LXI. July/August 1978 No. 4
ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know
the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John
WAS a maxim of the Jews, 'that no man was free, but he who exercised
himself in the meditation of the law."' By the simple process of
inventing this maxim the bondage of the great mass of the Jews to the law
was assured. There was no reason to seek freedom from the law as long as
they were convinced that liberty was to be gained by mere meditation on
it. It is true that "whatsoever things were written aforetime
[including the law] were written for our learning, that we through
patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope," but this
fact does not make true their maxim, for the sacred writings bring their
blessings only to those who use them as they were intended to be used. It
is just as false a maxim today to say, "I have the truth, therefore I
am free." Every slave knows some truth. The better translation which
Rotherham gives of our text makes clear why the Jews of Jesus' day, who
thought they were faithful followers of Moses, as well as the majority of
those down to our present day who have thought of themselves as followers
of Jesus, have never attained liberty. His version reads: "If ye
abide in my Word of a truth my disciples ye are; and ye shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free."
from the slavery to which Jesus alluded was promised only to true
disciples; and true discipleship, he said, could be attained only by
abiding, dwelling, in his word. "Continue" is too mild a word to
describe the state of a genuine disciple. He will dwell in
that Word, daily, hourly, moment by moment. This means a devotion to that
Word that makes it, or strives to make it, the guide of every moment-of
every thought, of every act. The result is not just a knowledge
of truth, but, as the Greek clearly shows, a personal, intimate,
practical, living knowledge of truth. Of the four Greek words meaning
"to know" that are used in the New Testament, Jesus here uses
the one giving this deepest meaning. This is not something acquired the
day we hear
a discourse or read a book, but it is attained by the long process
indicated in the Greek and shown by Rotherham's marginal reading,
"Ye shall get
to know the
Lord's explanation that follows our text, that "whosoever
sin is the servant of sin" (John 8:34), is used by the Apostle Paul
as the basis of his discussion in the sixth to the eighth chapters of
Romans, culminating in the glorious prospect of every creature in the
universe having the opportunity of deliverance from every form of bondage
into the glorious liberty of the sons of God (Rom. 8: 21). The One who has
planned this transfer from the kingdom of darkness into his Kingdom of
Light determined that every one in it should first have an adequate
acquaintance with bondage before having freedom offered to him. The
little handful comprising the Church are granted in advance of the rest
what amounts to a complete liberation, but without depriving them of the
advantages of contact with sin and its ravages. The fact that they are
left in the midst of an evil world under the rulership of the most guilty
of all sinners, the hardest of all taskmasters, does not lessen their
freedom of heart; no, not even the fact that the new creature must be
content to find its present expression through a body the members of which
are distorted and contaminated by sin. The new creature's own sinful body
has no more effect on its freedom from sin than have the other sinful
bodies that surround it. The new mind is entirely devoted to.
righteousness, and therefore, while patiently accepting and profiting by
the imperfections of its temporary body, and the imperfections of its
neighbors and brethren, it holds a steady reign on every tendency of
that natural body. The mind of Christ can never be a slave to the human
appetites and propensities but must be the master of them. It can never
hide behind the excuse, "That is just my way." For the
Christian, however, to take over the responsibility of regulating the
lives of others would be a sin comparable to that of neglecting to
regulate his own life in conformity with the mind of Christ, thus failing
to "dwell" in his Word, to "walk in the light."
"Jerusalem which is above is free.... We, brethren, as Isaac was, are
the children of promise, . . . not children of the bondwoman, but of the
free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us
free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Gal. 4:26
-5:1). Paul's reference in this passage is evidently to freedom from the
law. For those Jews, as both Jesus and Paul imply, the thing greater even
than being made free from the law, is the freedom offered in common to Jew
and Gentile, freedom from sin and the curse which it brought - death. This
deliverance is not merely as regards the final stage of death, but the
death that reigns in our mortal bodies, manifesting itself in depraved
affections, unworthy ambitions, selfish purposes, petty aversions,
prejudices, superstitions, willfulness, fault-finding, touchiness,
impatience, foolish anxieties, fears, avarice, envy, strife, and a
multitude of other little demon qualities that haunt the lives of all who
in any degree seek their own will. What a changed universe it will be when
"the creation itself [R.V.] also shall be delivered from the bondage
of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God" (Rom.
8:21). This "Declaration of Independence" will eventually have
the signature of every creature in the universe who is willing to
"dwell" in His Word. Already, by various testings, a little
Gideon's band is being found of those who are devoted not only to the knowing
but also to a doing of His will in such fashion that it pervades every
moment of every day. They alone can now truly say, "The law of the spirit
of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and
death" (Rom. 8:2).
LIBERTY IN CHRIST
spirit of life in Christ Jesus must of necessity be in every respect
counter to the spirit of Satan and of the world that he governs. The one
therefore who is in Christ is a new creature in the most absolute sense,
though it is the will only and not the body that is new. This new creature
is liberated from all blame as to the sinful tendencies of the old body,
for he not only takes no pleasure in its evil ways and desires, but
vigorously opposes them by every effort and strategy he can invent.
Additionally, that his liberation may be complete, he has an imputation of
the merit of Christ's righteousness covering the imperfections of his
body, and balancing all that is charged to his account in God's records.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ
Jesus" (Rom. 8:1), but instead, freedom "from the law of sin and
death." The situation is paradoxical in that to gain liberty one
must become a bond-servant
Jesus Christ. This he cannot be and be a manpleaser. "The fear of
man bringeth a snare," and any one who is in bondage to man or to the
opinion of others cannot serve the Lord with a "single eye." If
he is a slave to himself or to any other creature he must first gain his
freedom to become the bondservant of Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:10; 4:3, 9).
"No man can serve two masters" (Matt. 6:24). The first step of
Christian discipleship, Jesus said, is to "deny self." Thus
having gotten rid of the old master, one is ready to "follow"
the great Burden-bearer.
YIELD YOUR MEMBERS SERVANTS UNTO HOLINESS
would suppose that surely the lower appetites would be instantly brought
under control of the divine will as soon as the truth is understood that
"Ye are not your own, ye are bought with a price" - with our gracious
heavenly Father's chiefest treasure (1 Cor. 6:19, 20). But how few can
claim that "whether we eat or whether we drink, or whatsoever we
do, we do all
glory of God"? (1 Cor. 10:31). Death even to these lower appetites is
a long, a tedious process for most disciples, for it means that the habits
of years must be broken that the dictates of the flesh may be forsaken and
no human functions be used except so far as they operate to fulfill the
original and wise intentions of the Being who implanted them.
more subtle are the deceptions of those appetites we speak of as the
higher ones - desire for knowledge, fellowship, the esteem of others, and
the like. As eating and drinking are essential in our present existence,
so also are these higher propensities. But even though they are less base
than the others, their abuse is none the less to be reprehended. To
acquire knowledge merely that one may argue more effectively, is to
cultivate pride, an inveterate and merciless foe of the new creature. To
seek fellowship merely to gratify the social instinct, is to give
compliance to a starving spirit. Pride is served if the esteem of others
is sought for any purpose other than the glory of God. We are "a
spectacle for men and for angels" not that they might admire us, but
that they might see God in us, as he was manifest in Christ because of his
never varying love for the Father's will. This love for God's will can
mean only that love for righteousness and hatred for evil will always be
active, always in operation.
BONDAGE TO WHIMS
cultivating an aversion to evil one can become so enamored with his self
righteousness as to be entirely unconscious of the fact that instead of
using this aversion as God intended, he is becoming a slave to it. As for
instance, one might, in his aversion to evil, be continually fretting and
fuming about it; thus making himself and everyone else miserable. The
purpose of our experience with evil is that we may learn to set our
hearts on things above. An aversion to evil is inevitable, essential, and
proper, and must in some degree include all imperfections of which we are
conscious. Evil will eventually be banished from the universe, but the one
who endeavors the impossible task of eradicating it before the time by
attempting a complete reformation of his brethren and neighbors, in
accordance with his own imperfect ideals of perfection, is not only
inevitably doomed to disappointment, but what is more important, he is
using time and energy that could have been, should have been used in bringing his own body into
while aversions to evil are essential and proper for the Christian,
there are other aversions that are improper and should not be
encouraged, as they may deprive one of spiritual blessings. Sometimes,
perhaps because one's mind is in a degree carnal, some little personal
trait of a speaker is made to be of greater importance than the beautiful
truths he is declaring; or the listener, not agreeing with the speaker on
every point, is so engrossed with his disagreements that he fails to
discover the many sanctifying truths on which he could have agreed and
received much benefit. Similarly many privileges of service are missed by
those who choose to perform only those for which their flesh has no
aversion. And in a multitude of other ways uncontrolled aversions rob
of its joys; but for the one who has attained emancipation through the
power of the spirit, new beauties unfold every day as he centers his
heart, his affection, his vision on things above and beyond this sin
cursed earth. This is the walk of faith.
MANIFESTATIONS OF BONDAGE TO SELF
ways too numerous to mention, bondage to self is manifested: confirmed
fault-finding -- an effort to conform every one to our imperfect judgment;
easily disturbed feelings -- because things are not gong our way;
impatience -- because our ideal of perfection is
attained by others; excitement -- because others
have not agreed with us, etc. He who possesses true liberty of spirit is
not easily excited by opposition. By the power of grace he has inward
strength, and the nature of strength is to be deliberate. When his views
are opposed, therefore, he is
to reply. While not indifferent, he replies calmly and thoughtfully.
Confidence in God gives confidence in the truth, and we are assured that
God can have no fellowship with that which is opposed to truth. If our
own sentiments or beliefs are not correct, they will pass away in due
time; because "everything which is false necessarily carries in
itself the element of its own destruction." Therefore if the
teachings of those who oppose are false, they bear no stamp of durability.
They must sooner or later fall. Our strong faith in God and in his truth,
of which he is the protector, should destroy all our over eagerness of
nature. We should therefore be calm amid opposition, patient under
From all forms of bondage there may be temporary
liberation by human means, and there will be moments of peace and
happiness resulting; but there is only the one means by which permanent
deliverance may be accomplished. This blessing is for those who "get
to personally know the truth" by the process of "dwelling"
in his "Word." One simple and glorious truth, if made a
transforming power in the life, is sufficient to emancipate one from
nearly all the enslavements of self that have been mentioned. That
truth, "In thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth
be blessed," reveals the "Kingdom of heaven" and its divine
King. "If we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait
for it" (Rom. 8: 25). "God be thanked, that [though] ye were the
servants of sin, ye have obeyed from the heart that
form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin,
ye became the servants of righteousness" (Rom. 6:17, 18).
"Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the
Father, even so we also [who claim to have been made free by the truth]
should walk in newness of life" (Rom. 6:4).
- P. E. Thomson
aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good
conscience and sincere faith." - 1 Timothy 1:5. RSV
USUAL definitions of the word conscience agree that it is "the power
or faculty which distinguishes between right and wrong or between good
and evil." It is also defined as "the moral sense, which urges
one to right conduct, in accordance with his own conception of what is
right." The last clause of the second definition suggests that if a
person is not properly instructed concerning right and wrong, and
follows the dictates of his conscience, he may do the wrong thing, which
may be displeasing to God and injurious to himself and to his neighbor.
striking example of this was Saul of Tarsus, who later became the very
zealous and faithful Apostle Paul. By his birth he was a Jew, a member
of one of the three sects of Judaism, called the Pharisees, His teacher
was a celebrated Rabbi of the same sect. After St. Paul's conversion and
call to be an apostle of Christ, he repeatedly states that he had been a
zealous and bitter persecutor of the true followers of the Lord. And this
he did "in all good conscience before God"Acts 24:1.
conscience was, what might be termed, a Jewish conscience, misguided and
misdirected by the apostate clergy of Jesus' day. The inspired apostles
explain that many wrong and injurious things, including the persecution
and crucifixion of our Lord, were done in ignorance (Acts 3:17). The
Apostle states that many of the religious Jews, including Saul of Tarsus,
possessed a large measure of "zeal of God, but not according to
knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God,
and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's
righteousness." - Romans 10:2, 3.
heathen, whom the Bible designates as Gentiles, have a conscience also,
and some of them put it
to good use. In Romans 2:14, 15, we read: "When Gentiles who have no
law, obey by instinct the commands of the law, they, without having a
law, are a law to themselves; since they exhibit engraved on their
hearts the action of the Law, while their conscience at the same time
bears witness to the Law, and their moral judgments alternately accuse or
perhaps defend them." This same divine Law was originally written
or engraved in the heart of the perfect man Adam.
world in general has been on the broad way, which leads to destruction,
for over six thousand years, and for this reason the conscience of a
worldly person has become dull, distorted, and almost obliterated. In some
of the fallen race, whom we call the "conscienceless" or the
unscrupulous, the "urge to right conduct" or the "voice of
conscience" is very faint, and the will to obey that urge or
"voice" is very weak. Some have listened to the feeble voice of
this moral sense for many years, before compelling themselves to obey its
such disobedience or trifling with the conscience is very dangerous. Our
conscience is a God-given monitor, that will warn and guard us from sin.
The Scriptures inform us that we live in an evil world, where
unrighteousness and sin is prevalent, "easily besetting."
There is great danger of our becoming accustomed to sinful practices when
they are widespread. Let us each be on guard to keep our consciences
very tender in this "evil day."
ILLUSTRATIONS OF CONSCIENCE
stores, banks, loan offices, and other institutions of towns and cities
are protected at night by burglar-alarms, which might fitly illustrate our
consciences. Suppose that the alarm was set off by an intruder, but that
the owner or the custodian did not heed the alarm; the intruder would be
given an opportunity to accomplish his purpose. Similarly, in the
matter of conscience, its violation means peril to us. Every violation of
this God-given moral
sense means an injury and tends to destroy our character.
Moreover, whoever violates conscience repeatedly by refusing to correct
wrongs already done, thereby undermines his conscience.
Russell likened the conscience to a scale, by which we weigh the various
things or problems that confront us. We are invited to use our reasoning
power, our best judgment, or to exercise the "spirit of a sound
mind," to ascertain the difference between right and wrong, between
justice and injustice, between truth and falsehood. This scale may be corroded,
worn, and improperly adjusted, or it may be in very fine condition,
capable of very fine discrimination. Similarly the conscience of a
true Christian should be just and very sensitive.
CONSCIENCES REQUIRE REGULATING
inspired Apostle says: "Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a
conscience void of offence toward God and toward man" (Acts 24:16).
Commenting on this, Brother Russell says:
consciences require regulating, as do all the other features of our fallen
nature. If our consciences are to be regulated we must have some standard
by which to set and regulate them. The conscience is like a watch whose
dial is properly marked with the hours, but whose correctness as a
timekeeper depends upon the proper regulating of its mainspring, so that
it may point out the hours truthfully; so our consciences are ready to
indicate right and wrong to us, but they can only be 'relied upon to tell
us truly what is right and what is wrong after being regulated in
connection with the new mainspring, the new heart, the pure will, brought
into full harmony with the law of love, as presented to us in the Word of
God." - Reprints, p. R2735.
Hebrews 9:13, 14, we read: "For if the blood of bulls and of goats,
and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the
purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God." In this text
reference is made to the Atonement Day sacrifices, which had temporary
purging effect upon the Godfearing Jews; but the precious blood of
Christ is able to "cleanse us from all sin." To us is given this
gracious invitation: "Having an high priest over the house of God,
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our
hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure
water." -Hebrews 10:21, 22.
very helpful comment on the text last quoted is found in Reprints, page
R5425. We quote:
are definite conditions specified in the Word as necessary to continued
progress along this line. As we cannot draw close to the Lord except
through this full assurance, neither can we have the assurance unless our
hearts are kept 'sprinkled from an evil conscience,' or a consciousness
of evil; for, as the Apostle also declares, 'If our own heart condemns us,
God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things' (1 John 3:20). We
may be sure that if our course, as new creatures in Christ, is condemned
by our own conscience it would also be condemned by God.
if the child of God would draw very near, and would have the blessed
realization of the Father's smile of approval continually, he must seek
to have a conscience void of offense toward God and toward men-a conscience
which can truthfully say, I am striving to do that which would be pleasing
to the Lord, that which is in full harmony with my covenant of
sacrifice; and I am striving also to do that which would justly have the
approval of righteous men. Nothing short of this is at all permissible in
those who have consecrated themselves to be members of the royal
priesthood, to sacrifice their lives in the Lord's service that they may
reign with him."
J. R. Muzikant
growing distress of Israel is very prominently displayed in the news of
the day; but how few there are who sense the full import of it. Although
they themselves do not realize it, one of the immediate results of these
persecutions is the making of the Jew one, even at a time when many of
them, having no faith in the promises of God, as recorded by their own
Prophets, are desirous of being absorbed into the nations among whom they
may be residing. The very decrees of dictators are sharply separating Jew
from Gentile; and the recent decree cutting off the Jew from all
institutions of learning in Germany, and their being barred from even the
public enjoyment of arts, calamity though it be, will yet only serve to
turn Israel's attention to a re-examination of their own Law and their
Prophets. This must be so; these troubles and calamities must continue
upon Israel until they are prepared to "look upon Him whom they. have
pierced, and mourn for Him." -Zech. 12:10.
does not yet "look." Israel is blind. Christ as their Messiah
has been hidden from them since their rejection of Him; even as Jesus
said: "Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is
He that cometh in the name of the Lord." - Matt. 23:39.
statement of Jesus at first glance may seem odd, when we remember that it
was but a day or so previous to this that, as He was riding into
Jerusalem, the multitude had shouted,
"Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord;" and had acclaimed Him as their Messiah as they hailed, "Hosanna to
the Son of David:"
wonder they shouted Hosannas to Him as the Son of David "Never man
spake as He spake." He "had compassion on the multitude"
and healed them of their diseases. It was a time when there was a general
expectation, of the appearance of the promised Messiah, who, according
to their Prophets, was to be of David's line. In all that Jesus had done
and taught He had revealed Himself to them as the long promised Messiah.
And what more natural than, when He -came riding into Jerusalem on an
ass, in fulfillment of Zech. 9:9, that they should exultingly shout:
"Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is He that cometh in the name
of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest."
"Son of David" is a distinct title and not a mere expression,
and to the Jewish mind this title had associated with it certain
definite promises of God. The vast extent of these promises they did not
know-could not know. They would have been content to see the Messiah
restore Jerusalem to the prestige and splendor that was hers under David
and Solomon. The minds of the immediate disciples of Jesus, even after the
resurrection, at the time of the ascension, could rise no higher than to
ask, "Wilt Thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
could be no mistaking that the Messiah was to come of David's line; for,
it is recorded that God spoke to David through the Prophet Nathan thus:
"I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy
bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for My
name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his
father, and he shall be My son." (2 Sam. 7:12-14.) And to make it
more emphatic, the Lord gave an oath to David that the promise was sure,
even though many of David's sons should depart from serving Jehovah;
"If his children forsake My law, and walk not in My judgments; if
they break My statutes, and keep not My commandments; then will I visit
their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
Nevertheless My loving kindness will I not utterly take from him, nor
suffer My faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter
the thing that is gone out of My lips. Once have I sworn by My holiness
that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his
throne as the sun before me." - Psalm 89:1-5, 2.8-37.
The Promise to Abraham to be Fulfilled Through David's Son
these two passages of Scripture we find that David has been promised (1) a
house, or posterity; (2) a throne, or royal authority; (3) a kingdom, or
sphere of rule; (4) all this to be enduring, to last forever; (5)
disobedience to be visited by chastisement, but, the covenant is sure.
Word that goeth forth out of My mouth shall not return unto Me void; but
it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing
whereto I sent it." "Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear,
and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with
you, even the sure mercies of
David." - Isa. 55:11, 3.
sons were disobedient, and served not God as David did. After the death of
Solomon, the kingdom was disrupted, ten of the tribes revolting against
Rehoboam and forming the Kingdom of Israel, under the leadership and rule
of an alien to David's line. The Kingdom of Judah, composed of the two
tribes of Judah and Benjamin, even though under the rule of David's line,
who were promised the chastisements and corrections of the Lord,
departed more and more from the living God, until they were completely
overturned, their polity destroyed, their city and temple sacked and leveled
by Nebuchadnezzar, and they themselves carried captive to Babylon.
then is the supremacy of the Jew under the rule of David's Son that
Jehovah has so solemnly pledged? It is being held in abeyance.
Apostles themselves could not grasp this truth at once. It was gradually
unfolded to them under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. At a conference of
the Apostles and Elders, occasioned by the controversy over the rite of
circumcision, James finally grasped the truth concerning God's purposes in
the Kingdom call being extended to the Gentiles, without in any way
nullifying His promises of a Jewish Kingdom under the rule of David's Son,
saying, "Simeon hath declared how God at the first [in the call of
Cornelius] did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His
name. And to this agree the words of the Prophets, as it is written [Amos
9:11 121, After this I will return, and build again the tabernacle of
David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and
I will set it up: that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and
all the Gentiles, upon whom My name is called." - Acts 15:14-17.
though the call to joint-heirship with Christ has been extended to the
Gentile believers, God is still the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; for,
it still is Abraham's seed that God is selecting and developing; Gentiles
are now being inducted into the blessings and promises which were
originally extended to natural Israel. "God bath not cast away His
people which He foreknew." -Rom. 11:2.
is further explained that "blindness in part is happened to Israel,
until the fulness [full number] of the Gentiles be come in. And so all
Israel shall be saved [from blindness and ungodliness]: as it is written,
There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away
ungodliness from Jacob: for this is My covenant unto them, when I shall
take away their sins. For the gifts and calling of God are without
repentance." (Rom. 11:25-29.) "For the children of Israel shall
abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a
sacrifice. . . . Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek
the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and His
goodness in the latter days." - Hosea 3:4, 5.
Prophet Amos connects the return of Christ and the final regathering of
Israel with the Davidic covenant.
will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, ... and will build
it as in the days of old: . . . And I will bring again the captivity of My
people of Israel, .. . and they shall plant vineyards, . . . they shall
also make gardens, . . . And I will plant them upon their land, and they
shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them,
saith the Lord." (Amos 9:8-15.) In Isaiah 11:1, 12-14, this is also
apparent. So too, in Jer. 23:5-8. Note that in these two latter passages
the "Branch" is definitely an individual of David's family, and
is so denoted with a capital letter. In other words the
"Branch," is the Son of David promised in the Davidic covenant.
"Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a
righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute
judgment and justice in the earth. . . . Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall
no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out
of the land of Egypt; but, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led
the seed of the house of Israel out of the north -country, and from all
countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own
land." - Jer. 23:5-8.
THE SON OF DAVID
"the Son of David" is distinctly a Jewish title. We are able to
understand the incident of the Syrophenician woman, if we bear this in
mind; for, when she "cried unto Him saying, Have mercy on me, O
Lord,. Thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a
devil," He "answered her not a word." Why not? He Himself
explains, that as the Son of David, "I am not sent but unto the lost
sheep of the house of Israel." (Matt. 15:21, 24.) David's rule was
over Judah and Israel; and as the Son of David, Christ is King of the
Jews. It was the query of the Magi as they came to worship Him at His
birth, "Where is He that is born King of the Jews?" And to Mary
it was revealed that "the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne
of His father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for
ever." - Luke 1:32-33.
be given the throne of His father David, as we know, will necessitate
re-establishing the Davidic rule over Israel; for that rule has not been
in evidence since Zedekiah, the last king of David's line, was removed by
Nebuchadnezzar. The restoration of the Davidic rule is spoken of in
Zechariah, twelfth chapter. In the tenth verse the Prophet foresees the
opening of the eyes of Israel to their judicial guilt in the rejection of
their Messiah; so he writes: "I will pour upon the house of David,
and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of
supplications; and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and
they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be
in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his
first-born." "And in that day there shall be a fountain opened
to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for
uncleanness." - Zech. 13:1.
can only mean their final acceptance of the sacrifice of Christ on their
behalf for their cleansing from judicial guilt and moral impurities. (Gal.
3:13.) This, of course, cannot occur until their blindness is removed.
This might well be illustrated by the experience of Hagar as recorded in
Gen. 21:19. In great need of water, Hagar could not perceive its nearness
until "God opened her eyes." The water was there, but her eyes
needed to be opened; and in Israel's case the "fountain for sin and
for uncleanness" is within reach of faith, but they, too, need their
blindness removed, "which veil is done away in Christ." - 2 Cor.
they acclaimed Jesus with Hosannas and blessings on that day of His
entrance into Jerusalem. They hailed Him "the Son of David," and
were moved to enthusiasm by the prospect of having the immediate enjoyment
of all those blessings so abundantly set forth in their Scriptures as
being consequent to the appearance and reign of their Messiah; but they
did not understand the necessity of their redemption from the curse of
their Law before those blessings could come. They did not know that Jesus
must give Himself a ransom, and accomplish that redemption by His death
on the cross; and thus open the way for a new covenant arrangement,
whereby God could pour upon them all that He had promised. Their
enthusiasm, as they cried "Hosanna," was more or less emotional;
they were not deeply convicted, else how could they as energetically cry
but a few days later, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him! Let His blood be
upon us, and on our children."
blessings that are to come to Israel are far beyond their imaginations
and hopes. Consider it, "I will put My law in their inward parts, and
write it in their hearts; and they shall teach no more every man his
neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall
all know Me from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the
Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no
more." - Jer. 31:33, 34.
abut a heavenly, spiritual kingdom can perform all the promises included
in the new covenant arrangement? What earthly potentate can take away
stony hearts and give hearts of flesh? Man may rule over the lives of men;
but only a divine, spiritual power can rule in
the lives of men to restore the godlikeness that was in the original
surely will again "see"; but what an experience is pictured for
them in the Prophets before that is accomplished! before they,
"laboring and heavy laden," come to Christ for rest-even the
time of Jacob's trouble." (Jer. 30:1-7.) Their eyes are blinded; they
cannot yet see. Today their plight is becoming more acute. Seemingly a
great calamity is befalling them; but we, who discern, perceive the Lord's
Arm being stretched out in His providences to bring about that great
phenomenon, the national conversion of Israel; to bring them to "look
upon Him whom they have
pierced", to acclaim in earnestness, "Hosanna to the Son of
David, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the
F. A. Essler
The Rebuilding of Zion
- Max I. Reich
is that people, that is in such a case yea, happy is that people, whose
God is the Lord." - Psalm 144:15.
when speaking of the Beatitudes, we think of the nine that are recorded in
Matthew's Gospel, where Jesus discloses the very blessed state of those
who manifest the characteristics of which he speaks. However, the
Bible contains over sixty beatitudes, which are found recorded from Psalms
to the book of Revelation, most of them being fully as worthy of
consideration as are the nine.
word beatitude is said to have originated with Cicero, to express a
condition of happiness wanting in nothing. It has also been defined as
meaning "felicity of the highest kind; consummate bliss; supreme
happiness." We have no English word that fully conveys such a
meaning. The King James translators used the word blessed; others have
used the word happy; but neither word is of itself adequate to express the
depth of meaning found in the Greek word makarios or the Hebrew
word ehsher. And so when the word blessed is used in a beatitudinal
sense, we need to prefix it, in our minds at least, with the word most or
the word supreme to accurately convey its true meaning.
thing very noticeable in the beatitudes is that they convey godly
instruction and precept indirectly, rather than by direct command. In the
time of Moses, the house of servants was given commandments with
penalties attached for disobedience; but to the house of sons, Jesus, although
making no promises for the doing of that which is approved, reveals that
God's awards to all who love him and devote themselves to the doing of his
will are indicated by the supreme blessedness that is to be the lot of
those who possess the virtues here set forth. Those who have minds and
hearts inclined to obedience are found more amenable to the method of
instruction employed in the beatitudes, than are those who do not have
hearing ears, or hearts and minds submissive to authority. In this age,
God is not compelling the blind to see or the deaf to hear; this is a work
reserved for the reign of Christ, for it is those who have hearing ears
that are now called, if they respond to the drawing of the Father.
Church has been under a process of judgment and schooling from its
beginning. Peter said: "For the time is come that judgment must begin
at the house of God" (1 Peter 4:17). These judgments are as varied as
are the individual needs of those who constitute this house, and range all
the way from experiences of encouragement to severe stripes and
spiritual disfellowship. But this judgment concerns only those who have
received a real knowledge of the truth.
answer to the question as to why he spake unto the people in parables,
Jesus said to his disciples: "Unto you it is
know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
. . . For whosoever hath [an ear or condition of heart and mind to receive
the truth], to him shall be given" the opportunity that comes with
the understanding and heeding of the message of the kingdom (Matt.
13:11-12). Whereas the message of the kingdom was to be preached in all
the world for a witness, yet it has been for the purpose of
"gathering out a people for his name," a bride for Christ (Acts
15:14). There has been no intention on God's part to save everyone in this
age; the "whosoever will may come" period is reserved for the
time when "the spirit and the bride say come," and there is no
bride as yet (Rev. 19:7; Rev. 22:17).
Gospel age is the time pictured when Abraham sent his trusted servant to
Mesopotamia to select a bride for Isaac from among his own kinfolk.
Eliezer was not instructed to bring back all the maidens he would contact;
his commission was to bring back one virgin suitable to become the wife of
his son. And it was not an invitation that was open to any or all; she had
to measure up to certain revealing predetermined requirements.
first beatitudinal use of the word blessed is found in Psalm 1 which reads: "Blessed is the
man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the
way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."
word "ungodly" indicates willful disregard of God and his
will. Those who are termed ungodly are sinners by choice, over and above
their inherited weaknesses. They scoff at morality and righteousness and
at those who let conscience and reverence for God direct their path in
life. Whereas the true Christian does not disregard the laws established
by nations, his real concern is that the law of the Lord be first in his
life regardless of what it may cost in self-denial or in scorn and
persecution from the ungodly. As the Psalm states: "His delight is in
the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night,"
that he may be found in full accord with the Father's will concerning
COVENANT BY SACRIFICE
true follower of Christ, having forsaken all hope of earthly inheritance
that he may be schooled for joint-heirship with his Lord, does not expect
the abundant earthly blessings of physical health and prosperity that will
eventually accompany earthly inheritance, as this may not be conducive
to his spiritual growth while undergoing the transforming process of God's
workmanship upon his character. Having the necessities of life, he is
counseled to be content therewith; he finds himself richly blessed while
following in the footsteps of his Lord, and would not exchange this
experience for all that this world has to offer.
blessings experienced by those who conduct their lives in accord with the
beatitudes, like all that comes to us in our Christian walk, are blessings
of faith not evidenced to the physical senses. This is very obvious in the
multiple beatitude of Psalm 32 where David says: "Blessed is he whose
transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto
whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no
guile." The only way we can partake of these blessings is by faith --
by belief that is vitalized by works (Phil. 2:12; James 2:17-22).
is he whose transgression is forgiven." David truly had cause to
think himself blessed, for his sin had been most reprehensible. But here
(as in Psalm 16:8-10 where his words were concerning our Lord rather than
himself), he is uttering a prophecy relating to this age. David was
given direct word from God through the prophet Nathan that his sin was
forgiven, but we are under the necessity of realizing this blessedness
by faith. It requires faith to walk contrary to the course of this
world, and if we succeed in overcoming, the victory will belong to faith.
the Millennial kingdom is established, the process of attaining salvation
will be greatly changed; for then in contrast to the present time, every
possible help will be given to uplift and restore mankind to perfection
of being. Satan will be bound and restrained from deceiving the nations;
all eyes will be opened; all ears unstopped. The knowledge of the Lord
will cover the earth as the waters cover the great deep; no man shall need
say to his neighbor, know the Lord: for all shall know him from the least
unto the greatest of them. He will judge the people with equity and truth;
his mercy shall be over all his works, for when his judgments are abroad
in the earth, then will the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness;
but the soul that will not heed that prophet shall be destroyed from among
highway shall be there, called the Way of Holiness; on it the unclean will
learn righteousness, and even the foolish will not err therein. No lion
shall be there (Satan being bound), nor shall any ravenous beast (cruel
earthly government) be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, and
the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs
and everlasting joy upon
their heads.. No one will be allowed to hurt or destroy in that holy
now, none of this is true; the world is full of injustice, sorrow,
suffering and death. The wicked flourish like the green bay tree; the
Devil as a roaring lion stalketh about, seeking whom he may devour. No
highway of holiness now, but a narrow, difficult way and few there be
that find it. No promise of escape from sorrow, suffering, persecution,
and death, but the assurance that if we seek to follow Christ, we may
expect to endure these things.
salvation we hope for can be obtained only by faith; its revealing is
reserved for "the last time" (1 Peter 1:5). The promises of life
and immortality are assured us if we are faithful unto death. We could
multiply the contrasts between the salvation now obtainable, and that
to be had under the kingdom of Christ.
is the attaining of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus so difficult,
so contrary to natural expectations and methods; why so exclusively a
matter of faith, of belief and reliance upon God through a spiritual guidance
that has to be sought for in the Word of truth and Divine providences
affecting our lives?
is due to the tremendous differences that result from these two salvations.
Those of this age who follow their Lord in his earthly experiences will
share with him the first resurrection -- first not only in time but also
in degree. They also share his change of nature, made possible by their
development in character likeness to God while in these bodies of flesh,
before they are given spirit bodies in the resurrection (Rom. 8:29; Rev.
the Divine Plan it was predestinated that the head of this new creation,
whom God raised from the dead and placed at his own right hand in the
exercise of supreme power and authority, was to be one among many
brethren; who would be seated with him on his throne as he had been seated
with the Father upon his throne. This association with Christ in glory
will not be as flesh and blood beings but as a new creation bearing the
heavenly image of their divine Lord. And so we read: "This corruptible
must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality"
(1 Cor. 15:49-53).
also says: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered
into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that
love him" (1 Cor. 2:9). John adds: "It doth not yet appear what
we shall be [like]: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be
like him; for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2). Peter points
out that "through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory
and virtue: . . . are given exceeding great and precious promises: that by
these ye might be partakers of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:3, 4).
in a very revealing beatitude, likewise adds: "Blessed is the man
that endureth temptation: for when he is tried [proven faithful], he shall
receive the crown of life [divine nature], which the Lord hath
promised to them that love him" (James 1:12). And, finally, Jesus
says: "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first
resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be
priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand
years" (Rev. 20:6).
J. T. Read
the burnt offering began, the song of the Lord began also."
led the children of Israel in what is known as the Song of Moses. What a
jubilee of singing that must have been! (Exod. 15:1-19.) Afterward Miriam,
the sister of Moses, took up the refrain, leading the women of Israel in
that great song of liberty. Thus we see how quickly, in a matter of but a
few hours, song that had lain dead for so many centuries, again sprang
to the lips of God's liberated people. The absence of joy in the heart is
expressed by the absence of song. Song expresses the feeling of the heart,
and there can be no song of joy, no song of the Lord in the hearts of
spiritual Israel if we feel that we are not pleasing to our heavenly
Father, if we feel that we are not living in harmony with his will and
purpose for us for only in the sunshine of his love and favor is there joy
forevermore in the heart and a song upon the lips of his child. If we are
living up to our privileges in Christ Jesus, we will be constantly
rejoicing, and the song of the Lord will well up from our hearts and will
constantly be upon our lips.
is remarkable how quickly song can be restored to the lips of a people
from which singing has long since vanished, even as a harp long silent can
quickly burst into entrancing melody. Thus can song quickly return to
the lips of an emancipated life or people. It is recorded that King Ahaz
had fostered idolatry in its most vicious form. He caused to be removed
from the temple its sacred vessels and altars, prostituting them to
profane purposes, even to the giving of some of the temple furnishings
to the heathen king of Assyria. (2 Kings 16:10.) Then Ahaz drove the
priests and singers out of the temple, closing its doors. He then
worshiped and offered sacrifices to idols. Finally he died and was
buried in unhallowed and unconsecrated ground.
CLEANSING THE TEMPLE
his epistles to the Corinthians Paul in several places states that God's
people are "the temple of the living God . . . I will dwell in
them." "Know ye not that your body is the temple of the holy
spirit" (2 Cor. 6:16; 1 Cor. 6:19.) As we look back over the years,
we can see how constant have been the efforts of the great Adversary to
remove from these temples -- the minds and hearts of God's people -- the
vessels of truth, the vessels of Christian tolerance, the vessels of
Christian liberty, the vessels of loyalty to Jesus alone, the Head of
the Church. The song of the Lord has died out among many of the Lord's
people by reason of their tendency to look to earthly leaders, to sing the
song and praises of these leaders. Thus the dust and dirt and cobwebs of
human interpretations of Scripture have accumulated, and in place of the
harmony and beauty of the song of the Lord, the song in such instances
resembles more the shoutings of confusion, of turmoil and of battle than
the melody and harmony of the song of the Lord.
contempt in which King Ahaz held the song of the Lord is shown not alone
in driving the priests out of the temple but in his driving the singers
out of the temple also. All this and his closing the doors of the house of
God robbed Israel of her song. And if the song of the Lord shall ever go
out of the life of spiritual Israel, it will be because of our closing the
door of the temple of our hearts to God's holy spirit, a gradual closing
of the door by a growing neglect of the study of God's Word. Earnest
prayer to the Lord might become too much of a task. The worship of the
Lord might lose its attraction. Then would the door to the temple of our
heart be closed, and the song of the Lord would cease. How then could one
get the song back that he knew when first he loved the Lord? Our text
provides the answer: "And when the burnt offering began, the song of
the Lord began also." What a beautiful picture is the burnt
offering of our consecration and of the acceptance by our heavenly
Father of that consecration.
THE ASCENDING OFFERING
the Hebrew, reference is made to the burnt offering as
ascends," or the "ascending offering." Thus is it with
our consecration. It is not a consecration to this condition or to that
condition, to this prize or to that prize, but it is to our heavenly
Father, to the One on high, an ascending consecration to God alone. Also
it is a full, entire, and complete consecration, nothing held back; not
a part or partial burnt offering, but a whole burnt offering. In the
trespass offering, meat offering, and other offerings, either the
whole or a part of the offering became the portion of the officiating
priest, and in some cases a portion was returned to the giver. But not so
in the case of the whole burnt offering, picturing our consecration, which
is full and complete, with
two important features in connection with the burnt offering are that it
was flayed (skinned and stripped), and that it was entirely consumed. Not
until that flaying was finished was the burnt offering laid upon the
altar. For our consecration to be acceptable in the sight of God, we must
be stripped of all fleshly coverings. In Hebrews 4:13 we read
"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but
all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we
have to do."
work of preparing the burnt offerings was a part of the duties of the
priests. But in this case there were not sufficient priests to do this
work. Many had failed to make themselves ready. What a sad state of
affairs is here presented. Thus others had to step into the breach. Thus
the priests were too few, so that they could not flay all the burnt
offerings: wherefore their brethren the Levites did help them, till the
work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified themselves: for
the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify themselves than the
priests." - 2 Chron. 29:34.
this not a lesson for us today? Are we maintaining our consecration?
Have we completely given up self and self-will? Do our daily lives show
forth the fact that we have been with Jesus? Are we continuing to cast off
and to renounce all coverings of human creeds, of sectarianism, of
self-righteousness? Have we been flayed, skinned and divested of all
these, and in their place have we been invested with a covering robe of
Christ's righteousness? Do we stand in that robe spotless and acceptable
in the sight of our heavenly Father?
self and self-will never again enter our lives, for with its entrance the
song of the Lord and the joy of the Lord will take their departure, and
some day we will awaken to find ourselves saying in the words of Cowper:
read in 2 Chronicles 29:19 that they restored the holy vessels that had
been taken away in the reign of King Ahaz. The question comes to those in
spiritual Israel who may have lost the song of the Lord: Are there things
that must be restored to my life as a new creature? Is it the study of
God's Word? Have I neglected this? We are walking through a valley which
is overcast with the shadow of death. If we would avoid the pitfalls
along this shadowed way, then we must be in constant study of the Word of
the Lord, we must feed from that table that God hath "prepared for us
in the presence of our enemies." As the natural man cannot be joyful
if he is starving for food, neither can a song be upon the lips of the
spiritual man if he is cut off from access to spiritual food. Is it
prayer that must be restored? Have we neglected this most important and
most powerful function granted to the child of God? If so, then it is
most essential that this shall be restored if the song of the Lord is to
be restored to one's heart and life. Is it love and fellowship that must
be restored? Have we become arrogant, heady, intolerant in our attitude
toward others of the household of faith? Has sectarianism again taken control
of our minds and hearts? Have we become like the Apostle John was in his
early experience, when he endeavored to prevent others from serving the
Lord because they, as he said, "Follow not with us." We remember
how Jesus rebuked him. If we are under the control of such a spirit, the
Lord cannot take pleasure in us, nor can his song be upon our lips or
within our hearts. "When the burnt offering began, the song of the
Lord began also."
PICTURE OF CONSECRATION
burnt offering was the final beautiful picture of our consecration, and
of God's acceptance of that consecration, and of our induction into that
coming great work. Upon our realization of the glorious fact that our
consecration had been approved and accepted by our Heavenly Father,
what a joy was ours, and then from our heart and from our lips burst forth
the song of the Lord.
unity of the spirit is absent, there can be no genuine song of the Lord.
Paul has enumerated the cords of unity drawing God's people together:
diligence to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. There is
one body, and one spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your
calling; one Lord., one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who
is over all, and through all, and in all." - Eph. 4:3-6.
said that he "beheld Satan like lightning fall from heaven."
Heaven lost one Lucifer, that "star of the morning," but there
are to be exalted from among men 144,000 to be stars in the heavens from
which he fell. They will also be stars of the morning, for their
exaltation is in the morning of the Millennial Age, and of them it hath
that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that
turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever." - Dan.
the place of that celestial voice that has been missing from the heavenly
choir for lo, these many millenniums, there will be 144,000 to blend
their voices together in song-yes, a song that shall cause the heavenly
host to again shout for joy. Has this earth anything of sufficient value
to lure us away from being present when that great crescendo of song shall
burst upon this universe? All that this great jubilee of celestial singing
is waiting for is the completion of the antitypical burnt offering,
the completion in death of the consecration of the last member of the
glorious Church of the Gospel Age. And so shall we not endeavor to live a
little more closely to our heavenly Father, a little more earnestly study
his Word, to be a little
more constant in prayer, a little more fervent in our love and consideration
of the brethren, to a little more faithfully walk in the footsteps of
our blessed Master, a little more patiently run the race that is set
before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith? And
may we be found singing the "song of the Lord" until our consecrated
course is finished, and we hear that "Well done, thou good and
faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
H. V. Warren.
night is far spent, the day is at hand."
- Romans 13:12.
solemn significance of St. Paul's words remains with your Board of
Directors who now submit this brief report of the past twelve months,
the conclusion of sixty years of the Institute's ministry. Each of the
seven has already expressed to the Lord deep gratitude for the blessing of
Christian unity during their stewardship.
are watching with fascination the progress of current events toward that
consummation of our glorious hope-the establishment of God's worldwide
Kingdom. How humanity longs for peace, little knowing that the Prince of
Peace is at the doors! With world attention centered on the Near East, we
view with compassion the travail of Israel and of the Arab peoples.
is reminded of the secret meeting thirty years ago between Golda Meir and
King Abdullah of Transjordan in a desperate effort to avert the
forthcoming clash of forces. Golda reminded the king that Jews were his
only real friends. "I know that," he replied. "I have no
illusions. I believe with all my heart that Divine Providence has brought
you back here, restoring you, a Semitic people who were exiled in Europe
and have shared in its progress, to the Semitic East which needs your
knowledge and initiative." "But," he said, "conditions
are difficult." Be patient, he urged. History records his
assassination for this so-called "treachery."
God that in the near future, we believe, all these children of Abraham,
under his personal tutelege, will be united in eternal peace.
THE INSTITUTE'S POLICY
remains today what it was from its inception -- brethren united in the
Christian bond for mutual comfort and assistance, "Endeavouring to
keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace" (Eph. 4:3). It
continues to emphasize the principles of liberty, fellowship, and unity of
all consecrated believers in Christ. It rejoices to be the servant in
every privilege granted it, whether great or small. It never has and never
will exercise jurisdiction over any Ecclesia.
bimonthly magazine, The Herald of Christ's Kingdom, continues to be the prime element of the Institute's
ministry. Its contents accentuate "wholesome words, the words of
our Lord Jesus Christ, and the doctrine which is according to
godliness" (1 Tim. 6:3). There, therefore, is a preponderance of
articles dealing with the devotional, practical, and spiritual phase of
our faith, though doctrinal truths are neither ignored or considered
remind all of their privilege of submitting names and addresses of any
they believe would profit from a free six-month trial subscription.
should be of interest that the Herald has readers in 71 countries.
THE PILGRIM MINISTRY
the Lord's providence, this ministry so extensively blessed in past years,
continues limited due to circumstances known to all. However, all the
members of the Director and Editorial Boards are authorized to serve as
the Institute's representatives at conventions, special meetings, and
for funerals as requested, and have done so this past year. We are happy
to report that Brother Webster undertook a five-week pilgrim trip among
our British brethren.
continue to stress the importance in our day for not only our traveling
brethren, but for all who may be able, to visit our dear shutins of whom
there are now so many.
HELPS TO BIBLE STUDY
assist this study we offer a number of helps, foremost of which is the
Divine Plan of the Ages. Also free booklets on a variety of Bible
subjects are available for personal witness by judicious distribution to
interested individuals. These booklets are adaptable as textbooks for
class study. We stock a limited variety of Bible translations,
concordances, etc., for the convenience of Herald
many letters received provide opportunities for brief fellowship, always
treasured. Replies cannot always be extensive but are done to the best of
our ability, with a
understanding hearts in the recipients. We are deeply grateful for encouraging
messages which diffuse the fragrance of the Lord in our midst.
much for the Fiscal Year just ended. As to the future of the Institute,
your Directors continue in the belief the Lord would have us engage in the
same ministries as in the past, expanding or contracting them, in
dependence on the resources, personal and financial, that He will be
pleased to send us.
again we earnestly solicit all to join their prayers with ours, that the
Lord's leadings may be clearly discerned and faithfully followed, as we
all "follow on to know the Lord."
brethren in the Master's service.
Board of Directors,
fifty-eighth Annual Meeting of the members of the Pastoral Bible
Institute, Inc., was held on Saturday, June 3, at 11:00 a.m. at 218
Shoemaker Lane, Agawam, Mass.
the customary devotions, Brother J. B. Webster was elected chairman of the
meeting, and Brother W. J. Siekman, secretary.
followed the reading and approval of the minutes of the previous meeting,
held June 4, 1977.
annual report of the Directors, for the fiscal year ended April 30,
1978, was then presented. This, including the Treasurer's Financial
Statements, is published on pages 62 and 63.
names of recently deceased members were read next-also names of those
brethren who had become members of the Institute during the previous year;
after which the meeting proceeded with the election of a new Board. Sister
A. Lange and Brother L. Hindle were appointed to act as tellers. While
they were counting the votes, the rest of the friends enjoyed a season
of fellowship in praise and testimony. At the conclusion of the count,
the names of the following brethren were announced as elected: F. A.
Essler, A. Gonczewski, L. Petran, J. T. Read, P. L. Read, W. J. Siekman,
and J. B. Webster.
devotional service concluded the meeting.
the Annual Meeting, the new Board met. Among other actions taken, they
elected officers as follows: J. B. Webster, Chairman; A. Gonczewski,
Vice-Chairman; P. L. Read, Secretary-Treasurer; W. J. Siekman,
Assistant Secretary; L. Petran, Assistant Treasurer; J. L. Buss, P. L.
Read, W. J. Siekman, T. M. Thomassen, E. R. Villman, Editorial Committee.
YEAR ENDED APRIL 30, 1978
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Net Worth (as per
analysis below) $54,081.58
(2) Statement of Income and Expense and Analysis of Net Worth
Year Ended April 30, 1978
Total Operating Expense
for Fiscal Year
May 1, 1977
April 30, 19789