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In this book we have a grand variety of inspired authorship, infinitely helpful to Bible students. The constant theme of Apollos in Hebrews is perfection, elaborated and enforced from every possible standpoint, giving it a prominence in the plan of salvation which neither men nor devils can gainsay, actually sweeping all candid controversy forever from the field.
James is the practical apostle. Oh, how he stirs us all up to practice what we preach! “Prove our faith by our works.” He is a deadener against all shams and hoaxes in religion. Oh, how he emphasizes matter of fact salvation, verified in everyday life. Peter’s name is “ rock.” After he got the Pentecostal baptism his sword never failed to strike fire. His epistles are flooded with Holy Ghost fire. He sails under the black-flag, accepts no quarter and gives none. The Pentecostal fire which gave him prominence in preaching the first Gospel sermon never cooled off, but glowed on till bloody martyrdom set him free. In John we find the agapee , God’s love, imparted in regeneration, and made perfect, i .e ., disencumbered of all antagonisms in sanctification, reaches a magnitude utterly bewildering as we stand in the supernatural spiritual effulgence, radiant from the face of the centigenarian apostle starting out for the transfiguration, and contemplate the latitudes, longitudes, depths and altitude of this supernatural and indescribable essence, by the Holy Ghost brought down from heaven to vitalize the dead soul, light it with electric fire, wing it with immortality, give it victory over sin and Satan, and waft it to the bosom of God. John magnifies Christhood with seraphic emphasis, refuting the sophistries of Antichrist and anathematizing his false prophets, warning all saints to close doors against them. He gives the church government to the Holy Ghost, exposing ecclesiastical tyranny in the person of Diotrephes.
Jude is short, but it is one unbroken flash of lightning from beginning to end, which Satan did his best to hush by spoilating the text, but God defeated him by preserving the Sinaitic manuscript, bright from the Apostolic Age, spanning the black chasm of the devil’s millennium. God inspire the readers of this book to preach the perfection of Apollos, the practice of James, the fire of Peter, the love of John, and the lightning of Jude. A thousand blessing on you all in time and eternity.
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