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Here is the amazing account of God's ways in trans forming a Catholic priest into a preacher of the Gospel to the largest Spanish speaking congregation in the world. Characteristically, Dr. Aldama, of Radio Station HCJB, " The Voice of the Andes," makes no mention of stonings, imprisonments, and other persecutions which he has endured for Christ's sake. During those years, especially the last four, which were devoted nearly exclusively to the study of Dogmatic and Moral Theology, my faith in Romanism, and in God for that matter (for to me then the only possible religious faith was the Roman faith) was decreasing in inverse ratio to my increased knowledge of the peculiar Roman Catholic dogmas. The ones that disturbed more strongly in me the blind and absolute assent demanded by the Church, were the two that were declared dogmas at or in connection with the Vatican Council at the end of the last century, namely, the Infallibility of the Pope and the Im maculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. So strongly did I object to them that the Professor of Dogmatic Theology said to me one day in an irate manner: “If you do not refrain from your dangerous ways of thinking, some day you will be a heretic.” In subsequent years, when he learned that I had given up the church, no doubt he ex claimed: “My prophecy has been fulfilled.” Ordination and Break When the time came for me to be ordained, I ex plained frankly to the ordaining Bishop how my faith had been shaken in the years of training, and that I would much prefer to be sent to teach subjects that had no bearing on religion rather than to be placed in charge of a church in which I would be responsible for the wel fare of souls. To this he agreed, and I was sent to teach secular subjects in a college in Santander, in the North of Spain. From that time on, things went from bad to worse as far as my religious faith was concerned, until I arrived at a spiritual state in which I denied the goodness of all religion, and even the existence of a good God seemed to me to be an impossibility. I saw that I could not carry on any longer in the priesthood and determined to give it up. As it was danger ous for me to do this in Spain, I went to the United States and from there to England. After some time in London, feeling that I could make a living independently of the church, I wrote a letter to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, telling him that I was not going to say Mass any more and therefore it was up to him to appoint some one else to take my place. In this apparently easy way, I realized a desire that had been in my mind for several years: I thought I had escaped all religion and that in such a large city as London no one would bother me any more with religious matters. However, this was far from the facts! the studies and following the strict training that were required to be a fully qualified priest.
T O THOSE who love the Lord Jesus Christ, it has be come a Biblical axiom that our thoughts are not God's thoughts, and our ways are not His ways; that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours, and that they are “past finding out.” Whilst we, finite and fallible creatures, make plans and try to find ways for the attain ment of our human aims and desires, He very often uses the same means for the realization of His higher plans. We find this to be true in the lives of many of the Bible characters. This too has been the happy experience of my life. I was born in Spain, in a typical Spanish Roman Catholic home. In those days, the highest aspiration of a good, devout Roman Catholic mother was to have her son become a priest. My dear mother, being one of them, concentrated all her prayers and persuading power in impressing upon my tender mind that being a priest was the worthiest profession a man could aspire to, and that one who was thus chosen by God had conferred upon him greater honor and dignity than were granted to the angels or even to Christ’s mother, as none of them had the power of forgiving sins or offering anew the sacrifice of Calvary. My father was not of the same opinion, and had not God taken him away' when I was tèn years of age, I would not have been allowed to enter the priesthood. But, as soon as my father died, when I Was scarcely eleven years old, my mother sent me to the Roman Catholic seminary in Madrid to start my training. At that age, I could not realize what to be a priest meant or implied, but I knew that such were my mother’s longings, and I Was not going to displease her if I could help it. So I spent the next twelve years tailing
God’s Intervention and My Surrender God had His plan for rr..\ and the farther away from Him I thought I was getting, the nearer I began to feel that He was to me. Just at this time He began to make known to me what were His plans for my life. A man Of God, minister of the Church of England, upon learning of my spiritual situation, became interested in me. He invited me to discuss with him my reasons for taking the step I had. At the same time he attempted to make me see that I was in the wrong, not just be cause I had left the Church of Rome, but because I thought that by doing so I had put God out of my life. In our conversations, he allowed me to speak as much as I wanted to and to explain my position, but invariably he concluded with an expression of his Christian point of view, saying: “There is one thing you do not know, there is one thing you lack, and that is Christ in your heart.” I had adopted toward this friend the superior attitude that a Roman Catholic priest, after completing his full theological training, manifests toward any Protestant minister. At the same time I could not but admire the sincerity and earnestness of the man. I was obliged to admit that I had never heard before the 'exposition of justification for every sinner by simple. faith in Jesus Christ, that he repeatedly made to me. The last time he invited me to visit him, he had everything ready for a final and decisive attempt to win me for the Lord. From his house, he took me to a room in which a few per sons were waiting to commence a prayer meeting. After he introduced me to them, I was astounded to see them get down on their knees. The whole thing was absolutely new and unexpected to me. One after another prayed for me personally, for they all knew my story from begin ning to end. The good pastor had informed them that I had to be won for Christ, and here' they were praying for me in my very presence with all their hearts. I cannot say that I was converted to the Lord then, But I was deeply moved. That was the turning point from my un belief to Christ as a living reality. The following Sunday, I went for the first time in my life to a Protestant church, and the preacher, another real man of God, took for his text, John 3:7: “Ye must be born again.” So similar to Nicodemus’ experience was mine, that as he explained the meaning of Christ’s words to Nicodemus, I thought that surely he knew my story too and was referring to me in what he said! I was deeply troubled. My mind and spirit were all upset. I began to think that I must do something about the mes sage I had heard. Some days later, in my own home, when my heart was very heavy, I said prayerfully: “If it is true that Christ saves and brings peace, I want Him to come and give it to me." And He did! From that moment, the doubts that, had troubled me, and all the spiritual darkness, vanished, and the peace and tran quillity, hitherto unknown to me, came into my heart. Working for Him I do not know how the Evangelical Mission of South America, which carries on a work in various South Amer ican republics, learned what had happened to me, and that I was disposed to go to work for Christ amongst Spanish speaking peoples. But when they asked me to go to Peru to proclaim the Gospel, I accepted gladly. To do this work, however, I needed the solid grounding in the Word of God that I was lacking, so I was sent to the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow, Scotland, where I spent the happiest months of my life in the company of and under the direction of the saintly Dr. David McIntyre, whose godly influence remains still fresh in my heart. My first sphere of labor for the Lord was Lima, Peru, where I was engaged for twelve years in the publication
A Living Bright Reality
Lord Jesus, make Thyself to me A living, bright reality, More present to faith’s vision keen Than any outward object seen, More dear, more intimately nigh,
Than e’en the sweetest earthly tie.
Nearer and nearer still to me
Thou living, loving Saviour be,
Brighter the vision of Thy face,
More glorious still Thy words of grace;
Till life shall be transformed to love, A Heaven below, a Heaven above. —A. B. Simpson.
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and circulation of Spanish Gospel literature in Spanish America. During my stay there, I was sent by the British and Foreign Bible Society on an evangelistic trip through out the republics of Colombia and Ecuador. Whilst making this trip, I came to Quito, Ecuador, where the Pioneer Missionary Broadcaster, “The V o i c e of the Andes,” had started the preaching of the Gospel by radio to the Spanish speaking countries. I must confess that I had not much faith in the effectiveness .of such radio preaching, but when Mr. Clarence W. Jones, founder of the station, invited me to give some Gospel messages, and I felt the immediate reaction to them in the listeners from the telephone calls and letters received, I changed my mind, I realized that the Roman Catholics, who are so difficult to reach on account of prejudices and church prohibitions, listen to the Gospel in their homes, if it is presented to them without bitterness and in a dignified manner. This conviction became more deeply rooted in my heart as the years went by. Now I see that in it all was the hand of God, who had beep in a wonderful and mysterious way preparing me for such a wide Gospel ministry. The Gospel on the Air When Mr. Clarence W. Jones, some years later, invited, me to join him in Quito to take charge of the Spanish Gospel programs at “The Voice of the Andes,” I could not refuse for I felt that it was the Lord’s call. Soon I went to Quito to start what has become a continental Gospel ministry. At first, “The Voice of the Andes” could not reach much farther -than the limits of the city of Quito, but God has been increasing its power, until today, with its five wave-lengths on the air for simultaneous Gospel broadcasting, it reaches to the utter most parts of the earth through fourteen different lan guages in fulfillment of the Word of God: “Their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world” (Rom. 10:18). Many of those who have listened for the first time to the Gospel through the instrumentality of “The Voice of the Andes” have accepted the Lord as their Saviour. The many letters received in Quito and the testimony of missionaries all over South America bear witness to this fact. It has been my privilege to preach the Gospel in Spanish'from the microphone of HCJB, “The Voice of the Andes,” for six continuous years morning and even ing. Some one has said that I have preached the Gospel to more Spanish speaking people than any other person who has ever lived on this earth. I shudder at the re sponsibility that this privilege lays upon my soul. The prayers of all the people of God will be very much ap preciated for the faithful discharge of this responsibility toward my Lord.
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i Those who know their Bibles are well aware that civilization, with its patriotism, political beliefs, and even love of family, is but a thin veneer. The Word of God makes it clear that the heart of man is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Cul ture, has placed over a sinful heart a protective covering which is soon torn off when men get down to ele mental things. Only those who have come into contact with the Prince of Life, the Lord Jesus Christ, have a new nature which enables them to stand fast and be victorious under severe testing. Wh e t h e r in life or death, God keeps His own. ★ ★ A Trillion World War II, which has just been brought to a merciful close, is esti mated to have cost the nations in volved one trillion dollars. Just how much money this is, nobody has the remotest idea. We are aware that a billion is a thousand million, and a trillion is a thousand billion, but our minds cannot grasp these figures translated into money. Most of us work in the hundred-dollar brackets. Contrasted with this stupendous sum spent for warfare is the a m o u n t raised for all religious purposes of all Protestant, C a t h o l i c , and Jewish churches—nine million dollars. This seems a respectable sum until com pared to the war figures, which make it look like "chicken feed.” Would to God the purse strings of professing Christians might be loosen ed! A stream of dollars should flow into the treasuries of the Christian en terprises of the world. This would not only accomplish the work and will of God, but is the only thing that will prevent Gargantuan expenditures of a World War III. The disparity between Christian giving and expenditures for selfish purposes always results in God’s allowing the wealth of the world to be expended in useless conflict. Oh, that the sons of m en were wise enough to realize this! ★ ★ The Defeat o f A God While the religious aspect of the Japanese War has been hinted at by the public press, the actual conflict which has been taking place is not clear in the minds of our people. In a very definite way, the struggle be
Welcome to the New Students Again we pause to thank God for the honor of opening the doors of Biola to another large group of fine, earnest young people, seeking training for the service of Christ in all parts of the èarth. This student body understands in’ greater measure than have some classes in the past the tremendous re sponsibility that falls upon the Chris tian young people of a generation struggling to recover from the ravages of total war. The faculty and adminis trative leaders of Biola feel the obliga tion as well to furnish the best train ing possible that they, under God, might make of these consecrated young men and women flaming evan gels to carry the Gospel to the ends of earth. However, we cannot do it alone, so we. appeal to all of our friends scattered throughout the world to re member us without ceasing before the Throne of Grace. Ask God'that He may have His complete way in the work He has committed to our hands.. ★ ★ Total Depravity Writing in the September issue of Thè Ladies’ H o m e Journal, Miss Dorothy Thompson, perhaps unknow ingly to herself, comments very lucidly on an ancient doctrine of the Scrip tures. She rather fearfully endeavors to explain the monstrous crimes of the concentration camps in the light Of the a d m i t t e d l y high scientific achievements, artistic abilities, and general good-neighborliness of the German people. She finds no answer to the question of how the civilized white world of the twentieth century could have produced such savagery. i Miss Thompson minutely examines the breakdown in these camps of fam ily ties, patriotism, love of country, and e v e n of common decency and honesty on the part of the hard- pressed inmates. She calls attention to the fact that some of the worst crimes were committed not by the guards, but by the prisoners themselves, upon other prisoners, even upon their fel low-countrymen and “ buddies.” Under the excruciating pressure of imprison ment, when one more day or week of life meant e v e r y t h i n g to a man, nothing seemed to endure except in those with a “spark in the breast,” an admonition in the heart, which we call conscience. Miss Thompson seems amazed that man could have fallen so low as to forget every decent thing he had ever been taught.
tween the United States and Japan was a “showdown” of deities. Again and again, the Japanese have claimed that their emperor was a favorite of Heaven and their people the chosen of God. Investigation has disclosed that the god of the Japanese is in no wise the God of the Bible. The Name of God’s only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, has not been recognized by the Japanese nation. On the other hand, the pray ing people of the United States ear nestly and persistently besought, for the duration, the favor of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob . .. the God of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Those of us who know some thing of the ineffable character of our Heavenly Father can understand why, in spite of our national sins, the bat tle had to be decided in favor of the United Nations. Japan’s pseudo-god had to be revealed for what he really wasL and the true God disclosed as the only omnipotent One. An illustration of this principle of God’s dealings with national deities is the victory of Jehovah over the gods of ancient Egypt as recounted in the Old T e s t a me n t . Each of the ten plagues was a personal attack upon a deity of Egypt; each portrayed vividly the immeasurable superiority of the God of Israel. To an even greater de gree, perhaps, the war against Japan, with victory resulting for the Allies, is a vindication of the God of the Bible, and the God of the United States of America. ★ ★ Good Reading The Apostle Paul, writing lovingly and tenderly to Timothy,, his son in
the faith, exhorts him to give atten tion to reading. Of course, the reading which the Apostle P a u l endorsed was that which is clean, high and noble, as well as that which was in spiring and soul-thrilling. Recently the editor was reading “Goforth in China,” by Mrs. Jonathan Goforth, now in the sixth edition. Our attention was arrested by a statement to the effect that Dr. Goforth, when a young man, was inspired to begin his remarkable life of unselfish serv ice in China by the reading of the memoirs of Robert Murray McCheyne. In this day of abundant literature, we find a large percentage of it “trashy” and worthless, if not down right vile and salacious. However, this fact should not discourage the distribution of fine, worthwhile books. Christian leaders, p a s t o r s , Sunday School teachers and all who have opportunity should purchase for loan or gift, great and enduring stories of missionary heroism. Tens of thou sands of young people resolutely have turned their faces toward misionary services by reading the inspiring book from the pen of Mrs. Howard Taylor, entitled, “Borden of Yale.” Girls by the hundreds have resolved, God help ing them, to emulate the nobility of Mary Slessor of Calabar after reading her story. Who of us do not thank God that someone took the time to record the exploits of Adoniram Judson and his brave wife? In this day of great youth movements, decisions for service should be followed by the distribution of great missionary literature. It would safeguard the dedication of these young people for the service of Christ. ★ ★ Men Wanted Without a doubt, the end of the war will add impetus to the movement by missionary boards to get our Christian youth into service on the far-flung battle fronts of missionary enterprise. We thank God for the energy of these mission boards during the war years when they attracted and sent forth young people to carry the ageless story of God’s great love. However, often our hearts were sad dened as we looked at the lists, and viewed the pictures of those who were going out, to note that young men comprised a very small percentage of the candidates. By far, the greater numbers were young women. We thank God for these brave girls who, in loyalty to the heavenly vision, were willing to leave a life of ease and security for the hardships and handi caps of missionary service. All honor to them! We pray God’s richest bless ing upon them. At the same time, our cry is for men—red-blooded men, men with con viction, who are willing to endure
hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Missionary victories would be far more frequent and decisive were there more volunteers from the young men of America. Let us ask God that from the ranks of our returning sol diers, there may be a re-enlistment in the army of the Son of God. May the returning Christian service men joy fully carry the banner of Christ to the lands beyond the sea. God give us men! ★ ★ Bad News From China As this issue of THE KING’S BUSI NESS goes to press, we have just re ceived a cablegram from Dr. Charles Roberts, superintendent of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles China De partment, in which he tells us that the buildings of Biola-in-China were seriously damaged. This information has been secured from an aerial pho tograph which is accurate insofar as the general destruction is concerned. We have yet to obtain details regard ing the actual extent of the damage. Many of the friends of the Bible In stitute of Los Angeles are deeply in terested in this challenging work in China to which they have been loyal over the years. We urge these to join us in prayer asking God for wisdom and strength and financial assistance to start this work going at the very earliest possible moment. ★ ★ MacArthur on Armageddon In the memorable speech of Gen eral Douglas MacArthur at the oc casion of the formal surrender of the Japanese, these significant words were spoken: “Military alliance, balances of power, League of Nations all in turn failed . . . We have had our last chance. If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system, Armagadden will be at our door. The problem basically is theological, and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character, that will synchronize with our almost matchless advance in science, art, lit erature and all material and cultural developments of the past two thou sand years. It must be of the spirit, if we are to save the flesh.” While this subject has been the basis of prophetical sermons for a number of years, without doubt this is the first time that an American General has called attention to the coming final battle between God and man. What the General perhaps does not know is that, according to the Scriptures, the Battle of Armageddon will be the last great revolt, of not one particular' nation, but of the com bined God-hating and Christ-rejecting forces of the world.
Christian War Veterans of / America Along with other organizations for returning servicemen there is ùtiè which certainly deserves the support of all Christian people. It is à nevy kind of American Legion, called the Christian War Veterans of America, and it is opening its ranks to Veterans Who know and love Jesus Christ afe Saviour. Memberships are coming in from all parts of the world and local groups are being set up in all sections of Our land. The objects of this rtéw organization are commendable, and in clude not only personal growth in grace but combined Gospel testinfony to the unsaved. ★ ★ -, Multiplication A retiring pastor of a large church in Los Angeles was being congratu lated on the completion of sixteen years of fruitful ministry. During the time he had been pastor, the member ship of his church had increased from 1,000 to 4,000 members. When ques tioned regarding this, he admitted it was a nice increase, but suggésted that it be looked at in another light. Suppose that when the church had à thousand members, he had been able to impress upon his people the duty and glorious privilege of winning oth ers to Christ. Suppose that each of the thousand members had won an other person to Christ during that year. Surely that is not too much to expect of a Christian during 365 days, each with 24 hours in them, that he win ohe soul to the Lord! What Christian in all this land could not do this if he were really in earnest? Suppose, further, that each year this church in Los Angeles were ablé to ,do this: that is, each of the members win at least one to Christ. How many do you think would be on the church rolls at the end of sixteen years? Well, figure it out for yourself, and you will find that the number would have been not 4,000, but 65,000,000! Most of us are merely playing at being Christians. May God give us a zeal during this coming year that .will be productive in bringing hundreds to a saving knowledge of Christ. ★ r ★ The Judges The newspapers have related an In teresting transition. A private in thè U. S. Army, in returning t o . civilian life, changed his G. L uniform for the black robes of a Superior Court Judge. This reminds us of a similar transition in store for the Christian when Christ comes to reign. “ Do ye not know,” asks the Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, “that the saints shall judge the world?... Know ye not that we shall judge a n g e ls ? .,.”
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Every pastor has observed the tremendous difference between Bible-taught Christians and others^ .when secrcw comes. Two women come to mind as an illustration: The first one was seen regularly attending the house of wor ship; the prayer closet had often found her on her knees before the open Bible. First, her husband, and then, her only son, were taken by death, but as the blows fell, her friends remarked that she manifested the sweetness of the presence of the Lord. She became one of the great est soul winners in her city. The other woman likewise lost her husband and only son, but she had never taken time to read the Scriptures, nor had she cared to support the church with her presence. The result was that she was deprived o f the cushioning effect a knowledge of the Word would have given,-and she could not be com forted. She became embittered against God, and utterly cold to every effort by Christian friends who sought to point out the way of escape. Not even the hope of seeing her loved ones again, if she should receive, the Saviour as they had done before they died, impressd her. The Higher Purpose The power of affliction to hurt the people of God is greatly lessened when we understand that suffering may be for the glory of God. Jesus said the man of John 9:3 was born blind “that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” It was a tragedy when that boy came into the home sightless, but God .intended it for good. The power of Christ was revealed in him; he received not only physical sight, but spiritual vision as well; he will live forever because of his experience with the Lord; multitudes have been saved since then, as the Gospel has been preached from the story of the miracle. When Lazarus died, Christ said, “I am glad for your sakes that I was not there” (John 11:15). If this seems a. strange statement from the lips of the Lord Jesus, let us remember how God was glorified in that death, as was His Son. Mary and Martha had their brothers restored to them after four days, at the word of the Saviour. Many have believed on Him in the centuries which have followed because of this record. We may wait more than four days, or even less/if Christ should come, before we receive our loved ones back in resur rection power, but the promise is sure. They will rise again. We shall meet the Lord “ together with them” (1 Thess. 4:17). Again, suffering may be for our own •profit in the present time. After reading the story of the three young men in Daniel 3, we may inquire, “What was the pur pose of that fire which threatened to destroy them?” The answers are evident. They were given super natural power to endure the flame. The enemies of God were confounded when they passed through unharmed, their faith unshaken. The three entered into an experience of the presence of Christ with them during the trial, quite beyond anything they could have known other wise. The Lord intends every affliction to be the means of a fresh realization of His tender love, of His power to provide grace sufficient for the need, and of His purpose to grant the blessing of communion with Him self. While in the business world, the writer had a blow fall upon him which was thè direct result of his having received Christ as Saviour. Bewildered and heavy-heart ed, he went out and sat in a city park. Opening the New Testament, he prayed, “O Lord, comfort me from Thy Word.” After I read a while, 1 Peter 4:12 leaped up from the page. “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings.” It seemed incredible, (Continued on Pape 374)
In this day, when psychiatrists discourse wisely of "escapism," a message from the Word of God, pointing out the t rue "way to escape" from the pressure and af flictions of this life, is most en couraging.
By S. Maxwell Coder
T HE PRESENT generation needs the comfort of the promise found in 1 Corinthians 10:13 as few pre vious generations have needed it. "There hath no God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” Every phrase here Is exceedingly precious to the soul, but the most wonderful of all is the promise of a way to escape from the trials which are common to man. At least three elements in this are to be found in the Scriptures. One has to do with the understanding, one with prayer, and one with the Word of God. 'Asaph, the psalmist, gave the most remarkable ex pression to the first of these, in the seventy-third Psalm. After recording his observations about the prosperity of the wicked and the afflictions of the righteous, he wrote, “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then under stood I " (vs. 16, 17). The “Why” of Trouble Our burdens are easier to bear when we know why they come to us. Like Asaph, we have our under standing enlightened about this great problem of the ages, when we enter the sanctuary, which may be for us the church where God’s Word is expounded, or the quiet upper room at home where we wait upon Him, seeking light from the Scriptures.
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By Arthur Hedley
I N these days of darkness and distress, where shall we turn for consolation and strength? How can we face the future with steady eyes, and a heart quiet and unafraid? When troubles come upon us thick and fast, how will it be possible still to carry on with cheer ful countenance and a song in our hearts? If we turn back to the life of the Apostle Paul, we shall find an answer to these questions. From his expe rience and testimony, we may learn how to maintain the tranquil heart and happy spirit, whatever the future1 may hold. In his amazing record of privation and suffering for Christ’s sake, Paul tells us he was “in deaths oft’’ (2 Cor. 11:23). His life was imperiled again and again (v. 26). He was scourged, beaten, stoned, and imprisoned by his own people, for the sake of Christ. When he wrote his, second epistle to the Corinthians he had in mind some affliction which came to him in Asia, for he states that he was “pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that he despaired even of life” (1:8). His position was so desperate that he could only fold his hands and trust in God. His recovery was a veritable resurrection (v. 10). Yes, Paul had his full share of suffering (1:5) but he was able to say: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; perse cuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. . . ” (4:8-10). He was being given over to death continuously for Christ’s sake, that the life of Jesus might be mani fested in him (v. 11). However great his sufferings, how ever dark his future, he never lost heart. Others might grow weary and discouraged, and give up the fight, but he went on undaunted, with a cheerful heart and brave spirit (12:10). What was the grand secret behind his life? How could he go on year after year with courage and joy? We know that he was sustained by the power of Christ which rested upon him. As the outward man was decay ing, the inward man was being renewed day by day (4:16). through the life of Jesus within (vs. 10, 11). But Paul lets us into the secret when he tells us that he looked beyond the immediate present into the eternal future, beyond the seen into the realm of the unseen (4:18). With the eye of faith, he pierced the veil of time, and caught a vision of the eternal. The glories of that world became very real to him, and enabled him to See all the trials and sufferings of the present in their true perspective. The longing of his soul was like that of
John (Rev. 22:20), that the Lord might come quickly— that His servant might put on the new and glorious body without the pain and struggle of the dissolution of the old (2 Cor. 5:4) J But Paul was prepared to wait and endure whatever the future might bring, because he saw beyond this vale of tears and suffering, the light of the Celestial City. In its light, the afflictions of the present seemed trifling and transient. When present distresses were compared with the everlasting joys, they appeared insignificant. He declared: “The sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). It is said that over the triple doors of Milan Cathedral are three doorways spanning the arches. Above one is carved a lovely wreath of roses, and beneath it is the legend: “All that which pleases is but for a moment.” Over another is sculptured' a cross, and underneath are the words: “All that which troubles us is but for a moment.” But under the great central entrance to the main aisle is the inscription: “That only is important which is eternal." It was because Paul realized so vividly the reality and glory of the realm of the eternal that his present troubles and sufferings—great as they were—seemed of little account. It was this vision of the eternal which filled with joy the hearts of the early Christians and made them so fearless when they were driven to the lions, or bound to the stake. If we are to be sustained in these critical days, it will be only as we cultivate the forward look and keep a clear vision of the eternal. Unless we look beyond this world with all its tragedy, bloodshed, desolation, chaos, and terror, we shall lose our faith and hope, and go under. Our fathers were* upheld in the darkest days be cause Heaven was so real to them. It was their faith in things of eternal value which gave depth to their life, strength to their character, and the ability to en dure persecution, privation, and pain. The Church has lost much of her power and influence over the nations because she has become so immersed in the near and present that she has almost lost her vision of the eternal. “Distrust of the supernatural, insistence on the present and the practical, and the pride of a so- called common sense, hav(?done much to rob Christianity of this vast horizon and to blend it to its heavenly vision,” states Dr. Denney. We must recapture that vision if we are to carry on our. Christian work without growing (Continued on Page 374)Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44
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