Blanchester, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1881
DEAR BRETHREN: – Having to write you on business, in order to fill my sheet I have written the following brief discourse for your consideration.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” – 1 Peter ii. 9. Ye fearful ones of the scattered flock, who dwell alone and are not reckoned among the nations, and are lightly esteemed by the wise and fashionable professors of the world, and who find in your flesh nothing good; who worship God in the spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh; to you this text is appropriate, and to you it belongs. A people that shall be counted to the Lord for a generation. Chosen in Christ, who is Head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. For it is written, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delghteth.” Thus chosen in Christ, the Head, and in him blessed with all spiritual blessings, according to that choice. Thou poor in spirit and in the treasures of time, yet rich in faith, join with the poet and sing,
“In union with the Lamb,
From condemnation free,
The saints from everlasting were,
And shall forever be.”
Your election in Christ secures the redemption of your soul, body and spirit from the curse of sin. For it is again written, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil.” This saved, this chosen generation, is also called “a royal priesthood.” Why? Because the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ, of whom it is said, “Thou art a Priest forever, after the order of Melchisedec.” “A holy nation.” “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin, for his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” Thus, this nation is holy; for Jerusalem which is above is holy and free, which is the mother of us all. “A peculiar people,” differing from all religious organizations of the world, holding no religious communion with the mixed multitude that preach a yea and nay gospel; adhering to the command, “Come out from among them,” and believing that salvation is a finished work.
“‘Twas all of grace from first to last;
The deed was done, the pardon past.”
Yours in gospel affliction,
J. F. BEEMAN.
Signs of the Times
Volume 49, No. 9.
May 1, 1881.