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Experiences in Australia, Page 280

“Sunnyside,” Cooranbong, N.S. Wales, Dec. 26, ‘96
Brother and Sister Shannan: —

(43) Wherein did you practice the word of God when you made your home with Brother Prismall? Poor man, he has turned his face from Christ. The Lord has sent him reproofs, warning him not to pursue the course he has followed. His only hope is to come off the devil’s ground, and cease to be an accuser of the brethren. He thinks he has something to question and find fault within everything, and in every man’s teaching. In his eyes, no one is perfect. But he could give no greater evidence of his own perfection of character.

Read carefully the third chapter of James, and criticize yourself severely. “Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy. But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another, (44) brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?”

“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the headers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” But shun profane and vain babblings for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” “wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance; but as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Brother Prismall was given the privilege of building for time and for eternity on the right foundation, the one sure foundation. Had he built upon this foundation, laying stone upon stone in its proper place, the structure would have risen every day, growing in symmetry and beauty, until the purpose of God was fully accomplished, and the top stone brought forth with shoutings of grace, “We are laborers together with God; ye are God’s husbandry; ye are God’s building.” Thus it is said of all who build on Christ Jesus. Let those who have been given the opportunity and privilege of being living stones in the spiritual house, depart from all evil, and let them reveal to the (45) world the perfection of character which they expect others to reveal. Let them show that they are living stones, emitting light to all with whom they come in contact.

God has invited Brother Prismall to look upon Christ’s perfection of character, and by beholding become changed into His divine similitude, as all will who are built upon Him. Being built upon Christ means actual, personal contact with the Lord Jesus. This makes the human agent a living stone, and imparts to it a lustre which has the power of emitting light and attracting others to the great center. “Ye also, as lively (living)

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