THE MISSION of our magazine
is a very simple one. It may be best expressed in the words of the apostle; that we
should present every man mature in Christ (Col.1:29). Like Epaphras, we pray and
labor that our readers may stand mature and complete in all the will of God (Col.4:12). If
this petition was necessary for the Colossians, how much more so in these days of
declension and apostasy! Almost all are subconsciously aware of their immaturity, and
express it when they speak of seeing through a glass darkly, and looking
forward to the future as the time when we shall be known as we are known.
These and similar quotations show the need of a ministry which will clear away the mist
from the eyes of God's beloved saints and give them a keen insight into His great purpose
and His plans for accomplishing it through Christ.
Two things are needed to bring about this most
blessed result in the hearts of our readersfacts and faith. For faith to believe Him
our friends must appeal to God Himselfwe cannot supply this. But the facts of
Scripture, on which all truth is based, are our special concern. And we are confident that
they will dissolve all the doubts and dispel all the illusions which have made theology so
The solutions we offer for the problems
which have haunted theology for centuries are so much simpler, more scriptural and
satisfactory than the explanations usually offered, that it seems strange that everyone
does not embrace them.
Take the two greatest of all problems, the origin and
end of all things. How simple to believe the divine record, all is out of Him . . .
and into Him! This is satisfactory. This is delightful. This is Godlike. But
unbelief comes in and says, All is not out of God; some things are of the
devil. And so God's deity is destroyed, His sovereignty suspended, and endless
discussions arise to cloud the creation. So with the end. Theology, confusing God's last
judgments with His final consummation, insists that all is not for God, but only
the merest fragment is to be rescued from His disastrous experiment. Again, a god who has
such poor success is not worthy of the name. If his will or desire is good, his ability is
The difficulty is that theology reasons from unknown
premises to results which deny and defy the plainest possible statements that could be
made. Our method differs in this, that we search the Scriptures accurately, find the true
premises, and reason backward and forward to exactly the same conclusions as God has given
in plain words.
It is the special object of this magazine to publish
facts and truth not to be found elsewhere. Herein lies its value to our readers. We are
not popularizing well-known doctrines, or the teaching of others. We are searching the
Scriptures themselves, in the original, and bringing out new and unknown treasures, whose
value bears no relation to the small pittance charged for subscription. Some have told us
how a single article was worth more to them than its cost for a year. Others are at a loss
to express its value. Many read it again and again, and receive new light each time.
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