Correspondence

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19. "Μ. Η.," The subject of your letter—though truly interesting—is not one that we can take up in our pages.
20. " J. C," Knaresborough. You ask the meaning of Matt. 16:2828Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. (Matthew 16:28), "Verily I say unto you, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." The persons to whom our Lord referred in this passage, were Peter, James and John who, in the opening of chapter 17, were taken up to the Mount of transfiguration, and there permitted to see a sample of the kingdom and glory of the Son of man.
21. "A Young Christian," Jersey. A safe rule, as to all such places, is to ask yourself, " Should I like my Lord to come and find me in such a place? or can I, before going, kneel down and ask God's blessing on the visit?" If you cannot, in truth and sincerity, answer in the affirmative, then do not go.
22. " H. C. A." Your lines have come duly to hand.
23. " Κ. T.," Ashford. We agree, in the main, with your remarks on Numb. 4 and 6. We cannot exactly see your difficulty as to 1 Samuel 7:22And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. (1 Samuel 7:2). It refers to the time which elapsed between the return of the ark out of the land of the Philistines, and the restoration of the people by the ministry of Samuel, as recorded in the after part of the chapter. We see no difficulty whatever in Genesis 6:66And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (Genesis 6:6). We find the same expression used in reference to the setting up of Saul as king, 1 Samuel 15:1111It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night. (1 Samuel 15:11). The Lord condescends to speak after the manner of man, as one disappointed in the first man. It is no question of changing His mind, but the introduction of the second Man, as to whom there can be no repentance. " God is not a man that he should lie; nor the Son of man that he should repent." " The gifts and calling of God are without repentance."