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"The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Which is blessed for evermore,
knoweth that I lie not" (II Cor. 11: 31).
When summing up his distinctive apostleship and commission in the epistle to the
Galatians, he says:
"Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not" (Gal. 1: 20).
These together with the passages from Rom. 9: and I Tim. 2: space out the great
movements in the Apostle's distinctive ministry.
May the joy of knowing that we have a `Daysman betwixt us Who can lay His hand
upon us both', be ever increasing, and may we never cease to testify to the essential and
central feature of the Gospel of Grace that:
"There is one Mediator, between God and men, Himself man, Christ Jesus."
The One Appointed Meeting Place.
pp. 196 - 199
We have seen in the provision of the One Mediator, that God has answered the
deepest need of the human soul, the cry for a "Daysman betwixt us that he might lay his
hand upon us both" (Job 9: 33). It is not enough, however, to be conscious of the need,
or to be grateful for the provision of this Mediator, we should be concerned to know and
to enter into the wondrous results of His Mediation. In this closing study we take up a
question put by one of the Minor Prophets, and in its examination and sequel we hope to
show further fruits of Mediation. (See also the booklet Accepted in the Beloved).
"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" (Amos 3: 3). In both the Old and
New Testament, `walk' indicates manner of life, and the figure has been adopted in our
own tongue, when we speak of someone's "walk" meaning thereby his profession. The
text from Amos opens the question of fellowship and its relation to division, and one of
the passages that come to mind will be that of Eph. 4: "Walk worthy of the calling . . .
keep the Unity of the Spirit".
Amos, however, is not stressing the `walk' of the people of God here, so much as their
`walk together' where `unity' is shown as the word indicates in such a passage as that of
Psa. 133: 1:
"Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."
Amos stresses that such `walk together' as he contemplates is impossible without
agreement, the adverb of negation translated `except' being the word translated `nothing'
in verse four. It is evident that the full meaning of the passage depends largely upon the
word `agreed', and as agreement may arise from a variety of causes, we must consult