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NEWARK, Del., Dec. 3, 1923.

DEAR BRETHREN: - Inclosed for publication in the SIGNS is a good letter which no doubt will edify many sinners saved by grace.

Yours in hope,

POCA, West Virginia

DEAR BROTHER MILLER: - I often think of you, brother Eubanks and brother Sherwood. I could mention many others, but space forbids. Feeling very lonely, and having a desire to talk to you, I have picked up my pen to make an attempt, hoping to relieve my mind by this feeble effort. Poor and unworthy as I feel myself to be, there remains in my heart a secret spring, which when touched, as I hope, by the spirit of love that I cannot refrain from speaking aloud. Yes, poor sinner as I feel myself to be, yet when the good Lord is pleased to send a refreshing shower of his love, and knowledge of the truth into my soul it causes my poor sinful heart to expand with an overflow of his love to my Creator and to all the redeemed of the Lord who hold the truth in righteousness. What a theme is embodied in this word of four letters, “love,” its origin being in God, and he being a God of love. The elect lady and her children were the objects loved by the God of live in the annals of eternity, and by the pen of inspiration we hear him saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore (for that reason) with loving kindness have I drawn thee. This fountain of love is opened to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and uncleanness. Zechariah, in speaking of this fountain, says, “In that day,” having reference to the gospel day, when Jesus by his shed blood should atone for his elect bride, who had fallen under the condemnatory sentence of a violated law. The law God gave Adam in the garden of Eden Adam transgressed, and sin is a transgression of the law, hence the act of the creature, man. Christ has met all claims of the law or none would ever be justified in God’s sight, for there is salvation in no other. Inspiration says Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. It is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. Sinners were condemned, but now are justified; they had violated God’s law, but Christ has met its demands. They were sinners by disobedience of one man, but by the obedience of Christ they are made righteous, which righteousness is sufficient to release them from all claims of law, being equal to all its demands. They were justly condemned without Christ, they are now justly justified by him. Christ having met all demands against them they are now viewed by the law as not guilty. The law holds no more claims against them now than if they never had been under its curse, consequently the poor sinner is made the recipient of all the graces of the Holy Spirit, none of which he could have had without the atonement made by Christ. This is the principle upon which sinners stand justified before God, and not in consequence of the obedience of the sinner. It takes the righteousness of Christ to justify, and not the righteousness of sinners, which would be no better than that of the Scribes and Pharisees. Every poor sinner who is enabled by grace divine to praise God for salvation must of necessity first realize a feeling sense of his or her guilt before the Lord, which is the effect of the operation of the Spirit in their heart, and every one thus taught bows in deep humility before God, praying his mercy to be extended to one so vile. They now see and acknowledge their sins. Oh the anguish of sin, saying, Lord, if mercy can be extended to one so vile as I and thy throne remain untarnished, let it be so. I know that I am unworthy of the least of thy mercies, and often I have trampled thy mercies under my feet. Always ungrateful, justly condemned, ten thousand talents in debt and not a farthing to pay, unworthy to approach a being so good and so holy as God, you can go to no other. Let me say to you poor hungry and thirsty souls that you will never find peace as long as you trust in your own strength, but when your strength is exhausted, and you are ready to give up all hope, a lovely Savior appears to take away all your sins, who says, Son or daughter, as the case may be, thy sins, which are many, are all forgiven. It is then the poor soul is made to leap for joy and praise God in the highest strains for deliverance from the law of sin and death which their burdened soul had been mourning under so long. It is then the poor child of God can see how God can be just and the justifier of sinners: that it is in consequence of the atoning blood of Jesus Christ which cleanses from all sin.

Now in my concluding remarks I feel to say of a truth the bride, the Lamb’s wife, was the object of God’s everlasting love, and that before she had an actual existence in the world. Jesus being the head over all things to the body, which is the church, the bride, the Lamb’s wife, love being the neck connecting the head to the body, has no end, for the upper part is taken up in the head and the lower part of the neck is taken up in the body, so there is no end to God’s love for his chosen bride, his elect people, they being the people of his choice, and all the spiritual comfort of the body, the church, of which Jesus Christ is head over all things to, must and does come from the head (Jesus Christ) down to the body through the neck of God’s never-ending love. His love for his bride was so great that he came to her and saved her with an everlasting salvation, seeing that she could not come to him.

He saw her ruined in the fall,
He loved her notwithstanding all,
He saved her from her lost estate,
His lovingkindness oh how great.

Dear brother Miller, after you have read this poorly written letter you feel there may be a crumb in it that might be of comfort to some poor humble child of God you are at liberty to send it to the editors of the SIGNS for their disposal. I would be very much pleased to be at your house at least once more, but am not likely to be, as I am getting up in years and am badly afflicted with rheumatism. I will be glad to hear from you any time you have a mind to write me. I hope I have been prompted to write this by the spirit of love. Give my regards to all who may inquire after me.

From your old unworthy and afflicted brother, if it be that I am one of God’s little ones,

J.W. McClanahan
Signs of the Times
Volume 92, No. 14 - July 15, 1924