Written by Deacon C.M. Turman
The Virginia Corresponding Meeting, convening with the Frying Pan Church, October 12th, 13th and 14th 1938, sendeth greetings of love in the Lord to the churches and associations with which it corresponds.
DEAR BRETHREN: - The time has come for us to once more meet together in an association, that we may renew to each other the assurance of our love and fellowship. This can be done only as the Spirit of God manifests the gift he gives us. Our open hearts and minds are awakened to write a few things that might be of comfort to at least some of the little ones of the household of faith and that might be an honor to his high and exalted name. To do this it will be necessary four our minds to be exercised by way of remembrance of the wonderful things of God, of the blessing he has in store for those that really hunger and thirst after righteousness, of those he has caused to see their smallness, and of those who have been made to rejoice in his name.
You know it is written that at his name every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that he is God, and with the poet shall sing, “Jesus paid it all.” These are the ones he foreknew and did conform to the image of his Son, and to stand as a witness of him until he comes, comforting and making glad the children of God. Were not they such that the apostle Peter had under consideration, which he called strangers among the churches at that time? (1 Peter i. 1.) And he went beyond that in the second verse and calls them elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father through sanctification of the Spirit, sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood was the atonement for our transgressions, that we might be made to live up to those things, that we might have eyes to see and hearts to understand something of those things he has in store for those who have been made alive to them, and cause us at times to sing, “Jesus paid it all.”
The apostle goes further, and in the third, fourth and fifth verses says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.” So when we read the sacred word of God, if we could have the same spirit as that of the apostle Peter when he wrote this epistle to the strangers of the household of faith, we would indeed be partakers of the essence of truth and righteousness.
We might comment more on this epistle, yet we could not improve upon its contents. May you read it for yourselves and consider its beauty and truth, trusting your spiritual minds may be stirred up to a lively hope in Christ.
We greatly appreciate having your messengers present with us at this meeting, especially visiting ministers, and have gladly received your messages and welcomed the preached gospel of the grace of God.
The next session of this Meeting is appointed to be held (the Lord willing) with the Mt. Zion Church, Loudoun County, Virginia, at the same time next year, when we shall hope to again have your messengers and messages.
C.W. Vaughn, Moderator
G.C. Spindle, Clerk
Signs of the Times
Volume 107, No. 2