"Christ! I am
Christ's! and let the name suffice me,
Ay, and for me He greatly hath sufficed;
. . . . . .
Yea, thro' life, death, thro' sorrow and thro' sinning
He shall suffice me, for He hath sufficed:
Christ is the end, for Christ was the beginning,
Christ the beginning, for the end is Christ." F. W. H. M.
Few words more aptly
express the motive and object of the ministry which this
little paper has sought to express through these many
years. As we get nearer to His coming, and the conclusion
of the ministry, there is an increasing burden and urge
to bring Him more and more into view. We believe
that the books of the last things, e.g. 'Revelation' and
John's Letters, indicate that, with the coming of
Anti-Christ the Spirit's movement will be a concentration
and intensification of focus on Christ Himself. Surely
this is the deepest movement of the Spirit today!
So many of God's people are feeling, if not saying: 'We
do not want systems of teaching, nor your techniques and
particular forms; we do not want your orientations of
Christianity; but "we would see Jesus"!' They
are using the word 'Reality', but what they mean is
Christ! The non-Christian world is turning out and
repudiating Christianity as a system. But it cannot turn
Christ out where He is a life and a spiritual power. The
Church began by a 'seeing of Jesus', and its apostleship
and expansion was essentially through that spiritual
vision and seeing. The chief Apostle based his
whole life and ministry upon his having had God's Son
revealed in him. If there is to be, what so many are
praying for, revival, we are convinced that it can, and
must, only come by a new seeing of Jesus; a new
apprehension of His significance in the Divine economy.
If individuals are to come into an enlargement of
spiritual life, and if the Church and churches are to
recover, or enter upon, a state of fuller life and power,
unto more effective testimony, it will only be by a new
and fuller seeing of Christ unto a new captivation by
The writer of the poem quoted at the head of this editorial has a stanza which contains the essential feature of this 'seeing':
"Oh, could I tell, ye surely would believe it!
Oh, could I only say what I have seen!
How should I tell or how can ye receive it, How, till He bringeth you where I have been?"
If it is true that
'Christianity is Christ', and that the Church is Christ
in corporate expansion, then, not from without, by forms
and organization, by human efforts, but by a Holy Spirit
work of inward eye-opening and inward revelation of
Christ will Christianity be what it really is in the mind
of God. We cannot do this, but our labours may, and must,
be to provide the Holy Spirit ground to work upon by
seeking to 'present' Christ in His greater fulness to the
Lord's people in these serious times. This will we do, by
His grace and enabling. So help us, Lord!
Do pray that this ministry may be maintained in this vision and vocation until the Lord sees that its need is no more. We are much exercised about the continuance of the ministry, when the present personal channels are called to 'higher service', and we would ask your prayers concerning this. 'He takes His workers, but carries on His work.'
Thank you for your wonderful co-operation and fellowship. We often feel that we would like all our faithful helpers to share the many letters from far and near telling of the help received through this ministry. This is not possible, but we want you to know that "your labours are not in vain in the Lord".
May He bless you yet more!
Yours in His grace,