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Last Updated on : Saturday, October 11, 2014

 

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Seasons of Comfort (Volume 2 )

Robert Roberts

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Preface to Second Volume

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PREFACE TO SECOND VOLUME

This further compilation of exhortations by Brother Roberts is presented to the Brotherhood, in the hope that his words of wisdom will assist brethren and sisters to prepare for the advent of our beloved Lord. Brother Roberts has, for nearly one and a half centuries, been deeply respected by lovers of the Truth for his mature wisdom and thoughtful exposition of the Word.

We live in an age when little attention is given to spiritual matters. Even those of the Household of Faith may be involved in a wide variety of activities, giving only limited time to the study and absorption of the Spirit*Word. This is one of the grave dangers of our times. There is a pressing need for all to recognise the importance of thoughtful meditation and prayerful preparation of heart and mind to challenge present-day trials. This age is marked by instability and exposure to –perilous times,” which may jeopardize the faith of the unwary and to those who are unprepared to face the dangers. The words of Brother Roberts provide a strength and comfort to this end.

The exhortations have been culled from various sources. Some have not been published in volume form previously. Herein will be found the appeal which comes from a true –Father in Israel.” Having experienced many trials during his life, and having served the cause of the Truth with pen and voice through –much tribulation” (Acts 14:22), Brother Roberts is well qualified to encourage all who are prepared to heed his words. Such spiritual fathers from past generations should not be forgotten. Paul despaired that there were –not many fathers” in Corinth, though there was no shortage of –instructors” (I Cor. 4:15). There is a critical difference between mere teaching and the manifestation of a living faith. There is, today, an urgent need to understand and uphold apostolic doctrine and practice with clarity of mind and purpose, as the day of the advent draws closer. As the reader peruses the pages of this volume, enjoying the –deeper things of the Spirit,” we pray that the dedication which moved our pioneer brethren will both encourage and enthuse. Herein will be found words of consolation and hope, assurance and faithfulness.

This volume, then, provides further valuable words of exhortation from the pen of Brother Roberts. It is our hope that it shall complement the faithful and reliable expositions of the Word, which we are blessed to possess, –to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17).

G. E. Mansfield, 1996.


 

Let Christ be our example. He was not afraid to make the Truth a stumbling block if truth required it. He was not afraid in a single discourse to do more harm (that is to alienate more friends) than all the good he had done (that is, than all the disciples he had made) in all his previous labors throughout the cities and villages in Galilee. When his Capernaum audience broke up (consisting largely of professed disciples), the bulk of them left the scene with wiseacre head shakings and regrets that the Son of Man should present the Truth in such an impracticable and offensive form.

Where is now the audience? Vanished from the universe. Where is now the Son of Man? In the presence of eternal glory and power. The facts point the lesson. Follow the Truth in the teeth of unpopularity; and the weak wisdom of dim-eyed friends.

He is essentially a man-pleaser who holds menźs persons in admiration for the sake of advantage; and therefore cannot be the servant of Christ.

Social or political liberty is a small matter in view of what men are called, or invited to, by the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Humble service one of another is the characteristic of all who conform to the mind of Christ. It will be found on closest reflection to be the most reasonable and the most beautiful deportment on the part of a human being. A man appears at his best when he is sincerely and unaffectedly humble the greatness of any gift he may have will only add to the beauty of modesty, and will certainly not detract from the reasonableness of it, for what can a man have that he has not received? Even the power of perseverance and application by which he may attain results is a gift: he did not create it.

 


 
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