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FOR WHICH WE STAND
Perhaps our new readers will wish to know our creed, or,
rather, what distinguishes our belief from others. Our position is briefly summed up in a
single passage of scripture, one of the simplest, yet by far the most comprehensive in the
Word of God. It is this: "All is out of Him and through Him and for
Him . . ." (Rom.11:36). We find the source of everything in
God; the course of everything is according to His intention; and He is the goal
of all. The realization of this sublime truth gives comfort and stability and
satisfaction, but, above all it glorifies God and His Christ.
Concerning the Sacred Scriptures: All scripture is inspired by God, and is beneficial for teaching, for exposure, for correction, for discipline in righteousness . . . (2 Tim.3.16; 1 Thess.2 13). The pattern of sound words must be preserved as given in the Originals (2 Tim.1:13). The word of truth must be correctly cut (2 Tim.2:15), and each part applied to those to whom it was written: our Lords ministry (Rom. 15:8) and the twelve apostles to the Circumcision, and Paul to the nations (Eph.3:8; 1 Tim.2:7). All scripture is for us, but it is not all about us.
Concerning the Deity: . . . there is no other God except One . . . God, the Father, out of Whom all is . . . and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through Whom all is . . . (1 Cor.8:4-6; Gal.3:20). All is out of Him, through and for Him (Rom.11:36). God creates evil (Isa.45:7), but never sins, and gives the experience of evil to humanity to humble them (Ecc.1:13). Even when contrary to His will, evil carries out His intention (Rom.9:19) to publish His name in the earth (Rom.9:17), and to reveal His love to His creatures. Apart from evil and sin God could not unveil His heart. These are justified from His standpoint, for they will bring untold blessing to His creatures, through the sacrifice of Christ.
Concerning the Lord Jesus Christ: He is the Son of the Most High, generated by His holy spirit (Luke 1:32-35), and in Him the entire complement of the Deity is dwelling bodily (Col.2:9). He is the Effulgence of His glory and Emblem of His assumption (Heb.1:3), the Image of the invisible God, Firstborn of every creature (Col.1:15; Rev.3:14), Who, inhering in the form of God, deems it not pillaging to be equal to God, nevertheless empties Himself, taking the form of a slave, coming to be in the likeness of humanity, and, being found in fashion as a man, He humbles Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil.2:6-8). He was apart from sin (Heb.4:15), does no sin (1 Peter 2:22), could not be exposed concerning sin (John 8:46), nevertheless He was made sin that we might become the righteousness of God, in Him (2 Cor.5:21). . . . There is one Mediator of God and mankind, a Man, Christ Jesus, the One giving Himself a correspondent Ransom for all (1 Tim.2:5,6).
Concerning Gods Eonian Purpose: The Scriptures speak of Gods wisdom, in a secret, designated before the eons (1 Cor.2:7), His own purpose and grace before eonian times (2 Tim.1:9), and life promised before eonian times (Titus 1:2). Each eon (aiġn) has its own world (cosmos, system), and they synchronize (Eph.2:2). God is King of the eons (1 Tim.1:17), and made them through Christ (Heb.1:2). Five epochal eons can be found. The first two eons are not mentioned, but their corresponding worlds are. Two eons are impending (Eph.2:7), and we are living in the present wicked eon (Gal.1:4). They have consummations (1 Cor.10:11) and a conclusion (Heb.9:26). God is the Saviour of all mankind at the consummation, but especially of believers during the eons (1 Tim.2:4; 4:10). At the consummation, we find all saved, justified (Rom.5:18), vivified (1 Cor.15:22; 1 Tim, 6:13), and all the estranged reconciled (Col, 1:20). Death will be abolished (2 Tim.1:10; 1 Cor.15:26), sin having been repudiated (cf Heb.9:26), and God will be All in all (1 Cor.15:28).
Concerning the Circumcision and the Nations: God, before Israel was cast away (Rom.11:15), had the Circumcision near while the nations were far off (Eph.2:12). But now, in Christ Jesus, He is conciliated and friendly toward them and the world. God has conciliated the world to Himself, and is not reckoning their offenses to them (2 Cor.5:18,19). The entreaty of the evangel for today is "Be conciliated to God" (2 Cor.5:20), that we might become, practically, what we already are, positionally. Then we become reconciled. We are no longer at enmity with Him, and there is mutual reconciliation. Through the blood of Christs cross, all the estranged on earth and in heaven shall be reconciled, at the consummation. The blood of the cross is for all creation (Col.1:16-20), for creation and reconciliation have the same scope.
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