North Berwick, Maine, August 24, 1899.
Dear Sister In Christ Jesus: – I received your letter and read it with interest. What you are learning concerning yourself, of your sinfulness and helplessness, and the conflicts you are experiencing, are all needful, or you would not be subjected to such humbling things. To humble us is part of the purpose of the Lord in all his dealings with us. There is in our flesh a perpetual tendency to arrogancy in some form or the other. Our flesh would incite us with delusive ideas of getting along religiously independently, and it is a life-long lesson that we have to be learning, that we are dependent upon the Lord for all things that pertain to the divine life. Jesus Christ is not something to his people, but Christ is All and in all. (Col. iii. 11.) Under the burden of our conflicts with the depravity of our hearts, we sensibly realize that we have no ground for vaunting ourselves; our unholiness grieves us, and makes us bang our heads, and ashamed and sad in heart we sigh unto the holy God. But Jesus is our hope; he is not a mere theory of a Savior, ah no. In our felt need Jesus is sought for, and we look unto him as the real, living, all-glorious and desirable One. “Jesus only can do helpless sinners good.” He bears a thousand sacred names, and not one of them is an empty, meaningless sound. In all ages his people have tested and proved him to be in very truth all that the Scriptures declare concerning him. In whatever circumstances we may come into, it will be found that Christ’s fullness is our sufficiency. God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. It is in vain that we look to other sources for supplies, our spiritual supplies all flow from Jesus, and he is unto us the fountain of living waters. What is so desirable, is to be kept daily and hourly looking unto Jesus. (Heb. xii. 2.) He knows our buffetings with temptations and sin, he knows that the vanities of the world are enticing and vexing. All our trials, whether light or heavy, he well understands: “Thou hast known my soul in adversities.” He does not stand aloof from us in our difficulties, he is the Friend that loveth at all times, and stick eth closer than a brother. Blessed are we if found casting all our care upon him, for he careth for every poor sinner that trusteth in him: “Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out.” It is the privilege of the believer to be often found at “the throne of grace,” to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need, and as the Holy Spirit testifies unto us of the excellencies of Christ, then more and more we shall understand how Christ is all. All our salvation and righteousness, our meat and drink, and life, our Husband, Prophet, Priest and King. Christ is all. From him all grace deriving, we shall the victors be.
I will bring my little note to a close, with desire of heart for you that you may have much revelation given you of the fullness of our Redeemer, and that you may live in humble dependence upon him alone. “He is able to succor them that are tempted.”
I am, I hope, your brother in Jesus,
FRED. W. KEENE.
Signs Of The Times
Volume 69, No. 19.
OCTOBER 1, 1901.