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POCA, West Va.

DEAR BRETHREN: – Brother Sawin requested that I write a few words of comfort from God’s written word, but I know of nothing at this time that has any hearing upon my mind except the following: “Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at; for behold, I will bring forth my servant, The Branch. For, behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.” – Zech. iii. 8, 9. Joshua. was a type of our great High Priest, Jesus Christ the righteous. “Thy fellows that sit before thee” are those who officiate in the outer court, priests chosen of God, without blemish or deformity, and typically of the gospel-called minister in this gospel day, “for they are men wondered at.” Why is it these men go far and near preaching? If their preaching is not to quicken sinners and save them what do they go for? It is not for money, for they oppose the salaried system. What a wonder to those who know not the wonderful work of God in the hearts of his called servants. “I Will bring forth my servant, The Branch;” one of the names or titles of the Son of God. Again, he is called the Stone: “For, behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: upon one stone shall be seven eyes.” This stone is Christ; the stone which the builders refused is become the head of the corner; one God-man, Mediator. The seven spirits or attributes of perfection shine forth in Jesus, he being perfect in every attribute, so much so that Pilate was compelled to say that in him he found no fault at all. Again, the Lord said by the prophet Isaiah, “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” “In that [gospel] day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.” Jesus dwells in Zion, he is also a wall round about his people. Jesus takes up his abode in the hearts of his chosen ones; he is the covenant of them in him by choice of the Father; he is the messenger of the covenant, and he suddenly comes to his temple. Know ye not that ye are the temple of the Holy Spirit? If Christ be in us we cry unto him, having no confidence in the flesh. “For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.” This is the stone laid before Joshua, the high priest, that he, in the type of Joshua, would show the restoration of the church by the Holy Spirit of the Son of God in this gospel dispensation. The reason we cry for mercy is, that it is the Spirit making intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered; it is Christ formed in us. “For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.” The beam denotes power; the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. What perfect harmony in the Spirit (Christ the Stone) and the gospel, the power of God. How true the saying of Jesus, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. O how true it is: “For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus [self-righteousness] and the spoil of Samaria [legal service] shall [be taken away.” Helpless as little children; and, Except ye be converted, and become as a. little child, you can in no wise enter the kingdom of heaven.

J. W. MCCLANAHAN.

Signs of the Times
Volume 84, No. 17.
September 1, 1916.