We need every scripture for conviction, correction, and instruction; but the scriptures that present "the things concerning himself" must have a special charm for the Christian. It is this that makes Psalm 16 so attractive, for it sets forth the moral perfections of Christ, the perfect man, as he trod the path of life through this world of sin and death.
Here, then, we have portrayed in all its blessedness the inner life of a perfect man: "Faithfulness, Fruitfulness and Fragrance" by F. S. Marsh
Amid the many beauties that shone in our Lord Jesus when here, there were three distinctive features - faithfulness, fruitfulness, and fragrance.
While these were seen perfectly in him, it is the desire of the heart of God that the same features should be reproduced in those who love our Lord Jesus Christ, as left here to await his return.
"Counsels to Young Christians" by Walter Scott
This wise advice will help young believers on their pilgrim way.
First and foremost grip God's word; get anchored on the rock of imperishable scripture. These subjects are also examined - two natures and the holy spirit, amusements, prayer, Bible reading and study, choice of companions, love and marriage, behavior, and conversation.
Publisher's note: This book is part of the Brethren Writers Library series. These books go forth with the purpose of introducing the listener to the writings of men who were gifted of God as teachers "for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ".
©2015 eChristian (P)2015 eChristian
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By J on 31-10-16

Faithfulness and fragrance

It is true that to some, speaking the truth to them is the fragrance of life, and to others, it seems like death (in terms of realising the necessity of dying to self, when they have no intention of doing so). It has to be noted, though, that a foreign agent may pretend to be someone of one's own country, but to later be shown not to be be, but to be only posing as one, while having a foreign agenda. Double agents are more like those who 'promise you freedom, while they themselves are slaves, for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him'. They seem to offer a way out, or secret knowledge, but their motives are the same, a harmful and foreign agenda of their own. So it is generally.

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