The Baltimore Old School Baptist Association, in session with the Baltimore Church, Baltimore, Maryland, Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th, 1938, to the churches, associations and meetings with which we correspond, greetings in the Lord.
“Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.”
The above Scripture will be found in Hebrews fourth chapter, first verse, and is there for an express purpose, for we are told that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, and for reproof, and correction, so that the man of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works. We Old School Baptists believe in good works as the result of God working in us, for he tells us in Philippians ii. 12, 13, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but how much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling: for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” How can the children of God seem to come short of entering into that rest that he has promised us? It seems to me there are many ways, if we take heed to the admonitions that are the major part of the Bible. We profess to love the religion of the Lord, and to love our brethren, but find that worldly matters keep many away from the meetings. Also we are told to shun the appearance of evil, and to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto the Lord. We read in James ii. 26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” So we see that by faith we are led to follow after good works and to live in this life so as to hold the love and respect of our brethren. We also know and realize that we are carnal beings and prone to sin and come short of the glory of God, and can say with Paul, When I would do good evil is present with me. And he found two laws in his members, the one warring against the other, the law of God in the inner man, in which he had great delight, and the other the law of sin, which caused him to do the things he would rather not do. So we find in all of us the same warfare going on, which causes us to fight daily to follow in the Lord's footsteps. I remember Elder Rowe saying just before he passed away that he felt he had fought a good fight, and that is what we as professed followers of the Lord are commanded to do, being ready at all times to attend the meetings, and to help one another, not only in worldly matters, but spiritually as well, by meeting with them and sharing their joys and sorrows, and giving comfort one to another. We know that we are not saved by works, but when we have some who show so little interest in the meetings does it not seem to you as though they come short of that rest that is promised us? And have we not all experienced that unrest that comes from neglecting our duty and walking unworthily? Be not deceived, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sowest, that shall he reap. But thanks be to God, we have a Savior who loves us and suffered and died for us, and is now set down at the right hand of God, where he ever maketh intercession for us, and we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was tempted in all points as we are, yet being verily God he was able to withstand all temptation, and therefore was without sin. We are given a portion of this same power to withstand temptation, for God said he would make a way of escape for us, and if we withstand the devil he will flee from us. So let us strive to have this rest that the Lord has promised us, and to let our light so shine that others seeing our good works may glorify our Father which is in heaven, and we will be able at all times to come boldly to the throne of grace and obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
D.L. Topping, Moderator
Quincy A. Gladding, Clerk
Signs of the Times
Volume 106, No. 9