Divine Purification

Posted November 18, 2017 by SandreS
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The Greek word theion translated brimstone is exactly the same word theion which means divine.” … The verb derived from theion is theioo, which means to hallow, to make divine, or to dedicate to a god (See Liddell and Scott Greek-English Lexicon, 1897 Edition). To any Greek, or any trained in the Greek language, a “lake of fire and brimstone” would mean a “lake of divine purification.” … Divine purification and divine consecration are the plain meaning in ancient Greek. In the ordinary explanation, this fundamental meaning of the word is entirely left out, and nothing but eternal torment is associated with it.

Charles Hamilton Pridgeon (1863-1932)
Is Hell Eternal, or Will God’s Plan Fail? (1920)
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None Know Enough

Posted June 25, 2017 by SandreS
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None of us know enough to be dogmatic. All that we wisest can say is, “At the present time, such and such appears to be true”; if we be wise, we add, “But fuller knowledge may make a change of opinion necessary.”

Miles Hanson
Post Office Mission #4 (1925)
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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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