Grace Enthroned

Chapter 4 from Forgotten Truths by Sir Robert Anderson

church-history-graphicIt is extraordinary that any student of Scripture can miss the clearly marked difference between the gospel of the opening clause of the Epistle to the Romans, and the gospel specified in the characteristically “Pauline” postscript at its close.

“Sojourners from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,” were among the multitudes who heard the Divine amnesty proclaimed at Pentecost. And it was “to Jews only” that in those early days the word of that gospel was preached. (Acts 11:19) In Rome therefore, as elsewhere, Jews and proselytes constituted the nucleus and rallying centre of the Church. And we read the Epistle to the Romans amiss, if we fail to recognize what an important place its teaching accords to those Hebrew Christians. The word which had won them to Christ was that “gospel of God which He had promised afore by His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son who was born of the seed of David.” Language could not more definitely indicate that it was the fulfillment of the hope of every true Israelite. Hence his words to the “Chief of the Jews” in Rome “For the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.” (Acts 28:20) And, as already noticed, his answer to the charge on which he was imprisoned was that his preaching to the Jews was based entirely on the Law and the Prophets. (Acts 26:22)

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The Testimony of Paul

church-history-graphic{From The Lord From Heaven by Sir Robert Anderson, Chapter 8.  This book has been one of my favorites over the years since my parents gave it to me years ago. I have shared it with with others since, and then hunted down new copies to replace those that I gave away. This particular book is available from Amazon, and it looks like there is a new edition available:  Click this link if you are interested. This chapter fits well into the study on Colossians, so this week I will share it with you.  Enjoy!} Continue reading “The Testimony of Paul”

The President of Moody Bible Institute Speaks on the Gospel of the Kingdom

{The following is a transcription from a Moody Presents broadcast from earlier this year.  I happened to catch this broadcast while I was driving home from the grocery store back when it was on the air.  The entire broadcast is available at this link:  Prophecy-It Does Matter, Part 2}

…There is martyrdom, there is death, there is chaos. As lawlessness reigns on the earth and every man is a law unto himself.

Now you might think, “Can anybody survive in a situation like that?”

You have wars, you have famines, you have persecution, you have lawlessness, can anybody survive?

Well many will be killed, but some will survive and that’s what He talks about in verse 13. He says, “But the one who endures to the end, he shall be saved.”

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An Encounter with a Rabbi

{This is from Sir Robert Anderson’s “Forgotten Truths”, chapter 1.  We quote this because a similar argument that the rabbi in this story uses is used by Islamic apologists, as well as skeptics, and atheists. We would be interested to know how Christians today who refuse to acknowledge the distinctiveness of the revelation to the Apostle Paul would answer a similar challenge.}

THE lapse of time has not effaced from my memory the details of a conversation of many years ago with a liberal-minded and cultured Jewish Rabbi. He introduced himself by telling me that he was a student of the New Testament, and that my friend, the then Chief Rabbi, had recommended one of my expository books to his attention. “We regard Jesus as one of the greatest of our Rabbis,” Continue reading “An Encounter with a Rabbi”

A Requirement of the Offered Kingdom

{This is a quote from Lewis Sperry Chafer in his work “The Kingdom in History and Prophecy”.  The full context of this is in chapter IV of this work, “The Kingdom Offered”}

This kingdom message conforms in another respect, also, to the conditions of the Old Testament kingdom.  There must be a great national heart-turning, or repentance to God as an immediate preparation for the kingdom as seen in the Old Testament (Deut. 30:1-3; Isa. 24:7; Hos. 3:4,5; 14:7; Zech. 12:10-13:1; Mal. 3:7).  Repentance, therefore, became an imperative part of the message concerning the imminency of the kingdom.  Continue reading “A Requirement of the Offered Kingdom”

A Silent Heaven

{This is an outstanding quote from “The Silence of God” by Sir Robert Anderson.  It can be found in its entirety in chapter 13 entitled “The Reign of Grace”}

A silent heaven! Yes, but it is not the silence of callous indifference or helpless weakness; it is the silence of a great sabbatic rest, the silence of a peace which is absolute and profound — a silence which is the public pledge and proof that the way is open for the guiltiest of mankind to draw near to God. When faith murmurs, and unbelief revolts, and men challenge the Supreme to break that silence and declare Himself, how little do they realize what the challenge means! It means the withdrawal of the amnesty; it means the end of the reign of grace; it means the closing of the day of mercy and the dawning of the day of wrath. Continue reading “A Silent Heaven”