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Written by S.P. Roberts   

THE PRIMITIVE BAPTIST -- June 1935

I am sitting here around the fireside with my family in my humble mountain home. It may not be like the great fair places of the rich and great, yet it is home, sweet home, a place of refuge. Just a stone's cast from the house is where Jesus, back in my youth, appeared to me in the free pardon of my sins. It is a dear and sacred spot to me. Oh, how my poor heart rejoiced in His love. All along the jour­ney to the present I have had sweet evidences that His love and mercy followed me.

My mind has been greatly ex­ercised this morning on the home which Jesus set up for His regen­erated children, the church. They are one family by spiritual birth, heirs together of the same divine promise. They have a right to the tree of life, because they are born of that spiritual life. They enter in through the gates into the city (the church of the firstborn). Baptism is the gate to its visible organization.

Jesus, our sin-­bearer, became the surety of His people in covenant agreement in eternity. His blood was the blood of that everlasting covenant, ordered of God in all things and sure. According to that holy covenant, Jesus came in a body of flesh, suffered and groaned and died for our sins, according to the Scripture, making us (who were sometimes afar off by reason of sin) nigh by the blood of Jesus. These things were fore­told by the prophets. "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son." It is the work of the Holy Ghost in call­ing and regenerating and bring­ing His little ones into the knowl­edge of what Jesus has done for them, giving them an eye of faith to behold the church in its beauty, as the glory of the whole earth. By the work of the Holy Spirit, they are enabled to walk about Zion, view her palaces, and tell the towers thereof.

The church, just as Jesus set it up, is good enough for me. It is a sweet home to me. I am satisfied with the goodness of His house, its doctrine and practice. I want nothing new in the dear old church, either in doctrine or practice. Neither do I endorse any departure there from. Where eruptions have become manifest in Zion we should labor for peace and unity on the principles and practices of the church. All other ground is sinking sand. Every departure from the doc­trine and practice of the gospel church is a step downward toward the world.

May the Lord, by His grace, enable us to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. The dear Lord set her up in the top of the mountain. She is exalted above the hills. God's dear children, by His grace, press into it. Clothed in the Spirit of the Lord, they dwell together in unity. The great attribute of God, love (for God is love), knits them together. By it every joint is supplied.

Dear children of God, if we love not our brother, whom we have seen, how then do we love God whom we have not seen? Let brotherly love continue.
 
Your poor serv­ant,
S. P. ROBERTS.
Independence VA

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