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    June 9, 1898

    “Are You Dead?” The Present Truth 14, 23, p. 357.

    ATJ

    “HE that is dead is freed from sin.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.1

    Are you freed from sin? If not, do you not see exactly where the difficulty lies?PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.2

    There stands the truth of God, that “he that is dead is freed from sin.” Then if you are not freed from sin, the only cause of it is that you are not dead.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.3

    Jesus says, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it dies, it bringeth forth much fruit.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.4

    Again he says, “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.5

    Again he says, “Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.6

    As the Father is glorified in your bearing much fruit, and as it is only “if it die,” that it “bringeth forth much fruit,” it certainly follows that herein is the Father glorified, that ye die.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.7

    Are you dead? Are you freed from sin? Will you glorify the Lord by bearing much fruit? Will you die?PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.8

    “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.9

    Do you want forever to abide alone? “Without Me ye can do nothing.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.10

    Without Him you can do nothing; without Him you abide alone; “except it ... die, it abideth alone;” except you die, you can do nothing.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.11

    But, bless the Lord, “if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.12

    In being dead, then, there is freedom from sin; there is abiding with the Lord; there is the bearing of much fruit to the glory of God; and the end, eternal life.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.13

    In not being dead, there is bondage to sin; there is abiding alone; and the end, eternal death.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.14

    Thus he that will save his life shall lose it; but he that will lose his life for Christ’s sake shall keep it unto life eternal.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.15

    Will you lose your life and save it? or will you save your life and lose it?PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.16

    “It is appointed unto men once to die.” And in the Gospel, God his fixed it so that every man can die that “once,” so as to live forevermore.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.17

    Except it die, it abideth alone; but when we choose to die that we may bring forth much fruit, He does not leave us alone, nor ask us to die alone. He only asks us to die with Him. Bless His name!PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.18

    Then “if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.” He does not live in sin. And being with Him, we shall not live in sin.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.19

    Are you freed from sin? Are you dead? Are you dead with Christ, so that you live with Christ?PTUK June 9, 1898, page 357.20

    A. T. JONES.

    “The Pledge of the Inheritance” The Present Truth 14, 23, p. 361.

    ATJ

    THE “Holy Spirit of promise” “is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 361.1

    An “earnest” is “a part paid beforehand on a contract, as security for the whole.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 361.2

    God in Christ has contracted to give us an eternal inheritance in “a better country” than this, “that is, an heavenly” having for its capital a glorious city, “whose builder and maker is God.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 361.3

    This inheritance is all bought and all paid for, for us. But the time has not yet fully come for the full redemption of the purchased possession.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 361.4

    But He who has contracted to give it to us when it shall have been fully redeemed, pays us a part beforehand, gives us an earnest, as security for the whole eternal possession.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 361.5

    That earnest, that part paid beforehand on the contract, is the Holy Spirit. That security for the eternal possession is the eternal Spirit.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 361.6

    If you have that eternal Spirit, and as long as you have Him, you are sure of that eternal inheritance. If you have not that Spirit, you have no surety at all of the inheritance.PTUK June 9, 1898, page 361.7

    But the inheritance is a free gift to all; and so is the earnest, the surety, for it is a free gift to all. And that security is “that Holy Spirit of promise.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 361.8

    “Ask, and it shall be given you.” “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.”PTUK June 9, 1898, page 361.9

    A. T. JONES.

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