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OUR ADVOCATE

    The beloved John wrote: "My little children, these things write I unto you that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world", (I John 2:1-2).
    It is Good News that, in Christ Jesus, we are not left as "orphans" -- to fend for ourselves in a world of sin and darkness. But there is both in heaven and on earth Someone Who cares and undertakes for us -- helping, comforting, pleading in our behalf, strengthening and granting "peace that passeth understanding".
    This word "advocate" comes from the Greek "parakletos", and literally means "one called alongside". It involves: companionship, comfort, counsel, consolation, exhortation and abiding help, It is the term Jesus used to designate the special ministration of the Spirit over the affairs of the New Testament church (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7).
    Thus, the people of the New Covenant (and it must be remembered that the New Covenant is a CHURCH
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GOD'S ANOINTED

    "Anointing", in the Old Testament order, was for prophet, priest and king, (I Sam. 2:10, 35; Psa. 45:7; 89:20; Is. 11:2; 42:l; 48:16; 59:21; 61:1; Dan. 9:24-27; Matt, 3:16; 12:18, 32; Lk. 4:14, 18; Jn, 1:41; 3:34; 4:25; Acts 4:25-27; 10:38 Hos. 1:8-9). It symbolized the bestowal of spiritual endowment and consecration to divine service.
    In the fullest sense the long-expected King of Israel was to be "the anointed One" -- Messiah, or Christ. To Him the Spirit was given without measure; in Him the theocratic offices (prophet, priest & king) combined, (Jn. 1:32, 35, 41; 3:34). As a king-priest He will sit upon the reestablished throne of His father David -- ruling the earth in righteousness, justice and equity.
    It is not difficult to see how the anointing of the Old Testament pointed to the coming of the Christ.
    1) PROPHECTIC anointing is set forth in various Old Testament passages, (I Sam. 2:10; 10:1, 6; 16:13; Isa. 6:1; comp. Luke 4:14-2l).
    2) PRIESTLY anointing is clearly demonstrated, (Exodus 29:4, 7, 21; Lev. 8:30; comp. Matt. 3:14-16).
    3) The anointing of ROYALTY is



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also illustrated, (I Sam. 9:16; 16 3; Psa. 68:18; comp. Acts 2:26-31).
    Through identification with the Christ -- manifested in a "faith that worketh by 1ove" -- the saints of the New covenant order are also said to be "anointed" of the Lord; this being through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, (2 Cor. l:2l; I Jo. 2:20, 27). This is the present experience of faith -- a cause for JOY, accompanied by the responsibility of Priestly service.
    Let us joyfully offer such sacrifices as are acceptable to God, (Rom. l2:l-2; l5:16; Mk. l2:32-33; Phil. 2:17; 2 Tim. 4:6; I Pet. 2:5; Heb. l3:l5-l6). And may we ever be faithful in the privilege of intercession for others, (Rev. 8:3-4; I Tim. 2:l-4; Rom. 8:26-27).
    These blessing are available to all who will meet God's condition; but let no one try to "steal" them, or offer them "cut-rate". E.G.
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DO YOU REALLY LOVE CHRIST'S BODY?

THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD

    The number "seven" is used in the Scriptures to symbolize "fulness, perfection and completion". Whereas others had received a portion of the Spirit (such as was necessary to the accomplishment of the work given them to do), Jesus received, and was characterized by, "fulness" of the Spirit, (Jn. 3:34).
    When John wrote of the "Seven Spirits of God" (Rev. 4:5), he did not necessarily envision seven distinct persons, or beings; he may have been thinking of the sevenfold manifestation of the spirit's perfect work, (Isa. 1l:2).
    Consider this sevenfold work of the Spirit as it was perfectly manifested in the person of Jesus, the Christ.
    1) The "spirit of the Lord" anointed Him to preach, (Luke 4:l8).
    2) The "spirit of wisdom" that was in Him caused amazement among men, (Luke 2:40; 11:3l).
    3) The "spirit of understanding" that was in Him, at the age of 12, utterly astonished both his parents and the wise men of Israel, (Luke 2:47).
    4) The "spirit of counsel", prophesied by Isaiah, was rejected by the covenant nation -- to its own ruin, (Isa. 9:6; Luke 7:30).
    5) The "spirit of might" was clearly seen in His wondrous works, (Matt. 11:20-23; Luke 3:16; 24:19).
    6) The "spirit of knowledge" rested upon Him; He knew all things -- needing not that any should tell Him what was within the hearts of men, (John 2:24; 21:17).
    7) The "spirit of the fear of



the Lord" was manifested in His reverent submission to the Fathers will, (Luke 22:42 Heb. 5:7).
    In this One glorious Life is seen what the Holy Spirit can do when a life is fully yielded up to His direction.
    To what extent is this sevenfold Spirit being permitted to accomplish His perfect work in YOU?

FAITH AND WORKS

    At a boarding school near London one of the students was commended for reciting her lessons so well. A schoolmate who was inclined to idleness said to her one day: "How is it that you always say your lessons so perfectly?" She replied, "I always PRAY that I may say my lessons well". "Do you?" said the other. "Well, then, I will pray too!"
    Alas! the following morning the second girl could not repeat a single word of her lesson. Confounded, she ran to her friend and reproached her as being deceitful, "I prayed", she said, "but I could not say a SINGLE WORD of my lesson".
    "Perhaps," returned the  other, "you did not trouble yourself to LEARN IT!"
    "Learn it! Learn it!" answered the first; "I did not learn it at all! I didn't even study; but I PRAYED that I might be able to say it!".
    Prayer is always a poor substitute for work. Faith without works is dead. But the doer of the "work" commanded of God shall be "blessed in his deed", (Jas. l:25; 2:20).
IS YOUR'S A FAITH THAT WORKS?

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GREATLY TO BE PRAISED

Great is the Lord our God,
    And let His praise be great;
He makes His churches His abode,
    His most delightful seat.

These temples of His grace,
    How beautiful they stand!
The honors of our native place,
    The bulwarks of our land.

In Zion God is known,
    A refuge in distress;
How bright has His salvation shone,
    Through all her palaces!

Oft have our fathers told,
    Our eyes have often seen,
How well our father secures the fold
    Where His own sheep have been.

In every new distress
    We'll to His house repair,
We'1l think upon His wondrous grace
    And seek deliverance there.
-- Psalm 48

THE MINTSTRY

Ye messengers of Christ!
    His sovereign voice obey;
Arise, and follow where he leads,
    And peace attend your way.

The master, whom you serve,
    Will needful strength bestow;
Depending on His promised aid,
    With sacred courage go.

Mountains shall sink to p1ains,
    And hel1 in vain oppose;
The cause is God's and will prevail
    In spite of all His foes.



NO LONGER LONELY

    Someone asked the keeper of a lighthouse if he didn't get lonesome at his work. His eyes fairly danced as he answered "No, indeed! I never get lonesome since I saved my man!"
    How many had he saved? JUST ONE! But that so inspired him that the many dreary days that followed brought him no loneliness. It was enough to keep him alert -- knowing that he was engaged in a worthwhile task.
    Christian, have you "saved your man"? Have you ever brought a soul to Jesus? Just ONE and it will revolutionize your whole life. It is a worthwhile -- a glorious task!
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COVENANT) are gloriously blessed. In the heavens the Son of God, who once gave His life a ransom for us all, now intercedes as our "advocate with the Father" -- as the ever-living "High Priest over the house of God" ... which, of course; is "the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (Heb. l0:21; I Tim. 3:16). And, ministering on earth, the Holy Spirit comes alongside the people of the New Covenant to give constant direction, comfort, courage, strength, wisdom and reproof -- according to our individual need.
    It was to make salvation available to the whole world that Jesus died. But His high priestly ministry of "intercession" is only for those whose hearts have gladly proclaimed Him "Lord of all". And the special advocate-ministry of the Holy Spirit is limited to those who so yield themselves to God's order as to abide in the sphere of the spirit's "habitation", (Eph. 2:19-22).
    The present experience of those who walk in the sphere of New Covenant blessing is one of "joy unspeakable, and full of glory". But to claim or offer such blessedness to one who is outside (and unwilling to enter fully into the realm and spirit of the New Testament "order") is both presumptuous and dangerous. God will NOT BE MOCKED!
    Oh, that we might appreciate more fully the privilege of being fellow-body-members in the church that our Lord has purchased with His own blood! And that we might be faithful to Him, and to his Word! E.G.