Posted June 2, 2022 by SandreS
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I suppose that all who do biblical research wish at times that they could set forth fragmentary and unfinished ideas in printed form without people thinking that a final and definitive conclusion has now been chiseled into imperishable granite which shall stand forever as the final word on the subject dealt with. Any such conclusion will be far from correct.

It was and is the declaration of Solomon that,

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter (Proverbs 25:2).

The knowledge of God’s concealed truths is usually gained by tracing out the intimations to it that are scattered throughout the Bible. These allusions to the truth are regularly ignored by the average Bible reader, but the real lover of God’s truth will carefully note these faint glimmers, meditate upon them, and hide them in his heart, maybe for many years, as he waits for more light on the subject.

Otis Q SellersOtis Q. Sellers (1901-1992)
Seed and Bread, #151 (1982)
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Leading Others to The Living Truth

Posted May 14, 2022 by SandreS
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I believe that no teacher should strive to make men think as he thinks, but to lead them to the Living Truth, to the Master Himself, of Whom alone they can learn anything, Who will make them in themselves know what is true by the very seeing of it. I believe that the inspiration [i.e., realization] of the Almighty alone gives understanding.

George MacDonald (1824–1905)
“Justice”
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(Originally published in three series in 1867, 1885, and 1889 in London by Longmans, Green & Co.)

I am Prepared to Learn

Posted May 10, 2022 by SandreS
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For my own part, I am prepared to learn and earnestly listen to any one or more of my fellow-believers who will undertake to show wherein [my] teaching is fallacious in content, provided only that he will speak from an honest heart, in a spirit of love, and with a desire not to aggravate our present divisions, but to heal them.

Dr. Harold P. Morgan (1883-1953)
The Revolt (Against the Distinctive Ministry of the Apostle Paul)[1]

[1]The Revolt is an “Open Letter” written in 1936 to J. David Adams, president of the Philadelphia School of the Bible, in response to an article, entitled “Dead Flies,” that appeared in the school periodical Serving and Waiting. A facsimile reprint of this book is available at Study Shelf, and is listed on the order form under “Morgan.”

Inviting Confusion and Failure into Our Lives

Posted March 20, 2021 by SandreS
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All of the Bible is God’s Word. All of the Bible is for our admonition, learning and profit. But all of The Bible is not written about us. God has more people in His plans and purposes than the Body of Christ of which saints today are members. In fact, He has a whole separate program for a completely different agency: the nation Israel. To fail to distinguish between these two distinct purposes is to invite confusion and failure into our lives.

C. Richard Jordan
From the “Forward” of My Journey, by Johny Varghese (1998)
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The Walk of Faith

Posted March 18, 2021 by SandreS
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The walk of faith is the walk of an intelligent response to a clear understanding of God’s revelation to us through His Word rightly divided. Nothing short of this qualifies as the walk of faith. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). Therefore, if we are to walk by faith, it must be faith in God’s Word to us.

C. Richard Jordan
The Grace Journal
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The “Old Testament”

Posted November 5, 2020 by SandreS
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The use of the term “Old Testament” as a reference to the books of the Hebrew Scriptures is actually a misnomer. The term “old testament” is a reference to an earlier (Mosaic) covenant that God has made with Israel which was made “old” because it was displaced by a “new covenant” also made with them. “In that He said, ‘A new covenant,’ He has made the first old” (Hebrews 8:13).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Final Authority

Posted November 3, 2020 by SandreS
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Thankfully, none of us are the final authorities, but we know exactly where absolute authority lies, and thus we trust that we will all continue to search the Scriptures persistently, and consistently adjust our understanding and teaching accordingly, regardless of our current “positions.”

For well over 45 years I have steadily taken what I have found useful from students of the past. In doing so I believe that I have honored and helped to preserve their faithful labors.

It is my simple desire that you do the same thing with our materials. If you find something of value, build upon it in your own personal studies. If you find, on any issue, that we have gone too far – or not far enough – make adjustments accordingly.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Compelled by Truth

Posted August 14, 2020 by SandreS
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The truth … is so important that, if it should compel us to revise our own views in some particulars, or even to re-write certain matters, let us together thank God for the light that reveals further truth, and for the grace which enables us to receive, believe and use it.

EWB2E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
The Pauline Epistles (1919)
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Intelligently Adjusted to the Present Will and Purpose of God

Posted April 12, 2020 by SandreS
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It is obvious that, apart from the knowledge of dispensational truth, the believer will not be intelligently adjusted to the present will and purpose of God in the world. Such knowledge alone will save him from assuming the hopeless legality of the dispensation that is past or from undertaking the impossible world-transforming program belonging to the dispensation which is to come.

Lewis Sperry Chafer (1871-1952)
Major Bible Themes, page 97
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With His Word Complete, God Remains Silent

Posted March 12, 2020 by SandreS
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To those who hold dear the verity of the Word of God, the exploration of great Bible themes should be undertaken with a joyous determination to understand what the Bible teaches about the great doctrines. To affirm belief in a certain doctrine without having thoroughly studied that doctrine is folly, not faith, and a bold unbelief is better in such cases. God has been pleased to reveal His will in the Sacred Scriptures; these being complete, He remains silent. …

The Canon of Scripture having been closed there is no need for additional inspired Scriptures with their Apostolic interpreters; and while the possibility of error is proportionate to the seriousness of the theme under consideration, still God has shut us up to His Word alone, despite all claims to the contrary.

Russell H. Schaefer
The Mystery Ministry of Paul
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