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ANTICHRIST DIES - CHRIST LIVES

It was C. H. Spurgeon who said, "Read the Second Chapter of Second Thessalonians and then you will arrest the Pope on suspicion of being the Antichrist."

The Westminster Confession of Faith which every Irish Presbyterian minister and elder, every Free Presbyterian minister and elder, every Reformed Presbyterian minister and elder and every Evangelical Presbyterian minister and elder in Ireland swore to believe at ordination, states:

"There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God." Col. 1:18, Eph. 1:22, Matt. 23:8, II Thess. 2:3, Rev. 13:6.

GIOVANNI BATTISTA MONTINI alias Pope Paul VI is dead. The man who claimed to be the only Vicar (substitute) of Jesus Christ on earth, direct successor of Peter, Prince of the Apostles, Bishop of Rome, Pontifex Maximus of the Universal Church, Patriarch of the West, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province and Sovereign of the Vatican City State was conquered by death. The False Antichrist dies but the True Christ lives.

The real significance of Pope Paul's Popedom can only be seen in proper perspective when we consider the work of his three predecessors.

RATTI ALIAS POPE PIUS XI

The two men who had most influence on Ratti's life were Dom Sturzo founder of Italy's first Catholic Party and Mussolini the Fascist dictator, whom he hailed as "the man sent of Providence."

"Between the Catholic and the Protestant Principles there is no middle ground. The acceptance of the one means the abandonment of the other." "The Catholic Universe" 4-8-1978 [2]

Mussolini's influence prevailed and on the orders of Pius in 1926/27 the Catholic Party was banned and Sturzo exiled in London.

Eventually however, the influence of Sturzo prevailed and Pius XI awoke too late to the sinister nature of the Hitler/ Mussolini alliance and its wicked totalitarianism and dictatorship.

He prepared a special announcement and had it printed. Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin who had entered into an agreement with them were alarmed and then Pius died in such circumstances that grave suspicions could not be altogether allayed. Pacelli his Secretary of State who was the dictators' close associate had the printed pronouncement destroyed and so the dictators were able to breathe freely again.

PACELLI ALIAS POPE PIUS XII

Pacelli got himself elected as Pius XII and continued the line up of the Church with Fascism. John P. McKnight in his informative and scholarly classic, "The Papacy" states,

"My own examination of Pacelli's papers has not discovered one pronouncement in his first SIX years as pope that flatly condemns the principles of totalitarianism and dictatorship or that holds as sacred the individual freedoms they trample."


Pius like all other popes learned the art of abandoning a losing ally to side with the winner. So when Fascism came to grief he lined up with the USA, thanks to Cardinal Spellman.

Pius then adopted the anti-communist stance of America and aided Cardinal Mindszenty in his debacle in Hungary.

Two of his top Vatican diplomats opposed his alliance with USA and his fierce anti-communist line. They were Rancalli and Montini. Pius sacked both of them. Rancalli was given a Cardinal's hat and exiled from the Vatican to the ecclesiastical limbo of Venice.

Montini also was sacked and sent to Milan. He did not become a Cardinal.

RONCALLI ALIAS POPE JOHN XXIII 2nd

Never forget the first Pope John XXIII was depoped. Roncalli thanks to the successful lobby work of Montini became pope and the first thing he did after his election was to make Montini a Cardinal and thus started to prepare him as his successor.

Roncalli commenced under the guise of ecumenism Vatican II and all that to lay the foundation of a new alliance with Moscow.

The first intimation of this was the long meeting which he had at the Vatican with Kruschev's son-in-law, the editor of "Izvestia," the official organ of the Soviet Communist Party. This visit was denied for months by official Vatican sources.

MONTINI ALIAS POPE PAUL VI

Montini built faithfully on the foundation laid by Roncalli. If Roncalli was "pink" then Montini was "red." The great obstacle to the smooth running of a continual relationship with Moscow was Cardinal Mindszenty still languishing in the US Embassy in Budapest. Paul got Mindszenty out of Hungary, back to Rome and then to death in virtual exile. So that embarrassment was conveniently got over.

In January, 1967, he welcomed Podganny the President of Russia to the [3] Vatican and in December he rolled out the red carpet for the first Communist Mayor of Rome. In the meantime the Church's support for the Christian Democrats was waning and finally all fincincial support was cut off. Again the policy of abandoning a losing ally to side with the winner was implemented. So closely had the Church and the Italian Communists become that the various Communist Mayors and Communist MPs went openly to church as practising Roman Catholics. This under Paul became accepted political practice. The stage is now set for the perfecting of the Vatican/Moscow Axis. The power struggle at the Vatican is on.

Things Upside Down

Why do Ritualists tell us the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper must be taken fasting - before breakfast? - Because Christ instituted it after supper.

Why do they use wafers instead of bread, and wine and water instead of wine? - Because Christ "took bread and brake it," and likewise after supper He took the cup (containing "the fruit of the vine") and said, "Do this in remembrance of me," Therefore they do something else.

Why do they assert Christ's real bodily presence in the elements? - Because Christ said, "Do this in remembrance of me," and we evidently cannot do anything in remembrance of a person unless he is absent from us. The apostle also, when he said, "As oft as ye do this, ye do show forth the Lord's death till He come," equally implies His "real absence."

Why do they imply, by their masses for the dead, a purgatory to cleanse the remains of sin? - Because we are told "that the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin."

Why do they offer the "unbloody sacrifice" for the remission of sins? - Because "Cain, who was of that wicked one," offered such a sacrifice, and because "without shedding of blood," the apostle tells us, "is no remission."

Why do some Roman Catholic priests shave a bald place on the crown of the head? - Because God expressly prohibited his priests from doing so. "They shall not make any baldness upon their head," Lev. 21:5; "neither shall they shave their heads." Ez. 40:20 - Why do they worship the Virgin Mary, saints and angels? - Because Christ said, "Get thee hence, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." Matt. 4: 1 0. Because the apostle said, "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels." Col. 2: 18. - Why do they seek the mediation of the Virgin Mary, saints and angels? Because Christ said, "No man cometh unto the Father but by Me" John 14:6; and because the apostle said, "there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." I Tim. 2:5. - From "Why and Because; or, the Ritualists' Reasons" by Hely Smith. [4]

The Fascination of the Four Gospels By IAN R. K. PAISLEY

In the Old Testament Scriptures there are four prophecies concerning the BRANCH, and each of these prophecies are a perfect representation of the four Gospels.

A FOURFOLD OF THE BRANCH

The first prophecy you will find in the 23rd chapter of Jeremiah and verse five, "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth."

The great thing about the Bible is this, when you read it you always find something new in it. It not only has an evergreen freshness but it is ever new. I was reading that great Psalm 46, and I discovered that in verse four you have a perfect type of the Gospels, "There is a river (That is Christ) the streams thereof shall make glad the city of God." (There are the four Gospels). The river is Christ. The streams whereof, are the Gospels of Christ. We have already noticed this great truth in the River of Eden parting unto four heads. There is always something new in this Book. It never grows old. It is like the One Who wrote it. Time ploughs no furrows on the brow of Deity. The passing of the centuries don't silver the locks of the most High God. Jehovah is always known in His youthfulness. So says the symbolic language of the Old Testament.

Let us look then at the Branch in this 23rd chapter of Jeremiah and verse five. Underline the word "King," The Branch the King. That is Matthew's Gospel. Matthew's Gospel is the Gospel of the Sovereign. The first question in it is, "Where is He that is Born 'King of the Jews?" So the righteous Branch is the King.

The Book of the prophecy of Zechariah at the chapter three and the verse eight, "Hear now, O Joshua the High priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH." Mark the word "Servant" because that is the Gospel of Mark. Mark is the Gospel of the Servant.

Zechariah chapter six and verse 12, and you will notice the emphasis is on the man, "Behold the man whose name is the BRANCH." That is the Gospel of Luke. Luke unfolds Christ the Man, the Saviour of the world.

The Book of the prophecy of Isaiah, chapter four and verse two, "In that day shall the branch of the Lord (JEHOVAH) be beautiful and glorious." Notice the word "JEHOVAH." That is the Gospel of John, the emphasize is on the Godhead of Jesus, the Son of God.

In the first prophecy He is the King, Matthew's Gospel. In the second prophecy He is the Servant, Mark's Gospel. In the third prophecy He is the Man, Luke's Gospel. In the last prophecy, He is Jehovah, John's Gospel. [5]

It is important when we examine the Bible to see that there is a perfect unity in the Word of God. Although there are many books making up the Bible, the Bible is only one Book for it is written by the same Author, and that Author is God the Holy Spirit.

In Exodus chapter 26 and verse 31 three is yet another example of the four Gospels. The cherubim is again mentioned here, "Thou shalt make a veil of blue," (That is Matthew's Gospel), "of purple," (That is Mark's Gospel), "of scarlet," (That is Luke's Gospel) "and fine twined linen of cunning work" (That is John's Gospel). We will be coming back to that, it is most important Scripture.

You ask, "How do you know that this scripture has reference to Christ?"

The Book of Hebrews chapter 1 and verse 20 gives the answer. That veil is the flesh of the Saviour. "By a new and living way which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh." So the veil is a perfect type of the Incarnate Christ, the blue, the purple and the scarlet, and the fine twined linen of cunning work. Yes and if you want to see the cunning work you have got to go to John's Gospel. There you have the mystery of mysteries, the fine twined linen of cunning work, God manifest in flesh. The Gospels surely are a fascinating study.

THE ONE THING COMMON TO THEM ALL

Now you do not find the Birth of Christ recorded in all of the Gospels. You do not find the Transfiguration of Christ recorded in all of the Gospels. You do not find the Temptation of Christ recorded in all of the Gospels. You do not find all the Miracles of Christ recorded in all of the Gospels. Some miracles are common to three books. Some miracles are only recorded by one book, and some miracles are recorded by all the Gospels. There is one great thing however which is common to them all. They all record it. That is the betrayal, the trial, the death and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. They all record that.

I was amazed when I sat down and started to study this, how that all the Gospels major on His betrayal, on His trial, on His death and on His resurrection. That is the great all important theme. It is Christ crucified. "We preach Christ Crucified." Of course, the end of Christ Crucified is Christ Risen Again. His Death was in order to His Resurrection.

HIS BETRAYAL

Now all the Gospels tell of the betrayal of Christ. Matthew 26, verse 21, "And as they did eat, He said, Verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me." The same is recorded in Mark's Gospel chapter 14, verses 18 and 43. Verse 78. "And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me." Verse 43, "And immediately while He yet spoke, cometh Judas."

Luke's Gospel chapter 22 and verse 21, "But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table." John's Gospel chapter 1 8 and verses two and three, "And Judas also, which betrayed Him, knew the place: for Jesus oftentimes resorted thither with His disciples. Judas then, having received a bond of men and officers from the chief

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My Mother Never Prayed

At the close of one of the great battles of the late war, a young soldier lay dying. A Christian comrade by whose side he had fallen earnestly besought him to make his peace with God. Among the pleas offered to induce him to submit to Christ was this: "Perhaps even now your dear mother is praying for you." With a smile of contempt, the dying man replied: "My mother never prayed." In a few moments he was in eternity. Prayerless mothers, can you with confidence look upon your unsaved children and say: "If you die impenitent and unsaved, God will not require their blood at your hands?" - Selected

Soul Humbling - WILLIAM CIOWPER

I have so much cause for humility, and so much need of it, that I hope I shall never give quarter to anything that appears in the shape of sullenness. Alas! if my best friend, who laid down his life for me, were to remember all the instances in which I have neglected him, and to plead them against me in judgment, where should I hide my guilty head in the day of recompense? The deceitfulness of the natural heart is inconceivable. I know well that I passed with my friends for a person religiously inclined, if not actually religious: and, what is more wonderful, I thought myself a Christian, when I had no faith in Christ, when I saw no beauty in him that I should desire him; in short, when I had neither faith nor love, nor any Christian grace whatever, but a thousand seeds of rebellion instead, evermore springing up in enmity against him. But, blessed be God, even the God who has become my salvation, the hail of affliction and rebuke for sin has swept away my refuge of lies. It pleased the Almighty in great mercy to set all my misdeeds before me. At length, the storm being past, a quiet and peaceful serenity of soul succeeded, such as ever attends the gift of lively faith in the all-sufficient atonement, and the sweet sense of mercy and pardon purchased by the blood of Christ. Thus did he break me and bind me up; thus did he wound me, and his hands made me whole. [7]

Give Truth Time - CANON RYLE

Never give up a great principle in theology on account of difficulties. Wait patiently, and the difficulties may all melt away. Let that be an axiom in your mind. Suffer me to mention an illustration of what I mean. Persons who are conversant with astronomy know that before the discovery of the planet Neptune there was difficulties, which greatly troubled the most scientific astronomers respecting certain aberrations of the planet Uranus. These aberrations puzzled the minds of astronomers; and some of them suggested that they might possibly prove the whole Newtonian system to be untrue. But just at that time a well-known French astronomer, named Leverrier, read before the Academy of Science at Paris a paper, in which he laid down this great axiom - that it did not become a scientific man to give up a principle because of difficulties which apparently could not be explained. He said in effect. "We cannot explain the aberrations of Uranus now; but we may be sure that the Newtonian system will be proved to be right, sooner or later. Something may be discovered one day which will prove that these aberrations may be accounted for, and yet the Newtonian system remain true and unshaken." A few years after, the anxious eyes of astronomers discovered the last great planet, Neptune. This planet was shown to be the true cause of all the aberrations of Uranus; and what the French astronomer had laid down as a principle in science was proved to be wise and true. The application of the anecdote is obvious. Let us beware of giving up any first principle in theology. Let us not give up the great principle of plenary verbal inspiration because of apparent difficulties. The day may come when they will all be solved. In the meantime we may rest assured that the difficulties which beset any other theory of inspiration are tenfold greater than any which beset our own.

Reading Sermons

There is a story told of Dr. Blacklock, the blind Scottish poet and preacher, that he once preached in a kirk in the south of Scotland, to the great delight of all who heard him. There was at the time a great prejudice in Scotland against reading sermons. An elder remarked to an old woman coming out of the church that they had heard a fine sermon. "Yes," said the woman, "but does he read?" "No, no," said the elder, "he canna read; he's blind." "Thank God!" exclaimed the old woman, "I wish they were all blind." [8]

The Fascination of the Four Gospels

 

priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons." There is a deep spiritual significance there. (I cannot now digress and go up that road). Mark these and turn them over in your mind.

How do you betray the Lord? You betray Him with a lantern. You betray Him with a torch, and you betray Him with a weapon. Every man in the Bible who betrayed the Lord used either a lantern or a torch or a weapon. You just study it out for yourself, a most interesting study.

So it is established that all the Gospels tell that Judas betrayed our Lord.

HIS DENIAL

Further all the Gospels tell that He was denied by Peter. Matthew 26 and verse 69, the first reference, "Now Peter sat without in the palace." You have recorded there the denial of Peter. Mark chapter 14 and verse 66, "And as Peter was beneath in the palace." Luke chapter 22 and verse 56, "But a certain maid beheld him." "Peter sat down among them" (v. 55). John's Gospel chapter 18 and verse 16, "Peter stood at the door without." So we have a record in all the Gospels of His betrayal by Judas and His denial by Peter.

PETER'S USE OF THE SWORD

Matthew chapter 26 and verse 51, "And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear."

Mark chapter 14 and verse 47, "And one of them that stood by drew a sword, and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear."

Luke chapter 22 and verse 50: "And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear." Notice you get more information. First of all it is "his ear." Now you find recorded here "and cut off his right ear." (Could Peter have been left handed?). There is always a little more information given as you read the different Gospels.

John chapter 1 8 and verse 10, "Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his right ear." Then we have the name of the man. "The servant's name was Malchus."

You may well ask Why did they give his name. Because when John's Gospel was written you could have gone and seen Malchus or those who knew him and confirm it. You could have gone to Malchus and said to him, "Malchus, was your ear cut off?" If he said, "No, it never happened." That would have discredited the Gospel. Malchus was a witness, he could be brought forward, proving the authenticity of the Bible. The Bible is true. It names the people of which it speaks.

HIS JUDGMENT BY THE SCRIBES, ELDERS AND PRIESTS

The third thing is that He is judged [9] by the priests and the scribes and elders. That is common to all the Gospels.

Matthew chapter 26 and verse 57, "And they that had laid hold on Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.'

Mark chapter 14 and verse 53 and you have the same thing on record, "And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and with him were assembled all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes."


Luke chapter 22 and verse 54, "Then took they Him, and led Him, and brought Him into the high priest's house."

John chapter 18 and verse 13, "And led Him away to Annas first; for he was the father-in-law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year." Verse 24 of the some chapter, "Now Annas had sent Him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest." So there is a common testimony that He was brought before the high priest, the chief priests, and the scribes and the elders.

HIS CONDEMNATION

Then there is a common testimony that it was Pilate who condemned Him to death.

Matthew chapter 27 and verse two, "And when they had bound Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor."

Mark chapter 15 and verse one, "And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate."

I want you to notice that word "carried Him away," and for the last part of [9] the journey to Calvary, Christ was carried. A very interesting study! Here we read in Mark's Gospel chapter 15, He was carried away, and delivered to Pilate.

Luke chapter 23 and verse one, "And the whole multitude of them arose, and led Him unto Pilate."

John chapter 18 and verse 28, "Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment." Verse 29, "Pilate then went out unto them." So it is the common testimony that He was tried and condemned by Pilate.

HIS REJECTION

It is common testimony that Barabbas was chosen instead of Him.

Matthew chapter 27 and verse 21, "The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas."

Mark chapter 15 and verse 11, "But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them."

Luke chapter 23 and verse 18, "And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas."

John chapter 18 and verse 40, "Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber."

It is the common testimony of all the Gospels that Barrabas was chosen instead of the Lord.

HIS CRUCIFIXION

The next testimony is, He was crucified and He was numbered with the transgressors.

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Prescription For Fits

. . . For a Fit of Passion - Walk out in the open air. You may speak your mind to the winds without hurting any one, or proclaiming yourself to be a simpleton. "Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry, for anger resteth in the bosom of fools."

. . . For a Fit of Idleness - Count the tickings of a clock. Do this for one hour and you will be glad to pull off your coat the next and work like a man. "Slothfulness costeth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger."

For a Fit of Extravagance and Folly - Go to the workhouse, or speak with the wretched inmates of a jail, and you will be convinced:

"Who makes his bread of briar and thorn
Must be content to lie forlorn."

"Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?"

For a Fit of Ambition - Go to the churchyard and read the gravestones. They will tell you the end of man at his best estate. "For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away." "Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."

For a Fit of Repining - Look about for the halt and the blind, and visit the bedridden, the afflicted, and the deranged; and they will make you ashamed of complaining of your light afflictions. "Wherefore doth a living man complain?"

For a Fit of Envy - Count how many who keep carriages are afflicted with rheumatism, gout, and dropsy; how many walk abroad on crutches or stay at home wrapped up in flannel; and how many are subject to epilepsy and apoplexy. "A sound heart is the life of the flesh. Envy is the rottenness of the bones."

Speak to Strangers about their Souls - C. H. SPURGEON

When the Christian church is fully alive and earnestly on the outlook for winning souls, persons cannot long come into a place of worship without being personally spoken to by some friend or another. When, however, congregations sink into apathy, individuals may attend from month to month, and even be anxious to be spoken to about their souls, and yet no one will notice them. This is a very sad state of affairs and ought to be remedied at once. Mr. Gough told a story the other day which well illustrates the point, though the incident happened in connection with a young men's Christian association. He said, "In America a young men's association had been newly formed, and the [11] walls of the reading room were covered with pictures and one or two notices, one of the latter beginning 'Please remove your hat.' One singular individual Had been observed walking in and out of the reading room, constantly keeping his head covered, when a member of the committee approached him and asked, 'Have you read that notice on the wall - Please remove your hat?' 'Oh, yes,' said the stranger, 'I have seen it frequently. I have been here now, off and on, for four months, and no one has spoken to me, and I thought that by keeping my hat on someone would at last turn up and tell me to take it off'."

That was a very broad hint to those who had been so negligent of their duty, and we could well wish that strangers coming among us would do something outrageous to break the ice and remind Christian people of their duty. The art of button-holding can only be learned by practice - it might be difficult to begin, but it will soon become very natural indeed, we know some to whom it has become so habitual that they are sometimes indiscreet in their utterances, and seize upon unseasonable times. Better by for would it be to see a hundred exhibitions of rash zeal than to have the whole community sleeping in a decorous and deadly silence. Awake, ye believers, and speak for your Master while yet it is day, for your opportunities are passing away, the souls of men are perishing, and you will be called to account for them.

Sinners are Perishing - C. H. SPURGEON

Meanwhile sinners are perishing, our great cities are sinking deeper and deeper into heathenish ignorance, our churches are scarcely holding their own, superstition and scepticism are subjugating the minds of myriads, and we are making but feeble exertions, and attempting but little by way of aggressive effort. Five hundred or more Christian men spend a week together in industriously doing nothing, and then go home greatly refreshed! The streets and lanes of the city are full of the Master's servants, but no multitudes are compelled to come in to the gospel feast. Hundreds of heralds are in the great square and market place, but the crowds are not gathered to hear the silver trumpets. We cannot get at the work. We should interrupt the sitting of a committee. We should make others jealous. Feeble health restrains some of us from going beyond our allotted task; but how about others who are vigorous and robust? Will no imprudent crusader begin the war? Are there none so indecorous as to win souls by going beyond the programme? Every building in the town ought to have a preacher, and many an open space should be made to ring with the gospel. Our Master is coming; the Judge is at the door; how should we answer Him if He appeared among us at our next meeting? What if He should say, "You are all gathered as my servants to confer concerning my kingdom, and what have you done?" Could we honestly answer, "Lord, we have done what we could?" If so, these remarks may crave forgiveness. If not they claim consideration. [12]

The Fascination of the Four Gospels

Matthew chapter 27 and verse 35, "And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots."

Mark chapter 15 and verse 25, "And it was the third hour, and they crucified Him."

Luke chapter 23 and verse 33, "And when they were come to the place, which was called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left."

John chapter 19 and verse 18, "Where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst."

It is common to all the Gospels that He was crucified, and that He was numbered with the transgressors.

HIS STRIPPING

Then it is common to all the Gospels that He was stripped and His raiment was taken from Him and parted among His murderers.

Matthew chapter 27 and verse 35, "And parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cost lots."

Mark chapter 15 and verse 24, "And they parted His garments, casting lots upon them."

Luke chapter 23, verse 34, "And they parted His raiment, and cast lots."

John chapter 19 and verse 23, "Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments, and made four parts, to every man a part, and also His coat: Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout."

So it is common to all the Gospels that they parted His garments.

HIS DEATH

It is common to all the Gospels that Jesus died on the Cross.

Matthew chapter 27 and verse 50, "Jesus, when He had cried again with a low voice, yielded up the ghost."

Mark chapter 15 and verse 37, "And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost."

Luke chapter 23 and verse 46, "And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit."

John's Gospel chapter 19 and verse 30, "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost."

All the four Gospels tell us that Jesus died.

HIS BURIAL

The four Gospels tell us He was prepared for His grove by loving and kindly hands.

Matthew's Gospel chapter 27 and verse 59, "And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth."

Mark chapter 15 and verse 46, "And he bought fine linen, and took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen, and laid [13] Him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre."

Luke chapter 23 and verse 52, "This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in a stone, wherein never man before was laid." (Notice the Information how it builds up. First of all we are told it is a sepulchre. Next we are informed that it was hewn out of the rock. Finally that never man before laid in it. It was a Virgin Tomb for the Virgin Christ).

John chapter 19 and verses 40 and 42, "Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid." Here is more information. The tomb was in a garden. Notice also the two men who come to take down the body of Christ - Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea.

HIS RESURRECTION

Lastly, all the Gospels, thank God, tell us Jesus is alive, that He is risen from the dead.

Matthew chapter 28 and verse six, "He is not here for He is risen, as He said, Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

Mark chapter 16 and verse six, "Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen: He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him."

Luke's Gospel chapter 24 and verse six, "He is not here, but is rsen, remember how He spoke unto you when He was yet in Galilee."

John chapter 20 and verse two, "Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid Him." Verse nine, "For as yet they knew not the scripture, that He must rise again from the dead."

So we have discovered a wonderful unity in all the Gospels. Nothing is left out when it comes to Christ's death for His dying is all important.

He was betrayed by Judas. He was denied by Peter. Peter cut off the right ear of the high priest's servant. Christ was brought before the scribes, and the elders and the chief priests for His first trial. He was then brought to Pontius Pilate and condemned to be crucified. He was led out and hung upon a Cross. His garments were parted amongst the soldiers. The Bible tells me that He died. He was taken down and wrapped in pure white linen and laid in a new tomb. He was buried. But He has risen again. That sums up the common testimony of all the Gospels.

Now if you take those scriptures and put them all beside one another you will find a testimony which cannot be broken, the fact that Jesus died, the fact that Jesus was buried, the fact that Jesus rose again.

Paul writing in I Corinthians chapter 15, verses three and four says, "I delivered unto you first of all, that which I also received how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose

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Free Presbyterian Missionaries

RON & RAEMA JOHNSTONE (Martyrs Memorial) PAPUA, NEW GUINEA.

"We received a tape of Dr. Paisley's Daily Devotions. We listened to it and it sounded good. We got some apples with our supplies - a real nice treat up here. They were green and tarty - delicious!

"Someone stole three of our eggs recently which a hen was sitting on. Also an axe head which we had disappeared. This is quite common in New Guinea as the white man is the great rich man. The natives have so little and we have so much. Still, we let them know we were cross and wanted the axe head back again.

"David had a bad attack of malaria in the dorm, but he is back to school again."

FREDA & PETER GREEN (Martyrs Memorial) CANADA

"Peter started work in a factory in Woodstock - he was hired as a student until September - and this is a definite answer to prayer, as jobs are hard to come by here, just like other places. We keep busy with letters, visiting, exercise, Pidgin English study, etc., so our days are full.

"Some prayer requests we could share

(1) Diligence in keeping up our studies of Pidgin English; (2) Continued opportunities to present the work; (3) Wisdom re. different purchases we should make for the field.

"Peter has also been teaching Sunday school in the church since we got home and he just loves this. We have been approached by the deacons to consider leading the Young People's work in the Fall, but we are not sure about this yet. We feel our first responsibility right now is to be free to take meetings, and being involved in the Young People's work could hinder this."

STEPHEN SMITH (Portadown) BIBLE COLLEGE OF WALES

"I have been in Cork, working alongside a team of CEF workers amongst the children who are held in the darkness of [15] the Roman Catholic church. Do pray for the salvation of their young hearts and lives.

"Pray that throughout the remainder of the Summer the Lord would give me opportunities of service before returning to College in October."

JOHN & NORANNA HANNA (Ballymoney) SPAIN

"I have been very busy with the work at the new building which the church in Vallecas has hired. This building is larger than their old church building. I have been doing the electrical work, helped by one of the deacons.

"The visitation work continues in Vallecas. We were with the woman with whom we have a type of Bible study each Friday, and her interest seems to be Increasing. So we praise the Lord for this, and hope that soon she will be gloriously saved. The other family are still receiving tapes and so are hearing the gospel." [16]

The Fascination of the Four Gospels

again the third day, according to the scriptures." What scriptures? The Gospels! They all bear testimony to the fact that He died, to the fact that He was buried, and to the fact that He rose again. AMEN AND AMEN!

This is the second of a series and will be continued each month.