Look forwards! Look upwards! Stand apart from a present evil world. Remember that in the last days perilous times shall come (2Ti 3:1). It remains for us that we let our light shine and keep our garments undefiled (Job 3:4; Rev 3:4).

Labor on, O man of faith! labor on; the toil and the battle will soon be done, and thou shalt rest from thy labors, and thy works shall follow thee.

Beware of the leaven of the last days—the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees—the leaven of mingled infidelity and superstition—the leaven of atheism and pantheism (Mat 16:6).

“Liberality” is the watchword; but is it the liberality of the Bible or of God? Is it the liberality of Him who says in refer- ence to false teaching, “WHICH THING I HATE?” (Rev 2:15).

Beware of letting go the truth of God, of either denying, or disgracing, or depreciating it. “Hold that fast which thou hast” (Rev 3:11). The Master is absent, and responsibility in the Master’s absence is double responsibility.

He trusts to us to maintain His truth and to honor His name, until He return. Let His Churches be faithful to their trust, honoring Him as Prophet, Priest, and King. He may be returning soon.

If, on His return, He finds us unfaithful to Himself and to His truth, what shall be our recompense? Behold, He cometh! Like a trumpet- voice, let that cry go through the Churches; let it echo through earth.

His long absence will soon be ended. Let us be ready: let us watch and be sober (1Th 5:6).

Horatius Bonar

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