Present Truth

Posted February 26, 2017 by SandreS
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Brother Gelesnoff and I agreed that the great need among the saints was an understanding of present truth, as found in Paul’s epistles, especially the prison group, which make known these riches of Christ which had been hidden during previous revelation. This aim will find its highest expression and fulfillment in the series on Colossians, which commences in this issue. In these we will reach the very summit of revelation.

The great truths revealed through Paul were rejected even before his death. All in the province of Asia, to whom Ephesians and Colossians were sent, turned away from him (II Timothy 2:15). We cannot expect it to be otherwise in these last days. Indeed, when very few are granted the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Ephesians 1:17) which is essential to a grasp of the present secret administration, we must expect it to be opposed and rejected once again, for faith is to decrease as the consummation of the eon approaches.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 31 (1940)
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Our Supreme Privilege

Posted October 14, 2016 by SandreS
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It is the supreme privilege and imperative duty of all who love God to become closely acquainted with His revelation, to support and promote every effort which seeks to make it manifest, and especially any undertaking which brings God’s Word direct to the common people …

The most precious treasure we can bring to anyone is that which puts their hearts in close touch with the heart of God … It is impossible to conceive of any better boon than to open the divine storehouse to everyone who has the heart to explore it.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, 1919
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Thorough Investigation Will Expose Error

Posted September 26, 2016 by SandreS
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I have received many letters containing objections, suggestions and questions, which I shall endeavor to answer in due time. I am always glad to receive such letters, when written in the right spirit, as I do not expect that readers will accept everything that appears in the paper unquestioned, nor would I have them do so, but rather “let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.”

Not infrequently great light is brought out by questions or objections; the truth never can be harmed in this way; thorough investigation will expose error, but it will make the truth shine brighter and brighter.

adamsArthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Spirit of the Word
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Daring to Think for Yourself

Posted September 17, 2016 by SandreS
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It is a melancholy and a humiliating fact that the opinions of most people are determined more by what others around them think and say than by what they believe themselves. They are not accustomed to the proper exercise of their own reason, and do not follow the convictions of their own minds.

Yet there are some who dare to think and act for themselves. To an active and an ingenuous mind there is no pursuit more fascinating than the pursuit of knowledge, no pleasure more exquisite than the discovery of truth. All those who would enjoy this pleasure in its highest sense must love Truth for herself alone; they must emancipate themselves from the trammels of prejudice and public opinion, and dare to follow Truth wherever she may lead.

Truth dreads no scrutiny; shields herself behind no breastwork of established custom or of respectable authority, but proudly stands upon her own merits.

James Campbell
The History and Philosophy of Marriage (1860)
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Eternity: Where God Is “All in All”

Posted September 9, 2016 by SandreS
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As students of Scripture begin to learn the truth of the eons (or ages), and about bad translations such as “for ever,” “everlasting” and “eternal,” the natural question often arises, “Where do the Scriptures actually talk about real “eternity”?

The answer is a simple one: Nowhere.

Scriptures cover only the scope of human history (i.e., the ages, or eons). “Eternity” is far too much and too deep to burden the human mind. We know eternity exists because death will finally be destroyed and ultimately all men will be made immortal. The Scriptures do speak, however, of the consummation (i.e., end of the ages), when all will be delivered up to God the Father, that He may be “All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28).

So we do know what eternity will be: God, All in all.

This is sufficient revelation concerning eternity!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Trusting God

Posted August 26, 2016 by SandreS
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Why do we not trust God? For the very same reason, I answer, that we do not trust strangers, because we are not acquainted with Him. The great prerequisite to a perfect trust is a perfect acquaintance – a thorough knowledge of the person to be trusted. Everyone will see this truth at once. And furthermore, we must become acquainted with Him for ourselves; no second-hand knowledge will do, however exact and truthful it may be; no mere introduction, or verbal description of His excellences will satisfy us. We must know Him for ourselves.

AdamsArthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Purposes of God and True Basis of Redemption
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Understanding Scripture

Posted July 28, 2016 by SandreS
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It shall greatly help thee to understand scripture, if thou mark not only what is spoken or written, but of whom, and unto whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstance, considering what goeth before, and what followeth after.

Miles CoverdaleMiles Coverdale (1488-1568)
Coverdale Bible (Prologue to the Reader, 1535)
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