THIS JOURNAL AND ITS MISSION
HIS journal is set for the defense of the only true foundationof the Christian’s hope now being so generallyrepudiated,--Redemption through the precious blood of “the man Christ Jesus who gave himself a ran.som [a corre-sponding price, a substitute] for all.” ( 1 Pet. 1: 19; 1 Tim. 2 :6.)Building up on this sure foundation the gold, silver and preciousstones ( 1 Cor. 3: 11-15; 2 Pet. 1:5-11) of the Word of God, its further mission is to--“Make all see what is the fellowshipof the mystery which . . . . has been hid
God, . . .the manifold wisdom of God”-“to the intent that now might be made known by the Churchwhich in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it i-, now revealed.”-Eph. 3 :5-9, 10.It stands free from all parties,sects and creeds of men, while it seeks more and more to bring its every ut-terance into fullest subjection to the will of God in Christ, as expressed in the Holy Scriptures. It is thus free to declareboldly whatsoever the Lord hath spoken;-according to the divine wisdom granted unto us, to understand.Its attitudeis not dogmatical, but confident;for we know whereof we affirm, treading with implicit faith upon the sure promisesof God. It is held as a trust, to be used only in his service:hence our decisions relative to what may and what maynot appear in its columns must be according to our judgment of his good pleasure, the teaching of his Word, for theupbuilding of his people in grace and knowledge.And we not only invite but urge our readers to prove all its utterancesby the infallible Word to which reference is constantly made, to facilitate such testing.
To Us THE SCRIPTURES CLEARLY TEACH
ThatThatThatThatThatThatthe Church is “the Temple of the Living God”-peculiarly “His workmanship;”that its constructio? has been inprogress throughout the Gospel age-ever since Christ became the world’s Redeemer and the chief corner stone ofthis Temple, through which, when finished. God’s blessings shall come “to all people,” and they find access tohim.-1 Cor. 3: 16, 17; Eph. 2:20-22; Gem 28: 14; Gal. 3:29.meantime the chiseling,shapin g and polishing, of consecrated believers in Christ’s atonement for sin, progresses; andwhen the last of these “living stones,” “elect and precious,”shall have been made ready, the great Master Work-man will bring all together in the First Resurrection;and the Temple shall be filled with his glory, and be themeeting place between God and men throughout the Millennium.-Rev. 15:5-S.the Basis of Hope, for the Church and the World, lies in the fact that “Jesus Christ, by the grace of God, tasteddeath for every man,” “a ransom for all,”and will bs “the true light which lighteth every man that cometh intotile world,” “In due time.“-Heb. 2 :9 ; John 1:9 ; 1 Tim. 2 :5, 6.the Hope of the Church is that she may be like her Lord“see him as he is,” be “partaker of the divine nature,”and share his glory as his ioint-heir.-1 John 3:2; John 17:24; Rom. 8:17; 2 Pet. 1:4.the present mission of the Church is the perfecting of the saints for the future work of service; to develop inherself every grace; to be God’s witness’ to the world; and to prepare to be the kings and priests of the nextage.-Eph. 4:12; Matt. 24:14; Rev. l-6; 20:6.the hope for the World lies in the blessings of knowledge and opportunitv to be brought to all by Christ’s Mil-lennial Kingdom-the restitution of all that was lost in Adam, to all the willing and obedient, at the hands oftheir Redeemer and his glorified Church-Acts 3: 19-21; Isa. 35.
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