer was that the earth might soon be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea: And when on his death bed commanded me saying: Preach the gospel as in the sight of God, in obedience to a sincere unfeigned conscience declare the revealed word of God, fearing the face of no man.
E-are here by no volition of our own. But every thing was made for some use, more than its own being. As long as we do not know
the purpose of our being we are as mariners at sea without a compass, without a chart, without a guiding star, without a port in view drifting on the broad sea of life, while entrusted with the freightage of the world.
What is our ministry to the physical world, is a question, whose answer is paramount to all else. It is strange if the kind Creator has left us in darkness, when all else that he has made wears the design of its being open to view. Man lives neither by instinct nor by observation, but by intuitions, fostered by divine revelations. We know we are not what we should be. We have not apprehended that for which we are apprehended. We are not made perfect. If men with a tenure of life, less than forty years on an average, if the world with its injustice, its cruelty, its sorrow and death is the Maker's finished work, then all is a mystery in the light of the announced intuition that God is love. If from the secret chambers of the most High any revelation has been vouchsafed to men, it will surely shed light on our ordained being and sway.
The Bible contains the only recorded declaration of why God made men. A true conception of the revealed word ) furnishes the answer. Its history is of those who lived as men, rather than intellectual animals. As the patriarchs, Moses and the prophets lived by their divine life they did the will of God; manifesting in miracles supernatural powers by their quickened divinity. Jesus absolutely denying