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Personal Evangelism.. . the Corner Stone of the B ib le In st itu te of Los An ge le s j T T n d o u b t e d l y , the most important course in the whole m, | curriculum o f the Bible Institute o f Los Angeles is that which is devoted to the study and practice o f Personal Evangelism, for it brings into play all the truths acquired in other courses. This weekly class is taught by President Louis T . Talbot. The peculiar and indefinable quality known as “ a love for souls,” which operates irrespective o f the sins and shortcomings o f the individual, is not prominent in every student at the time of his enrollment at the Institute; but there is rarely one who has studied Personal Evangelism conscientiously for more than a few weeks who does not find himself possessed of this holy affection and desirous o f its fullest expression. In addition to the classroom instruction, every student is required to accept an assignment in practical Christian work. This may be in a local Sunday-school, mission, jail, hospital, shop or railroad camp, or it may be on a gospel team. This was the kind o f practical training that E. W . Stuch- bery received while a student at the Institute. And this, coupled with his joy in the quest, his persistence in effort, and his personal acquaintance with Tod Sloan, enabled him, by the grace o f God, to win his way into the confidence o f the dying sportsman, to succeed where others had been rebuffed, and finally to lead his penitent to the foot o f the cross. The story is told on pages 60 and 61 of this issue. Do you not feel, as you read o f this brand snatched from the burning, that any school whose graduates are used o f God in the accomplishment o f such results is a school worthy o f your prayers and of your support ? Because you do, you will be glad to know that you yourself may help to train other young people at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, as Mr. Stuchbery was trained, enabling them to do for waiting thousands what God permitted Mr. Stuch­ bery to do for Tod Sloan. This ministry will count for eternity. Believing that you and others would desire a part in this ministry, the Bible Institute o f Los Angeles, at the opening o f its fall semester in 1933, accepted approxi­ mately 200 more young people than it had funds in hand to educate, for the directors o f the Institute realized that the world stands sorely in need o f the message o f salva­ tion which these 200, and other hundreds, may give. This was a step o f faith. The Institute is still looking to the

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Volume XXV

February, 1934

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^Around the King’s Table— Louis T. Talbot..........................................42 God’s Way to Victorious Living—Robert C. McQuilkin................ 43 “ Hide Thyself . . . . Show Thyself”— H. C. Thiessen.........................45 What Must W e Believe About Christ ?4j$Stanley H. Bailes................ 48 'Z The Great Red Dragon and the Woman’s Child— in 1934! y t —L ouis S. Bauman........................................................................50 Girls’ Query Corner—Myrtle E. Scott.................................................. 53 Bible Institute Family Circle.................... .................................................54 Our Literature Table............ :....................................... .............................55 Helps for Preachers and Teachers— Paul Prichard........................'.....56 Junior King’s Business— Martha S. Hooker............. ,........................... 57 International Lesson Commentary................................................... ;......59 The Conversion o f Tod Sloan-lfE. W . Stuchbery............................. 60 Notes on Christian Endeavor—Mary G. Goodner............................... 69 Daily Devotional Readings............................................................... -.......74



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pose as Christian leaders substitute religious veneer for a genuine gospel. He sees the Word o f God ridiculed, muti­ lated, denied— in the church as well as in the world. The whole terrible travesty sickens him. It is because this loneliness is the experience not merely o f one, but o f hundreds o f loyal preachers o f the Woi;d, that an urgent call is going forth for the uniting of all evangelical Christians— those who accept the whole Word o f God and proclaim it— for the purpose o f mutual encour­ agement and fellowship in the gospel. Ifhe need for such unity is voiced by W . E. Pietsch, an evangelist whom God has used in campaigns in this country and abroad. Mr. Pietsch writes as follow s: I feel that it is o f vital importance that we get all the fundamental forces together, cooperating in a more united, militant testimony. . . . The Lord willing, I expect to be leaving [about June 1] for an extended trip to New Zealand and Australia. The Macedonian call has come to us to stand by our fundamental brethren in Australia. It was my privilege to organize the Australasian Christian Fundamentals Association, and we have some 500 mem­ bers who have taken a militant stand for fundamentalism. . , W e would appreciate the prayers of our brethrefl7/-yV/3/J»,i)l Believers everywhere, especially those who “ feed the flock,” will praise God for these five hundred, and for other hundreds elsewhere who are steadfastly “ speaking the truth in love.”— L. T . T. The Gospel I t is possible to preach a theology without God, a Bible without inspiration, a cross without atonement, a Jesus without deity, a Christ without Messiahship; but this is not the gospel. The gospel centers in Jesus Christ our Lord, who is very God o f very God, as well as very Man—the only Saviour from the guilt, power, and presence o f sin— the Lord of lords and the King o f kings. — R o y T a l m a g e B r u m b a u g h . One’s Duty to This Generation T h e church has a twofold battle. There are enemies with­ in as well as foes without. Professors, preachers, and teachers who strike at the integrity and authority o f the Bible are enemies to the Christian faith. Whether these detractors be definitely arrayed against Jesus Christ and His church or whether they use the vocabulary o f faith, and at the same time quietly deny the absolute authority o f the Word o f God, they are foes. The worst thing any man can do is to undermine a young man’s faith in his Bible. Thank God, the Bible will live on when the corruptors o f that sacred volume are dead. But the harm done to their generation can never be undone. Some Christians attempt to justify their indifference to the present situation by re­ minding us that God and His Book will triumph ultimately. But such an attitude reveals a callousness toward lost souls in this generation o f unbelief. |In my work as an evangelist, I have met many moral and spiritual wrecks—men and women with lives ruined as the direct result o f modernistic preaching and teaching. A loosening o f the morals o f the nation is the inevitable result o f unbelief. It is supremely important that evangelical Christians recognize the serious­ ness o f the attack and the imminence o f the moral disaster in lives o f this generation!!— J a m e s W o r b o y s . / W f **

Why We Preach a Gospel that Is 2 ,000 Years Old R e c e n t l y , I attended two very interesting conventions in Los Angeles— one a gathering o f medical men, and the other a company o f high school teachers and college professors. Both of these bodies were discussing this “ new day” and the new message and methods for this enlightened period. As I sat there, I thought :]Lf school teachers and medical men, as well as bankers, manufacturers, and others in public activity, find themselves living in a new world and must discard the methods of yesterday, should not the professing church recognize this fact also and bring forth a new message for the day in which we liv e jjl - * * Paul lived in a different day from ours and met with people o f a very different economic and cultural back­ ground. The messages o f John Knox and Jonathan Ed­ wards were very severe; should they not be set aside as having served their purpose and having become out o f date ? This attitude o f rejection o f the old is taken by many within the professing church. Recent theological works bear wit­ ness to this fact. The New Theology, The Shorter Bible, The Need o f a N ew Bible and a Creedless Church, and other volumes are illustrations. Our answer to those who advance this position is that the spiritual realm is entirely different from the material. There is a line o f demarcation between the spiritual and the material— a boundary beyond which flesh and blood dares not pass. A preacher deals with truth that never changes. The ills that called for the preaching of the gospel 2,000 years ago are in the world today, and the gospel is the only remedy for them. In some realms, con­ ditions may change and call for new methods, but the needs that the gospel meets, and the evils it corrects in individual lives, are still here. The difficulties that Paul saw and met 2,000 years ago are the same that confront me every­ where I go—broken hearts, broken homes, lives alienated from God by sin. fThere is no message that can correct these conditions except the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the all-sufficient message for every age. Throughout the centuries, the good news o f God’s redemption has been proved to be the only cure for the world’s illsjHn view o f .. the facts that God’s righteous requirements are unalrerea and the human heart is unchanged, the church dares not bring forth any new message to supplant God’s eternal truth. In this day when sin is coming in like a flood, in­ stead o f modifying our message, we need to preach, with deeper earnestness than ever before, the gospel which is the power o f God unto salvation.— L. T. T. was a time when the children o f Israel forsook the covenant o f the Lord, threw down His altars, and slew His prophets with the sword. No wonder the prophet Elijah, surrounded by such apostasy, was prone to think that he only remained as Jehovah’s true witness! From the depths o f a cave his sad complaint issued: “ I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.” Many a preacher today feels as Elijah must have felt. He sees on every hand a departure from “ the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints,” while those who Not Left Alone T h e r e


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C H e i s r u u ) K t r s . " G O D ’S WAY to Victorious Jjving B y ROBERT C. M cQ U IL K IN ,* Columbia, South Carolina .

T h e g r e a t e s t miracle that is taking place in the world today is the miracle o f everyday living— living as God wants the Christian to live. For to do that requires the miracle power o f God— the power o f the Holy Spirit to impart new life, and to make the living o f the new life possible. One o f the most frequent figures used to describe Christian living is the figure o f “ walking,” the most natural and the easiest o f all physical exercises. The Christian is to walk in love, to walk after the Spirit, to walk in the truth, to walk in newness of life. When Paul prayed for Christians, he prayed that they might “ walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing” (Col. 1 :10 ). When Paul preached to Christians, he preached to the end that they “ would walk worthy o f God” (1 Thess. 2 :12 ). Paul prayed and preached in the Spirit, and so we have clearly set before us the great desire of God for His children, that they might walk in victory. R e s u r r e c t io n P o w e r It will be seen at once that this most natural o f activi­ ties requires supernatural power. The victorious walk is

V ic t o r y C o m m a n d e d “ Be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5 :18) is a command as definite as the one, “ Thou shalt not kill.” If is addressed to Christians, but it is God’s will for every man. The human life at its fullest can only be lived in a power not its own, the power o f the Holy Spirit. T o many, this command is a burdensome one. “ I am having trouble enough trying to live the ordinary Chris­ tian life without striving after some higher life.” This expresses the view o f many. They feel that the Spirit-filled life is some high, special attainment for a few favored Christians, who perhaps do not have to battle with the stern realities o f life. I talked to a dear man once who believed the Bible and seemed open to the message o f salva­ tion, and yet he would not make the decision to take Christ as his Saviour. He finally told me the reason: “ I have a wife and nine children, and I am having a hard enough time get­ ting on now without taking on added responsibilities.” He did not mean paying money to the church— that aspect does not bother many people who attend church; but he be­ lieved he must somehow live up to new high standards if he “ tried” to be a Christian. V ic t o r y M a d e P o s s ib l e But this command, “ Be filled

the miracle o f resurrection life. Practically every time the resurrec­ tion o f our Lord is mentioned in the Epistles it is connected directly or indirectly with present Christian living. As He was raised, so we are to walk in newness o f life (Rom . 6 :4 ). The exceeding great­ ness o f His power toward us is ac­ cording to the working o f His mighty power when He raised Christ from the dead (Eph. 1 :19, 20 ). Thus we see that as the great­ est miracle recorded in the Bible is the resurrection o f our Lord, which became the measure o f God’s mighty power, so the greatest mir­ acle today is the miracle o f the new birth and living in newness o f life, resurrection life through the power o f the Holy Spirit. Christians, to­ day, as never before, are seeking the Bible teaching concerning a life o f victory, asking what it is and how it may be lived. A true testimony should pre­ sent the whole counsel of God. It is especially needful today that the Bible message o f victory in Christ should be presented in simple, clear, winning ways. Men and women are hungry for reality, and they need to test the various spirit­ ual movements by the Word of God. What is the Spirit-filled life? What must we do to enter into it ?

with the Spirit,” is not a disagree­ able one, but a glorious one. Let us suppose a case to illustrate two different kinds o f commands: I am working for a man whose orders must be carried out, and he tells me one day to take my car and carry six passengers to a city sev­ eral hundred miles distant across hills and through valleys and over bad roads. I rise early the next morning, and find that a heavy rainstorm has begun. My car is a five-passenger coach a b ou t five years old, running on three cylin­ ders, with windows broken and the top full o f holes. The command to take that trip is a disagreeable com­ mand. As I stand looking at my car and my passengers, my employer appears, and I tell him I hope the trip can be postponed. “ No, the trip must be made,” he says. But he gives me another command. “ You are to make the trip in my car.” And outside is a seven-passen­ ger limousine with all the equip­ ment for a long, hard trip. You see the application. Life must be lived. The mountains and the valleys, the muddy and stony roads, must be covered. W e have no choice. But we do have the choice between two ways to make

“Jesus .. . cried, saying , . . . H e that believeth on me, from within him shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he o f the Spirit."

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life’s journey— in God’s way or in our own way, in human power or in divine power. “ Be filled with the Spirit,” is God’s gracious offer to live in His power. V ic t o r y Now The command is in the present tense: “ Be ye being filled with the Spirit,” and the meaning may be fairly stated thus: “ Live your life in the fullness o f the Holy Spirit.” That is, Paul is not referring primarily to some great emotional experience or to some special power that fits a man to preach a great sermon or to go forth to win many to Christ. This whole passage emphasizes the fact that Paul is speaking of ordinary Christians meeting every­ day temptations. He has just said, “ Be not drunk with wine” ; the command, “ Be filled with the Spirit,” is just as definite and plain. This command has a real reference, therefore, to every Christian. But it suggests also that some may not be living that way, and there is a definite crisis in the life when a Christian learns what this means, and does his part in re­ sponding to the command. The expression, “ Be filled with the Spirit,” is parallel with the expression, “ Walk after the Spirit,” and the practical effect in the life will be the manifestation o f the ninefold “ fruit of the Spirit.” “ The fruit o f the Spirit is love” ; then follow what we may think o f as four pairs o f twins, indicating what will be the result in a life that bears the fruit o f love— the love o f God that is shed abroad in the heart through the Holy Spirit (Rom . 5 : 5 ) : joy and peace, long-suffering and kindness, faithfulness and good­ ness, meekness and self-control. God’s commentary on Galatians 5 :22, 23, is the thirteenth chapter o f First Corinthians. That chapter tells how love behaves, and how a Christian behaves when he is walking in the Spirit. A Christian bearing the fruit o f the Spirit is not look­ ing within to decide whether he is meek or faithful. But he can know when the joy o f the Lord and the peace that passes understanding are not there; he can know when he does not suffer long, with kindness undimmed; he knows when he is not faithful to God and to man and at the same time merciful and generous (as the word “ goodness” sig­ nifies) ; he can know when he is proud and giving way to his human desires. This is God’s standard. It is like­ ness to Christ. How is it possible for the Christian man, and how far is it possible ? T h e B a s is o f V ic t o r y First of all, the man must be born of the Spirit of God. And to be born o f the Spirit he must be convicted as a lost sinner and know that Christ died in his place on the cross. The Son of man was lifted up in order that whosoever believes might have eternal life (John 3 :15 ). There would be no eternal life had not Christ paid the death penalty for our sin. I f men preach a life of victory or a spiritual experience which is not rooted and grounded in the blood o f Christ and in justification, that life is on a false foundation. Salvation by works has ever been Satan’s plan o f salvation. And every teaching that does not show men that they are lost sinners, condemned and under the penalty o f sin, is not the gospel. To tell a man to do something instead o f telling him to believe some­ thing, and to receive something that God has done, is to

preach salvation by works, and to bring the man into bondage or into a false hope. When a man sees himself as a lost sinner and takes Christ as his personal Saviour, his sins are forgiven; he is justified (that is, he stands before God as though he had never sinned) ; he is born o f the Spirit; he has the witness o f the Spirit, bringing assurance o f sonship (Rom. 8 :16 ; Gal. 4 :6 ) ; he is bap­ tized by the Spirit into one body, the body o f Christ (1 Cor. 12:13) ; and the Holy Spirit dwells within him (Rom. 8 :9; 1 Cor. 3 :16; 6 :19) . He is now to walk in the Spirit, being filled with the Spirit, bearing the fruit o f the Spirit. The relation between the new birth— that great crisis when a man passes from death to life, from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God— and the daily living in the power o f the Holy Spirit is set forth in a striking way in Colossians 2 :6 and Galatians 5 :25 (R .V .). In one verse, the truth is given in terms o f the work of the Lord Jesus: “ As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.”- In the other, the same truth is stated in terms o f the work o f the Holy Spirit: “ If we live by the Spirit [that is, if we have been born o f the Spirit and have eternal life], by the Spirit let us also walk,” that is, live our daily lives. W a l k i n g i n V ic t o r y But suppose a Christian is not living that way. Some say he needs to have a second work o f grace, or that he needs to be baptized by the Spirit. There are many earnest Christians who are accomplishing great things in the name o f the Lord who teach that every Christian needs this “ baptism,” as an experience necessarily subsequent to the new birth. But if this were true, we might expect the Epistles to be full o f exhortations to Christians to be bap­ tized by the Spirit, or to enter into the second work of grace. W,e find no exhortation o f that kind: yet many of those early Christians were in great spiritual need, just as Christians are today. On the other hand, the one passage that directly mentions the baptism o f the Spirit distinctly says that all Christians' have been baptized by or in the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13, R .V .); But these Christians are emphasizing a much-needed truth when they insist that many Christians do need something they do not have— something different from growing in grace and in the knowledge o f the Lord. They need a crisis. I f we believe that all Christians are baptized in the Spirit, and need no new crisis, and yet our lives are dead and ineffective, are we not in greater error than those who make a mistake on the scriptural doctrine, and yet show the fruit of love and zeal in their life and service ? If a Christian is convicted that he is not walking in the Spirit, he needs to make a decision. Christians are plainly commanded to yield (surrender) their lives to Christ (Rom , 6 :13 ), to present (surrender) their bodies a living sacrifice (Rom . 12:1). These injunctions suggest that a Christian may not be yielded to Christ, although each o f these commands, like the command, “ Be filled with the Spirit,” has an application to all Christians, meaning “ live your life in yieldedness to Christ.” No man can take Christ as Saviour without taking Him as Lord. No one can believe for salvation, and decide to hold something back from Christ. When a Christian remembers the occa- [Continued on page 47]

It is the Jj)ok that Saves; It is the Qaze that Sanctifies. — A . J. G ordon .


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C_H &/ST/79/0 ^SfiViCfr “HIDE THYSELF— SHOW THYSELF” B y H. C. THIESSEN , Dallas, Texas A p p a r e n t l y unknown and unan­ nounced, Elijah the Tishbite ap­

wise, the prospect o f famine would be alarming to Ahab. When the drought came upon the land, it was so severe that even he, the king, had to send ser­ vants to seek for grass, to save some o f the beasts. Tbis situation incited Ahab to search for Elijah in every na­ tion and kingdom, to slay him. Later, when Ahab met Elijah, he called him “ thou troubler of Israel.” What would he and Jezebel have done to Elijah, had they succeeded in locating him dur­ ing the famine? Elijah had to hide himself for protection. We, too, have an enemy to fea r; we, too, must hide ourselves for pro­ tection. According to the Ninety-first Psalm, only he that dwells in the secret place o f the Most High has Jehovah for his refuge and is safe against the

peared before Ahab, the wicked king o f Israel, and declared, “ A s Jehovah, the God o f Israel, liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (1 Ki. 17:1). Immediately after this hold pronouncement, the word o f Jeho­ vah came to him, saying, “ Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is be­ fore the Jordan” (vs. 2, 3 ). A fter a period of three and a half years, the word o f Jehovah came to him the sec­ ond time, saying, “ Go, show thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth” (1 Ki. 18:1 ). Some very precious lessons are associated with these two commands o f God. The order in which they are given is significant: “ Hide thyself show thyself.” “ G e t T h e e H e n c e . . . a n d H id e T h y s e l f ’ God trains His servants in private before He uses them in public. Joseph had to experience all the pain o f separa­ tion from loved ones and the privations in an Egyptian prison before he could be elevated to the premiership of Egypt. Moses had to complete his education in the uni­ versity o f Arabia before he could lead God’s people out o f Egypt. Israel itself was required to pass through the “ waste howling wilderness” before it could enter the land “ flowing with milk and honey.” David, the anointed, must long be a fugitive before he could ascend the throne of Israel. Paul must spend considerable time in Arabia be­ fore he could become the apostle to the Gentiles. So also Elijah was commanded to hide himself before he could show himself for the fulfillment o f God’s purpose. In each case, God had a definite purpose in thus dealing with His servants, the outworking o f which brought much blessing. P r o t e c t io n o f L if e A threefold purpose of

terror by night and the arrow that flieth by day. All the blessings o f this psalm are conditioned upon the believer’s hiding himself in God. Elsewhere, David says, “ Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee, which thou hast wrought for them that take refuge in thee, before the sons o f men! In the covert o f thy presence wilt thou hide them from the plottings o f man: thou wilt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife o f tongues” (Psa. 31:19, 20 ). First, we must enter once and for all into that life which is “ hid with Christ in God” (Col. 3 :3 ). N o one is safe against the attacks o f Satan who has not taken refuge in God. And then we must hide ourselves afresh every morning, if we are to stay beyond the reach o f the evil one during the day. In view o f the strength and persistence o f the enemy, we ought to pray with David, “ Deliver me, O Jehovah, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me” (Psa. 143:9). P r o v is io n o f N e e d s Deliverance from the enemy was not the only purpose o f Elijah’s hiding; there was another aim o f equal im­

portance— the provision of the prophet’s needs. God’s children share the common experiences of mankind. So it was in the incident before us. The true prophets of Israel suffered in the famine along with the godless in­ habitants o f the land. Oba- diah, who was o v e r the household o f Ahab, was a godly man, and he hid a hundred prophets in caves and fed them with bread and water; otherwise they would have perished. Elijah him­ self had to be miraculously su p p lie d with food and drink. First, the raven s

« . « « « < < « « « ■« ■ < « ■< <<■<-<-< < <<<<< -<■<■<<<<< REVIVAL FIRE B y A lice M aude C arvell The time draweth nigh for our Lord’s reappearing, How urgent the need that we watch, and we pray! The portents throughout this wide world give the warning That H e whom we look for is now on His way. How urgent the need fo r a sweeping revival, Throughout the whole church o f our God, at this hour! What need for fresh cleansing from all that defileth, What need to lay hold on His infinite power! Praise God, we may claim, as we pray, full enduement O f power for the spiritual warfare so keen: Then come, Lord, we pray, with the fire o f revival, Burn up all our dross, that Thy power may he seen.

the hiding o f Elijah may be noted. In the first place, it involved the protection of Elijah’s life. God used His se rv a n t to a n n o u n c e a drought to King Ahab. But Elijah’s declaration was a most unwelcome announce­ ment. To begin with, Jeze­ bel, Ahab’s wife,, hated the worship o f Jehovah. She had introduced the Phoeni­ cian worship of Baal and had “ cut off the prophets of Jehovah.” Therefore, she would resent any message from a true prophet. ' Like­


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brought bread and flesh, and the brook Cherith provided water. Then, when the brook dried up, God sent him to a widow o f Zarephath. There God sustained him during the remainder o f the three and a half years o f famine. Apart from this provision, he, too, would doubtless have perished. God had called Elijah to a supernatural min­ istry, and He sustained him in a supernatural way. And as in this incident, there is a second sense in which we, as Christians, must seek hiding. W e must hide our­ selves for the provision o f our deepest needs. Our inner life must be sustained and developed. The priests had to eat certain o f the offerings in the holy place o f the house o f worship to sustain their bodies. We must visit the holy place of His presence if our souls are to be. fed. It is

saved are unresponsive to the gospel. Many people are being taken into the church, but how many are actually accepting the Lord Jesus Christ? Modernism and error o f every kind are replacing the true message in a large part o f the so-called Christian church. A growing world­ liness among the professed followers o f Christ is bringing reproach upon Him. No amount o f theological training in the schools will enable a man to rise to the challenge o f this day, if he has not had also the secret preparation with which God equipped Elijah. W e may be able to do a great deal of “ church work” without this hidden life, but we can do little work that will stand the test o f the judg­ ment seat o f Christ. For us, as for Elijah, real power comes from the presence of God, and in no other way.

easy to live the whole o f life in public and to neglect the place of prayer and the quiet reading of the Word o f God. Yet there is no other means of spiritual sustenance. For instance, to Joshua God said: “ This book o f the law shall not de­ part out o f thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Josh. 1 : 8 ). P r e p a r a t io n f o r M in is t r y God had a third purpose in ask­ ing His prophet to hide h im self^ preparation for Elijah’s fu tu r e ministry. Elijah manifested cour­ age when he told Ahab that it would not rain except at the pro­ phet’s word. Ahab may have dis­ missed the message from his mind as the babblings o f a fanatic and a madman. Why should he be dis­ turbed about the threats o f a man who was comparatively unknown, and without any standing and in­ fluence at the court? We do not know that Ahab treated the mat­ ter so casually, but we do know that when the prophet’s prediction came true, the king became Elijah’s bit­ ter enemy. As the drought contin­ ued, he became more and more infuriated. How could Elijah have appeared before this enraged mon­ arch after three and a half years o f famine unless God had prepared His servant in secret for the en­

A fter his extensive and intensive course in the school o f God’s ap­ pointment, Elijah received a sec­ ond command. “ Go, S h o w T h y s e l f ” W e must never forget that the hiding was not an end itself, but a means to an end. Peter longed to linger with Christ on the mount o f transfiguration, where he had ex­ perienced the revealed glory o f the Lord. But the Lord knew about the demon-possessed boy and the unbelieving and unsuccessful dis­ ciples at the foot o f the mountain, and led His three disciples down to a world o f need. God would have us tarry in the secret place for His empowering, in order that we might go forth to minister more effect­ ively in public. A M in is t r y o f R e l ie f Just as there were three pur­ poses in the hiding o f Elijah, so there were three great aims to be achieved as he obeyed the com­ mand, “ Go, show thyself.” First, he was to show himself in order to bring relief. Many o f God’s peo­ ple were suffering with the apos­ tates in the nation, for rain was withheld not only from the wicked but also from the righteous. God remembers the need o f His own, and though He may require them to suffer with the world for a time, He always comes to their relief in the end. Elijah thought there were no true people o f God left among his people when he fled to Mount

A NOBLE DEFENSE OMING from the Evan gelical Theological C ollege of D allas, T exas, which has had the prayerful supp ort of many readers of TH E K ING 'S BUSINESS, the accom panying article by Dr. Henry C. Thiessen is of especial inter­ est at this time. A significant and important event in the p ro gress of the college, where Dr. Thiessen serves a s P rofessor of New T e sta­ ment L iterature and E xegesis, w as the recent acquisition of the Bibliotheca Sacra, the well- known theological review form erly owned by the P ittsburgh-X enia Th eological Sem inary. Special gifts to the college m ade possible this tran sfer of ow nership^ ( i O ^ f F o r 103 years, the Bibliotneca S a c ra has sustained an unbroken defense of the ortho­ dox faith. Now, a s the organ of the Evan ­ gelical Th eological College, the sam e high stan dards will be maintained, but the field of the m agazine will be greatly enlarged. In a sentence, the m anagin g editor summ arizes the policy of the review ; In its scholarly treatm ent of the larg e r field of prem illenial theology, the review will so comprehensively cover the current evangel­ ical situation that pastors and well-instructed laym en can not w isely afford to be w ithout this im portant journal. Members of the faculty of the Evangelical Th eological C ollege will constitute the E d ­ itorial Board, w orking under a departm ental­ ized plan. O ther contributors will be the visit­ ing Bible lecture staff and members of the Board of R egents of the college. A rticles of special merit p repared by gradu ate students and gradu ates of the college will also ap pear. Th e subscription price has been reduced to $2.00 p er year. It is the purpose of the new owners to m aintain the dignity of this time- honored quarterly, and m ake it the organ of a positive testimony re­ lated to all ph ases of the truth re­ vealed in the Word— the whole counsel of our God.

counter ? For spiritual equipment for this emergency, God took him away from public life for a time of discipline and instruction. God did not supply Elijah with the lux­ uries o f life, but day by day He supplied his actual needs. Good allowed it to seem that the present amount o f food would run out; but He continually replenished the supply with new provisions. God was not forgetting His ser­ vant, but He was teaching him further lessons in patience and faith. Elijah would, need both patience and faith to an extraordinary degree when he met Ahab and Israel face to face, and these requisites were being supplied in the secret place. W e need to learn similar lessons o f endurance and trust. W e face conditions o f unbelief and apostasy too depressing for us to bear in our own strength. The un­

Horeb, but God told him that He had reserved seven thousand in Israel that had not bowed the knee to Baal. The first purpose o f the commissioning o f Elijah was, there­ fore, to give relief to these steadfast sons o f Israel by ending the famine. Elijah was used to pray for rain and to bring God’s blessing to His faithful ones. We, too, have a duty toward fellow believers. Paul told the Ephesian elders to “ feed the church o f the Lord which he purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28). W e must declare the whole counsel o f G od ; we must build up one another in the faith (which is very different from merely building up a church roll) ; we must train be­ lievers for the work o f the ministry. Peter received a com­ mand to feed Christ’s lambs, and Pentecost provided divine enduement for the stupendous task. We, too, must be

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filled with the Spirit, if, having been first prepared in pri­ vate, we are to obey the Lord’s command to minister His relief to His children. A M in is t r y o f R e b u k e But there was more difficult work for Elijah to per­ form. He was sent to administer rebuke. The word of God to Elijah definitely demanded that he go and show himself to Ahab. That was a severe test for a poor, ob­ scure prophet. What would Ahab and Jezebel do to him, if he came into their presence? God’s preparation o f His servant enabled him to face even this prospect unflinch­ ingly and to obey His instructions. When Ahab met him and charged him with troubling Israel, Elijah boldly re­ plied, “ I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments o f Jehovah, and thou hast followed the Baalim” (1 Ki. 18:18). “ Reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching,” was the final charge o f Paul to Timothy, his son

mained true to God. Here indeed was need for a revival. God sent Elijah into this situation to present clearly the appeal for a decision. Before the king, the priests o f Baal, and the multitude o f Israel at Mount Carmel, Elijah gave the challenge: “ How long go ye limping between the two sides? I f Jehovah be God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him” (1 Ki. 18:21). Then followed the test, the miraculous descent o f fire, and the killing o f the priests who had led Israel astray. Though the revival was limited by the disobedience o f those who heard the prophet, God’s desire to give warning and blessing is clear. Today the longing o f all God’s people is for revival. God’s true evangelists have heard in the secret place the command, “ Go, show thyself.” They manifest their gifts and achieve their success in public because they have been thrust into that public ministry by the Lord Himself. In the secret place they have received from Him a growing comprehension o f the love o f Christ, a realization o f the sad condition of the lost, and a sense of responsibility for bringing a warning and presenting a plea to those who are in rebellion against God. And what is true o f the evan­ gelist is true also of the most obscure Christian. This is ever God’s order: first the hiding o f ourselves in the secret place o f the Most High, and then the showing o f ourselves in public life and service. Happy is the man who has adopted God’s order as his. sion o f his conversion, he also remembers that he yielded his life to Christ, so far as he knew what that meant. It is true he has had nothing to do but to believe, but believing that Christ died in his place to pay the penalty for his sins would not be possible without repentance and yieldedness o f the life. If a Christian now is consciously walking in defeat, and is not yielded to Christ, then he needs that crisis decision of yielding, which does not mean coming to a place as a super-Christian, but rather coming to the normal position of a Christian. But there are those who say they have surrendered again and again, and desire to hold nothing back from Christ, and yet they are in defeat. What is the trouble? In every case, without exception, the trouble is unbelief. W e are to walk by faith, as well as-to be justified by faith. And faith takes God at His word. As the miracle o f the new birth comes by God’s supernatural working at the time we believe, so the miracle o f walking in the Spirit is continued through the Holy Spirit as we believe (Eph. 1:19). No word o f God is void o f power, and out o f hundreds o f His words, let us consider these: “ The Lord is my shepherd.” Do you believe it ? Some years ago, a promi­ nent minister came to Dr. Charles G. Trumbull at a con­ ference and confessed that he was defeated; he did not have peace or joy in his life, nor victory over sin, nor the fruit that he longed to bear. A fter some moments o f con­ versation that revealed that the man was surrendered in the sense o f wanting only God’s will in his life, Dr. Trum­ bull asked: “ Do you believe the first verse o f the Twenty- third Psalm?” “ That is one o f my favorite texts. I have preached on it many a time. O f course I believe it.” “ What kind o f a Shepherd is He ? Does He take care of some o f the needs of the sheep, or o f all o f the needs'of the sheep?” The minister hesitated; he was keen, and knew where the question was leading, as he answered, “ O f course, He takes care o f all o f them.” [Continued on page 49] GOD’S W AY TO VICTORIOUS LIVING [Continued from page 44]

—Courtesy of Yosemite National Park. in the Lord. This command was given especially in view o f the fact that the time would come when men would not endure sound doctrine, but would heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts and turn to fables. Sim­ ilarly, the Lord said to Isaiah: “ Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and declare unto my people their transgression, and to the house o f Jacob their sins” (Isa. 58 :1 ). It is easier to speak smooth and flattering words, to call everybody and everything good ; but we need to return to the ministry o f rebuke. W e need to deal faithfully with sin, whether it be in the life o f the believer or in that of the unbeliever. A M in is t r y o f R e v iv a l But the ministry of rebuke is not God’s final purpose in sending His servants to men. His chief aim is revival of His people through the agency o f His spokesmen. Thus Elijah was to show himself to stir Israel to turn to God. Israel was in a deplorable condition. The nation had for­ saken God’s covenant, thrown down His altars, and slain His prophets with the sword. Wicked Ahab and Jezebel had led the people farther and farther away from God. The majority o f the people seemed to have gone over completely to Baal worship; many, it appears, half-heartedly tried to serve both God and Baal, while a smaller number had re­

What'JWmtWe i Believe ABOUT CHRIST? By STANLEY H. BAILES,* Los Angeles, California S T h e S o n o f G od is the most misun­ derstood Person in the universe. Nineteen centuries ago, He was misun­ high priest in things pertaining to God, to make recon­ ciliation for the sins o f the people.”

God’s Book fearlessly puts Christ’s humanity and His deity close together, even in one passage. Note especially: “ And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, inso­ much that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. . . . Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea ; and there was a great calm” (Matt. 8:24, 26 ). Could more complete union o f humanity and deity be found? A very precious truth is the fact that our Lord is truly Man even in His resurrection life : “ Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Lk. 2 4 :39 ). Our Saviour, in His earthly body, is in heaven to­ day, robed with all the glory o f the Son o f God. J e s u s C h r is t R e v e a l e d A s F u l l y G od Important as is the humanity o f Jesus Christ, another aspect o f His personality is even more significant. One o f the unique yet essential features o f our salvation was that the world’s Redeemer must be God as well as Man; and the Lord Jesus Christ is God, even as the Father is God. Perhaps the best definition o f this amazing fact is in our Shorter Catechism which asks the question: “ How many persons are there in the Godhead?” Immediately the answer is : “ There are three persons in the Godhead— the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.” The English language contains no greater definition of the Trinity than this. Let us turn to some scriptural attestations to the deity of our Lord. See the divine names by which He is called. Forty times in the New Testament He is called the “ Son of God.” Four times He is called the “ only begotten Son.” Notice also some o f the divine acts which He performed by the word o f His power. He raised the dead. He calmed the raging sea. He multiplied a paltry lunch to feed a mul­ titude. Consider, further, His divine characteristics. Only Deity can be omnipresent, and to the disciples the Lord Jesus gave the promise: “ Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end o f the world.” He also declared, “ Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst o f them.” W e observe additional evidence o f His deity in script­ ures dealing with His divine office. His was the work of creation, “ For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Col. 1 :16). His divine office entitled Him to recognition as G od ; there­ fore, we read: “ They worshipped him” (Lk. 2 4 :52). Now one o f the peculiarities o f the Godhead is that worship given to any other than God cannot be countenanced. Ter­ rible judgment came upon Herod when he accepted the worship o f the multitude. Paul and Barnabas protested vigorously against the effort o f the people to worship them. But our Lord accepted worship, for it was due Him, as very God o f very God. O f Him the Father said, “ Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus Christ was truly God as well as truly Man.

derstood by the very people who saw Him and lived by His side. Mary Mag­ dalene at the resurrection tomb, “ sup­ posing him to be the gardener,” cried, “ Sir, . . . ,” and millions today, still supposing Him to be a gardener who prunes and cuts away, deny Him en­ trance into their lives. Our supreme need is to compare our

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thinking with that o f the Scriptures. Let us therefore bring all our opinions regarding this matchless Son o f God and lay them beside the standards o f the Word o f God to see whether we have the mind o f Christ and the wisdom of God on this the greatest o f all topics. Scriptural truth is emphatic in a fourfold revelation o f the personality o f our Lord, and these aspects will be the objects o f our study with the Holy Spirit as our guide. J e s u s C h r is t R e v e a l e d a s F u l l y M a n There are two extreme tendencies in men’s thought about Christ today— one that He was Man and not God; the other, that He was God and not Man. We cannot fathom how He could be fully God and fully Man in one Person—no one can explain that— but we need to see His utter humanity as well as His perfect deity, for if we un­ derstand that He was Man as truly as any one o f us is man, it will help us to comprehend more fully His atoning mission on Calvary. The New Testament applies to the Lord Jesus Christ distinctly human characteristics, none o f which could be applied to Him if He were simply the Son o f God without humanity. W e need to note carefully: “ And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as o f the only begotten o f the Father), full o f grace and truth” (John 1 :14, R. V .) , and we shall see that the Son o f God had to become flesh before we could look upon Him and behold His glory, the glory o f God. A further sidelight is in Hebrews 2 :14 : “ Forasmuch then as the children are partakers o f flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part o f the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power o f death, that is, the devil.” Here Christ is clearly shown to have had a physical nature, the purpose o f which was that through death He might destroy him that had the power o f death. In the opening passage o f Romans, we notice also the words: “ Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made o f the seed o f David according to the flesh.” Even believers may need to be reminded that Mary was as truly the mother o f our Lord, as God was His Father. W e see a further reminder o f the humanity o f Christ in His human limitations. He hungered, He was tempted, He was wearied, He slept, He wept, and He died. Our Lord was human in all things. W e read in Hebrews 2 :17 : “ Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful *Pastor, Vermont Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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